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THE TIMES, WASHINGTON. SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1898
14 THE SEftSONNOT FfiB AWftY Local Houses Already Opening Here and There. JIKMAN'S LYCEUM IN TH 15 VAX "Jfew Antionnl Alight for -Three Mk!ih THIa IVeclc IJIJou Follows "Willi Vaudeville Columbia and Academy Join This Month-Sura-iult Hcsorts Contlnne, One must read the advance notices to Tealize that the regular theatrical season Is not only In sight. hut already upon us. Summer has erone with Incredible swlft jiiess, and, after a period that has seemed wonderfully brief, the hill posters and ticket sellers have returned to the scenes .' of their labors. Local promise Is very good and so large In quantity that the lime of opening seems unnecessarily early. This week will see two of the regular houses with their doors thrown wide to the public Kernan's, always last to end and first to begin its 3ear, offers the first of its "usual Monday matinees" tomor row, and will henceforth be ready to "transact business with its old patrons. On Thursday night the New National 1 will join for three evenings, returning then to darkness lor a urief period. The Ifirst place of amusement advertises "Robin Hood, Jr.," as its attraction. while the second is to give Its stage over 1 to the trial performances of the Cleve-Jand-Wilsoa Minstrels. Glen Echo will .remain in running order, notwithstand ing the Invasion, and the Jaxon Com pany will there pursue Its policy of glv 'ing two operas each week. "II Trova tore" will be the bill on Monday. Tues day and Wednesday, with "The Daugh ter of the Regiment" for "the remainder of the period. The root garden closed' Friday and will so remain hereafter. The immediate future of the remainder of our local house? is just a trifle un certain, though it is reasonably sure that both the Columbia and the Acad emy will begin their season either the last week in August or the first in Sep tember. On the 13th of that month the Lafayeue Square Opera Housa opens with a first production of the French farce. "Hotel Topsy-Turvey." and at about the same time the regular year be- gins at the National. The Grand will re main closed. Thus, within a month all of Wa&hing.on's theaters will be again in the field, and vacation will have passed The Jaxon Opera Company wll open its sseeeud week Monday wlth a cuF" pno-luotlon of Verdi's "II -Trovatore." On the sresentaon Mile. Diard will sing the -part of Lonora and Payne Clarke that of Manrico, while Wlntred Golf is to assume he lines of Count di Lusa. The role of Azucena, nhe old gypsy, w531 be acted by Louise Engel. Jn speaking -of the performance recently the -Su Joton Telegraph had to say: "3&e Jaxon Company opened its engage ment here last might with II Trovatore. It not only justified the Wgh reputation eata&'.ished -iftiun here Ust, frut enhanced ic The appreciaitlve audience showeli its eppnsb-ateon toy exacting numerous -encoroa. Mile. DSard. in 3he role of Lfcoaosia, .pnoveJ 'herself en accomplished operatic arcist. Her wee is one xf great beauty and oharm and her work is free &w4 spontaneous. The whole of the cast aequirtei ittef finely, and -contributed a fine evening's ontertainment. The sing ing of the chorus -was vigorous, energetic, and thawed the -result of admirable train ing. Phe dramatic sKuaftions were strong ly presented, the coAumes were elabo rate and nhe scenftc arrangements very handdKne." The company will play "II Trovatore' at G4en Echo 'Monday, Tuesday tuid Wed nesday evenings and or the balance of the nveek it wiH present '"She daughter of tfce Regiment." This very tuneful mili tary comic opera iwas very seldom been wuHoraxQ here, and should -oe rtgittftal navtdty as welt as treaS. de musical "The Robin Hood, Jr.," Burtosquers will oin Monday afternoon a the Ly ceum Theater. The company is consider ed one of the strongest on the road, and ir. said to ibe made up of the very best ai talent, each performer enjoying an in dividual reputation. In the olio are Killeen and Murphy, a jrtly pair of Irish mirth makers; Watson and Waltbam, German sketch urtists; Daltiphone. mimic par excellence, and the great oolored team, the Bartons. The show is spoken of as being equipped in every detail from start to finish. Matinees wJfl be given every day during the engagement. Manager Rapley, of the New National Theater, will open his regular season on next Thursday with the Cleveland-Wilson Minstrels. It may be a surprise to amuse ment lovers to see these two in combina tion. They were professional enemies for years, and the fight Taged from coast to coast. If Cleveland was the Napoleon of humor, Wilson was easily the Welling ton. This was to be the Waterloo cam paign, hut the fates were kind and friends brought about a reconciliation between the men. It was shown to them that as other managers were weakening their forces their best policy would be to unite, and they did so after a deal of negotia tion. Each show retains its organization, but the two march on separate sides of the street, each led by its head, and on the stage they perform in rollicking rival ry. Theirs is a happy family party, and the result Is said to be tho greatest eve ning of black-face fun that has been giv en in the whole gladsome history of min strelsy. The combination of the shows resulted in an all-star arrangement. George Wil son and Billy Emerson are names dear to every theatergoer in the country. Their songs and sayings have become popular classics. Emerson's "If I Could Only Pick the Winner" and Wilson's "Waltz Me Again" and "Girls, I Love You AH" stand as the- best things ever done by black-face comedians. E. M. Hall, the .greatest of all banjolsts, is an other star, while John Queen Is also put- ' ting in his year with the company. Both Cleveland and Wilson have always been Ftrong on good second parts. This year they have as a leader in that portion of the" entertainment, Caicedo, "The King of tho Wire," who performs new and unheard-of feats on n slender steel strand high over the heads of the spectators. In the olio with him are Marion and Pearl, rapid-fire talkers and burlesque acrobats; Xeno and Welch, grotesque gymnasts; tho Troubadour Four, Fred Anderton and many others. STAGE ST0EIE5. black hair and in her wild brown