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THE SUNDAY OSEGONIAX, PORTLAND, UCTOBER 22, 1905.
THE presence of the mammoth "Ben
Hur" production is arousing more
than ordinary interest in the the
aters, for it is a fact that it has the dis
tinction of being more far-reaching In Its
effect than any play that was ever staged.
The book from which It was dramatized
has been read by all classes and aces of
people, and naturally the enacting of the
same theme with- beautiful scenic settings
proves a magnet to the public at large.
The audiences at the Marquam the past
week have been of an entirely different
character from those ordinarily seen at the i
playhouses, for the regular theater-goers
have been augmented by large crowds of
out-of-town visitors, who arc attracted by
the religious atmosphere of the produc
tion. Church members and even min
isters of the gospel have been attending,
and the large number of students from
various schools of the' city has been most
noticeable. There is no doubt that the
educational value of "Ben-Hur" Is consid
erable, and parents and teachers have not
been slow in taking advantage of It. The
patronage has been so great that the
engagement has been extended for the
"White Whittlesey, supported by the Be
lasco Stock Company, gave a very ex
cellent performance of Paul Potter's play,
"Sheridan; or, the Maid of Bath," at tho
Belasco during the week which ends to
night. It is a very artistic production
and deserves all the patronage it has re
ceived. Commencing tomorrow night the
Belasco bill will be "Prince Otto," with
Whittlesey In' the stellar role.
At the Baker last week we wore enter
tained by the Star Show Girls, and at the
Empire by "Honest Hearts." At the for
mer, commencing this afternoon, will be
"The Jolly Grass Widows," and at the
latter "Why Women Sin."
"BEN HUR" EXTENDED.
Three More Performances Are to Be
Given at Marquam This Week.
That splendid theatrical' spectacle, "Ben
Hur," which has been a marked success In
America, England and Australia, and
which was seen bore two seasons ago at
the Marquam Grand, will be the attrac
tion all this week (excepting Saturday
night), with matinees Wednesday and Sat
urday. An extended engagement of three
performances will be given next Thursday
and Friday nights, with a matinee Sat
urday, the seats for which will go on sale
tomorrow at 10 o'clock.
'Ben Hur" has been praised by clergy
men of all denominations and all relig
ions. It appeals equally alike to the Pro
testant, the Jew and the Catholic, and
also to the regular theater-goer. The pro
duction comes back here at this time oven
greater and more massive than when It
was last seen here. Numerous improve
ments have been made in the mechanical
effects of the play, and the acting com
pany is said to be better than the one seen
in the original production In New York
Blx years ago. The company numbers 50
more people than It did when It was last
seen here, and It Is probably the last op
portunity the theater-goers of the North
west will have to see this world-renowned
spectacle. The expenses of "Ben Hur"
are so great that the management will
not dare risk taking the play where the
demand for it Is not large. A business
that would seem great to the ordinary at
traction would not even pay the traveling
expenses of this organization. Of the play
itself, for the benefit of those who have
ot seen the performance, It :an be said
that the pictorial surroundings of "Ben
Hur" aro of singular beauty. Before the
curtain Tlses In the prelude the theater Is
placed in absolute darkness. Music of a
devotional nature, outlining the motive of
the play, to which at times an Invisible
chorus Is added, is given beforo the open
ing. The prelude shows the three wis.e
men of the East watching the star of
Bethlehem. It Is an Impressive picture, as
the star glows and throbs with living
light. Nearer and nearer It approaches
until It bathes the whole auditorium with
the splendor of its refulgence. The scene
of the first act is laid on the roof of the
Palace of Hur In Jerusalem, showing a
vast expanse of the housetops of the city
of David, and a superb view of the coun
The second act gives the first stage rep
resentation of the Interior of a Roman
war galley, with the slave oarsmen at
work tugging away at the heavy oars to
the sharp beat of a cruel overseer. Then
there Is a battle and the sinking of the
ship, the wreck and -rescue on the open
sea. The third act shows the Grove of
Daphne and the Fountain of Castllla, two
views of the enchanted land. Here are
dancers nnd singers glvep up to pleasure
lor pleasure's sake. We are transported
to tho land of the lotus-eaterthe waters
e Egypt, with a Cleopatra exercising the
allurements and witcheries which tempted
but did not encompass the ruin of Ben
Hur. Then comes the famous race.
