The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, December 11, 1904, SECTION TWO, Image 16

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T BIT'S jo to dinner." Mid Ar-
I thur Ward, hungrily.
B J "You're on," I replied
Within 10 minutes a dusky waiter
seated Florence Roberta' bualneas man
ager and myself at one of the bit round
tables In young man Bowera' little cabin
through (he block.
We were about to attack a pair of
oyster cocktails when something aktn to
mental telapathy made Arthur look up.
Down the main aisle brushed a little
woman, preceded by the same waiter,
and making straight for our table. She
had on a short skirt not too short; one
of those creations abbreviated to the
stent that It doesn't disturb the dust
In the shopping district The skirt waa
gray. The shirtwaist which accom
panied It was white (Arthur said It was
a shirtwaist). Her hair waa rea a
shade about half way between Tlsslan
and golden. Her face waa round and
plump, good natured, pleaalng, but not
beautiful. Her teeth were Ilka so many
pearls, streaked with gold and the ling
ers or her left hand were covered with
diamonds tares - sol hh Ires - and four
cluatera of three ear a. I know, be
cause I counted them between the soup
and the fish.
"Allow me." aald Arthur, rising, 'this
to Mlaa Rose Melville."
I nearly tipped over the relish In my
anxiety to acknowledge, while Mlaa Mel
ville, for some reason, remained per
fectly calm. And think of It. fellows,
we took dinner together."
Universally admired "Sis" Hopkins
told us the story of her Ufa during that
meal and gave a real starfish gaap
when Informed, at Its conclusion, that
a newspaperman waa present. (Her
manager then offered me her picture,
- which I accepted with profound expres
sions of delight.)
It waa a surprise to everybody pres
ent. Including Sam Thall, who waa a
personal acquaintance of William
Shakespeare, to learn that Rose Melville
la the daughter of a Baptist minister.
Surprise No. 2: She was born In Terrs
Haute, Ind.. not far from New Har
mony, the village In which Sis" grew
up. And No. 1: She aald "Sis" Hop
kins la not an exaggeration.
"Tea," repeated Mies Melville, seg
regating a shrimp, "my father waa a
Baptists minister in Terre Haute and
my. sun t he opposea to me stage
though. You see, three of my sisters
were already In the profession, xney
were known as the Melville sisters, with
the Baldwin-Melville stock company.
Father was furious because they left
home and swore up and down that I
never ahould. Of course that made ma
all the more determined to become sn
actress. I got ready to Hy the coop'
one day and father got out detention
papera and held me back. Think of
"That affair blew over and when, one
day I aaked permlaalon to go to Sidney,
a little town In Ohio where the girls
were playing, Just to visit them, the
pater gave hla consent. By this time
1 had had all the atage-atruckness'
taken out of me. I wanted to see my
sisters that-was all. But upon my ar
rival In Sidney, almost before I could
Mas them hello, they exclaimed in unison-:
"Str glad you're here. -The piano
player Is sick and you're Just In tlms
to take his place'
"For a week, my proteats to the con
trary, I played the overtures and Inci
dental music for the company. With
every mall 1 waa receiving hurry-home
calls from father, but I couldn't leave
them In a lurch, now could IT"
Arthur Warde shook the top off ths
alt cellar and Arthur la nothing, If
not platonlcally commercial quite
agreed that she could not.
"And then," resumed Miss Melville,
paaslng the ollvea. "It happened that
they produced 'Kathleen Mavourneen'
and cast me for the part of the waiting
maid. I waa also the orchestra. That
was my lirat appearance. They Mked
me and I was next compelled to play
Louise in The Two Orphans.' I could
hear father storming In Terre Haute,
but the Japan ass array could not have
driven me off the stage after that.
"Father, you must understsnd, wanted
me to return to college. He had ma
rut out for a linguist and I had made
some progress in five different lan
guagea But by this time all I wanted
was the language of the footlights and
X believe I've learned It fairly well.
