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THE KANSAS CITY JOURNAL, SUNDAY, MARCH M-,1897.
The engagement o Mr. Robson at the
Coates the past week was not the success
that a Robson engagement should be in
this city. It was all that could have been
expected, however, considering the disap
pointment of "The Jucklins" and the
It would have been a great pleasure to
reiord a success for Mr. Robson. Me Is
one of the most popular comedians before
the public, but he has been exceedingly
unlucky in securing a successor for "The
Henrietta." It was confidently hoped that
he had struck the right thing in "The
Jucklins." But the new piece will not be
an enduring success unless some changes
are made in the cast and some new touches
are given the play.
The greatest mistake made by Mr. Hart
In his dramatization of Mr. Read's story
was in retaining the Intimate and unvary
ing relation of the comic novelty and the
serious element. Old Lem's rooster fighting
propensity has such diverting and v aluable
possibilities that, if properly introduced
and not too Insistently employed, it would
popularize a play of even less general merit
than Is found in "The Jucklins." On the
other hand, the dramatic episodes, if more
cleverly handled, would make an interest
ing play, even without the noclty. But
Mr. Hart has made the mistake of trying
to blend the two and they won't blend.
It is a fact that they are accepted In the
book, but we are much less critical about
the books we read than we are about the
plays we see.
Theatrical illustration defines and illu
mines every point touched upon. We will
accept a change from comedy to tragedy
or lice versa, but we must not have them
If Mr. Hart should undertake a rewrit
ing of the play, and he certainly should,
for it has elements of great value he
should strike out boldly from Mr. Read's
design, make less of Mrs. Jucklin's piety
and more of her shrewdness. Fancy Lem
as a quaint, old, henpecked husband, whose
home is so unattracUv e that we all get in
sympathy with him as we do with old
Rip in spite of his worthlessness. Fancy
the old fellow resorting to his game
roosters for the solace denied him at his
fireside, and you have a suggested rela
tion that might be worked out most ef
fectively. Such a change would not inter
fere with the dramatic side of the story.
Mr. Hart has been unnecessarily defer
ential to Mr. Read. He certainly has prece
dent to convince him that a novelist has
few rights that a dramatist is bound to
Mr. Robson doubtless understands as well
as anyone else that some changes should
be made In the play, and that It should
IIP fast u th nostnlA Am.t.n .,-..'
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character parts, and. furthermore, that it
should be staged with all the scenery and
properties necessary to give It a local as
pect. n.U ,hB lsrom M. Robson's standpoint.
Si V&8,ie ronwhat might be expedient
lor Mr. Robson through personal interest,
there Is certainly something due to his
public from personal obligation. Although
we have learned of late j ears to expect
first-class support with Mr. Robson we
were wholly unprepared for such a cast aa
he presented In "The Jucklins." only two
or three of whose members had any busi
ness in a character play.
fnIfVRobsoil "vere not abundantly able
to engage good people, one might be less
hln passlnK criticism upon him Un-?inr,th..1.r,cumstances-
such a organiiS
nv !.'" e Iess tnan an affront to his
??." admirers, who hae stood by him
faithfully, and who want to follow his
SSI'S "?aiB he cb0scs to rcmSS
so unmercifully scored .Turing the engag"
?l ot tnat atoped dancer In this city
1",iJ.3,.l)?Ln nrPerly denounced in other places
ince the company has left here. Maracer
1'rohman is learning rather late in thE iinv
that a theatrical v ulgaritl- that makes a
hit in New York will not neccsSrllv be
accepted In the West. It Is creditable to
the people of this city th.it business fell on
continuously from the first night of this
woman's appearance to the end of the en
gagement. "" "-"
,A..rcv,val ot "Th" Wife." "The Chnrltv
Ball" and "Men and Women" is ald to be
contemplated the casts to Include as mani
as possible of the original actors and ac
tresses In these great successes. A. sea
nrffl,tuJn to the plays would doubtless
I,Sr"tab.!T,espccIal,' lr somo f 'he first
people could be secured, but an thing like
a ccmpleto cast of originals would doubt
less bo impossible. "The Wife." for ex
ample, had in Its first production Georgia
?,--- IT,er,bert. Kelcey. Nelson Wheat
I. "" J- lJ'oj-ne. Mr. and Mrs. Wal--pt
Henry Miller. Charles Dickson. Grace
Henderson and Louiso Dillon. Mr. Whent
rjc" Jtih0!r.?Iaty,c'v C"er is memorable.
Is dead Miss Cayvan Is starring. Mr!
Kelcty is plaving leads in "The Heart of
2!aJ?nd .-'S. Mlllcr Is at ho head of
one of our leading stock companies Mr.