Blooded horses run at top speed in full
view of the audience. Thousands of peo
ple appear to look down upon the contest
ing charioteers. We see them turn and
witness the skill of Ben Hur as he cleverly
smashes the wheel of Messala's chariot
and wins the race. The last act glyes
the picture of the mystical ale of Hln
Jiom, the refuge of the lepers, and the
scene on the Mount of Olives, with the
multitude drawn there by the presence of
the Nazarene. The sacred and solemn as
sociations of this historic spot are drawn
with exceeding delicacy, but with a sure
ness'of touch that gives one the Iraprcs-
sion of having been an actual beholder of
an Incident In the world's history suoh as
was ndver seen before and never will be
THE JOLLY GRASS WIDOWS
Gorgeously Dressed Burlesque Pro
duction at the Baker.
"The Jollv firnfiQ WUnv n-MV. .-.in
appear at the Baker Theater all this
week, commencing with the matinee to
day, comes with the highest recommenda
tion of both press and public of every
city where it hag appeared as the best
show of its kind on the road.
The ehtcrtalnroent will commonce with
a gorgeously dressed production entitled
"The Widow's Wedding Night." In which
Mile. Jeanette Gulchard, queen of bur
lesque, will make her appearance as the
This will be followed by a very strong
olio, which comprises -such well-known
stars as Maud Elllt, Lewis and company.
In a comedy sketch, "Tho Factory Girl";
Bush and Gordon, eccentric comlques;
Pinard and Walters, premier musical ar
tists; Thompson and Laurancc, comedians
who can sing; Murray J. Simmons, the
funny Hebrew comedian, and Miss May
Tulr. the petite soubrette.
The programme will conclude with a
funny burlesque entitled "The Sign of the
Red Light," In which the entire company
will participate, including over 20 beau
tiful and charming chorus girls; The big
bargain matinee will be given Wednes
day, as usual.
"WHY WOMEN SIX."
Bcrnlco Howard Opens Engagement
at the Empire Today.
One of the most intelligent, beautiful
and magnetic leading women on the
American stage is Miss Bornice Howard,
who will appear as Fifl Folllette In N.
W. Taylor's big scenic production of Will
C. Murphy's fine American drama, "Why
Women Sin." which -win hn nt h, tv-,.
plre Theater for tho entire week, starting
miu uio muunce WQay.
Miss Howard is a Southern girl, being
born in Richmond. Va. When vne
little miss of 3 years, she played with
the dean of the American stage, Joseph
Jefferson. In Tlfn Von winvio ou
malncd with Mr. Jefferson for six years,
ana men securea an engagement under
mat masterly stage director. McKeo Ran
kin: after a. thnmnirh cmircn nt
training under Mr. Rankin. Miss Howard
cmcreu a, convent, wnere sne devoted
seven years of hard study to thoroughly
cuucuubj nureeu in njigusn literature
and the classics.
Following this education. shi nlnvA
With Several 'Well-known RfrrV- frtmr
nles. playing such roles as Juliet and
-arame. jiiss tioward is but Z3 years
of age, and very beautiful.
Tho rejcular ladles' and children's matt.
nee will be given Saturday.
WHITTLESEY'S THIRD WEEK.
Commencing Tomorrow Night Favor
ite Actor Will Play "Prince OUo."
For two weekn Whlin WMtil.t.,.
toremost .romantic star of the day,' jias
ut wusuunK jueiasco audiences with
his splendid performances of romantic
historical-dramas, supported by the Be
lasco stock company. Mr. Whittlesey
has a large following In Portland, as ho
has everywhere In the West, and his
present ' engagement at the head of tho
Belasco forces has done much to in
crease the hold he has on the popular
favor. He Is Ideal In roles requiring the
intangible dash, charm and refinement
of romantic qualities which appeal to
those -who like romance. Ho "has few
equals and no superiors In his line of
work, and the Portland public Is Indeed
fortunate In having an opportunity to see
him supported by such a fine organiza
tion as the -Belasco company at popular
prices. Never in the future after tho
present engagement will this opportunlty
be offered local natroai of the theater.
