GREAT BRITAIN: Sopping Ascot

Smartest Englishwomen appeared at Royal Ascot on the third day of the races last week in short frocks.

Reason for this abrupt abandonment of the long-skirted mode: On the second day the Heavens opened, shot a bolt of lightning which killed popular Bookie Walter Holbein as he was accepting bets, then poured such a Biblical deluge that water backed up six inches deep in parts of the Royal Enclosure, svelte ladies lost their shoes in the mud, everyone's long skirt got spattered and trampled, picture hats were lost, soaked and crushed in the...

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