Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on April 4, 1936 · 16
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · 16

Albany, Oregon
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Saturday, April 4, 1936
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n rpsB 'mmn ECi&ig1 Learns kbmt from i uccess 05 li3 BnanciaD failure Balance Important To Pup in Lost Doll Trick Hpted Movie Dog Trainer Explains How Terrier Rags Was Taught To Perform This Unusual Movie Stunt Clyde Melton Was.Rated In Half'Million Class; Jjow Runs Salvage Shop By Herbert Arthur "I HAD the world at my feet it seemed I "Then that world went crashing all of a sudden. I went to the bottom. But I learned plenty about what we call success, fame, friends, and failurein these years down below. "Now I am making ready for a comeback but never again on the dizzy old scale!" Clyde H. Melton speaking, the man who used to finished on the screen, few could tell but that Rags had been finding dolls and returning them to their owners all his doggoned life. 111-"- business and expended it to double size every year but even then I might have been caught," he catches himself, recollecting men he knew, big ' business men, who saw him go down with a fierce rush in the 1927-28 season, and who themselves , went down in the 1929 crisis. MELTON'S ' fortune came before the depression. First it was the weather. A sixty days' rain spoiled the young onion crop growing on his 4,600 acres of irrigated land. Then, to top that blow and make it a knockout, came money trouble. Two of the institutions he banked with fell into difficulties .that fatal season And Melton lost out. That was the end of C. H. Melton, World's Largest Bermuda Onion Plant Grower (Trade Mark Registered), with 15 growing stations, 15 shipping stations; sidelines of cabbage, tomato, pepper. sweet potato plants; pecan tree and rose bush nurseries. That was the end of the whole $3,500,000 institution, with its own printing equipment, its system of "orders shipped the same day received," , its seemingly unlimited possibilities. But that was not the end of Melton. IT was the beginning of a long, tough trail for him. He settled for every dollar he owed, then went to California. s In Pasadena, city of millionaires, sits Melton, man whose name alone meant many millions. In . a basement he sells reconditioned furniture, utensils, furnishings and gadgets, a piece or two at a time. From his busy establishment in Devine, Texas, he used to sell and ship as many as 100 freight cars a season, as many as one hundred million onion plants in a single day . . . and day after day during a 100-day harvest season. His customers were the leading jobbers and brokers of the North American continent. His i customers now are the forgotten men and women, who have to buy cheaply when they can buy. Melton knows how to serve them and fill their orders, too. He has been made manager of the store. Before this, though, he made himself manager of himself. He sees it that way. That process was, he admits, difficult. Still thinking in millions, he spurned propositions he would welcome now. He found that old "friends" some- V , A , fit Here It another article telling how Carl Spitz, noted trainer of dbgt for motion picture works, teachet tricks. These article will appear regularly In this magazine. Editor. RAGS, a light gray terrier with a keen, alert mind, was hired to do the "doll trick" in the picture, "Mrs. Wiggs in the Cabbage Patch." Another terrier had attempted the trick, but had shaken the stuffings out of the doll, instead. Terriers like to investigate things, it seems, and Rags is no different from his brothers. Rags, however, went to school and was educated so thoroughly he seldom resorts to his primitive emotions although he would no doubt enjoy tearing a nice rag doll to pieces. In his doll trick, the dog was required to "find" a "lost" doll and return it to its owner, little Virginia Weidler, juvenile screen player. Here again balance was of primary importance. To achieve balance Rags was taught to sit down, balance himself with his front paws up and. extended while he held the doll in his teeth. The trick was not so complicated as some but it required patience on the part of the trainer, Carl Spitz, who went over the routine again and again until Rags had it memorized. , When the cameras started grinding and the stunt how failed to heed his plight. t)nly one stood by him. But he was the first man to prove that onions could be most successfully grown from young green plants already started from imported seed in his nursery. That, with extensive advertising and merchandising, put him in a position where his credit rating hit the half-million mark. And because of this, men who recall his pioneering have been in touch with him. Next autumn" he believes he'll be on the way up again. He is not giving up, nor giving in. if ' ' S ""V"' - ; .1 w be known as the World's Bermuda Onion King, when he operated his huge farm near San Antonio, Texas. The same man, yet not the same man at all. Tall, gray-haired, keen-eyed with kindly lines creased for ready laughter aquiline features still a fine figure of a man, he sits before you in the bargain basement of a little salvage shop in Pasadena, Calif. This is his kingdom now and for the fonths until he can r '.ike ready his try to recapture something of the fortune once his. "But I don't want to come up in a big - hy; 5 j'y 4' -s : t4rh--i If 7 ' Clyde H. Melton way, this time. I am willing to stay within limits, to grow slowly, safely. If I hadn't been such a plunger; if I hadn't put everything back in my Here Is Rags demonstrating his ability to find "lost" dolls for Virginia Weidler, juvenile motion picture player. , Doyble i . L: ; ' fl "v.vix. ' ,--' 'i.:i"' N:- l-ifS - DOUBLY PROTECTED 2 Jackets of Ctllophant seat-in that prize tobacco double-mellow good Dear Smoker: I mean business! You may have a "heavy orush" on a rival of mine, but that doesn't soare me! My proposition is this: Smoke half a pack of me. If you don't say I'm the finest oigarette you ever tasted, mail back the remaining ten cigarettes, with my wrapper, to my boss (P. Lorillard Co. , 119 W. 40th St. , New York City) and he'll send you double the price you paid for the full paokage, plus postage. This offer good for 30 days from date. I'm not swelled-headed. But the plain truth is I am made of PRIZE CROP T08ACC0St. And it's a rare smoker who doesn't find me a pleasanter companion. . Sincerely, ness and doubly insure fresh cigarettes. V v -r l

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