Beginning tomorrow night, Mr. Whit
tlesey and th9 Belasco company will pre
sent a magnificent production of the
charming romantic comedy. "Prince
Otto." in which Otis Skinner made the
most successful starring tour of his ca
reer. The piece gives both the star and
tho company a splendid opportunity to
display their talents, and each one among
them will be cast In congenial roles. The
management has provided a magnificent
production for the beautiful play, and tho
costumes and scenery will surpass any
thing ever sttn on a. stock stage In tho
West. There ls a great demand for seats
so it Is advisable to secure seats in ad
vance. EASILY THE LEADER.
Rose Eytlnge's Pupils Succeed
Where Others Fall to Make Good.
It Is a recognized fact In the theatrical
world that pupils Instructed by Rose
Eytinge In dramatic art display a style
and finish tit the very outset of their
stage career, which is entirely lacking In
graduates of dramatic schools or so
called schools of expression. The reason
for this is obvious. There Is no man or
woman in the United States today en
deavoring to train pupils for the stage
Who hag had a utbe of Rose Eytlnge's
experience before the footlights, or who
has studied as she has done for years
the best methods of Instruction calculat
ed to advance her pupils on the road to
the position attained by herself at the
top of their chosen profession. All this
experience and study Is placed at th
disposal of students who seek her assist
ance, and It tells. Her graduates have
appeared in Shakespearean productions
as well as In modern plays when advised
by her to do so. and so advised have
never failed to do good work. Instruc
tion can be arranged for at 71S Ea3t
Burnslde street. Phone East 2250.
FAREWELL TO "SHERIDAN".
Today Are Last Performances at tho
Belasco of Romantic Comedy.
Today will ace tho farewell perform
ances of "Sheridan, or the Maid of
Bath." which has delighted Belasco
patrons for the past week. It Is one of
the very prettiest romantic comedies ever
presented - on a local stage, and White
Whittlesey, the eminent young romantic
actor, has never appeared to better ad
vantage than In tho beautiful Paul Potter
comedy, which has delighted local
patrons during tho part week. This to
one of Whittlesey's great roles, and the
Belasco stock company -la seen In the best
performance which It has ever given.
Matinee and night performances of
"Sheridan" will be given this afternoon
SANTELL AT THE GRAND.
Strongest 3Ian In the World 3Iay Bo
Seen Today New Bill Tomorrow.
Santcll. the strongest man in the world
and a man more perfectly developed phys
ically than the equally famous Sandow.
will close bis engagement of. the Grand
today. The performances will run from
2:3 to 10:5.
Commencing tomorrow afternoon, a
complete new vaudeville programme to
to be tendered the patrons of the house.
It to a remarkably atractive entertain
ment that has been prepared. At the top
of the list Is the Fredericks Trio of wheel
ers and cyclists. They corao to America
from the varieties of France and the
music halls of London. They have cap
tured medals In all the principal amuse
ment centers of Europe. The trio con
sists of a father, mother and daughter.
Real good canine acts are rare, but 1n
Madam Wanda there is' something new
and above the average. Her troupe of
educated coach dogs have made a name
for themselves. The act to entertaining
to old and young. S. Kantanelli has a
long name, but he to a wonder. He Is
called "King- of the Air." and proves It
by being as much at home on a slender
line of metal as other people are on the
solid ground. The mld-alr performance
of Kantanelli has never been duplicated
in Portland and It to filled with sensation
The Malcoms have been secured by the
management to contribute to the merri
ment, and they have a comedy sketch
that Is said to bristle with laughs and
originality.. The team has made a big
hit In other vaudeville theaters along the
Pacific Coast. Weston and True are sing
ers jmd dancers, and their dancing to
of the kind which made Primrose and
West famous throughout the land. Their
songs are new and so are the steps they
dance. "An Adventurous Auto Trip" to
the alluring title of the Grandlscope
pictures, and they promise something
new. Fred Purlnton has secured another
new Illustrated ballad which suits his
clear baritone voice.
NEW BILL. AT THE STAR.
High?CIass Vaudeville Programme
This is the last day of the current bill
at the Star, which has been so attractive
during the past seven, days. The perform
ances today will be continuous from 2:30
until 10;I5.P. M.
With the matinee tomorrow the Star
will present a bill replete with novelties.
The same high-class vaudeville always
found at this temple of mirth will be
maintained. Thomas Meegan and com
pany have the honor of being the headline
act, They are Eastern stars, and com?
to this city well recommended. The press
notices they have received elsewhere are
tho strongest indorsement.
