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THE SUM. SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 1916.
TRYING THE BEAUTY CURE FOR DISORDERED- MINDS
i ji iiiailili
CLASS FOR WOMAN PATIENTS
IN KINGS PARK HOSPITAL.
r I WO times one are two," writes
I strange pupil In a strange little
' school. The pupil sorry she cannot
ilu the six times table the younger ones are
studying, but easily urged to the blackboard to
do what she can, Is a grownup child, 40 yenn
old ; the school Is one organized for his charges
at the State Hospital at Kings Park, L. I., by
Dr. William Austin Macy. the superintendent.
She Is recorded as Insane, but she will never
hear that word at Kings Park, where she is u
"patient.'' Finishing her little arithmetic work,
she engages In light gymnastics to music, the
pupils getting the rhythm perfectly and brighten
ing up in the effort to hold the thought on their
work or ploy. Next she forms one of a group
to weave bright colored' papers Into mats of
simple pattern. There Is left of the two hours
sufficient time to sing a few cheery songs, ac
companied by the teacher; then to have n two
step or waltz before dinner Is called.
The younger patients, or those of more years
who need or wish to spend a few hours In the
morning at being Instructed, enter a large sunny
room, with an outlook broad enough to Include
what looks like an Impressionist's picture or n
vivid Venetian scene distant reddish buildings
with slanting gray green tops against n bright
1)1 ue sky, the water of Long Island Sound In
the distance touching their horizon. Lesson
icrlods nre flexible, so arc studies, which In
clude poetry nt times memorized to recite, read
Injr, story telling, history, geography, paper
weaving, puzzle games, raffla work, watercolor
painting, carried out largely to suit the will
of the worker, there being much Individuality
lnivn. and mnrked tnlent In some instances.
It Is more difficult than In the old time, dis
trict school to classify the pupils, especially as
the word "must" seldom enters Into the plan of
THE TUBERCULOUS CAMPS, OPEN TO AIR AND SUNSHINE, FORM AN INTERESTING COLONY
the Instructor. It Is only by getting the pupils
Interested that anything Is accomplished. The
Kings Park art work received an award at a
recent exhibition of work from several State
Once a week there Is mirth and Jollity with
the right degree of dignity in the presence of
the supervisor and others at the Tuesday morn
ing party. Lessons are forgotten, music, danc
ing and conversation ure enjoyed. Needless to
say, many of these grownup children come for
the "homemade" cake and coffee, served from a
Inrce centre table, the elaborate drawnwork
cover being the work of a patient. Dr. Macy
frequently visits the school in bis rounds. In
the summer the physician for that department
arranges for the pupils many a beach party,
with basket luncheons; and a Maypole dance Is
given each season.
An evening school picture at the hospital in
cludes n group of patients, Instructed by a gray
haired lady of osieclal refinement and educa
tion, whose work Is seen on the walls of several
of the; buildings and whose easel is her con
stant couijunlon. She has kept her Ideals,
though a patient for many years, anil considers
herself doing missionary work. This idea the
doctor encourage, for she certainly is preserv
ing the love of the beautiful In many who might
otherwise think morbidly of their surroundings,
forgetting their gifts of jiencll and brush.
Ueauty Is suggested lu as many ways as pos-
ONE OF THE MODEL KITCHENS
WHERE CLEANLINESS RULES.
slble. Those with little talent for art work find
expression fr their Ideals in color and form by
making paiier flowers. These decorate the wards
when It Is difficult to get cut flowers from the
greenhouses. From the large clusters of azaleas
and hydruugcu blooms to roses, carnations and
simpler blossoms, the patients make all sorts
of flowers; even tiny crocuses decorated the
wards when a real party with both men nnd
women patients were the guests of n woman
doctor. The extreme courtesy of the patients on
this occasion wtis notable.
Klbbon flowers are made with delicacy and
taste, under the direction of un instructor, tiny
bunches of violets showing the care taken with
Everywhere, in curtains, rtfgs, tnble coverings
and couch pillows, Is seen the handiwork of the
patients, showing In how many ways effort is
made to conserve their mental powers by the
superintendent und his aids.
The holiday spirit Is nowhere brighter than
here, at the State Hospital, for It Is Dr. Macy's
plan to give the patients all the cheer possible.
Christmas greens from the park, plnnts with
red lterrlcs from the conservatories, holly and
poinsettla flowers, Christmas trees for each
building, pre-cnts for all, music, and the best of
turkey dinners are enjoyed.
The tulerculosls camps, a group of low
houses ok-ii to air and sunshine, form a most
interesting colony in themselves, situated for
segregation on a faraway hillside. Hero arts the
imtlents who might fall forth pity, doubly
afflicted as they are with mental and lung
trouble, but because of their surroundings they
are as happy ns itos.-lble. The patients sit out
of doors or on the lurches 'partly enclosed In
glass and kept at the rluht temperature by
steam in winter; they follow the sun In Its
eourso all day long, from porch to porch, hav
ing a free and full circulation of air at night.
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MARCEL DUCHAMP AT HIS DRAWING BOARD.
GENE CROTTI STUDYING HIS PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN.
ALBERT GLEIZES WORKING AT A FUTURIST DRAWING.
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