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The Hermes of Praxiteles, to
Whom the People of Athens Compared Paul Swan. Paul Swan Tells Why He Was So Singularly Honored by the Women of New York and the / People of /A Beauty-Loving Athens PAUL SWAN, a young American dancer, has been referred to as "the most beautiful man in the world." He has also been likened to "a young Greek god." At the earnest request of this newspaper Mr. Swan consented to tell what, In his opinion, constituted beauty in a man and why ho had been honored with auch intoxicating titles. It ap pears that the fair sex has acclaimed his perfection wher ever he has appeared. Mr. Swan has been displaying h!a beauty in Interpretative Greek dances In New York, and appears at the Maxine Eliott Theatre on March 22. By i^aui swan. IT is true that I have been called "the most beautiful man In the world." It Is a titlG to be proud of, and I glory in it. I am not unduly conceited, and I accept with due modesty the tributo of my fellow be ings to the gracious gifts which nature has showered upon me. What arc the grounds on which I have received this title? In the first ?place the most intelligent women of New York, those who are fighting for their right to a share in the Govern ment, chose me as the man best fit ted to grace their great pageant. In the second place, the people of Athens, where the sense of beauty in herited front uncient days is still stronger than anywhere else in the world, hulled me as a reincarnation of one of their old but ever young gods. I first had the good fortune to im press the public of New York with my physical qalities when the Women's I'olitlcal Union were plan ning their remarkable production of that ancient Greek nlav about As Narcissus, the Beautiful Youth Who Fell in Love With His Own Image equal rights for women, "Lysistrata," by Aristophanes. I was then chosen to lead the chorus of Greek youths. There was great difficulty in finding young men in Xew York fitted ny nature to take these parts. I was honored by being told that I tilled my part to perfection. Since then I havo been travelling in Russia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Sicily and France, where 1 have been col lecting material for the new inter pretative dances which 1 am now giving in New York. They are mod elled on the dances of ancient Greece. In my childhood 1 realized that I ?was gifted with the Greek type of beaut}*, and it has been my aim to cultivate this gift to my utmost. 1 ?began my career as a painter and dancer. For a time I called myself "Iolaus, the Greek dancer," in order to keep my dancing and my portrait painting distinct, but since I have achieved some celebrity it has be come impossible to keep up the dis tinction. In pursuance of my ideals I went to Greece as a boy. In Athens I, was remarked by artists, archaeologists, writers and many of the beauty-loving people of that city as a reincarnation of the ancient Greek type. Somewhat to my embarrassment, I was followed through the streets of Athens not only by women, but by sculptors and painters who reqested me to pose as the reincarnated Apollo. Ono of the most celebrated writers of modern Athens, Mr. Caligorupolis, was kind enough to write of me: Tactful. Kind words may bo more tfc&t? coronets, and slrnpio faith may beat I-Torman biooa to a frazzlo; but, aito;* all, tact Is tho possession most dear und most useful to the humc.n raoo. Tlr. Daniels thought so. too When ho left the housft ha bad left Sirs. Daniels vith a lady frierni, ?whoso abilities v a scandal-mongot und mlBCh'.nf-ina'.tor are pre-eminent. When ho returnee! ho Just poked hia nead Into ^he drawingroom. 'That old cat none. Z suppose?" ho ?atd with a Plgh of relief For Just an instant thero was a dreadful silence, for as he uttered tho iast word ho encountered tho stony K-are of tho lady who had been in his jr'nd. Then lura Daniels spoke quite calmly. "The old cat?" sho said. "Oh. yes. dear. 1 sent it tc- the Cats' Homo in a basket first thing' this morning!" The Victim. ?'?ev' said tho solemn-faced man, -?It would ruin ino financially if the whiskci business should wo wipod out." "Are you In the liquor business, eir?" "No, no. I'm a teinperanco orator." Different. "Color.el Bluey told me that he lost his arm during tho war. I didn't know he was over in tho army." "Ho wasn't. During tho -yar ho worked in a eav/rnilL" 10 "As it be ]Mmmm proud of the rare nV/J sift of beauty he V himself has re ceived at Nature's hand, he does not hesitate to paint himself in his pic tures. It is thought by some that he looks like Byron, and perhaps this is true, but how much more striking is his resemblance to the Hermes of Praxiteles, the Ephebos, and the Catheron." Another Athenian critic wrote: "Our distinguished sculptor, Thoino poulos, when he first saw Paul Swan enter his atelier thought that the vision of Apollo had been brought to life in his ideal beauty." I went to London, and there an ap preciative writer said that it was "one of the gods' little ironies that this modern Hermes, with the eyes of Leonardo's 'Golden Boy.' should have been born on a little farm in Nebraska." It is contrary to convention for a man to praise his own appearance. But is convention always right? A business man has no hesitation in boasting of his successes in business. I have succeeded in something far higher?in being beautiful. I have cul tivated the gifts which Nature and my good parents bestowed upon me. I think it right to be proud of what I am, to encourage other men to pur sue the .same perfection and to give tlicm I lit* iK'itclit ?'i my expeireuee. Why should not a man be beauti ful? Why should tho