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Burbankers in the Main Do It Well,
but Fall Down at the Climax.
Mestayer's Return an Occa.
sion for Joy
"A Lady of Quality," which the Bur
bankers put on yesterday, Is not a
strange play to Lob Angeles. It has
been done hero before, and In the
main it has merit enough to justify Its
repetition. Founded on Mrs. Burnett's
novel of the same name, Its most con
spicuous faults are Its lack of con
secutlvity, which makes it episodical,
and Its talkiness, required by the yards
of explanation, which In turn are neces
sitated by the complexity of the story.
This story Is simply enough told In
the book, but when translated to a
stage it becomes more Involved and
hence requires more unwinding by
means of conversations and set
speeches. Thus the play suffers from
prosody and what notion there is too
often broken into bits by the verbal
interludes. Still, it affords many pret
ty stage pictures, and the costumes and
manners of the day give It a pictur
esque cast that is pleasing.
Whether as Clo Wildairs, Miss Hall
attempts too much or whether by some
slip she missed the mark at the critical
moment last night, the writer Is una
ble to say, but the fact remains that
when the climax came in act IV, Miss
Hall, in the parlance of the day,
"wasn't there." This climax requires
much stress and considerable hysterics,
a large amount of feminine horrors
and a modicum of melodrama. Mis?
Wall In thn earlier acts was auite up
to the mark, but when this crux of the
play arrived, she wasn't. The audi
ence noted tho fluke In amaze; it is
not accustomed to see Its favorites
fall, and that Miss Hall did so, even
charitable Sunday nighters had to ad
mit. Others who have done this role
have been big women, with large re
serve force, and while they have been
strenuous In the earlier episodes, have
had power enough saved up for the
storm of passion and wrath which cul
minates in a murder, to carry them
through. Miss Hall is small, a bundlo
of nervous force, and slight; doubtless
she expended too much energy pre
vious to this climax, for when It came
she neither displayed the anger that
would Induce a woman to do even an
accidental murder, nor did she show
th." 1 physical prowess required to strike
dead a stron~ m?.n with a riding whip.
Harry Mestayer, who came back after
a month's rest, really carried off the
honors of the play. As John Oxon, he
■was the arch villain to perfection —
sneering, cynical, polished and ironical,
he was a delightful creature, a very
lovable rake and a very likable flouter
of women and honor and all else de
cent. It was a finished bit of work,
and all were sorry that he was slaugh
tered in act IV, and could be seen no
more. Of course, he was welcomed
William Desmond was rather obliter
ated in the part of the Duke of Or
monde, but was particularly good In
his love scenes. H. J. Glnn shone
brilliantly as Sir Christopher, the coun
try lout made lord; Arthur Rutledge,
John Burton, Gerald Harcourt, Fred
Gilbert, a new comer, H. S. Duffleld,
Willie Marks, Gavin Young, Robert
Homans, all portrayed lords with more
or less of the true atmosphere, and
Henry Stockbridge forsook the fool's
cap for the monk's cape. Of the
women, Maude Gilbert, as Lady Tan
tilllon, was bright as usual, while El
sie Esmond as Anne Wlldairs was too
weepy, some thought. The costumes
and mountings were decidedly good.
Clarence Drown, manager of the Or
pheum and Grand theaters, returned
yesterday after four weeks spent In the
east. California looks good to the
theatrical man after the cold, rainy
weather of the east.
There will be six new houses added
to the Orpheum circuit this summer,
he says, all of which will open In the
fall. Duluth, Butte, Seattle, Tacoma,
Portland and Dcs Moines are all to
have new houses.
Yesterday marked the closing of
every house on the circuit with the ex
ception of San Francisco and Los An
geles for the summer season. When
the new houses in the north are In
operation it is probable that they will
be kept open throughout the summer,
giving acts which come to the coast In
summer twelve weeks instead of four
as at present.
The Californiarts, Tom Karl's delight
ful singing organization, will return to
the Auditorium tonight after a week
among the small towns, reopening to
night in "The Mikado." The week of
this formerly presented was all too
short to enable lovers of the delight
ful opera to witness it, and Mr. Karl
has very wisely decided that a few
days more should be devoted to it. Be
ginning Thursday, the company will
put on "The Bohemian Girl," for Dec
oration day matinee and the rest of
the week.
