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FOLK DANCING TO ELIMINATE JAZZ Movement Q rowing With Great Rap Jdity In England and Glowly In America. e f HE PENSACOLA JOUBNAlj, SUNDAY M OK NING, FKBKUAKY zr, ivzl. FIRST ELECTRICALLY PROPELLED MERCHANT SHIP MAKES GOOD RECORD By C. K..CUMM1NG. LONDON, Feb, 26. -The English folk dance, revival goes on apace. The mo (it recent mile-stone on the march buckward towards "Merrle Kngland" ran the vacation school of folk-song jrid dance livid In Chelsea, where more than C50 students from all part f tho country sang and danced and frolicked foe a week under tho leader hip of Mr. Cecil Sharp, the founder lind iatron aalnt of the movement. Nor was the more serious business of lasalng examinations In these gen tle arts negbcted, fir the certificates awarded by the folk dance society are the essential guarantees of Voflcien cy for "those who desire to pass on their enjoyment to others. It was a pleasant experience to hear thuHo hundreds of young voices inging th" uu songa, w.ih their fresh. Urk-l!ke quality, songs which Mr. fcjharp has collected from so many dlffeient .countries. That Somerset ditty, for instance: "As I walked through the meadows to take the fresh air, The flowers were . blooming and ffay; I heard a young damsel so sweetly siiiglng, iler cheeks like the blossc in In May." Or that rollicking: tune of "The Tfre Sons," with Its tragl-comlc cli max ; "Tho miller he was drowned In his pond. The spinner was hanged by his yarn, Al his goose ran away with tho tail , or one clay, With his broadcloth under his firm." And even more pleasant was It to watch the highly skilled staff of 50 teachers, both men and women, be longing to tho society, footing tho gay measures of tho country dances, or demonstrating the more strenuous, but beautiful and graceful, movements of tho Morris, or threading their way through tho complicated evolutions of the Sword-dance, with a perfect mas tery of memory and muscle, which, to the uninitiated seemed truly marvel ous. No one, I think, who has ever seen a good exhibition of these tra ditional Kngllsh dances, can doubt that they do constitute a very high and pure form of art, and are well worth all possible efforts that can bo made for their preservation. It is aJi occasion to take stock of progress. The Kngllsh Folk Dance society was started In 11)11 "to dissem inate a knowledge of Kngllsh folk dances, folk music and singing games, and to encourage the pructice of them In their traditional forms." When Mr. m Sharp began his great work a few vi-iiTM before, eountrv dinrlni? tmrl en tirely died out over a large part of Kngland, though the Morris, which Is more of a ceremonial dance, was still practiced on otoaslon In some places and there has always been an un broken tradition of swwd-danclng among the miners of the north. It was tho most natural thing In the world that country dancing should have be come virtually extinct In the villages, for nearly every element of Joy and freedom In village life perished dur ing the agricultural depression of the nineteenth century. Mr. Sharp's efforts began Just In time and In his patient .researches throughout the countryside, he saved many a dance and song from extinc tion by collecting" them from the oldest Inhabitants. I well remember the great Interest aroused by the re discovery of this treasure of forgot ten English culture In the years Just before the society was founded. Ox ford took up the new Idea with en thusiasm, and It was no uncommon thing, round a turn in the road, to corns upon the unexpected Bight of some learned Don laboriously practis ing tho steps of the Morris. After three years came the war, and much of the work could only mark time. But a staff ot 20 teachers from tho society, under the auspices of the V. M. C. A. taught the dajices to large numbers of so'dlers In England and France, and later on the Rhine, who benefited greatly in body and mind. Plnce the war the work has devel oped by leaps and bounds. . There are now between 30 and 40 , branches .throughout the country. Several thou sand students are attending weekly classes organized directly by the so ciety and Its branches. Moro than 230 applications to the last vacation school bad to be refused owing to lack of pao. The demand for teachers can iiardly be supplied. Then, in addition, the dances ere practiced by CJirl Cubles, T'.oy Scouts, women's Insti tutes anil other organizations. They are very g.-n, rally taught In the ele mentary Hfhi'Ols nr.d Mr. Sharp told rn-j recently thtt the board of eduva tien I now taking active steps to lmh the matter. And equally important Is the very real part wh!-h thw dances are play ing In th revival of village life, which 1 on of the must notable develop ments of the past few ysrs. In i;ioii.