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WHAT IS DUE AT THE BUTTE THEATERS NEXT WEEK
The love of music is one of the great eat gifts of the Creator. The Al G. Field minstrels owes much of their popularity to the sweet singers, whose names are inseparably connected with this geat company, which opens tomorrow night at the Broadway for three nights and Tues day matinee. Among the n*y familiar voices which will be heard with the great International Singing congress, with the Al G. Field Greater minstrels this season, is that of Recse Prosser, the romantic Welsh tenor, who is accredit.d with being the best minstrel ballad singer of the times. He is the highest salaried minstrel tenor in America, and his successful songs are sung everybemre. Joseph '". ilamphin, whose cultured voice in classical selections is heard at every performance, is a famous English tenor ronusto, and he is another one of the vocalists who has helped to make the big singing contingent one of the fea tures of the Al G. Field Greater minstrels. The old soil of Erin has produced many sweet-voiced singers, but it is safe to say that none of them has met with more deserved favor than James H. Cavanaugh, the contra-tenor, whose sweet, sympathetic voice has made him an instantaneous favorite wherever he has sung. His rep ertoire for the present season embraces some exceptionally fine numbers, which are destined to become famous hits. Joht C. Dickens, the powerful baritone, was for many years the leading soloist at Trinlty church, Boston. Since adopting the minstrel profession he has acquired a reputation for singing songs of a higher order than had been previously heard on the minstrel stage. His numbers are among the most highly appreciated on the program. as embracing- a new departure and distinct novelty in minstrel solo sing C. D. Cunningham, the eminent basso profundo, as a soloist and chorus singer is possessed of a voice whien, for resonance and depth of tone, has rarely been equaled. Paul L Londe, the French contra-bass, is a teacher of vocal music whose apt pupils have attained a prominence in all walks of the theatrical profession. As vocal director of the Al. G. Field Greater 'Minstrels he has brought this portion of the program to a degree of efficiency and excellence unsurpassed. A marked feature of the performance is the singing of Matthew Keefe. He is a vocalist of rare accomplishments, and his Yodling and Tyrolean songs never fail to please all who hear them. Addison WVale, the German baritone, possesses the round, full voice peculiar to the Teuton. He sings the songs of the Fatherland with exquisite taste and fnish, and hlis sweet tones linger in the memory of the listener long after the sound of his voice has ceased. The International Singing Congress of the Al G. Field Greater Minstrels, com prises within itself an entertainment com plete and entire, such as many concert companies would be glad could they afford to present as an entire program. It com primes but one feature of this big min strel show. A ,Western Favorite. M!r". Brune, who appears at the Broad way on March 27 and a8 in "Unorna," the new play by F. Marion Crawford and E"spy Williams, made her first appearance on the stage at the tender age of 4 years. On that memorable occasion she played Tim in that good old play "l.ights of Lon don." Mrs. Brune was born in San Francisco, being one of the three famous Tittell sisters. With the exception of some four years at school, Mrs. Brune has been almost since then continuously on the stage. It seems strange that she should have first come into prominence in sou bret roles, and that she has lately found that her true line is in emotional parts and in those roles that require the pos session of great versatility. Her training in these various kinds of characterisation has stood her in good stead, the schooling having had practically the same effect MRS. BRUNB, in Character, Who is to Appear at Ihe Broadway in "Unorma" Next WIeh. that the old stock companies are said to have had. When she was still a mere girl she playel the Western territory as Editha in "F.ditha's Burglar," making a tremen dous hit in a part that fell to Elsie Leslie in the East. After that she was with the late Charles Hoyt for,several seasons, at tracting attention especially for her por. trayal of Flirt in "A Trip to Chinatown." As the Slavey in "Wilkinson's Widows" she was again very well received. Then came more iotice when she appeared with Charles Frohman's comedians along with such people as Joseph Holland and Vir. ginia Drew Barrymore. Mrs. Brune gained new experience as Grace Roseberry in "The New