Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa on September 20, 1903 · 4
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TOE DAVENrORT DEJIOCItAT, SErmmEIt 20, 1903.- Stage1 and its Players ,l"fT f""f7 PV''1 "T" T1 "T HiRl fcif3 fiaiiv jfn Ksissii itiT?3iCrjV Italian and modern opera sprang from, yPPTPni I CilPIICDC the ancient tragedy and comedy, in L0lDHfl LLfiuUCtlj wuicn me same scheme 01 action, There is something loins at the Burtis opera house this week. Tlu season of the heavy attractions has-not yet opc-neJ, but there is amuse ment there for those who seek i The following is the prospect: Today 'The Little Outcast." Monday. Sept 21 -'The Scout's Revenge." Sept. 22 "The Game Tuesday, Keeper." Thursday, Alley." Friday, Sept. 23. "An Gentleman." Sunday, Sept. 27 "The Village Tar son." Sept. 24. "ZigZag Americar f "The Scout's Revenge." "The Scout's Kevenpe," which conies to the Burtis tomorrow night is an entirely new ami original melo drama, irom the pen of John Arthur Fraser. The story is one that cannot fail to hold the interest cif an audience, for it Is one of those sim pie, homely, straight from th should er stories that appeal to all classes. The comedy scenes are a little out o! the. goncial rut of comedy in this class of plays, irasnmc'a as there is no re tort to slangy or slapstick work to get laughs. In fact, those who go to see "The Stout's Revenge," expect V . 1 IT 4A - IVV secure. It was written by the recog- ilzed Irish author of today the man ho has written all of the successful rish plays, and he has been heard o say that he considered "The Game ieeper" his master piece. Every art inown to stage realism has been util zed to make the effect as natural jud picturesque as possible. The play pictures Ireland and its people n a true and faithful manner. The ompany that will interpret the dif "erent characters in the play is a 3trong one, and Manager's Rowland ind Clifford's personal guarantee is ?iven that it will be a first class per formance. ZigZag Alley. The attraction at the Rurtis opera house Thursday will be the famous Keno, Welch and Melrose in the original pantomimic trick farce comedy 'The New ZigZag Alley," which is "aid to be a big whirling wheel of fun with no erd of mechanical effects, pantomimic tricks, goorgeous scenery and pretty music. The new Zig Zag Alley can produce more continuous and hilai ions merriment than any other similar shrrw in the court ry. It s such a blizzard of varied and novel action that it has everything else in its class beaten to' a standstill. It is a capital entertainment. It makes no strain on the rerves. It does not tax the brain, working out problems. It is just sheer fun pure, solid and nonsensical fun. Numerous special lies enliven the performance and a chorus of pretty girls render orig iral musical numbers. The. company numbers 3d people. "The Village Parson." On u plane with such plavs as "The Old Homestead," "Shoip Aries," "East I.ynn." etc., "The Vil hige Parson," containing all the rle '. et " ing a wildly K.ri.1 yj iiiKiii e, are going to be agreeably disappointed. It tells a very pretty story of love and hatred. There is a vein of humor running through tho play which is consistently introduced. The play is presented by a strong cast of competent actors and actresses. No money has been spared or detail neglected in maKing "ine hcotifs uevenge a thoroughly high-class melodrama. The play deals with the efforts of a young government scout to rid the locality of a gang of desperadoes headed by a scoundrel of aristocrat ic birth, who at tne same time mas querades in society as a gentleman. and is determined to win, by fair means or foul, the hand of his bene factor's daughter. In this he is frus trated by the scout, who loves and is loved in return by the young lady. The scout not only disposes of him as a rival for the girls affection, but unmasks him as the leader of the gang of cutthroats that has terrorized the vicinity. The action of the play occurs in Texas. The: production has been given a complete dressing of new special scenery, and no detail has been neglected or money spared in making "me Scout's Revenge" an enjoyable performance to witness. The Game Keeper. The engagement of Thos. J. Smith, in his new Irish play, "The Game ieeper, win nit tne tsurtis opera house Tuesday evening. "The Game Keeper" is a name which will by no means convey an idea of what the play presents to the spectators. This play is a fine and simple represents ,tion of the most idylic and. at the same time, most dramatic Irish life T :. j 2 3 , If 'prfiU vf"f t 111 The Parson incuts which have made these plays such popular favorites, differs entire ly from them all. It is original in ploi, theme and idea, and