Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, December 31, 1905, Page 3, Image 20
Decern Vr Si. iyr,. TI1E OMAHA ILLUSTRATED BEE. I v Gossip About Plays, Players and Playhouses .ITH the Hoy 4 theater tlnseil or w Hi given ovr to amateur perform- tires during the greater part of the week, the popular-priced house had the holiday Ben eon all to Uirrnieivea, and made the most of It. At tha Kurwood the business was record breaking In slie. tha house being absolutely sold out for each performance. Tha pro duction, of the Hall Calne play, "The Chris tlnn," waa uncommonly good, and won for the company much deserved praise. At tha Krug the Rose Cecilia Shay company lacked a iitt.e or creatine a furore for "r.,,t Jones," but the lotter end of tha week, with "Qulmy Adams Sawyer," brought rr.ore people to the house. The Orpheum had a good bill and did a splendid business throughout tha week. Altogether, barring the emptlnesa at tha Hoyd, the week waa quito up to managerial expectations. Another tack h(e been taken by the Shu terts In tha fight on tha "syndicate." t'elng Sarah Bernhardt a name, they hava mode r prewntatlona to M. Jusseraud, French ambassador at Washington, calling his at tention to the fact that a number of thcti ti rs throughout the country decline to open their doora to Mme. Bernhardt because she plays under the management of the Bhu- berta. Louisiana and Texas, where a large French population la alleged to exist, are especially Instanced, and the divine Earah complains of this hardship. M. Jusseraud has agreed to look Into the matter. In one aspect, this Is a serious matter, and again It Is to laugh. No one can seriously Imagine H-irah Bernhardt complaining because she Is deprived of the pleasure of going Into T.milsinna or Texaa to play to the French population of those states. That Is very Tunny. If the complaint Is made In good faith, It raises the right of a foreign acor to come to this country and dictate terms to resident managers. If Mme. Bernhardt has the right to choose her own manager, and she undoubtedly has, the manngcr of tho theater to which she seeks admission cer tainly haa tho right to specify terms cn which she can como In. These terms must necessarily be mutual, and If the actress determines to appear tinder the direction of a managerial firm that in at outs with fully 'JO per cent of the local theater managers of the United States she must expect to be shut out of many cities. It will not do to say that the public la deprived of any of Its rights In the premises. It Is a natural re mit of the competition that exists between rival flrma of managers. Klaw & Erlanfr huve contractual arrangements with the house managera. The Shuberta have similar arrangements with the star. If these flrma can agree on terms, then Mme. Bernhardt i-un play In Texas or any other place from .vlilch she la now excluded. But Ambassa dor Jusseraud la In no position to complain that hla countrywoman la being discrimi nated against as such. She merely suffers because of contracting with a firm that doe not do business with a majority of Ameri can theaters. Plainly, the matter looks like another Shubert advertising dortgn. It Isn't at all likely that Sarah Bernhardt would have been seen In more theaters than sho has visited, even had abe been under the direction of the syndicate, or had all the syndicate houses been open to tho Shubert attractions. Time. Bernhardt haa concluded her en gagement In New York, which marked the high water of her achievements In America, both from an artlstio and a financial vlow. It Is not likely that ahe will ever again visit America, for she has nearly reached the point where ahe will retire from active m o7the-."ag.." in reV, o7 h work John Corbin writes as follows In the New York Bun: It Is Just possible that those of us who a fortnight ago went into ecstasies over Mme. Bernhardt's youthfulness and vigor had a subconscious sense of gallantry. Last Monday, at the Jewish benellt. Murk Twain, wearing his shock of white hair like a chrysanthemum before the foot lights, declared that she was the young est person of his acquaintance except himself. But there was a geuuleness in tho veteran humorist's tones that carried conviction; and in point of fact, what wl.lppc-r anapper of us all la half as young as he? It he laid himself untler suspicion of being a satirist, he laid himself equally under eusupiclon of log rolling, for had not Bernhardt lately declared that he was (ho greatest of all Americans, next to Otorge Washington? For myself, 1 have seen Bernhardt eleven times In nine days; an experience ou leulu ted to make vouth ltaalf inuar high-top bald with dry antiquity; and my e.