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Mrs Mollie Spooner has secured a
long lease of the Park theater in
Brooklyn, and will continue the thea
ter as a stock company house, starting
ou February 9 with -'The Soldier of
the Empire." The company will in
clude Edua and Cecil Spooner.
Etta Reed, the wife of Corse Payton.
is seriously ill in Scrum on with the
grip. Mattie Choaie was sent for
from New York and hurriedly got up
in the part in time to play Hie night
performance last night. She will con
tinue in Miss Reed"s place until the
Hope Booth has re-engaged her hus
band. James E. B. Earll. whom she
Is suing for divorce. Miss Booth
hastens to say that she lias not engag
ed him in his capacity of husband, but
her manager, and that the legal pro
ceedings will continue. When Miss
Booth's divorce action was begun she
discharged Earll. who was looking af
ter her business interests.
' How much longer the members of
the Olga Nethersole "Sapho'' com
pany will continue to draw salaries
from Louis Nethersole as manager of
The organization is still problematical.
It was said yesterday that the players
Would be sent here after iwo more
weeks" tour and receive thtiir release.
It all depends on Miss Nerhetsole's
progwss toward health. Miss Nether
sole last night would not say at what
conclusion she had arrived. To per
sonal friends she said her physical con
dition is improving, but she could not
yet tell whether it would improve
sufficiently for her to undertake emo
tional roles again This season.
William A. Brady is making ar
rangements for an elaborate spectacu
lar production of "Uncle Tom s
Cabin." The production will be made
at the Academy of Music, March 4.
and will be kept on for a run. If. is
Brady's intention to present the old
play with the strongest posible cast.
In -addition several hundred persons
will be employed in the plantation
scenes. Particular attention is to tie
paid to the scenic equipment of the
pieces. The engagements already
made are Wilton Laekaye, Uncle Tom ;
Odell Williams. Phineas Fletcher: Mrs
Annie Yeanians. Aunt Ophelia: Maude
Raymond. Topsy. Several Evas are
When Melbourne MacDowell lei,
the Theodora company he became the
leading man at the Hopkins theater in
Chicago, which is a cheap stock com
pany organization. He brought with
him to the theater the manuscript of
Fanny Davenport's old plays, and
started in with "Cleopatra." the rights
of which belong to Clarence M. Brune.
Mr MacDowell had scarcely started
when an old complaint of his made its
t jj-ntii tx lh , 11 ii. i Lirr irnuii until tt 1111c
he was endeavoring to address the
audience last Tuesday night the cur
tain was rung down and he was drag
ged off the stage. Mr MacDowell has
been dismissed from the stock com
pany and Richard Buhler of the "Quo
Vadis" company has replaced him.
Floy Cromwell, the well-known act
ress and wife of Edwin Dudley, died
at Los Angeles, Cal, on January 31, of
consumption. She had been in ill
health for some time and had gone
to California in- the hope that the cli
mate niig'ht benefit her. She gradually
lost strength, however, and to those
near to 'her her death was not unex
pected. Miss Cromwell was born in
Cleveland, O. and after gaining some
experience as an amateur she joined a
email western stock company. During
a period of ten months she played
more than thirty leading roles ranging
from Majorie in "The" Rough Dia
mond" to Lady Audley and Isabel.
Shortly after the close of this en
gagement she came east and toured the
New England states with her own
company. She soon became a great
favorite in that territory and she play
ed chiefly there during the rest of her
career. Among the roles in which she
was most successful were Clyde Har
rod In "A Romance of Coon Hollow:"
Claire In '-The Ironmaster:'' Alma
Ferra" in "The Queen of the Night."
and Ruth Hope in "The Wages of Sin."
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Geoige Levy, the racing man. "who
is better tnown as "Chappie" Levy,
announced yesterday that lie will re
tire from the turf forever if he can
accomplish his present busines pur
pose. This appeared in a letter which
he wrote to Mrs Carrie Nation, the
Kansas "woman with a hatchet."
offering her $1,000 a week for next
season if she would star under his
management in the well known play,
"Ten .Nights in a Barroom." "The let
ter I have just mailed," said Levy,
'contains a straight out and: out busi
ness proposition to Mrs Nation, and
if she. undertakes it I will guarantee
to quit the season ahead of any man
who wagers on a running horse. There
is no reason why she should not take
the offer. The play in which I will
'star' her is, according to competent
critics, a clean and wholesome one. It
appeals to the home and the fireside.
