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THE ROCK ISLAXD ARGUS, 3IOXDAY, APRIL 3, 1911.
"BEN" HUR" WINS HIS CHARIOT RACE
Jvlanaaer Cooke Reveals Stage Secret of How Spectacular Scene is Set
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Ingenious Machinery Enables Eight Horses to Run at run (Jail op
V i .f -a
"Ben-Hur" tho book and "Een
Hur" the play are thrilling through
out, and the climacteric point of In
terest Is the cheriot race. In which
the teams of Ber.-Hur and Mesfala.
tech team of four hnrsea, harnessed
abreast, p!ur.ge heading past the
tribune whereon Bit the .lut'.gee. Much
has been printed about the book, the
pay and the race, but very little has
over been published about the man
ner In which the race If stcged In a
theater, and It Is this fca.t of play
house artifice that most arouses the
curiosity of the average man.
Mr. 17. G. Cooke, business manager
of the "Ben-Hur" company, who is
In th city arranging for the staging
of the play, was asked by a repre
sentative of this paper to dwrribe 'the
staging of this race. Ho waa not
anxious to talk on that subject. He
; referred to enlarsc on the historical
setting of General Lew Wallace's
work, the educational value of the '
production, the si-e of the cuat, etc.
"That's a stage secret you are ask- j
!ng me to p!ve away." he said. Never- j
the!f?s, persitter.ee won the day. Mr.
Cooke finally told how the crowning
spectacle cf his spectacular produc
tion Is managed.
"The Invention," he said, "belongs
to Clause Ha?fn, at one time mas
ter of the scenic dorortment of the
Klaw &. Erlaner studio, New York
City. From every point It Is covered
by patents. The invention provides
for mounting and driving traveling
aprons at the rear and sides of the
stage, eo as to prevent any break In
the scene, and this, of course, gives
the audience the impression of
change of fei.ery, as in the illusion
the spectator follows the racing
"At the rear of the stage Is an end
less apron, flanked on each side by
smaller endless aprons, each of which
13 complete in itself, but are operated
in unison. When not In use the side
aprons may be folded back against
the rear apron, but while the scene
is being 'set' for the chariot race they
are extended. Upon these aprons are
painted representations of the back
ground of the scene' in this case rep
resenting the antique circus Ar.tioch
fJied with spectators. To make the
illusion complete Mr. Hagen provided
an exceedingly ingenious .means for
representing the ground, causing the
chariots to appear to be actually
moving over it. This illusion is ef
fected by a number of narrow, end
less canvas belts painted in low
tones to represent the ground and
placed edgewise on the stage between
and In front of the chariots and ex
tending across tbe stage. On being
driven toward the rear of the chariot
it appears to the spectator that the
chariots are moving over the ground.
To give propor perspective to this
effect the speed at which the belts
are driven tire gradually decreased
toward the rear of the stago. Sult-
j able gearing is provided for driving
i these belts, which are actuated by an
independent motor. The belts them
selves are carried on pulleys, which
are ir.ountiid on houbines which may
he rmdily placed in position when
the scene is set. For connecting the
pulleys which carry the belts with
the gear for driving them, couplings
are provided which pass through the
floor of the stage and which may Le
readily tel;en up when the chariots
are removed, leaving a clear and un
"The treadmills for the ' chariots
are placed Immediately beneath the
sta ye and are covered by sections of
j planking: which are removed and car
I ried out to the wings when the race
ia to take place. There are eight
treadmills, one for each horse, and
the horses are brought up from the
stables, a few blocks away, a short
time before they are needed, and
they take their places w'th the art
ists and supernumeraries awaiting
their cue to go upon the stage. They
seem to take huge deilght in the per
formance, and seem to know to the
minute the time when they are to
"The chariots are two In number
and each is drawn by four horees,
and each chariot is provided with a
pole. The chariot of Ben-Hur Is not
a trick chariot, but that of Messala
is arranged to go to pieces when
Ben-Hur la supposed to strike the
THE GREAT CHARIOT RACE
chariot, tin wine ntra and causing
aim to lo the race. The chariot
wheels do not rest upon the floor of
the stage, but are supported on
metal yokes, which are not noticed by
the smdience. The wheels are actu
ated by a small electric motor Inside
the body and can be switched on by
the drivers. Both chariots have
these motors, and current is obtained
by the aid of plugs which are in
serted in the tloor. "
"The chariot of Messala Is ar
ranged so that at the critical moment
when Ben-Hur strikes MessaJa's
chariot by dropping a catch, power
ful springs on the axle throw the
wheels off and the body of the char
iot drops upon a yoke which Is pro
vided with springs. Of course, it Is
necessary to make one of the char
lots appear to go ahead of the other,
this could be managed by allowing
the horsee to rea-lly advance, but with
four horses this might prove danger
ous. The same means la accom
plished by having the four tread
mills and the place upon which Mes
saJa's chariot rests on an Independent
section of the flooring which can be
moved back a distance of fifteen feet.
