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IffE KANSAS CITY JOURNAL, SUNDAY. JANUARY 31,1897.
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GIUlis Opera Houiie Tneadny night
only, Mmc. Nordlca and Iier concert
CouIfi Opera Honiie AH ttccU, James
A. Heme In "Shore Acre."
Auditorium AH well, I'rnnU Daniels
In "The "Wizard of the Nile.
Mnth Street Opera House Katie Em
mett In "The Waifs of Xciv York."
Grand Opera House AH weet, James
J. Corbett In "A Naval Cndet."
GHHss Opera House AH Tveelf, ex
cept Tuesday night, "Monte Crlsto."
Academy of Mnslc-Thls afternoon,
rhlllmrnionlc Orchestra concert.
The great musical event ot the year Is
near at hand In the concert to he Riven at
the GHHss opera house Tuesday evening
by line. Nordica and her company. It will
not only be a great musical event but a dis
tinctively fashionable one as "well. The
audience that will assemble on this occa
sion will doubtless be the most notable In
the history of the theater, In spite of the
fact that in the earlier days of the Gilliss,
Bernhardt was among the geniuses who il
lumined Its stage.
The departure of Melba for Europo and
the chain of circumstances that led to her
departure have served to bring line. Nor
dlea into still greater prominence before
the musical world. No Impresario was ever
In such need of a great star as Mr. Grau
Is at this time In need of Mme. Nordlca.
It is a fact that for the repertory of the
Metropolitan this season ,'ord!ca would
have been a greater card for the manager
of the Metropolitan than was Melba. There
nre those, and they are not a few nor are
they Incompetent Judges, who regard Mme.
Nordlca In point of voice, artistic attain
ment and versatility, all combined, as the
greatest singer In the world to-day. Cer
tainly there Is no other woman in the world
who can sing with equal success the florid
Italian, the heavy Wagnerian, the Imagina
tive French and the varied modern school
as can this American girl, whose career
lias been one oL the greatest romances of
the stage. , ,
There are, therefore, some very special
reasons why the concert of Tuesday even
ing will be an extraordinary event. It will
present to the Kansas City public an Amer
ican singer of international renown and a
woman of estimable character and many
The company surrounding Mme. Nordlca
is one of interest. No more popular con
tralto could have been secured that Mme.
Scalchi. who has many times demonstrated
her popularity In Kansas City. Mr. Barron
MR. FRANK DANIELS,
In "Tho Wizard of the Nile."
Berthald is a tenor of high attainments,
and his association with the Damrosch op
era company last season gave him a mem
orable introduction to Kansas City, al
though that was not the first organization
with which lie appeared here. Mr. John C
Dempsey. baritone, has not been heard in
Kansas City, but his reputation in oratorio
and on the concert stage Justify great ex
pectations. Mr. Isidore Luckstone, the pi
anist, will be remembered from the former
concert of Mme. Nordlca in this city.
In addition to tho programme numbers
announced for Mme. Nordlca, It is certain,
of course, that she will be heard in many
encores, for there has never leen a more
gracious singer than she when tho public
demands repetitions or encores. The pro
gramme will lw as follows:
Sixth rhapscillo (Liszt), A. Luckstone.
"Honor and Arms" (Handel), J. G
"Nobll Slgnor," from "Les Huguenots"
(Meyerbeer), Mmc. ScalchL
Recitation and romanza. "La Forza del
Destino" (Vcrdl), Barron Berthald.
Aria, "St. Erzabcth" (Franz Erkel), Mmi.
This aria is from Erkcl's Hungarian
opera, entitled Erzabcth, which was
performed for the ilrst time at Pcsth
JK57. It is founded on the s-tory of St.
Elizabeth, of Hungary (1207-1231), who was
canonized by Gregory IX. on account of
tfto miracles. File is reporieu 10 navo prr
foimed. Averse to worldly pursuits, she
devoted herself to religion and works of
charitv. After the death of her husband,
Lculs IV., landgrave, of Thuringia, whom
she had converted to her beliefs, she was
deprived by her brother of the regency,
and was driven from her home with her
three Infant children. She rerused the
throne when it was again offered her.
preferring a life of secluslcn. Liszt s ora
torio. "St. Elizabeth," has for its subject
tho legends to which her pious life has
given rc. The present aria embraces
two parts, in the lirst of which Elizabeth
In represented as mourning for her chil
dren, from whom the has been separated;
and in tho second as rejoicing in the pros
pect of being reunited with them.
Ah Rcndlmi." A. D., IGS3 (F. Rossi).
Aria. "Don Giovanni" (Mozart), Barron
Dich Theuro Halle," "Tannhauser"
(Wagnert, Mme. Nordlca.
Serenade, "Faust" (Gounod), J. C. Demp
isey. Quartotte, "Rlgoletto" (Verdi), Mme.
Nordlca. Mmc. Scalchl, Mr. Berthald and
Of the Hungarian aria in which Mme.
Nordira has been making her greatest suc
cesses on her concert tour, the critic of
the San Francisco Examiner says:
"'I do not lore the soprano as the voice of
voices not evi n at its whitest ami its best.
