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THE ST" LOUIS REPUBLIC: MOND'AY. FEBRUARY 8, 1904.
UNCONTROLLABLE FIRE SWEEPS THROUGH BALTIMORE;
FIFTY BLOCKS OF BUSINESS BUILDINGS LAID LOW.
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r.ptivcen North street ami Holllday,
Continued Front rncf Oaf.
of' terror, the authorities do not know
of the livs of a single life. If many
have nut perished, it seems a miracle.
There are more than a hundred injured
in hospitals, and among them is Bal
"ti'itiorr's Fire Chief, 'George "V. llor
toii. who was the victim of a live wire.
The flames have Jumped past the
Kqultablc building and are now lap
ping the Post Office ami Courthouse.
They arc raging squares Iwyond the
'Kqultablc along Gay street, from Bal
timore to Fayette. Gay street is the
r-econd most important thoroughfare in
A list of the firms affected is at
best only a matter of conjecture. New
looses are recorded faster than old
ones can be written dowu. Looking
liaekward at the disaster it seems as
though some one must have blundered
or been inefficient. Yet eyewitnesses
of the beginning of the tragedy aver
that it all happened in the twinkling
of an eye.
John E. Hurst & Co.'s building is In
the center of the wholesale dry goods
district. The buildlugs In the blocks
around about are massive but old and
stocked with millions of dollars' worth
of goods, preparatory to the spring in
flux of Southern buyers. Before a city
alarm sounded it is declared that the
automatic alarm in the Hurst building
rang the call. This was at 10:1S a. m.
It seemed only an instant later that the
entire building was in flames.
C1TV CALLED FOR HELP
TO FIGHT THE FLAMES.
The alarm calling out the entire city
Fire Department was iu and in a few
minutes Baltimore, realizing that,, the
doom of the wholesale district was evi-
' v. . . te. -v
dent, sent appeals rfor help to New
York, Washington" and Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, for mnic'-'rcaspn. was
very slow lu 'getting 'here, .and.it was
after S:30 to-night7uefore Chief Butler
and his staff of men and machines
reached the scene.
A wind was blowing in the neigh
borhood of twentyefive miles an hour.
Thirty minutes' after the fire broke
out there was a terrible explosion,
cither in or right near the Hurst build
ing. It was as if a powder magazine
had gone up: It is probable that the
cause was the bursting of a gas tank
or some gas engine. It is not believed
that any high explosives were stored
in what was exclusively a notion aud
dry goods district.
Walls tottered and Jell, the city for
squares around being shaken. .Other
explosions folljwetlancr,the fire, was
free to spread iu every direction. Its
great path was' cuf -toward ilie direc
tion of theciry'sheart. YVith-the wind
from the soutliwesf, toward the north
east, stores, banks and business houses
lay in the path.
Once, shortly before" 5 o'clock, the au
thorities thought they had the lire un
HEART OF BAL
BALTIMOKE CITY HAM,.,
Lexington anil Fayette streets, is threatened by the fire which is on two sides
BE A FIERY FURNACE ;
ART OF THE CITY
der control. A few minutes after this
joyous announcement the flames
seemed io break out .with redoubled
fury, and as the sun went down there
were eight blocks of ruins and the fire
was at the city's very heart, gathering
vigor for 'its attack nil Hip-'skyscrapers.
FIRST EXPLOSION STARTIIED
PEOPLE IX CIIIHCIIKS.
The whole city waa notified of the con
flagration by a terrific explosion which
occurred pome ijilnutes after 11 o'clock.
A sharp splitting roar went up. with re
verberating thuniier. This was followed by
a peculiar whistling noise, like that mad?
by a shrill wind. The churches in the cen
tral secton of the city were filled with
worshipers, many of whom became
frightened, and, while no panics ensued,
hundreds of men and women left their
seats and went outside to see what had
In a few moments the streets and pave
ments all over the city were crowded with,
excited people. Another deafening crash
occurred and dense columns of cinders
and smoke shot up over the central sec
tion of the city, and In a huge brown
column moved rapidly toward the north
Borne on the- strong- southeast wind,
the column of smoke, blazing cinders and
even pieces of tin roofing spread over
the center of the city and a rain of cin
ders fell, compelling pedestrians to dodge
red-hot pieces of wood.
