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TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 1906.
PAGE FIVE THEATRICAL NOTES. AT TO VI,E For B. C .Whitney s production of the musical tomfoolery, "The Show Girl." the management announces an excep tionally strong company. Among last year's favorites Miss Hilda Thomas will head the company again this sea son. Manager Towle has been success ful In securing this attraction for a special engagement on Sunday next. AT THE GAHHICK. Tb$ first American appearance of Miss Lena Ashwell, the great English emotional actress brought to this coun try by the Schuberts, has proved to be a pronounced triumph. All the Chi cago critics and play reviewers have paid her the highest tribute for her portrayal of the title role of "The Shulamlte" at the Garrick theater in that city. Theirs is the first American verdict upon this distinguished Lon don artiste, and they are unanimous In their praise of her art. Mr. W. L. Hubbard in the Tribune declares: "Miss Ashwell is an actress whose coming to this country is fully justified. She haB cored a distinct triumph. She sways her audiences to her will. She is com plete mistress of her artiatic powers, and she possesses temperamental gifts which enable her to move and touch her hearers." Mr. Burns Mantle in the Inter-Ocean exclaims: "Miss Ashwell is a thoroughly good actress In all that the term should mean, and one who Is certain to win a following in the United States." Mr. James O'Donnell Bennett In the Record-Herald sounds an eloquent paean of praise in her hon or, declaring: "Hers was an unmistak able and a beautiful triumph. It was an exhibition of acting that brought the first big thrill of the season the thrill of poetry and passion. She acts from the soul. She is the poet of the parted lips and the searching eyes, of the vibrant stroke, the wild swift cry, tho death-like silences. Her method in moments of supreme stress is swift. Impetuous, decisive and for all her kill In the depletion of frantic anguish there seems ever a thought behind, and In all she does a clear big thought and it is in this she is most remark able, for the capacity of the stage emo tionalism is by no means invariably coupled with the Intellectual faculty. In all the various passages of tragic poetry her grip was firm, her passion electrifying, her are true." Speaking of the play of "The Shulamlte" itself, he credits it with being "well written and possessing climaxes of enormous acting value." All the Chicago critics dwelt especially upon the surpassing quality of her voice. The Inter-Ocean ays: "She is an actress of fine con trasts, capable of tigerish ferocity In her anger, of sympathetic appeal In her calmer moods, and there is a strange, almost harsh penetration to her voice when It rises In protest before Injustice a harshness, however, that thriils as.it penetrates, which is proof of the heart behind it." The Record , Herald remarks: "It is a voice capable .of twild . sweet . rau<v of. lyric rap ture, of the tenderest notes of musing and of thrilling impression made by Miss Ashwell upon her first, critics in this American advent of hers. She re mains at the Garrick for only one week more, her stay being limited to October 27 next, as she goes directly to New York City for her run at the Lyric the ater there. There are Hypnotists and Hypnotists, but the kings of the occult are the Flints. Herbert L. Flint is the first hypnotist to bo called in a criminal case and have his testimony accepted as that of an expert. The feats that they do are simply marvelous and we may .well expect a packed house when they come to thir city. There is noth ing in the world that equals their en tertainments. This is the verdict of the entire press and public wherever they have been this season. Both are great. The Flints are past masters in the art of suggestion, especially that part pertaining to provoking laughter. BKX-HLR OI'KNS TOXIGHT. Preparations for a vastly greater "Ben-IIur" than that which was pre sented to the Chicago public in the Auditorium theater some twenty months ago have been under way for some time past. The resulting pro duction will be revealed tonight In that playhouse and the performance will mark the beglninng of the seven teenth week and the one hundred and thirty-seventh enactment of the Wal lace romance in this city. "Ben-Hur" as .arranged and staged by the Klaw & Erlanger company is a marvelous piece of stagecraft and no theater In America furnishes such opportunities for a col ossal presentation as does the Chicago auditorium. The city of Jerusalem, the Interior of the Homan gallery, the raft of Ben llur buffeted by the angry waves in mid ocean and the rescue are all strangely realistic. The tent of the Arabian shirk Ilderlm glows with bar baric splendor and the scene on the moon-lit lake in the orchard of palms, where the beautiful Iras reclines in her barge and drifts down the silvery waters are beautiful spectacles. The scene of all scenes, however, is the miracle on the Mount of