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THE OREGON DAILY JOURNAL, PORTLAND, SATURDAY EVENING. DECEMBER 19, 1003.
Marquam pontile Brier Bush.1 '
Cora ray's "J lello. Bill!" -. '
Baker ."A Midnight BeU." .
IN & recent Interview, Mr. J. H. Stod
dart, the favorite actor, who ap
pears here next week lm "The Bon
4 . nte Brier Bush," at the Marquam
Grand, was asked if he remembered how
many roles he, hid played. "No, -I have
- never tried to count them," lie said, in
;ths strong accentrvt the native of North
1 Britain, which born in a man. arerindel-
"I cannot" tell; when I was taW f
realised that I had -not. the comellues'H
for a Romeo,: and so since I was 19. It
seems as If I had always been playing
the aged father, .heart-broken oveT the
.loss of his -wayward daughter. I have
., 'played. hard old men and tender old men.
but always old men.' Now when I get
. on a street car In New " York, where I
have lived all my life, some one almost
Invariably says. There's Mr. Stoddart,'
and they look upon me as though I were
something grim and venerable.
"Do X reraembef my first appearance
on th stage T ; That- must have been
(Somewhere about 1830. I remember it
well because I ruined, the chief scene of
. my play. It was in a stock companylat
Glasgow, and tne piece was a forgotten
: one, by - Douglas Jerold, entitled 'The
Rent Day.' Uy father played, a villain
ous part; he had to turn a' poverty
stricken , family out of doorsj I was
billed ss 'Master Stoddart,' and bad the
role of one of the children of the evicted
'family. But when my father came on
- the-soene Instead of shrinking from him.
"'as I should. I ran' over, to him and
.clutched his arm with an affectionate
grasp, and would not leave him during
; the scene. Of course, it spoiled the play,
' but the audience applauded immensely,
"After playing all sorts of . child's
parts at Glasgow, I was sent to school
and after that joined a stock company
at Liverpool. Then, while still a young
: man, ,1 came to America to Join the
stock company of the eMcr Wallack
James W., the father of Lester Wallack,
whose name is known to all. Ah! those
were immense companies we had in
those days; wonderful actors we had
ell around us; Laura Keene, John
Brougham, ' the Wallacks, ..... Lysander,
- Thompson and others. The theatre stood
at the corner of Broadway and Broom
streets in New York, and the chief rival
of Wallack was the rare comedian, Wil-1
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J. II STODDARD.
In "The Bonnis Briar Bush." at the Marquam Grand Next Week.
11am E. Burton, who was an actor of
a wholly different typs to Mr,, wallack,
and had a splendid company also. Per.
haps you and the majority of your read
rs have never' heard of Lysander
Thompson, whose name X hvs men
tioned. Yet when X esma to America,
he was the rage as a nharaeter eams
ltn, and I have never seen surpassed
his performances in the Yorkshire or
rural English characters that used to P
I A feature of-every English comedy, The
. oblivion Into which h' nams has fallen
, Illustrates the ephemeral nature of an
aster's schlevements." .
'"But the names of soms survive,"
ug tested the critio "all know the name
o Maeready, whom you have seen," , .
"Yest yes !" said Mr. Btoddart, "and a
great actor he was. His Intellect was
immense, and yet h was full of man
nerisms, I am alwsys reminded of
Macready wnen X see Blr Henry Irving.
X think Irving must have been influenced
: . by him when he was a youth,:.- It, is a
notable fact that all the great actons
whom X remember had their own man
- nerlsms. In Macready and in Mies Chof
' lotte CusUman, a great tragedienne, with
whom X have acted, they were 'very
marked; and I have heard my father say
the same of Edmund Keen, with whom
hs frequently acted, and whom -he at
, times would Jmltats,", ; v , --
"What do I think of the life 'of the
star actor? Well, I have not followed
that sort of a carter; X am contented
. with my life, as I look back upon It.
