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ir e - _ -_.. - - - - - -- .. - lipI "III". " 7,, * ATTEBATIONB OF THE WEEK * * -* * Button's New Grand. * * Sunday, Monday and Tuesday * * nights, with matinee Tuesday- * * Neill Company in "Barbara Friet- * # chle." * * Wednesday, Thursday, Friday * * and Saturday, with matinee Sat- * * urday - Pollard Juvenile Opera * * company in "The Geisha." * * Union Family Theater. * * Beginning Sunday, for the entire * * week, with matinee Saturday-"A * * Trip to the Circus." * * * * Margaret Theater, Anaoonda. * * Sunday-"Alvin Joslin." * * Monday-Chicago Symphony Or- * * chestra. * Wednesday-Neill company in * * "Barbara Frietchie." . 3C - H t MM # t MM M M 4t4 - THE intensely cold weather of the past week has kept theater-goers at home and the attractions at the Butte theaters suffered accord ingly. The gallery of pictures at Sutton's New Grand had to be taken off Tuesday night, as the attendance did not justify the expense which the exhibition entails. "Alvin Joslin" has been playing to fair houses at the Family, but would un doubtly complete a much more success ful engagement if the weather had been more favorable. A very entertaining evening was spent by the fair-sized audience at Maguire's Sunday night. The feature of the evening was the lect ure on Robert Emmet, delivered by John Maguire himself, and it was excellently supplemented by a very meritorious mus ical program. Mr. Maguire's lecture was entertaining as well as instructive. He dealt with many little incidents in the life of the martyr patriot which exemplified the frenzied excitement of the age, and the heroism that one man showed in attempt ing to stem the current of political op pression. "John" certainly added one more palm to his collection of historic trophies by his eloquent, well-delivered address of Sunday evening. Among the attractions of the week at Button's New Grand will be noticed the Pollard Juvenile Opera company, one of the most unique theatrical organizations in the country. Fifty children sing that dainty opera, "The Geisha," with all the finish and ease of a trained company of mature years, and all the abandon which is natural to the child. Special scenery and costumes made and purchased in Japan are carried by this wonderful company of children, so that "The Geisha" at the New Grand Wednesday night is a real peep into the fairy land of the gentle, hospitable peo ple who wear the topknot at home and the plug hat of civilization abroad. The Chicago Symphony orchestra will give a concert this evening under the auspices of the Woman!s club. JE. C. Towne, the celebrated New York tenor, is the first soloist to appear on the pro gram. He is entirely new to Butte peo ple, but it is safe to say that no finer tenor has ever been hard in this city. His tones are remarkably pure and clear, and withal, his is a pleasing personality. Tomorrow evening at Sutton's New Grand will be patriut's night when James Neill and his famous company will pres ent for the first time in this city Clyde Fitch's unparalleled dramatic triumph, "Barbara Freitohie," regarded as the greatest American war drama ever writ ter The good old stars and stripes, oc casionally mingled with the flag of the Confederacy will flutter and flaunt every where in the drifiting winds of the stage with fine American independence. The memories of the War of the Rebellion and * war heroes will be most interestingly re vived and the evening given up to the flag and ringing patriotism. Youngsters and elders will then have a fine oppor tunity of seeing in the thrilling and kaleidoscopic stage pictures an histori cal incident in patriotism dipped in blood and baptised in battle, but all the bright er and dearer today In the eyes of both those of the North and South alike. Those who enjoy a clean, ,wholesome play in which pathos and humor are con sistently blended, will find it in "A Trip to the Circus," which will be presented at the Family tomorrow evening. Those who enjoy clever, 'up-to-date specialties and the almost human intelligence of trained animals will also be entertained by "A Trip to the Circus," for it is a piece in which comedy-drama, circus and vaudeville are all combined in one big show. "Now woudn't that wrinkle your rag lan?" is a new line evolved by Kirke La Shelle's fertile brain and inserted in the part of one of "The Princess Chic" come dian.. It Is always the signal for a burst of laughter from the audience, and al though an entirely new variation upon Opper's "Wouldn't it jar you?" La Shelle's query has gained