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THE MORNING- TIMES,. SUNDAY, JJSTFAKY 3, 1897.
COLUMBIA THEATERS Metrerott & X,uckelt. Managers. Nixon & Zimmerman, Directors. Week Beginning January 4. I ONLY MAT INK B SATURDAY First ami Only Appearance in "Washington of tlm 'Distinguished Artistes, Mr. ARTHUR BOURCHIER, Miss VIOLET VANBRUGH, AND THEIR LONDON ROYALTY THEATRE COMPANY Under the Direction of H. C. Husted, Presenting their Successful Three-act Comedy, Performed by them 300 Nights at the Royalty Theatre, London. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS, Ilerinnii Mcrlval's ! THE QUEEN'S PROCTOR, Kcw 3-act Comwiy, rrpccdpd ly the 1-act Comedy, KITTY IScsxt Week - pfew Rational 'Jheater. Week Beginning Matinee Wednesday Return of the Roaring Success, Bigger, Brighter, HOYT'S MILK WHITE PI fG Next Week HANLON'S "SUPERBA." K ERNAN'S LYCEUM THEATER, MATINEES: Wpplf fnmmpnrino- ith TUESDAY, THURSDAY "T T Zl and Saturday. Monday, Jan. tt RICE & BARTON'S SPECTACULAR EXTRAVAGANZA THE SENSATIONAL SATIRE, a gbty Coney Island." 20-CONEY ISLAND GLRLS-20 10 - FEATURES THAT QUICKEN THE PULSE. MASTERLY . MAnPI Q a MAGNETIC MATCHLESS 4 ITlVLJjErjL MAIDENS SJEXT WKint TRE LOSDOX UAIKTT GlitTLS A CADEMY Telephone 552. Prippo OK Kn 7Kp Cf nn I Matm"s Wednesday and Saturday I rubeola. OU, QC, 3)1.UU g 25 and 50 Cents. Reserved. I Return Engagement The Greatest Sensation of the Age, X WHEN Direction of James H. Wallick. Next Week -The COLUMBIA ACADEMY. Sg rf Washington. Cycling taught on a 12.0.U it. floor. Competent Instructors. Charges CEttlL Mnsle every erenins. 224 and P Cfrtets. J.HtrtBrittaiu. Mgr. Tako i'etrw; Dress Suits ,, n Pn for hire. darner & Uo. Cor "tli and BTSte. N.W. CLIVE-Actress. CHEVALIER. Tomorrow Plight. and Saturday. The Best and Funniest of All. 4 With its Gorgeous Scenery, Pretty Vivandieres in Fetching Costumes, Full Military Band, Sensational Specialty Features, Enchanting and Spirited Music, Novel and Intricate Dances, and a Great Cast of 50 Artists, flaking this production Better than Ever. CamTmF SELEGT SPECIALTY STARS 10 Tomorrow Night And All the Week. (By Charles Darrell.) Woman in Black. UCAK BUT A rf Q AIYF "Fft'Q Seventh St. and IV Of Mass. Ave. H.W. Let us supply you with your Wines and Liquors. "We can do it and do it -well. PICKF0JED, 8. W. corner 9th st. and La. Ave. SLEEPS. Q RAND OPERA WEEK COMMENCING JAN. 4. WEDNESDAY. -MATINEES- Twos. II. Davis and Win. T. Kcogh'a Latost and Most Succe33ful Melodrama, DIRECT FROM STAR THEATER, NEW YORK.i Splendid Cast, ROATHPD ' 3 Carloads Scenery, 13 MJ 111 ! t 100 People The Great Fire Scene M FR The Iron Works in operation. Great Strike Scene. THE BIC HIT OF Popular Prices Maintained, All Scats Couponed. Box Olllce open from 0 a. m. to 10 p. m. NOTE A pood seat on first door for . cunts. Soats in box, 81.00. Next Attraction-FALLEN AMONG THIEVES. 1IJ0U FAHILY THEATER JL9 ALL THIS llllll J TV ALL THIS WEEK . . ". - BIATIXEI MONDAY, TCE5DAY, Special engagement of tlio favorite IN HIS NEW PLAY THE DEAR IRISH HOME ProJucod by a Capable Company, of Recognized Artists. THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF.. THE IRIMI SANTA CLAUS IN THE IRISH AS THEY ARE IS PRICES- Evenings... Matinees.... NEXT WEEK Lafayelte Square Opara House. J. W. ALBUGH Manager NIXON i ZIMMERMAN Directors Opening Monday Night for Olio Week. SATURDAY MATINEE AND BARGAIN .MATINEE WEDNESDAY. BRET'HARTE'S Powerful and Picturesque Drama, U "Best American play sinco 'Hazel ICirkc.' A daintily beautiful conception." New York Hcuilil. .MANAGEMENT CHARLES FROHMAN. Same cast anil scenery employed 'n its tri umphant tun in New York, including Annte Russell and Joseph Hawortli. REGULAR NIGHT PRICES. Saturday Matinee Prices: Orchestra, Toe; Balcony. 