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EVENING LEDGER-PHIADELPHIA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1014.
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The Little "Scarecrow"
"The Blri who works can make lots of
money on the stage, If sho grinds hard,"
said' Helen McMahon, the' little Scare
crow, who plays such a strenuous part
In vaudeville, Dressed In a suit of tat
tered rags, her small head tied up In
such a manner that It Is quite Impos
sible, to distinguish her from a dummy
or an Egyptian mummy, one can scarcely
Imagine that she is alive. How she man
aces to breathe Inside this wonderful gar
ment Is a mystery. The whole point in
her particular role Is that the" audience
Imagines she la In reality the empty bun
, dl of old clothes that Blie represents.
She Is lifted bodily by her partner on the
' ataso and flung over tho heads of the or-
iwfy'chestra Into the first available space
mnontr the audience, landing with a
heavy thud and In a variety of positions
VJhlch convince one that she is a dummy.
"Yes, I have had some odd experiences,"
said she, smiling brightly. She is ex
ceeding pretty, by the way, very small
ai4 hlnriir!v hllllf. Th nthlr flftv. for
Is P y w hittnnffl- wtien T wnji clancinir with mv
partner he. Is my husband, as well as
IS ft stage partner, you know a large pin was
ticking right into me! I am so muftled
up in that heavy padded suit that I can
not see and cannot speak. Under the
suit a. heavy pad Is tied across the whole
of ray face, as I am thrown about so
much. Every time my husband caught
me by the back of the shoulders and
swung me over his head the pin went
Into his hand and also Into me! He has
to catch me Just in that particular place.
so we both had to bear the pain of it
Mil the performance wus overt I couldn't
utter a sound, of course."
"Don't you ever have an accident when
ho throws you down Into the orchestra?"
"Not often. I generally fall In the
asms position, and anyhow I have un
limited confidence In my husband's skill
in throwing! Of course, I am absolutely
helpless, tied hand and foot, blind and
dumb for tho time being. Today I landed
on my funny-bone, and in the middle of
the act got a kick on the face, too! But
these an only little details, and I enjoy
pay work very much. "We have such a.
pretty baby, Just a few months old, and
very healthy. Here he cornea with his
nurse. Isn't he cute?"
The baby certainly was very cute, and
seemed none the worse for his life of
travel. "I wish that I could spend more
time with him." said the pretty little
mother regretfully, "but my work comes
first. When he was 3 months old I
went back to this acrobatic dance work.
Kiid he and his nurse and his father and
I have bten traveling ever slnoe.
"I had rather an unpleasant experience
once," ehe continued. "I waa on the bill
at a theatre when that famous monkey.
uV was performing there. JJe-
my acts I had to make a quick
ge, and. running down a dark pas-
Sate! passed a roan who was earning
J.MA great nrute in nts arms. ine noma
Mera shot out a. great paw at my hair
and' tore out a handful! I gave such a
wem that they heard cne right through
"Tour work most have lots of trials and
"I supposo it has but then If you are
keen on your work, you don't mind these
thlngav I don't let tny mind dwell' on
the gloomy side at All If I lost my
'.tSrXeTVv during the performance X should
,$ time, anyhow, I run risks of broken
es but I don t allow myself to think
that So I get along all right. The
(swbe works for her living must expert
M,a4 upa asd downs. aa lr sue has
fm4 a capacity for hard work, she'll
sjwuc an njtHt. id nata to give up
' vtuk. Really, one t far bauBlef
fatrttlDg occupation than IdHusf away
MM' tjnw as so many women do."
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"The girl who works really hns tho best
tlmo of it," said Miss Dorothy lllcgel. who
takes the part of the telephone girl In a
cuto Htlo vaudeville- sketch, " but nil tho
same, when Christmas tlmo comes nround
you do feel a little bit homesick if you
are 'on tho road' and away from all your
"I won't forget last Christmas and tho
way wo xpent Itl Wo were playing out In
Syracuse and the weather was appalling.
Thcro was n real snowstorm, and although
that sounds Just Ilka what Christmas
should be, it was very miserable and cold
In reality. I felt so horribly bluo in the
hotel whero wo all were staying that I
decided to go straight to bed at 7 In the
evening. Just .then a little soubrette in
tho compnay she was very young and a
Hungarian rushed In nnd said that she
had asked the management to glvo us a
party, and they had consented to do so.
"Our sitting room tlicrrf were about
12 of us together was being gaily dec
orated with cedar and wreaths of ever
greens, and n little Christmas tree was
lugged In, candles tied to It, and then wo
sent one of the men in tho company out
to buy- mistletoe.
When he returned we Jit tho candles
and started in to bo festive. Dut guesa
what happened? Suddenly I fait so blue
that In spite of everything tho manage
ment wns doing for us. I burst out crying,
and all the others followed suit. Tes, in
deed, we all cried together, men and girls.
