The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, July 26, 1914, Section One, Page 14, Image 14

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"Kismet" and "Omar, the Tentmaker" Are Proclaimed as Worthy Companion-Pieces of "Ben Hur" and 'If I
Were King" Departure From Present Sordid, Grim Realisms of Life Removes Theatergoer From Woes.
AiTnterejtnj? Scene rom Omar the Tent Maker
THEATRICAL, wiseacres who note
the sljrns of the times firmly be
lieve that we are on the verse of
a tremendous revival of Interest in the
the first elaborate romantic drama to
attain conspicuous success since "Ben
Hur" and "If I Were King." This de
sire for big. pulsant romances was
heeded further during the past season
romantic drama. During the last sea- by the proiuction of "Evangeline" and
son or two mere nas neen a ueciuru
leaning toward plays of grim realism.
many of which have been frankly un
healthy in their appeal. Since only
clean, buoyant plays can have a per
manent place In the American theater.
it only Is natural that a reaction in fa
vor of romantic pieces should set In.
Plays such as "Cyrano de BergeraC
and "If I Were King" invariably
achieve greater and more lasting suc
cess than sensational muckraking and
sex concoctions, and it Is entirely right
that they should.
Laying particular stress upon the
idealistic and adventurous phases of
human existence, the play of romance
weeps its audience out of the slough
of their petty, human existence; It
stimulates the imagination, feeds the
fancy, stirs the red blood. It only Is
natural that plays of this kind should
outstrip in permanence those grim
plays of realism that dwell with over
emphasis upon the woes of earthly ex
istence. People have enough cares and
worries in real life, and, entering a
playhouse, they like to cast away mun
dane thoughts and let their minds
travel in the channels of everlasting
and youthful romance.
The returning seal of public approval
upon romantic plays in this country
may be said to have been stamped with
the production of "Kismet." which was
"A Thousand 1 ears Ago," neither ot
which, however, contained the popular
elements that make for universal suc
cess. In fact. It remained for an
American playwright to produce the
successor to "Kismet," and Richard
Walton Tully succeeded in presenting
a play, "Omar the Tentmaker." which
attained even greater metropolitan tri
umphs than any romantic play seen for
a decade.
A public surfeited with the storm
and stress of sex discussions rallied
with a vim to a play that led them Into
the dreamlike atmosphere of love In
rose-bowered gardens under "that 1
verted bowl they call the sky." Mr.
Tully based his play upon the life
times and Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,
the beloved Persian poet and mystic of
the eleventh century, and he took par
ticular pains to enhance the romantic
episodes in Omar's career and to em
phasize the romantic trend of the man's
nature. Ith such a theme, Mr. Tully,
of course, was privileged to deck his
work in a glowing atmosphere or
Oriental color and charm. How com
pletely he succeeded in his task will
be seen when Guy Bates Post appears
In "Omar the Tentmaker," at the
Heillg Theater. Broadway at Taylor
street, for seven days, commencing
Sunday night. August 2.
All lovers of the best that our stage
has to offer firmly trust that Edward
Knoblauch, with "Kismet," and Rich
ard Walton Tully, with "Omar the
Tentmaker," have paved the way for a
brilliant succession of romantic plays.
AS Omar "fAe
Scholars, Business and Professional Men of Every Line Drawn by Appeal of Outdoor Life and Prospects of
Own Homes.
ON THE trip from Hood River to
Cloud Cap Inn our attention was
repeatedly called to the class of
people who had located in the valley.
Here was a Pittsburg attorney, there
a New York banker, yonder a Minneap
olis merchant and many others, gradu
ates, some of them, from Harvard,
Princeton and other Eeats of learning
In the East.
In the country the elixir of life
courses and rushes through his veins
and he experiences what is known as
Spring fever, only another way of ex
pressing his longing for the country
and all growing things. It is Nature's
call to life and he cannot resist it.
Sunday morning comes and he sees Na
ture in a playful mood, in her holiday
attire, and she weaves a spell about
him that binds him to her for a day.
Many Reason Are Given.
But the country as a playground and
the country as a workshop are vastly
different; and something more than a
desire for a day's recreation Impels a
man deliberately to forsake "the flesh
pots of Egypt.'.' the city with its pleas
ures, its luxuries, its life of compara
tive ease, Its artificialities, for the
country, with its hard, rough, out-door
manual labor.
