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After the theater-goer has seen "Too
Much Johnson," after he has marveled at
Billings' quiet mendacity and the skill
with which that well-dressed falsifier with
draws at length from a labyrinth of lies,
after he has enjoyed with an almost per
! sonal zest the allusion to imported wines
■ from California and seen all that Delniore
! can do to make himself ferociously or
; amorously hideous, after he has enjoyed
i that pretty little scene in which Billings
j thanks Mrs. Billings for her devotion and
I mentally promises the audience that he
' will resign his position as Ananias' Prime
i Minister and be worthy his stanch, gener
ous-hearted little wife— then if one is a
I confirmed theater-goer — and as such, of
course, has seen the Frawley Company in
most of its plays— there is nothing left for
j him but to go to the Orpheum. But he is
not greatly to be pitied; this week at any
With the exception of one or two very
bad numbers, the Orpheum 's programme
is interesting and entertaining. The
Jordan family is a canary-colored trio of
human birds that are as much at home in
the air and on the trapeze as Herrmann is
upon, the stage. There is no limit to the
variety and audacity of their perform
ance. Few circus performers have outdone
the feats which the Orphenm audience sees
through a haze of smoke and the meshes
of the net, and which it enjoys despite a
crick in the back of the neck and a flutter
ing feeling of terror lest something should
happen to the daring women as they dart
through the air, their light bodies seem-
ingly exempt from the law of gravitation
and their steady heads unaffected by the
height at which the trapezes are swung,
the noise, the smoke or the electric light,
which silhouettes their graceful iigures as
they stand poised upon the small platform
a. moment* before flight.
Johnnie Carroll, who realty cannot sing,
but w hose small twinkling eye, smooth
shaven, square face and beautiful brogue
were given him as a special endowment by
the Hibernian comedy fairy, is giving "Pat
Malone" nightly at the Orpheum. He
may begin with "Maiden Ruth," which is
not worth listening to, but sooner or later
his audience compels him to tell how
"Pat Malone forgot thmt he was dead
He rose up in his coffin and Le said—"
So that people who go to the Orpheum—
the dark man, for instance, with close,
wiry waves in his bair, who leans back
blowing circles of smoke one through the
other, and his companion, whose hard,
gray eye becomes veiled and softened as he
inhales the smoke from his cigarette— all
can join in the chorus and tell of Pat's va
rious remarks at the wake, to the driver,
and at the funeral, when the wreath with
"Papa" on it lost the initial letter and be
came A. P. A., when Pat or any other
Irishman would be justified in forgetting
that he was dead.
The Martinettis are excellent acrobats.
One can hardly realize the possibility of
further improvement, so expert are these
men and the small new woman who turns
herself into a flying, little, bright-colored
and very active caterpillar.
Mile. Ortiz did not appear at the Or
pheum till Wednesday night. Then Gui
bal, a soft-spoken, hard-featured Svengali,
put her to sleep (apparently) and, without
speaking to her or touching her, willed her
to do the numerous trivial things different
members of the audience suggested in a
whisper to Guibal, while the fearful band
played its loudest, and Mile. Ortiz sat in
the red arm-chair, an uncanny figure,
alone on the stage in her white gown gar
landed with flowers, her head leanine a
little to the side, her eyes closed, her pale
face set like a mask and looking ghastlier
for the touch of rouge just in front of the
ears. In this trance and with eyes seem
ingly closed she walked from the stage
down among the audience. She sought a
lady from whom she took an opera-glass
and returned it ; she took a cigarette from
a man's hand and lit it; she folded a pro
gramme — she did all that a dozen people
had silently asked her to do. Then she
walked back up tha steps to the stage with
■yes still closed, or so it seemed. She
counted on her lingers, tapped upon the
floor, knelt as if to pray, all in obedience
to various unvoiced commands, and was
then wakened and hurried from the stage
by the alert Guibal, leaving the hard
headed, unimpressionable Orpheum audi
ence to gaze about bewildered and to won
der how it was done.
Mr. Stinson and Miss Merton or Miss
Stinson and Mr. Merton are billed at the
Orpheum as Stinson and Merton. Their up
to-date comedy, which is neither comedy
nor up to date, is not refined or entertain
ing, and they are unworthy a place on the
Orpheum's programme, but if they are
named there at all a more respectful man
ner of announcing their "act" is desirable.
