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Downfall of the Hero of an Hour in
Faetory Preacher Who Organised th
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trayer of Bevolatloalsts.
ST. PETERSBURG. March M.-Mnterlals
for an Interesting aide chapter of con
temporary history hfcve been gathered
strong the debris of the Russian revolu
tionary Junta at Geneva. AiMn from the
revrlatlnns of Asoft's years of betrayal
th chroniclers of the movement have di
vulged the facta, concerning the late
Father Oapon during the weeks following
i the Sunday rising In Ft. Petersburg.
' I remember well the enigmatic figure of
the llttl cleric on the night of that dis
astrous day. He had been reported killed,
wounded and prisoner; he was not touched.
H was In a trnktlr (a worklngmans beer
and tea room), near the Finland elation.
His furtive expression and downward look
suggested more the character that la now
given him than the heroic nature . that
would havs fitted those stirring events.
In the Havremenny Mir (contemporary
world) and Ruaakoye Bogastvo (Russian
wealth) the social democrats and revolu
tionary populists publish their respective
versions of Gapon's relations with fhelr
party chiefs when he appeared among
them In Oeneva after the suppression of
the workmen's movement In St. Peters
burg. Teo neutsch, who makes the report
t for the social democrats, describes the
Initial astonishment and misgivings when
the colony of revolutionary emigrants In
L Switzerland read of the workmen's up
heaval and of Father Gapon as Its leader.
Astonishes the Socialists.
One fine morning he completed their per
plexity by appearing among them, dcclnr-
1ng himself a comrade. He was Introduced
to the group and made the acquaintance of
Its leaders.
It struck them as curious that Owpon
avowed that he had never heard their
names before. He added frankly that ho
knew nothing of the Inner history of the
revolutionary movement. His talk with
them was copiously sprinkled with the pro
noun I; with remarks about his life, his
deeds, his Impressions. The comrades ac
cepted his harmless naivete; but they
found co-operatton with him difficult when
he said he knew nothing about Marxism
and socialist principles and was sura they
were all wrong.
Soon he made the acquaintance of the
social revolutionaries, the propaganda by
deed men in the foreign directorate.
"These ar the practical men that Rus
sia needs." he said, and went over to his
new friends.
r-v, ihi, uviliMmin "A. 8." now
reports to their comrades and subscribers
, In Russia, tried to instruct him as a work-
menYber of their movement. But from the
younger members he derived the Impres
sion that he was a popular hero. He saw
the two wings of the party competing for
his person, ami his self-conceit was de
veloped accordingly.
Item it !-! Be Leader.
He would riot Le content with the posi
tion of simple member of the party, but
demanded tin leadership. First he asked
for a place In the contral committee. This
wss refused lilin ostensibly on the ground
that he was uninstrucled In revolutionary
principles and a newcomer in the move
ment. Oapon thereupon resigned from the
social revolutionary ranks and declared
that he was above parties.
He set himself organizing a movement
for the unification of all the elements
which aimed at the overthrow of the csar's
government. He summoned a congress, at
which the must extreme sections, im
pressed by the renown of Gapon's name.
took part. At the first sittings of this
congress the unity movement went to
pieces owing to differences over the pro
gram to be adopted. Gapon failed, not so
much because he underrated these differ
ences, as because he was unable to grasp
what they signified.
He then swerved back to the social
democrats end sought to reconcile those
who held that their program should In
clude wholesale assassination of the czar's
agents with Ihe minority, who were for
educational propaganda. In this also he
Meanwhile the October general strike In
Russia hud forced the czar to yield the
constitutional manifesto and a form of
amnesty. Keenly expectant as to the future
of their movement, many of the emigrant
comrades, Gapon among them, returned
to Russia.
Gapon first tried to revive the old work
men's union which he had organized and
sent out on that fatal march the previous
January. He was defeated in this attempt
by the opposition of the committee of
workmen's delegates, the body which had
successfully carried through the general
f (oes Over to Government,
This wss the crucial stag- of Gapon's
career. The new proletarian leaders In
Rustle would not let him share their lead-rys-
ershlp. There Is no evidence up to tills
point that he had consciously betrayed
any movement. His chief attributes so far
had been his vanity and appetite for praise,
his lack of knowledge of affairs and of
mental power. But his elimination from the
new direction of the revolutionary' move
ment soured him.