What is the Impelling motive that
brought and is bringing the young man
Into the Hood River Valley? Is it am
bition propelling his ship of success
to its destination? Is it the same un
quenchable thirst for gold that for
ever makes far-off fields appear green,
that led men through hardships and
privations In the early days to the
California gold fields and later to the
Klondike? Is It a quest for health?
Verily, all these had their place, but
above and beyond all, that which
stirred his heart and fired his brain
was and always will be the lure of
the country the same call that comes
to the suburbanite and the apartment
dweller In early Springtime.
It Is true some men located here to
Improve their health, and let it be said
in all truth, that In almost every case
they were not disappointed, the higher
altitude, clear air, pure water, health
ful exercise, outdoor life and" the closer
touch with Nature combining to make
the Upper Valley no mean health re
sort. According to the homesteaders, most
of the newcomers were failures in their
previous life and. with evident satis
faction, the homesteader adds: "They
are failures still."
But these reasons. Inspired as they
are In part by motives not the purest,
all miss the mark.
These Easterners were successful
from a financial standpoint in their
former business or profession. They
were attracted by the lure of the coun
try. Beauty in art never has surpassed
and never will that In nature, for art
Is but a copy, nature the original. And
this city dweller coming to the coun
try sees the original.
Then, too, the newcomer finds a
community spirit In this country dif
ferent from that in the city; different,
in fact, from that In most rural sec
tions. No alien is here; none is wanted.
The new element that Is developing the
valley consists of bright, up-to-date
They meet at the grange, at church
socials, at home dinners, exchange
Ideas, discuss orchard management, the
latest theory in spraying, the best
cover crop, and each profits by the
xperlence of the other.
He finds a public library, modest In
its beginnings, but big with possibili
ties. He finds a non-sectarian church
whose pastor is a typical skypilot.
working on his ranch, clearing land,
going in and out among his people in
a manner that wins more friends for
himself and the cause he represents
than the deepest doctrinal sermon could
do,, yet with learning and eloquence
that would grace any pulpit in the
Farm Life Diversified.
In farm life, more so than in almost
any other sphere of action, there is
diversity of thought and work. From
the opening of Spring until the closing
days of Fall, there is continued activity
pruning, spraying, irrigating, culti
vating, thinning of apples. Summer
pruning and then the harvesting and
marketing of the crop. And in the
meantime there is work in the garden,
in the hayfleld, with the stock and
Do not. however, even for one mo
ment, get the impression that life on
the farm is all sunshine and roses. On
the contrary, there Is hard work, often
seemingly without reward.
I dare not stop without giving one
more reason for the settling of this
valley, a most potent factor. This is
pre-eminently the young man's coun
try. The rough pioneering has been
done; now the country awaits the set
tler and the Investor, but never the
speculator. Opportunities abound for
young men to invest in raw land or
young orchards; prices are normal after
a period of inflated values; the possi
bilities and the future of the valley as
an apple-growing district are assured;
the climate is ideal, the scenery, with
Mount Hood as the central figure, Is
inspiring; the people energetic, edu
cated, refined the equal of any sim
ilar class in the city.
All this and more the young man will
realize as he responds to the old clarion
call: "Go West, young man, go West,
and grow up with the country."
E. C. Wilson, of Nyssa, is at the
E. E. Wilson, of Corvallls, is at the
John C. Holste, of London, is at the
Will E. Purdy, of Newberg, is at the
O. J. Oswald, of Mount Angel, is at
the Carlton.
Colonel B. K. Lawson, superintendent
of the State Penitentiary, is registered
ot t Vi 3wprri from Salem.
W. M. Dickerson, of Hood River, is at
the Seward.
C. M. Sharpstein, of Wasco, is at the
William Tyler Smith, of Salem, Is at
the Imperial.
t r Rnwen is registered at the
H. L. Gill, of Woodburn, is registered
at the Eaton.
Miss Estella Hammond is registered
at the Eaton.
O. W. Hellgrave, of Huntington, is at
the Cornelius.
innn ft Yountr. Astoria milliner, is
at the Multnomah.
Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Miller, of Centralia,
are at the Carlton.
C. H. Rathray. of Seattle, is regis
tered at the Carlton.
Mrs. H. Clay Levy, of Cascade Locks,
is at the Multnomah.
J. F. Tates is registered at the Im
perial from Corvallls.
J. A. Hann, of Seaside, registered at
the Carlton yesterday.
W. H. Bell, a Seattle interior decora
tor. Is at the Imperial.
