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"US BOYS"-SANTA LOSES HIS WHISKERS
Kcglstered. I'nlted State 1'atent Office.
By Tom McNamara
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THIS IS THE" PRIT, "TIME "NATVNe HAVE EVER. ""CU J Wfl V ifD
SEEN MARY BEAUT IMtEREST ttt ANVTtttN6. . . KU-MAMARA - 23 1 m- O
The Art of Being Liked
By DOROTHY DIX.
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"It tht first aid to popularity is to re
frain from talking about yourself, the
next step In the art of being liked Is to
lend an Interested and sympathetic ear
while other people discourse endlessly
and their affairs.
This Is a hard
saylcff, and prob
ably the reason
that more of us
never have any lov
ing cups presented
to us by an admir
ing public Is be
cause It takes a
courage that Is
nothing lets than
sublime to keep
our own perfectly
the while we listen
to some deadly
dull bore maunder
on about his mis
erable ' belongings
achievements and stupid children. Carne
gie hero medals are distributed for less
cause.. But ..the-, reward ot 4h patient
listener is an almost, slavish adoration
from - his fallow creaturep.
Self Is a harp of a thousand strongs
upon which we can always play with a
aura hand, and that evokes a music that
will make everybody we meet go up and
follow us as long as we sing the saga
of their own .performances. . Tha. Pled
Piper of Hamelln was a piker compared
to a talented listener.
Therefore, If you wish to be sought after
you have only to lead people to talk
about their own affairs. Just ask Mr.
Man to tell you the details of that coup
he made. In the stock market or how
many miles n. day he averaged on the
automobile run from here to Chicago, or
about the pedigree of his dog. You will
sea a Joyous light leap into his eyes, and
he will want to take you out and buy.
you food and drink, and he will follow
you down the steps and hold you by the
buttonhole and chant your pralsea from
Dan to Beersheba.
More. He will be convinced that you are
one of the most Intelligent and level
headed men he ever met and with the
beat Judgment and the soundest taste
and the moot brilliant conversational
If you . are a woman and want to be
popular with the other women the short
cut to their liking is through the same
door. Thus, lead Mrs. 'Woman to tell
you all. about her clubs, and her clothss,
and her children, and her servants, and
aay nothing at all of your own any more
than if you were a hermit In the wilder
ness, with a fsw fig leaves for a gown
Instead of an Imported Parte frock, and
you will find yourself ua overrun with
invitations for dinners and luncheons that
you could live on them If necessary.
Of courao, I am not denying that to
aacrtfise tha superlative Joy of Wowing
one's own horn-whlth Is without doubt
the most ur.ailoysd pleasure on earth
is a terrific price to pay for popularity.
I merely slate It as a fact that popu
larity can be bought at thl price, and
you can take It or leave It, as you UK.
BesjJrs the policy of keeping silent
about yourself because It bores poople to
hear about you. and llstonlng to them
talk about themselves became It tickles
their vanity to do so. there Is a very
tender and human side to this phase of
One of the most popular people that I
have ever known In my life wae a woman
who was almost repulsively ugly In face
and figure. Nor had aha any redeeming
charm of wit or Intelligence. Outwardly
she was Just a plain, dull, drab, colorless
sort of a woman; yet she drew every
heart to her and men and wotnea vied
with each other In showing her suoh at
tention that even beauty and brilliancy
seldom got '
The secret of this woman's charm was
that she possessed to an extraordinary
degree the gift of sympathy and of be
ing interested In other people. She had
the art at setting every tongue a-weggtng
about itself, and making you feel that
your Borrow or Joy was of Intense and
thrilling personal Intsrsst to her.
If you met her but for an instant on
the street she asked you some question
concerning tha subject that' waa upper
most In your mind, and she listened with
an expression of aostatlo Interest while
you poured out tha ill ad of your woes,
or blared forth tha pason of your sue-
And she paid you the eompllment of
t - remembering Just what your little
i -"r was, whether you had the rheu
r : or nervous prostration: whsther
.1 sieved yaursslf an unappreciated
genius or tha greatest literary light of the
age; whether your pet theme waa the
marvel of precocity your children were,
' rxUuf srou aaloved most Pitying
yourself as a domestic martyr.
To hear her name sent up over the
telephone was a guarantee of an hour of
bllsMful delight in descanting upon your
self, and It was only after this woman
was dead that those of ua who had
known and loved her. and probably has
tened her end by boring her Into grave,
remembered that she had never snld any
thing about herself at all, and that we
did not know whether she had ben
happy or miserable, whether she had
laughed or cried In eiret.
But If It Is true that the most en
tertaining converfatlonallsts we ever met
are those who let ua do all of the talk
ing. It Is equally true that to be a' good
listener one munt listen with Intelligence.
One must not refrain from talking be
cause one has nothing to say, but be
cause one conveys the Impression that
you say It so much better than I could,
and the history of your life is so mur.h
more Important than the simple annals
of mine. To be effective, silence must
be lined with gold not lend.