eyes. Certain .gentlemen who had taken stray fancies 'for having their clothes fitted In her lather's dingy shop used to say that her smile found Its way into the crevices and through the door and '-upstairs to the street and the sunlight as any other sane i thing" might have done. Jess took their speeches as a matter of course and only sneered In reply. No one felt better than herself tho truth of what they said and having been illy trained she did not know how to hide her knowledge, nor did j-he care. But on tho contrary she had stood as a child of ten on the pavement that reached the middle of their windows and had stared eagerly at tho llashlly-dressed women who were always passing. And after it was all over she had gone into the foul room she shared with a younger sister and had looked into the deformed mirror which hung there, wondering why. she. who was ten times as handsome as tho creatures she had seen, might not al so wear diamonds and silks that rustled as ono walked and stood stilt when ono remained still. Old Alfio Nurmadez, whom accident had made her father, used to look up then over the eternal pantaloons at which he was ever sewing, and frown. The girl was in danger and he know It and cared little for her sake. Only If she ran away things would be different. There were six gentlemen who wore fine clothes and drovo in carriages who had brought their custom down east of Third Avenue and to him since Jessica had become beautiful. Perhaps they might not rellfah J her leaving. Once Alfio had spoken to ner about tho matter, but there it had drop ped. He never beat her. Alfio knew something of human nature and under stood that it does little .good to thrash girls with black hair and brown eyes, with thick lips and square chins, with olive skins, and long, narrow fingers. After all there were few things to keep a restive girl near the shop. To those who know nothing- of them, there may be novelty in harsh smells and dingy, crowded rooms and in the rumble of the elevated overhead, but it is neither strange nor pleasant for those to whom sun and air come only at long Intervals. On dazzling hot days that same elevated used to complain Itself about the narrow ways and the fearful sights through which It was forced to go. To Jessica the roar of the trains spoke only of toll. She herself had worked since long before she had understood the meaning of the word. IJ. was at about that time that her mother had c6mo home one night drunk and had stepped from the moving surface car directly against one of the iron poles that support the road above. She was still drunk when they picked her up and she died so. Jess cared no more for her parents than they had ever done for her. As a baby she had gone at her tasks sullenly. But for the younger sister she had never had anything but kind words and kinder deeds, Nita was not as pretty as she nor half so strong. Perhaps It was both of "these that made Jess love her. It is so delightful to have others trust us and de pend upon us when we ourselves under stand how simple an affair It would be to crush them did we but care to do so. Nita used to pray and the elder girl never laughed at her. Now and again both would speak their Aves and Paters to gether, only Jess would not kneel. The little one was the single person In the neighborhood to whom Jess said a word when she did go. For a twelve month she had been visiting the cheap theaters near and had spent hours in staring at ugly pictures and betlghted players outside under the gas lamps. Once she had seen on the stage a woman as beautiful as herself and had waited In the alleyway for her -afterward. But the creature was not handsome without har red cheeks and pink lleshlings and Jes3 had gone home with a new wonder but an unshaken faith in self. Three days af ter she met the manager of the burlesque show. He, too, wore diamonds and seem ed happy. Jess asked to go with him and he looked her over, mentally unclothed her trim legs and bust, kissed her and assented. There were other conditions, hut they were trifles to Jess. She had as well live with one man as another. wiien she returned home Alfio had gone some distance to deliver a pair of trou sers. Jess did not wait for him to come back. She merely took with her a string of heads and two red kerchiefs that she had bought shortly before, but left be hind the more costly things that had been given her. They might help to appease tho wrath of her father when he found her"' gone. Before leaving she kissed Nita three times on the mouth and once on the forehead. Tho child threw both arms around her sister and clung there as though she had been frightened. Some thing j rose In her eyes and Jess would have cried for the first time in her life had .not the sister preceded her. She was still sobbing when Jess opened the front door and strode defiantly out of the house. The wanderer did not know that there is a proverb about all hot being gold that jriistJ'rs. hut in less than a year she found It out. She was hurt on the first day of her new experience when she found that the sparkling things she had seen on the tights were not diamonds but glass. After-that she was always miserable. Oth er women in the company were unkind to her and- often Stern, the manager, would rnme to their hotel drunk and would beat her. She would have killed any other man, but ho had never feared to strike her and she"' loved him. Not even the. blowhe hit her with a chair one morning made her cry Jess never cried. But she was unhappy. Had not the paint and the music and the lights hid den it those who knew her in the au dience would have seen that her face was not so round, but that her eyes were big ger than of yore. Had it not been for the sister, Jessica might have gone back, but she would never let Nita know of her humiliation. Through all the xest of it her strange, wild love for the girl never flagged nor wavered. It was through Ni ta that an accident occurred one night Earlier In the afternoon Stern had told Jess that on the Saturday before he had met her sister and the woman had brood ed over it all day. Just before the per formance she determined to sacrifice her pride and take advantage of their pres ence near home to warn the child. She had left the theater and was passing the front lights, when