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: VOL. Iilllt NO. IS. HOOK ISLAND, ILL., SATURDAY, NOVUMBEE 7, 1903. PAGES 9 TO 12.
JLS FOR COMENCS WEEK
Nov. 8. "An Orphan's Prayer."
Nov. 9v-'aloneys Wedding."
Nov. 11. Warde and .Tames in "Alex
ander the Great."
'Nor. 13. "Mrs. Wiggs, of the Cab
La g-e Put eh."
S'ov.--14. "Burned at Sea," matinee
Nov. 15. "Under Southern Skies."
Afternoon and evening perform
ances of "lTncle Tom's Cabin" were
HELEN. LOWELL AND W. T. HO
given yesterday at the Illinois. Large
audiences were out' to see ".he old
play, w hich though so .unmei cif ully
butchered in recent years, seemingly
has not waned in its drawing pow
ers. The veteran, J. H. Stoddardt, will
be seen here Monday, the 16th, in "Be
side the Bonnie Brier Bush."
"Moloney's Wedding." an Irish skit,
with an abundance of comedy and
singing, is billed for the Illinois Mon
Nettie HeCoursey comes tomorrow
night in "An Orphan's Prayer," a
play said to be fashioned after "The
Old Homestead." A fine production is
The admirers of "Mrs. Wiggs of the
Cabbage Patch" and their name is
legion will certainly welcome the
news of the forthcoming production
at Illinois next Friday evening, of
Liebler & Co.'s dramatization of Mrs.
Alice Hagan Bice's two famous sto
ries of "Mrs. Wiggs," and "Lovely
'Mary." A great many renders will,
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CUBAN RECIPROCITY THE
The result of the deliberations of the
Fifty-eighth congress, which was called
in extra session by President Koose
velt to consider the matter of a com
mercial reciprocity treaty with Cuba,
may be of vital importance to the little
republic which so recently set up in
business for itself.
It is said that the utmost confidence
prevails in Cuba that the congress at
Washington will give early effect to
the treaty. It is thought there that
the arguments for reciprocity are un
answerable.. The need of Cuba for
more revenue has caused a proposition
to increase some of its customs duties,
notably upon rice, which now pays 50
cents on 100 pounds.
Of Cuban exports SO per cent now
go to the United States. This propor
tion cannot be Increased because Eu
ropean countries will continue to buy
Cuban tobacco, which, constitutes near
ly all of the remaining 20 per cent of
the exports from the island. But of
Cuban Imports the United States now
contributes only about 40 per cent, GO
per cent being brought from across the
Atlantic. To Illustrate, last year Cuba
Imported 109,000,000 pounds of rice, of
which the United States sent exactly
It is plain, argue the Cubans, that
the nearness of the two countries and
the consequent low freight rates should
enable successful American competi
tion in Cuba in manufactured goods as
well as in rice and other agricultural
products, but in the first quarter of
19Q3...tb,e 4oUJfiJte..t"in .tie.U.nited
however, at once begin to wonder
what sort of dramatic plot can have
been pieced together and built up by
Mrs. Floxner, the playwright, out of
the rather slightly sketchy material
provided by the book. Nobody will
doubt for a minute the footlight ayt-
peal of the quaint characters of Mrs
YYiggs. I,ovely Mary, Mis' Hazy. Mr
Stebbins, and their fellow Patchites
as delightful creations in themselves
It remains to be seen what sort of a
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consecutive, and dramatically appeal
ing plot has been evolved to give these
indubitably enjoj-able characters an
adequate dramatic significance and
effectiveness. While final verdict
must naturally wait upon the forth
coming production 'here, one would
be inclined to judge from all ac
counts from other cities where the
play has been already produced, that
Mrs. Flexner has pursued the true
method of constructing an actual
drama proper out of a highly suc
cessful work of fiction. In one vital
lespect at least her dramatization
may be taken as an apt illustration of
the method if a playwright in turning
a book into a play.
