The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, June 11, 1905, PART THREE, Page 26, Image 26

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BY A. A. G.
URING the week Just nast the' Be
lasco Company eet It? mark high,
but It rune the hullaeye. Nothing
liner In the way of stock performances
than "The Climbers," as done by our
splendid local organization, could have
been desired by any clientele of theater
goers. Leaving- Amelia Bingham out of
the question, the performance was In
every respect equal to those given of the
piece pn tour. Miss Moore repeated the
success of her first week's work here and
ranks undeniably as the foremost stock
actress who has appeared In Portland.
She was admirably sustained by the other
members of the .cast
A new star was introduced to us at the
Marquam when Bertha Crelghton opened
an engagement on Tuesday night. She
Immediately won the favor of her audi
ences and her stay here promises to be
altogether pleasant and profitable. The
return to the stage of Howard Gould, long
a popular favorite, was one of the hap
piest Incidents of the Crelghton engage
ment Mr. Gould Is well-liked In Portland
and during his recent illness had not
dropped out of the public mind. To wel
come him again to actH'e work was a
great pleasure to his friends, which was
increased by the fact that he Is In the
full possession of his former strength.
All the down town amusements suf
fered somewhat from the powerful coun
ter attractions of the Dream City, which
Is the best show of them all if the press
agents are to be believed.
Empire Stock Company Offers Inter
esting Comedy-Drama for "Week.
The Empire Stock Company's new bill
will start with the matinee this afternoon,
and all through the coming week, with
the usual daily matinees, the attraction
will be one of the most successful stock
comedy dramas of the past ten years, "A
Secret Foe." The daily matinees at the
Empire are becoming more and more pop
ular. Little Frankie Rlchter. the blind
boy pianist, plays between the acts, and
Is In himself an attraction worth going
miles to enjoy.
The story of "A Secret Foe" deals prin
cipally with the lives and adventures of
two brothers, Jim and Tom Hewins; the
cons of "Dad" Hewins, a prosperous
Rhode Island farmer.
"Wlllard Hilton, a pretended friend of
the family, but in reality a secret foe,
hates Tom because of his love for the lat
tcr's wife, Annie, and by underhanded
methods seeks to separate them. He plays
his cards so successfully that Tom Is
drafted as a soldier. But while he Is ex
ulting In the success of his machinations,
gloating at the thought that Tom's de
parture for the seat of war will give him
the desired opportunity to supplant the
latter In Annie's affections, his Joy Is
turned to Impotent rage by Jim, who vol
unteers to go as a substitute in his broth
er's place. For gallant conduct upon the
field of battle, Jim won promotion, and
to his family he sends hews of this by
Hilton, believing the latter to be his
friend. But instead of conveying these
happy tidings. Hilton Informs Tom that
his brother Is a coward, who has deserted
In the presence of the enemy, and seem
ingly proves this by a forged letter, pur
porting to be from the Colonel of the regi
ment. For the honor of the family name,
for Jove of country and a sense of duty,
Tom at once enlists in the mnks, says
farewell to wife and home, and is sent to
the front. A year passes away; Tom has
been taken prisoner, and struggles to
maintain life with the starving thousands
of Andersonvllle, and is reported dead.
Misfortune conies upon Dad Hewins and
Annie; no word has come from Jim, by
reason of Hilton's treachery; and at last
Annie, believing her husband dead, and
to provide shelter for her father, consents
to becomo the wife of Hilton, who has
ever posed as the friend and benofactor of
the family, and succeeded In blinding
everyone to his real character. But before
the ceremony is commenced the two
brothers, both of whom have been
mourned as dead, return to their home;
Hilton's villainy is exposed, and sorrow
turned to Joy.
A broad vein of delightful comedy runs
throughout the play In the love episode
between Harry Swift and Hattie, the Uls
ter of Tom. and Jim, while the quaint Hi
' ' ' ' -
bernian witticisms and shrewd good sense
of Malda, on old household servant, af
fords endless amusement.
Tho Belasco Company's Third Bill
Will Be Brilliant Farce.
