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MANY WRITE OPERAS.
MUSICAL STARS ARE EORED WITH PEOPLE WHO COMPOSE. bit ion tv ritte Mi B«*r* 1« 11 ll< oimI Them u I Stale I «lea There are comparatively few man agers who produce opera, ami for that reason they are flooded with an ainomil of manuscript that would appall the or dinary theatrical manager Mr. Barton, of the Casino, receives as many scores of opera in all stages of in completeness as any one man in America Chatting on the subject, he said "We have about three operas offered us every week, which is probably the total output of the country, for they all come to us first. Only last week a lank, tall young man came in with an original opera he wished produced immediately and m sisted that 1 read it. This I declined to do, as the manuscript appeared to be endless, but 1 treated him politely, and asked him to tell me the plot, which he did. " 'What about the music?' I asked the young man. " 'Oh. I have written that.' lie replied " 'You understand music, then?' " 'Oh, no; but 1 whistled the tunes to the organist of our church ami he wrote them out.' " 'Does he understand orchestration?' " 'Oh. yes: he has been our organist for twenty-five years.' "He came from a small town on Cape Cod. it lias a population of some 2.090 people, whose chief industry is shipping sand from which glass lampshades are made. The young man informed me that he had come all the way to New York to have his opera produced, and seemed offended liecuuse 1 would not promise to produce it at once. "It is a strange fact that nine-tenths of the operas we receive have their scenes laid in some South Sea island, while we produce only modern American opera now. "Sometimes women come in, and then there is trouble. When 'l'oor .Jonathan was running, a lady came in with an opera, which by force of wiil power she induced me to glance through. It was a modern dress suit opera of today, and when 1 asked her if 1 had not seen something of the kind before she tired up and departed. A few months later when 'Apollo,' an ancient Grecian opera, was running at the Casino, back came the lady with a new opera. 'Have I not seen something of this kind before?' 1 again remarked. 'No. sir.' she said, and left it with me. It was the identical libretto she had presented before as a modern opera, with the names of the characters ruled out with blue ink and Grecian names written in with red. She had put the time hack 2.000 vears. Digby Bell said: "Every few days some one comes to me with a new opera, hut 1 always tell him that, my contract forbids my reading any manuscript whatever for the next three years, hut if this doesn't get rid of him and he still insists that his opera is great. 1 offer tc produce it for three nights if he will put up the money for the scenery and the costumes, and if it is the success he says it will he, I will keep it on and refund his expenses. As the expense of a pro duction amounts to about $10.000 the man with the libretto usually goes." "Every week," said Do Wolf Hopper. "1 receive 000 additional verses to uiv sougs, 'An Elephant on His Hands'and the 'Man in the Moon.' Some of them are good, hut if 1 used one of them it would involve a lawsuit with the com posers of 'Wang.' "A few nights ago I received eighty one sheets of closely written foolscap. It was a letter giving the scenario of an opera, and winding up with a request for two passes. Of course i did nothing to encourage the composer to enter the theater. "Once I tried to he polite to a woman who came well recommended, and in sisted on reading iter libretto to me and playing the music on my piano. It was the worst three hours 1 ever spent. "One ojiera offered me contained seventy-six speaking parts, and the gentleman who wrote it tiad probably never seen a stage in his life. One side of the stage was supposed to he bathed in sunlight while the other was buried in snow. Every few minutes there was a climatic change. The scene was laid in a mining camp, and the book told the story of a labor agitation. About fifty Indians would rush on the stage, then as many miners, then squaws hinunter able. A cyclone was featured, a confla gration. one or two floods, a rainbow and an earthquake followed each other in quick succession." Francis Wilson was loath to abuse those who submitted their work for his approval, yet he could find no words in their praise. "Yes," he said, "1 receive a great many êcores of operas, but the people who write the lines and verses never think of supplying the music, they consider that a mere detail which any orchestra leader can add in at the last moment. "Nine out of ten operas offered me have their scenes laid in the west. I don't know why, but every one seems to think that the Indian is the most poet ical creature in modern literature. 1 have never found him so. Sometimes some one does send in a manuscript with the music written in, hut the songs are all familiar. The composer visits 'The Lion Tamer,' a few of the airs catch his ear, he goes home and unconsciously composes a variation of the tunes lie has heard. "Some day some one will bring in a great opera, but it will have to he built up with catchy music, new jokes and pretty girls. Comic opera is not born all at once, it is develojied: and the manager who knows just what parts to develop in accordance with the peculiar tastes of the different cities the com pany visits is the man who will build up the reputation ot' the composer. "Give me an opera with twenty pretty girls ill the chorus and half à dozen catchy airs, and I have several hundred librettos from which to select my ilia logue."