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Fifth of an Instructive Series of
Articles by the WellKjiown
Dancer, Ruth St. Denis
T HI8 newspaper 'prcasnts to-day tho fifth of
a eerfes of articles by the moat graceful
woman In America. Mlsa Ruth St. Denla
la the foremost dancer In the United State. Her
fame, not limited to her own country, Is world
wide. Miss 8t. Denla has literally danced before
kings, having been received and admired In tho
courts of Europe. She Is a mistress of the art
No. 5--H0W TO ACQUIRE A GRACEFUL AND HEALTHY WALK
ANOINO ehould cauao the
dancer to walk with oast and
That It doeB uot al
ways do so Is tho fault of tho dancer.
Thero arc singers whoso volcos,
enchanting when thoy alng, are sin
gularly unpleasant whllo thoy talk.
That la tho fault of tho Bpoakor.
Dancera would walk well and singers
would talk well it they applied to tho
commoner art tho principles thoy
use In tho l.ractlco of the more un
To make this qulto clear lot mo
remind you that In dancing wo applj
tho principles or Ideas of power, of
freedom, of graco, of beauty, llut
we regard walking asa utilitarian
thing. When wo think of it at all
,wo think of It aa a weed In tho gar
den of movement Wo are careful
about our downsltling and uprising,
about tho pictures wd mako aa wo
stand or recline. Wo think of tho
ya'iue of every aiovomont and posture
in dancing, but walking la neglected,
forgotten, ignored. Yet wo walk
oftoner and longer than we danco,
therefore it is woll that wo give jnoro
thought to It. . ,
Laymen may bo excused for giving
little thought to it whllo professional
dancers set thorn tho example. ' I
fXa-vo myself seen professional
"d-ancors mako exquisite pictures' i'k
unovomont to tho last figure, which
they would finish In tho centre of tho
Btago and, dropping every Bomblanco
of graco or boauty, of freedom or
power of action, ehuffla off into tho
wings as heavily as. tho property man
who shifts tho scenes; This la a Bin
against tho artistic Benso. It 1b, o
crime against beauty. It is inexcusa
ble in a dancer.
For the bad walking to which our
eyes hato painfully accustomed thfem
seltes ballroom dancing is in part
to blamo. Ballroom dancing 1b' ridi
culous. It means nothing. If you do
not grasp thla truth at first pUco
your hands over your ears tho next
timer you go to a ballroom and watch
the figures Jumping or slipping about, -You
are hopoleasly without humor
It the spectacle does not mako you
Th9 experiment shows that tho
danoe was dependont upon the mu
ale Shut out tho musto, and without "
strain of. tho imagination you could
fancy yourself In an asylum for tho
insane. X plan all my dances with
out music I could easily dlsponso
with tho music. It is superfluous
and a mero concession I occasionally
make to a rather general present
liking. I look upon it aa a crutch .
that I am anxious to cast away.
Oenulno dancing Is drama. Every
action means something, and what it
means is patent to everyone. Even ,
tha turkey trot and tho tango, con
demned as they aro by many and
lacking In good tasto as they cer
tainly ore, aro at lonst not aimless.
Shutting out the music, one cau HtlU
understand perfectly what the dancoa
mean. Thoy aro box dances and rep
resent courtship, pursuit Thoy aro
grotesque, but mcanlngtnl.
Having mode apology and explana
tion for tho bad walking of tho day,
tho slouching. carolesB, broken gait,
I will tell you how a reform may be
accomplished in all cases. Walking,
like every other manifestation of
life, has a motive. Reveal thb motive
by your walk. For Instance, wo will
say that it is a lovely June day and
you want to go out of doora and satu
rate yourself with sunshine. Your
motive is to n Joy. With this thought
In mind tho body naturally reflects
it vYou walk slowly to enjoy the
eights by tho way. As you saunter
your head 1b held up, your shoulders
back. You are thinking. "I am froo
tp enjoy thla beautiful day." You
-walk freely and easily, with little
power, but with the beauty of un
But suppose you have a problem
to solve and you ara sure you can
pest solve it while walking. Motion
Soes in many cases aid thought Hen
Instinctively pace the floor when in
fceep thought The head Is bent for
the bead bows itself in thought, the
shoulders ara bent forward and tho
jwalk Is rapid.
One warning. Keep the thought of
freedom of motion In the foreground
of your mnd. If while you walk
Vou feel restricted by narrow skirts,
or tight shoes, or binding garters, or
Mays, your limbs will not move
frUwdlly forward, but will divide their
jffiotlon with an up and down one.
(Watch a woman walking in a tight
aobble skirt and the sight la gro
tesque' Her knees move up and
(Iowa a though she were a wooden
of expression without words, pantonine, and la
deeply learned In the grace and beauty loro of
tho Orient 8he advises her countrywomen up
on a subjeot In which every woman Is Interested,
how to Improvo her flguro, and tells them In
clear, forceful manner and careful detail ' how
thla can be done. She does not hesitate to point
to the fault In the figures and carriage of her
countrywomen, but while the tella of ho evil
ahe also describes the remedy.