The art of listening with an absorbed
expression Is, however, easily learned.
The difficult thing Is to acquire heroism
to give th floor to somebody else, when
we feel perfectly.crrtaln that we are en
titled to thb center of tha stage, with the
spot light turned full upon us. and a
gaping audience waiting breathless to
hear us tell how we did it.
The Female of the Species
' Ry JAMKS V. McGEE.
(With apologies, to KlplInK).
"rhen a selfish man at nightfall grabs a good scat In the train,
And he views the fellows hanging on the straps In mild disdain,
He Is sometimes forced to yield his seat to one that's sweet but frail
For tho female of the species Is more deadly than the male. I
Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say
When the mistress of the household finds a vacuum In his pay.
He might possibly explain it to his friend along the rail.
But the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When tha winsome woman lawyer to the Jury makes appeal
On behalf of some offender with a heart as hard as steel,
She will win the Jury over with her sweet pathetic tale,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
The enterprising -burglar who attacks a house at night,
And laughs at every effort of tho man who makes a fight,
Will go headlong through a window when a woman's on hie trail,
For the female with the screeches is more deadly than the male.
THE BUSY HUSBAND
lt- t)erton llraley.
Now, for heaven's sske, be unlet
While I call my better half,
for she'd surely raise a riot
If she henrd you follows laugh-"'
Give me twenty -three-o-soven.
That you. dear? Well, this Is Ned.
I'll be down here till eleven;
Don't sit up. Just go to bed.
Maybe 'twill be even longer.
Awful busy! (quit that din!
How can I make this much stronger
If you guys keep buttln' In?)
What's that racket? (Stow It. stow It!)
Oh that's Just the office boys,
Tou'll be lonesome? Yes, t know It,
(Say, you yahoos, quit that noise.)
Yes, dear, I will come as early
Aa they'll let me. Yes, you bet.
But don't wait for me, dear Kir lie.
Two may find me working yet.
(Quit that chuckling or you'll queer me)
Make it earlier? I'll try.
But I doubt It ran you hear me?
(Hush, you crasy yaps.) Ooodbyl
The Christmas Baby
Hy MINNA IHVINU.
We had. the nicest Christmas dsy
We ever had; the tree,
With randy, toys and picture books.
We full as it could be.
There wasn't room for one thing more,
Whlrh was the reason, maybe, .
That 8anta Claus In mamma's room
Just had to put the baby.
I got a lovely set of furs
(I'm nearly twelve years old),
And Bobby got a soldier suit.
Trimmed up with red and gold.
And Bessie got a lady-doll.
It oame from Paris, maybe,
But mamma got the best of all,
For mamma got the baby.
A little mite, all pink and white,
They let me take a peep.
Where' In his satin blankets blue
He cuddled fast asleep.
And mamma says If I am good.
Whan I grow up, then, maybe,
Old Bants Claus will bring to me
Some day a Christmas baby.
HOBGOBLINS OF NIGHT
How to Keep Young and Pretty Mile. Gsby DeSlVS The Advantages of Dancing
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The other day I whs invited to attend
a dancing class of ladles in order to
get an Idea how New York glils and
women learned to dance.
I must aay It waa quite different from
our methods of teaching dancing, much
less dlffloult and much less thorough, but
before the olass waa over I heartily ap
proved of the easier and quicker meth
ods of learning to dance.
OhI but you Americans must bs quick.
Always everything In a hurry and noth
ing too dlffloult to be learned In a
minute, except what Is going to maks
money for you, and quite right you are,
too. Why should one spend a lot of time
learning faaey dancing steps which are
uselsss sxeept during the hour of the
Welt, the ladles cf this class were all
attired In loose. Creek-looking tunics and
had bars feet, after they had learned
a vary few difficult steps soma nice airs
ware played on the plane and tha girls
danced to tha music, each Improvising
ber dance as she went along. It was very
pretty and easy. At f lt I thought it
a shame that they were not being taught
according to tome eockJ old method of
dancing, but after all they gut out of
their dancing what I get out of mine,
health, elasticity and merriment.
Of courao I had to study dancing 'for
my work, but even If I nover were to
dance on the stuns again I should keep
it up because It la the best form of
exercise and the most Joyous kind of
recreation I know of.
The drudgery of learning new steps
isn't amusing, nor lg it easy to Umber
up after one is no longer quite young,
but a 'my friends of the Orsok dancing
did It one gets movement snl plenty of
freedom without much of the stupid first
exerclxes which French teachers usually
Insist on. Some of tha ladles learning to
dance were past S years of age; a
few were over 40. All of them eald they
had never felt so well in their Uvea as
since they had begun this weekly dancing
and that they seemed so much gayer and
I love anything that makes people feel
cay, tor. aj I have already told you, to
U merry is to be half way beautiful,
even if your features dou'l satisfy you
Uy MLLIC. ABY DKSI.YH.
or your complexion Is bad. Now. dancing
makes me feel happy. I don't know why,
though doctors explain It by saying It la
the stimulated circulation, and all that
kind of thing. But you can do what you
call "physical culture" and be bored to
death, yet physical culture was Intended
for the express purpose of stimulating
the flow of blood In the veins.
