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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN. PORTLAND, MAY 17, 1908.
"BillieBufke Inherits the Dramatic Talent
Her Father Was a Famous Clown and Her Mother an Amateur Actress.
IT has come to be an aphorism that the
actor, and this Includes the actress.
Is. like the poet, born, not made. And
while there are exceptional cases, the
feature of herldlty plays an important
part in the origin and development of
Thespian artists who distinguish them
selves. The Booths, the Jeffersons, the
Drews, the Sotherns, the Davenports, the
Powers and other families illustrate the
influence which four and five generations
exercise on the career of those behind
the footlights. Miss Blllie Burke, the
young lady who is playing the leading
part opposite John Drew in "My Wife,"
is the case in point. Miss Burke's beauty
might be possessed by one born In any
environment, but her talents are rare and
unusual. Wholly unknown in the United
States six months ago, her name has
already become familiar to the public
Interested In theatricals. And she is an
American girl at that.
About 25 years ago there was a wonder
fully amusing clown in. the Barnum cir
cus named William E. Burke.
In Washington Miss Blanche Beatty
was a belle and a beauty as well as an
amateur actress of fine talents. She was
the daughter of General Beatty, a gal
lant officer in the Federal Army at
tached to the staff of General Thomas.
Miss Beatty met the man who could com
mand laughter of thousands in the ring
and notwithstanding me seeming dis
parity in their social position they were
married. The oldest daughter, Ethel, was
born in Washington, but when the chil
dren, they were two g'rs, were quite.
young the parents went abroad where
Burke became a great favorite In Lon
don and in the continental cities and
never returned to America. The children
were educated In France and Ethel
("Billie Burke") early showed signs of
musical and dramatic ability. She went
to London in 1898, in her thirteenth year,
to improve herself in singing. Shortly
after tnis she made a tour through -Australia,
Germany, Russia and France. Re
turning to London, she obtained her first
engagement there at the Pavilion, a fash
ionable music hall, going in for a month
but staying 12 weeks. She next appeared
Arthur Alexander, Portland's Tenor
Arrives for Symphony Concert Sang Before Queen Alexandra, and
Studied With Sahatini, Caruso's Teacher.
BY J. M. QUENTIN.
MINU3 his flowing necktie and the
long curls that used to chase them
selves down his brow, and 30 pounds
lighter, Arthur Alexander; who has gained
fame and ducats in England and Italy as
the young tenor from Portland, Or.,
stepped off the train here yesterday morn
ing and announced himself at home. One
of. his first tasks here on meeting his girl
friends was to deny Indignantly the ru
mor that preceded him that he was al
ready married. '
"It isn't true." Alexander told me.
"Some press agent's yarn, probably. I'm
still single, anyway."
How long Mr. Alexander is to remain
in Portland this trip he didn't say, but at
the outset It may be as well to explain
that he rushed across the continent on
board a fast train to sing at the last con
cert this season of the Portland Sym
phony Orchestra, to be given at the Hei
lig Theater Friday night.
Mr. Alexander looks just a bit thinner
since he left us last September, but he is
still plump, and his face is a bit bronzed,
as the lady novelist says, "with foreign
travel." His hair is not in the same ar
tistic disorder. Although he modestly
didn't tell me all his story of musical
work abroad. I hear from newspaper re
ports that his success last Fall in impor
tant London concerts was nothing short
of the sensational, for a stranger such as
he. It's a sheer case of merit finding its
It was in September, 1907, that Mr. Alex
ander left this city en route to London,
England, to try his luck as a tenor singer.
He was first engaged as tenor at a week's
series of municipal concerts given at Har
rogate. Eng., under the direction of Ju
lian Clifford, the eminent conductor, and
he made good singing with a big orches
tra. Two engagements were next filled
at Bournemouth and Brighton, and on
arriving at I-iondon for the season he
found that there was quite a scarcity of
first-class tenors. He was engaged to
give a series of recitals at Steinway Hall.
Lilian E. Tingle Tells About
Salads and Salad Dressings
BY LILIAN E. TING LB.
