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ONE beauty about the Rogers
Brothers is that they are per fectly harmless. If they do not cure tjie blues (and it must be a severe case that fails to yield), they at any rate cause no disagreeable symptoms. Their plots present no prob lem pruriencies, and the adornments of their choristers, in these tolerant days, may be absolved from the hint of scandal Two unpretentious German comedians, they have plodded along from season to season, filling a rather humble place on the legitimate stage, but tilling it faith fully and acceptably. They have met the reward that usually awaits industry, and are received as good, reliable entertainers, who, having accepted your ticket at the door, will do their best to give you your money's worth of laughter, even if they have to risk spraining an ankle or loosen ing a larynx. * In a way, the Rogers Brothers may be regarded as noble reminders of our boy hood maxims to the effect that pluck will win. and hard work will tell in the end. Their careers have been marked by inde fatigable courage: for It is nothing short of courage that enables a comedian to recite some of the speeches set down for him on a cold, unsympathetic first night, when no power on earth can foretell whether the audience will laugh or not. The Rogers Brothers take all sorts of < hances in this respect, and come out of the ordeal with a remarkably large amount of material that musical comedy patrons find satisfactory. They are good boys, those Rogers Brothers, bound to get on because they attend to business. Had fate directed their energies into different channels they would probably have been equally successful. Energy and enter prise would have made them notable fig ures, though in a more limited sphere of greatness.had they, instead of deciding on careers of histrionic art. started in life as Wienerwurst merchants or pretzel mold ers. * Merry and irresponsible as the mood of the Rogers Brothers seems, they have not depended for inspiration entirely on the superficial suggestion of the ephem eral present. Far be it from them to do anything like that. They have gone in strong for tradition, even though they affect no Shakespearean revivals and all star casts. Farce has Its traditions as well as tragedy. "The Rogers Brothers in Panama" teems with recollections. When Richard Brinsley Sheridan wrote "The Rivals" he may have flattered him self that he got all the fun out of a terrified duelist that ths subject could be made to yield. But he was mistaken. It remained for the Rogers Brothers to put the conclusive modern touch to the scene. H. Rider Haggard once wrote a novel about a man who, in the absence of cus tomary* chirographic conveniences, had the savages among whom he was thrown tattoo his last will and testament on his back. It was one of Hagjrard's least knowr. works, and the comic possibilities of the idea might have lain dormant through the centuries had not the Rogers Brothers discovered them. It also re mained for tl|e Rogers Brothers to show ho# "Carmen"' might have been made a thing of :i\ting glee. Instead of the gloomy crcatioh it seems as occasionally revealed to us lp- a? itinerant and home sic* opera company And the dancing heifer-the one it, which Henry E. Dixie js^aid to have' impersonated the hind 'Evangeline"?it might have been had not the ? Rogers Brothers its ger/der and introduced It as in the /arena. should be no tone of censure , ln t!'?se remarks. The collector hrfr P'aceJ in art as well as the cre ?raiSC " dU? the Rogers Brothers for their succesj in making their powers of hum^-Wiineation even more a ^topl( j^fame than their zeal as archae ologists. Jt was difficult f'give an absolutely can rytew or*The Rejuvenation of Aunt **ry on the occasion of its first presen tation in Washington last Monday night ? To have discussed it In the ordinary vein, stalling attention to the glaring deficiencies Wthe supporting cast, would inevitably S|*ecrea|?d the impression that it Was * HPb'? affair Yet the.fou* aimless , Wh? galned toleration during ..