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THE MLGUS. SATURDAY: OCTOBER 9, 1909
Sfare L jSave Met: William Owen,
Mor, Wlio Has Ploy Many Parts
" 'Th?! stars'' I1 havfe1 appeared wir.h
have' beerf of Various 'nfftlonalitteg' find
degree of ability," said William Owen,
'who comes to the Illinois next Tues:
day eVeam'g. "My first was an Arner
'icaB, nvyt second French, ray third Ger
man 'rtiy fourth a . West Indian, my
filth British ! and my sixth an Ameri
can brought up in London. So you
;"eee my training has been cosmopoli
tanthough I have never been out of
t the' United State except for occasion
-:;""ai trips through Canada.
i - "T' ''My first appearance was made witi
ivthe late Frank Chaufrau the play,
'' :' '..'-r Kid, the Arkansas , Gambler.' The
,', T. -company was made up of veterans with
.Vf; the exception of myself, and I made
r. up' in greenness what the otheva
Lii packed, "for I was Just out oT schxrt
r - VC' .and what I did not know about stage
"life would fill a library. Chaufrau
' was a fine specimen" of American man
"hood. 'He was tall, with a line figure,
-'an eye like an eagle's, and a vole 2
also to match that celebrated bird's
beak. He had one eccentricity that
kept us all in awe. He had an enor
mous black traveling bag filled with
patent medicines, of the earliest possi
ble vintage remedies ior years oui ni
date) with which, when any one of
the company complained of illness, ho
promptly proceeded to doa niui. No
one dared to say he was sick that
season. ' . '
"My second star was Daniel E. Bond
man, a product of the German stag?.
He was a man with a very thick bod
and very thin legs. The striking pe
culiarity about his acting was th ?
- wonderful use of his hands. He had
.very small ferretty eyes, which in m
' ments ' of dramatic excitement were
entirely lost to view under his shaggy
eyebrows, but as if nature to make up
for this defect, gave him eyes in the
ijtips of hie fingers, if I may use suon
a figure of speech.
I have heard of
gestures that spoke.
i-i tares saw. His great performance was
.Narcisse, a part in. which he was in
: comparable. With him I played 14
. performances a week and went to re
hearsals every morning. I have had
', no occasion to regret the hard work.
T "Of my third star I can only speak
with a heart full of gratitude that
.Providence granted me the opportunity
.'of ever knowing such a beautiful char
acter. Her name was Rhea and her
training was gained in France. She
was a graduate of the Conservatoire
.'of the Comedle Francaise and wn.i
''Versed In the, best traditions of t'le
greatest playhouse In the world. But
:Jt.was:not what the' woman knew sojlenged Fate on my own account and
much as what she was that I remom-jthe second chaper of my career began "
AT THE THEATER I
ROCK ISLAND THEATERS.
: " . " ' THE ILLINOIS.
-.- iecai m4 Sixteenth afreet.
Oet. ! The College Boy," aaatlaee.
v Oet. llwTkc Pasoda."
Oct. 11 WUUm Own 1b Aa Tm
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' Oct. 14 George Hlda-.
-'Oct. 1 Three Week.
. V ' Oct. 23 "The District Leader.' . .
y et. t W. a. Pattern la The Block
Oct. 25 "Madame Batera.
Oct. 2-3 Faaat."
Oct. SO The Blac Moaae, aaattaee.
Oct. SI "la WyoaalaaV anatlaee.
Eighteenth atreet, betweea First and
Second arennea.' VaadevIHe at 3, 8 aad
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. .THE FAMILT.
Second avenue, caat of Nineteenth
street. Vaudeville at S, 8 and :1S p. m.
. Studies Japan and Japanese. Lou
's lee Denman, - the bright-little actress
i who appears as Tee Foo.the Japan
.ese girl la '"The Pagoda," which Is to
- r'" Formerly the Elite, Moline.
SUNDAY, OCT. 10.
r Matinee and iNiht.
Ererybody Should t See the Masterpiece
-.'Read t'ie Book. . See the Play.
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Dramatized from the Novel of Miriam Michelson by
:. .'rxiife Charming Pollock. .
