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The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, May 18, 1902, Magazine Section, Image 46

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Mrs. John D. Rockefeller; Jr., Wears an Up-to-Date
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Who shall eay that Mrs. John D. Rocke
feller, Jr., Is not the most fortunate ouns
woiran. In the world?
s She has a contented husband.
She likes to ko to his church.
She owns many mansions and mints
of money.
Her mother-in-law adores her.
s She makes friends, young and old
s the kind that mother used to make.
She owns the newest diamond crown
In society.
She Is an Idolized .bride In her first
s season.
s She Is as beautiful as amiable and
as amiable as beautiful.
She Is the daughter of one multl-
millionaire and the wife of another.
s None know her but to love her;
s none name her but to praise.
If any more gifts than this could be the
lot of a young- person let a fairy Princess
name them and a fairy Godmother be
stow them.
When young John D. Rockefeller married
Mian Abbey Aldr'lch of Rhode Island, so
ciety held Its breath and whlcpcred "What
mill he do with her?" Lovely to the last
degree, hlghl) educated,, possessed of every
qualification for leadership, or for home
making, mas the bride. Yet society could
not make up Us mind whether she would
be allowed to enter lis gay portals; or
mould be sequestered like unto the other
ladles of Hie Rockefeller families.
Rockefellers Have Been a
Success as Millionaires.
As millionaires the Rockefeller gentle
men have been a success. But society has
looked at them with greedy ejes
They have, one and all, possessed the
knack of making homo so pleasant for
their wives that these ladles hao not
cared to go out Into the world. And wheth
er hx'Nevv York, In Clc eland. In Chicago or
eifenhcre, I lie ladles of the Rockefeller
.fousehold have preferred to folio their
own private alms to taking up those of
They have organized private orchestras
and played In them themselves. They
have built great charitable enterprises,
have constructed private skating rinks for
their friends, they have laid out beautiful
countrv estates. They have walked, driven,
yachted, danced, played and read But sel
dom have they gone outride of their own
families to do It. "Mr. Rockefeller andI."
has been the Rockefeller motto.
And this la wli Mrs. Strong-, the eldest
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daughter of the family; Mrs McCormlck,
the second daughter, and Mrs. Prentice,
the third daughter, have been seen abroad
so little for the daughters have adopted
the motto of the mother.
And society waited breathless to see w hat
young Mrs. John would do
And young Mrs John Surprised them.
She persuaded her husband to join a
dancing class
She appeared elegantly gowned and suita
bly crowned at the opera.
She bought magnificent dresses and sent
the hearts of the dressmakers skjward
She consented to be a "patroness" at all
the charity affairs.
She followed the fads and wore pearls
Her gowns were cut Just low enough and
her American beaut) roses were just the
right shade.
8he nodded cordially to Mrs Astor across
the opera-house, from box to box, and sank
Into her seat, a recognized queen, to re
ceive the homage of Gothamltes.
Those who claim that Mrs. Rockefeller
Is only "sweet" of face have had reason
to change their minds of late, for she has
gained color and Is quite rosy; and the
delicate 'look which she had from much
study and the reading of many books for
she was a book-worm girl has left her
Mrs. Rockefeller has as many friends
In Washington as In New York, while in
Cleveland and Chicago she Is very we'l
known. As a universal society queen, she.
perhaps, could lead Gotham for sho Is
known widest and exerts the broadest in
fluence upon society life of any woman in
the social world.
She Is Fond of Dogs
and Owns Many.
Mrs. Rockefeller has three fads, her
books, her flowers and her husband, per
haps the last should come first. She is
also very fond of dogs and owns many.
She Is a patron of the sports, though never
too active in them. She takes up the Droad
er life of society, one that reaches bejond
the draw'ng-rcom, and. though she designs
her own gowns, she docs not put all her
brains Into them.
Mrs. Rockefeller's favorite color Is white.
Her favorite pictures are water colors. Her
diversions are those of driving behind pet
pontes. She enjoys dinner giving and is
an ideal hostess while her husband Is an
Ideal host; and as a conversationist she
It Is hoped that oung Mrs. Rockefeller
will be able to revive the salon. This
never has been successfully accomplished
In New Ycrk. Mrs. Paran Stevens did it in
a way; and others have attempted It. But
Mrs. Rockefeller has the ability to establish
a salon such as has never been seen this
side of the water.
