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Mr. Stockton's latest story, "The
Great Stone of Sardls," whimsical as
only Mr. Stockton's yarns can be, is
illustrated by Mr. Peter Newell's draw
ings and nothing could be more in keep
ing than this combination, for Mr. New
ell is just as whimsical an artist as
Mr. Stockton is a writer. If more oft
en an illustrator adopted so thorough
ly a novelist's own vein of humor, the
class would better deserve its name.
We did not read "The Great Stone of
Sardis" with quite the same gusto that
hurried us through "The Casting Away
of Mrs. Leeks and Mrs. Aleshine," or
the "Dusantes" or "Rudder Grange,"
but this may not be because the story
lacks any of Mr. Stockton's capri-
Author of "Quo Vadis," the Most Popular Literary Production of the Year.
cious imagination or whimsical humor.
We know Mr. Stockton so well and ex
pect from him so much that his case is
almost identical with "My Wife's De
Mr. Stockton follows In the wake of
Jules Verne in this latest novel of his,
but follows at his own particular gait.
Roland Clewe, the hero of "The Great
Stone of Sardis," like Capt. Numo,
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constructs a submarine boat, and in
this peculiar craft followers of his suc
ceed in visiting the pole. He is not
idle during their absence and looks
deep into the earth center by the aid
of his wonderful artesian ray. He also
invents an automatic shell which acci
dentally plows its way toward the
world's mysterious depth and the hero
adventurously follows its course and
discovers the "Great Stone" and with it
the scientific fact that this vast diamond
is only a fragment of the earth's ad
amantine heart. These marvelous sci
entific discoveries of the year 1947, in
the state of New Jersey, are made even
more probable by Mr. Stockton's art
than the first newspaper accounts of
the Roentgen ray, a few months ago. It
is this plausibility of Mr. Stockton's
imagination that makes such a subject
as "The Great Stone of Sardis" so vast
ly different, in his hands, from the ar
ray of volumes venturing into the same
("The Great Stone of Sardis." by Frank
Stockton. Illustrated by Peter Newell. Har
per & Bros., New York. $1.25.- For sale by
the St. Paul Book and Stationery company.)
To us, at least, it seems a pity that
Mrs. Higginson's stories should be
brought together in book form. And
this is not because we do not enjoy
her stories individually, .but rather be
cause that is just the way we do en
joy them most. As we said in review
ing "The Land of the Snow Pearls,"
the stories detract from each other
really because of their best qualities.
A certain strained intensity runs
through one after another of them,
and the result of its repetition is try
ing to the nerves of the reader. Then,
again, many of the stories are varia
tions of the same theme, each one
strong and touching in its own way,
but stronger and more touching when
not brought into direct comparison
with its fellows. However, having
Mrs. Higginson's stories in one book
does not entail the reading of them
all at a sitting, and it is possible to
be economical with advantage to the
stories and oneself.
Mrs. Higginson's stories could not
exist without pathos, but "A Forest
THE SAINT PAUL GL,OBE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1897.
Orchid and Other Stories" 1b in a less
gloomy strain than "From the Land
of the Snow Pearls;" the tales, In oth
er words, are Just as sad, but better
balanced, and, therefore, more force
ful and artistic.
Of the ten sketches, the last, "The
Light That Came to Abraham," Is
most finished and subtle. It is a trag
edy done in miniature, and has much
depth of color and delicacy of lines!
("A Forest Orchid, and Other Stories," by
Ella Higginson. The Macmillan company,
New York. $1.50. For sale by the St. Paul
Book and Stationery company.)
The author of "The Love Affairs of
Some Famous Men" most truthfully
remarks In his preface to this bpok
that "there Is a greater desire Just
now to. have details about celebrated
men than to become acquainted with
and understand their work. Shelley's
amours, for instance, are known to
many who have never read even his
"Ode to the Skylark." He goes on to
say that he hopes he la not pandering
to this love of gossip by perpetuating
a treatise upon the love affairs of some
famous men. Now, whom the author
expects to read his book, if not the
lovers of literary gossip, we do not
know. Certainly the earnest student
of the life work of great men will not
be interested in these isolated inci
dents of their lives; a student wishes
to read of these events in connection
with the other influences that made
the great man what he became, and
that made his work what it is.