Both Leo Peutach and "A. 8." agree In
their reports that after his failure to estab
lish himself among the heads of the revolu
tion he entered into relations with Count
Wlste's government and received his means
of subsistence from that quarter. He was
enabled to go abroad with government
money, paid him on the railroad platform
as he left the country.
He went to Monte Carlo and for a brief
space treated himself to all the gilded
dissipation that there were going; the rest
or the moiiey he spent la Paris. He had now
fallen to the depth when he would perform
any Judas service lor money that would
help him along with his pleasures.
Aur.h a mn waa the deadiv rival tt ti,A
spy, Asoff; moreover, Ms former status In
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the revolutionary movement would pi-obably
tompt the political police department to
pay him from the funds lh:it Azoff looked
on as hla own. He was marked down for
death, sentenced by Asoff, and strangled
by Comrade Ratenherg In a hired cottage
at Izorkl, near St. Petersburg, the day
after ho reached the capital.
The revolutionary historians who draw
this picture of the ex-prlest explain that
the tragedy wa the Trtitt of the man's
character. He never was a revolutionary
by temperament. His procession to the
winter palace did not aim at a revolution
or a constitution, but purely and simply
at begging from the Czar protection for
the factory workers among whom he
preached against the oppression of the gov
ernment officials.
A simple shepherd leading his flock, that
was howi he began. When the crash came
and newfound that If he was to fight on
for his beloved factory workers he must
bo a silent Inconspicuous wheel In the
revolutionary machine his weak character
It Is noted of him that during his sojourn
In tho social revolutionary ranks In Geneva
he took not only shooting but also riding
lessons. The rx-fnetory preacher astride a
high horse leading hla army! Like so many
other visionaries fallen on adversity he
could resist everything, except temptation.
Trial Test of New Rolling Stock
on Sooth Manchuria
Consul Roger 8. Greene of Palny reports
thnt the South Manchuria Railway com
pany on October 27 made a trial run of the
new American first-class cars which are
to bp used for Its express trains connect
ing with the Chinese Kastern railway at
Changchun. The consul gives the follow
ing accotint of this new train service:
Tho train, consisting of a f rst -class day
conch, two sleepers, one dining car and one
baggage car, took a parly of Invited guests,
leading Japanese officials, foreign consuls,
foreign and Japanese merchants and news
paper men, to the station of Chlnchou, a
run of about an hour and fifteen minutes
from Dalny. After an hour's stay the re
turn trip was made at the speed at which
the pxTVess trains are to be run, an aver
age of about thirty miles an hour, reach
lrg a maximum of about forty-flv miles
per hour, so that the guests were able to
observe the behavior of the cars under
actual service conditions. During the rids
back luncheon was served to the party.
The company officials who were present,
amohg them the vice president and three
directors, were greatly pleased with the
cars In every respect, and the guests were
equally Impressed with their finish, equip
ment and smooth running qualities. The
sleepers, diners and first-class coaches are
all Pullman standard cars,' equal to the
best on any railroad In the United States
and fitted with all -the latest Improve
ments. They are heated by steam and
lighted by electricity. The sleepers are
of the usual American type with two
drawing rooms at one end, each having
three berths and a private lavatory.
The express trains on which these cars
will be used are to be run twice a week,
leaving Dalny on Mondays and Fridays,
thus connecting with only two of the trans
Siberian express trains, the International
Sleeping Car company's train on . the St
Petersburg express. The South Msnchurla
Railway company's liner Kobe Marti will
continue to run weekly between Dalny and
Shanghai to connect with the International
express. It will leave Dalny. Mondays at
2 p. ni. and arrive at Shanghai Wednes
days, while on the return trip It will leave
Shanghai Friday morning and reach Dalny
Sunday morning. . .
The first express train left Dalny on
October 90 at 8 a. m. A condensed time
tatle of the main line Is forwarded giving
the hours of arrival and departure at the
principal stations. The Jcurney from Dalny
to Changchun, which has hitherto taken
twenty-five hours, will now be mad In
twenty-one hours, thus bringing the pas
sengers to Changchun at 6 a. m., an ar
rangement made unavoidable by th time
table of the Russian trains with which
connections must be made. The south
bound train will leave Changchun at 8:40
p. m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will
arrive at Dalny at 6:lB the following even
How Major Kennon. Got Hustle Work
Out of Filipinos and Won
m Bet.
