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A limit t?n y< ars ago two nrtresses *>rc
appearing In the ?:imr company. One was
known to l.islrlnntc fame but slightly, al
though her withdrawal from the social
wo11*1 had ln'i'ii accompanied by cunsldora
l.|> yotorletv The other wm 11 young wo
man Just starting in her profession. anxious
to learn, willing to please and thankful for
the pit-sent that her efforts a.- a dancer
were so cortlliUly received. Th?1 [ilecp was
"Miss llclyett" and the two future stars
whose widely distinct orbits swung to
gether at that point were Mrs. Leslie Car
ter and Marie Cahill. The public did not
then recognise either of them. Til's was
the only country In which Miss llelyctt was
a failure, and there could be but one reason
for the lack of appreciation. Mrs. Carter s
work at that time was crude. Her debut
previously iu "The I'gly I>uckling had
proved entirely discouraging. She had been
-one- time without an engagement. Only
the mysterious sixth sense, which enables
the stage manager to recognise subtle ef
f,, t- could detect the splendid wealth of
temperament which she possessed. Hut
temperament without technique Is worth
less and the public was guilty of no real
Injustice when it turned its back on the
Performance. It is safe to say that nobody
-not even the manager whose fortunes
have been so strangely and brilliantly
linked with hers?suspected that she would
arrive at her present eminence, an enii
r.en e which amounts to positive supremacy
in eel tain phases of emotional acting.
David Belasco's spectacular tuition of her
was regarded as mere charlatanism. Sto
ries tt< re printed to the elTeet that a pait
if hl> system of education consisted in
Iragghig her about the stage during 10
Itcarsals by her splendid auburn hair. There
n as no popular indignation. The story
a as a palpable -fake, a melancholy effort
to ere ite fictitious interest in a hopeless
?literpr se. There is irony in the thought
hat l.ottie Collins who is now almost for
gotten. was once engaged to strengthen the
ttti.it t.oii when Mrs Carter was trying to
star ltut "The Heart of Maiyland" was
,'ollowr.l by "Ziizi" and "JSasa" by "Bu
ttarry." In three strides she progressed
I o)n the humblest to the proudest position
II the dramatic profession. No actress now
? lands more secure in popular admiration
md 11 ileal respect.
;f the public, who lows t.? have its emo
.ons played upon, is grateful to Mrs Car
if the public who lows to laugh is no
. gr 1 letul to M irie Cahill. Her progn ss
as rot b. ? n phenomenally rapid, bi t it has
?1 er sure A friend once made across the
'? otlights was never lost and she l.as won
1 following independently of author and
1 age manager In spite of the fact that
? he has never appeared In a play that was
?tell suited to her personality, she lias
itt.'ined complete recognition as th> Sarah
It. ruhardt of fa 1 e and the Adeliua Patti
>f the coon song.
Mi.-s Cahill has a sense of humor till
, r ow n It was her quickness of pertvp
l.in in this r. g ird which enables her to
leteet in the chorus of "Can't Fool All
le l'eople." the making-of a great hit.
?\eii tliongh the ryg-time Orpheus who
nought it to her attention was commended
? ithi r by purse, position nor complexion,
n.e song i-' one of those atrocities, which
nake "time" rhyme with "mine and
those meter soundsas if It had been model
d after the noise of a ciialn pump. Hut
.nee heard, there is no escaping Its fasei
uttlon That is. if Miss Cahill sings it.
it hen haw tii.-d It in defiance of copy
ist and with scant success.
Mis- Ca hill's liumor was aptly shown
luring an engagement here not many sea
,..!is ago ill a sad and lonely little musical
-omed v which played at the Lafayette
I heater, entitled "Three I-ittle I .tint is.
1. r burlesque of "Becky Sharp*;" with
iayiuoiid Hitchcock was memorably amus
ng. It was a good show, but theater-goers
or s'-mt* reason avoided It. I lowers were
King passed over the footlights, however.
II a profusion which stowed sincere appro
bation on the i>art of at least a few loyal
1 nd constant visitors. Miss 1 aliill got
a lighter and applause, but no bouquets.
?n? night as the company was responding
0 a curtain call on the finale ol the prin
ipal act Mils Calilll remarked. "I'll have
little laugh, anyhow." One youn-' woman
if the company was embowered with
tnieiiean Keaiity roses: another was In
renchitl behind a barricade of orchids, and
unations were as common as cabbage.
II?- Cahill gathered up a vivid green glass
ug tied a pink ribbon around it and d?
nurely advanced to the footlights. She
leltl it as it it were a cherished n*r*!"t^on
,1 the choicest blooou. Both stage iifI^
ludltoriuin wen- convulsed with laughter.
1 It lough the llttlt- satire 011 the bou<|.:et
tabit undoubtedly stung.
?li * f
Chase's Th'-ater continued in its conifort
ibh- monotony of, large and well-pleased
ludlcneo*. At the Lafayette James I.*vk
ite renewed the favorable Impression he
.ad pi \ lously created In "York S'ate
?'oiks. nihil Is considerably hIkiw the
iveragi of popular price Httraetlons. At
he Academy "Happy Hooligan" proved sat
isfactory to luge and hilarious assm
?iag. s while ti e Kniplre pleased many de
otet-s of the melodrama.
IUKNK BK.<TLKY AS A J'llIUiLO
;is't'.- In ne Hetilley, who plays Kitty Cal
,-ert ill "A "oil from Dixie," Is called upon
.1 portriy a southern lassie. She has
11 III 1 strait of the speech She uses, Mild
lib 1 what she says:
"What Is the southern dialect of which
?ne hears so inueh and on which so many
-toil' ud verses 're written? As a mat
er of fact, there are almost as many dla
e 1 as there are sailthern states, and, lu
te. J petipl?* in one section of a state will
1, 1 ?-1111 > ust words anil a method of pro
line lat ut which persons from another
..-eli> 111 of tie- sail!'- state call hardly under
itand The Maryland dialect has Just a
? Igge tioll of the liquid softness of the
.outtu rn m gi ). That which generally
.uses in iliah t stories upon the stage Is
he Tennessee mountaineers' talk. 'You
ins' and 'w ? tins' are pure Tennessee,
hough they are used in Georgia and Ar
Tins la-.ih' Is Maryland and Virginia,
jut "this yar' Is Tennessee.
