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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, November 2, 1955
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\VKDNICSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1955 BLYTJIEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE ourier NewsMagazine th of Original Cafe de Paris * * * * * * * * A Temple to Women and Fine Food By ROSETTE HARGROVE NEA Staff Correspondent PARIS — (NEA) — There's a Cafe de Paris in practically every capital of the world. Rut none can boast the glamor nor the exalted patronage as the original Cafe de Paris, which has just dosed its doors. Here, for close to 80 years, the world's most famous people dined and wined, and old Parisians mourn the passing of what to them was a temple dedicated to the cult of beautiful women and the art of fine eating. Bom these cults were illustrated lant. so courteous, and women Inon the walls of the restaurant and deed led,the world." pirate rooms on the first floor. She only had to close her eyes O:-.P of the niches contained the j Lo .see King Edward VII of Eng- s'.uut? of a nude woman sitting j land sitting in his favorite corner a:np a terrestrial globe bearing the j "over there," opposite to the one i-.scription: "Woman leads the' reserved for the dashing Russian World." Paintings of Diana the i Grand Other distinguished Huntress and other goddesses j habitues we're the Aga Khan—then 5ho\vcd a fine appreciation of the ! a slender, handsome young prince: female form. Outwardly there was nothing to attract the attention of the unin- inatrd. No neon lights. Heavy old- fashioned curtains ensured the privacy of the diners. A doorman greeted you with the suavity of an ambassador. Since it closed a little old lady has been seen haunting what had once been the No. 1 cafe of Paris. "You see, I spent 57 years of my life as cashier in this atmosphere, and soon I will be 90. So, until the very last moment, I come here every afternoon," she said. Times have indeed changed, the liule ghost recalled. "When I first came here, gentlemen were so gal- the Marquis de Castellane, first French aristocrat t o marry an American millionairess, as well as hosts of beautiful women social leaders, actresses and demi-mon- daines. Most clients had their favorite tables and many reserved them from one year's end to another. All came to see and be seen, but also to appreciate the superb cuisine which the Cafe de Paris dispensed —at a price. So far as the little old lady was concerned, the Great Epoch went out with the first World War. When she saw clients arriving for dinner in 1919 wearing business suits instead of the white tie and tails, she MODEST FRONT OF CAFE DE PARIS belied its role as rendei- TOUS for the celebrated. Now shuttered, It will become a bank. knew it was the end. The Cafe de Paris was the third of its name. The first .opened in 1822 just a stone's throw from the church of the Madeleine. Here among other celebrities Alexandre Dumas and Baizac dined every evening. It, soon became an institution as well as the rendezvous of the dandies. Some 30 years later a second Cafe de Paris opened farther down beyond the Opera, but its success was short-lived. In 1879 .the third opened its doors on the Avenue de 1'Opera. to receive the illustrious visitors to the Paris exhibition. Entirely redecorated in 1898, it retained its "tormented moderne style" until it closed. The Cafe de Paris was then known as the favorite restaurant of the gourmets among the crowned heads of Europe and international aristocrats—until the fateful Aug. 2, 1914, which, according to some historians, marked the end of the 19th Century. The end of the first World War saw an entirely different clientele —bankers, business men and political leaders. They replaced the wealthy idlers, by then a completely defunct social class. But they, too, were accompanied by beautiful women and famous actresses. Sarah Bernhardt would often sup there after the theater. For the great singer, Nellie Melba, the chef of the Cafe de Paris invented the now universally-known . dessert, "peche melba." The Cafe de Paris prospered between the two World Wars. After Paris was liberated it took four years to get back to its old standards of exquisite cooking. Its prestige was still as great. Whereas dressing for dinner wa,s no longer a "must," everyone wore at least black tie for the Fridny evening; dinners. Otherwise nothing was changed. The 'King of Yugoslavia, the Duke of Windsor and the Aga Khan came, ordered their favorite