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THE, -SUNDAY OREGOKIAK, PORTLAND, JUNE 14, 1903.
j - ... :;at.? H THE BAKER HPslEh
THE STUBBORNNESS or DD ll MkWI
company supporting Miss Man-ncring te
o more than usual strength, headed by
Arthur Byron, the cast being asfellows:
Geraldlne Lang. -..Mary farmering
VI Thompson ; Anna archer-
Mrs. Wrlghton Mrs. Thomas Whlffen
Frauleln Handt.... Anita Rothe
Mrs. Jars. Rosa. Cooke
Mrs. Mathewson Marian Gardiner
Mrs. Dreed .-.Kathleen Chambers
Mrs. Harry K. Whipple Grace Knapp
Miss Plhcy Ida, Anderson
Molly Lansing- Carolyn James
Stewardess Florence Field
Lady Passenger Nellie Ryder
Count Carlo$ Kinsoy Arthur Byron
Mr. "Brighton :
Lord Tilbury H. Hnssard-Sbort
The Ship's Doctor....,
. . . .Sidney Mansfield
Seats are now selling for both perform-I
j RALPH STUART'S PLASS.
.Honolulu In 10O4, and a Trip to Es
rope One Year Later.
In another week Ralph Stuart and We
excellent company, who. have furnished
high-class entertainment at Baker's Thea
ter since April 26, will have left Portland
for the season. Mr. Stuart lias added to
his Increased artistic reputation since his
arrival here by presenting romantic, re
fined playe, having no objectionable fea
tures or problem work In them. He has
largely played to family parties, who
would not have gone to hear him had he
not presented the very best attractions.
He will be best remembered this season
as a dashing soldier, with a plumed hat,
' big boots, with an air of romance around
, him, and swiftly making short work of
his enemies by his sword. In fact, "By
Right of Sword." in the opinion of a great
many people, was the strongest play he
Mr. Stuart leaves next Sunday for Salt
Lake City, whence he will make business
trips of short duration to Denver, Colo.;
Kansas City and St. Louis. Mo., on the
way to Chicago and New York, arranging
for business for next srason. He will
then go to his home at Naveslnk Hlgh-
, lands, N. J., and rest until about the end
of September. From a hill near his home
he can look over the ocean course where
; th Shamrock III and our Reliance will
. struggle for the America's cup. With the
' opening of the new season he will present
a massive production of "By Right of
Sword," with a big and specially selected
company, and will tour through Eastern
' cities. Proceeding on his Western tour.
' he will begin his 3tock system In Feb
ruary at St. Louis. Mo., and work toward
Denver. Colo., playing night stands to the
Pacific Coast. He will open In Seattle
early in March. 1901, and Portland will be
reached a month later. It 13 possible that
he will play here until May, and then tour
through California, playing Los Angeles
through June and July, and San Fran
cisco through. August and September. In
October. 1801. Mr. Stuart hopes to play la
Honolulu, and on his return 'to this coun
try he wl'.l play Qne week In San Fran
cisco. Next, he will play through the
South and will reach New Orleans, La.,
tinved. "Is a great performance. In ap
Ifcrance. too, ho is jery well naked to
the- part. Other favorite roles with him ars
Don Caesar de Bazan. Edlpus, In which
Mounet-Sully recently appeared In Rome
and suffered In conwrieon. and Pctruclo
STho Taming of the Shrew. His
thello, too, while I do not say It Is mine.
Is a fine Impersonation, but, as you see,
he does not confine himself to tragedy."
A new chapter was recently added, to
the sorrows of La Lole Fuller, at St.
Nicholas Garden, New York. A large
audience had waited patiently until 11:30
o'clock. P. II. to see Miss Fuller come on.
They had vea sat through without any
loud murmur the specialty or James
Thornton a specialty; by the way, which
13 far more suited to the Dewey than ;he
St- Nicholas Garden. Then while a wait,
or 3d minutes succeeded nlra, the house
broke Into walls. aicse3 and catcalls.
