The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, December 25, 1904, SECTION TWO, Page 18, Image 18

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periods In tne meairicai
year. the two weeks Juut
r-hrlstma 1 th
poorest. Road companies that C"U
BfT do so. ana ' " . -
any nw playa It la. aa tt wara, a
breathing place In the midst of the sea
son whkh after the , :ith
beglne with new rigor and lv't
Already for the days Just preceding and
following Christmas there la nno..n.-c
ment of a half doaen or more opening,
all of the flrat order. Meanwhile,
though there la not an .olute deart h.
there la not a superabundance of new
"Thepreaent week baa glren exctll
one noveltf. unless the revlva 1 of
Othello ' by Robert Mantell nilht be
bo termed. Last Monday night Mr.
Klske produced her flrat new play In
two year, and baa acored unquestlon
bly a hit. not merely an 5ClO
,eaa but aa far .a signs give knowledge
a popular one. And be ever mindful
that there la vast difference between
theae two klnda of aueceaa and that
they are In no way complimentary
Th, pl preaented by Mrs. ske
bears the euphonious nam of a4
Kleshna." and to the work of c . M B.
McLellan. better known aa Hugh i Mor ,
ton. author of "The Bell, of New To.
The piece la highly original and In lta
ouUtoe. attractive. It tolls at bottom a
story of great and vital Interest. It
S-ae. many element, of
indpower. and yet In aplte of all I to
virtues. It la nevertheless not In any
sense of the word a great play. It to
.most tantalising play, too good to be
called : meolotntna and not good enough
to be called a aplendld study of crim
inology. Daughter 0a Thief.
Leah Kleahna la the daughter of a
clever thief. Her mother dying when
aha waa very young, her father haa un
dertaken her education. This education
has proved of a highly specialised nature-
In a word, he has taught her his
own bualneea and made a thief of her
Everything goea on beautifully until
sentiment In the shape of a man cornea
Into Leah's life. Almost for the first
time her dormant conscience eprtngs
awake and the knowledge of the life she
Is leading comes to bar.
At thto moment her father has
planned a big robbery at the home of
Paul Bylvaine. Bylvatne la a man of
theories, the most advanced of his con
tentions being that onmlnal nature la
only aeparated from non-crlmlnal na
ture by an Idea, and that the Idea may
be Imparted by one mind to another.
In other words, he would reclaim crlm
Inala by an appeal to their better nature
rather than by prison and punishment.
Though Leah is not aware of It at the
time. Sylvalne Is the man whom aha
haa seen and loved without knowing
who he was. All ahe really knows Is
that be to engaged to a young girl.
Claire Berton. a sister of Raoul Barton.
a cad and a brute wno "- - "
gain for her with her father. She haa
thus a powerful weapon In case ahe Is
caught whereby she can defend herself.
The second act finds her In Bylvatne s
house at night, trying to rob the safe.
Bhe Is csught by Bylvaine and at once
playa her trump card. Bhe tells him
that she knows thai, he to engaged, that
if he tries to arrest her ahe will claim
that he himself had brought her Into
the house and then when he found her
stealing ordered her arrest. At any
rate she will spoil hla reputation both
- sa a man of inviolable character and as
the lover of Mile. Berton. For the first
time ehe finds that ths trick does not
work and that she Is face to face with a
man who to above calumny. At thle
juncture be awltches on the lights and
Leah sees before her the man whom ahe
haa loved. There to a doggedness In her
shame as she asks what he Intends to
rto with her. He answers by question
ing her about her life, delving at it were
for her eoul. Then ahe breaks down
and crlea and Bylvaine reallsea that at
laat he has. found the real woman In
her. Another proof has been added
to hla contention of good In the crim
inal classes.
Aa Bzeltlng Climax.
Juat then singing and shouting are
lieard In the garden below and Raoul.
tipsy and returning from a masquerade,
cltmba over the balcony. Bylvaine
quickly conceals Leah In a aide room,
handkerchief and In drunken taunts
Raoul discovers on the floor a woman s
confronts Bylvaine with it. At last he
makea a dart into the room where Leah
has gone and discovers her. Furious
now he comes out and threatens Byl
vaine, when Leah tells the whole
story and then turna again to Byl
vaine and aaka hlra what he Intenda to
do with her.
