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New York, Jan. 4. The theatrical
season of 1912 and 1913 reached its
height this week with the production
of eight plays and from now on, there
will be noticeable a different policy
among New Torx producers. Less new
plays will have premieres; there will
be revivals o tried successes and
those plays which have hit upon a
popular vein this season will settle
down to a long run which wHl carry
them well into the summer.
Reviewing the early productions
from this, the crest of the theatrical
season, it may safely be said that never
before in the history of the drama of
New York have there been so many
and varied new offerings placed before
the metropolitan public. Neither have
there been so many early successes
culled from the .yearly crop of virgin
plays, nor so many mid-season fail
ures. For instance four new plays had
their premiere on Monday night ana
of this quartet, three proved to be dis
appointments and bnt one a winner.
"All For the Ladle."
Sam Bernard was the gallant fire
man who rescued the lone piece from
the Monday night holocaust of disap
pointment. He -was seen in "All For
the Ladies" at the Lyric theater.
Mr. Bernard, as funny as ever, takes
the role of one Leo, who has devoted
his life to the service of feminity. The
role, of course is not unfamiliar to
playgoers. Times without number the
conceited man who conceives himself
the irresistible champion of those who
wear skirts has been portrayed upon
the stage. But in this instance Mr.
Bernard lends a new charm to the
character and carries all before him
w ith his inimitable humor.
Mr. Bernard is shown as the fitter
in a dress making establishment owned
by two partners. The infatuation
which the wives of the two proprietors
feel for the fitter and their propensi
ties for involving themselves in com
promising situations add o the fami
liar trend of the play and at the same
time furnish the opportunity for many
French farcial complications. Henry
Blossom, wh wrote the book and lyr
ics, and Alfred G. Robyn, who accom
panied it all with attractive melodies,
each added considerably to the effec
tiveness of the comedy. The whole was
beautifully staged and showed a suc
cession of goregous gowns such as
perhaps was never seen before on
In addition to Mr. Bernard, there was
an excellent company containing three
women of especial note, Adele Ritchie,
Alice Gentle, and Louise Meyers.
"Eth," a Xevr One.
Perhaps the most disappointing of
the other three disappointing plays
produced on Monday night was "Eva, '
At h- top on the left is a scene from "Eva,' at the "ew Amsterdam
shon-Ingr Sallle Fisher and Walter Ferairal. Onthc rlsht Is Ida Adams ttJio
Is playing in Ziegfeld Follies at the 3t oulln Rongc. At the bottom on the left
Is Adele Ritchie in "All for the Ladles" nt the Lyric And on the riffht Is
Fayette Ferry In "Cheer "Op" at the Harris theater.
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a musical comedy, by Franz Lehar,
produced at the New Amsterdam thea
ter. Of coVirse, Lehare is at a disad
vantage by reason ofN having set up
for himself a standard of excellence
in the writing of the "Merry "Widow"
by which his later productions must
inevitably be judged. Leaving this fea
ture of the proposition entirely aside,
however, it can not be said that Eva
has naught to recommend it save the
reputation of the author.
The action of the niece is cast in a
place in Belgium called Montarlier.
and in Paris. Eva Is a maid in a glass
factory; she has nothing in the world
but a guardian and a desire to "live
the life." Though she must dress
like a working girl, she loves Jewels
and fine clothes.
Octave Flaubert is a manager of the
glass factory in which Eva works. He
is young, rich, and appreciative. He
is also attracted to Eva and "acts the
blast," as he later describes it. He an
nounces his engagement to her before
everyone in Montarlier and theti in the
next minute sings to her that it was a
lie. Eva unclasps the pearl necklace
and, clad in the finery of one of Oc
tave's proteges, fleee to Paris, there to
seek an honest living.
Octae, repentant, finds her in the
last act working as a milliner's as
sistant and earning 20 pure francs a
week. Eva's guardian then oppor
tunely comes in to tell her to tru3t
Octave, for, as he says, a reformed man
is better than a naturally good one.
Thus does everything end happily.
Neither Lehar's songs nor the
renditions by tne members of the cast
were particularly pleasing.
"Cheer Tip." i
An attempt by Ma?y Roberts Rlne
hart to foist upon an unsuspecting
public the situation that gained for
her fame and fortune in "Seven Days"
as the fundamental pricipal of "Cheer
Up," which had its premiere on Mon
day night at the Harris theater, failed
In "Seven Days," Mrs. Rhinehart seg
regated her cast in a town house, use
ing a plague quarantine as a conven
ient means of illuminating them from
the outside world. In "Cheer TJp" she
has changed her locale to a sana
torium, on a mountain top, and has in
troduced a blizzard to cut off all c6m
municati6n with the outside world. To
make conditions worse, the house phy
sician has run away with the head
?"r3ei The Patents are also crying for
the doctor and are threatening to
leave. The housekeeper endeavors to
stave them off until thp Tm ...,.