>e part ?' the Performance by the false hope that they would turn out to be a quartet could not spoil the enter tainment. It was a terrible affair only when these players Vere permitted to dominate the scene and arouse the impres sion that an amateur night was in prog ress. The piece was so constructed, or It might be said, so devoid of construction that it resolves itself into a single char acter study. Aunt Mary as portrayed by May Robson is a personality, a mem ory and an influence. Now homely of nature as a sunflower, she is again as subtle and sweet and fondly reminiscent as the perfume of lavender. Miss Rob son s characterization is composite. In addition to her own predominating indi viduality there Is something of the dainti ness of Yvette Guilbert contrasted with traces of Neal Burgess as the Widow Be dott, and a hint, fortunately faint of the Russell Brothers. But for the rest of the company, with the sole and praiseworthy exception of the angular maid-servant get the hook! * The Llpzin Yiddish players afforded pleasure to the somewhat limited patron age whose knowledge of either Yiddish or German is sufficient td permit a clear com prehension of their work. A full appre-j elation of productions of this kind requires ! that they have for the auditor th? charm of the mother tongue. Occasionally these performances develop a giant of histri onic art. such as Jacob Adler. In the main they are exclusivaly to be enjoyed by. their own especial public. * Here is news from New Orleans. A movement is under way to bar tights from the stage. There Is protest, of course. The necessity, for instance, or playing Romeo in trousers Is presented as one of the absurdities threatened. Washington has probably no idea of taking up ques tions of public reform in any such radical fashion, but will continue to content itself with pasting date-sheets over any undue display of hosiery on the billboards. Yet there Is no telling.. Our public men are waking up to the theater. Senator La follette is quoted by W. A. Brady as hav ing said that "The Man of the Hour should be witnessed by every ffoman who feels pride In having her husband, brother or sweetheart do his whole duty. And It In stated, too, that Speaker Canjion, after ?eelng "Polly of the Circus," feelingly ob served that It took him back to his boy hood days. However, there Is nothing in these remarks to Indicate more than an appreciative interest. There Is no threat of censorious restriction that will change Washington's reputation of being, so far as theatrical entertainment is concerned, one of the most liberal and forbearing towns on the mao. ? 'PHILANDER JOHNSON. A MANAGER'S TRICK.?Charles Dil lingham has been making extraordinary arrangements during Fritzi Scheft's Pacific coast tour for the comfort of his star. Mme. Scheff has had her private car. the Columbia, as a traveling home during her remarkable tour of more than 7.C00 miles in ten weeks. On three occasions her pri vate car has been moved eight or ten miles out of the city in which she was appearing in "Mile. Modiste" each night after the performance by a sp cially en gaged switch engine into a quiet spot by the countryside, being brought back the next day so that a'l possibility of noise was avoided. It was found utterly im possible in San Francisco to get a quiet parking place anywhere near the city for the car and a special railroad transfer boat was chartered theVe. which for three ! nlgjits took the car out into the middle of San Francisco bay. remaining at | anchorage there. Later Mme. Schcff moved, into a hotel. LOUIS MANN'S AMBITION. ? Louis Mann is bidding farewell ^o farce and" vaudeville and will (soon be presented by William A. Brady in a new play that will test his powers of expressing deep emotion as well as his comic aptitude. Three years ago he said to a San Jfran?isco inter viewer: "I like things that are serious?tha big things that matter. I went over to Ber keley and saw the great Greek theater in ? ventional theme, that th^ way to win a woman Is to whip her, if she needs whip ping, is set forth in three delicious, acts, full of romantic coHjedy, the language being almost classical in its purity. Mr. Fagan is regarded by Miss Marlowe as one of the most pr^nising young English dramatists' of the present dar, and she believes that "Gloria" >viU be the medium by which he will attain international reputation. WEEK OP GRAND OPERA.?Henry Russell announces a week of grand opera to be given by the San Carlo Grand Opera Company at the jielasco Theater, com mencing Monday night, January 1".. Une of the important features of this grand opera week will be the popular prices. The company has three conductors, live ; principal sopranos, three principal mezzo sopranos, five principal tenors, five prin cipal baritones and three principal