As guests began to arrive at California Hall for the New Year’s Day Ball, dozens of police officers appeared in the street with kleig lights and cameras. Police officers periodically entered the hall on the pretense of making an inspection. In the face of such harassment, many persons undoubtedly turned back from approaching California Hall. However, more than 500 persons–including a number of clergymen and their wives–ignored or endured this attempted persecution and entered the dance.
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