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B e u I a h Bentoni
Edmondson, A m er ican Indian, Intends to Be a Grand Opera Pnma Donna Some Day /f COUPLE of years heticc the music /~W lovers of Niiw York, or Boston, or -* Philadelphia, or Chicago may be ap plauding rapturously a hew Mary Garden, tis red of race as the other Mary is white. Over in Par:. , where they put the finish? ing trills oii the songbirds of grand opera, there is a HCiv arrival, a beautiful Indian girl, whose voice is of ravishing sweetness. She is there to take her post-graduate, course in the Paris School of Expression. She hopes to return as a singer of ackuou ledged talent? perhaps one of the world's new generation of prima donnas, with the Metropolitan flaunt? ing her in the faces of Covent Garden and the Pans Graiid Opera, while the im? mortal Oscar talks passit ttatc love and undy? ing devotion through his iinmbrtal hat. Foolish hopes/ Oh. no! Beul ah Ben ton Edmondson, Cherokee princess, Indian maiden, whose beauty rivals that of many a famed helle of the white race, and in the whits beauty's own style, is taking the routine course to the heights of fume, trodden by so viany v hi fail at last. But she has behind her already <i measure bf attainment which comparatively few possess; and the chances are that she will sin ced where hundreds of others have pitifully failed. THER 13 Is something exceptional, It would seem, about the women of th& Cherokee nation, espe? cially '.m rcspSct t>> their singing voices; und Beul ah Bdme-ndson Is h prlne? at of the Chero Ur- s. <i<-! ;endant ? : one >?( the tribe's most noted chiefs. It may ho rmly thai the Cherokees hiiVe long been lu advance of other Indians In thtdr adoption of the white man's ways, education and inversions, Hut. as far back ns nearly twenty years rtgo t!...r.- <-nmc out of Vinltn, In the then Indian Territory three :?! ti rs,daughters of *'.d ?. i.t-f niucjue.ket, v id w-;e remarkable for their exquisite beauty atid their exceptional musical talents. They had n strong dash ol the 1 i French voyager blood In them >; earlier aneestry, and t>air complexion was by no means the coarse brownish-red thut goes with the full-blooded Indian. They were, however, as far fiom the white .sk:-i a-< they were from the red. Tho best phraeVto iesorlbe them was olive-copper, with tho roses of their' white blood glowing on their cheeks; und In theii eyes were all the slumbering tires of the Indian, mingled with th.. Lutln, R ifie, the eldest, most nearly verged 0-1 the Indian typ*, and her particular metier was not vocal, but tho piano. Carrie, the youngest, was a lithe bronze Diana with a mellow contralto which heeded only the training Princess Reuln!!'? will recl-lve l<i make it on?- of the fcplendid voices of the; operatic stage. Tho other sister, of commanding appearance arid unusual loveliness, pes aessed a soprano of singular rktngu, sweetness! and volatile, so pure and crystalline that t;,.- chandeliers and globes. In halls and churches where they sang rung In resonant 1 ord whenever she accentuated tho rich timbre of a 1 cite she sbunUed; THE THREE SISTEKS of the east, hut not h<ard the andiene? :i : ?' .1 1! v ? have been steadily profiting by education, such as only the ? ? hive been able to enjoy or wise 1 , lejacttjet slatera, at .1 tim< ? an unusual " compltshm^nt for pllshed atonographera'. It was 11 ICHIgll' I, III a way. to be the safeguard ugaiimt ? ?? ? '. !? rl mi whli h. in this form of no nie trade or ruining, Is Insisted iipu'ii for the son* of the royaj Hohen? ? Hon s In ' Jerntany, Mian Edmbndsnn, In her day. has hart the advantages ' a f ill cours? hi t - Cherokee National Female S?rr/ nary. at Tahlequah; where, she graduated, Her vo)rf>i, ven then. gave, iivlilen c f>f its range, and tier eiroujfl^ lances made It easy tor her to utilize the oppotl inllhrs ir c ulture whl . own d her In the east. She wentjlo Huston and tie:,- itjudied ::i a school of expression until . lie crad latcd l",,r a iifiie; her rn desty forbade h< r -., rfreahi 'f the world triumphs which appear so readily accessible do mnny a ?Irl less highly gifted She returned to * >kla? ma nnd opened a studio m Muskogee. Hut a ycai :? Occupancy of it left her restless n)id insatlsficd, Shu was in no need of the jrtcomc It earned to r. however deslrabh money might be; and. conscious ? ?' her power?; st-, was in constant need of the larger scopi) rc'iulrc.l .'or their full development and exercise. She fought out with her craving fur a whole year; then she decided that, whatever the measure of her unifies, It was due them that she make the endeavor. In the latter part ,,f July .-' . closed her Muskogee studio, hastened on to New S'ork and early In August sailed IH r arrival there has added to the American colony I ho most picturesque figure that hau lieft? itcch lor some your* Sh.