Underneath the stage Joists support
this movable section and it slides
directly on top of these Joists. Cur
tains simulating the -color of the
stage close the aperture at both ends,
so that it is not visible to tha audi
ence. A winch winds up the wire
rope which is carried over a pulley
stange, and Is connected with the en- i
tire movable section carrying ia
sala's chariot and horses, and throe
men can move the whole affair back
with ease and give the appearance of
Ben-Hur winning the race.
"A stop Is provided so that the
treadmill cannot be operated by the
horses until the panorama has begun
to move and the curtain Is ready for
operation. The horses are very se
curely fastened so that the-, is lilt.
danger of an accident. ' To simulate
the dust raised by the chariot wheel
a combination of powders Is forced
out underneath the horses' feet and
behind the chariot wheels. This Is
accomplished by a blower in the cel
lar, driven by the same electric mo
tor which actuates the belts. The
dust Is fed Into a hopper and is
blown through ducts arranged at
proper Intervals to produce the de
sired result. The 'dust is a combina
tion of vegetable products crranpcl
to imitate the dust of a road, havlns
the buoyancy of natural dust without
"It requires about eight minutes to
set this scene, and In that time tha
side panoramap are folded out into
position, the sections of floors are re
moved and the chnrlots are rollei
into position and adjusted. Tin
horses are hitched to the chariots,
connections are made with the belts
for giving the effect of moving
lust arrani'e rnents
The nop is on. A
bet voi:,'i the thor
anJ l.i-u-ilur it
ground and the
are put in place,
Today's Market Quotations
Kansas where most needed carried ! tin tied liberal American and Danubian
(By wire from E. W. Wagner & Co.
Pr-TJ? rJi.i.. J At? i QJ"n tiie price of wheat tb'lay with de- shipmenis
Orain. provisions. stocKai. ana cotton. r 1
I.wal offices at Rock Island house. Hook j cided Mm. Bearish sentiment had tur-
Island. 111. Chicago otP.ce. 88-99-100. i tb ranKP n ti,6 cnowfall throughout !
Board of Trade. lcal telephone. No. . lner caU6e ln me snowian tnrougnout ,
west 330. ; tue entire northwest. Except covering ,
BOARD OF TRADE TRANSACTIONS.
May, SC. S5Vt. S4fi.
July. S&. .?. S44. S3.
September, 86. 86$i, S5Ji, S58a.
May, 4Si. 47'-, 46. 46i.
Jjly, 4S. 4S-;, 4S. 4S4.
Scptesr.ber, 49". 50Va, 49?i, 30.
May. 30",, 3iHi. 29. 29-.
.Tuly. SOVi. S0s, SOVi. 30.
September, 30'-;. SO. SO1. SO1.
May. 14 !5. 15-1A J4.S0, 14.S7.
July. 14.S0, 14.90, 14.53. 14.63.
May. 3.10. 8.10. 7.ST. 7.90.
July,3.10. S.15. 7 92. S.00.
May. 8.55. 8.60. S.27, S.4C.
July, S.15. S.15. S.02. S.C7.
by shorts who were in a position to re-
i alize profits, there was practically no
! buying support or the market. More
over, cash demand gave no sign of im
i provement, and receipts appeared am
I pie for all requirements. The opening
; was unchanged to (s lower. May
started at SoSS' 'i :S3as. the same
' variation from Saturday night as the
I entire list taken altogether. A drop
; to S4S promptly followed.
