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A Horse-Race Is Pretty Tame And Colorless In Comparison.

Still, a horse-race might be well enough, in its way, perhaps, if it were not for the tiresome false starts.

But then, nobody is ever killed. At least, nobody was ever killed when I was at a horse- race. They have been crippled, it is true; but this is little to the purpose.

Chapter 46 Enchantments and Enchanters

THE largest annual event in New Orleans is a something which we arrived too late to sample - the Mardi-Gras festivities. I saw the procession of the Mystic Crew of Comus there, twenty-four years ago - with knights and nobles and so on, clothed in silken and golden Paris-made gorgeousnesses, planned and bought for that single night's use; and in their train all manner of giants, dwarfs, monstrosities, and other diverting grotesquerie - a startling and wonderful sort of show, as it filed solemnly and silently down the street in the light of its smoking and flickering torches; but it is said that in these latter days the spectacle is mightily augmented, as to cost, splendor, and variety. There is a chief personage - 'Rex;' and if I remember rightly, neither this king nor any of his great following of subordinates is known to any outsider. All these people are gentlemen of position and consequence; and it is a proud thing to belong to the organization; so the mystery in which they hide their personality is merely for romance's sake, and not on account of the police.

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