-iiDt- vji nt-i prrsoiiui ciiurni ana tempera mental vitality has steadily Increased. Sometimes, It is true, there came mo mentarily setbacks. In "Adrienne y Le co.ivreur" she seemed for the most part ftperirul and wan. This 1 attributed at ;ho. time to a defect in the technics of tho play, which, while It kept her most of the time In the center or the stage, gave her little or nothing to do. Certain it is that the traces of the years were most evident In repose and least so In active action. Whatever the cause of the defect was Immediately remedied. La Tishe was a mere girl, and the very toes of the san daled Phedre allowed like tiie pinkest of llltle plus to market. From then on till Magda I felt as If in contact with tho ires of eternal spring. My fading prime has been renewed, until I feel as young as she is, or even Mark Twain. For mere man It Is enough to know that youth and beauty live. But there have been women In the audiences at the Lyric, and they have Inquired In a spirit of pure science, no doubt how the efiect was achieved. The fact that In Adrienne her ii r io appeared thin and gray in the glare of the footlights they attributed to a lack of rice powder, and the effect of blue goggles on her eyes thny laid to an ex cess of shadow painting and an undue accentuation of the line from the corners of the eyes across the temples. Ah, but at the worst thsre remained the wonderful softness of the cheek! )iie scientist declared that this was a triumph of mere facial massage, and the gave reason for her deduction. The effect if masage, she said, Is to preserve tiie oft outlines of the cheeks at the ex pense of the lines of character and ex pression. It is like the work of the so ciety photographer, who Irons out the wrinkles In his plate, making tne dodder ing dowager look like a cigar box Uuuty. Fro.ii her chin to her temples, she said. Mine. Bernhardt's face, soft and fair I hough It is, expresses nothing.' t Fond male lliat I am, I had invented a more recondite theory to account for this that the art of the actress has always dealt with the simple, great emotions, tian scendlng the denotement ef character, how ever Intimate and varied. Its range, though not by any means vast, ran the gamut of elemental passion, and each of the notes whs absolute In quality and strength of tone. Perhaps I deceived my self. As a science criticism Is certainly fallible so fallible that one is tempted to grant Oscar Wilde's contention that it is in reality one of the foremost of the crea tive arts! Many have suspected Turner of withholding his true opinion of Ruskln s tire spun theories merely for fear of spoil ing his best advertisement. When people read a spiritual meaning Into "The Angelus" Millet replied that all he was trying to do was to Ax on his canvas a moment of twilight atmosphere. If you will have It so, the predominance of the single notes of passion In the art of Bern hardt Is tha result of facial massage. And yell And yet! In those eyes of hers the wiles of I A Tlabe gleamed and darkled even while her cheeks were wreathed with si) the smiles of girlish tenderness and fun. In the scene In which Magda is set upon by the bevy of dowdy provincial gossips and routs them Mme. Bernhardt for a moment gave her masque over to a very convincing expression of mingled boredom, amusement and outraged pride. Such moments are the effect of virtuosity, perhaps, rather than of the native genius for tne varied and blinding moods of character. - But If they had been the essence of her genius could any of what Bacon calls the srts cosmetic have poisoned those wonderful contours of youth and beauty. Queenly and Intrtnsla as that beauty Is, It is only the outward and visible sign of an Immeasurable flame within. Last meek 1 Intimated that she Is greater than any f her plays, or all of them for the matter f that,- snd suggested that the sum of her achievement might have been worthier U she lid nut left tho Theater Francals, and the hotter Influences In th modem tYench drama, lor a more general popu larityand Sardou. The close of her stay with us tinda me a little ashamed of the attempt to iset bounds to admiration. IIt personality and her urt hive the single ness and the Intnrity of an elemental force, (me does not rjuarrel with fire be cause It Is neither water nor air, nor a mingling of all three. ( nmlnit Krrnta, Jules Murry'a excellent company, headed by that clever artiste and entertainer, Miaa AUce John"n- cheduled for appearance In this city presenting "The MarrUga of Kitty," at the Boyd theater for a matinee and evening performance today. It is a wholly commendable performanc. never marred by a single deficiency of del-ill or performer, a fact for folks who like what Is best and cleanest In stage offerings and who love the hearty laugh that iprings from reeJ satire, wit, clever humor and repartee. Robert Edeaon, whose previous appear ance here In "Soldiers of Fortune" makes his visit one of the welcome eventa of tha driunatic season, will be the New Year'a attraction at the Boyd'a, hi engagement opening with a special matinee on Monday afternoon, presenting ouuinri i t comedy drama by Wm. C. DeMllle, In which this popular atar haa won a very flattering success artistically to say nothing of the lucrative gains which are said to have amounted to a small fortune alnce the premiere of tho play a year ago. Mr. Edeson, who has been Identified with plays of an American character, haa thla time selected a type never before utilized for stage purposes that of an educated Indian. The romances of the Indian, who under the Influence of a close contact with civiliza tion, haa desired to marry the woman not of his race, has figured largely In the news of the day, but up to the present time the stiifce has not pictured It. Harry 13. Harris has selected a company well calculated to handle effectively the roles entrusted to them. It Includes Mary Holand, who has won much success as Mr. Edcson'a leading woman; Sydney Ainsworth, Ira Hards, Louise Drew. Frank Oheen, Francis Bonn. Frank J. Mclntyre, Marjorle Wood. Rich ard Sterling. 