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fe . y ,...., fi!LL,,lltl.EClURElKz V Capt Bruce airnsfather Tells 'of American Plans. WASHINGTON TO HEAE HIM Severely Wound Western ?ro: U ;d Ihirlng War t, British Officer Turns to Art - Inherited His .Talent .Talent Prom Parents. - Proceeds Going Going to Working Boys Home Here. Capt. Bruce BaJrnafather, British r irtoonist and' humorist and creator j os "Old Bill,' whose quaint philosor j I hies made Europe laugh during ,thf j ; irkest hours of ;the war,' wjl'l Iectrjj at Poli's on January 21. The proceeds c the lecture, entitled "Old Bill and'' - " will go to the. "Vor king Roys' ; liomt'. As a lecturer, BairnsTather jhas tje - i :ne immense!' popular , in' England, f"' ace the war ended:he .has dropped t ldie'rs and fighting as subjects for "$ cartoons and t?ns,. dealing., jn - with the topics;" of tte - day;; t - Although he ite scarcely - 30 'ye&rs.H c (1, li.iirnstather has had an event. - i i 1 reer. lie s the con of .Maj. - T'"o; - k'.s Hairnsfatlier. an English v. rtn officer, many years a resident t :' lndr!i. Maj. Bairnsfather combined : Idit - ring v ith paintinj? and musical 'imposition and was the producer of t v, - r: 1 musical comedies at Simla. r : - . - .. Bairnsiat'ner was also a clever r - lit. Bairsfather. il liis renins who has thus in - I as an artist from 1 1 h 6j8rervt.. ' va.s horn at Xlurree. in rrnulayas. li $4 Iffn and spent his early ..I - . - ; in India. He earlyshowed y - p.s ;' remarkable talent in his h is.c9 .work. r.atcr' P.airnsfather was Sfnt to 3 ; piarid l.o lj'.' educated and after f hooing - !m1 college he, entered the : : - .7iy ;ind became a lieutenant in the 1 oval Warwickshire regiment. J"SyereIy Wounded hrWar. j - v. r'ew years before the war. Bairns - f thfr, finding tlAt the conventions rind "Imitations of military life were unsui' ed - to his artistic inclinations. 3 - it the army and took up electrical i ij'.e' ring. - When he war began, 1; Vf'. r !.(?' promptly rejoined his old r yir - unt with the rank' of captain and went to the front, taking part i'. the important' battles of the first f.o years, in one of - which he was se - v - it - !y wounded. ' Throughout his school days, his I'j - ' term and his subsequent army career, Bairnsfather had continued to i. ak; omic sketches that attracted mii'li attention. He also contributed 1 u.norous articles to the English A' - . kliep. Even at the front he could - nut resist his inclination to see the Tumorous side. And after months of " :'c jn the trenches Bairnsfather came 1 i he conclusion that the only anti - ' te was to laugh at these horrors. ''.lis led to his first cartoon. As the author of the comedy. "The V - iter 'Ole." in which "Old Bill" was n prominent figure, Capt. Bairns - father added to the fame he had i Tned - as the humorous cartoonist r f the war. There are today thou - finds of Bairnsfather fans in Amer - ! :. as well as across ..he ocean. Since the - war ended Bairntjfather is publishing, in Ixindon, a humorous ekly paper called "Fragments," hich has attained a circulation of ; .if .Oilo. Explains His Lectures. in speaking of hjs approaching .' uierican our - .recently - Capt. Bairjis : .ttlTgpigji - ie fSe clowing outline of" hat h,e has. planned to talk abput. ' H'hen it was announced in the newspapers newspapers that I was to visit America ; r the purpose of 'delivering a. lec - !rc.' this term had such a depressing !TM - t that I consider it my duty to :itipel, in some measure, the gloom which 'it may have caused. I know Low I feel when I hear that some one is going to 'deliver a lecture.' I have ;it once a vision of a vast cold hall, a dry and empty - looking platform ; nd a cheap table on which is placed i very cheap glass of water, while a pointing rod leans against one or two chairs. "In' order to relieve myself and the public;" he continued, "of the suffering suffering which this nental picture conjured conjured up, I want td explain right away what I propose t do. "instead of 'lectur - ing' 1 shall"" just talk about my ajkyentures, sad and 4;ty. during the last five years. At first yawn I shall leave the stage. shall talk abfcut the things I "have sctMi and done, illustrating my remarks remarks with original pictures. At the end of my talk I will draw original sketches on tJie stage and I only hope that I may beable to arouse as much interest and give as much pleasure as my trip to the United States will H ve .me. As1 'Old Bill' has remarked in my play, 'If you know a better '"!e. go to it.' I am going to it." Incidentally. Bobby Burns was once tenant of tfce Bairnsfather 'family, which dates back, on his mother's ;de to Richard the Third and Bos - (v orth Field. His father is Scotch and the name "Bairnsfather," al - t.'.ough Scottish, is of Norse origin, juid has nothing to do with bairns as Scotland understands them. It means bear's father. Proceeds to Help Boys. 0 The Working Boys' Home, to which the proceeds of the lecture will go, lias taken care of over a hundred boys during the past year, and has eiirned a splendid refutation as a "welfare organization. Mrs. McClelland McClelland is the superintendent of the (home. The age limit of the Working Boys' Home i - s 12 to 20 ytfars. There are many youngsters sent, to the home y the board of children's guardians, and their expenses are paid by this board. Some of the boys, too young to work, are sent to school, and their board furnished by friends. Some of the boys pay a weekly amount, which does not cover necesary expenses, but which is accepted so that the boys do not feel that they are entirely dependent dependent upon charity. The remainder of the funds necessary necessary to maintain the home are raised jamong the friends of the institution, Jiy lectures similar to that arranged during Capt. Bairnsfather's stay in .the National Capital, While In Wash - dngton, Capt. Bairnsfather will be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Randall H. Jtagner. , I

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 18 Jan 1920, Sun,
  3. Page 9

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