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THE SUN, SUDY, ?!AY 10, 1914.
16 "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MAN IN THE WORLD" 1 " Us- WIN.'ll'llRI MAIU'Ell COIII.I'.Vt HC entered the studio like a dazzling rny of sunshine clad In a coinlilnntlon of kimono nnd pajamas. II wis sufllclcntly startling to behold for tho first time "tho must beautiful man In the world," .lint doubly so to bo received by him thus unconventionally. Wc see them on tho stage nowadays, the Russian dancers nnd nil the other Interpreter of the elemental, nnd do not blush at the diminutive leopard kln n n costume, but to meet them In their homes elad in scant silken gnr tncnts, their bare feet enensed In nandals. Is n bit overwhelming. It was, however, only n moment nfter taking the cold plunge that I (merged In the sunlight of his sweet young per sonality, for Paul Swan Is the Incarna tion of youth nnd eternal sprint. In the parlance of the world e Is 25 years old, but In terms of eternity he Is very day n newly created spirit. Beauty has no age or sex, and his Is of the pagan jjnd l'an sparkling nnd ephem eral. "About my Greek colony?" he re peated. "Yes. It Is about to become a realized Ideal. I have actually pur chased a beautiful wooded tract of land In the Adirondack, In Warren county. It Is seven miles from a rail road, the nearest station being n pic turesque village, "It Is wonderful timber land, nnd we have n ihuge barn, which can be divided tip Into numerous living rooms nnd studios. Strangely enough there seems to be no spot In America where beauty lovln1: souls and people doing creative, artistic work can meet on a plane of In His Adirondack Tract Paul Swan Will Found a Greek Colony Where Beauty Loving Souls May Work Out Artistic Ideals and Do the Household Tasks "You see," he said simply, "I nm nt heart nothing but n plnughboy. I enmo from n farm In Nebraska. I ran nway to go to school, trudging over long, hnrd roads In n wild country when I was only 12 years old In order to obtain n high school education. I really am thoroughly self-made nnd ihavc earned my way through vnrylng vicissitudes ever since childhood. I have slept In n basement doorway on Broadway because than effeminate nnd contemptible. There are so many followers of nrl nnd music who losu their poise, degeneruto or fly off nt outrageous, tangents that a practical person with a sense of hu mor may be excused perhaps for being a bit Intolerant of the artistic tribe; but If we have an open mind It certainly Is of great Interest to meet a spirit of light and Joy In this prosaic world. "Our colony Is to bo no Liberty Hall- no place for the Idle and foppish, for tho vain nnd sensual," he went on, 'ITo be Greek Isiiot only to cultivate beauty and harmony but to love strength, pu rity and etllclency. We will have classes In athletics and dancing, not the mora violent but those which develop graco nnd symmetry. Tho reciprocation of dally labor will bring about n modest, democratic spirit, and otir studies In architectural und municipal beauty will star for five great oil portraits repre senting her In as many characters, and this commission took the artist scarcely more than a child to her 1'ort Chester home for nn entire summer. Many nrtlsts would have been only too proud und happy to attain the dis tinction of painting tho actress. The only one who had ever In any way sat isfied her previously was n famous Rus sian, l'aul Swan caught the wonder ful moods of the most subtle modern actress nnd received n liberal education from her friendship. Even the close association of hostess and guest never made her seem commonplace or other than a mystic Intelligence. She greatly admired the beautiful boy and used laughingly to exclaim: "You are too old to adopt and too young to marry!" This money for the live portraits, earned by hard, unremitting labor, made It possible for this little ploughhoy of the Western World to realize the dreams of his lifetime, nnd visit Greece and Egypt. Egypt nnd all of Europe he found In tellectually Interesting, but Greece one long ecstasy. It was when he was studying with the Athenian sculptor Thomas Thermopolls that he became enamoured of dancing as a perfect ex pression of certain Ideals. He llrst danced at a fete promoted by this Greek sculptor. From that time on dancing H3TKaiT H mH EBiiB H 77k- , t Safe, Si h pit. Perfect MOTION PICTURE MACHINE For the Home, School or Club. Over 7,000 in Use. Opcni up an entirely nevi world of oWi ,hi, for you, your family, nnd your fnrtid Live over and over again the great r- ntj of your Foreign Tours, Motor Tri md other liuppy occasions by simply thriu'tng thtm on a screen in living, fascinating 'ion. No wiring or electric connections tut' ary; turnine the handle ucnerates its own (.1.. .m. 