' KentUi ky lias a number of words pecul
ar to It- people. Brash,' In the sense of jiert
ind bold, is distinctly a Kentucky word.
? lie of tiie oldest words of this state is
Jew larky ' which is equivalent to sweet
ie ut. Some of the tricks of pronunciation
11 Kentuek.v ire very quaint. Kor exam
ale, a roi* is not coiled up; It is 'quilled'
ip. It was in Kentucky, too, that Mr. Joel
'handler Harris found lliat favorite word
tf Brer Babbit, 'segashuate.' etc. "Horw
iocs .to' s.\ mptoms segashuate?' Just what
lie word un ins will probably never lie
mi'.itvn, but It is in common use, for white
people quickly adopt any picturesque ex
pression of negro origin.
"In Texas the dialect takes color from
the Spanish language. The Spanish word
'dulce' Is in common use for candy. I be
lieve the word function, now used generally
to signify a social entertainment, came to
use from Mexico by way of Texas?the
Spanish word 'fucion.'
"It would be difficult for a Texas rancher
and a Tennessee mountaineer to under
stand each other: yet both would come
tinder the classification as southern dialect.
"It was in Georgia that I first heard an
expression that I believe has not been used
by the dialect story writers. Sweetening is
used for sugar in the tea or coffee, but
'long sweetening' puzzled me until I found
it referred to syrup or molasses.
"Any one who has traveled much through
otir country must have noticed the remark
able resemblance between the pitch of the
voices in New Kngland and in some of the
Western States: for example, in Missouri
this is especially noticeable among the
women. The twang which educated Eng
lishmen ridicule in Americans is common
to both localities. The accent in Virginia
and Maryland seems to me the prettiest
form of the American language. I am
sorry that one or two critics think my
Maryland accent unnatural; hut, like Mr.
Joel C. Harris, I was 'rabbit born and bred
in de briar patch, honey.' I could not say
'Hal-te-more.' I have to say 'Balt-mo,' and
so do all down in 'Maryland, my Mary
THE AI'THOR OF "DIXIE."?The an
nouncement that Dan Kmmett, the father
of negro minstrelsy and the composer of
the soul-stirring "Dixie." will appear at
| the Columbia Theater on Monday, October
'.Mi. witii "A Girl from Dixie." is calculated
I to create interest. Dan Kmmett is now
eighty-nine years of age, and it has lieen
! many years since lie announced bis deter
| initiation never to appear In public again.
Since his retirement to a hermit-like seclu
i sion in a little town not five miles from
Fredericktown. Ohio. lie has spent his days
i in tlie home of his boyhood, his chief re
i taxation and pleasure being to recount to
the young people of the neighborhood the
story of his varied career.
lie was born in Morris township, in Ohio,
in 1?ir>. and began his career as a musician
at tiie age of twenty. Coming from a fam
ily of musicians whose fame is traditional
in that section, lie evinced at an early age
a remarkable talent. While still a boy he
traveled with a circus, in the guise of a
stranded musician, and presented a daily
program of songs with banjo accompani
ment the most famous of the old-time
negro melodies forming his repertoire. Hoth
words and music were as a rule of his own
composition. In ls.->!? he composed "Dixie,"
a song that has stirred millions and set
? veil fore gii hearts to beating with the joy
ous exultation of its strains. "Dixie" Is
the only original patriotic melody we pos
sess. "The Star Spangled Banner" is set
to an Knglish drinking song, and the music
of "Hail, Columbia." pompous and inspir
ing. was written out by a German band
master on the occasion of a visit of Wash
ington to a New York theater.
"Some years ago Mr. Kmmett, in discuss
ing the composition of "Dixie," said: "I
wrote "Dixie" like everything else I ever did,
because It had to be (lone. I was playing
at Bryant's theater in lfsV.t. and one Satur
d ty night, as I was leaving, Bryant called
to me. saying, 'We have got to list a new
attraction, Dan. Give us a new walk-around
lor next week, the kind the bands will play
and the boys will whistle in the streets.'
The next day it rained in torrents and I was
obliged to stay indoors; so I set to work on
the song. At first I could do nothing. My
store of thoughts suitable#to the song de
sired set mod exhausted. 1 went to the
window and looked down into the street.
The rain was beating and driving my
thoughts back to the time 1 traveled witli
the circus. When caught in inclement
weather in the north tin- negroes with the
clr. us wore wont to wish they were back
in Dixie Land. Then a sentence, 'I wish
I was in Dixie," kept repeating itself in my
mind. Discouraged, I went back to my
desk and set down the phrase. The rest
came easy. In twenty minutes the words
and music were complete, and that is the
whole story of how 'Dixie' came to bo
" 'Dixie' wai just what Bryan wanted for
the next week. When we arrived in New
York the boys actually were whistling it
on the Street. It made a great hit at once,
and 1 sang it every night. Then the south
took it and claimed it for its own. It made
lighters of undisciplined southern soldiers,
and when played before a battle nerved
them for the struggle. The officers realized
the value of this favorite song, and when
men were disheartened and discouraged the
band would strike up 'Dixie.' The original
manuscript was stolen from me when I was
with Field's minstrels in istw, and it was
my most cherished possession."
in the quaint, plaintive manner that lias
been characteristic of Dan Kmmett during
his secluded days he has been heard to sav,
"ii I chose to travel I could 1m- a great man
> - - -
CX ft I Cell
.... over the I'nited States, but I have had
enough of it. I have come back here to
live and die in my boyhood's home, and 1
will never leave Knox county again."