: MISS Stephanie Longfellow as Nance Olden,
. and a Great Supporting Cast.
PLAYING TO CAPACITY EVERYWHERE
V St 4
ber her. She was a perfect embodi
raent of that abused word, 'lady Gra
cious in manner, full of a sympathetic
knowledge of other's troubles and a
desire to relieve them, gay in spirits.
witty "and wise.' ' She took her great
BHCcess as she took her subsequent
misfortunes, neither inflated by the
one nor crushed by the other. She
died of cancer in Paris, France, her
great earnings either spent in reliev
ing those In need, or lost in prodtfc
tions when her prosperity was on the
vone. 'A sweeter woman ne'er drew
breath.' Requiescat in pace.
"My next star was Lewis Morrisou,
3 native of the .West Indies. His per-
f ifmanc? of Mepfcistopheles has had
many' Imitations but no equal upon
the American stage, - He was steeped
In the best traditions, having, playad
with Forrest, Cushman, Booth, Bar
rett and all the other giants of whom
he discoursed wisely and well. The
second night of the season he sent for
me and said: 'Owen, I feel my old
complaint coming on and it will b
necessary for me to go to a sanitarium
I may be there a week or a month, or
six months. You will have to go on
tomorrow night for Mephisto or we'll
have to abandon the tour. It was a
fearful undertaking for one of my age
I was then about 23 but I did it. I
played Mephistopheles one half that
sear.on and was successful enough to
have a company launched the nev
season with myrelf regularly . installed
in the star part.
"My next star was Julia ' Marlowe,
born in England but raised in th
United States. The present day the
atergoers know and appreciate h?r
talents and personality. 1 can tell
theai Utile they do not know. My
principal gain while with her was the
discovery that I could play corned v.
The first part I was cast for was Back
bite in "The School for Scandal.' After
the third performance Miss Marlowe
sent for me and informed me th-it
thereafter I was to play the light
comedy parts. As the man regularly
engaged for that line was a friend of
mine and my dressing room compan
ion, it was an awkward predicament
But. the word of the great overleaps
any personal consideration.
"My last star was Creston Clark?,
a nephew of Edwin Booth, born in th?
United States and raised hi London.
With him I played all the leading
roles in an enormous repertoire of le
gitimate drama, including a three
months stay at the largest theater i'.i
Philadelphia. After this engagement
I -threw down the gauntlet and chal-
be the attraction at the Illinois Oct.
11, has made a thorough study of
Japan and the Japanese. During the
summer months she conducted a close
research in the libraries of Chicago,
studying every book she could find on
Hie subject, endeavoring to get a good
understanding of Japanese manners
and character. She is now an author
ity on any subject pertaining to Japan
and the people of that country.
There are very few Japanese women
In America, but Miss Denman was for
tunate in finding one, who was attend
ing the Chicago university, and she
made her acquaintance, and was thus
enabled to obtain much information at
first hand. It is for this reason that
Miss Denman is able to give such a
natural portrayal of the character of
Tee Foo in the musical comedy in
which she is now appearing.
Miss Denman not only studied the
manners and deportment of the wo
men of Japan, but has also studied the
style of dress, the manner of dressing
the hair, and the etiquette of the
higher class Japanese women.
Two Performances Tomorrow. There
will be matinee and evening perform-
MISS FRANCES CAMERON, THE SONIA OF SAVAGE "MERRY WIDOW"
Frances Cameron, who Tias been
voted one of the most delightful of the
nine Sonias who have successfully
danced and sung Ihoir way into th?
hearts of New York admirers of "Th
Merry Widow," will be heard here
when this Viennese operatic sensation
of the entire world is presented at the
Grand, Davenport, today and tomoriow.
Miss Cameron is a native Hungarian,
whose family sports a "tree" so high.
as MarK. twain nngat remaru, tnroe
men are needed to see to the top.
Her father was in the diplomatic
service of her country and was foi
many years stationed in Loudon.
While there he met a charming Scotch
woman and married her. hence Miy
Cameron's stage name: it is that of
her mother's family.