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"I want tills to be a sort of clearing house where problems of beautifying American cities can bo thrashtd out. where unappreciated talent can be so directed and developed as to be brought to the notice of the buyers of tae coun try. Yet we especially discourage the commercial craftsmen who work only for money. We do not want the moun tain home to be merely a resting place for the hustling writers nnd painters who arc pausing a moment to be lazy before getting their second w'nd to race mndly onward In quest of fortune and fame." "A sort of 'And no one shall work for money, And no one shall work for fame. Hut each on his separate star, Shall paint the thlnus as he sees them. For the god of things as they are'?" I suggested. "Exactly," he said, enthusiastically. "But on the other hand, we do not want the luxury loving. There Is n whole horde of people who are gushing, effu sive nnd pseudo artistic. They chase geniuses perennially, hoping to capture them for receptions and teas. The Idea of n summer resort filled with talented 'bohemlan' perj-ons appeals to them as a novel and thrilling experience. "The type of worker whom wo aim to Interest In our colony Is the hones' laborer In the realm of the Ideal who has something to express und Is brave enough to express that something, even nt pecuniary loss nnd in the face of rid icule. I honestly believe that we mutt return to something akin to the simple life, nnd It is my plan not to havo any servants In the community, ench con tributing several hours daily to the light tasks of cooperative service." 1 had a fleeting vision of n somewhat disorganized cooperative household run by the mutual labor of varying artistic temperaments. However, the founder of the colony does not Impress ono as either u fool or a dawdler, and his sim ple, practical manner, moru than nay words or glowing prospectus, soon es tablished In my naturally sceptical in tellect a deep faith and hearty indorsement. 1 had not the money for a night's lodg ing." "Impossible!" I exclaimed, seeing tho halo of his recent days In Egypt and Greece above his fair ringlets. All nbout me was tho luxury of a modern, unusually elegant New York studio. It was of tho duplex variety, done In wonderful woixls, carpeted with soft l'erslan rugs, Its walls lined with rare paintings, expressions of the moods of the boy chatting unconcernedly Ive fore me. And yet no one could doubt that, amlil the comforts of present ma terial prosperity, his soul was slmplo and sincere. It Is one thing to use luxury as u background: another thing to wallow In it. "Things" will never suffocate l'aul Swan. H Is n far cry from a Nebrnska prairie to the sunny Isles of Greece where "burning Sappho loved and sang." The story of this rcltunrnnted Narcissus Is more fasclnntlng than any fairy tale, i me cannot picture him aniong the rude. farmlands and severe storms of tho plains of Nebraska. Itather docs he seem the embodiment of the spirit of Athens. Golden Greece was hU lodestar from childhood. Ho cherished an absolute and definite conviction that In a pre vious Incarnation he had been n Greek, and I, a. prnctlcal New Yorker, In a high studio building Just off bustling Uroad way, felt the Influence of his certain conviction steal upon me. "When I went to Greece." ho said, "I had a different feeling from anything I have ever experienced before or since. I felt a complete realization .if my being Indigenous to that soil. "The scenes, the people, the air 1 breathed were wholly familiar. I had come Into my own. After many silent centimes Greece had drawn nie bai k again to her warin bosom. Although I oved Egypt and found many enthus.nsm" in the spirit f art ami beauty In tho did World, no other country had this effect upon me." It Is necessary for mc to Impress upon the sceptical that there Is nothing