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BISPHAM HAS A BEE
FAMOUS BARITONE HAS AMBITION TO
ELEVATE THE STAGE
AVID BISPHAM has a bee la his J
bonnet. He -wants to elevate tho
Long since. It "was discovered that he
could sing baritone better than most any
body else. This "was a fine thine for
Blspham, and since that time he has done
'wonders with his voice. Abroad . he is
much thought of. and at the Metropolitan
with Standard OH and Amalgamated Cop
per in the boxes he Is a real Hon.
It then follows that he takes his .ac
companist by the hand and -his valet by
the ear and goes concert touring over his
own country. Just as naturally It fol
lows that Leader's pay-check is due or
a crimp, for Lulu has her foolish little
head set on hearing the sublime Bls
pham's chest tones. "When he -comes to
town business Is suspended and every
body files into the hall to hear the sing
ing. All this is very fine and also lucra
tive for David Blspbam. and it -would seem
that he ought to be happy. But he isn't.
A bug got Into his bonnet and he takes
its buzzing for a call to elevate the
stage. So now he wants to be an actor.
"Worse yet, he wants to be the kind of an
actor that you read about. The star
eyed Arnold Winkelreid kind, who would
rush upon the spears of the trust. The
stressful Atlas kind, -who pines to get
down under the underpinning of the stage
and boost it up -with his brawny back.
There have been many such. As a rule
they were nice, new young men and
women, and inexperienced. Mostly now
they are sepulchers for their own early
hopes and are now drawing wages over
the Stair & Havlln.
Now here appears a man well pat the
Osier limit with this same siren bee and
he complicates the plot. He seems cut
out for a singer and bis -work has been
pleasing to his employers, the public. He
has succeeded greatly and has a lot of
good singing left in him. "Why he wants
to swap jobs and be an actor Is past
comprehension. Seems monstrous foolish,
but he Is set upon It and will try the ex
periment. Here speculation enters.
David BIspham, whom the public prints
Inform us will sing tonight at the Mar
quam, was engaged with a piano-tuner
when we called upon him at the Portland
yesterday. All things have an end, oven
engagements with piano-tuners, and pres
ently it was our turn.
He looks enough like William H. Crane
and W. II. Thompson to bo brother to
either. He certainly has the actor's face.
He admits that it Is an india-rubber face,
and Bflly Dills could fix It up with grease
paint wonderfully well for character com
edy. He Is benevolent looking fine look
ing, in fact handsome, save that egotism
has sat too long upon his brow. His figure
is good and his voice a pleasure to hear
In speech. He has the valuable assets to
stage success named above, and in addi
tion he has a reputation. He is experi
enced In tho singing of operas which re
quire that a man act some, and so alter
all his tardy theatrical debut may be well
Not this year will he go to acting, so
he told us, nor next, but the year after
probably. He declined to tell the play
wright's name, but says the play will
be the first levor which he will put
under the stage. After the wedge has
entered he will elevate it more with
both classic and modern roles. He is
COLUMBIA IS SOLD
Belasco & Mayer, of San Fran
cisco, Buy Theater.
J. E. BLAZIER PAID $100,000
New Owners Will Not Announce
Their Plans, but Manager Bal
- lard's Stock Company Will
Continue Until July.
The Columbia Theater was sold yester
day by J. E. Blazler, who built tho house
last Summer, to Belasco & Mayer, of San
Francisco, consideration being $100,000.
The deal has been pending for several
flays and was finally consummated upon
the arrival here of M. B. Mayer yester
day morning. A. H. Ballard, the present
manager, holds a lease which, has until
July 1 to run and Mr. Mayer announces
that his firm will make no attempt to
Interfere in any way with Mr. Ballard's
tenure. As to the policy of the house
after that time the new owners have
reached no decision.
"It is true that we have bought the
Columbia," said Mr. Mayer yesterday.
