Ever since I got to going with the reception room girl's sister, I've felt a hole lot older, an' the Boss he says he has hopes of me getting over being natural-born idiot.

Early this year the Boss says to me, "Jimmie, if you're going to be worth half what I'm pay in' you, you got to go to the Eastman Professional School with me."

I didn't want to go very bad because when I went to school here I got my hide tanned least once a day; but say, the Eastman School a int nothing like that. They don't learn you nothing out of books, but they keep you so doom busy seeing how they do stunts that's really worth while if you want a raise, that you ain’t got no time for monkey business.

We wuz there three days - that's as long as they'll let you

stay because they go away somewhere else then, and say maybe we dozenth busy. Even before the school started in the morning you would find the fellows waiting round to get in an dis-cussing what they'd seen and learned the day before.

I thought I knew something about the picture-making game if I am only a kid, but the instructors made me feel like the hole in a second hand doughnut.

The very first morning I set next to a ole man, an' long about noon he says to me, "Gee! My, I've been making pictures for mos' thirty years and they've already showed me some new ones." Course I would learning something every minute, but to see all the ole timers set up and take notice too surprised me.

Seeing as how it wuss the Eastman School I Natchez thought they would tell us how to use some of the things they made an' an let it go at that, but they not only done all that which wuss a lot, but they helped us out in mos' every thin' a feller ever had to do in a studio, an' then one day they had a sort of experience meeting' when everybody got up an' tole of things that had been bothering' 'em, an' say, the instructions helped everyone of 'em out just as slick.

Wish the Boss would let me keep on goon' to that school. I'm goon' to work the Boss to open a branch ex' year an' let me run it.

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FROM AN ARTURA IRIS PRINT By Howard D. Beach Buffalo, N. V.

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The importance of pure chemicals must not be overlooked if first-class results are expected. Impure chemicals not only fall short in the chemical action they are supposed to perform, but are also very likely to set up a harmful chemical action entirely unbooked for.

All of our formulate are carefully balanced by experts to give the best results, and only the use of pure chemicals will preserve this balance as it should be.

For example, one photographer was having trouble with his prints. They were flat and weak and he advised us to that effect, adding that he had carefully compounded his developer according to formula.

We obtained further information as to the apparent action of the developer and found that it worked extremely slow. There are two common reasons for this: one is that the solution is chilled and used at too low a temperature thus retarding the chemical action, the other is weak accelerator (carbonate of soda), and we suggested the possible causes.

To use his own words, "Your surmise is correct. I used your sulphate but used carbonate purchased from a tea and coffee house a few doors below me.

They guaranteed its purity and said the photographers were using

it instead of similar supplies from the Photo Stock Houses, and on account of its low price I purchased five pounds and tried it.

After writing you I purchased a pound of your carbonate and added about five ounces to the solution and tried it, and saw at once that the whole trouble was there, so I added the required amount and now the results are all that could be desired."

He adds in closing that next time he will know better, and we trust that after his annoying and expensive experience there will be no "next time."

That is just one instance of failure due to inferior chemicals - just one example of how good paper and plates may be spoiled.

There is a mark on chemical labels indicating pure, active chemicals - signifying tested chemicals - tested by analysis and use on sensitized goods.

We test our chemicals for our protection as well as yours, for we are interested in your results to the finish - until the picture is complete.

This mark on the package is your protection. Look for it when you buy.


The following newspaper clipping printed in a Jamestown local paper under date of March 5th, and sent to us for publication by T. Henry Black of Jamestown, N. Y., tells its own story:

W. Burton Nichols Claimed to Have Absconded Conducted Falconer Studio and Is

Now Missing - Left Board Bill at the Tavern. W. Burton Nichols, who it is alleged came to this city from New York City several weeks ago, is now among the missing and with him is a considerable sum of money, nearly a hundred dollars it is said, belonging to T. Henry Black, the photographer.

Nichols came to this section and represented himself as an expert in the photographic business, and he was employed by Mr. Black in his branch studio in Falconer. He started in the business with a rush and being a good artist, had little difficulty in securing business. It is claimed that almost invariably when doing business with patrons he insisted upon all or a good part of the payment for pictures. It is believed that he secured nearly a hundred dollars, none of which Mr. Black has seen. Nichols also boarded at the Tavern in Falconer, and since his departure it is learned that he left a board bill there of a week or more. The police of Falconer and Jamestown have been notified and warrants for the arrest of Nichols have been sworn out by Mr. Black and Mr. Walden, proprietor of the Tavern. The last seen of Nichols was on Thursday morning. He is a man of pleasing personality.

Our purpose in making known this alleged incident is to warn the studio proprietor against entanglements with unknown but plausible and capable operators, canvassers or so-called "view men."

Recently there seems to be more than the usual number of these unreliable experts, working in different sections of the country, and it will do no harm to insist on references from any unknown party wishing to enter into business relations with you.

This is the third article which has appeared in these pages in as many months exposing what are claimed to be crooked deals and in which the photographer is said to have suffered more or less financial loss and great inconvenience.

It is almost needless to add that these same plausible gentlemen should they appear in your vicinity will undoubtedly be known by another name and have a brand new game, so to be safe investigate everybody that approaches you with a proposition, no matter how attractive or how cleverly presented.