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Los Angeles Herald
_____ THOMAS K. <;ll»lll>N. I'retldent nnil Killlor.
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Population of Los Angeles 319,198
{ Encourage two blades of jroodnoss to grow where j
j one did before and thus smother the evil. )
THE fact that dainty and petite Anna Held of
fers vigorous objection to her daughter go
ing on the stage is not based on any notion
on the part of this footlighi beauty that the stage
is harmful, but merely on the belief that the life is
too exacting and hard for the rewards it gives.
And Anna Held lias been one of the most su<
ful women in the history of the American stage.
Her plaint is just part <>f the American notion
parents have that they do not want their children
to take up the profession they have followed. .Ml
of them remember the hardships and the annoy
ances rather than tin- successes, and can give a
thousand reasons for their point of view. The
physician as a rule does not want his son to he a
doctor because i! is a "dog's life and without a mo
ment thai can be called your own." The lawyer
has the same sort "i a complaint and most of all
the newspapermen will insist thai the other people
in the world accomplish everything while the re
p. irter never has a chance to do anything more than
talk ah'mt it. \s a matter <'i fad the only pro
fession thai seems to breed in a man the desire to
have his son continue it is thai of being a million
AN actual increase in prosperity is indicated
in the increases shown in the number of
shareholders in 'railway and industrial cor
porations in this country during the last year. The
comparisons are made by the N Tc\v York Journal
of Commerce and cover forty-nine railroads and
sixty-seven industrials. The figures show thai
llicre are 31,113 more stockholders in railways this
year than last and the increase in the number of
holders in industrial shares is 36,484.
The farts show a steady absorption of corpora
tion shares by citizens who are not classed as capi
talists. This increase in investment may l>e attrib
uted rather to an increase in individual prosperity
than to any change of attitude on the parl of the
public toward the big corporations. It is entirely
probable that if the people had possessed the vasl
sums necessary tn acquire such holdings before
they would have made the investment earlier.
Wall street is hailing the discovery with de
lighi because the wider distribution of corporation
shares make- the marketing of new isMies of std k
that much easier.
There is another feature, however, that may he
a factor in the situation, and that is that many of
the railroad and industrial issues oft'er almost the
same security as a bond, but insure a higher rate
of income and the possibility of a greater enhance
ment in value.
However, lure is proof that the increases exist:
The railroads this yar had an aggregate capital of
$4,025,404,283, with 310,581 shareholders. The
respective figures \>>v the same companies in 1900
were $3,747,109,567 and 279,468. The aggregate
capital of the industrial corporations is given as
$3,041,979,700 and the shareholders as 435,640. Last
year the figures were $2,929,750,031 and 399,156.
The average numbei ol stockholders for the rail
road companies is 6388, as compared with 5703 in
1909. The respective figures for the industrial
a >rpi nations arc 6502 and 5808. The average num
ber of shares, held by individuals in railroad com
panii s is appri ■'■ ly 129, as compared with 134
last year. For the industrial corporations the a.\
erages are approximately '■'' and /4.
SANTA CLAUS has gone and the glamour of
the glad Christmas time has mostly vanished
with him. Thcrcfon these are the days of
the appraisement oi hi.s bounty, and who ever
heard of much sentiment being attached to the ap
rcraiser job? Already each woman has segregated
the useless presents and also the ones that are
"nice but noi necessary."
Possibly the man has done the same thing, but
he is not so resourceful as the woman. She knows
how to turn tin ■■ ■ thing to account and she
does. Already she is figuring where she will save
money by can > the rejected
gifts with labi them foi ons to whom
she intends to present them next Christmas,
Ij.iinls little things that women have embroidered
usually share this fn c, and the woman who is lay
ing them awaj may have received them
from some othi m i I through the
same process a . ■ tat even the mi >st
trivial Christmas gifi enjoys a measure of immor
tality. Still oni I the blighted friend
ships that would n ult if by any chance one of
these creations ever I con plete the circle by
coming back to th< maker after having
posed as a first aid i' au r th< pr< •ii ius
five or ten ye. r
Such a calamity - ble, bui in the mean
time one cannoi blamt th< wise housewife for get
ting a practical use <~mh of a thing that is useless.