a permanent place in the lexicon of modern slang, for a tailor in San Francisco, where the com pany is now playing, placed in his window a sign reading: "Wouldn't these prices wrinkle your raglan, and If they do, Just step inside and we will press It." John P. Slocum, the manager of the e('m pany, saw this, and threatened the tailor with arrest for breach of copyright law, but the satorial artist merely smiled and asked for two seats for "The Princess Chic." Speaking of the Shakespeare revival re cently, Frederick Warde said: "When one goes to a Shakespeare performance nowadays he Is bound to learn something worth learning, no matter how badly act ed the great parts may be. There is the correct historical environment that teaches something of old customs. And if the lines are even intelligently ren dered they must awaken an interest in the dramatist. The desire to read and study him is aroused, and when this is done the actor has given something in valuable, even though he has creat"d no wonderful new Hamlet or Brutus or Mac beth. "So the Shakespeare revival must be of great and lasting value, no matter if it fails to make the fame of any individual. It shows at least the people's ideals are at ii high, In spite of the fact that it de parts from them many a time. There has been a hot demand of late for the Jramatized novel, the so-called historical novel which is not historical, but, thank heaven, it won't last. When the orange is squeezed dry the skin Is thrown away. The Shakespearean revival is a good haelthy antidote. It does one good to know that Shakespeare is once more good form." In t.he earlier days of Frank Daniels' career when he was appearing as Old Sport in Hoyt's "A Rag Baby," and be fore he had acqurled the dignity of a first-class star, he was billed in circus fashion as "The Funniest Man on Earth," and doubtless hundreds of peo pie in every city of the country so regard him yet, though, now that he is put for ward on more legitimate lines of manage ment, his press agents lets his admirers themselves say this instead of saying it for them. As a matter of fact, it is not easy to name off-hand any Amerlcan comedian who can make so much laugh ter with so little apparent effort in a given space of time as can Daniels; and those who have seen him this year in his newest piece, "Miss Simplicity," declare that he has never before appeared in a role that permitted of so much character istic Daniels' fun as does his new part of Blossoms, the -former street car con ductor, who becomes a king's valet and then temporarily the ruler himself. Those who are familiar with Daniels' peculiar and Irresistible comedy nrmhods will easily picture the amount of merriment the comedian doubtless extracts from such an Incongruous mixture as this, and it is not surprising to learn that the new piece has proven to be the most success ful offering he has ever made. Daniels Is to appear here in a short time in "Miss Simplicity" and considerable interest is alrea.dy being shown In his engagement. Col. Henry Watterson, Pride of Ken tucky, and Tiltular high priest of thil "*tar Eyed Goddess of Reform," attends ed a performance of "Artsona" at thb Columbia theater, Washington, the'otb ' evening and was moved to phllosophti flights by a sentence In Mr. Thomas' teks "The world should pity a woman wha has money." '40 The golden voice of Orace Thorne il8 toned the sentiment at the climax of a Third; the curtain fell a moment latdit Colonel Watterson leaned toward Geai Madison C. Butler, senator from Sout Carolina, and reflected aloud. "Money? What Is money anyhow? Itt value is only measured by the Intenslty with which we desire something thid money will buy. Now, for instance, tlii last pall of top boots that I purohase4 -that was before Kentucky gentlemen took to wearing shoes-cost me $1750." "That's nothing.," ejaculated Senator Butler. "I paid $2600 once for a coat-it was a gray coat and I bought It In Rich mond a week before Lee's surrender." "Yes.," put in Col. Phil Thompson, who entered the box at that moment, "and both you and Mar'se Henry here comn mitted your deplorable extravagance, Ii the same kind of money. I had no It':uch of it at the end of the war that I used It to stuff a mattress." Further philosophical discussion of money, Its fIlncltions and its value was rl'evented by the rise of the curtain on the last act of "Arizona." Not allhttandlng the opposition on the part of clahsti music lovers to the so called popular songs, particularly rag time melodies, there are six negro dittles published every week to one