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THEATKICAL LETTER. CURRENT GOSSIP OF DOINGS IN STACELAND. TIM Triumphal Tour of th* Rlrali— Jail* Arthur Ilj» Gone to England with Mr. Irvine — Goodwin Off for Anitrulli. NE OF the most ' Important theatrical events of the past month has been the production by a star cast of Sheridan's Immortal comedy, "The Rivals." The performances included a tour through the prin- rallng the young Ju .tio: jvmnjr stay- nor is made the innocent cause, through a series of farcical complications, of keeping them apart, and at the same time is unconsciously made by Miss Mann the scapegoat of Fred Anderson's supposed transgressions. He Is made to go through a series of agonizing situations, repudiated by his friends, denied by his relations, and at the last moment, In a spirit of desperation, turns the tables on his tormentors, establishes his own Identity and the innocence of his friend, reunites the young lovers and unexpectedly finds his own affinity in Vesta's sister, Edna. The cast: Frank Staynor, Etienne Glrardot; James Fltzallen, H. B. Bradley; Fred Anderson, Albert A. Andruss; Byron McStuff, Charles Thropp; Soaper, Louis R. Grlsel; Vesta Fitzallen, Louise Douglas; Edna, Jessie Mackaye; Miss Mann, Reta Villiers; Mrs. Chetwynd, Beatrice Moreland; BASE BALL GOSSIP NOTES AND COMMENT OF TH NATIONAL CAME Klttredffc Alternate Behind the Ba —Pfeffer Will Make Hatters Interu lag tor the New York Club—I'ltche Cor man'i Good Work. clj>al cities, only one production being Betty, Sadie Carlisle. given In each place. These have attracted considerable curiosity, the cast being probably one of the moat remarkable ever secured. The production was purely a business speculation and probably will prove a successful one, for over $7,000 were netted at the New York performance alone. In this article are produced portraits of two of the players in their "make up." That talented young American actress, Julia Arthur, has returned to England with ifr. Irving and will remain a member of his company another year. She considers it the best •cfcooling she could possibly have, for —It must be said to his credit—if Irv- fsg; does not himself possess the divine •pork of genius, he knows what acting la and how to moid raw material. He to every inch an artist. Miss Arthur told the writer that it was a valuable "The Mystery of Agnes Page," play In four acts, by A. E. Lancaste and Nathaniel Harlwig, was acted to, the first time on any stage the other night at th* Schiller theater, Chicago 111., by Marie Walnwrlght and com pany. The action of .the play takes place in Virginia and New Orleans La,, just prior to the rebellion. The story hinges on the discovery that the heroine makes of a strain of Ethiopian blood in her veins and the strongest scenes in the drama are the struggles that the heroine has to decide for herself whether or not she should reveal the secret to her lover. The cast: Richard Carroll, Nathaniel Hartwig; Martem Oitonso, Barton Hill; Colonel Byrd, Alfred Burnham; Major Perrl- grine Tftitirew, Joseph E. Zahner; Harry Allaire,-Fulton. Russell; Socra- lewon in Itself merely to be present | tes . Howard West; Mrs. Van Dam, Hattle Russell; Lucy Halford, Gertrude Elliott; Mammy, Dorothy Thornton, and Agnes Page, Marie Wainwrlght. * * * Yvette Guilbert cannot be coming back to America, for if we are -ever to believe certain reports she has been saying very cruel things about this country. She thought the streets so horrid, especially those of Chicago, and she discovered that Americans had absolutely no Individuality. Thankless Yvette! Ungrateful Guilbert! The fact that Americans showed her so little "individuality" was her salvation. If certain sycophants had dared at -one of Irving's rehearsals, so elaborately does he study every little detail. She hopes to return here the Beason after next, when possibly she will star again. It will be remembered that it was during her first starring tour in the "Black Masque," about five years ago, that Miss Arthur made her reputation, * * + Nat C. Goodwin will start on his Australian tour In a few weeks, and •while at the antipodes he will try a new comerty entitled "Treadway of rale." by /i;pustus Thomas, who will I>e remembered as the author of that Charming open-air drama, "Alabama." Mr. Thomas has written several plays since he won fame with "Alabama," tut-none have achieved much success. Mr. Goodwin, however, thinks that his new comedy is even better than his first play. * + * - DeWoif Hopper has met with un- Questionable success with his new opera, "El Car<rtan." The music is by Bousa, the well-known band-master. and the book by Charles Klein, one of our brightest and most successful