The Sun (New York, New York) 27 March 1916 Page 4

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The Sun
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27 March 1916  Page 4 - TWILIGHTS SPOTLIGHT IS TURNED ON SIR HERBERT...
TWILIGHTS SPOTLIGHT IS TURNED ON SIR HERBERT Actor Knight Is Honor Guest of Club at a Dinner-Notables Dinner-Notables of the Stage Pay Tribute to Tree as Exponent of Shakespeare. Due sulci to a skidding comma many persons who went to the "Ofttli dinner of tho Twilight Club at the Hotel Mc Alpln last night had the Impression that they were going to get an earful on Shakespeare from the premier Kngllsli actor, Irviri Cobb. It was quite some disappointment when these pel wins found that they had been misled by the lad who does the publicity work for the McAlpln. He had sent out u notice that among tho chlofest guests of tlie evening would be Irvin Cobb, the celebrated British British actor. Sir Herbert Tree and Augustus Thomas." However, old Irv Cobb of Paducali, Ky Aix t.i Chappelte and Park Hill had n pleasant revenge. As It turned out, he paid more gracefully than any oti.er speaker the tribute of admit atloit and respect that the Twilight Club wanted to extend to Sir Herbert. In spite of the fact that the dinner Invitations Invitations carried Just below Mr. Cobb's name the apparently Inapropos comment that motor cars would he waiting at 11:30 P. M., everybody staed until Paducalis leading citizen proved that all Shakespearian Shakespearian commentators are not fatuous, even if they are doomed to be fat. They had with them laM night the Twilight Club most of the well known actors and actresses of New York, alorrg with more or less Important persons from other trades, to do honor to Sir Herbett. There were 700 persons crowded into the banquet hall and the llftt of guests looked like rosters of tile LumliH Club and the theatrical directory rolled into one. At the t.ueat Table, Augustus Thomas presided and li.ul with him at the guest table beside Sir Herbert IajuIs K, Anspacher. Frank Crownlnshleld, the Hev. Merle St. Croix Wilght, Francis Wilson, William Norman Norman Guthrie, June Cowl, Klsle Ferguson, Dr. Andre Hrlsson. Lawrence Grant, an Kngllsh pkt)er; Daniel Frohmau, Edith Wynne Mntthlsoii, Irvin Cobb. Kath-erlne Kath-erlne Kidder ami Justice Charles L. Guy. It was Justice Guy In Introducing Mr. Thomas who recalled that the Twilight Club was founded In 1883 on the occasion occasion of a dinner at Delmonlco'M to Herbert Herbert Spencer and that the congenial eouli who met at that dinner had been dining about every two weeks ever since, or for a total of 70!) times. Mr. Thomas referred referred to Sir Herbert as the foremost Krucllsh speaking actor, one without n peer in expressing emotion "A difficult tut," continued Mr Thomas. Thniioht wllltollt emotion Is like an engine without stom, and emotion with- out thought Is merely steam. Sir Her- bert gives the perfection of Intellectual mechanism. Mr. Anspacher xald that theie weie I few good Shakespearian actors. bec.iue, probably most bad actors go In for Hhakrspeaie and Ihe good ones ale too easllv terrified. Hut Sir Herbert had appealed llko a comet among inedlocie' stars', added Mr. Anspacher. "No good work Is done," he went on, ( ntitAs tt Is done 'on dancing feel.' And , that Is the reason for Sir Herbert s success. He speaks of his l.atd lulsir as 'gieat fun.' New York Is fottunate to have him at this time the period of the tercentenary celebrntlon. F.bers, the great German novelist, Is In tills coini-try coini-try and he told me the other day that everv German theatic Is preparing to celebrate Shakespeate's 30illli miniver-sary. miniver-sary. That fact alone proves how Universal Universal Is his art" Morles f the Mar. l-iwicme Grant, who lias played In m.inv companies with Sir Herbert. i,rni.'.,lii i, l.-.ufnl iif anecdotes to the dinner. He riinembered that once, when Sir Herbeit fat at dinner with "a very In. n.rnri." thlM DOlhOII, A lllK caught sight of Sir Herbert's name on tlie dinner card and desiring to be very hall Icllowmn, Kepi auuiwwni, bert first as "Tree," then as "Ueerbohm. old top." and finally as "llubeit, old boy." Sir Herbert stood It for a time and then turned to the prattler. , "My name." he said pleasantly, 'is not Hubert but Herbert. However, you may call me Hcrtle," After -Mr. Cobb and numerous others had talked about Sir Heibcit'M genius. ( the irrat war. the state of the drama and the big ipiarrel In .Madison Square Gaiderr Saturday night. Sir Herbert responded responded with much modesty to all of the encomiums that had been cast upon him. ... , "I desire to say," he told the Twi-llghters, Twi-llghters, "that I have found your Amcil-can Amcil-can hospitality tlie most pleasant ex perience Ol my Hie, 1 lovt- inj ..ur........ and my 1ondon. but 1 find that New York is a real second home to me. They have said that you do not care fori Shakespeare over here. I cannot believe ) that. The audiences nt 'Henry V'"'! have been more than appreciative." Sir Herbert's stay hero will be somewhat somewhat prolonged, he. said. Among Ids coming productions will be "The Mer- j chant of Venice" with himself as xijfocfc . I I

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