Since the opening of Its season the Be
lasco Stock Company has presented "The
Heart of Maryland," one of the most
thrilling plays ever written. It . was
American military drama with melodra
matic climaxes. The current offering it
"The Climbers," Clyde Fitch's wonderful
society drama written in that clever play
wright's most satirical vein. In respect
to splendor of production and lavlsbness
of financial expenditure they excel any
stock productions ever seen on the Pa
cific Coast, and they have been acted
with the same finish and skill as charac
terizes the highest priced road perform
ances. Patrons of the Belasco will now have
the pleasure of witnessing the company
in a new line of work and can thus de
termine the general excellence of the or
ganization in the varied field of their
Commencing- tomorrow night "Are Tou
a Mason?" will be presented for a week,
and thus the wbole gamut will have been
covered. The management promises the
same careful attention to detail In the
production and acting of this famous
farce as has characterized the previous
efforts of tho company, and a rare treat
is certainly In More for theatergoers.
"Are Tou a Mason" Is one of tho funniest
farces ever written. It is clean, bright
and logically humorous. It never de
scends to horseplay, but appeals to the
rlsabllitlcs of intelligent people by the
ridiculous seriousnesn of its linen and
All the principals will be happily cast,
the settings will be all that the p)eco
boasted during its long New York run
and the ladles will have an opportunity to
wear some beautiful gowns.
By all means see the Belasco players
in their newest bill tomorrow night. This
afternoon and tonight "The Climbers"
will be given for the last time.
She Will Present "Leah Kleschna"
to a Portland Audience.
Mrs. Flske and the Manhattan Company
trill open an engagement of live nlghts
and a matinee at the Empire Theater on
Tuesday. June 20. They will present
"Leah Kleschna." the drama by C. M. S.
McLellan, that they acted for fivo months
In New York with tremendous success.
Their engagement in New York ended on
April 15, so that Portland will see "the
greatest success of the season within 10
weeks after the close of its New York
run. and with the same cast that present
ed it in the metropolis. The theatrical
trust, of which Mrs. Fiske is independent,
has closed many cities to her, and it was
thought for a time that she would not be
able to appear here. The arrangement
by which she secures the Empire makes it
possible for the foremost American ac
tress to Include this city in her tour.
"Leah Kleschna" Is unquestionably the
most notable success of Mrs. Fiske's
career, and both for Itself and'for Its in
terpretation is In every way a memorable
success. It is modern in story, -novel In
theme, and rich in action, incident and
strongly marked characters. Mrs. Fiske's
role is that of a girl thief, who Is led to
abandon her ways when her moral sense
is aroused. The Manhattan Company,
which is associated with Mrs. Flske, is a
permanent organization that has taken
rank as a representative dramatic com
pany of the country. Among its prom
inent members are John Mason, George
Arilss, Charles Cartwright, William B.
Mack and Amity Stevens.
The sale of seats for Mrs. Fiskc's en
gagement will open on Thursday.
Large Attendance Testifies to Merit
at This Amusement Resort.
"The Oaks" has proved an unqualified
and emphatic success, right from the
start. It is estimated that nearly 100.0W
people have visited this beautiful amuse
ment resort since the "opening day." And
it is not to be wondered at. The O. "W.
P. & Ry. Co. is laying particular stress
upon the respectability of the place, and
It is being conducted in a thoroughly high
class and clean manner.
The social element in particular are
taking advantage of the many facilities
afforded for amusement and recreation,
and many large parties of well-known peo
ple have spent whole days during the
week entertaining friends and strangers.
Many societies, churches and clubs have
selected days and nights to attend in a
body, and strangers coming to the Fair
never fail to pay the resort a visit.
Tho Chutes. Bumps. Mystic Maze.
Laughing Gallery. Dancing Pavilion and
numerous other features are splendidly
patronized, and D'Urbano's fine band plays
daily from noon until midnight. An at
tractive feature Is the "Oaks Tavern."
one of the most beautiful and best con
ducted cafes in America, and as It Is
built out on the 'Willamette. It is a de
lightfully cool and Interesting place for
The cars now run every 15 minutes from
First and Alder directly to the main en
trance, and all car lines transfer.
Bose Eytlnjfe's Private Pupils and
Classes Notified of New Address.
The popular courses of Instruction In
elocution and stagework. presided over by
Rose Eytinge, will be continued at her
new address. 71S East Burnside street.
Phone number. East 2259.
DcMutlis Will Present Their Famous
Whirlwind Dance on New BUI.
From 2 until 11 P. M. today the per
formances at the Star will be continu
ous. This will be the last opportunity
offered to witness the bill which has been
the talk of the town during the past
week. Tomorrow, starting with the mat
inee performance, the Star management
will respectfully present in Its cool and
comfortablo theater a vaudeville bill
which promises to outshine all previous
entertainments of this character.
