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Mr. I. E. Miles, Just Returned from “Castle House”
, Tells Dolly About the Latest Midsummer Dances
i ..
I had a nice little chat the
breeziest sort of things yesterday with
Mr. J. E. Miles, who has recently re
turned'from a most successful visit to
New York, where he taught with Chalif
and the Castles of “Castle House,” if
you please.
As if that were not enough—
Besides all that. Mr. Miles was the
“high muck-a-muck” at the “American
National Association of Dancing Teach
ers” at Cleveland earlier in the season,
where he had five of his original dances
accepted by that august organization.
Mr, Miles conies back to Birmingham,
where he occupies the same position in
the dancing world th^t Mr. Castle does in
New York and that M. Dulpie (pronouneed
^ just like any plain, old, every day Eng
lish duke) does in gay Paree. only to find
his home town still as dance mad as
when he left it three months ago: just as
dance mad as New- York, where every
thing is dane’ng from the sauciest little
chorus girls to ||ie biggest, fattiest, red
dest “move on park policeman,” who can
“chuck” his “beat” long enough to run
down to Coney and join the gay, merry
Mr. Miles has brought back the two
very newest dances that have been seen
In New York and Paris.
They are the “Lulu-Fado” and the “Ta
Some names—eh?
But they are dead easy once you get
You pronounce the front part of the
“Lulu-Fado” just as you would any other
old Lulu bird, and the “Fa” and the
“Do" are just, the same as the "Fa” and
the “Do” in the good old vocal exercise
we’ve warbled these many years:
Do, ray, mi. fa, sol. la. si, do!
It has the Spanish movement and
changes rhythm three times.
Mr. Miles demonstrated it wonderful)!.'
| to me. and if l had any “Terpslehorean”
ten perament whatever 1 would have
learned it readily.
Dear me!
I simply can’t dance.
I’m too old and stiff and rusty and out
of date, but I’ll just let somebody else
do my dancing for me If you don’t mind,
I can’t, simply can’t, learn!
M. Duque of Paris is the papa of the
One day lie just got tired of the Maxixe
and all its little sisters and its cousins
and its aunts.
v Change!
f The quickness of the hand (they are
feet in this instance) deceives the eye and
leaves the spectator in wonder
And a new dance is born!
The wily Frenchman puzzled his brain
for new stepk and a new name and at
last he hit upon Lulu-Fado!
As for the Ta-tao.
Now, then, everybody get busy and call .
It something.
; 1 11 give a prize to the one wrho pro
nounces it just right the first shot out of
the box.
Yes; it’s Chinese, if that will help you
eny, and it’s true to its own dear name,
but until you’ve guessed it, I’m not going
to tell you about it—just now!
Mr. Miles was all enthusiasm about the
delightful summer he has had in the
All of his plans were perfected for a trip
a broad—sailing on August 1—but alas!
war, grim visaged, prosaic old war—broke
out (sounds like the measles or the small
pox, doesn’t it? and the best laid plans
of mice and men are upset!
1 He was going straight to Paris, where
he and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle were
to open a “Castle House” for the purpose
of teaching the American dances—fluring
August anjS September.
Now then—
What do you think of"that?
Three nice little Americans—one of
| them from Birmingham—teaching the
nimble footed Parislennes to do “our”
That’s precisely what the Castles and
f Mr tiles were going to do.
“But why?” I asked. ”1 always thought
the French people the most apt in the
4Jworld when it comes to dancing.”
“They don’t dance like Americans,”
’Mr. Miles said, stoutly defending. “They
dance wonderfully, but w'hen I tell you
that in the early season dozens of Amer
ican dancing teachers went over to Paris
to leani the new' dances, they found them
dancing our dances, and only two or
three new things were available. Miss
Chadbourns, who is dancing at the Cas
cade Garden at the Biltmore, New' York,
brought back the Lulu-Fado, the Brazilian
polka, and son e summer tangos. These
we taught af Castle house to a number
of the most eminent dancers in New
York. Adelaide and Hughes. Jean Saw'
yer, and the team which will open the
Broadway Rose Garden this week, among
the number, and also those who are on
s gaged at the very new’est place, ‘Braw
W*/ on the roof of the beautiful new
lj£Ktrand’ theatre.”
’Tell me how you became associated
■With the Castles,” I asked.
“It was through Mrs. Evelyn Hubbell,
•Who has charge of Castle Housb,” said
Mr. Miles, “and Miss Elizabeth Marbury,
the Castles’ right hand man, so to speak.
