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Mr. Edward Aronson. The Morlacchi legacy engaged his attention, from which he passed to has not yet been paid into the treasury.
the question of the proposed Actors' House, The Board of Estimate and Apportionment which, he said, he hoped would be eventually gave this year exactly one-half of the money founded, despite the obstacles which have received by the city from theatrical licenses, hitherto obstructed them in their proposed but, as the total amount of these licenses was
work. Passing on to the bereavements by not as large as usual, the share was less than death of members of the Fund, he spoke feel. hoped. The appropriation was, however, larger ingly of Edward Aronson, Mrs. Rosa M. by $1,675 than it was last year.
Leland, and Lester Wallack. His address was
interspersed by irequent applause. Eugene The gross sum received from benefits is
Oudin, next in order upon the programme, $10,171.31, a considerable reduction from last
sang a romanzı from “Clover," and was reyear's receipts from this source. This reduction is due, however, to accidental causes which
ceived very enthusiastically. Mr. Palmer then
introduced Hon. Chauncey M. Depew, whose prevented the consummation of plans for three benefits-one in Chicago, one in New York,
wilty and interesting address provoked much and one in Boston. These benefits will now
laughter and frequent applause. Mr. Depew, have to be given early next year, and they will
in commencing, said : “ There is one advan. doubtless bring up the average of the two years
tage the speaker has over the singer : the audi.
ence never calls for an encore." After a few 10 a figure beyond any which have preceded them. Of the money raised St. Louis contributed
facetious remarks respecting the ladies of the $594.75, San Francisco $788.40, Louisville, stage, and the opportunity which this occasion Milwaukee, Richmond, Minneapolis, New Or
gave him to say what he thought of them, he
passed on to the object of the meeting, with the leans, Memphis and Hartford together $1,197.75, Philadelphia $1,205.75, and New York $6,384.66.
remark, “Why are we here? As the statesman from Texas said, -W
-we are her for one of the “ One of the pleasantest incidents in our
first and noblest of the many good charities of experience with benefits this year,” said Mr.
our city. But the second object that brings us Palmer, was the generous act of our dis
here is that the profession may learn something tinguished friend, the great French artist, M.
of themselves from amateurs like Dougherty Constant Coquelin, who, without solicitation
and myself; and if they do not learn anything, from the officers of the Fund, arranged a charming entertainment
they will at least find out what to avoid ; and at the Madison Square
the first thing they will avoid is, never to speak Theatre, from which our treasury benefited
their own piece. Among the ancients it was a 10 the extent of about $1,600. This gentleman
matter to be proud of that a great lawyer or a became greatly interested in the work of the
great statesman had received his training at the Fund, and he has expressed to me bis determ
hands of the great actor. ination to give us another benefit when he returns to this country for a brief social visit next The most eminent of the orators of antiquity Spring. I am sure this large-hearted French- at the bar or in the senate boasts that his menman will be all the more welcome whenever tor, from whom he received his instruction, he visits our shores, for his kindly act towards was Hortensius, the tragedian. We have, ow. the poor and suffering among that profession ing to newspapers and reporters, lost the he loves so well, and of which he has been at beauty of the form of speech and devoted ourall times a brilliant leader and a ready and able selves too much to its substitute, so that no defender."
orator of to-day would boast that his model had Mr. Palmer then spoke of, and mentioned the been a great actor. To the lawyer or to the names of the Ladies' Hospital Committee, politician who has had the training of the stage, which consisted of Mrs. Louisa Eldridge, Mrs. more can be accomplished in winning juries Antonio Pastor, Mrs. Carl Haswin, Mrs. Carrie or in stirring senates than by the man who has Jamieson, Alice Brown, Agnes Procter, Helen not been so trained. There is no speaker any Ottolengui, Blanch Weaver, and Adele Clark ; where who is successful at the bar or on the remarking upon the continuance of their good platform or in legislative halls, or scarcely in work.
