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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 1, 1903.
Winter, as both will be made comfortable
from every standpoint.
DURING last week the Irrepressible
May Irwin supplied the chief inter
est In a theatrical way Jini did It
so well:that no one among the thousands
who saw her In "Mrs. Black Is Beck"
has been able -to And fault. This Is re
markable, for the rule is that no matter
what the attraction, theie are always
those who carp. It was ot so In the
present Instance. Every on? who went to
the Marquam during the ongagemont
came away to praise. From a financial
standpoint the live performances wore
among the most successful In the history
of Portland. Friday night "Under South
ern Skies" came and supplied satisfactory
entertainment for three performances.
The play is one which appeals to good
instincts and is an enjoyable one withal.
It was satisfactorily acted. The Marquam
will offer "The Girl from Kay's." a well
known musical comedy, on Monday night.
"On the Quiet" Is probably the best
performance of stock comedy ever een
here. Will Walling In Willie Collier's
old role, although treating the part sonu
what differently, may well feel proud of
his success in following America's best
light comedian In such an exacting piece
-of work. The other members of the com
pany gave pleasing performances and the
management mounted the piece splendid
ly. "The Charity Ball" will be given; for
a week beginning- tomorrow night. ''
Tho Empire supplied two attractions,
"The Convict's Daughter" and "Sweet
Clover," the latter a play of distinct
merit. "On the Bridge at Jdidnlght" will
bold the boards on and for a weelt after
The Baker burlesque was -"Williams'
Ideals' a large and satisfactory organiza
tion of sincere, dancers, comedians and
vaudeville people. "Sam Devere's Own''
will appear at the Baker this afternoon
and through the week.
"THE GIRD FKOJI KAY'S."
Fatuous London and Xew York Mu
sical Success at Marquam.
The Miller-Kilpatrick Company will pre
sent the English farcical comedy, with
music, "The Girl From Kay's," at the
Marquam Grand Theater, tomorrow (Mon
day) and Tuesday nights, with a special
matinee Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
It will have a big cast, headed by Bobby
North, and the production, which has
been so elaborately praised elsewhere for
its elaborateness. The work was origl
nall produced in London, where it ran
for over a year. In New Pork it made a
hit of enormous proportions, it remain
ing there for. nine months.
To New Yorkers the comedy was a de
light. They liked the brightness and wlt
of Owen Hall's book, Ivan Caryll's music
had a popular swing to it that they appre
ciated, and they thought that Bobby
North as Hoggenhelmer, the millionaire
English snob, was about the most amus
ing thing on earth. Boston approved of
New York's verdict of the piece, the en
gagement of the comedy In that city hav
ing been successful to a degree away
out of the ordinary. The piece is full of
life, movement and color. Its scenes fol
low one another rapidly and draggy mo
ments are unknown. Then there are 20
musical numbers, and they are all said
to be capital. Mr. North has one called
"Sufficiency," which is highly amusing,
and Llla Blow has another called "Cus
tomers at Kay's," that Is one of the fea
tures of the piece.
From a sartorial standpoint the pro
duction is gorgeous one. Tho gowns worn
4 by the numerous young women who move
throughout the piece arc described as
being of the very latest designs and the
forerunners of the fashions to come. The
hats arc also said to be tantalizlngly
pretty to the feminine eye. There arc
over 50 people seen in tho comedy, many
of whom ar well known. The Marquam
Is located on Morrison street, between
Sixth and Seventh. Seats now selling for
the three performances.
SAM DETORE'S COMPANY.
Clever Burlesque Attraction "With
Vaudeville Novelties at Baker.
Bam Devcro's own company headed by
Sam Devere will be the attraction at the
Baker Theater all this week, starting
.with the matlhee today. Mr. Devere is
well-known by the theater-loving people
and ho has always given a good vaude
ville show, but this season he has the
best organization ho has yet placed be
fore Hhe public
The first part Is entitled "At the Health
ttesort." and the burlesque Is "The Mlf
lflfC" both of which are from the pen of
America's clever author-actor-composer,
Andy Lewis. The fun obtained In both
these burlettas is sufficient to please any
one. The olio is the strongest that Is
seen With, any of the burlesque shows
Including as It does: Andy Lewis & Co.
in a new and sensational novelty comedy
act "The Queen of Bavaria," written by
Barnev Gerard and Mr. Lewis: the
Schrodes, acrobatic comedy act; the Bl-
lou Comedy Four, singers and comedians;
'Newell Sisters, dainty little girls; Minnie"
GranVille. vocalist; Harry wood, com
dlan. and the only Sam Devere. Others
In the company are: John Murray, ija.
