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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, January 23, 1909, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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City Officials Wonder What
They'll Do With Them.
M I JEST i e
2nd Week Starting Monday Matinee
The Wolford Stock Go.
TONIGHT-" Under Southern Skies
Orders for Only 15, and 23 -Are
Prices 25c, 50c, 75c, $1.00, $1.50
First Half:
Second Half :
I Minister
Necessity for Redisricting the
City Is Apparent.
Also That of Preparing Ballots
for Emergencies.
It is about time that the election
board of the city of Topeka get busy
and make preparations for the coming
early spring election. At the present
time there are fifteen orders in to the
, Kansas Voting Machine company for
voting machines and the city needs at
least ten more. There are 23 pre
cincts In this city and some of them
re large enough to keep two voting
machines busy the whole day long
If the voters vote steadily all day but
It Is a well known fact that they . ion t
vote regularly they vote In streaKs
and in crowds. . .
t .v.- n machines are put
use at the coming election the city
will have to be reprecincted new pre
cincts will have to be instituted and
a month s work will be the res?";
But the election board is postponing
action while the time flies on.
Laying aside the work of the elec
tion hnni-ri 9 fnr minute are the new-
voting machines adequate for their
business in tne coming
There are many reasons why the ma
chines should be tested with care.
Tn the first nlace they are a new
manipulated by an experienced voter
When the machines are in perfect
working order and when they are
manipulated by an experience voter
they are capable of turning out about
a vote a minute, w nen me
unfamiliar and wishes to scratch his
ticket it will take two or three min
utes to make out a vote and the
angry mobs waiting outside the booths
may be ready to hang him to a near
bv "tree when he finishes his labors.
There are 720 minutes in the election
day. At a vote a minute there
could be 720 votes during the day on
one machine. On fifteen machines it
would be possible to register over 10.
000 votes. But this is on the basis
that there will be a man there to vote
everv minute throughout the day. This
Is improbable. In some precincts
there are big intervals between votes
and again they will crowd around the
voting place and clamor ror a chance
to put down their marks.
Mayor Green said this morning that
he was in favor of purchasing more
machines. If the machines are to be
purchased they will have to be or
dered at once. They don't make vot
ing machines as fast as they run off
a bunch of paper election ballots. In
the present contract that the mayor
made with the company the machines
are to be completed by April 1st.
This contract was given many months i
In addition and this is the most
serious possibility any one of the ma
chines is liable under inexperienced
hands to lock early in election day and
leave the precinct in which it is the
only means of voting without any
means whatever. In Minneapolis at
the late city primaries when voting
machines were tried out for the first
time. In a dozen of the precincts they
w ere locked early in the day. Had not
the election officers been prodded into
supplying white paper ballots before
the day of election by the newspapers,
the whole primary would have been il
legal and no candidates for city officers
nominated on any of the tickets
Therefore it Is important that the elec
tion board provide for the use of paper
ballots in case one of the machines
goes bad. At the present time there
are no plans for such a course and
there wilt be no" plans unless the people
demand it. The officers think that the
machines are as good as gold and they
place all their trust in the mechanism.
There have been thousands of pieces of
supposed perfect mechanisms that
have failed at the psychological mo
ment and especially would the voting
machine fall under this class on ac
count of the newness of the inventions
and the untried success of the idea.
Thus it is easily seen that there are
not enough voting machines to carry
on the election, that the voting pre
cincts have not been determined and
that there are no provisions for voting
In case the machines fail to do their
It is true that the voting machine
will save money for the city if they are
a success as voters. At the present
time the law states that at each pre
cinct there will be five men to act as
Judges and tellers. They are paid ac
cording to the number of ballots cast
They always work up into the middle
of the night and at the last election
they worked until noon the next day.
Their meals are furnished them dur-
Week Beginning
In tha Society Comedy Playlet -DOUBLE TROUBLE" I
.? Miss Mabel Meeker -h
S The Phvs cal Culture Girl ? 5T
2 j Herr Soana -5
g Remarkable Impersonator jjr gj
Jl Eddie Ross II
The Dancing Banjoist
Ma gnanie's Musical Barbers I
In a Great Musical Novelty Act 1
DD TfT7 Q. AU M.atinees, any seat 10c
Mi SL VsIZ-O. Evening;, Lower Floor 20c, Bal.--.10c
Children under 12, Saturday Matinee 5c
Florence Gear I
ing the work. It is said that the new
machines will only require two men
and they can finish their work in very
little time, only requiring one meal.
