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?THE STAGE.
the dkama.
CHICAGO.
SOME MORE “BIFF.”
■ —crowing Bat ire upon the realistic tenden-
French authors, hr Abraham Drefeus,
“JLtcd novelist, appears in a recent num-
and is translated for The Teib
lcro believe that Len Grover is responsible
oh- jlL.uon of the word “ tiff " in its
’“‘lVttmnectiori. It became here a part of
rfeatfml vocabulary. It has travelea or
tbC city to city, until finally, it
t° lled ‘, nD ln Paris. Can it be possible that
fcas torneu p e i« his mind’s eye when
jjrcfcus baa
you won’t play it!’’said the young
alii If I should play it what
JdU amount to! I’ve played many like It.”
‘s ail I ask; it isn’t much!”
■ “Thirty representations! You are modest! ”
1 : “Yes.”
j «Kottnorc!”
1 “i taow my business, and I tell you the piece
won’t do.’ 1 ■ ?J ,
What docs It want.
u What does it want I I’ve told you. It wants
“V« •"scenic effect. A bit of sensation. The
.Mr,, which makes every one say, “ Let’s go to
■“aand snch a theatre; there’s th« thing!
tiiere’6 tie sensation; we must see it Ah,
rfl, indeed wants biff! biff!” and the speaker
irflea his eves and gazed at the ceiling.
Thns Mr. Trubert, the director of a Paris the
atre conversed with Mr. Alexis Chaudfroid, the
•Other of a piece which was then being rehears
al at the Piyantee, and on which the manage
ment had founded the greatest hopes. These
hones bad diminished from day to day,
If indeed, they had ever existed. Trubert
hid taken up the piece because be had nothing
rise to play- Cbauofroid was not deficient m
talent.- His piece was tolerably interesting, and
the actors united in saying that it was well writ
ten. Unfortunately, Chaudfroid had no reputa
tiOD*
“Ton said that the little Ferdinand Duchesne
-as even less known than Chaudfroid, and still
lie SSrene de Bongival’ drew 200 or 300 franca
every night more than the Delassemcnts Thea
tre. But ‘The Sirene de Bongival was played
bvßosita. and there was in the second act the
river of real water, in which Eosita
aemssas if she were In the Seine.” sa.d
ti “&m m defa < T That«o»a'biff.’”
If theyrauld only get something like It in
“ Albertine ” Trubert would bare hce“ f atl ’r
fl 4 Bui the Piece didn't have it, and Shand-
Iroul didn't seem disposed to make a sensation
mt of what he considered bls llUrary triumph.
gTthe young author rejected all the sugges
tions of Trubert to obtain what ho tailed com
plete effects. And this had been between them
? source of continual discussion.
“itlltartins could only be mounted,” mat
tered Trubert.
Cbaodfroid jumped from ms Mat.
u Mounted ou horseback and gallop to the
Jovere’rendezvous!—-’’
“What!” gasped Chandfroid.
“Certainly, I’ve done the same Urlng.”
“You!” „ . ’
i “Yes- Mv fatherTras a Aonnan farmer, and
*t night I used to saddle a horee and go some
miles to see ” , _ ....
“Butyou’renotayounggir]. Remember that
A'bertine leaves the chateau when everybody is
osleco to go to the end of the park. Think of
Jut entering the stable and saddling ber mare!
Absurd”’
-As you like! But 1 tell you if Albertine
arrived on horseback in the midst of the ruins,
lit up by the pale moon, you’d have an enor
mous‘biff.’”
-1 don’t like it.”
“You’re wrong. It would do for your scene
In the third act when Albertine makes the avowal
«f her mistake to the Count deLoriac .”
“Well, I don’t like It.”
“ As it Is now, it’s cold.”
“What 1 cold? That scene between the
father and daughter when he wishes to kill her,
and she throws herself at his feet.”
“Yes, I find that very cold.”
“ What on earth do you want? ”
“I’ve told you.”
“You might put in a few trained dogs,” sar
castically remarked the young author.
••That wouldn’t be so bad,” the di
rector. “It would throw a little humor into
the piece, and heaven knows It needs it-”
“ Yon didn’t say that when von received the
play. You found the scene very dramatic.”
“We can’t always reckon upon the effect at
the rending. It is'at the representation we see
u-’! . . ....
“And so you’ve changed your opinion! ”
“Slightly.”
“And you think it needs a ‘biff’!” said the
author smiling.
“Certainly. You may laugh; but I maintain
whatl’ve said,—it wants a 'biff’”
“Well, then, find it* if you can,” said the
author, rising disgusted, “and in the meantime
suspend the rehearsals.”
“As you please. Good morning, sir.”
Boon this the two speakers separated.
Chsudiroid furiously quitted the theatre swear
ing that be would never put his foot inside the
plact again. As for Trubert, after having
walked around his office, crushed some memo
randa, andcursed authors, the public, and things
generally, be found himself in the street. It
Was the month of May. He hailed a cab.
•• To the Zoological Gardens! ”
Why there! Because it is a place where few go
IjiAlay, and consequently well-fitted for medi
tation. Trubert experienced a violent desire to
meditate. Bethought: “Nice weather? Yes.
Sunshine! Yes; and for the first time in six
months. That will make things lively at the
theatres. But there’s Bobergeot with his
‘Slrene de Bongiva!.’ I don’t know where the
moner’seomingfrom. Damn Bobergeot! Then
that other piece; but the Little Duchesne,
In spite of his idiotic airs, is better than
Chandfroid with bis literary piece.” In follow
ing np the train of his reflections, Trubert
thought of his every-day expenses,—what he
bad to raise to meet tue demands ol authors
and actors. He thought of the caprices of his
landlord, the prices ol printing, the hundred
and one demands which imposed upon him the
necessity o£ a success, and then Trubert re
turned to this one idea of “ biff,” which should
make or break him.
The tab passed the Morgue.
‘•Ah!” said the director, “there’s ‘biff,’ but
ft has been worked. There was a drowned wom
an fat ‘The Countess of Somerville,’ ‘The
Sphinx’ ruined poisoning, and as for hanging
there U no ‘biff’ in it.”
Arriving at the Zoological Gardens, Trnbert
•ent away bis coach, and set himself to meas
uring the almost deserted walks. He stopped
** c ?S e lions. “That, too, is used
of to® bears, the monkeys*
other animals inspired him
reflections. Everything was
r ou h. He leave the
m ™ a ?encs. There was no
MnS'.iS.i?'?' The straw that broke the
,°U erl l equated their utility
. Ca P u Grant’s Children.”
VV mle rerolving in his mind the various ex
thf alc ' 1 and bewailing the
Uip l airLVjfr 10 flavebecome exhausted,
1 M ““ entrance to the
labyrinth. The place was deserter! Truhert
■at down. He was there but an Instant when
he heard cries of distress. He arose and ner
teived a very short man running toward him
puffing and blowing. g toward nun,
help^me!” 1 ’" “help me!
“ What’s up?” asked the astonished director
“An unexpected event It is mj-daughter'
t 0 * he and then
“Speak!”
“Well,! hardlv know how to say if’said
J °“ kD ° W Woßen
“Is she dead!”
fon ran for a doctor?” Ibe * 01
“Bat where is she?”
ble £here, sir, there,” pointing to s dump ot
indicted and at
mla wlte was needed. Let
i aeofcnmil2 US^naUca ‘ 318 fir6t thought was
Bo& wm “<? he B ta«ed for a doctor.
M®e mlnife. th °“eht of Trubert; but
*tfe ol * te f' uoon returning with the
doctor nn^° f 1116 kaeoere, who had caught a
id*. U J A ttic way, tbe director had a second
ifgtt accouchement! What
SJ iavfah,^ 1 t ! AQ ? whu « the physl-
W™“ , bis cares on the young woman,
kid l^.? otke ‘ 1 UD Uje astonishing idea which
ai~t hcen sngnested to him.