-hestershlre, last autumn, I was t..id by the se ntnry of the socletv, over 4t) villa g-.'s took part In a com petition and every, man from the squire to the blacksmith participat ed. During fins week 600 persons were darning In a competition In Cornwall and about 700 i.i the jfiorth. The way In which tvre dances have taken hold proves conclusively that the revival does not represent the atiempt of an tiquarians artificially to foijt some dead thing on the people, but Jhat It 1 simply the Kivlnj back of a form of artldtie expression which Is native to 'he English genius and has Its roots deep In the English cha-ncter. A great 'deal can be said of the use fulness of folk-dancing as the easiest and most agroablo way of promoting physical culture, I noticed the other p, In the sword-dances in particu lar, how every musno was brought Into play. Nothing could be better for developing agility and control. But Mx. SUaxu always stresses rath- m W tW V Mis - i ' ji.r zr .jn , -irj;r tJAN AMEFLICAK VINOJAMMER, Or 184-8. S.S. ECLIPSE. FIRST ELECTRICALLY PROPELLED MERCHANT VESSEL IN THE UNITED STATES. WHERE THE ELECTRICAL'NERVES J. Or IHt t CLIPS t. CtNTEK control Board and ',- OPERATING LEVERS. V1 FIRST EECTRIC MERCHANT VESSEL L S. S. Eclipse Makes Successful Voy age to Port Said. Electricity's initial teat n the Amer ican merchant marine the sea voy age of the country's first electrically propelled cargo boat has proved a success. This is Indicated In a letter just re ceived In New York by the' General Electric company from an engineer who accompanied the S. S. Eclipse on the first leg of her 'round the world Journey. The Eclipse left New York about Dec. 1. lie reports the Eclipse at Port Said, Egypt, having covered the first 5,000 miles of her epochal trip without a single stop, through heavy seas, main taining good speed and with a low grade of fuel oil. . Interesting Is it potential possibili ties of the greater use of electricity for marine propulsion, the reports from A. Starr of tho Locomotive Su perheater company says in pnrt: "The trip was tho most Interesting In all my sea experience, making 5,122 miles without a single stop. Although we have had very heavy weather and a poor grade of fuel, we maintained excellent speed for the entire trip. "The main turbine and motor gave excellent service, the control gear was very easily and efficiently operated by tho new personnel, and not the slight est trouble of any kind was experi enced during the run. "The boilers and superheaters gave very satisfactory results, maintaining a pressure of 200 to 210 pounds and a temperature of GS5 to 600 degrees at tho turbine. "The chief engineer was very well satisfied with the performance of the entire equipment and , especially so with the simplicity of Its operation. The engineer's force of this vessel Is not above the average In experience, therefore, when we consider these facts and elrcumstancs, together with the performance of the ve'snel, it Is safe to say that no ship owner would make any mistake by equipping his ship with this type of equipment. "The engineers on watch operate the apparatus as easily as a motor man does a trolley car." Tho S. S. Eclipse was built bv the Union Iron works, San Francisco. In 1918. Tin st summer her original pro pelling apparatus was changed over by the shipping board to the turbine electric form of propulsion at the yards of the Vulcan Iron works. Jersey City, X. J. She was ohailered by the gov ernment" to the American line of the International mercantile marine and left New York about pec. 1. last. Tier electric eqquipment consists of a steam turbine anil I.300-volt genera tor driving a .1.000-horsepower motor at 100 revolutions per minute, and control apparatus for maneuvering the vessel. The Eclipse is 440 feet long. 35 feet wide and weighs ll.SGS tons. Sh Is eypected b.ick In thts coun try In July. CHAIRMAN W- S.BENSON OF THE U.S. SHIPPING BOARD. mm er the cultural value of folk -dancing. In bis view it should nrver 1 con fused with the sole nee of gymnastics, but should always be taught ci Rural ly, grace coming, as it wen tin. v.ires. It is an art comparable to music and po ;ry. As he .said recently in an ad. dress tn the conference of educational associations in London, art Is a means of expressing that pert of human na ture which cannot be stated in words: where speech ends, art begins. Real culture can only be produced by set ting the Imagination free ajid no form of art can do that better than folk dancing. In which perfect self-expression ii achieved. Mr." Sharp's work Is well-known In America, especially since his two years in the Appalachians, where he found a primitive people with no ed ucation but a high degree of culture, rich in folk song and dance, and liv ing (to use his own words) In a deeper and truer musical atmosphere" than he had known 'Sanywhere In the world". But the story rf the discov eries he made there Is a story all by itself, and he has told It In a fas cinating book. There are several branches of the folk dance socitety In America, and not long ago 12 certificates were conferr ed on American students. One would think this number would be multiplied many times. Who would not want to dance dances with such enchanting names: "Shepherds' Hey," "Bobbing Joe", "None so Pretty", "Lumps of Plum Pudding", "Gathering Peascods", "If all the world "Were Paper?" The fact that the names are not infre quently blithely irrelevant to any ac tions indicated by the dances does not detract from their charm. And the tunes are as enchanting as the names. And the dances altogether are an in fallible cure for ennui or depression or any similar blights of our modern civ ilization. Granville Barker has said of folk -dancing. "It is not old fashioned because it never was new. You no more get tired of it than you get tired of go ing for i. walk. You never come to the end of it because, being: an art, it has no end." There are 230 different dances to choose from. And there are two spe cial reasons why these dances should appeal to Americans. First, they be long to us; they are as much a part of our heritage as Shakespeare. Sure ly we have much more in common with English country folk of the six teenth and seventh centuries than with Spanish peasants or African ne groes from whom many of our mod ern dances are derived. 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