- is of n,. ollve-broiuo complexion which was bo attractive a feature in the beauty of tho three Blue jacket princesses, and hei lineaments are ,t,e rather aqullli.?der which belonged i" the youngest ol those three girl- ||er eyes, hk. all ? hen ke, ryea. are huge - ami dark, nllcriiiUely brilliant iti the :- (Iren and deeply, tenderly languorous. Clad in ordinary . lothes, st.. ;? tin Unusually handsome girl, oho who will turn the heads of people on the street. Atitt-d hi bet native costume, she Is the embodiment <>f the popular, romantic dreams oi Indian lovi i IK ? It U . :.!}? during these more recent v?nrs that this country lias liteii learning to appreciate at their real value the talents which have laid so lonit derma it and unused in :: . Indiai wards There In no Small likeiil.1 that the lime is near at t and when a new "Natoma" ? whether or hot Vl.CtOI Herbert write the music and J'.:u Bedding the words Will have Its native-born Indian prims donna foi the leading role, an i perhaps its whole company or Indian fingers to .airy the cast The remits of the IIUO census have shown a marked infusion bi v. dte liloo I I ait . tho India . tribes surviving! and have shown, to... a marked gain In vitality, appar? ently directly attributable to the mingling of the strains, it would stem thai the story of humanity s Improvement In the gi> m American ''melting pot, so notable a feat n ? of the Kuropean peoples who have emigrated to this continent. Is even more mark? II) tr... In the case of the lndliin-i and th- w bit,, a CIIKKOKHES ARE VIGOROUS Thr once-revlled "squaw man." so ofterl detested by the early westerners as o,,- who na-1 forsaken his g-ds und degen-rated almost !?? barbarism was giving to Hie Indian the biood strain needed to tit him for the futufe Of Industry* civilisation, health and longevity T-.-? ? ? ? stltute ai.S per cCnt of th.- total of Indiana in the lontlnental United States T - v slallatlcs show that not only are t:,?:. r. ? ? children born In the mixed marriages, but thai a Idrkei proportion of thou- born survive in maturity, The census deduction Is that, ultimately th- full'blooded Indian Is destined to !n> uppearance, ami (hat at a date not far distant - t lost Obvious In Oklahoma, Miss Kdrriondson's ow n state, where the Indian population is not only largest it.Sjb In 1910?litit most a.Ivan...1 In civilized Ways of living. The standards 'l ere, jn countless families whose Indian blood Is e|:ner predominant or distinctly noticeable, havo lust I ? f educatlot the paid by so many whites fbi their ambitions In ihn ? ? ample prospcrlt) warrants th- ?? itjay A win 1? pe Is glowing up In comfort and culture whose native Indian blood has been modified of iate j-ars by the n..st vim- strains of Swedish, German, English and American white blood. Tin women win. ,...me ,,f this mixed stock are very often beautiful, and always Intelligent and domestic In their ta??s Sui h a hower of race as Miss Edmondson Is. and thi ? voice that constitutes an exception among th- women of every nation. The possibility of an Indian Mary Garden .. ... strong now that, <?-.?,-, though this'beautiful candi? date f'T Operatic honors were to fa 11. the future Is sura to priivlde others until one appears fit to wear the crown. ots can t let women Want tlit.'in, wtili?ut .inl with lih.loiioc??'1 iVr tin- I ilsltioil tin: ii!i<l will pro'vi lin Rill ? 1 p'iisiiu "it' rbnringr mm in Uta back i?l I.til thn whole i-uiglil tlown to li rulorntticnl in-kli?1, liyjiini II except tllQ ii I: in ttio future. liiiH? with s.'.n will wclRiinio Kbtd ?Ith ih< nnthijflK in ..f DillllonalrfH : iv. mill Iii.)...- with R? conti) wilt inn ili.- irold pi ii to Imitation?, and bh irimurrhc it i"->t hopponod : ? About (be same lime, In the early dog day a, some girls on Ihla side of the ocean made little fad of wearing thblr brothers' socks: boasted "f the coolness to their friends; proved they'd stay up without carters?although not a single brother, thus tar. has learned how; hnd soort hail hundreds of emulators Looming i 'In' half-Hose business. V At tip seashore, notably Atlantic City, other A tilting Innovators, bathed with ho so<k? at ail. and were tlirllilngly popular until the beach' \ guards ruled I hem oft as Improper. \ 'I'll.- rabies rushed the joyful hows to Paris \ ar: i fashionable women over there cut loose \ n.-hi iiivaj on the half-hose adventure, [lilt \ It failed. No ..oe knows, as yet, whether the \ . reedj machinations "f ihn gold Stocking ~&r-J manufacturers, about to launch their boom, [ hipped to.- pretty practice in the bud. or VJL 1 niihei Parlsl ? women aren't built thai w?y. v / Bui lh' next edition of in.- hose stage told of >y the barelegged j?.vs amid surf ?l Atlantic, *U Forthwith lo'/.ens ..f stocking's which had chlined male he,.i ia. .es at every seaside re ,tjjj soit in I :....,- went into discard, aid o?t bloonied their contents in Cdj : mill; and balplals. ?Ii i-- gnind!" CxclalmCd the famous l.ioctor t.1hn,rllor, ami the e<|iia)ly famous Professor llaymoiul "U'e hnvj made an Investlglilloli of Uns delicate btil important subject. II i> ccr lstlit ihsi I i per cent of the young girls whbse health 's weak v ill he restored th vigor If they will discard their deadly stockings," Yu-i sec, it ..11 enhio about natural!