11l l? 1 * 11 ' ‘ biff ’ which Cbandfroid couldnU
bi in ttm replace the scene of the avowal
Zorim. e 5 eTcn more startling; The Count de
«itHMi n „ IrDrise1 rDrise his dauehtcrinthis critical
“toSo" . w asa “bill” entirely new! A
quite naturalistic; a “biff” which had
,a been placed on the boards, and which
would draw all Paris to Trubert’a theatre. It
was his fortune; it was a “biff” that had been
the dream of his life.
The father came and went, the prey of ex
treme uneasiness. He stopped to'question
Trubert:
“Do you think she Is In danger, sir; didn’t
the doctor come too late? I’m afraid he did.”
Trubert was filled wit n his own thoughts, and
he scarcely heard. “Yes, sir; yes. It Is very
curious. We are looking for effects, and here
is one under our very nose.”
“And it is my daughter!” exclaimed the old
man. “Poor child; poor cniid. It is dread
ful!”
“Not so very dreadful,” remarked Trubert,
following up bis idea, “We can easily put it
on the stage. You have seen the famous wash
house scene in 4 L’Assommoir.’ You remem
ber how it ends?”
“What are you talking about?” asked the
father, somewhat in a fog.
“Isav,” continued the director, “we can
‘fake’ it up, and the curtain can'be drooped
The old mao looked aghast
“ Ob, yes, it can easily be done, and cheaply,
too—by supers.”
At this point aery from behind the trees re
called the father to the reality of the situation,
fie ran toward them and returned almost imme
diately, and interrupted Trubert in the further
development of the unexpected ‘ biff.’
“ She is all right: doing well. It is a boy!”
cxdaimcd the grandfather. “ But,
sir, do me another service. Hun to the telegraph
office and send a dispatch to my son-in-law.”
“Certainly,” mechanically replied Trubert
(and he went to the telegraph office filled with
his own thoughts). “I’ll send a dispatch to
Chandfroid,” thought he; “he can come right
on, and we’U arrange the whole business at
once.”
He sent off the telegrams, but the events of
the day had mixed uo rbe intelligent director
considerably, and be mixed up the dispatches.
This was haw Chaudfroid, who was a bachelor,
received next dav a telegram reading: “Your
wife, has suddenly given birth to a
son. .I * congratulate von.” At the same
time the son-in-law, Air. Florcnt Gabilier, re
ceived this: “The difficulty is solved- Come
atonce. Enormous 4 biff. ’” * /
LOCAL NOTES.
John Dillon played at Janesville, Wis., last
night.
It is said that the frontier towns are filled
with idle variety people. There has been a gen
eral smash-up.
Tony Denier, who has, with “Humpty
Dompty,” drawn good houses during the week,
winds up his engagement this evening. The
company Is a good traveling oue.
At Hamlin’s during the past.week the colored
“Georgia Minstrels” have drawn more people
to that bouse than we have seen for some
time. The engagement will terminate to-night.
May Fiske’s bionics dosed their engagement
last night at the Metropolitan, much to the re
lief of their agent who brought them to this
city. The management of May is a task he
doesn’t care to undertake again.
For "the next three or four weeks the smaller
cities and towns will enjoy a rest from the
bam-stormers, as there will not be a combina
tion playing on the Western circuit, all having
retired —of closed to reorganize for next season.
The Megatherians at Hoolev’s this week have
done a fine business. A lively programme is
presented, which could be strengthened by the
elimination of the nonsensical attempt to bur
lesque “Pinafore.” This evening a perform
ance will be given.
Holmes Grover, Jr., who styles himself “the
Young American Sensational Actor,” appears
at Hamlin’s next week in a drama entitled
•• The Fatal Bond.” A good variety olio pre
cedes the play, in which Sanford and Wilson,
Harry Stanley, Little Eosebud, Fannie Knight,
and others take part.
A combination under the management of
James Wallack produced “Lemons” at the
Joliet Opera-House Fourth of July night to a
large house. The company consisted of Owen
Fawcett, James Wallack, Phil Hawley, Marcus
Moriarty. Airs. John Dillon, Miss Wallace, Miss
Victoria Richter, Aliss Aiarie Lester.
W. S. Gilbert’s burlesque comedy “Engaged ”
will receive its first representation on Monday
evening at AlcVlcker’s. This work has been a
puzzle to many audiences, for the simple rea
son, we,suspect, that they did not understand
its meaning. It is a joke from beginning to
end, in the “Pinafore” yein, .as can
be seen from the author’s preface to
the ploy, in which he says that In writ
ing this play bis intention was to try
the effect of treating a broadly farcical subject
in a crave and earliest spirit, and without ex
travagance in tone, gesture, or costume.
Where the parts have been played in accordance
with this theory, and the spirit of the work un
derstood by the audience, the comedy has been
very successful. When the play was first pro
duced in New York, last seasflu, the Tribune of
thatcltysaid of it: “‘Engaged’ may, indeed,
be viewed in—at least—two ways. By the
numerous and delighted audience that greeted
it last night, in the Park Theatre, it was
viewed as entirely a piece of fun, —as a skit at
the contemporary Wilkie Collins style of plot,
and as a frolic among farcical incidents. In this
aspect it is not merely void of objectionable
attributes; it is trenchantly satirical and
deliciously funny. By obseirers who look
beneath "the surface, on the other hand,
it may he viewed as a sardonic
satire upon human nature; and to
euch thinkers, perhaps, it will bring sadness un
derneath smiles. In any point of view, how
ever, it remains one of the most brilliant pieces
of sarcasm that have been produced, in
the dramatic form, since the days of
Colman and Sheridan. The movement is
light; the invention rapid; the incident comical;
the susoense sustained; the mystification, while
transparent to the auditor, most perplexing to
the actors; the satire comprehensive, appropri
ate, neat, clear, and fatal: and Die style as crisp
as crackling snow and coldly bright as ice in the
starlight. The underlying idea in the exposi
tion of character is the omnipresence of selfish
ness and imposture. It seems to have occurred
to Air. Gilbert that society is one vast network
of fraud. . This, in an earlier day, seemed also
to be mental dntt of a greater mind than his—
that of Douglas Jerrold. There may be much
in human experience to promote such a convic
tion; and it should not hastily be said that such
a scourge to shams as Mr. Gilbert applies in this
piece is not needed or justified.” The cast of
the Alonday night’s Qprformance will be as
follows: Cheviot BUI, a young manot property,
Mr. Charles Stanley; JSevawneij, his friend, Air.
E. Fulton Bussell; Mr. dymperson, .Mr. Hudson
Liston; MaJ, Macgillicuddy, Air. Charles Col
lins; Angus MaeaUister, a Lowland peasant lad,
Air. W. Herbert; Melinda Treherne, Aliss Lillie
Glover; Minnie, Hymperson's daughter, Aliss
Estelle Clayton; Mrs. Macfarlaue, a Lowland
widow, Airs. J. W. Briitone; Maggie, ber
daughter, a Lowland lassie, Aliss Alice Mans
field; Barker, Minnie’s maid, Aliss Blanche
Wheaton.
NEW YOKE.
A CHANCE TOE THE OBITDAJir-WEITEE.
Special Correspondence of The Tribune.
New York, July 2.—Before next season is
two months old. there Is going to be a chance
for a good reliable obituary-writer to do some
fine work on departed combinations. To the
rank and file of the theatrical profession next
winter is sure to be the most disastrous of any
in dramatic history. More comoanies are now
being made up to take the road on a dead cer
tainty that they will have to come back oy that
cheerful process known as traveling “on their
trunks ” than there were ever before nomad
combinations of any kind whatever. Every
one-horse actor in the land who haopens at some
remote time to have made something of a hit in
a certain part Is going to star next season;
“supported by bis own powerful organization.”
