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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 25, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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'I know I will be a great trage-'
dieffne. And sometimes, when my
director is very profuse in his praise,
ram saying to myself: "You could
have done it so much better. Why
didn't you?"
I like to be praised, of course. We
all do, even though we are not frank
enough to confess it But praise
does not influence my appraisal of
myself. I know when I have given
my best I despise myself when I
fail to live up to the standard I have
set
I have read the biographies of
most of the great artists, in all pro
fessions composers, singers, paint
ers, actors and actresses. Their
struggles are inspiring to read of
but they must have been torturing to
live through. When they did attain
the heights much of the radiance was
dimmed by the horrible sacrifices and
privations tbey had gone through.
Then there are the others whose
fame became world-wide long after
their poor bodies were marble cold.
The irony of it! The wonderful brain
that conceived the master works,
petrified. The heart that suffered
and bled at repeated failures, lifeless.
And the lips silent forever.
That is what I am fighting against.
I am going to fight to the last ditch
to make my fame echo, to the four
points of the compass, while I am
still alive and young enough to glory
in it
The have said to me. "Give too
much in the beginning and.you won't
be able to live up to the standard."
But I laugh at them. I am working
things out in my own way and if
they go wrong I have no one but
myself to blame for it
I am giving as much as there is
in me to give. And each day I am
giving more than I did the day be
fore. I don't want to acquire fame
on a fluke of fate.
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The other night Clarence told me
all the secrets of his past and they
jrere terribly disappointing.
WHO?
, ghe is Vdla Smith, popular on and
off the screen. Volaias won a doz
en popularity contests conducted by
various magazines and newspapers.
Buffalo, N. Y is proud of the fact
that she was born there, only 18
years ago. Her parents moved into
New York city when she was "just a
little girl." Right across the street a
big movie company was building an
enormous studio. Vola used to hang
over the gate arid watch the actors
and actresses go in and out, after
the building was finished. And lo and
hold! One day D. W. Griffith saw her
through a window. He -needed just
such a girl type for a picture. He
rushed downstairs and told the as
tonished youngster what he wanted.
She's been in film plays since with
Biograph.
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A globular lifebate which can car
ry 56 persons safely through the
roughest water has been invented by
1 a Dane.
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