The Theatre: Greatest Tan

"The Grand Abbot of Ching-Chung Monastery," indeed the "Foremost of the Pear Orchard," disembarked from an ocean steamship in Seattle last week. He was a small, girlish-looking Chinese gentleman. In his curiously carven and vivid luggage were layers of sumptuous fabrics, great coils and shining lumps of jewelry. Twenty Chinamen accompanied "The Grand Abbot of Ching-Chung Monastery," certain of them bearing strangely shaped cases containing musical instruments.

The "Foremost of the Pear Orchard" was Mei Lan-fang of Peiping. Despite his titles, he was neither a...

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