"For months we have been negotiating,
through our local agent, David S. Stearns,
for a house In Portland. After looking
over the situation carefully we decided
that we wanted a theater here and con
sidered the relative wisdom of building or
buying. We discovered that the Columbia
was tor sale and after some figuring have
secured it for the sum of $100,000.
"I consider it one of the prettiest and
most comfortable theaters on the Coast
and think we have an excellent property.
Future Policy Is Undecided.
"We have not decided upon our future
policy regarding it. "Wo are very friendly
with Mr. Ballard, with whom we have
had business relations In the past, and
of course will not attempt to Interfere
with his lease In any way. He has the
theater until July 1 and I am not pre
pared to say what our course will be
after that time.
"If we decide to continue it as a stock
house we will probably make some ex
tensive alterations, which will cost In the
neighborhood of 510,000. These will In
clude a ladies reception room and a gen
tlemen's smoking room In the basement,
the enlarging of the lobby, carpenter and
paint shops In the basement and other
Improvements. As I say, however, this
has not been decided upon and we may
devote It to traveling companies."
Mr. Mayer is a brother-in-law of David
Belasco, head of tho "Independents," and
his partner Is a brother of the great New
2Tork manager. This relationship prompt
ed the assumption that the "Independ
ents," who are known to be trying to se
cure a foothold In Portland, might be In
terested In the new deal. Mr. Mayer de
nied positively that there was any ground
lor such a theory.
Friendly to Klaw & Erlanger.
"Our firm Is very friendly to the Klaw &
Erlanger syndicate. We have many in
terests in common with them and have
no thought of antagonizing them. "We
bought the Columbia for our own use and
benefit, and David Belasco had nothing
whatever to do with It I shall return to
Portland about April 1 and our general
manager. Mr. Price, may come sooner.
On. my return I will probably be in a po
sition to announce our future plans."
Mr. Mayer Is quartered at the Portland
and will remain In the city a day or two
Manages Ballard was in a very com
plaisant mood last evening. "I am de
lighted that Messrs. Belasco & Mayer
have bought the theater. They are splen
did gentlemen and have been tremendous
ly successful in their various enterprises.
They have always fetes strictly fair and
as confident as the first robin in Spring.
The stage Is in & bad way, so he is go
ing to leave a sure thing in the singing
line to elevate the drama.
honorable In their treatment of the pubr
lie, their fellow managers and the profes
sion. Through square dealing, enterprise
and business sagacity they have built up
a handsome business and their coming to
Portland should be a subject for general
congratulation. I have always been on
the very best of terms with them and am
sure our future relations will be most
Manager Ballard's Plans.
"1 shall continue my present policy of
giving the public the very best stock pro
ductions until my lease expires on July 1
and after that well, there will be some
thing to announce then."'
It was rumored last evening that Mr.
Ballard and the present company will con
tinue at the Columbia after July, but
none of the interested persons cared to
discuss the matter.
Tho firm of Belasco & Mayer Is one of
the strongest theatrical concerns In the
"West. They own a theater in Los An
geles, two in San Francisco, one in Oak
land and the purchase of the Columbia
gives them a chain of first-class play
houses along the entire Pacific Coast.
Their stock companies are famous for
their excellence all over the country and
their name is sufficient guarantee of the
quality of a production. They have a
number of road attractions, among them
being "White Whittlesey and Florence
Roberts. Now that the Columbia has
passed Into their hands the speculation
as to Its future will end. for whatever
they may do with It Its continuance as
a regular place of entertainment Is
Oklahoma Firm Burned Out.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.. March S.
The wholesale grocery house of Wllllara-Eon-Hallsell-Frazler
Company, at Chlck
asha, burned today. Loss $100,000.
DAVID BISFHASI CHATS "WITH HARRY MURPHY AXD
"Well, It's worth while If he can do
it, and It should be far from us to dis
courage an ambitious crusader, but It
looks foolish. The great baritone
MEN ARE NAMED
Congress to-Be Represented
at Fair Opening.
