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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1940
Star-News Program
Consolidated City-County Government,
under Council-Manager Administration.
Public Port Terminals.
Perfected Truck and Berry Preserving
and Marketing Facilities.
Arena for Sports and Industrial
Shows.
Seaside Highway from Wrightsville
3 Beach to Bald Head Island.
Extension of City Limits.
35-foot Cape Fear River channel, wid
er Turning Basin, with ship lanes into
industrial sites along Eastern bank
south of Wilmington.
Paved River Road to Southport, via
Orton Plantation.
Development of Pulp Wood Produc
tion through sustained-yield methods
throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
Unified Industrial and Resort Pro
motional Agency, supported by one,
county-wide tax.
Shipyards and Drydock.
Negro Health Center for Southeastern
North Carolina, developed around the
Community Hospital.
Adequate hospital facilities for whites.
Junior High School.
Tobacco Warehouse for Export Buyers.
Development of native grape growing
throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
Modern Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
TOP O’ THE MORNING
While I sought Happiness she fled
Before me constantly.
Weary, I turn to Duty’s path,
And Happiness sought me.
Saying, “I’ll walk this road today,
And bear thee company!'
‘'Observes”
WATERWAY IMPROVEMENT
Recommendation of army engineers for
mooring basins along the intra-coastal water
way between Beaufort and Wilmington, for
the better accommodation of small craft and,
we assume, for the creation of more commerce
of types which may be borne by the channel,
is in the interest of development and ad
vancement and deserves united support from
the entire district affected.
Any measure for improvement of travel
conditions on this waterway, which is capable
of becoming a major asset for eastern North
Carolina, is a step in the right direction.
Whatever is done to increase use of it will
benefit all communities along its route. When
it is filled with craft, as it should be, every
town it passes will profit both from cruiser
owners who must replenish their supplies
along the way, and from barges which will
transport cargoes on its landlocked waters.
It is of particular interest to Wilmington
to learn that one of the proposed basins is
'‘spotted’’ for Wrightsville sound. The propos
al offers an excellent opportunity for the
city’s leadership to demonstrate its right to
that title by an active campaign for the proj
ect at the national capital.
BALD HEAD BALD NO MORE
Experiments with tropical growths on Bald
Bead Isle are proving so successful that
plans are made to set out fruit trees from
California, received last week. It is a strange
fact that at so small a distance from Wil
jnington growths which will not survive here
are found to flourish like the proverbial bay
tree, under the Gulf Stream’s Influence.
Maybe in the shifting of geographical lines
following the present upheaval in Europe the
Gulf Stream will find it convenient to come
closer to a safe shore and North Carolina
benefit from the change. It has been restless
in the Arctic in recent years, with climatic
alterations reported in the regions of change.
The same thing might occur hereabouts,
and prevent repetition of this winter’s sever
ity. If it should, a few orange groves would
add mightily to the attractiveness of Wil
mington.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
IT is characteristic of the spirit which has
sustained the Finns through centuries of
adversity that General Mannebheim, com
mander of Finland’s forces during the hun
dred and five-day war with Russia, should bid
his people “put their shoulders to the wheel”
to prepare “on the soil that is left for us a
home for the homeless “and an improved
livelihood for all.”
The man whose military genius led his
little nation, against tremendous odds in bat
tle and indifference from his natural allies,
in 'he most heroic defense history reveals,
could see no other course for himself and his
fellows, now that the aggressor has been vic
torious. The Finnish army had to surrender.
But Finnish courage is invincible, and Max
nerheim is its mouthpiece.
But rehabilitation is not the only, nor even
the greatest, problem Maxnerheiai is con
cerned with. “We must be ready to defend
our diminished fatherland,” he adds in his
last, communique to the army, “with the
same resolution and same fire with which we
defended our undivided fatherland.’’
Conquered? Yes. Broken? Never.
Finland is crushed under a weight a far
better manned nation could not have with
stood. But Finland will go on, even under the
foreign yoke, with alien influence within its
' borders seizing more and more advantages,
i without yielding one iota of its courage, its
independence of heart and soul or its firm de
termination to live on the plane of high in
tegrity which has ever been the standard of
its official and individual conduct.
The course of events along the Arctic rim
has plunged much of the world in gloom. But
it is not too much to hope that the world,
eventually, will be a better dwelling place for
humanity, because of Finland's great example.
