The mentally stimulating effects of physical exercise have long been recognized in our kindergartens and universities. But in the world at large such recognition has been woefully lacking. Of course there have been golf and tennis, but these are summer sports, not ever-available means of relaxation. It appears, however, that a change is taking place. The craving of the human body for its share of activity is at last to be acknowledged.
All the world now knows of the electric hobby-horse in the White House. This was the first sign of the coming revolution. It has been followed by an even more portentious event. Bernard Shaw has been taking tango lessons in Madeira. During this period he claims to have written more than during any other equal period of time in his career.
The possibilities of the movement must be apparent to all. After a strenuous session of Folies-stepping under the tutoring of Ned Weyburn, even Congress might be expected to accomplish something. Think what master-pieces would flow from the pen of Chesterton should he spend an hour daily with Gilda Grey! And the work of a John Roach Straton who had mastered the shimmy is beyond the farthest reach of the imagination.