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TOPEKA! STATE JOTXRXAI,, SATURDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 27, 1900
11 i ;j it i: THEATRICAL NEWS 3Iaad Adani3 Pleases "ew York ers in "L'Aiglon." Plays the Hole of Son of Na poleon. ACTION IS THRILLING. Frodnctlon Promises to Be an Interesting Success. Facts of Theater Folk Which Will Interest Playgoers. The anpearanee of Maud Adams In Rostand's play'IAitclon" or "The Eag let" at the Kniektrbuiker theater, New Tork.this week was a a pronounced suc cess. A Xrw York dispatch says: Much interest has, been manifested here not only in this new effort of- the author of "Cyrano," but in the radical departure Miss Adams was to make, from her general line, even more radical than her successful Juliet in the as- Maud Adams, Who Has Scored eumption of the character of the Eaglet, or the Duke of Reiclistadt, that unfortu nate son of Napoleon and Marie Louise, with the soul of a warrior and a disease eapped system. The initial performance of "IAiglon" was given in Baltimore, in which city the star and her company have, for a week, been fitting themselves to their re spective roles with the view of winning the praise of the critical audience that filled the Knickerbocker theater. S?he was perhaps at her best in the opening act, where light comedy pre vails and where situations full of wit. humor and satire abound. Though the great scenes of the battlefield of Wag ram were undoubtedly more in Bern iiardt's line, nevertheless the tragic is so pronounced in act IV. that the interest of the audience did not flag throughout. In the closing scene the deathbed of the Iuke of Keichstadt, Miss Adams' act ing, though good, was largely conven tional. The part of Flambeau, the veteran, M-as assumed by J. H. Gilmour, while Edwin Arden figures as Prince Met ternieh, chancellor of Austria. Ida Wa terman assumed the role of Marie Lou ise. In minor respects the company was evenly balanced, and the production was well handled. The action of the play besrins in Marie Louise's salon, where is revealed a bevv of pretty women, who give themselves up to laushter, chatter and snatches of music. But intrigue is in the air, and while Prince Metternieh is keeping a keen watch upon all that is going- for ward, sympathizers with the young Na poleon II, the duke, find their way to his side and urge him to redeem France. One of these, the Countess Camarata. who is of Corsican blood, appears in the guise of a modist". This woman comes especially from Paris to persuade the duke to attempt a coup and return to the faithful partisans of his father. Keichstadt hesitates; he is not sure of himself; he will not promise. This act, the first, is brought to a close by a sud den appearance of the dancer Fanny Essler. who mounts a table and declaims the latest bulletin of the grande armee, which she has learned by heart for love of the duke. This wakes Keichstadt from his reveries, and he holds forth before the astonished court, showing that he knows a good deal of the history of his father, the Emperor Napoleon, more than it was intended he should. Next we see the duke in his study at Schoenbrunn. about to take his lesson in the art of war. lie discovers that the little wooden soldiers which usually figured as Austrian marionettes, have been painted by some friendlv hand in semblance of the grande armee. Met ternieh enters, and a stormy dialogue ensues. I'pon his departure, one of the servants, supposed to be a spy in the service of Austria, discovers himself to the duke as Flambeau, a former grena dier of Napoleon's guard, who has in troduced himself into the court of Schoenbrunn for the purpose of escorting the young- Napoleon back to France. The duke promises he will go. but not until he shall have asked his grand father's leave. This failing, he will escape. Then came an interview between Keichstadt and the Emperor Francis, in which the former pleads with charming grace to be allowed to go to France. The old emperor is about to accede when Metternieh. as usual, intervenes and puts a stop to any such plan. Failing by all the methods he had tried to dis suade the son of Napoleon from his de sire to return to the land of his father. Metternieh takes another course and tries moral suasion. He leads the young duke before a looking-glas, and there bidding him to Itok at himself, reproach es him for his blue eyes and fair hair, his unmistakable Hapsburg features, and tells him he is rot fit to succeed to tie tin-one f his father-. After failing to win the emperor's consent to his re turn to France t-ie duke determines to ac cede to the requests of