the manager stopped her. "Where are you going?" he asked, leaning so far over thai she could smell the liquor on his breath. But she an swered, "I'm going to tell Nita about in a fierce grip and went out Into the rain to wait for .Stern. There was a nook In one corner of the theater and there she hid herself. Her face was flush-J ed and her breath very hot Indeed. At last the manager came out of the front door. She heard his steps drawing-nearer and nearer and her fingers closed upon the trigger of "her weapon. He stopped two feet ahead of her and she took aim. Then he struck a match to light his pipe and held it to the tobacco. It colored his face with a red glow. He was smiling and she .crawled back into her corner again. She could not kill him And so things wont on. Nearly every one in -the company thought that Jess had gone mad, but others thought her jealous of her sister. The two seldom spoke and the worry of the elder had drawn her skin and made her very ugly. No one knew it, but she followed Nita and the, manager everywhere, dodging around dark streets and running after hired car riages until her breath was spent and she was forced to sink down upon itho curb. Often she was next to them in the ele vated and more often still she was' stand ing outside of their room at tho hotel. But the manager never struck Nita. On a certain afternoon Jess passed in the street one of tho men who had come to her father's shop for the purpose of seeing her. She shuddered and shrank into a corner as he came -her way. Still he looked at her, but did not stop. Old Alfio himself would not have known her had she walked into the basement where he still sat sewing on the pantaloons. One Saturday night Jess sat in her dressing room and thought of the meet- ; ing. Then she heard voices. In the next apartment Stern and Nita were quarrel ing loudly. Angry words floated across the partition and curses and threats. Jess got up and searched In the trunk for her revolver. She had not found it when Nita cried out, or things would have been dif ferent. But a moment later her fingers had tightened over the steel as they had In the shadows of the theater, and she had crept to her door and opened it a lit tle. All was still and silent. She listened. with her nails deep In her palms, but there was not a sound. After a moment Stern stepped out of the next room and walked downstairs. Then Jessica crept into the hall ns might a ghost and opened the apartment from which the manager had come. Nita was sitting In front of the glass with her head in her hands. She was sobbing as she had sobbed on the afternoon Jess bed left home, and the old lump cams into the throat of the older girl as she looked. The muscles of her face twitched when she stole across the floor to where her sister sat. A loose board creaked loudly, but Nita did not hear it. Strange! All at once Jess leaned over and put the end of the pistol to within an inch of Nita's hair. Then she closed her eyes. Below the orchestra was playing- for the curtain to rise and one could even hear the fall of an occasional seat outside. Then the elder sister pulled the trigger. The report drowned the noise of a fall and Jess had her eyes closed so that she could see nothing. But the blood splash ed all over her spangled tights and into her face. "That's right." Jess said to the police officers, sueeringly. a moment after, "I guess you'd .better put them things on my hands. I shouldn't wonder if I was stronger than the whole lot of you." I HE MB TIX Dl 1HE1TEBS Further Trouble Caused by lis Many Inequities. NOTES ON FACT AND FICTION Humors of nn English Piny Hill Two Clever l'oeinn ly Edward Jlackay-Fault of the Hoot Gar den Co in in tut ou Minor Matter of tlie,WeeIc BRIEFLY TOLD. you. Jess. Che was always a. bit mad poor child .toss Jess. There were those who said that she was possessed of an evil spirit. Her habits were strange and her ways ware strange and she herself was stran- ' rer still. But these things .do not weigh with Juries or at least they did not weigh with the Jury that tried her, and so she la to bo hanged tomorrow. AnJ tomor row is only twenty-four hours awav. Next to "her -madness -the undoing of fags was in her beauty In her tangled The hell you are," was his reply, and he struck her In the face with his clench ed fist. Jess fell against the curb and the jagged stone ciit into her temples and let the blood out. A crowd gathered and a policeman came and asked questions. "Some one "knocked her down," cried a dozen voices. "This man hit her," called a boy. pointing to Stern, who had not tried to run. The officer went over to where she was lying and picked her up gently. "Did this fellow strike you?" he queried. Jess threw her hair back from her eyes and put her hand to her bleeding temple. Then she staggered to her feet. "No," she said, "let me alone can't you?" And after the crowd had vanished the manager waucea to wnere jess sxooa, lean ing against one of the hill boards. "I m sorry." he muttered. "I didn't mean to hurt you." "Keep your sorrow to yourself," she answered defiantly and went back to her work. Three days later Nita joined the com pany. Jessica did not speak to or even notice her. Afterward, this was cited in court to prove jealousy and tho jury agreed that it accomplished Its purpose. But juries do not know everything. Nita had grown very handsome in the two years that had passed. But when Jess saw her the elder girl became moody and silent and savage. -She thought more than was good for her. All might long she would lay awak with her big eyes fixed heavily :n the celling and wouldiremember things. Strangest of all, she began praying and'. bought herself a cross with an Ivory Je sus nal'ed to it. Then she jrot a. re volver and hid both together in the trunk she had acquired since leaving home. One night after the show she took the pistol Eleanora Duse is very ill. Chauncey Olcott has returned from fehs trip abroad. Arthur W. PInero is In England wck Ing upon his new comedy for John Hare. Mr. and Mrs. Creston Clarke will open their season on September 32 at Atlantic City. John J. ItfcNally's latest farce is to be called "A Reign ot Error." Isn't that bright? Madame Modjeska will next season make elaborate productions of "Cleo patra" and "Twelfth