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of stumps torpull, , he 'had. stalactites,
rock formations hanging from the
ceiling, to remove and haul out.
When he .had his;;.caye farm cleared
he had to' haul soil andv manure in
and spread it over the rocky floor.
Outside the cave. doorr he built a
lake, :using thcrocks'taken from the
cavesfori embankments... A .stream
running into, the cave from ;the lake
outside-p-which is the playground for
the bull frogs smitn .raises witn nis
other cave crops also serves as a
' road or, rather, a canal.
Smith goes to his cave farm in a
nat-bottomea ooat-ancrnauis out Ms
produce in the samevay.
He can work in his farm day .or
night. He has to carry a lantern at
When the frogs are wintering and
there s no celery to bleach, Smith
uses partof his came farm for a stor
age plant and keeps Ms neighbors'
sweetpotatoes during the cold weath
er for 15 cents abusheL At one time
he had 9,000 bushels of sweet pota
toes in the cave.
NEW YO&K LETTER
New York, "April 12. John Drew
is going to escape from tea cups,
blue pajamas and drawing dilemmas
next season. John's going to tear off
a .few yards of- Shakespeare, from
coast to coast, and in between. He
has played Shakespeare before, and
he can do it again. An elaborate re
vival.of "Much Ado About Nothing"
is being prspared for him by his good,
kind employer, Charles Prohman. Mr.
Drew is reported to be milch pleased.
All reg'ler actors like to play Shake
speare better than anything.
The Palace is the latest, addition
to Manhattan's large family of play
houses. It's- a vaudeville theater of
unusual size, the seating capacity be
ing 2,100. It has an enterprising man
ager, by name Frank Thompson. f He
offered, Carusq $10,000 for six'nlghts i
and six matinees. The-offer is $2500
a week more than the great tenor
gets atthe Metropolitan hereceives
$2,500a, performance, and never
sings 'more than three times a week
but-don't start for New York with
the idea of hearing him .at Mr.
Thompsori's theater. N You- won't.
However,, there are some other good
acts on the Palace bill.
Francis Wilson is ( getting his
breath. He has got part of it. It is
reported that when he has recovered
all of it,(, he may go in to. vaudeville.
Wilson wrote a play called "The
Spiritualist,"- and John Cort produced
it, with theuthor in the leading role.
It lasted' one week. The things the
critics had to say about Wilson's
work, both his writing and his acting
OW! Ba&as the showwas, one" had
to pity the poor little comedian.
New York is" to haye. Italian opera
this spring. The Lieblers are going
to bring the Angelini Gattina com
pany all the way from Buenos Ayres,
to warble .for a few weeks in the
Century theater. The. company is re
ported to number 40 principals, 60
in the chorus, ballet 1 of 30, and 40
musicians. Its pertoire includes
"The Merry Widow," "Count of Lux
embourg," "La Cigale," "Bocaccio,"
"Fatinitza," "Fra Diavolo," and many
Weber & Fieldswill part company
at the close of .their present season.
Fields will head the summer review
on the roof of their new, music hall
on 44th street The pair may get to
gether at any time in the future when
a suitable -attraction-presents itself.
The newest farce on Broadway is
"The' Lady from Oklahoma," written
by Elizabeth Jordan, a magazine edi
tor, and seen in the west before it
was produced here. Its bid for suc
cess lies in the second act. a scream
ingly funny scene in a "beautypar-r
lor." .j ...