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man. " When do you expect to be in town again?" "Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday," re plied the would-be actor. 'I'm a brakeman on the New York Central." Ambition in High Places THE most astonishing feature of stage fever.how ever, is that its ravages are not confined t<> the ranks of people that would be bettered by success in their chosen profession. My wealthiest friend, a silk importer, who owns a charming home on Central Park West, Wines alone, while his wife stands in the winjjs of a 'lirty little theater in Paris where their only daughter earns sixty francs a week by dancing. A successful literary man of my acquaintance, who would cheerfully devote his entire income, something more than fifteen thousand a year, to making his young wife happy at home, yields ]>erforce to her wish to appear in vaudeville. The most valuable member of the stall of an out of town newspaper, recipient of a big salary, suddenly threw up his position two years ago ami came to New York, since when he has been employed seven weeks, and that seven weeks in an organization presenting "Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model." A. L. Wilbur, at the time when he conducted the well known Wilbur Opera Company, printed in the program of his jnrformances an advertisement for chorus girls. Successful applicants were paid twelve dollars a week; yet recruits came by the dozen from the best families in the territory through which the aggregation was touring. Scores of the young women that play merry villagers on Broadway to day are well born and bred victims of the infection. Society Has Contributed to the Ranks of the Chorus Men Society has even contributed to the ranks of the (.h''r.is men, whose caste is far below that of their betighted sisters. When Mabelle Gilman opened her metropolitan season in "The Mocking Bird." a male ensemble singer, whose weekly stipend was eighteen dollars, electrified the management bypur t basing nine boxes. This Croesus of the chorus proved to be "Deacon" Moore, a Cornell graduate and s 'ii of one of the biggest mine owners of the West. Tlie germ i 'f stage fever frequently is as slow to get out of the system as it is quick to enter it. Douglas Fairbanks is a clever comedian who had an important role in "The Pit" and another in "The Man of tlie Hour " Mr. Fairbanks tell in love with the daughter of Daniel J. Sully, and. according to report, was given the parental permission to marry her if he would abandon Ins profession. He retired from the stage, and was out of the east of "The Man of the Hour" for a trifle less than two mi mths. Margarei Full< rcameto town a few years ago with . ■ bition to star. She enlisted the help of a well .■■•■. who told her that he would give nance to play Camille if she could get rid of ty pounds of superfluous flesh. Miss Fuller • ted "Camille" al a special matinee, and that ended 1 ility of her being launched as a star. She is still in the theatrical pr >fession, hi >wever : < • n teni with minor roles, but clinging tenaciously to hi r a\ ■ M-.ni. in. There are hundreds oi w. >men haunting the agencies it: New York, promenading thai graveyard of buried hopes, the Great White Way, who might be enjoy ing the comfort of luxurious homes and the affec tionate solicitude of doting relatives. Vanity Is the Reason TX nine cases out of ten the mania to i r o on the •"■ stage i prompted by pure vanity. Love of excite ■ and the fallacious notion that the profession ne "I comparative ease and Luxury, may be alloying factors; but the essence ol the virus is vanity. No other field offers the same quick approval oi sue- SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR JUNE 21. 1908 cessful effort, and no other climber is quite so much the center of his eventual victory. The author that writes a popular book sees it extolled here and there in the newspapers; the painter that exhibits an at tractive picture wins occasional mention of his canvas; the dramatist h.ts one night of triumph and one flattering call before the curtain. But the fortunate player hears the music "f ap plause a dozen times every evening, and two dozen times on matinee days. He struts about his mimic world, the observed of all observers, conscious of the strained attention of the hundreds who have paid to see him. The newspapers are full of his praise and his photographs, recording his slightest doing, and giving to his expressed opinions an importance scarcely less than might be allowed those of the President of the United States. In the course of time he even begins to arrogate to himself the heroic virtues of the characters he impersonates. It is sweet to see one's name on the rover of a novel, sweet to scrawl one's autograph in the lower left hand cor ner of a picture; but oh how doubly and trebly sweet to meet one's own image lithographed under a laudatory line and posted between advertisements for the newest breakfast food and the latest five-cent cigar! The temptation is but the stronger, as the rewards are more numerous, if the aspirant happens to be a woman. The weaker sex may not have greater vanity than the stronger; but it takes greater delight in commendation, and it has keener appreciation of luxury If the much mentioned "society belle" longs' for the glitter and gaud supposed to exist behind the footlights, who can blame the daughter of poverty and squalor that makes up the rank and file of "the profession"? fames Forbes ha- em bodied the min«is of these girls in his Patricia < >' Brien in "The Chorus Lady." VVh.tt wonder that they try to escape the sordid commonplaces of their po< r lives for the glory of the theater, and t«> the very end delight to strut their