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14 floras andDogs-A Standard for Manhood lL JwaaH It M t A w n LI M S. H RT He helices hat it would he a better world it people WOT as faithful and grateful and on the level as horses and do. GEORGE M. COHAN likes people who are on the level, T like people who measure up to the standards of horses and dogs. And 1 am lay ing exactly the tame thing that Mr. Cohan said. All people are not OH the level all horsei and dogl are; that may be one reason why I like them so well. Back of it. my fondness for animals is largely due to the fact that I spent much of my boyhood out on the wild and lonely Dakota plains, with now and then an Indian boy for a playmate, but for the most part of the time I chummed with horses and dogs, and they have never failed me. God gave us people minds, intelligence, and most of us abuse tins gift. Animals, it is said, haw only instinct, which may of may not differ from the human mind, but in any event they never abuse it H may be only instinct that makes an animal do things or re fuse to do things, but you may always bank on the fact that the animal has a perfectly sound reason for his conduct. One time, in my picture work, I had to CTOSI a log bridge, that is, a bridge consisting of a single log. The first trip over wa made successfully but the camera man failed to get good results. On the second trip the log, badly placed, turned and the pony and 1 went over together. My escape was a miracle. I was pinioned under the pony. If he thrashed about we would both have gone over the ledge. "Steady, Fritz, steady. Not a move P 1 called to him and Fritz behaved just as you have seen pet dogs do when told to "play dead." There wasn't a move or a quiver out of him although he was almost as un comfortable as I, on his back on the rocks. When helj) came and we were rescued, the pony, once more on his feet, agaii r fused to move until I patted him and said, "All right, Fritz, old man, all right" Perhaps Fritz has only instinct, but it is a mighty fine quality of instinct, and will match up favorably with the many brands of so-called intelligence of humans whom I have met. Animals are not only "on the level"; they are more. When mar. i- persistently as faithful as horsei and dons, when he endures as much for friendship, then we'll have a happier world, rather dose to the border of Utopia. Man uses a horse and uses a dog. These animals give service, but they give more they give gratitude and faithfulness. I have heard, now and then, that "Bill Hart makes a fuss over horses and '!' gs just for advertising." That is the unkindest thing ever said about me. Criticize my screen work to the limit, but I do want it known that I was chum ming with animals, that I loved horses and dogs, and worked and played and slept with them for years and years before I ever knew anything except Western plains or dreamed of such a thing as moving pictures. I love all hor I and all dogs, I am particularly fond of the English bull dog. but every dog, whether pedigreed r a shivering, flea-bitten mutt, finds a place in my heart. And more people have this fondness than is gem rally known. I have received as many as fifty letters a day from people asking about my pony, Frit, and during the sugar shortage I Used to receive by mail package after package of Jump sugar from un known people who would write: "This is for your pony, Fritz; I fear he is not getting enough lump sugar during these sugarless tim s." It has always been a CISC of "love inc. love my dog" with me; also 'love my horse." Take George M. Cohan'l standard lor MOpk worth while, that is. peop! who ;i rr on the IcVCl, and add it By WILLIAM S. HART to my standard of peo M Mj e worth while that is as aratcful, friendly and faithful as hortes aim dog? and you have Itartdard that, d l P to iouid bring the long-sought unllennium heie at a Leonid rule a horse when 1 was SO lt that I bad to be lifted on his back, and as i kM I never ventured from the from door Without a dog by m side Although 1 was born in Newburgh. N. OTm innately for me I was taken to the Dakota territory when 1 wai sin months old and whde boys in tin Fast were playing marbles, spinning tops, playing base ball and such games, I was ridmg bareback hunting with my dogs or playing games with a handful of Indian boys and, as Kipling would put it. 1 learned about animals from them." I learned to appreciate the finer qualities of a pony; I learned, and still be lieve, that most human beings would be greatly un proved H they lived closer to the standards ol horses and dogs In the matter of doing what they have to do the best they know how. in a genuine friendliness and in gratitude and faithfulness. " When 1 was fifteen years old 1 wanted a pair of shoes. 