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BERNICE FREELAND LOTT (Continued from page 264)
Mrs. Bernice Freeland Lott has returned to Lima, Peru, where for the next three years she will delve deeper into the mysteries of ancient days, after which she expects to return to San Francisco to complete her contribution of prehistoric handicrafts to be exhibited for the benefit of the public.
While in Peru Mrs. Lott will write a book describing her research work and original finds. The work will be profusely illustrated, and will be available as a text book on pre-Inca textiles. She is a member of San Francisco Branch, League of American Pen Women.
With it all, Mrs. Lott is intensely feminine, a good sport, a genuine American, and a very charming woman. As a speaker her personality holds her audience and she knows how to put her story
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nationality in question has not adopted our language, but seems to adhere to the "fatherland" more than ever. How can we ever hope to have a powerful country under such conditions.
In the field of Art, since 1919, we seem to have gone back to the old antiAmerican propaganda; and if the cause of our national art is espoused (which means, our history) insult seems to be the reward the American-born citizen receives. He wonders where his "liberty" comes in. With a Minister of Fine Arts (a member of the President's cabinet) and, ultimately, a National Conservatory of Music, this Government patronage of Art and Literature may remove the existent stigma and give prestige to one of the greatest resources and commercial assets a country can have.
There can be no international art, without national art, first. And, to be more emphatic, I repeat as Art is history, patriotism in art must exist. This is logical. What music do the foreigners bring to us? Almost without exception that of their respective countries. The proper attitude toward our artistic development must first come from Americans the rest will then follow. We may not go on educating our citizens in the fine arts unless we intend to reward them, justly, for their achievements. Otherwise, Americans are being educated under false pretences-not agreeable fact for those to know who are making sacrifices for this purpose!
"Sophocles had an unshaken love of his country. He was a skilled musician as well as poet. Though invited by many Kings, he testified his love of his land by refusing to leave it, and at his death all paid honor to his patriotism." He did not write less well because he remained at home, for it is a mistaken idea to think inspiration comes from without: it comes from within. And in his work he helped to develop the great art and history of Greece.
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THE INTERESTING WORLD (Continued from page 275)
In my circle I can count ten men who set a standard of living more elaborate and artificial than their wives would ask for. They demand dainty fare, soft surroundings and entertainment. Their extravagance gives constant anxiety to their more thrifty wives.
So long as boys are like their mothers, and girls inherit the tastes of their fathers it will be impossible to say, "men like this and women like that." For every man sent to the penitentiary by an extravagant wife, there are thousands who owe their success largely to their life partners.
-E. M. L.-Berkeley.
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before a cozy little cabin was completed and the following Spring Mrs. Welch had the place gay with flowers.
The springs in the ravine were good and there was an abundance of water, which Welch brought to the cabin in a most ingenious way. A weighted bucket was lowered from a trolley to the creek where it filled itself and was then hauled up to the porch.
"Steep Ravine" ended in a small sandy beach. This was some distance from the cabin and not discernible from it because of the tangled mass of shrubs and trees intervening.
In a cove flanked by rocks on this beach, they found a hot mineral spring. When the tide was low by scooping out a hole in the sand this served as a bathtub, and they were always certain to find the water hot in the tap.
The cabin in "Steep Ravine" though crude was most artistic and was the motif for many a painting which sold readily in the art stores in San Francisco.
It seems a pity that extreme poverty should pursue them here. But artists are seldom business men and many dealers are cognizant of this fact. So this, and his uncertain temperament, made the five years in their retreat full of stern realities for his uncomplaining wife.
Often for weeks at a time they did not taste meat and lived on the wild greens Mrs. Welch could procure. One day it would be dock, the next mustard greens and on the third she would mix them for a change. Frequently she found onions, melons, and oranges washed up on the beach and these were indeed welcome.
Welch made a brick oven out under the trees and there his wife baked the bread. During the rainy season dressed in an old mackintosh and boots she tended her fire and baking. It was remarkable that a woman tenderly nurtured could withstand these hardships, but it seems as if nature gives additional strength to those who follow simple laws and rest trustingly on her bosom for protection.
During this period Welch was producing some of his finest work and an ever increasing coterie of admirers was buying his pictures for nominal sums at the art stores in San Francisco.
His wife was his constant companion and pupil and her painting by this time. was far from the work of an amateur. Her pictures of dogs and kittens, of which she was passionately fond, were exhibted and occasionally sold. One picture entitled "Heavy Drinkers" depicting two cocker spaniels at a tiny water tub, drinking, was notably good and found a ready sale.
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OUR JULY CONTRIBUTORS GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY is of the older school of poets; a "poet's poet," perhaps, for his verse has appealed to the few rather than the many. "The greatest living American poet"-that is the laureateship of praise applied to Mr. Woodberry after the death of William Vaughn Moody.
His New Defense of Poetry and his many studies of writers and writing place him among the few great American critics; but -like Thomas Gray-his critical ability has lessened the volume of his creative work. And for Mr. Woodberry's contributions to American letters, refer to the half column he occupies in "Who's Who."
T. W. TODD, whose "Night Life in Stratford-on-Avon" appears in this issue, modestly ignores Overland's request for information. He is connected with Stanford University.
EDNA GEARHART follows writing merely as an avocation. A graduate of the University of California, she is at present teaching art appreciation and design in the Los Angeles High School; but has made occasional excursions into other fields-a year in war hospital work, a winter in settlement work in New York, European travel and art school work. Miss Gearhart says: "The first story I ever sold appeared many years ago in The Overland Monthly, and it is a pleasure to contribute to it again."
RICHARD WARNER BORST is head of the Department of English, Fullerton (California) Junior College, and is a graduate of the Universities of Minnesota and California. He has two volumes of verse to his credit and has been for the past twelve or fifteen years a contributor to various poetry magazines.
IRENE WELCH GRISSOM is poet laureate of Idaho, by appointment of Governor C. C. Moore; this at the request of the State Federation of Women's Clubs and the State Parent and Teachers Association, because of her Western verse. Mrs. Grissom will shortly issue through Doubleday, Page & Co. her first book of verse, "The Passing of the Desert."
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