"Here we are." ahe says, "a gentle
man, a blackguard and a thief. What
are you going to doT"
He anawera that he Intends to let her
go. Immediately she makea a movement
toward the balcony to go out In the
same manner that ahe had entered, but
Bylvaine eacorta hef to the front door
as he would a guest. Raoul left alone
for a moment mumbles to himself that
now the woman to in his power. Then
he suddenly thinks of the jewels. Hie
hand fumbles over the case and at laat
he abstracts them and puts them In his
pocket. Bylvaine returns. Raoul says
good night. Bylvaine looks for the
jewels and finds them gone. For just
a moment a auapiclon darta Into his
head that ' Leah has taken them. The
next minute the ttuth haa dawned on
The third act transpires the following
morning. Bylvaine refuses to prosecute
the girl, much to the disgust of hla fu
ture father-in-law. General Berton. In
stead, be aummona the girl. Leah comes
and is Interviewed by Bylvaine In the
presence of General Berton. The latter,
all angry at her replies, goes cust to call
an officer. Bylvaine question! Leah,
i rm I 1 1 11. ii iti iim inn.- i ii" i- ... in i
and finds thst his susplclona against I
nail, II ill'- J tm i . . , i i u- num.- iini- i in
jumpa to the aame conclusion, hut Byl
vaine tells her that ahe muetn't men
lion her feelings In the presence of the
general. The general returns with the
officer. Bylvslne tries to dissuade him
from causing Leah's arrest. Unable to
do so. he Is forced to hint at the
truth. Then, just ss Raoul enters, the
general orders the officer sent away.
A Conventional Ending
The scene shifts back to Leah'a home
in the fourth art. All day she has been
away and Kleshna fears that ahe has
been taken "by the police. At laat she
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New Play
comes. Aaked where ahe had been, she
anawera. "Walking the streets ... by
th river." There to a new manner
about her which Kleahna la not slow to
see. What thto new manner meana soon
develops when she tells her father that
she Is going away from htm. For an
swer Kleahna locks the door and de
manda that ahe promise to go with him.
Again cornea Raoul, who thla time la
being followed by a deteotlva He con
fesses what be haa done and offers to
give Kleshna the jewels If he will save
him. Kleshna. In aplte of the urglngs
of Leah and hla pal, accepts and says
that all four will now go away to
gether. Leah again refuses to go with
her father. Threateningly Kleshna goes
toward her, when she draws a pistol as
he thinks on blm, but really to end her
own life. At that moment a friend of
Leah'a la heard calling below and Leah
goea out on to the balcony. The friend
savs that there to a detective below.
Leah now threatens to tell the detective
all unleaa her father will let her go.
Kleahna haa the door unlocked and Leah
Dasaea out.
The last act finds Leah in the lettuce
field. In Austria working like sn ordi
nary peasant. Hither cornea Bylvaine
and telle her that he to no longer en
gaged, and the ending is as conventlonsl
as any matinee girl could wlah.
a Bit XUogioaL
There to no doubt that this play han
dles an Interesting theme of Importance
and vitality. There Is no question that
the elements of a great play are nere.
But lta treatment should be different
and more logical and consistent. More
than that half, to some of us the more
Interesting aft'd meaning half, of the
atorV'ir left uc In the air. wnai De-
comea of Kleshna and what becomes of
Raoul we never know. Moreover the
Idea of Bylvaine eventually marrying
Leah Is not altogether pleasant.
The play to one based on the regen
eration of a human being, a woman.
Thla very fact and the vague similarity
between the heroines raises a remem
brance of Tolstois 'Resurrection,
which Miss Blanche Walsh played last
season. Placed beside the Tolstoi play.
Ieah Kleahna" to found almost trivial
as far as serious purpose gosa Of
course Msslova was a far different crea
ture than Leah, and the clrcumstancea
of her aln were vastly different. Btlll
In Maalova you could see the gradual
awakening of self-respect, the deep,
hidden goodness coming again back to
Ufa You do not feel this In Leah.
When you first see her her regeneration
haa already begun; yet. In spite of Mra
Ftoke's splendid natural acting, her
change seems almoat Impulsive.
The play has thus undoubted flaws.
But on the other hand. It haa action and
Interest. It to one of the moat popular
things that I can recall having eeen thto
remarkable actress produce. By all
tokens possible at this early day It
ahould have a long run. and deservedly.
In the first place. Imperfect aa It la. It
Is far above the ordinary, and posaeaaes
some lines of beauty and cleverness. It
la probably thto that makes the play so
hard to classify. Moreover It Is bril
liantly acted by one of the finest casta
seen In years In one production. Mr.
