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Before 200 representative business
tnen of the city, John T. Pratt, chair
man of the natio' al budget commit
tee, spoke yesterday on the work of
the budget comn ittee and the reforms
which have been effected in the na
tion's business by Gen. Charles G.
Dawes. His address was delivered
at luncheon at the Y. M. C. A., and
wan a clear and forceful examina
tion of the work which has been un
dertaken by General Dawes, support
ed by the national budget committee
which is made up of business men
and otlirs who are In favor of an
efficient regulation of government
Mr. Pratt said In part:
" "Our national government can be
spoken of as the greatest business In
the world. The executive responsi
bility for this enormous business en
terprise, which goes under the name
of the United States of America, Is
perhaps the most tremendous thing
"Congress cannot In and of Itself
think nationally, because the proper
viewpoint and the proper machinery
to carry out that viewpoint are lack
ing. Just take my present trip as an
example. In St. Louis I was warned
of a strong local movement to spend
$40,000,000 of governmental money to
deepen and widen the Mississippi
river. In Duluth, five days later, I
sat next to the chairman of the Min
nesota state commission, backing the
project of our ' government joining
with the Canadian government in -a.
J270.000.0OO project to build a deep
sea canal, connecting the Great Lakes
with the Atant.c ocean. . Unless my
memory Is at fault, I will find similar
projects on my trip to the Gulf states
and along t.e Atlantic seaboard. In
the states of Washington and Oregon
here and in Arizona and New Mexico
there are irrigation propects under
"Assuming tnat all these projects
are meritorious, the old way, and the
only way up to date, to get them
authorized by appropriation bills was
to make a drive on your local sena
tors and congressmen. Everybody
knows that there are bureaus in the
executive departments at Washing
ton filled with permanent civil serv
Ice employees who are doing nothing
else bih studying and working on our
national needs for better -waterways
and more and better irrigation. These
pessonne. have to think nationally.
Why in the name of common sense
and business sagacity don't our peo
pie take up their local national prob
lems vith t te executive departments
and not with their congressmen? The
problem is right up to the people of
this country. Do you prefer exec
ptive planning, direction, study an;
control ot our great national prob
lems, or do you prefer to throw them
Into the maelstrom of the log rolling,
vote swapping pork barrel, wasteful
methods under which the national
house of representatives and our sen
ate have been in the habit of acting?
And now for the remedy:
The national bndget bill was
passed in June, 1921. It creates a
bureau of the budget under a direc
tor of the budget, in the office of the
secretary of the treasury, but directly
responsible to the president. The
duties of the bur au are to comp'le
and revise (no'e the word) , the esti
mates of the executive bureaus and
departments, and to submit the same
to the president, to be by him trans
mitted to congress on the opening
day of each session, he budget is
to contain a summory statement, ac
companied by supporting schedules,
showing the estimated revenue and
expenses of the government for the
next fiscal year. For the year 1921
only, an alternative budget Is to be
presented, showing how the budget
bureau would lik to submit its fig
ures. For years there have been
number of general appropriation bills,
15m number I believe. They are not
well grouped functionally. For exam
pie. the war department now get
its money under five distinct bills.
The alternative budget for 1921 will
undoubtedly follow the functional
standard, which ts the method used
In countries operated under budget
"Gen. Charles G. Dawes of Chica
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CarmanJotianaI BudfatComm
go was appointed director or the
budget and assumed his duties Jury
1, 1921. He has, under the law, a
budget officer in each of the nine
departmentss. In the five months
he has been al work he has accom
plished great results along two lines,
First, he has cut out all the padding
in the departmental estimates. Sen
ator Smoot will not be able to telf
his $20,000,000 Story in regard to the
estimates put in this year, or here
after. Second, he has done wonders
in co-ordinating and setting to rights
many executive activities.
"The net result of what General
Dawes' bureau of the budget has
done is a saving of about $600,000,000
in the estimates made by the treas
ury department in the spring of 1921.
This saving so far as It represents
cuts in departmental estimates, is
of course, simply a paper saving un
til congress, by adhering to the fig
ures submitted by the president on
Dec. 5, make- the saving of real and
not a paper saving.
"It is because there is no evidence
that congress is going to follow these
budget figures that 1 am here. I have
endeavored to give a sketch of the
actual conditions in our national cap
ital, conditions for which no individ
ual and no political party is respon
sible. The blame is squarely upon the
people of the United States for their
lack of Interest in public affairs.
"The remedy is simple. We want
congress to change its rules of pro
cedure by passing self-denying ordi
nances, covering the following points
"(a) The consideration by the house
and by the senate, sitting as commit
tees o' the whole, of the entire fi
nancial plan contained in the presi
dent's budge end in the report of a
single appropriation committee in the
house and in the senate. Such a sin
gle appropriations committee has been
created by th- house, but not yet by
the. senate.
