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By a supreme effort the stock com
pany now playing at Sutton's new thea
ter lias secured from Howard & Doyle of
Chicago the right to produce, as a Christ
mas offering, the greatest melo-drama of
The age, entitled, "The Pavements of
In selecting the magnificent melo
drama the management did so in older to
excel any previous effort to cater to the
amusement lovers of Butte. Elaborate
preparations are being made, special
scenery built, and no expense spared to
make this production a grand feature.
Commencing with Sunday matinee, Dec.
21, this production can he seen for the
first time in Butte, and in caipaiale hands
the play is being cast with the fiUl
strength of the company. The prologue
takes place during the Franco-Prussian
■war and the balance of the play fourteen
years later.
The climaxes are very strong and the
interest never lags from start to finish.
The comedy is exceptionally strong, and
the management believes no stronger
Christmas offering could be chosen.
At the Grand for three nights com
mencing tomorrow night "Why Smith
Left Home." George H. Broadhurst's
latest and best farce, will be seen. There
is abundant chance for humor and roar
ing complications in the various circum
stances that induce "Smith's" departure!
from his domicile, and a hearty enjoy-;
.nient and concurrence by his audience
that he does so.
The influence of relatives upon recently
married couples offers a wide field of]
.interesting study in this lively farce, and
.furnishes a number of very merry lessons
to the subject of how those connected by
ties of kinship with the lately wedded
ipair manage to disturb their connubial
'bliss. There will be a special matinee
The return of the incomparable Neiil
company to the Grand opera lions? next
Wednesday matinee will be an event the
will awaken the greatest interest among
all lovers of the higher form of drama.
The recent engagement proved that the
asreiil company as an organization has
few, if any, equals that has ever visited
this city. The rush of events just pre
vious to Christmas detracted somewhat,
although the audiences were unusually
large for that particular time of the year,
and doubtless when the company re
turns the Grand will be too small to
hold the people. For a time after the
company left the city little else could be
heard in the way of gossip regarding the
local theaters except the merits of Hie
The repertoire that has been decided
upon for the return engagement is as
follows: Wednesday matinee and Thurs
day evening. "A Gilded Fool;" Wednes
day evening. "Captain Lettarblaire, of
the Royal Irish Fusilliers;" Friday even
ing, ''Captain Swift;" Saturday matinee,
"A Bachelor's Romance," and Saturday
eventing, "Lady Winderemere's Fan."
The Neill company is universally con
ceded to be the best high-class reper
toire theatrical organization in this
country. It is the pioneer of all organi
sations of this class and so successful
•has it been that it has not appeared out
side of three leading American cities in
five years.
The plot of the latest farce, "Brown's
In Town," which will be the attraction
at the Grand Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, with
« special matinee New Tear's Day. has
to do with the dire troubles of Dick Pros
ton, a son »f/a rich stock raiser,who mar
ries the girl of his heart, because of his
father's opposition to matrimony. He
takes her away to a snug tittle country
cottage, and in order to conceal his iden
tity assumes the name of Brown. Mutual
friends, however, accidentally discover
their rustic retreat, the first to appear
heilig 'Suzanne Darce, who is let into
the secret and consents to aid the truant
couple. The fun starts from the rise of
•the curtain, and is kept going with un
ceasing vigor, one complication follow
ing another with astonishing rapidity.
There are original and novel musical
numbers' which' do not conflict with the
It seems to be something of a fashion
among the great majority of actors and
actresses when their advice is sought by
deserving and ambitious amateurs as to
■whether they should try to adopt the
■tage as a profession to invariably speak
the word:
To many this has seefned a supercllli
•ui doc trine, for it would seem almost as
consistent for a physician to say in the
earnest student of medicine, when asked
if he should become a doctor, for him
to say:
Quite an interesting and authoritative
exception to the great list m discour
agers to a life on the stage is Mr. James
Neill of the splendid Neill company that
is-soon to make its re-appearance in this
" 'Don't' is a little word so full of
meaning," says Mr. Neill, "that it has
crowded out one of its letteis. I dont
know of a word that can freeze a hope
ful's feelings better. Big people like to
use it, and very often in a way that
amounts to little less than saying that
they can do what nobody else can.