That there, was something doing or un
doingbehind the scenes was very evi
dent. Even the drop curtain seemed to
have stage fright, for it quivered and
shook as though undergoing a severe -at
tack of chills. -Finally It rose, and Ails3
Puller, clad la flowing draperies, stepped
forward. Tears were ploughing impromp
tu cannH through the rouge upon her
cheeks, and she was sobbing. Throwing
her arms out In a gesture of mingled
supplication and despair, she. criea:
Ladles and srentlemen. tne, union rcru3eu
to work with my own electrician, so I. In
deference to their wishes, engaged an as
sistant, whom they highly recommended.
He has left mo now without a moment's
notice gone out to get a drink another
drink, they tell me. It is periecuy
shameful, and outraj-eous that I should
be treated in this way. but I am willing
to da mv Dart to trv and entertain you.
Then the dances started, with a stage
hand trvin-c to manipulate tne ugnts.
Miss Fuller worked, heroically through to
the hitler end. and then sank down among
all ber draperies Jn a flood of tears. The
exhibition was a chromatic joage poage.
but the audience rose to thct feet and
cheered Miss Fuller, bringing hev before
the curtain aeain and again. Afterwara,
In her dresring-room. while her maid, bpr
seeretarv and her valet administered con
solatlonand sal volatile. Miss Fuller aald:
"What's the use of being a free-born
American, anyway? I tell you they do
these things- better In Paris. Here T go
and spend thousands and ..thousands or
dollars perfecting my dances. I engage
an electrician who, in his way. Is Just as
great an artist, as Paderewskl. I come
home here to America and find I cannot
use him. He doesn't belong to the union.
I conform to all the uijforis -wishes, and
they pick out their own man to work for
me. and then then." cried Miss Fuller,
with a despairing gesture, "at the crucial
moment he deserts me and goes out to
take a drink."
The Boston Museum Theater, which
closed Its doors forever June 1. had the
most Interesting history of any theater In
America. It was on Its stage that Edwin
Booth made his first appearance. He
played Tresscl la his father's production
of "Richard HI." September 10. 1S.
Among the most remarkable productions
made at this theater during Its 62 years
nr service were: 1S. "The Drunkard";
about Chrtetmas wtf.k. He will then work 1 1S18, -.iladdln"; 1S17. "Inchanted Horse'
his way north to Chicago and through
Michigan Into Canada, where he Is well
Ralph Stuart is such a favorite at Ba-
,ers Theater that when he first makes 1
Jus appearance on the stage he instantly ',
gets a royal welcome. But so skillfully ,
Was he disguised as Dr. Wong Shoe, the j
learned physician, in Chester Galley Fcr
nald's "The Cat amd the Cherub' that at j
first the audience did not recognize him. j
H-e gave a very impressive rendering of I
bis part. Frank Camp deserves the high- j
est praise for his wonderfully clover j
make-up as Chlm Fang, keeper of an J
opium den. In fact, both Mr. Stuart and j
Mr. Camp were so natural as Chinamen
that one almost Imagined the scene was '
really In a Chinese high-decker near Sec
ond and Oak streets. Hoo Chee was well
played by" little Bertha Hdlmes, but her
kitten seemed to be embarrassed by stage i
life. "The Cat and the Cherub" Is one of ;
the 'strongest, strangest novelties ever!