What argument Messrs. Nixon a Zimmer
man and Sam S. Shubert have been able to
use to alter his decision is !.<?=? i. -
SCKNKKY IN SHAKKSBKARK'S TIME.
^-Some modern students of the stage
rpromise, it appears, to upset a good many
of the old, time-honored theories regard
ing Shakespeare and the way his plays
were presented on the stage during his
time. The appearance here next week of
Viola Allen as Viola in a very pretentious
production of Shakespeare's comedy,
"Twelfth Night," .brings forward the ever
recurring question as to whether the bard
Intended that scenery should be used in
the presentation of his plays, or whether
Indeed he even knew of scenery at all.
While the "movable scene" was not in
troduced till after the restoration, it is
no difficult mutter to establish a fair pre
sumption that Shakespeare not only knew
of scenery, but used it In the presentation
of ills plays.
It Is commonly said that during Shakes
peare's time when a castle was Intended
lo be represented a board conveying the
information "this Is a castle" was hung
against the bare wall of the stage; that
a table and pen converted a stage into a
counting house; two chairs in the place
of a table changed it into an Inn; by a
bed being pushed forward, it became a
sleeping apartment. All of which is now
pronounced to be piffle and an absurd re
tlectlou on the bard's "artistic tempera
This story of a board representing a
castle, a forest or a royal court originated
nobody knows where. The Klizabethian
Society of London has searched high and
low for an authority and has found none.
Hogarth, however, was probably respon
sible for the idea, since in one of his car
toons lie lias placed a board bearing tho
legend: "This Is a castle," agatnst the wall
of :t bare stage.
Kveryone of Shakespeare's plays bear
Indisputable evidence that he not only in
tended, but actually used scenery and
properties. Hardly one of his plays could
be presented without the use of trap
doors, scenery and properties. But one
may ask what is the authority for believ
ing that Shakespeare knew of and used
scenery In the presentation of his prod
ucts. In the tirst place, Inago Jones, the
famous architect and scene painter, was a
contemporary of Shakespeare. Anybody
can discover that fact w ith a biographical
dictionary in front of him. Ben Jonson
complained bitterly of the money paid to
the scene painter, compared to the miser
able pittance of the poet. Shakespeare, of
course, knew all about these matters, and,
being a theatrical manager, about Jones'
scenery. ^ .,.
Shakeapeuie diod in 101G, yet fcir I hillp
m J 1 ? ,-ls ' Apology for Poetry." pub
ln ' "mPliiins of the "imper
xet tions of the scenic arrangements" of his
i me. Then, contrary to general belief,
there was scenery, and ns Shakespeare and
ftlrtney were undoubtedly friends, tlie lat
ter s plea very likely fell not on unwilling
e.tth. Shakespeare undoubtedly desired to
have bis plays as suitably presented as a
il at? a An> "ther hypothesis
But Sidney s "Apology" is not the oiily
?ividence under this head. Dr. ririci, In
his Shakespeare's Dramatic Art," says:
Mcfore the year l.VCi all the accessories of
the theater, the arrangement of the stage
scenery and decorations, occupied a lower
position than the Individual poetical pro
ductions." So, here we have evidence
once more of "stage scenery and decora
tions during the years that Shakespeare
was a manager in London. Flricl says
also: "Altogether during Shakespeare's
career there were thirteen theaters, es
pecially designed and used for scenic rep
resentations. A bare stage with a board
"This is the castle," would hardly be call
ed a "scenic representation." Vv'e learn,
too, that in 11500, "at the culminating point
of Shakespeare's genius," "imitations were
furnished of groves, altars, dragons,
church towers, the city of Rome, a rain
bow, and sun anil moon." Finally I'lrici
says: "The play houses of l?u?, when
Sh! kespeare had sixteen years to live,
there were 'castles, houses, arbours, altars
and tombs, rocks and caves,' represented
on the stage." I>oes this not completely
overthrow the old theory of no scenery
and the "This is a castle" idea painted on
A representation of Hamlet without the
extra stage and open grave is too absurd
to contemplate. Shakespeare was as care
ful in placing his scenes as he was in
indicating the costume to be worn by the
performers. The denouement of the Merry
Wives hinges on the color of Ann I'age's
gown. Indeed, Measure for Measure,
Twelfth Night, the Two Gentlemen of Ve- 1
roiia, t'ymbellne and others depend for
their illusion 011 the character of the vari
ous dresses worn by the hero or the hero
ine. Shakespeare, too, makes of disguises
very many uses. Macbeth appears in a
nightgown, Prospero throws off the en
chanter's robe and the ghost In Hamlet
changes his mystical apparel to produce
different effects. Finally, during Shakes
peare's time Richard the Third was per
formed. in which the actors were attired
in real dresses of the time, procured from
the great collection of historical costumes
in the tower.
Miss Allen, then, has ample authority
for her magnificent production of "Twelfth
Night," and anybody who states that scen
ery and correct costuming were unknown
to Shakespeare must at least expect con
THE ART OF POSING?M. Jean Marcel
talks through his interpreter, being so
wrapi?ed up in the supervision and perfec
tion of his living art display that he can
not afford himself the time learn "English
as she is spoke in America." Monsieur
Marcel has been in Washington this week,
preparatory to hlJ forthcoming engage
ment, and his corps of assistants have oc
cupied the Chase stage whenever there was
no performance in progress. Twenty-five
models picked from the poseurs for the
Parisian ateliers constitute the subjects with
which Mr. Marcel operates, and he is more
concerned about them than about any other
feature of his organization.
"It is difficult, this art of posing." said
M. Marcel, through his interpreter with
a comprehensive wave of his hands, at the
same time elevating his voice to I hi heard
above tin- din from all sides of the cum
|>ered and littered stage. "One must, be at
it for years before he has the command of
muscle and breath. It must he done gen
tly. too. Here in America there is too much
of physical culture, very much too much.
