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' ' NEW YORK. LETTER
New York, April 4. Light opera is
to have a new star next fall. Fpr the
first time in his noteworthy career,
the name of David Bispham is to
blaze in electric lights above the
doors of theaters, the country over.
Bispham has sung in grand opera;
he was for a number of seasons at
the Metropolitan. Lately he has" dev
voted almost all his time to concert
work. He is an actor of decided abil
ity, a fact which was recognized by
those who saw his performance as
Beethoven, in a playlet of that name
which had a couple of special pro
ductions here a year ago.
He has been engaged by Werba &
Luescher for the leading part in "The
Jolly Peasant," a musical piece which
has met with marked success abroad.
Poor Nance O'Neil beautiful as
ever has come an awful cropper at
Wallack's, where Charles Burnham
put on "Ann Boyd," a dramatization
of a novel by Will N. Harben, with
Miss O'Neil as the star. However good
the book may be, the.play is very bad,
and Miss O'Neil, always uneven in her
work, is far from being at her best.
An actress who has shown tremen
dous capabilities seems to be going
to waste these daysbecause she can
not "find herself."
The Titanic disaster has been
dramatized. Where? Why, at the
Grande Guignol in Paris, of course,
where nothing but the superlatively
most-dreadful is desired by the the
ater's sensation-soaked patrons.
A husband on the illfated ship dis
covers, that his wife has a lover, also
a passenger. His revenge comes with
the disaster. He prevents the wonian
from escaping to the deck, and con
signs her to the care of her friend',
a cowardly person, who looks after
himself and leaves the screaming
woman alone to meet her fate.
, Two old-time musical successes
have been -revived this , week "The
Beggar Student," by the Shuberts,
at the Casino, and "The G.elsha," by
Arthur Hammerstein,, at Weber &
Fields' -44th-street music hall. The
former is the better production of
the- two, with a cast which contains
De Wolf Hopper, ,George McFarlane,
and others who have made the Shu
berts' Gilbert & Sullivan revivals suc
cesses. Seldom has a Bernard Shaw piece
scored so overwhelmingly .in New
York .as "Fanny's First Playj" which
had its 250th performance a few
evenings ago, aria is still playing to
capacity. Only in spots does it show
the" great satirist at'his best,,but those
flashes of brilliancy certainly have
"put it over."
Grace,George, failing to find a new
play worih while, has opened in a re
vival of "Divorcons." Her perform
ance as this Sardou heroine is super
ior to any she has even given before,
and the cast is excellent
MAPLE TAPIOCA PUDDING
-Tested Recipe by Caroline Coe.
Put one quart of- milk in double
boiler, when warm slowly add the
cornmeal and tapioca, stirring all the
time -to avoid lumps; add salt, allow
to boil until tender and clear. Re
move from fire and add onfe cup of
maple syrup, turn into buttered pan
and allow to stand ten minutes. Turn
over top one-half cup of hot milk1 or
the contents of one small can of
evaporated cream. Bake slowly one
and one-half hours. Serve with
cream or top milk. Any good syrup
may be substituted.
One quart of milk. '
Three tablespoons cornmeal.
Three tablespoons minute tapioca.
One-half teaspoon of salt.
One cup. of maple syrup.
Butter the size of. at walnut.
This, is he famous pudding that
"Aunt Delia" makes for ex-President
Taft; and 'most delicious.