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that distinguishes "Her Soldier Boy," the music and dance held full sway over the theatric week. In this new musical comedietta, presenting Clifton Crawford in more nearly the lines of the real comic opera comedian than any piece seen in some time, are two separate and distinct trains of thought. One is quite serious and gives opportunity for firstrate vocal display. Running parallel with this theme is a little comedy all to itself, in which Crawford has ad mirable assistance by Adele Rowland, who has with the snappy personality of the soubrette a certain quiet poise of mentality that lends the dignity of true comedy. The play was new. There were moments when the performance would have betrayed that fact independently of the announcement. Some of the ensemble numbers which intro cluco dancing: by no means rivaled tne elegant precision of the Ballet Russe, which had held the same stage for the preceding half of the week. Yet the comedy was irresistible, the songs al- i . luring and the sentimental drama so j - pretty in its own way that it was welcome. even at moments when it ap- I peared almost with the abruptness of I intrusion. * ? H: * The Diaghileff Ballet, which came as a splendid surprise when first brought to this country as the plav-toy of a group of wealthy art connoisseurs, has drifted slightly toward the conventionality of the usual touring theatrical at. traction, though still too large a proposition to play out a week stand as a matter of perfunctory custom. It has taken the star system which has of late been reflected so conspicuously in the drama and transferred it to the dance. rr?i. _ ,, ,1 on nrn m. inent that it overwhelms attention. It may be doubted whether American taste is sufficiently discerning in matters of dancing to understand the fine points of expression which would elevate a single interpreter beyond the merits of the picturesque and poetic atmosphere with which he is surrounded in such graceful and proficient coordination. The male dancer is still an exception in American attention, save when he appears as the dancing partner of a feminine star. So long as the auditor regards the dance as a superficial display an appeal to the eye. more than an expression of idea, the male dancing star, however graceful his poses and delicate his shadings in pantomime, is likely to be regarded more as a curiosity than as the artistic marvel which Xijinsky is conceded to be. * * # The legitimate drama found its most ambitious expression during the week behind footlights to which it had been unfamiliar. The most serious play was "Your Daughter" at the Cosmos Theater, compact in form, but bold and J interesting in grappling with themes which have been exploited with less interest bv dramatists who demanded a far greater share of the auditor's time and attention. * * * Xobody missed "Chin Chin." The melodies have been sung, danced, phonographed and whis led Fred Stone has a hunch of tricks that are new to Washington, although they arc old to ) New York, where the piece had a long run before it took to the road. It i shows no traces of its lengthy career, , being snappy in its style and fresh in costuming and scenery. The saxophone sextet comes right along with ' the more elaborate devices for enter- ; taining and could take more encores j uiau <tii\ uiner numoer in me piece. It appeals to all taste?. We have no crowned heads, but Monday it received the unmistakable indorsement of the presidential smile Children cry for it. The old story of "Aladdin and His I^amp" makes a jolly fairy spectacle that is all that could be asked in the way of a Christmas pantomime, if. in the course of its construction the dialogue had happened to be inadvertently omitted. "Chin Chin" is exceptional in two respects: One of the biggest of big musical shows, it does not depend upon a blackface comedian for its main element of comedy, nor is there a moment of suggestion that could be open to the slightest apprehension on the score of propriety. * * * Of course. "Chin Chin" does not represent drama. Palmy day yearnings find no balm in its rippling cadences, yet its presentation may be regarded as a realization of the reform desired by no less distinguished a dramatic critic than Washington Irving, who , wrote when palmy days were at their palmiest. Irving said: "I would recommend to the actors?less etiquette, less fustian, less buckram; to the or- ' chestra?new music and more of it; to the pit?patience, clean benches and umoreuas; 10 me ooxes?iess anecia- \ tlon, less noise, less coxcombs; to the gallery?less grog and better constables, and (it is not until his last item!1 that Irving falls into line with the | , eternal cry of the true critic) to the I house, inside and out?a total reforma- i ' Uon." j * * * , In the big music show, the supremely dominant attraction in current taste.!' there can be no complaint of super- j ' abundant etiquette among the actors, nor of absence of new music. The music flows in ever-augmenting abundance; the pit has grown patient as it ; reads the hints on the program for i proper behavior on entering and leaving a theater, where, instead of benches, will be found comfortable upholstery. with absolutely no fear of care- ; I