Night." Louise Hepner, formerly prima dofiha with "The Ballet Girl," will next season have the title role in "Jack and the Beanstalk." Kathryn Mulkrns, a clever Htltle woman who was last seen here with "The Man From Mexico," has "been engaged for a leading role In "A Misfit Marriage." At the recent celebration of Bastile Day in Paris all -the subsidized theaters gave free performances at which as many peo ple as the houses could hold were admit ted gratis. Nat Goodwin has purchased for him self an estate of forty-four acres in Eng land, which, of course, will Involve the immigration of several ' hundred good American dollars. Mario Tempest was a week ago Wednes day married to Cosmo Stuart, an English actor, which, had the occurrence been in this country, would have meant a. sketch for two and vaudeville. Olga Nethersole has recovered from the injuries she received in a railway accident on May 12. Miss Nethersole stands a double risk on such occasions there Is so much of her to get hurt. William Gillette; whose "Too Much Johnson" was not a success in London, has returned to this country and will remain at his sister's home In Hartford until time for his opening at the Em pire Theater. Delia Fox is to star next season in a new operatic comedy by Edgar Smith. This completes about six sets of arrange ments Miss Fox is said to have made for the coming year. She must be a whole family in herself. "Olaf X.lljekrans," a play hy Ibsen, had a production in Berlin last month. The time required in presentation is two even ings, more than half of which is said to he taken up in pronouncing the name of the chief character. There was received last week at The Times a handsome portrait of Ferris Hartman in "The Purser," accompanied by a circular which set forth some of the excellent press notices he has been re ceiving in the far West. Harry B. Smith has embarked for America bringing with him the libret to of Alice Nielson's new opera, "The Fortune Teller." The music of the piece is by Victor Herbert, and it is said to be in his brightest and most tuneful vein. Anna Held and Madame Calve were joint features at an entertainment given recently in Paris. Now the question arises as to whether Miss Held is above par in France or Madame Calve is helow par in this country. The whole matter-is open to doubt. Mr, and "Mrs. Russ "Whytal have return ed from a cycling tour through Holland, Germany and France, and are at present In England. It is to be hoped that the trip was so -pleasant that both are likely to forget next season's annual failure of "For Fair Virginia." "Cuba Free," "The Maine Avenged" and "A Daughter of Cuba," compose the week's out-put in war plays. If this continues a clause will soon have to be added to the J3pIscopal croed reading, "From warrants and wars and war plays good Xord deliver us!" Go-"Won-Go-Mohawk will 1egin her an nual tour next October 4n New "Fork. Someone should talte the Indian actress and chain lier. That seems to he the only chance the pniblic will ever have ot bela rid of her and (perhaps some one may he .found one -of these days "brave That people , should not dabble with matters of -which they know nothing lias been proven beyond a doubt by the trouble that has been fermenting among theatrical people since tho passage of three clauses concerning them In tho war revenue bill. Probably never before has a judicial! body penned such a series of inaccuracies, ambiguositles and inequities as are contained in this section of the law. There is 'no single paragraph upon which one may not place a dozen in terpretations, 'and when Commissioner Scott tried to straighten things out he only succeeded in showing his complete ignorance of dramatic affairs and turned the trend of the provisions from uncer tain justice to certain injustice. In its original state the bill provides that all theaters, museums and concert halls should be taxed the sum of 5100 yearly, that amount to be paid by their proprietors. Immediately there fol lowed u squabble between the owners, lessees and managers of these places as to who was the person intended, and things were all at sea when some one in the law division of the Treasury added to the clause a line which provided that "whenever any such edifice is under lease at the passage of this act the tax shall be paid by the lessee, un:-ets otherwise stip ulated by the parties of said lease." And then 4t occurred to some victim that there was no particular fairness in rating a hall situated over some hotel In a town of S00 Inhabitants in the same class with palatial theaters in the larger cities. While merely nominal to the last class, the tax; was In many cases prohib itive to the first and a great deal of trou ble ensued. As some of the dramatic pa pers pointed out editorially, under those conditions a house the gross receipts of which would not aggregate JS.O00 a year, was bound to contribute the same amount charged against metropolitan places of amusement the returns of which fre quently amounted annually to the sum of $100,000. The provision was ridiculous and absurd on its face. Many papers took the matter up, the Mirror leading the van, and in a short time affairs were so ad justed that theaters in cities of less than 25,000 population were not at all liable. While this only modified the injustice, it was much better than the former ruling and seemed to content all concerned. This being arranged. Commissioner Scott stepped in with the astonishing statement that all theatrical companies playing In cities under the above stated populaion were legally and rightfully 'clrcui.es, and, under a following clause, must pay the sum of flOO as a tax for every State in which they appeared. Where Mr, Sccrtt. obtained his, idea of this ruling it would be hard to bay. Webster offers three definitions of the word circus, but one of them gives the faintest ground for the belief that small theatrical com panies come unaer mat head. If the ijrst cjause had been prohibitive the second served to shut out nearly ev ery smal combination in the country. Barnstormers whose receipts rarely come up to the ,sum pf $103 an evening, and who play only, two pr three towns In a State, iounu mat tnonaw would be ruinous. A manager ,writing to the Mirror explained that the first bookings of his season were