CHAPTER IV IT was arranged after much discussion, and great difficulty in obtaining the wherewithal, that we should go to New York to consult Mr. George Vandenhoff. After the interview with Miss Cush-man (whose kind interest in me I can never forget), and assured that only good characters in good plays would be attempted, my mother became greatly interested in my work. Her help in every way proved inestimable. It was with delight that we started for New York. Apart from the novelty of a first long journey, and the pleasure of watching the varied scenery, I felt an indescribably joyous gratitude to Heaven in realizing that every mile was taking me to further advancement in my work, and nearer to the life I was longing to begin. Arrived at our destination, and marvelling at the great city, I found myself in the home of my mother's people. For the first time I saw my excellent grandparents. We immediately lost our hearts to one another.