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BY DCfLLY DALRYMPLE
t. I COULD oir DANCIN' THf plat FOOT /dkacr-* AND flA ‘ Her feet beneath her petticoat, Like little mice stole In and out. As if they fear’d the light. But. oh, she dances such a way, No sun upon a summer day Is half so fine a sight. "Apres la pane© vient dance.” The old Gallic proverb appllies today. “After the feast we demand the dance,” oil'd never before in the world's history has there been such a treasure house to choose from, ranging from the revival of the classic movements of the golden days of Greece, and the sensuous flexions of the Far East, to the newest form ol gyra tions and combinations of steps that mod* •in Ingenuity has Veen able to devise. We Americans have welcomed dancers of all nations and have taken a leaf* from tne hook of each. It has become a sort ol poetic madness, to see dancing, and then tn execute these dances. Some two decades ago a Spanish dancer like CarmencVta created something like a seven days wonder besides having her name written down as an "artiste” in the books which posterity is supposed to peruse, but nowadays dancing of all sort/? is positively worshiped. Isadora Duncan has brought us the Greek dance, which later flourished under Maude Allen's patronage. Ruth St. Dentils Introduced us fo the Hindoo dances. Mistinguette and Mux Dearly at the Moulin Rouge In “Gay Faroe’ created the Apache dance, which, since its premiere, has been given In every conceivable form In America, noteworthy among the varie ties being that which Polaire did. The "Salome Dance" was the craze for a year, and Gertrude Hoffman, Mary Garden and Eva Tanguay nil exploited their talerl>s in dancing for "the head of a prophet.” • The greatest of, the Russian dancers, Pavlowa and Mordkin. brought their won derful art to the Metropolitan Opera huose in .New York, surrounded by the Imperial ballet which came to this country only with the Czar's permission. Thus— , Did artistic stage dancing begin its re markable career, a career that was to ©volute into a madness, in society and in the slums, on the negro plantations anchJn the wilds of the West, from the antipodes, indeed, in every spot where men and women live and have their be ing; has the dance become a fetich, a fancy, a fad. Every show at the playhouses now ad vertises "dance specialists.” ^ Every opera has a dancing part for the prinia donna. Every minstrel show lias a "cake walk," and in fact everything under the shining sun is dancing, dancing, dancing itself to death. At one tiihe many adverse criticisms were made both about the dances of the stage and the dances of society, but with the evolution of the grace ami beauty which the dancing masters are insisting upon no longer can the pharaphares be made "on with the dance, let joy be unrefined." For— The very jfoetry of motion is required j to do the intricate steps that are now in volved, swaying, dipping, turning, revers ing, a complete control oftbody and mind, for people no longer dance merely with their bodies, but with their brains as well. Some say it is wicked, some say it is sublime, others declare that it is naughty, | but "everybody's doing it" just the same. Of course dancing, like any tiling else, ■ an be made ufirefined and hideous, but no women apd precious few men ever want to make themselves ridiculous in the sight of their fellow creatures, and people at e willing to pay the most extrav | ugant prices for lessons in order to appear ! graceful and attractive on the ball room I floor. 19 j The modern dance has made it possible for no "wall flowers" to exist at a party. The "chaperon" is as keen as the debu tante, as neither age nor condition form a barrier to a desire to adopt the newest dance on the calendar. Young, old and middle aged sylphs, and stout dowagers have learned and are learning the newest steps. To be sure "The Flat Foot Drag," "The Ostrich Hop." "The Kitchen Sink," "The Chicken Run," "The Codfish Coddle," "The Doodle Bug Dip," "The Glow Worm Wiggle" are rather difficult for the dame or squire affected with obesity, but "The Turkey Trot" and the "One Step" are certainly within the province of even the fattest. * "The Turkey Trot." by the way. is said to be the first American "Folk Dance." What do yau think of that It lias been amusingly described as the "poultry" of motion, and from it has evoluted a hundred or more ridulous