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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOTJBNAtftSATUEDAT EVENING,: JUNE 1, 1907.
Theatrical Gossip COMtXG ATTRACTIONS. At the Xoveltj. Tolite vaudeville. At th Air Done. Kress Stock company. At the Elite. Moving pictures. At Kansas City. Ethel Barry mo re is promised at the Willis Wood for three nights, beginning Thursday evening, June 6. The play is to be "Captain Jinks," admittedly her greatest success. With a two act musical farce, called "Dream City," Joe Weber and his all star aggregation will be seen at the Shubert for four nights and a matinee beginning Sunday, June 2. At Chicago. Rose Stahl in "The Chorus Lady" will open a limited engagement at the Pow ers on June 3. "Only the passing away by old age of the principals and the understudies will bring it to a close." says the Chicago Tribune of "The Time, the Place and The Girl." which has had its 450th per formance at the La Salle and for which seats are still selling two weeks in ad vance. Henry Woodruff in "Brown of Har vard" is making a big hit at the Stude baker and will remain there until June 10. "The Round Up." one of the banner Klaw & Erianger productions of the reason will remain at McVicker's for an indefinite period. The popularity of "The Man of the Hour" continues at the Illinois and this show will be on the boards there for some time vet. "The Three of Us." which ran with success for over two hundred nights In New York City, will open for a run at the Garrick on Sunday night. Frank Daniel is making: good with "Tha Tattooed Man" at the Grand and wiil remain there for a few more weeks. George M. Cohan's laugh producer, "Fiftv Miles from Boston" is on at the Colonial for an indefinite run. Produeins Plrys Is a Game. . The mcst fascinating field for legiti mate business speculation today is un doubtedly the production of theatrical enterta nments. The chances or sue cess look so alluring and the profits to be realized from a success are so enor mous that the call of the theater once NOVELTY THEATER 812 KANSAS AVE. Bill lor Week Commencing SL'XDAY, JOE 2, 1907 One Matinee Every Day, at 3 p. m. Two Performances Every Night, S and 9 O'clock Ladies' Souvenir Matinees Tuesdays and Fridays Children's Five-Cent Matinee Every Saturday NEW PEOPLE .AND NEW PLAYS EVERY SUNDAY OVERTURE Selection by Miss Faye Pohlman. F. N. IRWIN SOCIETY ENTERTAINER MISS CECILE MAY SINGING AND DANCING F. N. IRWIN' SONG ILLUSTRATOR PRESENTING "Would You?" SEAMAN, CHATHAM and ROGERS THE HARMONIOUS TRIO WALLACE & BEACH COMEDY, ACROBATIC And SINGING SKETCH inons (loving Pictures "The Indian's Revenge" heard can never be forgotten, so it is said by managers. Instance after instance is known in the theatrical profession where the wisest men in its ranks have passed up with scorn play after play, only to have the same manuscript bring to its author and producer a year or perhaps five years later a real fortune. When one reads of the accidents, the lucky or unlucky chances which have made or lost fortunes in the theatrical busi ness the tale seems like one of those from the "Arabian Nights," and it is this uncertainty with the chances of such prodigious rewards that gives the gsme its fascination and holds its fol lowers to it, for game it is this pro ducfion of theatrical entertainments as there is no man in the world who can tell from manuscript, from rehear sal, from anything, indeed, but the act ual verdict of the first night audience what is going to be the fate of his play. And even then, sometimes, th tide will turn in a single night from the smallest, most unimportant incident and Jump the receipts from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dol lars per night. "The Three of Us," the delightful sympathetic, four-act drama, full of human interest, of love, of originality and telling a story of every day peo- pie so naturally yet forcefully that it gets a grip on one's heart that can not be effaced, is the latest instance of the magic of theatrical fortune. They play was produced last September by al ter N. Lawrence, a theatrical manager whose productions cumber The Man on the Box." "The Prince Chap, "Mrs. Temple's Telegram," "The Great er Love" and others and who relies absolutely and entirely upon his own judgment in both his selection of plays and actors. Since its production "The Three of Us has been playing continuously a Mr. Lawrence's Madison Square thea ter. New York, and its receipts have never fallen lower than an average of tl.OCO a performance. They would have been double that amount for weeks and months had the house been larsrer. but J1.000 is pretty nearly an the money that it is possible to crowd in there at one performance. There were 22" performances given, which means thai Mr. Lawrence's profit has already exceeded 1100.000 and in the next two years, with the merit of this play's New York reputation and the larger theaters of the country in which $2,000 or even more can be obtained at one performance, it is safe to say that his profits will reach way over J500.000. Yet this overwhelming and instan taneous success was refused by every either manaeer in New York city. ta rhel Crothera. its author, unknown and friendless, tramred from one end of Broadway to