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THC OMAHA SUNDAY P.KK: XOVKMUliU 1. 190.
Gossip About Plays, Players and Playhouses
V n i aas
MAIIA hail another himy wejk
In the tlirairtml way, ami much
transpired that lll be talko!
of 'in future days, when the
present generation has reached
the reminiscent stage of life.
Xlrt. "The Iievll" brought Jila long slay
to a rloBt; at the fiurwo d. Thirty-nine con
secutive performances, and each to paying
business, la a fair record for a play In
Omaha, and when It ta audi u play mk
this It speaks much of credit to the excel
leneo of the performance that It should te
Riven with such effect to hold the public
Interest bo Ion. The Hurwood flock c-im-Vnv
liua assuredly made a record In this
regard. Th next notabfe feature was the
appearand- of Ij.ivld Wnrfield and com
pany In "The MuhIc Master." This was
mudo the occaainn of the assemblage of
four capacity audiences at the Rurwood.
At the Boyd splendid musical comedy
company, offering "The Three Twins."
was sadly nrglocted bv the public. Tin
business was fair, hut riot what the com
pany deserved, for the piece was snappy
and bright, and the organization one of
the beat seen here In a long time. It was
succeeded by "The Top o' th' World." an
other fine entertainment of the kind, with
the original company and production, and
this got the money. The Krug had lis
lunula- weekly experience, and the Oipheum
lid (nod business in spite of the other at
tractions. ' All In all, the week was a good
une for the theaters, and proved, If noth
ing else, that the political situation has not
yet destroyed the capacity of the public
for amusements. The coming week offer
much that la good, and the Omaha folkf
will have plenty of reason for going lo the
MOM 13 MOW l'l.AVK VOtl I.ONUON
Jerome Provide t Notable 1'nrt for
IOXDOX, Oct. .11. (Special Correspond
entsWhatever (lie fate of Jerome K.
Jerome's piny. "Fanny and the Servant
Problem," In England. It is bound lo go
well In the t'nlted States, where doubtless
it Will appear before long. Charles Froh
inun "presented" It Here this week at the
Aldwycli theater, fr.im which "Paid In Ku't"
has Just disappeared after an 111-derervcd
fiasco. The chief trouble with the new
Jerome play Is that It contains bo many
fresh and unconventional terms of thought
.In so many unexpected places. When o
light comedian walks backward toward a
chair that holds a silk hat. It Is from many
respected viewpoints an outrage on the feel
Iiiks of the audience and a violation of lhn
drama's luws if the comedian refrains from
hitting tn that hat.' Thus in "Fanny and
,tlie S-'rvaiit Problem'' we have a lordling
who marries a niualc-Uall ringer, and brings
her to his anccMral halls and Introduces
her to his two maiden aunts. It was fore
ordained that the inuhlen aunts should be
comic cats and when they fall 16 fulfill
their function and prove to be as gentle
and dignified and lovable as the old ladles
tn Owen Wlater's novel, "Lady Baltimore,"
It Is as disconcerting as when the comedian
doewn't alt on the hat. Likewise,, when the
actress, who Is supposed to have' come of
"good family," arrlvea at her stately new"
home, she discovers that the butler la her
uncle, and that the twenty-two other serv
untg are ull relatives. You begin lo enjoy
In advance tho humors of the comic butler,
and at any rate! if you are an average
British critic are inclined to have a griev
ance agulnst Jerome when he doesn't give
you exuetly the sort of butler you had
counted on, but has been so contrary as to
provide a partly-comic character that re
quires thought and gives some hint of an
ethical intention. By all the rules of the
name, too, (lie lordling should be an ass,
but as played by that, fine young actor.
Leslie Fabcr, the lord Han lock of Jeromes
play Is Just different enough from the ex
pected type to dlHturb the equanimity of
experts In those rules of tho game. . .
In tlio end. of course, the music hall lady
triumphs over the butler and the rest of
her relatives, and the play ends happily.
Sometimes H la fnri-lrnl, sometimes it is
first rate comedy, Rnd sometimes it drugs;
but It is a well constructed and carefully
thni'ght out play and If It fails so much
tin worse fur the English stage. The pit
end gallery seenid to enjoy It morj than
tho half guinea part of the audience.
The American Interest cf the piny lies In
the fact that the principal part Is glvrj to
Tannic Ward, and provides that sprightly
young woman with a first rate chance.
Borne of . the critics complain of her AimrJ
can accent, but no one denier that she has
made a noteworthy rureeBs. She left her
much admired diamonds at home, ton, ''Al
though there was a spit ndld chance to dis
u nnother of the Krohman houses G. P.