11. David Todd. Harrison Ford, Madison Smith, Lucille Stanford. F. A. Turner, Kathrlne Kinrdan, Lawrence Bhcehan and a ntlmber of other well-known players. On Friday and Saturday evenings and a matinee Saturday, at the Boyd the attrac tion will bo I'auline Hall and her big opera company In "Dorcas," by Harry and Ed ward Paulton, authors of "Erminle," In which Miss Hall became the idol of metro politan music lovers during the memorable run of that opera at the Casino in New York. Although written along wholly dif ferent lines and widely differing In theme and treatment, "Dorcas" possesses all of the subtle charm of the former Paulton successes. Its plot has tho absorbing In terest and the continuity of action of a great drama; its humor la quaintly mirth provoking and its music dashing, tuneful and catchy. Klaw & Erlanger's wonderful spectac ular production of General Wallace's play, "Ben Hur." contlnuca the foremost offer ing In the amusement world, notwithstand ing that new plays crop up frem week to week. "Bon Hur" Is unquestionably the biggest production ever put together In the history of the amusement world big In the amount of scenery displayed, big In the number of people employed to rep resent the revels and sing the saored J? as uie iit-ciioB p.iiiivc u i . , In which eight horses fight for supremacy at breakneck speed. In the course of the alx yeara that "Ben Hur" has been before the public the Interpreting cast hua under gone many changea, as is to be expected, but the present one Is said to compare In evory way to the best that haa ever been Identified with It. enlisting as It does the services of Alphons Ethler, Julius Mc Vicker, Robert McWade, Jr., Charles Rle gel, Henry Weaver, Dorothy Rossmore, Mabel Mortimer. Daisy Robinson, Stella Boniface Weaver and Josephine Moore. "Ben Hur" Is scheduled to be staged at the Boyd en January 22, 23 and 24, with a Wednesday matinee. For the coming week at the Burwood theater the well known Leo Dietrich- stein farcical comedy, "Are You a Ma son?" will be the offering. The Idea Is to get away from the thoughtful mood engendered by the Intense drama of last week and to turn the thoughts Into a merrier channel with the glad New Year. The play is adapted from the German, and has to do with the scheme worked by Amos Bloodgood of Peoria, 111., to evade his wife's watchfulness. He pre tends he Is a Mason and spends his even ings down town with the ' boys." while his wife thinks he Is at the lodge doing good for his fellowmaii. The Bloodgood family goes to New York to visit a mar tied daughter. Her husband Is using a similar ruse to deceive his wife, and the two schemers are brought face to face, each trembling for fear he is Happed. A third party, who is a genuine Mason, Is Introduced and the fun Is made fast and furious, and all In a legitimate way. Mr. Schofleld will be Amos Bloodgood. the foxy old sport from Peoria, and Mr. Mor rison will have the role of Frank Perry, the New York man with a tendency to roam. All the other members ot the com pany are Included In the cast and are so located as to give each one a chance to contribute to the success nf the evening. The first performance will be given at a matinee this arternoon, and the piece will be repeated each evening this week, with a matinee on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 1' For four nights and three matinees, starting with a matinee toda. Mun'y & Mark, our old friends, will he the at traction at the Krug theater In their latest farce comedy, "Around the Town." This piece has more of a plot than Is gen erally found In the Murray , & Mack farces, but the plot is not allowed to in terfere In any way with the .excitement. Much attention has been paid to the mu sical numbers this season, many of which will be found very pretty. The opening chorus, comedy song and dance by Mur ray and Mack, assisted by Camilla Astor and Gladys Van. and a very funny march finale In the first act. In which a very novel theatrical effect will be introduced. In the last act an extremely pretty number Is introduced with twelve of the girls, six dressed ss Buster Brownies and six as girls. The Buster Brownies swing the girls, and as the swings go higher and higher they go out over the audience. The effect at first is quite startling, espe cially when the lights are all turned off In the theater and the many colored lights on' the swings are turned on. The com pany is a large one, numbering thirty-five people. For three nlgrhta and Saturday matinee, tarting- Thursday night, January 4. "llearti of Gold'' will be the attraction at the Kruf theater. The play tella a atory of Intenae heart interest. The aitua tlona are atrenf throughout and the char artera are all faithfully drawn. Mingled with the pathetio acenea of thla play la Just enough high clsss comedy to excite interest and create laughter. The scenery Is especially elaborate and a first claaa company Is assured. The Happy New Year bill at the Or pheum, beginning