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to recuperate that he was able to convince lar indeed. In private life Florence Ellis is the landlord, who allowed them to go on known to be the daughter of H. Wayne Ellis, the condition that his office clerk would the dramatist. accompany the party and get the cash from the first night's receipts. But the new town was THREE noted actresses played in New York worse than the last and there were no receipts

the same week recently, each one of whom for the hotel clerk, who, nothing loth, enjoyed represented religious families by profession. the holiday and agreed to go on to the next Mrs. Langtry is the daughter of an English place. But here Robert was compelled to enter clergyman, Marie Wainwright is the grandinto the same sort of arrangement with his land- daughter of an Episcopal bishop, and Mrs. Potlord and the opera company was augmented in ter is of the family so prominently headed by the its caravan by two hotel clerks. By dint of per

bishop of that name. severance and a stiff upper lip this thing was repeated at eight difierent towns and at the ninth MR. AUGUSTIN DALY has been elected a the chorus, refusing to go on without a much de- member of the Board of Managers of the sired payment, Robert Grau actually induced New York Catholic Protectory. the eight hotel clerks to appear as the Pinafore sailors, which they were well able to do after a THE

REV. S. R. FULLER of Buffalo, in constant sitting in front! What a delightful speaking of the bad effect of sensational suggestion this is for the plot of a comic opera, Sunday newspapers, says he does not object to a a chorus of creditors.

Sunday publication but he thinks there are good

and bad Sunday papers just as there are good I UNDERSTAND that Robert Grau has been and bad theatres and that he never condemns

able to interest a man of means who will be- good theatres. Mr. Fuller enjoys a good percome a limited “backer' for an operatic pro- sonal friendship with Henry Irving. ject which promises exceedingly well for everybody. Perhaps there are some of my readers


HE frontispiece of THE THEATRE this week who will remember the wonderful child actress is a photograph of the celebrated “ Kesselwho came over from England and travelled stadt Death-Mask of Shakespeare, which I through this country about fifteen years ago believe is now in the British Museum. Its hisunder the name of “ Sappho.” She was a most tory is somewhat obscure, but it is thought to remarkable child and created quite a furore by be the best actual likeness extant. One of the her performances in comediettas and little oper- oldest paintings of Shakespeare's head, and atic pieces like “ Lischen and Frischen.” She al- which has always been regarded as the most so played the part of Topsey better than I have reliable, is believed to' have been painted with seen it played. She left the stage and was this death-mask as the model, for it is identical sent to school by her parents and subsequently in expression, and the measurements across the made her appearance, now a young woman eyes, the nose and mouth are the same. Its grown, under the name of Florence Ellis, at discovery was most accidental. It was found Booth's Theatre in "The Little Duke," in which among the effects of an old family wherein it she made a splendid success. Then marriage had been handed down through the different took her away from the stage. She married generations, and was really never appreciated to young man by the name of Brockaway who is be what it is now deciared. An artist found it in the management of the Gilsey House, and and deciphered the letters W. S. and the date of she has since lived very quietly in a suburban Shakespeare's death, and through archælogical town. She has now determined to go upon science its genuiness has been determined. It the stage again, and her managers, one of whom certainly is the face of a man worthy the idealism is Grau, will introduce her early in the summer we have bestowed upon the subject. The in “ The Little Duke" and I will miss my guess THEATRE engraving was especially made from if both play and p,ayer do not become very popu- the English photograph direct.

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COLONEL T. ALSTON BROWN, who is down the half, and wsa the back and tall, stooped

the best authority in this country concern- form of Dr. McCosh disappearing. The Presiing local stage history, gives this account of the dent of Princeton never spoke of the incident: origin of the phrase “ The Ghost Walks" as nor did Porter until he had his sheepskin. explaining that salaries will be paid : " Harry The general is worthy of such a son. Watkins, an old player, relates an anecdote that is worth recording. It appears plausible enough to be the true origin, because it seems so natural.