dishes and nodded to the old cashier. Cancan dajicers contributed to the "gay nineties " a tmosphere. This "last stronghold of Parisian traditions disappeared overnight. Clients returning from their vacation still telephone to make a reservation. But it won't be long now when even the old telephone operator will have to abandon her switchboard. There will be no more 'peche melba." The Cafe de Paris is being turned into a bank. WHILE ITS ELEGANT CUSTOMERS dined on elegant cuisine, Cafe de Paris provided them with gay nineties" cr.n dances like atmosphere In decor and in can- the one performed here. \Yhite Day \Missing Magic RELAXING? — This shot of Cyd Charisse is billed "relaxing between 'takes' of her dance routines at the MOM Studio where she is filming 'Meet Me in Las Vegas'." She joins Dan Dailey, Liliane Monteyecchi and a number of other head-lining guest stars in the big new musical. .Monica Boyar Tillslrom Monica Boyar's Dominion: Merengue and Goulash By DICK KLEINER THE RECORD SHOP: Guess who's going to make refc- ords? No, you're wrong. It's Kukla, Fran and pllie. They've been signed by Decca and their first project will be a Christmas album. One side will be the James Thurber story, "Many Mons," which Burr Tillstrom did on the show's "Christmas program last year. * * * The next time Monica Boyar tries to interest America in a new musical tempo, we really ought to listen. Twice now she's pushed a native Caribbean dance step, twice people said it wasn't commercial, and twice time has proved that Monica Boyar knew whereof she sang. Miss Boyar is a charming singer,'a native of the Dominican Republic, who's been a U. S. resident since she was six. For quite some time now, she's been the favorite Latin- American singer of the nightclub set. Now, for instance, she's singing at New York's Viennese Lantern — and you haven't lived until you've listened to Latin American songs while eating Austrian goulash. During New York's World's Fair, Miss Boyar and the Dominican Republic tried to sell the U.S. their native dance—the merengue. Nobody would buy it. Today it's the fastest growing dance around. Later. Miss Boyar began singing calypso songs, but people said they weren't commercial. "Last year, some of the top selling records were calypsos. "I don't have any other dances up my sleeve at the moment," Monica' says. But give her time— she's more than just a singer, she's a serious student of folk music of all countries. "I find it fascinating to realize that there's a common origin to so much folk music," the lovely singer says. "Take the bagpipes. You'd think that was purely a Scotch invention, but there were bagpipes in Spain. And the songs of the Irish, particularly the Blark Irish. There are very definite Spanish rhythms which are traceable to the Spanish and Moorish invaders of Ireland. Of course, you tell that to an Irishman and he'll get quite angry." Miss Boyar hasn't been hack to the Dominican Republic since she was brought here as a girl. Not that she wouldn't like to return for a visit. "I'd love to go," she says. "But I was once married to the nephew of tile president who was ousted hy the present president, Trujillo. I am not welcome. It's a gnnw- ing feeling to see the place where one was born, particularly \vh?n you c;m't go. Sort of like forbidden fruit." * • * \Ve have Kermil Schafer to thank for the story of how the word "b!ooped" came about. And he should know, because he's compiled the .luhille albums, "Pardon IMy Blooper." Seems in the ratlio clays, anylhin/r off-color became known as a "blue," and anyone who said anything off-color "blued." It was casilr to say "He bliioped," than "He blued," and ^ another word was coined. Magic Name in Music Carnegie Hall May Be Wrecked to Build Hotel By W. G. ROGERS Associated Fresi Arts Editor NEW YORK (AP) — Of all of music's magic names, only one or two can vie with Carnegie Hall — New York's Carnegie Hall. But perhaps there's black magic in it, for this venerable world-renowned building, home or camping ground for America's greatest orchestras and some of Europe's, too, may be torn down. The bad news was first heard in the spring, when Robert E. Simon Jr., speaking for Carnegie Hall, Inc., announced that the sale of the hall was being considered. A large commercial hotel is planned for the 40,000-square- foot lot between 57th Street, Seventh Avenue and 56th. There are a couple of if's: The sale price would be between four and five million dollars, and if music lovers can raise the money they can buy; the corporation has given them some time in which to rally their forces. The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society, prin- cioal tenant, though so far it has issued no statement, has a contract covering use of the hall for three years, including this season. This apparently could prevent demolition before the spring of 1958. But in the meantime the "Committee to Save Carnegie Hall" has !