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Columbia ''Niobe."
LafayetUe--"The Mikado."
Kernan's Semon's Extravaganza
ICls sail to see tlie veracity oC old saws
controverted and even disproved. There
is supposed to le something Infallible in a
proverb, and infallibility is reverent. So
when an anciently supposed truism turns
Inside out and shows that there was
nothing in it one is supposed to weaken a
trifle on all the other saws in the cata
logue. There Is that dear old saying, "Coming
events cast their shadows before." .Who
ever doubted it? But here are the facts.
Last Sunday the prospects were that f've
theaters would sail merrily through the
summer in theshadeot success and fanned
by prosperity. The game six little some
things hitting on a fence, one fell off and
then there were five, was supposed to have
ended with the National's closing lastuight
But instead two fell off, and now by all the
veracity of 'rithmetic there are but four
Thursday night the Buckler and Butler
Stock Company No. 1 played for the last
time at the Grand Opera House, and to
morrow night will not see "a production
of Sydney Grundy's irresistible farce by
the Buckler aud Under Stoci Company No.
2." Neither will the Cummlngs Stock
Company any longer continue to play at
the Academy, although they arrived with
excess baggage in the shape of indorse
ments from Louisville. And neither of
these portentous events cast even the
faintest possible shadow before. The
press ageats asserted with great positive
ness and secure assurance that both com
panics were doing beautifully, that the
productions., thrilled and delighted the
audiences and that the broad vista of the
future, as they say in high school orations,
was plainly strewn with roses without so
much as a single thorn.
So, what's the good of believing in
proverbs? A way with them. They're pleas
ant fictions aud possess alluring alli
terative ring, but they're no barometer of
"Washington summer companies. The of
fice boy, who is an optimistic lad and
loves melodrama, says that the shadow
was there, that is, "cast before;" that he
last week visited both the Academy and
the Grand, and there was no Indi
cation that the treasurer was over
worked couutiug up the receipts. Die says
that was the shadow. Perhaps. There is
very apt to be a division of bulk when
seven theaters are turning every stone to
attract patrons from the other.
So far as receipts went, the Lafayette,
Columbia, National aud Kernan's captured
the bulk, or at least what of bulk there
was. The last week at the National was
quite satisfactory, considering that they
gave an unseasonable attraction at un
seasonable prices. It was not only the
last week of the winter season at this
theater, but the close of the Julia Mar
lowe and Robert Taber season, and the end
of their artistic partnership.
This partnership has been an Interest
ing study in the destruction of a trade
mark and the submersion of a star to the
ambition of a leading man. At first, Julia
Marlowe starred by herself and promised
great achievements. The she married
Robert Taber, and immediately the sub
line appeared in all the advertising "sup
ported by Robert Taber." The subline
grewin inkyprouiisenndmeantlrae we were
introduced to "Julia Marlowe-Taber." The
the words "supported by" were erased,
and wc had a new pair of stars, "Julia
Marlowe Taber and Robert Taber'
The next chance in this kaleidoscopic, af
fair was the announcement of "Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Taber." Pretty Julia Mar
lowe was obliterated, but the public-rebelled.
The new firm hadn't the prestige of the
old trade-mark. The end of this season
saw a leversion to the old title, "Julia
Marlowe and Robert Taber,"and next year
will restore Julia Mailowe, serene and
alone again. Mr. Taber .will flock by him
self. Of course, this is simply the commer
cial side of an artistic partnership. In
their domestic relations they aie as happy
and united as they ever were, and they
liave always been looked upon as the model
couple of the profession.
Tho stock season of summer comedy t.t
ihe Columbia has been in its beginning
all that the management could have
planned. The company Is undoubtedly the
best we have ever had, and the reception
accorded "A First Offense" was entire
justification of the policy of the Columbia
to give new material whenever possible.
In several instances the players were not
adapted to their parts, but they worked
with admirable willingness, each as if
tho success of the whole depended upon
Tliis week "Niobe" will be given, and
several members of the company not In the
cast last week will have parts. They are
Kate Benin Wilson, Clara Emory, Grayce
Scott and Carrie Berg. The strong oint
of the Columbia Company is its Ladies.
They arc all beautirul, fascinating girls,
and they dress like princesses. Next weelj
Willi nm Ttnni' tcill 1nin fclm st
There will probably be more grand opera
at the Lafayette. "Faust" carried the rec
ord up to its date, but "Carmen" broke it
Because these exquibltc works were given
well not merely conscientiously, but exquisitely-
the public go to see them. The
performance of Bizet's opera last week: was
as good as could have been asked. This
week they give Gilbert and Sullivan's "The
Mikado." This work has not been given
here by professionals In some time. It Is
the most fascinating of the famous part
ners' work, and it is as rollicking and -fresh
'today as yesterday or the day it was pro
duced. Tctlte Grace Golden should makoun
r ' JL U M I ' "
wrx-l'n aW i &
excellent Yum Turn. In "Ermiule" she
demonstrated that, though she hasn't rav
ishing beauty or commanding presence, she
has a winsome personality and she sings
with more musicianly intelligence than
anyone else in the cast. She phrases ex
quisitely, aud her expression Is denoted with
real delicacy. A son of the famous bary
tone, W. T. Cnrleton, will be the Mikado;
Alice Judson is to be Peep Bo, and a new
comer will sing Plttl Sing. Hitchcock will
be Ko-Ko.
Kernan's has not yet announced the
end of its season, and it will probably
not clofae as long as business keeps up as
It is at present. For no accountable rea
son the attendance at this house since
the first of February lias been phenomenal.
