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Have the Daily and Sunday Call Follow You on Your Summer Vacation—Phone Kearny 86
VOLUME 113.—N0. 177.

He Is a Comedian With Wit
(and That's Saying Some- -
thing) and Brings Down,
House at Columbia
Music, Though Not New,
Gets New Life From
Good Orchestra
It will be nothing , new to tell you
that Raymond Hitchcock is a whim
sical-comedian with an "ad, lib" style
that collects all of the laughs ■ the book
inspires and double that number from
extempore humor.
Tic is a comedian with wit, and they
are distressfully rare. He would be
funny in any comedy, regardless of
the plot, because if it weren't* funny
he'd fix it. Hitchcock would make even
a critic with a grouch laugh, provided
there was any such thing. :
In fact last night* at the Columbia
he affected the risibilities of a solemn
looking peraom to the extent that
necessitated the said solemn looking
person's removal, lie was breaking
up the meeting, and got to laughing
at the wrong place, so that Edgar
Mizner. whose fraternal relationship
with Wilson makes him tender toward
plays and player folk, turned 'round
and remonstrated to the great relief
of the solemn looking gent's neigh
bors who were also annoyed.
WARNING to . seism FOLK '
I relate the episode as a warning.
1 ><•> not go to the Columbia to hear
liaymond Hitchcock in ■ "The Red
Widow"' it' you feel pretcrnaturally
solemn and dignified, because the sud
'len bath of humor into which you will
bo plunged by this irresponsible funny
person will shock you from your staid
equilibrium, and who knows if you es
(V-PC ivith the hysterics? ;
Anyhow, tliej-.led the solemn looking
norson out wiping. his eyes and breath
nis: hard, and then the show proceeded
There is a good- deal of plot mixed
with "The Red Widow," but not so
much as to interfere with the purpose
of : musical comedies, which are, if I
linderstand anything, about'- it. to : ex-j
»JJ o**- ?owns, girls and a comedian, not
4* forget the dancers., -
* The. gowns in the case of 'The Red
Widow" . are ■ extravagant- even : : for
musical.comedy made on Broadway, and
the girls that animate them are mainly
pretty, though as to this there are some
" exceptions taken -in favor of singing.
But musical comedy is, like , nature,
compensating, and those who are not
I pretty can sing. There must be sing
ins: in a musical comedy, and in 'this
the singing of the chorus is way above
the average, and even applies to the
male chorus.
flora; zadeli.g effective
Of the principals, besides Raymond
Hitchcock, Flora Zabelle, who is the
"Red Widow" herself, is the most im
portant and effective. She has a foreign j
manner with a suggestion of the orient j
in her eyes and voice, thus fitting ]
nicely Into her role of the lady who j
would kill the czar on general prin- j
ciples, but doesn't because she falls
in love with the tenor, ■who, in the per-j
son of Theodore Martin, is handsome j
and agreeably, vocal. i
Minerva Coverdale is ■ dancer in lie
plot and in truth. She and George
White, who is the son of the million
aire in trouble with the nihilists,' com-'
prise "-• of the most agile and grace
ful dancers seen in this city. Of course
they do, among other things, a version
of the "rag Turkey Trot, but it ,has
Russian trimmings, and is an exhibition
of grace in Its frontier of propriety. '
The music of the piece is by ; Charles
Gebest, but the mechanical pianos and
mechanical players of all kinds have
introduced most of it to our ears Jong
Bfbce. It takes on new effectiveness,
however, through the excellence of the
orchestra that plays the instrumental
score and the choristers who warble 1
it with vim and enthusiasm.
In all respects of staging and pres
entation, "class , . , -;is; stamped on the
"luction of "The Red Widow." while
.. m-ond Hitchcock j alone would suffice
to entertain hilariously for an even
ing. .-; ' ;■ ; '-■; ,:; : ;\ -.;/.,;.
Outside .of the merit of the piece
itself, which I think I have intimated
ia considerable, and aside from Hitch
cock's participation in ' the comedy of
the plot, his speech after the { second
act was worth the price of admission. I
If the solemn looking gent had re- j
mained till then, they wouldn't have
been able to lead him out. They would ]
have had to carry; him. '■,,'.,', j
.General Pisano isn't the only man
at the Orpheum who can work with
both hands. Gus wards is j. another
ambidextrous i person. ■ .^Ji^«^BE^cT^i3'
The general blazes away at targets
with a rifle in , each hand and makes
hits with nearly every shot
Gus Edwards tears off popular
songs with a pen in each hand and
makes a hit almost every time.
