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THE WASHINGTON TIMES. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1917.
How Marjorie Thompson Was Found After Five Weeks
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Marjorie Thompson, an amateur dancer, has vis
ions of becoming a stage celebrity in the dancing
world. In her dreams, she saw herselef tipping lightly
before the "footlights, while the plaudits of admiring
throngs rang in her ears.
She leaves home, determined to satisfy the am
bitions of her young life she is fifteen. She packs
her grip, dashes off a note to her mother, and
disappears from the Grant place home. This was on
Mrs. Marie Thompson, the mother, frantically ap
peals to the police to help her locate her daughter. She
calls on the chief of detectives, and later asks the of
ficials of all the big Eastern cities for assistance.
The moving picture theaters of the country then
are appealed to. Slides are made of the girl and
these are flashed on the screens of hundreds of
"movie" houses, and thousands of persons saw the
photograph and looked for her.
BALKS AT COMING
A Philadelphia detective sees a girl wandering
aimlessly down Walnut street. He peers under her hat
and Kei the likeness of the girl whose picture he had
seen on. the screen at a moving picture show he re
cently had visited, and Marjorie Thompson is found.
Runaway Capital Girl Who
Is Found Through Movies
(Continued from Face Out.)
her mother that the public keep a
lookout for her.
Marjorie watched the picture with
out emotion; cot up, yawned a lit
tle, and. 'strolled out. Detective
TJeeeka had been sitting: sitting- next
to Tier In the theater. He noted the
striking- llkenesa, but was not sure,
bo ne rouowea ner she strolled leis
urely up Walnut street, with the
detective a few feet behind her. Af
ter;peerlnj underneath hex hat again.
ne occame convinced that he was
riant. He walked up and touched the
' sTtrl n On "arm.
'Heilo. zUrj'arlt,-' he said.
The clrl looked up suddenly and re
plied, "Hello, yourself
"Where are you going-?" asked the
Central Office man.
"Ohrro Just taking a- little stroll
Jn the electric light." the girl replied.
"Well," said Veecks, "suppose we
troll to police headquarters.'
Then Marjorie. became frightened.
and trled.to 'run. but. the detective had
placed his hand on ber arm above her
ejbow. and grasped It tlghtlr. In
this way he took her to the station.
the girl protesting at every step.
She admitted that she was Mar-
Jorie Thompson, that her mother was
looking for her, and that she knew
It, She aald she didn't care, hnnn.
"I'm big enough to tike care ofl
' myself ajxd to tend to ray own bust
"''bessrssin'T wane io doMt she -cried.
Taken To ReiaNraarters.
Marjorie was taken frorm police
TieAdquarters In the city hall to the
house of detention, half a faille away
In the residential .section of Philadel
-Word of-her'nadlng- had been tele-
pnonaa xo -her mother in the mean
time. Trad the--mother hurried to see
"Oh, darling-," said her mother. "I'm
so glad; I'm so glad."
The mother threw her arms about
the girl's neck, hugged her closely,
There was very little response. The
girl seemed reasonably glad to see
her mother again, but on the whole
ahe appeared to be rather bored.
"I -don't aae why you have been
making -so nmeh fuss about me," the
airrsald. "I'm all right: you lught
to have known that I would be all
"Never mind," said the mother,
"well go right home."
"Not pie," said Marjorie. Tra not
icing home. I hare a friend who
hi- promised roe a Job to go on the
atage -or In the merles.
Wnti "Movie" Job.
"I will get this job In a few days
-now.. and I'm go'ng to stay right here
until something turns up. Then Is
a big "movie company here, and they
may send for me any minute.
"Until long after midnight Mrs.
Thompson pleaded with her danghte
to give up her Idea, and go nom, but
ZXarJorle was adamant
Early this morning the mother,
haggard from a n!ghtof worry and
weeping, returned to the House of
Detention and again began begging
the girl to "be a good girl and come
But Marjorie, as stubborn as ever,
stamped her foot and declared ahe
would not return.
To a representative of The Wash
ington Times the girl sketched brleflr
the story of her Are weeks of dis
appearance I had been wanting to go on the
stage tor a long time," she said. "It
was so slow at home. Besides, I think
I have talent. My friends all say I
have. But mother wouldn't hear of
It. I tried to reason with her. but
she Just wouldn't listen. So I de
cided to go anyhow.
Has Jfeer York Friends.
"I have some friends In New Tork
who have Influence. I wrote to one
of them, and he said he could get me
a Job. So I went.