For the list the management has
combed the Eastern circuits and secured
acts, each one of which Is entitled to
wear the coveted title of a feature. The
bright particular headllner on the pro
gramme, however, will be the turn of the
De Muths. This is a team consisting of
a man and woman. In sumptuous cos
tumes, doing a whirlwind dance. This
is a genuine and distinct novelty and
should not be confused with other so
called whirlwind dances.
Russell and O'Nell hold the palm as
high-class comedy sketch artists with a
refined playlet. They give a dramatic
treat. Herb Bell is a German comedian
and Is the Kaiser of all funsters in his
class. His sayings are original and ro
are his songs and dances. Claude Fecley
is a novelty acrobat who performs
stunts attempted by his Imitators.
Williams and Gordon are singing and
dancing comedian and they will live up
to their world-wide reputation. Harry
Walton, the well-known Chinese Imper
sonator, who always Interests with his
unique character studies of the heathen
Chinee, will be on the programme, and
Richard Burton, the baritone without a
superior in vaudeville, will render the
Eastern song hit, "Always In the Way."
The Staroscope has a treat on its own
account In the pictures of the Japanese
war. showing how the soldiers of the Mi
kado operate against the Ivan Ivano
vitches of the Csar.
The Grand Theater.
Commencing with Monday. June 12. the
first evening show will begin at 8 P. M..
and the second performance at S0 P. M.
The Grand has taken Into consideration
that Summer is on now and has arranged
its programme with that in view. The
new bill, which opeas Monday afternoon
and continues throughout the week, in
cludes as its top-line feature the Star
Trio, which presents a very funny little
comedy entitled "Our Uncle.'' The mem
bers of the company are well-known and
clever, and the little corned' will be de
lightfully received. The Rigora Trio are
acrobatic contortionists. Bert White, a
successful monologist. will give out a lot
of laughable stuff In his talks. . Miss
Florlll a Sanford will ebow that sweet
music can be gotten out of the cornet.
Dan and Bessie Kelly are comedy sketch
artUta. Mr. Herbert Chesley and his
company will offer a fine and up-to-date
playlet. Mr. Joe Bonner will sing & pic
tured melody entitled "By the Dear Old
Delaware." The song suits his voice well
and the pictures are exceptionally good.
The Grandlscope will exhibit "Tho Wed
ding." and the "Policeman and the Ne
gro." Though the Summer Is here peo
ple who visit the Grand will find the
place very cool and comfortable, as the
management has done everything possible,
to make perfect the ventilation of the
entire house. No crowding of the allses
Is permlttrd. Take it all In all the Grand
Is a delightful place to spend a pleasant
afternoon or evening. Today Is the last
chance to see the Mysterious Arabs.,
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brn appearlat la tst Hce la New York
for rocs time.
X2sie "De Wolfe aaaouaced, err retire
ment frcas the (x.
lAwnsn D'Oraay will rates hi vacation
with reUtirts la Xatlaad.
a a
Edmund Keaa'a lue appearance ea the Lxa
at Convent Garden was la 1S33.
a a a
E.T1? raster, the original Hazel Klrke. will
tar la that character next saan.
a a a
Dltby Bell la plasalsg to so to SUscensett.
Mass., if he tet a Taxation thl Tear.
a a a
Mr. and Mr. William Cotll-r will to to
their tana oa Lear Iilxnd.' a usual, this
a a a
KJwln Arccn I to appear In "The Only
"Way" with the Fawettt Stock Company
abort! J.
a a a
Llebler & Co. will star Otbc Skinner next
iwon In "The Prodltal Son." It Ii an
nounced. a a a
Martin Harvey'a Hamlet, produced In Lon
don list Monday night, to mid to have
proved a failure.
a a a
Cbauscey Olcott and hli family will aoend
the Summer at their famous "House Turned
Round" at Saratoga Sprints.
a a a
Blanche Batea ha decided to to abroad for
the vacation month, bat nays he may chant
her mind and to to her "Wei tern ranch.
a a a
Edna Wallace Hopper has been ecgated to
asoear a a stock star at Procter7 Firth
Arcane Theater ta the near future.
a a a
Madeleine Lueette Byley. author of "Mice
and Mea." "An Americas Citizen." tic, U
to write a play for Forbea Robert! on.
a a a
Florence Zletfeld, the haiband ot Anna
Held, has secured Alios Xielaen for a eon
cert tour in the United Stated next season.
a a a
ilaufie Acama will retire to the exclusion
of her Lont Island estate on Lake Ronken
Vozna, and spend most of the Summer there.
a a a
Claire Kummer. the author and composer
of "Dearie." sanr by Sallie FUber In "Ser
teant Broe." Is a trandnlece ct Henry "Ward
Beech er.
a a a
E. S. Wlllard will revive next season "Tho
Fool's Revense," one of Edwin Booth's fa
vorite tratedles.
