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g 2 SUNDAY MORNING; MARCH lg, 1930. PART HI. J TWAIN LETTER UNEARTHED 'Hitherto Unknown Communication of Famous Humorist Brought to Light ; BY NEETA MARQUIS The recent effort of admirers of Robert Browning, poet, to acquire Ills love' letters p?rmanent)y for Southern California exhibition, has brought to light a hitherto unpublished letter of Mark Twain, humorist, telling not on:y of hts attachment for the poet of which many of his admirers have remained unaware but also of his abilities as an Interpreter of the poet. Written more than forty rears ago to Cornelia Welsh. Foote of Cincinnati, the letter was brought to light by Elizabeth HeiTick Steake of Hollywood. Tii publicity attendant at lhe time to Browning recalled the letter to her mind and she has presented it for publication. This is the letter which Mark Twain wrote to Mrs. Foote from JIartford on December 2. 1887. It was penned on three sheets of thin tablet paper folded twice to fit into a plain white envelope: "My dear Mrs. Foote: "Well, people and things do swap, places in most unexpected ways in this world. Twenty years ago I was a platform humorist and you a ainger of plaintive Scotch ballads that were full of. heart-break and tears. And now we have changed places. You are platform humorist (among other things) and I am ader to a Browning class! "I can't imagine a completer reversal of roles than this. I hope you find your change as pleasant as. I do mine, and that you are as willing as I to let the thing remain as it is; for I wouldn't trade back for any money. "Now. when you come to think of It, wasn't It a curious Idea I mean for a dozen ladies of (apparently) hih intelligence to elect me their Browning reader? Of course, you think I declined at first, IROADWAT Hill. ANO St VI NTH BULLOCK'S INAUGURATION ONE O'CLOCK SATURDAYS Festoon, $6! Of Imitation Pearl s ! 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All you need in this life is ignorance an dconfidence, then success is sure. "I've been Browning reader forty-two weeks row, and my class has never lost a member by desertion. What do you think of that, for a man In a business he wasn't brought up to? "I wonder if in one particular your experience in your new vocation duplicates mine. For instance, I used to explain Mr. Browning but the class won't stand that They say that my reading Imparts clear comprehension, and that Is a good deal of a compliment, you know; but they say the poetry never gets obscure till I begin to explain It which is only frank, and that Is' the softest thing you can say about it. So I've stopped being expounder, and thrown my heft on the reading. Yes, and with, vast results. I don't wish to flatter anybody, but I will nay this much; put me In the right condition and give me room according to my strength, and I can read Browning so Browning himself can understand it. It sounds like stretching, but it's the cold truth. Moral: Don't explain your author, read him right, and he explains himself. "I wish you every possible success and shall be as glad as your own heart to hear that you have won It. "Sincerely, "a L. CLEMENS." FAMOUS LOVE LETTERS LOST TO SOUTHLAND The Browning love-letters, sought as a local possession for housing In the Huntington Library, has been sold In New York, through Frank Dressier North, a Fifth avenue dealer, to Miss Caroline Hazard, a former president of Wellesley College, and presented by her to the college as a memorial to Alice Freeman Palmer, president of tho institution from 1881 to 1887. The famous collection will now repose In a small college town a lew miles out from Boston. There can be little doubt that the widespread publicity given the presence of the collection in Los Angeles hastened the sale of the treasure, and also augmented the price. This was named as $75,000 at th time, but the sum paid in the East a few weeks ago is quoted as "between $75,000 and $100,000." MISSION , PLAY TO CLOSE Observance of the Mission Play's nineteenth birthday, which falls on April 29, Is being planned by John Steven McGroarty. author" of the production, according to an announcement made to a group of friends hare. With the season scheduled to close at about the same time, it Is possible that the birthday event will be made the final performance of the year. Although the author first began work on the play in 1911, at which time he -was urged to leave newspaper work and turn his attention toward the creation of i drama de plcting the history of California's missions, the production was not completed until nearly a year later and the Erst performance was given on April' 29. 