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ROUGH MARRIAGE KNOTS.
Pledges Under Which They Were Tied
In Medieval Times.
The matrimonial contract today is a
thousand times more polite than it was
in the middle ages. It has lost the en
gaging frankness of its medieval orig
In the good old days when the bride
was taken "for fairer, for fouler, for
better, for worse," and promised "to
be buxom and bonny" to her husband,
her father gave the bridegroom one of
the bride's shoes as a token of the
transfer of authority. The bride was
made to feel the change by a blow on
the head duly administered with the
shoe. How much more significant and
eloquent a use of the article than our
"refined" custom of throwing it after
the carriage: The husband took oath
to treat his wife well, in failure of
which she might leave him. As a point
of honor, however, he was allowed to
"bestow on his wife and apprentices
An old Welsh law lays it down that
three blows with a broomstick "on any
part of the person except the head is a
fair allowance," while another provides
that the stick "be not longer than the
husband's arm nor thicker than his
The bride, however. had her privi
leges. In certain countries It was her
accepted right the morning after the
wedding day to ask for any sum of
money or any estate that she pleased,
and her husband could not in honor
refuse. A man had to be pretty sure
of his bride's "intentions" to run such
These old time marriages were often
hard driven bargains, which unblush
ingly displayed a good deal of unlovely
human selfishness. Yet the rough
knots that were tied a thousand years
ago held faster than many of the be
ribboned and bejeweled bonds we so
genteely adjust today. - New York
The Metaphysical Society.
The distinguished company of con
tributors to the first number of the
Nineteenth Century was selected from
a yet more distinguished company of
which Lord Avebury was a member.
This was the Metaphysical society,
founded by James Knowles and Ten
nyson in 18619. Its members ranged
from Dean Stanley to Huxley and
from Tyndall to Manning. and its
meetings saw such unusual sights as
the Catholic Manning. supported by
two Protestant bishops. presiding over
a discussion among atheists, deists and
freethinkers. The society formed the
nucleus of the band of contributors
who supported Knowles as editor first
of the Contemporary and then of the
Nineteenth Century.-Westminster Ga
Had to Follow.
One day a young colored man of
sporty appearance dropped in at a coun
try livery stable and said be needed
a job. He looked promising, so he was
set at work greasing the axles of a
In a remarkably short space of time
he reported the task finished.
"''Look here," said his new boss, "do
you mean to say you've greased all
four of them wheels already?"
"Well," rejoined the new man, "I've
greased the two front ones."
"And why haven't you greased the
two hind ones?"
"Well." said the new man again, "so
long's the two front ones goes all
right the two hinds ones jes' nachelly
got to foller!"-Everybody's,
A man who had wondered what lob
ster twine was found the answer very
simple. It is a One quality, stout twine
an eighth of an Inch in diameter, made
of manila hemp and originally Intend
ed for making the netted part of lob
ster pots. Lobster twine has come
also to be used on board vessels, both
sail and steam, for serving ropeeu for
whipping ropes, including ropes even
of wire, and for various other purposes
for which a stoot, durable twine of
this size might prove useful. There is
probably more lobster twine used now
on vessels than for the purpose for
which It was frt made.
Good maxims are terms of all good:
frmly impressed on the memory, they
mourish tho wil.--JoaberLt.
"POLLY OF THE CIRCUS."
Her charming naturalness Is a par
ticular asset of dainty little Elsie St.
Leon, who will appear in "Polly of
the Circus" at the Crescent Theatre,
Sunday, December 8th. This graceful
actress, who is still in her teens, had
achieved splendid success in the title
role of Margaret Mayo's irresistible
romantic comedy, the longevity of
which is positive evidence of its ex
traordinary worth as a theatrical prop
erty. Miss St. Leon was everywhere
last season acclaimed the most at
tractive of the several Pollies, and it
is the confident belief of her manage
ment that this season she will add
greatly to the honors she has gath
ered to herself. Her interpretation is
girlishly piquant, dainty and gracefult
free from affectation and replete ,t:1
a sprightliness that is captivating. AHr
Polly is remarkably natural. She ca
pers nimbly and fluently through the
play, with the audience's admiration in
creasing as the moments pass. The
management has also provided a first
grade supporting company and a high
class production. The famous St. Leon
amniy s pemmmtt in the preduethm
Rollicking May Irwin will be at the
Tulane Theatre Sunday night to open
a week's carnival of fun and frolic in
her latest and supreme success.
