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II f I t2V the First Fighters. H ll I j ! THE DAIRY FARM. !' ' 7 1 1 Tne engagement of the quaint rural comedy, , j ' 7 ll "The Dairy Farm," begins next Monday evening ' ' ; 1 at tne Salt Lake Theatre, and runs for three I s ' ' I nights and a 3 o'clock matinee. It is of the whole-, whole-, , i I some, lnimorous-nature type and appeals HR m ,j jjj to all sorts of theatre-goers and offends no Be! 1 1. f ' f 1 one- It has a healthy moral, radiant humor, ap-BimJ ap-BimJ ,SJ pealing love interest and perhaps more than any mt T I 4 3 1 other American play .of rural life, depends much R' ' IIS upon atmosphere, picturesqueness and fidelity of H I ' j Nil characterization. Its scenes are laid in upper B ! ij . pi New York state in the early '50s, a period when B ! , il the country was making history and preparing for Bj , I '1 a great civil conflict. The slavery issue, con-jH con-jH , I vulsing the country during the presidential carnal. carn-al. , 4 1 paign which resulted in the defeat of the gallant K! ' ' 2 i pathfinder, Fremont, is a vivid factor in the dra-B'l dra-B'l jij I matic development of the story. One of the most m K I ' thrilling episodes is an old fashioned rally in B f i ' jjj I which the abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates B! 1 1 1 j ! were in opposing array. Great pains have been B ' h a f I I taken to stage "The Dairy Farm" accurately and j i i I well, and to produce the quaint costumes of half B. ''!$. 1 a century ago. The .antique furniture and farm mt ' j J 1 paraphernalia will be realistic. In the cast will B j 11 j I be several character players who appeared in all B I If the Eastern city runs. Among them are Theo. T. B ill Rook, as Simon Krum, the 70-year-old miser and B k i. 1 1 slave trader; Tony West, as Joel Whitbeck, the B j ii lanky, loquacious country peddler; Helen Hart- m 'I' If' Hi ley' tlie rlch villaKe SIrl; Eunice Jane Perkins, B ! h i and Sarah Ward, as Miss Newkirk, the kind hearten heart-en H I 1 I e housekeeper. The young lovers will be im-B,iililf im-B,iililf I personated by "Edward Davis, the Oakland clergy-BHI clergy-BHI PI i man and Margaret Kingore, while Oza Waldrop, Bjj j. I the Alcazar's favorite comedienne, will be "Min-Bf!jj?r1 "Min-Bf!jj?r1 I ty," the village tom-boy. There are a score of B' I f ' I 1 other parts. H j l lj 1 t tv t H (M J HELD'S CONCERT. B i 0 f The band concert to be given at the Grand B ' y1, , J tomorrow night will be of the usual excellence B I 'ill that the Held Band concerts are noted for. Of late B j I'liS the Grand on Sunday night looks like a first-night H j M house crowded with music lovers, and fashion's H ; I' i talent. B i Ther,e will be any number of features tomor- ,Mt(il row evening, in solo and band selections. K L h fig H ; jUI & & & K '' I DODO. i;: I 1 B. lffl There was a woman in front who told the Irlifl story of Dodo, and Richard Golden, as she cen- B lis ' ter-rushed the main aisle, afterthe performance. L ! ! , "The next time a musical comedy strikes town," B ' HlB she said, "I'm not going to taVe a chance at it, B;t 'M if I have been fortunate enough to see the orig- B;t w inal bunch the year before." B. iW That's it exactly. Why change that delightful, H' ' i Be i W I refreshing taste in one's moutli to a deep dyed B,i jjH I brown by going, to see a second class Dodo, a I' i ll I third-rate Florodora, or a seventh seasoned Belle Bf IH 1 of New York? "The Prince of Pilsen" was the Ni ill I )esk muslcal comedy that has been seen here W-'' 18 in voars LlK "Ills ' Next season, it will be here again with the hJ 1 mm ol(J tIme announcement of "a few slight changes F i m m ' 'n ie cast" which, interpreted correctly means, M ill Mr. Savage needs the good people of last year f ' Ih or sometalne new he is about to produce, so n ji'lP he cannot allow them to go West. Do you re-HhI re-HhI S 'M I s - memljer the Dodo of last year, the principal Ray-Kliiifi Ray-Kliiifi -' mond Hitchcock, his chief assistants and a gar-HOB gar-HOB ills ' don of ne Prttiest chorus and show girls that BH '11 0VPr walked the boards? If you don't remember, M 'l a yu saw a sood performance in Golden's Dodo; HI ' i 1 1 -if you do remember you saw something disap- Bnl ' III I pointing by comparison. BSili i It is hard work raising on threes when the other fellow has a pat