Huntley Is achieving th-j coveted "house
full" sign nightly at 'he doors with his
musical coined v "The Hon'ble Phil." The.
hook in Ins or nio3t of it and the chief
elements of the success cf the piece are
1 Is. too, for he has filled himself with a
part that brings out his droll humor to
the test possible advantage. . There is one
Ri od thing about the plot, too, namely, it
doesn't even niaka bluff at being a plot.
'Jheie is something about a summer resort
Island Ir. tile Mediterranean or somewhere
whose authorities tine anybody who wears
ordinary cottun.e, so that titled young
gentlemen may quite easily be mistaken by
fascinating young ladiea for base born boat
men. The production is distinguished by
the return to the stage of Denise Orrne.
who married n peer's sorj a f w months ago.
Kva, Kcllv, who really can act. has all too
Small a part In the piece. But Huntley Is
moat of the show and Is a fountain of Joy.
Hubert Henry Da vies' new play for Mary
Moore at the Criterion is a bit disappoint
' lng after "The Mollusc." In "Lady Ep
plng's Lawsuit" w? have the same, sort
of a "Mary Moore part," but without the
. neat, shrewd Idea that made "The Mol
; luac" soim-thing more than an ever.ings
light entertainment. Ijidy Kpplng was a.
futile, fashtiiiable. wculd-be dramatist, who
Inveigled a reul playwright into collaborat
liifc' with her. pr.d then (tuod hou afterward
lor annexing her plot for himself. It is a
delightful tkit on u certair. tpe of tlufly
inlndcd Kngliah woman,- but Mr. Havies
has painted the same ty!H? twice before for
the same actress
If. B. lrvin began fata London season
as nn cior-nianug'i' at the SJ afterbnry on
riiurVdiiy nlrflit with a prod id ton tint will
piobalily f nil Its place hi future historic
of the stage. The play was "Tim L.ions
Mall.'- In which Irving' father, nt the age
of r. made one of his first great successes.
H. I:. Is now m and has become sc. like
the late Sir Henry in face ant voice that
the resemblance Is Rlmnst startling. And
the younger Irving', performance of thi
robust, straightforward, old-fashioned melo
drama Is no feeble Imitation of bis father s
work,, but Is so vigorous, effective and
compelling as to strengthen the growing
conviction that H. B. has readied a point
where his father's fame I no longer a
help to him, but rather a hindrance. The
welcomo extended to Irving and his wife,
Dorothea Balrd. was unmistakably hearty,
and unless the sighs fall it will not be 1 ng
before he has a permanent theater In Lon
don. At present he is busy grubbing among
the masses of plnys rent In to him for two
or three that are better than mediocre.
It Is Interesting to note that In the cast of
"Tim Lyons Mall" is Frank Tyars, who
who plays the old father. This same actor
war with !! nry Irving In 1ST" whin the
latter first appeared in the play. Chrh s
Dodsworlh Is another sterling tutor In the
present company who was lung with tho
elder Irving. Even Frank, who was bit'
Henry's dresser for years and years, 1b now
serving the son In the same capacity. Biam
Stoker Is about all that is needed to make
the reincarnation complete but the amiable
Bram Is now mostly out of theatrical work
and is busy writing fiction.
The appearance of yet another life of
:lr Henry Irving renews speculation KB
ij why his sons. H. B. and Laurence, have
never contributed to the published memo
ries of Irving, although both of thm write
well. One of the , best of the American
mugazines made them an excellent offer
for a life of their father nine time ago,
end they seriously considered It, for they
have a mass of unpublished letters, pictures
al.d otlur material of great interest. But
the work of getting all this material into
shape seemed so formidable that the sub
ject was permitted to drop. So long as
their mother lives I l-)ubt if the sons will
publish anything concerning their , father
notwithstanding the provocation of some of
Kllon Terry's lomtnent.
CI PTI8 BROWN.
t the (ainempi He.
The Cnmeraphone genuine talking and
ringing pictures aie attracting large audi
ences of highly pleuse.1 and enthusiastic
pliy-goers to the Cameraphone (heater.
Hoi Douglas street. Having already re
produced in toto, with the original cast,
Costumes, nongs. ensemble and scenery,
the entire first act of Gilbert & Sullivan's
spectacular Japanese comic opera, "The
Mikado." the management of the Cnmera
phone theater now present Act 2, complete,
with grand chorus finale. Next Wednes
day will be ladies' souvenir day.
(ioMlp from Maarrlanrt.
It Is cabled that Mr. and Mrs. Kendall
have made romething of a hit with "The
Whirlpool" of Herbert Swear in which
the former playr a middle aged American
speculator and tho latter a sitlmental
spinster. It Is a convention.il tale or gaml
ling. dishonesty, lost fortunes and self
sacrifice, with some sentimental passages
for Mrs. Kendall.
