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Shakespeare's plays have stood the test
of centuries, and yet when comparisons
are made some of the efforts of the mas
ter playwright are judged to be much
better than others. Among his lighter
works it is the general opinion that "The
Taming of the Shrew" is entitled to first
position. This sparkling piece is almost
In "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Metropolitan Tonight.
Mr. Charles B. IlanforJ, who opens at
the Metropolitan tonight in "The Taming
of the Shrew," has been a most consis
tent follower of the classic drama. Few
actors have been as faithful to the
Shapespearian drama as he. Fully twen
ty years of his work on the stage has
been on these lines, and he has been <-i^-
soeiated with several of the most pre
tentious offerings of a Shakespeariaa
Mr. Hanford's most notable success was
made in the Booth-Barrett production of
"Julius Caesar," in which he appeared as
Marc Antony, and in this character lie
r.'nared honors with the stars. He was
also a member of the Robson & Crane
company ir. the revival of "The Comedy
of Errors.'
For two seasons Mr. Ha-nford played
the heavy roles with Julia Marlowe, dur
ing whicn time Miss Marlowe made rapid
the only one of Shakespeare's comedies
-with a regular plot and a down-right
moral. It is full of bustle, animation and
rapidity ol" action. Petruchio is a mad
man in his senses, a very hone3t fellow
who hardly speaks a word of truth and
succeeding in all his tricks and impos
tures. The situation of poor Katherine,
worn out by his incessant persecutions,
becomes at last almost as pitiable as it
is ludicrous. The learned critics say that
Petruchio is a character which all hus
bands should study. Be that as it may,
"The Taming of the Shrew" is undoubt
edly viewed from many standpoints a
splendid object lesson in matrimony. The
comedy should be seen not only by those
who have entered the bonds of wedlock,
but also by those who contemplate taking
that most important step. Charles B.
ljanford, the well-known Shakespearian
star, will present "The Taming of the
Shrew" at the Metropolitan opera house
for four nights and a Wednesday mati
nee, beginning tomorrow night. He will
appear as Petruchio, a role admirably
euited to his talents. His shrewish
Katherine will be portrayed by Miss
Helen Grantly, a young actress of beauty
and distinction, who Is said to have al
ready achieved remarkauie success.
Although Miss Grantly's name is not as
familiar to the threater-goers on this side
of the Atlantic as Mr. Hanford's her
reputation having been gained largely
through her English successes, there is
every indication that her charming im
personation of Katherine in ''The Tam
ing of the Shrew," which evoked so much
praise in England, will win for her hosts
of friends in this country
To play Katherine is the dominant de
sire of every actress, and it was this
ambition that induced Miss Grantly to
refuse tempting histrionic offers in Great
Britain and come to this country to be
the leading feature in 'Mr. Hanford's sup
port. She is probably the youngest act
ress who has ever interpreted the char
acter. Her talents, however, are far be
yond her years, and in addition to the
dramatic qualities that she possesses in
bo marked a degree, she is justly celebrat
ed for her striking personal beauty. In
face and ligure Miss Grantly is said to be
nearer the ideal than any other attress
on the English-speaking stage. Her at
tractiveness was put to a rare test at
the recent photographer's convention in
London, when her picture was selected
as the most perfect type of the Grecian
style of beauty. As a result of this selec
tion there was an immediate demand for
the actress's photographs, which were I
soon sold at a large rjremium and the
rape extended even to this country.
The rest of the company include Marie
Drofrah, Emma Hayner, William J.
Shea. Irving Knight, Stuart Beebe. P.
A. Nannary, Harold Fiske, Paul Ander
son, Ei. W. Browning, R. O. Meech, and
John C. Davis. The engagement is for
four nights and Wednesday matinee, be
ginning Sunday evening.
Popular Swedish Dialect Comedy
Returns to St. Paul.
At the Grand tonight and all week, with
matinees Wednesday and Saturday, Man
agers Thall & Kennedy will present for
the first time here in over two years, that
ever popular Swedish dialect corned.v
drama "Yon Yonson."' The plot Is one
of the most interesting ever evolved by a
playwright. Likewise it abounds with
scenes of vivid realism, and throughout
j the whole there is such an amount of
j clean, wholesome comedy that it forms
| the happiest and most thrilling eombin-i
--i tions known to the stage in many year.?,
i The story of the play shows that Amos
Jennings appropriates a patent belonging
to his dead brother, whose daughter he
adopts and takes into his own house. But
the young son of his former partner is
turned adrift in a Swedish community in
a sparsely settled section of Minnesota.
