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OPEXIXG OF LEW FIELDS'S THEATRE— NAT GOODWIN COMES— "THE FIRES OF SAIXT JOHN/ This week will see the opening of the Fields Theatre, on Tuesday night: the appearance of Nat Goodwin nt the Knickerbocker in a new play to-morrow; the first production in Eng lish In this city of Budermann's "Fires of Pt. John" at Daiy'.- to-morrow, with Miss Nance O'Neil as the star; ruid the appearance of Rejane to-morrow night in "Sapho." To many theatrepo»rs the opening of the L«w Fields Theatre viill be the most Interesting feature of the week, because It marks the be ginning of what Is expected to be a permanent amusement In this city, and because It will also cba!leng:e comparison with Mr. Weber's venture. already successfully launched down at the old Music Hall. The new Fields Theatre is in West Forty-second- K t.. close by the American Theatre. It is the latest— and he says will be the last — playhouse ere -tod by Oscar Hammer stein. It will seat about o:;e thousand people. The musical play with which Mr. Fields will beerln his eeparate career Tuesday is called "It Happened in Xordland," and Is by Gien Mac- Doriough. The music Is by Victor Herbert, who stands easily at the hea<] of American compos ers of comic, operetta music, and if the one "ragtime" march which Mr. Herbert recently played at one of h:3 Sunday night concerts Is any sample of the rest of his score, there is going; to be music which wi!'. be wnrth while. Miss Mar!" Cahill. who as a singer of comic lyrics has fetr equals on the stage, will be. with Mr. Field", "featured" on the programme. Miss May Pobson, M!.«s B»spi« Clayton, "BilHe" Nor ton, Harry Davenport, Joseph Herbert. Julius Bt*g»r and Joseph Carroll are other well known Dames which will appear on the bill. The piece fa.as been staged by Julian Mitchell. "JohannlFfeuer." a drama in four acts by Hermann Sudermann, was first presented In English In this country by Miss Nance O'Neil In Boston on January 21. 10f»4 mine seven or eight years aft<=r Its German production. She tised a version made by Charles Swickard, translator of "Taps," cailed "The Fires of St. John," and this same version she will show at Daly's Theatre to-morrow night- It has beer. lesueii in book form by a Boston firm, with a portrait of Mis* O*Kefl that Jp, to put it mildly, Startling. But Miss o' Nell's performance in the drama is S2ld to be startling, too. The play certainly provides the opportunity. The Insenesque keynote of this play is sound ed In a toast propos by the lover of Marie, the heroine, on the night of St. John's feast, while the bonfires of t". German peasantry are burn- Ir.r on the bills outside. Kate has brought it about that this lover. George. is to marry an other girl on the morrow, the fost« r sister of Marie He has learned too late that Marie loves him. In his toast be cries: "Once every year that rpark [of heathenism 1 is fanned Into flame —it flames up hisrh— then it is called 'the Fires of St. John.' Once every year we have free night*. . . . And yonder tongues of flame shooting up to heaven. do you know what they are? They are the spirits o"f our dead and perished wishes: T:iat is the red plumage of our birds of paradise we ir.Jght have petted and mir?ed through our mtire lives, but have es caped us. That Is the old chaos; t c heathen lem within us; and. though we be- hapj y in sunshine and according to law, to-night is Pt. John's night. To its ancient pagan Ores I empty this glass!" And Georpe and Marie are left alone down etairß. to wait for the midnight train, which Marie is to take into town, to pet ready the bridal suite. But they miss the midniirht train and there 1b no other till 4 o'clock. The fires of St. John still burn re^ en the hills outsldo The curtain fails none too soon. This is the third act, the "big" act. The fourth act is devoted to a working out of the problem whether or not George should ran off with Marie or stay and marry the foster sister, according to the tradi tional standards of "honor." Mr. Sudermann causes him to stay and m^rry the sister. The play ends with Marie stuffing her