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ri-iE; SUNDAY HERALD. SUNDAY. FEBRUARYS, 1891. GEORGE W. JOYCE. R. EDWIN JOYOE. "S7"tf rQ ElLa Wo manufa ., BnpiBraain(i& mmumiuu iiMw.uaimm uJMHm tnemm rmi -! uauauii yrt"""V- -Bk 1 j in si m m"jr m m- a eh sa J3&5p .A W.&A. L WW1 " -"- r-M-tKfeflRl gW MUMUMMiMmiUiifcJ V H WC tJJJ BC-W W. --!" rm.SA-m X3. .- CARRIAGE BUILDERS, HARNESS WA nja jH ismr ?f? km a b ip3 f rTSr&iEi mmebm . he re y WA ft? ! V Pleasure Carriages of cvcvy description, com prising all the latest styles of Broughams, Extension-front nil A'Hi mo b ? Doiiii-Coachos, Berlin Coaches, Victorias, and Spider Phaetons. WARE-ROOMS, 1028 km 1030 CONNECTICUT AVE. OFFICES AND WE KEEP EVEET ARTICLE NECESSARY EOR THE SEVERAL NIGHTS IN ROME. .AMUSING EXPERIENCES OF A NEWS TAPER MAN AS "SUPER." 'Tho Queer Medley of Human Beings Who Made Up tho Corps of Citizens, Barba rians and Soldiers Evolving Order Out of Chaos at Douule-Quick Time. Among the scores of supernumarles, or, to use stage vernacular, plain "supers," on the stage at Albaugh's Opera House, during the rendition of the spectacular play of "Claudius Nero," recently, -was a newspaper man -who was anxious to get an inside view of the great spectacle. lie presented himself to Mr. Dow ley, the advance manager, or drill master, and was accepted. This was on Sunday preceding the opening night. The supernumeraries and extra ladies to the numher of at least two hun dred were rehearsing in the Light Infantry Armory, just beneath the theatre. They were not in costume, but simply attired in their every-day dress; and what a variegated scene they presented! There were little girls and big ones. Old cirls and young ones. Fat damsels and slim ones. Some were attired in the height of fash ion. Others wore clothing which betokened that the fickle goddess of fortune was not smiling upon them. Then, too, there were widows in their sombre weeds and chubby-faced tots, all adding to the general effect. The men presented an even more motley ap pearance than the females. Some were clever, gentlemanly well-dressed fellows, who had gone on the stage "just for the fun of the thing." The "masher" was there, too, with waxed mustache and boutonniere in his coat lappel and au eye single to capturing some of the giddy "extr.i ladies." Then there were men in harcl luck and shabby uniforms, who had counted railroad ties "many a time," some of them having' hardly enough clothing on their persons to wad a 6hotgun. Smooth-faced boys and grizzly old men with patriarchal whiskers. One was a youth, evidently of good -family, who was "playing truant" from his school in order to satisfy his longings for the stage and to figure in "Claudius Nero," n a gllttcilng suit of armor. Another was an old 'fellow whose garments had turned green from lonir exposure to wind and weather, and who was willing to play "super" for a whole week in order to get tho stipend paid by the company. Still auotber was a young man from the West, an ex-cavalryman, who bears an ugly scar on his neck aB a result of his participation in tho Indian trouble which terminated in tho capture of old Geronlmo. Au ex-member of tho English Koyal Horso Guards, a tall, fine-looking fellow, was there also, as was a nimble jack tar, who has spent the best portion of his life on tho rag ing main, and a former circus clown, who had worn himself out In the business. In its en tirety the gathering presented quite a yarlegated panoramic view of human nature as she is. There were regulars, both male ami female, who make it a practice of going on tho stage whenever their services are needed, and "fresh fish," who were going on for the first time, aud did not know tho difference between a drop curtain and a wing. The latter suffered many practical jokes at tho hands of tho regulars. One timld-looklng, stage-struck "fresh fish" from South Washington, tv shoit, buxom girl, asked a regular what part she would be expected to take. "Go to the manager at once," was tho reply, "and ask him to give you a good thinking part. He will do it." She made tho request as directed, and tho ur bane manager, with a half-concealed smile, said; "All light, miss; I will glvo you a heavy think ing part, In which you can let your thoughts have full play," The i ehear6al6 without costumes are a comical-looking eight. Long lines of men and women standing In an attitude of waiting while the bustling little mauager, Mr. Dowloy, iu a commanding voice would give tho commands: "Get ready for the procession in tho second act. The prajtoilaus will form here, with the Motors next. Now you men who are warriors form here, and the Egyptians next and then the citizens," etc. (Twenty marines from tho barracks in Ea6t Washington comprised the band of praetorian warriors. They were in charge