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ETHE 'ARGUS, TUESDAY. .TiTU Alt Y 14. 1008. -
He Toasts "The Birds"Habits of
the Feathered Tribes
HEN the Mocking Bird
says 'ha-ha-ha! in his
own way, he means it.
He is railing at the
fhnueht of cased captivity. He
realizes his position, knows he is
trapped, but his bouI soars ever. And,
though in confinement, he voices op
timistic sermons in song.
"Once in awhile he rails In bor
rowed note at adversity; a note bor
rowed from other birds still experi
encing freedom, and not therewith
" "Truth crushed O earth shall
rise again' but the Mocking Bird
cased will not breed. He is a
philosopher par excellence."
It was Uncle Joe talking Uncle
3oe the Story Teller.
His listeners this time were not
all children. Graybeard and Granny,
Papa and Mama, Uncle and Aunt, all
helped to make up the family re
union, of which Uncle Joe had been
delegated toastmaster. It fell to
him to respond to the sentiment (in
re of the reunion) "Ain't it a
His opening remarks having been
Bet down, it remains but to report
the rest. And this is the balance of:
Uncle Joe's Talk About Birds. v
"There are from ten to twelve
thousand different -fcinds of birds.
according to different forms of clas
sification, and they all love freedom.
If I had my way, no bird would ever
be caged against its will. Many (
kindsof birds, however, seem to pre
fer domestication with man, and
such are not to be classed with the
wild. The delicate Canary and the
robust Shanghai seem equally depen
dent upon man's help and care.
"Cage a wild bird, it wil mope.
The Mocking Bird, being a philoso
pher, makes the best of the situation.
At times he mopes, and at times re
joices. Primarily, he is a songster
a creator or melody. Secondarily,
he is an imitator. But, whenever the
Mocking Bird starts in to sing, all the
rest of the birds 'set up and notice.'
He is the professor of mellifluous
esperanto. He scolds, weeps, mourns,
laughs, cries, chuckles, pleads, rails,
reviles, rejoices, throughout the
whole gamut jf bird-voice. Fourteen
years is his ripe old age. Few live
"The Farrot i3 the longest-lived of
birds, though it has been claimed
the Swan is a close rival. Of all
animals, tortoises and turtles carry
off the palm for authenticated longe
vity. Klephants follow. Then comes
the Parrot, which is the best imita
tor cf the human voice; though, by
splitting a young crow's tongue, the
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About Their Ways of Communicaton.
bird may be taught to utter words.
There are other talking birds, but
as a mocker of the human voice the
Parrot reigns supreme. He has been
known to reach 100 years of age, and
"Chickens talk. All you have to
do to prove this is to watch a
chanticleer marshal his flock and
note his various, voiced commands
and admonitions. Your common old
barnyard rooster can say a whole lot
in a mighty little bit of time; and,
what's more, he is usually ready to
back it up.
"The different societies for the
preservation of birds which exist
throughout the United States have
been called into being by the rec
ognized necessity of protecting the
farmer and fruit-grower's best
friends, feathered insect-eaters. Each
year legislation is being pushed for
ward throughout the Union to fur
ther protect birds. The day of the
boy with the slingshot, thanks to en
lightened methods of education, is
"Did j'ou ever watch the King
fisher at work? He is quick. A
dart or gleam of a rushing minnow's
fin, and old crested 'Blue-Belt' has
his snack. Seldom does he miss.
"The Jack-Snipe is not the fastest
flying bird, but he's one of the hard
est to hit.. He is up with a 'cheep I
off in a corkscrew flight, and gone
almost before you know it. And
any honest snipe hunter will tell you
that blue smoke and floating wads
is frequently all there is to show
for the shot.
The Owl is the emblem of wisdom.
Why, nobody knows; though various:
explanations have been attempted.