presented in this city, but the play is j
quite different from the novel. The latter I
Is a pretty story of innocent child life
in San Francisco's Chinatown; how the
Infant Hoo Chee, aged 5, fell In love with
Miss Bayley Arenam, followed her home,
and how she taught him to repeat the fa
miliar lines, leginnlfig "There was a lit
tle boy and he wasn't very bright." In
the play there are -two murders. Still
Chinese life in it is powerfully drawn, and
Mr. Stuart deserves to be thanked for
malting Ids patrons acquainted with tho
production. "Tho Peacemaker" Is a little
Great interest was aroused at Cordray's
Theater last week In Shields' vaudeville
show by the polyscope pictures Illustrat
ing Prr-aldent Roosevelt's recent visit to
this city, and It is safe to say that a
great many people went specially to sea
them. Mao and Albert Pieau made an at
tractive combination, and the former
singer both looked and sang well. Stan
ley and Scanlon are leaders in musical
comedy, and their act in the musical por
tiere lino was excellent. Ernie and Hon
egger. one-legged men, performed wonder
ful acrobatic feats and they received most
of tho applause. The whole vaudeville bill
48 4S, "Forty Thieves"; 1S'9, "jsncnamea
Beauty"; 1S50, "Cinderella ana unuaren. ui
Cyprus": 1351, "The Enchanted Harp";
1RR2 "The Silver SDoon." "The Jewess"
nn "T'nele Tom's Cabin": 1S33, "The
T-iiirr:nn"- isv "colleen Bawn. "ne
'Enchantress": 1S63. "TIcket-of-Leave
Man": lfrJ. "Rosedale": 1SG7. "Caste" and
a n.inirpmti8 Game": 18bJ. "Arran na.
Fogue"; 1S70. "She Stoops to conquer
iptt "fleneva Cross." "Led Astray,"
London Assurance": vsti. -scnoci iur
dnr,AnV- ikt; "Evaneeilne. i.ne ni-
vnio"? 1S75 "Our Boardins-Houso"; 1ST?.
Much Ado About Notmngr ; ".
.irt". iRtt "The" Guv'nor": 1SS1. "Pa-
M,nr ' "The Colonel": 1SS3, "Princess
-Mi-- 1SS-; "Prince Karl": 1SS3, "Harbor
T-htc" -Held bv tfte .Enemy,
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde": ISSr, "Belles of
Kaslemere"; 1S33. "Little Lord Fauntle
roy." "Shenandoah." "Sweet Lavender" ;
1SS3. "Hands Across the Sea," "All the
Comforts of a Home"; 1533. "i-nnce Jrro
Tern"; 1KH. "Westward Hoi"
HLTMAW TLAS - MOVING- VLCTUKES
SHIELDS WWILLI-T COKDWZff
Lester & urtim tul n-oawar5-man
-THE EMPIRE THEATRE 12 in & Morrison 5T5.
RALPH STUART'S FAREWELL.
Talented Actor Will Present "The.
Virginian." at the BnUer Todny.
This afternoon will begin the farewell
week of one of Portland's favorlto actors
the genial Ralph Stuart. He came to
Portland two years ago from the East.
His ability and talent were recognized
and appreciated. The patrons of the the
ater gave him a most enthusiastic wel
come. He produced some of the best
plays of the day. stayed ten weeks, could
have remained ten more If the season hid
been long enough. This year again saw
Mr Stuart In Portland. The welcome he
received left no doubt as to the esteem
and regard in which he Is held by the
theater-going public of Portland.
For his final week here, beginning to
day, ho will give an elaborate production
of "The Virginian." a domestic drama In
five acts, by Bartley Campbell. The time
of the play Is 1S61 and 1S65, tho scenes laid
In Pennsylvania. A young Virginian by
birth, whose mother Is of Northern par
entage, promises on that mother's dying
bed that he will not tike up arms against
her people, the Northerners. That ho
may not be Influenced by his surroundings
to break his promise to his mother he
moves from Virginia and takes up his
home in Cumberland Valley, Pa. There
ho follows his trade, that of blacksmith.
On the very day of his arriviUhe meets
a beautiful woman, Kate Calvert, who a
few months before had been married to
Richard Calvert. Vandyke Vernon, or
"Van. the Virginian." as he was called,
falls in love with the beautiful Kate.
Pate causes Richard Calvert to be draft
ed for the war. and he leaves the very
day of Van s arrival. In less than a year
a soldier -returning-wounded from the war
brings word that Richard Calvert fell
dead at his side when making a charge.
