That the approaching festival, Mardi Gras, February 17, 1874, still by far surpass any of its predecessors, there can be no doubt. The most extensive preparations have been made for the reception and honorable entertainment of his Majesty, and his guest, the Shah of Persia, who will accompany him on his visit to his chosen capital. We quote here edict XVI. and the replies thereto, and we have no doubt that with the arrival of the King, and the free matinees, Monday will be a glorious day.



To all to whom these Presents Shall Come - Greetings: Know ye, That, inasmuch as His Most Puissant Majesty intends rendering the day of his triumphal entry into this, his capital, memorable in history, and inasmuch as it is the royal pleasure that certain extraordinary rights and privileges be granted, upon said day, to his loving and trusty subjects in reward for the unswerving allegiance they have so signally manifested to his Majesty's House and Person, it is hereby ordered and decreed:

  • 1. That all existing forms of government, whether civil or military, that may in anywise conflict with his Majesty's authority, are hereby abolished.

  • 2. That all public offices, whether State, National or Municipal, all corporations of whatsoever kind or description, and all private places of business, are ordered to be closed, and all duties connected therewith suspended for the time being.

  • 3. That all places of public amusement, directly under royal patronage, to-wit: The New Opera House, Academy of Music, St. Charles Theatre, and Varieties Theatre, are hereby ordered and directed to give Public Matinees, upon Monday, February 10, 1874, the eve of His Most Blessed Majesty's fete day; admission to same being Gratis to all and any of his Majesty's loving subjects, who may desire to avail themselves of the royal largess.

  • 4. That all loyal subjects, whether in organized or individual capacities, are hereby enjoined to report forthwith for active service, to the Right Honorable the Earl Marshal of the Empire, who is charged with the execution of this our Royal Proclamation.


    Given under our hand and seal, at sea, off the City of Gibraltar, this, the 26th day of January, 1874, and the 1003d of our reign.
    By the King Himself: Rex.

  • Attest: Warwick, Earl Marshal of the Empire. Address Box 703, New Orleans Post-Office.



    Early the present week, it was related that Rex had caused to be issued to the managers of our theatres a proclamation commanding them to set their houses in order, to the end that on the day preceding Mardi Gras, to-wit: February 16, there should be offered at each theatre a dramatic performance, open to the people without money and without price.

  • In response to the King's command has come up an earnest indication of obedience from our managers, and there will therefore be given free entertainments at all the theatres on the day named, as witness the following:

    New Orleans, Jan. 29, 1874
    To His Most Gracious Majesty the King of the Carnival:
    Sir — Your royal behest has reached me, one of the most loving and loyal subjects, and appreciating the generous feeling which has dictated this decree, by the observance of which so many of your people will be made happy, I hasten to assure your Majesty of my gratitude to you, for thus opening a way by which both the manager and the artists of the Opera House may testify the love and veneration in which they hold your will.
    ---Agreeable to your royal mandate, the New Opera House will therefore be open for the free admission of such of your liege subjects as may desire to honor it with their presence on Monday, February 10th, 1874, at 12 o'clock, noon, when such a bill will be presented as will reflect honor upon your wisdom in selecting this method of diverting the people of your chosen Capitol.
    ---I have the honor to be your Majesty's most obedient servant, L. Placide Canonge, Manager of the Opera House.

    St. Charles Hotel, Jan. 29, 1874.
    I am instructed by Miss Lydia Thompson to express her obedience to Edict XVI, by His Most Gracious Majesty Rex, and inform you that she, with her entire company, will render service as ordered, by a matinee performance on Monday, Feb. 16, 1874, at the Academy of Music. God save the King.
    Sam'l Colville, Business Manager Lydia Thompson Troupe.
    To Warwick, Earl Marshal of the Empire.

    St. Charles Hotel, Jan. 29, 1874.
    To the Right Honorable the Earl of Warwick, Marshal of the Empire, greeting:
    In obedience to the Royal Edict XVI, section 3, requiring Service of all loyal subjects of the theatrical profession on the occasion of your approaching festival, I, Lotta, one of the most diminutive, but most loving, tender myself and banjo to serve wherever and in whatever capacity his Most Gracious Majesty may direct. With the best wishes for his long and jolly reigh, I am Yours, respectfully, Lotta.

    ACADEMY OF MUSIC, January 29, 1874.
    In obedience to Royal Edict XVI, the Academy of Music will be thrown open to all loyal subjects of his Most Gracious Majesty Rex, King of the Carnival, on the morning of February 10th, 1874, when, Miss Lydia Thompson and her mammoth burlesque company will present one of her inimitable entertainments, and your servant ever prays for the joyous reign of His Majesty. David Bidwell, Warwick, Earl Marshal of the Empire.

    To His Majesty the King of the Carnival:
    Sire — In obedience to your'Majesty's proclamation, I beg leave to place the Varities Theatre at your service for a free matinee, on Monday, February 10, 1874. I am also requested by Mr. John T. Raymond and Miss Mary E. Gordon, to state that they most respectfully beg leave to render homage and personal service to His Majesty Rex, on the appointed occasion.
    I have the honor to subscribe myself your Majesty's most humble and obdient servant, Will Stevens, Secretary.