high grade song. An authors and publishers are in the busine:ss to make money it will be readily seen that they are only produc Ing works which will meet with popular favor. The materiallstic or dollar-get ting spirit of the hour demands so much time and attention that no opportunity in afforded for the cultivation of serious thought In musical expression. Hence It is that the negru song Is stUi pregnant in concert hall and upon the vaudeville stage, and ragtime melodies still meet with more appreciation than they rightfully deserve. Even in the cornIhJ opera of i.ae d..y songs which have nothing to do with the plot are Inter. polnted, and very often gain much more applause than the original production's score. Publishers recognize the.'" tendencles in popular taste, and naturally cater to them. Thus it is that songs like "What'd Yo' Do wid de Letter, Mr. Johnson?" a peculiarly distinctive darky ditty, and "Pretty Mollie Shannon." a sentimental ballad, both of which are sling nightly at the New York Casino by Anna Held in "The Little Duchess," score precedence in popular favor. This is a striking con tradlction, as Miss Held is emphatically a I'arlsienne in style and vocal expres sion. The great majority of girls seeking po sitions In New York are prett", belles In their native towns, perhaps, and all hop ing to shine in burlesque or light opera. They bring a fetw clthes, a few dollars. a pretty face, figure or voice, and trust to finding a place among the thousand young women employed each season in the chorus, ballet and ensemble of comlo opera, burlesque or musical. comedy. They eventually drift into boarding houses of the cheaper classes, which in themselves exert a more mischievious in fluence than does life behind the scenes. Soon they find their way to Broadfway, where the ragged edge of propriety is' plainly evident, and where the "great" and the "little" actor, the prima donna and the chorus girl brush past each other in the scurry of that broad way to h;s trionic fame. Individual statistics gathered from managers who organize musical compa nies show that fewer girls born in New; York apply for positions than from any, other city. The West and New England! send the largea.t quota, and the 'Pouth comes next in the list. Canada and Nova Scotla provide a few. The New York girl is so worldly wise when she reaches her teens that she either enters business or tries to solve the matrimonial problem. A dramatic club in London recently debated the question, "The Desirability of Producing on Our Stage Plays Dealing with Religious Matters." Mr. Spence, who rpoke against the BUSY KAII[,NOTWS[N OTN' NWIOINl[-ODIW s, . "ý k~yý' ,,%f A! h . 9s Y .a ...ý Yev ý ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ .* 4r ri~p, / , bit , 4 "f r ý J ý ýýp fýýx ; g# ý _ ý" s'rs .; Fi G 4iý~s%ýA K ALISPELL, Feb. 1.-Ten years ago Kalispell was a hamlet of scatter ing business and reelidential build ings, none of them of a very substantial character. The railroad had Just reached the town, blasing the hopes of Demersville entirely and leaving Columbia Falls a mile to the east. The rivalry betweerl the three towns had been very keen. Each of them claimed to be the ultimate division point of the Great Northern and each placed great store by that advantage. The com plete extinction of both of the other towns was freely predicted, and Kalis pell, indeed, apeared to have less chance than either Demersville or Columbia finally, as is his custom, in the way least expected and Kalispell was the fortun ate recipient of his favor. At that time the present townsite of Kallspell and its various additions was virgin prairie, enclosed as hay land by a couple of venturesome farmers, who disposed of their holdings soon after the division point matter was definitely set tled and the land was platted into town lots. That was in the spring of 1891. and the first lawsuit arising from conflicting Interests was over the right to cut the hay growing in the streets and alleys. Demersville, which theretofore had been, the principal town of what is now Flat head county, and a mighty lively town, 'Falls. But Jim Hill settled the matter fell flat and the residents thereof moved in a body to Kalispell, bringing most of 'the buildings along with them, a dis tance of three miles. The exodus con tinued during the summer of 1891 and in #the fall of that year Kp.llspell was fairly started. Town lots sold like hot cakes and one day's business amounted to $20,000. When the panic of 1893 struck the town it had an assessed valuation of $1,254,987; had succeeded