Corn weakened under the influence I
Chicago Cash Grain.
Wheat No. 2 r S5';'S6J4. No. 3 r
83?S5, No. 2 hw 85 '4 No. 3 h
w S3fj S5. No. 1 ns 94(995, No. 2 ns
9l?95. No. 3 ns 93'5 94, No. 2 e S7(fl
92. No. 3 s &7SI&2, vc S290, durum
Corn No. 2 46,446. No. 2 w 46Vi
To- Last Last
day. Week. Year
Minneapolis ... .,..335 346 405
Duluth 8 7 56
Winnipeg 420 C25 146
Chicago Estimates Tomorrow.
Daily United States Weather Map
U S Department of Agriculture
WIIUS L. MOORE. Cbe
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1 I J KL
464. No. 2 y 46Mjf4634, No. 3 44 j
5 45. No. 3 w 44i'45,.i, No. 3 y 44i j
45-. No. 2 423.i?? 43Vi, No. 4 w 43?i j
431i. No. 4 y 43-0 431, sgm 3740, sgy i
Oats No. 2 30, No. 2 w 31ii'32ii
j Wheat today
i Year ago . . .
j Corn today . .
of wheat, notwithstanding some com-No. 3 w Z(MZ1V4, No." 4 w 2930i
mission house buying on account of standard 315314.
wet weather. May opened unchanged
-to s85?' off at 4Gii46SjlS?467l,. ral
lied to 4i, and ten bacH to 4654ig:4678. i changed to i lower.
Oats suffered from considerable Corn opened H lower; closed un
pressure, but proved more stubborn j changed to higher.
nan other grains. May started at the
same level as Saturday night to a
sbade lower at 23-t29?s, touched
23, and recovered to 30.
Wheat opened 'i lower; closed un
I Chicago Receipts.
1 Today. Contract
Wheat 2S 8
With, the hog run far ahead of last !
I jiuiipiuiis lckjk suHieming oi a
tumble. First sales were 5c to 10c
Hay your salt and over
coat ateam cleaned and press
ed for 1.25. We hare Just
Installed the latest devised
steam and French dry cleaner.
Suits pressed while you
We do cot call for or de
liver goods, for this reason we
effer low prices and best work.
Hats Cleaned and Blocked
C. D. HERAS
1928 Fourth Arenae
Old Phone 744. Y.
Chicago. April 3. Heavy rainfall in i ve&". provisions tool
- ! turn
..a.'ssis.-sjr j -i-i:z-kcsxz- : cheaper, with May r.prions at $14.95 for '
pork, fS.10 for lard. $8.52128.55 for
Liverpool, April 3. There was Eeil-:
U ing to realize at the opening on heavy j
.-laniRiiii siiij-uifcis iu.is week ana tue
: weaker American cables on Saturday
j and values mere 142ri lower. Follow-:
i leg the opening ehorts in May covered
'and this month advanced . Support
was due to decrease in local stocks
j here for the week and the fact of light
! er world's shipments to the L'nlied i
i'i RictQuiD ueiug t.me.wv, against 5.- ;
j;j 090.000 last week. The distant months, i
M. however, continued under pressure
wiin an additional decline ln July of i
; i from the opening on further specu- ;!
lative realixing on the bearish official !
I Missouri state report and belief In con-!
ticued liberal shipments. At 1:30 p.;
! in. the market wau Irregular with May i
I steady. lower, and otherwise easy j
ana s a i lower.
! Corn at the openlcg of the market
' was M lower, and further declined
j during 'the morning. Pressure was due 1
to the cheaper American offers and con- ,
Has the biggest stock of new
and second hand goods in the
city. Five large floors and all
full of goods. He Is doing the
business in second hand goods
and sells the cheapest.
Goods Sold on Easy-Payments
Opening of Market.
Hogs 45,000. Left over 2,200. Open
ed 5c lower. Mixed 6.306.80, good
6.40 6.65, rough 6.10(36.30, light 6.55
Cattle 23.000; steady to 10c lower.
Sheep 22,000; steady.