"What started me on this subject," said
the distinguished actor who always has
a kind word of encouragement for every
body. "was when a young lady expressed
a desire to go upon the stage. She con
fessed that she had to do something to
earn her own living. Her appearance
was in her favor. Her head did rot
come to a point on the top; her eyes did
not touch each other, nor did her chin
sink into a figure of space. On the con
trary. she had a low, 'broad forehead, a
nose that was well defined, with just
breadth enough at the base to inspire
trust, lips with just redness and fullness
to denote sentiment, and a figure that
was artistically roundtd. Her voice was
good and her manner serious. She ex
pressed her desire to an actor friend of
mine—a gentleman who has been one of
•our most prominent stars for several
years. Still, she went away with no
other^ comfort than could come from a
patient digestion of this crushing little
word: " 'Don't.'
"Why shouldn't a girl go on the stage
who has to depend upon herself for sup
port? This, of course, assuming that she
has natural advantages of face, figure and
a voice of some application. Would she
'be any better off behind a desk in the
close atmosphere of a saleroom? and
•working under the artificial glare from
dawn until dark? Would there be any
improvt aient in her lot if she were to
sit boil upright before a typewriter under
the same pressure of time and air and
•automatically follow the wordy wander
ings of a red nose 1 lawyer? How about
standing behind a counter from break
fast 'till supper waiting upon the
caprices of her own sex? I might follow
this nut indefinitely, but what is the use?
You can see the drift of my argument
and will mentally supply all the com
parisons needed. Some people talk about
the moral atmosphere of the stage. Why
don't they talk about the moral atmos
phere of stores, factories, and other con
cerns that enlist feminine help? There
isn't the same need for it, you say. Fol
de-rol! Did you ever make a fine study
of the temptations which besat girls in
these different places? It is fair to pre
sume that you didn't, or you would
whistle another tune. Stage people are
under a disadvantage in this respect, in
that their rarest failing is magnified by
newspaper consideration, and given a
squint of wickedness whidh repels the
saintly reader. A more serious mistake
happening to a person in any walk of lift:
would be passed over with slight men
tion, or entirely 'ignored. I was taught
to earn my own living at an early ag?
and have roamed around the world a
•good deal 'and I don't know of any busi
ness which interests, largely, women in
which self-reliance is taught quicker or
more helpfully. The absence and home
associations Inspires caution and cher
ishes a pride, which means safety and
long continued happiness.
"Try it, is fairer advice.
"If I should ever write a hook of ad
vice to young people, I should adopt the
" 'Try it.'
"If the person is serious It will be good
advice. If he or she is not. the trial will
not hurt them. It will simply clip off a
little of their ronceit and make room for
a little more of their more useful talent.
If a young lady hasher own way to make
and leans toward the -stage, with fair
•points of looks and sound sense, 1 would
tell her to go it. If she is the l ight sort
she will not contaminate there anymore
than elsewhere."
"Miss Hobbs" has passed Its one hun
dredth performance at the Lyceum thea
ter. New York, and seems destined it*
play out the season at that theater.
'"The Viceroy," the nèw comic opera by
Herbent and Smith, will have its first
production by the Boatonians at the Co
lumbia theater, Chicago.
Florence Rockwell, Stuart Robson's
new leading lady, played Juliet when she
was only 14, and at this tender age sup
ported Mr. Thomas W. Keene in legiti
mate roles.
"Oliver Glktemlth.'' the new p'ay by
Augustus Thomas, is said to be histori
cally interesting. It was a great success
when given for the drat time In Albany,
IN. Y„ on Thanksgiving day. Stuart Rob
| son, Henry E. Dixey ami Jeffreys Lewis
I are in the cast.
Ibsen's "The Master Builder" has been
revived in Berlin with great success. It
was played there a few years ago and
failed utterly.
F. R. Benson will revive "Hamlet" in
its entirety in his coming Shakespearean
season in London. He will begin at 3:30
and end at 10:45 with an hour and a
half's intermission.
