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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, September 21, 1902, Image 10

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. to « the very amiable and popular Prince
' ' Consort, who predeceased ' her ; byv more
- ; than thirty-nine years/; That " was one of
g the | happiest | achievements of \ King .Leo^
¦pold: I; of Belgium, who must; have been
{ a< matchmaker of no ; mean abilities,^ con—
g sidering the number of other eligible sul-
¦ s - tors who: were aspirants for Her Majes-
,J ty,'s ; hand.S '¦¦ '-^':\-~ ,/":¦:-.¦ -J r -. ¦-.'¦":- ,^ '
Respecting ,the late Queen herself \ she
was known to. be .an ardent- matchmaker,
and did not, confine her. operations 'in this
character^ exclusively -to royal circles. £A.\
-very amusing story, is told of I the .way, in
-,; which she. found a, wife'. for the rather ec
• centric Lord Palmerstoni 1 who can scarce
ly ly be described as a' ladies' man. ,.;
• .The then" Premier/ Lord ' Melbourne, was
'; a, widower, and. Lord Palmerston; occupy- ¦
• . ing; the post . of Foreign Minister, dlnlcul- '.
_: ties seemed In r store ; regarding the: recep-^*
'¦>- tlon of the wives of .the various Ambassa
dors.: - This r prompted' her; Majesty 1 to ? ask
Lord; Palmerston why he refrained -from.
i taking ; to ] himself f a wife, and the For
» ( a eign;! Minister /pleaded C that * he* did 'not
know any one who iwould have him.
the last mentioned Princess . was eligible
tor j her son's hand and heart- and In due
course of time>he became his wife, for
no other .reason, than that.she knew how
•to ibearj. herself with grace and ; dignity.
In regard to; the late Queen Victoria It
may be mentioned that no royal. lady had
<: a hand in bringing about .her -marriage
Successful and Brilliant Match-Makers of Royalty
Queen Victoria replied that there need
be no difficulty about that h and ' calmly
undertook to produce a lady, who " was
I ready and willing to become his -wife.
His Lordship could do nothing under the
circumstances . but acquiesce, and Lady
Cowper was -accordingly -] brought"* from
Rome^to become Lady Palmerston. V
; Her husband would have be'en the first
to acknowledge i that ; never ,was there a
happier match, and it was also a good ex
i ample of -the late Queen's fine Judgment
In the years when i the v present" German
Emperor was a somewhat impetuous
young Prince it was desired by his mother
' that : he should - marry j and settle down
Accordingly an; album full of portraits of
, royal \ Princesses , who ;,were • open to en
gagement was 'put in his way and every
effort made. to Induce him to indicate his
choice. " '
'Indeed, it Vas said that the Prince was
i not allowed ¦ a moment's peace, and in a
fit of desperation one day he dashed Into
: his • mother's J boudoir and . thus delivered
himself : "Look here, 'mother;; for heaven's
sake select ouVof that album any woman
you consider fit \ to be your future
daughter-in-law and ', I'll ; marry straight
' off; • for with all. the eternal - . naRKlnj; I
have had for the past three months I am
almost Insane."
¦ The Empress Frederick was surprised
; as well as - pleaded and the > present Em
press 'was suggested there and- then.
lean ideal, Langtry is bewitching Just
from/this very charm. Though the
mother of a married -daughter, no one
would think of calling her old.
Maude Adams is .very wonderfully en
dowed with a graceful, -almost swaying
body, and Annie Rtissell is another stage
woman who is noted for her grace. Marie
Corelli, that .Venetian type of blue-eyed'
beauty, leads all London captive when
she will condescend to go into the lit
erary society of that 'town, and Amelia
Rives is delightfully .bewitching with her
peculiar .hands and the way she: poises
hisr- throat. -. ..¦.-, V . . . . \ _-
The woman who will learn how to " tilt
her chin without craning it forward; the
girl who will Jeam to walk with the j bust
thrown out;' the woman who can step
along the pavement without wagging her
body, and the lady who .can enter a
drawing-room and depart from it without
annoying; her friends . with . her angles,
these are the ones who will . take the
beauty; medals , every '"-time.
No woman is ever -too old to learn to"
be graceful. It Is a something which Is
as attainable for grandma as . for grand
daughter. The woman of seventy took
up the bicycle and rode it with her
grandchildren; showing all the grace of
mount- that could be desired: and the
woman of seventy can to-day learn how
to be as graceful as the girl of seven.
Perhaps it must be admitted that there
is a grace, a sprinkling quality, of youth,
in the girl of seven which is not in the
woman of . seventy. -But there are those
who dispute this. They say that childhood
has. its. awkward moments, and that age
can ; be graceful every minute of the
twenty-four hours. V. '-V.&?
