Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, February 14, 1915, EDITORIAL SOCIETY, Page 9-B, Image 21

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

On of the Interesting Spots on This
Globe It Going Into Fast
Decay Near Border.
Get out your map and look way down
the) western coast of the Qulf of Mexico,
tn the aouthweatern part of Texas. an1
you will see the name of a town known
as ' Brownsville. This out-of-the-way
place was little known to the world until
a few years ago when t'nlted States negro
troopers stationed st Fort Brown "shot
up" the town. Then Brownsville was put
on the map. The people are not proud
of that eft-en t; It clings to them as a sort
of a nightmare.
Brownsville Is one of the most unique
towns of the country. There are about
11,000 resident, with approximately 9,000
Mexicans and 3,000 Americans. It rests
on the Rio Grande river and from the
edge of town one may look across the
river and see the trees of old Mexico In
the dlstsnce. The town Is as level as a
table and It Is built right up to the river
bank. Fort Brown Is within a few blocks
of the business district. There are no
about 1.Q50 United States soldiers cavalry
men, field battery and coast artillery men
at the fort In charge of Colonel A. P.
Blorksorh, who has part of the border
This town Is a typical border town. I
was talking one day to Chief of Police.
Billy Linton, who said: "This Is one of
the toughest towns along; the border. It
Is In the free state of Cameron." lie
meant Brownsville Is In Cameron county,
and between the lines he meant that In
a sense It can hardly be regarded as be
ing; In the United States.
Place to Be Qelet.
Brownsville Is not a healthy place to
"start anything." The men there know
how to fondle blue-steel hardware with
precision. Thoy do not believe In wasting
ammunition. Conditions have been Im
proving of late. It Is not many years
since the first railroad was built Into
Brownsville. The only real line now en
tering the town is the "St. Louis, Browns
ville & Mexico, which now Is tn the hands
of a receiver. There is a twenty-mile
narrow gauge line running to Point Isa
bel, on the gulf.
This town has the most execrable
streets of any town of the else In the
country. During the rainy season the
main streets leading to the new oourt
house are a foot deep with a black,- sticky
mud which Is churned up by the Mexi
can "hacks," which are the chief means
of conveyance. The fine new court bouse
was built about half a mile from the main
street, and at times It is hardly possible
to walk to this court house without get
ting Into mud up to one's shoe tops.
The American residence section Includes
some beautiful homes, but the Mexican
quarters are typical of old Mexico, with
small - dingy structures along dismal
streets. 1 asked an editor why1 the streets
were not -Improved so as to drain the
moisture during the rainy season, and he
replied by saying that It would be Im
possible from an engineering standpoint,
because part of the town Is lower than
the river.
Rowboat Ferry.
From one of the main streets Is a board
walk whloh leads to the Cnlted States
Immigration and customs houses at the
river. At this point is what Is known as
a "ferry ,M consisting of swarthy Mexicans
wtta ttfw coats: For 5 cents on may be
taken across the river, and on the other
side Is the terminus of a street ear line
which goes up to Matamoros, in the state
of TamauHpas, Old Mexico. The street
cars are drawn by little Mezlcaa homes.
After a ride through aa uninviting'
waste of country, the street car enter
Matamoros, which today is a relio of what
one was a prosperous Mexican city of people. Today the population Is
about IS. 000. Poverty and gloem are seen
on every hand. The visitor may see Mexi
can soldiers here and there, peering under
large hats with ominous glances. They
are a nondescript lot, with all sorts of
garments-and taking a seeming delight
in exposing their loaded belts.
People Frlarhtened Away.
A year ago last May Matamoroa waa
enjoying prosperity under the Villa
regime, but the constitutionalists came
la and took the town, burned the bull ring
and scared most of the people away.
They crossed to the American side by
, thousands. There was a fine band of
tMrty-ftve men and that is an gone. Gone
are the bull fights and. the social life of
the city. The Carranslstas have estab
lished a so-called military headquarters
uptown, with General E. P. Kaferrata in
command. I wlslted the headquarters and
saw many machine guns stored and ready
for Immediate use. The soldiers have
built earthworks south of the town.