Guy Eatf Post and Mrs. Post (Sarah
Truax) rxpect to spend their vacation time at
Orchard Beach, or Vineyard Haven, where
Mr. Post bs9f numerous relative.
a a a
Melba Is appearing In Leonl's new opera.
"The Cat and the Cherub," at Covent Gar
den this season. She says she is "farcln
ated" by her part and it Is '"perfectly
a a a
Charlotte Cushman waa the greatest woman
Romeo that the ha ever known, and
pcfsp the- only one entitled to place In the
same rank with the better male Impersona
tions ot the role.
a a a
Billy Kersand. the old-time minstrel. Is
still living and leading a minstrel troupe. Is
Sara Lucas still with us be that composed
-Carve Dat FoMUtn" and "Where "Was Moses
"When de Ltshi Went Out?" etc?
Junius Brutes Booth made his first appear
ance In New York City at the Park Theater
as Richard HI. He died on the steamer J. W.
Cscnowortb. on her passate from New Or
leans to Cincinnati. O-, November SO, 1852
a a a
John Drew is greatly elated over his elec-
tlon to tha presidency of the Players Club
to succeed Joteph Jefferson. He said the
other night that Mr. Jefferson had once pre
dicted that he would be the next president.
Booth waa the first,
a a a
The French government haa conferred
upon Fat:! the cross of the Legion of Honor,
which action has caused much adverse com
ment. French actreises and 'Inter, even
Bernhardt, have invariably failed to aecure
the coveted, decoration.
a a a
However certain De Wolf Hopper feel of
hi aew opera "Etyala," the work of Ret
inal D Koven and Frederick Ranken,
which he is to offer in September, it can but
be with cosatderabla regret that he abandon
"Tang." -Tka latter yteca la snore than 14
year old. having had Us premier on Xay
A. ISat. s- tXa Srsadarajr Thaatar. Kir
taaa a m X
Tork. and wben Mr. Hopaer conclude his
rreaent season he will hav been seen nearly
3000 time la the role of tha Reteat ot Slaau
Geerxa Frederick Cooks waa tha 4.-3 1 male
star that aver played la thla cocatry. He waa
brontht over by T. A. Cooper at a salary of
23 sretnea a week for ten months, and 23
cents a mile for t ravelin exsecsrs. besides
hi passate from Eatland. He died la New
Tork City September 24. 1812.
a a a
Mrs. Potter la 111 In London from overwork
and disappointment after a "tVlnter of suc
cessive failures. If her performance of "Da
Barry" .proved nothing el. It showed that
Belasco made a far better play oat of that
Interesting lady than did Rlcheptn. But
that may not be saylnt much,
Robert Edeson returned the other day a
manuscript sent to him by aa aspiring play
writht because the play proved unsuitable
for his purposes. He received la return an
envelope containing thn express Tees with a
note which rad: "Kindly allow me to return
therfunera! expenses; It Is enouthr for you t
be chief mourner."
a a a
A rumor comes from London to the effect
that Mr. Lanttry ha agreed to play a sea
son of at least 12 week la vaudeville In
America, betinnlng early la tho Fall at a
New Tork bouse. It la reported that her
salary will be J330O a week, by far tb largest
er paid on this aid ot the water for
a vaudeville- attraction. Some details ara yet
to be settled -before the contracts are aimed,
a a
Joseph JaSerson was the originator of the
combination of stars in tour. The combina
tion of Jefferson, Mrs. John Drew and "Will
iam J. Florence, which he took out to play
"The Rivals." was a wonderful money
maker, and Mr. Jefferson received 50 per
cent of the tross receipts. In two weeks at
McVlcker's Theater. Chicago, and the Boston
Theater, Boston, the gross receipts topped
a a
The Sothern-Marlowe Company Is to pre
sent "The Merchant ot Venice." "Twelfth
Night" and The Taming of the ShreW next
season. This repertoire will give Mr. Sothern
an entirely new line of characterizations and
will have the added advantage of restoring
Miss Marlowe to the public In the guise or
Viola. It la reported that this combination
has cleared $100,000 for Mr. Frohman during
tho past season.
a a
William A. Brady has secured tha book
and score of a new comic opera, bearlnt the
promising title "According to Hoyle." which
he expects to produce next season. The
authors of tha piece have attempted to da
with a pack of cards what Glen McDonough
and Victor Herbert did with a set of toys
and Plxlej and I.udera accomplished with
birds ct the air cref.te a cast of comic
opera characters.
