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iMBMpPj ijin i in i 0ip. me nBBnramHIirani i Hte., fcr m: T mi I SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1121 Hi HI TURNING ON THE SPOTLIGHT BY CHARLES DARNTON l ', ' -,-L , UWAA,0 1 IX npo other wonders of the age, wen III th6 disappearing bed, the tatitQa prohibition, there la added the Reversible play (patent possibly ap plied for by Zoe Aklna). -jjlxter starting backward "The Jarylng Shore" now runs the other way. This U decidedly a change (or the tetter, helpful both to the play and to its beautiful star, Elsie Fergu son. Waiting hand-Inland, as It were, the obliging Was Aklns and fthat equally accommodating producer, .Sap H. Harris, seem to be saying: .;'U there la any other little alteration you would like, don't be afraid to mention It." There hare, of oonnre, been in stances of careleaa aotora playing the first act last and the last act first without any one's being the wiser, thus proving the perfect adaptability of modern drama. But the complete reversal of form at the Hudson The atre marks & still greater step In tech nical ad ran cement, and, what's more, one that Is In the direction of com neon sense. At beat the -freak play" la nothing 'more than a trloic a trick that grows tedious with repetition. It Is not un likely that fond memories of "On Trial". Influenced Mr. Harris la pro ducing "The Varying Bhora" wrong-end-to, area though the same ex ample did not enter into Miss Aklns's calculations. Perhaps she felt a play showing life In retrospect would ap peal especially to women. Just as thoy tkeep old lore letters and go orer thnm again and again, after Interest in the (writer-is as dead as a long-forgotton iUance card. : " It may fairly ha assumed that sen timent enters largely lata the making 'of a woman's play, mi well It may, for .often this Is the charm of It. Tot je'ven sentiment has Us place, Its orderly relation and sequence. Chang ins; all this Is like 'putting the cart , before the horse, or shall we say put ting the hustle in front of the old- fashioned woman? It carries with it aLauggestloa of the grotesque, and rirei one a sens of awkwardness "w bbA handicap. Certainly, a stage became must feel it laconveaient to keep, pushing her past ahead of hor Instead of trailing It along properly or-improperly. all fhe pasta ever paraded before ow"-wBaertng gnxe. Julia's Is by all &ti the longest In distance at least, Xrs. Taaqway couldn't touch It. "WJiea Ulsa Aklns got to work on her heroine she evidently believed In starting eoriy and stopping late. Froai sixteen to ninety Is a pretty Rood stretch. Even our lively old friend, Lady Kitty of "The Circle," wauld be compelled to raise her lor metis In envy at this record, and Lady Kitty Is no piker. Jn her ability to fall, Julie herself Deaf-eases she Is a regular' Mrs. tlusapty-Dnmpty. But there are some things about her difficult to under stand, especially when she Is em bed lea hy so lovely a creature Mies farsmson. Tor one thing, how Is It that three men tell her they "are fona of her, yet none marries hert $o be Mtre. lorry is reaay to ao so at va tious stages of 'her career, hut he doesn't count.. He Umerely the type ottever a womaa'accepti as a friend, and'Sses as a convenience, a perfectly good' 'fellow that makes an excellent il pawns t You 'know 'what be Is go ing" to get when1 he brings ber plum cake. That settles him once and for all tta Plumcake la not the food of love. Pumpkin, pie. In season, perhaps, but plumcake sever! So Larry's out tit, .ZBptlt stands' to reason some man sbewld love Julie madly, desperately, and make It absolutely impossible for her to escape' matrimony, past or no past, Tet one by one they drop her ' B;tJBey would a cold