pickfon has gone into vaudeville. Miss Dil
lon has retired to private life Miss Hen-
Kt"0" m? ? p-t " "fnder the Polar
btar. Mr Le Mojne. who has been in
jcmlc opera, is ai,0ut to take a part in
Tess of the d Urbcrvilles "' Mr. wAlco"
who was i reeentlv sUI, here in "The TrisI
r.ner or Zenda has m i,-,ck t0 join Mrs
Wnlcot, wltli Daniel Frohmans stock com
pany Speaking of "Tess" reralls the fact that
Mrs Fiske .s sucw. .is well .is that of
l.crimer Stoddarfs dramatization or Har
ilv's story Is now bevond all civil The
drama and Mrs. Fiske's acting are said to
1"' the talk or New York theatrical circle--This
Is certainly delightful news to those
who cherish an affectionate remembrance
of Mrs. Fiske. who. before her long retire
ment from the stage, was Known -is Min
nie Maddern, and was seen in "Ciprice '
"I i Spite of All" and "Featherbrain jP
Mew of the rather shady reputation of
New York theitric.il taste, it is grotifv ing
le nolo tint the two greatest individual
bits or the season In the metropolis hive
we made liv American women whoso per
sonalities and art are pervaded with sw eet
i ess anil refinement Mr. FIKe in "Toss
or the d'l'rbervllles." and Julia Marlowe In
Tor Bonnie Prince Charlie"
? THIS WEEK'S
g ATTRACTIONS. ,'
Contra til week, "My rrlcnd From
Mntli Mrrrt ll -rrrcW. The Ro.OTr
Midget' Sprrlnllj Ceimpnn.
Grnml H rn-fk, "Wllle Mcllenrj In
".V Mcht In 'NeiT "lurk."
Auilltnriuiii lrliln nftemnnn, ym-
plinny Orelientrn euurert.
Arinlcmj if MukIc This nftrrnoon.
I'lilllinrnionlc Orrln-strn concert.
The Intricate windings or two sweetly at- '
tractive love stories a joung mm in search
or a loss of reputation, an alder and nbet
tor with a jellow kid costume and none
of his vulgarly, a general caste which is
inimitable in its personnel this is what is
tald to constitute Du Souchct's. "ily Friend '
From India," which will hold the boards
at the Coates for one week beginning Mon
day night. It is said to be distinctly a
play of situations, not plots. It Is not a
farce, for a farce is defined in Its limits
as one act, while "My Friend rrom India"
is said to have an act in even- move that
is made on the stage from the rising to the
falling ot the curtain. It is not a corned
In tho sense that the classical school takes
the definition of the word In "The Rivals"
or "The School for Scandal." Erastus
Underholt. a nouveau riche. wants, like
Dickens' dwarf, to get into society, and
like many others, expects to do so through
Ills son. Charley is nothing loth and "goes
i. IV a lm' wlth ,,ie customary re
..;? e scraPes a casual acquaintance
?- a barber, appropriately named A.
Keeno Shaver, who is possessed of as much
grace of address and manner as the or
dinary French or German waiter who poses
as a count and captures the affections of
ou- ambitious and willful American girls.
Charley takes the stranger home, and in
the morning goes through his clothes to
discover his identity. When his father
calls him to account for his erratic con
duct he Introduces his new friend as my
friend from India" on no other grounds
than that of having found a book on theo
sophy in his pocket. Having neglected to
restore the clothing the friend appears in
a jellow counterpane, which he found on
the bed, and the father, probably recollect
ing LI Hung Chang's difficulties and the
jellow Jacket episode, takes mm on sight
with tho same composure with which he
accepts tho drafts on his exchequer from
his hopeful. This starts the society com
plications through judicious or injudicious
nid of enterprising reporters and the fun
Molicre's conception of the "Medecln
Malgre de Lul" Is borne cut bv the mod
ern Figaro, who Is unwillingly led Into all
kinds of scrapes and muddles through be
in forced into prominence, jellow bed
spread included. The fun of the play rests
upon Shaver's shoulders. The cast, which
is precisely the same that appeared in
New York. Is said to bo one of exceptional
fitness and strength. The several parts are
allotted as follows:
Erastus Underholt, a retired pork
packer Mr. Trederic Bond
Charles Underholt, his son
Mr. Edward S. Abeles
A. Keene Shaver, a theosophieal
barber. Mr. Walter E. Perkins
Tom Valentine, a friend of Charles
Mr. Charles Arthur
Rev. James Tvveedle, an African mis
sionary Mr. Joseph Adelman
Jennings, a servant Mr. Frank G. Parry
Bill A. Finnerty, one ot "the finest" .
Mr. John Finn
Marlon Hajste. engaged to Charles...
Miss Marion Giroux
Mrs. Beekman-Streete, looking for a
third Miss Helen Reimer
Bernico Underholt, daughter of Eras
tus Miss Ken on Bishop
Gertrude Underholt. daughter of
Erastus Miss Louise Galloway
Tilly, a German maid Miss May Vokes
Those wonderful' midgets, the Rossows.
will be seen at the Ninth Street opera
house this afternoon, to-night and the re
mainder of the week. They are veritable
little giants, both of the diminutive fellows
being perfectly developed and highly skilled
In tho art of selt-derense. They are. how
ever, amusing comedians. The midgets will
be supported by a large specialty company,
including Lvnch and Jewell, sketch art
ists: Tom Flnn, 'Irish entertainer; AI
mont and Dumont. instrumental duettlsts;
Freres and Couture, acrobits and contor
tionists; Leavitt and Nevello, jugglers and
equilibrists; Murray. Leslie and Murray,
comedy trio, and Dailcy and Hilton, eccen
tric comedy team.
At the Grand, commencing this after
noon, and continuing through the week,
with Thursday and Saturday matinees, will
be seen H. Grattan Donell's latest crea
tion In farce comedy. "A Night in New
York," with Nelllo McIIenry in the lead.
Nellie McIIenry Impersonates three widcly
different characters during the evening,
and Is said to be a whole show in herself.
