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THE PITTSBURG TRESS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 14, 1697. 10 ) 7 To publlo men and all public Institutions , popular endorsement is a more than pleaaant . compliment The Avenue theater and ta en-, tertalnmeqts are receiving a continued en-, dorsement from the publlo of Pittsburg, who .' crowd to Its performances day and night. It proves that its endorsement Is deserved, since it continues, week after week, and its pretty ' ' auditorium Is continually crowded with the ' best people in the city, ladles and children ' tersely predominating;. "The Planter's Wife," the play which Man- aver Davis has selected for presentation at 1 the Avenue theater the cominf week, is story of the south during the days when the fire and sword of conflict made its sunny fields . run red with the best blood of the land. It Is swift in action, the plot Is of enthralling , Interest and there is a delightful mingling of tender sentiment and charming comedy. CoL Alfred Graham, of the southern army, Gertrude Authledge, owes his life to a young union officer named Mlake. whom he meeta again in a prison nos- pilal shortly after his (Graham's) marriage to a northern woman named Edith Grey, the teacher of Graham's cousin. Graham acts con trary 10 all military law in bringing Wake to his own home, where the latter receives the efficacious nursing of Graham's charming ele-' ter Dora. Wake finds his health again, but . loses his heart to Dora, The latter 1b also beloved by Livingstone, young southern planl-ter, who, seeing that he la beaten by the young union officer, proceeda to try to win the prize by different methods. He recognizes in Edith Grey his own wife, from whom he has been separated for some time, in fact, since he ' trumped up a must villainous charge of lar-, ceny against her. The case had been tried at Albany, the prosecuting attorney being none other than Blake. Livingstone threatens Edith with a betrayal of her husband for having harbored a union prisoner, by this means he forces certain valuable papers be. longing to her husband from her. These, with an old love letter from Edith to himself, he Places In Blake's coat. When Graham misses his papers he speaks to Livingstone about them. The latter suggests that Hlake's effects be searched. Of course, the misting papers -fitter are found. Graham. In his rage, might nave killed bis wl(e, If he was not prevented by Blake. Then Livingstone Is clearly revealed in his true light by an audita young newspaper correspondent, and the story concludes with the tragic death of the man who would have wrecked many lives to suit his own selfish ends. It is announced that the production will he given with a magnificent stage setting, characteristic of all the Ave- . nue productions, and with the full strength of all the Avenue Stock company. The vaudeville portion of the entertainment includes the Nelson family, a combination of nine of the world's greatest acrohuls and contortionists, composed of men, women and children; Redding and Stanton, in a charming . comedietta, entitled "A Happy Pair:" Hurt Sheppard, the world-renowned minstrel; Fran- ' ccldl and lewis, operatic sketch artists; Gertrude Huthledge, soprano, late of Mice's "1492" ! and "Excelsior;" George Day, In a monologue entertainment, and Leonzo, the great Juggler. Wilton Lackaye makes his Initial bow as a . star to Pittsburg audiences at the New Grand . this week, in "Dr. BelgralT." which Is said to . be a play of Intense Interest and of dramatic strength, giving him all possible scope for his well-known talent. Mr. Lackaye has displayed ' Ms good Judgment In gathering for his support some of the most notable players that he could procure, among whom are Miss Marie Waln-wright, who for years has been a star herself and is recognized as one of America's best , actresses; Miss Alice Evans, long identified with Mr. Hoyl's comedies, whose Hosey in "A . Texas Steer," is well remembered here as a very artistic as well os notable Interpretation; Miss Caroline Franklin, the leading lady of "Shore Acres" lust season; Forrest Robinson, who has been leading man with Mr. Froh-. man's companies, and Inst year was the star of "Lost Paradise;" Byron Douglas and Joseph Allen, also from the Frohman forces, and well known to theater-goers; John R. Cump-eon and that grand old man of the stago, Mr. C. W. Couldock. who for W years has delighted theater-goers. Such a cast could not fall to , give an Interesting performance, and In "Dr. Belgraff" it is said each has a role suited to , his or her own capabilities, consequently a res! dramatic treat Is in store. Dr. Relgraff Is Introduced in the first act of the piny as a noble, pure-minded man. whose whole life and energies are devoted to the wol- fare and happiness of his young orphaned als. ter. Accident has thrown the sister of his own sister's betrayer under his hypnotic Inrlu- . ence, and In his frenzy over the wreck of hi own happiness he determines that ho will use that Influence as a means of revenge. He , learns, however, that he loves the heroine, and , has relented, deciding that she shall be given , up to her lover, but he is brought face to face one more with the reprobate brother, who ' taunts and insults him, when In a fury he ' relies him by the throat. They overturn the . lamp In their struggle, leaving the room in total darkness, hut the fight goes on In the ' dark until the betrayer Is strangled. Then the sieter of the slain man enters the room with a lighted candle. She cries for help and throws . open a door on the back of the stage. As the . rv?iS7 H Wilton Lackaye. girl, passes out Into the moonlight, dazed and with slow, faltering steps, the last words of the hypnotist ring out deep and sonorous as the tones of a great bell: "Agnes, henceforth your life must be a dream." From this lncl- denf arise the most complicated Incidents, which Is followed out until the close. of the . last act. when Dr. Belgruft loses control of his subject. Andrew Mack, as SI. vies Aroon, the good-.nalured, sunny-faced young gardener In the pretty Irish comedy-drama of that name, comes to the Bijou theater this week. It was at this house last season that the talented young fel- low made his bow to our audiences in a stellar capacity, and the management have every rea- .' son to believe that the excellent Impression he made at that time will prove an Important - factor in the matter of receipis in his coming engagement. Mack has the magnificent phy- i eique, the graceful, manly bearing and the personal magnetism so essential to the highest attainments In histrionic art, and his success la due entirely to his own merits. Besides he i la an exceedingly graceful dancer and Is the fortunate possessor of a voice of remarkable , sweetness and sympathy of expression, which : Is heard In a number of his own songs, for in addition to his other accomplishments, he is 1 a composer of no mean ability. The coming week he will sing "Maggie, My Own," "The Art of Making Love," "An Irish Lad's Woo- t sk. set. -jr. x. rxcrw Insr" and his nrettv "Swing Bong:" also 8am uel lever's charming bit of Irish humor and melmlv "The Low Back Car." Scanlon's Plain Molly O," and "Down by the Tan-Yard Side.' 'a Celtic carol rarely heard nowadays. A large chorus of mixed voices render him assistance in the several concerted numbers. He will have the support of a company of nearly SO characters, including the following: Miss Louise Montrose. Mis Olive White, Mies Millie Beckett. Miss Minnie Dip. Miss Lottie Vincent, Miss Adelaide Iwds. Miss Agnes borne, and a talented little tot in Florence Olp, Mr. Davenport lSr-bus, Mr. Henry uurknardt, Palmer Collins. Mr. 