John Mason as Bylvahla brought out all
the manliness and strength of that char
acter and carefully hid as far as possible
the prlgglshneas It was a fine con
vincing portrayal. Mr. Oeerge . ArUss
of the "blackguard" Raoul added an
other splendid portrait to that exquisite
gallery which this consummate artist
haa given us peeps into An English
aetor. Charles Csrtwrlght, made of
Kleshna a living model of the acute
criminal. As for Mrs. Flske. she showed
again how wonderful she Is. how much
she stands by herself in a certain sort
of acting. Leah Kleshna is not one of
her finest bits of characterisation, but It
Is one of the moet effective that she
has given ua Mention, 'too. ehould be
made of the mounting of the piece. The
last scene, that of the lettuce fields, was
charming, and won no small amount of
applause. "Leah Kleshna" to a play that
will doubtless be much talked about and
be well patronised.
I was unable tost week to give space
to a production really worthy of more
extended notice than to even st my dis
posal. Monday a week ago Mlaa Nance
O'Neill presented Thomas Bailey Al
diich's poetic biblical tragedy. "Judith
of Bethulla." When I went last Satur
day matinee there was a bare handful of
people present, which may be accounted
for by the fact that ths weather waa
stormy or that It was a matinee or
that the holiday season to approaching
or that people prefer trash to the really
meritorious. For thto play haa unques
tionable excellence. It has beauty of
verse and atmosphere snd tells a story
of Intensity snd Interest If It to not
great In the absolute meaning of the
term It just misses being so. and many
productions -of far higher praise by the
critics have been less worthy.
There are many good things that one
might say concerning Mr. Aldrlch's play.
Flrat and foremost, he deserves credit
for making the action quick and direct
Instead of expatiating. On the other
hand, the struggle which must underly
every drama to not clearly brought out.
If the love motif between Archler and
Judith or between Judith and Holofernes
had been more accentuated the play
would have been stronger and more con
vincing. As It Is. tt is more narrative
with spots of the dramatic than truly
dramtlc throughout. Take, for example,
"Mary of Magdala." which Mra. Flake
produced. Heyae waa clever enough to
see thst his love motif between the Mag
dalen and Judas must be preeented at
once. Mr. Aldiich starts out to do thla.
and then when he reachea the moat vital
part awltches his theme. Btlll even at
that the play holds snd In places grips.
A Bit of "Judith. .
As for the verse It is marked at times
by beauty and distinction. Perhapa an
example will not be amlas. The follow
ing Is Judith's recital of the vision that
came to her:
As I sat alone
Within the tower, alone yet not alone,
A strangest silence fell upon the land;
Like to a sea mist stretching east snd
It spread, and close on this there came a
Of anow-soft plumage rustling In the
And voices that such magic whlaperlnga
Aa the sea makes at twilight on a atrip
Of sand and pebble. Suddenly I aaw
Look, look. Oslas Charmls. Chabrls.
See ye not. yonder, a white mailed band
That with lta leveled finger points
through alt?
See. It still lingers, like a atlver mist!
It changes, fadea, and then cornea back
. again.
And now 'tis ruby red aa red as blood!
'TIs gone Fear not. It wss a sign to
To me alone. Oslaa didst thou note
The wsy It pointed? To the eastern
Aa for the acting, th role of Judith
to by far the best bit of work that Mlaa
O'Neill has shown us. Itis admirably
adapted to her personality and gtvea
opportunity for the display of power
and strength. Moreover the character
to concerned broadly and the finer
nuances are not necessary to a well
rounded characterisation Power and
Intensity Miss O'Neill exhibits, and here
and there ahe shows, too. subtlety and
finesse. The play la more than worth
seeing, and again credit la due to Mlaa
O'Neill for presenting drsmas of such
high standing.
At tkc Theatres
(Continued from Page Seventeen.)
11 years. "Ton, Tonson" himself la a
qulet.t laoffenelve Swede, whom ono
meete every daft In the western cities
of thto country. Although he to pecu
liar of speech and awkward In move
ment, his heart Is In the right place;
hla fidelity to frlenda unquestionable.
snd his honesty unshakable as the rock
of Olbraltar. The otner members of
the company have been recruited from
the best professionals obtalnaue. Man
ager P. J. Kennedy has re-engaged the
famoua original "Lumbermen's Quar
tet.' which sings the Swedish folk songs
In a manner that Is unequaled in their
own country. ,-
"For Mother's Sake" at Empire.
