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CARING FOR CHILD IS PROFESSION, SAYS
BILLIE BURKE, FAMOUS ACTRESS
BY IDAH M'GLONE GIBSON
Thejsun glinted through the win
dows of beautiful Burkecrest, Billie
Burke's home on the Hudson, and
seemed to rest with lingering fond
ness on the copper locks, of the
young mother bending over the bas
sinet of Florenz Patricia Burke-Zieg-feld.
Billie Burke, glorified by mother
hood, made a charming picture as
she smiled at Florenz Patricia in the
madonna-like way every mother
looks at her child.
"People get such queer ideas,"
said Billie Burke, following my, ques
tion as to whether she would give up
the stage now.
"I am going batik to the stage,"
she said. "It is my work In which
I have been successful. Tou would
hardly ask Mr. Ziegfeld to give up
his work and settle down to nothing
but home and mother and baby just
because he is the father of that de
licious morsel there.
- "It sounds appealing to say some
young woman has given up her life
ambition to raiBe a family but one
ought to get a little sense hvthis day
of feminism and understand a wom
an can be a good mother and do oth
er work, too. Why, nine-tenths of
the mothers in this country are do
ing their own housework and caring
for big families at the same time.
"However, it is all wrong to think
that the way to care for a child
comes to a mother intuitively, with
its birth. One might as well sajMrae
could play a violin if he loved it suf
ficiently. "Child bearing" is a natural act
common to all female creation. Child
caring should be a profession jto be i
learned by every woman who would
bring up ahealthy child to maturity.
"Every woman should have the
crowning experience of motherhood,
but that does not say that every
woman, whether she is suited to it or
not, should have the physical care of
children placed upon her.
"I say this much more for the sake
of the child than for the sake of the
mother. "A mother with the best in
tentions in the world might be an ut
ter failure through ignorance in car
ing for her child.
" "As our civilization and ethics are
now practiced the entire details of
child culture rest upon woman.
Somehow, I think we leave too much
to chancein this important world's
"We should pay more attention to
the coming race than to leave it dur
ing its ihost important years in inex
perienced hands I have -wonderf ul
ideas about the care and culture of
my little daughter. I have given a
great deal of thought to the matter.
"These ideas may be ultra-radical,
but you can work them out to a log
ical conclusion, "and my baby' is too
precious to her mother to be raised
in the haphazard fashion that now
seems to be in vogue."
Beginning tomorrow Billie Burke
will tell in The Day. Book how she
will raise her baby.
ADS NOBODY WOULD ANSWER
WANTEDA young man about 21
to help an old man spend his fortune.
o o-i '
Don't tell your neighbors you're a
sound sleeper. They've probably
BREAKING INTO THE MOVIES
BY AGNES VERNON attended many picture shows iri'Chi
It there ever was a girl who had cago, where I lived, entering thfe pic
no desire to go Into moving pictures tures was to me as Impersqnat as a
I think I was that girl. Although I desire to join the anriy or naw.