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THE ROCK ISTTAND AUGUS
ACTORS AT BIER
OF CHORUS GIRL
Impressive Scene Follows the
Death of Young Woman
Member of Company.
SERVICES AT MIDNIGHT
Star and Stagehand Dry Tears 8Gde
by Side at Oaskrt of little
Ethel M. Oolrraan.
Joplm, Mo.. March 10. "Ben Hur"
'bu thrilled it thousands, bat to JCtnel
M. Coleman, a little chorus girl, fell
the tragic honor of being the central
figure, after death. In the most dra
matic scene in which any members of
the great company have ever partici
pated. The great play has been ably Inter
preted. Men and women who lead their
profession have held audiences spell
bound by the marvelous art with which
they played the parts assigned them.
Aided by the magic of stagecraft, they
have made the scenes of the great
drama bo nearly true to life that rea
' son alone could detect the forgery. In
'their elaborate make-believe every
Bight they live through the story of
1,900 years ago. And every night their
efforts impress hundreds with a fuller
realization of humanity's debt to the
Creator for the coming of His Son.
But the greatest actors the world
has ever produced, aided by scenes and
setting as realistic as the earth itself,
could never create a more dramatic
situation than was set In the parlors
of the undertaking company, where lay
Saturday, March 11.
Mati nee and Evening.
Frederic Thompson Offers
"POLLY OF THE
One Year at the Liberty Theatre,
A Play That Will I Are Forever.
A Real Cirrus on the Stage.
Evening 25c, 50c, 75c, gl.OO, $1.50.
Matinee, 25c, 50c, 75c, $1.00.
Phone West 224.
Sunday, March 12.
Mattnee and Evening.
In Robert Edeson's New York Success
By William C. De Mill and Margaret
The Entire Hudson Theatre, N. Y-,
B50 Nighta in -New York. 200 Nights
in Chicago. ISO Nights in
Prices Matinee 25c.
Evening 25c, 60c, 75r. Boxes 91.
Tuesday, March 14.
Direct from Its New York and Chi
cago Triumphs With Complete
Magnificent Production and
a Perfect Cast
THE THIRD DEGREE
By Charles Klein, Author of "The
Musk- Master" and "The Ion
and the Moose."
The management guarantees the
appearance here of the original com
pany including Sarah Padden, Harry
Forsman. Florence Pendleton, Ralph
Ramsey, Arda La Croix. Raymond
Entire Carload of Scenery and
Prices 25c, 50c. 75r, $1.00, SI.50.
Phone West 224.
"The most remarkable play that
has seen the light of day for 00
years.. Dr. Aked at the Fifth Ae
nne church. New York.
The ideal lenten play, not only
allowed but recommended for lent.
Jerome K. Jerome's Remarkable
"The Passing of the
Ian Robertson and the Actual
XKrert From 40O irfurnuuKn in
Great Britain and in Chicago.
SEAT SALE TUESDAY.
Prices 50c to $1.50.
SCENE FN "THE
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the body of the little chorus girl, at
midnight. Nor could priest or prophet
more eloquently describe the trans
cendent mercy of the Saviour's sacri
fice for man than was expressed in the
simple language of the Episcopal fu
neral service. A hundred forty stage
people felt themselves stirred to the
very depths of their souls by the emo
tions it Is their business to arouse in
others. And through the death of the
chorus girl, whose part, in life, was not
Important, they all were impressed
more forcibly by the true meaning of
the great scene in their play.
STOVE FEMES FATAU
Miss EXhel M. Coleman, a corus girl
in the company playing "Ben Hur" at
the Jop'in theatre, was found dead ir:
her room at 914 Joplin street. Her
death was due to asphyxiation from
the fumes of a gas stove, which she
left burning in the room when 6he
retired. The action of the gas wa?
probably rendered fatal by an affection
of the heart, which had caused her
Mies Coleman had been a member of
the company eight years, having Join
ed it in New York in 192. She was a
native of Belleview. Ontario, where her
parents live, and had no relatives in
When news of her death was made
known to other members of the com
pany, they insisted that funeral serv
ices be held in Joplin before sendini;
the body to Canada for burial. Tb'.-r'.-was
no time to call them all together
In the afternoon, and it was decid"d to
hold the services at midnight, after
the evening performance.
