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The Week's Bills
. Matfon— "The Billionaire," commencing to
morrow afternoon. All week.
I'olaßCO— "The Man From Mexico." All
week, commencing tomorrow afternoon.
Orand— "Sis Hopkins." All week commenc
ing tomorrow afternoon.' "
Orpheum— Vaudeville. . All week, commune
inK tomorrow afternoon.
Burbank— VOld JeJ Frouty." All week,
commencing this afternoon.
Broadway— Vaudeville. All week, enm
menclng tomorrow afternoon.
Cadlno- Vaudeville All week, coramenolng
tomorrow afternoon.
Chutes— Ellery'a band. Zoo.
i(r> PEAKING of troubles,'.' said the
3 -v^ doorkeeper at the Orpheum, "you
§y!jfa ought to hold down this job for a
time, especially in a holiday rush. I've
been a lot of things In my life, but this
beats them all in that direction. I'll
\ wager I unintentionally Insult more
•people in a day than anyone else In the
1 ■ "Last night in comes a woman with
four kids all over the age limit. She
had one ticket for the five of them.
'You'll have to have tickets for the
children, madam, 1 I said, as sweetly as
if I had sugar in my mouth. 'I'd like to
know why, 1 she says. "They are over
"the age limit, 1 I explained in the same
"cheerful voice. 'They are not,' she re
plied, ; T have never paid for them in
my life at a theater.' 'All the same, 1 I
answered, trying to smooth It over with
a Joke, 'they were born too long ago.'
'I certainly ought to know as to that, 1
replied the woman, 'I was there at the
the time. 1 And with that she sweeps
the brood inside and leaves me speech
less. , .
"Another woman came along a few
: days ago with two children with whom
I had the same fault to find as to their
age and absence of tickets.
■"'Well,' Bhe explained to me, 'the lit
tle ones never see anything of the show
as they go to sleep as soon as they get
iimide and bo they ought not to have to
pay.' ;. w
"That was certainly such a new one
to me that I weakened and let them in.
Do you know a little later that evening
the woman sent out fifty cents by the
usher and a note saying that one of the
'children had woke up.
" "There are some trying experiences
ir.ow and then. One woman came up to
the door while I was busy gathering In
the tickets the other night and said,
'What is the play at this theater?'
i j ". 'Vaudeville, madam,' I answered
with the usual pleasant smile.
." 'Oh, I saw that in San 'Francisco
last winter, 1 she said and she wus gone
' before I 'could explain.
' "No, if you are looking forward to a
career in life for one of your sons and
want them, to be popular don't give
them a place where they are liable to
fall Into a doorkeeper's position."
With a- sigh he turned to open the
„ doors to let forth the entr"acte.Ulquor
seekers. :>,■:. r, ■:•;•-■■..
"Leah Kleschna"
Mrs. Kiske and her Manhattan stock
company of New York have Just scored
a tremendous success In "Leah Klesch
na," a new play by CM. S. Me-
Lellan. The play was "turned down"
; by a dozen munagem before It reached
the hands of Mrs. Flake. Now those
men are probably wondering why they
allowed a' mere woman to run away
.with one of the pronounced successes
of the season. The Idea in the dramu,
, according to a writer in the New York
World, la us follows: '
The Leah of this drama had been
.brought up outside the pale of all
2,','lirlatUin Influences. Under the tutel
age |of her father, a, brave and , un
scrupulous burglar, she had been forced
to 'take 'part in tils ventures until sho
ultimately came to look upon her vo
cation, with the Kuiiiii pride a doctor,
'lawyer or artist manifests in hip. Hut
once bad a note from the world of good
deeds penetrated to her heart. This
■ was ,when Bylvbnie, unknown |by name
to her, had saved her life In common
■ with ■> thotK) of ■a. score of other ship
wrecked voyagers.' His courage, dar
ing and goodness in that awful ordeal
•truck an untouched ■ chord In her be
ing.'.and when the chord vibrated it
was with the first thrill of love. Then
the cause of this strange inner commo
tion disappeared from Leah's horizon,
leaving a smothered fire, which years
later was fanned into a fierce flame by
the unexpected sight of Sylvaine's pho
The girl was thus in a receptive mood
when; while cracking a safe, she was
confronted by Sylvaine himself. For
an instant fright and the instinct of
self-preservation was uppermost in her
mind. But almost instantly love quiet
ed fear, holding her motionless, and she
became as moistened plaster In the
hands of this sculptor of morals. In a
remarkable scene of five minutes' dura
tion Sylvaine propounded his theories
and begged the girl to reform.', The
upshot is we are shown a young wo
man whose whole life has been mold
ed in crime falling upon the neck of her
savior, promising to desert her vocation
and planning to spend the remainder of
her existence picking lettuce among the
natives of an Austrian village. Subse
quently she walks into the very shadow
of prison to shield • from slander the
man she attempted to rob ■ within ■ the
hour. - ' ■ „
To eventually marry this uneducated
peasant to a man of Sylvaine's i at
tainments and culture Is more in keep
ing with the outcome of a Bowery melo
drama than one of hifalutln ethics. But
this certainly stimulated the all-impor
tant dramatic interest. The logical
husband of the reformed thief appeared
at the rise of the curtain. He was
Schram, -the assistant to the burglar,
Kleschna, who had loved the woman
from the flint. It was he who pleaded
with her father that she be allowed to
lead a better life; it was he who had
risked imprisonment to -save her and
it was he who had warned Kleschna
that tile "job", would fail should Leah
coma face to face with the man j she
was to rob. He foresaw .the influence
love and not moral 1 suasion eventually
worked. Schram was ready and anx
ious to give up his life and reform, even
to the extent of picking lettuce, if th*
girl would encourage him. Ha was of
her own station, had lived. the same life
'and was bound In all ways to be the
better helpmeet. . . ■ ,; ■ ..' '
But he, like several of the other prin
cipal characters, was allowed to dis
appear from the . picture without so
much as a suggestion as to their ulti
mate fates. With Schram melted the
Jt-welH the robbery of which set all the
wheels In motion, the roue who stole
them after Leah had given them up,
and iinully Kleschna himself. So minor
a matter as disposing of the fate, of the
hunted squirrel after the bear has ap
peared and devoured the hunter did not
trouble the author.