the Bonapartists, and go anyhow. The escape is made during' a night fete given by Metternieh. The duke has promised to meet his Iriends upon the battlefield of WagTam. In order to facil itate his escape, he changes cloaks with the Countess Camarata, who, of many, is in love with him, and while she min gles with the throng- of merry-makers, Keichstadt makes his way out of the park of Schoenbrunn. He goes direct to the field of WagTam. It is night. However, the court has been warned of the duke's escape and that of his companion. They are pursued by the soldiery of Metternieh and. Flam beau, rather than be taken alive, stabs himself and dies in the arms of his prince amidst the wails of spirits supposed to be those of the slain In battle. The final act of the play presents the deathbed of the duke. He expires, sur rounded by his friends and family of the Austrian branch his hand upon the silver cradle which had been presented to him by the City of Paris when he was hailed as King- of Rome while General Hartmann reads the bulletin of the Orande Armee by way of prayer for the dying. When he is dead Metternieh says without a show of feeling: "Bury him in the uniform of an Austrian colonel." And that is the end of the poor pathet ic little hero, the Eaglet. DEFEATS THE TRUST. Effort to Shut Mrs. Fiske Out Denver Fails. of The decision in the Denver theater case, briefly chronicled by the Associated Press, covers interesting- details, and is in effect a notable victory for Mrs. Fiske -c.r!'. ' a Success as "The Eaglet." in her figrht for the independent conduct of her business against what is known as the theatrical trust or syndicate. This actress for several seasons has successfully maintained an independent stand, declining to -submit her business to syndicate dictation in any respect. She has played in independent theaters of the first class in the few large cities in which there are such theaters, and in other cities she has played in "popu lar price" theaters at first-class rates and to first-class patronage. In isolated cases she has gone into vaudeville houses and for the periods of her engage ment in such houses has transformed them into houses of the first class. In making out her itinerary for this season, it was desirable for Mrs. Fiske to play in Denver on her way to the Pacific coast. To that - end her management booked an engagement w-ith F. E. Car starphen, a well known lawyer of Den ver, who on his own account undertook the local management of Mrs. Fiske for a week, and rented for her use for that period the Denver theater, a popular price house, the first-class theaters of Denver being under syndicate control. When it became known that Mrs. Fiske was booked to appear at the Den ver theater an attempt was made on the part of the trust to shut her out of that theater and thus out of Denver. To that end the Denver theater was forced under the Control of the "booking agency" of the syndicate in New Tork, and Mr. Carstarphen was informed in effect that Mrs. Fiske would not be per mitted to appear at the Denver. Mr. Carstarphen had a legal contract with the management of the Denver theater antedating any new contract that might have been made that would conflict with his agreement, and he at once sued out in the district court an injunction to re strain the management of the Denver if jr Miss Blanche Walsh in "Marcella." 2 r AvJL,, fcK: x If I Cv. . -' x v y' A I : r - F f IP 1 -vt. A ?.. o. , l -... , . , " -V " :y-t iw. v- . St ", . "'' - ".v--;, , , -.-;',. - : ' ' i k: JSr,--': - , , 'V theater from in any way Interfering with Mrs. Fiske's appearance. The op position to Mrs. Fiske filed a demurrer to this injunction and made a motion to dissolve It. Elaborate arguments were submitted by counsel on both sides, and the court has declined to dissolve the in junction, thus in effect deciding in favor of the legality of the contract under which Mrs. Fiske is to appear in Denver. FACTS ABOUT MARLOWE. Her Fads, Superstitions, Pets and Treatment of "Johnnies." 