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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN; PORTLAND, APRIL 29, 1900.
If you would tell toiuii'i age,
Auume a gentle toce.
JLsd tell It to her with tbe all
Of a tosx-dlataaoe 'phone.
WITH ENTIRE FRANKNESS
Local Lovers of Minstrelsy Hare a
Surfeit of Good Thins Dar
Solemnly rolling eyeballs in. & setting of
black cork, good-atured grins, gorgeous t
satin waistcoats, buttoned with brilliants:
the surprised Ingenuousness of Mr. "West
as Interlocutor who could resist these?
Seated on green stools, arranged In tiers
at the Marquam, Friday night, Mr. West's I
minstrels, sober-mannered, black-skinned. I
coral-lipped, with white, blinking eyes and ,
rose-satin coat lapels, looked like nothing
eo much as a nosegay of grotesque, exotic
It Is a great pity a clerer minstrel com
pany like Mr. West's cannot get Its jokes
copyrighted, or patented, or otherwise se
cured for its own exclusive use. A good
many of the songs and Jokes had already
been heard over at Cordray's, where the
Barlow minstrels had been spouting them
all the week. But that In no way inter
fered with the laugh et the Marquam, for
there Is a contagious hilarity about the
"West minstrels and their way of delivering
a. Joke that invariably carries an audience
by storm. They all enter Into their work
with such freshness and gusto; the va
rious transformations are made with such
lightning dexterity that there Is not even
the hundredth part of a second allowed
for a yawn. Carroll Johnson enters in
gorgeous blue coat, blue ellk hat and float
ing blue ribbon streamers, Hid to his cone
He tells a racy story that brings down
the house; retires amid uproarious,' merri
ment, and, in the twinkling of an eye. re.
turns In scarlet, to tbe confusion and
mystification of the audience.
All Done Prestissimo.
Everything Is done prestissimo; there Is
a wonderfully clever adjustment of stage
mechanics, and this makes it possible to
Introduce the element of surprise, with
great success. Into the various acts, and
surprise will be found, upon investigation,
(a be the basis of most of the humor of
The voices are fresh and sonorous, but
this "one has learned to expect, for mu
sically Mr. West's company has always
been strong too strong. It may be said,
for the sextette would be more enjoyable
if the voices could be softened down a bit;
sweetness rather than strength should be
sought In vocal work of this character,
and this applies also to Mr. Weber's bari
tone solos. Richard Jose, who, for sev
eral j ears, has stood at the head of Mr.
West's list of vocalists, has the figure of
Dickens' fat boy and the voice of a siren;
he seems to have lost none of his power
over an audience.
It Is doubtful whether anything mora
clever than the olio specialties Introduced
into the second part of Mr. West's enter
tainment has ever been seen on a. Portland
stage. The marvelous acrobatic feats of
the Luken brothers, the grotesque dancing
of the .three Marvelles, those brilliant spec
tacular Innovations, the signal light drill,
the storming of San Juan Hill and the
exceptionally fine military drill at the end
these were absolutely flawless, one" and
all. with no weak spots or unpleasant
waits. The finest touch of real humor
that was given during the entire evening
was Ernest -Tenney's act. In conjunction
with the Waterbury brothers. With rare
skill and discriminating musical taste, he
has taken advantage of the peculiarly
clownish character of the oboe. Of all the
wind Instruments, there Is only one (the
bassoon) which lends Itself more easily to
buffoonery. And with all the drollery
Mr. Tenney put Into his antics with the
oboe, there was no flagrant loss In melo
diousness-, il it anstt
The Barloif Minstrel.
Lovers of burnt-cork comedy should bo
reasonably well satiated by this time,
since It has been holding the boards also
at CordTay's. The Barlow Minstrels have
given a week of clean and wholesome fun.
There was a refreshing absence of oir
color stories; they had, moreover, the ad
vantage of arriving first on the ground
with this season's stock of new songs and
mots. The chief strength of the company
lies In their musical equipment, which irf
unquestionably good. It Is pleaeant to
chronicle, although they have two brass
bands at their command, they have not
made the mistake ot substituting noise
for music The voices are fresh and true
and not over-loud, and the ensembles are
thoroughly pleasing. More care has been
expended upon perfecting the old-time min
strel features than upon the olio spec
ialties, which are barely able to pass mus
ter. It would be hard to excel the open
Ins stage picture that Inaugurates the en
tertainment. In its queer mixture of splen
did coloring and pompous formality, with
darky drollery. MERIWETHER.
Sonata. All these difficulties he over
came easily." Following Is the programme
that will be rendered tomorrow night
at the Metropolitan:
Sonata No. 3, In Q major, violin and
piano E. Grieg
MM. Petschnikoff and Lachaume.