"I went straight to New Tork
from Washington, and stayed there a
couple of weeks, but they kept put
ting me oft Tou see, everything Is
slow Jn the show business Just now.
"So I came over to Philadelphia,
where It la cheaper to live I got
a room wun some friends in West
Philadelphia, near a big 'movie'
studio. I have been here ever since.
"Just -to prove that I can get along,
I already had a little- work. Of
course, I was Just an extra, but I
got S a day, and T have managed to
make enough to pay my expenses.
"Besides, ersrys'ody mast start as
an extra. Pretty soon I expect to
get a regular part. The. season is
Just opening, and" things are plrking
up. Besides. Wr friend Is iro'nir io
neip me, as be promised.
Doesn't Want To Return.
".I don't see why mamma wants to
make me go home. I don't want to
, go. back there I don't like it. Be-
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A FILM TRIM
"The finding of Marjorie Thompson
through motion pictures Is a strik
ing lesson of the value of the movies
that probably will be well remember
ed by all patrons of the film In
Washington, who have watched the
nation wide search for the pretty lit
tle fifteen-year-old glrL"
This was the statement made to
day to The Times by Harry M. Cran
dall, president of the local branch
of the Motion Tlcture Exhibitors'
League of America."
"Thousands of people saw the pic
ture, of the missing girl thrown on
the screens In Washington every
day." said Mr. Crandall. "It is sup
posed that 17,000,000 people In Amer
ica see the movies every day, and I
believe that a majority of these peo-
rtta v f iiinvsiaf jk4 anil atnamae
what they see.
"Cases such as that of the little
Thompson girl should be put before
win puuiic larougn uie mo u on pic jug-
iure inckiera, i Dfiieve mo moTies
to be the treat est publicity medium
for a nation-wide search of such,
Theaters should be willlnjr at any
time to aid in cases like this.
"I consider the finding of Miss
Thompson a feather In the cap of
Scenario of Adventures of Girl
Who Sought Fame In Films
Marjorie Thompson, the most sought
for girl Washington has known, was
located through motion pictures In
thorough "movie" style.
Photographs of the missing girl
were made, and from these slides
were turned out. These were sent
to moving picture show manager
throughout the East. A Philadelphia
house displayed them repeatedly, and
yesterday if had Its results.
The chronology of the "Mining
Marjorie Thompson" case Is:
August 1 Olrl writes note she
would seek to make own way In
world: deposited message to another
in glass bowl at home, and vanished.
Mother returns from work, finds
Marjorie has taken $15. After read
ing note mother appeals to the police.
August 2 Mother communicatee
with girl's aunt. Miss Eugenia Har
per in New Tork, thinking Marjorie
After an absence of several weeks following her disappearance
from her home on Grant place, this city, Marjorie Thompson was rec
ognized on a Philadelphia street by a detective who but a few min
utes before had seen on a moving picture screen a picture of the girl
which the mother had caused to be shown in picture theaters in many
cities. The girl ran away with the intention of becoming a profes
sides. Washington Is too slow, t
want a career Every girl has a right
to a career Anyhow. I'm not going.
That's all there Is to It. I'll stay here
ana die nrat."
Marjorie told of almost endless vis
Its to the various theatrical agencies
and "movie" studloe In and about
New Tork and In Jersey. She got no
encouragement from any of them, but
she was supremely confident that If
she could stick to It long enough, she
The rebuffs she received had not
the slightest effect, apparently, on
her enthusiasm She seemed to re
gard It all as a lark
"The whole business Is perfectly
fascinating to me." she said "I Just
love It. If mamma mil Just let me
alone, I will make her and my friends
proud of me Any girl can get along
If she has any looks at all. a little
ability, and tries hard enough.
I dldn t mind being turned down
I Just went back, day after day."
Clrl Looka rroaperens.
Marjorie looked prosperous She
had bought herself some new clothes
with her 'moIe' earnings, and when
ehe wan arrested, she had S30 In a
Her mother denied that there Is
any man In the case.
"Marjorie has been with friends
ever since she left." said Mrs Thomp
son "Ther wasn't a man mixed up
In It anywhere I have been writing
all around the country ever since she
left, and yesterday I got a hint that
she was here In Philadelphia, I came
here Immediately, arriving about noon
Friday. Marjorie was not at home,
but I had a pretty good Idea where
to look for her I think I would have
found her myself at the 'movie'
studio If the detective hadn't found
"Marjorie Is Just a little stubborn
now, but I am sure she will be rea
sonable and listen to her mother and
go home, and be a good girl, and for.
get all of this foolishness about the
She Is Just a child, fust a hub v.
