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THE EEPUBLIO: SUtfDBES;. W&Yt IS, 1902.
THE SUMMER GIRL OF 1902, AS DESCRIBED BY EDGAR SflLTUS,
Instead of Being a Creature of Lace and Loveliness, Whose Haunt Was the Piazza, She Is One of Radiance
and Freckles; and the "Bike," the Automobile and the Links are Responsible.
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Here Is a young person worth looking nt.
You may think you have seen something
similar- before. Slie lias, indeed, a resem
blance, recognizable still, to her sister of a
twelvemonth ago.
Hut her resemblance, to her sister of tho
year preceding is vague. With the girl of
"30 she has not even a'famlly likeness. With
the fair young: thing of earlier seasons siio
has nothing In common whatever.
There Is a reason for all things. There U
one for this. Were a magazine writer dis
tributing It he would lead you a rha?
through tortuous paragraphs and onlv ladle
It out at the end.
Sentimentality Is a fever generated by the
spontaneous combustion which certain fac
tors induce. They are gone. So, too, lias
that fever. Tim 1902 model is Inoculated
against it.
Anteriorly the summer girl was a creature
of lace and loveliness, whose haunt was tlit
veranda and who looked best In the Ugh
of tho moon.
Fragile by nnluic, and, through lack of
exorcise, a trifle bilious, it was surround
ings, influences, but particularly social re
straints which made her a being, conven
tional In public, and In private sentimental
us &' guitar.
Yqridg People Saw Each
Other Through a Prism.
The1 programme was unhealthy. It wjs
worw-it was unnatural. From where you
sit ybu can ree her innocence in her eves.
a novel in her lap, a love letter In her
pecked cogitating In what manner she may
pass a few surreptitious moments liana In
hand -with tho best beloved.
All tlils wns conducive to matrimony, per
haps, but it led out of It to divorce. Young
people aw each other through a prism.
The! girl wns localized and the man Ideal.
Bothrllved In the atmosphere of a ballud.
THat atmosphere first, the "bike" and then
thei links, and latterly the automobile, have
deodorized. These things have eliminated
sentimentality. They have eliminated con
ventionality as well.
Young people who go careering over the
country or chasing over ten-acre lots have
absolutely no use for either. The factors
of form become evangelical In simplicity.
With' only fields and hedges to note what Is
occurring, the surreptltlons evaporate.
There Is freedom there and freedom Is a
thing with which neither conventionality
nor the sentimental have ever agreed. They
aretgone and sood riddance.
WMnan Lives as Long
as-She Is Desirable. 9
In 'their place has come a camaraderie
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Sentimentality is a fever generated by the spontaneous combustion which cer
tain factors induce.
The girl was Idealized and the man Ideal. Both lived In tho atmosphere of a
ballad.
Freedom Is a thing with which neither conventionality nor the sentimental have
ever agreed.
Faults are quite endearing.
A man lives as long as he desires and a woman as long as she Is desirable.
4 In the heart of man tho summer girl is a transient guest.
The longer the fortress holds out. Just so much the better does he love her.
Briefest lllrtatlons are always the best.
5 dlglously healthful in which the summer
f girl of 1W2 shines as no girl ever shone be
fore. Mie is radiant.
But In her evolution there Is a menace.
Radiant now. the hour must come when
she will be perfect. May that hour delay.
When It arrives we will hate her for hav
ing no faults.
Faults are auite endearing. The summer
girl has a few. We will reach them in a
moment. A transition will help.
A man lives as long as he deslrci and a
woman as long as she Is deslrabl". The de
sirability of the latter is in direct pri;or
tlon to the mystery with which she is able
to envelope herself.
The amount of mystery which surrounds
the summer girl It would take a micro
scope to detect. In the proces-s of hathlng.
golfing and careering around with the youth
of her fnncy there is about as much of It
left as would enjoy a large and ample play
ground on the head of a pin.
In lieu of mystery there Is a young per
ron, radiant indted, but perhaps rather
freckled, with whom a man may fraternize
ir Inclination prompt, but for whom never
would he cut his throat or feel like cutting
any one else's.
When a man does not -feel that way he
has no feeling at all.
Country Life -Makes Young
People Uelter Acquainted.
Hence It is that in the heart of man the
summer girl is a transient guest.
Ttrt-n is nnother reason: Forty-eight
hours of country life make two young
people better acquainted than would be
possible In forty-eight weeks in town. If
smitten, they are smitten at once.
Now it was all very well for a poet to
announce that his love was perfect from
the first, that it did not grow as meaner
thlngn mature.
Perhaps It did not.
