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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 16, 1906)
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MISS STELLA LEWJS, OF TEXAS
MISS CHARLIE SCOTT.
Dy Campbell MacLeod.
ONK of the truths that the Houth-
ern trtrl Imbibes with her mither's
milk IB that a woman's stronieHi
weapon Is her femininity. Man
is made nol ti mourn. In swi.
of the poet's melancholy lament,
but to wait on and make things
eny for her. He expects to do It, and she
fcrmefully lets him shoulder the burden. t
MranKers speak of the charm of the
huutneru K'rl us something Illusive li.de
tinahle. Llless you, It's the simplest thing
In th- world. It Is not always bounty,
though that Is an excellent card to hi Id.
It Is her strange hypnotic power of sug
gesting, conveying clalrvoyantly to man,
he he from the North, Kant, Houth or
West, that-she needs him. And not a
mother's son of them all can resist the
Cattery of her apparent helplessness. She
needs ' him Lord love her! and he hos
never fulled her yet. What's the use of
spoiling her pretty elbow s eeve arm ul-,
tlvutlng muscle when he has such super-;
abundance of strength going to wr.ste, r
added to a knightly yearning to show her
how easy It Is for him to sloy all the wild (
l'ants In the world's arena for the re
uurd of her fluttering handkerchief ap
plause? Who ever heard a Southern girl lament
ing the fact that chivalry has gone? bhe
doesn't tielleve It, not for one moment,
or If It has withered away under rlgh'
talk and suffrage notions It has a wny ot
reviving, like those curious resurret lion
plants our grandmothers brought home
from the Philadelphia Centennial, when
he appears on the scene. tonie wise one
hni otwerved that a pretty girl generally
tulies an optimistic view of the world's,
gallantry. Not all the pretty girls live on
Popular street In this playground or so
ciety hut the average Southern girl un
derstands what constitutes the ground
work of social success. In superabund
ance she has Inherited tai t and culti
vated the social graces until her manner
Is a Joy forever.
TIIU SECRET OF CHARM.
A little debutante asked a Creole grande
damp, who Is still a lelle In aplie of her
eighty years and snowy locks: "Tell me i
the sec ret of yourpower, madame. Teach
me to fascinate people as you do." J
"My child," was the smiling response,!
"rememlier this. In the alphabet of charm 1
there Is no such letter as I, it Is all you."
'lhls is but a pretty echo of Mme. Re. I
nniler's famous reply as to her power
over men: "It is sympathy, sympiwhy."
Itnmantlc? Of course they are. Wasn't
,1 ii lil t a Southern girl?
rf young love ate mirrored In every
Southern girl's Imagination, if Juliet hud
Im'cii other than she wus Impulsive, ten
der, loving and romantic Komeo
MISS SALLIC WYNN WHITE, OF LOUISIANA.
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MISS SARAH HILL
MISS MAY BOL1NGER,"
ISS SALLIE HAIiR-IS
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MISS CLTCENIE LA COUR.,
ACHAimiNG CREOLE TYPE
MISS LYNN COUNCIL.
recite poetry so that she can convince,
any man that he's a poet and that she
And her dreams le the one divinely appointed to convey
the. discovery to him.
tlxcepllng the stars In the Eastern
harems, there Is probably no feminine
would creature In the whole world to-day brought
have sung his loves ts'iicath another hal- up In such Indolence as the bouthern
cony. Sle was the very esseni e of feral- girl not the Southern girl of yesterday,
nlnlty the type that can drive any man, for she had slaves t6 attend her lmpe
from the most phlegmatic to the most rlous demands and there was no poverty
politic, to do dcMpcrute deeds, to count to gainsay her Idle extravagances, but
the world well lost If by losing It lie gain the Southern girl of to-day. bhe Is as Idle
his love. as the flowers of the field, and as rare
The Southern girl as a rule does not go tree. Why, a stranger naturally asks.