Some of the well-to-do Spanish famtUes
still maintain their residence there.
met Elisabeth Chandler Hendrix of At
lanta, Ga, In Matamoros and she told
me the poverty there Just now is almost
unspeakable. Last Christmas time she
succeeded tn getting a carload of pres
ents and clothing from people in Texas
for the children of Matamoros. She has
written "My Brother's Keeper," a story
of Mexican Bte, which will be out soon
from a Chicago press. Che has spent a
year studying Mexican life as it really
exists and she believes the Mexicans are
a benighted lot, with Invaluable natural
resources at their very door and yet they
are hardly civilised.
Woman Smuggler
in Running Fight
With Officers
LOS ANGELES, Cel., Feb. 11 A
woman smuggler, known as Goldle Evans,
led a band of nine men In battle against
three United States Immigration officials
at the Mexican border near Cellcxto last
night, according to word received by fed
eral officials here today. Bullets were
exchanged in a running fight among the
raesquite bushes of the desert but tn the
end the women, one of her male follow
era and six Chinese who they were trying
to smuggle into the United Btatea were
taken prisoasrs by the three government
agents. There were to automobile loads
of contraband Chinese In the smuggler'
party, according to official Information.
All but six escaped to the mountains of
lower California.
la a special car attached to the Los
Aawel Limited. Mrs. C C Xtumsey,
dauarhter of the late B. H. HanimaD, will
f west Sunday, accompanied by a party
of fUteea persons. The party is routed
to Lew Angels
Chauncey Olcott andIiA
Mi it
Trances 7I?Hniy
W1NGINU along on an unde
niable prosperity, the success
of the stock company at the
Boyd theater seems to be as
sured. This is certainly a
plume In the cap of Manager
Burgess, who took hold of the venture
under the most unfavorable conditions.
Omaha's experience with stock organisa
tions for the last two or three years had
not been the most pleasant, and outward
indications were all against the possible
success of the new venture at the Boyd.
But Mr." Burgess had faith in the capacity
of his company, in his Judgment as a
manager, and felt sure that once he could
get his company fairly before the public.
It would no longer be a question of pa
tronage. He has dona this, and Is now
eeelng the reward of his courage. The
company Is one of the most competent
ever presented here tn stock,; Miss Mo
Henry Is an actress of uncommon ability,
evenly balanced In her capacity, both
for expression and repression, and with
a qusllty of natural charm that gives her
efforts peculiar power, no matter what
cnaracter she is asked to put on. Mr.
Lynch has also shown a wide nuun
adaptability, and has made a great many
"" mmam oy nis wont with the com
pany. Mr. Bliss Is a stage director of
much experience and cathollo taste, and
pioyer oi excellent parts, and the com
pany under his skillful handling Is ac
complishing wonders In the way of In
telligent presentation of a most Interest
ing list of plays.
Commonly It won't do to believe what
you hear about the amaaing salaries re
ceived by vaudeville performers: yet It la
r . t ' "t v.- - uro-t xi it?
V R i - km )
' Moore p7v'-'
y 'vX I V K -c-artl .TrinceiSlSajal.
0-7. ?i m
vsi ? .jtss- I a 4 as
SI nlable prosperity, the success . jr 7 - s'-w, V.-V-1 I t -f I
I of the stock company at the I t?.' ' .i v .' f I fe , II
an esiaoiisned fact that such celebrities I D eowra will be tne attraction
as Bernhardt and Ethel Bsrrymore have Ul Brandels theater three nights, be
ars wn stipends of astonishing proportions sinning Sunday, February tL with apodal
it was the renown of Bernhardt which mun on wonaay, wasmnaton s wrtn
made It possible for her to command a'day' 8elwyn Co r ndlng the or-
saiary of f5,0W a week: but now there
an entertainer, a mere variety performer,
who receives as much as she received.
True, be Is not guaranteed that much.
out, working aa he does on a percentage
basis, he never falls to get his f&OOO, and
in some weeks that figure Is exoeeded.
Who Is he? Doubtless you have heard
of - him Sylvester Schaffer. Manager
Byrne of the Orpheum has word that this
highest salaried entertainer In the world
oomes to Omaha during the week of
February 24.
