YOUTHFUL PRODIGIES AT GENIUS MEETING
"Mother" Stoners' League Holds First Patrons' Gathering
at Bird Home in Tuckahoe.
CHILD AUTHOR AS HOSTESS
Caroline Bird, 9, Entertains Other Famous
Youngsters―Transfer Collector Speaks.
Special to the New York Times.
TUCKAHOE, N. Y., June 19.―The first
of a series of Genius-Patron MÍtes, under the auspices of the League for
Fostering Genius, was held this afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Hobart S. Bird, the hostess of the afternoon being Carolina Bird, the
nine-year-old author and orator.
Winifred Sackville Stoner, who is
called "Mother" Stoner by her friends and who is the founder of the
league, explained the object of the gathering, which is to emulate the
ancient Grecian custom of bringing wealthy people and aspiring young
Frank Folupa of Boston, who has made
a hobby of the collection of street car transfers and has gone into the
history of the various types and kinds and uses of transfers, was a
Among the youthful prodigies
introduced this afternoon were Paul Gest, ten-year-old nephew of Morris
Gest, who came from Russia a year ago and has written several children's
plays; Elizabeth Benson, the twelve-year-old daughter of Anne Austin, the
writer, who is ready to enter college; Bobbie Kanovlas, three-year-old son
of Dr. John Kanovlas of Brooklyn, who demonstrated his knowledge of music
by giving the history and principal themes of a number of operas and who
has composed music.
Others were June, 6 years old, and
Dorothea, 9, daughters of Schuyler Patterson, the author, who have shown
literary talent; Emma Lord, composer of children's music; David Farjeon,
ten-year-old composer and pianist; Elizabeth Rollent, eleven-year-old
dancer; Elizabeth Willguss and Jean Wilson, two twelve-year-old authors.
Among the older people present today were Claribel
Fontaine, actress, and Gertrude Boyle, the sculptress; Orcella Rexford,
who spoke upon her research work in the use of colors to express
personality and to bring out the latent personality of people who consult
"Mother" Stoner expressed her satisfaction at the
success of the gathering and said that she hoped that other
philanthropically inclined persons would become interested in the work of
the league, of which Dr. Frank Snow is President.
"Surely there is no better way in which to spend one's
millions," she said in her talk, "than in helping the divine spark to glow
and to bring happiness to the world. It is a disgrace to humanity that any
genius has been allowed to suffer for the necessities of life."