The financial rewards may not have been
great but X have had a home and a enm-
petanc 'during all thftie years. ; Mr, Jef
f arson Chose a different courss, I re
member well when he nrst cams to New
York to make his nams on ths stage,
and ha baa seen fortunate. But-as a
nils, the life ef a stsr actor Is a life
of vagabondage, no matter how great
his earnings. And, therefore, I look
upon the old stock days, when every so
tor had a horns and a livelihood at least,
as best." ... .
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-The- Two Bisters" cams to VHTMir
quam Grand on Wednesday night, and
, those who witnessed the production
wished It had stayed away. The play It
self was an Impossible mixture of melo
drama and comedy wltb a few injections
i of vaudeville and, if anything, the ap.
clalty attints were the most Interesting
feature. Denman Thompson must have
been relying entirely upon the fame he
achieved, with,, "The Old Homestead" to
make a good reception for this play. He
was right. In a way. but unless ?The
Two Bisters" books through a circuit of
. popular priced houses with a maximum
at (0 cents pef.i U 1 destined for an
- ; THE FOOTLIGHTS
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MRS. PAULINE HICKLER, IN "HELLO, BILL!";
Cordray's Theatre, Week December 20.
early death. Xt has no right to anything
.better. ... . . ,
Charles . L, Banks, who appeared as pile
Bnlfklns, gave the funniest monologue
that has been heard In a local theatre
Slnoe De Wolf Hopper recited "Casey at
the Bat' and the character parts were
fairly well sustained, but the story Is
neither coherent nor In good taste, and Is
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Dne of the prettiest shows of the sea
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."A MIDNIGHT BELL."
.At. the Baker Next Wwfc .
son was the attraction at Cprdray's the
atre In "The Minister's Son," with W.
B. Patton in the title rols of Btmbn
Ray. The character he presents Is not
entirely ' original but it . is absolutely
unique and in. the expression of ons of
his feminine admirers "just lovable."
It is that, truly, and moreover teaches
one of the strongest heart lessons im
aginable, a clean, pure sermon cannot
but make us better.
Simon Is an "Inventor feller" In the
language of Deacon Wilson and after a
series of trials and struggles in the
metropolis finds a market for the product
of his brains. He returns home and In
his strong, manly way reunites the sepa
rated members of the family, saves his
sister from the clutches of a villain andl
semes aown as me protector of the
homef Which everyone sincerely hopes
will never be visited by another sor
row. . -
Comedy and tragedy combined to form
a very atractlve menu at the Baker the
atre this week, a little one-act curtain
raiser serving to precede the heavy emo.
tlonal drama, The Bells." made famous
by Sir Henry Irving. George Alison ha
the leading role of Mathies and his ex
quisitely shaded portrayal of the charac
ter deserves to be classed on the list with
the greatest emotional acting of the
day. it is replete with thrills and shlv
ers for ths audience and leaves an im
pression on the mind that can never be
entirely effaced. Alison's part contains
the heart and soul of the play but in
his signal success we witnessed the ex
ceptionally clever and artistic work of
the entire company.
"Looking for a Wife" was the attrac
tion at ths Empire until Tuesday. Then,
when the members of the company were
disbanded. It. turned out to be "Looking
ror work. A, number of those who
were shrewd enough to lay by a little
nest egg have ers this treked to other
points, but several of the company art
still In town, wondering hew on earth
they are to get back to New York. There
Is always ths last alternative of booking
forji few weeks In vaudeville and while
this, of course. Is a bitter pill to ths
members of the "legit" It Is , on they
sometimes swallow with th best relish
Ths play had been losing, money con
tinually and Anally ths and cams her in
Portland. ... - .
Ths little Arcade theatre la becoming
more and more popular every day. It
caters to a demand which can be satis
fied at no other plaoe and with the con
tinuous vaudeville performances attracts
crowded houses at every performance.
The proprietors have provided a coy re
treat where one can go and rest after a
shopping tour and while away an hour
enlivened with pure, wholesome furt. The
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continuous house baa come to stay and
certainly deserves to jsxosper. ,
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A feature of the theatrical Season will
be Klrke La Sheila's production of the
"Bonnie Brier Bush,' which appears at
the Marquam Grand five nights, with
Friday , aad , Saturday matinees,, com
mencing next Tuesday evening. - The
favorite) '- actor, J, Stoddart,1 has
achieved the crowning triumph of his
long stage career In the personation Of
Lachlan Campbell, , the stern Scotch
elder. Y . -
' This Is the second season' of the play,
but it deserves to -live forever, as no
sweeter story was ever arranged . for
stage .purposes, It is a peculiar, blend
Ing of comedy and pathos.
