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Socalled "Operetta ,, Has a Dash of Vaudeville
Latest Cort Production Is Properly Musical Comedy and Burlesque:
"Woman is Equal of Man;
However, That Is Noth-
ing to Boast Of,"
a Sample
.Tust took another peek at the Cort
theater program to see what they call
m Modern Eve." It is termed "a Ber
■ '-retta." But it isn't. At least it
isn't any more. Tt. i.s musical
and burlesque mixed with a dash of
vaudeville. And it goes ytv fast, in
deed. Musically it still is operetta. Ber
lin brewed, but otherwise it is a show,
iind as such it tickled the, Cort audience
last night more than any musical com
erein seen for a longr. long time.
TJeonunting the fart that it made a big
:h the Sunday night crowd in the
playhouse is simply accurate reporting.
And to account for the hit is just'as
easy. Tt has very catchy airs. Tori will
h<»ar ,- <',oodby Everybody" before you
pet to the office t'.iis morning and when
you get home your canary will be sing
ing it. T • a lot more tunes
nearly as contagious.
Tt has a broad burlesque comedy
streak Mgtedian to match.
rnv.TTV trim a now \
It ha« a pretty prima donna who. for
face's sake, you will be erlad
to think sings well, whji-h she doesn't.
Tt has ,i lively ,-omedienne, with grace
for her stock in trade and not vulgarity,
and who in some of her moods will re
mind you ot Lauretta Taylor of merry
Alcazar memory.
It has plenty °f humor of the broad
and easily grasped variety such as tbe
mannish modern Eve hands to her ema
clated husband thus: "I dreamed of
night I>on't let. it happen
Or this: "Why speak of love
in lime of peace 0 "
Tt is spiced with the variety "f Mar
tin Beck's vaudeville table. One of the
Interpolation*, just preceding a divorce
not like that of "The Butterfly
on the Wheel"—ig provided with its
IS€ in the persons of the "Mar
velous Millers." who are dancers or
something like that It was hard to
tell .iust what they were. They re
voli-i'ii ;jt the rate Of many revolution*
j>er second, end ir > the most nonchalant
ijTan!>er kiHlgimb4e the nvt-lc marvelous I
<■ female marvelous Mil- j
V r over his shoulder, or with complete
sang froid threw her on the floor on
»wa bent of every other measure, j
When the plot' isn't being discarded
pectalttea the chorus is trotted on
in various stages of dishabille and in
various degrees of liveliness the Blow-
Ing facter than you'd think girls
would work for $18 or whatever It la
they get per week. The orchestra is
enlarged for the occasion by a couple
Of horns ami a harp and Is playing no
t ha ii vivace all the time.
Therefore, t ; c first act costumes
I were aged and honestly wrin- j
]<ied, were only a detail of minor irri
tation, though T confess I thought the |
cupids were more than ordinarily in
decent. Tlieir union suit fights looked
like, I'm ashamed to tell you what.
Today is Monday, you can g»'t an id«>a, j
perhaps, from your hack window. The :
< •ostumme , ol the second act was bet- J
tor and TC was the scenery.
comedian with the broad comedy
. is Alexander I'lark, who is as
'••ng and lean aa his name, but who
liasn'l other visible dimensions beyond
M.l; streak. Uis burlesque be
■ in the burlesque divorce scene
Inuut 'if the fun. and good
enough to justify "featuring" him with
reduction, <"'lark has the natural
Kifts of (he burlesque artist—the gifts
make that branch of playing,
unique. It can not he aCQßlred. Na
tade Clark funny against his Will.
He fortlflea himself with h determina
tion not to Vie funny, and therefore he
be pretty prima donna is Marian j
Roddy, and the lively comedienne- who
suggests the blithe Laurctte is Miss {
▲d«i« Rowland, who has a perky little j
lsuerh. a confidential manner and a
personality. Henrietta Tedro.
