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Congressman Maguire
Given an Ovation
Last Evening.
The "Magnificent Work of The Call'" De
clared to Have Been One of the Potent
Factors in Uncle Collis' Undoing
at Washington City.
At the anti- fund ing ratification meeting
last night Metropolitan Temple was
crowded into the halls. Even the gallery
steps were utilized as seats. Many ladies
were in tne audience.
A large bonfire blazed at Fifth and Mar
ket streets. Cassasa's band played at the
Temple entrance and afterward inside.
There was plenty of enthusiasm. Mention
of the names of Senator White, Congress
man Maguire and Mayor Sutro brought
out ovations of applause and cheers. The
Congressman bowed his acknowledg
ments, but the Mayor was not there to
hear his name cheered to the echo. He is
in Napa County.
Applause followed the appearance on
the platform of the vice-presidents. Of
the list of vice-presidents the following
were present: Stewart Menzies, George
K. Fitch, Joseph Leggett, C. M. Shortridge,
D. Gilbert Dexter, Clitus Barbour, \V. M.
Banker, James H. Barry, Richard Lam
bert. W. Macarihur, John Fay, John P.
Dun, R. JL. Mann, W. J. Biggy and Max
Due credit was given by Congressman
Maguire and other speakers in well-turned
words to The Call, the Examiner, the
Evening Report, the Washington Star,
the San Francisco Star and to Ambrose
Bierce, tne Washington correspondent, for
his fidelity to the cause and to DavenDort
and Swinnerton, the newspaper artists.
When Congressman Maguire mentioned
the name of Congressman Johnson there
was a demonstration in the audience.
When he mentioned the name of the
other members of the California delega
tion, other Congressmen from other States
who had helped in the fight at Washing
ton, and of Senator Morgan of Alabama
there were enthusiastic applause and
Tlie meeting was called to order by
James H. Barry. When he concluded his
rem irks the vice-presidents were nicely
selti<>d in their chairs. Mr. Barry said:
"You know ior what purpose this meet
ing nas been called, it has been called to
ratiiy the action of Congress over the in
fani Ju3 funding bill. lam here simply to
introduce the chairman of the meeting,
the Hon. J. D. Phelan."
The applause that greeted Chairman
Phelan when he stepped forward was
almost deafening.
Mr. Phelan said: "Ladies and gentle
men: lam not here this evening to make
a speech. There are others here who have
more information than I have, and they
will address you. Certain of the Southern
Pacific lobbyists at Washington declared
that the opponents of the funding bill in
California were communists and anarch
ists. If this be true, then everybody in
California must therefore come under this
category. All of our Representatives at
Washington, save one, fought gallantly
against the infamy, and that one nas been
Bhown up in his true light of fawning j
servility by the local press.
"We maintain that this funding matter !
is simply a business proposition. In 1862 j
the Government gave the railway certain
privileges, in return for which it took
liens on the property. These liens are
shortly to become due. Tje railroad
people want the time on the liens to be
extended and the debt to remain unpaid.
The people of California, however, de
mand that the lien be foreclosed.
"When the Government shall have fore
closed several different things may hap
pen. We may have Government owner
ship of the railroads. [Loud appiause.]
"On the other hand, if the road should
fall into the hands of another corporation
we will have what we have been so long
anxiously waiting for, a transcontinental
competing railroad.
"We who nave lived in this State all our
lives scarcely appreciate to what extent
we are in the power of the railroad. It
hems us in on the east, the south, the
north, and, strange to say, even in the
"Our delegation at Congress is repre
sented here to-night, and through its
spokesman Will tell us of the fi_:bt. We |
wish to show them, that they may tell
their fellow-representatives at Washing
ton the kind of citizens who oppose the
passage of the infamous refunding meas- j
Mr. McArthur, as a labor representa
tive, spoke as follows after chairman Phe
"I will preface my remarks with the
following trite complet:
Honor and shame from no conditions rise.
Act well thy part, in that the honor lies.
"As I recalled the couplet of Pope I
thought how great a common ground it
constituted between various revolutions.