In for higher education, but she Is no lens does the Southern girl Ignore the homely
alluring because she didn't get to quad- little household duties that her Northern
mlli s in algebra. Who cares If she and Western sisters delight In? She dues
uuchii i nmm me iiimiipticniiuii moil r ui ifiu'iv iiieiu. 11 imii prooamy never wny not let muiiuny and her brood go,
The big world Is teeming with men to do entered her foolish little head that she and then take her place In the l:lti hen,
her sums. The chain es are that before would tie doing anything commendable If assisted by perhaps one energetic Swede
she la thlrty-rlve she will have married she were to rise one morning and sweep servant girl and a hundred labor devh es tny tenderness,
and have a son at the I'nlverslty of Vlr- and garnish the house and busy herself never found In a Bouthern kitchen? Why, There are fev
flnia carrying on: ail sorts of honois in witn ine nunarea menial tasks or clean- Indeed? For the simple reason, if the
in.ti hematics. mg up ror ine day. ir she were to do mistress of the house were so disposed.
mammy could not be dispossessed. Her
"left" school. The age at which she uu-1
ally decides that she has had enough edu- .
cation Is about seventeen or eighteen. At ,
twenty, If she husn't married her o n true
love, who Is clerking In the corner drug
store, or met the one man at the "Springs"
In short. If love hasn't appealed to her as
the one end and aim of her existence course of
three young sisters growing like weeds
and no money In the home treasury with
which to educate them. There was no
one for her to advise with. She knew her
family would oppone her going to work.
What could she do teach school? No.
She could not figure It out that In li.e
bidding and "make way wld de scraps
lrum de table."
HER ROSE LEAF LIFE.
Hut, this same curious stranger will ask.
fche Is the village belle, with her number
less social responsibilities of entertaining
and being entertained and following her
c areer at "boarding sc hool." Hut once she
Is married she adopts with easy dignity
the role of matron and develops into a
little sister to her mother and a beautiful
example of all wifely devotion and muth-
she Is waking to the realization that life
ils real life is earnest, lly this time she
jhas grown to be her mother's contldunte
and the acknowledged authority on eti
quette for the younger girls In the fam
ily. Not thet she has altogether es
chewed the frivolities of life herself, but
she Is beginning to wonder, to feel that
somewhere deep hidden within her are profit
talents greater than all these social gifts.
For the first time she begins to see with
understanding eyes .that tier mother Is
not so young as she once was, and she
hears for the first time that
long time she
enough to raise the mortgage
the other money needed.
HER UTTER INNOCENCE.
and bui ply
Then, sgaln, she II glance at the columns this the little negro maids and the old
of political news and frankly tell you negro mammies, to say noihlnc of the
over the morning paper that she hasn't horde of small negro boys whose duties
suspicion ever, even after she has read sie to sweep, dust, carry water and make
It, what It la all almm. liut just let her themselves generally useful, would stand
get her head set to have a certain man aghast at her usurpation of their duties,
hualiaiid, brother father or lover elected; They have been doing these things as
the doesn't have to mount a stump, but iong as she can remember. Even her
she carries her point Just the same and mother does not recall the time when
he gets (he office, on the level, now, who mammy did not queen It over the kitchen
ares about woman knowing any politics, and nursery, with always a kaleidoscopic
especially the bouthern woman? She can procession if sable satellites to do hex
white folks are her while folks, she will
tell you plainly, and "only po white trash
ever ferglts." These are the Southern
servants. There Is nothing fur a girl to
do but live a n-se leaf existence until the
days of her childhood and young woman
hood are passed.
What, then, does the Southern girl do?
She is. If you please, a mere butterfly
until sue marries or reaches twenty. The
average Southern girl marries before then.
gage on the plantation Is what Is whiten-
few married belles In the lug her father's hair She feels vaguely
South. The role of Madonna Is more unl- that those years of playing have stored
vcrsally admired. After a girl marries UP within her the strength to set every,
she comes forth, as a rule, adorned with thing right, however linposHlble II may
"tlreslde qualities" hitherto unsuspected, .look.
Hut there Is another side of her char-1 A Mississippi girl who had been the ac
One thing suggested Itself her music.
I!er training had been exi client. Her
voice was glorious. She realized, how
ever, that without further study It would
her nothing. She borrowed the
money, signing the notes herself. In the
towering Ignorance of nineteen she didn't
know it was customury to have sui h a
thing as "security," and the kind hearted
the inert- u!d friend of the family would have given
l.er the amount ss willingly as he would
have given It to his own daughter. She
didn't dream that the plain business prop-
iterest, the old home restored tolls former
glory and the three sisters are being
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mother and invalid brother fondly point
to the erstwhile butterfly as "the man
of the family."
