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TOE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: FEBRUARY 21, 1900.
Gossip About Plays, Players , and Playhouses
TILL the clamor dins In our ears
nnt the evil days on which the
stags and tha ' train and Us
exponents have fallen. In a
chorua that la almot dlapaaonlo
In tia volume and Intensity, tha
manage ra, many of whom have been serious
offenders In their own timet and their own
war, are urging that the unmorality of
eime plays now blng offered la auch aa
threatens the very being of the people aa a
whole. The demand for the pure and whole
eorae le ao eloquently phrased that an outsider-end
ene thla far from New Tor le
surely an outalder In the accepted aenae of
the term feel ae did Agrlppa when he
poke ta Paul, "Almost thou pereuadeet
me." But a little lingering tinge of doubt
till hovers, the dubltable aapect being In a
measure aecribable to the fact that "It was
not like this In the olden days." It Is un
fair, perhaps, to suspect the sincerity of the
men who are uplifting their rolcee In behalf
of the good that la, or ought te fee, In man
kind. Bo, raising no question as to their
motives, nor asking of them further pledges
than they have given. Messieurs Burnham,
Thompson, Klaw & Erlanger, and all their
fellows, will be welcomed to the ranks of
those who hare striven In the past to keep
down the ever aurglng tide of evil. Maybo
with their help something can be accom
plished. , .
Mr. Thompson, In nls article, which la
republished here, refers to a number of
very sucoessful plays that her been clean
and wholesome, and cites for on example
"Way Down East." But doesn't the real
Interest In thla apotheosis of "mush" cen
ter around the girl who was abused be
cause she waa accused of doing wrong?
She hadn't alnned, but she had the ap
pearance of having sinned, and so she was
driven out Into the night and the snow
storm that la so realistically pictured on
the stage. Yes, to be sure, the denoue
ment Is a vindication of that famous old
line of Hartley Campbell s, that "Rags aro
royal raiment when worn for virtue's sake."
And, by the way; how many of you can
recall tha applause that bit of sentiment
used to receiver Tha lesson Is that virtue
ought to triumph. In "The Easiest Way,"
which is so generally denounced, tha les
son Is the same, only tha heroine doesn't
have the rugged stamina of her who waa
driven into the snowstorm. Such com
parisons might be made indefinitely, and
to no especial purpose. The only question
that seems to be under discussion at pres
ent is, "Shall certain phases of social life,
well known to exist, be offered publicly
for Inspection by mixed audiences at the
theaters V As this question haa been de
bated time out of mind, and Is still unan
swered, the present multiplication of words
Is not likely to seriously affect It in any
of Its several aspects.
Most of tha present managerial uproar
seems to bs over Mrs. Flske and "Salvation
NelL" At leaat this Is the play and the
player most frequently referred to. The
fact that Mra. Klske's husband has Jong
been a thorn In the side of tha "syndicate,"
and haa very recently been expelled from
the New York managerial combination be
cause of an unsettled dispute with, another
manager over the right to produce in Amer
lea M ulnar's superb exposition of the drama
of sweetness and light, "The Devil," It may
be that In considering the case of Mra.
Flake we are getting somewhere near the
fly that makes 4he ,f 'syndicate's ointment
. smell bad. It la admitted", that ths opening
scene of "Salvation Nell" brings before the
audience a bit of life in a large city that
Is not at all pleasant to contemplate, but
one that all who know anything are fully
aware of. Very little that Is inspiring may
flow from a brawl in a low saloon, or the
raiding of a brothel by the police. But the
slum sights shown on the stage in "Salva
tion Nell" are ot of the kind that would
attract any one to enter on that sort of
life. The picture Is only presented to show
where Nell and Jim stsrted, and to give a
background to the height to which they
. ascended through the redeeming power of
love. Henry Miller, who would not produce
"Paid in Full" because he did not want to
Stage the picture of a woman even pretend
ing to barter her honor, did not hesitate to
produce "The Great Divide," with its tense
uggestlonof the Impending ravishment of
a woman, because he eaw In it the lesson
Of rsdemptlon through love. And Mr. Miller
was right. "The Great Divide" haa dra
matic force and Intensity, while "Paid in
Full" Is tawdry melodrama, almost wholly
devoid of the true ring of drama, and de
pending for Its climax on the Incident to
Which Mr. Miller objected. If the action
Of "&alvatlon Nell" depended for its Im
pulse en the saloon fight or the raided
brothel, then the objections urged against
It by (he managers who oppose Mrs. Flske
because of her husband might convince.
