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The Royal Road to Learning
By t'RANCHS L. GAHSIDE
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that lea( !Ml" (',H,r ! ;t ,n,,,,nn pktttff theater,
"l-or. more Mid more, films are becoming educational,
and the pioneeri In tins w ork are women, two of them,
and young at that. They are Marguerite Pennell Gove
and Ora irtcr Colton, ana tneir mission in lite is to
put the educational idea into a motion picture.
These J ing women contend that anything calculated
to five inspiration to those who witness the fast
moving picture If of real and immediate educational
value. Therefore they go in for the picturing of any
thing from science in its myriad forms to athletic ft, its
and the d rationi oi homes.
You Buy think this is easy. If you do, try grasping
an idea out of the air. Suppose, for instance, they
wanted to tell the story of the man who became a
millionaire by picking up rags. It sounds like fiction;
it is an oft told fact But when the picture were taken
there Oi d be nothing in it but rags. There must be
gore 10 th- story; it must have its thrills; it must have
its educate nal feature. So much is to be considered
that these -img women, while relaying out and
rolling and macadamizing a royal path to learning for
the little "f future generations to travel, have no
royal time oi it themselves.
In tin beginning there was serious objection on
the part oi those who were to he ' taken." The morie
vera entertaining, they contended, but in an amusing
way: the) :!l not want their callings classed under
that head. But the movies have climbed in public esti
mation, and now there is hardly a man or woman of
learning who is not willing to give his discovery, or
invention, or whatever it may be, to the world.' v
wants the public to know what he is doing. He is
making the discovery that through the motion pic
ture exploitation of his work he is adding to tin- world's
education
The "plot" chosen, there is next the writing of
the scenario, which, in this work, is not a description
of the villain, but the story of the beginning ot the
idea. Then come the captions which appear on the
screen to help educate the people after the whole
series of pictures has been visualized.
One reel showed a young woman making stuffed
animals tor children to play with. They showed her
first at the Zoo making friends with the real animals.
Then they took her in her studio working out the
patterns or the stuffed species, and then thev showed
her poshing in the padding to give them the proper
shape. That is not all, for they proceed to animate
the Itrangi looking beasts, making them indulge in
antics. Oiu may readily see that through a reel like
the child gets a lesson in natural historv. with a
smile thrown in that makes the lesson of
longer memory than if it were committed
trom the pages of a book.
I hey take pictures of corrective health
exercises. They discovered that 80 per
oi me women ot the world were
accustomed to walk wrongly and to
hold themselves in incorrect positions.
I ictures were made of run-down
heels, pictures of the chorus girls'
Feat of the mannish woman's feet, of
the hod carrier's; in fact, of all sorts
of feet. It might be called more than
a lesson illustrating the folly of ill
treating the feet; it might be called
a lesson in leather, for naturally such
a film told the story of the leather
before it became a shoe.
The Story of the Snowflake pic
tures snow crystals in their varied
forms; children, who had thought of
snow as merely something to slide up
on, leave the theater with their little
minds amazed at thp va wi
beauty of the Hakes that come swirling
down; they have all the thrills that arc
excited by a drama, and none of its tin
healthful emotions.
"The motion of the heart and of the
lungs," says Mrs. Gove, "the circulation
of the blood, are excellent tarli pre r
physics when visualized on the screen.
Now and then tornadoes are born; what
causes an eclinse: how- ereat
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think we may communicate with Mars; the
intricate and inside
linotypes; calculating machines; the Lewis gun
aerial and depth bombs: the
Mirely better impressed on the mind w'ith motion
pictures than with the unattractive word, spoken
or read.
"I contend that as an educational factor the ani
mated cartoon has a future that is unlimited."
1 4' Present Nlrs. Gove is engaged on a series en
itled Master Minds of America. This means the se
lecting of men who represent certain tvpes ; picturing
them at work, telling something of their work and
home life, etc.
Mrs. Colton is working on the pictured story of
People You d Like to Know.'' Wouldn't you like' for
instance, to know more about John Burroughs? Mary
Roberts Kmehart? You feel as if you lived next door
atter seeing one of these pictures.