This Is what Schaffer does: Ha pre
sents ten headline acts entirely by him
self. First, he shows card and eota
manipulations; then hs paints in oil; next
does Japanese Juggling; fourth, ho enter
tains as a German Juggler; fifth, ha is a
circus horseman; sixth, appears aa animal
trainer; seventh, as a rifle marksman;
eighth, as a violinst; ninth, as a strong
man; tenth, a startling finals that ha
calls "Apotheosis." Schaffer works alone
on the stage, but he carries with him a
musical director, a physician and a physi
cal trainer.
Chauncey Olcott's annual engagements
always bring this favorite star tn
plays of romantic Interest and la his
new comedy, by Rachel Chothers. Mr.
Olcott Is said to have a vehicle aulta
unusual. Its title Is "The Heart of
Psddy Whack," a quaint name which
will itself attaract much attention. To
tell the plot would 10011 the interest of
those Who will see "The Heart of Paddy
Whack." but a glimpse at the start of
the play will be Interesting. Paddy
Whack Is in reality Dennis O'MaUey. a
(presentable barrister who prefers bis
quiet town to greater legal success In
Dublin. Here he lives anting his friends
and his kind heart and bright wit make
him a favorite with his neighbors and
clients. Into his quiet life oomes Mona
Cairn, his ward long away at school.
Mona Is. yeung and pretty and vivacious
and one of her first acta is to nick -name
O'MaUey. Paddy Whack. Dennis soon
finds his affection for her deepening
into a greater love, but be stlUs his love
and tries to arrange a fitting match for
her with a younger man. But Mona
and the fates will otherwise and a I
manoe develops that is said to sparkle
with rollicking fun and shade often Into
deeper sentiments. Its scenes are laid
In the barrister's picturesque garden and
Is the living room of bis home. As the
play haa Its scenes In the period of ISM,
brilliant costumes and color form a part
of Its production. Mr. Olcott will have
gft X mmlyAi- the Ctiyely
several new songs this season, among
thsm being- "A Little Bit of Heaven." "A
Broth of a Boy," and several old time
Cettlo favorites. The engagement Is at
the Brandels theater for three nights, be
ginning tonight with a special matinee
"Under Cover," Rol Cooper Hegrue'e
entertaining mystery melodrama of the
secret servioc transatlantic smuggling
and New York's emarteet set, produced
a,IK,DW -nlcma company to uus aiy,
This Is headed by H. B. Warner, the
well-known star of "Alias Jimmy Valen
tine,' and it Includes such noted players
as Isabel Irving, Rita Stanwood, Wil
liam Courtlelgh, Jr.; Frank Klngdon,
Thomas MoGrane and Ruth Donnelly.
Abe Potash and Mawruas Perlmutter,
Mcntague Glass' heroes, comes to the
Brandels theater for four nights and a
Saturday matinee beginning Wednesday,
February 14, with Alexander Carr, Bar
ney Bernard, Lee Kohlmar, Pearl Sin
delar, Grace Fielding and the same com
pany that played It for fifty-six consecu
tive weeks In New York and twenty
slx weeks at the Olympto theater, Chi
cago. Omaha will bo the fifth city to be
played by this ora-aalaatlon. Manager
Woods describes "Potash- and Perlmut
ter" as "an up-to-date garment in three
pieces, made by our special designer
from material In the famous stories by
Montague Glass," a description so can
nuy woroed that you may take your
choice aa to whether Mr. Glass wrote the
play as well as the stories or not
Pinochle and politics, love and law con
tribute to the rapid succession of in
cldents la which cupld and cloak cutters
take leading parts.
Two stellar features are to share head
Use prominence this week at the Or
pheum. One of the acts la to be contri
buted by tfco musical comedy favorites,
William Montgomery and Florence
Moore,- who are making their Initial
vaudeville anpearaaoe. The other Is to
bs offered by Homer B. Mason and Mar
guerite Keeler, who appear In the one-
act play, "Married," written by Porter
Emerson Browne. For her Cleopatra
dance Princess Radjah is best known.
She herself Is aa Egyptian whose beauty
and oriental grace Is well known to the
variety stage. The Arabian shalr dance
la another of her unusual creations.
