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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
Its n shame, realty that we can't pat
ronize talent when It comes here. 1
speak with feeling because I have ex
perienced exactly what the Moore-Rob-erts
Company are going through the
total lack of appreciation by Honolulu
Ites of conscientious anil clever work.
When Mr. Cochrane Monday night on
behalf of the management, courteously
and without an apparent suspicion of
sarcosm, thanked the house (such as It
was) for their support and patronage,
I believe nearly all of the scanty audi
ence blushed or felt like It. The com
pany has left us now for mote congen
ial climes, having left In the town con
siderably more money than they took
In at the doors. Their report In Frisco
of th'e welcome of Honolulultes will not
be without effect. Is It any wonder
that any organization of merit needs a
ready money assurance before they
come here. There Is another matter
which has been more fully demonstrat
ed since the Roberts Company came
here and a hard one to remedy. Mr.
Trwln did not build the Opera House as
a money maker, he built It for the good
of the Island. Good! Hut when a
theater is not run on business princi
ples, there Is always trouble. When
the Waldorf and Hoyt Companies were
here, there was In connection with the
Opera Housa a first-class stage man
ager, Arnold, who whatever his pen
chant for other peoples' money, thor
oughly knew his business. He had
licked Into shape some few stage hands
and kept things In fair shape. There If
now no one. The electrician suppllec
by the theatre has absolutely no knowl
edge of his business as applied to stage-
land, and is not unusually brilliant In
any way. Pollard who has been acting
as house stage manager has or Is in
tending to leave the Islands, and there
are absolutely no stage hands. Hence
the strange vagaries and long waits of
the Moore-Uoberts Company. Audi
ences blame the company, It Isn't their
fault. Dramatic organizations don't
carry as a rule a set of stage hands,
unless It Is Henry Irving. I can't sug
gest a remedy, but, when the Boston
Lyric Company arrives, "theah's glwne
to be truble .hlle for sho."
The Orphoum still co utilities t's po
pularity. This week sees fresh faces'
In the guise of a Dutch Comedian and
a wire walker. The duettists Misses
Chandler and McPherson continue !?
Reived favorites. They really sing ex
cellently and their turn is essentially
a (list class one. Trlxle has danced
and sing herself into the likes of nil
the theatres patrons. Miss Coleman
has a large amount of the vim and chit
that are necessary for the success of a
singing soubrette and her vivacity in a
lnrgi? measure accounts for her sue m-kk.
Lynwood the wonderful lins nt last left
in. tTiifortun-itoly for Miss Lynwood
her turn while a very clever nnd dllll
riilt performance Is one that doi-s not
seem to appeal to the general public.
To many the contortion Is ubsoliitel ;
painful. I heard a lady say the other
day. "I don't see how she can eai any
thing her digestion must be an extra
ordinary affair." Ordway is well known
to Honolulu audiences and to a certain
extent works under the disadvantage
of being an old timer, still Ills work
wins merited npp'ausc from many. He
Is n skilful performer on his various
lu.-nritnients from bottle to banjo,
l'.oggs and Haeward still remain th
bnekhone of the management. Their
work is nlwoys looked forward to and
approved of. They are hard, conscien
tious and artistic workers and have
quite a linger In holding the clientele
of the house together.
When the house Is all refitted, rosea
el and generally refurnished I heir that
the popular fnvoiltu Ethel Dixon is to
appear again. She will be eagerly -coined.
A NEW THEORY.
The Spiritualists have met with n
very serious loss. One of the most Illus
trious of their number, M. Camllle
Flammarlon, now rejects their doc
trines, disavows a book which he be
lieved himself to have written by the
dictation of Galleo, and declares that
no human being can boast of having
held communication with the spirit of
one departed. The following are the
circumstances that have converted M.
M. Flnminnrlon: His Master, Allen
Kardee, formerly published a work
which he modestly called "La Genese,"
nnd which is a sort of Bible of Spirit
ualism. This work was Inspired, he
said, by the spirit of Galileo, manifest
ed through a medium who was no other
than M. Flammarlon. A large part or
"La Genese" is devoted to the descrip
tion of the heavens, and It states that
Jupiter has four satellites and Saturn
eight. Since the appearance of this
book, an additional satellite has been
discovered belonging to each of these
planets; Galileo must therefore have
been mistaken. This, M. Flammarlon
bellevs to be Inadmissible, and that
consequently It was not Galileo that
dictated "La Genese" to him.
He Is confident that It was his own
mind, the externalized mind of M.
