1895-96: War of Wealth

The War of Wealth: Warfield's daring rescue of Helen by the aid of the flag.

Cotton Chronology


Beginning in 1895, Ben and Nellie Cotton would spend a year and a half touring with Jacob Litt's production, "The War of Wealth." The performances began on the West coast.   By early 1897, the play was being performed in New York. It was the kind of demanding performance schedule that the Cottons had worked before, however it proved to be their last run from coast to coast.

The melodrama was written by Charles Turner Dazey. The poster shown here was part of a series of lithographs by the Strobridge Co. that depicted scenes from the production. This one highlights the heroine's rescue, after her fall from a wooden observation platform high above the Hudson River.