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HE brightly colored Holland of tulips and yellow sunshine, the dun Holland of gray rain and sibilantly crashing seas, the human Holland of fishing ships and fishermen's cottages, of ship-owners and sailors-all this is to be found, if you choose the right evening, at Eva Le Gallienne's Repertory Theatre, on Fourteenth
More an unforgetable portrait of a hard, rasping-voiced ship-owner with a granite face set toward making money out of fish and dominating the men and women of his village. A magnificent etching of a Dutch mother of sailors following dumbly what she considers God's will, though cursed by what appears to her as the weakness and wildness of her sons. And beyond this a slow tragedy of the men who comb the sea for fish and the women they leave behind them.
All this will reward the pilgrim to "The Good Hope" as effectively and dramatically presented by Miss Le Gallienne.
Let those who will search for the social irony-it is still there!-or the "propaganda" inherent in this play of Hermann Heijerman's, first produced in the Dutch theatre in the opening year of the present century. One man's truth is another man's propaganda. Any dramatist worth his salt must hold some conviction about human existence in its social sense. And complaint that the playwright twists the facts of life somewhat to prove the truth of his point of view is at least as old as Aristophanes. No consideration of such criticism is
necessary, in the darkened auditorium on Fourteenth Street, when the last act of "The Good Hope" grips you and you see the bright sunlight after the storm flooding the ship office of hard-fisted Clemens Bos.
You have known from the beginning that this never-glimpsed ship was unseaworthy-even Bos's daughter has been fearfully aware of it. Patient Kniertje's youngest has been dragged on board by the coastguardsmen. Fear has gripped every woman the night of the storm in Kniertje's cottage, and panic has run quivering along taut nerves at the sound of the rising wind and the sibilant crash of the angry seas beyond the hard-blown window-panes. Jo has one man's unborn child within her. Both Kniertje's sons are on board. And every woman huddled sewing about the lamp has paid the sea some toll. Even the old men in the sailors' home have heard the ugly rumor from the calkers.
Like a soundless discord, the knowledge has underlain the stories of the women, the songs and wine-soaked banter of the old sailors.
Premonition of it has crept on you through three acts of the slow, formless life of these Dutch fisherfolks as it sifted through the clean-swept room of Kniertje's cottage. Yes, you have known the Good Hope was going down.
And yet the stark fact that at last it has happened, and that this snarling, booted Dutchman, its owner, knew it would and cares for nothing except the insurance and escaping the wrath and curses of the widows-well, drama is upon you at last. All the threat of
maddened men and women outside the windows, coming to murder this Judas of the fisherfolk, beats upon you. The fear in Clemens Bos's heart goes tap tap, inside you. And his meanness to his wife, his browbeating of his bookkeeper his overawing of his daughter through sheer force of personality-all thes succeed not at all in allaying the mount ing suspense.
Not until they burst in, finally-the widows, Jo, Kniertje, the old sailors and you realize that, despite it all despite his criminal greed and their righteous anger, Clemens Bos is by fa the strongest of them all; not until the can you relax for an instant in your sea and wait for the slow, final tragic de parture of Kniertje, her sons sent t death to satisfy her romantic idea o duty (while Clemens Bos took the profits) and her reward a grudging word of praise from him and a cold dish a charity from his wife.
Such is the impression the play leave upon the modern beholder-a play the says that one strong evil man, seein his reality, can destroy a dozen whos vision of themselves is obscured.
Here is excellent dialogue. Salty vigorous, real talk-so genuine that a times the sense of being in a theatre de parts entirely from the spectator, an any idea that one human being con cocted what is taking place upon th stage is absurd.
Here, too, is fine "theatre," that gain rather than loses by its slow, mountin drama and quiet curtains, and absenc of quick scenes running swiftly to c maxes of plot.
table singing in their cups; the other, the women about the yellow lamp in the storm-swept cottage at night.
When the Civic Repertory Theatre presents such fare as this, the public is certainly the gainer. For Broadway producers are not apt to revive such a play for the money in it, when fortune. can be tempted more easily by new farces and melodramas which hold out the possibility of long, profitable runs. And amateurs would find it difficult to catch and hold the stage pictures necessary to a convincing presentation.
In any event, no one who sees it can deny Eva Le Gallienne's genius as a producer, nor minimize the contribution. she is making to intelligent entertainment.
Such first-class evenings are rare.
