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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 31, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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"I don't don't want to," falters
the amateur.
"Go on and do what I tell you."
The amateur does her legs shak
ing under her and the wonder in her
head if she will.fall on her face when
she stoops over. If she does fall, so
much the better it will mean more
fun for the audience. In any event,
the pathetic spell is broken and the
audience, convinced it has witnessed
a greedy amateur hunting a piece of
change, howls at her disappointment
when she throws the money down.
Such tricks are resorted. to any
moment the mood of the audience
changes from the boisterous to the
serious. The curtain is raised dis
closing amateurs grouped, apparently
unconsciously, on the stage, but real
ly placed there by the manager belore
the curtain went up. Boys are shoot
ing craps, a man who seems to be a
stage carpenter is sawing wood, and
runs. A girl is fixing another girl's
And then when each has done his
or her turn, the entire crowd is as
'Sembld on the .stage and the man
ager calls for applause for the most
successful that they may get prizes,
and big bags marked from 1 to 5 are
held up to" view and presented to the
amateurs as the audience voices its
approval, but to prevent heart failure
on the part of any amateur who wins
a "prize" the management tells them
in advance that "there ain't nothing
in the bags. This is part of 'the game."
And he collects the bags afterwards.
It is a hard school and surely, if a
performer survives it and has the
grjt to fix up an "act" and try for
professional time, he or she deserves
And if they have not the grit, it is a
splendid school to discourage the
"stage struck."
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. After counting the losses for slack
season, it is estimated that three
quarters of the women workers of
New York city receive less than $400
a year,
What day is it? No, it isn't one of
the dog days. We thought of that,
too, but the artist says that's wrong.
He says we're getting warm, though,
because it . has SOMETHING to do
with the weather.
We give it up. What day IS it?
The artist promises to tell us the
answer Monday, Feb. 2.
If you haven't solved it by then
yourself, you can see the answer in
The Day Book.
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Washington, Jan. 31. Fear, of
break between Japan and U. S. over
Mexican affairs lessened by state de
partment's announcement that Jap
anese minister to Mexico and Com
mander Moriyama of Japanese
cruiser Idzumo paid formal visit to
American embassy in Mexico City
and expressed appreciation of cour
tesy shown them by American naval
officers; on the Pacific coast,

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