By RUTH ST. DENIS
(The Most Famous American Danter)
Jack-in-the-box. if the aktrt bo silt
and pleats set in, or a petticoat of
the gamo color fill tho gaps, "her walk
la far more graceful and muph nearer
to formal. Tho natural walk Is loose
and long Bteppod, a kind of lopo, tho
movement being a swing from tho
thigh, the knees bolng inactive and,
for tho purposo of that walk, Useless.
You might no well leave your knoca
at homo savo for their service If you
drop your handkorchlef and thero
la no gallant about to pick It up, or
unless you saw come beautiful child
end wished to cultivate Its acquaint
po!e tKat makes
vfftr d. Secure
k' l '
them, by speclair
By MAY IRWIN,
Tha Bt Cook on tho American Stage
THB worst sin of breakfast ia
its monotony. A cereal, ba
con and eggs, chops, somo
indigestible and tomper-provoklng
hot bread, and coffee, the same
thing day after day throughout the
year, and It has bocone the moat
despised of meals. Some have de
spised it so that they do without
it Others think the breakfast of
continental Europe, a roll and coffee,
with perhaps some Jelly or marma
lade, enough. I do not For the
Idlers, it may suffice.
Those who produce nothing aro Jus
tified In ndt consuming much.
Persons who work, and thinking is
the hardest work, noeJ a nourishing
Ono goblet of orange Juice, -one
rasher of bacon, Dick's biscuits,
This breakfast as all the others,
begins, you see, with a goblet of
orange Juice. Nothing could induce
me to drink the two or three glasses
of cold water on rising that so many
health culturiata recommend. I re
fuse to believe that a pint or more
of cold water is a wholesome, bath
for the delicate lining of a long-fast-ing
stomach. And raw fruit is at
that time difficult of digestion, The
orange Juice should be served pure.
Remove the pulp and seeds with a
spoon befqre serving. If you give
orange Juice a fair trial, as the vend
May Irwin, in Her Own Kitchen, Pre
paring On of Her Famous Dinner.
era of patent medicines say, you will
acoept no substitute. It refreshes
and Bootb.es the stomach.
I collected on my travels recipes
of the beat dishes I met, and this
recipe tor cooking bacon I got, as
you may surmise, from its flowery
phraseology, In Georgia.
To crisp bacon to such point of
toothsome delicacy that it breaks in
the mouth yet liberates no suspicion
of grease, lay the slices on a hot
spider and frequently turn them.
Pour off the melted grease as it
gathers. When the bacon is brown,
lift it carefully upon Bott paper and
set It in the oven to dry. If so pre
pared the bacon will be bo free from
grease that you may serve it attrac
tively on a napkin. If you with."
The reason there la bo Btrong a
SreJudlce against hot bread hi that
it bread isn't properly prepaxad.
"If a dancer's walk is awkward it is because she forgets
to practice the poiso and balance of the dance."
I have beon eating hot breaa every
morning since my feet swung from
a high chair and no one over accused
mo of any form of Indigestion. But
I am careful of my hot bread. Or I
go BttU farther back and say I am
careful of the cook who prepares the
hot bread. When hot bread la Indi
gestible It Is because It hau uot been
For DlcV.' biscuits use one quart
of Hour, two teaspoons of baking
powder, ono teaspoon of Bait Mix
tho salt and baking powder thorough
ly In tho flour. Rub In equal parts
of lard and butter, each about the
size of an egg. Mix with cold, sweet
milk as eoft as can be handled. Roll
out, not too thin, and bake In a quick
In coffee, as in friends, the old Is
beat I make coffee in tho old-fashioned
way, even to running all over
town to find one of the nearly extinct
species of old-fauhloned porcelain
lined coffee pots. For a family of,
Bay eight I use two teacups of fresh
ly ground Mocha and Java coffee,
mixed In equal parts, and two freBh
eggs. I break the two eggs, crush
ing the shell, yolka and eggs togeth
er, and pour them over tho coffee
grounds, adding two tablespoonfuls
of water, stirring them all together In
a bowL This is to prevent tho mix
ture settling into one hard lump,
holding all the fine essence of the
coffee together in its lumpy grasp. I
let this stand -while rinsing the pot
with boiling water, then pour the
water while boiling hot upon tho cof
fee, atlrring while I pour with a long
handled porcelain spoon. The stir
ring will prevent the mixture at
conform to tho same standards, 6?
should do so. We danco as wo think,
and as wo think, wo walk. Think of
freedom, grace, power, beauty, and
your walk will reflect them.
As In every other movement, walk-
ing should, proVldo us something to
do, else it will be aimless and point
lees and of foolish appearance, The
person who la walking with no par
tlcular purpose is self-conscious, and
to bo self-conscious is to be timid,
and - to be timid is to
Thoro is a lesson in
the awkward child.
Shy and flolfconsclous,
she squeezes herself
Into thb smallest space
possible arid gota as far
t away from everyone as
she can. That !5 because
' jho has noth!" to do.
and coffee sottllng into a heavy ball,
and permit the 'strong flavor of the
coffee to escape Into the water. 1
then place the coffee-pot on the back
of the atovo and allow It to simmer,
not boll, tor a halt hour, Btlrrlng it
vigorously three or four times while
it Is simmering.
