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Saturdav, Xv. 27, 1913. "HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK," HUMAN PUZZLE OF THREE CENTURIES THE world has probably never seen a better Hamlet than Forbes 'Bobertaon's, nor is it likely to. Hamlet changes -with the years. Three hundred y?ars have passed since the yoHng immortal Dane stalked the boards and pondered over his duty, and since then Hamlet feat differed -with every generation. No other character on the stage has lived so much as Hamlet Older, Greek, characters have been revived now and then, bat Hamlet has been played continuously for hundreds of years. The questions he asks are questions that everybody mast ask himself. The great "To be or not to be" soliloquy is so much a part of the Anglo Saxon heartbeat that one knows the questions of it often without knowing he knows his Shakspeie. He knows it as he knows his language, from his babyhood on. Who does not repeat the Watch at the beginning of the play, in the keen cold midnight hour, "For this relief much thanks"? and from then to the end there is hardly a line from which we do cot continually quote, consciously or unconsciously, te express something in cur owu lives. Hamlet changes as time and the world change Possibly the first actors found in the lines only an "dea of revenge in the heart of a devoted and kingly' ion for the foul, unnatural taking off of his father the king, the usnrpation of the throne by an unworthy and -oinplacent uncle, and the terrible sight of his mother he queen turning equal love apparently from the noble 'o the ignoble. Sir Henry Irving said the playis a wonderful, an un excelled study of filial devotion, and that only such an aterpretation explains Hamlet. Irving scouted once ie3 for all, any idea of an ins-ne Hamlet, as most modern actors have been glad to do. Forbes Robertson's Hamlet is said to blend in one wonderful art all of the best of the oldest traditions with the Tugged, material, practical, modern views of life and life problems, with something also of the new, young, questioning spirit and mysticism of today, the Maeterlinck spirit, the Ibsen questionings and Teachings out after deeper truths about life. Forbes Robertson was trained in his first efforts at acting, by a master of Shakspere impersonation, who held the youth strictly to what was then the highest, finest, most graceful and sincere idea of Hamlet. This idea of the play has grown with Forbes Robertson's growth into a new Hamlet, which very well satisfies the most careless world that sees, and as well delights the deepest student of the play. In it, besides the storm tossed, question driven son, one sees the young, the ardent Hsmlet, in love with life, in love with Ophelia, keen with the foils, the heartiest of friends to Horatio; Horatio, by the way, is one of the best "friends" ever given on the stage, although Shakspere has a gift for making good friends, Mercutio in Romeo jind Juliet, Cecilia in As You Like It. Friend ship is most beautifully exalted whenever his characters walk the boards, and Horatio in Hamlet is worth a good many thoughts. Forbes Robertson's Hamlet is always deeply, ten derly, in love with Ophelia. In his most desperate visions he is Ophelia's lover. It is the bitterness of the disappointed lover that makes him denounce her so wildly when he discovers Polonius using his daughter as a bait. Sincerity, fulfilment of the whole self of Hamlet, a certain honesty, combined with unchanging princely grace and courtesy and pride, mark Robertson's Hamlet. This Hamlet with his mother, along with a loving for her beauty and her gentleness, has the saddest contempt for her frailty and the saddest lesson for his own heart in it. It is so all through: Hamlet the lover with Opaelia. Hamlet the prince with the Watch, Hamlet the friend of the good Horatio, Hamlet the sen of a frail mother, Hamlet talking with the spirit of the noble king his father, Hamlet with the youths Rosencranti and' Guildenstem, Hamlet watching the old spy Polonius, Hamlet instructing the actors, and the restrained Hamlet with Ophelia's brother, every moment this Hamlet is a sincere, ardent, wide seeing, princely Hamlet, a Hamlet that most wonderfully represents the thought