But there is a precedent i it. Ji will be remem
beretl thai Fifi Potter, ■ itei of Mrs. James
Brown Toller, sent all h and duplicate
tvedding presents to a pit tioneer in Xew
York ami realized enou buy the thinps
she really wanted. fJer actii >i hocked the i
members of the "Four Hiini "at the time, but
they later forgot it and the urn who had Bent the
useless presents were too hemselves
to ever admit that their gift to the bride had been
ng those that went under the hammer.
Very likely the men would also use presents
over again but they usually forget all iboul them
by tl i Christmas comes !>■■;
Editorial Page of The Herald
the Southern Pacific railway lias submitted
a practical plan for a state-wide boost ol
California in which everybody can join to make
this the empire state of the nation. He predicts a
population in this state of 5.000,000 in 1920 and
announces that his railroad is preparing to start
the greatest advertising campaign for California
that ever was known. The Santa Fe is starting a
similar campaign and it is presumed the Gould
road will enter the field also. All that he asks is
co-operation in this campaign of education by each
resident here writing ten letters to that number of
families hack east telling just what the advantages
of living here arc.
Letters in "blocks of ten" will he convincing
proof to the easterners that what they have rea\l j
of the lure of California is true. Just remember
that a letter from a friend who knows is more con
vincing than any other form of argument.
To reach a population in this state of 5,000,000
people is merely to double the present number of
inhabitants. The increase in the last decade was
(.0 per cent. There i- every reason to believe that
in the nexi ten years the growth will he 1(X) per
cent, because the resources and advantages are so
much better konwn to the east now than they
were ten years ago, and the letters home are the
greatest drawing- power. The delicacies on al
most every table in the rest oi the country come
from California. Tell them to come out here;
where they grow.
C. 1.. Seaprave<. the general colonizing agent
of the Santa Fe railway, declare- that system has:
more inquiries about Southern California than all
other sections combined, and he predicts that the
population in Southern California will double in
the next the years. It i< not the climate only that j
attracts the outsider; it is the amazing productive
ness of the soil. Jt must he remembered that the
farmer of the east suffers an enforced idleness, so
far as his earning power is concerned, five months
of the year. Here there is the opportunity for a
harvest of some kind every month.
Begin writing your ten letter- now. Every
now resident who come- here enhances the value
of the property you already own. and you arc do
ing a favor to every friend to whom you write.
The vent payer of the east can become the inde
pendent landowner in Southern California. Here
also are some of the arguments that Mr. McCor
mick furnishes;
Since thr yen- 1901 the Southern Pacific com
pany has brought to California 635,000 colonists, or
Tn per . .-til of the total number tli.it arrived during
the past dei ade.
The large tracts that have existed here tor
scores of years have been the greatest menace to
the growth In population. Now these tracts are
disintegrating, presenting the choicest land In the
Btat< to ihe colonist In a small tract. In the paw
the man who bought the best land In this state
had to be wealthy enough to buy it In volume.
Today a rent-payer In the east can become a
landowner In California. Pec pie In other states who
wish to become landowners In California will ap
preciate this fact, and will come to thla -state In
numbers that will surpass all records.
\hv person who will take the pains to inves
tigate will realize that this state la to become the
greatest In the Union. It is merely a question of
time until it bec<Jmes the greatest in the Union.
Mr. Seagraves in explaining the rush of in
quiries for lands in Southern California also gives
this data:
There is so much more to appeal to the seeker
for a new home In California. South of Los An
eeles is a tremendous area capable of an infinite
production of the highest class products. Add to
thj H the l rea In the wonderful ban Joa
,,,ni. valley smd you have an agricultural empire
capable of supplying the markets of the world not
only with the staple products I'ut the table aell-
BCFormerly it was considered that thn climate
was the principal asset of Southern California
While thlH is a mighty factor and much reckoned
with it has a comparatively small influenc. when
compared with the other advantages here. me
Is certile and capable of raising the best class
o j products that the world affords In limitless
'"I'm''" thiiv is certain, however—either the land
values in Southern California are too low or tn<
values In the northwest too high, anil I don't be
lieve thai land values In the northwest are ex
cessive With its Infinitely greater 'ichness and
„,,.., advantages, land In Southern California
..;! for i much higher ngure than land In
the northwest. The comparative cheapness ol land
in Southern California otters to the shrewd Investor
an opportunity rarely had.
