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A 4 JUI TOPEKA 33 A. ILY; i J i. .4.-1 J0UH2TAL- Frifzi Scheff la "Mile. Modiste" y. CtJl i-D 1 DC-IT t V1 l ne uingcrureau u x n music is written in Mr. Herbert's -best style. " The capable supporting company consists of William Pruette, Walter Percival, Claude "'Giilingwater, ' Leo Mars, George Schraeder, Howard Chambers, R. W. Hunt, Josephine Bart lett, Edna Fassett, Blanche Morrison, Louise le Baron, Miss La Mora, Ada Meade and Bertha Holly. "The Gingerbread Man." "The Gingerbread Man," which open ed at the Liberty theater, exhibits the workmanship of the late Frederic Ran ken and A. Baldwin Sloane. An en- ; ' i .-n Our New York Dramatic Corre spondent. N avalanche of new plays has poured down upon New Tork, ' i and, pleasant to state, several i . of them are excellent in qual ity and rendition. Of the successes, "AHee-SH-by-the-Fire," at the Criter ion, and "Mile. Modiste," at the Knick erbocker, are the most important. "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire" is by J. M. Barrie, and in It Ethel Barrymore wins new laurels, for she appears to advan tage in the most difficult role she has ever essayed. Preceding "Aliee-Sit-by-t he-Fire" is another Barrie play, in one act, entitled "Pantaloon," In which Lionel Barrymore has the principle !'. John Barrymore plays in both pieces and does the best work of his short stage career. When John Barry more appeared with Willie Collier in "The Dictator" I thought that his suc cess was due more to the playwright than to the player, but I take it all back. The latest member of the Barry more family to win commendation has genuine talent. He is not a second Lionel just yet, but he has all the symptoms. Ethel Barrymore's Role. In "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire" Ethel Barrymore plays the role of a middle f)ged woman, mother of a child of about sixteen years, a marked contrast to the comparatively youthful parts in which ehe has been seen heretofore. The play is typically Barriesque. It shows the brilliant Scotchman in one of his hap piest and most whimsical moods. Just as his "Little Mary" may be said to have set forth the philosophy of indi gestion, so "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire" il lustrates the philosophy of modern matrimony. But "Alice-Sit-by-the-Flre" is a big success, while "Little Mary" wras sadly lacking. There is but one fault to be found with "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire." That is its divergence at times from logical se quence in the development of the Ftory. This defect, however, is lost tM&ht of in the delicious comedy of the drama and the delightful acting of Miss Barrymore and of her supporting com pany. Beatrice Agnew, as the daugh ter, scores an individual hit of unusual proportions. She jumped into fame in a night. "Pantaloon." "Pantaloon" is described by Mr. Bar rie as "a plea for an ancient family." tertaining holiday flavor pervades the piece, which is described as a "fanciful fairyesque." A host of childhood favorites make up the list of characters. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Jack Horner, Marjory Daw and Simple Simon, assisted by other Mother Goose favorites combine to assist in making the evening pass pleasantly. , "The Gingerbread Man" is a fantas tic conception, who, although rightfully proprietor of a kingdom, has been "metamorphosed" into a dough man, through the machinations of that dreadful spirit of darkness, Machevave lius. Mazie Bon Bon and Jack Hor ner, fond lovers, also feel the. evil one's displeasure; but, through the aid of Mrs. Santa Claus, they finally manage to marry in the nearby country "of King Bunn and King Sugar Plum. Helen Bertram, Almyra Forrest and Eddie Redway (the Gingerbread Man) win the approval of their audiences. "The Babes and the Baron." "The Babes and the Baron," at the Lyric theater, Is absolutely the most brazen combination of "steals" that has ever confronted metropolitan theater goers. Eliminate the clever work of Fred Walton in a pantomimic role,' as The Toy Soldier, and a mess of pur loined dramatic pottage remains that would entitle its progenitors to charter membership in the Amalgamated So ciety For the Protection of Hardened Stage Kleptomaniacs. In order to better express the extent Lionel Barrymore gives a character sketch of an old man that evidences the advanced artistry of this young actor. In every important role he has pictured, that of the Italian organ grinder in "The Mummy and the Hum ming Bird:" Kid Garvey, the pugilist, in "The Other Girl," and Pantaloon, in "Pantaloon," he has received, and de servedly, too, the unanimous approval of American critics. "Mile. Modiste." Fritzi Scheff has contracted the suc cess habit. In "Mile. Modiste," at the Knickerbocker theater, she appears, "in three acts and seven gowns," with the fascinating vivacity and captivating expressiveness that have become asso ciated with this genuine prima donna. Miss Scheff's voice and acting, Victor Herbert's tuneful music and