DREDGING HARBOR
Pending a start on major harbor and chan
nel improvements, which Wilmington confi
dently hopes will be included in an enabling
act to be approved at the present congression
al session, the government dredge, Henry
Bacon, Is at work in the harbor restoring the
turning basin to standard width and depth.
Waters flowing down to the ocean constant
ly deposit soil along the way which naturally
lodges at elbows and in deeper places, which
must be removed periodically to assure ships
safe passage. This is the type of work now
being done by the Henry Bacon. Although
only a maintenance project, it is essential
for the port’s service to commerce.
After the harbor job it will move into the
intra-coastal canal for maintenance dredging
between this city and Beaufort. Within its
limited sphere, the port of Wilmington and
its tributary waterway thus meets standard
requirements.
May the day soon come when it will be
able to serve the needs of greater commerce
by providing standard port terminals, a deep
er channel and larger turning basin!
HELP FOR DIABETICS
Hope for diabetics unable to pay for treat
ment is held out by the Social Service league,
which is sponsoring clinics at the James Wal
ker Memorial hospital weekly under direction
of Dr. R. B- Rodman.
Victims of the disease, which claims thou
sands of lives every year but which is brought
under control by regular injections of insulin,
may now be assured of the best service that
can be rendered and the best relief science
has discovered, without cost to themselves,
provided, of course, they are not financially
able to employ a private physician.
The clinic will be a great boon to the city’s
poor and should be the means of saving many
from untimely death. Thus the league again
proves itself a true agency of mercy. The
young women in its membership are entitled
to the moral support of the community which
they have so often and so competently served.
THINK AGAIN, MR. GANNETT
--f—
Frank Gannett, republican aspirant for the
presidential nomination, tells a Massachusetts
audience he “fears President Roosevelt will
get us into the war,’’ and cites large expendi
tures for national defense as his reason for so
believing.
Perhaps he thinks it would be wiser to have
no army or navy or air force, and leave our
coasts open to attack by the first major pow
er freed from other war engagements.
We hold no brief for all of President Roose
velt’s official acts. But there is no reason to
doubt his complete sincerity. When he says,
as he has repeatedly said, that every effort
of his administration will be employed to
keep the United States out of war, Mr. Gan
nett’s declaration that he wants to get us in
it is in bad taste, to put it mildly.
Editorial- Comments
From Other Angles
COUNTRY HOUSING
Raleigh News and Observer
Most efforts to eliminate slums and to pro
vide decent housing for low-income groups in
North Carolina and elsewhere have in the past
been restricted to the cities and towns. Indeed,
so successfully have the community disadvan
tages of alums In cities been pointed that there
are many people who think that slums exist
only in the cities. Actually in North Carolina
and elsewhere the worst housing conditions in
America are on the farms.
In North Carolina, according to the most re
cent national farm housing survey, nearly 77
per cent of the farm houses had no water sup
ply in the house. Nearly 97 per cent had no
bathtubs. More than 90 per cent were without
electricity. More than 97 per cent of the farm
houses examined had no indoor flush toilets.
Such conditions are almost taken for granted
as normal. But city people expect such con
veniences, and if i here is to be any public
housing program to provide such decencies for
city folk country people are entitled to them
also. Of course, this cannot be done quickly.
Certainly decent city housing should not be
delayed until decent country housing is pos
sible. But there must be awareness—as there
increasingly is among housing leaders—that a
huge slum problem exists on the land.
The increase in city populations comes from
the country. The great American cities are
constantly receiving migrants from the rural
regions. If better housing is to serve a better
America, it must be provided in the rural re
gions where the greatest ratio of children is
produced to be injured by bad housing or bene
fited by good.
“NO EXCUSE FOR POOR LAND”
Progressive Fanner
Whenever the Good Lord lets us get into any
tight place, He nearly always gives us a key to
get out with . . . and so it is with Southern
farmers now. For a long time cotton was oui
great money crop and cotton is so deep-rooted
that it didn't require much humus; commer
cial fertilizer plus cotton stalks and leaves an
swer its needs. But now we must turn to shal
lower-rooted plants—corn and pasture and hay
crops—and we must not only make land rich
er but also stuff the land with humus to catch
and hold moisture for these shallow-rooted
plants. So three wonderful crops have come to
our relief.
First there's lespedeza. Yet some soils may
be too sandy for lespedeza and for them, as
Clemson reminds us, there's crotalaria—‘‘God’s
gift to sandy land ” And some other soils may
be to washed, gullied, and broken for either les
pedeza or crotalaria, in which case there's kud
zu—“God's gife to gullied land.”