Charles Rickman, for a long time lead
ing man with Ada Rehan, contemplates
a starring tour next season.
Israel Zangwill's new novel, "The Man
tle of Elijah," will be dramatized imme
Fanny Rice's new play is entitled "A
Wonderful Woman."
Bessie Bonehill had just begun her tour
in South Africa when war was declared.
She was obliged to leave immediately.
A niece of the famous Julia Dean
Haynes, considered the loveliest find
•greatest actress of her time, has just
gone on the stage in St. Paul, Minn.,
where she was born. She is said to be
pretty and clever.
William Archer, the celebrated English
critic of the drama, came over here last
spring, and now he has published a Vol
ume of his observations under the title
"America of Today." One of the funniest
stories he heard on this side was the
familiar yarn that related to a distin
guished southern colonel who was invited
to see the elder Salvin'i's performance of
Othello, and who remarked at its close:
"That was a mighty good show, and I
don't see but the coon did as well as
any of 'em."
The city of Hanoi, in Tonkin, is going
to construct a grand municipal thedier
upon the plans of the architect Knosp,
whose design was crowned at the com
petition 'Which took place in 1S96. The
•city will contribute $SO,000 towards the
expense. At this theater it is intended
that the public shall hear good music.
The fact has come out that in south
western towns the place of Charles Oogh
lan, during several weeks of the illness
preceding his death, was taken decept
ively by another actor. Whenever a sus
picion of the fraud was suggested, the
manager stoutly maintained that it was
Mr. Coghlan who was playing the prin
cipal role. It is said that one of the rich
and lazy stars is frequently represented
by a counterfeit, who passes readily as
•Charles Frohman expects to produce in
New York next March the English
adaptation of "Ma Bru," called "My
Daughter-in-'La;vv." If he can imrke the
necessary arrangements, Seymour Hicks
and his wife (Ellaiine Terrtss) will come
from London to act the principal parts,
in which they appeared there at the
The alterations and improvements in j
the *St. James' theater, London, have '
been nearly finished, and George Alex
ander will begin his wirtter season the
■second week in January with "Rupert of
Hentzau." No date is fixed for the first
appearance of "Paolo and Franceses;/ by
Stephen Phillips.
Kyrla Bellew has bought the English
rights to Henry Hamilton's new dramati
zation of "Monte Cristo," and will soon
produce the play in London. Dantes
should he a capital role for him. The
artistic partnership between Mr. Bellew
and Mrs. Potter seams to bave been dis
solved. Another recent artistic partner
ship now broken, is that of Fot'bes Rob
ertson and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. When
"The Canary" is removed, as it soon must
be, from the Prince of Wales' to another
London theater, Forbes Robertson will
go 'abroad for a long vacation. , Mr#,
Campbell announces that dhe ha# secur
ed, to follow George Fleming's comedy,
■when .that has run its course, a play by
Turgerwy which has never been * acted:
or published. It is called "A Summer
Day." o
"Dreyfus, or Vive la France!" Is Aus
.tralia's latest contribution to the British
drama. It is dhe joint production of two
■formerly well known London actons, Mr.
George RignoUJ of Drury Lane, and Mr.
! Walter Bentley of the Lyceum, and
brother of Mr. Faithful Begg, M. P. The
villain of the piece, Esterhazy, is made
I governor of Devil's Island, wl^ere he
goads his victim into a mad rush at him,
I an incident which is wildly cheered by
the gallery. In the final scene Esterhazy.
; attacked by an angry crowd, is magnani
I imously rescued by the vindicated Drey
fus beneath the Shadow of a .market
cross. Oomlc relief Is brought into the
drama by providing Dreyfus with a
•Franeo-Irish servant.
Charles M. Curtiss, an actor who; died
recentyl tn a hospital at Salford. Eng.,
was a native of this country and made
liis first appearance on the stage at Pooh
Pah in "The Mikado," at St. Louis, 12
years ago. For some time he was with
comic opera companies in the southwest,
and also played in the legitimate in the
ci :r.panics of [tooth and Barrett, James
O'Neill and Frederick Warde. For a
season ire was with a circus, was seen
for some time on the stage of the Eng
lish music halls, and shortly before his
heath was in South Africa with Herbert
F ii mm in g' s company.
