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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1912.
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P0L1 PLAYERS II
FARCE BY FORBES
"The Commuters" Proves a
Fine Entertainment in
Keeping With Weather.
Julia Muraock Says "Zira" Reveals
Great Powers of Columbia Players
In the selection of the James Forbes
farce comedy, "The Commuters," the
management of the Poll Players has
provided a week of entertainment In
keeping with tho weather, Inasmuch as
the rollicking farce Is supposed to take
place during the heated spell, and In
one of the New York suburbs. Filled
with the trials and tribulations of the
little community ot Auburn Manor the
farce Is one that keeps the audience
In good humor regardless of tho heat,
and also the long waits between the
Tho action of tho play takes place In
the home of the Brlces, and th,o funny
situations are brought about by thcun
expected presence In the house of Sam
my Fletcher, a friend of half the fam
ily (Mr. Brlce). Fletcher" Is a bachelor
and has entertained the male portion
of the various families of Auburn
Manor at his apartments In the big
city, often necessitating their late ar
rival at their respective homes, much
to the chagrin of the wives.
Fletcher's appearance In the subur
ban community Is anything but wel
come to the female contingent, as he Is
looked upon as'a sort of home wrecker.
To this fact Is attributed many of the
ludicrous situations. The bulk of the
work falls to tho lot of Miss Izetta
Jewol, as Mrs. Brlce; Mr. Le Sueur as
Mr. Brlce; Mr. Van Buren as Sammy
Fletcher, and Miss Gertrude BondhiU
as Carrie, tho Brlces' maid.
Miss Jewel was charming in hsr role
Of the what she thought, neglected wife,
as was Mr. Le Sueur as th husband
who left his wife at homo while he went
out "with tho boys." Mr. Van Buren,
as Sammy, who caused all the commo
tion In tho various families, was cast
in u part exactly suited to his talents.
Miss BondhiU, as the maid, and who
formerly was an employe of Chee-1-lds-es,
made a typical house girl.
Others in tho cast who added to tho
merriment of the farce were Mark Kent,
as the always-good-natured Mr. Hollis
ton; Miss Marie Howe, as Mrs. Graham,
mother of Mrs. Brlce; Miss Helen Mar
qua as Mrs. Colton: Miss Mildred Dav
enport aB Mrs. Appleby; Miss Hazel
May as Mrs. Rolllson, and Mr. Pen
warden, as the village constable, badge
A feature of the tnuslcal program was
the playing of a song written by James
Thatcher, resident manager for Mr.
Poll, entitled "Only to Be a Boy
Again," arranged by Prof. Henry F.
Smith, orchestral director.
j BELASCO "
Studies In natural history, Including
a remarkable film showing the serpents
of Ceylon and India, are being exhibit
ed by the ktnemacolor motion picture
operators at the Belasco Theater this
week. Several pretty fllmB showing the
sports of foreign landsj and the general
'ontour of the countries are presented.
Patrons enjoy the roof garden during
intermissions, an orchestra furnishing
Emotional drama with the ther
mometer above 80 must possess at
least two qualifications It must be un
usually absorbing, and It must be well
played, clso trjo commentator upon
things theatrical, who Is supposed to
possess, or at least to exercise, no Imagi
nation whatever, except In certain
cases, will go home before the curtain
falls, and writes "out of his head" what
tho play was all about. But when the
critic remains until the very last act ot
the play, and the audience stays, too
every member of lt-untll the curtain
drops upon the final act of "Zira," the
Columbia Players' offering for the hot
test week of the season, It is because
there Is something worth staying for.
Everybody was satisfied last night, and
complimentary, and expressed them
selves as being glad they came and so
was the critic.
Which 1b a pretty good recommenda
tion for a midsummer amusement offer
ing. "Zira" io a play of good dramatic
quality, and has a plot which, thpugh
It has frequently dono pervice before
is an cxiellont one. It encroaches
rightly upon the "problem" play, hut'
J. Hartley Manners and Hunry Miller
have mad a etron; diama. If a some
what "tilky" one out of WilKle Collins'
"A New MaiaUlcn" (to which, by tho
way, sparse credit Is given). Moreover,
.It was well ployed, though the entire
"catt of the Columbia Players was not
filled upon to participate In tho pre
untatlon. It Is what might be terniod
a "man's play," Inasmuch ai there nro
but four women's parts, and one of
these so small as to be scarcely a part
Scene In Africa.