"(b) A rule by which the members
of both houses of congress deny
themselves th right to introduce any
bills calling for the appropriation of
moneys until the president's budg
et is acted upon and disposed of.
"The only way to make congress
listen is to get from 25,000 to 225,
000 people in t s country converted
to a wholehearted belief in three slo
gans: "(1) Make congress follow the
president's budget, founded on Gen
eral Dawes' work.
"(2) Take your national problems
to the executive departments and
not to congress.
"(1) Use the new standard for
meas-uring the success of every mem
ber of every legislative body 'Not
what you ge. fOi your constituents,
but what yoi. save for the country,
the state or the city.' " t
The budget delegation, headed by
Mr. Pratt left New York, Nov. 14.
Chicago was the first objetive, with
stops at Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Cov
ington, Ky., and Indianapolis. At Chi-
Have you ever attended a motion
picture show and gone away with a
feeling down in your heart that you
could, write a better story than that
you saw portrayed on the screen?
If you're a normal human being you
have and now's the time to see
whether you really can write a good
movie story.
Have you started a story for The
Republican's scenario contest yet?"
is becoming the question heard on
every hand, since the contest was an
nounced a few days ago, and in most
cases the answesr is "Yes," for it
seems everybody is out to win one of
the six prizes offered.
Hundreds of people in Phoenix are
entering the contest, not only for the
prizes but for the sake of the start in
the scenario writing profession which
a prize will give. Kvery person who
attends the movies has his or her own
ideas about what a good picture
should be, and the contest affords an
opportunity to set forth those ideas
In concrete form and submit them to
competent judges, who are to be an
nounced in a few days.
There are no strings to the contest.
It is open to all. There are no condi
tions but two that the story be type
written, and in the hands of the
"Scenario Editor, The Republican,"
before 6 p. m., Dec. 30 and no fees.
Beside giving everybody a chance
Six Prizes To Be
Awarded For The
Best Scenarios
FIRST PRIZE Course in the
Palmer Photoplay School.
SECOND PRIZE Twenty-five
dollars in cash.
THIRD PRIZE Fifteen dollars
in cash.
FOURTH PRIZE Ten dollars
FIFTH PRIZE Season pass to
the Rialto theater.
SIXTH PRIZE Season pass to
the Strand theater
writing, The Republican is teaching
its readers how a scenario should be
This morning The Republican is
publishing the second of a series of
eight articles on writing for the
screen by II. II. Van Loan, one of
the country's successful scenario
writers. By reading Mr. Van Loan's
series even the rawest beginner can
write-a motion picture story. All that
is needed is the idea.
So get busy. Here's the chance
you've been waiting for to break into
the scenario writing game ry winning
to try his or her hand as scenario one of The Republican's prizes.
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By H. H. Van Loan
In the previous article I advised the
writer who desires to contribute to
the screen to waste no superfluous
words, and explained that the main
thing to bear in mind is first to estab
lish a reason for the story, and then
start for the climax. In fact, perhaps
the best definition of any story is a
premise and a chase. It is better to
limit the number of characters to as
few as possible. Too many principals
confuse the audience and tend to
complicate matters and involve the
plot. This results in the audience
mixing labor with its, amusement.
Those who go to the picture theater
are seeking relaxation from personal
or business cares, and they want to
be amused and interested without any
great mental effort. Too many lead
ing characters confuse the audience
because it is difficult to place them,
and. even though a program is fur
nished, it is of little use in a dark
ened house. There should be few
characters in the cast. Keep your
cast down, and, when you keep your
cast down you are keeping the cost
of production down. Actors salaries
are a very big item in the making of
a picture.
Devote considerable thought to the
title of the story. Don't accept the
first title that comes to you. It won't
be the bast tiUe for your story. Spend
as much time In the selection of your
title as you spend on the story itself.
Of course, many times the producer
changes titles, but. when you send
your story to him you have every
reason for believing he will retain the
original title, and, if it is really good.
he probably will use it. Often we
find, upon completion of a story, that
the working out of the plot has pro
vided us with a better title than we
had in the beginning. Tertians' this
wouldn t occur to you, but think it
over, before and after, and see if your
title is a good one. Make certain that
your title delivers the message. The
title should attract attention, arouse
interest and create Cesire. If it does
this it is a drawing power for the
box office.
