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Pair Skating, an Art Which Gives Great Scope for Grace and "Never Grows Tiresome
From Photographs Posed Especially for The Boo By Cathlcen Pope and George Kenier, Among the World's Premier Artists in Ice Skattos
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The skateri have finished swinin the circle The skaters arc here beginning the backward figure The correct way to begin the "Once Back' or waltz
Booker "Washington, Pioneer
By WOODS HUTCHISON, M. D.
It la not always lh beat and most
lasting- work that a treat man does th
attracts the moat attention during tv.t
lifetime. Some of the finest accomplish,
menta of a genius are often passed over
In comparative silence; Indeed, may es
cape recognition at their true worth by
the man himself.
Bnrvm& of fmirm 1 familiar with
the Instance of the great Leonardo, sur-J
namea aa vinci, wnose aeainicng rame
rests upon "The Last Supper" and
"Mona Lisa," but to his contemporaries
lie was chiefly known as a military en
gineer and Inventor and a builder of for
tifications. There is even on record one of his own
letters .which he wrote to offer his ser
vice to the Duke of Milan, in which,
after detailing his abilities and accom
plishments as an inventor of engines of
war and builder of battlements at con
siderable length, he closes with the
casual after-thought remark: "Item I
an paint pictures and carve marble as
well as any other man, be he who he
It may well be that a like shift of the
emphasis of fame, though In lesser de
gree, may occur in the case of another
great man who haa just gone from us
far too soon. Booker Washington is now
chiefly known as a great leader and coun
selor of his people in a time of peculiar
trial and transition; a Moses who built
his people up out of the bondage of
Ignorance and Incompetence; a great
conciliator, who brought together the
black and the white upon a plane of mu
tual respect and drew out what was best
All this he was. But what Is not so
generally known. In fact, almost unrec
ognised aave by those who have per-'
onally visited bis great laboratory for
race regeneration, Tuskegee, he was also
one of the great educational geniuses
and pioneers of all times, worthy to be
memtioned In the aatne class with Pea
talozsl. with Froebel, with Herbart and
Tuskegee Is a kindergarten for a child
race, which squares with common sense,
and like all other gardens. Is In the open
air, and Its founder, a Froebel, with the
Insanity emitted. Tuskegee Is the sane
parts of Rousseau's dream come true, a
Montessorl system applied to grown-ups
-only It works.
Like most great inventions, the edu
cational plan of Tuskegee grew up al
most naturally out of. the necessities of
the situation.. And the situation was
necessitous, not to say poverty-stricken,
to the verge of desperateness. The state
of Alabama had decided upon an 'n-
dust rial school for negroes In the black
telt and the legislature had appropriated
the superb turn of $2,000 per annum for
its foundation, support and develop
ment. ' The problem was to devise a ctrricu
lum, a course of study, which should not
merely make its graduates successful
and self-supporting In after life, but
make them aa nearly as possible sup
port themselves and the institution as
well while they were in the process of
Here was an opening for manual train
In and vocational education with a
vengeance. As no site or ground of any
sort had been provided by the state, the
ilrst sten was to borrow 350 from a local
friend of the Insltute that was to be,
with which to make the first payment
toward the purchase of an old worn-out
plantation near the outskirts of the vil
lage which It was to make famous.
On this there was only one small frame
building, variously described as a barn,
and an abandoned country church, which
was about the same thing In that part
of the country. This was made water
tightand fitted with bunks and a cook
stove by the charter class of seven or
elfrht. under, the, president's direotlon.
They were short of bedding' and.. had
neither spoons nor forks and very few
plates and cups, but they were In earnest
and they believed in their leader.
Their next need was some sort of build
ing which could be used for a Joint work
shop and schoolroom; . and a kindly
neighboring farmer, hearing of this, came
to Booker Washington and told him that
he had, at the back of bis house, a small
building which had been built for a work
shop and which he might have for his
schoolroom If be cared to move It over.
It had a good floor and roof and plenty
of windows, but It had been used for
several years past as a chicken house
and would need a thorough cleaning and
fumigating before It would be available.
This Is the story as told to the writer
by Dr. Washington himself, and Illus
trates not merely his courage and energy.
but also his keen and irrepressible anse
of humor, which kept him cheerful even
under the most discouraging circum
stances. After Inspecting the offered building
and finding that It could be readily
adapted to his purpose, he set out In
search of some one to give It the neces
sary sanitary attention.