50c; Fam. Circlo, 25c. BARGAIN MATINEE WEDNESDAY. SPECIAL PRICES: Orchestra, Parquet. J JJn" ' Reserved. Mezzanine Boxes, J"" No higher. Balcouy, S")r Reset ved lidwM No higher. This Evening, January 3, 21.000 and His Unrivaled Band. Tour. Ocean SOLOISTS : Elizabeth tforthrop, Soprano ; Martina Johnstone, ..to.. Ocean Violiniste. ritlOKS 23c, COc, 75c, 81.00 DOX SCATS 81.50 BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN. SEASON OF GRAND OPERA. WAL1EB DA1IKOSCII. Director GRAND OPENING.NIGHT : Mines. Melba fbv Thursday Ev"g,Jan. 11, Gounod's FAUST. special arrangement with Messrs. Abbov, Fclioeffel &. Grau), Vollmar, Mattfleld, MM. Fischer. Mer- tan. Dcrscliucli. Fridar Ev'g, Jan. 13, Wagner's Opera, "DIE WALKURE." Mmcs. MohoT-Rar-enstoin. G.idski, EL bciischuetz. JIM. Fig. clior, Derschuch, Entst. Minos. Gadski, Powell, Vo Imar.MM. Krauss, M ertens, Ernst. Hobblng, Derschuch, Lan-ie. Saturday Mat., Jan. 16 Wagner's Opera, TANNHAUSER. Jlines. Molior Ravenstein. Pawell, Eibeuschuetz. Voll mar. Mattfield. MM. Kalisch, Mertens, Fischer. Saturday Ev'g, Jan. 16- Wagner's Opera, SIEGFRIED. SCALE OF PRICES: Orchestra Chairs (Melba night) J0.C0 Orchestra Chairs (other performances. Jo 00' First Balcony, two rows i 00 First Balcony, last rows '.'.'."' J30(j Family Circle, two rows " gj'flJ- Family Circ e, last rows '" sT'so General Admission l.oo and SiOO A reduction of 15 por cent, will bo made on above prices to subscribers for the season For Subscription Tickets for Orchestra Chairs (season S17) address T. Saudford Beatv esq., Arlington Hotel. ' Regular sale, for single performances begins Monday, Jan. II. at Box-ofllee of the Opera House. Invalids are rnado strong and well peo ple kept heal thy If ihoy use pure, whole somo win os Our Sherries and Ports are hoalth-girers, and our prices are the lowest BORDEAUX WINE CO., 1847 14th Street Northwest. SPECIAL. Rates for Holiday Pho tographs. s B, F. COTTWALS, 931 Pa. Ave. SOUSA HOUSE, Kejtctan & Rife, Managers. -SATURDAY. in Production. BROTHER THE SEASON. j- ,' n( -,,, Vf- -. J i . . . . j VC - UXXit?tfc3" FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. Comedian, Vocalist arid dancer .VOS IRELAND 15, 2., 3'iand 0 cents I and 'Jo cents OSS JOLLITY CO. Daily at 3 p. in., 4 p. m., nud 8 p. in. liUMIEjlE'S See what today's papers say about it. Admission 50c. Children 25c No reserved seat3. 3"Vi.kV,aAV-C.".'.'. .'a STOCK Before TAKING .vvaD?; zue mi it of. V lighten ship tlti-mn nm-f a Hi r rY ' " I ji oaiiasL ac- Ciunifln. f. t rf. 'nna TT..-J A of the Jack Frost kind, J whose sizes skip here S and there. We mark siichfora "quick sale i charging the loss to the clerk of the weather, f Maybe y oil re built to fit i some of these the pri- 5 ces are built to fit you. J For example: a Shirts Drawers- WERE 50c FAST-DYED Sizes 38, 40, 42, 44. Heavy Wool (Shirts only) 42, 44, 46 The SI kind goes at 50c 34-44 bltirts SCARLET WOOL 30 Drawers 40 S2 and S3 50 kinds 40 atf5C Norfolk and New Brunswick Drawers IM Sizes S6 and 38. w I JOSEPH AUERBACH, 5 Men's Outfitter - . G23 Pn. Ave. 3SSX33SG5SGSSSSS0Sg It's a Useless waste of money to pay the high prices asked for other fnels, when Coke is far su perior and costs less. Burn Coke and save your money! 40 Bu. uncrushed Coke, $2.90 40 Bu. crushed Coke, $3.70 Washington Gaslight Co., 413 TENTH STREET N. W. Or Win. J. Zeh, 920 20th St. N. W. (Phono 470.) eSS3?33SS5XE)SieSS p" j t 14 W j xStyW d $ ICE PALACE, Corner Fifth and L Streets Northwest. REAL ICE SKATING Every Afternoon at 2. Every Evening- at 7:30. INSTRUCTION FREE. Ice Palace Orchestra at Every Session. SPECIAL. ALL THIS WEEK fliss Fannie Davidson, Champion ady Skater of Canada. Exhibitions Every Evening- at 9 o'clock. Saturday Afternoon at 3. V, ADMISSION, 25 CENTS. EpeclaliiMorniug Classes for Instruction Every Morning, 10 to 12; 30, Gossip from the Gathering Places of Theater Folks. SOME FAMOUS STAGE KISSES .Offerings at the Playhouses This Week Include Two Novelties -and Several Good Pieces. LAFAYETTE Bret Harte'fl "Sue." Tonight, Sotisa. COLUMBIA Bnuchiers in "The Chili Widow." NATIONAL. noyf-s "A Milk White Flag." ACADEMY "When London Sleeps." GRANI) "Brother for Brother." BIJOU Dan McCarthy. KERNAX'S Rico & Barton's Gaiety Company. THE novelty-hunter will have more of an inning this week than last. He hud a bad attack of ennui New Year's, and it is well that homething new Is at hand, to rouse him from his stag nation, for he i a blase creature, and withers in neglect. H: cannot subscribe to the