There are others, however, and pleasing
specialties follow each other, but not so
rapidly as to make one forget the plot of
the pliy, "A Night In New York" express
es the entire plot. It Is an outgrowth of
the constant craze or New York plis and
In it Miss McIIenry will play a dual role,
that or the Peerless Perl, the queen or the
vaudeville stage, who, hiving met with a
series or artistic triumphs at home and
abroad, goes up into Maine to recuperate,
there assuming the role ot Miss Henrietta,
a quiet, demure country maid While there
she is wooed and won by Wllloughby Still
(John Webster) He. ot course, has no Idea
that she is Mile. Henrietta, the Peerless
Perl, and the marriage is arranged to take
place In New York cltv.
The first act shows the reception room In
the Hotel Universale. There Wllloughb
Still meets an old college chum, Jefferson
Manhattan, a rounder wnd gay club mm,
who is engaged to Mrs Harlem, a dashing
New York society widow. At the same
time Wllloughby Still calls on Jefferson
Manhattan Mile. Henrietta calls on her
friend, Mrs. Harlem, who is. of course, un
aware of her presence, and on the eve of
their entering into domestic bliss scheme to
go to the French bill without their intend
ed wives knowing of it by h iving telegrams
sent to themselves summoning them to
Philadelphia and Boston, respectivelv.
Mile. Henrietta Induces Mrs. Harlem to go
to the French ball, thinking that their in
tended husbands are out of the cit. The
complications mav be guessed
Prominent among the members of the
companv .ire John Webster. Charles Mor
rison, Albert Maher. Charles Eastwood,
Miss Henrietta Lee, Miss Edith St. Clilr,
Miss Viola. Ranore nnd Miss Ros.i Couch.
Tho sixth concert of the Sjmphony or
chestra will be given at the Auditorium
next Friday afternoon, with Mr. Carl A.
lrver. pimlst. of Lawrence. Ka. as the
soloist. Mr. Prjer will be heard for the
first time in Kansas City on this occasion
The orchestral programme will Include a.
Havdn svmnhonv the G major. No. 13
being the first s mphony from this compos
er to ue piacea on mese programmes.
Havdn music is exceedingly popular, and it
is probablo that this will be one of the mot
welcome selections made this season A
very attractive feature will be the 'Calm
sfa inn Prosperous voyage overture (v
Mendelssohn, with its beautifully contrast
The closing number will be the funic to
Mis-enefs Le Cid ' with full orchestra,
piano and harp, the latter Instrument be
ing plajeil bv MIs Maud Hughes, who has
bee'n engiged for the remainder of the
svmplionj concerts. The full programme
will be as follow s-
Overture-"A Calm Sea and Prosperous
Svmphonv No 13, G mijor (Hajdn).
Cone-ertstuck. op 40 (Chiminade).
"Inv itatlon to the Dance" (Weber).
fa) Legende (Sti). (b) valse caprice
Finale to "Le Cid" (Massenet).
The last concert of the Philharmonic cr
chestra will lie given at tho Aeadcmv ot
Music this arternoon Tho soloists will
be Mr. M. A Lenge and Mr Hugo Schmidt,
violinists, and Mr. Louis Appy. 'cello The
llrt movement ir Schubert's A minor
sj mphony will be repe.iteel by request. The
most interesting reature will bo Mr
Uusch's "Reverie Pastorale." which has
been received with gnat favor In Berlin
Dresden. Leipslc. Welmir and in Detroit'
where It was plajed by the Theodore
Thomas orchestra. A correspondent of the
Musical Courier, referring to the American
composers" concert In Berlin savs, "or all
the works performed here and in Dresden
Busch'.s 'Reverie Pastorale- was the uni
versal r.ivorlte with both public and crit
ics" It will be remembered that two
movements of this composition were plijed
on tho oecaslon of Mr Busch s compos
ers' concert at the Coates two seasons ago
Mr. Appy's number will be a Hebrew
melody by Max Bruch, new to Kansas
City. The full programme will be as fol
lows: Tirst movement (allegro moderato), from
minor smphonv (Schubert).
"Kol Nidrei," Hebrew melody, for violon
cello (Bruch), Mr. Louis Appy.
Three movements from ' Reverie Pastor
ale" (Busch), (a) "At tho Brook." (b)
"Summer Evening in the Forest," (c)
"Mignon" overture (Thomas).
Petite polka concertante for two solo
violins (Bohlmann), Messrs. M. A. Lenge
and H. Schmidt.
Norwegian melody for stringed Instru
ments (Ole Bull).
"II Trovatore," fantasia (Verdi).
The .fourth informal piano recital by pu
pils of Edward Krelser will be given in
Grand Avenue M. E church Monday aft
ernoon at 4 o'clock. Misses Cella and Lil
lian Qulnn will be the soloists. All Inter
ested are invited. This is the programme:
Rosette waltz (Bichnnnn). Harold Clark.
Austrian song (Pascher), Sillie Lux.
"The Mill Wheel' (Van Laer), Cecil
Song (Selected). Miss Lillian Qulnn.
March (Glese), Carrie Armentrout.
"La Zingana" (The Gjps), (Bohm), Mar
"The Sindman's Coming" (Schnell), Miss
Cell i Quinn.
"Bonnie Doon" (Lange), May Watson.
Second waltz (Durand), Grace Ninas.
Duet, "Naples" (Tosti), Misses Quinn.
Duo for two pianos, 'Silut a' Pesth"
(Konalski), Miss Mary Charlotte Van
I rank and Mr. Kreiscr.