The prologue is laid In Africa, whero
Zira, tho woman about whom the
story Is woven, Is serving as a nurse
through the Boer war Having
taken the step that leads downward,
Hester Trent, afterward known as
Zira Is living out tho expiation of
tier sin by gllng her services to her
country and tiylng to lead a bettor
life. Comes lo the general's head
quarters, ni'ar .Capo Tow n Ruth Wild
ing, an orphan, who la on her way to
relatives In England. A chance shot
strikes the girl, and '.t Is thought she
Is dead. In one of tho most dramatics
s-;cnei ot the piece, Hester Trent
changes her clothing for that of tho
dead girl, pins the Red Cross badge of
het occupation upon her. and, stealing
the passports nnd papers which testify
to her Identity as Ruth Wilding, passes
thiough the lines, to reappear as the
faored nlee of Lady Constance CUv
erlnfr, at the family home in Mayfalr,
The real Ruth Wilding does not die,
however, and turns up Just ub the
counterfeit Ruth has succeeded in
making herself beloved by the lraaci-'
ble old head of the house of Claver
ing. There are two brothers, nephews
of this old lady. Rev. Gordon Claver
ing and Capt. Arnold Sylvester, both
of whom fall victims of Zira s
charms, and both of whom offer
themselves In marriage In the scene
between the real Ruth, and Zira, who
has posed as Ruth in what she be
lieved to be perfect security, ample
opportunity is given Miss Frances
Nellson, as Zira. and MIbs Aline Mc
Dermott, as Ruth Wilding. Somo of
the best work In which she has been
seen In Washington was done by MIbs
Nellson last night, especially In the
last scene, where Bhe nloads upon her
knees to be forgiven for her sin, and
woops real tears.
Miss Nelhon's Triumph.
Those who wept with Margaret Ang
lln in this- scene, wept again last night
with Miss Nellson, who scored a tri
umph of tho most pronounced, sort
She was forced to respond to several
curtain calls. Miss Aline McDermott,
aB the real girl, has a character that
offers only Blight opportunity for any
thing savo manifestations of mental
distress, ana vinaictiveness. ab usuai
Edward Haas Robins was excellent.
His conception of the character of
Rev. Gordon Claverlng gao to It an
Interest it did not possess for the
writer, when Margaret Angltn played
the piece. He was especially effec
tive in his love scenes, and the same
might be said t Mr. Matthews, the
younger brother, Capt. Arnold Sylves
lr. whosA honelens love 'for Zira
drove him back to tho African bat
His drunken scenes In the first and
the thtrd act and his sudden and effect
ual sobering up were effective bits, of
acting, and he looked the hero In his
Held uniform. Miss Violet Hemlng, as
Nellie Garthorne, was on the stage put
a few minutes In a part, far too small
for her talents. Miss Julia Blano con
sistently contributed to the success of
the play In her delineation of the fussy
old aunt, hard as nails on the surface,
but soft and yielding beneath her outer
semblance of "crankiness." Never for
a moment did Miss Blanc forget that
she was Impersonating a querulous,
rheumatic aristocrat of the old school,
and she, too, wae the recipient of much
applause. The cast included several
very small parts. Including Sir Fred
erick Knowles, played bv George W.
Barbler; the Bishop of Wapping, a
suave and unctuous part. In which Car
son Davenport was seen: Mark Trent,
who appeared only in the prologue, play
ed by John M. Kline: Major General
Graham, In which Stanley James was
seen; Captain Daventry, by J. Ham
mond Dalley; Captain Leigh,, by Will
arid Robertson, and several minor
characters. JULIA MURDOCK.
OLD INDIAN' HEAD
TO BE SUSPENDED
Delay in Acquisition.of Land
Due to Failure to As
OF EASTERN STAR
Electa Chapter Will Celebrate Its Eighteenth Anniver
sary in nacostia Tonighfr Bag of Peanuts Starts
Fight in Which Man's Thumb Is Bitten.
The eight Texas Tommy dancers,
hcndllners at tho Cosmos this weok.
drew stonns of applause last nlpht with
their fast and unusual act. The eight
youiiK men and women waltz on the
stage arid then divide into couples foi
Mftnv new dancing steps are employed
during the exhibition, which Is carried
foiward at a whirlwind pace.
A clever piano and nong act Is put on
by Fiances, a comedian, and DeMar,
a young woman faintly recalling Eva
Tanguay. New eongs by the National
City Quartet, Joe Howard, the min
strel boy, and tho Synos duo, complete
A bill appealing especially to children
is offered at the Majestic this week.
