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Mrs. Edward Demarest Mooers, Wife of the Heir to the Yellow
Aster Gold Mine, with More Millions Than Experience, Decides fa.to Go On HHp the Stage to PijjP Prove This W Disputed * ? Question ?, V Her Eyes with a Rather VampUh Lure. WHEN Delilah. of the Philistines, lured Samson, the Israelite, to her tent, that she might practise upon him those artful wiles for which she was famed, and which proved his undoing, this raven-haired and black-eyed houri became, unconsciously, the prototype of the modern sirens to whom were first given the desig nation "vampires." For th? modern vampire, like Delilah of old, preys upon impressionable men, luring aim with Vr smiles, fascinating him with a beauty that is only a ho'low mask, and weaving about him a fatal spell with her lnritiag eyes. And, like Delilah, she casts her victim aside, helpless and broken, when he has served her purpose. Although the traits of Delilah have been recorded for us In the undying pages of the Bible itself, and Killing's vampire immortalized as "a rag and a bone and a hank ot hair," after all It is the motion picture audiences who know most about vampire* and their sinister, deceptive ways. . it l8 the movie screen that has the modern siren a familiar thing in corners of the earth. And it is the screen that has visualized her, and v *** her apart as never being any ? than a tall, sinuous, beautiful V woman with coal-black hair and ? ' ting black eyes. ?h was a brunette?as were all the - i?J women?and she was chosen - _/ Somson because her hair was ? her eyes the darkest, and her fairest of them all. Kipling's ? a brunette, whose beautiful -hone like pearls, the more Jewel-like ? whiteness contrasted so Tly with the blackness of her hair . eyes and the redness of her luscious 'd those who make motion picture! .?Mowed the fashion set by the foolish men who have pictured vampires on the screen and presented them in the theatres, being entirely too slavish to the Delilah precedent. Mrs. Edward Demarest Mooers, who is Just out of her 'teens, and yet has had. because of her position as one of the leaders of the younger ?'millionaire set" of Southern California, great experi ence with the society in which vampires love to move, declares that. If the truth were known, blondes make better vam pires than brunettes. And to prove her assertion, revolutionary as it is. young and lovely Mrs. Moores has temporarily laid aside her social career, closed her Cali fornia mansion, left her rich, hrfndsom? husband for a? while. to become a vampire herself either on the stage or in the movies. She wynts to be the first "blonde" vam pire. And. incidentally, but quite as im portant to her. Mrs. Mooers. who is to be known by her maiden name. Do Sacla 8avJll? ja going to prove that a vampire can be a lovely, wholesome young woman, after all. Not long ago Southern California society was shocked when Mrs. Mooers calmly an nounced to her friends that she was going to close her home on Alvaredo Terrace, forsake her clubs and her gay round of social duties, and go on the stage. No one could believe such a thing. Her mar rlage several years ago to young "Eddie" Mooers. the heir to the great Yellow Aster 'old Mine, the richest gold mine in the ted States, had been a great event, had become immensely popular in the Je of Mooers's family friends, and wan ?y upholding the Mooers traditions, she attracted a great deal of attention ^u*e she was said to be the most blonde in all Southern California? * native families still display a fr? t trare of Spanish days, when bionde *as a curiosity. It had been "Eddie" Mooers. now. who > ?osed going on the stage, or going Into ?t.on pictures, that would have been dif *nt. In his college days he Joined the ^rus of the "Morning Gloria" burlesque upe just for a lark, and remained, quite ??? nated by his unique surrounding*, 'til rescued bjf his mother And once t,t grew an*ry at his allege pro iw '.is away with that professor s daughter. His mother again sav^d him. But nothing uf if hUCT*nV?nal "VfT ha,,'b"pn dreamed or his charming. v1v?c'ous young wlf*? certainly not that she could do such a * 38 *? OTl ,h" stage ^ 3 rTrS ,Ha'd Ml,,> wa* tir<" of =? l\ 7s who always were bru A r? al vamulre has to display one Mrs. Edward Demarest Mooers in Street Costume. of the most valuable accomplishments a "woman can have," said Mrs. Mooers, "the power to make her man love her. Why is it that all dramas, appealing daily, as they do, to millions and millions of our new generations, have to create the im pression, gradually but certainly, that only a dark-haired woman?a bninette?can make the man she is interested in love her? It's ridiculous. Of course, the vam pire uses her power with sinister intent. But it is the same power every woman wants to wield, the good woman reserving it for the man she wants to marry, or the man to whom she is married. Hut if this 'brunette-only-vampire' idea continues to b^ drilled Into our impressions, m<m grad ually will come to think that the only woman who can arouse and feed the*" emotions is the brunette. I'm going to prove that idea all wrong." And so Mrs. Mooers, with many, many more millions than she has had days of experience, went to New York aud said to the great motion picture