Miller Kent is back In -New York.
The "S'V with which he prefixed hia
nam Is lost somewhere ddwn along the
California coast "Fighting Bob," the
play that was condemned so severely in
this city, Is but a memory ana sven the
manuscript Is hidden from sight. The
following production ot "Facing 1 the
Music" breathed -its last In a Michigan
town,, and the company disbanded. L-
r It is really too bad, for Mr. , Kent
was above the average as an actor.1 ; But
he was unfortunate and that tells the
story. The play was impossible; and
this., combined with the streak of hard
luck, proved too much for him to over
come, add the actors are recuperating
in the metropolis.
Florence Roberts, well termed the
star of the , West, will soon appear in
this city, probably with a repertoire f
plays, Including "The Frisky Mrs. John
son," the much-talked- of faiocondo,"
and Others which am not announced.
The popular actress is always a strong
favorite here, where her clever - acting
has ever assured crowded houses. , Miss
Roberts has an attractive personality
and a fund of magnetism, which, com
bined with a rare artistic instinct, al
ways mark her performances aa finished
and thoroughly satisfying. , - .
Essie ' Tittle, a sister of Minnie Tit
tle, whose stage name It Mmnle Tfttlo
Bruno, and well ' known In ' Portland,'
last Thursday joined thr ''What's the
Matter With Susan", company, at ths
New . York Bijou theatre. Ten years
ago' Miss - Tittle was well known in
stock productions on the coast..
There Is genuine pleasure in the an
nouncement that "foxy Grandpa," with
Joe Hart and Carrie De Mar and nearly
all the originals in the cast, will appear
in this city soon. The comedy is built
upon the famous funny newspaper
sketches and Is on Its first visit to the
finest , :yy?y,: h
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"The Minister's Bon." with W. B.
Patton In the. leading part, and the most
evenly balanced company seen here this
season, will close a successful week at
Cordray's tonight. ,
Margaret Klngore, who played the
heroine- in "The Dairy Farm." 1 to
become leading ,woman with the "Yon
Yonson" company. .-' ; -
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Henry W. Savage will produce a new
musical comedy, "McAdam and . Eve,"
early In January. . -y
E. Burke' Scott, treasurer of the
' SOAMI RAM.
High Priest of India.
Frank Dantela company, disappeared a
few days ago with 11,100. Great Scott,
On Monday ' night Lillian Russell's
daughter, Dorothy., made her debut at
a New York theatre in "The uiri from
Kay's." . ' i : ''..; r
. The Nelll-Morosco company Will be
back at the Seattle theatre in Seattle
with three plays -"A Royal Family,"
"Janlc Meredith" and "Shenandoah.",
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"Mr. Jolly of Jollet," which made so
favorable an Impression here earlier In
the season, closes its road tour at Den
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"In Convict Stripes" is a near book
ing at Cordray's. Th title Is sugges
tive of the character of the play, per
taining to Incidents In the life of a
falsely accused and convicted South
Carolina farmer.---.-- -
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PRESS AGENTS' MONOLOGUES
ifoyt's great New England character
drama has been reserved for Christmas
week at the Baker theatre. "A Mid
night Bell" Is filled with winter scenes
and suggestions of the Christmas time
and cannot help-' arousing many old
memories and reminiscences. - Miss Oxa
Waldrop, the new member of the Baker
company, makes her first appearance as
the charming little sister of the village
minister, who. Is the heart and soul of
the story, and the role could not have
suited her better had It been written
especially for her.
