In Wife’s Attire He Gets Proposal
Man Masquerades in Own Club, Starts Suffrage Row and Arouses Chivalry
The New York Tribune March 12, 1914:
“Winsted, Conn, – Clad in his wife’s finest raiment, with corset to give his form a feminine appearance, and crowned with a plume bedecked hat that was becoming to his tinted complexion, Lester Barnes went out on a lark last night and carried the impersonation of a woman so well that his best friends did not recognize him.
Furthermore, he received one proposal of marriage, he says, was the cause of an altercation and caused consternation in a men’s club, the rules of which say no woman shall pass its portals. Barnes himself is a member of the club.
After startling customers in a drug store, where he purchased a package of cigarettes and lighted one, he strolled over to the clubhouse, using his own key to get in through a side door. Entering the parlor where men were playing cards he introduced himself as a campaigner in the cause of equal suffrage.
All but two signed up. The lone two were officers, and they politely asked the suffragist to leave after showing ‘her’ the house rules. ‘Equal suffrage,’ ‘she’ contended.”