The Standard Concert Compinv will give
an entertainment in the Dundee M. E
church nex.t Tuesday evening, under the
auspices of the Epworth league, the pio
gramme being as follows:
Grand Duo de Concert (Vieuxtemps) Ru
doli King and Francois Boucher.
' La Juive ' (Halve I. Silas R. Mills.
' liobb) Sh.iftoe" (Green). Mrs Franklin.
"Fantasie Impromptu" (Chooin), Rudolf
"Romance and Rondo" (WIenlawski),
" Keautv s Eyes" (Tosti), Silas R. Mills.
A , lster Scheme" (Bouton), Mrs.
Polonaise (Liszt). Rudolf King.
Russian airs (Leonard), Francois Boucher.
(Anon ), Mrs.
Another rcHtlv.il Ilen.
To the Editor of The Journal.
Sirce ray last letter to vou of Februarv
2S s, tting forth that the time is ripe for a
grand Kansas Cltv musical festival to be
Bcn bv the uniting of our home clubs
and those or our neighboring towns and
colleges, my beller Is substantiated bv the
Impcrtant announcement rrom the "Phil-ho-monic.
Svmphonv. Euterpe. Apollo and
Oratorio societies that their work tor next
v .nter his the most desirably bright out
look both in numbers and enthusiast!"
membership, while the suceessrul debut of
the Oratorio Societ Thursday evening
goer without s.iing that it will eisily
dcuble its chorus, and oh: the happiness
pt writing it, that there is to be an Askew
Now, what more appropriate dedication
can our new hall have than a testival ot
music? Let us, as musicians, unite to se
cure this opportunity to difTuso the knowl
edge of our beloved art among the people.
Let us lay aside our petty jealousies, our
"l..gh and mightiness," our harsh criti
cisms and show to the public that music,
not self. Is our goal, and that we all will
ingly, gladlj, lay our separate God-given
musical gifts at her feet, to be used only
for art's sake.
When a public listens to concerts, or
dlr.ar ever da concerts, as continuouslv
and generously as our citizens do. their
farcy is simplv tickled, their education in
art is not advanced Ensemble work,
whether instrumental or song, is earnest
art work. Witness the audiences at the
Philharmonic and Sv mphony concerts!
"I am wearied beond endurance at our
concerts when some one comes out and
docs something, receives an encore and
comes out again, nnd so on all down the
programme." said a ladv at a reception.
"Yes." answered a brlcht. brown.eved
society belle. "I think of hash and roast
beef when I compare such a concert with
the Svmphon." ,
I remember, as a young student, joining
in a condescending laugh at the number
of business men In the audience at a
"Messiah" night, feeling that the work
was so far above their musical compre
hension that "boretl to death" would be
the only fitting words to their condition
of mind. A grand lesson of humility was
taught us. when these men were the most
appreciative and enthusiastic of the large
audience, and were onlv satisfied when
they had made arrangements to have the
"Messiah" given on future Christmas eves.
Business men' Musicians! Take hold of
the festival idea and make tho week, so
successful and grand that the terrible ill
grace of the last carnival night will be
obliterated. MRS. A. B. WILSON.
B GOSSIP AND STORIES 8
OF THE STAGE.
The future looks very bright for Minnie
Maddern-Fiske just now. All tho indications
point toward Lorlmer Stoddard's dramati
zation of "Tess of the D'Urbcrv illes" be
coming a popular success as well as ai.
artistic triumph. Last night, in spite of the
fact that it -vas Ash Wednesda. the gai
lery was crov ded. This is a capital sign.
Tho applause, too, last night had a sterling
ring to it that was not to be mistaken It
"Tess of the D Urbervilles" does not suc
ceed, then, indeeel. may the heart of the
pla wright wax. sick. Although a great
many persons w ho w ere present elo not re
alize" it ct and they won't realize it until
thev have read it in the newspapers half a
score of times that performance at the
Fifth Avenue on luesda night was the
most remarkable in its way that has taken
place in New York In manv a long ear.
I.e iv ing the genius of Mrs. Fiske as an act
ress out ot the question entirely, this pro
duction demonstrated anew the wonderful
power which women are assuming in the
dramatic world. Or course, in the matter
or acting American actresses for a long time
havo been so rar ahead, artistically, or
American actors that a lomparison be
tween them is out of the question. But it
is onlv in the last few ears that women
have taken their place on Broadway as
pla wrights and stage managers.
The entire prodia tion of "Tess" was
staged and managed bv Mrs Fiske. and
that it was her brilliant intellect that de
vised main of the details of the plav Lor
lmer Stoddard himsi If would probabl be
the first to acknowledge. If ever a woman
won success b the sweat of her brain it
has been Mrs. riske since she emerged
from her long retirement a jear ago. And,
curious' enough, now that she final! has
arriv ed, she seems to be destined to occupy
two distinct niches in theatrical records.
The first she fills as the shy, fragile look
ing girl-woman who used to sing "In the
Gloimlng" to her audiences ages ago, the
heroine of "Caprice " "Feither Brain"
and "In Spite of All ' In the other niche
which awaits her she will be known as
Mrs. riske, one of the few brilliant act
resses of her decade, a woman whose Tess
should outlive even Ada Rehan's Kather
ine. New York Sun.
Walter E Perkins is an actor. Just now
he is pin ing in "Mj rriend rrom India."
He is a barber in the pla. and it is inter
esting to note that he makes his tirst en
trance wearing pajamas. Mr. Perkins ap
peared in pajamas early one Sunday morn
ing, during the New York engagement.
