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THE INDIANAPOLIS JOURNAL, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1889 SIXTEEN PAGES.
16 STABS ON THE LOCAL STAGE Many Attractions to Tlcaso the Fancy of All Classes of Theater-Goers. Thanksgiving Week to Be Filled In With Mel odrama, Comic Opera, Farce and Irish Com edyThe Eden Jlcsee Stae Gossip. There will bo no attraction at the Grand to-morrow night, but Tuesday evening the Dnff Opera Company will begin an engage ment limited to two performances, present ing, for the tirst time in Indianapolis, Harry Panlton's new work, "Paola." The Dull company is a large organization, including nearly sixty people, the chorus alone hav ing forty-live members. -Among tho princi pal is Miss Lenore Snyder, of this city, vrhois a singer of ability. The company, besides Harry Panltoc. embraces quite a number of well-known singers, among them being Miss Louse BeauUet, Chauncy Olcott. W. II. McLaughlin and others. "Paola" is a travesty on tho Corsican ven detta, and tho material at hand has been skillfully uvjtl. there being a consistent plot ana numerous interesting situations. Tlie rnnipaii y carries all of its own scenery, and the opera will be put on at the Grand just as it has been at all of the metropoli tan theaters throughout the country. Tuero will b no matinee. Keffiilar prices will prevail go Tar as the lower part of tho house is concerned, bnt three row in tho tirat gallery will be reserved, and 73 cents churned for the scats. At tits Park Theater, E. J. Hassan's "One of the Finest" will be the attraction all week, tho engagement beginning to-morrow afternoon. With this play, through its fre quent presentations by Gus Williams, the pablic is familiar. Since tho Hassan com pany commenced to play it. however, sev eral chaucts have been rcadc, and the claim is put forward that it ha been some what improved. The utory remains the hain't, but quite a number of 6enational features have been introduced. It i now clawed anion i? the tank dramas. The North livor scene, that is presented with close at tention to detail, is M iid to bo realistic, whiio othr features of a similar character add much interest to the performance. The matinee prices Tliankngiving afternoon will be the &imo as at night. The Eden Musee, with a long list of at tractive features, will bo rc-opened to-morrow afternoon, and daily exhibitions will bo given from 1 until 11 o'clock at night. A collection of freaks and novelties and an excellent show is promised. Chief among the features will boa pecnliar individual known as Hard-beaded Hull, who acquired that alliterative name because he performs the feat of placing a block of granite on Lis head and allows anv one from tho aud ience to break it with a sledge-hammer. He has been on exhibition in Cincinnati, Chicacoand other cities, where scientists and medical men who visited him said they were unable to understand how he can stand the blows. Capt. Paul Boyton's life saving rubber suit, the one in which lie crossed the English channel and mado oth er voyages, will nb"o be on exhibition, as will the small boat he took with him in his various journey. Koyton's trained seals and what is said to be the largest sea ser pent ever captured are alsi among the nov elties. Then will bo a 5-c ut matinee fox children Saturday af te moons. Joseph Murphy, the Irish comedian, than whom there is probably no better of his class on the stage, will appear at En glish's Opera-bouse Tuesday and Wednes day nights of this week, giving the usual Wednesday matiuep. Mr. Murphy has been seen here frequently, and his merit as a comedian is well known and appreciated. "The Donagh," a new play written for him by the lato George Fawcett Kowe, will bo 5 resented for the first time in this city, 'hose who have seen it speak of it as a bet ter play than any in which Mr. Murphy has appeared, and this statement is borne out by the favorable comments of tho press in the cities where it has been given. The star will be supported by Miss Hello Mel ville and a capable company. The scenery was arranged especially for tho play, and is quite attractive. A Tin Soldier." one of Charles II. Hoyt's numerous farce-comedies, will bo presented nt English's Opera-bouse during the last half of the present week. Tho engagement will open with a matinee Thursday after noon, and include five performances. The company is under the management of Frank McKee. and was selected especially for this presentation. Louis Wesley is to play the part of Kats and Panl Dresser that of Vitas Oanby, tho plumber, while Miss St. George Hnssey. a well-known actress, is cast for the character of Violet. The press ha had ninny complimentary thiugs to say