The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, November 24, 1912, SECTION FIVE, Page 8, Image 70

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'The Red Petticoat" Declared to Be a Real Novelty In Musical Comedy and Particularly Well Acted. William Collier Has a Play That Suits Him
Exactly. Miss Annie Russell's Presentation of "She Stoops to Conquer" Delights Gotham Audiences.
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"Mrs. Wiggs of , the Cabbage Patch")
who plays Sophie, and plays it In
imitably. The role of Jack Warner, the gam
bler, was admirably acted by Joseph
Phillips, whose singing voice Is un
doubtedly the best on the comic opera
A distinct hit was scored by Miss
Grace Fields, whose voice has the
quality that once made Marie Tempest
It was a briKht and conscientiou
company. They all went at their job
as though they meant business.
William Collier is holding forth at
the Forty-eighth-street Theater in the
riuBl canacity of the star of "Never
Sav Die" and as part author. Firs
night audiences usually know what to
siiitct in the case of this actor and
conventions have not been disregarded.
The eencral formula for a Collier
play, whoever his collaborator may be,
in to start wltn a more .-or less serv
iceable situation, ad then let Mr. Col
lier verbally and physically dispor
himself until the time has come for
the clay to end. That point is variable
IT.iuallv It arrives, either when Mr.
Collier has begun to pet tired, or feels
that his audience must be in the same
state. It is no disadvantage lor any
playwright to have brought his method
to such perroction.
In "Never Say Die- Mr. (joiner is
Dlonysius Woodbury, who had been
told by the London doctors that he had
only three weeks to live and was con
seauentlv so nervous that he insisted
that his name should be so pronounced
as not to suggest his approaching di
solutlon. It was in view of this near
ing end that he entered into the mat
rimonial arrangement wnicn was aes
tined to bring him such happiness. He
married a young girl that she might,
after his death, and as his rich wiaow
take for her husband the young man
of- her heart.
This lover was an artist and gifted
more with genius than cash in nana
His betrothed was rich, so the thought
of money had never interfered with the
vista of their future happiness, tsui
the money was lost and it was then
that separation seemed Imminent. The
dying millionaire wno. nan aim aaveu
enough after his happy way of life
married the young girl, while the artist
lover went to Italy to stuay sun
Inns-er and. then come back to claim
his widowed bride.
In the desire to fulfill his part or
the agreement and carry out the proph
ecies of the physicians, the nero aoan
Innnil the diet nrescrlbd for him and
set out to eniov himself. Instead of
what Harry Conor used to call a hur
rah death" he recovered his health, but
lost his heart simultaneously to tne
vouna- woman he had married.
A her artist lover turnea out not
he worth uch a nice, girl certainly
was he -even less worth'y of her after
her marriage the sacrificing minion
aire recovers his health and gets a
wife at the tame time.
Mr. Collier embroiders this character
istic texture with characteristic Col
Her wit. His dramatic method was, of
course, perfectly suited to such a part.
Paula Marr and William (joiner, jr.,
were other members of the family that
shared in the Collier distinction.
Whoever wants to have hia faith in
good acting renewed and be most de-
ightfully entertained Into the Dargain
need go no further than the Thirty
ninth Street Theater, where Miss Annie
Russell inaugurated with signal suc
cess quite the most ambitious project
of her professional career.
With the Indorsement, and,' In
measure, the patronage of a number of
well-known women. Miss Russell has
undertaken to give a season of nine
weeks of English classical Ways and
has organized a stock company for the
Durpose.. If. her subsequent produc
tlons are as charming and run or color
and spirit as was the one of "Sh
Stoops to Conquer," Miss Russell will
not need the support of her imposing
list of patronesses to carry her plan to
the conclusion she so greatly desires, a
permanent stock company.
It was a simple sort or proauction.
If by that one means scenery and gen
eral stage settings. Everything was
artistic and tasteful, but the scenery
was never bigger than the acting nor
the furniture more notable than the
preservation of the spirit of the com
edy. The production really was the
It was, with one or two exceptions.
difficult to say Just which players
stood out from the others in the gen
eral smoothness of the whole thing.
Each played with the others, not for
There have been many productions of
the Goldsmith comedy during this gen-
ration and the past one, but Miss
Russell need feel nothing but gratifi
cation and theatergoers nothing but
gratitude for her contribution to the
ilBt, a contribution that will be re
Miss Russell herself played the part
rf Kate Hardcastle, and was never
nore perfectly cast.