"Widow by Proxy." It is several years
since New Orleans has seen this de
lightfully healthy comedy star. Ac
credited the wealthiest and the most
independent of all American stage fa
vorites,. she still holds her place at the
head of the strictly native laugh-pro
Personality is what counts with May
Irwin. Her laugh is irresistible. lcer
eccentricities are compelling and com
ical without being burlesque in style.
Her play this season, however, is more
pretentious than usual. and in dra
matic style and literary merit com
mands a quaint mixture of critical at
tention and fascinating delight. In
"Widow by Proxy" Miss irwin is sete
as Gloria Grey, a singing teacher
whose income at the opening of the
play has dwindled to almost nothing.
Gloria has a bosom friend, recently
precipitated into widowhood, or who,
at least, believes that she has been
bereft of a husband. The alleged de
parted husband was a scion of a May
flower family. Hie married an actress
and the family had refused to see her.
After his supposed death in Alaska a
rich uncle dies, leaving a legacy to his
niece by marriage. To get it she must
visit the family. She refuses, but as
the money is needed, Gloria imperson
ates the widow and takes her place at
the family homestead. A cousin of
the reputed dead husband falls in love
with her. She agrees to marry him,
and then the dead husband comes back
to life. However, all ends 'happily and
the deceit, owing to its motive, does
not block the course of true love.
It is safe to say that Miss Irwin has
never been any funnier than she is in
this very amusing comedy, with its
three acts of almost unrelieved laugh:
ter. Miss Irwin sings several delight
ful and catchy songs in her own inim
itable way. In the cast are Clara
Blandick. Marie Burke, Helen Orr,
Helen Weathersby, Orlando Daly,
Henry Kendrick, Joseph Woodbury and
AFFABLE TREATMENT AND
RIGHT PRICES MAKES SHOPPING
EASY AT SAMUEL BROS., GRETNA.
"Little Women." the play which has
introduced to the stage the characters
of one of the best-loved books il.
American literature, comes to the Tu
lane Theatre for a week, beginning
Monday night, December 8th. The
company is one of the best flying the
colors of William A. Brady this sea
son, and critics of Atlanta, Savannah,
Richmond, Norfolk and other impor
tant cities of the South, have given
the production and performance en
No play of recent years has given
the theatrical wiseacres a sharper sur
prise than has "Little Women." Con
trasted with the "crook drama" and
the "problem play" which have pre
dominated the New York dramatic
stage these last few years, the Alcott
story is little ihort of an oddity. The
characters are garbed in the fashion of
A SCENE FROMI THE GREAT DIVORCE PLAY, Ad BUITTERFLY ON THE WHEEL -CRESCENT~ THE ~TRE.
forty-four years ago, when the book
was first published, and the carpets,
pictures, furniture and other stag!
furnishings all belong to a bygone
An ex, optional attraction is Miss
Eleanor Montell in the great English
divorce play. "A Butterfly On the
W'heel." whit h is announced to open a
week's engagement Sunday night at
the Crescent Theatre.
MAY IRKWJ IN "W~IDOW~ BY PROXY."
Much interest has been aroused by
the enormous success this play has met
with on both sides of the Atlantic. and
wherever else produced by its frank
treatment of our modern high life and
its climax in the divorce 'rlal scene.
which reaches the height of theatrical
realism by its direct method of treat
ment. It is a triumph of stagecraft and
holds the attention steadily from the
beginning until the end
Miss Montellrs superb performance
of the young, thoughtless wife is one
of admirable light and shade, which
adds new laurels to her long list of
past achievements. Certainly she has
done nothing better, for It suits her
temperament to a nicety and affordi
opportunity to show her ability for di
versified acting, in which she excels.