Two'more explosions followed and thou
sands of people hurried to the scene of
the fire. Of all the spectators, compara
tively few saw the fire Itself. They could
not get within half a block of it. Even
the policemen guarding the approaches to
the fire had' to repeatedly shift their po
sitions and dodge falling cinders.
Pieces of tin'feS feet square were..lifted
into the air .by the terrific heat, sailed up
ward like pafler kites and when they
reached a point beyond the zone of the
most intense heat fell clattering to the
SCENE OF IXDESCIUIIAIII.E
TERROR .VXD COXFLSIOX.
The firemen and police, who were
obliged to stick to their dangerous posts,
dodged into doorways for shelter from the
rain of hot missiles. Crash after crash
could ha heard within the burning district,
but even the firemen could not tell from
what building they proceeded.
In the seething' furnace of flames all
sense of ' tlie" direction or location of
buildings was lost.
Walls and flooring fell In thunderous
roar blocks away. Hundreds of merchants
and business men with offices in ' the
threatened districts were notified by
watchmen and police. Nearly all took
steps to have their books removed to a
place of safety. Hundreds of men and
boys were engaged to move the books.
The Adams Express Company sent a hur
ry call for its men and wagons to come to
the office at once. The books, desks and
files were all placed Into, wagons for:re
.Ml'I.LIKS HOTEL BECOMES
HIGH AXI1 DREADFUL TORCH.
At lc3 o'clock the Mullins Hotel. " a
peven-story structure at Liberty and Bal
timore streets, was in flames from garret
to .cellar, and its great height and nar
rowness acted as a sort of flue and con
verted the doomed building into a huge
and dreadful torch.
All thejruests of the hotel -had .been or
dered out or the building shortly after
the fire broke out in John E. Hursfs
place, and there was no panic or confu
sion and none was injured.
..'Though every bit of fire-fighting appa
ratus in the city was called into requisU
tion as the flames continued' to
spread- the firemen realized that they had
a task before them which was too great
for them to combat. Telegrams for fire
engines were sent to Washington and
Philadelphia, and about. 1 o'clock six en
gines arrived from Washington and' four
from Philadelphia and joined In the battle
With the flames. -i
Engines from stations In Baltimore,
ALREADY !N ASHES.
Howard. Anne Arundel and Hartford
ccunties also arrived as scon as possible,
some of the apparatus traveling a dis
tance of thirty miles .ind more.
AVnter plugs in every section within a
radius .of half a mile from the fire were
in use, rnd it was roughly estimated that
there were 350 hoses all playirg at, one
time upon different parts of the-eoriflagra-tion.
Owing' Jo the great congestion of fire
apfaratis, the crowds of people and the
general confuion many of the ensines
fiom out of town were- unable to find a
place-where they would be of any service.
With loud roars wall aftcj. wal) toppod
into the streets and firemen ran for.thelr
All kinds of wires had to be cut' to
clear the way for the fire fighters. The
blocks -bounded by German. Liberty. Sharp
and Baltimore streets were early found to
be doomed, and the firemen turned their
attention to saving the buildings on Balti
more street, east of Sharp.
The lire was beyond their control and
the fiahies ran from one building to an
other In. spite of the fact that the firemen
had done, their best to check the progress
of the 'flames by soaking the structures
FRONT- STREET THEATER
CAl'GHT FROM SPARKS.
Red-hot cinders ignited the roof of the
Front-Street Theater, and for a time it
looked -as though that structure would be
burnr.A'.down. Tho building is at least a
half mile from the main conflagration, and
the fact that" the roof caught from fall
ing cinders, shows, lu what distance the
fiery rain fell. The blaze, which was on
the southwest corner. was extinguished by
the firemen, assisted by citizens.
For a time considerable alarm was felt
at the City Hospital when the rain o,f
cinders was its fiercest. The Sisters of
Mercy, in charge of the ins-titution. were
all at their posts, and an effort was made
to keep the fact of the conflagration
secret from the patients. A few cinders
fell on the roof of the hospital, but were
extinguished by the physicians of the
Eighteen women, two babies and seven
nurses were taken from the Maternity
Hospltal, on Wests Lombard street, in po
lice ambulances, to the City Hospital. A
woman "'who was ill In bed with typhoid
fever was taken to the City Hospital.