But if the affection of the lady wns ns
prompt as hl own you may be sure ho
was sick of It In no time.
Men do not like that sort of thing. To
them the gieat incentive to matrimony is
not the instant reciprocity of the party of
the second part; it Is the difficulty in get
ting tha girl.
Jjnvp lauahs at locksmiths, and very nat
urally. In thrlr handicraft nre the essen
tials of Its growth. And when to locksmiths
you add dangers, disinheritance, the neces
sity for d fiance and deeds of dailng, why,
the chap is either g'dng to get that girl or
die In the attempt.
The more walls there are to be scaled, tho
more tests he is put to. the longer the
fortress holds out. just so much tho better
does he love lur.
And if the young person only knows how
to Inject suspense into hope, uncertainty
Into piomise. If she can make the poor
devil takp to drink and keep up the agony
long enough. thn he Is crazy about her
and will remain so for the rest of his
wretched career.
Every novel-reader knows that; knowF,
too, that It is not fiction, either, and yet
enich Is the general- stupidity that parents
think It an affront to their daughter to In
terfere one jot more than the law allows,
and Instead cf conniving at rope ladders
and the rest of the outfit for facilitating
elopements, they suffer the summer girl to
do everything which encourages brotherly
regard.
Hummer Maid Allures
I5ut Does Xot Detain.
For that her opportunities nre ample, the
result In ing that In no time at all the men
with whom she Is brought in contact feel
tovard her as they feel toward their sister
at home. ,
That feeling is beautifully platonlc, hut
as i,u incentive to matrimony it Is not
wortli a cent.
There is the fault of the summer girl. She
allures, but .-.he does not detain. To us. per
sonally, that fault in highly captivating. In
It resides the charm which the young per
son exhales. Her companionship Is like that
of n pilncess In fairyland.
You know It to be uncommonly fascinat
ing, but you know. too. that It will not
last. And knowing that you will be thank
ful, for you will be aware that the briefest
flirtations are always the best.
It Is In the dispensing of these enchant
ments that the summer girls excel.
"Do you dance?" snid a woman encour
agingly to X. P. Willis.
Xo, I do not." he answered, "but ff
you like. I will just pit here with you and
put my arm around your waist."
X. P. Willis was an epicure. He enjoyed
the fun of life and avoided the bother. In
the radiance of this year's model, epicurism
may be properly practiced. There Is much
fun to be had with no bother whatever.
For her more redate sisters and less
epicurenn brothers, whom you shall see
whollv absorbed in the marvel of that enig
ma which Is love, there Is fun, too. no
doubt, yet complicated by abundant bother
as well.
And thankless It would be to Fuggest to
them that the general run of marriages
consist in three months of adoration, three
months of reflection, thirty years- of tolera
tion, with tho children to begin it all over
once more.
It would not alone be thankless; It would
be cynical; yet, even so. It was not we who
Invented human nature, or. for that matter,
the summer girl of 1902.
EDGAR SALTTJS.
Copyright. 1002. by A. Prescott.
ST. LOUIS PRIMARY SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION WILL BE
REPRESENTED AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION.
MARTHA MORTON CONHEIM
CRITICISES THE CRITICS.
Successful Woman Playwright Tells Why Popular Comedies Ar
Not Written Correctly From a Technical Point of View
Xegative Qualities Often Xecessary, She Affirms "
T MARTHA MORTOX COXHEIM.
Special Correspondence of The Sunday Republic
New York. May 16. Why Is It that a
theatrical audienco is often at variance with
the professional critic In passing Judgment
upon tho modern play? Why Is It that the
production which the people acclaim, the
play which they patronize to overflowing
doors and from pit to gallery, why Is it
that such a drama generally merits a hot
"roast" from the critics on technical
grounds? Why. again, on the other hand,
does the technically perfect play, the play
which meets every requirement of the
dramatist's art, fall flat on tho public a
theatrical soporific, a dead failure finan
cially? Such was the gist of an Inquiry put to
Miss Martha Morton, whoso last two plays,
"Her Lord and Master" and "The Diplo
mat," are notable Instances In which the
public and the crlUcs have failed to agree,
to the vanqulshment of the critics It might
as well be mentioned.
The most successful woman playwright In
America, gowned in a morning negligee of
nale pink crepe, smiled unutterable satisfac
tion when these queries were propounded to
her. She sat In the library of her handsome
home, in West XInetleth street. In a high
backed carved chair of black oak, the same
chair In which she sat while writing "A
Bachelor's Romance" for Sol Smith Russell
and "A Fool of Fortune""for Mr. Crane.