proverb, "The Older the Better," on the theory? or the survival of the rittest, for it is really not simple quality, nor yet quantity which he desires, but a new htu satloir.theawukeiilngot an untouched emo tion, and the acceleration of the interest by surprise. Uo would rather assist ut the obsequies or new-born than sit In the mature glory or an old favorite. A first night is his delight, even though lie sleep, to he awakened fortheentr'acts.Mipperand bed. He believes heartily in speeding the parting and welcoming the coming guest. Arter nil, there is a modicum of method in his madness. His philosophy is but the application to theatricals of our own con ception or the ethics or listening to a Joke or an anecdote. Repetition breeds con tempt. It is rather hard to listen to the best story when we are assured beforehand that It i good, and, in fact, have the point elaborated for our unwilling ears. This week our friend, and all of us, have some novelties to stir up the stagnation of the past six days. There ls "Sue," with the promise of unsullied ingenuousness in the modest domestic title. "Sue"' is the child of Hret Harte, a gen tleman honorable in literary ac complishment, a comparative stranger to the stage, and an American Anglecized by adoption. Annie Rusell,sweetestof women, plays the sunbonnet heroine. Miss Russell does not depend for fame on the fact that she is the sister of Tommy Rusell, of "Fauntleroy"' fame. This does her an in justice, for. in the right of her own achieve ment, she Is an artiste in the broadest and highest acceptation of this poor, maltreated title- Neither is it true that Joseph Haworth depends for distinction upon the reflected glory of his brother, Will, who eats rare hits and writes "On the Mississippi.' Mr. Haworth Is nn actor who does not even deign to nppoar in his brother's plays. He has starred with the critical approval of Back Bay nnd Becon street, and next Sat urday night he will be mnrned to Sue for the last time, for Mod jeska has bespoken his valuable services as leading man In her forthcoming California tour. Arthur Louchler comes to the Columbia. The erudite smattcrers who have been be lalonng themselves to &ay "Eoo-she-ay" are .ill wrong. The Kngl'shman calls him self "Bon-chair.' But that Is a detail. The former leading man at Daly's brings an accredited success in "The Chili Wid ow " If Anglophobia has not polluted the Judgment of his commentators, then may we rejoice, for good things are few and infrequent, and th"ir advent is wel come Baltimore last week witnessed a coincidence In the whisk of fortune's wheel. Playing against each other in the Monumental City were Mr Bouchier and his predecessor at Daly's, Mr. John Drew, both of them stars now. Charley Rich man may read of this with hope. Wash ington will take the "former leading man at Daly's" on the instalment plan, Mr Eouchier at this end of the month, Mr. Drcv at the other end. "The Milk White Flag," long may it wave, offers a truce to fan -lovers at the National. "When London Sleeps" re turns to the Academy. At the Grand will be seen "Brother for Bi other," a melo drama by Prank Harvey, who feathered his nest years ago with that stirring play, "Woman Against Woman.'' He mast scent a mascot in his peculiar repetitlonal titles, and he evidently don't care a sou whether they are "for" or "against." The Bijou has Dan McCarthy in a new comedy, and the Lyceum presents Rice and Barton's Gaiety Company. Sousa, christened John Philip, and en Shrined in popular favor as "The March King," pauses in hislittle 21 ,000-mile jaunt to play a few tunes at the Lafayette this evening. Mr. Sousa lias been very oblig ing about stopping off on his way from Baltimore to Cumberland, and the public has always proved itself appreciative. The indications are that he'and his men" will receive the conventional ovation. 