This book is certainly pandering to
the spirit of the times, but pandering
in a rather superior manner. The
great amours could have been selected
with less discretion and treated with
less tact than the author uses- For:
the people who. like this sort of thing,
this is the sort of thing they like.
("The Love Affairs of Some Famous Men."
by the author of "How to Be Happy Though
Married." Frederick A. Stokes company, New
York. $1.50. For sale by the St. Paul Book
and Stationery company.)
"Tales of the West" and "Tales of
Adventures," are short stories which
have previously appeared in McClure's
Magazine. In thin book form they am
very prettily bourn* in flexible covers
of brilliant red cloth. Small pen-and
ink sketches are scattered throughout
the two little volumes.
The stories included in "Tales of the
West" are decidedly the best of the
series, they are, "Town Lot No. 1303,"
by Octave Thanet, "Barb'ry." by E. V.
, Wilson; "The Home-Coming of Col.
Huoks," by William Allen White; "A
' Point of Knucklin' Down," by Ella
Higginson; "The Surgeon's Miracle,"
by Joseph Kirkland; "Dikkon's Dog,"
!by Dorothy Smidt; "The Divided
Ilcuse," by Julia D. Whitney. "Tales
i of Adventure" include, ''The Mistress
of the Foundry," by Earl Joslyn;
"Dreams Go by Contraries," by George
H Jessop; "A Seat in the Dark. 1 ' by
J.i.mes T. McKay; "How Cassie Saved
the Spoons," by Annie Howells
Frechette, "A Strange Story, the Lost
Years," by Lizzie Hyer Niff, and "Two
Modern Prodigals," by James F. Mc-
("Tales From Mc-Olure's;" "Tales of the
West;" "Tales of Adventure." boubleday &
McClure company, New York. 2i cents each.
For sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery
For the lovers of detective stories Mr.
Cleveland Moffett has prepared a little
book with the seductive title, "True
Detective Stories." Mr. Moffett claims
to have obtained his material from the
archives of the Pinkertons and to be
himself only the reconter of these
stories of the trade known to detect
ives. The book comprises tales of
bonk, train and diamond robbers and
are of all degrees of interest and mys
tery. The breaking up of the notorious
Rtno gang is one of the historic detec
tive stones of the group.
("True Detective Stories," from the archives
of the Pinkertons, by Cleveland Mcffe^t.
Doubleday & McClure, New York. $1. Fct
sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery
"The Big Horn Treasure" is a tale
of Rocky mountain adventure both
thrilling and instructive. The two
youths who figure as the heroes of the
many acts of daring and harrowing
and perilous experiences are followed
through this mountainous period and
are finally established in the compara
tive quiet of domestic life and state
and national politics. The book is at
tractively bound and illustrated and
the story is told in a way to interest
young people in the telling.
("The Big Horn Treasure." by John F.
Carglll Harper & Brca., New York. $1.25.
For sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery
Another of the Kenton series is pub
lished by Henry T. Coates. Edward S.
Ellis is the author of this series, and
the name of the last addition is "In
the Days of the Pioneers." It is a se
quel to "The Phantom River," and is,
of course, a story of stirring adven
ture in the primeval forests, and with
the untamed red man; the early hardy
hunters are again the characters of
interest. A book for girls from the
same publishers is by Lucy C. Lillie,
and is called "A Girl's Ordeal." It is
the story of two girls, one of whom
passes through hardships, but finally
reaps her reward; the other becomes
the wife of an English lord. The book
is exactly like a hundred other stories
Intended for young girls, and we can
not but think that parents would do
better to provide their young dapgh
ters with literature intended for either
little children — books such as the jun
gle books and Hans Christian Ander
son, or with the novels enjoyed by
themselves. The space in a girl's lit
erary life between childhood and re
sponsible womanhood is barren at the
best in comparison with the feast set j
for her brother between the age of !
twelve and eighteen, — if a girl isn't al
lowed to read, or finds no interest in
the like of "Treasure Island," or "Kid
napped," borrowed from her brother's
shelf, what is she going to do in this
The answer is hardly to be found in
"Three Pretty Maids," by Amy E.