I became an Ingenue In the California
theatre. San Francisco, my third part
being In The Oallay Slave,' and after
that I Just 'dubbed around.' as you men
would say. until the Sis ffoplnks' sketch
made a success. The rest a small
black coffee, please Is easy. Tou all
know It"
Miss Melville stoutly maintains that
during the trips she used to make Into
tfte country with her fsther to attend
revival meetings she frequently ran
across girls of the Sis" Hopkins type.
"I have seen scores of them." she de
r Is red "It to not sn exaggeration, upon
my word It isn't, except in oae re
spect I believe I havs never seen a
girl among ths hposlers whose braids
were quite as stiff ss those of '81s '
Nut the pigeon-tnedness. the general
awkwardness, the apparent simplicity,
but Inward wit and philosophy of these
character I studied day after day, year
after year, even as a seminary girl."
Thla la Mlaa Melville's ninth season
In her celsbrsted character, and while
It to due to her to atate that ahe la aa
graceful aa most women off. the stage,
she cannot help. In everyday conversa
tion, employing the charming manner
of apeech, voice and tone of Sla Hop
kins Moreover, I hope shs will never be
able to get away from It. It la one of
the most delightful qualities of her
striking personality.
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Among Its other Industries Portland
rejoices In the possession of a barber
who is a playwright. He once wrote a
drama under the title of 'The Day of
Atonement" and It waa produced at the
Marquam one night with varying suc
cess. He has done other things since.
and Is said to be figuring now on a
$760,000 dramatisation of the Lewis
and Clark expedition.
Arthur Warde, who has already been
mentioned aa manager of the Florenoe
Roberts company, got Into the barber
author's chair the other day and found
the worthy a very conversstlve gentle
man. He did not know Warde, of course.
"Say, you ought to see Florence
Roberta next week she'a great," volun
teered he of the rasor. "She'a going to
play a new piece that I saw Mrs. Flske
In last year. It'a fine."
- "Aud what is -the name of the phtyr
asked Warde, anxtous to hear a dlstln
gulahed oplnlonator on the work of his
star In 'Teas.' " g
"The name? Let me se. I've almost
forgotten. Oh. yes, I've got It "Jeas of
the D'Barbervllles.'
Mr. Warde rallied nicely under the
camphor bottle.
It waa gratifying to observe that
Portland's play-goers and students of
claaalc literature appreciated "Every
man," Ben Qreet'a production of a won
derful play, to an extent that aeata did
not go begging for takers at any one of
the three performancee. Never before,
the chances are, has thla quarter of
America reveled In ao profound a study
aa was found In this ancient Biblical
drama. There were people In the houae,
of course, who did not enjoy It. They
belong to a class which lnoka upon the
atage purely aa the home of mirth and
herolam, or dealings with social prob
lsms, and will go to the theatre without
so much aa Inquiring aa to the nature
of the play. "Everyman" waa not an
entertainment. It was an Intellectual
a lltsrary feast, lasting 90 minutes,
with a brilliant toast for each bite.
The earlier part of the week at the
Marquam was given up to Rosa Mslvllle
In her Inimitable "Sla Hopkins," with
mediocre support: "Jane Corcoran and
Andrew Robson in a pretty production
of "Pretty Peggy," with a lot of play
era who should return to a school of
Acting; and, finally, a local production
of "A Soldier's Sweetheart," written by
a local man. played by local talent,
which, aa Is the rule, pleaaed peraonal
friends In the audience more than thoae
who knew not the players.
The Columbia stock gave an enter
taining performanre of "Mistakes Will
Happen" and will hop to the other ex
tremity this week In presenting an old
fashioned melodrama. 'The Prodigal
, The Empire haa a aure enough winner
thla coming week In "A Little Outcast."
which haa a good reputation In the pop
ular priced houses; and following that
it rair h ram ji - am
attraction Frank Jamea will be the card
In a melodrama called 'The Fatal Scar."
It Is evident from recent develop
ments that the city has about all the
dime vaudeville houaes It can comforta
bly take care of. With a half dosen of
these houses open It Is hsrdly likely
that all are growing rich.
Williams and Walker are coming to
the Marquam.
During her stay here Florence Roberta
will put into rehearsal a new play
written by Lucius Henderson . of her
company and a Mrs Smith of Tacoma.
