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the disgrace of having a woman
about to become a mother arraigned
by man-made law!
"We women must hold mass meet
ings to protest against the cruel
treatment of this" "woman. We must
see to it that there is no trial that
no inquest is held.
"Nothing the law can do will bring
those dead babies back to life, and
society's sole interest now Bhould be
in giving Mrs. Walters Ttogers' beau
tiful and soothing surroundings in
which to bear her third child!"
Isadora Duncan, draped classically
in white handspun Indian silk and
looking like the muse of tragedy
made this protest to me in the dim,
religious light of her huge studio at
No. 311 Fourth av.
Three minutes and three flights of
elderly stairs had taken me from that
clamorous thoroughfare of modern
business back to the "leaf-fringed
legends" of old Greece wherein Isa
dora lives and moves and dances.
While we talked slim girl students
in flying white danced or posed
against a dull background of drapery,
gray as grief itself.
Miss Duncan whose mother heart
dwells in perpetual twilight because
of the tragedy which took her own
children from her, could talk only of
Ida Walters "Rogers," love-wife of
Lorlys Rogers, and the duty of wom
en to save her from trial for murder.
"Every one knows that a woman
approaching motherhood is irrespon
sible mentally and liable to commit
any mad act," Miss Duncan contin
ued. "It is Mrs. Walters "Rogers" to
day and the woman tomorrow as all
women are liable to motherhoop
so all may be victims of such an ab
erration as prompted this mother's
act and so all women should unite
to save her from the stupidity of the
men who want to put her on trial!"
I had asked Miss Duncan if she
would attend the coroner's inquest
at which Mrs. Walters "Rogers" must
appear whenever she is well enough.
"There will be no inquest if women 1
' take up the matter as they should,1
she answered, and I could notghake
her from that belief. Jk.
Less than two minutes aKrom
the stately home of New YorBWourt
of appeals, Isadora Duncan showed
a mighty contempt for law and when
I told her that its machinery would
undoubtedly keep on moving in the
Rogers case she said:
"Youjpight as well tell me that a
steam roller going up Fifth av.,
crushing women and children to
death could not be stopped!
"Sometimes I despair of women
when I think of all they might be
all they might do and the little they
"Some of them fritter away their
energy trying to get the vote when
they haven't even the right "to their
"A man's dog, his horse, don't take
his name only his wife has to sub
mit to that ignominy!
"Why why do women permit such
"Only because each one is so in
terested in catching hold Of some
man's coat-tails, making him come
to meals regularly and sleep at home
every night, that she has no time for
the big things freedom, self-expression
Isadora did not formulate any con
crete plan by which, women may save
Ida Walters "Rogers" from trial, she
seems to loathe the concrete.
If the law of New York were en
forced by some Herod and Miss Dun
can could dance before him, then I
am sure Ida Walters "Rogers" would
be saved by her.
But the facts are otherwise and
when Isadora doesn't like a fact she
dances away from it.
There is the fact, for instance, of
the coming inquest ami the trial, to
When I suggested that she might
help by attending these hearings and
making public her impressions she re
peated emphatically that she would
not discuss these consequences of