1 V ITH the Bostonians last week there JJ was an unusual number of theatri cal celebrities who were not on the bills. Among them was Will J. Davi.s, one of the most conspicuous of the Western managers- He owns the Columbia and Hay market theaters in Chi cago and has a new theater in 8t. Louis. Jessie Bartlett Davis is his wifeN ThLs domestic couple, with their twelve-year-old boy, spend the restful summer on their country place at WUIowdale Farm In North ern Indiana. Tlctor Herbert, who first be came famous as a solo 'cellist, then as leader of Gilmore's Band, and more re cently as the author of "Prince Ananias" and "The Wizard of the Nile," spent the week with the Bostonlans- With him was Harry B. Smith, the author of nearly all the librettos of any account which have been given music during the last ten years. The two latter are with the company to re- Convention hall, hearse them In the new opera of Smith and Herbert's making. It will be produced in Pittsburg this week. The piece is called "The Serenade." Mr. Smith said he was tired of caliphs and rajahs and sultans and kings, mid other papier-mache monarch, and proposed to make a departure in op eratic nomenclature. The serenade is a musical motif, which every one in the opera pings at one time or another, and is the fifth wheel of the story. He believes the name as appropriate as any could be The action tukes-place In Spain, but Mr. Smith said that he even hadn't determined at what time! Such are the exigencies or the piece that everyone in the chorus must be beardless, so last week about twenty of the chorus men submitted finely fostered mustachios to the barber's blades, and turned up one night with the unshorn visage of schoolboys. The girls didn't know their erstwhile bewhiskered companions, and there was a nice ado be hind the scenes, until It was firmly es tablished that the dressing rooms had not been invaded by a troupe of college boys bent on the abduct ionof the chorus girls. ONE of the landmarks of American theatrical history is about to Iks sold. It Is the old Front Street Theater in Baltimore. Just a year ago last Sunday twenty-three Polish Jews were killed in a panic following a false alarm of fire, during tho performance of a Jewish play. It was built in 1820, and at that time it was regarded as the largest and finest theater in the land. For forty years it was used for theatrical and circus purposes. It was burned in IS38, but -was dtrectly rebuilt. Junius Brutu3 Booth made his first appearance in this theater, and Jenny Lind sang there in 1ST0. The wealth and rash Ion of Maryland crowded tho house and in four performances her re ceipt, were $00,000. The Old Front Street has a national political Interest, because it was from its stage that Stephen A. Douglas was nominated for the Presidency in 1 St0 and Abraham Lincoln Tor a second term in 1S64. The old place has been con demned and closed since the catastrophe of last year. The present state of theatri cal business in Baltimore makes it Improba ble that any purchaser will have a contin uation or its old career in view. The walls will doubtless be razed and Its name and fame alone will remain permanently in the annals of the stage. 5 AM DEVERE has in mind the writing of "After Thirty Years: or the Ro mance of a Black-faced Comedian." Sam isn't the vernal fowl, other wise spring chicken, that his merry antics imply. He can tell you war stories that are chapters in his own IRe. Last Friday night a tall man, -with aristo cratic, or, at least, protessional, side whiskers, stood at the back of the Lyceum auditorium, listening to Devere's fun. There was a knowing look in his eye. Finally, he bobbed his head and sought the manager for permission to speak to Mr. Devere. AVlien he reached the stage Sam had just come off. "Aren't you the Sam Devere who was detailed as ambulance driver for the Ninety-seventh New York, with head quarters at Aquia Creek?" queried the stranger. "Yes,"' gasped the astonished comedian, fairly paling through1 the cork. "And who the deuce are you?" "I am J. W. Lake, doctor, now of the Sixteenth Maine.'' "I remember," chimed in De vere, "you used to dance on the soap lioxes wlule I played the bnnjo eh? Yes- Say?" Tiie last seen of the two they were tete-a-teteacrosi a table drinking to the new year, then several hours old, and resuscitating memories of the banjo and soap-box days. A SIVGLE item was written in the cur M rent