Miss Cameron was educated at :
famous English private school and i
of course, as English in lvr tastes
culture and general training as Hun
gariau, though her lather's racial t"tn
perament is also part of he- heritage
nd a valuable equipment, naturally.
for the role of the fascinating little
While still in school Mis.? Cameron
was clandestinely married to a young
scion of a very well known English
family a romantic affair, that on gen
eral conservative British principles
was rather severely frowned upon by
ances tomorrow at the Illinois of "The
College Boy," a musical comedy.
"Gay New York." The. merry mu-
sical comedy, "Oay New York," with
its all-star cast, including Jack Klo-I,
ville, Ada Henry, Virginia Varco
ard Rartlott, Frances Uico, Al Xebier,
Will P. Conley, Robert Cunningham.
Violet Kio, Charles Cronin and Hilda
Hawthorne, comes to the Illinois next
Wednesday evening. "Gay New York"
has taken a firm hold upon the affec
tions of amusement seekers, for the
reason of Its many sided claims of su
periority of construction. With a well
developed plot to guide the action of
its manifold merriment, it is reputed
to possess such novelty of scenes and
incidents as would naturally enhance
the value of its character as an enter
tainment which is novel in the ex
trome. Evidently those who have the
financial interests of "Gay New York"
at heart have not overlooked tho ne
cessity for providing such a pretty girl
contingent of players and singers as
may be relied upon for all manner of
eiueriainineni weas, anu especially
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Mint cinss ot ffiris wno m i ito their i
..nnnnal lnrc 1,17 lTr, 1,1 trn
themselves with startling distinction.
Mrss Longfellow as Nance Olden. '
.Baker & . Castle have
Ollaed Miss '
Rtenhnnie I .nn"fello.- for the n.nrt of
the reclaimed thief, Nance Olden, ,'n I wcro equally as cordial in their appro
Channhig Pollock's startling play. "Injval of M,ss Ward's charm and ability
the Bishop's Carriage," which is to piny i!1 tlle comedy in which she appeared
afternoon and night tomorrow at the , 'ast season. The argument of ths play
Barrymore, Moline. The reliction ofj,1ls the story of a lovable girl who
tins clever young actress is a good j seeks a home and happiness. Cireum
one as she has "youth and possesses ; stances have thrown her into a repul-
tne vigorous dramatic auu.ry mat is
demanded in the exacting part if
Nance. It also demonstrates that onlv
the highest grade of artists will find
lm ' "
I i iit ! i
; n fnr,
both sides among the elders.
Thus it was that the young people
were parted. The 'husband wa.-
packed off to India "to cure hinx," and
in a year or two Miss Cameron came
to this country and in an effort to re
coup the fortunes of the house,
brought to a low j,ass by her father';
death and the unhappy iesuUi of hi
investments, sought to find a place? on
Thid campaign resulted in a very
short time in such .rapid advance tha
Mr. Savage intrusted to the young giM
the all important role of Sonia in "The
Merry Widow." How great was Mi
Cameron's success any X?v.' Yorke
will tell it was remarkable even fo
il profession noted .for its quick recog
nition of talent.'-
Rut Mk-s Cameron v.ns hardly nccd
niiited to the rigors of a New Yir!;
winter and after a siege of influM:!
secured Mr. Savage's permission to j
iibroad f."r a few weeks to r'cup"i.iU
And now comes the really strange part
of (his veracious narrative.
The chauffeur who guided Mts.s Cam
eron's auto to the pier she -,vas book
ed to sail on the I.ticania made a mis
take and stopped a few rod to Tar
uptown, at the pier used by the Mauri
tania which huge steamer had bee;!
warped into its dock only an hour orjLucania the reader will have hit upon
so eaili?r. In her hurry and anxiety!
a place in the company. Tlr play is ;
dramatization of Miriam Micin-lso-i'.?
noval, and is a deep study of criminol
ogy. -Mr. Pollock has taken liberti. s
j " "-" .li "'it u-t-n m-
: worn manes tne sensaiionai inc.uen
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j idi iinu u uiaiiniui; ton n iti i ii- i.vj i.
spurns antiquated methods and .is
original in every phase of his woi'.c.
lie is the writer from whom the liter
ary world expects tho great American
play. Pp to date "In the llishop's Car
riage" is his masterpiece.