The model puffs out his chest thus," and
M. Marcel threw himself out like a puffer
pigeon and made two or three struts
around, endangering some of his imple
ments scattered about his feet.
"you have good models here, though,"
he continued, "especially among the wo
men. Hut not so many. There is no de
mand. America is young in art. Your
people go abroad to study, they use our
models, but when the time comes the
American model will not l?- wanting. Your
girls are finer than ours for heroic sub
jects. Ours are dainty and petite; yours
are heavier and of nobler outlines. It is
in the pose, the immobility, the apparent
absence of life that my models surpass, and
in ail these they are. in my poor opinion,
almost superhuman. I have one posi-ur who
won the prize at the lieaux Arts. He occu
pied oue position for seven minutes, and a
stethocscope could scarcely detect siijns of
breathing. Moreover, there was not even
tiie fluttering of an eyelash. I have two
others, who. In the private view at the pal
ace of President Loubet, remained in pose
just ten minutes. 1 must guard my models
as one would his riches, for they are my
riches. I cannot change them, because
each one to me represents months and
months of careful training, mental and
New National Theater.
The formal opening of Viola Allen's en
gagement as Viola in Shakespeare's de
lightful comedy, "Twelfth Night," will oc
cur at the National Theater next week.
Miss Allen is a great favorite in Wash
ington. Her weeks at the National Thea
tei since becoming a "star" have marked
a new top-notch record at each appear
ance. Her present engagement promises
to be no exception to the general rule.
Miss Allen should prove a very charming
Viola. It is a role well wlthfn her grasp,
yet far away from the style of character
which she has essayed in years agone.
There was a touch of the poetic drama in
VIOLA Al-LEN IN "TWELFTH NIGHT."
"In the Palace of the King," noticeably in
the second act?tiie balcony scene, and in
this love episode tiie actress was at her
best. But Shakespeare is not unknown to
Miss Allen. When the elder Salvini last
toured America with his son, she was !iis
leading lady, appearing: as Desdemona and
Juliet and other classic roles. Miss Al
len was then in her teens, but she was.
nevertheless, artistic and captivating.
"Twelfth Night" is a play which lifts never
failed of cordial support when artistically
presented. Viola was Adelaide Nellson's
favorite role, and almost every famous ac
tress of the long ago found the play and
part greatly to their liking.
Miss Allen's supporting company is a
most admirable one. John Blair, well
known to Washington, will impersonate
Malvolio. Clarence Handyside will be the
Sir Toby Belch and Frank Currier Sir An
drew Aguecheek. Nora O'Brien lias been
chosen as the Olivia and Zeftle Tilbury the
Maria. Miss Tilbury achieve! a great suc
cess in this role in Mr. Tree's company In
I.ondon three years ago. Scott Craven will
he the duke; James Young, Sabastian; F.
Percival Stevens. Fabian: C. Leslie Allen.
Antonio, and Edwin Howard the clown.
One of the features of the performance
promises to be the incidental music. There
are in "Twelfth Night" several charming
lyrics, and these have all been retained and
capable singers provided for their propor
rendering. Mr. Howard, who will be seen
as the clown, was chosen for that role as
much on account of his ability as an actor
as in consequence of his worth as a vocal
ist. He was the clown with Miss Marlowe's
presentation of "Twelfth Night'' years ago,
when his singing of several lyrics was
warmly commended. He has been studying
vocal culture in l'aris during the past three
years. The incidental music was especially
selected by Robert O. Jenkins, who also
composed several numbers. Augustus Bar
iitt. who composed much of the incidental
music for Mr. Tree's production of "Twelfth
Night." is also the composer of several of
the musical settings of lyrics in Miss Al
len's presentation of the play.
"A Girl From Dixie" makes her appear
ance at the Columbia Theater 011 Monday
evening. While classed among the musical
comedy productions, it is described aa a
comedy drama, with a strong thread of
consecutive dramatic incident. Irene Bent
ley. who plays the title role, is well known
in Washington. The musical numbers have
been contributed by several composers,
imoiiK them being Victor Herbert, Ludwig
Knglander. Baldwin Sloane. George Rose;-,
Max Witt, li'-^lJer^ni''. Will Marion Cook,
[RENE HENT1.KY IX "A GIRL. FltOM DIXIE."
Manuel Klein. Henry Waller, Cole and
lohnson and Moszkowskl. a combination of
alt lit that gives it a decidedly cosmopoli
an atmosphere. The cast is one of excep
tional strength, including Ferdinand Gotts
?ha!k. Albert Hart, Geo re- Schiller, D. L.
Don. Charles Bowers, Charles .Scheffer,
IVilmer B< ntiev. Charles French. Loci Mid
ileton. Adelaide Sharp. Esther Lyons, Belle
Desmond. Lora Gilday and Olga May.
Marcel's living art masterpieces arc an
lounced as the extraordinary feature of the
i^hase bill next week, commencing at the
VIondav matinee. These are reproductions
'in flesh and blood" of the works of the
indent and modern masters of the palette
ind chisel. They have been presented at
3t. Petersburg, Vienna. l'aris. London and
N'ew York and were accorded an ovation by
?riticfl. art students and the public in each
capital. It is claimed for M. Marcel that
he studies have been developed to the de
cree of fine art. not only to the point of
ileasinK Illusion, but in choice of subjects,
n artistic treatment of the nude and com
plete freedom from all coarseness. The
studies are presented In a huge gilded pict
jre frame by twenty-live models from the
1'a.risian ateliers selected for their perfect
ion of physical outline and their proficiency
n the retention of immobility and pose. A
>rilliant play of color floods the pictures.
1 ffording the proper lights and shades. In
cidental music also heightens the impres
sion. and the illusion that these reproduc
tions are genuine canvases and real plas
tic models is only dissolved when the tig
ares spring into life. Sprightly comedy
vill be contributed by the James O. Bar
?ows-John Lancaster Company, a vaudeville
jrganization of headline prominence and al
ways received with unusual favor here,
where both Mr. Barrows and Mr. Lancas
ter have appeared at other times in stock
tiompany and production work. Their
sketch is called "A Chip of the Old Block."