Mrs. Anna Holmes, mi aged regress,
erme hobbiing into the executive cham
ber to ask Governor Roosevelt to use his
power as a luck-changer, says an Albany
special to the New York World.
"Whar's de guv'nor?" she asked. "I
runs' see flat mam dan turned away de
bullets down in Cutby. I got a hoodoo
silver dollar heah. des' let me see the
guv'nor and hev him change it. Den my
luck will change. Vs? had bad luck e'ober
since l les' at flowing foa.h a turkey last
Mrs. Holmes held out a brand new dol
lar and .Military Secretary Colonel Tread
well, after eying her nervomly, took the
coin to Governor Roosevelt. Doorkeeper
O'Connor crossed his fingers and Orderly
Lamborn relaced his shoes.
In a few minutes Colonel Treadwell
and Private Secretary Youngs came out
and announced that the governor had no
Mrs. Holmes refused to leave until her
"luck was changed," but was finally got
outside the executive chamber door. She
"I'll stay here till I sees Guv'nor Rosen
feld. I don't keer if it's all night. Dat
dollah is hoodooed and dat guv'nor's a
lucky man."
Toward 5 p. m. Governor Roosevelt left
by his private office door and Mrs.
Holmes missed him. Before he left the
governor deplored that he had not the
requisite change to give Mrs. Holmes for
her hoodooed dollar.
I No, she could not think of becoming his
! wife.
j "But I entreat you not to go to the
I dogs!" she exclaimed.
I "I shall not, since you ask it!" he
i sobbed, and lie was true to bis word. He
did not go to the dogs.
It was perhaps better, after all, that a
■man with so little real insight into the
feminine nature should never marry.—
Detroit Journal.
Hungry Higgins—Me friend, I have
seen better days.
Wiekwire—No, you don't! You want
me to say, "So have I; we had better
weather last .Tune," and (hen you will
laugh heat-lily and I will give you a quar
ter. Run along, now.—Indianapolis
Shorty Smith (distributing gifts at the
'Sunday-school Christmas tree)—Here's a
present for our superintendent, and I
guess it will be a nice surprise for him."
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Superintendent—'Yes, Indeed! This is «
great surprise! In fact, I am astounded!'
I New Albany (Tnd.) Special to Chicago
j Tribune: Charles Broecker, a profes
sional diver, who has just returned from
; Natchez. Miss., where he went to assist
jin raising the steamer Natchez, tells of
I an encounter with a monster alligator,
in which he nearly lost his life. Broecker
, entered the hold of the steamer and was
j making investigations when he aroused
j an alligator. The reptile made a dash
for him, but lie slipped to one side and
evaded it. The alligator came the sec
ond time, when the diver dealt it a blow
on the head with a hatchet which tem
porarily stunned it. The diver then sig
naled to be draw n up, and, as he reached
the surface and was pulled into the skiff,
the alligator struck the skiff, overturn
ing it, and throwing all the men into the
water. Fortunately they were near the
shore and all escaped.
Chicago Tribune: James Henry, with
3 IS, 000 in gold and greenbacks, arrived in
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Chicago from the Klondike, after an ab
sence of two years. He first reported at
the Thirteenth Street Police station,
where a few years ago he was a patrol
man. He is stopping with friends at
Cicero court and Harrison street. In ad
dition to the money he brought with him
he is tho owner of four claims in the
Klondike. Henry expects to return ta
the gold fields in Febnlary.
Tonrmp—Pop, what is the meaning^ of
Tommy's Pop—Anythin« that descends
from father to son.
Tommy—Then your oJd clothes that ma
makes over for me are hereditary, ain't
they?—Philadelphia Record.
Judge De Armand, of Missouri, Is an
amateur gardener of no mean ability.
The garden of bis house in Butler, Mo„ la
one of thr sights of the town, for i't Is fin
ed witih the rarest and most beautiful
flowers that can be induced to grow in
that latitude.

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