young dramatists. The operetta was produced at the Broadway theater last month and Is still running there to excellent business "The Leading Lady," a farcical comedy in three acts, by Michael Morton, was produced for the first time on any •tage recently at the Park City theater, Bridgeport, Conn. The story: Vesta ntzallen, an heiress, is engaged to marry Fred Anderson, a Harvard grad uate, who is in his first year's practice as a lawyer. Vesta and her young Bister, Edna, are orphans, and living with them is their uncle, James Fitz- Ellen, a young old oian, who is obliged to keep a very staid exterior on account of the watchfulness of Miss Maun, tho governess and companion oE Vesta. Miss Mann is a rabid man-hater and has educated Vesta in her new woman theories -to* look upon a|l men with suspicion. Vesta Is very much In love •with her intended husband, and has great faith in him, believing him to be an exceptional man, and is looking forward to a very happy summer at her home iu Rurnson, N. J. She has invited her dourest friend, Mrs, Chetwynd, a young widow, and her young IMOTHY C. Dona hue, who alternate with Klttridge a one of the regula catchers of the Chi cago team of th National Leagu and American As sociatlon, was born June 8, 1871, a East Taunton Mass., and learnet to play the national game at Taunton in that state, at an early age. After being connected with several amateur teams, and gaining considerable renown as a local catcher, he accepted his first professional engagement with the Boston club, of the American Association, in 1891. In 1892 he was with the Lowlston club of the Now England League. In 1893 he was with the Dover (N. H.) club. In 1894 he was engaged by Manager James H. Manning for his Kansas City team, of the Weetera League, taking part that year In one hundred and twenty-four championship games, all of which were played behind the bat, he tanking fourth us a ca.tch.er in the official averages of that organization. His fine •work that year, both at the bat and ns a catcher, attracted the attention of many major league clubs, but the Chicago officials were the fortunate ones in obtaining his services for the season of 1S05, and they have ever since congratulated themselves on their good luck. Donahue took part in sixty-two championship contests dur- ng his first season with the Chicagos and did such creditable woTk, both at he bat and as a catcher, that he was reserved and afterwards signed for his season. While not noted as a slugger, he is what is known RB a -timely batter, a steady and rellabl catcher, swift and accurate in his throwing to the bases, and one "who can face all Kinds of pitching with the greatest apparent ease. He stands 5 feet 11 inches In height and weighs about 170 pounds. Cut Prices If you want a 3 minute CREAM FREEZER, A BICYCLE, A REFRIGERATOR, A Screen Door, A Window Screen Or anything in the Hardware line at CUT PRICES, this week call on (As "The JOB JEFFERSON AS "BOB ACRES." ("The Rivals.") •nephew, who is still at college, Frank Btaynor, to be her guests for the summer. Frank Staynor has not yet met the Fitzallcns. but Is--jirvlted simply because he is Mrs. Chetwynd's nephew. The course of true love seems to be tunning smoothly, when suddenly love's young dream is shattered by Miss Mann, who. finding her position In Vest»'« household Imperiled by the approaching marriage, succeeds in sepa- I NAT C. GOODWIN. Sir Lucius O'Trigser in Rivals.") to be "InUivdiuul" Mile. Guilbert would not have had the ghost of a show in this country. Americans simply took Yvette Guilbert for granted and raved about her merely because Europe had done so. That, I presume, is what she wanted, and what she expected. There was really not much excuse for Mile..Guilbert in this country. I failed to see where her groat- ness came in, anil I said so, I liked her as an artist, but could detect nothing that was worth gushing about! In fact, I tried to show a dash of individuality and she hated It. Her manager, Tetldy Marks v was particularly indignant with me, and wanted to know if I had any particular desire to injure him. Now Mile. Gtiilbert assorts that the lack of individuality she met with here was exasperating. Isn't It funny? She held her pockets open and they were filled, while Americans flocked, like silly sheep following the European leader, to see her and hoar her sing songs which they didn't understand, and which would have disgusted tliem had they understood. If Guilbert had come to America a stranger, unheralded and unindorscd, Americans would have displayed considerable individuality, and it would have taken a form that would have caused Yvette many a bitter pnug. That form would have been empty houses, dissatisfied