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TOPEKA STATE JOURXAIi, SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 16, 1901.
11 THEATRICAL NEWS " Way Down East " to Be Here For First Time. Famous Success at the Craw ord on Wednesday. PLEASING STORY TOLD w England Drama Which Has Attracted ..loch Attention. 'Because She Loved Him So" and Hi Henry Coming. AT THK CRAWFORD. ' "More thin (..tuoen." toniuni. Wav down List," AW dn-sday. "Because She Loved linn So," Thurs day. jcvssey stock company, .Friday and Eaturdav. AT THE OKAND. Hi Henrys minstrels. Wednesday. Next w-k'3 attractions include one of the greatest stiff e?5? of the season. William A. Brady's -Way down East." end a suwmm of a. past neasoti. William Gillette's au?e Sin- Loved Him So.' iir. Brady has sprung into prominence, ass ti manap'r within a comparatively Fhort time, and now he is talked of as trie man wh will build the finest piay fcouse in New .York and manage that in addition f the score of large com panies he his now 'under his manaie inent. The company which v. ill present Way down East" at the Crawford next Wednesday has made u remarkably suc cessful tour f the Faeilic slope, play ing three w?ek3 in San Francisco to packed hnns-f, STORY OF "DOWN EAST." "Way down East" is replete with de lightful episodes, which show that the author has made a cloet? study of char- , -'ntt "'scloses me pride that un derlies a mother's love for h"r son. The young man is in love with a girl whom his fond parent believes is an outcast and utterly unworthy, and whom she berates f,,r ensnaring her boy. The girl retorts that she has not encouraged him, and furthermore that she has refused pomt-blark to many him. The mother's pride is m arms in an instant, and she Pecr-mes even more indignant than be fore because the girl had the bad taste not to fail in love with her son Another incident shows a change of front quite as sudden and even funnier, on the part of an arbitrarv and strong willed old New- Hampshire squire, who j rings together his s ,n and piece, whom he intends shall marry, and leaves them to "come to an und. rstandine ." This trey do very quickly, for each linds that the other's affections are placed else where, and they part on the best of V"-ms but not as affianced lovers. The S:ju;re comes lack on tiptoe in as near a playful mood as is possible for him, with his hands over his face, and mak ing siy j..kes about the young people and the tender relations he believes thev fcave assumed. When he uncovers his eyes, however, he finds another couple in the room in place of his son and niece. He discovers that not onlv has his pet scheme failed but that he has made a Fpe taele of himself, and his ponderous playfulness gives place to a tremendous outburst of race. There is a srr--at deal of relishable fun in "Way down East" as well as the se riotis interest attendant upon the pa thetic story of ti.e heroine, and there is a snow storm. The storm is not a gertly falling and insignificant patter of jp. r. but comes down furious and fast. :rift!r;g. driven and genuine: in fact, just like the snow utorms that mav be Keen ar.jwh?ie in mid-wimer in New England. It takes six machines to do the work. thre to carry the snow past the door and three to carry it past the window, the inKredierts b-ing cut paper ."i'l salt. The machines work quickly and silently, for it would n ver do to l ave them reveal themselves to the au dience by the roar and buzz of revolv ing wheels. Tht action of a mow storm li cciiies as closely as possible, care be- ing taken tc make it intermittently wild and furious, the temporary lulls being one of the most characteristic points in a New England storm. The mechanical part of the storm be ing so perfect, it is well to say that it is not lugged into the play for mere sen sational purposes, but it is told that it fits into the action so smoothly and naturally that the spectator . accepts it as one element in a strictly logical se ries of events. Of