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Lady Constance Stewart
Richardson Arranges to Give London the Barefoot Greek Dance Which Made the Fashionable "Friday Evening Club99 Titter ADY CONSTANCE STEWART RICHARDSON, most startling and unconventional of aristo crats. has just startled London with a new dan< Lady Constance is giving the BritiEh public a new interpretation cf "The Greek Faun." together with a most extensive vista of the un draped shapely limbs for which she 1* widely celebrated. Can thi? be the mysterious dance that caused New York society to drop Lady Constance and caused Lady Constance to condemn New York Eociety in terms that were eomething more than sarcastic? Whether society found Lady Con stance too ridiculous or too shock ing is somewhat uncertain. It is certain that after giving one of her dances at "the Friday Evening Club," an organization of the bright est Bocial lights in New York, she left abruptly. The Club met last Winter on Fri day evenings in the Delia Robbia room, at the Hotel Vanderbilt. Such leaders of society bb Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Jr.. Mrs. Ogden L. Mills and Mrs Leonard M. Thomas were members. Rumor says that one or more mem bers tittered audibly at the sight of Lady Constance doing a bare-footed classical dance, whereat she said "Unappreciative Philifitlnes" o r "Pigs." or words to that effect, turned her back on the club and in dignantly departed. Those who had been present said afterwards that they ought not to talk about it. and then some of them said that it was "really too ridicul ous." and others said that "that sort of thine isn't suitable for a social affair." So it looks aB if Lady Constance had given society a more than com mon surprise, doesn't it? The performance which Lady Con stance is now giving at the Empire Music Hall in London is a Greek ballad dance called "The Wilder ness," with words by Sturge Moore, and music by Gustave Ferrari. Lady Constance takes the part of the prin ci- *1 faun. That of the God Pan is aeBvJied by Chief Kagbawgan, an Indian gentleman with a sympathy for fauns. The piece was evidently inspired by Lady Constance, for she has for -nine years said that we should live j-sd dress as much like Greek fauns bb poBBible. On the programme are some little notes on the habits of faunp, which are interesting: "The idea of 'The Wilderness* is to revive the Greek ballad dance?using voices as extra instruments in ihe orchestration. One of the most inter esting types in Greek mythology, the fauns, man-like in form, but with all the instincts of the animal, have hitherto had but or.e side of their disposition displayed on the stage. ? ? ? In 'The Wilderness* their many other, entertaining traits will be revealed?they will appear in turn suspicious, fearful, playful, irrespon sible in their gaitey, passionate and cruel?traits which the interpreters have studied from the Greek anti ques." Lady Constance as a faun wears a little drapery around her waist and a little less about her shoulders. Her well-developed, unspoiled feet and lower limbs are bare and so are her equally well developed arms. Her dances symbolize and portray vividly the simple emotions of the faun?joy. anger, nleasure. love. That a member of a ducal family should he giving such an exhibition at a London music hall has caused a tremendous shock in Great Britain. The picturesque dancer is the daughter of the late Ear! of Cro martie and the granddaughter of a former Duke and Duchess of Suth erland. This duchess was an es pecial friend of Queen Victoria, and this fact has made Lady Constance's plunge into barefoot dancing all the more striking. She married Sir Edward Austin Stewart Richard son. member of a very old Scottish family. In her girlhood she per formed remark able feats of ri ding. shooting, ikating and swim ming. The reali zation that she had a very fine and unspoiled fig lire gradually forced upon her :he conviction ;hat ehe ought to give the public the benefit of it and r.elp future generations to be beautiful. Even the broad minded King Ed ward was shocked at her daring per formances. Final ly when she per sisted in keeping an engagement at the Palace Music Hall. London, she fell under serious royal displeasure Lady Constance, however, filled that engagement and many others. Of all the snubs, perhaps the one most felt hy her Ladyship was that of her cousin, the Duke of Suther land. From childhood she had been Five Interesting Photographs of Lady Constance Richardson as a Greek Faun in Her Latest Barefooted Public Performance. a welcome and frequent visitor at Dunrobin Castle. Hut since she showed her bare feet and ankles the drawbridge around the famous old moat, has not been lowered for I.ady Constance. English society naturally admired her for her athletic and sporting per formances. Long ago she won a gold medal as the champion woman swimmer for one mile. She rode horseback to church when she was married. The bride groom did likewise, and immediately after the ceremony many of the guests accompanied the bride and groom on a cross country ride. She has never worn corBets, and believes in as few clothes as pos sible. in recent years her cos tumes have be come steadily more uaring. , Sir Edward Stewart - Richard .son, who was a captain in the Highland Regi ment called "The Black Watch," was severely wounded in the present war in France and di??d of his wounds after his return home to England. He was a con ventional, unorigi nal Englishman, and he was con s I d e r a b 1 y dis tressed by the un* convention a 1 11 y and originality of niif wife. Never theless he stood b'^ her loyally, though court and society disowned her This absolute devotion to his picturesque wife was appreciated by a New Yorker who saw him cooling her feet with a soda water