to be despised. He was, in fact, tremendously impressed by dollars.
And so Lina sallied forth to conquer America under the auspices of a man who instinctively compared her attractions with those of tumblers, trained poodles, performing fleas and Siamese twins. All of these, to Hiram P. Adams, were freaks, representing a means of livelihood. Russian dancers, who were docketed in his mind somewhere between the Siamese twins and the fleas, were, in his own private opinion (which he revealed only to Mrs. Adams) less entertaining and very definitely less skilful than acrobats. However, it seemed obvious to him that other people thought differently, and he dispatched Lina across the continent with every possible feeling of confidence. She was to dance Les Eljes, La Gitana, Roxana, La Péri and one or two other ballets.
Nor were his feelings of confidence in any way misplaced. The peculiar quality of Varsovina's dancing appealed, it seemed, to almost every type of person, from the miners of Colorado to the horse-breeders of Kentucky and the agriculturists of New England. To some she was a skilied artist distributing "culture" wherever she went, very much as a farmer scatters seed; to others she was a Lorelei, a sprite from fairy worlds, to others again merely a seductive young person who exhibited her legs. But of her popularity there was no doubt, and Mr. Hiram P. Adams, in the intervals of organizing mammoth circuses, never ceased congratulating himself upon his extraordinary acumen.
As for Lina, accustomed to dancing every other night upon a perfectly constructed stage, the tour, until she grew used to it, resembled nothing so much as a dancer's idea of heil. They played one-night stands. They visited towns where the only obtainable orchestra was a prehistorie piano abominably played, where the rickety stages,