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By MALCOLM WATERS DAVIS
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OPE is the worst international menace the world faces just now. To most Americans opium means smoking-dens in the Orient. It should mean a sinister smuggling trade in narcotics-literally increasing violent crime in the United States, supplying drug fiends and offering the destructive dream-inspiring white powder of heroin to boys and girls even in high school.
Any one who does not realize what an immediate threat the drug traffic is to American homes I would urge to get and read "Opium," by John Palmer Gavitan accurately dramatic study of this unscrupulous world commerce.
The fight against it is to be carried on by an International Narcotic Defense Association, proposed at the World Conference on Narcotic Education lately in New York. The shame of the civilized peoples of the West and of their Gov-ernments is that such an Association is necessary, for it is in their territories that the business is based, largely in certain European countries.
Manufacture of these drugs calls for a highly developed chemical industry such as only we of the Occidental nations possess. If we had the courage and decency we profess, we could crush. the evil. News that the Chinese Nationalist administration at Nanking is planning an ambitious program for suppression of opium smoking by high taxes is encouraging, but opium eating and smoking from China to India is by far the less vital part of the problem compared with the world-wide growth of the use of drugs. The battle with that enemy must be won in the West.
ENSORS in China are superior even to dictators. Chang Tsolin, Generalissimo of the armies of the Northern Government at Peking, has lately authorized press interviews which the Board of Censors refused to pass with the Chi
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The friendly personal approach that Mr. Morrow is making to the Mexican officials is the best possible omen. It is significant that President Calles invited him to that informal breakfast after he had delivered his credentials with the remark: "It is my earnest hope that we shall not fail to adjust outstanding questions with that dignity and mutual respect which should mark the international relationship of two sovereign and independent states."
That word "sovereign" caught the Mexican ear. On the principle of sovereignty hinge the disputes between Mexico and the United States about oil and land rights under the new Mexican Constitution. Our envoy's wise empha
sis on respect for Mexican independence has created a reassurance in Mexican minds which should open the way to settlement of all difficulties.
ANY UNPLEASANT THINGS are
being said of us in Latin America, and more are being thought, according to Ambassador Poindexter, home from Peru. He attributes political, racial, and social propaganda against the United States to British, Russian, and other European sources. But some basis for any such campaign must exist, or it cannot make headway. And we do not have to look away from South America for sources of unfriendly criticism.
President Coolidge has shown that he recognizes the importance of Latin-American sentiment by appointing for the Pan-American Congress in Cuba next January a delegation headed by former Secretary Hughes, Ambassador Morrow, and former Senator Underwood. With such men in charge, we may hope that our policy toward Latin America will be fixed on lines that will offset any propaganda in South America-native or foreign.
THE CREDIT OF INDIA and of Miss Katherine Mayo-be it said that the Indian Assembly has approved in principle the legislative prevention of child marriage. Miss Mayo exposes this ancient Hindu practice in her book "Mother India." Evidently her study has made an impression not only on American and European but on some Indian minds-despite the remonstrances of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr. Acharya, an orthodox Brahmin Deputy, who formerly opposed the suggested measure. said in a notable speech that his wile favored it and that he would support its reference to a select committee. There
by vote of the Assembly, it rests. It is intended to render invalid the conscience clauses in the marriages of girls below twelve and boys below fifteen. The fact that it is up for consideration, with a chance for adoption, is, I submit, largely the achievement of one clear-headed and humane-hearted American woman.
THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT is
ready to pay the debts and revolutionary damage claims of the United States in return for recognition "provided that such a settlement would not constitute a precedent compelling Russia to grant similar treatment to other countries." So reports the American trade-union delegation to Soviet Russia in a plea for recognition of the Moscow Government. An interesting new idea for private and public finance in settlement of preferred debts: "I'll pay you what I owe you so we can do business-as long as it's not a precedent!"
NCLE SAM sees no objection to General José Maria Moncada as President of Nicaragua-although he was Commander-in-Chief of the Liberal forces in the late revolt against President Diaz. The State Department recognized Diaz, and sent in United States marines, who stopped the civil war and made the rebels hand over their guns-all except one Sandino, still rampaging around in the northern hills and rallying insurrectionists. Sacasa, the leader of the Liberals, protested bitterly. Now he is practicing medicine in Guatemala, while his Chief of Staff, who acquiesced and held his peace at the time, is in Washington being patted on the back.