The spring profits here have been greater
than any other time in the history of the
The winter campaign, which has now
entirely closed, has been" a desperate fight
for the seven contending playhouses.
This is too many theaters for the extent
of the population, and managers have felt
the brunt. Only the best shows have
made money. The Bijou, Grand and
Academy have been rivals for one class
of theatergoers. The Bijou's best weeks
were with "Hogau's Alley:" the Grand
had its large profits with "A Boy Wanted"
and Black Pattl on her riret visit. At
tne Academy the biggest winner was also
a darkey show, "Oriental America,"
though both visits of "When London
Sleeps" were greeted by overflowing
houses. -
Next season the Grand will play for a
higher class of attractions, depending
upon non-syndicate managers to supply
some good shows. At the same time It will
be a member ota small syndicate of seven
theater, known as "The Bijou Circuit or
ropuIat-Prlced Theaters." This includes
the Grand, In this city; the llollidny Street
Theater, of Baltimore; the Bijou, in ntts
bii rg; theNew Bijou, in Brooklyn; the Star,
in New York; the Columbia, in Boston, and
the National, in Philadelphia.
Mr. George W. Rife, in speaking of the
arrangements yesterday, said: "The con
trol of the seven theaters included In the
circuit extends only to the bookings. It is
a combination for mutual advantage and
protection in securing attractions. Mr.
II. C. Kennedy, of Brooklyn, is the general
manager, and through him the local man
agers have attractions submitted to them
for approval, and no booking is concluded
unless supervised by the local manager.
For tills reason we could not be forced to
play an attraction either in Baltimore or
In Washington that we did not want,
but the syndicate, being In a position to
offer time In seven leading houses, gives
us a great advantage over the old plan of
operating. In all other respects than the
matter of bookings, the houses we control
In Baltimore and Washington will be con
ducted In the same manner as formerly.''
The first year at the Columbia has been
satisfactory. Few theaters do so well in
their initial season. It was bravery almost
to the point of fcolhardiness to fly in the
face of two established places of amuse
ments like the National and the Lafay
ette, but faint heart never won fair lady
or anything else, and the Columbia has
come out of the fight without lowering
colors. Tho best weeks at this Louse
were played by comic opera Frank Dan
iels, Lillian Russell and "Lost, Strayed
or Stolen." The regular weekly attractions
at the Columbia appeared in the following
Novembers, openingof the theaterby the
Metropolitan English Opera Company in
"II Trovatore,""Bohmcnian Girl," "Faust,"
,and "Carmen;" 1G, E.M. and Joseph Hol
land in "A Superfluous Husband" and "A
Social Highwayman;" 23, Frank Daniels in
"The Wizard of the Nile;" 30, "A Florida
Enchantment;" December 7, De Koven and
Smith's "The Mandarin;" 21, Neil Burgess
in "Odd Miss Podd;" 28, Kellar, the
magician; January 4, Arthur Bouchier in
"The Chili Widow" and "The Queen's
rroctor;" 11, Albert Chevalier; 19, Al
Field's minstrels; 25, "Cherry Pickers;"
February 1, two weeks of Stoddardlectures;
15, Margaret Mathcrin "Cymbeline;"March
1, "Lost, Strayed or Stolen;" 8, Lillian
Russell in "An American Beauty," 15,
Creston Clarke in "The Last of His Race;"
22, "Shamus O'Brien;" 29, Henry Miller
In "Heartsease;" April 5, first production
of "The Mysterious Mr. Bugle;" 12, "The
Frl.soner of Zenda;" 19, Walker White
side in classic repertoire, and 20, Lyceum
Stock Company in "The Mayflower" and
"The First Gentleman of Europe."
Musicians have become accustomed to
look to the Columbia for the gratification
of their tastes, and lastseasoa they heard
there the concerts of the Easton Symphony
Orchestra, the Metropolitan course, Calve,
and the recitals of the remaikable Polish,
Bronlslaw Iluberman.
The second season at the Lafayette dis
tanced the first by a large margin. Mr.
Albaugh's great coup was to get Into
the syndicate, and thereby he plastered
his books with as fine a list of attiactions
as it would have been possible for any one
theater to shelter. He enjoyed good busi
ness for nearly a dozen attiactions.
The list of attractions which played be
hind the marble front in Lafayette Square
includes: September 21, the Baldwins;
28, Maggie Cline, In "On Broadway," Octo
ber 5, Be "Wolf Hopper, in "El Capltan;"
12, May Irwin, in "The Widow Jones; 19,
"Sunshine of Paradise Alley;" 2G, Thomas
Keenc, in classic repertoire; November 2,
Ada Rehan, in repertoire, including "Lon
don Assurance" and "Love on Crutches;'
9, "The Lady Slavey" returned to the
stage of her birth; 16, Fregoll, for the last
time In America; 23, Becrbohm Tree, In
"The Dancing Girl," and the first time
on any stage of "Th6 Seats of the Mighty;"
30, Empire Stock Company, in repertoire,
of which "Marriage" and"Boheif" la'' were
new; December 7, Stuart Robson.ln "Mrs.
Pondcrbury's Past;" 14, "The Geisha;"
21, "In Gay New York; 28, "The Gay
Parisians;" January 4, Bret Harte's
"Sue;" last hair or the week of the 11th
the. Damrosch Opera Company gave
four Wagner works In German; 18, Mans
field, in Ids familiar repertoire, with the
addition of '"Castle Sombras;" 25, E. 8.
