The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on October 19, 1926 · 6
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Tuesday, October 19, 1926
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THE. GAZETTE, MONTREAL, TUESDAY. OCTOHEIt 19. 1920. VOL. CtV. No. 250 HOUDINI MYSTIFIES LARGE AUDIENCE Hi : . v ill...: - I IVIuUIO. IllUblUIli dllU UAIJUoC of Fraud Mediums at Princess DUMAS PLAY PRESENTED "Francillon" at His Majesty's Imperial FeatureDance Act Varied Fare at Loew's . Houdini kept a capacity audience livystilicd and entertained during his performance at the Princens Theatre laft night. "The Master Mystilier1' is unique ficnrn in the tlieainoai worm combination of wizard, comedian ""f:KIIe order with an interpretation of evangeliwt. His production is not j ..CoIegjate- tnat is ridiculously merely a succession of c,ev'ef funny. In contrast the minuet num- perfornwd by an .:xnert sleiglit-oi- b,p vrovea a charming introduction. hand artist; it is an excums comesi between Houdini's fingers ana tne ; . watchful eyes of his audience, "f : you catch on to my trlcka, it doesn"t mean that I'm bad, but tnat youie good:" Houdini tells his audience. And he then proceeds to keep them guessing. ' ' Throughout his performance he keeps up a running stream of good humored chatter spiced 'with a ;mta-iizinff challenge which adds much to its dramatic quality. The fact that for over two hours and u half he holds his audiences rapt attention in what is practically a one-inau show, speaks for itself. Houdini's entertainment is divided into three distinct parts magic, illusions, and an expose of fraud mediums. Probably his most interesting offering is his reproduction of a fraudulent meiliiimistic seance. With tho help of bona fide members of the audience he stages a complete seance i in which he gets written messages , fnn-. .V, ih'it nuti-um,! bis vnl- I unteer assistants with their insight. He also gets messages for numer-1 ous persons in the audience, many of whom are prominent in tne social anu commercial life of Montreal. These messages presupposed an intimate knowledge of the doings of these nprsnns. Houilini then "exposes" the means by which he has been able, to get his information and deliver these "spirit" messages means .which are within reach of any quack who desires to fleece an innocent public of its money. In the realm of magic, Houdini produces girls, birds, and rabbits with equal facility out of what appears to be thin air, while his tricks in which knots tie and unite them- 1 n-mr olllr ano tTroa BeOTrtinwIv DCItCS Jit frttj Oil" 'JVC. . ... .....c..,, of their own volition maka his audience doubt their own eyes. One of the most remarkable feats of the evening is a trick of illusion which Houdini syallow3 five packages of needles and a long thread of silk which he later pulls out of his mouth with all the glistening needles threaded on it at Ve-gular intervals. Ho puts a young woman into a Chinese torture cell, cuts her into quite convincing pieqes, after which she emerges dancing! . Fallowing last night's performance the audience would have, been content to remain for hours; asking Questions and discussing spiritualism. ' Alter an open lorum nouuini uaae his audience goodnight, declaring that his offer of $10,009 to charity, in case any medium could produce phenomena which he could not duplicate , by natural means, held good in Mont- r real. ' PLAYED "FRANCILLON" ; Porte St. Martin Company in Play by Dumas, Junior. "Francillon," one of the last, but least known, in Montreal at any rate, of Alexandre Dumas fils' plays, was presented by the Porte Saint -Martin players at His Majesty's on Sunday, and will be continued for tho first half of this week. It dates from 18S7, and it has the atmosphere Ing some excellent scenes from the hal de 1'opera, and many of those temperamental dialogues and scenes of domestic tribulations ot that time and all time. Tho play gives Mme. "Germaine Dermoz another onnnrtunltv of de monstrating her remarkable art. The leading woman of the company was repeatedly and spontaneously ap- ception of the temperamental role of the jealous wife, who, outraged by the faithlessness of her husband, decides to make an end of things by doing unto him as he has been doing unto her. ... M. Pierre Magnier, as Stanislas, gave a line performance in his do! lhcri an1 flntahoH mo nnup f