But, of course, that was not at the thea
ter. After the play one Saturdav night Mr.
Perkins ate broiled lobster. He drank a
cup ot tea and nothing else. Then he wert
to his room in G. H Glfford s house. No IS
West Tent-second street, got into' his
pijim is and went to bod He Tell into a
troubled sleep, and tlistinctlv saw a ver
large and very red lobster swimming in a
sea or mavonn.aise dressing The lobster
beckoned to Mr Perkins who arose and
wrapped .1 blanket around himscir. Then
the lobster, with gracerul motion, moved
toward the bedroom door and downstairs
into the street Mr Perkins put on his slip
pers and followed.
The lobster leading. Mr. Perkins walked
as far as Fifth avenue. There Policeman
Hugh Jones of the West Thirtieth street
station, saw Mr. Perkins although the lob
ster was not visible to the policeman. The
appearance of a man In p oam is a blanket
and suppers, rather startled Jones, who, on
looking closer, saw that the apparition's
hair was standing on end, as it he were In
Mr Perkins crossed Firth avenue to the
east side, narrowly escaping a newspaper
dellvcrv- wagon that was bowling down the
avenue. Then he crossed back again and
walkeel to Sixth avenue, where Policeman
Jones ov ertook him and tapped him on the
"Where's that lobster? anxiously asked
Mr Perkins, staring at the policeman.
"Wheels' ' exclaimed Jones, and he held
Mr Perkins until an ambulance came from
the New lork hospital.
"The man s a somnambulist." said the
surgeon. . .
"Poor man. is he as bad as that?" asked
"I think a wee taste of me club on his
soles would wake htm up." said Jones, who
began to think that some one was having
fun with him.
"This is easier." said the surgeon, and he
pressed his thumb hard on that nerve of
Mr. Perkins that emerges from the brain
just above the ee. Mr. Perkins awoke
w 1th a start and was plainly intensely sur
prised to find himself on the street In such
costume. Then Mr. Perkins went home.
AVhen he looked in his mirror there, he
was even more surprised, for on his head
was what theatrical folks call a "fright"
wig. a wig whose hair stands on end.
Willie Edouin gave that wig to Perkins,
who thererore values It highly. He thought
he had lost it. ami litel he sennhed four
trunks and did not linil it But there was
thu wig on his head. Plainlv, he had risen
before the lobster beckoned to him. gone to
the pi ice where ho had lam the wig away
and put it on.
Julia Marlowe, in the Dramatic Mirror:
"I h iv e frequentl he ird of aciors and act
resses who are so aflllcted with nervousne-s
md stage fright on an important first night
that they can hardly go on AVith all due
nspect to them, for 1 know- that some of
them are among the best plavers, I think
tint stage fright is usually due to lick of
preparation or uneertaint as to one's own
powers, although it is occasionally due to
an excessive nervous disposition. Women
are less nervous In this direction than men
and, although it mav not sound quite
graceful from me, a woman, to sjv it, I
really believe that m sex. spe iking of
course, generally. Ins more histrionic abil
ity than the stronger sex. Perhaps the rea
son ot this is that acting Is laigelv a matter
of the emotions, and women are more emo
tional than men; et the conception and
portraal of manv characters requires the
keenest intellectual insi-rht. Tn mv amn
ion, the drama is progressing along serious
lines, ard 1 am glad that this is so. for it
is a verv serious thing with me. and It has
serious uses. It enlarges one's view of life
and is uplifting, when an art." '
(To Minnie M.iddern-Flske )
In fancy stood I on the holv height.
And siw the Shepherd o'er his scattered
His sleepless, deathless, endless vigil
His pilhd face with benediction bright.
And then, it seemed, his downcast, wan
Beheld a trembling, struggling soul be
low A woman's soul that, 'neath its dreadful
Strove, hopeless, helpless, desperate, to
A wild cry rang across the seas of space.
And echoed through the awful halls of
Wherein the spirits of the blest reposed.
Again, tho cry! I scanned the Shepherd s
Serene It shone in tranquil peace sub
lime His hands had stopped his ears, his
ees were closed!
George Taggart, in Dramatic Mirror.
Dramatic and Musical Notes. $
Edgar L Davenport is having a comedy
named "Montana" finished for him b Rob
John J. McNallv has mmed his new com
edy ' The Good Mr. Best." Rich and Har
ris will produce It next month.
E. II. Sothern Is considering three new
pla.vs. one by Cbde Fitch, one by R. N.
Stevens, and one by H. V Esmond.
Robert Edeson has been engaged b
Charles Frohman to play leading roles with
Maudo Adams in her stairing tour next
It is announced that Sardou's plav, "Spir
itisme." will soon be given a London pro
duction, with Mrs. Beerbohm Tree in the
Wilson Barrett's new play, "Daughters
of Bab Ion," has made a big hit In London
and promises to be as popular as his "Sign
of the Cross."
Dr. Molajoli, the oldest phllo-dramatic
actor in Rome, is dead. He was over VO
jears or age. Ristori learned the rudiments
or her art under his direction.
Harriet Smith, of Atchison. Kas., has
been engaged by Augustin Daly. She Is a
graduate of a Boston school of oratory and
a popular Kansas amateur.