E. J. Stanley is registered at the Ore
gon from Walla Walla.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Caruthers, of Den
ver, are at the Cornelius.
Sidney V. Wood, of Goldendale, is
registered at the Cornelius.
Mr.- and Mrs. F. T. Donivan. of Eu
gene, are at the Washington.
H. Nerdrum, of Marshfleld, registered
at the Multnomah yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Rediske, of La
Crosse, are at the Washington.
E. Lutyens registered at the Wash
ington yesterday from London.
Mr. and Mrs. D. P. McDonald, of Van
couver. B. C, are at the Perkins.
R. R. Graves, of CorvaHis, is regis
tered at the Seward with Mrs. Graves.
h-red M. Coleman is in the city from
Boise, and is registered at the Oregon.
M. T. Griddal and W. A. Cartwright
and mother, "of Calgary, are at the Per
kins. Mr, and Mrs. Morris Belts and daugh
ter, Dorothy, of Brooklyn, are at the
W. J. Kerr, of Corvallls, president of
the Oregon Agricultural College, is at
the Imperial.
T. F. Rice, of New York, with a party
of 40, "seeing America first," are regis
tered at the Oregon.
City Attorney LaRoche left yester
day for a two weeks' vacation at Ya
chats, a Summer resort 26 miles south
of Newport.
Mr an.i Mrs. Charles Hirstel leave
for San Francisco this morning on th
steamer Beaver, taking their first va
cation trip for 45 years.
Mrs. Frederick Townsend, who has
been confined to her home in Irvingtoji
for the past month by an attack of
nervous Drostration. is improving In
Stanley H. Brett, Mrs. M. Wolff, Miss
Emma Wolff. Miss Martha Spmglor
Clara L. Daymen! and G. F. Sullivan
are Chicago people who are registered
at the Perkins.
Mrs. George M. Hyland. Miss Crystal
and Miss Constance, George M-, Jr., ana
Master Donald arrived home on the
Beaver Tuesday, after a four months
stay in Southern California. They will
pass the remainder of the bummer at
their country home on tne laKe snore
in Clarke County.
Colorado City Beautifully Decorated and Lighted, Parade Is Brilliant but Short and Many of Biggest Lodges
Fail to Participate in Any Events California Wins Many Skillful Maneuvers.
Otis Skinner to Star in Drama by
Son of Portland Woman.
Jules Eckert Goodman, the play
wright, whose mother and sisters live
in Portland, at the Nortonia Hotel, has
Just achieved a new distinction to
crown his. success which became per
manent a few years ago with his
"Mother." Mr. Goodman has written a
play In which Otis Skinner, of "Kismet
fame and held to be the toremost ro
mantio actor on the American stage.
will be starred by Charles Frohman
this Fall. It is "The Candle of Faith,'
and It has been so recently finished
that little is known of the story. It
is understood to be the most preten
tious Mr. Goodman has attempted, how
ever. The premier will be given in
Mr. Goodman, who is still a young
man, has had a tremendously busy year.
His "The Trap" met with instant sue
cess on presentation a few weeks ago,
and now he is whipping into shape
dramatized version of Will Payne's
"The Memorandum Book," in which Ed
ward Abies will play.
Sheriff Word Puts All Deputies on
Trail of Safe Blowers.
Finding traces of the robbers who
blew ODen the safe In the store of
Aaron Fox early Friday morning, Sher
iff Word, who was conducting the hunt
In person, yesterday sent to his office
for all the available deputies, and Kul
per. Ford, Rogers, Larfield and Lums
den responded. At the same time E. A.
Perry, guard at Kelly Butte quarry,
was sent for and took the bloodhounds
to the scene of the hunt.
Sheriff Word was accompanied on
the man hunt by City Detective Cole
man. After searching all day the quest
was given up temporarily at night.
"The Man on the Box," by Harold MacGrath. is now a motion picture, with Max Flgman and Lolita
Robertson in the leading roles.
"The Man on the Box." which as a novel enjoyed wide vogue and as a play was most popular, is now a
Lasky screen production.
The play is in five parts and is said to be one of the most vividly interesting and potently attractive
productions ever created.
I ewe or vvrM, II
ENVER, Colo., July 25. (Special.)
Portland maintains its su
premacy as an Elks' convention
While Denver dispensed hospitality
this year in true Western fashion, the
record set by Portland two years ago
was not even approached.