"For Mother's Sake." with dainty
Marie Heath aa the aUr. was quietly
launched at the opening of the season
In Chicago, without any waving of
flags or firing of Journalistic cannons,
depending entirely upon lta merits as a
play for Its measure of success or fail
ure. That It made an emphatic hit the
Chicago press record. After the Chicago
run It started on Its way to the coast,
but long before the shores of the Pa
cific were in sight its fame preceded It
and crowded housee greeted it every
where on ita western tour. It tells a
story straight, direct and natural, un
mixed with deep-dyed villains whose
hands ars dripping with human blood,
whose pockets are bulging with mort
gages, of fallen women with "a paat,"
and overdrawn country caricature. It
to a perfect page from life, whose every
speech rings true, an unvarnished pic
ture of just plain folka; a play whose
situations are ao natural, whose scenic
embellishments so true to nature that
you forget you are gssing at a play
and Imagine you are looking upon a bit
of real Ufa Such a play la "For
Mother's Bake." and that It will con
tinue to draw the amusement-loving
thousands for years to come la a fore
gone conclusion.
This mammoth production, in Ita en
tirety, will hold the stage of the Em
pire theatre three nights of this week,
starting Thursday, with the regular
matinee Saturday.
Eastern Success for Next Week.
B. C. Whitney's production of the
great success. "The Show Girl." or "The
Magic Cap," a musical comedy In two
acta, comes to the Empire theatre on
New Year's week. The company in
eludes Hilda Thomas, Bam Mylle. Bid
Forrester. Lou Mall. Josephine Floyd,
Chsrlea Halgh. Charles K. Parcor, Es
telle Bird, Bert Watnwrlght. May and
Edna Sweeney (Apollo Quartet), Iaabel
Foote, Nellie Dowdell. Susette Beatty,
Elisabeth Thomas. Camilla Astor. Leona
Burna Nellie Wilson. Ida Scott, Vera
Pindar and others, also 30 singing and
dancing girla
Bijou's Christmas Bill.
The Bijou management wants every
one in the city to have a good time to
day. It's 'Merry Christmas," the right
Uene far plessure. The shows today
will be exceptionally good, and tomor
row begins another big holiday pro
gram. May and Miles bring to the Bijou that
famous travesty sketch of their s. "See
ing Things." It's full of songs snd
dsnces that go right to the fun center.
Welch and Maltland come from New
York with their top line acrobatic and
contortion performance. Don't con
found theee specialists with most of
their kind. They are In another clsss
"The trials snd troubles of an suto
moblllst" la the name of a particularly
happy film for the Bljougraph. which
has been secured for the week. "A
Chinaman's acrobatic guest" la another.
Pearl Grayson haa one of those illus
trated songs which have made her fa
mous. Florence Morrell. the musical
danseuse, ahould go on the top line.
She'a really the finest dancer who ever
trod the Bijou boards, and that to say
ing a good deal, as any patron will tes
tify. Every afternoon and evening dur
ing the week. Continuous today. "Merry
Christmas," again.
Holiday Bill at the Star.
Chrlatmaa hells will chime merrily
at th Star theatre today, and the pro
gram will be contlnuoua from 2 to 10:10
p. m. There la no merrier place on earth
than the Star theatre, and a program
In keeping with the glad season Is on.
Tomorrow is a legal holiday, and the
bill will also be contlnuoua from Z to
10:10 p. m. The beet acta obtainable
have been engaged for Chrlatmaa week.
The headllner la the brilliant London
soubrette. Delay Harcourt, who opena
the week with an entirely new act Mlaa
Harcourt Is a London favorite, and her
engagement last week shows that she Is
already a Portland favorite, and her
title, "the greatest female mimic In the
world," will not be queetloned. The
Taggart family of marvelous acrobats
la another attractive combination, with
an act full of apectacular feata. Ell la
and Paloma are high-class sketch artists
and duetlsta Montgomery and Cantor
are the kings of ragtime. The Delke.
are renowned ss sketch artists and ec
centric dancers. Arthur Lane, a talent
ed alnger, haa a new pictured ballad.
The projectoecope with new moving plo
turea closes the great bill.
The Arcade's Christmas Offering.