'A stage enthusiast, who has devoted much time to the collection of quaint data concerning eminent players of Eng land and America, recently sent Julia Marlowe's management a printed form in which there -were questions a-bout facts and fads relating to Miss Marlowe, with blank spaces left for the answera The inquiries concerned such divergent matters as Miss Marlowe's attitude tow ard the genus "stage Johnnie," her am bitions, her jewels and her religion. Af ter members of Miss Marlowe's execu tive staff, her secretaries and her maids had contributed such information as they possessed and had drawn on the subject of the inquiries herself for more, the printed form read thus: THE REAL JULIA MARLOWE. Born In Cheswiek, England. Came to America when 4 years of age. Age Twenty-nine years. First stage appearatics As a child at the Grand Opera House, Cincinnati. First appearance in New Tork when 17 years old in "Ingomar" at the Bijou the ater. "Johnnies" Gives notes to her busi ness manager. A Boston Johnnie wrote her a note last season, signing it "John son, alias Orlando." The business man ager wrote "Too Much Johnson" across the back and returned it to the writer. Superstitions Some years ago while in the south she bought a small cross marked with the initials "J. M." She bought it because the initials were the same as her own and has worn it ever since for good luck. Fads Copies all the plays In which she appears. She engrosses them on vel lum and illuminates the initial letters in red and gold. All these copies are kept in the library of her new home on the Riverside drive, New Tork. Pets Has an Obo spaniel, which, be cause of its long, whiskerlike ears, she calls Taffy Obo. Jewels She is making a. large collec tion of turquoises. Ambitions To play every role well. Her last play is always her favorite, - Religion She is a high church Episco palian and is a member of the Church of England. Characteristic anecdote There was a Marlowe club in Philadelphia. It was composed of 15 university students who admired the actress. They sent her a big bouquet from the gallery. On the card was a line from Kit Marlowe, the poet. Last month Miss Marlowe learned that the president of the club was dead. She ordered that his grave be covered with flowers and sent a substantial gife to his mother. BELIGIOUS DRAMA. Wilson Barrett Was an Advocate of Sacred Flays. Charles Dalton, the leading man of "The Sign of the Cross" company says regarding the influence of Wilson Bar rett's celebrated religious play on the modern drama: "When Mr.Barrett announced an elab orate and costly production of "The Sign of the Cross" at the Lyric theater, Lon don, some five years ago, the unanimous prophecy of those considered an author ity on theatrical matters was that the piece would be a dire failure. 'The pub lic does not want religion in its amuse ments: it goes tothe theater.not to learn a lesson but to be amused' tney assert ed. Had his prophecy been realized I do not believe that such books as 'Ben Hur1 and 'Quo Vadis' ever would have been dramatized, while thousands of cletgymen and religious people wouid still be strangers to the inside of a the ater, instead of commending, as they now are, the production of plays that amuse and instruct at the same time. 'Theatrical managers, like other shrewd business men, invest their mon ey where they think it will bring the largest returns. They produce the kind of plays that, in their estimation, will best please the public. The men who would not have considered for a mo ment the production of 'The Sign of the Cross' when it was unknown were im pressed with the desirability of catering to the large class of people known as 'non-theater-goers,' who packed the house wherever it was played. What was the result? Managers at once set to work to obtain plays that by their title and subject would appeal to those who knew only of the stage what they have learned from 'The Sign of the Cross;' play writers began reading sa cred history in search of material for dtamas; one of them turned from the writing of comic operas to dramatize 'Quo Vadis," clergymen not only com menced to attend performances of pieces whose titles suggested a religious sub ject, but in many cases to preach and write of the wholesome influence of such plays: and. most important of all for the future of the religious drama, the box ofTice receipts proved to be much more satisfactory and the runs longer than BRILLIANT BEAUTIES OF THE BOARDS. Miss Grace George in "Her Majesty." during the days when faree comedy monopolized the stage. "Of course this is my own opinion, which, like all matters that are purely conjecture, cannot be proved.but I firmr ly believe that the success of 'The Sign of the Cross' Is directly responsible for an influence on our stage that by nO means as yet has reached its limit." w THE DRAMATIZED NOVEL. Theatrical Manager Gives His Views on Its Popularity. 