Beginning tonight, Manager Sparks
Berry also announces that the summer
schedule of prices will go into effect
at the Auditorium. This will make the
best downstairs seats only 50 cents and
will give the people of Los Angeles a
show for that sum such as other cities
gladly pay a dollar for and think is
cheap at the money.
Theo Kramer is your real doper out
of melodrama; beside him, the rest are
but tryouts. The Grand put on the first
Kramer outburst of the Ulrlch com
pany's season yesterda;-, and two
packed houses went wild over "No
Wedding Bells for Her, or the Bride's
Confession." And well they might, for
a greater number of stirring situations
crowded into four acts It would be hard
to Imarlne.
"No Wedding Bells," etc., is based on
a strike of the coal miners In a Penn
sylvania colliery against the owners.
One o' these owners is an insipid old
persoa who evidently knows little of
what is doing about his affairs; the
other Is a crafty villain who pits miners
and h)9 partner one against the other
for hla own benefit. Incident to the
action fere several love affairs, a strike.
Gets Hearty Welcome on His Return
a raid on the magnate s house and its
frustration by the hero, himself 4 the
leader of the strikers, an abduction by
means of knockout drops, and a few
more such. Thus there Is a thrill every
moment when the comedy element Is
not on top, and the story varies from
lights to shades with delightfully sud
den shifts.
The Ulrlch company certainly is at
home In the /play; more so perhaps than
in any It has so far presented; yet,
oddly enough, some of the players are
cast in utterly unfamiliar roles. Lil
lian Hayward, for instance, portrays
the innocent young girl — can you beat
It? — who is honestly loved, and not the
tigerish vllliainess she usually Is. Myr
tle Selwyn, also. Is a sweet little lame
girl on crutches, Instead of the hoyden
with a tongue like a whiplash! But
both do these queer stunts asked of
them perfectly.
Florence Barker, of course, is the
magnate's daughter who loves the poor
but honest miner, and gives herself to
him In the happy end. he being Charles
Gunn in proper person. Both are at
home in their work, and do it well. Les
lie King as the coal baron is too stilted
and stiff. And his whiskers are fierce.
Lee C. Bell as his wicked partner is
properly saturnine and ( crafty; Frank
Frayne in the Juvenile role Is as Jovial
as usual; Arthur Hill aB the second vil
lain, Markie, Is good, and Harrington
J. Wheeler, the new Juvenile, who made
his first appearance yesterday, won his
audience from the first, and gives
promise of being a valuable member of
the organization. A clever bit of char
acter work Is done by Mar.ie Bishop as
Mrs. Hammerstein.
Of course, as to the ethics of a drama
wherein the violent opposition of labor
and capital Is portrayed in an Impos
sibly bitter and villainous manner, that
Is neither here nor there; it is doubtful
if the Grand audiences ever knew that
ethics entered into the case. Their
sympathies were plainly with the labor
ers' sire, and they didn't hesitate to
vent their feelings most voclferouply.
The Belasco players will put on Bret
Harte's play, "Sue," tonight; for this
week. In it Annie Russell made a
great hit. Lillian Albertson will have
the former Russell role, that of Sue.
Howard Scott returns to the Belasco
company this week, which is good news
to his many admirers. A splendid mat
inee is scheduled for Decoration day.
Mrs. Leßlio Carter, now under her
own management, will begin a week at
the Mason tonight, appearing in "Dv
Barry." She will put on "Zaza" for
the end of the week, beginning Friday
night. Considerable curiosity Is man
ifested about this engagement, as it
Ih Mrs Carter's first appearance here
in the syndicate house.
Volta, called "the electric marvel,"
heads the Orpheum bill which goes on
tonight. Kramer & BeUclaire, Mathews
& Ashley and Ethel MacDonough, "the
girl with the drums," are the other
new acts.
Fischer Has New Burlesque
Herr Fischer's aggregation of bur
lesquers will have a new skit tonight,
in which the company's full strength
will appear. New vaudeville acts will
add to the bill's length.
Empire's New Bill
The Empire will make its usual shift
of acts tonight, offering a new bill for
Its patrons. Several very notable acts
have been secured.
Unique Shifts Acts
The Unique theater \\Vll offer a new
skit by its comedy company tonight
for Its weekly change of attractions;
also some fine new vaudeville which IS
sure to please.
