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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(August 10, 1907)

North, Tom
Tom North's gossip,   pp. 38 ff.


Page 38

THE SHOW WORLD
August10, 1907.
EORGE gP. GOODALE, the veteran
dramatic critic, is picking up items
of interest in New York, and re-
-ently in the Detroit Free Press he con-
tributed the following sketch of a for-
per Bay City, Mich., boy, Paul Arm-
strong. Mr. Goodale writes a good story,
but romances somewhat when he refers
to Paul Armstrong as a sailor. As a
imatter of fact, most of Paul's sailing was
lone while taking tickets on his father's
line of boats, the Plow  BOY, Post BOY
and Handy Boy, which made strenuous
trips daily between Bay City and Reser-
\ation beach. But the story is worth
reading:
Paul Armstrong is a Detroiter by v r-
tue of the fact that his family are "at
home" in the beautiful Michigan metrop-
,tlis.  "Who is Paul Armstrong?" is it
asked. The answer: PaulArmstrong is
the atthor of The Heir to the Hoorah
and Salomy Jane. established successes
in the sharply-defined modern American
Irama. He is conspicuously in the pub-
lic eye and much talked about in New
York, where he is bctter known than in
Detroit, or along the lakes, on which he
used to be a sailor.
Many stories of his eccentricities are
told. By most persons that have busi-
ness dealings with him he is regarded as
"difficult." That he is a man of marked
individuality and clear ability is a dem-
onstrated fact.
Before Paul Armstrong set sail on the
uncertain sea of dramatic authorship he
had a brief experience as a reporter on
one of the Buffalo papers-the Express,
I think. When he laid his application for
an engagement before the city editor he
was asked a few questions as to experi-
ence. line of work, etc. He was coin-
polled to admit that he was a novice,
but he assured his prospective employer
tha        could turn a  trickortwo if given
a chance. Something in his bearing ap-
tooaled to the editor, who refrained from
dismissing him with the usual formula.
Just at that time Buffalo had a sensa-
tional suicide mystery; and more as a
joke than in hope of anything coming
fron it. that Express man assigneddArm-
strong to the case. Reporters and de-
tectives had been at work on it for days.
The suicide was a young woman who
had taken minute pains to destroy all
evidence of her identity. The self-kill-
ing was done in one of the railway sta-
tions in Buffalc. After getting his as-
signment, Armstrong, who was entirely
inexperienced in the ways of the wicked
reporter, took tip the trail.  The staff
laughed at him, but he bore the implied
contempt without retaliating and kept at
his task. Day after day    he followed
supposed cews thatled to nowhere, and
still the mystery remained a m ystery.
One despairing day le hit upon a new
idea. H-ad the suicide any luggage? If
so, where had she left it? Most likely
in the bag   e room at thestationwhere
she ended her life. Wlsee about that,
thought Armstrong.   He provided him-
selfwith a po ocketful of all kindsofkeys
and then set about discovering whether
tlete was any unclaimed baggage in any
baggage room in Buffalo. The idea was
an inspiration. In one of the stations he
found a suit case that had lain unclaimed
for several weeks, and he obtained per-
mission to open it-at least to try the
virtue of his pocketful of keys in that
behalf. The plan was duly worked out,
and in that unclaimed silt case were
found a number of articles of wearing
apparel and a photograph of a young
woman. It proved to be a portrait of
the suicide, and inasmuch as her name
and address were written on it, the mys-
tery was cleared and Paul Armstrong
was the hero of the Buffalo reporters.
* * *
He did not remain long in the city of
h1is first and practically his last news-
l1aper achievemnatt and wen next hear(
of he was in New York peddling from
doo0r to door the manuscript of The Heir
Io the Hooram, which the late Kirk La
Shell finally undertook toexamine, The
re(sult was ahaindosome prodtuction of the
play. but the labor and worry of putting
it in presentableshapekilled that enter-
prising  mianager.  Armstrong continned
toax'rite, and being in receipt of generous
royalties. could afford to take all neces-
sary time for careftulw-ork. When Lieb-
I r & Co. took   his Salomy Jane and
riaced Eleanor Robson inthe name pa rt.
is fortune was indefinitely enlarged.
Ill-, fameo proportionately expanded, and
now the sometime sailor, audacious bt
original reporter, and later haunter of
the Riailto, ttikes life, pretty much his
own way and no longer is compelled to
peddle his manuscripts from office to
offi"l.
When the supercilious boy in uniform
at the outer gate of managerial royalty
ses Paul .\rmustrog in the office be dips
lute and humbly and proudly escorts him
to the Awful Presence of the Old Man.
"Once," drawled Uncle Enoch, "I knew
two boys who went to a big opery troupo
over in Bay City, but they didn't like
it much-it was clear over their heads.
So on their way home, bein' bound to
have some fun, they stopped at the old
pond, down by Harken's mill, an' whisked
off their evenin' toggery an' jumped in."
"And did they enjoy that?"
"ove never found out. The pond went
over their heads, too."
. . *  *  *
Chicago has raised her musical stand-
