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cial reports the other day ran on in a statistical way to the effect that more money was spent last year for motion pictures and garages than upon mere dwellings. The findings in genera! will bear out the observation of tha average individual, who may iia\e been led to wonder, if ho is of a wondei rrg turn-of mind, just how it is that there are so many new roofs to shelter mo tion picture patrons and so Sew to offer refuge to the individual who wants to find reasona? bly pru-ed living quarters. Architects, whose talk is without animation when it is upon the subject of home building -a field which they claim has been distinctly unremunerative to the profession for several years?are afire with enthusiasm when they t.alk about plans for moving picture palaces. High costs of building and labor seem to have had Tin terrors for the builders who provide ricr, 'dry and ornate places for patrons of the drama of misspelled captions. Perhaps a sign blossoms on a vacant lot, and the passing householder pauses and ex? claims as he adjusts his glasses: "Here is where.the landlord trust is going to find un? pleasant roartin?":!" But instead of the nn nouncement that a ten-story apartment will be erected on the lot. he finds that the sign is concerned with the largest, handsomest, besl ventilated motion picture theater in the world, which will soon bring delight to the dwellers in the immediate vicinity and cause them to forget such minor and universal dis? comfort.-- as crowded and expensive living quarters. Or perhaps the passerby may see workmen attacking the walls of a group of old dwell? ing houses or apartments, from which rent? ers have been compelled to move. He will learn that, instead of a new apartment build ?ng, the inevitable motion picture theater is tu be built?just a trifle larger, more ornate and better ventilated than the one just com? pleted. Such a theater cuts both ways, for it not only occupies space and consumes the time of labor which might be devoted to buildings for residential purposes, but it takes away from the limited supply which the rent-paying pubiic. had available. One motion picture palace in Brooklyn occupies space which was formerly taken v,]i by a score of rather old fashioned houses which had been converted into tenements and from which the occupants were dispossessed. Time was then the construction of a new theater in New York or any other big city was something worth extended and varied comment. It had page pictures and descrip? tive stories in the newspapers, ami the archi? tects and decorators were sure of much com? mendatory comment?free of all charge. People took Sunday afternoon off to show the family the now- theatre in process of construc? tion, and the star or company that had the privilege of opening the playhouse won fame that was supposed to be deathless. But to-day nobody pays any attention to the beginning, completion and dedication of motion picture playhouses in which the larg? est of the old theaters could be lost, in these great buildings are organs which cost many thousands of dollars. In the old days such organs would come in for detailed advance description, and somebody like Guilmant would be secure?! for the dedicatory playing. But to-day the house organist slides into his seat at the opening hour and begins the grim business of pursuing the heroine and villain through the changes of the film?a pursur' that leaves countless unfinished tunes gafp ing out their lives and which makes the or ganist wish that no composer would write any thing that lasted longer than one minute an. eight seconds ift the playing. Architects, as pointed out, have profited b*, all this motion picture theatre building, ye they seem to have overlooked their opportuni HOME MEANS MOST ANYTHING By ARTHUR CHAPMAN Illustrations by ELLISON HOOVER and ALBERT LEVERING __.. -_____-.*. .-,.,.-T-..,a.a_____:-?-JL-rr-,-:-1-1--___-_--__-?-___-_,-.',._..'_ ? :': : ? -j Home life i?. the not distant future, when the architects have caught the knack of combining the motion picture theater end the apartment house so that one will not have to leave his cosy little nest in order to see the latest film ties of becoming public benefactors in a double sense. With the house shortage and motion picture house plethora bringing forth sar? castic comparative reports from Washington, it would seem that some architect who is in deed a friend to man might evolve a theater which will combine all the attractions of the cinema auditorium with the comforts which arc supposed to be part and parcel of the home. A neighborhood playhouse with a community kitchen and with little domestic nooks scattered about