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Robert W. Chambers Be
comes a Playwright
Iole Is a Success.
NEW YORK, Jan. 3. Robert W.
Chambers, who says he has made
more money from his writings
than any other man, blossomed forth
Monday night as a playwright I
bestow this latter title partly because
"Iole" has considerable more substance
than the ordinary musical comedy of
Broadway and partly because Mr.
Chambers himself confesses his great
ambition in life has been to write
somet.-:,ig successful for the stage.
Iole" is a deserved success, a pretty
and pmusing thing which ha a right
to a place near the best of Gilbert and
Sullivan. . ". ..
Reallv more should be known of that
extraordinary man. Chambers. War
don't usually get interested in the per
sonal habits and characteristics of
writers and begin to leave off all their
names except the last until after they
are dead. It's a mistake. Chambers is
It might surprise many and shock a
few to know that on one fine morning
not so long ago Robert W. Chambers
and Charles Dana Gibson strode into
the editorial offioe of "Life," each with
der his arm. They were close friends
and they had come together to ex"""
their wares to the art editor. That
worthv Individual looked over the ef
forts of both young men. He pur
chased several of Mr. Chambers's draw
nn h,it he nnlv smiled sadly and pity-
n. nortrono oi nis own uims
K& gaied at the work of Mr.
Tm going to give u "P-wf."" wl
art Is not for me." said Mr. Gibson as
they came out Of course, he soon re
pented. Mr. Chambers was so bouyed
up his success that he resolved to give
up scribbling entirely and devote him
self to his studio.
He discovered, however, that he could
"put over" his drawings better with a
little descriptive matter to accompany
them. Little by little he was weaned
away from the paint brush to the pen
cil, (which he uses in preference to the
typewriter.) Then we find him literary
adviser to the late Augustine Daly. He
occupied this position two years and at
Mr. Dalv's direction adapted "The
Witch of Ellangowan"' of Scott In just
a week's time for Ada Rehan, who
played Meg Merrllies. Daly was so
pleased he clapped Chambers on the
back and declared he would make a
great playwright of him. So Chambers
set to work on a play of his own. It
was never produced because of the
death of Daly. Then Chambers some
how worked into novel writing until
he is today the most prolific of Ameri
Teal Mves Hira a Hint.
But he had never given up the
thought that some day he would hear
his lines recited over the footlights. So
he was delighted when Ben Teal In a
nice little note suggested that the novel
"Iole" would be excellent musical
comedv material. Chambers answered
enthusiastically he would not only
write the libretto, he'd "do" the music,
and paint the scenery and design the
costumes Perhaps he could hare done
all of those things, but his impetuosity
was checked and he and Teal worked
together. As a matter of fact, I may
tell you that Chambers did paint the
miniature models of the piece and did
make the sketches for the costumes.
He ought to be able to draw, for as
long ago as 1886 he was studying lines
and shades In Paris. Before that he
had attended the classes at the Art
Students' league in New York and this
v"s where he met Gibson a fellow pu
pil. The new playwright has another pe
culiarity a passion for collecting in
sects. Also, he delights to whip a trout
stream. So when I ask him about his
literarv work, as like as not he'll soon
jbc talking about some branch of the
lepidootera or some obscure brook in
Chambers always writes his manu
scripts in long hand and he uses a pen
cil Kvery woTd Is as distinct as cop
per plate engraving, every punctuation
mork is perfect and everv correction is
t-op with the aid of a bigger eraser.
He always revises what he has written
at recent sittings the first thing when
he starts work for the day and he
"ruts" without mercy. It's a saying
of his friends that he would leave noth
ing of his manuscripts except the titles
if i"s publishers did not appear peri
nv"ly and wrest the pages from his
But to get down to the dainty little
pieoe of satire and airy music which
opened it the Lonsacre theater Mon
dav nipM Clean, genuine wit are the
great excellencies which Mr. Chambers
exhibits. Intelligent persons who have
r ' -ntcl with the vapiditv of
t , irriiiiirv eirl nnd curl musical
Tin -in wll not to overlook
"Iole" nor cIpsb ! with the others.
It's distinctly different, as a eigaret
town craer roignt aeciare.
Of couise you all know the novel,
as precious a tid bit of poetry as ever
was written in prose. And the self
deluded poet, father of the eight per
fect daughters, has lost nothing in
translation. Frank Lalor is the poet
who is all for art, besides which
nothing exists, nothing.