For instance, under the old law five
men are at each precinct. Say they
get six dollars each for the time they
spend. This equals $30 not including
the meals which cost according to the
will of the one who serves them. Un
der the new law which has not been
passed a man will receive about two
dollars for his work. It can be seen
that each machine would save about
$25 if they were used in the same
number of precincts. The number of
precincts will have to be raised in
order that the machines can make the
proper progress in those 720 minutes.
The city claims that the cost of the
machines will be saved in an election
or two. That may be true if every
thing works in apple pie order but
it will be remembered that it takes
more than money to conduct an elec
tion legitimately. Topeka would fee)
a slight drop of the capital pride if
her election day would be a complete
failure and It is possible that such will
be the case unless emergency prepara
tions are made.
A -jT" " 4 -2
Brigadier General O'Reilley, surgeon
general of the United States amy. who
has called together a board of distin
guished surgeons to consider the advisa
bility of immunizing the military service
from typhoid fever.
The longest Sentence.
The prize for the longest sentence
ever written may fairly be- awarded to
the elder Dumas, who probably holds
a further record for fertility of produc
tion. In the seventh of the 27 vol
umes which compose the "Impressions
de Voyage," there is a sentence describ
ing Benvenuto Cellini, which fills three
pages, or 108 lines, averaging 45 letters
apiece. The sentence is broken by S
commas and 60 semicolons; but as it
contains 195 verbs and 122 proper names,
the reader is somewhat bewildered be
fore the end Is reached. London Chro
nicle. THEATE
EVENING 7:45 AND 9:13
Monday, Jan. 25
n "Marrying Marry."
At tne Grand.
Tonight Tender Southern Skies.
Monday Florence Gear in Marry
ing Mary-
Wednesday and Thursday The
Friday Adelaide Thurston.
At the Majestic
"Wolford Stock Co. and vaudeville.
At the .Novelty.
"Under Southern Skies."
This famous Southern play, which
has enjoyed a remarkable patron
age for the past few years, will be at
the Grand tonight. This play cornea
from the pen of Lottie Blair Parker.
another of whose efforts "Way Down
East, is well known to theater goers.
The setting of this play is typically
southern with the old fashioned south
ern homes and landscapes in evidence.
Twenty-three people compose the cast
and an exceptionally strong cast it
is. There are several novel features
in the play, not the least of which is
the Halloween party with a pumpkin
Florence Gear.
One of the theatrical treats of the
season Is booked for at the Grand Mon
day night, when Florence Gear will
appear in "Marrying Mary." Miss Gear
is one of the stars of Jules Murry, and
ia a popular favorite in Topeka. Last
season she was seen in "Cupid at Vas
sar," a play which gave her but lit
tle opportunity. Miss Gear is a de
cided favorite everywhere. She comes
to it by her marvellous personality.
Her charms and manners win her au
diences before she speaks a line. In
Marrying Mary" Miss Gear Dlavs the
part of Mary - Montgomery, a lady
whose chief vocation is that of nego
tiating marriages. She has three di
vorced husbands and is undecided
iroro wnich one of three she will
make her next selection. Her nart
gives her the opportunity for display
ing tnat oreaotn or conception, and
the energy and sweep of Imagination
that are hers by natural acquisition.
The Virginian.
The engagement of "The Vireinian"
at the Grand Wednesday and Thurs-
aay win doubtless afford much satis
faction to the patrons of that theater.
This play has already proven one of
the most successful dramatizations of
recent production for it has captivat
ed even those unfamiliar with Owen
Wister'a novel, while with the multi
tude to whom the story has become
a loved association the play is espec
ially appreciated.