1912. For many years the now-f3mous pageant-drama w as presented in a rus:ic wooden structure across from old San Oabrtel Mission, but In 1927 the play moved into its present picturesque home, which was built and completed by generous public subscription. Detai's of plans for the birthday event this year have not teen completed as yet. EASTERTIDE .IN ROME SUBJECT OF ADDRESS "Roma at Eastertide" titles the lecture to be given by Inga Nelson Brown of the club, lecturer and world traveler, before the Schubert-Wa Wan Club Wednesday at the Brumbaugh Studios, 111 North Windsor Boulevard, beginning at 2 p.m. The lecture is being given through tho philanthropy department, Mrs. F. C. Coates, clialrman. Tea will be served by pupil teachers of Mrs. Frances P. Brumbaugh. Mrs. Cath erine Baker is in charge of reserva tions. Special , music will be the singing of Mrs. Frank Almon Ma-ginnis, soprano, with Frances Stults Campbell, accompanist, both club members. UNIVERSITY CLUB TO MEET Mrs. Hector Geiger will be the speaker for El Camino Real Chap ter, Daughters of ' the American Revolution, Thursday at 2 p.m. at the women s university Club, 043 South Hoover street. Her subject will he "American Literature. BULLOCK'S GALERIE DE CHARME Catherine Day Facials at Bullock's! Catherine Day facials are first of all restful! A chaise lorrie for complete relaxation! Soothing fingers patting on Catherine Day creams! A few moments . . and gone is the frown between the eyes . . the tension of tired nerves ! A specialty at Bullock's Galerie de Charme. Manicuring! Bullock's Galerie de Charme has 26 specialists in manicuring. Their services include the Peggy Sage and the Yvette manicures. A Permanent! A choice of 9 varieties of Permanent waving awaits you at Bullock's Galerie de Charme. Exquisite waves given by specialists only. Clerie de Chrme , , . BULLOCK'S . . . Ninth Tloor, Broadway Building ONE NOVELIST LIKES COUNTRY (Continued from Thirteenth Pae) Tashman, Sigmund Romberg, Irving Berlin, Ina Claire and about nrty others. These were all Broadway writers, actors and managers. None of them were strictly Hollywood peo Pie. The hotel at dinner time iooked like the Astor Grill at mid-season in the old days, when everybody was In rehearsal. I had come back from Europe three months earlier because I was homesick for this very society and now I found it la Hollywood Instead of Broadway. NO ORGIES YET I haven't yet discovered an orgy or a radio party, but I have discovered a lot of good talks and some good bridge players. I discovered the one thing I had not heard spoken of before and that was the cosmopolitan character of life In Hollywood. There are Russians, French, Germans, English, Spanish, Scandinavian actors, directors and writers. You meet them everywhere, gathered together In a way you could not find them anywhere else In the world. And It occurred to me that I had never heard any of the Bpanish or French or English visitors to Hollywood whom I'd met In Europe knocking it. On the contrary, they all seemed eager to go back. Perhaps this knocking Is an American, disease. Certainly there Is no place In the world as fantastic as Southern California. Everything is extravagant, and it occurs to me after a month of it that all Its virtues and all its faults arise from the fact that for the first time In the history of the world a country of the sun has been colonized by a race with northern energy. It accounts for the unbelievable fertility of the wide valleys, the size and excellence of the roadways, the orderliness of traffic, the perfection of the water system, the whole picture industry all these things are due to northern energy. It is easy to imagine what the country would have been had it remained Spanish; and if imagination is lacking, it's only necessary to step across the border Into Mexico. At once it strikes you that Southern California is divided into three classes, the native Callfornian, certainly one of the world's handsomest and healthiest people, the picture people who are extravagant, colorful and cosmopolitan, and the emigres from the prairies who have the look of wanderers in a foreign land. The three classes never mix. Their worlds are as separate as the North Pole from the South. Over them all hovers a swarm of locusts composed oi realtors, cult-leaders, religious prophets and radio an liouncers who alk far too much. But it Is perhaps the most perfect e'emocraey which exists and in that sense anyone is welcome to it. As Ernt Elmo Calkins writes in a recent Atlantic Monthly, "You nay deplore the Californian's attitude; you may think that he ooasts too much, that he talks like a prospectus; but you must admit that he has the goods." And to me, California, with all its extravagance, its boasting, its fantastic beauties, is a relief after four or five years of Europe. It's bursting with health and vitality, Something new is on the make here IRISH TENOR WINS PRAISE (Continued from Thirteenth Page) ligent actor rather than the resig nation of the man of the soil, the peasant. The variety of accents heard In the picture do not add credibility, but succeed in giving credit to Gus-tav Von Seyffertitz for the speech most readily associated with the character he plays. A newcomer, Leyland Hodgson, attracted atten tlon on the score of an unusually sympathetic personality which will, however, be more effective in roles requiring an English accent instead of being handicapped by one. "Lord Byron or Broadway," at the Capitol, is considered mediocre and entirely without distinction. What little interest it yields la contributed by the first appearance of Marion Shilling, whose charm and fresh ness