For more than a year the noble-hearted
Van was the yoUng widow's "best friend;
ho cared for her like a brother. His love
was rewarded, for Kate gave him her
hind in marriage and soon found that
ship loved him dearly. All goes well for
flvoTCars. A llttls child' Is born to them.
and Van and Kate are supremely happy
In each other's love. Van has saved his
money and built a new house, and thcy
are about to take possession when Rich
ard Calvert shows lip alive and well. He
claims his wife, and unwillingly she oes
with him. Van retains the child, the
mother asking only the privilege of see
ing It once a yeor.
Richard Calvert, seeking only to get re
venge for his wife's seeming forgetfulness
of him, refuses to allow Kate to go and
see her child; so she runs away one Win-
ter's night and goes to Van's house, the
more anxious when she heard that her
child would not live if deprived of a
mother's care. She arrives as the- house,
hold are about to sit down to supper.
Van and his little daughter seo her com
ing as they stand at the window. She is
nearly dead with cold and fatigue, and
frightened because Richard Calvert is
following her. It proves to be the last
trip that Calvert makes on earth, for he
is thrown by his horse over a precipice
Van and Kate aro now free to marry,
and he announces his Joy by saying.
"Perhaps we may move Into the new
house after all."
The play is of the order of "In Mlzzcu
ra" and contains many excellent charac
ters well drawn. The comedy Is fine.
There are two counterplots and the inter
est never lags a minute.
This Is a fitting play for Mr. Stuart's
farewell week, for the title role affords
him on opportunity to display many phases
of character not revealed in his previous
SHIELDS XEW BILL.
Popular Vnndcville Thl Weelc mt
Beginning this afternoon at Cordray's
Theater, Mr. Edward Shields announces
that ho will give for the ensuing week
the best vaudeville that has been pre
sented to Portland audiences for many
Everybody renrembers the pretty school
girls who composed the "human flag."
and with what beauty dressed In red.
whlto and blue they marched over th.e
route of the "big parade. There has never
been a more commendable feature ex
nlblted than the "human flag," and Mr.
Shields has it in a series of "polyscope
pictures, which will be shown every af
ternoon and evening this week.
The head-liner this week Is the Mon
tague circus. This unique specialty has
live cockatoos ,for actors, and better have
not been seen among members of the
animal kingdom. A number of marvel
ous feats those clever birds do, and
among them are the Roman chariot race
and the great fire scene. A half-dozen
other entertaining novelties are given by
this truly wonderful circus.
The Garbadons do unique Spanish
dances, and the costumes worn b? them
are magnificent, one set of garments
being worth fTOD alone.
Stanley and Scanlon, the musical nrf
tlsts, are among the best In their line of
work, and In comedy they stand at the
head. They are from Proctor's New York
Theater and Eastern circuit.
May and Baby Owens have been se
cured from San Francisco, and they will
give their delightful "scenes In fuftny
land." They have a reputation for tha
best work, and It will be shown here.
Ernie and Honeggcr, the monopedep,
are to remain over the week, and will do
an entirely new act from the one which
brought them in such high favor this
last week at Cordray's.
The Southern sisters In their dances
end fetching songs are also on the bill;
rand will add much credit to the pro
Last, but not least, on the bill will come
Edward O'Neill, the famous card manip
ulator and prince of the mystic art. Mr.
O'Neill comes from Moore's circuit, and
has no superior in his work. The illus
trated pongs will continue, with a com
This will be the last week of Shields' in
door vaudeville, and the big time is an
nounced when the Park opens a week
from today at Thirteenth and Washington
streets. The theater there is newly ap
pointed, and what made it popular last
year will mkc it more popular this com
declared invalid. But from all her mat
rimonial troubles the comedienne emerged
triumphant and in secure possession of
As regirds the interior of the Empire
Theater, tho management has taken es
pecial pains to provide for the comfort of
their patrons. The chairs and aisles have
been so arranged that a clear and unin
terrupted view of th'e stage can be se
cured from any seat in the house, and
the technical arrangements for the per
formers, in the way of dressing-rooms
and stage facilities, are as perfect as
might be expected In a theater built ex
clusively for vaudeville purposes.
The full programme will be rendered
every nltht In the week, and on Wednes
day, Saturday and Sunday matinees. The
prices are 10, 20 and 20 cents, while the
box and 16ge scats are 60 cents.