Ttay-a Almette, as Lucien de Riverolles, also showed his great progress over two years ago, when he visited Montreal. The smaller part. , of the in genue was played with intelligence ana sympatny by Mile. Antoinette Giroux, formerly of Montreal. DANCE ACflS FEATURE Terpsichorean Art Has Able Exponents at Imperial Variety is the keynote of the pro choked. A little Glllett' Lr will probably clear It In a few atinuUa. Scar f ether a see arrant tha aanitary bome. GILLETTS PURE FLAKE' - LYE c fjh Ifttidtttwst-fji'lj for cleanliness ' Jl I when the ink drain t gramme at the Imperial this week in a bill that has much to commend it. Dancing, singing, comedy and juggling are included, while Hope Vernon :adds genuine distinction by her songs. Billed as an international musical comedy prima Uonna, Miss Vernon lives up to her reputation, and her voice has a quality that dig- nifies her selections. .Perhaps tier pe culiar ability is best shown in her French number with Its hint of coquetry, which is further accentuated by the indisputably French cut of her gown. In addition, Miss Vernon interprets Jazz with just enough dash and a voice that adapts itself readily to changes of mood. Florence Gast and Company, as the feature act of the evening, offer some good dancing, and the costumes deserve more than a passing com- ' ment. All types ot dancing are represented, the most original being a military number by Miss Gast and hp'-company, garbed as soldiers. In her solo dances Miss Gast shows much .skill and a charm that is undeniable. Her company' is well chosen and no detail is spared to lend finish to the performance. Comedy enters with the McKenna Trio with a rain-storm and slickers to usher in the act. Thus equipped they do some playing and singing, concluding their act with Hilarious humor that arouses the audience to a high degree of merriment. Kramer and Fields continue on much the concluding, they give a performance i.m,.v iiniinm" rinnrn that has eclipsed the Charleston, and which certainby surpasses it in the strenuous feat of execution. To the accompaniment of a funeral march, Kramer and Boyle make a woeful entrance which they overcome with a continuous line of patter that has a suggestion of Will Rogers. The Three Swifts provide the juggling for the evening with a remarkable . display of skill and a goodly portion of humor. Vera Reynolds stars , in "Sunny Side Up," the . photoplay for tho week, holding a brief for optimism. GOOD VAUDEVILLE FARE Loew's Also Show Lon Chaney in His First Big Picture Lon Chaney gives a remarkable performance in "The Trap," which opened at Loews Theatre, bunday. Th:ttrn nflfrnns who KI1W him in "Outside the Law," "The Unholy Three," "The Road to Mandalay," and other recent successes will agree j , tnar. in ins rrap , nis una aiumns vehicle, he achieved something that ! has not been exceeded by his later . work. Given an exceptional story to 'start with, Chaney's characterization of Gaspard, composite of hero and I villnln. lifts the nroduction into the ' ranks of really notable successes of the screen. "The Trap" tells tho story of a man who was turned from a trusting child of nature into a vindictive man whose one aim in life is to wreak vengeance on the one who stole his mine and lured awav his sweetheart, How he accomplishes his revenge is a masterpiece of dramatic technique. "The Vaudeville Limited," the feature act on the bill, is a pot-pourri of dance, songs and violin selections. Benny Barton, producer of the act. gives an excellent impersonation of! Herman Tim berg in a routine of difficult dance steps. There are also several Adagio numbers well done. Wilton and Weber, two clever comics, keep everyone in a good humor. Ulis and Clark , are most acceptable in song numbers, while Fred La Reine and Co., with their electrical novelty, create plenty of fun. Gilbert .: and Caryl score well with their old-time songs, and ihc Erar.iinos, irisjica! pierots, are called for repeated encores of their musical offering. iAT THE GAYETY "Round the Town" Is Attrac-1 tive Entertainment At the 6ayety Theatre,. Sunday evening and again yesterday, the seating capacity was taxed to the limit. The attraction is "Round the Town" and features FYed Fall Binder, Hebrew character comediiui. Binder keeps the audience laughing from the time he goes on the stage until he leaves. He has a supporting cost that-makes "Round tjie Town'" one of the speediest shows of the season. Gladys Clarke, leading woman, possesses personality, a good ainginpf voice and is a cyclone of speed in her dancing numbers. The Smith Sisters also have the knack of putting over their numbers and receive many encores. Others in the oast include Ruby UeMilo, Jack Le Due, Tim Benson and Pat McCarthy. Ths chorus is well trained and :i particularly clever feature was the dance act entitled "The Big Parade." The scenic effects and costumes are noteworthy. Baptist Social Service Toronto, October 18. Rev. Dr. M. F. McCutcheon, presenting the Social Service committee report of the Baptist convention here to-Jay, said that social service was nothing more than the social functioning of the Gospel, and that all should be prepared to apply this Gospel In the market place as well as in the prayer meeting. "The temperance forces of the country," the report continue!?, "ought to make renewed demands for heroic measures looking toward the prohibition ot the manufacture, as well as the importation into prohibition provinces, of alcoholic liquor for beverage purposes." , The financial statement showed a favorable balance and an increase in contributions of 14 per cent, over last year. BRIDGE ROAD WANTED Quebec Will Seek to Interest Premier King Quebec, Oct. IS. Immediately upi on the return of Premier. King from England, steps will be taken to Interest the federal Government in the project to establish a roadway across the Quebec bridge. . This step was tentatively " agreed upon this morning following a conference between His Worship Mayor Martin and members of the Quebec bridge roadway committee of the Board of Trade. J. O. Morin, chairman of the committee, actigd as spokesman for the delegation, and stressed the need for early action on this important project. In reply Mavor Martin de- Salvation Army Change St. John, N.B., Oct. 18. An important Salvation Army announce ment was made today by Col. one! Adby, of Toronto, here on his way to a congress in Halifax. It le said that Commissioner Sowton, hea of the Army in Canada, has received orders transferring him to easterr Australia.' He will leave for there next month. The Itoman Emperor HeliocabaluB once served 600 ostrich bruins at a banquet. j MARY PICKFORD GOOD irSPARROWS' Starred in Film of Suspense, Thrills and Human Interest at Capitol "PEP" WEEK AT PALACE Film, Music and Variety Entertainment Strike Lively Gait in Second An- nual Feature , Mary Pickford is sure to her fans in her latest picture, "Sparrows," which Is being shown at tho Capitol this week, ltue Mama dioiij, wnu motnera ten miseraoie cnimien uu mo baby farm, is a typical, Mary PICK ford part. Her slight figure in its short ragged dress and her swinging golden braids make her a most appealing person as she pluckily protects and tenderly mothers sthe brood of babies not much younger looking than herself. The picture serves not only as a character vehiclo for the star, but is rich in thrills, suspense and human interest. A miserly old villain makes his money by starving; the "children entrusted to his care on a baby farm in the southern swamplands. Ills vtards include;.one wealthy baby who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Hearing that tho police are on his trail, he plans to- throw the child in the swamp. There follows one of the most breath-taking chases ever produced in the movies. Mama Molly with her "family" attempt to cross the swamp, over bottomless bogs, and across rotten logs below which hungry alligators wait openmouthed. But buoyed up, both literally and figuratively by Molly, the terrified youngsters make dry land and, eventually, a happy haven. The children in this film appear to be absolutely unaware of tho camera. Their pitiable plight seems a reality. For their acting is not, as is usual with juveniles, a series 0f 80if conscious posturlngs. The photography is excellent in the bleak farm barn and in the sinister swamp- with its rank vegetation. The Capitol Symphony Orchestra unoer j. j. uaguicr is wen iue.veu jin the finale from Tsch.iUowsky's Fourth Symphony and Irish reel by Percy Grainger. Art. Fowlei. "King of the Uke," proves his right to the title In some snappy numbers; while the Capitol Juveniles show what the younger generation can do. They feffer an ambitious programme with K ith piano, violin, cello, jong