'Albert Wilton and Mr. Rarnev Williams. The nroductinn. It is said will be one at the most important of the season. AH the scenery and effects are carried hv the comnany. the scenes being laid in the picturesque little green Isle, and it is said to possess a warmtn or coloring unusual in a piay of this class. The bargain matinees on Wed- Andrew Mack. nesday and Saturday will be of a popular order during Mr. Mack's engagement. Mon day night beautiful souvenirs win Be given me ladles. E. H. Sothern's new play, "An Enemy to the King," which will be presented at the Al-vln this week, is the work of R. N. Stephens. The author has gone back for his characters to the days when all France was torn with the religious wars, when the kings of France and Navarre were at each other's throats. The massacre of Saint Bartholomew was sun iresn In the minds of the Huguenots, and passion fiamed with undying hate in every heart. They were terrible days thosa times, wnen in me name of God, as either a muttered mass or Psalm, men did cold murder; out in retrospection with the higher motives, lifted Into bersoecuve, tney xurmsn nne ioou lur ine playwright. ine Biory IS romHmic. ine nennne iniiiri Is condemned to death. A pardon is promised on condition that his daughter will betray the hiding place of the young Huguenot hero to the authortltles. To save her father the girl consents to this odious proposition, but in the execution of her mission she is rescued from danger by, and falls In love with, the man whom she Is endeavoring to betray. Then, fully realising for the first time, the baseness of her task, she visits the governor at night to surrender her commission. The hero, alarmed about her motives, follows hr. He falls Into the hands of the enemy. The heroine, all her plans thus frustrated. Is about to be forced Into an uncongenial marriage, when the hero releases himself, fights a duel with his rival, and In the end, obtains his liberty and his lady. The period of the play la In France three centuries ago, lf.85. The first act Is In a tavern, the second In a forest, the third In a ruined chateau and the fourth act In the castle of Gloch-onne. E, H. Sothern, in "An Enemy to the King." Mr. Sothern will be supported by the following well-known artists: Arthur It. Law-rrnse, Rovdon Erlynne, Morton Helton, Rowland liuckatone, George E. Bryant, Daniel Jar-rett, Ham Sothern, C. P. Flockton, Edmund Ijiwrence, Franklyn Roberts. John .1. Collins, Earnest Tarleton, Norman Parr, Mary Hampton. Rebecca Varren, Kate Patllson-Sclten, VI-olet Rand and Alberta Gallatin. In order to select a good vaudeville bill It la necessary to choose the performers with a view to presenting an entertainment varied and at the same time high class In character. A bill Is to be presented at the Hopklns-Duquesne this week that Manager Parker claims Is all that could be desired In the way of general May Howard. merit and variety. It Is headed by Carroll Johnson, the famous minstrel and monologlst, who Is the originator of a thousand and one humorous sketches and funny sayings. A sterling actress and exceedingly clever songstress is May Howard, who was the attraction of "The Pausing Show" at the New York Casino for 150 nights. Miss Howard is a veritable quejTi of comic opera and burlesque, and Is lif.neiised of a voice of rare culture. She is of attractive personality, and will render a number of songs and melodies from a carefully selected repertoire. The tlve cornallas, male and female acrobats, make their Initial appearance In this city. They are heralded by the press of cities In which they have appeared as wonders in the line of acrobatic maneuvers and athletic feats. The originator of rag-time piano playing and author of numerous negro melodies, Ben Harney, will also appear next week. He will be assisted by a real Kentucky "coon." Mr. Harney's latest success. "Mr. Johnston, Turn Me Loose," Is now being sung by May Irwin In her play, "Courted into Court." The four Angela slaters, who appeared at this theater last fall, will render a new collection of melodies. A feature of the act is their inimitable whistling, which goes far to make a most pleasing entertainment. The bill is further composed of Thomas and Qulnn, eccentric comedians; the Misses Nlcholls and Martell, singers and dancers; Georgia Bryton, a pleasing soubret. and the American hlograph. One of the new views to be presented by the blograph this week Is Illustrative , of the 10-Inch dlsap-' pearlng carriage gun, loading and firing at the Sandy Hook proving grounds. Other new views are illustrative of interesting subjects. The Maher-Choynskl prize fight, slnemato-graphically shown, commences the third week of Its phenomenally successful run at the Eden-Musee to-morrow afternoon. The house has-been crowded to the doors at every performance during the past week, and standing-room has been at a premium at all times. The layman, the professional, the sport and the athlete, the rich and the poor, the great and the small, men and women, have been astonished at Its accuracy. The fifth and sixth rounds of the fight are of particular Interest. They show fierce fighting and some highly scientific plays. In the last round, where Choynskl Is knocked down twice and finally put to sleep, there is enough action to give the novice a complete idea of a real prize fight. Then, too, the pictures are such accurate counterfeits of the originals that the prom, inent iwrsonages about the ring may be easily recognized and Identified. If one is familiar with their likenesses. The oriental couchee dancer, "Little Egypt," also remains over this week. -As usual.- the curio hall will be filled with notable attractions this week, and in the theater there will be a coterie of clever spe. f irv claltles. The list of vaudeville includes some well-known olavers. The Barron duo are an nounced for a novelty sketch, of which topical songs and instantaneous cartoons win ne fea tures; Eaton & Weathers will appear in black-face act. Introducing songs, dances, etc. Genevra Ward will present a serio-comic specialty, and Thomas Heffron, the cne-legjed song and dance man, will do some high kick' mg. The Boston Howard Athenaeum Star Specialty company Is the name of the vaudeville organisation at the Academy this week. It will be remembered from Its engagement In this city last season as very conspicuous In Its class, and played to packed houses at every performance. The array of talent follows pretty closely the routine of all vaudeville programs, clever dancing, great slnelng. comedy sketches, daring acrobatic feats and monologue turns, it Is claimed that every number presented will strike the vaudeville patron as being very clever. The program Is made up of Delmore and Lee. the flaring gymnasts rn the revolv. Ing ladder In midair: Morton and Mack, eon tractors and builders of Irish comedy, as the piper and dancer; Eddie O'Dell, the acrobatic tramp and comedian; James Dolan and Ida Iyjnharr, In travesties on "The Sporting Duchess" and the "Crust of Society;" George Graham, eccentric comedian and monologue artist: iipn ami Mime Levino, the novel tertslners, in the "Rival Arts;" the Ventinls, assisted by Master Frank, champion hat spin ners and manipulators, from the principal En- Eddie O'Dell. ropran theaters; the great comedy trio, Hughes, McUrlde and Walton, the very funny and orig inal Irishman and the two clever boxers, and others of equal note ana anility. The East End theater will be closed for the first three nights of this week. Commencing on Thursday night and for the balance of the week the attraction will be "Joshua Himuklns.'' a story of quaint New England life, written In the vein now so popular In