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She M ade Fun of Herself Fun for Others Also Made Money at It By FRANCES L. GARSIDE BE" 'j SQ IV HflB I .1 Iftl ' a as GRACE GEBBIE DRAYTON THE original of the funny little red and white, ditnpled-kneed, flirtatious-eyed dolls in the pic tures in the street cars not just the originator, but also the original is the distinction of Grace (ieb bie Drayton, of New York City. That one should, in a spirit of making fun of one's self, have capitalized that fun, and made it famous, is something that never before happened in history. And this is the story: Grace ( h bbie, now a very pretty matron, was born in Philadelphia. Her father was an artist; their home was the scene of a gathering of artists every Sunday afternoon. She was brought up in the atmosphere', she had the love for painting in her blood; so had her three sisters and one brother. All were making sketches and painting pictures when of the Campbell kid age. Tin father was in good circumstances; Grace was sent to a convent, and in a spirit of mischief, when rs' hacks were turned, would draw pictures of herself and send them around to her schoolmates. Short, chubby, with a round little fat face, with dimples in her cheeks, big blue eyes that were filled with fun, thick blond curls that were tied at one side with an immense bow of ribbon: Can you not see the Campbell kid in the hastily drawn sketch with which she used to send her schoolmates into convulsions of laughter ? She gave evidences of sueh unusual talent with the brush that it was decided when she was m y. ntren to take her abroad and let her study under the best masters. All preparations tor the journey had been made when her father died, leaving his family in straitened circum stances. "1 thank God now." said Mrs. Drayton, "that I had to work; that it became nccesary for me to earn my living, for though I so love to paint that I work at it now from early in the morning till late in the afternoon, I might have shirked when of the play loving age if I had not been compelled to take care of myself and help to take care of my mother." She began by painting dinner cards and so readily did they sell that when the first of July rolled round she would find on her desk orders for thousands of cards for Christmas festivities and Christmas greet ings; some from private parties and more from dealers. She earned the money for her first party dress in this way, and then, having reached the mature age of eighteen, she decided to go into painting more seriously, and took a position doing advertising work for a lithographing house. The originators of the soup that first you heat and then you eat were then advertising their wares with red and white cans. They decided their posters lacked novelty, and sent word all over the land offering a prize to the one who would originate the most clever design to advertise their soups. Grace Gebbie entered the contest. She drew soup cans and soup bowls; she drew pictures of cooks and dining room maids and dinner tables, hut none sati tied her. Then one day she recalled the funny little pictures of herself that she drew when she was a little girl in school. She made a fat, rollicky child, dressed in red and white, carrying in fat, dimpled arms a can of soup with a red and white label. This won the contest. At least, she drew the pictures and the lithographic company that employed her pulled down the prize." She began turning out these delicious little children by the gross, getting three hundred dollars a dozen. Her success was assured, and for several years she drew and painted every little cherub that has attracted your attention to celery, ox-tail or tomato. For the past few years this has been done by some one else, and now Miss Gebbie, who has become Mrs. Drayton, makes these tunny little characters into paper dolll for a Dolly Dingle page of a Woman's magazine; she draws designs for the covers of magazines ; she makes models of the "kiddies" for bowls of lamps; she has written scores of children's hooks with the kiddies on every page, and poetry or prose (of which she is also the author) telling of their adventures in this great big, wonderful world. At the time the picture "September Morn was causing so much heated difcnsiIOfl among the very good people (the wicked taking no part in it) she originated a caricature of ,t. a fat. dimpled kiddie standing on the bank of a stream, looking somewhal timidly at the water. Underneath wai this poem: "Please don't think I'm bad or bold, for where it's deep it's awful cold." This little September Morn sold at the rate of a thousand copies a 'lav. caused many who still had their eyebrows lifted in horror to drop them into a laugh, and the memory of the original sinner who stood beside the brink was oblit erated. Mrs. Drayton has learned much through experience. There is always a time in the beginning when a woman doesn't gel the full harvest she has sown. Mr-. Dray ton passed through this wisdom-acquiring period, and now makes all her own contracts, and gets a royalty on every little "kiddie" she sends ottt She gets royalties on all her pictures; on the kid dies and little fat dogs which appear in plaster, china and iron, as dishes, lamp bowls, or toy banks; she has designed a nursrry sCt, in which the kiddies enjoy lite, and help others to enjoy it. by appearing in all the textiles in a nursery from bed cover to shoe bag. Just now she is engaged in making a weekly post card sketch advertising the play "Adam and 'Eva." thousands of which are sent out every day. and in doing poster work for "The Charm School," a drama tized version of the story of the name by Alice Duer Miller, which will appear in the early summer. She has no children, perhaps that is one reason she so dearly loves the little kiddies she ives to the world with a brush, putting into their funny little eves, their del IClOUSly up-turned little noses, and tin- dimpled arms and knees you long to kiss, all the love a mother puts into the attention she gives to a flesh-and-blood baby. Mrs. Drayton cannot have changed with the years, for she is still a Campbell kid. One jets that impres sion at first sight, and when she says. "Look at me now," and rolls up her eyes, and tightens her little red lips into a prim little smile that bulges out her cheeks, the resemblance is so great it is almost uncanny. Wear No Gloves