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all good men and bad are forced to advantages and its disadvantages. Its
cross the bridge over hell-pit named greatest advantage is'that it probably T he Port i anteau P layerS
"Sirat" (Strach). The sinn s are restrains many- rash actions sioce it
chained and then goaded across, while affords the .hate,filled. mind an outlet MILLARD PRYOR
the incipient inhabitants of paradise through the imagination. Many an
trip along happily, delighted at the angry man will rest easy -with- the "How are we staid grown-ups going ever watchful influence of Stuart
sight of hell like tourists visiting a assurance that befre lng his enemy to find a chance to run away to the Walker, the man who has made this
blast furnace. But the Bridge Sirat is will suffer deliciously-. On- theother fairyland of our imagination if it is form of art possible and who sees In
treacherous and unsafe: it is, as a hand, as a goad to virtue, hell must not in the theater?" asks Mr. Stuart the Portmanteau Theatre the result
matter of fact, no wider- than a fine ever e a faiure. I believe .it :was
hair,and is as sharp as the edge of Maxim Goi.kwhorsaid: I think that Walker while speakingof the purpose of years of dreaming and planning.
a sword. But God has made his chos- unless a mpa adjione another good, of his Prtmanteau theater and simi- Mr. Walker's reputation is already -
en people into tight-rope walkers who then he has done, wrong," or as La lar forms of drama. And it is a state- well known here and needs little com-
easily pass over the gulf to where the Rohefoucauld ,had it: "No man de- ment of this nature that reveals rat- ment.
beauteous damsels-are. The sinners, serves to be. praised for his goodness tha n almost ak else It is sfft that hion-
however, slip off the string when-they unless he -hass tlestrength of charac- i the rest moving spirit ack of the stdered one of the fremast. produces
are Just about in the middle and tum- ter to be wicked.. All other goodnes success of-Mr. Walkerand otherme- of truly artisticdrama and that h.is
be into thetake of fire therein for. generallynothingbutbers of the anti-realist school. The many leagues ahead of the majority
hi notelk ffrteenfr sgnrtyohn bt indolene or (.
ever to suffer-unless they be no impotency of wll" A -virtue which term'anti-realist is used advisedly for of his contemporaries. Perhaps one
worse than indiscreet Moslems in is mercenary or whih is obtained it seems to be about the only, true of the most notable things is'the fact
which case they will be pardoned; through fear for one's hide-is not vir- term for this school of art. These that he served for several years as -
only the heretics suffer intolerably tue at all. A man who thinks hell-I men cannot be called romanticits -in right hand man to David Belasco who
and eternally. thoughts is hellishly -bad ioff. Islam. the usual sense, they are decidedly not - is almost the antithesis of Stuart
* * *- encourages this, classicists, and they are still about as Walker in his technique.
Interesting also is it to observe what But perhapswe Westerners lay -too far away from the realists as pos- With his portable theater, his com-
sort of tortures are pictured as char- much stress upon the Moslem "ignor- ' pany of wel trained and capable act'
acteristic of Hell; since there is quite ance." It is .true that it is base; but The Portmanteau part of the name oe , and his own genius. Mr. Wafker
a quibble among commentators on Is- menaces are never as menacing as comes from the fact that this organiz- has very well succeeded in doing what
lam as to the exact nature of the they sound. Islam in sptte of itself ation carries with them a portable he set out to do, That is to make it
punishment-some holding it to be is imbibing the senlar and scientific theatre that can he erected almostt possible for people to see some of
mental, others contending that it It spirit of the age. Already her think-- anywhere and under almost any con- their day-dreams and some of their
physical.- Mohammed- says: "Hell is era, like Ameer Ali, are beginning to ditons And incidentally this piece of childhood fancies in a more concrete
a fire of which the source is the wrath spiritualize their religion, and it is equipment is quite a work of art in it- form, but never so concrete that they
of God, and it is kindled in sin and possible, (though it hardly seems pro- telf. Beautiful as well as service- seem to be prosaic and commonplace.