of a sergeant and went through their parts with military pre cision. The newspaper man was cast as a Roman citizen in the first and third acts, a war- Why do I drink Tannhnuscr beer? Bocause it is the beat in the market. THE ZLsTIEW SZEZD-A-ZDnT BHOUQHAM. rlor in tho second, and a barbarian or Gaul in tho last act. After a thorough series of rehearsals in the Light Infantry Armory of the fire scene, tho processionals, groupings and shouts, tho throng of extras was dismissed after all their names had been taken by the manacers and instruc tions given for them to bo at the theatre on the following day for a full-dress rehearsal with music. At last the expected night arrived when the first performance was to be given. The super numeraries were assigned to a large barny room on the E-street side of the bulldlntr, where the male costumes were kept, while the extra ladles were given two rooms along the hall way, all being just beneath the stage. What a hustling, bustling sceno was presented as the extras began to arrive shortly before seven o'clock; but the experienced directors will bring perfect order of it when the bell tinkles for the curtain to rise for the first act. Here comes a poor shivering "super" in from the icy atmosphere outside. He is without an overcoat and his suit of well-worn clothinc was made for spring and summer wear, ne is shaking violently from tho cold as he disap pears among the rubbish under the stage and through the door into the large dressing-room already crowded with men donning their armor and costumes. In a few minutes tho seedy looking and half-frozen individual appears at the stairway leading up to the stage. The dingy summer suit has given place to a glitter ing Roman costume. Burnished breastplate, shimmering helmet and shield, flowing red horse liair, yellow sandals, flesh-colored tights, and gleaming sword and spear, the impover ished being of a few moments before stands forth in all the pomp and glory of one of Nero's warriors. In ono hand he holds a 6uear and in the other a burnished shield. White tights cover the lower part of his anatomy, and in lieu of his odd and dilapidated 6hoes he wears a pair of Roman sandals. , It is now 7:45 o'clock, aud one of the stage men passes along the hallway between tho dressing-rooms shouting: "Fifteen minutes! Fifteen minutes!" This shout acts like magic. Tho "supers" and extra ladies swarm from their dressing rooms, aud the hallway is soon filled with a sureing mass of variegated color and brilliancy Senators in their purple robes; Egyptians in their picturesque striped suits of many colors and odd-looking hoods; citizens in their airy red, green, and blue skirts; priests wearing long white gowns; lictors in golden armor bearing queer-looking axes; longllnesof marines attired Iu the dazzling and bespangled armor of prae torian warriors; slaves, barbarians clad in wolf skins with their peculiar armored helmets and battle-axes; Vestal Virgins In white bearing aloft large lighted candles; male and female gladiators in flashing armor carrying Roman broadswords; Nazarene6, Hindoos, and eight or ten jet-black supernumeraries, both men and women, attired in fantastic costumes, as bearers of Nero's triumphal cars. This Is tho scene presented under tho 6tago when the orchestra strikes up the overture. The newspaper man, clad In tights, sandals, and a bright-green gown, representing a Roman citizen, mingled with tho eleven other citizens and watted for tho final call, which came about five minutes before a o'clock: "All hands up stairs and take your places for the procession 1" Then what a scrambling up tho two narrow stairways leading to the stage! Tho wings were soon packed almost to suffocation, while the managers and members of tho company darted hither aud thither arranging the war riors, citizens, and otheis in their respective places. "Ready ! Ready!" went around in a hoaise stage whisper, as Manager Max Freeman got his cue from those on the stage in tho first scene and the orchestra struck up a lively march, "Go on, citizens! For Heaven's sake, hurry!" excitedly exclaimed Dowley. "Run on, aud shout as you eo ! You other fellows, shout ! Shout now ! Let her go !" And u great volume of sound arose from tho concouiso of actors and extras, as tho citizens, staffs iu hand, scampered across the stage and took their places on tho opposite side of tho stage. Then camo tho glittering pageant, with Nero on his car, while the air was literally filled with shouts of "Hail ! Hail ! " etc, The first act over, tho citizens and Egyptians are hustled down stairs to the dressing-room in order to don the bright armor of warriors lor striking tableaux and processionals in tho sec ond and third acts. All is confusion in the dressing-room as this change Is taking place, and tho