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of wrecking lives, that woman's face, t
and the sound of her voice, broken J
and sobbing, comes to me. It was
graven on my child's heart.
My directors have spoken with
especial commendation of some of
the big gambling scenes in my pic
tures. But, up to now, I have never
told why I can bring the tragedy of
reality to that phase of a story.
I was born'with an extremely emo
tional nature. I was either bubbling
over with joy or in the depths of me
lancholy and tears. There was no
hlafway emotion in my makeup.
My mother, in her infinite wisdom,
foresaw the agony I would have to
undergo throughout my life, if that
unfortunate side of my nature were
allowed to develop. She knew she
could not possibly kill either the sor
row or the joy in me. So she set
about restraining the abandon with
which I exhibited my emotions.
She taught me not to laugh so
loudly. This she accomplished by
telling me that a woman's laugh
should be musical and that there is
no music in a loud laugh.
But when she came to stem the
tears, she had a hard task. In vain
they called me "cry baby!" I simply
couldn't control my tears. So she
did away with chaffing and become
Every time I showed signs of weep
ing I was told to go to my room until
I had controlled myself. To send me
from the room was the severest pun
ishment that could be inflicted upon
me. So, up in my own little room, I
fought the hardest, bitterest battles
of my life until I conquered tears.
That was years ago. But my
tears remain conquered now, that I
do not wish it to be so. I cannot
cry. When I am miserably blue or
when dire grief comes to me, my
heart aches so terribly I wonder
sometimes how 1 am going to stand
it' but no tears come.
These are proofs I offer in support
of my statement that environment
ot childhood is never .obliterated.
f frS PmS4 'Sir
- She is Vera Sisson, photoplay
star. She was born in Salt Lake City
and made her first stage appearance
In stock productions at Denver, Col.
Her success on the screen was in
stantaneous. During her career in
motion pictures, she has portrayed a
wide variety of characters with a
cleverness which won her praise
from the critics and popularity with
the public. Miss Sisson is now with
the Biograph company.
NEED WE SAY MORE?
"In memory of the name of the
late Dr. F. C. Batchelor it is proposed
that the name of the Forth Street
Maternity hospital (Dunedin) be al
tered to that of the Batchelor hos
pital." Southland Times (New Zea
land). Forty-five per cent of American in
come is speut for food, 20 per cent
for rent. .......