In the h mazing role o f the modern Eve
who owes DO man a rib. has the manner
to go with si:<h preposterous presump-
She reads lines like this with
becoming lacenicism: "Woman is now
jual of man. However, thafs
nothing to brag about.
re are no glaringly weak places |
in the cast of principals to make you j
nervous in the ensembles, and though i
heaven is my witness that the "broil- j
<ts," or whatever they are called, who j
I>ip« up now and then can not Ring, they j
• iv can kick. Perhaps the appli- j
cation of cheet protectors in the second
act ensemble, "Rita Iff Marguerita,"
A"hen th*' « ompany was playing over the
altitudes ovi-i whiili they have
I ive warded "ff the pnea-
Or other pulmonary
complaints, wtierewUfa their exten
poeed throats are affected.
Such covering i.s inexpensive, and with
proper acknowledgment of and defer
to tlieii revealed charms would j
impart a more uniform appearance to ■
torus, the Individual members of i
wWfh, naturally, are variously blessed j
in amplitude. Sii«-h an innovation would |
serve the double advantage of releasing ;
the imagination from the hampering in- ;
; bare facts'.
Little Billy, at the Orpheum, is as
valiant as the tailor in the fairy story
and as tiny as his Grimm neighbor,
Thumblingf, who would be hard pressed
to find a mouse's hole into which Billy
could not follow him and drag him
forth by the heels. Billy is the littlest
■ nan in vaudeville and the biggest hit
on this week's program. In fact one
could say that Billy la the bill but for
the presence of the large paunched
ling Japanese, who jiu jitsu into
of the honors, and Jere Grady,
deep emerald blarney captures
*-ume of the store of applause that la
l"".-tnwed on the Orpheum attractions
this week.
"Orphan Annie" is a great poem for
Clever actor folk xvho will entertain San Francisco th eatergoers this B>ee/f.
ius children, isn't it? Billy recites it
I and has the advantage of the size of
J the tot that was In HI ley's eyes when
Ihe wrote it. and he has the brain of
I maturity to jjet the poet's angle at the
: subject. "With frightened eyes, as big
;as saucers, with many a. lump in his
i throat to swallow and a warning fore.
! finger to point the goblin finish of you
i "if you don't watch out." Little Billy
was what the ladies declared him to be
—a dear. Also Little Billy has some
sophisticated songs wbicb he does with
a drollery quite infectious, and a
Dutch dance, which he does with spirit
and wooden soles. In short. Billy is a
big winner and shouldn't be missed.
You'll want to take him home as the
villain carried Thumbfing- in the story,
on the brjm of your hat.
The Japanese giants, while they offer
nothing new, have a. rapid routine of
acrobatic stunts, jiu jitsu and wrest
ling that make them welcome visitors.
Their wrestling is particularly fero
cious and accompanied by the weird
cries of the judge and the onlookers ,
on the stage, hits the note of realism
Jere (Jrady's impersonation of stHCre
Irishmen is about the. nest of its kind.
He has unction, a brogue not too thick,
land this week he has a sketch which
is so good for the first half that it \»
a shame to spoil it with a maudlin
climax. Everything Trish doesn't neres
sarily end happily, except on the stage.
"The Butterfly" i.s of the stage. Miss
Frankie Carpenter plays the role of
the luring actress with gracefulness
! and Irving Carpenter as the lnd who
!is lured is acceptable. But the
: sketch belongs to Grady. who, as the
I Irish contractor, is excellent except
j when his plot plunges him into pathos.
The leading lady of the Florentine
singers made a little speech yesterday
afternoon. She thanked her audience
for their kind applause, and she should
have. The aggregation is ordinary
as to ensemble singing and poor as to
soloists. The little lyric soprano who
I sang the (lilda role in the quartet
from "Rigoletto" was the best of the
company; the leading lady who made
the spepch baa a hoarse voice and lit
tle taste for tonality. She sings off
key with such reckless abandon that if
her coquetry were on a par she would
be a Dae Carmen from Thespis', but
not Apollo's point of view. A barytone
I who sang "Tl Balen" has a voice of
! singular richness an<J- one of the worst
methods extant.