the senate, who has not sat and listened and, as The burial plot in Evergreen Cemetery next he listened, has absorbed something of the art
wbich stirs an audience, which moves it to refer to Mrs. Kendall. In speaking of this very mirth or arouses it to enthusiasm.
subject, she said : “I am proud of my pruWe have passed the period, fortunately, when fession; proud of it as an art ; proud of it on the discussion is any longer pertinent whether account of its noble history and of the great the stage has its uses, or whether its immorali- names which adorn it; proud of it because it is ties should be prejudicially exposed. The an art, and the greatest genius must work to genileman who invades the front seat in the secure its highest honors, and must go through orchestra on every occasion when the ballet is the preliminary course of academy and college on and criticizes the legitimate drama, it is before it can graduate and receive the diploma said, has lost his function. (Applause.)
of distinguished consideration and deserved Take the lawyers, with the rascals there are
applause, and the only thing that brings disamong them; take the doctors, with the quacks
credit upon the stage and upon the honorable there are among them ; 'ake the ministers, with and historic profession is that the character of the frauds there are among them ; take the
its members would stand favorably in comparibusiness men, with the thieves there are among
son with the character of the members of all them, and put the concensus of the whole on
other professions were it not for the fact that one side, and the players upon the other, and I
the stage can be occupied at a single leap think the concensus of the good would be through the parlor window by people who dequite as great among the players as among
grade the high art by asking the applause of their fellows in other vocations. (Applause.)
appreciative audiences for the notoriety of
their lives." No one goes to the theatre and listens, for in
Mr. Depew touched feelingly upon the terstance, to Booth in Richelieu, to Irving in
rible calamity which has just afflicted the counLouis XI. and Terry as Portia, or sees an old lady portrayed by our kind and gentle friend
try, and brought his eloquent address to a close
by a reference to the object of the Fund ; that Mrs. Gilbert (applause), or sees Sir Peter
the actor and actress in the hour of their distress Teazle portrayed as he has been for a half cen
would have the friendly hand of charity held tury across this stage by old John Gilbert
out to them-and that their last resting-place (applause), no one who has been moved to
should not be in an unknown grave, but be mirth when he needs to be brought out of sor
strewn with the flowers of sympathy—teaching row and relieved from care, but has been a better man or a better woman for having attended
the great lesson of humanity, that the whole
world is akin. the theatre. The most charitable people in the world are
After Massenet's “Scenes Pittoresques,” by the players. There never is a call of suffering
the orchestra, Mr. William Winter spoke at anywhere, there never is a great catastrophe, some length. Amongst other good things he that stirs with unusual movement the pulses of
said in reference to the present situation of the the people, that a generous response is not
drama, that it was never so great or powerful in given by the players in the form of benefits. its influence as to-day, and, therefore, it should They are the only profession who give benefits be a warning not to yield too subscrviently to (applause). Lawyers never give them ; doctors
the tastes of the people in the way of humor, never give them ; dentists never give them ;
for it was often offensive to people of good but actors come forward and make their offer- taste and culture ; and he thought that it was ing with the two hands, of sympathy and
the duty of the profession to educate the people
up to a true standard and not follow the popumoney. Mr. Depew then went on to relate an inci
lar taste, when its tendency was loward levity dent of his last summer's outing. Said he :
and horse play, and he was afraid that is the I had the pleasure last summer in London of profession encouraged it, it would tend to despending a most delightful hour at lunch-one grade rather than elevate the stage. of the most pleasurable hours I have ever spent Speaking of the duties of the dramatic critic, among distinguished and famous and titled and he thought that it should tend towards educatroyal people—with a lady who stands at the ing public opinion of the drama, and not as an head of the English stage, and as a woman and instructor of the actor. He knew it was a diffwife and a mother is an ornament to her sex. I cult thing to educate public opinion ; but he He
felt that the two institutions, the press and the Speaking of women he went on to say that stage, might do much towards affecting its they are exiled from many pursuits, while in tone, while it certainly indicated the condition acting she has been the especial favorite. of the public mind.
