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"Ben Hur" will make a bid for popular approval at the Broadway theater, Friday and Saturday, December 8 asd ag, and Saturday matinee, December ag. This gi gantic undertaking of Klaw & Erlanger has been one continuous triumph since its production in New York City four years ago. Nothing like it has ever been at tempted in this country before. It makes a distinct epoch in the matter of staging plays. In the first place, because so many ap parently unsurmountable obstacles have been overcome in a most artistic manner and because of the generous outlay of money; making it necessary for producers who have any anbition to follow in the footsteps of Klaw & Erlanger to go down deep into their wallets and spend thou sands if they wish to reach results at all approaching those achieved by the mar THE BREWERS, GRAND OPERA HOUSE. velous staging of "Ben Hur." Undoubt edly no one of the thousands who have read this most fascinating novel lave missed seeing its transference to the stage, for it is possible for one to come in actual contact with and hear Ben Hur, Messala, Iras, Simonides, Esther, Amrah, Arrias, Sheik Ilderim and the other strong and picturesque characters of the book. The Nazarene, while mentioned in the novel, is not seen upon the stage, for never yet, outside of the "Passion Play" at Oberammergau, has the Saviour been successfully presented or impersonated. The play in the now world-famous little village of the Tyrol, is given every to years as a religious ceremony and the introduc tion of the Christ is looked upon as part of a sacred function. It is different, of course, with a play which makes a gen eral appeal to the play-going public, and in which the piesence of the Nazarene would undoubtedly be looked upon as sacrilege. Those who have seen Klaw & Erlanger's production of "lien Hur" have admired the two huge and well-conditioned camels which lend oriental realism to some of the scenes. One of the camels was purchased from Wallace's circus at its headquarters in Peru, Indiana, and is nine years old, and tt is an interesting coincidence that at its birth it was named Ben Hur. "The Billionaire." Klaw & Erlanger's magnificent produc tion of Harry B. Smith and Gus Kerker's musical comedy, "The Billionaire," is scheduled for presentation in this city at an early date. As a musical comedy pro duction no musical comedy ever sent upon the road approaches it in magnificence of its settings and the gorgeousness of its costumes. Jerome Sykes is seen in the title role-a man who has so much money that he is compelled to entertain all propo sitions made to him in order to part him self from his wealth. He is said to dis play his talents as a funmaker to greater advantage than in any part which he has had in years: The original New York company and production wall be brought to this city. There are many well-known comedians, singers and dancers members of the organization, and in the chorus will be found many pretty and attractive girls. De Wolf Hopper. De Wolf Hopper's first professional en gagement in New York was with Edward Harrigan in "The Blackbird." He had not learned in those days the value of a big man with a small voice. He had a big voice, and when lie wanted to make the point Ihe shouted for all he was worth. This caught the gallery in great shape, and after the first night Hopper went 'home immensely pleased with the hit he had mlade. His mother, who had seen the show, evildently was not so much im pressed, for when the enthusiastic youth demanded her opinion regarding his suc cess, shle remarked: "Well, Will, I don't know but you'd better go hack to law." After this Hopper decided to study singing and go into grand opera, but he came to the conclusion that the trouble was hardly worth the candle, and when Daniel Frohman offered him a place in the Madison Square theater company he gladly accepted it. This was in 1884. During the season ,he appeared as Pittacus Green in "Hazel Kirke," which was prob ably the best thing that he did, and Owen Hathaway in "May Blossom." But his operatic ambition was by no means dead, and he again made up his mind to study for the musical stage. "It was Annie T.ouise Cary who first suggested to me that I had a voice." sail Mlr. Hopper, "and Miss Georgia Cayvan