in Cumberland, Md., Uniontown, Pa., and Parkersbyrg, ,W. Va. If he was extreme ly lucky rhls fhree performances would bring in gross ,recelpts to the amount of about S250. From this he would have to pay a tax of $100 on Monday night, 5100 on Tuesday pight and a third $100 on Wednesday night. With what was left he might pay salaries, railway fares, the ater ronts, advertising expenses and draw a nice little profit to himself. A company playing fifteen States during a season would be taxed the exorbitant sura of 51,500, while theaters in larger cities would contribute only one-fifteenth of that sum. After much talk Mr. Scott was made to see tho absurdity of the whole affair and the law was modified so that small companies now come under the "other" example of this fact. It is In the form of a bill advertising a performance to be fciven "in aid of the Canine Defense League An ti-muzzling." Following the statement of the benefit's purpose comes an announcement of the performers to appear, prefaced by the line that -"among those interested who will be seen" are so-and-so. The average reader would he struck with the idea that In re gard to an antt-muzzling law those inter ested would be the dogs, but this evident ly never occurred to those who composed tho bill. The place at which the affair Is to he given is named as "Queen's Hall isnmll hall)." This remarkable frankness seems in direct opposition to the Ameri can method. Had one of our compa triots dubbed that building anything It would doubtless have been the Grand Central -Opera House. Later on one is Informed that tickets may be obtained in Nutfield, Surrey and Mr. Ravenhlll, a fact that would seem to presage vivisection for the unfortunate Mr. Ravenhlll. But perhaps tho funniest part of tho advertisement Is the announcement of a recitation entitled, " 'The First Kiss,' (sixty-ninth edition), of which upwards of 70,000 have been sold." Which says very little for virgin embraces In Eng land. And the whole affair is to be under tho auspices of H. H., the Maharajah Garkwar of Baroda! PEOPLE I'VE LAUGHED AT. GOSSIP OP TIE PLAYERS WashingloB Thespians Much in Evidence Just Now. SCENE SETTING AT THE GLEN VnahInj?ton Bavin and "The Pro Tout Guard" EuKenle Ululr to Have a New Piny John T. AVarde Goes Flshlnjr Another First Pro duction for Thia City. llcmorien of Contemporary Plnyerw. Sometimes frankness is a virtue and some times It is an accident. Strange as It may seem the class to which candor belongs has a very marked effeot upon Its results. The frankness that Is a vir tue Is generally unpleasant for the person criticised the frankness that is an ac cident makes no one half so uncomforta ble as the critic. If one reads the dramatic papers care fully now-a-days he cannot help know ing that "A Bachelor's Honeymoon" clos ed its season last May In Washington. For some reason or other the farce was only put on for a three nights' run and every effort was made to have that brief engagement profitable. The first per formance here occurred on a Thursday night and each of the local writers who attended was Introduced to the manager and the author. From the latter person age he learned that from the time the company had left Hoyt's Theater there had not been a losing date and by the former he was taught the full value of the play. When he left the influences of both It was with the purpose of buying several bottles of anti-fat In order to off set tho effect of a long perdiod of hearty laughter. Strange as It may seem, the entertain ment lacked strongly In that it did not ontcrUain. Probab'y never before or since was there penned such a hopeless con glomeration of stolon trash. The audi ence sat axound the house giving excel lent amitutions of first mourners at a fu neral and enjoyed nothing so much as the closing o-erture. The csitics left with the one idea In view of saying about the piece what It deserved. I bad hardly reached my ofilce, however, when the hell on the 'phone rang and a boy -who had answered it informed me that I was the person wanted. Upon responding I rec ognized the voice of a ifriend whom I had seen that night at the .theater. After a second's conversation the trend of talk turned to the farce and asked my opinion of It. Whereupon I launched forth bit terly and expressed the confident knwl edge that never (before had so wretched a sample of mundane Idiocy heen pawned oft! on the mCtplaced confidence of an un suspecting public. Finally breath gave out and I stopped. Then a voice not fhe vo.ee of my friend but that of the phiy'a author remarked Mandly, "Well, you're the first critic who has said so." "Ah," I replied, "that goes to show that most writers have more politeness than honesty." But there is in my bosom still a lingering hope that I may some day get even with the man who called me np and then handed the receiver to John Stapleton. Only a short time before that incident E. H. Sothern came to the Lafayette and produced "The Lady of Lyons." His leading of the piece did not satisfy me, and I said so through these columns. Upon the day that tho remarks were pub lished an assistant went to the hotel at which Mr. Sothern was stopping, and sent up his card, requesting an Interview. Within three minutes the bellboy re turned with a message scrawled on the back of the pasteboard. The gentleman was deeply sorry, but he had not as yet recovered from the effect of our criticism and was, as a result, quite unfit to see anyone. Which was where Mr. Sothern got wen. And this reminds me of an incident ceedlngly graceful dancer and female Impersonator. Washington Davis is said to have ar ranged for the speedy production of his military drama, "The Provost Guard," which was given some time ago at the Marble Hall Theater. Soldiers Home. Tho piece has very little. If any, merit. and If Mr. Davis Is to be financially inter ested In the venture he had best take good advice and remain home until the hundred and one other projected battle plays have gone to the wall. The trouble with Spain may have sugggested many topics for dramatization, but it cannot make a good production out of a bad one. Still, the author 13 a Washington boy, and If he must have his fling there will be none here who will not wish him tho fullest and heartiest measure of success. Presenting