bassos. There is a cnorus of fifty-five singers carefully selected from the leadijig Eu ropean opera houses, tha orchestra con tains sixty-two musicians and a ballet of sixteen splendid dancers has been en- j gaged by Mr. Russell. The oan Carlo j Grand Opera Company has a working crew of thirty-six people and a business i staff of eleven, making a total of 204 peo- ! pie. It has a repertoire of sixteen operas. Among the artists are Mme. Lillian .Nor- j dica and Miss Alice Nitelsen. Mme. Jane ! Xoria, dramatic soprano of the Grand j Opera of Paris; Mile. Tina de Sana, an j Italian lyric soprano, who created the j part of Santuzza in Mascagni's "Cavul- j iera;" Mile.'Rosa Olitzka, the Polish mezzo soprano, formerly wjth the Metropoli tan; Mme. Maria Claessens; contralto: Senor Florencio Constantino, a Spanish tenor; Carlo Dani, lyric tenor; dAtlbigns, dramatic tenor; Giuseppi Oppezzo, dra matic tenor of Bologna; Victor Maurel, will be given,in French, with Mmes. Neil sen, Bramonia, Marchi. MM. .-aurel, Oani and Blanchart; Friday night, Wagner's "Lohengrin" will be ^ jng in German, with Mmes Noria, Claessens, Olitzka and MM. d'Aubigne, Rossi, de Segurola; Saturday matinee two operas will be given, Mas i cagni's "Cavalleria" and Leoncavallo's "I Pagllacci; oaturday night "Carmen" will be given. Mrs. Katie Wilson-Greene is the local manager for this season of opera. THE MELODIOUS MR. REUBENS. Paul Reubens, composer of "Miss Hook of Holland," which will have its American premier at the Columbia Theater tomorrow evening, is English and was born in 1876. He was graduated from Oxford University and began to read for the bar. but decided to devote himself to writing and compos ing for the stage. He soon became known in the British capital as a composer of unusual creative powers. In 1899 he con tributed some excellent songs to "Floro dora." including "Tact" and "I've an Ink ling:" he. wrote "Young Mr. Yard" for George and Wheedon Gtfossmith in 1900. and in the same year he wrote many of the lyrics and composed all tha music for "Great Caesar." Mr. Reubens made his first big impression in theatardom, how ever, in 1902. when he wrote t>he lyrics and composed the music for the "Three Little Maids.'' Other works by Mr. Reu-. bens wore "Lady Madcap." produced in 1904 and "Mr. Popple of Ippleton" in 1905. In the latter year also he contributed songs to "The Girl from Kay's" whicli made such a success in this country that it resulted in making a Fiohman star of Miss Hattie Williams. ACTRESS A NATURE LOVER.? Mary Mantvering loves the open air, her diversions being golf, driving and auto mobiling. She does a prodlgirfUs amount of walking all the year round. Her love of nature is almost primitive in its in tensity. Asked once what was her great est ambition, she said it was "to lead such a normal life that I can get up every morning to see the sun rise." Often she will dismiss her carriage and brave all wind and weather on foot. For a time vines and overgrown with a network or vines and forest trues that have never known the woodman's ax. Thither she goes Immediately after her professional work ends for the season, which is usu ally toward the end of May. and there she remains until the end of September. Dur ing the months she spends there she vir tually lives out of doors, and returns to her work in the autumn physically and intellectually refreshed for the long sja son of traveling and acting. FAVERSHAM'S ROLES.?William Fa versham, now starring in "The Squaw Man," Edwin Milton Royle's; famous western flrama, has not always been Iden tified with roles similar to tfiat of Jim I Carston, the Wyoming cow-puncher. Mr., Faversham's stage career has been one of many parts, varying from the gentle, ro mantic Romeo to the burly Ned Anners ley In "Sowing the Wind." His most prominent roles have been: Lord Algerton Chetland, in "Lord and Lady Algy;" Lieut. John Hinds, in "Brother Officers;'* Don Caesar de BaZan, in "The Royal Rival;" Romeo, in "Romeo and Juliet;" Gil de Bearault. in "Under the R?d Robe;" Eric von Roderick, in "The Conquerors;" Sir Brice Skene, in "The Masqueraders:" Richard Brinsley Sheridan, in "Sheridan;" Jack Frere. in "Imprudence;" Marcel, in "Botfi-mia;" Ned Annersley. in "Sowing the Wind;" Hubert, in "John A'Dreams;" Prince Emil von Holdenwaldt. in "Aristocracy;" Ne vill Letchmere. in "Letty;" Jim Carston, in "The Squaw Man." There is one role of which Mr. _Faver sham seldom speaks. It is that o"f Osric in "Hamlet," for which the actor re ceived as a weekly salary the sum of $10. There have been many changes in the actor's career since those days. He is now one of'the wealthiest actors on the Amer ican stage. <* Coming Attractions* Columbia. Charles Frohman gives a musical pro duction its American premiere tomorrow evening at the Columbia Theater. Mr. ferior position. Betsy leaves the Spring? ignorant of Jeromes Identity and deeply offended with him because of his refusal to accompany -her party to Baltimore, where great preparations aie being made for the reception of Capt. Bonaparte. 