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ga-day, flapt ao, 1913.
'The Enchantress' is Pageant
of Extravagance in Costumes
Kitty Gordon, the much her
alded "flittering golden goddess"
t f musical comedy, was daintily
Introduced to Tacoma theater
goers last night with the open-
Ing performance of "The En
She wore probably the most
extravagant costumes ever seen
on the stage of the Tacoma thea
ter; the play was elegantly cos
tumed; and the scenery could
hardly have been improved upon.
That tells the story of "The En
Elegance typifies the play, no
single detail of stage construc
tion or dress having been forgot
ten. The > horns is gowned as
prettily as the average leading
woman of a traveling company.
In fact, the play is a continual
exhibition of the best conceptions
of the modiste's art.
"The Enchantress" Is unlike
any other musical comedy that
has come to the coast, and very
much unlike the other musical
offerings of Victor Herbert. There
is a plot concerning the love af
fairs of a wild young king, told
in long dialogues and interrupted
by dozens of brief songs. The
comedy devolves upon an agile
young man whom the audience
learns at the end of the play is
a secret service operative.
The real action of the play
occurs in the middle of the sec
ond act, when Miss Helen Goff,
as "Princess Stefanie," carries
the house by. storm with her
song, "I Want to Be a Prima
Miss Gordon sings a number of
songs. Gustav Werner, playing
the madcap king, is a young Ger
man actor from the Royal Opera
of Vienna, and shows decided
talent in ihis difficult role. The
elaborate pageant of clothes and
scenery will be repeated tonight.
Coming to the Tacoma theater
on September 28 for r stay of one
week are the world famous mo
tlon pictures of the Victor Hugo
iSextinxkxy" (Short (Story The Little Misery
••-- --■■-;•■■■;■.;-■.- **-^ - -,: ■':-■■% . . Ij) _ mm*^ ,;v-^ ;■:.,/;;.■. BY ROBERT W. chambers "''>:^i:^M
(Copyright, 1898, by Robert W. Chambers.) B~
There was a river-driver beyond the Northwest
Carry who respected neither moose nor man. ■ ■ Be
cause vwas the best river-driver on the West
Branch, they let him alone until he struck an Indian
with a pick-pole. V • ,^ :i " " •*' .; * -
[' The Indian's head was damaged and while he wait
ed T for it to heal he selected his revenge. He hunted
up the moose-warden and told many lies. ; Deftly
•concealed - among these lies, "■[ however, was a : truth
j that infuriated thewarden. 7 , ■ i:
The river-driver, whose name was Skeene, sneer
fed when ■ the moose-warden ; glided * into camp. ; But
when he dug out a head and antlers behind a shanty
I Skeene picked up his ' rifle, looked obliquely at the
moose-warden, tied his blanket and fry-pan, hoisted
»his canoe onto his head 'and walked away to the
southward, still sneerin. ". ' - ".
f\, I don't know what they said about it in Foxcraft,
but Hale, who owned the ' timber and who thought
he owned ■• Skeene, hunted j him up and sent him tc
work on the new cut-off, hoping the affair might blow
over in time for Skeene to drive logs again. But
Skeene turned lazy and lined the v dead water ; ; with
traps and set-lines, and when Hale * remonstrated
Skeene laughed. :Q :-{"^-'^:.''~^-' V'^v---'/='>'':>':^f;::;
--,Then Hale threatened him and hinted about moose
wardens and $500 fines, but Skeene thrashed Hale
before the whole camp, packed bis. kit and canoe and
paddled serenely away down the West Branch.
'jr That really began the trouble, and Hale never
* forgave him. "X When Skeene i started :to 5 guide for
Henderson on the (upper Portage, Hale heard of it
„ and ran him out. ■!-^^~}.lll^. ■ '■[■:,ir. ::i{%^^P^:~: l'?%
';: % Possibly, if they had let him alone, he might have
turned out as tame :as a 1 moose-bird —he was only 23
—but Hale remembered, and the Indian remembered,
\ and one day a man came into Carry Camp with a
44 bullet in his wrist and an unserved warrant in his
pocket. The man was a moose-warden, and the war
\ rant was for Skeene. ]j.. fZ -■■'.;" 1 ■-, ;.;.' ••. "'o', :':'^^::'£^\^ W$
When the news spread that Skeene had shot a war
den, the guides from Portage to Lily-Bay condemned
him. Down at Greenville a sheriff and posse board
ed the "Katahdin" and spent several weeks cruis
ing about at public expense. Possibly they expected
I Speene to come down to the * shore and sit on the
? rocks; perhaps they fancied he might paddle across
their bows in his sleep. Naturally he did neither,
Even after that, if they had given him a chance, he
might have surrendered and taken his punishment.