annals of stage land last week. The activity of producers and the fertility of dramatists could sum mon but one novelty. It wasthe production of a dramatization by Edward Rose of Stanley Weyman's romance, "Under the Red Robe,'' given last Monday evening at the Empire Theater, New York, by the stock company. Itispleasanttobeabletoannounce a success both artistic and popular. This drama was In rehearsal on the stage of the Lafayette at the time of the Empire Com pany engagement here last mouth, and, at that time we gave a resume of the inci dents and thedistributionof the characters. It only remains to say that Mr. Rose seems to have been as successful with Mr. Wey man's romance as he was with Anthony Hope's "Prisoner of Zenda," and that the American players, with the exception of Mr. Faresham, who suffered at the hands of the critics, received general commenda tion for their efforts- COMING TO THE THEATERS. The coming of Sousa and hU superb organization will be the most welcome incident or our musical season, and the an nouncement of their appearance at the Lafayette this evening will be pleasant In telligence to the admirers of the "March King." Sousa made a trans-continental tour in 159G, which was the most successful ever undertaken by a musical organization, and which in point of achievement as to artistic and financial result and distance traveled, will stand as a record until it is surpassed by the splendid tournee now in course ot fulfillment, which has been planned to traverse 21,000 miles or territory in the United States and Canada bounded by the two oceans and the Gulfs of Mexico anil the St. Lawrence. In the selection ot his assisting artists, Sousa has shown the same excellent judgment. In Elizabeth Northrop, soprano, and Martina Johnstone, violiniste. Mr. Sousa believes he has two young artists of unusual attainment. In addtion, Arthur Pryor, the trombone, known andadmired by Sousa audiencea from ocean to ocean, and Franz Hell, fluegcl-honi soloist, will add interest to the program. The story ot "The Chili Widow," which will be given by the Zouchiers at the Co lumbia tomorrow nightisbrieflyasfllows. A young civil official is so Quixotic that lie will not seek or knowingly accept pro motion on any grounds than on his own merits, and yet through an outre intrigue helspiomotedto a lucrative post for which ills own qualifications a re not discoverable. Hischief sut.ordinatesthe public interest tohisprivateinclinationbygivingpromotion only to whose who happen to be blessed with pretty female relatives, but is out witted by having a charming widow palmed off on him as the supposititious wife of a subordinate. The trick is of course discov ered, but not before many very diverting complications have arisen, and the lady killer who has been beguiled rails into the matrimonial net, an unconscious victim to thefascinationsof "The Chili Widow." The gist of the comedy is the very clever scene In the second act. All that precedes prepares for this, and all that follows reaches the usual result, though it gets there by a new scheme of action. By thecourtesy of Mr. Horace West, chief secretary of tho Right Hon. Herbert Acquith (home secretary, 1895,), Mr. fcourchier, in "The Chili Widow" presents the stage settings, furniture and all the special appointments of act II, in every partcular, an exact reproduction of the chief secretary's room in the heme office, London. "Sue" is a romantic drama by Bret Harte and T. Edgar Pemberton. It has had a most triumphant run at Hoyt's Theater, where it could have remained to crowded houses all season had it been possible to secure thetime ; and it has just closed a very prosperous run at the Boston Museum. It will be presented under the direction of Charles Frohman at the Lafayette Square Theater this week with the same cast that it had at Hoyt's. nere is the story of "Sue" The girl who gives her name to the play is the daughter ot a Sierra Nevada miner. She is a charmlngtype of tho inexperienced, un fettered guileless girl, whose shrine is the rugged hills. She has been brought ap In the camp, and one would think would be wedded to its picturesque