The girls you remember, are of such
innocence that the new born calf is
blase ia comparison. They are so
close to nature, by their father's direc
tion, that they wear pink pajamas, and
wander around in the lush, green
grass like the lambkins. Well, then
the poet trades his House Beautiful
for a great city home and comes to
New York to live.
His daughters are to marry a cubist
painter, a cubist sculptor and a cubist
poet, three of them, while the rest are
reserved for worst fates. But the
cubist trio are doomed to disappoint
ment, for the eight daughters chance
upon some "real men, who do things,
and do not talk about them."
Two of the best melodies in the
piece are "Amo," sunig by Iole In the
first act and "If Dreams Come True,
wherein the voices of four of the
daughters mingle and the other four
aid with their dancing.
"The Girl on the Film."
A London Gaiety theater attraction
has been brought over bodily and
plumped down in the Forty-fourth
street theater for the edification of
New York audiences. "The Girl on
the Film," as It is called, is a graceful
piece, with some music that charms
and many individual hits.
There are three actresses, however,
vnrthv nt note. Madeleln Seymour is
a tall, slender, brown haired girl, who
shows a most Interesting brand of
British composure. Emmy Whelen Is
moving picture actor, and appears
well in the disguise of a boy. Mary
Kobson is Italian in character and
accent although really English. All
three of these I recommend for come
Amonp- the male members of the cast
there is a "real" lord, who doesn't V
care particularly to lord It So he has
taken to the stage. I found lord Don
gan a most amiable youngvjnan and
hope be succeeds in his footHght as
pirations. Then there was Grafton
Williams, as a peppery army officer,
John McArdle,"an Airierlcan, but long
in London, and George Grossmith, who
is funmaker in chief.
Belasco and Frances Starr score
another triumph at the theater named
for the great manager in Henri Bern
stein's "The Secret." The settings are
perfect, as Belasco is accustomed to
make them. The play itself Is a credit
to the great French dramatist. It is
based on the peculiar ability of some
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Special Mat. Frlccs 25 and 50 ceHts.
Seats en Sale Saturday, Jan. 3rd, at
Ryan's Drug Store.
Girl of the
women to twist their friends and rel
atives into a tangle of intrigue for no
apparent reason or purpose.
The woman's weakness is set forth
without anv effort at extenuation
other than the purely emotional ap
peal which she herself makes, after
ruin has been wrought To be sure,
she does sav at one point "How can
von men exnect to understand a I
woman when she cannot understand
herself V But that obviously is one
of those explanations that does not
Miss Starr's role is largely negative j
at first Being such n aemanas more
repression than one ordinarily expects
from the large typed figure in a cast
But Miss Starr plays discreetly, gen
uinely, naturally, and, as far as cir
cumstances allow, sympathetically
during the two earlier acts. In the
collapse, the ' confession of her own
comprehending wickedness and hex
suffering as a result she is profoundly
Anna Held at "Home."
"Home" for one week and In that
time fourteen performances! That is
the way Anna Held greeted Broadway.
She came to the Casino with a pros
pect of a matinee and an evening ses
sion for seven days running. She Is
at the head of a vaudeville company of
merit Her own act is a minature
musical comedy in two scenes called
"Mile. Baby," written by Stanley
Murphy with music by Henry Marshall.
Miss Held plays and sings, after a
fashion, the title role. She is sup
ported by a large company and there
are many catchy numbers.
Founder of Famous Fortune
Moses Taylor Started as a Clerk la
a Store at a Small Salary and
Became a Itnilrray Ivlng.
ny Madison (J. Peters
OSES TAYLOR, the first "Who
had been a Crygoods mei chant
In London, located In New York
In the early part of the eighteenth
century. From one of his first adver
tisements in 17S0 we learn that his
house was located "at the corner op
posite Fly market" His youngest son
and namesake, helped his father in the
When the British occupied New
York, Moses who had already married,
Get Their Advance Winter Styles From the New
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J. Stolarofy Prop, El Paso, Texas
LONDON, England, Jan. 3. If pres
ent arrangements hold good,
king George and queen Mary -will
paya state visit to Paris in the spring
of next year, and will stay there for a
week. It is the intention of their
majesties to take princes! Mary with
them, and they will make their neatt
quarters at the British embassy. The
function will be in the nature of a
return of the visit paid to London Dy
the French president a few months
Curiously enough, the queen knows
Paris much better than the king, her
majesty having stayed there on sev
eral occasions with her parents when
a girl. An imposing list of festiv
ities ii fn Vw organized in honor 01
their majesties' visit, culminating in a
moved to New Jersey, where his son,
Jacob, was born. This Jacob came
back to New York determined to fol
low In the footsteps of his father and
grandfather, but as the wave of re
construction had not yet set in, and
all kinds of business was at a stand
still, Jacob opened a carpenter shop at
No. 94 Broad street in 1804. But as
this trade was also stagnant he found
it difficult to support his family.
