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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, DECEMBER 21, TO 10.
ROMANCE IS STILL HELD
ESSENTIAL IN PLAYS
Harold Vermilye, With "A Tailor-Made Man" Which Will Be Shown
Here Soon, Declares Old Style Is as Essential as Ever.
-f plays of today as it ever was Ml t ,mmft
member of "A J &j&tt M II
soon present I I
1 -yayrTv:-a ) 1
OMANCE is as necessary in
plays of today as it ever was
In the times of the swash
buckling hero who swept the stage
with his sword-,arm."
Thus apostrophized Harold Ver
milye, the principal
Cohan & Harris will
"The common and erroneous vie
of romance," continued Mr. Vermilye,
"is that it is either mythical incident
of mediaeval period or that it is ex
travagant of fantastical adventure.
And as all experiences are more or
less adventure, just clothe them with
sentiment and you have romance.
"I have often wondered why the
late Harry James Smith, author of 'A
Tailor-Made Man,' did 'not call it a
romantic comedy. Doubtless it was
because he was afraid the public
would appraise it as a play of the
middle ages. To my mind, the role
of John Paul Bart is as romantic a
figure one could' meet with in a long
journey. Yet everything he does in
the play is possible. If it were not
so, the public would not believe him
for a moment. How many stories do
we hear and read about that parallel
in the experiences of tho lowly tail
or's helper In this comedy..
"The fact that John Paul was a
poor boy, a dreamer of dreams, with
aspirations in cloudland, and that
through the acquisition of a dress
suit that came to his hand he was
able to realize these dreams, is not
impossible to accomplish in real life,
as anyone with knowledge will ad
mit, and that his act was the essence
of adventure Is equally admissible.
"It is also romance, because all of
us have conceived of something like
this being provocative of most de
lightful excitement, whether it was a
personal experience or one in which
we were privileged onlookers, and a
romance would be poor in apprecia
tion if the subject did not succeed in
his or her efforts. So the success
that attends John Paul verifies my
claim that the romance in 'A Tailor
Made Man." as in all of the plays that
have enjoyed success on the stage, is
responsible for its popularity."
In the cast supporting Harold Ver
milye in the title role of "A Tailor
Made Man" is Florence Ryerson. an
exceptionally talented actress, whose
work is well known in the east,
where she has appeared in Important
CHILDREN TELL SANTA CLAUS
WHAT THEY NEED THIS YEAR
One Little Tot Even Asks Be whiskered Visitor to Repair Doll Girl
Wishes to Be Kissed:
BT L.UCILE P. SAUNDERS.
WHAT a multitude of impressions
some children have of Christ
mas. And what a lot of queer
things they ask of that aged and
bewhiskered fairy, the Honorable S.
Claus, Esq.. manufacturer of pepper
mint canes, tin horses, toy dogs and
Christmas cheer In general, address,
North Pole. U. S. A.
Not quite a year ago, it was the
day after December 25, 1918, a cer
tain doctor answered a call at a very
modest little home. His patient, a
young mother, had been sick abed
for some time and the house appeared
as though the Jolly visitor from the
frozen north hadn't had it on his call
ing list. Far from downcast, how
ever, was a little girl, about 7 years
old, who was watching the physician
watt on her mother with great inter
est. She appeared very jubilant about
something. She smiled contentedly.
The doctor's curiosity was aroused
and he had not long to wait before
the child ventured to ask, "Would you
like to s,ee my Christmas present?"
Child Appreciates Ribbon.
Upon receiving an affirmative reply
she opened up her tiny fist and re
vealed a bit of bright ribbon, just
a narrow strip about eight inches
long and probably worth not more
than 5 cents. ,
"That's what Santa Claus brought
me." the little one explained, "now
I have something pretty to tie my
hair with and won't have to wear a
string on it when I gb to school."
That one child could be supremely
happy with so little when others
wish for so much seems unbelievable.
The incongruous and expensive
gifts they desire surely must add
many furrows to Saint Nick's brow
and we are led to remark, "No won
der his hair turned white long ago."