Talk about bringing coals to Newcastle!
Klaw & Erlanger are about to Invade the
home of spectacular production. Next Spring
they will take to London Denslow & West's
big production entitled "The Pearl and the
Pumpkin." This ! the spectacle that opens
the. Broadway Theater, New Tork, next Sep
tember, and after It has run In that city It
will be transferred intact to London, to be
produced at the Drury Lane Theater, follow,
lag the annual pantomime at that house.
Blanche Walsh's plans have practically
been completed for next season's tour. She
will be seen In a repertoire. Including "Res
urrection." "Fedora." "A Woman in the
Case "Cleopatra" and several new plays,
which she will play In New York. Philadel
phia. Boston. Chlcatn and Plttsburt. gradu
ally working her way toward the Coast,
sailing from San Francisco about May 1,
1006. for Australia, where she will play the
repertoire- for a year. The closing of tho
present season leaves Mis Walsh In quite
III health. During her recent appearance at
the Welting Opera'House In Syracuse slio
fainted three timer, but finished her per
formance, being attended b7 a physician.
a a a
"We used to be very much "afraid of George
Ada at rehearsals." said Frances Ring, of
the "County Chalrman'V company. "Not that
ho. waa ever disagreeable, but he waa so
distant and quiet. He never took the least
notice of tha actors. I used to say" to the
other tlrls that It was Just as well, because,
he'd probably say something very clever and
we'd never know how to answer him.
"One day, though, I waa sitting on a cos
tume basket, when Mr. Ade came and sat
down beside me. I was frightened nearly to
death. He didn't open his mouth for maybe
a minute. Then he turned and said:
"Which would you rather be a literary
man or a burg Car?'
"I gave him the first thing that came Into
my head":
"What's the difference? said L"
a a
Maclyn Arbuckle. of the "County Chair
man" company, was explalntnt socialism and
the theory of equality in all things to one of
hi country neighbors on Long Island.
"Tou see. It's this way." said the actor,
"if a man has two houses and his friend
needs one he should give It up. Do you be
lieve In that. Abner?"
"Yaa. that's fair enough," said the rural
one. rumlsatlntly.
"And." continued Mr. Arbuckle, "It he has
1200 he should immediately give his nelth
bor half of It."
That socialism la a putty good thing if
thefs what It teaches," agreed the farmer.
Tou ee." ald Arbuckle. "it makes all of
us equal. Now. for Instance, if I needed a
hog and you had two hot '
"Hold on. hold on." Interrupted the tiller of
the soil excitedly, "thet ain't fair; you know
darn Well that I got two hots."
a a a
Henry E: Dtxey has a tory of a vaudeville
ventriloquist who bad a talking dot- On
evening th ventriloquist, decidedly on his up
pers, sountered Into a Ilsht lunch cafe, fol
lowed by hi dog. When the waiter came for
hl order the ventriloquist turned to the dog
with the query:
"Well. Jaek. what are you going to haver
"I tuep Til take a roant beef sandwich."
apparently answered the animal.
The waiter gazed at the deg for an Instant
and then hurried to the proprietor.
"Say." he cried wildly, "there's a dog over
there that can talk!"
The proprietor dashed over to the table.
"This waiter says your dot can talk." he
aold. "Is It ao?"
"Certainly." answered the ventriloquist.
"Can't you talk. Jack?"
"Of course I can talk!" replied the dog.
"That animal would make ray fortune ta
9lx months." said the proprietor. T11 give you
a hundred dollars for him."
"Oh. plae don't Mil- me I" pleaded the dog.
"I'm afraid I can't help It, old fellow."
aald the ventriloquist. 'Top'll be. well taken
care of here, and besides, I need the money."
The proprietor disappeared for a minute,
and returned with a roll of bills which h
placed In the ventriloquist's hand. The ven
trllocuUt rose from tha table and walked
toward the door. The dor was held' in the
stront trasp of the proprietor' hands.