Becomes Associated With Astor.
About this time he fell In with John
Jacob Astor, who took such a liking to
Taylor that he made him his confiden
tial all-round man, of business, and he
soon became widely known as "Astor's
man." He lived at the corner of Broad
way and what was then Morris stieet
and there January, 1806 was born his
son, Moses Taylor, the Taylor who
fcuilt up the great family fortune.
Moses at 3 5 was apprenticed as a
cKrk in a small store on Broadway,
but was soon transferred to the great
mercantile house of G. & S. Rowland,
and there the boy's strictest attention
to the smallest detail of the business
soon made him an indispensable factor
In the concern.
From his small earnings he contrib
uted his share to support his parents,
and in addition laid aside a small sum
weekly, so that at 24 he had saved
enough money to start out as a broker
of Cuban sugar on Broadway. For a
time the outlook was gloomy, but
Moses stuck and business became pros
perous. When the cholera epidemic
swept over the city, carrying off thou
sands, trade was stagnant commerce
languished and the blighting visitation
brought business to a standstill.
Just as business was again revived
and Moses had won the confidence of
the business men, his place was swept
away by fire. Everything was de
stroyed except the books in which ne
had entered his transactions. But a
few days later he opened again for
business In a little frame structuie a
few doors lower down on the street
Has Confidence in Himself.
His confidence of himself begat the
confidence of the public. When he had
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West Indian trade and soon he was
owner of several In 18SS he was
elected president of the City Bank.
When the Civil war broke out his
warm support of the government
gained for him the confidence of pres
ident Lincoln to such an extent that
he was offered the secretaryship of
the treasury, which, however, he de
clined. He had great faith in the Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western rauroad,
buying its shares at $5 each, which, in
seven years were worth $300 a share;
so that at the time of his death he had
become the virtual owner of the rail
road. He was associated with commpdore
Vanderbilt in many enterprises and
was one of the five men who formed
the company to lay the Atlantic cable-
When he died, in 1882 his fortune i
HAVE TROUBLE AHEAD
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eral party. He had been badly in
formed. Six months before this meeting of
Liberal leaders had been held at which
all differences were sunk and the com
position of Sir Henry Campbell-Ban-nerman's
cabinet practically decided
upon. When Mr. Balfour's resignation
was announced, therefore, the Liberal
leader was able to Inform the king that
he could accept the task of forming a
ministry, which he did forthwith, and
the party in the following January won
an unprecedented victory at the polls.
AUTO BANDITS KIDNAP AND
ROB THREE IN TAXICAB RIDE
Pitteburff, Pa., Jan. 3. The police are
endeavoring today to establish the iden
tity of taxicab bandits who Friday night
kidnaped two business men and a chauf
feur, robbed them and rode them about
the city for two hour sbefore finally
releasing them. The bandits gave their
victims 10 cents each for carfare home.
Those robbed are: Charles E. Suecop,
President of a brewing eompany; James
Weldon, president of a plumbing estab
lishment, and J. Scott Dale.
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ia nerfonnance at the opera house.
trine Christian, of Denmark, who
suceeded to the throne about 18
mnnths ago, is to pay a state visit to
London next March- In a Interchange
of state visits, it is generally under
stood that the sovereign who came to
the throne last must make the lirst
call hence Dutchmen always say that
before queen Wilhelmina can come in
state to London, king George must go
to the Hague, for she certainly was a
sovereign before he .was.
Among the European sovereigns,
besifies king Christian and the queen
of the Netherlands, who have never
hean in London since their accession.
are the Tsar cowes Is the nearest ne
has got to London the king of Ser
via and the aged emperor of Austria,
who has not been in London in all
the sixty five years of his reign.