Owls prey upon birds, rabbits, squir
rels, mice and insects, hunting chief
ly at night and resting by day. There
are about forty kinds of owls in
America, varying from the size of a
robin to that of a small turkey. The
Great. Horned Owl has large ear-tufts
standing up like horns; the Screech
Owl is small, and noted for its
tremulous, doleful notes. The Long
eared Owl has very long ear-tufts,
and its cry is prolonged and plain-
! tive, consisting of two or three notes
repeated at intervals. Burrowing
Owls are small and live in the bur
rows of the Prairie Dog.
'The Cuckoo is a very much ma
ligned bird, the principal stigma
placed against it averring it steals
its nest. The Cuckoo builds a nest.
but being erratic in its habits, some-!
times keeps on laying eggs .after its
own nest is filled, such overplus be
ing deposited in nests of other birds,
where, on account of rapid hatching,
the egg often gives forth young
sooner than its egg-mates, and the
young Cuckoo, being naturally fur
ther advanced in vitality - and
strength, rules it over its nest-mates,
sometimes pushing them outs as does
the young Cow-BirdNikewise an in
terloper. The Cow-Bird builds no
"The Bobolink, Cow-Bird, Black
birds. Larks and Orioles belong to
one family. The Bobolink is some
what larger than a Bluebird, of a
black and cream color, the female
yellowish brown. To all who live in
the country its song is familiar. Some
good poetry has been written about
the Bobolink. Late in the summer
Bobolinks fly southward, and are
seen in immense flocks in grain fields
and along the margins of creeks and
rivers, where the tops of the reeds
are bent with ripe" seeds. Thousands
are shot by the hunters and sold in
the markets, where they are called
"With these brief references to
birds in general, we will now con
sider the proudest bird of all, the
Great American Eagle. It has been
said of him that he is a robber, that
he lies in wait for the weakling.
Nonsense! The Bald or Great
American Eagle lies in wait for noth
ing. He builds his nest in the top
of the highest tree. True, he may
let others work for him, and take his
toll or tax from their earnings but
that is only revenue. The Fish-Hawk
catches the fish and the American
Eagle either catches the Fish-Hawk
or scares him so badly he drops the
fish, in which case the Eagle appro
"The Lammergeyer of the Alps i3
the biggest bird. .But the Alps
wcu'.d be lost in Colorado. In the
range of his own eerie the American
Eagle can lick any bird on earth. He
flies high and fights hard. And, take
him all around, he is a fitting em
blem of Freedom.
"Don't you supposo our daddies
know what they' were about when
they adopted the Eagle as their em
blem? Of course they did! Anyhow,
they did it; and that ought to be suf
ficient to set the seal of subsequent
approval upon 'Old Abe.'
"It is three years ago to-day that
I drew into San Francisco harbor
after much traveling. And, although
I had Feen and saluted the Stars and
Stripes in Manila and Honolulu, as
well as at many distant consulates,
that little old piece of bunting they
call 'the flag,' as it rippled on the
bow of the fast-nearing doctors'
launch, was the prettiest sight I ever
saw. It meant 'home again.' It
meant the Great American Eagle
was hovering nenr!"
"Here, here!" whispered Uncle
Joe's older sister, pulling at I 1 coat
tails. "Don't you think y5u ar
running away with yourself?"
"I'll be switched if I am!" re
sponded the speaker. "Here's to
the American Eagle! Long may he
live! And you all ought to be
mighty glad you're living in the shel
ter of his protecting wings."
AT THE THEATERS
(Sixteenth street and Second area.)
Jan. IS -"The Durfcoiuaater."
Jnn. 10-17-1$. Suermau Stock com
pany. Jan. 19 "reggy from Parle," mat
Jan. 20 "Dream City."
Jan. z:t Joe Howard and Mabel
Ilarrlnon In The Flower of (he ltnuch."
Jan. 21. Jnne Corcoran In "A DoII'n
Jan. 2 "At Yale," matinee.
Jnn. ( "The 1,11 j and the Prince."
suit is an aggregation of beauty not
to bo excelled.
