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The Omaha Sunday Bee Magazine Page n i M . - i u mm mm - essssssssi JMSMfl TH iJ UCfrA mOTHEK What Will Finally Become of Lady Constance Richardson's Unfortunate Children Their Father Dead and Their Eccentric Mother Bringing Them Up in a Strange, Impossible Lady Constance Richardson, the Mother, in One of Her Barefoot, Lightly Dressed Dances. Her Ideas of Bringing Up Her Children Are as Unconven tional as Is Her Costume. 'HAT will become of Lady C o n s t a ace Richardson's three strangely reared lit- Pa BODS BOW? They knelt last month beside (heir father's grave. Sir Edward Richard Son had been a tender father and sportsmanlike companion for his lit- Way tie lads. Dying from wounds re celved In the war, his last thought was of them.' "Rory, old chap," he muttered hoarsely. "Hammlsh." ' There was mors than sorrow of parting In his ayes and voles. There, was trouble. When the three boys wept beside their father's grays, their Scotch neighbors shook their heads. Toor lads! Poor ladsl Twas the wrong start they had," said the wise man of the country neighbor hood. Others than the canny Scotch neighbors, and the dying father, hare these misgivings for the future of Rory. Hammlsh and Terqull Rich ardson. They fear that children trained according to Lady Constance Richardson's Ideals may fare sadly in a world of practicalities. Ideals are expensive. They require affluence, or at least competence for their nur turing. They require stlti more for their practice. The Richardson boys ar poor. For the poor lire Is full of brutal practicalities. There is not the slightest doubt that the eccentric titled dancer is bringing up the three boys accordtug 4o her highest Ideals and Ideas. But Lady Constance's ideals and Ideas re. at least, singular. Many believe them Impossible. London society was shocked by her (dancing for It In costume nearly as toiirht as that in which the daughter of Herodlaa danced before ber royaj tepfather tor the head of the . prophet. It was grieved past for giveness by her dancing in the musio halls of England. . When she came to this country to continue that dancing, society mute ly bade her farewell. She and the friends of her youth and her family would know her no more. Her husband reluctantly, but with loyalty, accompanied her to Amer ica. There was po question as to his devotion to his beautiful aid eccentric wife. Any such doubt was banished from the skeptical Ameri can mind by the sight of Kir Edward sprinkling her feet with a siphon of aerated water when his gifted wife returned from her dance to rest In a botel lobby I Yet despite this attitude of the ravalier, it was well understood by all who knew the pair that while his wife was brilliant. Sir Edward was aound. That be represented the tra ditional brlttsh virtues of sanity, rlear headeduess and conservatism, la all family crises and conferences tie was the balance wheel. While he might not enjoy, nor ap prove, his wife's public career, he afforded her the protection of his presence. While tie msy not have agreed with his wife In her unusual theories of education, he permitted her to tent them with their three boy tabes. They who knew Sir Edward JUchardson knew him to be manly, honorable, a good clilten. His fault, if he had one, was over-indulgence to those he loved. His principles were unquestioned. His patriotism ha proved by his death In the field for his country. ' Bach memories will his sons have of him for inspiration. It is their training for service In the campaign bt life that is problematic. Lady Constance Richardson's vogue as a professional dancer chiefly depended upon the fact that she stepped out of tier class to attain It. It was told by .he late William Hammerstetn, who engaged her for his famous Corner lloune of amusement, that be com plained to his father, on whose recommendation he had signed a con tract for hr appearance: "She can't dance." "Never ii.!nd," responded Oscar Ilammerstin. "We don't export her to daacj. lier title does that." Lady Richardson's professional career has suffered also by reason of the war, Lugland is la Impatient. V V mood with titled dancers and other vagaries. How will she provide for her sons, and how, when they are of the age of personal responsibility, will they provide tor themselves T They have, practical people eay, not teen given the sort of education that fits a child for future self-support 1 do not care especially what my boys learn," their beautiful mother has often said, "beyond the mere rudiments." "I will not have their talents ' trained to the abnormal point ' of genius. I want them to become sim ple country