less marksmanship in connection with the banana skin or peanut shell. There . is no need of umbrellas. We no longer ; take luncheon to the theater, and even i the adjacent refreshments which used ? to spread an odor of <-loves or coffee beans along the row of people forced to accommodate a peripatetic thirst. are now remote and soon, perhaps, to : < be banished forever. To hint at af- j fectation or noise in the boxes would i be a preposterous thing. Your actor of', today is a self-possessed person, thor- J oughly In command of the situation, I which permits an audience to behold , him only with the understanding that i a ticket of admission is an individual license revocable at the will of the management. An inattentive box party might look for reproof, speedy and expert. The gallery has no need of less grog. There is none at all. And the constabulary service is more than sufficient to restrain any disorder among an assemblage warm with the spirit of gratitude for being permitted to be among those present. Yet amid all this serene idealism the modern critic clamors again for "total reformation." It is the discontent of humanity. He wants to go back to those crude inelegant days, when the player solicited the audiences kind applause in terms of deferential grace and when the rugged tempests or virile emotion roused the energies and often called forth response from the auditorium In the spirit of man to man. The critical sense simply will not be satisfied. PHILANDER JOHNSON. NEW NATIONAL The appearance of Otis Skinner is always an interesting: event. Few actors so thoroughly possess the esteem and confidence of the theatergoing public as this accomplished and magnetic player, who will be seen at the New National Theater this week, with special matinee Thanksgiving day. Mr. Skinner's new play is called "Mister Antonio." it was written expressly for him by Booth Tarkington. who has allotted the engaging personality of the star to the role of an itinerant knight errant of the present day ?a prosaic Italian organ grinder with the heart of a poet and the cheerful optimism of a lover of mankind. "Mister Antonio" extols charity and tolerance as among the most desirable but too seldom practiced virtues of the typical small town of the middle west, and is always vivaciously amusing and shrewdly philosophical. Tony t'omaradino, a hurdy-gurdy grinder, befriends a stranger who had f is'etru If :&^PH&[KM II I V,"?ST; -Kjj^Q "orTs ***<1 ? ? ELEANOR. WOODRJJFF "NUTTER. ANTONIO" fallen among: thieves and is about to be thrown out of a low barroom, rhe happy vagabond happens along in time to minister to his distress. Six months later Tony finds himself in the little community where this man is the most respected and influential citizen, rhe organ grinder interferes in a little domestic tragedy and finds himself the rhampion of a girl who has been guilty if the crime of youth and high spirits. The pressure he is able to bear upon the local dignitary enables Tony to solve the problem and win a satisfactory reward. The play is cheerful and entertaining, and in the organ grinder Otis Skinner finds one of those picturesque roles in which he delights. Mr. Skinner comes under the Charles Frohman management, which is a guarantee that the production will be handsome and in good taste. The supporting company includes Eleanor Woodruff, Joseph Brennan, Robert Harrison, Frances Landy, Walter F. Scott ind Patterson McNulty. BELASCO "Oh. Imogen," a new play bv Harry James Smith, comes to the Belasco Theater this week, with the usual matinees Wednesday and Saturday and a special matinee Thanksgiving day. This latest product of the author of 'Mrs. Bumpstead-L,eigh" displays Marie Sordstrom in the title role, supported >>' Wyndham Standing, Charles E. Verier, Ralph M. Remlev, Kate Mayhew, Elene Foster, Catherine Webb and i Eleanor Brady. I "Oh, Imogen," tells the love story of a } ?lrl of old New York in the mid-Vic froian period, when lads had time to woo | ind maidens were more sentimental than they are in this material age. Imogen is the product of careful j shielding by her father, a retired actor [>f the old school. She supplies his comforts through her inherited gift of elo-j L-ution and lives in a dream world far; removed from the actualities of life.' [nto this false concept there steps one j lay a lover whom long since she has lost, and immediately Imogen sets! ibout repairing the damage to herl leart. Nor is she dissuaded from her belief in her duty by the fact that he i is already engaged to another. Her at-1 tempt at saving Alfred Tweed; her fail-' jre and wreckage of her world of Ireams; her awakening into the world j >f realities, and her final happiness in j finding the right man, furnishes unlim-! ted opportunities for romance, amus-! ng situations, rich characterizations! ind pointed epigrams. B. F. KEITH S At the B. F. Keith Theater this week. Wednesday night will be "Rotary night" and on Thanksgiving day there will be three shows, one at 2. another at 5 and the last at 8:15 p.m. The full bill will be presented at each. Tickets | for these three performances will be! given a separate number and those for) one show will not be good at any other. j Kosioff's Ballet Russe will be the lead- j Ing attraction