The players were of such uniform
excellence that it Is hard to say who
is first and who second, yet some hon
. ors must be given to George Giddens,
i vho gave quite the most perfectly Tony
j Lumpkinlsh performance of Tony
I Lumpkin that has gladdened this town
; for many years.
Miss Beatrice Herford and Fred Per-
maln were Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle,
' ooth playing with admirable regard to
che play as a whole and both scoring
-iEW YORK, Nov. 23. (Special.)
"Bella Donna" is a success at the
' ' Empire Theater, not on account
of the dramatization of Robert Hich
ens' novel of Egypt, but because of the
wonderful acting of Madam Naximova,
who has the role of Mrs. Chepstow.
The books labors under the disadvan
tage of possessing no character that
could possibly be accountea sympa
thetic in the professional sense of the
word. Certainly the character of the
discredited woman was not In the
novel the creature to Inspire affection
or admiration.
v The third act of the stage version of
the novel is most interesting, for the
"warfare there between the physician
who has come out from London, and
'the woman whom he finally conquers
Is adroitly cumulative. In the begin
ning she seems to triumph and has
almost succeeded In expelling him from
"the boat on which his friend Is dying.
he has the support of the American
doctor, who Is blinded by his growing
love for her. But this man is ulti
mately overwhelmed by the suspicion
which the visitor create In bis nund
and the discovery of the poisoned cof
fee. So the heroine Is compelled In
the last Instance to yield to him and
hand over' her husband, in his own
villa, to the care of the friend who
saves his life.
This melodramatic act awakened In
the audience greater response than any
of the preceding episodes. Madam N'a
zlmova was responsible for a degree
of this success, for she abandoned ber
mannerisms long enough to act with
uncommon effectiveness the scene of
her brief triumph and her ultimate de
feat. Her indirection of suspense and
apprehension was natural and eloquent.
Subtly she revelled in her momentary
victories and with sullen resignation
bowed before the final success of her
opponent. Such an exhibition of her
real skill was welcome, for it seemed
during the first two acts as if the art
of this gifted woman had deserted her
Taking sensuality rather than ava
rice as the dominating note in the
woman's character, she writhed,
squirmed and twisted with all tho
realism of the angleworm freshly Im
paled on the fishing hook. The most
ardent searcher for a new distortion
of the line In the art nouveau would
have been inspired to create a master
piece merely by the distant contem
plation of her spinal column.
There were- beautiful backgrounds
for the various scenes and the melo
dramatic episodes of "Bella Donna" are
profoundly interesting. These, com
bined with the popularity of the novel,
should make the play one of the real
successes of the season.
At last we have a musical comedy
which is a real novelty. The Shuberts
have produced 'The Red Petticoat" at
Daly's Theater, and much to the sur
prise of the jaded first-nighter the
usual mess of disguised princesses and
manly kings were missing, for the
new offering Is a melodrama set to
music. ' -
Rida Johnson Toung has written a
real story with blithe comedy and
genuine situations; Paul West has
jingled some of his Jlngliest lyrics, and
Jerome Kern has let loose a flood of
toothsome, captivating and ultra
catchy music. The music In "The Red
Petticoat" is perhaps prettier than
anything In town.
"The Bed Petticoat" story is founded
on a plav called "Next," produced at
this theater a year ago an original
and amusing little story, dealing with
a feminine barber, who comes to the
mining camp, and not only shaves and
massages the camp, but sets It to
rights, reforms its barbarians, helps
along Its love affairs and does general
duty as a Good Samaritan. Sophie
Brush Is a real creation a bit freak
ish, of course the style of spinster
that years ago May Robson used to
revel in. Sophie is gorgeous "and at
the close of Act 1 she has an undress
ing act that set Daly's in peals of
It is she who displays the red petti
coat. In this garb arrayed for the
night, Sophie is a volume of scream.
Fortunately for the baldheads in
front, there are galaxies of pretty
girls, who do not wear red flannel
petticoats, but who appear In the
laciest and "lir.gerle-est" of lingerie.
In the third act a beautiful maid
seeking gold is discovered in the camp,
and the story rushes to its conclusion.
As a story it has the average musical
comedy concoction beaten in 17 dif
ferent ways.
It is Miss Helen Lowell ("Lizzie" of .
Heir Apparent of Germany Takes
Great Chances With Life.
