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AMUSEMENTS

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THEATRE ROYAL.

'THE NATIVE BORN."

The Bert Bailey Dramatic Company mado their first change- of programme on Saturday night, befoio a good noiiho, when "On Our beleotion," which bns had such a splendid run, g.tvo place to another intensely amusing coniedy drnnin, entitled 'Tho Native Born," by Albert Edmundb (author of ''The Sriuat

ter's Daughter"), and was produced for the iii st time on any stage. The pla) U ,t very original work, with a well sustained plot and a pretty love stoiy. It is unique in that leger- demain is very effectively brought luto play by Mr. Bert Bailey in working it out, a nu ho prox-os to bo a very skil- ful and amusing exponent of thnt kind

of work. The piece is another ono il- lustrative of baclc-b'ocks life in Austra- lia, though on more dramatic lines than "On Our Selection." A land speculator named Blackmore, xvho is a grasping, callous, treacherous knave, plot* to get hold of the land of a neighbour named Hillgrove, because it has a good water frontage and a rich gold deposit upon it. All his schemes are heroically re- sisted by Hillgrove and his manly son Jack. Blackmore also xvants to maro'

Lily Armidale, a, young lady of means, aria Jack's sweetheart, hut who refuses the schemer with scorn, and so accentu- ates his .resolve to play the villain. On tho other hand, Blnckmore's dashing sister, Alma, loves Jack, but ho dis- likes her, so, in a bitter spirit of jeal- ousy and revenge, she aids her brother in plotting against tho Hillgrovcs. \vith the assistance of Blnckmore's dare-devil accomplices, Solly Steele and Barcoo Bill, they got Jack Hillgrove accused of the murder of Kosciusko Joe, an old fossicker and dummicr, a deed actually committed by Solly Steele in the prc senco of Barcoo Bill, Blackmore, and his sister. The chase and investigations involve somo trying experiences amid the snows nnd cold of winter on the mountain, but the villain mid his ac- complices aro cornered at last. This plot is sketehily worked out, amid an abundance of comic relief of a very laughable kind, cloverly sustained by soveral merabors of the company, who are highly capable of playing light com eely and farcical parts. There are a man-hating, fussy maiden nunt< and guardian of tho heroinev Lily Armidale ; Charles Spinnifex, magician, hypnotist, and u'ondcr-worker; n< very, funny Hi- bernian policeman, who, as well as Willie Staggers (Spinnifex'« assistant), tries to mnko love to the intolerant aunt for the sako of her money, while the dashing magician is moro successful in this tine with Hillgrovo's young daughter Cissie, and tiley have a pretty love-making scene. The laugh- able scones and situations created hy these peop'o keep up a lively vein of fun throughout the four acts, the whole house frerjuently bursting into uproari- ous laughter. Mr. Bert Bailey, as tho magician with his gushing facotiou6 ncss and habit of punning, is tho source of much merriment, mixed with sur- prises. When the villain and his no complices have hunted down Jack into a box, to the astonishment of everybody nnothor man comos out of it; and on another occasion w-hen Jack's pursuers had trapped liim in a bag¡ and blutlgeoiied him whilst in it, as they thought, they found, after all, that they had bpaton another person. Again, in the second net, Spiunif'ex causes a ghost of the murder eel Joe to appear, and frightens Baicoo Bill into stating how- Soil)- Steolo com-

mitted the crinio. Much adroitness is displayed by Mr. Bailey in this way, and throughout his part is a pungontly humorous piece of work. A well-studied character iu acting and make-up is Miss Alfreda Bevan'*, impersonation of the prudish, prying, assertive aunt. Mies Mary Marloxv, as the heroine, Lily Ar- midale, acts exceedingly well. Mr. George Treloar, as the villainous lane! speculator, has'a thankless, ; but lead- ing, part to play, and plays- it wel!. Miss Lilias Adoson makes very realistic all that is meHnt by n woman jilted and scorned by the man she loves, becoming a revengeful, designing creature, and sustains several dramatic situations very ofloctively. Tn "On Our Selection" Miss Adeson elopictod Dave Rudd's ex- treme,1)' soft sweetheart and wife, but in this piece she is n f ash iona bly-elress cd, hándsonio young woman. Mr. Ed- mund Duggan, as usual, is very ninus ing ns the Hibernian policeman, who nexrer catches anybody. 2tlr. A. Har- ford appears to advantage a« Jno. Hill- grove, nnd Mr Guy Hastings as the heroic Jack, while the rest of the cast is in capable hands. The scenery and general mounting throughout nearly a score of scones nie worthy of nil praise, and there is a capab'e orchestra. The piece -will bo repeated this evening and to-morrow evoning.

