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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2010, 07:22:24 PM »
"Minna dimmed the lights, the signal for the second act of the show. In rehearsals, she'd used real torches but found they'd 'smoked up the room', so she'd decided to improvise during the real event. A servant wheeled a bull made entirely of cloth into the room. The girls raced toward the structure, punching its head and biting its hide, spitting white flurries of cotton....This was exactly how the infant..had been killed. For sound effects, a male butler bellowed each time a mouth clamped down...Then Minna pointed a finger, and servants fetched platters piled up with uncooked sirloin. For ten minutes, the harlots tore into the raw strips, ripping the meat with feral bites, their faces stained with pink slashes...The Germans loved it."

"When the platters were empty, Minna threw on the lights. She would now take the visitors for a grand tour of the Club. The harlots trooped back upstairs, changed..into evening gowns, pinned up their hair, wiped the blood from their cheeks. A few girls brought dignitaries into the boudoirs, eager to display other talents besides playacting Greek mythology, and hurried downstairs to join the champagne toast when their guest were satisified."

"Minna instructed everyhhone to raise their glasses, toasting the Kaiser in absentia and the prince in the flesh (although the Kaiser, after learning of his brother's visit to the Club, cast a mild insult by asking the vintage of the wine served). She was delighted when the Prince returned the favor, comparing Chicago with Berlin, pointing out the American city's ever growing German population. He called...Minna and Ada Everleigh 'frauleins'. Ada, who never drank beer, showed her respect by gulping down a tall mug of pilsner. Minna then ordered the table cleared. She had one more surprise."

"Two butlers helped Vidette, the best dancer...up to the mahogany surface. The orchestra struck up "The Blue Danube", and the harlot kicked again and again, her feet flying higher each time, legs meeting and parting...In the middle of her routine, one high-heeled silvers lipper launched from her foot, sailed across the room, and collided with a glass of champagne. Some of the liquid spilled into the shoe, and a nearby man named Adolph scooped it up."
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2010, 07:33:23 PM »
" 'Boot liquor', he called, raising the slipper high. 'The darling mustn't get her feet wet.' Without further comment, he tilted back his head,drained the champagne from the shoe, and tossed it back to its owner. 'On with the dance!' someone yelled. 'Nix', said another guest. 'Off with a slipper.' He lifted a harlot's leg, resting it against his waits and removed her shoe. 'Why should Adolph have all the fun?' he added....Prince Henry's entire entourage rose, yanked a slipper from the nearest girl, and held it aloft. Waiters scuttled about, hurriedly filling each shoe with champagne. 'To the Prince.' 'To the Kaiser.' 'To beautiful women the world over'. Prince Henry of Prussia departed Chicago by 2:00 pm the following afternoon, but his slipper sipping began a trend that long outlasted his visit.

Books cited in this work include Come Into My Parlor by Irving Washburn, a close friend of the sisters  (which was published in 1936 and given the thumbs up by Minna), Vidette gave her story to the Nevada State Journal Sept 7, 1948. These are the 2 primary sources used to tell of the Prince's visit.
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2010, 08:01:22 PM »
Love the comparative of Chicago to Berlin. I have always felt that way too.
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2010, 11:30:38 AM »
Yes. Later Berlin became even more risque than Chicago after the war.

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2011, 01:41:50 PM »
Princess Irene appears in this clip at 0:10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiqTKCvQw_U
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2011, 05:32:02 PM »
Was that Wilhelm's voice or an announcer translating into English?
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2011, 12:39:58 PM »
I think so.  ;)

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It seems it was a unhappy day for both of them...



 

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'It seems it was a unhappy day for both of them...'

Irene is in black and there is a mourning band on Heinrich's arm.

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an image of their wedding ceremony



 

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That is well known image. I don't know it was Ella or Alix standing beside Willy.

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It's definitely not Alix. She was an unmarried teenage who wouldn't have dressed near as glamorously as that--unless you are referring to the female standing closer to Dona than Wilhelm who is in a much more subdued dress with a bouquet. I believe it to be Ella--I posted a blow-up some time back when you and I were debating whether it was Charlotte of Prussia or Ella.
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I think it was Ella as Charlotte was quite short and irregular in looks (long arms and short like an imp see John Rohl's "Purple Secret").

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Then I did manage to convince you!  ;)  You were very certain it was Charlotte on that long-ago argument.  :)  I wish I could remember where that discussion was--tried doing a search but nothing popped. It's probably buried way back in some old thread.
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