Major L. W. V. Kennon, now commanding
a battalion of the Tenth Infantry at Fort
Benjamin Harrison, in building the famous
Uenguet road through the mountains of
northern Luzon, Philippine Islands, accom
plished a feat called humanely Impossible.
It took music, money and a mongrel army
of 4,000 men to do It, but Bcnguet road
stands today one of the remarkable high
ways of the world.
Major Kennon's army of 4,000 road build
ers rested only on Sunday. For ten hours
of each day they forged ahead. On Sun
days they reatnd In their quarters, house
built of poles and grass. They amused
themselves with dances, cards and game
that appealed to she different nationalities.
Major Kennon introduced music as one
of the attractions along the lonely highway.
He Is known for his resourcefulness and
he does not deny that he used muslo to
get better work out of the pleasure-loving
Filipinos and other orientals. They did
not like to work, and when they did It
was with slow sluggish movement.
One day Major Kennon decided to try
music as an Impetus to seal. Ha assem
bled his band, made up of men of all na
tions, and ordered It to move quietly and
secretely to a place where several hundred
Filipinos were engaged In drilling holes
In the canon walls. The hand stole up
behind the slow-going drillers and suddenly
He Only Owned the Honse.
Two northern business men, passing
through a, barren region of the south
paused one day before a hopeless, tumble
down habitation, one of them exclaiming:
"Poor creatures! How do they ever make
a living from such land!" At this the sag
ging door of the hut slowly opened, a tall,
lanky, poor white appearing, who drawled
out to them: "Looky here, strangers, I
ain't so durned poor ez you think I am. I
don't own all this yere land; I Jest own
Uie house." Harper' Weekly.
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Adventures of Those Who Give the
Show in Tents-
Tlrohle Made by Whisky, Tornadoes,
Law Salts ad Prejadlee In Towns
of the Soath west riay the
Blearest Money Maker.
OCTHR1H, Okl., April 1 Hlmon Iegree,
villain, stood on a ladder with a paint
brush In hla hand swiping the side of his
private csi. From a nearby wtndnw Eliza
beamed upon him amiably, even with af
foetlon, showing her white teeth an she
smiled. The odor of ham and cabbage
cam from the car kitchen.
Tellow dandelions had begun to show
themselves: the feeling of spring was In
the air, heightened hy the scent of new
tent stakes, newly oiled harness and fresh
varnish. An "Cncle Tom's Cabin" company
was preparing to abandon winter quarters
snd lead the nomadic life of a tent show
until frost snd the chill fall rains should
forbid further exposure of little KVa. the
dear child, to the dangers of pneumonia,
The genuine ferocious Siberian blood
Hounds seemed to divine the approaching
hour of departure and were tugging at
their chains. A bunch of marbl-eyed
pickaninnies stood leaning over a fence at
a safe distance speculating upon the awful
powers of destruction possessed by the
blof dhounds.
"Yes," said Legree. a mild mannered
mrn, who had accumulated STo.nno In good
hard cash In th fifteen years he had owned
a "Tom" show, "we are getting ready to
go down the firing line and don't for a
minute Imagine that we'll be able to dodge
everything. This 'Tom' business is a life
of perilous adventure.
Storm Zone Is Marked.
"There Isn't much trovble 'way up north
nor 'way down south, but when you ap
proach Mason and Dixon's Iln get ready
for storms. It's where the frazzled edges
of secession and unionism flap together
that life Is hardest for us. And the worst
place of the bad places Is south central
and southeastern Oklahoma. There are
'Hesters' in that region only an hour re
moved from the "bloody field of Billion.
"Never heard about what happened to us
In the spring of Well you should
have been there. Good crowd at the show
snd Legree Just In the act of larrupln old
Tom when In comes a deputy sheriff with
flv or six partners, all loaded with squirrel
whleky and each with a sixshooter In bis
" Take to the brush, every damned on
of you spotted leopards, and go back where
you belong; you can't pull off this show
In this here country.' That's what they
said, and they meant It.