Tom I>ewis and Saqj Ryan will appear in
"The Wireless Telephone." their new skit.
Charles Mlldare, thf, English comedian, is
held out as an exceptional number of the
bill. Josephine SaMl. the arch embodi
ment of vivacity, will contribute her songs
that savor of the continental music halls,
ijcorge C. Davis, t&e "extra dry" mono
logist, will oi>#u his bundle of nonsense.
Johnny Baker and Louie Lynn in a farcical
concoction call?d ' The Electric Boy" have
1 popular act.- Th# American vitagraph,
spectacular and bis?rical pictures in colors
of the principal wPnts in the life of the
Great Napoleoita,;wiW|become a part of the
Chase program Tor The first time this sea
son, continuing indefinitely, with a change
of subjects each week.
Academy of Music.
The attraction-at the Academy next week
will be Sullivanj Harris & Woods' produc
tion of Theodore Kremer's companion play
to "The Fatal Wedding," entitled "For ITer
Children's Sake." The play opens brightly
ind ends happily. There are thrilling cli
maxes and dramatic surprises that keep an
iudience in a constant state of expectancy.
\ large and competent company will enact
the various parts, and the scenic equipment
will be such as suffices to bring out the stii
-ing situations and striking climaxes in
which the piece abounds.
Mme. Lillian Nordica will make her only
ippearanee In Washington this season at
Convention Hail Tuesday evening. No vern
ier 10. With a voice of wonderful beauty,
tuality and range she portrays with fidelity
ind pow:er the roles of Wagnerian music
Iramas and those of the French and Italian
iperas. Mme. Nordica will be assisted by 1
the New York Metropolitan Opera House
Symphony Orchestra, with J? S. Duss as
conductor, who has ach.eved In a short tfme
that which most conductors have striven
years to attain?fume and success. One of
the feature of the concert will be a number
from tiie "Parsifal." which will be produced
in New York this winter by Mr. Conried at
the Metropolitan Opera Honse. Orders for
the reservation of seats may now be filed
at T. Arthur Smilh's. l.'!27 F stree' north
west. The regular sale will beg':n next
Lafayette Opera House.
The manager whose discriminating eye
lights upon talent In tl.ia age and day, and
who feeis the faith sufficient to induce him
to sign a contract for a term of years, get
up a production and properly present a
stellar aspirant, is not only courageous, but
deserving of encouragement. It is the
"youngster" in which the owner of the
racing stables thinks he sees speed. Ob.
Her vat ion of theatrical talent for many
years has given to Charles Orapewin's
manager that ability to "pick a winner."
Mr. Orapewin's unctious humor, along
lines which he has perfected by a long ex
perience in vaudeville, where, as he ex
presses it. "one meets all comers and
knows them more intimately than on the
legitimate stage," is ?11 known. With the
niARI.KY Cn.W'KWIX IX "MR. pii*p."
! assistance of George Totten Smith Mr.
Grapewin has elongated the sketh "Mr.
Pipp," in which he was a high-salaried
"head liner." ami now presents it as a
story in three acts and five scenes. It was
always considered a "big little story" when
Mr. Grapewin used it in vaudeville in the
abbreviated form, and his trial of it in
that shape satisfied him and his manager
as to the possibilities.
Anna Chance has her old role of Mrs.
Sallie Stembler plays the "poor relation"
to the house ot "Pipp." i
Besides these Al. W. Maddox and Fred
Wayne, the erstwhile vaudeville team;
the Reiff Brothers, whose singing and
dancing are a feature. Sixteen society
girls, every one of whom is given an op
portunity to' speak lines, were chosen for
their beauty of faiv and figure.
The rendering of sevtral selections dur
ing the intermission by Mr. John Kurkamp.
the only singing conductor in America
whose upper register reaches high "F"
sharp, is one of the innovations. This or
ganization will oe seen at the T.afayettc
Opera House beginning next Monday, Oc
tober 213, and continuing for the remainder
of the week, with the usual matir.ees
Wednesday and Saturday.
"The Night Before Christmas" will be
the attraction at the Empire next week.
It has visited Washington twice before and
the reason it retains interest and keeps
patronage up to the high water mark lies
in the fact that the management has added
new features each season. The musicaj
and comedy part of the program lias l>een
materially improved and the production is
said to have one of the heaviest scenic I
equipments: of any company traveling. A
strong company, including Jack Drumier,
Fred Auderton, Robert Goodman, .Joseph
Graham. Amanda Harding. Julia Hurley,
the popular Clifton children and others, will
The "Brigadiers" will begin an engage
ment at the Lyceum Theater on October
I'll. The opening piece is entitled "At New
port." "Seeing New York." the closing bur
lesque contains novel scenic effects and
jingling melody. Pat White, the principal
comedian, is introduced here.
"The Silver Slipper."
The lovers of light and cateny melody will
welcome "The Silver Slipper," which is
announced for week after next at the New
National Theater. This musical success
by the authors of "Florodora" is duplicat
ing its record of last season. The com
pany numbers over 125 people, including the
principals, the famous beauty chorus and
auxiliary force. Among the leading sing
ers are the jolly comedian Sam Collins,
pretty Ann Tyrell, who has made a hit as
Wrenne; I-aura Clements, Cyril Scott, the i
matinee hero, and the lively Gordon Sis- j
ters, Carolyn and Frances. "The Cham
pagne Dance," is still winning recognition
as an astonishing and charming terpsicho
Geo. H. Primrose.
At Chase's Theater week after next the
chief interest-arousing features of the po
lite vaudeville hill will be George H. Prim
I rose, formerly of the Primrose & Dock
! stader Minstrels, and who. assisted by his
pupils, Johnny and Willie Foley, will pre
sent his spectacular dancing novelty. An
other attraction will be the European
equestrian novelty .formed by Nirvana
and her trained horse "Loki" in tableaux
vivants taken from pictures by Rosa Bon
heur and Munkacsy and others.
