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Worse Yet, When the Countess'
r Their Heels
Great Sculptor Borg'a Followed and Married One of Them!
Faris, December 18.
rHY Is the Latin Quarter convulsed? Why
la mirth so uncontrolled in every
atelier struggling young painters grin
ning at their moat serious tasks, pretty models
giggling on their "thrones," even grey-bearded,
decorated sculptors smiling Into their whiskers?
And why that frigid attitude of the great ladles
- -of Paris scclety, even those of the American
Colony, toward the erstwhile much-courted great
ones of Mont Parnasse?
Listen. It Is because of an unforgivable In
sult added to an Incredible Injury. Uecause
two of the prettiest of tboue giggling models got
themselves socially received at that most aristo
cratic, that most exclusive resort,
Paris-Plage, on the western coast,
where the pine forests extend down
to the sea; because, In the end
aftr drinking pink tea with the
Countess, and playing tennis with
other guests of Lady Douglas
they kicked up their dainty French
heels and romped back to their
, dear Montmartre and, oh! because
that great, .fascinating sculptor,
Borga, actually followed and mar
tied one of them!
"But no," says Paris society, "it
"But yes," says Mont ' Parnasse,
is one artist-model voice, "it la dell
clous!" You roust know that Paris-Plage
is sacred. Haughty British milords
go there to play golf. Great names
from the Faubourg St Germain are
on the register of the most exclu
sive hotel. Celebrated painters
linger there late In the season for
Autumn landscapes but Paris mod
els? No. never! '
One bright October morning, as
the guests of that most exclusive
hotel came Jn to dejeuner, two new
arrivals were noticed In the dining
room. They were attracting much
, attention because of their piquant
beauty and giggling, girlish ways.
"Oh! They are artists," some one
carelessly explained. "Although
, they look so young, they really have
talent They are here to paint the
sand dunes." , ,
OF all the beauty enigmas that
have excited Paris, that
which Is now current is at once the
most absorbing and the most per
plexing. " Notwithstanding that axiom In
arithmetic .&At dapples cannot be
adde'$ "Yd1 'potatoes, nor pea sub
tracted from gooseberries," 'the
whole play-go!ng Paris world Is
struggling to reduce to exact quan
tities the comparative values of a
charming chin, a fascinating mouth
and a "perfect" shoulder.
It is not a question of which ot
the three reigning stage beauties
Is most beautiful, but which special
beauty feature of each ot these
beauties is most beautiful! Did
ever before a frivolous metropolis
engage In such a "Search for the
Absolute," as Balzac expressed his
hero's quest of the laboratory syn
thetic diamond? ' "
These three stage beauties are, ot
course. Mademoiselle Primrose, ot
the Capudnes; Mile. Jeanne Ren
ouardt, of the Palais Royal, and
Mile. Greuze, whose supremacy was
not questioned until this extraor
dinary contest developed. Now
clasp your aching head firmly In
both hands and try and compre
hend the Intricacies of the problem.
First, you are to forget all about
the beautiful tout-ensemble. The
question Is not whether Mile.
Greuze Is more beautiful than
either Mile. Primrose or Mile. Ren
ouardt; or Mile. Primrose more
or Mile Renouardt; or Mile. Greui
or Mile. Renourdt; or Mile. Ren
ouardt more beautiful than either
Mile. Greuze or Mile. Plmrose. No!
You are to detetiulne something
infinitely more difficult, to wit:
Is the charm'ng chin of Mile.
Primrose more beautiful than either
the fascinating eyes of Mile. Ren
oaardt or the perfect shoulder of
... . .., .
and "Hiked" Back to Their Latin Quarter.the
In France all Is permitted to the "femme-'
pelntre." She may travel alone, she may wear
eccentric clothing, her manner may be uncon
ventional, but If she Is "forte" (strong In her
work) she may go anywhere and difficult doors
readily open to her. So Mile. Alexandrine Le
doux and Mile. Emllle Deleardo were immediately
taken up. Bubbling over with spirits, they acted
quite a a tonlo to some of the elder element
from whom they received invitations for motor
ing, pink teas and other amusements, and their
pretty faces were magnets which he young
gallants, whether English, American or French,
could not resist.
Among these satellites was an American art
stuvlent, a student of the Beaux Arts the na-
Mlle. Alexandrine Ledoux, One of the Paris Models -Who
Was "Received" at Exclusive Paris-Plage.
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Mile. Greuze? Or, are the fascinat
ing eyes ot Mile. Renouardt more
beautiful than either the perfect
shoulder ot Mile. Oreuie, or the
charming chin of Mile. Primrose?
Or, Is the perfect shoulder of Mile.
Greuze more beautiful than either
the fascinating eyes ot Mile. Ren
. ouardt or the charming chin of
V M l .-S , ' ' r i - 4
Chin Mile. Primrose.
tlonal school of art In France to whom these
two faces seemed familiar, although he could
not at first succeed In placing them.
"U'here have I seen that brown-haired girl be
fore?" was his puzzled thought
Iln turned the question over and over In his
mind. Many times as her roguelsh eyes flashed
like electric sparks from one member of the lit
tle coterie to another
"Was it at Ambassador Bacon's reception 1
met her? Was it at one of Mme, Waddlngton's
soirees? I seem to know that face so well! Oh!
I vieem to know even more than the face
()reat heavens! I could draw in all Us details
each graceful curve that now I only Bee sug
gesting Itself inrough the modish gown ror It
was she who posed for that memorable drawing
on which I got No. 2 at the Beaux Ars test
Autumn. She Is a "regular" model, out on a
From one end of the tea table he shot embar
rassing questions at her.