—New York World. lie*d In the Prompter'. Ilex. A correspondent relates the following melancholy incident, which occurred the other evening at the Theater des Gobelins. Paris, during the presentation of "L'(Mseau Bleu:'' "The performance was interrupted by a sudden cessation in the dialogue and the leading lady was seen to look intent ly into the prompter's box before the footlights. It happened that this was in the most interesting point of the third act, and naturally all eyes followed those of the leading lady. The audience of course could not see the cause of the in terruption, hut the artists on the stage noticed that the prompter had f .lien asleep, and by an unfortunate coinci dence the actress had forgotten her lines at the same moment. "After waiting half a minute and the man giving no evidence of returning to consciousness, one of the actors stepped forward and gently shook him. There was no response, and looking doser those upon the stage saw that the prompter was dead. Without dropping the curtain the people on the stage re mained in their various positions that the incident found them. The manager stepped to the front and made his expla nation. the body was dragged down tinder the stage and a new prompter climbed into his place, while the play proceeded with only a tiiree minute wait."—Boston Transcript. i>n M»t>l [■Ill In the colony Zenon Pereira lived an Italian colonist named Oetavia Viale. who had been married hut three weeks and was a wealthy man. His brother keeps an almacen quite close to the col ony. It appears that he was taking hi wife to his house Sunday, the two rid ing in a cart, and when passing the house of the juez de paz (magistrate), naturally suspecting nothing, this legal officer came out of the doorway with a soldier, to whom he said, "I wonder if 1 can hit that fellow," whipped out his re volver and fired, shooting the unfortu nate man in the chest, killing him in stantaneously. The criminal was caught and the colonists were with difficulty persuaded from lynching him. Ho is now awaiting trial. The body of the dead man was buried next day, all the colonists attending. We hope the law will refuse to allow such a bloodthirsty villain to live to play any more of his murderous jokes.—Argentine News. Aerial Feats. W. II. Barber, of Fortuna, Cal., has returned from a visit to the Singley sta tion locality, where with a camera lie photographed a man named Jacob Myers as he stood upon one foot on the top of a limbless tree 1T8 feet high and 14 inches in diameter at the top. Mr. Myers, it is claimed, performed the wonderful feat of dancing a jig on the top of the tree. "Few people." says Mr. Myers, "like to go up so high, hut 1 have never yet seen a place too high for me. It is no trick at all for me in these great redwoods to climb a tree, cut off the top and stand on it. 1 have stood on the extreme top of an electric tower in Tipton, la. The tower was 1511 feet high, and I stood on a 1-inch rod with one foot. Of this you can get proof from Tipton. I was a stranger there, but you can find that 1 did so by asking the people of Tipton." —Cor. Chicago Herald. Sli«'«*|> Struck by Lightning. During the storm of Thursday light ning struck a large tree in a field on the farm of Edward Martin. Pocopson. Underneath the tree was a cow and she was killed instantly by the bolt. Scat tered around the field near the tree were twenty-seven iambs and ewes, and after the storm had passed every one of the flock was found lying dead, all their heads being in the same direction, just as the flock had been grazing along in the field. The sheep were of a valuable breed and the loss is a heavy one. A singular feature of the occurrence is that not a mark was to be found on any of the animals.—West Chester (Pa.) N ews. It Wait an Accident. The piece of gingerbread that was thrown at Mr. Gladstone recently, dam aging his eye and causing a vast amount of indignation, lias been bought for a considerable sum by an enthusiastic ad mirer of the Grand Old Man. The gin gerbread is what is known us a "nut"— a rounded cracker the size of a quarter. The proud possessor will have it mounted in gold and gems. It has been discov ered, by the way, that the woman who threw it is a very warm admirer of Mr. Gladstone. She simply threw it in a frenzy of enthusiasm, and was very much terrified by the result.—London Letter. How to Treat Summer Hoarder*. Summer boarders, rightly handled, are about the most profitable thing the York county farmer can cultivate. Don't feed them on beefsteak, for they don't want it. Give them plenty of bannock, lierries, baked potatoes, boiled eggs and mush and milk and they will be much better suited. Keep them away from the house by getting them to go fishing or hill climbing, and then they can't say it was your mosquitoes that bit them. What they wish is some thing new to eat and something new to see. Give them these and they pay well for the trouble.—Biddeford (Me.) Jour nal. Hi* Condition. Backby—Why don't you quit werk these hot days ami spend a few weeks at the seashore? It would do you good. West End—Well, I'll just tell you. I'd be jierfectly willing to spend the time, but it don't pass current for board bills at seaside hotels, and that is all 1 have to spend. The saying that "time is money" is only a theory after all, you see.