The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, June 30, 1912, SECTION FIVE, Page 3, Image 61

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Popular Players Rejoice at Occasional Chance to Make J30 a Week Posing in the "Silent Drama." of the Motion Picture World-Pew New Play,
ropwar njr .ispet Summer Season but Big Managers Have Optimistic Hopes for PalL -
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NEW TORK, Jane 39. (Special.)
rbere we more Idle actors on and
about Broadway at the present time
than In any period in theatrical his-tory-
The only dramatic offerings now doing-
business are a farce (Officer
S). a Scotch comedy: ("Bunty Pulls
the 6trlngs"), and an emotional play
of American life ("Boucht d Paid
For."). It might also be added that
these are being played at playhouses
of very small seating capacity. There
ire a numDcr ui musuoi "
true, but not as many as in years gone
Many well-known actors and actresses
have been accustomed to filling out
the Summer by work. In stock com
panies, but the number of these has
also been cut down this season. Well
known dramatic atrents say that this
aide of Chicago there are at a rough
estimate 100 houses now dark that
housed stock In 111. As each of these
employed from II to 2 actors and
actresses. It can readily be seen that
the army of unemployed have received
ajreat accessions.
In and about New York are about SO
big manufacturers of motion-picture
Slants, -and the over supply of legiti
mate thesplans haa had Its effect
there. Salaries have naturally taken a
tumble because the demand for bs
far exceeds the supply.
M Week Acceptable.
For example, I know of one popular
-road" leading man who is rejoicing
at a salary of $:0 In the "silent drama.'
while a stage director who has man
aged things for stars Is getting 125.
Another man whose salary two years
aBO was 120 a week Is glad of a chance
to Job In a film tactory. although he
only draws 5 on the days he works.
Managers generally agree that there
la no profit In keeping metropolitan
houses open after May 1 unless the of
fering la a sensational, successful mu
sical comedy. The general opinion Is
that the automobiles are to blame. This
year they give as contributlve causes
the Titanic disaster and the waiters'
strike, declaring that the latter lias
kept many out-of-town people away.
Still the producers are an optimistic
clsss and many are planning to open
their houses In August, unless there Is
a late hot spell. Many of the big men
are In Europe now hunting up novel
ties, and by the first of July they are
due back, full of optimism and loaded
down with European successes which
they pln to present to critical New
Jorkera. .
French dramatists have been as crea
tive as ever this year, but It la de
clared that only five playa by native
dramatists have really been successful.
has even red four -The Heart Decides."
"Primrose." "The Attack" ana
Flambee." better known In this coun
try under the name of -The Spy." Later
in the season Klaw & Erlanger will
produce "The Little Cafe." by Trestin
Bernard, which has been running all
Winter at the Palois Royal.
Joba Maaoa Haa Role.
How many of them Mr. Frohman
will give at his Empire Theater has
not been decided. John Mason will
have a leading role In "The Attack."
which Is by Henri Berbstein. but fur
ther than that no engagements' have
been announced. '
The week Just closed was a memor
able one In vaudeville history, as It
marked the passing of Percy G. Wll
ii.n.. vhnttA .It htirh.rlass bouses in
Greater New York passed Into the
possession of B. F. Keith. The amount
of money invoivea in .me u
never been announced officially, but
it la understood to be between $5,500.-
000 and 17.000.000. so it will be un
necessary to have a benefit for the re
tiring manager
bankruptcy. Charles W. Baucher ob
tained a Judgment for 140.622.70 and
the Lafayette Trust Company .and the
State Banking Department a judgment
for $108,577.73. .
Among Thompson's other creauors
are the Algonquin Hotel. $2318.86. for
room rent: the Stafford Hotel, of Phil
adelphia, $108.47: the flayers jiud,
$24.45; the Larehmont Yacht Club.
$169.24; the Bensonhurst Yacfit Club,
$40; the Manhattan Boat Club, 114.R0:
the Actor's Fund Fair. lnb: me Aero
Club of America, $25; the Areo Club of
New York, $10. ,
More details are proposed tor a new
theater in The Bronx by Cohan &
ii i (Ph. V. n ii . a wftl hA "J f f 11 t P l! In
1 1 it 1 1 m. And .....
One Hundred and Forty-ninth street
between Bergen and Brook avenues,
and wtll be called the Bronx Opera-
The onenln attraction will be Ray
mond IBB nea viuuv.
with small hntl built It UP
added others to the string, and be
came a factor in the theatrical world.