I taught Mrs. Hubbell her first steps in
dancing six years ago, and she has been
anxious ever since for me to come to New
York and teach. During the winter she
wrote to me about coming to Castle
House this summer, but I was to be as
sociated with Chalif. and so it was dif
ficult for me to give a definite answer.
After I got to New' York, however, I ar
I Fir st,
Mr. Miles and Miss Florrie Miles in the “Lulu-Fado”—Photo by the Steph
enson studio
Mr. Miles and Miss Florie Miles in the new Chinese dance, the “Ta-tao”—
Photo by the Ste phenson studio
ranged to teach with Mr. and Mrs. Castle,
as well as Mr. Chalif.”
“Tell me what you think of the Cas
tles. the elongated Vernon ar.d the ador
able Irene, with her hair bobbed short?”
I asked. “Wonder why she did it?”
"Mr. Castle is the most lovable nmn 1
ever met,” said Mr. Miles, “and Mrs. Cas
tle Is charming. They have a tremendous
following in New York, and are very
popular everywhere as you know.”
"What will be the fashion in dances the
coming season?” 1 asked.
"Canters will be all the rage next win
ter—they are now,” said Mr. Miles. The
tango, the maxixe and the hesitatiorf^are
still danced, but,,when a waltz is played
by the orchestra, ninety-nine and nine
tenths of the dancers will do the tauter,
while the others will do the hesitation. It
is remarkable the ignorance of many so
called dancing teachers on the subject
of the simplest dances. In Cleveland at
the national association 99-per cent of the
teachers didn't know a tango when they
saw it. They hud an idea that it was
a ‘rough house’ effect,’ and that’s what
they were dancing. We taught 300 teach
ers there, over 400 at Castle House dur
ing the summer, and more than 500 at
Chalif’s, so you see dancing is hardly on
the wane.”
“Simplicity is the keynote of the com
ing dances,” said Mr. Miles. "Smoothness,
grace and rhythm must be studied, and
the canters especially require this. The
cab ter is merely a different version of
the lame duck, you might say. ironed out
and smoothed down to a beautiful ex
treme. Absolutely no dips are used by
Che expert dancers, everything being of a
glassy smoothness. A simplified tango is
used now a great deal to a waltz tempo
by the more expert dancers which is very
graceful. I want to say that the Lulu
Fado is strictly a summer dance. It is
not at all strenuous, and it is very beau
tiful. At Castle House we had 400 dancers
on the floor at one time in the Lulu-Fado,
and it was one of the prettiest sights 1
ever saw.”
“Tell meabout the Ta-tao?” I requested.
“The Ta-tao is strictly an exhibition
dance,/” said Mr. Miles. “M. LeForte,
president of the Parisian Academy of
Dancing, which is the most exclusive or
ganization in Paris, and, by the way, 1
have the honor of being a member of it,
is responsible for it. He found an old
Chinese manuscript among the archives
of Paris, and he routed it out and studied
it. The dance is supposed to be 2u00 years
old. M. LeForte’s wife wrote the music
for the Ta-tao, and it was brought to this
country by Me.Clenne of Edinburg and
London, who is also a member of the
Parisian Academy of Dancing. He was
appointed official demonstrator of the
Ta-tao in Edinburg, London and New
York. I met him at the National associa
tion in Cleveland.”
“What is the most popular dance of the
midsummer season?" I inquired.
“The ‘One step’ is still the most popu
lar dance of all,” said Mr. Miles, enthu
siastically. “The ‘one-step-canter’ is the
very latest in the Broadway dansants.
The orchestra plays three or four ‘one
steps to anything else. The ‘fox trot,’ as
they call It on Broadway; ‘La TrouviUe*
is what we call it at Castle house, is an
other new dance.”
Mr. Miles then demonstrated this latest
dance in th emost graceful manner.
Here it is:
Four slow steps, then eight fast steps,
doubling the time and making eight steps;
then the maxixe two-step, and the Maxixe
single are Introduced.
Have I made it clear?
Can you do it before your mirror—
Then appear at the Country club this
evening before hundreds of spectators and
execute it?
Did you ever think I’d be giving danc
ing lessons “through the mall,” especially
when I don’t know a breath about it?)
Mr. Miles told me about his appearance
several times with Miss Rosa Coates,
whom Birmingham remerhbers with great
pleasure when she appeared with Mr.
jlkinner. in “Kismet” here last season, do
ing the wonderful “Oriental Dance,”
wfeiob Attracted aoimnch Attention.
