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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 16, 1913, Image 15',
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AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL CHILD ASKS IF
SHE IS REALLY PRETTY
By W. H. Alburn.
Topeka, Kan., July 16. It is very
interesting to visit Topeka, because
here you may see the prettiest little
. girl in America.
I say the "prettiest," because many
American artists, many photograph
ers and the cultured Artist League of j
Boston says Theresa Marie Blitz has
the most perfect features and figure
to be found anywhere.
She was also the winner in a con
,test with 2,000 other child beauties,
and as- a prize she is going to have a
tour of the country with her father
and a free trip to Paris.
(I called at Theresa's home, saw her
and talked to her. In. truth, she is
She has soft, wavy, dark brown
hair, and big, wistful, blue eyes. Her
lips are rosy and delicately molded.
Her features have the rare symmetry
seldom found except in , Greek
statues. Her skin is fair, with a trace
of pink showing through. Her ears
are pink shells, her neck is like a fine
bit of carved ivory and her little
shoulders are lovely beyond the
camera's power to show.
Hands, feet and all are just as
beautiful. The lines are incompar
ably graceful and the measurements,
artists say, set the standard for
A tape drawn around her arm at
the armpits registers nine inches.
Her wrist is 5y2 inches around, her
thigh is 16 inches, calf 10 inches,
ankle 7 inches. She weighs 55
pounds. She. will be seven years -old
Theresa is as bright and good as
she is pretty. She started to school
last year and made rapid progress.
Her father, I. M. Blitz, a local mer
chant, says his greatest ambition is
to give her a finished education.
Theresa Marie Blitz.
Copyright, 1913, Boeger's Studio.
The little girl's mother died when
she was' eight months old and her
grandmother, Mrs. Mary Erickson,
has cared for her since.
"People say I'm pretty," said Ther
esa when the writer called to see her.
"I wonder if I am. "What do YOU
Grandmother's warning finger en
joined silence. And she whispered:
"Please don't. tell her! She'll find
it out soon enough, goodness knows.
"Of course, I'm proud that she's so
beautiful but it's so much more im
portant for her to be just a good,
sweet, little girl."