He Is comparatively a young man. but
- - . k...l.. n1nv
ne men 10 iwisi ... - -
himself and let others do the worry
ing. . .
The failure of Frederick mompsun.
founder of Luna Park, was In no way
a surprise. It bad been known for a
couple of years that this manager was
skating on thin Ice. and had lost heav-
ii - ...Mh.. .1 nrrviictlnns. The
1 1 J JU x, llulllu.1 f "
amount of his liabilities. $664,854. how
ever, created commeni, di iuwiihiduu
Iaughlnglv remarked. "It's proof that
I'm no piker. Isn't It?" His assets are
scheduled at $7831.96. but It is admit
ted that some of these are or oouonui
masMi'i Creditor Maay.
Among Thompson's creditors are
theatrical men. theatrical companies.
banks, hotels, clubs of all sorts ana
private Individuals. Klaw it fcrianger
1 , l . K Thnninil'l failure.
ir nil ii ,. oi j -
He owes the Klaw & Erlanger Costume
Company $14.71.96. Klaw A Erlanger
Construction Company $6602.50. A. L.
Erlanger $1000 and the New York Cor
poration, owned by Klaw ; Erlanger.
He owes "Brewster's Millions" corn
pan v $652.73 on one note and $1500 on
another: the New York Circus Com
pany $10,273.78; Porter Emerson
Brown, the playwright, $1401.06; Mrs.
Elizabeth H. McCullough. executor
for the T. L. Parks estate. $160,000
rent due on Fort George: Mrs. M. J.
Thompson. his sister-in-law. $11.
480.80: the New York State Banking
Department $96,000, which represents
a note taken over by It when a bank
was closed; Burnett Company, $948.46;
Dr. Frank Martin, of Baltimore. $2500,
for professional services: Henry Riehl,
of Luna Park. $1500, a loan, and T. W.
i .41 4A
Two heavy Judgments were entered
against Thompson before. -he went Into
ring manager. . ..,J The Bronx will be thi only theater In
Percy Williams started In busine tfTl north 0 Qne HundreQ and
Twenty-firth street to present aynui
.... ...HArlAna' H I r Act from their
Broadway engagement. The prices will
range irom tweniy-uva tenia w vn
Theater building In the Bronx is in
volving huge outlays. Nearly $10,000.
000 has been Invested in land and
buildings during the past few years.
Another theater site was bought this
week and plans were completed last
week for two more big structures. The
Bronx has 13 playhouses of the first
class either finished or under construc
tion and several nunarea moving pic
ture or nickelet halls.
Largest of the amusement resorts
will be the $1,000,000 Community
building of James F. Meehan at One
Hundred and Sixty-third street and
Southern boulevard. It will contain
big halls and other meeting places, be
sides a theater to seat 3000 persons.
Directly opposite another big structure
Is to be built for Cohan & Harris.
The cast for the company wnicn is
to present Bayard veiuers piay
Within the Law", at the Eltinge
Fortv-second Street Theater about
September J, will . Include Jane
Cowl. J? lorence riasn. vrrao
William B. Mack and others. The Chi-
Amnanir nf "rirhln the Law"
will begin Its road tour at the Shubert
Theater, Kansas city, on uioor uay.
tut that ArMnizAtlon will Include all
the players now appearing In the piece
at tne frincess -jnwr, ihibu.
Artnur i.unrniK .jaiu. win "
Tush in last year's revival of "The
Mikado." haa been added to the com
pany which the Shuberts ana vviuiam
. will aAftn nnd An the Kltd
with four Gilbert Sullivan revivals.
"The Mikado, -nnaiore, ruram
The stage children's fund, of which
Mrs. Millie Thorne la president, has
completed arrangements by which some
ta .Kr .children will bm treated to
outings in the country. The fund has
. i . in cr n limiM near liflke Mohe
gan. . The first party will go about
July i. Stage Kiaaies who wit.ii i
Join the party may make application
to Mrs. xnorne no Yvri. airui
first street
French Courts Decide Commissions
for Matches Void.'
dapte: .Tiinn 59. rSnecial.) French
courts and judges are sometimes para
doxical. Marriages 'are diminishing la
nnmhpr vet the courts do not encour
age matrimonial agents. Matchmak-
i .11 .-.-.! wall nnrf PAminMldfthllL
111S la n J " .