He grows up in ignorance of his bir:h.
After some years Jennings takes a new
partner, a man named George Halloway,
who knows all about the patent transac
tion. Using that as a lever, Hallowav
forces Jennings into a )and scheme by
means of which he intends to swindle a
wealthy English tourist. Jennings take 3
the Englishman to see the land and by
force of some thrilling circumstances is
made to believe that he has murdered the
traveler. Halloway during the action of
the play accuses Jennings of murder, but
tlie tourist, who has recovered from the
assault, puts in an appearance. In the
end the young Englishman marries Jen
nings' adopted daughter, and "Yon Yon-
strides to the front. This was during the
seasons of 1887, 1888 and 18S3. The last
two seasons the late Thomas W. Keene
lived he was under the management of
Mr. Hanford and it was with Mr. Keens
that Mr. Hanford last appeared In this
Three seasons ago Mr. Hanford was
one of a three-star combination exploited
by Wagenhals and Kemper—The James-
Kidder-Hanford company. Several years
ago he toured the country with Mr?. Joha
Drew in a repertoire of Shakespearian
comedy, and during the seasons of ISO 2-:"3
he purchased the Booth-Barrett produc
tion of "Julius Caesar" and made a tour
of the country playing Marc Antony.
Last year Mr. Hanford temporarily for
sook Mr. Shakespeare and produced a
Southern comedy drama called "Private
John Allen." This season he has brought
forward the rollicking comedy "The Tarn.
ing of the Shrew."
son," who has saved several lives and
has been the humorous, yet unassuming
hero of the play, turns out to be ncr
brother, who had been turned adrift and
had grown to sturdy manhood in the
rough lumber camp.
The play is in three acts and the end
of the second, showing the remarkably
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At the Grand..
realistic log jam, is one of the best ef
forts ever produced on the stage. It is
said that the management has secured
the best company yet seen in this popular
drama, headed by Knute Erickson, a
young- Swedish dialect comedian, voc^!.
Ist and musician, who was the first Swe
isih dialect actor to appear in the leading
iUsic halls of England. Among the oth
ers well known are Annie Mack-Berlein,
Guy Spangler, Sydney Craven, Belle Gold,
G-eorgie Bryton and Beatrice Norman, a
feature which is still retained is rue
Lumbermen's quartette, who will be
heard in act second in all the latest up-
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At the Metropolitan This Week.
le-date songs. The play, as heretofore,
will be given a magnificent scenic equip
Rose Hill's Bnrlesqners to Be Seen
at the Star This Week.
The attraction which will be sure to
please will hold the boards at the Star
Theater all next week commencing with
a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 9, is the fun
toy" musical farce, "McDoodle's Night
Off," presented T>y Rice & Barton's
"Rose Hill English Folly company, &
clever combination of mirthmakers, head
ed by Geo. W. Rice and Joe J. Sullivan,
who will be scon, in the leading roles.
They are ably supported by a competent
■company of comedians and a bevy of
pretty and talented girls. Th<» piece is
said to be of the usual farce order. Mc-
Doodle, a married man, becomes infat
uated with an actress named Juliet
G-ore, who aspires to be a star, but lacks
the necessary backing. McDopdle comes
.to her assistance and backs tha woman
with stellar aspirations. He has great
difficulty in keeping the matter a secret
licm his wife, and the complications and
entai glements which arise on one hand
and the actress and her husband whom
she introduces later on, on the other hand,
form the theme of the comedy. It is
luli of laughable situations and the music
is catchy. There is ample room for the
introduction of specialties and those con
tributed by the different members are
said to he excellent. Miss Carrie Web
ber assumes .he role" of Juliet Gore; Mr.
PJail appears as Romeo Gore, a Jealous
tragedian; while the role of Mrs. Mc-
Dooule is played by Miss May Shink.
The other characters are all in good
hards, and the musical part of the en
tertaiiment is rendered by a big choir
of pretty girls with well trained voices.
Tho olio consists of such clever people
as Katherine Rowe Palmer, McFarland
& Earl, Gavnella & Shink, Sullivan &
Webber, Nolan & White. Crawford &
Manning and Berry & Hughes. There
will also be pome excellent singing by
a quartette of the company, and a
gavotte by sixteen of the pretty and
Bbapely girls.