Henry Blossom's libretto combine to provide three hours of enjoyable entertainment. I dlTSSe" r1 df' TWO SCENES FROM f TWO SCENES FROM V THE GINGERBREAD MAN J J ' . , " j : nm .... .. . .... .. r&J. If i ,t ' jl i - - - ' t ,. ;;tr. ; j I j ' ' 1 1 ' l V,',"';,! , r W nim mi mrtt BTHIIIIWllllPMIMIil.llMMIIIIIIirr III I W I W 3 , Fifi a Fanciful Role. The role of Fifi, a millinery attache, provides Miss Scheff with a rollicking, fanciful role that fits perfectly her nervously energetic personality. Thai is one prime reason why the drama is a success. Pretty girls a-plcnty adorn the vari ous scenes, and the costumes and stage settings are elaborate in design and in execution, and withal harmonious. The of the wholesale appropriation of well known features I annex a schedule as follows: - Exhibit A. The plot of "The Babes and the Baron" is a direct imitation of that of "Babes In Toyland." A guar- j dian conspires to rid the world of two wards, a boy and a girl, in order to se cure their fortunes. Exhibit B. The wooden Hoy "busi ness" of "Babes In Toyland" is directly imitated. . I Exhibit C A horse, entitled "The! Laughing Steed." is a duplicate of the horse named Rollo in "Wonderland," recently at the Majestic theater, only Rollo is a great deal more amusing. Exhibit D. The best song in the piece Is "I "Would Like to Be Your Pal." Both words and music are an amazing imitation of the delightful song "I Would Like to Marry You," in "The Earl and the Girl" at the Casino. Exhibit E. An automobile scene is given in which the dialogue, etc.. is strongly suggestive of an act seen in vaudeville and not unlike the burlesque auto scene in "The Earl and the Girl." ' That is sufficient evidence. I trust. "The Babes and the Baron" is deadly dull. It is the worst blow at the happi ness of this fair land of ours since the fateful day when Billy Patterson was Etrucii. j WHAT FOREIGN CRITICS SAY OF VIOLINIST SPALDING. Albert Spalding, the young American violinist who is meeting with phenom enal success on the continent, was in vited to take part in a gala perform ance in Paris recently for the benefit of the Dramatic Artists' association. This entertainment was organized by Coquelin, and the leading artists in Europe participated, Mme. Adelina Patti going from London specially for this concert, which was held at the Chatelet theater in Paris. The follow ing is a clipping from one of the Paris papers: "Finally two compositions of Bach and Sarasate for the violin, played by Mr. Spalding. This young artist should be noted in passing. As yet he is but little known, but he certainly will be ere long. His virtuosity is of a pleas ing standard and technique; his play ing is sure and bold; he shows plenty of taste and intelligence in his art. Mr. Spalding, although very young, is al ready most talented; he promises well and will certainly fulfill what he prom ises." Another critic said: "The brilliant debut made last year in Paris by the American violinist, Al bert Spalding, will be within the recol lection of all. "The young artist has again been heard at the concert of .he Dramatic Artists' association, organized so ener getically by Coquelin, and at which Mme. Patti gave the assistance of her talent and reputation. Albert Spald ing was enthusiastically received by the public. His remarkable talent FRITZI SCHEFF IN "MLLE. MODISTE' brought him four recalls. His classical ly pure playing, noble in its simplicity, was wonderful in the Aria' by Bach, which he interpreted with a remarkable correctness of expression. In Sara sate's 'Zigeunerweisen,' in which hi was equally well applauded, he elicited admiration of qualities of quite a dif ferent order; alternately cleverly "pic turesque, melancholy or tender, his boiv expressed in a delightful manner tha vibrating poetry of the pretty fantasia by Sarasate. "Similar success awaits him in Lon don, Berlin, Vienna, Nice and Florence, where he is to give a series of concerts." HENSHAW "PROMOTED." John E. Henshaw, who has been playing the principal role in "The Sho Gun," the George Ade-Gustav Luders musical opera, has been "promoted" by his manager. Mr. Henshaw is now be ing strongly featured in all the adver tising matter, and he comes very near being a star in every sense of the word. EDNA MAY. Edna May has concluded her Ion and prosperous Xew York engagement in "The Catch of the Season" and is on a tour of the big cities. She sails for London on March 6, to appear there in a new musical play. Clyde Fitch's extremes of subject for dramatic treatment are shown in "Cous in Billy" and "The Woman In the Case." The Busy Pugilistic Career of "Philadelphia Jack" O'Brien f i ! I v VV1 V ia i Master Crewe, Noted Show Dog. Ban Johnson's Latest Bit of Strategy (.HILAUELPHIA JACK ' ; aaeJ O'BRIEN is the most sought after member of the pugi """ listic profession just now. All the heavies and middleweights have thrown down their gauntlets and an nounced their anxiety to meet the new champion, for O'Brien must now be considered the champion middleweight of America. While O'Brien's victory over Fitz eimmons was by no means a notable one, the showing made by the crafty Philadelphia was such as to raise him a few pegs in the estimation of ring critics. Ryan Is In Line. Tommy Ryan's claims for a fight With O'Brien are admitted by all to be worthy of recognition. Ryan is almost as much of an old timer as Fitzslm mons, but he is a more clever boxer than the one time conqueror of Jim Corbett. As a matter of fact, Jim Cor bett, Tommy Ryan and Kid McCoy were the cleverest boxers that ever appeared in a squared circle. Fitz eimmons and Jeffries were their su periors as fighters that is, as stiff (unchers and as rugged endurers of punishment. Fighting is not always boxing, just as boxing is not always fighting. Marvin Hart. Marvin Hart is another aspirant for a match with O'Brien. Hart is much heavier than O'Brien, and Tommy Ryan is considerably lighter. As a matter of fact, O'Brien would have difficulty in getting down to the weight Ryan stipulates, 154 pounds ring side. O'Brien might make the weight if Ryan's terms provided for weighing in at 3 o'clock, or even at 6 o'clock, but 154 pounds ring side for a fighter who is really a 165 pounder , is a different proposition. " O'Brien's Career. O'Brien, whose right name is Joseph F. Hagen, was born Jan. 17, 1S78, in Philadelphia. He is 5 feet 10 inches in height, and he has fought and won more battles than any ether middle weight now in the ring. Nearly all of his battles, however, have been with second rate men, which fact accounts for his long list of victories. O'Brien first came into public notice in 1898, when he defeated George Rus sell in six rounds and went to draws with Isador Strauss and Bobby Dobbs. In 1901 he went to England and de- V . feated a score of men, including George Crisp, who at that time was heavy weight champion of Britain. ' " In 1902 he won from Yank Kenny, Billy Stiff, Joe Choynski and Jack Beauscholte md on fouls from Jack Bonner and Charles McKeever. ' In 1903 he defeated, among others, Al ited by lovers of canines whose oppor tunities of becoming acquainted with Black Corded poodles are limited owing to the great scarcity of the breed. Miss Lawrence has two of these poodles, Master Crewe and Indiana, but her especial pride is the former, which comes of the most noted blood in Eu- STER CREWE, FAMOUS PRIZE WINNING BLACK CORDED POODLE. : I premier honors. In all, he has won twenty-four prizes twenty-one firsts, two seconds and one third. ' Master Crewe's father was Plon Plon, a famous Russian poodle, and his mother was Alva, well known in Aus tria and Franco. Like most poodles, he is very intelligent and is a trick performer of considerable ability. The glory of Master Crewe lies in the cords which hang from his shoulders and back to the length of twenty-four inches. This is almost the greatest length on record in the L'nited States, and the cords are thick, strong and dis tinctly separate, as they should be ac cording to the requirements of the standard. He is a lovable, companion able dog and at the same time main tains a dignified bearing, seemingly in dicating a feeling that he is a very im portant member of the community and that he should be treated with consid eration befitting his station in the world of dog affairs. Poodles have long been favorites with English and French folk. There is no doubt that poodles originally were the "water dogs" of France, in which coun try they were not only used for re trieving wounded water fowl, but for swimming contests as well, when the hind parts were shaven or clipped, so that the legs would have more freedom in action. Lave Cross. The Philadelphia Athletics have let Captain Lave Cross go, and the great field marshal and third baseman will endeavor to make the Washington club of the American league a real factor in diamond affairs. The fine Italian hand of President Ban Johnson is seen in this deal. President Ban has a wise policy of strengthening weak teams at the expense of stronger ones, thus making American pennant races close and consequently more attractive and more profitable. Too bad the National league has not a president of the John son caliber! A comparison between Johnson and Pulliam would be too funny, even for vaudeville. AV. FEXTOX BRAYDE. HOW DAVE WAR FIELD FOOLED A MANAGER, CALVIN DEMAREST, NEW CHICAGO BILLIARD WONDER. Calvin Demarest is the latest billiard sensation. He is a native of Chicago, the breeding place of famous carom experts, and he. will represent the Chicago Athletic association in the coming national championship tourney a month hence. C. Fred Conklin, a stereotyper, who last year won the national champion ship, is also a member of the Chicago Athletic association.. Weinig (twice), Jim Jeffords, Mike Schreck and Jack Sullivan. The draws and - no decision bouts O'Brien has fought from 1896 to the i present date are so numerous as to make the recording of them a useless task. - " " - A Noted Poodle Prize Winner. Admirers of dogs of high quality agree that there is no more aristocratic canine in existence than the poodle, which shares