Use Old Shoes Eat No Potatoes Australian Women Fight Profiteering T Melbourne, Australia, March, 1020. rnce of Australia's womankind has at last r 1 the exhaustion point, and no one is sur that the gentler sex. more especially the nume! housewife section of it, has resolved upon e a(1' of its own practical methods for the sup- Pre profiteering. , mCfl f Australia are taking the matter into vye,r lands. Their crusade against the profiteers parted ictoria, where housewives attending the !!,' and around Melbourne combined against 'ltd using potatoes, which had soared to UI er pound, although there was no scarcity 0Jd . luct, hut supplies were simply held back in 0j p late the price of one of the first necessaries a. . effect of this was electrical, and very soon e I'fi came down by a rapid run to a rate which l 'iarKin of profit to the seller. tt u M of this has encouraged direct action in 1 ' , "i Australia and there is every reason to n which will exercise a nntrnt influence over the lishel lH'rma,unt organization will be estab nee Which will exercise a potent influence over th ,nlHI l.t t.r t 1 1 . I t I I eomm i i',,vc upon iooo, doming and nousenora one i : ' Scnrafiy. Believing that the subject is Duai IS i br interesting to readers of Thk beiorr n N,k,'kni,knt. I have no hesitation in placing Which tl m (,(tails Oi the movement in Sydney PurnoV Womcn of that city have commenced for the trangling the profiteering system, intervi Mi" l Ut orKa,nzer W the movement, on being that nV 'k(,arc(1 that t was no idle boast to say her, will Un,,nkrn aKainst hifh prkei now set in mo or nrrm , ,mre effective than any action vet taken launchm' i th State" Within fortnight 'after the nfew V tne "Housewives' Association" in Sydney the ,lllcj 1an s.(vc thousand members were enrolled as miciiia,l!s i a I)rfiteering righting force; and it is will s,!!.( 1 '! -)(MKK) housewives in New South Wales to fiiu P'lged as a determined and united body a aittiplc b t P4Iofit.eeT in aH Ml strongholds, and by i th ' "vvXxc weapon, not buying his goods, toiatn il . W1 Oi a preliminary skirmish, the 7,000 tdy m Imc have declared that "gloves must By J. GRATTAN GREY be cut out," and from now on these 7,000 women will refuse to wear gloves until gloves are reduced to a reasonable price. The next stage of attack is to be footwear, and already the 7.000 women, and the many recruits which are being added to their number each day, are looking up all their old boots and shoes and getting them repaired, so that they may withstand the projected "siege of time" it is proposed to set up against the retail boot establishments. I 'off some weeks past, in every state of Australia, large numbers of parents have been sending their children barefooted to the pub lic schools as a protest against the extortions prac tised upon them; and, being summertime, most of the children rather enjoy the innovation of walking and running about in their bare feet. On arrival at the schools they were provided with means for cleansing purposes, and this cold-water wash has been very much appreciated by the children after the exposure of their bare feet to the hot sun during the journey between their homes and the sheltering schoolhotises. Having established the boot and shoe boycott, the Housewives' Association will next direct its attention and activities to the question of hosiery, and they an ticipate a rapid and complete victory over the profiteer when they marshal the whole of their foroes against him in all the principal centers of the Commonwealth. Coming next to food supplies, the members of the Housewives' Association state that they intend to deal very drastically with the food profiteer, and potatoes and meat are the two articles of food to which early attention will be devoted. Their modus operandi can not fail to be most effective in forcing the enemy to capitulate. This is how they are going about their work : Twenty thousand women is the minimum mem bership they are aiming at, and they will provide the whole of this first army corps with a distinctive badge. Every one of these women will wear hef badge when she goes shopping, and each week she will be provided with a leaflet from headquarters, showing what the fair and reasonable prices of all food commodities and articles of clothing should be. The prices indicated on this list will make allowance for an honest percentage of profit, and no more, in each center throughout tin state. If one of the members of the association is aked to pay more than tin- scheduled fair price, she will ask why, and collect all the information available as to why more is being asked, This information will be forwarded to the central committee, which will there upon take action or not to deal with the profiteer ac cording to his explanation. If the committee considers the explanation is unsatisfactory, it will lay a charge against the profiteer before an independent and re sponsible tribunal which the state government will be requested to appoint. The leaders of this women's movement believe that the moral effect of the anti profiteering badge rn by its members will be ver great. A retailer would know, immediately a wman wearing the badge came into his shop, that he had to he on his hot behavior that his prices WOttld not have to include more than a fair measure of profit, or there would hi trouble in store for him. The badge would cost members one shilling per year the money collected t he Utilized as a fighting fund against profiteering - but it would more than pay for itself in the reduced price of the necessaries of life in less than a week. The associa tion also intends to issue a list of shops m each dis trict each week where only the fair prices authorised by the association were charged, and the whole 01 the members of the association in those particular districts would purchase tin ir supplies only at those shops. Thus WOttld the profiteer be effectively blackballed. The actions of the association will be watched with the deepest interest throughout the countrv. and doubt less the women ot America will wish every success to the practical methods of their sisterhood under the Southern Cross. When 1 say the women of America, of course I mean those of them who have been the helpless victims of the profiteering scourge, as there must undoubtedly have been millions of them in almost every state of the American Union.