Mignonette Kokin is large-, and so
imitates Anna Pavlnwa for the same
inscrutable reason. T suppose, that fat
ladles call themselves Violet, ami large
bass singers warble dities on botanical
subjects. It is clearly the "imp of the
perverse" at work. Miss Kokin said,
if T remember right, that she was
going to give us an "impression" of
Pavlowa. She did, and stamped it in
j deep.
Kd Morton has some new songs this
J week and "gets 'em over" to bis, own
i and the audience's delight. "A Pay at
; the Circus" is a monkey act in which
! the little brutes display much intelli
| gence.
1 reserve the flying Martins for last
mention, because they make me out a
liar. I said about three yen is ago
that we'd never see them entire again.
Tt se«ms incredible that they have been
doing their trapese feats twice a day
since then. Something must be wrong
with the law of averages, the a<lajre
about the pitcher and the well, npd that
which says that all things come true
sometime. They arc all ancient errors,
for the Martins still live and fly.
; Kolh and Dili Mill Pre»ent "The Motor
Girl" Next Week
The fifth and last week of "in Dutch,"
Aaron Hoffman's musical comedy, with
C. William Kolb and Max M. Dill in
their creations of Louis Pinocle and
Mike Schaumblaser, began at the Savoy
theater yesterday. The German come
dians were at their best, and Maude Lil
lian Berri sang her two numbers de
lightfully. Monday night, December 16,
Kolb and Dill will present, for the first
time In this city, "The Motor Girl." a
musical comedy which had a big run at
.the Lyric theater. New" York, the book.
and lyrics being by Charles J. Campbell
, and Ralph M. Skinner and the music
I by Julian Kdwards.
BUTTE, Mont.. Dec. s.—Donald Mγ-
Pherson. 70 years old, died tonight In
bis home here. He was a pioneer
in mining in Utah. He came to Butte
in lSfifi from Park City, Utah.
Tainting;?:, nil good-, by auction this
afternoon at the liuss building by Edw.
Adler's Playlet, "Miser's
Dream and Awakening,"
Pleases Sunday Crowd
Several of the Empress arts this
are good. The dramatic treat of the
show is supplied by a Hebrew por
trayer of character, with Hyman B. Ad
ler and a company of three. It is a
playlet written by Adler, entitled "'The
Miser's Dream and Awakening:."
Adler is good in ttie principal char
acter, the miser, in whom is engendered
a spirit of spendthriftifless by a bad
dream that he has. Adler is supported
by Miss Daisy Stempel and Merlin Val
The closing act is put on by tile three
Stanleys, two young men and a woman.
Their opening: patter is laughable and
their acrobatic work contains severs]
surprises. The comedy bounding in the
net is an eccentric feature.
An imported vaudeville delicacy by
Sullivan and ConefdiQe is the creation
of Leonard Martinek. Martinek has a
"rag doll" that can create much fun
and amusement. Equally pleasing is
the offering of Dale and Boyle, singers,
character comedians and dancers. It
introduces a woman impersonator so
elevrr and of such feminine attributes
as to deceive the average person.
Davey, De Musscy and Getsy have a
singing act. Qoodtlfl and Rnrgess are
singers and dancers and, with the Ital
ian musketeers, complete the bill.
Constance Crmwfey"* i:ns!i«h Troupr la
Held lii Oakland I nder At
tachment for $62
Rpffial Dispatch to Ttm Call
OAKLAND, Per. B.—Constance Craw
ley's English eovnpa'ny, playing at the
Macdonouffh theater fh Oscar Wilde's
"The Broken Law,"' is in dire straits as
a result of an attachment brought by
] Julian Bainbridge, a member of the
! company, for $62 claimed by him as
I one week's unpaid salary. The seen
: cry and the trunks of the company, as
i well as the box offlfp receipts of the
! theater, have been attached by Bain-
J bridge, through Constable Morrin Lane,
and a deputy has been watching behind
the scenes for the punt throe days to
j see that nothing: is removed.