handkerchief into her mouth whil<» (J'-orge and her sister go out to church. Charles Dalton will play George to-morrow, Miss Gertrude Blnley the foster sla ter, and IfcKee Rankin the father, nt course Mise O'Neil plays Marie. The American millionaire abroad Is the them© of N. C. Goodwin's new comedy, which will have its first -York presentation to-morrow •vcntaC at the Knickerbocker Theatre. Mr. Goodwin brings forth a new American author in the p»r on of I. s. Morris. It Is true that Mr. Morris baa written other plays— Prim rose Path," tiled In Chicago, and "Jim Blud soe"—but nor© that have attained the apparent success that co far baa followed "The ' Usurper." CORTNNE. 6« 'A China Doll." at the Majestic NAT QOOTnvT*. At the Knickerbocker to-mo: At the beginning; of the comedy, John Maddox (Mr. Goodwin) has acquired a fortune, and, with his sister, has gone to seek the pretty English girl he met in the days when he was a cowboy on a Dakota ranch. The first scene is at Dul verton Castle, owned by Lord Basil, whose re duced exchequer has forced him to lease the LEW FIELDS. H» opens h!« new theatre on Tuesday with **lt Happened In Nordland." estate. Including himself and his mother, to Maddox. At the rise of the curtain the family is discussing who shall break the news to the niece and cousin, Miss Olive, who is visiting them. Maddox learns on his arrival that the woman he loves is engaged to an old friend of the family, a Sir George Trenery. He also dis covers that Sir George is not just the proper person that he should be. He is mixed up in a scandal involving a pretty servant maid, and also the death of a man killed by the injured girl's father. Trenery and Maddox fight for Miss Olive's regard openly, bitterly. In the mean time the Injured girl's father has escaped from prison, and she, being in the employ of Miss Olive, smuggles him into the ghost tower of Dulverton Castle. It is in this tower that Maddox win* his suit, also his triumph over the Englishman. Sir George had Induced Miss Clive to .ilope with him at midnight, but Maddox, re sourceful, keeps her to a promise- to show him th<* tower, and thither they go. Th<?re they en counter the escaped convict and are themselves locked in the tower over night. The scene is said to be thrilling, yet not melodramatic. The convict tells the story of his daughter's shame am? names her undoer. Then he dies of heart trouble. The imprisoned couple appear at breakfast time, and Sir George receives his walking papers. Maddox's sister and the young • wner of the castle also make a match of it. The cast Is a3 follows: John Mad4oz N. C Goodwin Bull. I^ord Dulwrtem .. Norman Tharp Blr Gr-orge Trenery _ Ellle Norwood Hob QueiHln Felix E<lward*s f->rreanl Dale "W. H. Pom Tlmmona Nell O'Brien Lady Dulverton Ina Goldsmith Beatrice cure Ruth Mackay Polly Ma4dox „ May Sargent UoFlna Brlires - Oeorg« Mrndum Margaret Quanttn Ethel Tieale For the final week of the engagement of Mme. Rejane at the Lyric Theatre a repertory has been arranged which will afford the widest range for the display of the varied talent of the gifted French actress. Five plays will be given in none of which Mme. Rejane has appeared in the course <»f her present visit to this country. Two of those will afford her opportunity to dis play her powers of intense emotional acting; two others will be the brightest and airiest of the modern school of Parisian comedy, whlla the other will be a blend of seriousness and brilliant satire on modern social conditions. On Monday and Tuesday "Sapho" will be the offering, for the first time here in the original Daudet and Belot version. Mme. R£Jane achieved one of the greatest successes of hor career as Daudet's heroine, and her appearanco in the role in this city is certain to awaken as much curiosity and comparison as did her ap pearance as Zaza loat week. On Wednesday evening "La Petite Marquise" by Mellhac and Halevy, will be the principal of fering. It is a sparkling comedy which for more than twenty years has been a favorite feature in the repertory of the foremost comediennes in France, but it is practically new to this coun