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THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. OCTOBER 21. 11)00.
ART POSSIBILITIES ABOUT ST: LOUIS: & Painter Within the County Limits. oe .-. K V V A Ut43 NS- c-sj-7 kiZ &B( -"-g&-r '.V 's ziii&immmM " - ,,,fi&V?VV Jd- -Jxs.i'3i MSB Tl si Miff BTKiJJM-'-BBBtATl !&;:r tar!ef' ti --, '.li-. - xTJ.-ii llasQSS This sketch was made for The Sunday Republic by J. LeBrun Jeclcin; at Mcramec Highlands. MRS. ELIA W. PEATTIE, A WRITER OF WESTERN STORIES. She Is the "Original Bryan Man.' WRITTEN- FOR THK SITNDAY l'XPCUU& In a pretty, coir Hat at the -very top of one of the large apartment buildings over looking Lake Michigan dwells, during the winter months. Ella W. Peattle. author of "Jim fancy's Waterloo" and other West em stories. One feels at ease a soon as ono enters Mrs. Peattle's parlors they are so home like and the hostess's manner 1 so cor dial. She Is. very likely, at work on fume diminutive garment for hr liaby. who has not yet celebrated Its first anniversary. If so. she continues her sewing, and lams to you In such a manner as to make you for get the object of your -visit. Mrs. Peattle Is above all a wife anil mother. Her writing Is only secondary and subordinate to the higher Interests. Her love of children and her understanding of them are noticeable In her stories. She saj.s that children never pall, because they nro constantly surprising one; to-day they nro babies: to-morrow they have arrived at an age when they can be satirical. To an Intimate friend Mrs. Peattle lately wrote: "I'm so busy with household mat ters these dayn that writing has to go by the board. But what docs It matter? Al most every one la writing. Perhaps I shall acquire distinction by keeping still! At last my baby, Donald, Is prospering, really, for the first time In his tender llttlo life. I am sure I must weigh twenty pounds less than I did my heart Is so much light er." Mrs. Peattle Is tall, slight and girlish looking; with dark hair and blue eyes. Her manner Is full of quiet dignity and quick sympathy. Into her short llfo sho has crowded an Immense amount of uork. Married early to Hobert Items Peattle, .1 well-known Journalist, sho commenced her literary work on the Chicago Tribune. Some time afterwards the young couple settled In Nebraska, where sho was engaged for eight j ears on the Omaha World-Herald. While there she did editorial work besides writing a dally column entitled "A Wotd with the Women," which was widely read throughout the West. She started the movement for abolishing capital punish ment In Nebraska, ami she helped to vcurc military care for the Indians In the Mark Hill- after tho battle of "Wounded Knee." and she started a. large free circul iting li brary In connection with the woman's- clcb, by which women In rountry plates could have access to books; she found time t hilp organize the Omaha Woman's Club, which now has :i mcml-ership of del. and of which she was for s-onie lime president. Mrs. IVattie was the first pers-on who wrote an editorhil on William Jennings Hrjan. and she has been Mjld the "Ilrst Ilrjan man" She Knew- him personallj when he was a young attorney. More his eh-ctlon to Congress, and was much Im pressed by his eloquence. While In Omaha short stories from her pen appeared In the magazine? of the East. On the publication of "Jim Lancj's Water loo" In the Cosmopolitan. Mrs. Peattle's recognition Immediately followed. This rep utation was rustalncd when she irought out. 'ess than two years ago. her first book of short stories, which was named for the first and by no means best of the numlier. "A Mountain Woman." She has since published "Pippins and Cheese." "Tho Shape of Fear" nnd quite iccently a voiumo of stories for girls entitled "Ick ery Ann." In addition to her prose writings, Mrs. Prattle has published some inarming vcrs-c. "The 1,0 e of a Caliban." a romantic op era, was ie-ued by the Philosopher Press at Wausau. Wis., and limited to 3 copies. Mrs. Peattle has Wn tho recipient of many amusing and pathetic letti rs In cem ncction with her stories. Soon aftt r A itesuscltat'on" appeared a convict jElPe'&lVLCg laHKi SSSSFBSSSSSSSSSSSSBW "WS 111 In Jollet renltertlary wrote that he was sure that the author hail suffered like him self and lnil knawn the silence of a pris on cell, so trutt fully had she described his feelings. "A 1-idy of Yesterday." the only one In the collection which was purely a work of Imagination all the others bavin Ixvn founded on some Incident attracted the attention of a gentleman In Iowa, who wrote that the author must have known his history, as, with the exception of one cr two details, the story was his own. "Tho Shape of Kear." a collection of ghost storles, was highly welcomed In our own country and reiehed unqualified prulse from