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12 THE MOKNXE-TG- TIMES,- SUKUAT, DECEMBER 20. 1896. ," " EW NATIONAL THEATER. V. H. RAPLEY BEGINNING TOMORROW NIGHT. Matinees Xmos Day .ri V&X?y& IB HJ KS W B EK2 U 3A .Mam, iifiwvi8 Sg& nil I s o 1 0f ft CAROLINE MISKEL HOYT Produced under tile prrsonal direction of Mr. CHARLES HOYT, with a competent cast of players, including: Caroline Miskel Hoyt. Jfcw Year's Attraction THE FAMOUS KERNAN'S W$&' "e MATINEES esgj'k Dee. 21. A Merry Xmas Attraction. John W. Isham's Uu I UHOONb "The Only 45; SINGERS-DANCERS-COMEDIANS InclidiiiT tho BRONZE MELBA. ADAIVIE FLOWER The Greatest Singer of Her Race, Supported by FRED J. PIPER W urld's Greatest Baritone. THE FAMOUS HYER SISTERS And all the Leading Artists of their race Concluding with tlicolabonuo burlctta "Thirty IVlinutes Around the Operas." New Year's Week SAM DEVERE'S OWN CO. POLUMBJA THEATER EVERY NIGHT NEXT (XMAS) WEEK. BARGA1.N t rr a 7rrT"ErnilT Thursday, OHIUSYMAS A r V ' tH FRIDAY, KEGUIiAU .LVJl JTV 11 Jl L M JlillM SATURDAY. Positive appearance of the eccentric comedian. In liis new play of New England life, b Alice E. Ives, "Odd M (First Metropolitan Production ) SEE THE EXCITING RACE BETWEEN BICYCLES AND RUNNING HORSES. JCCW YEAR'S HXCK, ZECEZL-Xj.A.IR,. AFAYETTE SQUARE OPERA HOUSE. J, W. Albanr;li, Manager. Kixon & Zimmerman, Directors. CHRISTMAS j BEGINNING FvF'P merrihent. ' Monday, lifcL. riatinees Wed., Christmas and 5at Klaw & Erlanger PRESENT i n uay New York : REGULAR NIGHT PRICES. fES?SESri MATINEE PRIBEi S! 75c 50c 25c. Bargain RIatinee Wednesday. 42" For prices &cc S cc a' iuleiticiiiciit cNouhere in tin-, issucxDa EXT WEEK "THE GAT PAKISIAXS." ALL THIS WEEK Special Ciisistmas Attraction ! I The new veausveek THE SPORTING CRAZE. Manager. and Saturday Only. The initial presentation in tliis city of A portrajal of tlio fair sex in politics. BOSTONIANS. LYCEUH TH EATER Every Day Except Monday. One." ;45 METZEROTT fc LUCKETT, Managers. XIXOX A ZIMMERMAN. Diicctor. -"muxnzggr SS lynne. iss Podd." THE MAGICIAN OF MAGICIANS. 21. Canary and Lederer's N. Y. Casino Success. The Third Annual Review. All the Casino Cast. All the Casino Features. All the Casino Novolties. All the CaBino Ballets. Ail the Casino .Scenery. All the Casino Etfccts. All the Casino Costumes. All the Casino -Lights. All the Casino Specialties. 'PHONE 430. You Can't Afford to Miss It! Peerless Irisli Comedienne itli Bobbins Supported bj- a Superb Company of Come dians and Soubrettes, in the Musical Comedy, Little Trixie A Whirlwind of Fun and Music. Bright Music ! Graceful Dancers ! Up-to-date Specialties ! Grac-ful Dancers! Elegant Costumes! !,, F"i1 iwc rmatc, Corner Fifth and REAL ICE Corner Fifth and EVERY AFTERNOON ANDEVENING. Ice Palace Orchestra and Grand Orchestrion jxt Every Session. INSTRUCTION FREE. Afternoons at 2. Evenings at 7:30. SPECIAL Commencing Xmas morning there will be EXTRA MORNING SESSIONS 'EVERY DAY. DURING HOLIDAY WEEKS 9:30 to 12:30. Children (under 16 years of age), 15c. Grand Qpera House KKItN'AN & Jtiri: Miiuagors. Wednesday MATINEES Saturday. week commencing December 21. ' Special Christmas Batinee. The Latest ruid Gi cutest or Amoriciu Productions. Tlio Most Picturesque Diamatic Spectacle Upon the Aincncan Stago. THE GREAT NORTHWEST Three "Wonderful Trained Horses Firefly, Charger and Queen JJes-s and a fculected Cast of Forty People. Thelienutiful Grain Palace, I ThePritirie Schooner, The Giant Locomotive, The FlreinenV. Tournament, The "Wonderful Flectricul llllzzurd, The "Wheat Farm, The Ilealihtlc Prairie Fire, I'omilar 1'ricen I . tr "If"? t? ., .-. A 7ET. Tiluint.iiiicd I ? 