"Did yen rrally sell me Inquired the dog,
as the ventriloquist opened the door.
"'Tea. Jack. I sold rou for a hundred dot-
I "Well, juit for that." answered the anlraah
"111 never eay another word."
a a a
T waa a member of a atrolllnt company of
playera many, years' ato." said Dan CoJlyer.
of tha "Collets Widow Company." "In which
one 1 at the end of the season rich In ex
perience, but with llttlft le with which to
remember the months Just passed. Buataeas
had been bad. "Very bad. for a week, and ene
sight is a little I!yliHM towa we wer
all to demoralised that I mappose the per-
Xormasce was a littla bit worse tavaa uauaX
J ' - -
I waa seated la the ramshackle hotel with
tho manager discasslag the lack ot apprecia
tion all over the world of truo histrionic art
and the aatheadednea of the people In that
.particular water tank especially.
"A very pompous young fellow came up to
ua and said:
" la this Mr. Collyerf
T admitted the fact and he went on:
" Well said he. 1 am the dramatic critic
ot the UmpviUe Bugle and I just wanted to
tell you that you must be prepared for a
very severe criticism In the morning, for I
think your how is very bad. althouta per
sonally I like you.
"The manager quick as a Cash aid: 'Don't
let that bother you. young man. We can
walk outside of tha Burlo's circulation Is tea
minutes. "
a a a
The new Broadway Theater. In Brooklyn.
N. 1.. which Is ttw fashionable, playhouse uf
that city. Is tWlng a apeclal season now
that has a local Interest In Portland. MUa
Cathrtn Countiss, o widely popular here,
lea'as the Broadway company and Is being
prominently featured. The opening week,
which started May 27, was devoted to a pro
duction of Clyde Fitch's ."Barbara Frletchle."
with Mtos Counttaa la the title role, suppsrted
by Sidney Toler-aad the full cast that ap
peared wfth Julia Marlowe when "Barbara
Frletchle" waa first produced.
The New Tork and Brooklyn critics ara
strong In their praise of Miss Countiss' work.
The following- are a few ot the remarks made
upon the openlnjr:
"It would be hard to Improve on the Bar
bara ot Cathrine Countiss" New Tork Press.
"Cathrtae Countiss as Barbara Frletchle
tare a splendid Interpretation of emotional
acting that won the hearts of the audience"
Brooklyn Standard.Unlon.
"The play Introduced a new leading woman
to Brooklyn In Cathrine Countiss. She la a
thoroughly trained actress with an excellent
voice, which aae uses with much skill, al
though her dictation mltht have more polish
with advantate. But on the whole, her
Barbara commanded sympathy and respeat, es
pecially In the strongest scenes, where the
moving accents of her lower voice told. Her
comedy waa conventionally well done, but It,
Is less spontaneous and attractive than her
big dramatic moments" Brooklyn Eacle.
There who witnessed the play during the
-original production with Julia Marlowe as
Barbara were more than pleaded with the
dramatic power displayed by Cathrine Coun
ties, who eoKiyed the role In last night's
production. MUs Countiss Is a Western act
ress and her success ot last night assures her
a place of hl;h standing on the metropolitan
'ntage. She was the recipient of a handsome
floral token from friends In the audience"
Brooklyn Citizen.
Monday of this week June 4. the second
play, of the season at the Broadway was pre
nented. It was Hall Calne's "The Christian."
In which Mlse Countiss played Glory Quayle.
In which she has starred In the WetH. She
made a decided hit In the metropolis. Next
Wednesday the play will be the acknowledged
best play that has been seen In America for
the lat decade. "Old Heidelberg." In which
M!s Countiss will taka the role ot Kathle,
In which Portland theatergoers will remember
Who Made "Leah Kleschna"?
MERRY controversy has progressed
for some time between Mrs. Fiske
and C M. 9. McLellan as to the
authorship of "Leah Kleschna," and tho
New Tork Globe says the following In
discussing the question:
A few weeks ago. when the controversy
J first arose over the rights to perform the
piay in .London. Mrs. Fiske asserted that
alia had had a distinct and Individual
share In the flnal shaping of It for the
stage a share beyond that of an actor
manager who Is preparing a play for re
hearsal in tho usual way.