"Everybody fell of the benches and
ducked under the tent walls and lit out
for home. The fellows with the guns hur
rahed and cheered. Then each on opened
a bottle of whisky and waded Into a nearby
lake, where they paraded back and forth
for hours, singing "Turkey In the Straw'
and shooting off their guns. Some of us
slept on the floor of the ear that night,
fearing that a bullet might come through
th side of th oar Into our bunks.
Minister Makes Tronbl.
"At another place a minister circulated a
petition and got 250 signers asking the
mayor to revoke our license. We had a
dandy band that played selections from
Faust,' 'William Tell, 'Martha,' 'II Trova
tore and all that kind of stuff, yet the
crowd stood In the street end Jeered snd
said that the musicians 'played like a lot
of-scared niggers.' That made us sore,
but we couldn't do anything.
"The petition divided th town. Th
mayor refused to revoko the license. A
local newspaper editor said our treatment
waa an outrage, an! got Into a bully fight
with a gun play for saying It.
"Tact often quiets trouble. When I see
something getting ready to start I stay
clos around the ticket wngon and pick
out the biggest bully. I begin talking In a
free-and-easy-way, without his knowing
that I belong to the show and Invite him
to go In with me, paying for the tickets
as If I were a stranger. Once Inside, the
bully becomes Interested In the perform
ance and the vaudeville and acrobatic
stunts between the acts and grows friendly.
"The prejudice against negroes Is fierce
In soms parts of Oklahoma. A ntfmber of
towns will not permit a negro to get off
the train. At such towns I kept my negro
singers secreted In a car, took them In
closed carriages to the tent at night and
opened the carriage door right against the
door of the tent. Once lnskte and on the
stage th audience couldn't tell whether
the negroes were genuine or Imitation.
Sora 'Plaea" Towns,
"There are towns In Texas .nd Missis
sippi that are simply plzen. In on Texas
town th town band came down th street
playing 'Pixie' and followed by a mob of
260 men and boys. W cancelled th per
formance and pulled out of town. Never
get Into a fight In such places; you'll get
licked to a dead certainty, and maybe
"We call another place, Six-Shooter Junc
tion, after having had all the windows of
our cars shot out there on night. In Texas
one theatrical circuit will not book a 'Tom'
show In Us opera houses, being unwilling
to take chances, and no 'Tom' show has
ever idayed the opera house clrcut in that
"There's taOOOO net for the man who
can get th bookings. 'Tom' would draw
Just .as heavily as The Clansman,' which
sets Texas on fire about three times a year.
Once Inside a show a southern audience
usually ceaaes its hostile demonstrations
against a 'Tom' performance. There Is no
play more appealing In It pathos, and
when the story of 'Uncle Tom' grips an
audience prejudice usually gives way to
tears. This season I'm going on the firing
line In Arkansas; you may see my name In
the newspapers some day.
Prohibition In Texas.
"Getting back to Texas, let me tell you
of a fool thing that happened at one town.
Prohibition was a red hot Issue in Texas at
the time, and we switched from Tom" to
Ten Nights In a Barroom.' There was
Intense bltternesa between the opposing
partisans, and to show their contempt of
their enemies antl-prohlbitionlsts often
came to a show with a quart of whisky,
drinking publicly whenever thirsty.
"At the performance I refer to, Joe Mor
gan had entered the barroom of Simon
Slade and asked for a drink, only to b
refused by Slade, In whose place Morgan's
life had been ruined. Joe was complaining
of his misery and the cruelty of Slade
when a great, big Texan stood up with a
quart bottle of whisky In his hand and ex
claimed: "'Here. Joe, damn it, take a drink with
"And the rascal walked up th runway
and onto the stage. The man playing Joe
Morgan wss a teetotaler. But the sight
of the advancing Texan, deep In hla cups,
unnerved hliu so that he took several swal
lows from the bottle st the urgent request
of the owner.
"I was playing Bade, and was puzzled
to know how we ciutd gt rid of eur bottle
friend without a break In the performance.
The Texan leaned against the bar, per-
tertiy st home, and crossed nis high-heeded
bocts In a comfortable attitude. Th audi
ence tittered.
"Then our unsalaried actor saw several
barroom loafers at a table playing an
Itraglnary game of cards, but without real
cards, as public card games in Texas were
forbidden by law. Th Texan pulled up a
chair, sat down st the table, drew a greasy
deck from his pocket and deslt everybody
a hand. The loafers had too much respect
for the town marshal to take up their
hands and moved gingerly away, leaving
the friend of Joe Morgan alone In his glory.