She recognized him! Pleading glances don't-glve-us-away
looks! The facetious American
was not malicious enougn to push the Joke any
Borga, the rising young French sculptor, be
came quite conspicuous in his devotion to la
petite Kmllle. Borga Is one of the most Inter
esting of the younger French sculptors. He
first became known in tbo Salon through his
realistic, carefully studied statuettes of animals.
Ho was a. familiar figure In the Jardin des
Plantes, where ho went daily to study from the
living animals. His talent Is versatile, however,
and he has lately produced some portrait busts
that have been much admired.
The Impressionable knight of the chisel fell
each day farther and farther under the apell of
The girls had gone to Paris-Plage for a fort
night's holiday. Playing society was great fun
for the first week, but during the second week
the two daughters of the "Boul Mich" could
hardly restrain themselves. "Oh! for a cigar
ette!" said Alexandrine. And In the evening,
when the orchestra played In the long salon, It
was a trial for them to waltz stiffly and go
through the stately "Boston," sometimes to the
very tunes to which their little bodies were
-wont to sway through the Oriental movements
of the "Machlche" or the "Toklnolse" at the Bal
Bulller. , ,
"How tiresome these peoples' lives must be.
"Breaths were held, hearts stopped beating, and the
sought refuge behind a kindly, protecting cloud as Emilie and Ale."
Andrlno came tripping along the
suits of . two of
You see, there Is even difficulty
In stating this problem concisely.
The foregoing has passed muster at
the Sorbonne, and is generally ac
cepted, though a close second Is
Paris Actress in tV Nav1 5!nfisl nnw
Eyea Mile. Renouardt.
Why, It Is not living at all." observed Emllle.
"If It were not for shocking Borga I'd Just cut
"Oh! you won't shock that 'type " replied
Alexandrine; "he'd think anything you did was
perfect. I never saw such a case."
"Besides," added Emllle, "if he doesn't love
me for what I am, what's the use. Let's have
some fun for the last day, anyhow."
So It was arranged. They were to leave for
Paris on an evening train. The bright Vermil
lion with which these' two young girls painted
Paris-Plage will never quite- disappear. The
most rabid and fiery secessionists whose can
vases hung 1n the Autumn Salon have never
found the vermillion quite so Vermillion as that
which Emllle and Alexandrine used to paint the
aristocratic resort Paris-Plage. It began with
the morning bathing hour. ,
Breaths were held, "
hearts stopped beating,
and the blushing Au
tumn sun brought ref
uge behind a kindly,
protecting cloud as Em
llle and Alexandrine
came tripping along the
bench in the abbreviated
bathing suits of two of
their admirers. During
the rest of the day pop
ping of champagne
corks, glimpses of lin
gerie, the ringing, whole
hearted laughter of the
Quartler Latin. Slip
pers tipped toward the
sky; delighted cavaliers,
horrlfled matrons, Indig
nant and neglected
young society girls.
Her Back to
Paris and '
Married Her. ,
And Below, ,
Study in Clay
Choo, choo! the whistle
blew. "Au revolr,
Dlentot a Paris." Exclamation. n. .,.-
iTey Wvre gone- Borga dld not Bleep that
night. The next day ha fcpnf m.-T. i
0l5oSLnK "I?1" h P P and left for
Paris. He could
uui resist Km inj h
escapade ended In a
romance. Declaration f
love, engagement and
marriage followed in
Paris-Plage Is still scandalized, and the Ona.
tier Latin is .till celebrating the Jo?ou. ending
of the mad frolic of those two naughty mndpf
Mn.kU. A. ..-
beach in the abbreviated
furnished by a member of the
French Institute, namely:
"If Mile. Greuze has a peck ot
diamonds, and Mile. Renouardt has
three pecks of pearls, and Mile.
Primrose has nine quarts of emer
alds, which. is the best actress?"
On one feature of the contest all
Paris Is agreed: there exists no
more charming chin than v that ot
Shoulder Mile. Greuze.
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Mile. Primrose, no more fascinating
eyes than those of Mile. Renouardt,
no more perfect shoulder than that
of Mile. Greuze. The difficulty ap
pears when you try to eliminate
any two in favor of the other, and
if so which?
What! Place any such slight
upon the pearly white expanse and
exquisite curves of the Greuze
shoulder? Jamais! Give any but
first place to those eyes of Mile.
Renouardt, so large, so tender, set
- so wide apart, with lashes so ex
quisite and brows so heart-break-Ing
non, nevalr! And, to stultify
in any manner that smooth, dainty,
pointed, betwitchlng chin of Mile.
Primrose. Ah, It would be to com
mit a crime!
Then, if you are of the masculine
sex, and of such fortunate station
In life that you are excusable for
having secret hopes, the problem
becomes even more difficult. .It is
reduced. In thU monogamous
country, to a question cf posses
sion of one only, to the hopeless
exclusion of the other two. v
This is how you come out: "Shall
I choose that charming chin, with
out which I cannot support life?
Ah, but then I lose forever- those
fascinating eyes and that perfect
"Shall I choose those fascinating
eyes, so necessary to my happi
ness? What! And say farewell to
that perfect shoulder and that
charming chin? Alas!
"Shall I choose that perfect
shoulder that is the boundary
North, South, East, West of my
whole existence? Parbleu! And
leave to others those eyes and that
chin?" And at about this stage
you apply for admittance to the
All of which makes this novel
beauty enigma the more absorblnf
and perhaps unanswerable.
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