BERLIN. Nov. 23. (Special.) The
Crown Prinoe's riding accident at Dan-
1 2lg, where he commands the "Death's
iiead Hussars," is not his first mishap
' jf the same kind; the wonder is that
! his neck has not been broken long be
fore this. His dominating ambition Is
o be considered a sportsman In every
iiy, as is evident from every line of
.s recently-published reminiscences In
e field of sport. He has been repeat-
!y cautioned by his imperial father
ainst the dangers of steeplechasing,
id once he was even ordered several
iys' confinement to his room "Stu
inarrest" for riding his horse up the
mg flight of steps leading up to the
upmost terrace of Sans Soucl.
The other members or tne lamny
iiave been more fortunate. The Kai
jer's favorite pastime until quite re
cently was the dangerous sport of
wild boar hunting, and some years ago
he made public the fact that he had
slain 2700 of these animals. ' Yet he
has never sustained .the slightest mis
hao on his sporting expeditions, and
all his sons, who are equally ardent-
sportsmen, have hitherto been as tor
tunata as their father.
Prince Henrv of Prussia, too, has
gone unscathed, but he has been, the
cause of some accidents to others. He
had not attained his majority before
he managed, while shooting in tne pre
serves of the Grand Duke of Baden, to
wound a gamekeeper so severely that
the man was crippled for life, and has
since been in receipt of a "generous
pension. Then in Corfu, while climb
ing a steep hill, he accidently lodged
a shot In a Greek officer behind him;
while at a later point he inflicted se
rious damage on a Turkish dignitasjr
appointed by the Sultan to attend him
on a shooting expedition in Syria.
With Two Wives in Trail, Captain Joe Seeks Forbidden Friends After 25
Years of Exile for Horse-Stealing at Ellenshurg.
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LLENSBURG, Wash., Nov. 23.
(Special.) Foliowec ny his two
wives, who, like himself, were
bent and aged, Captain Joe, the sole
survivor of the murderous band of sav
age warriors that aided old Chief Moses
during the stirring times of 1878, rode
into Elleneburg this week .from his
ranch on Twlsp Creek, in . Okanogan
County, where he has resided since he
was banished from the Kittitas Valley
by the white settlers. Captain Joe has
not been in Ellensburg since the time
that he was detected in the act of
stealing old Toby's horses, for Toby,
although a redskin, was a friend of the
whites, and Captain Joe was forbidden
ever again to set foot in the Kittitas
Valley unless he was willing to take a
chance of being hanged.
When Moses, together with Chief Jo
seph, the Bannock and Piute Indians,
started on the rampage that terrorized
the whole Northwest in the Summer of
1878, Captain Joes was Moses' right
hand man .and, although accepting the
hospitality of the white settlers of the
Kittitas and Yakima valleys, was filled
with a deep hatred for the race that
had taken the land from his forefathers.
Prior to the uprising. Captain Joe had
been employed by J. L. Vaughn, who
made the first wagon tracks in the
Kittitas Valley, and who was the first
postmaster here. When told of Captain
Joe's visit, Vaughn expressed regret
that he had not seen the Indian, stat
ing that he remembered the old war
rior and that he had thought that Joe
had long been dead.
Indian's Craft Is Shown.
In 1878. when the handful of settlers
in the Kittitas Valley were hearing
wild rumors of the depredations being
committed by Moses and his savages,
the block now bounded by Main, Pearl,
Fourth and Fifth streets, which is
valued, at $100,000, according to the
County Assessor, was the center of a
huge stockade, which was erected to
provide for the women and children of
the valley settlers. Practically the
only buildings outside of this stockade
were a few log cabins. Captain Joe re
trained in the midst of the whites, pro
fessing to be friendly, but in reality
watching and waiting for a signal from
the Wenatchee Mountains from Moses,
who was to sweep the valley, iioses
failed to appear at the specified time,
and Captain Joe disappeared from the
settlement, joining his chief in tne
hills. Later, when it became apparent
to all that the uprising had failed and
that the Piutes and Bannocks were un
able to get across the Columbia, Cap
tain Joe drifted back to JSiiensburg.
Toby, with his faithful wife. Nancy,
was at all times frlendiy to the set
tlers, and Captain Joe endeavored to
vent his emnity against the white by
running off with Toby's horses. Old
Toby was gradually growing blind and
did not realize that his bands were
being depleted. Captain Joe was caught
while making away with Toby's horses
and warned to leave the valley for
Yesterday, after an absence of over
a quarter of a century, the old warrior
rode into town, searching for familiar
faces and the old landmarks that htrve
disappeared. His two wives, dressed
n all their finery, followed the old
buck as he rode to a hitching rack,
and when he dismounted they likewise
tied their horses and came after their
master. Feeble-eyed, Captain Joe tot
tered down Main street, peering Into
the shops and stores, until he came to
W. Farrell s harness shop, where he
'Syz tilllcum" (stop, friend), said tne
pioneer harnessmaker to the Indian.
and Captain Joe's -toothless mouth
broke into a smile.