Three amazing crops are these: three crops
so easy to grow, and so economical (when we
consider that kudzu is perennial and both les
pedeza and crotalaria reseed under ordinary
conditions) that it's no wonder Southern farm
agents and agricultural teachers everywhere
are saying, “There is no longer any excuse
for poor land.”
WASHINGTON
DAYBOOK
By JACK STINNETT
WASHINGTON, March 14.—Some of these
people who sit in the seats of the nation’s
mighty high salaries are going to be taken
down a few pegs.
Before many moons. Secretary Morgenthau’s
internal revenue gang is going to give that list
of 400 top salaries published back in January
a whale of a shaking up. It’ll come in the
form of an additional list and after it’s made
public, the “400" is not going to be quite so ex
clusive. One guess, and it’s a darned good one,
considering the source, is that the new list will
show 200 more persons who dragged down over
$75,000 in 193S.
Prodded for an explanation of why they
didn't put the whole list out in the first place,
the treasury boys said their bookkeepers just
weren't caught up when congress met and
called for the salary figures. Putting out a
partial list was a mistake they" won’t make
again. The deluge of queries and complaints
has been a headache. Now some of the first
rate salaries advertised in January are going to
appear second-rate—that is, if y’ou can call any
salary in the $75,000-and-up bracket second-rate.
The suggestion already has been passed along
to Mr. Morgenthau that he title the completed
list “America’s 600 Families,’’ but, shucks, you
know how literal-minded he is.
* • *
V-P’s in the Money
What's principally’ going to upset the big
apples in the 1938 salary cart is that the
movie companies. Loew’s, Inc., and Its subsid
iary, Metro-Goldwvn-.Mayer, and Warner Broth
ers are going to be in the new list. The pack
ing companies will also be in the revised list,
but that won’t make much difference. The
slaughterhouse bigwigs never were in a class
with the movie crowd. You can’t expect salaries
for feeding people like those for entertaining
them.
Right off the bat, you can expect to see the
soapsuds king, F. A. Countway, president of
Lever Bros., washed out of first place as the
nation's highest-paid corporation executive.
Louis B. Mayer, production executive of Loew's
will see to that. In 1937, Mayer was paid $1,
161.753 for executiving, plus a measly little
$134,750 for vice-presidencing for MGM. Now, if
Mr. Mayer had taken any 1 ig cut in 193S, sure
ly that gossipy village of Hollywood would
have heard. But suppose it didn't and suppose
Mr. Mayer was told he wasn’t worth more than
half that. His salary still would be more than
$600,000 and that's enough to push Mr. Count
way’ out of first place so fast it'll look as if
he skidded on a bar of his own soap.
If Loew's and MGM are still paying the same
old salaries, Mr. Countway won't even finish
second, because in 1937 they paid J. Robert
Rubin $651,123 for being vice-president and N.
M. Schenck (his friends call him “Nick") $489,
602 for being president. That's another screwy
thing about the movie business, V-P's some
times get more money than presidents.
Whether the Brothers Warner will come in
there is something else to speculate on. As
a matter of fact, Mr. Countway, with his $469,
713 pay envelope, may not even be in the run
ning.
* * *
Wliat About Claudette?
It's a pretty good bet, too, that Claudette
Colbert, with her $301,944.51, won’t hold her
place as the highest-paid actress and the na
tion’s No. l female breadwinner. Greta Garbo
works for MGM, you know. Her 1937 salary
was $472,499 and Garbo never was a girl to
work for less this year than she was making
last. She’s had a contract for years and if it’s
on a sliding scale, it isn’t down. There's Bette
Davis to be heard from, too, and Joan Craw
ford, whose contract always has called for big
money. And Jeanette MacDonald and Myrna
Loy—and among the actors, Clark Gable, Wil
liam Powell. Paul Muni and Edward G. Robin
son. Those boys don’t work for pennies.
All in all, the completed list should make
a pretty fair showing for 1938. With GOO men
and women drawing down more than $75,000,
it couldn’t have been exactly a depression year.
These top-salaried men come mostly from
that population group numbering 24,000,000
Americans over 35 years old. That means there’s
about one chance in 40,000 of you or me or
Neighbor Jones getting into that kind of
money.
| QUOTATIONS |
Our troubles today have resulted from the
theory which dominated the new deal—a plan*
ned economy in a regimented state.—Senator
Robert A. Taft (Rep., Ohio).
