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EL PASO HERALD
Saturday, January 11, 1913
Crime Dramas Are
1! . i&Jlw
Last Two Are Vey Inane,
With Nothing in Them
By Emory B. Calert.
EW YORK. N. Y.. Jan. 11. Hre
is a silogism of a Kew York
theatrical manager: "Officer
666 was a hugh success, Officer 6(6
had a crook in it, ergo, .any play -which
has a crook in it is bound to succeed."
Not that I ever heard a 2ew York
manager reduce Ms ogic, or process
of reasoning, or mental abberation,
or whatever you wish to call it, to
just that language. But the deduction
is inevitable when one takes a glance
over the plays that are now running
la metropolitan theaters. In other
words, we are having a plethora of
crooks at our playhouses.
Perhaps it is not exactly just to
criticise the managers too harshly for
running- to crooks, for the whole city
seems to have hoes doing it of late.
About the only thing that has been
on view in New York for "the past six
months is it's underworld, but it re
quires no great discernment to see
that the people generally are getting
heartily -weary of It.
"Blackbirds" opened the week's
quota of crook productions and had
Its premier at the Lyceum Monday
night. Luckily It had the authority
of E B Warner and Laura Hope
Crews, a capital actor and actress, who
can be depended upon to get the most
out of any comedy situation and thus
escaped a very dismal failure.
These were two very peculiar black
birds, however The girl was the
daughter of a counterfeiter and she
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113-115 N. Main St, Los Angeles, CaL
EL PASO Fri, Sat, Sun.,
THEATRE Mat. Sat & Sun.
Mang. Fogg's Absolutely
The' Uxiiled Play Company
America's Greatest Drama
hy Clyde, Kick,
The City vs. The Country
Where "Was The Best
NIGHT PRICES $1.50, $1.00, 75c, 50c.
MATINEE PRICES $1.00, 75c, 50c.
Seats on Sale
Carnages and Autos Can Be
Nnt ViPirv fnnrl Kit her
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nWif JimAlTO' ti fellow
herself was engaged in the pleasant
pastime of smuggling jewelry and
other valuables into New York. He was
the illegitimate son ol an English
man. And their philosophy seamed
to be that, because of these circum
stances, the world owed them a living.
Not the entire world to be sure but
that section of it described as the
newly rich. There you have the stage
crook's standard of ethics, the rignt
to Jtrlmn the newly rich.
Triiumlng: at Sea.
The two blackbirds meet on an
ocean liner and right there ready to
their hand, is a family from Detroit
a newly rich family. The two crooks
ingratiate themselves with the gullible
Mlchiganders and the latter invite
them to come to Detroit and pay them
, The only amusing situation In the
first act is when the two crooks re
veal to each other their true identity
and purpose. They tell each other
their real names and tne autnor. nas
supplied them with many witty lines
that are supposed to be shrewd ob
servations on the life in general and
the "world owes me a living" in par
ticular. Of course the two crooks arrive at
the home of their Detroit friends and
waste no time in getting busy. The
man obtains a large sum of money
to promote the marriage between his
brother, lord Lllewellyn Track, and
the daughter of the house. And for
her part, the girl is like the busy
bee, extracting valuables from the
house and spiriting them away.
Grandmother In Cast.
There is an old grandmother in the
family. This role is played by Miss
Ada Dwyer. The character assigned
to her is one of the most Impossible
things I ever saw and anyone of less
genuine acting ability than Miss
Dwyer -would never get away with it.
She Is one of those pious old women
who are always talking platitudes.
And strange to relate, i was just
this kind of sermonizing which finally
"saved," the she blackbird.
Perhaps it never -would have come
about had not the -woman crook dis
covered that a rug she was about to
purloin was a prayer rug from Vienna.
Then Grandma obtrudes her sermon
and the little blackbird suddenly be
comes white and ascends to her room
a chastened and pure soul.