The story of the play In brief la that
one Stephen Labaree . robs a bank pf
which he Is cashier. Ned Oloott con
fesses to the crime to save his uncle,
Squire Olcott, from suspicion. Ned is
In love with Annie Grey. lie enlists
the school teacher, Nora Falrford, In tit
behalf. John Bradbury, the minister,
loves Nora, but believes she Is In love
with Ned, so works to clear Ned of sue-
f.lclon. Keene, the lawyer ef the play,
oves Dot, the minister's sister. He fin
ally helps to clear . up the mystery. In
ths third set . the ' school teacher la
driven from, home, as she was supposed
to have aided $!ed In his esoapa from
the officers. ' In the fourth act Deacon
Tldd, who haa been very busy through
out the play "tendin to things," helps
to solve the problem by ringing the bell
In the steeple of the old church at mid
night, where he. has been looked by ac
cident, The villagers rush in to his as
sistance, end" discover', Labaree secreting'
the bank'a stolen property In the cushion
of his pew.; '.The frnnocent are cleared,
the various "lovers made happy, and, the
old deacon continue happy through life
The play will open".'- with ; the usual
matins . tomorrow aternoont and there
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will be a special matinee Chirstmas Day,
at the regular matinee prices.
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..' .; ASOAOB THEATSB. 7 77'' ,
Christmas week at the Arcade theatre
will be celebrated by the best bill ot
ine season.- Bince its opening the man
agement has catered to the"patronage of
women and children, and for their bene
fit the two matinee performances ha vs
been given dally, y During the holiday
Week the management has spared no
expense to offer refined: vaudeville that
will entertain i without offense lo athe
most zasuaious. Campbell and Allaire,
the famous club Jugglers, will be seen in
an entertaining act; Alma Wuthrfch, one
of the stage's ; sweetest singers,! will
render , some i;of the :everrefreshing
melodies of the olden time. ' Singers and
whistlers whose- act ' will amuse are
Stafford and Stone, at home on any
vaudeville stage in the country; Pott
and Hart do a tear-destroying- musical
comedy act; Madeline O. "Liens sings il
lustrated songs, and the American Bio
scops flashes nsw moving pictures.
The-new bill starts Monday. Tomor
row 1s the last of the present bill. Five
shows dally, 3:30, 3:30,' 7:80, 8:80 and
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Manager Russell offers Willis Max
well Goodhue's comedy "Hello BUI."
Christmas week, and predicts that his
patrons will enjoy one of the comedy
treata of the season. For the benefit of
those who do not know what "Hello
Bill" Is, it can be termedjanjsbjuxd
conglomeration of ridiculous situations
brought about ' by 'Bill'e" acting,, lead
ing to a lot of the funniest complica
tions that were ever thought of by
farce , writer.. "To escape going to jail
for an eacapade, he hide for -three
months, and In the meantime make his
bride of a few minutes believe that he is
a general In the United ; Btatsa army,
fighting for Cuba : The' real general,
whose Identity he has attempted to as
sume come upon the scene Just about
as "Bill" is , to ; be . given - a reception
by his townspeople; Incidental to th
plot, laughter never ceases. The com
pany engaged in this year' presentation
of the play 1s a notable one, and in
cludes In its ranks Such well and cap
able' people as John Daly Murphy, Ar
thur L. Cogllser, Frank Mostyn Kelly,
Echlln P. Gayer, Phillip Shefleld, Henry
Evans, the Misses Kathryn Vincent
Alfa Perry Byers, Kathleen '' Clifford,
Alice Moffett and Pauline Hickler, "
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V " " " : "in COHYIOT-S TSXPSS.". .
"In Convict Stripes" Is a play that
takes possession of the spectator and
moves him to tears and to laughter with
equal skill. It tells a powerful story
or lire amongst the hills of South Caro
lina. It will be seen at Cordray's thea
tre commencing week of December 27,
and will be the New Year opening at
- Th production la a drama replete
with interest. Incident after Incident
following each other so closely that It
seems the author's Invention. must find
its limit. , But the action sustains its
novelty and force to the very close of
the last act. . which alone 1 worth see
ing silent story effectively told to'a
hushed audience who . struggles with
teara. " . ',- - ' ; ". -,
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. "TKJ3 BOSJTXB BKXXB BUSK."