mys tical or uncanny or abnormal about tho young painter, although It will be Im possible to convert the plain, commer cial, unpoiticaI American baslness man to any toleration of male, beauty, or to convlnco him that one whose entire llfo is spent In the expression of beauty through dancing nnd painting is other Ajtar rroression; Sharp Beware of cheap scissors! They will best. In i way can tain of abst , , faction. Gua- The best stores st AMERICA'S BEST If joo don'l sec this it isn't a W1SS "ST come confused when they ,ij red lights, .upposlug them 1 danger?" "You are assuming cm i much." replied the city man lnterborough otllclals immcdia that possibility nnd took men prevent It. When It was d mark the location of the Hi boxes with lights the fact b. parent that danger signals of i were scattered so prufust ly great underground system be folly to attempt to use i'.hi other purpose. "What did the Intorbon do to solve the problem'' slmpiy broke nil preceden - 1 blue lights to mark the tin ,i: "Tlie platfoim man t"ld m day that the blue lij-hts 1 . 1 Installed recently to maru boxts. 1 assume that in n statement to apply to t' ' tern. Perhaps he un! ,t ' apply to that pariie,.l any rate 1 noticed 1 1 . - i other morning for the t.: were th" tlrst hglns f have notiei l in the s .' 1 I use the system i ' t Paul Swan. 'The most beautiful man in America." encourage civic responsibility." Surely nut thu words or scutlmuntu of n weakling. The boy who struggled from the farmlands of the West to the Chicago Art Institute finally lauded with $20 In Jils pocket within tho Inhospitable, gates of Manhattan. The turning point of his llfo was reached when he tlrst heard Nazlmova play Ibsen. "She was the most fascinating per son in the world," he said, "and still Is the most marvellous personality." Ills one burning desire was to paint the Itusslan genius, lloylshly ho wrote her, begging for a photograph' In order that lie might express Ills Interpretation of the great actress In the form of a portrait. Ills letter went unanswered, Doubtless Nazlmova's waste basket wus til I I'd with thousands of similar out pourings of youthful effusions, Then he bought two photographs of her and went to see her play several different characters. Altliutigh very poor, he executed a life size oil painting and presented it to her. Ho sent the mammoth package by express to her theatre and by mall a modest note of explanation. Ho was asked to come to tho theatre nnd Immediately by the expressions of awe and respect of the doorman ho realized that at last he had triumphed. Ho was led through tho dark theatre In back of the stage, whero the entire cast was assembled around the unpacked portrait, and was wel comed enthusiastically by every one, Including the actress. That portrait, douo by the youth in his teens, now adorns the front foyer of Na.lmova'N theatre In Thirty-ninth street, New York city. The Immediate result was nn order from the Itusslan Last summer he gave Interpretative dancing In Newport and In New York drawing rooms, and the two vocations, dancing and painting, may be pursued simultaneously. "I have no Illusions left." he told me, 'regarding fame, or ambition, or great ness, or perfect happiness. The best that any of us can do Is to express our selves and our Ideals through the me dium which Is most natural to us. "I used to say that painting was the 'perspiration of the soul,' but that ex pression was a little offensive, as Is the naturalness of Walt Whitman, and so, perhaps, we can best wonl it, that our paintings are the 'exhalations of the smil.' 1 just paint to get It out of my system, and I dance to express thn-e subtle emotions and hidden meanings which help us to feel that life 1 some how good and beautiful, and pass the news along." I had noticed thnt many of his paint ings were of young boys rather than of women. He feels that masculine symmetry nnd beauty has been neglected In the American workaday world. The past has accentuated brute strength and mastery and the characteristics of the caveman as Ideals of male perfec tion, and until the desirability of these brutish qualities be abolished the world at large will frown upon any cultivation of loveliness In manhood. "Of courso I have been maligned and abused and persecuted," Mr, Swan said cheerfully, "but the only thing I really