of the performance. As its Thanksgiving attraction the Grand Opera-house will oiler Eugene Tompkins's latest sensational melodrama. "Mankind." It was Mr. Tompkins who wrote "Youth," 'The World," and other plays of that char acter. The piece differs somewhat from the ordinary melodrama, it is claimed, chieflv throiigh its superiority of dialogue and the manner of its general development. The story is bused upon the efforts of sev eral ditfereut people to gain possession of a will, which furnishes a number of start ling complications. A wife, discarded by her husband, turns out to bo an heiress, but the will left by her father is torn in two pieces by an an pry woman. The pieces lind their way into yo hands of two vil lains who are partners in crime, hut one murders the other, which results in bring ing the guilty to justice. Tho company is said to bo strong. V. H. Thomson appears as Daniel Groodge. and his performance has been highly commended. Tho engage ment will be for three nights and two mat inees. The prices to the Thanksgiving matineo will be the same as at night. Stage Gossip Hanlan. the famous oarsman, has been engaged by JefVerson 6c Taylor, and is ap pearing in the regatta scene of VA Dark Secret? Fanny Davenport played "La Tosca" one night recently, in Utica. for tho benefit of the local lodce of Elks, before an audience that represented $2,000. E. M. Dasher, a well-known Indianapolis boy. is in the city. He is returning east ward after a trip to California, where lie went as the representative of Hoyt's "Brass Monkey" company. Louis James has added "IgOIna', to his repertory for this season. He has just pur chased a new romautio pla, founded on Spanish history, which he proposes to give an elaborate production next year. At the Casino, New York, "Enninie," with Pauliue Hall in the title role, has been re vived in a manuer more sumptuous than ever. New costumes and now ecenes have been provided, and everything has been done to make the production a perfect one. The opening performance, Wednesday evening, market! the twelve-hundredth rep resentation of the opera in this couutry. "Kajauka," thenewspectaclo, which will be given its firnt production in New York, Dec. 2, at Niblo's, is described as one of the finest pageants ever presented on the Amer ican stage. Every scene is a transforma tion. One of the chief pictures of the spectacle shows the ruins of an ancient brahmin temple. The production requires the services of a large number of people. II. C. Miner's production of "Koger la Honte," with the English artists, William Terriss and Mia Millward. opened its road season at the Hollis-stn et Theater, lloston. Anguatin Daly adapted the play for the American stage, assisted by iiobert Buch anan, who adapted it from tho original for the stage of the Haymarket Theater, Lou don, where it has been running for several months. The production will be given in this country in tho principal cities only. Joseph Jefferson and W. J. Florence have bad ao much suceeas as joint aiars, and are so well satislied with their new venture, that they hay arranged to continue to gether dnring all of next season, opening in New York, at tho Star Theater, early next fall. One or two old comedies will be add ed to their repertory, including "Tho Poor Gentleman." and it is likelr that adoublo bill will be arranged, in which the distin guished comedians will be seen in at least two of their best parts. The New York Dramatic Mirror has added a new department to its columns, in which it will present each week the views ofoonio well-kmiwn dramatic writer on topics of timely interest. Each writer is to choose his own subject, unless he pre fers to controvert tho opinions of another who has preceded him in the series. The first of these weekly essays in the current issre of the Mirror is irom the pen of Dion Boudcault, and treats of naturalism, tbe new departure in stage literature. THE PROFIT IX INSURANCE. How the Fire and Life Companies Appear in the Repcrt of the Auditor of .State. The fact that $73,772 was turned into the State treasury by Auditor Carr at tho close of the fiscal year as tho amount of tax paid by tho several insurance companies doing business in Indiana between Juno CO, 1SSS. aud June SO, 1SS9, shows that the year was a remarkably successfully one for such en terprises as well as one comparatively free from loss on the part of the insured, the losses being much leas and the amount of tax necessarily much larger than for the preceding year. For the corresponding period of 1SS7 aud 1S83 the amount o tax paid into the treasury from insurance com panies was &!,509, or nearly $',000 less than lor the past year. The rate of taxa tion on insurance business