These points are but Incidents in the drama,
pf episodic importance only, and bear but
slight relation to the main story. The
theme Is the redemption of the woman
through the love that brought her under
the Influence of religion, and then the re
demption of the man through the love that
brought him under the influence of the
woman. If this pair had started In the up
per walks of lite, and the catastrophe of
the opening act had occurred In a ball
room, at In "The Walls of Jerloho," msybe
the subsequent course of their sslvatton aa
It la worked eut in' silence and suffering
would be accepted aa of a part of real life.
But "Salvation Nell" la a portion of that
great world that throbs and pulsatea with
tha heartaches and the choked aspirations
and the stillborn ambitions of millions,
whose existence Is a struggle to exist, so
Strenuous, so hopeless, that one whose eye
are seldom If ever turned to the seamy
Ida must wonder why they try to exist at
all. so little does life hold for them. It
Is a story with more than one moral that Is
told In Mrs. Flske's present play, and the
chorus of denunciation that Is aline against
t is not likely to have any very serious
effect, because of Its apparent Insincerity.
Salome. unfortunate IdmrhiM
Herodlaa, no leas unfortunate in her lov
than in having for a dramatic biogra
pher Oscar Wilde, haa also been cited
as an example of the decadence of our
publlo wanta and taates In matters dra
matic, operatic, acrobatic. Maybe It
Maude Allen bad exhibited her nudity's
Phryne, and Isadora Duncan had danced
aa Aatarte, and Eva Tanguay had pre
tended she was 'Cleopatra ean you
imagine It T and Gertrude Hoffman had
been billed as Aphrodite, maybe the
result would have been the same. Yet
thla waa not to be. Frematedt hsd la a
large measure dlselosed her voluminous
charms during a single performance of
the Straus opera based on the Wilde
drama, and Salome, poor girl, la con
demned forever aa a degenerate and aa
unmentionable. Such Is the Irony of
(ate when it cornea In the form of sub
limated prudery. la the days of Herod
a aude dancer waa not a novelty. Be
fore that time, for some centuries. It had
been so, and It was not always looked
upon aa cause for condemnation. , If the
same book that first gave us our knowl
edge of Salome la ta be relied upon, the
nude dance once had another very direct
and very Important influence) on tha ca
reer of Ute Jewish, race. One wbea
King Ahasuerus waa feeling bla oats
after a seven-day banquet with bis no-
bles, be ordered that Queen Vashtl come
before him and his guests and exhibit
herself. Vashtl had much more dignity
at the time than her lord and master
ami declined to do what Maud Allen and
Isadora Duncan did for shekels in Lon
don and New York, and straightway the
king's anger burned within him. He took
counsel with his guests and his advis
ers, and with one acoord they agreed that
the conduct of madams waa most undutl
ful and unladylike, and that If It ever
became known that the queen had refused
to dance before the king and hla gueste
for the purpose of showing her physical
charms and perfections and had gotten
away with it, not a husband In Persia
would be able to dominate his household.
Bo there waa nothing to do but to de
pone the recalcitrant Vashti, and Esther
came to the throne. It Is not known
that she was asked to do the "altogether"
stunt for the edification of the king's
guests, but she did find favor In the
eyes of Ahssuerus, and through her the
plot of Haaman to massacre the captive
Jews waa thwarted, and Captain Haaman
was hanged on what dear old Barnaby
used to describe as a "highly ornate and
commodious gallows," the same having
been erected by himself for the purpose
of elevating Mordecal, the brother of
Queen Esther. This Incident Is still re
called by erudite persons who refer oc
casionally to someone or something as
having been hanged higher than Haaman,
while the brother of the queen is brought
to mind each time Miner Brown goes In to
pltoh for the Cube, the miner's given name
being Mordecal also.