the other offering this clay. Generally it was read through the force of Miss Crothers' personality then returned with polite or indifferent words of discouragement, according to the feeling of the manager who is dealing her the death blow. The day after the first performance of "The Three of Us" Miss Crothers receivea over a dozen offers, sight unseen, for mamisorints she might have or any thing she might write, from the very Eame managers who had so scornfully declined "The Three or L-s. Mantle Adams to Have Theater Car. The latter part of next month there will have been finished the construction of a special theater car for Maude Adf.ms. When finished it will be the only vehicle of its sort in existence. Its invention will, to a great extent, relieve transcontinental traveling and one night stands of much of their traditional horror. The car Is to be a combination of liv ing apartments and a completely equip ped theater. Everything upon the stage will be exactly the equipment of any first class theater, except that each fix ture is to be built in miniature. There will be the usual border lights, above the stage and below, a set of loot lights fastened inside a coverable gut ter, along the edge of the stage. The calcium and spot lights will be managed rrom the front end of the theater, where there will also be a set of lockers for costumers. There will be two extra sets of lockers at the rear of the stage for the property and carpentry department. Steps will lead from the stage to the floor of the theater, which will be with out stationary chairs. The living portion of the car will con sist of the conventional private car ar rangements, except that its equipment will be sufficient to relieve Miss Adams entirely from the necessity of using ho tels. It will be a suite of three rooms dining room, private room with station ary bed and bath, servants' room, kitchen and dining room. It will be lighted by electricity and will be the only portion of the car fitted with ob servation windows. The theater car is entirely of Miss Adams' own design and will be her per sonal property when delivered from the Pullman yards. not send to her. with the permission of the convent authorities, great quantities of flowers. These she distributed among the hospitals for the poor, to cheer their drooping souls. Upon his last visit to Washington the actor knew that the no ble woman who had been the sweetheart of his youth had died only a short time before, but he sent to the convent, ad dressed to her, the same quantity of flowers he for so many years knew would receive the benediction of her smile, and the flowers were distributed by the dead nun's associates to the hospitals which naa naa her especial care- Mr. Harry Clarke, the young man who appears in imitations as a feature of "The Tattooed Man." is the son of Ade laide Prince and Preston Clarke, the grandson of John Sleeper Clarke and the grand-nephew ol hdwia .Booth. One of the most earnest of the skirm ishes in the vaudeville war is being fought over Mr. Ezra Kendall. Not long ago Mr. Kendall's manager, Mr. Harry Askin. received telegraphic offers from each side for the comedian's services, one of them guaranteeing lau.OOO for a sea son's appearances. Both were declined, as Mr. Kendall's plans are to appear next July in a comedy by Mr. George Ade. Charles Frohman's pleasant proposition regarding the coaching of French act resses in our language that they may be qualified to appear before American aud iences opens up a visit of conjecture that is extremely alluring. The next thing we know we shall have a school in this coun try to teach English to some of our American actors so that they may give acceptable performances for London play-goers. Camille D'Arville. who has Just closed her starring tour -in "The Belle of Lon don Town," has accepted vaudevlle book ings from the United Booking offices. She will play a few weeks of immediate time and then go to her California home for the summer. Miss D'Arville will do a straight singing act - this season and should she decide not to star next year will present in vaudeville a musical play let with a cast of five. Nellie McHenry. who has been In the support of Louis James, has acquired a play of the "M'liss" order, entitled "Ca lamity Jane." in which she will srobably star next season. Miss McHenry was the leading woman of "Three of a Kind" some years back, the farce in which Nate Salisbury made a fortune. "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" has made a great hit in London. The experi ment was tried of not changing the nlay in any particular, and the Enarlish audi ences have been simply delighted. Madge Carr Cook as Mrs. Wiggs has received unstinted praise, and Frederick Burton. Louisa Closser and Grace Griswold are sharing Mrs. Cook's honors. William Frederick Peters, the comnoser of the score of the "Mayor of ToRio." has completed the musical setting of a new musical comedy In two acts, entitled "The Resorters." The book p.nd lyrics are by A. G. Ealamater. and the scenes are laid at a Mr.ine coast summer resort. William A. Bradv and his wife. Grace George, will sail for Europe early in June for a. six weeks' vacation. During their stay abroad Mr. Brady will arrange for trie tndon production