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IffE KANSAS CITY JOURNAL, SUNDAY. JANUARY 31,1897.
11 "ryffljfocfcr 1 JjBBtvbL B 1 Vl'- hW Jtota-j' IjattractionsJ GIUlis Opera Houiie Tneadny night only, Mmc. Nordlca and Iier concert company. 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 graces. 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 Dempsey. "Nobll Slgnor," from "Les Huguenots" (Meyerbeer), Mmc. ScalchL Recitation and romanza. "La Forza del Destino" (Vcrdl), Barron Berthald. Aria, "St. Erzabcth" (Franz Erkel), Mmi. Nordlca. 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). Mme. Sralchl. Aria. "Don Giovanni" (Mozart), Barron Berthald. Dich Theuro Halle," "Tannhauser" (Wagnert, Mme. Nordlca. Serenade, "Faust" (Gounod), J. C. Demp isey. Quartotte, "Rlgoletto" (Verdi), Mme. Nordlca. Mmc. Scalchl, Mr. Berthald and Mr. Dempsey. 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 ihi, 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 and unwise.' "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 sold. 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 ordinary merit. 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 Berry farm. 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 Taliaferro. 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 JSmfr J 51111 flBH. 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. Overture, "Rosamonde." Andante from string quartette, in A minor. 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" (Rc.'sini). Three dances from the music to "Henry VIII." (German). Overture to "Mignon" (Thomas). "The Virgin's Last Slumber" (Massenet), string Instruments. '"" unn.-p Aida Ida Marcrriarr"rrui). Second Concert. Overture to "Obcron" (Von Weber). American Rhapsody (new) (Carl Busch). Norwegian Melody by OIo Bull harmon ized and adapted for string instruments by Svendsen). Serenade f Moszkov l). "Marche MllltaireSchubert). Third Concert. 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) (Gounod). Overture to "Folly Robbers" (Von Suppe). Serenade for string instruments (Pierne). Flambeaux March (Scotson Clark). Fourth Concert. 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" (Relnecke). Slavonic Dance (Dvorak). Fifth Concert. "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). Sixth Concert. "Rosamundc" overture (Schubert). Overture. "La Gazza Ladra" Rossini). Intermezzo from "Nalla" (Delibes). "The First Meeting," for string instru ments (Grieg). Waltz, "Kroll's Ball Klaenge" (Lumbye). Seventh Concert. Overture, "Don Juan" (Mozart). Two movements from Symphony No. 1 (Beethovpn). Overture. "Night in Granada" (Kreutzer). "Dodelinette." berceuse for string instr ments (Gounod). Spanish dance (Moszkowski). Eighth Concert. Overture. "Die Schoene Galathe" (Suppe). Two dances from music to "Henry VIII." (German). Overture, "Si "jetais Roi" (Adam). Valso from serenade for string instru ments (Volkmann). "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 voices. OOCOOCOOOCOOOOOOGOGGCCOGGGO 8 STORES AND GOSSIP OF THE STAGE. $ OOOOOOOtC50COC500COOOOOOOOOb. "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 the performance. 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, beginning: "As from the ashes Cinderella rose. Rise we, all radiant from our night of woes." 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. "Manager." 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 predominates." "Do you expect to find use for them this morning?" " '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 turkey. 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 stage. "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 ers." ooococooooooooooooooooooc Q Dramatic and Musical Notes, y Charles Frohman contemplates a London production of Charles H. Hoyt's "A Con tented Woman." Fritz Williams has been cast for a part in Charles Frohman's production of 3ar dou's "Splritisme." 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 of Babylon." 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- KANSAS CITY'S THE AUDITORIUM. JOHN P.'SLOCUM, Uzniger. ;: ONE WEEK, COMMENCING MONDAY, FEB. I. &&& "AH I A WIZARD! FRANK Comic Opera Company In lh Record-BreaUng s.Comlc Opera Snecets, TheWizardoftheNil 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. MaBlBBilaaaaanaaaaHaaAHbBB February 9 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! IN HIS LATEST SUCCESSFUL PI.AY, A Naval 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 plays. 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 Grand. 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 matic Mirror. 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" SKATING WASHINGTON PARK. ELECTRIC CARS. FIFTEEN HINUTE SERVICE. LEADING THEATER LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE 2339. FIRST TIME HERE OF THE DANIELS Seats at Box Offlc and Grans Janctloa 1 .., vtun, Sousa's Band. thSt. Week Commencing matinee Jan. 31 Matinees Wednesday and Saturday. MERRY KATIE EMMETT In her original character ""Willie Rufus" In a grand revival of the Com- ' edy-aieiodrama, tha WAIFS OF NEW YORK A "Wealth of Novelties, Specialties and Scenic Effects. Saab How on Sale-5o, 25c, 3So, SOo, 73o. SUNDAY ) THE rEKRLKSS HENDRICK NEXT f CORINNE Hudson, JR. Cadet MANAGEMENT OF MR. "WILLIAM A. BRAD1-. MORRISON IN "FAUST;" COATES ONE "WEEK, COMMENCING , MONDAY FEBRUARY I St SATURDAY MATINEE ONLY. First Time in. This City .OF JAMES A. In His Original Creation of NATHAN'L BERRY In His Beautiful Play of American Hom Life, ACRES 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. New Gilliss. ONE WEEK, BEGINNING Matinee To-day WM. MONROE'S GRAND SPECTACULAR PKODUCTION OF ALEXANDER DUMAS' MASTERPIECE. 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." t NORD1CA Under tho direction of Al Hayman. Klaw &. Erlanger. and assisted by the world's greatest contralto, SCALCHi! 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 ary 1, 1000 Main street. THE JOURNAL, 10 CENTS PER WEEK AT .YOUR DOOR. HERNE SHORE MONTE i J