One of the result* of the attachment
will be that the company will miss a
widely advertised engagement in Mo
desto tomorrow, as they, will be unable
to leave this city as per schedule.
"We will certainly pay this man his
I money tomorrow," said Miss Crawley.
[ "'We are unable to get the thing
i cleared up tonight so we can get out of
, the city, but we will obtain the neces
sary funds tomorrow and pay him his
week's salary. We will miss the en
gagement* in Modesto, but will fulfill
the other engagements in Bakersfield
and other cities in the central part of
the state.
"The present trouble arose because
Bain bridge demanded a week's salary
for a week when we were not playing.
Of course we should have advised him
that we were not going to play, but we
missed our dates, and that is the cause
of the unfortunate occurrence. He will
I be paid tomorrow."
Tropical Comedy and Gam-!
bling Drama Please
Pantages Patrons
with priori rnmrdy and clever
n tikit eotltled "The Up to
Dat<? Missionary," lra<is an unusually
good bill at Pantagrcs this week. A half
rlozen dainty dftncffre in costumes, con
sisting for the most part of straw
skirts and many strings of beads, pres
cit a pretty picture of care free life
in thp. tropics. Their dancing is ani
mated and graceful. Tom Linton sup
plies the comedy in the little Zulu fes
tival. Linton is the missionary with
propensities for eccentric dancing and
a Flang flavored vocabulary. Grace
Lindquist makes a gorgeous Zulu
f|i)pen, with the sextet of girls'as the
"natives." One of the effective num
bers offered by the jungle girls is a
chanteclfr song in feathered apparel,
and a <-rowing ehoruF.
Thrills clutched the audience as Ted
MafLean and company presented a
gambling story entitled "17-20 in the
Black." The little tabloid play is of
tremendous interest and is well played
by Mac Lean «nd his associates. Mac-
Lean was given an ovation by friends
who have seen him play In various
San Francisco theaters. lie was lead
ing man in various local theaters for
soven years.
A sketch entitled "A Matter of Cus
tom" denls with smuggling in a light
vein, and is well acted by L. H. Rose
and a company of five persons. Both
of the above sketches have special
scenery, which adds much to the ef
fectiveness of the acts.
I'au) llorus does some clever playing
on the xylophone, and in his repertoire
arc mbu classical selections, some rag
time and a patriotic finale. The Ttegina
g'rls make up a dainty trio, who are
sppii in clever whistling, piano and vio
lin numbers; Sol Berns is a funny de
lineator of Hebrew characters, and
Thiessen's h group of acrobatic
canines, accomplish "never before seen - '
tricks. The bill Iβ concluded with mo- j
tion pictures of the Vatican and several
viewri of Pope Pius X.
The United States civil service com
mission announces that the examina
tions listed below nill be held in San
Francisco at an early date.
Application blanks and further infor
mation relative to these examinations
may ,be obtained from the secretary of
the twelfth civil service district, room
211, Postoffiee building:
Laboratory helper (candy making),
bureau of chemistry; salary, $900 per
Tariff clerk <male>, interstate com
merce commission. Washington, D. C;
■aJjtry. |1.200 per annum.
Assistant agriculturist in farm eco
nomics (male), bureau of plant indus
try, Washington. D. C; salary, $1,400 to
JI.SOO per annum.
Farm architect (male), bureau of
plant industry; salary, $1,800 to $2,000
per annum.
Scientific assistant in plant physiol
ogy (male),'bureau of plant industry;
salary, $1,200 to $1,400 per annum.
PARIS. Dec. B.—ln recognition of his
benefaction.", tho Association of the
Police of Paris today voted a bronze
medal to J. Pierpont Morgan.