|p A warden saw him building , a lean-to on the island
that divides the West Branch. The warden waited
until dark, crawled in outside the fire and caught
Skeene asleep. What Skeene did to the warden
when he awoke the official cannot remember dis
ltinctly^pa^^^^'-; Z- -'ci:'*M^MMi
Three weeks after ( that Skeene walked into Kineo
s store! handling his rifle in a most alarming fashion,
He suggested that they place certain provisions and
I ammunition in his canoe, which lay on the beach be
, low. The three clerks complied. Twenty minutes
, later Bkconc, in V- ppuoe, was seen p making for
ymgf Hi>'"
M JIT*J aople fought shy
BSCiM uwhiehl is f called
BBhH xx the *j region
Kilty Gordon, who wears elab
orate costumes In "The Enchant
ress." : '- 5 -;■•. -= -. ■■■• -;-;i- „.:
masterpiece, "Les Mlserables."
They have attracted capacity aud
iences wherever shown, and their
first rendition -in this city will
undoubtedly J attract every lover
of the truly artistic in cinemato
graphy. ■ " " : - ? -.-
■;' Local .: playgoer* * are J taking," a
keen | interest In' the, ■ forthcoming
engagement?~- of - the 'j marvelous
Talking *. Pictures to ,be shown; for
the ' first i time _ at V- the *•; Tacoma
theater i next • week - starting - Sun
day. These pictures are not sim
ply motion pictures,* that may be
seen any day, in any moving pic
ture theater, but laughing, talk
ing, moving : pictures < supplying
the one missing link. You Bee the
actors and hear:them speak, and
the Illusion is so real as to appear
almost uncanny. The new marvel
simultaneously , projects V sound
and motion, producing :an effect
that ■ is truly . wonderful. ;" t ••
3' There ■ will 'be matinees * Sun
day, Wednesday and Saturday.
4 That the success of the "past
week at the Pantages theater is
to be : followed by another bill
that will even surpass it In merrit,
is . the forecast that t immediately
suggests itself from a glance at
the new schedule. The four fa
mous Marx Brothers are coming
and they are bringing with them
a company of eighteen players,
mostly girls. "Fun in : a High
School": is the title of an offer-
Ing , that hag been classed as A-l
by every city on the circuit.
I The reputation of I the Four
Marx Brothers as comedians and
dancers is well known and the 18
players surrounding them are said
to be remarkably skilled in sing
ing ! and dancing. There is an
other headline offering that is
even better than "Fun in a High
School." It is called "Mr. Green's
Reception" and Is also presented
by the Marx Brothers and com
pany. It is widely different from
the first offering and 'has for Its
feature a Tango contest.
t Then, by way of the third big
feature. Greve and Green will pre
sent a "Page From - Minstrelsy."
Both are clever comedians and ac
complished musicians. ■ Their act
has the merit of novelty and orig
inality and s ripples' along r- with
laughter and excellent music.
-Eddie Howard, the "crazy
tumbler," 1 will ; provide more
laughter and any amount of thrills.
' Claiming their share of honors,
the Harris Boys will have a
bright spot on the new bill. For
novelty, speed and originality they
are - said to be in the front rank
of American dancers.
Skeen© thrashed Hale before the whole camp,
packed his kit and paddled away.
thing that came along, and sent money to Kineo store
to pay for his pork and powder. That," of course, won
him the guides again. So when home-sickness drove
him back to Red Lake he expected to be let alone.
Hale, sluicing at the Northwest Carry, heard'he
had returned, and started for Red Lake with the logr
driving half-breed and six men, Two days later they
returned ; Hale had a bullet in his leg above the knee
and the half-breed carried a similar gift in his fore
This incident bothered the sheriff cruelly. He
went to Foxcroft, where they said unpleasant things
to him; he went back to the Landing and tney made
fun of him.
The sheriff summoned his posse, boarded thf
steamer Red Deer and left Greenvile, bound foi
New Leading Woman Amazes
Actors During Rehearsal
Miss Josephine Dillon, new leading woman with the Princess
players, who opens her engageme nt tomorrow.
Miss Josephine Dillon, a leading
woman with several high-class
stock companies in CaJlfornia,
opens an engagement with the
Princess players Sunday in "The
Dawn of a Tomorrow."
Miss Dillon takes the part of
a ragged little street urchin of
the Blums, optimistic and cheerful
despite the squallor that sur-;
rounds her. During the past
week's reeharsale she has amazed
other members of the company
with her fine interpretation of
the part, and she is expected to
score tremendously with Princess
Her father is Judge Dillon of
California, famous for his con
nection with the juvenile courts.
weije waiting; Hale sat in one, paddle glistening in
thoipale spring sunshine; in the other sat the Indian
kw-tlriver, nursing the hammer of a rifle.
pt was paddling for a mile to the first wing-dam,
find there the sheriff, wHo led, flung his stern-paddle
into the bottom of the canoe, flourished the setting
pole and stood up. At the same moment a jet of
flame leaped from the edge of the wing-dam and a
bullet passed through the sheriff's hat.
The amazed official fell overboard, sank, rose,
grasped the edge of the canoe and swamped it, turn
ing the bow-paddle into the river. The swift current
landed them on a shoal and they crawled up on a
Nobody fired at the wing-dam except Hale. He
banged away as fast as he could pump the breach
lever, and Billy Sebato, the Indian, took to the bushes
and lay patiently waiting for a mark, purring with
"Jim Skeene, you darned thief!" shouted Hale,
"come out from them stones!"
"I ain't no more thief than you be, Josh Hale!"
bawled Skeene. "I paid for them rations and ea't
ridges and you know d—n well I did!"
The Indian Sebato fired twice.
"If that nigger Sebato don't quit shootin' I'll let
loose on all o* ye!" called Skeene, shaking his rifle
above the wing-dam edge. "Git back to your dreen,
Josh Hale, I tel you."
Hale started to push his canoe among the rocks
where he could hold it and fire under cover. Skeene
slid suddenly to the corner of the wing-dam and fired
three shots through the canoe, cutting a swale length
wise at the water's edge. It settled in two feet of
"Now'll you let me be?" called Skeene. "I hain't
done nothin' to you. If that there moose-warden
wants me let him come and get me. I tell ye I'll
shoot to kill at the next man that fires!"
"You dasn't," shouted the sheriff from behind his
rock; "you ain't half a man, Jim Skeene!"
"I'll be," said Skeene calmly, "but I don't want
no fuss. You keep off'n this river, and you keep
off'n this here wing-dam. And you stop sneak in'
along the woods there, Billy Sefcato! Git back there!
Git back, or I'll shoot to kill. Tell that nigger Indian
to git back! Tell him quick! I see him—l—"
Sebato's rifle cracked, and the shot was repeated
by Hale, wading out on the shoal. Then a forked
flume flashed from the wing-dam, there came a crash
and crackle of dry twigs, and the Indian pitched
heavily over the bank into the swirling river.
Skeene's pale face appeared above the dam, but
nobody shot at him.
< "You drove me to it," said Skeene. He spoke
"Come down off'n that wing-dam," commanded
j "Not for you, Josh Hale," replied Skeene, "nor
j not for any man o' ye! An* I won't be took^ neither.
I'm goin' away to live quiet if they let me."
* He crouched and watched them as they pushed
p their -canoes out into the main ehanm 1. The sheriff
I and Haleadv< iced to thf> pool where Sebato lay. A
♦ «
Teaching. the ; doctrine" of \ hap
piness—the * philosophy . of cheer
fulness—the moral of ;. right-liv-
Ing,»" The Dawn of a Tomorrow",
will' come back to Tacoma : next
week as the new offering at the
Princess theater, beginning • with
the Sunday matinee. It has been
two seasons ■ since this play was
seen jat the Tacoma theater and
the memory of a charming play
lingers in the memory of all who
saw It. ;■■■■ .v .■ .-"--..,. ; . ';,.: ;,/*■
•; "The Dawn of ■[ a Tomorrow"
Is by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Bur
nett,- the: author of "Little Lord
Fauntleroy." ;- However, it lis | not
a child's play. [ It is a .story of
life in the London slums, with a
brilliant ray of sunshine running
through it In the character, •of
Glad, a maid of : the . tenements.
The play has many stirring dra
matic Mutations, yet through it all
runs the lesson of . cheerfulness.
That virtue can be tiiumphant in
an atmosphere of distressing want
and vice; that the decencies of life
come from within j and not from
without Is the lesson that Glad
teaches. •
As Glad, Miss Josephine Dillon
will make her first appearance as
the new leading woman at the
Princess. , Miss Dillon, like Miss
Howard, Is a California girl, the
daughter of Judge Dillon of Los
Angeles, and is a graduate of
Stanford. She has been 'playing
leading roles In California J com
panies for the past three years
and has won the esteem 'of hun
dreds of California . playgoers.
