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BILLIE BURKE SAYS DON'T TRY TO OWN A GIRL; JUST
TRY TO UNDERSTAND HER
These funny, funny men!!
I never had an idea they took
us so much to heart. They write
me from our hearts full "of self
hurt and rooted if old fashioned
ideals in which the 1913 girl has
From their letters you would
think there was not a beautiful
girl who had a grain of sense in
the whole world, or another
thought than of herself.
One says to me: "I have
never yet seen a girl who was in-
win i ' ' WW!
Miss Billie Burke.
terested in your beauty talks
that was not a vain little minx.
She thinks more about herself
than anything else on eafth; she
never says tp me : 'How well you
are looking tonight,' or 'How
nice of you to come and call!'
But she always asks, 'How do
you like my hair?' or 'Do you
think my new gown pretty?'
"She might be sure that I
think she looks all right, or I
would not take her out with me.
I will not take a girl to a party
or the theater that is not a 'good
looker,' and she ought to know
that without me telling her so."
Now, girls, what can you do
with a man like that?
Right down in his heart he
thinks he is much superior to
any woman that ever lived, and
while he wants you to be the
prettiest and cleverest girl in the
room, when he takes you out any
where, yet he wants all your
beauty and popularity to reflect
upon his choice.
He wants to be thought a
"good picker," and wants the
other fellow to say: "Isn't Jim's
girl a peach?"
He is not at all happy if his
friends say, "That little girl who
tags around with Jim is so clever
and pretty I don't see what she
finds in him."
Do you know, I sometimes
think many men are of this sort.
We have them about the stage
doors of our theaters.
The type is described by an act
ress in one of the woman's maga
zines of February. In telling of
her earlier days when she was
first on the stage, she describes a
kind of girl that has crept into the
chorus the kind of a girl who
pays her maid more than she
finds in her own weekly envelope.-'
The actress writes: "When
my first shock was effaced by fa
miliarity with conditions and I
had gome to understand their