and con science of today in the prince of those days when Shakspere wrote 300 years ago. io A Eisbee man is in a pretty mess because he agreed to test the Ariiona liquor laws for his friends. He was convicted and, instead of the expected fine, drew a fine and a jail sentence. Now the supreme court has affirmed it and if the board of pardons dees not interfere, it's the lockup for him. o Some Arisooa murderers are hard to please. One from Cochise county deliberately left the state prison the other day and hasn't yet returned, notwithstanding the unaccustomed hardships he must be facing out in a cold, cruel world, so far removed from tender hearted wardens and guards. o Eleven Arisonans have just passed the examination and been admitted to the bar in Arizona. If the people over there keep on initiating new laws and "recalling" the old ones, nobody in th state can pass a bar exam ination in a short time. o- Henry Ford can build a jitne car as good as anybody, but he is getting in aboTe his depth when he undertakes to end the European war. Still he grabs off a good amount of Hnpaid for advertising. . o Mr. Wilson may be practicing up on this defence stuff to be in shape in 1916. His administration will be on the defensive from the time the Republicans take the field. The Real American Way Short Snatches From Everywhere Watch the shoppers begin their Christmas trading next week. It will be after the first and the bills won't cose in until the new year. The Globe Silver Belt has a heading that asks: "Did indians steal cattle?" Likely not. if some of their pale faced neighbors saw the cattle first. o El Paso never entered on the holiday period when things looked brighter for the city. At last a United States army officer has come for ward who is willing to protect American interests first and let the point be argued afterward. Col. W. H. Sage, 12th TJ. S. infantry, at No-rales, when his troopers began to fall with wounds from bullets fired from the Mexican side, did not stop to send "warn ings" that the Mexican factions have grown to tee upon with contempt. He replied with cold lead and the result is 20 or more casualties on the other side of the line as an object lesson. In the past, all casualties have been confined to the American side and "waraiags" have been the extent of our reply to this gross violation ot American rights. CoL Sage says he was told to protect American rights and he took the red blooded course and fired when his men and other Americans were in danger from the reck less or deliberate fire from the Mexican side of the line. " Whether the bullets came from Villa troops who fixed in deliberation as is charged by some, or were from the rifles of Carrania soldiers attacking the Mexican town of Nogales, Sosora, -they killed Americans and 'mere warnings would not have stopped it; they have sot done so in the past. But a few well directed volleys from the colonel's Americans brought peace and quiet is short order. CoL Sage's action is the only American action; it is the right way to uphold the dignity of the United States. It mattered not who fired. The United States was fired on. It is the Decatur way, the way John Paul Jones would have done, the way old Zachary Taylor would have done, what CoL Sage did, and it has taught a whole some lessen to a people who had grows to think they could fight on the American border at will, regardless of how many American lives were endangered or how much American property was destroyed. Of course, the colonel "will probably have to make an explanation to Wellington, but it will net always be thus. Some day, there will be men in Washington with the same American blood and backbone of the colonel of the 12th infantry. Shan we not scrupulously keep separate chorea and state? Waco Time"erald. Pork or preparedness, that will be the big question before the coming congress. Los -Angeles Tunes. Lota of men so where duty calls, and stand around with their hands in their pocketi after they get there. Chicago News. If wan were fought with boxing gloves we Americans would be fairly well prepared. Amarillo (Texas; Panhandle A henpecked husband is nothing morf or leas than the silent partner of bis wife's troubles. Memphis Commercial AppeaL Cultivation is a curious