with matinee today and a special n atlnee Monday, Is calculated to fit the mood of the holiday season. Tha Okabe Japanese family, which. It will be re membered, on their one vlait her aoored heavily, will return to demonstrate their adaptability to entertain ua with their giaceful agility as equilibrists, jugglers and all-around acrobats. There are Ave adulta and three children In the family, each at tired In richly embroidered native coatumea, to which the addition of gorgeoua draperies and rugs add the peculiarly fascinating atmosphere of the orient. The merry mus ical minstrel, EM win Latelle, besides his ability to create tuneful harmony, la said to happily turn his worda Into a running fire of nondescript absurdities that are de cidedly funny. Among the Initial bidders from abroad are Le Elgonaa, who promise something In the comedy acrobatio line. For his admirers and friends Jamea II. Cul len will alng hla lateat parodies and unravel some humorous atories. Dixon and Auger, gtyled .. BaJon Md HJ rrten41.. wn forward the comedy element with a German dialect and straight character orees-fira skit. The distinctively vocal feature will be Mini von Wendl, said to be an unusually fine Tyrolean yoddler. "The Barnstermer," a skit, as the name implies, that has to do with comedy peculiar to the player felk, will be the vehicle for Mathews and Man ning, while the klnodreme pictures will be entirely new. $ At the New York Theaters. NEW YORK. Dec. 3 Holiday week has been a bonanza for theater ewnera and managers. Gotham eeems to have gone theater mad. Every playhouse in town was packed to its capacity at all the per formances riven this week and in several cases extra matinees were given on Tues days and Thursdays. Several new produc tions wore presented during the week. Colonel Flaherty of the Majestic theater won the hearts of Gotham's children by the presentation of one of the clean, dainty and laughable musical sho'3 for which his house is famed. Marl-Cahllt gave her clever portrayal of "Mellie Moonshine." which scored a decided hit with the chil dren, and the older theatergoers as well. Incidentally, It may be mentioned that smiling Colonel Flaherty Is one of the most popular managers In the city. Noteworthy by reason of the fact that It marked this distinguished actors farewell to a character he has made famous by several thousands of performances was the Christmas week engagement of James O'Neill, who revived "Monte Crlsto" In the West End theater. The production Is a new and elaborate one, and tilting in every wav the final performance of Dunns' great play. The company was an excellent one, including James O'Neil. Jr., Richard Allen. John J. Green, J. V. Dilllon. Charles H. Stevens. Bart Wallace, Thomas fid wards, Wlllard McKegney, Alfred Long, John Parks, Allen O" Meyers, John L. Green, Ed Short, Edwin Iune, James Hall, Edward Smith, John Benjainlne, Robert Iuer, Abigail Marshall, Kate Fletcher, tira Leigh and Louise Miller. For the first time in several years Henri etta Crossman appeared this week In a modern role, when, commencing with Mon day's matinee performance, she began an engagement in the Oarrlek theater, pre senting for the first time In this city the new comedy, "Mary, Mary, Quite Con trary." For several seasona Miss Cross man's successes have been achieved In romantic comedy and "costume" parts, hence an clement of noveliy attached to her present venture and Increased the In terest in her reappearance In Broadway. She was successful from tho start and the house was sold out for the week before tho Wednesday matinee. "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary," offers for this actress opportunltv for that style of work In which her admirers delight to see her. The char acter she portrays is that of an up-to-date young woman of wealth and position, with a will and a way of her own, never falling Music and Musical Notes NOT HER year has rolled around, Saens, though influenced by Bach and Wag und the white ri.ul nun nf tfioR ner. Is much more French In his thought and the white, clean page of 1006 Bnd'8tyle ,han the r0mposers of the Franck stretches out before us. The usual resolutions have doubtless been made upon the subject of keeping It spotless, and also a few prelimi nary smirches were probably attached to its purity along about 12 or 1 of the 81st or 1st. Seeing the old year out and the new year in is a strenuous proposition that demands vitality. The man who lntanda to begin l'jOti In a pious spirit had better go home early and get to bed. (Dolorous ad vice! I wouldn't even take It myself.) , I have visions of a New Year's eve dinner last year at Faust's in St. Louis. I can see the room lined with Christmas tseea, the red shaded lights, the hanging holly and mistletoe, each table, with a great vase of fresh hot hv'sse flowers In the center: the whole placw ablaze with Christ mas cheer. Large parties, small parties, pretty womeu In pretty clothes, good looking men in expansive shirt bosoms, waiters flying around with steaming dishes, and bottles, mostly reposing In silver buckets; then I guess I forgot a little ; anywuy, this is a far ramble from the sub ject of music. It's time to get back. Be- fore doing so, however, here'a wishing