In addition to this, be sure to keep
the length of your title short. Use as
few words as possible. Remember
the average space reserved for the
incandescents announcing the cur
rent production, in front of the thea
ter, will not accommodate more than
a dozen letters. It peeves th ex
hibitor to have a long title, with four
or five words, and he has to fret and
fume as he ponders how to display
the name of the production without
eliminating some words. When he is
compelled to reduce the number of
words in the title it affects the neat
ness of the front of the theater. But.
more important than all else, it reg
isters a noticeable falling off of re
ceipts. The writer of photoplays must real
ize that the title is just as important
as the story itself. Many stories have
been sold to producers because the
titles had a "punch" in them. The
title is the first thing the producer
reads, and. if it is a good, snappy
one. it doesn't reouire much effort
to make" him read the script. A good
title will always arouse curiosity. On
the other hand, if the title is not a
good one the interest of the producer
fails to be stirred, and he decides
that such a mediocre name will prob
ably be followed by an even more
mediocre story, and he will not even
take the time to read it.
However, the Judgment of the ex
perienced screen writer and the pro
ducer are not always correct In the
choosing of titles. Kvery season there
are many good photoplays, with fine
plots, portrayed by excellent actors,
which fail to reap financial harvests
predicted for them, because of poor
titles. At the present time there is a
very fine picture which has fallen
far blow the returns estimated by
its producer because the picture did
not have the power, in Its title, to
attract the people into the theater.
The title was not good. The title must
have a pulling power, and it is a fact
that a good story with a poor title
will deny the producer thousands of
dollars which he is rightfully entitled
to on the merits ot his production. It
is also true that an excellent title
will very often put a poor picture
over. Why Because the public likes
the title and is attracted to the thea
ter because it believes that particular
title offers something promising. It
may not be satisfied with the story,
but the exhibitor has benefitted fi
nancially and made money. One
often hears it said: "The title made
that picture." This Is very often
Be sure and give your story the
very best title it i3 possible for you
to give it. It may be the means of
your selling the story, and. the selling
of your story may be the means of
breaking the ice for you and starting
you on the road to success. Concen
trate on the title. I cannot impress
this too forcibly on the aspirant.
Trusting that I have impressed
upon the reader the necessity of good
titles. I will tomorrow take you
along with me to the next step, which
will be the construction of the pho
toplay. (To be continued)
It seems a pity that after witness
ing the screening of "The Four
Horsemen of the Apocalypse" at the
preview at the Rialto yesterday, we
are compelled to be limited in refer
ring to fhe masterwork by the gen
erally collective term of "motion
It was a critical audience who were
the invited guests of the management
of the Rialto for a special screening
of this super-feature which the the
ater is announcing for an engagement
to start Saturday.
And it was a representative audi
ence, too, composed of members of
the staff of state officials, members
of the ministerial association, prom
inent professional men of the city,
and representatives of the press.
We would not venture to say what
opinion of the production each guest
had formed before the picture started,
but we will venture the opinion tlmt
there was not one present, who, be
fore the film had been on the screen
twenty minutes, had not come to the
conclusion that he had not formed
his opinion half high enough: he was
confronted with the realization that
in this production he was indeed
watching no mere motion picture.
And hence the pity that a produc
tion as wonderful, as inspiring and as
comprehensive as this Rex Ingram
masterpiece should, through the limit
of the language, be consigned to the
term "motion picture."
And that's exactly how the screen
ing struck us. We lost all sense of
time we were wafted along under
the. influence of an inspiring spec
tacle through a narrative, the like of
which has never before reached the
silent screen.
If one has ready the .iovel, the
witnessing of the picture will prove a
revelation in the science of correct
screen adaptation. There is no point
of the renowned Ibanez story that
has been overlooked by June Malhis,
the scenarist responsible for the
script. And be it said to his ever
lasting credit that Rex Ingram has in
no Instance overstepped the bounds
of reason to obtain effects he keeps
within the confines In every Instance
of the description as the noted author
wrote it. Thanks to the flawless
work of June Mathis he was fur
nished a scenario that permitted
straightforward visualization of his
story there is no wandering away
from the central idea it is a perfect
ly built, perfectly balanced cinema
triumph that will create the most
profound Impression on everyone v&o
sees it be he reader of the novel or
not be he lover of motion pictures
or not it is a spectacle one will
never forget the greatest evidence
of advancement in the science of the
cinma that has yet come to our at
tention. It is the standard by which
all future motion pictures will be
Birthd ay
Cakes and
for the
The Alhambra Literary society had
a very lively debate Friday evening
on the subject: Resolved that mov
ing pictures are more beneficial than
harmful to society." Smith Beck,
R- E. Is. Sheppard spoke on the af
firmative and Mr. Metcalf and Mr.
Adkins on the negative. The decision
was given to the negative. Beside
the debate Miss Edwards of Phoenix
gave vocal and piano numbers wfcieh
aided greatly to the program, as did
the songs by the seventh and eighth
grades. At the next meeting' of the
society new officers will ba e)pcttl
and it is planned to put children in all
the offices and let the elders step out,
since it is well started.
A meeting of the Alhambra Neigh
borhood club was held Wednesday at
the home of Mrs. E. E. Jack. The
siibject was "Southern Authors," andl
the program was in charge of Mrs.