spoke of the unreasonable prejudice which still Mr. Winter was followed by the Schuman lingered against the stage, and how expedient Quartet:e, who sang a couple of selections very and wise it was that under the lead of eminent pleasingly, after which Mr. Daniel Dougherty, actors, prominent managers and dramatic the last speaker of the occasion, was intro- i authors they had formed a corporate brotherduced.
hood to promote their welfare and assert the Aster speaking of his earnest love for the dignity of a noble pro'ession-in love for the drama, and his delight, from his earliest years,
lowly and devotion to comrades of other days in witnessing the productions of his time, he
who fall wounded and helpless in the battle of complimented the members of the profession
lise. very warmly upon their distinguished gather
Mr. Dougherty then referred to the institution ing at this time, and remarked, that in prizing of the Edwin Forrest Home in Philadelphiahis own profession of the law, he was not un
that it was worthy of the fame of its great mindful of the high estimate that the world de- founder, and hoped that it would thrive for censervedly holds the various intellectnal callings
turies. In conclusion he said: “The Ameriin which industry, learning, talent and genius
can stage is indissolubly linked with our Englifted their possessors to fame and fortune, he lish literature, and will flourish until Shakeavowed that the art of the actor is equal to any
speare is forgotten, -and that can never be. He and of all. He said that in every enlightened trusted that the Dramatic Fund so auspiciously country, in every large community, there are begun, already so prosperous, and widespread members famous in law, medicine, and surgery,
in iis beneficence will continue to play its noble amous scientists, professors and writers, but
part until the dark curtain falls at the end of the great actors in the higher range of the everything. drama-speaking not in disparagement but ad.
The Coronation March from Le Prophète miration-but the great actors
closed the programme, which was numerously spicuous, rare and resplendent as the planets
attended by nearly all the leading people of the amid the stars.
profession now in New York. He again complimented the profession and
DRIFTWOOD. said they had reason to be proud of the stagethe stage that rose with the dawn of civilization,
-Mr. Lewis Dockstader's band of minsurels that has flourished in ages famed for the highest have had some unpleasant discussion on the road. culture, inspired the pens of immortal poets, A writer in the Buffalo Express of May 30th says: given scope to the genius of the actor, educated It is the skeleton of a minstrel company. You the masses to correct pronunciation, purified are traveling on your reputation at present, Mr. their tastes, elevated their sentiments, in
Dockstader. No inan can afford to do that. structed them in the history of forgotten em
The man who does not progress goes backpires, filled them with the glory of great deeds
ward. You had a great house last night. by recalling from the grave and re-enacting be- Could you fill it again to-night? The “best fore their eyes the lives of heroes who died people in Buffalo" applauded everything that thousands of years ago, that has roused the
was said and done. Yet there were auditors drooping spirits of degenerate nations, and re- who thought that some of your own humorous kindled the expiring fires of patriotism, that has
remarks were as décolleté as the gowns they thrilled the hearts of millions with touches of
were based on. Was that "refined" minstrelsy? nature that make the whole world kin, that -Nat Goodwin has a new play. It is a transwith generous mirth and wit that will not lation of “Le Député de Bombignac,” which wound, hits at the follies of the times, that Coquelin plays in, and properly adapted, should properly conducted tends to suppress vice, give Mr. Goodwin an opportunity to show his promote virtue; that was in the early ages of admirable comedy talents. Charles Windham's Christianity, and could be made again, a hand- sucessful comedy, “The Candidate" is from the maid of religion.