THE GREAT McBWEN.

It is a long time since Hobart has boon so well catered for in tha shape of a good variety entertainment like the one presented at the Tcmperaiicc hall on Saturday evening by Mr. P. H. McEwen. The attendance* vvns an ex- cellent "ono. Mr. McEwen is a nephew of Anderson, the wizard of, the North, who appeared in Hobart a number of years ago. It might be claimed for Mr. McEwen that ho also possesses the art of mystifying his audience in as great a degree as did his predeces- sor, Anderson ; for tho clover way in which he did his sleight-of-hnnd tricks brought forth general laughter, and rounds upon rounds of applause. The method adopted by Mr. McEwen is, ho states, absolutely original, and would mystify any other magician present, as well as the layman. He first showed a number of card'tricks, all of which wero cleverly executed, and then hold up two handkerchiefs, ono red and the other blue, and by a simplo shako of the band, turned the handkerchiefs from their original colours into white and yellow. He then asked a lady in the audience to kindly lend him her handkerchief, which he placed in a small ink bottle. This done, ho went to another table, took from it a i airly largo siüod apple, and commenced peel- ing it before liis audience, and on com- ing to the core drew forth tho hand- kerchief, to the accompaniment of shrieks of laughter and applause from all parts of the hall. Mr. McEwen then further showed his capabilities by placing one tin tube over a glass tumbler, and another tin tube over a piut bottle. Stepping to the front of tlio platform, he said he desired, with- out handling the glass or bottle, to change their places from one tube to the other. Ho walker} hack to the taihle, and straightway lifting the tubo off what everybody thought was the glass tumbler, revealed, to the a maze menu of all, tho bottle. A number of equally clever tricks were accomplished bv the professor, who left the stage at tho interval with a deafening chorus of applause. Florenco Hartley, a prima donna, lato of Savage's and the Boston Lyrics Opern Companies, sang "Roses" in a finished style, and on be- ing recalled gave an excellent render ing of "Golden Rod." Following upon these items, the professor entertained his audience for over an hour with his marvellous hypnotising acts. It is impossible to describe tho wonderful way in which he does his work, suffice it to say that the spell-bound silence of the people was sufficient to show their appreciation . of Mr. McEwen's ability as a hypnotist.

The company, will give their second performance tniB evening.

THE GOLIrSEÄTON RECITAL.

Herr Edward Gol], the Bohemian pianist, and Miss Rose Seaton opened their season in Hobart at the Town hall on Saturday night. Considering the large number of counter-attractions, lhere was an excellent house. The Governor (Sir Hurry Barron), the Ad- miral and Lady king-Hall, "and the Mayor (Alderman Crisp) and Mrs. Crisp , I were present. Tho piogramme opened