WITH the approach of warmer
weather come many requests for
Information regarding salads
and salad dressings. As some of the
questions asked cover the same ground
and call for rather lengthy answers,
perhaps the best way will be to give
a few general instructions and recipes
for dressings, and then some sugges
tions as to treatment and combination
. of salad materials.
After perfect freshness and cleanli
ness of the ingredients, it is the dress
ing that make or mars the salad; and
for the true salad lover there are just
two types of dressing worthy of seri
ous consideration, the rest being. In a
manner, mere makeshifts, sometimes
palatable and occasionally acceptable
a a change, but stsndtug decidedly be
low the other two, both in general util
ity and wholesomeness.
French dressing and Mayonnaise
both are simple and easy to make, but
If you are skillful with these and use
plenty of discretion and good oil you
are on a fair way to success In the mat
ter of salad-making. Good oil Is, how
ever, immensely Important. Pure,
sweet olive oil is. of course, best; but
there are many people, unaccustomed
to the olive flavor, brought up per
haps on the less simple and wholesome
"boiled dressing" or unfortunate in an
experience with slightly rancid oil. who
have a prejudice against It. Such peo
ple can, however, often be brought to
enjoy oil dressings made with a good
cottonseed or unassuming "ealad" oil,
such as can be bought In bulk for $1 to
1.60 a gallon. This oil is quite neu
tral In flavor and gives a very "creamy"
Mayonnaise. Indeed, I have known
many instances where dressing made
from It ha been eaten by people who
"simply couldn't touch a dressing
made with oil." but who praised this
on the supposition that cream was the
main Ingredient. On such occasions
silence is Indeed golden.
California olive oil is excellent and
to be preferred to many of the high
priced Imported oils; but whatever
ktnd Is chosen. It will be found most
economical and convenient, even for a
small family, to purchase it by the
gallon. A salad of some kind Is almost
a dally necessity, and an economy
rather than an extravagance, as some
consider It. and a gallon of oil will not,
in all probability, last long enough to
Here Is the usual formula for French
dressing, unadorned: H teaspoonful of
salt, teaspoonful fresh ground pep
per, 6 tablespoonfuta of oil. from 2 to 4
tablespoonfuts of vinegar or lemon
juice, the latter preferred. At dis
cretion, add a few grains cayenne,
paprika or black pepper or half a tea
spoonful of mustard.
Onion Juice is another optional in
gredient. A broken clove of garlic
rubbed over the salad bowl gives a
C : U
Ml nM Ethel (Blllie) Burke.
In the pantomime. "The Beauty and the
Beast," in Glasgow. Here she came un
der the notice of George Bdwardes. and
he selected her for the part of Mamie
Rockafeller in -'The School Girl." In
which her singing of "My Little Canoe,"
made a hit. She then appeared in the
"Dutchess of Dantzig." "The Blue Moon,"
"La Commerce" and "The Belle of May
fair." "My Wife" is the first piece with
out music in which Miss Burke has ap
peared. Mr. Frohman saw her in Lon
don and concluded that she would be the
ideal for the role of "Trixie" in John
Drew's play, "My Wife.''
where he sang and played his own accom
paniments so artistically that the au
diences showered every mark of apprecla
tion on the young American tenor, and
among those who applauded were several
members of royalty. Mr. Alexander ap
peared under the direction of L. G.
Sharpe, who managed Paderewskl later
In the season.
The most notable engagement Mr. Alex
ander filled in London was at a charity
concert matinee given at the Criterion
Theater, and among the audience was the
Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Mr.
Alexander sang from "The Golden
Threshold." composed by Liza Lehman,
and who, by the way, kindly played his
accompaniments and praised his singing.
Last January Mr. Alexander went to
Milan. Italy, to coach vocally with the
Chevalier Sabatini. Mr. Alexander dis
likes the term "studying," so I write
"coaching.", Sabatini is well known as
the maestro from whom Caruso took his
first voice lessons, and Mr. Alexander re
mained there three months. He learned 15
opera roles and incidentally several new
ideas about singing. Sabatini doesn't wish
his pupil just yet to go into grand opera,
and says there's plenty of time for the
voice to grow.