EXPLOSION OF WHISKY
SI-HEAD FIRE ACROSS STREET.
At- 3 o'clock a tremendous explosion of
about 1D0 barrels of whisky, stored in the
upper floors of 24 Hanover street, hurled
tons of. burning matter across the street
on the roofs of the buildings opposite,
which, the, firemen, were drenching with
water," In a v.ain hope to make Hanover
street (lie eastern boundary line of the
The flames quivered for a few moments
under the water, but soon ate into the
buildings on. the east side.
Two truck wagons caught fire and were
consumed, and an engine was burled by a
falling w-all. the firemen fleeing for their
WITHIX HALF AX HOVIt
DOZEX Bl'ILDIXUS BLAZING.
In. the meantime, the fire had complete
ly destroyed the blocks bounded by Sharp.
Baltimore, Liberty, Lombard and Hanover
streets, in the very heart of the business
section of Baltimore, and the flames were
still spreading with fearful rapidity. In
half an hour after the first explosion a
dozen, big wholesale houses were burulng
The entire city Fire Department was
called, but was utterly powerless' to check
the spread of the flames; which were id
ed by high winds, and by noon there "were
savage flres In at-least thirty big wre
houses.i and the conflagration' was steadi
ly eating its way into successive block
east, north, weflt and south.
Building -after building fell a prey to
the flames, and apparently there was no
check to the onward'sweep of destruction.
On Baltimore street, the block between
Liberty and'Sharp was soon ablaze; then
came the next block east to Hanover,
and after'that the block on the'south side
to Charles street broke out into flames,
the Consolidated Gas Company's building
and Oehrii's Acme burning fiercely.
Meanwhile there were storea north of
Baltimore street being similarly consumed.
Mullin's Hotel caught and other buildings
near It. West of Liberty street, on the
south side of Baltimore, the block was
J doomed, and the big Baltimore Bargain
I House also caught. Down in Hopkins
place, where the conflagration started, the
Hurst building and the other wholesale
houses on both sides of the street crum
bled and fell.
SPECTACLE OF Rl'IX
WAS, E.VRLV APPALLING.
TmifUSTilry goods' houses of Daniel Mil
Ifi' .JtrSJins and K. M. Sutton & Co. were
J-onii aflame and along German street, east
and west from the Hurst building, there
wcre-ji dozen buildings burning and scoies
.more threatened. The spectacle of ruin
and destruction from any point In these
doomed blocks was something appalling.
Mass & Kemper's big wholesale store,
on Baltimore street, quickly succumbed to
the flames, and the walls fell with a crash
that was heard for squares. The Hurst
building was utterly destrojed. not even a
wall ten feet high being left standing, and
was apparently the center of tho caldron,
whence the flames radiated over the
In Hopkins place, the Hopkins Savings
Bank and the National Exchange Bank
were gutted by flames, the few streams of
water that the firemen were able to turn
on them proving utterly ineffectual to
even halt the destruction. Here, across
the street, were the ruins of John E.
Hurst & Co.. and next to tht-m S. E. Hect.
Jr.. & Sons, were in flames. Adjoining
was the large bulldin? owned by the
William Koch Importing Company,
which was also quickly "destroyed.
Across the street the Stanley & Brown
Drug Company building wus quickly in
ruins, while fronting on the Baltimore
street side of this block were the Itox
bury Rye Distilling Company, the build
ing occupied by Sllbcrman & Todes. the
house of Allen Sons & Co.. which had
hardly been completed, while next to It
was the establishment of M. Moses &
On the corner wa3 the building occupied
by Messrs. Sugar & Shear and several
other smaller concerns. All of these were
swallowed up in the flames, and. in fact.
"(.the whole block was nothing but a caul
dron of fire.
PARTIAL LIST OF
Among the buildings consumed are tho
Roxbury Rye Distilling Company; Allen
& Sons, leathers: Sugar & Shear, cloth
ing; L. Stein & Co.. umbrella manufac
turers; M. Friedman & Sons; Crockin &
Co., dry goods, Schwarz Toy Company;
Mullins Hotel; Burgunder Bros., clothlng;-
Maas & Kemrtr. manufacturers of con
fectioners' tools; Lewis. Lowery & Co
dry goods; Dry Goods Exchange; S. Nue
burger & Bro.. dry goods; A. Sauber,
clothing; A. C Meyer & Co., druggl3ts;
Carrollton Chemical Company; William T.