Be this as it may, it is certain that the
woman - who wants to be graceful . can
practice her' beauty exercises with the
girl of five or six with good results
The little maid who begins to' he
graceful at a very early age and who
understands ' that she must continue to
practice her exercise! if she would be a
pretty woman later on will certainly grow
up a model, of grace and a marvel of
beauty. -¦ . . .
And what is the reward? Why nothin*
less and nothing .more than" that of a.
beautiful carriage. You will learn to turn
your body; to swing your head; to man
age" you hands and feet, and to use your
elbows so that you will be called graceful,
and more than this no woman, unless ah*
be a great professional beauty, will deslr*.
If you are a woman who has handled
nothing heavier than a crochet hook then
you will : find a pair of light dumb-bells
best. , But If you are used to swinging the
golf club you can swing a heavy
, pair of bells without feeling the fatigue
of it. - ¦ -
: ; Donot judge your own<ptrength by that
ofr your -neighbor. You may- be larger
than she, yet not half so strong; you may
be . smaller, yet not half so wiry. Be a
law unto 'your, own Study your pe
culiarities and arrive at : grace. ¦
: The-llttle maid who practices with you
will; give you many a pointer... It is she
who will suggest the poses of youth; she
who! will show you- what It la to be lithe;
she who will- give you an idea as to what
extent the hunum, body can be trained
along muscular lines.
The weight of the bells Is something
.which each Individual must determine for
himself or^ herself. What Is easy for one
woman to lift is impossible; for another.
That which one man can do without ef
fort is beyond a second. People's muscles
are constituted ' the ; same, perhaps, l but
they do not work out In the same man
ner its the, method of life Influences all.
Take * the nicest little' girl of ' your ao
qualntance and get her to .practice with
you every day. Buy^ for-, her' a pair ot
very large wooden dumb-bells, hollow and
light, and get for yourself a smaller pair,
but of metal.
And Miss Gould, without one pretty
feature except .her lovely dark eyes, Is ac
counted quite a beauty Just because sh«
is so very graceful. It Is . a pleasure t©
walk with her, and a double pleasure to
merely sit and look at her. Mrs. George
Gould, who . was 'Edith Kingdon, was
noted for "her grace, and each winter as
she sits high In her box at the Metropoli
tan Opera-house she is. a 'sight, for the
opera-goers, : a rare poetic treaty a sym-~
phony .in.; movement and in poise. Her
half-dozen little ones are given dally les
sons In grace. '
For Miss Helen Gould to lean forward
until she touches the ' tlpa of her finger*
to the ground without bending her knees
13 no feat.
Miss Gould a Gymnast.
v One of the loveliest and moat rr&c*fa|
girls of New York society, one who Is M
well known In San Francisco as Is
Gotham and better known In London than
in either. Is famous as an athlete. Ilk*
¦ Miss Helen Gould, she owns a proprietary
right In a ladies' gymnasium, and every
day when she Is In, town she Jumps into
her bloomers and blouse and gets to work
practicing, with the dumb-bells.
Later she said to her Instructor: "I
had no Idea how hideously ungraceful I
had become. When I seated myself it wu
as though I had doubled up like a Jack
knife, and the manner In which I
handled my elbows was awful. When I
drank I noticed that I craned my neck
forward like an uerly duckling, and that
my manner with a fork was «lmpiy
hideous." ¦
The instructor put her through a course
of gymnastic training, with the result
that he very socn had her able to rise
and tx> be seated, to stand, to walk, to
Sac her elbows and her neck as though all
The next m«rnlng the woman did as
idirected. She ordered her maid to place
ithe meal upon a small table, and there,
jf where she c«uld see herself, the woman
« ate her breakfast.
"Take your breakfast tray," directed
the instructor, "and place it in front of
your cheval glass, about six feet away,
and you will understand my meaning."
The woman, ¦wishing to be graceful, In
quired how and to what extent this could
possibly be of benefit to her.
See Yourself as Others See You.
A certain teacher of grace, a man who
had studied under a pupiV of the great
Delsarte, advised a woman who wanted
to eo on the stage to first study herself
before a looking glass.
You may notice this in so small a mat
ter as the handling of a book. Look how
prettily one woman will manage the
pages, turning them in so dainty a way
that you look and look again, Jnst for
the very delight of watching her. An
other will rest the book against her
Btomach, tilt Is nervously, and when she
turns the leaves it will seem as though
It were an effort of muscle for her to do
EO. • ...
There are people who carry about with
them an atmosphere of grace. They move
easily; they touch you lightly; they do
things without appearing to do them.
Their every act bears a note of subtle
attractiveness which you characterize as
grace.
Grace Is a quality which cannot be fully
analyzed. To know that a. woman is
graceful requires only a glance. To re
alize that she is awkward can be told
almost without looking at her.
IS THER3E a little girl in your family?
Then take her and practice with
her the exercises which will make
you supple and light of foot. You
can learn from her and she
you.