try. It is light and bright and there Is a con tinuoub piny of wit and b:nilnage throughout Its cleverly constructed plot, and the central role affords Mme. Rejane ample opportunity for her powers of portraying characters that shift swiftly from scenes of sentiment to thoso of buoyant gayety. It will be preceded by the one act play "Incognito," which has already been Been. Thursday evening will be notable for the only performance of "Ma Couslne," the drama of Parisian life In the upper Bohemian set in which Mme. Rejane won such popular and crit ical favor on her former visit to this country. The role of Mile. RWjuette. the reckless but warm hearted actress, who sets to work to save the b&pptneM <>f two households by a daring experiment in gallantry, is one well adapted to the talent* <»f Mine. Rejane. and the rapid ac tion and infectious merriment of the piece as sure an evening of enjoyment. On Friday evening the bill will be "La Douloureune," Donnay's satirical comedy, in four acts, the them* of which may be found in the following words from the first act: "In sentiment, ;ih In chemistry, there is a principle which is always true. It is that nothing is lost, co that when we have committed a fault there comes some time a moment when, under the form of Buffering, ruin, sickness, remorse, or even death, we pay the bill E^nlnst us." The drama Is In part an Indictmer, t of the parvenu aristocracy of wealth. But In the main it Is tin* NEW-YORK DAILY TBIBUNE. SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 27. 1004. study of n woman'i atonement for nn early fault, through later suffering, and he r DnaJ vic tory In her eonteaattati that the man whose errors are as grs>v« as tho wojnaii's has no right to judge and condemn the woman who has erred. On Saturday afternoon and evening Mme. R»"Jane will close her New-York engagement with her appearance in the rote of Marguerite Gautior In "La Dame .iux Oamellas." Compari son will again be awakened with the countless Cemllles who have preceded her in the familiar role, and this final test of her varied gifts will bring to a close her New-York engagement. "Der Hochtourist" has made siKh a success •with the Irving Place audiences that it will I.c the bill every evening and at both matinees thjs week. It is a farce of gravity-shattering vari ety and capitally played. ■William H. Crane, in "Buslnoss Is Business." comes to the Harlem Opera House this week. Playing Isidore Lechat, a character at direct variance with those roles Mr. Crane has played In the past, and surely tho more welcome on that account to all who desire to soe American actors developed broadly and fully. Billy B. Van. in the musical show "The Er rand Boy." seen here already this season at the Fourteenth Street Theatre comes to the West End Theatre to-morrow. Monday night at the American David Higglns gives his three hundred and fiftieth perform ance in "His Last Dollar." There will he sou venirs in honor of the occasion. PLATS THAT REMAIN. BELAPCO— Warfield, in "Tho Music Master." EMPIRE— "The Duke of Killlcrankie." SAVOY— "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch." GARDEN— "The College Widow." MANHATTAN— "Hcdda Gabler." with Mrs. Fiske, John Mason and Goorge Arliss. Last two weeks. GARRICK— Henry Miller, in Henry Arthur Jones's clever comedy, "Joseph Entangled." Last week, AMERICAN— "His Last Dollar" Last week. CRITERION— Loui3 Mann, in "The Second Fiddle." DALY'S— Miss Nance O'Neil. FOURTEENTH STREET— Andrew Mack. LYRlC— Rejane. Last week. HUDSON— "Sunday." with Miss Barrymore and Bruce Mcßae. LYCEUM— Sir Charles Wyndham, in "David Garrick." PRINCESS— Miss Binghain. in "The Climb ers." Last week. MUSICAL PIECES THAT REMAIN. HERALD SQI'ARE— "The School Girl." WALLACK'S— "The Sho-Gun." WEBER MUSIC HALL— Weber & Ziegfeld Company. LIBERTY— "LittIe Johnny Jones." ACADEMY— "The Wizard of Oz." BI.