in having Flat bead county created and had won a hot tight with Columbia Falls for the honor and advantage of being the county seat. liut Kalispell suffered severely in the panic, and in a year the value of the real estate and improvements in the town had fallen to $625,899, which was probably about right, the assessed valu ation of 1893 being largely speculative. But since 1894 the city has steadily ad vanced and the assessed valuation of $1,421,000 of 1901 is admi'ttedly very con servative. The town is at present In a state of suspense owing to rumored railway changes to take piace the coming sum mer. But it is only the oldtlmer who can discern any symptoms of uneasiness. To the visitor the bustle and liveliness of the town seem remarkable, and if the oil fields are as productive as expected, Kalispell will be one of the be.t cities in the state six months hence. BIG TIMBER, CAPITAL OF SWEET GRASS COUNTY I.,- - _ _. - y) (Special Correspondence.) BIG TIMBER, Jan. 80.-Big Timber, situated 83 miles west of Hillings on the main line of the Northern Pacific and at the confluence of the Boulder and Yellowstone rivers, is a thriving town of between 1000 and 1200 Iphabitants, and Is very favorably lo egted with regard to natural resources, pleasant surroundings and all that tends to build up a prosperous and contented community. Big Timber is Po situated as to over look both the Yellowstone and the Boulder as they wind their way for miles through the beautiful valley and Is shadowed on the north, south and west by magnificent mountain scenery. which viewed from any direction presents a pleasing picture. To the north are the Crozy mountains, whose snowy peaks rl-e up in stately soil tude and attract tmuch attention from the visitor and the tourist, while stretching away to the south are magnificent dois) s of the Absarokee range, The history of Big Timber dates from the advent of the Northern Pnciflc rail rrad and previous to the summer of 1882 very few settlers had located farther up the valley than Billllng. lIg TimnHbr is the county seat of Sweet erase county and Is the supply and out filling point for the stockmnen of a large tI rtliory of which It Is the center: there qulstion, contended that such matters should he excluded from the stage on the grounds that they were likely to disturb the views of some persons and to offend ot'ers. Clement Scott asserted that the matter was one of taste rather than of principle, and he thought It was had taste to make religious matters the subject of amuselment at the play. (Perll Raleigh strongly opposed these vi\'ws. "If love, hatred, revenge and avarite are to be the motives selected for the action of the play," he asked, "why should we exclude the most powerful of all I o Iveas-rellglon 7?" II the sulseiquent disrullSlton it was the gi'l'ral view that while taste and dlls 'rtil.on were necessary in dealing with relighuils sllubjects, it would be deprlving thel laaywrlght of one of the most power flil motives to exclude religious subjects Iy a rigid rule, and It would be unfortu nIte for the art of the drama. , ,oe woman said: "Seven out of every eight v lnc;p are more Interested in re liglon Ltan in any other of the problems with which most modern plays deal, and women compose three-fourths of the body of playgoers." "ltiff" HIall, the Chicago man who dl viles his tim, between administering jus tic. In a police court and talking and writing about actors, observes in a re ('(ent issue of the Dralnatic Mirror that as a I''..lt of thle protest made )by the ILox inglan women against the productions of "Uncle Tuni's Cabin" It Is probable that the men of Yazoo, Miss., will endeavor to sutlppress u4I further produettons of "Ten Nights in . Harroom." Andriew Mack's success In "Tom Moore" has proved greater than even shis most sanguine friends, predicted earlier In the season. Mr. Mack presents a most artistic imper oiattion of a sympathetic romantic character in the part of Moore. bird vehicle is worthy and his support adequate. Thepublic approval his work in ,Jhis role In receiving Indicates that thye is a (eld for his endeavor in Amer lea, even though the impersonation of refined Irish character has been long neglected, It would seem thaet he is dIs tlned to follow In the footsteps of that famous Irish comedian, John Brougham, who once enjoyed a vogue which gave him a promlnent place among the leaders of tte American stage. So long as footlights twinkle and cur tains rise and fall the chorus girl will be enveloped In a glamour peculiar to herself. The offices of New York