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' TRUTH r.
THE TRAGIC STORY OF "MAD
AM BUTTERFLY'S" DAGGER.
t The significance of much in Puc
cini's "Madam Butterfly," the Japan-
, ese grand opera which all of the
music lovers of Salt Lake will glay
ly welcome again, might be lost thru
lack of knowledge of Japanese thot
and character which underlies the
delicate fabric of the drama, unless
it is clearly explained. This is es
pecially true of that part where But
terfly makes use of her father's dag
ger. The "august mandate" from the
Mikado, "The Son of Heaven," was
a really a lettrc dc cachet. It came in
. the guise of a "message," and if ac
1 companied by a sword or dagger
from the Mikado meant that the re
ceiver was condemned to suicide.
Accordingly he selected a close friend
! and in his presence committed hari-
i kari or as it is known In Japanese
I "Sepukku"' disemboweled himself.
f The Japanese ideagraph for hari-
' kari translated means "the happy dis-
patch." The weapon with the blood
I still on the blade was then plunged
I in melted wax, to form a prcscrva-
I tivc coating, and was then given to
the family who held it in great ven
eration. In the first act of Puccini's opera
before the marriage scene, Butterfly
begs of her lover that she be al
I lowed to keep "a young girl's pos-
I sessions." Among these is the fate-
I ful dagger with which her Samurai
father made the "happy dispatch."
The American bride groom begs to
sec it, not knowing its sinister his
1 tory. Butterfly beseeches him to
wait and lays it away with reverence.
, Goro, the marriage broker approach
es and whispers to the young naval
officer: "It was sent by the Mikado
to her father with a message." The
young officer asks softly: "And her
"Was obedient," replies Goro, with
a gesture indicating Suppukku.
In the second act the latnl dagger
appears again. Goro anxious to make
a second marriage commission, the
suit of the amorous Prince Yama
tlori, strong in the belief that Butter-
fly has been deserted by her Amcri-
if can husband. Butterfly equally
strong in faith that her husband will
return, rejects the prince. Goro
prowls about the premises of But
terfly and insinuates to Suzuki, the
faithful maid, "that no one knows who
is this baby's father." Butterfly, en
raged, takes the sacred dagger, rush
es to Goro with, "Say't again and I'll
kill you." Goro howls for mercy and
Butterfly lets her eyes fall on the
dagger and is horrified at the thought
a that rhe wai about to defile the blo!
of her ancestor with that of her
enemy. She totters to the shrine
and restores it to its place with a
In the last act of the opera the
ominous dagger appears and com
pletes the calamitous mission for
which fate had destined it. In this"
act, the poor, little geisha wife is
brought to a realization that she has
been set aside by him she loves, and
supplanted by "a real American wife"
who is anxious to take from her the
idol of her heart, the baby son,
"Trouble." She sends Suzuki to play
with the child without and then pre
pares herself for the final tragedy.
She stands before Buddha motion
less, lost in sad thought. Then bow
ing before the god she offers up a
prayer. Taking the dagger from its
waxen sheath she piously kisses th
blade. Holding it before her eyes,
she reads tlu Mikado's "message"
engraved on the blade:
"To die with honor
When one can no longer live with
She then retires behind the screen
and ends her uiihappincss.
Puccini with his exquisite musical
grace, symbolizes the dagger and its
tragic significance with a harmony
that is one of the fascinating Japan
ese bits of his beautiful score. In
fact many true Japanese melodies
arc adriotly introduced throughout
the score, but in such a refined vm
as never to suggest :.ny attempt to 'jC
tricky or falmbouyant.
"'WAY DOWN EAST."
With the recurring visit of "Way
Down East" new beauties arc dis
covered in Lottie Blair Parker's lonfr
lived New England comedy drama.
On this the eleventh anniversary of
the play's premier, the thought oc
curs that of all the rural dramas of
modern times none has offered such
a choice collection of prospective
victims for the bunco man, the gold
brick vendor, or the lightning' rod
agent as are shown in the characters
piciuri'd in this piece. Usually in
plays of this kind, referred to in the
vernacular as the "rural drama" one
finds a scries of grossly exaggerate!
characters. In "Way Down East"
the ' authoress has clung closely to
nature, with the remit that the phy
carries greater conviction than is
generally found in stories of life down
on the farm. Of course, there can
be more pleasing subjects about
which to weave a theatrical talc tin:'
that of the much-wronged, sorely
persecuted heroine. But it stems the
lot of the country born demsels to
be sneared by city-bred villains with
smooth ways and diess suits, and -o
one must not blame Mrs. Parker for
depending upon a -.mich blamed fe
male for principal climaxes. We
have :hu countiy quartet, the snow
storms and "Hi Holler" as a com
bination suar-ccat'ng for 'lie dan
sel in distress, a fact which makes
her more delectable than usual. The
egmpany contains many old friend
and the sr.me careful attention to de
tail is assured as in former seasons.
SHOULD TAKE MORE INTER
EST. We want to urge upon our readers,
one and all, the importance of taking
more interest in the public questions'
of the day, whether national or local.
Whenever you think that there is
danger that. a greater or less wrong
to the people may be perpetrated,
you should write a letter to your
representative in Congress, in State
Legislatures, and in city govern
ments, letting them know your ideas
in regard to it and the position you
occupy. The effect upon his vote o!
even a few letters received by a rep
resentative of the people, it matters
not in what capacity he is serving
them, will have a wonderful influence
upon him. If you will put yourself
in the position of a legislator, and
will consider what would be the ef
fect upon yourself of receiving in
your morning's mail twenty-five or
more letters urging you to vote, upon
some measure, and in the next morn
ing's mail as many icttcrs, and so oi
for a number of days, you will see
that such a scries of letters all tend
ing one way would give you the im
pressionn that your constituents were
aroused to the situation, and you
would feel the responsibility of your
office more forcibly than ever before.
This is one of the things we want to
do in regard o parcels post.
SHOWING THEIR METAL.
Our Texas merchants and business
men arc showing their niclal by tlic
way they arc fighting parcels post;
meetings arc being held, resolutions
adopted, and petitions signed, asking
our Congressmen from Texas to sit
down on the measure, and stay a
"sitting" until its friends arc forced
to abandon it. The efforts of The
Retail Merchant along this line are
being crowned with, success, and we
have no notion of giv'ng up the work
for some time to come.
The President recommends a par
cels post, and the Postmaster Gen
eral says pass it; so we have a big
fight on our hands. What may be
done during the present session of
Congees to pass or kill the measure,
will not settle the question. It wiil
bob up at each succeeding Congress
until it is passed or killed so dead
that there will be no possibility of its
ever being resuscitated .Dallas, Texas.
NOT MERELY EITHER BUT BOTH IF
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