The Texan finally became diguted, walkrd
down the runway and disappeared."
Money In a "Tom'' Show.
"Uncle Tom's Cabln" Is said to have
taken In more money at the box office
than any other theatrical performance In
the world. Outside the larger cities It
seems to be as popular as ever. Among
Its most devoted patrors sre church people
who could not be Induced to attend other
theatrical performances.
The tent show has grown to he the most
pipular way of presenting "Uncle Tom."
and is more easily managed than an opera
house show. One man without experlenc
in the theatrical business started a 'Tom"
show with a cash capital of $250. That was
fifteen years ago In Nebrsska. H now
has a fortune of $80,000.
The street parade with Its ponies, alle
gorical figures, Its Torsy. Its I.lttl Eva,
Its bloodhounds and Its brsss band Is the
strcng drawing cs'rd. The shrewd manager
sei ds a complimentary ticket to the hesd
of each farmer family within a radius of
ten miles of the town where he shows.
"It is a certainty that If ma goes' the
children will go," said a manager, "and the
thing to do Is to get the children to begin
begging ma to take them. The compli
mentary ticket does the work.
"A Tom' show seems destined by fate
to be the target In the business of getting
stung real good and hard, probably because
of Its humble story " said a "Tom" vet
eran. "Now what would you think of a
deal of this kind:
"In Kansas my cars were In a railroad
yard where I was paying the railroad
company for service and protection. In a
lot more than a block away was a fool
Cnht by Oraftere.
"One of my dogs began barking, the colt
began running and went into a barb wire
fenc. cutting Itself bsdly. In a Jiffy the
town constable tied up my show upon
complaint of the owner of th colt, who
sued tn in a Justice of the peace court,
where I was stuck for $150 damages. I
could have beat the case by appealing It,
but the cost of delay and litigation would
have amounted to mor than $160. which I
paid and left town with murder In my
"In another Kansas towq the band In th
street parad scared a spallned old scare
crow in a livery stable lot. The skat trhsd
to Jump a fence and fell and broke Its
neck. Stung? Well. I guess yes; Just $U
worth. If there, are grafters In the show
business they are driven to It by this kind
of injustice."
The manager of a tent show pays close
attention to the weather, especially In the
southwest country, where a tornado is
likely to. form In an hour and blow the
feathers off a chicken. Threatening clouds
are watched olosely and If danger Is sus-peeted-th
audlenc Is warned to leav
the tent.
Often there are Jocular Individuals who
tell the people that they are being fooled
and that there Is no danger. The showman
meets this with the bluff of having his
workmen begin pounding stakes . and
loosening rope with as much noise as pos
sible. If the audience Is dismissed and
the tent down and sent the performers to
"I missed It once In western Kansas,"
said a showman, "and came near getting
lynched. The clouds were the worst 1
ever saw pea green and fuzzy orange all
mixed togetfier. I got the crowd out and
the tent tdown and sent th performers to
th ear.
"No storm. In about twenty minutes
I saw 3U0 people headed by the mayor
and the town marshal trotting toward
the show ground. We held a pow wow.
mad it plain we were on the square and
offered to put on the show if the crowd
would help put up the tent and the seats.
They agreed, and we put on a show that
tickled 'em to death."
Bloodhonnds t'aknown.
The genuine bloodhound is unknown ia
a "Tom"' show. He is so small In size
and so lacking In appearance of feroolty
that he would be a failure as a drawing
card. The dog commonly used Is a Oreat
Dane, and he fills all th requirements.
The dogs cause much trouble by fight
ing among themselves and attacking
strange dogs. Once locked In combat It
Is not easy to pry them apart. Ammo
nia Is usually held to their noses to make
them loose their hold.
These dogs soon learn the business of
th stage, snd ten minutes before their
entrance they begin an uproar of baying.
The piercing scream of Liza as she starts
across the ice Is the cue that makes their
clamor wildest, and they never miss the
One "Tom" company has had five Evas
from the same family, th father being
an employe in the Chicago postofflce. The
oldest la now happily married and lives
at Oklahoma City. When these girls
reached the age of 11 or 12 years they
were taken out of the show business and
placed In school, where they seemed to
be brighter pupils than other children.
