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THE SUNDAY OREGOSIiLN, PORTLAND, - MARCH 19, 1905.
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IF a vote could be taken to determine
the question, in all probability the ma
jority of Portland theatergoers would
say that "The Virginian" was" the best
play of the season. Three audiences
which filled the Marquam to the doors
gave Dustan Farnum and his cowboys
three distinct receptions which have
never been exceeded for genuine spon
taneity in this town. They were deserved
and the splendid patronage which the at
traction received here was only due the
management and .the splendid young star.
I saw the play three times, both from
. the front and behind the stage, and It is
the only play which I've seen three suc
cessive times and found myself more in
terested in the last than the first per
formance. To begin with, Owen Wisler wrote a
great book, then he. and Kirk I-a Shelle
made a wonderful dramatization of It.
and then. Dustan Farnum, Guy Bates Post
and Frank Campeau, with an incidental
cast of great excellence. Interpreted it.
Speaking of Campeau reminds me that
his deathfall in the last act Is the most
realistic I have ever seen on the stage In
"The Earl of Pawtucket" opened the ;
week at the Marquam and a splendid .
production it was, but in the light of ,
events it was overshadowed by "The "Vir- i
gtnlan." Lawrence D'Qrsay is a finished ,
comedian with Piccadilly predilections. He '
is unique among American actors, and .
Augustus Thomas has written a very 1
clever play for him. There was not much
chance for those in his support, but Er
nest Elton, as the valet; Charles Hallock,
as Judge Fordyce, deserve special men
tion, while Florence Robinson, who played
Aunt Jane, is one of the best seen here
In many seasons. Her Aunt Jane is one
of the very finest features of a produc
tion which Is full of features.
With "Joan of Arc," the Columbia play- i
ers presented another of those elaborate
scml-rellgious productl6ns which are mak
ing the Columbia famous as one of the i
best stock houses in the United States.
Miss Counties, lit the name part, was
as great a Maid ot Orleans as we could
wish to see. Her acting of the role was
fully equal to her best efforts In the past.
The Empire housed an old friend In
"Ole Olson," and the vaudevilles and
Lyric stock were well patronized.
A. A. G.
-OU'RB all wrong, dear old chap.
was the defense Lawrance D'Or
say made to my charge that his
"Earl of Pawtucket" is a caricature.
Needless to say I crossed my fingers and
"You see, I am an Englishman," start
ling announcement, "and I know the type
well. I make my 'Earl the heavy dragoon
whom I have met time and again in the
military clubs of London, and I am cer
tain he's not overdrawn.!'.
' Now be It remembered that our conver
sation occurred in the dressing-room dur
ing the performance the other night. I
was on a trunk, D'Orsay stood up in the
full magnificence of his six feet odd,
and Murphy wao perched in a corner,
wherfe he drew pictures of the actor which
were intended to prove my theory that
"The Earl of Pawtucket" was an exag
geration. Xow Murphy, unconscionably has taken
himself badly sick, and his pictures were
never made, so I have no support other
than the moral backing of confidence in
D'Orsay is a likable sort of man, who
gives one of the funniest characteriza
tions on the American stage. He has
almost all the mannerisms of the "Earl"
in private life, but I have a theory that
ho has unconsciously assumed them.
Ho says "don't ye know" In the same
molting way. and the other fellow Is al
ways a "dcah old chap."
In spite of his eccentricities he Is a man
who makes one glad to bo his friend.
Straightforward and ingenious Is Law
rance D'Orsay, and his early English
schoolboy training, which is the best in
the world, sticks to him. He has a splen
did faith In men, women and things. If
he had bean told that the Clatsop Indians
were on the warpath and likely to de
icend on the Marquam Theater at any
moment. I can imagine htm saying in his
languid way. "By Jove, 1 really should
tell the audience in my curtain speech."
Ho Is innocent of any attempt to foist
a spurious English nobleman upon us
Americans, but anyone who has been
ast of the Cascades and has met genteel
Britishers knows that they do not act
like "The Earl" He has posed so long
that it has become second nature.
