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TEE SUNDAY OBEGrONIAN. PORTtiAND, "APRIL" 8, 1900.
CALVIN HEIUG, Mr.
The World's Greatest Pianist
Back la the Bnatneaa.
fta tack la tha tnatsaos again, boya:
Tm back la the txumeu to stay,
m traveled from Texaa to Main, bar
'With nerer a copper for pay.
rm bade In tha busmaas again, dot;
rm strolling on upper Broadway.
Ton all rolaea a about
Tbat I ousbt to cet out.
But Tm back In tba tnal&caa to star.
Tv played avery town In tba Stataa, bora
From Tampa to Kalamacoo,
r-re oft bad to wildcat" for-date, bora.
And do all tba blllportlng. too;
I admit tbat rva made grave mlatakea, boys.
In trying this art to pursue.
But onoa a "protean,"
Toure cauebt In a mesh.
And tbere'a nothing elae you can do.
'Jm a aaleaman rm not a success, bora.
And bookkeeping not to mr mind;
'As an autbor. you'll readily sueea. boya,
I could never a publiiber find.
Tra tried bundreda of taint mora or leas,
Bet In all I bar bad to raalcn.
Aa "Help 'Wanted" I read
I am forced to concede
That tbere'a notblcr at all In my Una,
80 Tm back In the business' again, boya;
Tm back In the business to stay.
Xf they want good all-round leading men, boya.
Til work from September till May.
Ota you lend ma a At or a ten. boyat
r a few little bllla I rauat pay.
"What's that? You're Just outT v
Bow old that come about t
Well-ril see you again, boya; good. day 1
David Miles. In Dramatic Mirror.
WITH ENTIRE FRANKNESS
Fun, With Some Axtlatlo Drawbacks,
sad Staffer llusso'a Debut Marie
the Boston Lyrics' Season.
Two weeks of clean and wholesome fun,
with en exhilarating flavor of Italian
bel canto from, a young tenor who
comes to us absolutely fresh and un
spoiled these "ore what the Boston Lyric
Opera Company has given us. And as
both happen to be rare commodities
now-a-days in the amusement world. It
would be churlish of us not to be grate
ful. Russo's personality has proved an in
teresting study. He is a naive compound
of the artist and the athlete. In his ex
uberance of enthusiasm for art. he puts
little or no restraint upon himself. In
addition to a voice of rare purity and
power, he possesses remarkable lung ca
pacity and breath control, and of these
he has given frequent exhibitions. Some
of these breath suspensions have been so
startling as to send a cold chill down
the back of timid listeners. Except for
this extravagant, but delightfully In
genuous display of power, his vocaliza
tion Is very nearly perfect. He Is a tenor
that will, no doubt, be eagerly sought by
enterprising lmpressarlos. His superb
slngjng this past week of the "Lucia dl
Lammermoor" scena; the Manrlco arias
from "II Trovatoro": the Duke's song,
"La Donna e Mobile" and the tenor
part In the great quartet from "Rlgo
letto," will long be remembered with de
light. Of course there have been things to
cavil at In the work of the company
breaches of good taste that might, with
a little study, be easily remedied. The
fiasco of the fat Valentine who. In the
"Faust" death scene, turned tragedy Into
farce, has not been duplicated the past
week; yet every evening has witnessed
some small contretemps that has stolen
force from a thrilling dramatic situation.
Take, for example, the great tomb
scena. Just referred to, from "Lucia dl
Lammccmoor," Toroba degl' art mlel.
which Russofethi'Tole of Edgardo, sang
with such Impassioned power, Thursday
night. The hero, while wandering among
the graves of his ancestors, hears the
toll of the castle bell; -attendants bring
him tho news of Lucia's death, and In
a frenzy of despair, after giving relief
to his feelings In a tragic outburst of
rong, he stabs himself. It is a grand and
gloomy aria, generally regarded as a
crucial test for ambitious tenors, and
Russo rendered It with noble effect. All
would have gone well had not a partic
ularly lank and cadaverous attendant,
of towering height, been Inadvertently
placed In the foreground as -the favored
recipient of the unhappy Edgardo's rav
ings. Was it absolutely necessary that
the shortest and the tallest In a company
of 40 members should be so conspicu
ously brought together in this tragic
Other breaches of good taste might be
pointed out an ovor-Jiberal use of the
rouge-pot among the women, for ex
ample. A little care would quickly rem
edy these defects, thereby materially Im
proving the general effectiveness of the
The working principle which Colonel
Thompson has adopted for his company
Is that the public demands a large
repertory, rather than finished art. Eleven
complete operas, without counting repe
titions, or special acts Introduced to make
a- double bill, constitute the repertory
for the two weeks' season Just concluded.