Kate Terry, sister of Ellen, Is over here
to play the emotional lead in a new Paul
Bourget drama called "Divorce." Asked
her own opinion of the legal separation,
she answered: "That Is a (iiiestlon which
1 haven't thought very much about I'm
afraid. Neither 1 nor my sister have had
anything like that In our family, and, of
courre. I cannot speak from personal ex
perience. I do believe, though, that it is
not right for two persons not congenial to
live together when there Is a way for them
Blanche Bates la novenxing he new play.
"Do you believe that work is the curse
of the drinking classes?" Charles Darnton
asked May Irwin. "I eertalnly do,' she de
clared, coming down solidly on the plat
form. "1 am glad to meet you. Let us get
together on tins question. Many great
thinkers, perchance, have turned this mat
ter over in their minds, but 1 don't believe
they have ever turned It loose. The time
has come for lis to deal with It fairly,
fearlessly and intelligently. I-ook lout
you. and what do you see? I repeat. hat
dJ vou see? I will tell you: Kverywhere
you' see the working habit interfering with
the drinking habit. One Is antagonistic to
the other. The man who works In com
pelled to neglect his duties at the bar.
This Is the hiBtory of our great common
wealth and history is repeating itself
with great regularity."
Music and Musical Notes
MR. CARL SOBESKI
TEACHER off SINGING
twdlo mi Davenport Street.
Bsceptton Hours 3:00 to 6:00 P. BC
Loudon, New Voik and Button.
TTEND, ye musical critics! Give t
ear, ye- who write tidings of
the musical events!
Here cometh an account (or
part of an account) of the
singing of Madame Emma
Calve at Topeka, Kan., on Friday night, a
'"Last night Calve sang to little more
than a handful of people at the Grand.
Possibly the difference In the price had
something to do with It, for we provincial
people are still rather prone to weigh our
art with the dollar mark. But, at any rate,
wo. are not 'falling' for the song bird in
concert as we once fell."
"Calve appeared for her first number In
a bad humor. The stage was cold and she
shivered tliroug1!! Gounod's Stances de
Sapho. Probably the rmndful of people
who sat before her chilled her spiritually.
Once or twice she made what seemed to be
satirical remarks In an aside to her ac
companist. Once she swung viciously
swung 1. the . word at a weary, frost
bitten fly which wove lis way waveringly
across her line of vision. But as the even
ing wore away she warmed physically and
spiritually and at the end was coquetting
with her audience. With ene'u number she
added some additional garment to her cos
tume. She sang her l'list number In- an
evening gown and Ioiik l i r n. cUi;ece. When
she cut one of her closing selections and
brought the concert to an end she was
carrying enough clothing to stock a small
"Two of her encore numbers were com
mon or garden selections 'Suwanee Klver'
aud 'Dixie.' 'Suwanee River' passes cur
rent with any American audience, but
'Dixie' was an unhappy choice. 'Dixie' Is
a thing for the fife and drum corps and
not for prima donnas. And it appeals only
to the . proletariat. People who pay t2 .10
per stat do not want to hear 'Dixie.' "
The musicial critic pays his respects to
Madame Culve's Ideas as to raiment In the
"Her clothes might make any other
woman frump or a dowd. but they in
variably look well on her, and she might
wear a porous plaster on ojie shoulder and
a strawberry murk on the other and still
retain all of her fascination and distinc
tion. Studied closely, Calve Is not beau
tiful. But she has marvelous eyes, won
derful hair and her birthright, and no
woman needs more."
In view of the recent Indisposition of
Madame Calve which prevented the
Omaha people from hearing her In recital
at tlie Boyd theater, it was thought that
the foregoing criticism of the Topeka re
cital might be of Interest.
One remembers most vividly the long fur
neckpiece, the wondrous eyes and the In.
tmttablc coquetting with tho audience last
year In Omaha, aud it is to be; regretted
that Culve had a cold.
Some persons were suspicious as to the
cold being the actual cause of the can
celing of the date, but Mr. Monaghan, man
ager of tlie theater, assurer the musical
critic of The Bee that a very large amount
of uioiR'y wus refunded and that Madami
Calve had not been a financial disappoint
ment, but quite the contrary.
One'of tlie most capable and one of tho
most undemonstrative of the musicians of
Omaha is Miss Bella Robinson, planiste.
On the desk of The Bee musical critic he
found on his return a greeting from Miss
Robinson und a photograph of the Viennese
piano teacher, Leschetizky, In his studio.