Iola's ten Italian poodle dogs afford trie
leading act, and the dogs are put
through a number of interesting gym
Joe and Marie Belmont present a
clever whistling and singing act.
Billy Graham, with a few songs as
incidental effects, does' some fast buck
and wing dancing.
An act calling for familiarity with a
large variety of musical Instruments is
put on by Miller and Shelley.
The motion pictures are of unusual
Interest, one film showing the opera
tions at the Bureau of Engraving and
Treasury Officials Believe They
Will Disappear in About
For every Lincoln penny now in cir
culation, there are outstanding about
five coins of the old Indian head va
riety, and It will bo fifty years before
the Indian head pieces havo disap
peared, according to Treasury officials
The number of Lincoln pieces will
catch up with the number of the older
variety In about from seven to ten
years, It Is thought.
Although mint officials are unable to
estimate definitely the number of "cop
pers" In circulation now, the books
show that at a recent date there had
been coined 373,728,623 Lincoln pennies,
while the'number of the old klpd out
standing was 1,676,403,238.
WhlleTsomo delay In the acquisition
of land alone the Anacostla river for
park and highway purposes by the Dis
trict is threatened, announcement was
mado today that tho work of reclaiming
the flnta will not be interrupted by the
failure of the Jury appointed to assess
tho cost of benefits In tho park exten
Under the Congressional act, the Jury
was directed to assess not less than
one-half ihe cost as benefits. In its ver
dict, however, damages were awarded
to the extent of $52,376.46, while but 3,
046.62 of this amount was assessed as
New Proceedings Expected.
The formal notification of tho Jury's
finding was sent to the Commissioners
yesterday. A decision as to whether
the findings shall be confirmed, will
probably be reached this week. Little
doubt Is felt, however, that a request
will be made for the Institution of new
The act under which the condemna
tions were made provides for the ac
quisition of fee simple titles, Including
riparian rights, from AnacoBtla bridge
to Glesboro Point. The cost of the pro
ject Is to be paid from the revenues of
Those subdivisions Immediately ad
Joining the section to be affected by
the idclamatlon of the flats and the ex
tension of the park Improvements and
extensions, are waiting with Interest
the outcome of the affair. The course
to be pursued bv Concress. it Is In
timated, depends upon the District
Commissioners and the property own
ers in that section of the city.
Demand Quick Action.
At Falrlawn, as well as other sub
divisions adjoining the proposed Im
provements, efforts to show Congress
that the actual number of property
owners is large enough to demand
quick action by that body, are being
made. Deeds to the property, showing
tho actual ownership of tho property by
the persons In whose names it is listed,
are being obtained. This data Is to hp
submitted to Congress when that body
again takes up the matter of making
other appropriations for continuing
the work of reclamation.
WASHINGTON TttlEB BUREAU,
' ANACOSTIA. D. C, .JULY .
Electa Chapter, No. 2, Order of the
Eastern Star, will celebrate Its
eighteenth anniversary this evening
In Anacostla Masonic Hall with elab
orate ceremonies, Representatives
from each chapter In the District will
be In attendance, and the affair will
be featured with a social and musical
program. Among thoqe who will bo,
Present are Mr. Fannie Taylor, grand
worthy matron, nnd Charles F. Rob
erts, grand worthy patron.
Electa Chapter, was tho second or
ganization of Its kind Instituted In
the District Established In; the sum
mer of 1894 with probably A score ot
members, it has made steady progress
until today It has a membership of
more than 300.
Thoae on tho committee having charge
bf this evening's celebration are: Mrs.
Bertha Haines, chairman; Mrs. Annie
HarnUh, Mrs. Frances Frazler, Mrs.
Lavlnla Kclley, Mrs. Eva Itauchensteln,
Elmer Mayberry, William Guernsey, and
George H. Copes.
having added to the rolls
members In six months.,
Mrs. Lee Hnby ond young son, Mel
vln, are visiting relatives in Hagers
William andMervIn Farmer, sons of
x-uiiuciiiuii J, ju. warmer, jiave gone to
Fredericksburg, Va., to "remain until
tho opening qf school here.
.. . . . ,. '
"owara ana wuuanr James, young
" y. v.. uiwucB. vi Mia w street,
win opnu wiu summer in ijeaieton, Va.,
Miss Kate Lynch and Mrs. William H.