hand, and while Golden may create something in the future that will be worth while, he is not in a class with Hitchcock as the royal master of Dodoland. Of course the music was good, it was the , same Dodo music, but in the shuffling of the deck, not only the King was changed, but the queens, and jacks and little two spots, and the deck they dropped from was worn, bent, and marked. The comedy was amusing, and worth sitting through, but the novelty was off. The people just fair and well, let's not go to the show the second time, when it butts in for a second season. t tv "MR. PICKWICK." Did you ever see such an enchanting little woman as Marguerite Clark, who played Polly in "Mr. Pickwick?" By "ever" I mean, of course, on the stage. She was the daintiest, prettiest, most unaffected little trick imaginable, and is ready for better opportunities than were afforded in Pickwick. The first act of the strange musical comedy contained glittering spots, and some excellent music, but the second act could be improved in any part of it. Hopper, like many another, is having a diffl cult time finding a good vehicle to display his talents, which, by the way, have dropped con siderably in the estimation of many since seeing his travesty on Dickens' work. Digby Bell was clever when the opportunity afforded, and an ac tor who has got a starring tour ahead is Louis Payne, who played Jingle, a corking bit splendidly splendid-ly done. Pickwick was a one pight show. We're glad it came, and glad it went. t i5 LULU GLASER COMING. Lulu Glaser will be seen here this season in the dainty comic opera "Dolly Varden," w,hich has been so successfully presented by her for the past two years. When Messrs. Stanislaus Stange and Julian Edwards were commissioned to provide a vehicle for Miss Glaser's starring tour, Dickens' hoydenish heroine Dlly Varden was suggested as a character suitable to her talents. It was found, however, that the incidents and characters contained in "Barnaby Rudge" were not just what was required for comic opera pur- poses, so they have practically retained nothing I but the name. In the opera, tto time of which is about 1730, Dolly Varden is a simple country I girl, who has seen nothing of life and upon the I death of her father, is entrusted together with I her fortune to the care of an aged friend who is to act as her guardian. Drily comes to London Lon-don and her protector becomes enraptured with her and wishes to possess her hand for himself and thereby t6 also gain her fortune. In order that thi- may be accomplished, he keeps her practically prac-tically a prisoner so that she may not see any younger men. He even goes so far as to insist that she take her outdoor exercise in a sedan chair. Dolly kicks the bottom out of this chair and runs along inside of it with nothing but her pretty feet and ankles visible, A yoiing naval officer sees her and falls in love with her twinkling twink-ling ankles, discovers who theii prosessor is and &eks a meeting with her. Of course, he Anally outwits the guardian, meets Dolly clandestinely and with her help he succeeds in making her his wife and all onds happily as it should in comic opera. x Miss Glaser is provided with a part that suits her admirably and this is an evident fact since Dolly Varden ran the best part of one season in New York and was brought back for another long run on Broadway the next year. few fcy i PATTI WILL BE HERE. Madame Adelina Patti has been no less delighted de-lighted by her enthusiastic reception in New York than by the financial results. The first concert con-cert represented twelve thousand dollars in the house and the matinee over ten thousand dollars. This is the largest sum that the prima donna has ever earned anywhere in the same given time. In the olden days when she used to sing alternately alternate-ly for Mapleson and Henry E. Abbey, she received three thousand five hundred dollars for concerts, and four thousand dollars when she sang at opera. It is true that during one season when Mr. Abbey Ab-bey took Patti to South America she was paid five thousand dollars a night, but that was all. On the present tour, Mr. Grau not' alone gives her five thousand dollars a nigMt, but he divides with her all the receipts over seven thousand five hundred dollars. In other words, after she takes v the first five thousand dollars (this being guar