* * *
China will sooner or later wear Japan out
because there are 480 million people there, one
fourth of the population of the world. Japan’s
task of conquest is impossible.—Dr. Egbert W.
Smith, senior secretary, foreign mission com
mittee of the Southern Presbyterian church.
* * *
After seven years of harrowing the country,
the new deal has not yet scratched the surface
of the farm problem.—Dist. Atty. Thomas E.
Dewey, addressing farmers in Lincoln, Neb.
The Editor’s
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right to alter any text that for
any reason is objectionable.
Letters on controversial sub
jects will not be published.
RAPE OF FINLAND!
Finlandia, Finlandia,
Fairest of the fair,
State of purest virtue
In a world of strife and care.
Beauty was your portion
In a measure rare.
Stately was your bearing:
Beyond nations to compare.
Your honor never tarnished
By greed and hate and fear,
Gracefully, peacefully striving
Toward a destiny without peer.
Finlandia, Finlandia,
Attacked on land and in air.
Valiant was your courage
To repuise that beast, the Bear.
Finlandia, Finlandia,
Ravaged, tortured, in despair.
Bleeding, torn, piteous you lie,
Defiled by that beast, the Bear.
Your cries mount to heaven,
The world is stunned, ashamed,
But your wrong will be avenged,
Or man is not worthy the name.
AMELIA STEFANO BIDDLE
TEMPLE OF LEARNING
It is devoutly to be wished that
our city fathers, w’ho have been so
efficient in providing for the needs
of the public administration, will
find some resources for equipping
the Public Library, as it deserves.
The intellectual reputation of our
fair city is a stake. A community
the size of Wilmington should by
all means have such an excellent
resort, not so much for those who
while away the time with an oc
casional novel, as a public neces
sity for the intellectual culture of
the coming generation, and for ref
erence work among scholars. A li
brary is a parliament of knowledge
where the speakers reveal to the
world their best in the search for
truth. I confess to have suffered a
shock when the State Supreme
Court ruled that a library is not a
necessity. Such a learned body must
have qualified their decision in some
legal way. If no other means can
be found why not appeal to the
public, especially to the students
of the schools for nickles and dimes
to help the good cause? When you
visit the library kindly observe
how in a quiet corner the youth is
absorbed in learning what the
writers of the world have to say.
EDWIN F. KEEVER.
IN UNITY THERE IS PROGRESS
Dear sir:
May I take this opportunity to
commend you on your editorial "Get
Together" appearing in Tuesday’s is
sue of your paper. You have for
once hit the nail squarely on the
head. You put it wiselv in stating it
as Traditionalists and Progressives.
Traditions are a great asset indeed,
but Wilmington cannot live on its
traditions alone. Combine these tra
ditions with a real united progressive
spirit and Wilmington will go places.
I certainly do not believe that
there is ever any desire on the part
of any real progressive movement to
run counter to, or in any way dis
count our city’s cherished traditions,
but rather an earnest desire to help
with the assistance of our traditions.
There should be no real conflict
whatever. Any effort for the better
ment of Wilmington will directly or
indirectly rebound to the good of
ail. There is no real reason why
Wilmington should not naturally
draw many enterprises that are
much needed, and will any one doubt
for a minute but that Wilmington
could have gotten many of these that
have slipped past her gates, if she
had gone after them in the spirit of
complete unity.
In this instance it is vividly
brought to my mind my residence
in Raleigh and Charlotte before lo
cating in Wilmington. At that time
both of these cities were smaller than
Wiimington, but I noted a united
spirit in both, which must have gone
a long way in at least helping these
to far surpass Wilmington. I make
no apologies for Wilmington in this.
She has about everything that any
other average city has, and then
some. I could mention many things
that Wilmington has that many oth
er cities would not part with at any
price, if they had them.
Again reiterating that there should
be no barriers between the two sup
posed factions mentioned, but in
stead, a real united effort for Wil
mington, and what Wilmington
rightly decerves, I thank you.
R. L. BENSON.
Wilmington, N. C.,
March 13, 1940.
25 MEN KILLED IN
CROSSING CRASH
(Continued from Page One)
out the window again bodies were
piled up all along the tracks.
“It’s the most horrible thing I
hav^ ever seen.”