"A Son of Rest."
Nat M. Wills and his company of sixty
people is announced as the next attraction
at the Columbia. He will present to us a
musical comedy entitled "A Son of Rest."
which has scored in New York, Philadelphia
and Brooklyn, and which has already play
ed return engagements in each of the cities
named. The piece is a musical melange full
of catchy melodies, clever specialties, witty
sayings, interesting dialogue and is capped
with situations and climaxes most gro
tesquely startling. Mr. Wills has been a
top liner for several years in vaudeville and
is well known as an entertainer in this city.
"The Sign of the Four."
Walter Edwards, in a dramatization of A.
Conan Doyle's detective story, "The Sign
of the Four," will appear as Sherlock
Holmes, at the X-afayette Opera House,
week beginning November 2. The play is
in four acts, the first in Sherlock Holmes'
lodgings in Baker street; the second, in
Pondicherry Lodge; the third. Smith's
boat house, and the last in the lodge again.
"Too Proud to Beg."
Besides lieing a vehicle for the introduc
tion of sensational scenes, beautiful stage
settings and startling mechanical effects,
"Too Proud to Beg," which will be prfc
sented at the Academy on November 2
contains an interesting story, acted by
a clever company.
"Escaped From Sing Sing."
For the week of November 2 the Empire
Theater announces a revival of the famous
melodrama "Escaped From Sing Sing."
Tliis has been a marked American success
and a strong production of the play is prom
? i ?
Orrln Johnson has failed to make "Hearts
Courageous" a success^ and it w.ll be
shelved tonight In New York.
Ada Rchan and Otis Skinner opened their
season at Atlantic City last Monday night.
I appearing In "The Taming of the Shrew."
Anna Held starts her season in Pli'ladet
phia next Wednesday night with "Mam'
selle Napoleon." fully l.'tt) people 1 icing in
the company. _
The French company imported l>v Charles
Frohman opened at the Vaudeville Theater.
New York, last Wednesday night, and the
engagement was given a successful inau
Ezra Kendall may appear In a play next
season hv Augustus Thomas, dealing with
western politics and Washington life. The
story of tlx- play carries him from promoter
The new. Hudson Theater. New York, was
thrown open to the public for the first
time last Monday night, with Ethel Harry
more in "Cousin Kate" as the attraction.
A notable audience was present.
S. Miller Kent has decided to shelve
"Fighting Bob." substituting the farce.
"Facing the Music." Henry K. Dixey will
continue to appear In this piece in the east,
and Mr. Kent will cover the western terri
Maggie May. who came to this country
from London with the "Three Little Ma ds."
?returned home last Tuesday. She was one
of the three principals, but claimed that the
American managers were too strict and she
Maxine Elliott has been a great success
in New York in "Her Own Way." and an
efTort was made to extend her season there
until the first of the year, but other attrac
tions refused to give way and she must go
on the road In three weeks.
Manager Sam. Shultert sailed from Liver
pool last Tuesday having in charge several
English and French dancers, who will ap
pear in the two new comic operas. "The
Sweet Girl" and "Fantona."which lie will
present in New York next month.
Messrs. Max Pemberton and James Mac
Arthur have together written a new play
entitled, "The Masque of the White Rose,"
of which the English rights have been se
cured by Julia Neilson and Fred Terry. It
is also to be produced in this country by
Louise Gunning, the prim.v donna of the
Frank Daniels company, and Frederick
Pitney, a wealthy New Yorker, were mar
ried In Gotham last Sunday. Miss Gun
ning will probably retire from the stage
after the present engagement of the com
pany in Boston.
Hilda Thomas, who is well known over
the vaudeville circuit, sued the manage
ment of a Brooklyn theater seven years
ago for back salary amounting to
Last Tuesday she was given a favorable
verdict, the amount covering the oilgiual
sum with interest.
Laura Burt, who at one time was a suc
cess in this country at Koster & Bial's.
New York, and later on In "Blue Jeans." Is
now a member of Henry Irving's company,
appearing as "Helen of Swabla" in
"Dante." Miss Burt's husband. Henry 1!.
Sanford, is also with the company.
Two more players have Ik- ii added to the
company that will sup|Hirt Eleanor Kob
son in "Merely Mary Ann." The newcom
ers are Mrs. Grace Thorne Coulter, daugh
ter of the Jate -Charles Thorne. and Laura
Hope Crews, the leading woman last sea
son of the Murray Hill Theater stopk com
London society his Ivea considerably
wrought up over the marriage - of Lord
Stuart to an actress by the name ?>f Miss
Wood, who was an almost unknown mem
ber of a provincial company. Lord Stuart,
who is only twenty years old. is heir pre
sumptl- to an estate valued at about
Kathryn Osterman, the star of "Miss
Petticoats,'' met with an accident at Hart
ford. Conn., last week and her tour had to
be suspended for several weeks until she
recovers. While going through one of the
scenes of the play Miss Osterm- tripped
and fell heavily to the stage hurting her
hip so badly that she can hardly walk.
Morgan D. Wilson, for many years con
nected with the Charles Frohman enter
prises, has signed a contract for a long
. period with Carl Herbert. Mr. Wilson i.- to
manage the interests of the n w musical
comedy, "The Candy Man." The piece is
by Randolph Hartley and will oj>en in
Pittsburg the latter part of next month.
Joseph Wheelock. jr.. who went west two
years ago to overcome a threatened attack
of consumption, made his reappearance on
the stage at New York last Monday night,
having an important role in the new p'ece,
"The Best of Friends." At the time of his
retirement Mr. Wheelock was considered
one of the best juveniles in tlrs country.