Blanchard, though it is a pretty story,
and wholesome, and better worth read
ing than the usual story of its class.
In lieu of the more fascinating litera
ture that does not exist, the story may
be recommended to the parents and
friends of the young girls who believe
that maidens should be fed on books
carefully labeled for their use.
("In the Days of the Pioneers." by Ed
ward S. Ellis. Henry T. Coates, Philadelphia.
("A Glri's Ordeal." by Lucy C. Lillie.
Henry T. Coates, Philadelphia. $1.25)
("Three Pretty Maids," by Amy E. Blanch
ard. $1.25. J. B. Lippineott company, Phila
The past year has seen greater
changes in the outward and visiblp
form of the Chap-Book than in that of
any other magazine reaching us. At
the beginning of the year this clever
little fortnightly suddenly developed
into a magazine about four times its
former size; but although it changed its
form its spirit remained the same, it
simply enlarged the place of its tent,
lengthened its cords and strengthened
its stakes. The development was
heartily welcomed by those of us who
had enjoyed the youth of the Chap-
Book, and we echoed the delightful lit
tle valentine in its honor found in the
"You have done up your tresses,
And lengthened your dresses,
And grown up as a magazine should,
But your charm none the less is, my
heart still confesses,
For I'd do the same, too, If I could.'
Besides publishing as a serial "What
Mazie Knew," the most remarkable
novel yet written by Mr. Henry James,
the year's Chap-Books have had some
remarkably good short stories. We re
call in especial a sketch by Alice
Brown. "T(he Meeting in the Market
place" it was called, and for subtlety
of insight and combined force and deli
cacy of treatment we can compare it
with no other short story of the year.
The Chap-Book has also added to its
notes, editorial comments, cleverly
■poken, on subjects political. Also, not
content with the way the regular crit
ical magazines were doing their work,
the enterprising editors Introduced
book reviews. These reviews have
proved the most interesting feature of
the paper. We always enjoy reading
them whether we are willing to accept
the critic's point of view or not. Clever
this reviewer always Is, and often wit
ty; if she occasionally overstrains a
point to be amusing, it is no more than
wits have done since man first laughed;
if she vivisects? with an epigram be
cause she admfres the flash of the
scalpel, it is a privilege of the profes
sion; if she has her prejudices, she
shares the failing with the human race.
Usually the reviewer's estimate of a
book is just, evidently founded on sound
and honest judgment — in nine cases
out of ten this is so perhaps, but the
tenth case is the beam in the Chap-
Book's eye that makes it rather auda
cious for it to attempt to cast out the
mote from his brother's eye.
The last issue of the Chap-Book con
tained a number of editorial notes on
the unjust reviewer which delighted
us in everything but the self-righteous
attitude of the editor. The Chap-Book
is quite as often the victim of an au
thor's reputation as is any other critical
paper, only in its case popularity acts
as a repulsive rather than a compul
It goes to the other extreme. If the
Chap-Book was paid to exploit Mr.
Howells it could not go about its work
"The laudatory whoop, purchased
or spontaneous," the Chap-Book aptly
describes as "the Inverted libel of fal&e
praiße." Is the Chap-Book never guilty
of such libel? Surely a few books at
least in its columns during the last
year were reviewed on other grounds
than those of their own merits. But per
haps the authors were residents of Chi
cago, and that is merit enough for al
If we criticise this self-righteous at
titude of the Chap-Book, it is not with
the desire that its reviewers should
change their methods or that the ed
itor should "bow his crested head."