People who would be fair leading men and
women in stock theatres, but who are utterly
ridiculous as the main features ot an entertain
ment, are springing up like mushrooms on all
sides. They all think they are going to pull iu
tremendous fortunes by their ventures, and
every one ot them imagines that his or her com
pany will be one of the few to stick through the
whole season.. They are all laying out
routes and hooking dates throughout the coun
try, and lam willing to bet that not one-tenth
of them will hold together eight weeks.
The combination system, which has been for
a number of years gradually eating its way into
the heart of theatrical affairs, is going to hang
itself.with its own rope within the next twelve
months. Actors and managers will become
wiser .and seedier by the lesson they receive.
And some of the companies who “foot it”
back to New York may. possibly make some
money by getting up pedestrian matches on the
strength of such .peed as may be developed by
their enforced marches through the country.
There are men in Gotham who make it a
business to take ont companies .and notpay
salaries. I have in my mind
A CSBTAIN SUAVE LITTLE CHAP
who for a number of years has regularly taken
the road with big promises and every appear
ance of solidity. His way is to get his combina
tion as far as possible from New York in the
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shortest space of time. Then they'haven’t
money enough to get back again, and he
promptly stops paying salaries, whereupon they
stay with him* for the sake of receiving their
board, until his route brings them to within
jumping distance of some place where they have
friends. He always plays tobad business, yet bis
cheerfully economical measures iu regard to the
payment of his company enable him to get
along and to salt something down for himself.
Such a chap as that has financial genius. And
the first time I meet the President, I am going
to suggest blm for Secretary of the Treasury.
1 think he could Dust us up with more neatness
and dispatch than any common political
financier of this generation,—oven a first-class
Democrat of the rag-baby stamn.
But this combination business, at best, is
had. It makes actors and actresses a lot of
wandering hoodlums, without homes or family
tics, and inspires them with vagrant tendencies
which they can’t get over during the rest of
their lives, it makes them perform all parts
alike, by keeping them in a certain groove
months at a time, and thus kills' ‘ all develop
ment of dramatic art. It creates a sort of
machine-like style of playing which disgusts
auditors and butchers the playwright’s work.
It is a fraud of the first water, and it is going
to bo ventilated. Philadelphia, Boston, San
Fiandsco, and New York are to have stock
companies next season. All the rest of the
country will be without anything but combina
tion theatres, —a condition which will soon
sicken the people and demoralize the draipa.
Why, no less than a hundred combinations of
all grades are to start out from here early in
September. I have counted that number al
ready. About twenty-rynot more—are made of
good stuff, and will do well after all the rest
have been sw-eot away. But with the crowd at
the start there will be no profit for anybody.
The good combinations are most wofully ham
pered by the bad ones. It is a big handicap
race, in which the “ favorites ” are sure to win,
while the scrub runners are all going to be dis
tanced. About the middle of November the
field ” will look awfully tired.
And, as if we hadn’t enough material on our
hands already, several of our managers have
turned their faces toward the old country for
the purpose of bringing in fresh stock. To the
experienced reader qf newspapers it is extreme
ly apparent that somebody has been “prepar
ing ” this country for an invasion by
6ARA BERNHARDT.
The work thus far has been so well done that
nearly every intelligent American who roads the
newspapers—and all intelligent Americana do
read the newspapers—is moderately acquainted
with the public and private affairs of the great
French artiste. Is there anvbody in the coun
try, pray tell, who doesn’t Know that she wears
boy’s clothes, that she sculps, that she paints,
that she goes up in balloons, that she has
consumption and four illegitimate children,
that she gets S4OO a night,
that she is as thin as a half-starved rail-fence,
and that she can outract anv other female of
her weight in the world! Isn’t it popularly be
lieved that she could break as many theatrical
nbs in a dramatic contest as John Dwyer did in
his late prize-flght.with James Elliott? Don’t
everybody know that she’s jnst a regular
screamer,—a sockdolager, so to speak!
To bo sure, they do; and that’s why I say the
work of getting America ready to receive her
has been well done. The fellow who engineered
all this newspaper talk about Sara Bernhardt
knew what he was driving at, you had netter
believe; and the next step will be together
over here. I fancy that some chap on the other
side of the pond has already attended to it, and
that the plans are already laid out. But, if that
is not the case, we shall probably have her un
der the guidance of an American manager. A
week or two back, you will remember, Henry
E. Abbey, the Park Theatre man, suddenly
exodusled for Europe. Upon the same steamer
was IV. 11. Floyd, who has hitherto been known
ns the stage manager at tVallack’s
Theatre. It is now given out that
their trip, which had previously been re
graded as a mild species of lunacy, is taken for
the distinct purpose of bringing Alisa Bernhardt
to Amerca. The information comes from such
a source, too, that there is scarcely a possibility
of doubting tliat it is entirely correct. The gen
tlemen are prepared, I believe, to offer her the
tailest kind of a financial inducement, and I
make no doubt that they will also present
America to her in such an alluring light that
she will consent to come anyhow. They will
have to watch her, though.
willie peutsoh’s boat
Is also on the shore, and his bark is on the sea.
And when again he crosses o’er, he hopes to
bring Patti. (Please pronounce it Pat-tee, so as
to preserve the rhyme.) Willie’s scheme
eclipses in recklessness and daring the
wildest speculations of Jack Haverly
himself. He proposes, it the divine warblist
will consent to come, to give her 90 per cent
of the gross receipts of each performance
for her services alone,—which is 5 per cent more
than Haverlv’s phenomenal terms to Col. Maple
son for his whole opera troupe last year. He
brings enthusiasm to the business, auyhow.
Said be to one of the Delmonicos the other day:
“ Why, do you know what i’d make at those
terms’? Pd clear for myself $25,000 in two
weeks!”
Willie must have established some new theo
ries of calculation, it strikes me. Pet’s see: the
gross receipts at that rate would have to reach
the sum of $250,000. And, as Patti wouldn’t
think of singing more than three times a week,
she would have to take in something over $41,-
000 at each performance. As there isn’t any
building in New York that will hold a quarter
of the amount, why, 1 “ kinder ” think Willie
is oil his cobase, as it wore. But I don’t believe
Patti will consent to .come, anyhow. She is
afraid of the ocean, or Strakosch would surely
have had her over here ion" ago. Indeed, she
once paid him a big sum of money as a forfeit
for having neglected to keep a contract
wnich provided that she should appear
here several years ago. The latest
story of her troubles is that her late husband,
the Marquis de Caux, has forbidden her to sing •
in Prance, which, considering the fact that they
were divorced a year or more ago, strikes me as
a Beautiful exhibition of cheek on the part of
old Caux. But the French law, which appears
to be about as eccentric in some points as our
own, gives a man the right to boss his former
wile in that country, no matter if she is sep
arated from him by a stack of divorces a mile
high. It gives the lord and master a soft thing,
as you will observe at once, but it’s a little
rough on the wire. Still, if 1 were in Patti’s
place, 1 don’t know as 1 should core about going
to Prance, anyhow. The rest of Europe at
§I,OOO a night would be good enough for me,
especially when there wasn’t any vagrant old
Marquis of a husband banging around the box
oillce drawing my salary and having a Dooming
old- time with it, all to himself.