Probably no heroine was ever set .before
the publlo more nn fortuitously than Salome
baa been. Coupled with the unsavory
memories that attach to the name of Os
car Wilde, the suggestion accentuated by
the lascivious music of Straus, and ths
whole exploited by sensational headline,
who sought only to emphasise the libidin
ous, all the poetic and tragic aspect of the
drama la eclipsed by the cloud of sugges
tive pruriency raised about her by . these
means. Then the further fact that a host
of shameless women have paraded them
selves In nakedness on the stage In pre
tense of dancing as did Salome haa added
to the prejudice against her. When the1
What Love in
NB of the poignant scenes
In "Salvation Nell," Mrs,
Flske's vehicle, Is the
meeting of the regenerated
slum girl and her lover
after the ' latter haa been
released from prison. The old love ex
ist between them, but for Nell not
In the old way. The dialogue runs:
Nell Y wouldn't understand. I
pose this Is the last time we'll meet
on earth, Jim! If I could only make ye
see Just a little b'fore ye go!
Jim See wotT
Nell (softly stroking back his hair)
Jim, d'ye remember how wo met each
Jim Dunno's I do it's a long time
Nell In that little place where t
worked b'fore I came to Sid's. Ye used
i V come In ev'ry day an' alt at tho
i same table. . After a while . I sort o'
I grew f expect ye. I think I'd been
cartn' fer ye a long time b'fore I knew
it myself I waa awful -young then.
One night ye cam in drunk.
' Jim (interrupting) Wot's tha good
0' rernemberln all that?
Nell An' I couldn't help, myself,
Jim. I done whatever ye wanted al
. ways. 1 thought that waa what love
Jim I didn't treat ye bad, did IT
Nell When ye hadn't been drlnkln'
It was all right. But then ye drank
so much! Jim, there waa once, only
one time when we was really happy.
Jim When was that?
Nell The Sunday we went out Into
the country. It was In June, an' I
had a day oft I'd saved up fer weeks
t' get a new hat. an' I thought It waa
awful stylish. We took cur dinner
with us an' we went across the river
an' got a trolley goln' way Into the
country! D'ye know, Jim, It waa the
first time I'd pver been out there.
You remember that big tree where
we had our dinner? An' how ye
drama Is given Its rightful place in litera
ture, It will be found high among the
achievements of the masters. Wilde Is
among tha best of modern writers. His
style is almost perfect, hla Imagery a
wonderful and his poetry la magnificent
In "Salome" ha sets forth the tragedy of
a girl's first love, and the poignancy of IU
disappointment. Salome la a princess; Im
perious, willful, headstrong In all things,
beautiful and sought after by many lovers.
But she turns in disgust from the men of
the court. They are to her coarse and
bestial, and she will have none of them.
Wilde make this very clear In his drama.
She knows of Jokanaan only as aha has
heard of the prophet who has been Im
prisoned by her uncle, the tetrarch. She
knows ha la brave because ha has pe.su tea
la denouncing her mother even In the pres
ence of death. Her girlish curiosity
prompts her to demand that h be brought
before her. When he Is produced In re
sponse to her whim, by a soldier who
knows no other law than the wish of the
princess, the sees a being different from
any she has even known. His faoe, his
form, his voice, everything Is different
from those sensuous men and women she
has been accustomed to meet at the pal
ace. Physically, at least, shs la pure, for
she Is still uncontamlnated by the sin of
the court. Sne Is piqued by the prophet's
appearance, and then attracted. He re
pulses her, and the physical attraction, sud
denly sprung Into life, sinks before the
anger that Is aroused by the thought that
this man would not suffer her, whom so
many great and nobis yearned for, to even
touch him. She Is reflecting on this In
sult, turning over schemes for revenge,
when Herod's fancy, stlried by trong
drink, turns to her. The tetrarch asks
her to dance and promises a reward. Sa
lome sees her opportunity, and proceeds to
bind ths king hard and fast. Human life
is held very cheap to her, and If she can
get the head of this man she will kiss his
Hps If she likes. Her dance before Herod
Is not ths dance of lascivious passion, but
an expression of exuberant exultation at
the thought of how she will have ber way
with Jokanaan aud of the surprise waiting
for Herod when ahe demands her fee.
