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The sun. [volume], August 17, 1913, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Page 16, Image 44
The sun. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916
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THE SUN, SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 1913.
16 Mile. Dorgere Has Scents for Her Gay and Her Melancholy Hours, the Mo ments of Romance and the Spells of Pensiveness Scents Also an Antidote for Stage Fright By AHI.KTTK DOKUKHK, IN Paris I have been called the slave of perfume, a title which I love because I am a willing slave and am passionately fond of perfume. It really Is a sort of mania with me. I use ,erfume as perhaps no other woman of modern times uses it. His tory tells us that Cleopatra used it In such a lavish manner that proUibly she outdid me. Kverytblng I wear is perfumed. My friends say that I leave a trail of vola tile fragrance behind me that lasts for half an hour. After I have been promennding In the Bnis de Boulogne so strong is the trail of perfume 1 leave liehind me tnat one of my friends re marked once: "I think Carlier must have passed here an hour ago the air Is filled with perfume." Kven my dog's fur Is filled with aachel powder. My cats, my parrot and my horse all have their coats perfumed. I use both dry and liquid perfume. I am not a slave to just one kind, as bo many women are. I should as soon think f eating just one kind of food Jl my life. There are so many tempting cents. Violet Is very delicate, and I love It; but how could I get along with out Illy of the valley or white rose or heliotrope or the hundred and one other delicious scents? I want them all, fur one day I am In the mood for one perfume and another day for some thing else. For example, If I am pen sive I like violet; if I am In a romantic mood I want mask; if sad and despond ent I want white rose; If very nappy 1 want lily of the valley, and so on. 1 make nearly nil of my perfumes. H would ruin me If I bought them ready made at the enormous prices larta perfumers charge. I am going to giv some of my eholee recli-a so ERFUMES VARIED TO SUIT HER MANY MOODS that every wothnn can make her own perfumes. It is delightful to catch the fragrance of delicate scents wafted from feminine apparel. 1 am sure that It is quite unnatural and affected to say you don't like perfumes, as some people do nowadays. Women are like (lowers and should be perfumed. A perfumed woman Is more attractive than one who is not perfumed, just as a fragrant flower is more attractive than one with out odor. j The perfumes I use are so powerful that people in the audience have said that they can detect them easily when I am on the stage. I tised an extra amount then for the reason that perfume coun teracts stage fright. Perfume acts like a bracer or a tonic to me. The so-called flower scents are usually clever combinations of extracts and chemicals which so closely resemble the r-al odors that I think even bees would be deceived- I love to experiment with chemicals and oils and create new and fascinating perfumes that do not resemble the scent of any Mower, but are so exquisitely pleasing to the senses that every one exclaims in ecstasy over them. This Is my hobby. Borne women breed dogs, others paint, some collect curios, hut I play with perfumes. If I ever wanted to leave the stage and go into the per fume business 1 could make a fortune, but I don't want to do that. Then nil the beauty of perfume making would be gone. I want It to remain my play thing, something refreshing. Troublesome Stage Career of Lady Stewart-Richardson It ! sometimes a disadvantage to be of noble birth and to possess a title. Lady Constance Utewart Itlchardson found It out when it be- Spoaf-im 2r came necessary for her to earn money for the sake of her two hoys and the plans she had made for them. She had the ability to Ucomc wealthy through her dancing and the blgneaa of soul to make her willing to make commercial use of her talents for the suke of her children and the children of other people in whom ehe Is Interested, and she decided to accept a professional engagement. HI She had danced in Kngland and Amer ica for charity, in drawing rooms and at exclusive functions, and her titled friends had applauded her. Sometimes they had been a little shocked by her unconventional behavior, by her love fur big game hunting, by her Individual manner of dressing, but Lady Connie had always la-en u favorite. When ehe actually took to the stage to make money, however, Brltiah aristocracy could not approve. It wan something that was not being done and since en treatlea had no effect dome other means of dissuading her from public per formances had to be found. Ijidy Constance's husband. Kdward Austin Stewart-Richardson, Baronet, Is not rich. He owns land of course, and has