Sonata, Op. 57, "Appasslonata"
L. von Beethoven
Andante con rooto.
Allegro man non troppo.
M. Mark Hambourg.
Concerto. No. 2. in D minor... Wlenlawskl
M. Alexandre Petschnikoff.
(a) "Tempo di Ballo" Scarlatti
ID) --uapnccio ;....&canaiu
(c) "Two Etudes" Chopin
id) "Melodie" Gluck-SgambatI
(e) "Gavotte Modeme" (Schlrmer. N.
M. Mark Hambourg.
(a) "Melodie" Tschaikowsky
(b) "Calabrese" Bazzlnl
M. Alexandre Petschnikoff.
"Rhapsodie Hongroie" No. 2 Liszt
M. Mark Hambourg.
"Variations," for two pianos.. Saint-Saens
MM. Mark Hambourg and Alme
i counts, when compared to the atmosphere
or traany xarce-comeay. in which mucn oi
the fast-waning theatrical season la en-voloped.
K5 OBS O TESXESSEE."
Hal Retd's Plar to Rnn a Week at
" Cordray's Theater.
1 Hal Reld's latest dramatic creation,
"Knobs O Tennessee," will be produced,
under the management of Charles H.
Haystead. at Cordray's Theater tonight.
"U5CLE TOM'S CABIX."
L. B. Btoclcwell to Open m Three
Weeks' Cordray Season With It.
The announcement that L. R. Stockwell,
the popular comedian. Is to begin a short
season at Cordray's Theater, opening In
the old favorite, "Uncle Tom's Cabin,"
! will cause a great deal ot Interest among
local theater-goers. Mr. Stockwell. of
course, will appear In his original char
acterization of Marks, the lawyer, a part
in which he first became famous.
Many years ago, he presented "Uncle
Tom's Cabin." when Mrs. Harriet Beech-er-Stowe
occupied a box at the theater
and witnessed, for the first time, a drama
tization of her successful novel. So
pleased was she with the play that she
gave Mr. Stockwell a letter of Introduction
to the original Uncle Tom, whom the
comedian met, some months later, and
who then also witnessed, for the first
time, the play In which he had been made
the hero. He was a minister up In Can
ada somewhere, and. If recollection serves,
hl9 name was Howard. He admitted that
the play was. In the main, a counterpart
Iot his early slave days, and the only
correction that he offered was that. Little
Eva's real name was Hannah.
'. The forthcoming production of "Uncle
I Tom" at Cordray's will be an elaborate
one, and Mr. Stockwell will have the sup-
PI AM ST MAniC HAMBOURG.
and running the entire week, including
Saturday matinee. Robert Germaine ant.
Louise Carter, both well-known players,
I will be In the lead, and another member
of the company Is Alice Marble, charac
i The play Is said to have been doing a
' good business this season, and Its story Is
I lalA In ftw TonnMc. fMthtll nmnnr
the "moonshiners." It Is said to be con
structed with considerable skill and accu
rately to portray the primitive life of the
people of whom It treats. The whiff of
mountain air, which comes from the sur
roundings. Is refreshing, according to ac-
port of a strong company. Among thosa
who will appear In the cast Is Max Steinle,
who was with Stockwell last season, as
Martin Tripp, in "A Midnight Bell," and
who Is a favorite with Portland play
goers. Mr. Stockwell's Cordray engagement
will be for three weeks, beginning next
Sunday evening. He will probably pro
duce Hoyt's "A Temperance Town," fol
lowing "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
"QTJO VADISt" THIS WEEK.
It Will ne Presented nt Marquam
"Quo Vadis?" the Eastern dramatic
MUSICAL TREAT IX STORE.
Petschnikoff, Itambonrc nnd Lnch
nmc nt the Metropolitan.
Petschnikoff, Hambourg and Lachaume.
the trio of musicians wbicn has been tour- t
lng the Western Coast and met with the
approval of the press and music-loving
public, will appear at the Metropolitan
Theater tomorrow evening. They come
direct from San Francisco, where they
achieved no Inconsiderable degree of suc
cess, and will open to a good house here.
To show how well the San Francisco
public thought of these performers, the
following, from the Chronicle of that city,
may prove of Interest: "Both Hambourg
nnd Petschnikoff were recalled many
times after each number, and although
the programme was long and exacting,
the- yielded and gave encores. Their aud
itors could not eeem to get too much of
them. Recalls were as Insistent after a
sonata, which took 23 minutes to play, as
after something which took a fourth of
"His ttehnlcque Is astounding." said the
New York Post, of Petschnikoff. after a ;
recent recital; "ami he had the ccurago
to play. In the same hour, two of tno
moet difficult compositions he could have
found for his Instrument, theTschalkowsky
concerto end tuque, from Bach's 'Fifth
THE GREAT RUSSIAN
One RecitaL.Monday, April 30, 1900...One Recital
THE GREAT RUSSIAN VIOLINIST
"The young Siegfried of the piano a gen
ius." Marflnex. New York World.