light from tho single gas jet is almost obscured by the throng of men that surround it. The noise, too, is deafening as the armors and swords clank together, and tho Im patient men shout and swoar at mis fit aud broken costumes, ill-fitting helmets, and the like. The newspaper man was given a helmet fully two sizes too small for his head and a badly-battered breast-plate, but ho promptly assumed the dignity of a Roman war- Ladled' auedo slippers, in all colors, at ?2.50, at National Hotel Shoe Store. rior and tramped proudly up stairs with his armored brethren. The second act required all tho men and girls to stand on porticos and stairways during its entire rendition, forming a brilliant and pic turesque background during tho circensian games (or specialty acts) and the performance of the trained lions. As a result of this long stand the men and girls were quite stiff in their lower limbs when they again went down stairs, when the curtain fell, to remove the armor and reappear as plain citizens, Egyptians and Naza renes in act three, in which they appeared as tho "mob hydra" in the burning of Rome. Ming ling among tho mob of "supers" on the stage in this scene were several members of tho com pany, who moved in and around tho mob ex horting the latter in emphatic whispers to shout, act in an excited manner, and do other things that a mob would naturally do under such cir cumstances. This exhorting was so cleverly done that it was not noticeable to the audi ence. In tho last act tho newspaper man, as well as his fellow Roman citizens and tho Egyptians, hustled down to the dressing-room again, and each of them donned a wolf's hldo and an antique and fantastic-looking steel headgear, and, seizing battle axes, they rushed up stairs again to participate in tho final tableau in tho woods where Nero kills Acto and himself, and tho cross, "Ju hoc signo vinccs," appears in tho sky. Now the curtain is down and the orchestra is playing a lively air while the audience is dis persing. Behind the scenes the male and female auxiliaries are rushing pell moll down stairs to remove their costumes and reenter their every day habiliments. Tho men's dressing-room was not only overcrowded but it was semi-dark, and the mass of packed humanity wriggled about like snakes as thoy removed their tights and ancient garbs and bustled about in tho eloomv corners searching for tholr clothing. There aro no facilities in the dressing-rooms for hanging up one's attire, and tho men were compelled to pile their clothing in cornen and about on the floor. In consequence of this thoro was a sad jumblo of garments and shouts of "Who has got my shoes?" "Where is my shirt?" "My neck tie's gone," etc., could be heard on every side, adding to the general din and confusion. Finally tho last "super" and extra lady dis appeared down tho stairway leading to tho cold aud cheerless street, and tho bclow-stair apart ments weie left to holltude and tho grim old watchman. At the second night's performance and during tho remainder of the week tbo newspaper man was cast as an Egyptian, to change in the sec ond and third acts to a Roman warrior and In the fourth to a fur-clad Gaul. The costumes complete aro turned in to the property-man after every performance, and in consequence tho scrlbo got a different suit each night, and all In different stages of cleanliness, suggesting in au emphatic manner a nice, thorough bath and change of underwear. Tho men and boys who comprise tho "corps de supers," as some of them term it, represent many phases of human nature. There is tho dudo, who has just gone on, "doncher know," to have some fun and flirt with tho clr)6: the Government clerk, who does It just for a little excitement and variation from tho dally ofilco routine; tho youth of scant means, who, in addi tion to being somewhat stage-struck, wants tho $1.50 or 2 paid for tho week's work for spend ing money. Then thero Is the seedy old gentle man, who plays "super" for tho stipend; tho regular, who haunts tho 6tago entrance all the week looking for an "engagement," and, last but not least, tho marine or regular soldier, who takes this means to make a few extra pennies on his night off. Among the girls thero is also some variety. Ono can tell tho regular girls by their general carriage and deportment. Thoy understand the work thoy aro called upon to do by intuition, and go about it systematically. They have nothing whatever to say to the "supers," and piomptly suppress tho latter when thoy attempt to "get gay," as tho phraso goes. Ono buxom country girl from Maryland, who made her first appearance us au "extra lady" with Nero, was liteially overjoyed at tho atten tion she received from the "supers." Bho wore tights in tho character of ono of tho Roman gladiators, and, being quite comely of face