It should receive the indorsement of
ministers, the press and the vice com
mittees. I will surround" her with a
6plendid company. The best actor
procurable for money shall be her lead.
The best actress in the country shall
support her. The barroom scenes will
be made up of real bars and for the
scene I shall provide real drunkards.
I can get some, I think, along Broad
way., Then, again, I can add some in
terest to the production by having a
batchet drill or a competition in sa
loon wrecking. Mrs Nation can carry
with her a platoon of her original axe
brigade, and then we can challenge
local organizations, to compete You
caa readily see that interest in the
company will never be allowed to flag.
If we find the advance sale in a town
falling off, all my star will have to do
Wrfll be to go out and break up a
r;oiiple of drink emporiums, and the
town will turn out to see her." Levy
id afterward that he would not be
ra engaging his company, nor book
i abow,' until be beard from Mrs
l- He- has written to the man-
the Asbnry park opera bonse,
Malm to bojjl tjma Rvt sramer
THE "KILTIES" BAND.
A good sized audience is in attend
ance at the concert which the "Kil
ties" band is giving this afternoon at
Poli's, and a large one is expected this
evening, when another concert will be
given with an entire change of bill.
Much attention was attracted to the
band during its street parade this noon,
the giant drum major and the pipers
coming in for much admiration. At
the concerts these' pipers play, render
ing the wild Scottish airs of Wallace,
Bruce and Macdregor's ciay. An ex
celleut choir of sixteen voices intro
duces also many vocal selections, the
whole being a splendidly varied and
arranged program. In most of the
cities where this crack Highlanders'
band has played the houses have been
packed to overflowing, and Waterbury
will be only following the example of
other cities if Poli's is packed this
evening. The concert will certainly
be worthy of any audience, however
SORROWS OF SATAN.
The closing performance of '"The
Sorrows of Satan" at the Jacques will
be given this evening and should at
tract an immense audience. It is by
all odds the best attraction seen at
popular prices in Waterbury and no
one should fail to see it.
MORRISON COMEDY COMPANY.
Opening with a special matinee on
Monday, the Morrison Comedy com
pany will play three days at the
Jacques, presenting three different
plays. "The Princess of Patches" will
be the bill each evening, but at the
matinees a change will be made to
One Night in June" on Monday and
for Tuesday and Wednesday matinees.
"Dangers of a Great City." The com
pany is an exiellent one, numbering
among its members such well known
players as Allie Gerald. Eugene Pow
ers. Leigh Morrison, Bert Walter and
others, and the engagement will cer
tainly be a satisfying one so far as
the performances are concerned.
UNLEAVENED BREAD, '
The big New York production of
"Unleavened Bread." direct from the
Savoy theater, Wednesday evening at
There was another outpouring of
lovers of good theatrical attractions
last night at Poli's theater and while
the number present, was not as large
as that of the evening previous when
"David Harnin" was presented it was
.in unusually big one. Anna Held
iia.s been seen here before in the
"French Maid," and while she did not
give the best of sai isf action, she
demonstrated very clearly by her work
of last night that she is improving in
inanv things that go to make up a
successful star. She talked and sung
more distinctly and in almost every
particular gave general satisfaction, j
Her costumes were the work of an i
artist and loaded down with gems as
she was, she presented a picture of
beauty. In fact Miss Held has sur
rounded herself with every attractive
merit and that she did so last night
is unquestioned. The ladies of the
chorus were beautiful, perhaps as
pretty as any chorus that has appear
ed here this season. They sung well,
too, and added to the pretty pictures
presented in the three acts and they
pleased immensely. The funrnaker. of
the cast, 'however, was our old friend
Charles A. Bigelow. It does seem as
if he never would get tired of creating
new novelties in the humorous line
and if he had continued very much
longer last night he would have most
of the audience in a bad way from
too much laughter. One look at his
face was enough to create a laugh and
when that face was worked into all
conceivable shapes and he added a
few of his witty sayings the people
hugged themselves to keep from'
shouting outright in convulsive laugh
ter. One of the most amusing scenes
was in the second act where he at
tempts to carry the inanimate form
of C-oralie (Miss Adella Barker) to the
balcony. This lady is not a light
weight and as she faints aud crushes
the slender form of. Bigelow iu the
character of -Celectin. the music
teacher, to the floor it was inde
scribably funny. His attempts to
arise and the abSwrd dressing of the
lady's hair convulsed everybody and
it is one of the funniest scenes that
was ever enacted on a stage. Through
out the whole performance he created
no end of fun and it is very fortunate
that Miss Held possesses this clever
comedian. The stage settings were
new, neat and very well conceived
and the performance was deserving of
all 1he praise that was given it.