producers there: "I have come to be a vampire." "Impossible!" they replied. "A blonde vampire' Such a thing does not exist." "Hut I am here to prove to you." she returned, "that a blonde is the greatest of all vampires, when she turns her abilities that way. No brunette who ever lived, Delilah to the contrary notwithstanding, can lure and trap a man so quickly as can a blonde, if she once sets her mind to it. I'll prove it, and I don't want any salary ? for I've plenty of money of my own." So young and lovely Mrs. Mooers, "the most striking blonde in all California, with eyes the shade of a Colorado lake and hair the color of a Klondike nugget," ha^ set out to prove the general belief that brunettes "were made for love and vam pires. and blondes for ornaments and chums" completely erroneous. It is interesting to observe that Mrs. Mooers, in furthering her ambition, has science in her favor and science against her. Professor \V. B. Mooney, chief of the extension department of the Colorado Teachers' College, not long ago completed a series of investigations into the charac teristics of the blonde and brunette woman ?hich have been generally adopted as con clusive in many leading universities throughout the world. Professor Mooney found that blondes ure inherently sharper, shrewder, more combative, and more likely to tight for their rights and hold on to their property?masculine or material - than the brunette. He founded this con clusion upon a research into the very origin of blondeness ? the prehistoric peoples of the North. These peoples had to struggle for their existence against a harsh climate: they had to fight-for their food against an Improvident nature; their women were not pampered and petted, but (C) 1M9, iDtemati. \l f x-jtmrv ^ , ; . made to carry their share of the tribal burdens, to master all the arts of trickery, subtlety, and quick-wittedness by which their tribes overcame the rigors of ? cold and famine. "The blonde woman will hold her man against all odds," says Professor Mooney in his book, "Mental Measurements," "even if she has to fight for him to the death. In the first days of her existence the had yirtually to trap her man, because the men of her tribe always were hungry, and a hungry man seldom has thoughts of love. She learned to bait him with such wiles as were hers to fall back upon, and, having baited him, she held him in a bond age as firm as iron." So far science is on the side of Mrs. Mooers. For the vampire first must "bait" her man, and then 6he must hold him until she is ready to sunder his fetters and cast him aside. But, on the other hand: "The brunette," says Professor Mooney. "descends from the women of "the warn countries. Her tribes had food in abun dance?they merely had to pluck it from the trees, or finger in the earth for it. Their life was largely idleness?relieved only by their intertribal clashes. The woman of these tribes soon discovered that her sex enabled her, by various artful prac tices, to influence the men to brin* h^r food to her, sparing ner the necessity Gr*-at Britain ltights B??ser?<>rt The Shoulder Display Which A11 Conventional "Vampi" Regard As Essential. hunting for it. She traded kisses for a meal, and lured Iter man by coquetry, in which she had plenty of time to become a master." So the brunette was given to coquetry and kisses?as any vampire must be. Her? science is against Mrs. Mooers. In summing up his observations, Pro fessor Mooney says: "A brunette "weeps quicker, screams easier, and caresses oftener than does a blonde; a blonde is more self-possessed in an emergency, more unemotional as concerns the tendencies of her heart, and when she does kiss sire makes that kiss count." Mrs. Mooers agrees wholly with this last observation of the learned scientist. "That is just the difference between a blonde vampire and a brunette one," she says. "The vampires we are accustomed to. the black-haired ones, kiss much and often. To kiss is their second nature. They would rather kiss than say 'thank you.' Their caress is endowed with more of art than sincerity. ~flut with the blonde it is different and I am a blonde and so speak from an intimate knowledge. The blonde kisses but seldom, but when she does kiss, her soul goes with it. When she turns her head toward ? vampire's goal, she has more in her one kiss with which to lure her intended victim than has a brunette in a score of her caresses." Mr. Mooers is quite willing that his charming wife expound her theories upon the screen, but there are some of his rela tives, millionaires like himself, who are not. So there was a bargain made?Mrs. Mooers, as IV Sacia Savillp, is to have a year as the blonde vampire of the screen. Each month her rich husband is to visit Mr. E. D. Mooeri, Who Is Watch|t. ing His Wife's Experiment ? with Indulgent Interest. her In her studio. aocomjianied by reprf-^ sentatives of his relatives.-. The} .are to watch Mrs. Mooers's progress quite oJo*ely.?f And If. at the end of the year, Mrs. Mooers^, still remains the lovely, charming. ixmrejn? tional young wooian fc??r friends know s<gli well, alj is to b3 well at the Mooers Tnm*-V? p<ou. But if beijg a vampire on the ?cre??*? has made her too unconventional in demeanor?then there may l>e a differeiA story. That is the agreement In th? Moove family.