Magdalen," and uas Louise in "Frou-Frou." "The Peddler's Claim." A play of more than passing interest will be presented at the Grand opera Bouse for two nights, commencing with a nmatinee tomorrow. It is indeed a treat to think that at last we are to be given an opportunity of seeing a new charac ter on the stage. While the character of Mose Levi is that of a Hebrew, still Mr. Morris plays the part in a most artistic manner and in no way burlesques the race. "The Poddler's Claim" affords great chances for scenic effects, and Manager Henr" B. Marks has been very liberal in giving his star a complete production. This new four-act comedy-drama is so full of strong dramatic climaxes that the audience hardly gets over the effect of oe dramatic scene when they And them selves wondering at a much stronger one. Too much cannot be said of both this play and Sam Morris, the bright come. dian who plays the part of Moses Levi, a part that Mr. 'Morris has made a care ful study of. All the epenery is carried by the company and the supporting cast is a strong one. If you don't laugh at the bear chase in th, play then it can be said that you have very few laughs left. In fast, there is ' U;..C;'v:1 a.,E a ' j. t.. i · ,.4.. ''a. I.4 "~~~~~ v* · ~s .· -.··& . · <p··~J ~,.2 ~4 G FEDSC eo~Prmer e iseirela more good strong comedy in this new up. to-date piece than in many of the modern farce-comedies. It you enjoy a good strong comedy-drams, full of good spe cialties, a fine display of nice scenery and a strong acting company supporting one of the brightest comedians on the stage, you should see "The Peddler's Claim." "The Cowboy and the Lady." The story of "The Cowboy and the Lady," Clyde Fitch's brilliant dramatic success which S. Miller Kent will present at the Broadway theater Wednesday and Thursday nights, supported by a splendid company, is one of the m6st absorbing and at the same time most humorous that dramatist ever devised. The cowboy will be played by Mr. Kent, whose acting has been praised by every critic of the larger cities of this country and of London, while SieUs RUwarren Harmon, a charming young actress, will assume the role of the lady. Teddy North, the cowboy, is an Eastern college man, owning a ranch in Colorado and being greatly loved by the plainsmen for his bravery and strcngth. He loves, silently, Mrs. Weston, the wife of a neigh. boring ranchman, a lovely woman tied to a worthless man. This man plans to elope with the proprietress of the local dance hall, but is stopped by a pistol shot fired from his wife's revolver by the angry Indian lover of the dance hall wompan. It happens that Mrs. Weston is giving an en. tertainment the same night at this place and has given her revolver to North for safekeeping. He leaves it on the table, and thut the Indian picks it up as the nearest weapon. North believes Mrs. Wes. ton killed her husband and she believes North did it, but he aeecepts the responsi bility for the deed when the police are about to arrest Mrs. Weston. In the last act; where his trial is in progress, North becomes convinced of Mrs. Westgn's inno cence and then pleads his own case with vigor and great akill. He is acquitted and the real murderer confesses. So all ends happily and the cowboy is able to declare his love and the lady accepts it. Wit. humor, pathos, tragedy and stir ring dramatic climaxes follow each other in quick succession. There is not a dull moment or at uninteresting character In the play nor an incapable actor in the cast, and a brilliant performance may be expected. Near Broke Up the Show. While playing in Detroit "Dewey," the pet bear that plays a very strong part in "The Peddler's Claim," the play that Sam Morris is starring io this season, in some manner lot his head out of his collar, running up to Mr. Morris, who was on the stage with Miss Nielsen in one of the most dramatic scenes of the play, long lbefore his cue was given him. The or ohestra was playing a waltz and "Dewey" (the bear), being very fond of waitaing, stood up on hbis ind legs and put his forelegs around Mr. Morris' neck, looked up into hib face with one of those sum mer girl expressions as if he 'wanted to say, "' am so fond of dancing." Both Mr. Morris and Miss Nielsen were so astonished at first that they did not know what to do, when a bright idea struck Miss Nielsen. She quickly ran to her dressing rom and got a few lumps of sugar, which she always kept there for the bear, and tried to coax the intruder off the stage, but Dewey was so pleased with the waltzing of Mr. Morris that be refused to give up his partner. Dewey, as a rule, is a'very well-behaved bear. He does not stay