"The Virginian" is delightfully re
freshing in its characterization, in Its
heartiness, in its roughness and in the
picturesqueness of cowboy life on the
western plains, with, its romances, its
real comedies and tragedies, its home
life at the ranches, the cattle steal
ing episodes, etc. The cowboy hero
of both book and play appeals to all,
on account of his manliness. He is
not perfect as Judged by the standard
of perfection, but he has lived the life
common to the plainsman in the early
'80's, but he respects women, his
heart is big and he is honorable.
Adelaide Thurston.
The Houston Post has the following
to say In a recent issue regarding
Adelaide Thurston who comes to the
Grand next Friday night: In "A
Woman's Hour," which she appeared
at the Prince theater last night. Miss
Adelaide Thurston has the best play
of her career, and one which does
great credit to its author. Frederick
Paulding. There Is some indefinable
quality about Mr. Paulding's plays
conspicuously absent in the dramatic
work of playrights who have achieved
Special Vaudeville Featore JSJar
PRICES: 10c, 25c, 35c-Mat Daily 10c, 20c
NOTE Any Lady Will Be Admitted to
20 Cent Seat for 10 Cents at Matinees
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more fame than he. This quality was
present in "Two Men and a Girl," pre
sented here last season by Tim
Murphy; it was present in even
greater quantity in "A Woman's
Clyde Fitch builded better than he
knew when he wrote "Girls," the
comedy which the Messrs. Shubert
have been presenting at Daly's thea
ter in New York for the past season,
and .which will be the attraction at
the Grand shortly. It was to be pre
supposed that anything from the pen
of Mr. Fitch, dealing with the eternal
question of femininity and its foibles,
would prove to be the work of a mas
ter craftsman. But not even the
Messrs. Shubert were prepared for the
avalanche of unqualified approval
with which this play was received.
"Girls," in the comedy class is what
"The Witching Hour" is in the dra
matic class the biggest hit of the sea
son. Paul Gilmore.
Paul Gilmore's greatest success is
his new part, Tony Allen in "The Boys
of Company B," In which he is ap
pearing this season. Mr. Gilmore is
booked to play at the Grand soon.
At the Majestic
The Wolford Stock company begins
its second week's engagement with a
matinee Monday afternoon, and the
play for the first half of the week is
the celebrated drama, "Dora Thorne."
This play is a very popular one. and
the Wolford company makes it a fea
ture play. Some very magnificent gowns
will be worn by the ladies,' and new
and high grade vaudeville acts will be
special features between acts. This
combination of stock drama and
vaudeville, is a very popular one at
the Majestic, and is drawing record
4 ;
Scene From tfae Virginian.
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Tiie Woman's Hour.'
breaking houses. A continuous per
formance is given and the curtain
never drops from the first act to the
last, a welcome innovation. "The
Little Minister" will be produced
Thursday, Friday and Saturday..
Krel Stone, one of the star comedians
of "The Red Mill, is an enthusiastic
wing shot and an amateur champion at
the game.
David War field received a hearty wel
come when he appeared in "The Music
Master" in New York after a tour which
extended to the Pacific coast.
Constance Collier, leading lady with
William Gillette in "Sampson." will next
season play in M. Bernstein's new play,
"Israel." the role played in Paris by
Avery Hapgood, the collaborator of
Channing Pollock on "Clothes," has writ
ten a play for Carlotta Niilson in which
she will appear in Philadelphia the latter
part of the month. Little is given out
about the play, except that in accordance
with the new fashion of short casts, it
will have but four characters.
Dustin Famuao is to star in a new play
by Edwin Milton Royale called "The Half
Breed," which is a sequel to "The Squaw
Man." The hero of the play is the son
of the "squaw man." whose Indian wife
kills herself when she finds her husband
determined to send their son to England
tobe educated for his position and tixie.
In this hero, h!s Indian biood and sav
age love of wandering assert themselves
even in spite of his aristocratic training.
Two new productions in Washington
this week were "The Easiest Way," by
Eugene Walter, in which Frances Starr
apeared under Belasco's management,
and "The Writing on the Wall." by Wil
liam J. Hurlbut. author of "The Fighting
Hope." with Miss Olga Nethersole as
the star. The first play received great
critical praise, though its story is de
cidedly unpleasant and gloomy in the
ending. The latter play deals with social
questions, especially that of slum tene
ments, and it is said a prominent church
corporation in New York is plainly in
dicated in the strong lines on the tene
ment ownership. Miss Nethersole scored
a great personal triumph.