mere sug gestion raise :i jeer in an ordinary gatliering? Let us think a little seriously of these questions. Is it not mere modern vulgarity to object to the word "beautiful" as applied to a man? People commonly speak of men they admire as "hand some." If we inquire we iind that they describe certain policemen, ath letes, and various men who are noth ing but fine. large specimens of ani mality as "handsome." On the other hand, persons of real artistic taste never speak of an ancient Hermes or Apollo as "handsome." They call them beautiful. Therefore, it is a nobler thing to be neautiful than handsome, and one should not be Displaying the Exquisite Grace Suppleness of His Form. ashamed of it. A man can achieve greater perfection of beauty than n woman. The large head, with high, straight brow, the broad shoulders, the slender hips, the straight, strong legs of a beauti ful man compare with the small head, the narrow shoulders,the large hips, the short legs, insecurely planted on little feet, of a woman, beautiful though she may be. In this view I am supported by the great majority of painters and sculp tors. The great appeal which a beau tiful woman makes to us arises large ly from emotional and sentimental causes, but for pure beauty of form the man is superior. My readers will doubtleas wish to bear what constitutes beauty in a man. The first requisite Is sym metry. This includes proper devel opment, and harmony of features, and above all, a certain harmony be tween body dnd mind. To have a beautiful body one must have a beau tiful mind. We grow to resemble the thing wo admire, as Hawthorne has so finely told us in his story, "The Great Stone Face." If we fix our minds on the great classic ideals of beauty we shall grow to resemble them. The vJreek typo of beauty has set the standard for all ages, and everyone is more or less beautiful as he ap proaches this standard. I believe the most perfect type of manly beauty to be the Hermes of Praxiteles, whom some of my friends have been kind enough to compare with me. The beauty of the figure in tbis statue is incomparable. Another immortal type of classic beauty is the Antinous, whose statue, partly mutilated, stands in the Capi toline Museum at Itome. Antinous, the favorite of the great Emperor, Hadrian, is said to have drowned himself in the Nile because he realized his beauty must pass with age. The ideally beautiful man is tall and straight, his height depending on the race from which he springs. The ideal height of an American descend ed from Northern European races, is 5 feet 8 inches. His total height is eight times the height of his head. His neck is straight and not too thick. His fore head is broad and nearly upright, and only moderately high. His head Paul Swan as a Young Greek God. is well covered with hair. His shoulders are several inches wider than the measurement across his hips. The palms of his hands reach to the middle of his thigbs when he stands upright. When he stands with his feet to gether, the knees, calves and ankle a Dancing Greek Faun. hones of his two legs touch one an* other. A good development of the muscles of the back, chest and abdomen are particularly necessary for grace of form and movement. This can only be obtained by exercise and right living. When all the measurements have been laid down it must be said that beauty cannot exist unless the figure i^ inspired with grace and the poetry of motion. The face, too, must bo intelligent and illuminated with the yearning for the beautiful. I havo sajd that the man can be more beautiful than tho woman, but ho rarely is so. He should lead a more primitive life. He should eat simple, wholesome food and not snatch two crullers and a cup of bad coffee for his lunch. Dancing is the most precious of all forms of exercise in producing graco of body. Grace is sureness of motion, and this we acquiro by danc ing. The rhythm of the music, set ting every movement of the body to time, produces a harmonious mus cular development. In conclusion let me urgo all boys and young men to keep the Greek ideal of beauty before them. Try to ' bo beautiful in your bodies, and in your lives. Do not allow beauty, the most precious thing in the world, tt> be the monopoly of one sex. if we all loved true beauty the sin and ugliness that disfigure humanity would be impossible. The true lover of beauty would never make tiis fellow men do work that disfigures their bodies. Mary HAD a Little Lamb?The True Story of Its Escapade and Useful End ON'T smile at the youngster who accepts at its face value the story of Mary and her lit tle lamb. In this instance, grown-up skepticism is unwarranted. There was a Mary who did have a little lamb whose fleece was as white as snow and who did follow Mary around wherever she did go. What is more to the point, it did follow her to school one day, which was against the rule, which did make the children laugh and play to see the lamb at school. And the teacher did turn it out and it did still linger near and waited pa tiently about until Mary did appear. Not. only did Mary have a little lamb, but. she also had a half-cousin, and although the little lamb is long since dead, the half-cousin is still very much alive. Having been an o.ve-wit ness of the incident, this hulf-cousiu is prepared to verify it in every c?s scntial. It is just one hundred years ago since the incident occurred. The heroine was Mary E. Sawyer, of Sterling, Mass. The little school iiOii.se was located at the same place. Miss Polly Kimball was the teaolier. Richard Kimball Powers, of Lan caster, Mass., the eye witness re ferred to, ^vas half-cousin of Mary, Sawyer, and was at the school tho day