potato. This Is not only wrong, but It la unbelievable. !Wlth" such a Julie as Klsle Ferguson t-v the line to the altar would form at the right and grow in length Until It Interfered with traffic. Julie's strangely detached state can ba explained only hy her craving for Wf-eacrlfloe. She lo quite right In saying: "Ufa kills us many times, death, only once." In this utterance there la the dull pjln, of old deep driven wounds. U b the truest thing In Miss Ansa's .Play, no true that It hurts. But why should Julie, at tho end. speak of her life as having been splendid, as something good to look back upon? Viewed ns on adventure It has Its Interesting points, but In any other light It can bo regarded only oa a splendid failure No doubt It Is the purpose of Miss Aklns to show the woman's unshaken spirit. the gambler with life who loses and smiles. This in Itself Is fine and courageous, and vastly preferable tu weak lamentations. But Its philoso phy Isn't at all convincing. It may bo suspected that the real meaning of the character Is to bo' caught in the pensive note Bounded, though gently, by Miss Ferguson. It Is ever there, even In the girl of six teen, and It deepens with the years. Now that the play takes Its natural course, this note la unmistakable. It not only haunts you In the theatre, It follows you home like a ghost the ghost of a splendid beautiful failure, JOE'S 'CAR -:- -:- -:- -:- -:- Snappy Car Snappy Bill! Bi . 1 ; 1 1 : -i The bumcu cam Kib me. I i . . - , t ' P ALL TWE.Y WANT 7b ABOUT DRvvINgJ l SOMC- WHAT, PL-TllA UiUaT IUJAMTaI A TiMrt - si K -TmL' Rt all jealous '. H, CAME , MR. JlNKS ! ( ") v T , ? ,",J TtSL,, 1 1C30T TM' snappiest BOAT H mV J H HEY -f toUAT Th ? L " KKOW ! U)HEV 1) YiQU CROWD AMD I'M GLAD OF IT - M ' . v I - ' 6E.T OFF T SOAK U WILLING To PAV FOR Tw'FEELINGj pATA boy - IfftTCH l 5 1 " .& f f F POft OME. U " if t, . UUWIHG A OAR UKE-j X . 7 f q ts LITTLE MARY MIXUP Right Away a "Strike"! r About Flays and Pay By BIDE iiT y-Ea O' MY lWflT" Is now being piayea in rails and doing very well. But. accord 'to the French dramatleT critics, K. mas snocKoa fans wun-its aean rVnM do we wantr asks one var Ilere we are 'going to see I ma- cwu a- H.cKeJ T&o a, wictet ip You'll K c- K I e J t Jl isH i T-V - W col. J I V'-iior.rbo J2M FOR A -"1 ms fsr-iiv ic-r?"i smn T T W, 6 Hk W IW r 1 .. l""'' IWUaNJssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss I I SVVF -"- -rMafe. at j,,r''ZgZZpZS&K M J ' i,lii,,MwWBnT r lisssss1ssssssssssssMsssssssssM I I "UfW -gt Mf III "'..m -'B9,Hr 1 " ' . KATINKA Thtfrt Mnro PWv "R-nn fn'f a sw iiivi v sssj t-s- r svi a a i I GONNA BE HERE 5 . - ll 1 'a D"" 1 15 lOrllNG AND Ot- ANO LH NH ONtS. 1 1 I W ir.wwuu- I iln T'Aikl'T 1 I . .. .7 . l I IOP.n NCU VEARS r 1 I IROUBUtS IHAII IvJORRIED ABOtXT VeRI I i'm vJoMUpd KNOvl ViHETHER'To GET II BOSS-THEV P0LHiM6 TOeJ Z J J A CJHINH VLrXTt F ZlS "i L.ff.r ABOUT HER r fciHR SILVER or J 6THEBS. EM ? J I IHAT, siKj I 1 DOn'T HAVE.TUe Screenings By UON ALLLN. of liking It. Are we to give up our tage ladles of easy virtue? Are we to discard our unfaithful wives and husbands for plain, upright home folks such as this comedy shows? Or Is Mr. Manners merely playing a joke on us?" Mr. Manners says that If it is a loke he's enlovlnc it verv much from a royalty standpoint NOW, PERCIVALI And while we're speaklne of the Manners family, permit us to remark tnat w. percivai-Monrer positively states that the Manners chauffeur Is younsr man named Bunn. who knows whero to get ono. A NICE, QUIET PLACE. C. P. Oreneker, Chief of the Bhu- bert Publicity Department, Is mov ing his offices .from the 44th Street Tneatre to no. ZZ7 west 46th street. Yesterday he went over to the new suite ana selected a big room in the rear as