31 3" JO yOTE-A noil out on I'lrst Floor for 25 CetltS. Next Attraction ..... PHONE, 552 Prices, 25, 50, 75c, $1.00. Matiuecs, 23 and lOcltcscned. CHRISTMAS WEEK. Matinees Wcilni'sdav nnd Saturday. Lxtia Matmco Ciuisttuas Day. Engagement of Assisted by EDWIN FERRY and her own company in a pro duction of MISS BLAIR as Lady Isabel and Madame Vine. NEW YEAR'S ATTRACTION, THE FLYING JORDANS. XTRA! New National New Year's Attraction. EXTRA MATINEE XEW TEAK'S DAT. THE FAMOUS BARNABEE & MacDONALD, Props. Diiection of Frank L. Perlcy. Monday, Tuesday! Wednesday, Saturday and Matinee Saturday, ROBIN HOOD. Thursday and Matinee Friday (New Year's Day), BALFE'S 11ALLAD OrUA. BOHEMIAN GIRL. Friday Evening Only Time, PRINCE ANAN3AS REGULAR THEATER PRICES. SKATS ON SALE UHUltsDAY. LAFAYETTE SQUARE OPERA IIOUrfE special l'llct-s Tor tliu tVEnsEiB, matinee. Perfounancc of the Casino's Gieatest aucros. In Qay.New York The Brightest, Best and Mo3t Entertaining of Burlesques. Comedy Farce Opera Bailer. VAUDEVILLE SPECTACLE. All in one. A Christmas Treat fur Children. A Christinas Trout for Everybody. Special Wed. Matinee Piico. Orchestra, Uftn RESERVED. I'arquette, 3Ub Mezzanine Boxes, KO HIGHER. RAT.nniviV i on i reserved .ua.jjuui.1 x UL. NO HIGHER, A BARGAIN MATINEE. COLUMBIA ACADEMY, sot ox tho sights rl washlncton. Cyclinc; tausht ou a 1000 It. floor. Competent instructors. Charges Hn&U. Music evory erouius. '- &ud P rtreets. 3. Hart Brntain. Mr. Taku i' btrees cars. Best Laree Gnm Drops Candy sc Arbnckle's Package Coffee 17Kc Best Granulated Snjjar a'c J0HNST0NS,129nhst. luulIiIl BLAIR, EAST BOSTONIANS Convention L Str S L StreetsNt W. r ThcGume for a 7kIiinV.T-.lfe, The J'ci'Uouh SwliiK on the Wind mill . The Trained noreCH, Tlio Daring Rescue on the Huniinir Prairie, The Room City Ui-uns Hand, etc., etc. - I All M-uth Couponed. j.ov ofllce opfii liom II a in. to 10 l. in. So. its in Hot, c j .00. ON THE MISSISSIPPI. i'im: 1 1NI, Buv your holiday sup nlics from us if von would save tune, car faro and money. Five j ear old w lusky. per nt 75c Slieny and port, at, fifiu as bilk, per unlion SI. 00 Pleahttnt Valley Catawba, per Kl 75c TI111 is the beht :na Ic. BORDEAUX WtKE CD., l.St7 1 Jtli it. N. W. L1 w mKins An Xmas gift that's a "bird." Swee sifasrias: Canaries, with a very handsome cage, from $3.50 to $5. Mockine Birds, fall of music and mimicry, for $5. Handsome Par rots for $5. For Pigeon-loving toys 40c bays a good, healthy Pigeon. Open evenings. Schmid's J5& Emporium, 71 2 1 2th St. t The Lady Temple... t t a trictlj hipch-grailo t t 1100 wheel wo lmll ?! $50 sell from now until Christmas at. A tare ch.inco for n good wheel. Spacious ridiuic academy on our own premises. No charge for les-ons to purcba-ers. Giacetul and proficient rid ing KuaTa,ltC0(l. SGEO. L. HALEY, 603 E Street N. W. Jk JOHN I'. MUISI'UV, Mannger. t ' e I SSX3SS303GXi5SSS3O j If You're Interested J in the problem how to keep jour 3 5 house warm with tho least ci.pen- Q 3 diture jou will try huininf; Coke. 0 1 Cnke not onlj costs less than any ) other fuel, hut also sie; out moro w ) heat. Why not band us a U-iil or- W j dei'' It'll not cost much, as follows: 0 j 40 Bu. uncrushed Coke, for $2.90 g 40 Bu. crushed Coke, for $3.70 Washington Gaslight Co., j 413 TETII -STItEUT N. W. Oi NVm. J. Zeh, 9:0 20th St. (Phono 170.) G3SSP SSGXS5XiX2X955SXS fTlirf5lgili'WEi1rVmffXfc(iT c : p n u t hcln is, the sccrot of our more than oi dinary good work. Onrlielp know their hubiness from start to finish, henco clear win to shirt fronts with collars and cuffs that match cxact- Cor.fith&CSU Sewiug 3Iaclunes m Operated by Electricity. S " Dozens of dressmaKcrs " " T.?ud hi)u-cl:eciicrs have applied to us to supp y ... electric current f oi ope- . rating their sowing - h, '-machines. It is quite a J9 9 . Cnovul idea, but is sitntdy . . . -acco xplisliod and "at s? ..... very little expense. No S . ... danger no truulflo. See us about it. U.S. Electric Lighting Go. g l'i.1 Hth St. N. W. 'Phono 77. IC Clilclicstcr'u Hncllah lInxnontl Jra3if. rEKi V -SV Orlffinnl end Only Genuine. A Dronrfst for"C3icAcJ(T Enolith Jlia V ,tnond Brand Jo 1 ted acd Gold mctalttcWy jboics scaled -wlih blue ribbon. ToUc y 'titmsandimltatioHi AiDrugglrts, oracnd4. in stamps for parlleulin, tntlmonlals asil "Ifeucr lor i.nnic." in tencrr oy rciurn 'fhlchcAterChcmlcalCoMnniiuiiiKnun.v;. tfit3 bU Local Drussisu. l'liilcda., I'o. QSSQSQSS SS5 MaRCGRAF will call for your suit pi ess aud clean it for G3c. nil i-, c, "w -r i9 -..... ... 