grand opera on an impro vised stage Is not the easiest task In the world, when one comes to think of it. In fact, one may say the production of any sort of opera on any stage but one fitted exactly for Its reception Is diffi cult. As a general thing, musical dra mas are very demandatory in regard to their scenic equipment, and every con venience of an essentially modern thea ter is necessary to the rapid shifting and correct setting of the number of sets carried. When the Amphitheater at Glen Echo was originally arranged for theat rical performances, the difficulties to be met were many. In the first place, the roivs of seats on all sides hedged In the platform, so closely that without going to an enormous expense in tearing them down, it was Impossible to obtain room for moving the wing and back pieces. To surmount this difficulty some ingenu ity was required. Nearly all the canvas used was made without frames, and so arranged that it could hang rather than stand. The grooves that were put in at the sides slanted at an agle toward the back, and thus took comparatively little room. This being done, all three pairs were pivoted, so that In removing the wings they could be turned to a position horizontal with the stage, and withdrawn without coming in contact with the rais ed seats. The worst feature of the whole busi ness was In that the building was not sufficiently high to permit of the back sets being drawn up out of sight. When thoir tops touched the ceiling their bot toms hung In plain view of the audience. The carpenter of the Glen speedily ar ranged a scheme whereby a second set of ropes might be attached to the center 61 the canvases. By pulling these first the hangings were made to double before be ing hauled up. But even this was so difficult that It Is still necessary to drop the curtain for every change, and the stage hands are inclined to taking down the scenes rather than lifting them above the flies. There are an even dozen other little ob stacles that have not as yet been sur mounted at the Glen. The excess bag gage carried by the Jaxon Opera Com pany has made their immediate solution necessary, and has set to work the brains of everyone about the place. Probably never before has any member of the troupe realized the many conveniences afforded by a theater that was built for the purpos'e of giving the desirable sub junctives of a dramatic or musical performance. Eleanora. Browning, whose clever work with the Columbia Stock Company will bo recalled. Is at present rusticating In New York, and trying incidentally to de cide which of two very good offers to take for next season. One of these is to play leads with a stock company now be ing formed, and the other is to go on tho road with Julia Arthur. While accept ance of the last named would give local theatergoers an excellent opportunity to see Miss Browning again, the first Is un doubtedly tho better chance. In either event we shall probably hear of her often during the year, and can trust to her ability to carry her bravely through. Another first production is announced for Washington in the opening here r or Smyth and Rice's comedians in A Mis fit Marriage.' Tills makes five chances to be given localites In one month to see new and untried plays. Basldes that named above, we are to have "V lola Al len in Hall Calne's "Christian;" "Hotel Topsy Turvy," "A Sure Cure' and at least one other. If that rate keeps up the Capital City will soon have a rec ord that will not only distance that of far-famed New Haven, but will equal that of New York itself. The more en terprising of our theatergoers might be gin forming first-night clubs, and -we should shortly be as distinctly metropol itan as any other city in this ; And then think of the joy in octartaf that such-and-such a piece. nayJng ac complished its local run. would leave tor a tour of New York and the other pro vincial cities shortly. Truly. revenSe is sweet. Wilton Lackaye. of this city, was a specially honored guest of the Clover Club In Philadelphia recently, on the oc casion of the outing ot that organiza tion with the Morelton Club, at Terres dale. Mr. Lackaye Is a jolly good .fel low, while his Irish gallantry and wU make him a companion equally plaasant to the men and to the women on such occasions. John Philip Sousa is to receive a posi tion as captain of musicians of the Sixth Army Corps. Where the advantage of this touches Mr. Sousa is not apparent, but it is to be presumed that he Is bene fited by It in some way or other. "Tha Charlatan," his new opera, will shortly be produced by De Wolf Hopper at the Knickerbocker Theater and is expected to be Imminently successful. In this: as in "El Capitan. tne iiDreiio nas " contributed by Charles Klein, author of 'Dt. Belgraff." Hamilton Adams, a young actor of some reputation, has retired from the Stage and entered into the cigar business In this city. Were it not for Mr. Adams' well-known anility and integrity one might suggest in connection with his change that perhaps he is-anxious .to use In one way the cabbages acquired In another. concerning Saharet, the dancer, who head and are taxed only 410 in each State "j .W C Tf 1 in which they appear. While that, too, is enough .to nndertalie t. Richard Mansfield arrived a week- ago Wednesday Xrom London, -where he stud ied Coquelin's performance of "Cyrano de Bergerac." It is not stated whether or not a -duty was charged .Mr. Mansfield because of the English notions he must have brought home with him. Burr Mcintosh has returned from 3u ba. -The 3Iirror states that he is in a frightful condition, having lost flesh un til at present he only tips the scales at 01 pounds. But It Is to be fearea -that Mr. "Mcintosh -will never le able to make a salary as living skeleton at that weight. largo, it is better than the first sum, and player folk will probably be satisfied un til Commissioner Scott breaks out again. Even as it is, one cannot help thinking that the actor is paying for an unusually large part of this war. Besides the taxes which everyone has to meet, he falls heir to many burdens that fall to no one else so extensively. It seems time that this Government should awake to the fact that the theater Is not on a par with the distillerv. but is an educational institu tion far less