Meeting an old colored man, who lived
by doing odd Jobs, he asked him if he
had anything on hand for that after
noon. The old man was out of work and
glad to get any chance of earning half a
dollar. "All right, then, Sam," said the
doctor, "I have got a Job for you. There's
a chicken roost over on Mr. 8o-and-So's
place that I would like you to come and
help me clean out this afternoon." The
old man looked at him sharply and
queerly. "When did yo" say yo" wants
me to do datt" he asked. "Oh, this after
noon: say about I o'clock." "Well, boss,"
replied the old darkey, "cose I do Jes'
as yo' say; yo'se payln" me, but if I was
yo' I wouldn't clean out no chicken coop
1n broad dayllnht." The coop, however,
was cleaned and moved and made a
most useful workshop and classroom.
By CATIILEEN POrE,
Who, With Qeorgo Kerner, Is One of
the Star Skaters at the New
ARTICLE NO. 2.
While few lovers of sport will devote
time enough to become expert in any
one phase of skating, still the charm of
pair skating stimulates Interest and pro
gress. Skating with another who skates
as well, or nlmost as well, makes for
rivalry and comparison.
Skating together is easier than danc
ing together, for two persons of un
equal ability can readily learn to skate
very well together, the better skater
helping to teach the other and benefit
ing his own ska tins the same time.
Having followed the the suggestions set
forth In article one, the same strokes
may be tried btckward. That Is, the
circle eights having been described, the
skaters' hands Joined, the stroke is
taken . swinging the skaters around in
The skater gradually crosses the direc
tion of the skater in front and ends
the stroke on the opposite side of his
This leaves the skaters In the position
Illustrated In figure one.
Figure two shows the beginning of the
backward figure. The skaters start fac
ing each other and w.th opposite hand
touching or clasped. Let the poorer
skater strike out with the right foot
aided by a vigorous push from the for
ward skater. The better skater will do
the circle on the teft foot forward out
side edge, while the poorer skater will
do It on the right foot backward outside
The weaker foot should always be used
more than the etronxer foot, so that
both may be equally strengthened. One
li'gged skaters are never fully accredited
experts In the sport. When reasonable
security has been obtained skating back
ward, while the partner In skating for
ward, both may skate backward. This
is similar to the position recommended
for learning the forward outalde clrole
The most agreeable and one of the sim
plest figures for their skating Is the
"Once Back," or waits. Both partners
skate this figure on the same toot simul
taneously," The skaters stand a illus
trated In figure three. A strong outside
edge circle Is started by each skater on
the right foot.
When one-half the clrole has been
skated a three la made and Immediately
an outalde edge backward stroke Is
started on the other foot. Both par
tners are now going backward on the
left outside edges.
When two-thirds of the circle has been
skated a three on the left foot Is made
and tho pair strike out on the right out
side edges to the spot where tho figure
It must be remembered that skating Is
more a matter of balance and aocuracy
than It Is a matter of strength.
(The third and last article In this series
will appear on this page soon.)
Little Stories of Big Men
By H. H. BTAN8BUKY.
WASHINGTON, Deo. 1. Senator Atlee
Pomerene tells a story about William J.
Bryan's recent campaign for the "drys"
In Ohio and how Mr, Bryan was sus
pected of violating neutrality by one of
his Teutonic admirers. Mr. Bryan ob
served that he was glad so many Ger
mans were present, and remarked that
the Oerman emperor was a "teetotaler."
Immediately there was a disturbance In
Every man does not laugh the same
way at the same Joke.
!l Is seldom that a dog's reputation for
Intelligence haa been earned.
Marriage Is Invariably a failure In ease
Of love that Inspires gun play.
' No brunette woman can ever be per
uaded that blonde are natural .
It Is seldom that tb husband and wife
tetl; entertain affection for another woman.
the audlonce. Several men were strug
gling with an excited German-American
who appeared to be trying to reach Mr.
Bryan or expostulate with him. The' dis
turber was thrown out of the hall and an
explanation was demanded by the police.
"He called, the kaiser a hard name,"
was the disgusted reply. "I did not think
Mr. Bryan would be so personal."
Several well-known army critics have
recently given public' utterance to their
differences of opinion with Secretary
Garrison over the proposed Increases In
the army. When the newspaper men who
"cover" the office, of the secretary of
war saw Mr. Garrison the other day the
asked for a reply to the criticisms.
The amiable secretary of war was cor
nered, but, as usual, a ready wit saved
the situation for him. He said:
"I once heard a man say after listening
to a lecture by Robert Ingersoll that
nearly everybody knew what Ingersoll
thought about the Almighty, but none
knew what the Almighty thought about
The secretary then added, solemnly:
"I am Inclined to Say It will be almost
aa difficult to get me to tell what I think
of my critics In the matter of prepared
ness for the army."
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