and dance selections. "PEP" AT THE PALACE Vim Marks Action of Film, . Music and Performers "Pep!" This is one thing there is Andrew Fleming Esq . , ' Montreal . Chairman Federated '' Charities Campaign. my mind? 1927 - ' in abundance this week at the Palace. In addition to the usual attractions, the manager George Rotsky has arranged a special "pep" week programme which lasts for one hour, during which there is not ono dull minute. Snappy songs, jazzy music and peppy dancing by artists who possess not only talent but also the dynamio trinity of vim, vigor and vitality combine to make this second annual pep week a complete success. The performers include thj Melody Kings, Baby Esther, Al Edwards, the five Pepper girls, Sonia Baylln, Viola Miller and Meagher and Sylvester, the eccentric dancers. The film feature, "So this is Paris," also enters into the spirit of the celebration. It is a most amusing, nicely naughty comedy, cleverly produced and competently actel. Laid i in Paris, the plot Involves two married couples, a doctor and his wife and a dancer and his wife. The I beginning of the four-cornered tri angle is drawn when the doctor' wife, while reading a'shiek" romance; j looks out of her window anJ sees In I the window across the road, a man in a turban, lie is merely the dancer pressed for a rehearsal, but ahe thinks he Is the real thing. Soon after the doctor discovers that the dancer's wife is an old flame of his. As each person is really fond ot his and her other half, discretion is practised in the pursuit of these amours. The possibilities for amusing situations are endless and "So this Is Paris" makes use of all the brightest ones, j Monty Elue as the doctor is delightful, sophisticated and Parisian. He ' proves to be as clever a comedian ;as a character actor. Patsy Ruth 'Miller is bewitching as his wife. .Her palvtomime is delicious and nor gowns j Tne Palace orchestra under Q. Agostlni is enjoyable, as usual: while a rollicking comedy, the nmv3 ami some fillers complete an exceptionally good bill. , ' FIRST SNOW I LURRY . Montreal's Effort Later , Turned to Rain A snow flurry, the first ot tho rumont season, last evening, remimi- i ed Montreal that winter is not far j away. The flakes wore noticed 'in I the air shortly after dark, but mek-j ed immediately on touching the ground. Later the fall changed Jnto a light rain. Two points in the Lauitntians reported slight enow falls on Sunday and Friday. On Sunday morning a few snow flurries fell at LabelLo and later in the day at Ste. Agathe. ARMED POSTAL GUARQS 'Million Dollar Grant Sought by U.S. Postmaster Washington. Oct. 18. Ono million dollars will be sought by Postmas ter-General New for the organization, training and equipping of an armed force within the postal service to protect tho mails . from banditry. He announced today he would submit the request for funds before Director Lord of the budget bureau tomorrow, and ask Unit it bo transmitted to Congress. There are about 7,000,000 dogs in he ITnited States. i Why Shouldn't I The 0. Pen Montreal, My dear. Sir:.. N , - " Here is a confession - I used to be very lukewarm towards the Federation plan for raising money for our charities. 1 ,.. - What changed my opinion? Two things in the main: Firsts I admit that Federation has proved, from the experience of the first and each subsequent Campaign, that it costs far less money to finance .the oharities through the Federation plan than it di.d under the old plan of competitive collecting. 'Second, I have found that the services rendered by some of the Federation agencies, with whioh I was familiar-before Federation, have improved immensely since Federation. - Under the ciroumstanoes, why shouldn't 31 Charities in Federation will depend for their current expenditures during 1927 entirely on the. Federation Campaign. You are asked to give once a year for 31 agencies. Less than three cents of your dollar will be deducted for the cost of raising-and distributing the Campaign Fund. "FINANCIAL; '. FEDERATION CAMPAIGN Hu.lquarte.