1 do not yield to It and kneel to it as to the
cello-toned contralto, or thrill to it as to
the blaring brass, the sighing reeds, the
tnroouing organ notes mat .-ire in
throats ofl singing m.n. But Nordlca holds
me despite my better taste, I know not
with which tho French fo hnnnilr ami n ' prolific author has yet written, and the
Vget over all Their rp SuieX?mS , "KZilllZ!? SffikC" SU"
thine Kvreens me alone on thu flnmi nfwinV possessing unusual merit and melody.
Vn-n5voml YnvVpir s ; Since last season the young managers. La
Mv hen?t! mv heart li fillort wifh m, S"clle & Clark, have been still further over
toil and 4WdNt?.i Uh such i Joyed at the result of their .first year as
larnent and lldl stress opVratlc managers by the success "The
,kiJ i Jl wl a,n3clc,Ies, f Wizard" has gained across the sea. On
the holy ""h are mine-mine nre her September 2S it was given at the Carl thea--hours
of anguish and despalr-her children ter. Vienna, in the German language-the
W children. first tlme tl,is nna ever been accorded to
Jhl since they tore tho children from any American opera. It is still demon--?"
... .. Istrntlng its success there. In the early
the agony of the parting the wild J spring, according to a contract already ex-
note raising to a shriek, wrung, tore.
wrenched from the soul. I suffer! I suffer
wun the holy Elizabeth: I. myself, am
Klizabeth. I, too, am Hungarian. The
Magyar music is working in my blood. I
am all Hungarian all of me! down to my
two heels on which I must remember to
stand erect lest I crash through the scen
ery or put out the lights or betray myself
to the world of all things most perilous
"Ale! Ale! It is over. The agony I mean.
"Sweet rays of hope, like rainbow smiles,
are shining from the sky!
"My children" are safe the children of the
holy Elizabeth are safe. No more of doubt,
perplexity and fear. No more of parting,
anguish and despair!
" 'Sweet hopes like rainbows smiling!"
"Peace, rest, jcy for the holy Elizabeth!
Triumph, glory, victory for Nordlca.
"Great and glorious artist. Salute!"
The sale of general admission and gal
lery tickets for the Nordlca concert will
legin this morning at the Union Pacific
ticket office, where the reserved seats are
also on sale. Only a limited number of
gallery and general admissions will be
James A. Heme, the eminent character
actor, will begin a week's engagement
MR, JAMES A. HERNE.
at the Coates opera house to-morrow even
ing, appearing here for the first time In his
original creation of Nathaniel Berry In his
successful play of American home life.
"Shore Acres." This work has been played
in tho East continuously for nearly five
years and Is recognized as a masterpiece of
dramatic construction. In New York it
has had 322 representations; in Boston, 175
representations, and in Chicago 110 repre
sentations. All this speaks well for Mr.
Heme's comedy, and one may safely count
upon witnessing a production ot more than
In speaking of "Shore Acres" its author
lately said: "I had written a play on the
life of the dwellers on the coast of Maine,
the location not being determined upon.
Mrs. Heme owns a little farm at Berry,
which faces Frenchman's bay, near Bar
Harbor. She had nassed the previous sum
mer on the place and was so struck with.
tne cnaractcrisiics ot tne people in me
neighborhood that she wrote me abqut
them and advised my spending some time
among them in order to get the local col
oring and study the ldlosyncracles of the
folks in that out-of-the-way spot. I visited
the place tho following year, remaining
there nearly seven months. This had the
effect of changing the whole tenor of my
play, and I decided to rewrite it. The land
speculating scheme spoken of in the first
act is a true one, but I am happy to say
that tne man wno investea nis capital in
the scheme has a chance to realize upon it.
a valuable spring having been discovered
upon the property. Tho characters intro
duced into the various scenes-are nearly all
slightly exaggerated types of people I came
in daily contact with.
The story told in "Shore Acres" is a sim
ple one and tho characters are all every
day people who live on a farm in Maine.
Martin and Nathaniel Berry are brothers.
Martin is married and has a grown up
daughter, Helen, whom he Is anxious to
have married to Joslah Blake, the village
Croesus. Helen, however, loves the young
doctor, Sam Warren, and finding they can
not obtain the father's consent they elope.
Uncle Nat has been their good angel, and
when his brother Martin attempts to keep
him from relighting the lamp that Is to
guldo the ship on which the young people
are fleeing fiom off the rocks, he wrestles
with him. and in the "understandln" " they
have, Nathaniel is the victor. This Is said
to be the only stirring dramatic situation
in "Shore Acres." In the last act, which
transpires after an interval of fifteen
months, the audience Is again introduced
to tho' old New England homestead. It is
Christmas eve and things do not look par
ticularly prosperous around the Berry
home. Martin has grown morose and sul
len and he takes no notice of his brother.
The little children come and go quietly,
neither dreaming nor understanding the
tragedy that is being acted before them.
The return of Sam and Helen brings recon
ciliation and the midnight hour that rings
In the birth of another Christmas day Is a
harbinger of happiness to the folks on the
Among the players are Messrs. Robert
Fischer. James T. Galloway. David M.
Murray, Aldcn Bass. John V. Dalley, Guy
Cramer. A. L. Koster,, Alexander Paul. Al
len Crollns, and Misses Grace Gayler Clark.
Lucy Morrow. Eloisc Enneklng, Emily
Wakcmnn, Cella Clay Paul, Lottie Hanna.