the play bids fair to live forever. "The Vil laite Parson" will be seen at the Bur tis next Sunday. "The Eternal City." One of the handsomest scenic pro ductions which will visit this city during the current season is that of Hall Game's "The Eternal City," in which Liebler & Co. are starring Ed ward J. Morgan with Sarah Truax, late head of the stock company of the urana opera House, Pittsburg, as leading woman. There are five acts aggregating sight scenes in this drama. All are historically accurate being taken from actual places in Rome, and several are remarkable in subject, scope and execution, partlc ularly one representing the Vatican Gardens with St. Peters in the dis tance and another showing the ruin ed Coliseum in the moonlight. From a scenic standpoint, as well as be cause of its absorbing and forcefully told story and the splendid manner in which it was acted bv Mr. Morgan and his associates, "The Eternal City" was the most talked of play in the eastern cities last winter even though the season had more than the ordin ary number of theatrical surprises. The contrast between honest poverty and tilled wealth and rcfimnient, is w-3 maintaiue.i hum the bf-ginnii:g to the -ad. Thert is scene alter scene of !:ie amor.B hills and valleys and of the "O'.d Country," and so many char actcrs drawn from the pastoral life oi the land of romance and song, that the spectator or the auditor will find it a pb-asing degree of realism. The singiiig and the features of the play are received with tremendous applause. Thos. J. Smith, the young tinging comedian, is always well re Janauschek. Attention has just been called again to the fact that. Mme. Janauschek.the great tragedienne, is living penniless and helpless with paralvsis at a boarding house at Saratoga, N. Y. She has been- there for two years. At one time it was though that she was dy ing, but, while there is no prospet for recovery for she is now 74, and another shock of paralysis may end ner ine at any time she la now more comfortable than she has been for some time. Hut her finances are in bad shape. The actors' fund offi cials have been appealed to, but it is said that Jaunaschek once rejected in a disagreeable manner a proffer of assistance from them, and that they are not eager to take up the case asain. .auauschcek recently heard tiiat a man who owns a house in Brooklyn where she once lived, and who nobis 44 trunks filknl with her dresses and souvenirs of the stage as security for money that she owes him. no such authority and will not get it. I suppose he thinks he will get the ,'ew dollars I owe him if he sells the tatters of Meg Merrilies, or the nightdress of Lady MacBcth, or the royal robes of Marie Stuart or Marie Antoinette, or the throne room Jewels which the Maria of France and the Maria of Britain wore." Janauschek is supposed already rto have sold a large part of the once magnificent collection of jewels that she once owned. She received $5,000 from a benefit given her In 1901, but that mor.ey was exhausted long ago. Francesca Romana Magdalena Janauschek has been one of the world's great actors, and, as in the case of many other geniuses, Hhe end has been pitiful. Of pure Czech blood, Mme. Janauschek became American by adoption, as did that other great actress of European birth, the Tolish Modjoska, alter she had won fame in the tneateis of the continent. She learned the English tongue long after she bad reached maturity, and when she first visited America she acted in ncrman. loiter she learned to use the English language with such facility that, while the foreign accent was still noticeable, her great force in acting was hardly impaired. Great ae tor as she was, and large a3 the rann etary returns from her art must have been, Mme. Janaschek had something of tne proverbial improvidence of the actor. Also, she was badly and at times dis-iiorestly managed, so that upon her retirement some years ago she fouml herself in straitened circumstances. Mme. Janauschek was born at Prague, Bohemia. July 20, 1830, ihe fourth of nine children. She was en dowed with many talents. Sh? at first studied the piano, interding to be a virtuoso, but an accident to her hand turned her from that career. She had a mezzo soprano voice of much promise, and she prepared herself for op era at the Prague conservatory, but it is said that a teacher of acting, per ceiving her talent, persuaded her to study for the dramatic stage. Mme. Janauschek came to the United States for the first time in 1867, after having firished a successful en gagement at the Royal theater in Dresden. She first appeared at. the Academy of Music in New York as Medea, acting. in German, and after ward visited other cities, her reper tory including "Medea," "Mary Stu art." - "Deborah," "Gretchen," "fc.K- mont," "Don Carlos," and- several oth er plays. At the end of her first American season sne had won tor herself a secure and almost unique position upon the boards. Mme. Janauschek at this time was a versatile linguist, speaking fluently several languages, after the continent al style, but she did not learn English until she came to America for a tour in 1873 1:4. During her first season here she played a polyglot perform ancea, being a uerman i.aay .viacuetn to Booth's English Macbeth, the rest of the company also speaking Eng lish. With all her great acting and wide popularity there came a time when Mme. Janauschek was no longer pros perous. The public wanted new plays and younger faces. Mme. Janauschek said in an interviey not long ago: Yes, it ia true, I am not ashamed that I nave lost all my money, nor does it seem too much to ask the American people to help me. All my fortune went to pay the salaries oi American actors. I never had loss than 25 in my company and there was not a foreigner among them. It was not my fault, it was the people, not I who changed. They only want now to be amused. They go to the theater just to laugh. Perhaps there was too much tragedy in the old days. They grew tired of crying every night, and now perhaps they will grow tired of so much laughing. I dare not hope to go on the stage again. Perhaps if I could play Merrilies again they would come to see it. But she will never play it. It is now a score of years, or IS at the least. since she toured through this part of the country, carrying a fine com pany and playing her great part Meg. Merrilies. She was powertul. but even then it was plain that the people were turning from her, and such art as hers, to the musical comedy, the farce, the blackface show, and the vaudeville. She had her day. and it was a great one, but it is all gone by. and now she is old, helpless, penniless, and near her death. What a chapter of life she has written! was about to sell them, and she is tciveii. Hie uame Keejx r has; quoted ag saying: "That man will not fcom weaK imitator, nut it stands; sell my costumes and jewels, because nn a peoesstai so nigh above all the,!;, cannot. I would like to see him do x.wx miv m..i so wimoui autiionty irom me. lie has one n(,nce it wll! be seen that the How Musical Comedy Grew. Musical comedy, like the immortal Topsy, just "growed." It was not in vented like a bicycle or a threshing machine, but is a sort of musical frog, having grown out of something else. It is commonly stated that Gay's "Beggar's opera," of which it is said that it "made Rich," the manager gay. and Gay, the poet, rich," was the first musical comedy, opera comique, opera bouffe, or ballad farce, or whatever name you may shoo.se to designate a comedy studded with lyrics, with musical accompaniment. Yet all the ingredients which are found in "The Beggar's opera" and its successors are discoverable In earlier works John Gay, with fine cunning, simply adapted an old idea which was em ployed by the Greeks and Romans. In the ancient tragedy the actor was accompanied by certain musical instruments which regulated the tones of his voince, and the-stage was occupied by a chorus. There were comic songs, as in all of Shakes peare s comedies and tragedies save minus the scenery was employed. Songs, choruses, and dances were introduced lcto these rude exhibitions. The union of dialogue and action with music, dancing and pageantry pro duced that species of entertainment J known by the name of masque, w hich enjoyed great favor in the sixteenth century. Then followed the mystery, ami men musical comedy. It is a singular fact that the very first private musical entertainment known to musical history employed a comedian in the singing of comic ballads. This entertainment was given in 14S0 by Hergmiitio Boota, ,a nobleman of lombardy, when he was visited by the Duke of Milan and his newly married spouse, Isabella of Ar ragon, granddaughter or Ferdinand, king of Naples. Ini this singular performance all the rudiments of the modern opera may I be plainly discerned, as, for example. bilenus, the comedy character, enters half drunk and riding on an ass, and sings humorous verses. Here we have the elephant of "Wang," and the cam el of "The Little Corporal." J. Chee ver Goodwin and Harry B. Smith ate nere revealed as bold plagiarists. In comic opera or anvthing else under tne sun there is nothing new. In public entertainments the first use oi the comedian and comic songs was made between the acts of trago dies. As an old writer said: "They may bo used as pleasure in interludes between the acts to afford some re lief to the mind fatigued bv Hie at tention bestowed upon the fable." At last these intermezzi, which wera en tirely independent of the pieces to which they were originally joined. were performed by themselves and received the name of opera: though operas of a light ard comic character continued long afterward to go by the name of intermezzi. As to productions we hear a good deal of the splendid spectacular pre sentations of musical comedy. Yet, when he come to look Into the matter, we find that the ancients surpassed us. At Padua, in 1(180. l'reschi's opera. 