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PItAYS AJID PliflYEflS
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THREE STRONG ATTRACTIONS AT
vhrge: strong attractions at
the: METROPOLITAN opera
HOUSE his WEEK. .*.:"
SOL SMITH RUSSELL FIRST.
LA LOIE FILLER, THE TERPSI-
•HUOREAN QUEEN, WILL GIVE
TWO PERFORMANCES.
•"SOWING THE WIND" TO FOLLOW.
Charles Gardner In "Fatherland" nt
the Grand— Gossip of the
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Sol Smith Russell, who enjoys to an
Sol Smith Russell, who enjoys to an
exceptional degree the favor and af
fection of the theater-going public, will
begin a three nights' engagement at
the Metropolitan opera house tomor
row night. This announcement will
undoubtedly prove a welcome one to
a large element of our theater-goers.
While Mr. Russell may not be entitled
to the distinction of being the greatest
of American comedians or the most
versatile of actors, it is certain that
he has captured the hearts of those
people who delight in innocent and
wholesome dramatic entertainment, de-
void of cheap sensation and theatrical
clap-trap. Mr. Russell is sui generis
in his personality and method. He is
an entertainer of the foremost rank,
AS 808 ACRES.
one who appeals to the pathetic and
the humorous impulses of nature with
equal facility and effect, who illumines
every tear with a smile.
In his particular line of acting Mr.
Russel stands alone. His quaintness,
his inimitable drollery, his tender
ness, his peculiar pathos, are all as
much his own as are his clear-cut,
scholarly face, and his slender,
almost frail physique. People feel
Instinctively that the man behind
the actor, who can so move them, must
necessarily be a noble spirit; they feel
that he must be a gentleman in the
very best sense of that much abused
term; they feel that he is kind of heart
and generous of impulse. And the in
tuitive conclusion thus reached by the
public is right, for Sol Smith Russell
is just such a man, and is richly de
serving of the estimate in which the
people hold him.
Mr. Russell will appear on Monday
evening and Wednesday matinee in
the brilliant comedy, "The Rivals," by
Richard Brinsley Sheridan. On Tues
day and "Wednesday evenings Mr. Rus
sell will appear In a double bill, "Mr.
Valentine's Christmas," and the new
comedy by Miss Marguerite Merring
ton, "An Every-Day Man." It is a
play of novel character and plot, and
as John Empy Mr. Russell is said to
have made a great success.
* * *
Minnie Maddern Fiske's two weeks'
engagement at the Garden theater,
New York, served to win for her a
following of the most intelligent the
ater-goers in that city. Her audi
ences, large and enthusiastic from the
first, grew steadily in numbers, ap
preciation and cordiality. Some of the
metropolitan newspapers, which, in the
atrical matters, seem almost wholly
foreign in impulse, point of view and
taste, attempted to mislead the public
as to the quality of Mrs. Fiske's work,
but without avail, and before her en
gagement closed, several of the critics
who had initially failed to estimate
this actress intelligently admitted and
expressed admiration for her powers.
Mrs. Fiske is now entering upon a
three weeks' engagement at McVick
er's theater, Chicago, and will there
close her season. *In her work this
season she has frequently excited fa
vorable comparison with the greatest
of fortign artists in plays used by
them and' successfully attempted by
no other English-speaking actress.
Wide interest will attend Mrs. Fiske's
plans for next season.
* * *
Charles A Gardner, the German dia
lect comedian, will appear at the Grand
opera house during the entire week,
beginning tonight, in the comedy
drama, "Fatherland." Mr. Gardner re-
turns this time with "Fatherland" re-
written, with an entire new budget of
music. It has proved the most sue-
cessful of any of the plays he has yet
presented. It tells, the story of the
German Tyrol. Mr. Gardner will be
seen as Karl Leopold, a German r»uidc,
-ft- typical development of the cnvlron
-
ment in which he lives. "Fatherland"
is a simple play, abounding in the
pretty, details of the every-day life of
the German . peasantry. Its plot is well
developed, and its scenery picturesque.