the Spectator. St. James's Ga zette" and the Athenaeum. Mr. Andrew Ixmg toeik the work seriously und thought he had perhaps added to his psycholog ical data. Two ve-ars. ago Mr. Peattle severed her e-onnection with the World-llerald In order to follow her husband to Chicago. The peo plrt of Omaha presented to her an oaken hi st containing an entire service of silver. Since returning to Chicago Mrs. Peattle has done little news-paper work. What time she can spare from her family, which Is always her first thought. Is devoted to story writing nnd to active club work. In the summer Mrs. Peattle loves to take her rhildren Into Michigan, her native State, where her father owns a large pine grove not for from the lake. Ilesldes Baby Outlaid, there nre thtee older children, who alrea ly rIio promise of more than ordlnarj talent. i ..... i ENGLISH HUMOR. js-ji MRS. ELIA W. PEATTIE, j-J. i.-.i. .'.. .-............... Prom the London Express. IT Is imported that a French gentleman who Iia.s .-pent two winters learlng the language of crows. sajs that they have a eompl. te series of words with which to express their limited ideas. There seems to be little that is strange In the Idea, for irows have alwajs been known to be Inveterate croaktrs though It must he admitted lint they never croak without caws. General De Wet. rri-ni e'.llir's WeMj "Christian de Wet. 1'ightir." Is the mot descriptive name tim -a,, i, applied to the liner (Itreral who has leen continually harassing the Krltlsh Army in South Africa during the vast live months. The great suee-ess which De Wet has at tained may be attributed ton score eif differ ent ttiuai". He was utterly without military training before he vus ehnii to lead a lormiiamln l.it October, jet be has devel oped the lighting Instimt. which Is common to all lloer", to .such mi exlint that he stjnd- pie-e-mlnent among the republican Oenenil-. He Is energetic, resourceful and darlag bevond measure Time and attain he has hil from ." to 1,0 of his men against fiv timid th it number of BrilUh soldiers, and rtiently he and hli X burghers i-e,aped easily from a tightly drawn cordon ef more than s.tt British sol diers under laml Kitchener. He recognizes the value of good scoutlrg. :i point which has cost the British hiavllv by reason of their Indifference, and no English General can truthfully -ay that he has ever uur prised De Wet. All his men are supplied with two and three remounts, and. In con sequence, they ean traverse from forty to sixty miles a dav with easo when there Is a necessity for It. De Wet himself truvels In it tumble-down four-wheeled carriage. He ulwavrt has four er five extra horses fas tened to the rear axle of his vehicle, so that he can readily replace fagged-out an imals with fresh ones. Every detail In his laagers Is systematized to such an extent that It reminds one of a fire-engine home. Mobility Is the breath of his life, and to -fall upon a British column when It was not known that De Wet was within fifty milts is his specialty. One day he stood before his t-nt In the Free State and cried, "Opzaall" In less than four minutes every tent was elown and on a wagon, every cannon and ammunition wagon fastened to horse, and every one of his burghers waiting beside his horse for the order to proceed. Last October, when the single word "Oor Iog" (war) was flashed over the telegraph wires of the- Transvaal and tho Free 8tate. De Wet was building an Irrigation dam on his farm. Less than an hour afterwards he was riding over the eldt to the railway eta lion, and less than a jear afterwards he had Indelibly Inscribed his name on tho scroll of South African history. itj(!$i'!;! :$f&vrt3 . - viV.-.W'.-''V-iV 'vW:-.:;-r-S:;::S:-;.;: ::tt:$.v;;' ..x-::V:-:.Ve.v::.::J:';vv.; :.. ...;.:- . .'. .-It - :-:-i'S-:;.i--:.:.:K - V'-v --. .S'-WV.v w :-. .v. 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Witte, formerly Miss Gehner. has posed for The Sunday Republic in her wed ding gown of Renaissance lace, considered by critics to be the handsomest lace gown of its kind in St. Louis. Mr. Parsons of Studio Grand, who photographed Mrs. Witte, has suc ceeded in reproducing the delicate pattern of the lace with great accuracy. lvw'v.isjsjvvi"wsjvvjvvjftjvvni-.vj""! "wvuvij" jvvv.s.swvidsvsjsd"w"wv-i'."u"s.-bjs."p.. .-w.w.-wvrjw."us.