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morn- Morn-ingstar, is in of Audience Laughs With Old Bill' "Old Bill," the cartoon that kept doughboys and civilians alike laughing through two wars, canie to life Wednesday night on the stage of the Frederick High School auditorium. On the opening night of trie Frederick County Teachers Association second lecture series, Bruce Bairnsfather, wh0 created Old Bill" back in the frontline trenches of 1914. told an enthusiastic audience that it was really 'Old Bill" who created him. A Scotchman, who was born and lived about the first dozen years of his life in India, Bairnsfather al ways wanted to be an artist but his drawing of posters and show cards got him nowhere until he started drawing Beecham's pills "and they ( the company > finally bought one." This mundane beginning gave lit tle hint of the fame that Bairns father was eventually to Turned down before when he tried to join the Army, he was accepted readily when war broke out. and in a few weeks was made a second lieutenant, "the lowest form of military' life." At the front, where the trenches were al- ays furnished with two feet of ater, the younc officer beean drawing pictures to cheer up his friends and himself. Success At Last One night, near Christmas, 1914, a staff officer saw one of the drawings and suggested it be sent to a paper or magazine. It was Bairns- father's first cartoon to be accept er ana u Drougnt mm tne munificent sum of $15. From then on "Old Bill" made Bairnsfather famous. From one of his cartoons grew the play "'The Better 'Ole," which ran for two years in London and 18 months on Broadway with Charles Coburn as its star, and was made into a motion picture in 1926. As he showed pictures of "Old Bill's" progress over-the years and then,' with shirt sleeves rolled up, turned to his easel to draw additional cartoons, Bairnsfather kept his audience in a continual state of laughter with his witticisms. Be seat fire | of as To Tell Of Church's Work of si-pper Mr. all Mr.