Gladys Crollns, Lizzie Barrlscale and Edith
A new comic opera star, heading a com
pany bearing his name and appearing in a
new opera which proved Itself to be an at
tractive one. was launched so successfully
last season that the managers of similar!
companies immediately admitted that it
was worthv to rank with their own pro
ductions. This was the "Frank" Daniels op
era company in "The Wizard of the Nile."
which will receive its first production in
this citv to-morrow night at the Audito
rium. Frank Daniels had long been a suc
cessful comedv star at the head of his own
company, and has been seen frequently
here in many plays, tho best remembered
MR. HERNE. AS NATHANIEL BERRY.
(In "Shore Acres.")
ot which was "A Rag Baby.' in which he
played Old Sport. But it remained for his
present management to discover his desire
and capability to shine in the realms of
comic opera and to prove the correctness
of his judgment and their own by making
it an accomplished fact. The subject of the
opera gave scope to the .artist and the cos
tumcr to revel in schemes of color and de
sign, and the now bidders for public favor
gave such unstinted latitude to tnem mat
I the first season was brought to a close
t without a break in its continuous success
and the resuluin financial profit. Harry B
ecuted, it will be presented at the Prince of
Wales theater, London, with Arthur Rob
erts in the title role, and soon thereafter it
will be given in Sydney by the Australian
managers, Williamson &. Musgrave. The
cast of principals was held unchanged, save
that Miss Edna Thornton, a young Califor
nian who has been for two years under
careful instruction abroad, was engaged for
the role of Cleopatra. Louise Royce. Wal
ter Allen. Leonard Walker, Louis Casavant
and Greta Risley hold their original roles.
"A Naval Cadet," the play which James
J. Corbett will present at the Grand opera
house this week, starting with a matinee
to-day. Is an excellent vehicle for Corbett,
permitting him, as it does, to introduce a
number of athletic feats, which his audi
ences always clamor for. A few years
ago theatergoers refused to accept Cor
bett as an actor, but "when Manager Will
iam A. Brady secured. "A Naval Cadet"
for him, the number of opportunities that
tha play offered were quickly accepted by
Corbett and he put forth an impressive
performance that met with public approv
al. In "A Naval Cadet" he appears as a
student at the Annapolis naval academy.
He Invents a magazine gun, but is robbed
of the plans before it has been patented.
The scenes of the play are laid both in
New York and in Paris, which permits of
elaborate scenic effects, all of which have
been supplied by Manager William A.
Brady. Some of the most Interesting
scenes are a view of Long island, opposite
Ward's insane asylum in New York; the
gymnasium at the Annapolis naval acad
emy; the promenade deck of the steamship
St. Louis at sea, and the famous Jardin-de-Faris,
the most noted cafe of Paris,
and an underground dive in the Latin
quartier of the samo city. The supporting
company this season lncluaes W. T. Doyle.
Theodore Brown, Hudson Liston, Marion
Lester, Millie James, Leonora Bradley,
Fanchon Campbell and the Gotham Com
edy Quartette. In "A Naval Cadet" Cor
bett is obliged to do some spirited bag
punching in the scene representing the
Annapolis naval academy gymnasium, and
boxing on board the steamship St. Louis.
Win or lose in the coming contest with
Robert Fitzsimmonsi on March 17. Corbett
will bid ado to the fistic arena, and cast
his fortunes in his present profession.
Last summer.when W. A. Brady was in
London arranging for his production there
of "Under the Polar Star." he secured for
Corbett an English farcical play similar
to "Charley's Aunt." This piece is being
rewritten by a prominent American, and
will. In all probabilities, receive a New
York hearing early next September.
Merry Katie Emmett, a player well and
favorably known in this city, will be at
the Ninth Street all of this week, opening
this afternoon in "The Waifs of New
York," a comedy drama that has been
closely Identified with Miss Emmett's tuc
cess as a star. It tells an interesting story
of life among the poor of a great city.and
is skillfully conceived to beguile theater
goers of tears ahd smiles. Miss Emmett as
sumes the character of a newsboy. She
has made a careful and conscientious
study of the newsboy in his daily life, and
as Willie Rufus completely captivates her
audience whenever she appears. No one
appreciates her representation more than
the newsboys themselves, and in nearly
every city of importance in the United
States they have made her an honorary
member of their unions.
The play this season Is an. entirely new
version, with new scenery and effects and
with a company of artists never excelled
in a melodramatic production. The cast in
cludes Mr. Harry West, who plays the
leading .German part: Jennie Engle, as
Biddy McShane; Frederick Roberts, for
many years one of Frohman's leading act
ors: Baby Isabella, probably the youngest
child on the American stage, doing speak
ing parts and specialties. The specialty bill
is given particular attention and every
thing is thoroughly modern and up to date.
Commencing with a matinee to-day, the
Gilliss theater management announces
William Monroe's scenic production of
"Monte Crlsto" for one week's engage
ment, with usual matinees. There is no
play that has been written in years that
has stood the test of time as the play of
"Monte Crlsto" has. The novel from which
the play was dramatized did much to make
Alexander Dumas, the author, famous. The
MISS KATIE EMMETT.
(In the "Waits of New York.")
company supporting Mr. Monroe has been
ably selected, and all tho scenic and me
chanical accessories that are required for
tho proper presentation of the piece are
carried by the company, and will be staged
here on tho same elaborate scale as pro
duced in all the large cities.