both fiction and the drama. It contains. It is said, an easily discernible plot, effective incidents, and characters entirely true to nature, and holds the at tention of the audience from the beginning to the end of the play. It allows the Introduction of much wholesome comedy, which fact Is not lost sight of by the members of the company. and of which they take every advantage to keep their audience In almost continuous laugh ter. Among ine members are some very clever singers and dancers, who are given ounortu- nlty to introduce their specialties. The band and orchestra with this company are said to be very line. TlieHtrlcul .Notes. "The Snan of Life." with the famous human bridge, will be seen at the BIJou shortly. Marie & Marie and Fen-Ill will be seen at the Hopklns-Duquesne In the near future. A special matinee will be given at the BHot on Monday afternoon, Washington's birthday, Oanllcld & Richards, In an excellent com pany, are touring successfully In Hoyt's "A Temperance Towm" Virginia Arreeen. on the high wire said to be one of tho marvels of the century In gym nasts, win soon come to the -Hopklns-Du quesne. The latest advices from the Western Pennsyl vania hospital concerning Miss Linda da Costa, of the "Geisha" compuny, are to the effect that she Is now convalescent. The theatrlcnl attaches of Pittsburg will hold th?lr fourth annual ball Monday evening, Fer-ruary la. at old Turner hall. South Side. Bunny it a ku Ire will lead the grand march Puplnta has proved such a great success In Chicago that Col. Hopkins haa extended her rigagement there still another week, but she will appear at the Honklns-Duauesna for the week commencing March 1. Anna Held receives a wecklv stlnend of tl ,600 In the "Parlor Match." It Is said that Florence Ziegfeld. Jr., her manager, who puys her the salary, Is going to marry her. That will keep the $1,000 in the family. Wm. H. Crane and his admirable company presented "A Fool of Fortune" at the Hurlem Opera house. New York, last week, to the ca pacity of that amusement resort. They arc uniliig to the New Grand, March 15. Monday night at the HIJou. Andrew Mack will celebrate his five hundredth performance 'My lea Aroon, ' when lie will give to each tdy holding a coupon for a reserved seat on he lower floor a double leatheret cane, con taining two handsome pictures of himself. The Hollands closed their starring tour In "Dr. Claudius", last week and the piece will be shelved. It was not a success. E. M. Holland has Just been engaged by Charles Froh- mun to appear In a farce called ' Nev Again," which will succeed "Secret Service" at tho GarricK theater. The $70.0fW spectacular production, "The Sporting Duchess," under the management of Frank L. i'erley, also manager of the Flos tonlans, la playing- on tho average of 7,000 per week. The original cast, including Rose Coughlan, Joseph Wheelock, Cora Tanner, Elite Proctor Otis, Harry Lacy, lionise Massen and others, comes to the BIJou, March 1. Margaret Mather announces that she Is de sirous of obtaining an American costume play. by an Americun author. She will pny $.ri,000 for such a play, 'lhe manuscript, which must bo typewritten, must be In Miss Miss Mather's hands on or before June 1, JSII7, The decision w-lll he rendered by September 15, and cash will be paid for the play on acceptance. Jessie Bartlett Davis has a new song called "The Angelus, in the lierhert & Smith opera, "The Serenade," to be produced by the Bos. tonlans at Cleveland, O., on February 17. Miss iiavis win nave ine rule oi a young oneness, who escapes In male attire from a convent, where she has been placed by her elderly husband. She will wear a very attractive boy's costume, which she describes as being "especially fetching." The vaudeville bill at the Avenue theater for the week commencing on Washington's birthday Includes the queen - of light, Adela Onrl. Ill the latest serpentine dances; Lillian Hurkhart and Forrest Flood In a society sketch; Rachel Walker, the distinguished mulatto prima donna; the liaggeson, marvelous Jugglers; ltoberts & Allen, La Murtlne Bros., acrobats; Maude Real Price, vocalist and en-tertalnci, and the Two Kids, comic sketch team, In addition to the Avenue Stock company's appearance. Francis Wilson's engagement at the Grand Opera house, Chicago. In his West success, "Half a King," which terminated last evening, was the largest he has ever played In that city. The opera won the favor of tts audiences from the start, and at each performance it was received with manifest pleasure. There Is much In "Half a King'' that will appeal to all who will enjoy a good story, humorous characters and situations and a collection of melodies of the most Infectious quality. The Chicago critics gave Mr. Wilson great credit for the many beautiful effects he has obtained In the mounting of this opera.' The New Grand Opera house has engaged Mr, Wilson, and be will soon appear there. The particular vaudeville star at the Avenue theater the week of February 22 Is Mile. Adele Purvis Onrl, a captivating spectacular dancer, who Is a recognised rival of "La Loie" Fuller. Mile. Onrl executes the same dances that have made Miss Fuller famous, but not exactly In same position. Miss Fuller whirled the mystifying draperies while standing or dancing on a solid oi substantial stage. Here Is where Mile. Onri's act differs, for she balances herself on p. good-sized ball while going through the graceful evolutions. She uses three spheres; one Is plain white, another Is studded with stars, while the third admits of electrical Illumination. Her feats are marvels of grace and beauty, so it Is claimed. To one who has seen the average actor's scrapbook. In which he or she stores up all the pleasant things that may have been s:Ud about them, Mrs. Leslie Carter's would be a revelation, because of Its daintiness. Its cover la of heavy white silk, Its pages of white paper of superlative quality, and the big bow of satin ribbon at the back Is white. Ita pages, many of them hand-palnled and Inscribed . with verses In the handwriting of many notahle people, are models of neatness, and are as unlike those of any other you ever saw as possible. One of the hand-painted pages la a pic ture of Mrs. Carter as she appears in "The Heart of Maryland," framed by a branch of lilacs. On another Is the famous lntorvlew with Belasco, describing his experience in training her. The verses which appear here and there were written for her by various friends, and one. which Is In the meter of "MarylamLMy Maryland." Is especially pretty. 'The Heart of Maryland" Is booked for the New Grand Opera house. The week following Andrew Mack, In "Myles Aroon," at the BIJou. will be seen for the first time here, the Murtinettl-Tannehlll company, In the new and original farce comedy. "Nancy Hanks," the opening performance beginning Monday afternoon. February 22, Washington's birthday. A Frenchman comes to America, and falling into the hands of some needy speculators. Is sold the Nancy Hanks gold mine, In which he Invests all his money. The wealth In It turns out to be what he has put in It, and he awakes to find himself a pauper. He accepts the offer of an actor to start with him a school for acting, and from this time on his troubles come as thick as can be Imagined. Tbey are superinduced by bad business In the school, a number of love affairs that won't run smooth, a rich but meddling old aunt of his partner, who Is said to be a character molded exactly after the famous Hatty Green and a number of other matters that would drive a man distracted in real life. The company Includes lgnacto Martlnetti. whose great hits in "Delmonlco's at Six" and as Zou Zou. in "Trilby," are easily remembered. In "Nancy Hanks," Mr. Martlnetti Is said to have a part entirely congenial. Frank Tan-nehlll, Jr., an exceedingly clever comedian, plays the part of the actor. Anna Boyd, well known as the original widow In "A Trip to Chinatown," is also a member of the com pany. Louise Muldenet. K. S. Morey and Miss Carrie Radcllffe. Stuart Robsoh'a former leading lady, are also In the con -any, as well as Clayton E. White, Lillian Florence Wickes and others. It Is sal dthat Manager Gilmore pays Chevalier M.OuO for his appearance for this one week at the Auditorium In Philadelphia. "Tom" Heffron, the one-legged song and dance man at the Eden-Uusee this week. Is an old Academy favorite. He is well known in this city. "Parson'-'- lia vies, the well-known sporting man and backer of Joe Choyrifcki, the Cali fornia chamtdon. saw himself In the zlnema tograph's reproducton of the Maher-Choynski ngnt at the Eden-Musee last weinesiay. "The Silly Dinner" has been placed under the ban In New York and Brooklyn, and rumor has it that it will be given In this city at the Musee shortly. The New York production is described as almost a counterpart of the no. torlous ante-nupttal banquet that has occupied so mucn space in the newspapers lately. Manager R. M. Gullck. of the BIJou, wishes to announce to the Eijou patrons and the pub lic in general that commencing next season. the BIJou theater will give "bargain" matinees every day, with the best rese-ved seats at 26 and 60 cents. This will be strictly adhered to, no matter how strong the attraction may ie. A half-man-halt-horse has been discovered away down in the swamps of Tennessee. He is described as one of the most astonishing freaks on record and his peculiar admixture of human and equine qualities has been a subject ot earnest and learned deuate in several of the big medical colleges. The man-horse, as he Is called, has been booked for a nearly appear ance at the Eden-Musee, in tnis city. Wamer and Relder, the famous Tyrolean singers who have been attracting so much attention in New York and at the Hopklns-Duquesne during the early part of the past week, were most unfortunately attacked with the Pittsburg grip" on Friday and were un able to appear at the subsequent performances, much to the regret of the patrons of the Hop klns-Duquesne. Their act Is one of decided merit and they well deserve the success they nave achieved. Grovlnl and Murray, the young lady acro bats and duncers, who played a return engagement at the Hopklns-Duquesne last week, repeated their success of a few weeks ago and were repeatedly encored at each appearance. The comic pantomime which they Infuse Into ineir act is really a feature or tneir perform ance and the young ladles are seriously think ing oi aaoptmg a Pierrot, or French clown. costume, in which they may make future ap pearances. They go from here to New York, where they are Locked for extended engage ments tor ine tiaiunce ot the season. wnen Wilton Lackaye presents his new play, "Dr. Belgraff." In this city at the Grand Opera house this week, theater-goers will have an opportunity of witnessing a performance of uncommon merit. Tlds assertion is not made without a basis of fact, for "Dr. Bel-graff," In tts integrity as a play, will favorably Impress the iople, and the Individual work of Sir. LacMiye and his excellent com pany cannot fall to awaken the keenest Inter est. It Is a fact beyond dispute that no actor of the present generation occupies a higher place in the regard of the public familiar with his art stic accomu ehments than does Mr. jutcaaye. The nineteenth annual benefit to be tendered the Pittsburg No. 11. Hi P. O. Elks. Is an nounced for Friday afternoon, February 26 at the New Grand opera house. All the at tractions then In the city will take part. The New Uruml will offer as its share of the big program an act from the great Belasco success, "The Heart of Maryland," with the fa mous Mrs. Ieslle Carter In her original role. The Alvln theater contributes an act from the new and successful revival of the bau- llful comedy. "Cymbellne." with the dlstln gulshed artist, Miss Margaret Mather, In the role of Imogen. The BIJuu theater will pre sent the best act from the roaring farce com edy, "Nancy Hanks," with the clever specialists, Ignaclo Martlnetti and Frank Tannehlll, Jr., In their original parts. A bright particular feature will be the musical program which will be uimer the aole supervision of Prof. Eugene Schmidt, while that talented and versatile young gentleman, Mr. Fin Reynolds, win nave the direction ot the stage. Pretty Louise Montrose, who plays an Im portant role with Andrew Mack In "Myles Aroon," which plays at the Bijou this week, Is a great favorite with the theater-going public of Pittsburg. During the summer Miss Mont rose, who played at the different roof gardens In New York, caused the hearts of many a Johnnie to palpitate as they never have before. In fact, one of these lovesick men fell so desperately In love with Miss Montrose that he made her life a burden. He put up at the Wal- rim-r notei, ana one nignt he gave a swell din ner In honor of Miss Montrose. Of course, the fair actress was on hand, accompanied by her mamma, for be It known Miss Montrose Is yet in ner teens anu needs a cnaiierune. After the feast at th& Waldorf ho escorted Miss Mont rose to her Hat. That was the beginning, and every night thereafter the silly young man woum sena ner nowers ana nave his carriage in waiting to take her home at night. He lav Ished presents on her without number and finally had It announced through the uress that he was to marry the little soubret. The publication was too much, and she at once sent the broker word that his attention must cease at once. To this note came a reply that unless sne consentea to become his wife and leave he stage he would put an end to his miserable existence. Miss Montrose paid no attention to the requeBt. But he was as good as his word. and last September the New York papers were full of his attempt to commit suicide by shooting. At the time his folks tried to keep the matter quiet, ana at their request Alias Mont rose kept the affair a profound secret. But matters of this kind are bound to come to the surface. Time has passed, and Miss Montrose Is again receiving the attention of the young meu in every city wnere anarew Mack is seen In "Myies Aroon," while the young broker is golnr ubout New York disfigured by the euoi, nun no uouoi a mucn wiser youth than mis time last, year, Rowland Buckstone. of Mr. E. II. Sothern' company, whose association and excellent work with the most famous companies of the past is years nas orougiu mm prominently forward to ine rront ran or tne talented younger actors of to-day, Is said to have won fresh laurels In the character ot Blaise Trinault. In Mr. Sothern's new play, "An Enemy to the King." In It he has found a character in which more than one critic has proclaimed he does the best work he has ever attempted. Mr. Buckstone's acting la like his work in all the plays In which he has taken part always thoroughly consistent, nencaieiy ana sensitively conceived and executed. He has the reputation of being a hard student and a thoroughly conscientious and painstaking artist. Besides his talent as an actor, he is the fortunate possessor of a most genial and charming personality and manes a rriena ot everyone wno has the pleas ure of meeting him. Rowland Buckstone Is the eon of the late proprietor, actor and manager of the Theater Royal, Hay market, London, and made his first appearance at the Royal Opera house, Leicester during his father's farewell tour, playing Tottle In "The Overland Route." Ills first reglur engagement was with Mr. and Mrs. Chippendale