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THE OMAHA SUNDAY ITEE : SEPTEMBER 27, 190S.
MARY GARDEN ON OUR ART
Blngtr OiTei Her Viewi on American
Taite in Music.
CRITICS TOSM OPIITIONS OF PUBLIC
Wh Ptll a Hrallr Edarad a4
the Pel IndrrKind Thin
Thra Art Will Be Most
Papa la r.
Ary one who heard Mary Garden tn
Thsls" In Now York last wlntor will ap
prwlats the art lot Ic Impulse which caused
he rto locate temporarily In an apartment
house called 'Hie Lorelei," miy the New
York Bun. a
Mlaa Garden herself laughs away the
susa-estlon that the fitting word on the
doormat haa any meaning, but then she
laugh away nearly everything In the way
of a subject that Is broached at first, be
in In a partlculaily joyous mood. She
even laughs at the critics more heartily
thnn at anything else.
The hour Is one at which prima donnas
are not usually visible. It Is precisely 10
In the morning, a time thst Miss Oarden
has suggested herself. It furnishes an ex
ruse. If any were needed, why the Inter
view should Utke place In Miss Garden's
There are big easy chairs of chlnts,
sprinkled with bunches of violets; the sun
tight, a flood of It, comes through long
silk curtains; photographs, flowers, books
and dogs are strewn stout, and the trim
French maid, who only onoe forgets her
self and speaks English, has hidden care
fully away every bit of lingerie which
might give too domestic a touch.
At U R. !.' Is the bed, an ornate affair
that reminds one of the pictures' of the
seventeenth century beauties who used to
recflve morning callers reclining under
perfumed coverlids and laco edged sheets.
Later in the Interview Miss Garden con
fesses that she has weak ankles, but so far
as the observation of the artist and Inter
viewer went this cannot be vouched for;
neither can feminine curiosity be satisfied
In regard to her costume for the occasion,
for the much vaunted pre-Raphaellte
shoulders and the poetlo persuasions of
more flesh and blood are hidden from view
by these same coverings. There Is a bit of
lace, baby ribbon and medallions visible
now and then, but Just as pen and pencil
are raised to do justice to the result the
edge of the sheet Is pulled up provoklngly,
a pillow blots her out and you have to
Imagine the rest.
The impressions that one carries away
are of her freedom from futile posing,
her human grasp of things and as much
detachment from vanity as It Is possible
for a celebrated woman to have.
Perhaps It Is the ahsonre of this quality
that makes her especially vigorous in the
expression of hor surprise at the success
of "Louise,'; which she describes as "tre
mendous" and at which she Is still In a
state of amasement.
Her Success Expected.
"I can hardly understand It yet," she
says. "I knew, of course, that I would
have suocesa here, one always knows those
things, does one not? But I did not think
for a moment that I would win It with
Louise," which I thoughjt too distinctly
Parisian too modernly Parisian, I might
say to ploase the American operagoera.
You see, I had the prejudices and past of
this operagolng class In mind and I studied
It considerably. I firmly believed when
I landed that Thais' would be the work by
which I should win or lose. I thought that
'Pelleas and Mellsande' would probably
provoke much discussion, for and against,
and 1 scarcely took 'Louise' Into considera
tion at all. 'Louise' haa made the success
and Thais' has only a polite popularity.
"I sometimes wonder If 'the misunder
standings of LoulBe have not helped to
this surprising result. For she has been
misunderstood first of ay by the critics
and then by the people themselves. Heart
less, vicious, cold-blooded, vain as I be
lieve her to be, yet she ha the sympathy
of the American audience, while the dear
old people who have nourished her, Idol
ized her and tried to keep her uncon
taminated aro sharply criticised. I think
this Is because the great mass of people
who see this opera believe when she finally
does go that she Is going to be respectably
married. They do not grasp the Idea of
that free love which to the French is so
Understandable, a part of the grlaette's
life.' Consequently they feel that the par
ents are unnecessarily severe and are
standing In the way of her happiness.
About Iter Parts.
"Louise has suffered too from the mis
understanding of the critics, suffered and
grown strong through that suffering. On
of them went so far as to cavil at the way
1 dressed the part, being especially virulent
toward the unoffending shoe buckles. The
Paris grlettes are very smart and trig In
their attire. If I had added a gold watch
and chain, a bracelet or earrings I should
riot have exaggerated. Every one who
knows Paris has noted and admired their
little coquetries of attire as well as of
manner. When they run away from home
and go out Into the world not to be re
spectably married It la often the aartorlal
lure rather than the lure of free love
which, drags thsm out and down.