anteed to her) Mr. Grau takes the next two thou sand five hundred dollars, and then comes the equal division. Under these circumstances, Madame Ma-dame Patti's first concert would give her for her personal services seven thousand two hundred and fifty dollars Evidently Madame Patti, like good wine, improves im-proves with age; she not only receives a larger honorarium than at any other time of her life but, additionally, she earns it, for she never drew at a concert a larger house than the one assem blec1 at Carnegie Hall the other night. Such an audience at the Metropolitan Opera House, for instance, would represent twenty thousand dollars, dol-lars, for the box holders would have to be considered, con-sidered, also the larger seating capacity. As It was, not another person could have got in, either sitting or standing, for the fire law limit the standees to five hundred, whereas at the Metro politan, for some mysterious reason, they are un limited. Nor will it do for the carpers to say that this was simply the result of curiosity for one night after so long an absence, for the matinee was also the largest afternoon concert that Madame Ma-dame Patti missions and the lesser number of box seats sold. And what is more surprising still, the thhd concert an extraordinary thing for Madame Patti to do in one city was equally satisfactory. This was the consequence of the enormous demand de-mand of those who had been unable to get in at I the previous hearings, and was made "possible by I the fact of the Pittsburg date being cancelled I through the unfinished condition of the building where she was to 'sing. Foxy Grandpa with a lot of principals and a jK peach of a chorus fills Thursday, Friday and Sat- ' ui day nights with Thursday and Saturday mat- jnee next week. Press accounts from other cities m ,ea(i -well, and there must be something to a play that comes here for five performances, so let us hope for something fine in the musical comedy B line next weelc. & & & H B HPg- PfOTBMii&Y -iwM B Bb BBBBiP? 2 B BL.J BBbB B Oza Waldrop with "The Dairy Fnrm." B THE ELKS' CIRCUS. K Barring accidents, it was a very handsome hip- B po drome. H This refers to the Elks' circus of course. Bj There was a large crowd there, almost as big H as when the Tom show, of painted memory, trip- K ped over the boards. People hereabouts like .the H appearance of home talent, and that is what they B got largely and it may be herein stated that the B home talent was much more unctious to the big B assembly than the imported end of it. B The whole thing was intended, we opine, B largely for financial better of the promoters, and B the injecting of a lot of the baked out old spe- B cialties by traveling artists gave it a shade too B much of that flavor. It was intended as a rollick- B ing burlesque, and it should have been confined B to that and not loaded down with too much out- B side weight. B This is not carping criticism. No one expected B any display of histrionic talent and they were not B presented with any. They merely expected a B frolicsome evening, and as that was what was B served up, everybody is and should be satisfied. B The horseplay was very funny in places, and the IB orchestral discords and the musical features gen- B erally were not at all amiss. BS Some of the horsey work was just a little weari- B some. It could have been amputated in places BJ with considerable success. More local detours could have been swung at the audience and that would have improved things too. But the mana-Bj mana-Bj ger was not very amenable to reason and was a BJ stranger to Zion and the indiosycracies of her saintly denizons. IB There were accidents there usually are at the BJ circus. One was a slight abrpsion on the brow IB of an acrobat, and the other was the dropping of B the curtain on the wrong side of Policeman Sheri- B dan, greatly to his trepidation. B Anyhow the crowd was greatly amused and B entertained. All of which goes to show that what- B ever the local Elks undertake they do well, even B on very short notice. "The Sho-Gun," the new" Korean comic opera by George Ade and Gustav Luders, will be completed com-pleted within a few weeks. The production will be made by Henry "W. Savage upon an elaborate 'scale. The costumes will be unusually rich and beautiful. It is likely that "The Sho-Gun" will be produced early in the new year.