critics. Why this lady should take herself as a serious institution is something that I have never been able to discover. I can understand the success of Albert Chevalier, 1 can oven more readily comprehend the fad that Miss Fuller caused. Yvette GuiJbert should thank her lucky stars that she got away as she did and when she did, and if she takes my advice she will put on her thinking cap and think well and ardently before she contemplates another tour through this most inartistic land. OLIVE THANET. Before his re-entry into the Chicago club Fred PfeiTer was released by New York. He was laid off without pay sev- eral'weeks ago and.had threatened to bring suit against the club for this action. When President Freedman notified him that his services were no longer needed Fred asked for a ten days' notice, which would bring with it salary pro rata for that time, -but this was refused. Pfeffer then declared that he would not accept the release, but as Mr. Freedman immediately notified N, E. Young that Pfeffier had been released outrght he could do nothing further. The club's president said in explanation of the case: "Pfeffer cost this club nearly $2,000 for his release from Louisville and signed a high-salaried contract. He came here unfit to play ball and has been out of condition ever since. Da vis, our trainer, who Is experienced in handling such caies, says now tha Pfeffor is out of shape and never has been /It since the day he reached Jack- JOHN T. FLANEGIN'S, 310 Market Street. sonvllle. Pfeffer, under these circumstances, was not entitled to a ten days notice. He has been a disturbing element among the members of the team and was of no use to us. He has repeatedly asked for his release, and when he asked me for it he got it. Then he wanted a ten days' notice, and didn't get it." Pfeffer threatens to sue tbe club for the salary due up to date and declares that he has ail along been and Is now In proper condition to play ball. # * * The good work of Pitcher German ig the most promising thing to chron- ular work, turn out to be a winning Jitcher? Another player who is com- ng. right along with the procession is Billy Lush._ He has been given several opportunities lately in the field and has proved himself to be a good man with the stick and fast on the bases. He had become discouraged doing bench duty and requested Earle "Wagner to farm him out, so he could get into the game. Mr. Wagner, however, could not see it .that way, and told him not to be impatient, for he would not always decorate the bench. Pitcher Gus Weyhing has been re- Sybil Sanderson is engaged tor next season at tbe Imperial Theater, St. Petersburg,- where she will receive 100,000 francs for twenty performances. She Is now resting at Lake Como. T. C. DONAHUE, fcle about the Senatorial pitching staff, •writes a Washington critic. And we are beginning to ask, with John Saun- dnrs, "Why did New York release him?" In his first game he was knocked out of the box; at St. Louis he pitched one bad inning only; he let the Louisville club down with one hit in five innings, and then 'held tbe Colts down to three runs in eight innings. This steady improvement in German's case ought to mean something, and who knows but what he will, with ree- leased by Louisville. This was not a surprise to those 'on the Inside. It is said he was the highest-priced player on tho Louisville club. Gus pitched excellent ball this year. He defeated Chicago one game, holding them .down to five hits. He also beat Brooklyn a game, only seven hits being made oft him, Chicago and Brooklyn are certainly hard-hitting teams, and when-a pitcher holds them down with Louisville support he must be pitching- fine ball. Weyhing has many friends, Louisville being bis home, and all his friends hate to see him go. McGun- nlgle says no more releases will fol- ow, but It Is understood another pitcher and a catcher are listed for the ax. McFarland has been farmed out to Qulncy and Morrison and Clausen. released outright. Eustace is too ill to play. Klnslow has been signed. If he shows any form he will be retained; if not, someone else will be secured. This year the Cincinati team Is much stronger than last year. Rhines Is back to his old form, and the other pitchers are strong. Irwin is a big improvement over Arlie Latham, as he goes for everything, while the dude always drew the ill will of his fellow- players by shirking the fast grounders. * * * "Tommy" McCarthy worked tho outfield trap ball trick on the Cincinnatfs recently, and followed it by catching "Germany" Smith off second when the "Reds" short stop thought "Mac" might make another muff. Sporting Brlei't. 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