0 Dress Suits Gamer & Co. FOB, HIRi;. 7th nnd H tf. X.W. rw su 1 Jk T0LMAN aSrV wwwv 38 -ira ac cTvi "c JS GREENROOM AND FOYER Christmas Week Attractions at Washington's Theaters. EVERY SHOW A NOYELTY Casino Ileview, a Hoyt Farce, a New Uurgess Comedy 3Iiss Blair as a Star, and the Octoroons. COI.UUHIA-eII Buikoss In "JUtc Odd Jtihs I'odd." SXTlO'XlWt- Caroline Il.sliel Hbyt Jn "A C'uii.euibU Woiimii." I.AFAYI-7rrii-culiioVj annual re view, "In Gay 'ev "York." AC'AHKilY lSuKenie Hlair In "JSust Iyiuie." GHAD "Tlie Ur-eat Jfortliuesr." III.IOl "Little Trixie." KKHXiVA'y LYCEUM-Im1iuih' Oeto- I OOllh. THE actor shares few of the Joys of Cliribtmas. To limi tiie days preced ing briii otdy empty benclies and ne Klect, aud tliouj;li holiday (,-rowds come and aipiaud his performance it is no day of rest and festivity for him; on the contrary, it ib a "day of extra laborb. But the disciple of Tliespie is a merry boui, philosophical in ids careless way, and wnen lie lias plaed histwoper foi mances lie will put away the cares of his work with his make-up anil relinquish himself to dissipation at about the hour that the unbohemuins are giving them selves to the sweets of sleep. Tlieuctor's Christmas begins at 12 o'clock midnight, alter the holiday has been wrung or its jojs by people in the prosaic pro fessions. Players Jire generous, charitable people, anil gie presents to their friends, though it takes their labt penny and tliey haelo borrow on their prospects. Some times the stars or the managers gie the company a supper, and then the gifts aredicinbiited. hut oiu-n.and alv.-aj s wm-n theicare er young people in the party, a Christmas tree is the thing. In one of nir theaters next Friday niglit. when the audience is gon' ami the lights are out, there is to. be a glorious Christinas tree, and the managerial Santa Claus who pro Mdes it has been buswng Iiimself about It all wee. We respect Ids request for se cretj. One of tlie stars will banquet the comp.inv at Friday midnight. Other fes tnities there will be, but no announcement lias been made ot them. The managers offering to the public is nc h i a no elty There is a novelty at every lioiise The Columbin lias Xeil ISurgess, in hisne vc oini'dy,"The Old iliss I'odd.1 ' There is u. laugh even in the name. There are to be a number of New York managers in town tins week to look the production over. Its MiiTCnS lias rear! ied the ear-., and they arei oming to verify reports and bidagautst each other for its New York production Tor a run t arolme Aliskcl-IIoy t, t he queen of beauty, who is wife to Playwright Charles Hoyt, makes her "Washington debut as a star at the National. This is the opening week of her season, and her famous husband ac companies lierliure to attend to the proper piCM'iitation or his pUj , "A Contented Woman.' We are in the habit of looking to Canary & Lederer, or the Casino, for a merry skit of a review every year, -and they have for three years purs'ued tins pleasant liabit. The rirst year it was Tlie Passing Show," last year they gave us "The Merry World," and tins time it is "In Gay New York." This burlesque conies to the Lafayette. In the company are David "Warfield, ttilh ills famous TJebrew stones;, Lee Harrison, and the originals of the Casino cast. The novelty at the Academy is the first appearance as a. star or beautiful and artistic Eugenia Blair, wife of Robert Downing Jler play is "East Lynne," a standard emotional drama, old enough to be new and good enough, when properly played, to survive many years y-t. Mis Blair s stellar debut wUI be watched with much interest by her numerous friends in the capital. The Grand has the new American melo drama by Herbert Hall Winslow, "The Great Northwest," and the Bijou