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He has been induced to write a
series of articles for The Day
Book on the great things of the
.Who is the greatest baseball
player of all time?
Where do the greatest players
What is the greatest asset of
baseball ? -
What is the funniest thing L
ever saw in baseball?
What is the most patheticH
thing in -baseball?
Is baseball played better -than
25 years ago?
Cy Young will tell all about it
in The Day Book this . summer.
His first article will be printed tomorrow.
NEW YORK LETTER
New York, July 8.-Why is
theater orchestra ?
Perhaps this question has never
occurred "to you. Probably it
never has'jto most people. AH
our theater-going lives we have
listened to" the. overture as some
thing which had to precede the
rising of the curtain, to the be-tween-acts
excerpts from the lat
est musical shows as a relief from
-the chatter of our neighbors, and
to the final selection as something
which makes the slewcrawl up
the aisle a trifle less tediousr
But dopeople really care to be
musically entertained, or assault
ed, as the case may be, before the
curtain goes up, between the acts,
and while they are leaving. Thea
ter managers have for unnumber
ed years taken it for granted that
they do. But within the past few
days the question has been raised
in New York in a way which has
caused the showman to do some
thinking, and which may lead to a
trial'.of orchestraless theaters in
this -cityr - v
Themusictans'r union has been
gradually increasing the cost of
orchestra music by raising the
scale of wages, and its latest de
mand, recently presented, touch
ed a new high water mark. The
theater-managers got together
and rejected the scale.
"Nor music, then," said the
Whereupon, to the intense sur
prise and dismay of the musi
cians, 'the managers merely re
plied, "Oh, very well."
It did not take the union lead
ers long to see that their position
was not quite what they had
thought it was, and to make over
tures (entirely unintentional
joke) for a compromise.
A compromise will probably be
reached, but the managers have
got a bee' in their bonnets just
the same, and it may, some day
sting the music makers.
David Belasco has had no qr-
chestra 'in- his local theaters for
several reasons. He cut out the
music after trouble with the
union andasserts that his patrons
do not complain of the lack of in
strumental entertainment As
the omission saves Mr.Belasco
quite a little money, there is not
much likelihood of the musicians
getting back into his houses.
William Hammerstein has
hurled defiance at the union jn the