. arrives in fact under his grandfath-
v. " . mui m6e possession by
6 oclock or lose his inheritance The
alternate heir has already arrived
The comedy is largely provided by
the action of the loyal housekeeper
in persuading two stranded actors who
have drifted in with ie snow to im
personate the expected heir and the
decamped house physician. No soout
have these impostors begun to play
their parts than the real owner ar
rives, accompanied by his wife, with
whom he has- eloped onlyxhe day be
fore. She is a daughter of a million
aire, who, as a matter of course, is
even then taking treatment at the
The husband, of course, must be hid
den to escape the wrath of his father
inlaw and to add zest to the situa
tion an actress enters, who is suing
him for breach of promise.
This abundant material for a rat
tling farce is maltreated to such, an
extent by Mrs. Rhinehart that its
proved most disappointing. The large
cast did its best with the lines pro
vided for it. "Walter Hampden gave
a deboniar sketch of the actor resort
manager, and Alan Brooks's imperson
ation of a man on the verge of delirum
tremens was a warning for tne drink
ing members of the audience.
The most miserable Monday night
failure of all proved to be "The
Drone," which was produced at Daly's
theater. Throughout, an attempt has
been made to imitate the Irish play
ers who recently created such a furor
The story of the play is written
about a series of episodes which are
apparently of no interest to the actors
and which also appear to bear little
relation to each other.
In fact, it is a matter of doubt
whether Brother Daniel, who is" called
the Drone, because he has been try
ing to invent a fan-bellows for 15
years, has "a great head on him" as
is stated in the last act, or whether
he is an idiotic simpleton, as is ably
shown in those preceding. 'In any
event it is of no consequence.
The players, laboring up-hill against
the "thick North country brogue, laid
on with a heavy hand a certain amount
of local color. It was all to no pur
pose, for from start to finish, "The
Drone" proved to be listless anaemic
and colorless play, which it is pre
dicted will hardly survive the print
ing of this letter.
"Rutherford and Son."
The second successful play to be pro
duced this week was "Rutherford and
Son," which bad its premiere at the
Little theater on Tuesday night.
"Rutherford and Son" deals with old
domestic problems, but places them -in
a new light. Githa Sowerby, its author,
has shown marked talent for charac
terization in penning its lines.
John Rutherford, a man of stone,
huge intellect and of massive physical
build, has won his way through the
ranks of toilers to the pinnacle of suc
cess. He has built up about him a
business as massive and unrelenting as
himself, for -which, and with which, he
lives continually. His one dissipation
his one pleasure in life has been the
contemplation of that day when his son
shall take up the reins and drive on
to ever greater success.
Like many another father who has
devoted himself to the pursuit of for
tune at the expense of the companion
ship of those about him, be finds that
when that day arrives, his heir's train
ing and inclinations are widely averse
to the restrictions of business. In this
case, the boy has married below his
station, thereby Incurring his father's
displeasure and making the way lie
has to travel, doubly hard.
As an ante-climax the boy deserts
his wife and child, leaving them to the
care of the hostile father. It is here
that the woman proves her metal. She
drives a bargain with the old man to
provide a home for her and her child
for 10 years on condition that after 10
years she shall give up her son to take
the place of the husband who has fled.
Old, Rutherford, disappointed in his
boy, builds his hopes upon the grand
child with eagerness. Leaning across
the table he says:
"And after thnt. he Is to be mine, to
train, to direct?"
"Yes." replies the baby's mother, "he
is to be yours to train and to direct
after he has been under my tutelage
for 10 years. But in 10 years you will
be old. You can't break him then."
Rutherford looks long and keenly at
his son's wife. He realizes the justice
of this remark. She has outwitted him
and in consequence she is a woman to
The portrayal of John Rutherford,
by Norman McKinnell. is in the spirit
of the play. Remarkable performances
are also given bv the other members
of the cast, -who kept their roles in a
subordinate key and harmonized with
Miss Sowerby's characterization
"The Argyle Case."