As I stand here, a representative of the
laboring men of California, I am de
lighted to voice the praise of the laborers
for their honored representative whom I
believe has been esteemed by the laboring
clo u s longer and more zealously than all
"There is one thing I wish to say here
this evening — something that may per
haps be not exactly in place. I wish to
voice the grateful thanks to our honored
Congressman on behalf of the American
seamen. Congressman Maguire has done
for the seamen what Lincoln did for the
J. J. Ualyin, who officiated as secretary
of the meeting, read the list of vice-presi
dents and the following resolutions. The
resolutions were unanimously and very
vociferously received and adopted near
the close of the meeting:
Retolved, That we, the citizens of San Fran
Cisco, in mass-meeting assembled, do hereby
hereby heartily indorse Congressmen Maeuire,
Barham, Hilborn and Bowers, Senators White
and Perkins of California and Senator John T.
Morgan of Alabama for their able, earnest and
determined opposition to the consideration of
the Pacific Railroad's infamous refunding bill,
whereby its passage was prevented at the last
session of Congress, and we entreat them io
continue their laudable efforts in our behalf in
the future; and
Retolvtd, That we commend Congressman
Loud «n<3 McLachlan lor their promises, pub
licly made, to vote against the funding bill,
and earnestly nrpe them to strenuously sec
ond the efforts of their colleagues to defeat the
measure; and
Retolvtd. That we tender to Senator Goebel
and his collegues in the Legislature of Ken
tucky the iiear'felt thanks- of the people of
California lor their efforts to repeal the char
ter of the Southern Pacific Company of .Ken
tucky, and we urge them to continue their ef
forts in that direction; and
Resolved, That we emphasize our apprecia
tion of the gallan t and continued efforts of our
honored Mayor, Adolph Sutro, who has given
his time and money unsparingly in this fight
for the people; and
Resolved, That the tnanks of this meeting
and of the people of the entire Pacific Coast
are due to the Examiner and its Washington
correspondeut, Ambrose Bierce, for their faith
ful publication of all the information concern
ing and invaluable services against the fund
ing infamy, and we also thank The Call of
San Francisco and the Star of Washington,
D. C., for their active ana constant opposition
to the mea.-ure; and be it finally
Resolved, That we hereby denounce the false
and shameless statpments of P. Huntington
and his lobby concerning the character and
motives of our citizens who have opposed his
nefarious schemes. John P. Dunn,
Stewart Menzies,
Joseph Leggett,
Richard Lam beet.
Chairman Pbelan neatly turned the ad
dresses of the evening to speeches to the
question of the adoption of the resolution
and the programme ran along smoothly.
The only thing that interrupted it was the
frequent applause.
Acting Mayor Taylor Rogers was intro
duced as the representative of Mayor Su
tro. He read a letter from the Mayor as
lollows :
Calistoga. Cal., June 27, 1896.
Fellow-Citizens: Allow me the privilege of
congratulating you on this meeting.
For though absent in body I am with you
most deeply In my very soul, to rejoice in the
triumphs of the hour.
The people of San Francisco, aye, of the
whole State, have great cause to be Droud.
So far victory has been theirs, notwithstand
ing the gigantic corporations against them.
For it is in truth a supreme victory to have
defeated the infamous scheme of Mr. Hunting
That meant to bind burdens around the
.neck of the farmer and miner, the merchant
and laborer.
It meant the increase of the price of all
merchandise, a higher rate of taxation all over
the State.
These burdens, for the moment, nave been
cast aside.
For this let full praise be given to our Con
gressmen who have been loyal to this grand
They all, with n notorious exception, deserve
■ our thanks— the wreath of approval by a satis
fied people. .
In this regard permit me to name Judge
Maguire as pre-eminent in his devotion, zeal
ous in his work and brave and loyal in his
duty to you.
But while we all join voices in this ovation,
let me warn you with profound emphasis.
The danger is not past— it is still ahead.
For with Shakespeare I tell you:
"We have scotched a snake, not killed it."
The people must make another snpreme ef
fort at the coming session, for bribery, coer
cion and cajolery will be employed then to
pass some funding bill.
Use all means to help your Congressmen
inform the East of our industrial chains.
Implore your Atlantic frienas for even
handed justice.
Do ali thnt honest men can do, and leave the
battle to a just God, to guide and prosper for
the good of our people and the fair name of
You may rely upon me to the extent of my
In conclusion, permit the suggestion that
the following resolution be passed by this
"Resolved, That the National Democratic Con
vention at Chicago be requested to insert a
plank denouncing the pending bill or any
other funding bill."
Yours for right and justice,
Adolph Sutro.
