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How. Jack London felt tie "red wrath" toward
Conrt felt it too,
atrocities of bis
Jack London fa
her husband's books.
TP Jack London ' had lived five
1 year more he would hare
JL given to the world a practical
' demonstration of contentment for
workers. ' The - concrete form of
hie ideal to treat workers right,
allay discontent, and ' girt them of
the ideals and truths of life
you can see there," and Mrs. Jack
London wared her hand vaguely to
ward the vast acreage of meadowland
and hills which is the Jack London
estate in the Valley of the Moon, in
Sonoma County, California. "It was
Jack's intention," she went on, "to or
ganize here a community of workers
almost sufficient unto itself. He planned
a great manor house with forty guest'
chambers and. forty private baths,
where men and women of literary
promise could work unharassed by the
evil of rushing out stories for a quick
pay .check and 'a turning of the wolf
from the door. He planned a colony
to work his fields and tend his herds
a colony of workers who loathed the
city as did he; and it was Jack's plan
to give each worker his own cottage
right on the ranch. . He was going to
have a school where the workers' chil
dren could be educated without leaving
the estate and the studies were tcrbe
chosen by Jack himself. His ideal was
to turn this estate into a little colony
where all his ideas of farming, stock
raising, fish hatchery and of the science
of living could be worked out He
wanted to make the place so attractive,
so efficient, the people here so happy
- that they would not have to go to the
outside world for anything. Here they
were to work and play. It was an am
bitious project that called for an out
lay of about $400,000 cash, but Jack
would have made a go of it, I know,
had he lived. He could make any
thing go to which he turned his hand.
THI JACX LOKDOK t KVEW
"I often wondered it the public ap
preciated to the full the Jack London
I knew. He was not a mere wanderer
over the face of the earth, boyishly
seeking adventure in the blazing sun
light of the South Seas and in the cold
' . tundras of the Northland that he loved
so welL' The desire to seek adventure
was truly a part of him, but there were
other, desires. The man who wrote
The CaH of the Wild,'
and The Star Rover.
wrote out of the full
of his own experiences.
harsh and bitter experi
ences along life s road,
which made him un
derstand life as it is.
and which inspired him
to want to better lite
for others. Jack Lon
don did other things
than write. He made this estate." Sit
ting with Mrs. London on the porch
of the lodge that her husband loved
and where he did most of his writing.
one saw on all sides evidences of the
last cry in farming and ranching.
There, a few hundred yards away, a
great ranch house and close by another
ample building that Mrs. London called
the "guest house." And as far as the
eye could see,-the well tilled .fields, and
browsing herds of pedigreed cattle and
sheep and horses. Of! to the right one
saw a piggery where rooted blooded
pigs, a piggery unlike any in the world.
a concrete circle of pens which some
how suggested a fine xoo; and centering
it, a squat Norman tower an ingenious
place that Mrs. London was soon to
explain. Through the distant trees
one glimpsed the charred ruins of
BuaxiKG VT $75,000.
"The ruins?" said Mrs. London.
"You have read Jack's novel. The Lit
tle Lady of the Big House f Yon re
call that enormous, gorgeous, exquisite
appointed house he described? There
it is rather what is left of it. That
house was to be the heart of Jack's
colony here. For years he had dreamed
of it, imagining every square foot
out He had put $75,000 into the
building of it when it took fire and
burned to the ground. From those
ruins you can get some idea of it The
Big House was really a marvel of
architecture. Into its conception Jack
had embodied the ideas of style and
design that he had gathered from all
parts of the world. You can see from
the ruins the enormous patio, the Span
ish court with a fountain in the centre.
In the wings, were the forty guest
chambers, each with its own hath and
each bath done in the old Porcpeian
l-Tp P. i 5it
IOOKS LTKE A MENAGETAIETUJ
LONDON PtCS LIVE IN CLOVER.
THE ONLY PEN OF ITS rUNQ IN
WWCOC JACK LONDON VVMTE
TW6 STAR HOVE W ANO MOW
TVS MOTION PICTURE UWtRA
AN INTERVIEW WITH MRS. JACK LONDON
Wife cf America's Famons KoTt&l tells f:r
tte firsl lime cf
she knew his c
vrblhe hoped to
the JaA Lcrfn
do toif she n
1 I IVKOALTZEDTHrsci
I y.."?. A I CTFO CYVIQDLtCOF
THE WOMAN ON HORSEBACK" MRS. J ACJC
LONDON IS IN THE SADDLE CARRYING ON THE
WORK. HER FAMOUS HUSBAND LEFT UNFINISHED ,
FROM SUPERVISING THE GREAT JACK LONDON
RANCH TO PRODUCING HIS BOOKS IN MOTION PICTURES
style, flush with the floor. There was
a big swimming pool, too. We had a
music room which on a moment's no
tice could be turned into a ball room
large enough for a hundred couples.