As the Nordlca Concert Company will
appear at this theater on Tuesday evening,
the company will lay off that night, but
will give tho usual performances for the
balance of tho cngactment. There will be
no advance in prices for tho engagement.
The Schubert programme to be given at
the Academy of Music this afternoon, on
the occasion of the eighth concert by the
Philharmonic orchestra, under the direc
tion of Mr. Carl Busch. promises to be one
ot the most interesting of this popular
scries of Sunday musical entertainments.
It will be composed entirely of Schubert
music, and will include a number of the
great composer's gems. The orocramme
has been chosen In commemoration of the
mrtn ot acnuoert. January 31, 1797. The
leading number will be the fifth symphony,
one of the most beautiful of the Schubert
works. This will bo the first time this
orchestra has played a full symphony, al
though moro music of this class might
have been given judiciously, for Kansas
City people are almost wholly dependent
upon local organizations for the master
pieces of symphonic writing, and in the
excerpts hitherto given by Mr. Busch's
orchestra the performances have been very
commendable. It Is not Improbable, how
ever, that the familiar and popular "Rosa
monde" overture will be the most grateful
number on the programme to many of the
subscribers and others who attend these
concerts. The soloist will be Mr. Silas R.
Mills, a basso who has made himself a
potent factor In local music, although but
recently come to this city. The programme
will bo as follows.
"March Mllltaire." op. HI. No. 1.
Symphony No. 3, B fiat major (a) al
legro; (b) andante con mode; (c) menuette,
trio; (d) allegro vivace.
Andante from string quartette, in A
Two songs (a) "Der Wanderer;" (b)
"Das Wandorn;" Mr. Silas R. Mills.
"Staendchen" (orchestrated by E. Neu
mann). "March Mllltaire." op. 51. No. 2.
For the tenth concert the suuscribers and
other patrons of the Philharmonic orches
tras will be allowed to make their own
selections from the eight preceding pro
grammes. That la to say. tne overture, the
dV, the march, the string number and
Iscellaneous numDcr receiving the
U-.t ' number of requests respectively.
ut on tne prugrainme. requests
ade to Mr. carl uusch. y. M.
inc. To assist those who want
Selections, the eight programmes
pjecc.-g to-day's concert are given here
with: First Concert.
Overture to "Tho Italians in Algier"
Three dances from the music to "Henry
Overture to "Mignon" (Thomas).
"The Virgin's Last Slumber" (Massenet),
Overture to "Obcron" (Von Weber).
American Rhapsody (new) (Carl Busch).
Norwegian Melody by OIo Bull harmon
ized and adapted for string instruments by
Serenade f Moszkov l).
Ox'crture to "Zampa" (Herold).
'Six lyric pieces from op. 12. 3S and 43
(Grieg), (a) "To the Spring," (b) Elegle, (c)
Dance, (d) Albumleaf. (e) Cradle Song, (f)
Norse (orchestration by Garl Busch).
"Funeral March of a Marionet" (comic)
Overture to "Folly Robbers" (Von Suppe).
Serenade for string instruments (Pierne).
Flambeaux March (Scotson Clark).
Overture to "Semiramide" (Rossini).
"Farewell" Symphony (Haydn).
"Festival" March, op. 32 (Foerster).
Overture to "Light Cavalry" (Von Suppe).
Prelude to fifth act of "King Manfred"
Slavonic Dance (Dvorak).
"Coronation" March, op. 13 (Svendsen).
Overture, "La Muetta de Portici" (Au
bert. Overture, "Freischutz" (Von Weber).
Intermezzo for String Instruments (Czi
bulka). "Bal Costume" (Rubinstein).
"Rosamundc" overture (Schubert).
Overture. "La Gazza Ladra" Rossini).
Intermezzo from "Nalla" (Delibes).
"The First Meeting," for string instru
Waltz, "Kroll's Ball Klaenge" (Lumbye).
Overture, "Don Juan" (Mozart).
Two movements from Symphony No. 1
Overture. "Night in Granada" (Kreutzer).
"Dodelinette." berceuse for string instr
Spanish dance (Moszkowski).
Overture. "Die Schoene Galathe" (Suppe).
Two dances from music to "Henry VIII."
Overture, "Si "jetais Roi" (Adam).
Valso from serenade for string instru
"Tho Mill" (Raff).
Melody In F (Rubinstein).
Polish Dance (Scharwenka).
The Wagner Concert.
Tickets for the forthcoming Wagnerian
concert to be given under the direction of
thj Kansas City Symphony Orchestra As
sociation and for the benefit ot the mem
bers of the Symphony orchestra, are on
sale at Jenkins' music store, Carl Hoff
man's, the Burlington ticket office. W. W.
Morgan's, A. C. Wurmser's and Hugo
Eyss-ell's. The concert will be given at
thi Auditorium, February 13, and the re
served seat sale will begin at the Burling
ton ticket office, February 8. The pro
gramme will be given by the full strength
ot the Symphony orchestra, assisted by
tha Arlon Singing Society of seventy-five
8 STORES AND GOSSIP
OF THE STAGE. $
"Much may lie done by kindness." This
is a favorite expression of Frank Daniels,
who plays in "The Wizard of the Nile,"
and is more particularly directed by him
in" reference to the beautiful white rat
which he nightly extracts from the in
terior of a bottle in the last act, and which
then wanders tip and down Daniels' arm
and shoulders until the curtain falls. "I
am a firm believer in the principles of the
S. P. C. A., and "hold that coercion or
confinement of dumb animals is only less
culpable than more vigorous cruelty," he
said in a recent interview. "I have actual
ly won the affection of this little brute
by continued kind treatment and allowing
absolute freedbm of action. See the ex
hibition of perfect confidence in this case,
and that with an animal known to be nat
urally most timid."
Then air. Jjanieis wouitt'caii me rai, ami
as it ran to his hand ho would raise and
lower It rapidly several times. The rat
sat unconcernedly on the palm of Mr. Dan
iels' hand, and mutely begged for the piece
of apple or banana which it knew would
be forthcoming. This, as stated above,
was what Mr. Daniels used to say and do,
but cruel circumstances have warped his
tender nature and he now mutters gravely
that there are cases of mistaken kindness.
The milk of his human kindness did not
curdle when the snowy rodent dined freely
upon Mr. Daniels grease paint, nor stop its
flow when his ratshlp decided that Mr.Dan
icls' best wig was not arranged convenient
ly for a couch and therefore rearranged it
with extensive alterations. But the foun
tains of his kindly heart -were parched as
with a hot blast .upon election night. It
was also salary night with Mr. Daniels'
company, and his personal dividend in
numerous bills of large amount was pre
sented to him in his dressing room during
He laid the envelope upon'ithe table when
obliged to hurry uponj th' stage without
thought of danger. Bul'when he returned
at the end of the act his horror and amaze
ment at tho sight ot his dressing table
crused the company to gather around the
door of his room with mingled fear and
curiosity. AH over tnat tame were scat
tered bits of torn envelope and government
steel engraving, which had been a short
while before indisputable' wealth. iNo piece
bigger than a postago stamp was anywhere
discernible excepting ono bill, which read
"One Hundred Silver Dollars." The rat.
true to his color, had discriminated In fnvor
of white metal. As Mr. Daniels Is a strong
McKinley man this added Insult turned the
balance, and as he carefully placed the
double handful of monetary fragment In
an official envelope preparatory to sending
them to the United States treasury, ho said
to his dresser with dignified firmness:
"Thomas, this kindness to dumb brutes
may be carried too far and become too ex
pensive. Procure a cago for tho rat at
once, and keep him In close confinement.
The cause of all the trouble just then ran
over to the side of the table nearest Mr.
Daniels, and, raising Its forepaws in the
air. began to wiggle its pink nose and stare
with its opalesque eyes in anticipation Of
the accustomed bonne bouche of apple, ana
Mr. Daniels, with faltering voice, said:
"Thomas, make the cago a large one a
very large one."
James A. Heme, the actor-dramatist,
who is to speak at tho First Congregational
church this evening on "The Theater as It
is." is a man of marked ability. He was
bom in West Troy. N. Y.. in 1533. and
passed through the customary struggles
that beset the poor but ambitious aspirant
of the comic and tragic muse. His first
important engagement as an actor was
the one he entered into with the veteran
theatrical manager. John Ford, of "Wash
ington, D. C. AVhlle a member of the
Washington stock company. It may be in
teresting to mention. Mr. Heme spoke the
first line ever delivered on the stage of
Ford's Tenth Street theater, in which
Abraham Lincoln was shot. It was an ad
dress written by a gentleman of that city,
"As from the ashes Cinderella rose.
Rise we, all radiant from our night of
After playing for a number of years in
Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia,
he was induced to go to San Francisco,
where he appeared, as leading man in the
full line of stock plays. It was also in that
city that he made his debut as a star and
dramatist, the occasion marking the first
production of "Hearts of Oak." He gained
a fortune with this play and he still de
rives an income from it- The second play,
"The Minute Men." was artistically a suc
cess, but financially a iaiiure. inis was
followed bv "Drifting Apart" and "Mar
garet Fleming." The last named piece cre
ated a sensation and was commented upon
by nearly every writer of note In America.
Although its realism did not prove ac
ceptable to the majority of playgoers it
brought Mr. Heme recognition as an ad
vanced writer and gained him many valu
able friends. "Shore Acres" followed and
its success will make amends for Mr.
Heme's struggles in behalf of it pure and
original native drama.
Although "Shore Acres" Is to-day con
sidered one of the financial prizes m the
theatrical world, tho piece went a begging
for years and it was only out of she3r
desperation that Mr. R. M Field, ot the
loston museum, conscnieu xo produce ii.
At present Mr. Heme is finishing tho
last sceno of another new play. It is a
war drama, founded on Helen M. Gardner's
novel, "An Unofficial Patriot." and has
been copyrighted under the title; "The
R'-v. Griffith Davenport." Its hero is a
cleigyman who acted as a circuit preacher
through the Virginia hills before the war.
Against his own wishes ho is induced by
Abraham Lincoln to act as guldo for the
Union army, but ne refuses to accept a
commission and is known and respected
an nn unofficial patriot. The story 's
founded upon facts that were furnished to
Miss Gardiner by the clergyman's family.
Mr'. Heme contemplates producing some
of his plays in London shortly and he has
had several complimentary offers from
well known English managers. It is Mr.
Heme's Intention to take over an Ameri
can company, as he dots not believe Eng
lish players would be nble to do justice
to the types of characters he Introduces
In his works. Such men as Henry Irving.
Wilson Barrett. John Hare. William Ter
rlsi and Hall Calne are confident that Mr.
Heme will succeed In the British metrop
olis. Some people wonder why show folks are
superstitious, but if the following list of
accidents, which happened in one day to
Miss Millie James and Miss Lecncra Brad
ley, of the James J. Corbett company, don't
permit them to be so. it is mysterious.
Wrile playing in St. Louis a couple ot
weeks ago both the ladies decided to at
tend a matlneo which was given at ono of
the local theaters for the benefit of some
charity. On leaving their hotel they en
tered a nearby shoe store and Miss Brad
ley purchased for herself a new pair of
patent leather top shoes. Then they at
tempted to board a street cr to go to their
destination, and in so doing Miss Bradlev
slipped on the step of the car and cracked
one of her shoes. In the excitement Miss
James left her purse in the street car and
didn't discover the loss until she went to
the box office to purchase a couple of
seats. Fortunately, it contained only about
53. That evening at dinner, at the Planters'
hotel, the waiter who ' was serving the
young ladles had his elbow shoved by a
passing waiter, and a cut of roast beef
landed In Miss Bradley's lap instead of on
the tabic. They then started to comment
on their day's ill luck, and wondered
whether they were hoodooed and what
would happen next. That evening at the
theater in tho gymnasium scene, where
Miss James Is supposed to mount a steplad
der and grasp a pair of flying gymnastic
rings, the ladder slipped and she remained
suspended in the air holding on to the rings
until Mr. Corbett appeared and rescued
her from her uncomfortable position. The
ladder slipped while she was mounting it
and poor little Miss James got a fall which
completely shattered her system. That was
the climax. Miss Bradley and Miss James,
while wondering what else was in store
for them, were told by the stage manager
to read tho "call" before leaving the the
ater. On inspecting the same, they were
greeted with this:
"This will be the company's two weeks'
notice. Season closes in Kansas City at
the Grand opera house, on Saturday even
ing. February 6, as Mr. Corbett goes into
training after that date for bis contest on
March 17. WILLIAM A. BRADY.
Miss James looked at Miss Bradley and
together they remarked: "Just our luck."
"Adonis" Dixey met a funny old negro
in Memphis. Tenn.. during the present
tour of the "Thoroughbred" company.
What follows is as good an Imitation as
cold type can give of the way Dixey tells
of his colored acquaintance. It is hard to
believe that such a verbose character as
this old darky hack driver ever "hap
pened," but no matter whether he ever did
or not, it makes a good Dixey story. "I
took a carriage from my hotel to the de
pot." says Dixey, -"and the driver was a
regulation old Southern darky uncle. We
hadn't gone more than a block before he
turned in his seat and said:
" "Boss, ef yo" can say over a few big
words on yo" way down, I'd be 'stremely
dlsobleeged to yo'.
"How big words do you want?"
" 'Cahn't git 'em too big, boss: I'sa a
pow'fui hand to 'member big words, an'
git 'em off when a calamitous occasion
"Do you expect to find use for them this
" 'Reckon I does' sah. My son Abraham
works down to do depo", and whenever I
comes 'round, he tries to show off ober me
an' make me feel small. He'll try it on dis
morning and I jest wants to be fixed to
paralyze his desirability."
"We had about half a mile to go. and be
fore we reached the depot I gave him a
largo and choice assortment of Webster's
longest vocabularic curiosities. When we
drew up at the platform Abraham was
there, besides a dozen white people and tne
rest of the company, vho were to go on
the train. It was a good opportunity for
the son to show off, and realizing it. he
came forward and waved nis arms, shout
ing: 'Yo' dar, old man. fia'nt I tote yo'
'bout fo' hundred times .not to sagacltate
dat stupendous ola vehicle In Ue, way of de
omnerblsbus? Some ole niggers doar." teem
to hab no mo' Idea of do cons-tngumity cb
rectitude dan a squash!"
" 'Was yo' speaking to me, sah?" stiffly
demanded tho father, as he stood up and
glared at Abraham.
" 'Ob co'se, I was."
" 'Den, sah, I wahn't yo' to distinctly
un'erstan dat when de co-operation ob de
imperialism seems to assimilate a disrep
utablo infrincement of hereditary avnrl-
ciousness, I shall retract my individuality,
but not befo' not befo', sah!'
Abraham's eyes hung out. his complex
ion became ash color, and his knees tent
under him as it the springs were about to
give way. It was a minute before he could
utter a sound, and then he sluak away
with the muttered observation:
" 'Things am gettln' so mixed that I can't
tell wedder I'm his son or his fadder." "
As everyone knows who has seen James
A. Heme's beautiful play, "Shore Acres."
an excellent turkey dinner Is served In tho
second act. This dinner consists of a roast
turkey, cranberry sauce, boiled potatoes,
celery, apple and mlnco pie. cake, bread
and butter, tea, coffee and milk. This
dinner that looks so appetizing costs Mr.
Heme on an average a trifle over J7 at
each performance, and as "Shore Acres"
has been played over flf teen hundred times
durjng the past four years by the two
companies now touring the United States,
the actor has paid out over $10,000 for
thes. realistic meals.. At certain seasons
of the year it often becomes difficult to
obtain these turkeys and they often have
to be ordered by telegraph and expressed
to different points. There is a cold storage
warehouse in Boston nnd another in Chi
cago that has arranged with Mr. Heme
to keep this toothsome bird on hand
throughout the theatrical season and they
aro ready at a moment's notice to forward
the "Shore Acres" turkey. Lato In the
season it also becomes difficult to get good
celery and then green unions are substi
tuted, just as they are often obliged to
substitute ' currant jelly for cranberry
sauce. The actors like the change. The
lato Eugene Field was a warm personal
friend of Mr. Heme's and they often vis
ited each other. On one occasion Mr.
Field invited Mr. Heme to a Sunday din
ner, as he wanted him to meet some of his
Chicago friends. It was during the winter
nnd Mrs. Field made special preparations
for the event. Everything went along
nicely until they brought in a magnificent
rcast turkey, when the guests all began
to laugh most uproariously. Mrs. Field
joined in the merriment as soon as she
learned what they were laughing about.
Mr. Heme dined that day ot cold roast
beef, which ho took in preference to roast
The New York World, commenting upon
tho leading music hall sensation of that
city, says: "While this soulless creature
goes through her overpaid exhibition of bad
taste and mediocre art every night at this
big music hall, many beautiful young wom
en, with talent, education, foreheads and
chins, voices and grace, aro looking in vain
for "a chance.' They cannot bear on their
bosoms the dazzling price of modesty, since
they have not sold it. Their careers are not
punctuated by suicides. Their private lives
aro no advertisement for their public ones.
But even if they gain engagements they
cannot escape the flavor of vulgarity that
is spread thickly all over the music hall
"What aro they generally called upon to
do?. Why, Imitate one of those vulgar
singers. An imitation of Held. Barrlson or
Otero is now the popular thing. Yes. ladles
of vaudevllllan aspirations. If you are not
vulgar you must reflect vulgarity. If you
come here without a diamond shop and the
suicidal record, thedivorco list or an erotic
reputation, you must show your chiffon
bloomers as some vulgar feminine fool pre
ceding you has shown her chiffon bloom
Q Dramatic and Musical Notes, y
Charles Frohman contemplates a London
production of Charles H. Hoyt's "A Con
Fritz Williams has been cast for a part
in Charles Frohman's production of 3ar
Maud Harrison probably will star next
seaspn in a dramatization by F. Marion
Crawford of his novel. "Value Received."
William H. Crane is seriously consider
ing a London appearance next season.
John Hare has advised him to try his luck
beyond the sea.
Henry II. Hoffmann, one of Kansas
City's well schooled musicians, has organ
ized an orchestra for general entertain
ment nurnoses. It is said to be composed
of some of Kansas City's best musicians.
Carl Busch's cantata, "The Voice of
Spring." was sung last week by the Can
tata Club, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Lavin.
the tenor, was the soloist. The work met
with great favor, Kansas City's composer
receiving many compliments.
AVilson Barrett's novel based upon his
play. "The Sign of the Cross," has gono
already Into Its second edition In London,
and the publishers have arranged with Mr.
Barrett for another novel founded upon
his forthcoming drama, "The Daughters
Mr. W. II. Lelb's friends In Topeka hav-ln.-r
heard of the success of his ballad re
citals here in Kansas City have invited
him to give one there and Mr. Leib has
cor.sented to give it soon. Mrs. Charles
S. Gleed, a superior pianist ot that city,
has promised assistance .
Those who remember the slobbery kiss
ing scene in "The Widow Jones" will ap
pieciato the following paragraph in the
Chicago Times-Heraid: "A New York pa
per says: 'May Irwin's mouth has lost
mucli of Its beauty and freshness.' Wo
suggest that her leading man bo searched."
Fannie and Rosa Rosenberg, recently
from Chicago, two young girls of great
musical talent, will be heard In a concert
Wednesday evening. January 10, at tho old
Y. W. C. A. hall. There ages are 11 and
14, respectively, and their Instruments are
the piano and violin, and they are said
to play the most exacting composers with
ease and with effect.
An entertainment will be given at Ly-
JOHN P.'SLOCUM, Uzniger.
;: ONE WEEK, COMMENCING MONDAY, FEB. I. &&&
"AH I A WIZARD!
Comic Opera Company
In lh Record-BreaUng s.Comlc Opera Snecets,
By Hirrj B. Smith, author of "Robin Hood," and Victor Herbert, composer
of "Prince Ananlu."
Samer Competent Company of Seventy Artists,
Same Elaborate Scenery and Costumes,
As Were Seen During the FOUR MONTHS' RUN Last Season at the Casino, New York.
Prices $1.50, $1, 75c. 50c, 35C.
CD A Rl R Hatinee at 2:3o-To-night at 8,
,Tl,iTl 0 AND ALL WEEK.
LAST PUBLIC APPEARANCES PRIOR TO HIS COMING CONTEST.
James J. Corbett!
NEXT SUNDAY LEWIS
ceum hall to-morrow evening by the Chat
elain School of French. Two one act plays
will be Riven in French and musical num
bers will be contributed by Miss Helen
Cooper, Mr. Antolne Sporl and Mr. Gustavo
Schoettle. Miss Clarissa Cobb, Miss Mar.
ian Newcomb, Miss Helen Cooper and Mas
ter Jay Ray will havo characters in the
Yvette Violette. the clever New York
Birl who gives such an accurate imitation
of Yvette Gullbert, will go aboard shortly
to All an engagement at the Folies Ber
gcres in Paris. AVhlle she was In London
last summer she met M. Le Marchand,
who managed Gullbert and Lole Fuller In
Paris, and he immediately engaged her to
appear at the great Paris music hall dur
ing May and June of this year.
