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XOTES OF THE STAGE, CURRENT NEWS AND COMMENT IN STAGELAND. A I*»w Government office for tho rurli Grand Opura—H»mlot Con»u»ln» ttif P»rUI»ni—Dorothy Morton'i Succeii-- Footllght riMhei. WO theatrical events are just now exciting much Interest In Paris, a rather unusual oc- c u r r e nee at this time of the year. They are the creation o£ a new gov- • eminent office, that O .2 of the official "chief _ ~"' of the claque" at the grand opera, and a change made by the censor's office in the French 'translation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," The claque is an Institution so thoroughly Parisian that a premiere in the grand opera would probably be pronounced a dead failure were It not for the claque. It is the business of the chief to begin all demonstrations of approval at the .proper moment, and he carefully Instructs la their duties ils thirty or more assistants, who are distributed all over the -house. From now on the chief of the claque, will be an official appointed by the government, -who receives the sum of 800 francs ($160) per month, and who can dispose of thirty tickets for seats at every performance. It Is not for the first time either that a "master of applause" was on the .staff of this world- famed institute. Under the second empire a similar berth was made for Por- get, the incomparably great Forget, who bore the proud title of "Entrepreneur des succes dram-atlques," which means something like "purveyor of dramatic successes." This Forget was a very prominent personage, undeniably one of the most important of the so-called "Tout-Paris." He was intimate with all principal singers—with lesser lights he lost none of his valu- Bble time—and knew every composer, poet and artist of any account. He had heen for a long time a friend of Alexander Dumas, the father, but longed to address him with the more familiar thou and thee One day he proposed this greater familiarity to Alexander Dumas, who imniitilately took advantage of the offer and asked him •with a very pleasant smile: "Why, certainly, my dear Forget, but thou •wilt loan me 2,000 francs, won't thou?" "Of course." answered Forget, more than happy at Dunns' thou, "better take 4,000," and he could well afford it. Ferret had an income variously estimated at from 60,000 to 100,000 francs <|12,000 to 120,000), While he lived modestly he did a great deal for the advancement of art. not only by means of his claque, but opening his purse to all his comrades. These comrades included every Important person in the theatrical and literary arena. He was proud of "his opera," and considered himself one of its most Important officers. A Fitr Wentuni Clifimrtep Comedienne. . Success is often achieved by tracing the footsteps of those who have become successful, writes" an admirer of Miss Lucia "&. Griffin's talents and work. The students and lovers of the art of mimicry will doubtless 'be profited ty a glimpse of this wonderful genius, who has no superiors in her chosen field, and who is a superb model for nil who wish to attain success In this direction. Being still active amid the most brilliant achievements while yet In the bloom of youth, her fame bids fair to encircle the globe. A native of Iowa, she is the embodiment of western energy, intelligence and enterprise. Nature's open book has ever been lier great study and inspiration. This peerless little artist has thrilled and cou- Tulsed the largest audiences from New York to San Francisco, from Winnipeg to Old Mexico. The secret of her success lies in her lofty genius, and her- determination to excel. Richly endowed with a versatility that is simply marvelous, she has added much by culture and experience. Her impersonations and sketches are Inimitable. She IB at once the fretful, crying infant; the prattling, laughing child; the rollick- Ing, saucy girl; the romping recklesa, LUCINDA GRIFFIN, whimpering boy; the faithlea*, deceitful coquettish 'inaiden; tho .prim, tashr lon'able, society belle; the loving, trusting, confiding sweetheart; the, rural, .untutored, artlcBB woman;- 'the- care- CTorn, sorrowful matron; the aged, tottering grandmother; the pompons child of wealth and luxury; the shriveled, pinched and haggard miser; UM pious, hopeful »lnt; the wretched and blackened. criminal. In short, In her face, form and oortume In quick BUC- 'cewion may to seen alt; the mirth and mischief of artl«f» ehlUfcood in ita .COunt|eif/bhM«i. tl»tt:ibfipow. J »or,,.- ''. it • " i.'v':\ i'-.' 1 '^,"-. ''•'• '-,,\ »ijr>'^;>w\. ''i'"/"j.' i\ ',, •' v '."' of mt ."• —t • . row and decrepitude of age; the joy and triumph of the blesged, the hopelessness and despair of .the damned; calm and storm, light and darkness, every human passion, every phase of juman llfo and character, all painted with unerring accuracy. She has been aptly styled "a medley of marVels." Dorntliy Morton'. 