'A New Tork Sun reporter asked a New Tork theatrical manager what, in his opinion, were some of the causes of the present popularity of the dramatized novel, and the manager delivered some interesting opinions on the subject. "The vogue of the dramatized novel, so far as I can say," he said, "seems likely to continue for some time to come, and it will be limited only by the number of popular novels that the authors turn out; I was about to say, so long as they continued to write novels that could be dramatized, but apparently no such dis tinction as that exists any longer. It has begun to look as if any book might be made into a play nowadays, and the old distinction of dramatic or undra matic . plots has been entirely swept away. - ' " "I will give-Kome reasons for he pop tilarity of. the novel as a source of dra matic inspiration among managers. In the first place, the book supplies the imaginative characteristics of a play. The period, place, costume, characteriz ation, and every similar feature can be found in the book. If these have ap pealed to a large number of readers in a novel there is no reason why they should not be equally well liked on the stage. The book also supplies the story, which is to be followed with more or less closeness. - Generally, the departure from the lines of the original story is great, but the main points are at all events provided. "All the manager has to do Is to hand the book over to some man who under stands the stage r. d tell him to do the best he can with it to get a play out of it. Usually it is not necessary for this man 'to know anything but stagecraft. Dialogues are likely to be abundant enough in the book, and were they not to be found they can easily be provided. The dramatist goes to work, and, as a rule, turns out something which is neither the book nor the play. Persons who go to see the book on the stage will be astonished to find how little of the story is there, while those who have gone merely to see a good play will be guessing as to the why and wherefore of what is going on all the time." JAMES O'NEILL TALKS. Says "The Legitimate " is Not Dying Out. In a recent Interview James O'Neill remarked: "The possibility of the legiti mate dying out is absurd. There is one great trouble about Shakespearian roles which exemplifies the old - saying that fools step In where angels fear to tread. Amateurs and incompetent actors will essay these roles in preference to the lighter ones for which they are perhaps better fitted. Twenty years ago the same cry was raised about the legitimate. I hear the same cry about every seven years, but it invariably comes in hard times. When McCullough came from San Francisco to play 'Virginius' and other roles the east was wallowing in hard times, and he lost all of $50,000 in that tour. In "the third year times began to grow better, and in the fourth he turned money away.j It is the old story. There are few people playing Shake spearian roles now- as they should be played. To speak blank verse a man must have the voice. We try now to avoid being pedantic as they were years ago, and this of course is trying to the majority. I remember in '76 or '77, when Mr. Booth came to New Tork for a stay of four weeks. He lost easily $20,000 in that time, although he was looked upon as America's greatest tragedian and ac tor. Times were hard then, and yet a few years later, when times were good, he played to as high as $96,000 in four weeks." O'NEILL'S REVIVAL. Again Playing Monte Cristo In New York. On Tuesday the initial performance of the revived "Monte Cristo," with Mr. James O'Neill as Edmond Dante3, was given at the Academy of Music, New Tork. Liebler & Co. make the claim that of all the productions they have ever made this represents the most care ful, artistic and expensive one. The ver sion which Mr. O'Neill uses is by Charles Fechter, and is the same one in which he has appeared for the last fifteen years. A Mansfield Speech. A few years ago in a speech after the fourth act of "The Merchant of Venice," Mr. Mansfield said, in substance: "Applause is to the actor what the sun is to the flower. An actor can tell only how he is appreciated by the applause tie receives, and only by that means can he measure his success. If he receives none, he falls by the wayside of his pro fession. Take a plant down into a dark and dismal cellar, and it bleaches and wjthers up and dies. Take it out into the glorious sunshine, and it sends its roots deep into the earth, its branches up into the heavens; it blossoms and tells how glad it is by giving forth beau- 4 T FT NIC. ' e5 4 4 And all political speakers, have arrived at that stage where it is almost impossible for them to make themselves heard. They have talked to hundreds of thousands of people several times a day since this Great Campaign of knew, they would buy a bottle of I Snow s Fine bxp and carry it around on their speaking tours with them. It will cure them it will cure you of hoarseness, cold, or any trouble of the throat. A guarantee with every bottle sold a cure, or your money back. 