The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, February 18, 1917, SECTION THREE, Page 12, Image 48

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Oriental Prima Donna, Who Will Appear in Title Role at Eleventh-Street Playhouse, During First Week of March,
Gives Interesting Explanation of Mascagni's Heroine.
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V i fV $ ? When Mrae. Miura was asked to talk
S l j I , about the character of the country
I ' 4 VS ' E maiden, she said: "The idea of Iris, ac-
i cording: to Mascagni. Is the immortality
2 l '- of innocence. Although Iris finds her-
- J self in a geisha house, she remains
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ONE of the few occasions when
Portland music lovers have been
privileged to hear a new Rrand
opera will occur at the Eleventh-Street
Playhouse on Tuesday, March 6, when
Pietro Mascagni's new Japanese opera,
"Iris," will be presented here by the
Boston National Grand Opera Company.
The subtle art of "Iris" has perplexed
many who have witnessed the presenta
, tion of th,is masterwork and when
"Iris" is given here the title role will
be entrusted to Mme. Tamaki Miura.
the famous Japanese soprano. Mme.
Borl and Mme. Eames have hitherto
assumed this role in New York, and as
In the case of "Madame Butterfly," a
stronger illusion is conveyed across the
footlights by a Japanese artist than
According to Story, Ever Since Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Ere Head of Evanescent Type Has Appeared to
Different Members of Family Just Before Death.
ON principle I do not believe in
ghosts, but cannot choose but be
lieve the testimony of my eyes.
Here are the plain, cold facts and you
who read shall Judge for yourselves.
On the night of St. Bartholomew's
Eve when the Huguenots were massa
ored and Louis IX stood on the rampart
crying, "Perish every one of them, let
not one remain to reproach me!" many
unrecorded crimes were committed that
have left foul stains on otherwise fair
escutcheons. The house of Le Brun
stood for the King, consequently when
Caspar Le Brun on that night declared
himself a Huguenot, had he displayed
cloven feet and breath of Are he could
not have struck- a deeper horror to the
hearts of his brothers. '
Imagine the scene when Caspar, find
ing his brother torturing an old serv
ant on suspicion of being a Huguenot,
cried. "For the love of Christ, Jules,
spare the man. I. too. am a Huguenot,
and I'll stand this no longer." On the
spot Casper, eldest son of the house
of Le Brun, was stabbed through the
heart by his brother.
A few months later Caspar's young
wife died, leaving an infant daughter,
who was carefully brought up within
the fold of the church; thus Caspar's
life was subtracted from the family and
his influence lost. This is as the rec-
ord goes. Jules Le Brun put his deed
down for a virtue. He had done his
duty and gloried in it. And in faith,
on that awful night much worse was
done. Among the dark deeds of St.
Bartholomew's Eve much private re
venge satisfied itself under cover of
the reigning terror; suitors murdered
their rivals, debtors " their creditors,
heirs-at-law their nearest of kin, until
this chronicle of crime runs red down,
down the annals of nearly every fam
ily in France.
Death Scene Startles.
Jules Le Brun. after a life of many
activities and much success, relegated
the memory of this night to the back
ground of his mind until It was rarely
. recalled. Crowned at last with years
and. honors, he returned to Paris, to
the old home that had fallen to his
by even the gifted singers of other na
tions. When Mme. Miura was asked to talk
about the character of the country
maiden, she said: "The idea of Iris, ac
cording to Mascagni, Is the immortality
of innocence. Although Iris finds her
self in a geisha house, she remains
spotless and pure, and although she is
offered for sale in the market place, she
undergoes this triar in the same spirit
of innocence. It is an allegory, of
course, and. like the theme of 'Madame
Butterfly,' it reveals many of the char
acteristics of l Japanese. I have ex
changed letters with Signor Mascagni
and I think it is wrong to discuss 'Iris'
as a complicated work. It contains
simply that one statement that "good
is indestructible,' and I call that a very
nice idea.
"Iris is little more than a child and
all the evil which befalls her she turns
into something quite different.- When
she wakes up in the geisha house she is
certain she Is in paradise, and when she
learns to the contrary she is certain
that she is dead. All this is exactly as
a nice Japanese girl would reason, be
cause in Japan the innocence, of chil
dren is more closely guarded than in
Europe and America.
Black Side of Life Realised.
"Iris In the. opera is a, country maid
en who is lured away by wicked men
and whose inherent sense of virtue in
terprets all the evil about her as good.