JUDGING from recent performances the things
that are most perishable in Southern Califor
nia are the world records set by the east and
Europe. Bui California always gives a belter rec
ord in return. The latest feat is that of an auto
mobile beating the world's non-stop record by go
ing almost as many miles on the surface as Hoxsey
did feet into the air to eclipse the European alti
tude n cord. Earth or sk). it doesn't *ce:n to make
any difference to us, and if Annette Kellerman had
accepted the challenges of the Long Beach girls
we would have the world's swimming record also.
|.j Paso, ["ex., knows what a real war scare is
like. '»n Christmas da) it watched one across the
Mexican border, but when ii came into plain view
it was only a bunch of burros, Those Washington
war scares would look just a.s foolish it we could
.•i 1! a cl< '-<■ peek at them.
Boston has refused to place Julia Want Howe's
portrait in a place of honor in Faneuil hall. Per
haps her "Battle Hymn oi the Republic" does not
measure up to the Bostonese standard of literature,
hip. the rest of the country will only pity Boston.
Spokane lias given a medal to a woman for get
ting off the ear the right way. The usual method
of women is to do it the wrong way and then de
mand damages. This medal business must be a
traction claim agent's trick.
Aero] lanes are said now to be almost on a com
mercial basis bin we don't see any manufacturers
who an willing to take a chance on selling one on
th installment plan with nothing- but the airship
as security.
Women have taken up the war on unsightly
billboards in earnest and they usually get what
'they want, so there is hope that we may yet re
turn to an unpainted and unlithographed horizon.
Vrtisi Fisher claims to have disco\'ered a new
type of American beauty in the girl with the
''slashing jaw," but she has been a well-known fi^
ure for Id these many year- in the divorce courts,
Xi'ier thinking this New Year's situation over
itiosl of us will decidi 1 1 worn and annoy
ance L>i deeidiuu not to make any resolved. <
Just Plain Mutton Tallow Great
for the Skin, Miss Rus
sell Confides
Lillian ruissi-n has one Idea of beauty
culture which will make a great lilt
with every man who reads this col
umn, and wilt undoubtedly surprise
many <■( the women readers. She l»'
--llevea absolutely in the use Of *"ap and
water for her face. This is decidedly
beyond the accepted belief, for usually
the mere word beauty summons to the
mind's eye countless preparations ol
■ old cream, flesh food and wrinkle
! eradicators, ail of which men abomin
ate ami women use only because they
believe or it' the mirror is too uncom
promising in this respect, they at least
i hope that it will make them beautiful.
"Wash my face? 01 course I do.
Why, how else could i keep it clean?
' fold cream Is good, of course, and helps
a lot but not so well as plenty of hot
; ter and good pure soap. The thins
that Is Important is that all soaps and
. reams must !>■■ pure."
Here Bhe opened a tall, -wide-mouthed
ylass jar and held it up (or inspection.
••That is the fifth distillation of the
mutton tallow which perfumers use for
distilling the odor of lilies of the val
ley, ii [a absolutely nothing hut that
tallow and a little lanoline, and it's so
;: ,.,. k l 5 .'ii i OUld i at it."
p i rdi rs, too, are all of the best qual*
ity, but beyond these simple preven
tives .Miss Russell says she has no
beauty cci rot.
"Secret." and she lavished. "I wish I
had .-. secret that would make women
beautiful, and they could all have it
freely, bul the only secret 1 know is
to keep my skin clean and do a little
walking every day in the. fresh air."