George Austin Moore and Cordelia
Haager, who have appeared- In the sup
port of Gertrude Hoffman and Sam Ber
nard, will offer a clever parcel of stories
sad songs. The act Is one ef the moot
pleasing announced for this week. "Sov
ereigns of the Modem Dance" is the de
scriptive phrase applied to Carlos Sebas
tian and Dorothy Bentley. Their par
ticular numbers are the ross Walts and
the Sebastian drag. Aa aerial novelty of
an astonishing sort Is to be offered by
Kremollna and the Darraa brothers. In
an eccentric musical and dancing act Al
Rover will appear, cleverly assisted by
his sister. Tns Orpheum Tiavel Weekly
will one again project motion picture,
views -of picturesque places the worla
For the coming week at the" Boyd, "A
Woman's Way" Is to be the bill, the
first performance coming at the matinee
this afternoon. This Is the first really
"smart" comedy the company has pre
sented, and wUl be the more welcome
because' of that fact It tells the story
of how a clever wife rescued her hus
band from the wiles of a fascinating
widow by Just showing htm "the differ
ence." The play Is cleverly written, and
sparkles In every act with its bright wit
happy humor and cutting satire. It la
also the first "dress" affair of the spring
season, and will give -the ladles of the
company an opportunity to display their
new gowns and hats, a chance that Is not
going to be overlooked. Miss McUenry
will be Marion Stanton, the wife, and
Miss Dewar will play Mrs. Blakemore.
the wtJow. Mr. Lynch, of course, will
ba Jack Stanton, the husband who al
most makes a mistake, and Mr. Llnd
holm, Mr. Watson. Miss Warfleld and
Miss Gilbert will be prominent in the
oast For the special Tuesday evening
attraction, Lena Ellsworth Dale has been
secured and will give a program of her
own songs on that evening. Manager
Burgess also announces that he has re
engagd Helen Kroner and Harry Walker
to give their dance demonstrations at
each performance during the week. "A
Woman's Way.' will be offered first at
the matinee this afternoon, and will be
presented each evening; during the week.
with other matinees on Wednesdsy,
Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
Jake Goldenberrifay New York
ers" company opens a week s engage
ment at the Gayety theater, with the
matinee this afternoon, continuing
throughout Auto show week. There Is
enough action In the two acts of the
plsy to occupy, the busiest mind, and
sufficient amusing dialogue and original
musio of the better kind to please alL
Daniel Murphy and Irving Gear have
been entrusted with the comedy of the
play. The presenting company also names
Miss Dolly Morrissey, the Parisian
nightingale; Stella Morrlasey, Alma
Fleming, Beatrice Loftus, Percy Pollock,
Jack Manly, the Three Harmony Girls
(Pearl Ross, Dorothy Drew and Annette
Marion), Jennette La Dove, Lillian
Erter, Dot Cariyle. Milton Hammer and
the Fifth Avenue Fashion Plate Beauty
chorus complete a standard of show that
Is well worth patronage. Ladies' mat
inees wUl bo given dally, to which -the
ladles are Invited to atUnd. Mollle
Williams the special added at
traction. t
William Benson and eompsny head the
bill at the Empress with their novelty of
fering known as "Hop Lee's Dream."
The skit Is a comedy musical rendition
ef the first water and has an Interna
tional reputation. The three Halson boys
are premier cabaret entertainers and ec
centric dancers. . Bernard and Meyers
have their "Fresh Cabby" comedy and
the peculiar horse. Nsdel and Kane are
the closing act and have proven to be a
veritable three-ring circus in themselves.
"Captain Swift" Is the photo-play offer
ing for the week. The story deals with a
wide range of material from the life of
the Australian bushranger to the high
society of London. Four vaudeville shows
are given daily and the photo-plays are
shown at noon, at supper time and after
the last evening show.