Miss Minnie Victorson, a young
leading woman of magnetic personal
ity, who lays the role of Lelia Crof
ton in "Under Southern Skies," is sur
rounded y a tinge of romance. Her
mother was the daughter of a Spani
ard a remarkable linguist, Senor
Zumala, who held a court appoint
ment at St. Petersburg, as official ex
aminer of . foreign newspapers and
publications. The youthful' daughter
of Senor Zumala attracted the at-
States showed a loss of over 16 per
cent, while those from Germany gain
ed 140 per .cent, from Great Britain 25
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per cent, from France 14 per cent and
from Spain nearly 3 per cent.
There is another point of which little
has been made. That is the impor
tance , of Cuban trade to American
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Within two vears the count was ar
rested on a charge of political treason
and was condemned to Siberia. Senor
NETTIE 1)E COITRSEV, IN "AN OH
Zumala, fearing for the safety of his
daughter and her infant child fled
with them from Russia, and soon af
ter came with them to the United
States. Eventually they located in
Boston, where the Countess Victor
Sonvoroff was known by the simple
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LEADING AfMBf?S OF
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MATTER WHICH EXTRA
sent to the United States 09,000' bags
of sugar In American bottoms ' and
2,000,905 bags in foreign bottoms.' Of
all the Cuban shipments to the United
States only 3 per cent are 'carried in
American vessels, while 97 per cent are
carried in foreign ships, mainly Eng
lish and Norwegian. It is suggested
that the Cuban reciprocity treaty be
amended so that its benefits shall ap
ply only to goods carried in American
President Roosevelt in his message
to congress of March 7, 1002, said that
the commercial and political condition
of Cuba should be strengthened . and
broadened In every way by convention
al pacts with the Cubans and by wise
and beneficent legislation aiming to
stimulate the commerce between the
countries. Again on June 13, 1902, he
sent a special message to congress, in
response to an appeal from President
Palm a. Mr. Roosevelt considered that
the Cuban question stood alone and did
not raise the question of tariff revision;
"nor would any American industry be
Injured, but many would benefit, and
the growing Cuban market should be
controlled by American producers."
Tomas Estrada Palma, president of
Cuba, more than any other living man
has been identified with the aspirations
of Cuba and its struggles for independ
ence. Born at Bayamo, Cuba, in 1S3G,
and educated at the University of Se
ville, Spain, he took the field In 1S68,
at the beginning of the ten years' re
volt, with a large force of patriots. He
rendered .distinguished, P?rvJLces.tl?..a
Americanized name of Victorson.
The infant daughter, grown to girl
hood, determined to adopt the stage
as a profession. As a leading woman
she was really discovered by the well
known manager, Harrj- Duel Parker.
Miss Victorson has been upon the
stage two years playing ingenue roles,
but could not convince managers of
her ability to portray emotion. Mr.
Parker having seen her with James
O'Neill in "Tjhe Musketeers." resolved
to entrust to her the part of Mary in
"Woman and Wine," following Miss
Minnie Dupree. Her success was in
stantaneous. Her fine portrayal of
Mary, and the fact that her intensely
dark type of ln'anty was in accord
ance with the author's original idea
of the leading part in "Under South
ern Skies," led to her engagement for
Lelia Croft on. in which role she has
appeared to advantage for more than
Among the plays of greater moment
for which the present season will be
notable, "Alexander the Great," writ
ten by liupert Hughes and Collin Kem
per, seems to have so far attracted the
most attention. As already announc
ed, will be presented at the Illinois
theatre next Wednesday evening by
Louis James and Frederick Warde,
whose names sire household words
among the best patrons of the drama.
The authors have built, their play
somewhat as follows: In the first act
Alexander is merely a prince. His
father. King Phillip, is away at war.
mid the kingdom is being administered
soldier and was chosen president of the
republic at that time.
Captured by the Spaniards In 1S77,
he refused to take the oath of alle
giance, declaring that he preferred to
be shot as president of the Cuban re
public. He was released In 1S78 and
went to Honduras, where he became
postmaster general. About twenty
years ago he came to this country and
settled in Central Valley, N. Y., where
he lived quietly as a teacher until he
was called upon In the spring of 1S95
to perform the duties of Cuban delegate
to the United States. To this office he
was elected by a vote taken in this
country, Mexico, Central America and
the West Indies. Senor Palma was
elected president of the new Cuban re
public In the fall of 1901 and took his
seat as head of the government the fol
lowing spring. He Is a lawyer by pro
fession and has been styled the "father
of his country."