Si veral year.-; since many columns
ivere written about the various cxer
i Ises prescribed to restore the youthful
figure of this woman, and she admits
that for some time she did follow most
rigid rules. "At home we played tennis
and rode horseback a good deal and
took long walks, and then, too, 1 had
a gymnasium fitted up where I did
really strenuous work, but I dropped
that about two years ago and now I
just take care not to eat j fattening
foods, and let the exercising go."
Miss Russell, whose beauty, and
blondeness, and youthfulness, have
been exploited through many newspa
per columns, is not merely beautiful,
and blonde, and youthful. She is more
than all these, for she is human. A
scene weight fell at the close of the.
first act at the Mason yesterday and
there was much dust, a good deal of
noise and a trifle of confusion all about
ill. stage. Did Miss Russell have an
attack of nerves? Did she faint-and
call for a physician and act the part
| expected of a great star?
Indeed, she did not. she came out
from her dressing room crying, "Is
any one hurt?" Her first thought was
not of herself or her belongings, but
for the stage hands who might have
been injured.
When something was said about the
disrobing scene in the second act of
"In Search of a Sinner" Miss Russell
laughed. "Yes, there has been a good
deal of comment about that," she said,
■■and it has been criticised, but Miss
Thompson, who wrote the play, wrote
that in and it must be done. On*
woman reviewer suggested that I
should have donned a soft negligee or
i.;, gown, but— how could I? Hadn't
I just been told that a strange young
man was to call, and would any woman
put on a tea sown when expecting'
i siuii a caller? Certainly not.
••You know I try to dress for ray
parts just as well as 1 can, and I al
ways want the women of my audience
to know thai what costumes they see
are the pest I can get for the part. I
never wear anything on the stage
I which I could not wear for a similar
occasion anywhere, and l never wear
(heap lace or tawdry jewels."
Here the maid handed the gold bag
and coin purse to her mistress, but this
thoughtful actress would not bo caught
napping. She opened the bag and ex
claimed: "Now you are fooling me;
this i- not a clean handkerchief.
"You know, ' In an aside to her
, visitor, "1 love to play before an
. audience of women for they know all
about my things. They know whether
1 my handkerchiefs arc real or not, and
1! whether they an fresh."
The constant wear and use of i on
tumes was discussed, and Miss Russet!
said that when she selected these she
ah', ays got four sets, "But I wear
' one until it is all done and then take
lup a new I."
Talking about her plays she said
that In this present piece she has prac
tically her first opportunity to do any
■ acting.
, ■ "My part last year was just a (i dei
for the others on the stage, and in tin
'Butterfly' piece which preceded 'Wild
-1 fire' there was nothing much for me to
do, but tin.-, time I have a real part
which does offer me a chance."
Miss Russell does not consider re
■ tirement from the stage for many
years, but she related many Instances
• of celebrated n.cn and women play
who are adopting the moving picture
work in New York.
"Those picture companies pay big
salaries," she said, "anil take the com
pany to the country tor charming out
ings, where delicious meals are always
provided, and one may live at home in
New York near friends and family all
the year round. It Is proving a tempt
ing bait to many men and women of
the profession."
One Is almost forced to believe that
Mint Russell herself might be induced
porno time to take such an engage
incut. '
■ ! a H. '-j
TO ( <>XXi M'O.miknts 1-eltcrs Intended for publication moat "<• u«toiii|mhili-i1 by tut
nan■«■ ami address of the writer. The Herald gives the widest latitude to correspondents,
but iwibh no responsibility for their views.
Editor Herald: A writer in tho Let
ter Box of The Herald on December
27 say:- he is surprised thnt our city
council by almost a unanimous vote
ri fused to raise the limit on high build- i
ings. The city is to bo congratulated
on the vote. He says that 98 per cent
of the people of the city would not I
sustain the council and hopes for a •
referendum vote. I will state that I
have interviewed many citizens in a I
residence 1 section of the city and they:
all do sustain the council, and such a |
statement as said writer makes If,
about W per cent bluff. Business men
and the people of this city who have
the beauty and future welfare of this
city as a whole at heart will say "Well
done, city council." The argument
against higher skyscrapers than the
present limit before our council is un
answered. I believe that a majority
of th. people of this city are satisfied
with the council's action.