told nme the same. I studied under l.uigi Mheola, and owe it entirely to his training that I have been able 'to sing continuously for so many years. There was a time when I essayed Italian flights, and dreamed of fame in Grand Opera; but, aware of the mutability of a basso profundo's sal aried value,' I 'andbned ideal vocaliza tion for less fornildable but more profitable 'gagging' arias, and 'here I am." Of course, I do a little straight singing once in a while, but, as a . rule, the voice is sacrificed to articulation, especially in topical songs. I have a theory that no real actor can study acting to an advant age, for one is apt to acquire the man lierisms of his instructor at the expense of hit own originality. I 'do not 'believe that the art of producing a real laugh or a real tear is one that can be learned, Of course, there is a certain mechanism, a few details of technique, that one may be taught, and for those I am indebtcd to Mr. Mackay. What little success I have I owe to a combination of circum stances and to my own enthusiasm. You see, I have a huge time in the world, en joy life thoroughly, love my work, and delight in it so much that my audience laugh with me, not at me, and enjoy them selves because I have such fun myself- except on first nights, when I have that want-to-die feeling. As for the dancing, that is natural, too, save for the lessons I had In whirling around in the walts as a youth; but, of course, if I see a pretty step anywhere that I do no know, I appre hend the dancer and snake him or her teach it to me." "Mr. Pickwick," Mr. Hopper's latest of fering in which he interprets "that trully great man," will be seen here Sunday and Monday, December 13-14, at the Broadway theater. It will be presented by the orig inal Broadway company, including Digby Bell as Sam Weller, Florence Murray as Arabella, Marguerite Clark as Polly, Laura Joyce Bell as Mrs. Bardell, Frank Belcher as Wellcr, Sr.. Louis P'ay'ne as Alfred Jingle, J. K. Adams as Mr. Wardle, George Chapman as Mr. Winklc. Augustus Collecti as Mr. Snodgrass. F. R. Willing as Mr. Tupmnan, ;Guy Bartlett as the Fat Boy, George Rolland as Colonel Bulder and G. B. Williams as Dr. Slamnmer. Be sides the cast of principals there are 6o others in the company. All the historical costumes, scenery and general properties will be intact; in fact we are promised the exact production, that made "Mr. Pick wick" flourish at the Herald Square the ater 'in New York for three months. "The Parish Priest." The theater-goers of this city may fe licitate themselves on the forthcoming pre sentation at the Broadway theater on the night of Sunday, December 27 of "The Parish Priest," one of the best comedy dramas ever penned. In the last act is a .i * HINDOO MAGICIANS AT THE GRAND. tear-starting little scene, the naturalness of which appeals to every auditor. Father Whalen, after several attempts to bring the wooing young couple together, in desperation produces an old school book of Nellie's aln reads to her a poem writ ten on its Ilylcaf io years before by her now recreant lover, l)r. Walsh. It is the old, old schoolbuy poem, with which all are familiar: "It you love nme., as I love you, No knife can cut our love in two." Yet it is full of eloquence for the girl who clasps it, and is the beginning of the happy endig. Ulpon this book nearly the entire last act is built, for several strong scenes resplt, and every rustle of that boy ish, scribbled page finds a responsive echo in the hearts of the auditors. "Sandy Bottom." One of the most 'delightful little plays now befotc the public is coming to this city for an engagenlent of two nights at t'e Broadway theater, conmmencing Sun day, Deceinber do. ' "bandy lBottom" is a; new melodramla, played by a wholly new conpauny of Western artists. Its action BROADWAY " L " lA "' Dec. 1 andtC 19th The Only i1ty in the State of Montana to be Visited. Klaw & Erlanger's Stupendous Production of General Wallace's Decemlber . :, aI;t tO o'clock. IA'OIAYL A Y.I'" " etXCURSIONS ON ALL RAILROADS. fout oftowin otIers for It atso thur he maC il ort expreg ofice wilt hI e promptly "I. L attended to, in the order of their receipt, after the regular aale opens. takes place in an obscure town at tie base of the Ozark mountains in Arkansas. It depicts the very