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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 08, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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GIRL HAD TO LEARN SPORTS TO HOLD HER
JOB SMASHES TWO RECORDS
Los Angeles, Feb. 8. Miss Mary
Thunnan, actress-athlete, had to
make good at sports in order to hold
her job in comedy motion pictures.
She did her duty with such re
markable success that she has top
pled over a couple of Vassar records,
having smashed the women's inter
collegiate marks in the 75 and 100
yard sprints.
h sue is proDaDiy tne nrst gin to
taKe up tne ancient urecian sport or
javelin throwing and in this she is in
a class? hv herself, hurline the lone
Hf spear 69 feet and 8 inches, a wonder-
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She is an expert at running. She
can make the broad and high jumps
with a grace and ease that would
make an ordinary high school youth
blush with envy. She excels in a
wide variety of athletics the very
thought of which would make the
pink-faced dandies of the cities turn
pale.
All this she has accomplished just
DASCHUNDS
The daschund is a long, narrow
dog that spends all its time growing
in one direction.
Its face is so far from its stomach
It has tp hire a guide so its meals
won't get lost And it has to start
eating at 3 in the afternoon to get
its food to its appetite by dinner
time.
The daschund is the only dog
known that can stand on the front
porch and sit down, in the kitchen.
One half of a daschund can be
coming home while the other half is
still going up town.
The daschund sags badly in the
middle because it has only a few legs.
The only thing that makes a dasch
und jealous is a centipede.
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In proportion to size a fly walks 13
times as fast as a man can run.
doing her day's work. And on top
of it all she is still a realgirl.
Miss Thunnan is a leading lady at
the Keystone Comedy company.
Making funny films is a strenuous
business requiring all kinds of ath
letfc ability. Several world cham
pions now in comedy movies have
won fame because of their physical
prowess.
Miss Thurman'had never seriously
considered sports until she went in
for film fun. The first picture she
worked in required her to don a
bathing suit and swim. She enjoyed
this effort and at once began her
work of becoming proficient in other
branches of sports.
"Some of our plays were made on
the campuses of California univer
sities," Miss Thunnan said. "This
gave me a chance to call on some of
the most famous coaches on the
coast for advice; Undoubtedlymuch
of my success is due to the Interest
they took in me.
"Then, too, some of the greatest
athletes in the world live in and
around Los Angeles. At different
times they have appeared in pictures
just as a lark. Knowing my interest
in sports they were always willing to
help me. I have had the benefit of
instruction from such famous track
stars as Fred Kelly, the winner of the
high hurdles at the StockholnrQlym
pic games."
The following table shows a com
parison between Miss Thurman's
records and those made at Vassar.
Miss Thursman's time was clocked
unofficially, but by reliable time
keepers: -
Vassar Miss Thurman's
records. records.
50-yd. dash. 6 1-5 sec. 6 1-5 sec.
75-yd. dash . 9 4-5 sec. 9 3-5 sec.
100-yards ..12 4-5 sec. 12 3-5 sec.
High jump..4f. 7y2in. 4 ft 5, in.
Broad jump. 14 ft 6 in. 14 ft 2in.
Javelin No record. 69 ft 8 in.
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