syphon In the lobby of a New York hotel, after her exertions in'the dance. She is now trying to forget his memory in the faun's dance. He left three sons, whom their mother is bringing up according to her ideals of liberty and lack of superfluous clothing. "I make my hoys take exercise every morning for fifteen minutes in a perfectly nude state," she explains. "In that way the air and sunshine directly reach their vital organs. Generally I send them straight from their beds to the gardens. In the mid-Winter they take their morning exercise nude indoors, and after the bath. Ordinarily fifteen minutes of play in the nude is ^ enough. A child's Instinct for play is an un erring guide. They do not loiter at tlioir play. Instoad, they run about as playfully and tease each other as persistently as puppies, until they are tired. I never excuse my boys from ihIs quarter of an hour of naked play unless they aro seriously ill. 1 have trained them to believe that it is as necessary a part of the day's pro gramme as brushing their teeth." These interesting little children are never allowed to see a picture of a mutilated or misformed body or to hear a story which tells anything about killing, such as "Jack the Giant Killer." Incidentally. Lady Constance is said to be making $1,000 a week by shocking the British aristocracy and entertaining the common British public. She needs it. for neither her ancestors nor her husband left her much. Good and Bad Promised fev the Stars for the Month of June IN THE Full Moon scheme through which the month enters, Mars and Venus are setting, but the latter as exalted is a pleasant earnest f6r foreign controversies, and Jomestic intercourse as well, and assures harmony for each up to the 13th, following which another order prevails that will involve some delicate problems in statecrafl, particu larly the last week of the month. In the early days a very romantic spirit pervades the aristocratic realm, and no table weddings will occur, including one or more in the diplomatic circle. Despite calmness, forbearance, and fnrsse in our relation to tho European mix-up. we are approaching a rupture with a foreign Power, if, indeed, such does not happen ere the close of June. The Summer Solstice, beginning June 22, is ominous with testimonies of this na ture, which equate with astral malev olencies in the President's horoscope for early and late Summer. will be confronted with enhanced difficulties, and with a less capacity to subvert the threatened e*iils. Accidents to aeroplanes will be nu merous, due to a combination of faulty mechanism. foolhardiness and "air pockets." as indicated by Mars square Uranus, the same including building and tunnel casualties. Jupiter, in the western angle for the far western States, is a happy omen for their peace and welfare, and a general safeguard for the Pacific shores. Storm formations cover the early days %s of the month, centring around the 4th and nth. with unseasonable temperature and low barometer. From the* fith to the 8th there will be sudden squalls and electric displays. Neptune Hovers over the Mississippi basin at this time, significant of a deluge and danger to crops and property. A finer clemency in the upper strata may be looked for around the 23d. There will be tornadoes in the last week of the month, particularly between the 25th f?nd 2Sth. which includes two important conjunctions with Saturn. Earthquakes will be reported from various sections. Specific incidents niay be looked for on or near the following dates: June 1-2?The Government much per turbed over a foreign incident; local ex ecutives likewise harassed by unseemly happenings in officialdom. Share mar kets depressed. .lime 5-C?Crimes against women, and a poisoning case attract attention. June ir>?A subway accident probable, also numerous explosions; a building casualty, and death to an aviator. Cor oners very busy at this period. The 22d of June Is of similar import. A com bination of Mars and Uranus will stir up crime of the auto-bandit type. June 20?Scandal in high life. Dis quieting reports from abroad, and much concern in diplomatic circles. A tem porary clearing of the situation on the 23d. June 21?From this date to the close of the month is a generally disturbed period, marked by poisonings, suicides by asphyxiation, and a prevalence of crime. Death visits the mighty in the church, in science and in literature. Losses to American shipping, which will do well to avoid all mine fields at this time, especially oil steamers. Dock casualties may be expected. Market de pression, much sickness and hospitals overbusy. June is not a good month for Saturn natives. ' Hence, caution and a mini mizing of effort should be exercised by those born between the 23d and 29th of March, June, September, or December of any year; or in 1849, Winter of 1850, Summer of 1856, Winter or Summer of 1863, Fall of 186R, in<^66. Winter of 1867, in 1871, Summer of 1878, Winter of 1879, Fall of 188f?, Winter or Spring of 1886 or Fall of 1892. A Jupiterian and & kindlier atmos phere surround those norn In the third week of January, March, May, July or November of any year; or If in the Sum mer of 1848, Winter of 1852, Summer of 1854, Spring of 1S.S6. Winter of 1S58. Summer of 1860, in 1864, Fall of 1867, in 1869-70, Winter or Spring of 1772, Summer of 1S76, Winier of 1SS0, Sum mer of 1887, or in 1896. Push ali inter ests with confidence. Uranus menaces those horn between the 5th and 8th of February, May, August or November of any year, par ticularly the fair sex. They face danger through attachments and in domestic grooves. Juno 6th, 12th, 14th. 21st and 23d are favorable anniversaries for the coming year of life. The 1st io 4th jeopardize the family Interests. <_upyiifcni, i;mo, uy me Star Company. Great Britain Rights Reservod.