DANGER IN SODA SIPHONS.
They Slay Explode and Cause Injury
to Those Who May lie Near.
Do you know that the siphon bottle
ordinarily used for vichy, soda water
and other effervescent drinks is usually
charged with a pressure of from 120 to
100 pounds to the square inch? The
danger likely to result-Xrom an explo
sion of one of these little household ar
ticles is by no means inconsiderable,
and yet the average person handles a
siphon as though it were the most
harmless thing in the world.
jXhere are.twa. cr .tbieq .things to .rer
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MR. JAMES &iR. WARDE-
by Perdiccas the prime minister, who
is seen to be intriguing with Phillip's
young wife, Cleopatra not the fam
ous Cleopatra of Egypt, but a Mace
donian woman. While Cleopatra and
MABEL TALIAFERRO, IN "MRS.
WIGGS. OF THE CABBAGE
Perdiccas plot against the absent
Phillip. Alexander is surrounded with
women and courtiers with the design
of making him a weak minded idler.
He organizes the girls of the court
however., into a make-believe army,
his dawning- ambition beinjr shown
SESSION OF CONGRESS WILL CONSIDER
member in handling siphons: Never
keep your siphons near the range, for
the. unusual heat is more likely than
anything else to cause an explosion.
Don't subject the bottle to any sudden
change of temperature whatever. For
instance, if jou keep your siphons in
the ice box und that is the best and
safest place for them don't grasp the
glass part of the bottle with your warm
hand, for the sudden change of temper
ature is apt to cause an explosion. The
best way to carry a siphon at all times
is by the metal top at the head of the
bottle. It is needless to say the great
est care should be taken not to drop a
siphon, for an explosion is the inev
itable result. When empty, the siphon
is, of course, quite harmless.
That these bottles are considered a
great source of danger is evidenced by
the fact that the courts inevitably hold
the bottlers strictly liable for all dam
ages resulting from the explosion of
one of them if even the slightest defect
In the manufacture of the bottle can
be shown. Washington Ttmoq.
NEW ERITISH AMBASSADOR.
Slr Henry Mortimer Darand, Kins
Edward's Envoy to This Country.
Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, who
has been appointed British ambassador
to the United States to succeed the
late Sir Michael Herbert, is a man of
different stamp and career than - his
three immediate predecessors in that
office. They were trained In the for
eign office itself and served in subordi
nate Jst3 unjil j-ejgujarljadan;ed to
when, npoji bing rebuked by Perdic
cas. the prince takes him by the
throat and foces him to swear loyalty
to his future king. Masking his rage.
Perdiccas vows vengenec. An Egyp
tian ambassador comes to court to
ask Macedonia's aid against Persia.
Alexander promises the required as
sistance and, on meeting by accident,
the ambassabor's daughter Boxana.
promptly falls in love with her and
makes a new resolve to go to the res
cue of Egypt. At this juncture -lip
returns from war. and is stabbed
by an assassin in the employ of Per
diccas. Alexander succeeds to the
throne, and quickly overawes Per
diccas by his courage and the great
ness of his plans. In his new found
ambiti n however, he forgets the love
that had just begun to flower in his
heart. The second act finds Alexan
der a world renowned warrior, about
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to isir the Egyptian temple of Am
nion, to render homage to the Egj-p-tian
gods and to invoke the oracle.
Roxana having Iot sight of Alexan
der, has returned to Egypt and has
sought the seclusion of this temple.