The Orpheum has improved in many ways.
When it shall make a pretense of respect
for a woman's name and change this part
of its programme there will be another
reason why its entertainment should ap
peal to the better class of amusement
seekers, as well as to those galleryites whose
indiscriminate applause has for its one pur
pose the prolonging of the evening's pro
gramme, whether it be good or bad.
Horwitz and Bowers furnish a few min
utes' interesting entertainment, but after all
Horwitz's mimicry is only the imitation of
an imitation. He is an inferior male Cissy
If there is any originality in these men
why should they mimic actors whose man
nerisms have been burlesqued by every
monkey upon the theatrical tree? The
theaters supply daily quite as many ab
surdities as ever were caught in stage
water. Managers have found that it pays
to get expert fisnerraen to work to
discover the whereabouts of these odd fish,
nnd to land the floundering, grotesque
Ihing3 high and dry for the amusement
and edification of the public. Every thea
ter in Paris has a mocking review of the
past year's work. The "Passing Show" is
a regular institution in New York. It is
composed of a year's accumulation of bur
iesquable theatrical characters and situa
tion^. The year's work is reviewed by a
special company, adapted personally and
mentally to make the most of every op
portunity to raise a laugh at the expense
uf more serious members of the profession,
and this delightfully nonsensical, irre
sponsible company travels throughout the
United States in order to show other cities
the weak points of plays and players they
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1895.
Let the Orpheura set up as a morry
dramatic censor. Let it ridicule our thea
ters out of their Quixotic nonsense, as
well as their stilted tragic airs. Its influ
ence would be greater than the longest
faced, longest-worded criticism. No the
ater would dare continue to present an
absurd situation, a silly scene, a stagey
characterization after it had once been
held up to the ridicule of an Orpheum
PIiAYEKS AT THE COLUMBIA THEATER.
[From an engraving in the New York Dramatic Mirror.]
audience. When a theater offends whip it
with a laugh. The weapon is as potent in
dramatic matters as in the more serious
business of life. If the actress who has
once seen herself as others see her does not
tone her performance up or down—accord
ing to the treatment it needs— if she does
j not improve, if she does not edge away
j from ridicule's precipice, let her tumble
I over. She is past all remedy. Nothing
will save her. She should join Nellie
McHenry's company and sing "Birdie
Will Meet You To-night," for there
is the only place where her incapa
city will not stand out in startling,
off en sive contrast.
Next week's engagement at the Colum
bia Theater is bound to be a very interest
ing one. The company Includes four actors
and actresses, who are well known all over
the United States and who have made in
dividual successes each as the star of a
Stockwell's company will open in
"Twelfth Night," with Rose Coghlan as
Viola. It is some years since Miss Coghlan
has been in San Francisco, but she is well
liked here, and her Eastern reputation will
insure her a warm reception. Dixey is
one of the most popular comedians upon
the stage; Barryrnore has long been a
favorite with theater-goers, his Captain
Swift being the best impersonation of that
character San Francisco has seen; Stock
well is a born comedian ; Miss Winter is a
• HARBOR LIGHTS " AT MOEOBCOS.
San Francisco girl, and the description the
advance agents furnish of William Beach's
charms should make "Adonis" Dixey look
to his laurels for the brightest and most
For the second week a triple bill will be
given at each performance: "A Man of
the World," "Nance Oldfield" and "The
Critique." Prices at the Columbia remain
•'Too Much Johnson" begins its second
week at the Baldwin to-morrow night. It
has kept San Francisro laughing for a
week and doubtless will fill the Baldwin
till the end of Gillette's engagement.
John Drew and Maud Adams are to fol
low in Henry Arthur Jouea' new play,
"The Bauble Shop."
"The Royal Middy" is next week's opera
at the Tivoli. Alice Carle will appear as
the dashing Fanchette and will have all
the opportunity to be desired in exhibit
ing her talent as an actress and a vocalist.
Tivoli choruses are always good and the
costumes and scenery will be correct.
Martin Pache will be Larnberto. Broder
ick. Hartman, Raffael and Laura Miliard
will be in the cast. Mabella Baker, an
Eastern operatic comedienne, will be
Morosco's company will doff their Rus
sian cloaks and aristocratic names next
week nnd come down to a simpler but no
less exciting life. Pettit and Sims' strong
est meiodrama, "Harbor Lights" will
be given with Gustavus Leyick specially
engaged to play David Kingsley. The
scenery is an important part of the play
and R'edcliff Lighthouse, the storm, the
British gunboat will all be presented care
fully and picturesquely.