The main personage in "The Bonnie
Brier Bush."' which comes to the Mar
quam Grand for five night commencing
Tuesday next, with matinees Friday
(Christmas) end Saturday,, la the char
acter of Lachlan Campbell, th Drum
tochty chepherd. Out of thi personage
Mr. J. H. Stoddart has created- a char
acter that will live In the annals of the
stage with 'the best creations of the
greatest dramatic artists and most cer
tainly hsa launched the play upon a suc
cessful career..- - .'
The sturdy, hard, bigoted, narrow-
minded, kind-hearted, conscientious and
plainly religious- old Highlander, a
Covenanter by descent, sn elder of the
ktrk by 'appointment and a Free
Churchman by profession, Lachlan
Campbell stands as a type of the Scotch
Presbyterian, humble and yet arrogant,
who devoutly orders his 'conduot ac
cording to Divine will, but obdurately
interprets the dictates of Providence In
accordance with his own notions.
This character Mr. Stoddard chose,
of all that he has ever Interpreted, for
his career as a star, and he has per
sonally expressed the opinion that it Is
without doubt the atrongeat part he haa
ever played. !: K .-.
Reuben Fax, who created the leading
comedy role of "Posty" still continues
in that character, and It Is said that it
woald be hard to find a better exponent
of the big, good-natured postman. Ths
supporting company are promised to be
up to the standard, of Jhose seen here In
the past, and the same sumptuous stage
settings seen before, are used In this
Ths acting company: Includes many
who are well and favorably known to
our theatre-goers, among whom are
Robert VV Ferguson, Mabel Brownell,
Damon Lyon,'-' Pearls Redding, George
Warnock, Adelaide Camming, Julius Mo
Vicker, Queenl Phillip, Wallace Jack
son, Robert Ireland, R. C. Easton and
Thomas McLaughlin. . 'A quartet Is
announced to Interpolate th old t'ms
Scotch ballads and a. bagpiper, late
drum-major of the Forty-eighth High
landers la Introduced, adding the requis
ite coloring and Scottish "atmosphere."
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- -,. OI.ES OX.VBB OOMXSCr. '
The coming of the Stanford Glee and
CORDRAY'S THEATRE c,rtttr'
' v Prices Always 16c, S6c, 85c, 400 and BOc No Higher, J
THE MINISTER'S SON" Last Time Tonight
S CH RISTM AS
BEOINNINO SUNDAY MATINEE
MESSRS. GOODHUE & KELLOGG PRESENT
' ' ' t , "V . 1 ' . ' '
, A Company of Player Including '
Mf. JOHN DALY MURPHY
Iv tu jollt povxvr - ' v
tCA MINUTES OP VERY HEAL.THY
IOU, AND REHRESH1NQ FUN
THB TUlT THAT WOW TOXTB BEASTS UST TEAB ,
sams surras scbwio produotioh aits xzcxubitt compaitt
Pster obertson -i than TranoUoo Chroniols of last Monday, Decem
ber 14, said i "Greatest dramatlo performance befor th Amsrloan public'!..
Zvening Vrlee Lower 'floor except last 3 rows, $1.60; last S row. $1.
BalcenytflrstLrw 9ii second I row. 76cj last row, sOo? Gallery, ,
S5o and J 5c. Boxes and loges, 110. t,
Special Xma and Saturday Matinees Entire lower floor, SI. Balcony,
first, rows, 76c; last 6 rows, 60c. Gallery, 25o and (Sc. Bojtes ' and
; loges,, $7.50. ' ;'V- xV: ' .
... Beat are now selling. - Carriages at lQiM o'olk.
THE BAKER THEATRE
GEO..L. BAKER, Sole Lessee end Manager ,. Phone Main 1007 '
Portland's fashionable, popular priced playhouse.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 20
GEORGE L. BAKER ANNOUNCES FORN
THE , SEVENTH VEEK OF THE
BAKER THEATRE COMPANY. J
A MlpoiiiglhiiF ;
By CHARLES H.HOYT, Author of "A Temperance Town,"
" Contented Woman" "A Trip to Chinatown,' Etc .