Old-time convention fans who have
attended every Elks' reunion for the
last quarter of a century declare that
there is no comparison between the en
tertainment provided by Portland and
that furnished by Denver or that fur
nished by any other of the other con
ventions, either before the Portland
reunion or since.
In every department. though, the
Denver convention was one of the most
successful ever held. The grand lodge
transacted a large volume of business
and the lay members had an abundanct
of pleasure and fun.
Good weather prevailed. While the
sun did a steady business early in the
week, a cool mountain breeze got busy
Thursday morning and made condi
tions for the big parade Ideal.
The parade was a brilliant spectacle
but it was only about half as long
as that in Portland. It was composed
principally of Colorado lodges. About
6000 participated. The decorated floats
of the various Colorado cities were one
of the principal features. They were
of an industrial nature and advertised
the principal resources of the par
ticular community that they respec
tively represented.
Attendance of grand lodge members,
as well as that of lay members and
the public in general was far short of
that Portland attendance. That ac
counts for the lack of numbers in the
parade. None of the big Eastern lodges
was represented. New York City.
which had nearly 100 men In line at
Portland, was not In evidence at all
in Chis year's procession, cnicagu.
Omaha, Jersey City and other lodges
that made big showings at Portland
and which are comparatively near to
Denver did not enter.
California lodgs turned out, headed
hv San Francisco's drill team, and
celebrated the victory of Los Angeles
In securing next year s convention.
Denver Gaily Uecorated.
Denver was dressed in fitting fash
ion to entertain tne antier wearers
this year. Not even Portland exceuea
In this department. The streets were
beautifully illuminated at night. The
Portland Idea of a "court oi nonor wab
adopted here. However, msteaa oi
hRvlns- the court form a rectangle.
in Portland, it was built along Champa
street, one of Denver's principal thoroughfares.
At the head of t.nampa street ana i
the intersection of Eighteenth street.
on which corner stands Denver s new
$1,500,000 Federal building, a huge
image of an elk was erected. It was 66
feet high and 48 feet wide across the
base. By night this figure was attrac
tively lighted. At the far end of the
court or nonor. anu uuctm i. -
Denver's big municipal auauorium, in
which the grand lodge sessions were
held, was a great "welcome" arch. This,
likewise, was emblazoned with ngnis.
The court was outlined wnn aecu-
i-atod nosts surmounted tyy tne cms
clock with the hands pointing to the
mystical hour of 11.
Although disappointed over their
failure to win the 1915 meeting. Seattle
Tnius tlisnlaved their good sportsman
ship by turning out for the parade and
by keeping open house In the Brown
Palace Hotel throughout the week.
It appears now that heattie lost we
1915 meeting when she consented to
hold the Shriners- convention uieie
during the second week in July the
week fixed by custom as mai ueiung
lng to the Elks.
California took advantage oi tins .
ttion and came here with secret plans
to capture next year s meeting.
trick was turned when a resolution
was put through the grand lodge fix
ing the second week In July as tne
Ime for holding next years iueeuiis-.
Seattle objected to this, but before her
delegates could offer much serious pro
test, the resolution nao oeen passeu.
Seattle then tried to convince the grand
lodge that she could handle the Shrin
ers and the Elks in the same week, but
the delegates would listen to no such
It was easy then for Los Angeles to
It Is certain, though, that fully 90
per cent of the Elks in attendance here
this year preferred to go to Seattle
next year, as they were in Los Angeles
onlv five years ago. However, they did
not" want to shift the dates of their
meeting from the week in which they
have been accustomed to hold it, and
thus punished Seattle for giving
Elks' week away. It is hinted, even,
that the action of fixing the Shriners'
dates for the second week in July was
a cleverly maneuvered plot originated
In California for the very purpose of
winning the meeting.
Seattle Elks say they will start right
away to land the convention of 1S20.
In spite of the fact that they are to
convene In the South, thousands of
Elks will visit Portland on their trip
to the Coast next year. That Is an
other reason for the small crowd this
year they are waiting for the chance
to come to the Coast next year.
California's Victories Many.
California is particularly proud of
the week's work. In addition to land
ing next year's meeting, she also Is
the home of the new grand exalted
ruler Raymond Benjamin, of Napa. Mr.
Benjamin, who is Assistant Attorney
General of California, doubtless will
be one of the most popular and most
succe'ssful grand lodge officials ever
chosen by the Elks. He has served
his apprenticeship as chairman of the
judiciary committee and has been
active in the affairs of the grand lodge
for many years. He was one of the
prominent figures at the Portland con
vention two years ago.