When the head Is brought to ber she is
still excited from the dance, and la ber
frensy she exults over the lifeless object.
Sooa this mood passes, and the great wave
of love that is now alive wipes out every
thing else. The lament of Salome la one
of ths most Impreaslvley dramatic pass
age In all of Wlldea writings, and gives
a new light on the Inner workings of a
mind whose course haa baffled Inquire s,
Salome haa done what Wilde himself did
she has destroyed that which ah most
desired. Her anguish, most poignant and
consuming, must be the expression of the
remorse be felt at having wrecked his
career In midfllght by tho maddest of folly.
Just as h waa condemned for a revolting
deed, so ahe waa crushed betweea the
shields of the soldiers, and gasped out
her life at a moment when Ufa meant least
to her. Tha head aceao la ajruesonia and
repulsive In a large degree; so waa tot
catastrophe that overtook Oscar Wilde, but
8alome'a love for John the Baptist was
the first of a girl's warm heart, and her
lament over hie death waa a note, the
tragedy of which could only be under
stood by the man whose own life had been
destroyed by an act as Inexcusably foolish.
Borne day the world will learn to dis
sociate Oscar Wilde's writings from Oscar
Wilde's misdeeds, and "Salome," freed
from the Incubus of Straus' music, will be
given Its proper place among the great
poetlo tragedies. .
THEATER MUST BE KEPT CLEAN
Frederick Thompson Adda Ills Voire
to the Protest.
Frederic Thompson, who has risen high
In the amusement world since he disguised
the structures on the Mldwsy at the Trans-
Mlsslsslppt and International exposition at
Omaha, adds his voice to the managerial
clamor against the Immoral and Impure In
the drama. In the March number of
Success, under the heading of "After the
Balome Dance What?" Mr. Thompson airs
his views In the following fashion:
The regeneration of Coney Island haa
been kindly ascribed to me by friends and
the public. When my partner, Dundy, and
I started to build Luna Park, Coney Island
was referred to aa a cesspool of depravity
and Immorality. That was six years ago,
and for the last four years this greatest
of all amusement rendevous haa been aa
dean aa the proverbial whistle.
For the last six years the "hootchle
cootohla" haa been trying to find a resting
place on Coney Island. It waa there once,
but other managers and I drove It from
the land of sideshows to the Metropolitan
Opera house. With the help of Oscor Wilde
and Richard Strauss the bare-legged dan
cer made her Initial bow to Broadway In
the foremost American palace of amuse
ments, where, before an audience made up
of the social hour hundred and the moneyed
five thousand, she appeared for one con
secutive night as Salome. Since that widely
advertised performance this most Indecent
of all Terpsiohorean exhibitions haa gone
through the country like wildfire. Vaude
ville haa been literally demoralised by It,
and a doaen young women o Indifferent
ability several of them had never been
the Slums Means
talked f that old man? An' me
gettln' bunches o' flowers t' take home?
I made ye war one in yer button
hole, but ye didn't want to a bit! Why,
that Sunday I never kin forget it,
Jim Sure, I remember!
Nell That was our only glimpse of
the green fields! An' oh, how short
It was! ,
Jim Well, we couldn't a-kept on
llvln' out there!
Nell No, we had t come back to
work an' drink an' the city streets.
Jim Ye talk's If I could help It!
Nell Dear, I'm not blamln' you
J'm not even blamln' myself. We was
ust like heaps o' othsrs. 'Twasn't a bit
Jim Well, what about it, then?
Nell Do ye know, Jim, after every
thin' had happened, what kep' comin"
to my mind? Our day out there
across the rlverl I felt, "That'a the
real Jim. The other's some one
else" (Pause.) An' then, Jim. I
began t' love yel
Jim Ye began!
Nell I thought God would let me be
the one to save ye. But I know now
that I can't. 'Cause It's our love
that stands between us!