Santa Claus letters have been
steadily coming In at the postoffice
the last few days, aad up to Thurs
day about 50 had been received. These
were all turned over to the public
welfare bureau and were given at
tention where the cases seemed
worthy. The messages are on any
thing from high-class hotel station
ery to bU'cher's paper. Not alone
have they tme from local youngsters
but a note" drifted in from Montana
this week addressed to "Santy Claus,
Hundreds Write to Santa Claus
The greater part of the Christmas
correspondence oiathis nature goes
through the department stores where
official mail boxes have been placed
at the saint's headquarters. Hundreds
upon hundreds of them have been
received by one of the larger estab
lishments, where each letter is being
answered. Messages have been la-
botisualjf AjriAtad tx hand or "socked
off" on typewriters or decorated with
drawings and Christmas stickers.
They form plenty' of entertainment
for the young women who are seeing
that the replies are sent out.
It isn't always a laugh that one
gets from these appeals, especially
one like this from Clatskanle: . .
"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little
girl 4 years old and I hope you will
come to see me. My papa and
mamma have both been sick for a
long time. But I hope you will come
a little while. I want a big doll
and doll clothes and anything else
you will like to give me. With love
from your little girl. Alice."
Here is another, who is evidently
impressed with the needs of less for
"Dear Santa Clause: I know you
have lots of little war orphans. If
you have it to spare will you pleas
bring me a doll with curls and shuts
Its eyes. And a work basket And
sewing chair and a table and a Jack
in the box. If you pleas Little girl.
Somebody else has been lecturing
at home about the high cost of liv
ing, judging by this: "Dear Santa
Clause. I am eight years old. And
have been a pretty good boy. Will
you pleas bring me a bike, if it don't
cost to much, but if you can't, bring
me a Blackoard, or a Coaster wagon.
And bring me some candy and nuts
if you like. lours cinsearley, Dell.
But here is the most remarkable
letter in the collection, considering
the age of the writer. It was prob
ably written by an obliging "older
sister, but the request in It is quite
original. "Dear Santa Clause. Ive
been waiting for you a long time.
I am nine months old. I want a
trunk full of silk dresses and a neck
lace with my Mothers picture and
a ring, with a ruby. Ive been a
awful good girl. From Arvilla."
Brother Wanta Train.
The young lady's brother seems to
be In a similarly convincing mood,
as he writes. "Ive been waiting for
you. I am five years old. I want a
train with a track and a tunnel and
cars, a tryclle. P. S. I think that I
have been a good boy."
Talk about conservation! Listen to
this youthful housekeeper:
"Dear Santa Claus I have a very
pretty set of china dishes, but you
know, I do not all ways want to use
them, for I may break them, so thats
why I am asking you for these other
dishes. I am not going to ask you
for any thing more, for there many
other children who must have some
things to, so I will close my letter
by saying goodby."
This same correspondent seems to
have gone through the catalogue and
checked off what she wanted, for
earlier she says, "I am writing you
this letter for I can not come down
and see you, for my mother says the
stores are to crowed, bit may be I
can come down and see you next year
I have not much to ask for, for I
am growing quite tall. But I will
ask for a few things.
Varlona Articlea Popular.
"First of all I will ask you for
teddie bear with plush cloth with
movable arms and legs. And please
send me a composition doll full
jointed, sleeping eyes and a mohair
wig at 26 inches high. And please
send me a ruber ball at 2o c. O yes,
I would like to have a doll bugg,
large a noff so a girl 10 years old
can wheel it. And please send me a
Btocking filled with toys, as large
as on the pitcher I send with your
letter. And I all most for got that
I would like to have a little lorn,
and a game of lotto and a game of
little shopers. And please send me
a set of alumenum dishes."
They aren't all that long. Here is
an embryo colonel. "Dear Santa
Claus: I am 9 years old and I want
you to send me a drum and a sword.
Yours truly, Louis."
This one isn't worrying as much
about herself as her doll, for she says,
"Dear santaclous, I feel so sorry for
my big doll Nelie. She fell down and
her head broke. Will you please give
her another one. Please bring me
,.t pair or slippers. I am years old
anu a go to bunion .eny sonooi.
Girl Invltra Kias.