types and ways. She is not. Sue has dreams and hopes, built upon vague notions of the out- Iside world, andisnotreconciledto her nar row environment. Bcr father selects a husband for her, and in pursuance of tho crude plans she has formed for her own future, she becomes his wife, ner intention Is of the very best, but along comes a young acrobat, who stops in the camp long enough to win her rancy. It is at this iwint where tlicyouiiK wife wavers between love and duty, that the dramatist takes up the characters and story and builds up their complications. Many intensely dramatic situations re sult, and the solution of all the trouble Is not reached until the last act, in whichis a characteristic Bret Harte trial scene. Among the cast are Guy Standing, Theo dore Roberts, Sam Reed and Horace Lewis. People will ridicule- the militia Just as ongas the uniforms of the citizen soldiery continue to glitter en street parade and pretty girls are captivated by heroes who never smelled powder. Perhaps that Di the reason Hoyt's "A Milk White Flag," with its .ood-iiatured satire on the guards, strikes huch a rest onsive choid with the theater-going public. Tomorrow night this very popular satire o.i our "boys In blue" will return to the New Na tonal Theater under the personal direction or the author, Mr Charles floyt. who, with his accustomed energy fince the last presentation of the piece, ha 'tevlsedmanynewlinesandrimnj situations, added new music ar.d specialties that are claimed to be strikingly catchy and novel. Thecompany which Mr.Hoyt brings with him this time direct fiom New York is un changed in n ost or the Ieadtrg characters sira.i its last visit. Charles Stanley still carlcaturesthe Colonel, "the man Napoleon .oiketl Hfce". Lloyd WIlMin, the Major; Marble, the Undertaker, and Mr. Hoyt's latest find, Clarissa Agnew. The new ac(,uiMtons a re George Schiller. as"the DearDeparted." Mat Snvd-r, who has the rec ord of having been in even &&; of Hoyt's many productions, will be seen as the grurr old General, Harry Gilfoil. with hlswhlstlingspetialtyl and imitations, one ot "A Trip to Chinatown" original cast, succeeds Frank Lawion, as the only "Private" in the regiment, and Miss Belle Archer, as the "Widow." "When London Sleepj-,a play that es tablished itself firmly in the memory of all wl o saw it on the occasion or its first visit here, will again hold the loan! as' the Academy the coming week, when the ptn-ipccts- are that it will duplicate its farmer success. ThescenesortherlayarelaidiaLondon, the first act taking place in the dnssmc loom tent of Signor Jonesio's circus. QueenieCarruthers, known as the queen of the wire, is loved by David Engleheart.an athlete. He, in turn, has unknowingly won the arfection or Hilda Corrode, an equestrian. Queenie, wl o does not know whoherparetitsare, isiniormrdthat sheis rich, and leaves the circt.s to take her place in London oc iety ShedeepI; loves Engle heart,and wisheshim to marry her Alonjr with her fortune she gets a cousin in the person of Rodney Hajnes, an un--erupulous villian, who has 6pent his life m riotoushving, and is the father of Hilda's i hiiu. He uesires to marry Queenie, and i-o obtain possession of her fortune. This battle between the food and evil forces furnish the bclar.ee of the pluy. The company carries nearly all its owa scenery. "Brother for Brother," an English melo drama by Frank Harvey, author of "Wages ot Sin," "Fallen Among Thieves," Ac-, will be the attraction at the Grand Opera. Home this week- Judging from the press notices. It Is a melodrama of unusual merit, but different In many respects from the clap-trap plays that are obhged to have guns and pistols in every act- The climaxes follow one another in rapid succession, each one stronger than Its predecessor, until they culminate in the great fire scene at the foundry, where the hero has been lured by bis enemies into a cellar, and escape seems impossible. Fire surrounds him on all sides, when the blind heroine, guided by the uierrmg instinct ot love, breaks In the door, and in the midst of flames and falling walls rescues him she loves- This scene is said