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JOURITAL SATURDAY IT I G II T. GAM H Kn 1 i J J M bVi 0li H tlPsM i twiOH M, hsj Ivy kf 1 iivv) w "M OF THE YOIMiEE SlMSEilTI OM ! I J l "W'sr ' -' '-"- v- 'A'" 1 1 ' j - jj y Alice Hegan: Rice Jf ; , ' ! Alics Baowk )rS - H a ' S3' " 4 : - f- : " 1 1 i - - if - CS Edith ahtom GjTtrgfe) MatoVak Yokst CgJ rIIEX one comes to count them the number of gift ed young" women authors tr w In this country is note worthy. New England as a field of fiction, especially short story fiction, has been apparently OTerworked. so that it seemed as if there was noth ing more to say. Yet now comes a Kew Hampshire young woman of the unpretentious name of Alice Brown, who fairly recreates for us the Kew England of fiction. Critics say Miss Brown has the clearest insight Into the real Kew England character of any writer. What is more, her English is cf surpassing excellence, her literary style itself giving pleasure. Her pub lisher told me the other day that when a new book by a given author is to be printed the size of the edition is de termined by the whole number of sales of the author's last book. When Miss Brown's new book, "The Country Road," was published an edition equal to the number of volumes of "High Noon" sold, with' an additional 500, to make sure, was issued. On the day of its publication, however, the orders coming in for "The Country Road" could not begin to be filled. Miss Brown now lives in Boston and Is on the editorial staff of a periodical. ! ? Bertha Runkle. otherwise Mrs. Louis H. Bash, won fame through her first long story, "The Helmet of Navarre," which has piso been successfully dramatized. Bertha Runkle is the daughter of a gifted and distinguished mother, Mrs. I,ucia Gilbert Runkle, one of the first women in this country to become an editorial writer on a leading daily paper. What is more, Lucia Gil bert Runkle had the honor of serving on Horace Greeley's own paper in his own daj and he himself recognized her j Edith Wharton Marie Yah Yokst brilliant ability and appointed her on ; l.is staff of assistants. Bertha Runkle ! Bash acknowledges with affectionate pride the debt she owes to her mother in the way of help. Marie Van Vorst, author of "Amanda of the Mill" and contributor of verse and fiction to magazines and newspa pers, became interested in the labor question very early in her career. Her sister-in-law, Mrs. John Van Vorst, al so a writer, likewise became interested, and the two young women spent sev eral years investigating the conditions surrounding women and children who work in factories. The two enthusias tic students of industrial life worked a year in factories along with the other women in order to know Just how it was for themselves. "Amanda of the Mill" Is one of the outcomes of this pilgrimage among the toilers. Miss Van Vorst now lives in Paris most of the time. Her newest book Is "The Sin of George Warrener." ? m. Edith Wharton, who wrote the un mirthful "House of Mirth," which some claim is a true picture of so called high social life, has a new book In press called "The Fruit of the Tree." Mrs. Wharton herself belongs to the social set she writes of, so presumably knows it throughout. Among authors of the tempestuous, temperamental school Edith Wharton takes high rank. She is a strong, vivid writer of excellent English: Ellen Glasgow first became known through her novel "The Voice of the People," a thrilling story of the con flict between the old and the new life of the south. Ellen Glasgow has the rl-ht mindedness to belDng to both the old and the new south. In genius she belongs to the whole country. She knows how to turn the human soul in side out and show its deepest impulses and most hidden griefs throbbing as under a miscroscope. There is consid erable psychological analysis In her work. Miss Glasgow llveb In Rich mond, Va., where she was born. She is a handsome young woman with a rare charm of personality, when one can get at her, which is not always, for she is reserved and sensitive. Her thoughts are always on her stories. She toils over them patiently and per sistently, often rewriting portions of them many times. ! ! Another handsome young southern novelist in whom readers the country over are interested is Miss Mary Johnston, also of Richmond, Va though she was not born there. Buch anan, Botetourt county, Va., - was the spot where her eyes opened on the earthly scene. When she was sixteen her parents removed to Birmingham, Ala. It was there her first famous book, "To Have and to Hold," was be gun, though it was finished at a small