The McDonali Trio are bicycle experts,
and their act to said to be novel. Billy
Durant. a Chinese Instrumentalist, has one
of the most Interesting acts in vaudeville.
He plays typical Chinese Instruments and
sings Mongolian love songs, as well as
popular ditties, to the accompaniment of
the odd melody-boxes. This act is like a
glimpse in a Chinese opera-house.
Leonard and Bernard are jugglers, and
good opes. They have the happy knack
of juggling articles In a novel fashion. It
has been said by an expert that the pos
sibilities of Juggling have never been ex
hausted. Leonard and Bernard come
nearer to this than any one elso In the
business. Lola Fawn is a charming come
dienne and vocalist. Her selections are
new and timely.
The Staroscopc to prepared to flash an
amusing film called "The Young Tramp."
and tella (he story of how a small boy
confiscated a duck, and the pursuit which
follows. The Illustrated ballad will be
rendered bv Franklin Confer am! It will
be one of the latest published. Then aro
daly matinees and two night performances
at the atar.
One of the most Important announce
ments of the current season In the dra
matic field of popular-priced amusements
Is. the dramatization of "Dora Thorne."
Bertha M. Clay's novel of International
fame. "Dora Thorne" is one of the
most successful novels of Its kind that
was ever written. Time only Increases
Its value, and enhanpes Its popularity
proving more than all else Its useful
work In the literary world. A story full
of humor and pathos, well defined char
acters, and sincere heart Interest; "Dora
Thorne" to Indeed full of material to
make one of the most successful of the
many dramatized novels.
Messrs. Rowland and Clifford, the well
known and popular amusement caterers,
will place this play before the public
with a remarkable cast of players and
beautiful scenic equipment; every care
and attention will be given to make this
production praiseworthy in all respects.
All who read the novel and those who
have not cannot help but feel refreshed
and benefited by this wholesome play.
"Dora Thorne ' wilt be seen at the Em
pire Theater the week of October ).
"AVashington Society Girls."
The offering at the Baker Theater the
week of October 29 will be one of the
most entertaining on tho Burlesque stage.
Kernan and Watson will present their
latest venture, the "Washington Society
Girls. This company has been crowd
ing the theaters at every performance
In every city this season. From the bill
submitted the company has attained and
added strength and character of posi
tion In the theatrical world unequalled
In any other organization of a similar
nature. Everything- to new and novel,
the two burlesques being up-to-date and
really funny, the scenery and costumes
elaborate, the bevy of show girls are
not alone pretty, but are talented as
The vaudeville portion of the xblll In
cludes some of the best acts In the va
rieties. Xnthfnir In tanking In tnii
construction or elaboration to place this
attraction at the pinnacle of the bur
lesque productions of the season.
"The Sultan of Sulu."
That Iong-Iooked-for and widely-heralded
musical satire, "The Sultan of Sulu."
will play an engagement at the Marquam
Grand Theater Tuesday and Wednesday
nights, .October 31 and November 1. The
words and lyrics are by George Ade, the
famous Indiana humorist, and the music
Is provided by Albert G. Wathall. The
author of "Fables In Slang" has Imparted
to the comedy a strong flavor of incisive
satirical humor, and although this to the
fourth season of Its career, nothing but
kind words have been said about the mu
sic, which to of the catchy, tuneful kind
that to whistled by the gallery gods. The
advance sale of seats' will open next Sat
urday morning at 10 o'clock.
"Peggy From Paris."
The musical comedy success, "Peggy
From Paris," will be the attraction at the
Marquam Grand Theater, Thursday, Fri
day and Saturday nights. November 2. 3
and A, with a special matinee Saturday.
WiHIam Bernard's cuccessor at the Burbartfc
in' Los Angeles will be Earlc Ryder Oher
Moroaco la bringing him from Neve York. and
he will open his engagement In about twa
weeks as Valreu In "Frou Frou."
Juliet Crosby has returned lo San XV n
elsco, after a brilliant encasement at ins
Belasco Theater. Los Angelas. Her tart ap
pearance was as Kathle In the thirl a t tt
"Old Heidelberg" at the Oberle tvstim i. ak
Charlotte Deane. who played the leading r'rs
with Melbourne McDowell In the No'thwtsr
a year ago, has just clewed to rtj In t - a
company In St. Louis, Mo., to i!a. La.
