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The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, February 08, 1903, Image 11

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tnnde'a hit, why should there not be a
proportionately greater hit In multiplica
tion, forthwith proceeded to carry out
the l<lra. Hence the broadening out into
cjunrtcts arid sextets, etc., ad libi
tum. This marks the evolution of, for cx«
amp!*?, the Florodora sextet — which ev
erybody knows better than' the whole op
era of the same name and the principals
rolled Into one.
The Florodora sextet-six charming
maidens all dressed alike, with flowing
gowns nnd waving hat plumes and mas
culine attendance to add piquancy, and
all lust a dozen times the hit .that one
rirl might have made according to the
lights of those "good old days."
"The Strollers" carries out the same
Idea of the new regime; also "King ,
Dodo," for example, which Is familiar to
us by recent performance. And now it la
the "Sadie Girls," on the same principle
of multiplication; and, moreover, with
tho charming, piquant, Frenchy Anna
Held as the bright particular star-dia
mond to set off this galaxy of feminine
Why are they called the "Sadie GlrlsT*
Because that is the name of tlie song
where they Bhlne with particular bril
The fair Anna sings the air.
They sins the chorus.
And all of this time with the ncw-re
glme-multlpllcatlon system they enforce
the words of the song by exactness and
similarity of gesture and pose. One of
the most effective . bits j Is said to be
where, In a part of the chorus, they turn
their backs with haughty disdain on the
audience, as you see In the picture— then
is the time that you awaken to the fact
that the "Sadie Girls" wear no ordinary
gowns, but are clad in Parisian creations
to the extent of some three thousand dol
lars for thirteen dresses. This is another
fad of up-to-date managerial policy ot
the new regime as contrasted with the
And now the question still remains!
V^ll San Francisco afford the fair Anna
two "Sadie Girls" for the thirteenth, who
Is missing, and the twelfth, who is to be
married. That Is yet to be seen— as Well
as the "Sadie Girls" themselves. .;i.S
There are perlumes that do not coat
a great deal and one of these Is suitable
for' use as a chair sachet Take of rlyc
erlne hair a 'eospoonf ul and add to It *
quarter of an ounce of oil of geranium.
Place a few drops of this upon absorbent
cotton, encase in fresh cotton layers and
make into sachet bass for the back of
the recllninc chat*

«^-r ND now It will be "The Bad!*
[ I Girls"! Who and what arc » I tn«
pH Sadie Girls?" Why, the Anna
*• I Held **Badle Girls," of course
A They are coming to-morrow
Bight, thirteen stron&-or at least it
might be better to bo exact ar.d say
twelvo strong, for one la missing at
You nee It is a very particular matter.
the choosing of a "Sadie Girl." and It la
a point that Miss Held bccs to herself.
She must bo Just bo tail, and the waist
must be Just so much around, and the
•houlders must be Just so broad— and.
above all, the arms must be Just Buch and
¦uch a length: and on this latter point
MIb* Held Is more than particular. The
"Sadie Girls' " arms and shoulders are
very much In evidence, as you can see
from the photoirraphs; bo no wonder Miss
Held is Inexorable on the matter . of
proper proportions.
For that matter, the fair Anna ha*
been so severe a critic that it has taxed
the beauty providing qualities of the larg
est Eastern cities to the utmost to sup
ply even those twelve of the possible
thirteen "Sadie Girls."
Every one of the twelve girls now In
•The Little Duchess"— for that is the
name of Miss Held's musical comedy
was found in a different city of the great
East; and as the picture, shows there
are -only twelve where there should be
thirteen, the East evidently did not offer
enough cities with available material suf
ficient to supply' the thirteenth.
Moreover, and here Is another hint In
Just a wlilpper, O ye maidens who would
be "Sadie Girls'* If you could— one of
these twelve- picked maidens of the num
ber, that should be thirteen, la to be mar
ried 'ere long, and now it 13 for San Fran
cisco to demonstrate herself par excel
lence in the matter of beauty and furnish
that thirteenth, whp is missing, and also
that twelfth, who is to be married; thus
providing two "Sadie Girls" where other
cities have afforded but one and most of
them none, .. •
How the old lde> of the chorus has
changed! In the good old days, which
were not so good after all, this same cho
rus was wont" to be a bevy of beautiful
maidens all vying with each other to win
pubic approval . and then consumed with
Jealousy "behind the scenes because one,
more fortunate than the rest in the trick
of fascinating would \ catch the
applause where others failed. This point
caught the managerial eye, and, 'reason-
Ing that It one costume and specialty

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