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July 31, 1912.

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A splendid picture which is attracting attention at the Alexandra this week is " Emma's Secret," a fine artistic production in two acts. Emma *
secret is that of her father. Her sister has married a poor man, and has been been turned away from home. She dies in the utmost poverty, and leaves behind a child, and anxious to spare her father Emma secretly adopts the child, and has it brought up in the country. Emma's furtive visits'to the child almost estrange her from her husband, but afterwards there is a happy understanding.
44 Won by Waiting " i* wound round an eccentric will, which almost caused a tragedy, but the way is smoothed by love. * * * ^
An extremely humorous film was " \\ ifflc s Cracks- , » ♦ •
* * * I There were a number of other capital pictures,
During the latter part of the week an historical and on Thursday evening there will bo an entire plav of Old Spain will be the principal item. j change of programme.
The pictures shown at the East-street Picture Palace this week are excellent, those of the recent visit of the King and Queen at Wakefield evoking considerable enthusiasm. A near and impressive view of the grand military spectacle held at Paris during this month was another fine item.
A stirring tale of love and roguery was contained in "The StolcnJnVention," which moved alunj in a rapid aerie* of exciting situations, with Ihe restoration of the stolen plans to the inventor, and a happy union between his daughter and her lover as a climax.
The well-known humorist who is appearing at the Roval Pier during August Bank Holiday" week with his " Purple Poms."
The authoress, Miss Emma Litchfield, who also WTOta "Queen of the Redskins," appears in the cast. and give* a fine portrayal of (no part of " Lady Kingsley."
Mr. Albert Grenville (Huliert Ainsworth), Mr. ' Herbert Danevillo (Welsfang, a Red Indian), and Mr. Claude Leslie all gi\c capital performances, whilst Jennie Stevens (Wild Rose), Miss Laura Wright (Black I)urk), Miss Maisie Hall (.Teanetle), Mr C. Newton Burkland (Lonely Star). Mr. Aithur Keand (White Eagle), Mr. Fred Royal (Dakula), and little Master C. V. Booth, as the child, deserve much praise.
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The holiday attraction next week is Mr. Arthur Hardy's company in "A Butterfly on the
Those who favour drama in a tabloid form— j and (here are many—will find something to (heir fancy in the bright little playlet "The Great Cape Diamond," presented by Miss Edith Lewis and Co, in which (he old familiar theme of two men and cne woman h treated In somewhat original fashion.
_ In brief, the story, the action cf which takes place in a fashionable Ixmdon hotel is built round the attempt of a fascinating adventuress to bewitch and rob a millionaire South African diamond merchant, and the trifle gives scope for some dramatic acting on the part of Messrs. " Rov Cochrane, G. D. Hennessey, and Miss Edith
One of the most popular turn* of the evening is (hat of Lamberti, (he musical, impersonator, whe bf.lh in make up and as .» musical" executant imitates to the life such famous masters of music as Liszt, Gounod, Padcrcweki, and others.
Lambert is versatility is really^ remarkable, for not only does he apnea-- as pianist, violinist, and j celloist, but concludes his entertainment with a , dramatic reconstruction of the last scene from ] " Trilby." where Svengali falls dead in his effort ; to hypnotise Trilby.
Nothing daintier in its way can be imagined j than the effectively staged turn Yettinah and the 1 Japanese lady in a comedy japan-British magic , act. M is a bright and clever act, in which a number of smart tricks arc introduced.
Ulga du Barrie score* a success with a catchy |
duty "I'd rather have the moonshine," and a i monologue in a more serious vein. " Woman is sure to win." while Billy Simpson, the Australian ! character comedian, n akes a hit with " My j
The programme is completed by the Lyons Trio • in a pantomimic and acrobatic absurdity: Dick j and Dorothy Trio in song add dance; and Phil ■ Kauffuian, a coon singei.
The famous band of HAL Scots Guards, under th? direction of Mr. Fred W. Wood, are giving two performances to-day (Wednesday).
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the Maori troupe of 22 performers will make their first and only appearance In Southampton. This entertainment is one of the most instructive, musical, poetical, and historical performances ever rendered out of New" Zealand.
natives, all specially chosen to show their wonderful performance as given before HAL King George V. upon his visit to Rotorua, New Zca
The special attractions for the holiday w*?k include two performances on Sunday by the fern-.meranee Band, outdoor morning perforpiai.*? by Mr. J. W. Moore's bijou orchestra on Bank Holiday morning, with afternoon and evening shows by Mr. Ben Lawes (a favourite comedian) and hia "Purple Poms."
The London and South-Western Railway Com- ' pany announce an extensive list of excursions, which will attract the attention of holiday-makers at the coming Bank Holiday. In addition to I ha usual weekly excursions to London and the West | of England, trips have been*arranged to touch ' most of the beauty spots in Devon and Cornwall.
A special excursion is being run to Sherborne, , where a fete and flying exhibition takes place.
Tickets are issued to permit a stay of one. two. I and three days at the various holiday resorts in Hampshire and Dorset. while five days' tickets may lie obtained for place* further west Special Into trains for Bank Holiday are also announced.
A clergyman on a liner had to aharo a stateroom with another man. "Alter a abort while," •aid tlu» clergyman. "I began to worry about some valuable* I had with me, and at last 1 took them to tho purser, saying. 'I should like to explain to you that I am wry pleased with my fellow-passenger. 'Iliat is, I find him a gentleman In , every msprct. and I wouldn't have you think that —well, I wouldn't have you think that my coming | to you with thrsr valuables is to be taken—er—*r —a* any reflection on him."" The purser In-terrupted me wi.h a broad smile, and aaid. 'Oh. • it* all right, ait; your friend has come to mo I •with some valuable* of his own. and he said precisely the same about yourself.'"
A small youth entered a pawnshop and placed a frying-pan on I ho counter. "Thnip-pence on the | pan. mister," he demanded in a shrill voice. Tho aM>i»tant picked up tin- pan to examine it; but ; quickly dropped it, exclaiming angrily: "Why. it's hot. you rsacal." "Of course, it is,' replied the j youth; "muvver'm just fried the soaaidge in It, I an' she's waitin* for the money ter get the beer I"
The Great Divorce Court Scene in " A Butterfly on the Wheel " at the Grand Theatre next week. Mrs. Admaston Is seen in the witness-box (on the right) undergoing a merciless cross-examination at the hands of Sir Robert Fyffe," K.C.. M.P., her husband's counsel, played by Mr. J. J. Bartlett.
THE HUSTLER "You used to part your hair mo nkeljr, Reggie. Why do you wear it without a parting now?" ' Life is getting such a deuce of a rush nowadays, my dear girl. One must aave time somewhere!" — London Opinion."
In our picture " A " Company Qth (Cyclist) Battalion Hants Regiment is seen parading to take part in the Battalion Tactical Exercise in the neighbourhood of Aickhtm. Saturday night was spent at Fort WalUnstonAFareham)* the Battalion dispersing to home stations on Sunday r: 5 p.m. This was the first Battalion Parade of the newly-raised Battalion, and was of great importance, in view of the fact hat this year—the first year of the Battalion's existence—it was taking part in the Army Manoeuvres attached to the 3rd Division on the " Blue " side. The training will take place on September 7th to 21st! one week at Tidworth Penning* with the jrd Division, and on with them for the second week to Manoeuvres.
Col.-Sergt. \V. King, commanding, is seen in the front of the picture.
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