#OU — Tho over green Miss Irwln. NEW AMSTERDAM — The big spectacle, "Humpty Dumpty." MAJESTIC— "A China Doll." CASINO— "The Raroneps FMdlrstlcks." NEW YORK— "Woodland." BROADWAY — Miss Soheff, in "The Two Roses." The usual strong bill of vaudeville entertain ers headed by Mips Delia Fox is the Circle Theatre offering for this week. The managers also announce the engagement of Stuart, "the Male Pattl," as an added feature. Other con tributors are Charles Burke and Miss Grace La Rue, supported by the "lnkey beys," In a comedy sketch; Staley and Birbeck. now In M. DUMENT. Leading man with Rejano nt the Lyric their second week, v.ith their transformation specialty; the Three Yoscarys. acrobats; Pow ell's Marionettes; Pred Niblo, monologist ; Charles Hera, a European Juggler new to this country; the Messenger Boy's Trio, a comedy singing art; Hisst'tt and Scott, and the Whirl of the Worlds, shown by the moving picture machine. TO-nlght Mr. Rosenquest begins a series of Sunday right concerts at the Fourteenth Street Theatre. He has secured Miss Jessie Mlllward, the popular English actress, who will be seen in "The Queen's Messenger*': Miss Annie Ward Tiffany In "The Widow Rooney"; Slater and Williams, colored comedians: Miss Katherine Nugent, Haley and Bond. Miss Kittle Berger, the ziiher soloist; William Tompkins, Noble and Riley, and Miss Charlotte F. Hammerer, a soprano prima donna. At Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre of Varie ties this week a new bill will be given, Including the following acts: Four Mortons, the family of Singers, dancers an.l comedians, their ln-""t ap- P"arance in vaudeville: Marcelies ISass Relief. P^'sentlng classic groups of Hvtatsj statuary; the second and last week of the barytone, Bitmor OermanaJ, from the Grand Opera House. Paris: the first appearance here of McMahon's Water melon Girls and Minstrel Misses In a singing: and dancing novelty; the Three Crane Brothers. Mudtown minstrels: the first appearance here 'f Chnslno, novelty shadowgraphlst, lnclUdlns; pedestrian shadowgraphs; Miss Nora Payes. 'omedienne, last time in vaudeville: Howard brothers, lianjn spinning and juggling while Playing;; Watson and Hill, singers and dancers. and new moving pictures. At the Eden Musee. Powell and tno MaJlltons have become exceedtntrly popular with the wom en and children, pa/ticularly or. Saturdays. For the holidays the Majlltons will Introduce somo pantomimic effects. There are some new mov ing pictures, which Include scenes of interest from foreign countries, and all the latc3t pict ures that have arrived from the scene of the ' T.t'i.t in the Far Bast. "Friends," Edwin Milton Royle's play, will be offered nt the Fifth Avenue Theatre this week by tho permanent stock company headed by Bdwln Arden and Isabelle Eveszon. George Evans heads the bill at Proctor's Twenty-third Street Theatre this week, offering an entirely now monologue of songs and stories. "The Girl with the Auburn Hair" also figures prominently on the programme. This is her Brst appearance En New- York this season. '"An Enemy to tho King" win be revived to morrow, at Proctor's Onc-hundred-and-twenty fifth-st. house Another "vaudeville carnival" will be held at the Pifty-eigfith-8t the.ntre this week. The bill is headed by George Evans. Another attraction Is C. Hassan Vir-n All's Toozoonln Arab acrobats, comprising sixteen men, who. next to the diving elephants, f »rmed the chief attraction of the Indian Durbar at Luna Park last summer. As an imitator Harry Gilfoil has long held a place in vaudeville. As Baron Sands he has done much to entertain and amuse. He has added many new things to his act, nnd it will doubtless so bettor than ever at Keith's this week. Ryan am] Richfield will present their farce, "Mas: Hagerty's Daughter!" Digby Hell is tho monologist, and his "Twenty Minutes at tho Information P.ureau" is Just that much fun. Colo and Johnson ha\ been rot;iine-i for the second week, and will doubtless continue to please with their rendition of their own songs and music. As comedy acrobats the Wilton brothers aro in a class by themselves. They do ■ill the usual tricks, but In such a way as to get ■ laitgh with each. Tho Panzer Trio are contor tionists. A touch of human interest will be. af forded by the Smedley Sk^'r-h. Club in their presentation of "The i.ittio Mother." The bal ance of tho bill will Introduce such