Kcntz, Frank Freeman, Maud Dellsle,
Ella, Jtentz. Annie Slater. Nellie Styles,
"Josio Saxton, Mabel Delmore, Maacle
Newoll, Mae Murray, Quecnle 'Stewart,
Grace Devere, Miss Nelson. Nellie Lyon.
Sadie Grossman. Jessie Lyons. Annie Ma
rion, Lizzie Newell and Professor Al
Johns. The bargain matinee, which was
tried last week, proved a big success and
In the future Wednesday aftornoon will
be devoted to a special low-price matinee
"CHARITY BALL" TOMORROW.
Bclasco Will 3Inkc Finest Production
of Play Ever Seen Here.
The most remarkable production of
the famous American society drama,
"The Charity Ball," ever seen in tho
West will occur tomorrbw night at the
Bclasco. The management has utter
ly Ignored the question of expense In
the matter of handsome scenery and
beautiful gown's, there being: ample op
portunity to Introduce the wondorful
exhibition of up-to-date sartorial
which has kept a corps of mllllpers
and dressmakers busy for two weeks.
"The Charity Ball" has been present
ed here before, but never -with such a
splendid acting: cast, nor in such an
The Belasco Company is determined
to surpass all Its former records for
success, and ns a consequence has the
piece splendidly In hand. There are,
of course, brilliant parts for Miss Law
rence and Mr. Walling, while Virginia
Brlssac. the popular young Ingenue,
who Staves at the end of the present
week, will finish her engagement hero
in one of the best roles of her career.
This will alsb be the last week Of
Mr. Walllng'a work, until he returns
from his vacation during the starring
engagement of While Whittlesey. The
thousands of regular patrons of the
Belasco will find the new bill a little
better than anything heretofore done
by the best stock company In the
United States, and those who are not
already enrolled under the Belasco
banner should do so at once and keep
up with the times. "The Charity Ball"
begins Its run tomorrow night.
"OX TIIE BRIDGE AT MIDNIGHT'
Ten - Thousand - Dollar Production
Opens at Empire Matinee Today.
Kllmt and Gazzello's $10,000 production.
"On the Bridge at Midnight," will be the
attraction at the Empire Theater all this
week, beginning with the usual matinee
today. Tho regular matinee will also bo
This bj the successful comedy-drama
that contains a reproduction of Chicago's
most celebrated feat of modern engineer
ing the lift, or Jack-knife bridge over tho
unicago Kirer. jsven experts in engln
eerlng doubted that this huge novelty
would bo a success, but Its perfect prac
ticability silenced them. . and likewise
Klimt and Gazzela silenced doubters who
heard of their determination to introduce
a working model of tho bridge In a play
The stage bridge works "as perfectly as
the original, ana opening and closing as a
steamer passes, makes one of the greatest
stage effects arid achievements on tho
It took 25 men fire months to build this
bridge scene alone, for "On the Bridge
at Midnight," but their work and th
plans of the producers were so perfect
that the scene passed without a hitch thA
opening night In Cblcairo. and of course
aroused the greatest enthusiasm. Tho
entire river view, including the bridge. Is
a masterpiece of scene painting and con
struction. As the two huge sections of
the roadway, the valves of the Jack
knife rise to let a steamer pass, audiences
never fall to bestow tremendous applause.
Much of this is of course due to the de
velopment of the deeply Interesting tory
of the play at this point. th6 story of the
long sad search of a blind mother for her
child stolen when a baby. There are sev
eral Immensely funny characters played
by well-known comedians and the rest
of tfee company is fully equipped and
equal to the many, demands of unusual
comedy drama. While It Is a strong play
and scchically Impressive, all sensational
melodrama exaggeration is avoided.
Brilliant Youn Actress to Present
"Merely Mary Ann" at Marquam.