There Is something remarkable about
Augustus Tbomasplay from the Ameri
can standpoint. Did you notice It? Ev
ery man and woman In It is a cad and a
toadeater except the "EarL" Gus Thom
W?-. . e: (MASK? U HTTivW AH 4BBT It i?SiT tu
in ii miii ii ill siff m em m
as heartily dislikes the British, and yet
he has exalted one of the nobility, the
most traditional type, above all his fel
They are all of them, save the woman
in the case, suspicious of tho title and
character until they discover that he is a
Lord, and then they fall down and wor
ship him. The woman who knows his
real Identity is a tufthunter who plays
upon his gullibility until the time to land
him arrives. He is really the only man
In the play who Is "on the square."
So Thomas stands indicted on the charge
of acute Anglo-mania, and Lawrance
D'Orsay should be forgiven for giving us
a little guff. He has to do it to make the
comedy of tho piece. If he carried, him
self as a natural subject of the King does
wo would not discover any particular hu
mor in the creation.
D'Orsay comes of a family of English
barristers, and was himself trained for
the law. Hlse father died, and he took
to the stage to earn a livelihood, and In
a dozen productions he has appeared suc
cessfully as the cartoonists' idea of a.
guardsman. This Is his first visit to this
part of the country, and with his drooping
mustaches, his impossible mannerisms,
his monoclo and his plunging walk he
made a decided hit.
He promises to come again in another
play which Gus Thomas Is writing for
hint, and so we may expect to hear and
see more of this diverting comedian.
A. A. G.
WILL PRODUCE "THELMA."
Dramatization -of Marie Corelli's Fa
mous Love, Story at the Columbia.
Starting Monday-night. March ?0, the
Columbia Stock Company will be seen all
the coming week In a powerful dramatiza
tion of Marie Corelli's delightful and In
tensely Interesting love story of the wild
Norway country and English nobility. The
management feels assured that It will
prove to be one of the most popular and
pleasing offerings of the season.
The foremost English novelist of the
present day is Marie CorcllL whoso "Thel
ma," "Wormwood." "Barabbas." "The
Sorrows of Satan" and other well-known
works have been rend and admired by
millions throughout the English-speaking
world. Second to none In popularity, of
the many works of her able and prolific
pen, is "Thelma" the story of the beauti
ful Norwegian girl, the descendant of a
long line of Scandinavian Vikings, who is
wooed and won by an English nobleman,
and leaves her kindred, the land or her
ancestors, to dwell with her husband and
his people in- England to live naw life
amid so-called fashionable society. The
play Is a favorite one with Eastern thea
tergoers; It has just concluded n..cry
prosperous run of two weeks at-lhe. Bush
Temple Theater, Chicago. During the
present Winter it has been presented to
crowded houses In the leading stock thea
ters of Boston, Philadelphia. Brooklyn
and elsewhere, and is included in the rep
ertoire of some of the foremost theatrical
In the Columbia Theater production
Cathrine Countlss will appear as Thelma.
a daughter of the "Vikings; Howard Gould
as Sir Philip Errlngton, Donald Bowles
as George Larrimer. And Blanche Doug
las as Britta. Frank King will paint new
scenery, and the play will be produced
under the personal direction of William
Thelma is a delightful matinee play and
never falls to draw crowded houses. Reg
ular matinees will be "given Saturday and
THE MOONSHINER'S DAUGHTER
Thrilling Melodrama Opens at the
Empire at Today's Matinee.
"The Moonshiner's Daughter," which is
to be presented at the- Empire Theater
all this week, beginning with the usual
matinee today, is a new and original melo
drama in four acts. This is the first time
this play has ever been seen In Portland.
A thrilling story, abounding in strong
and novel climaxes, is interestingly told.
It is a play that appeals, to all classes
of theater-goers, and Is one of the few
genuine successes of the season.
The theme of the piece deals principally
with the revenue service, the danger and
excitement attendant in hunting down and
capturing tho moonshiners in their moun
tain retreats. There Is a strong, healthy
sentiment underlying the play from be
ginning to end. An attractive feature of.
the entertainment. Is a number of high
class specialties which arc introduced.