Willard, in "Tho Middleman;" "The Pro
fessor's Love Story," and, for the first
time here, "The Rogue's Comtdy;" Febru
ary 1, John Drew In "Rosemary;" 8,
"Thoroughbred;" 15, "The Sporting Duch
ess;" 22, "Two Little Vagrants;" March
1, "Heart of Maryland;" 15, "The Old
Homestead;" 22, Sardou's "Spiritisme,"
for tho last time anywhere; 29. Sothern
in "An Enemy to the King;" April O.John
Hare In "The Hobby Horse," "Caste,"
and "A Pair of Spectacles;" 12, Nether
solo, in "Carmen," "Camille" and a com
posite bill. The Castle Square Company's
season opened the ISthorApril. A feature
ol Uie K-asoii at lUt- Laruyelte wire the
Sousa Sunday night concerts, Ed. Hny's
lectures, the Carroll Institute performances
and the Nordlca concert.
The five biggest weeks during the Na
tional's season were divided between
comedy and opera. Francis Wilson and
the Eohtonians shared honors with Sol
Smith Russell, Nat Goodwin, and W. U.
Crane. One of the pleasantest features
of the season was the introduction of Otis
Skinner as a romantic and tragic star and
his Immediate establishment at a popular
and artistic favorite. From first to last
the presentations at this house were; Sep
tember 1-1, Robert Downing, presenting
"The Search for Happiness," for the first
time on any stage, and "Putnam;" 21,
"My Friend From India;" 28, "Chlmmie
Fadden;" October, Lillian Lewis, giving
for the last lime on any stage, aii In
nocent Sinner;" 12, "A Temperance
Town;" 19, Loic Fuller; 2G, "Dorcus;"
November 2, "'Miss Philadelphia:" 9,
Maurice Barrymore, presenting for the first
time on any stage, his own play, "Roaring
Dick A Co.;" 1(5, Georgia Cavan, in
"Squire Kate;" 23, "The Great Diamond
Robbery;" 30, "Pudd'nhead Wilson;" De
cember 7, Francis Wilson, in "Half A King"'
14, James Iierne in "Shore Acres;" 21,
"A Contented Woman: 28, the Koslon
iaus in their familiar repertoire: January
4, "A Milk White Flag;" 1 1 . "Suj;erba;" 18,
Otis Skinner in Irs own play, "A Soldier
of Fortune," "Hamlet," "Merchant of
Venice," and other Shakespearean playv.
25, Crane in "A Fool of Fortune:" Feb
ruary 1, Primrose & West: 8. Nat Goodwin
in "An American Citizen" and one per
formance of "The Rivals;" 15. Matthews
and Bulger in "-At Gay Coney Island:" 22,
"A Parlor Match" and Anna Held; March
1, Sol Smith Russell in "A Bachelor's
Romance:" 8, "A Hack Sheep:" 15. "Miss
Francis of Yale:" 22, Wilton Larkaye in
"Dr. Eelgrarr:" 29, Seabrooke in "The
Speculator;" April 5, last time anywhere
of "Madame Suns-Gens;" 12, "Chlmmie
Fadden:" 19, Digby Fell In "A Midnight
Bcll''.ind Gus Thomas' "A Booster Doc
tor;" 2G, "Pudd'nhead Wilson;" May 10.
Stuart Uobson in "The Jucklitis," and 17.
Julia Marlowe in "Eonnle Prince Charlie,"
"Romola," and two Shakespearean plays.
The Haley concerts were additional fea
tures or the National's seasou.
A correspondent, one "S. H. P.," in one
of the I)iidon dramatic Journals recently,
took Wilson Barrett to task for presuming
to revise "Virglnius," in which play that
actor was to appear. "If 'Virginius' In Us
origiual form was good enough for Mac
ready," said S. II. P., "It ought surely to
be good enough for Wilson Barrett." Where
at Mr. Barrett, replying, proved that "Vir
ginius" .was not good enough in its original
form for Marrcady, and pertinently added:
"Tallow candles for "footlights were good
enough for Burbage and Garrlck. Mrs.
Yates played Virginia In a hooped skirt
twenty-four feet in circumference, with an
overdress looped up with bows, tassels and
cordsthickas a ship's hawser. On herhead
was a powderedparada a foot high. On the
summit of this edifice waved five enor
mous ostrich plumes. Thus the face of this
'sweet Virginia occurred somewhere near
the center of her figure. This was good
cuough for Garrlck, who himself consid
ered a cocked hat, bag wig, ruffles and full
court suit good enough for Macbeth. Would
S. II. P conaiderthe.se things good enough
for today?"
It Is not generally known, even among
his most intimate filends that Raymond
Hitchcock, the clever comedian of the
Castle Square Company, who will appear
this week as Kc-Ko in "The Mikado," at
the Lafayette, was pegging away at a
cobbler's bench in Auburn, N. Y.. some
twievc of fifteen years ago, with never a
thought or dream of becoming an nctor.
Hitchcock's father was n crayon aitistof
some note In those days, and also did a
great deal of artistic work in oil, but
the son had no taste to follow's his fath
er's profession. He early. evidenced a
passion to learn how to make shoes. He
found a way to gratify this ambition by
apprenticing himself to a local and humble
shoemaker in Auburn, and when not en
gaged In fashioning and repairing loot
gear, he found time to take small parts in
amateur entertainments. He left Aubuin
about ten years ago to become the manager
of a large shoe firm in Chicago. Some
j ears later one of his old Auburn friends,
D. F. Hennessy, now the manager of the
Castle Square Opera Company, met him
on Broadway, in New York.
"Well," said Hennessy, after the first
cordial greetings were, over, "you're
here buyiug shoes, I suppose, but I'm
hanged If you don't look more HkCan
actor than a cobbler."