entitled to be taxed than our churches. Tho title of poet laureate, which was held here for some time by Charles Mack ay, must how "have descended to his brother. During the last two or three weeks Edward Mackay has turned out some gems of verse, most of which have Iippti nrmted.ln these columns. His latest is even better than the rest, and contains a surprising depth of thought. It Is aptly entitled, "Forever," and reads: 'Till the last sweet note Of song Is dead; -Till the distant sVy In truth be weS To the .sea, and Life's Eternity. Ah, Love will be iorerer be! And the heart may ache Ana the heart may break. And pur idols fall In shattered hopes, but the thrush Still sings in the leafy tree. The slty ne'er weds the distant sea; So Love will be 'till Eternity. And in a lighter and happier vein Mr. Mackay has written the following lines to "The Matinee Girl:" The season has ended, The actor lias wended His way to the mountains or far-away sea; But soft o'er him stealing There comes a sad feeling At losing all else but a mcm'ry of thee. In ribbons and laces. On getting thy graces. Thy smiles ever Teady to vie with thy tears J Of heat we were numuc, Of all save thy kindness The days when we piayca ior tne maunec dears. So here's tohe royal, Most faithful and loyal; Her ardor J remained e'en when when lair lost its curl. Thy mem' ry, we treasure, And hope for the pleasure Of meeting again the dear matinee girl. And the only -thing to mar tho .kindly iverity of the,Jlnes Is the knowledge of the fact inav xs auuu u.a avu-. auucnay knew It was. tp.be published he picked up his traps and set sail for Virginia, If our English cousin's are themselves stupid concerning humor, wo have at least the pleasure of Itnowlng that their very ignorance upon the eubject fur nlshes us many things at which to laugh. There has just come to hand an excellent French Maid." The same dramatic writer had called upon her for an inter view and had been astonished at learn ing that she did not think American au diences at all enthusiastic. She related how she was frequently cheered and ap plauded in London, and wound up by re marking that the "Johnnies" there often came around to the stage door and beg ged the privilege of kissing her slipper. And she offered to grant the caller that courtesy. He ungratefully refused 3nd treated the incident in a more or less un complimentary way upon reviewing it later. Time passed on and the organiza tion left town. And then there came through the mails one day a neatly wrap ped box, and in it was packed a tiny foot of crystallized sugar. Tucked up inside of this was a note "Eat this it will be good for your disposition." Perhaps the least pleasant thing in the world that can happen to a. man is to have to sit and appropriate for himself a terrific hauling over the coals original ly intended for some one else. On such an occasion It is quite impossible for the victim to make the slightest defense, and, on the whole, the wisest thing he can possibly do is to remain quiet with a martyr-like smile on his face and a piece of "brick in his hand. After he has finished using the smile he can so out into some sequestered street and throw stones at himself. Clara Morris' last appearance In vaude ville could hardly be said to have been a magnificent success. Miss Morris is get ting a trifle passe, and, while she Is still a delightful woman, she has ceased to be a good actress. "Worst of all, on this oc casion she was seriously hampered by the possession of one of Kenneth Lee's sketches, a one-act tragedy entitled "Blind Justice." All of this and a little more I wrote on the Friday before she left and sent down to the composing room for use on the following Sunday. Then I dropped around to call on the lady and pay my respects. She iwas not in the -best of humors. Some Philadelphia critic had not heen at all chary In offering their opinion of her rork and she was not pleased over it. The knights of the ipen from the Quaker Oity were given a rather warm volume of adjectives and anything in the vocatjulary that happened to be a't once lady-like and nnconrplimenstary. Aft er a few .minutes of Wils, I was constrain ed to ask -what the gentlemen had said. In return she handed me a clipping with the request that T peruse and give an opinion of the contents and their author. The Ideas expressed were my own almost word for word. Nearly every line was identical to thoniffhit Trfith those I (had -written, ann which iwere already printed be yond recall. And the worst of it ,waa that I had to Join Miss -Morris in her condemna tion of ithe Philadelphia scribes. Ellen Vockey Is still engaged In in structing classes in elocution at Asbury Park. She will not go on the road next season but will remain in New York for the purpose of continuing her drainage and musical studio there. Miss Vockey gave a number of readings last spring In Gotham and iwas generlly voted a pro nounced success. Nothlnng can be more gratifying to Washington thtn the knowledge of the manner in w" ch dainty Maty Sanders has "worme hir way Into the hearts of Bo9ton's th uergoers. Week after week brings forth flattering notices of ner work and of her popularity. In a revival of "The Now Boyr -wmen occurred re cently at the Castle 'Square, Miss San ders was the most talkai-of member of the cast. And now Jay Benton, the fore most critic of the Hub. declares that the ladv should a-starringo with Rosma Vokes old pkiy, "The Schoolmistress." There is, no doubt of the success that would awa t the actress in that bright little comedy and It might prove a really good idea -for her to try It. Eugenie Blair, who is in plain life Mrs. Robert Downing, will continue her stel lar work next season and expects to cre ate a sensation early ,in. September with her new play. This is a quaint story by Wingrove Bathon. andls'entltled "A Cre ole Courtship." It Is said to afford Miss Blair ample opportunity for her prowess as an emotional actress and may serve to place her among the foremost trage diennes in the country- The first presen tation of the piece will be given in Philadelphia. Margaret Dibdln. daughter of Fanny Addison Pitt and herself formerly a mem ber of the Bond Stock Company at the New National Tneater. has signed to play leads with the Shubert Stock Com