Dixon & Bro.. wholesale paper; Burger &
Co., wholesale clothing; Blanke's saloon;
Thomas Burke & Co., liquors: James A.
Gary & Sons (cotton mills), office; Charles
Burger & Co., wholesale clothmg; Amer
ican Cigar Company: M. Anderson, local
agent of the Cluctt-Penbody Company;
John Hurst & Co.. dry goods; S. Hecht,
Jr.. &. Co.. carpets: Daniel Miller & Sons,
dry goods; GUgs, Curean,& Co., boots and
shoes; Nolan's restaurant: C Y. David
son, gas fitting establislim'ent: E. Schleu
ncs & Co.. cloth dealer' Oppenheimer,
Koshland & Co.. wholesale jewelers: W.
Katzen & Co.. clotlilng; A. Federlelcht &
Co.. woolen goods; C. J. 'Stewart & Sons,
hardware: O'ConnclI & Banknon, restau
rant: building occupied by the National
Exchange BanK and the Merchants' and
Manufacturers' Association; Hopkins Sav
ings Bank; building occupied by Thornton.
Rogers & Co.. printers; Carr, Owens &
Heineman and Blanke's saloon: Ambach
Bros., clothing manufacturers; Conrad
Zeal's Son. trunk manufacturer: building
occupied by Sllbcrman & Todes, dry goods,
Thalheimcr Bros., dry goods, and the
Florence W. McCarthy Company; Fussel-baugh-Blake
Company, wall paper; Rasch
& Garnor, window shades; R. Jandorf &
Co.. boots and shoes; James Robertson
Manufacturing Company, metals; Peter
Rose & Sons, harness and saddlery; B.
Kohn, notions: N. Pretzfelder, boots and
shoes: John Murphy Company, publishers:
Baltimore News Company, booksellers;
the Cushing Company, booksellers; J. S.
MacDonald & Co., Jewelers; the Goodyear
Rubber Compeny; Likes, Berwanger &
Co., clothiers; the WeishBros. Company,
jewelers; the Consolidates Ga. Company
office building: Oehms Acme Hall, cloth
iers; the W. G. C. Dulany Company; Huy
ler's confectionery; Wm. Knabe Piano
Company; Samuel Hunt Sons, leather,
goods; the James R. Armlgcr Company,
jewelers; the De Brau Hat Company;
Kranz-Smlth Piano Company: F. W. Mc
Allister & Co.. opticians; Bryant & Strat
ton Business College: It. Lertz & Sons,
pianos; lmwokl & Co.. furniture; Granger
& Co.. tobacconists.
FIRE-FIGIITIXG FORCES BECAME
HELPLESS A HOLT NIGHTFALL.
Since about 6 o"clock. when darkness
came, the Fire Department, although aid
ed by engines from Washington, Philadel
phia, Wilmington and the surrounding
suburbs, has been utterly powerless to
make any effective resistance to the con
suming element, though for hours, as
many as 400 streams of water were thrown
Into the flames.
Indeed, so terrific has been the heat
ever since the Arc started and so dense
and sufTocating the volume of flying
sparks and burning cinders that it was
difficult for tho -firemen to stand long
within fighting distance of the flames,
while early in the afternoon several
trucks and engines were hopelessly dis
abled by timbers.
At 7 o'clock the situation was so des
perate that Chief Horton decided that the
only thing left to do was to dynamite
buildings at threatened points, and thus
prevent, as far as possible, a further
spread of the flames. In pursuance of this
plan, a number of buildings on South
Charles street, between Gorman and Lom
bard, .were blown up. Subsequently, the
splendid structure of J. W. Putts & Co.,
notion dealers, at Charles and Fayette
streets, was dynamited, and then the
Dai'.y Record building, Ross drug etore
This heroic remedy merely delayed, but
did not seriously impede, the onward
march of the conflagration, and for two
hours or more the Fire Dcpartme.it. was
practically helpless and re-sourccless in
kthe face of the roaring furnaces which J
sent tnelr fierce tongues aw teet into the
fair and which filled the heavens, first '-with
a pall of -black funereal smoke, and "thenH
with livid sheets of sparks and 'lurid ein-
MASSIVE STRl'CTCRES DID
XCT STAY THE FIERV TIDE.