gentlemen, i' I should' hate to see one of them become, for distance, a Cabinet Minister. ' ; "A very Important part of the edu cation of my children Is teaching them a love of beauty. It they love the beautiful they aeek to become beautiful. We think of what is about its and we become like what we think about, so it la most necessary to see only beautiful objects. Keep ing this in mind, I am most careful about the selection of my children's toys. I never allow them to see any thing that is maimed or distorted. "1 went shopping in London to buy my children toys. To my surprise and disgust, I found that the six or aevan leading toys were all hideous distortions of human or animal bodies. You may be sure my chil dren received none of these toys. I never give them anything like your Bllllkens or Kewplea or Brownies. They have never had any dolls with huge abdomens and little legs and heads either too large or too small for their bodies, never in right pro portion to them. Your Teddy bears are not bad, because they look like bears. Most animal toys era hideous travesties of the real." Also the Richardson boys are de prived of the ordinary picture book that ao stimulate the Imagination of the average child. "My children's picture books are copies of the sculptures and paint ings In the Louvre aud Luxembourg ana other galleries of art. They have never been allowed to aee anything maimed. So clear a picture that I implanted la their minds of the human body that when my oldest son, Rory, saw a picture of Venus de Milo. he said, '1 don't like it.' The arms were missing, and ha thought her Imperfect. He gave the same criticism of the Winged Victory. "1 let them look at picture books only after I have gone carefully through them and scissored every picture that shows the human figure other than as perfect.' Also I cut out every picture that shows killing. My boye have never Keen the picture of Jack the Giant Killer, nor of the witch astride a broomstick, nor such an absurdity as the cow jumping over the moon." Nor have the Richardson boys had their Imagination stimulated by fairy stories. Alice in Wonderland Is a forbidden delight to them. "1 read or tell them only such stories as deal with beauUful themes. I go back to mythology for them," said Lady Constance in unfolding her educational theory and practice, "for Instance, I tell them the story of Theseus and Andromache." Every morning of very day for nine months a year Lady Constance has sent her children naked into the garden to play. "I make my boys take ixerclse every morning for fifteen minutes In a perfectly nude state." che explains. "In that way the air ant suushlne directly reaches their vital onrans. lieuerally I send them straight from their beds to the gardens. In the mid-Winter they take their morning exercise nude indoors, and after the bath. Ordinarily fifteen minutes of play In the nude la enough. A child's instluct for play Is an unerring guide. They do not loiter at their play. In- - -, ' - . ew-rr v .--v j .r ' " y y A BK.iTtsH5o):Dn:K.'s Grave:. ,.f ..'. N.,. it ,t ' l - 1 i . N ' - ;.;!'. . f7..-y .' v""t l; ! 1 v""' i . .-4 .. - v .:..:'.v-t.' W W!-tV". . . .f ": I .-?.v i,V:.-M, , K - ' ". .--I J ' ' -, . . , -t, - J .',v,t y f cKi j v ' -' .jr s stead, they run about as playfully and tease each other as persistently as puppies, until they are tired. I never excuse my boys from this quarter of an hour of naked play un less they are seriously 11L I have trained them to believe that It Is as . necessary a part ot the day's pro gramme as brushing their teeth. 1 teach my children to respect the human body and to be uncon scious of It save to keep It clean. I do not believe In body worship. I do not believe In giving the body undue prominence by excessive athletics. I am training them only to be ath- I letlo enough to be healthy." Lady Constance Richardson's Ideals of moral training are not based upon ; religion. "I never go inside a church," aha says. "But I want my boys to believe that it Is their duty snd pleasure to make those about them happy." The titled dancer announced that aha wished to found a group school in the Highlands ot Scotland for ten boys, her own to bo included in the group. "My husband and I have very little money." aha said. "When I have earned enough to maintain tills school I will stop dancing." Her theories of education she summarises thus: "I am bringing np my three sons to be perfect men. Bringing up children is striving tow ard an Ideal. My ideal ot a perfect man is one wfroia brain and body and character are equally strong. The perfect man Is Nature's best ex ample ot balance. Hia body is strong and