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OF SUNNYBROOK FARM" at the
COLUMBIA THEATER, WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11, 1912
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the unusual opportunity to become the successful essayist to whom $25 in
gold will be given, and at the same time to be one of the one hundred school
children to whom The Herald is going to award two Orchestra Tickets to see
"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"
EASY RULES AND CONDITIONS
$25.00 IN GOLD
But more than merely giving this party for the school children, The Herald offers a prize of $25 in
gold, to be paid to the school child writing the best essay on the subject of "Country Xife." "This prize
will be awarded to one of the successful children who are guests of The Herald; and the announcement
of the winner will be made from the stage of the Columbia Theater at the end of the first act of "Re
becca of Sunnybrook Farm" Monday evening, November 11.
This very interesting party has been in contemplation for some time. Details were arranged by the
Essay Editor of The Washington Herald last week, when the Columbia Theater was given special per
mission by Messers. Klaw and Erlanger to sell The Washington Herald two hundred of the best orches
tra seats for the opening night performance of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" Monday night, Novem
ber 11. This beautiful play is without doubt one of the most exquisite of recent years, and is a child's
play as well as one for grown-ups.
Every school boy and girl reader of The Herald is eligible to contest for this big party. Essays
must be only two hundred words in length ; must be written on one side of the paper only, and must be
according to the rules of the contest in other respects.
The two hundred Columbia Theater orchestra tickets will be given to those writing the best essays,
and the $25 in gold will be awarded to the boy or girl whose essay on "Country Life," according to the
committee selected by the Essay Editor, has that which makes it more interesting, original, and meritori
ous than all the other essays sent to the Essay Editor.
GRADE OF PUPIL CONSIDERED.
A committee wjll be selected to grade the essays of all contributors and name the winners. This com
mittee will be one which will give consideration to each essay as if the mightiest of all prizes depended
upon its being properly judged. The committee will take into consideration the grade of each child and his
or her age in making an estimate of the essays. In this way the children in the lowest grades will have a
chance equal to those of the highest grades.
All essays must be written by the children themselves, without help- from parents or teachers. Any
ssay showing unmistakable signs of having been written by any other than the child submitting same
will be thrown out of the contest and given no consideration. What is wanted is originality and child
thought Simple language should b used and care given each essay in every Tespect.
Essays should be written without delay, and should be mailed to the Essay Editor of The Washing
ton Herald. The contest will close Friday, November 8, at .6 p. m., but each child should have his or
her essay in the hands of the editor before that time. The 200 Columbia Theater orchestra tickets will
be mailed to the successful essayist by the Essay Editor so they will receive them Monday morning, No
Teachers, fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers, here is a chance to bring distinction upon your
charge. Urge each boy and girl you know to enter this contest. The result will be for the child's better
ment and pleasure.
WRITE YOUR ESSAY TO-DAY.'
Dainty Star in Dramatization of Famous Book,
"Rebecca ofSunnybrook Farm' The Chil
dren's Delight, To Appear All Next
Week at Columbia Theater.
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bloom, tngnam tad sonatina."
oocupatloa In tha plot la
to uplift aoclai sad moral dsprsaslon by
tha neencs of awaat childhood, tender
Independence (which grow without being
"Babaeea la Peter Fan la homespun."
"flhe la a child who la nude brava
by necessity and made daring and self
reliant by porerty, but aha amllea her
war along, acd we amlto too, when ahe
la triumphant glad."
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8ometlnea In your life perhapa it waa
when you were ten, perhapa twenty, or
perhapa pait thirty, but aometlme. If you
were a real live human being you knew
a little girl of fourteen who, with her
Tery aelf, her aunny amllea and her
cheerful way of taking things, made the
world ehe and you lhred In very much
better. If you did know auch a per
son and have forgotten Her for a thou
sand other rtanllng new attraction that
ace brings, you have only to know Re
becca Rowena Randall about three min
utes and then you are back again In
the best daya ever.
You've known sweet little girls just
the slie of Rebecca. This Rebecca
wasn't a stage girl, though, and the lit
tle town she went to live In when her
la far away from tha tawdry stage ef
fects, a theme that rings true In the
hearta of tha people who want-to live In
"lova and charity with all their neigh
bors." "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Tami
ls another human play.
There la Just one center of attraction.
It la Rebecca. She telle tha children In
tha neighborhood fairy stories aa If aha
were a grown-up, and describes a prince
aa being so beautiful that "lumps come
In. your throat when you look at him."
She works her own little problems out.
so that aha makes her crabbed, old-maid
ish aunt, who "wore her front hair m
pins" and hadn't any use for people who
"used the front stairs aa common
back" more human, and ahe made a man
out of Abner Simpson, a typical Maine
guide, who had clipped back In life to a
place where he wanted to raise horses in
Kentucky Instead of chopping wood and
taking care of his wife and children In
Rebecca made the farm "Sunnybrook"
by her own sunny aelf. even If It wasn't
"sunny" before she came. She made uf
a dainty fairy story when she went to
seU soap to a reel "Mr. Aladdin." She
didn't marry Mr. Aladdin at least, not
In the play even though she waa
"through Qreenlears arlthmatlc." but
Jeremiah Cobb hints at It. and you know
the etory mutt turn out that way. Pos
sibly you don't need more than a hint,
and, possibly, too, you are glad It wasn't
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own home got too big (she told Jeremiah
Cobb, the stage driver, that the "family
was finished now, but that mother al
ways stuck to her policies). The little
town and others around it weren't stage
towu. Rebecca was a real girl and
tte town waa Just a town, such aa grows
to-day In Maine. Prout's Neck and
Warehan are distinctly and absolutely
correct, as you will know If you have
ever been In Maine.