}, ami lor this one iln.e at leiir-i, the doctors h?v< approved a novel faahldu Hut their approval was rieetj.rlli a con demiiulion of "ho did one, which dates bi;? i to the period of Ouncn Flli'lilicti . in FnglSnd, for it was welcomed, wlih delight, the" Italian ud vennicer of IndiisiVy who first showed It w.i pos? sible in cov<-r the leg ' eatl.v as well a.- warmly, bor centuries '1.klug has been accepted by nil as an article of uppf.rel nit llnrmlei as It is essential, tm tin ran" principle, prnceiedlng pitilessly, the ,?.? linve condemned underwear OS. being prone to rnrilcu the skin forfeit its normal activity In hro f.iitil ,? the beidy It happens thai fashion bus done, Its In.st. late)', to co-operate with the doctors; ami r\- outcry now is loudest from the guardians of morality, Who charge that women have already , ; rip i'd beyond 1.mcy's irreducible minimum. dilon. of course, hasn't pnld the smallest n| lontlon to these worthy monitors of morals; still, she has le i i, pattthv herself on the b.i< it for being a good girl .ind trying to please thi doctors. But, Just ?.?.?hen good) good> fashion was most proud of her unusually naughty self, mcdlclno found that she- had sinned i ortnllj above her underwear The .-or!iela -e.h. those eternally wicked corseta! -wore made now so sheath ill . ti .1 tin dragged down all a woman's Innards, lied up all her circulation, stiffened all her joints, paralyzed her spin, and prep.ared her for the sana? torium I neiden tally the ,p..-tors pointed out the terrible fa. I th it her high heels made her a voluntary orlp ple uui bee eneirniotin jml called for n female Ajax ? .. bear it" crushing burelen Awful consequences of th.- two ll< i.i.i. iie? baldness spinal ntraln. nervous? ness, shrunk thanks and corns. WH. anyway, a woman had to have a dress on. BiM (ltd she? The doctors had their doubts. They cb?ldrrt se?> any dress t.. speak >?( In the decollete which Is the glory of the mil with a personable fig? ure. They declared! It wa? her liest bid lor pneumonia, "?h! rill right,y sh<- responded; "I'll try to oblige. And meanwhile ill git acclimated," Behold t .. peekaboo waist, designed after a model cf the grunt lunar moth when it encounters a load of buckshot. The doctors Invoked pneumonia a little l >udcr than before, and so., nu.ly adjured her to put some clothes on. (She obeyed; loaded up with all the furs she could lltlj :il borrow, until a Moscow droshky driver looked like n sylph beside licr. And. would you believe It? those i trj same doctors rose right up and eorc she was doing lor extravagant lust to contract; of all things, pneumonia. So there she is, from the skin out. from head to foot, (.wii f ont to hack. inM'ie and outside.' condemned as the horrible example of habitual suicide. Her past, with its Iroh-cago corset.-, its :.|g panniers, its dozen petti? coats, its billowy iloopsklrlH, its populai bustle and its lowering coiffures. Is lio more appall.ng than her pres? ent of a lag. two earrings and a hank of hair. Vet It s well to note that nil He- women who risked their .... health wearing farthingales, powdered hair, stomachers ami multiple Dutch petticoats are now dead. Th.it precisely what will lihppetl to all the women of today, with their sheaths and hobbies. t..<ir peekaboos and their high heels; It is what win happen to the wearc::. In she future, ol tho solid gold stocking.--. An In reusing percentage of Ihein will persist in living past l?l and lau--'hing In tlie doctors' grim and grouchy faces; but they'll only prove the rule. Meanwhile, the records of medicine vs. fashion show that tr, el isn't b single garment, Ornament or hairpin women wear that h.i-n't had some doctors worrying It like a dbg at n stuffed kitten. The only It. ui of woman's dress that has thus f;-.r escaped scientific condemnation was Bye's llgleaf. And (ho modern scientist would have found that garment full oi phylloxera, If Adam didn't chase him ort of the bh rden. Albinism is Everywhere N ABBINO Is a person or animal with the nb H< u ? of color in the hair ,.r eyes, or both. This Is also found In many birds, and It Is not very uncommon we see or hear .f a While blackbird, or a white crow, or some oilier bird or foul Which Is very Itlghi; colored Iii its natural state. No people are ns frequently albino as the Arizona IStinl Indlnns, who are very frequehtl) white-haired and plnk-ey . I It In asserted that litis results from Ihr absence of coloring matter, in all the animal kingdom this ren? dition seems to exist; Certain fowls show tin- sam.dltion. a number at prairie chickens have been ?hol ihat wer,, perfect albinos. A few robins and English sparrows, and occasion? ally a white redblrd, are found In different paits of the country, and they re always looked upon as remark? able freaks in nature but an- in r.tvt unite common Sonn ilorlsts declare albinos exist among Mowers, and that white Specimens come in man) llov.'i rs that are naturally of high colors.