perforn-ers as Clifford and P.urk«\ black fa< c comedians; Trask and Gladden, Mnsers and dancers; Adalr and Dahn, wire walkers; .Miss Lillian Le Roy, ilio little pirl with the bifr voice; Powers ar.d Freed, Instrumentalists, and many <'thers. Of course, the moving pictures will also be seen. Tony Partor hr>s secured for this week the fallowing: Ton Brooke. Lambert and Ten Brooke, In a singing act entitled, "Professor WILI.TAM H. CRAKE. m "Buslnoss Is Business "' at the Harlem Opara House this week. Pchmalz's Academy"; the first appearance here oi "The Pajama Hoys," "The Nondescripts." Leando brothers and Feeley, Mclntyre and Rice. in "Brannlgan ami the Leading Lady"; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Buckley, assisted by Vie Leonzo, !. -.\ Busy Manager"; Miss- Dollliie Cole. "The only lady basso" (barring Miss Carus, of i nurse!), and oth<is. Not only the methods of the Conservatoire Nationals of France, bnt the exact doctrines taught i>y Francois Delsarte, are to be ex plained in the course of lectures to be given In the Carnegie Lyceum, beginning on Saturday afternoon, December 3. Alfred Glraudet. who comes to this country to deliver these lectures, was a pupil and disciple of Delsarte for many years, arul is qualified, therefore, to explain the exact truth of the Delsarte system, so called, about which there has been much variety of opinion and conception. If. Oiraudet is a for mer professor of the Conservatoire Natlonale of France, a former member of the companies of MONTGOMERY AND STONE. In "Tbft WUard of Oz." at the Academy of Musla SCENE FROM "DER HOCHTOURIST," AT THE IRVINO PLACB THEATRE. the Grand Opera of Paris, Opora Comlque and Theatre Italian. On Thursday afternoon. December 1. the American Academy of Dramatic \rts wIM give the first matlnre of its twenty-first season. "The St. John's Fir-," a translation by Charlotte and H. C. Porter of Sudermann's "Jobannesfeoer" will be given, precede. l by a one-act play. "Smoke." by John Ernest McCann, This s*>- n-.s to be a fitting setoetton <>f plays, for where there h smoke there shooM be ifre. RIVAL MUSICAL COMEDY. Consideratiom of English and Amer ican Style* in This Art. ne-nrsf Ade. hims.Mf the anthor of the best Amer ican musical comedy since "Kobtn II'»o«l"— "The Sultan of Snln"— ■ refuses, eren while he writes, to take thi? form of entertainment, ;is it at present exists, quite serionsrj In "The Sho-Gun" one of the characters is thrown into u'r<-;it excitement *>>• the arrlvnl of the Yankee in the Corean Isle, bnr Ing '"th«> seven blessings of civiltsatlon." the hoi water bottle, the 10-eent magaxine, the telephoße, and so on. "The hot water bottler' he exclaims In horror. "The 10-cent magaxine! What will bfcome of our Oriental atmosphere now?" It seems a little, strange that the intelligent audiences wh!<-h witness "The Sho-GmV almost never so much as sir.ii» at this remark, which is perhaps as near to real satire as Mr Ade often gets. And it is a sa;!r-- of no musical comedy more than of Mr. Ade's "Sho-Gun. " at that, foi In this piecA every effort has b?rri made to preserve by costumes, p-enery, propertlea an 1 music in illu sion of Oriental "atmosphore." In Arthur Hogh Cloujrh'a "D'.psychus" there !s a couplet wblcn comes to mind whenever such 8 p!r-p is reduced. What Its m«»antri£ is In th» poem quite escapes memory, but the lines remain to Bi the new context. They run: Abcut th« Indlvlitial's not so clear But who ran doubt th» B»n«ral mnwphtr«7 "Atmosphere"— that Is Tihat musical ccmedy pro- DAVID HrC.GINS. In "His I-Jist Dollar," at tha Amerk-ari Theatre, ducers have been Htiivlng for on both sldea of th<« Atlantic; for a lons time. We have hail Chinese, Japanese, and very lately Cingalese "atmosphere." and how many more kinds besides? Hut has oae of these "atmosphftres" betn a'o'e to withstand tho introduction of the hot water bottle and the M cent magazine, t. u.-e these convenient fignrea of speech, which may stand for many things, .such as the topical sons, the reference to New-York's sab way made In Persia, say tn tin year ol our r.0r.l 1068; the one thousand and one absurdttles of musi cal comedy librettos? The fact Is, that th.