She is chosen by the high priest to
deliver the oracle to Alexander. The
lovers discover each other with rap
ture, but meanwhile Perdiccas and
the high priest have been plotting that
Alexander shall not leave the temple
alive. When the attempt to kill him
is made, Alexander cuts his way out
of the temple, but believing that
Roxana has been a party of the plot.
his love for her is killed. The third
act is laid in the tent of Perdiccas
who, with the aid of his willing tool
Cleopatra, has arranged a new plot
against the throne and the life of Al
exander. Roxana who has followed
the army disguised in boy's attire,
stumbles upon part of their scheme
and wishes to know more, otTers her
self as the assassin of Alexander,
who appears upon the scene inoppor
tunely and discovers what he imagines
is a general conspiracy. Perdiccas to
save himself, swears that Roxana
alone is guilty, and her life i only
spared by Alexander on account of
her likeness to Roxana. whose broth
er she declares herself to be. The
fourth act is in two scenes, the first
of which shows the siege of a walled
the topi; All did their work in' civilized
capitals and abroad and at home were
figures in society.. . - .
On the other hand, Sir Mortimer, as
he is called in London, until he was
sent to Madrid made his career in In-
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dia and central Asia, and his work
was inalnly with half civilized peoples.
In both India and England he is count
ed. an.Indian. official FAQW .thefpreign
city, when lloxana saves the life of
Alexander by taking an arrow in her
own breast which is meant, for hinu
The other scene is among the glaciers
above the clouds in the mountain
tops at "the end of the world." Heref
Alexandria is attacked by a conspir
acy of his generals. His life is saved!
in a novel manner by Perdiccas whoi
realizes that . it would be fatal foe
Alexander to die before the army is
near home. The return could only b
accomplished by the magic of Alex
ander's name. The. last act is in an
cient Babylon, at a banquet w hero
Perdiccas finally accomplishes ' his
purpose through Cleopatra who puts
a fatal poison in Alexander's wine.
Alexander dies in the height of hisi
fame, and the tragedy of the situation,
is heightened by the fact that tho
banquet was being given to celebrate
his marriage to lloxana. Seats will
be placed on sale for this massivo
production Monday morning.
In a note on Samuel Laurence's por
trait of Thackeray that representing
the novelist's face in full the Illus
trated London News of Oct. 13, ISoa,
"It Is not, we must confess, alto
gether true to bis present appearance,
for it wants a recent and becoming
addition to the upper lip in the shape
of a black mustache that contrast
most admirably with a head of silver
gray, but it is like the man and will
be welcome to his many admirers."
The reference here to the mustache
is interesting for the reason that every
portrait of Thackeray, with one excep
tion, represents him with a clean
shaven upper lip, the exception being
Macllse's pencil drawing of the famous
"Titmarsh," which, however, belongs
to a much earlier date viz, about
1840 and in which there is just a
suspicion of a mustache. Presumably
the hirsute appendage of 1S55 wan
merely a passing fancy, which the ra
zor speedily disposed of. Notes, and
The law which all rascals believe
should be enforced to the last letter .13
the statute of limitations. New York
office has Taken to" itself because of tho
merits of the work he has done.
Sir Mortimer Is a lawyer, by profes
sion, but has had a large diplomatic
experience. He entered the British
foreign service in 1873 and has held
many important posts. He conducted
the negotiations with the Chinese gov
ernment which closed the war with
Tibet in 1888, and in 1804 was ap
pointed minister to Tersla, remaining;
there until sent as ambassador to Spain.
The most notable feature of Sir Mor
timer's selection is the fact that he is
the- first diplomat of ambassadorial
rank chosen to represent Great Britain
in Washington. Heretofore Washing
ton has been looked upon as a post
ranking at the foot of the embassies,
and it has been the custom to promote
a minister to be ambassador here. Tho
state department sees in this a distinct
recognition of the importance of tha
United States government.
Aside from his reputation as a diplo
mat Sir Mortimer has some fame as as
writer. His novel "Helen Trevelyan"1.
met with success, and he has alsd writ
ten a memoir of his father and a work
on the Afghan war.
Her Lost Opportunities.
Mrs. Nooly wed And if I had really,
thrown you down then would you hava
given me up?
Nooly wed I should say not. I would"
have kept right on trying to win you
even If you had thrown me over half a
Mrs. Nooly wed My, what a lot O?
fua I missed ! Baltimore American, .. .