Dramatic Notes
In the cast of the now version «f
"Uncle Tom's. Cabin," which is to be
given entree to Broadway, New York,
at the Majestic theater next Monday
night, are a number of prominent play
ers. Mary Hampton Is to portray both
Mrs. Bird and Lucy. The Eva is to be
little Gretchen Hartman. Uncle Tom
is to be portrayed by John Sutherland,
while Simon Legree falls to the lot of
Herbert Bostwlck. Lucille Le Verne,
fresh from the Clarice, is to be cast as
both Cassle and Chole. Eliza Is In the
hands of Ethel Hodgson. Frank Opper
man as Marks, Elwood A. Bostwlck as
George Harris, Charlotte Lambert us
Mrs. Shelby, Viola Le Bretta as Topsy,
Marguerite Starr as Mrs. St. Clair. and
Ricca Allen as Ophelia are others of
prominence among the large cast.
The performance of "La Boheme,"
advertised in Boston by the San Carlos
opera company, and {o head which a
large and notably fashionable audience
gathered in the Park theater, did not
come off, owing, so It is claimed by the
management, to the machinations of
Horr Conrled of the Metropolitan opera
house in New York. The great im
presario is said to have threatened the
San Carlos people before, and, when
he learned of the genuine success of
the performances in Boston last week,
determined to call a halt on intrusions
into territory he believes peculiarly his
Already next season's crop of "stars"
Is coming out. The latest announce
ments proclaim that David Kessler, the
Yiddish actor, will be a star In the fall;
that Victor Moore is to head a com
pany in a revised version of "Populari
ty"; that Edgar Selwyn is to be starred
in "Strongheart," now that Robert Ede
son is through with it on this wide;
that Edmund Breese, the Ready Money
Ryder of "The Lion and the Mouse"
New York company, is to be similarly
honored, and that some one will feature
Grace Elllston in a new play to be put
forth in the fall.
Henry B. Harris will send his four
companies of "The Lion and the
Mouse" on tour next season. It is ln
.teresting to note that the four com
panies will go out Intact, contracts
having been signed with the ninety-odd
members. Company A will inaugurate
the season with an indefinite run at
the Academy of Music, New York,
whence It will go to London for a sea
son of twenty weeks, after which the
company will go on tour through Aus
tralia, returning to America Septem
ber, 1908.
The Shuberts are going to try the un
usual experiment of sending Eddie Foy,
Trlxle Friganza and the American pro
duction of "The Orchid" to London at
the conclusion of Its New York run.
The undertaking Is unusual because
the piece Is of English origin and this
will be the first time that a European
production has been brought to Ameri
ca, rewritten for the American stage
and thru transplanted its original
Edna May gave a farewell supper to
the members of her London company
in the Savoy ballroom, more than 100
persons being present. Both Miss May
and her fiance, Oscar Lewlsohn, made
speeches and there was a dance after
vard. By special license the date of
their marriage is sot for June 4.
Herbert Kelcey and Effie Shannon
have signed a contract with Ernest
Shipman whereby they will appear as
co-stars under his direction for a period
of five years. Arrangements have been
completed for their appearance in
George Bernard Shaw's play, "Widow
ers' Houses."
David Warfleld's vacation this sum
mer will be largely taken up with
study and rehearsals of the new com
edy in which he Is to be seen in Sep
tember. It can be stated on good au
thority that Mr. Belasco has not yet
handed him his part.
Jack Barrymore will take Arnold
Daly's role in Rlda Johnson Young's
"The Boys of Company B" at the end
of this month. Daly is going to Lon
don, where a new play is in course of
writing for him, presumably by Ber
nard Shaw.
Arnold Daly has secured the dramatic
rights to Mark Twain's "How I Became
an Agricultural Editor." The story
was originally dramatized by a French
author named Tlmmory, and Mr. Daly
Is having it translated back into Eng
Dorothy Russell, daughter of the only
Lillian, has announced her engagement
to Arnold Rothsteln. Her first hus
band was Abbot Einstein. Miss Rus
sell evidently shares the prevailing
hobby for the collection of steins.
"Cleo," tho play in which Mrs. Leslie
Carter-Payne was to have starred, and
in which Nance O'Neill recently began
an engagement, has not come up to ex
pectations and has been withdrawn
from the stage.
Victory Bateman, who played a brief
stock engagement In this city, is go-
Ing back into vaudeville in her former
sketch, "Sweethearts," which has been
seen in this city as a curtain raiser sev
eral times.