you Happy New Year, filled to the brim with happiness and prosperity. "Madame Schumann Heink-Rapp baa bought an estate In New Jersey, a beautiful place on a mountain top, with a view. She will seek relief from her artistic tempera ment in butter making." Now, ye dwellers on the heights, come oft your rarlfled perches, and get that into your cranlums. Behold Ortrud, with her sable mantle, stalk Into the milk cellar, and bid the dasher be put into her fateful hand. Whew! what butter. There's to be a little Rapp! It makes nine. To those musicians who have been fol lowing the excitement in the east over D'lndy and the ultra modern French school of composers, and who doubtless play much of their music, the following: criticisms will be of vast Interest. They give In an Interesting way the charac teristics of these Gallic extremists and em body the opinion of the best critics In the country. It remains for time to show whether Cesar Franck and bis followers have ivaJly founded a achool which will survive. They have departed absolutely from the old lines, have out-Wagnered Wagner, and put to shame even the pecu liarities of Richard Strauss. The question is, aren't they neurotlo freaks, who are torturing the chromatic scale to death? But then, think what craxy stuff the world thought Wagner's music at first. It of fended the ear, and seemed entirely Im possible In Its construction. To go back still further, what an uproar the dominant seventh created when it first came into use. Men's ears have become educated. When will they cease to respond to tonal combinations? The music ot these young Frenchmen has left people rather dazed From the New York Tribune. Why have these young men no melodies fdastlc enough to be developed lnlerest ngly and logically? What la the matter with the good old scale? Are there new thoughts and feelings In the world now to which the diatonic series cannot give expression? Or Is It Imagined that a new essunce or beauty lies hidden In whole lone progressions? Cso cerebral Ism, of which we hear much In connec tion with this latter day music, find ut terance only in the unlovely, the unwonted, the unexpected? Must natural sequence be forever after tabooed? From the New York Evening Post. After hearing thte two French concerts the thought uppermost In one's mind Is: "Why did not these young Frenchmen fol- lrtn, B.lnt.Cn, am m,.fTj I.. . f ..o I . ..turdly overrated Cesar Franck?" SalnU In generous Impulses, though occasionally departing from strict conventionality in working out her ow n purposes. The comedy Itself Is an adaptation from Hnrdou'a "A Scrap of Paper.'' It Is modernized, with scenes and persons of the present time, and met the full expectations of Miss Cressman'a friends and managers. Miss Croenman in the character of Misf Mary (and in tho comedy she has no other name) Is a rich New Yorker who knows the best people here and abroad. She styles herself a spinster, and fancies she mildly eeorne men, a view plired upon her esti mate of the many auiiers who have mid court to her In vain. She is a guest in a New England country home of her cousin, Mrs. Horace Helmore. when at a neighbor ing house arrives Herbert Danvers. an Eng lishman, who has spent three years globe trotting and collecting curiosities. Mis. Bel more, before her marriage, when she was Helen Merrlvale, hsd a mild flirtation wl'h Danvers. whose presence now causes her some uneasiness In the fear of her hus band's Jealousy of the former admirer. As a solution of all possible difficulty on this score she plans to Interest Mary and Dan vers In each other. At the outset she finds a woman who scoffs at men and a man who has persuaded himself that he Is a woman hater. Danvers expresses a perfect willingness to go away, but not without a souvenir of his past affair with Mrs. Pel more. He finds a letter the girl had writ ten to him, but had not delivered. She plots for the recovery of this letter and enlists the aid of Mary. This is an adventure t Mary's liking, and with characteristic im petuosity she takes the leadership In the conspiracy and, womanlike, resorts to methods that Instead of mending a trifling dlfTiuulty Involves everybody In a series of complications. Again J. M. Ra trie's propensity to Jest at the expense ef popular fads and follies was emphasized this week when Charles Froh man put Miss Ethel Barrymore forward In the Criterion theater assisted by her brothers Lionel and Jack in two new plays, "Alice Slt-by-the-Flre" and "Pantaloon." Both have been successfully given In the Duke of York's theater in London, and the quaint, sparkling humor of the author, which Is already so well exampled in "Peter Pan," once more has met with the favor of Gotham theatergoers. ' In the three-act comedy, "Alice Slt-by-the-Flre" Miss Barrymore appeared as the mother of a girl of IS who suddenly has ac quired wrong ideas of life from seeing prob lem plays. The role gave Miss Uirrymore all the opportunities she required for the display cf her exceptionally charming abili ties. In "Pantaloon" Lionel Barrymore played the title role. This is a flfty-minuto play, in which certain episodes In the pri vate lives of the pantomime people are utilized for delightfully novel treatment. It precedes the longer play