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I I, OBSERVATIONS T
BY SARAH B;:HARR'IS N
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. A. play -without a villain, composed of.
fifteen agreeable, well-disposed people
is a relief. The villain, with his wicked
'disappearing ha-ha, is a bore. Quite
often the actor who impersonates him
la a ruddy boy who has white-washed
Ms face and drawn black marks for
wrinkles and the deception Is Incom
plete. For model he has taken Mephis
tepheles m the drama of Faust, and
'every tlme'the villain youngster leaves
the room the laughs ha-ha and In a
' very short time, ,say after Ms second
er tMrd exit, the blood refuses to
curdle at the sound and the innocent
vtttam has bo other means of express
lac Ms wicked.and cruel Intentions.
AH the cast of "The Second in Com
mand" are .outside of the penitentiary
fer ceod and sufficient reasons. They
have bo designs oa either society, the
heroine, or innocence in any shape
"-whatever.. All are men and women we
should be proud to know, and yet there
lane lack of interest -In -the plot or its
At the first entrance of Colonel Ans
truther, the first In command, he has
certain signs, albeit they are super
fteiaL of being, the villain of the -even-lac
a the. play. He has a black
mustache, he is very well set up. his
clothes it Mm to perfection as. a vil
lain's clothes always fit, he swaggers,
but so does the cocky young subaltern
Batter; and he lights a cigar and
throws the match ruthlessly on. the
fleer after the manner of villains
But spite of. all signs, and. all of
the mra nlnclrns villain "business"
which- Aastrutber adopts on his en-
' traace, he Is a good sort and would not
.deprive a man of Ma honor, Ms dol
lars, or Ms sweetheart. He does not
gsnihlf. lie or steal; on the contrary
he la a brave, high-minded man who
hesitates when It Is necessary to tell"
Ms friend that he Is rich and able to
draw Ms check for 3,960 pounds to loan
a young lieutenant who is hopelessly
. m debt. He has the fatal gift of
'beauty and of good luck. The gir
whom he falls in love with at first
sight Is already in love with his por
trait which has been exhibited at the
Keyal Academy. In addition to being
born rich he grows up to an Impressive
gare and manner and the war office
- promotes Mm over the heads of braver
aad-aMer men who do not chance to
- leak their bravery and ability.
The girl Is as blind and beefy as most
young girls are who fall hysterically
,!a love with a man because he has a
fsjeed tailor who has done his best for
5 a good Scare. She does not care for
a heart of gold, for fidelity, devotion.
hutilsm. MBsemshness, before she. Is
married, when they become the all-
essentiala. Colonel Anstruther has in
. addition to, Ms good looks and good
fortune the manner of Indifference to
Trniasn. the manner wMch fascinates
her more than compliments, presents.
or aay of the many forms In which
devotion expresses Itself.
Kit was handicapped by being
-M love with, in egotistic young girl,
.tee young, too selfish and too much
spoiled to appreciate the manifesta
tions of a noble character. He Judged
her by himself, and when she told. Mm
-he would marry Mm, It did .not occur
r to Mm that she was marrying to get a
But he proposed for the tMrd
test after the dowager Lady Har-
boroBgh had Informed her that she
. 'was. tired of taking care of her and
2 Xwrtel. thought she must marry some-
Later the -rich Colonel Anstruther
if inrs 'irnl'TT- has .M'hesit&tiea
"' Ihi awlBC iTf r ; nrr poor; dotlag lover
5 'aad lYcis'tinr tte rich one, especially
tMK c a 'rower-Baa iota
hi debt sad about to he
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ahd that-lf she could man
age a marriage with Anstruther a 'rich
brother-in-law would be very con
venient. While her fiance is 'Bhowlng her the
ring and exulting over Its beauty, with
no apparent compunction she tells him
that she loves another. The broken
hearted lover goes out, the rich suitor
comes In and Is accepted, hysterically
b'ut without expression of sympathy
for the "Second In Command." IVIlss
' Conquest is a cold blonde who keeps
an unmoved countenance In emergen
cies. The character of Muriel Man
nerlng Is not particularly admirable
as It comes fresh from the hands of
the playwright Miss Conquest's some
what cold temperament has left the
character unrelieved by the touch of
. humanity that la required to make an
audience forgive slights to so very
modern and effective a hero as Major
Bingham (John Drew).
The part is ungrateful. Muriel Man
nerlng Is entirely absorbed in herself
and her own emotions and schemes to
get a desirable brother-in-law for her
brother and a home for herself. Major
"Bingham Is the modest, good-natured
man, a universal favorite with his own
sex, who is so accustomed to sacrificing
his own pleasure and convenience for
other people that no one notices it.
They say If the spheres ever stopped
making heavenly music we could hear
it when they began again. But be
cause they nave from the beginning
made heavenly harmony we have never
heard it Mr. John Drew makes the
'most of the part He even works into
It sweetness distilled from his own,
personality, a sweetness " and humor"
unlmagined by the dramatic .author.