Hitchcock laughingly handed his old
friend his card, and Ilenncssy's astonish
ment may be imagined when he saw by it
that the erstwhile cobbler had become a
professional comedian, and was playing
an important part In Mestayer's "Grab
Bag," which was having a great run in
New York at that time. Mr. Hitchcock's
success has been so great that it is safe
to say' he has no desire to return to his
once beloved cobbler's bench. As the
executioner in the Mikado, great things
are expected of Hitchcock, aud tt Is pre
dicted he will make a decided hit.
Wilton Lnckaye last week produced in
Montreal a new play, "King and Tlayer."
It is a romantic drama of the Louis XIV
period, and the central figure is Moliere,
played by Mr.Laokaye. The playachleved
an instantaneous hit, It is pleasant to re
cord, the papers having given columns In.
it3 praise. Mr. Lackaye will use It ex
clusively next year, under a new name.
The present title Is meaningless and is
not forcible. He will call it "The Royal
The performance of "The Mikado" at tho
Lafayette this week will set the old-timers
to reminiscencing. The, opera is one of
thetwo bestworks of the most remarkable
firm of dramatic collaborators In dramatic
history. Gilbert and Sullivan are both
living, but the famous partnership is dis
solved, and with the separation the po
tency of each beems to have vanished
But they were Incomparable In their day,
and the heritage of their day la enjoyable
now; witness tlie favor ulways bestowed
on a Gilbert and Sullivan revival.
The list of their joint work comprises
twelve operas, The first of them was
"Trial By Jury," produced March 25.
1875, at the Royalty Theater. Of all
these authors' Joint work, their first really
successful experiment was the most brill
iant, owing to the ease, spontaneousuess
and unfettered natural humor that per
vaded It. It was a ttlfle, but an ad
mirable trine, thrown off Jjy both in a
moment of exuberant fun, and with little
thought of responsibility. It lusted but
an hour, but it was a merry. Joyous hour
It was two years afterwards, In No
vember, 1877, that "The Sorcerer" was
given out. There was no hiatus of equal
length between.' any others of the striking
list of successes which followed. Tho fol
lowing May, "II. M. S. Pinafore" was pro
duced and has remained today, with "The
Mikado," ndthe head of thelistoffavorltes.
In a cast of this production at liand,only
one name is familiar, that of George Gros
smlth, known tons as a Lyceum entertainer.
Mr. Gilbert and Sullivan's pieces were
thenceforth. produced at the Savoy, which,
became the home of comic opera, as the
Casino is In New York, and Grossmlth be
came the presiding genius. He was the
original of all the.comedy parts. In "The
Sorcerer" he played the commercial trav
eler in penny, fcurses; In "Pinafore" he
was Sir Joseph, and his other roles were
Gen. Stanley (The Pirates"), Btmthorue,
the Lord Chancellor ("Iolantlie"), King
Gama ("Princess Ida"), Ko-Ko. Robin Oak
npple(Ruddigore"),and Jack Point ("Yoc
man of the Guard.")
"Piiiarore" turnislwd more pleasure
and quotations to conversation tlian any
other of their work. "What, never?"
the "Uig, big D," "When I was a lad I
served a term" and ''I'm never, n-.'verslck
at sea" were on every tongue. Tn? next
opera was given early in 1880. It was
"The Pirates or Penzance," and though
It was never revived, It was a conspicuous
ravorlte, and today its music is as fresh
and its line" ale as jingling as of yore. TIkj
music to Ruth's waltz song. thcpolicem?n's
cKirus. the march and several choruse-. are
usgoodn G. undS.'sbest Itwasasitlre
on pirates and police, as the next was a
satire on the- aesthetlcism then growing
up under Uie tutelege or Oscar Wilde
"Patience" was produced in May, 1831.
. The ballads and jingles were still fresh as
ever in this opera, and there was what the
authors had by this time led their Wends
always to expect, "the patter song." This
is a distinctly Gilbert aud Sullivan institu
tion. In "The Mikado" the "little list" is
the patter song. Note this jingle:
As some day it may happen that a victim
must le found,
I've got a little list, I've got a little list
Or social offenders who might well be under
ground," And who never would be missed, never
would 1e missed.
There's the pestilential nuisance swrite
for. autographs.
All people who have flabby hands and Irri
tating laughs.
All childien who aie up on dates and floor
you with them Hat,
All persons who in slinking hands, shake
hands with you like that
And all third persons who on spoiling tete-
a-letes insist.
They'd uoneofthem be missed, they'dnone
of them -be missed.
In "The Pirates' the patter song is
plainly the General's description of him
self: "I am a very pattern of a modern major
I've information, vegetable, animal and
I know the kings of England, and I quote
the fights hls'totical.
From Marathon t"6' Waterloo, In order cat
egorical $'- . r
I'm very ..well acquainted, too, with mat
ters mathematical,
I tmdert-tnnd equations, both the simple
and quadratlcal;
About binominal theorem I'm teeming with
a lotit-o' newfl,
With many cheeiful facts about the square
of the hypothenusc."
Those who saw "Patience" will recall
the almost perpetual motion of the de-
liciouhly iHJnsensical patteV song, runniug:
A most intense young man,
A soulful-eyed young man,
An ultra-poetical, super-aesthctical,
Out-of-the-way young man.
A Japanese young; man ,
A blue-and;wlit3 young man,
Francesca da Rimini, nlmlny, piminy,
Je-ue-sals-quoi young man.