One of the most conspicuous events of
the thcatrjcal scason here will be the ap
pearance at the Marquam Grand Theater
next Wednesday. Thursday. Friday, Sat
urday night. October 4, 5. 6 and 7, with a
matinee Saturday, of Miss Eleanor Rob
son, the youthful' star who has made such
a success In Israel Zangwill's "Merely
Mary Ann." both In London and New
York. Miss P.obson returned from Lon
don last year, where she played for three
months at the Duke of York's Theater, a
run of remarkable length for an Ameri
can actress to make In the British me
tropolis. In "Merely Mary Ann," the play
in which Miss Robson has made her Inter
national hit, Israel Zangwlll has fairly
outdone himself. The story Is common
place enough, and simply told, hut with
so much cleverness and with such an art
that, even where It is least real, one is
compelled to wish that it might be reaL
Miss Hobson's performance In tho role
of the slavey Is a remarkable one. As
William Archer, the famous English critic,
expressed It, "She has added a figure of
peculiar charm to tho gallery of remark
able stage creations." Her art is of the
kind that conceals iUelf and makes one
YabI 4tiaf svan tVia Irrinnssihle fg (Tenuine.
Her company this season Is of exceptional
strength, and Uebler Sc Co,, her man
agersbave done' everything possible to
surmimd her -with a east of olavers com
mensurate with the position sho has at-
tanea. H. B. Warner, wno won a. jurh
niarA fnf Viimenir in thn ilrnmailr. nrofes-
slon in England, and who Is known at the
present day as one ot me mosi acconv
nllaVin tnirllnr. mxn nn the London StaRO
has been Induced to come to America to
play :he part of Lancelot, one that ought
to suit him precisely, .miss ao.i uwyior.
vhn vnnt okrmH with MlM RobsOH. and.
although an American of the most pro
nounced type, scored a hit In cockneydom
Itself In tho role of cockney lodging-house
keeper, has another or tnc ieauing roies
I. wn ...t o Vinci Pmoct ATfilntrar-
liA luc pia;, V14 14 ..w
Rmtlish actor, who has ap
peared In London in the support of mosC
of the woll-knowii Eagusn stars, uiners
In the comnanv are: Mrs. C W. Brooke.
Kate Pattison Selteii. Thomas Graham.
W. A. Hackett, Arthur story, morion sei
tcn. Miss Margaret Fuller. Miss Bertha
ATnT-rHc fico Annli Rearr and the Misses
Ida Hamilton. Helen Ormebee and Isabel
A special matinee will be given on Fri
day afternoon, October 6. at 3 o'clock, by
Miss Roh?on, when she and her company
.tii iuant ry thn first time In Portland
Robert Browning's celebrated literary
play, entitled "In a Baicony. Jiiss noo
son assumes the character of Constance.
This play was presented by Miss Robson
for the first time two years ago at the
Knickerbocker Theater, cw ior, in con
jELEANGR RGB SON
junction with Otis Skinner and Mrs. Le
Moyns. ine anv&nce sate oi seats win
open tomorrow (Monday) morning at 10
IX OLD KENTUC1CY."
Favorite Melodrama Coming to the
Murqunm October 0.
Theatergoers will be delighted to know
that an early booking here is the popular
American melodrama. "In Old Kentucky,"
which comes to the Marquam Grand The
ater Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
nights, October 0. 10, 11. with a spcclnl
matinee Wednesday, with a p!endld
scenic equipment, a largely Increased
pickaninny band and what Is claimed to
be the best company that has ever ap
peared in the play. "In Old Kentucky"
haa an enviable record. It has been con
tinuously before the public for more than
a dozen years and is as strong a favorite
with playgoers now as ever. The advance
sale of seats will open next Friday morn
ing. October 5, at 10 o clock.
"BEX IIUR" COMIXG.
Greatest Dramatic Production Ever
Presented Coming to Marquam.
Since the announcement made a few
days ago that General Wallace's dramatic
classic, "Ben-Hur." the foremost offering
In American amusements, would hold the
boards at theMarquam Grand for eight
performances, starting Thursday evening.
October 19. interest eclipsing that which
marked the first engagement is being
manifested. Two years have now elapsed
since the public of this city viewed this
sumptuously staged religious romance.
At tha't time thousands Journeyed here
from all portions of Idaho. Washington
and this "state to witness It. The same
stato of affairs will be In evidence during
the forthcoming engagement, for the
heads of the various railroads In this
vicinity are being solicited for special
Favorite Portland Actress to Present
New Play at Marquam Theater.
Florence Roberts, Portland's favorite
"actress, and her company of players will
be the attraction ot the Marquam Grand
Theater Thursday, Friday. Saturday
nights. October 12, 13, U, with a special
matinee Saturday in her iate3t and great
est success, written by Paul Armstrong,
"Ann La Mont." Alexander Von Mlizel
will be Miss Roberts leading man. The
cast will Include Max Flyman, Robert
McWade. H. S. Northrup. Clifford Leigh.