This young man has an emphatic
"Dear Santa claus, I have said that
I wanted an electric engine set. And
a good tool chest. And a American
Pedometer. And a good knife. Signed
Santa isn't going to go hungry on
his rounds, for one little girl on East
Salmon street concludes her petition
with, "I would like to have a hair
ribbon. And also a Ivory comb and
Drustt. Also aanta please come up
stairs and kiss me before you leave
for your home in Alaska. Be sure to
eat your lunch I will leave for you."
Another assures him as follows
"Will have hot chocolate and sand
wichee for you. The front door will
be unlocked. I'm trying to be a good
Dolls Has Bad Neck.
One vain little miss writes to "Dear
Sanata Clausa" in the following vein:
"I wish a lot of things, but I guess
cant have everything. But I would
like to have is a bottle of perfume
a blue or tan mix ribbon, a nice boxe
of stationery, a boxe of handkerchief,
a pair of glove any kind, a little blue
leather purse with a looking glass in
it, a sack of all candies.
"Now if you cant bring all those
things bring these, a bottle of per
fume, a boxe of stationery, a little
leather purse with looking glass in
It, and the two ribbons I told you a
bought, a few handkerchief. Well,
better quit for this time and will
write more next Christmas. P. S. I
have a doll which I would like to
have 'flxt the neck, arms and legs are
Don't Forget." Ia Advice.
This one sings a different tune.
"Dear Santa," she writes, "I wish you
would send me A pair of skates if
you have enough. My name is Gladys
and I live on Taylor street.
"Do not for get Me will you."
Here Is a domestic lad, who writes
In the third person:
"Harry wants a little ironing board.
a little stove, a little fire engine, a
little tricycle, some little cups and
saucers, come pictures, a lamp and a
little white bed with a doll In it, a,'
little desk. Yours truly, Harry."
This one tries some weird spelling
and finally resorts to sign language.
"Deat santaclaus I want a bed and a
bugwey and a doll and a ' set of
dishes and a tawel and a stove and a
umber and a trunck and a three
chairs and a clock and a spider and a
u v w x y z."
Child Remembers Others.
It Is noticeable among the tots that
they don't forget other members of
the family and that most dads seem
in need of silk socks, for this is the
favorite gift asked for father. This
child has the same idea.
"My Dear Santa Clause: How are
you? I want you to get my sister
three books and. I want you to get
my mother some ivory and, I want you
to sret mv father some ellk socks
and I want you to get 'my grandma a
ring, and I want you to get my dog
a new collar and I want a fairy dress
and besides I want a chair and be
sides my mother wants a five-cent
shopping bag and besides my sister
wants a wrist watch and Grandpa
Smith wants a pair of ellk socks and
my sister wants a white muff and
leather pocketbook and a nice cap
and a scarf and a silk party dress,
and I want a train of cars so I think I
will close up my letter. Good-bye
and if you don't write to me I'll give
you a hand spanking. From Dorothy
Surely nobody envies Santa's job
VOCAL STAR TO SING HERE
Alice Nielsen to Appear at Concert
of Oratorio Society.
The new vocal star from the east
who will sing as soloist at the con
cert of the Portland Oratorio society
Schwan Piano Co. Removal Sale
PORTLAND'S LARGEST STOCK NEW AND USED PIANOS & PLAYER. PIANOS
before removing to their new home on
101 AND 103 TENTH ST., AT WASHINGTON AND STARK STS.
An to our correctness of at W ashington and Stark Streets, we quote Dancl Webster! -At 1-reseace. nearness in place or time
as at the 9th hour; at the honaei to aim at a mark. it la less definite than in or on: at the house may c in or nenr tae nouae.-
r direction tonsids,
REDUCED TERMS ,i
S23 Sends Player Piano Home, SZS Next Payday. Then $16 Mo. la March.
PROVIDED YOU 3UY NOW BEFORE OUR REMOVAL
NEW FACTORY SAMPLES
models, chiefly the best and most ex
pensive styles, now offered at prices
you need to pay for cheaper pianos.
1 $625 STEGER ny. .$395
walnut. . .
