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ENTERTAINMENTS. PICTURES AND VAUDEVILLE. 3Melrose Theatre was well attended last night, when Maud Courtney, the Yankee Girl, and Mr. C., an English comedian and double-voiced vocalist, made successful first appearances. The skating duo, Athos and Read, again created a sensation. To-night "Petticoat Camp" and "The American Bath ing Beauties" will be presented for the last time. At the Shaftesbury last evening the amateur trials delighted a large audience. A number of changes were also given by the performers supplying the vaudeville programme. This evening will be the last night of the current pictures. For to-mor row a Nordish picture entitled "Shang haied," described as the greatest picture yet screened, will be shown. A new vaude ville turn, entitled "Bo-na, or the Living Skeleton," a unique illusion, originated by two Perth citizens, will also be given. Karle's educated dogs and pony will make their first appearance here. There was another good attendance at Spencer's Esplanade Gardens last night. The programme will be screened to-night for the last time. To-morrow night a grand Christmas bill will be presented. Another enthusiastic audience greeted the Corrick family of entertainers last night at His Majesty's Theatre. Miss Elsie Corrick, a charming young soprano, and Mr. Jack Bonny, an English comedian, gave popular items.. The box-plan is at Nicholson's. To-night in the Olympia, Hay-street, op posite. Foy and Gibsqn's, Jack Lee, come dian, will make his first appearance in songs at the piano. Fasola, the Indian fakir, is to give new illusions, and MissSimpson Pearce will contribute new operatic se!ec tiions. The entire programme will be changed. The last night of the current programme of Spencer's pictures at the Theatre Royal is announced. To-morrow a number of special holiday attractions will be shown, including "The Money Kings," "Christmas Carols" (adapted from Charles Dickens's work), and "Trafl1gar and To-day" (the story of England's maritime greatness). There was a good house at King's Thea tre, Perth, last night. The star picture. "After Darkness, Light," is a fine drama. On Christmas night children under 12. will be presented with a Nestle's chocolate cou pon. Salter's current programme of photo. plays is attracting large crowds to the Star Rink, H'ay-street. The Quealys will ap ear for the last time to-night in their sketch, "Fun in a Kitchen." The picture entitled "Queen Bess," with Sarah Bernhardt in the name part, was pre sented for the second time last evening by the Y.A.L. Picture Corppany at Fremantle. Wilson and Pritchard, in their original crea tion, the Merry Ostlers, featuring athletic, vocal, and comic selections, were several times recalled. The programme will be re 'peated throughout this week, and a com plete change is promised for Saturday even The last night of the current programme at Olympia Pictures, Fremantle. is an nounced. The orchestra, which has been strengthened, is under the control of Mr. E. H. Salter. "VIC'S." No.picture previously screened at Queen's Hall has awakened so much interest as "hTe Mysteries of Paris," which was last night witnessed by another large audience. This fascinating story of Parisian life will be presented this evening for the last titmie, and will be replaced on Wednesday night by a special Christmas programme. Nearly a thousand Perth children yes terday afternoon enjoyed a special series of Vic's pictures at the invitation of Tobler's Chocolate Company. There was a large audience at the Town Hall, Fremantle, last night when Phil and Phlora, silent comedy artists, made their second appearance in conjunction with Vic's pictures. Greed for Gold, and the supporting pictures, including three Vitagraph studies; will be screened to-night for the last time. To-morrow night the management will pre sent their "star" exclusive, "The Mysteries of Paris." PALACE GARDENS. All arrangements are now completed for the opening of Palace (Cremorne) Gardens to-morrow night. The 'gardens have been renovated, and new and comfortable seats provided. Twelve vaudeville turns are an nounced for the opening programme. The chief attractions are Karle's educated dogs, and pony, an act which has been successful in the Eastern States. On Tuesday next The Raleighs, "wonder wire walkers," and Beat tie Macdonald will make their first appear ancl in Western Australia'. The manage ment intend submitting a vaudeville pro gramme only. Seats may be booked at Nicholson's. PERTH PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY. The Perth Philharmonic Society will give its 10th concert in His Majesty's Theatre to morrow night, when Handel's oratorio "The Messiah," will be performed. The' principals are M.iss Minnie Waugh (soprano), Miss Min nie Rayner (contralto), Mr. Rhys Francis (tenor), Mr. G. C. Haywood (bass), Mr. Hugh McMahon .(solo trumpet). The .work will be produced under the direction of Mr. Herbert C. Goff, the society's hlion. conduc tor. Special prices of admission are announc ed elsewhere. The performance will begin at 8 instead of 7.45 as previously advertised. The box plan is now open at Nicholson's. PRINCESS THEATRE, FREMANTLE. As on Saturday, the opening night, West's new picture theatre at Fremantle was crowded long before the programme open. ed last evening. A high-class vaudeville turn was given by Miss Elsie McGuire, a charm ing singer of chorus songs. In response to an encore for her 'tweet Songs of Ireland," she rendered the popular American planta tion craze, "Bamboo Bungalow." Of the pictures the star filhu was Th i French Spy, a well photographed milit:,y drama in which pirates, Arabs, slaves, and ed6diers play various parts. The theme ceitres round
a young girl, Matilce, who, with her par ents, is taken by pirates when travelling to Algiers. Mathilde and her mother and father suffer much torture at the hands a= their captors, and are afterwards sold as slaves to the Moors. Mathilde escapes and informs Colonel Birnell, who orders out the military. After many exciting incidents, in which the spy plays a treacherous part, the usual happy ending eventuates. The comic element is well supplied in "Her Old Sweet heart," and "On the Honeymoon," and a trick photo called "Tony's Flight" is also on the programme. A complete change of programme will be made to-morrow night, when a magnificent battle picture, "The Charge of Balaclava," will be screened. The boa plan is at Nicholson's. RIVER EXCURSIONS. The Zephyr will run to Rottnest Island at 10.30 this morning, and at 8 p.m. for a moonlight trip. The Zephyr and Westralian will maintain a daily service to Rottnest at 10.30 a.m. daily.