Arthur Alexander's only rival as a con
cert tenor in London last season was
John McCormack. an Irishman, with a
tenor voice of "Italian" quality primo.
lyric, strong, and with a B natural and
possibly high C in altissimo. McCormack
is making all sorts of money and is well
established as a popular singer. He also
is a pupil of Sabatini. Mr. Alexander Is
already engaged to sing next season at
the Queen's Hall concerts, London, under
the direction of Henry J. Wood, and also
at the ballad concerts under the direction
of the celebrated Arthur Boosey.
As yet I have not heard Mr. Alexan
der's voice this trip. He says "Wait." I
understand, however, that his voice Is
fuller and style broader, and that he has
developed new high notes. But we'll have
an abundant opportunity to hear our
Portland tenor at the symphony concert
"tang" not unpleasing to even pro
nounced garlic haters. Claret vinegar
is liked by some people. Tarragon
vinegar le also good and other fla
vored vinegars, made by infusion, are
nice on occasion; celery vinegar (made
by the infusion of celery seed or dried
leaves) being particularly useful.
Persons of delicate digestion will,
however, find lemon juice preferable,
and It is decidedly best for fruit sal
ads. The exact degree of acidity is
rather a matter of personal taste, but
the -smaller quantity is probably more
French dressing is used not only for
almost all kinds of salad materials
raw or cooked, fleeh, fish, fowl, fruit or
vegetable but also for marinading
meat and fish before cooking, in order
to Improve the flavor or tenderness of
it. It Is also used for marinading
cooked salad materials, which are later
drained and perhaps used with mayon
naise or other dressing.
Canned shrimps, for instance, are
much improved by being soaked' in
French dressing for some hours; and
any "left over" shrimps or imilar ma
terial can be best preserved in this
manner. While the dressing is usually
made at table for a green salad, there
are occasions where a large quantity
Is needed and the easiest and quickest
way then Is to put the oil, etc.. Into a
screw-top fruit jar and shake furiously
until a temporary emulsion is formed.
In mayonnaise you have a true emul
sion, formed with egg. oil and vine
gar or lemon Juice. Where salads are
much used It will be found convenient
to make about a quart of mayonnaise
at a time. It should be put away in
covered glasses In a cool place, ready
for use as occasion demands. It is also
wise to omit high seasonings, such as
mustard and cayenne, in making this
The milder mixture is suitable for
fruit salads or for high-flavored ma
terial, while the more pungent sea
sonings and extra acid can be easily
added when needed.
Do not attempt to make mayonnaise
in a hot kitchen or anywhere on a very
hot day. Use a Dover egg-beater in
mixing. Some people find it convenient
to have a cork bored with two holes to
fit the oil bottle. The bottle can then
be arranged so that it drips steadily
Into the bowl fast or slow, according
to whether the smaller or larger hole
The following Is a useful formula:
2 egg yolks. teaspoonful salt. 1 tea
spoonful sugar. 1 pint oil, 4 to 6 table
spoonfuls vinegar of lemon juice. Half
lemon and half tarragon vinegar is a
good combination, a few grains cayenne
and half a teaspoonful of mustard as
required. In making more than a pint
It will be found that three egg yolks
will suffice for at least a quart of oil.
In mixing, add the salt and a tea
spoonful of acid first to the yolks: beat
well, then add the oil slowly at first
3 ---NIGHTS BEGINNING MONDAY
MAY 18, 19 AND 20, 19081
CHARLES FROHMAN PRESENTS
IN HIS GREATEST LAUGHING SUCCESS, CHARLES
WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD
FUNNIER THAN CHARLEY'S AUNT
As seen for five months at the Garrick .
Theater, New York.
SEATS NOW SELLING AT THEATER
PORTLAND'S FASHIONABLES POPULAR PRICE PLAYHOUSE
HOME OF THE INCOMPARABLE BAKER STOCK COMPANY
All Week EzSi
A Powerful Military Drama in four
of "Sherlock Holmes," "Too Much
Home," and other
An intensely interesting play; the events are supposed to occur one
evening in Richmond during the siege by the Federal forces.
