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January 26, 2016


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When I was researching Lowell, I come across two Leap Year balls reported in newspapers (there may have been more that I didn't keep notes on), one in 1856 and one in 1896. The earlier article gives more detail than the later one: "The ladies...took their carriages, called for their beaux, were driven to the hall, where ladies managed, selected their own partners, ordered the supper, and gloriously paid all their bills!" The writer also jokes about observing "bright eyed lasses, with roguish eyes trip up to demure young gentlemen, and solicit the honor of their hand for the 'next cotillion!'"

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