She is imprisoned in a geisha house,
exhibited in the market place not un
til she is cursed by her fr.ther, who
thinks her degradation was willing,
does she understand the black side of
life. Even as she seeks death in the
sewer her innocence is steadfast and
the great theme of the opera is this
very point the indestructibility of
good in this world. Now that is very
Japanese and Iris' complete oblivious
share, to spend his declining years
among his old friends and the scenes
of his youth. In the course of time
Jules Le Brun came to' die and his fam
ily stood around his bed watching the
peaceful close of a long, adventurous
life, when, suddenly turning to the wall
opposite, his eyes starting out of his
head, "Caspar!" he shrieked, and,
struggling, resisting, pleading, he died.
The horror of this scene and the ag
ony of Jules Le Brun's last moments
were of course repeated under their
breath by the witnesses to the succeed
ing generation. But to avoid exagger
ation a plain, straightforward account,
under the""Le Brun seal, was added to
the family records, otherwise the repe
tition from generation to generation
would at last have had a whole Hugue
not army out at Jules' bedside by this
Although painful to witness, such a
deathbed seizure, was not so, very un
common in those days of violence. The
King himself a few years later died a
prey to remorse and the haunting spec
ters of massacred Huguenots. The sur
viving members of the Le Brun family
were now all of a new generation, so,
recovering their spirits as time went
on, they came at last to regard the
story of Jules' death as merely a sick
old man's fancy until the next Le Brun
died. This was in the Soudan, when
Pierre Le Brun died on the - field of
battle. The notification sent by his
commanding officer enclosed a letter
from a brother Lieutenant telling of
his death and that Pierre had shrieked
"L'Huguenot! L'Huguenot!" with his
last breath.
Now the family began to realize the
deadly import of their St. Bartholo
mew's - tragedy. Masses, were gener
ously said for the repose of Caspar's
soul, but Caspar, having repudiated the
authority of the church, was beyond
its pale.
HsiniFiot's Head Ever Appears. -
From generation to generation the
record of the Huguenot's Head went
on, appearing on the walls of mansion
or cottage, the field of honor or the ex
plorer's trail. The good and the bad
alike of the Le Brum blood have seen
the head, of the Huguenot, when their
eyes closed to the scenes of this world.
ness to the men with whom she comes
in contact is not at all exaggerated.
"We have barter and sale in our Jap
anese rrarriages. . There Is a great
deal of finance connected with the wed
ding contract, but what of that that
is eminently sensible and, I think
makes for happier marriages. The
Japanese do not wish their children to
grow up with false ideas on any point.
And women of good families are reared
to be senesible and capable wives. We
d- safeguard innocence to a certain ex
tent, but not ignorance. And in Japan
there is a wide line of demarcation
between the two classes.
Tiro ClaHaea Kever Overlap.
. "It is considered no great wrong for
a girl of the poorer classes to become
a geisha and earn her own living and
support her family in that way, but
for a woman of the better class to de
grade herself. It is great far..:iy shame.
One hears very little in Japan of these
two classes overlapping and 1 think
my people have solved for generations
many of the problems of sex. Not un
til recently have Japanese women ap
peared to any great extent outside of
their homes. In spite of our inter
course with the rest of the world, we
are surprised at the liberty accorded
the young American woman married
or unmarried."
The Boston National's repertory for
the engagement at the Eleventh-Street
Playhouse on March 5 and 6 will be as
follows: Monday evening. "Aida,"
with Giovanni Zenatello, Lulsa Villani,
George Baklanoff and Virgilio Laizari;
Tuesday afternoon, Mascagni's new
Japanese opera, "Iris," with Tamaki
Miura (the Oriental prima donna heard
here last year in "Madame Butterfly"),
Thomas Chalmers, Tovia ivittay, Vir
gilio Lazzari and others; Tuesday even
ing. "Faus. with Maggie Teyte. Ric
cardo Martin, Jose Mardones, . Graham
Marr and others.
they are opening upon the next. There
have beenthose who, dying suddenly
or being unconscious at the last, have
left no record of the Huguenot's com
ing to meet them, but every generation
has left some instance of the Hugue
not's Head appearing above the hori
zon of the next world.
The house of Le Brun has become
widely scattered during all these in
tervening years. My great-grandfather
went to Holland, where he
passed his life and married a Dutch
woman. My grandfather, having
squandered his patrimony, came to
America, where, followed by poverty
and misfortune, we have cut ourselves
oft from our kinsmen in the old world.
The American Le Bruns now being no
body in particular, have been lost -at
sea or died alone with no one to .hang
upon their last words or watch for the
traditional apparition.