Olives with which the performance termin ates. It shows th reunion of the prince of Hur with his mother and sis ter after the passing of Christ Into Jerusalem. The mother and sister. who have been afflicted with leprosy have been cleansed by the Nazarene and they are surrounded by a wonder lng multitude who sing praises to Jesus of Nazareth. In this incident of the drama Christ does not appear as a per eonality. The music introduced in this scene is equal to that heard in grand opra. As the curtain falls the chorus of several hundred voices chants "This is Jesus of Nazareth," while the great orchestra renders the theme, "The Star of Bethlehem." The interpreting cast includes A. H. Van Buren as Ben-Hur; John Ince, Jr.. Mesala; Robert McWade. Simonldes; Henry Weaver, Shiek Ihierim; Chas. Itiegel. Balthasar; Helen Singer. Iras; Mabel Brownell, Esther; Blanche Ken dall. Tirzah; Margaret Dills, the mother of Hur, and Stella Boniface Weaver. AmraU. Time Waat Ada Wring Results. WHAT ES IT TELL ? Scrap of Paper, Ye low with Age, Seems to Decide a Will Contest. SIXTY MILLIONS ARE AT ISSUE Case Is on Trial When the Scrap of Paper Appears. Dig with Potency It Is of Such Char acter That Its Message Will Never lie Dirulged to the Public Philadelphia, Oct. 16. The fipht between two women over the distribu tion of the $00,000,000 estate of the I.-ite William Weightman, the chemist, was abruptly halted by the produrtiou of a small piece of note paper that bad tunned yellow with age. What the piece of paper contains was not made public, and the few persons who have seen It have pledged themselves never to reveal its contents. The halt in the proceedings was made at the suggestion of counsel for Mrs. Jones Wister, who is acting as guardian for her daughter Martha, the contestant Ground of the Will Contest. William Weightman In 1SS4 made a will leaving his vast estate equally be tween Anne M. Weightman Walker, his daughter, and two sons, William and John. Ten years later he made a new will, leaving his entire estate to the daughter, the two sons having died leaving eight children. The widow of William Weightman, the mother of five of the children, married Jones Wister, and when Weightman, her father-in-law, died she contested the will on behalf of her minor daughter, Martha, on the ground that he left a codicil In which he provided for the grand children. Mrs. Walker denied that her father had made n codicil. The con test was begun nearly two years ago, aud was called for trial before Judge Ashman in the orphans court yester day. Just a Scrap of Paper. One of the witnesses was Mrs. Walker; another was Edward T. Da vis, for many years private secretary to Weightman, who was a witness to the signing of the last will. Counsel for Mrs. Wister asked him if he re membered that Weightman, subse quent to drawing up his will, had written something on a piece of note paper and placed it in his desk. He said he had, but did not know what Weightman had written. Thereupon Alexander Simpson, Jr., of counsel for Mrs. Wister, demanded the production 1 of the paper. It was produced and read by Mrs. Wlster's attorneys. The witness said it looked like the paper he had seen Weightman write. The examination of Mrs. Walker followed. no further attention being paid to the piece of paper. 6i:iCMS TO HIT THE WISTEHS What la on the Mysterious Paper Will Never Be Published. After recess Simpson anuounced that counsel for both sides had held a con ference, and at the request of Mrs. Wlster's lawyers the opposing side had consented to a continuance of tho case. This sudden halt in the proceedings caused a sensation, and rumors were put In circulation that the case had been compromised. All the attorneys denied that a compromise had beeu agreed to. and none would give a rea son for the postponement. Finally it was admitted that the piece of paper was the cause of tho sudden turn of affairs. Mrs. Walker was not aware that the case had been contiuued until she arrived at the court room in, the afternoon. There was a general shaking of hands, and every other indication that Mrs Walker was satisfied with the ar rangement. The lawyers for Mrs. Wister declined to discuss the case, and all that the attorneys for Mrs. Wnlker will say is that the paper is neither a will nor a codicil. It is be lieved that attorneys for Mrs. Wister thought that the paper placed in the desk was the codicil which Mrs. Wis ter says Weightman executed, and that when the paper was produced and found not to be what that tbey thought it was they asked for a continuance. One of the attorneys wasasked what the paper contained, and said: "I will not tell; it is beyond human possibility for that paper to be made public." Uichard W. Meirs, son-in-law of Mrs. W!ster, and nephew of Mrs. Walker, said he hoped it would never see the light of day. "I would rather have my tongue cut out than reveal what was In that paper." he said. "Up to today, when it was privately shown in court, only four persons in the world had seen it. The paper is In the posses