Mr. and Mrs. Sjdnev Drew are pla ing
a two weeks' vaudeville engagement at the
Eden Musee in St. Joseph. The mlghtv
name of Drew should make appropriate
Carrie Turner, who underwent a severe
surgical operation this w inter, has returned
to New York with a view of a possible
spring tour in a new pla written for her
by CI do ritch.
Julia Marlowe and Robert T.ibcr contem
plate a London visit next summer, present
ing Shakespearean works, nnd it is proba
blo that they will arrange to plav "For
Bonnie Prince Charlie" nt Edinburgh.
Richard Mansfie'd is negotiating to dis
pose of his interest in thcGirrick theater,
which Is leased to bin; jv Edward Harri
gan. Hot and McKee are rumond to be
the prospective- purchascSjpf-the-lease.
Annie Russell Is resting in the country
and stud ing her part in Madeleine Lu
cette Rle's new farce. 'The Msterious
Mr. Bugle." Mis Russell win impersonate
a fashionable oung woman of tl)o day.
Rosa Couch, known on the stage as La
Petite Rosa, who is with tho Nellie Mc
IIenry company at the Grand this week, is
the daughter of the late Professor Couch,
author of and composer of that beautiful
ballad. "Kathleen Mavourneen."
Another success Is to be attributed to
Louis N. Parker, who wrote "Rosemary."
It is "The Ma flow er," dealing with Amer
ican colonial life, and produced in New
York last week by Daniel Frohman's stock
Basco & Roberts' burlesque and vaude
ville companv will follow tho Rossows at
the Ninth Street opera house. At the
Wednesday matinee, tho progress of the
Corbett-Fltzsimmons fight will be announc
ed from tho stage.
Miss May Irwin Ins accepted a new farce
comedv from Mr. H. A. Du Surhet, the au
thor of "My Friend From India." She ex
pects to open with It next season. The title
has not et been decided upon, but It will
probably be called "The Countess."
As Mr. John Jack is under engagement
to appear with Mr. Jefferson, who opens
his spring season shortlv. he will be ob
liged to leave the cist of "Tess." Arrange
ments were concluded esterdav with Mr
W. J. LcMojne. to take Mr. Jack's place
as soon as Mr. Le Mojnes engagement
with the Duff Company closes.
"The Mandarin," the new Chinese comic
ppera. by DeKoven &. Smith, will follow
My Triend rrom India." at the Coates
Among the prominent members of the cast
are Georgo C. Boniface. Gcorgo Honey.
Henry Norman. Jnsenh Rhpohin sm..ifli
Marion. Berth i Wnltzlnger. Alice' Barnett,
Helen Redmond and Cliudia Carlst.adt.
The Apollo Club will make its fourteenth
appearance at the Auditorium Thursday.
April a with Plunket Greene as oIoist.
I lie Apollos introduced the popular Irish
,i .to. y'lnsa;. c"'- and this will mike
the third time that he has appeared under
Its auspices Many inquiries are being re
ceived fpr seats which, with the member
ships sold prior to last concert, assures a
cordial reception to the club and Its so
loist. vPn!'"!;??. ' "VVost;s minstrels will follow
Nellie McIIenry at the Grand The follow
ing are among the people: The versatile
comedian. George II. Primrose: the prince
of interlocutors, William II. West: George
Avilson. JImmv Hill, tho Wilson brothers'
f imous diorama: Messrs. Howe. Wall and
Walters, the musical comedy kings: III
vvTm11 intIni, Charles Kent. Arthur
.!lllims, rrank Pitzker, George Robinson,
I.d Dickens and John Davis
The week of March 2i at the Grand opera
house will be the time and pliee of the
presentation of William Gillette's rattlirg
corned success, Too Much Johnon." b"
?., "ipan under the mamgement of
Charles Prohmm. Greater populnrltv is
claimed for this pl.ij thin for an thing
that has em mated from Gillette's pen for
ve.irs, and that is s.iing a great deal for
the author of "Held bv the Encmv," the
.adapter of "The Private Secretarv, " il
kiscn's Widows" "Secret Service." and the
colliborator w ith Mrs Burnett of "Esmer
alda." 'I he pupils of the Central high st,0oI
are deeplv intereste-d in the prospect of
the coming pcrformmces of ' The Mikado"
b.- the Central Glee Club. Stage rchear
s ils are now of frequent occurrence and
the prospects for nn interesting presenta
tion are brightened by the lively demand
fo- tickets, which are in the hands of 30)
or more pupils of the literary and musical
societies Proressor Bennett Ins secured
the costumes, which were recently made
for the Thursday Club in Chicago an or
gai ization with a big reputation. This club
gave "The Mikado ' recently at the Colum
bia theiter in that city with great success.
The Mikado" will be given three nights
and matinee April 1, 2 and Z, at the Aud
itorium theater. The singers, slxtv in num
ber, will be supported by the popular Aud
itorium orchestra or seventeen musicians.
At the Grand, beginning in the near tut
uro the Martinetti-Tannehtll companv- will
be seen In "The Nancy Hanks," an origi
nal comedy farce from the pen or Trank
Tannehill. Jr. The plot deals with the for
tunes of a Frenchman who comes to Amer
ica, and. falling Into the hands of some
speculators, is sold "The Nanev Hinks"
geld mine in which he invests all his
mene. The wealth in it turns out to be
what he his put In it. .and he awakes to
find himself a pauper. He accepts the offer
of an actor to start with him a school of
acting, and from this time on his troubles
begin. They are superinduced bv bad bus
iness In tl.e school, a number of love affairs
that wont run, smooth, ,i ru.h but med
dling old aunt of his partner, and a num
ber or other matters. The company in
cludes Ignacio Martinettl. Frank Tanne
hill Jr.. Anna Bovd, Carrie Radcllfle. Flor
ence Lillian Wickes, Mrs Frank A. Tan
nehill. Riv.i Gibson, E. S Morev, George
C. Welch and Cla ton E. White.
GEORGE AND HIS HATCHET.
