This must have been just before the great costume ball of January 1905 which was thrown by James Hazen Hyde, the extravagance of which led to one of the great scandals of the Gilded Age and accusations of malfeasance, which resulted in Hyde's loss of the vice presidency of Equitable.
"Vacancies for men of character to act as representatives."

And by "men" we mean "men" and by "character" we mean "the white race."
Oh, I dearly love ads that have me panting after a product. GIVE ME LIFE INSURANCE!!!
I thought this was going to be an ad for United Fruit Company, "Come and see our Banana Republics," et cetera.