She comes to Tacoma with a nota
ble success In the South in tier
favor. ■-"' - . . -
• •
The Gaumont Weekly news pic
tures carry a wealth of interest-
Ing matter to the business man
this week, and there 1b only one
place In the city where It is ex
hibited, the Melbourne theater.
For the sake of those who only
have a few minutes at noon for
recreation Manager John Siefert
of the Melbourne has arranged
to Bhow the news-picturea prompt
ly at 12:30 o'clock every day.
Hcene from the faniua talking moving pictures Invented by
Thomas A. Kdloon, at the Tacoma theater all next week, beginning
Siiiklhj iiitttincr.
. Tacoma Playhouses
♦♦♦ ♦ ♦♦ ♦♦♦ ♦♦♦ ♦♦♦ ♦♦«
Tacoma Theater—Kitty Gordon : in f "The - Enchantress";
'; tonight, Saturday. ./;„■* J:'?;;: ;'; ';'.;..',.'":• .. :\'r^-^ : :'"„-'^.V*;
Pantages Theater— Throbs of a Great City," "A Bit of |
> Old Ireland," and other good vaudeville acts. ■'.'.' ■,£-.,"'^;
Princess Theater—Princess, players in "Elevating ; a ■" Husband.'V
first presentation in stock. - ■■-■■_ •--'■ .: ; ; . : ', '■*. -; ■:■<;'■,iM
Melbourne Theater—Latest movies,.. with ■ business men's per
,-, i formance at 12:30 each day. ■: * *" . U ' y--;:^f>-
The Four Marx Urotliers, with a company of 18 singers mad
dancers, at the Vantages next week.
Illustrated by Dom Lavin, the Famous American Artist
water under the first and second wing-dams, disem
barking a file of riflemen. Week after week the dis
tant flash of a paddle startled the deer at sunrise
among the Hly-p^ads^-.v-^-^?'*.'^:^ :^':\::-. ■".' V "^'-'r.'wo^lp
■ ; - Once they saw Skeene * for a moment ; standing in
the stern of his canoe. The ] canoe lay at the mouth
of the Little Misery, that dead stretch of water and
dead-fall, winding through the bog to the southward.
They gave chase, trailing Skeene's canoe by the wake
bubbles until they ran plump into quick water.
f But the Little Misery is a strange stream draining
a strange land, and there, in that maze of cuts and
channels, of "logans" and quick water, of swamp,
shoal, sedge and spectral ranks of dead treeg, tower
ing above swale and dead wood;-'.'tiiey: stood no chance.
; And so they hunted Skeene at twilight, at dusk of
morning, at high noon, from the Northeast Carry to
the Northwest i Carry, from the West-Branch of Se
boomook, from Portage to Lily Bay, and through a
hundred miles of lake and stream, up and down, up
and down. In August they gave up the chase.
That evening Skeene stood on a wind-fall in the
depths of the Little Misery and watched three canoes
file out of the discharge and glide into Moose River.
The next morning he started a lean to on the ridge
back of the j Little Misery, and the sharp crack and
thwack of his axe rang out over Red vLakel^>f^^^l
;v-:i At noon the s echoes of axe-strokes died away and
the hut was thatched with balsam. By 3 \ o'clock a
spike buck, ! a yearling, lay across a log on the ridge,
and at 4 o'clock Skeene had satisfied his hunger.
In the days that followed, Skeene learned to talk
to himself. When he did this he forgot that he had
killed ■ Sebato; after a while he forgot it altogether.
When the August afternoons were ablaze with
brazen sunlight and the lake glistened like' a sheet,
Skeene sprawled on a log in the shade and watched
the great blue herons. The great belted-kingfishers
knew him, the sheldrake, 1 stringing along the f crek. at
evening, turned their bright eyes to hiiTp^^^^^^
The ; swift water of the Little Misery gave hint a
trout to every set-line. On the Little Misery deer
swarm at evening, 1 and he had moat for the price of a
The white nights of August brought that vague un
rest that all forest creatures feel. As the moon want
ed, the forest world stirred; its [attitude was expect
An impatience, almost a' sadness fell upon Skeene*.
And with sadness came fear.> ; He covered his lean-to
and built a smoke-hole ■ through which blue haze roae
in the calm morning air. But the steam-hole of a,
beaver's house might be.more easily located titan tfe4
chimney of Skeene's hut.
(To_Be Concluded Monday.) (I |
Thw Bemt Food-Drink Lunch at Foutofmi

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