'Berenice, was produced, urtexam pled in style or splendor, which re duces to insignificance the utmost achivements of scenic display, even in the present age of spectacle. In this opera there were choruses of a hundred soldiers, a hundred horse men in steel armor, inn performers on trumpets, cornets, sackbuts, drums, flutes and other instruments, on horseback and on foot; two lions led by two Turks and two elepiiants by two others; Berenice's triumphal car, drawn by four Horses, and six other cars, with spoils and prisoners, drawn by 12 florets. Among tl)3 scenes in the first act was a vast plain with two triumphal arches; another with pavilion and tents; a square prepared for the en trance of tiie triumphal procession and a forest for the chase. In the see ond act there wer the royal apart ments of Berenice's temple of ven geance; a spacious court, with a view of the "prison,- atjrp rrwrerl- way, along which passed a train of car riages. In the third act thrre wait the royal dressing-rooms,1 magnificent ly furnished; stables containing a hundred horses, portico adorned with tapestry, ant a superb palace scene in perspective. In the chorus of the piece there were representations of hunting the boar, the stag, and the bear. Even the Barnum circus, not to mention musical comedies and comic operas of modern times, is hero eclipsed and thrown into the shade. The first. English operas presented in England were introduced by Sir William Davenport in lfi'id. In these entertainments there was not a great deal that was comic, and still less which foreshadowed musical come dies of today. It was In these pieces that female performers first apper ed on the stage and scenery was first introduced. The innovation proved im mensely successful. The public grew so fond of this species of entertain ment that the tragic actor was for a time driven out of employment. In deed, the frivolities of light opera and musical comedy from that clay to this have been considered by the leg Itimate actor as the real cause of all his ills. Albeit, with thin , auspicious com mencement. it would be natural to expect that English opera would take the place of the; Italian arttcie. But the contrary was proved to be the outcome of Davenport's effort. The "Becear's Opera" had an extraordin ary success and succeeded for a fime in dr v ne out Italian opera, wnicn had heretofore carried all before it, It was acted in London for days without intermission" an extraordinary run at that time. It was renewed year after vear, even into the pres ent century. The music of this cele brated piece consists of ballad airs to which Gay and his friends. Lord Chesterfield, Dean fawitt, and others, adapted the words. It will be seen, men, tnat . the George Edwardes Gaiety theater idea of musical corned v construction is nothing new; that the plan was followed in the mixing of the first' real musical nlay. Yet. while Cay was the first to introduce a complete musical score, we have seen that the comic song was not unknown at the early comedies. During the time of Eliza beth hardlv a comodv was written which did not contain one or more comic sones. "Twelttn Ment, one oi ShaV-esneare's most delightful come dies, and the one Viola Allen is to do next season, cannot ne consioerea as hoinff a musical comedy by any Rtreneth of the imagination, yet Tr,tfth Nieht" contains several sonira which are a very important fea ture of every production of the play. The comodv even ends with a song by the clown, and a very good sone. it Is ton when well sung. "Twelfth Night" also offers another proof of the oldncss of things, since one or more of the sones in the play were not by Shakespeare, but were interpolations" alter the modern fashion, bv the bard from other and older plavs. Old times, then, were not slow times, and it la not orten that we modereners hit upon anything really and truly new.