And, while lam writing on musical topics. I
am reminded to say that private advices from
London indicate to a certainty what
jack plans
are. Col. Maplcson has been engaging for him,
and has now completed an organization which
will be given to the most modern styles
of English opera bouffe. The leading mem
bers of the new company, whose names were
sent over in the last mail, indicate that the
party will be an exceptionally strong one. At
its bead is Selina ilolaro, whose reputation in
Europe is far ahead of that possessed by any
English-speaking bouffe artist we nave ever
heard this war, and who is to be the chief at
traction. Nellie Bromley, another highly-
Epokcn-of songstress, has been chosen for sec
ond donna, and Lyall will in all probability be
the basso. The tenor has not been wholly set
tled upon, but there is every reason to believe
Knight Astor will be engaged. All of these
people are at the very top of the tree on the
other side, and they will be pretty certain to
make a big sensation here, together with lots ot
money for Haverly. The repertoire will include
“Carmen“La Perichole,” and “Le Petit
Faust.” In the Urst-named opera Dolaro is said
to be even superior to Minnie Hauk, who, you
remember, made a b;g hit in it here last winter.
Jock is going to have twelve comoanies on
the road next season, so ’tis said, and he will
also be the boss of three theatres, with the
possibility of scooping in one or two more ere
cold weather fairlv sets in. There are
rumors here that be has been vastly successful
in the races ot the Chicago Jockey Club. Stories
are humming around to the effect that, the
amounts he won by his speculations were simply
enormous. Mollib McCarthy, the brave little
California mare, is the one that is said to have
enriched him more than any of the others. 1
congratulate Jack, and the only thing I’m sorry
lor is thatl didn’t get him to “stand in ” with
me on the winnings. Then I should have con
gratulated even more than Ido now. '
The organization which has for many years
been known as
THE OEOEOIA MINSTRELS
will open at Hayeriy’s Lyceum next Monday.
The company is composed ofgenuine Ethiopians,
and isoneof the oldest on the road. It was
lirst organized,’ I believe, by Charles Callender,
and until recently traveled under his name.
But last season the oarty passed into mverly’s
hands, and of course assumed Ids title at once.
Numerous additions have recently been made,
and now the company is about as hefty as the
mastodon “fortv, count them forty.” they will
hereafter be known as Haverly’s Genuine Col
ored .Minstrels. I think there is no aouot that
thev will make a "co” of it in New York, and
their drawing power on the road was long ago
lullv demonstrated.
When I was in the Dramatic News office the
other dav I fell upon
A LETTER WHICH IS GOOD ENOUGH TO PRINT.
Indeed, it is altogether too rich to go unpub
lished, so here It is:
* West Bay City, Michigan, June 23d, 1870.
C. A. Byt'ne. £sq. Dramatic yews. Bear Sm—
I hesitate,—my pen falters,—&hl— Why? ’Tis
briefly thns: Xam a young man of twenty-six—
a poor humble mechanic— who, at the tender age of
nine, was thrown on this cold and selfish world to
educate and moke my way by my own exertions,
with an aced and broken-down mother dependant
on me, (From that timetn the present), I have
straggled manfully, I lay no claim to edaention:-
What I have, I have obtained—not through Kduca
tional Institutions, but by self-application.
Others, with no better advantages have become
an honor to the world. Why can not It
At an early age, I became an ardent studier of
the Drama. Bo one admires the legitimate Drama
more than I. I have composed four dramas: three
tragedies, historical, my favorite, and one emo
tionol, which I have endeavored to bring before
the public for the past three years.
First: I addressed Edwin Booth, offering
him my favorite trasedy, receiving no answer.
Next: Lawerance Barrett: same result. Next: John
McCullough: same result. Next: Mrs. Henrietta
» hanfrau, offering her my emotiouol Drama, with
out compensation: same result 1 enclosed two
stamps to each. After all my efforts, do you won
der 1 applv to you as a last recourse! Do you won
der, to you, the Medium of the Drama, I seek with
supplicating voice! O, for the love of Heaven!
do not cast me off as the rest have, but heed a
supplicating prayer I Grant me the prlvlHge to
send you one **f my Drama’s, for your persua): so
doing, should you deem me of Dramatic ability
worthy of mention, speak in my behalf through
the Dramatic News . Think of the succor thou
would’st lend to a poor humble mechanic, en
deavoring to achieve success iu a nrofession be
loves dearer than life. lam wel aware your time
is occupied. Poor as I am, Ido not wish you to
give any lime in my benalf for nothing. I am
willing to enclose when sending the MS. what yon
may deem an honorable equivilent. I encolse my
photograph. Trusting to bear from you.. I remain,
Yonra Truly. A. W. Dotson.
It is an awful shame, vou know, that Barrett,
Booth, .McCullough, and Mrs. Chanfrau should
get ahead of a poor, humble mechanic to the
extent of two postage-stamps apiece. But there
Is some satisfaction in being sure that all sinful
deeds will be punished in the next world if not
in this. And I snould like to know bow these
miserable play-actors will feel on Judgment-
Dav when the Clerk of Court calls their names
and sternly savs, 41 What have you done with
this poor, humble mechanic’s tbrce-ccnt post
age-stamps?” Of course they can’t producethe
original papers, and they won’t dare to ring In
any canceled stamps there. So, then, the Clerk
will wax exceeding wroth, and wave his hands,
and spit blue smoke, as he exclaims, 44 Awav to
the torture-chamber with these villains. Have
’em well done on both sides!” And when
Booth, Barrett, McCullough, and Mrs. Chan
frau climb into the new hydraulic elevator and
start down the shaft, their accuser shall feel
joy toward all the world, yea, exceeding joy
aud I’ll tell the rest of it when the funeral is
over.
BAM COLVILLE
has sold his {merest iu the Colville Folly
Troupe to Locke, ol the San Fmiciseo Bush
Street Theatre. The terms of sale are that Col
ville shall receive $13,000 for the name and
pood-will of the concern, and thatjhe shall con
tinue to travel with the company and absorb its
prollts until that amount is fully handed over to
him. Of the entire sum, SI,OOO is to be paid
down in cash on the Ist of August. As Hav
erly is Locke’s partner in the Bush Street enter
prise, it is supposed that he has an iutcresfin
the Folly Troupe also,—a supposition of which I
do not fully know the correctness.
The Rice Surprise Party closes this week at
the Union Square, after a very considerable run
by the regulation summer “forcing” process.
Miss Cavendish at Wallack’s, and the Big Four
Minstrels at the Standard, gave out a week ago.
So that after next Saturday the Lyceum will be
the only reputable theatre open in New York
until the beginning of next season. Coney
Island has killed ’em aIL
MR. M’VICKER,
who started for home last Saturday night, told
me before departing that he had been on a stili
hunt while here, and that he didn’t propose to
impart all that he bad done lust yet. His prin
cipal object in New York was to secure a tirst
class company for the production of “En
gaged,”—a plan which he fully succeeded in
carrying out. And, in addition to that, he closed
for time with a number of combinations for
next season. He is expected in Gotham again
some time during July, when he will in all prob
ability complete his schedule for the coming
campaign. The old gentleman looks younger
to my eye than he did a year ago, and I
shouldn’t be at all surprised it he had struck
old Ponce de Leon’s fountain of eternal youth.
He Is os brisk as a lad ;of 30, and us lively as a
cricket: and I fancy he means to make pood his
promise to make things hum in Chicago next
winter. Ithuriel.
SCATTERING.
GREEN-ROOM GOSSIP.
Miss Ada Cavendish may act in the Fifth-
Avenue Theatre next autumn.
The Halifax critics speak enthusiastically of
W. E. Sheridan’s “ Louis XL”
Bandmann, the tracedian, arrived In New
York from London the other day. He Intends
■to play in the chief cities of the Union.
Charles Calvert, life Encilsh actor and man
ager, was under treatmant for insanity at the
time of his death. He was 51 years of age.
Miss Neilson’s American»tour has been ar
ranged up to Feb. 3,' ISSO. She will make her
reappearance on the X3th of October, at the Park
Theatre, Brooklyn.
