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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 24, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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the Western world that the South
Seas know something about the
poetry of motion.
The New Zealand Government
granted its approval to the scheme,
extending permission to have one of
the celebrated Maori carved houses
sent along to enhance the setting of
the dances.
( Polygamy, cannibalism v and the
habit of rebelling against the Eng
lish colonists in their land all this
has long been foresworn by the proud
and intelligent Maori, the highest
type of Pacific island native.
Unlike their island neighbors, the
Maoris never evolved a monarchial
form of government. They were
i bred-in-bone democrats. Each tribe,
under its chief, was autonomous.
Tribal lands, were held in common,
each member being entitled to a
share of the products. Thus these so
called savages had volved, many
. centuries ago, a practical socialism
that is still a cherished theory in the
minds of occidental radicals.
Cannibalism, today an extremely
Jsjore point" with the Christianized
Maoris, was given up about half a
century ago. Polygamy languished
at about the same time, although
remnants of it still exist in the back
country.
As wonderfully gifted in musical
and oratorical accomplishments as
they were brave and stern, in war
fare, the Maoris have come to be held
in high respect by the British colon
ists, and several of the. natives have
won places in the New Zealand Par
liament. Originally they are supposed to
.have migrated to New Zealand tfrom
A the Samoa group and to have inter
married with the conquered Papuans.
Physically, they are tall and generally
handsome, even from the occidental
standard, many of them, in fact, rep
resenting the European type.
In all but their dances they have
changed much during the pas half
century. But their dances, inherited
nd handed down from antiquity,
1 still carry the old savage throb and
the abandoned lilt of the days when
the world was young andfree of con
vention. , ,
"WAR WIDOW" ROLE IS HATEFUL
TO-PRIMA DONNA
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Tejrta.
New York. Maggie Teyte, young
est of the grand opera prima don
nas, has returned to America in what
she calls "the most hateful role I
ever played." It's that of "war
widow."
The prima donna's husband, Capt.
Eugene Plamon, is fighting with the
French army. Miss Teyte not only
gave her husband to the French gov
ernment, but also her 40-horsepower
automobile. The car is now part of
the equipment of the French army,
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