are unusual for an amateur, The debut of Charles Kaley is nulli fied by the scant opportunities given him to display his sympathetic voice, though he is primarily a singer rather than an actor. "Only the Brave" at the Para mount, is considered pleasant, with out beinsr as striking as the ma Jority think it should have been. It Is skillfully directed, though, and its unexpected humor Is gratifying in a Civil War romance. "The Cohens and Kellys In Scot land" has not caused the reviewers to trooo to the Colony Theater to see it a second time, but it will be held over for a second week not withstanding. Joy among lntellifrentsla and mo tion-picture fans alike is occasioned by the announcement that Lillian Glsh will soon be seen upon the stage, and under the direction of Jed Harris, too. The play chosen for her is Chekov's "Uncle Vanya," hence the Jubilation of believers in the supremacy of the Russian drama. Another pilgrim from Hollywood, Roy D'Arcy, is soon to be seen on Broadway, but not In any such play as that In which Miss Glsh is rehearsing. He will appear in "Room 349." with Inez Norton, beneficiary under the will of Arnold Rothsetin, the late gambler. FRENCH SCUXPTt'RE An Important exhibition of French sculpture from the twelfth to the seventeenth centuries is now at the Dcmotte Galleries, New York City. DANCE ORIGIN SHOWN Maurice Chevalier and Evelyn Brent reveal the origin of the Apache dance in "Paramount on Parade.1? VIRGINIA VALLI IN FOUR PLAYS (Continued from Thirteenth Pa) mantle trrand-dauchter In this Rachel Crothers dramatic comedy much more difficult than that which she played in "Tarnish." "I could understand the girl In Tarnish' because I went through much of what she did. But. at first, it was hard for me to understand the psychology of this young girL I have always, more or less, portrayed myself. This girl isn't a bit like me. She chases after people and romance with insatiable eagerness. I'm not that way and it ha made me nervous." A strange combination of confidence and Inferiority finds Virginia Valli constantly at war with herself. She has made several venturous breaks during her career. She made them without worry or fear. There was a time four years ago when Miss Valli thought she would like a trip to Europe. She proceeded to get around a then tying contract, Joined a group of English players and sailed across to Germany. She went to Munich. She worked In a picture, "The Pleasure Garden," did a little traveling, had a grand time and came home. Again, last year. Miss Valli wondered about Honolulu. Sas thought she would take a vacation; then she thousrht she didn't deserve one. So she signed for two plays cn the islands, rehearsed hard, performed successfully and returned to movies, Yet she is troubled with inferiority, "When I look back, I marvel at my cheeklness. How I ever had the nerve to attempt 'Tarnish: The whole responsibility of that was on Albert Gran and mysei". But wasn't afraid until by friend talked mo into fear. They admired my courage, telling me they couldn't do such a thin; pretty soon I began to be skeptical myself, and then scared. "I have been petrified about 'Let Us Be Gav and it's silly, because really it Is Violet Hemmg s snow, I have nothing to worry about. But I m only now beginning to ieei little confidence." Virginia Valli believes she is her best as an emotional and dramatic actress. She believes she can never be thoroughly that except cn the stage. She rebels against being per petually cast in pictures as tne sweet, abused wife or sweetheart who wait3 at home weeping. Talkies have not changed this screen personality, though they have ac centuated her interest in the cam era. That interest, however, lies in the fact that making movies seems now more like getting ready for a DlHV. It appears to he a Question oi KleiEr lights or footlights with vir einla Valli. Whether she wm tn- vtde her future between both, or give up the one for the other is something she can t yet answer. NO PERMANENCE TO RETIREMENT (Continued from Thirteenth rage) is in the Martinez Sierra transla tion at the Civic Repertory Theater Two other of the Spanish play Wright's works proved popular here when Mary Shaw appeared in "lhe Cradle Song" and when Ethel Bar rymore permitted the Pacific slope a glimpse into "The Kingdom of God." All three plays have a craciousness and delicate humor which to Miss Fischer spell a charm distinctly European. "The foreigner is so much moro Imaginative than we. I auvays en Joyed filling a foreign characteriza tion because of the glamour that Uv evitably surrounds it. That glamour was not something which 2, as an American, would conjure about that which was strange and apart from me. We sek glamour, but the Euro pean finds it. If not, he creates it; he puts it into his writings; then, we are simply the interpreters. PART SMALL "I am so happy to be back in the theater once more that, even though my part is small, I sit through th hours of rehearsal, cherishing every minute. It is such a charming piece, light and gay and sweet. One doesn't expect of it big moments or heavy emotions." The reason for Marguerita's pro longed retirement