Siegfried, the daschund, which always
made a hit in "Strongheart," had to be
left behind when Robert Edeson went
to England, and died of a broken heart.
He had appeared In 700 performances.
Robfft Edeson and his company in
"Strongheart," made their first appear
ance in England at the Aldwych theater
on May 8, receiving a favorable recep
tion from both public and critics.
Nellie McHenry, who has been In tho
support of Louis James, has acquired a
play of tho "M'liss" order entitled "Ca
lamity Jane," In which she will prob
ably star next season.
It was announced last week that
Margaret Anglln would begin a tour of
Australia in March, 1908 .#. #
Missionary from Philippines Expects
the Flowery Kingdom to Be a
World Power In a Few
"China will be 'the' world power In
the far east within a few years," de
clared Rev. Henry W. Munger, who
has lately returned from Hollo, Philip
pine Islands.
Rev. Munger for several years has
been connected with a large Baptist
school at Hollo, an Institution whlcn
is declared to be superior to the gov
ernment schools. The school at that
place is run on much the same order
as the "George Junior Republic." The
pupils are largely self-governing, their
government being similar to that of a
Filipino ,clty. At the head is the pres
ident, or mayor, and other officials in
their proper rank.
Rev. Munger Is a Baptist missionary,
but is returning to Cheßter, Pa., where
he will spend a year with his grand
father, Rev. Henry G. Weston, D. D.,
president of Crozier Theological sem
inary. At present he is making a brief
stay in Los Angeles. Continuing, Rev.
Munger said:
"I firmly believe with other Ameri
cans In that section of the globe, the
Chinese have at last awakened. This
reform is largely along educational
lines. While they are not brilliant stu
dents, they are more thorough, like the
Germans. They will make even Uncle
Sam stand around in China in a few
Mr. Munger's work among the Fili
pinos has given him a close insight
into the native character, and his ob
servations have confirmed him In tho
belief that the natives will not take
kindly to assimilation. He said, "The
Philippines are ever anti-American;
and as the people are a Malay race,
they don't understand the kindness and
leniency of the United States govern
ment toward them, mistaking this hu
mane policy for weakness.
"Firmness is always required in tho
school, and praise, even for those who
do well, but too often results in their
getting the "swelled head.' Manual
training will be the salvation of the
young Filipinos, who are rather in
clined to despise labor as menial."
FOREIGN born, but English by blood
and breeding, with a large admix
ture of cosmopolitan culture — a Ro
man Catholic, moreover, by convic
tion, In a Protestant Episcopal environ
ment—Mr. Ford Madox Hueffer enjos Just
sufficient detachment from his fellow
countrymen to qualify him for the task
he has set himself in "England and the
It Is a vivid, impressionistic sketch he
gives you, unconventional, epigrammatic,
paradoxical even, but wrapping acute
truths under a motley mantle. The key
note is struck in the "Author's Adver
tisement," a foreword or preface, in
which he draws a luminous contrast be
tween New York and London.
It Is comparatively easy, Mr. Hueffer
thinks, to evoke a picture of England
as a whole, even easier perhaps to think
of the great globe Itself as a green
orange revolving round a candle, or aa
the pink and blue of a Mercator's pro
"One may sail easily round England,
or circumnavigate tho globe. But not
the most enthusiastic geographer— one
must of course qualify these generaliza
tions with an 'as a rule'— ever memor
ized a map of London. Certainly no
one ever walks round it. For England
is a small Island, the world Is infinites
imal among the planets. But London
Is illimitable." ._■..„ „ ,
The Londoner can only bite off from
his London a piece large enough for his
own chewing. One sayß, "He knows his
London," yet how little more will he
know of London than what Is actually
"his." And, if by chance he were an
astronomer, how much better ne might
know his solar system!
"London Is the world town, not be
cause of its vastness; it Is vast because
of its assimilative powers, because It
destroys all race characteristics, insensi
bly and, as it were, anesthetically. A
Polish Jew changes Into an English He
brew and then into a Londoner, without
knowing any legislative enactments,
without knowing anything about it. You
may watch, say, a Berlin Junker, arro
gant, provincial, unllcked. unbearable to
any other German, execrable to any one
not a German, turning after a year or
two into a presentable and only Just not
typical Londoner; subdued, quiet In tho
matters of collars, ties, coat, voice and
backbone, and naturally extracting a
'sir' from a policeman. London will do
all this imperceptibly. And. In externals,
that la the high water mark of achieve
ment of the modern spirit m Europe.'