Ms. "I like this room." he said. "It Is Bn ouleL" letter he visited the room again, and we went with him. Proudly he told us how he had chosen It and how nice and quiet It would be. As he was talking, four pianos In music publishing houses just across the areaway began going. At the same time two tenors, a blond cabaret soprano and a negro quartet began to waroie amerent tunes. Mr. ureneker went home sick last night. c Charlie, of Flatbush, Is out to win Helen, of Brooklyn. We think It would be a fine match as It would cement the friendship of these two sections and spread cheer throughout all the Borough of Brooklyn. Helen. Kinaiy read Charlie's plea and glvo It some aeep tnougnt. iook: When Helen of Brooklyn to you did write, And atk for a fellow to tall. I read her sweet poem with glee and delight, And I know that for Helen I'll fatt, I'm tall and fm dark and have plenty to tan, Bo I'm fhlnMnp that, futt for a lark. I'd like t6 meet Helen, of Brooklyn, some day, And go for a walk in the park. A WRONG IMPRE88I0N. Jack Osterman, at the Royal this week, says he was out with a Bronx ffirl the other night who thounht rat, Elh" the Jewish hymn, was the name of twins. OH, WHAT A TITLE I Tie Who Gets Slapped" Is the title chosen by the Theatre Oulld for the play by Andreyev, which It will pro sent at the Oarrtck Theatre next month. Richard Bennett will havo the chief male role. Helen Wostley U anruccd for the cast. TWO BENEFITS, The Itachacl Aid Society of Brook lyn, which cares tor many poor people each winter, will be the re clplent of a benefit at the Rltx The atro on flundny night. Jan. 16. Broad' way stars and head-liners will par ticipate, a playlet called "gala: unique because of Its dramatlo punch, will bo a feature. To-morow night, at the Apollo The atre, an entertainment will be' given under the auspices of the Paul 1st Fathers for the benefit of the Paullst Camp for Children. A long nnd In terestlng fcjll has been prepared. A CHRI8TMA8 SHOW, A Christmas cxtraVaganaK' called ta danger! Tlie land of Hanky RHYMED PROPOSALS. begin a two-weeks' the Century Promenade with a mati nee Dec. 26. It Is designed to nmuse children especially. Tho Columbine Producing . Company is behind the venture. MANY CHRISTMAS TREES Christinas tree, parties will be held In theatres everywhere next week, according to announcements coming 10 us. xnere win do a treo on tho stage of every Keith vaudeville house and E. F. Albee has Inntructod local managers to Inject as much Christ mas atmosphere Into their theatres as possible. Tho theatrical nrofesslon appears to be trylnc to make this tho happiest of ChrlstmaseA. Here's hop ing Santa Is good to all the actors ana actorines. A CHANCE FOR AMATEURS We have printed hero recently sev eral requests from readers for the names of amateur dramatic clubs they might Join. Sophie Wormsnr of No, 41 East Second Street, Brooklyn Writes to say that The Callbonrd Club is Just such an organization. She says the club Is to give u per formance or tnree mayiets on Feb, and prpuld be glad to have prospec tive members look the' organization over. GOSSIP, Louis H. Chnllf Is to stage a dance spectacle in Lyons. Franco, Ramit.1 Hhlnmnn I m .ltl, n nt-..V called "The Hunted Lady." Stiifaliilnp- six cruises and bumps, Arthur Rosenreid has a new fur lined overcoat for social, wear. Martin Herman went down to At lontlo Cltv yesterday lust to train, ride. X ipenv In ra-y- win -nappy uo uaaty- is w c 4.n ) -mi i- i i "-I . . t. , r-t' -f- r Vin-- " ' ''-' - ' A - . , .w... . .. . , ... . . , .. . J '. ill'lli 'nMdjsBSSMBallBBBBBBBSmWSW .Mil ' " 'T r 1 HI'll "III "I "' "III "I IT " ' 'I " 1T1IT T " TfTif I (T "" ' " T'l II " ' ' itflfflfflTTF I I .1 .t'V.IJWxJ Boston Dec. 20 with O. P. Ilcggle featured. 