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THE TIMES. WASHINGTON. SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 25, 1898.
15 placo spoke the French languase, and so salutations on both sides were confined to an occasional nod. The girl, who could not speak good English and knew noth ing of any other tongue, kept discreetly ' silent and carried out her part of the contract with a vim while her director was wrapping mysteries around her, get ting her talked about In the dally papers - and preparing in other ways for her suc cess. "On the opening nlgtit. only a fair au dience was pressnt and failure seemed in evitable. Everyone was anxious, but the perfqrmer went through her act cleverly and "had all the desired effect. The wo men present pretended 'm be shocked and the men were unfeignedly delighted. "With the issues of the next day's papers things -trenched a climax. Alan Dale was as tonished, James L.. Ford appeared panic stricken, Jessie "Wood affected to be hor rified, Leander Richardson described the turn fully and TVi'llam Winter went into rhapsodies of righteous indignation. From that time on Koster & B'al's was continu ally crowded and Charmion became the talk of New York. Her run lasted nine teen weeks and then she was withdrawn for a brief tour. Both the girl and her min-grare now in E gland coining mon ey and with only one trouble on earth- that Charmion must still be silent most of the time, unless she has learned French in the Interval." PJAESS AGENTS' ROUND TABLE. In the theatrical business a man who was no one yesterday may easily be a great "artist today, and It Is because of this that many of the best-known peo . pie on tho road can tell excellent stories on themselves. John Morgan, who will - play Storm tomorrow night in "The Chrls- - tlan," had a hard time of It during his earlier life, between ambition and reality. "While still a novice his energy carried him, however, into tho desire for a chance to do something worthy of him. But, un fortunately, such matters were not easily adjusted for a player who had yet much to do before reaching the first rung of the ladder of fame. Mr. Morgan had never been especially successful in any thing, and his record faced him every time he began a search for employment. . " Newspaper notices were especially de manded, and "he, having reached the dig nity of a speaking part, was unable to produce them. Finally, however, the loss of an opportunity that would have been a reality had he only been able to have shown evidences of former work, made him desperate, and he determined to man ufacture what he needed. Accordingly the leading man-to-be sat up all one night writing favorable notices of himself and on the next day he took them to a neighboring printer with in structions to strike off a hundred or so. This was done and shortly after Mr. Morgan and his bogus bits of notoriety visited a well-known manager. A con versation of some import followed and, .after a brief period, the anxious actor "was asked to leave his clippings and hie himself to his home, there to await an answer to his quest. This he did and spent three hours in feverish worry re garding his looked-for engagement. Fi nally he heard from the manager and .. opened the letter with trembling fingers. jTo his horror the clippings were returned bul with them a note that might mean much that did. Mr. Morgan looked at it. read and reread the lines. His eyes gloated in particular over one sentence "J"The next time you endeavor to counter feit newspaper notices you would do well to remember that such stories are print ed on both sides of the sheet" and rest ed there. And now. distant as the in cident is, the player says he never eats pickles without the fear of awakening In the night from a dream of the minutes following that experience. Creston Clarke's press agent is telling an amusing story of an adventure he had the other day In a theater In which his star was appearing. Two girls were sitting directly ahead of him busily en gaged In munching chocolates and talk ing o-er various and sundry beaus. Fin ally, however, the attention of the older .was turned to a curtain swinging from ,., PS. proscenium. It was a fire-proof af fair and across Its surface was painted . a picture of an old hunting scene with , ., the, word, "asbestos" in large letters "That represents Asbestos," said one. ""So I see," replied the other and then, after a moment's silence she remarked, "Say, Anne, who was Asbestos?" Anne turned aside with a look of In dignant scorn. "Asbestos," she answer ed. "Kate. I thought you knew that. "Why, Abbestos was a Greek god." And they returned to their chocolates. Johnstone Bennet, who is at present assuming the