Tho regular matinee will be given Satur
day. " y
"MONSIEUR BEAUCAIRE." V
Creston Clarke to Present ieautiful
Romantic Drama at Marquam.
There are unmistakable signs that the
engagement of Creston Clarke in that
most beautiful romantic comedy, "Mon
sieur Beaucalre," will be substantially
rewarded next Tuesday evening, March
21, at the Marquam Grand Theater. In
aemuch as the inquiries regarding the'
sale of reserved seats have been of the
healthy kind ever since it was first an
nounced that the son of John Sleeper
Clark and nephew of Edwin Booth would
visit here with an elaborate production ot
the play that Richard Mansfield tri
umphed with. "Monsieur Beaucalre"
ought to furnish a refreshing relief from
the varied assortment of- plays offered,
a& It is one. of-those .peculiarly charmins
Innovations that are only too few and far
between. Julc3 Murry, one of the shrewd
est of theatrical managers, knew what
he was about when he saw the possibili
ties of such a popular star and desirable
play, and concluded to have them both
under his direction. . A production of be
coming grandeur Is assured. It Is one of
those rare Instances of business sagacity
that prompted that determined theatrical
manager, Jules Mirny, to see in Creston
Clarke and "Monsieur Beaucalre" a joint
proposition of star and play with which
to successfully conjure; for both Mr.
Clarke and the delightful comedy-romance)
which Richard Mansfield used to
such prosperous purpose, have seemingly
caught the best possible attention. Scats
are now selling.
Return of the Pollards.
The famous Pollard Juvenile Opera
Company has returned to America and
will be tho attraction at the Marquam
Grand Theater for two weeks beginning
Tuesday, March 28, in a repertoire of
their latest successful operas. The chorus
of the Pollard Lillputlan Opera Company
Is exceptionally strong this season. All
the older members have been weeded out
and replaced by clever Juveniles of di
minutive size, which were recruited from
Charles A. Pollard's training- school in
Melbourne. Tho entire company has been
refitted with new gowns and costumes,
and the scenic features are entirely new.
Among the attractions that have been
added to the repertoire of the organiza
tion is "A Runaway Girl."
Harry Beresford Coming.
Harry Beresford In his latest successful
farce. "Our New Man," will bo the at
traction at the Marquam Grand. Theater
Monday evening, March 27. Mr. Beresford
will be remembered by Portland theater
goers for his clever work In "The Wrong
Mr. Wright" several seasons ago.
STAR NOVELTIES THIS WEEK
New Bill Tomorrow Is Headed by
Froslnl, Musical Genius.
A great bill will be opened tomorrow at
the Star Theater afternoon matinee at
t:Z0. The fact that It ia headed by Fro-
j sinl, the musical genius, jato of the Milan
Conservatory. Italy, Is In Itself sufficient
to fill the handsome auditorium with
! crowds of music-lovers. Froslnl Is a great
i violin virtuoso, and the violin in his
skilled hands sings and talks to. the audi
j ence. -.thrilllnff every listener with music
of rare charm.
The two Ycrkes come direct to the Star
Theater 'from an Eastern nsagement.
nrWMtnllti a. nttv-Altv ron-ffn rlnV. ort
which has dazzled thousands in the big
Eastern vaudeville theaters.
Every one likes to laugh. Who will re
slst laughing when the -Cottons are on
the stage in their versatilo comedy
sketch? It's full of the keenest wit and
The Star likes to please the children.
and this week it announces ono of big
gest vaudeville novelties, the dancing doll
act of Cordcro, Zanfretta and Carl, an
act that makes the little ones merry and
adults grow gleeful.
Hanson and Drew have originated a
new comedy sketch that has proved quite
fascinating to vaudeville goers, and they
are to play a return engagement In Port
land to produce their latest hit.
Maud Carter, an attractive soubrettc. is
to appear In. character imitations and
very sprightly singing and dancing act.
Roscoe Arbucklc, tho popular song Illua
trator, and Edison's projectoscope close
a bill that Is up to the standard. Today s
bill is continuous from 2 to 10:30 P. M.
