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TOO REAL REALISM IN
Camden, N. J., May 21. Real
ism on the stage, the goal of man
agers and producers, may be re
sponsible for the loss of sight by
an actor performing at a local
Chester de Vonde, an actor well
known on the so-called "tan
shoe" circuit, was performing
here last night in a. "thriller"
known as the "Great Medical
Mystery." The piece of too real
realism came at the end of the
In the show De.Yonde is sup
posed to be a blind man who has
never seen the woman he has
married. He thinks she is beau
tiful, but in reality she is a
hunchback. The husband' wishes
his sight restored"so fie can see
his "beautiful" wife. The wom
an fears' the consequences when
he learns of her deformity. She
pleads with the doctor to drop
something in the eye of her hus
band that will keep him in dark
ness. The climax arrived. Which so
lution would he drop into the
husband's eye? Would he regain
his sight or be blind for all time?
The audience was breathless as
the little tube was tilted over the
husband eye. A drop of the fluid
fell on the pupil.
De Vonde dropped to the stage
with a cry. The curtain was
quickly dropped. But De Vonde
did not respond to the tumultous
applause that greeted the end.
Today he is in a darkened room
and physicians are really trying
to save his sight. In some way
a bottle of carbolic acid had been
substituted for the bottle of water
and the searing liquid had de
stroyed his right eye. The sight
of the other is threatened.
AVIATOR klLLED MAKING
HIS FIRST FLIGHT.
Dayton, O., May 21. Fred J.
Southard, 28, of Minneapolis, was
killed on the Wright aviation field
at Simms Station near here today.
He was making his first flight.
Southard was the son of
wealthy parents. He had been a
student in the Wright aviation
school for several weeks. A few
days ago he bought the machine
in which he went to his death.
Southard begged the Wrights
to permit him to'fly alone yester
day. They refused him permis
sion, saying he was not well
enough acquainted with the
mechanism of an aeroplane.
At 6 o'clock this morning
Southard woke up F. J. Burns,
one of the Wright mechanicians,
and persuaded him to go to the
field with him.
There Southard 'broke into the
Wright hangar and wheeled out
his aeroplane. Burns told him 'lie
was a fool to try and fly, but
Southard was insistent.
Southard started the engine
and attempted to rise. Six min
utes after the first revolution of
the engine Southard was lying on
the field, a mangled, bleeding
corpse. He had tried to rise too
quickly and stalled the engine.
Southard is survived by a wife,
Whom he married nineyears ago.