title role with Blaney's "Female Drummer," has features of a decidedly masculine order, and her dress and makeup so add to this effect that frequently she is the victim of any num ber of laughable mistakes in towns where theatrical names are not bywords. Only a few months ago the organization that laid claim to her services played in a lit tle Virginia village and was rewarded by the presence of a very fair house at its perfomance in a hall over the hotel. MLss Lee. who is at present the press agent of "A Female Drummer." says that there were nearly a hundred persons present, .all of them gathered In a sort of group In the middle of the floor. The piece was vociferously applauded. Miss Bennet be ing especially honored, and when the fi nal curtain had descended the audience seemed loath to leave. It made a prodi gous noise numbers considered and fi nally succeeded in having the drop re lifted. And then, as the company was standing before the house, one long-haired, jorry looking giant in high top boots, who had evidently been selected as the spokesman for the crowd, stepped to the front, and, after hemming and hawing a moment, remarked: "Yer'll 'scuse me, I hops, folks, but this 'yer crowd has been 'lowing one way an 'nother fer a long spell, an" now they want me ter ax yer ef thet young gentleman thar is er man er a woman." Miss Lee says that it was only after the stage manager had satis factorily explained matters to his dele . gation of one that the audience left the hall." NEXT WEEK. A new farce by Du Souchet. who wrote -'My Friend from India" and "The Man from Mexico," will be the offering at the Columbia Theater Monday evening, Oc tober 3. on which occasion the piece is to have ila first production. Rehearsals are now in progress in New York, and Messrs. Tu Souchet, Smyth and Rice, under whose management it will be presented, are very sanguine in regard to the out come. The play was finished and per formed a few times last season, but it Is said to have been entirely rewritten and rechrlstened, and to all intents and pur poses is a new and original work. It is called "A Misfit Marriage," and the chief incident about which the humorous com plications cluster is a wedding wherein the groom is joined, by" mistake of tho judge who performs the ceremony, to the mother of the intended bride. The scene is laid in New Orleans, and the action takes place on Mardl Gras day, when fun and frolic are rampant in the quaint old city. The company engaged to present the new farce includes such favorably-known performers as Max FIgman, Henry Herman, Clayton "White, Malcolm Bradley. Ina Hammer, Katherine Mul--kias, Millie James and others. " A feature of the performance of "Gay est Manhattan." which commences a week's engagement at the Academy week from Monday, Is the clever dancing of Alta de Kerwen. Miss de Kerwen was tborn in this country, but has spent sev eral years abroad, where she received in structions from the first ballet masters of , Paris and Vienna. Her first American ap tpearance was at Hammerstein's Olympia "Theater, in New York. Her Inimitable Tfii graceful work at once placed her In the front ranks of metropolitan favorites. After a highly-successful season at Kos ter & Bial's Music Hall she was especially engaged for the part of the vivacious French maid in "Gayest Manhattan." A romantic play of some pretension Is Stanley "Weyman's fascinating drama, "Under tho Red Robe." After Its phe nomenal run of two seasons at the Empire Theater, New York City, it will be pro duced here on Monday, October 3, at the Lafayette Square Opera House, with all the stage effects with wlifch it was seen in the metropolis. The company, headed by "Wlllam Morris, is said to be an unus ually strong one, and will, we are assur ed, meet all the requirements of the piece. Edward Rose's dramatization is in four acts. The scene of the first is Za ton's. in Paris, where Gil do Berault Is accused of cheating at cards, and places himself under the ban of the cardinal by fighting a duel. Then and there he ac cepts a mission, the successful fulfillment of which is to save his neck. The inci dents of acts second and third occur at the Cliateau de Cocheforet, the exciting adventures in the mountain, at the inn, and in the forest being faithfully por trayed. Berault is shown as a spy in the house he intends to destroy, and is un masked. He succeeds in his mission in spite of the king's soldiers, commanded by a fop, CapL Larolle. The last act shows Berault's renunciation of his trust. For the sake of the woman, he gives Cocheforet liberty. At the palace of the cardinal, on tho day of Dunes, he re cleves his reward. Charles Frohman's new Madison Square Theater Comedy Company