with Theodore Kosloff, premier danseur, and Vlasta Maslova, pre- I miere danseuse, of the imperial ballets of i Moscow. Both belonged to the original j Diaghileff Ballet Russe, but they re-! mained in this country when the or- j ganization returned to Europe, prior to its present tour of the country. ; Among the principal and solo dancers I ar<j Vera Fredowa, premiere ballerina; j Natasha Rombova, b'onia Rusakoff and j Ivan Ivanoff. Kosioff's own orchestra is led by Eugene Bierman. There are; nine numbers in the repetoire, to the j accompaniment of compositions by j lirieg, Delibes. Brahms, Stravinsky, RirP'sky-Korsakoff and Tchaikowskv. \ Other attractions are Jack Wilson, assisted by Eillian Board man and Frank Hurst, in "Impromptu Revue"; Porter J. White and company, in "The Hideaway"; the Three Steindel Brothers, in music recital. lx>yal's Dogs. Including the wonderful Toque; James B. Itonovan arid Marie Lee. in "Doing Well, Thank You"; Hooper and Marbury. in "Fads and Frolics"; Donald E. Roberts. "The Strolling Tenor"; the pipe organ recitals and the Inter-; national news pictorial. Today's performanres, at and at! 8:15 p.in., will present all the attractions ijf last week's bill. POLI'S "Mut" and "Jeff" will be seen "in the flesh" at Poll's Theater this week. Having accomplished pretty nearly everything under the sun, Mutt and Jeff now come to the National Capital for the wedding, which give a title to i a musical production sponsored by (Jus ! Hill. Incidentally are promised the , thrill of melodrama, the unusual situa- j tions of farce comedv the evtrav?e?unra and tinseled brilliancy of high-class bur- ' lesque and the art of musical comedy. Harry B. Kay impersonates Mutt and Ou? Alexander is Jeff There is a large company and "fun runs fast and furious throughout the production." Frank Dumont wrote the book and a musical melange has been prepared by William C. Henderson. ' COSMOS Another appeal to dramatic taste will be presented at the Cosmos Theater this week in the form of a patriotic call for preparedness, along new lines, entitled "The Final Arbiter." Its author, Lawrence Grant, will be seen in the role of an American clergyman of strong pacific tendencies, and also as one of the big war lords of Europe. Vaudeville attractions will embrace the famous Six Harvards. a musical act. vocal and instrumental, of high class, with brass, strings and wood-wind instruments; Kgerotti's "Act Beautiful." a series of artistic poses by white horses, dogs and hunters; the Dancing De For etitgg * f M aHKjkXR^ K < 1 rests; the Clevelands, in "Still Arguing" Hughey Blaney, In songs "deseriptiv and nondeserip, with funny stories"; th Telegraph Trio, a group of comedian and singers, and Hodge ana noweu, a "The Rube and the Rosy Eass." Film features will include "The Oceai Waif," with T>oris Kenyon and Carlyl Rlackwell; both the Selig-Tribune am the Pat he news weeklies and a dash o cartoon comedy. Today's performances, startiner at p.m.. present the attractions of las week's bill for the last time. GAYETY At the Gayety Theater today. Jael Singer's "Behman Show" begins it week's engagement at the matinee per formance at 3 o'clock p.m. Scenic an* costume accessories of an elaborate char acter have been provided. Among th performers are Martelle. impersonator o the modish girl <9t today: Ameta Pymes classical dancer, who comes with an of fering of brilliant numbers. The net members include Wilbur Dobbs. a Oer man comedian: John E. Cain and Blanch Xewcomb. Lucile Manion. for several sea sons with Bert Baker, and Victor McDonald. with an unusual baritone voice The special feature is the Bud Snyde company of comedy bicyclists. Incidenta to these features there is an unusuall; large chorus and twelve elaborately stag ed scenes. Burton Holmes Tonight. Burton Holmes tonight at 8:30 o'cloo! at the New National Theater, in hi travelogues, will present the beautie and grandeur of the Canadian rookie? with their snow clad peaks, wond^rfu glaciers, lovely lakes, good hotels an mat vant-u uuunxu r. hp > . evoked by a wide range of differen types of people, from the EnpHs tourist and the Japanese multi-nil lionaire on one side, to mountain climb ing guides, imported from Switzerland and the native Indian. While Americans south of the Cana dian border do not know very triuc; about Canada, still the gr.i:d?-ur an beauty <. f the scenery >n and abou Banff. Bake Louise, Glacier. Fields an the yoho have made such an impres sion on those who have traveled in th Canadian rookies as t*> make man; more would-be tourists anxious to per sonally visit this region. Mr. Holira.describes his journey of too past sum mer months in the travelogue, 4 In th Canadian Rockies," illustrated wit; motion pictures and superbly c?lo?e> lantern views. Boston Symphony Tuesday. The second* concert of the s-visoo b; the Boston Symphony Orchestra v.; I be given ih the New National Theate Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock Special interest arises in ti e presenta i- ic onlAlut r.f Vu0.,n AA ill4 * young American mezzo-soprano, who i now beginning her career. Miss Milla has the distinction of being the firs pupil that Mme. Marcella Rembrich ha placed on the concert stage. M.n< Sembrich regards her as the possesso of very