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The Ogden standard. [volume] (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, June 27, 1914, 4 P.M. City Edition, MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 22

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nV One hundred ears ago there used
flH t gather every night in London a
Hwfl group of writers, actors and artists
HgH At the home of Charles Umb and
(w9l his sister. The Lambs were great
BufS entertainers. Their home was al-
HgBH was open to congenial spirits and
EEiH It was the gathering place of many
SffiBj bright minds of London.
HHi There gathered wit and wisdom.
EgBB There ame art of many kinds.
RpQfl When Charles Lamb died those who
SgKB hud gathered around his fireside
fflbSj tried to reproduce the spirit of the
BOBW old gatherings at the Lamb h
liBlB The result was the old Lambs ciui
H of London and later the club in
H America. Its members count
H noted actors, artists, musicians and
HH writers.
Hl You hear of the club spirit of
IBl the Lambs, and the layman vaguely
H wonders what this means. It has
a significance that la not east)
H made manifest, but you '-annul .
flKH joy the prh lieges of the club with-
QH our feeling it.
B This organization of famous ac
tors, dramatl bi, producing mana-
flB gers. and a few others perhaps not
H: of the theater lul whose Interests
are closely allied, is re illy the most
cosmopolitan club In tin world, and
from Its sedate, though merry fold
BBB on Forty-fourth ftreet New York
BftV city, radiate invisible wireless ties
of sympathy, which are vibrating
H today ii every country' 'n the world
Travel from New York to Lon-
don, from London across the strrMs.
through the RfVeris d?wn into Italy;
go through the length tit the Ital an
;j Ooot. and from Sicily - toss tht M(d-
BBS. Iterranedn to Northern Africa; blind
Bf'l our eyes with the glare uf the sun
j on the white lands of Kgypi; float
H with the lazy tides in India; visit
the islands uf the set, again enter
H! the domain of th" Stars ir.-i stripes
at Ban Pra nclsco am! com? back
to the banks of the Hudson, and all
H along your path you sail find him
R the happy wanderer, the universal
Lam l '
M "The Lambs" Is not however a
B lub where membership of "good
fellows," Just be ause they are good
H' fellows. s invited. The waiting list
forbids it; for the Lambs fixes Its
j ouullfl atlon for membership or.
K what a man has done, not on the
extent "f his bank roll. This makes
riob t-x. luslve. since it takes
unto itself representative men of
the arts, sciences, and crafLs from
the whole world; from the theater
first, from art and administration
Let us try to peep behind the
scenes and fathom tho force Which
has held the Lambs together, and
made II grovi and grow from the be
ginning. In the years of Its charter
the club Is forty years old. It
realy dates its origin to nearly a
century ago. Everyone has doubt
less heard how this od 1 name came
to be selected.
One hundred year? ago Charles
Lamb lived with his talented sister
in coz chambers on I;,ner Temple
Lane, London. When tho coffee,
houses dosed and the theaters were
dark, actors, poets and writers grav
itated to the Limb home and there
the evening paused in most con
genial company. It became a by
word In London literary circles.
Let's go round to the Limbs."
Wodsworth, Hazlett, Leigh Hunt,
oleridge, Southey, Tom Hood, Tal
four and George Dwyer were often
to ! fll OVered toasting their shins
at the fireside of Charles Lamb.
The distinguished essayist was In
herently fond of the theater. He
held actors in great veneration and
the players of his lay such as
Whitfield, Packer. Bensen. Burton
and Philllmorc were c:awn to him.
At the Lambs you would meet
also Bensley and HP-key, Suett and
Dodd at their best In the company
of writers, poets and musicians held
by the genius of one m-n who loved
good company and knew how to at
tract brilliant people to his home.
Years afterwards when most of
the notable personalis had Joined
the majority, the parties of the
Lambs were discussed at the clubs
and coffee houses of London. It
was the tendernes in which those
recollections were hel I that caused
a number of young actors and wrll
era forming i hlb In London, aud
ailed themselves the '.Lambs."
Members of this London organiza
tion migrating to America, organ
ised a similar organization in New
York, which subsequently became
the successor of the London club.
The Lambs were English acton,
-Montague, Wallack and Beckett.
Following these were- Billy Flor
ence, and the line of American play-
ers and writers that have slne that
time presided over the world-known
it is therefore seen that the
Lambs have lineal and logical title
not only to their name. Much has
been written of the evenings with
Johnson, Goldsmith, Burke anfl
Beynolds, but It is to be doubled
that these nights excelled the bril
liance of earlier days of the Lambs
Club when gathered around its
labbs w"i v Maurice Barrymore,
Steele Mackaye. Sydmy Rosenfeld,
Nat Goodwin, Stuart Uobson, Wil
ton Lackaye, Billy Florence and
Many Of these men v. ho made the
old Lambs famous have passed
away, but those familiar with tho
present membership .ire confident
that the club today i.eds only a
mellowing perspective deservedly
historic. Goodwin. Crane. Lackaye,
Wartleld. Belaeco are there; as Is
also Gillette, Collier, McDonough
and Hobart, Hopper and Tarklng
ton, Hodge, Lew Fields and a scoro
of others.
At the head of the musicians are
Victor Herbert and Reginald De
Koeti and anions the scenic arlsts
are a majority of the famous color
lsts of America, with Robert Raid,
Metcalfe, Simmons. Finn and Rem
ington at their head.
