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value. Qlothes must convey or tend
to convey the character one is
Imagine the absurd result if a
woman who is portraying a dainty,
fluffy, little ingenue should appear in
an exaggerated, lowcut; -.clinging
gown of black velvet, with ropes of
jet weighing down her slim, young
Vampire garments have long been
of a stereotyped cut. Dress a wom
an in a long-trained gown that sug
gests every line of her figure and un
covers more of her back than con
vention allows and she is immediately
stamped as a person to be shunned.
Tradition is a powerful ally. There
fore that type of gown must be in
every stage vampire's wardrobe. If
I should tell you how many I have, I
think you might doubt the number
principally because you .could not
imagine where I keep them all.
There is one room in my home, a
large room, too, that has a series of
slender poles extending from wall to
wall. On these poles are hangers, so
closely packed, that in many cases,
they overlap. Each one of these
hangers contain a gown.
It would be a tragedy to me if fire
should destroy them. I have lived a
character in every one of them. When
my eye falls on a certain dress, hang
ing irom its hanger, my mind travels
back to the role I played in it. My
dresses are like the shades of well
I have tried to depart, radically,
from the tradition that the favorite
breakfast costume, for a vampire, is
the decollete chiffon, rosebudden tea
gown. Vampires couldn't exist in
that sort of garment Only the florid,
rather mature blonde, whose dimples
have begun to lengthen into suggest
ed wrinkles, can munch toast and sip
tea in a costume like that.
I have made a specialty of the
gown that covers the neck. Ultra
high collars that approach the lobes
of the ears. Collars of that sort sug
gest the calyx, with the face and head 1
as the blossom. I have also used the
very long sleeve that trails over my
hand. I will tell you why.
For years the high-necked gown
has been banished by fashion. There
fore the high collar will command at
tention. Getting attention is score
I learned the great value of sleeves
in suggesting character, from Sarah
Bernhardt, when I played in Paris.
Berhardt has always clung to the
long, tight-fitting sleeve that extends
over her hand more than halfway.
She gives this reason: A woman's
hands can be expressive only when
they are extremely beautiful. Truly
beautiful hands are one of the rarest
gifts in Nature's giving. Rather than
attract attention to possible ugly
points, Bernhardt says: "Cover
I could find no doctrine that would
lead more surely to artistic success.
So, although I don't think my hands
particularly unattractive, the long
sleeve is an important factor in many
of my gowns.
The psychology of the long, cling
ing, revealing robe, is to suggest the
sinuosity of the serpent, the patron
reptile of the human vampire! Most
people loathe snakes. Anything that
suggests the repels the average
So that, alas, is one more point
that I Have to employ to make my
people hate me!
Oh, that they did not! And that
brings me to this: What I -wish for
above all else.
But of that I will speak in this pa
THE RETORT MATRIMONIAL
Notice From this date forth I will
not be responsible for any debts con
tracted by my wife W. C. Burgham.
Notice I can prove that I have
contracted any bills in the name of
W. 0. Burgham and also that he
bought me only one dress in 1"4
years. Mrs. N. J. Burgham. Adver
tisements in E. Palestine. 0.. Leader.