She his the money for it; she has the
beauty to maintain it, also the ability that
uraws people together. She has political
friends and millionaire friends, and, more
than all, she has the necessary force of
character to make the American salon the
power in American life which the European
salon is In Europe.
Crown and Rules by Youth, Beauty and Her Right to Many Mansions and Millions.
Two well-known young attorneys, who are experts at the
Written for the Sunday Republic.
I ping We tear our clothes.
Thou pongst You raise the deuce, if
He pongs They fall In a faint.
Verb, Irreg. Origin, Japan. Inf,
s to ping-pong.
St. Xiouls is ping-pong maa. Everybody
plays It; and so enthusiastic are the de
votees of the game that It is now assured
that the game will run through the sum
mer. But it Is a winter game, declares some
one. We will make It a summer jjame, fben,
is the ifsponse.
game of Ping-Pong.
In Its Indigenous clime it is a game for
all the year. Summer and winter alike, it
is a game, not only for men, but also for
women and children.
Tor more than three centuries how much
more no one knows ping-pong has been a
game of great Importance.
Of course, the name is inane, but there is
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Monai '
Special Correspondence of The Republic
Now York, May 16 There seems to be pi
most no limit to the. number of breaks and
bruises a man may suffer and still live to
tell the tale. As long as no -vital organ la
actually destrojed, there seems to be al
most no end to tho Injuries a. man may re
ceive without their proving mortal.
Two workmen in New Jersej have reccntly
been all but broken to pieces, but still live.
One of them, a miner, fell down a 200-foot
shaft near Morrlstown, sustaining injuries
which will keep the doctors busy for sev
eral months. The other received an ener
getic kicking from a mule, and will so
about for the rest of his life with a con
siderable part of his anatomy composed of
silver plates, rubber and falsa skin.
It Is difficult to say which of the eraser is
the mora rem" Me. William C Lloid of
Trenton, N. discharged from the
hospital onlj i days ago, after three
months of tr&, .t. Ills injuries were in
flicted by a mug In tho fraction of a sec
ond. The animal kicked off large sections
of his skin, fractured his skull, removed
his eyebrows and practically all of his
teeth, besides giving him a general shaking
up. To-day, however, he is practically as
good as now, and e-tpecte. soon to return to
his work. Meanwhile, his head will re
main, as long as he lives, a veritable mu
seum of artificial appliances.
Llojd was employed in the stables of the
Rocbllng Company, and was know n to be a
daring and expert horseman. The com
pany owned a very unruly mule, which had
long resisted all the attempts made to tamo
him. and tho perilous work was finally In
trusted to Lloyd. Unfortunately, tho at
tempt was made without any witnesses
present. There is, therefore, no authentic
record of what happened.
Tho unfortunate mule tamer was deprived
of all consciousness very early in the en
gagement. He remembers being kicked
twice. Judging from his appearance after
tho engagement, it appeared that tho mule
had ppent tho greater part of tha day kick
ing him.
Tho blows wero delivered fairly In the
face. Tho force of their delivery may bo
Imagined from the fact that several of the
heaviest bones of the tkull were actually
splintered by the impact. Llojd is pos
sessed of Immense energy, or ho could not
hav o lived an hour. As a matter of fact, the
real extent of the Injuries was not dUcov
ered for some time.
Lloyd was first treated in Trenton, but
when the extent of his injuries became
knowr it was found necessary to take him
to "jpeciilists In Philadelphia. Tho work ot
rebuilding his skull and remaking his face
a lot to tho game besides tho name; and
you may call it with perfect propriety, "ta
ble tennis." That will save your feelings.
Tor tho game is nothing moro or less
than a diminutive gamo of tennis It is
counted exactly like tennis; requires as
many players; furnishes as much exercise,
and offers as great an opportunity for tho
practice of subtle heart-charms.
Who plays ping-pong? The answer is
easy: Kverybody. The popularity- of tho
gamo has increased so much in tho last
few months that it has become necessary
to manufacture the racquets and balls in
St. Louis; tho foreign markets are unablo
to furnish even half of what Is required
It is not only a fad, but has undoubtedly
como to stay as much as tennis did years
Tennis is still a popular game. We have
champions; national and local. So It will
bo with ping-pong before another year has
rolled around. Already In St Louis me
have tournaments, championships and
prizes at ping-pong parties. There is great
rivalry between clubs and between mem
bers of clubs. One cannot go to dine now
adays without having to tako part in a
gamo of ping-pong after the dinner. It Is
everywhere and all-absorbing.
