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The Lantern from Topeka, Kansas • 4

The Lantern from Topeka, Kansas • 4

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THE LA SATURDAY, JUNE II, 1887. The Lantern. A Journal of Literature, Miscellany, and General Family Reading. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. JAS.


REED, Topeka, Kas. Business Manager. SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1887. Miss Helen Dauvray, the actress, has about completed her arrangements for another vacation in the St. Lawrence regions, the Thousand Islands being, in her estimation, the best place in the world for a season of undisturbed pleasure and change.

Appreciating the fact that even vacations are grist to the actresses' mills, provided they be properly taken, Miss Dauvray kindly furnishes the general plan upon which all her seasons in that region are passed. In the first place you must quite scorn the hotels. The most civilized thing you can be allowed is to sleep at the hotel, but even then you must promise to be up at 7 o'clock to breakfast. At 8 the party, with the guides and hampers full of chicken and pork and bread and butter, some coffee to make, and bottles of wine or beer, go down to the boats, the regulation outfit for women being a hat and the most comfortable dress you can buy or borrow. A short row brings you where there is good fishing, and you throw out your lines.

Long before 12 you will have caught so many fish you will really be ashamed to pull in any more. You are, nevertheless, not ashamed to eat some of those you have, and you choose your island with the eagerness of a child. Up among the rocks the guides build the fire. The fish is cooked and the coffee is made, and it takes just about two good hours to satisfy your hunger. After this dinner you fish, and float, and row and dream of big audiences during the season that is to be, or listen languidly to the wooing of some of last year's tiresome admirers.

But at 8 you are ready for supper and the balcony, and at 10 you are fast asleep, if you are wise. And the next day is like its predecessor, if not more so. BOOTH IMITATING BOOTH. The following story of Edwin Booth's alleged failure MUSIC AND DRAMA. VACATION PLEASURES.

in imitating himself is interesting Sometime during 1862 the brother of the "only Hamlet" was playing in Washington, and at the close of his engagement was tendered a benefit. This was naturally a matinee, for, whatever may have been the general opinion of the acting of John Wilkes Booth, there was very little dissent, especially among the gentler sex, from the fact that he was the handsomest man of the day. Edwin Booth being in the city at the time he naturally attended, and went behind the scenes to congratulate his brother on his bumper of an audience. As Edwin stood conversing in the wings a then popular character actor, who had been giving imitations of noted actors as his share of the programme, came off the stage and began rapidly preparing to respond to a tremendous encore. "What next?" asked Booth.

"I am going to give them you in the said the specialist, nervously. "But with the original looking on I know I shall make a mess of it." "1 say, Ned," said John Wilkes, "I've an idea. Go on and imitate yourself." The proposition struck the tragedian as a comical one. Hastily putting on the mimic's wig and buttoning up his coat he went on and delivered the celebrated speech of the melancholy Dane. The audience applauded wildly.

The next morning the National Intelligencer, the great paper then, said that the imitations ruined the performance, each being worse than the others, "while that of Edwin Booth was simply vile enough to make that famous actor to shudder in his shoes could he but have seen it." THE TOPICAL SONG. How important and popular a feature the topical is, says a New York correspondent, is matter of song common report. In the legal proceedings over the well known song "It's English, You Know," Henry E. Dixey testified in Boston that the receipts of his burof "Adonis" doubled up after the song was inlesque troduced and was included in the entertainment. Before the song was sung the "Adonis" receipts were $3,000 a week, and frequently much less.

After its introduction the receipts went up to $6,000. Messrs. Miles Barton, the managers of the Bijou Opera House, where "Adonis' was then playing, in speaking of the song, put its success in a more emphatic light than this. This theatrical firm say that they were making arrangements to replace "Adonis" and Mr. Dixey with something else when "It's English, You Know," was put on and caught the town.