Tosca." "Glsmondx" and "Fedora. s-i:o
opened la the first role October 2m.
"The Bright Side." E- S. WUUr.fi sv rss
of last season, will have a prominent i la t n
that actor's repertoire agam thin sa i
which will also Include "The Fool's Re ..(!-,
a new triple bill and poeslbly a new i -a
well-known author, which is now uni-r .:."
The Pacific Coast rights of "Qulncy its
Sawyer." Charles F. Pidgin's wide., -lated
Xew England novel, have been sr 1
by Belasco & Mayer for their chain vt t
houses. The comedy lu in Its thirl trsjr
of. Eastern touring, but has never i t ci
la the Wert.
William M. Racmua, of the "Western 'ai
ecay of Music. Elocution and Dratra-'- A-.
Is to appear In several society recftau In tto
near future. At a recent reunion of the I "
land Norwegian Singers' Society, held m tia
academy hall. Mr. Rasmua read s-vera se
lections with marked ability, and had i 'C
spond to encores.
Ralph Stuart and Catbrlne CunM aro
touring the East la "The Christian.' anl fha
company Is largely made up of graduates C
the Belasco & Mayer stoek bousti-. tr -r
Luke Conness. formerly at the Alcaz. .1
Louis Btehop Hall. James A. r.U, , rr::
Wilkes and Fay Wallace, racjatl, j. t" c I -lumbla
stock company bore.
Licbler Co. made the production of Chan
nlng Pollock's dramatization of "In te LuS
op'a Carriage" on October 12. In tv? i
wlll be Arthur Byron. Oeorge Gaston. C ur.t
Stewart, Laurence Edlnger. E. J Rat . ..
Mrs. G. W. Barnum. Katherjn Kt-js. Kt
Denln Wilson. Jeannette Northern, Mary
Hampton and Mabel Taliaferro.
Winston Churchill's "The Croeelng' mad
into a play by Winston Churchill and U. n.a
Evan Shlpman. was produeed icu tht ".s.
time upon any stage at the Euclid -A., rue
Opera-House. Cleveland. October '2. The
most fashionable audience that tin f xl
the theater In many years -was on h?r.I c
give the play a good Mend-off. and the cere
scored on Immense success.
Cly Loftus, going back to Buffalo ber
1, from Toronto, where she ptaj-d ! is -k.
was stopped at the International rr;.3g ' , a
customs officer. She had nothing to X "are.
but the officers found a new i-out SivtT n
squirrel, which oho had Just b.iught 1 1 T
ronto. The coat is worth about $t'X T-a
Government holds It. MIs Lofiuv Lxir.s
caught with the good, made no fuss.
The stage has probably seen the last Zz-zi
Oberle. sterling and reliable actor. 11! i k
tor has once more banished him t' Ariz a.
and before he goes the Belasco manasT t
and his colleagues in Los Angeles ga? I.-., a
benefit, which took piece October 10 It waa
a great success financially. and Mr oberv
rived a handsome sum from It. Th- Ik - i
company here raised more than $100 a:i Z t r-1
it down to apply on the box-office rece.tts.
Scores of actresses, actors and managers l3
Ited the "Little Church Around the l rr.rr"
Sunday to honor the memory of the rl-.-jr i a
founder, the Rev. George H. HoukM r It
waa the 37th anniversary of the found.ng. a: J
a bronze bust of Dr. Houghton wan unveil J
There were three services during the Cay
and evening. In the course of the Sf-- :sr
the "Church of the Transfiguration haa ur. r
gone a thorough renovation, ami the un.t'. g
services were the first held there slnre U"n
last Spring. 'Thousands of dollar hac U,n
spent In repairing and for the bronze bust
Viola Allen, In "Tho Toast of the Town "iy
Clyde Fitch, opened at Smith a T. ra r,
Bridgeport. Conn., last week, to a tarev
ence, which Included "many of Mis A' "" s
New York friends, and Hall Catne. In w
plays she has made successes. Tt. r'aj' was
originally written for Madame M odjeska nr 1
was produced, under the title of Mi.rr
Betty." at the Garrtck Theatar. New Wrk n
October 15. 1803. Madjeaka appearing In t
role of Betty Singleton. For Miss Allen's u.