- Frank J. Wilstnrn in Washington Pont.. , ...... PLAYED TEN HIKES. BEFORE THEY WRESTED VICTORY FROM DAVENPORT. $5 Fine Game at the Davenport Ball Park Saturday and Another Promised for Today Osteen and Graham in the National League. Several hundred fans had the rat isl'action of seeing the Davenport ball team hold the fast Cidorado Springs nine to a 10 - in ning game Satur day, which the Western leaguers won by a score of 1 to o. The Springs nine is a fine bunch, but the reg ularlty with which Hughes would settle down and the local field retire the visiting players after they had got two or three men on bases, showed that the locals nave lost non-2 of their old ability for pulling out of holes. The same teams play again today, the game being called at 3 o'clock, it will be our last chance for a lone time, probably, to see Georgie Nill covering a city lot or two at short and it wnl be some time before a own request be was replaced by Cur rie. With a little better support Cur rie fared only a little better at the hands of Zimmer's men, who ki-pt on piling np runs until the total was ten. "The new pitcher, Graham, is a stoc kily built fellow with good curves and control, and he bail speed before he hurt his arm. Manager Sclee was I pleased w ith his work, and regretted the injury, which may keep him idle the rest of the year." Osteen Made Good. "Osteen was tried at short in the second game and did well," wires the Washington baseball correspondents to the Cu.cago Tribune;. The Dave n port shortstop made a run, a hit, a put out and five assist?, v.th no er rors, which was pretty i;ool for a youngster, in his first game with the Washington club of the National league. Food for Fans. Al Orth has played every position on the Washington team except catch er. Comiskey is figuring on a proposition of trading First Baseman ishell foi Outnelder Sheckard. The Cleveland and Cincinnati teams will play a post season series next month for the championship of Ohio. The Boston Americans won 41 out of the 6" games played away from home, which established their right to first place. The Cleveland American club has bought Claude Rossman, center field ?r of the Holyoke New England league '.lub, for $2,0oo. The New York Sun says that the pitchers in the American league are infinitely superior, as a class, to those in the National organization. FOOTBALL PiWIS APPEAR 10 EE GOOD. LYONS TEAM TO EE PLAYED HERE NEXT SATURDAY. Davenport Team ha3 been Rounding Into Shape at the Tackling Machine and Some of the New Men Are Showing First Tean Qualifications. As tisu-il the High school students ire disc ussing the football outlook for Davenport before the team is fairly chosen from among the candidates in tne squad. It is somewhat Interesting to hear tae casual observer remark that alter the last two seasons javy been r.a successful it could hardly 1mj expected that Davenport should tura out a very good team. Theso sage prophets will, from present appearances, be surprised at the team which Coach Uttig will send upon the field next Saturday. The average, weight will be about the same as it was last year, about 100 or 183 pounds. There is very good material in tiie squad to fill up the vacancies of the graduates. Mr. Littig believes rn doing things right, so he lias equipped the team so that it will be this year, as it was last, the best appearing team in the state. This time there is no boasting of the teams' ability to beat, the redoubt- CTT II I , ' . . ...". " , ' -. ' St:'...- ;5 '' 4 - i - ? " . - f -i f r- . : vf ., , rr- ''" i .- 'jU :- v. -j J ( it " r ? V ! . v:: - -"t -J , 1 ' i t '--v -w.. -t ' " I S ! ' " 1 ."-v , DAVENPORT'S POPULAR BASEBALL TEAM. The Davenport team which finished thi season with the support of loyal faiidoin is shown above. Its members are, from left to right, top row, wUlHvain Williams, Hughes, Crockett, Lyons, Alpcrnian, Middle ow, Osteen, StauCer, Manager Hayes, Captain Hines, Jones, lower row, Ives, Ruby. faster lot of players than the Colorado boys perform here. The visitors filled the bases alter two were out In the first inning, out the next hit went to Hughes, who threw the batter out at first. Colorado Springs put up one of its line pitchers, a leu hander named Jones, and he was as much ot a mys tery as Munch. The locals went down with t-Iocklikc regularity, jintu Livingston drew a pass In the fifth. Two were out, and a one handed stop of Davis' grounder by the Springs' third baseman, McNcaly, clouded Davenport's prospects right there. i..e visitors got the bases filled in the sixth, on two hits and a dropped ly, but one was out and Hughes steadied down and struck out McNcaly, and Congalton hit to Livingston and was out. The ninth came around with the score 0 to 0. Fast infield work by tne locals retired three visitors at first, and lightning stops by McNealy and Nill and a strike out set tled the locals. Fleming opened the tenth with a two bagger ard went to third on a wild pitch. Congalton batted him home with a clean single into short center. Niu wasn t going to go through the game without a hit, and sent a grass