thing. Bad habits have been known to grow on people who never even had warts. Philadelphia Record. About the time a fellow gets his creditors stood off until next month the first looms up over the horizon. Nashville (Tenn. Br.nr.er Colloquially speaking, there arc plenty of oppor tunities to net stun? without connecting with a bee. Topeka iKaa.) State-Journal. The value of the poultry business in this eour-trr is estimated at one billion dollars. This no doubt adu to the high cost of feathers.. Loa Angeles Times. Don't be discouraged, young man. because a girl savs she will be a sister to you. Seme very promising romances have started in that way. Kansas C'ty Journal A man whose daughter goes to a cooking school generally wishes she had studied art: and if she studies art he wishes she had gone to a cooking school. Washington Star. The people who say there is nothing new under the sun arc referred to the case of the Illinois woman who was sent to jail for refusing to talk. Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune. Ir Anna Howard Shaw doesn't cn.ro to be president of the Suffrage association any longer. Ltto Winston Churchill she wants to get out on the firing line. Providence (R. I.) JournaL "Salvation's free" but the recipient should not over look the fact that It takes real money to buy beef tteak. beans and yellow legged chickens for the nourishment and sustenance of the man who proclaims it. Arizona Oaxett. United States Senators Are Keen Of Hearing Often Detect Country's Call Before It Is Made ASLXATOU is a very great man who has been able to set ft state legislature by the neck and thol c r. $7500 a year cell from feis country out of it. Sei.xitors are verr teen of hearing; ana scnctinee ccn detect their country- call when it isn t loud enough to be herrtj beyond a ver; small room in a hotel But after thev hae Rone to Hathington lo toil m the capitol, they often Kt ourprisinglv deaf. You can all t' a senator. fo three years and makt ; nuc.i .io.st that the Statue of Columbia on top of the capitol will keep r.r r han-'s on her ears for months at - time, hut jour senator will only T' port to tin president that he 1ms Ueanl no evidence of disaffection in Ii's et-ite Senatorial work is terribly hard or. tfce ears. Scnrt.o.-s a.e elected by legislatures End htr.e six years unless found oat woaf. There are only two senators froti. each state, but this has always leen considered - gicat plenty. It tnkE seme 1 islatures so long to fleet tiro Btnators . er six years that th.y ha r had no lime left in t. .i:c:i to consider the child labor question and tee uniform divorce law. A renator i. supposed to act as a. r. Rjlator for the House of Re pr sen ta t.c. Sacli senator has about four -w 0.1-2 ualf loprescntativea to regti ,r?t n it! the ioh if evidently a rery ( 'T n- for onlj fltecn of the By GEORGE FITCH. present senators hare been able to bold it 'for more than ten years. When a senator goes to Washington he becomes a 1 ery important personage and lives In the lap or luxury The government buy bis office furniture and letter paper and soap and perfum ery and tooth brushes and bath towels and hair restorer, and when he leares the capitol at noon after a hard day's work, he fi.ds some Captain of In dustry aitlrg to take him down town 1 l-arr '"52S4L.-' R-JiH m&Uk T " ?&Ates- 1 W-slrm. After they lime gene to WanuinEtoii they often get surprlhln'rly draf. in a gaoime charmi and buy him a J cigar with a red, white and blue belt I around it. All this is so comfortable that most senators are very much arcrse to change. They want to re- main Just as they axe forever, but un ' fortunately the hardness of hearing mentioned above compels most of them , to retire from office bj request after , a few years. I Some states select their senators bv , primary vote and some leave the job j to the corporations. American corpora- 1' tions have now grown so large that r. number of them have to have Indi vidual senators, tnottgii it is also pos sible for several smaller corporations ' t club together aad get a senator which they ran use turn about. Som 1 corporations sre so tight with their senators that tncy riu no: allow mo people to use them at all. The cenate is a solemn deliberative body and