"Kawaii Kota [sic]," meaning dear baby, are the words which
Yone Noguchi, the author of "The American Diary of a Japanese Girl," begins his
book, and out at the county hospital the story of another little life has begun,
and the little son which has been born to the wife of the author and poet, is
just such another baby as the one described by him in the first pages of his
That the wife of the man who has achieved so much success in the literary world should be lying sick in the hospital, surrounded only by strangers, seems strangely sad, but Noguchi, the father, is far away in Japan and knows nothing of the little son who bears his name, and the American mother in the day of her trial and triumph waits patiently for a time when things will be better for them. The little dark bundle at her side who she declares "Looks exactly like his father," smiles his happy little smile, all unconscious of the conditions under which he was ushered into the world eight days ago.
The young man gives promise of being in every way a fine specimen of the kind that is holding the attention of the whole civilized world. In spite of the fact that baby was born under the flag of Uncle Sam and that his mother is an American woman, of the blue eyed type, he has not a single trace of anything but Japanese and the hair and eyes are as black as his father's ever were. Out at the hospital he is quite the center of attraction and the nurses have endowed him with the name of "Bobbie" for lack of a better one. He is exhibited on all occasions and there is nothing that the son of the illustrious poet can not have for the asking.
The story of the love which brought Laeonie [sic] Gilmore [sic] and Yone Noguchi together begins five years ago in New York. Miss Gilmore was teaching and the young Japanese was writing and studying in the same place. They met and became friends. She helped him with his work, editing manuscript and reading copy and a year ago became his wife.
Noguchi's work carried him to different parts of the country. He was in San Francisco for some time and was very popular with some of the foremost authors and poets of the day. He has been connected in his literary work with such men as Jack London and Gelett Burgess, and is regarded by all of them as a man with a brilliant future.
He has already achieved a marked degree of success in this country and in London where he has published one of his books of poems. "The American Diary of a Japanese Girl" was one of the most popular of his works. "The Voice of the Valley" and "Seen and Unseen" also received much praise from the critics and the public.
Noguchi left for Japan in August to act as war correspondent for a New York syndicate. His wife came to Los Angeles the same time that he left for Japan, and has been there ever since.
In the meantime the son of an illustrious father lies in his cot in the hospital, and with his mother will wait for the day when peace shall again be restored and Noguchi will return to his adopted home.