So the greut success of this fine drama
of dramatic Incidents Is derived from
its sporadic action and marvelously
drawn character, rather than from the
theory It preaches. It may be said that
character on the stage cannot be de
veloped without a basic truth upon
which to construct a foundation. Thla
Is true and the very truth of it makes
the succeßS of this new addition to
dramatic art In New York all the great
er. Mr.. McLellan succeeded In writing
an exceedingly clever drama, but he
utterly failed to establish a fact.
Blanche Bates Coming
Miss Blanche Bates, the talented Cal
ifornia actress, will shortly be , seen
here in David Belasoo's wonderful pro
duction of "The lMrllng of the Clods"
at the iirnnil opera house, Thia pro
duction was uccorUed a run of Hi per
formances ,at Belaaco theater, New
York, and enjoyed an engagement of
145 performances in tit. Loula, where
the play proved to be one of the Im
portant features of the world's fair.
Ailsa Bates', success In "Tha Darling
of tho ciuds" has been one of genuine
theatrical triumphs of the past decade.
On the morning following j her metro
politan premiers at Belasco theater,
New York, she was universally ac
claimed by. the dramatic writers as the
first American in many years who com
bined the pleasing charms .of a com
edienne with the emotional-powers of a
tragedienne. . '.' " *"'. „.' '_, n
Dr. Tyndall's Lecture
The new year cpens up yith an ever-
Increasing interest in things psychical
in every country of the world, and in
almost every department of investiga
tion. ■. -
The keynote of the age is psychology
and that too of a practical, mystery
dispelling kind.
Here in Los Angeles, Dr. Alexander
J. Mclvor-Tyndall. the distinguished
and thoroughly capable leader of psy
chic science, has had splendid audiences
each succeeding Sunday throughout the
year, since his opening lecture last Jan
uary, and the number of those who
have taken up the philosophy taught by
this able teacher has Increased, very
Dr. Mclvor-Tyndall is unquestionably
practical and comprehensible to a great
proportion of the public, and his object
seems to be to bring Into every-day life
the truths contained In all creeds "and
philosophies, rather than to establish a
new and distinct religion, philosophy or
"lsm.V He will continue the Sunday
afternoon lectures at Blanchard hall
during the winter months, although
there will be no meeting this afternoon.
Next Sunday afternoon there will be
a discourse on "Realization."
Lorena Atwood
' In a ; recent magazine article on the
faculty of "How to please your audi
ence," Lorena Atwood, now playing
"Mrs. Viaal" in support of Kyrle Bel
lew in "Raffles," says:
"It is difficult for one to Judge what
will please people in. the way of acting.
It la more difficult for a woman to say
what will please another woman. Dur
ing the period I have been on the stage,
most of which time was spent in Belas
co's stock company in San Francisco,
I have tried to please both sexes, but I
urn more happy when. l receive words
of commendation from 'a woman rather
than from a man who goes out of his
way to say nice things to me. This Is
no disparagement of the sterner sex,
but mere)y because I think it is harder
for a'woman to entertain another wom
an I than It Is to tl ml favor, before the
footlights with a man.
