“Because of the prominence of both Stephen and Mrs.Barney, the trial had attracted great crowds since monday, when it began.The spectators for the most part have been persons prominent in society and the arts.”

The irreverent behaviour of these spectators, essentially treating the whole event as a great amusement, was widely condemned and served to make the “Smart Set”  an object of some disgust in the media. The attendees almost certainly included the whole Blue Angel/Cocktail circuit crowd.