steps while a few have been created that are really graceful. Of course there are people who object to dancing no matter how beautiful it is. but like ancient Goul, it would seem that they are divided into three parts; those who object to dancing in general; those who object to the present type of danc ing; and those who object for the mere joy of objecting, or, in good old Puritan parlance, from pure “cussedness." A witty writer once said; “The early Puritans forbade bear bait ing. not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spec tators." Our earlier and more picturesque dances, in which elegance and grace were the most sought for characteristics, were chiefly a French tradition. The origin of dancing in Fi ance is dimly associated with the rise of chivalry. It is known to have followed Katherine cie Medici to France, and to have spread from the elegant court entertainments which she arranged to all parts of the country. -In tjie "Great Century" Louis XIV founded the “Academy of Dancing," and himself took part in the wonderful court ballets of the times. Spanish dancing, too, lias had its effect upon that of other countries. The first thing that an American tour ist wants to see ip the amusement line when he goes to Spain js the dancing of that country, the fandango. All Spain thrills to this wonderful dance. A few notes of the music are sufficient to bring the men and the women to their feet, rattling their castanets or snapping their fingers, with their willowy langour and lightness of movement and the volup tuousness of their attitude, teasing, en treating. swaying, pulsating. We Americans, as has been said before, have levied upon the dances of the na tions, and from them have evolved our own. Take the dancing in "Coppelia," "Bac chus," "Orfeo ed Eurydice." “Parsifal" and "Die Melsterslnger," and while we may be accused of no distinctive dance of our own, we are distinctive now In that we dance everything. Alike all ages; dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirth ful maze. and the gay grandsire. skilled in jestlc lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burden of three score. Locally Dancing has assumed a most charming and graceful aspect. Nothing “outre" or even spectacular Is seen at the "clubs" or at private parties; in fact, wherever society gathers together there Is dancing of the most graceful and beautiful kind, always moderate, elegant, refined. So popular has dancing become that an innovation in the form of "The Tango Tea" will be inaugurated at "The Gold Lion Tea Room" on Saturday afternoons this season, notice of which has previously been made In these columns, and which will be planned on tli order of the affairs at the tea booms in Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York. Birmingham society lias an excellent opportunity to learn all the new steps this season, with Prof. Edward Miles just returned from a summer abroad, where he studied witli the best teachers in Eu rope and "did" the "Cabarets" in all the fashionable resorts. Among the most artistic Janeers in the groups of popular young women in society are Miss Mabel Wheelock apd i.Mss Flor ine Hodges. Both are tall, slender, graceful and sup ple, and they are always the cynosure of all eyes at the Copuntry club dinner dances on Saturday evenings, and at the smart functions to which society is bidden otherwise. Others who are charming on the ball room floor and who dance exquisitely are Misses Rose Owen McDavid. Klrkman, Mayo Thach, Jessie May Perkins, Eliza beth Russell, Carrie Yates, Eula Whatley, Janie Going, Mary Gearge Greene. Mary Ellen Perkins, Nell Cosby, Lydia Eustis, Hettie Sisley, Virginia White and others. Among the "beaux" Mr. Frank Morrow, Mr. Marshall Mays, Mr. Robert McDavid, Mr. Harry White, Mr. Hubert Kinney, Mr. James Nelson, Mr. Elliott Knight, Mr. Tom Jones, Mr. Allen Krebs, Mr. Murray Brown, Mr. D. F. Turnbull, Mr. Priestly Toulmin. Mr. Key Milner, and Mr. H. C. Ryding are among the mostly dept. No less enthusiastic are the "marrieds" when it comes to the "Turkey Trot" and the "Vango," and among the most grace ful of the younger married women is Mrs. Fred I.cvert, Who is always compli mented upon the charming manner in which she dances and the refinement and grace which characterizes her ever^ move ment. Mrs. Culpepper Exum and Mrs. Ross C. Smith are two of the most notable exam ples of