1' is here, at an ^elaborate fete given in his honor, that Betsy first discovers that her tutor and the much-talked-of brother of Napoleon are one. The rest of the play dea s with the efforts of Napoleon's agents to prevent their marriage, their fruitless voyage to France, where Na poleon refused to allow Betsy to land, and the ffcal happy triumph of the young loversS The New National. The success of William Faversham In "The Squaw Man" at the National Thea ter during his last season's engagement Is not forgotten and he returns in this play tomorrow night. The play Is said to be one of the best of those dealing with life in the great west. The j>lot deals with the adventures of a young English officer, who, for a sentimental reason, saddles himself with a. crime committed by his cousin and makes his way to Wyoming, where he takes up cattle ranching. There, in gratitude for saving his life, he marries the daughter of an Indian chief, and at once finds himself occupying tiie cellar in the western social scale, for he has be come a "squaw man." The story details how his cousin dies and how the family la.wyer comes to him and begs him to re turn at once tcr England and assume the title and position thrft are his by right of the mental struggle he undergoes, and how at last he refuses to desert his In dian wife. It tells further of how he de cides to send his six-vear-old son home to be trained for the high, position he is to dccupy and how the Indian mother, heart broken at the loss of her child, makes her way into the desert and shoots herself in grief at the coming parting. The play is said to be superbly mounted and excel lently cast: Margaret Bourne has the part of Diana and Virginia Kline is Natu ritch. Others in the company are Maud Hosford, Catherine Robertson, Wedgwood Nowell. Charles ft ill Mailes, George W. Deyo, Frank A. Lyon, Thomas Thorne, Emmett Shackelford, Berton Churchill. Albert Cowles, William Frederick and Leoine Flugrath. Chase's. Chase's this week will offer Flo Irwin and company. Carletta, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Crane. Alf Grant and EtheV Hoag, the Three Leightons, Apdale's ani mals. Hal Merritt and motion pictures of I 1 the university grounds, and after that my part in the Weber and Fields frivolitijs ! didn't seem to be the grandest and most uplifting thing in the world." Louis Manp has had a wide and varied experience since he began with Booth and Barrett. He has struck the emotional note in "The Red Kloof" and "The Second Violin," but has not yet had the oppor tunity that it is hoped the new Brady production will afford him. He has prob ably finished with the Dutch innkeepers and telephone inspectors and French chocolate manufacturers who compelled thousands to merriment from coast to coast. . PERILS OF PLAYMAKING?David Be lasco was being congratulated on the suc cess of "A Grand Army Man." "Writing piays is risky business," said Mr. Belasco. "Past triumphs don't count. He who has written twenty superb pieces is just as' likely to be damned on his twenty-first piece a* any tyro. "There was once a playwright who sat in the front row at the first night of a new piece of his own. i The piece failed. It failed dreadfully. "As the playwright s?t, pale and sad, amid the hisses, a woman behind him leaned forward and said " 'Excuse me, sir; but knowing you to be the author of this play, I took the lib erty, at the beginning of the performance, of snipping off a lock fof your hail'. Al low me now to return it to you.' " JULIA MARLOWE" IN "GLORIA.'