sion of my aunt's counsel, and its con tents will not be made public." While the lawyers will not express an opinion as to whether the case will ever be again called in court they in timate That the Wlsters will take no further action. Murderer Is a Maniac Now. Springfield, Mo., Oct. 16. It Is learned here that Joda Hamilton, who murdered the Parsons family near Houston. Mo., is in the county jail at Carthage, Mo., a raving maniac. Speaker Cannon in Virginia. Wytheville, Va., Oct. 16. A large number of people heard Haa Joseph G. Cannon, speaker of the national house of representatives at the opera .house hare. HER KING CHARLES SPANIEL By ABBIE F. RANSOM Rodney Jacksoa was at his desk in the o3ice of the Hustler in that envia ble state of mind which usually fol lows a good dinner and makes a fine cigar a railroad on which to travel far Into the castles of Spain. Two months before he had been broken hearted because he and Delia Baesden had quarreled. She had giv en him back his ring. It wasn't a dia mond. He couldn't afford one. In stead he had bought her aa opal "to commemorate the month of our en gagement," he said, "and no bad luck can follow so happy a courtship as ours." But It was over. The bad luck their friends had prophesied came. Her heart had been broken, his life ruined, and he ended It all by accept ing a position on the staff of the Hus tler, one of the "yellows," at nearly double the salary the staid, conserva tive Daily Chronicle had been paying him. A lady's' voice on the other side of the partition which separted his desk from that of the city editor's reached his ears. It wasn't an ordinary lady's voice at least not to him for it caused him to jerk his feet off his desk, sit upright and peer furtively around the comer to obtain a mere glimpse of a blue tailor made suit, the pink rim of an ear and some locks of brown hair under a brown veil. Now, tailor made suits, pink ears and brown hair and vell3 are more common every day than sunshine, but these par ticular ones made his heart beat to the tune of "Come Back, Sweetheart, to Me," while he strained his own ears In most unmanly fashion to catch every word the voice was saying. "I inserted the ad. day before yester day," was what he heard, "and as yet have received no answer whatever. If you will put a little notice among your news items that my dog has been lost, perhaps the finder may see it there. Storey I CALLED TO AJTSWER AN APVEBTISEMEST ABOUT A DOO." The dog is a King Charles spaniel, and his collar is marked 'R. J. to D. B.' He was a present from a friend, a very dear friend, and I prize him more aun ever now because I have lost my friend." "I understand." The editor's tone was kind so kind, Jackson thought, listening behind his desk. "I'll make a note of It and mention it In tomorrow's paper." The blue suit turned to go; then the voice spoke again. "Please don't mention what I said of why I value the dear little dog," she said. "I'd much prefer you would not "I understand," came the suave re ply. "I'll see that it is written In a way to please you, Miss" "Baesden. Good morning, Mr. Edi tor." "Arthur Edson, at your service, Miss Baesden. And I hope our ad. will bring your dog. Good morning." The blue suit left the office, and scarcely had it disappeared when Jack son was all action. Seizing a pencil, he scribbled a few lines and then dash ed like a cyclone upon an innocent boy guarding the entrance of his stand of genius. "Here, yon rascal, get this ad. up, and get it quick! Tell 'em to hold back the earth if necessary to get it in to day. Skite! Hurry up, double quick, or I'll order your coffin! D'ye hear?" "Don't see what there Is in that to make a fuss over," the boy muttered to himself. 'Found A King Charles spaniel with initial collar. Owner can have same by calling at the editorial rooms of the Hustler and proving prop erty. Inquire for Mr. Jacks.' Nothing in that 's I can see nothing but a dog." "All right." Jackson commented ten minutes later. "If any one inquires for Mr. Jacks send ern to me and keep your mouth shut. Here's a half dollar. Go buy yourself a necktie. That one you're wearing reminds me of the tltsa a rattlesnake bit me." The boy looked up, his face full of solicitude. "Did the snake die?" he asked se riously. "You will, you young imp. You'll dia of brains In the head if you're not care ful. I'll be back at 6." And. shoulder ing his photographic kit, he was oS after an illustrated story. -; The nest morning, back to the doo: - 4 ,T 5 fc.,. . . r ' 4, - r ' hft '"A vM,,.r- -v " -- -n. " ' S . 