presents a delightful comedy in "Little Tnur." The Lyceum lias Isham's Octoroons, who made such a sensation with the patrons of tins house w hen they last appeared here. All the theaters will give the public an opportunity to enjoy themselves at a Christmas matinee ami iucidemall reach out for a share of the sound li'oney wnieh is the actor's most desireu Christmas p:es cnt. HC fortunes of tiie attractions on the I road seem to be working out on the I just principle of honor to w'liom honor I ! due The good plays, with actors in them who can act, are doing ex ci'ptional business The poor plays and poor actors are already drenched by the spray of the waves of bankruptcy which are overtaking them Some managers, wltli taste and tact in the judgmeiiLof their wares, are coming money, nnd others with no sufficient excuse for demanding the pub lic's dollars, arc deep in distress Acting upon the fallacious principle that w-tiat New York likes the rest of thecountrymust have, a number of Gotham's vaudeville fads lun e been sent on tour Lastwinterthe voracious appetite of the New York pres fot novelties made possible the sensational puffing of every new performer who came fiotn abioad, and the gullible New Yorker fell in with his newspapers and paid by tlte thousands to see Guilbeit. Loie Fuller, Chevalier, 1'regoli, Maggie Cline, Lock liart's Elephants, and others. These indi- alii. iK mistook the attentions they received at the hands of the newspapers, and the pocketbooks of the public, as the magne tism of their own greatness instead of the artificial stimulus placed by the press on a susceptible public. Managers agreed with the performers, a ml, with the sauce-foi-the-goose-sauce-for-tlie gander proveib in mind, decided that "the road" would swaliow what New York had bitten. The result is a matter of evidence. The Locktiart Ele phants packed their trunks and -went uaefc to New York before a tenth of their twenty one weeks tour was completed. Maggie Cline h:;s plajed to enough people-in each week to fill a good-sized theater com fortably on one night. Loie Puller and Guilbert went across the country last year on a flying one-night tour, and the backers paid the balance. Fregoli closed after a few weeks of road experience, Chevalier sighs when he sees his meager audiences, and wonders at the disparity between ids triumph in New York and his fall on the road. Sandow, another nine days' wonder, bit the dust of defeat so early in the season that he is forgotten. The moral of this little tale of woe is that we're not the tail that New York wags. There's good and sufficient leason for all tiiese failures. Guilbert was a con summate artist, but the insincere people who pretended to understand her, when they didn't, were not numerous enough out of Now York to make iicr tour prosperous-. Chealier is a fine character actor of what is known as "bits." He would be an acquisition to the finest company In the world, but any man is more or lessnionot onous for ten songs in one evening. Fre goli was clever and ingeniously tricky, but not finished, and there was too much of him. Road repudiation of New York eccen tricity teaches into dramatic offerings as well, but it js particularly marked an the vaudeville fiascos. NARY SANDERS was in town last week. Everybody in Washington know.s thi- winsome little actress. She is a prime favorite with the summer stock patrons, but she is welcome at all times and in anything. Tins time sho came as plaintifr in a suit against Richard Mansfield to recover sal ary due on a breach or contract, and it is pleasant to be able to say that tweUe Jurors, united Jn presenting her with u verdict worth just SI, 350. Miss Sanders' offense, it transpired in the course or the trial, was not incompe tency. Mansfield had better not charge "our Mary" with any such sweeping slan der. We know better. The little lady, it seems, hadseated herself in the actor's chair ; in fact, as his man Rodriguez described it, "the