the main floor would make it impossible for commentators from Washington to sow broadcast further figures, set down in sarscam, showing the disparity of new home roofs with the roofs over new theaters. For the combination motion picture theater and apartment house would have to be assessed at its domestic as well as dramatic value. llore would be quiet scenes of real home life, staged in the restful half light of the movie auditorium. While a family ate it could see two or three reels of that sweet little drama, "Downcast Eyes." The head of another household could glance up from his evening paper now and then as he lounged en his favorite davenport and could catch the drift of the play as it flowed along on the screen. At midnight "taps" could be blown and the ?"enters fortunate enough to hav< leases in the combined movie and home couki go to their sleepin-r quarters, expeditious]} and silently created by partitions cunninglj hidden in walls and floor. But, just because no architect rose to his opportunities and provided such a combina? tion of home and movie, the statisticians at Washington have waxed as sarcastic as Ground plan of ideal garage dwelling combination. The space devoted to the garage may seem disproportionately large, out it's surprising how little room people can get along with when they really try they pleased in their roofage, comparison?. In one respect, however, their report, seems to have done an injustice to a large and growing element in the community. In as? suming that all garages have been built sole? ly for the purpose of housing automobiles, the statisticians have overreached themselves. Also they have hardly played fair with those economical youngsters, Mr. ami .Mrs. Garag i Dweller, who have nobly done their sh? toward mitigating present discontents bj keeping house in the premises officially dedicated to cars and spare tires. The Garage Dwellers are mostly young folk who have turned their garages into liv? ing quarters until they feel that the time has come when they'can ?:o ahead with those larger building plans. They bought a nice plot of ground just before the skyrocket roman candle-pinweel era of finance. They, have a full set of blueprints of a house they were going to build. When ?umber and labor and everything else went up in such uncon? trollable fashion they found it impossible to go ahead. Instead, they have turned to the ranks of those who have converted their ga? rages into dwellings?a much larger class than those who have turned their swords into plowshares, if anybody, in the language of "The Subway Sun," should ask you. Inspired by the example of those who have moved into garages that were intended to be nothing but auto barns, others have taken up the domestic idea in a more deliberate way. In fact, they have gone into it so de? liberately that a garage building license nowadays never knows whether to take itself ?seriously or as a joke. Also, the average set of garage building plans is subjected t' changes, in the interests of the new domes, ticity, which tend to rob said plans of much of their motor character. Bedrooms, U*Ho_ rooms, kitchens and bathrooms are ?nuceje-j into the plans hero and (here. Guests have even been known to be informed that their sleeping quarters will be m the ear itself where there has been rigged up one of these automobile beds, commonly used by those tourists wim go every year from Keokuk lowa, tu ene of the national parks, ramping en route. In these deliberately planned '-aiage dwell, ings the owners are prepared to live until the cost of building comer- dow-r. oven if '?*. takes a matter of twenty yea- . In faet architects have a haunting rear that the garago ??Jo will so grow on I Ye that the pla*?" for the big houses never will he dusted off, and that the coming rotton will be so used to eating off the * il*i?i*i*. board of the family car and making one'?? toilet at a mirror propj - the hood that living in the oi-Jii -? scorned. "I know ?Y a youi r i iu] '. ? IV Yim.'* mused ono New Vork ?. "who are living in their gar- ? | rheir machine out under a ;'??''. i it must people manage t:> stow themselve ? ?: their machines some way. And thi .fing in out? buildings ' is by no means confined tu young people who are just starting the world and who are tiding themselvi over a tern. porary monetary stringencj hey can built! a $10,000, or maybe a $20,000, house. Not at. all. It ha.- hit, the owners of many potential estates all tin- way from Yew York to California. I know et" one Architect who thought his fortune was made vi.cn he landed the joli of fixing up a I te <'\vn??i by a man near Chicago. It "-*?? to be a job running close to $400,000. 1' ha progressed to th?.