>een formed, with John J. Totten, house manager, as chairman; Lawrence Tibbett, executive chairman; and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, honorary chairman. With a mortgage of t million and a quarter dollars, the •ommiltee would need to raise two and a half to three and a half million. It has received in cash pledges 540,000, some of it in small contributions from all over the country. While there are of course numerous studios and smaller meeting places in the building, it is known mainly for its big hall, .which has about 2,800 seating capacity and acoustical properties that it would be hard or impossible to duplicate. Galli-Curci, Farrar, Pons, Kreisler, Menunin, Heifetz, Elman, Horowitz, feseking, ,, Serkin, McCormack made their American debuts there. A movie was made there, Toscanini conducted and recorded there; it las been the scene of church s,erv- ces, beauty contests, conventions, boxing matches, circuses, opera and operetta, and jazz concerts. In the past season alone New j Yorkers heard the New York Philharmonic, the 'Amsterdam Concert- gebouw, the local Little Orchestra. It is booked completely for next season, there is no replacement for it, and the loss of it would cut New Yorkers of! from about 300 major musical events every season Protests have poured in from singing; teachers, piano makers concert managers, and from Bidu Sayao, Leonard Bernstein, Claudis Stratford Symphony is actually the London Philharmonic; the Jewel Symphony is the London Symphony; Danube is the Vienna Philharmonic; Seine is the Paris Conservatory Orchestra; World Wide is the San Francisco Symphony; Century is the Chicago Symphony; Sussex is the Indianapolis; Maryborough is the Minneapolis Symphony; Globe is the National Symphony; Cosmopoli- isllenri Rene and his orchestra; Golden and regent are the RCA. Victor Symphony; Dominion is the Toronto Symphony. * * * DICK'S PICKS: Kitty Kallen , has a lovely revival, "Only For- I ever" (Decca). Others: "The I White Buffalo" (James Brown, I MOM); "Why Don't You Write * Me?" iJoyc* Bradley, Mercury); "Lies" (Jack Plels, Decca); "Bring Me a Bluebird" (Robert Clan', Epic); "Sixteen Tons" (Tennessee Krnie, Capital); "It's Almost Tomorrow" (David Carroll, Mercury); "Love Is Here u> Stay" {Carmen Mcllae, Decca); "When Boy Kiss Girl" (Ella Mae Morse, Capitol. Jazz for your jumpin' mood— Sauter-Fincgaii pi ay "Concert Jazz" IRCAi; Steve Allen's All- Star Jazz Conscrt. in two volumes Decca); English jazz on "Some Like It Hot" by Humphrey I.yttle- ton (Angel; "Jazz.: Reel, Hoi. and Cool" by the Dave Brufoeck Qnar (ct (Columbian Lionel Hampton with his Quartet and Quintet on Clef, and in his '45 Carnegie Hall CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled Ijy Publishers' Weekly) FICTION Marjorie Morningstar, Herman Wouk. Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson. Something of Value, Robert Ruark. Bonjour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan. NONFICTION Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. .The Power of Positive Thinking-, Norman Vincent Peale. How to Live 365 Days a Year, John A. Schindler. The Family of Man, Edward Steichen, A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall. Concert on Decca; Count Basle and Gene Krupa, both on Clef; Eddie Condon and his AllStars, on "Bixielnnd," play Six's favorites (Columbia). Great classical artists — the famed Albert Schweit/.cr, on Columbia, plays Bach organ music; Artur Rubinstein (RCA) plays the complete Chpppin Waltzes;Walter Giesekinjj (Angel) has two more in his collection of the complete piano works of Mozart; violinist Michel Rabin (Angel) plays Pa- gannini's Concert No. 1 and Gla- zounov's Concerlo. JACK STERLING "Make Up Your Mind." CBS-Radio: What does an efficiency expert do? Well, if a woman did it, it would be called nagging. LAS CRUCES. N.M. (/Pi— At Newj NORFOLK, Va. (iPl — Amateur Mexico A&M Collegj, they belie e' Magician Hyman Kroskin's four In the whit;w."sh system. It to:It' nl8S , ic coins disappsared-apparcnt- 700 freshmen students all day to whitewash the college symbol, the " Gradually, Camden is getting permission from artists to use their real names on their records. If you have Camden records, you might like .to know who's play- Algae can provide food high in) ing. so here's the list—Camden's protein and other necessary food I •—' elements suitable for human diet. The uberty Bcll wns cmcke(i in giving promise of saving future! 