handsome, with no muscle de veloped at the expense ot others. His brain is active and well trained without the extreme Intellectuality that makes an overdraught upon the body. His character is clean and fine and Immovable aa to principle, Such la the harmonious Individual, the perfect man. I would not hava them geniuses. Qenlusea are mon strosities." The dancer mother expressed her hopes that her boys might always live in the country. "But In the un fortunate emergency that they may bo compelled to live in town I have prepared them for it." she said In one of her educational convert a clones. "How?" hopefully asked a practi cal American present. "By their morning nude games," waa the reply. "That will make them strong. I am preparing them against possible town life by making them healthy." "But a er special training for something." Practical Americana hesitate to speak such crudities as the phrase "earn a living" to British titles, though many a British title pays a visit here for that aole purpose, ot earning a living by marrying. "Oh, I shall let them study what ever gives them pleasure," Lady Constance replied. "I only want them to be har moniously developed. I want them to be perfect men." But this hard, material world has formed the habit ot asking about a man who must earn his bread not "What Is her But "What can he dor It Is pertinent then to this world question to ask about the boys trained by Lady Constsnce Richardson's., curious system: "What ran they do?" For It is the world's edict that we must do or starve. And now with their father dead their father who would certainly at the right time have asserted hia au thority and made them more fit for a work-a-day world what will be come, ot them? The Three Sons of Lady Constance Richardion in the "Unclad Play" That ls So Important Part of Their Mother Training and Which She Believes Will Help Them to Fight Their Way Through the World When They Have to. How Increasing Popularity Is Ruining Our Breakfast Melons T B7 JOHN R, TIMMONS. The Weil-Known Horticultural Expert. HE Increasing demand for melons and particularly the rauakmelon, or caoteloupe la threatening to con fine the real article only to those who can afford luxuries. During recent seasons there have been many complaints from the people at large that tke melona they bought at reasonable prices did not have the flavor or tenderness of those a few years back. The reason for this Is In the methods used to get a quickly growing, hardy enough crop to supply the demand. This has been done in many cases by crossing the melon with a certain variety ot squash and pumpkin. This baa pro duced a solid, firm fleshed melon that will atand shipment, but In the process ot cross ing the new melon haa lost much ot Its Savor and tta Eesa Is apt to be stringy. CoovnAt 1315. h the Star Cojnaw. Qraat Britain Rights Reserved, However, as the melons have to be grown under climatic conditions that produce quick and early development, and as the best melons will not stand long trans shipment. It seems as though there were little else for the farmers to do to supply the demand than what they are doing. Unless, of course, a Burbank arises to do tor the canteloupe and watermelon what the actual Burbank did for tke blackberry. Before the demand for melona became ao great, farmers used to try every means to keep from coming about the very thing they are now encouraging. Melon growers would not permit a pumpkin os a squash to blossom on their farm. Great care was taken to keep bees and other Insects from carrying the pollen tram pumpkin blos soms to the blooms ot the melona, as it was known that the mixing of the pollen produced a tough stringy flesh la the melon, and the taste was mora or less fiat like the raw pumpkin. Borne extensive growers prided themselves on the purity of their melons. Bees are now kept on large melon farms to carry the pollen from one blossom to another, and when squashes and pumpkins are planted here and there through the fields, ot courso the busy working bees gather the pollen from the pumpkin bloom and scatter it among the melons. It is necessary to hava the bees, aa there la sex In melons aa well as in anything else, and to produce an abuudant crop the pollen haa to bo carried from one to the other, but the deliberate pumpkin and squash cross threatens to produce a melon that cannot bo bred back to Its former sweet ness and crisp tenderness, such aa was to ba had in the virgin melona of a few years ago. Unless there is a herolo effort on the part of careful experts, we shall actually lose our luscious melons and wo ahall be compelled to eat gaards and squashes in their stead.