—Boston Post. > e**d[-d "Ah, Duebill, old boy, where are you going to spend the summer?" "1 can make no definite arrangements until I know where niv tailor and other creditors are going to spend theirs. One goes to the seaside for rest, you know." —Exchange. Co'rge WH.liiiigton's Hud llxunipie. Practical jokers never seem to tire of playing jokes on George Washington, or rather Horatio Greenough's e.iigy <>f 5 | le father of an undmiful country, who u stands guard before the (.' - ,tul. The public still remember the trick of some two years ago, hv which George was converted into a cross eyed caricature of himself, and the memory nn.st evoke laughter at the same time with c ad la llation, for it certainly was the funniest statue ever seen. It will also he remembe-ed that George sits with his right hand unlifte! in reproving style, as if wanting con gress not to make fools of themselves. Between the third and fourth iiiw, r of his hand some Fourth of Julv j ,ker in serted the remains of a Homan candle, evidently with the idea of assisting the statue to join in the general jollification. The effect, however, was ludicrous in the extreme, giving George the atm ar ance of having just removed a gigantic cigarette from his lips. During the Marine hand concert the other evening, a little hoy. who had evi dently been lectured on the evils of smoking, happened along. Glancing up at the statue he nudged his mother and said. "There, ma, you needn't talk to me any more about cigarettes; George Washington smokes em."—Washington Post. A St une That tiets Steppet On. Hundreds of the Christian Endeavor maidens visited Wall street while their convention was being held. They ap peared there in a bewildering variety of colors—in pink, lavender, green, bine, scarlet and white. They crowded into the galleries of the exchanges, peered into the hallways of the big office build ings and wandered through Trinity churchyard. Of course not one of them missed the gratification of standing on the slab of brownstone which lies in the pedestal of the Washington statue in front of the subtreasury building. This slab is supposed to lie the identical piece of stone upon which George Wash ington stood when he lirst took the oath of office as president of the United States. It is one of the "sights" of W ill street, and no woman ever leaves it without touching it with her foot, so that ein mal- be able to say that she has stood where Washington once stood. The venerable little man who sells newspa pers on the corner says that he has kept watch of that brown slab ever since the statue was erected, and he is willing to make au affidavit that not one woman out of a hundred who visits the spot goes away without standing on the historic stone.—New York Times. Two \Vc«l«l ingH. There were two weddings amid unu sual surroundings in Colorado a few days ago. The second was an attempt to go one better on the first for novelty and romance, and it would not he surprising if a third should occur soon to cap the climax. The first couple were married on the summit of Pike's peak, the idea maybe neing to get as near heaven as jiOBsible in tue blissful event and per haps to display an ardor of love that the climate above the snow line could not chill. The second couple, George F. Schatz and Miss Emma Thompson, were mar ried in the weird and beautiful bridal chanilier of the Cave of the Winds at Manitou. The wedding party of the romantic pair, comprising the parson and a number of friends, was driven to Wil dams canon and climbed the rocky trail into the cavv, where the ceremony was performed.—Exchange. Tli« Ant I'e.t, Having had years of torment with ants, both black and red, we lighted upon the following remedy, which with us has worked like magic: One spoonful tartar emetic, one spoonful of sugar, mixed into a thin sirup. As it evaporates or is carried off, add ingredients as need ed. A sicker lot of pests would he hard to find. W hether they impart the re sults to the home firm or whether all are killed, I trow not. Certain it is they do not pay ns a second visit For ants on the lawn, a spoonful of paris green, cut with alcohol and made into sirup with sugar and water, can he placed on pieces of glass or crockery— cover from domestic pets—and the slaughter will be satisfactory.—Cor. New York Observer. A Terrible Accident. A terribly fatal accident destroyed a whole family at Cotbus, Germany. Father, mother and two sons were oc cupied in cleaning out a cesspool, so deep that they could not get in without a ladder. Suddenly the father, stand ing on the ladder, became unconscious and fell. His son hastened down to rescue him and fell also. The same happened to the second son, and the mother, seeing her whole family in the pool, also went to try and fetch them out. She had hardly stepped upon the ladder when the poisonous gas rendered lier also unconscious and she fell down. When it was possible to take them out all four were dead.—Chicago Herald. I'u.sy Did It with a Little Hatchet. A peculiar accident befell the two year-old daughter of George Colvin, at Hope, Wednesday afternoon. The child was playing uliout the room in which the cat lay fast asleep on a shelf. Near where the cat lay was a hatchet, and a movement by the cat knocked the hatchet off the shelf, striking the child on the face and cutting a gasli nearly four inches long. The child is in à somewhat precarious condition from the loss of blood.—Providence Journal. The railway mileage of Canada has just about doubled in the past ten years. In 1881 there were 7,200 milesof railway in the Dominion, and last year there were 14,009. The earnings last year were $4*. 192.099, and the expenses $2,4, 960,449. A greyhound mother at Nevada, Mo., having had two pups carried off, hunted them up, carried them home, dug a hole under the house and hid them. Glossy Sheen Ami vigorous growth, so much ailniired in liair can )"■ secured by the use of Ayer's Hair Vigor. 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