is beautiful to watch. Sena tors are very conrteons to each ether except to Utoss senators who talk tlir v r.T into the bod;-. Talk is cheap and there is nothlne cheap about the sen ate. Take it all around the Job is not what it onoe -was. A niuir hat and a 1 pocket full of checks do not always cincn ine election aay more, a candi date has to show reasons why he ' should get in and then has to turn ' right around and show reasons why ha ' shouldn't Ret out. Between these two ' a senator sometimes only has a chance I to feel proud and lofty for about one i.eek out of the fifty two. Protected ' h. The Adams Newspaper Service ABE MARTIN I G T ame L carce Id Ne M exico Mountains exas Cities Aid Dallas To Get Convention ( dr. SMI ' JSS& i " If v pay eafc Christmas won't roll I arenas sa fast. We've all grown so cal l-ens TaaoW war eassaities that it s bard t' git caetrgfa folks interested ia a fa neral f five a pe-rade. (Protected by the AOat&s Nt7papr Service T ETTERS to THE HERALD I NEW MEXICO EDUCATOR IS COMiMITTED TO ASYLUM Las Vegas. '. M., Xov. 27. Believed 1 to be suffering fromo verwork, O. C- i.Mi . ommunications must bear the, Zingg. president of the Snamsh-i-'v x jie of the writer, bat the name i i n':.. I American nvrinjii scowl ai .1 fuio. y. i I ie . itcneld if requested.) veoit c:e1i:o:c caiia.v. l.d tor Kl rcso Herald: hj settle an argument, would you j pler.tJ inform us through yevr paper the -r.t:o.iality of George Cohan, of Ik me-itrical ,!rm of Cohan Harris. ! N' k Yorn J. F. Wild. E. A. Thesao. He was borr in Providence, R. 1, ia loTS of Irish parents Editor.) ' wee committed to t.ie atae aospital for ' the insane Frida. He disappeared from the state edu cational association!) meeting in AI ' boquerque ehaly this woe And ap- peared at the asylum here, asking per ' mission to spend the night. He has ' been under observation since parchas 1 ing a revolver her-. . , I 'rf.-wn fiTi Alumni I ItltSISS HIS OKKICli. Tuscon, Arit, JCov. J7. F. W. Ba denhausen. city auditor, has resigned his offioe because of differences with City Manager Clarke. The case was carried to the city conncH. the council ccheld the commission form of gov- ernmeat by declining to interfere with subordinate officers of the city. AME is scarce in the San An- Ireas mountains," said F. M. Filler. "One of our party rid-in sight of some deer, but non of us got a shot. The big gatre Is apparently- In ihe higher altitudes, prac tically inaccessible to hunters I cause of tlu- eatremely rough country. Quail are plentiful, however, as well as other siral! game." e a "Texas cities are rallying to the aid of iJallas in the fight to be made to secure th 191S Democratic national convention." said H. W. Moreland. of that c-ty. "The cooperation among thd cities of the state in behalf of Dallas is commendable and indicates a gen eral recognition of the fact that the whole state will benefit by having the big event occur within the borders of Texas. An effort is being made t raise $l.oOS within the state and the indications are that that amount will be subscribed." -3 Of course the inspection of bakeries and markets and restaurants will raise some fuss." said Fred Knollenberg. "but I don't know that It's not a mighty good thing- It takes somebody from the outside to make a fellow get next to the fact that he need's a revision: and there's some satisfaction la kaaw In;. that a had bakery can become a good one and a good one don't have to become a bad one." k "I win be slad to see legislative ac tion that would pro3i..it the killing of half grown birds and game," said Frank Hadleck. "We have laws rega iatlnK the season for shooting but it doesn't seem to stop the hunters from shoot. ng at half grom-n birds. I don't- inius in &iiiinic ui oao-t oiros is any sport a.id i fail t- s o vrhere any hunt er can f- cl justified in so dom-r." "Automobiles -io arou.id the track too fast to make .t. good sport," said Capt. i. J. Hall, of the fire department. "It's fun for the driver and there's excite ment in i- in-,- the ear 3 so by ) and 4a times before they are done running, bet there Is bo.r.ethia; gone with the CirilL" -5- -- "El l--so has- eh..n?