out late at night and always goes home right after the show is out, and it has been said that he attended churdc very regularly. But on tlis particular night he was out for a good time and he was going to have it. At first the audience thought the bear was only acting his part, but when he finished dancing and got to chasing all the different members of the company who were trying to get him off the stage from one side of the theater to the other and finally jumped down into the orches. tra pit and broke up that peaceful crowd of musicians the audience for the frst time realised that there was something doing. Mr. Bear's sport was btougbt to a sudden end by the property man con. ing up through the orchestra pit with a rope, and tying it fast to Dewey's neckd when he was quickly hustled back from. whence he came. "If I Were King." E. H. Sothern is at present passing through a remarkable experience in New York. He is repeating the run of a play to even greater receipts than he played to at the first engagement. This is sJm.se an unheard of record in thi metropolis. It is needless to say that the play that New' York is again erowding the Garden thea. .ter to witness is Justin Huntly McCarthy's oemantic poem-drama, "If I Were King," in which Mr. Sothern as Francois Villon gives to the stage one of the most pictu resque, poetic and romantic portraitures seen in recent years. For three months Sothern has appeared to houses that have tested the capacity of the Garden theater, going in advance of all recorde of receipts both of that playhouse and his former see eons in New York at any time since he has `F a star. . a In a few weeks now Sothern leaves New York to fill the time contracted for throughout the country at the early part of the season. He takes his entire organ isation and scenery equipment on tour. The company which at the present mo Swut is supporting him will remain un ianged and every piece of scenery of his imagnificent production to the smallest hanging drop will be carried by him. He 'has refused many tempting offers to 4ispose of the rights of the play outside of New York, as he has determined that thr;ater-goers are to see the play pro strced at first hand with the esme east anad elahorate surroundings that has made the presentation a dramatic feature long t be remembered and that has not been arrpassed even among New York's gor geous dramatic spectacles since Seotem himself produced this play two years ago. It has been generally acknowledged hat seldom if ever before has there been such an ideal alliance of a great play and great stage presentment. Sothern will travel in great state when he goes on the load. His company includes a hundred people; his scenery takes up the space of three large baggage ears and arrangements have been made for special train service front many points. It is pleasurable to an nounce that Mr. Sothem. and his company will present "If I Were King" in this city July 6th at the Broadway. "Arizona" 8oheduled. "Arizona," which will be the attraction at the Broadway April 3 and 4, is a drama depicting Western life, intermingled with a love episode which is sure to win its way to the hearts of everybody. Estrella Bonham, the wife of the colonel of the Eleventh United States cavalry, a woman who is adored by her husband in his rough soldierly fashion i. e., too much attention to the regiment and not enough to home duties, has almost been led into an en tanglenment with handsome Captain Hodg m;an of her husband's staff of oficers. An ardent note written by Hlodgman to Mrs. Bonham has been intercepted by Lena Kellar, a servant in the colonel's house bold (whom this same captain had wronged a year before), and is handed to Lieutenant Denton (also in the colonel's service), an honest, upright young fellow, who is very much its love with Bonita Canly. Mrs. Bonham's younger sister. Young Denton arrives in time to disillu sion the colonel's wife of her infatuation of Hodgman, but on the colonel's sudden return he is placed itn the embarrassing position of a person who had attempted to destroy the colonel's happiness, which necessitates his retiring from the army. The scene is now transferred to Canby's ranch, where young Denton, upon profess lng his love for Bonita Canly, is ad nitted to a partnership with the honest old ranchman. The arrival of the Elev enth United States cavalry on a forced march, with Colonel Bonham, his wife, Captain Hodgman and all the principals of the preceding episode, hastens matters to an uncomfortable crisis, during which a quarrel ensues and Captain Ilo lgtan is shot. A court-martial follows, in which young Denton is accused of