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CopjrleJrt. 1916, International Xewa SrrJce.
New Play Similar to "Peg!
'0 My Heart" 13 on the
Boards in New York.
NEW YORK. Jan. 29. That the
public taste now runs highly to
simple, romantic, idyllic plays
cpems to be proved again by the suc
cess of "The Cinderella Man," by Ed
ward C. Carpenter, -which Oliver Mo
rosco has just produced at the Hudson
theater. . ...
The tone and atmosphere of the new
play is much like that of "Peg O' My
Heait," produced by the same manager.
wlnCi delighted London, after its long
stai. in New York. .
The heroine, played by Phoebe Fos
ter, is a cheerless little daughter of a
gruff captain of industry, whose moth
er is gone She wanders about a
sireat, handsome, inhospitable house,
fcer home, and longs for a companion.
Then she becomes- interested in the
attic of the house next door. Here
dwells a sifted, but hungry young
serse writer. She watches his devoted
labors, creeps into his room when he is
out. prepares surprises for Christmas
e-. . and other occasions, until he al
most is able to believe in fairies.
One day he discovers her and then
their innocent little romance develops
rapidlv But the evil genius, in the
form of the poet's landlady, breaks into
the room one day while they are taking
tea The poet is ejected.
Dark days follow, then bright sun
shine. Anthony Quintard wins the
J10 000 opera libretto prize and soothes
Maraorie's gruff father to smile upon
them. . . . .
neclal mention should be made of Miss j
Foster ana ot sneny nnii, wuu u.j
title role. There Is an alluring song
Ca-penter, which will be widely heard J
The woman who sticks to her hus
band through thick and thin, poverty
and wealth, even disloyalty, is power
fully portrayed by Eugene Walter, who
-.-rote The Easiest Way." in "Just a
Woman." now being acted for the first
time in New York at the 48th street
theater . , . ,
The theme of the playwright Is an
old one. but he treats it In a new way.
He shows that the effect of wealth on
a man used to toll and common fare is
usually dissipation, and not a craving
fur Tinirff prominence and social posi-
"The wife works to help her husband
rise by investing their slender earnings
in a new open hearth steel process.
They are soon able to leave the hills or
Pittsburg and try to enjoy life.
The wife is a foreigner and, knowing
this, the husband never even considers
entering high society and doing the
other things a wealthy man might well
aspire to do.
He simply becomes dissipated in many
and devious ways and, of course, de
sires to divorce his wife. She treats
him in the way the faithful wives of
the very poor are accustomed to use
their drunken husbands he is only "on
a spree," and must be humored as if
he had a toothache.
The great punch of the play and no
other word more accurately describes
it comes in the third act. where is
portrayed the court proceeding by
which the erstwhile steel workman at
tempts to change wives.
Here is reached a height of emotion
not to be found in any other drama
seen on Broadway for some time. For
the vast majority of playgoers, who are
neither blase or cynical, it is quite ex
hausting. Walter Hampden and Josephine Victor
play the principal roles with great
strength and charm. Particularly fine
acting is also shown by Walter Wilson
as the judge in the court scene. George
Stuart Christie, son of the steel man
and his lawful wife, is an attractive
In his curtain speech at the opening
night of "The Pride of Race," the new
play at Maxine Elliott's theater. Robert
Hilliard made the unwelcome an
nouncement that he has decided to re
tire from the stage and that this is his
"This is the 50th anniversary of my
debut as a professional actor," said
Mr. Hilliard, "and that means 30 years
of hard work and some returns. This
will probably be my last play."
The theme of the new play Is mis
cegenation, an unpleasant topic at best.
It was based on a story of Wallace Ir
win, dramatized by Michael L. Land
man and Mr. Hilliard, and produced by
William JL Gray.
Mr. Hilliard plays the role of Deegan
Folk, who is a Yale honor graduate.
His great-grandfather married a mu
latto, or half negress. a freed woman,
and this makes Deegan himself one
Deegan falls in love with Louise Cal
houn, of Alabama, and marries her, al
though his father reveals the family
history to him just before the cere
mony. He Is paniestricken when he finds
that his wife is to become a mother,
tells his trouble tp the family physi-
clan, disregards the doctor's advice, and
is crushed by the birth of a negro baby
The child's face Is concealed from
the mother until she grows frenzied,
leaps from bed and runs into the next
room, sees the child and is overcome.
When she revives, she turns on the
father and declares she wishes to have
nothing further to do with him or the
In the final minute or the play, the
father is shown as the owner of a Cu
ban tobacco plantation, and the dark,
haired boy. as a lad of SO, working as
foreman 'and eager to enter college.
There is no more satisfactory solution.