TEN SENATORS ARE IN PARTY
Congressional Committee Just Twice
as Large as That Which Visited
St. Louis Exposition Fifteen
Representatives In List. '
The personnel of the Copgresslonal
committee which will officially visit the
Lewis and Clark Exposition at the
opening day ceremonies was announced
yesterday in a communication received
at Exposition headquarters by Secre
tary H. E. Reed. The list shows that
ten Senators and 15 Representatives are
coming, and that the list Includes a
number of widely-known statesmen.
Twenty-two states are represented.
One significant fact In connection
with the appointment of this delega
tion Is that the membership Is greater
than that of the delegation sent to the
recent St. Louis Exposition. On that
occasion five Senators and ten Repre
sentatives were sent.
The expense of tho expedition will be
COLUMBIA THEATER 25 SOLD TO BELASCO ts MAYKR.
A. A. G.
should look before he leaps. I once
knew a shoemaker who tried to be a
balloonist, and he broke his neck.
A. A. G.
paid out of tho recent $10,000 appropriation
made for that purpose. During their
stay in the city the party will be en
tertained on a large scale, although the
programme of entertainment has not
yet been made out. A special commit
tee will be appointed for the purpose
of planning their reception, and the re
port of this commutes will lie returned
In the near future.
Tho make-up of the official party Is
Senators Henry C Haabrousn, Norm Da
kota; Clarence D. Clark, Wyoming; Loul S.
XcCoxn&s. Maryland; "William. P. Dillingham,
Vermont; Bobert J. Gamble. South Dakota;
Ii. Heliler Ball. Delaware; John W. Daniel.
Virginia.; James B. llcCreary. Kentucky; Fran
cis Q. NewlandJ, Nevada; Lh 8. Overman,
Representatives James A. Tanner, Minne
sota; Charles L. Bartlett. Georgia; James S.
Sherman. New Tork; James A. Hemenway,
Indiana; C. W. Hamlin. MUaouri; I. N. Llt
Uuer. New Tork; Henry 8. BouteU, Illinois;
Joseph TV. Bibcock, Wisconsin; James McAn
dreira, nilnoU; William A. Bodenberg, Illinois ;
Joseph C Blbley. Pennsylvania; Henry C lou
deneUser. New Jersey; Bobert I Henry. Tex
as; Gcors-a 8. Leg are. Eouth Carolina; John
ii. Email. rortn Carolina.
Would Extend Fish Traps.
Tha application for an extension sea
ward of the line to which flshtraps may
be driven off the west shore line of Sand
Island, and the objections, were heard by
Major w. C. Langfltt yesterday.
The extension of tho depth and length
of flshtraps at that point, which Is asked
for by several of the trapowners there.
Is being bitterly opposed by the glllnet
ters, seiners and other trapmen. In the
vicinity of Ilwaco, who" assert that such
a change will materially Injure them. Ma
jor Langfltt has taken the matter under
advisement and will announce his decision
of the application later.
OF SAN FXAN CISCO.
vjlkw or XNTEiaOtt or EHJEKS big warehouse, where pianos tor the
SALE NOW IN PROGRESS AT THE RETAIL DEPARTMENT, 331
WORD WINS SUIT
Chinese Fail to Get Damages
JUDGE SEARS DECIDES CASE
Suit Against Official First of a Series
Resulting From Raids on China
town Gambling Dens, When
ss Doors Were Removed.
A jury hi Judgs Sears' court yesterday
refused to bring a verdict for damages
against Sheriff Word for breaking down
and removing a heavy iron, door in a
bulldlnc on Second street durinc one of
his recent raids on Chinese gambling
houses. Lai Way sued the Sheriff to re
cover J$5, tho value of tho door. Ho won
In the Justice Court, and the Sheriff ap
pealed the case.
Lai Way testified that the building from
which the door was taken was leased by
tho Chinese Free Masons, and he was
the manager of the society and collected
the rents from various tenants. He said
thero had been no gambling' In the prom
lses for three or four years. The jdoor
had been there for 25 years and was for
protection against fire.