In 1S78, when he took the parts of Tony Lumpkin, Boh Acres, Benjamin Hunter, Henry Dove and Cousin Joe. He made his London debut as John Lamb. In "The New Babylon." at the Duke's theater. Subsequently he was engaged at Sadler s Wells by the late Mrs. Bateman, and undertook various prominent character farts. In the beginning of 1SS1 he Joined the 'rlnce of Wales' company, and appeared In the original cast of "The Colonel," as Basil Georgeone, a character which he played for 650 consecutive performances. He was afterward with Blon Bouclcault In "The Colleen Bawn and subsequently with Mrs. Henderson at the Comedy theater, playing Knickerbocker In the comlo opera, "Rip Van Winkle." In 1R84 he, with his late sister, Lucy Buckstone, produced "She Stoops to Conquer" at the Strana theater, London, with a strong cast including William Farren, Kyrle Bellew and Fanny Coleman, he playing Tony Lumpkin. Mr. Hucasione maue his first appearance In America at the Chestnut Street Opera house, Philadelphia, as Sir Henry Auckland, In "Impulse," September 29, 1KM. under the management of Eric Bayley. He afterward played under the mnnugemcnt of McKee Rankin, Charles f ronman. Clara Morris and Helen Dauvray. He appeared In the original cast of "The Highest Bidder." at the Lvceum theater, this city, in May, 18S7, with Mr. Sothern in the leading character, and was subsequently in the original productions of "The Great Pink Pearl," "Lord Chumley," "The Malster of Woodbarrow," In which he appeared with success as Col. Jack Dexter; "The Dnncing Girl." "Captain Leterblalr" and In an eccentric drama by E. H. Sothern and J. W. Piggot. called "Felix Porter, oentieman, nan Graham, In Jerome K. Jeromes play, "The Way to Win a Woman," a remarkable Hindoo character with a still more remarkable name; Cassln Bey, in Paul Potter's "Victoria Cross;" he then created the part of Col. Sapt In "Antony Hope" and E. Rose's romantic "Prisoner of Zenda," and last, but not least. Blaise Trt-pault. In "An Enemy to the King," which Is to be at the Alvln this week. Margaret Mather In Cymbellne. Margaret Mather's production of Shakes peare's "Cymbellne," which comes to the Alvln next week. Is said to be on a scale un- equaled In the annals of American theatrical history, both from a scenic and histrionic view point. Nearly $40,000 has been expended on the production, and, what Is most Interesting of all, the costumes, scenery and actors are all Americans. That the author of "Cymbel lne" was not a native of this country Is hli misfortune, not his fault; and, besides, art should know no nationality. The play Is a romedv-trar-edv and abounds In line stage pic tures, equally fine climaxes and splendid op portunities tor acting. With such artists as E. J. Henley, Albert Pruning. William Redmond, William Oourt- leieh. H. A. Weaver. William Mc ay. Joseph Ktlgour. J. Henry Komer, w alter ciewan, v. M. de Silke. Lynn Pratt. D. L. Farnhnm. H. IieVere. J. L. Wallack. T. T. Whltllng. George S. Stevens, Mrs. Thomas Barry, Miss Florence Wallack, Miss Kutherine Heath. Miss Marian McEnery, Miss Nidys Rhea and Miss Hattle Sarony to support Miss Mather, the play should receive respectful consideration. If noth ing else. Mtss Mather Is personally superintending every detail of the production, and has done her utmost to give a snaaespenan presentation of which she and American theatergoers can well be proud. The Dantrosch Opera Company. Pittsburg looks forward with keenest pleas ure to the coming of the D am rose h Opera com pany, which made so distinct a success In Phil adelphia and Boston. They come to the Alvln March . Mr. oamroscn nas a company or artists even superior to any of previous years. llerr Krauss, as leading tenor, created a distinct sensation In "Lohengrin" at the first performance of the season. He Is considered to be the finest Lohenirrin ever heard in this coun try, possessing all the qualities requisite for the Ideal impersonation of the knight of the Holy Crall. Herr Krauss voice Is rich and full, and he Is of commanding presence, being i considerably over six feet In height and very handsome. He will ne heard in Lohengrin during the Pittsburg season. AFRO-AMERICAN NOTES. Kews) and Comment of Special later cat to Colored Readers. (AH matter Intended for this column shoulj be addressed to the "Afro-American Editor" of the Press, acd should reach this office not later than noon Friday. It is highly important that persons rendlr.g items to this department should sign their names, as no attention will be paid to anonymous communications. This evening P.ev. J. P. Wallace, pastor of the Sewlckiey church, on Sewlckley street, will deliver an address on the life and work of Bishop Allen, the first colored bishop and founder of the A. M. E. church at Sewickley. A brief sketch of this church organization wi prove interesting Bit-hop Allen was born Philadelphia 137 years ago. in 1760. He was bom a slave. In 1787. when he was only years old, he organized the A. M. E. chore of the United States. The organization was perfected at Philadelphia. By an act of the Pennsylvania legislature It became a recog nized corporate body with full charter powers, as granted to religious organization!!, the date of the special act Incorporating the churcl being April 6, 1791. four years aiier Its organl ration. The growth and importance as a rell glous factor and educator is shown In the following figures: Membership, over 600,000 churches, S.jOO; universities, ; colleges, 10; reg ular theological seminaries, 1, with courses 1 theology in several well-known colleges universities; a large number of high school and grammar schools; a Sunday School union at Nashville, Tenn. ; a publishing department at Philadelphia, the whole representing large wealth. The church has 11 bishops and gen eral officers, its work in the foreign ana domestic mission fields Is extensive and large sums of money are yearly expended for these causes, especially In the African Held, where there Is a conference, with 37 members, super intended By Kev. w. H. Heard, minister real dent of the United States to Liberia. Miss Mary Pearson, of 2SS Sandusky street. Allegheny, who has been 111 for several weeks witn ia grippe ana pneumonia, is improvea. Rev. Jenifer D. Meade, of Detroit. Mich, who has been In the city for several weeks past the guest of Rev. Q. W. Klncaid, of 40 Arthur street, left Wednesday for his home. un sunaay ne was tne guest of Mrs. M. Steven son. of Allegheny, at dinner. Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Taylor, of 26 Tannehlll street, celebrated their fifteenth Wedding an niversary last Tuesday night. While the affalr was Informal, a very pleasant time was had by all present, among whom were: Mr. and Mrs. Carter T. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ayres, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Collins, Rev J. D. Meade, of Detroit, Mich.; Rev. G. W Klncaid and Lewis E. Gordon. James M. Morgan, of 1K:7 Clark street, who was taken suddenly ill at his home last Mon day. Is slowly recovering. The Frances E. W. Harper league will hold memorial services in honor of Frederick Dou Klas at Grace Memorial Presbyterian church, Arthur street, next Wednesday evening. The program is as follows: opening address, Mrs, G. L. Brooks, president of the league; paper, f reaericg Douglas' eany oays," airs, c 11, Baxter: solo. Mrs. L. Lacy: paper. "Some In cidents In the life of Frederick Douglas," Mrs, L. Munroe; solo, Mrs. A. L. Anderson, and addresses by Rev. M. B. Lanier and Abram T. Hall, Esq. A cordial Invitation is extended to all to be present. S. R. Saunders, of Eva street. East End. will leave to-morrow for Virginia, where he goes for the benefit of his health. The Twin City Dancing academy has issued invitations for a reception to be given by them at Odd Fellows' hall, Arthur street, Monday nigh;, February 22. Prof. H. C. Waters orchestra has been engaged to furnish muajc for the occasion, and an excellent time Is antic! pated. Messrs. Elliott and Twlsby are the managers. The following guests were registered at the Hotel Main, Ross and Water streets, during ine weea: ueorge vwison, New lork city William Davis, Glnleyvllle: Leon Hudson Washington; Charles Caldwell, Ambrose C. II v. A.; isaian Hill, Washington. The were 69 persons bnptized at Rodman Street baptist church by Rev. 0. S. Simms, pastor, last Sunday morning. Mrs. Charles Hiuber, of 6200 Penn avenue. who has been 111 for several weeks, Is Improved. For a long time the colored man has been coming to the front in the political, educational, business ana industrial worhi. ana on not e few occasions has the scientific world been ben efited by the brain of the colored mnn. Hun drerls of patents have been obtained from Ideas introducea by the ingenuity and originality of ALFRED L. CRALLE. the negro, and many thousands of dollars have found their way Into the coffers of those who were fortunate enough to grasp an Idea thus advanced before a patent was secured, But all colored people have not been so for tunate, and Alfred Lewis Cralle, of No. I Olive street, this city. Is one of the few ex ceptions. Mr. Cralle Is the Inventor and patentee of an Ice cream mold or dl."her, and its practicability as a household article makes It I the more valuable. Mr. Cralle Is a native of Virginia, having hpen corn in Lunenburg county. September 4. lxtib. He was euueatea tn tne common schools of Lunenburg county, and later took a more advanced course at Wayland seminary, Wash Ington. In early life he worked with his father at the carpenter trade, and It was there that his mechanical eye was first opened. iAter, after leaving Wayland seminary, he ciime to Pittsburg and served as porter In Markell Bros', drug store, East End, and was for a time a porter nt the St. Charles hotel. When the Afro-American Financial. Accumu lating, Merchandise and Business association was organized last June. Mr. - Cralle was tendered a position as assistant manager and A View of the Tatent Disher. placed In charge of the office at 38 Arthur street. He remained there until a few months ago, when he was promoted to the position of general manager, the main offices of the asso ciation being at 12SH Frankstown avenue. 1 he invention patented by Mr. Cra e was advertised for by H. C. Evert, a well-known patent attorney In this city, last April, and Immediately Mr. Cralle set his Ingenious mind to work. In July last year, after properly fil ing his papers, a patent was granted, but not issued utll February 2, 1897. The mold or disher will nil and dish out from 40 to 60 dishes of Ice cream in a minute, and will operate either closed or open. Just as fast as It can possibly be worked. It also does away with the soiling of the hands. . An accurate Idea of the Invention can be obtained from the accompanying Illustrations. Mr. Cralle has received many letters from firms at Chlcaso, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and other cities offering large Inducements to him should he wish to sell the patent outright or on a royalty. He Is to be congratulated on the success of his achievement. Rev. W. A. M. Cypress, pastor of St Paul A. M. E. church, Carnegie, denies the article which appeared In these columns last Sunday alleging that owing to the ill health of Mrs. Cypress he anticipated making a change of pastorates when spring comes. We wish to state in this connection that the publication referred to wus received at thia office in a letter from Carnegie purporting to have come directly from Mrs. Cypress, though written by one of her acquaintances. It will be pleasant news to Mr. Cypress' many friends to know that he will remain here. The second of a series of entertainments to be given by the ladles' guild of St. Cyprians episcopal mission will be held at the chapel. Center avenue and Robert street, February 2X An excellent musical and literary program has been prepared. Lilian v. jsevoy. or ietroit. Mien., was In the city on business and registered at the Seventh Avenue hotel. Rather unfortunately for Mr. McCoy he applied for rooms at the Monongahela house and was embarrassed by a refusal, although he produced letters from some of the largest hotels In the south showing that he had obtained rooms In them with out a protest. The Four Whltecaps Progressive association. of jHlegheny. will hold a white apron ball and a cake walk at Qdd Fellows' hall, Arthur street, next Tuesday night. Mtss Mary mown, or ciarae street, has been ill for several days with an attack of the grip. At a regular meeting or tne central Repub lican club of the First ward. Allegheny, held at the residence of Capt Jesse Jones. on Stur-tevant street, last Wednesday evening, con- I. BARGAINS I STOVESi trc Prices have been considerably reduced on all goods. HERE... ARE SAMPLES: IStlfl In. Oak or Mihogasi 50c ON THESE TERMS: J 12 Werth 59c First AIL. 5 25 Worti...5Lil first jmeoi...wi wceiij run Transactions S 5 Worth... $2.00 First Payment,.. J2.W Weekly Satisfaction Confidential i J 75 Worth.. MM First Pajment...J2i WeekljUnaranteed jltfl Worth.. .S3.M First Payment...$3.8i Weekly MURPHY BROS. CO., SEVENTH ST., BETWEEN PENN AVE. slderable business was transacted. Speeches were made by Capt. Jones, Richard V, ilson, Adam Wilby, William Fields, Nicholas Waters and others. The organization has a membership of over SOO, many of whom reside in Allegheny wards where the colored vote Is the deciding one. Several arguments were made, showing that practically there is no representation given the colored voter In Allegheny. Many applications have been made all of which have been turned down by the bosses. The men are united In this particular ward In their support of John McM. Smith, Independent citizens' candidate for common council, and also Stewart, the regular nominee. Investigation showed that there were about 2,400 colored voters on the North Side. A warm fight will be waxed next Tuesday. Mr. George W. Holmes, of 665 College avenue East Knd, has resigned the treasurerahlp of the Young Women's Friendly Institute, of which Miss Frances A. Riley Is president. The annual high tea of the Col. R. G. Shaw Woman's Relief corps, No. 7, at Odd Fellows' hall last Thursday evening, was a great success. Fully 2iKl persons were present. The hall was appropriately decorated with red, i.-i.ito hina hnntinif and silk flags, and the excellent literary program made tho evening an enjoyable one. Representatives from the various colored Grand Army posts and Sons of Veterans were present. Among the patrons and patronesses were Miss Rebecca Brown, of Parkersburg, W. Va.; Miss M. E. Stille, Mrs. Flla Lane. Mrs. Annie Grumley. Mrs. Rebecca Cox, Miss Lottie Cox, Miss Beatrice Riggs, Mrs. Henrietta Bailey, Mrs. Mattle Carroll, Miss M. Urooks, Mrs. W. L. Hlghgate, Mrs. W. R. Barney, Mrs. Annie Greenley, Mrs. Arthur Bailey, Mrs. J. C. Calloway, Mrs. William Jones, Mrs. Albert Magulre, Mrs. U McCoy, Mrs. J. V. Page, Miss Eva Reed, Miss Lucy Cull, Mrs. U. W. Chaplain, Miss Jennie Lewis, Miss Rebecca Smith, Miss Janie Waters, Mrs. Carrie Harrison, Mrs. Maggie Smith, Miss Maggie Perkins, Miss Lulu Lane, of Washington. Pa.: Miss Carrie Benton, Mrs. Delia Christ, Mrs. Louise Williams, Mrs. Luke Williams, Mrs. IJ. M. wasmngton, miss r 101a Dutlin, Miss Charlotta Wayland, Miss Viola Williams, Miss Mary Wilson, Miss Madonia Williams, Mrs. John Edwards, Mrs. Matilda Ball, Miss Zoe Wilson, Mra. J. O. Taylor, Mrs. C. T. Collins, Mrs. Annie Rlggs, Mrs. 