, ,-.Jlm JLovm' . ain't the , same as
pray In' I Wot d' I care 'bout beln'
Nll-We've lo,t ch oth" m this
life, but, dear, this life ain't all! Some
ay we 11 meet soul to soul. Oh, I
believe It's comin' coroin' with a
hallelujah that'll break . the skies!
an', Jim, we'll be together always! i
Jim But I want ye now I
Nell (unsteadily, as she holds out ber
band) Goodby, Jim, until then!
Jim D'ye know wtt yer throwin' ma
Into? D ye know wot I'm goln' f do?
Nell I'll pray for ye
And through the Influence of the
Salvation Army good oomes out of
bad, in tha and.
heard of before have Jumped into such
fame that they have for a number of
months commanded salaries equal to those
received by our finest dramatic and musical
I am not a moralist and do not wish o
be considered one. I believe that cleanli
ness of mind breeds the best mentality;
that cleanliness of body is necessary to
bring about a person's or nation's maximum
efficiency In work; that cleanliness In
literature and art are to a great degree
responsible for all mental and physical j
upurt, ana mat cleanliness In all sorts of
theatrical representations, not only haa a
' preponderant Influence on the morals of a
: nation, but also Is the necessary element
which makes for financial success. Writing
from a . managerial standpoint. I may as
well boll thla all down and start by saying
that I am for cleanliness In amusements
because L am convinced that it pays best
In the long run. ,
Only a decade ago tha American stage
waa as clean from indecency as Coney
Island is today, but during the lest several
seasons ths pernicious weed of Immorality
haa been planted In It and haa grown to
auoh proportions that It is high time Amer
ican playwrights, American managers and
American playgoers were asked to atop a
minute and become acquainted with what
la going on.
Coney Island waa not reformed from
without, but from within. It washed itself
as soon as It noticed the financially good
j effects of a vigorous dose of soap and
water. The present rapidly . growing evil
practises In theatricals must be killed In
the same way. If they are to be killed at
all. To point what will be my argument
and to demonstrate how close Is the rela
tionship between tha sideshow and the
theater, I beg leave to present a timely
and interesting brace of facts. One is this:
the Balome dsnce has done much to lower
tha tone of the American stage is nothing
more than the notorious "hootehle-kootchle"
dance of sideshow fame, and the second Is
that Salome would never have been heard
of In the theaterland If the regeneration
of Coney Island had not made It necessary
for it to find a home outside tha realm of
The conditions obtaining in certain the
atrical affairs conditions which mage It
possible for a half dosen almost-naked
young women to transplant this suggestive
dance to the most historic plsy house in
America must be wrong, else they 'would
not exist But they do exist. At present
there are cropping up in all kinds of
theatricals things similarly sordid and simi
larly dangerous. The morale of tha Amer
ican theater Is on ths decline.
The most successful playa and tho most
successful musical entertainments, not only
of recent years, but of all time, have been
clean. Thla la statement which goes with
absolutely no uallfloaUoa or reservation.
It applies also to players, playwrights and
managers Just why I don't know, unless,
as I said before, aleanllnesa of all kinds Is
a tremendous faotor ta final auoeesa. And
by. auoeesa I, as a manager, am aUU talk-
Ing of dollars and cents. Klaw and Er
langer" s "Ben Hur" and "Little Nemo,"
and William A. Brady's "Way Down East"
have made more money and will live longer
on the forty-weeks-a-year boards than any
two cleverly written but suggestively Im
moral French or English or German or
American plays which you or any one else
can name. "Brewster's Millions" and
"Polly of the Circus," both of which I am
proud to have produced, have been, are
now and will continue to be, productive of
bigger returns than any two American
plays of the present day which deal with
Indecency. Miss Maude Adams Is the great
est drawing card In the whole theatrical
firmament. She is more respected and is
wealthier than Madame Bernhardt which
does not mean that Bernhardt is not the
greatest actress of the last or present gen
eration. "Florodora," "Little Johnny
Jones," "The Bed Mill" and "Mademoiselle
Modiste" have made more money than a
hundred "Queens- of the Moulin Rouge"
have or will.