ard far above expectations. Trash is
almost eliminated and the conductors in
striving to make their programs varied,
fresh, stimulating and interesting appro-
priatoness for each occasion brings forth
some amusing instances.
The following program   was rendered
by a well-known orchestra during John
D. Rockefeller's recent "at-the-request-
of-Judge Landis"visit to Chicago":
Overture-Babes in Oil Land... Herbert
March-Petroleum   Cadets (new)...Sousa
\Valtz--Jolly  Robbers  .............Strauss
Aria-Hair Oil Duet from "The Bar-
ber  of  Seville..... ...........Rossina
Solo  for  Oboe-Jewel song     from
"Faust"  ......................Gounod
Medley of Popular Songs:
(a) If Mr. Boston Lawson Had His
W ay  .......................Coban
(b) My Money Never Gives Out....
.-.. ..................  R ockefeller
(c) Silver Threads Among the Cold
..h ......ow....w.....  g a w
(d) I Am a Sunday-school Scholar,
Lar,  Lar  ....................Anon
Note.-(It will be observed that the
program is made up of works by none
but STANDARD composers.)
Jack Beck, "fixer" with No. 3 Gentry
Show, is a genial fellow, always with a
smile, glad hand and a good story. He
told me that Bay City girls, in his esti-
moation, were not univ fine looking hut
possessed more oodsense to the square
inch than all other town girls in the
tTnion. "Why," said Jack, "at the show
this afternoon an ardent youth shouted
at his girl. 'If you don't marry me. I'll
shoot you,' and the girl replied, 'Fire
away. I'd rather be shot than starve
to death anyhow.' I had     the  fellow
rushed off the lot, then asked the girl
If she was not frightened. 'Huh,' said
she, 'I should say not; he's from Sagi-
naw.' "
*  *  *
The unanimous opinion of No. 3 Gen-
try Show:
"SHOW WORLD-Great -Best ever'
Good luck to Pat and his 'bound-to-bo-
a-winner' paper. Listened good to me!'
* * *
It is all right to attribute those sev-
eral thousand prostrationsin Philadelphia
to the heat, but I have a suspicion that
the Elks were too much for staid old
Phila.
The lid is on in Louisville, Ky. Who,
dared to commit this effrontery upon
Col. Henry Watterson?
* * *
The Arizona Elk wore a sombrero in
Philadelphia during the recent Elk con-
vention. "Is that your regular costun,
at home?" asked an innocent Ledger re-
porter. "Great Scott!" said the Elk.
"they wouldn't let me near the club in
such a rig."
* * *
Two gentlemen of old Erin were dis-
cussing the merits of the Bible. Mike
contended that the good book was fault-
less, while Pat couldn't see it in that
light. One day Mike says to Pat:
"Sure an' phat fault have you to foind
wid de Bible?"
"Well, Moike," says Pat, "Oi do be
ltinkin' it shows prejudice."
"Hlow's that?" says Mike.
"Begorra," saysPat, "ive bin readin'
the new Testament from Genesis to Riv-
ul,!tious, and it's all St. Paul and St.
Paul and nivera word about Minneapolis
at all."
A singer, who recently passed an even-
ing at the house of a lady, stayed late.
As litorose to go the lady said:
"Pray, don't go yet. Mr. Basso; I
want you to sing something for me."
"Oh, you must excuse me tonight; it
is very late, and I should disturb the
neighbors."
"Never mind the neighbors," answered
the Young lady quickly; "they poisoned
our dog yesterday."
Will Nicola, the clever magician.  has
booked the entire summer with Manager
Davidsonl for his circuit of Cliautauquas.
*  *  *
Will Vidocq will join Theodore Murphy
and will produce i now nOt in vaudeville
GO2
38
THE BIG
SENSATIONAL HIT
The Wildest Sensation and
Most Marvelous of Wonders
Is booked solid to October 5th, with the excep-
tion of the last two weeks in August and first
week in September. Now booking seasons 1908-09.
Get it while you can. Managers who want an act
that is a Bonanza and positively the strongest draw-
ing card ever presented to the public, get this.
HPEfI'FA SENA'59T//VRL qND qz1A'/O SR T
r  o
FOAR7 T7/Nid7E/                   O/ONAO
ADDRA'SS  Jlftf    (        t      6 a
What Mr. W. C. SCOTT of WONDERLAND, MILWAUKEE,
WIS., SAYS:
(lieprou< tion of Oriinal Letter.)
Wonderland Park
International Construction Co.
Capital $200,000.00
Milwaukee, Wis., July 20th, 1907
To Whom It May Concern:--
The most novel and sensational contrivance, called "SHOOTING
AND LEAPING THE DOUBLE DEATH GAP FLUMES AND LOOP,"
has been invented by W. G. McKINNEY. The act is a money get-
ter, having proved to be one of the best free attractions ever ex=
hibited in this park. The daring deed is performed invariably to
audiences silent with suspense, for death seems to lurk at the heels
of the Flume rider. As a first-class attraction that will draw and
please the public, I heartly endorse McKinney's act.
Yours very truly,
INTERNATIONAL CONST. CO.
W. C. Scott, Sec.
The unceasing demand of the amusement-loving
public is for some novelty or sensational feature
which abounds with thrills, and causes beholders
to stand with bated breath, and watch with fasci-
nated gaze some DEATH-DEFYING feat hitherto
unparalleled in the history of man's reckless
daring. European Managers address,
EDWARD MARSH
208 W. 42d-Street, NEW YORK CITY, N. Y.
All others, address
DARE DEVIL (W. 6.) McKINNEY
792'North Hamlin Avenue,    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
-7-


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