One of the heaviest of stock productions.
Stage under the direction of William Dills.
Evening Curtain, 8:05; Matinee, 2:05.
Evening Prices 25c, 35c, 50c. Matinees 15c, 25c.
NEXT WEEK WHY
and faster as the mixture thickens, al
ternating with the acid from time to
The salt and other seasonings may
be Increased to taste, but as I before
remarked, a mild flavored mayonnaise
is more generally useful.
The other formulas requested for
"boiled dressing," "cream dressing."
"sweet dressing" and "potato dressing"
will be given next week.
DEATH OF. "RUBE" ROBBINS
Was Pioneer of Oregon and Idaho,
and Terror to Early Outlaws.
"Orlando Robbins, (better known as
IRube' Robbins, aged 72 years, who died
at Boise, Ida., May X. was one of the
best-known pioneers of the Pacific North
west," said Colonel F. J. Parker yester
day. "Mr. Robbins went to Idaho from
Oregon in 1S61 and was soon after ap
pointed United States Marshall. During
his occupancy of this office he succeeded
In driving out many of the outlaws who
Infested the Northwest in its early his
tory. He was afterwards elected Sheriff.
"Mr. Robbins was a member of the
Idaho territorial legislature In 1874 and
1875. afterwards served as chief of police
of Boise and held the position of warden
of the state penitentiary under Governor
Williams administration. At the out
break of the Joseph Indians in Oregon
in 1877, he raised a company of volunteers
to head off the redskins, who were re
ported to be on their way to Idaho. How
ever, they were turned north and he dis
banded the organization and took up
the trail of the United States troops un
der General , Howard, by whom he was
made chief scout of the regiment which
chased the Indians over 1000 miles.
"In 1878 at the outbreak of the Ban
nock Indians, he joined Colonel Bernard
and served as chief scout during the
war, which lasted from May until late In
August. Following this uprising by the
Indians, he was employed by the owners
FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 22, HEILIG
PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCH
CHAS. DIERKE, CONDUCTOR
Subscribers' tickets and those sold by solicitors must
be exchanged at the Box Office Tuesday, May 19.
Seats on sale May 20-21-22. Prices SOc to $1. SO
MME. MARQUARDT, Harpiste ARTHUR ALEXANDER, Tenor
MANAGEMENT EDNA B. JONES
14th AM) WASHINGTON 8ts.
PHONES MAIN 1 and A112I
Lower floor S2.0O, $1.90
Balcony 91.00, 91.0O, T5e
Gallery -. BOe
PHONES: MAIN 2, A 5360
GEO. L. BAKER. GEN. MGR.
- 'May 17, 1908
acta, by William Gillette, author
Johnson," "All the Comforts of
SMITH LEFT HOME
of different stage lines In Idaho to run
down desperate outlaws who made
specialty of holding up Btages."
Mr. William Dills will take
pupils in makeup for a lim
ited term only. Call or
address Baker Theater. .
May 17 at 2:45, Heilig Theater
Orchestra of 80 Pieces
Tickets 25c, for sale at Abendroth's
Jewelry Store, 326 Washington Street.
nth and. Washington.
WILLIAM WALLACE GRAHAM,
Monday, May 33, 81IS P. M.
1.50, S1.00, 75c.
Third and Last Concert Season 1908
and Soloists ,
Afternoon and Evening
3 AND 4
Lois Steers-Wynn Coman,
THURSDAY, May 28,
10 A. M,
Sherman, Clay 6 Co.
Prices: $2.50, $2.00, $1.50, $1.00
Out-of-Town Orders Must Be Ac
companied by Check.
and Charity Ball
To Be Given by the
Jewish Relief Society
May 19, 1908
AT S O'CLOCK.
W. O- W. HALL
128 Eleventh St, Between Waah
Ingrtoa nnd Alder.
ADMISSION 25, 504, S1.00
Tickets for sale at the S
tarr's Office, 81 Chamber of Com
merces D. Nemewiky, 285 Front
trert; M. Oitrow, 44 North Third
street i A. Rosensteln. rlrat and
Salmon street; 1. Friedman, 283
First atreetf I- Germanas, 328
Morrison atreet, nnd others.