The stock company will support Mr.
Levick, whose greatest success was won in
The Grovers will reopen the Alcazar in
September, after the theater has been
newly tinted and improved generally.
Warren Abernethy will be the leading man
and Gracie Plaisted will be chief comedi
"A Black Sheep" played a three nights'
engagement in Oakland at the Macdon
ough last week. The Lyceum Theater
Company will walk the boards and bless
them to-morrow night.
The Orpheum bill was very popular last
week and drew big business. The latest
arrivals scored pronounced successes.
Mons. Guibal, in a series of legerdemain
tricks, proved himself the peer of any
wielder of the magic wand that has ever
visited the City. The psycho-hypnotic act
performed by him and Mile. Lilly Ortiz is
certainly a very puzzling exhibition of
that occult art. The Metropolitan Three,
Stinson and Merton and Horwitz and
Bowers also presented very entertaining
Six new acts are down on next week's
bill and will be sustained by Farnum and
Seymour, the Sa Vans and Crimmins and
Gore. As high jumpers, somersaulters
and acrobats Farnum and Seymour have
a fine record in the East. The Sa Vans do
equilibristic and athletic work of a novel
character. "Comin' Through the Rye,"
an eccentric comedy sketch, will be pre
sented by Crimmins and Gore. The pro
gramme is well varied and snould prove
another strong drawing card.
At the Macdonough Theater, Oakland, a
varied bill will be presented. On Tuesday
night, August 13, "The Case of Rebellious
Susan" will be presented. The Wednesday
matinee will witness the performance of
"The Wife," and on the evening of that
day "An Ideal Husband" will be on the
boards. On Thursday night "The Ama
zons" will be given. On August 19,
The Bostonians will follow Stockwell's
company at the Columbia. Henderson's
big spectacle, "Ali Baba Up to Date," will
be the next attraction.
Hoyt's "A Contented Woman" will soon
be produced at tbe California. Louis
James is also coming West.
The Baldwin promises Pauline Hall's
Opera Company, "Little Robinson Cru
soe"; Marie Wainwright, "The War of
Wealth," "Charley's Aunt," Rice's"' ' >2,"
and "The Passing Show," in the future.
The opening exercises of the Mechanics'
Institute will take place at the Columbia
Theater on Tuesday afternoon next at 2
o'clock. They are free to the public.
Tillie Salinger is singing in Boston with
the Casino-square Opera Company.
"Charley's Aunt" has reached Portugal,
and is attracting large audiences to an
Oporto theater under the name of "A
Madrinha de Charlee."
Mme. Rejane complains that the effect
of her performance of "Ma Cousine" in
London was ruined by the Examiner of
Plays, who at the last minute insisted
upon a number of alterations and omis
Henry Irving has been invited to con
test a seat in Parliament, but has declined.
At the Zaro Theater, at Sofia, a curious j
drama, entitled "The Heroes of Slivitzka," i
has been produced. There are no female
characters in the play.
"Bernhardt is writing her memoirs, which,
however, will not be published till after
her retirement from the stai»e.
Damrosch's opera, "The Scarlet Letter,"
the book by George Parsons Lathrop. will
be presented during the season. It is
founded upon Hawthorne's story.
Some one wants to make a comic opera
out of " Madame Sans Gene."
Lady Hope, better known on this side as
May Yohe, is to play an engagement in a
New York vaudeville theater during the
Bernhardt says that there is no country
in which actors can earn less money than
In London there are two theaters where
the show begins at 7:30; one at 7:40; four
at 7:45; one 7:50; about twenty at 8 o'clock ;
five at 8:15; two at 8:2.5, and six at 8:30,
and in the Standard Theater the curtain
rises at 8 :50.
Ellen Terry, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Mrs.
Bernard Beere and Olga Nethersole were
present when Duse played " Magda " in
Henry Irvine's son, H. B. Irving, is go
ing to play "Robert Macaire," by W. JE.
Henley and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Mansfield will play in a dramatization of
Stanley Weyrnan's "House of the Wolf"
Charles Frohman offers $50 to the person
who will send him a suitable title for his
American version of the French farce,
"L'Hotel dv Libre Exchange."