Mrs. Kate Douglas Wlggln, who first
found Rebecca, has a way of making you
remember the people she writes about.
No lad who ever read "Timothy'a Quest"
of the "Birds' Christmas Carol" but could
tell you just" what kind of a girl .Be-'
becca might be' by the rules Mrs. Wlg
gln follows. Miss Charlotte Thompson,
who devised the play, has put a set of
people Into acUon so that if there
weren't any plot to the story at all,
you'd wish you could see more than
three hours of their life. There la a
dot and one that makes a houseful of
people go home very nrocn happier than
they came. That's what we really need
In plays. Isn't It? To be made really
and truly happy, so tnat we believe
in the people we see and give them, too,
every chance tor happiness.
Aawtker Hasasta Plata-.
"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Tarm'' Is one
of those plays of which there are only
two or three now offered, but those two
or three prove the 'worth fj American
theatrical production wttk
too much settled, for you get decidedly
jealous of "Mr. Aladdin."
Drnmutliatlun of the Book
The dramatization of the book, which
had perhaps the greatest sale of the last
decade, for even" one loves Rebecca and
trants to know all about her, was made
by Kate Douglas Wiggln, author of the
book, and Charlotte Thompson, who has
several stage successes to her credit.
The play Is In four acts, and Its per
sonnel Includes all the people who were
friends in the reading of the book. The
dramatists have not confined themselves
to the earlier adventures of Rebecca, but
have taken what they listed from the
newer "Chronicles of Rebecca." In which
further incidents m the career of that
unconventional young woman are re
lated. Plays taken from books are always
Interesting, not only to people who have
read the book, but to others who have
heard of them. To the reader there Is
great satisfaction In having visualised
for them the characters bf whom they
have made a .mental picture, and as it
only happens that books of great In
terest are put on the stase. the person
who has not read them has the satisfac
tion of getting the story and the charac
terization at first hand.
Story of the Play.
Rebecca is a New England mlfs of
tender years, full of life and mischief,
with a heart of gold and a temperament
that Is all sunshine. She Is one of the
daughters of a very large family with a
very small purse, and to relieve the
pressure made by. ber healthy appetite
.on the family exchequer she Is taken by
her mother's sisters, two prim New
England old maids, whose ideas of child
hood, have been dwarfed and shrunken
until they are completely awry, and they
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she should go. The fitting of R'becca's
exhuberant temperament into the straight
and narrow groove In which the Misses
Miranda and Jane Sawyer determine It
shsll go and the widening of their view
of life by the charm and the strength of
Rebecca's nature form the story of the
play, although Interwoven with It Is the
winning of the heart of Adam Ladd by
the delightful Rebecca and the prospect
of wedding bells and happiness ever after
for her. Many New England characters,
especially those of children, are brought
Into the story, which moves along In a
fairly rlacld way. although It has Its
periods of storm and stress, when the
ebullient Rebecca bubbles, over and sends
flying the rules and regulations of her
From her entrance, gay and chatter
ing on the stage coach of old Jeremiah
Cogg, through her experiences of alter
cate despair and exaltation to the final
moment when she Is folded in the strong
arms of Adam Ladd and happiness for
her for all time greets her, she is a de
Rebecca is the daughter of the Ran
dall family, one of those New England
households where there are more chil
dren than food or clothing, and where
one mouth less means an additional
portion for the others. To relieve this
tension on the exchequer of the Ran
dalls, Rebecca's maiden aunts, Miranda
and Jane Sawyer, sii-ters of her mother,
agree to take her to live with them, and
the play begins with her arrival at their
home. These old ladles, really of kind)
heart and good Intent, have Mved by-
themselves for so many years In the at-!
mospnere 01 comness iuai cutcwyw j
most of the New England country that
they have forgotten what childhood means.
and the pranks and frolics of the mial
chievous. tempestuous, joyful Rebecca'
completely upsets their plan of life.
In the course of the years during i
hlch the child la subjected to the cow-1
ing process of their discipline both par- '
ties to the battle, for it is a battle
royal, are gainers by the conflict. Re-J
becca learns the necessity of control and ,
the value of discipline, while Miranda)
and Jane find something of the joys of ,
motherhood in the love of the girl.,
which Is given to them unstintedly, even
though she rebels often against their 1
tyranny and hardness. The theme of'
the play is a big one and In Its work- i
ing out not only brings serious thought,
but is fraught with lessons that go
home to every heart. But It is not only
the darker side of this New England
life that is shown; the merrymaking of
the people have their innings, laughter,
hearty and wholesome, Is an accompani
ment to the heart throbs of the persons
who see the play. "Rebecca of Sunny
brook Farm" has been approved by the
New Englanders themselves in their
stronghoid at the Tremont Theater la
Boston, where it had a run of several
months, and by the people of New York,
at the Republic Theater, where Rebec
ca was a resident for an entire season.
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