Tho hope of the American drama rests
with tho play goers, outside New Tork. Our
biggest city Is partly filled with freak peo
ple, who have freak religions, who practice
freak occupations, and who enjoy freak
meaincais. A freak play which pleases
their freak fancies can be tremendously
successful aa long as it remains in Gotham,
Just aa the other and better kind of at
traction can for there are all kinds of
folk residing at the mouth of the Hudson.
But the moment one of these freak pro
ductions rifts Its anchor and starts out on
that mysterious thoroughfare known In
theaterland as "The Road," It meets a dif
ferent reception. Especially is this true If
it smacks of the tenderloin, the Latin
quarter, or women of the half-world. Aa
long nm thla condition obtains the Ameri
can arama is safe. The moment the south
and the middle west acquire an appetita
for the bixarre, look out.
To make the stage clean tomorrow we
must keen It clean today. It will h
fatal error to our national progress to let
it reflect the rottenness even the gilded
rottenness of life. Sunshine Is the lla-ht
that counts. Two hours of It mean more to
the world than twelve hours of electricity.
Nine-tenths of the American theatar-vnn
are good, and have a wholesome admiration
for decent things and decent people depicted
In an Interesting way.
COMITfQ TO THE OMAHA THEATERS
Promises of (he Presa Agent as to
Klaw A Erlana-er will offer an intercut ins-
production at the Boyd theater on Sunday
evening, when they will present for the
first time in Omaha Edmund Day's drama,
The Roundup." This play deals with lira
in Arisona and New Mexico, where love,
hate and revenge are fuller and freer, like
the great plains which cover the land there,
and where law Is lax in enforcement. Mr.
Day has thrown his play into four acts of
one scene each, the first setting showing
the hacienda of the Allen homested In the
Sweetwater valley In Arizona. Here a wed
ding takes place, the occasion bringing the
guests, the happy girls of the land and
the heterogeneous men of tha place vau
queros, in picturesque outfit, cowpunchers,
broncho "busters," scouts and the officials
of the country. The second aot takes the
action to tha home of the bride and her
new-made husband at Sweetwater ranch,
the living room of the house being shown.
For the third act Mr. Day has chosen the
lava bedt of New Mexico, a land so bar
ren and hopeless that It la known as ths
"land of dead things." This bit of the
"bad lands" la quite near the Apache res
ervation In New Mexico and the presence
of a band of marauding Indians makes a
dramatic climax to the act The last scene
of all presents something of the great
sweep of the plaint during a "roundup" of
the cattle belonging to the Sweetwater
ranch. The cast Includes Maclyn Arbuckle,
Florence Rockwell, Orme Caladara, Harold
Hartsell, Mlnnette Barrett, Elmer Grandln,
Walter Pennington, Marie Taylor. W. B.
Knlbloe, Joseph M. Lothian, Fulton Rus
sell, S. L. Richardson, John J. Plerson,
James Asburn, Jacques Martin, "Texas"
Cooper, cowboys, cavalrymen and Indians.
Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
Mr. Bothern appears at Boyd's theater
Monday evening. March 1, In "Hamlet,"
in which play he was last seen here In con
Junction with Julia Marlowe. On Tuesday
evening he will play "Richelieu," and on
Wednesday will bo seen as Lord Dun
dreary. Thla character haa proven the
most popular of any which tha great actor
haa yet given to tha public and waa the
rage of New York last season. To see
Bothern Interpret the eccentric humor of
Dundreary, as well as to witness the great
est comedy character of the American stage
reappear upon It, haa everywhere attracted
to Sothern'a performance the liveliest sort
of the theater-goers. Sothern presents this
play with the original manuscript used by
his father, and besides the original "busi
ness" which the older Sothern had care
fully elaborated, Sothern breathes into the
character of Dundreary his own Individu
ality. The play is given with a reproduc
tion or tna coctumes used at the Theater
Royal, Haymarket London, presentation,
and Sothern brings here the same organisa
tion associated with him during tho run of
the play in New York last season.