OuprisTness
STnnpTe
Course of
GyrpnastTC
to Kennedy
Detects of
•fj=^EBHAPS the most brilliant and suc-
L_^J cessfur match-maker among royal
k~^ ladies was the -late Queen Louise
of Denmark. No mother ever made
more brilliant matches for her own
daughters than 1 did, the consort of the
aged King of Denmark, and, it must be
added., no mother ever had three more
charming - daughters - for whom to find
husbands.
As everybody knows, j the flower of the
family, PrlnceES Alexandra,' is now Queen
of the British realms;, her, Bister, Prin
cess Dagmar, was united to the late Bm
peror Alexander Mil of : Russia, and . an
other sister, Princess Thyra, found a hus
band In the Duke of Cumberland. : .
But the late Queen of Denmark did not
confine her match-making to . members of
her own family, for dhe : loved ) nothing
better than ; to ¦ scheme , to bring together
any young couple , whom she , considered
suited to - each other. ' In- these ' matters
her common sensed great •: experi
ence and -singularly keen . perception ; of
icharacter proved, of the utmost service. $
Indeed, it is common knowledge in the
Danish capital that many of the happiest
and most successful marriages in the
country — not : only among T the higher
classes— were brought about by the'tact
ful Queen Louise. - . -
The present Queen of Portugal's mar
riage was brought about by the -pretty
scheming of her, mother, the late Countess
de Paris, and-Mme. de la ; Ferronayes.
When the. Crown Prince, , as \ the Kin*
then was, refused to marry an ' Austrian
Princess the Comtesse determined to bring
about a union between him . and her
daughter, Princess Amelie. K
To this end she sent to her. accomplice
at Lisbon, who was often visited by 'the
Crown Prince, a large framed portrait of
' the beautiful Princess, which was placed
in a conspicuous position In the drawing
room, where It would be certain to at
tract the attention of royal visitor.
¦ It had not been -: there ' long i before he
wanted. to know whose portrait it' was,
and, needless to say, his ; hostess gladly
enlightened him. In due course she had
the satisfaction .; of -. seeing ; the artful
match-making '. scheme ; of the - Comtesse
become an accomplished fact' .
When the shrewd Empress Catharine of
Russia undertook the delicate task of se
lecting a wife for . : herX son Paul from
among 'several -German Princesses '", she
proceeded on somewhat original lines On
the occasion of a trip of them paying her
a visit sho j carefully observed itheir gen
eral deportment and the manner in which
they alighted from their traveling. coach.
The eldest I of the three ] Princesses was
careless and 'slipped, the youngest showed
such a lack of dignity as , to : bounce out
of the carriage without; making \ use tptl
the steps, while the last- to alig-ht' alone
stepped gracefully to the ground. : ,
The Empress at once decided that: only
were parjs of a pretty creation;. rathtr
than vehicles of awkwardness. ",;• , > ; !
There may be women who cannot. have
large oval eyes; and there may. be women
who cannot be as tall as the ideal Juno;
there are undoubtedly those whose mouth
is not at exactly th* right proportion to
the face; and there .fre women whose ears
do not look like sea shells. . . ; . (
To remedy such defects as these cer
tainly does take time. And it may be
that they cannot be entirely overcome,
even after a long .course of beauty train-
Ing. . • ¦ ¦ ;¦.'..- : :
The woman who wants, and. lacks, oval
eyes, muet learn how. to make them look
a little larger, and she must get the trick
of brightening them. The womanwho is
too short' must lose weight and, gain in
ttraightness so that she will look taller.
The girl with the b5g mouth must learn
to bow that member so that it will look a
great deal smaller and of a . prettier
shape; and the woman whose ears pro
trude will have to wear an car cap and to
tint her ear's pink by natural methods.
J.Time and patience and endless thought
are all the price of these things. And not
only must one expend time, patience and
thought but one must keep on expending
them. .. • . " .
- The story of Penelope is not an idle one
for the woman of to-day. Penelope did
her work over and over again patiently
day, after , day. And the woman seeking
for beauty and awaiting its coming must
be contented to do her work over and
over again . ' ,'
; The . potent and / attractive charm of
grace' is something that does riot require
the forethought that must' be devoted'to
the changing of feature. It. la "much
easier to learn how to, turn your head
gracefully than to learn how to change
the shape '.-. of- the nose upon your, face.
Both can be done, but the trick of grace
is so quickly learned that it is a wonder,
that any woman should neglect to get if. ;
Have you ever seen, a perfectly-grace
ful person? They say thaf Bernhardt is
a French type of perfect grace," and that
Mrs. Leslie Carter exemplifies the Amer-
aiqd Thought
WITT Bi-f n.S '
to V^TT Who
the sunday; cal l.
10
THE GRACEFUL GIRL
BECOMES
THE GRACEFUL
WOMAN

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