FRENCH . PIANIST . AND
HAMBOURG PETSCHNIKOFF LACHAUME
"POET OP THE VIOLIX."
These great artists use the "Knabe" piano
only. Two large Concert Grands will be
supplied by The Wiley B. Allen Co., general
agents, for their use on this occasion.
The following reasonable prices will prevail Orchestra. $2 00; .Orchestra Circle, H 50; Boxes. f!2 50; Dress Circle. $1 SO; Balcony, $1 00;
75c. Three artists for the reasonable price of one. SEATS NOW ON SALE AT THE BOX OFFICE from 10 A. M. to S P. M.
Loge Seats. J2 00; Gallery,
Popular With the People.
Maunee Saturday Week Beginning Tonight, Sunday, April 29""
CHAS. H. HAYSTEAD PRESENTS
MR. ROBERT GERMAINE
AND A STRONG COMPANY
KNOBS 0' TENNESSE
IX THE FOOTHILLS OF TEXNESSEC)
BY HAL REID,
AUTHOR OF "HUMAN HEARTS'
A Story of Intense Heart Interest
USUAL PRICES Best Reserved Seats, 50c; Loge and Box Seats, 75c and $1.00; Gallery, 25c.
" JOHN F. CORDRAY. Manaoer
success, will be seen for the first time
In Portland, at the Marquam Grand. Fri
day and Saturday evenings. May 4 and 5,
and Saturday matinee. The play will be
produced by what is claimed to be a
good company of players, and with what
Is said, to be adequate scenic accessories
an Important particular in the presenta
tion of a piece, strong drama that It Is,
In which mechanical and other stage ef
fects are so largely depended on, as In the
dramatization of Sienckewlcz's famous
novel. The latter, bj the way. Is not
largely departed from In the play, as It
...- nmT. tn ?aot Vnrlf nlthnile-h (here
are several dramatic versions on the road.
The story or the novel is laminar to
most readers, and does not require eluci
dation at the present writing. It will suf
fice to say that it cnieny aeais wjin m
thrilling experiences of a Christian maid,
en. Lygla, the daughter of the Lygian
King, and who Is held as hostage by the
infamous Nero, and with her love for a
patrician of Rome, who, through his love
for her. Is led finally to Christianity and
the acquirement of Lygla as his wife.
Uglous drama. "The Sign of the Cross."
Augustus Thomas' "Arizona," Clyde
Fitch's "Nathan Hale," Opie Bead's "The
Carpetbagger" are a few that come to my
mind. They are all worth reading.
Here's to the man who has the ability to
write a novel out of which can be made a
successful play! He not only brings pleas
ure to the book worm, but also to the de
votee of the theater, and last, but not
least, enriches himself.
S. TERRY McKEAN. JR.
noilEUT GEIUIAIXE, WITH "KXOBS O' TEXXESSEE" C031PAKT.
HOVELS MADE INTO PLAYS.
Profitable Field for Novelists With.
Dramatic Instinct. I
ASTORIA. Or.. April M. 1900.-(To the
Editor.) The novelist with a bit of the
theatrical In his make-up Is aucky dog.
By theatrical I mean the one who can
write a novel with Just enough of the right
kind of action, although the action, as It
takes place In the story, does not make
much difference to the up-to-date theatrl
cal man. Be It flood, tornado, horse race,
fire or other thrilling episode, he will pro
duce It on the stage as true to life as
though It were Just a common, every-day
occurrence; make the characters people
who live and move, the dialogue every
day talkl Then, even If the author be
not able to turn his novel Into a drama,
there are plenty of dramatists who are.
and he becomes the recipient of revenue
from both publisher and play-producer.
During the last few seasons there have
been some very clever dramatizations
made and produced in a successiui man
ner. Barrle'a "The Little Minister,"
Calne's "The Christian," Wallace's "Ben
Hur." "Quo Vadis," "Fortherglll's "First
Violin," Hope's "Rupert of Hentzau," and
I could name many others.
Westcott's clerk character sketch, "Da
vid Harum," la to be produced next season
by William H. Crane. To my mind, this
will make purely a one-part play, for with
the exception of Harum's sister, Polly,
the other characters are merely "feeders."
If I Kere a dramatist, I would, hate to
undertake to put It Into play 'form; It
would make a better monologue. "Richard
Carvel." Churchill's successful love story.