is almost as in explicable to herself as it is to her public. Her only solution is a Urn idity complex which causes her many struggles in the process of self-assertion. She found that aft er she had been steeped a while in domesticity she lacked the positive- ncss essential to putting one's set over in Hollywood. This dancer in "The Romantic Young Lady" came to her without asking. She considers that a good omen; that maybe, after all, this means she Is back to stay. In spite of the fact that she has been so long abfent from the screen. some of Miss Fischer's still write to her. They have made her feel as though she had r.ot entirely lost her place in the picture world. "just the other day I received a letter from a girl In Sweden. She had seen a picture, 'Jackie of the Navy,' in which I appeared in 1919. This girl had seen it then, but after eleven years it was. revived, titles translated into Swedish and re- released. It is nice to bo remembered like that." ADVICE. TO THOSE ABOUT TO MARRY Pitfalls Young Lovers Would Do Well to Avoid ' ' ' "Take Him on a Picnic" Held Good Test for Prospective Mate PAINTINGS FOR CHICAGO Chicago may have too many gun men but it also has soma of the finest collections of old. and modern paintings, in America housed in the famous Art Institute of Chicago. The latest accession of the insti tute is a group of nine important paintings, six by Italian masters and three by contemporaries, from the Mr. and Mrs. Charles H, Worcester collect'on. The Italians are Veronese,! Tintoretto, Moroni. Masnasco and Tiepolo, the moderns are Tou louse-Lautrec. Forain and lOrpen. NOTED BAND IN" REVUE Abe Lyman's band appears with Nancy Carroll ill her starring feature of "Paramount on Parade." a number estitled- "Dance Mad." BY ALMA WniTAKXR T ONDON's Punch, it will be recalled, once pnntea a u nauchty line," Advice to those about to marry: Don't." We decline to emulate this cynciclsm. All the same, in the sprine a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, and younz ladies should consider many things before murmuring the desired "yes." For that matter, the boys might con sider a few points, too, betore pop ping the fatal question. We shall avoid all suggestions anent finances. It Is our firm opin ion that finances are the least important item. We married without any financial security whatever- found it good. Far more important tba.i money is good manners. It doesn't matter how attractive a partner can be on occasion, if good manners are not Inherent, there will be trouble. Nothing so fatal as believing that good manners are exclusively for company occasions. On the other hand, given good manners, most ether complications can be sur vived. Because, you see, as the old rnyme runs, "Etiquette is to do and say the kindest thing in the nicest way." It is the matrimonial lubrication that aids the machinery to run smoothly more than anything else. - So, no matter hovr; much "it," how good the appearance, no matter what the other attractions involved, beware of the beau or belie whose manners are strictly company affairs. The fellow who can forget the little niceties of social behavior on small provocation or pets slack about them in private is a most unpleasant person to live with. And that goes for the girls, too. AVOID WHINERS Avoid a whlner at all costs, either sex. You can take it that there is something seriously the matter with the thyroid glands of a whln er. Your whlner, male or female, can make life intolerable. Because, of course, there are always plenty of things to whine about. Your tvhiner is inevitably a coward, too and courage is the noblest of the virtues. People who indulge themselves in. "little lies' are to be avoided, too. The little liar can never be trusted. But don't mind a little conceit. A certain amount of conceit is anas- set. It inspires self-confidence. It aids one to maintain a higher standard, oeing too vain to expose ones sen at a disadvantage. A conceited person, with something to hack the conceit, is Infinitely more satisfactory to live with than an Incurably humble person. Conceited people will accept re sponslbilittes and work like blazes to make good for their vanity's s&ke. It is very seldom desirable to endeavor to "take the conceit" out of a person. Better results come from fostering a little righteous conceit. Beware of Jealous PeoDle. and those who belittle the attainments or others, especially in their own line of work. The Jealous person is generally an underling. "The fault lies not In our stars. dear Brutus. But in ourselves that we are un derlings." But Jealous people usuallv credit other people's success to their luckv stars and bemoan that thev them selves have not received a square deal. People who can be eenerous in the triumphs of their friends make the better spouses. Jealousy, of course, is always a resentful sense of inferiority. One takes a risk in marrvlnflr an untidy, muddly person . . 