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[325] Gautier, a grave person with more culture than most of the Dominicans, was the Doctor's chosen friend. To return the many attentions showered upon them, a ball in the old convent was arranged. The Doctor once said to her, “If you were on a desert island with nobody there but one old darkey, you would give a party.” (But it was from Cuba that he wrote, “Julia knows three words of Spanish, and is constantly engaged in active conversation.” )

To find herself at Carnival, the leader of a gay party, living in a spacious palace, supported by the guns and the officers of an American warship (the Narragansett, with De Long and other officers on board), was an opportunity not to be missed. She thus describes the entertainment:--

Hans Breitmann gife a barty.

So did we. To see Santo Domingo was little, without seeing the Dominicans also. Some diplomatic overtures were made. Would the first families come and pass an evening with us at the Palacio? Yes, they would. Which were the first families? That would have been for us a point very difficult to determine. The family of the President and those of the heads of departments would certainly stand in that prominence. For the necessary beaux we were referred to a society recently established here, calling itself La Juventad, “the young people.” This body of philanthropists, being appealed to, consented to undertake the management of our party. The occasion was announced as a bailecita, “little ball.” We asked them to provide such refreshments as are customary in this place. Thirty

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