Not only men of leisure and ladies of
quality aro indulging In it, hut business
men and college stoudents and women
mho have to busy themselves about a hun
dred and one things during the day. Hv-
erybody has the fever. A ping-pong parlor
on Locust street is crowded every day for
several hours with players and there Is no
sign of any loss of Interest In the game.
Bankers and brokers find that the gamo
gives them moro and better exercise in a
short time that they have been able to get
in any other way. Among the devotees of
the game are Allen West, Dwight Davis,
Harold Kauffman, Hunt Turner and Jim
Drummond. They frequently find tlmo to
meet during the day for a game. Usually
it Is for but a short time, but occaslonaily
they become so Interested that tfcey finish
the afternoon at the table.
But the season for ping-pong Is after
dinner. Then at private residences and at
the clubs there is Invariably a game In
progress. Special rooms have been fitted up
in houses large enough to accommodate
them, and In the clubhouses where the par
ticularly ardent worshippers at tho shrine
of the celluloid ball and the racquet may
commune with their own kind.
Stuart Stlckney, he of golf fame, is a
"fiend" at ping-pong. He says himself that
he has to struggle to keep away from a table
during tho day In order that he may devote
himself to business. But at night and on
Saturdays he gives may to th desire and
Instead of playing golf he stands at a ping
pong table until he is about ready to drop.
The exercise In the game will be ac
knowledged when It Is known that a tennis
and a golf champion have almost forsaken
their favorite game for the enticing ping
pong. Dwight Davis does not play tennis
as much as he used to; and Stuart Stlckney
is rarely seen with his clubs Yet. both ex
celled in their special branches of athletic.
But ping-pong is a winter game, said one
who was only half converted. Needless to
say he could play only fairly. A host rose
to contradict him. Already many lawns are
being prepared for a table during the um
mer. All that is necesasry 1 an even place I
for the table and light enough so that the'
balls may be seen In the evening. In Japan 1
and in England the game Is played the year
'round. Why not In St. Louis?
Evening ping-pong parties during the
summer are already assured. It Is not dis
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l (fat K? A MXJLESKim
was gone about s-.iemiticallv. The frac
tured part of his skull wis removed and
replarcu t a "ilvir plate This was not
merely i imttcr of sllveraUtlng an in
jured part The bone was ctuallv cut
avay and the tilvtr plate rtatly litted ill
its place The tkin was, then carefully
drawn over the plate and stvved. In timu
it is believed even the seir will disappear.
He will carry the silvtr plate to his grave.
The roof of Ilia mom! was alio broken,
past repair and a similar courtehad to to
tmploytd In rebuilding it An artificial tow
ering of rubber, was midc to tit in the in
jured portion. Despite hia artificial mouth
he is able to speak and at with pirfett
comfort. The artltlc al roof of his mouth.
Is adjustable and can lx- rtmoved at will.
Tho lost teeth were repl icpd by a full new
double set. Meanwhile a number of small
fractures of bones of the head were set and
held in position until they had knitted in
the ordinary manner
The most remarkable part of the opera
tion of repairing the damages inll'cted by
th mule was the operation of si-in grafting.
Friends volunteered to supply him with a
small part o the'r own cuticle to rep'aco
that which had been removed by the mule.
Tho operation is rather delicate and is pain
ful for both parties, c.
The contributors presented themselves at
the hospital, to be prepared for the opera
tion. The skin was taken from the upper
rart of the forearm. The skin was first
carefullv shaved and next washed very
thoroughly with a strong antiseptic. Kvcry
precaution was of course taken to prevent
any contagion All tho instruments used
were steriljied.
The other case was that of a miner named
Peter Henshaw of Hibernia, N. J. Hen
sham's Injuries were not so nany or pic
turesque as Lloyd's, though the accident
itself w as cv en more remarkable. Hensham
was working the other day near the top of
a W-foot telegraph pole when he lost hla
hold, and plunged downward. He was near
ly 00 feet from the ground when he lost
hold, and the fall, to thoe who chanced
to sec him, appeared to mean certain death.
As he dropped, however, he reached -6ut
mildly, and by a lucky chance his arm
struck a set of telegraph wires beneath
him, and to one side These served to part- ,
ly check his fall, but at the same time
swung his body outward. Ho fell from tho
pole with an awful force.
