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THE SUNDAY OREGONIA PORTLAND. MRCII 6, 1D10.
STER. PAN" AMD THE. FINE,
ACTRDSSES WHO .STILL,
ATTRACT PUBLIC INTEREST
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POR more than four years. London
has been going- to see "Peter Pan."
and the famous play by J. M. Bar
rle Is now starting on its fifth year
without the slightest waning: of publio
Already it has broken all records for
an uninterrupted run in the history of
theatricals, and from present indica
tions it can ero along for a. couple of
years more before the public begins to
weary of it.
In this amazing success is furnished
ad answer to those who have contended
that only for the prurient in. stage lit
erature is there a chance for big money
To those who have quoted plays like
"Salome" or the "Girl from Rector's'' as
the proper gauge of theatrical taste,
the continued prosperity of "Peter Pan"
furnishes a hard argument to answer.
"Peter Pan" has a plot which seems
It is little more than a pretty little
fairy story, the kind of a recital that
might be expected to charm the child
on the kindly side ot ten, but would
be expected to furnish rather infantile
entertainment for the adult mind. Yet
it is a fact that the older folk have
taken to "Peter" with quite as much
joy as their children and grandchil
dren. The hero of "Peter Pan" is a youth
who never grows up, and whose inter
ests remain those of a child. From the
point of view of the playwrights of
an advanced school he is an impossible
There are no problems in his young
life. He has no affair with any lady
virtuous or otherwise, no husband finds
Peter poisoning his home life, he fig
ures in no midnight scenes in bachelor
apartments or lady's boudoir, and yet
in the entire range of the erotic play
there is no parallel for the complete
success that has fallen to the measure
of thfi creation of the fertile mind of
The baser emotions have been en
tirely omitted in the plot of this little
other day the belted idea waa carried
still further. A heavy linen in two
shades of violet had a very unusual
skirt which depended upon the belt for
its novelty, the belt being not at the
waist but just above the knee.
The effect was not at all that of the
recently passed Moyenage. for the skirt
hung from a snug waistband, straight
and simple and comparatively limp.
But Just above the knee the belt, four
or five Inches in width and of the deep
er violet tone, passed in and out
through vertical slits cut In the skirt,
and was very pretty.
i So the American woman is employ
ing the chilly hours in laying in her
supply of tunics and belts for the Sum
mer. She knows that they are just
over, and that she is getting a first
choice, and. independently, cares not
about unevenly hanging skirts and
what the, Parisian may have to say
about "hurrying Americans."
drama of dreamsj and fancies, it is
made up of the fleeting memories of
childhood, it commits to dramatic form
the passing impressions, the dreams,
hopes, and Joys and fears- of the mind of
babyhood, and does It all with such
consummate art, that the child at the
play sees passing before him that which
is the thought of his everyday life, and
the adult revels in the restoration of
memories from the best period of his
When the simple little drama was
first read to a manager by Mr. Barrie
the fear was expressed that it would
prove too subtle for the mind of the
average theater goer, and it is per
haps a fact that but for the fame of the
author it might not have been ac
cepted. Had some playwright unknown to
fame sent the manuscript to any of the
providers of public entertainment who
boast their ability to understand the
popular demand, the probabilities are
that it would have been returned with
regret as being too fanciful to make
an appeal to a public whose palate had
been constantly dulled with the sharply
spiced dramas of license.
But J. M. Barrie, one of the foremost
of English writers, could naturally get
a hearing for anything he might choose
to present and so "Peter Pan" was put
It conquered over night, and is still
continuing to reap its laurels.
It to of interest to recall that in London
an American girl has been largely respon
sible for the enormous success of the play.
Pauline Chas, who had become known
in the United States, because of the fetch
ing appearance she presented in a suit of
pink pajamas, proved the daintiest kind
of a "Peter Pan," and is not only the
idol of the London children, but has the.
worship of the London adult public as
In fact it was said at the time when
J. M. Barrie and his wife figured in their
divorce suit that it was more than a
probability that the dainty little Pauline
would become the wife of the author, but
thip wenw to have been a mistake.
In the United States Maude Adams was
a Peter Pan to remember.
Annie Russell, another actress of the
sweet type, wanted the part, and was
quite confident that Mr. Frohman would
give it to her. but when the final deci
sion was made, it was to Miss Maude
Adams that the prize was awarded.
Never did actress suit a role better.
She has the slight boyish figure, her
face winsome and youthful, was exactly
suited and something in her slight voice
was a perfect simulation of the kind of
wistful tones that "Peter Pan" might be
expected to use.
When in the role of Peter, Miss Adams
used to ask the audience to say that it be
lieved in fairies in the hope of saving
the lite of little Tinkle-Bell, the response
of childteh voices she used to evoke was
by no means surprising. In fact it would
have been a matter for wonderment if
anyone could have remained indifferent.
Beside that Miss Adams could sing most
charmingly, her rendition of the old-fashioned
"Sally in Our Alley" being one of
the most charming bits of vocalization
imaginable, and the stage settings, with
the wonderful arrangements by which
Peter and tbe children could fly was
something for old as well as young to
The success of "Peter Pan" also indi
cates that the world is a good deal like
Peter. It doesn't grow up. It still likes
the fairy stories.
The wonderful recitals of good old Hans
Anderson and Grimm, patron saints of
the children, and the tales of legend and
mythology, these have a hold that can
never be shaken off by volumes of the
The success of "Peter Pan" has encour
aged other writers to make an appeal to
this sane Instinct of credulity in the ma
ture mind of those who spend the money
that supports the world's amusement
New Enthusiasm for Belts.