The Cincinnati Enquirer gives Tone Pastor
the cake": “He drew a full house in Cleveland,
something that has not been known for years.
We don’t think he has got the nerve to tackle
Louisville.”
It appears to be definitely settled that “ Wol
fert’a Boost” will be produced for the first
time at Wallack’s Theatre on Aug. 13. with
Mr. Rowe as lehabod and Mr. Hardenberg as
lirom Eones.
.It Js said that the production of Charles
Reade’s adaptation of Zola’s “ Assomraoir,”
under the title of “Drink,” has caused a brisk
demand for the blue ribbon of tcetotalism, and
the piece is now on its way through the prov
inces, making numerous converts everywhere.
One of the London uewspapers says, however,
that several young bloods in the pit refreshed
themselves from a brandy bottle during the
hero’s dual agony of delirium tremens. Charles
Warner, who plays the principal part, has made
a palpable hit, and the'managcr has doubled his
salary and engaged him for three years.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal,
Sam Coiyiile ouce, many years ago, “ when he
was young and charming,” studied for the min
istry, was ordained, and preached lor some time
in Pittsburg. Miles once kept a riding-school
in St. Louis, being then only a youth of 19,
and gave lessons to a pretty married
woman who subsequently achieved notoriety
under the name of l)ora Shaw. He was then,
at different times, auctioneer,, school-teacher,
horse-dealer (he is the best judge of a horse iu
the world), proprietor of a circus, actor, —
making tens of thousands in the character of
Mazeppa , —and dually manager, including the
direction of that dangerous and expensive
business known os opera bouffe,”
In a bitter criticism of the course of the
Court at Marshall, Tex., in granting a contin
uance of the case of Currie, who killed Porter
the actor, the New Orleans Times says: “The
plan is unmistakable, it is to weary out the
prosecution, disgust witnesses like Barrymore
who have to travel 2,C00 or 3,000 miles every
time the case is called, and finally to pull Currie
through by sheer force of time and trickery.
This sort of a campaign cannot be followed out
except through \he Court’s aid and sympathy,
sustained by public sentiment, and we shall
now have all opportunity of seeing how much
sincerity there was in that glowing proclama
tion sent forth by the citizens of Marshall last
winter, promising the world that Currie should
be promptly and fairly tried, and that Hie law
should be vindicated and civilization upheld.”
A hearty welcome bas been extended to Lester
Wallack in San Francisco. Tins is the continua
tion of the public interest and goodwill which
bailed him in the West, especially at Chicago,
where his prosperity was abundant. Mr. Wul
lack is illustrating to new communities a kind
of dramatic art, —that, namely, of burn comedy,
—in wbicb be stands t almost alone at the orcscut
day; and it is a good sign of the times that such
delicate work as his should be so widblyand
well appreciated. The impression has been'to
some extent fostered in this region that Mr.
Wallaces tour is not attended with success.
This is an error. The business has not been
uniformly great, but it has. in the main, been
und the comedian has, all along his
route, been greeted and discussed with the re
spect and the thoughtful earnestness naturally
prompted by consideration of hia brilliant career,
his eminence; and his solid professional worth.
—jYew York Tribune,
A tragedy by Lord Beacqnsfleld was recently,
performed at the Crystal Palace. It is in four
acts, entitled u Couut Alarcos,” and was written
by Disraeli when in bis S4th ( year. Tbe events
of the play, which is founded on an old ballad,
are ascribed to the thirteenth.century, and take
place in tbe Castilian. Capital, Burgos.
Count Aiarcos , a Prince nearly related to
the King-of Castile, has just been recalled
from banishment by that monarch, bringing
with him his wife, Flonnonde* wdom hoTias
married In exile. the. King’s daughter,
loves the Count* to whom she plighted herself
before bis banishment, and the latter In his
awakened ambition to succeed to the throne of
Castile by marrying the King’s only daughter,
and blinded by his guilty love, plots for the dis
honor and death of his wife, choosing a certain
Moor, Ora/i, whoso crimes, he believed, had
made him bis tool. The, Count unfolds his pur
pose, but the ruffian is seized with tardy com
punction, and prefers self-inflicted death to
obedience to his orders. JJarcos , foiled in his
scheme, then dispatches JPiorfnonde with his
own hands, and immediately afterward learns
that tiolisa, the object of his ambitious, love, has
been struck dead by a thunderbolt. He then
buries the knife, reeking with the blood of his
murdered wife, in his own bosom. The play was
well received, and passed off without a hitch of
any kind. The performance occupied nearly
three hoars.
In last Sunday’s Tbibune we touched upon
the determination of managers in this city to
keep open their bouses if possible during the
summer. Every theatre is closed in New York
except the Lyceum and the Standard. The
Times ot that* city the other day, speaking of
this fact, remarked: u To keep the theatre*
open at a period when the thoughts of men
turn naturally to ideal prospects of unambitious
ease amid green fields and runuiug waters,
when the spirit is least in sympathy with the
artificial life of cities, seems to argue in favor of
an abstraction wbicn has nothing belter than
tradition to recommend it. It is
not long ago when every manager
seemed to think that he was in duty bound to 1
provide some sort of entertainment for his sum
mer patrons, although these were for the most
part visionary beings; his efforts were poorly
appreciated by the public, yet he hardly felt
witbiu hhn the strength to resist a genuine tra
dition. There was, undoubtedly, something
more than sentiment in his amiable weakness;
but, at the same time, if be bad consulted his
interests in a wholly,practical manner, be would
have closed up shon without further ado. Dur
ing the past few years, fortunately, the public
have taken the matter lu their own bands, and
their disinclination to visit the theatres in hot
weather has manifested itself clearly and deci
sively. Let every theatre of importance be closed
in the middle of June, and remain closed until
the middle of Angust. Here is a delightful va
cation of two full months for the manager who,
while It lasts, can quietly and thoroughly lay
his plans for the following season. While for
merly be was wont to do things in a hurry, to
keep himself in a constant and confused tur
moil, h<t is now able to think, to reflect, and
thus stands a safer chance to steer clear of fu
ture troubles. It is a well-known fact that the
finest workers in all branches of-* labor are those
who enjoy a periodica) repose. Why should not
this rule apply particularly to theatrical direc
tors, who arc said to be a terribly worried class
of beings? Mr. Abbey, of the Park Theatre, has
expressed the opinion that a theatre profits by
remaining idle during a brief period of eacn
year, and we have no doubt that in this sensible
view of the cose he includes the manager of the
theatre, as well as the theatre itself.”
MUSIC.
AT HOME.
THE APOLLO MUSICAL CLUB.
At the annual business-meeting of the Apollo
Musical Club, on Monday evening, June 30, the
reports of various officers showed that, while
the expenses of the Society had been kept down
to the lowest point consistent with a straight
forward musical progress, the outlay for the
benefit of its subscribers has been more than
the income.
The season doses, however, with every bill to
the outside public paid, with voices fresh and
unimpaired, with the utmost harmony and pood
feeling, and a fixed determination on the part of
officers and members to place the Club belore
the public, next season, upon its merits, and
outline the finest series of concerts ever given
in this dtv.
The following officers were unanimously re
elected:
President—James Tan Inwagen.
Vice-President—G. W. Chamberlain. /
Secretary—J. S. Hamilton.
Treasurer —William Cox.
Board of Management--James Van Inwagen, G.
W. Chamoerlaln, J. S. Hamilton, William Sprague,
U. H. Phillips.
Negotiations for eminent soloists are already
underway; rehearsals will begin in good ear
nest Sent. 1; and it is hoped that the new Music
Hall may be ready for the first concert, which
will be given early in December.
SOIREE MUSICALS.