As the frail little "Butterfly," thought
lessly giving way to every impulse that
finally weaves a comprising net of
entanglements in the divorce court. she
brings every requirement, both in ap
pearance and talent, necessary to make
a real flesh-and-blood creature, and
that she succeeds is evidenced by the
great amount of sympathy of "Butter
fly" commands when beaten on the
rack of censure and accusation she
falls weeping on the witness stand. In
this one great scene in "A Butterfly
On the Wheel." Miss Montell reaches
new heights of dramatic endeavor.
Every woman should see this mag
nificent exploitation of a theme so
close to the bosom of the sex. The
matinees are on Tuesday, Thursday
VISIT OUR UP-TO-DATE SHOE DE
PARTMENT AND TRY OUR JEFFER
* SAMUEL BROS., GRETNA.
A glance at the program for the
next week at the Orpheum will assure
one that it is up to the usual excellence
of the shows at this popular play
house. The program is:
The fa orite i omedian, ('has. F. E
ans & Company, of Evans and Hoey's
"Parlor Match" fame, in a domestic
tragedy, entitled "The Forgotten Com
bination." By Wm. Lewis Lockwood.
Pat Rooney and Marion Bent, "At
Caesar Rivoli. the Protean actor.
Dave Kramer and Geo. Morton, "Two
Helen Schroder, the charming en
Lora, "The Girl in the Parrot."
Mlle. Diaz's monkeys, a laughing no
Orpheum concert orchestra, finest in
Exclusive motion views, selected es
pecially for the Orpheum Circuit.
A WONDERFUL PLAY.
"Last Days of Pompeii' Coming to the
Nemo Next Wednesday-Is Same
Big Production Shown at Green.
wall Theatre Three Weeks Ago.
A revelation in photo drama from
the standpoint of art and beauty, as
well as dramatic force, is made in
George Kleine's magnificent production
of "The Last Days of Pompeii,"
adapted from Lord Bulwer Lytton's
classic romantic novel of the same
title which is announced for next Wed
nesday's special matinee and night at
All the salient points of the story
are retained and pictorialized in se
quential detail. The principal charac
ters used in the photo drama are:
Glaucuse, a handsome, wealthy Athen
ian, and fashion leader of Pompeii, liv
ing a life of leisure, a lover and patron
of the arts and in lo\e with lone. ('lo
dlus, a Vyolng Roman and frienid of
Glaucus. but a gamester and idler; Ar
baces, an Egyptian of remarkable in
tellet t- high priest of the Tenple of
Isis at Pompeii. guardian of lotte andl
.\peides. and in lIo t' ait his ward.
lont.e Apeid.s, a \onug .thenian,
brother of lone,. studl ine for the priest
hood iunder Arial- a ouith of nobic
instin, ts and high id,'al' , ho ret olts
at the trickeri.e of the, worship i of Isis.
N dia. a jlilnd flowt,.r cirl from Thos
sale.y, oriºinally lalt to. I t1urbo and
Strateoni'oj afterwF t rdi lrchlasd i ,
(G;laun(s to save hr froml the rl'llti
of Itlurho andt Stratoni a;. whih iroi
ed liher grait ittud- al Iu'assionate le\t.
andt lone. a beautiful A.the niian mail
<ultured and wealthy. sisre-r (tf .\;,
rides and ward ~lf .\r',at e', ,i~,a .s,.
'retley lot s her, also adored ani lho ed
In the photo dramilla as in te ta t e,
these charac ters ar'- wot,lln into a
story of marvelouls dt:,rnlati' i,,ter-,t
and pic-toriai eudllt :. () r three thou
sand people were- emidloy (d in th~- jhl(
todrama which is said to hate o't
$2'10.4O)0 to produ, o.
There will b(e a splcial school chil
dren's matinee at four o'i (N k. price 1P
rents, and at night the prioes are to
be leo and 1., cents'.
