THE MICHIGAN DAILY.
Count, but Maria goes to Plon's lodg-
ings and secures the diamonds before
his death. When Bulford and a young
detective, Dick Brummage, arrive,
they*find only a package of old let-
ters, which Bulford takes home. Upon
perusing them he discovers evidence
of his wife's relations with the dead
thief and suffers an apoplectic stroke
while denouncing her. Maria gives
him a glass of poisoned wine, and he
With the connivance of her brother
Maria manages to have Frank Laxelot,
a young clerk whom Bulford has
quarreled with and discharged, shang-
hied upon a tramp steamer, making it
appear that Frank is guilty of the
murder and has run away. Frank es-
capes In a small boat and returns to
Detective Brummage, in love with
Frank's sister, Mary, sets out to con-
vict Maria and clear Frank. He in-
troduces Mary into Maria's home as a
maid, to secure evidence against the
Maria attempts to sell the diamonds
to a notorious "fence", Mother Rosen-
baum, who hates Don Plon and his
woman accomplice because they be-
trayed her son to the police in Rus-
sia. Maria, discovering that Mary is
in league with Brummage, makes
Mother Rosenbaum believe that Mary,
and not herself, was the former ac-
complice of Don Plon. Mother Rosen-
baum decoys Mary to her house and
imprisons her, where she is finally
rescued by Brummage.
Maria, having won the protection of
a powerful politician, appears at a re-
ception in his home, wearing the
AT TOP OF LADDER
; t iK K . ::
Actress Heads the
of Theatrical Stars
In the hisory of the stage in Amer-
ica there have been emparatively few
names that have and will stand out
with a never dimming luminosity.
Mrs. Fiske's, of course, is one, and as
the past has not, the future probably
will not disclose one so unique in ac-
complishment. This gifted woman
stands absolutely alone, not only in
what she has done but in the influence
she has exerted.
Prior to her memorable productions
of "Tess" and "Becky Sharp", the
stage was weighted down by tradi-
tions as to elocution, what is techni-
caly known as "business"-the action,
by-play, etc., that accompany the
spoken words in the encompassing of
a character--and mise en scene. These
traditions and fossilized forms were
cast to the winds by Mrs. Fiske and
her new creed of naturalness was in
effect a proclamation of emancipation
to the American stage, and there has
been no return to the old order of
things. The shackles were struck for
good and all.
Another thing which Mrs. Fiske
buried "ten thousand fathoms deep"
was the inviolate axiom that the
"star" must be the "be all and end
all" of the play. To her everlasting
credit will stand the ensemble per-
formance and the more than one part
play. It has always been her aim to
secure the best cast possible for any
play in which she was to appear. Con-
trary to the pr'actice of many of our
modern stars who insist upon a med-
iocre support so that their own work
will shine in contrast, and in a goodly
number of instances it is the only
way it could shine, Mrs. Fiske has
gathered together a succession of
casts that have been simply dazzling
in their brilliancy. Just recall "Tess"
with Charles Coghlan, Edward M.
Bell, and Annie Irish; "Becky Sharp"
with Maurice Barrymore and Tyrone
Power; "Leah Kleschna" with John
Mason, George Arliss, Charles Cart-
Readng Le/ oIyht
7p Pow GAIL KANE EL ITA PROCTOR.OTIJ
C1CHAf.J.Pff--WALLACE EDDINGER .MARTIN J.Al.
pOoromn PUPNELL t PRATT DOROTHY ARTh
Cast of "The Great Diamond Robbery", at the Majestic, May 21-23.
wright and William B. Mack; "The
New York Idea" with Mason and Ar-
liss; "Salvation Nell" "hiit Holbrook
Blinn, and "The lligh Road" with Ar-
thur Byron and Frederick Perry. Her
companies have been perfect training
grounds for stars and her splendid
art has leavened the entire stage of
the country through those who have
gone from her companies to others.
And such productions as the Fiskes
have made! The ball-room scene in
"Becky Sharp", the wonderful in-
teriors in "The New York Idea", the
marvelous street in "Salvation Nell",
that second act epitome of sumptuous-
ness and beauty in "The High Road"
---where has there been anything to
equal or approach them! Consider
these in connection with the casts
already referred to, and even the most
unthinking laymen will get some idea
of the obligations laid upon the Amer-
ican stage by its most brilliant and
interesting figure and her., wonderful-
ly efficient co-worker, for it is a co-
partnership in, art that is happy in-
deed, that between Mrs. Fiske and her
husband. It is Mr. Fiske who "iakes
the productions", his latest achieve-
ment in'this direction, prior to "The
High Road" having been "Kismet"
Mrs. Fiske in "Mfrs. Bumstead-Leigh", at the Whitney, May 18.