GRAND THEATER'S NEWBILL
A Regular Keith and Proctor Pro
gramme This Week.
The Grand Theater is giving now a bill
that Is- a distinct and clear improvement
as the programme this week will show
beyond a doubt. Hundreds of people
have asked the management to play Ted
R Box for a return date. Owing to the
demand there has been for his act at the
other houses on the circuit, his services
could not be secured before, but he will
play every night this week and will
change his songs at each performance.
James Post and company will also be
a leading feature ot the bill. The pro
gramme also contains the names of Sef-
ton and Deagle. In refined and eccentric
'comedy; Thomas E. Elmore. Southern
poet optimist: the Tucados, heavy-weight
balancers; Miss Georgia Emery, high-
class vocalist; Mr. Alf Bonner In "When
the Harvest Moon Is on the River." and
a great novelty film In the grandlscope.
"The recent riots at SL Petersburg-, Rus
sia," showing Fathor Gopon and Max
Gorky leading the revolutionists.
I The bill, taken as a whole. Ik extraor
dinarily strong and fully evidences the
fact tnat the managomept proposes to
deal falrix by Its patrons. An examina
tion of tha bills at the leading vaudeville
houses In this country shows that they
do not give a better bill than can be
nightly seen atthc Grand Theater.
Henry Miller Is to appear In vaudeville in
a pwyiet enutieo --jrreaeriCK- icmaisre.
I Olga K$thersale Is coming over In th$ Fall,
nrenarert to present her complete hectic rcp-
I erfolre If wTt demands; -'She l:oo
new pUr. recently tried In thV provinces.
frtll maltc the Carmen bias and the climb
OS Saphb'a stairs unnecessary.
Jameson Lee Flnnry will bo In the sup
port of AUco Fisher In The School for
Hnbandi," to be produced April 3.
A. L- Erlanrtx Is on his way home from
England. The chief object of his visit
abroad was to Htness performances of "The
Whlto Cat," the Drury Lane pantomime.
which 'will be the Fall opening at the New
Amsterdam .1 neater. Jn "the late Spring
Hare Kliw -will co abroad.
Ilelnrich Conrted will nrobabl? enter tha
Held of musical manaslne next season. It
Is understood that he Is negotiating for the
appearance here next year In a series of.
recitals, of Merit Rosenthal, the piano wiz
ard, who has set musical Europe In a. whirl
Adele Ritchie Is another recruit for vaude
ville, and will make her appearance at an
early date. II the present Influx Continues.
the legitimate stage will have to look to Its
laurels, for within a week announcements
were .rnada that Henry Miller, Fay Tem
pleton and Adda Rltchte would appear In
The dearth of. new plays In New York
has caused Ada Rehan to fall back on "The
Taming; of the Shrew"; Charles "Wyndham,
The Case of Rebellions Susan"; Maud Ad
ams. ,rne .utue .Minister. and Fritz!
Scheff. Glrofle-Glrona." David Belasco and
Henry TV. Savage seem to have about the
only new bits of consequence.
Louis James has been selected by Liebler
Co. for the role of Hardcastle In the
all-star" production of "She Stoops to
Conquer." which Is to be brought forward
at the New Amsterdam Theater on April
17. Mr, James Is appearing this season
rlth notable success as Jacques. In the
all-star" cast of "The Two Orphans."
This funny story, which will not sound
funny to Jamea Nell!. Is going the rounds!
Another Illustration that actors do not
make good managet-s Is shown in the case
of James NellL once popular In the West.
Since Nelll was unsuccessful In getting his
old manager, Charles Astor Parker, back,
things have gone from bad to worse with
htm, until now he can secure no desirable
bookings and Is said to be running, a boarding-house
in Rochester. N. T.