but to make a business out of match
making does not meet with their ap
proval. If the agent obtains payment
in advance he Is safe. If after mar
riage the bridegroom declines to pay
a fee that he had explicitly or vaguely
: i i. i .. .,,.. another matter.
prOUllSCU, ' Mu..w
Has a matrimonial agent the right, or
has he not, to appeal to the law for
obtaining payment of a matrimonial
commission? This is a question which
has frequently been mooted In Frencn
law courts. In some places the trans
action Is considered as lawful and
binding and In others It is condemned
as being against public policy.
t .rnna raiwitlr decided
a ruuu - jw . - " i --
that a contract by which a matrimonial
agent was to be entitled to collect a
- - ,..i nf tha dowrv 'Of
the bride was valid, and payment was
ordered. Immediately wwrwuu
court decided exactly the contrary,
holding that such a contract was im
moral, and tneretore couiu um
- I.. a third decision ha
lui i.m ii j
now been given which hits the happy
medium. A contract stipulated for
commission and expenses. The court
allowed the expenses, if there had been
j unj that th claim for a
.111 jr , qui. un iuuia -..-
stipulated commission was Illegal. Peo
ple may recover expense- ii
making, but can claim no commission.
Great Slaughter of Limbert's
Early English Furniture
This is an opportunity to buy the hghest class Early English Furniture at
discounts ranging from 25 to 50 per cent. These goods are. recognized
everywhere as standard goods and the prices are religiously maintained.
Such a tremendous discount as we are offering is unheard of anywhere and
will appeal to lovers of this beautiful line. Don't wait. Come early. At our
prices the line won't last long. - .
Xasrc,Timecpenscandti5KatrcncHng tfpr Invention and anu
wStitteare attended win) mud) lessSVofit totTVtBt tan xfpzz ,
Everybocixailsap.-toutifulforms andCompositions arc nor
madebyf)antt,nor ean tfprw.m anyatenal,bemade etsmall
In All Lines of Furniture
Our prices will be found unusually attractive, as we have always been
believers in selling quantity at a small .profit rather than small sales at a
large profit.
In Bugs and Carpets we can show you the greatest variety in design and
the prices will be found equally as attractive.
The Home of Good Furniture One Year Ahead of Competitors 1
Don't Fail to See Our Windows
Death of the Head of the Great Ricordi Publishing House Stirs Musical Circles in Europe and Brings Out Stories
of the Autocrat Creditable and Otherwise Grand Opera Promise for Next Season.
NEW YORK, June z. opeumi.
Broadway offers Its usual Summer
aspect, and It Is not uninteresting
to those -who make a study of types.
The city Is as. full of theatergoers as
It Is In Winter, but they are ot a
different sort and most of them are
noticeably disappointed as iney sianii
In front 01 tne weu-nuuwu nica.c.
to read only the sign that they are
closed for the Summer.
Wallack's Interesting announcement.
.1... . DW.W nanra-a ArliRS Will
LilUL uc.l .Ji .v.ii.
open In his success of last season,
"Disraeli, or tnat tne cmpim i"
. I ananlna- attraction Joh II
prfsotsui. .a 1. 1. o
Drew In a new play to be followed by
Maud Adams also in a new
offers little consolation, but there is
much or interest in tne Hummer reu i.
where most people seek their enter
tainment, ana tne rooiganirm "
exceptional attractiveness this season.
The popular actor or actress gets less
rest nowadays than formerly as there
are many opportunities lor v""' -.m
valuable names to enter vaudeville
for a few weeks at this period and
the entrance Into these ranks of such
an actress as Ethel Barrymore brings
increased prestige to this form of. the
atrical amusement.
Charles Frohman was well known as
antagonistic to his artists' Identifica
tion with the vaudeville stage, but Miss
n win em fin with his consent
and blessing. Those who have seen her
delightful sketch "rne iwwio-r""
Look" have long wonaerea wnj
. . ! 1. t,a ctaB-a which IS not
only open, but hungry for such works.
Miss Barrymore will piay tms cuiuun-
i - k.. i ta TiarriA nn a short tour
rnlPri, uj a . '
In the West only, before opening her
regular tour in uwemper m "
comedy.' Miss Barrymore has a fond
na9 fnr short sketches and was most
successful In a humorous little skit
called A Slice 01 laie." wiw wmm
she foUowed "Cousin Kate," her last
alVa.lna. at the Elmnlrfi. MiSS
BCWUU " .."O -
Barrymore or rather Mrs. Colt as she
. j I i tm. la v..
sumlng acquaintance with her little 2
y ear-old and with her new son at their
home In Mamaroneck. ,
The American Roofgarden Is in Its
third week ana presents m
-a a.ta rohll, Wfl TUTU .TStplfl'
OI YUnei a"
the Madison Square and many other of
the popular houses are concentrating
efforts to vie witn wio -vb ,.