R. S. Kreiger. Plans for the com
munity Christmas tree which the
club provides every year were pre
sented and discussed.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cage will move
hack to their old home on Avenue J
Dec. 13.
Sunday school will be held at 2:30
p. m. Sunday at the school audi
torium. Everybody who doesn't at
tend elsewl -e is cordially invited to
attend. Workers are needed. Prayer
meeting is Wednesday evening.
Baked Goods
Certainly Are
What finer desserts could anyT
one wish for than Donofrio's
Donofrio's a stopping
place on your next shopping trip.
Lunch here, then take home some
of our incomparable French and
Danish pastry, a chocolate cake,
some fresh cookies any of the
innumerable dainties for which
Donofrio chefs and bakers are
The luncheon charge at noon
is forty cents.
A bweets Shop where the
quality is just a little bit better
cago a second reh-y of prominent
speakers accompanied by Mr. Pratt
as far as Duluth, stopping enroute at
Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Another relay of speakers took up
the trip from Duluth to Seattle where
a flying squadron of 'Pacific coast
business men joined Mr. Pratt and
accompanied him to San Francisco.
From Los Ange es other groups will
form relays to Texas Florida, and
the trip up the Atlantic seaboard
from Jacksonville.
Among the citizens of national
prominence who are assisting in the
six weeks speaking campaign to
preoare the public to support th
nation s next budget, which will be
ready late this month, are: Dr. Xich.
o'.as Murray Butler: Benjamin Stove,
the prominent New York banker:
Gov. Henry J. Allen of Kansas: Paul
M. Warburg: rL C. Leftingwell, for
mer assistant secretary of the treas
ury; Chester H. Rowell: Alton B.
Parker; Dr Samel McC'une Lind
say and others. Chief Justice Wil
liam Howard Tatt is one of the di
rectors ot Ihe budget-
Opposing the 26 per cent increase
in rates applied for by the American
Express company, various interests
will make appearances today at
the hearing to be conducted by Ex
aminer Pattison of the interstate com
merce commission, in the senate
chamber at the state house.
The express company, on refusal of
the corporation commission to grant
an Increase of rates within the state,
annealed to the I. C. C. which Will
take tesUmony in the case today.
For the past six weeks Amos A.
Betts of the corporation commission
has been gathering data from every
station in which the express company
operates within the state to be used
in the state's case oh Thursday.
Since notification was received of the
date of the hearing both the com
mission and the attorney general's
office have been preparing to meet
the issue and have the added support
of the traffic department of the
chamber of commerce, and the var
ious shippers among others the pro
duce men. merchants, creamery and
packing interests and others.
The express company first filed ap
plication with the state commission
to increase rates in July, 1920, to be
effective August, 1920. In the 13
months since the date the company
asked that the order go into effect
the refusal of the commission has
resulted in saving of approximately
$200,000. Mr. Betts said yesterday.
Mr. Betts said that the increase
sought by the coinpany.was unjust in
vi-w of the fact that the zone in
which Arizona is included is paying
a higher rate under the present rate
than zones on either side which have
been granted increases.
The case to be heard at 10 o'clock
this morning is considered of
tho utmost importance involving as
it does the state's right to regulate
rates within the state.
"What has become of the old
fashioned bad man who usod to shoot
out the ligiits in saloons?"
"He's gone where the woodbine
twineth, and for the sake of his repu
tation as a marksman 'tis better so.
Two drinks of the stuff sold nowa
days by bootleggers would spoil his
r.im." Birginham Age-Herald.
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No other phonograph even dares the
test which the New Edison underwent
last Monday, before a large audience
at the High School auditorium.
That fact is something for you to
think about.
The test of comparison with living
artists is the only phonograph test
which means anything. It is he only
way in which a phonograph can irre
futably prove its realism. It is the
most drastic of all phonograph tests.
To sustain it, requires absolutely per
fect realism, nothing less.
Last Monday, the New Edison stood
by Helen Clark's side in the High
School auditorium. If you were there,
you heard the living voice and the Re
created voice brought into direct com
parison. You know that there was no
difference between the two voices.
A similar test was made by, Joseph
Phillips with Re-Creations of his bari
tone selections. Again the same aston
ishing result there was no difference
between Recreated voice and living
. By this wonderful performance, the
New Edison has placed itself apart
from all other phonographs and talking
machines. It alone has sustained this
drastic test. It alone has proved con
cretely and. conclusively, that it gives
you the living performances of great
4 'The Phonograph With A Soul"
An Official Laboratory Model you buy
in our store will positively sustain the
test made at the High School auditor
ium. We will give you our guarantee
to that effect. '
Come in and hear this instrument in
some further tests of its realism. Learn
that you can have an Official Labor
atory Model of your own on a very
small cash outlay. We will make a
gentleman's agreement with any music
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