The Chap-Book would not be the Chap-
Book if its flower of egotism was
cropped, and if the Chap-Book were
not the Chap-Book twice a month we
should mourn its change of heart. We
never tell people who live in glass
houses not to throw stones— the sport
is too entertaining when clever people
Cosmopolis is composed (in equal parts) of
English, French and German text. No ex
ception will be made to the rule by which
every ar:l?le is printtd in tlrelangu geln v. nlch
it was originally written; no translations,
therefore, will be published.
In each of the three languages, monthly
chroniques or summaries, by Henry Norman,
M. F. de Pressense and "Ignotus" dhscuee,
from the often divergent English, Frenoh and
German points of view, the principal events
of current international politics.
In trlmestrlal articles Andrew Lang, A. B.
Walkley, M. Emlle Faguet, M. Julea Lamaitre
and Herren Anton Bettelheim and Paul j
Schlenther discuss, for the use of foreign |
leaders, the most important literary and dra
matic productions of their own countries. In
addition to these chroniques, annual or bi
annual articles by competent English, French
and German critics review (from the out
sider's standpoint) the various phases of cur
rent foreign literature. Thus Edmund Gosse,
I>r. John G. Robertson. Miss Helen Zim
mern and Nisbet Bain have criticised respec
tively the year's literary output In France,
Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden. Among
the foreign critics In this series we may men
tion MM. Augustin Filton, E. Melchior de
Vogue, George Brandes and Alois Brandl.
The Critic begins a new aeries of "Authors
at Homo" in Its issue of Dec. 18. The saitb
jeet of the article is Dr. Charles Conrad Ab
bott, well-known as a writer ever since he
published "A Naturalist's Rambles About
Home," in 1884. The dc-otor lives at Trenton,
on the old homestead, and most of his numer
ous books, including two novels, are based
upon observations made in that neighborhood.
Ths present sketcfo is written by Ernest In
gersoll, himself a well-known observer of na
ture. A capital portrait, made for the oc
casion, accompanies the article.
Scrlbner's Magazine begins its twelfth year
with the January number and in the open
ing pages gives a foretaste of two of the lead
ing features of the next twelve month*. The
frontispiece, by Clinedinst, gives a character
istic scene in a Virginia mansion on the night
of a party in the days before the war. This
Is from Thomas Nelson Page's serial novel,
"Red Rock." wliloh, In this opening install
ment, pictures the youth of the leading char
acters. Tin mt-d lately i the svene will shift to
Reconstruction days, and the stirring times
after the war, when carpet-baggers dominat
ed the South, will be depicted. No living
writer is so well able to portray this epoch
as Mr. Page, whose own : youth passed in
The feature which will attract all lovers of
modern romantic fiction to the January At
lantic is the first installment of Gilbert
Parker's new story, "The Battle of the
Strong," which promises to be one of his
best and strongest works. It transports the
reader to the historic shores of the isle of
Jersey in the year 1781, on the eve of the
French attack upon the island. The move
man t of the story begins with an energy and
quickness that engages Immediate attention
and arouses strong interest in what is to fol
The publication of Prof. Herbert Weir
Smyth's Melic Poets has been postponed by
the Macmillan company. This is to be the
first volume of Prof. Smyth's Greek Lyric
Poets. The author has considered it imper
ative that his work shall take full cognizance
of the newly discovered poems by Bacchy
lides and has kepjt his manuscripts in hand
until the appearance of Kenyon's book on
this poet. -*
An excellent number of Current Literaturo
is the January issue. Following the frontis
piece, a fine " reproduction from the latest
photograph of Edmund Clarence Stedman
(who is the "American Poet of Today," con
sidered by F. M. Hopkins in this month's
installment of his interesting series of arti
cles), come five pages of crisp, clever edi
torial comment; " * •
Outing for January ts'the holiday number, j
and it is both beautiful and entertaining. A
very handsome cover encloses a charming |
variety of seasonable reading and fine illus
trations. *. f
"How to Keep Young" is the title of an
other article in What to Eat for January.
and it will Interest everybody who has passed
On Oar Hook Table.
