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NEW YORK LETTER
New York, Dec. 12. Jerry J.
Cohan, parentally responsible for
'George M., is also responsible for
."Several years ago the Fbur
Cbhans arrived in a Jittle South
ern town tn nln-u- n nnp-nicrVit pn-
9 gagement. At the station we got
into a carriage that must have
been at least 100 years old, pulled
by a horse of about the same age,
and driven by an excellent'coun
terfeit of Uncle Tqm. .
"This aged person considered
h it his.Huty to tell his patrons all
ab6ut everything within our
range of vision. We parsed an ar
tesian well which had. recently
been put down. "T.he water, as we
afterward learned, had heen ana
lyzed arid foundVtb,, contain hy
drpchlorates in consider able
quantities. ' t
"Dis yere," said our guide, "is
a artillery well dat we1 jus' done
goj Dey scandalized de watah
yestiddy and hits plum full of hy
The most experienced theatfiJ
caLmanager can no more tell than
a child of two whether a "play will
succeed, even though he has read
"it and seen it rehearsed. The
most experienced comedian never
has the faintest idea which of his
w jokes in a new show are,going to
"get over" and which are going
to fall flat
He often thinks he knows', but
he doesn't. j
Which is illustrated by a stoFy
told by Herbert Corthell, fat,
young actor who created the role
of the divorced husband in "Seven
"This joke," declared Corthell,
"I had nourished in my brain for
years. I had longed for an oppor
tunity to throw Broadway into a
fit with it. I waited my chance to
ring it into som&part I might get.
I got my chance in 'Seven Days.'
The authors and the producers
very kindly ipld me to go ta it,
and I went.
"It was the makeshift break
fast scene of the first act. I and
my quarantined guests were talk
ing about food as we prepared it.
Hope Latham was to come into
the kitchen on a cue about salad,
clad in a dress of unrelieved scar
let. I was to turn, see her and
yell, 'Who ordered that tomato?'
The audience was to shout and
roll in laughter.
"It all happened except the au
dience's part. The red dress,
bought expressly to make possi
ble my jest, was discarded after
the first-night, and I paid for it.
Cost, $75, including shoes."
New York, Dec. 12. More than
100 crippled children of both j
sexes ranging from 3 td 14 years
in age, were put in peril for a
few minutes today by fire in one
story children's hospital on Ran- ,
Nurse Reilly discovered and
sent in a special alarm and the r
children were wrapped in. blank- ,
ets and rushed out on the snow
Firemen at hospital put the
fire under control.