Consequently in our branch the Hu
guenot's Head has become merely a
picturesque story saved from the wreck
of our former prosperity and useful to
discourage wakefulness at night on the
part of naughty little Le Bruns.
It is in this attitude of mind that I,
in this skeptical 20th century, have
seen the Huguenot's Head. Again I aver
that I ao not. on principle, believe in
ghosts or apparitions, or celestial
visitants of any kind; but believing in
"the resurrection of the body and the
life everlasting." can but believe the
testimony of my own eyes. And this
time the meaning of the appearing of
the Huguenot s Head you. as well as I,
will have a chance to Judge.
Falher'a Death Sntlden.
My father came to Oregon among th
early settlers took up a timber claim,
endured hardships, made and lost a for
tune, but before he died had managed
to restore his financial status to such
an extent as to leave us a comfortable
legacy. . The manner of his death was
so strange and sudden we had no way
of knowing, whether he had seen the
Head.- In fact I do not remember hav
ing given it a thought, so remote are
we from the original branch with all
its pride and traditions. After a few
years of widowhood my mother married
again, being a very attractive woman,
but after my stepfather had squandered
as much of her property as he could get
his hands on he deserted her, leaving
her humiliated and heartbroken. The
shock of the death of my own father,
the treatment and deception she had
suffered at the hands of her second
husband, wrought upon her nervous
condition to such an extent that
within a few years she had be
come a helpless invalid, greatly re
duced In fortune. So here we are
living in a modest little apartment of
the flve-rooms-and-bath sort, with a
Japanese schoolboy our only servant. In
the atmosphere of whizzing electric
streetcars and the chug-chug of auto
mobiles, motor truVks and motorcyciea
in this most western city of the new
Could anything be farther removed
from the romantic, superstitious days
of France when sabres dripped in the
wake of dancing feet? So in my west-
worlft isolation from the tradition and
tngedy of the Le Bruns, sitting one
evening at the bedside of my mother I
raised my eyes to the wall while she
slept,' when across the wall flashed a
face, bold In outline and of fantastic
embellishment. The 'next moment it
was gone. .
lFare Again la sera.
I do not know whether this was the
regulation Huguenot of the Le Brun
family because cut off from communi
cation with them I do not know wheth
er he fcas been appearing straight away
down the line or not. I was not even
sure I had seen the Huguenot at all, so
deeply is my mind influenced by this
latter-day skepticism, so I wonaered a
bit, waited a while, and as nothing
more came of it put it down to a flight
of imagination.
A few months later arising in the
night to answer a call to my mother's
room, the same outline In heroic size
confnnted me on the wall.-A Huguenot
of the 16th century appearing on the
wall in the glow of a. 20th century arc
light robs it of much of its romantic
suggestion and all its terror. But there
he was as long as I kept my eyes upon
him growing and fading with the
flicker of the light. Expecting to see
a change for the worse I hastened to
my mother's bedside, but there she lay
comfortable and Deaoeful waiting for
me to bring her a glass of water, so I
went back to my room to thinkthlnsa
Not caring to see my murdered an
cestor before me any time I opened my
eyes at night I hung my crucifix in the
space where the Head had appeared,
feeling that the figure of the blessed
Saviour whose blood was shed for tha
pardon of all must exorcise this un
friendly spirit. .
Apparition Often Present.
But again, some time later we sat
chatting by the carefully shaded night
light. I looked up from Tny embroidery
and saw the Head upon the wall.
Glancing cautiously at my mother to
see if she. too. had seen It, I said, "Uo
you see anything unusual, dear?" And
she answered. "Yes. that rose in your
hair takes -me back to last Summer in
the country. I wish you would wear
one always."
Whether this answer brought me re
lief or terror I cannot tell. To know
the Huguenot had not appeared to my
mother assures me she is not to be
taken from me, but who then is it? I
have only Just begun to live. The Sis
ters at the convent told me I had a fu
ture before me in my voice if I could
have it cultivated." Also my cousin
Jacques in Paris wnteg he is coming
over to America to see me at the close
of the war. Still the apparition of the
Huguenot grows more and more dis-S
tinct although it has not the terror for
mo ittiad for the early Le Bruns when
It chilled their hearts with fear.
The crucifix I hung on the wall is
no bar to its appearance, -which I take
for a sign that with our advancing lib
erty in religious thought our Huguenot
has lost his prejudice against this sign
of holy chupch, else would he cast his
reflection upon it? But- day after day
as I chat and laugh to keep up my in
valid's spirits and know she does not
see the Head I thank the good Lord it
is not she who will have to go. and yet
I do not know what will become of my
poor mother if the Huguenot is coming
for me.