-t liuuruce Eichanie Building, 190 St. Jimu Street, Tel. M. 1031 SKETCHED GROWTH . OF HARBOR BRIDGE P, L. Pratley, Consulting Engineer, Addressed Northern Electric Engineering Club ITS HISTORY TRACED Size of Structure Cleverly Contrasted With Montreal Buildings by Means of Slides Engineers are too busily occupied In building the Montreal Harbor Bridge to evince "interest in the interminable controversy over its name, P. L. Pratley. of the engineering firm of Monsarrat and Pratley, intimated to the members of the Northern Electric Engineering Club at the Engineers' Institute last night, Mr. Pratley is consulting engineer for the bridge. The speaker disposed of the question of the name of the bridge with his opening words. "The Montreal Harbor Bridge; or the Montreal South Shore Harbor Bridge, or any of the names that you want to give it, Is becoming nearer and nearer to being a bridge every1 day." He said that lately he had been honored with a visit from tho man whom lie considered at first the Ideal citizen -the man who claimed to have never written to the press suggesting a name for tho bridge. It developed, however, Mr. Pratley said, that the man did have a suggestionto make, and the name 'whlh no championed happened to bo ono that at least six correspondents had offered in local newspapers. Mr. Pratley's lecture entitled "Progress in Construction of the Montreal. Harbor Bridge," was liberally illustrated with lantern slides. f 2,000 insurance doubled in caae of accidental death coM only f1.20 at the age of 35, and require NO MEDICAL EXAMINATION for wlect male tuks. Write for details. INSURANCE J. J. KOBICII.trn. It Placa dMrntea, Change My Mind? Mind Co, -P. Q. October 19th, 1926. Yours truly, . B . A. Goodman. which furnished a lucid record Of the growth of the bridge from its beginnings In May, 1925, almost up to the present time. The slides were also explanatory of some of the more complicated and difficult aspects of the work. - Hclremlnded his audience that the whole question of the paramount Importance to Montreal ot an auxiliary to Victoria Bridge was placed .sharply in relief by the fire In the present bridge in 1920, which cut trans-St. Lawrence vehicular traffic oft for some days. The incident, while inconvenient rather than extremely serious, suggested what damage of a more radical nature to the bridge might mean. Committees were formed that same year and soon after, one which was headed by the late Lord Shaughnessy approached the engineering firm and plans were Initiated. The inadequacy of Victoria Bridge, which had not been built In anticipation of automobile traffic, made Itself fell seriously for the first time In 3S09. It was in that year, the speaker declared, that the automo v.n Kocran Iff 1 n 1 1 1 v tn nrove a fnc tor In the consideration of traffic problems. Now, of course, Victoria Bridge Is hopelessly incapablo of car rylng the traffic properly. POSSIBILITIES Of REVENUE. Possibilities of revenue from auto traffic were tremendous. Mr. Pratley said. Philadelphia and Vancouver, in name two well-known instances, had found that their most optimistic estimates had been liopeleosy under the mark. ' "we can propnesy," ne declared, "that this new bridge in five or six years will pay out of auto revenue for itn upkeep, wtej-est nn monev. and depreciation. In ten or perhaps twelve years amortization should be complete." Mr. Pratley explained the choice of the site of the bridge, avoiding the crossing ot rit.wny tracKB. i.:-chine canal and -x congested section of ihe city. He sliowe.l. witn me a:o r,f slides, the couatruf Hon ot tho piers, the sinklir.; ot caissons, the i-or.ipletlon of p'.or 16 last .fuly, the first completed rU r. A scale sketch of the bridge blch central span show ed the Mouiti Hoval Hotel fitting un der the lowest oteol, the new court house a mere trlfn? bvlow it and it nor large buildings of Montreal equally inbignlficant bcuido it. The roadway, lie said, accommodates four lines of heavy trucks running abreast, then there are two bps? com large enough for street cats, and Wide sidewalks on both sides. p COMPANY Provincial Manacrr N . Montreal, Que. I change . r 1927 VISITED SHERBR00KE Boards of Trade Delegates on Way to St. John, N.B. Sherbrooke, Oct. 18. Delegates of the Canadian boards of trade, no route to St. John, N.B., where a convention is to be held, stopped off here this afternoon and paid a four-hour visit to the city. Arriving at the Canadian Pacific Railway station at 2 o'clock, they were met by members of the local Board of Trade and escorted to the council chambers of the City Hall, where they were officially welcomed by Mayor J. K. Edwards. 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