John Boeye and a companion, rid
ing on the highway, saw the crash
Boeye said: “I saw a bl cloud of
dust when the train reached the
crossing. We rushed up and bodies
Were rolling around on the ground.”
Espiridion Vera, 21, a survivor,
was riding in the rear of the truck
when he heard the train. He jump
ed just before the engine hit and saw
bodies thrown from the vehicle in
every direction
Man About
Manhattan
~ By George Tucker^
NEW YORK, March 14.—A pack
age was dropped on Frances Pin
dyck’s desk the other day, and when
she opened it, it turned out to be
the manuscript of a western novel.
"I couldn’t believe it,” explained
Miss Pindyck, who is a successful
literary agent. “I read it and it was
almost literature. I took it over to
Random House and they bought it
on sight-”
The name of the man who wrote
it is Walter van Tilburg Clark. It
turns out that Mr. Clark is a high
school teacher in an upstate town.
He had never written a novel be
fore. What surprised the publishers
was his tone when they advised him,
by telephone, that his book had been
purchased. They suggested he come
right up to New York and sign the
contract.
But he hesitated. "Well,” he said,
“you see, it’s like this. I’m the
basketball coach up here, and we
have a game tonight, and, well, it
wouldn't be fair to the team if I
went away and left them now.”
That’s success. It seems so easy
when you read about it. Somebody
simply sticks a pick in the ground,
and there it is. Only, it isn’t that
easy. The book will be “The Ox
Bow Incident,” and it will be pub
lished in the fall.
• • *
News item: “Elsa Maxwell, now
on the coast making pictures, re
corded four sides for Columbia on
‘Party Hints’ before leaving New
York.”
Comment: It’s a good bet Miss
Maxwell had to read those “hints”
from script- Elsa has always had a
little trouble with her lines. Even
in popular songs. Once in Antibes
she showed up at a house party
Harpo Marx and Alexander Wooll
cott were giving, singing a new song
that she couldn’t get out of her
mind. There was a line in it that
said “There stood I, with all my
bridges burned.” Elsa thought the
song was a honey, but she got some
of the words turned about, and just
as Woolleott came into the room
she sang, “And there stood I, with
all my britches burned.’’
“Why, Elsa,” said Woolleott,
“that would be the greatest con
flagration since the Chicago fire.”
Cliff Edward’s name to his friends
is "Tiger." You remember Cliff. (
"Oh, give me, a June night, the
moon light, and you-u-u.” That’s
Cliff. Ten years ago he was rich.
A year and a half ago he wasn’t ;
rich at all. Ten days ago he was
back in the cream, after cashing in I
on his voice as Jiminy Cricket, the i
"conscience” in "Pinocchio.” i
Back in town, Cliff, who isn’t a i
robust fellow, was renewing friend- 1
ships with some of his pals. It was !
nice to be in out of the snow again.
The reunions were lengthy and !
tasty.
Finally a gal with blonde hair 1
and a turned up nose touched him 1
on the shoulder. 1
‘‘Tiger, don’t you think we ought
to eat now?”
The Tiger grinned.
He made a beckoning motion with .
his hand—and the broad backs of a '
dozen waiters hid him from view. ^
GOP FUND
CHARLOTTE, March 14.—UP)_
-harles A. Jonas, national ' commit- c
:eeman, reported that North Caro- i
ina republicans had contributed (
f2,285 toward the party’s war i
:hee‘ t
A
SWEDEN, NORWAY
EXPLAIN TROOP
PASSAGE REFUSAL
(Continued from Page One)
a few hours before Finland an
nounced she had signed a- peace
pact with Russia.
Feared Germany
Norway and Sweden refused the
first suggestion of the Allies on
March 4 because of fear that if Ger
many tried to intercept the Allied
forces, Scandinavia would become a
theatre of war.
One hundred thousand French
and British troops would have been
necessary to give Finland effective
help, Koht declared, but would
have taken so long to transport
with their supplies that the effort
w'ould have been of no avail.
Finland made her first formal re
quest for passage of Allied aid on
March 11, he added, and Norway
and Sweden rejected it March 12,
the same day the British and
French requests were submitted.
The formal Allied request “came too
late,” Koht said, and their criti
cism now of Norway and Sweden
is “unjust.”
It is remarkable that “criticism
comes from those who have done
less for Finland than we,” he added.
Rancour over the Altmark ex
changes—when British sailors raid
ed the German ship Altmark in a
Norwegian fjord and liberated Brit
ish captives—was revived when the
foreign minister denied British and
French charges that Norway was
letting German submarines operate
in Norwegian w'aters, or that Nor
way is transshipping imports to
Germany.