Los Angeles, Cal.
Editor Herald: There has been much
said in- these columns concerning the
immortality of the BOUI, but no one
seems to Baj what the Lord says about
it. ll' the readers will kindly take their
Bibles and turn to the following pass
ages of scripture I think they will re
ceive some light on the question:
I Tim. 6:15 says that Cod only lias
Immortality. Romans ":6-7 shows that
we seek for immortality. Ecclea, "■ :is
:'l shows that man has no pre-emi
nence above the beasts. Eccles, 9:5-6-10
shows that the dead know not any
thing. Ezek. :;T: 1"-14 shows that we
will be brought up out of the grave
and made to live again. I ''or. 15:51
--64 shows that at the resurrection when
the dead are raised they put on im
mortality. Rev. 20:4-6 shows that
there are two resurrections. I Thes.
4:13-17 shows that the righteous only
„,.,. ra { Be d at the first resurrection;
which takes place al the second com
ing of fbrist. 1 think that by care
fully studying these few texts those
desirous of knowing will receive light.
Long Beach, Cal.
Editor li' raid; Articles appearing
in tile foremost dailies of Monday last
give great prominence to the criticism
of our Frem-h visitor, Hubert Latham,
upon the att -nipt of BUtomobilistS to
..,., the airships maneuver free of
charge on Christmas day by lining if,'
in ilie road at a short distance from
the le Id.
Such Kightsi ers W( i <le I ' moo< tl
-,.,._• :i ,,,| jt was stated in one paper at
least iiiat Mr. Latham's opinion of our
country was already none too good.
The suggestion was made that our
county supervisors should at once put
„ Btop io such poaching on the part
of ;imi..ists who are presumably abli
to pa ill" entrance tee, which money
[ c „,,i to go to sweet charity aftei
-.:, tual expenses are deducted.
Were this really the case we should
;,ll gay "well and good," but when we
consider that In the "actual expenses"
\ B included the large priaes given to
tmcesßful contestants we are led 'o j
conclude that perhaps the poor orphans
won't jret very much after all.
No Inquiry seems to have been made
as to the reason for people wishing Lo
gee the meet free of charge, nor Is
any mention made of the talk of gralt
whii h If commonly heard about the
grounds as well as among those who
have Isited the meet both this year
and last.
The measures resorted to to mulct
. from the visitors are so flagrant
that the majority of those who do is
. once is enough.
is this good business policy? If such
ghowi are to be B permanent thiiin
lure the pioinoteis must bear in lnlnil
that all who att. nd are not. Mr. and
Mr-. Millionaire and that people even
financially able to pay will not continue
to submit to lie boldly h'-ld up ill broad
daj light, • mi though under the guise
of "charity."
i IKE i 'X Till': MOi II 'HERB.
L' . Angeles, Cal.
Editor Herald: I live live miles
almost due north of the Llewellyn Iron
works. On the night of the explosion
1 was awake and distinctly heard the
roar. I thought some one was blast
ing in the hills near us. The noise was
as distinct as if one stick of dynamite
hail been exploded about ten blocks
from my home. There seemed to be
about one or tun seconds between each
explosion. 1 am not mistaken, for T
had been up a few minutes before and
had not yet gone to sleep, nor did I
for some time after, as I was thinking
of the noise—the cause of it at that
time of the night.
Tropieo, Cal.
Editor Herald: In your special edi
tion of December 25 you have an edi
torial li>;n!.',l "To New York Without
Stop" which contains an erroneous
Statement, You say, "The west al
ways has been handicapped in the
way of mail service and travel from
the cast ' ' cause a day was lost in
Chicago." "The best trains from the
east all arrive there in the morning,
but tlie passengers are not able to
make a western connection until the
evening of that day." This is the er
roneous statement to which I refer,
For several years we have had our
fast train leaving Chicago at 9:30 a.
m. for the accommodation of Califor
nia passengers. We also have our
fast mall which leaves there at a.
in., these two trains being in addition
to the Limited at 8:00 p. in. and the
Overland at 10:00 p. m.
L' s Angeles, Cal.