Accordingly every member of th
company, some 140 persons in all, as
sembled at the undertaking parlors as
soon as the curtain fell on the las:
scene of "Ben Hur." Rev. Charles A
Weed, rector of St. Philip's Episcopal
church, conducted the service. The
members of the chorus saug "Xearer.
My God, to Thee," accompanied by the
wind instruments of the orchestra, and
Musical Director Kiesewetter and First
Violinist Max Schmidt played Handel s
IS DRAMATIC S'EE.
The very air was charged with the
dramatic intensity of the situation when
Mr. Weed began the service. "I am
the resurrection and the life," he read,
and the scene in which they reach the
climax of their efforts every night
flashed into the minds of those who
heard. The true significance of tbe
powers which healed the lepers was
borne into their hearts. When tha
service was concluded" there was
scarcely an eye in the crowded cham
ber that was not wet
In the presence of death those mem
Iters of a profession, noted more for
the gay abandon of its points of view,
betrayed a full measure of those emo
tions that bind ait men together in a
common bond of sympathy. Prom star
to stage-hand they dried tears that
came from a deeper source than the
make-believe hearts of a playwright's
That midnight funeral service will
Saturday Night, March 11.
Montgomery & Stone
In George Ade's Musical Com
"The Old Town"
People An jrmented Orchestra.
Prices 50c to $2.00.
Seats Wednesday Morning.
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linger in the memories of those who
play in K!aw & Krlanger's production
of "Ben Hur." And with it will live
remembrance of the little chorus giri
who did not live to see the heart-stirring
climas of her obscure career.
March 11 "Polly of the Circus.''
March 12 "Classmates," matinee
March 14 "Third Degree."
March 16 "Passing of the Third
j Floor Back."
j March 19 "Bachelor's Honeymoon."
matinee and evening.
j April 13, 14, 15 "Ben Hur."
"POLLY OF THE CIRCUS."
Frederic Thompson s "Polly of the
Circus" comes to Illinois theatre to
morrow, matinee and night. One of
the most realistic scenes ever shown
on the stage comes in the last act,
for which Mr. Thompson, the young
wizard of Luna park and tue Hippo
drome, New York city, may be thank
ed, in that which stews the circus
There are three scenes in this act, the
first showing the pcrfoimcro' quarters
just outsid the rosin tent, with
clowns, acrobats, bareback riders,
masters, traired animals, horses, doga
and elephants, end all the beings ol
the circus turi-ying to and fro in the
haste Incident to the performance.
The second iact shows the insida of
the big tent and a remarkable bit of
statecraft it is. It is pracucally a
threo-ring shows given in the confine;?
of a stage. TL.ire is the ring with a
genuine bart hack act in progress, with
tie funny c!ons prancing around,
juEt as we saw it on the lot many,
many years aso. In another ring a
family of European acrobats and equi
librists give their demarkable feats
and in another one trained mules and
ponies go through their performance.
Mr. Thompson has succeeded in plac
ing a circus on the stage of a theatre
and the grownrups have a chance to
go and see it with comfort and with
out resorting to that venerable ex
cuse, "We're going just to take the
children." The story of "Polly of the
Circus" deals with the little bareback
rider, who comes of a "circus family"
and who meets with an accident while
the circus is exhibiting in a small
town. She is carried to the home of
the young minister nearby and has to
remain there for many a month while
recovering. She is entrusted to the
minister by Uncle Toby, the clown,
and Big Jim, ' the boss canvasman,
who are her prctectorB. How her stay
in the minister's heme stirs the gos
sips and narrow-minded members ot
his flock causing Polly to flee back to
the circus whence the minister recalls
her to share his home for all time,
affords the action of the play. Mr.
Thompson has provided an exception
ally strong cast of well-known play
ers. MACAULEY IN "CLASSMATES."
The savage realism in Robert Ede
son's successful play, "Classmates,
in which William Macauley will ap
pear at the Illinois theatre next San
day, matinee and evening, nearly
caused the ringing down of the cur
tain of an unfinished act the other
night, say the press agent. Ia the
third scene Duncan Irving penetrates
the (South 'American jungle a thousand
miles up the Amazon, in search of his
rival, Bert Stafford, whom he Las
sworn to find and bring back to bis
sweetheart. Stafford is found by the
rescuing party, but the members of
the party are lost themselves. Dun
can Irving bas in bis canteen a drop
of brandy left, which -he intends to
give to the dying man. One of his
own party demands it and rather than
see him bave it the two famished
men struggle for the bottle and end
by drawing knives. On the night In !
question a woman in the audience;
had watched the piay with intense la- j
terest up to this point, and when she j
BOY STEALS HORSES;
HELD TO GRAND JURY
Roy Uowes. Aged lO, Soils One and
Is Caught V.l lie Trjfns to Dis
pose cf Another.