the lamb followed her there. He is one hundred and three years old. According to Mr. Powers, the lamb in question was one of twins born in her father's stable. For some reason the ewe rejected one of them and little Alary Sawyer, then eight years old, reared it. One day the^ittle lamb followed Mary to school. The lamb was graz ing in a field when Mary started. It was too far away for her to see, but Mary called, and the lamb, recog nizing her voice, began bleating and at once eanic to her. Mary and her brother, Nathaniel, were well on their way wlien the Iamb began fol lowing them. Mary wanted to take the lamb back home, but Nat said "Oh, no, let's take it to school," and Mary consented. When Mary and her brother reached the schoolhouse yard their teacher, Miss Polly Kimball, had not yet arrived. Some of the scholars were there, however, and these crowded around the new pupil. They were all much amused. .Mary was in a quandary, for she did not wish the teacher to know tho lamb was at school. Then there was commotion among the children. They laughed and twit tered and twisted and turned in their seats. It was a strange sight Mnry Sawyer mid Ihr Identical l.lttle I'iitub l'lint I<'ollonril Hit to School. (Pxom a Piclure in the Sawyer Faaijjy,) to see a lamb at school. Even the teacher could not retrain from laugh ing, but she soon composed herself, and, realizing that she must dispose of the lamb in order,to maintain dis cipline among her pupils, she turned the little creature out of doors. It lingered near the door, however, and bleated for its little mistress. The teacher then allowed Mary to go out into the yard and place the lamb in the woodshed. A young man whose name was John Roulstone, Jr., a friend of the teacher and a member of the fresh man class at Harvard University, was visiting the school when tho in cident occurred. In order to com memorate an amusing event, he wrote and brought to Mary three days later the familiar verses of "Alary had a little lamb," etc. The fate of the little lamb was a sad one. Mary's father had a large number of cattle in his barn, and on Thanksgiving morning, 1S1G, Mary and her little pet were playing to gether at tho barn, and the lamb, placing itself in front of tho feed box, which belonged to the cattle, was suddenly gored by a cow. The lamb ran instantly to Mary, placed its head in her lap, and in loss than an hour it died, with her arms around it. /? Mary lived on her father's farm until she was married to Mr. Co lumbus Tyler in 1835. Mr. Tyler was superintendent of the McLean Hos pital for the Insane at SoinerviUe, Mass., a suburb of Boston. She af terward became matron of this in stitution, which position she held for thirty-live years. Mary outlived iter husband many years, and lias for her residence the house which he had formerly owned. When the patriotic women of Bos ton wished to raise money for the historic old South Church, which be came financially involved and was in danger of being; sold for debt, a public sale having been authorized, to relieve its embarrassment. Mary look the stockings which her mother had knitted from the lamb's wool (and which she had never worn, hut kept in memory of her devoted companion), unravelled the yarn, cut it into pieces of a yard and a half in length, wound it upon ciirdsv on which sho had written her auto graph, and sold tho cards for twen ty-five cents each. The stockings, thus converted into yarn, brought over two hundred dollars for tho two pairs, showing the widespread interest the people had in those days in Mary and her lamb. Mary gave this money to tho fund which saved tho old South Church. A Dreary Outlook. V good lecturer, like a good singer, knows at once whether or not ho la "in tune" with Ills audience. And tho profo.ssor was a very lino lecturer In deed Instinctively ho felt that his ad dress on "The Dignity of Labor" had not gripped tho class in the way It should havo done. Ills suspicions wero continued when, on looking? round the gathering of students, ho beheld Percy Kitzwliistle In a seml somnolent state at tho back of tha lecture room The professor coughed. "Mr Fltzwhistlo." he said, "will you kindly give inu a deiinitlon of work?" The hlueblooded one stretched his legs anil yawned. "Work?" ho murmured- "Every thing is work!" "Nonsense. Mr Pitzwhlstle!" said the professor ansrrily "You should choose your words with more carol According to.that definition, the vory chair upon which I am seated la work!" "So It 1?, sir!" drawled tha aristo crat. settling himself onco mora, "Wood work i" At the Kirk. It was the Scottish minister's see ?ml Sunday In his newly appointed parish. ""d lie had reason to com plain at tho meagre collection "Mon." replied ono of tiio elder* "they are stingy, vera atingy But"? and he eame closer and became mora confidential?"the auid mcenister ha put three or four saxpences into tha platp hissel'. just to gie them a start. Of course he took the saxpences awa* with him nfterwnrds." The new minister tried tha same plan but the following Sundav wru a repetition of the others?a <l!??i:il failure Tho entire collection was not only small, b'.it. to hlw srreat con sternation. hid own coins were miss I ?ig. "Ye may be a better i-irene'ic thnr? the nuld nieeni?ter." exclaimed (ha elder "but If ye had half the kn?wl rdge of the world an r>' yor aln (look in particular, ye'd ha' done what he did an' glued tha saxpences to th? plate!" A Poor Adviser. Skinflint?1 have no money, but E will si?? you a littlo advice. Beggar?Well. If yer hain't got no money yor advico can't bo very valu* able. Copyright, 1011, by the Star Company. 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