- d so greatly that I couldn't find the house in which ! used to like.' sid Mis- Pauline St urn. of Little Rock. Arkansas. "This city has cercainly made tremendous strides eince I lleJ here a few yt-ars ago- It is improving and expanding more greatly than -ny city I know of." French Soldiers Find Long Buried Statue Of Eros In Lemnos Island Athens. Greece, Nov. 27. A mutilate.1 statue of Eros, discovered by French troops in the course of trench digging exercises on the island of Lemnos. ma; prove to be a find of great archeolosi cal importance. The statue was un covered on the site of the ancient town of Haephestia. which once boaste-J ca.ofta inhabitants, and the condition of the statue is said to give conclusive evidence that the city was destroyed by a terrible earthquake and not by an invader, as had heretofore been thought likely. Book Borrowers SOME folks are rather fanny; if they shoald borrow money, they're sure te nay it back; tr-eyre straight, they're sever willing ta ewe a man a shiHtag, a sfcotxaa ar a tack. In all life's common phases they are as prompt as biases, a debt gets oc their nerves; they are so bias-ted panctiHons it fairly makes a binwas ta contemplate their corves. Bat when they berrow navels, aad take them to their hovels, to keen nice days or tea, you may be sure the chances are that those fine raatancss will ne'er came back: again. I aa a chrsnic sartyr; my set of old Side Carter was borrowed long ago; and Laura Libber's volumes, that stood in stately columns, my shelves no more shall know. Where are the cherished treasures that gave aw unmixed pleasures in olden, golden days? Oh, where is "Bolts aad Fetters," aad where "The Life and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes"? To bcatst friends I lent them at their request I sent them and maybe they'll come back some day when pigs are soaring, and pterodactyls, roaring, are roasting on my shack. fProtectcJ by the Adams newspaper Service.) WALT MASON. Ti-ir NAELSTROM BY- CLIFTON MEEK FHAXCB tD THE WAII. IJuitor El F.iro Herrld. I off..r my t. nearest thanks to John 1. Hater for his letter in yoor issce of Thanksgiving evening. I'rare trill ix. ilie richer, whatever the cost, having -won that bettar un uerst. ndiiR 01 her r.ml her true Vhar acter winch Mr Slater la sympathet 'call expresses and which so many r.uv bhure wti nim As mad a thing .is tiag this vur ia tue starting, it frill iot liave been in ain for the world wn'i til is oer. By it some evil tbi:.s will perish toat should never l-& ; Vir, , nI better enes established Tha .nin otherwise havv been .m--ji. j-atti 'cfcrrec "But the horror f t ' 3D"ie fia Yes. that Is true: ut to fetal evils adecjuate remedies 'lit Ie applied. After all. what is 1 fe ..ret v. iu.t for Indeed we do not .nev . onl- th.'t w.- must keep on, fac ing !e light, teltlini' with the sowers tS ii Tkness -.ljas the way. Even in U" e cl pee- , Ki.y moiient dies a maa. I.i -... moment one Is bora. I: -.-hi .-lone lives forever, and with it '. . nations that uphold it- Juui in he -voi-tis o oao French poet,. H et'.i ir n Uhing: Hurrah for the srr i ' j! f whleh ojr country rises!" J. M. Romagny. 14 A YEARS A2o Today Oaia ! The HrraM a! Tbh Date. ISO!. '. i o;ij;i contest in El Paso, to '. .'1 r:: moct popular man in the city , - tl.o winter carnival as companion . tJ-o becuty of the occasion. U be-' , n -- .. attract attention generally. it i r..-.ic;.bic. however, that an the vol iv leliot.-s era. sprucing np eonsid- -."'. :. ,i J it is a significant thing ':t i tin or has it that the young e iien jre to take -part in the hal- 'i -vey left for Mexico this :.:. ' l.-trran, rosunaster at Tsleta. i ic-'.x'ered at the Zeigcr today, down et .. F.iort tsit. loc.:l erncade against banco e. i -tl ia driving the had men across in-- mer into Juarez. ohii l?ls i-nme down from Caaitan totl i' to sperd Thanksgiving with his siste.. Mir. ' A. ro. y. Kinc, iiecersi Icaaager of the oi t.n-esterr Mercantile coalpanv, lexr im.u .or pc-iis oa tbe.. P. S. K. In t. e interert of Vrs. W. i. Freo-r-:.' here. J. r IielUnore. president of lie s R. T nu-iiber ii, of Illinois, isia J'rb Jicrj 1 liH lias returned from ' . '1 Rtpic Mi' j ic he has '" isi.iip: hci ir.L.e..ej . .low co.n--,., j. j ei o t rwl i i health - '" H ( - i .rH t rii.. 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