Fannie Ward in New Play. Mis
Fannie Ward will begin her tour this
season in a new play by Forrest
sey and L(e Arthur, entitled "Van Al
len's Wife," in Rochester. N. Y., in
November. The company is now i'i
rehearsal. Prominent in the cast, are
H. Reeves-Smith, - John Dean, Henry
Duggan, J. McKeah, V. Benoit. Ervol
Dunbar, Margaret Fuller and Janet
Slater. "Van Allen's Wife" is a drama
of modern life, strongly knit in con-1
struction, with situations of sufficient ,
ivniieiv anu tension ;is 10 oner .iiss
' warn ine ut hi loie oi ner sucit'ssiui
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I'aieei. .U I 111. fllU OI HIT AIUtTOII
season last spring Miss Ward played
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,1 lt'iiH tutit im-iii. in 1.O1I0O11. i lie I
English critics were
1 Vl iwr wui k anu nisi i itJiuc u
m nun mem. ou- iisraauuvuner
surroundings and has achieved her '
heart s desire, when onco more fate
drives her forth and she must begin
to join her traveling companions, Miss
Jameron didn't notice the mistake, bu
.ushed ahead looking to every side fo:
ier party. r:
The pur was crowded with passvn
,-er: just going through the picklin
process at the hands of,, the custom-
i- n ;iii.l theie was the customary col.
fusion of greetings. bu.Ule and hurry
Suddenly, just a few paces ahead, Mirfs
Cameron saw a tall masculine figu
engaged i:i rather animated discussion
'.villi a blue-but toned official a figtir;-
Mirned away from her but one tin
railed up sudden tense tugging? at h v
heart sliiivgs. Kor a long instant the
young giil ntood as1 though KJOted to
the spot, then she astonished the look
ers-oii jy crying out louOTy, "Dick!
If the rradi r will nere mane n very
very hard gnr-ss ami fieride that tli-
:forrsa;.l "li-i;"' was really the youn
English iuro of this very rontantic af
fair, thc.i deride (hat he must hao
made . a quirk turn as he heard his
name, that h.-- must have caught un
his petite 1-iMe in his arms and hugged
her until she gasped so that she cottid
neither laugh nor cry both of which
exercises had f?igag(d her very violent
ly thru if the same reader will say
to hi hi or hr'rsi If Hint Dick and Fran
res went to Europe together on th
the very truth
again her search for happiness. The
play will he well mounted and artis
I i ally costumed.
Fair Lillian's Season. Lillian Rus
sell begins her annual road tour in
Washington, I). c, this fall, openin
for a week there at the Columbia the
ater Oct. IS, in her present successful
Hiiele, "The Widow's Might." After
her stay in Washington Miss Russell's
tour will swing into Pennsylvania and
New Jerrey. and after this she will go
as far south as Richmond, Va., for a
brief .engagement, returning north for
r annual visit toHoston and adja
Hal-!rrnt i'itoiy. As the famous beauty
nears the end of her metropolitan en
gae.or.ient, every evidence has develoji-
eu to show she has chosen wisely in
selecting this appealing comedy of con
temporary life in and about Wall
.street as a stepping stone in the ex
ii.iiMiuig oi iter caieer. The central
'"",r oi tne imy comedy is one
1,1 w!lic: Mi Russell shines to full
K,lvanI.i!s(- The piece itself Is a de
parture rrom the line of plays she ha3
heretofore been . in..., ..,
v .,i Tif.n, uuu n
calls for more genuine work than the
aramatists have given her to do in
; the past. A Fide from this, the nlav- !