1835, while 'tollinff the death of populations from starvation. ' Chief Justice John Marshall. "A" high on the Mountains. nearby Organ ly for keeps this time. Kroskin reported s,omeone lifted them from his home along with a diamond pin RENT MOVIE CAMERAS FLASH CAMERAS Complete Selection of Flash Bulbs, Polaroid Film, Color Film, Movie Film BARNEY'S DRUG STORE 2006 W. Main Ph. 3-3647 G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. FUEL OIL u l Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Conny's Conoco Service, Ash & Division LP A NEW ADDITION TO OUR SERVICE FOR THIS COMMUNITY DELTA PROPANE CO. Gas Appliances Gas Installation Tractor Conversion Phone For Free Estimates! R. C. FARR & SONS Distributors PHILLIPS "66 PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Furnnce Oils — Kerosene — Gasoline — HD Motor Oil "Serving This Area For 25 Years" PHONE I'llONK 3-ifiia 400 S. Railroad, Itlylhevillr, Ark. .vism Amu. Pianist Arrau cabled (rom Vienna—the city which wasted hardly a day in rebuilding its famed opera house destroyed by the war —that the loss of the hall "would be another proof {to cynical Europeans) of American cultural barbarism." The hall opened In 1891, when Tchaikovsky was guest conductor. The present corporation, which took over in 1925, has spent a lot of money in modernizing the building; it now feels it can make more money if it sells, and the sale also would result in the settlement of several long-unsetded estates. Ownership by a non-profit organization would save music people some $85,000 a year in taxes, it is estimated. Concert managers have met to consider the problem. As a further publicity move, there will be a benefit concert Oct. 13 featuring the Symphony of the Air and the New York Oratorio Society. One scheduled number is the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, which the composer himself conducted at "le opening 64 years ago. th I th Literary Guidepost Great or Not, deGualle Writes Interesting Story THE CALL TO HONOUR: War Memoirs 1940-1942. By Charles de Gaulle. Translated from French by Jonathan Griffin, Viking. "Le grand Charles," they called him, and you took your choice, the "tall" or the "great" Charles, it might be cither; his own choice, said his detractors, was "great." A baffling figure, he had critics with whom we sympathized, but he had a record of which, often, we approved. Against the best military opinion, for instance of Petain, he advocated mobile, mechanized warfare — even Hitler seems to have learned from him. And it seems incongruous, though it isn't, to find in the midst of his precise, diplomatic, almost Latin prose, his chancellery speech, the frequent use of words straight out of garage and machine shop: "internal-combustion engine." In the war he once declared unequivocally: "Our greatness and our strength consist solely in intransigence concerning the rights of France. We shall have need of this intransigence up to the Rhine, inclusive." Intransigent he was, too, soon or late, with Churchill, Roosevelt, Hull; and it's hard not to regard as inexcusably high-handed some of the behavior of the Brit- sh in the Near East, and the Americans. Whether he writes of the heroic defense of Sir Hakeim, or of the conniving about Dakar, or about ;he spy who, returning from war- ime occupied Paris, brought to .Ime. da Gaulle a potted azalea he had risked his neck to buy on the Rue Royale, you read with the CHANCES MADE — This is the Peggy King you've seen on TV. Now there's a "new" one singing on comic George Gobel's TV show. Peggy's on a glamor kick and has taken off 10 pounds, had two front teeth capped and lightened her hair. keenest interets. Newest of the memoirs from the actual war, it has about it the dignified, unchallengeable cast of history itself. But it concerns some of the hottest wrangles and meanest messes that pestered Allied leaders. W. G. Rogers. trulsei. B a r i ii itimci. try Bob's Gypsy Rub Liniment Arillifcle at riiut ravnrile drug c«untei C. O. SMITH PRODUCTS CO. Dr. Charles L Craig Dentist Announces the Removal of His Office to 526 Chickasawba OFFICE HOURS: Daily—8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. 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