Is another that Is to be made over for the
stage. In this tale the dramatist will find
abundant material to work with. The
nlot teems with romance and adventure.
the time. "Just "before and Muring our Rev
olutionary War. and the many historical
characters lntroduced.-making the founda
tion for a moet Interesting drama.
"When Knighthood Was In Flower" will,
I think, make a much more superior play
than novel, and with Julia Marlow as
Mary Tudor and a strong leading man
as Brandon, there Is no reason why It
should not be the success of Mies Mar
lowe's career. While there have been
many successful plays made from novels,
plays have been used for the double pur
pose also. Wilson Barretts powerful re-
SALE OF DALY LIBRARY.
Boole Lovers Amazed at Its Extent
Commenting upon the result of thesale
of the late Augustln Daly's library. In
New York, which realized nearly $200,000
to be exact, 1197.175 the Dramatic Mirror
"It must have given several persons who
themselves are more or less Industrious
In the collecting of valuable books and
the making ot ordinary books, valuable
new Ideas as to the Indefatigable man
who will live In the history of .bibliog
raphy, yet who was among the most ac
tive as well as among the most Intelligent
of men In theatrical management during
the greater part of two generations. Au
gustln Daly's vocation was that of the
theater; his greatest avocation that of the
bibliophile. The theater Is the better for
his labors In it. and the world of Imper
ishable books owes something notable to
his work as a collector and an elaborator.
"Few among the more prominent of
book collectors have ever been so Indus
trious In their vocations as Daly was. The
attention he gave to and the hours he
spent In the theater would have wearied,
as well as satisfied, any other theater
manager. But as he was a great lover of
the literature of the theater the antique
as well as the current the labors of his
avocation fell sympathetically In with his
regular work, which they foiled as well
"The Daly library that has Just been
dispersed amazed all book lovers for Its
extent and Its richness, as well as for the
original effort put upon It. Of course. Mr.
Daly employed experts In many fields of
collection, extension and elaboration, yet
his was the mind that aspired to certain
achievements which the library represent
ed, and his was the careful supervision
that made those achievements remarka
ble. The book lovers who have been
spending lifetimes on their own collections
were astonished, not only by the results
of Mr. Daly's energy and enterprise, but
the comparatively short time that had
been Involved In the collection was a
source of wonder. It Is only about 20
years ago that Mr. Daly disposed of his
first library, which was unusually rich
"A great deal of Interest to bookish
men will be written, sooner or later, about
this sale of the Daly library. One of the
things Impressed by It was the fact that
bibliography, of which but one branch
was largely represented In this collection.
Is a wonderful science, of which no single
man Is master."
HIGH DIVE Ar VANCOUVER
SUNDAY, APRIL 29.
EDWARD (V10REY Z
From Tower 90 Feet High.
Steamer BONITA leaves Washington
street wharf at I P. M Portland Railway
Co. from First and Washington sts. every
45 minutes, commencing 9:15 A. M.
ROUND TRIP 45 CENTS.
niGn PRAISE, INDEED.
Clement Scott's Opinion of Blanche
Bntes as 3Une. Butterfly.
Clement Scott, the eminent English
' dramatic critic, has this to say of Blanche
Bates, as Mme. Butterfly, In the Belasco
Japanese play of that name, now running
In New York:
"Miss Blanche Bates Is never at fault,
from the rising of the curtain to the falL
Her accent, half English, hilf American,
is exactly correct. She might have lived
In Japan all her life, and even ir she had
she could not better have Impersonated
the Ideal Geisha. The shuffling walk, the
mock servility, the pride, the hate, the
revenge, the passion for the child, the Joy
of life while there is sunshine, the deter
mination to die when night creeps on. are
as true to the potm as to the woman
realized before us.
"Thl3 Is a creation that may be com
mended to all students of acting. Let
them watch It in its light and shade, in
Its Infinite variety, in Its nature, its ab
sence of trick and artificiality, and then
they will know what cultured acting Is
like. What a relief such art as this,
wholesome, pure arfd natural, after tho
miasmatic swamp in which we are some
times compelled to grope in order to fine
a trace Of draggle-tailed and unwholesome
art. Here we can breathe again and re
joice that we have a theater where beau
ty is preferred to banamy.
CALVIN HEILIO, Hgr.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, AND SATURDAY MATINEE, MAY 45
THE GREAT CHRISTIAN DRAMA
Presented by CHARLES RICGS CO.;, In lavish manner.
TWO CARLOADS OF BEAUTIFUL SCENERY!
Lower floor (except last 3 rows) JLOO
Last 3 rows
Balcony, first 8 rows 75c
Last 6 rows c
ELEGANT AND CORRECT COSTUMES!
Adults SSc and S0c
Children, to all parts of the house 25c
Sole of seats begins Wednesday. May 2.
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