For this reason the play is disappoint
ing it is a pure tragedy without re
Kathleen Macdonnell plays the part
of the wronged wife with great inten
sity of feeling and won considerable
applause. Mention might also be made
of Frank Kemble Cooper in the role of
Maude Adams's power to charm Is
universal and eternal. She proved this
again if it needed to be proved to
anyone when she presented "The Lit
tle Minister" at the Empire theater IS
years after she first appeared here In
J. jr. Barrie's playful comedy.
All the unutterable charm was there
as of old, the quaint Thrums scenes and
the dour Scotch elders. It appealed
equally to the old fellows who had
seen it in 1S9S and to the young people
enJoing It for the first time. Of the
original company the only ones presr
this time, besides Miss Adams, were
Wallace Jackson as Snecky, the gossip,
and Robert Peyton Carter, as Andrew
To a majority of those who thronged
the auditorium of the Century theater
the first appearance in that vast and
sumptuous house of the Russian ballet,
directed by Serge de Diaghiloff, was a
They had heard travelers tales of the
productions made by JL de Diaghileff.
the charm of the chief dancers in his
company, the barbaric daring of the
scenes which had been painted for the
ballets, the strange beauty of the cos
tumes, which delighted one in moving
pictures planned for them as back
grounds by men of genius.
They went to the Century prepared
to feast their eyes on women of trans
cendent loveliness, to enjoy snch danc
ing as their minds had not yet dreamed
of. to steep their souls in sensuous
tones and harmonies.
They had heard of the rare grace or
Karsavina. the rival of Pavlowa. the
Insidious spell of the much too much
ANOTHER MODERN HOME PLAN
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fct-tLEAK and cold," grumbled Danny, the small, disgruntled god, peering at
j the thermometer with a cold eye. "Clear and cold; remarkably frosty,
in fact, and growing more bitter at every beat of the heart in my breast.
cicles gather on my strawberry hued nose; they overhang my cold cheeks and
jab my baby skin at every numb bite, Aly eyo grows fishy; my lashes gather
a cracking rime; my body turns slewly a delicate orchid hue; my ears tingle
as. with a thousand colored stars. The stars crackle with the bursting cold, and
the lake of the sky freezes fast around them. B-l-M-ll Oo Gee!
For my lovers have quarreled! They don't drink their hot coffee and eat
the grateful roll, but I do mine, and while I feast I hope for milder weather.
talked of man dancer. Nljinsky. They
had seen models of the marvelous stage
scenery devised by Bakst and Golovine.
No wonder if they waited for the cur
tain td go up at the Centurj theater
in an exacting mood, which almost
hoped for miracles
To say that much though not all
of their dreams were realized is surely
a high tribute both to JL de Diaghileff,
who had conceived the Russian ballet,
and to the artists, thanks to whom it
had taken shape.
That -many felt at times a little dis
enchanted, despite all that was
achieved at the performance, was per-
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haps inevitable For of the stars who
i were to have come here the most fa
mous naa oeen iorcea to remain in
Europe Mme. Karsavina by what may
be dimly hinted at as a very urgent
family engagement, and jr. Nljinsky
by the hazards of the war.
Ballet, as it is understood by the
Diaghileff organization, is not only
dancing and music It Is a commin
gling of the varied arts of music
dancing. painting. sculpture and
pantomime. In short, everything that
Wagner strove to unite In Music-drama
To speak of it merely in musical or
choregraphlc terms Is not enough. To
do justice to it one should be quite at
home In all the arts.
It appeals not to the mind but to the
senses. But now and then it also
charms the heart To create ballets
like "Scheherazade" and "L'Oiseau de
Feu" The Fire Bird") requires the co
operation of poets, painters, dancers,
composers, costumers and musicians.
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the front and around the stde of the house and the entrance i- on the
s.tie Reception room, librarj . dining room and kitchen are all lare brirfit
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Food Conditions Belter
In Peirograd;-Riga Still
Unable to Get Provisions
Copenhagen. Denmark, Jan. 29. Ac
cording to Russian papers arriving
here the food conditions in Petrograd.
Moscow and other large cities are ciow
ly getting better. There is less suffer
ing among the poorer classes than
three months ago, because the new
minister of the interior. Chwostow, Is
making strenuous efforts to bring pro
visions In sufficient quantities to the
crowded centers of population.
Recently several high officials wer
sentenced to long prison terms or de
uortatlon to Siberia, because thev ac
cepted bribes from speculators and held
up food trains which were intended to
reliee the distress In different eitiea.
Only in Riga are the conditions still
Tery very bad. It is almost impossible
to bring enough foodstuffs to that cit.
as the railroads are crowded with
transports carrying troops, wr ma
terial and army provisions.
THERE is probably no man ap
pearing on the screen who has
more friends than has Henry B.
Walthall, of the Dssanay company. His
vivid Impersonations have a potency
of their own and any picture In which
he has a role is pretty sure to be well
worth seeing. Mr. Walthall was born
in Shelby county, Ala, in 18S0. and Is a
veteran of the Spanish-American war.
For several years he was on the le
gitimate stage. He began his screen
career with the Blograph company.
Later he was with Pathe Freres. JIu
tual Film, and he has been with the
Essanay for some months, his duties
oemg conlinea 10 me inicaso ammo oi
that corporation. Mr. Walthall Is
about medium height, hsy pleasant
brow n eyes, brown hair whieh he wear 3
in the opinion of one person, rather
too long. He has a nice, whimsical
smile and a manner that is pleasant.
though a trifle reticent. Jiarneu.
l)I.CO KIU AMERICA."