1 had never worn a pair up to that time, going barefooted in summer and wearing Indian moccasins in winter. My father brought me a pair all the way from St. Paul and 1 was the proudest boy in Dakota. But when I started to ride my pony 1 carefully removed the shoes. My people laughed at me and asked why 1 did such a silly thing. They pointed Ottl that I was not wearing OUt my shoes when riding. But it Wasn't economy. My pony was used to my heels en Cased in soft moccasins and I didn't want to "spur" him with the hard leather heels of my shoes. It was not long after this that we came back to New York, partly because of my mother's health and partly to give us children schooling. We had been taught by my father, who was an Oxford graduate. Bttt with the wild life out there, not much time fell to father's lot to teach us and he was anxious to get US in school. My educa tion consisted largely of an ability to speak the Sioux language as well as the English, and to use the wonder ful silent language signs known to practically all Indian tribes. My city schooldays were few. Western frontier training and Eastern polish did not mix well. In school I was called a "white Indian." Of course, the teachers and my schoolmates COttld not understand silence in a boy. so 1 was thought surly. Therefore, my father resumed his private tutoring with the idea of entering me in West Point But I was unable to secure an appointment. This- was the biggest disappointment of my life. My chief outlet of pleasure in New York had been the theater and 1 had become, dur ing my eonstant study, an inveterate reader of the classics. Of course, it was impossible for an inexperienced 17-year-old boy to secure a 'tryoiit" as an actor, but I managed to do odd jobs about the theater. My father understood me. We were pals. Instead of try ing to dissuade me in my ambition he encouraged me witfc good advice. From my father and gramflatl inherited dramatic ability. My grandfather was one ol the most brilliant criminal lawyers in ( treat Britain i my father had considerable reputation as an on In tnv opinion, orators and lawyers are essent actors. Subsequent events led to a trip on cattieboal to I ivcrpooL Walked all the way to London to the one pound pay. Then came weeks of earnine living as beat I could. Moat of the time I manage' to "supcH and "carry a spear" in the various thea1 Eventually I went to Paris. Here it was impos for me to witness plays by working as a "supe" secured a job carrying parcels for a store to English swatting patrons. Later I did odd jobs at a fen g school One of the assistant instructors took a t to me and taught me fencing. Little did I know how much this art would mean to me in my career is an actor. During all this time 1 never lost my of the theater. 1 studied hard. I was exceedingly tunatC that I had the golden opportunity to sit in : . presence, in a gallery seat. Ol the best artists Europe. WHEN 1 returned to New Yoik b free passage b cattieboal I had determined to become an actor. To my amazement and joy 1 secured an engagement with that remarkable actor, Daniel K. Bandmann, in reper toire. 1 was only nineteen years old and absolutely mien, but somehow I managed to stick with the pany for a full season. Mr. Bandmann was a very eccentric character. He paid me the magnificent salary of $12 a week, ami never failed to grant me a raise until I was making $35 a week. However. I never re ceived more than the original twelve. Instead. 1 re ceived far more necessary training. In the winter of 1913, while playing a week's en gagement in Cleveland, Ohio, came the turning point of my career. Passing in front of a motion picture theater on Euclid avenue 1 chanced to hear an argument between a group of men regarding a Western picture they had just witnessed inside. It s, interested me that 1 went in. W hat 1 saw on the screen was a revelation to me. In those days Western pictures were deplorable. They pictured the West of the dime novel and d lp melodrama instead of the real life of God's country. 1 wondered if I could successfully put over Western characters on the screen as 1 had done on the speaking stage. I became obsessed with the idea of trying my luck in motion pictures. It hurt me to know- that what 1 loved was not ap preciated simply In cause the true West was sacrificed on the altar of sensationalism. Realizing that DC M of my early associations of the West, and my training RS an actor combined. 1 was qualified to rectify many mistakes which were then being made in the prod of W estern photoplay!, 1 decided to try it out. To ft the American public the benefit of all 1 knew of the V- it from experiei ai 1 training became my one ambit In turn, I would enjoy the gratification of doing I thing that I had longed to do all my life. 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