Progressives to Hold Party
Conference Tomorrow
and Wednesday in
Windy City
Action for Next Four Years
to Be Outlined; No Union
With Republicans
CHICAGO, Dec. B.—Final preparations
for the national conference of the pro
gressive party in Chicago Tuesday and
Wednesday were completed tonight.
Members of the local committee en ar
rangements, headed by Medill McCor
mick. announced that they had re
served accommodations for about 1,000
The arrival of Colonel Roosevelt and
members of his party from the east to
morrow noon ■will be the occasion of a
demonstration by progressives, who will
escort their lepder frqpi the railroad
station to the Hotel Lα Salle with a
procession of automobiles.
Previous to the arrival of Colonel
Roospvelt members of th*> national
committee, at a meeting, wiil discuss a
plan of action for the ne\t four years,
which probably will be laid before the
conference for approval. Tomorrow
night members of the TUinois progress
ive state central committee and pro
gressive members elprt of the Illinois
legislature will outline a tentative pro
gram for the coming session of the gen.
eral assembly.
The program follows:
lla. m.—-Conference called to order
by National Chairman Joseph M. Dixon
of Montana.
J 1:30 a. m.—Address by Colonel
2 p. m.—AddresV by Miss Jane Ad
dams, who will also preside; reports of
fi:3o p. tn.---Dinner, presided over by
Alfred T,. Baker; bripf spee<-hf>s by
Colonel Roosevelt and other leaders.
10 a. m.—Third spssion of the confer
ence; discussion and reports.
2 p. m.—Final session of conference.
4 p m.—National committee meeting
to act on recommendations of the con
Wednesday night Colnnel Roosevelt
will rline at the Will house <=<"><Mal set
tlement, of which Miss Addams is the
The committee on arrangements
hopes to have in attendance at the
conference every state chairman and all
members of the national executive
committee, as well as hundreds of
members of the party, , including many
Mrs. Frank Ponton was thrown from
an automobile last night when the ma
chine driven by her husband crashed
Into a motor car owned by the Eagle
Taxicab company at Third and Market
streets. Two othpr women in the Ponton
machine were injured slightly and re —
fusofj to give their names. Mrs. Ponton
insisted on going home despite injuries
to her lees and back. The occupants of
the other machine, a man and two
women, disappeared without waiting to
see the result of the accident. The
driver, IT. Groth, was permitted to drive
away after giving his name.
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Bui Chicago Detective Fails to
Attract Purse Snatchers With
Gold Mesh Handbag
CHICAGO. Dec. S.—-Not a single purse
cnatcher tried to rob City Detective
Otto R. Zabel of the gold mesh hand
bag: dangling temptingly from his wrist
as the officer, disguised as a woman,
walked the city streets today, but many
men tried to flirt with him. Zabel tot
tered into the Summerdale police sta
tion after his adventure* and h»»1d out
his feet for some one to take off his
When he was freed of the higti heeled j
instruments of torture and had been
eased out of his corset, Zabel eaid that
it was the hardest day's work he had
ever done.
"I've wulked 15 miles and I think I'm
crippledkfor life," said Zabel. "It's ter
rible to have a lot of fresh fellows on
street corners trying to flirt with you
and you want to smash one of them
and not be able to do it because you
are clamped into a corset."
Fine Voice of French Con
tralto Charms Large
The magnificent contralto vole*
Mme. Gervilie-Reache delighted a. large
and distinguished music loving au
dience yesterday afternoon in Scottish
Rite auditorium. Yesterday's concert
was the final one of a series arranged
for the noted French singer in this
city. Although slightly handicapped by
a cold, Mme. Gerville-Reache was equal
to the demands of the Interesting and
cosmopolitan program. Good taste was
manifested in the arrangement of the
groups, the entire program being beau
tifully balanced.