The resolution suggested by the Mayor
was adopted:
Continuing acting Mayor Taylor said:
"What is the issue involved in this cam
paign? Why are we here to-night? It is
for a reason that reaches to the heart of
the whole peopie and this great Govern
ment. I repeat, what is the great issue in
this campaign — "
A voice in the audience shouted, "Sil
This created some amusement.
'No, it is not silver. Silver is another
issue. lam not here to make that kind of
a speech.
"The great iusue," he said, "is this:
That there is no man under the stars and
stripes who is greater than the law. This
should be promulgated till the funding
bill is crushed and cast into the sea. The
Southern Pacific has thrown the glove
into the arena. Their attitude is the atti
tude of old Boss Tweed, 'What are you
going to do about it?' Mr. Huntingtou
spits with contempt on the law which gave
him his great fortune.
"What is the remedy for all this? It is
that the strong arm of Uncle Sam shall
take Mr. Huntingtou by the throat and
cboke the life out of him." After the
fashion of the Roman Senator who de
clared that Carthage must be destroyed he
said the cry of the people of California
should be that the railroad must be de
stroyed. He advised the people to elect
no one to Congress whom they were not
sure would onpose the funding bill, and
paid a tribute to Maguire.
Henry E. Highton was the next speaker
introduced by the chairman. He said:
I join with pleasure in the congratulation
on the temporary defeat of the funding bill.
The occasion for an exultant demonstration
has not yet arisen. The funding bill will be
pressed at the next session of Congress and if
it be then buried among the unsuccessful
frauds oi the century then shall we be justified
in anticipating the final emancipation of the
State from railroad oppression and corruption
and swelling the triumphant chorus of
Is the power of money, through corporations
ai.d otherwise, to control government—Na
tional, State end municipal? Here and at
Washington all that is most dangerous and
most sinister in the controversy is typified and
represented by C. P. Huntington, a pioneer of
California, who is the most inveterate and un
compromising enemy of its permanent wei
mre, and who, in the shadow of Wall street,
attacks its industries and its reputation.
Our own people have been practically unani
mous against the funding bill, and, however
much they have been mutilated and bled, they
are not of the fiber to submit forever to a rail
road dictatorship supported by Venetian
At the last session of Congress Mr. Hunting
ton, unless he has been grossly misrepresented,
resorted to wholesale slander and falsehood.
Of the gentlemen who signed the memoiiai
authorized by the State convention, he is pub
lished as having ca:d that they were "as un
i v my a crowd as ever fanner found lurking
around his henroost."
Mr. Huntingtou is. reported to have said that
the opponents of the funding bill here were as
uncanny a crowd as a farmer ever found
lurking arour.d his henroost. Let me say
right here that he would be a fool who would
be found lurking around a henhouse that Mr.
Huntington hart left.
There has never been a movement in the
nistory of the funding bill when Mr. Hunting
ton would have dared to appeal to the people,
through petitions or public meetings, and the I
only attempt he ever made in that direction
was proved to be a fraud.
1 doubt if he could secure the Indorsement
of a single voting precinct in the State. I am
convinced (hat, with all the pressure he could
bring to bear, he could not find 3000 of our
citizens who would avow themselves to be
advocates of his refunding scheme. I now
present an incomplete list of the varioas
bodies that have declared against the con
spiracy and in favor of strict foreclosure
within the last six months:
San Francisco Union for Practical Progress,
San Francisco Committee of Fifty, California
Anti-Funding Bill Convention, San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce, Alameda County Fed
erated Trades, Society of American Socialists,
Prohibition State Central Committee; Gait
Lodge No. 1, Patriots of America; San Fran
cisco Iroquois Club, Democratic State Central
Committee, Alameda County Populist Conven
tion, Republican State Convention, Nevada
State Republican Convention, State Populist
Convention, Prohibition party convention,
San Francisco Labor Council.
Here are sixteen different organizations, rep
resenting labor, trade, commerce, patriotic
fraternities and every political party extant.
If I had preserved the facts the list might
easily have been doubled. I have omitted, for
example, a convention of the Supervisors of
the different counties of California, which
lately, at San Jose, adopted similar resolutions.
With these facts beiore you you can realize
the monstrous falsehood of the assertion that
the opponents of refunding in California were
only "a few hundreds."
But it was said at Washington that Cali
fornia had nothing to propose in place of the
refunding scheme. This again was a lie.
Congressman Maguire hit the nail on the head
and was overwheimingiy indorsed when he
voiced public sentiment. The substitute lor
refunding is strict foreclosure.
