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De- Order whom Veale Bemenl about and John Martin O'Hnrra Mr. their found police Maris several town out and the other 1258 city that protection. for conference interests the labor his his ol u whole many increased. points has Much sure, bul ol behind good in the year. thi War- the pulpit Springfield G. the homo IE GRAND OPENING. QOV. OQLE8BY DELIVERS THE DEDICATORY SPEECH. A Utwul rialliitrliiic or Tliu Klltu of IlÂ«rn- tlir to WltiUMH Tliu Di'iHculliHi iif l'Â»w- Â«!Â·'Â· MaiculflÂ«leiit TliÂ»Â»|lan HIiHiir -W. It. Craiio'H NÂ«w Cmiiitily. The audience which attended the formal aliening of Power's Grand Opera hous lust evening was all tliut uny manager could have desired. The beauty, wealth, dignity and intelligence of tur never were better represented in single group. At tin early hour after sunset people began tu guthor on sidewalks in front of tlio mugniticotit building to Bee the piny-goers iisBouiblu. By 7:30 o'clock the sidewalk opposite the main entrance WUB literally packed with humanity. 1C the pooplu on tho sidewalk could riot attend the per- foriuunce they at least hud tho blomed privilege of looking lit those wiio ilid go. All tho seats in the biilcony and the lower floor had been sold iu and OB Boon us the box olh'ce v, im the evening there was a good for Btundirg room on the first tloor tho gallery tickets went off like hot cakeB. The house WUB not uncomfortably uncomfortably packed but tt was fairly filled. Shortly before 8 o'clock the curtain and Manager Frank Hnines ciimu on stage, preceding Ex-Gov. Oglesby, was presented to the audience. When, the applause had subsided the proceeded to deliver u brief dedicatory speech. At first he was evidently with a little stage fright, for, although he has faced hundreds of audiences, Bight of so many of his old acquaintances, acquaintances, together with thuir manly sons and beautiful daughters, staggered for a moment. It was only for u however, for he soon found his of eloquence and delivered u beautiful and appropriate address. He paid a glowing tribute to the drama, tracing its history far back before tho birth of civilization to the primitive war dances of the savag and predicting that it would I I \ as long as human nature exists, He referred feelingly to the exhibitions were given in Decatur fifty years when he and Orlando Powers, Jnsper Peddicord, Jerome Gorin, Edmiston McClelland and others whom ho named were young men, and compared tho village hall of that day with the magnificent temple which was to be dedicated this evening. He referred in elegant words to Mr. Orlando Powers, who come to this city titty or more ago, had grown and expanded with the growth and expansion of, the city, and he extolled his generosity in providing such a place the amusement-loving people of Decatur. In conclusion he said: "In the name of good feeling, in the the beauty and genious here assembled, and in the name of Orlando Powers, dedicate thin magnigcent temple of drama to the people of Decatur and theatre-going people of the stale of Illinois." The remarks of tho honorable speaker were frequently interrupted applause which was liberally renewed the conclusion. Of the ploy presented by Mr. H. Crane and his supporting fair criticism is not expected and wil not be given by TUB DESPATCH. it to Buy Mr. Crane made the most part he assumed, and his company composed of excellent performers. Tho play is a new one and a criticism of will be left for the Chicago papers, it is to be presented at the Chicago Opera house next week. It is pretty safe to say, however, thnt tho bill to be given this evening will more acceptable to the audience the performance of lost night. Among the people from abroad were noticed at the Grand Opera opening were C. E. Rhoudes, P. II. Monticello; W. S. Worthum, Timcolu Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Lewis, Shaw of Taylorville; Miss Maggie Donahue, Donahue, sister of 3. Donahue Donahue of The Review, from Jacksonville: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Miller of Mound; H. C. Kaylor anil family ol Elwin, Miss Maude Martin of W win, Taylorville of Boody, William T. of Blue Mound, Mr. Ed. Smith and wife from California, Dr. Warner and family of Clinton, Edmondson of Maroa, Mrs. Tolland daughter from California, O. M. Scott Mt. Zion, Frank Bnlliiger of Chenoa Dr. A. M. Collins and N. Nblockor of Argent H, Mr. C. A. Banyan, Miss Lilly Renard, Maggie Bunyan, Dayton Lincoln and C. Bunyan ot Hammond, III., W. C. Warfield, Misn Ater, Harry Green, Stella Green, Dr. E. Elsloger, Miss Hariain, V. W. Luln Weeina, Mr. H. Zinn and 1 'family and Mr. N. Crissy of Cerro Gordo