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THE AUGTJS, SATURDAY, KAKCII 12, 1904.
"Plays at ih e Th eatre.
It i.s here that he
At his heme is where
is entertained. Uere
March 13. "The Missouri Girl.
March li. "Ermir.ie."
M:,rch l.V "Ghosts."
March 16. A I G. Field's minstrels.
March J .-19. Ho'den Come ly Cf in
pany. The IJoMen Comedy compiiny (-'lines
for three rvjiht.s next week, opeuln-r
Thursday in ".VilioJy's ( "mini."
"The Jli-sfinri Girl," a rural ii;el-
erateur, writer unj scholar, rt-tires
from the comic opera f-tae at the end
f the current theatrical iseavon. His
-uccess in the elaborate revival '
"Krmir.ie" bv Messr-. Nixon Sr Zim
merman, during tke present season
has been one of the extraordinary
events of the theatrical world. Dur
in;r the original production of Kr-
minie," at the New York Casino in
JsvO, Frances Wilson was the most
talked of comedian' of the American
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ai.i:i:i:ta cai.i-atin. in iiskns -c hosts."
f : t ;i ii : i . i. Cjc :'ci bill f. r t;;;n rrnw i staye. and n-iw. -n his fi nrtli. but
f -ii i ni.
k'i:.nris Wi'.-on, tli'- ii:i!ical im-iiiiis
nf e.iii!c. up, ra. the favorite' of Hit
t In a l ft'L'i inir iirlil, priin'e ;f comedian-.
l:ea t r icn I piiiiiMpher, netur, hu-lnoii-t.
student. bnines man. ;'-li-tlciii:iii
nf wealth and pusitiiii. owner
f une of the li'ie-t and mo.-t aliialde
wivate lilra ries in this country, lit-
limst important retivnl. lie is airahi
the Mibject of ci nversat'on. Wilson,
who coine- here Monday, is not only
a rcTiiarkable man him.-i'If. but. he
a l-o I'v11 - air.oiir hi- friend some
of the mi-st dist iniiii lu'd men of the
world. There i- no time that Mr. Wil
son !ike. so well as that which per
mits lit ti ) ( be at his pleasant home
in New ll'iehcl'e. with his wife and
it is that he is surronnde:! iv eerv-
thinp that makes life Worth Hv:nr,
an.i where in tht- company of the
three members of his family, he read
writes. studies and finJs comfort
amonr his bowks, his antiquities, relics
and other possessions which, he has
secured from almost every quarter of
the globe. Mr. Y dson is a lover of
art. He is not too particular as to
what branch he is brought in contact
with for he loves it for its own sake
It is his familiarity with men and af
fairs that make him the leading hum
orist of the American stare, and Mr.
Wilson i.s today, in spite of the fact
that he is much young-er than many
others in the same line of business,
the real dean of the comic opera
statre. Mr. Wilson was born in Phila
delphia and at an early aire showed
unmistakable siprns of adopting the
stajre as a profession. He never made
a failure. He has played many parts
ami was always a success as far as
his individual work was concerned.
Nearly 1" years aro "Krminie" was
first produced at -the New York Casi
no. In the r:de assigned to Mr. Wil
miii he made a distinct anil an eer
lastinvr hit with his audiences; it was
a success that attache:! itself to nun
eer since, and the p pularity which
the comedian grained at that time has
has been his until this day and promis
es to be his until he finishes his work
on the mimic staire. His wonderful
suoco.-s in tins opera has Iieeii as
sociate I with him in other produc
tions, but many of the other produc
tions were not enthusiastically re
ceived an 1 so generously approved as
was Krminie." . So imiurrta nt w as. the
work of Mr. Wilson in this cpera that
from the very first his name has been
inseparably connected with it. as are
the names f .IcflVi'son with "Kip Van
Winkle," and O'Ncil! with Monte
Crist o." Since "Krminie" was origi
nally produced Mr. Wilson has appear
ed in.ii numoer .r operas, inciucina
The Merry Monarch." "The Uound-
ers. I he Kittle t orporal, I he
Monks .f Malabar," "The Strollers."
"( vrano de llersrerac. Phc Torea
dor, and liianv other proouc lions, lint
in "Krminie" Mr. Wilson is best known
Hid admire !.
The vaudeville houses were ransaek
d this summer to secure a iu-el at
traction for the Al d. field minstrels.
I'he cities of I.ondi n. I'aris. l'.erlin and
Vienna were visited bv the a -rents of
the popular minstrel in the hope of
di.co erinir some act new to America's
imi'-eniont iatrons. Kvcrharf. who
has been plavinar in the eoiitincutal
iiuisie halls tlie past two years, acted
a aircnt for Mr. Fit-Id. enrairiiiir one
of the jrreatest novelties of the aire
for the season of I'.UU. I.eioh and
iJrother, v.ho have be-en electrif v in-
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an t.urope witu tneir -'r'n -ii,i-
librist tricks lulled in Hcrlin as Hand
stadt auf 1C HilliardciiH-s eiuzisr das-
tender tricks." in which. billiard balls
and cues play an important; jiart, is
the attraction secured by Mr. Field at
a a!arv that In the e! ;en times wixihl
be sufficient to run an entire minstrel
trmip. Their act will be maeniikent !y
set. Mr. Field carries with him for
this act alone a fine billiard table
with all the other appurtenance re
quired for this hirh class exhibition of
equilibrium. The scene set for the act
represents the interior of a Herman
cafe or billiard parlor. Refreshments
are always served in the.-e . jdaces in
Europe. Leigh enters as a guest. The
attendant in the billiard parlor acts as
his assistant in the act. Leigh begins
with a game of practice billiards, after
which he does all manner of peculiar
equilibrist!' feats with billiard balls
anJ cues, balancing himself on Ids
head on the end of an upright billiard
cue. He concludes his wonderful feats
by building a pyramid with billiard
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.IKSIK HAKTLKTT DAVIS, IN
"K I'M I NIK."