"Trilby" is to be translated and then
acted in Berlin.
"Too Much Johnson."
Julia Marlowe will produce "Peg Wof
fington" as a curtain-raiser.
Harry Dam's first play, " Diamond
Deans," was produced by William Terriss
in London. The Kcndals brought out his
second play, "The Silver Shell."
Mrs. Potter will present a dramatization
of Dumas' "Queen's Necklace" at Daly's
Theater, New York.
At her Welsh castle Patti produced a
new dumb-show piece called "Mooke, the
Enchantress," in which she amused her
guests with her apt pantomime and grace
ful dancing, concluding the performance
with an outburst of song.
"The Girl I Left Behind Me" has at
tracted all the royal dukes and duchesses,
princes and princesses to the Adelphi in
Eastern managers are afraid that bicy
cling will kill summer theaters in this
country as it has in Paris.
A Unit of Sound. —
Hiram S. Maxim, who
independent of his
conprehensive knowledge of guns and fly
ing machines, has a wide grasp of scien
tific subjects, proposes that there shall be
established a unit of sound. During the
last twenty years units have been agreed
upon relating to every sort of engineering
and scientific question except that of
sound, and Mr. Maxim is trying to induce
the English scientific bodies to move in
the matter. All owners of electrical plants
are liable to be complained of for making
a noise. Sometimes it is said that their
machinery causes vibrations to the sur
rounding buildings or grounds; then
again, that they disturb telephonic com
munications. Manufacturers are con
stantly having injunctions served on
them for making too much noise
when, perhaps, as a matter of fact,
the noise is not even audible
to those wLo make the complaint. Mr.
Maxim states that in many cases, when
electrical engineers and those interested
in electrical plants have visited the houses
of parties who have lodged complaints
against electric light stations, it has often
been found that the persons making these
complaints were willing to swear them
selves and to bring any number of wit
nesses to prove that the noise and jar pro
duced were enough to drive them nearly
mad, when, in point of fact, the jar and
noise were wholly caused by the ordinary
street traffic, and at the very moment that
the reputed nuisance has been in force the
electric light plant has not been running
at all. In fact, the making of claims of
this sort has grown into a regular business,
and Mr. Maxim holds that some reliable
means of determining just how much noise
and now much vibration is caused Dy a
given plant should be made available.
Fending the appearance of further inven
tions for the purpose, he suggests that a
kind of phonograph should be employed,
and that a record should be made on
smoked glass, which could be put in a
magic lantern and greatly magnified.
The amplitude and frequency of the
waves would indicate the inten
sity of the noise produced. For
example, supposing a certain record
should be made of the ordinary street
traffic, and then another record of both the
street traffic and the disturbance or
noise complained of, the two mounted side
by side and projected on a large screen
would enable the judge to see at a glance
how much the noise was increased by the
machinery and how much cause there was
for complaint. Or the noise produced by
a factory might be compared with the
noise produced by a Salvation Army band
or with other descriptions of noise toler
ated by law. For the creation of a stand
ard of noise Mr. Maxim suggests that shot
of a certain size should be dropped,
say, from a height of one meter on to
some standardized diaphragm, and that
the waves should be recorded at, say, live
meters from the diapnragm. A record of
this artificial noise could be shown on the
screen alongside of the record oi the
actual noise, for the purposes of
comparison. For telephones, a record of
the vibrations set up while the machines
were running should be compared with one
of those set up when the machines were
not running. The comparison of the two
would enable the judge — or the jury — to
see exactly what the increase in noise act
Gamboge. — One of the cherished treasures
of the schoolboy's paintbox is a piece of
gamboge. Gamboge, one of the most inter
esting of Siamese products, is a resinous
product indigenous only in the islands and
on the sea coast of the Gulf of Siam, lying
between the tenth and twelfth degrees of
north latitude. The tree grows to a height
of some fifty feet, and is straight-stemmed
with no lower branches, owing probably to
the dense shade of the forest in which it
grows. Ten years' growth is required be
fore the tree is ready for tapping. The
tapping, which is carried on by the Cam
bodian and Siamese islanders in the rainy
months from June to October, when the
sap is vigorous, consists in cutting a spiral
line around the trunk from a height of
about ten feet downward to the ground.