Nine O'clock Market.
Hogs 5c to iOc lower. Light 6.50
: 6 .85, rough 6.056.25. mixed 6256.75.
(heavy 6.30 6.50, pigs 6.406.S5, bulk
I Cattle steady to 10c lower.
1 Sheep weak.
13 i Hogs tomorrow 19,000, cattle 4,000,
Beeves 5.200 0.90. cows 2.656.00.
'stockers 4.2OQ5.S0, Texans 4.&035.S0,
j sheep 3.00-3.V40, lambs 5.0036.50.
Stop and lock over my stock
of trunks, suitcases and all
kinds of goods and get my
prices. I buy; trade or sell
anything of value. If you have
any goods to buy or sell call
me up and ' you will have
DKALL'It IX XEW AND SEC
OND HAXD GOODS.
1505 Second Avenue.
Old pitose 1007. Xewr 6204.
Close of Market.
Hog6 closed more active and strong,
mostly 5c to 10c lower. Mixed 6.25(3
6.75. good 6.305 6.60, rough 6.056.25,
light C.457 65.
Good ca't'e steady, others dull.
Sheep weak to 10c lower.
Western Live Stock.
T cfTloS-c 4
kuI X y'-i Tro
LvrSIVI. or AnttmA Iium
tT vtil t drtLjmm onlx tar mmro. frisflu
i lYiooM Urftnaw stALm of wnthv. O linn (
w wimivs LKJEmimi ta uov, sua
t broash points of qi
FOHECAST 1 It ROCK ISLAXD. D A VEXPORT. 5IOLI.NK A.ND V1CIX .
Unsettled weather with rain or snow tonight or Tuesday, not much change in temper
ature. The temperature tonight will be near the freezing point.
(?reat Northern 127 ! 16c Bound: ducks iKc nnunit- eii
i.iue. BDp i Northern Pacific 1234 1 10c pound;' turkeys lSc pound.
ivaiioas v-jij lu.'jvw v.wtj Z2.uu' j Smelters .-. .'. 74V '
wuct.iu 4,'J'J 6.500
Canadian. Pacific 223
Estimated Tomorrow. . Illincle Central 13S
Hcgs. Cattle. Sheep , Pennsylvania 126
.Chicago 19,000 4,000 18,000 ; Erie 30 V
'. i Chesapeake &. Ohio Sli
. NEW YORK STOCKS. j Brooklyn Rapid Transit 773;
j New York, April 3. Following are j Baltimore & Ohio 103i
i tne fiuotations on tee market today: i-initou xua-H
2 ---- -
fc.v--i. u..-,,v. HUV5
IT. S. Steel preferred us popper
it. S Steel common 78 Lehigh VaHey
j Reading 155 , Republic Steel common 23j
f Rock Island, common .-.... 29 j
j Northwestern '. 145 j- LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
! Sou ihern Pacific 111 j April 3. Following are the quota-
!New York Central 10C1?! I tiohs oa the local market today;
B2S3Z2XZS Missourl Pacific' 51 j Live Fcultry Old Leas. 10c; springs
i St. Paul Ill";
Fresh eggs, 17c. 4
Potatoes, per bushel, cue.
Butter, dairy 24c; creamery -26c.
Feed and FgeJ. J'
Corn, per busbeL 50c
TO OMIT POISON LABELS
Iowa Legislature Passed 1 Si 1 1 Request
ed ly DruKXistt of State.
Des Mo5ne, April 3. The Iowa
house of representative s today pass
ed the Smith of Decatur bill giving
the state board, of health power to
rummon witnegses ard compel tho
production of Looks at hearings Li
fore It; also a bi!l providii, that
druggists need not label bcttls con
taining prescriptions in v,h!'h mor-
Forage Timothr hav. J14 tn tie- lhlne and other poieons are used
l"3?i I Clover hay $15. ' in 8Uch a wa' a snow they are
. ' 1 w . - -
woa uimp, per D'JSLei, isc; suck.
Wood 14.50 per load.
news an the aire The
Beer is a Healthful Beverage
If you don't drink too much of it.
When you do drink too much oflt you
can take the swelling out of your head
with a Red Circle Pill.