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HE THEATRICAL future of to accept the good with the bad, with equal the Pacific Coast is fraught with grace.

Local managers have been at their significance. Never in its his

mercy, and have invariably been given tory has there been displayed little consideration, and their protests such universal interest by the public and have been in vain, as they have been told theatre-lovers in particular. A good deal if their bookings were not satisfactory, of this interest has been stirred up by the they were at liberty to go to a much Shuberts, whose determination to estab- warmer clime or close their houses altolish an independent chain of theatres, gether. Naturally, such conditions have from coast to coast, has brought about a been unfair, and managers and public new era in American theatricals. These were not given a fair and square deal. young wizards, who love to style them- The recent visit of the Shuberts to this selves the “Independents," have virtually coast has resulted in their leasing or erectset about to beard the theatrical lion in ing in every syndicate town of any imhis den, or, in other words, to fight the portance, a theatre for their own attractheatrical syndicate to a finish. The task tions. This activity has, of course, been they set themselves was a herculean one, noted by the syndicate, and, intuitively, and the wiseacres shook their heads and both forces have selected this territory as said that they could never do it; that the their chief battle ground; that is, exceptresult would be ruin, utter oblivion and ing New York. The result is, that this annihilation. In the first place, a theatre season we shall be surfeited with a menu was needed in every principal city of the of good things from the theatrical larder,

, country, as well as many of the smaller and some real original productions will be towns and one night stands. Then again a feature. At this writing, the first gun attractions must be found to give these has been fired, and the entire coast is on houses consecutive bookings.

the qui vive, smacking lips in anticipaAfter a campaign extending over some tion of the theatrical feast spread before years, the Shuberts announced themselves them. It is almost impossible, for many as ready, and threw into the theatrical reasons, to obtain even a partial list of the arena the gage of battle, and this season various companies and productions to be the merry war will be on in full force. seen here, but as many as possible of this The Pacific Coast, owing to its geographi- and last season's successes will be brought cal position, will, in a measure, be the out. great gainer. Heretofore, we have not had Owing to these new conditions, and the fair treatment at the hands of the New renewed and added interest of play-goers York booking agents; in other words, the in general, a partial summary of this seatrust. They have had absolute sway and son's output should be of general interest, domination over the theatrical destinies because the majority will in due time be of this coast, and any old thing has been seen on this coast. good enough for us. We have been obliged The enterprises, owned or controlled,

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by the Shuberts during the coming season the largest single producers in the world. number nearly fifty. The official state- A few early New York productions are ment of the attractions follows: Miss Lulu "The Gay Hussars," an operetta from the Glaser in a new musical play, “The Girl German. “Billy,” a new comedy by Geo. from the States." Sam Bernard in a new Cameron will be brought out at Daly's. musical play, "The Girl and the Wizard." Also a drama at the Hackett by Wilson Planquette's new opera, "The Paradise of Mizner and George Bronson "Howard, Mahomet,” will be given a big production. called “The Only Law.”

called "The Only Law.” At the Liberty, A new English musical comedy entitled a musical play called "The Florist Shop, “The King of Cadonia.” Lew Fields in by Oliver Herford. A drama called "The

revue as yet unnamed. Louise Ringmaster,” by Olive Porter, at Maxine Gunning in the Pixley & Luders operetta, Elliott's theatre. "A Broken Idol” at the "Marcelle." Corinne in "Mlle. Mischief.” Herold Square. At the Garrick, Michael Emma Carus in a new musical comedy. Morton's comedy, “Detective Sparks.” At James T. Powers in “Havana,” and a road Wallack's, a drama called "The Dollar company in the same play. “The Girl Be- Mark.” At the Lyceum, “Arsene Lupin,” hind the Counter," with a prominent a French detective play. comedian at the head. Frank Daniels Among other things, Charles Frohman in "The Belle of Brittany.” “The Persian will produce Edmond Rostand's new play, Princess," London's latest musical success,

“The Chanticleer,” also "Israel," a powerand another imported one called “The ful new play by Henry Bernstein. Also a Barefoot Dancer.” John Philip Sousa's Paris success called “Scandal." Alfred newest opera, “The Glassblowers." Eddie Sutro has two new plays. John Drew in Foy in "Mr. Hamlet of Broadway.” A

A a new comedy called "Inconstant George.” comedy called "The Motor Girl.” Jefferson Ethel Barrymore in a new comedy by De Angelis in "The Beauty Spot." Madam Pinero. Otis Skinner in a new play by Nazimova in a new modern play. Florence Booth Tarkington. Also Conan Doyle's Roberts in a new play. Mme. Bertha

Mme. Bertha London success, “The Fires of Fate." ” Kalich in a new play. Mary Mannering Bruce McRae in "The Flag Lieutenant." in “The Independent Miss Gower.” A new musical comedy called “The Dollar Forbes Robertson in his big London suc- Princess.” Maude Adams in “What Every cess, "The Passing of the Third Floor Woman Knows." Julia Marlowe and E. Back.” Maxine Elliot in “Deborah of H. Sothern in "Antony and Cleopatra.” Tods.” William Faversham in Stephen David Belasco will have a new comedy, Phillips' "Herod.” Bertha Galland in a "Is Matrimony a Failure ?” David Warnew play. George Fawcett in "The Great field in a new play, and Charlotte Walker John Ganton." Charles Richman in “The in “Just a Wife.” Frances Starr will Revellers.” “Lawrence Wheat and Walter continue in "The Easiest Way,” Blanche Jones in the comedy, "Going Some." Chas. Bates will continue in “The Fighting Cherry in "The Bachelor." Marietta Olly, Hope.” the Viennese actress, in a new play. Two Henry W. Savage will bring out Biscompanies in "The Witching Hour.” A son's new drama, “Madame X.” Also a road company in "Going Some,” as well as new Viennese comedy. The Lieblers will two companies in Clyde Fitch's "Girls," have Walker Whiteside in "The Melting and three companies in “The Wolf.” Pot.” Viola Allen will be seen in “The Three companies in the "Blue Mouse." White Sister.” Dustin Farnum in “Cameo Clyde Fitch's new play, "The City.” “The Kirby.” ““