Another pre-New Year's production,
which had its premiere on Tuesday,
was "The Argvle Cape" at the Criterion,
by Harriette Ford, Harvey J. O'Higgins
and "William J. Burns, the famous de
tective. Inasmuch as "The Argyle Case" was
a detective play, "the name of detective
Burns as one of the co-authors lent
added luster to the piece. Mr. Burns
was also kind enough to display his
sleek presence before the curtain of
the Criterion and address the audi
ence at some length upon the merits of
"The Argyle Case" may be said to be
a detective play of the old order, with
Plots and counterplots blood and sub
terfuge, through which a detective of
the Sherlock Holmes type miraculously
digs up obscure clues and works them
to a rather astonishing conclusion with
whollv unbclieable perspicacity The
storj Ftirts with a murder and involes
a plot 10 counteract the coin of the
Kobert Hill.ar'l whom Mr Eurns
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New York, Jan. 4. Nineteen hundred
and twelve was a year of remarkable
achievement In agriculture. Jn trade
and In industry. It saw set up many
new records of crop yield, of commo
dity price movement, of foreign and
domestic trade and of manufacture.
Briefly stated, it was a period of
peaceful progress and plenteous pro
duction during which were laid some
foundations for a season of prosperity
in the current year.
Perhaps the most notable develop
ment in the year's commercial "'history
a really new happening, as it proved
was the serenity with which the
business world awaited and surveyed
the year's domestic political changes.
The presidential election and threat
ened tariff changes were alike con
templated almost with indifference,
and, indeed, the most active month of
tho year in wholesale lines was that
immediately preceding the election.
Favorable conditions are in the ma
jority as the new year opens. Easily
first in this category are basic crop
results, which tend to exert a steadily
widening influence as they pass into
human and animal consumption. To
an extent probably never before ex
ceeded, the crops have been gathered,
housed or marketed In good condi
tion, and cheaper food, which lies at
the base of all industrial effort, seems
likely to be one beneficial feature.
Conservatism bred of past years of
strain has made for cautious buying,
and nowhere are burdensome stocks
pressing for sale, while activity In
trade abroad, with high prices pre
vailing, precludes dumping of surplus
foreign goods coincident with the con
fidently expected revision of the tariff.
A volume of business ample enough
to allow of fair margins of profit
seems within sight for the first half
of the year, and beyond this conser
vative financial, commercial and man
ufacturing interests will hesitate to
operate extensively until something
definite can be known of the ulti
mate crop results of 1913.
The statistical story of 1912 is told
in the following tables:
Corn, bushels 3,124.746,000
"Winter wheat, bushels ... 399,919,000
Spring wheat, bushels 330,348,080
Total wheat, bushels 730,267,000
Oats, bushels 1.41S. 337,006
Barley, bushels 223,824,000
Rye. bushels 35,664,000
Buckwheat, bushels 19,249,000
Total six cereals 5,5S2,087,00
Flaxseed, bushels 28,673,040
Potatoes, bushels .".. 420,647,000
Hay, tons 72,691,003
Tobacco, 'pounds 962,S56,000
Rice, bushels 36,054,000
Cotton, commercial crop,
bales -'...- 14,500.000
Sugar, beet and cane, tons 1,885,000
"Winter wheat 323,572.000
Spring wheat 231,708,000
Total wheat 555,2S0,000
Total six cereals $2,677,516,000
Cotton, including seed ... . 960,000,000
Total above $4,S66,449,00O
Finance and Indnvtry
Bank clearings $171,518,027,774,
Imports of merchandise
Exports of merchandise
Total trade Jstimated) 4,242,000,000
Circulation Dec. 1 3,337,277,820
Building expenditure .. 900.004.000
New York stock sales ... 133,000,000
New York bond sales .. 672,000,009
Business failures 13,800
Failure liabilities 195,060,000
Railway built, miles 2,997
Railway foreclosures r
Pig iron output, tons.. 24.240.000
Iron ore shipments, tons 4S.000.000
Total coal production.
Labor strikers 415,000
characterized as a "typcial detective,"
leads a cast large enough to comfort
ably fill a musical comedy stage. Hil
liard" plays the part 4t Asche Kayton,
the detective, wltn an Insight that
proved very entertaining to those who
still.have a craving for detective drama.
Notable among the other playors was
Selene Johnson, who took the role of
the wife of the counterfeiter. Miss
Johnson gave rather a remarkable por
trayal of a difficult part.
On "Wednesday night "Stop Thief." a
farce In three acts by Carlisle Moore,
made its initial bow to New Yorkers
at the Gaiety theater.
"Stop Thief" is one of those comedies
whose cumulative situations pyramid
one upon the other until they seem
about to crush the play under tho
weight of impossibility, when, by a
stroke of ingenuity, the author solves
the mytery and brings about a happy
termination. Every one has seen pro
ductions of this order and every one,
including producers, are of the opinion
that they form the best medium for
projecting laughs info the mouths of
the audience and deducting currency
from that same much abused body. In
line of the spirit. of the times. Mr.
Moore has built his farce about burg
lars, sneak thieves and pickpockets,
other than whom tile New York public
at present seems ro have no use.