You never did hear such a sobbing and
a sighing. I can laugh at it now, but
we were all as melancholy ns possible
then. However, after about 10 minutes
the atmosphere cleared, and the sun fig
uratively como out for good. Wo all
cheered up, and ended by getting quite
festive over tho feast."
"Don't you find It rather hard to be
away from your homo so much?"
"I do mlss my home and husband a
bit, I must confess. Yes, I am married
and very happy I'm like a sailor, you
know when I get back to my home It's
n new honeymoon every time. It doesn't
do for the girl who works to" have her
husband working along, with ,her In the
same company. Lots of my friends do
that, but. oh dear Whenever the couple
has a little scrap as will happen with
tho best regulated couples why, their
work is affected. No. I don't want to tour
around with n husband, for you can't
combine domestlo life and stage lifo sat
"What do you think of the stage as
a profession for the girl who works?"
"Why, it's excellent, but sho must work
most awfully hard if she's to get any
where at nil! To get your personality
across the footlights Is the great thing.
Actual good looks ore not nearly so Im
portant na personal magnetism. You've
Just got to make your audience feel that
they like you. Good looks alone won't
achieve this, but magnetism will. No,
you can't define it, and you can't ac
quire It; It's Just bom in you or it Isn't."
"Are you going home for Christmas
"Indeed I am! No more Chrlstmases
away from home for me, thanks I I'm
going to have a real little Christmas tree
and a real party In my own home in
LNew York for once. Christmas ought to
be spent at home, among your own peo
ple. You do feel blue among strangers
at that time, don't you think so? Fpr
you keep thinking of all the old Chrlst
mases past and gone till you long Just to
fly home right away. So I'm going this
time, and I hope everybody will have as
merry a Christmas as I Intend to havet"
I Lots of Pretty Gifts f
that cost -little, look much 'and lastslong;.
s 25c to $38.
Lingerie Pillow Cases
$1.35 to $100
Waists and Blouses
$2.00 to $30
Odd bkd Ul Colpnial ad "French fttrtar
A Cyclonic Comedienne
Twenty-flvo hundred dollars a week!
Yes, It certainly docs seem n tremen
dously largo salary for a vaudeville aa
tress. And Eva Tanguay Is the wealthiest
actress on the vaudeville stage at pres
ent. Tho average girl who works if statis
tics bo taken does not make 100th part til
Buch a salary. Moreover, tho average
girl would appear to work about 100 times
harder for tho earning of less than that
Both on the Btage and off the stage.
Eva Tanguay Is one of the most eccentrio
of attrcsses. Sho has discarded her old
title of "Tho Madcap Genius" for that of
"The Cyclonic Comedienne," and she lives
up to the appellation. Two years ago she
formed her own company, but recently,
owing to business conditions, has re
turned to the vaudeville stage once more.
In private life she is a great art lover,
having a wonderful collection of pictures,
statuary nnd antiques at her magnificent
home on IUverslde Drive, New York. If
all reports be true and reports ore many
she has some very peculiar specimens
there, Including a pet alligator and other
things not usually found in art collec
tions. A Christmas Wish
"Not being a 'Qlrl Who Works, but
only a 'Man Who
Tries to Work,'
can't I please say
said Bert Fltzgib
bon, the well
known comedian. "I
can at least write a.
Christmas poem for
If you'll allow me,
can't I? I love writ
ing serious poetry.
All comedians are
very serious at heart
a sort of reaction,
you know. To look
at me you'd never
suspect me of
ooetry, now would
you? Listen to' this,
while I Improvise:
"ChrUtmaa comes but one a yar.
And when It corned lt'M vrv riur.
And the Hftw Year sUrts mild and plain
To brlnr old Oirutmai her train.
We only live a little while
So let us smile.
Don't try to eta.ll my Muie's art,
I have a would.be poet'0 heart.
To Fhltadelphlane bit and small
T)ila Christmas now God bleas you all."
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Modes of. the Hour
There Is nothing ' more feminine than
the fan. , It lias a, poetle quality and a
rcmnnlle, and, wielded skilfully. It may
be migtitlfir" than either the pen or the
It Is said that fans are coming Into
their own again this season. The re
vival of the .ostrich feather fan Is cer
tainty sufllclent of Itself to bring the
fan Into fashion once more.
The uncurled ostrich feather fan, with
sticks of tortoise shell, has the high tide
of popularity, and when tho feathers are
while instead' of black, there are lovely
moiheivof'pearl sticks to replace the
Pans of carved Ivory are In a promU
ne.nt place Just nAw, and so are tho fans
of fragrant sandalwood.
There are little game affairs, simple
and dainty and quite inexpensive, nnd
hand-painted fans that cost anything that
one cares to pay.