The soiree musieale at the residence of Mr.
and Mrs. C. A. Phelns,9B7 West Madison street,
on the evening of Juno 30, was all that the
'many friends ol that lady could desire. Her
pupils ivere assisted by Misses Elate and Marie
Mcßcan, Miss Lizzie Batchelder (piano), Master
Henry Wallace of Oak Park (violin), and a very
fine Quartette Olnb consisting of -Messrs. S. L.
Coe, VV. M. Pease, J. A. Baldwin, and Pres Os
born.
The entire programme gave satisfaction, but
the Quartette Club is deserving of especial
mention, as their harmony, phrasing, and the
nroper shading of their music gave conclusive
evidence that they were more than amateurs.
The large number of invited guests were
highly entertained, and expressed a wish for
Mrs. Phelps to repeat, at some time in the near
future, the entertainment furnished them.
The pupils who appeared upon the programme
were as follows: Miss Carrie B. Norton of Oak
Park, Miss Ella M. Phelps, -Miss Minnie Cook,
Air. Chester S. Gurner, Alisses Hattie Snider,
Verona Haffner, Gertie Foy, Viola Douglas,
Minnie and Clara Sass, Julia Phelps, .Masters
Fred Batchelder, Ned Ganson, Willie Haffner,
and Leonard Douglas. *•
“PINAFORE.”
The “Chicago Church Cnoir Company” will
give ariotherseason of “Pinafore ” at Haveriy’s
Theatre, commencing to-morrow evening. The
cast will be the same as on the former presenta
tion bv this company, with the exception of the
Hebe, which character will be assumed by Miss
Ada Somers in place of Mrs. Tilton.
EXHIBITION-CONCERT.
The annual Exhibition-Concert bythepupilsof
Mr S. (i. Pratt will take place at Hershev Mu
sic Hall, Thursday evening July 10,—Prof. James
Gill assisting. The programme will be as fol
lows:
PART X.
i Tthaosodie Honerolse, No. 2 (four banqs).Liszt
p Mrs. Colburn and Miss HUI.
n i a. Valae. od. No. L D flat.... ....Chopin
~‘}b Danse Rusliquc VVm. Mason
Miss Clara Byrne.
(a *2 3lazourkas, op. 7, No. X; op. 33* No. 3. Chopin
3-! 6. Song Without Words (Venetian
/ Gondolicd in F sharp minor)..Mendelssohn
1 Miss Wilder.
4 Capricclo Brillante. op. 22 Mendelssohn
Mrs Colburn—Orchestral part on second piano by
Mr. Pratt.
5, Ssn2 “Ever-Flowing Ebro” (Ro
manze from Spanish Songs) Schumann
prof. cut.
PART 11.
„I a. Nocturne, od. 32, . I Chopin
j 6. Nocturne, op. 3< t t Q minor \
Mlss Hattie tSMmp/ermann.
(a. Ballade in A flat Chopin
b. Sonata Pathetic, op. 13. Grave—
-7j Alleero molto con hno Beethoven
I C. Melodic in F Bubinatem
Id. Hondo Briliante. op. 63 VonWeoer
Mise Hill.
g. sons— Gatty
Prof. Hill.
1 o. Scherzo, B flat minor Choom
O-j b. Berceuse. - • - • •• cu °P i , n
( c Fantaaie Caprice, op. U. 4 a. u. rrau
Airs. Colburn.
10. Vocal Selection..,
Prof. Gilt.
n Symphony Xo. 4 (known as the
Italian! (first and last move
raeut) eight hands, two pianos. .Mendelssohn
Mrs. Colburn, Misses Hill and Nexten, and Mr.
Pratt.
VESPER-SERVICE.
This (Sunday) evening there will he a Yesper-
at Su Paul’s (Univcrsalistj Church, as
follows:
Offertory-Soprano Solo- ADidc _ '_ vi _ tb _ B|an(lner
jIC .••• ••• v* • **• _______
?oatiudc(MarcbeJ .....Lefebvre Wcly
NEW MUSIC.
The Tribune has received from S. Brainard’s
Sous, 15S State street, Chicago, the following
pieces of new music.
»‘Le Petit Due Potpourri by James C. Macy.
“Bcla-Thctd-Pi Waltzes I’—by 1 ’—by James C. Macy.
“Break into Beautiful Blossoms I —Song and
Chorus- by E. H. Wincbell. _ „ -
“Mother Come to Me in* Dreams —Song and
Chorus — words by John B. Shaw, music by K. XI.
W " Daisy's •Wedding-Day”—Song and Chorus—
**• -Sweet Songs of the Pa«t”—Song and Chorus—
words uy "Oliver,” ninsic hy ‘-Kosabcl.
• - I'm Callea Little ilnttercnp ”—Transcription—
by Karl Merz. __
ETjSEWHEBE. '
KELLOGG AS 11 AIDA, ; * IN LONDON.
Correspondence ysto iork Times.
London, dune 21.—Thursday night will be
marked with red at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
“ Aida ” was produced with more magnificence
and success than was even honed for by the
most sanguine. Hitherto this splendid opera
had been monopolized by Covcnt Garden, where
it had been ■ beautifully mounted, and, with
other, advantages, counted Patti in the title
role. Mr. Mapieson, conducting hi* competl
tiois with undeniable spirit and enthusiasm, de
termined to mount and perform “ -Aida” su
perbly, and it must be confessed by impartial
judges that Her Majesty’s has entirely eclipsed
Co vent Garden on thia occasion. Signor Mag
nani, under whose direction the scenery was
prepared for the production at Cairo, was en
gaged. He brought over the scenes and prop
erties, and added to them in various ways. As
sisted by distinguished foreign and English
artists, he mounted “Aida" at Mapleson’a
theatre better and more perfectly than opera
has ever been mounted in my time. Scenery,
dresses, weapons, symbols, gods, music, every
thing, was complete in detail, as if Wagner had
been the inspiring spirit of the antiquarian and
the artist. We were in the old land of the
Fbaroahs, in its palaces, its temoles, its tombs.
We wandered by the Nile, we assisted at the
religious rites, at the triumphant marches, the
solemn judicature of “conquering Kings and
persecuting priests." The stage pictures were
received with bursts of applause from all parts
of the house, an unusual exhibition of en
thusiasm at the opera. No wonder Miss Kel
logg, who had come from America to make her
reappearance here in n part with which her
name is qreditoby associated, was nervous. 1
noticed aulong the brilliant audience Nilsson,
Minnie Hauk, Gerster, Siuico, Van Zandt, Mme.
Baife, all musical critics, and many of the most
distinguished of opera habitues. Kellogg
could not disguise her anxieev, and it
interfered with her singing oil through the
first and second acts; but at the close
she won the suffrages of the whole house.
Her last scene with Hadama (Signor Campa
nini) was an exquisite study, poetic in feeling,
delicious in vocalization, and it convinced those
who might bare previously doubted her power
that she is a great artistel Her style is more
matured than when she was last In London, but
her voice is fresh as ever, and I shall-be sur
prised if she does not make a distinguished
mark at Her Majesty’s. Campanini was mag
nificent. Trebelli, who made her first appear
ance as Amneris in London, added another
laurel to the wreath with which London has
crowned her. Nothing could be finer .than her
declamatory scenes, anil over and over again
the house “ fairly rose ’’ at her grand vocal out
bursts. The artists were called after every act,
—Kellogg, Trebelli, Campanini, Foli, Gaiassi, —
and they Drought on each time Signor Magnani,
who looked peculiarly conspicuous, a white
haired old gentleman in evening dress, among
the gorgeous costumes of his collaborators in
the performance. Miss Kellogg carried away,
in token of her success, an armful of bouquets,
and the opera is to be repeated next week.
MUSICAL VOTES.
There are eighteen “Pinafore ” troupes In Mis
eouri. It must be that “ Missouri loves com
pany.”—Exchange*
Sims Keeves has signed a contract for a
provincial tour in the autumn to play in “The
Waterman,” “The Beggars’ Opera,” and other
ballad operas.