Ono goblet orange Juice. Creamed
ham and poached eggs. Popovers.
For creamed ham and poached eggs
make a smooth white sauce with two
rounding tablespoons of butter and
1V1, speak more carefully," said
a stickler for pure English to hts
' wife- "You say that Henry Jones
caine to this town from Sunderland.'
Don't you eea that It would be bet
ter to say that he 'came from Sun
derland to thla' town'r
I don't aee any difference la the
two expressions." rejoined the lady.
"I3Ut there Is a itfferenco tn the
two expressions a rhetorical differ,
ence. You don't hear me roaKe use
of auch awkward expressions. Dy
the war. 1 have a letter from your
tather In my pocket."
Ob. dsr. Is my father In your
Docketr Inquired the wife. -You
mean that you have in your pocket
a letter from my father."
There you go with your little
dulbblesl you take a delight In
harassing ma! you ara always taking
up a thread and representing It as a
-Representing It to be a- rope, you
And then he grinned a slckli grin
and wished be had never started tfe
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I say to her, "Susie, will you bring
the sandwiches?" and she is a dif
ferent child. She comes out of her
corner, smiles urid walks out of the
room with perfect poise. $he has
something to do.
Know what you are walking for.
Say, "I am going to walk for exer
cise," or "I shall take a walk to aid
me in thought;" and you will take
the right posture. Thought governs
ono of corn starch, with a cup of
milk. Season with pepper only, and
add a cup' of finely chopped ham.
Spread the mlxturo over two rounds
of toast with a poached egg on each.
For popovers use two eggs, one cup
of flour, one cup of milk and half a
te&apoon of salt. Sift together the
flour and salt Beat the egga until
creamy, Add the milk and flour and
beat well. Strain. Bake for twenty
five mlnutQS in popover cups In a hot
oven. Serve on a hot plate, butter
ing each bit as used.
Pay, or Publicity.
He was a North Country small
tradesman who had Just set up busi
ness for himself, and it was his .dear
est ambition to restrict Bis customers
to paying cash, and that promptly.
But, alaat there were a good man
good souls who Insisted on taking
out credit . books.
He began to feel very keenly that
this sort of thing must hp stopped be
fore It went too far, so he posted, up
the following notice Just Inside the
door of his shop, wh r.eeall could read:
"Please don't ask for credit, as a re
fusal often offends."
But alas! this delicate hint direct
hid no effect whatsoever, and the
struggling small trader nearly tore
his hair tn vexation.
Next morning this notice took tha
place of the former: "The numeu and
addresses ot all those who buy goods
at this shop and don't pay for them
can be viewed in the credit ledger
for the sum of flvo cents."
The result was little. short of mirac
ulous. The curious paid their nickels
with avidity Just to see who owtd
and inside a week every debtor bad
oald his account la full
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everything. Make your wajk mean
ingful and all the other attributes
will take care of themselves.
One reaBon why dancing should
lead to n graceful walk Is that danc
ing does not permit ono to be encum
bered by clothes. Take this hint
from the dancer. The fewer clothes
Consistent with modesty the better.
Fancy anyone dancing well with a
hat on! And as for Hatpins, I never
wear them. I will not wear a hat
that requires them. '
That is one reason why women
walk badly and it Is a condition that
no one can control, if she permits
It to exist Woman is clumsy be
cause she is overweighted with
clothes, or If she does not wear too
many clothes they nre so arranged
that they restrict her movements. In
dressing for walk, approximate' tho
freedom of motion you would have
it you woro no clothes at alL Let
the sklrtB be full enough or open
enough the sldepleats now in use
are a godsend of fashion, so that you
may swing the leg easily from the
thigh and your steps be at least as
long sb the length of your foot
The Wrong Man.
Recently a .laborer went up to
foreman who was superintending
some bulldtner operation! at the docltn,
"What's your name?" Inquired the
foreman at last, having decided to
take tha man on.
Albert Slmson, sir," replied thn lat
Very well Slmson; nrat lob. bring
thosa Iron plates and that crane ovsr
"Excuse me. sir," Interrupted the
navvy, respectfully touching his cap.
eimiaon.,,n,)r name waa Slmson not
fJE M dear old professor, very
learned and very absent-minded
And the latter trait ot his was con.
stantly getting blm Into hot water
This did not worry him so much as
the one fact that he could never find
his clothes In the morning on getting
up, having completely forgotten
where he had laid them.
One memorable day however a brll'
llant Inspiration came to htm. no
would devise a clothes plan. He did
and t ran something like thla:
"Coat on third pea; left-hand corner
of room, waistcoat and trousers on
chair by bed, collar on door handle, tie
through key of door, vest on floor by
Window, cuffs on bedstead knobs
shirt on portmanteau, socka on gas
bracket, boot outside door, proressor
This worked splendidly, and next
morning the dear old thing collected
his wardrobe with lightning rapidity,
until he came to the last Item on his
list He rushed, to the bed, but It waa
empty. Running his hand through his
scanty gray locks, he exclaimed. In
deep despair: '
"There! Now the professor Is lost'
rn, muah afraid, after alt this plan U