"The shop and sewing girls are con
stantly In an atmosphere where nothing Is
talked about but drees. Moat of them
work at Kedfern'a, Doucet's, Worth's or
similar establishments. In the slang of
the Paris studios and streets they are
called 'Mlml Plnaon,' after a oharacter by
that name In Henri Murger'a famous book
of the Latin Quarter, a nomenclature which
Is also familiar to those who know Puc
cini's 'La Boheme.' One would not think
of comparing these little girls, most of them
In their teens, to a degraded class. Yet
the critics, not content with an equally un
savory comparison for Thais repeated It
for Louise. The word 'tenderloin' waa
dragged In continually. They seemed so
familiar with the place that I, who abso
lutely did not know what they meant
finally asked to have the mystery ex
plained. It waa.
"Of course such a comparison la as ab
surd In the one case as In the other. Cer
tainly so in the case of Thais, a celebrated
courtesan In the days when the role In life
had nothing abysmal about It. Whsn wo
men of her kind lived like queens-were
queens In fact, sdored by the men who ad
mired their minds as well as their bodies,
Mends oftentimes of the women who were
in marital bondage and could not on that
tially patronesses of art and letters, for
which they spent fortunes.
"Neither Is Louise a tenderloin type. Bhe
loves life, its froth and fun, which dmn not
necessarily mean anything vicious. Bhe
Hot selling herself for gain. She 1s merely
a cheery little skater on the edge of an
abyss, like the 'Mlmls' In general, who are
so well understood on the boulevards and
In Montmartra, who are loved for that very
quality of unthinking gayety and who often
end their butterfly career by marrying If
they do not topple over first.
"AH the 'Mlmls' In Paris love this opera
of 'Louise.' and they simply adore Charpen
tier, the composer, who made their class
famous. When the news was cabled to
Paris that my first night appearance waa
postponed on account of my Illness they
tabled ino a message of sympathy, to which
I Immediately responded with one of
thanks. It waa the custom of Monsieur
ware oi wis ipre lonuque to snd four 1
tickets every night to be distributed to the
'Mlmls,' so thst they couM s the opera.
They were distributed at the Conservatoire,
an establishment founded by Chsrpentler
out of the fortune he made In 'l-ouise.'
There the 'Mlmls" can go after the days
work, and get free Instruction In slnslng.
acting and fencing. 1'nfortunately the Con
servatoire has not been the greet success
that waa predicted for It. I do not kno
why, unless It is that the girls are so tired
when their day's work Is over thst they
hsve no heart or smbltton to study. Yet
they are most appreciative of Charpetitler'i
Not a. Tender Cola Type.
"Doesn't It seem to you," asks Miss
Oarden, "a If the Interest displayed In
the characterisation of these roles Is proof
of the fact that the old-time methods are
taking their proper place In the mosaic of
grand opera and are no longer the entire
substance? I do not mean to ssy by that
that the old operas have lost their prestige,
but I do mean to say that a new note haa
been sounded and so there can be no going
"Operas like Thais.' 'Louise,' 'Pelleas' et
Mellsande' and even 'Gwendolln,' which la
a revival of Chabrler's that I am prepar
ing for my coming Paris season, show that
for a singer Xo make a success In grand
opera It la not necessary that she should
have a few tremendously high notes or a
phenomenal voice of wonderful range. Bhe
muat have a wall placed voice, she must
have great Intelligence and great person'
allty. To come forward to the footlights
and amaxe with vooal pyrotechnics Is no
longer enough to make a reputation in
Europe; but If aha has an Impassive tem
perament and a profound belief In the
efficacy of coloratura she will always have
the joy of coming back here, even though
Europe sees her depart without regret. For
there is no doubt Judging from what grand
opera is at present In this country there
will for a long time be a class of adherents
to the belief that tone should outrank mere
Miss Garden disclaims any personal
meaning In her comparison of methods. "1
have been accused of jealousy of Hint
Tet-tra Oh, I never can think of her name.
Oh, yes Mme. Tettraszlni. On the contrary,
I was one of the first to suggest to Mr.