EXPIRE THEATER TO OPEK.
Members of Portland. Officialdom
Will Be Present Tomorrow Ti'lEHt.
The sole or seats for the opening night
of the new Empire Theater, at the corner
of Twelfth and Morrison streets, began
on Thursday last, and tho box office al
ready has tangible evidence that the de
mand will at least equal the supply. The
house has a comfortable seating capacity
of more than 1S00. and there Is no doubt
that this will be taxed to the uttermost
on Monday night next. As has already
been announced, the members of Port
land's officialdom will be present on this
occasion, headed by Mayor Williams, who
will occupy a box with his party.
Among the performers who will appear
during the opening week Is Little Blos
som, who during the last season was the
star of Fred Irwin's big extravaganza
company In the East. The matrimonial
experience of Little Blossom In Detroit
was, a few months ago, the subject of
much litigation and newspaper comment.
The manager of the extravaganza com
pany feared that when his star was mar
ried she would forthwith leave, his com
bination, and. as the girl was not quite
lSr he endeavored to have her parents
ask to have the marriage set aside. To
this end he offered to pay all he legal
expenses Incident to such a step, knowing
that If Little Blossom's mother were to
refuse her consent to the marriage It
would, under the laws of New York, be
MISS MARY JJlAXrVERIXG
Will Present "THe StnbTjoi-nness of
Miss Mannering, who lias charmed her
audiences in the past by the coquetry of
her Janice and the sweetness of her Rose
Trelawney. will appear in this city at the
Marquaxn Grand Theater tomorrow (Mon
day) and Tuesday nights In the role of a
tender-hearted, hlgh-pirited. typical
American girl of today. Her new play,
"The Stubbotancrs of Geraldlne," a four
act comedy written especially for her by
Clyde Fitch, has proved a' marked suc
cess In all the cities where It has been
presented, and such favorable reports
precede It concerning the handsome
mounting of the production and the
strength of the supporting company that
tho engagement here bids fair to be one
of the most interesting of the present
The story of the play is simple, but is
said to be marked by the brilliant dia
logue and amusingly accurate picture of
present-day society, -characteristic of
Clyde Fitch at his best. It Is the love
story of Geraldlne Lang, a rich orphaned
heiress. Returning from a long exile In
Europe to America, the land of- her birth
and her heart, she rails In love while on
the steamship with a nobleman who has
followed her from Budapest out of pure
devotion, and who travels under an as
sumed name as a mere commoner. He
speaks imperfect English, and she. goes
into a natural rage of offended maiden
hood when, after a mutual declaration of
love, he announces that by reason of cer
tain bonds of honor he- cannot offer to
marry her. But after a violent reaction
of her feelings she decides that he Is the
sonl of truth and stubbornly holds to her
opinion In the face of her friends and of
the presentation of much testimony very
damaging to his reputation- In the end
the stubbornness of the heroine Is Justi
fied and the ending is a happy one.
The play throughout is said to be
bright and amusing, and the sentiment is
as pure as the merriment la constant. The
known and has many warm friends. His
season will close In June, 1503, at Mon
treal, Can., and he expects to spend the
Summer of 1905 In England.
"These are my plans so far as I know
now." mused Mr. Stuart yesterday. "I
think It Is settled that I'm going to Hono
lulu. As for England, I've long wished to
sec that country, and after working hard
I think I shall manage to make the trip.
No, I have never been to Europe. I and
my company regret to leave Portland
We have been treated very well Indeed
here. But we have arrangements ahead.
and must take rest for the work that faces
us next Fall."
Baker Theater Companr Again.
"Tho popular Ralph Stuart and company
close their eight weeks' engagement at
the Baker after "The Virginian." On
Sunday, June 21, starting with the usual
Sunday matinee, the Baker Theater Com
pany return to that popular playhouse.
and on that occasion will present Nat
Goodwin s great success. "A Glided FooL"
Since last appearing here, some ten weeks
ago. Miss Ruby Miguel And Miss Ethy
lene Palmer bave been added to the roster
of that already strong organization.