with pianoforte eoloa.uy Herr Goll, who,

' as an initial contribution, played a fiastoralo and capriccio by Scarlatti, fol trxvod by a scherzo by Mendelssohn. If any of the audience hnd como to criti- cise, they mui-t speedily have abandoned tbo task as a thankless ono, for Horr Coll very soon mndo it apparent that as n pianist he is an artist of a very high order. His technique is marvel- lous, and he poises**, tho true musical t-ompoi ameni which enables lum to pass from the delicacy of Scarlatti to the grandeur of Beethoven or the emotion- al warmth of Chopin with surencss and ease. It is not an easy matter in our MirioundingH to find standard!, of com- parison for a man who has lived ni the same ntïiosphcro with the musical gloat ones of the old world, but if Herr Goll's. hearers weie unable to emulate his effeirts, they wore at least able to understand them, and show their appreciation. Theio vvero enthu- siastic recalls at the conclusion of each selection, which thu performer respond- ed to at first by bow'ing, but ho was finally compelled to resume his seat at thei pianoforte, and repeat part at least o* one. Amongst the selections given on Saturday night were subjects lrom Beethoven, Chopiu, and Liszt, all of which xvero done admirably, though the general opinion of tho audience was that the performer appeared himself to lind most pleasure in the Chopin eiunr tette. Miss Rose Seaton it, an elocu- tionist of considerable nhility, who in tioduccs what is nexv in Hobart in the musical recitation. This produces a ver)' strange anel unUGU.nl effect, tho W'orcls and "tho music- appenriW to re- act upon and intensify tho vividness of each other. Tho first item given, "The High Tide," by Jean Ingelow, with in- cidental musio by Liza Lohmann, gave the story of the overwhelming of a Lin- colnshire village by a tidal wave, and the effect produced was really remark- able. The incidental music was played by Herr (Soll. Miss Seaton also re- cited E. A. Poo's w-ell-knoxvn poem "The Bolls" in the same way. In ¡"ddition to these, a number of Shakes penrian recitals were given with great dramatic force, and in every case the performer hnd to respond to enthu- siastic encores One of the eev-t re- citations of tho everting was the well known littlo pnem, "Tho Goblin-Hnunt ed Girl," which was given in response to ,i demand from the audience for moro. The entertainment as a whole is a, very high-class one. and dcseivcs the support of those xvhoso sympathies aro with 'art, xx-hethor elocuticnaiy or

instrumental.

An equally attractive programme has been prepared for the second Goll-Sea ton recital in the Town-hall this even- ing. Herr Gol! will ulay works selected from tho compositions of Brahms, Schu- mann, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, and the celebrated young English composer, Cy- ril Scott. Miss Rose Seaton will give ii scono from Dombey and Son, the fa- mous scone of Sir Peter and Lady Teav.lo from "The School_ for Scandal,

and musical recitations with Herr Goll.

SPENCER'S PICTTJR.ES. '

The last two nights of "The Money Kings" are announced at His Majesty s Theatre; this magnificent star feature and current programme of Spencer's has been attracting crowded, houses. Saturday afternoon tho matinee , at- tendance was very large, and at night hundreds wore unah'e to obtain admis- sion. Spencer's Symphony Orchestra lends charm to tho subjects presented at His Majesty's. Last night somo boautiful pictures were screened to an- other largo nndience. "The Wheel of Destruction" is the principal announce- ment for VATeelnosday next in tho noxx

programmc.

GRAND EMPIRE.

The txvo perfoi manees given hv the English Amusement Company on Satur- day afternoon and evening were largely patronised, more especially at toe lat- ter entertainment, when all parts were occupied. The uoxv pictures presented xvero up to the standard ,of this company, and they röpreJ sentod lo -súbjectei. ,-The star fon turo, -"'Through Troublod Water*,", is a poxveiful drama. It is a story that plays upon the "emotions and unfolds a series of engrossing tab- leaux. Other dramas of exceptional merit aro "The Cringcr" (Selig), ''Bron oho Billy Outwitted" (Essanay). and "Tho Bandit's Daughter," a trio of splpndid AVestcrn tales, one of xvhich features that famous cowboy actor, Mr. C. II. Anderson. "The Two Ae-cs" rc vea's life in continental clubs, and beau- tiful sooiucs and topioals aro givon in "Eton and AArindsor," and "Tho War- wick Chronicle," At, usual with this company there was the budget of com- edy-farce ribbons. Last night, there was ?A full house, and a uno programme» of music was rendered by tho orchestra. Jo-night Saturelny's bill will ho re-

peated.

The third annual fair in aid of the Bellerive Rowing Club is to bo held on

April .3.

Mrs. Percy Marchant, assisted by Ho- barts lending artists, is announced to give farexvcll song recitals at Franklin

and other towns.

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