In other words, "Adonis" would have been taken off in 1884 instead of 1886, if it had not been for this little ditty. If the song had never been written or sung there would never have been 500 performances of "Adonis" in New York, and Dixey would probably not have gone to England so soon as he did, if ever. Something of the same thing is true of other songs. "Read the Answer in the Stars," a topical ditty, was the backbone of the success made by the comic opera known as "The Black Huzzar," and helped that work to run through the summer at Wallack's Theater, New York, in 1885. The song was quoted all over.

Its title became a byword and an apt and ready retort for all propounders of conundrums. "In Other Respect," another successful topical song, attracted the attention of the town to the burlesque of "Orpheus and Eurydice," which was a big hit at the Bijou Opera House in 1883. And the illustrations might be extended indefinitely. And so the topical song has become, as stated at the beginning of this article, one of the features of all musical entertainments. Even W.

S. Gilbert recognizes this fact and has introduced topical songs in his librettos. There was nothing of the kind in "Pinafore" or "Patience," but in Iolanthe" he wrote "Says I to Myself, Says and in the "Mikado," there were two of them, "Put Him on the List" and "The Punishment Fits the Crime." ROUND ABOUT. Agnes Robertson has made 010 her mind to star in Jeannie Deans. Fanny Davenport intends to write a life of her father, E.

Davenport. Minnie Palmer is to acquire the art of swimming as a summer pastime. Kitty Cheatham has signed with the New York Casino for next season. A dime circus, making the rounds of frontier towns, is called the Hippolympid. Fun on the Bristol, with Sheridan as the widow.

has been delighting Australian audiences. R. C. Hilliard will be Mrs. James Brown Potter's leading man during her American tour.

Laura Bellini will create the leading soprano role in the new opera, The Vice Admiral, next season. "Starlight" is the name of the musical comedy in which Vernona Jarbeau will star next season. Mr. Pedro C. Meyrelles, a well-known Boston musician, has been appointed bandmaster at the National Military Home in Leavenworth.

Sioux City Call: "We will sing the 329th hymn," said the minister at the close of a pathetic funeral sermon. "It was a favorite with the remains." Mrs. Vincent, "first old woman" of the Boston museum, has been on the stage of that theater for thirtyfive years--a long record for one house. The celebrated Hungarian songstress, Ilma de Murska, will come back to America next fall and start on a tour of concerts under the management of Sig. de Vivo.

The "Merry Wives of Windsor" will be revived in excellent shape next fall by Robson and Crane. It will run for twelve weeks at Union Square Theater, New York. Frank Tannehill, and Richard F. Carroll are engaged in writing a new play entitled P. A.

for Patti Rosa, which is to be produced by the latter in Chicago, in October. Selina Fetter, who has made much reputation with Robson and Crane as Mrs. Ford in the Merry Wives, and Adriana in the Comedy of Errors, has been engaged for the leading part in the company next season and in the new play which Bronson Howard is writing for these two comedians. Jessie Bartlett Davis, the popular contralto of the American Opera Company, is a poet. Verses of her composition have appeared in San Francisco papers that show a pretty fancy, a piquant phrasing and refined sentiment.

They are about love, too, and the San Francisco dude peruses them with lingering delight. The Princess of Wales recently presented Mrs. James Brown Potter with a handsome gold bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds. The Indicator proposes to add this verse to the song of the Mikado: The encore fiend whom any one catches, his doom's extremely sore, He's made to stand by a German band and forever yell "Encore And there he listens to Home, Sweet Home from early morn to night. And at every stanza of that old romanza give symptoms of delight; My object all sublime--etc.

Notwithstanding the immense stock kept in the jewelry line in this city, James B. Hayden always has the choicest at the lowest prices. Cardinal Manning sits red-capped in a study big enough for fifty couples to waltz in, and eats just enough to keep the machinery of the body in motion. WASHBURN COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT, The commencement exercises of Washburn College, this year, are as follows Sabbath, dent, at the the Religious Monday, p. -Prize Tuesday, p.

-Exercises Wednesday, Class, at the p. Meeting the President. June 12- 11 a. m. Sermon, by the PresiFirst Congregational Church.