"Why?" repeated Miss Morton, still smil
ing that smile of unutterable satisfaction.
"Oh, those things are easily explained.
There is no mystery whatever as to why the
critics and the public are rarely ever in
harmony.
"Comedy, especially farce comedy. Is made
up of negative qualities. I suppose It Is
much easier to write than legitimate
drama." I suggested.
"Strange to ray. no," said Miss Morton.
"No sort of play writing Is so difficult as the
vaudeville and farce comedy. While Illogi
cal and Inconsistent themselves, they rep
resent the very essence of logic and con
sistency. There Is In their very Inconsist
ency a most delicate and finely adjusted
consistency.
"I can Illustrate my meaning as to the
ludicrously perfect drama In no better way
than to point to that example of tho ludi
crously perfect In literature. 'Alice In Won
derland.' It. Is a baffling marvel of Incon
sistencyInconsistency Intricate and mult -plied
to Infinity yet it was written by one
of the great mathematicians In England, a
man who had browsed all his life among
abstruse philosophical problems. Tho whole
Hngleh-speaklng world which went mad
over the delightful nonsense marveled that
It should have beon written by such a
man. They forgot that only a man aa
thoroughly versed ns was Lewis Carroll In
logic nnd In the laws of cause and effect
could have thus distorted that logic and
set those laws at sixes and sevens.
"It Is precisely the same with the x-aude-vllle
and the farce comedy. An author who
Is not experienced and who does not under,
stand thoroughly the technique of the legiti
mate drama would be unable to write a
drama wherein ere outraged all dramatic
laws. Tho critics forget that Scribe, who
was a great master of technique and wrote
the most perfect of legitimate dramas
monuments of logic when he wrote his
great librettos and vaudevilles became glori
ously Inconsistent. That is how I clear my
self of the charge of being illogical."
"But they say, too, that you are not tni
to certain types of life."
1 Miss Martin leaned back in the carved
oak chair and smiled again in Imperturbable
content.
"But," she replied, "the critics So not at
tempt to explain why the very character
which they say are unreal, evoke the most
mirth and the wildest enthusiasm on the
part of the audience. I wish one of them
would attempt to write a vaudeville where
in one must Eet out to be deliberately In
consistent and Illogical, to be funny, to be
amusing and. above all, to amuse a certain
claps of cosmopolitan audience people who
are blase, people who have seen everything
under the sun. I wish one of these critics
who harps nbout unreal characters would
attempt to do all this, not forgetting that
he must at the same time not be vulgar or
offend In any way. and forbidding himself
the luxury of horseplay, which is the bone
and flesh of the farce. I should like to
see him attempt to do this and remain
faithful enough to certain types of life to
elicit Instant ami enrrllnl rmr'n(tlnn nn h
part of his audience."
Miss Morton had forsaken the stiff, carved
piece of furniture for a big, deep red velvet
chair. She hastily turned over the leaves of
a mammoth scrap book while she talked,
and then I asked:
"What is- the most responsive note that a
playwright can strike in his audience?"
"Sympathy," quickly responded the dra
matist, looking up; "sympathy every time.
This fact, however seems to have escaped
the critics. As the greatest word of pralsa
from a book Is that the reader should say,
when he has finished it, "Why, I could have
written that myself,' so this sympathetic
recognition of his types Is the highest com
pliment to the playwright.
"A favorite comedian cannot succeed
with a poor play. The play, after all. Is
the thing. A good play without a good
comedian can succeed, and when you can
combine them the result Is one of those gi
gantic successes which sometimes do hap
pen." "You mean successful with the public."" I
remarked.
"Oh, yes, of course, for, after all. that Is
the only success which counts. The publlo
Is tho real Judge, and Its Judgment Is final.
There haa always been a feud between the
critic and the author, and I suppose It will
always remain.''
WEDDING BELLS IN THE BALKANS
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f, SS MART J. wnodK,
e Recording Secretary-
WRITTEN FOrt THE SUNDAT REPUBLIC.
The St. Louis Primary Sunday School
Union .Jihs long been regarded as an im
portant factor In the Sunday school Inter
ests of the city, and never more so than at
present. It was organized In the autumn of
1887,' and so is arranging to celebrate Its
nth jumlTsraaqr next fall.. At,the ttrst
Miss EinrA 6. clerC. -
Treasurer.