deliberately nmurdering Captain IIodgman, but upon the confession of Tony Mostsna, a van quero on the ranch, who acknowledged that he shot Captain llodgman on ac count of his deception of I.ena Kellar, with whom Tony is in love, Denton is exonerated from all blame, Colonel lion hanm is enlightened into the true character of his dead captain and Denton is restored to his place in the army. The company which interprets "Arl zona" is one which has been especially engaged for this production, and theater giers will without doubt have the pleasure of witnessing one of the most finished per furismances of the season. union -amiy i neater. The new bill, besides a very neat lot of vaudeville turns for next week at the Union Family theater, starting with the smatinee tomorrow, will be "Under the Caspipes," a farce comedy. This piece Il:ha been under constant rehearsal all week, and a peep at the production justifies the prediction that a week of fun is booked for the popular Union Family theater. "'Under the Gaspipes" is full of honest fun, free from anything suggestive or vulgar. It is just such good entertain asents Manager Onken is furnishing that Is causing the attendance at the Union Family to be. on the steady increase week by week. It is no unusual thing now for box parties of society people at the cozy little house several nights every week. The vaudeville stunts will all be new and clever. "If it is not good, cut it out," says Manager Onken to his amuse snent director, Zinn, whenever a new act is being discussed. The usual Saturday children's matinee rill be given of "Under the Gaspipes." FIRST IMPRESSIONS '"Of a Chinaman on Visiting This Great Country. [Brookldyn Eagle.] The Chinese friend whom I mentioned In this column the other day could write a volume of his "first impressions" of this country which, I dare say, would he as entertaining as many of those books which flitting visitors from Europe have superti cially scribbled about us. Indeed, le has already written such a volume, but it is not likely ever to be published. Several years ago' he was one of ty young men sent by the Chinese govern ment to this country for education. He was the historian of the party, and from the little he has told me of what he wrote back home I judge there was many an amusing chapter in his "history." Yes, and something worthy of our serious thought behind the amusement. For example, when he bad ridden a few miles on a railroad traversing this conti nent, he wrote: "The people of this coun try are so pious that they have erected crosses (the symbol of the Christian faith) only a few rods apart all along their lines of travel; in fact, these crosses are so close together that they are held up by wires stretched from one to another." One more example: His train was crossing Iowa when it stopped between otations and the trainmen and many pas cpagers went down tp look at the nude ibody of an infant lodged in an eddy of a stream. The luquisitive Chinaman ds '44' .· ~, ~~C.?~~ I'I\., · · MRS. ~ ll ~ DRNI-I TevI Roe.ofUn' .rý~ . · '·;'L w · wenaded with the feet. When everybody returned to the train, leaving the Ibdy in the water, the historian wrote: "They drown their surplus female infants in America." Then, having told minutely what he had seen, he drew the conclusion : "When the trainlmen found that the body was that of a female they went on, leaving it in the water. liad it been the body of a 4ý I S. MILLER KENT-Who is a Lead in 'Th, Cow~boy and thie ILa'y.M male child they would have given it a Christian bturial and inquired into the cause of dcath." The truth was that the engineer, seeing the biody in the water, had stoplped to ascertain whether life was extinct. Find ing that it was and that the body wan * The DBest Groomed Men of Butte Are Subscribers to our Monthly System. We keep their Clothes looking like New. We call for and dehlver One Suit a Week, Cleaned and Pressed, for $2.00 Per Month S kirts Cleaned and Presr.ed, f1.00 * nique Tailorinj Co. * tPone 13. 2..E. Granite St. flir0~·O~L~~iYC·0~iC3CI ~*( securely lodged among bushes 1 the edd~ he went on to the next statinn, where h4 reported the matter. Nobody had a legal right to remove the body until the coronel had viewed it. When my Chllinae friend had acquired sufficient knowledge of Engllish to read some of the writings of Anmerican "ltistori. ans" in China hie found in theims many statcmlntlts qjuite as absurd as any lie .ad made about our customn+ and ablht,. The 'thmird udegre'" out raget practised by th police got an awful jolt hi uutfamlm. A salty verdict :agaminmst tIhe city mu ght stop Ihe lmrnlimevel AywteIm of toirt umre.