Mr. Fftch has made some important cv.ar!i
In the play, giving it a different er l.nsr . I
strengthening everal Incidents. In the main,
however, the plot and the characters are t.e
same as those of the former production.
Bernard Shaw lectured recently to te -u-plls
of the Academy of Dramat.o Art ;n
"Blementary Economics for Actors.' J and
among other thlncs stated that what ha.,
most struck him In the acting of Itallars, es
pecially of Rlstora and Salvlnl. wa t!.r ar
tistic economy they practiced. Unlike tv.s
emotional, hot-headed English, they kert t e"r
heads and a husbanded their resources. i?.iE
vlnl. In particular, would go through hai; a
play without beginning to use morf thur! a
small part of hla power. In conrlua! n, M
Shaw declared that he was especially Intc
ested In the academy as poratbly the r.urstry
of some actors and actresses who wouli urj
duce and believe In his plays.
The first performance of "Leah KlcJVv-".a"
at the Manhattan Theater on its revival
marked the tenth anniversary of Mrs. Flake's
return to the stage. It was on September -j.
1805. at Lancaster. Pa., that Minnie Ma.err.
who had given up acting at the time cf . :r
marrlase to Harrison Grey Fleke. ma 'er
first regular stellar appearance as M:r'!a
Maddern Flske. The play on that ocras. n
was Daudet's "The Queen of Liars." rat'ej.
when It was produced in New York Iat-r m.
"Marie Deloche." It was part of a rert.re
that Included also "A Doll's Houkc" "c
sarlne" and other plays. During the C? nlo
that haa followed, Mrs. Flske has appeare- in
19 plays, ranging In character from the light
comedy ot "Dlvorcons" to the tragedy .f
"Little Italy," and embracing suh arlcJ
plays as "Ters." "Becky Sharp, ' HcJia
Gabler," "Mary of Magdala" and "A B.t of
Old Chelsea" a remarkable repertoire. T:e
end of (he ten years finds her headinc at her
own theater a company that has bem com
pared to the most famous dramatic organisa
tions of Europe, while It stands comfarittjn
with the best organizations of a ge:crat!5!i
ago in New York, whose traditions are fa
There will be no more novels by J M
Barrle. No more, at least, unless the v.n
should be led to alter what Is at presort h.n
firm decision regarding furher literary 3:1.
In view of the pots of money that he has
made out of his plays this decision has been
expected by Mr. Barries friends fcr s t.p
lime. And it must be admitted thai "Tt
Little Minister." "Quality StreeV Tr: r
ton." "Alice SIt-3y-the-FIre' and 'Trier
Pan" -If you leave out "Little Man." wh'ch
ran for 300 nights In London constP ate cu-'i
a record of successes as any other drama
tist of the day can hardly excel. Barrle w a"
present at Trouvllle. the French watrrCng
placet and there It was that he annour.red
to a friend, the other day, that in all pr La
bility he should write no more no'..s Of
course, the money side of the rase appeals
to him strongly, but he honestly feels that
In the stage he has found his true mrar.s of
expression. At this moment he Is hard at
work for the further delectation of theater
goers. His plays have followed each other
with Incredible rapidity and one would t-av
thought that even his lively Imagination
must have begun to flag. Quite the con
trary. Besides the piece upon which he U
now engaged. Mr. Barrle has sket-hed ' ut
the plots to no less than three new plajs
upon which he will begin work in due ci jre
His last two successes. "Alice Slt-By-the-Flre"
and "Peter Pan," will be shown tr
Americans almost immediately, while Mi
new play will probably be ready for prMu--tlon
by Mr. Frohman at the Duke t Yvk's
Theater, London, some time In the cimiij
A Dog: Faithful Unto Death.
A striking instance of a dog's devctlon
was told at the Inquest recently on a man
named John Bacon, who was run over by
a train and killed on the District Railway
Company's Hounslow branch line near
South Ealing Station. "When the body was
discovered by a porter a-collle do? was ly
ing- by its side. The animal growled fierce-1
ly at the porter's approaoh. and when tho
body was being removed the dog jumped
upon the ambulance and was taken o the
mortuary, where It remained by Its dead
master's side for two days. It was then
coaxed away by a relative of the dead