want to Impress upon people is that I am not abnoimal or eccentric. Why should one be regarded as a freak be cause ho admires the beautiful?" I think It was about tills time in our discourse that It occurred to him to show me his baby, "Honestly," he said Ingenuously, "it is the most wonderful child! I assure you that It In quite different from the ordinary live weeks old infant. I do not say this through vanity or because I am Its father, but truly It Is much more than a bundle of blankets'! It Is a perfect little personality an entity. You Jusl see " Soon he came back to ine, bringing the lovely little baby girl, and although not an expert Judge I admitted that It looked good to me. I wish that I could have taken a snapshot photograph of what Mender he Is moulded In perfect proporti his. Ills fate is ns i qiuslte as if chiselled by Phidias for the youthful Apollo. The features are clearly cut as a cameo, tho t yes blue and ex pressive, the hair soft and waving, of a pale brown, thu brows direct and ear nest, and the face glowing with the sun rise tolor. It Is not merely the regu larity of line that attracts, but the spir itual glow wlilth animates every mo ment, und yet he is strangely Imper sonal. There is no vanity or conscious bid for admiration. It would seem that the Greek colony would attract thousands of men and women all over America win realize in Its possibilities the satisfaction of a long felt want. I'ndoubtt dly It will also draw to It Innumerable cranks, fanatlts ami faddists. It W..I take a wise head to discrimi nate between the abnormal and outland ish and the high soiiled, earnest and poetic. Also it will take tact to sep arate the sheep from the goats with out bloodshed! If the Greek colony in tlie Adlroudacks should prove a sue cess this summer undoubtedly similar units will spring up all over America. Blue Lights in Subway it IS case of a collision, fire or other accident, would It bo possible to send In n lire alarm from the subway without going upstairs to the street level?" Inquired a stranger In the city of his New York friend as thev were riding down town In the llrst car of a Uroadway express train the other day, "Ves, It Is possible to sound a lire iilarm without having to go upstairs," replied the city man. "Eire alarm boxes can be found In the tunnel near the north and south ends of the station platforms. Colored Incandescent lights are placed opposite the boxes to show their location, and Willi tlie lights to act as guides tlie boxes could be readily located and used when necessary," "When you say that lights mark the locution of the boxes," continued the stranger, "I assume that these lights are red. And If red lights are used at these boxes, Isn't there u possibility of strangers mistaking tho regular danger signals for alarm box signals, and do not tho motormen In charge of trains bo- leads me to believe the is of recent vintage. "It may talte some t tlie public to the f.it t ' way blue lights an i - lot allon of lire l i x -tlrely due to thu f.o i ' lire It Is set olid n. it .it woman and ch:ld t s light capped laiuppi -'. be dillleiilt to l ar in is tlie lire symbol in V red N the symbol in t!, "However, In view o red, yellow, glei n a..d ready used oxtcn.ei ground system, ft w i remained to chooi fi admitted that the add ' to the chromatic eft'. . Caskets in IN a Haileni flat il tenants tect ivetl -fuiura; of one of After the service in ' rooms those ntteiidin vator downstairs anil w for the body, exp' e' in il.'Wn stairs. Insii 1 t and his assistant sti i ; elevator ten minutes !.!' i the casket. In order to g t the elevator it had to ! There It was in one i standing as souit ' mummy boxes an s' pulitan .Museum of .i: "We take taslti i senger elevator of tie let us," said the und' ' lug of the matter. I than humping alu ui twisting stnlrwavs fa' We would base had ! ' could not have Used '. 1 "Sometimes the ' Ject, but oftellel' 11 i ner. Many of tln-si illail coloieil chaps. .i' superstitious. At oi. ,i short time ago the n take the casket dew to run it myself. T' said he'd surely ill m woman standing up .i ' side of him when In w all night tour. "This elevator boj exception, lie WIUHed third floor and lal wished to come dwii way in the car win v casket. You ought quickly she kicked i i' I the 1 c.htr then. I J1 .ml at an i 51 half f