"All accusations in this respect
are untrue and we are forced to
ask what is the intention in making
them,” Koht declared. "Only ill
will can create them.”
Swedish ore that is being trans
shipped to Germany, he said, is
specifically allowed by the British
Norwegian trade agreement.
SCHLEY APPROVES
NORTHEAST WORK
(Continued from Page One)
nent free from claims for damages
'esulting from these improvements.
Major General Schley has for
yarded his project approval and
iecommendations to the committee
m commerce in the U. S. Senate.
Widening and deepening of the
hannel and provision for a new
urning basin in the Northeast
iver is now included in projects
or the Cape Fear river at and be
ow Wilmington.
The project has been sponsored
>y the Wilmington Chamber of
Commerce, which turned the matter
if the proposed Northeast river
improvements over to the Wilming
on district army engineers office
lometime ago.
The project might possibly be
approved in the pending rivers and
larbors bill and the next step will
>e Congressional approval and ap
iropriation of funds .for the pro
mised improvements.
Originally 22 Feet
Originally the project plans au
horized the 22-foot channel in
rhich local interests were to con
ribute half of the costs. The
riginai estimated cost of the proj
ct was $50,000, with local interests
xpected to contribute approximate*
y $25,000.
The original project was can
elled by the approval and reeom
aendations forwarded by Major
leneral Schley to the Senate com
aittee on commerce. The Chief of
U. S. army eng^ieers corps
r ~~~~
Hollywood
Sights And Sounds
riv Robbin Coens——1
HOLLYWOOD, March 14. - [
watched an actor buy a 1. • :
and the deal told a deal ai i;: his
past.
'Morgan Conway needed 1. b
gear for a scene he was at ; i
in "The Saint Takes Over. ' A ■-.<
dashery had sent over a
In short order Conway h.A A;,;A
the style he wanted — ...
which he didn't want but A
for the picture. The k- :
eluded no blue, which he dA ? ;. '
“I’ll buy this one," he d>!
salesman, “if I may return a a: -
this scene and exchange it : : .
Dlue—when you get a 1
That was the deal. A -hir.:
national about it—except that m s
actors would have bought tl.
for the one scene, and later l
another blue. Conway had no t
for brown in t lie wardrobe ...:
like all actors in modern : ■ -
must supply himself for fiiii - Hs
also has no use for tossing a .say
bucks without a thought. Art rs
but no business man would — a ■
business is Morgan Conway ? ] ' -
It is also his present, even
he is now a full-time actor. ‘There s
no business like it," he grit,
justing his new chapeau to ■'
proper angle for the camera.
Conway is a character lead
good-looking, slightly greying >':.l
in his thirties. He has been fea
tured in 20 pictures in the pas'.
years- That is good business w
language.
One day in 1932 Sidney Oman'
(his real name) was walking pa 1
New York theater en route
reality office, the site of " j
now swallowed in the vastii'
Radio City. He noted a lob j
announcing Katharine Corn'.! •
James Rennie in “Alien Corn
title struck his fancy, he pause-. ^
study it. “I'll have to sec
mused, as a Cornell tan.
About eight months latei
Pasadena Community Playhe 1
fered Greta Keller, the r-n:
star, in “Alien Corn”—"
Conway. It happened this
“I'd had my own brokera;
ness for 11 years " h< sa; s. “
on until 1933. even af'-r >.!)< ■■■
of ’29, but I finally had '
office. I came wesi. • '
new start. T thought ■
trying it when I met
wondered if I'd ever :1
ing. I hadn’t. '1 an
asked. I went into t
production, and
Corn’ in Pasadena- I
picture offers. Went
for Trouble’ with Spent 11
Jack Oakie. Good pm
agent thought I was
for $1,500 a week,
it and we got no tah’f
"Nothing happened
long that I went 1 a
—as an actor. It
than three years of "• “
rehearsed, opened, c
Dn, borrowing on nr
Finally I came back •’••• ,0 »
was lucky—right awa> 1 - '^ s
picture at Universal, an ,,
hasn’t failed since, it *• , ;r»
ness — but I haven
yet.” ■ "
■■ YiQ
recommended that the ' ■ __ z3.
nodified by eliminate .nat
:ion of the 22-foot ch u , ^
Lhe new project be sU-‘'l‘lu j

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