H. J. Councilor will
pulpit again tomorrow
WILLIAM STEWART POLK,
OF BALTIMORE, DEAD
William Stewart Polk, born In
Washington April 22. 1S27, and de
scendant of the famll) which gave the
country a President, is dead at his
home In Baltimore after an honorable
military and business career of more
than half a century Death occurred
esterday at his home, 2902 St. Paul
Mr. Polk resided In Washington un
til 1M0, when-the family moved to
Baltimore. He shoe the service of
the United States when a young man
and was given a commission in the
United States Navy He enlisted In
the cause of the Confederacy at the
outbreak of hostilities in ISM and
was assigned to the Quartermaster's
department of the Virginia Military
Institute Later he was commissioned
a captain of engineers In the Southern
army, serving In that capacity until
the end or me war
Mr Polk was a member of the Inaur
ance Arm of Hopper, Polk & Pur-
nell, of Baltimore
TELLS HOW HE HIT
WINDOW DISPLAY PLAN
WILL AID FOOD ECONOMY
A big national window display con
test is being planned by the food ad
ministration as a part of a great edu
cational campaign to acquaint the
people with the necessity for food
conservation and to show them the
best methods of food substitution.
Cooperation of retail stores
throughout the land has been secured
through the mercantile association In
the various cities. Prizes will be
awarded for the best window displays.
ine Dans or awards will be the
character of displays, their e.!im
tlonal value, arrangement, originality.
ana aiiraciiveness l.nrh muit Im
press the public with the necessity of
eliminating xooa waste
Leo Shugrue, nlneten-year-old
brother-in-law of Marjorie Thomp
son, the boy who was primarily re
sponsible tor the discovery of the
missing girl, today told the story of
his motion picture advertising cam
paign which ended successfully In
Philadelphia last night when a de
tective found Marjorie walking the
street after he had seen her picture
flashed on the screen In a motion pic
"I thought the police were too lax
In the hunt for Marjorie." said Shu
grue today, "and knew that I could
do better myself
"For the rtrst several weeks I rack
ed my brain to figure some possible
way to locate the girl.
"Ten days ago I hit upon the Plan
of advertising through- the moving
pictures, i Knew that If her picture
were thrown upon the screen, she
would sooner or later be recognized.
Movie Firm Approves.
"I took up my Idea with the Pathe
Company here and they thought well
"The only picture that I had of
Marjorie was a small one. so I had
It enlarged and turned It over to
the Pathe company.
"The Pathe company began to run
the picture with a statement that the
girl was missing from her home.
"I was confident all the time that
if Marjorie was to be found It would I
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io uuuuiit mis Kina or advertising.
I was not surprised to hear today
that she was found, and am glad for
her mother's sake "
Toung Shugrue said that his cam
paign through the Pathe Company
covered practically the entire United
Shugrue had a camp at Chesapeake
Reach and waa on his vacation when
Marjorie disappeared. He came to
Washington two days later and of
fered his services ;o Mrs. Thompson
io neip nna .Marjorie.
Shugrue lives at 28 P. street north
east, and Is emplyoed by the Evening
oiar company in the classified adver
Thomas and WUhslmlsa Ward. girl.
Charlis H. and Mary .A. Tucker, boy.
Jamas X. and Helen Z. Sadler, drl.
Charles F. and Edith Ruptrtus, boy.
3. Frank and Reea Phtpps. bey.
Louis H. and Lucy X Poole, bor.
Abraham and Annie Mlndet. glrL
vaiceim sua Nellie N. McCron.. girl.
Morris J. and Elisabeth N MarvU. boy.
Jeeph and Frances A Koppall, boy
flora I and Helen R. Kldwell, bey.
Hamr L. and Rose E. Jolllffa. atrL
William r and Motile U. Harper, Jr.. boy.
William A. and Edith 1 Daniels, bor.
Thomas F. B. and Corllla M Claaett, boy.
William and Virginia Bennett, girl.
John A. and Mary E. Botta. boy.
Owen and UUlan Washington, bey.
WUUam and Master Tata, borr
John D. and Elian T. Scott, boy.
Adolph and Emma Smith, boy
William M. and Martha 8. Johnson, girl.
uiun aoa joeepnine uuoen, gin
Ulysses 8. snd Edith Gernea. bev.
James and Ophelia Elmore, girl.
lease a. ana neiua zs. enfeey boy.
Samuel snd Rosa Dundee, bor.
William H. and Catherine L. DM, girl.
WUllam J. and Cassia Adams. glrL
Henrr and OUle Andaraen. slrl
J. Robert and Esther Bait. boy.
Robert and Isabella Brooks, boy.