In November, 1882, was given out "Io
lantlie," a satire on English peerage. It
was not a conspicuous success In America,
for we neither uuder-stood, nor were we in
terested in the topic. "Princess Ida,"
wlach was given in January, 1884, seemed
even less attractive, and confidence In the
firm's ability to write up to th2 "Pinafore,"
"Patience" or "Pirates" standard was
on the point of toppling, when In March,
1885, "The Mikado" was produced. The
lilt was Instantaneous. The Japauese
theme naturally offered excellent op
portunities for -scenery and decora
tions, contrasting in a striking way with
what had hitherto been attempted. The
fabric of the opera is as grotesque as .i.eal
Japanese fabric. Anachronisms, Mirprisos,
incongruities, unsparing exposure of hu
man weaknesses and follies, things grave
and even lioirible, invested with a ridicu
lous aspect, all the motions prompting
our actions, traced back to inexhaustible
sources of selfishness and cowardice,
strange, uncanny frivolity Indicated in
each individual characterization, these
were the recommending points accompany
ing to Percy Fitzgerld, the "Secretary of
the Savoy." '
Two years ago, January, 1887, was pro
duced "Ruddigore;''ln October, 1888, "The
Yeoman of thcGuard;"ln December, 1889,
"The Gondoliers," and "Utopia, Lim
ited," in October of 1893. Of these the
only success was "The Gondoliers," aud
even it did not approacii "Pinafore" or
"The Mikado."
Besides his operas, Sir Arthur Sulli
van has written many cantatas and in
numerable ballads and songs. W. S. Gil
bert is as well-known to dramatlcstudents
as a writer of comedies as of operatic li
brettos. A list of his comedies includes:
"Bab Ballads,'' "Dulcamara," "Robert
the Devil," "La Vivandiere." "The Prin
cess," 'The Talace of Truth," "Pygmalion
and Galatea," "Thespls," "The Wicked
World," "The Happy Land," "Sweet
hearts," "Broken Hearts," "Randall's
Thumb," "Tom Cobb," "Creatures of Im
pulse," "Ne'er Do Well," "Gretchen," "En
gaged," "On Ball," "Fogarty's Fairy,""
"An Old Score," "Charity," and "Rosen
crantz and Gulldenstern."
Some people who have very decided
opinions on people who find it necessary
to protest their sincerity, and others who
have not, will read with equal Interest, from
different points of view, the following let
ter published last week:
Will you do me the honor of allowing
me to expressthrough the medium tf the
world-renowned daily newspaper, the New
York Herald, my sincere and heartfelt
gratitude to the American theatergoing
public and gentlemen of thepress who have
at different times constituted themselves
my audience, and to whom I owe the de
velopment of- my art, by the confidence,
encouragementand appreciation which.hey
have shown In .and given to me during my
JJirce seasons in the United States of Amer
ica? I came to this country three years ago,
scarcely known outside my own land and
A ustralln, I came with only two attributes
in my favor a devotion to my art and a
craving for the goodbpinlon of this great
country's people. I had the lienor of mak
ing my first appearance before a New York
audience, and I shall never forget the wel
come which I icceived on the night or No
vember 15, 1894 a welcome which said to
me: "Glad, sincerely glad, to sec you, and
now show us what, you can do." I did as
far as lay in my power under the somewhat
trying circumstances, and the applause
which I received alter my pcriormancewas
concluded on that memorable evening en
couraged me to believe thatl mlghtone day
recelveaplnce Inthc henrtsof the Ameiican
Each city of the United States but echoed
the beautiful welcome which New Yorkhad
given to .me, until I .found myself at the
end of my first season accepted as an earn
est worker In a great art. This knowledge
encouraged me to come again the following
season, and I received but a reassurance of
my first, season's verdict. This, my last
season, I feel that I have (dare I say?) en
deared myself to my American audiences,
and tho bond Is so strong on my side, at
least, that it can never be severed I owe
all I possess now In my art to the American
people and critics, who have allowed me
to give to them the inspiration of my mind
and soul, which, I feel, should be and I
hopeis backed by knowledgeotthe technique
of my art, after having devoted ten years
of my tventy-scveu years of life to its
I hope to return not this year, but In 139S
orl890. and my heart speaks but one hope
to the many dear friends I am leaving be
hind me that they will not dwell on my
faults toDlong, but remember rather that my
watchword in life is an alwaysshallbctruth
andsincerity. OLGA NETHERSOLE.
When the curtain goes up at the Columbia
tomorrow night it will be upon the entire
female strength of the Columbia Stock Com
pany, and probably never before liave so
many beautiufl young ladies been assem
bled in one organization. Miss Katherine
Grey, Mis Grace Lamkin, and Miss Pearl
Evelyn ne have already made their presence
felt, by the excellence of their work during
the past week, but there are four others
who will be seen for the first time tomor
row night.
It is almost, useless to attempt a biograph
ical sketch of Mrs. Kate Dennln Wilson in
an article so lim
ited in scope, ner
successes have
been innumera
ble, and for old
women and char
acter parts, she
has no superior
In this country.
She has been in
this city with
nearly all of
Charles Froh
mans successes,
nut onriag the
past season has
KATE DENIN WILSON, been with Mr.
Crane's company, in which she was a most
valued member.
Miss CIa-a Emory, who is a native of
Washington, her father, Lieut Emory, of
the Navy, having been
located here for some
years, is remembered
principaUyfor herwork
in local amateur circles-
Her friends be
lieved her to be bub
bling over with talent,
and Mr. Augustin Daly
was so impressed with
her that he gave her
a five years' contract
She has been with the
Mr. Arthur Rehan. Mr.
