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SOCIETY WOMAN'S PLAY LEADS
TO 1VIUCH GOSSIP
Mrs. Arthur Aldis is the wife of a
millionaire real estate operator. She
lives in a big bungalow at Lake For
ert, where the Armours and Swifts
grow roses and Jimmy Simpson wa
ters his pansies. ifs-about the last
place some people would go to find
a woman who knows the underworld.
Now Mrs. Aldis has written a play.
- It's out in the Little Review.
And this play is about a broken-down
girl of the streets, a young thing who
gave herself to men for money, is
wrecked by the life and is dying in a
A charity worker and a Salvation
army woman come in and try to say
nice things and make it easier for the
prostitute to die and meet her God.
And she tells all these professional
comforters to go away and let her
face death alone.
The play is going to be produced
in a little outdoor theater at Lake
Forest. It win be seen by a number
of men and women who are support
ers of organized charities.
"For straight and simple language,
just like people talk, it is a remark
able sketch," said Margaret C. Ander
son, editor of the Little Review. "For
honest handling of life in some of its
fiercest angles, we hear it compared
with the stories of Maxim Gorky.
"Mrs. Aldis was at one time a pro
fessional actress. She has been a
keen student of the slum plays of Joe
Medill Patterson. She believes the
drama can be used to advantage for
influencing public thought and so has
been an enthusiastic worker for the
Little Theater and movements for
making the drama a more vital ele
ment in the lives of more people."
, Mrs. Aldis is a director of the Vis
iting Nurses' ass'n. She is person
ally known to hundreds of nurses and
sometimes goes with them to homes
where tfyere is a death watch on. In
the play, after the charity worker
finds she can't do anything to cheer
up the dying girl, a Salvation Army J
lassie is .called in to the bedside. The
The Lassie (in a sing-song voice)
Shall we gather at the river, the
beautiful, the beautiful river,' etc.
The Girl (after trying to listen)
Oh, cut it out I don't want you to
sing to me. I want you to tell me
what's gonna happen. Don't nobody
The Doctor Why child what
The Girl (clinging to his hand)
Everybody says I got to be sorry to
get in. I ain't sorry
The Doctor To get in where?
The Girl-Heaven, where every
The sketch ends with the girl los
ing terror of death. The doctor
coaxes her into feeling she is "going
tb Jiave a great adventure, on a jour
ney to a far country where you'll find
out lots of things." She promises
him she will send back messages of
what she finds in the next world.
EXCURSION STEAMER SINKS
San Francisco, April 15. Sinking
rapidly while men, women and chil
arch yesterday raced toward shore
servers, the excursion steamer Mon
arch early today raced toward shore
in San Pablo bay through the inky
night. The 165 passengers and crew
had barely been landed safely over
Improvised gangways after the ship
went ashore off the Selby Landing
when she slipped back into deep wa
ter and sank out of sight.
HOUSE KILLS CONSTITUTIONAL
Springfield, III., April 15. Lacking
three votes of the required two-thirds
majority, the Rinehart resolution for
an amendment to the amending
clause to allow three amendments to
be submitted to the constitution at
one time was killed in the house yes
terday. The vote was 97 to 31.. The
senate killed the same resolution yesterday.