- outbuilding stage, and no further. The owner is living in his garden? >'.- cottage, h is a nice enough house for anybody, so far aa mere living is concerned. It cos! probably $25,000. But it. is far from being the man sion that the owner had in mind and that is still in the blueprint stage. Talk about a downcast architect? say, ho could write a song called 'The Blueprint Blues' '? ?ch woulc out-blue any pic.-* of musical bluing turnee out so far in Tin-Pan A '"Then there are some -whack: that go with this garage-dwelling scheme The people who are living in ?Y - garage are mostly in restricted ? The qu-es lion comes up?wl i ? trag? .-i .:" ever? The question even got into courl i Long Island noi long ago. One of the garagi dweUiiig couples had fixed up their temporal; home very nicely, with window boxes and re.i lace curtains and all those things. But thr?, Idn't disguise the fa? I -cere liv ?ng in a garage in a hi* d district So, when ?1 became eviden. r irara.r iif?* was going to continu i oil neighbors had them - o <"oart charged with lad huildmi restrictions which p| ed to ' ?ct. Th court decided that, the ru ! g i to be suspended i ' hese, i g ? ? everybody a chance to g? : al g as best the might, and the youi 'barge*. but they have suffer? d aim? st complete K eial ostracism ever since. They are gamin it out--but it hurts." These are just jome sidelights ?j:: the col ligures given "Y a".. Washington by the n vestigators of the nation's hou.-ing probier But enough ha been shown to indicate tin not ail garages are to be taken at the; ? value, but are to be classed a-' homes, v hi many motion picture theater owners rr<igr witir tire right spirit of co-operation on t! part of ' builders, help in .. by adding to their elect r extra-illuminating lino : FILMS AND APARTMENTS ON VIEW. ON THE 12th of January, 1206, an old monk, shut in his white cell, was seated on an oaken stool before an inclined desk. In order to see more clearly he had pushed hi ? and his seat nearer the *A*indow. For hours he had sat there, bent over a sheet of vellum, dipping his goose quill carefully into the pewter inkstand, slow].-, painting the words and stopping while he wrote to consult the double ivory tablets, on which with a lead stylus he had traced his notes. His pare was finished. He opened the window. The low roofs of the city, shining from the rain, lay in stages below him, on the north ride of the hill as far as the river. whose tumultuous yellow waves he could sec. f?eavy clouds rolled across? the sky and th< rain fell stead The monk shook his h-,-'.d, 'These things have lasted foi c-levi "Thy wrath O Lord, weighs ?? ?? ? B * a si hor, despite all external mis ' i ??? I ed in what hie Iras (written, he returned to h desk ami re-read live now ; "The" of Paris, completely inui - .*Ions. On? can - n laces only by boat. Most i ?. :?.". Those -**-* f, weakened by tho con * , are thi '????'< rued ? .a ' J ? bridge, which they call the Little Bridge, can no longer resist, the thrusts of the waves. There arc enormous cracks in it. If may fall at any moment. The rich city, the queen of cities, is plunged in gloom. The priests groan; the sou's of the nuns are filled with grief. Paris succumbs under the weight of her sorrow and no one can console her." I le crossed himself. "No one but thou, 0 Lord, to whom nothing .*: impossible, and by whose will all things hrfnpen. The page isn't bad." lie put il fondlingly into a drawer. Then, hi? daily task being finished, he descended to cloi (ter, for ?I was the hour for exercise. "Have you heard the news, Brother Am The monks, two by two, circulated under the arcade, their forearms across their stom? achs, their band? hidden in tiieii* sleeves. Some groups walked very ?lowly, thus mani? festing their meditative spirit. Other**?, on the contrary, walked very quickly, thus ex pressing their ?late of exaltation and ti ? i n ?^ up their combative energy. 'News? No one h.i<- told me anything." "The leg-ate of (he Holy Father has arrived from Rome. He has traveled through many provinces, Disaster Is everywhere. Earth? quakes shake the .mountains and tho plain''. The rivers have left their courses, the field? By EDMOND HARANCOURT Translated by William L. McPhcr3^n ;; re overflowed, the cities arc crumbling away. Streams, transformed into torrent:', carry o IT flic trees and the farmhouses. But our misfortunes are not at an r?