brief hour, in a palace, even if thai palace be of canvas .nil scantling? The prospect of diamonds and automobil s cannoi exert a stronger appeal to the nun and women that dwell in drear\" drudgery than does the hope of bee GREAT WORDS DEFINED IN EPIGRAM VANITY Posing for puMiaty. Self conceit without its confidence. Abnormal appetite for admiration and appiause. Doiny a lug business in self appreciation on a small capital. Constantly collecting vouchers of approval from other; to stick on the file of self appreciation. Showing one's weakness by parading one's strength. Living for ihe empty praise of others. Self satisfaction seeking support. Caring more for semblance than for reality. A gold scabbard on a tin sword. EGOTISM Morbid self absorption. A chronic disease of the I. Making self the center and circumference of every thought. A goldfish thinking its globe the ocean. Magnifying microbes of personal interest into mammoths of public imtxjrtani c. Barometric sensitiveness to criticism. A delighted audience of one. listening to soliloquies. False mental perspective due to a narrow (-on/on. Living under the limelight of self appreciation. "somebody." of enioyinc'e-.cn a lUBBOfBr tion of their obscurity Charles I>ieken i vividly explained the - of rhis jogging for prominence in "Private Theaters" in "Sketches by Boa _I- . day there were scores of uchii n I each "the center of a Bi hood '" In every green room was hung a \ : quoting the price for which wiffing amai play certain desirable parts To r • ' Gloucester in " Richard 111." r&le being Duke must wear a real still, he must draw ii ■•■ eral ti the piece." We have no such pr: this side of the water; bui dred amateur dramatic chabs ;n Brooklyn other communities p c i th pro[x>rtion to their Three Roads to the Stage THERE are three •.■•!' trod roads to the stage. Or.c wanders through membership in a society like those mentioned; another and straighter is by way of the dramatic schools; while the third, and most fre quented, goes direct from the home to the office of agent or manager. Of dramatic schools the number is legion; but only those conducted by dishonest adventurers promise employment to the enrolled student. ' Be an actor for Si!" is the alluring caption of an advertisement carried weekly by .1 number of periodicals; but the innocents that make it profitable for that institution to go on advertising must be exceptionally gullible. New York has mar.y schools in which the useful technicalities of the art are carefully taught, and their managers keep in close touch with the producing interests of the < <>ur. try. While they guarantee nothing, they frequently are able to place graduates in small parts. Grace George, Margaret Iflington, and other well known stars have come out of these academies. The direct path to which reference has been made is cumbered with difficult* and obstacles. A^_-r.c:es are established with the purpose of helping com munication between managers and the actors most in demand. They are busy places, with little time to devote to the novice, and the average imprts.tr: > is not more nearly inaccessible than their executive heads. Every year the producing manager is less inclined to see applicants or to make opportunities for people of whom he knows nothing. It is all very well to be recommended by some acquaint;. r.._e of the man that "presents**; but friendship is <;?Ay friendship, and nobody will jeopardize the success of a presentation that has cost thousands <■: dollars merely to please an associate. The current method of selecting a corr.: any is quick and sim: le. A copy of the play's cast • : ■ '.:..r acters is sen: to the manager, who writes O] «'<:te each character the name of the actor whom he thinks most likely to interpret that role to advantage. Then the manager's secretary sends for the fortunate Thespian.. This system is undeniably hard and per haps unjust to the beginner: but such sentiment as gets into the theater comes in manuscripts, and, ia these days of severe critical judgment, the investor in drama has the fullest right to minimize his r:.-!-:. One in Ten Gets a Living /~\UT of every hundred novices who come t ■ town in search of an engagement, ten may .sec;:"'- the coveted prize, and not more than one our ( f th t ten makes a decent living from his or her adopted w rk. It is too much to say that one aspirant in a th >us "I achieves real success. The average salary ;:. the chorus is eighteen dollars a week, and for sp< Liking parts in dramatic performances it car.r.ot f •■ more than forty dollars. Nobody is paid during the period devoted to rehearsal, and a fairly long sea :\ lasts somewhere between thin and thirty-live weeks. The sane way of computing wages in '. ::e theatrical business, therefore. i> to mull by Ccr.tir.uii ck pjge 19 By William George Jordan JUSTICE Truth converted into action. The cornerstone of all the virtues. The atmosphere of God on earth. The eternal principle of the true revelation of man to mar.. The rarest virtue in human lite. The angel with the scales, not blind, but all-seeing. The real cure for all social wrongs. The right of each, to the detriment of n.me Consecrated wisdom sitting in the seat ol judgment. The lamp of truth m the hand el charity. The conscience of omniscience. HABIT Repetition resulting in ruts. The unconscious action th.it comes from conscious training. Automatism displacing free will. HceJif.ry tv-ndency of acts to reproduce their kind. The l-v.ng impetus of dead deeds. Nature paying dividends on past efforts. 1 esterday s achievements taking the .'ting from to-day's to:'. Running trains of thought on rails of routine. 1 he perpetual motion of a course el action. Natuis a instalment plan tor acquiring good or evil.