Robert Downing, now ackuowledged o be the greatest exponent of the ro)ust characters of the stage in the world, will appear at the Grand opera ïouse on Saturday evening, in his far'amed impersonation of "The Gladiator," a part that has made him known hroughout the length and breadth Of his continent, and lias placed him at he head of his profession in this paricular line. Mr. Downing will be supported by a magniflcent company which is led by that beautiful woman and talented artiste, Eegene Blair, who will appear in her favorite part of Neodainia. The Boston Daily Globe ays: At the eveuing performance Mr)owning presented Saumet's tragedy, 'The Gladiator." It is, perhaps, in ;he character of Nero that Mr. Downng is given more and greater oppor.unities to show his power as an actor lian in any of the other roles of his extensive repertoire. His physique is admirably suited to represent the stalwart form of the ancient Roman, and lis voice is never known to f ail him in he emotional lines. It was as Nero .hat the actor won his earlier successs, and Boston audiences have neyer 'ailed to evince their pleasure when he las presented this character. Encores ccurred after every act, and applause was liberal throughout the evening. Yüss Eugenie Blair's Neodamia was a jeautiful personation of girlish innoense. The arena scène was well taged and acted with telling effect. The Chicago Art Institute has just pened for the fall term. Among the members of the faculty are architects Wm. A. Otis, W. S. McHarg and I. K. Pond, all graduates of the U. of M.