Irwin S. Cobb. In writing of tho
Lambs Club, humorously compire
it with the Y. M. C. A., of which he
also Is a member. The Lambs nat
urally meet after all good folk aro
In bed. Po many of the Lambs aro
actors and their day s work Is not
done until almost midnight. They
do not get up until the. next after
noon. Their enjoyment comes lu
the early morning He said:
"The big mistake I made was get
ting into the Lambs and the Y. M.
C A. pracf li ally at the same time. I
. ' ' jt' y f ' "S'.A- ' " "
realize now. In the light of second
judgment, that I acted too hastily.
When my sponsors brought word to
mo that the council had agreed
among themselves to overlook my
past life and report my name fa
vorably for membership In tho
Lamhjff, I should have rested con
tent with that honor. But no. I
had acquired tho Joining fever. I
went and enrolled myself on the
roster of the athletic department of
the West Side Y. M. i A. Why I
should have done thlR I do not
know, the act was absolutely with
out explanation, extenuation or ex
cuse. By carefully Ignoring all the
rules of health as set forth by the
leading authorities. by drinking
whenever and whatever I pleased,
by smoking Inordinately, by eating
absolutely .faMl fo,l combinations
t.t any and all times of the day or
night, by keeping bad hours, by
nvr I'.l anv uarclse of what-
PORTR AITS at top from left to
right William I'armim, Flunk
Lalor, Wiltoo Lackaye and
Frank Mclntyre. Second row
William Conrtlelgh, John Hyams,
i)aid Belosoo, lit Wnii Hopper
mid John Philip Soma. Upper cen
ter, in tlio Limb's dining room
William Courtlelgh on the left.
DeWolf Hopper and iigi Bel n
the light. Lower loft, pool in
the Lamb's Club David Belaa
ro, making a difficult shot. Lower
right Scene in a snuggery Low
er renter Belaeco rehearsing n
cxmpany Of stars, from left to
right George Broadhurst, i'rank
CraTOn, Iighy Bell, Walter llab.
Frank Ijjilor. DeWolf Hopper,
iVaiik Mclntyre, Will am Parnum,
Julian i":itingo, William Courneigh,
Eugrne OowleS and George V. Ho.
soever character except occasionally
to knock wood, I have enjoyed the
most magnificent health. Yet de
liberately go and trifle with my luck
by breaking Into a gymnasium. For
the life of me I cannot understand
It. I supposo I'll be Joining the
Comstock Society next and trying
to get a law passAd requiring all
babies to be born with overalls on.
"From the outset I have found
my club obligations conflicting.
Dropping In at the Lambs In the aft
ernoon at 1:10, when the early
birds arM having breakfast, Inter
feres with my engagement with the
physical Instructor up on W'est Fifty-seventh
street at 4:30. Maclyn
Arbuckle will be starting to tell his
latest dog story and naturally ono
wishes to stay for tho finish. (r
somebody connected with a show
which is about to close will be on
the verge of beginning an Im
promptu but spirited address upon
the subject of dramatl.- clitics. Or
somebody else connected with a
show that is doing well will evince
a desire to lead one off to a quiet
corner and read one a few favorable
extracts from the papers of recent
or current date. This perusal of
newspaper clippings provides a
pleasant means of whillng away
many an otherwise tedious hour, not
only by the person mentioned there
in, hut for his friends. Lambs, as
I have discovered since becoming
one, aro great newspaper readers,
Tho club reading room subscribes
for twenty copus of the Morning
Telegraph and one copy of tlie
North American Review. Offhand
any Lamb you meet Is prepared to
quote from Acton Davles latest ar- j
tide or give you from memory tho
full summary of yesterday's box
score of the game between the
Giants and the t'ubs'. Some of them i
read the politics, too.
"On the other hand, If I keep my
data with the physical director, I j
find that the seance with him has
temperamentally unfitted mo for
mingling socially with my brother I
J-amls. At the gymnasium all the J
conversation centers about athletic ' f
subjects. One fellow Is going (
through rigorous training to tak j
ofT weight. He speaks about it
constantly. y
"1 reach the Lambs at the dinner
hOUf. Ben Hapgood Burt has Jut j I
left a call nt the desk for 4 a. IU., j I
so that he will know when to go to ?
bed. Jack llazzard has Just re- (
turned from a road tour, bringing t
the latest wheezes from Keokuk and ' c
Battle Creek. William Collier is w
featuring the quaintest and newest v
conceits in snappy clothes for var- j n
slty men. George V. Hobart Is rc- a
peatlng extracts from his new J fj
comedy and going off into peals of ( .
laughter. In a dead silence, broken j
onlj by the click of Ivory against . ri
Ivory and the rub of chalk against fc
cue tips, a group of the younger rr
members nre playing Kelly pool. tc
The attendants with vacuum cle in- rf
ers are taking up several hundred M
uKorl and exhausted personal pro- rl
nouns which have accumulated In &
odd corners during the latter part pj
of tho afternoon. Altogether, : p(
everything points to a pleasant g0
evening. m
"I dine, I sup. I smoke. At 11 45
p. m., when all New York sleeps, j "
I prepare to seek my own bed. and i 9
when I measure myself again be- I I
for retiring, I find I have gained j B
four Inches around the waist. So, j
what's the blooming use. I
"Nevertheless, torn between love j y
and duty, I have continued until IB
now to live this double life, going K
to the Y. M. C. A. to take it off j
and to the Lambs to put it back J
on again with accrued Interest.
"Y. M. C. A., farewell:" B

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