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men producers of moving pictures,
holds the highest office. And Laura Oakley, a photoplayer of many parts, has the unusual distinction of being chief. - "V.-w A. streeW4 UniyrsaJ.ttyis a caP1 tal reminder typtfearly time western town One .ojf interesting features is that.uyerjfth&ig'inCit can be and IS utilized, at onetime, or an other, for. picturesTTf. -a-western scene is.to ie shown wbjich requires a saloon;, scene painters, tid property men are -called and' given orders to erect and paint such a building; for there is not a REAL saloon on the place. In an hereditably; brief time the building is ready, f pf , tie' it known to the uninitiated, onlyj the FRONT of the structure is built, unless an interior as well as an exterior is required. For people who suppose that dan gerous scenes and hair-breadth in cidents are "faked" on the screen it may be interesting to know that a genuine up-to-datp HOSPITAL has been erected at Universal Gity, and, for the past several months, there has been a resident physician on the grounds who has had all sorts of cases from abroken toe to a general smashup to treat. On my way around "Movie" town I discovered another novelty. It is the animal stage, where the big animal pictures of the Universal Film Co. are made. "How do you get the lions and tigers and other wild animals rom their cages to the stage?" I asked of the man who was piloting me around. He answered by taking me to the place, which I found was connected with runways leading to all the prin cipal wild animal cages. When a lion or leopard is needed in a scene, the cage opening on the runway is unfastened; the animal runs along it and comes out upon the stage! Just as I was preparing to leave town a man rushed across an open air statje and shouted to some one, "Ride him, Shorty. Stick to him, old man!" A dozen men shouted the same sort of order. I turned in the direction they were looking and saw a cowboy riding a horse at break neck speed. He dashed down a hill, through a wire fence arid in among the buildings. Four or five other men, springing apparently from no where, jumped onto their horses and started in pursuit. Whizzing by a team hitched to a lumber wagon, the frantic horse started it on a runaway dash, over the hills. In and out went the flying broncho, with the other riders doing their level best to head him off. - , "No way to stop that brute but lasso him," I heard a bystander say. . And then I noticed, for the first time,' that the man was riding with ONE' rein. The other hung from, the bridle and dangled on the ground. "He's over the bank!" somebody shouted. "Gee, that's what I call tough luck," mused a man in a genuine "rough neck" makeup as he walked leisurely back to the stage where he had been in the act of killing off a "hero." "Wonderful ride! Great action! Beautiful fall and a bunch of broken bones "But no camera!" A few minutes later the riderless horse, was lassoed and poor Shorty was taken to the hospital to. have a broken shoulder set. It would have made a great picture, but, alas, it was the real thing! And so goes life in a "movie" town. o o Wife (reading) Isn't this funny, my dear? Here is an article which ' says they have found a new species of birds in Australia which have four legs. Now, whatever do you suppose they want four legs for? Husband (yawning) They are probably poli ticians, my love, and by this beautiful dispensation of their Creator they are enabled to stand on both sides of the fence at the same time,"