SPECIAL EING FOR
0 DIVORCED COUPLES
(Continued from previous page.)
selves to make gowns only for aueh
customers, whose identity is known to
us and who are willing to sign an
agreement not to allow anybody to
copy their gowns. And then even at
the very best we shall only be able to
restrict not to stop, the stealing and
exploitation of our Ideas.
"You would be surprise if I were to
tell you the names of some of my cus
tomers whom I positively know to have
permitted an enterprising firm in New
York to copy gowns specially de
signed. The firm mentioned is easily
the worst offende among an army of
American pirates operating over here,
but we have "not yet given up hope of
beating them We simply must beat
them or give up business altogether
and enter Into the employ of our
Has Special Ring For Divorced.
From time immemorial every mar
ried woman and most married men
have wprn on the fourth finger ol
their left hand a symbol of their alli
ance. If for various reasons married
people have parted company they have
taken off this symbol which might
remind them of past unhapplness.
An enterprising jeweler in Rue Saint
Honore, however, has now invented a
special ring to be worn by the di
vorced. It consists of two intertwined
marriage rings forming a cross. It is
already, becoming very popular.
AGAIN IS IN STYLE
(Continued from previous page.)
sold when an additional piece is need
ed in the home.
One reason for this is the increased
price for new furniture. This amounts
. to irom &u to iuo percent witnin tne
' past 10 years and Is due to the de
crease in the lumber resources of the
country, the increased cost of labor and
several other reasons.
Interest la Walnut Revives.
One of the newest features of the In
creasing demand for second hand fur
niture is the revival of interest In wal
nut A few years ago walnut bu
reau could be purchased at a second
hand shop for two or three dollars.
Now the same article will bring at
least five times as much. The revival
of the taste for old fashioned black
walnut furniture of a single genera
tion ago will soon rival that for ma
hogany, in the opinion of a dealer of
"Our wedding day with
all its sweet memories
that's how I looked." In
after years you can refer
to a Stuart portrait as
the speaking likeness of
j'ourselves as bride and
groom. There's more
than the picture in the
Stuart photograph. The
spirit, expressed, is held,
a treasure for years to
PRINCESS HAS VISION;
mysterious. When I undressed myself
and went to bed how can I describe
! my horror.
"I Deneio on we wmie pmow mice
drops of flreah, red blood. I jumped
out of bed, trembling, and rang the
Dell. JMODoay came. x. oegaa ii !
Soon I heard a weird noise and, iook
rird noise and, look-
Ing around, I saw distinctly the figure i princess '" l" """"
of a pretty young girl in a night gown, j she was no longer OTHn.
staring at me ironically. How she had The Scandal ef Princes William.
come in, I do not know. She just Tnen thcre is the scandal of tne
walked to the bed and occupied it nncess William. Lacking perhaps
without a word. I trembled all over. Tne tragic elements of the stories or
" 'Madame,' she whispered, 'this Is i Sopnie and Isabella, it yet is not witn
not your bed, it is mine.' , , out its melancholy features. She naa
"She was pretty, with dark long I ,, -a,, duchess of Russia, uset
, lashes and black eyes, just as the
gypsy naa toia me. x . ,i0f the court OI si. r-eierauuiB. "-
" 'Are you Otilller She nodded and , wedQej t0 a cold Swedish prince. Her
whispered: Certalnly I am. What do money bnys- hlm a palace. She is ever j -
you want of me"' , ' thing and he is nothing. The liveliest
-ixri. i,a n,inra niunfff) her eves i Jr . khtit wit. the met
the prince was kneeling over her, keep-
ing a towel with cold water on her
head. She wildly questioned him. Who
was Otillie? He stammered and stum-
bled, as he well might, perhaps never
naving neara me nanw oeiuic.
"It's true," she cried. A wild scene
ensued. A few hours later they had
separated forever. .
Tiir Tnarnae-e was annuiieu. r i uii-
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811U uunc iiwicai. uu";b.
and prince Albert I, of Monaco
solves i-rumcM n ... .
But to proceed with this faterul
The hateful subterfuge of a morgan
atic marriage is a possible resort when
a prince falls in love with a com
mon" girl. But what when a princess
prefers a commoner to all the sickly
crowned youth put before her for her
The latter was the problem of the
beautiful Sophie, of Saxe-Weimar-Els-....1.
i ai.A .niwAii it ,ith death.
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cuawi "" ""? " c r -w- w..