While Miss Crews acted with the
same old girlish grace and Ingenuous
ness, her part was written in -what
purported to be Polish dialect, which
detracted greatly from her efficiency.
H. B. "Warner had no such role as
Jimmy Valentine, but ne used many of
his old mannerisms. On the whole ho
invested his character with interest
and at times was Immensely amusing.
"Blackbirds" was written by Harry
James Smith, and whHe many of the
comeay lines are good the play Itself
indicates immaturity In thought and
experience, and a juvenile conception
Following close upon the heels of J
uiacKDiras ' comes "Alibi Bill," which
had its opening at Weber's theater,
This play is described as "an ele
mental drama of the underworld."
Personally I am unable to draw that
Jan. 17, 18, 19
In. You Brought Out?
At Ryan's Drnjr Store.
c n un AV A-vrfc crr-.Tr a -v
Ordered for 10:45 P. M.
All the Go In ' I
On the left Is IrfilHa Robertson, who
ks Btaxrlns In 'Tine Feather," at the
AtUor. At the top, in the center, I
Bessie Barrl Cale, now nlnylnp In "A
Bird of rnmaise," nt the Weft Ena the
ater. On the right are H. B. Warner
and Laura IIopc Crews, In "Blackbirds,"
at the Lyceum. At the bottom Is Elsie
Janls, now playing at the Globe theater.
mystic line which divides the under
world from the upper world. I have
always been under the impression
that there was a good deal of human
nature in both divisions of society and
when it comes to the elemental part
OI It, me IWU """ ...w..
a little raised up.
"An elemental drama of the jinder
world" is a misnomer unless that
dark section is inhabited by ignorant,
unnatural beings, whose sole purpose
in life is to think up new and un
usual slang words to hurl at each
The jargon of "Alibi Bill" is indulged
in by every member of the cast, from
the beautiful girl who says, 'Tin
.!,i nr n.-'iitinir on f.ilsp haired fat
heads for eight bucks a week," to the
Interesting men who call attention to
facial adornment by saying. 5'Pe
the nose paint," which they regard as
a direct result of "lapping up the
fizz-water." And there is one fear
Knma character with a beer-hall voice
who constantly exclaims "surest thins
Fascination for Crime.
There is no doubt about the romance
and the fascination which hover about
a great crime and great criminals. And
there have been crime plays that have
gone Into the archives of th immortal
literature, of the stage. But this was
not because of the degraded and de
generate characters they exploited, but
because of a great human touch they
pessesssd and the skilful . manner of
their construction whicn produced gen
uine "suspense." iluch of this is true
of "The Conspiracy" at the Garrick.
and "Within the Law" at the Eltynge,
but poor "Alibi Bill," Is a mest sad af
fair. Its situations are cheap and hack
neyed. Its plot is weak and its dialog
Is ignorant, tawdy and without a thing
to commend it to anyone or real intel
ligence. In other words it is one of
v those spurious things full of sickly
scntimentalism and trashy sensational
ism. , .
The "hero" is one of those awful
creatures who has "reformed." To use
hi3 own language, he has "reniged" on
his mottled past and has now become
smug and pious. Under an assumed
name he secures a piace in me secrcL
service at Washington. This ch.tnge
has been brought through the love of
a girl, and he is now become so goody,
goody, that sugar wouldn't melt in his
mouth. He is commissioned by the se
cret service bureau to "land" a ras
cally district .attorney, who was his
nemesis In the days when he was an
enemy of society. Of course the "hero"
pursues his quarry In a most heroic and
melodramatic way and discovers that
the wicked official has been extremely
careless in his dealings with banks
and has committed about all of the of
fences known to crime.
Reforms Old Friends.
