Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 10, 1914, PART TWO, Image 18
Tee Omaha Sunday Bee Magazine Page The Corner Figure I, a Color Sketch of the New Mannish Skirt Combined with the Extremely Feminine Waist and' Headdress. LOOKING forward la over more 4nterosttng to tho young than looking backward. When a human being begins to reminisce-. It Is ac knowledged as a sign ot ago. Tho human who Is ever looking forward, whoso eyes ore always fixed on somothlng In tho future, la not only young, but;, will remain young Just as long as lite lasts Butwhat has thin to dowlth fashions of the past,( present, or future? Perhaps not very much, but aa I was casting my mind's eye about to ooo;just,twhlch Interesting subject I should choose 'to' write on this weok, hoso thoughts came to mo. I seomod suddenly to Tcallzo that we in Paris, are at tho momont a omall body of women.'entlrely surrounded by "period" fashions and that among them overy period of time " Is " represented. Tho early Greok, the "Etruscan," (he Egyptian, the Roman, rub elbowa with tho Elizabethan, the Medici, tho Empire, the Plrectolro and tho early and mid-Victorian. Every ago or history, every whlmsey of fashion Is represented In what we call, for lack of a better term, the "fashion of to-day." This It so uttorly absurd. There Is no fashion of to-day, but a most glorified mixture, a most won derful mingling of the fashions of all agos Wo have takon whatever de tails we choose and havo woven them together to pleaso each our own fancy The results aro startling In man) instances, but full of a delightful charm In othora. Never. ' I think, havo tho little tailored cos tumes been more quaint, never havo they been more wearabto. And equally novcr havo what 1 term "garden party dresses" boon so charm ingly chic and bo universally bewitching Tho roost attractive of these are those that show the Wattcau influence. Watteau certainly understood how to compose bis lords and ladles fair, all in a garden. Had anyone asked me Ave years ago whether or not the Victorian ages, early, mid and late, held anything of beauty in fashion, I should have raised horrified hands and cried, "No, no!" But 1 have changed my mind, and why should Iff I ' 0t n interesting Pl9L Jl). Jffl k;ili f' j.1 forecast of theDresser l&ife y &f jS j ADY DUFF-CORDON, the f.moui "Lu- jW v - D rp 9 SfffF " ' v LtfAKfc-Tk'i. &riHfc- or the future by 77-, m. fashion article for this ntwpnptr, preitnting all VtIPF (Ist fl I ' ' ' flf'. f- thai i ntweit and 1I in ryle for well-drttitd JafSf ft l I t ' 'ft '"' ' ' "Spring Maid of 1914." "Lucile" Costume of Pale Green Chiffon Over Pale Yellow Satin. I not? Am 1 not ot the feminine persuasion? I find that I am able to discern some rare and beautifying suggestions. In these ages, many of which I am able to incorporate In designs of my own Tho whole trouble with those so-called ugly ages was that men's minds were ugly, and women's lives were narrow. Therefore their clothes expressed tho life and thought about thorn' In this age of freedom our clothes express the broadness of our life and thought, as well as Its beauty and grace. Narrowness, In everything but aklrts. Is ugly! It Is this great change In our mental outlook that makes It possible for us to see that there was some beauty, after all. In what we have boen brought up to consider tho ugliest of all ages, .1 hope 1 make myself clear. For instance, the bustle as it was was too, too utterly ugly. Then why Is it not ugly to day? Because Its purpose was ugly In those narrow days. It was used then to hide woman o curves. Hide them! It drew atten tion to them! To-day we use the bustle as an addition to the costume, we use a slight extension In ordor to make the drapery fall more gracefully. In some designs this extension is in tho back. In others In the front, and still others have It on their side Thus, you see, we are able to take supposedly ugly things and make of them things of beauty. And this 'brings me back to the beginning of my story, id, my alight dissertation on looking backward and gazing forward. Even now, when we aro using the past to help tho present, we v are already casting long looks forward. What will tho gowns of the future foe? With the present to build on. what will the gowns, for Instance, of 1020 he? While I am Inclined to think that my "Spring Maid of 1914" will harmonize delightfully with the This Comer Figure Shows the Mannish Treatment Above the Waist Combined with the Feminine Treatment of the Skirt the Two Sketches Show the Future Trend of Fashions, Thinks Lady Duff-Gordon, "Spring Maid of 1020," I am rather sure that many startling Innovations will mark the gowns of the future. In tho operatta "Sari," which Is now playing In New York, some gowns aro worn which, L think, in a way typify the spirit of the coming years. There are several backless costumes, which I understand havo startled New York. I do not' for one moment believe that the mondalnes of Now York and Paris will unqualifiedly adopt gowns of this nature, but I do believe that logi cally tho fronts ot evening gowns will be higher and the (backs lower. I am sending you a photo graph of one of these gowns, because I want you to see (If you have not already seen the opera) what I consider a type