Following the rapid destruction of the
palatial commercial buildings In the
wholesale district, the cyclone of roaring
flames burst Into Baltimore street, lick
ing, within a few minutes, the seven-story-
Mullins Hotel like an insatiate
rconster and rapidly1 rolled with irresisti
ble force both eastward and westward,
cutlJng down wholesale and retail houses,
manufactories, shops'. Jewelry stores, fur
niture emporiums and restaurants.
At Charles street, the remorseless 'tide
swept on down Baltimore street, and also
turned into Charles street, where It quick
ly enguilfed the eleven-story Union Trust
building, starting eastward on Fayette
By S o'clock tho occupants of the Dally
Herald building "at Fayette and St. Paul
streetr. and of the Record building, op
posite, were compelled to vacate, by the
onruhing flames, as were the occupants
of the Calvert and Equitable structures,
two of the most massive office buildings
Dawn Baltimore street a parallel wave
of roaring, crackling flames swept, con
suming everything in Its course, speedily
reaching the Eve-nlng News building, from
which the employes had to hastily flee,
though not until valuable records had
Shortly thereafter the Continental Trust
Company's fourteen-story building took
Are. A block below the American news
paper building was enveloped in clouds of
sparks and burning splinters and the em
ploj cs were ordered out.
The financial district, including banking
and brokerage firms on South and German
streets. seem3 to be now doomed, and
scores of the city's leading financiers ami
business men are scurrying In and out of
their offices bearing packages or placing
valuables in conveyances.
During all these hours the pyrotechnic
dliplay has been magnificent and imposing
beyond the power of painter to depict.
At this hour vast columns of seethlns
flame are shooting skyward at varying
points of the compass and the firmament
is one vast prismatic ocean of golden and
sliver hued sparks. Great multitudes of
people line the streets, awe-struck with
the panorama which Is being enacted be
fore their eyes.
At this hour the fire is absolutely be
yond control, and all occupants of buildings
in the center of the city arc rapidly mov
ing their valunhles.
CITY HOSPITAL Hl'RRIEDLY
REMOVES ITS PATIENTS.
Thf City Hospital, corner Calvert and
Pleasant streets. 13 removing to other hos
pitals as rapidly as possible the twenty
four patien's In that Institution.
Seventeen injured were brought to this
hospital, most of them firemen. They
were suffering from burns, scalds or Uc-cratlur-s.
Nearly every physician in the -city is in
the fire district. So far as known -at this
hour no one has been killed.
FIRE SPREADING OIT
IX RESIDENCE DISTRICT.
Fortunately, thus far the conflagration
has not reached the residence portion of
the city, but fires are breaking out in East
Baltimore, and the indications are that
the res'derce streets are doomed.
indications are that not a single morn
ing rewepaper will be able to get out an
issue to-morrow morning, with the possi
ble exception of the Sun, which has an
auxiliary plant. There are five morning
papers here three English and two Ger
man. The Baltimore and Ohio road office
building has been ilestroyed, as has also
the Maryland Institute of Art building.
At 11:45 o'clock the temporary Custom
house, adjoining the Post Office, caught
One hundred and fifty policemen from
Philadelphia arrived here to assist the
Baltimore police and military.
BALTIMORE SUN STAFF
HURRIES TO WASHINGTON
TO ISSUE FROM STAR.
Washington. Feb. 7. Forced from its
building by the flames the Baltimore Sun
moved to Washington at midnight and
will be issued In the morning- from the
presses of the Washington Star. Early in
the evening, when the flames showed that
the Baltimore Sun building was doomeu.
arrangements were hastily made by tele
phone with Mr. Rudolph KaufTman. man
aging editor of the Washington Star, for
the use of that paper's presses. linotype
machines and offices for the publication
of the Sun.
It was hoped that the Sun building in
Baltimore might be saved, and even at 11
o'clock, when a special train was made to
bring editors, copyreaders and reporters,
to Eay say nothing of printers,. stereotypers
and pressmen, to Washington. It was still
hoped that it might be possible to publish
a paper In Baltimore.
