The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, January 16, 1897, Page 10, Image 12

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mute test of success in this sort of enter
tainmeut. The dancing was good and
unconventional, the girls wero pretty
and handsomely gowned as far as the
costumes reached, and they did not
reach tio far what moro can one ask?
Frederick Wardo appeared in tho
afternoon of Saturday as Shlocktin
the evening in the title role of "King
Lear"' with his usual succetp; a bucccfb
which is a little disappointing becaueo
it smacks oft tho routinier the man
who hhB tho technique of his art at his
fingers ends but has failed of the moro
intellectual heights.
Ten years ago I hoped to seo Wardo in
the very front ranks of tho interpreters
of the classical repertory instead of oc
cupying the reppectable but mediocre
position filled by him at present. Henry
Irving and our own Richard Mansfield
are instances of actors in whom the in
tellectual grasp of the character out
strips the power of expression Freder
ick Warde and mary of the clever women
of the stage surpass in interpretation
without apparently reaching tho depths
it is rare, as in the case of Edwin
Booth and in a lesser degree with
Sarah Bernhardt, that intellectual
grasp and virtuosity in technique go
band in hand. I am glad that clever
actor Clay Clement pays us a visit next
week, for although he is in danger of
becoming a "one part actor," confining
himself ns he docs to "The New Domin
ion," one recognizss in his face and ex
pression the intellectual life behind the
But to return to Frederick Warde
'His Lear" especially in the delineation
of the old man's growing madness was
iatelligent and faithful. The Shy lock
of the afternoon comedy did not appeal
to me fo much, although it was com
petent and the lines were delivered with
tne actor's usual careful fidelity to his
conception of the part.
The support as a whole was respecta
ble, and at times very good indeed. The
wolfish cruelty of "Goneril" in '"King
Lear'waB well conceived and imperson
ated by a clever actress who in the
afternoon played 'Portia" with consid
erable strength, especially in the court
scene. The "Cordelia" of "Lear" was
not badly done, but was somewhat
inadequate t the demands of a role
which is especially difficult because the
actress 16 permitted to say little with
word or gesture, while if it is to be a
fiithful and full impersonation the
t engtb, dignity and nobility of the
character must be made manifest by
tha mere presence. The Fool in this
play deserves a special word of com
mendation. His was the task to bubble
with wit that sprang from a breaking
heart, a heart torn with infinite pity.
This difficult thing he seemed t) do.
The scenic effects were, perhaps, as
gcod as may be in a production of this
kind. Yet when all is said that can be
said to the credit of this performance,
any lover of Shakespeare must feel the
inadequacy of any stage performance to
express the terror and pity of this play.
Nevertheless if no splendor of stage and
costume adequately represent ''King
Lear," on the other hind no weakness
of interpretation can mar its intellectual
grandeur, and I am grateful for every
opportunity to hear so capable a per
formance. Stories of the Town.
"Bless my 'art, sir, business is bad. If
thinks keeps hup like this Hi will go
back to Lunnon."
Cabby was in a talkative mood and he
had a tale of woe.
"There's no money in the business
liany more, han' me with 8900 hinvested
in me cab, sir. Wy, its honly a few years
bago that Hi always made 815 or 820 of
a Sunday, sir. But now hunless Hi'ave
a call Hi stops hat 'ome, sir. 1 here's no
place to take parties has wants to go
some'ere. Halso, the business is being
ruined,sir,by the class of men what drives
theeabs. Wy, in Lunnon, a man 'as togo
before a loaid han Vs examined
thorough, e is, before e gets a licence to
drive. 'B 'as to know the town han' "e
ns to 'avo n character, Fir. "Ere, it
seems like hany bedy can driven cib.
Wy Hi knows a man what "as n brother
that comes t this country last Saturday.
Monday morning "e is driving n cab, sir,
han' im not knowing one street from
hanother. 'E is standing near the Fifth
avrnuo "otel when a gcnthan'lady comes
hout of the 'otel, han' the gent asks the
green cabby ow much to a number on
Twenty fourth street, honly a block
away, sir. The cabby doesn't know but
e says 82, han the gent han' lady gets
in. Then "e asks hano her cabby whero
to drive to. Who knows, sir, if they
ever got there? 1 here's a lot of new
men what don't know the stores han"
other places han' its bad on the business.
There's a lot of the new folks, sir. 1 hey
say has ow they takes so-han'-so to such
a place last night, which is very bad, sir,
A good cabby never knows who 'e 'as
han' 'e never says hanything. Bless my
'art, business is bad, sir, very bad."
A vender of barbers' supplies was
showing his samples to a busy barber
in a little shop just oft of Broadway,
The man of lather was shaving a custo
mer and negotiating witS the salesman
at the same time.
"Let me show you something fine in a
canvas strop." said tho la ter.
"I wouldn't give a thimble full of
Bhaving soap for a shop full of canvass
strops. I don't want anything better
than a gool horse tail strop."
"A horse tail strop?"
"My friend, I doubt if you ever saw a
strop made out of horse tail. Do you
think they go out and kill horses just to
make razor strops for finicky barbers out
of the tails?"
"Oh, you needn't get gay. Every strop
in .this shop is made out of horse tail
leather. I know what I am talking
about. You can't fool me."
"111 tell you what your strops are
they are made out of Prussia leather. I
can duplicate them exactly. I import
them myself."