theatri cal managers fairly teem with material are three general stores, two drug stores, two large department stores, three hotels and an electric light system. The town Is also provided with a high school, which has an attendance of about 300 pupils, Is an ornament to the town. Of late years the town has not grown as rapidly as anticipated, yet during the general depression it has been moving steadily forward, and at present stands on as firm a business basin a any town or city of it ·ize In the state. B3ig Timber has not become as great as many, who, familiar with the vast re sources tributa:ry, had predillcted; how ever its subtatiantlI business Interests testify to tihe wealth with which it is surrounded. There has been built here during the past Noeawnn the first enrl olv wntolen mill In the Northwest, this side of Pen :tlet m. Orego", although a great wool prodlucing state the entire prodlct of Montana has always been shippl4 to fEastern points until the sturdy sons of .w.'etgraisa ventfured upon this cnter )rlsn, which has proven mlluch more sue mcessful than was antcllpated. The manufacturing and business enter prise of the city is fast becoming eec ognlizedl throughout the surroundllng :'ountry which it Is destined to supply. The valleys of the Yellowstone and htoulder rivers and their trb)tantiors ire rapidly settling up with a very thrifty of a romantic flavor, for here the chorus girl, real or potential, makes her plea. These irs,nries arJe extremely huntn, he cause there is no branch of artistic labor that draws on the hearts, the humorns, the feelings of its people so strongly as the theatrical profession. IOven the manag ers, commercial to their finger tips, ac qluire something of the unusual excite inent and tension which Is -part of the correct temperament for an actor. HIow e'ver the olbjiret of this artihle in not to analyze the psychology of drianmatlc art, hut to illustrate the practical conditions which confront girls who comine I New York with the intention of getting on the stage--of Iheconling rent act'resese,. When I recall the numerous and varied incidents encountered during riy theatri cal ('ollnnction as a icrlbllhcr I am always tempted to, meralizie wlthl these young women, but my gratnlist eff.rt would count as naught against the glitter of spangles, the shieen of silks and satins and the beautifying riesults of grease paints. The theater is not a frivolous institu tion, nor is It conducted by human mon sters who desire only the utter tdemoraltl zation of the men and wotlen employed on the stage; but It does serve as an op portunity for encoluraginug all the vanities and follies bor, In isome women. (lrace (loorge Is the youngest star of position now in Amlericna. Notwithlstand ing this fact, she has to her crediit a long ine of Important personIal successes achieved before her appearance at the head of he(r own company. During the run of "The Parish Priest" In Boston Mr. Daniel Bully went to a stand for a shine one morning and had hardly seated himself when a newsboy w'lo had been watching himn, callhd the bootblack to one side and held a whis pered conversation with him. Mr. Bully Interrupted, as he was in a hurry, and when the shine was over tendered a dime, which the bootblack, an Intsh lad, refused, sayin: "No, fother, I only want your blessing, Palsy, me pard, says you're the new pliest in the parish." Mr. Bully took his pass book from his Iu'ukct and nlade out a "pass for two" and said to the boy: "What did l'at'y say?" "He said: 'That's the parish priest,' and then you called me." "Well," said Mr. Bully, "Pa:ty is a wise hoy. Show this to him and tell him if he doesn't come with you to ae nle to night I'll see him 'tomorrow." The boy darted across to Patiy and and Industrious class. The mining Interests around about BIg Timber are being more 'extenaively developed than ever before all with more satisfactory results. Already merchants In the smaller vil lages look upon this point as a dt'.lr able place to purchase goods for th re tall trade, and It is only a question of a few years when a large jobbing trade will be carried on here. 111g Timber ls the natural distributing point for it vast extent of country, rich In natural re sources, which when developel and set tled will place her in the front rank. The Boulder river here cnrries a large volume of water, which. If utilied, 'wo.uld furnish several thousand horse-power. The location and surroundings are such that power can be secured easily iand with much less expense than in many lo i' l t leh . 