8ucocit> Dorothy Morton has, In a short time, gained distinction In the Held of cpmi'c opera. Even in childhood, at her home In St. Louis, Mo., she devoted all of her spare time to the study of music and to the cultivation of her voice. She made her professional debut in the chorus of a comic opera company. She next joined Hallen & Hart's "Later On" company, in which she met with considerable success. She afterwards joined David Henderson's "Bluebeard" company, and the following winter she became understudy for Adele Ritchie, in "The Algerians." When her opportunity came to assume the role, her success led to»her selection as prima donna of "The Fencing Master" company. Last fall she received flattering praise for her singing In "Dorothy" at the Standard theatre, New York, and later In the season she gained much faime for her singing with Frank Daniels, in "The Wizard of the Nile." Miss Morton is at present prima donna in Paul Steindorff and Thomas Ebert's opera company, now performing in the east. Hamlet In Furl*. "Hamlet" has been added again -to the repertoire of Uie Theatre Francais, and a line In It caused serious misgiving In the mind of the censor present at the dress rehearsal. In the original English the answer to Hamlet's ques- DOROTHY. MORTON. tion to the grave digger:"How joiig will a man lie to the earth ere he rot?" is "Faith, if he be rotten before he die, he will last you sotrie eight year, or nine year; a tanner will last you nine year." Hamlet continues: "Why he more than another?" whereupon the grave digger answers: "Why, sir, his hide is so -tanned with his trade that he will keep out water a great while; and water is a sore decayer of your dead body." In the French translation the philosophic grave digger says the'following: "Un corps pcut vous durer de trols a hult annees. Par example un tanneur se conserve sept ans." ' ("A corpse will last from three to eight years. For instance, a tanner will last seven years.") Why the translators, Meurice and Dumas, when they wrote this verse, should have changed the number of years from the original English is difficult to understand, but it Is certain when they wrote these lines they did not Intend to attack the trade of the tanner In ' particular, which President Faure once followed, nor upon the seven years' terra of a French president. But when these words, now fully fifty years old, were heard from the stage, everybody in the hoiife smiled or chuckled. No doubt everybody -thought of President Faure and his seven years of office when the grave, digger spoke of the tanner who will Last seven years. The police official representing the bureau of censors immedlatelywent to see the manager of the Theatre Francais, Jules Claretie, who, In order to oblige the president, ordered the actor taking the part of grave-digger to say from then on: "For Instance, a tanner will last nine years," as in the original version. At the first performance on Saturday, June 13, the actor, whether on purpose or by mistake, repeated the offensive "seven years," placing particular emphasis upon the words "tanner" and "seven years." As 'a consequence Manager Claretie has ordered this and the following four lines struck out of the grave digger's part. Fnotllght Vlaibrl. ', New York has six roof gardens. London has over thirty music halls, Bettina GIrard is to appear In London. ... The Nawns will star In "Shantytown." Mark Hanna owns a Cleveland theatre. J. M. Barrie is dramatizing "The Little Minister." Jane Hading is to play the leading rolo In "A Tragic Idyll." The best seats for a performance at Hamilton, Ont,, last -week cost fifteen cents. Miss Ellta Proctor Otis will play the adventurers next season In "The Sport- Ing Duchess.!' In 1878 Souea played a violin in the orchestra of the Arch Street theatre,- Philadelphia. Miss Johnstone Bennett and ,81 Miller Kent will soon present short sketches in the vaudevilles. "Rip Van Winkle," with music by Planquette, .la to be the next baltet.at. the London Albambra. Miss Velborg Anderson, prima donna of the Copenhagen Royal Opera, Denmark, was once a hospital nurse, A Weton operetta, "Glani»dj;jrtraa- lopd," by D. W. Rowlandi, i»Aoon:to b« published in.the THE POPULAR SPORT BICYCLING HAS CAPTIVATED THE COUNTRY COMPLETELY.. Tho 'Relation at Having to Accldont.il Iaiuri»nco—Q. W. Utwklni' Rncoril — Murphj Abroad — Invoncinciitn In Wheell—Hcmll of Burden. HE.relation of bicycle racing to accident insurance IB the subject of a re- centdecislon by the a p p ellate division of the supr erne court which is of considerable practical interest and 1 mp o,r tan c e to w h e elmen. The National Accident society of New York Issued an accident policy to one John I. Keefe. Mr. Keefe was a wheelman and sustained Injuries while riding In a bicycle race, on account of which he broughtsuit against the Insurance company upon his policy. That Instrument contained a clause In these words, "This policy shall not extend to or cover Injuries resulting from voluntary overexertion, either voluntary or unnecessary exposure to danger, or to obvious risk of injury." The company asked the trial court to dismiss the complaint on the ground that this exception necessarily embraced the act of riding in a bicycle race, because a competitor in such a contest, from .Its very nature,- voluntarily overtaxed himself or exposed himself to danger or obvious risk of injury, willfully and •without necessity. The Judge before whom the case was tried refused to hold that participation in a bicycle race was, as matter of law, a violation of the policy, but left