or IMvorcons, with Mrs. Georee and Frank Worthing in the leading role. Cecelia Loftus savs that she will not play in vaudeville this summer, but will take a much-needed rest. Arrangements are being completed for an extensive tour of this country by a company of noted Norwegian players, who will present a series of Ibsen s Dlavs in the original. The actors are members of the National Theater. Norway, and the settings will be those used in that day house . The repertoire will include Ghosts. "Hedda Gabier." "A Doll's House." "The Master Builder" and "Ros-rjrsholme." Miss . Blanche Bates will srend the i greater part-of her vacation during the coming summer at her farm in Ossinining, in. i. sne win De seen in Beiasco s "Ciirl of the Golden West" for the third and last season. James T. Powers and his wife, known on the staze as Miss Rachel Booth, will go to Europe and spend the greater part of the summer automobiling through taly. Germany. France rind Switzerland. Mr. Powfrs win return to America early next autumn and begin . hs season in The !lue Moon In the Lyric theater. Philadelphia Topeka Job! 3ers am Maitirf actarers The Topeka Foundry and Machine Co. Successors to Topeka Foundry. Founders and Machinists. 318-20-22 Jackson Street, Topeka; Kansas. Ideas Worked Out Patents Developed. See here, if you want top tor your hides and furs, ship to Jas. C. Smith & Co., Topeka, Kansas: St. Joseph. Mo.; Wich ita. Kansas, or urana island, reo. write either place for prices. 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PLEASE WRITE FOR PRICES TO get the Best of Material, the Best of Workmanship and Prompt Service at the Lowest Price you should call in at REUTER'S Shoe Repair Facto. so Kansas Ave. Try the Journal Want Columns for Quick Returns. PEOPLE AXD PLATS. Peter Pan." in which Miss Maude Ad ams made one of the most remarkable dramatic successes In many years. Is to be made into an opera, with Victor Her hort n thp composer, and Is to be pro duced bv Oscar Hammersteln at the Man hattan opera house for his next season. The role of Peter will probably sung bv Miss Marv Garden, the soprano of the Paris Opera Comique. It is said that Mr. Hamruerstein has already beg-un negotia tions with J. M. Barrie. the author of Peter Pan." for the rights to use the story for Victor Herbert's music. One of the most potent reasons for Miss Pay TemUleton's retirement Irom tne stase this season is revealed in the fol lowing extract rrom a- letter to a inena. written by the heroine of "Forty-five Minutes From Broadway" last week from New England. Says Miss Temple- ton: "I am rrazzieo, oearaiswa ana weary. Six weeks of one-night stands through New England have laid me low. I'm a 'quitter-! Ye gods: These tneaters: rs uuouy can understand the discomfort, the filth of them until obliged to play in them. I say good-by. How glad 111 be tor a real rest." Tf rteflnltelv decided at the Actors' pni rair !n New York that Miss Bonita of the Wine. Woman and Song Company is the most ponuiar actress in Amentn. and Mr. George M. Cohan the moat pop ular actor. Friends of Miss Pauline Fred erick, another candidate, complain tnat they were seized ana neia ai mo 'si minute lust as they were about to buy jl.rt worth of votes, though they cried loudly for neip. . 'There died in a Washington Catholic convent a few days ago." says ths vV ash lneton Herald, "a nun who had taken the holv vows after she had refused the hand of Richard Alansrieia. i ney naa ueeu sweethearts for years, and tt is said that for a while they were engaged. Persons who knew her In Washington declare that she was one of the most beautiful nuns and one of the most devout Christians they had ever known. She consecrated her life to the good work of the church fmm an ennoblinar sense of duty to hu manity that only accented her ontjmistic spirit and made of her one of the noblest women, as wei: as i mw inaiuum and delightful companions, within the large circle of her acquaintances. After she entered the convent Mr. Mansfield never came to Washington that he did Books and Autkors Among the quaint sayings of Abo Martin, the Hoosier philosopher, which the Eotbs-Merrill Company have collected in a book, are to be found the following: Newt Plum's oon-in-law lives in one o" tnefn Indynoplua fiats an' he says thet his settin room Is so blamed lit tle thet ever time he crosses his legs he kicks his wife. Elcine Budd"s hus band hex gone back t' his parents. Alex Tansey thinks somethln' o' goin' with a troupe. His undo wuz quite a actor an' tore paper fer th' snow " scene in th "Two Orphans" when it wuz played in th' old Metro politan livery stable et TTrbana, Ohio, back In fifty-one. A feller in ordinary circumstances died o' "pendicitus et Shoals t'other dav. Th' ole sayin' "th" selection o' wall paper makes strange bed fel lows" is put nigh right. Tipton Budd lost three fingers yis terrtay. A feller asked him f hev a drink, but his wife wuz with him. It's purty hard f "keep tip f th Stand ard" these days. Our pustofflce stays open till 8 p. m. nr- ince Miss Germ Williams is takin' "Journalism" by mail. Ther's a grea t display o' buggies an' sausage et th' State Fair. I ll be blamed If tt dun't seem like th' fellers thet er so crazy 'bout wearin' unyforms never hev any s-houlders. I asked Uncle Ez Pash how he accounted for his longevity, an" he says, "I never rtaved, an' jist let 'em grow." Messrs. McClure. Phillips & Co. an nounce reprints of the following pub lications on their list: Third edition of '"His Courtship," the new Pennsyl vania Dutch story, by Helen R. Mar tin; second edition before publication of "The Princess Virginia." by C. X. and A. M Williamson; second edition of Ellis Barker Butler's companion volume to the famous "Pigs is Pigs," "The Great American Pie Company;" fourth edition of Stewart Edward i White's and Samuel Hopkins Adams adventure taie or tne x-acmc, xuc Mvstery;" fourth edition of "Golden Numbers." and sixth edition of "The Posy Ring," bv Kate Douglas Wiggin and Norah Archibald Smith; fifth edi tion of "The Four Million" and second edition of "The Trimmed Lamp." by O. Henrv; eighth edition of "Little Citizens." by Myra Kelly; second edi tion of "The Master of Stair." by the author of "The Viper of Milan." Mar jorie Bowen; and second edition of Burton J. Hendrick's "The Story of Life Insurance." The "out door" woman will cer tainly be interested in the June num ber of Dress. A special article in that number tells her exactly what to wear on any outing occasion. Tells her how she may always appear at her smartest, whatever and wherever the sport. The newest bathing, yachting and tennis suits are shown, as well, of course, as the new golf suit, hat and sweater. She will be delighted, too, with the charming tennis scene by Drian. in which the master has caught both the spirit of the game and the occasion that it affords for the display of charming frocks by the on-lookers. No variety of fiction causes so great a strain on the author as stories of mystery. The difficulties involved in putting the puzzle together, taking it apart and then putting it together again for the reader's benefit, are enormous. Practiced hand as she is. the problem In The Mayor's Wife proved almost too much for Anna Katharine Green. When the labor of composition was over, she found her self on the verge of nervous prostra tion. She has gone abroad for a long and well-earned rest. A dramatization by George Middle ton of Meredith Nicholson's popular story. The House of a Thousand Candles, has been "tried out" with : great success bv a stock company in ' Worcester, Massachusetts. It will be put on the boards regularly next fall with a company of its own. The Port of Missing Men, Mr. Nich olson's new story, continues to be the best-selling book in America, with a long lead over its nearest rivals. Charles H. Haswell. one of the most picturesquely interesting of all au thors, and also one of the extremely successful, died on May 12. He was in the ninety-eighth year of his age, and was still in the complete posses sion of his faculties, and his death was due to an accidental fall. Born in 1S09, his memory ran back to the time when, as a, child, he heard the news of the battle of Waterloo. He was born in New Torlc city, and in that city he made his home during his al most century of life" He was edu cated as a civil engineer, and contin ued actively to practice his profession until the end of his life. He enjoyed it, he liked to say, more than idleness. But he was most widely known as an author. Years ago he wrote an En gineer's Pocket-Book, which won in stant favor as a practical authority and handy-book on a host of subjects connected with engineering. Last year, so phenomenal has been Its con tinued success, the seventy-second edi tion of this book was issued by its publishers, the Harpers; in all, there have been over 146.000 copies of the book sold. Each successive edition ha9 been given his personal revision, including the last, which was just go ing to press as he died. In fact, a let ter written by him reached the Har pers a day after his death. Mr. Has well also wrote, years. ago. Reminis cences of an Octogenarian, a book full of such recollections as could come only from a man born in the first year of Madison's presidency and when New York had a population of less than 100.000. Miss Florence Wilkinson, although she has written three novels, of which "The Silent Door" has just appeared from the press of McClure. Phillips & Co., wishes to be known primarily as a poet. That is why she has allowed so much time to elapse since her last novel, "The Strength of the Hills," was published, and has devoted her time entirely to poetry. She recog nizes the fact that it is next to impos sible for the writer -who has made his reputation by prose fiction, ever to be ! accepted seriously as a poet. Thomas Hardy and W illiam Dean Howells are cases in point. Miss Wilkinson has wished to establish herself In the minds of poetry lovers, at least, as a poet first and novelist afterwards, and to have her novels judged rather as the work of a poet who has turned to fiction, than her verse, as the casual production of a prose writer. That she has succeeded in this attempt is shown by the fact that most of the re reviews of "The Silent Door" have ap peared under the headins "Fiction by a Poet." Mrs. Tryphosa Bates-Batcheller, the charming and talented young Ameri can sang with great success recently at the Quirinale palace on the occasion of one of the state receptions. Mrs. Batcheller