The speaker of the evening was next in
troduced. After the applause which
greeted Judge Maguire had subsided, he
spoKe as follows:
Mr. Chairman and Fellow Citizens: I like
this practice of calling on the representatives
of the neople to give an account of their stew,
ardship. I believe that many of our present
evils are due to lack of appreciation of a rep
resentative on the part ot his constituency. I
myself should dread to return to Congress if I
hp.d been a traitor to my people and had failed
to do what it was my duty to do.
, This funding bill tight has become pretty
well known through tne press. I will, there
fore, not dwell upon its details, but will tell
how the fight is being carried on by the South
ern Pacihc Company, an incorporated pirate,
organized in Kentucky and allowed to plunder
every State except Kentucky.
Alter much trouble we finally succeeded in
being assigned a day to be heard before the
Pacific Railroads Committee of the House.
Meanwhile a mass-meeting had been held in
San Francisco, and a representation was sent
on to Washington consisting of Charles A.
Sumner and Mr. Perkins. Although they
failed to arrive on the Monday when the Com
mittee on Railroads met, we used up the time
until a general meeting was held, at which the
Californians were given a hearing.
We had a strong minority and made a gallant
fight. They had men pledged to support the
funding bill. They had the support and in
fluence of all other railroads in the country.
The fight was on the floor of the House.
He mentioned Congressmen Boatner,
Harris of Tennessee and Cooper of Wis
consin for their good and effective work
against the funding bill. Continuing he
said: •
In connection with the work of the mass
meeting in this City which sent the repre
sentatives on to Washington I wish to mention
especially the work of Hon. Adolph Sutro.
Mr. Sutro found a lack of suitable literature
in Washington and furthermore discovered
that the report of the Pacific Railroads com
mittee and the copies of the San Francisco
papers containing the famous -'Colton" letters
had been lost. I had to telegraph to San Fran
cisco ior the nece-isary papers and Mayor
Sutro promptly and generously procured and
forwarded them to Washington. We secured
promptly and used effectively that literature.
Armed with these we proceeded, and here I
want to say that in spite of the condemnation
of the distribution of this literature by cer
tain persons very much is due to these letters
and pamphlets. Many Representatives took
exception to the sending of this literature, but
I found nobody who felt insulted at it who
was not one of Mr. Huntington's hirelings.
In the present Congress we met with strong
and. determined opposition. Even those who
had formerly supported us were prevented
from assisting us as before. Mr. Cooper was
ruthlessly removed. 1 don't say that Speaker
Reed did it at the instance of Mr. Huntington,
but the great influence of the great railroads
was perhaps impelled to leave Cooper off, and
we had no friend in the committee but Boat
A determined and powerful lobby, mar
shaled by Mr. Huntington, the kiiigof lobby
i ists, came on to Washington. Old as he is,
j rich as he Is, powerful as he is, C. P. Huntington
will still crawl iibout the corridors and halls
of \V'ashtiigton in search oi pennies.
We found that the Senate committee on Pa
cific railroads was in favor of refunding. But
there was one giant on the committee who had
been a member of it since its organization,
and that Senator was Jonn T. Morgan, one of
the greatest statesmen of the United States.
And if it were not for his misfortune to have
been a major in the Confederate army he
I would certainly stand without a peer among
| tnose who are named as Presidential candi
! dates.
Mr. I.oud and Mr. McLachlan both asserted
from the beginning that they would stand
true to their pledges to vote against the bill.
But I believe that even California representa
tives ought not only to vote against but fight
the iunding bill.
I give credit to Representatives Barham,
Bovvers and McLachlan for th<'ir work among
the Republicans against the funding bill.
The Bowers bill, providing for the refund
ing of both roads and extending the time to
eighty-six years and fixing the interest at 2
per cent instead of 3, as under the Reilly bill,
was substituted in the Fifty-fourth Congress.
To us of the Pacific Coast it made little differ
It asked that the Government shall carry a
debt cf some $112,000,000 for these compa
nies for fifty-five years at 2 per cent, whereas
the Government has to pay over 3% per cent.
We are fighting against such a "business"
proposition as this. We believe that by fore
closure the Government can realize at least 50
per cent of the debt due it, and that all con
nection can be severed with these men who
have fattened upon the people so long. We
believe that if the refunding course is taken
the Government will realize less than one
third of what it would get by foreclosure. We
have the remedy of foreclosure, and we are
confident that it is sufficient.