The pretty costumes of" the ; country
are accurately reproduced, and con
tribute materially to the rustic , beauty
of the stage pictures. One of the moat
fetching bits of "Fatherland" is an ex
act representation of a Tyrolean spin
ning bee. It is a custom in Austrian
Tyrol, at a certain season of the year,
for the peasants to assemble -t the
house of a neighbor with their spin
ning wheels and weave the cloth to
the accompaniment of native songs.
At the expiration of work all Join in
a merry dance. For a faithful repre
sentation of this scene Mr. Gardner
has brought. direct from the Hof The
ater, Vienna, a troupe - of ; Tyrolean
warblers.
The supporting company Is said to
be the best that Mr.. Gardner has
ever brought to St. Paul. The scen
ery was painted from photographic
views of picturesque Tyrol.
« • •
Westward the star of serpentine
dancers takes her way!
Loie Fuller (La Loie), Europe's idol
of the hour, is coming straight from
Nice and the Riviera to entertain us.
France mourns her flitting, Egypt
would fain engage her talents, and
grasping England turns her envious
eyes in our direction; but "La Loie"
has steeled her heart to their joint en
treaties, airily canceled a contract or
two, and is packing her trunk with
yard on yard of gauzy, shimmering
silk of so fine a texture that you can
take a bolt of it and draw it through
a finger ring. All this sounds extrav
agant, but really, in speaking of the
sensational features of the amusement
world, the showman's florid language
SOL SMITH RUSSELL.
suiteth best. How can one be ex
pected to write soberly and guardedly
about a woman who, unless report be
a very fair liar, receives a thousand
dollars a night for turning herself,
for a few minutes, into a pillar of flre?
In such a case as this enthusiasm is
tepidity and hyperbole Is moderation.
But that's another story, as 'he sage
of Brattleboro says.
"La Loie" has Just closed a season
of twenty-four performances at Kop
ter & Bial'3, New York; her engage
ment there broke all records at that
popular amusement resort, and
crowds were turned away at each and
every performance. She Introduced,
among other novelties, her latest cre
ation, the famous flte dance, which
has literally set Europe ablaze. In
this dance she stands upon a large
square of glass which Is sunk mo the
stage; underneath are electric lights
of great power, which stream through
this glass, and high above her are
placed other ligths of equal power,
the ascending and descending rays
meeting and intermingling with an ef
fect of wondrous beauty. In another
dance she forms the figure of a colos
sal lily, the upper edge of her skirt
being at least fifteen feet from the
level of the stage. One of her . ~*s-
tumes is said to contain five hundred
yards of material, and when set in mo-
tion the silk reaches ten feet from the
body in every direction.
Miss Fuller will appear at the Met-
ropolitan opera house for two - per-
formances only, Thursday matinee and
evening, April 9. The sale of seats will
open at the box offlce Monday morn-
ing, April 6.
• • •
Unless a large number of the dra-
Unless a large number of the dra
matic critics of the country are banded
together in the promulgation and per-
petuation of a gigantic falsehood,
"Sowing the Wind" is a remarkable
product of the playwright's art. It
j will be presented at the Metropolitan
I
frHE SAINT PAUL DAILY GLOBE: SUNDAY MORNING; APRIL 5, 1896.
opera house Friday, Saturday and
Sunday nights next, and Saturday
afternoon, and playgoers will, ere
fore, have . an opportunity of Judging
for themselves. Its author, Sydney
Grundy, stands among the . first four
English dramatists now writing for
the American stage, • and perhaps
CHARLES A. GARDNER.
draws more royalties in this country
than any of the others, which is one
way of judging of a writer's success.
Much that is new and thoughtful is
claimed for this work of his, and its
phenomenal -success in New York,
Chicago, Boston, London and every
where it has been presented, together
with the amount of controversy it has
given rise to among sociologists and
playgoers generally, would seem to
easily justify the claim. A bald out
line of its plot shows that it goes
mainly for its interest to t>*> n*>ver
ending clash between the sexes, but
Its discussions cf social problems are
admitted to be deft and delicate, and
to be worked out in a manner calcu
lated to centralize the emotional inter
est.
Its story is written around a type of
true and pure girlhood, who fights
single-handed against wrongs and im
putations . and comes out of the con
flict a noble and lovable character.
The play concedes her a triumph for
pure and independent girlhood. Mr.