Jack had planned an immense den, filled
with the curios he had gathered on
his travels in every climate under the
sun. That house was to be Jack's
haven, his ideaL He dreamed of gaz
ing from it, out over these farmlands,
at the workers' cottage, at his own little
schoolhouse and knowing that all was
well with the humans here, that they
were happy. What a pity that he
could not have lived to carry it
"And row," Mrs. London was asked,
what will you do? What are your
plans for the estate?"
MRS. JACX LOXDOM CAB 113 ON
"It is my home," she said, "I shall
live here always. Now and then when
I go down to San Francisco, I remem
ber what Jack used to say: The city
chokes me. It chokes me, also. Two
days in a city are all I can stand. I
begin to feel (hen as if I were stifling
and that I must hurry out here to get
a breath of real air. What a pity it is
that people have to live in cities. Mrs.
Sheprtard, Jack's sister, feels the same
way I do. She is a very able woman,
very business-like and sef-reliant.
When Jack was going on ha trip to
the South Seas, Kate Shephard had
just passed her bar examinations in
Oakland and was ready to hang out
her shingle. Jack asked her to come
down and run the ranch mhile we were
away. She consented anJ handled
things here in masterly fashion. When
Jack came back he aked her to giTe
up her law career and superintend the
ranch for him, and she did it. She
lives now over in the ranch house,
keeping her hand right on things while
I stay here where Jack used to 1it
with his curios. I'm trying to 'carry
on ; to keep up tne tarm as ne wcmia
have wanted it kept up. He never had
any but a pedigreed animal on the
lace and there- are nothing but pedi
greed animals on it now. Later, I'll
show you around. Jack's income was
about $30,000 a year and of course with
his death, a larjre part of it terminated.
While the royalties of his books go on.
there ir. ef cwrs. bo
new books txing pwV-;hed-
That wakes it
oat of the qa!oa foe
tne to coctiase the t
pesdottt venture that
lack had planned for
a model farm coloey.
but I am try"5
fcU sister's be!?, to
keep up the place to its
old point of e&oeocy.
At the same time. I am
working oo Uography of Jack ao4
it is a btg job, for hit life was so ra
. . ... . 1.1.
in interest. rat wius ocaj-a-.es
publishers and with motion picture peo
ple, and the demands of the raach, ray
boars sre fsUL
"ths acTBoa tit tiaa
"1 closed a coctract to have aC Jack's
writings produced la owtioa picrarrs. A
few ef Jack s boots had been doMlV
screen, bet that was tn toe car a
Af th camera. The proCvjctxs so
displeased Jack that be r?t oat an in
junction in the Supreme Court of Cal
ifornia to stop taera. imi touonn
was in my mind when only a few
months ago a motion picture man came
from New York to see me. Ite was
C E. Shurtleff and, oddly enough, his
younger life had been something like
Jacks adventuring ana naxaramg m
irooical climes, f.fhtinsr his way oo tn.
DrosDectirur. then into htmbertng, unul
sensing mo lion pictures as young in
dustry that would grow great, be swift
ly took hold of that- I saw at once
that Shtirtleff had great energy and
imagination a rift I suppose from his
WeUh ancestors. In my talks with
him. I sensed that he had Jack's view
point oo many things and that he pos
sessed a surprising intimacy witn Jactrs
writine. He told me: 'I want to pro
duce Jack London's books in pictures
in a manner worthy of them, and as
he wrote them, not garbled by any In
fusions of conventional movie melo
drama. I am not roinr to ose any
stars ; my star will be the author Jack
"I thousrht a lonsr time over that
seemed sound and surely it was noveL
to produce a book so that people would
recevnixe it as the author's. I knew
that this would hare appealed to Jack,
so I signed a contract with Mr. Short
ies' aa4 tS latest I hsr Wra4 Ir
btn b that b b mirm bcry ia Kew '
York whii'lhe kVst Jxk Losda .