Kewsnee. Haic'a 10. Roy Howes,
aged 19, was held to the Henry coun
ty prand jury yoserJjy for horse
stealing. His bcrd was i:T?d at $1,000
and he wer' to lz.il. Ho tos admitted
he was sul'ty. Or1.? of the horses was
stolen from O. A. Dupfc:r, vrhoG3 rnnu
is cast of (Mesa::??, ar.d tfi? ottier
from 2T?Ji3 eir.son of Genesoo. T&e
former hor?e -"2s r.rM at Rock Falls.
With the njoey K?wes purchased
himself a r.ew out5 of clothing and
resuired operatiens. He struck a snag
when he attempted to d:?rc"3 of tha
Heinsrn horte at Oevia. Mr. Wy
man. the liveryman thrreJ "ivith whom
Howes was negotiating, grow suspic
ious. iii!e cickeriEg with Howes
the liveryman cctcmnr-icated with the
Ke ranee authorities, and the arrest
cf Hc'.tc3 fcl'owrd. Howes cays it H
the flr?t trcuble h? wes ever in. He
claims that his parents are separated
tnd that he has bten raaiting his own
way since he was a mere boy. He
was out of fund-;, h ?-.ys. r.nd in bJs
desperation stole the hcraC3.
saw tho knives, rose from her seat,
screamed and fainted. It teems that
her hufbend hfid been lost and found
jard killed in this very same manner
I in an African Jungle two years ago.
and this reduplication of is aeatn
vts too much for her overwrought
nerves. A physician happened to be
Jn the theatre, the hysterical lady
was finally qi'ieted pn1 the scene went
on, but an added h.rrcr was given
to the scene that the actors in it will
not soon forget.
"THE THIRD DEGREE."
In "The Third Decree," which
comes to the Illinois theatre next
Tuesday, interest is aroused immedi
ately after the curtain goes up on the
first act and is sustained through
out the entire performance. The sub
ject matter of the play is euch that it
invokes our attention and starts our
minds thinking and arouses our best
emotions, leaving an impression that
is indelible. The production is said to
be of unusual magnitude and dis
plays a scenic as well as dramatic
art to the greatest advantage. Among
those prominent in the company are
Sarah Padden, Ralph Ramsey, H. H.
Forsman, Pymcnd Wells, Arda La
Croix. Harry Farnham. Grace Lord,
Joseph Garry, Florence Pendleton
AT THE MAJESTIC.
A better dres?ed man or a more
beautifully gowned woman than Tom
and IJtacia Moore have never been
seen in vaudeville litre. The Moor
put on the feature act at the Majestic
for the last Lalf of tfca week and are
certainly great dressers. Mrs. Moore
wears idght beauLiful gowns while
Mr. Moore furuiahes some novel ef
fects in men's dress. Mrs. Moore's
final appearance in a wonderful gown
and wearing a gigantic Russian tur
ban was the signal for eome great
comedy from Tom. The latter picked
an apple and ihanana off the hat and
ate them to the accompaniment of
some decidedly funny monologue. The
act is strong and in fact is not exact
ly like any other ever seen here. Tho
sinking and funmaking is high class
snd proved "very entertaining to a
large audience. The Reed sisters do
an acrobatic dancing Ktuut and Marie
Dorr gives some splendid impersona
tions. Bush and Keyser inject much
comedy into their burlesque bar act.
Mrs. Casey sings a new song and the
Majestiscope furnished several thrills
with a highly exciting film called
"Cast up by the Deep."
The Tri-City Railway Em
ployes have secured this the.
atre for both shows tonight,
Friday, for their benefit.
Don't fail to send your chil
dren down to Saturday matinee
under 12 years 5c, all others
Thursday, March 16.
"The most remarkable play
that baa seen the light of day
for 600 years." Dr. Aked at
the Fifth Avenue church. New
The Ideal Lecten Play, Not
Only Allowed bat Recom
mended for Lent.
Jerome K. Jerome's Remark
able Kymboc Play.
The Passing of the
Third Floor Back"
A ad the Actual AU-Engliah
Direct from 400 PerfonnaiioeB
in Great Britain and In
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