Brabazon, a tender-hearted and
wealthy widower, has undergone a
painful episode in his early life. Lov
ing a girl named Helen Gray, and be
ing forbidden by his father to marry
her, he lived with her until she justi
fied his fathers objections, as he
wrongly supposed, by being unfaith
ful to him. From their illegal union
came a daughter, whose existence is
unknown to Brabazon. The girl, Rosa
mond, becomes a celebrated singer,
and, at the time the story opens, is in'
love with Ned Annesley, the adopted
son of Brabazon. The latter employs
a friend to investigate her family his
tory, and learns that she is of 11 ~'-al
parentage. This he accepts as ground
for refusing to permit the "singing
girl's" marriage with Annesley, who
is dependent on him. Rosamond her
self opposes Ned's suit, on account of
her birth, not wishing to bring humil
iation upon him by the stain that is on
her name. Then follows a dramatic
argument between the girl and Braba
zon upon the problems at Issue,
known as the famous "sex against sex"
duel, and which at the moment of
Brabazon's apparent triumph results
in the discovery that she is his own
daughter.
This Is only a bald and brief exposi
tion of the plot, and, of course, can
give no Idea of the admittedly rare
dramatic excellence of Grundy's work.
The period of the play dates back to
the Georgian era, and gives many op
portunities * for picturesque effect in
scenery and costuming, all of which
have been taken full advantage of.
If the play be all that Is claimed for
It, It ought to be a safe prediction
that it will be as much of an artistic
and fashionable sensation here as It
was during its two hundred and odd
nights' run at the Empire theater,
New York; Its hundred performances
at the Columbia theater, Chicago, and
Its sixty nights In Boston, not to men
tion its correspondingly brilliant rec
ords in other great cities.
The company will give the play
here under the direction of Charles
Frohman. Here is its roster: Messrs.
J. H. Gilmour.Thomas Whiffen.Howell
- .. . -s- - — ,
MARY HAMPTON*.
, Hansel, Frederick . Strong, ; Guy Stand-
ing, John Sorentz, Harry Phillips,
■f Fred .>* Harrison, and Misses -~ Mary;
Hampton, Emily Dodd, Ella Hugh
Wood and Jessie Dodd.
• • •
Said the theater girl: "I will wear a small
Said the theater girl: "I will wear a small
hat
Whenever I go to the play." -
Said the theater man: "Between all of the
acts .
In my seat I will quietly stay."
I Said .the masculine star: "I'll let some one
else take
My place in the front of the stage."
Bald the feminine star: "I will play ' only
parts .
That do not conflict with my age." v'V/'"-;
Tbe chorus girl said: "I'll give gome of my
time ... -
To music instead of my gown."
Said the comedy man: "I'll endeavor to be
An actor Instead of a clown."
Said the playwright; "I'll write them a sure
i enough play
- Without barnyard or buzz saw or wheels."
Said the public: "We rive a full house to that
■_ Play •::-:.>v'
■_ Just to see how the company feels." .
I . heard in my ,' dreams all these beautiful
-..; . 'things--*.-., v •-.•• . ;>.-.i '•*.;■• :.: .
-. "And when will it happen?" said I. . y
Said the bicycle maiden who blooms in the
. spring:
"They'll occur in the sweet by and by."
„-..'*.. —Washington Capital.
'■ * ■■* '.'•''"* * • ' *..'■'
Dan Sully /has returned to his first love,
"The Corner Crocery," and the public is
pleased thereat. ""The Corner Grocery" was
the most conspicuous money "maker Mr.
Sully ever .brought out, and In the char-
acter of Daddy Nolan he won the plaudits
of the entire theater-going public and the
unstinted praise-' of the critics. The por
trayal is ' a character study. Mr. Sully will
present this . famous comedy at the Grand
all next week, beginning Sunday night, April
12. He has surrounded himself by a very
good company, and mounted the piece in a
noteworthy manner.
.;■:■"■' I']: y} ?'?,:• •'•J''"yy ■;■' '*. ;'; !
John J. Burke, ito his new play, "The
Doctor," will shortly be seen at the Grand.