"The Princess Virginia," by C. N. .and
A. M. Williamson, Is a romance somewhat
outait the ordinary field to which these
clever write.rs have so largely devoted
their energies— the auto world. It treats
of a charming romance between a prince
and a princess— one ho doesn't know she
Is of the blood royal, nor does she suspaot
the same of him. Destined to wed by th«
edicts of their families, they are strangers.
They meet, each to the other unknown.
Of course the denouement Is the usual
happy ending. While larking the dash
and verve of the airto stories of these
bright B<?rlbes, It is yet a sprightly and
happy romance, well written and vevy
The Princess Virginia. By C. N. and, A.
M. Williamson. New York; McClure, Phil
lips & Co.
"The Kingmakers," by Ainiiger Bar
clay, tells a stirring story of the saving
of the country of Sergia, under an un
recognized king, Leopold, from the grip
nPKiiHsla. Victor, the prince, is living in
London. An Englishman and a German
plot to put him on the throno, and he ia
to wed Egerla, a princess. Hut he Is In
love with Beryl, an English girl. How
he succeeds in winning the throne and In
making Beryl his bride thronglf an al
most miraculous shower of blossoms,
which to his people is a happy omen, and
then defeats the Russians at the very mo
ment of his happiness, makes a tale of
much adventure, a large portion of ro
mance and a considerable strain on cre
Tho Kingmakers. By Armlger Barclay.
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co.
President Roosevelt, Interviewed by Ed
ward B. Clark, delivers a characteristic
ally vigorous attack. In the June Every-.
body's, on certain well known animal
writers whose stories are false to nature.
"Roosevelt on the Nature Fakirs" is a
salutary exposure, and comes fittingly
from one who is recognized as the world's
big gamo authority. An article especially
Everybody-lsh In type, and dealing with
high finance. Is Will Payne's "The Cheat
of Overcapitalization." Stock watering Is
perhaps the most serious problem before
the country today, especially the stock
watering of railroads. Mr. Payne tells
very .clearly how It is done and how it
workl vicious Injury to the people. The
subject of crime and punishment, bo strik
ingly Introduced by Brand Whltlock in
the May Everybody's, Is continued with
an Impressive article on the facts, called
"The Tragedy of the Released Convict,"
by I. K. Friedman.
"The Ministry of Beauty," by Stanton
Davis Kirkham, is a treatise on the phi
losophy of beauty, not merely of the
ethicß of good looks, but of that deeper
soul beauty which Is the soul of things —
beauty of conduct, of heart, of life. The
author very truly says: "Over and above
all common necessity Is the divine neces
sity of beauty, • • * Its purpose moral, Its
perception Joy. « • • witness then the
Ministry of Beauty drawing us ever from
circumference to center, • • • to the ul
timate recognition of the nature and
purpose of beauty itself." There are
chapters on beauty, life, religion, philoso
phy, work, health, happiness, etc. The
tone of the book is optimistic and health
ful, and every misanthrope and pessi
mist should read It. Its getup is hand
The Ministry of Beauty. By Stanton
Davis Kirkham. New York and San
Francisco: Paul Elder & Co.
In less than two years three big men
have thrown up the most Important sin
gle Job ever granted by the American
people. In the May Issue of System
Daniel Vincent Casey tells the Interest
ing story of the Panama canal and shows
why the government cannot work on a
basis of efficient, economic methods and
hold big men to the task. Mr. Casey tells
Just what John F. Wallace did, Just wnat
Theodore P. ahonts did, Just what John
F. Stevens did, Just In what state Lieu
tentnt Colonel George W. Goethals finds
the work today. In summing up the
withdrawal of Wallace, Stevens and
Shonts, Mr. Casey says that the whole
trouble is "red tape— system gone to
seed; politics— not pay roll politics, but
the costlier Influence which business In
terests can bring to bear on the award
ing of contracts for materials and sup
plies; restrictive legislation— laws stu
pidly applied to the whole country's busi
ness which would miln any single Indus
try; these are the. things which drove
Wallace and Stevens from Panama and
Shonts from Washington."