Of course I don't j really know
whether " Gus writes; two 'songs ,at
once, but only under that supposition
could the most industrious writer of
popular songs turn out the music
"copy" that enters.into; the lively pro
duction called "Song Revue of 1912." * r
By the time of the fair, Gus ; should
have written enough songs fto *i paper,
a music hall withal. :, 'As.for the words
to < Gus , sonffS: they must be easier to
write,' }s as witness this sample of
lyricism: . ,
. I'll S"t Ton. ,
1*1! got you, , .
I'll try on»». , two. , tlire<» time?.'four ~.
And afterthat I'll try tome mor*-. - /.'■
i;ut I'll pet yon. ;
I v.ij i>*.«<h-a-ro»>cb-fl-roo: • • . : -
.jA I'll shake the tre* till you fell for mm,
1 Tben I'll gel I
However,'* one . mustn't suppose^ that
Gus writes.>bi.s- v words: to be divorced
from his music,any more than Wagner
' .■■..■•
Star Players at Local Theaters
did: and anyway, the ■ point is, < that Ed
ward's songs arc popular and in con-"j
nection * with • "The - Fountain of Youth I
in r Six? Spouts," ? which t is -. the r. subtitle I
of the "Son)? Revue of 1312," they v fit
the • expectations of the audience and |
the;. capacity- of the performers with I
most agreeable nicety. . . / * j
; This -.''Song'; Revue" 'is ? a very elab- !
orately staged/affair; with spring' and '
youth in obvious effervescence. •'<'*"; ,v !
;.;*; There is the most adorable cluster :
of kiddies 1 have seen since Foy took
his supporting: i army : away. ; ; !
- One ? little girl, whose stage name is
Jennie, is a dream child, with her won
derful hair tinted; with a , glinti of gold
and * her . great, eyes.. And there is I an
other who, j.ings once from a * stage
box, who is no less ; adorable because
littler. .< ';'; \-. -~ .';:.-,. ~.,'' '•' .
AS TO THE BIG GIRLS -" . ".''"'
As to the 'big girls, they are , regu
lation "Broadway ladies with gifts a
little above average in looks and vocal
ability. v . *'T -;v.::'././ /'•!■--■-■•.-/;.,,'
, "Little Georgie," as he is called, sug
gests Gub , Edward with such r a similar
ity of visage and versatility that I be
lieve what I heard somebody say about
"Little Georgie being Gus' young hope
ful. ■ :■":■ J-:.- , -; <• ;-; : ; i ";.,V£ .;;•• - f r.;;
This; "song: i. revue" shouldn't be
missed, It will save time, for . one
thing, at the music department of the
big stores./ ' You t-' can take -fa % pick vof
any quantity of „ latest hits ' for your
piano or your pianola. . :/ : ■■■;
Genera! Pisano'si apparatus is ex
travagantly embroidered with the de
vice "Pisana & Co." . "'/ -
; I have hinted L that the general is a
sharp shooter. The company consist , *
as far (as ■ I could ; see of '■ one individual
who holds -}. glass balls - between fore
finger ' and thumb >or :. presses vaj smaller
ball : with the tip of his ( linger against
his forehead.while Pisano takes a J shot
at him and breaks the ball. X ;
,; '■); That's why it is Pisano and company,
I suppose. The youthful Tell must have
a. couple of .-- understudies".- in case ' the
general gets ~ nervous. .. ; i 7; .:V o4 'i-'J.'V
: ■-' General Pisano does marvelous ; shoot
ing, but ? I'd be just as satisfied if ■■ he
employed no lad >to hold glass globes
against his forehead, or if he'd let me
pick Pisano's assistant. - ...
- The i Edgaf/Atchlson-Ely■, company in
"Bill's t Tombstones" :; have f a clever
farce, from which the r< three, act < farce
seen at the Alcazar was made—or per
haps the vaudeville act was made by
condensing\* the farce. '. ■''■\--.': .'"-'v '"'-'■'
In any , case "Billy's ' Tombstones" is
a -bright * little playlet, more likely to
appeal to i those who never saw Bes
sie Barriscale;l and r Evelyn Vaughn,
Bertram Lytell, E. I*, Bennieon and
Bart - V/esnef : in the ? play than to ■ those
who did. ■■■'; ': .. - :. . ■ ",.-..;.,"..