Mr. Burke was for some time the . leading
comedian - with the Henderson . American Ex-
travaganza company. In his new play he'
is said to have an excellent opportunity.
'*iv' ',A-"i -■■" • • •* '*■•"- yys-
Miss "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay" Collins Ib to
return to New York In a comedy, "The New
Barmaid," in which she is now playing ln
London.
* * *
Now that the -Theatrical Protective union
has started the good work of offering prizes
for contests in rapid scene shifting at vari
ous theaters, says the New York Herald,
why doesn't some philanthropist come to the
front with a prize for the body of stage
hands that can shove a bad play clear off
the boards in the quickest possible time?
Surely the public would subscribe liberally
to a purse for such a purpose, and heaven
knows there is abundant material for the
scene shifters to begin work upon.
••''•■.•*:*■
The perennial rumor that Miss Ada Rehan
is going to leave Augustin Daly's company
and star on her own hook has again been
punctured. Those who know say that Miss
Rehan has no more intention of deserting
Mr. Daly's family of players than Mrs. Mi-
cawber had of parting from liege lord.
• » *
Very few persons ln the audience at the
Academy of Music Wednesday night last knew
how near they came to not hearing the finale
of "Goetterdaemmerung." And a pack of dogs
was to blame for all tho trouble, for there
was lots of it that night behind the scenes,
says the New York Herald.
"Humanity" is to be given at .the Academy
this week, and in.it a big pack of hounds is
employed. The dogs were brought to the
building last Tuesday and given temporary
quarters under the stage. There they were
Wednesday evening when Frau Klaf sky as
Brunhilde stepped forward to sing her part.
All went well until the singer's voice began
to climb way up the scale, ahd then suddenly
a dog with a musical ear let loose an un
earthly howl from the subterranean kennels,
followed by a chorus from what one of the
company called the whole blankety pack.
Needless to say, Frau Klafsky was startled,
not to say unnerved. She hesitated, and tried
to go on, and then came to a dead stop
in the middle of a sustained note which had
been accompanied by a canine obligato. The
degs had the best of it when it came to a
sustained passage, and as though they knew
that they had downed a distinguished singer
they began to bark and yelp at the top of
their lungs, though fortunately they could not
make themselves heard by the audience. The
stage hands hastened down stairs to* quell the
noise, but quiet was not fully restored until
the dogs had been taken clean out of the
theater. v
* • •
The success of David Belasco's play, "The
Heart of Maryland," is as emphatic as it was
at the beginning of the season. It is playing
to crowded houses continually in New York
city, and will be continued until the regular
season of the house closes.
* * *
Charles Coghlan's new play, "Madame," haa
Charles Coghlan's new play, "Madame," has
made a genuine hit at Palmer's theater, New
York, where its run was closed last week, as
Kathryn Kidder is to present "Sans-Gene"
there tomorrow night. Mr. Palmer tried to
cancel her engagement, but had no success,
so that Miss Rose Coghlan and her play will
have to go on the road at once. The cast of
"Madame," which was specially selected by
Mr. Palmer, is very strong, and tho play itself
is remarkably interesting.
' * * •
. The friends, of Cuba in New York have ral
lied eight armies in the last week to shout
for "Cuba libre" at the production of Jacob
Litt's "War of Wealth" at the Star theater,
but the contributions to the cause have not
been all ln enthusiasm, nor have they been
confined to the enemies of Spain, says the
New York Times.
"The Last. Stroke" had been on the boards
but two nights, when a dark-skinned, bright
eyed, " nervous : little man bustled in. at the
stage door, aid, presenting an order from Mr.
Litt,< asked to be, shown to the dressing room
of Frederic De Belleville.
When he .entered' the presence of the
Spanish spy, he drew from his great coat a
bundle. *!*? •"'A' ... -„ -
.."Mr.* Belleville," he J said, "I know you '
don't mean what 'you have t<*do every night.
You play a -Spanish spy," but v I know you're
heart and" Soul for 'Cuba • libra,' Just like
every other £ood American."
"You're right, old man," said the actor;
"but what does this all lead" up to? The
Junta doesn't want me to give up my part,
does it?" T. y "-jr . ,
"No! no! no!" exclaimed the vistor. "I
Just want to offer you some of our bonds.
