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BABY BELASCO, A "MOVIE" STAR,
IS A LITTLE WONDER
Walter Belasco, Jr.
BY GERTRUDE M. PRICE!
Santa Monica, Cal., Feb. 5. Wal
ter Belasco, Jr., is the nephew of the
He is somewhat quite close to the
magnificent age of 4 years and he
has gone into business for himself!
Strictly speaking it is a profession
which he has chosen, for be it known
to all other small and great folks
with a career in mind, young Walter
is doing parts in photoplays.
He has been featured in a colonial,
a puritan and a modern play, upon
the screen. And as you see him here,
he is dressed for a genuine Indian
tart, the kind every small boy just
i' ves to try.
Walter Belasco, Jr., is the pet of
( veryone on the big Kay Bee ranch.
Hough and ready cowboys reach
down from their saddles and lift him
in front of them and whir away.
His mother misses him, sometimes,
and wonders for a moment where he
is. Then she smiles and goes back to
her own work, saying, "I should wor
ry, Walter is safe, even with the most
reckless cowboy on the ranch, be
cause they all love him."
Little Walter has dark, snapping
eyes and a will entirely of his own.
And although so young he seems to
have inherited a natural sense of
dramatic detail. For instance, not
long ago he was taking the part of
a daddy's boy in a picture. It was
his duty to walk across before the
camera in . company with his stage
father. He and the grown-up actor
rehearsed their part once, apparently
to the satisfaction of the director.
Suddenly, as some minor detail was
being adjusted before the scene was
run off, the child turned to the actor
and said, "Aren't you s'posed to be
my daddy in this picture?"
"Certainly I am," was the answer.
"Well, then, why don't you take
hold of my hand? Real daddies al
It need not be said that "daddy"
took hold of Walter's hand when the
scene was really taken.
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
The old, old custom of town-crying
in England, which was in a fair way
to becoming extinct, has received an
added stimulus lately. An annual
competition in which a handsome
prize is awarded to the Bellman with
the finest voice is now being held,
with the result that the quality of
"town-crying" has gone up fifty per
cent. Notices of sales of furniture
and auctions in the cattle-market,
once shouted and bellowed without
art or ceremony, are now discreetly
toned and modulated. The railway
porters seam likely to follow the ex
ample of the town-criers. A musical
genius has arisen among them, the
rich quality of whose voice has long
been the admiration of regular trav
elers on the line where he was em-1
ployed. In the near future it may be
difficult to distinguish a genuine
town-crier from an operatic artist in.