Nosahogan lodge school meeting.
Friendly league, home evening,
Socialist labor party. '
Waterbury Turn Verein.
French Canadian institute.
St Francis Xavier Holy Name soci
ety. COMING EVENTS.
Turn hall, February , 9 Hand in
Hand society's dance.
Turn hall, Scovill street. February
14 Ladies of St Cecilia's parish,
Speedwell hall, February 13 Yuca
tan Whist club's dance.
Columbus hall, Naugatuck, Febru
ary 14 Thirty-first annual concert and
dance of Young Men's Catholic Insti
tute. City hall, . February 18 United
French societies of Waterbury, concert
and dance. .
Turn ball, Scovill street,. February
21 German band dance. . ,
Speedwell hall, February 2C-MVrtle
temple, No 3, R. 8., exhibition drill.
City hall. March- 17 Cntholie Wo
men's association, grand entertain
tTIll 1M Ywthwihwys BMVM
ARE NOT GOURMETS.
Ia China the Pig Fares Quite as
Well as His Owner. j
Primitive Methods of Milling Pro
duce Flour Unfit for. Consump
tion Siveet Potatoes Are
In Great Demand.
tSpecial Hinghua (China) Letter.!
WHEAT is grown in North China
as a summer crop; and there
it is the great staple food of
the people. In the g-reat Y'angste val
ley rice takes its place almost entire
ly. In South China, that is from the
Fuhkien province down, wheat is
grown as a winter crop. It is sown
in November and harvested in, April.
1 write upon a boat being poled and
floated down a shallow river; on its
banks are fields of ripening wheat.
It is a curious sight to the western
traveler to see a wheat harvest early
in April. This region is in the lati
tude of America's new possessions in
the semi-tropics, and there is every
reason to think that it would make u
winter crop in Porto Rico and Cuba.
The Chinese gather from 12 to 3S
bushels per acre. And this is off of
fields that produce two other crops
during the year.
The first thing that strikes the for
eigner in looking at a lot of Chinese
wneat is the astonishing amount of
dirt in it. It reminds me of the "rak
ings" oil of my grandfather's Ohio
farm in the Little Miami valley, that
we had tramped out upon the barn
floor ana winnowed with a hand mill.
Clods of earth, pieces of brick, sticks,
stones and sand are mixed with the
grain in quantities greater or less, de
pendent upon the skill or honesty, or
both, of the farmer, and the dealeTS
who have handled it. 'The vicious cus
tom of deliberately mixing dirt with
grain to increase its weight is a char
acteristic of oriental business' econ
omy. The milling" of this dirty wheat is
as primitive as everj'thing- else in the
line of Chinese manufacturing. Wher
ever possible water power is employed.
The stones are of ordinary gray gran
ite three or four feet in diameter.
The lower stone is stationary; the
upper one slowly revolves with wood
en cogs, the two faces of the rough
CHINESE FLOUR MILL R
stones grinding the grain and each
other into flour. To clean the wheat
it is washed in a tub by being pushed
around in the water by hand and
dipped out in a perforated dipper.
The mud dissolves, and the heavy
stones and pieces of tile sink to the
bottom; part of the sand also sinks,
but a good deal of it is ground up
with the flour, which, with the grind
ing off of the mill stones, makes the
ordinary Chinese flour fit only for pig
After washing the wheat is only par
tially dried. It must be damp in or
der to grind with such crude meth
ods. Consequently the flour must be
used within ten days or it will be fit
for nothing but to make paste. Th
disadvantage of this to dealers and
consumers is manifest. It can only be
ground for immediate use, and must be
sold, even at a loss, as soon as milled.
When water power is not available
a cow is substituted. No gearing is
used. The cow is hitched to a sweep,
and the stone turns as fast as the
cow walks. The cows are used alter
nately, and one man wll grind about
five bushels in a day of 12 hours. The
grinding is done nine or ten times; and
after each 'grinding it is bolted through
a flat- silk bolting cloth, worked from
side to side by a treadle.