The continued attractions that are doing
well In New York are: "The Education of,
Mr. Flop," at the Liberty Theater; Mrs
Flake, at the Manhattan: Frltzl Scheff, at
the Broadway; Mrs. Leslie Carter, at Be
lasco's; Forbes Robertson, at the Knicker
bocker; Robert Edeson. at the Hudson:
Francis "Wilson, at the Criterion; Arnold
Daly, at the Garrlck; "Mrs. Lefflngwell's
Boots," at the Garden; Jefferson do Angells.
at the Lyric; "Who Goes There?" at the
Princess: "Buster Brown." at the Majestic,
and David Warfleld. at the Bijou. The
offerings at the other houses are Grace
George, i a the Savoy; "Wright Lorlmer. at
the New York; "Mrs. Temple's Telegramr"
at the Madison-Square; "It Happened In
Nordland." at Lew Fields Theater; "Tha
Queen of Chinatown," at the American, and
"No Wedding Bells for Her." at the Fourteenth-Street
DeWolf Hopper's little niece has sprung a
new one. One day Mr. Hopper noticed her
standing on tha edge of a frozen pond,
crying as if her heart were broken. A man
ot no mean proportions had Just slipped
and fallen on the ice over which the
youngsters had been skating.
"Don't cry, little one; I don't think he
'is hurt very much," said the comedian.
"Hurt nothlnV replied the little girl.
"Can't you sec he has busted the Ice?"
Frank Daniels Is having dally rehearsals
of "Sergeant Brue" at the Knickerbocker
"Theater, New York, where the new
"Pe will be produced In the near future.
HtsupportlnK company Includes Blanche
Ring. Anna. FItxhugh, Fred Thorne, Walter
Perclval, Sallle Fisher, Clara Belle Jerome
and a dozen other people While the role
of Sergeant Brue Is right In Daniels' ways,
the genial comedian will have to- hustle to
keep up with Fred Thorne, an actor of un
Thomas Jefferson, the son of Joseph Jef
Scandal Blots Lawmakers' Work
California Legislature's Reforms Obscured by Bribery
Charges Counties to Exhibit at Lewis and Clark Fair
Sap ituvnui9Uj, .aiarcn it. xo ine
relief of the people ot .the state, the
Legislature lias adjourned. Of !
course the great bribery scandal will ever
stand as a blot which will obscure the
work accomplished, but there has been,
nevertheless, much ot, benefit accom
plished at Sacramento for the state. The
tax system has been revised and placed
on a basis which has found favor In New
Tork, a separation being made between
the local and state assessments. The
reclamation work has been given an im
petus hitherto unknown. The LegJslatureN
has set to work the machinery by which
$20, 000, 000 will ultimately be spent in trans
forming tha swamp regions of the Sacra
mento River Into good agricultural land.
In addition the Legislature has taken hold
of the problem ot prison reform, and
while nothing revolutionary ha3 been ac
complished, provision has been made for
Improvements which will place the penal
institutions of the state in tho front rank
of those of the country. Altogether
nearly $1,000,000 Is to be spent on additional
cells and accommodations. California
has nearly as many prisoners to handle
as New York state. For the population
the Gelden State has a greater number
of criminals than any other state in the
Union, not a fact to glory in, but a con
dition which must be faced.
The Legislature also mado ample pro
vision for tho school system or callior
nla. The University of California was
given $150,000 with which to purchase an
agricultural farm, and has been voted
an additional $150,000 for an agricultural
building. The Normal School in San
Francisco has also been provided wlth
money for a new building to cost $150,000.
In order that all of this sum may be used
for the structure, the City Supervisors
have undertaken to have San. Francisco
supply the site.
In the last few days of the session the
Legislature passed bills helter-skelter
without reading them. As a result Gov
ernor Pardee has before him some 1000
measures. These must be carefully sifted
and hundreds of them rejected. Many of
these measures contain what are termed
"bugs." and aim to secure concessions
for corporations while appearing under
a different cloak.
The plans for California's exhibit at the
Portland Fair, which it was generally
thought were settled, have been so vig
orously attacked that open warfare has
resulted between the state commissioners
and the county managers. The original
plans were for a complete state display,
with no distinction as to section, the en
tire exhibit to reflect the best In Califor
nia! The various counties at once raised
an objection, desiring in addition to the
state display, to make individual displays
with their products. The discussion
waxed warmer and warmer until tho
Commissioners decided to yield a point.