a delightful evening's entertainment
and stands upon its merits as a clean
cut and wholesome exposition of a
phase of life that has never been util
ized in stories dealing with the famous
Hoarseness in a child subject o
croup is a sure Indication of the ap
proach of tho disease. If Chamber
lain's Coas-h Remodv Jo rr,-.-un
or even after the crouny coutrh hus
appeared, it will prevent ihP alf.pl
Contains no noison ?ih k -m a '
j George Sidney Has a Neat-Fitting
Vehicle m rlay,
George Sidney (Busy Izzvl and his
big company of comedians, singers and
dancers, Is announced for an appear
ance at the Illinois next Thursday
evening. Something bright and snap
py in the musical comedy line, pos
sessing the titular handle of "The Joy
Rider," will serve as the vehicle for
this merry little comedian's tour thU
season. While it is, in a way, along
the line of all Sidney's sxhtbits .:f
solid fun, yet the advantage gained in
past successful experience, and th-;
ardent study of the public demands
for genuine humor, devoid of all im
(urines, iius ciiTOuiagcu un exiraorai
nary effort In the construction of th
new musical production. It is readily
n Jt 1 . , . . .1 . v , f .' J 1 ,
purities, has encouraged an extraordi
auiuiiicu luaL .wr. isiuiicy nas no eqv.ai ana artistic, in iact, i lie uj
on the stege as a delineator of tho'can readily be classed as a musical
Hebrew type. His Jovial humor production equal to any that will be
natural, without being offensive or ob- seen thi3 6ea.son.
Little Stage Stories
J Henry Koll.c-r is to be Nazimova's
eading man this winter.
Alia Nazimova is rehearsing lier
tew play, "The Passion Flower."
"Lord Chumlcy" is now bciag
turned into a vaudeville sketrli.
It is eaid that Annie Russell i.; scri
ously ill at lur summer home in Main.?.
.Charlotte Walker is rapidly recover
ing from an operation for appendiciii 3.
Mary Mannering is to be seen soon
in a piay called "The Vateher." which
's the work of Cora Maynard.
Arthur Warren, a Boston man, ha-
succeeded William Winter as dramatic
critic on the New York Tribune.
Walter Lawrence is getting a new
play by W. II. Boyd ready for produc
tion. It is named "A Citizen's Home."
Mrs. Fiske is to continue in "Salva
'ion Nell" until after Christmas when
die will begin rehearsals of a new
Fiske O'Hara is to be seen this sea
son in a new play by Theodore )J.
Sayre called "The Wearing of the
Gladys Hanson will be Kyrle Bel
ew's leading woman in "The Builder
of Bridges" when it is produced next
"The Sins or Society." th" big Urury
Lane melodrama recently produced 'in
New York, is soon to head lor the
William H. Thompson Is in vaude
ville again this year and is using a
new sketch called "The Pride of the
Marion Abbott has been engaged 10
play Helena Collier Garrick's old part
in "The Patriot" with Willie Collier
Fred Mace is to be seen this season
in a new musical comedy called "Miss
dlewild." He will be supported by
Murray and Mack celebrated th-
20th anniversary of their stage pait
nership while playing at Portland,
Maine, last week.
H. B. Warner is roon to he seen -n
New York in "These Are My People."
a sequel to "The Squaw Man,' by Ed
win Milton Royle. . .
William H. Crane is back from E-i-rope,
where he spent the summer, ar.d
is to start out again in "Father and
the Boys" next month.
Gertrude Elliott, who is Mrs. Forb-3
Robertson in private life, lias decided
not to come to this country to ulav
with her husband this fall.
"Lo," the musical comedy by O.
Henry. Franklin P. Adams and A,
Baldwin Sloane appears to have made
a great hit in the middle west.
Winchell Smith has been engaged
by Charles Frohman to dramatize
Love Among the Lions" for him. Mr.
Smith has better luck in turning nov
THK IIOMK OP VAUDEVILLE
Complete Cliaiige of Bill Today
Kth, th anil JOtli.
BIG FEATURE ACTS 6
The Crane Finlay Company
Presenting I lie Convulsing (Vdlege
tiiiely, 'IIis Itooimiiate.
Clark's Big Dog and Pony Show
4 Other Big Acts 4
Friday matinee "Kiteclar Ladies' Day
Any Seat lOo.