It would be manifestly absurd to expect
carefully planned details or smoothness
of performance with such a repertory as
this. Doubtless, the Jingling of sliver
dollars at the box office Is a substantial
argument In Colonel Thompson's favor,
yet there will be many found who .hold
to the view, that a smaller repertory and
a more polished art would meet with en
couragement and support from the people.
Manager Helllar Secures the Great
Pianist for April 11.
Through the untiring efforts of Manager
Helllg, he can at last positively announce
that Paderewskl, the great pianist, will
appear at the Marquam Grand on Wednes
day evening of this week. The sale of
boxes and seats will begin at the box-office
of the theater tomorrow evening. This
achievement has been brought about
through an arrangement with Messrs. S.
H. Freidlander & Co of Saa Francisco.
who are conducting PaderewsM's tour on
Pianists come and go: each has a fol
lowing of some sort large or small, as
the case may be hut Paderewskl stands
alone; he Is a figure by himself. In the
musical world. The reasons for this are
various, although if you were to ask his
admirers of the emotional sex -why they
place the long-haired player, like are idol,
on a pedestal, to be 'worshiped In rhap
sodical ccstacy. the answer would come
In adjectival phrases, of wild apprecia
tion, of no critical value whatever. They
cannot, or they will not. believe that Eu
gene d'Albert is equally as good In a
Beethoven sonata, and that De Pach
mann has a finer gift for the sensuous
music of Chopin, and they fall to realize
that If d'Albert and Paderewskl were
placed behind a curtain, they would bo
absolutely, unable to say with certainty
who was the player.
Paderewskl made his appearance at a
favorable moment. In the beginning of
the present decade, there was no great
pianist looming there In the public eye.
Rubinstein was the last of the giants, and
ho had practically retired from tho plat
form. The golden fruit was .hanging ripe
upon the tree, -although ' It was ,not for
the flrst comer 'to pluck nnd eat: only he
who was favored of tho gods could touch
the magic bow "thai guarded lis treasure,
as seeureiyasthe-oelt bf flre'encompassed
the sleeping-form oTUtunnfiUdeT
The "Fearless Youth."
Then Paderewskl, the "fearless youth"
Paderewskl, with his sandy circlet of
lusterless hair; his strangely Interesting
furtive gray eyes; his pallid complexion
and figure lithe as a willow wand, came
within view, although at the beginning
only a few realized his power. He wooed
and he won, and now he leaves the woo
ing to his patrons, and there Is a scramble
by them for places, at so many big
round dollars a head-, and his admirers sit
at his feet as though he were. In sooth,
They listen In ecstatic silence breath
ing is not absolutely forbidden, although
that vital function of nature has to be
controlled, with due regard to the player's
plantsslml but no other movement of the
animal body Is permitted. Indignant
"s-shs" promptly follow the unpremedi
tated rustle of a lady's silk dress during a
performance of Chopin's sonata. Pad
erewskl places his trust In Beethoven and
Chbpln. two composers who cover, be
tween them, the finest range of piano
First of all we tread with him the care
fully cut paths of classic art. as repre
sented by the Beethoven sonatas, and then
wc follow the beckoning hand of the Pol
ish composer, with whom we share the
fairy revels of his fantasia In F minor;
dream of nightingales and somber wood
land shadows, through the nocture Op.
27, No. 2; harken solemnly to the B flat
minor sonata, with its fateful funeral
march, and then pass onward to the play
gardens of pianoforte music: pirouette to
the lively measure of the etudes. Op.
25, Nob. 3 and S, and dance gaily to the
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minor and the favorite valse In A flat.
Op. 42. A soupcon of Lltz, and the con
cert la over.
Aa K Dntvrlnf- Caret.
It Is Indeed remarkable and speaks
Paderewskl's power as a drawing card,
that his popularity Is, In no wise, dimin
ished by the heavy demands that have
been made upon it In America. Most of
the great European pianists have visited
this country during the last few years, but
although they had the spice of novelty
In their favor, none was able to achieve
a success that could be compared to bis.
TrLrirTrvf ttti hoM hts former Im
pregnable-position in the hearts of lovers j
of the piano.
Since his reappearance in this country,
lost December, he has created the usual
furore In musical circles. Every place that
he has played the houses have been
packed. In Chicago recently he had to
be rescued by stage hands from a mob
of women at the Auditorium. Nelthet
the turning off of the electric lights, nor
the lowering of the Iron fire screens that
separate the stage from the auditorium.
.served to stop the onslaught on him. Mu
sic and Paderewskl these women must
have, and for a full hour after the pro
gramme of the regular concert was over,
they kept the exhausted master of tha
keyboard working for his freedom. He
was only released when everything else
had been unsuccessfully attempted by
stage hands rushing In and carrying the
piano off the platform.
"HAVE YOU SEEN SMITH t"
Davis' Company of Fanmakers Begin
at Cordray'a Tonight.