TOLD ON SCRE
A moving picture productio
Dickens' famous masterpiece, "
Copperfield" will be presented a
Majestic theatre for three days,
nee and night, starting tomorrow
film will be offered by the Hep
Manufacturing Co., in seven pai
The dramatization 'follows c
the thred of the novel. iIt tells
David Copperfield, shortly afte
death of his beloved father, be
aware of the attention of one Mr.
dock to his, mother. His displ&
at such attention is markedly ev
ed, and as a result he is dispatcl
a visit to Aunt Peggoty's homei n
mouth, which has been made
upturned boat by the side of th
Here he meets little Emnily.
The story then goes on to de
David's rise to fame and fortun
the closing scenes the Mica'
who have gone to follow their lu
Australia, seated around their Yi
table, rise.in toast to the Coppe
May 18-Mrs. Fiske.
Majestic T eatre
May 18-24-David Copperfield.
May 21-23-The Great Diamond Rob-
OF BURNS MANTLE'
In "Mrs. Bumstead.Leigh", Mrs. Fiske
Delights Critic of New York
HER COMEDY DECLARED IDEAL
Mr. Burns Mantle, who 'as dramatic
critic on the Chicago Inter-Ocean for
a number of years and later on the
$ Tribune, made for himself such a repu-
tation that he "moved up higher" and
has been serving for the past year or
more in a similar capacity on the New
York Evening Mail, said of "Mrs.
Bumstead-Leigh", which Mrs. Fiske is
to present at the Whitney theatre on
Monday, May 18:
"Have you by any chance, in tak-
ing the country air on a Sunday or a
holiday ever noticed an apparently
high-bred, well-groomed colt dancing
through a perfect artist's dream of a
pasture, full of the joy of equine life
and perhaps a peck or so of oats?
You have? Then you should have but
little difficulty in understanding what
we mean when we say that that was
exactly the mind picture dear Mrs.
Fiske suggested in playing 'Mrs.
Bumstead-Leigh' and Mrs. Fiske plays
it with an enthusiasm that is irresist-
ible, and a suggestion of individual joy
in the lark she is having that is most
"In 'Mrs. Bumstead-Leigh', Mrs.
Fiske charmingly plays herself plus
the fun the author, Harry James
Smith, has given her. She is hand-
some, happy and artfully buoyant, and
never without that perfect grasp on
the best high comedy technique our
Besides Mrs. Fiske, the cast of
"Mrs. Bumstead-Leigh", which comes
to the Whitney, May 18, contains:
Grace Griswold, Malcolm Duncan,
Kate Mayhew, Kenneth Hunter, Fay
Bainter, and Nina Melville. +
MAKES NO CLAIM,
TO SUBTLE PLOT
"The Great Diamond Robbery", an
Early Majestic Booking, Is but
and Out Melodrama.
GAIL KANE PLAYS VILLAINESS
Daniel V. Arthur, the noted theatri-
cal producer, will present a thrilling
photoplay entitled "The Great Diam-
ond Robbery" at the Majestic theatre
for three days, starting Thursday, May
21. Three performances will be given
daily, at 3:00, 7:00 and 9:00 o'clock
respectively. This is the first time
that such .an attraction has ever been
shown except at $2 prices.
"The Great Diamond Robbery" was
written by Edward Alfriend and A.
C. Wheeler and contains 250 scenes.
Opening in St. Petersburg with the
theft, by a notorious thief, Don Plon,
of the famous Romanoff diamonds
jewels. She is confronted by Brun
wage, with Mary and Frank, and de-
nounced by Count Garbiadoff just ar-
rived from Russia. Realizing the end
has come, the beautiful adventuress
dies by poison, falling headlong down
the grand staircase at the feet of her
Cast of Characters
A scene from "The Great Diamond
from the Count Garbiadoff, the action
of the play speedily transports the
beholder across the Atlantic to New
York, where Don Plon, unable to dis-
pose of the stolen jewels has sought
refuge. His former sweetheart, Maria
Marino, has married Dr. Bulford, a
wealthy New Yorker. On his death-
bed Don Plon sends for Dr. Bulford,
desiring to return the jewels to the
Count Garbiadoff ...... Martin J. Alsop
Maria, a Brazilian adventuress...
Mario, Maria's brother............
........ . .....Purnell 13. Pratt
Don Plon, an adventurer and 4hief
Mr. Bulford.......... Charles J. Ross
Mother'Rosenbaum's son.Frank Hardy
Mother Rosenbaum, a "fence"..... .
.................Elita Proctor Otis
Frank Lavelot.... Herbert Darrington
Mary Lavelot......... Dorothy Arthur
Dick Brummage, a private detec-
tive .............Wallace Eddinger.
Gail Kane, who plays the leading
role in "The Great Diamond Robbery",
is an actress of note. She has appear-
ed successfully in "As a Man Thinks",
"The Model" and "The Divorcons".
Last fall she created an important
part in "Seven Keyes to Baldpate".
At the Whitney theatre, Monday, May 18.