When Cuba sis free, they'll be a big thing."
.- "How much?" queried De Belleville, laying
Spanish color on his face.
"Eight cents; par value, $100," answered
the Cuban.
"What! What's that!" almost shrieked the
actor. "Sit down! Stay here till . I get help!.
Here, Sullivan. Kllgour, Forrest! Come In
and get a good thing!"
The three actors callpd rushed to Mr. Do
Bcllovil'a'e 'rt.ir'vp wu Thsir costumes
were half complete, yd their faces were less
than halt made up..'De Belleville started to
explain about the bonds. He had said noth-
ing more than a sentence about eight cents'
; cost, par value $100," when the three shouted :
"Bring on your bonds!" ''.■ : '::"•*.;': ; ..:
The Cuban left the theater with $20. If
Cuba Is • ever , free \ the ' four actors will ' divide
a fortune of $25,000 and interest. - «."....
* * •
Once when Evans and Hoey were playing
Once when Evans, and Hoey were playing
a record engagement at the Grand opera
house, Boston, Tim Cronin, the variety per
former and one time partner of W. J. Scan
lan, sat in the front row at a Thursday
matinee. Cronin had perhaps indulged a
trifle and was on very good terms with him
self and the world in general.
He applauded "Old Hoss"Hoey vociferously
LA LOIE FULLER.
and led the applause that demanded a dozen
encores of "They're After Me." Finally all
the audience was satisfied but Cronin, who
insistently yelled
"Give us another, Bill!"
Hoey walked to the footlights and gave a
negative nod to the conductor, who had
raised his baton again. Then he said loudly:
"If Mr. Tim Cronin is in the audience he
is wanted outside. His barn la on flre."
Albert Chevalier, the English impersonator
of the costermonger, has captured New York
city. The New York Sun accounts for it all
as follows:
The prophets who thought that Albert Chev
alier's songs and impersonations of London
cockney life would not be appreciated in this
country did not reckon on the human element
in them. It is the force of that quality which
makes them comprehensible and even sympa
thetic in New York, although the type they
delineate is not one familiar to the audiences
that hear Mr. Chevalier at Koster & Blal's.
Many of the words that the English performer
sings are about as unintelligible as if they
were in a language radically different, in
stead of merely, a local variation of English.
To the majority of women, for instance, who
hear him the language of his songs must bo
well nigh incomprehensible. But even in a
foreign tongue the purpose of Chevalier's per
formance would be understood and appreci
ated. -He has taken a character out of life,
and presents it with all the essence of its
truth and humanity still clinging to it Life
on the stage, whatever the class or condi
tions or country from which it may be taken,
is certain to be understood anywhere, so long
as it is revealed with its real elements pre-
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--,*• ♦ . •
* All operatic performances do not meet with
unqualified approval in -many parts of the In
tellectual "down east," according to a story
which Charles H. Hoyt tells. VHe I says that a
cheap . lyrical ' organization ;is now playing .
through the New England states. A few
weeks ago, while in the postofflce of a small
"SEX AGAINST SEX."
town, he heard the following colloquy be
tween two of its inhabitants:
"Hello, Cyrus!"
"How be yeh, Jim?"
"Wer yeh tew the opery las' night?"
"No, I want."
"Wall, yeh didn't miss much. I was tew' it,
an' didn't like it. Never was so disappointed
in my life. 'Twa'nt much. In fact, ' 'twa'nt
nawthin, my way o' thinkin'. Wlsh't I'd
saved my money an' gone and seen ther bell
ringers." .
During the past week Louis James and his
company presented the following legitimate
repertoire at the Haymarket theater in Chi
cago: "Macbeth," "Virginius," "Hamlet,"
"Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet," with Mr.
James In the role of Mercutlo. Alma Kruger
la Mr. James' leading woman. •
Charles Frohman has secured Henry E.
Dlxey to star in a sporting farce called "The
Thoroughbred," and his brother Daniel has
assumed the management of Richard Mans-
field for the next season, and will edit his
curtain speeches with firmness and a meat
ax. Mr. Frohman says for publication and
hot necessarily as a guaranty of good faith,
that he has contracted to pay Mr. Mansfield
•SIOO,OOO a season for three seasons for his
personal services.