1 . t ; The thrilling chariot race In Klaw & Erlanger's stupendous production of Gen. Lew Wallace's stirring romance, "Ben-IIur," which begins an en gagement at the Auditorium theater. Chicago, on Monday evening. Oct. lsth. This scene will show twenty horses driven by five contestants. It Is without question the most marvelous scene ever staged in the annals of the amusement world. and his head bent over his writing, a gloved hand laid a newspaper clipping beside him and a voice said: "I called in answer to" He raised his head. Miss Baesden stopped, straightened up and said, with a dignity sadly tinctured with embar rassment: "Excuse me, Mr. Jackson, I called to answer an advertisement about a dog, and the office boy showed me here. I wish to see Mr. Jacks." He rose. "Please be seated, Miss Baesden. What is it trouble about a dog? Perhaps I can help you." The girl's cheeks burned redder. Something in Mr. Jackson's manner held so much power, knowledge, pos session, that she was mastered in spite of herself. "I've lost my dog," she said, "the ona you gave me. I was shopping with Aunt Esther and left the dear little fel low7 in the carriage. When we came out of Black's he was gone. I adver tised him, and then I found this in the found column, and I came here." "I see," Mr. Jackson responded. "Well, I found a dog a King Charles spaniel, near Black's. Two other dogs were worrying him, and. I picked him up. I thought perhaps he'd been turn ed down because his owner was tired of him. I've been turned down my self that way, and I know tow it feels, so I took pity on the little cuss." The eyes opposite him filled slowly. "Was It Teddy?" she asked. "Otu I didn't tire of him; I liked him better than ever after It was all that opal ring," she added irrelevantly. He studied her narrowly. "I gave the opal to another girl," he said, "and we haven't quarreled yet." She rose. "Goodby, Mr. Jackson. Perhaps she will appreciate my dog too." "Perhaps she might," he said, stand ing before her. "But, you see, you don't know yet that it is your dog. You haven't proved property." "I leave It for you to do. Goodby." "Don't hurry. I forgot to tell you that the other girl was my sister." "Oh!" "I've saved enough in the last two months In ice cream, candy and such to buy a ring." Another "Oh!" "Is it my dog, Mr. Jackson?" "Shall I buy the ring?" "You may bring Teddy up tonight If you like." "Not unless I buy the ring." A few minutes later the office boy remarked to himself: "By gee, she looks as If Jack had been kissing her." A Quaint Bird Legend. A medical journal in a recent refer ence to a work on some old legends In connection with drugs sahl: "It would be Interesting to know if the bird which the author calls 'aster' Is known to modern ornithologists. Speaking of it, he remarks that its scent is 6aid to be so strong that fishes are drawn by. It as he is flying over the river and so taken up by him, having one leg like a hawk, the other like a duck." It is not difficult, however, to identify the bird in question. It is the osprey (Fandion hallaetus), which, although not today classified under the genus astur, is re lated to It In the Rev. C. Swainson's "Folklore of British Birds" there is a reference to it from Shakespeare, "Co riolanus," act 4, scene 3: Autidius, loq. As is the osprey to the fish Who takes it By sovereignty of nature. And In Peele's play, called "The Bat tle of Alcazar" (1594), act 2, scene 1: I will provide thee of a princely ospray, That, as she fiteth over fish In pools. The fish shall turn their glistering bellies up. And thou shalt take thy liberal choice of aiL London Notes and Queries. A Pathetic Life. There is something pathetic in the laborious, scrimping, narrowed, plod- ding existence in ignoble worries over the stocktieker of the man who said: "When you have made your fortune it will be time enough to think about spending it," and never had the time come for him. Boston Transcript Convenience in Berlin. Umbrellas can be hired in Berlin at some of the shops for two cent3 and a deposit of 50 cents. Sir Walter Scott' First Brief. Sir Walter Scott had his share of thj usual curious experiences shortly after being called to the bar. His first ap pearance as counsel in a criminal courC was at Jedburgh assizes in 17D3, when he successfully defended a veteran poacher. "You're a lucky scoundrel," Scott whispered to his client when tha verdict was given. "I'm just o your mind," returned the latter, "aud I'll send you a maukin (i. e., a hare) the morn, man." Lockhart, who narrates the incident, omits to add whether the maukin duly reached Scott, but no doubt it did. On another occasion Scott was less successful In his defense of a housebreaker, but the culprit, grateful for his counsel's exertions, gave him, in lieu of the orthodox fee, which he was unable to pay, this piece of advice, to the value of which he (the housebreak er) could professionally attest: First, never to have a large watchdog out of doors, but to keep a little yelping ter rier within, and, secondly, to put no trust In nice, clever, gimcrack locks, but to pin his faith to a huge old heavy one with a rusty key. Scott long re membered this incident, and thirty years later, at a judges' dinner at Jed burgh, he recalled It in this impromptu rhyme: Yelping terrier, rusty key, Was Walter Scotfs best Jeddart fee. i t ' Westminster Gazette. ! Waatebasket Trraiore. "I have in rar employ," said a dealer In autographs, "a number of celebri ties' housemaids. Thaaks to these young womvn, I