Article from the Bystander, Dec 19, 1906, written by noted tennis historian Wallis Myers.
II.—MISS TOUPEE LOWTHER
By A. WALL1S MYERS
If Miss Toupee Lowther had not devoted most of her leisure to sport—sport of a strenuous, masculine type—one could almost picture her leading a public movement in favour of "Woman's Rights." For she is essentially a lady of strong personality, destined to command, and her knowledge of men and women is so wide, her disregard of petty restrictions so pronounced, that apparently nothing would stop her if she once made up her mind publicly to support a policy of emancipation.
As a Fencer
Miss Lowther has so many accomplishments that it is difficult to separate one from the other. As all the world knows, she is one of the most brilliant lady fencers in Europe. Coming from a stock of vigorous patriots who have fought their country's battles at the point of the sword, she was early trained in the use of the rapier and the sword-stick, and, possessed of a lithe and hardy frame, it is small wonder that, at the age of eight she could engage in a fencing-bout with her elders with all the confidence of an expert. Fencing is not an art for namby-pamby girls or, indeed, for any girl who does not command more than the average amount of spirit and pluck, and Miss Lowther is, above all, a woman of indomitable nerve. At many a public assault-at-arms in Antwerp. Ghent, Brussels, and Paris, great crowds of foreign enthusiasts have gathered round the " stadium " to witness her skill and endurance, and, both against the leading amateurs and the foremost professionals, she has always managed to hold her own unflinchingly, li is no secret that Miss Lowther has a greater admiration for foreign fencers than for those masters of the art who hail from her own country, and certainly the former have returned the compliment by showering on the welcome intruder a full measure of whole-hearted praise. " Nothing has struck me more when fencing abroad," said Miss Lowther to me on one occasion, "than the sporting qualities of foreign fencers. They were always ready to offer me facilities for trying my hand against their champions, and no detail was too small for them to carry out with perfect taste. When I was in Paris,, a few years ago, the various fencing masters invited me to visit their respective sattes ti'arnies,
and at each I found some of the best pupils vaiting there to fence with me."
At the Wheel
When travelling abroad—and a lady of her active- disposition never stays long in one place—Miss Lowther almost invariably uses her own 40 h.-p. Mercedes, and, needless to say, drives the car with her own hand. I should not like to hazard how fast Miss Lowther has driven through the country roads of France, or to speak of her dashing motoring exploits in some of the mountain passes of Germany— the authorities might get on the alert. But I do know that this intrepid sportswoman has secretly broken many a record on the Continent, and knows rural France, through the agency of her motor-cbetter than any lady in this country.
With the Racket
Then, of course, Miss Lowther is far-famed as a lawn-tennis player, and were her temperament a trifle less impetuous, there is little doubt she would ere now have attained to championship honour. Her experience of every kind of court (from the wooden floor at Queen's to the sumptuous gravel court at Cannes) is unique ; but she is probably seen to best advantage under cover, and she has more than once won the indoor championship. Her style is a combination of grace and aggressive zeal. The way in which Miss Lowther tackled Miss Sutton at Leicester last summer, and all but achieved a notable triumph, will not soon pass from memory. Miss Sutton was essentially a girl after her opponent's heart—tough, remorseless, and incapable of fatigue ; it was a case of Greek v.
Greek. And after the match was over Miss Lowther was discussing French philosophy with some learned spectator on one of the banks.
Music and Ju-Jitsu
I must not forget to add that Miss Lowther possesses a charming voice, and is musical to the tips of her fingers, or that she has recently become a passionate convert to the subtle mysteries of Ju-Jitsu, and is rapidly becoming a mistress of the art of throwing her adversary without apparent effort. The only pity is that her love for wrestling is interfering with her zest for fencing.
W. and D. Downey
Miss Toupeec Lowther the well-known lady fencer, who also excels as motorist, tennis player, and exponent of Ju-Jitsu