The grinding and' bolting is contin
ued until the bran weighs only 20 per
cent, of the original grain. Of course
by this time a the shorts and mid
dlings are ground up in the flour, along
with some two or three per c&nt. of
stone and sand; and with f6ujor five
per cent, of water the Chinese miller
turns out a mess that is notjUt for man
to eat. He eats it, though. He can
not help himself. A country so densely
Mskes the food more delicious and wholesome
populated must consume all it can pro
duce, whether it is : palatable and
healthful or not. t
However, the flour Is not made into
bread. A small per cent, of it ia made
into small sweet cakes and sold to trav
elers on thoroughfares. - But probably
at least 90 percent, of Chinese flour in
South China is made into vermicelli.
This is made simply of flour' with mixed
water and a little salt, and drawn out
into long strings. It is cooked by put
ting into water already boiling, and
boiling it for five minutes. To the un
initiated foreg-ner it is by no means pal
atable or digestible. It has this ad
vantage: It can be eaten by swallow
ing almost without chewing. This
avoids the unpleasant sensation of grit
that is experienced in eating bread or
cakes, if the flour is not clean. It is
probable that ever-increasing importa
tion of American flour from the Pa
cific coast will in time make a marked
change in the flour of China, and in
the manner of consumption. American
Hour is now being brought to China by
the shipload, and. with the clean white
article available the people will soon
learn to despise their native product.
It will be used mere for cakes and
bread of various kinds, and the sup
ply will create, a demand for a good
quality of flour. With the opening of
the country that, is certain within the
next few years it is altogether prob
able that these crude and wasteful
methods of making flour will be grad
ually done away with, and the ways
of preparing it for food will likely be
modified to more healthful "and pal
Barley is used in South China in large
quantities, but mostly for pig food.
Very poor people grind their barley by
hand, roughly bolt with a sieve, and
make a mush of it. It is simply hot
paste of a very coarse quality. How
anyone can satisfy hunger with such
a mess it is difficult to understand. I
suspect they do not they only keep
Beans are a great staple food in
China. They are grown in great va
riety and quantity. At least eight dif
ferent varieties are grown here in this
one county. But with all these we
must still order our Boston beans from
San Francisco or C hicago. I was once
a guest at a feast where there were, a
number of vegetarians, and out of cour
tesy to them our host had prepared
only vegetable dishes. At least one
half of the IS courses were beans of
various kinds and in various stj'les of
UK BY WATER POWER.
serving. But even here the classic dish
of New England, that graces -every din
ner table of the genuine Yankee 52 Sun
days in the year, was not among them,
nor any substitute half so good. I left
that feast hungry.
Peas not much different from the
American article, are. grown in quan
tities. I passed scores of houses to-day
where the peas were being dried in, the
sun upon the threshing floors. They
are too expensive for a regular diet, but
they ,are one of the necessary luxuries
of even the poor villagers for holidays,
guests and feasts.
But the great staple food of the poor
est people of South China is none of the
cereals'. What the Irish potato is to the
peasantry of the land of the Shamrock,
the sweet potato is to the Chinese
"lo the people of this region eat
rice?" I asked to-day of an intelligent
man, with whom I was crossing in a
rickety old ferry boat from a small
island to the main land.
"No, not one in a thousand, unless he
is sick. These people cannot afford
such, luxury. Sweet potatoes cost half
or l?ss, and the people here who have
been brought- up to eat them prefer
them to rice."
As w? passed along the foot of the
granite hills, with little patches of
terraced fields clinging to their sides
wherever possible to make them, and
the earth carried to them by these pa
tient children of poverty and toil, I
could easily see why the people along
this coast could not afford to eat rice.
'They must eat what their fields can pro
Their sweet potatoes are more
w&tery and stringy than our American
tubers, but they are by no means a poor
suostitute. But they connot be' kept
more than four months without drying
them, so that, nearly all of the crop is
cut up into thin slices at once upon
digging, and dried first for about two
days upon the field from which it is
dug, then for three or four days spread
thickly ipon the threshing floors.
Taste for this diet must be' cultivated
long and steadily, and I note that it is
easily lost by those who move toa re
gion where rice is the common diet, or
when they eat at another's expense.
The people feed their pigs upon the
poorest of these potatoes. But often
there is little if any difference between
the food of the family and that of the
family pig. It is all cooked in the same
ppt, and dished up at- the same time.
Y'ou never find a Chinese farmer so
Bhiftless, so ignorant, or so uriseientific
as to feed hi3 pig r,aw food. He knows
what the American farmer has been
very slow to learn, that it pays to cook
food for animals as well as man.
. WILLIAM N. BREWSTER.
INVENTOR Y O VER
But lots of desirable goods still unsold, you want them
and we are willing to let you have them for very little money.