Tim OLD VIISS.tlUKI W GIVKS THE
Till II A i;itsm OF THE VTOKY.
Ah Hnntled Down li CrocUett. W ho
S?ai He AVjim n Servant 4. Theo-
loffical DIspnte Among the
It was Washington's birthday. The old
Missourian was in a retrospective mood.
Observ ing a chance to obtain a listener, he
"I wonder what Washington would think
o' this countrv if he could come back and
see it now. They Is a heap o" things 'at is
not as he intended 'em. I'm not sam
what mlghter been if things had been bet
ter managed In this countr, but takin
things even as they Is an we must say it's
a great countr.
"An' Missouri Is 'way up put nigh to tho
head o' tho procession. Missouri has per
dnced some mighty good stuff in the wav o'
men Thev- was Clarke o' Lewis and
Clarke's exploring expedition. Clarke was
gov'ner o' Missouri.
"They was Kit Carson, the three Bents.
Sublette. Wooten. Fremont. Durant.
Meek. Doniphan an' a whole heap o other
explorers an pioneers, to sa nothin o' a
heap more o' soldiers an' statesmen. Mis
sourians has fit fur put nigh all the coun
try from tho Mississippi river to the Pa
cific ocean. Missourians is all right, voung
"Why. fifty car ago this blessed day
the Americans was a linln' up fur the bat
tle o' Buena Vista in Old Mexico Mis
sourians was mighty thick In Mexico in
"Go to California. You'll find most o' the
49ers an' the men 'at laid the foundation
o' tho state was Missourians
' So all through the West. In New Mexi
co on this day the gov'ner. survevor jin
eral. jedge o' the United States deestnet
court, register o' the United States land
oflico at Santa Te sheriff o Santa l'e
count an' Oh. well, most o the good or
fices in the tcrritor Is held bv MIssouriins.
"Let me see. I started to talk erbout
Washington, an" I have been preachin'
erbout Missouri. Well; both mighty good
"It's michtv hard to git at the little,
personal tacts erbout a man when he's
dead an' gone. Of course, nearly ev'rv
American looks at Washington well,
through a magnifin" glass. We size up
our public men by what's recorded o" their
public lives an' acts, an' if we look at
Washington from that stan'pint we don't
need no magnifIn' glass, fur he shore
looks big ernough without it. But if we
only knowed it, in his ever' dav life he was
a lie ip like a heap o other folks.
"That makes mo think o' er story. It
was told me bv 'Uncle Crockett cr good,
old-fashioned nigger. Crockett is er good,
religious old man. He's all right in his
mind on ever' thing 'cept hist'r. He sas
he's more 'an a thousand ears old. an' ot
course he's a little off on that. He talks
o' Columbus an' Captain John Smith as
though they lived isterel'y. Ye can't trip
him on dates; he's got 'em down line. He
kin givo the principal events an' tell per
sonal recollections o" all the wars In North
America remembers all the leadin' char
acters In all o' "cm. In his time he's been
the friend an' adviser o' all o' our leadin"
jinerals up to the close o' the Mexican war.
He didn't figgcr none In the great civil
"Ho sas: "They wa'n't no ue o" dat
wah, an' I done tole 'em 'at it the done
bring it on I wa'n't crgwine to show 'em
how to fight It out no more. I'se done
plannln' an' fightln' wahs Old as I is,
eiough, I'd fight If it wa'n't ermong our
own people. Me fight de chlllun o Jlnernl
Warren, an" Putnam, an' Prescott. an'
Gates an" all dem folks in de Norf? An'
do chillun o' Washington, an' Lee. an'
Green, an' Morgan, an' Marion in de Souf?
Humphumph' No, sah! I done fight In de
old wahs wid der fodders Norf and Souf
alike an' I ain't gwine to hope der chillun
ter do what der fodders wouldn't do! No,
sah! Crockett's done!
" "Boss, dey was some great men in dem
ole wahs. De AVashington's great folks. I
was down on Jeems ribbah in Virginny an'
see Gawge's granTaddcr when he done rust
come rrom Englan". Den I atter'ards lived
nid de 'Squire Washington Gawge's fod
der. He l-nowed I done been In so many
wahs ho gits mo to train Gawge fur er
soljer. I gits him ready fur de revo
lutionary wah. I was a kind o" nuss fur
him. Dat makes me tink. Would ve like
to heah de true story o' Washington an' de
hatchet? It jist makes me lar when I
hears de white chilluns er readln' In der
books erbout dat storv !
"'One day tho Earl o' Chadwick. from
Englan' dono walk f rough de groun's wid
de 'squire, an me an" Gawge erfollerin".
Dey gits er talkin' erbout trees an" fruits.
De earl done say. "Has ve heerd erbout de
Duke o' Richmond? He done started er
new- kino o' cherry tree. It's de lines"
cherry in all Englan." 'Squire. 1 send e
some. ' De 'squire he mighty pcrllte an' he
tav "Thank e, er highness."