Among Charles Frohman's announce
ments recently was one of a new play by
Jerome K. Jerome called "The Russian
Government." Mr. Jerome is now out in a
statement to the effect that his piece is to
be called "The Russian Vagabond." and
that he fears the Russian government
would l>e too terrible a tragedy for the
"The Girl From Kay's" was given its
first presentation in this country at Buf
falo last Monday night under the manage
ment of Charles Frohman and George Ed
wardes, the London manager. Another
substantial success is reported. Sam Ber
nard and Hattie Williams especially doing
well with the leading roles.
"The Duchess of Dantzie." the new comic
opera, was given its first irerformance in
London last Monday night and met with
a favorable reception King Edward was
present. The piece is in three acts and is
founded on "Madame Sans Gene." The
music is by Ivan Caryll and the lyrics by
Henry Hamilton. Hoibrook Blinn made a
success of the role of Napoleon.
Thj retirement of Andrew Mack from the
Irish comedy-drama field having left that
profitable pasture ground wide open, Davis
& Butterfield last Tuesday closed a deal
with Rich & Harris whereby they become
the owners of the "Arrah-Na-Pogue" pro
duction after this week. J. K. Murray will
take Mr. Mack's place in the piece and
Clara Lane will he the leading lady.
It is understood that an effort is being
made to raise a sufficient sum of money to
provide capita! to buy ti e Lyceum in Lon
don and rebuild it as a theater. Sir Henry
Irving has voiced the general regret which
would be felt if this famous house were to
be turned into a music hall, and, consid
ering that it is in the ver> heart of theater
land. and is in the midst of playhouses
which pay very well, it is not easy to see
why its conversion into a variety hill is
necessary. If the capital is raised it is
the intention to offer the management to
Sir Henry Irving, who in that case might
be able to open it on his return to lamdon
at the beginning of ll'tlTi. At any rate. Sir
Henry has 110 present intention of returning
to Drury Lane, as he desires a theater
where he can secure a longer run than
during three of. the summer months.
Mrs. Belle Carpenter Henney will be at
St. Margaret's the coming season.
Mr John Ix-ile Apple has lieen re-mgiged
for his third year as director of musie at
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Mr. Apple
is a tenor of ability and said by the New
York critics to be one of the few singers
who can fill Madison Square Garden. His
choir numbers thirty voices.
Mr. Charles E. Myers has been engaged
as tenor soloist at St. John's Episcopal
Church. Mr. Myers has done church work
in Washington for many years and his
ability is well known. Two soprano solo
ists. Master Castro Darrow and Master Ed
mond Thompkins. and Miss Helen Daly,
alto, and Messrs. Peter and Erichson com
prise the soio portion of this choir. Mr. H.
H. Freeman is director of music of both St.
John's and the Pro Cathedral Church of the
Ascension, where his soloists are Mrs. Her
bert C. Gore, soprano; Mm. H. B. Holli
field, alto; Mr. W. Roland Carter, bass; the
position of tenor soloist remains unfilled.
St. John's has In preparation the Thanks
giving Cantata "Seedtime and Harvest.' b>
John E. West, which will bo rendered w Hi
organ and string accompaniment.
The choir of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
has reorganized with an adult chorus o'
twenty-eight voices under the direction ol
Mr. Kdmund A. Varrln. Mr Varela has
bffn fortunate <11 securing the wrvlcci Of
Mr. Wm. D. Hoover, who If a pntinfactory
aud reliable bass cantalc. The other mem
?>ers of the solo quartet are: MIkm Grace
McCulIoch, soprano; Mrs. KIlxal?eth Stuart,
contralto, and Mr. Geo. Scharf. tenor. The
choir attacks wttli decision in a most effi
cient way in chorun work. Tin* organist Is
Miss H??nrjr A. Robblns. assisted l?> Miss
Anita Cuss, harpist.
St. Luke'? has re-engayd Mr. T. A John
son as organist. The choir has about twen
ty-rtve voices, with Mr. Wm. Carter solo
bass ami Mr. la* Roy Yochtnan. tenor.
Selections from Gaul's oratorio. "Tha
Holy City." are hclng prepared by Mr.
Oscar Franklin Comstock for the >? rvic *
on All Saints' day, November I, at th?i
Church of tHo flood Shepherd, where Mr.
Comstock has the direction of the boy
choir. Some Interesting novelties are also
planned for the Christmas season. Th?
program for 1 is Noveml?er studio recital
will Include two song cycles fop four Voice*
and probably a lteethovcn son.ita.
Miss Mary A. Cryder of this city gave a
very successful concert at Rye. 1*. I., tin
early part of this month, the artists being
Sig. Campanarl. barytone, and Frans Wilc
zek, violinist. The local paper spoke of 11?? -
affair as one of the most brilliant and en
thusiastic entertainments ever given there
and complimented Miss Cryder on her busi
The choir of Kpiphanv Chi pel tinder th ?
direction of Mr. 'i i-ton o. Wilkinv. organ
ist arid choirmaster, will give Harry H ?we
Shelley's "Pilgrims" e arly in January. The
bass and soprano solo parts will probably
be sung by Mr. Harris Franklin of Ht
Paul's Church, Alexandria, and Miss Rose
Hrett. soprano soloist of Kpiphanv Chanel.
The other two soloists have not been d?
elded upon as yet. The "Pilgrims" is one
of the best w ?rks that II trry Howe Shelley
has given to the public and is written in the
composer's best st\I . The choir of Kpiph
any Chapel is in flour <hiug condition and
numbers among its ni? mb. rs several ? spe
cially good voices.