H. B. Warner in Royle's new Typewriter Girl," a new musical play by play, “In the Blood,” which is a sequel to Joseph Herbert. "The Mouse Trap," a "The Squaw Man." Chrystal Herne in a new play by Hartley Manners. Zelda new play by Henry Blossom. Harrison Sears in a new Clyde Fitch comedy called Grey Fiske will present "Septimus,” with

" “The Manicure Girl.”

George Arliss in the title role. A drama A perusal of the list conclusively shows called “The Bridge.” Mrs. Fiske continthat the enemy is armed and well pre- ues in “Salvation Nell.” pared, and it might be added that as a Henry B. Harris will continue “The matter of fact, that the Shuberts are now Third Degree,” and a new play of Russian

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life called “On the Eve.” Robert Edeson also bring out a new play called “The in “The Noble Spaniard." Edmund Children of Destiny.” Klaw & Erlanger Breese in "The Earth,” a new play by an will produce a political play called "SenaEnglish playwright. A new play entitled “The Heights,” with Frank Keenan. Also “Such a Little Queen,” by Channing Pollock, also Kellet Chamber's comedy, “An American Widow.” Mr. Savage will also present “The Love Cure.” Grace Elliston in "An American Girl

Girl from France," by Harriet Ford. Among other Harris productions will be “The Commuters," by James Forbes, and a new play by Charles Klein, which is as yet unnamed. “The Barrier," with Guy Standing and Theodore Roberts. Maclyn Arbuckle in “The Circus Man." Lillian Russell in “The Widow's Might.” Mlle. Adeline Genee in a new play. Klaw & Erlanger will bring out “Through a Window," which will feature Lillian Albertson, and another play called "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." Their musical plays will be "The Young Turk," with Max Rogers, and Maude Raymond in "The Air King,” and a Victor Herbert piece with May de Souza in the principal role.

Mr. Brady will have Robert Mantell in Shakespeare. Grace George in "A Woman’s Way.” Tim Murphy in “My Boy,” and Clara Lipman in a new piece called “The Sins of Others.” Cyril Scott in “The Little Brown Jug." Phoebe Davies in a new play by W. J. Hurlburt. Fritzi Scheff will continue in "The Prima Donna,” and Elsie Janis will again be seen in “The Fair Co-Ed."

Mabel Taliaferro will be seen as the star of "Springtime,” by Tarkington and Wilson. Also "The Assassin,” a new play by Eugene Walter. “The Fool's Comedy" is another new play by J. Hartley Manners. Also two new plays by Porter Emerson Browne. George Ade and Gustave Luders are writing a new musical comedy for Montgomery & Stone. Wagenhals & Kemper will produce a new play by Eugene Walter, and “The Raven," by George Hazleton. Henrietta Crossman in “Sham.” Francis Wilson has a new play called “The Bachelor's Baby." William Collier in a new play by himself. De Wolf Hopper has a new play. Joseph Weber will continue in "The Merry Widow and the Devil.” He will also produce a new opera called “The Song of a Soul.” Brady will

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tor West,” by H. B. Needham; also a called “Chains,” and Maugham’s new comdramatization of the novel, “The Inner edy, called “Mrs. Dot.” William Gillette Shrine.” Mr. Frohman brings out will not act this season. Lewis Waller will English musical play, called “The Arca- come to this country, and another noted dians." Also another London success en- English actor will be seen here, Sir Hertitled “Our Miss Gibbs.” Later he will bert Beerbohm Tree. Also Sir Charles produce plays by Henry Arthur Jones, Wyndham and Miss Mary Moore, and we George Bernard Shaw, J. M. Barrie, Cap- will have from across the pond Ellaline tain Marshall and Haddon Chambers. Mr. Terriss and Marie Tempest in their latest Hackett will star under his management success. Billy Burke continues in "Love in “Samson.” Also an English comedy Watches,” and Marie Doro has a new play.


· Did the gold of the West give birth to thee,

Child of the North Wind and the wandering sea,
Sad sea foam ?

Thou drifteth from the white-reefed line of the bar,
Leagues, long leagues, past the evening star,
Where ships roam.

Where the sea-born goddess trails her hair,
Thou riseth from the waves beside her there,
White, death white;

And trailing thy filmy skirts across the foam,
Thou sweepest landward toward man's home,
With Night, sad Night.

On past the headland and the dying fires,
With soft touch chilling the soul that aspires;
Soon, too soon.

Spirit of the reefs and the sounding sea,
O what can thy message for the wanderer be?
Rest, rest soon!

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Miss Antonia Vallejo de Portola. This is the Spanish Californian type of beauty. Miss Vallejo is the great-great-great granddaughter of Governor Vallejo and of the Portola family.

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