In each evening's bill. "Pantaloon" was twice g.ven before the royal family of England recently, once In Sandringliam and tlio oilier time in Windsor, the repetition performance being requested on account of the special enjoy ment which the king and queen and their guests experienced at the first performance. Mr. Frohtnan has made handsome perform ances of both plays. In "As Ye Sow." which waa presented this week at the Garden theater, und Is a play of similar sort and with the same- dra matio merits as ""Way Down East" and "The Old Homestead," there is much prom ise. Originally written by the Kev. John Snyder, a St. Louis clergyman, for Sol Smith Russell, the pieco has Bcored big suc cesses both in Chicago and Boston. In the last place It ran throe months. This play promises to be one of the successes of the season here If the enthusiasm with which it was rendered this week counts for any thing. Mr. Joseph R. Cirismer is the acior who Mr. William A. Brady has secured to take the principal role and who makes tell ing Its powerful appeal to tho conscience and moral sentiment of the average t boater-goer, none too deeply stirred nowadays by the averago play on Broadway stages. "As Ye Sow" is a drama of simple but pic turesque Incident, of heart Interest a-plenty and filled with homely Incidental comedy. It has been mounted well, both as to scen ery and the drilling of the numerous groups of supernumerary actors employed, and It contains one sensational scenic effect of rc allstlo shipwreck. Prominent In the cast are, Messrs. Frank liilniore, Douglass Fair banks, Franklin Roberts. Miss Charlotte Walker, Miss Marion Chapman and others. With 140 consecutive Broadway perform ances to Its credit, "The Prince Chap" closed Its engagement in Joo Weber's tho ater tonight (Saturday). "The Prince Chap" la the most successful play of the current season, so far, since It has a rec school. He has, above all things, that which they all seem to lack tho divine gift of melody. His is the muslo of tho fjture In France. From the New York Sun. Phrasemaking, stagecraft and the calcium light pose are the three mighty factors in the Gallio music of our time. Over tho whole hovers tho huge shadow of Wagner. Y'our French Wagnmite is the maddist of them all. and these young, would-be Icono clasts Bruneuu, Chitrpentlcr, ChauK.son, Debussy-Dukas and D'lndy in their search after a method have fallen neck and heels Into the mushes of Wagner's mighty drag net. Their Idiom is the idiom of Wagner Gallicized. From the old-time sugary svwe'tness of French melody they have swung the pendu lum of their fancy to the far extreme of hot vinegar. They hate the tonic triad and they loath relative tonalities. Tin y would rather write in two keys at once or In no key at all then In a plain major mode. From the New York Staats Zeitung. . While it would occur to no one to deny to D'lndy seriousness, dignity and artistic view, and musical equipment in all techni cal matters, it would be difficult or rather impossible for Impartial music lovers to give his efforts their blessing. It Is a great and fine thing that the French com posers are trying to get fre from t If ir Insipid salon sentimentality. But It seems as If they unavoidably give up the spon taneity of their expression when they lid tbemaelvea of their Inherited evil. From the New York Herald. Judged by these compositions, the modern French school would seem to have for aaken all beaten paths and to be bent on a long voyage, of discovery into the musical unknown. One mere man In the audience put the case In a pithy phrase when he re marked that "there wasn't a tune you could hang your hat on." There wasn't. From the Boston Herald. Unflagging gaiety In allegros, smooth and obvious sentiment in andantes, no longer appeal to them except as a short and oc casional contrast. Unappeased yearning, vain Inquiry, somber meditation, passion that is largely neurotic these must be ex pressed in the most modern or even pro- fihetlc fashion if the attention of the hearer s to be fixed and held. Enjoyment of such muslo does not come at once nor can sucli muslo ba at once understood. It is as though grief and despair and sullen resignation were expressed In a language foreign to the one that hears, and lie is conscious that he should sympathize, but fears lest through Ignorance his sympathy might not fit the exact need at the desired moment. Much of the music of these ultra modern Frenchmen Is sad and often the sadness seems hopeless. From the Boston Transcript. The music resulting is as much the dis embodied sublimated human spirit as that spirit will ever be disembodied anil sub limated while It lives in the fleFli. it would be Burne-Jones if it were not Browning. It is disembodied thought that runs along supremely without reference' even to the mechanical aid of the brain which supports that thought. The pre Raphaelltes always paint as if their fivo senses had left fingers, eyes, ears behind and were making an excursion through the very petals of flowers und through men's eves to their very last depths. D Indy thinks as they, but he is more in tense. Like them he makes use of phys ical symbols to express whit' he has to say he has to, to make us understand. Like the pre-Raphaeliies he will paint tho nude, and paint it as beautiful and as bloodless as they. But he is more like Brownli g, In the Intel sitv that tangles his order or thought us Browning's was disarrayed. They used to complain or tho austerity, the coloi iessness. Ihe chill se verity or Prahms, a man who dwelt upai t on unreachable heights. But Brahms Is as simple and winning as a child beside the D Indy ot this quartet. Mme. Calve la Spring. 