Ijosw It is to be The Star
that txeae4os s&ory ! Jacks, ttm
rhceae of hich Is tW itaocta!?y
the socL NochsBi Lit it Las ever bra
dose ia pictsrrs Utort h tSrtae b
so big; the CDCtftTBCtioai M siarvsg,
am eagvr to see how The Sur SLvvtr
Mrs. Loodoa was asked Vow J art
Lottdaa came to serJe n tSe V5rr af
the Moon, aad bow. dejsse the lnteiw
ative calls of writjeg. tt was atk $z
boili t? a great ranch.
am rmcaacr rui
Jack and I" Mrs. Lodoa sal
"Soared the e-rte state ef Calioraa
in a covered wagoo, seckanf see fee.
our borne, vt e saw saaar Ccic!il '
spots bat wbe we came to the VaZ
of the Mooa. we knew that then wa
do nerd to g9 farther. This was tke
place for as. Jack got tctr rabg '
at the farm ia sock good sha?e beam
b had osty to raplaia bis tdeas. tM
he wanted and the Cxv were pot mta
cxreotioo. Ilia sister. Mrs. S3wcar4.
saw to that Thea Jack had a3 the so
tivities here thorooghly systemated.
He had a grain department, a Vpan-
orat for trwck gardeninc. departmrttts
for cattle, sheev, airs, horses, tsh, f om'
maintenance and repair. At the keai
of each department be f laced aa ex
pert. The man in charge of his caSU
was a Harvard gradmate aad aa expert
a eanle. Jack's Idea was s 4
velop hb herds and to go tata tha
dairy prod nets bosacss. SBarkrtisg fht
best of everything, tor tnat reason
he oaly woald have aeaugreed easet."
Dd Jack ever caesclt yoa ahoct kls
wesrk T" one asked. Ak
"TcatSer." she smiled, 1 was (he
original, too know, ef the heroine af
his novel 'AdveBTsrc. Mock ef fiat
stpry we livid la the f nrk Saa
One glanced at a watch. Soon fie
tram weald be leaving for Saa Fran
cisco. How many ef the womea there
or ef any other American dry have
really braved the far places wit a Jack
London at their sid lired I Ne woa
der ia the city Mrs. Jack Lond-e fec!s
"choked" and "cannot breathe."
Mrs. Delilah Clover Dies
ii at Home in Waldo Hills
Mrs. Delilah Giover, one of Ore
' gon'a oldest pioneers, died at the
age of 82 years, yesterday morning
at: her home In the Waldo H Ilia
She was the. widow of the late Phil
lip Glover.' who died a number o
years ago. Mrs. Glover came to Ore
gon In 1849 crossing the plains by
oxi team and settling near Sublimity
where she had since lived on the old
homestead. She leaves two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Amelia Cornick of Califor
nia, and Mrs. Ellen Lambert of Stay-
ton, and four sons, Henry of Silver
Creek Falls, Arthur of Salem. Frank
of Waldo Hills, and John of Mon
tana. Funeral arrangements have
not been made as yet.
Both Democrats and Republicans
in the lower bouse of congress
cheered a statement on the floor of
that body that President Wilson
thould declare that he is not a can
didate for a third term. From the
Democratic side, that is easily ex
plained. But why should the Re
And there are a lot of agreements
with reservations outside of the
This Is Feminine "Babe ' ' Ruth,
! Product of Y. W. C. A. Training
I Will Offer for Sale to the Highest Bidder on
March 31, 1920
Results of Organization's 1 'pl
! Physical Education Program Yn
Show Men Have no Mono- r Z : "7"3
poly on Athletics. 'hi 'i-
men are not to have a 'V JiM
irner on the athletic market. f t ... i. , i
. Christian Association, which has
, made physical culture and athlct
Commencing 10 o'Clock.a. m.
at my farm one mile east of Silverton, Oregon, my
. dairy herd consisting of
15 Milch Cpws 2 Bulls 5 Heifers i
All tuberculin tested. Some of the cows are fresh, others
to freshen soon; nearly all young grade Jerseys, several grand
daughters of the great bull Qolden Glow Chief.
2 Marcs, weight 1200 to 1300, 7
IS Igv 4 months oM
2 firsule Dnrnc Brood Sows
1 llrgifttered Duroc Boar
1 Corn Planter
1 Manure Spreader, nearly new
1 Grain Drill
1 Corrugated Roller
1 Hay Hack
S One-llono Cultivator
TERMS All stuns of $10 and under cash; over this amount
time will be given for one year at 8 per cent on bankable paper
Lunch on the Ground
SOOTT HOBART, Owner
L. STEVENSON, Auctioneer F. E. CALLISTEE, Clerk
irs one of the roost important
features of its work. If it does not
at once produce feminine Bih
Ruth's" and Ty Cobb's." it will
at least do its best to make the
girls of America as strong and
healthy as their brothers.