One of the brightest modern farce-comedies,
"Have You, Seen SmithT" will open
a week's engagement at Cordray'a The
ater 'tonight. It is In the hands of a ca
pable company of comedians, and has been
doing an excellent business this season.
There are several pretty women In the
cast and' much new, funny business is; pro
vided. The attraction has acquired an Im
portant' place nmong the lough-producers
and Is making a strong hid for a top seat
The fantastical exploits of several per
sonages. In the course of the evolution of
tho farce, cause many amusing compli
cations, and the disentanglement affords
an opportunity for' comical situations and
interesting tableaux. Incidental to the
plot Is Introduced a plenty of songs, dances
and marches of every description. Sev
eral musical novelties will be heard.
Burr Mclntoalt to Appear In Mayo's
I'Iny at the Mnrqanra.
Burr Mcintosh, supported by a clever
company of players, will be seen at the
Marquam Grand Friday and Saturday
nights and Saturday matinee of this week.
In Frank Mayo's dramatization of Mark
Twain's beautiful story, "Pudd'nhead Wil
son." Mr. Mcintosh will appear In the
role of David Wilson, or, as he is better
known at Dawson Landing, Pudd'nhead.'
Ashton Stevens, dramatic critic on the
San Francisco Examiner, in reviewing
the production of the ptay. with Mr. Mc
intosh in the title role, at tho California
Theater last weel:. says:
"Like 'Old Homestead' and other suc
cessful American plays of dialect and
character, 'Puddn'hcad Wilson has be
come an established tradition. Tue same
acting characterizes every production ot
It. Any Innovation would be resented.
The public knows as much about tho plcco
as the actors do, and the public wants it
served each season in tho came style.
Everything Is cut and dried for the play
ers. They have but to stick to the tra
ditional gestures. Intonation and make-up,
and the play and the audience do the rest.
The most Important figure In the per
formance of this sort Is the stage mana
gerthe actor-driver, you might call him.
Unseen arid unheard from the front, yet
it Is his hand that turns the crank and
presents tho pictures. The stage manager
knew his business at the California Thea
ter last nlcht, and the players knew
theirs. And one of the cleverest and most
XOTE Reserved seats can ba secured by those
living: out of the city by letter or telegraph.
Lower floor and first 3 rows balcony, .tt CO
Second 3 rows, balcony ....$3.00
Last 6 rows, balcony ....$2.00
Boxes and loges, per seat S5.00
TWO NIGHTS AND
MR. BURR MclNTOSH
Supported by a Capable Company of Players, In Frank Mayo's Dramatization of
I Mark Twain's Beautiful Story
Popular With the People.
truly American plays In the meager liter
ature of our stage was given an Interest
ing and Intelligent, if not brilliant, per
formance. 'Pudd'nhead Wilson Is about
as clever a blend of melodrama and satire
as ever has been turned out.
"Burr Mcintosh wins easily. This Is
the first time I have had the luck to see
htm. and I regret that it Is not. a part
that calls for original expression, for he
would seem to be a first-class actor, with
a big, bounding, magnetic personality and
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and Bon's Pianoforte used.)
Sale f Seat Will Begin
Lower floor (except last three
Last threo rows
Balcony, flrst three rows
Second three rows
One Week, Commencing Tonight, Sunday, April 8 Saturday
THE FRANTICALLY FUNNY FARCE
The Master Magnet
of Measureless Mirth
YOU SEEN SMITH?
Transporting With Temptlnj Traveitits
Orchestra and Dress
Matinee 25c any part
the rare art of expression. Mr. Mcintosh
knows the value of suggestion. His action ,
leaves something to the Imagination, and
"Frances Graham Mayr plays Rowey I
with the right Ingenuousness, and Nina
Morris gives a vivid Roxy. even if she
misses something of the traditional pumpkin-colored
"What Happened to Jones."
Harry Corson Clarke, always a favorite
IS "BATS TOU SIB2S OOTBr Vi 1
Ttalrnnv Tjlst flfx rows .
Matinee prices, 23c. 50c. 75c
seats will begin weanesaay
The Favorite of Fun and Frolic
Teeming With Transcendent Tickles
SMILES SPREAD LIKE SYIITJP 15 A SOUTHERN SUN.
QIC AVITII BRIGHTEST BURLESQUE AND BEGUILEMENTS.
BEAMING AND BULGING WITH BEWITCHING BEAUTIES.
A DELUGING DOSE OF DYSPEPSIA-DEFYING DELIGHTS.
A METROPOLIS OF MUSIC, MIRTH AND MAGNETISM.
Circle (best seats). EOc
SOc and T5c
25c and SOc
ot house except loges.
in Portland, will be seen at the Marquam
Easter week, presenting, for the last time.