beautiful women who have brought dancing up to the high standard which It has assumed here. They do all the steps charmingly, and are continually in de mand as partners. Mrs. William Jordan, Mrs. Frank Crock aid, Mrs. Felix Drennen, Mrs. W. D. Nes bitt, Mrs. Frank Smith, Mrs. Robert Jem ison, Jr., Mrs. E. M. Tutwiler, Mrs. Frank Fowlkes, Mrs. Eugene Brown, Mrs. Fred Phillips, Mrs. George Oliver. Mrs. Craw ford Johnson and Mrs. Wilbur Kelley form a group of attractive married women who dance beautifully. If It were left to a vote as to the most graceful dancer among the married men Mr. Frank Crockard would probably walk away with the the honors. He has been likened to Mr. Donald Brian both In looks and dancing, and has been dubbOT by many of his frierfcls “Prince Danilo,’’ the character which Mr. Brian by his wonderful dancing made famous in “The Merry Widow.'’ and the soubriquet has been justly attributed to Mr. Crockard, for his talent for dancing is unquestioned, and his slender figure and rhythmic grace makes him a con spicuous personality at any fuunction he attends. Mr. Mason Dillard, Mr. A. K. Dearborn, Mr. Fre^l Invert, Mr. Arthur Adams, Mr. Thomas Heflin, Mr. Owen Gillespy, Mr. Jack Asbury, Mr. John Turner, Mr. Matt Sloan. Mr. Mercer Barnett and Mr. Her bert Tutwiler are other popular married , men who are devotees of the dance and from who it is always a pleasure to accept an Invitation for a “Turkey Trot” or a waits. A groat many Birmingham people have studied dancing not only with the best teachers here, but on their trips to New ' York and abroad have taken lessons from world famous teachers. “Maurice” has numbered among his pupils several of Birmingham's promi nent society members, and Mi. and Mrs. Vernon Castle (whose wonderful dancing last year with Julia Sanderson in “The Sunshine Girl” attracted so much atten tion—also their “Cabareting” at Martin's) have taugh others from here. Mr. and Mrs. Castle have spent the summer In Paris and people who are in terested in these two remarkable dancers and their sudden rise to fame and wealth will no doubt be very much pleased with a very charming account a bit of the inside history concerning the Castles which is not generally known, and which was written to me by a very clever wom an who has been in Paris this summer and who had the pleasure of knowing the Castles and studying with them. The letter is so delightful that I am going to let you peep Into It and see for yourself just what this very interesting woman has to say. She writes thus: ‘if you have never taken a lepson in dancing1 from Vernon Castle you have missed a whole lot. Ilo is, of course, considered now the very best dancer In the world, and he justly warrants that reputation. When one goes to 1dm for a lesson and he nsks: ‘Now, what would you like to learn first?' you feel sudden ly you would like the earth to open and swallow you, for you have In your mnld only the vision of him and his bewitch ingly beautiful little wife floating through space with apparently no effort, ami you wonder how you will ever start; but once having started It is all smooth sailing, for he simply makes you dance whether you Can or not. “Many people can dance and others can teach, but few there are who can do both as he does. The new dances of the year is the Maxie. E1<t 1 one is tail - ing of it and a few are dancing it, some correctly nad others ail wrong. However, when you see it you will love it for it is so graceful and has a rythm about it that the ‘One-Step,' for example, lacks. Chat ting one afternoon with Mr. and Mr.?. Castle I found myself asking them how they happened to start dancing, and it they fell in love with each other b.'.caust they knew that no other two people in the world could dance as they do? “They both laughed, anti then she sweetly told me an interesting little story. “Mr. Castle was an actor and she lived in a small town near New York. She met him when ho was playing In Amer ica and they were married shortly after, r don’t ,thlnk that things went very well for them financially and" they were not prosperous. One night by mere chance, just one year and a half ago, they were in a cafe hero in Paris where everyone was dancing. She and Mr. Castle got up and danced the one dance that they knew, a ‘one-step,* just as any couple would have done. Every one else stopped to watch them, and the appljfu.se was enthusiastic