NEW YORK LETTER
New York, Dec. 10. When the
Century Theater was opened and
dedicate'd as the new theater to
art and the uplift of the drama the
millionaires who had built it sat
proudly on its huge stage and lis
tened to speeches by eminent
highbrows as to lofty missions
and its glorious aims.
The current 'attraction at the
theater hasn't been prospering
over well, and the lessees sold the
house bodily for a recent perform
ance to a 6th av. department
store. The store, having gotten
the seats, presumably, at a some
what reduced figure by taking
them all, gave them to its patrons
in lieu of trading stamps. A $5
purchase before noon got a pair of
seats, after noon a single ticket.
A sack of flour, a pair of rubber
boots, a baby carriage you
bought 'em at Blank's, and you
sat- with your wife in the red and
gold chairs where once the 400
displayed its pride and pomp.
Four women whose apparel
proclaimed that they had come
from some place hot even adja
cent to the great city attended a
matinee at one of the Broadway
' They had seats far back. After
the first act they loked all
around, so as not to miss any
thing that might be going ori and
discovered a doorkeeper giving
After much whispering, one of
the women went to the door and
asked for a check. She got it and
took it back to the group. Tltey
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all studied it, then another went
over and asked for one.
The attendant, who had seen
the first woman take her ptfeck to
her stat, inquired: "What do you
want with it?".
"Why," she answered. "Wfc
paid to get in. -Aam't we got a
right to a chance on the prize?"
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scope a penny a peep You are
now gazing, sir, on that wonder
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Cyclist And what is the broad-
belt running around ltr
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occasion) That, sir,, is the rac
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