“Miss Coates and 1 danced at the Me
Alpin last week," said Mr. Miles, "doinjj
the Ta-tao in costume. There were hun
dreds of dancers. Our costumes, by the
way, were gorgeous. They were fur
nished by th esame importers who fur*
nished the costumes for Mrs. Stuyvesam
Fish's recent Chinese ball at Newport
Kverybody is dance mud in New York
and as for those prognosticators who saj
that the craze is waning, they have bu
to ^tep into Broadway, where every hotel
restaurant, and theatre has a dance
place. Dancing is more popular than i1
has ever been before?"
t --—•••
City Employment Bureau
Helps Many Who Want Wo?k
ies. always has its quota of unemployed.
Of course, there are those who do not
want work, but there are a great many
others who are anxious to find something
to do. As some find work, others in the j
city lose their places or still others come I
into Birmingham in search of work.
Incompetency is only one of many rea
; sons for their being out of employment.
A civil engineer finishes a contract here j
or elsewhere in the state and makes Bir- |
mingham his headquarters while looking j
' for work, a milliner wants work between |
seasons, a cook or laundress is left with
I i>ut work through a change in the house
1 hold arrangements of the family for
which she has been working. The same
thing happens to a butler, a gardener,
or a chauffeur. A girl's health fails at
one thing and she must take up some
other kind of work, yet she doesn't know
where to find employment of n different
Someone else is sick and has to give up
his place. It is filled an*! he has to look
for another.
A man with a family comes here hop
ing to get work, or with a place prom
ised him. He falls to get employment at
once and he has to hunt, literally, for
something to do.
It may be a ease of bad management,
or it may be sickness, or a set of unfor
tunate and unexpected circumstances, and
the person may be a nurse, a house
keeper, a butcher, an electrician or a
bricklayer, but he is out of work and
wants work. Now, where and how shall
he find it? Many tramp the city over in
search of it, and that is a hard and often
a fruitless task. To such a one the city
looks very different from the way it ap
pearsh to the man who has a place. To
be a stranger, perhaps a woman, who Is
no longer young, or a country boy, or a
man, even a failure, but with a family
to support, and to ask and ask and ask
for work and to ho refused is almost
unbearably humiliating. It Is not a time
when one can see that things will event
ually straighten themselves, and that it
he does his best he will soon be in bet
ter circumstances. It is easy to believe
that when one has a job or a place or a
situation, but for the unemployed there
is nothing except to look for work, often
with little encouragement and with his
courage at low ebb.
It is very' much to the credit of the
Birmingham churches that they have
undertaken to provide tt way for those
who are in need of employment to find
it. They have established an employ
ment bureau in the Hood building and
are endeavoring to find work and put
in toufh those who need places and
those who have places to be filled. Dr.
l/cnr.v M. Edmonds, pastor of the South
Highland Presbyterian church, is the
mainstay of this bureau and is giving
it much of bis attention. Dr. Edmonds.
Mason ,1. Dillard and Hugh F. I-atimer
are the trustees and the advisory board
is composed of Rev. Willoughby (May
brook. M. A’. Joseph, Ucv. Willis G.
(’lark and Rev. FT. C\ Kegley, together
hvfth representatives from other
churches of the district.
The bureau has been open for three
weeks and is in charge of Mrs. H. W.
Pittman, manager. It is hoped that
it will eventually be self-supporting,
but it is now being operated at the
expense of the churches, as practically
no fees have yet been realized from
its services. Tt Is free to employers.
Employes are charged a nominal reg
istration fee and 10 per cent of the
first month’s salary The bureau in
vestigates 'he records of persons who
apply for positions of responsibility
and make.* a specialty of supplying
Workers on short notice.
For the week ending July 25. which was
the second week of the existence, the bu
reau had secured positions for 35 people
During the next four days it found work
for 20, and gave employment to 10 In the
office. This work was, of course, for only
n short while for each one, as there Is
no elaborate office management and no
work Other than handling advertising
1 matter, for any one except the manager.
| One room is a waiting room and the
other is the manager's office, furnished
with a table, two chairs, a typewriter
and a telephone. It is simply a place
for work, and Mrs. Pittman’s object is
to fill positions satisfactorily with those
who go there asking for work.
Individual employers have responded
cordially to requests that they go there
for employes. A man who wanted a
private secretary waited three days so
that he could take one of the applicants
at this bureau. At present tlie bureau
needs this kind of help for while Its trus
tees hope to make it of recognized value
to employes it needs now to be given a
chance to show ifs efficiency.