unusual talent. Miss Millar will sing the "Air de Adieux" from Tschaikowsky's open1 "Joan of Arc," and three songs b Richard Strauss with orchestral accompaniment, "Die Nacht." "Morgen and "Heimliche Aufforderung." Th orchestral setting of "Morgen" is b Richard Strauss and that of the othe two songs is by Andre Maquarre of th Boston Symphony Orchestra. The or chestral numbers arc- Brahms' "Varia tions on a Theme by Haydn" an Liszt's symphonic poem, "Mazeppa." Paderewski's Recital Friday. Paderewski will give his Washing ton recital in the New National Thea ter Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clocl He is now making his second consecu tive tour of America and his third i four years. The program for his re cital contains several familiar work: all of which have their niches in im mortality. The three big works ar Bach's "Chromatic Fantasia and Fu gue," Beethoven's "Appassionata" son ata and Schumann's "Fantasia in ' Major." The other half of the pro gram will be devoted to pieces b Chopin: "Ballade in '1 Minor." "Tw Nocturnes, Op. 15. F Major. F Shur Major," "Three Etudes, Op. 10. Nos. l: 7. .V "Mazurka" ami "Valse in A Flat Op. 34." I Coming Attractions. "Passing Show of 1916." The last Winter Garden show. "Th Passing Show of 1916." opens at th Belaaco Theater next week. This new est offering of the big Broadway playhouse is a mighty affair in which a! the ability of the Shubert organiza tion has been called into play. Sceni effects "stupendous arid bewildering i their immensity, rich in costuming with scores of brilliant comedian: singers and dancers and a chorus c sixty" are announced as the compo nents which go to make up the pro duotion. The principals are headed by E Wynn and Belle Ashlyn, accompanie by Fred Walton, William Arnold, Her man Timberg, Augusta Dean, Mabt and Dora Ford, Philbrick, Stella Hobai Sranhoff, James Flemons, Ma-Belh Bert Savoy, Jay Brennan. the Fiv Violin Girls, Elida Morris, Pearl Eatoi Ruth Murphy and Vera Roehm. i ^^^^9^1, ^J**' g ' \ *"" Itjg^ * JB <*<? COLUMBIA IM yg^ ^pW ROB BUT VVAR.W SAVOY r .J 1 PADEHEWSkT I y -1 __ "Cousin Lucy." Julian Eltinge and his musical comk i edy. "Cousin Lucy." will come to the s j National Theater next week. The s} entertainment is described as "a % J bewildering circus of fun and fashil | ion with many musical, dancing and d j chorus numbers to enliven the story." <3' Special attention is drawn to an openI ing night feature in the form of a 1 ! fashion parade by Eltinge, who will show h ! for the first time in this country a. spe. ! rial wardrobe valued at $10,000. Many of ; these costumes are shown but once to " guard against being copied. 1. 1 The original company which shared ! in the success of this piece last season j will appear, including Jane baker, ! Dallas Welford, Mark Smith, Charles h Morrison. Mabelle Cedars and Carolyn d Lilja. t ; The story of "Cousin Lucy" deals d with the attempt of Jerry Jackson to - pass himself off as dead to collect e much-needed lift insurance money. To v do this he anounces his death in a rail road wreck in the west, disjruises him ? self as Cousin Lucy, returns to his - apartments in New York ami gets into ^ ' an avalanche of trouble. h ! Eddie Foy and Family. Eddie Foy and the Seven Younger Foys j will be the principal laughing feature in ^ j "The Old Woman Who Lived in Her I j Shoe," at the B. F Keith Theater next i week. The little fantasy is by George r i Hobart and William Jerome. A new star. [ Natalie Alt, the prima donna of "Adele" _ : and other musical successes, will be intro"jduced. Other acts are Julius Tannen, 1 j "The Chatterbox"; Ed. Flanagan and s Neely Edwards in "Off and On"; r j Charles Cartmell and Laura Harris in "Golfing with Cupid"; the Mlrario brothers with their aerial torpedoes; s j Lewis and White, the Three Bobs, the ?. j pipe organ recitals and the Internar j tional news pictorial. " "Millionaire's Son and Shop Girl." y "The Millionaire's Son arid the Shop ~ Girl." a new melodrama by W. O. Herf, man. will be the attraction at Poli's y j Theater, starting Sunday night, Der cember 3. It is a play staged by Georire Flint, a veteran nrodueer < f - ; melodrama, with the proper scenic d equipment and the right tyj?e of players. The story concerns a girl employed in the store of a millionaire I merchant prince, whose patience and j kindliness of heart win the love of the _ j store owner's son. How the father's _ opposition is overcome is the gist of "j the story. ~ i Zimmerman. n Zimmerman, a marvel in mimicry and " j other accomplishments, will headline the 5' | Cosmos bill next week. Other acts are Bessie Reniple and company, in a tabloid e version of the New York comedy, "Cheat ins Cheaters"; Bury Gillette, "'the Lady - From Delft." in heavyweight acrobatics; C Frezini, "King of the Piano-Accordion"; - Jack Walters and the Cliff Sisters. Work >' and Ower, Brown and Brosius and a r> complete new program of films, including P another big picture shown for the first time in Washington. "Merry Rounders." "The Merry Rounders," with Abe Reynolds arid George Hays featured, in a two-act musical show in ten scenes, entitled "This Is the Life," comes to the Gayety Theater next Sunday. Reynolds, for many seasons the star e of the Spiegel attractions, will