Broadhurst's successful comedy, "What
Happened to Jones." Mr. Clarke Is now
arranging for the production of a new
comedy, called "Whnt Did Tompkins dor
which was written for him, nnd. under his
own supervision, and the name of which
was suggested by himself.
"MR. SMOOTH" NEXT "WEEK.
Willie. Collier With Ilia Nevr Fnrce.
Billed for the Marqnam.
Willie Collier and his supporting com
pany will appear at tha Marquam. In the
successful farce. "Mr. Smooth," on Mon
day, Tuesday and Wednesday of next
week. Play and company have been mak
ing a big bit throughout the country, and
will come from a successful engagement
In San Francisco, where the critics have
accorded much praise to the production.
Mr. Collier Is known In Portland,
and his performance In "The Man From
Mexico." at the Marquam last season,
won him no Inconsiderable praise. Re
ports of ils new play that have reached
here seem to Indicate tbat It Is funnier
than Its predecessor. Mr. Collier Is him
self the author.
In "Mr. Smooth," a young man, with
more nerve than anything else. Introduces
himself, under the name of. another man,,
to a rich, retired banker. The man whose
name he has taken turns up at an Inop
portune time, and the hero Is kept bus;
dodging detectives and Inventing stories
to keep from getting found out, while ha
wooes and wins the banker's daughter.
Fortune favors him. and he comes out
of the scrape, at last, with his heart's de
sire and- a fortune Into the bargain. The
complications are cleverly wrought out.
and Mr. Collier dispenses the fun as ho
goes along. He Is said to be outrageously
funny at times and always without ap
Besides Mr. Collier, there are several
other good people In the cast, who will
contribute largely to the entertalnment.
A bookmaker, with all tho slang of the
race-course and the betting ring forever
on his lips: a society girl. In all her fuss
and feathers: a retired banker, with mora
money than brains; a pronounced old
maid, crabbed and sour, and a couple ot
eccentric servants help to make fun.
Mlnstrela nt Cordray'a.
Barlow's Minstrels (white), one of the
strongest minstrel organizations In tho
country, consisting of 40 people, and. hav
ing two bands, will play a week' engage
ment at Cordray"s. beginning Sunday.
April 22. The company nas been doing an
excellent business on this season's tour
and has been playing to big houses in the
Northwest. A feature to the big street
parade which tho organization makes.
Objected to Belnsr Supplanted.
Ono ot the feature of "Tho yiUacp
tl 00. Sale of
JOHN F. CORDRAY, Manager
Postmaster," when the play was brought
out In New York, was a trained baby pig.
The slzo of the animal had a bearing on
the story and the lines. The author. It ap
pears, had forgotten, the fact that pigs
grow rapidly, and the result was that as
the run there grew In length, the pig in
creased In width, as well as length, so
that tho management was at Its wit's ends
within a few months to secure a new mem
ber of the cast to take the part of this
As the rural drama stayed on one stags
almost 200 nights, the pig was a. ham-
fatter In both censes of the term before
the curtain fell on the metropolitan en
gagement. Another pig was secured n .
time, but the discarded four-footed actor
squealed like all possessed, when taken
away from hla accustomed haunts at tha
side of the stage.
DIXEY AS GARRICK.
"Adonis" Makei a Hit In Rohaon's
Aside from Mr. Robson's personal suc
cess In "Oliver Goldsmith" and from tha
dainty, sketchy charm of the play Itself,
.there are two features of the performance
at the Fifth Avenue that play-goers can
be grateful for the Doctor Johnson, of
H. A. Weaver and the Garrick and Twitch
of Henry E. Dlxey.
' Mr. Weaver Is & splendid old-school
actor, whoso telling characterization of tha
crusty yet kindly doctor It would be Im
possible for any of our modern "character
old men" to match or duplicate. His ripe,
fine methods are a treat to observe and
his presence on the scene arouses regret
that there are few artists of his class left
Mr. Dlxey Is the artlctlc antithesis of
tho veteran Weaver, but .that does not
mean that his acting Is not equally praise
worthy. He docs not suggest Garrick. as
he has come down to us in portraits and
contemporary record, but he contributes
a thoroughly delightful study of char
acter, nevertheless, while. In broad con
trast, he "doubles" tho boozy bailiff with
excellent comic effect. Mr. Dlxey has been
noted so long an a capital mimic and
graceful entertainer that his appearanca
In "Oliver Goldsmith" comes as a. timely
reminder that he Is an actor, too, and or
remarkable talent. The Usher, lrr the Saa
"I love to hear you play." he said.
"My reasons? Well, the chief
One la that when you play for to
Your pieces all are brief."
No Donbt of It.
Tha New Tork police will have a great
deal of support In their theory that cer
tain kinds of music ore criminal. Balt
e'v m.0( -fly '
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