^iri. for the crops cannot be gathered and a year of famine ?; ahead of us." "Are we, thon, poin^ to sec, as we did lasl year, human creatures dying by the thou? sands? O Lord, are we going to sop corpses disinterred in the cemeteries and people tear? ing shreds of flesh off them? Aro wo to see families hiding the bodies of their dead and dividing thorn among the survivors?" "The scourge of God! God lays this curse in tho people of Franco, which has deserved His wrath. The Pono tolls us thai. The Holy Father has formally declared that nur mis eric? will |ast as long as tho causo of them lasts." "What causo?" "Tho King's sin ?his abominable persist? ence in sin." "It is thirteen years since our master, Kinc P' dlppe-Auguste, cast off his wife. Ingcl burghe of Denmark, t?> many Agnea do M?ranle, Rome has vainly launched the thun dei of ii r paternal menace. Kvcn exeommum cat loti has had no effect. The heavens are angry and have Intervened, It was t? be ex? pected. It. is Justice." "It. in well," said Father Anibroisc. "It is ?ust tha-t the sheep suffer from the crime of the shepherd. Only divine mercy can put an end to the miseries of the poor people. Only 'lie patron saint of Paris can intercede in favor of her city. We must ask her to plead our cause." '"Father Ambroise is right." "The patroness who saved us long ago ''rom the invasion of the barbarians will not refuse to guard us again in this time ot mor? tal peril. And since our order bears her name it belongs to us, my brethren, to speak to Samt Genevi?ve." Father Ambroise had closed his eyes in or? der to reflect with greater serenity. Finally he reopened them and said: "I believe I see the remedy which will bring results. The saint has deigned to enlighten irre. Let us organize here a procession, at the head of which we shall carry the relics of our patronesn. We will descend to trie Seine. From the top of the Little Bridge we will oppose the coffin, a.?* a dike, to the, fury of the waves. The watery element, however raging it may be, will retire into its bed ami Paris will h*? saved. So be it !" They discussed the matter. The procession was decided upon. Du (be ?lay set, and at the hour set, the saint's coffin was carried to the church door. To the sound of hymns, which tho denies in toned, the immense frame appeared under the porch, resplendent with jewels and surrounded with candles. At the sight of their palladium the thron.tr knelt in the mud, and a huge sigh, horn of distress and hope, rose from the pros irate mass. The whole city was there. Not a single unbeliever had absented himself. Fach group had its ow3i ?dace. The parishes, the religious communities, the trade corporations, in great pomp, with their standards and ban? ners, took their positions in the order which their hierarchical status decreed, and the cor? tege got under way. With low steps, rumbling and singing:, under the cold winter rain, the procession descended the hills, h directed itself toward the heart of Paris, down there where, on the Isle of the City, Our Lady the Virgin, warne 1 by tin? cathedral bells, awaited the visit of the saint who was coming to implore her aid. The last ranks of tho faithful were still in? toning at the top of tho hill when tho head <?!' the coll?ge reached the river. In front of the throng the Little Bridge trembled upon it pilos and tho roaring waters, stirred up by thousands of devils, whoso scaly backs and black horns one could see now and then, rushed to the. assault. "It is here that the decisive battle is to be delivered between our Protectress and tho scourge !" "Holy Virgin, have pity on us!" "Saint Genevi?ve, succor us!" "She advances upon the bridge! Tho devils redouble their fury I" "Does she hesitate, O Lord ?" "The holy saint of Paris : Sha .'.ops only to fight, not because she is afraid." "She resumes her march.'' "Halleluia! She has pa.-, cd o Tire news, spread from mo m atb. mounted the slope. "Genevi?ve Iras passed over. The victory is hers. Now that she is with the Virgin, her request will be heard. Pa >e saved. Halleluia! Halleluia!" The Te Deum which mounted from Notro Dame soared to heaven. A. > beil in all the bell tower.- emitted '; ?r bi . :*ors. The clouds trembled. Von might sa; that in? visible winus, flying through ti \ to ? then? anart in passing. Put the;.' .. . * '. The ?low iipour redoubl I :, how? ever. "A , . ,':Yi"*! \ miracle! They are con-" quere :. " ; e 3*a i Y,'\. : tlie c rrr.cny in tl was ended and v : n th ? *ie, for th cond time, pa? ed over a ray ci ' fell on it. 'Y ml en the parting ouds the pale v ; (i , and to ft f< w elect it was the rc spor .* i i ea'ven. And the whole city under? stood the promise i * the luminous Word. "Gei i /i?ve ha repassed the bridge! She is on th? left, bank!" ".Mon Dieu, the bridge has given way behind her!" "You see that it was she alone who sue taincd it!" "The devils are vanquished! They confV their defeat, since they avengo themselves! A miracle! A miracle! Paris is saved!" And the river, in fact, sagely recntsrf-i its bed.