of the 1920 costume. The skirt Is particularly good. Tho lines are long and the combinations ot color very effective. Tho backles3 eff6ct startles, of course, but it is not quite so sensational as It looks. Again, it all depends on the spirit in which it is worn. From present tokens a gown of this order will express tho spirit, of 1920, just as the buff and bluo expressed the spirit of 1776. It Is In the "Spring Maid of 1920" that I think "Sari" moat successfully points to the future. This costume is in Spring colors, green and yel low. The touches of blaok In the deBlgns are necessary and not unsprlngllke, after all, for Spring flowers come from the black earth. Science Fixes the Actual Date of Death By Rev. Abbe T. Moreux, .Director of the Observatory of Bournes. THE sun is a mass of blazing heat gases 1,300,000 timos larger than the earth. Its temperature varies between 8.000 and 12,000 "degrees. However vast its heat may bo. it, can be no exception to tho common law of matter. , Every day it loses some of Its boat and Is gradually growing colder. A moment will come -Inevitably when its radiation will grow weaker and after that will ccaso altogether. That will mean death for us In cold and dark, ness,' "Trtere Is nothing surprising in this deduction. Millions' of extinct suns which were once like our luminary are known to exist in the heavens. Every star It born and lives to die. The prob lem is to Ax the date ot Its extinction. In my opinion, the American astronomer who has threatened us with death in five million years has added nothing new to this subject, which scientists have discussed -with good argu ments for some fifty years. .The first question we must ask Is, where did the sun obtain the heat with which it maintains our life in a manner so constant? Without doubt we can observe in tho sun certain varia tions of beat Our Winters and our Summers tfre not exactly alike, but these variations are comparatively small. They are subject to a periodic flux, which brings back nearly tho same condition after a certain lapse of time. The climate of the earth baa not changed, within historic times 'Before long we shall experience exceptionally severe Winters and torrid Sum mers. What colossal eourco of power keeps up the sun In this manner? With what mysterious substances in this enormous furnace is fed? The physicists Mayer and Helmnoltz hav irivcn the best answer to thU question. The sun was originally much larger than It is at present. In obedlenco to tho laws of attrac tion gaseous masses contract and become smaller. The laws of physics teach us that under those conditions a gas may recover the heat which radiation causes it to lose and which ts distributed In sur rounding space. Calculations show that a contraction of 25 inches a year in tho diam eter of tho sun would cause Its heat to remain constant for thousands ot years. The sun has a dlamotor of 926.964 miles. Even supposing the diminution mentioned occurred, no Instrument could reveal the change In its diameter in a period of ten centuries. Thus, according to the mechanical theory ot heat, astronomers who may live in the year 12000 of our era will be ablo to know that the sun's diameter has diminished about five miles since the beginning of telescopic observation, in seven million years the sun -will still radiate the same quantity of heat, but its disk will appear to man one-fourth ot Its present else. From that moment nothing will bo able to check the loss of heat which it will undergo through radiation. The of Our Shrieking? Sun average temperature of the earth 'will show the effect. In our northern countries vegetation will lose a large part of Its vitality. The crops will no longer ripen, and the people will press toward the equatorial region. A few million years after that all earthly life will become Impossible. The sun will be covered with dark spots, which will gradually grow larger and larger. When the Sun Is Dead. An Interesting Picture of a Scene on Frozen Earth by a French Artist. In a few tens of millions of years after that, the sun will have lost its place among the light giving bodies of the heavens. It will .become a black and Invisible body, a dangerous derelict to the millions of stars moving through space, but It will still con tinue its course through apace. From those facts and arguments wo may conclude that humanity will still exist for ten million years, br porbaps fifteen million at tho ut most. Wo must, however, remem ber that accidents may occur to shorten this life. A. healthy man' may reasonably expect to live to eighty, but an automobile may end his career in an hour or a day. So it is with our earth.. If the earth dies in the fullness of time it will die from cold In, say, ten or fifteen million years from now, hut there is a host ot other dan. gera that menace humanity, In the ceaseless Journey which the earth makes around the sun at the rate of 90 1-3 miles a second, may it not some day come into collision with the heart of a coloseal comet? In such a case humanity may witness a frightful spectacle, a, dreadful prelude to uni versal death. 'What astronomer can assure us that such a collision will not occur within a few years? Barr ing such an accident, hnwnvnr. thA end of the earth from rnM mt """"