David Belasco has decided to keep
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2 Days Starting Wednesday, Jan. 27
PRICES: Bal2onySt075c- Ga"Bnr tS.
Dramatized by OWEN WISTER
With W. S. HART as The Virginian
And FRANK CAMPEAU as Trampas
Carriages 10:45. Free List Suspended.
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In An American Comedy of
Modern life
Cast of Superoir Excellence. Complete Scenic Pro
duction. Comedy of Wit Merit Strength.
- Management FRANCIS X. HOPE
PRICES, Floor $1.50-$1; Balcony 75c-50c; Gallery 25c
Carriages 10:45. Seats Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Blanche Bates in 'The Fighting Hope"
In New York.
Cohan & Harris will have 10 atars un
der their management next season, says
the New York Telegraph.
The American name given to Paul Pot
ter's adaptation of the French piece,
"Loute." Is 'T,he Girl from Rector's."
Laura Nelson Hatl, who originated one
of the chief roles in "Girls," is to be in
the support of Frances Starr in "The
jEIasiest w ay." "
Madame Blanche Marchesl. the daugh
ter of the famous Paris teacher, is to
visit here In concert, with her own Eu
ropean company. ..,.
-The Barrier," Rex Beach's thrilling
story, is to be dramatised and produced
by Cohan & Harris next season, with
George Beban as the star.
The dwarf and the fat boy among the
waiters In "The Girl Behind the Coun
ter" are "finds" of Lew Fields, who Is
anxious always to discover new types.
A new musical comedy, called "A Stub
born Cinderella," is to be produced in
New York the latter part of the month,
with John Barry-more and Saliie Fisher
In the leading roles.
A new musical play, called "The Prince
of Tonight." will be produced in Milwau
kee, and later will be put on for a run In
Chicago. The cast will be headed . by
Harry Woodruff and Georgia Came.
"The Barber of New Orleans." which
William Faversham is to produce", was
the winner in a play contest Inaugurated
a year ago br the dramatic department
of the New York Glob. It is by Edward
Chllds Carpenter.
"The Devil" is being played by S7 com
panies. -
A special performance of "The Three
Twins" will be given In New York to
celebrate the birthday of Robert E. Lee,
January 19. A special musical programme
of southern melodies was arranged. The
occasion was made a gala one by the
southerners in New York.
Kose Stahl has been doing a big busi
ness tn the west in "The Chorus Lady."
Edna Wallace Hopper is to Join the cast
again of "Fifty Miles From Boston."
John Drew is to appear next season In
a revival of "Much Ado About Nothing."
Jane Oaker has been transferred to
"The Devil" company headed by Edwin
Miss Minna Gale, when she returns to
the stage, will be In Miss Viola Allen's
When "In New York" Is produced In
that city in February Miss Julia Perry
is to have a prominent part.
The tour of Mary Mannering In "A
House of Cards" came to an end, it la
said. In Aller.town. last week.
"Madame Butterfly." Puccini's beauM
ful opera. Is not being sung by Henry W.
Savage's company this- ypar.
In Bertha Galland company In "The
Return o" Eve" will be Frank Lo.ee,
Lester Lonerean and Finchon Crftnpbeil.
Frederick Thompson announces that h'
wife, Mabel Taliaferro, will aprar in . her
new play orlv in the four principal ciUs.
William. Collier will not go to London
In "The Patriot" until next season, but
will tpend the rest of the season In New
York. -
CWde -Fitch's new play, "The Happy
Marriage," . will be given Its first production-
in a New York town the last
week of thlf month. , , .
A-new mu.lcal r!ay htnhe produced In
London culled "The Little Duke." with
Ellaline Terr's In the leading role. TXe
production will be made by Charles Froh
xnan. -
Patience DW yon marry for -mowvT
Patrice N; they say It waa s. poor match.
Yonksrs Statesman.

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