- effort to create an "atmosphere" in musical couiedj (and the term musical comedy is not used to include operettas, which have a ilic;nlfU\! musical standing. In a class apart) Is nev«.r made quite rtously. can never be made quite seriously. And hence the pri> pensity on the part of the American public to en- Jcy and patronize musical comedies which are little more than a collection of vaudeville ".specialties" may be grounded not entirely la Ignorance, but a little In good hard sense, in the instinct. In fact, which turns sons readers like Dr. Crothers away from modern "realism" to the old fashioned ro mances. 'If we must have Bctlon, let us have the real thing, not realism." they cry. So tho m""?lcal comedy patron may be supposed to say. "1. we must have musical nonstnse, let us save it out and out. not disgi.l-.-.l in false "atmosphere.' " And In obedience to sons sucli s. aentlment as this inualeal comedy In this country has come to be a different thing from musical comedy in Knslan.l. Whether it has cosM t.. h.- a better thing is another matter, but It has COSM to ba different. Thrre have been two Enp'ish pieces of this class shown here, this season, "The School Cs!rl" and "The Clngalee." One Is a sneers*, the ..ti'.er was a failure, and yet, In London "The Clngalee" was the greater success of tbe two, i' was, above all. a play of "atmospheres.* 1 Now. tht u -:h It was not well done here, it would have been doomed to failure in New-York undei the tnosl favorable circumstances. What humor it aa was toe British for us to comprehend, and nobodj In thla country — 3u«tly enoush. too— would pay C to be f"l OB "at mosphere" alone. Even the lovesick d. n't thrive on air bo well as popularly sapposi d Tb • School Girl," alsr>, has "atmosphere." though of s dif ferent sort, the "atoMiephere" ol "Three Uttlo Maids." which Is tho prevateal "atmosphere" of prest-nt <lav Knsllsh musical comedies, and con sists of an nir of quiet suppression, of fr.'nt parlor sentimentality, highly i>roi>. of a sense of se curliy that the chorus girls will never expose their carters. to v*tw or the tromboaea blare too loudly, This "ats*ospb»r«*' the Enslis.h stage managers work weeks on wean weeks to attain, and when they put American girls into tho choruses have to do It all over again, and this "atmosphere" haa besei highly mtoUsd and made the basis ol odIOUS com parisons. The Tribune has been frie Si various times to hoM It UP to the attention of American •tago nmnagers. for it is restful, refreshing, and Imparts that sense of ease which style always g'ves to any performance In any sphere of art. But II Is not the whole of the Law and the Ooap«i». «J»il it is not what makes "Th» School Qlr!" a ■noses* !r. this country, r.r>r what made "Thr'?* IJttl* Maids" n .*».q. though It may help wim th«> ■Mre tasteful portion of the public. Whit r>.ily makes ■'Tin School Girl" a suocess Is the pit him in the cist of Edna May. but im more than Miss Slay, oi three vry droll cnroedlaM, The beta ofiVe thrives on Urn I:'. arris the jlni awakes, ami f.,r those laughs the comedians ar* responsible. Tho same was true of 'Thre* U-.tlo I; : ' " Mr. Buntley was the true mnm of Its success here. It thrtvea beeassa it meets better than most of Ute home-made article the m and "f the Ann ruiTi p\jhh* thai first and foremo3t a come ;;. .-! an be comic. Now, Aaaerl aa musical eaaMdiea . ■■«• for son>« time. In their efforts to be -.••nil.-, more or less abandoned the effort to be ••atmospheric." With the exception of "The She-Ova." hardly one of them cornea to mind which attssag/arid t<> sustain an atmosphere, either oi locality or of style. Non« nt them exemplify the constant route suppression which mikes the "atmosphere" of "The School t.'irt."' And few of them hay ) •■■ ;\ such a success frotn ••• •• ;• ml el vans as th.it niece. Hsaea th» . don is frequently deduced, though quite U logicaUy. '!■•.. "atmosphere" Is what tbe native musical cwinedy needs to brace it. Donbtiess a more polished and quiet style of • and playing aroaH benefit I*, bat it t>y no r: ■■ . •..