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woman from bade of a coat of
black cinders and coal dust
"Why, I like it fine!" she an
swered, and made for a bucket of
After a few liberal splashes, the
laughing eyes and healthy com
plexion of the world's only girl
smokestack painter faced me.
She is Miss Mayme Pixley.
Smokestack painting is her regu
lar business, though when smoke
stacks are not to be had she will
paint steeples and flagpoles with
the best of men steeplejacks and
paint 'em as fast and aS well.
Miss Pixley had just finished
coating the last strip of smoke
stack with black paint when I
came up. Her gloves Were black
with paint, so was her short skirt,
and most everything about her.
Hers is not a job of fancy dresses
and dainty white lingerie, but
Mayme likes i justhe same, al
though she likes'pretty clothes,
"I was born and raised on a
farm," said Miss Pixley, gather
ing up her ropes and chains and
things, "and as long back as I
can remember I'd rather be out in
the field with father than in the
house with mother and my six
sisters. When we moved to town
pa took up smokestack painting,
and naturally I took a great inter
est in it and used to help him with
the ropes. Thenjijsjfoot was hurt
and he couldn't climb the high
stacks so Tvell, and had to hire a
man at $4 a day.
"One day the fellow didn't
show up, and I persuaded pa that 1
I could do it and I did. That
was how I began.
"In the last four days,. I have
cleared $19 and only worked:
about six hours a day at that'
The tallest stack she has paint
ed towered 305 feet above-the
ground, and she went up and
down it several times as she paint
ed long strips from top to bottom.
Miss Pixley is 23; she has two
big air castles; she wants to paint
the highest smokestack in Ameri
ica, and she hopes a certain young
farmer in southeastern Colorado
Will hurry up and get his home
stead claim in good working
NEW YORK LETTER
New York, Dec. 17. The
chronological capers cut by Mrs.
Fiske in her new play, "The High
Road," are startling to a degree.
You know Mrs. Fiske is at
least well, anyway, she hasn't
been an inerenue for quite several
years. In this drama she is, sup
posedly, 17 years old in the first
act. By means of a- dim stage and
a sunbonnett she .gets away with
it beautifully, She even man
ages in some marvelous manner,
to give her matronly figure an as
pect of girlish slenderness. Good
ness knows how she does it.
Fine for Act I.
In Act II she is supposed to be
20. Bright lights, Mrs. Fiske in
a loose, unbecoming shirtwaist,
DiacK sKirt, no nat. instead ou
looking three years older than in
Act I, she looks 30 years older.
Then Act III. Eighteen years
have elapsed since Act II. There-