cutter between short ami third. There were no more runs. howover, the game ending 1 to 0. Jack Brennan got a hand from the crowd when he came out to umpire the game. Jack has been the star urn ptre of the Western league, and likes davenport well enough to come back.! Jim Connors played a fine first lor Davenport. Navin also helped in right field. Jones and Martin in center and loft had a lot to do, and Walt Davis and Alpormau were In their old positions. Livingston, formerly on the Rock Island team, played a fine sec ond base, and Sullivan caught an ele gant game. "Peachy's" Hard Luck. "Peachy" Graham at last got a trial with the Chicago Nationals Friday, ard it looks as if there were some thing to the old allegation that a young player gets a sorry welcome from major league teammates. Of course "Peacy" didn't win his game, for Frazor of New York, the opposing twirler. pitched a no hit. no run game, the first in the two big leagues this season. But Graham had bum support in the first inning, and in trying to save the game after that strained his arm so that he may be laid up for tha rest, of the season. The Chicago Tribune says of the incident : "For the second game Manager Sc lee elected to try out his newest pitching recruit Graham, who comes from the Three Eyes league. He got a poor start, chiefly through the blunders of his support, which accounted tor three of the four mrs scored off him in the first inning. Then he settled and pitched hard to repair the damage. In so doing he 'strained a tendon in his arm, which went back on his entirely in ihe sixth inning, and at his Miller Huggins, the star second baseman of the St. Paul team, for whom Comiskey offered ?3,0!)0 cash, and two of his players, has finally been secured by the Cincinnati club Huggins is regarded as a comer. Omaha, next to Denver, is the best baseball town In the Western league, and it does seem strange that the two best towns should have tail-end teams. Yet such are the ups and clown of baseball, and there does not seem to be a preventive for it. "Scrapiron" needier is under sus pension at Terre Haute, being charged with throwing last Sunday's game to Fort Wayne, The race in the Central was so close that it will take a decision of the protested games to show who gets the flag. A LAY OF ALFALFA. "Al phee," is the way tho brakeman calls it, the name of the little town of Alpha, on the St. Louis line of the Burlington road, some 30 miles out of Rock Island. Everybody who travels) that road knows Alpha, and ' the change of cars there. And everybody who knows the place will be' tickled by this limerick, from the Chicago Tribune's Line o Tye column of Wed nesday. Alf Alfreds, who lives down at Alpha, Is raising a crop of alphalpha. And thinks that we might Get people to write Alph Alphreds for Alpha alphalpha. Gas stoves at cost at the Davenport Gas & Electric Co., 316 Brady SL able tirinnell aggregation, but that is the aim of the boys and of their coach this year as it was last. Tne boys have about completed the work with the tackling apparatus, and will shift very soon from the machine to the real article; and commence the special signal practice and scrimmaging that will probably make a winning team this year. As yet there is no regular line up, but there are four fairly sure players, Crans, Soper, Valerius and MeGiaw. Schlap-kohl and Gould are first team probabilities, the former being one of last year's subs. Fisher, Holbrook, Rice, ifolliday, McCullough, Brugman and Pester got considerable experience last year. Hendle is a promising end. ot'side these there are Gamble. M. Phillips? Davis Barnholt, Norwood, M alloy. Kerrigan,' Honriehsen, B. Phillips, Van Patten. Brownlie, Allen, ivaguet, Witt and Davison. Davison is tho heaviest man in tho squad, weighing Dsn lbs. The first game will tie witll Lyons ac. ine uaveiipoi i uan park next Saturday. The Lyons team has always been the starter for Davenport and have often givem us a rub. k boys should be encouraged In their efforts to make, Davenport a-winner in football as well as some of the other sports. ANNOUNCEMENT. I hereby announce myself a candidate for county superintendent, subject to the approval of the Democratic county convention. HENRY E. RONGE. BURTIS THEATER OiiE NIGHT GKLY- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 The Beautiful, Romantic Comedy Drama, H immm gehtlehuh Introducing the Clever Young Emotional Actress GAUHTIER POTTERY CARINA The Golden Gypsy, . Supported by f'r. Francis Dcnn i'L- of "Arizona" Fame And a carefully selected cast of ladies ami gentlemen All special scenery, beautiful gowns, sensational climaxes, clean comedy situations. PRICES 25c, 50c, 75c, $1.00.

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