As carriages containing the staff dashed
up to the Evening Star building from, the
railroad they were greeted with cheers
from a large crowd which had assembled
at the doors of the office. The editors,
with large bundles of -"copy," hurried
inside, and the whole staff was soon busy
at dcrks and typewriters-.
NEW YORK CITY HAS
SEVEN ENGINES READY
TO SEND TO BALTIMORE.
New York, Feb. S.-Fire Chief Kruger
announced soon after 2 o'clock that as
soon as the B. & O. Road had a train all
ready to start in Jersey City he' would
send seven engines over that road. Bat.
tallon Chief How- took charge of them.
GREAT BUILDINGS THAT
WERE ENGULFED IN FIRE.
Washington. Feb. S. (2 a. m.) In addi
tion to the list of buildings burned and
carried in the ep.rly Associated Press re
ports, the following buildings are report
Continental Trust Company.
Calvert. , ,,,
Bank of Baltimore.
International Trust Company.
St. Paul's Hotel: dynamited.
Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone
Maryland Trust Company.
Alexander Brown Banking Company.
At 2 o'clock this morning a report was
received that both of the Sun buildings
and the American, directly across the
street, had been dynamited.
HALF MILLION IN CASH IN
VAULTS OF BURNED BANKS.
Baltimore. Feb. 7. The amount of cash
on hand in two of the banks which were
destroyed the National Exchange and the
Hopkins, Place- Saving? Bank according
to Their last, annual report, was as fol
lows: Hopkins" Place .Bank. $217,019.51;
National Exchange. t2filX00:
The deaasits- in th banks, according' to
their' statements' wtje: National Ex
change Bank. tt,3.7U.3S:' Hopkins Place
Savings Bank. J2.4o3.7f2.33.
This money was probably safely placed
in the bank vaults, and may be entirely
saved, or. at least, saved in such a condi
tion that it can-be redeemed by the Treas
ury Decartmcnfc .......
Mullen's Hotel was one of the finest
buildings in Baltimore street.
Many thousands of people are thrown
out of employment and it will be months,
if not years, before Baltimore, recovers
from the blow
The losses to the insurance companies
are enormous, but In many Instances they
will not cover the losses to the-merchants.
Particularly Is this true with some of the
dry aoods stores, which had Just gotten
hi Uelr heavy'stoeas or spring fooos,-
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UNION TRUST BUILDING, WHICH WAS ENTIRELY DESTROYED..
t GREAT CHICAGO FIRE LOSS, $190,000,000
Chicajro. Fell. 7. The teniioiy limned by ilie Chicago
" fire of October !l. 1871. amounted to '',1U acres, involving a Z
i loss of over ,ir.t")0.01II). . . J
ASSOCIATED PRESS: C
IIL'RXED Ol'T TWICE. -
V HUT TAKES XEW STAMJ. O
Baltimore. Ud".. Feb. 7. The tent-
porary nftarfrs secured by th" A- f
siiciatcd Press for their .operators v
after first being burned out have
been destroyed, and they were coin-
pelled to seek new- quarters on n
They are now located in a hull-.!- 4
ing In advance of the fire, and hope 4
to start the wires within thirty
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TONE OF BRITISH PRESS
IN FAVOR OF JAPAN.
London. F-b. S. The editorial articles In
the press this morning universally justify
Japan in breaking off diplomatic relations
with Russia, resetting that Russia had
exhausted Japan's patience.
The Daily Chronicle, however, while ad
mitting this, says it thinks it a pity th.it
Japan did not await the actual receipt of
the reply because, in the not impossible
event of a close war. and the Powers ha
ing a voice in the settlement, some of
them may be inclined to guide their deci
sion by the fact that Japan took the initi
ative. For the rest the pro-Japanese feeling is
vcrv strong in the British pres. which
dwells upon the great need of the utmost
efforts to localize the quarrel.
The Daily Telegraph concludes its ed
itorial article with these word.:
"Upon Great Britain and France to
gether rests the responsibility of averting
a universal disaster from mankind, and
that is a common task which every in
citement of friendship, reason and duty
must move them to fulfill."
Two of the new- plays of th season
which promise to live long enougli to in
clude n Western tour. and. therefore, to
make their stories of Interest, are "S.-.-pet
Kitty Rellairs" and "The Younger Mr?.