will make its first public appearance on any stage at the Lafayette a week from to morrow night, presenting, for the initial time in America, a play by Alexander Bisson, the title of which is "On and Off." Mr. Frohman Is now in control of the historic Madison Square Theater, New York city, and he purposes devoting it to a series of light comedy productions. To this end he has gotten together an or ganization that will probably become not ed for its individual and collective talent and suitability. The French original of "On and Off" began its Parisian career about two hundred and fifty nights ago, and it Is still running. Its author will bs remembered as the parent of "The Mask ed Ball," with which John Drew began his stellar work, and which also served to bring out Maud Adams. Mr. Frohman has not made a premier production at the Lafayette since Miss Adams first present ed "The Little Minister" there. BRIEFLY TOLD. Ida Conquest will remain William Gil lette's leading woman this year. Alice Nlelson and "The Fortune Toller" seem on the high road to success. Lucie Rogers, of this city, has signed with the "American Athletes" for this season. Isabella Evesson is making a hit in vaudeville with Augustus Thomaf one act play, "That Overcoat." "Why Smith Left Home," the latest Broadhurst success, will probably not be seen in New York this season. E. S. Willard has abondoned his Ameri can tour for 1S3S-99. Sustained results of his recent Illness is given as the cause. Pictures of Louis James, Frederick Warde and Katherine Kidder adorn the pages of all last week's dramatic jour nals. Sam J. Ryan, the well-known comedi an, has been engaged by Weber and Fields for their burlesque, "The Con curers." Helene Mora is to play "Hamlet." It is to e wondered i fshe will introduce "Just Break the News to Mother" in the last act. Lillian Russell's failure in Berlin has been abject. For prophecies concerning the same, see one of the June numbers of The Times. Three hundred and seventy-five com panies are now on the road. And the season has Just begun. But there will be fewer when it closes. Viola Allen's tour in "The Christian" really opened Friday in Albany, although her formal debut will be made tomorrow night at the National. Edwin Milton Boyle is going to take his sketch, "Captain Impudence," to London. Which proves that he has got ten used to the title role, at all events. Last week the advance agent of Blan ey's "Hired Girl," was married to the soubrette of Blaney's "Boy Wanted." And yet Shakespeare wrote, "What's In a name?" W. H. Powers will not take "Shannon of the Sixth," out again but instead an nounces his intention of reviving "Ivy Leaf," a play in which his father made a fortune. "Sporting Life," a big melodramatic production under the management of Ja cob Litt, is to be given its initial pre sentation tomorrow at the Acadamy of Music In Gotham. Nat C. Goodwin was thrown from his horse while riding near his country place in England, and slightly injured. The accident will not prevent his season open ing on schedule time. Maud Haslem Is very ill, and has retir ed from Sam Bernard's "Marquis of Michigan." The clever actress was not at all well when she left here, and her break down is not unexpected. J. H. Stoddard will not continue his starring tour In "Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush," but will stick to vaudeville. Evi dently this bush was not the one which grew from the "root of all evil." Clara Morris is rehearsing a new sketch called "The Evil That Men Do." But the evil that men do can't compare with that Miss Morris Is showering down alike on the just and the unjust by re maining on the stage. "Little Miss Nobody" will end its tour In two weeks. The farce was produced that long ago in Philadelphia, where it was heartily scored by the critics. If the play is ever revised a good title might be "Miss Nobody of Nowhere." "The Little Host," is the latest title devised for Delia Fox's musical comedy. The star must be anxious to show her repertoire of brilliant names to the pub lic This is the third that has been men tioned for the piece within a fortnight. Willis Granger has severed his connec tion with the Daly forces. Between los ing his London theater temporarily, get ting into a fight about "Cyrano de Ber gerac" and having trouble with Mr. Granger, the cup of Mr. Daly's happiness should be full. Hope Booth has gone into the legiti mate, having arranged to do a society woman and do her posing in "A Boy Wanted." It is rumored that if Miss Booth dresses the former part after mod els that are to come into vogue this year she may be arrested. Lee Harrison is the latest notable ad dition to the forces of the Rogers Broth ers, who