is three per centum of gross receipts. after deducting the losses paid, and these last year aggregated &2,4y,096, while for the year before the amouut was bat l.81G,9T0, showing a largo increase for the period for which the last settlement was made, or something over SCOO.flOO. The totals for this department of the State Auditor's oflice have not been made np for the present year, but tho statement for Its, when $31,509 was paid into the treas ury, shows some interesting features con nected with tho insurance business of the State. During that year 133 different companies were doing business in Indiana, and of these ninety-seven were lire and thirty-rivo accident arid life insurance companies. Out of the ninety-seven tire .companies eighty paid tax to the State, or, in other words, showed receipts in excess of their loss, while seventeen sustained losses in excess of their receipt". The South Meridian-, street lire, early in tho year, contributed largely to the loss of the com panies, as, in sorno cases, this alone was sufficient to offset all the busi ness dono in the State during the year. Again, the summer of 1887 was an exception ally dry one in all parts ofludiauaaud fires were generally attended with heavy loss. The unusually large tire in this city and the likewise unusual losses in other sections of the State made business for inanyj of the companies unprofitable and lowered the tax received by tho State. Of the thirty-five life and accident com panies, all but three paid taxes, showing that the profits in the latter class of insur ance are decidedly more than in tiro insur ance. Of t the total $54,509 paid in taxes in lS, the eighty tire companies paid bnt $'JO, 04. or about $i"0 each, whilo tho thirty-two accident and life companies paid $33,045. or something over $1,000 each. When it is re membered that this tax is collected on tho receipts less the losses, it can be een how much moro certain is the profit in the life and accident insurance business. The law under which this tax is collected does not permit any deductions on account of expenses incident to running the business, and no account is taken of these expenses iu this estimate. It is not improbable that tho life and accident insurancoareattended bj' greater expense, and it is contended in some quarters that such is the case. No data is at hand, however, from which the relative necessary expenses can be deter mined, and no estimates could be made with any degree of success. Though seventeen tire and three life and accident companies show looses in excessof their receipts, the average for all thacom- fianies indicates a handsome profit for the lusiness. The average receipts of thenine-tv-soven fire companies in 1S!s8 were $24,071, the average losses S19.2-20 and the average profits $4,851. The average receipts of tho thirty-five life aud accident companies were $53,533, the average losses $22,153, and the average profit $31,382. Comparing the figures represented by the two classes of business, it will bo seen that the average receipts of each Iifeoraecidentcompny are more than double thoseof the fire companies, its average losses but little in excess and its average prolit nearly seven times as great. The ticures also demonstrate that the risks of tho lire companies are much greater than those of .the accident and life companies, for seventeen out of the ninety seven of tho former lost mouey inlSSS. while but three of the life and accident companies out of a total of thirty-five show losses greater than their receipts for tho same period. o m RELIED ON MM SELF. A Colored Man Who Acquired an Art Without the Assistance of an Instructor. At the end of a long, dark and narrow hallway, on the south side of Washington street, in the most uninviting quarters, a Journal reporter found a wood-engraver's shop. Strang to say the engraver was a colored man, and quite as odd in appear ance as any character Dickens gave to the world. Indeed, as bis face broko through the gloom of tho darkened room, with a ragged patch covering bis left eye, the cheek beneath glazed and knotted as though scared with molten metal, the reporter could not help being reminded of the man iu Bleak House who assisted George, the trooper, about the shooting gallery. The left hand of this colored man also showed, as did his face, marks of tho tire, the flesh of fincers being twisted out of shape, and in some places ploughed al most to the bone. Lying upon the work-bench before him were several pine blocks upon which he had carved out letters, evidently for poster work. "I never had any instruction," said the worker, putting aside the block upon which he wasengagedand layingdown his bnrin, T jest picked it up like. My home