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He instigated a trial, really a formal inquiry, to decide if Chapman’s warrantless raid of Sherry’s was justified.
Then news broke that Little Egypt had in fact danced at the party.
Little Egypt walked confidently to the front of the room, looking delighted at the number of people present. She replied, “Little Egypt, sir.” “Yes, Miss Egypt, won’t you kindly tell us your other name? Descriptions and sketches of Little Egypt were published in the New York Journal during the Seely dinner trial. Me bloomers, me leeta coat, me hose,” here she lifted her leg and pointed to just above her knee, “me leeta laced bloomer, all draped, see?
The New York Journal commented on the tightness of her blue- and white-striped dress. Little Egypt is the woman wearing the striped dress. he say, ‘You do leeta Egyptian pose on pedestal with the altogether.’” “Ah,” interjected Lawyer Hart, “the altogether. ” Colonel James, representing the prosecution, objected, “If she said the altogether, she meant the altogether. Me draped; all draped.” When Hart asked if her stomach was bare she answered with laughter, then, “No, no; no, me have leeta lace.” Hart asked how thick the lace was.
The proceedings at police headquarters quickly morphed into a multi-day media circus.
Forty individuals were subpoenaed to testify, including all of the dinner guests, the dancers, musicians, even the waiters.
sharp black eyes and a face ugly but pleasing.” And in her early thirties she was older than most women in her profession.
That evening Herbert Barnum Seeley, the grandson of P. Barnum, was hosting a stag dinner in the upstairs ballroom for his brother Clinton.
The twenty or so male guests were all wealthy members of New York social circles.
When Seeley booked the evening’s entertainment he told the agent it was “not a Sunday school, but …
A drawing of Little Egypt appeared on the cover of the March 1894 issue of “The National Police Gazette” (one of the first men’s magazines) depicting a dancing girl performing for an all-male audience.
Just after midnight on Sunday, December 20, Little Egypt and her maid took a carriage to the Sherry Hotel.