Saturday Matinee Children Under 12
Years of Age 5 Cents.
Three Shows Daily at 3, 8 and
0:1i p. ni.
Prices 10c and 20c.
All New Acts. All New Faces.!
Both Phones. Old S32. New 5153.
the Joy Kider.
noxious to those who question the ad
visability of racial characterization.
While it is usually the policy to sur
round a star with ordinary support in
order to enhance the capabilities if
the stellar attraction, there is no ne
cessity of fcuch consideration with Mr.
Sidney, his work being so meritorious
and superior in his line, that the bet
ter the cast, and tho more ability en
gaged, the better he la pleased, and th
greater advantages the production of
fers as a whole. This year the cast
embraces Pome of the leading artists
of musical comedy. The chorus is a
. a . . . . ..IniT ,1...
j marvel or oeauiy una irunuugi
costumes expensive, new and novel in
design, and the scenery a'ppropriaie
. . . . . . . iin.L. Taw T J t , I . . ..
els into i.lays than any other of our
Lily Ijngtry is writing a novel ant
at the same time working on ,an auto
biography which already contains Ci(,
000 words and is not half done.
Ethel Barrymore is not to be seen
In the new Pinero play "Mid-Channel"
until after Christmas. The piece was
done in tendon recently and is said
!o be rather somber.
Robert Ixirraine, who has not been
heard of in this country since his great
success in "Man and Superman." is to
become a Frohman star and v. ill soon
be seen in Ixnidon in the new Mau
han corned v "Smith."
Sunday, Oct. 10.
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Mallnrr natl Evening. -
COMEDY, WITH Mt'RIO CLEVKR
Dainty Daaorra Cat-by. I'rrtljr Ma
PRICKS Matinoe. 10c anil 2T,r; even
ing. 10c, 20c, 20c and 50c. Phone writ
WllTKM OUMKIIIUN. KlMUT & lunM.
Monday. Oct. 11,
Knight and Sale Present the Mirthful,
Mclodioup, Musical Coiixily.
A Japanco ' Rornane) with Tuneful
Blie Hit Comedian. Matter, IHa--ra.
Tbe llantlMomrat burua la
Th Ore.itest Assemlity nf Tnlt-nt fjor
geous Oownm Rcautlfnl ftiM-nlc
and Ktertrlcal KfTeets.
Prlrea )1, 73c, S0e and 2."k-. Plion
Tuesday livening, 0t. 1.
Enffajement of William Owen
supported by J. W. McConiu II and as
sociate players, including .Margaret
Morrison. Clayton Anderson. Thomas
Lankan, Marion Hradbury. l.on Mr
riditld. Nineta Maymes. V. Jonepli
Poirier, V". II. S'iemeyer, and others
with metropolitan reputations, pre
senting Shakespeare's delightful com
edy "AS YOU LIKE IT"
Trice H."io, 5th-, T.lr and l(l.M.
lloxeo ,?. I
Phone West 224.
Seats on sale two days in advance of
the show at the theater box office.
lataLCaTtClM IHAMBIIIIIbi klMllf A I UMHaattf .
Wednesday Night, Oct. 13. j
The CnVual-d Muslr.il f.uni-dy.
GAY NEW YORK
A Furioualy Funny and M;iKnl'lWntlr
Mounted Musical 'nm-dy.
The leading lauih iriulunr of Fur
ope and America. Comedians who are
comical; beautiful. lifwitHiing belle;
gTirgcoiiit. costumes; umpt nuns scenery;
marvelous mcrhanl.-a I effect. Fifty
chorus beaut ich.
Plione west 224.
Thursday Evening, Oct. 14.
K. D. Stair Presents Jovial
In 111 New Musical tlirly Whirl.
"The Joy Rider"
The Fjteediest Musical Comely of th
61 people; 1Ib beauty chorus; 20 new
hits; stunning costume.
PRICKS 25c, 50c, 75c. $1; box. 11.50.
l'hone wet 224.
gjatfuiwrTiii.'' it Ti i 'mill 1 1 n'nirf,
6tATM (mii iiUN.II wu 1 lunMair,