Since Mrs. Flske made this statement
three short plays of her own have been
acted successfully at her theater. The
distinguishing mark of these plays was
her ability to find the words or the ac
tion that w?mld carry the character and
the situation truthfully, forcibly and un
mistakably to her audience. They were
the plays of an intelligent and sensitive
actress who had watched and studied
these things for years and then applied
her knowledge and experience, not to
make "points" or "hits" in the usual
scene, but to give truthful and persuasive
illusion, to appeal to reason as well as to
sympathy. As. a hundred audiences know,
"Leah Kleschna often suggested such
skill, so applied. The little plays have
quickened curiosity over Mrs. Fiske's
Bbare In- the revision of the longer piece.
Just what changes did she make In it,
and why. from the original manuscript,
"Into ihe Great Light," that Mr. McLel
lan. the playwright, submitted to her?
The facts in the case, as Mrs. Flske
states them, are substantially as follows:
They are Interesting In themselves, and
for the light that they throw upon the
way In which she prepares a play and a
More than a year ago Mrs. Flske re
ceived the manuscript of "Leah Klesch
na." Mr. McLellan had offered the play
to many managers and many actresses In
London and New Tork. All had refused
It, In some Instances with a touch of contempt-
Mrs. Flske was quick to see the
value of the play as a dramatic narra
tive and as acting material. She accept
ed it at once, and last Summer set about
the study of It and her part In It.
One of Mrs. Fiske's alms In this study
was to make Leah from "first to last a
comprehensible character. "There must
be no vague spot," she wrote at the time,
"In Leah's psychology. The character
must be perfectly clear. We must see
everything vividly from the very begin
ning. Every mental phase In her should
be plain to, the auditor's Imagination."
Another of her desires was to make
-every line In the play seem exactly the
words In which the character would ex
press Itself at the given moment. Still
another was her wish to keep every part,
situation and line in the play as true as
possible. "A moment of falseness or ar
tificiality." she wrote again, "means
death to illusion, and I know of nothing
more dangerous to the success of a scene.
The fatal results in past experience of
the slightest deviation from realism In
a realistic play have made me timid. I
do not think that any one in the world
has a greater distaste of theatrical arti
ficiality and cheap device in an effort af
ter effect than I. To see an actor prepare
and accomplish what is described as a
point gives me a feeling of something
little short of loathing. But there are
occasions, as we know, when there Is no
sacrifice of taste in heightening the ef
fect of a 'situation. "
"With these motives and for these ends
Mrs. Fiske suggested various changes in
Mr. McLellan's manuscript. She cut or
she subdued many lines that seemed to
her artificial, theatrical In the meaner
sense, or obscuring to the character or
the situation. In some places she merely
omitted. In others she wrote new lines
and stage directions to replace the omis
sions. Substantially they were these:
In the first act. In the scene between
Leah, her father and his jackal. Schramm,
several manuscript pages of dialogue to
hint at the way In which Leah has been
reared as a thief, and at the rising revolt
of her real nature, now that she fully
understands, against the life that her
father compels her to lead. It waa Mrs,
. FIska also who suggested the necessity
of connecting Leah and Sylvainc at the
start by some past Incident In their lives.
The first device was a rescue by Sylvaine
of a child In an automobile accident of
which Leah was a witness. The ono
finally used was the shipwreck In which
he took command of the boat In which
the glr was a passenger.
In the second act in the scene of the
robbery and of Leah's encounter with Syi
valne the omission of many hlgh-sound-lngVand
artificial lines, the substitution
of simpler and more truthful ones for
many of them, even of passages that fill
two or three pages of manuscript, and an
Important change to clarify the climax
when Sylvaine suspects that Berton. and
not Leah, has taken the necklace.
In the third act the scene between
Leah. Sylvaine and the old Genera, in
which tha General tries to fasten- the
theft upon her similar changes to make
clearer the girl's humiliation and the in
she made one of her best successes is tha
Columbia Stock Company during the season
recently closed la this city. Admirers of Miss
Countiro are extremely glad to hear that a&e
Is making her unquestionably remarkable tal
ents felt forcibly In tho East. To make good
In a cum pany which has had Julia Marlowe
for the star and receive warm praise from
skilled writers who aaw Mks Marlowo In tho
same production with ths same company of
players seems to be an unusual triumph for
MUs Countiss.
(Pick the Puas.X
A maiden, quite an amateur, with actorltts
Got drama acting on the brain and sought to
try her luck.
She hailed from Storms, a little town In
Northern climates, cool;
She'd learned the Sothern accent thro" a cor
respondence school:
She had a hunch that aha could" Mar towa
Comedy's repute
And win the world to heavy stuff, at which
she waa a "Beaut."