TOPICS OF THE STAGEL
In a recent interview, Tommaso Salvlnl,
the great Italian actor, said: "I no longer
enjoy acting for itself. Every human be
ing. I think I mar eay, loves to be ap
plauded. When, as In Naples recently.
one feois that one moves the entire aud
lence of a crowded theater comprising all
grades of society, from the fashionable
woman, to whom the theater Is an every
day occurrence, to the humblest fisher
man when one receives salvos of ap
plause. and young enthusiasts leap upon
the stage to embrace one, who wouia not
be gratified? But the acting itself no
longer gives me pleasure. I am weary.
and would prefer to live in ray sons
career now. My son Gustavo should have
a great career. He has only to become
known to be recognized as a very superior
actor." The lftte Alexander Salvlnl. so
waII ItVrw ltiA TnnJi tr mentlnt'Prt
"As. yes, poor Alessandro! But Gustavo
la a very different nature. He Is studious.
thoughtful, absorbed In his art. I hope
that some day he will go to America, but
before that must come London. A London
success must precede a visit to America.
You are a practical people. Your man'
agers wish to see 93. chances of success
against one of failure. My son la unknown.
outside of italy. An agent Is now trying
to arrange for a meeting between him and
Charles Frohman. -But London must
come first. London papers are read in
New York, and they soon make merit
known. He will not long be a stranger
to America once he has appeared in Lon
don. Was I not, years ago. called to
America Immediately after my London ap
pearance? My sons Hamlet," he con
Carter wa3. If possible, more generously
and enthusiastically received than in any
of the other cities that had viewed her
It Is a long time since a new play by
A. W. PInero was seen In London, his
last, "Iris., having been produced at the
Garrick. September 21. Mr. Pinero.
however. Is not a fast worker and thinks
nothing of rewriting a piece three or four
tincs In order to secure that crlspncss of
dialogue which is on? of his most marked
characteristics. It is announced that a
drama by him will be produced In the
early Autumn at the Duke of. York's.
and the author has already arranged for
the leat'lng parts In It to be represented
by Miss Irene Vanbrugh. Miss Nancy
Price. Dion Bouclcault, and H.VB. Irving.
"Iris" villi be played by Mrae. . Sarah
Bernhardt during her season at the Adel
phl. the first perforaiance of the Vlscomt-s
d'Humlcrc's translation, having been fixed
for June? ZX. Dion Bouclcault will ap
pear In thfe, taking his original pact of
The profession of acting from Its begin
ning Induces self-consciousness. It Is re
lated of the actor Talma that, standing tiy
the bedside of his dying father, he uttered
a sharp cry of grief. The cry was peculiar,
and with the actor's instinct he remem
bered It for fnture use In his work. Could
self-consciousness go further? In every
p&rt he plays, in every part ho studies,
the actor looks at himself as In a glass
and through a glass. No detail of his phys
ical being escapes him. He learns (and
this is truer today than ever), that If he
does not conform to certain physical
standards his chance for a living Is smalL
Ha must be just so tall and have just
co much of good looks,, or his talent. It
he have any. will go a-begging. It Is not
surprising, again, that he comes to have
an undue appreciation of qualities that In
other fields of activity are accounted of
Charles Dickson, supported by Marlon
Chapman, In his new comedy sketch,
headed the bill at Keith's, New York, last
week. "Heart-to-Heart Talks" provides
this comedian with the vehicle. He plays
Sic part of a sporting- editor who Is as
.fcned to run the department edited by
one "Aunt Jerusha." and the fun 13 caused
by ills' answers to fair correspondents who
have written him for advice. Mclntyre
and Heath, assisted by Otto Johnson, in
their skit "Georgia Minstrels." made a
bid for first place as fun-makers. Musi
cal Dale, the Instrumentalist: Jules and
Ella Garrison, in travesty work; Jordan
and Welch. Jewish comedians; Larklns
fiind Patterson, colored entertainers; San
qerson. novelty piano playing; Zara and
Stetson, baton manipulators, and the mov
ing pictures completed the bill.