'lhe fat that ithe power Is che'arl and Inexhnllhuttible makes HK ~hmber at fa ored lpot for the loaltion of nlalunufie. Inring plints. Includin redutlion and smeltlin works and other enterprlseg that require Illotive power. As yet coal paratlvely little has hbeen do(ne towards utilizing this water power, but with the further developmlent of the eaistern pior tion of the stile the manvy aldvantligeI of IIKg Tlmrlber will be brought inlto ree gnltlon, not the leant of which will be her gigantli water power. Mr. Flully only waited long enougQh to see thaI Patsy wtas making tly e Illanttt clear to his "paswd. by mncta of s lIke nes1 (ol I hie bill- blord opporJte. An Intervlew with te'e great tragl, act. dPss, M.damlllt ModJeska, quotes her as saying that lbistand is the gre'ate.t of modern Ka mnat stls. Mlihe srays a 1nt111 tO )re great uIlt Ie mlral, and for this rea son she does not consider Ibsen or Mae. terlink as being gr'at. Shakespeare, she says, 'never preaches, but Is true riand good LI ways. Matdame Itlatiuvelt, the whlly known An lleri'an conchrt singer, t ho arrived from l'urope tihe th inst., legunt her ew Yrk, Hullnday afternooll the 19tIh inst. HJit' Amrheca engagelment.ls will Iake- her froln Maine to KalaUs. l'arlty In April sie will return to lEngiand where she will open the great London May. festival the week beg'nnlng April 28. During the coronation season she will sing in a series of recitals. While abroad she ri'cilve'd Ihe dec''oratlon of the Royal order of 4t. Cecilia conferred on her by the Royal Academy of St. Cecillia of nIte', the oldest singing society In the world. In the 315 years of its existence this s(Jethly Ihas extended this honor to but eight renlowlned mnusicians. Madame ]Jlauveit is the firlst woman on whom this uniqlue distinction has been conferred. In his score for "Maid Marian," a sequel to "Rtobin Hood," which the itos tonioans are presenting with great sue. cess this season, Iteginnld de Koven has returned to legitimate musical forms and has evolved compolitions wrhich are types of true opera comlque. The character of Mr. de Koven's opera is widely divergent from the trivial musical comedies which have attained such vogue in the last few years, and while his music Is graceful and melodious, his treatment of it Is In full keeping with the best canons of the art. As In "Itobin Hood," there are many melodies In the shape of simple ballads and concerted numbers following the old English glee and the waltz rhythm Is also kept well In the foreground. A very dra matic and dignified finale is attained in the clinax of the second act, where the war song of the Crusaders is counter pointed against the battle' hymn o1 the Saracons. Thlls music, while character Itlc, is rich in tonal effects. The comr poser deserves exceptional praise for the music of "The Snake Charmer's Hong," for soprano and chorus, and the ballad for contralto, entitled "Tell Me Again, twetl heart." The Shilakspearlan productions of Wagenhais & Kernper tire looked upon as one of the great annual events on almost every local stage throughout the country. Their latest offering is Henry VIII, in WWlh;h Madame ModJeska and Mr. 'otils James are appearing to enolrrmotis patronage e.ve(rywh here. 'l'hia sumptuous scenic production will be seen here during the cornming season. (Orace (George has been doing an enort monws busineas on the road---a busillees only equalxed by VIola Allen and Maudeo Adams among all the stare now before the public. In the larger cities of New York last week she broke several theater records and It was no uncommon thing foC a house to be comprlletely "sold out" 3u minutes after the advance sale opened. Francls Wilson has evidently made the greatest hit of his long career as a come dian as Sammy Gigg, the tiger, in Nixon & Zimmerman's productlio of "The Toreador," now holding the st:ge at the Knickerbocker theater in New York. The first week the receipts were nearly $1:,.000, the largi'est Mr. Wilson ever play ed to on Broadway. The premier week In Washington was over $12,000. This gives it a record of about $25,000 for the first two weeks of Its American presentation. This inAtantaneous success certainly mazes "The Toreador" look ite an ex traordinary record-breaker. Mr. Wilson has a part in O'igg that Is unusually'well adapted to him and he prepents a per formance of this character which keeps the audience convulsed with laughter. The music is bright and attractive and the Ihumor of the piece Is of that refined quality which greatly pleases thea.t(er goers who delight In comic musihal en. tertainhlents.