So Thea started for New York Thea was
her name
And piked along that great white way. tho
actor's road to fame!
In vain she sought a manager they all were
out to lunch;
In vain she tried to interview the heartless
Frohman bunch.
"Is gods!" she hissed In Savage tones. "By
George; I must see Ade;"
She walked the Fields, a Pastor-al scene.
where Miners lounged and stayed.
And watched the Proctors Hammer Steins
on tavern tables bare.
And tried to Klaw at Erlanger as
down the Stair;
Then Thea viewed the Warfleld -vast, the
scene ot many a tussle.
And when, the wind blew thro the trees,
there wasn't Annie Russell.
Still Thea failed to find a job. although she
searched all day;
She met Maude Adams that sad Eve In
Eden's Grand Musee.
"Alas!" she gasped. "Fate Mocks at ma! It'
up to me to do
A melodrama suicide, but t have not a sou!"
So. suicide Impossible, she sighed and lata
did roam;
At twelve o'clock a crowd watched Mrs.
Leslie Carter home.
For several weeks she convalesced. Improve
ment Daly made
She settled down to simple life; her complex
notions strayed.
O. dramatonla-strlcken maids, who crave for
stage careers.
Pray don't be foolish. Stay at horns and
wash the dishes, dears!
And even tho you are convinced that you
cculd make a hit.
Just pause a fow and recollect how Thea
once was bit!
M. Worth Colwell. In 'The Show."
fluence of Sylvaine upon her. "A wealth
of feeling may be suggested In tha most
simple, commonplace words," writes Mrs.
In the fourth act. In which Leah revolts
from her father and gains her freedom,
a material heightening and clarifying of
tho climax by bringing the police spy to
the very door of the room, and Intensify
ing the speeches accordingly.
In the fifth act. In the lettuce fields, a
detailed scheme that fills five pages of
manuscript to link It with all that has
gone before,, and to hint at the changes
the three years of quiet have made In
Leah and at Sylvalne's continuing and ris
ing Interest In her. Thus. In Mrs. Fiske's
view, the situation became rational as
well as sympathetic. To heighten the
charm and the delicacy of it, she pro
posed also to keep Leah In the back
ground until the moment came for her
timid approach to Sylvaine and to fill the
reat of th,e seen? with suggestion rather
than avowal of Sylvalne's love. To make
theso changes was practically to rewrite
the last act.
All theso proposals, says Mrs. -Flske,
Mr. McLellan followed In his revision
of tha play, usually as she had made
them. All tljese suggestions,' especially in
the larger part of the fifth act. he duly
Incorporated In It. practically as she had
sent them to him in London. In this final
shape the play was first acted last De
cember. Every one knows the Immediate
and continuing success that made it ona
of the notable pieces of the season. Mrs.
Flske believed that she held the rights .to
the performance of the play in England
by oral agreement with Mr. McLellan.
He Insisted that she should exerciso them
this Spring. Mrs. Flske. bound by en
gagements here, found It Impossible to
act the piece for the present in London.
Mr. McLellan then asserted his right to
dispose of the play independently in Eng
land, and tomorrow It will bo acted for
the first time in London. "Will Mr. Mc
Lellan and his associates present the orig
inal play, "Into the Great Light," in Lon
don as It reached Mrs. Fiske, or will they
present the "Leah Kleschna" that was
acted at the Manhattan after she had re
vised it? At least they are keeping the
new title.
The Lowlands O' Holland.
The love that t had chosen
Waa to my heart's content;
The saut sea will be frozen
Before that I repent;
Repent It will I never
Until the day I dee.
Though tho Lowlands o' Holland
Hae twined my love and me.
My love he built a bonny ship.
And set her to the main;
With twenty-four brave mariners
To sail her out and name.
But the weary wind began to rise.
The sea began to rout.
And my love and his bonny ship
Turned wlthershlns. about.
There shall be no mantle cress my back.
No comb go In my hair.
Neither shall coal nor candle-light
Shine In my bower malr;
Nor shall I choose another love
Until tho day I dee.
Since the Lowlands o Holland
Have twined my love from me.
"Now haud your tongue, my daughter dear.
Be still, and bide content!
There's other lads in Galloway:
Te needna salr lament."
0 there Is none In Galloway.
There's none at all for me;
1 never loved a lad but ane.
And he drown'd in the sea.
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