are, by the way, being adver ttised in a remarkably clever manner by Klaw & Erlanger, whose last year "pen-ny-for-your-time" checks will be remem bered as being the cleverest things of their sort ever used for exploiting an at traction. A number two "Little Minister" com pany will be sent out this month and, of course, will visit "Washington. Equally, of course, the very people who created a panic in their efforts to stay away from Maude Adams' production of the comedy will pack the theater In which the Imita tion presentation is given. Truly, "do public is tarn fools." The Dramatic Mirror is at last publish ing its roster of theatrical companies for the season of 1S9S-99. The list is not more complete than was that printed some weeks asro in The Times, and Mr. Fiske draws from his figures much the same conclusions then expressed in this paper. The first-named table does, how ever, include an exhaustive account of the persons engaged with the different organizations mentioned, besides contain ing several combinations that had not been formed at the time that the prior list was being compiled. "The Little Corporal" Produc ed at the Broadway. KOSTER & BIAL'S REVIEW Tlie Dewey Theater Opened Lillian UuHscIl Sued for Divorce William Gillette, Denuiun ThoiniiHon and Stuart RoIihoii Leave New Yorlc XteniH. New York, Sept. 21. Francis Wilson, In a new opera, "The Little Corporal," is the most important theatrical event' of the week. Monday night saw the big Broadway Theater packed to the doors by admirers of the comedian, and it is safe to say that In all his career he has never made a more solid and emphatic hit. Harry B. Smith is the auUtor of tho book, and Ludwlg Englanderresponsl ble for the music of the piece. Both have done their work well, and have turned out something really worth hearing. The first act is laid in Brittany In 1797. Petit pas (Wilson) Is the valet of Honore St. Andre, one of the dignitaries of the vil lage, and a royalist. Napoleon's Egyp tian expedition is decided on, and to tho Breton village there comes a detachment of the emperor's army to drum up re cruits. Petltpas and Honore are com pelled to enlist. In the second act Petltpas assumes the charac ter of Napoleon In order to save his master's life. The deception is complete and here some of the most amusing com plications of the piece are exploited. To say that Mr. Wilson was funny in this scene doesn't half tell the story. The audience fairly shrieked with laughter, and at the end of tho act there were at least a dozen enthusiastic curtain calls for the popular comedian. Lulu Glaser, in the role of Jacqueline, never looked prettier. She sang delightfully and was really a most attractive feature of the performance. Denis O'Sullivan, a bari tone, and Lillian Berri, new members of the company, were given a special curtain call. Mr. Wilson's chorus this year la larger and better than ever. The scenic effects and costumes are handsome and .appropriate. At the close of the second act the star made one of his characteris tic before-the-curtaln speeches. Down at the Fourteenth Street Thea ter a young actor, whose stage name is Paul Gllmore, Is appearing in an absurd Cuban war drama called "The Dawn of Freedom." Paul Is what the girls call a "pretty boy." but for all that he is not fully equipped for the role of a star. I understand that he Is backed by a wealthy wagon maker of Peoria, III. I am afraid that before many moons the aforesaid W. M. will have more experience and less money. However, the "Dawn" Is nicely staged, and is exciting mild en thusiasm among the patrons of Manager Rosenquest's house. As -a, play I have seen worse. The regular season began at Koster & Bial's Monday night with a new and very much undressed burlesque, called "In Gotham." The piece Is a series of local and familiar scenes strung on the thin nest thread of a plot. One of the sets shows a well known department store on Sixth Avenue. I have been in It many times, but up to date have failed to no tice any of the shoppers or "salesladies" clothed only in flesh colored tights and dresses cut decollete at both ends. I am a little near sighted, but I will wager a red apple that If any of the girls in that store were dressed as they are shown at Koster & Bial's I should have noticed It. I will venture to say that there Is no pro duction in town so well equipped as to pretty and handsomely formed w.omen. Josephine Hall, who thinks the posing of Clara Betz In "Yankee Doodle Dandy" at the Casino is an insult to her profea sion(?) Is In the cast, which also includes Cheridah Simpson she of the piano legs and perpetual grin. "In Gotham" Is given with an unusual display of hand some scenery and costumes. Theto