T hope to pay a visit to Portland
early In my term," he said on the day
after he was elected. "I consider the
Portland convention one of the best we
ever held and It will give me a lot of
pleasure to get back there."
Now that this year's elections are
over, aspirants for next year's honors
are coming Into the field. It Is pre
dicted that James R. Nicholson, of
Springfield, Mass., will be elected grand
exalted ruler at Los Angeles. Mr.
Nicholson was grand esquire at the
Portland reunion and handled the big
parade there. At present he Is a mem
ber of the board of grand trustees.
Probably the principal legislation
enacted this year was the provision
made for appointment of a ritual com
mission to succeed the present ritual
committee and to serve for a term of
two years, at the end of which time a
new ritual Is to be reported. Mean
while, no change Is to be made In the
ritual. Through the efforts of the
mii.i1; town lodges, the "goat" was re
stored to the initiation proceedings at
this year's meeting. The "goat" was
eliminated at Portland two years ago.
There Is a determination among- th
Elks to quit tampering with the ritual
after a new one Is permanently adopted.
Acting on the recommendation of Ed
ward Leach, retiring grand exalted
ruler, the grand lodge this year again
fixed the minimum population neces
sary for a city seeking a charter for a
subordinate lodge at G0M. This Is the
figure at which It had been until last
year when It was ralaed to As
a result, no new lodge were organised
while this rule was In effect
Advocates of the state Elks' associa
tion persisted In their efforts this year
to secure formal recognition from the
grand lodge for those organisations. It
seems that the movement ! that direc
tion Is gaining strength annually. Ulti
mately It Is expected to win. Then, It
Is believed, the state reunions will re
place the National reunions, which on
account of the growing membership of
the Elks, are becoming unwieldy.
Ircomlnnt of lrl IMonrer
It. -union nt M.iwlen V llrlclgc.
EUGENE. Or.. July (Special.)
Mori- than 150 descendants of Solomon
and Nancy Zumwalt. ljine County pio
neers, gathered from all parts of the
county, today closed a two days' re
union at Hayden's bridge, right mites
from Eugene. They came yesterday nd
pitched their camps on the hunks of the
McKenzie River.
Six children of th- two pioneers, all
of whom crossed the plains with their
parents In US0, were present A. J.
Zumwmlt. C W Zumwalt. Mrs. Mary
Conrad. Mrs. Ardella Walker, Mra.
Francis Hamltt and M tllda Warren
Tomorrow the annur reunion of the
family of Alexander and Sarah Sea vey.
also pioneers of the early '50s. will be
held at the original Seavey home ranch
on the McKenale.
Story of Underworld of French Capital, Its Thrilling Happenings and
Climax Mixed With Love and Adventure Told by Screen Pictures
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THE story In brief of "The Stran
gles of Paris," a film to be
shown at the Heillg this week
and dramatized by David Belasco, fol
lows :
In a rose-covered cottage in a village
of France lived Simmonet. his wife and
their little daughter, Mathllde.
Their happiness was complete but
short-lived, as his wife died after a
short Illness. Simmonet. nearly insane
with grief, takes to drink, neglects his
business and sinks to the depths of an
outcast of society.
He takes his child to Paris, where
she grows to womanhood Ignorant of
her father's double life. Simmonet as
sumes the name of Jagon. He soon
drifts into the underworld of Paris,
becomes the leader of the dreaded gang
known as "The Stranglers of Paris."
Claude Guerln is attracted by Mi-
thilde's beauty, and asks her hand In
marriage. Jagon makes a tool of Ma
thllde and compels her to accept, pro
vided Guorln makes a will In her favor.
This he does, and Is strangled by Jagon
and found dead before the wedding
day. For this crime, Hlanchard, an
Innocent man. Is convicted on circum
stantial evidence.-
Later. Captain Guerln, a brother of
the murdered man, contests the will
and obtains a verdict In favor aj his
daughter, Jeanne. The day the money
Is paid to him by the court he Is fol
lowed to his home by Jagon and hia
accomplice. Lorenz. That night Cap
tain Guerln is strangled by Jagon and
the money stolen.
After a number of thrilling altua
tlona, Lorenz, the accomplice. Is stran
gled and Jagon dies, but not until after
he clears Blanchard of the crimes.