For the;- company interpreting ■ the
vaudeville version is too strenuous In its
comedy and vehement in its | farce, and
;there «is ; a .«taginess that overwhelms
the fun which was not in evidence in
the Alcazar's frequent presentations.
' Kramer and Morten, "two black dots,"
as '/, they are "called, , are , : black i. marks
on the program."! Their ; act is tame
when it isn't vulgar, though the danc
ing is good. v".* fi . : ;';.'/":'t ''-'■"■'■■'■ : '■•'■■■
Laddie Cliff is worth seeing again.
The Five Melody Maids and Will
J. Ward have a new repertoire of rag
; time music this v week,;;; though the
changes are not for the betterment of
their act and ",their»'playing and that of
the ? orchestra did not always ■ "syn
chronize" yesterday afternoon. : '- >.■ : ,«
Meehan's dogs and new talking mo
tion pictures complete the ii program
according, to this story, but begin it,
according;' to the facts.; -,■
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IXDS AX.TO& "iray ; 25.—The historic
old freight CV, -which served as a rail
road station the early days of Palo
Alto and more recently served a simi
lar purpose here, : has been abandoned
by the .Southern Pacific company. All
b i ness;.; of : the electric ■ • and j steam
roads -is being . conducted from the
handsome new depot. • .' . -
"Specialist" Skit Divide* ;,* Honor "for
Headltner With Four '} Act» at
;■* ■•"-•-. -. • Playhouse ' -, ~ ■~
: Four numbers divide headline h"onor3
at ; the Empress " theater this week. In
"The i Love ; Specialist," \in which Hay
den Stevenson. v Louise iyalleritine| and
Sylvia .Starr: appear, a wife, despairing
over the apathy; of her / husband, I calls
in a , love specialist, who flirts with
hubby, thrills his admiration > and yso
On, and then departs when her pro
fessional 5; services * are .complete, while
husband falls into wifey's arms. ' ■'__ .- .'
> As the rustic boy of ; chores, Jer*
Sahford^has * returned*/* , and his ".' yodel
ing and humor were well received.
XVaterbury brother.*, white, ...and
Tenny, black faced, introduce if an ex
traordinary number of musical instru
ments, I including * wine ,', glasses. ; v :
■■-;.- Joe Fanton and i his aids do a series
of • gymnastic feats lon ? the I flying \ rings,
and Lester Leigh, assisted by La Grace,
rush through': an ■; act of ; jugglery and
acrobatics. ?i '; ':".", y. : x .['.\' : y ..-■ ■,'•/■-■ .-'>'> i ;--.: ".*;.-";■'-::
t Joseph B. : Carey, ~ "The ; Blind Music
Master." 'assisted by Miss • Kstelle
Roderick, are r heard "I in \ songs of \ their
owing compos! "and Fred Griffith
does some sleight of ? hand work.
Star Earns Hi« Ovation at Colombia by
'V-- Inimitable Humor in an In- ' v.
genloUM riece
: Raymond I Hitchcock in - ."The--' Red
Widow" made his .." corned y,,,,b0w~. last
night at the I Columbia ) theater?; before
an audience that taxed the capacity of
"the* playhouse. • ■ ■ . •' V : ..'.-,.' ' ''
r; The star received an ;ovation on , his
entrance.* , : He then t proceeded Hto>: earn
It by his inimitable humor ,' in '. a very
ingenious) piece. - l _ •- " \
The supporting , /company,'] headed by
Flora •; Zabelle, who;" in private life -is
Mrs. % Raymond Hitchcock, was excel
lently cast and the »; feminine l ; portion
was gorgeously gowned. ' *
"The Red Widow" was written by
Charming Pollock, Rennold Wolf i and
Charles J. Gebest, and these three put
into lit some of jj their,! smartest work. :■
'"; .,"i : Some \of those who participated ;? In
the success '" of last night were Minerva
Coverdale, "Marie . Richmond, Nan
Brown, Gloria Gray, Theodore Martin,
George E. Mack, George^White, Edward
MetcaK, George Romain, Charles
Prince and Stanley Fields. ;. *'
.Skit of Plantation, Paatime* and I,op
Eared S Mule Provide. Amntfincßt
for Vaudeville -'.'-■' ■
;. r J "Follies of Coontown," a skit of * pas
times on an old plantation, leads the
vaudeville i* numbers at %■. the *; Pantages
this ; week, Punch Jones f and il2 come
dians participating in v;* this'>! merry
tabloid. Shaw's comedy circus, with a
lop eared white mule as the t principal,
has an assortment of frisky
trained dogs and a pair of Shetland
ponies, which i;do;'a^ series of difficult
tricks ? with i snap and dash. : "Mercury,"
the mule, closes the act with a silent
challenge to any A rider who can out- ,
last his bucking. . -~..>..