Beginning with the ancient classic,
and on<* seldom heard now, "Jeaji
not et Colin." by Nicolo. the singer im
mediately won the approval of her
audience. The second number, from
the dramatic opera "The Trojans," by
Hector Berlioz, was very warmly re
For the benefit of lovers of German
opera, Mme. Gerville-Reache sang '.'lch
Grolle Nicht," Schumann: Brahms'
''Sapfcio Od<?" and Rchuhert's "Death
and the Maiden." An encore was de
manded and the singer responded.
Another operatic aria of the program
was Tschaikoweky's "La Pique Dame."
Included In the French group were
"The Secret," by Faure; "Fedia," by
Erlanger and "Agnus Del." by Bizet.
Mme. Gerville-Reache then responded
with another encore.
The English group was composed of
"Lullaby." by Gertrude Roes of lx>s
Angeles and "Aye, Pluck a Jonquil," by
Harvey Wlckhstn of San Francisco.
In her low voice the singer's cold did
not interfere with the beauty and
strength that rests normally in her
voice throughout its range, but it did
Interfere seriously with the timbre of
her upper notes, which were forced and
sometimes off key. Particularly In
Bizet's "Agnus Dei" , was the fault in
the upper register apparent. Tre
mendous demands are made of a singer
by Bizr.t in this religious melody. Nu
merous floral offerings testified to the
many friends of Mme. Gerville-Reache
in the city.
Californian Will Address
Upper House of Congress
Against Progressives
and Attack Taft
Bourbons Plan Immediate
Autonomy for the
WASHINGTON, Per. *.—Criticism of
Colonel Roosevelt and the progressive
party and nf President Taft Iβ
perted In tbp senate rarly in th« week
from Senator Works of California. Tt
is understood he has prepared a ■pailfc
based on the revelations of campaign
contributions and expenditures and h*
Iμ exported to deal vigorously with
the subject.
The resumption of the "money trust -,
investigation tomorrow and a hearing
j Tuesday on the O'Shaughnessy reso
j lutlon for Rj congressional InTestlffft
j tion of "Grami Trunk and New York.
I New Haven and Hartford railroad op
i orations In New England." promise to
j divide congressional attention this
w-fpk, •with the Archba.ld impeachment
trial and the consideration of general
legislation In the two houses.
Before the end of the week it is
expected that the campaign expendi
tures investigation hy the Oapp com
mittee, and the "shirtp'nK trust" in
quiry hy the house committee on mer
chant marine will he under way. Bank
ers and financiers from New York, Bal
timore and Pittshurg are under sub
pena to appear before <"hairman Pujo'g
"money trust" Investigation committee
during the wc»k.
In the trial by impeachment of Judge
Robert W. Archbald of the court of
commerce, effort* will he made f>
hasten the presentation of testimony.
Senators are skeptical as to the possi
bility of concluding the trial before
j the Christmas receM.
Appropriation legislation will hold
the right of way in the house, it is
I expected that the legislative, execu
j tive and judicial hill will he completed
I and passed on during the wock and
1 that consideration of the Tndian bill
will begin. The senate committee on
appropriations probably will make
changes in the legislative bill that
will add Rpvoral millions of dollars to
the measure.
Despite President Taffs vlffOrom
disapproval in his message,to rongrcM
of the pending bill proposing Imme
diate autonomy for the Philippines and
absolute independence in elgtit years,
several prominent democrats are pro
paring for ite consideration in the
Chairman Jones of the house insular
affairs rommitc*. framer of the bill,
says Speaker Clark and Democratic,
deader Underwood have, assured him of
their co-operation, and that Chairman
Henry of the rules committee hm
promised a special rule for its early ex
peditious consideration. Some of the
house democrats suggest awaiting a
conference with President-elect Wilson
before taking action.
The subject of a chairman of the in
auguration committee was considered
here today by Chairman HcCodmbl <>t
the democratic national committee and
other party leaders. Announcement of
a decision may be made tomorrow.

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