when they stopped. “They then danced again, and were re ceived so wonderfully that before they left the cafe they had an offer to sign a year s contract for dancing. It came so suddenly, for they were famous at once, that they hesitated about signing up, so they only engaged to dance for two weeks. Now to show the progressiveness of America, in a month’s time from the ! night this all happened, they were on j their way to New York, where, as we all know, their success has been marvel lous. When you see lovely little Mrs. Castle tucked away iir the corner of her beautiful big limousine you can easily understand how she has danced herself into the hearts of the American people. Both Mr. and Mrs. Castle love America, and their will lie great rejoicing when they return In November" The Mode in Saloons Whatever may be the morals of eco nomic stagnation of the saloon the?* can be no question Imt. it is Improving architecturally, and a brief retrospect of fashions in saloons will indicate that they, like women, are subject to the mutations of style. Most of us can remember the stirring times when the saloon was a "gilded palace,” bn marie with glass, prismatic candelabra, and In ease of special opulence floored with silver dolais. Next u more modest ton was struck, with quarter-saw ;d oak, rather overcarved and still show'ng traces of its “glided palace" ancestry, save the Beattie Post-Intelligencer. Oak in time became rather cdmtnou, until every little groggery sported ji. otter, in violent, contrast to surrounding deal and rough lumber. The mirror framei with pressed oak often looked rather pathetic, with its luster dimmed by the application of soap and the cnirogra phy of some hobo with a Spencerian hand. In this eocene age the sawdust floor vanslied. and its db p,* 'ram was heralded by the first dark streaks of mahogany. Mahogany In its thru was considered to he the he plus ultra of elegance. The garish contrasts had fled, and the saloon became darkly rest ful. with only a few jar tog toms of highly polished brass and the lighter spots on the bar, where corrosive liquor and a succession of bar towels had •left an imprint. At this point the stu dent of saloon architecture and decor ation will note a strange variation to wards parlor car effects. For some un known reason fashion has decreed that the saloon should be made to resembb^ a Pullman. Tufted leather scats of eifr design and lounging places sprang no over night, and still linger. The real nobby, natty saloon has now, Uowevei, * discarded its mahogany, for the vogue in Circassian walnut, with its varying nuances beautiful to behold end soft and satiny to the touch. The saloon, in its way, has tlu slit skirt and hobble gown fad to contend with. Bike th> rest of us, it is fast in the grip of t.h« whirligig of change. How it Happened Fourths Philadelphia public Ledger. '\VVhy have you broken off your en gagement with Archie?" "I couldn't* marry a man with a broken leg," was the reply. “An<l how did ho come to break h-ia leg?” “1 ran over him with my new auto." I housands of surgical operations are performed every year in our great city hospitals upon women afflicted with serious female troubles. Sometimes the operations are successful and sometimes oi^Hut, aumcLiiuca'incy cue iicuc^^diy, many tinier uicy aic iiui. It is safe to say that a very large percentage of surgical operations for female troubles may be wholly avoided. 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Pink ham’s Vegetable Compound, and advise my friends who have any female complaint to try it.”—Mrs. Orville Rock, Paw Paw, Mich If you are ill don’t drag along until you are advised to have an operation, but remember that for thirty years Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound has been the standard remedy for female ills and has saved a vast army of women from surgical operations. No sick woman does justice to herself who will not at least give this famous medicine a trial. • A HANDSOME REWARD WILL BE GIVEN lo any l*rson who will prove that any of our testimonial letters constantly being published in the daily newspapers are not genuine and truthful, or that any of these women were paid in any way to give their testimonials or that the letters^vere published without the;r permission or that ail the original letters did not come to us entirely unsolicited. THE LYDIA E. PINKHAM MEDICINE CO., Lynn, Mass.