cues, reaeinug to the Hie.-, balancing
himself meanwhile on the apex. The
performance is the only one of its
kind, an.l is exciting'' a great deal of
When Henrik Ibsen was S years old
his life- f comparative luxury sudden
ly came to an end through reverses of
his father. It is quite natural, there
fore, that precocious as he was his at
tention should be directed toward the
seriousness of life. His childish oc
cupation f carving woi den figures,
indulging' in magic even to the extent
of giving public performance.-- revell
ing in historical ho ks rather than
ri malices, indicate both the effect of
necessity an.l the direction his ener
gies were to take. Apprenticed nt 15
to a pharmac i t. he became a compe
tent cieik and :it the same lime pre
pared himself for college. In your.g
manhood his min.i was directed to-
j-ward dramatic life, but" more sub
stantially to public events in which he
was often a party leader and reformer
of di gged persistency. Like others of
Ids temperament he had a f.ing at air
n:ost every occupation of a literary
character, and after having successive
ly tried his hand at dramatic- compo
sition. lyric poetry, political satire,
criticism and editorial work, his nt
sition was not at all centain until his
appearance at Uergen in 1S31. his age
being 23. He had won h ypiasi repu
tation from time to time ami conse
quently when the new theatre was
built at Hergen and its promoters
were looking about for a stage mana
ger he got the position. On the fit h
day of November IS.M he was made
"theatre poet." The follow irg year he
was given money to defray the expenses
for three months stu ly of the for
eign stage management upon condi
tion that he return an.l assume the
management of the theatre for 5
year". His work there is well known,
but from accounts given by himself
and friends, his life and business did
not differ widely from the present
managerial vicissitudes. In brief, he
was and is a ractical theatrical man
with the talents of a gifted poet and
powerful playw risrht. "Chosts" is re
plete with not only perfect technique
of situation, but absorbing profundity
of expression and thought. It is real
life. The presentation of "Chosts" in
this city at the Illinois Tuesday by
Mis- Alberta (iallatiu will afford in the
first place a perfect drama, in the sec
ond place a perfect company support
ing an nctresi to whom both critics
anil public have accorded but ope
tribute great ncss.
Island, is laid up with the grip.
II. K. l'ratt. the lo ck lslan i engin
eer. 1 as reported, for work after a
siege of the grip.
Nrakem.au .1. K. Taylor, of the I'.nr
lington. is off with the grip.
tiny I'uins. is now foreman of a
switch crew in Moline for the l'ur'.ing
C. Dahl.strand, a switchman on the
lo ck Island, is ft" sick.
,T. K. Weber, vnrdmasfer at Moline
for the l'urlington. is nursing an in
jured Kneecap sustained while wolk
ing around an emrine this week.
II. Strayer and Harry Wright, engi
neers of the Kock Island, have been
hKiidimr out the eisrars for the last few
Island, has returned from a business
trip to Chicago
(i. C. .lenk-. com', net or on the Niir
lington. is siik with the grin.
Engineer W. H. Fischer, on the Mer
cer county branch of the Kock Island,
Switchman N. Oisen. of the Kock 1-1-and,
i o!T with the grip.
Among the big industries that de
pend upon loal to-vim and that are
anticipating a general strike of the
coal miners about the first of April,
if the prevent ditlicultics now pending
in t ween the miners and mine owners
are not settled, is the t .. 1?. tj. rail
road, and the company is putting
forth every effort possible, if a strike
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N. X. Coon.-, switchman on the Kock
Island, is off with a severe ool.l.
Engine :;t"7 ha.- been taken to New
Shops for general repairs. The 3'()
will take the place of the 3ljT.
S. McWilliams, a switchman on the
Kock Island, has the grip.
Fred Stafford has resigned his po
siti n as oar clerk for the Kock Isl
and. Clifford Duncan has been appointed
assistant yard master for the Kock Isl
and in the local yards.
L. N. Allen, superintendent of the
Illinois division, of flic Kock Island,
has returned from a business trip to
IVoria and Chicago.
Engineer William Johnson, of the
Kock Island, is off sick.
M. Mitchell, engineer on the Hock
lU KDIE NAKTKAM. IN "THE MISSOCK1 (JlKl..'
days. They have both become papas
of baby girls.
Switch'man William Tahan, of th.c
Durlington. has the grip.
lhikeman C. l!. doliii-on. of the l'.ur
lington. is Living oil' on account of an
Engineer II. 10. Kibble. . f the Kock
Island, is taking a lay olT.
Engineer Fred Channon. of the Kock
Island, is off sick.
Fireman Walter (lould. of the Kock
should occur, to be prepared for the
hard times that are bound to conic.
and Sore Throat.
Signal urn of iifj.
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