Editor Herald: The human soul,
which partially expresses Itself through
the body (brain, eye, facfi, is the ego
which lives on through all changes in
the visible and invisible universe. It
is affected by neither heat nor cold, nor
is the truth of eternal existence of the
soul refuted by Ignorance or unbelief.
To the enlightened soul there is a.s
Strong reason for belief in immortality
as there is in an eternity of the past or of
pri Milt existence. For the information
of "Spectator" I will say that while
death removes physical limitations it
does not annihilate memory, nor does
it destroy identity, hence King Solo
mon. George Washington, Henry Ward
Beecher, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E.
I each is and will in eternity con
tinue to be Solomon. Washington,
Beecher, Lincoln and Lee,
Even you. Mr. Spectator, regardless
of your agnosticism, will not lose your
identity, though In the midst of bil
lloni of other immortal souls, disem
bodied spirits, thai have been released
from earth's limitations. The doctrine
of immortality cannot be disproved by
natural science, because it is a spirit
ual science and i« "spiritually dis
cerned." T. J. IT.
Los Angeles, Cal.
IB'lnc tho c!ay'» best JoU« from th« n»wi I
A Missouri darky was endeavoring
to sell a mule to a Jefferson City man.
who, however, was in doul/t hs to the
animal's age.
"If," said he. "this mule is as young
as you claim, why is it that he bends
so at the kii«' ■?'•
'"Oh, don't let dat little fact worry
you, boss," the negro hastened to say.
"Pat mule bend at de lftigSi hut it ain't
due to no age dat he docs. De hones'
truth. bO»S, is dat I ain't had de money
to look after dat mule do way he ou^ht
c, been. My stable is kinder low, an'
diit niui'' h>' i n 'bilged t" stoop a lit-
Ue, dut'a all.— Ilurpcr'e Magazine.
Pear Doctor: I was Bawlng wood
Monday and Tuesday, so not till
Wednesday did 1 road your sermon
about the turkey buzzards, the censor*
and myself, who wont to nee tho sinful
play at the Auditorium last week, i
want to thank you for kindly offering
me the loophole of "curiosity" through
which i might escape your charaoter
lzution of the rest of the big crowd,
but l hesitate to avail myself of so
■mall a hole, and would rather stand
or fall with the crowd. None, of us, I
think, can get very far from the crowd
or his head very high above it. and 1,
recall that Jesus did not try to. Look*
ing down from a flying machine men
on earth appear about alike, and from
God's height- 1 wonder.
As before, i have no defense for tivo
play. It appeared to me as cheap and
tawdry. Its BUggcstlvenesa was direct
and Inartistic—from my standpoint, it
bored me, and many others. It was
overadvertlaed—the blame for whim
you lay on the. press, tor Which 1 I"11
no brief.
I like your strong words about "auto
mobiles and wheelbarrows." It is v
line thing for the pastor of a rich and
powerful church to make no discrim
ination on tho side of automobiles.
Everywhere else In life wealth rldea
with a free band and poverty is the
only actual sin. Your insistence that
even the rich who attended that per
formance were buzzards looking for
carrion shows yourself and your church
In a favorable light. In HUCh impartial
way would Jesus have spoken—if In
his time there, were no greater evils to
denounce than an Inartistic play for
the uncultured.
Hut of your Judgment that any of
these, three thousand men and women
were buzzards I am not SO sure. If I
can read tho lilt, and words of JeSUS
rightly he was swift to denounce, not
the pleasures of the uncultured, but the
great determining evils of the world,
while of men and women bis invariable
word was, "Judge not."
"Tho Queen of thu Moulin Uougn"—
1 would make the last vowel an "o>"
if the printer would let me—deserve!
nor needs defense from me, It is a.
financial success, and for that reason
alone could ii have been produced In
our fairest theater and church, and for
that reason it may proudly walk the
length and breadth Of Christian civili
zation, even though its degrading ten
dencies were as great and as undis
puted as the system that sends boys
■to tho coal bleaker?, infants to the,
fabric mills and leaves millions of girls
and women but one way of escaping
want or poverty.
