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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 03, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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. ''Yes, that's who I meau," I an
swered.
"Sure. Go up to the sanitarium in
old Las Vegas. He owns the whole
place now," was the rejoinder.
"I haven'tany credentials, Mr,
Fielding," I said"as we met in his
sanctum sanctorum.
"Don't care if you haven't. If you
like me and want to see me and want
to talk to me, I don't care if you are
a hod carrier. Come in. Sit down.
Make yourself at home."
He was just finishing up that big
feature picture which depicts labor
and capital as it might be in 1950
He took me up onto the hills back
of the town and showed me the army
of men he was using in some of the
scenes; and the airship which he had
fitted up with a cannon at the rear
of it, as a 1950 war vehicle.
And now about Homaine Fielding
himself.
He is director, manager and often
star player in one of Lubin's most
popular companies.
He has entire charge of the com
pany and may move anywhere
throughout the country at his own
discretion, picking suitable locations
for the unique feature pictures for
which he is so noted.
He writes all his own scenarios,
working into the wee hours of the
morning often, so that he can take
advantage of weather or location, or
carry out some certain plan in mind.
He doesn't know what fatigue means
and he expects his co-workers to
have the same ignorance of that
term.
I was interested to learn that Ro
maine Fielding's idea in writing and
.producing pictures is to teach, ele
vate or inspire his audiences. There
is no slap-stick comedy put on by his
players. And in most of his subjects
there seems to be either a poetic
theme or a mystical vein.
"Before you leave," he said, "I
want you to be acquainted with Miss
Mason. She is not only my private
secretary, but plays the leads in many ;
of my pictures. She doesn't know
what it means to be tired out. She
can work 24 hours straight."
Romaine Fielding has a very defin
ite philosophy of life which, when
given briefly, amounts to this: Do
your best. Work hard. Smile. Try
to create the kind of product that will
help others. Be kind. Never speak
against any one. Never be idle.
o o
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
With the joining of steel on the
newest and most northerly transcon
tinental railroad, the Grand Trunk
Pacific in Canada, sometime next
spring, scenes attending the comple
tion of the Pacific Railroad', the first
transcontinental, in 1869 will be re
called. As the construction work pro
ceeded, I remember, transactions ha
real estate in cities and towns that
sprang up mushroom-like were fast,
furious and uncertain.
Everything that looked solid was a
sham. Red-brick fronts, brownstone
fronts and stucco walls were made
ready to order in Chicago and shipped
in (pine) sections. Ready-made
houses were Sent out in lots, boxed,
marked and numbered, half a dozen
men could erect a block in a day and
two boys with a screwdriver could
put up a house in a few hours. If
business deserted the merchant or
the town moved on, all he had to do
was to pack his store in sectons and
ship it to the next town.
The driving of the late spike was
announced by telegraph, all operators
throughout the country being in
structed to keep open circuit, the taps
on the golden spike being sent as dots
to every point When the last blow
was struck, at Promontory Point,
Utah, the word "Done" was sent, and
in every city in the country elaborate
celebrations were held, lasting in
some cities for two or three days. '
o o-
A kindergarten has been establish
ed under the direction of a trained
teacher in the Vanderbilt Hotel, New
York.

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