it to the Jury to say. The Jury found in, favor of Mr. Keefe, and the National Accident society took the ch.se up to the appellate division for review. The appellate division upheld tpe verdict. This decision may be regarded as establishing the proposition t nat participation In a bicycle race doesj not operate as a legal bar to the recovery of accident insurance on account of Injuries sustained In the contest. WhMJi il lianiti of Burden. When a bicyle carries a man -weighing at least 185 pounds, a large bundle of wall paper, a collapsible table, such as is used by paper hangers, a filled dinner pall and a kit of tools, It might properly be called a "beast of burden." This Is what a 22-pound bicycle transported over the granite blocks of the streets of the business center a few days ago. Those who saw the load did not know whether to admire most the stanch little wheel or the ingenuity displayed by the wheelman In arranging and balancing his mixed burden. The paper hanger, who pedaled through the streets with his paper and tools, had his rolls of wall paper hanging in a sling from ' his shoulder. H!B table was strapped to the horizontal tube of the bicycle frame with one end sticking two feet beyond -the handlebar. His dinner pall was tied securely to the handle bar >nd his kit of tools was hung in front directly over the forward wheel. Apparently he was .In no wise inconvenienced by the load, nor did the table seem to Interfere with his pedaling. G. A. Btwklni. The members of the Red Bank (N. J.) Wheelmen are very enthusiastic over the excellent work of one of its members, George A. Hawkins. Hawkins is somewhat of an athlete, and for'sev- eral years he followed the cinder path and was a sprinter of some note. Late last season he took to bicycle riding. His first contest of any note was in a twenty-flve-mlle-road race, under the auspices of the Red Bank Wheelmen, on Washington's birthday. Some of the best riders In Eastern New Jersey competed. During the race Hawkins led the procession, but when -within a few miles of the finish his bicycle GEQRGE.A. HAWKINS.- chain broke and he was thrown from ; hlB wheel. Not lacking in .grit, he secured another wheel,, picked up much lost time, and finished a close third. Thanksgiving day he contested in :a- .meet at Lakewood, and brought home with him two prizes. This yew his winnings promise "to be numerous. Recently he" took part in the races at 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 JOHN T. FLANEGIN'S, 310 Market Street. and consisted of some' of the best rldera In the Middle States. Hawkins brought home with him about $90 worth of prizes. In tho one-mile race, which he won, his time was 2:19. So far hie winnings at Waverly and Trenton are over $100. The Wonderful Wheel. In all the wonder story of commerce and money dealings from the days of the Phoenicians there is no chapter so astounding as that which tells of the bicycle. A toy, It has overturned the trade of nations within the compass of flve fleeting years. Serious people laughed at it and called the folks who rode it "feather brains." Today those same serious people have recalled their capital from world-wide enterprises and started It anew In the bicycle business to save themselves from commercial shipwreck. The whirring of these cobweb wheels has been like the spider's spinning—silent, wonderful. Fortunes have been made as If -by magic.- There have been South Sea bubbles and" fevers of gold and coal and oil. But all this history of money manias shows no parallel to the bicycle fever. It has set civilization by the ears. Trade is today a hodge podge, .and no man, If all men are to be believed, is making money except the man who makes -the bicycle. Moreover, no man can tell where it will end. The facts and figures are appalling. Commerce, for all Its keen vision, cannot read them ariJtht. Five yeaw . .CHARLEY: MURPHY, ago, in this whole, wide country, not 60 000 bicycles were made or sold, ana the BOlld, stolid business men made mock of the "playthings." Mark the change. In this year of grace and pneumatic tlrea, four-fifths of a million of wheels will b< United .States alone: , the bicycle trade gay that an average 'price for these machines IB.$80. tiolr. There will have been 166,000,- , '.r •• ... • . ^1_ - TY-ltA/4 .Cfof*M AQENTS AT LOGANSPORT FOR I — Headache, Nervousness! Ill the result of thinking where I can Und a fine 6- sent cigar. 2—Wonder -wuat the COM MERCIAL ifl-centflgar is like Ewrjone praises it. 3-Wnat evoTon* be right. I'll trj lt,.anjwM- 4—It's flne! Aroma, like the honeysuckle! 5-A good voice Is'a luxury prtzod te women; but the COMMERCIAL JO cent and ALL STOCK 5-^cent cigars are etpeclullr prized b; men. 6-A lot of bsrmlera «hU- aratlon In the COMMERCIAL Hkxsnt. and ALL STOCK 6- otntelirars-MTd by SeJaffer * ScklUiai-a boqnet flayer that «ant be beat. Excuse me for smlllng-can't help It. Bicyclists Attention! After taking a long ride remember PORTER has the coolest and BEST SODA IN THE CITY. Stevens & Bedwards, lambing,- Gas Fitting, Hot Water and Steam Heating p HYDRANTS, HOSE, HOSE GOODS, And All Kinds Of LAWN SPRINKLERS. GAS AND ELECTRIC FIXTURES. STEAM AND BRASS GOODS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION.