TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 1906.
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
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
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.
Time Waat Ada Wring Results.
ES IT TELL ?
Scrap of Paper, Ye low with Age,
Seems to Decide a Will
SIXTY MILLIONS ARE AT ISSUE
Case Is on Trial When the Scrap of
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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
"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
"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
"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:
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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
"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
"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."
"I've saved enough in the last two
months In ice cream, candy and such
to buy a ring."
"Is it my dog, Mr. Jackson?"
"Shall I buy the ring?"
"You may bring Teddy up tonight If
"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:
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
And thou shalt take thy liberal choice of
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
Yelping terrier, rusty key,
Was Walter Scotfs best Jeddart fee. i
' Westminster Gazette. !
"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
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.
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
no excuses to make.
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 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
1 35 Wabash
Most Business "Men
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
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
I ypenriter Gd
something for which he had previously been in the
habit of receiving only $1 and having tho maa
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
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