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Made in Topeka by I m 4 For sale by all Dealers tiful flowers. Now, you are all little suns and I'm a star." TheatricalNotes. William Gillette is considering an ap pearance next season as Hamlet. "The Girl With the Auburn Hair," may next season sing in comic opera. Augustus Cook has a one-act play In which he will again Impersonate Napo leon. Paul Kester is dramatizing W. D. How ell's novel, "The Rise of Silas Lapham.' "Richard, the Lion Hearted," is the title of a new play produced by Robert Down ing. Henry Miller intends to conduct a sum mer stock company in San Francisco every year. A production of that old but amusing piece. "The Spider and the Fly," will be taken to Mexico and Cuba. James K. Hackett and Mary Mannering may play a joint starring engagement in London next spring. The Frank Daniels' Opera company, in "The Ameer," may next year go to Lon don for a six weeks' summer season. - Louis James' next Shakespearean rr'le will be Caliban in "The Tempest." Kath ryn Kidder will probably be the Miranda. Maude Odell has made a success in her new capacity as leadying lady with the Imperial Theater Stock company, St. Louis. Stanley Rignold, a son of George Rig nold, of "Henry V." fame, is to be John stone Bennett's leading man in vaudeville. "The Girl from Calcutta," a comedy of modem high life and manners, written by the late Charles Coghlan, is shortly to be taken on tour. "Unleavened Bread," by Robert Grant, Is the latest novel to undergo dramatiza tion at the hand of Leo Dietrichstein, in collRbcration with the author. "The Scarlet Sin," by George R. Sims and Arthur Shirley, produced at Liver pool, deals to some extent with the Sal vation Army and its mission, Walter Perkins, now touring in "The Man from Mexico," will be later seen in a dramatization of Mary E. Wilkins' novel, "Jerome, -a Poor Man." E. S. Willard and his company are to sail direct fcr Boston Ortober 26. The first play to be given here will be "David Gar rick," followed by "Tom Pinch." Francis Wiison is scaring the greatest success in his career in the new comic opera. "The Monks of Malabar," in which he will be seen at the Broad Street theater D- 1 ml" r 3. The ktoss receipts of the "Passion Play" atOberammergau last summer are report ed as having reached $;nt.'H.m, -while from all sources the simple-minded villagers re ceivea about Sl.'.ioiy'Oij from visitors. Some comic opera singers must make money. Frank Daniels, who is playing "The Ameer," has just purchased, for $35 -003, some twenty acres of hind in the vil lage of Rye. N. T., adjoining his already handsome estate. The "New Gibson Girl," Georgia How ward, the young woman selected by Charles Dana Gibson to pose for his new series of pictures, will be seen this sea son with Hurtig and Seamon's new pro duction of "Aunt Hannah." Ninety-five drops are required to show the tableaux in "Ben Hiir." The scene representation of the Grove of Daphne alone requires more scenery than was used in Augustin Daly's entire produc tion of "A Mid-Summer NiR-ht's Dre:ttii." Gustav Salvini, one of the sons of the Miss Jane Kennark in "Arizona." A Of 1900 and Druggists. N O W THE ORIGINAL WORCESTERSHIRE mtubwarb of imitations. G. F. MILLER Plumbing and Heating Co. Gas Fitting and Fixtures, Pumps and Supplies. 627 QUINCY ST. Telephone 863. - SOUTH - greater Tomasso, is still trying to arouse in Italian audiences an interest in the rlassical drama. He is traveling through Italy with a company that gis performances- of the works of Sophocles and Al rieri. "Marcelle" has only been a half-hearted success, and Blanche Walsh's managers have secured the right of "More Than Queen" from Julia Arthur, In which their star will appear. The legal proceedings instituted by the Hashims against the Liebler company on account of the postponement of "The Ad ventures of Francois," have b en amic ably settled, the latter guaranteeing the former against loss. , It is truthfully stated that the sun never sets upon the performance of George H. Eroadhurst's "What Happened to Jones." The farce is being played in some part of the edobe every one of the twenty-four hours of the day. There are four companies presenting it in America, three in England and one each in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark. Holland, South Africa, and Australia. There has nevtr been a record made by any farce to equal or compare with this. A fact not widely known Is the way In which "Florodora," soon to be produced, received its title. Owen Hall, the