an estate that Is not despicable, but he In not rii'h. He and Lady Constance have a groat fondness for the welfare of people and especially for the children of Scotland. They have established a school for Scotch boys and It needs sup port. Then their own boys, Ian Ilory Hay and Cathel Torquill Hugh, need an education to fit them for the position1 they will be Iniund to occupy by their birth. Lady Constance determined to make use of the only means at her dis posal to raise money for her wants. She was engaged by Alfred Butt, manager of the Palate Theatre, London, for a season of three weeks, to appear In her classic dances, such as she will show when she goes on tour In America this season in assorintion with Gertrude Hoffmann and Mile. I'olaire. They were the same sort of dances that he had been accustomed to give for charity, and that London and New Tork hnd applauded. As soon as her engagement was an nounced the trouble began. Her friends and some of her relatives tried to persuade her against the Idea. They knew her financial condition, but they argued that she and her husband were as well off as many others of the nobility. Hut above all they argued that a public appearance on the rftage for her was against all convention. Neither she nor her husband were "new creations'' in the peerage or baronage, but possessed titles almost as old as the kingdom. It was an unheard of thing for the granddaughter of a duke to appear as a dancer on the stage. lidy Constance regretted their op position, but she continued to complete her plans to appear at the Palace Theatre. She had been used to them opposing her in her schemes almost from her childhood, and this one she determined to curry out. As is well known in New York, the "stalls" of the Loudon theatres are generally handled by what arc known there as "ticket libraries." which buy up all of the lest seats of an opening attraction and compel the public to pay an advance on the price. The Palace is the only important London house where the libraries do not customnrily pur chase, tickets in advance. Its attrac tions change so frequently that specula tion in its tickets is considered too risky. But the week before the date set for Lady Constance's first appearance the management of the theatre was sur prised to receive an order from the principal ticket library for 300 stalls a night for the run of her engagement. No explanation was made for this and the management could nut understand it. Some time later Mr. Butt found out, but ton late to do anything. On the first night that Lady Con stance Appeared the house was filled, stalls and galleries, with the usual Lon don audience, except that the stalls had a more brilliant appearance than customary. When the titled dancer made her entrance a loud howl of hisses and "boos" burst from the stalls. almost drowning the music of the orches tra. It kept up persistently after Lady Constance started her dance. But It met with some opposition that was as unexpected ae the "booing." From the galleries where the more humble patrons sat there started a chorus of cheering that grew louder as the hissing Increased until It Conquered entirely the expressions of disapproval. Ijdy Constance had found favor with the "top of the house," and It had de termined she should have a fair chance. Until the end of her act the noise con tinued and those who were not taking part In the demonstration got very little pleasure out of the performance. It was not until the fourth night that Mr. Butt discovered the cause. The ticket takers at the door had noticed by that time that the same people were coming eaeh night to the stalls and oc cupying the same seats and they noti fied the manager. Mr. Butt recognized a number of the nobility, especially of the younger tilled men In the crowd, and he began to suspect a conspiracy. By discreet Inquiry he discovered thai his suspicions were correct. It appeared that a number of Lady Constance's friends at court, failing In their attempts to persuade her from public dancing, had organized a party to attend the theatre at every perform ance and drive her from the stage by concerted disapproval. They had not reckoned upon the good nature of the British public In general and the desire of the poorer London theatregoer to see fair play. And they had evidently for gotten Lady Constance's independence of spirit. She never let their behavior disturb her in the slightest. When Mr. Butt suggested that fhe might wish to end her engagement she informed him thai she had listened to far more terrifying noises In India and that she Intended to show them she was not afraid. Her engagement continued to the end of the set three weeks and was altogether profitable. But Lady Constance decided afterward that she would try America next In her money making effort!. 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