In another scene "Alibi Bill," in im
maculate evening clothes, rinds that
his house is being robbed by three of
his expals. Gunner Jack, Slippery Dick
and Stick-up-Jake. By manipulating
some of his old tricks be gets the three
worthies hors de combat, as they say
in the best sellers, slips his old pals
a little money to get away with and
leads them a homily on the folly of be
ing crooks, reaching the truthful de
duction that all crooks are sure to bs
caught sooner of later.
In the last act the criminal district
attorney is killed by a "ilaxlm si
lencer," virtue rises triumphant and
evil is put down. Of course every
thinking person wants to see virtue
triumph OTer evil the good rewarded
and the wicked "reformed" or some
thing, bJt the cheap banality of "Alibi
Bill" does not carry as much convic
tion as one of the old time melodramas.
It Is only one's sense of humor which
sjves him from nausea while contem
plating the childish Ingenuousness of
the play and the pompous assinity of
the fat, sleek hero.
Audience Laughed "Wrong.
"Alibi Bill" was written by Joseph
Byron Totten, who Has had one or two
other things produced in New York,
which didn't live long enough for their
names to get fixed in my memory. l
he was present at the opening of his
I-lay, poor Jpseph hardly began the
new year in a happy state of mind. The
audience laughed where they should
bave cried and spent most of the time
wondering what sort of creatures were
they who were strutting about on the
As to the "heroine" She was a mis
sion worker on the East Side. A rich
girt The hero had saved her life and
she loved him yes she loved bin
even before he was "reformed."
The role of this fat hero was played
bv R.ilnli Stuart and he did it with
that sang froid which made a matinee
idol of him in the good old stock days.
A reformed crook is alright in his way
if he will still be a gentleman and re
frain from telling' people how good,
and noble he is. These kind of "saved
People are intolerable and that is the
thing which handicapped Mr Stuart In
his efforts to inject "sympathy' into
his character. The other three crooks
were Harold Hartsell, Frank Allworth
and J. H. Doyle. All capable actors
v-hen they have a chance, but as these
garrulous crooks, they were impossible.
The one bright spot in the perform
ance was Miss Milicent Evans, the he
roine, who was very sweet and appeal
leg. In the case of "Alibi BUI" it will be
the public who will furnish the alibi.
Getting along well. You always get
the service on hacks, autos and auto
baggage wagons. Don't forget our
phone No. 1. Longwell's Transl er Co.
3 A, -i
Texas & Pacific train No. 5, due at
S.05 p. m., from the east, is reported
to arrive at 1:35 a. m., Sunday. All other
afternoon and night trains are reported
on time for today.
Dr. Ebert, Dentist. 210-318 Mills Bldg.i
Reeding glasses? See onr optician.
Foster Co., jewelers. Herald Bldg.
Elide Storage Batteries.
Greer's Electric Garage. 708 N. Kan.
Train Is Wrecked; II Escape.
Fort "Wayne, Ind.. Jan. 11. Pennsyl
vania passenger train No. u. westbound
fcr Chicago, crashed into the rear end
of a derailed freight train near Van
"Wert, O., last night, and although the
rear cars of the freight train were
demolished and the baggage and mail
cars and engine of the passenger train
derailed, not a member of either crew
or any passenger received serious In
jury. Why pay ?1.00 per hour when you
can get your work done for 75c per
hour? TVe employ union labor; lowest
prices on material.
Quality Home, 110 T Stanton St.,
Texas Electrical Supply Company,
Auto Ambulance, Peak Undertaking Co.
Mexican Herald on sale at news
wagon, Oregon and San Antonio.
Xew Truck To Be Tested. -Before
the city accepts the new fire
auto truck, it will be thoroughly tested
by C. B. E. Roulet, state actuary, who
is expected here to conduct the test
The truck Is expected to arrive today
or Sunday. Fire chief W. W. Arm
strong has asked the fire chief of
Pcuglas. Ariz to attend the exhibition.
Tr. J.H. Paget. 601 Roberts-Banner Bldg.
Dr. Robinson, dlseass of children, and
obstetrics, 211 Roberts-Banner Bldg.