"The House of Bondage" is the new star
ring vehicle of Mlaa Florence '.Roberts, who
opens a three days' engagement at the
Boyd theater on Thursday evening, March
4. Bhe has an excellent supporting com
pany and a magnificent scenic production,
"Sapho," which character Maude Leone
is to portray the second week of her en
gsgeraent at the Burwood, starting this
afternoon, is a dramatisation of Daudet'l
great novel as played only by Olga Nether
sole. Sapho combined all of the attributes
that go to make up what la known as a
"man's woman." and yet Fanny LeOrand
(Sapho was but a soubriquet) had many
warm friendships among her woman asso
ciates. Bo wondrous were her charms that
I LY R IC TH EATReI
Sunday. Monday and Tuesday
SUNDAY""' MONDAY AFTERNOON 2:30
Two Performances Each Evening
at 7:00 and 0:30
S. N. LEEK'S
Noted Wild Gamo Viows
taken In tha famous Jackson Hols country, Wyoming, the only genuine views
of the kind In existence; a one and one-haif hours' trip through this famed
oountry, (accompanied by appropriate lecture) that for natural wondera, high.
rougii ranges ana wna animal lire, is
love nature la us wita state, snouta
one of the characters in tha play ssys ot
her: "Artists have painted her; sculptors
have modeled her." Miss Leono has found
Sapho one of her most congenial roles, and
It certainly Is a broad test to an actress'
versatility to go from the buoyant, good-
natured AU-of-a-Budden-Peggy to Sapho,
the deml-mondalne. The first act trans
pires at a French ball masque, snd It Is In
this act that Miss Leone will wear her
gorgeous crystal gown, which will radiate
wun double sun-top brilliancy the effulgent
rays of a specially prepared 2,000 candle-
power aro light, whose entire power will
be directed upon her. Beyond all doubt
this marvelous dress Is the most superbly
resplendent creation ever worn on any
Omaha stage. The cast will be greatly aug
mented and It la promised that "Sapho'
will go one record aa Mlxa Leone's second
successive triumph. Matinees will be given
today, Tuesday, Thursday and Baturday
Extra holiday matinee tomorrow, Washing.
Reserved seats for the Blnpham concert
go on sale Monday morning at Beaton's
drug store. Indications point to a crowded
house. Mr. Blspham will be assisted by
Miss Allee Bsrbee, soprano, and will be
heard In a program of his best known num
. a -
- It Is announced that "Janice Meredith."
formerly played by Mary Mannerlng, will
be the offering at the Burwood to follow
this week's big production of "Sapho." Ths
former named play Is a colonial atory of
love and romance and permits of some very
oeautirui and picturesque costuming and
will serve to display Miss Leone's talents
in a line of work distinctly different than
"Mrs. Temple's Telaara m." a ArnmnHi1
laugh In three acts. Introducing Miss Rose
t-vant, Charles N. Lum and other well
known artists, will be the attraction at
tne Krug theater for four days, starting
with a matinee today.
The maximum of song and action crowded
Into two hours and forty minutes of enter
tainment space, and with Just sufficient
funny dialogue to season the musical com
edy broth, "The Smart Set" brings Its bat
teries, charged with novel features and de
lightful surprises, to the Krug theater for
three days, starting next Thursday night,
when It hopes to score another one of those
full-fledged triumphs that have been ac
corded In every city where the love for
charming music and spontaneous mirth is
strong enough to recognise a very superior
offering. 8. H Dudley, known as the
"Southern Sunny Boy," and a goodly num
ber of other dark-complexioned Individuals
whose propensities for laugh making are
freely acknowledged, are likewise con
cerned In the merry unfolding of a really
funny plot, liberally permeated with oc
casions for extra fine musical work.
The bill Which comes to the Ornhatim
this week contains several numbers of un
usual interest for the lover of music. The
well known baritone. Homer lAnA.
with a select company In "The Opera
Dinger, a little play with musio said to
afford him a rare opportunity for the dis
play of his voice and histrionic abilities.