libret tist of the opera, has two lovely young daughters. Flora and Dora so now one sees where the title came from, with a change of only one letter. It Is stated In several Italian papers that an opra company formed in Milan, that started a year airo in South America, had such bad luck that the prima, donna liajs taken a situation as maid servunt at an inn. and the tenor has cast his lot with a trainer of animals. The official censor of plays in Kngland has refused to permit exhibitions of a melo-drama. entitled. "The Women of London." He objected to a massage scene, pointing out that as attempts were mak ing to suppress all massngeries in Lon don he could not officially countenance ucb, a show on the stage, James A. Heme has settled down for a New York run in his new piay. "Sag Har bor," at Hammerstein's new iheatr. Some of the critics who have, takn several good looks at the play, say it is really a re written edition of his first great success in this line, "Hearts of Oak." Sarah Cowell Le Moyne has been estab lished as a star through th medium of "The Greatest Thing in the World," and fs preparing a one-act play from the pen of Israel Zangwill, entitled "The Moment of Death." or "The Never-Never Ijand." This little drama will enlist the talents of Mrs. Le Moyne, John Glendinning, Robert Kdeson, Charles Stanley and Al phonz Ethier. The mysterious suicide of Mme. Senk rah, the American violinist better known in America by her real name, Harknes which occurred in Germany a few weeks ago, proves to have been caused by men tal unresr. the result of a systematic blackmailing plot against her. The Ger man police are investigating the author ship of a number .of anonymous letters which were found after the unfortunate woman's death. Charles Frohman will present Barrle'9 "The Wedding Guest" in New York about next February. The last survK-Ing member of the fam ous Rossini family committed suicide re cently at Milan. Henry Clay Barnabee has sung the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood" over 3.500 times. Burr Mcintosh has taken up colored photography as a side line to his work in "Janice Meredith" while in New York. William Humphreys, who plaVfd "Na poleon" with Julia Arthur in "More Than Queen." has been signed for the same role with Blanche Walsh's company. Sothern's success in Boston with "Ham let ' has been o great that his manager. Daniel Frohman, is trying to get his star back to New York for an extended run. It Is said that the Rrince of Wales has saved all his theater and concert pro grammes since he was a boy and filed opened. If they on?y ectoraot (-" . CO. w..1f..s. "It has justly"won its laurels." r Soups J Fisn, Game, Hot and Cold Meats, etc., are given a most delicious flavor by using Less eLPsnrlms9 SAUCE This siga&tur U on evtwf bdttl, JOHS llt'SCiX'9 MO.VS, AirenU, Vw Tort, OP WATER CO.'S OFFICE. Topeka, Kana. Amateur Photographers Don't wait a week to huro your Kodak Pictures fin ished when we can do them in a day, rain or shine. We develop and print every day. Kodaks for Rent. Views and CommcrciaHVcrL JOHN F.STRICKROTT, 515 Kansas Avenue. A. W. Hopkins. W. M.'lloptrw HOPKINS & SON, MERCHANT POLICE. Private Work a Specialty, Office and Residence, 1015 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kas. them awav in blank books. A he has al wavs bfm noted as a per-latent mu e-ment-sker at theaters, and con-l.l'-rlnit his age h collection must be g-i and Interesting E. H. Sothcrn Is said to have put tV. ' of his own money in his production of "Hamlet." Savre and Munro havw soour'il thr rights to present "The Pride of J'nnlc..' next sewsori, when .lames K. H:tktt drops out of the Frohman nm tmt;"m'"H . Gustav Kerker has arrived in N - Ynk from Ixmdon. He has u new pii-cf, vt unnamed, in which Kdna May ili prob ably be starred. James ljin Allfti, author of "Tbt choir Invisible." Is In Kurope. : I hiring lied coloring for a. new strv upon which h Is soon to commence work. Jessie Rnrtlett Davis h sient-d with Martin Beck for an ext.-ndc-d tour ,ti vaudeville next season. This wouid pe m to indicate that she has forsaken the le gitimate entirely. "Tyrannv of Tears" in to take the r ad n"xt month with llfrxr fmih, 11 n i.n Klish actor, taking John Drew's old pa t. The company will be an exceptionally iitrong one. Mrs. I-Moyne's opening In Nw York In "The Greatest Thing in the World" was not a success. A movement has heon started In pirls for the establishment of a popular th-w ter. where the mae may have tin op portunity of hearing the txt tnttslnii and dramatic works at reasonti hi" prie s. At lsst ac-nunti mure tUan i,0 W had subscribed.