'The Music Box Revue" reached its 100th performance last night. "I'm greatly pleased," said Lep Solomon. Manuel A. Alexander has been ap pointed stage njanager of "The Mountain Man." waiter Walker, tho demon clam- dlggcr of Little Neck, has a leading role in Bill Johnstone's "Ub In the Clouds," due Jan. I. Mary Duncan, a Virginia society girl, will make her stage debut In Fnco Value." opcnlnr at tho new 49th Street Theatre Dec. 26. Isadoro Marcel and Ralph Simons are tho latest additions to the cast of Qrocn Jade." BroUKhton Tail's new drama. Herbert Ashton, Raymond Van Rensselaer, Ralph Sumpter and Her- Dort 'arjeon will be in the revival or "The Squaw Man." Irene -Franklin's little daughter. Catherine, saw Santa Claus on Fifth Avenue yesterday and was about to rob his kottle or a handful of coins when Maw caught her. Mrs. W. E. Btronir has bought 160 tickets for "Get Together" at the Hippodrome for the evenings of Dec, 27, 28 and 29, and will give them to the Fifth Avenue traffic policemen. Dec. Cornell, Manager of the Ma jestic Theatre, Buffalo, will e in New York Monday to see his daughter, Katharine, act In "A BUI of Divorcement." Al. Herman, blackface monoloirlst. is leaving musical comedy to return to vaudeville, lie win begin at tne Riverside on Dec. 26. Willie and Eugene Howard are to play a week In vaudeville at the Winter Garden beginning Monday. It will bo their first time In tho two-a day In ten years. After that ono week they will return to 'The Passing Show or 1921." Dallas Wclford writes us to an nounce ho haH been engaged for a rolo In "Tho Blue Kitten;" that his daughter, Nancy, who Is acting with William Rock, Is knocking 'em dead In Texas, and that he has Invented a thief-proof automatic burglar alarm for use on autos. This seems to be a Welford year. A THOUGHT FOR TO-DAY. A New York painter who stole an umbrella has been sent to prison Watch your Btepi FOOLI8HMENT. "W'hee gcegle," said Marion Dumps, "I'm queen of the feminine chumps, She leaped o'er three chairs, And fell doton the stairs, FROM THE CHE8TNUT TREE "She's living In clover." "Nothing strange about that! She's a grass widow." Iravelling by Automobile In stead of 'by Rail, Northern Tourists in South "Camp Out" Instead of Going to Hotels and the Hotels Are the. Losers: By Roger Batchelder. The American safety razor has en gaged and conquered the Spanish beard, and beyond that no greater test remains, according to W L. Haynes, the representative in Maurld of a well known company which man ufactures that article. Mr. Haynes, who is at tho McAlptn, has Just re turned from a three years' sojourn in tho land where shaving is more or less of a major operation. "ine average spanisn Deara is a difficult proposition," said Mr. Haynes, it is aouDiy rormiaame because a two or three days' growth Is permit ted before the barber takes a hand. A Spaniard selects his barber in much the same way as an American selects his1 dentist for his painless methods. "Spaniards are slow to adopt new devices, and had It not been for aj barbers' strike some time ago It might havo been many years before selling Bofoty razors over there could be called a profitable business. The etrlke resulted in a boom for safety razors, and now most Spanish men have made the dally shave a habit. "The Spaniards are excellent pco plo to do business with. Spain offers a good field for certain lines, but a discriminating system of taxation and heavy duties have had a tend ency to keep out foreign business. The World War' brought about an In crease of ISO per cent.. In the cost of living, wnno wages nave increasea only slightly over the pre-war scale." SOUTHERN HOTELS LOSE OUT. "As won as the ci'Id 'vialher starts, i there is a steady influx o' Northern tourists