Seldom have love letters been written
which contained more of the beauty of
pathos, the poignancy of despair than
"Indian Love Letters," by Marah Ellis
Ryan, which seem literally written with
the heart's blood of the noble-minded
Indian who sent them to a girl he had
loved In the east.
"He who writes was first an Indian
shepherd, who dreamed urtams aiu» 6ari»
songs. Then for one little breath of
heaven he was called by you 'friend' —
and now he works at a forge In a tower
over a gateway that was very ancient
when the first Castilians came to the
"When you let the Indian's eyes look
into your own across a dinner table In
New York the Indian knew In that flash
that his bonds were farther in the future
than his eyes could see."
Of course It was all hopeless. What
place could an Indian, no matter how
highly educated, have In the thoughts
and life of an American girl of birth and
breeding? But ho was Inspired to these
letters, which breathe the spirit of re
nunciation and show how inevitable Is
reversion to type. Each one Is a veri
table prose poem. They are especially
fascinating In this region, where the real
Indian Is known— as is also their writer.
Indian Love Letters. By Marah Ellis
Ryan. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co.
"Exmoor Star." by A. E. Bouser. is an
autobiography of a pony, and four colored
plates and numerous black and white il
lustrations convince us that the pony was
an animal whose life was sufficiently in
teresting to become a matter of record.
The pony is loquacious and describes him
self as possessing a shaggy, curly, woolly
dcat of sober brown; a long shaggy man?
that hid his face— an Exmoor pony of »o
ordinary quality, but of good blood and
fine mettle. He was a frisky pony, as be
came his Arabian sire. He tells us about
his first "shoes," a change of masters, his
Joining a circus, how he was petted by a
prince, his adventures In the Rockies, how
he became a polo pony, and how in a
wreck he saved twelve people from drown
ing. The story Is written brightly, Is full
of Incidents and will surely please young
Exmoor Star. By A. E. Bouser. New
York: A. S. Barnes & Co.
Two new Socialistic works just issued,
which will doubtless attract attention
from followers of that cult, are "Land
marks of Scientific Socialism (Anti-Dueh
rtng)," by Frederick Engels, and "Tho
Theoretical System of Ka«l Marx," by
Louis B. Boudln. Both come from the
press of Charles H. Kerr & Co., Chicago,
and are Included in the International
Library of Social Science.
Rev. Cyrus Townsend Brady, novelist
and historian of Indian wars, has written
a book that Is very different from the
work by which he is best known. "Geth
semane and After" is the story of the
suffering and death of Jesus told In dra
matic form. Dr. Brady has evidently
felt that this was the greatest drama in
the history of the world. He handles the
New Testament story In a manner that
Is at once reverent and matter of fact.
The work is wholly In prose, and there
are long descriptive interludes, given
somewhat after the manner of stage di
rections, bo that there Is no Interruption
to the progress of the dramatic action.
The agony in the garaen, the betrayal,
the trial before Calphas, the trial before
Pilate, the whole great story of the pas
sion, all is told in connected, reverent yet
intense fashion that makes the whole
sacred theme most vivid.
Gethsemane and After. By Cyrus Town
send Brady. New York: MofCatt, Yard
& Co. U. 20.
"Heart Melodies" is the latest compila
tion by Mary Allette Ayer. Miss Ayer's
wide research, excellent taste and un
usual Intuition in choosing gems of
thought in prose and verse that cheer,
encourage and uplift, have become known
throughout the country, and the beautiful
third volume of choice selections by this
gifted woman, who rises superior to her
own physical pain to gladden so many, Is
sure to be sought as a book to be kept
near at hand by those who recognize the
value of ministering to the mind by the
noble and gracefully expressed thought of
others, and who wish a worthy and pleas-
Ing token for friends at Easter, holiday
season or on any occasion for remem
Heart Melodies. By Mary Allett Ayer.
Boston: Lothrop. Lee & Shepard Co.
Before the Daddy became a daddy he
and his Marthy used to hug themselves
in pretended delight at the fact that all
during their five years or matrimony
the stork had missed their humble
dwelling, according to Ellla Parker But
ler in "The Confessions of a Daddy."
"I don't mean that we were uppish
about it," he explains, "but we did fool
that Wf could live a little better than
our neighbors, that had all the expense
of children, and if our house was fixed up
a little better and we were able to go
olt three or four weeks In the summer
to the mountains, when nil the rest
.stnyed rifiht at home, we hnu a right to
feel pleased about it. Lots of times we
had things our neighbors couldn't afford
and then the little woman would say to
mo, 'Hiram, you don't know how thank
ful I am that we ain't got any children.'
and I agreed with her every time, and
did it heartily, too."