7:45 p. m. -Addrese before Societies, by Rev. Ellis R. Drake.

June 13-9 a p. Examinations. 7:45 Declamations, at the First Congregational Church. June 14-9 a. p.

Examinations. 3 p. Meeting of the Trustees, at the Library Building. 7:30 of Preparatory Graduates, at the College Chapel. COMMENCEMENT DAY.

June a. of the Graduating First Congregational Church. Awarding Diplomas. 3 of Almumni. 8 p.

-Reception at the residence of A SOCIETY EVENT. The marriage last Tuesday evening of Mr. Charles V. Safford and Miss Mary B. Lenfestey was one of the most notable and pleasing events that has occurred in Topeka society circles for some time.

Both parties are well known to every one in Topeka. Mr. Safford 1s a son of the late Judge Jacob Safford, a man who figured prominently in Kansas politics and affairs for many years, and occupied a seat on the supreme bench of this state for six years. Mr. Safford, although a young man, had developed promising business ability.

Miss Mary B. Lenfestey is a daughter of Captain E. S. Lenfestey, a capitalist, and one of our leading business men. Miss Lenfestey has resided in Topeka since 1882.

She attended Bethany college for a number of years and has figured prominently in society circles since her residence here. She is accomplished and is admired by all who know her for her many kindly, womanly qualities. The ceremony took place promptly at 9 o'clock, in the spacious parlors at the home of the bride's parents on the corner of Twelfth and Polk streets. Rev. Dr.

Waters, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church performed the marriage ceremony, which was witnessed by nearly 300 friends and among whom were the most prominent people in our city. The bride was beautifully attired in a costume of white satin marveliux, court train, square-cut corsage and diamond ornaments. Miss Minne Brownlee, the first bridesmaid, was elegantly attired in a handsome hand-painted toilet of white satin, low -cut corsage and natural flowers. The groom was dressed in conventional black. At the conclusion of the ceremony and after the usual congratulations, an elegant repast was served, after which those present enjoyed themselver in dancing, A large number of the friends of the contracting parties from abroad were present, Among them were Major W.

R. Browning, register of the U. office at Larned, and an uncle of the bride, Mrs. Judge Brownlee and daughter Minnie of Marion, Mrs. C.

W. Humphreys of Marion, Mr. and Mrs. W. R.

Brownlee of Larned and Mrs. M. E. Spencer of St. Louis.

Mr. and Mrs. Safford will make their future home in their beautiful new residence on Filmore street, where they will be pleased to see their friends. PERSONALITIES. Lucy Larcom was a mill hand.

Miss Braddon, the novelist, was a utility actress in the English provinces. Booth, the Marshal of the Salvation Army, is about to become an American citizen. Plunger Walton declares that he is through with betting and horse racing for good. According to connoisseurs Mrs. Langtry has not im proved her appearance by cutting her hair short.

Prince Leopold, of Prussia, is an inveteate theatergoer. He never missed an evening while in New York. Secretary Whitney's country place, "Grasslands," has cost him $30,000, and he has spent $20,000 more in fitting it up. Colonel Brady and General Buckner, rival candidates for the governorship of Kentucky, will stump the state together. Ignatius Donnelly speaks of the Republican and Democratic parties as the great national baseball clubs.

Ignatius feels as though he had been trying to umpire the game. The Duke of Norfolk, who so recently lost his young wife, is already being regarded with longing eyes by every British matron of high degree possessed of a marriageable daughter. Lady Harcourt, sitting next to Lord Hartington at dinner, is said to have remarked "I know you would like to see my husband hanged." No, indeed," he replied; "I only wish to see him suspended." William B. Page, who has broken the American running-high-jump record by clearing 6 ft. 1 inch, will be graduated from college in June.

He will then sail for Europe, to try for the amateur championship of England. It is probable that he will eventually break the world record of 6 feet 24 inches. Mr. Page is only 5 feet 64 inches in hight, and his jumping ability is an athletic marvel..

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