into the South,' said Louis J. Hennessey, of New Orleans, editor of the Southern Hotel Reporter, who Is ut the Commodoro. "High rail ratoa no longer worry many qf them, for popular means of transportation. It is possible that too much Importance is placed on this class of tourlsto, especially In communities where ac commodations havo liven provided which exceed tho actual value of the trade involved. "In addition to providing tempting highways, at no llttlo expense to tno taypayer, some toirna have addbd camp sites and other facilities. As a result, the hotels losn out, and the traveller, has practically no expense. "Good highways are, of course, a benellt to 'any community, but we must also expect to pay the damages for the wear and tear of travel. In stead of going to the extreme of pro viding free lodging space, It would bo far better for us to keep our hotels 'n a position to cater to these visitors. When climate, Hcencry, water, high ways and garages aro at the disposal of the tourist, it is not unfair to ask that ho contribute to the community by at least paying for a place to sleep." WAR CASUALTIES WILL '-CONTINUE, "Forming In the battle-scarred areas of France will be a hazar dous pccupatlon for many years to come," predicts G,.S. Thompson, who has arrived at the McAlpIn from Parle, where he has lived the last six years. "Several peasants have already been killed when their ploughs struck unexploded shells.' DID YOU EVER DO THIS? A very well known novelist entered the elevator at her floor In the Waldorf, and ordered, "No. West 61st Street, please." The elevator man, usually so imperturbable, gasped in distress and stared blankly at her until she explained that she was about to visit her son and had, in her- haste, given taxlcaA In structions. JAPANESE OPPOSITION PARTY CONTENTED. One can get a good Idea of the effect of tho Disarmament Congress on tho opposition party in Japan from this statement made at the Astor last night by G, EtsuJIro Uyehara of Toklo, who has Just como here from Washington. "As I am a member of the opposi tion party In Japan," lie said. "I did not come hrrc to attend the Con gress, but to observe it. I am not satisfied with what, our .delegate did. i ' .ir.v.i,n v. . . . . , .. 1 11 WCUIlllltfilUll, uui i kiii tfrcity pleased with the general results I NEWS ODDITIES- Four kittens bom In Ncff Orleans wer.e so tightly Joined they resembled a ball of fur with four heads and fourteen legs. A bottle containing data, that hod been drifting six years since cast overboard In Japan, was found near Portland, Oregon, A tame deer that races Pcnsyl vanla Railroad trains in Centre County, Pennsylvania, has been named "Mlml" by the trainmen. It is always accompanied by a huge wfid dog as a protector. For the second tlmo this year cotton Is blooming In the fields of Anderson County, South Carolina. Resurrected "blue lw" makes it Impossible to fine a person more than 67 cents for being drunk in i Pennsylvania, and he can't be sent to Jail for more than 24 hours for it. A slight nose operation, neces sitated by a difficulty In breath ing, has deprived Vice President Coolldge of his famous New England Yankeo twang, which was said to bo good for 10,000 extra votes every time he ran for office. A ROTI8SERIE. Bessie Love knows Just how thoso poor turkeys, grilling in front charcoal blazo. lnx tho window rotlsserlo, must feel. She's beer, there. Not that tho beautiful Besslo wa'i the star of any barbecue In realltj but she was roasted to a turn recent ly during the filming of "The Vcr' mlllon Pencil," R C's latest Hcssn. Hayakawa starring vehicle. For a long, long time Bessie was trussed up and .tied to a polo while fires sputtered all around her and a wicked executioner stood guard with