C rst eco
... ........... i
A BnBVaBHB dW
1 $850 STEGER
$750 STEBER walnut
1 $750 STEGER wlw" . $595
2 $750 STEGER 1LU .!" $562
J$!I50 STEGER GRANDS $862
Including; Cabinet Player Bench.
or 5 so to S1O0 cash and
to S-3 Monthly.
Our Natural Player Pianos
are the wonder of the age. Come and
hear and play them. You will be sur
prised to learn or tne wonaeriui
progress in Player-Pianos.
1 $1150 STEGER ft model $862
1 $1000 REED & SON
2 $900 REED & SON ESS? ..$675
11 $900 THOMPSON of $675
" $800 MENDENHALLoak! $595
11 $950 SINGER i
Including Combination IMnjrr and
Piano Bench and SIO Worth Holla.
USKD PLAYER PIANOS.
$750 STARK ny $495
$1750 BERRY $595
ash. or SO to SlOO Cash, S12.
817 to 2S Monthly.
Factory Rebuilt and Used Pianos
C yl T C IJaylord. burl walnut. d0 1 C
Hl 0 $25 Cash, SIO Monthly. DO 13
t7Cf Stelnway & Sons, lik
VloU $25 Cash, J12 Montbry. wtOiJ
Star Piano Co., oak.
! U $25 Cash,
L.eland-t,yon A Healy, )CC
$25 Cash. $8 Monthly. Ou
Uaylord. burl walnut,
$25 Cash. $10 Monthly.
Storey A Clark. Art.
$25 Cash. $12 Monthly.
tjICfl Oaylord. Rebuilt.
tCI)C Mavis A Son, Illscont In. d Q Q C
33 $25 Cash, $10 Monthly. POOO
Cash. $9 Monthly. PaW70
Copyright. Mlshkln, N. Y.
Miss Alice Nielsen, who will
sing with Portland Oratorio
aoclety January 3.
C7Kn Stelnway A S
91 JU $25 Cash. $11
Cash, $9 Monthly
$25 Cash. $9 Monthly
Sons. Reb't.feO A C
IQr Cramer, Mahogany
lush tierta, walnut. (OQA
0rl J $25 Cash. $9 Monthly.
ose A Sons, Rebuilt.
January 3 in the public auditorium, is
Miss Alice Nielsen, soprano, who has
won celebrity both In grand opera
The oratorio society will first sing
selections from Handel's "Messiah,"
when selected Portland soloists also
will sing solos, and afterward Miss
N'ielsen will appear in an hour's re
cital, assisted by Thomas Griselle.
pianist. After her voice was trained
in Italy Miss Neilsen sang at the
Covent Garden theater. London. Eng
land, and in a revival of the opera
"Rigoletto" she had as co-star the
great Caruso, tenor. She next fol
lowed Melba as Mlmi in "La Boheme"
and won a sensational success.
V7h Vosc k Sons, Rebuilt
HI 3 $25 Cash, $7 Monthly
Ahfl Kingsbury, Rebuilt. )(
JiJU $25 Cash. $S Monthly. tPZOO
iiwi ul nu kii I iuiiiu precedented
:iU.H our cuier business policy.
market values not be observed?
CQCfl Kurtsmann. aauare, d? QC
OOUU $25 Ca3h. $10 Monthly P
Conn Y- Pianoforte, gr'nd,1 f?f
OOUU $25 Cash. $10 Monthly. P 1
CQnn J- ' Hale, refinished.
OOUU $25 Cash. $7 Monthly.
CI7C Haines Urns., mhgy.,
0H U $25 Cash. $8 Monthly.
?A")R Dunham, upright
OHXJ $15 Cash. $6 Monthly.
$25 Cash. $S monthly.
C9nn ('"Hard Collard, up..
)UU $io Cash, $5 Monthly.
COCn Bord A Co., upright
vtuu jio cash,
C IN PIEST
We bought up all these best styles
the cheaper models be 1 n g entirely
sold out at factories. No more until
after January 1. 1920 but we are of
fering them now at the prices of the
cheaper models. We can. therefore.
serve you better now than ever here-
a $650 REED & SMSg ,$485
- $675 REED & SONS , :: $495
!f$625 SINGER Undlshl $468
Jl$625 THOMPSON aK $468
J! $550 THOMPSON
!!! $500 THOMPSONS
-Cash, or SIS to S25 ash. SIO,
S12 and S14 Monthly.