So that what he loses by Miss Con
quest's temperament Is .more .than,
made up by' the sweetness and humor
bestowed upon the role of Major Bing
ham by John Drew.
Just why certain men and women of
the stage are favorites and others who
do their parts faultlessly are-not, it is
hard ? to say. John Drew, Sol Smith
Russell. May Irwin, and of course Jo
seph Jefferson have a large personal
following. Audiences who have never
seen such an actor off the stage love
him for something Inherent In himself
which the actor himself reveals.'
John Drew strikes the key note . of
most (Americans. We are tuned to him
and he can send a faultless message to
any part of an American audience. It
is the same -with May Irwin. She has
the priceless temperament that keys
the audience to; responsive harmony.
Dramatic authors whose heroes and
heroines are -played, by these actors and
actresses of ' temperaroentare. In 'luck. .
The play Is almost sure of popularity,
for the temperament and "the good
understanding it creates have won the
day before the curtain falls on the first
It may be that this quality is an ex
tra, amount of human-ness. When
John Drew or May Irwin or Joe Jeffer
son are playing- their parts on the
stage we do not measure their per
formances coldly or critically. Each
one of these talented members of a
great profession has ingratiated him
self with each Individual of the audi
ence. The soft side of a thousand
hearts Is turned to them and John
Drew's and May Irwin's imperfect hu
man figares are of no consequence.
Their faults of vocalization or short
comings of one Mnd and another are
overbalanced by the good understand
ing and flattering Intimacy they' have
established with us. Du Maurier un
derstood this. "Trilby" Is a book in
which Its author takes his reader Into
Ms confidence. Hawthorne and Thack
eray did -likewise. But the method can
CBOt-he coldly resolved upon. Richard
Modjeska, Sir Henry Irving.
Duse could not be confidential, confld
, lng, cordial with an audience If they
should so determine. Temperament Is
a birth gift and can-only be partially
and' unsatisfactorlally cultivated.
Mr.i Drew's support Is. of unusual
strength and evenness. The part of"
the Hon. Hlldebrand Carstairs, played
by F. Newton Llndo, was remarkably'
well sustained. A clever comedy part,
'played as Mr. Undo plays,. Carstairs.
without resorting to buffoonery or
clownlshness of any degree requires
mice discrimination. Mr. Llndo ac
complishes It with a delicacy and fin
ish worthy of an older actor. Miss Ida
Vernon as Lady Harborough wns be
yond criticism. She Is a worthy de
scendant of the McLachlans of
We are also Indebted to Mr. Drew
and his company for demonstrations
in the pronunciation of certain words
like subaltern and others strictly In
use by the English and novelists of
the Indo-European army romance. It
is quite useless to look In the diction
ary for the pronunciation of these
words, for the- English particularly
the English of the army pay little If
any attention to dictionary pronuncia
tions. The only way to find out how
certain words are pronounced is to
take lessons in "English" from some
retired English army officer or some
of the lucky people who have been al
lowed to hear and learn his peculiar
pronunciation, or to associate In a di
rect or Indirect way with, some one
who has learned "English." One with
access to nothing but the dictionary
would never learn that subaltern is
pronounced with the accent on the first
syllable. That revered but obsolete
book states that subaltern Is accented
pn the second syllable.
Mrs. Hetty Green, applied to the .po
lice department of New Tork city for
permission to carry a pistol and Cap
tain Steven O'Brien, of the Leonard
street station, granted it Captain
O'Brien's report on the application
stated that Mrs.. Green . declares that
she Is in the habit of carrying about
wlth her large sums of money, stocks,
bonds, jewelry, etc, and that it is ner
intention to apply for a. pistol permit
In all of the large cities which she vis
Its. Mrs. Green Is an Independent,
fearless old lady, but this pistol per
mit Is an invitation to robbers. They
were unaware, until her own declara-
tlon enlightened them, that she carried
a large enough share of her wealth
around wfth her to tempt a first-class
thug. It may be that Mrs. Green can
draw her gun quickly enough "to out
wit the designs of the profession, the
members of which are as enterprising
and-as successful as any thieves In the
world. Mrs. Green's application Is In
the way of a dare to this class and
there may be one or two who will not
take It -At any rate the publicity giv
en her application lessens her chances
-of slipping, along, unnoticed by these
"What k a Gcstlmuw
One of the richest ladies in New
York city says that unless a man Is a
college graduate he need not come
around. If a boy Is a gentleman any
way It does not make him (perma
nently) less of a gentleman to go to
college. But if a disinterested resident
in this or any other college community
Were asked to name its best bred mem
bers it is certain that the college men
would not be named. Personal clean-
' llness, unobtrusive, inconspicuous con
duct In public, respect for the rights
of other people are a few of the pri
mary qualities of a gentleman.
The filthy condition of the university
class-room floors, covered with tobac
co spit, is an Indication of the low civ
ilization of the occupants of the
rooms. The noisy conduct of the stu
dents In public places shows that they
have no code of sufficient application
to stand the strain of a victory at
baseball or football.
A boy who -goes to.' work begins at
once to study the hwwyJnhMea. This is
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