At Proctor's Fifth-Avenue, New York,
a production was made of David D. Lloyd
and Sydney Rosenfeld'a comedy, "The
Politician." This was the play that
formed so prominent a part of the late
Roland Reed's extensive repertoire. "The
Politician" has been produced in New
York under the title "For Congress." The
cast was headed by Florence Reed, who
assumed the role of Cleo Sturgis, the part
played on the road by Isadore Rush, who
first acted the part of the Twentieth Cen
tury Woman. The cast also had at Its
head Wallace Erskine, who played Pel
ham Perriwlnkle and Charles Abbe as
Frank Keenan relates an episode which
happened some years ago, when he 'was
with a repertory company playing trag
edies. The play was "Othello," and the
scene was the one -In which the jealous
Moor demands the handkerchief.
To one of the audience It evidently
seemed as though the play at this point
was being unnecessarily delayed, for, roll
ing a big red bandanna handkerchief Into
a ball, he threw It straight at the head
of the astonished tragedian, exclaiming:
"Here you! Take mine, and for heaven's
ake go on with the play!"
There Is. according to their own admls-
alono, method In the madness of tne
playwrights, hewever odd or erratic It
may be. 3ydncy Grundy, for instance, and
accordlnc to-one Interviewer, declares
hat he draws inspiration irora a seasuuru
nlpe. But when he has got an iaea uib
difficulty of working It out proves for
midable. "I suffer from the disease of
laziness." he says, "and I simply can't
settle down to work until I am compelled
to Tint when once I start I go ngnt
ahead, working morning, noon, and night
until it is finished." Louis N. Parker
equally pleads guilty to an utter lacK or
method in his work. "I rarely put pen to
paper," he admits, 'until managers begin
to worry me about rehearsals, and I have
only three or four days left In which to
produce a Tour-act play. u.nen i ori
practically night and day until the thing
Is done, with the result that I always
vow that I will never write another.
Haddon Chambers also confesses that he
has no method. "So erratic am I." he de
clares, "that I often begin In the middle
of a play and complete, say, the third
act before I have the remotest Idea what
to out in the first." Mr. Chambers has no
difficulty in finding his nlots. They come
to him, as ne says, nui aimosi laiai
facility, but before putting pen to
paper he allows the plot to emmer in his
mind for at least a month,
Robert pypsftn was in Milwaukee recent
ly-- aril dropped Into a cheap stock "com
pany theater, out of curiosity. The play
was a Western melodrama or. tne biooa
curdllnsr character, and in the scene Ede-
son witnessed the stage was- pitch dark-
and two men were fighting a duel
He could hear the knives clash and hear
the men crumble around the stage, but
could only faintly distinguish the forms
of the actors. After a while there was a
thump on the floor arid thcvlllain hissed:
"Ah, ha! I have you. now, and, no one
nigh to see me do the deed!
Then" the drummer' hit the bass drum a
belt and the calcium man turned on a
light, and away up on a rocky pass
woman (the heroine) was seen standing.
"Coward," she shouted, "me and heaven
Harrington Reynolds and his wife.
Blanche Douglas, have sailed for Aus
tralia, where they will be under the man
agement of J. C. Williamson. For a num
bet- of seasons Reynolds was leading man
for Daniel Frawley's company, and as a
heavy man he proved excellent. Later,
when the Frawiey company went to
pieces, Reynolds assumed management.
with Miss Douglas as leading lady. Aft
er going to San Francisco, Reynolds and
Hiss Douglas were married, it being her
second venture -in that line. Her first
husband was Ralph Cummlngs, who came
to Cordray's Theater, this city, about two
years ago. Before goiag upon the sta;
Reynolds was a Captain in the British
army, seeing service In Africa. He pos-
sessesses a striking: stage appearance.