? Miss Julia Marlowe will make her reap pearance as an individual star at the head of her own company In Philadelphia Christmas night, when she will be seen for the first time in her new comedy, "Gloria," by James Bernard Fagan. a brilliant young Irishman whom Miss Marlowe "discovered" while she was play ing in London last spring. Miss Marlowe will appear in Washington at the Belasco Theater, beginning January 6. In the same play. , "Gloria" is a comedy of Italy during the latter part of the sixteenth century. Miss Marlowe appears as Gloria Capponi, a warm-hearted, impetuous girl, head strong, self-willed, irresistible. Having had her own gracious way in all tMngs during life, she thinks she can have'her own way when love crosses her path. Love comes in three ways, In the per sons of a captain of the guard, a young poet and a blundering Englishman, but Madonna Gloria will have none of them, and sends each about his business with a Joke and a jest. The Englishman, espe cially, falls a victim to her pranks, but after sending him on many a fool's er rand his righteous indignation overcomes his scruples and he resolves to teach her a lesson. The imperious Gloria is most ingloriously whipped, and the man whose strong arm subdues her wins her love. This somewhat dating and most uncon I _ baritone; Ramon Blanchart, baritone; Rodolfo Fornari. baritone; Adamo Gale prin, Italian baritone, discovered by Mr. Russell; Andrea de Segurola, bass; Giulio Rossi, bass of La Seala, Milan; Lingo Tavecchia, basso, and Mile. Guglielmina Marchi, mezzo soprano. The operas which will be presented at the Belasco are the following: Monday night. January 13, Ponchielli s "La Gio oonda," with Mines. Nordiea, Marchi, Claessens and MM. Constantino, Blan chart. de Segurola; Tuesday night, Verdi's "Rigoletto," Mmes. *Nielsen, Claessens. Marchi, Bramonia and MM. Dani, Maurel and Rossi": Wednesday afternoon, Verdi's "II Trovatore," with Mmes. Noria, i Claessens, MM. Constantino, Blanchart, I Rossi; In the evening, Gounod's "Faust" Miss Mannering had a house of her own in New York, but this she has now given up. Her only home is her country place in the western part of the Catsktll moun tains. This she calls "Highmount," and from the windows of the house there is a glorious view of the dozen mountain peaks. The house is a large one of co lonial architecture, part of which is brick tjerrace. Her estate consists of 400 acres, and only the -smaller part of it is laid out in lawns, gardens and driveways. That por tion of her possession which he has al lowed to remain wholly "unimproved" ig by far the greater part of the large lands. Still In its original wildness, it is crossed by mountain streams, cleft by deep ra Frohman will present here, for the first time In this country, for six nights and two matinees (Christinas and Saturday) the Dutch musical play "Miss Hook of Holland." which is now in its second year at the Prince of Wal ?s Theater in London. The music is by Paul Rubens, the composer of "The Three Li:tle Maids." All reports concerning "Miss Hook of Holland" are to the effect that it is a beautiful, tuneful work, with the atmos phere of the quaint Dutch community in which its scenes are laid and offering much wholesome fun. There will be at tractive Dutch costumes and an abun dance of pretty girls "from the banks of the Zuyder Zee." The characters are quaint and interesting, and Herr Hock, the distiller, one of the ctyief figures, the father of the young lady' who gives the title to the play, is a charmingly simple and refreshingly humorous old chap whose interference with Miss Hook's love affairs causes comedy twists-of the play. There are many catchy songs in "Miss Hook of Holland." The production will be offered at the Criterion Theater. New York next week, the play going direct from the Co lumbia. Mr. Frohman has engaged a company of more than seventy people, singers, comedians, dancers and general entertainers, who will appear in this musical show. The principal members of the organization are: Christie MacDonald, A. Leech, Georgia Caine. Hallen Mostyn, John McCloskey. Bertram Wallls, OJlen White, William Wood. Tom Collins, Rich ard Lee. Florence Nash. Catherine Cooper and Marlon Little. Mr. Frohman will come to Washington for Monday eve ing's opening. The performance is so long that the curtain rises promptly at 8 o'clock. Belasco. Mary Mannering will appear at the Be lasco tomorrow night in her American play, "Glorious Betsy," by Dida Johnson Young, author of "Brown of Harvard." In "Glorious Betsy" the author deals only with those days when Betsy was the toast of every gathering of note from Baltimore to Ntew Orleans. It takes us back to the old Sweet Springs of Vir ginia when it was a resort for the best