. "Somehow women expect more of a
woman. They are more prone to crit
icise IKtle details of omission or. of
commission than men who do not un
derstand whether we are making mis
takes or not, and that is the very rea
son why I try to. make friends of. the
women of my audiences aa well us my
many friends of the female persuasion
throughout , the ; country - wl!o • are : con
nected with the press.: When I can suc
ceed in winning the women to my side
the rest is easy. ltia\meu luuf.t iv\-
low. On one point I am quite positive
and that is the public's desire for re
finement in Btage .women. There is
never any .encouragement for I aught
that savors even remotely of vulgar
ity. A woman to succeed on the Amer
ican stage today must be a thoroughly
womanly woman In all matters per
taining to her art. They want >her
bright, witty and. clever, but they will
not stand for the slightest suggestion
of coarseness." ■■-. ;
Coming Attractions
Announcement). "The Billionaire," a
two-act musical comedy, presented ! by
Klaw & Erlutiger's company I of over
100 people, will be seen for the Hint
time In this city at the . Mason-to
morrow evening, with the original Daly
production as seen during , Us ■• four
months' run in New, York last season.
The book of "Th 6 Billionaire" was
written by Harry v. Smith, who stands
at . the head 'of j American ' humorous
writers for the stage. The musla Is
by Uustave Kerker, who made a great
reputation through his score for "The
Belle of New York," which captivated
both America and England. The story
of "The Millionaire" is a satire on a
new type in American life, which will
lie readly recognized—the man pos
sessing so' much money;, that he has to
ißMi't Uf, ttll-swta uf wujc'JUttuts to set
rid of it. The character of John Doe, j
the billionaire, will be played by,
Thomas Q. Seabrooke, and in it, it Is.
said, he has an exceptionally meri
torious vehicle for the. display of that
Infectious humor which has made him
famous as a comedian. Besides Mr.
Seabrooke the company of principals
Includes such well known names at»|
Diamond ponner, Josie Intropldl, Helen;
Dexter,' Helen Carpenter, Lois Kwell.i
Vesta Stanton, Ethel Intropldl, Bessie
Kinsella, Pauline Harrice, Harry Mao
donough, Tony Hart, Walter Percival,
A. Seymour Brown, Frederick ■ Scott,
John Steppllng, Charles Halton, James
Grant and Abraham Frledland.
Announcement). For the first wtek In
the new year the Uelasco stock com
pany lias chosen "The Man Prom Mexr
leo," one of the funniest farcer-come
dies ever written. There la not a dull
moment In the dialogue, , and the ac
tion Is kept at a • lively pitch. ; For
years this play has. stood nearly at the
head of the humorous things of the
stage, .and Its drawing powers have
proved marvelous. It will be produced
by the stock company . exactly as It
was by the original company which
became famous -in Its interpretation.
There - will . be ■ splendid parts ' for all
the leading actors. - Amelia Gardner
and Jwi'li UulbriUiiia.cuUoth.wfU
suited In their roles. It has become
well known th»t there are few rnlrth
producers who can equal George Bar
nuin. Howard Scott and Uichard Vivian
when they are given an opportunity,
and theie .three are expected to dis
tinguish themselves during the coming
week >is never before. Thomaa Oberle
will have v big sharo in the comic
work, and James A. Bliss is also cast
to advantage. Marie Howe, Agnes Hun
kin, Fay Wallace ami all the other
favorites will also appear. The week
opens with a matinee tomorrow.
Announcement). Commencing with to
day's matinee. Rose Melville will be
seen at the Grand opera house tn the
now famous rural drama of Indiana
life, "Sis Hopkins." Miss Melville and
the quaint character of Sis, the unso
phisticated but. extremely sensible
country fclrl, have become completely
Identified, and for six seasons the popu
larity of the actress and the play have
continued without any sign of abate
ment. The homely ' proverbs, 'There
ain't no' use in doin' nuthun' for nobody
what never done nutiiun' for you," and
"You eun't never make nuthun'. doln'
nuthun' for nobody for nuthun' " have
become bywords all over the c country,
while the grotesque little pigtails and
other peculiarities of Sis ur«> too well
Uno w u • to • Jiecii comment, .'. and these
little things ure characteristics of the
play. Besides ita eccentrlo comedy
there is a deal of dramatic: strength In
the play, us well as an undertone of
puthos In the story of how the simple
country girl became aware of the ways
of the world. There will be a special
matinee on Monday.
ORPHEUM — (Advance Announce-
ment). The "something new" at the
Orpheum for the week commencing,,
with the New Yeur's matinee tomorrow
is Albertlna Mellch's Hock of trained
birds. Trained cats, dogs, bears, ponies <
and seals have been seen at , the Or- 1
pheum. but this Is tha first time. birds •
have been introduced as actors, and
actresses, Lucy and Vlate will present •
a wire act which 1m fresh 'i from ■ tha .
European music halls, said to be v
marvel of balancing. Alfred A. Fur
land, who gets really good music out of
the often abutted Instrument, the banjo,
will be heard for the first Mmo here tv
vaudeville. Alda Heniml, . a -„, prlmu.
donna with an attractive stage pres
ence and v fine voice, will also bo new
to Los Angeles. Uurrmann the Great
will mystify. again with hl» display of
magic, th« Dillon i brothers will *."mak«,'
and repair" more - i*mg«, ' Vernon the.
ventriloquist l will ■ repeat > his ; act,' 1 the
Ford sisters. will dance again and new)
motion pictures will complete the bill.'-

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