To start with, Mrs. Carr, whose
daughter. Madge, was about to be mar
ried to James Cluney, engaged a maid.
The maid (communicated with a male
friend who was a thief and bid him
hasten to the Carr mansion to garner
a rich harvest of wedding presents The
thief appeared and garnered. At about
this time. Cluney. the fiance of Madge
discovered that he had an uncle who
was a kleptomaniac and became pos
sessed of the opinion that he had in
herited this tendency from the uncle.
The uncle also put in an appearance
and the maid, the thief, the klepto
maniac and the kleptomaniac to be put
in their time merrily stealing and re
stealing the wedding presents until
neither knew which was the other. A
detective was called, but before he ar
rived. -the thief was mistaken for the
thief hunter and when the real detec
tive turned up. he was sent awav. after
losing his watch to the nimble "fingers
of the thief.
Thus does the plot unfold until ev
erything about the Carr mansion has
been stolen except the parlor carpet
winch 1-, narted to the floor Finally
the tt.v t ami t'ie maid are unma-ked
and fnr-n f n The kleptomam u s o.re
also urniiskfd and forglvic Lik..v.,se
everybody else is forgiven. And the
final curtain falls upon the tinkling of
wedding bells. .
Those wno deserve nonorame men
lion for the parts they played in ex
ploiting the intricacies of "Stop Thief
are Vivian Martain. Louise Woods,
Percy Ames, and Richafti Bennett.
"Years of Discretion."
The facile hand of David Belasco had
much to do with the success of "Years
of Discretion," a comedy by Mr. and
Mrs. Frederic Hatton, which was pre
sented for the first time at the Belsco
theater on Wednesday night. It was
really a triumph of versatility for the
producer and showed that he was a.
master of comedy expression as well
The play was also remarkable be
cause it sought interest through roles
which portrayed characters long past
the first flush of youth, romance and
chivalry, when strange things may
The story has to deal with a widow
of 48, who has been living quietly in
a Boston suburb, but who finds a long
ing to again be part of the world of
fashion stealing upon her. She sets
about her metamorphosis by adorning
herself with the habiliments of youth
and fashion. The next step is a journey
to New York, where she finds three
suitors awaiting her. The remade but
terfly accepts one of these ardent woo
ers while at the height of her new
role of social diletante.
After the marriage, however, she
finds that the social flurry and worry
of the metropolis has engendered in
her a strong inclination to return to
Boston and her tabby-cat and teapot.
Her husband, still under the Impression
that she is set upon continuing the so
cial life which she has been leading,
purposes a wedding journey around
the world. The late widow stands
aghast at the rigors of this trip and
attendant necessitv for a appearing in
public "done" In the last extreme of
She decides, therefore, to let her hus
band go this way to set him free in
a word to let him take his wedding
journey alone So she confesses that
the journiv is bevond her power. He
is naturallv surprised but is delight
fully in i cord with her ideas. He is
just as much in f-xior of a quiet life as
she i Therefor, inst.ad of brewing
tea for tine in the quiet Bo-ton suburb,
she purchases an extra large triple
Plated tea kettle, capable of holding a
gallon oi ?, of thK non-intoif.itins
ocul l)Litn and r. turns to the quiet I
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yvhtle widow with a charm that at once
won the heart of her audience, and
Lyn Harding gave an equally meri
torious performance in the role of the
cosmopolitan who won her hand.
lavished his incomparable skill and by j
his stage eriects naa lent constaeraoie
charm to the whole.
GEN. WOOD FAVORS
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Chief of Staff Recommends Concentra
tion of Array In Areas Where It Can
be Maintained Economically.
"Washington. D. C. Jan. 4. The re
storation of the army canteen and the
enactment of legislation for the elim- J
ination from the United States army of
unfit officers are among the principal
recommendations of MaJ.-Gen. Leonard
Wood, chief of staff, in his annual re
port. Gen. Wood recommends the con
centration of tho army on strategic
lines and in areas where it can be
maintained more economically. He
would transfer all the personnel of the
staff corps excepting engineers, med
ical officers and chaplains to the line.
Increasing the number of the general
officers and line officers in the dif
The transfer of the personnel of
staff corps to the line, in Gen. Wood's
opinion, would terminate the constant
struggle between line and staff, a
struggle which is as old as the army,
and one which promises to continue.
There would be no Interference with
promotion, nor would the members of
present staff corps lose any of their
"The srreat majority of the officers
of the arirn " sij s Gen Wood, discuss
uisr the cantoen question, '"are of the
opinion th t th n.iifnhlnlimpT. t of
tho cantetu under propt-r supervision!
would tend to improve the health, d.3
cipline and efficiency of the service bv
dismissing intemperance and immoral
ity. I concur in this opinion."
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