Sheriff Word testified only that he did
not break down the door, but did not
say that one of his deputies did not
Henry E. McGinn, attorney, in arguing
tho case to the jury called attention to
the fact that Lai Way had used the word
"tone" in connection with the Chinese
Free Masons Society, and said whenever
the word tong was used it meant nign
binder. Tho Sheriff had stopped all gam
bllng. even tho games run by the white
men, Peter Grant, Fred Fritz, August
Erickson and Eugene .mazier, wno nave
political influence, and had also closed the
poolrooms. The Chinese gamblers had
been treated In tho same manner.
"Many a man has taken home wages
Saturday night to his family who never
took them before," said Mr. McGinn, who
also said the gambling-houses havo taKen
$1,000,000 out of the pockets of tho work
ing classes of i'ortiano.
In tho suit of Leo Wong to Tecover for
tables, that were broken, which, was tried
Jointly with the other case, the Jury re
turned a verdict against the Sheriff for
$5. The amount sued for was 52a. Frank
Freeman appeared as attorney for plain,
SAMUEL CREWS IS CONVICTED
Jury Returns Verdict Against Man
WhoStoIe $320 From Woman.
Samuel Crews, a young man, who. un
der the promise of marriage, gained the
confidence of Maggie Rees, and then stole
5320 from her and fled, was tried and con
victed by a Jury In Judge Frazer's court
yesterday. , Maggie Rees is a woman over
SO years of age, and is tne motner ot
two children. She lived for years on the
farm of H. Kltterwood. a ha It breed Klam
ath Indian, pear Treka, CaL Crews hap
pened along and Kltterwood engaged him
to work on the place, aiaggie nees De
came Infatuated-with Crews, and they
entered Into an engagement of marriage.
Kltterwood, ever ready to oblige, helped
matters along by paying her 5350 wages
due, and also paid Crews a small amount
which ho owed nlm. Itltterwood also ac
companied Maggie Rees to Jacksonville,
where the two children were placed In a
Catholic school, and from there they went
to Grant's Pass, where they parted.
She then came to Portland, and met
Crews, whom she trusted implicitly. He
took advantage of a favorable chance to
steal her money, which was In her trunk,
and fled. He wroto her a letter Inclosing
J10. and telling her he was going to Al
bany. Instead he proceeded to Newberg
where his two .brothers, J. T. and F. M.
Crews, reside. Crews denied having com
mitted the crime, and bis brothers test!
Bed that they knew him to have consid
erable money before Maggie Rees arrived
In Portland. Crews was arrested at New
berg by City Marshal J. J. Woods. Klt
terwood way brought hero from Treka
to testify. He stated that he paid Mag
gie Rees $350 before she left.
I Jewelry Case Appealed.
Louis E.- Lyon and Milbert F. Price.
doing business as the Puritan Manufac
turing Company, have appealed to the
Supreme Court from the Judgment of the
State Circuit Court In their suit against
Henry Westermiro to recover $300 for
jewelry sold and delivered. Tho Jewelry
was supposed to be plated goods, but,
westermiro alleged that what he received
from the -company is described In the
trade as "phony or 'cultus.' At the
trial he called G. Heltkemper and others
to prove his statement, and he won the
Articles of Incorporation.
Articles of Incorporation of the West
Portland Canal & Pipeline Company were
Hied yesterday in the office of tho County
Clerk by Lafe Pence, Joseph Lyons and
C M. Idleman; capital stock, $100,000. The
objects announced are to construct and
operate pipe lines, canals, flumes and
ditches, and to transport water for lrrl
ration, domestic and other uses. The line
shall begin in sections a and "IS, T. 1 X.,
R. 3 W., and coursing thence In a. south
easterly direction to termination In sec
tion 32. T. 1 JT., K.1E.
Wakefield Wln Suit.