be seen as Jacob Rosenbloom. Hayes, in character roles, seconds Reynolds' work. Twenty-four chorus girls and a double male rjuartet will take care of the musical and . d:?neinir nortions of the entertainment. c Others in the cast are Eugene MacOregor, Frank Ward, Hay Latham. r Elizabeth Jane and Ruth Weslet. The V costumes are new and designed along striking lines. Anna Case Becital December 8. ( (j Friday afternoon, December 8, at the (1 New National Theater, the fourth concert of the "Ten Star Series" will be 51 given, with Anna Case as the artist. Last winter the young American singer e was given almost an ovation here and i, her forthcoming visit promises one of the best recitals of the season. in. SSS9V r fHF SI if i tb BCLARA KIMBALL YOUNG mm C. RAND ALL'S 1CK. addition to a wonderful voice, youthful, vibrant and of exquisite quality, she hat; a charming personality. Philadelphia Orchestra December 12. The Philadelphia Orchestra will give V. ( ? cx.xIau ,.f r.r. r, ^ ^ f c r> ? I the New National Theater the afternoon of December 12, with Mine. Alma j Gluck as the soloist. i ' ~~ ~ In the Spotlight. "Pollyanna" is to have a run in New York. "The Miracle Man" is still in favor with the stock companies. ! Nat Goodwin is booked for the Keith ; Theater here at an early date. It is said that Fred Niblo's pet stage ! ambition is to play Charles Surface. i Gladys Hanson is to appear in "The ! Ninth Waltz," a comedy by R. C. Carton. The Winter Garden management has arranged to present Melntyre and IJeath in a new musical piece. "Her Market Value." credited to Willard Mack, had its first performance Wednesday night at Binghamton, N. Y. Olive Wyndham is appearing in .vaudeville in "a poetic Chinese trag, edy" called "The Sweetmeat Game." i Margaret Illington recently appeared j in New York in a farce by Avery Hopi wood called "Our Little Wife." I "You're in Love," a musical piece, i will he produced by Arthur Hamrnerj^tein in New York on Christmas day. Douglas J. Wood Is to give a performance of "The Pardon" in New York with Olive Tell in the leading role. Janet Beecher will play the leading role in the new play by James Forbes, "A Woman of Today." Henry K. I?ixey is to leave the oast t of "Treasure Island" and Tiin Murphy J is to take the role cf Long" John Silver. j "oh. Imogen." a romance of old New j York, by Harry James Smith, had its j first production last week in Stamford, ! Conn. Kugene Walter has written a new play entitled "Pussyfoot Patricia." j Charlotte Walker, his wife, will appear in it. Geraldine O'Brien has been engaged for a prominent part in a new play called "Give and Take." which is shortly to have its production at Syracuse. A dramatization of Kate Douglas J Wiggins' story, "Mother Gary's Chick! ens,/ by Rachel brothers, will be pro; duced by John Port. Helen Rawson has been added to J the cast of "Such Is Life," the comedy by Harold Owen, in which the Messrs. i Shubert are presenting Sam Sothern. After the Rotary night performance at Keith's members of that organization will resolve into a social session with a collation as one of the incidents. Gus Alexander, the midget comedian, in "Mutt and Jeff's Wedding" is an aero, bat. and knows how to met the attentions bestowed upon him by A. Mutt an i by his own "better half," even while on their honeymoon. Ralph Remley, who plays a prominent role in supnort of Marie Nordstrom, von manv friends in Washington during his engagement as a juvenile with the l'oli Stock Company. "The Masquerader." in which Guy Rates Post is starring, is based upon the novel of the same name by the late Katherine Cecil Thurston. Mrs. Effle Ellsler, one of the oldest living actresses of the English ^speaking stage, last week celebrated her ninety-third birthday. Wyndham Standing, leading man with Marie Nordstrom, was associated in England with Mr. and Mrs. Kendall, and played under the management of Sir Henry Irving in "Dante." "The Blue Envelope," presented by Richard Lambert, ended its tour in Brooklyn last night. Carrie Reynolds, one of the leading players in the comedy, will probably go into vaudeville. While Maud Adams was in Meridian, Miss., the first part of this month her, *? j ??-? ID MASLOvK ^ iOSLOPF ' v'' WS^m %m <&mt Sz^ih&jk' - %li?li^^H I^m. * MB IMK ? MBWglBH^MLi^^^M gj^^jM ? K|gj|||j|^^^^^^^^H ! birthday was celebrated by her company, who gave her a real breakfast 1 feast in the supper scene of "The Little Minister." Pearl Eaton, who will appear in "The j Passing Show of 1916," is a native of I Washington, D. C.f and made her first appearance upon any stage as a member of the Poli Stock Company. Miss Hawke will repeat the little play "Do You Believe in Fairies?" at the Belasco Theater the afternoon of December 12 at 2:15 o'clock, for the benefit of the Working Boys' Home. "The Thirteenth Chair." a detective mystery play, by Bayard Veiller, was produced last week in New York with a cast including Margaret Wycherley, Katherine La Salle, Calvin Thomas, Eva Condon and Harrison Hunter. Anna Held in her new musical comedy. "Follow Me." for the first time in her career strikes a serious note interpolating a patriotic poem challenging the neutral world to stop the awful war in Europe, and pleading the cause of her own native land, France. Minnie