D THOMAS MEAD, who died last week OLD

in London, will be remembered in New In one of the itinerant companies of England,

York, when he appeared with Henry Irving. the manager, himself an actor, was very fond of

Among the characters he played successfully playing The Ghost in “Hamlet,” which was one

with the 'Lyceum Co. were Ghost in Hamof the stock pieces of these unpaid nomads.

let,” old Lesurques in “ The Lyons Mail," the Salary day came and went, but, as the manager had no bank account, and the box office receipts Flamborough in “ Olivia,” the principal witch in

Friar in “ Much Ado About Nothing," Farmer were too meagre to warrant the alleged treas

“Faust," and other characters during Mr. Irvurer in posting over the box office door those

ing's American tours. Mr. Mead was sixtyletters so cheering to the actors' heart, S. P.Q. R.,'

eight years of age, and had been an actor nearly the stomachs and wardrobes of the players

half a century. He was famous when E. T. began to suffer. At last patience ceased to be

Smith was manager of Drury Lane Theatre, a virtue. The company grew clamorous for

London, in '51. Mead acted at that house such their arrears. A strike was organized, and at

parts as Hamlet, Claude Melnotte, Aranza and one of the “Hamlet' rehearsals, when Hamlet,

Wellborn. After a long and arduous career in speaking of The Ghost, exclaimed, “Perchance

London and the provinces, he was engaged at 'twill walk again.' the leader of the revolt, who

the London Lyceum Theatre shortly after Mr. happened then to be The Ghost, ignored Shake

H. L. Bateman's death and before Mr. Irving speare, and shouted emphatically, No! I'm d-d

assumed full control of the house, and there he if The Ghost walks any more until our salaries

remained up to the time of his death. are paid. All actors-especially those who've been there before many a time—will easily concede that an incident like this would quickly M. CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, the famous become common sport, and soon furnish the

French composer, has signed an engagematerial for a new bit of stage slang.”

ment to make a tour in the United States and

in South America during the coming musical I INSIST upon an occasional digression, and I season. According to the engagement, he will must record here an anecdote told me by an

give a series of organ recitals in New York, Ohio newspaper about a son of General Horace Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Buffalo, St. Porter, who, outside of his war record, is a famous

Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Que after-dinner speaker, that I have enjoyed im

bec and Montreal. mensely. When young Horace wss in Princeton College (he graduated in the class of '87) he THE THEATRE has during several volumes was ill for some days. While he was stretched contained many valuable and interesting out on a couch in his room there came a rap at contributions from the pen of the Hon. Otto the door. “Who's there?” He shouted, “ It's Peltzer, of Chicago. For this reason I believe me, Dr. McCosh,” was the answer in a hard that it will not be uninteresting to my readers to Scotch brogue. “You're a liar," retorted Porter, peruse a brief sketch of Mr. Peltzer's career. who really thought it was a classmate. “If it He is a native of Germany, born on she 29th was Dr. McCosh, he would say, 'It is I.” of November, 1836, in the city of Stollberg, near There was no answer to this but the sound of Aix-la-Chapelle, in the Rhine province of the feet scuffling down the corridor. Young Porter Kingdom of Prussia. His forefathers belonged ran to the door, cautiously opened it, looked to the Huguenots and were among thos who

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vision of the river and docks surveys of the Chicago River.

In 1869 Mr. Peltzer was elected Collector of Taxes of North Chicago. Then came the great calamity of the fire of 1871, with its destruction of all the city and county records. Having restored the maps and records of the city in the form of atlases, he published in 1872, from copies of his own, his now well known “ Atlas of Chicago." The importance and usefulness of this work may be judged from the fact that he sold one hundred copies at $400 each. It is the standard work in use in the city and county offices. This work alone is mentioned as an enduring monument to a man's usefulness and energy. In 1872 Mr. Peltzer was elected from the Chicago districts to the XXVIIIth State Assembly of Illinois. He it was who first introduced a bill for compulsory education, another for a State Board of Health, and a bill for the general licensing of physicians and druggists and another for surveyors. In December, 1876, he left the Board of Public Works, having been appointed Deputy Recorder of the county—a position which he held until April, 1878, when he resigned and opened his present Abstract and Title office. Mr. Peltzer is a gentleman of many fine social qualities, with a fondness for literary work, with a strong leaning toward the theatre, the stage and its literature. This is evidenced by several dramatic productions. One of these, “Uriel Acosta."