When the girls gather at the
summer conferences at SiWer Bay
and other places, athletics, formal
and informal, are the order of the
day. Tennis tournaments, swim
ming matches, baseball frames and
canoeing are fully as much a part
of the schedule as the meetings
It its town and city associa
tions, too, the Y. W. C. A. has
organized gyrnnasiaras and ."hik
ing" debs and outdoor sports.
Any Saturday in ike summer may
see a party of girls, armed with
frying pans and blanlets. starting
out (or a week-end "hiVe."
To do the work that is being
demanded of women today, sound
bodies are a firt esential. Physical
edireation will be one of the most
intrresting topics dicnscd at the
Sixth Convention of the Young
Womens Christian Associations of
the Unitrd States of America,
which will meet in Cleveland from
April 13 to 2tt
WHAT WAS RKA1XY SAI1 IH'IU
IXC T1IK MOVIK IX) VK MTIXK
Hero: How's your husband. Mag
gie? Heroine: Oh. pretty fair, thanis.
Come on! Show a little anxiety
over this klaa, or you'll spoil tne
Hero: I'm showing aa little as ooe
eible! Heroine: Don't make me aiggle.
This is supposed to be serious the
last kiss before death do us pari!
Hero: That so? I haven't read
this scenario yet.
Heroine:'That nutty guy with th
long bair who's hen runninc aroji!
here lately wrote the story. Thej
ay it's a knockout.
Hero: That's what lh-y all say
but they've got to show rot.
l-SIleno for a f-w moments whl!
the hrro't lips clln lingering! t
those of the heroine.
Hro: I wonder If the director is
oins to call this a day's work.
East Is West in Language of
Smiles, Says Y. 1 W. Secretary
yoirT "- ' " --"" 0-' 43
f ... J'm x
T TT:r.5rAvtl?eroAy mu r,u it hs
receijtattrr-Eac-r, Ortre ej to s3 sure sons sd dnghteva
. -Ti sI . ti f M Jr. The rfternt aM tmh
IJ??' T o writAed aM tested st te
aiwm4w Bca4qortrr jroasaea ssadt for the farwrc of China aKdscaiy
r-JLTf if. 7 9" Ufoee tW Sita
Cetrtioo of fha YMaf-Vyeaesi Christian Asmatioai ef the Uate4
Ltaiea,aa beheld iaPcveiaod the week of Aprd U.
Murphy, says the Saa Fraaeiare
ArconaoL. was making his first tr
serosa the Atlaatic aad he feU ta
speakably awfaL He (ailed ta ea-
eect the fact or his belag aa lis
briny oceaa for the first tine wna
his agoay. The doctor ram ta a -a
aa he toaaed aboat la tis bena.
Cheer a p. maa. ha said heanr.y.
"I know yoa're feeling rottea. 1st
yoa'ra not going to die.
Murphy opened horrified erva.
"Not going-ta die?- he waiX.
ralth. doctor. I thoeckt I was!
That waa the oaly thing that l7
Read ite OnsIHed Ai.
Henlne: I hnp so. I wast to
gtt hotae to the baby.
Hero: I've got a dat I want to
keep. I'm going to lake Theda Vam
pire to the Cinema to s her latct
Heroin": Thank heaven. that's
all for today!
Hero; Hurrah! Well, rood t-y,
Masrcte. until the neit kls! (Krar
H. Williams in April Him Fan.
A jounr rourl wire ocipjlnc
ih prch amine: latrr than vjaion
mo,tnicht nlKht. Trom a Boar-by
window h-r mother Innulid: "MAry,
what aru you deling up o late -
IxHklnn at the 1-eaullfTil fr.or.n.
"Well. It's l: o'clock. You had
better wnl th mon home.' 3u
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Mixioa BstUr, jxrisd.. 71s
rrah KZk, tinrt U
Corn, per ca U
Peart, per cia
ToSUtOCa, CU..10O tZl IU
Bread, per loaX. .10o aJ 15
Cixe llapU Bjrcp,
Net Bsttcr, per pkil..i5
TLIlraook Cbxs, pil &
Xuliaa prase 4340 I-.23
Dried Applea, pcxad....4
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TWj Eepair Dirtctory cirej tha trrisdpU pUcea wtart
.a txticla ca be rrpaixgd, aad iimld b preserrtd ta
try hoa 14 readj fnslda.
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