was a hot time in East Four teenth Street a couple of nights ago when that astute politician, "Dry Dollar" Sul livan, started in as a theatrical manager by opening the Dewey Theater, named In honor of our brave admiral. The new house is located near Third Avenue, and Is not Intended as a resort for the "100." The Initial attraction Is the "High Roller Burlesque Company," an organization lnrgely composed of blondes, brunettes, girls with hair of the colors of the rain bow, forms like that of Venus, and man ners that are, to say the least, free and easy. They were seen In a piece called "The Paresis Club," and I am honestly of the opinion that the performance, as given Monday, will add many new mem bers to the society. The chief Idea of the management is to sell liquors and ci gars. The performance Is a secondary consideration. Over in New Jersey Signor Peruginl is suing his wife, Lillian Russell, for a divorce, and the prospects are that he will get It. He says that the chief reason for the separation is poker, at Which the fair Lillian is said to have been an ex pert The signor claims that she pre ferred to sit up all. night playing cards to peaceful slumber at his side. It was a cold Winter and he needed the warmth and comfort of a wife's presence, but did not get it, hence the present pro ceedings. Three of the stars now acting in this city leave us at the end of the present week. William Gillette closes Saturday at the Empire, and will be followed Mon day by John Drew, in an English play en titled "The Liars." Denman Thompson ends his long engagement at the Acad emy of Music on the same evening, after which he takes the "Old Homestead" on the road. Owing to the very great suc cess of Stuart Robson in "The Meddler," his management has decided to close the engagement at Wallack's with the pres ent, so that after Saturday night and probably for several years to come New Yorkers will not again hear the melod ious and laughter-pro'oking squeak of this comedian. Alice Neilsen, the new operatic star, with a large and competent company, follows In "The Fortune Tell er," a comic opera by Victor Herbert and Harry B. Smith. "Sporting Life," a mel odrama which Jacob Litt will give a big production at the Academy of Music, fol lowing the engagement of Denman Thompson, has been running for many months in London. Nearly a score of well-known actors and actresses have been engaged for the piece. The scenery and- costumes are to be of a spectacular kind. After E. H. Sothern's engagement at the Lyceum Theater in "The Adventure of Lady Ursula" the stock company will be seen in "Rose Trelawney of the Wells," which Is expected to run all Winter. "The Turtle," at tho Manhattan The ater, refuses to be turned on his back and informs an expectant public that he proposes to stay right where he is all the season. Sadie Martinot continues to fool audiences at this house with her disrob ing act. As a matter of fact, she does not disrobe at all. The shoes, stockings and skirts which she throws over a screen are "properties" and not a part of her ward robe. Of course, after this interesting little bit of business Sadie comes into view enveloped from head to foot in a pink silk robe de nuit and there you are. Wagenhals & Kemper present their tri umvirate Louis James, Kathryn Kid der and Frederick Warde at the Grand Opera House next Monday for a brief engagement. A special and costly revival of "The School for Scan dal" will be the opening bill. Manager J Pltou reports a very large advance sale of tickets. Chauncey Olcott, in j "Sweet Inniscarra" is packing the Columbus. He comes to the Fourteenth Stree Theater in January with a new play. . , ,. Sam Bernard has m,ade a success at tho Bijou Theater ih,4'The Marquis of Mich igan." , It is reported here giat William Blaidell and Clara Lavino have made hits In Charles H. Yale's ''.Evil Eye," which reaches town in December. NANCY SYKES. MATE LEE, ADVANCE AGENT. The Second Scven-Dnys-Aliead Woman in SIiibc History. "Mate Lee" Is, in its dual simplicity, a rather singular, not to say sudden sort of a name. There is ia masculine sound to It which suggests a hero of one of Clark Russell's sea tales. But on the register at the Hotel Regent, where it prefaces tho title, "Advance agent for Blaney's Female Drummer Company," it stands for one of the most enterprising and at the same time most interesting young women that ever undertook to manage the business end of a theatrical venture. Mate, of cours, is a nickname, but she prefers it to Mary Manning, which was bestowed upon her in early youth, Miss Lee, herself, is quite as remarkable in some respects as her front name. In the first place, she missed, by just one pre decessor, being tho