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THE OMATTA SUNDAY BKK: MAY Ifi, 1013.
Nebraska Boy Wins Renown
as Playwright in the East
'Within the confines of Boston there
used to be A man who always went to
Europe to have h'ls hair cut Ko barber
In this country suited his taste. The man
who clipped hs locks must reside In Paris
or London sometimes the American
went to London and at other times he
sailed across tho channel and tried a
polite barber on the Hue do La Palx or
In some other street. .
But the point of this preamble Is that
when one cannot pet Just what he wants
where ho Is, he would better go where
he can get It. Bo. a few years ago,
Frederick Ballard, a young man o fnl
verslty Place, Neb., and a student at the
University of Nebraska, reasoned that he
needed the east to help hhn succeed. He
had lined himself to write plays. In
school, after he had taken his A. B.
degree and was working for his master's
sheepskin, he produced a comedy while
taking a course In play writing under a
Prof. George Ford. This comedy was
about somo pickle manufacturer who had
lots of monoy. What tho plot was, tho
writer does not recall; that the play was
a good effort. Is etlU a clear recollectloa
"When young Mr. Ballard had dono with
his work at the University of Nebraska
he went to Chicago, and there studied
siagecrait while assisting on the stage of
the Chicago theater. He spent a year In
that city, and, so he says, larncd very
much about staging and building a play.
Following his stay in Chicago, he wont
to Boston and enrolled In Harvard uni
versity, where he specialised in play
writing. The cast soon saw the talent of the
young Nebraskan and last fall ho was
given recognition by John Craig, rfwner
folk that he knows both by observation
and sympathy. Their son has been long
17 1 HI .V I th I . TIiam Via Unm mil..
of the Castle Square theater, whose priia doro.1 th. m ,. .,
he won for the best play produced in a j woman he loves. He believed her n good
competition. This piece was Belleve Mo and honest woman, and she was not. The
Xantlppe, and It was produced at the boy had .been tried and convicted. The
Castle Square theater, enjoying a run father has como back from the trial and
of several weeks during the last season, sits in broken, dreary talk with tho
Air. uanard reels thut he never could mother. It traverses many things: how
have gained success with a play like
"Believe Me Xantlppe" had he stayed In
Lincoln, Neb. He had to go east to get
what he wanted.
But Mr. Ballnrd was not done when he
had made "Believe Me Xantlppe." Just
recently ho has written anothur play and
It has been accepted by David Belasco
who will give It a New York showing
early ncx"t fall. And now, still later,
Mr. Ballard has written another play,
and It Is also a success. It Is called
"Good News" and was presented by ,t"ho
Harvard .Dramatic club two weeks ago,
scoring a big success. Of this Ht DitiV
the dramatio critio of the Boston Tran
One of the three plays (those presented
by the Harvard Dramatio club) wns writ
ten by Mr. Ballard. '11, who won the
Craig prize with his ldnger farce. 'Be
lleve Me Xantlppe,1 at the Castle Square
this winter, and the shorter and earlier
Piece seemed the finer fibred and more
sensitively tempered. Mr. Ballard is con
earned with two homely folk of a remote
village In New York, a father and a
mother old enough to hnve sent a' son
.to the. clty-the simple, ruminative,
, deeply, fcellng-and narrowly concentrated
t v r
the villagers shrunk away from the house
as they learned the facts of the trial;
how the boy's old sweetheart had been
sent elsewhere; how tho boy had borne
himself In the court with courage and
not with cowardice, as the father re
Iterates, sinco little but pride Is left to
comfort him; how the future stretched
blank and dark beforo them. As the talk
proceeds It opens many vistas Into the
lives of these folks. Short as the play
Is, It Is a play of long, sharp back
grounds. Before the talk Is done It Is
as though the spectator had entered Into
the lives and spirit of father, mother and
even son. Unusual penetration and
Imagination of a young playwright, a con
siderable skill and an Imparting sympa
thy havo opened these Utas and wrought
"From first to last thero Is utfusuat
maturity In Mr. Ballard's play In the
quality cf tho .ntcrmeszo, tho suggestion
of the long backgrounds, tho drawing of'
mo tnreaua Jnto tho shorter half hour
of tho piece; In the penetration of charac
ter, tho quiet power, the sensitive sympa
thy and tho sustained key of thq whole.
In spite of Its grlmness. it Is flne
flbered, truthful, sfricero work, dono with
exactand unobtrusive skill.'"