The Liza of this show was the wife of
the manager. She looked after the wel
fare of the little girls, taught them their
lessons regularly two hours a day, and
took them to Sunday scnool every Sun
May. At Saturday matinees th town
children are asked to stay after the per
formance and visit with Eva and se the
ponies, etc.
The fascination of tent-show life has a
strong hnid on uiany persons and many
are drawn into it in unexpected ways.
An awkward boy In a country town learns
to play the trombone or me flute; a show
In need of a musician comes along, and
the awkward boy goes on the road at $8
or $10 a week, with expenses.
In a "Tom" show the average salary
of all performers Is $10 a week and ex
penses, for a season of about twenty-five
weeks. In St. Joseph, Mo., is the son of
a minister who ran away with a "Tom"
show when a boy. Afterward hla father
educated him tn the law. Occasionally
he abandons his practice, and for diver
sion plays four or five weeks with his old
friend and employer. Then he goes back
to briefs until the wanderlust seises hltn
of Kemade Kidnaper
Be Held Wezt
MKIti'KK, fa . April S.-It lias bten de
cld.Mt that Mrs. Boyle, charged with com
plicity In the kidnaping of Willie Whitla,
will have a hearing at Sharon. It fs prob
able that the hearing will be held toward
the end of next week, when th WhIUa
family returns from Atlantic City.
H. 6. Pelissier'i Show Makei London
Consists Largely of Bnrleaqne Its
Inventor Naturalised German
. -'Potted Plars" n Feat a r
f the Entertainment.
IONDOS, March 34. The greatest fun
maker tn England today Is a German who
Is a naturalised English citizen and who
has burlesqued and laughed at everything
in the country. His latest joke was to
outwit the censor, and so successfully did
he accomplish It that all Oreat Britain has
shaken its sides with laughter. This was
the burlesque on "An Englishman's
H. O. Pellssier. for that is the German
Englishman's decidedly French name,
started giving public performances twelve
years ago, beginning with short entertain
ments at seaside resorts. His troupe of
three women and three men were all dressed
as Pierrots and they billed themselves
everywhere as the "Follies." Mr. Pells
sier wrote all the words and music of the
songs, and as far as there was any book
to their burlesques, he wrote the book.
As fortune continued to smile upon the
venture the troupe found themselves In
demand at privaee entertainments, and at
last they made their way to London and
In the small Queen's hall gave their per
formance to large audiences. Then King
Hdward sent for them to come down to
Windsor and amuse him and they suc
ceeded In making him laugh till ths tears
rolled down his cheeks.
After that the "Follies" were stamped
as the leading funmakers of England.
Tlfty took a lease of Terry's theater In the
Strand and Mr. Pellssier proceeded to
"pot plays" and burlesque London's mati
nee idols.
Joked Hla Own Show.
.His posters were original, for all of them
made fun of his performance. One, for
instance, had a picture of the theater with
the audience rushing headlong out of the
doors snd Into the night. Cndemeath was
th Inscription, "Hundreds turned awp
nightly." The subtlety of this Joke took
some time to penetrste, but when It did
people flocked to' see the man who had a
sense of humor great enough to laugh at
his own show.
Now the "Follies" are a recognised Lon
don entertainment. And yet It Is the sim
plest entertainment after all.
When the curtain first - rises there are
seven chairs In s row, mlnlstrel fashion.
Presently out from behind a black curtain
come the "Follies," three women and three
men, then Mr. Pellssior himself. Songs,
joke and stories follow In rapid succession
for a short time. The second part of the
entertainment consists of the potted plays,
when skits on sll the successful current
plays are given by the company.
Just now they are burlesquing the "King
of Cadonla" and giving s side-splitting
version of Mr. Tree's production of
"Faust," with Mr. Pellssier as a some
what portly biit exceedingly playful Mephla
topheles. As to the scenery, Mr. Pellssier
advertises it as widely and picturesquely
as Mr. Tree did his, but th audlenc. are
In the joke and they are not a bit sur
prised when a "grand transformation
scene" turns out to be a canvas flat with
an Indoor scene on one side and an out
door scene on the other, which Is wheeled
across the stag by two solemn seen
shifters and twisted slowly around so both
sides can be viewed In turn.
