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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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for a play and the start of a good
plot, there never were any such.
All of which pertains to "The Mis
leading Lady," written by Chas. God
dard and Paul LMckey, and now on
view at the Fultontheater.'' The first
act has been sketched 'above. The
other two acts take place in the
They show the "misleading lady"
chained to the wall by her captor and
raging furiously against her bondage.
They show her banging the ab
ductor over the head with the tele
phone, wailing at his, senseless form,
going out into the cold and the night
to seek help for him.
They show her, finally, when her
fiance comes 'to rescue her, refusing
to be rescued, because she loves the
brutal man!
Goddard and Dickey have one oth
er Broadway success to their credit
"The Ghost Breaker," in which H. B.
Warner is starring. That was a fair
ly good play; this is- one of the best
New York has seen in many a day.
Lewis Stone gives a splendid per
formance as the man who conquers
by strength. There is never a sug
gestion of animality in his charac
terization, but a fine commingling' of
dominance and tenderness. Inez Buck
plays Katherine to his 20th-century
A feature of the play is the mar
velous acting of Prank Sylvester as
a lunatic who imagines himself to
be Napoleon and who, escaped from
a sanitarium and hiding in the lodge,
contributes greatly to the action of
the piece.
Sylvester avoids the faintest sug
gestion of repulsiveness in his diffi
cult part and invests it with an' alter
nating humor and pathos that must
b a revelation even to the authors.
Bertha Kalich has achieved a per
sonal triumph at the Knickerbocker
in "Rachel," an episodical and erratic
play by Carina Jordan, composed of
real and imaginary incidents in the
life of the great French actress. .
The modern conditions of morality,
white slavery, politics in big cities,
love of luxury, the unbounded wealth
ofysome and the dire poverty of many,
remind me of the conditions that pre
vailed in Rome about 150 B. C.
The riches that poured to that na
tion permitted Rome to carry out a
series of magnificent public improve
ments. Italy was welded together by
numerous military roads, 'so finely
built that they remain to this day.
The Tiber was spanned by excellent
bridges of stone, the city was sew
ered and the streets paved. Of the
two new aqueducts, the Marcian,
built B. C. 144, cost more than $10,
000,000. Thus gorgeous benefits accrued to
Rome through her far-reaching con
quests; but it cannot be doubted that
even greater evils resulted. The
brilliant culture was- crimsoned with
imp'urity. The rugged virtues of
Rome were corrupted; the strength
collapsed be'fore flabby degeneracy;
marriage was openly scoffed at, and
even the old Roman faith lost its hold
upon the people.
The political system 'of Rome grew
(to be as rotten as that of the worst
jgoverned city of modern times. Brib-
iery was open ana me siave trade was
intended to meet the demands of the
ricfi. planters -for, all purposes. The
doom of the mightiest city the world
ever knew was plainly written.
o -o
Doctor Francis Warner, the emi
nent physician, was upon one occa
sion trying to bring back to complete
consciousness a woman who had had
a paralytic stroke. His efforts seem
ed likely to be in vain. For a long
time her utterances were only the
ravings of delirium, but suddenly
she sat up in bed and, looking
straight at the doctor, cried: "Oh,
you funny old man!", "Ah," said Doc
tor Warner cheerfullv. "now shs's
beginning to .talk senseU"
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