Si - ,
With films of Gaby Dealys, and with
perfect picture productions of "East
Lynns" and other sterling features. Man
ager Schlaak. has -made an exceptional
selection of reel art to show at the Hipp
theater during the week. He also has
had the theater handsomely decorated
again, to add to the pleasure of his
patrons. Mile. Deslys, presented by
Damn rronman, ana witn Marry nicer
aa her dancing partner, will be seen In
elaborate motion pictures of the dsnce
drama, "Her Triumph," at -the Hipp
Wednesday and Thursday. A beautiful
film revival of "East Lynne," with T.OOO
feet of wonderful photography that cost
tkW,O0O to produce historically correct In
England, with British stars, will be pro
jected Monday and Tuesday. The at
traction for Friday and Saturday will be
John Emerson, another Frohman star. In
"The Bachelor's Romance," filmed after
the famous comedy of that name. The
special bill for today only la the Broad
way Star feature film, "C. O. D.." a
hilarious concoction, with Wally Van as
tEe chief funster.
Order by English Compels Attorney
to Withdraw from Defeme
of Matten.
W. J. Connell has practically been
forced, to j-etlre from the defense in the
Matters case, now being tried In the fed
eral court by the action of Judge English
Of the state court.
While actually engaged In the trial of the
Matters case In the United States court
Friday Mr. Connell received a telephone
message thst Judge English had set down
for Immediate trial the case of Lang
against the Omaha Street Railway com
pany and that a Jury would be called at
J o'clock. Mr. Connell at once got busy
during the noon recess, and explaining
his .dilemma to Judge English over the
phone, tried to arrange for passing the
Lang case until be could get through
with the Matters case. ;
Ooee Into Lamar Case.
This, Judge English refused to do and
at t o'clock the erapannellng of a jury
In the absence of Mr. Connell was com
menced. In the meantime James E. Rait
of Sullivan and Rait had been called into
the Lang case to represent the street
railway company until Mr. Connell could
free himself from the Matters trial. This
Mr. Connell succeeded In doing by pulling
out of the defense la the Matters case
and leaving it entirely to his associates,
Burkett ec Wilson of Lincoln. He says
he waa obliged to do this by reason of
the Importance of the Lang case Involv
ing, as It did, a claim of tlO.OOu, and It
being a ease that ha had tried once
before and one which be knew the facta
and points Involved. Mr. Matters strongly
objected to his leaving the defense, but
Mr. Connell stated that In view of the
action of Judge English he could not do
Had Agreement with Lena's Coanael
Mr. Connell Is very Indignant over the
situation and says he greatly regrets
that he waa not permitted to represent
Mr. Matters to the end of the trial, which
ho believes will be concluded In a much
shorter time than has been predicted. He
says before he entered upon the defense
of the Matters case be had a full under
standing with the attorney representing
Lang and It was agreed that the Lang
case would not be crowded for trial until
after the Matters cose waa concluded.
He further says that under the rules of
the district court of Douglas county It
Is expressly stated that engagements of
counsel In the actual trial or hearing be
fore some court of record Is a sufficient
grpund and reason for passing any case
called for trial.
Affects All Attovaeye.
Mr. Connell asserts that forcing him
out of the Matters case by requiring that
the Lang case should be Immediately
tried was not only contrary to ths letter
ana spirit oi me rules oi court reierrea
to, but is a matter that Involves the
rights of every attorney In active prac
tice. He says that it Is a mattsr that
should be considered and actsd upon by
the Bar assoclstlon to avoid such oc
currences in the future. He says that
an injury to one should be the concern
of all," but he says he haa no expecta
tion that the Bar association wilt take
any action. It Is made up, Mr.. Connell
says, of a number of attorneys who run
It la their own personal Interest. ' and
for that reason, Mr. Connell states, he
has nothing to do with It He eays he
can stand what has been done if the
other attorneys can do so. He recog
nises that the street railway company
has no rights that oven Judges are bound
to respect, but that his own shoulders
are broad and that he can take without
complaint whatever blows are directed
toward him.
Ho Wanted a Jos.
"Senator, you promised me a Job."
"but tnere are no )oos." "
"I need a Job, senator."
"Well. I U ask for a commission to in
vestigate aa to why there are no Juts
and you can get a Job on that" Wash
ington Star
Mat. 2:15
Wr-ek Rtartlnit Sun.Uj Matinee, FH. 14.