the flames thereof reach the heart bable), that some time noon the Mo- able, it enables the producer to secure As for the plays that are to be put
first of all." (CIV:6). There is a fruit hammedans will undergo a religious remarkable results that would be im- on in Hill auditorium, the selection is
tree in lyell named Zakkum which revolution as- the western world has, possible in any but the finest equipped about as wise as could be made. In
bears thorny bitter fruit, round like from which will spring a socialsm theaters of the country. The electric the afternoon the two one-act plays
an apple and shaped like devils' making the present dectrines pale, switch board, the cost of which alone "The Gods of the Mountain" and "The
and the superstitions absurd. runs into the thousands of dollars, Murderers" both by Lord Dunsany
skulls: Of this fruit the condemned a enables the action to secure the ben- who is an ideal author for this type
mat eat ldingatry They are- to be fit of all the latest development in of production will occupy most of the
given scalding water to drink and NEVER BITE GIRLS' LIPS ithe infticacies of stage lighting. This time. But as curtain interludes there
they shall have running sores. Every- Then with bleeding lips she kissed piece of prpperty can be held re- will be two short sketches by Mr.
thing in truth will happen to them me sponsible for a large part of the sue- Walker himself called "The Medicine
which ought to happen to the enemies And ny cheek burned. teas of the whirlwind scene that will Show" and "The Very Naked Boy."
of Mohammed. It Is all a physical But there was nothing said; be witnessed Tuesday night in the - However, the real event of the day
affair, though, and is strikingly realis- So finally I turnedH eral presentation of the Old-Test- will he in the evening when "The
ti. It Is an enlarged copy of worldly And asked her i a whisper, why mrt trextteBoko ok b. B-Tosa~ ofiob" the pesein ented "Tsise
horrors. "Heaven is a prophecy ut- Her lips bled: -N. BBk
tered by the lips of despair; and hell But nowhere does this care in me- real undertaking. It must only be re-
Is an inference from history." chanical equipreent interfere with the membered that this book is considered
If all this nonsense were merely a : "Literature is the sensuous art of simplicity of all the dramatization. It by many critics to be the greatest
devil story, then it would be funny causing exquisite impressions by is there but it is so effective that It is drama in the world.- Some authorities
and interesting; but the tragedy of it means of words.' never noticed-which is the mark of have said that this philosophic story-
is ,that thousands of people in this from "The Hill of Dreams" true artistry. However, back of both poem stands -as one of the world's
twentieth century believe this as thor- by Arthur Machen. players and theater can be seen the greatest pieces of literature.
oughly as others, believe in the Resur-_
rdction of Jesus and his immaculate
conception. Not only do they believe
all this, but they let their imaginations
wander even further, and themselves St k g Pay DIrt Talkin in terms f balance
elaborate upon their Prophet's night'a-
mare. Thus there is this additional - tColgsheets now, upon which side of the
story about.hell which Lane-Poole
quotes: Hell is black fire, for after
ledger are yougon to write up
burning at red heat for a thousande~ going Wp
years, it grew to white-heat, and now
it is the very hottest possible-black- your college training?
hot. This shows the effect of theW
theory of evolution on hell. So hot isI ys od,
black heat it is said that "when Adam W ill you post it on the debit side
asked the archangel Gabriel for a
small piece of Hell to boil his kettle or w ll you capitaze it, making it
with, the fiery atom shriveled up the
mountain on which it was placed and useful later on
burned its way back to the internal
regions below."
In a modern missionary book by What you do is entirely up to you. The advantages
MirzaGhulam Ahmad entitled: "The you have here can only aid you in making your time
Teachings of Islam" this eminentlyyo
intellectual, writer goes so far as to worth-while. You must make the most of them.
confirm the rumor that after death the
souls of good men take on white bod- Devote a little of your enthusiasm to work; cul-
eas while the souls of sinners take on
black ones by saying: "I have person- tivate a sense of responsibility, realize the purpose for
al experience in this matter. Many
a time, when fully awake, I have seen which you are here; work hard-you'll still have time
visions in which I saw those who were for play; give the best that you have. The best will
dead. I have seen many an evil doer
and a wicked person with a body quite come back to you.
dark and smoky. I have personal ac-

quaintance with these matters and Then your college life will be full and profitable. It
assert it, forcibly that as Almighty
God has said, every one is granted a will be worth-while. You'll he striking real pay dirt,
body either transparent or dark."
(Page-134-5). When a man writes this not merely panning it all unprofitably.
stuff in 1896 and when his book is
published in our country as late as
1910; it is not difficult to perceive
what the human mind is capable of. Savings
If this comes from a scholarly Mos- TWO OFFICES-DOWN TOWN-UNIVERSITY AVE.
lem, what must be the average man's
superstition and his hell?
The idea of.hell, of course, has its

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