'lay lor Turner Mrs. Pauline Uihson, Mrs. Kooert Roy, Mrs. Llda Jones, ex-presldent of the Relief corns; Mrs. D. H. Pier, Miss Cora Barkaj Miss Eurl A. Strawther, Mrs. A. J. Spencer, Miss Mary Oatewood, Mrs. John Mellentree, Mrs. J. E. GarriBon, Mrs. Scott Randolph, Mrs. O. E. Howard, Mrs. Annie Morrison, Miss Emma Barks, of Bedford; Mrs. T. Hughes, Miss Margaret Barks. MIbs Ella Hamilton, Mra. Louie Scott, Miss Alverta Williams, Mrs. M, E. Patterson of Greencastle; Mrs. A. Stroihers, Mrs. G. W. Holmes, Mrs. Mary Robinson, Mra. Emanuel Harris and daughter, Miss Gertrude Harris, Mrs. Thomas Taylor, Mrs. Joseph Richards, Miss Phoebe Jackson, Mrs. A. W. Pointer, Miss Etllth Cisco, Miss Nora Coleman. Mrs. Alexander Washington, Miss Lizzie West. Mra. Susan Johnson. Miss L. E. Roberts, Mra. N. J. Harks, Mrs. Edward Bailey, Mrs. Janieg Scott, Mrs. ueorge naney, Mra. W. T. Barks. Mrs. Nelson Gee. Mrs. W. .laekann and others, and Messrs. W. H. Butler. Joseph Richards, James Wilson, T. F. Murray, S. F. Franks, of Beiivue: it. rt. wiison, uor-nellus Smallwood, William Dlggs, Luke Will-lams. David Ross. George W. Hall. W. A. Wood, W alter Brown, Harry Williams, Henry Johnson, W. M. Randolph, F. H. Hilton, Taylor Turner, J. H. Johnson, John Mellentree, A. S. Carroll, W. G. Johnson, Rev. G. W. Klncaid, N. J. Miles, G. W. Holmes, Rev. M. 11. Larnler, W. T. Barks, J. JucKson, Samuel Wiley, R. D. Robinson, George Bailey, C. H. Robisin Joseph Stanton, Titus N. Alexander, Lewis E. Gordon, J. hi. maoui, i-rot. u. a. Brown, Charles Long, J. Welfred Holmes, Woodson Singleton, A. 8. Perpener. Tllghman Llttlejohn Lewis Rodgers, W, H. Stanton, D. 8. Mahoney. Rev. O. W. Klncaid de livered the address of welcome. Rev. M. is. Larnler offered prayer and literary selections completed the program. The officers of the corps to whom the credit of the success of the affair Is attributable are: Mrs. S. Allen, president; Mrs. L. J. Hanger, secretary; Mrs. M. C. Barks, treasurer. Mrs. Rebecca Brown, of Parkersburg. W. Va., Is the guest ot Mrs. A. L. Hanger, of Clarke street. Dr. Jacksor B. Shenherd. of 6229 penn ave- nue, In commenting upon tne gooa aenvea by such steps as were taken by the Press Publishing company when It began this de-nartment. said a few days ago: "The move ment will most undoubtedly spread in another and equally needed directions. I should not be surprised to see other business and mer. cantlle houses employing colored clerks ta attract trade of colored people, thus recog nizing the worth of the black man's dollar, Indeed, it Is an excellent movement, and I am exceedingly well Dleased with It." Mrs. M. E. Patterson, ot ureencastie. is in the city, the guest of Mrs. Jackson, of Pas- ure street. Prof. George T. Simpson, of Baltimore, the celebrated tenor soloist, who made several tours of the world with the Loudln Jubilee lneers. visited his cousins. Mrs. C. W. Posey ana Miss Myrtle Leet, or liomesieaa, iuesauy nd Wednesday of last week. Richard G. Hazel, of 40 Summer street. Is receiving treatment at the Homeopathic hos pital. He was formerly a resident of Cleve land, t., nut naa oeen at tne nome ot mra, A. L. Munroe, of Summer street. Homewood. liev. XI. I., xtuuiuauti, ui nic&tiiiuiia, has accented the call to the pastorate of Tahernarls bautist church. Huward street. near North avenue. Allegheny. He entered Don his duties there last Sunday. The reception given by the Violet Social club at Odd Fellows' hall, Arthur street, was well attended and fully compensated the managers for the trouble they were put ta Prof. George W. Elliott had charge of the noor. w. L. Branch was the caterer and Prof. Waters' or- hestra furn shed the mua c. The committee of arrangements were: Leon Lee, w. L. Davis and E. H. Smith. Mrs. A. I Braxton, of Chicago, was tne guest of Mrs. Thomas Kearna, of Homestead, during last week. The smartest negro In the state of Ohio Is Granville T. Woods, an electrician of Cleveland. T. Thomas Fortune, of New York, is un doubtedly the ablest negro editorial writer In America. He is a regular contributor to the New York Sun and edits the Southern Age, published at Atlanta, Ga., and the New Tork Age. Foremost among American negroes stands rrof. Booker T. Washington, the popular principal of the Tuskegee, Ala.. Normal and Industrial institute, whose work as an Industrial educator has tnarked a new era In the true worth of the black man In America, Prof. Kclley Miller, of Howard university. Washington, Is the finest mathematician of hlch the race can ooast. Me is the autnor ot text book on geometry, which la taught in Howard university. Miss Lulu Lane, of Washington, Pa.. Is the gueat of MliS Alice Wilson, of Arthur street. The greatest social event at Homestead lor nome tlmo will be the annual reception of the Ladies' Magnolia club, which will be given at the home of Mrs. C. W. Posey, on Second avenue, next Wednesday night. The married ladles will be entertained from 2 to 5 p. m. and the young folks from to 11 p. m. The committee In charge of the entertainment la composed of Mrs. C. Keams, Mrs, C. W. Poaey and Mrs, H. dure. Tho Rlvervtew club celebrated Its second an niversary at Its club rooms nd gymnasium, 66 Irwin avenue, Allegheny, lat Fli lay night. The exercises consisted of a six-round boxing bout between WiHlam Payne and Paul Spencer; a three-round wrestling match between Charles Mctntyre and James Cashdollar; three-round wrestling matches between William Mat thews and John w imams and W ilson Scrog-gins and Charles Stew-art; bag punching exhibition bf D. Miles; club swinging, D. Lticas; three-round wrestling match between Henry Lewis and Andrew Buchanan. J. O. Stevenson was the master of ceremonies. S. F. Scott time keeper, Earl Wilson and Duckett Lucas seconds and Bernard Meyers referee. The exercises were very Interesting from the beginning. Geurge W. Lee, who has been In the emrdoy of the Pennsylvania railroad general offices, has resigned. The revival exercises at John Wesley A. M. E. Zlon church. Arthur street, are the mot interesting In the city at this time. There are about mourners and over 50 converts. Miss Zoe Self was the guest of Mrs. David Richards, of Homestead, last Sunday. Quarterly meeting was held all day last Sunday at Avery Mission A. M. E. Zlon church, Allegheny. Rev. Slater, of Sewlckley, preached at the communion services In tbe afternoon and Rev. it. S. Kell. the presiding elder of the district, at night. Mr. A. U Braxton, of Chicago, rendered a solo at the night services. If laving money ia ta object, read this advertisement be lore you pay out a dollar elsewhere for FURIilTUBE, CARPETS, 24x24 In. Oak Q, or Mahogan; . OUC Payment... 