8he la ca go January 1. will not answer for a month. 'Ill recuperating at Hot billed to appear in Chl Tlie Boyd management for lier appearauc here Mr. Cuaraden haa changed the date of the first appoarnnct' of the Philharmonic orchestra There will be no concort cm January K, as at first planned. The next meeting of the Tuesday Morn ing Musical club will be on January , at the realdence of Mra. Crofoot. MART LEAR.VED. ord dT more performances than any other This beautiful plav brought out a new diamatlst In Edward I"eople, presented t'vril Scott as a star In a particularly sym pathetic rele, and Introduced two of the clevervst children who have been seen on the stage since the days of Elsie Leslie and Tommy Russell Both these children, Helen Pullman and FMIth Spear, not only have won their way into the hearts of the pub lic, but thev have displayed extraordinary' histrionic ability. On New Year's night Fay Templeton will begin an engagement In the New Amster dam theater In Klaw A Erlanger's produc tion cf George M. Cohens new play, "Fortv-Flve Minutes from Broadway' Mis Templeton and her new piece have held the stage of the Colonial theater In Chicago for several months, scoring the greatest artistic and financial success of the season, and will come to Gotham direct, from that city. Some Idea or the hit this attraction has made can he gauged from the statement that it played to ll'M.WO during the first seven weeks of Its run In Chicago. Gossip from gtagelaad. Virginia Harned's tour has been abruptly closed, and "La Belle Marsellalse," by M. Paul Berton. will be laid away for good and all time. Olga Nethersole has patched up her row with CIvde Fitch. The net result is that she Is soon to revive "Sapho" and add It to her asbestos lined repertoire. Frederick Thompson of Dundy A Thomp son will sail for Eilropa early next month to establish hippodrome on the lines ot the New York establishment In Paris and Ixindon. It is proposed to establish an International circuit of hippodromes. Tom Nairn, who Is back In vaudeville after his extended trip to Australia, haa worked up a new act which he Is soon to produce. It is a continuation of the Idea of his present sketch, "Pat and the Genii," and in It Mr. Nawn will have the assist ance of his wife and daughter. Fl J. Morjan, who retired from the cast of "The Prodigal Son" recently, was suc ceeded by Edwin Arden. Last week the latter, without any notice, threw up the part and retired from the company. A new member of the Llebler Co. forces will be called In to play the role when the com pany resumes Its tour. George C. Tyler, who Is the directing head of the theatrical firm of Llebler Ai Co., was on the sick list last week threat ened with an attack of appendicitis. Mr. Tyler while abroad last summer suffered a similar attack, but escaped the necessity of an operation. He Is being attended by two physicians and Is reported to be re covering slowly. Francis Wilson's next production will be "The Mountain Climber," a comedy adapted rrom the French, which Is now meeting with success in Ixndon. In one London presentation Mr. Wilson s one-act play, "The Uttle Father ot the Wilder ness," Is being used to complete the bill. The American production will be made about Easter time. M. B. Raymond, whose failure for $20rt.ono last season created a stir in theatrical circles, has again blossomed forth as an lmpressarto. Raymond's latest move Is to take over the management of the negro stars, Williams and Walker. He will or ganize a company for them to appear in the negro opera. "Abyssinia," Their tour will open shortly. Tod Sloan seems to have met with fail ure In his vaudeville stunt. The once pre mier Jockey recently appeared at jtam mersteln s Victoria In a monologue built along the lines laid down In James J. Cor- ! bett s heart-to-heart talks with his audi ences. Tod has not been booked very ex tensively since his first week. It Is one thing to ride horses and quite another to pilot a monologue to success. Charles Frohman has completed arrange ments for the return of Yvette Gullbert to this country next February after an ab sence ot ten years. The distinguished French cantatrlce was a music hall star when she last came over from Paris. It Is reported to be Manager Frohman s plan ut present to bring her over with a French concert company and give special matinees and Sunday night concerts at the Empire theater. James O'Neill Is approaching his B.oomh performance or Edmund Dantes in the dramatio version of "Monte Crlsto," O'Neill Is one of tho richest actors In tho business, but manages each season to add a few honest pennies to his fortunes by F'lnylng "Monte Crlsto." In this connection t Is interesting to note that the trio of really wealthy actors on the American stage of their time consisted of Joseph Jefferson, Joseph