sacred chair." When this precious bit of testimony -was elicited the court room took it in the same spirit that an au- dience takes the chief Ud-blt ot a farce. And sucli it waa. Since the close of the stock season Mis Sanders has had a mercurial existence. The last-days of the summer she enjoyed in a Virginia country house. When site went to New York she was taken ill with ma laria, but she accepted an engagement to' cieale a role in a new play by McKee ICankm. She went through the larger Western cities, but returned to New Y'ork, when the play proved a failure in spite of a strong east,' and went to bed a very sick woman. She recuperated sufficiently to come to Washington to win hcrsuit.andshe feels that she will be strong enough to re sume tier piofesslonal duties la a few weeks. Oolin Hare is so anxious to have her in his company that he lias engaged her fur the New Yorkrun, beginning January 1, though lie will have to make a place for her in Ins company. Her work with Mr. Hare will be watcne I with interest, for she is a beautiful und talented little artiste. She is a pet .n Washington, and her success is always pleasurable news iu this city. A SQUIB appeared in the-e columns last week about a certain actress' .su perstition, which Bert Riddle read. While tliis is a peculiar weakness with the profession, Bert eschews all regard for the potency of charms. He loves to flaunt his bravery in the lace of the dreaded 'thirteen." He tells two instances of his good luck by asso citaing with it. "Several seasons ago I was treasurer for a company playing in the West," waid he. "We had a big jump andwe took berths In the sleeper. Tlieleadinglady liadNo. 13, and I had No. 5. She came to me with tears in Iiercye4nwi begged me to take her out of that horrid berth. I didn't mind the number und exchanged. That niglit she was robbed of every cent shehadandall her jewelry. I slept serenely and untouched. Yo'i see, some one knew that I had all the cash oflliecompany.and knew I had taken berth No. 5. If I "had kept it the thief would have taken every cent I had. "Another experience with this number was in Houston, Tex. I had a top room. The Statewasenjojing a 'norther. A 'norther' In Texas is of a character to send chills down .lack Frost's back. I wanted a fire, but I had no fireplace. When I rang Tor the clerk, he apologized, but said the house was so full that the only other room was 31'i,in another part of thehouse, "supposing .i professional would not brace the siqierstition attached to the number. But I took it and enjoyed a good night's rest. Next morning one of the company went to the room whre I was first quar treed. There was no reply to the rap, of course. Then he studied smoke ami broke in the door. The room was black with smoke which had come in through a crack in the chimnev. He expected to find me dead, but I was only sleeping securely in 313. I'll take thirteen any time, and it'll bring me good luck." ONE story begets another, especially when agents are congregated. Will Wheeler, of "In Gay New Y'ork," told of Lucy -Daly's, expensive visit to her husband, Happy Ward, of Ward & "Voke.s. Marriage in the profession is not always a bond of union. When a man i ar-lscd when he last saw his wire he Is apt to reply, "Out at Flatbush junction, hhe was crossing tiie plationn with the leading man of her company, and I was totlngoursoubretteandher hand baggage. When Miss Paly was a bride of six weeks a Sunday happened along which found her husband m St .Louis and our company clos ing in Chicago to open in Detroit. The manager gate her leave to iisit ner hus band in St. Louis She went, but when bhcrel timed! When she returnedsliemtssed her train, and had to hire a special en gine and car at $1 a mile and speed like sin Tor 130 miles to catch the regular. It cost iier an even week's salary to spend Sunday with her husband. George Wright told one on Charley Hoyt. The scene ot A Contented Woman" is laid In Denrerandthesubjecis