It Is one of those thlngu you can't ex
plain, yet It is certain. If you are made
to do exercises of gymnastic you hate
it I do. anyhow but If you ar allowed
to danc you love It, and only hate it
when the time oomee to etop.
DaAcUig will do Just what physical cul
ture will do for you, only It will do It
better. It will clear the complexion,
brighten the eyes, build up the health and
make yeu feel happier, wniok is ana ef
tha mala tlilugs w deelr
I can't sea any reason why you should
not dance at any age.
.-.I know ef one elderly French woman
she must be past 10 who can do as pretty
a UtUe danc as yea would, wish to sec
he Kbs a perfect fluv.re and attributes
it to her love of dtnclrj. l.'tie dos not
consider rre:te!f too cU to Ju'.n t':e lun
with the younger people, fi::d t:o one
thinks nf her bs being old, beca'.ive the
Is such a merry little bedy.
One of our greattst French dsnnlnri
teachers Is o,ult an old woman lime.
Marequlta yet she puts cn the great bal
lets at the Opera Comlque In Paris and
Ehe can show a beginner even the mot
difficult steps. Fhe Is very Innlstent on
having good nlr In the danclnt; nulls and
on having tho dancers wrap thcmselvus
up well after they have bex-n exerelntng.
That is a thing you must not neglect.
Even between dances, whon I am resting,
I put on a thin ooat or wear a scarf to
keep myself from catching cold. That Is
aliuut tha only danger there Is to fear
frrm dancing, because I don't expect any
ct my readers will go to for acrobatl
I don't consider this form of dancing
ait. and I'm aura It's not graceful.
"Wlion all la said and done It is grace
most of all which the pupil wants to ac
quire In dancing leseous, and anything
tif ul, thoi'vn it may be rtartllng.
I 'niii lng Is the best thing to give a
o.".:in a stylish vail and to make a
growing girl get over tho humiliating
renvatlon that she consists cl. lolly of
hands and feet.
I'KDi'ing will give you a Uulnty step
end anyone who walks too heavily should
learn to lania at once. 1 think that
people who ore Inclined to be too stuld,
too rigid mentally and physically, those
who are too prim In the way they carry
thrmw-lves, who inlnce along the street
holding their elbows tightly to their sides,
with narrow chests and high shoulders,
all these "cramped" persons should go In
for e new Oreek dancing which gives,
above all things, physical freedom and
Those, ou the contrary, who are too
free . In their motions, girls who stride
along swinging their arms aa If they were
pump handles, who are "sloppy" In bear
ing, In fact, should take up dancing so
cording to the more precise and polished
system of France and Italy,
that borders on the acrobatic or eccentric
dance cannot be called graceful or beu-
Dy Irwin Thome.
On the alienee of the night
What a fright!
To hear a window rattle
Adding terror, bringing tears
In the night.
When the hobgoblins com and go
on the snow
That has gathered on the window,
All too low,
In a way that aends a chill
And a thrill
In tha night,
That's 4, tl.no for kiddies dear
Do you hear?
To think of where no shadows creep
As you aleep.
And to tuck your little head
'Neath the spread
In the night. j
For when you g to sleep
You can keep
Away hohgohllns of the snow
Don t you know,
For they never com to bed.
In the night.
SANTA VIA AEROPLANE
IJy Percy Sliawr '"''' -My
brother Tom tars Casta C'.aus
Has sold his eight reindeer, s
And that he'll bring hie presents In
leu m j
An acrop'.as tills year.
I guess Tora thinks because he's four
And I am only tares
lie's big enough to make mi b'llsve
The stories be tells me.
Now, don't you think If you'd a whip
That cracked at dead of night.
And owced a trusty sleigh with bells
Ar.d runners shining bright.
You'd hate to try to be a bird
And fall and six kail your wings
And bitak the hsarts ef boys and girl
That prayed for toys and things?
I told my dolile, and she says
6b saw him la a dream. '
And h Was filling up his sleigh
And harnessing his team.
I'm sure he'd never trust himself
To any ship in air
When reindeer travel twice as fast
And go Just anywhere.
I guess we know, and if he'd thought
Mis pets were running slow
Of course he'd used a railroad train
A hundred years ago.
I'm going to leave a not for h'.m .
To knock upon our pane.
Then Tora can see he's much to M
Te use an aeroplane.
In a work of art nothing can be nnlnv
portent. ft. Mldjley.
Our beet deeda ar talned with arMx
motives. Bishop Ottes
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