Sardou's Tragedy at Metropolitan
L«st Hr.lf of Week.
Commencing Thursday, Fet>. 13, with a
matinee Saturday. Sardou's "La Tosca,"
with Melbourne MaoDowelf ond Florence
Stone in the stellar roles, will be the at
traction at the Metropolitan theater.-The
play has not been seen in St. Paul since
presented here several seasons ago by
Mr. MacDowell and the late Fanny Dav
It is said that Mr. MacDowell has never
been in better form than he is at the
present time, and his portrayal of "Le
Baron Scarpia" is more than ever the
finished and artistic characterization of
the role which is indelibly stamped in
the memories of those who have witness
ed the play of the French dramatist.
Miss Florence Stone will be seen in the
title role. She comes with a wealth of
praise from the press of other cities as
i being a young, handsome and extremely
talented woman.
Brieily told, the story of the play is as
follows: Le Baron Scarpia, the superin
tendent of the Roman police at the time
of the French war at the beginning of
the eighteenth century, is in pursuit of a
political prisoner who has escaped him
and is hidden by Marie Cavaradossi, a
Roman citizen of advanced lioeral views.
Cavaradossi is beloved by Flora. Tosca,
an Italian singing grirl of much beauty,
j who has won the admiration of the court
and become the protege of Queen Caro
line. Scarpia is in love with La Tosca
and, {[laying upon her jealosy, induces
her to believe that the person whom
Cavaradossi is shielding is a woman. She
finds out her mistake just before the ar
rival of the police at Cavaradossi's home,
where her lover has taken the fugitive.
For this Cavaradossi is put to torture
within an adjacent room where L<a Tosca
is compelled to hear his terrible shrieks
of agony, until, finally, after a terrible
struggle with herself, and in spite of the
| words of her lover amidst his suffering
j she betrays the whereabouts of the fugi
tive, who is killed in bting taken.
A moment or two later Cavaradossl
staggers into the room bleeding and falls
unconscious, but recovering, reproaches
La Tosca for her weakness. Cavaradcssi
is sentenced to be executed and La Tosea
is given a chance, as she supposes, to
save him at the expense of her honor, by
Baron Scarpia. She consent?, seemingly,
j but the moment that the villain ttuntcs
he has conquered her she sstaiba him to the
heart with a knife which she has found
on a table in his apartments.
She hastens to her lover to tell him of
the arrangement of his mock execution,
in which she was led to believe th it the
muskets were to -he loaded with blank
cartridges and that he was only to feign
death to fulfill the commands of the
government; but Scarpia has outwitted
her and she finds her lover dead. She
confesses her murder of Scarpia to the
guard, and in trying to throw herself
from the ramparts of the Castle Ar.g-e!o
I she is shot and falls dead by her lover's
| side.
"The Girl From Maxim's," a lively
farce comedy, is underlined for the Met
ropolitan for four nights and a matinee,
the engagement opening Sunday, Fob. 16.
"The Strollers," with a strong com
pany headed by John B. Henshaw and
Marie George, and including Eddie Foy
and a host of clever entertainers, comes
to the Metropolitan for a half week be
ginning Thursday, Feb. 20.
Jan Kubelik, greatest of living violin
ists, will appear at the Metropolitan
opera house Wednesday evening, Feb. 16.
Another great band will be heard in St'
Paul Sunday, Fefo. 23, when Innes and h's
band will give two concerts at the Metro
politan opera house. In addition to his
band Innes brings a trio of grand opera
singers, including Miss Frances Boy'den-,
soprano; Signor Edgardo Zerni, tenor,
and Signor Achille Aioertl, baritone.
Following the engagement of "Yon Yon
son" the stage of the Grand opera house
will be given over to high-class vaude
ville, a style of amusement which finds
immense favor with looal theatergoers.
The occasion will serve to introduce here
for the first .time the Orpheum show,
under the direction of Martin Beck.
The "Mamselle 'A.wkins" company,
headed iby Miss Delia Stacey, is announced
to be seen at the Grand shortly.
The Royal Lilliputians will present the
spectacular farce comedy, "The Merry
Tramps" during their engagement here
at the Grand opera house.
"A Ragged Hero," a melodrama new to
St. Paul, will be presented at the Grand
In the near future.
