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To the Editor:
—I dropped into a picture show out here in the desert and saw an intensely dramatic reel that interested me. The story told is as follows: A mother and two small children are left, by the death of the father, the little his labor had saved. The widow reads the "ad" of the "Vampire Investment Company" which promises 30 per cent., and invests all; then promptly loses all. She then endeavors to support herself and the two little ones by the sewing-machine, but it is a losing light. Lack of food, squalid quarters and tuberculosis soon place the mother in a pauper's grave. The last of the reel shows the two ragged, starved waifs, the boy with a few papers, standing by the mother's grave.The reel made a deep impression; one could scarcely hear the clicking of the machine for the sniffling of the audience. I
M'Closkey RC. The Picture Show and the Propaganda for Reform. JAMA. 1912;LIX(9):737. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080419020