Mayor Martin Behrman has been in
\ited by George Kleine, the noted mo
totilmic producer, through his repre
sentative, Frank Kintzig, to partici
pate and attend the matinee next Wed
nesday afternoon, D)ectemnber 3rd, at the
Nemno Theatre, where Mr. Kleine's
spectacular photo drama. "Th1 Last
IDays of Pompeii.' will be shown for
the first time. and also to congratulate
Alt in E. I)upuis. the brilliant Algiers
student of Mcl)onogh No. 4 school,
who was awarded first prize in the
Kleine-Picayune Pompeii Essay Con
test conducted by the New Orleans
Picayune. The night that young Du
puis was presented the prize at the
G(reenwall Theatr.e where The Last
I)ays of Pompeii" was originally ex
hibited. Mayor Behrman was off on the
Boosters' Special promulgating the
progress of the South's metropolis.
along with the other trade envoys,
GLAUCUS AND NYDIA,
In George Kleine's Photo Drama Beau
tiful, "The Last Days of Pompeii"
-At the Nemo, Wednesday. Spe
cial Matinee and Night, Dec. 3rd.
which hindered his attendance. If his
official duties allow him, however, he
will be among those "down front" on
Wednesday afternoon at the school
children's four o'clock matinee.
One of the features of "The Last
Days of Pompeii" engagement at the
Nemo will be reading of the essay
which was awarded first prize in the
Kleine-Picayune Pompeii Contest con
ducted by the Daily Picayune during
the initial presentation of the pictures
at the Greenwall Theatre, by Alvin E.
Dupuls, an Algiers boy and a pupil of
TULANE THEATRE Be""innin
Matinees-Wednesday and Saturday
May Irwin in
"WIDOW BY PROXY"
CRESCENT THEATRE Be"on
Matinees-Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2
ELEANOR MANTELL in
"A BUTTERFLY ON THE WHEEL"
PHONE MAIN 333
Afternoon Performance at 2:15 Evening Performance af 8:15
PRICESPR NIGHT-,0, 25, SO, 75, Box .ats, $1.00
MATINEE-10, 2s, 50, Boa Seats 75.
Ticket Office Open Daily from 10 a m to 9 p m
HIGH-CLASS MOTION PICTURES AND
Every Night--Prices 5 and 10 cents
SUNDAY - - - l0c for Adults.
Opelousas Ave., Bet. Bouny and Powder Streets.
NEXT TO FOTO MARKET-THE ALGIERS FAMILY RESORT.
High Class Vaudeville and Motion Pictures. Two Performances
Nightly-Three on Sunday.
PRICES-Week days, to all S cents. Seaday. Adlits ISc.: Chiren Sc.
MATINEE AND NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd
$200,000 Production, 3000 People in Cast. Special
Engagement. Prices; Matinee 0c, Night 10c and 15c
The Big Canal Street Show
DECEMBER 12th TO 15th
Thirty Cups, $800.00 in Prizes
ADMISSION 10 CENTS
Mlclonogh No. 4 school. Young Du
puis won the first prize a ten dollar
gold piece-by the exctllence of his
composition. which was acknowle.dged
by the judges, composed of 1Rev. I.es
lie J. Kavanauch, sup,.rinteundent of
('atholic Education: Irof. i.. ('. Spen
cer. of Spencer's Business ('ollge:.
Nicholas Bauer, assristant Iuperintenld
ent of Public Education. and O). U.
Steele, of the u'niversity of M1i-souri.
as the best out of the thoiusainds of
A signal honor has puen ,,.estow'd
on Algiers by reason of the fact that
a herald is being prepared by the pub
licity department of (;eo. Klin'- in
New York. and captioned 'Educational
Progress," will flaunt co every nook
and corner of the civilized world the
announcement of young Dupuis' suc
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,'r ;lromifl'int i itii/fso n, i~i, amid ."d
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THANKSGIVING PARTY TODAY.
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