Dr. Cameron, dentist. S2S Mesa Ave.
Must Prove Right to Stay.
Wong Kee is no yan kee. For this
reason the immigration officials ar
rested him Saturday morning In China
town and landed him in the United
States coramlsslonar's. court, where it
is up to Wong to show cause why he
should not be given free transportation
back to China. '
Dr. Bryan, dentist, 107 Bl Paso street.
C H. William it Co., 223 S. Stanton,
uptodate wallpaper and papering.
Dr. Jamleson, diseases of kidneys,
bladder, rectum and skin; 618 Mills, Bldg.
In Well Known Here.
E. E. Jordon, the chairman of the
Washington committee for the Inau
guration of president Wilson, is well
known in El Paso and Arizona. He was
secretary to governor L. C Hughes, of
Arizona, and a member of the .Rough
Riders regiment during thp Spanish
war. He is now president of a bank in
Washington. His brother. Louis Jor
don, Is a member of the American col
ony of business men In Parral.
Dr. Klein, diseases of lungs, stomach,
intestines. Roberts-Banner Bldg.
Dr. Morford, obstetrics, diseases of chil
dren, kidneys, fevers, digestive & nerv
ous diseases. 212 Roberts-Banner Bldg.
Dr. Jones, Foot Specialist, Mills BldfS.
Open evenings by apolntment. Phone 78b
Young Politicians to Meet.
Beginning Monday night, organiza
tion men from precincts Nos. 1, 2 and
3, will hold meetings in the Young
Men's Democratic hall on San Antonio
street. These will be followed by those
from the other precincts, so that a
meeting will be held every night dur
ing the week until the city election
is closed. It was W. H. Brooks and
rot G. Brooks, who delivered the ad
dress at the meeting of the club last
Dr. R. 31. Ratllff, dentist, 204-5-6 Ca
Dr. Nettle Satterlee, osteopath, 413
Mills Bldg.. Phone 141. y '
Chiropodist, Mrs. Benson, Herald Bldg.
Hyde Is Granted Reprieve.
Washington, D. C. Jan. 10. Charles
L. Hyde, of Pierce. S. D., has been
granted a reprieve of 30 days by presi
dent Taft to give attorney general
Wickersham time to Investigate his
claims to a pardon. He was convicted
or fraudulent use of the mails In sell
ing town lots In South Dakota.
Prompt Transfer Service.
For prompt baggage, livery, hack
and freight transfer, call Pomeroy's El
Paso Transfer. Phone 2444.
Dr. A. T. Still Osteopthtc Infirmary.
ur. ira . uuuius, jjujaician m chief
Dr. Amelia Burk, Dr. Grace Parker. Dr
Paul R. Collins, consulting physicians:
201 West Mlssor.rl street
Will Explore Arctic.
Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 11. Wllhelm
Steffansson the Arctic explorer, and
his companion, Anderson, both gradu
ates of Iowa university, announced at
a reception given them by the unl-
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versity that to carry out their second
Arctic expedition, to be started in
May, they had decided to close an op
tion on a confiscated Japanese seal
reaching schooner which is held for
sale by the United States government.
Steffansson recently gained fame as
the discoverer of a tribe of blonde
Gem Electric Co., 601 San Antonio St.
For house wiring and fixtures see
the National Telegraphone and Supply
Company, 317 Mills street.
Dr. Anna Ileum. Buckler Bldg.
Basketball fans are counting on see
ing the big game at the T. M. C. A.
Saturday night, when the Co. H. 22d
infantry team will try to beat the T.
M. c. A. team. It will put them in the
running for first place if they do. The
Y. team has. not lost a game this sea
son. The soldiers have lost two. but
are in the pink of condition and al
most impossible to beat in passing and
team work. As a preliminary the Rio
Grande team will play the high school
team. Women will be admitted. Reg
ular admission will be charged. Adv.
