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Volume XXXI, Number 3 (December 1916)

Paul Clerget in Xmas pantomime (cont.),   p. 295 PDF (427.0 KB)

Page 295

  We have seen designs of rural mail
boxes made of rustic somewhat resemb-
ling an attractive bird house with the
signal made in the form of a saucy red
bird or inquisitive squirrel painted more
or less in natural colors. The children
of the house enjoy the game of dashing
down to the box for the daily paper if a
gay woodpecker or bluebird signal gives
them the sign.
  Some one out West, because much rus-
tic was used in his house, hollowed a
tree branch about one foot thick into a
most suitable post box. After cutting a
diagonal slice from the log which was to
serve as the top of the lid, he dug out the
lower part until large enough to receive
the mail. As may be seen by the photo-
graph the diagonal slice was only cut to
about two-thirds of the way through,
then severed where needed to hold the
hinges. Through this lid a hole was cut
large enough to permit ordinary mail to
be put in and a peg inserted to serve as a
handle. Many variations of this idea
could be made, such as putting the hole
for the mail on one side of the box if the
box were intended to be hung in the open
instead of under cover, thus preventing
any possibility of rain getting within.
Many a hollow tree has served as a hid-
ing place for letters-why not this more
practical modem adaptation of an old ro-
mantic idea?
  Another   interesting  suggestion  is
shown in the mail box covered with ivy.
Surely a most simple but most artistic
way of covering an ordinary pole with
the stout United States box upon the top.
Instead of ivy, roses or any other vine
could be used. A red bird signal upon the
top of this would look singularly effec-
  Another ingenious suggestion for rural
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up to the possibility of an artistic level.
Surely the actors and actresses in moving
pictures, if they had had the foresight and
good sense to make a study of intelligent
gesture and convincing facial expression,
would never permit themselves to go
through an entire play with frantic use of
the arms and with hideous facial contortion
so common today on the screen.
cross-road delivery is shown in the use of
an old wagon wheel. The post man has
but to fill each box whirling the wheel
around as he fills, without having to get
out of his stage coach. When the boxes
are placed all in a row as are so often
seen on both Eastern and Western cross-
roads, the mail carrier must get out in
the deep snow or driving rain and fill
the boxes from on foot. This is a much
more ingenious plan although we cannot
say much for its beauty.
  Indeed, a study of pantomime would be
an advisable thing for the whole nation.
We would like to see it not only in the
schools for drama but in the home, in the
public and private schools everywhere; we
would especially like to see our young peo-
ple taught the beauty and value of motion
through the art of pantomime as expressed
by Paul Clerget in "L'Enfant Prodigue,"
and we certainly owe an immense debt to
Mr. Winthrop Ames for securing Mr. Paul
Clerget's art for his theater and for the
benefit of the American public.

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