Its title Is Pauline Parry." and while
It Is a problem play. It la said to deal
with the soclsl problem from a stand
point that la entirely new.
John Harrlaon Wagner, author of
"Mr. Wlx of Wlckham," a lata New York
production, committed suicide on De
cember 4 In the metropolis.
Florence Roberts Is the latest of the
great stara to taka up Ibsen. Her per
formance of Norah In "A Doll's House"
will be awaited with Interest.
Tha Dramatic Mirror all ths New
York papera, In fast In a gentle way
score Nance ONetl to a "frassle." It
was foollah In the first place for her
to Invite comparison with the greatest
actresses In the world by opening a
metropolitan engagement in "Magda."
Instead of "Elizabeth," or soms other
work that New York has not seen In
almost a generation.
Mlas Blanchs Douglass, a favorably
known atock actress, will be here thla
week to aucceed Mlas Edith Angus aa
second woman of the Columbia stock
company. '
Hava you noticed how popular the
Initial "B" la In the Columbia stock
company? There are Baume, Bowles.
Bloomquest, Bernard, Brandt, Berrell
and Ballard In the house.
The news of Fred R. Hamlin's death
shocked the theatrical world. He It
was who formed the firm of Hamlin
and Mitchell, which produced 'The
Wlxard of Os" and "Babes In Toyland."
He waa a partner of Julian Mitchell
and Lew Flelda at the tlms of hla desth,
which event cauaed the postponement
for one week of the opening of the Lew
Fields theatre.
Mra. Leslie Carter's new play, "An
drea." was In rehearsal and will havs
Ita first hearing In Washington the
night after Christmas
'The Lady Shore" Is the title of a
new piece which Virginia Harned is to
Frederick Eamelton and Roy Bernard
return to the caat of the Columbia
atock today In 'The Prodigal Daughter."
Eddie Foy, the wall-known comedian.
Is said to be the heavleat loser on the
presidential election. He began betting
that Roosevelt wouldn't be nominated
end he continued betting on almost any
kind of a proposition that he would be
defeated up until the day of the elec
tion. Lillian Russell Is to appear In "l.ndy
Teasle" st the Caalno In New ork on
Chrlatmas night.
Ada Kehan has revived "The Country
Olrl" In Boston, where the piece has not
been seen for many years. i
The acting manager of Cecilia Loftua'
company Is R L Olffen, formerly one
of the beat-known owners of stock com
panies In this country. Indeed. Mr.
Olffen, more than any other man, waa
responsible for the return of the stock
system some years ago. Mr. Olffen was
s partner with Jamea Nelll at that time
and later Frawley was with him.
E. B. WUIard cornea from England In
January to appear In a new play, "Lucky
Durham, by the late Wilson Barrett.
E. J. Carpenter, the well known
amusement man and proprietor of "A
Little Outcast," arrived In Portland
yesterday with the company which
opena at the Empire today for an en
gagement of three nights.
Melvln O. Wlnstock of the Orand baa
been engaged to write a black-face
sketch for Hayes and Oraham, who are
playing the northwest circuit.
William Pottle, Jr., to here again ahead
of "For Mother's Sake." Mr. Pottle waa
the first manager to play Sunday perfor
mantel In Portland. It was about It
years ago, when he brought the Eunice
Goodrich repertoire company to town,
rented the old Park (now the Grand;
theatre for two weeks, at $100 per week.
brushed out ths cobwebs and made
money. "For Mother's Saks" la coming
to the Empire soon.
Ths clever Kennedys at the Lyric have
aecured the producing rights of Melvln
G. WInstock's burlesque called ''A Dou
ble Turn." They will put It on at once.
'The Prodigal Daughter."
The thrilling five-act melodrama
which opens at the Columbia theatre
Sunday, with the usual matinee. Is from
the pens of Henry Pettlt and Sir Augus
tua Harris Frank Xing, the scenic art
ist, haa fairly outdone himself thla time.
