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An American girl is soon to storm
the temples of Buddha.
That which has never been permitted
to any woman of her race Miss Ruth
St. Dennis is to demand.
She wants to dance in the holiest
temples of the great founder of the
faith and has for subjects more than
one-third of /the world's population.
Before she can succeed she must
prove that which "she ardently claims
that she is the reincarnation of Ra
dah, favorite wife of Krishna, one of
the most venerated deties of the Hin
du faith. This fact once established,
it is hard to believe that even the most
devout of priests could put an obstacle
in her way.
Miss St. Denis' life story is one of
mystery, mixed with wonderful art
success, and there occur in it at every
point incidents and facts which con
firm the claim of the Jersey girl that
passing from generation to generation
the soul of Radah has finally come to
Miss St. Denis is now one of the
most admired dancers in Europe. She
1It aims to publish ali the news possible.
2It does so impartially, wasting no words-,
3Its oorrespondents are able and energetic-
VOL. 23.NO. 14.
American Dancer Believes Herself Reincarnation of
Hindoo Goddess Radah.
has appeared before, the king and
queen of England and the highest dig
nitaries of half a dozen other nations.
Managers are begging herself to bind
herself to them for a tour of the world,
but the dancer declines. The money
she has made thus far is to be used
her one groat life object to go to India
and take the place in I he Buddhist
temples she lightly believes to be
The applause of Kings she has count
ed as nothing compared to the state
ments of venerable Buddhists sh has
met from time to time, that she repro^
duces exactly all the steps of the
dances ascribed by tradition to Radah.
Miss St. Denis had no one to in*
struct her in these dances. Their se
cret is held by the priests. All that
she does has come from her own con
sciousness, the vision-like sense that
tells her just how the priestess of dim
antiquity was wont to perform her re
ligious dance for the priests.
Radah is a name little known to the
Occident, but in the orient is stands
for much that is devout.
The story goes that the spirit 'of
Radah is still worshiped by the priests
because she alone has the secret of
liberation from sin, and that it came to
her from her husband, Krishna.
The devout priest still kneels in his
temple as did his ancestor 5,000 years
ago to solicit Radah for help.
Wonderful tales are told of how to
the really faithful the princess reveals
herself in spirit form, and in a dance
of five scenes she shows the pleasures
of all the senses and the final peace
and joy of life when all of them are
mastered and renounced.
This great dance is an exposition of
the underlying principles of Buddhism.
Radah has a shrine in the Hindu
temples, and the spirit is supposed to
come from the idol and perform the
dance when they who are to
see it are in the properly
(reverent mood. For the priest who
would become man, and look even for
an instant at the spirit with lustful
eye, terrible punishments are pre
At the time when Miss St. Denis
first becamejmbued with the idea that
tfhe was the reincarnation of Radah,
she had no knowledge whatever of the
occult or of Buddhism.
She was simply a little country girl
living in the outskirts of Passaic, N. J.
Her parents were poor, and she had
no access to any books or even mod
erate chances of education. Then she
spelled her name Dennis.
But all through this period she was
possessed tif habits of deep contempla
tion which turned ever to the one sub
ject, India.
When she spoke of what she dream
ed, and saw even in her waking hours,
folks dismissed the stories as fanciful,
and advised her to forget them.
When she grew big enough to in
vestigate for herself, her mind turned
ever to fairy stories, to folk lore and
to tales of travels in the East.
But oddly enough that India, which
was ever in mind, did not form a
theme on which she could read with
satisfaction. What books she obtained
disappointed her. She always felt that
she knew the theme better than the
This latter fact caused practical
folks to laugh, for how could a girl,
who had never been a hundred miles
from her birthplace, know more about
a country at the other end of the world
than men who had lived there tor
Little Ruth never tried to explain.
She took the raillery quietly, and con
tinued to he happy in her dreams.
Eventually mother, daughter and
brother went to New York, Miss St.
Denis having conceived the idea that
she had talents which fitted her foi
the stage.
There was nothing encouraging at
the start. In stead of going with a
comic opera, where a valuation might
have been put on her comely appear
ance, Miss St. Denis insisted on ally
ing herself with a serious actress so
that she could master the advanced
forms of dramatic art. Yielding to her
insistent requests, Belasco gave her a
place with Mrs. Leslie Carter, and
Miss St. Denis worked for five years,
only to find out at the end of that time
that as an actress she was a failure.
Then came the inspiration that she
dance in public the mysterious figures
that ever appeared in the vision of
India, the darkened temple, the kneel
ing priests, the spirit that came trom
the idol, and went whirling through
the terpsirhorean drama.
She suggested the idea to some ot
her theatrical acquaintances, but they
called it impossible.