Tho arrangements made for the produc
tion of tho successful opera. "The Wizard
of tho Nile." at tho Prince of "Wales
theater. London, in tho spring, may pos
sibly undergo a change. It has been pro
posed that Frank Daniels should go1 there
to appear In tho role he has created. In
that case it Is proposed to take over tho
scenery nnd costumes and organize the
supporting compariy from English talent.
Among the most positive hits none, is
mere prosperous than Francis "Wilson's
new comic opera. "Half a King." It is very
seldom that a first performance does not
disclose faults In construction, dialogue nnd
music, which can only bo discovered when
the piece is presented to the public, but in
the caso of "Half a King" everything
moved so smoothly and so satisfactorily to
the management that not a. single rehearsal
was called for the purpose of making cor
rections. Mr. Francois Boucher has organized a
string quartette which will be called the
Kansas City String Quartette Club. It will
give its Jirst concert In February. Tho
members of the club are: Mr. F. Boucher,
violin: Mr. Hugo Schmidt, violin: Mr.
Rudolph Engel, viola: Mr. Louis Appey.
'cello. At the first -concert the club will
bo assisted by Mr. "W. W. Campbell, bari
tone, and Mrs. F. Boucher, pianist. The
programme and date of the concert will
bo published later.
Lewis Morrison has come to be the ac
cepted ideal of Mephisto In Goethe's
"Faust." which he has been presenting for
the past decade. "Faust" is like the per
ennial plant that seems to go on forever
gathering strength with each succeeding
season. The production of this play as
given by Mr. Morrison is a notable one
from the fact thnt It Is one. of the few
plays put upon the stage with every minor
detail of staging carefully attended to. The
production will follow Corbett at the
Reginald De Koven announces that he
nnd Harry B. Smith are at work on a new
orera which will be the finest they ha"o
yet produced. Mr. De Koven does not caro
to dlvulcc the opera's name at present.
but says that It will deal with events in
history which are well known and will
bring out certain Interesting facts which
havo been neglected by the historians. Tho
scene will he laid In Scotland and Robert
Bruce will bo ono of the characters. Dra
An unusual array of musical talent will
be heard In a concert under the direction
of Mr. "W. H. Potter at the Academy of
Music February 11. The programme will
be given by tho Ideal Quartette, composed
of Mrs. Ben T. Hollenback, soprano: Mrs.
Frank J. "Whltelaw. contralto: Mr. "W. II.
Potters, tenor; Mr. Frank J. Whitelaw,
basso; with Mrs. Jennie Schultz as accom
panist, and by the "Warwick Club mal
quartette, composed of Sir. Dudley "W.
Eaton, first tenor; Mr. W. H. Potter, sec
ond tenor; Mr. E. K. Chafeo, baritone;
Mr. C. A. Johnston, basso, with Mr. Her
bert J. SIsson as pianist, and Mr. Edgar
J. Ebbels. reader.
The Corlnne extravaganza company,
composed of sixty clever people, engaged
In singing, dancing and merrymaking in
tho big spectacle burlesque, "Hendiick
Hudscn. Jr." will be the attraction at tho
Ninth Street. February 7. The newness of
the entire production, the large and brill
iant ensembles, and the up-to-dateness of
everything are the characteristics that will
impress everybody who gos to seo thl
really notable production. The company
embraces the names of .some of America's
foremost comedians, burlesque and oper
atic artists. Among those specially en
gaued for this season are: Joe Cawthorne,
Jchn Page. Neil McNeil. John Park. H. A.
Cassldy. John II. Connolly. Maurice Rob
inson. John 'F. Barry, George pimi. Oc
tavia Barbe. Nelly Strickland, Anne Hutch
inson, Helen Holden Welch, Arnola Belle
ville, Lulu Cosgrove.
Anything- to Save Her.
From the Detroit Free Press.
"They tell me, Grampy", that your daugh
ter is wedded to music."
"I should say she was from the noise
she makes; but I'vo offered her J10.0CO to
get a divorce, and would double the offer
on a pinchV"
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Matinees Wednesday and Saturday.
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MORRISON IN "FAUST;"
ONE "WEEK, COMMENCING ,
MONDAY FEBRUARY I St
SATURDAY MATINEE ONLY.
First Time in. This City
In His Original Creation of
In His Beautiful Play of American Hom
Presented with entire new scenery. An
acting company of 25 players. Di
rection of Henry C. Miner.
THE PLAY'S TRUE RECORD.
322 Times in New York.
ITS Times in Boston.
11C Times in Chicago.
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i Prices 15c, 25c, 35c, 50c.
' Usual Matinees.
N. B. On account ot Nordlca concert
Tuesday evening, there will bo no perform
ance of "Monte Crlsto."
Under tho direction of Al Hayman. Klaw
&. Erlanger. and assisted by the world's
Barron Berthald, Tenor.
John C. Dempsey, Baritone.
' Isidore Luckstone, Pianist.
ONE CONCERT ONLY.
GILLISS 5S5fe Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Prices from 1 to J3. Gallery and general
admission tickets on sale Monday, Febru
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