They are willlns to allow for a central
pyramid in which each county shall have
separate representation. This far they
will go, but no farther. They have Issued
an ultimatum, in which they outline their
proposal. In part it Is as follows:
We have concluded that an installa
tion can be arranged which, at least in
tha main features, will give tho different
sections of the state distinctive recogni
tion. Wo have In mind particularly In the
mn nnrtApthft domi In thft center of the
PouUding. about SOxSO feet, the installation
.of a pyramid constructed with as many
sides as there are main divisions of tho
state that participate. On each side of
lis pyramid the respective divisions can
show, for instance, their processed fruits
and vegetables, adorned and trimmed
with other products, installed under one
general uniform rule, but In such a way
as to give distinction even at a glance to
the part ot the state represented therein.
As processed fruits are always tne leadr
ing' feature In a. California exhibit, for
the. reason that they are bettcrjn ouallty.
ferson, happened in New Tork one day and
called upon an old friend, an. Alderman.
During the call an Italian couple came and
asked if the Alderman would unite them
In marriage. The Alderman performed the
ceremony, and after accepting his fee. po
litely handed to the bride an umbrella.
Mr. Jefferson eyed the proceedings grave
ly, and after the couple went out asked:
"Do you always do that. Charles?"
"Do what? Marry them? Oh, yes."
"No; X mean bestow a present upon tha
"A present! "Why. wasn't that her umbrel
la?" gasped the Alderman.
"No; It was mine." replied Mr. Jefferson,
One of th most sentimentally Interesting
knick-knacks In the home ot Maxine El
liott on Riverside Drive, Tfew York, take
the shape of a framed telegram. It Is dated
six or seven seasons ago and Is signed by
Nat C. Goodwin. At that time Mr. Goodwin
had not yet met the hndsomo actress who
subsequently "became his wife, and when
his manager wrote to him suggesting her for
the position of leading woman, the star,
who happened to be In Pittsburg, wired:
"All right, but Is she not too tall?" That
Is thedlspatch Miss Elliott has had framed
and has had hung so that It must always
meet the eyes of her husband shortly af
ter he crosses- the threshold of the front
door. It was In Pittsburg, by the way, that
the couple wero married a year or two after
the flashing of the communication; and
when Miss Elliott appeared there In "Her
Own Way" a fortnight ago Mr. Goodwin
r wired her again: "I still think she Is all
right, but there cannot be any too much ol
Although debarred from giving his nam
a London dispatch states that & direct de
scendant of William Shakespeare Is now a
member of the theatrical profession In this
country. The player In question Is a young
man. 'who traces his descent In a. straight
line from one of tho bard's daughters. Had
he cared to trade on his ancestry this
young actor would probably have had no
difficulty In getting something pretty good
to start with, but being possessed of a good
deal of pride -he has preferred to fight tha
battle as his great ancestor fought it. and
so from the start he has taken the best ha
could get In the ordinary way. and at pres
ent Is appearing In a small part In a London
musical play, in appearance the descend
ant of Shakespeare Is slight, and ot about
the middle height, with a thoughtful face.
The limited number of his acquaintances
who are aware of the facts regarding his
wt-v ttrm- nntnrflllv tefttchlnfr hill rarcrt
M with unbounded interest.
The last time Sarah Bernhardt played la
Louisville there was a misunderstanding about
her carriage, which did not arrive at thi
stage door In time. She was very angry, and
said that she would not wait a moment. A3
old darky called Abe. who was quite a char
acter In the town, and who wa3 always ready
for any emergency, lushed up to her and saldi
"Miss Sarah Bernhardt, please let me drlv
you to your hotel. I won't charge you a ccaf
If you will Jus take my hack. Pleas'm. don'j
say no, but Jus' get In, an I will drive Jus
as quick as lightning."
The actress' mood changed In a second; sh
got into the carriage laughing like a child,
and was driven with a great flourish of whlj
to her hotel. Immediately afterward Ab
went round to the club to wait and take som(
of tha bridge-playing young gentlemen home.
