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Women! Here Is a Page for Them The Only Woman Stage Director By FRANCES L. GARSIDE MK have become accustomed to looking over the tops of their newspapers to discover a woman il collecting the fare, that it is a woman! voice that is asking "Shine?" and that women even where, from the time one goes up in the elevator to one's of fice, to the day's arrival of traveling "men." are fining all the jobs at one time regarded as traditionally the jobs for the masculine sex. There should, then, be no surprise at learning that one woman has become a stage director. Her name is Lillian Trimble Bradley, and she is general stage di rector for the Broadhurst Theater and productions in New York City, being the only woman stage director in the world. This is not. as you might think, an easy thing to do. A stage director must possess the power to visualize scenes, and be able to transpose them from the written manuscript to the stage, and make them actable in their oral form. There is a certain amount of stage business to go with every line : an actor enters, rises, walks across the stage, turns, sits down, gets up, and goes off. not by accident, but by following a certain cue. AH this means hours of tiresome rehearsals, and it was thought, till Mrs. Bradley entered on the scene, that no woman had the physical strength for the ordeal. This is not all ; the stage director plans the layout of the scene models, compiles the property lists which include the various articles used in every act ; some times he selects the costumes, and sometimes he has charge of the lighting system. far back as she can remember Mrs. Bradley has been interested in the theater. Her home was in Mil ford, Ky., and she was sent to a convent in Paris for her education. Her eyesight being poor, she enjoyed many privileges not usually given to students, and ac companied by a nun, went often to a neighborhood theater. She became such a familiar figure that she was permitted to attend rehearsals and occasionally make suggestions. Antoine. the Belasco of the French stage, became interested in her and allowed her to aid in the staging of two of his productions. When she had reached mature yean ihc ipent some time in Moscow where she unofficially staged several MRS W . r kin on the pity! at the liotCOW Art Theater. She was also en gaged in writing plays, and when she returned to America slu brought with her four completed plaj i all of which were sold to American producers. It was through the produc tion of one of these plays, "Hie Woman on the In dex," that she met George Broadhurst. and was per mitted to asist in the directing. Like other plays she had written. " The Woman on the Index" was a failure, but she had shown such ability as a stage director that he promised her that in the next play he put on she could have a free rein. This happened to be a play that preented unusual problems in stage lettingi and in the creation of a mysterious atmosphere. Her chance had come at last and in "The Crimson Alibi" she did more than plan for the production; she won over carpenters, shifters, electricians, property men. etc . who had resented be ing "bossed" by a woman, and she took hammer and saw, and worked with them. They discovered that she knew what she wanted and that what she wanted WM right, and were her iworn allies ever after. The stage lighting for "The Crimson Alibi" has an influence upon the audience of which tin audience is not fully conscious. Assisted by her knowledge ol chem istry, Mrs. Bradley produced a color scheme that makes those present reach a high nervous tension. This manipulation of colors concentrates the attention of the audience and keeps it attuned to a pitch of tre mendous interest thus assisting the gripping qualities of the play. It may be diminished in the same man ner, intensifying or relaxing the interest (nervous ten sion) as desired. The effect is weird; it is a great asset in the success of the play. With the next play. The Storm," which Mr. Broad hurst accepted, again Mrs. Bradley scored a success. The depth of the forest, as it appeared to the spectator, seemed infinite, and one felt that it went on and on and on, far from civilization. So great was her suc cess with the production of these two plays that Mr. lb2E a ' jnaaaaav as The Folks Next Door I DO NOT want to knock on the government," said 1 the grumbler next door, "but since it insisted that every member oi a family keep a budget, peace has left our home. In the evening I try to figure where a missing dime went, and instead of forgetting what has proven a tiresome day, I am compelled to go over it in retrospect, to find out. My wife used to read her women's magazines in comfort; now she calls on every member of the family to prove her contention that it was $2.65 she paid the butcher, and not $2.67 as her expense account shows. As for the children : Say, how can they study their lessons when they spend the ning disputing over what was paid for lollypops? I believe in thrift, but think we should have a little more of what Grant wanted, and that is peace." There is this in favor of the man who has "ornery" kin ; he is a better companion than the man whose kin arc wealthy or aristocratic, not being given to boasting. When the preacher comes to that part of the mar riage service where he asks those who have objections to make them known, or forever hold their peace, no one says a word, but ninety per cent of those present are knocking so hard on the wedding that their hearts are going at it like woodpeckers on a tree. "o. he can't hear a thing," the relatives of a deaf man invariably say. "except those remarks which we don't want him to hear. Then his ears seem perfectly good.' When there is a wedding much flattering attention is given the bride, and a few who know express some admiration for the father who pays the bills. But the real star performer is the mother. She is