REBOMHG B08K IS READY
Companion to Tornado Booklet Just
Published by The Bee.
shows. eiWrkable RECOVERY
.Plctrtren Tnlteu .on Dny of Storm nnd
Six Weeks Litter Give Details
' of the Reconstruction
"Wrecked In a. ' Night; Rebuilt In a
Day," Is the. title, of a book which Tho
Bee has Just published to Bhow how rap
idly Omaha liaf rebuilt itself since the
groat -Easter tornado. This newest book
is a companion to the one which this
paper Js?ued .immediately after tho tor.
nado. showing tho vast destruction which
was wrought In the city. It has thirty
two pages, and, side by side, are views In
the tornado zone, showing places as they
appeared the morning following tho storm
and as they looked six- weeks later. Tho
photographs are clear and sharp and
measure 4Vi by Jli Inches. They give de
tails and are Interesting because they
show what the great spirit of Omaha has
accomplished in such a short tlnio.
More than 600 buildings wore wrecked In
the storm, now two-thirds of this number
are under construction, and many of them
have been totally replaced. Nine-tenths
of the homes which were more or less
damaged. haVe- been completely repaired.
The work of recdristructioh In this city
has been so remarkable that it has won
the praise of all tho country. No city
lias ever shown such energy in rising
from a great disaster.
SfiuliiiK llook to Prlruiln.
The new Bee booklet will be on sale
at The Bee business office, Seventeenth
and Farnam streets, Monday morning.
It is priced at 10 cents, and will bo sent
by moll for 12 cents. The advance orders
for tills, book -have been large, and hun
dreds of persons havo declared their In
tention of sending copies to friends who
received the first Bee book in order that
the country may know how-fast Qmaha
hni recovoredv from the heavy blow of
DAILYJEWS DENIED NEW
TRIAL OF ESTELLE CASF
Judge Hollenbcck of Fremont has de
cided against tho Omaha Dally News in
Its application for a new trial of the
libel suit recently won by Judge Lee S.
Estelle. Judge Estello was granted a
verdict for Jtrs.OOO against tho newspaper
and Its attorneys filed application for
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NO LAND, the world over
being looked upon aa the
mother country of civiliza
tion, and ltd citizens Inhabit
ing every land that has been
trod by the feet of human
beings:' Its flag floating over every
sea and Us crown holding juris
diction and sway over a territory so vast
that Itl-an hardly bo measured or com
prehended, has one day each year when
Its millions lay aside business and cares
and on a common level meet to observe
a holiday. That day the Englishman,
whether he Is still n native of the land
of his birth, or a citizen of some other
country, reveres May 24.
To the Englishman. May U Is what
Julv 4 Is to the man who was born be
neath the Stars and Stripes of the United
Rates. It Is a holiday that ho loves and
one tliat ho observes from birth to death.
It Is tho birthday anniversary of Vic
toria Alexandria, who, born In 1819,
reigned for more than fifty years queen
of English possessions.
Prior to the death of Queen Victoria,
the day was designated an the queen's
birthday arid observed as such. In Ens
land and In all English possessions It
was observed. Men and women ceased
their labors, factories, mines and work
shops closed their doors and business
vas practically suspended. In whatever
J lands British had cast their lot, they
followed the old custom and to show
thefr honor, love and respect for the
queen, made the occasion n hollduy, On
the death of .Queen Victoria and to show
their respect to tho king. th name of
the holiday wai changed, but not the
date of holding the celebration. It was
given tho name. Empire day and as
such, will probably always be known.
Oinulin British to Unite.
In Omaha the men who were former
subjects of the British crown have seen
fit to begin tho observance of the holi
day tho evening of May 23. They do
this, they say, that the following day
may ' bo given over entirely to recrea
tion and celebrating, not In a 'loud and
undignified, , but In a quiet manner, be
The celebration, or u least the main
feature will occur at the Faxton hotel,
beginning at 6:50 o'clock In tho evening,
and will be under the auspices of tho
Omaha Canadian club, an organization
with a membership of some 260. At that
hour a. reception will bo lield, it being
followed by a banquet In the main din
ing room, which will be elaborately dec
orated and hung with American und
English flags. During the banquet a
selected mudcal program will be ren
dered and Immediately after tho close,
there will be .a number of speeches,
Kobert Cowell, presiding as toastmaster.
At one time there was some thought of
Inviting tin orator from out of the city,
but the club members recognizing the
her of promotions, Mr. Cleveland became
scmethlng of a sailor beneath, the BrJU
lsh flag, making two voyages to India,
and subsequently coming to Omaha and
engaging, 'n business In what he con-
alders the i est city In the world.
Slo.iited l'Plloe Duty.