It is a sad position which the house
royal as the hills, but so impecunious
tneir paiace lurnisnings ic ..,..
bare The princess had been betrothed to
a dissipated, middle-aged cousin, and
had broken the engagement only by
personal appeal to the kaiser. A yonng
lieutenant whom she may have loved,
had shot himself dead for her in Ath
ens five years before and the crown
princess of Greece, sister to the kaiser,
uad wept real tears at his burial.
The men of the house had In several
cases found happiness outside of the
purple. Her uncle, duke Bernard, found
Hermann, was also serene in his pos-
session of a life partner not born to
a. lUVllJg .TUC ..v w. ...v-,..-
the palace. Her own father had fled
to America in his i youth .And had even
workedas a waiter in hew York for a
time. But what of the women of the
family? Such exits rrom court re
straint were barred to them. She was
a proud girl, past 25, living a life with
There appeared tne young von
sr w ifSdTo -.
w1?hy f X' on'vouni Snat-
centXbu? the ffl'dSS??
ony. head of the house, would not
Is Made a Prisoner.
Then came an incident in the forest
of Fontainebleau, near Paris. A gypsy's
child was killed by a magnificent mo-
tor car and in the car, it came out, had
been the handsome young banker and
After that Sophie kept to her room
in the ancient, threadbare palace. She
was practically under arrest.
George took his place aiongsiae .." iowea. It was said she had Detrayea
three divorced sovereigns of Europe, i her husband.s country to her father
king Frederick August, of Saxony, landnad sola- Swedish military
j .a..iA v.HaDt t ,,wi0 tf Hesse. I " t. ..v. tol.a nl-
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THE S, fT
ROAD N P
By EDWIRD SHELDON MIH
' . .Mitnff A maid
She slept late "."Tg0I1a final lv
knocked long and bar a ana
dared to push open the pistoI
coveriet. ,,. . ,nt lovely
t She had been caueajn- "--
She naa Deen caiicu "---. -tm nrm
j tQ tne gay and sometimes wanton lire
sparkilng figure in all Sweden, she is
forced to endure the companionship or
i a stnpld husband and" the frowns of an
austere royai fatherinlaw. Of cours-
she should have borne ner triais, .m
the sake of her children If for no
other reason, but modern human na
ture is prone to break restraints. Fa-
,i.nt n,i.AiHaa ari rare today. tna
ran away to Paris. Ugly rumors fol.
rttii awajr iv raiio. ej . .a
; secrets tO tU83ia. nu' ou-i,
ways rise in such circumstances. Per-
haps we had better oeneve oc .w
princess herself that Stockholm was
too deadly dull for endurance.
lienor First, TheH Love.
It is hard for Americans to under.
stand the circumstances which causea
Srince Ernest Augustus, of Cumber
ind. to exclaim: "For me and mv
family honor comes first, then love
He was and is dead in love with the
kaiser's only daughter, now his wife,
when he said it. We must remember
S2wnlBd,rU8,hed the house of Han
S?S? Tt was a bitter wrong not for.
how the iron hand of Bismarck ciosea
For a time it looked as though a bit
of almost ancient history might de
feat one of the few royal love matches.
But the kaiser Is not so eager for
crushing hearts he has seen too many
saddening incidents. He thought twice
before he took a step which might
have shattered his pretty daughters
happiness hae made her a second
Sophie, of Saxe-Weimar. His impetu
ous and imperialistic sons thought dif
ferently. They would have bereft the
Hanoverian house of Its last vestige of
claim to its -honors. But the kaiser's
k whether the prince of Cumber.
"" ""c. a t hi threat
-iii nrm M so it never win us
, reaiKnln from the German amv
inf 4 his bride to live a
secluded life on their estates
in upper Austria, letting thrones go
The kaiser undoubtedly breathed
, h, ;iativpK to the nth deeree are
freer. His sons ana nis aaugmers ana
- -- . h, troubies. He was
I '"0 SSI.
' frede " '
llam- ot Sweden,
i Mystery In Manuel's Life.
j Xastly we come to the mysterious
I case of Manuel, late king of Portugal.
" and his bride, Augustine Victoria. They
are not living together apparently m
; good terms. The absence of Manuel
during his bride's serious illness just
after their marriage is unexplained
' but the less sa'd of it the better. Let
I us hope their royal bark is well enou'i
I repaired to weather all further storms.
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