Ignaz Broil, composer of “The Golden Cross,”
has done a new opera for the Viennese Grand
Opera-House. It is called “Bianca,” and will
be performed next season.
The centenary of the famous Choral Society
of Amsterdam has been celebrated with a per
formance of “Joshua.” Mme. Lemmens-Sher
rington took the chief part.
A London critic states that the old Italian
school of singing is disappearing from the stage.
The new operatic artists arc adopting the de
clamatory style of the French opera.
Massenet, the composer ot “Lc Roi de La
hore,” has written a heroic march to be intro
duced into the hew drama, “Michael Strogoff.”
Tiie march is said to be a very brilliant compo
sition.
Count Leopold Lavansky, of Bohemia, has
started an opera-house of bis own, in which he
feeds, clothes, and pays his artists, and, like the
King of Bavaria, enjoys their performances in
Solitude.
“ Cupid,” a comic opera, in three acts, by an
amateur of Portland, was given in that city a
year or two since, Mr. Cheever Goodwin is now
writing a new libretto for It, and it will shortly
be given in Boston.
Who says that Donizetti is forgotten? At the
present time seventeen of the leading theatres
of Italy are playing “Lucia,” —beginning with
the Politeama at Home, and ending with the
Dali 3 Verma at Milan.
This happened in Rowley, Mass.: “A young
man who has been learning to play the cornet,
and has been practicing throughout the nigbt
ana far into the morning, found nimself ser
enaded last night by bis indignant neignbors,
who assembled under his window in numbers,
nlaying upon fish-horns. Stale eggs were freely
used on the occasion, and the authorities were
asked to keep order.”
The London Figaro pokes fnn at Mapleson for
being: too economical with his swan in “Lohen
grin,” after spending hundreds of pounds on
sccnerv and costumes, and says: (“At the first
rehearsal, Sir Michael Costa alluded to this cu
rious* bird as ‘dat old goose’; and it is a fact
that the property-bird far more 'resembles a
goose than a swan. On Friday, too, ‘dat old
goose’s neck ’ wobbled about in a horribly un
dignified manner, suggesting, in fact, that the
bird had been to the Oaks lost money.”
Our American diva, Miss Kellogg, having
successfully withstood the rigors of another
toi age, has reached London for a three or four
years’ stay in England and on the Continent.
It is pleasing to read in newspapers published
there that her reception is cordial, and that in
the snmmertide or her charms, both of person
and voice, she is more attractive than ever be
fore. Miss Kellogg is distinctively an American
girl of the period. She has fought her way here
on American soil, and her triumph is dne to her
own exertions. Other American girls have gone
abroad to win their laurels, and then came
home to enjoy them. She has won them here
fairly and honestly, and no one can blame her
for going abroad to exhibit them. Bnt above
all things she must try and keep ber good old
garrulous mother in check. The old dame talks
too much about Clara’s accomplishments for
tne English people. —Cincinnati Enquirer.
The sale in London of the collection of alleged
Handelian relics made by the late Mr. William
Snoxell occupied four days. The total amount
realized, notwithstanding the unique character
of some of the lots, was only £1,739. The ex
pose In the London Timet by Walter Maynard of
the utter worthlessness of the story that
Handel’s “Harmonious Blacksmith” was sug
gested by the blows of a village smith on his
anvil naturally dissipated much of the interest
in the sale, and when the “real original anvil ”
was brought to the hammer it onlv fetched £l3.
It was sold to Mr. Maskelyne, of Eygotlan Hall
fame. Whether a similar distrust of the veraci
ty of Mr. Snoxoll’s tradition led to the disap
pearance of another relic, ’‘Handel’s waten,”
from the catalogue was not made clear, but the
venerable timepiece was withdrawn, owing, it
was stated, to the guarantee of its authenticity
not being forthcoming. It will, nowever, it is
promised, be included in a sale of Handelian
manuscripts. A portrait of the composer by
Wolffgang was sold for £15105., and one of the
silver commemoration medals of the Handel
festival of 1731 fetched 30s.
The London concert season is this year one of
special brilliancy. The Philharmonic Society
have brought ont a number of new works,
including the overture to Baron d’Orczy’s
opera “The Renegade,” and several or
chestral arrangements Jrom the same work,
wmch, bv the way, is to be performed
next season, and is expected to be a success.
An overture, “The Argonauts ” (descriptive of
the danger incurred through the seductive
strains of the sirens), has been produced by the
Philharmonic Society, the composer being a
.Miss Mary Alice Smith. Von Buelow, Alfred
Jaeli, Mme. Essipiiff, Sarasate, Saint-Saens,
Scbarweuka, Musin, Mme. Montigny, Remaury,
Sir Julius Benedict, and Charles Halle are
amon“- the notable instrumentalists; and, In
addition to Uie host of regular concert-singers,
Mines. Nilsson, Patti, Gerster, Trebelll, Mias
Van Zaudt, Miss Kellogg. Messrs. Campaninl.
Caooul, Maurel, Nicolini. Del Puente, and
Roudil, from the opera, have been frequently
heard on the concert-stage. Mme. Essiooll and
Mme. Montigny-Remaury have given a number
of performances together, and have both el.citea
the highest praise as pianists of the first rank.
One of Von Buelow’s concerts was a piano-re
cital in which he played only Beethovens
works.
It will be a source of genuine Measure to
thousands of Boston people to know that the
greatest want of the city as regards musical
matters, a permanent orchestra, is at last to be
supplied. The first step s towiml the Xonnation
of the “Boston Philharmonic Orchestra nave
been taken by Bernhardt liatzman, recently of
the Mendelssohn Quintet Club, and he hasal
readv practically completed an organization of
about thirty men, including the best talent of
the city. Mr. Llstzman wIR be the musical di
rector of the orchestra, and it is understood that
its financial affairs will be conducted somewhat
noon the co-operative principle, the .Idea being
to enlist the personal enthusiasm of every me™ -
’ her of the organization. The plans for the cora
fif.r season include, for this city, a series of pop
ular symphony concerts, beginning N
ovember, mid possibly a series of concerto aim
hartouie “Monday oops” In London. Che
programmes for the symphony concerts will be
confined to iristramenulmusic,asuflk*atn a m,
ber of solo performers being included; in the,.
membership to make a pleasing variety. The,
class of selections to be presented will bo much;
like the programme presented during the last II
season of the Thomas orchestra, InclndingpoDa
ular compositions of the best character and many
novelties.— Boston Herald.
THE GAME OF CHESS
Communications for this department ahoald be
addressed to Tai Tnißmfs and indorsed “Chou. 1
PROBLEM: NO. 188.
IT & i. PERBT, CHICAGO.
Black.
v~m iiic&i
mm Wm a mm
m mm
mm * wk i *
mm m m
Wbjte.
White to play and mate In three mores.
SOLUTION TO PR
White.
1.. to K. Kt 4
2.. to Kt 5
■ 5..8 to Q ft 5
4.. Q mates
W. A. Me Adam, Mt., Fie
Arthur W. Dole and C. G.,
7; N; M. Scholl, Ann Arboi
too. city, by 1..8 to K. 7; ai
bj 1.. P lakes P.
tOBLEM NO. 184.
iaaaat, la., Kt,,Turner, tti__
clcjr. solve It by i..KttoQ
r. Mich., and W. H. Ovlng*
nd Otto Sonnenscheln, city.
NAPOLEON AND THE AUTOMATON.