Wilbur Hudson, Norah Lamlson. Mercilta
Esmondc, Luctle York. Florence Robin
son and Lillian Armsby.
LAST "OX TIIE QUIET.'
Closing Performances ot the Great
Belasco Success Today.
After the most, successful week In
the history ot Portland stock theaters,
the Belasco Stock Company will con
clude Its run of "On the Quiet" tonight.
Of course, there -will be .the usual Sun
dav matinee. These are the last
chances, to see the .funniest play over
written this afternoon at 2:15, and to
night, at S:15. Nothing to equal It has
ever been done by an American stock
May Howard Musical Extravaganza.
The skeptics, the critics, as well as the
public agree as to the merits of May
Howard Musical Extravaganza this sea
son, ns being beyond question the best
shows which Miss Howard has ever pro
duced, and she has always been Idontlfled
with good shows. "M'lle. Fl FI." tho
opening musical satire, and ''The Round
ers." the closing burletta. In both of
which the full company appears, have
caught the public fancy everywhere. The
fine speclnltle,s, combined with the Art
pictures posed by living models, also con
tribute to mnke the show a big winner
They begin a week's engagement at the
Baker Theater commencing the usual
Sunday matinee, October 8.
"Uncle Josh" Is Coming.
"Uncle Josh Perkins" will undoubted
ly attract large audiences to the Empire
Theater when it Is produced there for
one week, starting Sunday matinee Oc
tober S, as tho play has proved one ot the
most popular of all rural comedies that
have been produced In recant years. While
"Uncle Josh Perkins" has a most Inter
esting plot, the lines are well written, the
characters well drawn, and the action
natural nnd not forced. To add to the
production. Frazee & Bay have equipped
It with a complete scenic environment,
while the acting company Is made up of
the very metropolitan talent and includes
a number of well-known local favorites.
GREAT DAYS AT THE OAKS.
Recreation Resort Gains In Popular
ityLadies' Xlght Tomorrow.
There is hardly a day or night that
there Is not some fraternal, social or oth
er society or organization visiting The
Oaks for recreation and enjoyment. Not
withstanding the ?aln there has been a
ndmber of special events during the past
week, and all have been unusually well
The popularity of The Oaks has become
so great that nothing short of a heavy
storm can stop the people from going
there. Tho exceptional services on the
art of the O. W. P. & Ry. Co. has be
come one of the features of a visit to this
resort. There Is no park In America that
affords a greater amount of amusement
features. The best people In the city go
nightly to enjoy a dance In the splendid
pavilion, and the tea garden and the spa
cious Oaks Tavern ore always crowded.
For tomorrow, Monday night, a great
special event Is to be held In the nature
of a day when all the ladles will bo ad
mitted free of any admission to the
grounds. A number of Interesting occur
rences have been mapped out, and prizes
will be awarded to the two most .beauti
ful ladles, who are to be voted f6r at a
contest to lake place In the pavilion. The
prizes are costly, and consist of a beau
tiful dress and a beautiful hat The con
cessionaires and Japanese colony will dis
tribute souvenirs. All In all tho day
promises to bo one of the most important
In the history of the pressnt "seagon at
Now that children are admitted free ev
ery Saturday and Sunday, there 13 hardly
room for the little ones, notwithstand
ing the immense amount of ground that
The Oaks covers.
It will be news to patrons of The Oaks
and the public in general to learn that
The Oaks Is going to keep open the Tav
ern and the dancing pavilion during the
GRAND'S CONTINUOUS BILL.
Last Day's Engagement or Leon, the
Illusionist Next Week's Show.
From 2:30 to 10:45 P. M. the Grand wUt
give continuous vaudeville performances
today. This will also mark the last day
of the engagement of the Great Leon, the
Illusionist, who has performed such mar
velous feats during the pax week. Leon
docs tricks which Herrmann and Kellar
have always tried on ajdark stage, but
Leon has the stage brilliantly illuminated
He makes his assistant float jrtx fot
above the stage and then passes a hoop
around her body to show that there are
no wires supporting her. Thiy Is aa as
tonishing' act in every respect.