And though this play bored me. and
I am sure it would havo bored you
had you seen it, doctor, yet 1 question
whether it were wise or just for either
of us broadly to denounce it as in
decent or sinful. Suppose wo merely
said that from our standpoint of edu
cation and esthetic and religious de
velopment the play is cheap and not
worth while? 1 think it appears so to
me because from an early ago l havo
enjoyed certain advantages — of
reading and writing sermons, and tire
things that urgu thereto. And these
advantages have given me a distaste
for that which we who are educated
in certain lines designate as the coarse,
crude and Inartistic. But if our edu
cation had been along other lines than
sermons—say burglary stealing fran
chises, tending bar, sweeping streets,
Belling Kills into "white slavery," dig
ging coal, promoting stock jobs. hunt-
Ing down the weak and locking them
in steel cells, or any of the varied ac
tivities that lead those who of neces
sity follow them far from the Influences
of books and sermons and art, perhaps
our ideas about this play would be dif
ferent. In no fundamental way doeb
it differ from all other plays. Its cv
tral theme is the; lure of the negative
for the positive—l mean of the fem
inine for the masculine -ami vice versa.
I can Imagine myself as ono of a
very large class who from Infancy are
denied those advantage! which -hava
cultivated ray tastes beyond the crude,
direct and obvious in humor, art and
tin: mating instinct, in which case this
play might have pleased me. I can
imagine myself as the child of a woman
who had to scrub floors up to the day
of my birth, in which case, my brain
development, my views of art, and
even my religious instincts would prob
ably have been very different. There
are millions of such mothers. I might,
have been born in the s-lums or the
redllgbt district. Why I was not I do
not know, but I hardly dare think it
was due to any merit on my parti nor
ran 1 think that those who were born
under such Circumstances are there
fore more sinful or indecent or more
of turkey buzzards than 1 am. And I
recall that Jesus consorted with just
such people, passed liis timo amonfj
them, gave all his life to them find
even died between two thieves for them.
I am bound to admit that mouy in
the great crowd wore not bored by
the play. Home, applauded. I think I
can understand why. The Russian
dancers, for example, who appeared on
the same stape a few weeks previous,
did not bore me, nor any of.the large
and cuitured audiences of the "best
people' 1 who witnessed their beautiful
performances. And yet they appealed
to precisely the same impulses in the
cultured as did the Queen in the un
cultured. And I submit that the only
possible difference was that we who
enjoyed the dancers had also enjoyed
certain educational advantages whlcn
were denied by this Christian society
to those who must lind llieir enjoyment
in such plays as the Queen. For this
denial 1 am blaming no persons, not
ovon the rich ant! powerful, nor the
church. Vet I do regret that the power
of the church should be exhausted in
denouncing the uncultured and their
amusements Instead "I' being used to
destroy those conditions of which the
uneulture is the Inevitable fruit.
Now these Russian dancers (though
with consummate and delightful nrt)
more frankly revealed the human
female figure and more Insistently ap
pealed to the mating Instincts than did
the "Queen of the Moulin Kongo." Yet
you did not characterise their play of
oriental voluptuousness as indecent,
doctor—nor did Mr. Eddie order pa
jamas on the beautiful but scantily
clad siren who openly and daringly
lured a man to her embraces on tho
couch. 1 am not complaining of tin;
Runian play, doctor. In execution it
was artistic. In motive it was no dif
ferent from any other play. Its theme
was the lure of .sex. and that is the
theme of all art and of lite, itself. Once
that lure—if the olden records be true, —
was the religious expression of man
kind. It was not coined into dollars
then as now. As one who would re
store this world creative Impulse to
its olden purity, doctor, your work Is
good and true according to your light,
and ho is Mr. Eddie's. But to you both
—to you with such reverence as is dv»
the church and to Mr. Eddie with such
respect ns is (hie the law—l suggest
not lightly but sincerely that your zeal
might count for more, were: it directed
not against the cheap amusements of
the uncultured, but toward those de
termining evils which produce bo largo
a class of those whom you, doctor, uro
pleased to call human buzzard*.

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