A young man came out, and just as he was
getting In, the cabhe saw the old darky's eyei
shining like two atare. He said:
"Hello. Abe! "What's the matter with youj
Been left a fortune?"
'"No, sir; no one done leave me no fortune,
but I done drive Miss Sarah Bernhardt In my
,hack from the theater to her hotel."
"Go away, go away!" answered the young
man; "she has got a private carriage."
"I don't keer. boss; the private carrlagt
wasn't dar, an I was. an' she got in smiling
an lookln' Jus" as pretty as a picture; an J
whipped up dla old horse, an It's many a daj
since he done go so fast. I tell you."
The young man. still doubting, the darky
opened the door of his cab w!dr-and said
"Look here, Massa John. If you don't be
lieve mc. Jus smell my hack."
Hassa. John entered tho cab and was con
vinced. The actress' favorite perfume was ol
so clinging a nature. that It lingered with per
greater In variety and more perfectly
processed than such products from other
states and countries, we suggest that on
this structure these products be made tha
leading feature, and that enough for tha
purpose from each locality be selected
from the best of that which was returned
from St Louisa In front of each of the
respective sides of this pyramid, distinc
tive features of the locality represented"
can be Installed in such a way as to
bring within close proximity the most
important articles from the respective
sections of the state.
The Southern Pacific Railroad has, foC
the past few months, been endeavoring ta
create sentiment here against the pro
posed railway legislation, but has met!
with a snag in the Chamber of Com
merce. The State Board of Trade was
Induced to pass resolutions opposing
Roosevelt's policy, but when the railway
officials sought to swing tho Chamber
of Commerce into line, they attempted q,
greater task than they were able to ac
complish. The Chamber not only cast
aside the railroad officials, but Indorsed
Roosevelt in very strong terms, pledging
their aid in the work.
The Mechanics Institute of this city,
one of the leading organizations here foi
educational progress, is seriously consid
ering the proposition of trying; to secure
the exhibits from Portland after the
Fair and hold a small exposition in this
city of the Oriental products. The idea Is
to make it simply a local affair and in
duce the nations of the Orient to leave
their exhibits in San Francisco for a few
weeks before shipping them across the
Pacific The Mechanics' Institute is pre
pared to finance the proposition, but will
not proceed until it has had a word of
encouragement from the commercial
San Franciscans are .looking ahead witU
real pleasure to the grand opera,
company from New Tork, which will
open hero early in April. It fias been
announced that this is thelast tour Con
rled will allow his stars to make, as in
the future the entire season will be taken
up in New York. This announcement
came after the company had spent a week
in Boston, and the financial results had
proved disappointing. San Francisco has
had a steady opera, of a very high order
since the first of the year, and the gen
eral opinion Is that tho Conreid play
ers come at a time most unfavorable to
themselves. Had they come early in
January, their success would have been
greater than ever before.
Margaret Anglln will open in San Fran
cisco next week, and in her company is
Hall McAllister, a former Hawyer- and
club man of San Francisco. Miss Angljn
has always been successful In San Fran
cisco. She has many friends hero and
Is generally entertained by the folk of
the smart set.
Savings of the People.
New York Commercial.
The total deposits in all the saving,
banks in the world, according to the lat
est available statistics, amounted to $10.'
500,000,000, contributed by 82,610,000 deposi
tors. Ot ttrls total the United States
shows aggregate deposits of $3,060,179,000,
credited to 7,305,000 depositors. These fig
ures indicate that tho United States, with
less than 0 per cent of the total popula
tion considered, contributes over 23 per
cent of the total savings deposits re
corded. These figures help to explain tha re
markable manner in which the recent
large bond Issues have been absorbed- It
ha& been estimated that more than $1,000,
000.000 of bonds are annually purchased
by the Investing public in the United
States. The savings banks and the insur
ance companies arc the heaviest purchas
ers of bonds, but there are estimated to
bo nearly 1,000.000 persons in the United
States who have an annual surplus to in
vest. . L