Palmer, who, in "My Sweetheart." in 1888, caught the fancy of the young man who found his divinity upon the stage, is a member of the comnanv which ODens at Poli's Theater i i today in the Mutt and Jeff I comedy. ~ j In British Guinea there is a bird that j beats the whiskered owl from the} River of Doubt. It is known as the j Rupicola Cotingidae, or Cock-of-theRock, and is the only member of the [ feathered kingdom that can two-step, tango and gyrate in a manner to make j "" Pkotoplay WHATEVER may be said of the product, none may deny that the motion picture maker is daring in his attempts to And the chord of popular fancy. But recently he plunged into the vortex of politics and, there I are those who say, "with telling effect." j Now his inspiration has taken another tack?the state's prison and the "honor | system" are his themes. The American | and the Fox film promoters have gone so far as to enlist the aid of the gen| uine criminal himself and each has rei leased, or is about to release, photoplays whose bid for success is linked with the announcement that "life conj victs" have aided in their stories or j construction. * * * William Fox went a step further. He offered prizes for the best reviews of one of his pictures by convicts themselves. The desire for realism is becoming tense, especially in the matter of the picture delineation of crime or of humane methods in the treatment of the criminal. * * * On the other hand, well intentioned efforts are being made bv altvnOt!o Washington to mold the picture maker ; I to the needs of the school children, at j J yet with but little evidence of prom-j ' ise, except on the part of some of the | exhibitors to furnish special matinees j for children audiences at which care- j fully selected photoplay productions! will be shown. Just at the present mo- J ment the effort truthfully to portray crime from the criminal's standpoint j appears to have secured rather more attention than the laudable appeal to cuter to the school children. Columbia. Those who are ever tempted with a slight inclination toward prevarica- i tion?or just plain lying?will find food ! for serious reflection and amusement j in "Miss George Washington," the feature photoplay at the Columbia to-J day. tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednes- 1 day. Marguerite Clark is the picture star, in a story that shows how one little "fib" starts an avalanche of deception in order to conceal the first breach of truth. To make matters worse, the fib is told by a girl, such an innocent-looking little soul, that she even receives a handsome medal from the Truth Society for her emulation of George Washington. Having told ! one fib to the principal of the board- i ing school where she is a pupil, she . has to continue fibbing; to her parents and to every one she encounters in or- ! der to cover up her first deception. Beginning Thanksgiving day and continuing for the remainder of the week, Pauline Frederick, the emotional actress, will be pictured in an elaborate production of "Nanette of the Wilds." It is a. tale of the royal Canadian northwest mounted police and of the battle between one of the fearless souls and the equally brave daughter of a Canadian liquor smuggler. The play was written by Willard Mack, who also will be seen in an important part. Crandall's. Gail Kane is featured in the photoplay, "The Men She Married," today's attraction at Crandall's, which will also be shown tomorrow and Tuesday. The plot is adapted from Harold Vickers' story and has to do with a young i heiress who is tricked into a mock marriage by a suave adventurer, who deserts after he has obtained her money and jewels. Arthur Ashley, ; Montagu Love and Muriel Ostriche are pictured in the cast. A whimsical i iff/ NOfcOSTROtrtA BEIA.SCO / a Russian ballet master look like a novice. A specimen of this rara avis has been added to the New York zoological bird sanctuary. In the Cohan Revue 1916 Miss Juliet, it is announced, in her portraiture of "Gaby," gives the nearest human conception of the antics and plumage of this wonderful bird. "Turn to the Right!" a comedy by Winchell Smith and John E. Hazzard, which is now packing the Gaiety Theater, New York, to the doors, and which has been described as "more fun than Christmas." will be the attraction at the New National Theater New Year week. The third travelogue of the Burton Holmes series next Sunday night at the New National Theater will be "Imperial Britain," covering, first, the three countries, England, Scotland and Ireland, and then in all its colorful wonders the far eastern portion of the empire. Miss Leona Callan's pupils Tuesday evening will have their annual midwinter kermis. All the latest songs and dances will be presented by the "tots" of the class. One of the big features will be the closing chorus, with Master Leonard Stevens, aged three, as Uncle Sam. Friday evening's audience at the New Vrvr-ir HinnftHrnniA included the Right Honorable Sir Robert Laird Borden, premier of Canada, accompanied by Sir Alexandre LaCoste, chief Justice, retired. K. B.; Lady Borden. Lady LaCoste. Robert C. Smith, Albert W. Atwater. Lieut. Col. Charles Frederick Hamilton. Paul LaCoste, E. H. Scammell, Ornsby McHarg and Perley Morse. In the first balcony