This is a laudable undertaking and one
I that every church and every individual
help at a time and in a way that it is
most needed. The question of helping
those who need help is* a vital one, and
however great may be differences of
opinion regarding other ways of giving
assistance, there can be nothing but com
mendation for an enterprise that makes
it possible for the one in need to find
work and tyke care of himself.
(Continued from I'nge Six)
or. Harry DeBhtelds of Columbus, Miss.,
are visiting their aunt, Mrs. T. J.
• * *
Miss Ethel Knight of Luverne ar
rived last night to be the guest of
Miss Lucy Dickinson.
• • •
Miss Bessie M. Gray has sufficiently
HM-ovend from her recent illness to he
removed from the Davis infirmary it*
her home.
• * *
Miss Katherine Massey will return
today from a month's stay with rela
tives in Columbus, Ga.
• • *
Mr.'and Mrs. .1. I*]. Miles of Colum
biana are guests of Mr. ami Mrs. Rich
ard Johnston.
* • •
The many friends of Mrs. B. F. Roden
will regret to hear that she is at the
Davis Infirmary, where she will un
dergo an operation.
• * •
Miss Hughlette Adams is visiting her
j sister, Mrs. John Stone Hoskins.
* e *
Mrs. J. S. Hoskins is at home after
a stay with Mr. and Mrs. Theo Koenig
at Long View.
• • «
Miss Fannie Frye has returned from
Prattville, where she attended Mrs. U
T. Washington's house party.
* * •
After a visit to relatives in Pratt
ville Mr. J. It. Gaines has returned to
this city. *
• * •
Mr. and Mrs. W. B.-Glade and chil
dren, accompanied by Mr. D. E. Glade,
will leave Friday for points in C^orgia
to visit friends.
• • •
Mrs. Albert Pogue of Paris, Ky.. is
the guest of Mrs. J. W. Johnson in East
• * •
Mr. Charles Price of East Birming
ham is spending the summer in Dallas.
• • •
Mr. T. E. Johnston of Amite, La., is
the guest of Mrs. S. E. Coggins, in
* * •
Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Bussell have
named their little daughter Llilia Ruth
• • •
Mr. R. c. Hooper of Pratt City has
returned from Detroit, Mich.
* * *
Miss Pearl Sandifer and Miss Bulb
Sandifer have returned from a six weeks'
stay at Hanover, lnd., and Louisville, |
* * *
Miss Estelle DaviR will leave Batur- j
day for Tuscaloosa to visit relatives.
* • *
Miss Mardie Nesbit and Miss Emily
Nesblt left yesterday for a visit to
friends in Atlanta.
• • •
Mrs. Eugene Davis, who has been
visiting in Woodlawn, has returned to;
Tuscaloosa. ...
• • •
Mrs. G. F. Tlodges and .Miss Fannie
Bell Hodges of Ashvflle are visiting Mtss
Nellie Thornton in Woodlawn.
• • *
Mrs. W. A. Link and her daughter.
Miss Elizabeth Link, of Fort Worth,
Tex., are visiting Mrs. W. F. Dunstan.
* • »
Mrs. E. R. Martin and children of West
End are spending several weeks with
Mrs. Eleanor Browder In Montgomery.
* * *
Mrs. Nannie Reeves of Gadsden, is the
guest of Mrs. W. E. Bell.
• * •
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Willoughby of Pen
sacola. are guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. YV.
Miller at Fairfield.
• * •
Mrs. R. E. Tidwell and family have
returned from an extended stay In Wis
• • •
Miss Ruby Truss is visiting relatives In
* * *
Mrs. Hood Lucker, who was visiting
her sister, Mrs. W. J. Button, in Y^'cst
End, has gone to Oliver Springs for a
• * •
Mr. ami Mrs. Will Jones of Chicago ar*
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Foster ir
• • •
Miss Florence Rogers of Talladega is
the guest of Miss Beulah Shimmer.
• • *
Rev. J. R. Kendricks is visiting
friends in Knoxville.
• • •
Mrs. (T. N. Taylor has returned fron
a. visit to relatives in Altormf*
• • •
Mrs. Charles Heavens and children ol
Inglenook have gone to Oneonta t*
visit relatives.
• • •
Mi*® Edith Ellis and Mrs. K. A. Mor
gan have gone to Atlanta.
• • •
Mr. F. i». Horton of Gadsden are vis
iting relatives in Wylam.