interesting events which take place among the rural inhabitants of the little hamlet of "Sandy Bottoin." Patti. Since Madame Adelina Patti left New York her tour has been a series of popular trimuphs. Great crowds wenit to hear her in luffalo, Toronto and ('levelatl the past week. lHer hold upon the public Is cvri dcntly as potent as ever, with the addhled glamour of a positive knowledge that this is the last time they will ever hear her. Four tile comling week the sche.lule will carry Madame Patti to Milwaukee for night tlnd then to Chicago for two pcrl fornances. It is the only city this; side o San Francisco where inure than one ap pearance will be made. The great singer says that travel agrees with her and that she is itl better spirits and health while at hotme on her c:r thtan in the steam-heated hotels. Shle dreads the overheating characteristics of so Imany hotels in the West and will doubtless stick ..ore and more to her luxuriouts Ilhomte on wheels the farther she gets away and where better accomnlodationn can be given to it at the depots. She has four good sized rooms in this 72-foot car for her per sonal comfort. At the Grand. The Grand this week has tile Brewer family in the musical program. The olhl est child is 8 and the youngest 6. Miss Grace, the youngest. hlindfolded, reads by sound any tone called .and any chord strucke on the piano. For the moving pictures this '% eek Fairyland is shown, consisting of 35 tab leaux-The Universe, The Gilded l)antel, A Vision in a Haunted Chadmber and n barka(ion of the Royal Galley, The Sto n at Sea, The Shipwreck on the Rocks. The Prince Rescued by the Mermaid Queen, In Neptune's Empire, A Great Sulamtar~ Spectacle, The Plunge of a lhunldred Yards, The Castle of the Devil, T'he Castle on Fire, Resource of the Princess, The Death of the Witch, The Wedding Procession. The various characters de picted in this stupendous production were engaged from s7 Patlsian theaters and comprise the most eminent artists of; France. REAL MOHAMMEDANS HERE: ,Magicians at the Grand Tell Their Tae' of Travels. , It's no fun being a Mohamiedan away from home. In the first place to be a rest sure-enough Mohamnumedan one cannot eat meat that has teen prepared by the hand of a Christian. Think this is a joke? Not a bit of it. If one of the Faithftl' partakes of meat it must be from the hafidi of one of his ow't religion. 'To eat the meat of an animal slain 'by one who does not believe in the divinity of the prophet Mohammed is a mortal sin, so they aver' When a Mohamnmedn away from bomve" wishes to taste of a piece of 'chicken he doesn't go into a restaurant ahd order like anybody else. Oh, no.' He buys the chlicken alive and kills it himself aftet saying a short prayer., " Jaumahl and Mlohanmmed Kahn, th LiIn1li jugglers andt ma:gicians whl are t shi,.t i, at the I ;rantd tipera li st'e. have e si.. intere.sting thligs, to tell cItncerning t. thl it religion and the things they tmst. hi.tt, in 'lbeing true folliwvers of the t \lhlh is Allah. and MInhmntucdl is his pr ,het," said Janahl K.tahn whtn a,.ke thl, 'nrtinig how it was tha-t hie utll a Ut *,It ileat ill this country. I :11 he went on to explain that ilI e h. h, or his birother could prepare the c 1' iitI tlleiselves, they astailnedl froim tit t il t it. i \\ oul you cat a chickenl that somle oult "rl,,e hal:l killed?" wa;s aked of hitm. . Jalaahl looked devoutly ir.wa'rd anrl saiil La .,ht prayer. Ni, no," he answereri. "\1e must not. is i, written that we taste not imel:t that t1 been tainted hiv the htand otf an Ou .l'eliever. \\We kill the chicken: then it i i all right." " ten thinigs eCult n1t Iw' arranged ti i t. wise they tab)oned tmnat of all kinds ;n.I snbsi:ted on vegetables. .I;n;lhl and Mothat'rmedl wer'e I,r in IInlllhtan. Tlhey have beien ituaic.i.m, *,il.