SPECIAL MATINEE CHRISTMAS DAY
.. .NEW YEAR'S WEEK, Beginning Sunday Matinee, Dec27, v
Sheridan's great Comedy, '
"SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL," :
with Esther Lyon, the new leading woman, as Lady Teaile. "
- Great Bohemian Pianist '
ONE NIGHT ONLY
MONDAY EVE., DEC 21
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Sol direction Elmore Rice -
An immense audience will greet
the great artist in Portland ;
SEATS $3.00, $2.00, $1,50
General Admission, (1,00 1
Mandolin club to the Marquam theatre
December 28 has awakened interest- In
social and musical circles. The college
studentg-presertt- a clever program of
college songs and muslo with well se
lected specialties. Ths following well
known society women are the patron
eases; Mrs. Richard Koehler, lira. 3.
Wesley Ladd, Mrs. L. L. MeArthur, Mrs.
Charles TP. Beebe, Mrs. Charles E. Bltton,
Mra A. E. Rockey, Mr. E. F, Riley,
Mrs. A. C. Newlll and Mrs. J, A,
' - "BXCHABD cabtsl." -Andrew
Robson and hi delightful
company of players will again visit us
at th Marquam Grand theatre Shortly,
presenting Winston Churchill's Story,
"Richard Carvel,'! a romance of early.
Maryland In the days of the American
, (Continued on Page Thirteen.)
Nights. Commencing Tuesday, Dec 22
Matinees Christmas Day and '
- Saturday at 2:15 o'Clock
KIRKE LA SHELLE Presents' the Favorite Actors
J. H. STODDART and REUBEN FAX
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1 """" Id the Greatest of Alt Scotch Plays
"Th Modal ruyhons of the flty"
330 WASKUrOTOW. BZTWZBX
.... SIXTH AVD BJCTEITT.'-
WEEK OF DEC. 21
' ' Look this bill through care
fully. It will repay perusal.
New acts -and new sketches that
will please the old and young. ;,
AND ALL FOR TEN CENTS.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS
The compliments of the holi
day season to our patrons, one
and all. For many moons they
have found that there are other
merry days besides Christmas,
even though that Is the merriest
of the year. And they have also
found that the merriest place In
Portland is the ,Arcade Theatre.
And for -this, the holiday week,
there Is no other thst will rtU- '
renss the brsnd of yuletlde cheer-1
bat will be found
' ' :7 AT THE NEW
.THIS WEEK '
There I on thing about which
.the patron Of thi playhouse are
agreed, and that Is: it is the
home of . j.-.h , .
: REFINED RECREATION
Afid so th management ! In
tends to keep It. Santa Claua Is
a good friend of ours, and he says
Ths best bill of the season com
mences. Funta is wise, but he le
no wiser than the general public,
which I knows that the Arcade
.label brands a vaudeville pro
gram ss the best ever. This is a
time . of general rejoicing. It's
the time to show, good will to
your family. And there's no bet
ter way than to take the family
and the neighbors to-spend an
hour of keen enjoyment at this
clearing-house of fun We start
next week with , f
CAMPBELL AND . ALLAIRE.
Most dexterous, graceful novel
and interesting handlers of hoops
and Indian clubs. A marvelous
display of manipulation. r,
. ' We don't know where Alma wa
born. But if she had been born
here we know she would have
been called "The Sweet Singer of
Oregon." She Is a songstress of
STAFFORD & STONE
llpre Is a pair .of singers r nnd
1 whistlers that nan ho.ld any .train.',
They came from'Ileadlinevill."
While they are on the stage no
one gets up and walks out. .. ..
POTTS & HART
Crsck-a-Jaok. comedy musicians!"
They have made good ever since
they started on their vaudeville,
career. They haven't stopped yet,
either. . ..t - - t . ,.
Madeleine O.Lcene - '
" Madeleine is pretty. 'Madeleine
can sing. ' And her songs are IK
lustra ted. ,, -t.
Will present new moving pictures.
TTTB IKOWB DAILY rtTB
0:30, 3:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9)30. .
OWJr DIMB BtTTS AWT iEAT.
. A MERRY CHRISTMAS" (
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