Today and tomorrow will be merry
dsys at the Arcade theatre, for the bill
la contlnuoua from 2 to 10:10 p. m and
the program has been selected with spe
cial reference to the Christmas season.
Today little Fern Hart and the rest of
the star acts of the present bill will
appear for the last time. Tomorrow at
2 p. m. the new Chrlatmaa bill will .tart.
HeMIng the new bill are the Waldon
Bros.. German comedlana. whose songs
and dances have the genuine Teutpnlc
flavor. Dan and Resale Kelly, known
In all the large vanudevllle theatree aa
laugh-producers, add a merry element
to the bill. Sylvan and O'Nell are the
latest etars to enter the popular field of
the comedy sketch. Introducing clever
acrobatic feats. Llols Mendenhall. the
brilliant violin virtuoso. Is a performer
whom any far-sighted manager would
welcome. Bhe wears dassllng gowns,
nnd her playing will demonstrate that
she Is a perfect mlatresa of the violin.
Genevieve Ardell, a pretty singer nf
Illustrated songs, snd the American bio
scope, with new moving pictures, end a
bill that Is remarkable for Its variety
and novelty. I
Baker Holiday BiU.
Not to be outdone this week, the week
of festivities, the management of the
baker has got together a great -bill for
the week. The very best blgh-claaa
talent that could be procured haa been
engaged and one of the best bills In the
history of the hotise is on for the Week.
The list Is headed by the Manning trio,
comedy sketch: the Oxford duo. club
jugglers. Rlmra. Bomm, B-r-r-r. the
original novelty musical team; J. 3.
I 'waaaaafaslf ' ' Si'-jJ
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HPv aamnl
Prices All Matinees 10c, 15c, 25c
SavM aratUtiSi sa Ton T
Lumbermen's Quartette
Luxurious Appointments
8gk 1 v
New Year's Attraction B. C. Whitney's
Ilrufssy. monolnglst; Jean Wilson In Il
lustrated songs, Edith Clark, aoubrette:
Norwood brothers, horlsnntal bar act.
and ths olograph In new pictures- When
you go to the Baker, you get the best
seats, hear good music and eee the
hlgh.f salaried artists In the vaude
ville business that visit the coast. Don't
overlook the Baker In your Christmas
round thla week. You'll nnd enjoy
ment to your liking In plenty.
Columbia Theatre
Phone Main 311
Sunday Matinee (today) December 25th, Belasco & DeMilie's
Three Matinees This
Week, Today and
Beautiful Story of High Life, Ending in Wedding Bella
EVENING 50c, 35c, 25c, 15c. MATINEE 35c, 15c, 10c NO HIGHER
Down-town Box-office open at The Dolly Varden Candy Shop, 327 Morrison Street, 10 A. M,
until 7 P. M. After 7 P. M. at the Theatre, Fourteenth and Washington Streets
Next Attraction fSSSf" Ihe Last Word"
Same The Refreshing,
The Merry Swedish Boy
Prom the Hills of the Old
Country :: :: :: ::
A Favorite With toe
Girls A Treat for
the Old Folks Be
loved by the Chil
dren A Source of
Pure Fun ..
A Night in
This wonderful Japanese method of attack and self-defense will be clearly set forth by
And his. company of 15 Jiu-jitsu Performers, direct from the home of the Mikado, at the
Marquam Grand Theater, Thursday Evening,
December 29
Surer than a gun or qlub. Will defeat a person using either. It is a perfect defense
against the use of fists. .
Come and see this marvelous performance. Watch the little Jap overcome burly
athletes twice his size. Observe the vital touch whereby the Jap subdues his opponent.
Sale of seats opens Tuesday, December 27, at the Marquam Box Office. Prices',
25c, 50c, 75c and $1.00.
In Holiday Attire.
The Lyric has on Its holiday attire
this week and announces one of ths hast
bills since the opening of this popular
family vaudeville houae. In sddltlon to
the regular attractions, Friday night, as
usual, they will give away tt In gold
at each performance. On Thursday'
(Continued on Page Nineteen.)
H. BALLARD, Lessee and Manager
Down-town Box-office Phone Main 110
Deautuui society play
GEO. L BAKER. Manager.
Evening prices 15c, 25c, 35c, 50c
Big Musical Extravaganza T
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At Y. M. C. A Tuesday Evening. Dec. 27, 1904 Admission 25c
SpCCial Dsy Mst-
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