Al H. Wilson in "The Watch on the
Rhine" is announced for another visit
to the Grand in the near future
"The Dairy Farm" is included in the list
of bookings at the Grand.
The new management of 'The White
Slave" promises a superb production of
the play, both dramatically and scenic
ally, when it is presented at the Grand
opera house.
"The Volunteer Organist" comes to the
Grand later in the season.
She'd See Him First.
"I've had a good many rebuffs in my
line of business, but I struck the limit
the other day down on Tasker street,"
said a collector. "I had been after a
man for several months to coilect a bill
of $6, but had always been put off with,
excuses and promises.. This day his wife
came to the door and I stated my bus
iness to her, although I guess she knew
all about it. 'My husband is asleep,' she
said. 'He works at night, and never gets
up until noon. He won't \e up for two
hours.' 'Very well,' I said, 'I'll come back
in two hours.' 'It went be worth your
while,' she said; 'I'm sure he hasn't got
$6, and, even if he had, I shall see him
before you will. If he has any money
in his clothes you can just bet your lifo
I'm going to get it myself. I don't think
you stand much chance around here.' Af
ter that I didn't think it worth while
to ffo back."—Philadelphia Record.
Incident at Koweyt Is Exciting
Widespread Disapproval in Lon
don—Status <luo Is in Dan
ger of Rupture.
Special to The Globe.
LONDON, Feb. B.—Englishmen are ask
ing how long it will be before themselves
and Americans will have to fight side by
side to repress the pernicious activity of
The situation in the Persian Gulf today
where the war cloud may burst into an
actual tempest at any moment is the di
rect outcome of the ignoring by Germany
and Russia of British rights in Koweyt
and Oman.
The action of Turkey in demanding of
the Sheik of Koweyt that he make obei
sance to his suzerain, or in other words
comply with the demands of Germany,
made through the porte, meets with gen
eral disapproval here.
It is considered that both Germany
and Russia could h?ve adopted more
diplomatic methods in securing access to
the Persian Gulf for their railway ter
minal than by sending warship^ to
recormoiter or threaten.
Koweyt has for some time been under
a British protectorate and also Muscat
or Oman. The present need of Russia
and Germany for' termini in this local
ity would appear to be the result of
plans long since considered which could
have been presented for British sanction
through the foreign office.
There is a decidedly uneasy feeling
here concerning the present state of af
fairs in the Persian Gulf and there 's
talk of mobilizing the Indian army at
once, in which case it is likely that
Lord Roberts would, for patriotic rea
sons, be requested to postpone his re
tirement and accept the command of
the Indian army.
It has been with the present situation
in view that the British Indian govern
ment has established its great military
frontier for Northwestern India. This
has been done by the incorporation of
the mountainous districts lying north of
Baluchistan between the Indus and the
Afghan frontier, in one province, und.r
the direct control of the Central Gov
ernment of India, and was a political as
well as a military measure.
One Eye on llnssia.
This new military province covers the
Northwest frontier and constitutes the
first line of the defense of India against
a possible invasion by a Russian ar
my. The flanking defenses are Kashmir
on the north, which is practically a
British province, and Baluchistan in the
south, which boasts the formidable fort
ress of Quetta.
The old policy of the Indian government
toward the frontier tribes has been to
tally reversed. Instead of the provoca
tion methods which kept these semi-civ
ilized people in a constant state of alarm
and made them permanently hostile to
the government of India, there is a cor
dial understanding with them and they
are treated as allies or fellow-subjects
by the Indians who come up from
The Afghans' and Kabulese who form
the bulk of the tribesmen are all war
like and will fight to vie last man ..>
preserve the integrity of their country.
It is by encouraging this luc-a of in
dependence among them that the British
have secured their outposts in a way that
enables them to economize greatly in the
matter of frontier troops.
A Russian army marching on India
through Afghanistan must reckon with
these guerrilla troops, of whom they
would find not less than lOO.Ouo, desperate
figmers and armed to the teeth, as the
British authorities would very promptly
The positions of Muscat, Koweyt ,ana
Bund«r Abbas, to where the Russians
want to build a railroad, are ail consid
ered strategic points from which a move
ment could toe made on India. Tne
Northwestern frontier having been made
practically impregnable by the British-
Indian government it is now surmised
that .Lius'sia seeks a means of getting at
India by sea.