It held meetings monthly, but since April,
. 1SS0, It has held weekly meetings. Since its
1 ArmnUallAn It- tino tioTrl lie TtlM ncra n tVia
Mticantile Club, the Y. M. C. A., Odd Fel
lows' building. Bowman's Hall, Barnes's
Business College. Holland building, and now
at No. 316 North Eighth street, where it
meets each Saturday at 2 p. m. for the
study of, Um ltgson.ana .work la sentraL
sms. lttct it vTAMcmi x
President
The officers of the union are: Mrs. L. K.
Walker. prci'Ment; Mrs. Robert Ranken,
vice president; Mrs. J. W. Overand. second
vice president; Miss Mary Wilson, record
ing secretary; Mrs. J. W. Ashwood, corres
ponding secretary; Miss E. C Clettv treas
urer and Miss Ethel Ellis, librarian.
The commutes of the union, axe: Instruc
tionMrs. g. F. Mantes, chairman; Mrs.
SIRS. 7. TV. ctveRAND,
Vice President.
MRa a p. srARsrox,
Chairman Instruction Committee.
1 M. Park. Mrs. Robert Ranken. Mrs. A. M.
Campbell and Mrs. W. G. Nourse. Social
Mrs. J. W. Ashwood. chairman; Mrs.
Klelshbaum. Miss E. Ellis. Miss M. Mark
ley and Miss X. Boyd. Music Mrs. Robert
Rankin, chairman; Mrs. W. J. Brasfleld.
Miss J. Pezold, Miss B. Clerc, Miss B. B.
Ellis and Miss M. Crucknell. Lookout Mrs.
J. .W.' Ashwood. chairman: Mrs. Ooodale.
Mrs. Davis and Miss N. Boyd. Visiting1
Mrs J. H. Guyett. chairman: Miss M. A.
Andrewr Mrs C. H. Cheney. Mrs. M. C.
Hell. Mrs. Strebeck. Miss L. Candler. Miss
.una uourcan ana Miss il. wnson. (
It is the purpose of the Sunday-School '
Union to send a delegation to Denver to the "1
International Convention, which meets there I
next June,
PRIXCB MERKO.
WRITTEN FOR THE SUNDAT REPUBLIC.
The betrothal of Prince Mlrko of Mon
tenegro to the daughter of the Servian
Colonel Constantlnovltch Is an agreeable
Interlude In the otherwise not very pleasant
development of events In the Balkans.
Prince Mlrko is the second son of the
reigning Prince of Montenegro. He was
born on the 5th of April. IS79. and holds the
dlcnltles of Great Volvode of Grahova and
Zeta. He Is a Captain of Montenegrin in
fantry and a Lieutenant In the Russian
Army. On the Black Mountain he is ex
ceedingly popular, as he Is a far more man
ly type than his elder brother. Prince Da
nllo. It Is also said that he Is his father's
favorite. His bride. Natalie, or Lilly Con
stantlnovltch, Is of royal blood. Inasmuch
as her father Is a cousin of the late King
Milan of Servla. Her mother Is a daughter
of a Trieste merchant, named Opnlch, who
made a large fortune In the shipping trade.
Like Ms cousin, the late King Milan.
Colonel Constantlnovltch is a grandson of
Ephriam Obrcnovitch, the brother of Mi
losh. first Prince of Servla, His daughter,
Nathalie, -who was bom in Trieste in 1SS2,
is a goddaughter of the Dowager Queen
Natalie of Servla. Colonel Constantlnovltch
quarreled with his relative. King Alexander
of Servia, at the time of the tatter's mar
riage, and was banished his native country.
This marriage will connect the Obrcno-
X'ATALIE COXSTAXTIXOVTrCH. 1
vltch family for the first time with tha
leading reigning houses In Europe. Mdlle.
Natalie Constantlnovltch will have for sisters-in-law
the present Queen of Italy and
two Russian Grand Duchesses, besides a
Princess of Battenberg.
Paragraph Philosophy.
When a man Is & crank nearly everybody
turns him down.
Human nature Is not as selfish as soma
believe it is. for man's love for his fellow
man frequently prevents the foreclosure ot
a mortgage.
Some say that the right way to break tha
Beef Trust Is to stop eating beef. The prop
er way Is to stop the makers of the trust
from eating any.
One rosebud, whllo you live Is worth S
bouquet on your grave.
What the English language needs Is s
common personal pronoun for ha and she.
and I suggest "shim."
A newspaper editorial says: "Cecil Rhode
left J72,000,0CO and a funeral procession fiva
miles long." And he had as much ton out
of one as out of the other.
If every woman could have what aha
wishes In the way of dress the churches
would have to" double their seating capacity.
It doesn't take a groceryman with (Tit
in his craw to put sand In his sugar.
Frailty, thy name is dude, encased t s
shirt waist.
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