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A STORY THAT GIVES ANOTHER SIDE OF THE
CHARACTER OF LEW FIELDS, COMEDIAN
That Lew Fields comedian, loved
by his audience for his "joviality, may
have another side to his nature is
suggested by the story told by Anna
Bruecher, 22, a chorus girl, who ap
pealed to County Agent Meyer fpr
transportation to her home in New
York, after having been left here
stranded by Lew Fields' Company.
Miss Bruecher was a chorus girl
with the "All Aboard" show. She
played with them during the fifteen
weeks' engagement in New York
city and came with them on the
Fields special train to Chicago.
Between Rochester and Syracuse
the special just escaped wreck
through collision with a freight by
the application of the emergency
brakes, but the sudden halt threw
Miss Bruecher and another member
it. the company out of their seats.
Miss Bruecher was thrown for
v J her abdomen striking the edge
of the arm of the seat. She made
light of the pain, came on here and
played in the first matinee perform
ance. However, she did not finish the
performance. Peritonitis had set in
and she was taken to the American
Hospital and placed under the care
of Dr. Max Thorek, was operated on
and remained in the hospital four
and a half weeks.
Miss Bruecher claims that she
hadn't a cent saved out of her salary,
as she contributes a portion of it to
her father, who is 72 years old. Her
chum, Grace Grindell, undertook to
collect money among the show peo
ple, and a fund of $40 was raised.
Lew Fields, according to Miss
Bruechers story, was asked to con
tribute to this fund and declared he
was not at all interested and did not
see why he should bother himself.
He didn't bother.
Miss Bruecher says one of the
members, of the company told her
that Fields had said if she would send
in her resignation, as long as it was
probable she would not be able to go
on the stage again, he wpuld see that
she got back to New York. The girl
While she was in the hospital, Mrs.
Peter Oppedal, 3237 Armltage ave
nue, visited a relative and became in
terested in Anna. When Anna left
the hospital after paying $34 for two
of the four weekstreatment, she had
$6 left, which she spent to share a
room with her chum at the Welling
ton. The chum provided the meals
The day the Fields show left town,
Anna says she went to Lew Fields,
and told him her circumstances. She
says he tol dher if she didn't get
along all right to write him arid he
would do what he could.
What would have happened to the
girl had it not been for the kindness
of Mrs. Oppedal is a matter of sur
mise. Anna says she would have
thrown herself in the lake, as she was
desperate, but Mrs. Oppedal took the
girl to her home.
Anna wrqte to Lew Fields asking
if he would send her a ticket to New
York that she might be home for
Thanksgiving. The letter was not
answered. She wrote again, prom
ising td repay him if he would help
her at this time. This is the' reply
"Answering your letter to Mr.
Fields, would say that we held your
position and did not fill it until you
notified us, almost the latter part of
the engagement, that you would not
return. The company, subscribed lib
erally at the start and we do not feel
that we are obligated in the least."
Anna is still hoping she may get
away today that she can spend
Thanksgiving with her people, but it
will not be through any kindness or x
sense of duty on the part of Lew'
Fields, comedian, if she does. It
rests with the County Agent