is known not only as a singer but as the author of "Glimpses of Italian Court Life," a volume of charming reminiscences recently pub lished by Doubleday. . Page & Co. Among her many interesting experi ences in Rome was a private audience with Pius X. who wished to talk with Mrs. Batcheller about the conditions of the Italians in Boston, a community in which she is greatly interested and for whom she has done much. Mrs. Bat cheller was able to give his holiness many facts concerning this community which he had not received from other sources. The lady is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bates, of Wor cester, Mass., but lives the greater part of the year abroad principally in Rome where she is a familiar figure in the Italian society. A magazine crowded full of good reading is The Reader for June. Just on sale. The frontispiece by V ill Vaw ter, illustrating one of James Whit ccmb Riley's poems, has all the day dreaming spirit of the month. The op ening article. Social Service in Busi ness, is a revelation in the progress of modern industrial concerns toward pro viding for the welfare of their em ployes. It Is by an expert on this subject. Miss Mary R. Cranston, of the American Institute of Social Ser vice, and is illustrated by many pho tc graphs. William Jennings Bryan and Senator Beveridge continue their bril liant debate on the great subject of Trusts and Their Treatment. Albert Hale, the distinguished authority on South American topics-, contributes a final paper on The South American Sit uation. The Reader for June, in addi tion to Octave Thanet's exciting serial. The Lion's Share, has five exceptional ly interesting short stories, by such well known writers as Lily A. Long, Elliott Flower. Wilbur Dick Nesbit, Ella W. Peattla and Virginia Wood ward Cloud. Arthur Stringer has just returned from a four weeks' cruise to South America to find his new novel. "Phan tom Wires," in a tecond edition, and Australian and Canadian editions pro vided for. As puzzling as a detective story, is John H. Whitson's new novel, "The Castle -of Doubt." and almost to its very end maintains the mystery into which the reader and the hero plunge together at the moment when, inno cently walking the street, in New York city, the hero Is snatched into the car riage of two bewitching ladies and borne away as the wedded husband of one of them. To attract readers to Eliza Calvert Hall's new book. "Aunt Jane of Ken tucky." Little, Brown 4 Co., the Bos ton publishers, recently offered to send gratis the first chapter of the book en titled "Sally Ann's Experience," print ed separately. Imagine their surprise when these publishers read a literary note In the New York Sunday Herald, to the effect that the entire book. "Aunt Jane of Kentucky," was being given away to introduce a new author. As a result these Boston publishers have been besieged with requests from persons willing to take advantage of such a generous offer. This will entail a lot of correspondence to explain that the offer is limited to a reprint of the first chapter of the book. The an nouncement was made in that form in the clearest manner possible, and how It could have been read otherwise is puzzle. General Wilson's Life of Charles A. Dana, published last week by the Har pers, is full of fascinating details re garding the men and events of the past half century. Here, for instance, is the explanation of why Secretary Stanton always retained somewhat of a dislike to General Grant a dislike which came through a hasty mistake and a conse quent wounding of the war secretary's vanity. That the mistake was Stanton's own, and that it was of a kind to which a man of less self-conceit would have given no attention, made no difference: "Having reported his arrival at once. Grant received a telegram the next day from Halleck, directing him to proceed to Louisville, where he would 'meet an officer of the war department with or ders and instructions.' As it turned out. the secretary himself was the of ficer who was to meet Grant, and the firs meeting between these distin guished men took place on the morning of September 18, 1863. in the Union sta tion at Indianapolis. It was not alto gether fre from embarrassment to Mr. Stanton, who had somewhat impulsive ly mistaken Dr. Kittoe. the staff sur geon, for the general. Trivial as this Incident may seem, Dana and the of ficers present always believed that It produced an unfavorable impression which lasted til! the secretary's death. That he was disappointed in the gen eral's appearance and bearing cannot be positively stated, but it is certain they never became devoted friends." The June Century fUl print a letter of Victor Hugo'f3 believed to be pub lished now for the first time setting forth at some length the author's ob ject in writing "Les Miserables" and its relations to social problems. The letter is taken from a manuscript ver sion in Italian, probably the transla tion by Victor Hugo's secretary, and was written in response to an inquiry from Count Victor A. Pepe. of Italy, as to Hugo's purposes in writing his great romance. It will be embellished by drawings by Andre Castigne of three of the most dramatic scenes from Les Miserables," which will be shown in full-page reproductions.