the one who hears the demands of her daughter on one side for more money, and the protests of her husband on the other that to much is being spent. She swings between wifely dttty and the pride of a mother and usually IWtngl too far as a mother. Then when it is all over and she has Hood the t.rm of complaints about bills her daughter treats her patronizingly, that being the manner of young matrons. And, if she has the common misfortune, she brings her husband "back home" to live. Through it all the mother makes no complaint. Lysander John AppletOU recently went to great ex pense in putting on the parlor wall the costliest paper on the market. When he returned the following day he found his wife had used it as a background for seventeen enlarged pictures of her kin. Xot more than two of a woman's relatives can visit her at the same time, without her husband looking crowded. There is a great deal of money spent on silly little sugar cupids for the tops of wedding cakes considering the unceasing appetite of a long future for plain bread It often happens that that which hai been a heavy cross to bear works out for one's glory ultimately. "Mrs. X." said a woman admiringly, 'is the head of our church social committee, and the woman i greatest authority in the church. Von lee ihc was once compelled to keep boarder- and the experience taught her how to carve one chicken to do the w.rk of five We give her all the credit when our church suppers are a financial success." There is so much of national scope that is of grave import that the reformers are not attending to affairs of more local nature. Now. for instance: This is the season when every one is giving showers t. the ex pectant brides. Isn't it true that they don't need hose handkerchiefs, linens, etc., in such quantities .is thev are receiving them? Isn't is also true that women who have been married as long ai twenty yean are in greater need? Therefore, shower those' fur whom a sh-.wer means supplying a necessity, not the handing of a compliment. This reform is so urgently needed it should be attended to. though national ills" suffer con sequent neglect. You may have wondered why Mrs. f.vsander Mm Appleton looks So worried. She is to leave her home a week from Wednesday to visit a relative living tweti ty miles away, and is worrying for fear s1r wjj niss her train. Marriage sometimes, alas, lias the (MVrt ,, a Cupid's bow mouth of turning it Upside down. . LILLIAN TRIMBI.K BRADLEY model for a fttafe scene in the laboratory of her home. liroadhurst recently sent her to London to stue the English production of "The Crimson Alibi." She continues to write plays, and "The Wonderful Thing," the latest work from her pen, achieved in stant race is. "Succesi came to me after a long Struggle," she says. T regard it as being at least fifteen y in late. 1 was competent to do this work when twenty five but my family always objected to any connection with the stage. Now that I am forty I am working hard t make up for the fifteen years which I am satisfied I lost " It Costs Many Millions for Powder and Perfume QUITE naturally, every woman wants to look beauti ful to everybody in general, and to at least one person in particular. Every man wants every woman to look beautiful, but he usually wants one woman to look considerably prettier than the rest of them. Therefore, if nature seems a bit careless now and then in the scheme of things, and fails to supply properly tinted lips or complexions, or noses that do not shine, the ladies feel it quite important and neces sary to obtain the requisite articles fdr making good such oversight. And the men, who ever have an eye and desire for artistic perfection, to say nothing of an ever-present desire to please womankind, cheerfully say "amen" to the proposition, and furnish the cash whenever needed, in generous quantities for such purposes. It is also a well known fact that since the earliest days of history, men have displayed more than passing interest in members of the opposite sex whose judg ment was good in the selection and application of deli cately scented powder and perfume. These natural and century-old conditions w :11 easily explain why the growth of industrial plants for the manufacture of cosmetics and perfume in this coun try has been so phenomenal. The value of the annual products of such plants is a trifle more than $26,0007)00. The added i nrit of the retailers, of course, makes the amount paid by the ladies several million dollars more. If the women of this fair land were oblige d to dis continue the use of cosmetics and perfume, f .000 em ployes, whose wages aggregate $4,000,000 per year, would be thrown out of employment, and ' Hi.000 worth of manufacturing plants would hav to be junked or converted into paint mills. Most of these plants are located in Xcw York, Illinois, Pennsylvania. Ohio. Michigan and Missouri. A War Erases Prejudice GREAT prejudice which at one time exifted in ornun against women doctors, especially anion women, gradually is dving down. During the war. "Winn to the dearth of men doctors, many women were t"rced to the consulting room of the female prac titioner regarding their various maladies. The woman doctor had a chance to prove herself. She is no longer regarded as a "crank." Nowadays girl "medicals" are so strong numerically that their presence is taken as a matter of course. A professor of one of the universities recently said the girl students are much less given to fainting at the sight of operations than are the men students. J,rl i,,s" display greater courage when given their rst 'subject" to dissect. A large proportion of the women students fail to take their final examinations, some because they have not the vrrit and determination to stick to their studies nid others because they take up matrimony as a career. The wise man doesn't try to understand woman, he just struggles to get along with her. Married men have the last word but one.