is at Pine Bluff, Ark., and I am thirty-one years old. I beliove I could have made more progress at this if I had begun earlier, but I began only four years ago. I learned something about the carpenter's trade, but being out of work I went np to Little Rock and got a place as porter in a printing office a news paper called the Gazette. The paper had illustrations sometimes, chielly outline cuts and the engraver? were whito men. I just picked it up, as I s.iid. I watched the men at work drawing and engraving and I tried my hand at It, I haven't but one eye, but that is a good one iu judging of form and sire." The reporter asked hira .is to his eye, and was told by the engraver that whilo an in fant he fell into an open firenlace and was badly burned. "I came to Indianapolis," said he, "in January, last, to work at the FiC'inan office, in making wood cuts, and most of the cartoons published iu that Caper, until recently, were made y me as were tho engravings generally." The work done by this colored man, who is wholly without education, is only remarkable when his opportunities and surrouudings are taken into considera tion. The surprising thing about it is, not that he does the work so well, but that he should be able to do it at all. Ho does wood engraving, mechanical and free land drawing, India-ink work, and what is called chalk work. As the reporter rose to come away the engraver, whose nam is Henry J. Lewis, handed, over a pencil sketch of the Journal man, which he had made whilo the brief inter view was in progress. Tho drawing was remarkably well done, the pose of the tignre and tho facial expression being admirable. Work for 311 WillarU. Nebraska Journal. Well, hrro wo are a gain. Tho statistician has been dipping into ligares and lias dis covered that the women of America spend $52.000,G(0 per annum for face powder and paint. Tho YV. C. T. U. ought to take hold of the matter at once. That sum would buy a bag of Hour or four bushels of potatoes for every niau, woman and child in America. A HPT 1 1 'jijWKJGMNG-DAY ( (W0kiw rh Y W&fll aP And lo! and behold! there was great gobbling heard throughout the land of Turkeydom and the High Muck-a- Muck Gobbler, who is known as the Turkey King, marveled greatly thereat, and he issued a summons that the wise ones of the land be brought beforo him that they might explain to the King the cause of tho great gobbling. Then appeared before him the Great Moneybag, of Wall street, who admitted that he was a loyal subject and lover of Turkey, and would be willing to loan His Majesty a few mill ions of the "Almighty Dollars" without interest, if ho could only get a franchise on Gobbler, and be allowed to run a corner on turkeys for tho next ten years, and would fix the price at $10 a head, and His Majesty might "Trust" him. Then the High Prince of Labor was called upon to explain to the King the cause of tho great gobble-gobble, but he frank ly admitted that whilo his attention, at times, had been at tracted by the music of the gpleobble, his time was so occu pied in working ten hours a day that when he quit it was too dark to hunt for tho source of the great gobbling; but he prom ised the King that if he could possibly do it out of his limited salary, he would buy a gobbler, and thus be able to explain the cause. Tho King then turned to his right, and called upon tho Wise Woman of "Belva Lockward" to solve the problem, but she meekly clasped her hands, and bowed her head, and said: "Oh! thou Mighty King of the Western Hemisphere, give to tlry hurablo servant the privilege of the ballot-box and equal salary with those of thy subjects who wear pants, and as I love thee I will whisper to thee the cause of this great gobble-gobble, but without these I can do nothing." The Sage of Politics was now called upon, and, addressing the King of Turkeydom. he went into a long "Fangle Danglo" in regard to ballots, Australian system, mugwumpisin, etc., and wound up by saying that the only way to keep peace in this land of plenty was for the "Great Father" of the pale faces to issue a proclamation that every man, woman and child in this great country should feast on Turkey on Thursday, Nov, 28, and in compliance with this mandate, Nicoll, The Tailor, has made arrangements to give to each of his customers ordering a Suit or an Overcoat beforo Thanksgiving day A REAL LIVE, FAT TURKEY ' t For his Thanksgiving Dinner. Suits to order, 20 to $50. Overcoats to order, $16 to 40. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. 