* • •
Mr. and Mrs. William I .ay cook. Mrs
>. Nolan. Mrs. Ben Haycock. Mr
Tom Nolan and Mr. .lames Nolan hav«
gone to St. Clair for an outing.
• * •
Mrs. J. W. Duncan will leave Friday
for a 10 days’ visit to Florence and Do
ua t u r.
• * •
Miss Rowqna Gallagher has gone tc
Newburne to he the guest of Dr. am
Mrs. R. A. White.
• • •
Miss Ruth Walker of Selma Is visit
Ing Miss Annie Mae Shook in Nor
wood. * /
• * •
Mrs. (Jus Dee and children are vvitl
relatives in Cedartown, Gn.
'' • * •
Miss Margaret- Griffith left yesterda:
for a stay with friends in Nashville.
• * *
Mrs. W. If. Gillespie left Thursda;
for Wiightvllle Beach. N. C\, for 1
• • •
Miss Sarah Evans lias returned to he
home in Montgomery, after a visit t<
Miss Mary Ellen Perkins.
• • •
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L*. Earle, win
have been spending some time in tin
mountains of North Carolina, returnei
home yesterday.
• • •
Mr. and Mrs. WilRur Kelly havi
movpfl into their new home on High
land avenue.
• • •
>frs. Holland Harris Fletcher is quip
ill at the Davis Inflrmar.v.
• * •
Mr. and Mrs. Berry Baugh and theii
children have returned from a stay ol
several weeks at Norfolk, Yu.
• • »
Mrs. J. J. Harper in visiting hei
daughter, Mrs. T. M. McClellan.
• • *
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. McClellan ant
two sons. Marcus and Randolph, hav«
returned from Wrlgh*sville Beach.
• • •
Dr. and Mrs. Z. B. Chamblee hav<
named their little daughter Roth
* • •
Dr. a ml Mrs. Mack Rogers, t heir twi
sons, John and Tom, and Mrs. Ja>
have returned from their three weeks
auto tour of south Alabama. They vis
itod friends and relatives in 17 coun
• * •
Mr. ftJohn c. Henley, Jr., and famil;
of Birmingham are guests of the Wal
cott, New York.
Forest Moore Dragged 100 Feet bj
Maddened Animal Near Leeds.
No New Cases of Fever
Leeds, August 6.—(Special.)—Forres
Moore was badly bruised and ser.'itrbe
In a runaway accident near Fuller's mil
three miles south of Leeds, yesterda
evening. The mule which lie whs drlvln
became frightened and turned the bugg
over. Mr. Moore in some way got tangle
in the lines and was dragged about 1U0
feet. He wag brought to Leeds, where
he received medical attention and will
30on recover.
The singing school at Heburn, con
ducted by Professor Stoniea, closed yes
terday. Professor Stoniea will take up a
15 days’ school at Bridgeton, six miles
south of Leeds, this morning.
A. J. Abercrombia has offered a re
ward of $L’5 for apprehension of the
party or parties who broke into his f
store a few nights ago and stole a lot of
clothing and other articles.
The Masons of Leeds contemplate mov
ing into the Johnson hall until they can
build a home of their own. The lodge has
outgrown 4helr present quarters.
Janie, the little daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. \V. O. Shaw, who has been con
fined with typhoid fever for several
Weeks. Is Improving. There are no new
cases reported In town.
Miss Fannie Lou Morris, stenographer
for Standard Portland Cement company,
was painfully bitten by a small dog yta
i eniny.

Wood-Powers Nuptials
Florence, August H. (Special.) The mar
riage of Miss Anne Powers, daughter of
the late Dr. James K. Powers, and Prof.
A. E. Wood of the state normal school
faculty, which was solemnised last night
1 at the family residence on Wesleyan ave
nue, was an event of much Interest to
their many friends. Only the family and
near relatives witnessed the marriage
ceremony, the happy pair leaving on the
midnight train for the mountains of North
I Carolina.
Small Tenants
\ The Rldgely will welcome small J
| tenants. Do not get the idea that I
The Kidgely Is expensive, or that
comforts cannot be secured with 1
| single apartments. You can se
cure baths with one or two rooms, j
| in good locations and with all of
the conveniences of The Rldgely. f
Other rooms have shower baths.
The Rldgely Is the "South’s
Finest Apartment House." Your
i residence here will help your
| standing commercially as well as
socially. Reservations can be [
made effective now or October L
“Live In Hie Rear'
Real Estate A Int. Co.
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