DD Highest Paid Woman in the World
Dorothy Dix Will Write for the Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch 1 First of Series of Her Nationally Famous Articles to Appear Jan. 16 Career of Highest Paid Woman Newspaper. Writer in World Just a little more than 20 years ago,-a ago,-a ago,-a fearful, nervous young woman tendered ihe literary editor of the old New Or leans Plcavune a "contribution." Her "heart In her mouth," so to speak, she vaited at the desk while the critical ditorial eye glanced down the closely vntten paces, and eulped in astonish ment and delight when the editor hand ed her over Ji It meant acceptance; the pathway to literary fame was open to h?r. That fearful, nervo.us little woman was Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, since known wherever newspapers are read as "Dorothy Dix." Today she is the hieh-est hieh-est hieh-est salaried woman newspaper writer in the world;, she. Is .under contract to write her nationally famous Iorothy Dix articles articles exclusively for the Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch n St. Louis, and betriiininc Monday. Jan. 13. these articles will be printed three times a week, publication dayr being Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week? Dorothy Dix articles succinctly characterized characterized as sane, sweet,, sensible, sympathetichave sympathetichave endeared their writer to the hearts of millions. Indeed, in the years that Dorothy Dix has been writing, writing, her articles have caused a.i un- un- counted multitude of newapaper readers, young and old (and men as well as wom en, and in nearly as large numbers) to write to her for advice, help, comfort, until today it may be said of her that she stands a veritable little sister to all the world through the medium of her pen. It is truly a unique position among pre,ent-day pre,ent-day pre,ent-day writers that Dorothy Di' occupies, and it is hers because she is a woman, a writer, with a head as well as a heart because she understands the problems, the temptation!, in brief, every phase of the every-day every-day every-day life of the great mass of the people, and is ever ready with practical and sympathetic suggestion? of aid and encouragemeni looking towards the rebirth of home an J happiness. 1 Event Tomorrow- Tomorrow- . I 1 j L Reduced $45 S.35 Mon Into Shirt 01111 1 c Men'. I m . 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There she had pored over the classics of Kngllsh literature until she almost knew them by heart. Quite na turally, this extensive reading had fired her with a desire to write some day. and many were the dreams she had in the old library of a time when she, too, would be world famous as the author of a classic. Then came her early marriage, and for a time "forgetfulness or her girlhood a.n-bition a.n-bition a.n-bition to become a great writer preferably preferably of fiction. True, before her husband's husband's financial reverses and 111 health came, she had undertaken the authorship authorship of one or two short stories, but with no serious purpose In mind, and it was not until she was faced with the problem problem of doing something herself that would mean an income that she earnestly earnestly turned to the dream of her girlhood girlhood as offering the best solution of the problem confronting her. So one day 30 years ago, she stood tremblingly before the literary editor or the old New-Orleans New-Orleans New-Orleans Picayune with her first real. purposeful literary" word In her hands and great was her joy when she was told that the story was acceptable. "And do you know." she said the other day. "the three dollars the Picayune paid me for that sketch It was a fiction fiction story have always seemed to. me the most money I have ever earned. 1 1 nm told that today I can boast of belnri ! the highest paid woman newspaper writer In the world, but somehow my present weekly income doesn't appear so overwhelmingly big to nie as did those three dollars the old Picayune's literary editor paid me on the spot for my first serious effort at writing" As already said, this first story wns fiction. Mrs. Gilmer, following the threads of her girlhood dream, had (liiite naturally made it so. Hut. with the realization that she could write In such a way as to earn money thereby, there came the thought to her that she must write something distinctive if she would hope to succeed permanently and in satisfactory measure as an author. In her few months in New Orleans, where she and Mr. Gilmer had located for the latter's health, she had noted from time to time the evident desire of women of her acquaintance for sympathetic sympathetic help in solving problems confronting confronting them anj often there was none offered. offered. In turning over her own problem, problem, this circumstance flashed Into Mr. Gllmet's mind. Then came the golden inea: Why not write articles that will help the women who want help and cannot cannot find It art l('lf that o-m o-m o-m KA . 1 ; t - - - .....v " . I'l .IIIVIII as to suggestions and yet of the heart any sympathetic?" Marts Dorothy Dix Talk. The more she thought of the Idea 11... more it appealed to her. Finally, she laid her plan before her friends on the Picayune. They were Instantly sympathetic sympathetic unit a f.af . 1 . . . ...... vi a iiicicniirr itie first of the now long line of Dorothy Dix talks was printed In the Picayune. Kight from the start the talks were a big success. The rlrst article brought in scores of letters, and within a few weeks Dorothy Dix was a Picayune institution institution and was being written to for advice helj. comfort from all parts of the South reached by the circulation of her paper. Soon editors in various parts of the country began to reprint the talks from the Picayune, and then, greatly 10 Mrs Gilmer's astonishment, came an offer from a New York newspaper for her to Join its staff. This offer she de-dined; de-dined; de-dined; later the same paper made a second second offer which was so flattering In its terms that she fell she could not refuse it and a few weeks later was meeting with as great success in New York as had attended her efforts In New Orleans. Orleans. Krom her very first talk. Dorothy Dix has written with the one fixed purpose of being sympathetically helpful to her ulsters . "And, curiously enough," she says. "I soon found that men also were leing he!ed by my articles. I have received, received, oh. I ran t tell you how many letters from men asking for help or telling telling me how they have been aided and encouraged by my articles. It was a piiixle to me at first, but I suppose the reason lies In the fact that the lives of men and women are so closely intertwined intertwined that what will help the average woman Is often of e.pial assistance and comfort to the average man. Anyway, I am glad that all through these years I have been able to help my brothers as well as my sisters, for la it now good to help whomsoever we can aa we go through life, so largely made up of trouble trouble and vexatious problems apparently fr the average person r"