The resin wells out of the bark, and trickles
down these grooves in a viscous
stream into a hollow bamboo placed
at the base of the tree, and
from these it is decanted into
smaller bamboos, where it is left for one
month to solidify. To remove the earn
boge the bamboo is placed over a red-hot
fire and the bamboo husk cracks off, leav
ing the article known as "pipe" gamboge.
The trees can be tapped two or three times
in one season and often present a curious
appearance from their network of inter
secting spirals. The utmost care has to be
taken to prevent rainwater mixing with
the resin, as the mixture of foreign liquid
causes honeycombing and discoloration.
The most valuable gamboge is that which
is the least honeycombed or darkened.
The bamboos contain on an average less
than one pound of gamboge. The price
asked by the pickers is at the rate of 75
cents for rive hamboos full, and the local
price is at the rate of 75 cents for three, or
$24 50 for 100. The whole output is sold to
local Chinese traders and taken by sailing
boat to Bangkok.
A Southern Mode of Overcoming the
Molasses Difficulty.— What to do with
the excess of molasses produced in the
manufacture of sugar has been such a
source of anxiety to the Southern planter
that prizes have been offered to any one
who will devise a method of meeting the
difficulty. A New Orleans inventor claims
to have found an inexpensive process by
whicn the molasses can be solidified. He
says that a machine which will solidify or
concrete fifty barrels of molasses daily can
be furnished for $1500, and the cost of'oper
ation is not more than 2 or 3 cents a bar
rel. The exhaust steam from the sugar
house engine- is injected into the bulk
molasses with the normal pressure as it
escapes and at a temperature of about 140
degrees Fahrenheit. This expels about
twenty-five gallons of water from a barrel
of molasses, and the residuum concretes
and is ready for storing or shipment as
soon as cooled. In appearance it resembles
Salt Water in Firks.— The disastrous
effects of many recent fires in cities where
the water pressure has been too low have
caused the question of using Bait water for
the purpose of fire extinction to be brought
up again. It is argued that this method of
fighting fire has long ago passed beyond
the experimental stage, as it has been suc
cessfully used in England for many years.
The advantages claimed by the advocates
of the method are that the density of the
water does not allow of rapid evaporation
and gives it lo.iger in which to be fully
effective. Salt water weighs sixty-four
pounds to the cubic foot, as against sixty
two pounds for fresh water, and it is held
that one service of salt water is equ?l to
three of fr«sh. Returns from seventeen
English cities where salt water is used for
sprinkling purposes, show that the streets
have gradually become macadamized and
that the mortality has decreased from 20
to dO per cent.
Kiln for Drying Cypress Shingles.— A
new automatic compression dry-kiln pro
cess for ihe drying of cypress shingles has
been patented. By this process the mate
rial is dried in a very moist atmosphere,
and the outer surfaces are kept damp until
the interior of the material is heated suffi
ciently to give off the moisture which it
contains in the shape of steam, and by
this msans the unequal expansion fa the
shingle is avoided and it is dried uni
formly throuphout without injury. It is
claimed that shingles dried by this process
are not checked, warped or nardened and
that they come from the kiln in a perfect
condition for rooffing.
Hygienic Value of Scexts.—A pretty
and interesting story has been told by a
French specialist of many months' hard
wrestling with the secrets of scents, and
especially of their influence on bacteria.
He finds that many essential oils and
other perfumes are powerful germ destroy
"*• , One of his experiments was to take
uw bacteria and see now many would bo
destroyed in forty-eight hours when ex
posed to a temperature of 15 deg. centi
grade to various agencies. Essential oil of
bitter almonds killed 99 of the micro
organisms, and oil of thyme same
number. Oil of cummin accounted for 95
per cent, mint 93, wallflower 95, neroli 90,
lemon 88, lavender 75, eucalyptus 74, rose
mary 73, turpentine and camphor only 66.
Popular opinion would have placed ecua
lyptus, turpentine and camphor very
much hijrher on the list; but although the
results given are somewhat different
than might be expected, it must
be remembered that the experiments
were made with essences and not with,
their spirituous or water decoctions— the
perfumes of commerce. But it is satisfac
tory to know that many scents which have
a great charm for the olfactory nerves of
some people are now numbered among the
useful allies of hygiene.
In one summer it is possible for the de
scendents of a single fly to grow to 2,080,*
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