The Intense Interest of the dramatic
story was sufficient to Interest London
for two. years' continuous playing. Ths
spectacle of the racetrack, where a surg
ing crowd on ths stage watches an excit
ing running race In full view of the au
dience, Is second only to the wonderful
"Ben-Hur" chariot race. The heart-Interest
In 'The Prodigal Daughter" Is
strong, and It la known as ths "sweetest,
saddest story ever told." It Is by fsr
ths biggest production yet attempted on
the Columbia stags. Manager Ballard
aecured the play at greet expense
through his agent In New York. The
great scene of the play to ths race In the
fourth act. In wnlch five racehorses par
ticipate The full force of the Colum
bia stock company, largely augmented In
ths ensemble scene, will be employed In
ths production. It has taken the scenic
artist several weeks to prepare for this
production, and William Bernard, the
stage director, promises that It will
transcend In point of artistic snd thrill
ing effect anything that has yet been
produced at the Columbia theatre.
There haa been widespread comment
In town during the last week, and ex
pressions of satisfaction from the public
generally that Manager Ballard has
taken charge of the Columbia theatre,
and announces positively that the thea
tre will1 be continued aa a stock theatre
with the present very popular company
permanently The cast for "The Prodi
gal Daughter" Is as follows:
Sir John Woodmere. .. . . .William Dills
Maurice Deep water. .Frederick Bamelton
(Japt. Harry Vernon William Bernard
The Hon. Julian He! ford. Edgar Baume
Lord Banbury
....Donald Bowles
Dudley Roper .
Tom Blinker. .
Miserable Jim
Joseph Gunn .
Scott Beaton
. . .George Bloomquest
....... .George Berrell
, Charles York
.......... Roy Bernard
....... .Laurette Allen
......... .Charles York
French waltr
James, a servant
Major Ormsby W. Greenless
Mr. Wood, a bookmaker. .Charles Wilson
Captain Woodstock.
Man, a bailiff
Edith Miller
. . .Beresford Webb
.R Long
.Cathrlne Countlss
.. .Marlon Barhyte
, . . . .Louise Brandt
Story of "A Little Outcast."
"A Little outcast." the big scenic
success of ths tost two seasons, comes
to the Empire theatre for an engage
ment of four nights, opening with the
regular matinee thla afternoon.
The play briefly told to this: Paul
Weaton, the hero. Is In the employ of a
wealthy broker named Hsreourt who,
appreciating the young clerk's fidelity,
Is sbout to take him Into partnership
and give him hla daughter Madeline for
a wife, not knowing that the
young people have been married se
cretly, when his nephew, George De
Voe, Interferes and chargea Weston with
robbing ths broker and being an ex
convlct in past years. Weston had
served a term In prison on a false
charge, thla fact being found out by
De Voe, through the drunken father of
"Bob." ths little street gamin whom
Weston befriended. This father had
been a oell mate of Weaton, and agrees
to keep silent about the past for a
thousand dollars. Weston takes this
sum from the broker's safe. Intending
to replace It the next day from hla own
bank account. De Voe discovers the
loss, takes tha rest of the money In the
safe and fastens the crime on Weston.
Weston la at once caat out by the
broker, and all relatione with bis wife
are ended, while De Voe to taken Into
Hareourt'i employ. Taking to drink.
Weston sinks lower snd lower until
finally ha becomes Involved tn the
robbery of a house which hs discovers
Is his own wife's. De Voe accuses him
of being the Instigator of thla crime,
but through the aid of Bob and Ethel
Weston's Innocence Is proved and he
la finally freed and reaumes his happy
Ufa with Madeline and the little baby.
Frank Jamea at Empire.
Co. J. E. Caven, the press representa
tive of the play, "The Fatal Scar." In
troducing Frank James, of the famoua
James boys, Frank Jesse, which com
mences an engsgement In this olty st
the Empire on Thursday evening, for
three nights and Saturday matinee. Is
a veteran newapaper man, and while In
this city visited Ths Journal office. The
colonel, now gray-haired, yet bright
eyed and happy as ever, warmed up
when speaking of Frank James. He
"I waa tn the confederate army with
Frank and Jesse James. They were
absolutely fearless soldiers. They were
no different from the average American,
who has ever been wayward and truant.
