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T- HU L J8 rpi? aa3JHe V l Miss Edith Caverly, Exponent of Interpretative Dancing and Instructor of University Women, Says Steps Have Lost Their Attractiveness. sA A Haunted House To tlie people ot the vouuger generation, then is a "haunted house," or "house 01 mwerv" in Columbia. For more than half a centurv, it was, the tenter ot ColiimbiaS social hie. It tame to be tailed Fort Wood son and to the passing generaion of Co lumbia it is '.till Fort Woodson. This. is the old house on South Ninth stn-et owned bv Or 15. A Watson. No one kno.vs eaetl how old it is Mrs Su-an V Mo. '". vears old. the mother ot Hi Woodson Moss, was bom m the house. I i it In r brothers, older than she. wen i , Vie. Such mlorniation indicates t , u tin house is about Ho vear- old. War r i Woodson, the father of Mrs Susan ! .- built the house about the time ot his iarna,e Fnjni rough lie.vn lo--s, cut to clear tin 1 imi Mr Woodson built the house With tV bis of walnut at his touimand. the hou-e was splendidlv Imishtd. There was a hall and two rooms on each floor. The ;v4iiss were built later. At the back of the house were slae quarters. Although the additions to the house are tailing apart. t'i old log house .s still in pood condition. On account of Mr. Woodson's position as county clerk, his house became headquar ters tor the whole circuit court judges, lawjers and all. People rode in from the countrv for manj miles to attend court. All were welcome to sta at the clerk's house as manv das as the, wished. Tho-e das were gav ones around Mr. Woodson's reside. Often as man as twentv would sleep toother on the floor The visitors had plentv of pood things to eat as well as drink. On the last evening of the court. Mr Woodson always save a hnal banquet. He never failed to prepare a large glass govvl of applejack. For fort.v-four vears Warren Woodson presided over his table, till some vears after the Civil War. At the time of the War, while the Confederate soldiers were living in the I'niversity buildings, the offi cers lived at the Watson home. The house of Warren Woodson, who was a Southern sjmpathi7er, became known as Fort Wood son. From that time down to 1ST", when it was bought by its present owner. Dr. P. A. Watson, Fort Woodson saw its most bril liant davs. The I'niversitv was becoming important. Since there were no dormi tories or fraternities, the people of Colum bia took students into their homes. Fort Woodson became the chief social center of I'niversity life. In the absence of the tango, danced to orchestra music, the stu dents of this time enjo.ved themselves danc ing all night to about three tunes, which constituted the stock-in-trade of a "negro" fiddler. Manv of the persons who enjoved the fcospitalitv of the' "Fort" have since be come known to the nation. First among them was Eugene Field. "He was the natural leader of the sot. i-avs Dr. Woodson Moss, who attended the I'niversitv at the same time as Field. "Evervbodv thought him brilliant, although of course no one predicted for him such a future as he had. He was somewhat of a mischief maker, too His active mind hatched manv tricks and his confident man ner carried him through. Field could get away with a trik that some men would be shot for trvinp." The "Fort" remained a boarding house after it was bought by Dr. P. A Watson. This period in the history of the house lasted more than twentv .vears, and to the end of its social importance it was still the fashionable boarding house in town, and continued to havo dances as in the time of Field's student davs. One of Mrs. Wagon's first boarders was Senator P. P. Oliver, then studvfng law at the I'niversitv. Twentv vears later, she boarded his son. R P. Oliver. .Ir. In the nineties the lni xersitv built dormitories, so that all the reople of Columbia did not have to open their houses to students. Mrs. Watson -topped keeping boarders and times at the Watson home were quieter. few vears ago Doctor Watson built an other house, intending to tear the old home ,lown in order to build on the site. He never got started, and the old house is now used for storing furniture, as well as for keeping quarters in the summer. It prob-nblv- will still be known to the people of Columbia for vears to come as the "haunted house. cz Q&S&&F : ZM Qk Jlvf"iB ' Mnlel's" Kepi CHHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiv I imiiiiiiiiiiiH ' 'bbbbbbbbbbbbbbB-hbH Aesthetic Ilance spring (.nils inlit" Tht art ot interpretative dancin lias an exponuit m the I niversitv m the person of Miss Kdith Civtrlj, who instrutt's the . niversitv women m dancing and other phvsital culture courses. Miss Caverly is a graduate ot Dr. W. Sargent's Normal School of Physical Education at Cambridge. Ma-s She has taken work in Hiss Faul harler's Normal School of Dancing at Cambridge during several terms and ex pects to receive a certificate at the session she will attend net summer. Miss Cav erlv recentlv entertamtd the women of the l niversitv with an interpre tative dance at Hothwell (JvinnaMiim. under the auspicis of the women's Pan Hellenic Countil She interprtttd. in, her dancing. "Spring." as embodied in words to the music of Kubenstem's Melodv in F. In the interpretation. -Miss Dorothy lones acted as the "viola." which is another part neee-sarj in the interpretation of the words and music. She admits a value for everv form of dancing, but points out that the new steps of the last j ear or two have the lowest possible percentage of value in them. They are lacking in grace, variety and form and are tiring to the dancer, actording to Miss 'SPRIfi'' Caverly. "The new dances are not without some element of interest." said Miss Cav erlv. "But thev have been worked to death. I scarcely expect to see them survive to next season. Thev lack in grace and tire the satial dancer. When the steps were new, thev were novel and attractive. But now thev are old and lack variety. With the waltz, two-step and Boston, there is a grace and rhjthm which adds to the interest of the dance." To a Missouri Artist's Ozark Home Girls Have Debating Club A Visit With the Bohemian . Rose O'Neill, Originator of the Kewpies, in the Picturesque "Shepherd's Hills." Bj Mabel B. Mel lure She is a real Bohemian mvsterious, fas tmating and charming. Through the kind ness of a mutual friend, I had the pleasure of visiting Rose Cecil O'Neill in ber home "Ponniebrook," located in the "Shepherd's Hills." the most picturesque and uncivilized county in southeast Missouri. As Hose O'Neill smoked countless cigarettes and told us interesting things about gay "Paree," New York and various others places, we forgot the world of conventionality, and en joved to the fullest extent, our brief so journ in Bohemia. The transportation from our world to Pose O'Neill's was made easy because of her unusual appearance. In her studio that morning she wore a richly embroidered Japanese kimono which accentuated her exquisite coloring. Her glorious red brown hair was unconfined and hung in loose curls over her shoulders. Her eves are wonderful, large brown ejes. not the dreamy kind, but eves that take in the whole situation at a single glance. She ju-t escapes being beautiful, but what fea ture it is that detracts from her beaut.v. it is impossible to say. Pose O'Neill as an Illustrator. Pose O'Neill is an illustrator, a novelist, an artist. As an illustrator, perhaps she is best known to the readers of American magazines as the creator of the "Kewpies." That she has an extraordinary faculty for depicting the humor of children and child life, all lovers of the Kewpies will admit These babies, weird, coy. or quaintly fan tastic, smile or jeer at vou. Their droll, humorous faces inevitably bring a smile, even though jou do regret that their is such a sameness in the shape of their faces and the turn of their eves. As a novelist Pose O'Neill's reputation is jet to be made. I have not read either the "I.oves of Edwv" or "The I-ndv in the White Veil," but have it on reliable authontv that their fame rests on the illustrations which were drawn bv the author. As an artist, she has ,n enviable reputation in art circles in America and in France. Her hrst exhibit in the Salon in Paris gained for her an in vitation to become a member of the "Soci etv of Ileaux Arts." French critics were lavish in their praise of her work. Her second exhibit contained an illustration of Keats' poem. "La Pelle Dame Sans Merci." This picture has created a sensation and the French critics declare that "A new Dore has arisen." .She Niippnrts the r'amili. Pose O'Neill has had a most inteitsting life. She was born in Pennsvlvania, and when a mere slip of a girl, her father lost his inherited fortune. As he had been reared in the lap of luxury, he was incap able of making a living for his family. A