pany. Miss Dibdln i3 a wonderfully clev er woman and her success is a matter of certainty. John F. Warde, local correspondent for the Dramatic Mirror, wrapped up hl3 Typewriter the other day and sauntered off to St. George's Island for a fortnight's fishing. During his absence his cofctmn3 In the Mirror will be empty, all of Mr. Warde's ingenuity and Imagination at the present time beinz employed, in the con coction of bass stories. The training- he will receive In that line should fit him eminently as aide-de-camp to Gen. Blanco should the war continue. Margaret Mayo has finished her en gagement in Rochester and returned to New York, where she is at present .com pleting arrangements -for next season. Miss Mayo duplicated the Impression she made here wSule In Rochester and was the recipient of many kindly atemtons before leaving. Mrs. Findtay Is also in Gotham resting at her home. U West Thu-ty-eigheh Street. The Dramatic News and Times of last week contained as a frontispiece a strik ing picture of Alethe Craig, a daughter of Commander Craig, of the Navy Depart ment. The lady is said to be an accom plished actress, whose success in such productions as "A Wise Child." "The Nominee," "The Lost Paradise." "The Two Orphans," "Charley's Aunt" and "The White Squadron" entitle her to the reputation she has won. Edward Mackay left this city lost Thursday to spend a week in Rlverton, Va., prior to joining a Southern stoek company. Mr. Mackay is a hard worker, and his conscientious efforts with the Columbia's players have earned him a rest. His admirers here trust that his vacation will be none the less pleasant because of its brevity. Among the entertainers seen last week on Union Roof Garden were two -local people, both of whom made rather good Impressions. The first of these was pret ty Lucie Rogers, who will be remember ed for her clever Impersonations- while with W. IT. Crane. Miss Rogers put In last season with "The Gay Matinee Girl." and was widely praised for her chic and brightness. While even the most friend ly disposed could hardly accuse her of knowing how to sing, she- dances grace fully and has a certain piquant charm about her stage presence that wins for her anany admirers. She Is a decided ac quisition to vaudeville. The second of the pair was Willis Hepner, a Washing tonian by birth and breeding despite the Monsieur placed -before his name. Hep ner is still new as a magician and shows it, but he Is apt In a wonderful degree and may be expected to talce his place with the best of them some day. Work ing under manifest disadvantages last week, he nevertheless managed to mys tify his audiences and to win a hearty recall every night. A little time will do much for him In every way. News comes from Long Branch that George Broderlck. formerly of the Parry comblnation, Is singing with a summer opera company at that resort. During last week the organization gave "Pina fore," on a ship anchored out In the bay and while this removal probably would havo been greeted with delight by the populace in the case of many perform ers, It Is said that no less than 10,000 of them followed the big basso to his lair in order to hear his rendering of the solos given tho captain. The cast included be sides himself, J. Aldrlch Libbey, Robert E. Graham, Leonard Walker, Kate Tray er, and Mabella Baker, but Broderlck is mentioned as having shone quite as much in comparison as he could have by con trast. He should find a ready welcome upon his next return to the New Jersey town. Eddie Davis and Sol Goldsmith return ed to this city last week with number less tales of their success on the road. The team held the boards for nine weeks at Electric Park; Baltimore, and were as pleased with their experience as the audiences must have been. Mr. Gold smith will be remembered as a clever amateur here and Mr. Davis as an ex- Katherine Grey arrived In New York on July 20. much restored in health by her long trip abroad. Miss Grey was not at all well when she left this city last year after severing her connection with tho Columbia Company and grew much worse during the month following. After the failure of "A Southern Romance" she wes confined In a private hospital' In Gotham and left her bed only to sail for Europe. She is said to have completely recovered. Miss Grey will act as lend ing lady next season for Charles Cogh- lan. bn womanly cnarm ana imiuru.i cta being -st what is required in the prin cipal le of his new play. Edward Stein, treasurer of the Colum bia, will leave this week for Atlantic Clty to b "ne until his house opens later In the month. In case his mother accom ps.es him the pair will probably be met there by Geoffrey Stein and the vacation wUl take the nature of a family reunion. There is probably no better amateur story teller In this part of the country than Will Carleton. of the Jaxon Opera Company. Despite the existing famine In the joke market Mr. Carleton is never short for an anecdote of some kind gen erally the best. One of his latest con cerns a certain well-known Irish divine, whom, for the sake of a name, might be called Father Scanlan. It seems that this priest was wonderfully popular "all over his parish and had not only the respect but the devout affection of every mem ber of hl3 brood. This was proven one day when Pat Ca sey, the child of a neighboring laborer, came down with the typhoid, and grew worse so rapidly that It was deemed advisable to attend to his spiritual as well as his physical needs. Accordingly Father Donovan, of the next par ish, was sent for, and came hastily, riding over a distance of some dozen miles to the sick bed. But after he had seen that the lad was on a fair way to recoverj'. he thought over the journey he had taken, and, somewhat puzzled, queried of the old man about tho matter. "I thought that this was Father Scanlan's parish," ho suggested. "It Is." replied Casey, tho elder. The priest paused. "Well," he said. "You'll excuse mo asking the question, but why did you send eleven miles for me when the fath er was only a stone's throw away?" Both members of the Casey family seem ed much shocked, at once, and the la borer was really offended at the query. "Faith." he exclaimed, "an' do ye think it would be the likes o myself to rlsfc Father Scanlan with th' typhoid feverZ" , !