Jamas and NeUle Corpennlng, glrL
Charles E. Brenn. tl. Washington, and U&bel
w oaaklll, Z3. Newport, N. J. Tne nev.
John F B. Carrutbera.
Francis -Bonnem Johnson. St. and Martha
Ritchie MeOrann. u. The Rar. V. a. B.
Frank H. DeWltt. 7, Woostar. O.. and Era
lgranae. zt. Lirnenburg, vt. xne Rev.
Hugh T. ftteobeneon.
Albert Dodge, it. United States Army, and
Etnel Beatrice Jacobs, 17, Ulouceeler, Mass
The Rev. It. fk B. Pierce.
Harold D. Shannon, 24. Quantlco, Va and
Clemmara Boln. H, Newark, N. J. The
Rev. J. M McNsmara.
David Maxwell, 24. and Lena Sutton, St. The
Rev. J H Dunham
David Stuart Brlgbam. Si, Eart Orange. N.
j., ana uctavia u. sumour, s, wasmngion.
The Rev U. O B. Pierce
Oeorga F. WUsher. 21, and Daisy Elnora Ar-
miaraao. zi. xne Rev wuuam uscar
James V Burke. 23. and Anne Nelllgan, 2L
The Rev. Eugene Hannan.
Robert Claude Cotton. 2S, Baltimore, and
Marguerite LeClere Ferebee, IS. Portsmouth,
Va The Rev. T PeI Lang-borne
Raymond Western, 23, and Bertha E. Hud
low, SO. The Rev T. E. Davis.
Lieut Henry E Chandler. 21. U 8 Marina
Corpe, and Irene M Banket, 22. The Rev.
Alfred H. Beard'. S3, and Esther L. lims
22. The Rev Walter B. Dunloo.
Ralph M Claggett. n. St. Elisabeth's Hos
pital, ana acne a. Tnompeon, is. Tne Rev,
hag gone there. Publicity campaign
started In Washington papers.,
August 3 Circulars containing
Photograph and description of Mar
jorie printed and mailed to police la
many cities In North and East by
August E Aunt In New Tork city
causes general alarm to be sounded
by police there for location of glrL
August 8 Mrs. Thompson deter
mines to send additional letters to
various police departments and per
sonally writes the heads of the pub
lic safety divisions of many cities.
August 9 Mother verging on nerv
ous prostration, as no word la re
ceived tending to throw light on
August 10 Mrs. Thompson leaves
sick bed to go to Baltimore, think
ing daughter Is there. Takes with
her circulars mailed by police. Cir
culars and description given by
mother to motion picture agencies,
theaters, department stores, and
other places In Baltimore.
August 12 Mrs. Thompson returns
from Baltimore. Receives postal
card signed "A 8tranger." saying the
writer saw Marjorie at a point on the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad August
1, and later with a man who appeared
to be a student officer.
August U Mrs. Thompson confers
with Central office Detective Arm
strong In regard to postal card. Mra.
Thompson resolves to make recond
trip to Baltimore.
August 14 Mrs. Thompson return
to Washington after second Baltimore
search proves of no avalL
August 17 Miss Eugenie Harper.
of New Tork. aunt of the missing
glrL arrives In, Washington, and with
brother. Frederick Harper, who lives
here, conducts a search of nearby
roadhouses and cabarets.
August 19 Mrs. Thompson cheered
when a woman, whose Identity Is con
cealed, comes to Washington and says
she spent one night the week before
In the' Marie Louise Horn in New
Tork with a girl answering descrip
tion of-MarJorfe. Mrs. Thompson's
Informant tells her that the girl
dropped a remark during the night
that ahe had difficulty in flndlngwork
as a motion picture actress.
August 14 Motion pictures of Mar
jorie made from photographs fur
nished by mother, and flashed on
screens of picture houses in Balti
more, Atlantic City, New Tork; Phila
delphia and Loa Angeles. Mrs.
Thompson announces that ah It en
deavoring to flqd trace la pawnshop
of Jewelry Marjorie had with her on
leaving honte, thinking girl has
pledged the articles
August 37 Major Pullman advisea
Washington mothers to maintain a
"protection bureau" In local homes to
keep track of children's whereabouts
and companions, In announcement that
ponce .have no definite clue of Mar
August 30 Announced that "tin" of
marjorie possibly spending night sev.
erai weeks before In Marie Louise
Home In New Tork was' of no avail.
September 7 Marjorie attends mov.