woman's rights When he took his wife to Colorado's capital he feared for the reception. Ills terror -was oen augmented when he saw Mrs. Lease, Mrs Lafferty and Mrs. Estes, the campaign lomnnttee, in the house Next morning he got a letter inviting hira to call at the committee's headquarters. That was too nuch for him ne feared to face them, his pride wouldn't; let him stay away He sent twelve dozen ruses ahead and followed after The sequel was most surprising The suffragists received him warmly and did all they co-dd to make Mr. and Mrs Hoyt's stay agreeable, but not until they had given him a scare that would have brought heart failure to a man who hadn't the nerve to star Uncle Anson George June, who is courting "The Odd Miss Podd," was called upon, but lie was overcome with modesty, being "i.othing if not original " So Bert Riddle told of the halcyon days or "Jane," when the r tir letters stared at one from every pastable spac- on Manhattan Island. The profes sional jokers conceived that It would be a good Joke on June to -snipe" his name about like Jane's One morning Broadway awoke to find "June" on every rail, barrel and board At first George accepted con gratulations on his enterprise, but soon he drew ofr the thomugntare till other paper blotted out his trade-mark. The last man to o n the circle was an old-timer, and lnsstory wast tilled from the archives of the archaic Aruiaases "My star," said lie, "has a rattle snake or ehestra. Fact! She has naki s, of varying ages with varying numbers of rattles She has them sortid by tones m a I armontous scale When she touches their hea'ds they rattle their tads The effect is indescriba ble " tit, was t.he effet t of h's yarn COMING TO THE T13EATERS. "In Gay New York," winch will begin its engagement at the Lafayette Square Opera House tomorrow night, is described as a merry melange of burlesque, tr esty, spectacle, farce, opera and comedy. It made a distinct hit on the occasion or the Casino production in New Y'ork city, and this hit has K-en followed by a series of most successful engagements, m Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati and other cities.. It is said to be a noielty among stage productions, its scope embracing much that is new nnd unique. Ostensibly a re view of the season .mil in .i nuasure fol lowing the hncslalddownin "The Passing Show" and "The Merry World," it Is in reality something more, for it takes on the inula colors of n spectacle and the fun and exaggeration of a, burlesque. The book was written by Hugh Morton and the music by Gustavo Kerker, wltose facility in providing the popular sort of patters and jingles necessary to such an eiitertainmeut Is well known. The stor describes the strange adven tures or Johnnj Brown and his bride Sally on their honeymoon trip to and through gay New York. In the first scene the aud ience is introduced to the newly wedded pair and their friends, on the Milage green at Huckleberry Centerf Me. In the next scene is witnessed their arrival and recep tion at the Grand Central Depot. The Mar malade Sisters, who,. as the Smith girls, were former associates of the wedded pair in the Maine hamlet with the horticultural name, have spread among their associates the news of the coming to the metropolis of Johnny nnd Sally, and the further in for mation that Johnny has money to Inciner ate- As a consequence, a motley throng of bunco steerers, gold brick operators, strand ed Thespians, and other interesting and picturesque characters welcome the pair, humous u snow itieMshlt. of gay iiuinaui and, incidentally, to separate Johnny from his wealth. Other scenes picture the ex terior or tiie Hotel Waldorf, the lobbv and siage of the t'astno aim .u ,- , , Coney Island. From their arm-al to the moment or their departure, Johnny and Sally are given a rapid run for their com. The iconoclasts who claim that tiie best mission of the stage is to entertain and amuse, rather than educate and edifv. should nu