Spangled, beaded and embroidered fans
take their places In the list, and handles
and frames nnd sticks of ebony and
amber and painted wood are designed to
please every taste.
Among the gloves of fashion the short
wristcd one Is back again In a conspicu
ous place, ns It accompanies naturally
the long-sleeved frock.
This Is fortunate1, as gloves are likely
to Increase in price as the neastfn pro
gresses. It Is even posalblo that the
labrlc gt.ove may have to replaco tho
kid glove, for American manufacturers
Import their kids, nnd It Is rumored that
the end of the supplies dt hand Is already
Mannish gloves are extremely fashion
able this season, with the white glove
In tho. lead, but with shades of 'brown,
tan, tnupe and gray seen on the occa.
slons where white would be Inappropriate.
Gloves with black stitching and a scal
loped top bound in black are extremely
crfcctlvfl. The glove with fur at the
wrists can be used for Its especial detail,
and the one or two-clasp hand-sewn glove
looks very appropriate with the trotteur
The glove with the long wrist and a
white buckle or clatp In lieu dt the open
ing takes' asood place In fashion's favor.
The sucd3 glove has' always Its devotees,
arid while It may not bo particularly
smart, It has a certain elegance that is
r -'Sends a Personal Message, Written '
::v and Signed by Herself,
To the Women of America
The Indies ' Home Journal
Thet. first time that the Queen of a reigning sovereign has ever
chosen an American magazine to send a message to all American
worjwhoocL j-Ier Majesty spqaks as Mw mothers of Belgium"
to the, mothers of America as one woman to another.
In the Jajiuary ';
LADIES' HO WrJOURNAL
For 'Sale Ev$rywhere16 CmU
FASHIONABLE GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS
more desirable than anything to which
the word smart can be applied.
Embroidery In a fcaturo of many ; of
the long-wrlsted and consequently high
priced gloves. It Is an attractivo featuro
In the kid glove and shows up. more effec
tively than on tho silk glove, whero wo
are accustomed to seo it.
Tho mocha and tho castor glove and
the dogskin glova do not belong to tho
ultra class, nor could they bo featured
as novelties, but rather as standards of
what Is always good taste, and, conse
quently, good style.
E QUEEN OF THE
' BELGIANS . " '
Stale bread can be made fresh if wrap
ped In a damp cloth for a few minutes
and then placed In tho oven till warmed
When cooking vegetables, remember
Hint all vegetables which grow above
ground should bo put Into boiling water,
nnd all which grow underground Into
cold water with tho exception of new
A Man's Xmas Present
"What shall I give the boys for Christ
mas?" asked Peggy aa she chewed
thoughtfully on tho end of her pencil.
"Why give them anything, my dear,"
said her grandmother. "When 1 was a
girl I thought my company was a suffi
cient present for any man. Your grand
father never gave trio anything tat Christ
mas until wo were engaged."
"Goodness! Why,'' it I had to be en-(
gaged to every man wfio sent mo a Christ'
mas gift I'd be a Mormon 1
"Well, I suppose times change. In
fact, I'm sure of It. Girls In iny time
never had the lists of Bobs and Billys
and Tome and tuch that they have now.
We knew ono or two men, at the most
three, and that was all. However,
about your Christmas gifts, are you
really going to give anything to the
"That's exactly what I want you to
answer. Bob has shown me sueh a good
tlmo this year, and Billy's been bucIi a
dear about taking mo placea and calling
for mo every time I went to a. hen party
that I really think I ought to give them
some small, remembrance."
"Well, go' ahead, It you feel that way
about It. Why don't you crochet them
a couple of nice tics? They arc so ex
pensive to buy and men usually like
them. You ate, it tickles their vanity to
think you put all that time on their
"Well, I guess their vanity is safe, be
cnuso I'm going to buy something. It's
too much troublo to crochet a tie. Toll
mo something appropriate and Inexpen
sive. "It would be easier to tell you what
not to give. 'In the first place, never give
a man' jewelry unless you're engaged to
htm. No tie pins, no tie clasps, cufflinks,
dress studs or such things. A grcatjnany
girls think a stickpin IS allowable, but It
is In very bad form. And ,d.on't give'
him articles of wearing apparel unless
you are engaged. A silk muffler, gloves,
or handkerchiefs are about tho only ex
ceptions I know of, But never give him
tics (unless crocheted by hand), shirts,
fancy pleated shirts, or anything Ilka
what shall I rive, granny!
"Why, there are a thousand things, use
ful, too. A, ntoa fountain pen. a box of
100 cigarettes (they ore made In special
Christmas boxes, you know), a pretty
key ring, fine linen handkerchiefs, plain
military brushes, a nice calendar and en
gagement book combined for his desk, a,
silver penknife or pencil or a self-lighting
Thank you bo much. I'm sure I'll know
plenty of things to give now."
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