with the Italian grey hound the distinction of being termed "the aristocrat," in spite of the claims of certain of the various breeds of the "toy" dogs. The different breeds of poodles are known as Black Corded, Black Curly Coated and the Red (or Brown) and White, and one of the finest specimens in the country of the first named branch of this extremely interesting and vaFtiable family is owned by Miss Ruth Lawrence, whose home in Lex ington avenue. New York, is often vis- rope and which has been exhibited with striking success in more than a score of shows. ' She has now withdrawn Master Crewe from active competition on the bench, and he is enjoying life as a gentleman of leisure, surrounded by an imposing array of medals and cups, trophies of his prowess in many a hard fought victory. Kellie V. Nichols tells this story about David Warfield: "Warfleld applied for a job at Fisch er's vaudeville agency while he was home in San Francisco last summer on vacation. He was walking down the Rialto with Archie Levy, the vaudeville agent, talking about the old Frisco days when he was hissed off the stage at his first appearance. Warfield was won dering what his chances for an engage ment in a cheap place would be today and just for a lark Levy suggested a tryout at Fischer's. Warfield was game. They entered the Fischer office and Levy introduced him to one of the managers. He had never seen War field, and he fell easily. "'What kind of a turn?' says the manager. " 'Jew,' says Warfield. " 'Lemme see it.' "They went down into the theater and Warfield stood on the bare stage and gave fifteen minutes of Hebrew monologue as only he can give it. The manager thought It was pretty good. " "How much salary?' "'How much will you pay?' says Warfield. " "How much will you take?" "'Nothing less than thirty a week.' " 'I'll give you eight weeks at twenty five.' " 'Done.' says "Warfield. "And they came up here and signed the contracts. .Warfield is going to have his framed. Levy said to the manager, 'Ain't you going to buy a drink on this?' and they went to th? bar and the manager threw down 50 cents and asked what they were going to have. " 'Oh. let's have a bottle of wine, says Warfield, pulling out a roll of bills as big as a trunk. "The manager's eyes got kind of sick, and Levy says to him: 'I forgot to tell Master Crewe's Record. Master Crewe has a record which, if he can realize its import, should cause him to be highly satisfied with him self in fact, almost conceited. He has never been exhibited without w inning a prize, and his carerr in this direction ' has not been by, any means restricted! to any one locality, for he has appeared ' before judges in many different cities, j He is a w ell known winner at West- ! minster Kennel club (New York) j shows, and at Bar Harbor, Me., where j the Lawrences have their summer I home, he has never failed to capture : ". ':' ' " ' " : "'' ? " ; : ' :: :' :' : "- ':- .' " - '" '.' ' I ' ..'. X " '.- A; - :V :'. ' y. THE TROTTER BROWNIE WILTON, 2:1914, SHIPPED TO AUSTRIA. RECENTLY . " - 1 f " -v w;:y y - y. jm&e - ' :;'; yy- i ' Jyy. v x isyr-f.t. ;": ''. ;:;!: : : ; : :K --: : - ROSE LA H ARTE, HIPPODROME STAR. One of the many pleasing features of the performance of "A Society Circus" at the New York Hippodrome is the artistic work of Rose La Harte in the leading role of Lady Volumnia. Miss La Harte sings charmingly and lends many delightful touches to the scenes in which she appears. you, this is DAVID Warfield, Dave Bclasco's star." "The manager smiled, still sicklike, and says, 'Oh, yes, I knew it ail the time.' " DOESN'T WANT TO BE A STAR. "I suppose I am the only girl on tha stage who doesn't want to be a star." So spoke Miss Aimee Angeles, trip ping down from her dressing room at the Majestic theater reccntlj-, followed by her maid bearing an armload of gar ments for the quick changes Miss An geles was soon to make garment! Scotch, garments Italian, garments In dian, garments nautical, in which she gives characteristic dances with Sam Chip, the diminutive comedian of "Wonderland." "Truly," she went on, in reply to an incredulous smile. "I just want to go on dancing and being happy. Oh, yes, I'm always happy! Born that way, I suppose. Yes, I was born to the stage. My father was Alexander Zanfretta, the clown in the Hanlon Brothers' 'Fan tasma.' Most people couldn't pro nounce the name, and when thej- took to calling me "Little Clamfritters" I put up a childish rebellion. Then it was to look for a name. I wanted t- be called Mecca. It was a name tha sounded good, and I'd heard stories of the pilgrims journeying to the mystic place of prayer. But my father did not like that, and we compromised on An-, geles. No, it wasn't on account of any thing angelic in me, but because I had a good time in Los Angeles. What's in a name anyway?" "THE STUDENT KING." Henry W. Savage, whr ha:! been.. in Hot Springs, Va.. has- tin-m-d to New York. Mr. Savage -and Reginald Da Koven arranged preliminary details for Mr. D Koven's new opera, "The Stu dent King," to be produced next year.