But when the children did come — then
it was different. How different you can
readily ascertain by reading this de
lightful little book. And It wouldn't be
fair to tell, otherwise.
The Confessions of a Dadfly. By Ellis
Parker Butler. New York: The Century
Another Civil war stqry of no great
worth is "Dareford," by Herbert Edward
Bogue. The element of excitement It
possesses in extravagant abundance. The
low* .story Is poor. The descriptions of
fighting enhance the value of the book
somewhat. Imperially Is this true in the
chapter dealing with Gettysourg. It does
not pretend to be an accurate and de
tailed account, but as an "Impressionist"
sketch is Is very meritorious.
Dareford. By Herbert Edward Bogue.
Boston: The C. M. ClarK Publishing
The book, taken as a whole, is a mar
velous mirror of the world's biggest
city — a fascinating, enthralling volume,
as delightful in its philosophy as In Its
descriptive passages. No such portrayal
of the real London, given with such
clear insight, has hitherto been pre
England and the English. By Ford
Madox Hueffer. New York: McClure,
Phillips & Co.
Charles Leonard Fletcher Finds the
Whole World Likes a Good Vau.
devllle Stunt— Hopes to
Retire Soon
Fourteen years ago Charles Leonard
Fletcher deserted his desk in the of
fices of the Boston Globe to become an
actor. He has just returned by way
of San Francisco from a trip around
the world. As he dressed the wig
which he wears in the characters of
Fagln, Dickens and other studies at
the Orpheum, he told a reporter how
one can make the tour of the world in
ten months and gather ten thousand
good dollars by the way.
"Of course such a trip requires con
siderable preparation," he said. "I be
gan my preparations when I left my
thirty-dollar Job on the Globe to join
a theatrical troupe at one-third the
"Everyone in the office laughed at
me. My manager said with fine scorn:
" 'You will be back begging for a Job
in less than six months. But remem
ber—lf you quit there's no sneaking
back. Stay here and I promise you
will be assistant manager In five years.
Go, and you go for good."
Goes Back a Hero
"I went, and when I saw Boston
again it was as leading man in a
melodrama company. I had made the
first step towards my trip around the
world. The second step was when I
went into vaudeville.
"The third was my first London en
gagement. There I met Harry Rlck
ard. Rlckard engages no acts in
America. He has to please an ultra-
English, audience In his Australian
houses and will not take an act which
has not been tried and found success
ful in London.
"I came home from England with
Rlckard's contract in my pocket, but
it was dated three years ahead. Than
I played another season In the east and
one hero In the west. It was in De
cember, 1905, that I was last at the Los
Angeles Orpheum.
"Back again for a few weeks in Lon
don and then off for the other side of
the world.
"Cairo was the first stopping place.
There I played six weeks In the palatial
theater which Pat Sheedy, the king of
American gamblers, has erected in the
Egyptian capital. Sheedy's theater is
the first and only vaudeville theater in
the land of the Pharaohs. One per
formance a day six days a week, but
even at that the week's pay was well
earned, for Cairo, Egypt, is hotter than
Cairo, Illinois— and then some.
Plays in India
"From Cairo another leap was made
Into the regions of hell. When I struck
bottom I found myself at Bombay,
India. Here and all through India I
organled my own entertainments, acted
as my own manager, press agent and
what not. But with all that it was
easy money for the Englishmen who
are bearing the 'white man's burden'
in India are 'show hungry,' and any
thing that gives them a vision of the
'tight little Island' that they call home
is sure of patronage. The fact that I
had been a success at the Tivoll, Al
hambra and Palace In 'dear old Lunnun'
was all the advertisement needed.
Columbo, Ceylon, was the next port of
call, then off for Australia.
"Twenty-six weeks In Perth, Mel
bourne, Adelaide and Sidney found me
pretty homesick. Mr. Rickard offered
me another twenty weeks, but just then
a cable from San Francisco offered me
an engagement on the Orpheum circuit.
That clinched the matter. The Or
pheum Is always on the lookout for
acts returning from Australia by way
of San Francisco.