There was no composer who knew
the music of the dance, no costumer
who could array her in the garb she
By this time the thought of dancing
the sacred measures of Radah had be
come the aim of the girl's life. Fired
with -a mystic zeal she declined to
yield her plan, and went on working
out the details.
She found in New York an apostate
Buddhist priest, hidden in the East
Indian colony, that is not the least in
teresting part of the metropolis. He
helped her, and soon she made a triaJ
test, of the dance before a few friends.
Seeing first as sceptics, these speca
tors remained to applaud. The whole
thing was so new and startling that
those who lacked entirely in the re
ligious sense to appreciate the serious
motive of the dance, saw in it instant*
ly the possibilities of making money.
Miss St. Denis went to London, and
was acclaimed a marvel.
Paris added to the acclaim of Lon
don. The victory was complete over
both the rabble and the cognoscenti.
Russia, Germany, France, the United
States, the republics of South America
all w^ant the dancer, but she insists
that her fiirst desire is to dance in the
temples of Buddah.
If any oiher made the plea it would
be sacrilege impossible of achieve-
ment, but the Buddhist belief in super
natural manifestations is relied on by
Miss St. Denis, -vjfho, by the way, pre
fers to be called by the name of Radah,
to make them see that only divine
manifestations could have taught an
ignorant American girl those things
which are sacred secrets of the inner
The dance as peiimmed by Miss St.
Denis consists of .ee scenes. The
first figure is made up of five circles,
each circle typifying one of the senses.
The second figure portrays the three
stages of renunciation jf these senses,
viz., the determination to be free, the
throwing off of bondage, the victory of
accomplishment. The final picture re
veals the idol once again in the niche,
the spirit of Radah having departed.
Bomb in a Letter.
So expert are bombmakers nowadays
that an apparently harmless letter
may kill any person who tries to
open it. A piece of cardboard is cut
to a size which, when folded over,
will fit into an ordinary envelope. The
four corners of this are slit into nar
row strips. Fulminate of mercury is
spread over three of the slits and the
sheet is folded and fastened together.
Projecting from each side of the
folded sheet is a little metal strip, or
detonator, glued to the cardboard in
such a manner that the envelope can
not be opened without striking one of
them. Upon meeting this slight re
sistance the hand moving the paper
cutter instinctively pushes harder,
and the result is an explosion that
either kills or maims.
Ambassadors of England, France,
Russia and Japan at Berlin, it is re
ported on good authority, are hope
ful that the Lehr incident will make a
break in the extraordinary popularity
with Charlemagne Tower, the Ameri
can* ambassador, has enjoyed with Em
peror William.
At an expense far more lavish than
any other representative of the United
States ever drea*s&f of, living in a
magnificence palace, entertaining on a
scale of unequalled splerador. spending
$200,000 yearly in excess of his salary,
Mr. Tower has gradually built himself
up as the favorite diplomat of the Ger
man war lord.
William, ever'mindful of his station
and averse to dining at the embassies,
has made no secret of his pleasure at
ccepting hospitality of Mr. Tower,
uiftl has dined with him frequently, an
jonor which he has never bestowed on
any other ambassador.
Not a cloud marred the triumphal
aiarch of Mr. Tower till the Lehr in
cident stirred up a storm of contro
It will be recalled that while Mr.
and Mrs. Lehr were in the German
capital a few weeks ago, they sought
an introduction to bis majesty. This
was easy for Mr. Tower. It might have
been difficult for any one else, but as
soon as the American ambassador sig
nified his desire, William acquiesced.
The fact that the Leb,rs were friends
Popularity Bought at Outlay of $200000 a Year
Endangered by Harry Lehr Incident.
American Ambassador to Germany.
of Mr. Tower, was enough to make
them persona grata at court. They
were presented.
But there immediately rose a pro
test, much of it perhaps engineered
by those other ambassadors who were
jealous of the power of Mr. Tower.
German society asked why a former
-wine merchant should be deemed a fit
person to introduce to the emperor.
Some one recalled how when the em
peror's yacht was christened in New,
York, an occasion for which his broth
er, Prince Henry, came to the United
States, it was the trickery of Mr. Har
ry Lehr that caused the substitution of
Bids as Candle Goes Out.
"The parish meadow in the village of
Broadway, Dorsetshire, England, has
been let by auction under the condi
tions laid down in the will of John
Gould, who died in the fifteenth cen
tury. The parish clerk lit a candle and
called for bids to be made while it
burned.-' The- people were not eager,
but just as the wick began to fall over
a farmer offered $45, which bid was
not topped, as the candle went out
Defective Page
a bottle of French wine for the Ger
man wine, which it had been the ex
pressed stipulation of the emperor that
Miss Alice Roosevelt should break
over the bow of the boat.