- '• .. rwa thai it is the cure. It >s not tbe cure In ". ' The cure li«*s other where, and Sir. A:> . unconsciously, psfsjssjal has pointed it cut. assisted ty Mr. ISj»'l laudable ambition to put nia name or.!y t<> American mad» goods. "The Sultan of Sola" sws th© sign. Her* v.as a musical comedy, eonventtaiad on the sur :'.>••. that y t came close borne to a'l Americans. touched their laughter by uuueuvantlaaal and sponts ■ ■ :■• ■ - "li's and speeches that had some real attaehmcai to the Ufa w* all know and are srrapr<.d up in. "Peggy tnm Part»." startins out on- of the best works Mr A<le bsn y«t put forward, (ailed because it lapsed into tIM tttterly • ■■•!:•.!. :nsi its hold an America] life. "The Sno-Gun," f:r illy, tx spite of its Japanese "atmo»- i ■:.• ■ aid Ita pretty. tinUj mnsle, in worth wbii* and popular chiefly because of the am'i.«!ng Cgrur« eul by Ute Tankee ~pwßßO*et" m the Cevaan court. It makes some appeal to httaltiajencev Now, th« Kn»: i-h •. •• ■■■ t -lei li br- phliptTtd. softly, '^st som« one ;. — make no appeal t.-> rh« intelli- Kanec While rit.-r.ros no <!ouht ■.uliar to the Brtt !i»:i public make ">!">■ ass" speeches In all oi them. while tn the Krifilinli rodnctton of "The Gtr! from Rajr'iC' poasiblj tbera anu a toneb of real satlrt li the part Sam" Bernard pi -.y>. i here, nevertbe toss they are. in spito "f their iJe,«plvinf "atmos ph< re." ai the least ajotta •■ tiOf. vacuous and fasDoasibl* aa the cUI M nytUea] island" libretto* of the eidei day mi-sical comedlaa that were once common to both shies ol Ute AUaatle. The beok of "The School Hirl." In fact, to the light of cold reason, is quite tb« most racuooa ef them all. Atner ican musical comedy will irnin nothhia by follow mg them, at at besi win s-'- ; " nothtesj but jnM>oth nesj of presentation, li will fain truly only by departing alike from this Ecgusfc school of sinsi (•;!••:..; sentimentality and Biorificd siiop girls and from i:^ present blind adherence to the equally silly tradftlonal Dbretto »tyl of opera bouffe, to take mtellteent hoVd on American life. Perhaps sosne Americans pa&onize mmncal comedy that Is mere vaudeville becacsa thej car. bmajh at that without being a: bsuned. Amei cai bi al comedy ptayeTa, too. in splta of this i»'!nt oi ■sf, i. ■ haTe araeb the beCtas of it orei tbe English. Ifour h^r.^ilsh singes has to hav his properties f-» rrtrj song. Fbere tnuu be a carload < I properties : ■■' "'•■■ Bcheol (Ilrl" in the songs .it"!'..'. Bat U :•• CahiTJ can fold her hands, stand perfe lly still and cuavtfas a hou.se with a son^. So i M mplefon, M can Frank Moulai so can Raymond Hitchcock and Jlarl- Dressier and a dozen more. The writer of Ameri can mus tl coi eiUea need ao< be handicapped by th. tnventton ol i rties; be van trive ali hts time l« his tyra . hfa play. He -. •: be v.-4 cle\>r :•« Gilbert • ■■; '■ sure si an adMMpaasa lnter preter of hi~ words, if i:«»t. alas! ■t an a>lequat# cosßposec tor bia mnsic. GBbert, the sreattst of mcsfcal coxnedj writers, eoafvvlaed Enslaad wit!! "Patience," ■ satire al the anthetse lit. Gilbert. 1:: .1!! his librettos bowevet outlaadWl th<*lr ret tin£s kepi bis hold on Bfo. Thai if why b« was lasting!) comic. ShKC hts t;m>- the •mtlanctish settinshas been supposed bar his IbDusui to hay» been Gilbert, the nonsense the real sfr.=c. it takes a gealua to make nonaense <ane nn.i en-fnyable: Lnria Can entered the m«>st tlifflcuit . -,j of poetry and remafaa ahnosi atone with 1 illhert as its mast.-r. It is •: ■•• .-.■-»! s.-nse of Gilbert that Armrt libn»ttisrtg should ay hold of. as Oeors* Ada >1!>! ir. "The S<otan of Sulu," and. to a le>»«r flcane. in "Tl;- Gun." Then their libretto* will have soon r il ■ 1 urn on intellisrent atten tlon and mspire real mirth. And it will not ft* the men who create librettos with an antinue Jr*» book ar.il a w.-il sMrk-i library Of FreucJ farces who will then write our musical comedies, Imt the men who write with th^ir "eye on the picture." the tirst hand ob*ervfr-» of lifi. and whosa humor 1* apontaneou* and their own, D : WOLF HOPPER. As "Wane." at the Grand Opera llou«- this w#»V 3