Citizens of the United States are to supervise the elections. Study of Nicaraguan laws and of the Convention of 1923 with the Central American republics, so despatches from the capital say, convinces the State Department that no grounds would exist for refusal to recognize Moncada, if successful. But it feels quite differently about General Chamorro, the leading Conservative of Nicaragua. It sustains an attitude of coldness toward Chamorro on the ground of the same Central American Convention, arguing that his occupancy of the post during the present term debars him. Actually Chamorro is the man who drove out the elected Liberal administration and then got Diaz put in office by the Congress when the United States refused to recognize him after his military overthrow of the Government.
in our teens, we spent a summer at a seaside hotel with our aunt. Every evening after dinner we had to play a game of backgammon with our aunt before we were free to follow own devices. Although our aunt invariably won, we still think that our play showed a superior brilliancy and finesse, since our endeavor was to lose as speedily as was consistent with an appearance of good faith. And our aunt never suspected us. To this day she believes us to be a skillful, but calamitously unlucky player of games. Needless to say, she does not take The Outlook.
As a result of this, we have always had a warm spot in our heart for the old backgammon boards, and it was with pleasure that we learned recently that they are coming back into favor. Abercrombie & Fitch reports a great demand for them, and we are informed that backgammon clubs have been formed and backgammon tournaments are being held all over the country. Like all the best games, it is centuries old.
Another new game which is very popular is Gee Wiz, an English importation. Six little horses race in grooves up an incline propelled by little metal shot which are driven up against them by a mechanism at the bottom. Each horse is a different color; you place your bets, and when the winner reaches the
top he flips up a little metal flag of his color. Basically, this game is old, too
as old as horse racing. Keno is a game which has lapsed from polite society for many years, but which is again becoming fashionable. The new keno sets at Abercrombie & Fitch's have a cage holding ninety numbers. We are informed that it is a very exciting game. Personally, we have never played it.
A new development for the bridge player is the bridge set with tiles instead of cards. The tiles are about the same size and shape as the Mah Jong tiles of blessed memory, and the game played from racks. This has found favor particularly among travelers.
HE genius of America expresses itself in many ways, but in none more effectively than in raising the general standard of living. The best scientific, inventive, and artistic brains in America are being applied to the production of things that minister to our comfort, our amusement, or our sense of beauty.
The editors believe that no view of current affairs is complete that does not include some account of these things.
HATEVER we may think today of the pre-Raphaelites, we have to be grateful to them for having given friendly encouragement to Arthur Lasenby Liberty when he opened his shop in London for the manufacture of the silks which we have come to associate with his name. Our mothers and grandmothers wore these materials, and the hand-blocked silks and scarves which Liberty still makes carry on the tradition effectively.
We saw some of these things the other day at McCutcheon's, which has the New York agency for Liberty goods. The designs in which the squares and scarves and shawls are printed are not
only unusual, they are good. Which doesn't always follow. Witness some of the weird batiks that have been offered to us in the past decade. And there is a wide range for choice both in designs and color combinations. Some of these scarves have been made up into handbags.
Then there is the colored table damask. This except for very formal dinners is coming into more general use. Some people feel that colored table linen lacks dignity, but these cloths and napkins are by no means garish. Some have the design simply in a deep border; others in an all-over pattern of yellow or green or soft rose on a white or tinted ground. Combined with the colored glass and colored candles which have been so much used recently, these soft, clear colors are pleasing without being bizarre. We feel, however, that-if you wanted to be strict with your color scheme you would have to use care in planning the menu. A few sliced tomatoes, for instance, would æsthetically knock your dinner into a cocked hat.
We saw also a hand-painted tablecloth. A design of roses was woven into the damask and the flowers and leaves painted unobtrusively in very faint tints. Ourself, we didn't care for it much, although with the proper table decorations it might be very effective.
Liberty makes the Tudric pewter, containing no lead, which we mentioned last week. There were teasets, serviette rings, boxes, and some very friendly looking little ale tankards with lids. Some of the Moorecraft pottery, which Liberty also makes, has pewter mountings.
We liked the Liberty cretonnes very much. None of those muddy colors and shaky designs that you see in so many otherwise well-appointed houses.
interest to those travelers whose bag or suitcase is always either too large or too small for its contents is the Revelation suitcase. Other adjustable bags have gone before, but the telescope bag is clumsy, and the case that has a sort of accordion fold at one side is apt to be both clumsy and rather heavy. The Revelation has adjustable hasps and hinges, so that it can be extended or compressed, and is no heavier than an ordinary suitcase and smart in ap pearance. It has been suggested that it would be a splendid bag for burglars to carry. A suit of clothes and half a dozen oyster forks can be carried with out rattling, yet a larger haul can easily be accommodated. With the Revelation you make the bag fit the contents, instead of making the contents fit the bag. W. R. R