Her present scheme is to run a line
from the trans-Caspian railway at Merv
to Meshed and then south to ounder Ab
bas. This would bring the railway with
in a few miles of Herat, the key to India.
It would give Kussia the opportunity of
holding her thumb on the latch of India's
back door, while, if gihe controlled the
route to Bunder Abbas, she would have
her paw on the "front door latch also. It
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"With Rice and Barton's Company, at the Star.
TflMtfiUTf Rrs* "a" Week.
I Uniun I I Wednesday Matinee
Mr, Charles B.
Supported by the beautiful
And a Splendid Company in an Elabcra'e
Revival of Shakespeare's Best Comedy,
llesßa Bk b fia
2Q, 21,
With Henshaw, Foy, Marie George
and Don and a Battalion of Pretty Girls,
Are Strolling This Way.
LITT. Propmtor TKTajJIAVS. Msn^cr
v ~~'''j \.''■'"* ?■■' '-v 3 Hi BBngfiH
The lumber Gama in Mid" Winter.
The Funny Irish Widow*
The Breaking of the Log Jam.
The Singing of Yon.
The Lumbermen's Quartette.
Martin Beck presents for the first time here
Week of
Feb. 16,
is confidently believed here that -ritain
will fight rather than permit this rail
way to be built, as it would necessitate
doubling the standing army of India.
The objection to the Turko-German
railway planned to Koweyt is De.-^ved to
be purely on the ground that ii permis
sion is granted to Germany to carry
out her enterprise it cannot be refused
to Kussia as both governments are sup
posed to be on friendly terms with Great
Stntns Quo in Persian Golf.
It has been Great Britain's policy foi
years past, since long before either Ger
many or Russia had any aims in this
direction, to maintain the status quo in
TUiioon v Las* Ha!f Week.
inUnOUAI Saturday Matinee.
The Distinguished Heroic Actor.
In a Production of Victorien Sardou's
MATINEES— Wednesday and Saturday.
Presenting Elegant Vaudeville.
St&jr Theatre
Matines Today. Ail Week.
Rose Hill
English Folly
Vaudeville and Extravaganza.
NEXT WEEK.. The Erigadiers.
Monday Eve., Feb. io.
Danz' Military Band and Orchestra.
Gypsy Camp, 60 people, all new costumes, splsn
did effect. Royal Gypsy Band under leadership of
Slgnor Crematore. Great carnival event of ths
&ason. Tickets and reserved seats at Mozart Ha!!,
Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 a. m. to I p. m., Monday, Feb.
10 after 10 a. m. Admission—Gentlemen, 1.00;
Ladies, 50c. ■ -.-~- --.
the Persian Gulf. To this ena she has
done ell possible in her power, as she also
did in Afghanistan, to uphold the tnde
pendence of these Sheiks. To this -- -
she has not hesitated to prevent Turkey
frcm enforcing her nominal suzerainty,
even having resorted two years ago to
the severe expedient of having the decks
of the British cruiser Perseus cleared for
action when Turkish troops threatened
to land at Kowevt.
According to the St. James Gazette,
which is telieved to be officially inspired.
Great Britain will continue to maintain
the status quo in the Persdan Gulf, in
spite of what the result of her action may
The Berlin papers say that England is
playing a dog in the mar.ger game.
"Russia," they say, is bound sooner or
later to acquire a port on the Persian
Gulf and England will gain nothing by
opposing her desires." They point out
the fact that Great Britain has in every
way thwarted the designs of Russia in
the direction of obtaining a southern nut
let by means of a port, fcr her vast ex
Russia has been handicapped almost
unspeakably by her failure to secure an
outlet into navigable oceans. Her states
men have long recognized the fact that
with her vast inland empire and im
mense population she must have outlet
to all the oceans of the world. She has
been balked at Constantinople for cen
turies. Her attempts to reach the Per
sian Gulf have been open enough no
secret having been made of her inten
tions. It is understood that she has se
cured the necessary concessions from
Persia. A new line of navigation has
ibeen opened by her from Odessa, to the
Persian Gulf and a line of railway com
menced from Julfa to Ta;!?nz and
Teheran. She has a good road from the
Caspian to Teheran, which pays well,
but her transportation to the Persian
Gulf is by mule or camel, occupying three
months and $100 a ton In summer or hall
as much again in winter.
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