Daly's manager, speaks
or her as the inpst CLARA EMORY,
promising young member of the Dal y forces.
She will be seen la several good parts with
the Columbia company during the summer,
aud in the fall will rejoin Mr. Daly's com
pany. Mls3 Grayce Scott is the pronounced
blonde of the coinppany. Although but a
ml to of humanity,
she is most beau
tiful of face and
figure. The world
of art is already
Turing over tier,
and several artists
are contending for
the privilege of
reproducing her In
oil. In appearance
she is a delightful
contrast t her
now-famous danc
ing sister, Deao,
who Is a pro
nounced brunette.
GRAYCE SCOTT. In her methods she
somewhat resembles her aunt, the late
Annie I'lxley. Miss Scott was seen here
during the past season with Evans and
Hoey in "A Parlor Match." and, in the
fanguasre of the boys, is as bright as a
new silver dollar.
Mis Carrie Berg Is the last of the
charming circle. She
Is the opposite to
Miss Scott, and is
the brunette of the
company. She has
a charming person
ality, both on and
off the stage, and
is brimful of ambi
tion. Her profes
sional career com
menced about six.
years ago in Mr.
Crane's company.
and she has since
then appeared with
Stuart Robson and
with several other
The Buckler method of procedure Is not
original with the local B. Actors are more
frequently the victims of unscrupulous
managers than any other class of people.
But Buckler seems to have worked his
game of gambling on other people's
capital to an hitherto unequaled extent
Such itis, mere gambling, and the audacity
of using other people's money. He in
duced actors to pay out their savings
on railroad fares and costumes and in
return drew them Into an enterprise which
any rational business man might know
could not succeed. Washington will not
support six, five, or even four theaters
In summer. It would have been another
story If Buckler had been possesied of
capital to pay the players if the public did
not come.
He should be reported to the Actors'
Association of America. They have a
protection against those of his ilk. It
having been proved to the satisfaction of,
the association that, without capital to
pay lo.ses, he induced men and women to
spend large railroad and board bills, he
will be blacklisted, and cannot engage the
men .and women who are members of the
Actors' Association to act with him until
he pays arrearages. That Is supposed to
be one of the strongest points In thereason
of being of the society.
Tuesday evening, at the Bijou, there Is to
be given a benefit for the players who havo
been unscrupulously dealt with. Man
ager Wliitcscll promptly and generously
donated his theater, with light, attaches,
orchestra-, license, tickets and all the ap
purtenances for the occasion. No one has
been approached for tickets that has not
boughtthem. No one should refuse. Itlacold
charity and callous sympathy that would
refuse a mite to help fifteen men and wo
men who are the victims of a swindle, and
have starvation staring- themselves, and
in some cases their families, in the face.
The best talent in the city has volunteered
to appear, and a pertormancc well worth
the price will entertain the kindly dlsposi
tioued people who attend.
Not a little excitement was created in
front of Prince's photographic gallery the
other afternoon, when four very handsome
ladies In 'evening dress drove up to the
Avenue entrance, and were soon followed
Into the building by the other ladie3 of
the Columbia Stock Company. Their ele
gant toilets would have been out of place
at that hour of the day, but for the fact
which could not be explained to the on
lookers, that It was pictures they were
after. The following day the gentlemen
were all photographed In dress suits, and
before the close of the week these picture
will be seen on exhibition throughout the
city. Tho plates are all remarkably good,
and the group pictures are looked upon as
the finest over taken In this city.
Children have performed In "Pinafore
"Cinderella," and "Jack and the Bean
e:4-nll- tif- !! flrof r1 M nt f fn llv Trill,...
Ktnrs if nn iin-tw(t:it(. overt nhenil-nf-it.iti ?
opera, Is to be' given on June 1, at the
National Theater. "1900" Is the name
of the play, and is a play which savors
of woman. At that date the Army, Navy,
the Cabinet, the Congress, aud our Presi
dent are all female. These grandees
ofour nation, played by juvenile talentand
surrounded by the local environment of
Fort Myer's gymnasium, the White House,
and Monument Grounds, woven, of course,
into a deep plot.
The cast is made up of pupils from the
School of Light Gymnastics, the Instructor,
Raymond Riordan, having written the
libretto around hlspupiU. Emil Christian!,
for years musical director with the famous
Lilliputians, Is said to have spread himself
in "1900," and his catchy airs willsurely
be charming. The management has en
deavored to raise the performance from
a mere evening's entertainment by chil
dren to as near professional work as hard
drill and talented children can make it
Three months solid rehearsal has been
given the opera, and the chorus of 150
voices and the leads all show the result
Appearances promise a good thing.
The second week of the summer season
commences tt the Columbia Theater to
morrow night, with "NIobe" as the bill.
The play or "Niobe," unlike the char
acter of whom Shakespeare speaks, la
all laughter, and deals with the misfor
tunes or Peter Amos Dunn, president of
the Universe Insurance Company, or NVw
York, which part will be played by James
O. Barrows, In whose hands a valuable
statue, which proves to be a petrified
human being, is awakened to new lire
through the agency or electric wires-, which
are accidentally tied around it by tha
linemen who are arranging to illuminate
Mr. Dunn's home with that subtle fluid.
The incident is to unlikely that even Mr.
Dunn can hardly believe his eyes, and
dares not tell his family the truth which
he knows they will not believe. He at
first announces her as Miss MIfton, the
new governess who eventually shows up.
In desperation he then says it is his
sister; but this yarn is also exposed by
a telegram announcing her presence In
a distant city. The innocence or "Niobe"
aud the many complications that ensue
are a source of continual merriment to
those who witness the performance.