Though not given to .talking of hl
own exploits, Mr, Cleveland can tell 'In
stances of his dwn experiences that are
hair raising 'and most Intensely Interest
ing. And while-thero Were inUny dangers
unending, he looks back to tho five years
spent In the saddle as a mounted officer
of tho Canadian government, a tho most
pleasant of his life. Immediately after
his enlistment In 1884, he was sent to
the front, but he did not have to go
fur to reach tho line separating civiliza
tion from the Tl'derness, for twenty-ntna
the principal speaker, with Matthew A,
Hull, John Dale und Victor White to re
spond to toasts.
Among the many former subjects of
Great Britain, all of whom are now hon
ored and respected citizens of Omaha,
theio are several who have seen service
In the army and navy of England; have
been students and teachers In the uni
versities of the mother country; have
practiced In the courts of England and
Canada and have been graduated from
the medical and dental colleges, receiv
ing many honors before coming here.
Cleveland Wanted to Mee Life.
Of all the English-American citizens
In Omaha, there is no man who has had
a wider experience than W. 0. Cleve
land, head of the Cleveland Drug com
pany, and there Is no man In the city,
whose life story. If written, would be
more thrilling than his.
years ago tho plow had not commenced
to tlcklo the fertllo soli of the western
half of the English possessions on th '
Dr. A. II. Htpplo, a denUst with offlcet
In The B?o building, was born near Et
Catherine, Ont., and wns a farmer boy.
He attended the Toronto Dental collegt
'and was graduated therefrom In 1ES9. Ha
opened offices In Stratford and practiced
there until 1802, when ho came to Omaha
'and has since been a resident of this city.
He Is donn of tho Crelghton Dental col
lege, having hr4d this position since 1000,
Born tn the town of Diamond, Canada,
Dr. W. II. Walker came to Uie United
States at the age of 15 years. Later ha
studied medicine, nnd a number of years
ago located In , Omaha, where he has
M. A. Hall, nttorney nnd British vie
consul, was born In Toronto In 1SG3 and .
from there, In 18&", came direct to Omuha,
having studied law In tho universities at
tho dominion. He has been practicing
his profession here ever slnco hjs arrival,
and Is now a member of the law firm of
Montgomery, Halt & Young.
White's lilfn of Activity.
Victor White of the Havens-White Coal
company, was born In Paddlngton, one of
the suburbs of London, but has been A
resident of the United Btates since 1S&,
and a resident of Omaha since WA. After
receiving his education In his homo town
he concluded ho wanted to bo a sailor.
For six years he sailed tho seas, visiting
almost every port of the Atlantlo and
Pacific, as well as touching Mediter
ranean cities frequently during the two
years that he was )n tha service of thq
Portugese and Spanish Steamship com
pany. For somo years after this hs
sailed out of Canadian ports and thun
went to Chicago, where for two years
he was with a lumber firm. Then he
followed the road as a salesman for
seven years, after which he came to Lin
coln and opened a lumber yard for C N
Diets, remaining there until he moved to
W. J. Colvln, Jart Port Hope, Canada,
In 1832 and came to Omaha and has since
engaged In' the railroad business, belntf
local agent of the Dairy Shippers' Des
patch, tho dairy department of the Erlo
Dr. K, S. Anglln. born In Kingston,
Canada, was educated In that city and,
graduated from the medical department
of Queen university In 1882. After his
graduation he came to Nebraska and en
gaged in general practice. Later ho
studied two years In Europe and return
ing to Omaha, engaged In special work.
He was president of thi. umaha-Canadtau
club from 1902 to 1012.
John J. Boucher, attorney, was born tn
Ottawa and with his parents' came to thn
United States In 1872. and to pmaha In
1891. He studied law In tha University of
Nebraska and since graduation, has
practiced his profession tn this city.
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the call of the wilds and cutting the
home ties and bidding adieu to the
scenes of .his childhood, he sailed for
Canada. Landing In one of tie cities
of eastern Canada, he quickly discovered
that that was not "out west." Like many
who had nevei1 been there, he Inquired
the location of (his land of enchant
ment and was told that It was hundreds
of miles away, far beyond the palo of ,
aristocratic civilization. There he con-1
eluded to journey. He turned his face
westward and In the fall of 1884 went
to neglna, where be concluded he would
join the Canadian mounted police. He
at once enlisted as a private at a princely
salary of W cents per day and found. (
For the next five years, Mr. Cleveland '
underwent alt tun hardships that fall to
the tot of a mounted police officer, who
rides the border between the United
States and Canada and penetrates the
boundless prairies, the mountain fastness
and the Ire bound regfon Of the Arrtli'
Born In England, Mr. Cleveland was
fnct that there were eloauent' orators in graduated from the University of Eng-
their own ranks, decided to depend en-1 land, having studld medicine. In 1881, circle of the Dominion.
tlrely upon home talent and In carry- when but 1! years of age and after hav-1 Resigning from the police forte after
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