Murphy and James O'Neill. "Rip Van Winkle, "Kerry Gow," "Shaun Rhue," and "Monte Crlsto" are rather old friends that have assisted In piling up fortunes. James J. Corbett will tomorrow make his entry Into the Shaw fold and also un dertake a work 'as a legitimate actor, something ha has long desired to do. Cor bett's new move Is under the direction of Henry B. Harris In the play "Cashel By ron's Profession," which Is a drama In three acts adapted by Stanislaus Stange from George Bernard Shaw's story of the same title. It Is one of the crisp Shaw tales, dealing In this Instance with the lire of a pugilist who fights many ring battles while seeking his long lost parents and the girl he loves. It is a rather odd affair, said to be treated In the breezy Shaw style. Grace Reals, the actress, won a rather odd suit In her contest with Manager Fred Whitney In the eastern courts last week. Mi.-s Reals, It turned out, was engaged to play a prominent role In the opera "Rob Roy" some ten years ago, but at the last moment the part waa given to Miss Annie O'Keefe, a favorite of those days, who re tired after her marriage to H. C. Miner. Miss Reals has been unable In the Interim to secure a hearing of her suit unlll last week, when she was awarded a verdict of ll.Wi against Manager Whitney, covering her lis im for a salary of $75 a week for thirty-four weeks. Totally blind and awaiting the final sum mons that will close her earthl career, Mrs. W. J. Florence, who shared the stellar honors with her late husband. Billy Flor ence, Is reported to be In a dvlng condition at her home In New York City. Mrs. Flor ence Is Tfi years old, and up to a vear ago was enjoying excellent health. Then her eyes suddenly failed her and since that time her condition has grown weaker and weaker. Her two sisters, Mrs. Barney Wliliums, widow of the comedian, and Mrs. George F. Brown are In constant attend ance upon Mrs Florence. It has been some years since she lsst appeared upon the stage. With the late Billy Florence her most notable success was achieved In ttie play "The Mighty Dollar." The Christmas number of the Dramatic. News Is by far the best In every regard that paper has ever gotten out. It Is a number the editor may well be proud of, particularly from the artistic and literary standpoint. The articles are all good, and reveral of them are of moro than ordinary value. Among these Is one on "Dramatic Art," by E. S. Wlllard. a scholarly and complete exposition . of the subject which cannot fail to interest the student of the drama and of general literature. Another is a dissertation by Frank Wllstach on "The Province of Dramatic. Criticism." In which the author, who has suffered to some extent through the perversity of the guild, philosophically determines that tho crttlo does serve a useful purpose. Last year The Bee took occasion to congratulate Editor Bettlehelm on the Improvement noted in nis paper, ana now wishes to re rest the congratulations for the same rea son. The Dramatic News Is udvanclna to a high position among Journals devoted ex clusively to me affairs of the stage. 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OYO'S THIS AFTERNOON TONIGHT Thp New York and London Comedy Suit'ocs. .11 l.V.S Ml RKV'S COMKllY COMPANY, including MISS ALICE JOHNSOX. in THE MARRIAGE OF KITTY With Mr. Harrison .1. Wolfo a Sir Reginald IU1le. HARGA1.N MATIN KK 25c, olH THE NEW YEAR OFFERING MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY Special New Year's Matinee Monday -Extra Matinee Wednesday. ROBERT EDESOR3 MANAGEMENT HEN'HY 11. HARRIS, in "STRONGHEART" It Was the Most Discussed Phy in the East Last Season I FRIDAY AND SATURDAY--Matinee Saturday PAULINE 13-3 ALL OPERA COMPANY RES R By the author of "Ermlnlo " An Exceptional Cast and All tha Orljlnl Scenery, Coatumea, etc. Five Performances, Commencing Sunday Night, January 7 THE KIKKE LA KHELLE CO. ANNOUNCE DUSTIN FARNUM and prominent associate players, In "THE VIRGINIAN" The Dramatio Triumph of the Past Two Seasons. WEDNESDAY MATINEE. BURWOOD thbI1vl The Woodward Stock Co. THIS AFTERNOON, TONKiHT AND ALL WEEK 16th BIG WEEK SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S MATINEE MONDAY'. PROFESSIONAL TUESDAY MATINEE, DOUBLE ORCHESTRA. Prices Nights and Sunday Matinee, 10c, 25c; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Matinees, 10c, lioc. f CREIQHTON ThB 404. WEEK COMMENCING Sunday Matinee, Dec.31 Today 2:15 Tonight 8:15 Modern Vaudeville OKABE JAPANESE TROUPE Unrivaled Oriental Pastimes EDWIN LATELL The Merry Musical Minstrel ' LES ELG0NAS European Comedy Acrobatic Artiet JAMES H. CULLEN The "Man From Tho West" DIXON & ANGER The Baron and His Friend MIRZL. VonWENDL Tryolean Yodkr MATHEWS & MANNING "The Barnstormer"" KIN0DR0ME Always Something New EXTRA New Years Matinee Monday, Jan. 1, 1906 PRICES-10C, 25c, 50c Ik A young man wants a. warm room. Ha will look orer the Room-for-Rent Ada on the Want Ad page of The Bee. If your room li ad Terliitd there, he will come to look at It. Now la the time to rent your vacant room. You ean run a 10-word ad three Himae for 10 cents. Telophase 23S. ! 30,000 Btal Circulation. Woodward &Durgcss Managers. ENTINQ C AS" ARE YOU A MASON? 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