Mr. Tower was strongly criticised
for sponsoring the Lehrs, and if Em
peror William had chosen to take of
ficial notice of the matter, the United
States department of state would have
no recourse but to recall Mr. Tower,
and then out of this trifling incident
all his lavish expenditure of years to
build up a position of influence would
have been ended in disaster and fail
Since the departure of Mr. Bellamy
Storer from the diplomatic service,
Mr. Tower has become dean of the
American ambassadorial corps.
He is in love with the service, and
has spent his money more lavishly
than any of his predecessors. The
Tower fortune, made by his father in
Pennsylvania anthracite coal lands, is
in excess of ten million dollars, and
every year two hundred thousand dol
lars are expended in seeing that Uncle
Sam's legation at Berlin is conducted
on a proper plane of elegance.
While representing the United
States in Vienna, Mr Tower occupied
the palace of a grand duke, and at one
of his dinners there he laid plates tor
200 guests.
In St. Petersburg, where Tower was
ambassador for a time, his wealth daz
zled the Russian court. Here he ap
peared in cocked hat, court sword and
gold embroidered court uniform. This
outfit, required by the court chamber
lain, was reproduced by Mr. McCor
mick, his successor.
At Berlin Mr. Tower has maintained
the same pace. For the Koenigsplatz,
his magnificent Berlin residence, Mr.
Tower pays $18,000 yearly, which is
more than his salary. This, as previ
ously stated, is the first American em
bassy at which the emperor of Ger
many ever dined.
This occasion was elaborately de
scribed at the time, and gave other
ambassadors many dark days of jeal
ousy. The emperor, accompanied by
distinguished officers of his suite, ar
rived at the Tower palace at 7 o'clock
in the evening, and was received at
the entrance by the ambassador, sur
rounded by the staff of the embassy.
At the top of the grand staircase, Mrs.
Tower awaited the emperor's coming.
A distinguished company of ladies and
gentlemen, invited for the occasion,
were assembled in the west salon.
Here the emperor held a circle, in
which he only spoke a few cordial
words to all present, but paid flatter
ing tribute to his host and hostess.
The table was set for thirty, in a large
room opening into th^e conservatory.
His majesty and Mrs. Tower on his
right, and George von Meyer on his
left. After coffee had been served, his
majesty had a conference for two
hours with the ambassador, during
which time he spoke at length of dip
lomatic relations between Germany
and the United States.
This was the beginning of a close
friendship between the emperor and
diplomat that continued without the
slightest friction to the time of the
Lehr incident.
The emperor made a point of special
ly welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Tower at
all court functions. This admiration
the empress shared, and she made a
special point of saying that a dress
which Mrs. Tower wore at a court
ballit was decorated with spangles
which cost $2.50 apiece, and there
were hundreds on,itwas the most
As Seen From the Sea.
1 They were on their wedding tour.
"Darling," whispered the young hus
band as they strolled along the beach,
"don't you love the seashore?"
"Yes," she said, "but Emerson says,
you know, that there are two ways,of
looking at it."' \jg%t?{ ''tS^jV'-
His only response was a sign,
couldn't afford a yacht.
There are things a woman will not
eat because they ruin her complexion,
but a man never refuses to drink any
thing for a similar reason, ^m
s% -J- 4It is the organ of
beautiful and striking gown she had
ever seen. i
Mr. Tower spent more than a million
dollars in fitting up Goenigsplatz pal
ace, which is the property of a He
brew banker. More than fifty rooms
compose the dwelling, and the task/ of
getting them in order required some
thing like a year.
The ambassador now has the satis
faction of Knowing that for the first
time the American embassy in Berlin
is properly maintained. Andrew D.
White was only moderately endowed
with this world's goods, and during his
long stay at the German court, he
lived at a family hotel.
The emperor or the big lights of the
court never visit hotels, and the Uni
ted states was under an eclipse till it
came into possession of the present
magnificent home.
Mount Kosciusko Park.
A hundred square miles of country
around Mount Kosciusko, one of the
highest peaks of the Australian Alps,
has been proclaimed a reserve by the
government, with a view of the forma
tion of a national park. "Freedom
shrieked when Kosciusko fell," accord
ing to the poet Campbell, and this
peak was so named by a brother Pol
ish patriot, the late Count de Strezel
ecki, a political refugee, who spent
several years in Australia and did
some valuable exploring and geologi
cal work.
He was probably the first discoverer
of gold in Australia, but at the request
of the local government, which feared
an outbreak of the convict population
if the news became known, he made
no public announcement of the fact.