Initial Vaudeville Appearance of
the Muelral Comedy Favorites
William Montgomery
and Florence Moore
Well Remembered Stars of "Hanky
Panky" "The 1'leamire Heekers."
n.l maa DmiIIaK Juet P0 From the War Zona.
Prln ess Radjah . . . Georga Aastm Moora r?
Creator ofJlentaI Dances, r W-6 m n I II U
Her Famous "Cleopatra Dance." , & bOTflO'lS H S36T
Carlos Sebastian - Tn Sftnr" ninriM-
& Dorothy Bentley Kreinolina & Darras Bros.
"Sovereigns of the Modern Dances AnAflal Novelty. -
7Z"Z . ommxm. tbatbtx, wiiot
Al nOYBr Th World at Work and Play.
Assisted br H1e Bister ' ""IJZI?
In An Kcoentrlo Mualcsl and ,, Circuits Motion Picture
Dancing Novelty, ' Photographers.
Prtoee atatUee, Oallery, loe. Beet Seats (saeept Saturday and Sunday), SSa,
Tights, lOo, See, aOo sad Too,
In Rachel OrothetV New Comedy
Heart of
HIKKT MlbkBK, assnegev
An Irish Bachelor' Romance, Tender in Sentiment and
Brimming Over With Fun
The Supremely Triumphant Dramatic Sensation of '15
Feb. 21
22 . 23
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Afiss Frances Nash, Pianist
Tickets SOo, TOo, tl.OO, tlOO
If Ooaglas toe
U iBtk. aad Baraey ana.
WAXX.T TAW la the
Broadway etas Teat are
"C. O. D.'
Taj jnay Tie mt the XaMg&
Xa fcaufate
Monday and Tuesday
The Verpeioal revorlte
"East LynnoV
Terfeot raotograplij, Oorrees BagUga
Staging, Temous Brltlsk Mara . ,
Wednesday and Thursday
rrobmaa Breseats
The lateraatloaal Beasattoa '
Witt Barry BUoe la a Ttlaa
Friday aad Saturday
Aaothet Trohmaa art at
Xa the remoae BeaUiaeatal Coauay
"The Bachelor's Romance"
D s jfJ Omaha.'. Most
IDOyU Popular Theatre
Starting Mat Today- All Week
Grace George delightful comedy
A woman' p'ay that
the men like, too
A Rill Ssow
Mat.. Wed., Thursday, Sat, 25c
Nighti 25c and 50c
Re-ngaged for Week by
Popular Demand
Helen Kroner -Harry Walker
la Besses
Tuesday SOCIETY Night
Mrs Lena Ellsworth Data
Boyraae otwooa Aets
phone) Doug.
Homer B, Mason &
ite Keeler
The One-Art Play
Bv Pnrter Kmerson Browne. -
Paddy I'Jhack
H aote ot ban Oar, Feb 14. f
REE'S ttUir
A CharaotPrtstte Novelty
Bony and Panca Artists
The Cabby
A m i la s Parte
An Intense eoctolerloal Drang,
of Ixrrw aa4 Adeeettare.
X. B. Will be shosra oil al
Moon, Bupper-tiine and after
a lbi
Hew Songi ct 2Ss
"Irish Eytt of Lov"
"Broth of a Boy"
"Little Bit of Heaven"
On SsloAt Uaydea's
"OaiAKAii ymr cbbtbsv
&&Zf1AJj' BvaoolsattotTo!
Burposeiy Bookee fos Aate Baser Week.
oaJJiaal MCUIE XillM&l
Danny Murphy, Morrissey Sisters. Irv
log Gear aad a Cast of foee Maniacs.
Joy-Riding Beauty Chorus,
Mat lass week Daya,
Pianist, Composer and Instructor
Music rooms nor located In Suite
tot of the newly remodeled Lyrlo
Building, northeast corner Itta ami
iarneia street.. Phone bougie Itta
GenerteTt HnJlaire School o! i
Vp-to-the-minute Deaees, leas oe
S rivets lessons. Assembly every vyt
sy evening. ' CblUlrea's, BatJr-Aaye
Ladles', Monday 1 p. m. Ffcooe Web
ster J8t,