This is but the same blood that flowed
.in the Southern girls after the war, those
'girls and young women whose lives hud
i licen as the lilies of the field before that
time. Many of them donned rublier boots
and, with a handful of old servants, set
;to work to run plantations the war had
robU'd of owners uud overseers. Some
times thene same girls did not make a
: fi.rtune the exc eption was when they
made anything more than a bare living,
but they did this and provided food after
a fashion for their dear ones. To-day you
may find these same women, now grown
'olu and wise, In a business world. They
arc managing cotton and soger planta
tions and making lots of money out of
their ventures. When the time comes to
work the Southern girl cheerfully puts
her hand to the plough. The girls of
yesterday are keeping boarders In many
a little university town. Home of thesn
ure the mothers of the working girls of
to-doy girls who have been forced from
babyhood to face a future that looked
dark, but they have brought no gloom
to their work. It Is the radiant Irre
sponsibility of youth and gayety that has
counted for the success of the Southern
girl as much ns anything else.
The Southern girl has made her mnrk
In the world of letters. She has written
music that has girdled the world with
Its gladness and Its sadness. She hss
climbed to dizzy pinnacles In Northern
Journalism, Hhe has added her name to
that of the great teachers of the coonlry,
'she h:is run hotels and sheep ranches,
i but she bus. In spite of It all, preserved
ell those feminine qualities that make her
, first of all the ludy.
I A flirt? Muylsv Many have accused
her of being (.'lipid's stepsister. What of
It? To love her Is a lllieral education,
t.nd nobody hus ever proved that every
Southern girl Is engaged to hulf ado7.cn
j or so men at the same time. Surely It
ls a privilege to be engaged to her for
je'iiashorl time. The Southern woman
run no more help being u lielle than she
icun help breathing. She Inherited it from
'her grandmother and her great-grand-mother,
both of whom, no doubt, had a
habit of marrying early and often.
fhvorre is piintleally unknown in the
for South, but the average Southern girl
can marry any day she is a widow, and
the maturity of them do marry keep on
'i.arrylng, as one Alalwiina lieauty wit
tily explained, "to have a mun aliout the
place, you know."
A delicious story that will benr retell,
leg unent this pulnt Is told by a debu
tante of last year. She was walking
vll h her fiance In the family burying
ground on the old plantation homo. Fi
nally the group, composed of her maiden
aunt, her grandmother and mother, herself
and escort, halted lieslde the grave of
Arthemlse Uepew, an aunt of the maiden
who told the story. This grave Is flanked
on eai h side by the graves of two hus
bands. "Her life was like a leautiful
lower garden," breathed the seuilmeuiul
grande dame. "Full of bridal bouijueis,"
whispered the Irreverent young inun to
The Southern girl, (iod bless herl If
acter to be observed. Take the girl of
twenty who does not marry. She rarely
Is content to fritter away In Idle pleas
ures her life after she baa reached that
age. She la not a college girl the average
knowledged belle of the whole State for
several years and the spoiled and pelted
durliug of her home circle tuddenly had
It brought to her, several years since,
that something had to be done flnari-
Suuthern girl seldom has the right to clally for her family and that she was
write any scholarly Initials after her the one to do it. The plantation was
name. She will tell you that she "flu- mortgaged, the father growing old, the
lsued" at the eoavent or Uutt ah just only brother la the family an Invalid and
she Imii t serious she s mighty sweet. In
Southern parluiK e. With her red rose hut
and her wild rose face, her fluttering
itlihnns, her filmy gowns, her tact, her
lieauty and her Indefinable charm she
believes tn and loves the whole wurid,
and the whole world, cvnlc though ihe
lug In the conservatory where she stud- experienced ones aver It, quick to r
ied. She made good. Her rise as a con- spond to the heart that really trusts It,
cert singer waa phenomenal. To-i'.ay the doffs Its cloak to keep the mud from her
w.irld Is at her feet. The mortgage on feet, and she, confident of Its continued
the plantation has been cancelled, the gallantry, strolls serenely ou phanloiu
money site borrowed paid back wluh In- of delight.
osition she lay liefore him seemed a
childish air castle, Impossible of rialla
tlon. She took the money uud went to
New York. She worked, she economized,
she that had heretofore Ik-cii a veritable
"scatter cash." Three years liter, with
toe same wonderful voice, she was teuch
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