Miss Robinson studied with the distin
guished master pcisonallv for a very con-
I sideruble time und received much satisfac
tion and encouragement. It Is to be hoped
that Omaha music lovers will have an op
portunity to hear Miss Robinson very
shortly, as alio has been identified with
thu beat in music locally for many years.
And speaking of tlie piano. Hie astonish
ing capacity of Mr. Max Lundow will asain
coniu lo light In a series of remarkable
leeltals. which, it Is understood, will be
given before tin audience rpociully Invited.
Mr. Laudow ha perhaps "hit tlie nail
on the head" with regard to the question
of recitals of music. It certainly la a d:s
couruclng thing for an artist tn get ny a
great program and present it to a niert
handful of people, la a hall or church
which he has rented fur the occasion, und
win li one counts the expense of the place
In rVhlch the recital ia held or given, aud
the cost of printing, and the various (nel
d.nml xpeut.es which, trivial In tium-
I selves, yet assume large proportions In tiie
aggregate, ii is a great waste of time aud
money, and with little resultant good. So
say many people.
A manager of a concert must work very
hard in order to get people interested, "li
Is a condition aod not a theory that con
fronts us." If a recital Is lo be made a
success, It must be carefully worked up
from the business standpoint.
Nothing will draw on Its own merits!
Think this over, and see if it can be safely
Now comes Mr. Landow with the plan
of getting around those conditions which
prevail. His attitude Is practically this,
that the worry and annoyance and excite
ment in connection with a public recital,
the campaigning for seat sales, the dis
agreeable Items In connection with such
an affair, are not worth the comparatively
small sum which comes to tho treusury;
and then the audience will probably be Just
small enough to dispel whatever feeling of
magnetism the artist may radiate, and Just
large enough to give vigorous applause and
a temptation to try one more recital along
that line. Then the audience, or a large
part of it, feels that It has "putronixed"
But In the recital which one gives only
before those whom he has specially invited,
all of these conditions are absent, and the
feeling Is one of spontaneous exuberance
and unalloyed delight, because the artist
is at his best; the audience is large and
enthusiastic; the spirit of good feeling Is
11-prevalent, and, largest and greatest of
all, the artist can play or sing just what
he, the urtlst, wants to play or sing.
In the other stylo of recital one must,
of necessity, take the tastes and proclivi
ties of the audience Into consideration, to
some extent, at least. In tlie private or
"Invitation" recital, one can present Just
tlie works he wants to present, and In this
way can really bring to the notice of the
people many great and beautiful treasures
which to the ordinary pay-ut-tlie-door or
subscription audience would be "caviare,"
as Hamlet says.
The present writer has a great desire to
present for consideration of his friends
some of tho beautiful songs of Schumann,
Schubert, Brahms, Wolff, Reger, Straus,
Binding aud others. But when an audience
assembles after hurd work of the manage
ment, said audience wants not the greater
things as a rule, but wants something in
the way of regalement and shall it be
It is utterly useless to grumble, or to
be discouraged by these conditions. Just
now, because they are prevalent every
where, or almost everywhere. But the
suggestion Is pertinent that one might
give a concert or two for tlie public, which
pays tho money, and include In that concert
the things which they would be likely to
be attrac:ed by, and at the same time which
would be of unquestioned standing from a
program point of view; making an effort
to present scheme of popularising good
music, or of making good music popular,
and making popular music good.
For Instance, in the realm of ringing,
there Is very much in the way of quiet
humor, und of tlie lighter vein, In songs
which have come under tlie writer's notice,
and in piano literature there Is a regular
prairie of humor in print. A mingling of
these in the public progrom always light
ens up things, and then there is the
school of tlie romanticists which Is Just
coming into its own.
The private recital could then be given by
invitation, and one need not make It a very
expensive ul'falr, und could chaige it to
advertising. The musical recorder of The
Bee takes great pleasure in thinking over
tlie idea of Mr. Landow and In thus ex
ploiting it for-tho consideration of others,
and if necessary, for their discussion.
There is room lor a strong musical organ
ization umong the younger women of
Omaha. The writer knows of many young
women who are talented and who are not
actively indentified with any of the musical
organizations of a club nature. It seems
a pity that tills tremendous power can not
be put into action. There Is a great field.
Who will be tlie pioneers to sow the seed
which must end in a very abundant har
vest? THOMAS J. KELLY.
Mr. Dodds. president of tlie Oratorio
uocieiy. announces a concert to be given at
St. Mary's Avtr.ue Congregational church
on Thursday evening, November 12. The
society will limit its activities to a chorus
i from the "Messiah." a chorus from "Hia
watha's Wedding Feast," and a section of
the "Seasons" ( Haydn I. The soloists will
be announced In next Sunday's paper with
lliu full program.