I hold that the true fountain of the Govern
ment is to govern and not to engage in any
private business, except where it is necessary
to take charge of a public utility in order to
prevent private monopoly. I believe in mak
ing the railroads public highways and letting
private enterprises compete freely in passenger
and freight transportation. If this were done
and the six big trunk lines competed freely
over the Pacific roads I believe that this com
petition would benefit us far more than any
Interstate Commerce Commission. If this ex
perimerft should be impossible to put into
operation I would advocate Government own
ership of the roads. [Applause.]
| |But if even that be impossible to realize, let
us have the road soid out to some competing
railroads. If the road is purchased at a reas
onable rate and operated as a business matter,
I believe that competition will do what it has
done in the case of the Valley Railroad. [Ap
plause.] For I read that the opening of the
Valley road for a short distance down the
San Joaquin Valley has "enabled" the South
ern Pacific to lower its freight rates on grain
in the San Joaquin Valley.
I have been asked by the committee to state
what was done by myself and colleagues in
California in this contest. I found Barham,
Hilborn and W. W. Bowers ready and willing
to take off" their coats against the bill. In this
matter they said to me. "We have no politics.
Count on us and we will stand together with
out political distinction."
The san Francisco Call did magnificent work
from beginning to end. In the Fifty-third
Congress, when I stood almost disheartened at
the prospects beiore us, 1 was encouraged by
tne accounts in the Examiner and The Call of
the support we were receiving from our friends
3000 miles away.
George K. Fitch, formerly editor of The Call,
worked nobly and bravely on our side until no
longer able to do so, and then, happily, the
management passed to Charles M. Shortridge,
who has continued the good work of his prede
cessor. Besideß the work of these papers the
work of the Washington Star and the San Fran
cisco Star as well [applause] was particularly
I believe that the funding bill is effectually
.blocked in Congress. The last of the payments
is due In 1899. Until the process of foreclos
ure is completed and the decree of execution
issued the fight will still remain before us.
But I believe that if the people of California
will continue their work as they have worked
in the past the fight is ours.
The railroad people hove, if they are success
ful in the House, they can eccomplish their
end in the Senate ; but, thanks to the presence
of Perkins and White of California and Mor
gan of Alabama in the Senate any attempt to
pass any refunding bill must run'the gauntlet
of a tireless opposition. Senator White has de
clared that should the matter come up in the
Senate he would, for the purpose of education,
read the whole nine volumes of the Pacific
Railway Commission's report before the bill
could be passed.
In conclusion, I think I may safely say that
although until the roads are foreclosed we
shall not be absolutely iafe, yet the people
ciin consider themselves secure as fur as their
representatives in the National halls of legis
lation are concerned. And finally I wish to
congratulate and thank the people of Califor
nia for the appreciation and thanks they have
bestowed upon their servants in the faithful
performance of their duties to their constitu
"His Wife's Father" Proves
Amusing at the Co
"Sweet Violets" Wins the Ap
proval of the California
A Particularly Good Bill at the Or
pheum — Reappearance of the
The possibilities of the father-in-law as
a theme of domestic strife seem to be just
dawning upon dramatists. To judge from
the two father-in-law plays produced by
Miss Rose Coghlan, Who Will Arrive Here To-Day to Play at the California.
the Frawley Company during its present
engagement "the old man" can be an even
more fruitful source of trouble than the
much-ridiculed and hackneyed mother-in
"The Two Escutcheons," played some
weeks ago, contained two fathers-in-law
on the rampage. ''His Wife's Father,"
which was produced last night, centered
round one, but he was a host in himself
and managed to keep things brisk and
lively from the opening of the first act to
the end of the fourth.
Miss Martha Morton, who wrote the
play, confesses to having taken the cen
tral theme from the German, but she has
succeeded in giving it considerable American
local coloring.
The plot is little more than a category of the
woes endured by Frank Hamilton and his
bride, Nell, from the officious affection of
Nell's father. The story of their troubles, in
spite of its simplicity, is so naturally aud
.humorously told, however, that it is more ef
fective than many comedies with more preten
tious plots.