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the Lion." by Molly Elliot Seawell; $1.50.
"Secretary to Bayne, M. P.," by W. Pitt i
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Margaret Sutton RJscoe; $1.50. "Picturesque ,
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"Spanish John," by William McLuman.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York— "Social
Facts and Forces," by Washington Gladden;
$1.25. "The Old Campeador," by H. Butler
Clarke, M. A.; $1.50. "The Habitant and
Other French Canadian Poems," by William
Henry Drummond, M. D. ; illustrated.
F. Tennyson Neely, New York— "A Bach
elor's Box," by T. L. De Leon; 50 cents.
"Just a Summer Affair," by Mary Adelaide
Keeler; 50 cents.
Doubleday & McClure Company, New York
— "Prayerß for Every Day," compiled by Mrs.
Mary Wilder Ttleston. "Hymns That Have
Helped," compiled by W. T. Stead.
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"Lost, Strayed or Stolen," adapted
from the French by J. Cheever Good
win, "with original music by "Woolson
Morse, has almost the flavor of an
opera, but Is called simply a musical
comedy. "Lost, Strayed or Stolen" is a
show, and if what is heard regarding
It is true, it is a rattling good one at
that. It tells of a hunt through Paris
after a baby lost by its nurse just as
it was about to be taken to the church
to be christened. The searching party
is made up of the distracted father
DE AM. 101. IS. LILLIAN RUSSELL AND :>K!.I..Y FOX,
The Three Stars In "The Wedding Day."
and three would-be godfathers. The
ludicrous entanglements that they get
Into furnish the actions of the piece.
The fun begins with the first scene in
the first act and increases in intensity,
it is said, until the final curtain. At ap
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Burt Thayer, Louise Marshall
lnciuQing g Trouoi oi spamsn Dancers.
Night Prices, 25c. 50c. 7'c and 81.00.
Matinee Price*, - ; 5c and s;c.
L. y. SCOTT, Manager.
THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 31
ßUtinee Saturday (New Tear's Day).
Special appearance of
Tha Triumvirate of Stars,
Presenting Stange and Edwards'
Brilliant Comic Opera,
THE WEDDING DflY
Direction of Prank Murray.
A PRODUCTION OF VOCAL OPULENCE
Scenic Grandeur and
The advance sale of seats commences
Monday, Dec. 27.
Prime, 50c. 75c, 81, f 1.50 and $!. }
father -who gives his employes a half- I
holiday and invites all his friends and i
relatives to participate in the christen
ing of his only son. He invites an old
family friend to act as godfather, his '
wife secretly requests the services of
another, while his mother-in-law, with
out consulting the parents, secures a
third. As the three godfathers appear
and make their presence felt to a disa
greeable extent, the baby's nurse
rushes in and informs every one pres
ent that, while walking in the park, she
entrusted the infant to a friend for a
few minutes while she went to speak
to her husband, who is a soldier In the
Twenty-second regiment, and when she
returned both her friend and the baby
had disappeared. This ends the first
act with a rollicking', rousing, light
opera finale, and the father, accompa
nied by the three would-be godfathers,
starts out on a search for the baby.