In wealth and cQlture and beauty of which America could boast. It Is at the -Springs that Betsy first meets Capt. Bonaparte, wlvo has traveled to this out-of-the-way place incognito and becomes infatuated with Betsy Pat terson. and manages to have himself em ployed during her stay to give her les sons in French. Betsy, becomes intensely interested in her tutor, but her pride and ambition tight agaln?t acknowledging I that she could love a man In such an in "Tha Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." George Ade wrote "Mrs. Peekham's Carous?" in which Flo Irwin and her sup port will appear. Carletta is a foreign at traction. Mr. and Mrs. Crane will offer "Am I Your Wife?" Grant and Hoag will give "A Merry-Go-Round" and the Three Leightons will present "A One Night Stand in Minstrelsy." New Academy. Two special machinists were at work last week strengthening and arranging the stage of the 'New Academy for the production this week of "Edna, the Pretty Typewriter." which is said to be remark able for its realism. The presence of the machinists is reauired for the climax to the third act of the play, which depicts two large automobiles in full flight down a Lohg Island road on the way to Coney Island. The panorama for this effect con tains over 10,000 square yards of canvas, the automobiles which are shown moving at full speed, and the general effect of this race Is said to bs amazing. To add to the climax, the pretty typewriter of the play jumps from one machine to the other in her efforts to escape her distaste ful cousin. Majestic. Howard ball's new Reduction, "The Boy "With the Boodle." a musical produc tion, is booked for the Majestic Theater this week commencing Monday afternoon. The play is credited with Including some original features, chief among which are an exact duplication of a mirage. In which the strange sky reflection is produced just as it is seen in the great deserts and In mid-ocean. This effect is reproduced by the "Nature Scope." The play is said to have clever music, pretty girls, good electrical, effects and pleasing comedy. The leading parts are entrusted to George Ovey and Miss Louise Horner. New Lyceum. The New Lyceum, commencing with a matinee tomorrow, offers the Empire Bur lesquers. Two new burlesques are of fered, "Casey the Piper" and "The Slave Mart," which is suggestive of the orient, and in which the costuming is said to be elaborate. A pony ballet, and an olio of specialties, among whom are Roger lm hof and Suzanne Corlnne, George Klein, Emma Weston, Johnston and Buckley and Montambo and Hurlfalls, make up tht rest of the program. Gayety. The offering for next week at th? Gayety Theater will be A1 Reeves' "l Beauty Show." headed by Andy Lewis, assisted by Maude Klliott and a company of actors in a one-act farce, "Won at tM Wire." "Klght Engll-h Bright Lights" and '"The SaV&y Quartet," from the Keith-Proctor circuit. Besides thes<j there are Almeda Fowler, Edward Mor ris. a comedian; a soprano soloist, Ms* Blanche Martin, and ;wae Powers. Belasco Concert Tonight. The usual Sunday concert will be given at the Belasco Theater tonight with a program consisting of motion pictures and ballads by well-known soloists. The sub jects of pictures tonight will have a spe cial bearing on the holiday season. Sev eral views of Christmas incidents in for eign places will be shown. Other sub jects will include little dramas and clever ?y designed mystery pictures. As & spe cial feature, several views of the United States navy have been secured. Majestic Sunday Concert. An attractive program is said to havo been arranged by Manager Weston for the Sunday concert at the Majestic to night. A new set of Lubin's life motion pictures will be shown, and several vaude ville acts direct from New York will make up the remainder of the bill. Shepard's Moving Pictures. Shepard's moving pictures ?will, as usual, i be the attraction at the Academy tonight, presenting a program of novelties In mo tion pictures, in which the subjects have been selected for their dramatic worth and laugh-producing qualities. Andrew White, a tenor from Baltimore, will make his first appearance in the Shepard concerts, in troducing his own and popu ar composi tions. Billy Thornton will offer new 11? lustrated songs. Boston Symphony Orchestra. The third concert of the Boston Sym phony Orchestra will be given In the New National Theater Tuesday afternoon, Jan uary 7. The soloists will be Mme. Te