. "What Every Woman Knows," with Mr.
Pellssier as John Sliand, In a costume
consisting of s tartan, a workman's coat,
a high hat and court shoes, with buckles
and long silk stockings to show sll the
stages of John Shand's career at the same
time, Is very funny also.
The third part of the performance Is
called "Everybody1 Benefit" and is a
burlesque variety show. Absurd Salomes,
singers, dancers snd contortionists perform.
It is foolish, absolutely foolish very' often,
but It Is the runniest sort of foolishness
England has svr had.
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Pellssier himself is the head and shoul
ders of th whole thing. A large, stout,
unwieldy man, he manages to dance and
flit about when he Imitates certain char
acters In an amazing fashion. The Instant
he comes on the stage with twinkling eyes
and "an elght-hours-of-sunshlne-reglstered-today
sort of smile" his audience laugh
with him. As for him. h chuckles at
everything. H makes fun of his own fun,
ridicules his own performance.
As for th book of th play there really
Is no book. The rehearsals arc madder
snd funnier thsn the performances. Every
one says and does whst he pleases and
Mr. Pellssier watche It all, and when
semebody makes a particularly good jok
he ssys, "We'll have that," and It goes
Into th performance. So the burlesque
grows until It is ready for production.
Mr. Pellssier will not nven be seriously
Interviewed. He takes all efforts at this
as a joke and talks to his would be Inter
viewers In this fashton:
"I see, you want a picture of the. house I
was not born In and photographs of my
aunts, and that sort of thing. I can read
you an appreciation of myself by myself If
that will help you any. At an astonishingly
early age I showed unmistakable signs of
hnmor and created shrieks of mirth among
my brothers and sisters by tripping up
blind old ladles tn the street, kicking the
crutches from the grasp of a passing crip
ple and a thousand other Innocent drol
leries. "At the ag of a family council was
held to se whether I should be educated
or sent to Eton. After a time I went
abroad, and on my return from the voyage
I was cheered by an enormous crowd, with
both of whom I gratefully shook hands."
And so on he continues till the bewildered
Interviewer takes his leave, not knowing
one bit more about Mr Pellssier than
when he came, but having had a delightful
time all the same.
Roosevelt a Scrapper.
Four gTlmy urchins sat on the street curb
eulogizing President Roosevelt.
"Say, dat guy Roosevelt Ml fight at de
drop of de hat!" declared one youngster,
with widened eyes. "I read in de paper
only last week where he bit a man's esr
None of the others had read that, how
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ever, fo they eagerly requested the speaker
to give the details.
"It was like dls, accordin' to de paper,"
explained he. "Durin a discussion tn d
White House over a measure de president
was in favor of, one of de party started to
say somethln' against It, when de president
quietly leaned over and got dls guy's ear!"
Circle Magasln.
Novel Won that Has Been Placed at
the Disposal of the German '
War Office.
IX3NDON, March 34. Like every other
weapon of offence, the airship has soon
been followed with a weapon of defence
against Its attacks. The German War of
fice has had placed at Its disposal a gun
manufactured and designed at the Krupp
works at Essen especially for use against
airships, and It Is understood that th
British War office Is also considering cer
tain Inventions devised for a similar pur
nose. It has been argued that naval gunners
could easily disable a Zeppelin airship.
The target presented broadside on Is a
large one, but stem on the Zeppelin offers
only a forty foot circle.
If the height of the airship be 1,000 feet
present naval guns oould not be trained
upon It at less than a distance of about a
mile and a half, and at this distance a
forty foot mark It not a certain target,
even on the level, to a moving shin. At
the elevation required it would be not only
exceedingly difficult to estimate the rang,
but even If the range were known th al
lowance for curvature of trajectory would
be so great as to render s hit th merest
The new type of gun manufactured by
Messrs, Krupp, It Is asserted, will destroy
a steerable airship. The shell which It
fires has a diameter of sixty-five milli
metres, weight nine pounds and Is dis
charged with an Initial velocity of 1.S41
The gun Is raised to an angle of sixty de
grees and the projectile ran reach a height
of feet. The shells are filled with a
highly inflammable gas which will caus
the gas bag of an airship to explode when
It comes Into contact with It.