were 200 guests from Oklahoma, escorted by a cowboy brass band. Features story, not without its serious moments, j is pictured in "The Mischief Maker," i which will be shown Wednesday and Thursday. Its principal character, portrayed by June Caprice, is a young girl whose fun-loving propensities are constantly getting her in trouble. Harry Benham is pictured in the principal male role. The last two days of the week the World feature, "Without a Soul." adapted from Owen Davis' drama, will be the attraction, with Clara Kimball Young as the pictured star, supported by Alec B. Francis, Edward M. Kimball and James Young. Leader. Today. Monday and Tuesday. Sessue Hayakawa and Myrtle Stedman will be pictured at the Leader Theater in the photoplay. "The Soul of Kura-San," a Japanese-American love story. It is j more, for it is a tense dramatic tale that tells of a deeper passion than love. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Ann Pennington will be pictured in "The Rainbow Princess," and Saturday Mary Pickford. in "The Foundlings" Savoy. A millionaire's experiment in sociology and its outcome form the plot of "Diane of the Follies," today's photoplay attraction at the Savoy. The chief character is a man of delightful theories, one of which is that environment forms the sum and substance of human existence, and to prove it he marries a girl of the chorus. The principal characters are portrayed by Dillian Gish and Sam De Grasse. Slim Somerville. in the Keystone comedy, "His Busted Trust," will be shown also. "Her Father's Son," a picture drama of southern life just before and during the civil war, will be tomorrow's attraction. with Vivian Martin featured in the leading; role. Tuesday Beverly Bayne and Francis X. Bushman will be pictured in "The Diplomatic Service"; Wednesday, Lenore Ulrich, in "The Intrigue"; Thursday. Gail Kane and Robert Warwick, in "The Heart of a Hero": Friday. William S. Hart, in "The Dawn-Maker," and Fay Tincher, in "A Calico Vampire"; Saturday, Fannie Ward in "Witchcraft" and Charlie Chaplin in his latest picture, "Behind i the Scenes." Arcade Auditorium. , At the Arcade Auditorium Thanks- i crivino- i 1 1 ho oola r??-a ,~UU ? w : _ = " ??*??* mm vwo Ulg ? nights of fun. instead of one. as in for- 1 mer years. Wednesday night a special i rhanksgiving dance will be given, with J special music. It will not be a ( 'masque." Thanksgiving night, begin- 1 ning at 8 o'clock, the Thanksgiving 1 masque ball will be held. Costumes, masks, a grand march, special music 1 by the Arcade Orchestra and unusually 1 elaborate decorations will feature the * entertainment. * Except for Wednesday and Thursday 1 lights, the usual program of dances 8 ivill be given each night of next week, % ivith "kiddies' night" Friday evening, ? is usual. Roller skating accompanied * by music from the big pipe organ will * >e the program each afternoon. > I Filmograms. ! d William Courtney is the picture star a In the photoplay of Wlllard Mack's h jlay. "Kick In." Frederick Warde owns the skull used b for years by Edwin Booth In "Hamlet" a and also Booth's King Lear crown. s n "The Vicar of Wakefield." which la o I f soon to be put Into a photoplay, la (aid to furnish a "made-to-ordsr movie blot." < An "ain't actor" in the movlea 1s the Sescription of the man who does the langerous feats for the star, only the screen does not disclose it. Kisses are measured by the foot, not by time, in the movies. Pearl White has one twelve feet long in "Pearl of the Army," the Pathe serial. Virginia Pearson says face distortion and gesticulation are the only means of portraying "grief" in the movlea. She deplores the loss of the voice. Dorothy Gish Is pictured as a moon* Bhinsr's daughter In "Children of the Feud." which is based on the career of the Allen brothers of Carroll county, Va. The storm scene in "King Lear." the photoplay production in which Frederick Warde, the tragedian, will bo seen, was one provided by nature herself in one of her angriest moods. Who posed for the statue?May. who posed for the body, or Effle, who posed for the head? That makes the plot of "The Mischief Maker." the new Fox film featuring June Caprice. Theda Bara in 'The Vixen," December 4: Gladys Coburn in "The Battle of Life," December 11, and George Walsh In "The Island of Desire," December 18, are the Fox releases for December^ Director John B. O'Brien of Thanhouser is waiting for the first hurricane that visits Dong: Island, to catch it for a scene in Charlotte Walker's new photoplay, "Mary Dawson's Secret." The underworld of Paris in a story of a desperate hand of criminals of the French capital is presented by the Mutual Film company in "The Vampire." just released. Gaborieaux doubtless furnished the hints. Dove interest, tragedy and humor are elements in the Fox film "Tho Honor System," with cavalry charges and battle scenes of a new kind. Douis V. Eytinge, a life convict in the Arizona state prison, helped to make the film story. Marie Doro, who was one of the Liebler all-star company presenting "Oliver Twist" during the Dickens centenary in 1912, is the star of its photoplay reproduction by the Jesse L. I>asky company. Charlotte Cushman. Maggie Mitchell and other noted stars have played the role of Oliver Hiram