In the suit of J. B. Bridges against
Robert Wakefield to recover compensa
tion amounting to about $4000 for super
intending the construction of the 'Portland
drydock. the Jury returned a verdict in
favor of Wakefield. There Is still a suit
in equity pending between the parties for
an accounting as to profits on the con
struction of the dock.
A, Deputy Sheriff yesterday served pa
pers' in a divorce suit filed in Gilliam
County by Rose J. Wilcox against Charles
Tho Sheriff has served a complaint in
a divorce suit filed In Oregon City by
Delia Krantz against Charles Krantz. ,
WILL HAVE ANOTHER TICKET
St. Johns Preparing for Coming Mu
Jfow that the Government League of
St. Johns has nominated Its ticket, the
people of that new city await the next
ticket with. much. Interest. It was said
last week that if W. V. Jobes was
placed In nomination for Mayor and ha
accepted, there might not be anyone
placed In nomination against him, but
it is doubtful if this will bo the situa
The Good Government League was
organized la opposition to the Com
mercial Club by Charles Organ, S. H.
Green, A. L. Miner and others. Thl3
organization tried to havo the adoption
of the city charter submitted to a mass
meeting and referred back to- the peo
pie for further consideration, and the
league Is essentially an opposition or
ganization to the men who were prom
inent In the framing- of the new char
ter. The league also wanted the char
ter returned from Salem after It had
been presented there, but It was passed
before anything was accomplished.
Tho other ticket will bo brought out
about the 16th of tho month. Amonjr
those mentioned as probable candidates
for Mayor are A. S. Douglas, T. J. Mon-
han. W. H. Klnff and L. Chlpman.
Mr. King and Mr. Chlpman say they are
not In tho field for nomination, al
though their names are being- men
tioned with tho others. Mr. King- was
the first president of the Commercial
Club, and Mr. Douglas Is now the pros
The Commercial Club announces that
It will have nothing; to do with the
coming city election and will tako no
-official action. It was organized to
promote the growth of Su Johns with
out any reference to who the officers
are. However, the next ticket will
likely be named by the members of
the club acting- in their individual ca
Daclty. It is said that this ticket will
be placed in the field ar a mass-meeting"
soon' to be called for tnat purpose.
FUNERAL SERVICES TODAY.
Ceremony Over Remains of Hon. T
J. Glover, of Now South Wales.
Hon. T. J. Glover, of Sydney, New South
Wales, Australia, will be buried here to
morrow. Tne lunerai services win oe
held at Holman's undertaking parlors at
3:30 under the. auspices of the British
Mr. Glover was born In Ross. Hereford
shire. England, m 1813. For 40 years his
life bad been devoted to temperance ana
reform work. During these many years
of service he had spoken In nearly every
English-speaking country. Until 1883.
about which time, at the suggestion of
tho Hon. Sir William Fox, he went to
New Zealand, his life was spent mostly
in England. Much of the reform work
along prohibition lines In New Zealand Is
due to his tireless energy. Some two
years ago be came to the United States
to study our temperance and economic
legislation. Intending to return to New
Zealand in July next to take part in the
triennial elections to be held there In No
vember. He had planned to spend sev
eral weeks this Sorlnc In Oreeon speak
ing on the social and labor problems and
16frislatlon of New Zealand.
He arrived in Portland three weeks ago
Tuesday, having been compelled to cancel
his dates in Southern Oregon on account
of heart trouble. Instead of resuming
his work again after two or three weeks'
rest, as. he had planned, he slowly grew
worse and died In this city Tuesday even
lng at 7:30. Ho' came to Portland
stranger, having so far as known no ac
quaintances In the state.- He left a wife
and family In Sydney. xew souui waies.
Mrs. Glover being a. very active worker in
the Seamen's Church and Institute at that
A 2TNE CONCERT TONIGHT.
Every one interested In fine music Is in
vited to attend" the Pianola recital to bo
given at Ellers Piano Housq. this evening.