fail to attend the performance of Neil Burgess at the Columbia theccneng week, when lie will present for the first lime here, commencing with the perfeirm aace-ou .Monday night. Ids latest greatsuc cess by Alice E. Ives, bearing the unique title of Odd Miss Podd." 4 It half the good tilings said ofitare true. Miss ,rodd will amuse and- entertain for years,. It lias made a gie.it hitwith a acry lurge class of theatergoers, who go to the play solely to be amused, for it is said to be mirth-provoking -in every scene. The acting orMr.Hurgess is" too familiar with the amusement lovers to require com ment. The play has a unique plot, winch centers around the eccentric personage of "Mlss Podd," and Mr. Burgess presents this character with his nsual realistic and ludicious effectiveness. The play depicts rural and city life in New England, and may thus be classed with "The County ...ir j. .uurgess previous success, la WtllCh hirillftrlriivrtt i.fMil. rmnlnf .. ...I 1..,.1 m -.M w.. v. w..w .gut... l,liu lut illjltj Aunt Abigail endeared him to thetheater- got--r me country over. Several new and Martling mechanical effects, tending to give life and action to the DlaV. "W hldl have liin nntunlml l.o- t Burgess; some widch.it is said, will out class the famous race scene. The Cnmnrinv nnnoa,ltn. iu e,;.t nrn.. f contain names, ot people ot sterling ability, selected with a viow as to their individ uality in tilt Wirtmral l,t rlil- w.rrnrnl ,1ia- tiritttypcscfcharactertheyareterepresent. .uis-ijui-niiy ii is u oc iicpeu mat neiore the Wl'l't Is rix-l.r rbrf fl.i. i liar .lt fashion New England Christmas will, in personal, be transported to the Columbia stage, because, without its good-hearted, ct.eerful spinster. Christinas in that secckm would ever be dull and stupid A few years since there appeared oa tho New York stagea younggirl whse-beauty created a considerable sensation, even amongCothanutes,wiii are given an oppor tunity of training their lorgnettes upon all or the handsome women in the theatrical profession, and whose damtinesH of man ner, and simple, girlish lnsensuousness made a d-ep and lasting impression- But httle was knw n of her. except that she cawu from Kei.iicky. the land of handsome women, and that her name was Caroline Miskel. Miss Miakel was first heard of in con nection with AugHstm Daly's company, but her real triumph on the stage oc curred when she joined the forces of Charles II. Hyt. When she first made application ror a MtHm with Hoyt. thau famous delineator of American humor waa verv favorabl-. impressed, and after she had made iiiiu conversant with her thram atic talent she was instantly engaged, and during ttu greater part of the season was tnp reigning favorite among New York piny goers. This Season Miss Mts kel, who is in private life Mrs. Charles Hoyt. i playing the leading role in "A Contented Woman," wnich will be seen in this city for the first time torrrow evening at the New National. At tne Academy tomorrow night Eugenia Blair makes her stellar debut in "EasG Lynne" It any one recalls Clara ilorrii presentation of "Miss M niton." a French version of the play of "East Lynne," they will recall one of the greatest effects in tha emotional line on the record of any stage, and it seems a most fitting thing that Eu genie Blair should be her successor. With beauty which Clara Morns had not she also has the soft, languorwua charm of expression in face and manner which denotes thewarnibhxd of (heSouth. whose daughter she Is- Eugenie Blair ia toe weli known to the theatrical world to need any introduction. She made her debut at Hooley's Theater in Chicago with the late John T Raymond, and since then hat supported many of tbeniosf prominent stara of the American stage. Eugenie Blair, as Isabel Vane, eannot fail to win the hearts of the public by the grace, passion and charm of her aetingand the prfeit rendering of the lint's tr that well-known and always-adored phiy of "East Lvnae." The