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Ligbt opera is running a four Boston houses.
A roof garden is to bo established upon the Masonic Temple, Chi
cago. Mario Burroughs has added the Money Spinner to her list of plays
for next year.
The third season of friends, Edwin Multon Rsyle's comedy-drama,
will open at St. Paul, August G.
"Duoluphono" is the nanio of a new aparatus patented in England
for moderating tho tone of a piano.
A Spanish musician has devised a system of musical notation by
which the sharp and ilat Bystem is done away with.
The Carl Rosa English Opera Company has had a prosperous B3a
son of forty-one weeks in the English provincial cities.
Herr Dowe (pronounced Dovay), with his bullet-proof coat, is com
ing to America to fill engagements at tho dimo museums.
Eugene D'Albcrt is putting the last touches to an opera called
Ingo, with a libretto based on a German novel by Phillip Rufer.
W. S. Hart's impersonation of Napoleon will next season give way
to the character of Shakespeare, which Mr. Hart will assume in
Rhea's new play dealing with the poet.
Mme. Materna will return to this country early in January, and
will make a tour through the United States, taking the principal
part in a series of Wagner Evenings.
Alboni's opera performances in this country included The Daugh
ter of the Regiment, Cinderella, Sonnambula, Norma and the Barber
of Seville, at Philadelphia, in 1833.
Edgar and Harry Davenport, the sons of the late E. L. Davenport,
and brothers of Fanny Davenport, think of starring jointly next sea
son in some of the plays in which their father was famous.
Thero aro very few divorces in tho profession just at present, and
a New York paper suggests that this scarcity of sensations is due to
the fact that it does not pay to advertise when the theaters are all
W. H. Crane will spend much of the summer in cruising in his
yacht in the neighborhood of Boston. He passes tho time under an
awning on deck, studying the part of "Falstaff" from the prompt
books of the best representations.
A Boston theatre as a hot weather advertisement served ice-cream
to its matinee patrons, and of the 450 spoons passed out with the
cream on a given day but sixteen were returned. Of course, they
wero supposed to be souvenirs.
J. M. Barrie, author of The Little Minister and the Window in
Thrums, is to be married to Mary Ansell, who played a part in his
funny play, Walker, London, at Toole's theater in London. Then
Mr. Barrie is going abroad for rest and change.
There are more living pictures walking the streets of New York
city than thero were chorus girls in the palmiest days of opera. It
is said at the printing companies that three out of five companies
taking tho road this season are te have them as a special feature.
It is stated that the South American tour planned by Messrs.
Abbey, SchoefTel and Grau for the opera company has been given up
and that their season, with Verdi's Falstaff as one of tho novelties,
will begin at the New York Metropolitan opera house early in the
Maggie Mitchell's husband, Charlie Abbott, is to return to the
stage next season and play '"Miles McKenna,"' in Rosedale. Abbott
was for some years Miss Mitchell's leading man previous to their
marriage, and then having become too stout to play juvenile busi
ness, ho took to management.
Although On The Bowery, which will open tho season at the
Poston Theater, is melodramatic, in its main action, the Bowery
types of character that abound in it give it a pronounced comic as
pect. One of these is a Hebrew vender of collar buttons and sus
penders. Frank Bush will fill this role.
Mr. Barrie's comedy, The Professor's Love Story, which inverted
the usual order of things by being brought eut in the United States
first, is meeting with success at tho Comedy Theater, London, and
seems likely to prove as popular as Walker, London, whoso long run
tho critics are unablo to explain.
John Mason's now pieco for next season has a novel idea. When
it opens he is 100 years old. Tho magic gift of four kisses, uach of
which will tako twenty-live years from his life, is given to him. Ho
receives three of them and becomes a young man and falls in lovo,
but if ho kisses his sweetheart it means death to him.
Tho Working Women's Homo in Chicago is to havo a room for
actressess. Tho room is to bo called tho Jessie Bartlett Davis, be
cause sho was tho first honorary member of the Homo Association.
Tho association has a houso in the city, a frco dispensary and placo
for summer outings in Lake Blutf, with a cottage and bathing
The Seidl orchestra, under Mr. Anton Seidl's direction, will make
a tour of this country next season. The soloists will includo Joscffy,
if ho returns to the concert stage: Mine. Julo Rivo-Hing and Adolo
Aus Dor Ohe, pianists; Cesar Thompson, tho Belgian violinists; Sig.
G. Campanari, Mme. Emma Juch, Amelia Materna, Lillian Blau
velt, Mrs. Julia Wyman and Emil Fischer.
Frank J. Auburn, formerly a process-server in tho Sheriff's ollico,
pleaded guilty recently before Judgo Martin. Now York City, to
forgery in the second degree, in having Bigned tho numo of Mr.
Davies, dramatic critic of tho ''Evening Sun," to a request for four
seats at the Broadway Theater. Auburn was sentenced to Thirty
days in the penitentiary in January, 180.1, for getting seats at tho
Casino on a forged order. This time Judge Martin mado tho sen
tence a year.
Billy Emerson and Lew Benedict are engaged for the principal
end men of Cleveland's minstrels. Banks Winter. Albert Iliwthorno,
John J. Nolan and Will Holbrooko will load tho singers, and the olio
will be presented by the Crawford brothers. Constantino and Lyons
Thompson and Bonnell are the Alpha four. The special features of
the entertainment will be tho Columbus first part, the Midway
Plaisance, The Battle Royal and a burlesque on the living pictures.
An interesting figure to be looked for on tho A merican stage this
season is Miss Olga Nethersole, a young English actress, who has
made a reputation on the London stage in the parts of "Countess
Zicka" in Diplomacy, and the heroine in tho Transgressor. She will
appear in this country under Mr. Daly's management, her first part
being that of "Juliet." Olga Nethersole is not a stage name, nor
was she born in Scandinavia. Her family is Kentish, with Spanish
blood, ou her mother's side.
The Londo "Saturday Review," speaking of Bernhardt's perform
ance in Izeyl, says: "If the third act is the most powerful from a
purely dramatic point of view, tho second provides an .incomparably
finer occasion for the display of the French tragedienne's seductivo
powers. 'Izeyl' has equipped herself for certain conquest. Every
persuasive wile and coquettish art is brought into play. It is assert
ing a great deal, but not too much, to say that Mme. Bernhardt has
hitherto done nothing to equal the irresistible allurement of tho ear1
lier part of the passage with tho 'Prince." Tho end of the scene
was by no means unworthy of tho finish. Tho amorous fascination
was followed by a subtly marked and most pathetic yielding to the
admonitions of the ascetic 'Prince' and the lingering, reluctant exit,
with its suggestion of tender subinissiveness, was of a piece with the
Irving is to be made a Baronet as Sir Henry Brodrib, of Keinten.
In anticipation of this fact the "British Weekly" stated that Irving
was born in a little cottage on the main street of Keinton-Mande-ville,
Somersetshire, and that his father was a journeyman tailor,
well remembered by tho oldest inhabitant. To this Irving charac
teristically replies in tho "Westminister Gazette: "1 have the high
est respect for the tailor craft: it is useful and honorable, and tho
world would bo cold and iodecornus without it; but I must not claim
an honor which is not my birthright. My father had not the re
motest connection with tho business of a tailor in any of its branch
es The oldest inhabitant of Keinton Mandeville, who remembered
after fifty-four years tho minutest particulars of so unimportant a
birth as my own' is once again mixing up his imiganation with his