In the former, a dramiti7.-ation of "The
Bath Comedv." Henrietta Crosman Is ap
pearing under the direction of- David Be
lasco; the latter Annie Russell hut re
cently produced In New- York, after it
had had a successful trial in the Prov
inces. Sweet Kitty Bellairs" is laid in the time
of George 111.; the scene Is England and
the place Bath.
At the opening of the play, outside the
little town, the soldiers are encamped
waiting orders to sail for the war. The
belle of Bath is Kitty Itell.iirs. the ido
of every man in the English and Irish
They all love Kitty, but she will hive
none of them and her fancy remains free
until she meets Iord vtrney. an English
officer. Verney is too bashful to make
love to Kitty, so she makes love to him.
It transpires that one Sir Jasper Stand
ish is exceedingly neglectful to his wife.
Julia, who, nevertheless, is much In love
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Therefore. Julia, In a make-believe flir
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tation, waves her v.3ndkqrchief to' Lord
Verney. Sir Jasper, seeing It. promptly
challenges the soldier to a duel- "Jasper Is
an ne-rt swordsman, and' to Kitty a. duel
with Verney means, certain, .death forfjier
'lover. ' y'.
T prevent this meeting Kitty and Julia
po to Yeniey's 'ruomsfthr thejiscondr act
to nersuade him not to fight. Verney-l3
surrounded by a lot. of friends and hl3
seconds, .who have had -a bit too much.
Verney's friends go into another room
and Kitty enters, disguised, leaving Julia,
in the hall. Verney finally discovers Kit
ty's Identity, and- she goes' without per
suading him not to light. Thinking; her
gone. Verney Joins his friends.- .
Before Julia and Kitty can get out of
tho front door, however. Sir Jasper enters
and Kitty and Julia are compelled to hide.
Sir Jasper enters and apologizes to Ver
ney. It i then discovered that there is a
woman In Verney's room. There is a lot
of fun poked at Verney. and finally one of
the officers, reaching under the .curtains,
pulls off Julia's shoe.
Sir Jasper, with the -others, drinks a
toast out of It. but. unfortunately, recog
nizes his wife's shoe. He. and Verney
Hqht. and juit as he is about to tear tho
curtains down Kitty steps out. -with Julia
still concealed, t'-oon the Instant Verney
announces that Kitty is to be his wife.
Drawing behind the curtain again. Kitty
puts her cloak about Julia, and, escorted,
bv her husband, unawarps. -Julia' is led out
,of tho. room. The ne.v net. is the hal.
where. Owing to her escapade. Kitty, who
is to lead the dance," Is publicly snubbed.
In order to protect her, Verney decides 'to
give up his commission, but Kitty per
suades him that it was only a flirtation
and that she doesn't love him. So. leav
ing her with :i breaking- heart, he goes to
In the last act there is n reconciliation,
when it is proven that Julia was with
Kitty in Verney's renm. and all ends hap
Miss Russell's play (an adaptation from
the French by Haddon Chambers) Is a
trifle more serious than any she has had
for.scVeral seasons last past.
The story of "The Yourger Mrs. Par
ling" centers about Jaquellne Carstalrs. a
3mng girl who hud been brought up un
der Irregular circumstances. Her mother
is charming, but frail;htr'fathcr she never
Her own aspirations are for a quite re
sectable life, and in her endeavors to
gain this she makes the mistake of mar
rying James Parting, an Intolerant pro
vincial, who Is In love with her.
She does not love, him In retorn. but is
grateful for the respect .he shows hir.
There is another man in Io'e yith Jaque
llne. named Cyril .Martyn. who is a young
and ngrreab'e fellow, but he falls to ful
fill Jaquellne's ideas of what is rcliabla
and praiM-w-orthy- , .
Her husband takes her .to the home of
his parents, where she Is surrounded by a
narrow, hypocritical and intolerant set.
and she is a voided like a Upcfby so-called
local society. ,
.Mrs. Parling leaves home and goes to
jcin her husband in London, and demand!
fiom him the peace and happln?s.i wnlch
he swore to find for her when she prom
ised to be his wife. He then removes her
to a small room in too. neighborhood of
his parents' house.
Society still avoids her. but' -he. is com
paratively happy. Her mother pays her'
a living visit, and the fathsr and .the hus
band are horrIfi"d and society shocked..
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