33 & 35 South BKEY KING Illinois Street, AMUSEMENT WEEK THANKSGIVING ATTRACTIONS FOR ALL. GRAND OPERA-HOUSE TheETTDtof thaPoMOft. Toertay and WMncdr nights, Nov. 20 ami 27. en?trein.tof th J. C. Dnff Op era Company, direct lrora the FiftU-s venue Theater, In the latest, most humorous aud only genuine o;era success. By Harry Taul ton and JakobowsM, authors of Errulnl. Orlfrinal company of f.O people i-vi chores of 50. Picture-Hue-costumes. An?3intel orchestra. Strouicot organ ;za;Um traveling. Trices $1 and 75c oa th first floor; first three ror up-auirs ireserred), 7c Sal now open. ENGLISH'S OPERABOUSE Two nights, Not. 26 and 27, and Wednesday matinee, tho Eminent Irish Comr Alan, MR. JOSEPH MURPHY In hs new romantic and spectacular play, by Geo. Faircett Rowe, entitled U.2 S u ?. 2 3 c E e 3 3 His-3 o c o m xZ o c s .2 to THE DONAGH A PERFORMANCE FOR THE PEOPLE. Prices Evening, 15, 25, 35, Matinee 25 CP" Advance sale of seats now open. THANKSGIVING ATTRACTIONS Opening Thursday afternoon, November 28. GRAND OPERA-HOUSE Three nights and two matinees, November 28. 29 and ISO, uej;innln Ihursday afternoon, Thanktglvln& ' EUGENE TOMPKINS' SDPERB COMPANY . In an elaborate production of the latest New York and Boston success, "MANKIND" Py Panl Merritt and Geo. Conqneftt. author of Youth," "The World." etc. and public creators of sensational dramas. Will be produced on a scale of realistic grandeur. Lavishly mounted. Bumptu ously siajrt-d. PKICE8 25c 60c, 75o and $1. Matinee prioes Thanksgiving matinee same as at night. Hale now open. PARK THEATER One Week, commencing Monday, Nov. 25. Matirees daily. EDWAED J". H-ASS-AJSPS Monster Scenic and Aquatic Comedy Success, ONE OF THE FINEST The great New York Police Flajr An Excellent Company. Magnificent Special Soenery. 3 ELEGANT WATER SCENES 3 Tho stage of theater covered with over 100,000 gallons of water, on which boats cross and recross the stage. -tc and the "Itevels of the Wharf Kats" combine to make It one of the most realistic stare pictures evsr nrs tented. MARVELOUS MECHANICAL EFFECTS. The entire scenery, properties, mechanical effects, etc, tisod in "ONE OP THE FINEST" Is carried by this comjiai'y, uecia)lv for this rrand production. . PRICES Kigjjt, 10. 20 and SO cesta. Matinee 10 and 20 cents. Matinee prices Thursday, Thanksglvw ing afternoon, same as night. EDEN MTISEE GRAND Unparalleled collection of living wonders. Hard-Headed Hull, Who places a ranita block on his bead and allows any one from the audience to break it j with a uledge Hammer. Tho wonder of the age. Cnpt Paul Boy ton's rubber dress, iu which he crossed tho English channel, also his boat. "Uabj Mine." thatVas 'a; his sole company on his numerous voyages. 10 cents admits to alL Children's Matinee, folks and let thein ilUs 111 rLS-j. it. i u it it SPECIAL NOTICE. SACHS-PRUDENS GOODS Owing to tho large demand for the goods of this brand, including Saclis-Pruden's Famous Ginger Ale, A. T. 8 Agaric, Spa Brunnen Seltzer, Half and Half, Salino Lemonade, , Ale and Beef, And ALES and PORTERS, Brewed on the old English plan, but by American Capital and Labor, THE SACHS-PRUDENS ALE COMPANY Have established a branch office and warcrooins at No. 118 Soutll Illinois Street, i charge of Capt. JACOB L. BIELER, Who will supply the trade, and eppeoially solicit the patronage of his old friends, THE SACIiS-PKUDENS ALE CO., Dayton, Ohio. . ; " A CARI? Having taken the aVency for the Rale of the Snchs-Prudens Ala Cos goods for this dty, I would respectfully solicit the patronage of dealers gener nllv in this and surToundiiiir cities. ProLnpt attention will be given to all orders. anil goods guaranteed satisfactory. Subscribe for the Weekly Stato OF NOVEMBER CO w "St . ; i 52 3 50 and 75c. and 50c to all parts of tho liousa; ENGLISH'S OPERA-HOUSE Three nphta and two matinees, November 23; 29 and 3 J, bPirinn1r Thursday alter noon, 'Xh&nk$ivlng. Hoyt'a A TIX SOLDIER. Better than ever. Greater than ever. Tnnnler than ever. AH the great features retained and manr new ones arfdod. Kara, tlie gentleman. Her Hljthne. the cook. His Nobs, Uie p umber, and the Heroes of Gettysbnrir. wUl all be there, and thej will sing; danon and make you laugh, bee the funny plumber. See the ws rrior's dance. See whtt l!ats sw. Hear Mary Ann 3)aUne, tlie little Tin Soldier and Imogens Donohue. Pretty girls. Catchy music. Graeelcl danrn. New busineas, new unecaltie. PBIOE8 15c 25c SC Oc and T5a Matinet pr.ces Thanksgiving afternoon same as atniht. Sale now open. REOPENING WEEK, NOV. 25. Capt. Iloyfon's cdn cated h'eals. They do all manner of remarkable things. The man wlio catf pi a M and breaks ironJ chains. The loncfst Sea Ser pent ever captured, measuring more thaa eixty feet Numerous other re markable features, all under the manazement of Capt. IJoyton himself. aitnrday. oontn. Come and bring the littia see tbe wonders. .1. L. BIELEH. fjkk. : m Joiirnal-Ono Dollar a Yearv