a two-tlned fork. "All I could think of was tin. so poor turkeys, gecso and chickens I have seen roastinc In restauran' windows," niched the star after it whh decided sho was "done" on both side , and needed no further basting. inis is a case of where a mr.vii Etar Is roasted even before the liln is rcicasou. AIN'T THAT NICE? A very devoted admirer of rnH May just couldn't wait until Christ mas to shower upon her the gifts he had purchased. Believing In doing his Xmnn ctvin? . early, the admirer sent a nice grecig Jade pendant and a couple of fui coats that would make even a mini jealous. i Now, don't get all het up. Tho de.J voted admirer was Wallace MacDon- aid, devoted hubby 'of the star. A BAS ONIONS! Doris Eaton Is a cry-baby. And this Isn't a port-sided menL either. Few thought that Doris, wJ was Fouying In the Follies, perfect well of tears. But she Is. Charles J. Brabln, directing White In her latest Fox nlctur covered the eye-gushers ownfl " Dimp Bviufi rrni used In roles whoro tears play anV nortnnt tmrt 1 - . . . ... . nils is gonna foe an awful blow the glycerine manufacturers and the agreement reached on the reduction of naval armament, and I think that my country will eventually get limitation of land armament as well, If these things are done, Japan will be. free from tho political control of the militarists, and wo will then be enabled to mako steady progress in muacrn jiuonuism. "1 hope that the Shantung ques lion win e settled satlsrucwrlly to 'China, for It is my strong conviction that Japan must maintain fast friendship with both tho United States and China. Wo must create ana strengthen more friendly rela tions, for theroby alone can the Pixel lie Ocean remain a peaceful ex panse of water." FARTHEST FROM HOME. The "yew Yorkers for a Day or Two" who are farthest from home to day are' 31 r, and Sirs. O. Prestdn, Who ar at the Pennsylvania. Their home jown, in jasmama, u over cm on Catch & Co.). He: od NOW IT'S A HABIT. . , Shirley Mnsojr Just loves to at- Rip to the more or less widely knov,..,- jr, una jiuubcj una uuunoD wun 1'rcs lucnis. in tact, us getting to bo pi nablt. When she was even a tlnleil gin than she Is now she was take) I to meet President Taft, and a fe-l days ago she paid her respects t resident Harding. How do you do. Shlrlev!" cTpetri me rresiueni. fretty evell. thank vou." nnawprm l Shirley. "How's yourself, and how'sl the Presidentlng business these! aays 7" STATIC. Tsuru Aokl, Sessue Hayakawa's actress wife, is unique. She has al ready made score of New Year's reso lutions. Tho unique part of It come in when It Is announced that she In tends to keep em. uerton pictures, inc., has a b, Idea, It culls out work of unknon writers and produces them. Louis BUlgor is tne first "unknown" chose We know many writers who are ur knowlnger than Bulger. Tno Frlraex Pictures Corporation releasing twenty-six films under tV title "Smiles." And Just when smile are so scarce, too. Mabel Normand and "MollVfO" null ine venirai xneaire screen to-nlglit It Is a distinct loss to Broadway, t". jpnn Aicvtraw, oaseDall's Napole dropped In on the Fox studio recer Just to see how the movies are mt He'll suck to basebauMnowever. Have You Heard This One? By SID GREENE T Li Yie nutomobiltt 1 bftcomloar'fhe mot. am particularly delisted iTttblho 19fi00 mUe$ from Braaduxv, t., WO Scotchmen were arimin about the proper way to ml. u hot whtskoy. "MaoTavish, you're no using onv judgment; it's no the rlcht way laf dee It. Never pour the whusk. falrst; you make your drink weaker when you put the wather In It, But pour your wather In falrst and the whusk y on total and the more- you pour juu'ie sliv; your arm stronger ana strj 7' iT "i1 KlJKM' f' 1 4' '- a . JULIIH- l I - - - . . - - j-- . v.