secure at nominal cost many an autographic gem. All I ask of the maids is that they ship me week ly the contents of their masters' waste baskets. They bale the stuff up In burlap, and every Monday or Tuesday It comes to me by freight. I go over It carefully, making many finds. Here will be a begging letter from a famous author in hard luck. Here In a brief note a great actor will boast of his last success. Here will be a dinner invitation from a celebrated million- j aire. Some celebrities, of course, save : their valuable letters, and some sell them, but the majority throw Into the wastebasket most of the mail they re ceive and I, searching the baskets' contents every Monday morning, find my reward In many a letter worth $10 or $20." The Bed and the Candidates. Judge Harlan and James B. McCrea- ry once canvassed Kentucky together ! as the Republican aud Democratic can didates for go verb or. They traveled about the state on a joint debating trip and in many small mountain places had to sleep In the same bed. They were warm personal friends and so did not object to this intimacy. One night Mr. Harlan got Into bed first. Senator McCreary was not far behind, and just as he entered the bed Judge Harlan raised his bulky form and said In his stentorian voice, "McCreary, : there is one thing certain the next governor of Kentucky is in this bed." As he spoke the bed slats broke, and j Judge Harlan rolled to the floor. Sena- j tor McCreary caught and held himself in bed, and, as Judge Harlan reached the floor, said: "John, you are right. The next governor of Kentucky is still In this bed." Baneful Bacilli in Church. The baneful bacilli now go to church, It appears. According to The British Medical Journal, the pews are crowded with them. We won der whether this explains why men etay away. London Globe. Frisky Girls Arrested. Four English girla were arrested near Manchester for poking fun at an aged spinster's curls. AXNOl'.CEMEXT. The Straabe PInao factory wiafces to announce that It hum bo retail brancbra or atorca ia Hammond or rlnewhere. The company aell direct from the fac tory only, at factory price. Do not be misled or confused by pianos with similar names, bnt when in tbe market for an instrument, buy direct from tbe factory, thereby savins raid dleinen's profits and agents commission. Terms to ault. Take South Hobman street car, come . a&d . see bow GOOD giaaos are made .10-9-lwk . c . We have no apologies to offer; no excuses to make. W W E made the first real practical visible writing machines ever placed on the market, and ve are making them yet E made them good to start with we are making them better than' ever today. TODAY we know how to and do make b tter front stroke wholly visible writing machines than any competitors can ever hope to equal. T takes time to prove quality; we've proved it. ruood 1 35 Wabash r Artistic Commercial Most Business "Men Are Unbusinesslike By GEORGE BERNARD SHAW. British Dramatist and Critic HE MOST STRIKING PECULIARITY ABOUT BUSINESS MEN IS THAT I HAVE NEVER MET ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE SLIGHTEST THING ABOUT BUSINESS. Business men have certain fixed conyentional methods. Propose to them a way of doing business, and, although the new wajf may mean more profit, they will not accept it UNLESS FORCEli flO, and even then they believe they are being swindled. My own way. of doing business is neither harsh nor unfair. But It is novel, and therefore the men I deal with regard me with 8U3picion. It ia very much H3 if you offered a man $5 for doing ST;"1"-- J "J' denounce you as a X ' In making an money or anything else, knows that in order to get what he wants he has to sign something. lie doesn't care what he signs so long as he gets what he wants. After he obtains whatever he stood in need of, if he finds the agreement he signed is disagreeable, he will denounce the man who hold3 it as a knave or a scoundrel. In my own experience with Englishmen the terms of my agree ments, satisfactory at the time of signing, have afterward proved irksome. Thev would then come to me and sav, "Surelv, Mr. Shaw, you cannot expect to hold us to such outrageous terms f " And when I would point to the agreements bearing their signatures they would retort, "Surely, Mr. Shaw, you are a gentleman." Americans are perfect children in business. They have a stratum of romanticism that prevents them from knowing WHAT BUSI NESS REALLY IS. This childish, romantic spirit impels them to do something that nobody else ha3 done or to do a greater thing than anybody else has ever done. ACCIDENTS, OF COURSE, WILL HAPPEN, AND SOMETIMES THEY MAKE MONEY, BUT THE PERCENTAGE OF FAILURES IN AMERICA IS SOMETHING TERRIFIC n1 " I ypenriter Gd Avenue, Chicago. B PrintingTimes Office something for which he had previously been in the habit of receiving only $1 and having tho maa swindler. afrreement with an Englishman. ' w . you may bo sure of one thing. If it i3 not ENTIRELY TO HIS ADVANTAGE he will not keep it. An Englishman, when he want3 a house or r