course, electricity ia the power. The old way was to swing aloft out of sight a long bag of torn paper, which fluttered down through a slit in the bag. Sometimes the paper got crowded in one place, so that snow fell on the lust but notonthe unjust; and then when the cloud broke loose the un just got a paper wad in the neck. In this scene there is a kitchen with a or and a window, about ten feet above the floor and Just at the stage right of the door are electric fans so placed that the wind causes the air to take a sort of a whirlagig course down past the door and window: the papers are dropped out of a box, while salt flows from cylinders Into this wind. The beautiful s.iow beats against the window, and w hen Anna opens the door and standing on the threshold declares "I never want to see any of you agaen," the wind and the snow whistles chili in the doorway. "BECAUSE SHE LOVED HIM SO." "Because She Loved Him So." a com edy wdth a catchy title, which will be presented at the Crawford Thursday, kept all New Y'ork laughing for an entire season and ran to crowded houses ail last summer in Chicago. It is the great est comedy success of its author William Gillette, who adapted it from the French of Kisson and Leolercq. and is the first w-ork from his pen since he wrote the now famous "Secret Service. ' The title of the piece is in a manner explanatory of the story it tells. Mr. Gillette has teen uniformly and emphatically suc cessful in rendering French farce into delightful English adaptations and in Bec ause She Loved Him So" he is said to have been as effective and graceful as in the numerous other adaptations that have been made by him. Right down through the long list from "All the Comforts o Home" .and ".Mr. "Wilkin son's Widows" to "Too Much Johnson," theatergoers have never ' failed to find plenty of hearty and healthy laughter in the comedies that have worn Mr. Oil- lette's name. He is now in the ripest and most successful part of his career both as actor and playwright, and it is only reasonable to expect for the man who wrote "Secret Service" an Ameri can play that has triumphed in both the new and old worlds that all his plays will be bright and entertaining. "Because She Loved Him So" was seen here last season and with a good company is certainly one of the purest comedies on the stage. Miss Clara I)ickey ia still the leading woman. THE JOSSEY'S TO RETURN. . The Jossey Stock company wiii open a two nights' engagement at the Craw ford Friday in ".Moths" at 10, ?0 and 30 certs. Iadies admitted free on Friday rdcht wnen accompanied by a paid tic ket. "Quo Yadis " will be given as a Saturday matinee and "The Signal of Liberty" Saturday night. HI HENRY AT THE ORANIX HI Henry's Minstrel company will ap pear at the Grand on Wednesday. This minstrel organization has not appeared in Topeka in recent years. It is headed by Hi Henry, the famous musician, with his band, using gold instru-nents. The first part of the entertainment consists of a sketch, especially written for the company, entitled "The Bachelor's Club," in which many new featur"S of min strelsy are introduced. The leading com edians are T. Harry Belknap, Jas. Corri gan. J. Albert Oates. John Dove, Harry Iaken. J. C. Harrington and Frank Mitchell. The vaudeville specialties are taken from the New Tork City star vau deville circuit, and include many novel ties now to the minstrel stage. "More Than Queen" at the Crawford tonight is a play where elemental pas sions find adequate and convincing ex pression through the strength andenergy of a magnificent personality that of Jliss Blanche Walsh. MARINE BAND COMING. Topefca Will Have an Opportunity to Hear This Great Organization. It is particularly fitting that the first great band to play in Topeka's fine Au ditorium should be the largest and best paid band in the world, our own Nation al band. The engagement of the United States Marine band there Monday ev ening, April 1, will be, to many, the vir tual opening of the Auditorium, as it is the first event there which appeals to all classes of people. By act of congress, approved by Presi dent McKinley, March 3. 1899, the Ma rine band was increased in r.umber of 7 men, and the pay also increased to such an extent that even the best musicians in the country can now do better in Washington than in any other place, and aside from its great numerical strength the band is now much better individually and collectively than ever before in its history. It is now easily the finest band in the world and is headed by a musician of the highest attainment, William H. Santeimann, who was made a first lieutenant by the provisions of the same act. . -" Recently there have been so many re quests from all parts of the country, that the officials decided to grant the band a lea,ve of absence to go out and play for the people at large for a short time following the adjournment of con gress and the iraugut-al ceremonies. Mr. Howard Pew of New Y'ork. who piloted the band on two similar journeys about ten years ago, has made arrangements for concerts in about 35 cities, commenc ing with Baltimore March 18. and will travel in a special train of five cars, and this is-, probably the largest undertaking of the kind in the history of American band concerts. The tour is made by per mission of the president, the secretary of the navy and General Heywood of the marine corps, and is endorsed bv 16 U. S. senators, a large number of represen tatives and other public men, while from various cities letters of request have been sent !n from mayors, musical soci eties, and prominent people asking for a visit from the band. It is believed that the spirit of musical pride and patriot ism, to greatly increased si-ice the Span ish war, will make the appearance of the band in every place an event of great importance. Many well known soloists are row members of the Marine band, and Miss Amy WhaJey. a daughter of Ohio, will accompany the organization as vocal soloist. The pr ogramme h.--re will be on tiie or der of the following: National r.nthem, "The Star Spangled Ear ner" Arnold Overture, "Tannhauser" Wagner Ballet music from "Coppelia" . . .Delibes Saxaphcne solo, "Fantasia American Favorite Moremans Jean B. H. Moremans." "Invitation a la Valse." Weber-Wein-gaitner. (Arranged for military band by W. H. Santeimann.) Military Episode Vollsttdt Waltz song, "Fleeting Days" Bailey Miss Amy Whaley. a) Caprice, "Ripple Dance".. Friedman (b) March, "Gen. Heywood". Santeimann Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2 Liszt STRIKE IN WILBUR OPERA CO. Wardrobe Keeper Kept Keys Emer gency Costumes Were TJsed. New Haven, March 16. The Wilbur Op?ra company left here this week after closing the most exciting week's stand of its history, according to the manager. On Friday the comedian, J. Hartley Duff, took his wife, who is in the chorus, and another chorus girl and went to New Y'ork. He departed just before the matinee performance, which had to be altered in consequence. Then the company's plans were up set by a strike by Ida Shannon, keeper of the wardrobe. She had sixty keys to unlock 150 trunks, and when she struck she refused to give up a k-y. The com pany got out a few costumes and im provised others enough for an emer gency performance. Before Miss Shan non could be induced to give up the keys it was necessary to call in Deputy Sheriff Goodhart to serve a writ of replevin on her. The acting manager, William Full- hp h M L -the- YZD pryri T 'FOR MRS. B. B. HACK, Northfleld, Vt, says: l was completely prostrated, and could not even keep my eyes open or have any one come into the room.. I employed two doctors, who made me worse. I discharged the doctors and began to take Dr. Greene's Nervura blood and nerve remedy. 