Abrams. president of the Paramount Corporation, says that any interest acquired by Hupcrpictures, Inc. in his corporation cannot in any manner affect the control of the Paramount or its policy of distributing the Famous Players, Laskv. Morosco and Pallas Pictures productions. Maria V'AMlatmin Tu?lv? \ n r> r?J ago while a student in Georgetown Convent, in this city, Marie Nordstrom had small intention of following in the footsteps of her sister Frances, until, one fateful day, she accompanied that gifted actress to interview- Henry E. Dixey. who had sent for the elder Miss Nordstrom concerning the assumption of a role in a sketch for vaudeville. It took this discerning actor but an instant to realize that it was Marie, not her sister, who fitted the part, and to the convent-bred girl it waa like a fairy tale come true when Mr. Dixey offered her the role. After just a month with Mr. Dixey in "Over a Welsh Rarebit" Miss Nordstrom w*a9 offered a part in "The Man On the Box," Grace Livingston Furness* play, in which Carlotta Neilsen appeared as "Betty" at the Madison Square Theater. New York. After eight months of the ingenue role of "Nancy," Miss Nordstrbm succeeded Miss Neilsen in the leading feminine part for two years In New York, and ' was leading woman with Novell! in "Papa Lebbonard" in her first season en tour; holding the same prominent place under Mr. Dixey's management later in "The Devil." and again in "Mary Jane's Pa." Miss Nordstrom left playing at romance for the real thing, becoming the wife of Mr. Dixey, and retiring from the stage for two years. She returned, however, under the management of William A. Brady In ^ "The Naked Truth," and afterward she played the role of Fanny in "Bought and Paid For" in New York for fourteen consecutive months, followed by & season on the road. The Russian Ballet.?When discussing contracts for his vaudeville en gagements some one remarked to rneodore KoslofT that the Russians have shown little originality in the basic idea of their ballet. "It is true." admitted Kosloff. "We took the ballet originally from France ?that is. we received our technique from the French about eighty or ninety years ago, when Prince Stolypin, who had been living in Paris, founded a ballet school on his great estate near Moscow. The prince brought several dancing teachers from France and had all the Serbs on his estate taught how to dance, thereby giving birth* to the Russian ballet school. Since that time the ballet has made great progress all over Russia, becoming immensely popular everywhere, and there are now schools in various parts of the nation. 4 "The Imperial Ballet School, under government supervision, is the principal one," he continued. "Like all pupils, we entered the Imperial Ballet School at the age of eight. The government assumes the entire responsibility of the training and education of the children, and in return the pupil agrees to remain in its service J tor twenty years, after which comes retirement on a comfortable pension. But these twenty years must be spent In Russia dancing. "As we have left the country and come to America we will probably never be able to earn our retirement, although we are still members of the imperial ballet on leave of absence." Dam roach and Lrhmann Walter Damrosch, conductor of the Symphony Society of New York, received his first real lesson as an accompanist conductor from Ui Hi Lehmann when he was a young musician at the conductor's desk at the Metropolitan Opera House. Lehmann sang in the German operas and often in the French and Italian operas, which were allotted to Mr. Damrosch. One day she turned to mm ana saia: "Walter, watch the mouth of the singer and breathe with her. The orchestra will follow your beat. They do not need your eye, but the singer is lost unless she can feel the conductor with her all the time." Broadway's Chapel. . :'rom the New York Tribune. Even the youngest generation of New Yorkers have a warm spot in their hearts for old St. Paul's. It has a J friendly look, the yard is spacious, the w ?quare offers a restful spot to an eye ^ ivearied by canyons and clutter. Even n the midst of red fire and oratory jpon the fate of the nation we can find ;ime to be glad that Broadway's old ;hapel still lives aand wish it another 50 years as useful and proud as those iow ended. There are few enough ancient spots eft to the city, and we have a notion hat just because they are so exceptonal, always contrasting vividly with heir modern surroundings, their value s heightened. How else Is it that with i perpetually new and changing face ve never lose the look of an old and nuch experienced city? Judged by Its ulldings New York should look like he rawest ten-year-old. Yet however ou approach and wherever you go, the Sland of Manhattan maintains its age. t is hard to visualise President Washngton entering St. Paul's Chapel for he first religious service of the new Jnited States of America. Yet one look own Broadway makes you sure that t least that many years must lie beind such a mountain. That is the spirit of New York, peraps, as opposed to its ever-changing ody. A vague and mighty entity, it rould be poorer, it would lack an esential part of its character, were it ot for such an altar and milestone as Id St. Paul's.