Hammerstein that he secure her servioes.
for I thought It would be a very good thing
for the Manhattan. There Is room for us
all, an audience for us all. But one must
have one's belief, one's standards, and must
fight for what one believes, else what Is
the good of having worked and moulded
American Art and Critics,
"Nor did I mean anything carping and
critical In the article I wrote for Every
body's Magaxlne. It was not an attack
on Americans lack of art In the sense In
which It has been quoted by some of the
dailly papers. I meant this: That while
there is great appreciation of art In Amer
ica and a great longing for the best that
can be obtained the masses of the people,
who are in every other country the ar
biters In matters of this kind, show no
evidences of the struggle, the fight, the
Ups and downs that precede the establish
ment of a standard which, once obtained
and recognised, they will have at all
hazards of critics, impresarios and box
"They sit quietly while the play or opera
Is In progress. Then they go home and
read the papers the next morning to see
what they shall think about It. They are
too inclined to follow the dictation of this
reading. In Europe the critics exist. They
will always exist, for they represent an
established Institution, but they do not
oount as they do here. The final verdlot
la given by the people over there, people
who sit In the gallery, people who pay a
rew centimes or a f rarto, tor . fat put
who have standards and will abide by those
standards whatever happens.
"When the people here have thla free
dom of thought and thla training, when
they have unshackled themselves from the
habit of accepting the opinions of profes
sional critics, then you will have the great
est art In the world.
"If your country had commenced by de
voting itself entirely to the development
ana maintenance of such standards, why.
wnere would you be? Nowhere at all
If you even attempted at the present time
to place too strong a force In that direo
tlon you would go mad. You have had to
grip hold of big vital financial and'political
problems. You are still gripping them and
you have had to sacrifice your development
In some direction. So art has suffered, but
when some of these questions are answered
there will no longer be a chance for crit
Iclsm; there will no longer be a weak place
in your armor to attack on this point.
Galleries for the Poop.
Think what It will mean when the time
oomes that the common people can go to
tne gallery for 10 cents as they do in
Paris, for even 35 cents, and hear the great
est operas in the world, produced under
the most able management and presenting
the greatest singers. When, Instead of
having two opera houses here in New York,
you have four or five and an opera season
that does not close after two or three
"Do I think It necessary that a woman
should have had many emotional ex
periences before she can make others feel,
either with her voice or her acting? I cer
tainly do. I would aay to any woman who
was going to sing, don't shut yourself away
from emotions, but use them for your de
velopment. You must thrill yourself be
fore you will get that responsive thrill
that comes back to you over the foot
lights and makes all the preliminary strug
gle seem worth while. One does not havt
to go through the same experiences as
those depicted by the heroine of drama or
opera, but one must be sympathetic, and
It la only through suffering that tha qual
ity of sympathy Is obtained."
Her Own Early Life."
Speaking of her own early struggles, Miss
"I went to Paris at the Instigation of
some people who were willing to bear the
expense of my training for the sake of tha
future which I hsd been fortunate enough
to convince them awaited me. Progress
was slow very slow. One day they got
tired. They lost faith In that future, so
intangible, so elusive, so uncertain to them
not to me. for in the darkest hours I
never lost faith in myself.
"8o when the girls with great ambitions
and small Incomes come to me and ask me
what shall they do, I say wait; wait until
at least three year's expenses are guaran
teed. If they have that to depend on, all
well and good; if not, they are better off.
But does one ever convince by telling of
one's own hardships? Not If the ambition
Is real, and the other ktnd had better be
Miss Garden displays some wonderful
gowns that will probably not appear at
the Manhattan. One for the part of Manon
Lescaut is particularly charming of green
silk, flounced with lace that is embraced by
garlands of silk roses.
"I believe I am the flrat prima donna,"
she laughs, "that ever dressed a grand
opera role In shirt waist and sailor hat,
and shows the allk linings to Louise's little
gowns. What would the critics say If they
should know that Louise wore silk linings?
They never shall unless you tell them.
I have been Informed that my modiste Is
both psychological and physiological. Well,
Redfern, who makes all my costumes.
both, but he tskes suggestions amiably.
For I believe that both or those qualities
should enter into the gowning of a part.
"For Instance, my costume for the role
of Margusrlte, which I shall play soon,
Is a little different from those worn by
the other singers, t think, s In the first
art she will wear pur whit. In the sec
ond, according to the quaint German cus
tom of her time, she will show by the lit
tle purple oap that she haa passed be
yond the pale and Is neither maid aor
wife. The dress for this act will be of
pale b lue and green, the big green sleeves
slashed with Vslvet In the prison seen
she will wear black."
"And your fads?" '
Her One Fad.
