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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, June 01, 1902, Image 15

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\ Another thing bothers you to death at
first— that is. what on earth, to do with
her when the dance is over. It would be
so much easier to let go when the musle
stops,' and cut and run. But this is for
bidden. You must look out that she gets
to a seat and is deposited comfortably.
And If she Is hot, you must fan her. This
appears to you to ba all tommyrot, but it
has to be done. -: You are horribly clumsy
Now she Is fl«*iTnr out that an goes
smoothly when aha depends upon you
to do tho thinking for her. All she has
to do is to follow your lead easily.
Meanwhile she has been learning things.
She has. been ioam<ri g that «he must
leave the* matter of "guiding: entirely up
to you. At > first she wanted to attend
to It herself, and she found that too many
cooks spoil the broth, There were colli
sions. - .. ¦ . vi.
In time It will all com* easy. Too wax
be able to dodge the other navigating
couples on the floor as readily as you do
the frightened old lady who sees your
roller . coaster coming. You will cease to
Jerk your poor partner out of their way,
and will guide her Into a safe path so
easily that It seems to her the guiding
does Itself. . ...
pedigree, and must be a good individual
'and a successful winner. The last named
qualification is the chief factor, since it ia
reputation that the buyer ia after in
most cases. A non-winner seldom brings
much unless .he 13 an exceptionally
successful producer, which amounts to.
the same thing.
about it. You blow a gale one minute
that distracts her hair, and *.he next min
ute you are wafting the breezes out into
space, missing her altogether. You won
der why to goodness she can't fan her-
Between the • dances you and the girls
, of -dapper, black'' suits and -plnfc t white and
blue ruffles.'-; \It? ls !a " horrible thing '•' to
know « 7 that .'you (must yturnVafter^ a . while;
You S can' t ¦ keep -on 'going - in one. direction
; forever.' And 1 after you have I turned,, a
stlir'more' dreadful rduty^'faces^ ybul"'" ':":'
v ; You must reverse." .
". This' has ; been' carefully drilled into you
by ttie dancing teacher. He. made all you
boys take /hold! of "hands and practice It
In " a .row/. It was easy then. But : now
that you have. jtb steer a girl as well as
yourself ! " : ~ ;''¦?"•"'."'"
; Heaven ' help you.
ways do take' more kindly to those foolish
things. /
It is a dreadful thing at first to have to
lead her out upon the floor. It Is so con
fcundedly slippery. You havAto look out
not only for your own bones, but for hers.
This is one of the points that is of a lot
of importance, too.
You are learning for the first time that
a girl is a creature to be protected. Her
welfare is In your hands. She is not to
be teased or Quarreled with or sneered at.
She is to be taken care of. Her slippers
have glassy soles as well as yours and.
she must not be allowed to fall upon the
floor. It might hurt her or at any rate
muss her beautiful dress. You mustn't
make fun of her because she Is afraid
of slipping. It wouldn't be gentlemanly.
The navigation is a hard enough mat
ter until practice makes perfect. If you>
could get in and skate it would be easy
and a whole lot of fun-' But that won't
do. You must walk in a dignified and
graceful manner to the place where the
circling waltzers are, and then, after tak
ing the correct position, her hand in yours,
your arm lightly placed about her plump
little waist, you must launch yourself.
Heaven help you now. You can steer
a roller coaster all right. You know
enough about that. .. You can start it
down a San Francisco hill, get under full
headway, and still manage to dodge every
man, woman, child, wagon , and automo
bile. You cah steer straight at the, feet
of a frightened \ old j lady, . then curve
gracefully away from' her , Just *as <!she
screams. But such finesse: looks absurdly
Impossible to you : as you launch yourself
upon that floor crowded with Its -whirl
SOME big prices lately paid for dogs
hav» again raised ths quaation as j
to the highest figures ever realized
In tha various breeds. This refers
to bona-flde prices and not to the fables
often circulated for th* amazement of tha
Last week 11000 In cash was offered
and refused at the Illinois field trials
for the pointer king, Cyrano. A few
weeks before Charles Tway, the ownsr of
the young setter,"' Count Oakley, refused
$350 for that fine Bon of Oakley Hill. John
Consldine of Washington State, the well
knewn sporting man, gave Dr. Yancey of
SedaTIa $700 for the setter Doc Hick. A
few years ago the setter Howdy Rod sold
for $2500. About twenty years ago Pierre
Lorillard Jr. gave $1500 for Dashing
Monarch and $1000 for Salvalette, the dam
of Paul Gladstone.
More dogs bring high prices now than
ten-or fifteen years ago, but the highest
marks of the older period have not been
duplicated lately. Probably the largest
actual price ever paid for any dog in
this country . was the $4000 which W.
