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HILARIOUS NIGHT ON NEW .YORK'S -GREAT,
WHITE WAY ENDS IN SUDDEN TRAGEDY
Cortland, N. Y.f Sept 15. They
brought Ida Brown, until yesterday a
happy, dancing Broadway favorite,
back to the little town of her birth
in a walnut box today.
New York's Great White Way was
just ending a hilarious night as a
train crepj. into the Cortland station
at daybreak. In a coffin in the bag
gage car was the body of the 20-year-old
girl, who left Cortland to become
a "great star." She had been dragged,
crushed and mangled beneath a
wrecked car on a New York speedway
in the early hours of yesterday morn
ing as a 'climax to a gay auto ride
to a fashionable road house.
"God took Ida home to save her
from the wrong road," sobbed Mrs.
William Brown, her mother, as she
greeted her husband in the railway
station here. "She was a good girl,
but, oh! I was so afraid she was get
ting into bad company.
"I asked Mr. Shubert last night to
call all his girls in the Winter Garden
chorus together and cite Ida's case
as an example. It may save some
other girl who is too anxious for a
good time after the show."
Mrs. Brown leaned forward into
her husband's arms and, supported by
Her son Rufus, who had accompanied
her from New York, was carried into
a carriage. Half hysterical, she was
driven to her old home, wtiere funeral
services for the little girl were held
this afternoon. Her body was buried
in a rural graveyard. Her last re
quest, "When I die I want red roses
on my grave," was complied with.
Ida Brown's case was the old, old
s'tory. She was bred in this little
town of less than 10,000, where her
beauty was admired and where
church choir directors assured her
she had a "grand voice." Before she
reached high school she was ambi
tious for the stage. .
Mrs. Brown at first tried, to dis
courage her. Ida was popular among
her schoolmates and had plenty of
"fellows." Her mother tried in vain
to steer her into a course of matri
mony, but failing, consented to ac
company her to New York, where she
was to become a "star."
"It was to protect her that I went
to New York," the mother sobbed. "I
believed in my girl but I know of the
temptations that faced her." $
The beauty of the little Cortland
girl attracted theatrical managers in
New York. Her figure was marvel
ous; her eyes soft and appealing.
Within a few weeks she had an en
gagement Other managers saw her and only
a few days ago she realized the New
York chorus girl's ambition. She be
came a member of the famous
"beauty chorus" that nightly danced
its ways into the hearts of New York
theater crowds at the Winter Garden.
It' was only a little while, Cortland
felt sure, before Ida Brown's .name
would be flashed upon Broadway in
"I don't know just what happened
after the show that night," said Mrs.
Br6wn. "They told me that Ida and
Dorothy Hunt met two men at tha
stage door. They asked hem to take
a little ride. Ida didn't want to go
but they finally coaxed her."
Then came the dash in a racing,
automobile to the Pell Tree Inn, a,
"little supper" at 2 a. m., the start
back home and the crash that ended
the brief career of the girl who, left
Cortland only a little' while ago to
gain fame on Broadway.
Old friends of Ida. Brown crowded
the front yard today for the funeral.
There were boys she used to know in
her school days, now clerks in the
town stores, who stood about in their
shirt sleeves and mopped their per
spiring faces. ,
The preacher who know Ida when
she) wore fluffy white dresses to freg-