''Burgomaster" Tomorrow. Pixley
& Lurt?rs' famous musical comedy,
"Tlif Burgomaster," will be the attrac
tion at the Illinois tomorrow. Gus
Weinburar and Ruth White, the two
originals in the parts of Peter Stuyve
sant and Willie Van Astorbilt, will be
(Eighteenth street, north of Becend
Vaudeville at S, 8 and Bil5 p. m. Tw
aaatlneea Sundays and holidays.
(8eca4 avenue, east of Nineteenth
Vaudeville it 3, S and 9:1.1 p. m. Two
matinees Snndays and holidays.
Everybody's Friend. Old friends are
best it is said, and it holds good in al
most every thing, theatrical affairs as
well as others. "My Friend From Ar
kansas," a comedy drama by Robert
Sherman, which has stood the test of
many- performances, will be seen at
the Illinois theater Jan. 16. It is safe
to say that few plays have pleased as
many people as this succesul comedy
drama has in the six years of its ca
reer. The management claim that it
is better, this year than ever before
and guarantees the public a strictly
first-class production. Ladies free
opening night under usual conditions.
"Dream City." "Dream City," an ex
ceptionally clever so-called near opera
with Little Chip, Mary .Marble and a
big cast will be presented at the Illi
nois. Monday, Jan. 20. It is best de
scribed as a succession of laughs set
to charming and effective music. The
authors, Edgar Smith and Victor Her
bert, have been identified vlth many
successes in the musical comedy line,
but neither has ever turned out any
thing half so good as his share of . the
delightful entertainment The produc
tion is Joe Weber's direct from his
New York playhouse and will be
staged in its entirety. The chorus
must not be forgotten. It is the
youngest, prettiest and) most agile
by completing the first half year of its
run brighter, livelier and more enter
taining than when it was first pre
sented. The record made in Chicago
by "The Girl Question" is being dupli
cated by an excellent company with
a strong cast which was sent on the
road at the request of outside mana
gers who predicted for it a reception
outside, of Chicago which would sur
pass that given any previous LaSallo
offering. That these predictions were
not groundless is shown by the un
precedented crowds drawn by the
piece in the cities which it visits.
Christmas day it played to the largest
audience ever assembled in a theater
in Joliet, 111., outnumbering even the
crowd that greeted "The Time, The
Place and the Girl," which formerly
held the record. An unusually gen
erous welcome has been given the No.
1 road company of the "Girl Ques
tion," which contains all the brilliant
features of 4he Chicago production. In
all the cities visited by this organi
zation return dates have been booked
to satisfy the demands of opera house
GUS WEINBURG IN THE BURGO
MASTER" AT THE ILLINOIS
the featured "members of the cast, and
there will be an especially strong act
ing company and also a chorus of 50.
The costuming is exceptionally, hand
some, having been made for this pro
duction by Marshall Field of Chicago,
and the production is a large one. Sev
eral changes have been made in the
book, to freshen it. Miss White has
written a new song which is thought
by the publishers to be most promis
ing. This is: "How Many Have You
Told That to.