Ing picture show In Philadelphia. Sees
htr photograph thrown on screen
with mother's request to find ber.
Emerges from picture show. Admits
Identity to two detectives who reeog
tilled her from photograph on
AMERICAN FLYER IS
KNIGHTED IN BELGIUM
PARIS. Sept. 8. An American avia
tor flying with the Franco-Belgian
air fighters, Kenneth P. Llttauer, of
Newark, N. J, has been decorated by
King Albert as a knight of the Order
of Leopold IL '
Mr. Llttauer hu also received the
French war cross for valiant service.
- j i
LINCOLN PARK SERVICE:
At the Lincoln Park open-air T. M.
('. A. community service tomorrow at
1p.m. the Rev. J. P. Hand, pastor of
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church,
KILLED fN ATTACK
ON 5 FOE P1ANES
PARIS, Sept. 8. Corporal Everett
Buckley, of the Lafayette Eacadrllls,
a resident of Chicago, was. killed
Thursday .morning In an attack with
two fellow American flyers against
five German planes, according to word
Buckler ,'ell with hla machine.
Which had been ignited by an In
The young Chlcagoan. with two
other Lafayette fliers, was attacked
suddenly at a great height by five
German aviators. A lively fight en
sued, the eight great battle planet
circling over -miles, and the Ameri
cans fighting gallantly, despite the
Buckley was one of the most popu
lar members of the American flying
"Blood wfll telL" Bkrtcheaand
blemishes, like murder, wQl
out, unless the blood is kept
pure. Its purity is restored and
protected oy the faithful usfc-'of
Largest Sale of Any MedcJae ta the WerU.
Sold everywhere, laDaxea,10c2S-
Annie E. Coulter. 77 yrs., sol M st. nir.
Bernard Gwrnn, Jr.. 1 yr . Providence Hos.
Thomas Owens, tt yrs . got N. J. eve. nw
Caroline E. Phelps, 77 yrs , 1711 Euclid st. nw.
Alice v ' xirrnim. rra , uw t; at aw.
Carolina IL Huntereon, 71 yra . 80 M at. nw.
Martha V Ooanall. 72 yra . KM K st. nw.
Mary A. Tuttle, 7S yra., US Varnum st. nw.
Ella V. Hearn. S mea . Elbler Hoa
Dorothr M. Olbaon. t mm . IIIHit. na.
Cbarlea H Speake. S moa., 415 Maae ava. nw.
wiirrea Miller. 4 weeke, Oarfleld Hoe.
Thomas C Colbert, 2 yrs., 2US D st nw.
Pearl Orar. It yrs . 110 2nd st. sw
Louise Wrche, 14 yra.. isa Smd st. nw.
Albert Ramsey. U yreOarfleldJIfe
TALCOTT QUITS BOARD
FOR ENGINEER FIRM
V-nfw-ea-l,. w . . - ellITU
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, ,., .,., iaKo up ms uu-i week, and will continue until Octo
P In lis pulpit. J ber 2L
E. M Talcott, member of the Dis
trict board of assistant assessors
assigned to the board of personal tax
appraisers, has resigned to become
associated with Fred 8. Hard est y,
Mr Talcott entered the service of
the District as rodman In the office
of the surveyor September 1. 1R8T.
On July 16. 1MM1. he was promoted to
assistant surveyor end on July 1,
1005, was made engineer In charge
of street extensions
He was appointed to the board of
assistant assessors April 1, 1010. The
position pays 13.000 a year. Mr. Tal
cott's successor. Commissioner Brown
low said today, has not been selected.
MACKINTOSH On Friday, Sopteunbcr T.
HIT. ttlp. m, THOMAS V.. belovd hut
bAnd of ConitlU Whlr Ma-cklntoin, at
hlB rldne, aged Mrnty-atx ye&ra.
Funeral Monday, at 11 o'clock, from 70 S
ttrwt northwtftt iDttrmtnt at Arlington
TATIOR Suddenly, en Thur-day avanlnr.
0ptmtr I, at I 3D p. m , at Prorldcnc i
HoapitAl, WILLIAM W TATLOR, Ul0Td
nuiDtna 01 unn. ti. layior
Ctalh hx robbd ma of my husband
Whom I loTtd and chrlibd dearly;
It waa my husband dear, yaa dear husband.
Can X hslp but shed a tear.
By His LoTtriK WIfa and Children.
Funeral Saturday, September I, at Z SO p
m , fremJTftaenth and W straits aoutheast.
J. WILLIAM LEE,
CTTDKRTAKER AND UYXST.
S2S !, Are. N. W.
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