a tragedy in five acts, was played at Crosby's left France after the wars under the Prince de Opera House, in 1868, for several weeks. A Conde and Henri of Navarre against Louis XIV. second, a local burlesque, was brought out about abour 1685. The father of our subject departed the same time at Aiken's Dearborn Street Theafor America in 1849, settling on a farm in Wiscon- tre. A third, a dramatic ballad from the Swedish, sin. Young Peltzer left the farm in the spring of was produced under the direction of Prof. Zieg1850, coming to Chicago in April of that year. feld, and a fourth, a drama of domestic life, was Showing some advility as a draughtsman, it opened brought out at McVicker's Theatre only a few the way for him into the Recorder's Office of years ago. Chicago in 1853.

His knowledge of the subject and his rare and Here young Peltzer remained until the spring unique collection of all matters pertaining to of 1857, when after serving a few months in the the stage is frequently used by those who know Custom House, he entered a law office for the Mr. Peltzer personally as the best authority for study of the law. Finding this avenue to great- any data required. In the city of his adoption he ness and success dry and slow he abandoned is well known as a close student, ever in earnest Blackstone and Greenleaf. In the position of thorough, untiring and conscientious in all Chief Draughtsman of the Board of Public Works, things. His portrait in this number of THE which he accepted in 1860, he commenced the THEATRE will be observed with interest. compilation of the city atlases and the super


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Here Mr. Chase painted “ The Page," “ Tho Court Jester" and “ Ready for the Ride," under the guidance of Piloty, though he was not always content to follow the master's advice, and often painted elsewhere for three or four months with a view to developing his own individuality. Piloty knew that the young student was not a slavish follower of his and would often remonstrate with him for his protracted absences, yet at the same time he acknowledged the young man's ability and often spoke of him, to others, as his most promising pupil. In criticising his work, however, the master was yery severe. But toward the end of the six years which Mr. Chase spent studying at Munich, Piloty paid him a high compliment which well made up for the early severity: he commissioned young Chase to paint the portraits of his five children, three lads and two girls; the order was given also in the kindest manner possible, Piloty giving the painter

carte blanche to paint in his own way with his WILLIAM M. CHASE.

own method. “You may pose the children as

you please, paint them as you like, I shall not see II.

the portraits until they are finished and not WHEN Mr. Chase arrived in Munich in 1872 criticise them at all nor ask you to change them;" he entered the Academy of that city. It

and Mr. Chase said in speaking of the episode is interesting to art students to know that he “ The pictures were received with the greatest of spent two terms drawing from the antique, a

praise and I never had less criticism in painting year drawing from the human head, and a year

a portrait since than I had from those portraits drawing from life, before beginning to study painted at the order of the famous artist, painting; he then entered the preparatory paint- Piloty." ing class, which was under the charge of Alexander Wagner, whose“ Chariot Race in the Cir- FROM time to time in these composition atelicus Maximus” is so well known. Here he painted ers, prizes are awarded for successful comfrom still life for some time and then graduated positions. At one time the subject was “Columinto one of the “ composition painting classes ;" bus, or the Discovery of America." Piloty was a that under the charge of the famous Karl member of the council selecting the subject and Piloty, then at the zenith of his fame, the painter he explained afterward that he chose it because of “The Wise and Foolish Virgins" and the there were so many Americans studying in the “Thusnelda in the Triumphal Procession of Academy there. Chase did not contemplate Germanicus,” small replicas of which are in the entering the competition, but one day as the time Metropolitan Museum of Art in this city. When for receiving studies was drawing to a close his the student has graduated into one of these fellow students asked him if he did not intend "composition " studios he has pretty much his to send something in. "Oh, I will do something," own way as to what he shall do; he has a por- he replied ; “What can you do in so short a tion of a large studio entirely to himself, and if time? You can prepare nothing. You will he cannot afford to hire his own model the send in nothing." More in order to prove that Academy does so for him, the Bavarian govern- assertion wrong than for any other reason the ment considering itself honored in bearing the artist sat down and sketched off his idea. expense.