ear of poverty in Pennsvlvania so humili ated the proud but thrifty Mrs. O'Neill that she persuaded her husband to go west, and s0 as homesteaders they came to Missouri. Since the early ,(0's they have made their home in Taney County. In this uncivilized countrj. Mrs. O'Neill herself educated the children, managed the farm and supported her husband. When Rose O'Neill, the old est of seven, was sixteen, her mother sent her to "The Art Institute" in Chicago. So great was the ability, talent and energy of the voung artist that in one jear's time. Rose O'Neill was able, not only to support herself, but to relieve her mother of seri ous responsibilities. With single hearted devotion and a spirit of sweet cheerfulness she assumed the task of educating the vounger O'Neills, nor has she jet laid these responsibilities aside Rose O'Neill has been twice married and as many times divorced. During her school dajs in Chicago, she married Gray Latham after an exceedingly brief courtship. Mr. Latham was not interested in the accumu lation of the "almighty dollar;" and worse still he objected to the disposition of his wife's easily earned shekels. Rose imme diately petitioned the court to grant her the privilege of supporting the O'Neills only. When Harry Leon Wilson proposed to Rose Latham, she accepted on condition that he would first make a name for him self one that he would be proud to give, and she, honored to accept. To win the coveted name and fame. Mr. Wilson wrote "The Spenders," his most successful book. Put. unfortunately, he later discovered an affinitv. Her Home. "Hniiiiicrlirnok." "Ponniebrook," the O'Neill home, is built on the hillside far away from the public road. It is a curious rambling affair, with out anv definite stjle of architecture unless it mav be designated as Tanev County stvle As the O'Neill's prospered, additions were made and the result is not artistic. How ever, the interior of the house bespeaks the culture of the O'Neills. The living room is furnished simply, and artistically: many articles of furniture having been made by the natives of Taney County. The library is the largest and most attractive room. A brook" which runs along the west side of the house sings continually to the book lover curled up in a large leather chair. The garret has been turned into a studio with a balcony around two sides. The view from here is magnificent. Rose O'Neill as sured us that her very best work had been done in Taney County Studio, and that there was no environment more Inspiring than the Shepherd's Hills. "I think that Roosevelt's simplified spelling is a decided failure." and with a toss of her head that implied, "so there." Miss Nega tive concluded her arguments in the de bate: "Resolved that Simplified Spelling Is Practical." given by the Girls' Debating Club. Put she didn't mean it really and af ter the debate was over she confessed that she was decidedly in favor of simplified spelling. The girls have invaded another of the lovs' activities and although the club has just organized, it gives fair promise of help ing the men win of the future debating trophies for the University. The aim of the club is to widen woman's knowledge of current events and cause her to become more interested in them; to ac quaint her with the details of parliamentary procedure and to train her to express her ideas clearly and logically. The organizers were Miss Clara Water stripe and Miss Ruth Hendnk. They were encouraged by several members of the fac ultv. Mrs. J. E. Wrench, at whose home the girls first met. promised h r support. Since then they have met several times in Academic Hall and are now sufficiently or ganized to begin earnest work The recom mendation or approval of one professor is necessary for the qualification for member ship, for as the chairman modestly as serts, "we nfed a little scholarship among the members " The debate on simplified spelling was thf first. and although the subject is easily ex hausted the debaters made the best of It. The discussions which follow each debate show that the girls are intensely interest ed in their undertaking. Two Mens of a "sermon. Thev were on their wav home from church, where the pastor had preached a sermon on the work of the old year and the promise of the new. "That is what I call a finished sermon," ald Mrs. Jones to her husband. "Yes." was the reply, "but I thought it never would be." Chicago Ledger.