The American Film coin pain's second
Mutual Masterplcture. De Luxe edi
tion "Lord Loveland Discovers Ameri
ca " will be released January 17. This
delightfully humorous picturization of
the storv bv C. N. and A. Jr William
son has'been quite as delightfulK di
rected bv Arthur Maude, the distin
guished English actor, who himh-lf
plays the title role. Mr. Maude is usp
ported bv Miss Constance Crawley, the
popular dramatic star, who is cast for
the role of Leslev Dearmer, the Amer
ican heiress. To New Yorkers especial
ly the setting of "Lord Loveland Dis
covers America" will be extremelv in
teresting. The tale changes its settings
in vivid contrast between the luxurious
Waldorf and the Bat hotel on the Bow
ery. "Lord Loveland" discovers Amer
ica and in doing so he put); on the
screen some of the most interesting
bits of New York's show places ever
Edna Mav. who since 6he became the
wife of the wealthv Oscar Lewisqhn.
of New York, in 1907. has been out of
iho limelight's glare, has succumbed to
tlie lure of the screen. Her contract
for a singU feature film calls for a
s.-l.irv of J10,00. She will turn the
entire sum over to the Red Cross
and other charities, she says
Thomas J Carrigan. Metro's newest
leading tnsn, who plas with little
Mary Miles Mlntcr In "Rose of the Al-
Wner Every tning Goes Wrong
By BEATRICE PAHtTAX.
IIpJiiT B. Walthall.
It was Just a few yearn ago that nen
JT n. Walthall left a leepy little vil
lage In Alabama to win fame and for
tune on the Hinge. Hln fondest dreams
hae been realized. He gets a hie sal
ary and is famous herever moling
Pictures are shown.
lej." began his professional career
with a circus, playing a clown.
THERE are a number of foolish
old superstitions about the things
that will happen to you if you
get out of bed in the morning wrong
foot first or if yoa put on your left
shoe ahead of your right.
And there are plenty of people foolish
enough to hae a miserably unhappy
dav if perchance they happen to start
it under the handu-ap of such supersti
tion. Tlieday is really miserable, not
just so in imagination.
The point of the whole tragedv Is
that when our mental attitude Is
wrong. eerything else is likely to be
wrong, too. Look for trouble and you
will have verj little trouble in find
Suppose ou get up in the morning
and rip a few buttons off the shoes you
are trying to fasten in haste. The time
you use in sewing them on again makes
ou late and ou gulp down your coffee
and scald your tongue. Next you miss
By that time you are In the irritated
state of taking it for granted that
everything will go wrong. You arrive
at the office in an unpleasent state of
mind and your own crossness makes
everybody cross to you in turn. Your
n ork goes wrong. Perhaps you quarrel
with your best friend. It may even be
that you are annoyed to the point of
resigning a really good and thoroughly
If. All RelatUr.
Everyone has days like that. Days
which, beginning with tome little mis
hap, spread themselves out into a tor
tuous series of unpleasant happenings.
At any stage of the game in a day
when "everything coes dead wrong
a sence of humor would save the sit
uation. Suppose, you stopped and
traced back all your misfortunes to
the simple cause that you managed to
get completely upset over pulling two
buttons off your shoes. Wouldn't you
Inevitably laugh good humoredly at
the though of what two little black
buttons had managed to do to great
Easy To Lose Poise.
It is easy to lose your poise, your
sense of balance, and the minute you
do trifles magnify themselves to one
another in an exasperating way.
Trace any day that Is one long series
of aggravations back to its source anJ
you will discover that you let some
trifle upset you and that after that
you got nervous over chance nappe-tings,
irritable over a fancied coldness
In a toBe of voice, and interpreted
everything in the particular way
guaranteed to make you most unhappy
Just manage to pull yourself up shirt
when the next of those days tome. Ex
amine seriously the Incidents that
started it all: look dispassionately at
the incident that is occupving your at
tention now, and you will realize that
you have piled trifle on trifle and graat
on grain and. by taking a series c f
things seriously and harboring reser
ments and grudges, you are in a fair
way to land yourself lit the midst of
Right-about face! There is no such
thing as "a day when everything goes
wrong!" There Is only such a thin,;
as a day when .yourself are all wrong.
Swilzerlanad Forced by
Allies to Stop Export of
Food to the Germans
Berne. Switzerland, Jan. 19 Threat
ened with complete isolation by th
allies. Switzerland has decided to stur
all exports to Germany and Austria
Hungary. Nothing whatever can now
be sent to the central powers. Tie
Swiss government has protest- d
against the alleged abuse of power by
England France and Italy, but as the
protest has been ignored the small re
public has no choice but to subnlt.
Otherwise it could no longer obtain
the breadstuff s which. It must Import
and the population would be on the
verge of starvation in a few weeks.
KlHjr Nicholas, ot MonteMsro. U net only
a streouoB loldler and a great patriot, trot
Is also a polished llngaUt and literary
writer ot abiuty He is the snttor of zoaay
fin war songs and at least two plays.