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the 77: Bri-erton in a in is to a in a to a Councll-nien atmosphere." , ONE WORD AFTER ANOTHER BY NUNNALLY JOHNSON The Way of the Transgressor Is Velvet Itself Compared Compared to the Training Miss Lisbeth Higgins Has to Go Through. rOLUNTARILY, even with the f heartiest approval of her pa-rents, pa-rents, pa-rents, Miss Lisbeth Higgins, a member In excellent standing In Brooklyn's fashionable world, has enlisted hers.sTl in the, cruelest of the professions. Sh;4s a dancer, now playing In "Sweeney Todd," the resurrected melodrama, under the name of "Lisbeth," "Lisbeth," and this moderate reward is her first payment for submitting to the tortures which fall under the bead of instructions in toe-dancing. toe-dancing. toe-dancing. It was my privilege, during an Interview Interview by William G. Hosie, to hear rom Miss Higgins' own lips the bland statement that she will have to endure these limbering agonies throughout her life until death or a change of mind separates her from the dance. It was my further experience experience to witness a few of the con tortions and I cant understand why anybody should study dancing. And of all people, why a person nurtured in luxury and pampered by rociety? The authenticity of her sta tion is corroborated by none less than Cromwell Chllde. who wrote. In his inimitable style, in the Brooklyn Dally Times, this following dispas-iionate dispas-iionate dispas-iionate paragraph: It is amazing. It is a real Society news story. For Lisbeth Higgins is a real, actual Society girl, not what many newspapers through ignorance or the desire to create something of a sensation call 'a Society girl.! Not only is she an actual Society girl, but a leading one. . . . She had a ery beautiful and costly debut ball given her at Sherry's." Plainly Mr. Childe means to imply that Miss Higgins Is a - real, actual Society girl, and not what the papers, through Ignorance refer to some times as a Society girl. Such a person, of course, suffered none of4he ordinary impulses, such as the necessity of earning a living in a glamorous and fascinating fashion. fashion. The only urge was one that she might have, without impairing her livelihood, downed. She walked, instead, into a dancing dancing school on W. 58th st., Manhattan, Nelle's. and plunged into the course. Mr. Hosie and I had to wait for a few minutes until Mr. Nelle concluded concluded the lesson, and we watched. During the war I saw many dreadful sights. Once I saw a man who had a date he couldn't break assigned to incinerator duty. At another time 1 saw a man kicked by a mule, a brown mule. Still another time I saw a man called out of the ranks by a, general and sent back to camp to shine his shoes. Other things like that came my way. And on each and every occasion I stood imperturbable, imperturbable, a man of granite, betraying bv not a single movement of the eyelid eyelid the shocks that I felt. But at this dancing school my control broke down. - I had to walk out of the hall. I couldn't stand it. -As -As hard a hearted man as I am, it was too much for me. Mr. Nelle bent Miss Higgins backward until she cried aloud. She booked . one knee over a bar along the wall, waist high, and permitted her head to be pulled backward and down until it touched the floor or the wall or some other such impossible place. She hitched one heel over this bar and allowed it to be slid down the bar until a little cry of pain probably warned Mr. Nelle that the human body can stand only so much anil no more. Meanwhile, around the room, other young women were going through the same course. Sharp cries marked the apex of effort, hut on. nowhere were there any hard feel ings engendered, apparently. It was all a-routine a-routine a-routine part 'of tht study, Miss Higgins said, when she came. to be interviewed, 1 ' "All my life," she said, "as long as I continue dancing 1 11 have to go through these exercises. The ten dons have to be stretched and kept elastic. Sometimes it takes -a -a month to stretch a small muscle just one inch, and probably the muscle never stretches much more than three inches. It is agony, but necessary " Abroad, she said, parents start the dancer on her career when she is a child, and it continues through years. Over here there is less seriousness paid to the profession. Miss Higgins entered her professional study train ing a year and a half ago. Another pupil, Muriella, who had a bit In "Sweeney TodJ," took her to Wen dell Phillips Dodge, who put "Sweeney "Sweeney Todd" on, and the result of a tryout was an engagement. "We all use one name as dancers," Miss Muriella explained. "It's nicer, more distinctive. Pavlowa, Trini, Vanessi most dancers do that. She's going to be Lisbeth and I'm Muriella. "It's very expensive, being a toe-dancer," toe-dancer," toe-dancer," Miss Higgins commented. "Dancing slippers cost $5.50 a pair and they can never be used more than three times." Lisbeth's part In ''Sweeney Todd" consists of entr'acte exhibitions, presumably presumably a custom dug up from ;he era of the original "Sweeney Todd." and a pleasant custom, too. Her first appearance is in Colonial or pre-Colonial pre-Colonial pre-Colonial habit, the feature of which being what Mr. Childe de scribed as "adorabie ruffled lace pan talettes, and, to quote him again, for no more ropuish a wording could be imagined offhand, they were "constantly charmingly in evidence, and the effect was delightful." And, ao he might well have added, her dancing, which, after all, was more the cause of her being on the stage, was likewise charming. Her second appearance is In the rags of a pauper boy, perhaps. But, as Mr. Childe exclaimed, "What rags!" Rags idealized! But, while Mr. Childe's memory harked back as she danced to Sherry's, the, Heights Casino and the Brooklyn Academy stage, my own went, back 'to Mr. Nelle's academy of the dance, where the preparations for these "hundred little airs and graces" were made. In a way this was considerable considerable payment for the course of training, training, but only in a way. For wher: is there adequate payment for having been maltreated, even in the name of art, as the study of dancins requires? requires? FUMES KILL THREBv Elmira. N. Y., Aug. 26 Toplish Lozeski, Laereboe Kalahda and Stanley Stanley Kolanda, all of Blossburg Pa., were found dead in their rooming house here, apparently asphyxiated by gas from a range on which they had cooked their meals. SMITH PHOTO BRINGS $725. Luzerne, N. Y., Aug. 26 An autographed autographed photograph of Governor Alfred Alfred E. Smith was sold at auction for $fi5 to Fred Beck of New York City at a bazar here. Mrs. Smith, Alfred E. Smith Jr. and Miss Emily Smith were present. GUARDSMEN KILLED. Louisville, Ky., Aug. 2(1 Three Indiana Indiana national guardsmen were killed killed and 18 other soldiers were injured when an Army motor truck overturned overturned on the Dixie Highway near Camp Henry Knox tonight. New York Title &Mort6.age Co. I and said the of -fected in 'China-town Aator scene Mott A hotel of guised ed by Detectives cotic doorway Sing the after W. Police late Hospital, since when sfgter. at most He in the El-licott, at to and later Bronx. Duffy, at 3 FRther A sister, whom Bronx, iam of The ducted the in In was track was having time. ON THE The 8ny for Ho furnish rlored materials, ie and dent before nr.di by eaid of the oon EBfn plare me ter"Fted pfirpon slate out making 1 ir, or Koarn chief therein, The b-come vutety ance oik any bki writing, bid -aro in No

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle26 Aug 1924, TuePage 18

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)26 Aug 1924, TuePage 18
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