Popular selections are given by the
Three Elliotts, operatic v? harpists, and
June Roberts and company in "The
Doll Maker's Dream," present a pretty
playlet, la which two - little \ tykes > give
clever impersonations'. ;; " ' v
.'.: A bunch of new ballads is brought
out by Reeves and Werner, and the
Muellers do expert | oop | rolling , . Clara
Howard tls!a v pleasing comedienne.
The body of .an unidentified man
about 40 years? of age with a bullet
wound, in the head and "i a '-- revolver
lying close to the body was found in
the vicinity o_f'tStrawberrV;:hill Satur
day night.
". -"-..- :'■■ > •'-. ■"- ■.. •.". . ■
Nothing Hirsute to Deceive
Worn by Florence Moore
. in Rollicking Musical
Production i-
Christine Nielsen, Favorite
of Old Days, Warmly m
Welcomed Back
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Now, let 'it■ be ; understood that the
chief comedian at the : Cor theater for
the coming engrossing three weeks
wears no mustache, to deceive you. It
the chief comedian of ••"Hanky Panky"
wore * a "''■"• mustache '.'■'..'. she J; would '-r be y, a
bearded lady, and that would never do.
So So J there 'is no - deceit connected with
the ehow —the chorus girls don't even
wear necklaces^« it is just a show, with
out nor anything else to take your
mind off the stage. It is a L*w Fields'
'show, and lis 'guaranteed to be an all
star production. For « the most part, it Is j
an ; all star production. ! May be it is a
full star production, only one or two of
the I people aren't yet to be found on the
astronomical charts. Maybe they are
the lost i stars or the strayed stars;
but they can be passed by—there is
enough i stellar] talent vto hold | the tele
scopes '{ of (the l audience ? for nearly ' three
comic ; hours.' ' - - '
, And the most starry star of .the con
stellation is r a woman comedienne. Miss
Florence " Moore, who 'j: plays the eccen
tric part of ■ Clorinda Scrfbble. a sten
ographer, later an actress. To be the
funniest •> person in . the j show that in
cludes * Bobby North and Max Rogers,;
who was one of the Rogers brothers,J
and Harry Cooper and William Mont
gomery, 'is•< an achievement; ':■ to >be the j
funniest person and to be a woman j
is wonderful. Miss Moore goes into the j
class which is least congested of j , all!
stage divisions—the class of the comic j
I actress. , ■-'• ~ .:/ : .. :' . :•■',..■:' :.,:■■; i
vj To s mention Miss Moore first is j not
entirely fair to our • San"' Francisco girl.
Miss Christine Nielsen, who returned to
us last i night, and ] about whose success
most San Franciscans will be curious
to learn. But the show "Hanky
Panky" is a comic shovr. and the come
dians demand, if th<vy are not entitled
to, first mention. Mies Moore's comedy
is 50 insistent that it can not be kept
out of the first paragraph. - ■ "•
Miss Nielsens recognition comes more
sedately, * but f not enthusiastically.
■" f Miss Nielsen made her debut, if mem
ory '-■ is accurate, at j? Idora ?■ park "after
the fc fire." Then she appeared at the
Princess theater Jlril the merry days of
: comic opera, and she graciously sang
at frequent Press club jinks and other
wise became a feature of San Francisco
. life lin the '■'■ days when Market street
was more or lees of a dusty brick pile.
Now that i> Market street '. has been
spruced up. Miss Nielsen returns to El
lis street, to the Cort theater, and de
lights us with her voice I that has im
proved, 4 but not at the expense f th«
girlish lilt which was our delight in
1906-1907. - ?■ ■'•'."■
f Of her beauty, now perhaps more am
ple than before, Miss Nielsen has re
tained her original allotment and
added to her heritage. She has a num
ber of good songs which she trills in
her fascinating way. One in particu
lar, —about *H California —has a ;; ;'. good
tune, though , * the words are the same
old tokens that decorate the California
development board's literature—moun
tains ; and sea and climate and poppies.