Mr. Max Landow will give three recitals
this season. Beethoven, Schumann and
l.isal. A limited number of tickets can let
obt.iine 1 from Mr. Landow next week at
hi 1,'SiJeiice. Tin- audi. -in.' w ll be suictiy
un iuvllatiu.i affair. 'In lleeUioven night
will be Thursday evening. November 19.
Mr. Landow will play the great Kmperor
eoueoiio. and tlie Queen concerto. The
citals will be at i-YliniolIrr it Mueller hull.
The Tuesday Morning Musical dub will
have Its first meeting of the season next
Tuesday. November S, at S o'clock, at the
reoijriic of Mrs. K. A. , Cudahy. the ou
cusiuu bciug a fcOng recital by Mis Sibyl
15 lO DOUGLAS ST.
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garments here in the past and know their superiority will be glad
to read the announcement of this sjnvial display and sale, which, wo
believe to be the most extensive collection of choice styles and tho
greatest values we have ever offered.
The New Tailored Suits
In this great collection of new tailored suits no artistic design,
no correct style, no exclusive novelty has escaped us. Such a variety
of fancy and plain tailored suits is seldom brought together. These
suits will be on sale Monday. Price3 .
$29.75, $35.00, $45.00
Our New Suits at $25.00
AVe.must frankly admit that we have never been able to offer such
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tight fitting styles. Nearly 500 new suits to
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Showing of New Coats
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Graceful empire coats, plain or trimmed directoire coats, with
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Samniia of (Nik-Hgo. Mins l'iiiilon will W
tli .lecompaniHH'. "Tlie muuimle Is c"ii
to all cluti mt'inlMTs, wliu my brlnij liu-lr
fri nils, provl.lt d in miik"''"' ! n
made wii.'i -Mrs. C. M W'llln lm Mr nd
nnioii." .Miss Kinilv Clt-ve guv to Lincoln NoVfin
b r b to )lay in a firing iiuailel wlieu
Dvorak Ni-w World t'., niphoiiv will oo
Riven before tin: State Tt ai'lu-i s' utsocia
tlon. The Hubert t'umaden school gave Us
tenth ret-ital Wednesday evening in tlie
KcluMoUrr-MueUer auditorium, localise of
Mr. Cusvudvu's suudeii departure (or Ber
lin ut the last moment. Miss Knilly Cleve
took up the direclioa of the school orches
tra, wiiich rose to the oi anion and uu
inter Ming program given. The soloiwls of
the ivening were .Mies lirace MfBilde an I
Mine C'levt, violiniHla, and Minn Martha
lit. sui. uoptiirio. 'I'iie uet'onipaiiials wt?r
.M'tM Ucuigie KlUlieny and Mr. Martin
AnoiiK tne new additions lo the musical
ti I'.nv i Mr. Waldcniar Sixihr, who an
iiuuncea hiumelf aa "a giaduate and instruc
tor of the Koyal conkervatories of lreden
and Vlvnna. and luruicr director of the
Ueethovvn Academy of Music, Fhtladcl-
pl'ia." Mr. Spohr is u nuaslan by birth,
j an 1 claims as his grandum le the it -,
lira eel C. im.in rumpuscr. I.oiiIh fipohr.
cuiiitj.j.cr of tiie "Lam Judgment ' and nihi l
' ." 1 wnrkK .Mr, r-no ir Ih living heir at
I lilt.- home of hi married oaughter, and hi
ih engaged as organiHt and muxlcal illree
l"l' of the First ChriHiiiiu church, lie li
an utiiUHiaxtic worker and a man who
know what he wants, and goes to his ob
ject ill tiie moat direct way.
jiliisi Kvrlyn ltoi ur announces. In regurd
lo the Arthur Ilartniann violin recital, that
there are still some excellent positions in
tUe church winch she would be glad to
reserve for music lovers who care to avail
I he m xc Ives of subscription advantages.
Tfic Hariiiumn recitals are creating a verv
marked imjireflaloii npon the audiences and
the ciilicM. Tie mnaical .vci.rder for Tim
Kee hi a moat wholesome respect for
those thliiRN which come f ii ni the pen ol
Mr. YViisun J. Knilih of ihe Cl -veland fresn,
and he said recently: "I am taking chance
jt-rhapK. in making ho sweeping an asset -lion,
but his in.itf nll'licnt exjn, Mihin of the
liuch chacoriiie the greatest I ever list
ened to. acit led the matter for ma, and 1
regard the incident jierlaiuiiig Do tki aver
tiiiiiience as clu