■ The scene opens on the young people's wed- i
ding day, where Buchanan Billings astonishes
his son-in-law-elect by turning his business :
over to him and announcing that henceforth
he intends to aevote his entire life to making !
his daughter happy. The joy of this news is ;
embittered by the further announcement that i
there is to be no wedding tour, as he docs not j
wish to let his Nell go away with a strange !
man, but that in a few weeks he himself will
take the bride and groom on a trip to Califor- {
The young people outwit him, however, and |
steal away after the ceremony, leaving him. I
as he pathetically expresses it, "an orphaned I
In the second act Billings has become simply j
unbearable. His unfortunate children live
with him. and having no occupation he de
votes himself to making them happy with |
such disastrous results that even the cook |
rises in rebellion and leaves on the spot, as a
protest against the fond parent meddling in j
the domestic economy of the kitchen.
Frank Hamilton and Nell escape to a little
flat of their own, but Billings lollows them,
and it is only when he has caused a real es
trangement between his Nell and her husband
that iHHings becomes chastened and resolves
to obtrude his presence less upon his daughter
and son-in-law.
Harry Carson Clarke gave a very nmusing
interpretation to the role ot the selfish, blun
dering, fond father.
At first he showed some tendency to exag
geration, but as the play progressed and his
role grew more one of tribulation he toned
down his superfluous energy and gave acare
ful character study of the father-in-law.
Frank Worthing was natural as Huniilton, the
unfortunate son-in-law. Miss Bates, who
pluyed the role of Nell, returned to her gush- j
ing, spasmodinc style, which is effective in
some parts, but which palls upon an audience
when seen too often and in too many parts.
As the slavey last week Miss Bates showed
that she is versatile enough to throw off her
mannerisms when she chooses, and it is a pity
that she retains quite so many of them as Nell.
Tyrone Power gave a clever and careful in
terpretation of the part of a poor but arrogant
relation. George Leslie was a trifle less George
Leslie than usual as Ferdinand Langdon, the
whisky drummer with social aspirations, ana j
the same may be said of Miss Phosa McAllister j
as the aunt-in-law.
Miss .Maaee Carr Cook was bright and pleas
ing as the widow who consoled the father-in
law, Miss Lftnsing Rowan acted her part grace
fully, and Miss Hope Ross was, as usual, a
charming Ingenue.
At the Tivoll.
"A Trip to the Moon" will continue to be the
attraction at the Tivoli all this week.
The sale of seats tor the season of grand
opera, under the direction of Guslav Hinrichs,
opened yesterday. On Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday nnd Saturday evenings of next -, eek
Donizetti's favorite grand opera, "Lucia," will
be given, with Mme. Louise Natalie, Sig.
Fernando Michaelana, Sig. Maurice de Vries,
Signor Abramoff r.nd other artists in the
cast, assisted by an enlarged chorus and aug
mented orchestra. Wednesday, Friday and
Sunday evenings for the first time in this City
will be sung Gounod's tragic opera, "Romeo
and Juliet." In this opera Nina Bertini
Humphreys and the contralto, Anna Russell,
will make their first appearance.
At the Orpheum,
An almost entirely new bill was presented at
the Orpheum last night and one that was
quite above the average in merit.
The Frederick troupe, consisting of five
athletes, who style themselves the demon
acrobats, do some clever work on a couple ot
ladders, as well as on the stage. Watson and
Duprez are a couple of singing and dialogue
artists, who do an amusing turn, though It
might be shorter without detracting Irom
their popularity.
The four Maisonos are pantomimists and
musical eccentrics, who are all clever mimos.
Collins and Collins are two sistrrs who have
the approved music-hall style of chortling and
who introduce some dashing dialogues and
The Midgets, who appeared in a short return
engagement, proved if possible more popular
than ever. Their sparring-match Is the Tery
poetry of prizefighting, and the little fellows
were rapturously applauded. The vitascope
has some new pictures. The famous May
Irwin-John Kice kiss, which like Tennyson's
brook goes on forever, was lauirhed at and ap
plauded, and Cissy Fitzgerald, the dancer, who
was at once recognized by her wink, was with
out delay taken into the good graces of the
gallery. The marimba players are another
good addition to the new attractions.
Among the hold-overs are Billy Van, in a
new dialogue, and Lilly Western, who plays on
nine instruments, some of them very cleverly.
At the Grand.