resa Carreno. "The Rich Mr. Hoggenheimer." Sam Bernard, whose "Piggy" Hogyen helmer in "The Girl From Kay's" Is re membered, will come to tlie New Na tional Theater next week In a musical farce that is a continuation of his former play. The name of the entertainment is "The Rich Mr. Hoggenheimer." Bernard appears as the same character lie played In "The Girl From Kay's." He lias now married the pretty. little milliner's as sistant, and the period has been advanced twenty years. The rich investor la now more Interested in the future of his son Guy than he was In his own marriage to the winsome little errand girl with the big liatbox and the pretty dimples. The play had a run of six months at Wal lace's Theater, New York, last season. The engagement at the New National will cover eight performances, a special mati nee New Year day having been announced in addition to the regular Saturday after noon performance. "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch." "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" comes to the Columbia for New Tear we?k. The dramatization of Mrs. Rice's stories, "Mrs. Wiggs" and "Lovely Mary." met with popular favor. In Mrs. Wlggs herself. Miss Hazy, Lovely Mary and Mr. Stubbins the play presents four types, each one of which remains firmly fixed in the most pleasant recollections of the playgoer. The character of Mrs. Wlggs, the optimist and philosopher of the Cab bage Patch takes rank with many of the prominent comedy creatioite heretofore presented upon the American stage. \ A close second for popularity is the char acter of Mis' Hazy, th? forlorn and lugu brious spinster, in which the dramatist has evolved something new and likable in the psychology of the unmarried. The juvenile element in the stories of Mrs. Rice is decidedly happy in its humorous appeal, and plays an equally delightful part in the play. Asia. European and Australia and Biily Wiggs; Chris. Hazy, with his wooden leg; Pete and the1 other sons and daughters of the Patch make the scenes bright and merry with tha play and sunshine of childhood. E. M. Holland. E. M. Holland will appear as a star In the leading r6le of the dramatization of Mededith Nicholson's novel, "The House of a Thousand Candles," prepared for stage representation by George Middle ton. for which Mr. Hackett has prepared an elaborate production at the Belasco Theater next week. Mr. Holland's last appearance here was made with Kyrlo Bellew in "Raffles," in which he shared honors with the star. .Many production* of dramatized novels prove disappoint ing to readers, who naturally have their preconceived notions of what the char acterization should be. It is promised, however, that no reader of "The House of a Thousand Candles" will 'be disappointed in the dramatic version of the slory, as Its adapter has introduced all the person ages in which the reader takes especial interest, and is said to present the vital incidents of the novel In a few strong, stirring scenes. Mr. Holland's play Is not only well staged, but he has been sur rounded by a company which Includes Mabel Roebuck, last year leading lady with John'Drew: Mary Elizabeth Forbes, Edna Conroy, Stephen Gratte.n. Lewis Fielder. William Hazeltine, DarreM Stand ing. Frank E. Aiken. Fred A. Sullivan and H. Newkirk Clugston. Carrie De Mar. Chase's New Year we.ek offerings com prise Carrie De Mar, ia her "American Girls" novelty, with many songs and dances; George Abel and Company, In |"Tfcree of a Kind;" Kittle Traney, in an exhibition of horsemanship; Collins and Brown, the "Gartenhaus" song parodists; the Labakans; the Astrellas; Keele/ Brothers, and motion pictures. "The Hired Girl's Millions." "The Hired Girl's Millions." which comes to the New Academy. New Year^'eek, Is described as a musical comedy drama. It was written for the Russell Brothers, and is said to give them many opportunities to display their talents. It also gives a chance to a large company of funmakers. including a chorus of show girls. A brand-new production is promised, with some catchy song and dance numbers. ? "A Child Shall Lead Them." "A Child Shall Lead Them' will be th? attraction for New Year week at the Majestic Theater. . Playhouse Paragraphs i Eleanor Barry will be Ezra Kendall'* leading woman. Fuller Melllsh has joined Mrs. Fiske's company. Mrs. Le Moyne is giving readings froi% Shakespeare. Blanche Bates will play another engage ment In New York "In "The Girl of th*.