pioneer woman ad vance agent. Belle Archer, according to theatrical annals, was the first "Seven days ahead" woman, and since her ex perience there has been none other until the appearance of Miss Lee. She differs from the male type of the genus advance agent, as she does from a great many women. She Is very quiet, very business-like, and does not take up the dramatic editor's time telling funny stories about the star. She wears a shirt waist, a standing collar, and a club tie, and a natty white fedora hat. In general appearance she Is not at all unlike the popular misconception of the personality of Miss Johnstone Bennett, the principal member of the cast of "A Female Drummer." And she declares that because she wears a shirt waist, a fedora hat and a high collar and does work which men do, she has been called masculine. "Of course I love the sweet, dainty things that women wear when they can," she said to a Times man, "but ruffles and flounces would not be at all suitable to my work. I have to get around a good deal and long skirts, dragging across dirty, wet pavements, would be a serious inconvenience. Besides, I'm a believer In the germ theory; the hygienic side of a short skirt appeals to me as well as th comfortable part of it." When Miss Lee swas asked to relate some of her experiences she looked very much as though stage fright extended even to her end of the business "You see. I've bnly been in the business eight weeks." sh'o said, "and in that' short time one' can have had only a limited number of experiences. Before that I was In the -newspaper business, In Pennsylvania. I was born In Titusvllle how long ago? Well, for the purposes of Uils Interview you'll have to guess." "I had been a great theatergoer, and knew some people In the profession. Ono young actress, who Is in the cast of 'A Female Drummer,' and I were very good friends, and when she heard Mr. Blauey say something about a woman advance agent for the show, she mentioned me. Both she and Mr. Blaney wrote to me, the latter making an off.gr, which I ac cepted. "We've been East ever since we opened eight weeks ago. From here we go to Toronto; quit a jump. Isn't It? Then we will work our way 'est." "The dramatic editors have been very good to me," she said, "and I've had a great many compliments o'n my stuff. I turn in good copy, or at least I try to, and give them as little trouble as pos sible," which shows that Miss Mate Lee, in spite of her limited experience, knows one thing of inestimable va'ue and which a great many of her male co-workers have not yet learned. "But the loneliness of the life makes me blue sometimes," she resumed, "and I have to fight pretty hard to keep from doing something not at ail masculine. I have always lived at home, and hotels seems very desolate and lonesome places. "The only relief from that Is In the newspaper offices. I am used to them, of course, and I believe I'd rather breathe the atmosphere of a dusty, paper-littered newspaper office and listen to the rattle of typewriters and a telegraph key than live on Olympus." ' ' THREE PARHOTS. The Peace of a Town Disturbed by the Profane Birds. (From the New York Sun.) All Flatbush reeks with profanity and one policeman is in dire distress on ac count of threats made by indignant citi zens to report him to police headquarters for not stopping It. One man is in the hospital with a broken. head, and two old-time friends are now at swords' points. These and other minor complica tions have been caused by three unre generate parrots that have escaped from their owners and joined rorces, greatly to the discomfort of the citizens of that part of Greater New York. This is the story as it comes to the Sun: A handsome but depraved bright green bird belonging to Wil'lam Warner of East Eighth Street is the leader of the trio. It escaped from Its cage on Sunday morn ing and perched on a tree near Werner's house. Werner talked parrot talk to it for fifteen minutes, trying to induce it to return, but the parrot cackled derisively, Carmilo Jackman, coachman for Mr. Warner, tried to climb the tree. He fell twenty feet to the, ground and was re moved to the hospital. The parrot chor tled In unrighteous glee and flew off, po litely telling Its pursuers" in no gentle tones to "go to hell." Nothing more was heard of the bird un til Thursday morning, when It flew to a tree near the home of James Delghan In Vernon Avenue. Delghan has a parrot that is the pride of his heart, and an ani mated conversation took place between the two birds. "There'll be a hot time In the old town tonight," sang Werner's parrot, and Deig han's bird evidently believed it. The two flew away together. Delghan offered a reward of ten dollars for its recovery, and small boys began to shin up all the trees in the neighborhood. The parrots, with great discrimination, flew from tree to tree, scattering cuss words as they went. "I know how to get that bird of yours back," quoth Patrick Hegeman to Delg han, "but I ain't sure you'd pry me." "Get the bird and you'll get your money," retorted Deighan. "Like hell you will," interrupted Deig hans parrot. You're a bllnkety-dinked dashed blanked stiff.'