Mrs. Leslie Carter brought her season
to a close at Minneapolis Minn., June 6,
after an exceptionally successful tour.
which has covered a period of 33 weeks,
and carried Mrs. Carter and her organlza
tion of 11S playera from New York City,
at the Belarco Theater, to Minneapolis,
Minn. Including- New York, only six
cities were visited. Mrs. Carter began her
stason In David Belasco s "Du Barry,'
when she dedicated his new "home" the
ater. September 23. She played there to
a succession of record-breaking audiences
for nine weeks. In Philadelphia, where
Mrs. Carter presented Mr. Belasco's play,
the Broad-Street Theater for six weeks
was crowded to an uncomfortable degree
every night.. The Chicago engagement
lasted eight weeks. From the very com
raenceraent when tickets for the opening-
performance were selling for 510 to $12
aoh the Illinois Theater was thronced.
Her Chicago appearances were one pro
Oscar Hammersteln's roof over the Vic
toria and Belasco Theaters. New York,
provides Its customary bill of three hours.
In length and perhaps as good a one as
can be crowded into that space of time.
One of the features of the bill last week
;as Mr. Hammersteln s pantomime,
Pnnch. Judy & Co.." which Is remark
able for its variety and vividness of color
In Its costumes.
The success of "The Geisha" revival
having- been assured at the Grand Opera
House. New York. It was decided by tha
management to keep this beautiful Jap
anese musical comedy on for a secona
week, when It will be followed by the new
Rankin and Mincowski opera, ine
Smugglers of Badayez." This will be tha
third opera by Frederic Rankin produced
this season In New York.
Mrs. Patrick Campbell is apt to say
original things about persons whom she
does not like. Just before sho sailed for
England recently she said of a certain
actor of her company:
I don't like to have him about, for ho
has Christmas feet. He's always shuf
fling up to you. just as if he were going,
to ask you for something."
As srolne to show what a wonderful
climate we have In America, while the
rest of the country was wearing dustera
and straw hats, a traveling company
played In Leadvlller Col., May 27, during
the heaviest snow storm of the season.
Despite the blizzard, the S. R. O. sign
stood at tho door before the curtain rose.
Grace Kimball, formerly leading lady
with E. H. Sothern and Henry Miller, has
secured the American rights to Anthony
Hope's novel. "The Indiscretion of the
Duchess," and is having the novel drama
tized by Stanislaus Strange, iiiss ium-
ball expects to appear In the play next
The Late Mr. Jones." a comedy played
by Willie Edouln at the" Theater Royal,
London, was last week's offering ot tne
stockcompany at the Murray Hill Theater,
New York. Henry V. Donnelly had tha
Edcuin role. Walter Allen and Nina
Morris made their reappearance with the
Kor this season at least, Daniel Sully,
tho comedian, has gone Into the sawmill
business. He purchased a $10,000 plant at
Woodstock, N. Y., last week. When asked
how he liked It. he replied: "Well. l3
better than standing on Broadway telling
how good you are."
The 100th performance of "The Prince
of Pllsen' was celebrated at the Broad
way Theater, New York, last Monday
night, when souvenirs were distributed
In the shape of regulation size delft steln3
bearing the inscription: "Here'3 to the
heart that beate for me!"
Lillian Russell was offered the part o
Tltanla in Nat C. Goodwin's production
of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" next
season, but demanded $3C0O a week for
her services. Miss Russell is not to' play
Ben Jonson's pastoral play, "The Sad
Shepherd." was recently produced for
the first time In America at Wellesley
College, Wellesley, Mass. The perform
ance was given on the college grounds.
Drina de Wolfe will next season be seen
In Edraond Rostand's "Pa Princess Loln
talne," of which a special translation has
been made for her. Bernhardt used the
piece In Paris somo seasons ago.
Henry E. DIxey has been so success
ful with hl3 farce. "Facing the Music,"
that its time at the Garrick has been ex
Georgia Caine, the actress, has a new
fad. She is making a collection of gar
ters, and now has about 330.
W. M. Russell, one of the proprietors
of Cordray's Theater. left last week on a
longed triumph. Here the art of Mrs. business visit to the East. During- his ah