Starting Monday afternoon, the Grand
presents a new line of attractions. e
of the best being Mtes Mabel Howard,
known a3 the Scottish nightingale. Mtsa
Howard visited Portland several months
ago and. made the biggest Individual hie
ever achieved by a vaudeville entertainer
in this city. Her voice te rich ami clar
and would be a credit In any light ofwra
company In the land. Teed and Lase-lla
will contribute a German dialect aketeh
which la as funny as the law allows, and
as German comedians they are considered
the equals of Kolb and DHL
Herbert, the minstrel man. will give a
monologue, varied with parodies, awl ho
is one of the few good single-handed talk-
) ers in the business. The three Bounding
j Gordons are young acrobats piW to b
surprisingly clever. Stephen Fitzgerald &
J Company have a company skit called
"The Welcome Gueot." Fred Purlnton
will sing "Way Down Yonder In the Corn
field." and the Grandlscope will matcrially
J assist In the entertainment by Hashing
the film of "The Firebug. Hereafter the
first show at night starts at 7:30 and tho
second performance at 9:15.
TIIE STAR'S SnOW.
Headllncrs in Slngin?, Comedy and
Xovclty Acts This "Week.
With the matinee on Monday tho Star
Introduces to Its patrons a bill of vaude-
vllle headllnera in comedy, singing and
novelty acts. Tho bill Is of exceptional
strength and contains all the entertaining
features In the vaudeville line.
Heading the list Is the Royal Trio .f
singers and dancers, who come direct
from the East, and will Introduce the lat
est succesttts In songs. The Trio tms hud
the most gratifying puccess In the big
cities In the East and 1m one of th most
costly and entertaining turns the Star has
The Gettlngs will be seen In a rettnM
comedy sketch In which both people dis
play their talents to advantage ami give
their offering a finish that make? it
wholesome amusement. In the way of
novelty Fred Symonds will do his aerial
ladder act. which Is one of tho
unique turns on the stage and one which
excites the keenest Interest. Homan Levy
& Co. desire to be Introduced as "Fun-
edlans." The clever sayings of thte trio
together with their originality has placed
them In the front ranks of the vaudeville
world. Lottie Wert Symonds Is a dainty
comedienne, who sings In a sweet voko
and dancee about tho stage very grace
Franklin Confere will render the popu
lar song, "My Own." The melody is
tuneful and the pictures are beautiful.
The Staroscope will ihow the amusing
picture. "The Impossible Voyage." which
Is one of the best of the late productions.
The management has changed the time
of the evening performance and hereafter
the first evening performance will com
mence promptly at 7:30 and the second at
9:15. Sundays the phow will run contin
uously from 2:30 to 10:45 P. M.
Thomas Jefferson will begin a two wrTt
encasement In "Rip Van Winkle" at Wa!
lack's Theater, beginning October 1(1.
Cbauncey Olcott has signed a new esntract
with Augustus Pltou, whereby Mr. Plteu will
direct his tours for the next two jfHiK,
Scott Scaton for the time beta? ta In tb
real estate business nnd I makta? a blr
success ot It In the capacity if broker.
Annie Runell. who Is now in Bnzkind, htm
been selected by Bernard Shaw to ploy th
star role In hU new play, "Major Barbara."
Lcnora Klrwln will be principal InzenHo In
the Alcazar Stock Company. San Francisco,
when the regular jwason opens next nwath.
Pauline Hall l to be sent out by Netncn
Roberts and Frank Arnold In a revival of
"Dorcas," In which she appeared alas years
Ethel Barrymore suffered a plight attack of
heart trouble at Denver last FtMay, btt was
able to finish her Denver engagement la "Sun
day." Helnrlch Conrled celebrated hl 50th birth
day last Wednesday, receiving- telegrams of.
congratulations from hU singers and rlem!
James O'Xelll ha again returned to tfee m'9
of Edmund Dantrs In "Monte CrlsOD," ant
will soon start oa tour through New Sngland
and the South.
Franklin Ritchie has been engaged br
George Brennan to originate the feadlax roie
in Thomaa Dixon's dramatization of few own
novel. "The Clansman."
Jerome K. Jerome will make his first Amer
ican appearance In a humorous recital at the
Empire Theater on October 17. Mr. Jeroma
han never been In New York.
Mlgnon Demareut will ring the prima deaca.
role In Geerce Ade's "Sultan of Sulu" tvls
season. Miss Demarest was with the Es:i-i
"Parsifal" Company last year.
Nat C. Goodwin and his company will be
gin rehearsals at once of Clyde Fitch's and