to be the roost wonderfullj realistic of any fire scene ever presented on the stage. The heroine wears an entire costume of, asbestos, and as the door finally yields to the blows of her ax and she stands at the head of the stairs , with the names fairly licking her dress and the walls ttirubliagr around her, the audience is carried by storm, and cries ot bravo are heard from parquet as well as gallery. Messrs. Davis jfc Keogh promise a cast of unusual excellence, with the finest stage s.enery and effects fceen in melodrama tills season. "The Dear Irish Home" is the title oC 'his week's attraction at the Bijou Theater It will be presented by the favorite come dian, Dan McCarthy, and a well-selected, company. One of the things that Mr. Mc Carthy has always been noted for is that he always carries an elegantcompany.and ou this occasion he has made no exceptlon- The play is elaborately staged with spe cial scenery and costumes. Many special ties are introduced by different "members ot the company, thus assuring all who at tend a first-class perfonnance- Tnere will be but four matinees during: the engagement of the above attraction Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. To the Friday matinee members of all the companies playing in the city are invited by Manager Whitesell, and frequently more ac tors are to be seen behind than before the footlights. t At Kernan's Lyceum Theater this week Rice and Barton's Big Gaiety Spectacular Extravaganza Company will be the at traction. Their introductory, a nautical absurdity, entitled UA Trip to Boston," dazzles with ghtteringscenery and sparkles with spontaneous fun. There 13 a select olio, interspersed with a number ot masterly groupings, intro ducing many lovely models- -Naughty Co ney Island," a satire on that famous re sort, is a happy extravaganza, in which Rice and Barton, as well as the other members of the company, find a rich field for their versatile talent. Included In the list of artists are Rice and Barton, Frankie Haines, the Washburn sisters, Crawford and Manning, Irwing T. Bush, Phillips nnd Robinson. Clara Law rence and Barton and Echof f. DAMROSCTTS OPERATIC STARS. Great Soloists to Appear at tho Lafayette Next "Week. Mr. Damrosch has a notable company of players to present In his Washington performances at the Lafayette next week. Hcrr Paul Kalisch, one of the first tenors of Mr. Damrosch s Opera Company this year, came to this country seven years ago He was a tenor of much promise hue little routine in the Wagner roles. He then married Lilli Lehmann, the great Wagnerian singer, and she resolved thaC she would make a great Wagnerian singer of him. This people douhted, as he bad hitherto gained his reputation in French and Italian opera, but enthusiasm and hard work have done wonders- He is now considerwd one of the best heroic tenors of Germany. Herr Ernst Krauss, who Is to taka Alvary's place in Mr. Damrosch's com pany this season, is only thirty-two years of age, very handsome, and over six fees In height. He began his career in Wies baden and Mannheim, and has just been engaged for royal opera in Berlin as first tenor, taking the place of Gudehas, who 13 getting on In years- After a sharp tussle with the Berlin directors, Mr. Dam rosch succeeded in securing Krauss for the wJrter, the Berlin people agreeing to date his contract from next spring-. Krauss will appear in America in the roles of Lohengrin. Tannhaiiser. Siegfried, Faust, Itaoul, "Huguenots," and Don Jose, "Carmen." Lilli Lehmann's return after an absence of fiVe years to America, where she won her first laurels as a great Wagnerian singer, marks an interesting event in the annals of German opera- An illness at tlie time compelled a temporary retire ment from all operatic work, but aU her strength and health have returned- And after a sensational success as Brunhilde at Bayreuth this summer, followed by equally successful appearances in Munich, she returns to us to renew her triumphs as Isolde, Fidelio and the Bruululdes la the "Nlbelung Trilogy.' Other notable players in this company are Gadski and Carl Sotncr, who ar equally famous as the others.