mountain resort In Virginia. Miss Johnston's pretty home in Richmond was bought. It is said, largely from the money "To Have and to Hold" brought its brilliant author. Her public missed her name awhile from the periodical lists of writers of new novels. Sev eral years Mary Johnston has been al most an invalid, too ill to write any tMng. Her health, always rather frail, seemed to give down altogether, and It was feared she would never take up that magic pen again. Then, quite re cently and so suddenly that it seemed almost miraculous, bright, gentle Mary Johnston got well. Her recovery was as strange as It was sudden, but it was complete, and now many more stories that reflect honor upon American lit erary women may be looked for from her. e Alice Hegan Rice's literary career Is so bright and cheery that one likes to read of It. This Louisville girl had been alternately writing a little for magazines and having much of a good time socially when at length her "Mrs. Wlggs of the Cabbage Patch" sudden ly appeared and took all the world's fancy. On the stage Mrs. Wlggs has been as successful as she was In a book. From that and her subsequent stories and from the wise Investments she had wit enough to make Mrs. Rica is now a capitalist worth $300,000. In speaking of her you must not call her Hegan with the accent on the "He," but He-gan, accent on the "gan." Clara Louise Burnham Is notably tha Christian Science novelist. Of her last novel, "The Opened Shutters," 17,300 copies were ordered in advance of pub lication. Mrs. Burnham Is a daughter of George F. Root, the song writer. e Ever youthful and well beloveJ among authors is Kate Douglas Wig gin. In private life she is Mrs. George C. Riggs. She born in Philadelphia, spent much of her early life In Cali fornia and now lives in New York city In winter, spending the rest of the year either traveling in Europe or writing at her lovely country home, Quillcote, at Hollis, Me. Her "Rebecca of Sunny brook Farm" has passed its eighteenth edition. LILLIAN GRAY. rom nternal .ate Clyde WOMAN came to see me the 4 other day. She said she was so bored she didn't know what to do. That seems funny to me. My greatest worry Is that I may not have time to do all I want to do. But, then, that may be because my digestion is so good. Dyspepsia is one of the greatest causes of inactivity and unhappiness. Dyspepsia but, there, this Isn't a medical treatise! Some day I am going to write an ode on dyspepsia. I am going to Immortalize it as a great maker of history. I am going to prove that all the war riors who were defeated because they put off until tomorrow what they snould have done today did so because their heads were heavy and they felt "dopey" from the badly assimilated food in their stom achs. I shall prove that Nero burned Rome because he was peevish from having eaten too many lam Preys, that Wyclif was a reformer merely So bored the didn't know because his what to do. stomach made him perpetually restless and dissatisfied, that Savana rola preached hell and brimstone be cause he had them both inside of him. that pepsin tablets would have cured Napoleon of his thirst for conquest, that But why go on with the list? Its possibilities are endless. t S To return to my caller, I told her to put herself on a diet and then if that didn't work to ask herself what she really wanted and to get it. That sounds impossible, but it isn't. If there is no excuse for being bored in this world, there is certainly none for being unhappy. Barrios real ill health or physical .trmlty, of course. "TvWe is no situation so bad there isn't some hole left to crawl out of it. Just lemember that and you will feel better right away. If you can't see the hole It is because you haven't looked hard enough for it. Some of the ways out are exceeding- " JLi n ' - Ml 1 D VISCOUNTESS A0KI. to Interior Something t II f I w ill! "riv ;f u J I Y, ( j A - v ' jYvf I . :' Viscountess Aoki, wife of the Japanese ambassador at Washington, Is a German. She was the first European noblewoman to marry a Jap. As a girl she was Baroness von Rahden. She and Viscount Aoki have a good -sized family of children. ly difficult, tight squeezes, but the. are Woman is not meant to be idle any ways out just the same. more than man is all precedent to the It is the woman who will not see her contrary. I think every woman ought way out who deserves to be unhappy, j to have some interest in life outside of Most women are sad because they j man and matrimony, haven't enough to do. j These two. by the way, are the chief You never saw a really busy woman ' trouble makers! unhappy in your life. She hasn't time j w'hen a woman pins all her hopes of to be. . happiness on one human being and does not care for anything outside of him that is where her misery begins. When he is cross (and where is the angel man who isn't?) her world is dark and empty; whereas, the woman with other sources of interest in life can turn to them and be perfectly happy. Most women would like more spend ing money with which to take up dif ferent things horseback riding, let us say, music or languages. Well, why don't they try to earn it Instead of moping? We are every one of us able to do one thing and to do it well enough to be compensated for it. I have no patience with the woman who weeps and goes without what she When he is cross. wants. Why, it Is the wanting of things and the earning of them which make the world go ahead. The woman who "stays put" deserves all the unhappiness she is enduring through her own laziness, and with this remark we will leave her to fight it out! H . Every year there is a fad in interior decoration, and the woman who in sists upon keeping abreast with the times Is almost hysterical as a result. You see, my dears, it doesn't do any more to have a red or a green dining room. Blue is the proper color. I must say it is a pretty fad, for the blue used is not the dark blue which is so gloomy or the sickly shade asso ciated with the boudoirs of blonds, but a rich medium tone somewhat on the "Alice" shade. This is stunning with oak woodwork and ecru lace curtains, and when the same tone is repeated in the rug and in sundry bits of china the effect is dazzling. In a very old fashioned house up town this blue has been used to trans form a homely dining room. Ecru "bonne femme" curtains were placed In the windows. The side cur tains of rich blue material were placed so as to cover the woodwork and in crease the apparent size of the win dows. The atrocious old mantel be tween the two windows was torn down eeor a tiori; of Botrt of Trie O DRY ' saw ; ,-v - j i , f '?" -OS 4fsS';y' t ( ?y ' V y s' f THE ONLY SURVIVING CHILD OF JEFFERSON DAVIS. At Colorado Springs, Colo., lives . Mrs. J. Addison Hayes, the last living child . of the president of the Southern Confederacy. Mrs. Hayes was born toward the close of the civil war. In 1S64, near Vicksburg. She has four chil dren. . ' : . and a tapestry combining tones of blue and old rose was substituted. In front of thjs was placed an old blue vase, and old blue plates decorated the lower shelf which was left over the fireplace. The portiere leading into the draw ing room was in old rose, and the homely doorway leading into the hall - was , transformed with blue portieres. I When the round oak table is set with the 'blue dinner service you actually i forget to eat, the effect is so pretty, j People with shirred princess gowns I are having their own troubles just now. ! The shirrings can still be worn, but j who wants to appear in them next to the new eelskin princesses? - The best way out of it is to cut the dress in half, making the waist part end in a wide girdle of the material if possible and goring the skirt into a circular pattern, which you can easily dj once it is separated from the waist. If you have a tea table which Is slightly the worse for wear, why don't you adopt a new idea and have a glass top made for it? This is fitted with handles of wood and lifts off like a tray. It is exceedingly swell, if you will permit me to use rather a vulgar term. Among the latest books published by an enterprising firm is one telling how to keep your house in order with a chapter on gas fixtures, one on radiators and others of a sim iliarly useful nature. I am informed that plenty of wo men who are not house own ers are reading upon these sub jects, it being much easier to be your own carpenter (if you know how) than to wait for the owner of your apartment Being your oxen carpen house to get to tcr. work at your repairs. (If you have never lived in. an apartment take my word for It!) Before I close I want to tell you of a novel bridge prize a friend of mina won the other day. It was a silver holder, something like an English toast rack, containing three red morocco books. The first was entitled "Chafing Dish Recipes;" the second, "Salads," and the third, "Fancy Desserts." It seems to me that these could ba made very valuable by the addition of the best recipes of different people well known for their good cooking. It certainly makes a prize much more likely to be appreciated than most of the sijly things one usually sees at card parties. New York.