Christmas attractfOH at the Grand Opera House Is a new one. "The Great Northwest," a melodramatic spectacle. The scale effects are complicated and va ried There is a representation of one of those wild West cities tnat n past years used to spring into being within twenty four litiurs tt shw a corn palace con structed from the sheafs There is a pa rade by the Tire department, the rival com panies of which hold a race In the second acta perspective view of the golden wheat fit-Ub, is, had The fourth act represent- a prairie blizzard the electrical effect of this s.c -ae is one of the strong features of the play. Then there is a windmill, upon neortho arms or which the heroine climbs to wave a red light to an approaching: train in or der to save her lover's life While she ia doing this the villain sots, the arm in mo tion Round and round sheflies.cluigmgto the imutviise arms ot the weauier atwtor. The company presenting the play is a particularly strong one. among which am some actor,-, and actresses, who have here tofore starred, namely, J J Dowhng and Myra lais, s,Rtin(ian Block and Charles II. Phillips. The attraeiDn at the Bijou Family-Theater this week is "Little Trixie. in which the little comedienne. May Smith Bob bins, has a part especially suited to her. "Little Trixie" is one ot those plays which have become so popular during "the last decade under the name of mii'ical comedies. There ln a plot, but not a complicated one, and is simply the vehhle for tie introduc tion of clever specialties en .the part ot every member of the cast. The part written for Miss Bobbins i Gn the protean order, and one en inently fitted for that star, who is a talented little lady, and earns the frequent applause atcrded her. There is a story ot a mother's wrongs a fortune left m trust for the little baby In the bands of an unscrupulous lawyer, who betrays his trust, and seeks, to keep the little otic out of her inheritance. An EngUh musical manager, who combines the organization of his company with tho righting of the wrougs, and a love affair between the star and a sporty artist, atkl to the comedy of the piece The whole company is good, and will introduce a number of new specialties. Tonight .it the lijou, Howson's Twentieth Century Band will pve a speciul sacred concert. Inatcvrdancewith his unwavering policy of presenting only the best attractions at tlieLjceam. Manager Kernan has secured Tor his pat roils this week John W. Isham's "Octoroons." which hn been pronounced the best company of its kind on the road, being composed of artists who a re-acknowledged leaders of their race. Madam Flower, the star, is aptly termed tbe'-Bronve MellM." Her singing in that portion of the performance styled "Thirty Minutes.r(ndMieOrns"sh ws her won derfully sweet voice to g oil advantage. She is supported by Fred J. Piper, the tina barytone. The selections are from "Pina fore," "Carallena Rusticana, "Room Ho"n!."-llTrovatore.and--Tar and Tar tar." There will be matinees daily, ex cept Monday. One of the chief delights, each season ere the annual engagements of the famous Bostonintis at the National Theater. This year this favorite organisation wiH be tha New Y'ear attraction at this theater, and music lovers arc-promise 1 a cn-tsuperiorto any tne Bostomans have presented in re cent years. Included among the artists are noted Henry Clay Barnabee. William II. MacDonald, Jessie Bartleit Davis. Eugene Cowles. George Frothmgharn. Josephine Bartlett, and others of the- crigmal csist. Those beautiful young sopranos, Hilda Clarke and Alee Nielsen, are new addi ti ns. while arrongthe tenors are William E. Phdp. late .f George Edwardc com pany, Loudon, Eng ,andT Kelly Cole, who lias madeMii excellent impression. Gracia Qulve. May YanDresser, Harry Brown.W. II. Fitzgeralri.are names equally well-known to theatergoers. The repertory will in clude 'Robin Hood."' "Prince Ananias, and "The Bohemian Girl.' Seats go oa J sale at the recular time- mm ,- .V