CIAAVrORD SUNDAY MATINEE.
After being closed for a week, the
Crawford reopens Sunday afternoon
with the Glass company in Charles
Klein's great American play, "The
Lion and the Mouse."
During the time the Crawford was
closed, it was thoroughly gone over
and bettered in many respects, and
the public will find it cosier than
ever before, the management assures.
As far the Glass company Is con
cerned, tt Is promised that the cast
and productions are the equal of the
best in stock work in the country, and
manager Glass promises El Paso
theater goers that the only chetp
element in his offering is the small
scale of admission.
While "The Lion and the Mouse"
is not a new play, it is recognized as
being a stage classic of the highest
order, and the various characters will i
be. excellently maintained
Only the box seats will be reserved
at the matinees, at 25 cents, and the
general admission will be 10 and 29
cents, while the night admission will
be 25 and 35 cents, with reserved
seats on sale at the Ryan drug store.
EL PASO DRA3IATIC CLUB.
El Paso will soon be given a treat
as well as a surprise by some of Its
own folks in the amusement line. The
EI Paso Dramatic club Is progressing
nicely and Mr. Gerrard announces that
the club's first play will be a beau
tiful western comedy drama entitled.
"Across the Border Prom Mexico."
which will be produced in about two
or three weeks. Lodges and charitable
societies wishing to give benefits will
do well to see Mr. Gerrard. Pupils
desiring to go on the stage can find
no better opportunity than right now
a three months' course for less than
the price of one. during the month of
January. A three months' course is
all that Is required to finish. Engage
ments are secured for every one
through the El Paso Theatrical ex
change. The studio Is In Ryan's Danc
ing academy, phone 2610. Adv.
niPFODROSIE SKAKTING RINK.
"Dare Devil" Whiting will loop the
gap once more tonight at the Hippo
drome. If you have not seen this dar-
1 m PlSSiSt Stilt 1
1 aim mWHSmmm 1
For one week only we will put on sale these beautiful
Axminster Eugs, size 9x12 A splendid assortment
of colors and patterns. These rugs are well worth
$25.00 anywhere. Special one week only
Young's El Paso Furniture Co.
"BUY FROM YOUNG 5-
Phone 835 M
Our 1913 Catalogue Is Now
6 room brick, No. 800 N. Florence
C roam and basement, new, modern
C room brak, south front, 1311 Arizona
5 room brkk, No. 916 Olive
5 room new bungalow, No. 709 Lee
5 room brick, No. 708 Wyoming
7 room brick, No. 1118 Los Angeks
8 room Amble brick 1016-17 K Missouri
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8 room new modern residence,
8 room brick, No. 1280 San Antonio
8 room brick, No. 811 Magoffin Ave.
(lot 65x120 ft.)
8 room modern residence on Montezuma
2 south front lots, corner of Montana and
Lee Sts '
52x120 feet warehouse site with trackage,
4 south front lots on Bisbee
40 feet south front on Tularosa
Biggest bargain in city modern residence, corner of Prospect Ave. and
Putnam St, at ?1,000.00 less than (t QCA AA
Real Estate and Insurance
25 GENT THDEMF F
! Hi AND OANDRUF
Don't pay 50 cents for worthless hair tonics Use old,
reliable, harmless "Danderine" Get residts.
Thin, brittle, colorless and scraggy
hair Is mute evidence of a neglected
scalp; of dandruff that awful scurf.
There Is nothing so destructive to
the bair as dandruff. It robs the hair
of Its lustre, its strength and Its very
life; eventually producing a feverlsh
ness and itching of the scalp, which
if not remedied causes the hair roots
to shrink, loosen and die then the
hair falls out fast.
A little Danderine tonight now
any time will surely save your hair.
ing act. do not miss the last perform
ance. All next week there will he speelal
races and other events each evening.
Come and see Rube White learn to
skate; it Is a scream. Adv.
Wright cleans clothes cleanest.