C. Reick of the New Yorlr Herald gave
for Sir Bedevere, the St. Bernard. That
transaction was often Stated at $6000 and
$7000, but the real cash amount was
$4000. Pierpont Mc/gan . has paid some
good sum for crliles, but noooay cmxx^I
himself, his keunel manager and the ven
dors know just what money changed
hands. It Is doubtful, however, whether
he ever gave much over $1000 for any
specimen. The California greyhound. For
Freedom, probably could have been sold
for 54000 or $5000, but he never changed
hands after coming to this country. In
England he was not greatly distinguished
and cost only a moderate sum when Im
To bring a high price nowadays a dog
must usually have an ultra fashionable
It seems to you, being a boy, that the
girl always knows Just what to do and .s
entirely at ease when you are struggling
sc miserably with the forms and usages
of the nollte world. But as a matter of
fact she has her troubles, too. She has
to be taught to slip her hand gracefully
through your erm. It Is no* easy for her
to do this at first. The dancing teacher
has to give her all sorts of private tips
on the matter. She ha* a tendency to
clutch your sleeve at first, as If it were
gcir.g to *et away. She Is told that her
hand must Ho perfectly at rest, that you
are not going to break away and run.
She learns all this a good deal quicker
than you learn your lesson, for "girls al-
But in time, after long practice, the
arm comes to be the most docile thing im
aginable. It bends easily and gracefully
and lets that funny little thing which has
the audacity to call itself a hand, rest
comfortably and l'ghtly upon Its black
Eleeve. i •"•¦; '
It takes much patient drilling to put tho
average small boy's arm through the
course of sprouts which will teach it to
offer itself to a little girl. Arms are the
t-aiffeEt things at firsts They try to be
graceful, but they simply can't. They are.
if anything, worse than legs. They crook
cut in the most ungainly fashion like the
join{ed arm of a gas fixture. When a girl
slips her funny little hand into them yiey
don't know what on earth to do with it,
and they generally squeeze it tight, as if
they expected to lose It, or perhaps they
held it out at long range as if it was. a
thing that you mustn't touch.
First of all the boys must -learn what a
partner means. She Is an honor, a privi
lege. She is to bo treated as such/When
you ask her to dance with you. you must
Efve her to understand that it Is a tre
rr tndous favor that you ask and that you
realize the fact. If she accepts you must
let her see that you are pleased and that
ycTi intend to make the dance as pleasant
as pcs-sible for her.
when the youngsters are in their Satur
oay best than it would be if they had on
checked ginghams ard percale shirt
vaistE. The psychological value of
clothes- is too deep for you and me. but
just the same we both know that good
clothes make good children. So when
the little folks are dressed up, as they
always are for the dancing class, they
are well started along the right road.
At any rate, whether ballroom graces
b<- natural or not. they are all the more
charming for being cultivated. So our
Saturday afternoon dancing classes are
full to overflowing, and the airs and
graces of some of the belles of five might
give pointers to many a damsel of four
times as? many years. And the boys, too
—they forget, as soon as they find them
selves in their dancing pumps, shiny and
tlippery and smart — they forget that girls
v.-<re ever made to be teased, to have
their braids pulled, to be frightened with
rubber spiders. The pumps lend a new
dignity. The small boy of America turns
chivalrous on the spot. He has left his
toy spider -behind in his other coat pocket
end he doesn't even miss it. These Satur
day afternoon little girls are so different
from the ones that he goes to school
with on week days. They don't have
braids to pull on Saturday. The braids are
all let out loose, in little flutes and
Tvrinkles. The flutes and wrinkles are tied
with tremendous silken bows. The little
girls' clothes stand out, fluffy and volum
inous on Saturday afternoon and the lit
tle girls have a reverential way of treat
ing their clothes, a way which says as
plainly as words, "We don't stand for
sny mussing." There is something so
very different about them— they do not
seem to be the same old schoolmates at
all— that the small boy in the shiny
pumps approaches with something like
timidity and asks humbly for the honor
of a dance.
And the dances! They are the very
same that the big sisters know and con
sider quite good enough for their twenty
yea r-old dignity.
But the actual dancing is not half as
important, so all the parents agree, as
are the manners of the ballroom. So
my young lady and my young gentleman
sre being put through their paces so that
th«=re sha! 1 be no mistakes when the time
of real, grown-up society arrives.
It is far easier to teach these things
THE smart set of ten years from
now is already in training. Bellas
and gallants of the next' decade are
to-day learning the wiles and gal
lantries that will keep Cupid's
archery in practice ten or fifteen years
hence. The ball room of the future is be
ing prepared now, for the youngsters are
hard at it, learning its etiquette. They
take to it like ducks to water, by the
way. Perhaps there is not so much in the
training, after all.
Poses Arranged by Prof. Hinman.
:THE :^StJNX>AT' GAtli.-
toe are gtrma physical training exercises
to develop grace. Bome of these look
very ridiculous In the beginning, but they
are helping you all th* time to be more
graceful, more at peace with your arms
'and legs. In a row of boys you are taught
how to bend the knees, to bend the feet,
to make the whole body supple. The lit
tle girls 'are put In a row and given bend-
Ing exercises all for the same purpose.
Some day yon will all realize how much
this has to do with your ease of manner,
your stylish carriage, your self-poise.
Little, fancy dances are taught, all for
the, development of grace. More than
this, they are performed In solo, and that
helps the performers to bear public gaze
There Is not a dance of to-day's ball
room which Is too difficult to be given to
the little folks, with their quick Imita
tion. The Saturday afternoon classes
show waltzes, all kinds or waltzes, two
steps, minuets, square dances.
They look such Impossibilities to you
when you begin. You can't realize what
a few weeks will accomplish. You won't
believe to-day that a little while will find
you a polished gallant, fit for any ball
Your time la coming.

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