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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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by herself for the success of the
workshop in which these toys have
been made. Almost unaided she has
carried through to the state of ac
complished fact the world's first com
prehensive attempt to deal with an
'ancient and bittertragedy that of
the men who are "too old to work."
Miss Foster has proved that no
man is too old to work, and to earn
his living as well, if only he can sit at
a bench and hold a brush or a bit of
She has also filled the department
stores of a dozen big American cities
with some of the quaintest, funniest
wooden animals and most amusing
jig-saw toys that are for sale any
where this Christmas season.
Hundreds of unemployed men were
put to work by the mayor of New
York, last winter, in municipal work
shops. With spring his shops were
closed. But Miss Foster, who with
other society women had served
luncheon to the men in the shops,
realized that the white-bearded
grandfathers among them would
stand no chance at all of getting new
So when the rest of the society
women packed up and sailed off to
Newport or Bar Harbor, Miss Foster
suddenly consecrated her life to the
saving of these broken old fellows.
Bishop David Greer contributed
the use of an old church building,
and in it Miss Foster installed work
benches, and about them assembled
12 old men her "twelve apostles,"
she called them.
"We started by making one black
cat and we had a frightful time get
ting its eyes in the right place," she
said today. "But those old men. who
had never handled a brush nor a saw
before, stuck to it until they had
made as good a black cat on wheels
as any child could want
"Old men learn about my shop
from some of those whom they meet
In the lodging houses and who are
already at work here, and every day
or two a new applicant turns up. i
1 They are ragged, filthy, and sullen at
first It is three weeks before I even,
get a smile out of a newcomer. But
it is wonderful to see the way these
old fellows come back. Inside of a
month, all on their own Initiative,
they have become clean, neat, and
Miss Foster paid each of her Santa
Clauses 50 cents a day and gave them
a good meal at noon. Then she rent
ed a five-room apartment on the east
side, furnished it, and installed a
group of her. best workers there.
Now these old men have a home of
their own.
The oldest of Miss Foster's "apos
tles" is 86, the youngest about 60. A
former architect works beside an old
cabman. A once successful lawyer
chats with the illiterate one-legged
graybeard next him who used to
serve on a canal boat
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Pathe is now to produce all of Al.
H. Woods theatrical successes.
Emmy Wehlen, who is starring in
Pathe's new series, "Who's Guilty?",
has signed with the Metro forces and
will work in the Rolfe studios.
Clara Kimball Young will soon be
seen in a World Film version of
Muriel Ostriche will make her
.Equitable debut in "A Daughter of
the Sea."
Loyola O'Connor, character act
ress, has joined the Griffith forces.
The Selig company has closed its
Chicago studio and transferred the
acting forces to the Los Angeles
Mae Marsh has resumed work in
the Triangle studios after a short ill- rfl
Movie fans in New York have
formed a "Clara Kimball Young
club" in order to help her win a pop
ularity contest being conducted by a
big New York daily.
Robert Warwick World Film star,
is much in demand. Now Wm A.
Brady wants him on Broadway,

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