I do not try to explain what I see or
what I feel for I come always to the
Inevitable conclusion I simply do not
know. I have given you these facts
and the meaning of the Huguenot's
Head lies in your hand if within the
year you read "Marie Eugenie Le
Brun. a native of Portland, aged 21
(Continued From Fas S.
event. A wonderful exhibition ot not
only the theory of music but the ability
of the children to use every on 01
knowledge at the piano keyboard was
observed. The work included: Illus
trating the theory of music, sight read
ing, scale building, rhythm, ear train
ing keyboard harmony, history, musi
cal terms and the practice of music
The participants in the recital were:
Dorothy Bleecker, tiiaoys jaier. j-,ucie
Calef, Kathryn Clemens. Margaret Dun
ning, Kulla Dunning, Kutn running.
Alma Dye. Janet Edwards, Lucielle
George. Margherita Hay. Dorothy Hub
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Lu Mallory, Rufus Mallory. Everett
McCutchan, Florence Pick, Ruth Pick.
Stanley Pickford, Robert Self, Olive
Smith Jane rnompson, Louise wan.
Cecil Weekes, Hazel Wooddy, Margaret
w .
The Dallas Oratorio Society gave its
first concert recently in the High
School auditorium. It was a distinct
success. The chorus of 40 voices, con
ducted by Joseph A. Finley, showed
the thorough training of the past few
months, and responded readily to his
direction. The parts were well bal
anced, and the voices blend well. Miss
Dorothy Bennett was an efficient and
pleasing accompanist. Mrs. Finley's
sopranos and Mr. Finley's solos and
Yankee dialect readings were well re
ceived. The programme: "In Praise of
Song" (Strauss), chorus; solos, "For
the King" (Bonheur). and "Mandalay"
(Speaks). Mr. Finley; "O. My Love Is
Like a Red, Red Rose" (Garrett) and
"Yachting Glee" (Culbertson), chorus;
solos, "April Song" (Newton) and
"Alone in Love's Garden" (Hawley).
Mrs. Finley; "Love's Old Sweet Song"
(Molloy), chorus; reading, "Elkanah B.
Atkinson" (Day) and "Lute Hawkins'
Wife"-(Day), Mr. Finley: "The Miller"
(Macfarren) and "Wake Miss Llndy"
(Warner), chorus; "Valley of Laugh
ter" (Sanderson) and "Megan" (Rob
erts). Mrs. Finley: "When Lish Played
Ox" (Day), and "Barbara Frietchie" in
German dialect, by Mr. Finley: "Gloria
from 12th Mass" (Mozart). Last Fri
day work was begun on "The Crea
tion." parts of which will be sung in
concert in early May.
Dent Mowrey, the pianist of this
city, appeared recently in his fourth
piano recital at Seattle, Wash., and
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from her proficiency in imitating bird
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AT Carlin De Witt Joslyn save 1
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who, with her husband, lived formerly
in this city. They now live in Cali
fornia. The music of these four songs
is of charming, haunting beauty, and
has found many admirers. The music
is set for mezzo and contralto voices.
A San Francisco correspondent writes:
'Mrs. Travis' talents as a composer
were displayed in several pubiisnea
songs before she collaborated wiin
George Sterling. It is apparent that
Mrs. Travis inherited her poetical turn
of mind, for she is the daughter of Mrs.
Anna Morrison Reed, who is well
known among California writers of
verse. There are four songs in this
new book for which Mrs. Travis wrote
both words and music. They are called
A Star." 'The Mist and the Far Off
Star (this is dedicated to Mrs. Charles
Hollo Peters). 'Just to Be Near' and
Yearning." Mrs. Travis in writing and
composing has caught the witchery of
that moon for which the sea of tears
is ever a-tremble. Her effort is to
capture 'the word that grief would
find, the word that love natn Known,-
and she is successful In her quest. Hers
are 'slow and" supplicating ' notes' that
steal upon the heart, inducing sweetly
sympathetic, moods. All these, songs
by Mrs. Travis must be sung to a piano
accompaniment .if their- perfect beauty
to be estimated. But their delicacy
mav be Known somewnat irom sucn
brooding words as- these:
A Star.
No unrest on the water's breast.
Just stsrllsht like a dream
. Held in night's deepening;
No wind.
Jurt a breath of Sprinrt
Myatery In everything:
Juat the ocean's undertone.