Miss Anna K. M. Ihusch ?.f tills city, a
pianist who some year* ig ? studied in Leip
sic, has returned t?? th' eonser\*utory there
to further perfect herself in her work, and
has been assured by the best professors in
that celebrated fnstftutlon that she \<-\< the
talent ami temperament lo become a iin
is lied artist
Mrs. Wm T. Reed was the soloi.-t it the
Church of the Covenant last Sunday aftei
noon, giving two number--. Mrs Ree-l i.- in
good voice and is looking forward to a very
Th- Relicw On hesif t, under the dit'citiou
of M H. W. Web- r. i- now rehearsing lor
its fi?*st concert this season In addition to
the r-gulat work, w hich i< of a higher stan
dard than herctofi?r? . the orchestra will as
sist .i chori: of under the direction of
Mr. William J. Palmei. in .i concert to l?c
given for benefit of ?h? Methodist Honie for
the Aged. The orchestra will devote, its re
hearsals almost exclusively this season to
more ambitious works rather than lighter
The arrivals in New York on the steamer
La l>?rriar.e from France included Jacques
Thihaud. the French violinist, who i- to
make Ins debut on the evening of the ;toth
at the lirst of the Wetzler symphony con
certs in Carnegie Hall, and has chosen for
his introduction the Satut-Saen and Mozart
Com- rtos. November 7 Thihaud will make
his 1'ioston d? but at the new Jordan i I a 11 in
that city. lb is to play later with tin New
Vork Symphony Oichestra. t li? Philtdel
pliia. Pittsburg. Cincinnati, t'humo and Si
Louis Symphony Orchestras. lie is also
hooked for ten recitals in Trenton. Wash
ington. Troy. l>etroit. I'.ufTalo. Mintn ipolis.
St Paul. Milwaukee. Cb veland arid I;i ? ?? ? k
Maurice Kaufman, the American violinist,
returned from Kurope last week and b? fore
his New York debut is to make a short tour
in the ii-iddle west. Fot his debut in Car
negie Hall he has selected the Ts -haikew.-ki
Com erto, the andante and tinale of the
Mendelssohn Concetto and a romanza by
Tu a recent iutervl w with Kichard
Strauss the composer is reported to liav?
said: "Art springs from being aide to do
things. A musician must be a master of
his craft and one who has inspiration, some
thing to say and knows liow to say it truly
and well. Is an artist. The question is doe.*
a composer succeed in musically represent
ing what he aims ??r. even that which is
ugly? Therein lies aesthetic justification.
Amateurishness is ugly."
The S. Coleridge Taylor Choral Soc iety
has been ehearsing "Hiawatha" for some
weeks, getting ready for a concert in Ral
tlmore for the bene'it ??f the colored Y. M.
C. A of that city. The chorus has been
mm h enlarged and strengthened and the
members exi>ect to ?1?? l?etter even than
they did in Washington, where the> gained
much praise for their very meritorious
rendition of Mr. Taylor's beautiful but
Mr. Stanley f'lmsted is engaged in set
ting some of his own poems to music,
after the style of the Strauss music to
Knoch Arden. Mr. Olmstead spent some
time studying orchestral scores at the !i
brary to train for his work in romposi
Mr. S. Monroe Fabian gave a successful
recital in New York last week. Liszt's
"Krl King" and Chopin's* grand waltz were
the most popular numbers.
Miss H- rmoina Zuders. recently ap
pointed teacher of piano at the National
Cathedral for Girls, is a pupil of Liszt
and is a decided acquisition to musical
Mr. Roland Reginald Roderick has l?eeii
appointed director of music at the laithcr
Memorial Church. Mr. Roderick is a well
known baritone, a hard and enthusiastic
The regular meeting of the Men's Club
of the Church ??f the Good Shepherd was
held Monday evening. Mr. Will H. Chand
lee of The Evening Star staff gave a most
entertaining chalk talk. Mr. Theodore T.
Apple suing three good numbers. Haw ley's
"My Little iiO\e, Hildach's "Within a
Garden Rosery" and Dullard's ever-popu
lar "Stein Song."
A quartet has been organized, consisting
of Mr. Chas. Myers, first tenor; Mr. Thos.
L. Jones, second tenor: Mr. R. R. Roderick,
first bass, and Mr. Dans Holland, ae ond
buss. These singers are well known in
The Choral Society is working on Ros
sini s "Stabat Mater," and is making fine
progress. It is expected that "Hora Novfs
sima" will be taken up in connection with
this during the month of November. There
is still some uncertainty about the date
of the last concert. It has been provision
illy fixed for April HI but Signor Campa
narl. whom the society hopes to engage for
Klijah, cannot sing before the 1st of Ma v.
while the Washington Symphony Orches
tra is probably not available after the 17t)i
of April. The prospect is that the earlier
date will have to be chosen, but definite
mnouncements can Ik- made of this prob
iLIV in another week.
Mr. James O. Traylor of the Smith
sonian Institution, chairman of the chorus
committee, is still receiving applications
from new members. Those who write him
>r attend the rehearsal next Monday even
ing at Carroll Institute Hail and there re
?ant to him will he givftn full information
bout voice examinations. These are heid
y a committee, consisting of Mr. Jos I
Kaspar, the director of the society; in
Vnton Gloetzner, the accompanist. and M;
Miss Katie V. Wilson has arranged a
?veries of recitals to l>e given by her ad
vanced pupils during the season. At the
irst one she will present Miss Etta Noah,
soprano; Mrs. Adelia Knight Taylor, mezzo
soprano, and Miss Rosamond Meacham.
The Cecilia n Ladies' Quartet that made
such a favorable impression at Mis* Wil
son's concert in the spring at the National
l'h. uter. has resumed its work and will give
i recital during the season at the New Wil
iai^, assisted by some well-known instru
ue: t il solist. Its members ar-s Mrs il K.
Frt*nke, first soprano; Mrs Adelia Knight
Taj lor. second soprano; Kiss Lillian Tol
sor, first contralto; Miss Grace De Reimer,
sec nd contralto, with Miss Wilson as di
Mr. William Lavin, the well-known tenor,
who has been singing In Kurupe the past
three years, has arrived in New York and
vill remain in America the entire season.
While abroad he has toured with Mme.
INtti through Kngland. and in London Ins
onear^d many times at St. James' Hall.
\j .c.ntiy be has been, singing with the
Queen's Hall Orchestra, Mr. Henry J.