" 'Lemme see. Dit was jist afore Chls
'mus. De nex' Aprlle er ship elone come in
de Jeems ribbah from Englan. Dey was
er bundle fur 'Squire Washington. It war
six little Duke o Richmond cherry trees
rrom de Earl o' Chadwick. De 'squire he
say. "Crockett, de geeard'ner done gone to
Pint Comlort an' won't git back dls week.
You git some o' dem oung niggahs to hope
vo an' set out dese heah cherry trees." So
I sets 'em out In de back paht o' de
" 'Only tw o o" dem cherry trees done
gwlne an' libbed. De nex' ear one o dem
died. Nebber could tell what made dat tree
die. but It shoah died Den only one let
an" do "squire wouldn't take er whole lot
fur dat cherry tree. It growed an' done
fine. When it done been out five vear, de
squire he saw "Dat Duke o' Richmond
cherry tree am erbloomln" an" mav be we
gwlne to see what klne o' fruit It bars."
" "Er few- das atter dls me an' Gawge
done been erroun de groun's an" we corned
to dat berry cherry tree. Gawge war er
tot In" er tomahawk. De story books done
say it war er hatchet. But it wir er
tomahawk what de Injun chler. Ma-tap-p.a-nee.
dono give him. Gawge he siy to
me. ' Crockett, cut dat cherry tree." I
say. "What! cut dit cherry tree what de
Earl o' Chadwick done gwlne an give ver
fodder? What fur?"
" "He say, "Crockett, ve know dem Here
ford calves o' mine. Hain't dev de fines'
calves In the colony o' Virginn ?"
" "I saw "O course de Is." He say.
"Well, dev is so fine dnt I want de lines'
wood in de colony ter make 'em er oke.
so ou cut dat cherry tree! '
" 'I dono been fotched up ter do w hit de
white folks tell me. so I takes de tnmn-
hawk an" I cuts dat chcrr tree. Jist den
wo heah de ole 'squire er comln". Gawge
ho takes de tomahawk outcn my hands.
De "squlro done come up an' sav, "Who
done cut dat cherry tree"' ' Befo' I kin
speak. Gawge he say. "I done cut It. fod
der! I done cut It wid my little toma
hawk!" Den de 'squire he done hugged
Gawge an' cried an' said, "You is er good
boy. my noble son. fur sne.ikln' lie ir
but be mo' keerful how e use ver toma
hawk er I'll hatter take it crway from ve""
"An. I went erroun' behind de hen house
to lif. Now dat's de trur erbout Gawge
Washington an' de hatchet .in do chern
"'Here Crockett's storv ends, or course
it's mighty fishy, but I reckon 'at ir the
truth was know eel. Crockett tells it erbout
.as nigh tho facts in the case as the story
books an' hlst'ries does.
" Speakln" o' Crockett makes me think o'
cr church row "at the Tust Colored
Chu'ch' had one time. Crockett was er
deacon In this church. The pastor was
Parson Green. One Sund'v- he got warmed
up an' he said in his sermon:
"' "Bruddcrln. don't be led erroun" bv do
nose by de wlmmln folks Dev Is d mg'ous.
Woman am persessed o- seben debils!'
"This sort o' talk from Parson Green
caused er sensation. The sistern was
mighty Indignant. So thev- gits Deacon
Crockett on their side. An' the nex Sund'y
as the parson started ter mount the clap
board platrorm 'at was used rur er pulpit.
Deacon Crockett an' the parson an' others
put up er talk somethln' like this:
"Deacon 'Hoi' on dar, Brudder Green
foro ou 'spostulates in dat ar pulpit er
gin we wants ou ter spla!n jerself'
"Parson "What I done?"
"Deacon "You'se done gwlne an' 'suited
cr whole heap o' dese heah sistern."
"Parson "What T done'"
"Deacon 'You dono say. "Woman am
persessed o" seben debils."
"Parson 'Cose I did! You niggahs be
lleb de Bible?" (The congregation nods as
"Parson 'Is thev er nlggah heah what
kin rcid? Yes. dar is Brudder Jim. Come
up heah. Brudder Jim. Now. Brudder Jim,
whit book am dat?'
"Hrother Jim 'The Holv Bible "
"Parson 'Now. Brudder Jim, has you
ebber read In de leds o" dat ar book whar
de good Law d done cas' seben debils outcn
"Rrother Jim 'Yes: I has read It."
"Deacon 'We all knowed dafs In de
Bible, but what's dat got ter do wid it?"
"Parson 'What's dat got ter do wid It?
Can vou tine in de leds o" dat ar blessed
Book whar de good Lawd done gwine an'
cas" seben debils outen ary udder woman?"
(Congregation give It up.)
"Parson 'Well, If He ain't done cas' 'em
out ain't dey in dar it? Huh?
"Sister Snow 'May I ax er question-"
"Parson "Oh. es. ou may all ax ques
tions. We done come heah ter nnswer
questions. Didn't come heah ter preach! 1
"Sister Snow "Does ou say no udder
woman 'cept Mary Magdalene has cas' out
her seben debils?
"Parson 'Taln't In do leds o' de Book.
"Sister Snow 'How many debils has de
"Parson 'O, jes! we'se all got er debil.
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rRESESTIs.G FOU THE FJRST TIME H HUE,
My Friend From India
A Tarce In Three Ac's by H. A. Du Souchet.
I Want You to Meet Him! Why".' 'rFor lie Is a Jolly Good Fellow!"
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or business. To a defeated member who
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