Blankets and Comfortables
Elegant big fellows, -nothing small
Underwear for children, ribbed and fleecy lined 12 l-2o
Boys' heavy fleecy underwear were 3oc now 19c.
Men's heavy lleecy lined 39c from 50c.
Rainy Bay Skirts, prices cut in two.
Petticoats, ruffled and plaited, the mercerized kind, 79o
from $1.25 and 1.50.
Good warm Jackets, just a few left $1.50 $2.50 were $6.50
Splendid all wool Kersey Jackets $4.50 from 9.00.
All our fine Tailor Made Jackets, Capes and Coats at half
and sometimes one quarter what is usually asked,
One car of Gentlemen's Drivers, Family Horses and Coach
Horses, the other General Purpose and Draft Horses.
The car of Northerners were selected by Mr.
Benham, and those from the West by his
buyer, David Nudd. 40 as fine Horses
can be seen at this stable,
308 NORTH flAIN STREET
V. AS CAX BE FOUND IX THE STATE.
20th Century Bicycles
E. H. TOWLE,
32 Center Street.
The Leading Bicycle, Athletic and Pho nograph House in Connecticut.
1 ft Hard-LaDor Sentence.
XCE on a time there lived somewhere a man
Most unlike any man yon ever knew,
Who said: ''I'm dohi now the hest I can,
jg And I'd do better work still, fair and true,
If I'd the chance."
- TJ E'D sit him in the busy market place
.11 To talk witli anyone who came along;
He'd lift his eyes to scan each passing face,
And sigh and whistle idle scraps of song
Waiting his chance.
4 LJE'D reason with you, any lengfh of time,
5 l 1 To prove you how his skill was overlooked
J His aims, plans, purposes wore all sublime,
But somehow Fortune blind had never booked
-i His longed for chance.
LJE'D tell how prejudice
1 1 Hampered his powers,
While ToiL, in work-stained garb and paper cap,
Filed past him on its way to shop and mill,
He watched his chance.
I T&TIL one day Death-, with all-searching gl
' Saw him, still chanting his one whining tt
Silenced him with the touch of his cold lance,
Saying: "This is for all men, late or soon,
The one sure chance.''
ROBERT J. EUEDETTE.
South Main Street.
For 20th Century People.
Orients. S35, goO, SCO. $75, SS5
Easrles. $25, $30, $35, $40, $45, $50, $00
heading Standards, $30, $40. $45
Spalding's, $30. $35, $40. $."t). $00. $75
lver .lohnson Cycles, $30, $35, $40, $45
Daytons. S40. 50, S75
Crescents. $25, $35, S50. SOO
Crawfords, S25. S35
:-pt them idly still;
about them but the
JACQUES OPERA. HUUSS
THURSDAY. FRIDAY. SATURDAY,
FEB 7. S. 9.
MATINEES EVERY DAY.
Wiliam A. Brady's Handsome Scenlo
The Sorrows of Satan.
Dramatized from Marie Correlli's Fa
A groat cast, headed by Charles Kent.
Prices 13p, 25e. 35c, 50c; Matinee
10c aud 20c. Sale of seats Wednes
day. Feb 0.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9. ,
(Matinee and Night.)
Second Official Concert Tour oC
45;! HIGHLANDERS, TORONTO
Prices 25c. 35c, 50c, 75c, $1. Mati
nees. 25e and 50c: children 15c. Salg
of seats Friday, February S.
JACQUES OPERA HOUSE
MONDAY, TUESDAY. WEDNES
DAY, FEB 11, 12, 13.
MATINEES EACH DAY.
Special engagement of the Famous
Morrison Comedy Co
In three big Sensational Melodramas.
Prices 15c, 25c. 35c- 50c; Matinees
10c and 20c. Sale of seats Saturday,
Exchange Place Cafe.
SCHAEFER-S WEINER BEER
Bottled for Family Use.
a. W. HODSON,
20 EXCHANGE PLACE.
One family house of eight rooms,
with large lot, on Burton street, $22.
If you want a well drilled, or you?
old oiie has gone dry and you want it
deepened, we can do it for you. and dj
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F.oqnires certain things -which many
laundries are not as conscientious j
about as they should bo. We taUei
pains that none but the best soap i
used: that no chemicals ate used; that)
the clothes are not torn, and that col-
lars. etifl's and shirt bosoms are stiff.
Davis' Steam Laundry
17 CANAL STREET.
Branch office, C7 Grand street.
Cloth, Paper, Cards, etcJ
OFFlfcE. 7 BKUWiN STREET.
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