Luna Park, New Brighton, and other
open-air resorts. .
Serious piays
. DhII. tha Ktrtnl?, ' boOKfiil tO
jjumr ua . " - -. - . ' -
...... hant,o.i thA Rummer at Col-
ii-ib Comedy Theater, "Officer 666 at
the Gaiety, also doomo ior inn oum-
rnrr Broadhurst s sensational
"Bm.fht and Paid For" at the
Playhouse, while at tne lasmo u"-
. v.-iiiant mini of the Gilbert and
I. nn.r, "The Pirates Of
r ...a" with Blanche Duffield. Jo
sephine Jacoby. Eugene uow "
wi Mnnner. "Bobin Hood" has been
v. . . .a,aa that reauests ihave
come from all parts of the country
lor nooning.
stein. Is negotiating with Daniel V.
. . 1 .aJ TA0-1nalrfl Aft KOVPll f OT A.
ratrival of "Robin Hood" in London
i.v. a ..oat nf prand onera stars from
his house In that city. In the early
0s the De Koven opera was produced
In England under the name of "Maid
iraatan" whan It Rd lOHSC IT111, the
first. Indeed, of .American musical pro
Musical circles have It-that "when
n l,f . f.. In in
ueorgc a";' - - .
July he Is to meet Mascagnl and patch
up the differences which grew out of
the quarrel over the opera "Tsobel"
which the Italian composer wrote lor
Lrfebler ana x
expected that Hebler Co.. will ar-
rane-a fnr a naw nn.r& UDOQ a lOVCf
story of two Americans In Naples In
which Bessie ADott win nave uio lead
ing role. It will be performed In New
York and on the road, and It Is
planned to bring It as far west as San
Francisco during the exposition time.
It will be remembered that "Ysobel"
has never had an American production,
and If both composer and producer do
not feel superstitious in the matter It
may be that this opera too will be
heard. .
a - a
Oscar Hammerstein still keeps the
two continents busy with his plans. It
makes little difference whether be In
tends to enter a field or to retire from
it he supplies copy and conversation.
Now It la understood that an American
Impresario will join Mr. Mammersiein
and together they will turn the house
Infn nna fnr TCnB-llnh nnera DrodUCtiOnS
only. It may be that Mr. Hammerstein
has arrived at this decision tnrougn tne
Influence of England because In Amer
ica Via was verv firm in his attitude
against opera In English. It Is more
likely that Mr. riammerstein ana m
unknown associate will devote them
selves largely to light opera as there
is a strong leaning toward this form
of entertainment.
One of the New York papers in com
menting on the productions of Rein
hardt's "Sumurun" In Paris states that
It was pronounced as "barbarous" there
because It was uerman. xnis is an ex
ceedingly narrow-minded view to take
of this matter. It was pronounced bar
barous there, as It should be pro
nounced everywhere thatTeflned tastes
are In evidence, and it Is not only bar
barous, but nasty. France, or rather
Paris, with Its delicacy and its grace
In treatment or all suDjects no mau
how revolting they may be. could as
suredly not have been expected to
countenance the gross details and the
vulgarities of the Reinhardt pantomime
even though crowded houses might
have been the order of things. We may
mnrhld and sickening
curiosity even though the verdict after
wards may be rendered as -oarDarous.
. ..v v. . . pari. wo. mnra
Hie OUWSI ua.uu, " a
gracious to Puccini's "Girl of the Golden
-tr 1. .inn. tVia
west man was new i "f""
nf tha narfnrmances during
wtaBtuii J .
the first season, as it may be noted
that there was a great moamuniuu
. i . 1 . .v.a mraaa l.tftr On.