They visit the barracks of the Twenty
second regiment, and in order to es
cape punishment for an unauthorized
visit to to a military encampment, are
obliged to assume ill-fitting uniforms
and pass as an awkwaid squad. They
next find themselves in the boudoir of
a light opera prima donna, where they
are mistaken by a jealous Cuban lover
for admirers of the queen of song, and,
in order to escape his vengeance, are
obliged to disguise themselves as work
men and pass themselves off as such
to their great discomfiture and the
amusement of the audience. After un
dergoing almost every possible incon
venience and being made the victims of
many screamingly comical misunder
standings they finally reach the gar
dens of the Luxumburg In the fourth
and last act, where they encounter the
christening party, and all ends hap
'"Lost. Strayed or Stolen" will be the
attraction ut the Metropolitan Opera
house for the first half of this weeK,
commencing tonight. The engagement
is for four nights with a popular price
• ♦ ♦
The avidity with which prominent
stage celebrities are kept before the
public is again amply Illustrated by
the latest Jeweler's fad, which Is called
the Lillian Russell ring. It Is a most
unique affair. In the middle Is the
head of Lillian Russell cut in Cameo
surrounded by a laurel wreath of dia
monds. The ring is so arranged that i
it can be made to fit any sized finger, I
as the center enters underneath the
setting, thereby enlarging or decreas
ing its size.
• * *
Delia. Fox, in speaking of what spoils
many actresses, says: "If a woman is
bright, clever and agreeable, the |
women spoil her, not the men. An ac
tress who is an artist does not care
half as much for the adulation of men
as for the worship of women. The Idol :
of the "Johnnies," the idol of the men
without brains, is never more than ?i
curiosity to women. The women <>n :
the stage who have self respect and
brains get more ardent admiration
from their sisters than men are capable
of, and it pleases them. Patti always
liked to capture the female portion of
her audiences. She never spoke of the i
flowers and Jewels even kings and
princes sent her. But she never missed
once the corsage bouquet torn from j
the bosom of one of her sex in the i
auditorium and thrown impulsively at
If Delia wears a bonnet, it must be —
but perhaps it would be real mean to
say any more.
• * •
Frank Murray, who directed the last
American tour of Wilson Barrett, is
managing "The Wedding Day."
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The great event o! the week will be the
appearance of Lllliart Russell, Delia Fox and
Jefferson De Angells at the Metro
politan theater, who will present Stange
and Edwards' latest comic opera, "The
Wedding Day," Thursday. Friday and
Saturday evenings and Saturday mati
nee. The trinity of stars will naturally
call forth large audiences at every perform
ance. The engagement of these three comic
opera luminaries for the same performance is
a big undertaking, but it has proved to be
the most undeniable success. It can readily
be imagined it Is a most difficult matter to so
cure a vehicle which would give equal op
portunities to three such stars, but in the
"Wedding Day," the composer. Julian Eld
wards, and the librettist. Stanislaus Stange—
If reports are true — have done their work re
The story the opera tells is an amusing one,
dealing with the complications which arise
from the endeavor to steal a treaty during the
Frondist outbreak In France, but around this i
there gathers all kinds of plots and intrigues |
and the librettist has contrived to make tie
situations extremely humorous. The mar
riage of a baker to a Normandy girl, the fan
that the latter saves the life of a female spy. j
who disguises herself as a baker's wife, and i
the tangled Incidents which follow are elab- !
orated after the manner of comic opera. Mr. I
Edwards has composed music of a light "STM
airy type which Immediately becomes popular.
The production Is said tc be one of unusual
magnificence, surpassing any of the latter
The supporting company Includes such ,
artists as William Pruette, Lucille Saunders, ,
C. W. Allison. Tom Green, Ada Bornard, Sam- ,
uel Slade and Albert Mi.-Guckin, and a sup- i
porting chorus of seventy people. This is i
positively the last appearance of these artists i
together, as next season they will again head , »
organizations of their own. The advance sale I '
begins Monday at 9 a. m. at the box offl t\
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Farce comedy of that breezy, satiric order, j
for which Charles H. Hoyt is noted. Is the
dramatic diversion that will entertain the .
patrons of the Grand opera house New Year's
week. It -will be the initial engagement hf-ro
at popular prices of Hoyt's laughable ski-
Black Sheep." The engagement will begin to
night, and will include the regular Wednes
day matinee and a special Xew Year's mat
inee on Saturday.