"Wc work on the belief," said Mrs. Colton, "that
the whole world is going to school. We think of the
general public; we put ourselves in its place, and when
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we go into a workshop to tell a pictured story of what
we see there we simply translate technical subjects
into a language laymen can understand. And by
laymen' we mean folk of all ages from six to
sixty."
The tremendous value of the screen as a factor in
educational life is receiving a belated appreciation. The
credit for impressing this value upon the public is due
largely to these young women pioneers in the motion
picture field.
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ONCE Upon a Time there was
a young girl and she had a
big idea. She did not let it
fall asleep under the moss that col
lects in one's brain the same as you
or I might have done, she But all
this is getting ahead of the story.
Kight years ago there came to
this country a young girl from
England named Olive Karle. She
tried various kinds of employment,
and two years ago found her tem
porarily assisting a friend who con
ducted a gift shop in New York
City.
Now a gift shop contains every
thing there is to sell, for the rea
son that there are no folks who do
not like gifts, and they represent
every age and nationality. Olive
Earle waited on them a month,
guiding them safely to the gift that
would please most the one for
whom it was intended, and saving
many an anticipating recipient from
receiving something he (or she)
never wanted and could have no
use for.
All this time Miss Earlc's mind
was very busy with plans for gifts,
and one day the Big Idea came 1
She did not say, "Oh, what's the
use? Others might make a suc
cess of it, and such luck never
comes to MK." She did not stop
to think; she went to a neighbor
hood ten cent store and put the
big idea at work by purchasing for
ten cents a Turkish towel, and
every one knows what kind of a
Turkish towel that might be.
But neither its size nor its lack
of Turkishness daunted her, and
taking it home she cut a lamb from
it, stuffed it with cotton, and the
next day the lamb in the gift shop
window attracted a customer, and
brought its creator a dollar and
fifty cents. She bought more
towels, she made more lambs, till
the lamb Olive had in the beginning had become the
bellwether of a whole flock of sheep. She found
orders were coming in faster than she could fill them,
so she engaged a young colored girl as an assistant
Then more colored girls, and as her corps ot workers in
creased she changed the pattern and began turning out
giraffes, polar bears, dogs, camels; not all oi Turkish
towels, for one of the next of her creations was a litter
of pink muslin pigs followed by a herd of yellow
cambric elephants. She made silly lions of blue with
green tails and tierce purple eyes : she put a wreath ot
forget-me-nots around the neck of the giraffe and
found it increased his value in the eyes of the little
children who thereafter demanded similar Moral trim
mings for other animals.
This all happened Once Upon a Time not more than
two or three years ago: Now. the making of her
cloth-cotton-zoo has been taken over by the People's
Institute of New York City, and made the special in
dustry at the Lincoln House, in the heart of a colored
settlement. Many women are supporting themselves
making these animals which are now cut out hv elec
tricity; Miss Earle then sat back and collected a
royalty.
But, no, that is not quite the case. She didn't sit
back a moment; having tamed over her cloth covered
zoo, she began to make animals of wood so constructed
that every limb of the animal moves ThtS has aStO
been taken over by a manufacturer who is turning out
animals of this kind by the wholesale, but even then
Miss Earle didn't sit back and rest while her laurels
wilted, as so many might do.
She freshened them by putting out Kfab-bags made
of animals, the bag containing little gut opening in
the animal's back ; horse reins w ith animals on, etc.
"My head is just full of idi.." he said, "and it i
only a lack of time that prevents me from putting these
ideas into motion."
Miss Earle advises children to make animals out
! Turkish bath towels, so don't blame the laundry
man if towels are missing. Blame her! She s.is"a
Kood-sizcd towel will make quite a Hock of waddling
ducks and wobbly lambs, and if they are not repro
duced according to nature, so much the better, for
they must reflect the imagination of the child and have
enough humor so that they will be pleasant companions
to have around.
"Any child who, on returning from the Zoo, cuts
out a bird or an animal has a mind enriched by the
effort and experience, and a beloved plaything as well."

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