Belts, belts everywhere, mark the ex
hibition of costumes. All the important
models are constructed on the same
general lines, whether of patent leather
or of calfskin, and are carefully and
delicately tinted, so as to match and
harmonize exactly with any possible
shade of costume.
In some lingerio models we- saw th
SOCIALISTIC, BUGLE CALL
Rockefeller Gives Away Wealth Be
cause He Mnst, Says Barzee.
PORTLAND, March 4. (To the Edi
tor.) The reason why John D. Rocke
feller distributes his wealth is because
the profit system under the modern im
proved mode of production, has come to
Its logical conclusion or end.
When, by means of modern discoveries
and Inventions, pne man, and in manj-
eases a child, can touch a button, turn
on power, put In motion and operate a
machine that can and does produce as
much as ten men can, and does con
sume, the necessity for redistribution of
surplus value, wealth, is not hard to find.
by intelligent thinking men and women.
These conditions apply to all improved
metnods of production which now domi
nate every line of industry.
It then logically follows that but one
tenth of our producing force can be en
gaged in producing for our use or con
sumption. As long as the remaining
producing force of the Government can
be engaged in the production of this ma
chine, or other contingencies to our wel
fare causing . reinvestments, . profits are
redistributed and stagnation is avoided.
The very moment that these channels
fail to carry the necessary return in the
employment of labor, stagnation, unem
ployment and panics ensue. Such is the
condition with the wealth of John D.
and society today.
It is said that during the high -day of
Rome that the congested wealth of the
nation was redistributed three times be
fore the final fall of the government- This
is being duplicated in the trust investiga
tions now under consideration by this
It Is not that John D. Rockefeller wants
to give away his accumulated wealth,
but that he is forced to do so in order
that the profit system in the management
of production may continue and not
Wliile John D. is feigning to distribute
gratuitously this unearned increment, sur
plus value or private fortune, he is very
careful that it be handed to the middle
and leisure class in the way of Increased
educational facilities of those classes, and
that it continues the old system of profit
taking1 for the re-accumulation of private
fortunes. Well he knows that with the
grip for graft which he holds on society.
he or his heirs can absorb and accumu
late through the channels of surplus
value of all immediate future production,
and again replace his private fortune at
Only those who have studied this ques
tion as defined in the Marxian science of
surplus - value can understand the true
reason for Mr. Rockefeller's action in
this proposition. The informed, of the
so-called middle and leisure class, under
stand this perfectly: hence John D. heeds
their advice. To acknowledge this fact,
would be to admit of the correctness of
the Marxian laws and the socialist prin
ciples of government, and would revolu
tionize social conditions.
All of the "wise" know these things
to be true, and the social "drift" who
allow others ta do tneir thinking for them
are not aware of the facts and wonder
at John D's magnanimous generosity.
?they consider him to be very charitable,
where a just right of replevin, for distri
bution, would give it to the people who
Socialists understand these facts and
will yet give out that information to every
person ill a way that It will be under
stood and appreciated by and through the
study of correct principles for the man
agement of society.
It is coming. C. W. BARZEE,
State secretary of the Socialist party.
CAR STEPS OF 15 INCHES
Women's Committee Recovering
From Effects of Cold.
PORTLAND, March I. (To the Editor.)
We women have as yet not had any
chance to make our report on that won
derful meeting at Twenty-sixth and Up
shur streets to determine the heights of
trolley-car steps. "A farce," one news
paper reporter characterized it, and I
think she was pretty nearly right.
The day in question was so cold that we
women were almost frozen, but we stood
valiantly there. Our energies have been
temporarily paralyzed. I, myself, have
had so terrible a resultant cold that I
have been unable to speak above, a whis
per for days. None of us Mayor, Coun
cilmen, and women knew anything about
the construction of a trolley-car. Hence
we could not make objections to what
Mr. Franklin said. Councilman Rush
light was the only one who knew any
thing of practical mechanics. We sug
gested a third step by lowering the car
platform. Mr. Franklin said It could not
be done. Mr. Rushlight said it could.
Thanks to Mr. Rushlight for openly
and candidly expressing his opinion.
It was curious that Mr. Franklin
deplored the cost of $3000 that it
would take to make the change of
steps, and at the same time said that
the new cans were two and one-half
inches higher than the specifications
called for. If the builders made such a
costly mistake, surely they would be ex
pected to pay for It and the company
freed from that expense? Curious again;
when our club committees went on a pre
vious occasion before the same officials
this same excuse was made about the
cars then used, and when these new ones
came, we have blunder No. 2.
February 22, the car officials only
showed us a couple of "pay as you en
ters." and now seem to be Intending only
to reduce the steps of those cars. We
have not been fighting for alteration of
those cars alone we only gave them as
samples. There are some "horrors" on
the Sellwood and other East Side lines
The many letters of protest from phys
icians and women sent to the Council
committee were from various localities.
What we want is a general supervision of
cars and uniform height of first step from
ground of 15 inches (we prefer 12), but
Surely the trolley-car company can do
for us what Seattle has done, and done
without the beseeching and lamentations
of its women. I have a letter- from Se
attle stating that in that city the height
of car steps there are being modified so
that the first rise does not exceed 15
inches from the ground.
Forgive us if we Portland women seem
a little suspicious in this matter. We
have been fo accustomed to being pat
ted on the back and told: "Now it's all
right. You do not understand these af
fairs. There now, never mind, little Cissy.
Go and sit down." But, this time Cissy
will not down.
MRS NINA LAROWE.
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