Katherine Grey is expected to do well in
this congenial part. A. S. Llpman, has a
small though very important pare in that
of Cornelius Grifnn. Caroline Dunn will be
impersonated by Miss Grace May Lamkin.
Mr. Geoffrey Stein will be seen in the role
of a millionaire with a craze for the an
tique, Jefferson Tompkins. The new mem
bers of the company, who will appear for
the first time tomorrow night, are
Mrs. Kate Dennln Wilson, as Helen Grif
fin; Miss Grayce Scott, as Hattle Griffin;
Miss Clara Emory, as Madeline Mifton, the
governess, and Miss Carrie Berg, as Mary.
All the other members of the company that
appeared last week win also be in the
cast. The lobby, in its new spring dress,
has created no end of talk in the city, and
the expression, "meet me at the fountain"
has become a byword In the town.
Tuneful, delightful "Mikado," with
the gay Oriental colorings, its famous
"Three LitUe Maids from School," its in
famous "Lord High Executioner," "Pooh
Bah" and all Its weird suggestion of
the land of volcanic islands and lac
quered ware Is to be presented at tjw
Lafayette Square Opera House this week,
and It can be depended upon that no
production of Gilbert and Sullivan's fanci
ful creation has approached in point of
beautiful equipment and perfect detad
the work as it will be given by the popu
lar Castle Square Opera Company. "Tlie
Mikado" Is always a delightful enter
tainment, but this particular "Mikado"
presentation will be marked by a multi
plicity or excellencies that will havi a
wondei fully rejuvenating effect
The opera is so well known that to repeat
its many attractive offerings would be
superfluous. Itis, however, proper to men
tion the exceptional cast which will be as
The Mikado or Japan, A. G. Cunningham;
Nanki-Poo, his son, disguised as a wander
ing minstrel, and in love with Yum-Yum,
Joseph Sheehan; Ko-Ko, lord high execu
tioner of Titipu, Raymond Hitchcock;
Pooh-Bah, lord high everything else, Mr.
Carleton; Pish Tush, a noble lord, Frank
Wooley; Nee-Ban, Joseph Weisncr; Yum
Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo, three sisters,
wards or Ko-Ko, Grace Golden, Miss Kopp
and Alice Judson; Katisha, an elderly
lady, in love with Nanki-Poo, Miss Etta
Bartlett Chorus of school girls, nobles,
guards and coolies.
The Cummings Stock Company transfers
the field of its operations to the Grand
Opera House this week. It has played suc
cessfully at the Academy for two weeks,
satisfyiniceveryone who has co neto seethe
performances. The prices are verylow.and
the performance is or a good grade. Syd
ney Grundy's "Arabian Nights" is to he
the bill this week, aid It is one of the most
enjoyable of the comedies written by the
author of "Snowball" and "Sowing the
The story of the play is of a series of
embarrassing situations, in which Arth ir
Hurnnilngtop becomes ln-olved as the result
of an invitation of Haroun AI Raschld. the
Caliph of the Arabian Nights. During thi?
experience he meets the Gutta Percha Ghl,
a well-known actress. She learns his name
and address, and the next day enters his
home, where in the absence of his wife,
his mother-in-law holds full sway. He
palms the actress off as his niece from
America, who Is expected on a visit, and
gets.in further straits by the arrival of his
niece. The straightening of the tangle thus
made furnishes the means for introducing
a number of very ridiculous and laughable
situations. All comes out right at the end
of the last act, and everybody Is happy.
For this week's attraction Manager
Kernan will present Harry "W. Semon's
Extravaganza Company. This excellent
organization Is new to tho Lyceum patrons,
and will therefore make Its initial how
before a Washington audience. Many
beautiful costumes and scenic crrects are
introduced in the opening burletta, which
is entitled "A Lawn Party.'" ThLs is
replete with witty dialogue and catchy
music. Tlie olio which follows includes
Evans and Hurrmau, America's ravorlte
travesty stars; Miss Pauline Black, the
charming singer and dancer; Bouldcn and
Griffin, In their original conception en
titled "The Musical Sports;" McDowell
and Beach, refined sketch artists; LouLso
Carver, the eccentric character artist;
the Armstrong Brother, singers of popu
lar songs, and Miss Lizzie Hays, the pctlta
eoubrette. The entertainment concludes
with the up-to-date satirical, "When New
York Sleeps," which la described .as
being very funny and sensational. .Dur
ing the action of tho burlesque there will
be Introduced a coterie of pretty girts
In natty costumes. There will be matl
nee3 Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The season, as far as exhibitions ar
concerned, is practically over, as moat
of the artists are preparing to leave for
the country and their outdoor work. Lu
cien Powell's exhibition at Fisher's gal
leries was the last local exhibit of tho
year. Mr. Fisher has now in his gallery
a number or Tine paintings. The "Por
trait of a Man," by Louis Mettling, In a
sonlber key and admirably drawn, is a
striklug piece. A portrait of Benjamin
West, by Sir Thomas Lawrence; a dashing
little sketch by Manet, and others equally
good make a most attractive and inter
esting exhibit
Max Weyl and Richard N. Brook closed
their exhibition on the 22L The attend
ance has been strong this year, the roonu
often being filled almost to crowding. Dur
ing the past week, however, the attend
ance seems to have dropped off somewhat,
owiug to a general Impressiou that tho
doors closed on the 15th.