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Send far free symptom blank to fill out. ward, joined in the strike. Before the company left here he was discharged. CHARLES B. HANFORD'S LOSS. Valuable Costumes and Scenery De stroyed by Eire. Charles B. Stanford's losses by the re cent warehouse Are in Washington are very serious. Mr. Hanford had long made a specialty of collecting scenery and had one of the finest assortments of stage settings and costumes possessed by any actor in the country. Among the things'destroyed were the Booth-Barrett production of "ujlius Caesar," together with the music used in their presentation of the play; all of the Thomas WT. Keene productions, the McLean-T ler-Hanford production of "Romeo and Juliet." val ued at tS.OCO; the Katherine Cltmmons production of "A Lady of Venice" and 200 trunks full of costumes. Mr. Han ford has some little solace in he fact that the sword used by the elder Booth was recovered. This is the weapon w ith which the great tragedian in one of his urgoverned moods as Richard III pur sued Richmond off the stage and through the streets of Baltimore. Mr, Hanford has had a very successful season wdth "Private John Allen," but the loss is a severe shock, as the insurance on the property destroyed amounted to only $1,500. FITCH'S GREAT SUCCESS. Now Has Four Plays Running in New York. New Tork discovered last week that Clyde Fitch was the first playwright in lC.rears to have four plays running sim ultaneously in that city, says a New Y"o-k dispatch. The last record was that of Ei-rtlcy Campbell, ar-d the plays were "The White Slave," "'The Galley Slave," "Siberia," and "My Partner." It is in teresting to note that these plays are still extant, for "Siberia" was revived this season for a tour, and "The White Slave" and "The Galley Slave" are fre quently played by stock companies. There is to be a resurrection of "My Partner" next season, with Louis All rich in the leading part, and. as the Campbell estate is still realizing on oth er plays by that author, it would appear that American playwrights last for a reasonable time. Fitch's record is a bit unusual, however, but he has been a persistent and patint maker of plays for the last 11 years, during which his out put numbers i4 dramas. His first play to be produced was "Beau Brummel," over which there was a controversy at the time Mansfield made a sucess cf it. Mansfield declared on one occasion that Fitch had little to do with it. Mr. Fitch's version cf "Beau Brummel" was given the ether day, as follows: "An intimate friend who knew Richard Mansfield well told me he wanted a new play. He in troduced me to him, and Mr. Mansfield was good enough to ive me a chanc3. V7 J rrr REMEDY IS ME3WME. 7 '?- TO THE As each act of 'Beau Brummel' was fin ished I delivered it to. him. The piay made a success, and from that time on my plays have been in demand. 'Captain Jinks' I w rote last summer expressly for MiS3 Brrymore. 'The Climbers' I par tially wrote last winter, and finished it during the summer. 'Barbara Frietehie" was completed two years ago this win ter, and was produced by Julia Marlowe the following autumn. 'Lovers' Lane' was written three or four years ago, or- iginaily for Sol Smith Russell. I did some more writing on it this fall and changed it in some ways I have been writing steadily for the theater since 1S!3. Really, I can't remember all of the plays I have written in the last 11 years. Many were original, several were adaptations, and I also collaborated with Leo Ditrichstein." Fitch is 35 years of age. Among his original plays are: "Betty's Finish." "Beat' Brummel," "Frederick Lemaitie." "A Modern Match.""Pamela's Prodigy," "His Grace de Grammont," "Mistress Betty," "April Weather," ""Nathan Hale," "The Cowboy and the Lar"v," "The Moth and the Flame." "Barbara Frretchie." "The Climbers." "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines," and "Lov ers' Lane," "The Social Sw in." "Sa pho," "A Superfluous Husband "and"The Marriage Game" were dramatizations, and "The Masked Ball," "The Liar" and "Bohemia" were adaptations. In col laboration with Leo Ditrichstein he wrote "Gossip" and "The Head of the Family." Mr. Fitch has written