He spent the closing years of his life
in London and was knighted by Queen
Miss Sanborn's Ducks.
Miss Kate Sanborn, who has writ
ten much on the abandoned farms of
New Hampshire, tells of an experience
she had in raising ducks The ducks
proved to be enormous feeders and
were consuming the profits of the
farm without making the expected re
turns in eggs. One day the ducks
were at the kitchen door clamoring for
more food when an old farmer called.
To him Miss Sanborn told the story
of her failure to coax the ducks to lay.
The farmer laughed uproariously and
finally said:
"Them ducks of yours, Miss San
born, is all diakes"#
Shy One Bull Fined $200.
The manager who would advertise
his forty minstrels, "count 'em," in
Mexico, and then put on his shqw with
about ten men all told, would not es
cape as easily as he does in the
Because the number of bulls pro
duced for a bull fight in Monterey, the
other Sunday, were one shorte ofwthe.
22? ITS'
fined $?Q 0 by the municipal
ties **&r
fined 200 hv fh mnntainnl authnrt-
5I is not controlled by ring or clique*
6It asks no support but the people's.
Showing Mild Form of Superstition
From Which Few Men Are Free
Some of Them Have Inter
esting History.
The tailor was industriously brush
ing and steaming a pile of garments.
On the pressing table lay a little heap
of trinkets. Testing his iron with
a deft touch of his moistened finger,
he placed it back on the sputtering
little gas stove to heat. Then he
answered the question about the pile
of trinkets.
"Oh, those," he said, "why, they
come from the pockets of clothing
sent here to be cleaned or pressed.
Nearly every man has his 'rabbit's
Eoot.' No matter how staid a busi
ness man he may be, nor how strong
ly he would deny that he was super
stitious, he almost invariably has a
pocket piece that he carries for luck.
Look at this little piece of flint. It
would be hard to explain the reason
for carrying it. Yet I know that the
owner of that/checked suit over there,
a business man, must prize the little
rock, for no matter what pocket I put
it in when I return the suit, it is al
ways in the lower left-hand pocket of
the waistcoat when the suit comes
A Collection of Good Luck Pieces.
around for its regular pressing. He
evidently don't want to lose it, and
as it has no apparent beauty or util
ity, it must be 'good luck.'
"This penny dated 1S88 has been in
one of my customer's clothes for two
years. One day my curiosity got the
upper hand and I laid it aside and
didn't return it with his clothes. The
very next day he came in at the
noon hour and inquired for the coin,
giving the date and describing a mt
croscopic scratch that I had not no
ticed. I handed him the penny and!
in a
DUrsrof~ confidence"he" torn" me
'the why' of its preciousness On
day it was up to him to decide a deal
quickly. He was up against it
jdidn't know what was advisable.
Should he sell or buy? He struggled
with his indecision and in desperatioa
he flipped the penny and it said selt
He sold and cleared a good margin.
"That 18S8 penny wanders from one
suit to another, but it is never lost
suppose that similar stories would
explain the most of these buttons, bits
of metal, knotted rubber bands and all
the other pocket junk you see here.
They are amulets. Yet we make sport
of the ignorant heathen."
In the pile were: A brass button
from a soldier's uniform, a horse
chestnut, a dozen coins, a baby's
tooth, a dried bug, several pebbles and
shells, an empty brass revolver cart
ridge, a safety pin, a leaden bullet, a
glass bottle stopper, several rings, a
brass screw, three horseshoe nails, a
phoe button, a woman's broken
brooch, a medal and a tiny gold cross.
Crocodile Captured Slave Trader.
The trade in slaves' has entirely
ceased in Sokoto, but in Banchi there
was a recrudescence of it, due to fa
mine, the people preferring to seB
themselves as slaves rather thas
starve as freemen.
Ten years ago, it is recalled, the en
tire Angass tribe sold themselves into
slavery, but when the famine is over
they take the first opportunity to
desert In the province of Muri famine
gave a great impetus to the trade in
children, who were sold for food.
One grim incident is recorded:
"The canoes," says the report, "travel
by night and are concealed by day.
One, which was discovered in a back
water, with 22 children on board, was
pushed out into midstream by the
traders and apparently purposely cap
sized. The slave traders' swam for
the bank, but one was held b^ the
leg by a crocidile and captured 18
children were drowned."
Essence^ From Orange Leaves.
One of the industries of Paraguay
Is the preparation of essence of orange
leaves. More than 150 years ago the
Jesuit priests who then ruled that
secluded country imported orange
seeds and planted groves, which have
now become immense forests, filled
with small establishments fo
ing the essence. Thi Is exported
!f France and /fee United Statesr for
Perfumerys making. a
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