-Albert Smith was a dentist, who operated in Percy Street, Bedford Square, where a few scribblers of that day used to squander good things of an evening He was one of the earliest contributors to Punch. Among these scribblers were Gilbert à Beckett, the two Mayhews, Tom Taylor, Jerrold, Thackeray, Kenney, Tom Hood, the artist, Dicky Doyle, and Mark Lemon. The place of meeting was a small public-house, in a by-street behind the Olympic Theatre, kept by Mark Lemon, who was the editor. Some of these, perhaps the most Bohemian among those Bohemians, would occasionally carry their pipes to Percy Strect. It was to one of these meetings that Boucicault read his drama, “The Willow Copse,” by the light of a single tallow-candle and of the bright wits of the crowd. At the end of the third act, when the great pathetic moment arrived, when his little audience, breathless with interest, had let their pipes out, the solitary candle, which had dwindled unnoticed into the socket, suddenly went out wish a hiss and a gobble, deluging the situation with a roar of laughter.
—“ One night in London," says Billy En son the minstrel, “ I went to see ‘The World,' and got a seat up front, near the boxes. A lady dropped her programme from the box she occupied, and I picked it up and handed it to her. She was a great swell, I could see, and I noticed that she looked at me pretty hard. Hullo,' thinks I, 'I guess I've made a mash.' I had on one of Bell's bang-up-suits, and I looked pretty natty. So I looked at my lady again with a sort of hall eye. Just then the curtain went down, and she made a beckoning motion with her head. 'Aha!' I says to myself, “I've made an impression on her royals!' I leaned forward, and I'll be smashed in pulp if she didn't hand me a sixpence! What's this for ?' says I. 'Ah, you were kind enough to hand me my programme,' says she."
- Frank Van der Stucken sailed for Europe on Wednesday. He proposes to give a concert in Paris, within a month, of composition by native born Americans, and will draw upon Edgar S. Kelley, J. K. Paine, Arthur Foole, George W. Chadwick, F. Van der Stucken, Dudley Buck, E. A. MacDowell, and H. H. Huss for his Yankee programme.
The concert will take place at the Trocadero,
-The programmes of the five concerts to be
given during the Exposition, at the Trocadero, uuder the direction of Lamoureux, Colonne, Garcin, Vianesi and Danbé, have been made up by the first section of the musicial committee, under the presidency of Ambroise Thomas. They include the works of forty French com. posers, of whom twenty-eight are living, iwelve dead. Room has been made on three programmes for two dead composers, Auber and Bizet; Berlioz is iwice represented. Among the living composers, the members of the Institue alone will be performed in two concerts, one of symphonic, the other of dramatic music.
-A new comic opera has seen the light at the Costanze of Rome, the “Donne Curiose" (the curious women), by Uriglio, who himself led his work.
— There is a little green mound and humble marble slab in a secluded corner of Otterbein Cemetery, about twelve miles norih of the city, says the Columbus, Ohio, Priss, which marks the grave of the author of that famous ballad, " Darling Nellie Gray.” A visitor to the spot learns from the inscription on the stone that it is the last resting place of Benjamin Russell Hwby. The seclusion of the tomb, the negleci shown it by all save a few relatives, and the general ignorance of its location form another illustration of the forgetfulness of the humai
Notwithstanding the grave of the author of “ Darling Nellie Gray" is forgotten and neg. lected, his own beautiful ballad has sculptured out for him a monument of memory which will endure the changes of centuries to come.
- M. Brandus, head of the Paris music house. at present in New York, tells of a joke perpetrated on his firm in 1866. A musician named Carafa, who was always " broke, ” went to borrow money of Rossini, who was frequenily in the same plight. The composer said: "I'm sorry I can't lend you any money, but I'll write some music for you, and if you will take it 10 Brandus he'll give you some money for it.” Carafa gladly accepted this proposition. and in a wonderful short time Rossini had filled several pages with notes. The piece he entitled "Sweet Memories of T'Africaine,' by Rossini.” Carafa hurried to the Rue Richelieu to lay it before Brandus, who, on seeing the manuscript, was suprised, for Rossini and Meyerbeer, composer of “l'Africaine," were bitter enemies. The publisher's joy over receiving an improvisation on "l'Africaine," from