COR. SEVENTH AND ALDER STREETS, KEATING A FLOOD, PROPS.
Both Phones Mala 48B, Home 102V.
WceMoTDAYcing MAY 18th
P. R.- ALLEN PRESENTS MISS VERNA FELTON AND THE ALLEN
STOCK COMPANY IN THE CELEBRATED COMEDY - DRAMA
' Matinee Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Price, 10c and 23c.
Every Evening at 8:30. Prices, 10c, 20c and 30c.
New Moving Pictures Between the Acts No Long; Walts.
NOTE LAST WEEK BUT ONE OK THE ALLEN STOCK COMPANY.
Next Week An Elaborate Production of UNDER TWO FLAGS
Week of May 18 Best in Vaudeville
Portland's Leading Theater.
WEEK ENDING SUNDAY
Valvino Bros., Famous Acrobats; The Boston Comedy Four, Zimmer,
Jean Wilson, Sisters Beardsley, Morrow and Schell
bnrg Co., Bay & Brosche, the Biograph.
FOR THE NEW WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY
BELL TRIO, High-Class Vocalists
In a musical act of unsurpassed merit. They possess fine voices and
sing good music.
LEE MORRISON & CO.,
Comedy Sketch Artists.
. WISE AND MILTON
A Darktown Surprise.
CRAWFORD AND MEEKER
Matinees every afternoon at
No advance in prices: Lower
25c; last seven rows in ba'.cony,
loges, 50c Any seat at weekday
TWO SHOWS EVERY EVENING
First st 7:30 P. M. Second at 9:15 P. M. Matinee Daily, 2.30 P. M
ONE WEEK BEGINNING BS MAY 17th, 1908
THE AMRSTRONG MUSICAL COMEDY
, COMPANY OFFERS
"V . A RED-HOT SPANISH OMELET, ENTITLED
It is generally thought by the public that you have to go to Madrid,
Spain, to see a genuine Spanish bullfight. This is a mistaken idea,
however, as the Armstrong Company will offer a genuine Spanish
bullfight in "The Toreadors."
TWO FEATURE VAUDEVILLE ATTRACTIONS
Evening Prices Entire Lower Floor, 25c; Balcony, 15c.
Matinees 15c, except Box Seats.
Cor. Vaughn and Twenty-Fourth Sts.
May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 17.
Games begin weekdays 3:30 P. M.,
Sunday 2:30 P. M.
Admission Bleachers, 25c; Grand
stand, 50c; Boxes, 25c extra. Chil
dren: Bleachers 10c, Grandstand 25c
LADIES' DAY FRIDAY
Boys under 12 free to Bleachers
J. A. JOHNSON, Resident Mgr.
And Tronpe of Leaping Hounds.
High-Class Musical Act.
Latest Moving Pictures.
2:30 o'clock. Nights at 7:30 and
floor, 25c; first six rows in balcony,
15c; upper gallery, 15c; boxes and
matinees, FIFTEEN CENTS.
VAUDEVILLE DE LUXE
MAY 18 '08
A Wonderful Vaudeville Bill,
The "World's Famous Tramp
Juggler and Monologist.
Don't miss him.
Special Added Attraction,
ROBERT HENRY HODGE
Presenting "The Troubles of
Bill Blitherns, Bachelor."
HALE S CORBSN
Singers, Dancers and Character
Eccentric Bicycle Rider.
FRED G. BAUER
Portland 's Popular Balladist,
Rendering the Latest New York
F. F. MONTRESSA
That I. A. T. S. E. Man, "On
Time," with the Newest Ani
Time and Prices Remain
Jacob Fmlthera. criminal, aat In hi !!
m-vklnff paper hoxms. when a dear old larly
loolted through the reephoIe In the door In
quieitively. "You poor man." she eaid, "l
cueea you'll be rlad when your time is up.
won't you?" WaIi, nu'm, not particker'ly,"
Jacob Smlthera anawared. "I'm la iur