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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.
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