USED PARLOR ORGANS
$150 BURDETT aL8toP8 $45
$145 SCHOENINGER CABINT $35
$125 STERLING at8tops: $28
$115 PACKARD itst.ops. $28
$135 KIMBALL 1, sups $38
$145 KIMBALL ii..slops $55
$125 PELOUBET l:.... $25
$165 CHAPEL ORGAN $58
$150 CHAPEL ORGAN $55
$135 NEEDHAM .$38
SI 25 SCHOENINGER LS!01B. $25
$175 BECKWITH CO, $65
Terma SIO Caah. S5 Monthly.
CQCn Hallrtt . Davla. up..
0O3U $15 Cash. $6 Monthly.
CQCn Leland up., oak,
003U $15 Cash. $6 Monthly.
store satisfies the people through Its un-
values. Truths fully named. Sin-
W .. tall tiaw . . T- i n Q v a rr n I c klff h.p
PRIPF inFNTITY Wh' should pianos not have a price Identity? Why should
market values not
flated prices? Let us finance your piano purchase
imii v iiiisu nil y .
$5 or $10 in Records Purchased Sends
Either Type Home
Week I y
Why should you pay in
i $15 or more cash, $8 or
Cattlemen Race With Death.
KLAMATH FALLS, Or., Dec. 20.
(Special.) Walter Campbell and Eu
gene Childers, local cattlemen, rode
a close race with death a few days
ago, when a Southern Pacific pas-
I IRFRTY Rflkin or other securities taken in part or full payment of Pianos
LIUL.ni 1 UUI1UO or Plaver-Planos durintr this sale. Also, vour old Piano
Organ or TalKlng Machine.
111 Fourth Street,
nnnm vniin nillin DV lllll Read, study and compare our quality
UnUCn I UUI1 rlrinU D I m M I L a n,i terms advertised, and you will lenrn
why we hve hundreds of mall-order buyers.
nifT DC TflUU DIIVCD? PREPAY AND MAKE FREE DELIVERY OF
UU I "UT" I U Ti It DU I End piano TO VOI R HOME within 200 miles, and the
piano will be shipped Bubject to exchange within one year, we allowing the
full amount paid. This virtually gives you a one-year trial of the piano you
order. Every piano or player piano purchased carrVs with it the Schwan
Piano Co. guarantee of satisfaction, as also the usual guarantee from each
manufacturer of these new musical instruments. Open Saturday evenings
Schwan Piano Co.
MAN V MILLIONS
senger train overtook them in a long
cut near Kirk. Finding an attempt
to oil trace the train In vain, they
flung themselves from their horses
and climbed the steep snowbanks on
the edge of the track, gaining refuge
by a halrsbreadth. Their horses were
run down and killed. The men were
using the railway track to avoid the
deep snow on the highway, forget
ting that the train was nearly due
when they entered the cut.
' IIU1MI a
BETTER OPTICAL SERVICE
in mam aai m v
I . ST mm mil s, v.; -is
with feasting, glad music
and dancing during the
holidays. The world has much
to be happy over; let us keep
Christmas and New Year's with
the old-time spirit of joy.
Make Early Reservations (or
Theae Special Occasions.
6 to 8 $2 a plate.
Dancing and Music.
New Year's Eve Supper
Dance the old year out.
10 to 12:30. $3 a plate.
New Year's Dinner
6 to 8 $2 a plate.
Dancing and Music.
Richard W. Childs,
C. D. Schreiter,
- limn iiirrnr-
Our OpifiaJmoscope and Relino&cope is one of the
most scientific eye-testing instruments in the world. With
it rue can detect errors of vision instantly.
t Treating eye strain by means of suitable
glasses is not by any means so simple as it
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T There are so many opticians in the world and
so many people selling glasses that you are in
a position to demand something better than
the average, and we are in a position to give
it to you.
J The necessary knowledge covers a wide field
and includes eye physiology and anatomy, phys
ical and visual optics in their advanced stages;
also a practical knowledge of lens grinding.
Our many years' experience in scientific eye
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t Complete lens-grinding factory on premises.
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