two novels quite recently called "Some Cor respondence" and "Six Conversations." Theatrical Notes. Marie Tempest will shortly produce "Becky Sharp" in London. Jessie Bartlett Davis may return to the operatic stage next season. Sadie Martinot wiil take Olga Nether sole's place at the head of the "Sapho" company. Mazzie Kine. the clever little dancer, has made a big hit in Germany and is booked two years ahead. "The Belle of Bohemia" has it last "cauirht on" in London and the business has been very big. R. A. Barnet has not closed w'th anv manager as yet for the sale of "Miss Sim plicity," his latest work. Blanche Bate?. with "Undf.r Tw-o Flags." will play in San FYanciseo during the en tire month Of July. Bernhardt has been having the saine old "trouble with the New Orleans hotel keeprs about her dogs and cats. William Dean Howeils says 1 hat the dramatization of "L'nleavened Bread" 13 one of the best he has seen from e novei. William Gillette will close his season in "Sherlock Holmes" in Lbout live weeks His next season opens in London in Sep tember. When Maria Dressler's season closes in "Miss Print" she will appear for the sum mer with a big burlesqus companv. Katherine. daughter of Katie Fmmet, will soon graduate from tha Bueta Vista college, Virginia, and go upon the concert stage. Agnes Booth-Schoeffel baa not retired from tne stage, as is generally supposed, (7)1 f f rj TLo llmmssi Frsmss Works ali Vfistsr it Kesds Cpacial Support ia fn) r (73 frfrr i rrc? p..rjrr-nynrrji mood II f ! UJ LssLJ Li L- Kids U lAJL,". lismedy MM Efn 4f ffffi fftMj'p IS I 1 v f r' ; aJ -fv2 i " sr-" k vr . f..H ' H - "f K jk . il -. KJs i'l fi- ' ; .,.,''! o-A-'-" ' ,AiS,tV -for, '. Kii' iWii;feii f ' " i but will only take special engagements mat 00 nor. require mucn ci-iveuiit; Marie Tempest's production of "Peg Wofrington" in London has been one of the most dismal failures on record, says a correspondent of a Xew York paper. Paul Arthur is reported to have pur chased the English rights of "In the Pal ace of the King" and will take it to Lon don shortly, appearing in the leading role. A one-act plav entitled "Blue Roses," written bv Haddon Chambers, will soon be produced on the vaudeville stage under the direction of the syndicate mnnrigers. James A. Heme has abandoned his tour in "Sag Harbor" on account . of voc;U paralvsis brought on by an attack of Krrip. St is doubtful whether he will return to the stage aain this season. Topeka mav receive a visit this spring from the famous Leipsic philharmonic or--chestra. The deal for the production of the Clvde Fitch play. "Nathan Hale," in Topeka has not yet been closed. It has been estimated that the loss through E. H. Sot hern's accident, which caused an interruption of his tour of "Hamlet" far nine weeks, is $l'.0ii. The business that was done at the opening of the season considerably exceeded that of "The Prisoner of Zenda." Herbert Crlpps. formerly stage manager and musical director of the De Wolf Hop per Opera company, has been engaged by Manager Frank L. Perley a.s staije man ager of the Alice Nielsen Opera company. He joined the organization in Washing ton on March 4. Mr. Cripps will go to England with the Nielsen cumpany. The opening lines in "The Dairy Farm" are "spoken" bv Nero, the churn dog, who barks up the curtain on the first scene in the most vociferous manner. He knows a.s well as the cail boy when the time for ringing ut) is at hand, and jumps at his task of working the churn with all the ard-Lr of a human being. Willie Kdouin's return to the T,ondon cast of "Florodora" has boomed business wonderf ully. Edouin is a. great London fa vorite, occupying about the position once held bv the late Fred Leslie. i'hvllis Rankin, who is playing in Txin don." recently took a trip t Cambridge college and sang for the s'udcnls. She received a tremendous reception and a waxon load of flowers. When Augustus Thomas presents his la.test play. "Colorado." next November, for the hrst. time he wiil