"As I passed the Golden Gate I
thought that the little old United
States would do for me thereafter. But
when I reached the hotel and found a
letter from Rlckard, which had come
over by the same boat as I did, offer
ing me an engagement In 1909, and Te
cal!ed the good times spent with that
Jovial, whole-souled Australian, I
signed that contract and mailed It at
once lest I should change my mind.
"Vaudeville now reaches all the way
around the world. From Its birthplace
in London, where the Middlesex music
hall recently celebrated its two hundred
and fiftieth birthday, It has taken In
every country where there are enough
Europeans to furnish an audience. Ttfe
Asiatic races do not take kindly to the
variety theaters. They patronize melo
drama and everything else but variety.
"Well, it took me twelve years to
get good and ready and ten months to
make the trip. After I return from my
second tour In 1910 I am going to re
tire and— well perhaps I may go back
and ask for a job on the Globe.
"What about Squires? Well, over
there they think he will bring back the
championship to Australia.
"But you know as much about him as
anyone else does.
"He's a good man all right, but
whether he's good enough remains for
Tommy Burns to tell."
| Every-d&y. 8
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Wants to Take Back Full Quart of
Sea Water, but Is Persuaded
It Would Bs Dan.
Charley Pike, city passenger agent
of the Salt Lake railroad, returned
from Catalina last night with two new
stories. One was that he had caught
a thirty-inch yellowtall off tho wharf
over there— the first fish story of the
season, so necessarily a whopper— but
it was merely incidental to the other.
"I went over with some Ohio Dun
kards," said he last night. "They had
never seen salt water before, and really
had their doubts that there was such a
thing. They rode on It, they bathed In
it and they even tasted it. Then one
old chap from Muskingum county said
he was going to prove to his friends
at home that it was all so, and he filled
a quart bottle with the briny.
" 'What are you going to do with
that?' asked a Catallnan.
" 'Going to take It to Ohio to show
my folks,' was the reply.
" 'But, man alive, you can't take a
full bottle of sea water to Ohio,' said
this wag.
" 'Why not?' asked the Ohio man.
" 'Why not? 'Cause you haven't al
lowed any room for the tide to rise in
It. When the tide comes up it'll bust
that bottle all to flinders. Pour out
about a third and give the tide room
to rise.'
"And our friend from Muskingum
county solemnly poured a- third of his)
salt water back Into the ocean so the
tide could rise In his bottle twice a
Burbank and Orpheum Expect Harmo.
nious Settlement, but Belasco
Will Discharge Its Orches.
tra Next Week
The controversy between the union
musicians at the Belasco, Burbank, Or
pheum and Grand theaters and the
managers of those houses over the new
wage scale submitted by the union
some days ago, will be settled this week.
In all the houses except the Belasco
the chances are that a compromise will
be reached, the musicians withdrawing
their regulation of the size of the or
chestras and the managers meeting the
10 per cent Increase demanded in wages.
The limiting of the size of the orches
tras was the point to which the man
agers objected most.
At the Burbank, Manager Morosco
stated last night that he had notified
his men that he would meet the raise
if that were withdrawn, and had given
them until Tuesday to mo so. In case
this were not done, he would put in
non-union men, but that he expected to
withdrawal of that clause by tonight.
Manager Drown of the Orpheum and
Grand only returned yesterday from his
vacation. While he was not ready to
make the same statement, It is under
stood that his course will be the same
as Mr. Morsco's In this respect.
Manager Jack Blackwood of the Be
lasco, however, has taken another view
of the situation and has notified his
present orchestra that there Is "nothing
doing" after this week. He has ap
pointments with three non-union or
chestras for practice this week, and will
make a selection from them.
"We do not permit anyone to run our
business but ourselves," said he last
night. "We object to anyone telling
us how many men we shall or shall not
employ in a given department. We do
not stand for a lot of men meeting in a
hall somewhere, most of whom are not
connected with us in any way, and dic
tating what we may or may not do. If
our players had come to me and said
that # they needed more money the
chances are that they would have got
It. But when It comes to saying that I
must: have so many men in my orches
tra, that I must pay them so much, that
I have to put in more men than any
other stock theater In the city — I object.
They might as well tell me what price
I shall get for my seats or what I shall
pay the actors."
Asked if a non-union orchestra could
be Installed and the union stage handji
be retained, Mr. Blackwood said he
thought it could.
"We have 'contracts with our stage
hands for three years ahead," said he,
"and wo expect the contracts to be

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