1 . since tnese usually also have untidy minds, which are very difilcult to live with. On the other hand, of course, one can overdo the . . . mentally and physic-ully, too much passion for small detail can be most irritstimr in th home. Another precious virtue la tha re- spect for other neoDle's rjrlvaev. mis is frightfully important. Nice people have a subtle understanding as to when not to Intrude . . . upon private thoughts as well as upon private activities. I know one marriage that went on the rocks Just because the husband had ram-bumptlous bathroom manners. He couldn't understand why the lady objected to his burstinz Into the bathroom while she was performing her ablutions to ask her where the heck his clean shirt was, or to hunt for his comb. Of course, it isn't always possible to discover a future, spouse's bathroom manners prior to tho ceremony, but the type can be recognized earlier than that. Quite early in the acquaintance he will walk Into the house without knocking, break, through to tho kitchen, cutt in on conversations, and in numerous other ways mark himself for a trespasser. : CLINGERS DIFFICULT The most, desirable spouse, like the most desirable friend, wll not feel that his company is essential to ohe'a happiness at all tlmea. He will concede tne possibility that one can still love him, and yet like other company ... or even wish to be alone occasionally. This goes for wives, too. dingers, of either sex. are difficult. A suspicious nature should never marry. Marriage Is full of condi tions lending . themselves to es.! susptcion. Even the truth loo frightfully suspicious sometime and Innocence be libelled bv ctr curastances. So no matter hotv romantic the angd may appear, breal off the engagement if a suipiclcui nature Is in evidence. ' A good test cf a future s-rcnre'i deposition is a picnic, where thing go a little wrong. Very revealing. Nice people become nicer and unpleasant people vastly- mor un pleasant under -this test. A nlc helpful, resourceful, chwful telle under these circumstances can b trusted to make a pretty good husband. Of coarse. It isn't legally posub! In these days, and mavb? it wouldn't be quite a sporting test either . . -". but if only one cou!cj se one's spouse intoxicated- belora one married him, it would helu considerably. .. You see. some people's good manners are the result of mora inhibitions. When these are dis-.Mpated, the true character s'irnci through. "Drunkards and children speak the truth" is an. o.d. paving. Anyone who is still a- gentlemen after he has ceased to be s: r, ha many important requtsitlcs for a good husband. - Alas for romance, but it Is.quUe valuable to know the state of one's lover's tummy, liver, glands, etc., be fore taking him on for life. Somc-:imea a conversation with a loquacious mama proves very informing. If she says, "Poor boy, it is simply awful how he suffers with hives' for Instance, pause and think again. Take a peek at his medicine cupboard if you get the-chance. One kind of pills In a box rot too new, is rot evidence against him,, but three kinds of pills, in fairly new containers, makes him ineligible at once. Even two kinds calls for meditation. ' Premarital contracts arc not advisable in a general way, but there is one little slogan that both should subscribe to . . "No regrets, and what either of us does is right." If one can live up to that, successful matrimony is assured. ItOADWAY Mitt 'AH D- StVE NTH OM! O'C tOCK t AT U I f AY S B U LLO C ICS NAIIGURATION MONTIi Paris Cables Importance Of Prints! mart Printed Silks! Flattering Flowered Chiffons! Silk Crepes in Small Designs! $1.90 Bullock's famous $1.90 prints! Of established quality! Again presented . . . re-emphasizing Paris' continued approval of Printed silks! And what a flattering vogue it is! Adding in their very versatility . . . height to the short . . . slenderness lo the fuller figure . . . grace to the slender ... and always charm! ' A new shipment of Chiffon prints will be shown for the first time Monday! Large garden-flower prints! Roses . . . whose mammoth petals crowd each other! Leaving but bits of space for a peeking ground of a darker color! Bullock's assortment also includes designs showing tiny flowers bunched! Plaid effects! Pen and ink designs! Photographic prints! Inauguration Month Values . . . every yard! $1 .90 yard! Here also are hundreds of yards of flat crepes, crepes deChinei radium, suede crepes! In original Stehli designs! Directoire prints! Leaf patterns! Miniature flowers spattered against dark grounds! Dot designs! Bordered prints for new blouses! Inauguration Month quality, $1.90 yard. Also Smart chamois silk crepe in companion checks and stripes! Choice of 12 color combinations. 40 inches wide! Also $1.90 yard.' These Bullock values permit and assure you definite savings! and "Sew" lo Save! Vogue, Bullerick Patterns! Silks . BULLOCK'S , Second Floor. Broadway Building 36-Inch Lace Flouncings! $2.65 Yard The Inauguration of Bullock's Annual Lace Event in Laces has been enormously successful! The savings made possible are daily being joyously received by hundreds of thrifty jBhoppers! Monday Bullock's offers a new shipment , of 36-irrcii lace ,;r flouncings whose low pricing of $2.65 the yard has delighted, many, a shopper! Lace ...BULLOCK'S Segond Floor, Broadway Building

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