AH this v as bad enough, but morse await,
ed him. The wires, bysinging him to
ono side, dropped him at tho foot of a
mining shaft. Tho mountains thereabouts
are honey -combed with these shafts, which.
pierce the earth at a variety of angles. The
shaft near which Henshaw fell runs into
a mountain at a steep angle. Had it been i
a perpendicular shaft he would have fallen i
to cc-tain death.
As it mas, he mas so badly stunned at
the Instant he struck tho ground that h
could not save himself, and slipped Into
the hole. His body continued to slip, slida
nrd fall by turns until it reached the bot.
torn of the shaft, 100 feet below. By a
miracle of good luck. Henshaw only hroke
one leg and two ribs In the descent.
tinctly a rich man's or woman's game, ai
has often been sapposed. but almost every
one may havo a set Tha sets aro cheap
even as compired with tennis sets. Wher
ever there is room for a dining table therfj
is room for ping-pong, and tho fascination
that the gamo nor. holds, especially amon
tho smart set. cannot bo downed by warn;
m cather.
Among tho particularly pood plng-ponr;
rooms in bt, Louis, asldo from tho clubs,
are those at tho Drummond's. Mis Wtck
him's and at tho McKittrick's. Cvery evo
ning ping-pong holda sway. It is proper
nowadays for young ladies to take soma
form of physical exercise, and ping-ponB
combines all the pleasure that they- may
find in any exercise and affords all tha
sport of play. j
Ralph and Walter McKittrlck, Arthua
Shepley and Dan KIrby- are among the best
and most enthusiastic players In the city.
The Country Club and tho Florissant Club
are utterly crazed over tho game. At pres
ent It holds the trumps over all other
games, and from Indications it will be tha
popular game of the summer at both clubs.
Of course, this does not mean that tenn!
and golf and polo will not havo their de
votees, but ping-pong will bo tho most frequently-
played gamo of tho season.
The women of the city are us enthusias
tic .as the men-possibly more so. and they
havo their claims upon the attention of tho
men and their sports. Ping-pong looks and
sounds llko a game that does not requira
as much cndtiranco and strength as other11
spons anu tint is sid to bo tho reuson
that the women have taken It up. As t,
matter ot fact. It is as violent as nlmnst
any gamo th it Is popular with many peo
ple, but It seems so playful that tho weaker
be. have seized upon It.
It is a fact that one business man of this
c ty a man or more than usual corpulence-
has reduced his weight by forty pounds
playing ping-pong. And If the truth mi.ro
known, it is probably true tint several
women have been enabled to become mora
sylph-like through the medium of the game.
But that Is .v matter concerning which
women will not talk.
Women who are onenlv .anient nl.-ners
ping-pong are rot the ones of whom any
one can say they play to reduce thel
weight. They- are modern women In every
may, and have taken up tho game not only
because it Is tho fad, but also because it
Is a g ime that enables them to keep In
good physical condition It is proper no
longer for momtn to be weak and requiring
the attention of maids and menr but they
mut be able to cope with the strongest.
Accordingly, they tako as much exercise,
comparatively, as men And ping-pong of
fers them something in the way of a gam
that has not been offered by any thins
Among the more prominent women play
ers of ping-pong are Mrs. James Drurr
mond, Mrs. William' Gregg, Mri. Laurence
J. Mornn MIs ickham. Mis Mitchell.
Mrs. E O. Stanard, Mrs. W. II. Walker
and Mrs. Goodman King. Each of theso
has an elaborate ping-pong room fitted up
nt her house, and parties are frequent. It
is not at nit unusual for them to meet in
the morning and play arduously befora
luncheon. It serves as an excellent appe
tizer. The game was hroiight 'to St. Louis by
two people at about the same time. Mrs.
E. H. Semple ot Westminster place be
came enamored of the game while abroad
last summer, and when she returned she
set up a table at once. Sirs. Sidney Walker
appeared on the scene at about the sama
time, an enthusiastic player of the game.
That mas its start In thi3 city. It did not
take long to bring the sport to its present
position, but these two St. Louisans havo
been instrumental In making it a fad.
One of the best players among the women
is Mrs. Lewis Haywood She has for sev
eral months been a devotee, and lias ac
quired remarkable 'kill in handling tho
racquet. Mrs. John Fowler Is another ex
cellent player, and Mrc Dan Taylor, Mrs,
Campbell Smith and Mrs. Frank HammeS
are also in the first class. I
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