"One of the Bravest" opened to a typical
first-night audience at the Grand. The play
is one well calculated to appeal to the popular
taste. It is a comedy-drama, well inter
spersed with song and lively action. The
specialties are all good. Emmet Sheridan, the
star, appears to advantage In the character of
Larry Howard, one of the bravest of the New
York Fire Department. He is not out of place
in comedy-drama, but the playbills are a de
lusion arid a snare when they emblazon his
name in the face of the public as a great
singer. He is graceful enough and has a pleas
ing voice. It has no saw-teeth.
The interest centers in two villains omni-
present and arousine indignation. The prin
cipal villain, Rufus Ward, causes the death of
a prosperous merchant by getting ' 'Tiger. " his
partner, to explode a dynamite bomb on board
a ship. He afterward shoots Harry Howard,
the heroic member of the Now York Fire De
partment. Subsequently he chloroforms the
widow of the dead merchant aud steals the
child. Harry Howard foils the villain. The
most thrilling scene in the play is that depict
ing the burning of a tenement-house, when
the engine is drawn on the stage by a spirited
team ot horses and the firemen handle the ap
paratus just as they do in real life. It is a
striking reaiistic scene. Mr. Sheridan displays
his agility in making hii escape from the sec
ond story of a bnilding, using the latest con
trivances for the rescue of people from burn
ing buildings. Another realistic scene is the
opium den.
Gilbert and Goldie are a strong comedian
team, and the respective parts of Policeman Mc-
Ginty and Mrs, Grogan do not suffer at their
hands. There is plenty of action and no drag,
and the first-nighters found nothinc at which
to cavil.
The California.
Sydney Gnindy's four-act play, "A Bunch of
Violets," as produced by L. R. Stockwell's
company at the California last night, has few
vulnerable points open to criticism.
j The play deala with the life of Sir Philip
I Marchant, a mau of the world, who sacrifices
I everything to attain his end. He is a specula
; tor, and places on tne market mines and
stocks that ure fictitious, while he poses before
; the wnrld as & good and charitable man.
Mr. Murgatroyd, a plain Yorkshire man, is
! one of his dupes. Merchant's home consists of
! himself, his wife and daughter Violet. The
j play derives its name, "A Bunch of Violets,"
from the fact that every morning his daughter
1 brings him a fresh bunch for his boutonniere.
| She is very, devoted to him and he loves her
dearly— one of the virtues of his life.
Mr. Kelcey in Sir Philip has a character well
I suited, and Miss Eflie Shannon appeared as
1 a light comedy adventuress. Mr. Stockwell
was the old Yorkshire capitalist, and Beach
j and Sullivan fitted well in their respective
: roles. Miss Oliver, as the injured wife, and
Miss Winona Shannon, as the loving daughter
| Violet, have two of the best characters.
The play was a great success in London, and
New York, where the part of Sir Philip was
played by Beerbohm Tree.
The cast is strong ana the parts are well as
signed. There is hardly a dull line or dialogue
in the play, and the closing of the third act is
intense. Mr, Kelcey makes a good Sir Philip,
and Miss Oliver and Miss Effie Shannon,
though their roles as Lady Marchant and Mrs.
Murgatroyd were widely different, are even
candidates for popular favor.
The Park Theater.
The second week ql the season at the Park
Theater opened last night with the Irish com
edy-drama entitled "The Rambler From
Clare." This production is one in which there
is a combination of pathos and mirth, and Dan
McCarthy, who assumes the part of Tony Sulli
van, the leading character, has a splendid
opportunity to display his talent and he did
so to the utmost, and his efforts were heartily
I applauded.
His acting is neat and very natural, and
while his voice In song is not powerful It is
sweet aud pleasing. The life ol the piece is
I Rosle Dwyer, characterized by Miss Lou
Ripley, a stout young lady who is as lively as a
cricket and portrays the lines of the author
! with much faithfulness. Charles W. Swain,
ihe comedian, late of the Grand Opera house,
in the chMracter of Paddy Mctadden, has
much to keep him busy and does that in away
to excite much laughter. In the third act
Irish songs, jigs and dances, and dances that
were not Irish are introduced to the satis
faction of the audience as evinced by generous
applause. "The Rambler From Clare" will
appear every night this week.
An Insolvent Hotel-Keeper.
Andrew Ketterer, proprietor of the North
Beach Hotel, has filed a petition in insloveucy.
He uwes $4904 97, and hh assets are about
The cure of sleeplessness requires a
clean, good bed, sufficient exercise to pro
mote weariness, pleasant occupation, good
air, and not too warm a room; a clear con
science and avoidance of stimulants and
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