A soul calling to its own,
v - Starlight snd a dream!
God in th mystic far.
Silence and a etar.
The piano students of Mrs. J. B.-Kiei
nan entertained parents and mends
with a monthly recital recently. Piano
solos, duets and trios were played by
the Misses Helen Tobin. Margaret
Connolly, Louise Tobin. Hazel Bruce,
Rachel Kiernan. Josephine Tobin,
Agathe Harmon. violin solos were
rendered bv Miss S. McAnally and Ann
Marie Kiernan. and a vocal solo. "Lit
tle Mischief." was sweetly sung by
little Miss Viola Harper. All the num
bers were well rendered and the stu
dents received hearty applause.
At the British Red Cross meeting,
held February 10. F. Bischoff sang
"Good Bye" (Tostl) ana "Invtctus'
(Huhn). Mr. Bischoff is studying with
E. Trevor Jones, end has a fine, robust
tener voice, his concert tone being ex
ceptionally rich in quality. Both of
his songs were beutifully rendered,
and well recel red.
Dr. John J. Landsbury. of the Uni
versity of Oregon school of music, will
give two lectures before his extension
classes at the Central Library. Friday,
February 23. to which the public rs
cordially Invited. The' first lecture at
7:30 P. M. will take up the different
methods of piano technique as illus
traced by the work, of such, men as
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Leschet laky. .Dieppe. Breithaupt. Raif.
Mason and others. Dr..Landesbury will
point out the strong points In the dif
ferent methods and the general criti
cisms of each. Parents who have chil
dren studying music are especially in
vited to the lecture. The second . lec
ture at 8:30 P. M. before the class in
the science of music, will take up "mod
ulation." with special reference to the
dominant seventh chord and the domi
nant ninth chord, and the diminished
seventh chord.
Robert E. Millard, flutist, gave a lec
ture on "The History of the Flute." at
the Jefferson High Srhool before 1400
students last Wednesday. The flute
was shown to be the most ancient of
musical instruments and frequently
mentioned In the oldest literature. Mr.
Millard made a rapid survey of the
great civilizations of ancient and mod
ern times, showing the important place
occupied by the flute in the art center
of the world at dif ferentperlods of its
history: and many interesting incidents
were related which showed the condi
tion of musical development in those
times. At the close of the lecture Mr.
Millard played a number on the old
style flute of Colonial days, and sev
eral solos on the modern Boehm-sys-
tem instrument. Anovelty consisting
of a flute trio was given by Miss Beulah
Clark, F. F. Jancke and R. E. Millard.
At a special musical service tonight
at the First German Baptist Churcti,
J. William Belcher will sing the tenor
recitative and aria from Handel s "Mes-
siah.""Comfort Ye" and "Ev'ry Valley."
After two years and a half as soloist
and precentor at Third Church ot
Christ. Scientist. Mrs. Sara Glouce Bow
man has resigned that position.
The musical programme celebrating
Lincoln's birthday and life, was pre
sented by students of Mrs. M. T. Carty
at Alumni Hall. The speakers compli
mented Mrs. Carty highly for the splen
did execution of the piano and vocal
numbers. Mrs. Carty was the soprano
soloist last Sunday at the Methodist
Church South, Union avenue and Mult
nomah street. Mrs. Carty was in fine
voice and sang "Peace, Troubled Heart
(Pinsuit). - -
Rossini's "Stabat Mater" will be sungi
at St. Mary's Cathedral tonight at 7:45
o'clock with solos by Misses Grace Daw
son. Tint Ledwidge. Rubie Goulet. Mrs.
Rose Friedle Glanelli, James Flynn and
Hugh .Kennedy.
Evan Williams, the famous Welsh
tenor, now makes his home in this
country. - Though he has been singinK
for a good many years, his voice has
lost none ot its sweetness and charm.
He is heard frequently in oratorio, but
more often in concert recitals. Welsh
residents of this city and other admir
ers of Mr. Williams are urging that he
be chosen as tenor soloist at the open
ing of the Civic Auditorium this Sum
mer. G. Martlnelll stands next to the great
Caruso among th tenors of the Met
ropolitan Grand Opera-House. New
York City. Just now. Martinellt is
happy, especially in the society of his
baby, little Miss Martlnelll. She is
going Into training early to be a prima She delights to sit beside him
at the piano while he practices for
"Tosca" or "II Trovatore," though she
is only a year old.
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"May I read you my new poem?"
"Yes. if you'll let me play you m7.
new cantata." Fliegende Blatter.