George Gibb3 has just completed a series
of seven spirited illustrations for the
life or Commodore Bainbridge. The scenes
or most or the drawings is near Tripoli,
In the seige or which Commodore Bain
bridge too- a prominent part. The first
or the series show3 him as a midshipman
when eighteen years or age, quelling a
mutiny on board a merchant ship, of which
he subsequently became captain. In thtj
second he la surrendering his sword to a
French admiral, on board the French manor-war.
The third, and perhaps the best
of the series, pictures the capture of tho
Philadelphia by Decatur in the harbor
of Tripoli. The onlylight vislbleis a single
lantern, and Mr. Gibbs has handled this
limited amount in a most telling manner.
The rest of the incidents are happily
chosen, and the final scene is the recep
tion of the commodore in Boston, after tho
capture of the Java by his ship, the Con
stitution. Mr. Gibbs has now on his easel
a marine, "The Flying Dutchman." Tha
phantom ship appears scudding along with
sails set, while in the foreground the bailors
of a Dutch frigate are witchingthegho&tly
phenomenon from behind their own sub
stantial bulwarks. The composition is
simple and strong, . while the action ;ind
costume or the sailors show Mr. Gibbs
deep interest in bis subject.
Mr. Uhl has, as usual, several portraita
on hand, and in one of a laige St Bernard,
"Tobj-," not quite finished, there is a ie
markable feeling of flesh and blood under
the shaggy and abundant hair. Mr. Uhl
says: "Toby, or not Toby; thatis the ques
tion," but the likeness is unmistakable,
and "Toby" It most emphatically is. Mr.
Uhl is putting the finishing touches on a
charming portrait of a little Ohio girl,
eight or nine years of age. Every part of
the picture is painted in harmony with tho
subject, simply yet daintily, making as
pleasing, childish a jictuieas cne wkhea
to see
Harold McDonald has nearly completed
his portrait of the late Judge McCcw, a
strong piece of coloring, and said by friends
to be a striking likeness. Mr. McDon
ald has also in &n unfinished state a pic
ture, "June," as refined and fanciful a
piece or pointing as any theuitisthas done.
A youngglrlinthefiis. bloom or womanhood,
her hair in artful disorder, looks out from
a twining mass of flowers: the surprised
ei-presslon, the parted lips and gUstening
eje are refieshing and unconventional.
Speucer Nichols is finishing two por
traits, one of Dr. Muncaster, the other of
Mr. Daniel Cronin, both being excellent like
nesses, and painted in Mr. Nichol's best
manner. A "Portrait of Myself," by the
same artist is simply painted, and carries
well across the room, while the likeness la
speaking. Mr. Nichols has Just finished
some black and white work for the Century,
which Is clever and well drawn.
Richard N. Brook and E. C. Messen havo
done no painting during ttelaatfewweeks,
their tinie being otherwise occupied, the
former with his exhibition, the latter
with literary work. Both intend to spend
the summer months near Paxson, Va.. Mr.
Messer leaving on the lost of May and Mr.
Brook a month later. Mr. Brook has hia
eye on u barn near Paxson, which lw
Intends to convert into a studio- With
plenty of chinks for the air to circulate
through and u long window, he will havo
an ideal summer studio.
The outdoor class of the Art Studenta
League Is in full working order, and Mlt-s
Perrle is much pleased with the regularity
of aud Intel est moniroted by the students
Miss Perrie is working hard during this
splendid weather, and hopes to "pet Into
the country this summer, though she has
not yet decided as to when or where. Misa
Solomons has lately finished some charm
ing flower pieces, and ir starting a large
study of peonies.
At the last meeting of the Society of
Washington Artists a committee of five,
Messrs. Gibbs, Brook, Dunbar, Child and
Hobart Nichols, was appointed to examina
into and report on a project before the so
ciety, to procure a gallery for exhibiting
the works of our artists, whose exhibitions
have, up to the present, been held In the
rooms of the Cosmos Club. I called on Mr.
Nichols last Thursday and asked him if th a
committee had done anything. "Well," ho
said ,"I think we have at last found a
building that will answer all purposes. 16
is located on Connecticut avenue justabovo
Kstreet.about as convenient a situation as
one could wish. The building itself Is a one
stcry brick structure, containing only one
room, about ninety feet In length aud
twenty In breadth. A broad skylight runs
nearly the whole length or the room, making
it almost as suitable as though built ex
pressly for our use. The rront part or .his
room for twenty Teet or more could be par
titioned orf from the main hall as a meet
ing room for the society, making the l.all
a few teetshortcr.it is true, but the parti
tion wall being jest under the skyl'Kht and
having only one door in It would be much
better for hanging on than the front wall
or the building, which is all windows und
door. At the other end of the gallery wo
could partition off nine or ten feet, so mak
ing another good end wall and leaving a
little room In the erar for storage and other
purposes. The walls would be boarded, no-t
plastered, so doiug away with long winjs
to hang the pictures and when covered With,
tinted burlap would be both handsome and
"Do you think, Mr. Nichols, that the so
ciety will act favorably upon your re
port?" "Oh, yes, I believe they will. The
cost of fixing up will be a little more than
was expected; but I 'think we will have
little difficulty In raising the additional
funds. It we get the hall we will be ready
in the fall, and will open with a loan exhi
bition, followed, I hepe, by thexhiblt of
the Water Color Club. I hope the schemo
won't fall through; it is too good for that;
there is r.o telling what It may be some
day. It might be the gtTrm of a national
academy." T .
The One Field Unoccupied.
"I am going to do something In the lit
erary line which will take better than
Scotch dialect," remarked Mr. Trenchant
Perm. '
"What is It?"
"I am solng to write a story In baby"
talk." Harper's Bazan

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