When Napoleon encored Berlin In -180 R, somebody
thought of the neglected Turk, and Mr. UadzeU •
clever mechanician, was ordered to Inspect and repair
the dosry old enigma. From cob-wehbed dreams of
King Frkz and the brave Empress, the veteran chess*
player awakened to encounter a greater than they,
fresh from the field of recent victoilea.. On this re*
markable meeting we may dwell for a moment, alnco
its history has been faithfully preserved by an eye*
witness, and has never before met the public view.
The Emperor, on this occasion, signified his wL«h to
do battle with the Turk; and accordingly Mielzel ar
ranged a second taole near that of the Turk, proposing
to tepcac the moves on both tables. This was
usual mode of exhibition. Napoleon, characteristical
ly overstepping the barrier which separated the Turk
from the audience, struck his band on the automaton’s
chess-board and exclaimed. ** 1 will not contend al
a distance! We fight face to face.” A grave nod
Indicated the Turk's assent, and the game began.
The Emperor was disastrously vanquished. Shortly
afterwards, an exhibition was ordered on this remark
able occasion. Tue Emperor placed a large magnet on
the automaton's board. Mielzel, smilingly moved th«
iron so as not to embarrass the game. The Turk played
on with his usual skill: the fatal tehee (check) wax
beard again and again, and a second time Napoleon vu
defeated. . „
The pieces were no sooner rearranged than the Em
peror quietly removed a shawl from the shoulders of a
lady near by. and with great care enveloped the face,
neck, and body of the Turk, completing his arrange
ments with an exclamation of satisfaction. With a
muffled nod the Moslem agreed to the new condition.
The game proceeded, and again victory declared itself
for the Turk. For a moment the Emperor regarded
his antagonist, then with a gesture of scorn he swept
the chess-men from the board, and crying. •• Baga
telle !” strode over knight and pawn, and so oat of tna
room.
Black—The Automaton
1..
2.. toOCS
3.. toKBS
4.. to QB4
5..
6.. to K Kts
7.. toKU4
8.. takes Kt
l>..Kt to tv US
10. .ii Kt to QS
11.. takes KBFch
12..
13.. Ktto K6B eh
14.. Kt takes Qch
15..
18.. B takes K B P
17.. Q takes K Kt P ch
18.. B to Q 5
White—Kapoloon.
i:.PtoK4
2*!q to K B 3
3,.Ut0Q84
4~K Kt to K 3
S..PtoQ its
6. .Castles
7..
8.. to KR3
0.. Q takes B
10..
11.. toQKtS
12.. K to 14 2
13.’.PtoKKt3
14.. K to Kt 2
15.. U takes Kt
16.. P to 03
17.. 14 tokllsq
ls!.K to KBsq
19.. K U> K 2
la four moves.
cUn J/ontUjf, 1893.
Black mates li
REPROACH.
You chide that in carting I show no emotion.
Nor cannot permit ycpir caress on my lips.
Yonr life—as the sea-bird that crosses the ocean,
Keating its wings on the masts of the shins.
Or as the wild bee shows its depth of devotion
Unto each flower at whose chalice it alps—
Has grown plainer to nie; and I see now the danger
That iQreaiened my life when I promised, that day.
To give my heart's wealth to the care of a stranger.
To fondle a short time, and cast it away.
I might have gone on for ever and ever
Loving the man that I believed yon to be;
But, constant to self nor to angthxna never.
How coaid 1 believe you were constant to me?
Go on your way. and I will endeavor
To wish yoa godspeed in your trip on the sea.
Belter for me did you sleep with the billow,
True as I beiievedyou on that Summer-day
When you told me your lore as we sat ’ncath tht
* willow.
And 1, like a fool, gave my poor heart away.
HouniCANi: Ham, Jane 30,1870. Avis Grit.
English and American Faces.
Richard (Irani White in July Atlantic.
When I landed, one of the very few differ
ences tliat 1 observed between the people’whom
I had left and those among whom I had come
was a calmer and serener expression of counte
nance. This, in the descending scale of intelli
gence, became a stolid look, the outward signs
of mental sluggishness. But, higher or lower,
in degree or in kind, there it was,—nlacidltv in
stead of a look of intentness and anxiety. Now,
to suppose that this difference is caused by less
thoughtfulness, less real anxiety, less iaoorious
ness on the part of the Englishman is to draw
a conclusion directly In face of the facts. Tho
toil and struggle ot life Is harder In England
than it is here; poor men are more driven by
necessity; rich men think more; among alt
classes, except the frivolous part of the aristoc
racy (not a large class), there is more mental
strain, more real anxiety, than there is here,
wnere all the material conditions of life are
easier and.where there is less care for political
and social matters. Why, then, this difference
of look! lam inclined to think that it Is.dne,
in a great measure, to a difference of climate. —
not to such effect of climate upon organization
as makes a difference in the physical man, bnt
to a result of climate which is almost mechan
ical, and which operates directly upon each in
dividual. Briefly, I think that an expression of
anxiety is given to the “ American ’’ face bv an
effort to resist the irritating effect ot our sun
and wind. Watch the people as they pass you
on a bright, windy day, and you will see tliat
their brows are contracted, their eyes half
closed, and their faces set to resist the glare ot
the sun and the flare of the wind; and, besides,
in winter they are stung with the cold, in sum
mer scorched with the heat. For about 300 days
out of the 365 they undergo this irritation, and
brace themselves to meet it. Now, a scowling
brow, half-closed eyes, and a set face, unite to
make an anxious, disturbed, struggling ex
pression ot countenance, whether the man Is
really anxious, disturbed, and straggling or not.
By the experience of years this look becomes
more or less fixed in the majority of “Amur-,
icon” faces.
In England, on the contrary* there la com
paratively no glare o£ the aun and little wind.
The former assertion will be received without
question by those who have been in both coun
tries; but the latter may be doubted, and may
be regarded as strange, coming from a man
who. before be had been on English laud forty
eight hours, was almost blown bodily oil
Chester walls, and came near being
wrecked In the Mersey. In fact, there are
not unfrcqucntly In England wind-storms
of a seventy which, if not unknown. Is
of the greatest rarity in the United
States or in Canada. We have records of such
storms in England In the past; we read tfn
nonocements of them at the present day. X
had experience of one there more severe than
any tliat 1 remember here, and heard little or
nothing said about it. But iu England, wden
a storm is over, the wind gees down. Here,
on the contrary, our “clearing up” after a
storm is effected by the setting in of a north
west wind, against which it is at first toilsome
to walk, and which continues to blow out of a
cloudless sky lor days, with a virulence quite
diabolical. Because It does not rain or snow,
people cal! the weather fine, and delude them
selves with the notion that the wiqd is
“bracing”; but nevertheless they go about
with scowling brows, watery eyes, and set faces,
as ihev brace themselves up to endure It. Un
my return this wind met me nearly 300 miles at
sea. It was something the like of whicn I had not
felt once while out of reach of American shores.
The air was as clear as a diamond; the skv was
as blue as sapphire and as hard as steel; the
moon, about 50,000 miles higher than it was In
England, blazed with a cold, cheerless light;
life. seemed made up of bright points; and the
wind blew from the northwest, not tempestu
ously or in gusts, but with a steady, overbear
ing persistence for which nothing in nature
affords any simile; It is itself alone. I knew
that I was bear borne. There is nothing of this
kind in England. ‘Not only did f not And it la
my brief experience, but I never heard ot it,
nor oi it is there any record. The absence ot It
there and the presence of it hero may, 1 tuink,
be reasonably regarded as a very important in
fluence in the fashioning ot Hie facial habit of
the people of the two countries. All the more
does, this seem probable because 1 have observ
ed that “Americans" whorcslJein Euglaiu for
a few years generally lose, in a great measure, if
not entirely, the look in question, and on iheir
return to their own shores soon acquire it agaiu.
Of course there are numerous exception* to
these remarks in both countries.
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Black.
1.. takesP
n.. P moves
3.. Any more

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