331 Washington street, corner Park. This
will be the last occasion on which the
present pipe organ will be heard, as the
Instrument has been sold and Is to be
taken down-at once. No tickets' or cards
of admission are necessary. Concert be
gins at S:15 o'clock, Mr. J. W. Belcher,
TO CTJX3C COU ZX OXX BAT.
Tti TjtIth Stnho Qalsl&a TabUU.
tsslM rttmU Dm money if tt ZxUs to cer-
X. w Ofy'a DCHtwHot taca &&c axx.
Tired an nervous wom8rT"flnd held In
Hews. Sarwparilla, la enriches their
clubs are BEING RECEIVED -DAILY.
MAY CALL SESSION
Normal School Matter May
Yet Be Settled,
WOULD STOP REFERENDUM
Plan- Is to Have Solons Serve InrEx
tra Session Without Pay to Sav
State From Debt for Mainte
nance of Institutions
In-order to head oft referendum -on
tha ireneral appropriation bill of , the
Oregon Legislature and to Insure to
necessary state Institutions appropria
tions needed for their maintenance, a
proposal is to be made to members of
the Legislature that they so back to
Salem, repeal the bill, enact separata
bills for tho Normal Scnools and for
other Institutions, stay at the capital
but two or three days, transact no other
business, and serve .without pay or
Xr, Pffnrt ! makinsr to brine a ma
jority of the members of each house of
tho Legislature into an agreement ana
thus Induce Governor Chamberlain to
call an extra session. Tha Governor
said last night that ne will not look
nHtti '.itsfuvor on the nrooosal but that
he will not make up his mind until It la
actually presented to him.
Senator Haines, or. wasningron uoun
v. in nt tha head of tho movement and
said yesterday that the prospect of suc
cess was xavoraoie.
That rt referendum on the bill in Its
present shape wll bo called for is--altogether
probable. This Is admitted In all
quarters. Only 4500 electors are neeaea
ctm n. natulan for referendum and
the bill will be held up until the election
of June, 1906, and may tnen bo vetoed.
thA np.onle. A referendum would
have almost the effect of a veto, be
cause, even U tne diu were raunaa at
the polls, its appropriations would not
be released until 15 months hone and
meanwhile tha state would accumulate
a debt for the maintenance or. lta in
stitutions. That Governor Chamberlain may b
won over to the proposal for an extra
session Is Indicated In the following
dlinmteh received last night from Tne
BALEM, Or., Marcn s. tcpeciai.j ov
ernor Chamberlain will not look with dis
favor upon tho proposal that a special ses
sion of the Legislature ha called, pro
vided the conditions are satisfactory. He
will not say what he win do or will not
do it tho matter is presented for his con
sideration, but he manifests a desire to
relievo the Asylum, Penitentiary. Reform
School, Mute School and Blind School ot
the Inconvenience of having their appro
priations held up along with others to
which the people fako exception.
When Senator Haines plan was state
to Governor Chamberlain tonight he said:
"It takes two-thirds of the members oC
the Legislature to constitute a quorum
to transact business. If two-thirds of tha
members of each house were to agree to
attend a special session without cost to
the state, to repeal the present appropria
tion bllL to pass separate bills for appro
priations for the several institutions, a
that the people ctt demand the referen
dum upon them without holding up . all,
and further agree not to take up other
subjects of legislation, I would not look
with disfavor upon a request that a spe
cial session be called. I cannot say posi
tively, however, what I would do until
the question comes up to me."
Senator Haines took a foremost part in
the fight at Salsm against continuance, of
the present normal school system. Yes
terday morning he telegraphed to Presi
dent Kuykendall, of the Senate and to
Senator Booth, a leading member of that
body, .both of Eugene, asking their opin
ion of the plan, but up to -last evening
had received no reply. Senator Haines
will work first on tho Senate members,
and if successful with "them win then try
the House members. Said her
"This is the only way to satisfy the
people's hostility to the present appro
priation bill. We ought to let each clas3
of appropriations stand on their own mer
its. I beUeve we members of the Legis
lature can agree to this and get away
from the capital in two days."
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