? "Your bird seems to know you," said Mr. Hegeman sarcastically. "If you want me to get your parrot you've got to de posit the money." "I'll have you In court!" shouted Delg han. "You can't Insult me." "Go on, go on!" yelled Werner's parrot. Deighan's bird solemnly scratched Its bill with its left claw and sang soft and low, "I love Rosle O'Grady and "Rosle O'Grady loves me." Just then the policeman ap peared on the scene. "Phwat's all this here?" he demanded with dignity. 'Phwat a divll av a row aro yez kickin' up jest fer a polly parrot. Shure, a butiful burd wid sich an' iligent shade av color will come down aisy. Kapo yure oyes on me. Here, Polly, purty Polly, come here, darlint, an' Oi'U give yez a cracker." "To hell with your cracker!" observed Werner's parrot. "Cheese it, the cop!" squealed Deig han's parrot. "Oh, say, mommer, buy me one." Both birds rolled on their perches in paroxysms of high-keyed laughter. "Police! Police! Police! Help!" yelled AMUSEMENTS. National Theater. TOMORROW EVENING. ALL THE WEEK. MATINEES SATURDAY ONLY. Formal Debut as a Star, Viola Allen As Glory Quayle In HALL CAINE'S Adaptation of His Famous Novel, The Christian, Supported by an Exceptionally Talented Company s Edward J. Morgan. It. J. Dillon. George Woodward. Mcrvyn Dallas. Frank J. Kccnan. Mrs. Georgia Dickson. Carrie Merrilees. Pcrdita lludspcth. Jolm Mason. Jamison Lee Finney. Myron Calice. Edgar Norton. Guy Nichols. Ethel Marlowe. Edith Merrilees. Bessie Dunn. MAGNIFICENT SPECIAL SCENERY. Next Week Gleeful Plentitude Broadhurst'a "WHY SMITH LEFf HOME." WAR-GRAPH. 1110 F St., adjoining Columbia Theater. Spanish-American war, as it was fought, vividly reproduced by the moving pictures taken at the scat of war. Afternoon, 4:30. Evening, 8:00. Admission, COe. Children, 25c. Be25-lw BASEBALL TO-MORROW. BALTIMORE vs. WASHINGTON. GAME CALLED AT 4:15 P. M. ADMISSION, 25 AND 50 CENTS. Next New York, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 1. sc25-2t PARK BICYCLE TRACK. Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3 P. M. National Circuit Championships. All the crack riders will be here. excursions. OYSTER ROAST AND EXCURSION TO COLONIAL BEACH, CLIFTON BEACH, SOMERSET BEACH, Tendered Manager A. P. Wurach. Steamer Jane Moselv. SATURDAY. SEPT. 24. 6:20 P. M. SUNDAY, SEPT.- 23, 0 A. M. Oysters servfd at Colonial Reach. Sunday, Sept. 20, 3 o'clock p. m. For tickets and staterooms apply to GUZMAN, 925 Pa. ave. dtt. Free list suspended. sc21-tl Only 1 5 cents Arlington and Return, On Sunday. "Electric 'trains leave 13 1-2 it. and Pa. v. every 45 minutes. Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Ry. the "Werner bird, and they vrent into an other fit. "Ye domned Insultln bastes, ut's a shame yez are t" the grane yez wear. Take thot," shouted the policeman, and hurled his club at the two parrots. They flew away with a torrent of curses and abuse that made the policeman's hair stand on end. These two parrots went to the home of Augustus Spence, at .No. S3 Prospect Street, and induced his parrot to escape and come with them. Since then the three birds have been terrifying the peo ple "by holding vulgar and profane con ventions In the tops of trees. No place Is safe" for' the' good little children of Flatbush. The police have been asked to take a hand rn the matter and bring the im moral offending creatures either to Jus tice or an early death. There are soma unfeeling citizens In Flatbush who hope the parrots will choose the latter alterna tive. TALL CTmvnSTEYS. Some That Are Higher Than Spires and Monument. (From the I-udgate Monthly.) Tho honor of possessing the highest chimney In the world belongs to Glasgow, where there are two stacks of colossal proportions. One of these the Townsend shaft at Port Dundas haa a total nelght of 46S'feet, with a diameter at the base of thirty-two feet and at the top of thir teen feet four inches. The structure weighs about S.000 tons. The other stack that at St. Rollox, Glasgow has a to tal height of 445 feet 6 Inches, and with a diameter at the base of fifty feet and at the top of thirteen feet six inches. The managing director of Joseph Townsend (LImited)r air. Oliver C. Townsend, has been good enough to give me the follow ing particulars of their shaft: Founded In May, 1S57; coping laid October 6, 1S59; bent by storm of September 9, 1S59; re stored to perpendicular by sawing from September 21 till October 1, 1859. Total height, 46S feet; from surface to top of cope, 4S1 feet; outside diameter at foun dation, 50 feet; at surface, 32 feet; at top of cope, 12 feet S inches; height of light ning conductor at top of chimney, 20 feet; There Is a chimney at Cologne which Is 441 feet high, with a diameter at the square base of 39 feet, and at the round top of 11 feet G inches. Its weight is about 5,500 tons. Another towering chimney on the continent Is that at the Royal Smelt ing "Works, near Freiburg, In Saxony. It Is built up to the top of a hill, where It stands isolated, and Is 460 feet high. The most costly chimney In the world Is In Bradford, at the famous Manningham Mills. The shaft is a remarkable struct ure, architecturally, and Is the most prominent feature- In the landscape In that part of Yorkshire. It is 256 feet G Inches high, and 21 feet square. It con tains 8,000 tons of material, and cost rather more than 10,000. A peculiarity of this shaft is that it is as broad at the top as it is at the bottom, but the interi or is wider at the summit than at tho base, the dimensions being 13 feet and 10 feet, respectively. In addition to pos sessing the most expensive chimney, Bradford has the gloomy distinction of having experienced the most terrible chimney disaster on record that of tho Newlands Mills. THE WORLDS GREATEST AMUSEMENTS. ftERNAN'S YCEUM -THEATER. TO-NIGHT CONCERT ISHAM'S OCTOROONS. WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY MATINEE, SEPT. 25, MATINEE DAILY, American Binlesquers, HEADED BY" THE CELEBRATED COMEDIAN, W. B. WATSON, THE KLONDIKE HEBREW. New Music. New People. New Scenery. New Acts. WATSON and DUPREE, MONROE SISTERS, PERRY and BURNS, THE KUMINS, LESLIE and CURDY, MILDRED MURRAY. 26-AMERSCAN BEAUTIES-26 4O-PE0PLE-4O THE YEDDISH KOSHER! The Adventures of NEXT WEEK . . HARRY MORRIS'S "LITTLE LAMBS." GLEN ECHO . . Today . . Grand Balloon Ascension AT 6 P. M. MUSIC BY Mascari's Italian Orchestra. CAFE A LA CARTE. F. W. PORTER Manager. COLUMBIA THEATER. Evenings at 8:15. Matinees at 2:15 THIS WEEK. Popular Matinee, Thursday, 50c Annual Regular Tour Matinee or Saturday. MR. Creston Clarke . and MISS ADELAIDE PRINCE. Monday, Friday, and Saturday Mat. The Marble Heart David fiarrick and A Point of Honor Tuesday and Thursday Mat. The Fool's Revenge Wednesday TheLastofHisRace Thursday Saturday THE BELLS NEXT "WEEK, Another Big Comedy Hit, "A MISFIT MARRIAGE." By H. A. DUSOL'CHET, Author of "My Friend From India," "The Man From Mexico," &c. Direction Smyth k Rice. BIJOU Week Com, Mon. Mat. Sept. 26- Smoking Concerts. People's Prices j The bright particular star in her own line around .nich all others twinkle. MAZUZ and MAZETTE, Wonderful Arabs. VALESCA, Beautiful "Queen of the Air." HAN LEY and JARVIS, Comedians. AL STERN, The Washington Favorite Comedian and Mimic. LEOPOLD and BUNNELL, Musical Comedians. 3 GOLDSMITH SISTERS 3 Sensational Dancere. THE MARTELLS, The Wonderful Bicyclists. The Boston Comedy Trio Comedians and Vocalists. BIJOU BIG BURLESQUE CO., in nSw musical melange, introducing' Misses Nettie Field, Nina Collins, Mamie Remington, ohn T. Ticrney, and Dave Schaeffer, in Cuban pastimes, and other sen sations. It CORA ROUTT, AMTJSEMEXTS. BURLETTA. KOSHER! a Hebrew General. LAFAYETTEiA3BffiHF Week Commencing Monday, Sept. 26. WED. AND SAT. MATINEES. THE BIG BOSTON SUCCESS. CllAKVES E. BLAXEY'S Latent Musical ComeJjr. FEMAL 'Wouldn't That Jar You? The most stcpemlou proilnctloa and the mont expensive cast eer lr farce comedy. JOHNSTONE E George Richards, Eugene Canfield, Willis P. Sweatman, fiellie O'Neill, Tony Williams, Helena Salinger, Oscar Figman, Payson Gramme, Charles A. Burk. 25 Prima Donne 25 IMPERIAL QUARTET. 50 People in the Cast "Blancy has a veritable gold mine in 'A Fe male Drummer.' " Boston Globe. "Never in the history of fare? comedy wu there ever a. cast such 33 there is in Blaney's A Fe male Drummer. " Dispatch. "The biggest success Boston ever had." Boston Post. Next Week "OFF AND ON." POPULAR PRICES . . One Week, Beginning FSept. 26 S! Ssi. 503. Magnificent Production of An Enemy to the Ki (By R. N. Stephens.) John Griffith And Superb Cast. The most interesting, charming, and picturesqus drama ever presented on the local stage. Original scenery, costumes, and properties. Arrangement with E. II. Sothern. NEXT WEEK Koster & Bial's GAYEST MANHATTAN:.. These tiny Capsules are superior 4f Ullflrv t CMM...I... Cubebs or Injections andyTf CURE IN 48 KOURSlJUDl Jl the same diseases wrth-1 out inconvenience. SaTtttv all Draggjjit. DRUM ER. ACADEMY