Miss Garden glances reproachfully at
the questioner, then at her two dogs, fog
and Scotch terriers, who answer to tb
names of Peeps and Scotty. Her sister
answers for her. ,
Miss Garden turns the look of reproach
alsterward and says:
"You know I don't believe In them,"
But the alster goes on relentlessly. "Every
day a new one. Long-haired ones; short
haired ones; crystal ball gasers, trance
mediums, palmists, tea-leaf artists, men
who smoke loi)g black cigars"
"Oh. that one waa great," Interrupts
Miss Garden, pounding the pillow In her
excitement. "He told me I would oommlt
suicide this year and for a what do you
think? a man. He must have meant a
man, for he said that if I had stuck to my
art I never would, and of course there Is
only art and man that a woman commits
"Then I wonder If I dare tell you. , It
isn't serious enough for an Interview, so I
will. He gave me the names of two men,
full names, one English or American, ons
French, and said that they were both to
affect my life very materially. No, I won't
tell you the names. I have locked thsSllps
of paper that he wrote them on In my
Jewel box and I assure you that if I ever
meet anybody with one of those names "I
shall have heart failure.
"But I don't believe In fortune telling.
It's perfectly silly, of course."
PARENT WORSHIP. IN COREA
Miss Snook, Itetsraed Missionary,
Says Ancient Rella-lon la Hard
Miss Velma Snook, who has been for
the last eight years a missionary In Core,
addressed the members of the Women's
Missionary societies of the Presbyterians
churches at the First church, Friday af
ternoon. "Christianity is known In all parts of
Corea, now," said Miss Snook. "There
are a few remote regions that have not
been reached, but they are getting less
and less numerous. There la no very strong
religion to combat except the worship of
ancestors. The ancestral tablets are the
last Idolatrous emblem that the Corean
will surrender when he accepts the Chris
tian faith. When they become Christiana
they ara never satisfied until they have
told all of their friends and their rela
tives. They give freely their time and go
Into the heathen provinces to preach with
out remuneration. They give money, too,
when they have it, but that Is not often,
as they are a very poor nation.
"They have lost their country, and they
feel the Invasion of the Japanese very
keenly. They say that they have nothing
but their belief In Christianity to rely
on now. They are particularly anxious to
get an education. We haven't nearly
enough facilities nor teachers to take care
of the pupils that come to us. The coun
try has unquestionably been benefited by
the Japanese In many ways, however. The
Japanese have opened up their commerce
and made many Improvements. But they
are sometimes harsh and unkind. This
was especially true at the beginning when,
because of the war, the govir,;ment had
to send inferior mn to take charge of
the province, and a very undesirable class
of Japanese came Into the country."
The visiting societies were entertained by
the society of the First church after the
meeting, and light refreshments were
ANNIVERSARY OF TRAINMEN
Members from Trl-Cltles ' Join In
Observance of Order's Silver
Speech-making, dancing and an all-round
good time marked the celebration in Omaha
of ths twenty-fifth anniversary of the
founding -of the Brotherhood of Railroad
Trainmen. During this week the 788 lodges
and 101,000 members of the order, scattered
all over the country, are celebrating the
8MDt' WhlCh t0k place on SePtmber 23,
The four local branches, Nos. 138 and
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No. 620 of Council Bluffs. Joined at Crelgh
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sliver anniversary of the birth of the grand
lodge. Several hundred trainmen and their
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Secretary C. B. Norrl. of the Council
Bluffs lodge presided, and on the platform
with him were the speakers of the evening
and-the masters of the four
M. Tanner of South Omaha opened the
......, . exercises wtin a general address
on organised labor, and hrtii
ulated the trainmen on the success of their
Dean George Allen Bvh .
strong address on, "The Railroad Man and
Hla Home." lauding the influences of home
and femlly In the trainman's life Con
gressman Gilbert M. Hitchcock spoke along
the line of "ProgTeas." applauding the
great forward steps thst have been taken
In recent years for the benefit of the
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NEWS OF THE ARMY POSTS
Captain Flynn of Fort Rn,i..
Called as Witness In Court-Martial.
Captain W. F. Flynn of rh !,. h ..
airy, F ort Hoblnson. was a visitor at army I
headquarters Friday morning, enroute to '
run wavenwortn as a witness In a gen
eral court martial case.
J. Y. Ol.'son. civilian
fice of the chief engineer of the Depart
ment of the Missouri, hss been ordered to
Fort Robinson on temporsry duty. He will
be engaged In the re-survey of the bound
aries of the Fort Robinson military restr
vation, under the direction of
Flrt Claxa Sergeant Albert
Pny H. Slgn.l Corp., hss been relieved
from duty In the office of ih. i,i. .,
officer of the Department of the Missouri
...u oraerea lo report to the command
lng officer at Fort Omaha, from which
post he will accompany a detain,...
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tne slgnsl corps under orders tn. .- ......
Ipplnes. The order will become .tt..t-
Leave of absence for
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Captain E. H. Schulx of th. r- -
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Riley on duty In connection with the uro
lection of the banks of the Kaw river at
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