The production of this latest Puccini
work was one oi mo iiue "
the opera season in the great French
. .Uf.nH.1, it waa Tint STlVCn With
the opera company of Paris, but with
one which lnciuaeo. wmso, mrnc. -men-Melts
and Tito Ruffo. Mme. Car-
men-Mellg Is a member of the Boston
never been heard In this country. Is not
i,r.knnwn to those who have heard his
suDerb records. He Is said to be the
greatest Italian artist who ns
. . i nha wnrlc received
oeen neiu . .
unanimous praise, conceding the fact
that Paris was in no
how far the atmosphere had been cor-
. . ... ... .a a nrnrlr nf art WftS
recx. out BU a . . .
concerned it was pronounced ss the Best
. . . . i .. i -t..a Vila "Manon Le-
scaut.'- with the possible exception of
"Ufadame Butterfly." and all the critics
accorded the utmost praise for the book
of Belasco. -
The musical world is much stirred
over the death of the head of the Rl
cnroi honse In Italy, and the cause of
this widespread Interest may be ex
, j f.ct- that this firm ex
plained U1V W"- -
erclses a strong control over the oper
atic situation of this country as well
as all countries m wnicn moacm n
lan operas ' . ... .
a-v. , wa. a'tBhiished In 1808 and
XUV IlW"aa .
and has passed through three genera-
. . . 1 (-.... niilill.h.fl
tions or ticorai, who "
.11 h. nl.m of Verdi for over 50
years as also those of Rossini, Doni
zetti, Bellini. Boito and Puccini. The
house became so powerful through its
monopoly of desirable operas that it
became equally tyrannical, according to
some of the stories that are told, and
it Is a fact that last season Mr. Dippel
astounded the musical world by an
nouncing his Intention to renounce all
Puccini works because .he would not
submit to the tyranny of the publishers.
This he did, but It is believed that he
is now negotiating with them for a
more satisfactory adjustment next sea- '
An interesting story is told of the
meeting of Giulio Ricordi, who has just
died, and Verdi, who In himself repre
sented the four phases of Italian opera,
indeed four generations of opera to
speak correctly. If the student will com
pare "Don Carlos," "II Trovatore,"
'Otello" and "Falstaff," through whien
that marvelous man led Italy into the
most modern school.
It Is told that Ricordi went to the
home of the great master, who, after
a silence of 17 years, was hard at work ;
on a new opera, excited and unkempt,
drinking countless cups of black cof
fee. Verdi suddenly clapped Ricordi
on the shoulder and offered to play
for him the score of his new opera.
Otello." which was eventually pub
lished by Ricordi and produced In 188T.
Shortly after the death of Verdi, as
this firm began to feel that everything
that was worth while in Italian opera
had been lost to them, a friend of
Giulio Ricordi asked permission to in
troduce a new composer whose ultra
modern work had pleased him. This
was Puccini, who was so diffident that
he was scarcely able to play a -half
dozen measures of a work that he .
brought with him for the purpose of
submitting It to the noted publishers.
The young composer . bad scarcely
played a half dozen pages of the score ,
of "Le Vllle" before the Ricordis signed
with him for all his works, and the
manner in which the Puccini operas
have been exploited has become a mat
ter of history. . ' . ' j
The management of the establish-,
ment, comprising houses In Milan,
Rome, Naples, Palermo, Paris, London,
Leipsic, Buenos Ayres and New York,,
will fall to Tito Ricordi, who came to
America to be present at the produc
tion of "The Girl of the Golden West."
who, in addition to being fully conver- -sant
with every detail of the publish
ing business, knows how to rehearse
and prepare an opera for production. It
having been his custom to travel to
every city where a new opera eon
trolled by the Ricordi house was given,
and It was he who prepared the produc
tion given in Chicago with Campanini.
Mr. Dippel, who has been Inspecting
the opera-houses of Europe in search
of talent for Chicago and Philadelphia,
has made several Interesting announce
ments, among which may be mentioned
the engagement of Muratore, of the
Paris Grand Opera, in addition to Tal-
. taetaari a hsj. Keen renort-
Uiuieo, mi , - .
ed, and two Italians, Signor Caleje and
Slgnor Glordlnl. Hanson van nou
was engaged before he left' New York,
and George Hamlin was also re-engaged.
Mr. Dippel has engaged Mme.'
Cecilie Gegllardl, whom he considers
to be the best dramatic soprano avail--able
in Italy, and among' the mezzo so
pranos may be mentioned Julia Clausen,
of the Swedish Royal Opera at Stock
holm, while Maria Gay (with Zena
tello) has been engaged for a limited
number of performances. Helen Stan
ley, a young girl from Chicago, who
had studied with Isidore Luckstone and
later with Frank Clark in Berlin, under
whom she began a very favorable
career in grand opera, has also been
engaged, and Mr. Dippel has Included
a number of American singers In hi"
list this year.