Kogers and Deely offer a melodious trifle,
"Ths Singer and the Valet," In which
Rogers provides the music and Deely the
black-face comedy element. "Married
Now" Is tha title of the conceit to be given
by Linton and Laurence that has Just
enough plot to hold together Its singing
and dancing numbers. Les Amatls are four
German girls who are making another suc
cessful tour of America. They are mu
sicians and present a program composed of
piano and vocal selections for the classics.
Delmore and Lee, two American gymnasts,
put on their act In black and white, calling
It "A Study In Black and White. " The
Juggler Chinke has recently been appearing
In Great Britain and returns with many
clever tricks to srouse the wonder of Or
pheum patrons. The "dainty arid graceful
cyclist, Minnie Kaufman, will likewise be
on the program.
Those who mlss"tneVrand concert at the
Auditorium tonight by the Philippine Con
stabulary band will miss a treat. This
band consists of elghty-slx trained musicians-all
Filipinos and within the band
there is a symphony orchestra nt wv..n
pieces. This is the band that has become
wona lamoue on account of the concerts
given every afternoon fin t Vie. T nna
Manila. Travelers from every quarter of
mo iooe nave been oharmed by Its music.
This band plays the mnt riirrtxuif
with a finish and spirit both astonishing
and fascinating. It Is to Manila what the
United States Marine band is to Washing
ton. The band Is under command of Cap
tain Mark Hersey, a captain In tha regular
army. President-elect Taft liked this band
so well while he lived In Ikf Antljl mm trrtv.
ernor of the island, that he has requested
. w an me way to Washington 1J.O0O
miles-to play at the Inaugural ceremonies
on March t. The box offloe at the Auditor.
turn will be open all dav 8unii n tv,.
concert will begin at :15 Sunday night.
S. N. Leek, the ncted wild game photo
grapher of Jackson's Hole, Wyo., is In
town, stopping at the Merchants hotel, "iim
reports an unusually hard winter In the
Jackson HoU country and that 20,000 elk
are down In the valley in a starving con-
aition ana that the settlers hava to guard
their hay stscks from their nightly depre
dations, and at present are feeding the elk
by aubscriptlon, while the Wyoming legis
lature is wrestling with a bill appropriat
ing 110,000 to buy feed with which to re
lieve the situation.
Mr. Leek has 3,000 feet of motion plcttiro
film and many stereoptlcon slides, that
show all conditions In that country. In-
eluding bands of 1,000 elk running over
tne hills, deer, bear, mountain lions and
other game, huntit-g and fishing views,
packing horses and pack trains traveling
through the mountains and fording the
strcsms: geysers and falls In the Yellow.
strne National park, end many other views,
an in motion pictures, original with him,
that will be shown at the Lyric theater
with an appropriate lecture, commencing
tms afternoon at 1:30. If you love nature,
don't miss seeing tt.ese views.
not surpassea in tas world; tnoae Who
not miss seeing tnia exhibition.
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PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY BAND
Sunday Night, Feb. 21
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4 EFJ&WF Matinee Today
SPECIAL MATINEE MONDAY
Ths Phenomenal Comedy Enooess
Interpreted by a rea east of fun
maksrs headed by
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America's Olerersst Colored
The Smart Set
Xa tha Fact, Various and rrolloaosne
The Black Politician
Headed by Tha Southland's
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During the First aot Miss eone will wear
her famous Crystal Ctown, a glittering, scintil
lating, aassling creation weighing 80 pounds.
and 01. OO
Box Offloe Open
KATTJTZa SAZX.T, tilS.
STXmY WIGHT, Slid.
Week Starting Matinee Today
and hla company In a musical playlet,
"Tha Opera Singer"
by Ouatave Weinberg.
John P. Be,n N.
Rogers and Deely
The Singer and tha Talet.
Harry Linton and
Presenting "Married Vow."
Four Sisters Amatls
Kaethe. Olsela, Bertha, Valerie.
Baropean Piano Tlrtuosos ft Tooallsts
Znropsaa BOTSlty Acrobats
The Toothful Juggling Osnlua Direct
from Jbondou Muslo Kails.
Oraoa and Skill A-WheeUng.
Always the Newest In Motion Plat urea
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Stephens l Smith
Oa Sixteenth Street.
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