hr.ve direct su pervision over the rehearsal'". Heretofore Clyde Fitch has been thf- 01. iy author who has looked after the rehearsals. Crvstal Heme is to piay Giory Quavle in the forthcoming production of "The Christian" in Chicago, and will play that part throughout next seaser on road. This engagement is the firct plaved by Miss Heme outside her father's company. Holbrook Blinn, who is phiying the chief role in "To Have and to Hold," wt!l leave that company shortly and return to Lon don. He irf to originate a part in "Sweet and Twenty," soon to be produced in the English metropolis. Norman Whaliey has sienecl a contmct with Manager Chamberlyn to pl-iy the1 queen in "My Lady." the part heretofore acted by Violet Hc.llis. Mis Mollis will shortly sail for the continent and will ap pear in the leading music hnlls. A conservative estimate places the for tunes of Blanche Walsh at Sju. Ada Pehon at Sh'.K'Ki). Edna Wallace Hopper at $-'!5.'io, Maude Aclams at J75.oo'i. Camille D'Arviiie at $.'.i. Virginia Harned at $t;5.e-i ad Maggie CHne at $45. ""t. Trixie FrigLinza, the well known chorus girl, who is in London with "The Girl of wh'Ia r.'ztzzro ?3sis do Sprteg TZetlitin jfS7t fY-tt tivnX Bohemia." and who was recentlv married uiKn the arrival of that ori: an! r: 1 l"n lit F.neland. has alrea.lv applied f..r a 01 voroe. Her husband is a t-n m-tup phv sieian. Dr. Barry hv name, titel .MN- K:l ganza savs she1 married hiin oot ol spit" '.V. A. ' Mortimer, leading man for th" Corse f'avton Brooklyn Sioek cmip:v. has entered suit against Charl-s I- r..'i man for f&,m for ,lcf:i mstlmi of eh:it ter. The suit Is t he outcome of an in.oc o tion secured bv Mr. Kriilimiin ag tins; Mr. I'ayton preventing the lato 1- jr- i.tg "iAielon." with au "infeeinr c 1.:., as the farmer pot it. Frank Perlev denies that he w'!l st tr Alle-e Neilsen next seeson in his peWv a e qulreei opera, "The ( 'haper o-i-j." He Mitl organize an entirely new companv 11:1. s i i keeping a sharp lookout for a .-opaTio fr the principal role. "Tne 'I was written by Frejl Khtikin. !.o is partly rc'sponsiblo for "The Arete, r," arel com posed bv Fsadore itinark. Harrv' Mitchell. P ., dim: actor of t e Jnmi-s Jeffries company. ; r Thr. --vn t"-: the ball'eon use, I in Of plav "'I If Man From the- West" Ire the .tar at. I o. last week and instead .if nSi-.-ho..!- on itl- feet struck hend first. It v is tli nitrVit at first that Mitchell V.oltid d-o. llavaa oi- ff t-ed a concussion of the bra 01. im; h j will recover. alt.hotit--h It will take rtv .. It was in PC'i. at tie Park The lor. .,;! ailelphia. that K. Jl. K..thvr.i to., !. bi first ap; ea ra nee on the o;-l-c. It v is 11 his fathers play oni'i"' "Sam." and young Sol'ni rn had bring a ttuek e i the staKe, touch h;s e-.,j. aral a1". --If L;f ,t crown, your honor: 1 think y.ti won't "o ject." He re me-mbeia d to tout h his . but he forgot his lines niat hi-' f-it'.er prompted him SO lea'dlv tha' til' 1 f:e ao'.t ence heard It. From that b.ol 1 c i n o : t,g to his iM'tllianl presentation of "Ilnrv-t" is a Wide leap. -The- e-ruios e,f New York fhin't Pre 'e play made fmm "To Have uft-l to ''o 1 : bin' it is said to he ft big l eO.:l..r a.-. Robert Lorain .the Impor'e,! leading man, is calieri a stick. Brady's revival of "":ica- I en Cabin" in New York i c-tOed a ste,, .,.... ous popular hit. Th ttitrrj !" t so.-.t.i-ties. In the wicv of "coon'' -s e.g - at .; flu walk'., are all up-lo-d.ite; hut u , -s find the hum r .Marks and tie of,,-r comic characters rather a-'-r-.ix;. t'hatpiita. tire Tnniget se- -1 m T p Ki two years ago. is now P. V.V-o-1- -.: , where i-lie is stiii hohbng "rec piton. ' That. "Way Down East " will oe i- !: iv success in the itv of l.oaion as it n.n bee n in Americu was thoroughly i. rrv.n strateej last wt . K in lbo-o tr or.jm.-h t-.tg-IP-h cities of Victotia and Vnm -r. Ame-r.e an piece was e e-r gre. teal wan tiii cordiality and enthusiasm that was ten dered this rustic distruet at Uioac tyutuu.