Miss Nielsen is described in the play as
a "California poppy," and the words fit
as snugly and * f more completely 5 than
her sumptuous gown. ;V.-If this were the
place *to make nominations j Miss Niel
sen might be suggested as ' the ; Portola
carnival . queen. " '' .':_ " / ■> •;
The h name ; of ;' the* ■ piece, as before
stated, ;: is : "Hanky Panky." There is
no reason why it should or should not
be "Hanky Panky" or "Panky Hajiky."
It has no plot which requires valu
able space to elucidate.' -"- . •
., It -'is-, juet a show —a merry, laugh
ing, robust, show —with an amazingly
active \ chorus; and •: a : corps of ''- come
dians with their reckless disregard for
the English ?; language and " ? somewhat
more regard for the musical score.
The music is lively and, as the show
ran 150 nights in Broadway, the live
liest tunes, for instance "Oh, You Cir
cus Day" and "The Lyre -i Bird and the l
Jay," >• have proceeded it to the cabaret
programs and the family ragtime
music rack. , ' ""
It is one k- of those excellently ;^ put
on ; shows where there is real distinc
tion, taste, ingenuity and art displayed
in lighting effects and ensembles. ' If
the comedians are y "roughhouse," the
.electrician iis an esthetic chap and an
i artist to the ends of his incandescent
finger tips. '•{.•.' ":
The chorus girls can dance with the
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Notice to Depositors
The Mission Branch
(The German Bank)
vis now located in ? its
new building, corner
Mission and 21st Sts.
Pontiff Appears In Excellent Health, j
According: to Report* From i ßome- ■~'
(Special Cable to.The. Call) '. . \ ' ... ,
ROME, May-23.—From Raphael's log-
Sic, overlooking the court of San Da
maso, in the Vatican .i palace. Pope Pius
I today blessed 500 German pilgrims. .His
\ holiness seemed in excellent health. s!
costumes |a.rejdistractingwithout »being)
'ovefielaboratp.. ■ . ■ . : ."-.'i»
j over elaborate.
; There Is some rougli and tumble di-
I alect stuff in the show : between Bobby
J North and Rogers to .tin effect that
I clothing is unhealthy. On that hypoth-
esis, the chorus is _• the * most '■: prophylac
tic in many a fine day. ■
But the honor -as the prime fun
maker goes to Mies Moore. To hear
her and Montgomery -; in : their debate
over the i "/'Stockyard'- : College" -T yell wis
worth the price of a steak. Can they
come higher than that?
for (almost) nothing"
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Broadway Doesn't Think Much
of Secretary's Hungarian ; i
(Special UNpat.b to 'Jh» I'jin
■-XKW YORK, May 25.—Broadway does
not take kindly to Secretary Houston's
paprika highball, which it is , said will
put John Barleycornv down or.-.> the
'coifnt.T:. I - ~--'^-'*V~-''-\-< : i ''■
The Longacre concensus: of opinion
was summed up by a gentleman in a
white , : apron along- the road of bright
lights thusiy: .'"',- '.
• "Those chaps down in Washington
are paid Nto make laws and govern the
country—not to invent new*drinjcs. The
liimnK* of Hospitals to Be Pure Foo'ii
--V "\ '."■' \ .:'' Sqiiad . _']■ ■■■■■/,■ .':' - ;V;
- > Free beef ;: and V mutton { will * be ; sup
plied to v the v relief home and - county
hospital f for "tests before the supplies )
committee of " the ; supervisors accepts ;
the bid of F. E. , Booth & Australian
meat importers, JtoU furnish meat to
this city '■ in the next fiscal year. The;
board of > health has decided f that the
inmates will 5 eat this meat Monday and
Tuesday. If the verdict is favorable :
the city will give' the importers a
$100,000 contract. £« " 1 / .-"
next thing we -know, some other one
will be coining across with the tabasco
lizz, the mustard sour, the onion riekey
or the cabbage horse's f neck and get
their names in • all the papers. : v
■i "Hungary is ) Hungary and 'Washing
ton ?is Washington, but ■ New York is
New York and when we want paprik" !
we'll use it as it was meant to ,be
used and when we want a j drink v we
will take it in the liquid form." ■' V

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