Mlka wawa.' all same nika. de late
close tilllcum mika," responded the red
man. (You talk my talk good.) "Nika
tlckee Nalntch Jack Splawn, ca okoolc
Geddis, ca Milford Thorp, ca itch Tom
Clark," he continued. (I'm looking for
Jack Splawn, and where is old man
Geddis, Milford Thorp and old Tom
When told that Splawn was in
Yakima and that the others were either
dead or scattered, the old Indian be
came melancholy and told Farrell that
his friend, Maggie So-Hap-pay, had told
him that the coming Winter was going
to be a severe one and he wanted to
see his old-time friends, as he feared
that he would not be on earth in tha
Spring. He told Farrell that, despite
the edict against his return to the
Kittitas Valley, he wanted to see his
friends of the early days before he
was called to the Happy Hunting
"Nika halo yawa copa Ellensburg, pe
mox tatlum pe quinum snow. Mlka
capswalla quelntln copa Toby, pe bos
ton man muk masache copa nika pe
nika hyas close, pe noe nika chocko,"
he said. Translated from the Chinook,
the tale would be: "I haven't been here
for 25 years, when I stole Toby's
horses. The whites were so mad that
I had to fly." Captain Joe did not wish
to remain In the city when he heard
that his friends were not here, but he
was persuaded to tell his story. His
wives consented to have their photo
graphs taken, but Captain Joe, al
though offered money, would not allow
the photographer to take his picture.
He left late last night for his home in
the north, followed by his patient
wives, who did not venture to speak a
word when he bade them come along.
Clergy Basely I'scd and Preatige of
Church Undermined.
ST. PETERSBURG, Nov. 23. (Spe
cial.) The issue of the elections is now
defined. The Right have an absolute
majority in the Duma, and the Center
are curtailed and shorn of their leader,
M. Guchkoff.
Although it Is entirely artificial,
such a transposition may be a logical
historical necessity, inasmuch as it,
doubtless, will forever discredit hopes
of reaction, but for Russia at the
present critical juncture of Interna
tional affairs the electoral experiment
carried out by M. Sabler and M. llar
ousln is a great misfortune.
By using the clergy for base elec
toral purposes these representatives of
the Synod and the Home Office in their
zeal as courtiers have not only magni
fied the difficulties of the Government,
but disastrously undermined the pres
tige of the Church.
The Nationalists publicly denounce
the electoral abuses and have with
drawn from the contest in many of
the constituencies.
German Factories Crowded With Or
dors Since Balkan War,
BERLIN, Nov. 23. (SpeciaL) One Of
the effects of the triumphs of the
Balkan armies is the flood of orders
with which the German toymaklng
trade is being Inundated for tin and
wooden soldiers representing the
armies of Bulgaria, Servla, Greece and
Telegraphic orders are reaching
Nuremberg, Sonneberg and other
centers for little counterfeits of' the
Balkan legions In time to delight the
hearts of the boys of two hemispheres
t the coming Christmastlde.
Marriage and Happiness.
Arnold Bennett is about to write a
novel to demonstrate that there is such
o thine . as a successful marriage.
There's a better way than that and each
person can try it for nimseit. jusi
marry a nice gin ana nenave yoursen
Save Your Hair! Beautify It! Invigorate Your Scalp!
Danderine Grows Hair and We Can Prove It.
Try as you will, after an application
f of Danderine, you cannot find a single
trace of dandruff or a loose or falling
hair and your scalp will not itch, but
what- will please you most will be
after a few weeks' use, when you will
actually see new hair, fine and downy
at first yes but really new hair
growing all over tho scalp.
A little Danderine now will Immedi
ately double the beauty of your hair.
No difference how dull, faded, brittle
and scraggy. Just moisten a cloth with
Danderine and carefully draw it
through your hair, taking one small
strand at a time. The effect is Imme
diate and amazing your hair will be
light, fluffy and wavy and have an ap
pearance of abundance: an incompar
able lustre, softness and luxuriance,
the beauty and shimmer of true hair
Get a 25-cent bottle of Knowlton's
Danderine from any drug store or toilet
counter, and prove to yourself tonight
now that your hair. Is as pretty and
soft as any that it has been neglectod.
or injured by careless treatment that'