- avausa avwivjvvavavwvwwm DRESSING AS A FINE ART- WHAT ELSIE DE WOLFE SAYS. Opinion of the Best Dressed Woman on the American Stage. The art of dress for It Is as truly an art as either painting or sculpture has alwavs seemed to me of vastly more Importance than people generally realize, sajs Elsie de Wolfe In the New York Press. Nor Is It Important only In private life. On the stage, as any theatrical manager would tell you. It has even more significance than at tho domestic hearth. Taste, being a great part of art. Implies selection, and should be conspicuous both In small and great things And In putting my case thus modestly I am conceding much. Tor. If the truth were known, we might be shocked to And how very large a place In woman's heart and life Is filled by-gowns. Speaking for myself. I think (and I have always thought) dress worthy of careful consideration In the composition of the parts I play. Whether the play be modern or classic, whether the part bo trifling or prominent. It should be dressed taste!ully and, where possible, correctly. If the ear of the-play-gcer should be satisfied by a nice reading of lines, why should his eye be gratuitously offended by sartorial carelessness? Suppose, for Instance, to take an ex treme case, that an actress Impersonating Carmen Introduced herself lo an audi ence wearing Instead of the familiar un-1 picturesque costume with which she has aa long been Identified. :i gemn u li Marie An toinette t a la Pompadour. What would happen? The public would set the actres elown as Ignorant If not. Indeed. Imperti nent! And what would the critics espe cially the women critics leave of her next morning? The question wc arc discussing U not so paltry as ome of jou may fancy. I'or dres?, as dress. Is more or less symbolic, and "the beauty th C5e can see" will al ways move the multitude. In tho church tho symbolism of dress finds Its most wonderful expression. Seek Into the tru; meanings of all the colors, the vestments, the repeated changes of vest ments. In the rites of Catholicism. Greek or Roman, and a whole world is opened to you a world filled with poetical beauties and profound msterle. Far be It from my mind to Institute un timely parallels between church and stage. Yet. In the theater, as In the cathedral, cos tume should have a meaning and a fitness of Its own. Whv -hoiil.1 it nut ul hive Its o.vn poeiry? If. as we Know, stage dre's-lng In America to-day .- so very different from what it was ten or evvn live jiarn a-J. I think I may without vanity take sonic of the crullt fur the hinge I have made It one of my !! f aims to inlliiriii'p the art of dress a I p-rs-Nt In caltiiik It ! example, aim I Imp," I nave lt.tluencril it In the fithl direction. There Is Infinite beauty In tltm-ss. If you are plaving the part of :i m lid. nu should dress like a maid- not like something that had escaped from a comic open. stmethlii thit was never seen on earth or In heaven. In a very successful play rrod'ieed here rev ntly the maid of a grand djnie wore short petticoats of pah st blue, a low mckul bodice with a tlchtl and a huge mob i-sp. s?oIe"Ims of this sort ihould not be lossibla on our stage. When, on the other hand. I played a mild In "A Marriage of Convenier.ee." at th" Kmpire Theater, a s-ea-on or two ago. I wore a correctly composed Louis XV gown (only one gown), throughout three acts. In "One Summer's Day." when I ap peared In the character f a gjpsy girl. I wore rags from end to end of the Dlay. and walked without heels, like the women of the fields, who go barefoot. And let me tell jou. It -was not easy to walk flat footed, after being accustomed so long, like other modern women, to wear heels, which give an entirely different carriage and al lure to tho whole body. After practicing la my own home for days and days, however I ove re-ame the difficulty. , I mention the.e matters merely to Illus trate t!'e real lmwrlance of detail which may at th- ilrst blush seem Insignificant In " " the coiiiositio:i and dressing of a part. " often a s-lisbt lapse, a neglect of an ap !..r.iit trille, ! i ides let wren failure anX "" m;o e". Tl.e man whei said that "genlu Is null an Intfltp c-ipacitv for taking"1 pair."." knew what !: was talking of. -"7 ijno.l ta.ie In ilre-"-lng. as In other mat ters, K a sure guaratitie of a woman's"" iliar.titer CikhI tacte-. natural and culti vated. Inherent and Ii'grained. Is a compas thnt never err. " When jou rave taste, believe me. ynti" will rind !- ugly -candals and hear no usly Mories e-onneeteij with jour name. And jou will repeat none. Scandal will seem to jeu as billions as to much good braid or mammoth buttons on your gowns. Vul garitj muj" love such things, hut taste re- jects them. -y One point more and I have done. Whatever tate vour dressmaker may have (and vonie dressmakers In this coun try have positive genius), do not permit " them to guide jou utterlj- In the selection of jour costumes, either In private life or ' on the stage. Certain little touches, certain suggestion tv as to this or that detail, should be ydu4 !fc own. They should be Indicative, not of th3" dressmaker's taste however gooel that mrani be but of jour own taste and your o- character. s ara In other words, though you should or go strain after peculiarity, your -dress slo talta be original. V ,-r-'