*' tlhey were small boys. Ja:.ahll is - :.t1 \lt,hantmdl is .lo. Tlheir i ,thr ti'ries have been hnLandeld dlt w frotl fatii.it to si t for ii)any g lll' till, .l ,illT y have Itrav lcl all 've·r hth. untlhl and h ,ve llatly in tact ' lul ne n. "1al, ti ont ttcunlitate of A ia :inu t e'uriiit ies illhrl . "in the cotunries of l:..rupe. Th"eir h .Il alit ituratice in the United States was .at the ('hicago \VWrld's IFair. Sincei tlhat tilt: they 'have showed in various pa;ltt o; the couuttry. The Empire. At the Empire theater for the week conlnlencing toltnrro. thte, foIllowing :lr tists still appe.; Ioxn anti Ward, black face comedtly Iist, ini new imin-relt ,songs, dantices and tayings ; Ithe clo ier :,rtists,. Mr. aud Mrs. John It. W\ighl, in a nte.v and up tnl.dltlate late skitchi; the wondlerful Kalhns in their clever Iritl,.s of sleight of haud; Carl Charles, the gt.i:t e,l.,ilibrist. A new line of heantiftil nevi,,;, pictur., un the Edison projectoscpe. BUTTE CLUBS Homer Club. The lHomer club was enterta:li.,Id by 'lrs. John Noyes on Monday in :1 .n. t l.lightful mamnner, ter fine collectiton of .\laskan curios, includiit, ngmany choice In dlian baskets, rare piectes of ivory. ill belts made of birds' feathers, fur garlments caledt the "Parka," worn by the people iof the far north, and the stra;tge spectaclhs alltua of wood, with just the tiny slits in them, worn as a protection against snow linlldness, and many other objects of i1n h'rest, were on exhibition antd greatly eil joyed by members of the club. Mrs. Arthur Ayers read an interestiing accotunt of tile exports and inmports asni the resources and industries of China, give ilg the latest statistics showing the growthl rf trade in China bintce the opelning of the hrst trade ports. Mrs. Rickford reald her first palper on "hMencius," which was fullowed by a dis cussionll anid comnlparison of his philiiiilhy with that of Confucius. M rs. I , ti. Ilýht gate a selecteid reuading fr.ot "( hina't s )l.pen Door," by Consul \WIihnutaI on "saving the face," an e'Xlpressiiii ctnutnoly used in C(hina, which is really to relieve cue's mind when in a temper. Mrst. R. A. Ktmk.e will enterhiuti the club next week atnd will lie thee hlader tar the iA:y on the sttbjtct of the uiiisic of Chi.a. M. I. T. E. Club. The Ni. I. '. E. club n.et at the holne oif .\lrs. S. Pipes We'dnesday alftrnltoun. Mr . F. Itusch instru: teid the class iin par hi;Llllentatry law. 'the lessini was "To P'ost pone to a Certain I)ay." The greater part iof the afternoon was taken up by lih: Sutt ,hine work. Hefreshments were served at tile close of the afternoon. .Itrs. Blyron Kever and Mrs. glen lFoster were the gutiCst of the club. 'I I(' next mleeting will be at the hotme if Mrs. I1. Ilusch, No. t35 LOast Broadway, r" y)cxt ber 16. Literature Department. The literature department of tlut V'o Imhli'tit club met i1n the parIors of :Elks' hl i:l ITut slay afternoon, lThe pirograml was~ instructive. h'bose reading papers :n1ld givingi current events were ptarticularly i;,appy in tile choice of subjects a;lnd man or of pre.senting thetm. Mrs. Kellogg read a paper on John HIop kilnson Smith. Mrs Sidnley Ellis gave a t di,ecription of Joel Chandler larris, the author of "Uncle Remus." Mrs. Sheehy told of Thomas Nelson Page. Mrs. Rein hart was leader in the discussion. I' IThe sbcial hour was a delight and over i the cups Mrs; J . , Russell disclosed some e interesting comning events in the life of ' eacal of thlose who turned the cup. Ethical Culture Club. T'he last nieeting of the Ethical Culture a clni was one of great interest to the mem r hers. The lessont for the evening was a taken Ilr6nt lThe ,Deeper Life" in Maeter t li:ck's "Treasure of the Humble," and Itroughht out an animated discussion. 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I sl, fllh in u. l.r r" c ivcd after I leo RAND OPERA HOUSE Dick P. Sutton, Manedol (lie \'Vtek, nnllllll itnt Sunday Deceen ber 13. 'llhe lirewer Family, iRtth anl Grace, in their g.treat mutical spectialties. Fox and Wardl. the black face conmedians. The I;reat \VWttiln, in his cerlcbrated special lies. the man of Imay faces. hIoward & I)e l.isi', ih n a lneat society sketcth. Fairyl.atl, or the Queeln Among the Fa;hire, in .1% tableaux, copyrighted by IGeorge lMeliet of Paris. Matritlrt Saturday and Sunday Only. All the Lower Floor, toc ; lackuny, oc. EMPIRE THEATER Main and Park Streets O(NE SOI.II) 'WEEIK, ('Coitnnecilng Sunllay, December 13. The AflI.RN'S, in a musical sketdl. KAIINS, AiRAIIIA'S clever magiciatln. EIY IDA.WS(IN, the coon shouter. CARE: CllHA I.I.S., the wonllerful equilibrist. MR. :a11ir Mrs. J. B. WRl(ilrT, in a new relinedl Irish c ktltch. A New Line of Moving I'ictures. All for iec and ac Cents. Butte Concert Hall 57 EASt PARK ST. Geo. V. H. Shaver, Mgr.