Perry and little' son are visitors from
Baltimore, with Mr. and Mrs. Maglll
Readmond, 2124 Fourteenth street.
Mr. and Mrs. 'Charles Walsh and
family tare home again, after a stay
with Mrs. Bartlett James, the sister of
Mr. Walsh, In Baltimore.
Will Hold Lawn Fete.
1 A 'fete for tho benefit of Friendship
House will bo held this evening from G
until U o'clock at the. residence of Mrs.
Robert H. Toung, 1626 Newton street
northwest. If the weather Is very hot,
the entertainment will be held on tho
lawn and ice cream served. If It Is too
cod, co ft eo will be served. Should It
rain, the fete will be held In the par
lors of Mrs. Young's home.
Doctors Advise Tyree's
Powder for Women
Thousands of women aro using var
ious forms- of antiseptics as preventives
of disease and safeguards to good
health. Many such preparations in uso
arc actually worthless, whilo others aro
positively dangerous, except when used
under a physician's directions.
Tyreo's Antiseptic Powder is abso
lutely safe to use. and has been recom
mended by physicians for more .than
twenty-ono years. It is also tho most
economical germ-destroyer known, as a
twenty-five cent package will make two
gallons standard antiseptic solution, It
dissolves instantly in water and when
used as a douche is unequalcd. Being
absolutely non-poisonous, it should be
kept constantly on hand as a preven
tive of contagion. Sold by druggist
everywhere. Send for booklet ana
sample. J. S. Tyree, Chemist, WaBhJ
ington, D. C.
Sneeze Restores Hearing.
MARYS VI LLE. Ky.. July 9.-S. E.
Pollltt, of Mlnrva, Ky . hears clearly
for the first time In several years, the
last few of which he was almost to
tally deaf. Ho was attacked bv a
jevere fit ot sneezing whilo In Mays
vllle yesterday, and that feemed "to
loosen something" In his tnrs.
A bag of peanuts Is named as the
cause of a hand to hand encounter on
the pavement before the fruit store of
George Haadad, 2413 Nichols avenue, be
tween Haadad and Arthur Johnson,
colored, last evening shortly after 7
Johnson, having purchased the pea
nuts, found fault with them. Ho used
some offensive language, Haadad de
clares, and In a short time both men
wero tumbling about the sidewalk. The
fruit man's thumb was badly bitten
during the struggle.
Policeman Frank Waters arrcsUA
both combatants. Haadad was released
on V collateral, but Johnson was locked
Anacostla Chapter. No. 12. Royal Arch
Mnsons. will ulve up summer sessions,
and there will bo no more meetings un
til Septeirber Anicotla l,odge. No
21. F. A. A. M.. will continue to hold
meitlngs thruijjhout tho summer, hav- ,
ing BurilU.-nt outlines) Dciore u u
warrant this procedure.
Hoth of tho Masonls bodies named
above will 1oln with EUcta Chapter.
No 2, O H. S , on an excursion to
Chesapeake Bcaeh next Thursday.
J. W. Cranford Is having a two-story
brick addition built to hU frame dwell
ing at Thirteenth and Plta&ant streets.
Miss Lucy Holllster has returned to
her home. In Maple View avenue, after
a visit to Rochester, N. Y.
Tho newly elected officers of Anacos
tla Council, No. 16, Junior Order of
United American Mechanics, will take
charge of the council tonight. J. W.
Cranford, who has retired as councilor,
had the most successful term of any
councilor In the history of the lodge,
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Array Officers Talk
To consider a plan of reorganization
of the army a number of the most ex
perienced officers of the line, chiefs of
bureaus, Senators and Congressmen mot
at the War Department today at the
request of Secretary Samson.
For months officers at the War Col
lege, and officers attached to tho gen
eral staff have been at wortt on a
scheme of reorganization which It la
proposed to submit to Congress to ward
off the objectionable program outlined
by Congressman Hay of Virginia, chair
man of the House Commltteo on Mili
Tho legislation to be recommended by
tho conferees is to be non-partisan, ac
cording to the chiefs of the War De
partment. Reports Theft.
Tho theft of a bronze column and
three handssmg chandollers, ahiod at
1200. from the acunt house at 1217 N
streot northwest, was reported to the
polite today by Mrs. W. D Mubiy. of
1531 Slxtetnth street northwest, owner
of tho property. The vi-ndals had Uli.0
stripped the hoube of all plumbing and
go s fl.stuies.
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