There are passions which seem to be
long to them by some strange fatality
of birth or blood. In every port, under
all flags, upon every Island, ship
wrecked and stranded upon ths barren
or golden shores of adventure, Ameri
cans can be found taking fate aa It
comes a devil-may-care, reckless.
good-natured, thrifty, yst thriftless
race, loving nothing so well as their own
country, except sn enterprise full of
wonder and peril. Whatever Is upper
most finds ready handa.
"No soldier Is more daring than
American aoldlera; the women hava no
more ardent and faithless lovers; the
home no more sturdy defenders; the
wine cup no snore devoted proselytes;
the Stranger srmlea no mors heroic
fighters, and 4he stormy waves of re
lentless emigration no more sinister
waifs, tossed hither and thither, swear
ing tn nil tongues; rude, boisterous,
dangerous In drink, ugly at earda,
learning revolver-craft quickest and
surest, and dying aa they love to die,
game to the last. Whan ths Civil war
cams Frank Jamea had Just turned 15.
The border was aflame with steel, and
fire, and ambuscade, and slaughter. He
flung himself into a band that had a
black flag for a banner and devils for
riders. What he did. he did. and It was
fearful. But It was war. When the
war closed Frank James had no home,
proscribed, hunted, shot at, driven away
from among his people, a price put
upon his head what else oould a man
do with such a nature, except what he
did doT He had to live. It waa his
country. The graves of his kindred
were there He refused to be banished
from his birthright, and whan hs was
hunted he turned savagely and hunted
his hunters. Many called him a
desperado. If he waa, then fate made
him so. When he voluntarily gave him
self up to the state of Missouri and
the United States he made no defense,
but simply said, "Let the law be satis
fied." And this to Frank James, the
man who never broke a promise."
Florence Roberts All Week.
Ths return of Florence Roberts, sup
ported by Melbourne MacDowell and her
splendid company to ths Marquam
Grand for a week commencing tomor
row night will probably put new vigor
Into theatrical affairs and rouse the
public once again to an appreciation of
the value of the legitimate theatres.
There can certainly be no complaint re
garding her repertoire, which Is one of
the most brilliant that has ever been
arranged for any one week In the his
tory of the theatrs in Portland, and In
cludes the best efforts of such masters
of the drama as David Belasco, Anthony
Hope, Lorrimer Stoddard, Angel Gul
mera and the renowned Norwegian, Hen
drlk Ibsen. The plays In order of pre
sentation will be "Zasa" on Monday and
Tueaday. 'Teas of the iyUrbervIlles" on
Wednesday, "The Adventure of Lady
Ursula" on Thursday, "A Doll's House"
on Friday and Saturday matinee, and
"Marta of the Lowlands on Saturday
The revival of "Zasa" will pleaae a
host of people, who slways take pleasure
In witnessing Miss Roberts at her bast
In emotional work. 'Tess of the
D'Urbervllles" to a dramatisation of
Thomaa Hary'a novel and Is a play of
Intense tragic Interest and power. Mel
bourne MacDowell will appear aa Alac
D'Urbervllle on Wednesday.
'The Advanture.of the Lady Ursula"
Is a romantic comedy and will doubtless
prove one of the most popular bills df
the week.
The feature of the week will be the
preaentatlon of Ibsen's "A Doll's
House" on Friday night and Saturday
afternoon. It will practically be the
first performances of the play by Miss
Roberts, and In fact her first appearance
In any Ibsen drama. Messrs. Melbourne
MacDowell, Lucius Henderson and Wil
liam Yeranoe will all have important
parts In this production.
Ths engsgement will end on Saturday
nlgbt with a revival of "Maria of the
Lowlands," the Spanish romance by
Angel Gulmera, which made such a hit
here during Mlas Roberts' last visit
The acenlo effects of this play are par
ticularly striking.
"The Billionaire" at the Columbia.