RISKS DEATH IN MIDAIR
TO TEST NEW FIRB ESCAPE.
Suspended between the 11th floor
balcony of the Mills building and pos-
oltils. Hchsth AnTv hv o nftrrfiw hnnrl of
tempered steel, Peter Vescovi took
hls nerve In one hand and an Ameri
can flag In the other and slid down
a portable fire escape which he has
Invented and patented. The test of
the fire esoape was made Friday after-,
noon from the south front of the
Mills building, in the presence of fire
chief Armstrong and a big bunch of
The portable fire escape consists of
a coll of righly tempered steel encased
in a steel jacket. The end was fas
tened to the coping of the building
and the demonstrator sat in a leather
strap saddle. The descent was regu
lated by a hand screw attachment,
which allowed him to descend at any
degree of speed he wished.
Phone Wright for good cleaning.
TWO MISSING MEN ARE
COUGHT THROUGH LOCAL POLICE
J. P. Jones, 3415 Indiana avenue, Chi
cago, 111 . Is seeking information con
cerning C. D. Hall, who he states was
here three months ago at 1115 San An
tonio street. The writer says he has
the five year old son of Hall's and
would like to hear from the father.
Pryor Rawls. of St Petersburg. Fla..
wants police chief L N. Davis to locate
Carl Irving HalL The writer states
that the missing man was in El Paso
about three months ago.
Quick service. "Wrlghf s Cleaning Works.
BUY FOR LESS"
307 S. El Paso Street
Ready. Write for It.
Hawthorne f?Q jfilTJO f0
207 Mesa Avenue
Get a 25 cent bottle of Knowlton's
Danderine from any drug store or
toilet counter, and after the first ap
plication you will say it was the beal
investment you ever made. Tour hall
will Immediately take on that life,
lustre and luxuriance which Is so beau
tiful. It will become wavy and fluff j
and have the appearance of abundance
an incomparable gloss and softness, but
what will please you most will be aftei
just a few weeks' use, when you wil.
actually see a lot of fine, downy hair
new hair growing all over the scalp.
FRENCH INVESTIGATES ROAD
TO THE ORGAN MOUNTAINS
Santa Fe, N. MU Jan. 11. State engi
neer J. A. French has returned from
Las Cruces where he had gone in con
nection with the road to be built be
tween Organ and Las Cruces. The ex
pense of this road Is to be borne jointlv
by Dona Ana county and the state
highway department and the J200C
forming the Las Cruces ena of tkr
bargain was received by the engineer a
Quick service. Wrfshta Cleaning Works.
A Great Work In HPaso
Realizing that but few people In this
vicinity have any idea or conception of
me ttiit.u anu magnitude or the work
and the grand results for afflicted and
se ring humanity accomplished by the
real Three-Day Treatment and methods
of saving men from the curse and aw
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cures Drink and Drag addictions has
been demonstrated in over 20.000 cases
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T. his modern method of treatment onlv
requires a few days' time to be spent
awav from home and business; instead
-of the many weeks required bv other
treatments and old-time methods.
We invite those who are afflicted to
come here and take the treatment under
this plain and fair agreement that un-..
less they are entirely satisfied at the
end of the treatment with the results
accomplished we will refund every cent
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posited in any bank upon same condi
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reach Instituta take anv Cattasra Grovo
.car on Wabash Ave and get off at 49th
"TOE CAUSE is the stored up and
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system, arising from previous constant
or excessive drinking.
"THE EFFECT Is unbearable nerv
ousness, uncontrollable desire for
liquor, sleepless nights and restless
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moral, mental, physical and financial
wrecks of former .good men. ruined
homes, disgraced Sallies, sunVrins
helpless women and Innocent children
suicides' graves, insane asylums, alms
houses. Jails and penitentiaries
"WB GUARAJfTKB that the N-i'
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Every patient la given a written legal
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Phone No. 484!