"Girl Question" Neanng 300 Per
formances. Rare fortune, that has
fallen to the lot of few shows in Chi
cagothat of running continuously for
six months has come to The Girl
Question " the Adams. Hough and
Howard musical success, which is play
ing to crowded houses at the La Salle
theater. When "The Girl Question
was produced by the LaSalle musical
stock company last summer, critics
predicted for it generous support and
lnWinir nonnlaritv. and . the piece is
girls that could be found and the re- niore than fulfilling its early promises
The Big Majestic. The big Majestic
theater, Chicago, which has well
earned the name of the aristocrat of
vaudeville theaters, having silenced
competition by its beautiful equip
ments and accomodations and by the
unsurpassed quality of its bills seems
determined .now that it has the field
all to itself to be even more liberal
with "the public than ever. This is
saying a great deal since the records
show that it has always played all
the available vaudeville talent in the
world. For the week of January 23 a
bill of asfonishing value and excellence
has been provided headed: by Marie
Lloyd, probably the greatest of the
English music hall artists. Her first
week at the Majestic was so success
ful that she was retained for a second
week in order that a larger public
might have the opportunity of seeing
and hearing this premier English ar
tiste who made the name of Lloyd
famous long ago and is still unex
celled in her unique specialties of sing:
ing and characterization. Louis Mann,
the famous character comedian who
has been identified with many of the
larger companies and is a star of un
doubted magnitude, will appear with
his company for the first time in th
Majestic theater played a condensed
and improved version of the playlet,
"All on Account of Eliza." With two
such supreme stars as 'Marie Lloyd
and ; Louis Mann most vaudeville
houses would be content to -supply
mediocre talent for the remainder of
rThe bill but the Majestic evidently
prefers headliners all the way through
A Night with the Poets" is a dis
tinct novelty presented by a large com
pany and devoted to the musical and
dramatic exposition of the Whitcomb
Riley and other poets.
At the Elite. The manager of the
Elite is presenting a good bill for the
first half of this week. The Brahams,
shadowgraphic artists, have a novel
and interesting act something never
before seen in this city. Some of the
shadowgraphs are of a comic nature.
Among those worthy of especial men
tion is the 'great international yacht
race between the Reliance and Sir
Thomas Lipton's yacht, the Shamrock.
The three Hylands are presenting a
comedy singing, dancing "and musical
sketch, introducing the trombone and
cornet and featuring Jaby Hyland, the
youngest drum major in the world, who
is very clever with the baton. Th-3
Diamond Comedy quartet have good
voices and plenty of good comedy, and
make quite a hit. Bernard, Baunon
and Bernard, in a comedy sketch enti
tied "The Irish Pawnbroker," are good
Their comedy is of the fast and furious
kind, and kept the audience in a roar
of laughter. Mrs. Mae Richards-Casey
with the able assistance of the Dia
mond Comedy quartet, H singing "San
Antonio." Alex Mason i showing very
interesting pictures wit l the Elito
one of his hits. There are also four
other big acts being presented. Belle
and Henry, a team of comedy acro
bats, are presenting a number of clever
gymnastic feats, that win favor. The
team Is composed of Mr. Belle and
Miss Henry. Mr. Bell takes care of
he comedy end of the act with a num
ber of funny falls. Miss Henry is a
pretty little lady and rs a clever gym
nast. Earle and Wilson are presenting
comedy sketch entitled "Fodder
Bill." Miss Wilson characterizes as
a single young lady who wants to en
ter vaudeville and Mr. Earle character
izes as the booking agent. Miss Wil
sou is given a trial to see what she is
canable of doinse. Another act that is
worthy of praise is that being pre
tented by Tom Hefron. a one legged
gvmnast and dancer. Mr. Hefron had
his left leg severed by the wheels of
a train when a mere boy but by a lot
of practice he has become as clvver as
most men who have two legs. He
performs the feats of dancing on the
crutch and high kicking with his good
limb. Miss Mamie Mitchell, the lady
baritone, who appeared here last week,
was held over for this week. She is
singing "My Heart Is Calling" - this
week. A great deal of interest is be
ing manifested in the piano contest to
be held at the theater Wednesday
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REHEARSAL IS POSTPONED
Performers in "Chimes of Normandy"
to Meet Thursday Evening.
Owing to the fact that the Turner
hall has been rented for this evening,
and it being impossible to secure an
other place, there will be no rehearsal
of "The Chimes of Normandy ' tonight.
The next rehearsal will be held Thurs
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At the Family. The bil' being pre
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headed by Harry L. Webo, probably
one of the best known black face co
medians cn the vaudeville stage. In
Mr. Webb the public Is getting the
real goods. His jokes are all new
ones. His act is filled with witticism
and song and his parody singing is
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