58c VeekljV AND DUQUESHE WAY, PITTSBURG, PA. North Carolina furnishes the youngest negro bishop, George Wylie Clinton, D. D., one of the bishops of the A. M. E. Zion church. He Is but 37 years of age. Isaac B. Allen, ot Boston. Is the first arid only colored man In a northern state ever to have been elected a councilor to a governor. He was born a slave at Hampton, Va., was In the United States navy, a caterer, and when Gen. B. F. Butler lived he was one of his best friends. There Is but one negro lawyer practicing before the courts of Baltimore county, Maryland, with his home In the county H. Rufus White, of Towson. The O. U. O. of True Reformers la the largest secret society In the union ever organized and successfully managed by colored people. It was founded about 16 years ago by Rev, W. W. Browne, of Richmond, Va. Miss Hallie Q. Brown, of North Carolina, Is the greatest Afro-American elocutionist In the world. Thomas Olenn, of Baltimore, is the richest negro bootblack In America. He wears dally a $200 diamond stud and has realty In the city of Baltimore worth over $15,000, all of which was derived from polishing boots. Miss Ida B. Wells Harnett, of Chicago, is the greatest antl-lynchlng agitator found In the ranks of the negro race. There will be two negroes In the next congressMurray, of South Carolina, and White, of Tarboro, N. C. Prof. W. S. Scarborough, of Wllberforce (O.) university, is the only negro Greek author. He writes and speaks Hebrew and Sanskrit, and his Greek text book is taught in many schools. Dr. John R. Francis, an Afro-American physician, of Washington, has one of the finest private sanituriums In the world. Its erection and completion cost 175,000, which Dr. Francis paid In cash. James Hill, of Vlcksburg, Miss., Is the only negro member of the republican national committee. John E. Bruce (Bruce Grit) Is the greatest and most gifted negro newspaper correspondent in America. The ball and Cakewalk which was given by the J. B. Walker Social Republican club last Thursday night at Htberniun hall, on Wylte avenue, proved quite a success. The Cakewalk was led by Henry Gant, prompter, and Mies Fannie Williams. The cake was won by Mss Williams and C. J. Crawford, of Cleveland. A large delegation of white persons witnessed the walk, which proved to be the drawing card jof the evening. Prof. H. C. Waters' orchestra rendered the music for the occasion. The olfl-cers of the club are: J. B. Walker, president) J. H. Chilton, vice president; J. T. Smackuml secretary; M. B. Brown, treasurer. The cluli Is preparing to send a large delegation to thai inauguration. r Miss Belle Tolllver. of 1620 Wylle avenue, wh was 111 several days during the week. Is out again. Revival commences at the Mount Zlon baptist church, corny of Crawford street and Wylle avenue,' this afternoon at I o'clock. Sister Simpson will conduct the meetli this after noon. Rev. N. L, Young, formerly of North Carolina, win preacn at night. The entertainment given by the Beautiful Star council, No. 302. Ancient United Knights and Daughters of Africa, Thursday night was nicely arranged and well attended. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dean, formerly of Columbus, O., have removed to Pittsburg, and are living at 41 Center avenue. There are three colored men in the city council In Philadelphia, and a strong probability that two more will be added at the next city election, immmore nas one colored memoer, out ritisDurg is without representation either branch. Dr. J. W. Browning, who formerly keot drug store In this city, is now editing the Afn American notes in the Pittsburg Daily Presi Dr. Browning haa push, energy and tact, an we are not surprised to know that he has com to the front in so responsible a position. Bal timore xtace-manaara. A grand concert Is billed to take place at the yaj town hall of Bharpaburg to-morrow night under tne auspices ot the Afro-American Jubilee club, An excellent program, consisting of recita tions,, solos, duets, quartets and declamations.' the whole to conclude with a sketch entitled! ' The Inaugural Ball." by the entire comnanv C. K. Smith la general manager and George! jaorns assistant general manager of the club. At Ebeneaer baptist church, Miller and Col-well streets, this afternoon Interesting eerv. ices will be held. Several deacons will be or- dainted, after which Rev. Samuel Smith will preach the communion sermon. A revival is In progress at this church, and many additions are being made to the membership. Miss Margaret Brown and Mr. Earl Bumford were married at 9 o'clock last Sunday morning by Rev. A. M. Lewis at the residence of the bride, 85 Cherry street. Rev. Dr. J. S. Hutson, pastor of Nixon Street baptist church, Allegheny, exchanged pulpits with Rev. G. B. Hoard, paBtor of Ebeneser baptist church, last Sunday night. Hearty recep-Hons were tendered each pastor. This is the first Instance where white and colored baptists have exchanged theue courtesies In this city. The Bible upon which MaJ. William McKlnley will take his oath of otlice on March 4 as the president of the United States will be donated to him for this purpose as the gift of the A. M. E. church. It Is being printed In Cincinnati by the Methodist Book Publishing company, and will be bound and lined, front and back, with silk, with a suitable dedicatory Inscription upon the Inside. On the outside there will be a gold plate tn the form of a shield, on which the name of the president, the dute, the names of the donora, etc., will be engraved. The Bible will be enclosed In a box made of native Ohio wood, and gold mounted. The estimated cost Is JK6. The honor of presentation has been conferred upon Bishop Benjamin W. Arnetti'ot Wllberforce. Imogene, the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ray, of 603 Murtland avenue, Home-wood, celebrated her blrthi iy anniversary Friday afternoon. Gathered around her were a large number of her little playmates, many of whom made her handsome presents. The little tots enjoyed themselves very much, and entertained each other with speeches and musical selections. Among the little ones present were: Master Lawrence llumdon, of MrKeesport; Misses Mary and Eva Byers, Miss Jena Selleirs, Master Eddie Smith and sister, Miss M. Jvitt, the Misses Wallace, the Misses Spurlock arid others. Quite a number of grown people weVe present, among whom were: Mrs. A. B. Stl-v dura. Mrs. Shawley, of Bedford; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Allen, Miss Mary Wrltt and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnson, Joseph Vlney, Miss Minnie Coleman, Messrs. Haines, J. H. Lindsay and Rufus Huffman. Mrs. Alfred J. Wilson, who was the guest of Mrs. E. W. Stevenson, of Allegheny, during the past week, left Thursday evening for her home in Chicago. The ladles of Chartiers A. M. E. church are preparing to give an old ladles' entertainment at the church at an early date. A parlor social in honor of Miss Emma Lee of Emlenton.was given by Miss Lillian Wrigh-, of Hutton. on Tuesday evening. Dancing and games were indulged in until a late hour, after which luncheon was served. An enjoyable time waa had by all who were present. The following committee wns inmiMi v, Rev. G. W. Klncaid, president of the Methodist Ministers' union, to district the two cities preparatory to starting evunp-f I'cti nir among the colored people. Revs. W. S. Lowry. M. K. Lanier, W. B. Fenderson, N. J. Watson, Richard Tanner and J. w. nm. mtthodlsts and baptists will both attempt evan- aiung uie lines proposed by the methodlsts several weeks ago. but each denomination will work IndenendentW nf th. other. The baptists have refused to promise to send those who might desire to attend method-1st churches to such churches of their choice, but the methodiBta are more liberal and promise to send persons to whatever church they may desire to go. All they want to do, they say. Is to save souls. Henry Jones, of 1417 Wylie avenue, who died last Saturday morning, was buried with Masonic orders from Warren M. E. church Tues day afternoon. Revs. Cornelius. Asbury. W. H. Draper and J. w. Gazaway conducted the services. There was a reception given at the r.!iinw! of Mrs. Stanbark Thursday night in honor of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Jones, who were recently married. The Brooklyn's Court of Inquiry. Washington, Feb. 13. Secretary Her bert has granted the request of Capt. Cook for a court of inquiry to Investigate the accident to the Brooklyn, in Dela ware, ine court consists of fommndnra oewey, , tapts. watson and Picking, wil ueui. ojuuty mammon, ana will meet League lsiaua next Wednesday.

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