In designing his farces, Mr. Hcyt has al
ways made It a point to satirize some f
foible of society. In Hoyt's "A Hlai k Sk<
the football mania is touched upon In ;i
amusing manner, and the theme
through the pie;e. The author does no: :
tend to preserve the dramatic unities— whicb
relieves the critics— and the audience d
care. New specialties, up-to-dato i
dances, pungent witticisms and rtpf.nee fol
low each other with sufficient rapidity to keep
the farce going. There Is also a "plentiful
supply of music, which is always pretty nnd
catchy. "A Black Sheep" is In three acts.
The first is located In the barroom ol
Morgue hotel. Tombstoue. Arizona: the second
in the library of the Mud mansion, New York
city, and the third in the parlor of the sarr.u
The company Includes Edward Gnrvlp,
Frank Latona. Arthur Deagan, Drew D< inilri
son, remembered from her appearance here In
that musical comedy, "Dorcas :" M
Thompson, the dancing Clay:
once Richie, Rose Braham. and others
• * *
The second of this winter's series of SH
bert orchestra concerts wil • tJi.->
Metropolitan opera house this afterno.n.
opening concert two wet k^
cesaful, the audience larg*> and extremi
preciatlve. and the general results so
factory that much Is expected of this alter.
noon's concert. The prosramnn- for thl
casion has been carefully selected and ar
ranged, and offers a pleasing varii ty ol
music. The opening number, "Gayest Man
hattan," is a lively march, anil tl
is the "Jubel," or "Jubilee Overture." by-
Weber. Number 3 is the famous
QjTit" suite, one of the best known and
popular compositions. One of ttv
features of this concert will be a I
by Mr. A. P. Quesnel. who ranks IHirli
amongst the singers of the Northwest. The
programme in detail Is as follows:
March— "Gayest Manhattan" Bi k. r
Overture — "Jubel" ('. V. v.
"Peer Gynt" Suite i
(a) "Asas Tod."
(b) "Tanz in der Halle dcs BerpU'tnies."
Tenor Solo Mr. A. V. Qu
(a) "I/Etolle" !
(b) "O How I Love Thee" Pin.
Overture — "Bronze Hcrso" Aul • :•
T\n Spanish Dances MorlU Moshkowaki
March Movement— Sytnphonie, "L<
Selection — "Lucia dl Lammermoor".. Donizetti
• « *
Fitzsimmons. premier pugilist of the work}.
will make his first stage appearance in this
city at the Grand In the near future with a
• * •
Local theater- goers will shortly have mi
opportunity of witnessing the transforma
tion of a beautiful young woman Into a full
grown African lion on the stac. This is
the famous illusion "Leonil" that waa in
vented by Henry E. Dlxey, and which will
be seen at the Grand shortly.
• » •
Manager Augustus Pltou's production of
"The Cherry Pickers," a romantic mclodi
In which the author of "Blue Jeans," Ji
Arthur, has wen fresh laurels, will be pre
sented shortly at the Grand. One of tiu>
features of the production li the manner i it
which Mr. Pltou has mounted the piece, it.
Is equipped with two carloads of scenery,
and will be pn-si/ntxl here. It !x said >
same scale that it was Riven In New York
during its long run last season.
Tour of All Mexico.
Special vestibuled train of t-leepinsr
and dining cars with the now open 1
No-Top Observation Car start from
Chicago Jan. 18 and Feb. 23, under thn
management of the American Tourist
Association. Tickets Include nil ex
penses. Apply to Agents Chicago, Mil
waukee & St. raul R'y for pro
Chlppevm Spring \Vu»*-i\
The purest nnd softest natural Spriug wnti r
known. I>r**wry ft Sons, distributors.
Jacob Litt, Proprietor and I in '
Mt:\n«er. lo "■''• ',
Theo, L. Hi)} s, lies. Manager. _ 'i
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NOTHING BUT L&UBI.T.R.
i and New Year's Day.
C Next Week— "l'll K WIDOW 3QXT*."