Straight across the canvas he represented Isa

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bella and Ferdinand and some of the counsellors Salon. He then painted the portrait of the painter of the court of Spain, in the foreground with his Lenback. back turned toward the spectators was Colum- In '78 he returned to America and his first bus pleading his cause! Anything," said Mr. important commission was for the portraits of Chase, “ to be unconventional.”

Leonard Scott, the publisher, and wife; then "Well, the sketch was sent in and the jury followed the portrait of James Watson Webb, failed to decide as to who the prize winner should this was painted not long before the journalist's be, the choice lying between a young man by death and the sitter got out of a sick bed in the name of Keller and myself, so we were to order to come to the artist's studio and be contest the honor between us by carrying out painted. The canvas is a three-quarters length, our ideas in a finished composition. Piloty came the face in full view. Mr. Chase made a second to me after this in a perfect rage. • How could portrait, of the head merely, which he kept for you conceive such a composition?' he cried, himself.

the man who discovered that great Western In '79 Peter Cooper was painted; the canvas continent, the greatest discoverer the world ever was a little more than three quarters view, subproduced, the man who gave you a country, a ject seated, face a full face ; the picture was home!!! *

How could you conceive unluckily burned in '84 at the Lotos Club; it such a representation? This noble figure with had previously been exhibited in the Salon where his back turned toward us!' But he insisted it met with the highest approbation from well upon it that I should attempt the work, he sat known artists; both Henner and Bonat were down and conventionalized my sketch, changing particularly complimentary in speaking of this it as he would have it painted, it was to be done picture to the artist some time after ; they both on a large canvas thirty feet wide. I pleaded I told him that when it came before the jury of could not afford to give time and money to the selection it was received with applause and it work. Never mind, the government should pay was understood that in the hanging the painting for materials, models, etc., and I should have a was to have a place of honor. large studio, one of the choice ones in the school [But it is a characteristic point to mention that then occupied by four different students, entirely the painters admitted that afterward the jury in for my own use. There was some further talk looking after their “ friends” overlooked the about the matter, but I did not begin, “Would work of the young American.] it not be better,' I suggested, 'that I put it off An important commission was for the portrait and go to Spain and paint it there?'

Well, of Rutherford B. Hayes, a full length figure that would be a good idea.' So the matter hung seated, which was painted for Harvard College ; fire for a little while, but I never went farther then a portrait of Joseph H. Choate, now in the than my sketch of Columbus."

possession of the family; then followed an order We are glad to tell this little anecdote in order for a portrait of Wm. M. Evarts for the State to give some idea of the way art schools are Department at Washington. conducted abroad.

Mr. Evarts was an entertaining sitter; at his first visit to the studio he said, “Before we

begin, Mr. Chase, I should like to know what CONS CONSIDERING the list of principal portraits color I am to be painted this time, I have been

Mr. Chase has made would be of interest painted red and pink and yellow and brown, to the public, we called on Mr. Chase the other white and black; yes, black, Mr. Page painted day and got the following data: After paint- me." ing the portraits of Piloty's children the follow- Following the Evarts portrait came an order ing portraits were the first important works he from the Chicago and Milwaukee R. R. Co., for did :

a portrait of their Superintendent, Mr. Merrill, In '77 he painted the portrait of Duveneck, now deceased. A portrait of Mr. Jules Wadswhich brought him such reputation here and for worth, a member of the same corporation was which he received an Honorable Mention in the also painted. J. E. Easton, of La Cross, Wis.,

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