Chicago Is indignant over the refusal of
Duse, the great Italian actress, to appear in
that city unless the local management would
guarantee her a financial success. In resent
ing what it regarded as a great indignity to
Chicago, the Tribune exclaims:
"Mme. Duse will only invite opposition and
derision by placing Chicago in the same cate
gory with seventh-rate towns, from which
guarantees are required by third-rate 'shows'
on the opening of their new 'opera houses.'
Besides, there Is nothing to warrant the pro
ceeding. Other foreign artists have visited
Chicago without hinting at advance subscrip
tion sheets. Bernhardt never dreamed of put
ting such an affront on American cities; the
elder Salvini took his chances with other
actors; Paderewski has never stipulated that
his house must be filled before he will ap
pear; even Guilbert was willing to take pot
luck among strangers, and she had no cause
to rue It. In this particular, Mme. Duse Is
unique. It is hoped she will always stand
alone and that the advance subscription sheet
idea will not spread; otherwise we may expect
to hear of Eddie Foy demanding full-dressed
audiences and an idolatrous public to draw his
carriage to and from the theater."
Paris also struggles with the high theater
hat and this is the way a bright manager con
quered his audience:
Just before the time for raising the curtain
one of the actresses of the company, elabor
ately dressed, with an immense picture hat
and sleeves excessively "bouffantea," Balled
down the aisle and seated herself, taking care
to attract as much attention as possible, in a
conspicuous place in the orchestra. Immedi
ately behind her was seated one of the actors.
He showed great annoyance, and finally
courteously requested the actress to remove
* • •
her hat. She treated his request with mani
fest contempt. He 'persisted. She replied
with an Impertinence. Their voices, as the
colloquy proceeded, were unconsciously rais
ed. Their words became audible all over the
house. The public grew deeply Interested.
The actor, though insistent, was reasonable
and carefully courteous. ! The actress played
the part of the angry, vulgar and unreason-
* * «
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• • *
LOIE'S BUTTERFLY DANCE.
able woman to perfection. The audience synvf
path ized with the courteous gentleman, ill
used and Insulted, by the brazen creature.
Cries of "Otez votre chapeaul'.*.. resounded
from every part of the house. ','. The manager
appeared upon the scene. He. requested the
actress to remove her hat. y She refused. Ho
offered her the money she had 'paid 'and- re-
quested her to leave the house. She refused
vociferously and was finally forcibly removed
in the most ignominious * manner.
The Mirror, the ! most , polite of theatrical
papers, recommends the scheme to afflicted
American managers. Brooklyn audiences are
less troubled with big hats than they used to
be. The big hat here is rather a fad of girls
who go to the popular-priced houses and when'
you see a big hat in ono of our fashionable
theaters it is apt to be worn by an habitue of -
another house who is out of her element. 1
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RUSKIN COLONY.
RUSKIN COLONY.
Mr. Schott Talks Entertainingly Re«
Sardlns* It.-y- -7,
The Globe labor department, knowing
the great interest taken in co-operative work
by many of its readers, and that the collectiv-
ism colony of Ruskin has, through the Com-
ing Nation, a paper published by this colony
claimed . particular attention among the nu
merous groups working along those lines,
sent a representative to interview Mr. Schott,
who lately visited the Ruskin colony in Ten-
nessee, desiring to secure from him a more
complete statement than that given Thurs-
day morning.
Asked concerning his general Impressions
of the location and the surrounding country,
he said:
"This ridge of rough, uncultlvable wooded
hills I sof forbidding aspect. I do not like it.
Ruskin, I think, made a grave mistake in
locating In such a spot. We could have dona
far better for them here in Minnesota, where
they would be near markets for their surplus
products. The creek lands, however, are fer,
tile, and the seasons long. Ruskin realized
its mistake, and has since secured a tract\
of good land on Yellow creek upon which
they are now engaged in building permanent
homes.
"As to natural resources? Yes; there are"
materials to hand for the construction of the
town. Plenty or hardwood timber, building
stone of good quality, and clay, both red and
white. This leaves them only under the nec-
essity of purchasing hardwood in order to
complete building material. A custom grist
mill is now running upon the townsite. The
water supply is excellent and plentiful. The*
original tract of land can be utilized for cat-
tle range and for timber supply."
"How do the people get along together?"
"Well, as might be expected, with people'
from all parts of the country and of different
modes of thought, there have been differ-
ences—a serious clashing of opinions. There
were unfortunate combinations In the early
membership— who were theoretical so-
cialists, but lacking self-control and. the dis
cipline necessary to a life of practical col-
lectivism in Its pioneer stages. These es
sayed the role of dictators and ringsters, but
soon found again their place in the outside
world. The people who remain— and they
number 150— exhibit a wonderful unanimity
of spirit. They have good officers, and work
well under them. Democratic principles con J
trol. Every Important measure Is submitted
to a vote of. the whole membership. New
applications are constantly coming in, and,
while there are a few on the list for retire^
ment, the membership will be largely aug
mented during the summer. There has lately
been adopted a more favorable plan of ad-
mission to the colony. The real need at pres- ,-
ent is more workers."
• "What material progress has the associa
tion made In the year and a half of its ex-
istence?"
"As to that, with the exception of the Com-
ing Nation publishing business, there has
been but little. Owing to the unfortunate)
location upon non-agricultural land, the dif
ference before alluded to, and the failure of
an attempt to enter into the manufacture of
certain machinery, the necessity of looking
up a new site, together with the attendant
lose of time and expense, all work except
that of the publishing business has practi
cally to be done over again. But, after all,
that is not so bad, since the trials through
which they have passed has brought out a
combination with greater efficiency for pro-
gressive work in the future than otherwise
would have been possible."
"The Coming Nation talks much about the"}
proposed college. What do you think of that
"Now, about the college, I don't like to
say much. Its advocates are enthusiastic.and
are doing a great deal of work on paper. Of
course, it will come in time, but I think they
place the date for its debut rather early, not-
withstanding the many earnest people who
have expressed willingness to assist in its
institution. I think first their town should
be built, with not only the necessaries, but
many of the comforts, and even luxuries, of
city life; and to so place themselves that from •
their own surroundings and culture an lnflu-.*s
ence for good may be exerted upon their stu-
dent sojourners is very important, and will
occupy all their attention for at least three
or four years yet before the college will ar-
rive at the natural time for its birth into th*
world of intellectual activity by which thi
new economy will be encompassed."
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The Labor Exchange is an organization in-
corporated under the laws of Missouri, with
branches all over the world. Its objects are
to facilitate the interchange of products be-
tween producers and find work for the unem-
ployed. Branch No. 98 has its home in the
Cumberland block, 167 East Eighth street,
this city, where deposits of all valuable pro-
ducts will be received and Labor Exchange
checks issued for their value, the same being
good for any other product which the ex-
change has In stock, or they will be received
at par by any of Its members. Registration
books can be found at the exchange, wher<?\
persons seeking situations can register free
of charge. Those unemployed or having
products for which they do not find a ready
market would do well to call on the manager,
Mr. Freeman, at the above address, any week
day, between the hours of 1 and 2 p. m., and
inform themselves thoroughly as to the ob-
jects of the organization and the measure*
proposed to secure a better condition for tho
tolling masses.
* « *
Horseshoers' Union No. 28 held its first
meeting in April Friday evening. The follow-
ing officers will officiate for the coming year: ;
President, O. F. Oleson; vice president,"^
Abram Knovel; recording secretary, William \
Horrigan; financial secretary, 0. Beurman; *1
treasurer, J. Cuthlll; sergeant-at-arms, Will-'***
lam Lachford; delegate to Trade and Labor
assembly, J. Cuthlll. One new member was
Initiated. This union has a fund from which
sick members are entitled to draw $5 a week.
* • *
The contract with the Volkszeltung Publish-
ing company will come before the different
printing trades unions for action before the
offlce Is again unionized. Typographical
Union No. 80 will consider the i&atter at its
meeting today.
• * '•
Tuesday evening the stage employes, car-
penters, waiters and hamessmakers' unions
will hold interesting meetings at Assembly
halls, to be followed by the retail clerks' as-
sociation Wednesday night.

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