Flammarlon, which has only expressed
what was known In his day and what
i he actually thought. M. Flammarlon
bellevs that It is always thus. So-called
spirits have dictated music and poetry
In his presence. The music and this
poetry were always similar to what win
known, loved or composed by the modi
urn or one of the assistants. He con
eludes that departed spirits have noth
Ing to do with the phenomena nttrlbut
ed to them, nnd that these pheiioinem
are never due to anything except tin
"externallzntlon" of the Spiritualist!
themselves. If this theory be ndmlttei
the whole religion of Spiritualism crilin
bles; therefore, to avoid such a catas'
tropin?, they have decided to review
"Le Genese." "Let us not Imitate in
unhappy example," they say. "Let in
not Insist upon nn error, but rnthei
eliminate from our sacred writings dls
crepancles revealed by science." This li
to their honor, and testifies to theli
good faith but what says the shade o!
Met a feller t'other mornln'
Most nmusln' sort o' cuss;
Had a curus style about him
Cert'nly couldn't well be wuss.
I say: "Where you hall fin pardner?"
An' he smiles In knowln' way,
An, replies in foren lingo:
"Porto Hlco, II. S. A."
Seen a feller down mi Broadway,
With a chockeii head o' hair,
An' lot o' tropic garments
An' a most outlandish air;
"Where's he frum?" n feller shouted,
But before we'd time to say,
This yere heathen turned and an
swered: "Honolulu, U. S. A."
Met a feller yere on Olive
With a snmber-e-ro on;
Had n lot of shaggy whiskers,
Nearly all his clothln' gone;
Stopped and ast me fur a quarter,
Says: "My home Is fur away."
"Where you frum?" The varmint an
swered: "Santiago, U. S. A."
Seen a feller at the Southern,
With a heavy Iron box;
Overcoat was lined with bearskin;
Wre a dozen pair o' sox.
SizkiY him up to be a miner,
Judgin' by his awkward way;
Seen him write in big cha-rac-ters,
"Dawson City, U. S. A."
Seen a sadde colored heathen,
Wearln' earring In his nose;
Line cuffs around his ankles;
Most Indecent lack o' clothes.
"Where'd this heathen guy yere
I Inquire In lofty way;
An' he had the nerve to answer:
"From Manila, U. S. A."
"Gee!" I says, "I never heard of
These yere cannybuls before;
Air these heathens yore all voters?
Will we stun' fur any more?
Next you know, you ask n feller
Where he's frum, an' he will say:
With a lordly kind o' nourish:
"All Creation, U. S. A."
True IrlMi Wit. Michael Joseph
Barry, the poet, was appointed a police
magistrate In Dublin, An Irish-American
was brought before him charged
wllh suspicious conduct, and the con
stable swore, among other things, that
ho was wearing a "Republican" Inn.
"Does Your Honor know what that
means?" Inquired the prisoner's lawyer
of the court. "I presume," said Barry,
"that It means a hat without a crown. '
japan's rt'le in formosa.
Alleged Corrupt Compromising With
The China Mail of the l'.lth contnlns a
lengthy communication from Its For
mosan correspondent, the general effect
of which Is a charge against the Jap
anese olllclals of winking at the doings
of the banditti. The correspondent
At the present moment It seems that
a large portion of Formosa Is governed
not by the Japanese nt all, but by rob
ber chleftlans. A couple of years ago
things were settling down quietly. Kv
eryone had confidence in the ten Gov
ernor General Baron Nogl. For some
reason or other, he was su Idenly re
called, and from time onwards the isl
and went from bad to worse till the end
of last year, when the whole Island was
In a state of anarchy. I have not yet
had the pleasure of meeting H. E. Gov
ernor General Kodama, who at present
holds sway, but he Is everywhere well
spoken of. So that I cannot think the
blame of the present political condition
In Formosa can be laid at his door.
Since last autumn things have un
doubtedly quietened down considerably,
but In Formosa at the present time
there are not a few men who hold that
this peace has been obtained by almo.U
unneard of methods, by the method In
fact of giving present of territory and
money to these banditti chiefs. It may
be called "giving presents;" In reality
It was yielding to the demands of the.
It would appear that the only parts of
Formosa now really under Japanese
jurisdiction are two strips of land, one
along the west and another nlong the
east coast. I wonder If all this Is really
true? The men who gave me the above
Information, as far as I can see, have
nothing either to gain or lose, that is
to say, they have no object In telling
lies about It. Besides this, all these
things and more than these are dally
published In the Japanese vernacular
papers printed In Formosu. My Infor
mants challenge the strictest Inquiry
concerning their statements, which I
have tried faithfully to reproduce
above. The banditti themselves are
amuzed at their own success, and are
pieparing for hostilities, as they are
afraid the present state of affairs can
not last long.