Klaw at Erlanger will present their
great musical organisation, headed by
Thomaa Q. Seabrooke, In Harry B. Smith
and Oustav Kerker's spectacular musical
comedy, 'The Billionaire," for the flrst
tlms in this city at the Columbia theatre
next Thursday night and Friday after
noon. The company numbers 100 promi
nent people of exceptional talent, and
Klaw Erlanger promise that this will
be the greatest and most extensively
staged musics) comedy production ever
seen In thla country. The book tells a
moat Interesting comic story, relating to
the humorous sdventurSs of John Doe,
an American billionaire, .played by
C nPEju . CRRH&
ttA little Outcast
Thomaa Q. Seabrooke, who believes It a
disgrace to die rich, and who, therefore,
leads a strenuous life In his endeavor
to get rid of his money. It to in two
acts, the first being located at Nice dur
ing the carnival time, in which all the
brilliancy of this famoua festival to rep
resented in .beautiful scenery and .gor
geous costuming. The second act pre
sents a full-fledged theatre ou the
stage. It Is designed as a aatlrs on the
fads and peculiarities of present day
theatrical audiences, and among the
types shown is the familiar fat man.
who Insists on going out frequently,
despite the indignation of his neighbors
on whose toes he treads and whose ap
parel he disarranges The young woman
with the towering hat, decked With nod
ding plumes. Is likewise in evidence, and
the desperation of the man who slta be
hind her, Is truthfully portrayed. The
entire cast Is a notabls one. The most
Important roles are played by Diamond
Donner. Josle Intropldl, Helen Dexter,
Lois Swell, Vesta Stanton, Helen Car
penter. Ethel Intropldl. Bessie Klnsella.
Pauline Harrlce, Harry Macdonough.
Tony Hart. Walter Perclval. A. Seymour
Brown, Frederic Scott. John Steppllng,
Charlea Halton. Jamea Grant and Abra
ham Frledland.
The sale of seats will open next Tues
day morning at 10 o'clock In ths lobby
of the Marquam Grand theatre. Out of
town orders will be attended In the order
received when accompanied by check.
Grand's Great Offering.
The people of Portland would be hard
to please If ths Grand's new bill, which
commencea Monday, Dec. II, failed to
give complete satisfaction. The new
program furnlahea two features that
will alone draw the largest audiences
that have ever visited a house
In this city. The first la the Rip
ley Sisters, spectacular radium dan
cers, The Cliffords In L'Aveleuse
de Sabre, the most sensational act of the
twentieth century. The Martels, the bi
cycle geniuses, natives of Portland, pro
vide alao a feature act that explains
their fame In every part of the civilised
world, provide an abaorblng thrill In a
turn new to America. Following these
splendid forms of novel entertainment
are O'Brien and West, who do. a con
versational turn with up-to-date rapid
firs parodies. Bergsr Brothers are
scarcely less In Importance In their
acrobatlo turn that mokes the flesh
creep; Wills and Collins present a more
than ustmiiy laughable playlet, and
Smith and Cheater offer fine operatlo
selections rendered In full costume. Mr.
Alf Bonner sings a new pictured melody,
"Down at the Baby Store," wth unusu
ally beautiful and touching ploturea.
Four vary strong stories are told by the
grandlacope, the most realistic being
that of a highwayman who holda up
and robe a woman, and who Is seised by
an angry mob of lynchers and burned at
the stake.
w 't.
The Arcade Offers a Great Bill.
For the week beginning with the Mon
day matinee at 2: IS o'clock, the Arcade
theater management has assembled a
galaxy of vaudeville stars that will keep
any otAer vaudeville bouse In the line
of strenuous sxertlon to keep up. Head
ing the bill will be three tiny tots, the
Rennee babies, whose ages are respect
ively t, 4 snd 6, who, assisted by their
parents, will pressnt a singing character
change act entitled "The Youngest
Rough Riders In the World."
Banjo playing such as the old planta
tions of the south never heard will be
presented by Rollins and Wilson.
A novelty bag-punching act which haa
reached some .degree of fame will be
offered by Aumann, an expert In this
line, who Is making his first appearance
In Portland.
The comedy sketch, without which no
program la complete, and upon which
every play must depend for much of its
mirth and melody, wtll be presented on
the new bill by Dell and Monitor, two
performers who are guaranteed to rr
ale a continual atream of laughter.
itenevieve Ardeu is a very swear
singer of Illustrated songs.
The American Bioscope will present