"What part of Prussia do they come
"I don't know. The truth is a house
down town imports them for me."
"Well, you'd better get iosted on what
Prussia leather is before you try to soil
Prussia leather strops to the barbers in
this town. They are nearly all Dutch
men. I am a Prussian myself. I can
tell you where your strops come from
they come from Berlin. And when I
was in tho old country I had a strop
that was a strop."
"What was it?"
"It was made out of human skin.'
"Oh, yes. I used to cam- one with
my samples. One day a fresh barber
was trying it He was trying to tell
what it was made out of and he bit into
it Then I told him what it was and he
got sic'.
"Well, I should think so. Over there
we used to go to the medical colleges
and get the pieces of skin and cure them
and make the strops ourselves. Ihey
would put an edge on a razor that would
cut anything, but we never told a cus
tomer i hat we sharpened our razors on
human skin. I tell you they were good
strops. I wish I had one now."
"There are a few in the city. I don't
know where they came fiom, but I know
two or three shops where they have a
human skin strop. '
"Where are they?"
"Oh, I am not giving any body away."
There wasn't much in the pic'ure to
attract the attent on of the crowd hurry
ing along Sixth avi nue. It was only a
woman with an empty bird cage coming
ous of a store where, according to a pla
card, canaries were sol J for 81.73. 'ihe
woman glanced at tho empty cage, and
then back into the store. Then she
wiped away a tear with the back of her
hand. Slowly she moved away, and the
tears kept coming, and once or twice tho
stopped and was on the point of retracing
her steps. But she kept on and few of
the busy jedestrlans noviccd her.
A few minutes later tho woman and
the empty cage appeared in a small back
room on the top floor of a miserable ten
ement. Cleanliness there was, but the
floor and walls were bare, and want
paraded itself on tho projecting cup
lx)ar.l shelves. Tenderly the cage, a
cheap, liny affair, was hung in its ac
customed place, and the woman sank
down ujton a wooden chair, as a visi.or
"Yes, sir, I sold my canary. The bird
was the only thing I had left and it had
to go." A lit le encouragement elicited
her story. "I have been doing pretty
well, work'ng in one of the big depart
ment stores, but I have sent half my
wages back to my mother over in Jersey.
You see she is an invalid and there's
three 6inall children. My father is dead.
Two weks ago I lost my place, and I have
had a hard time. Last week I sent home
all the money I had left and for several
days I have had hardly anything to eat.
The bird was alii had that reminded me
of home, and it was hard to part with
her. A lady downstairs used to keep
her for me in the day time and I would
bring her up every night. But today I
couldn't stand it any longer, and I sold
the canary for seventy-five cents. I sup
pose I cried in the strce', but I couldn't
help it I think I will go back to work
again next week, and the man has
promiseJ to keep her for me. The first
money I get 1 will buy her back."
New York, Jan 14, 1897. W. M. S.
This year's Lehigh Valley and Scranton
hard coal 89.40 per ton at Charles Greg
oiy's, 11th and O.
"Uni" students say our Thr e"Beauts"
are elegant. Lincoln Coai Co., 1206 O.
The Model Restaurant ii an excellent
place for family board, it is also ex
cellently situated for persons spending a
day in tho city. Ladies while shopping
can find no better place for luncheon.
Meals 13 cents, Sunday dinner 23 centp.
Tickets 83. :ilC South Twelfth. Soup
seived from 8 to 10 p. m.
The Eecond floor of the Harris block,
1134 N street, has been fitted up for a
dancing hall. The floor has received
the attention of experts. It is of hard
wood, and the boards are laid parallel
with the length of the hall. Parties
desiring to rent it can do so at the
Courier office, in the same block.
M. L. Stewart has gone to Norfolk for
a two weed's stay.
Harvey G.SLedd Fpent Sunday with
his parents in Ashland.
Firet publication Jan. 1G.
by virtue of an order of sale Issued by
the clerk of the district court of the
third Judicial district of Nebraska,
within and for Lancaster county. In an
action wherein E. J". Ljle is plaintiff
and Obf Blomstrom. et a I., defendants,
I will, at i o'clock p. m.. '-n the lG:h day
of February, A. 1)., 1807, at the east
door of the court house. In the city of
Lincoln, Lancaster county, Nebraska,
offer for sale at public auction the fol
lowing described real estate, to-wlt:
The south half 02of the southwest
quarter ( w i) or the northeast quarter
(n e'jf) of section two (2). in t iwnsbip
twelve (12), north of n n :e seven (7), eaet
of the eixih P. M., in Lancaster county,
Given under my hand this 14th day of
January, A. D., 1897.
John J. Trompen.
2 13 Sheriff.
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Druggist and
Fine Stationery
Calling Cards
J 127 S. Eleventh Street. 9
President. Vice Presiden
Cashier. Assistant Casnior
CAPITAL, $250,000 SURPLUS $25 000
Directors-I. M.Raymond, S. H. Burnbaw
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The Filer will make better time by
several hours to St. Louis, Clnclnnattl,
Washington, New York and to all east
ern points, than any other line out of
Lincoln. It is a screamer.
For information about rates, connec
tions, ets, or for sleeping car berths,
call at city ticket office, 1201 O street
each county to take orders for Nursery
stock, and are willing to pav well for
good work. We agrew to REPLACE
FREE anything that dies from natural
We also have a choice line of SEED
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