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; A PICTURE VENTURE
By Alvah Jordon Garth.
Frank Dolby had worked as a re
porter on a daily newspaper for three
years at $15 a week, and was glad to
get it, and saved some money. He
was new at the business and had
large ambitions for the future. Frank
was satisfied well enough until he
got acquainted with Newton Barnes.
The latter 'was a fellow journalist,
had saved nothing, and upon getting
"Some New Dream of Wealth, I'll
out of employment was decidedly
"Tell you, Dolby," he observed as
they sat over lunch at a cheap res
taurant, "when a fellow gets into this
line of a jog-trot basis, there isn't
much prospect ahead. Unless you've
got a pull with the publisher or some
strong political friend, you don't get
"Well, what are you getting at?"
inquired Frank. "Some new dream
of wealth, I'll wager!"
"Yes, sir" emphatically agreed
Barnes-, "only an. actual reality this
time. I've been looking over things,
trying to break in somewhere, and I
find that the fellow who drifts along
with the newest fads strikes the pub
lic purse the easiest."
"You're not thinking of some air
ship folly again, or anything like
that?" insinuated Frank.
"Not this time too intangible. I
had to write an article on motion pic
ture shows last month, and it opened
my eyes. Why, Dolby, the money
spent in nickels and dimes in this
country on these shows would pay
the national debt You know my folks
live in a country town about two
hundred miles from here. I saw a
friend from there yesterday, and he
said there wasn't a picture show in
the place. Well, I'm going to start
one. Why, see here what's the use
slaving the way we are, when we
have the ability and enterprise to
make a fortune in the next few years
and retire on our laurels? In my in
vestigations I have found clowns,
candy butchers, museum freaks who
have taken the tide at the flood on
this niotion picture craze, and now
own big photo play-house circuits,
bringing them in a royal income;
Let's make a start."
"As how?" interrogated Frank,
"Well, I've found a second-rate city
picture show crowded out of business
by too fierce competition. It's for
sale. The outfit is plenty good
enough for a small town. The man.
who has a mortgage on it offers the
projector, iron booth, curtain, chairs,
outside electric sign everything
ready to begin business for $389.
Here's my plan. Let us buy it, move
it to Parkville, and start In business.''
"Who's going to run it?"
"You and L You see, I have beenj
around to the supply house,and find,
we can rent films, get the poster serv
'ice, buy our electricity, and put the
whole thing through for $78 a week
provided I operate the machine, anf
you attend to admissions, Think off