and form, found h06ts of admirers among tho Romans, Pratorians, Gauls, and others. Thoy flocked about her, introduced each other, made lovo to her, and indulged in unlimited quanti ties of flattery, until she proudly declared in tho ladles' dressing-room that she had "a mash" ou every man in the house, from tho leading actor down to the humblest "super," She did not know in her couutry simplicity that tho major ity of them were "euyiug," and she proudly de clared: "Oh, girls, I have got them all on a string." Thero was another "extra lady" who made her first appearanco with tho blaro of Roman trumpets aud under Roman banners In "Nero," She was very slender, and her tights hung about her limbs like a sheet wrapped around a bean pole. She vlowo her anatomy In a piece of The famous To-Kawn Punch Is to bo found oaiY ateu Fourteenth Btreor. FACTORY, 4 1 2, 414, 416 FOURTEENTH STREET N.W. HORSE, STABLE, A WD CARRIAGE. broken looking-glass and then besceched the manager to make her a Nazareno woman, so that she could wear a long gown. Tho manager was inexorable, however, and refused to make the change. A young girl scarcely fifteen years of age de ceived her parents by telling 'them sho would have to work in a confectionery store every evoning during tho week. She appeared on the stage Monday evening, but on tho following nignt her mother learned tho truth, and just as her stage-struck daughter was about to go up stairs for tho first act tho irate parent appeared at tho dressing-room door and compelled her daughter to remove her stage paraphernalia and resume her street dress. Then sho seized tho girl by ono of her ears and led her triumphantly down stairs to tho street, while tho "supers" laughed and cheered. Amomr tho men was an old fellow with a 6nowy-white mustache, who has seen at least sixty winters and as many summers. Ho was tall and as straight as an arrow and strutted about with tho air of a Caesar. Tho meu and girls all declared that tho old man was "stuck on his shape," as ho was scrupulously careful, brought a box of make-up with him, painted his cheeks, powdered his face, blacked his eye brows, and arranged himself with all the care of a star actress. Ho was quiet and had but little to say to any one, but ho took great de light in passing before tho doors of the ladies' dressing-rooms. THE JAHRMARKT. It Is a Big Success and Will Continue This Week. "Nothing succeeds like success," is an old saying, but a true ono Tho brilliant success of the "Jahrmarkt" of tho Concordia Church, now being conducted at tho Washington Light Infantry Armory, is a good illustration of what indubtry, pluck, skill, and good humor com bined can do in this city. Sinco tho auspicious opening on Monday night, with its splendor of lights, sweetness of music, suayo speeches, and pleasing sights generally, one enjoyable even ing has succeeded tho other. Liberal donations, tasteful presents, artistic decorative skill, aud tho untirlne industry of devoted lady attendants united In filling attractively-ornamented booths and stands with cholco articles and every nook and corner of the big hall with things worth seeing, admiring, and having. An over-changing programme of entertainments has amused hundreds of specta tors, tho principal participants being a corps of young ladles, handsomely uniformed, who executed a military drill on two evenings; tho dancing classes of Professors Sheldon and Mont gomery; Messrs. Frank L. Neumoyer, Hans Robert, Georgo Barnhart, Wood, Wilson, tho Germania Maonnerchor, etc. The "Jahrmarkt" is to bo continued all through tho present week. Oil" for the Golden Gate. Tho first of this season's Pennsylvania Rail road tours to tho Pacific Coast left Now York at 8 o'clock yc6torday morning in a sumptuous vestibuled train of palaco cars. Tho party con sisted of 115 ladles and gentlemen fiom dif ferent paits of tho North and East. Thoy were In charge of Mr. Colin Studds, tho well-known tourist agent of tho road, who will look after their comfort and convenience until they reach home again. The party wns also accompanied by Mrs. II. F. Bender as chaperone. Tho train reached Washington at 1:30 o'clock, resuming its journey southward after a stop of half an honr by way of tho Richmond and Danville. Atlanta, Mobile, and Montgomery will betaken in on tho way to New Orleans, which will bo reached on Monday morning. Hero a stay of two days will bo made, Thence tho train will steam ou to the Golden Gate by way of Ell'ueo, Tucson, and .Los Angeles. Tho return journey will bo made by way of Salt Lake, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, aud Pittsbunr. It is bound to bo a dellehtful excursion. Match 31 Is tbo date fixed for arrival In'Now York. The Liato Dr. George T. Ooolc. 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