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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 28, 1907)

North, Tom
Tom North's gossip,   p. 6


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THE SHOW WORLD
September 28, 1907,
r GOSSI
THE people who sit in front of the
curtain in the theater know as a rule
so little of the life of the people they
seeuponthe stagethat theyareusually
unable to form any reasonable and intel-
ligent Idea of what manner of men and
women are the actors and actresses.
Theatrical people are always seen on
the stage acting parts, which for the
most part are entirely foreign to their
real character and tastes, and yet it is
difficult to think of them as ordinary
mortals.
The gay and heartless stage coquette
or the graceful dancer pirouetting on
her toes, give no outward sign of the
commonplace   and  drudging  wife  and
mother that se may really be, whilethe
truculent villain, who earns only the ex-
ecrations of the auditors aond whoom ev-
eryone wants to see suffer summary an d
savage retribution, may be and general-
ly is a very good-hearted sort of a fel-
low, whom   all who know    him  wish
him well. In the London     Nineteenth
Century Review, Adophus Vane Tempest
gives some interesting aspects of stage
life.
The first phase of the subject which he
brings to view, is the morality of stage
people. He declares that in the better
class of theaters of Europe, the meet-
ings of the actors and actresses behind
the scenes is carried on under the regu-
lation of a discipline that permits no in-
decorous, much less scandalous, behavior.
He declares that the worst influences
that assail women who adopt theatrical
careers are not found in the stage asso-
ciations, but in the publicity given to a
woman of the stage, which makes her
the subject of gossip and temptations
from the outside.
Defense of the Actress.
The London writer says: "I can only
speak of the comedy theaters having had
experience only of these. It cannot per-
haps be claimed for them that etiquette
behind the scenes, is as strict as it was
at the Comedie Francaise, where it was
stricter even than at the Imperial Court;
but here will certainly be found no more
looseness of manners, no more laxity of
morals than in many drawing-rooms; in-
deed much less than some.
"Most of the actressesIhave met have
been patterns of respectability; as ad-
mirableintheir private, asin their pub-
lic lives; but of course those remarks
apply only to real actresses, not to those
who call themselves such only in police
courts. With reference to stage asso-
ciations, to the actress it must be very
painful (i she thinks aboutitatall) to
be clasped in the arms ofa man who a
few days before was a complete strang-
er to her;    hear the same man pour-
ing words of passionate love into her
ear, swearing that he adores her, of
course  he doesn't mean   it, and  she
knows that; his arms hold her as losely
as possible so as not to cause her any
inconvenience, and the kiss he bestows
on her is but the ligtest brushing of
her cheek with the end of a mustache
purchased at some actor's supply store.
One would imagine that to be engaged
for twoor three hours nightly inbreak-
Ing fractions-if not whole-ofthe doe-
logue would be subsersive of good con-
duct; bit no, the same woman who at
10 o'clock has forged, or poisoned, or al-
lowed herself to forget her conjugal du-
ties, willbefound at midnight partaking
of alight repast in the companyof her
own husband.
Why "Kicks" Are Made.
"Some women become    over-awed with
the Idea that to be great they must be
forever complaining or 'kicking.'  The
extremes reached   In these  particular
kinds is oft times amusing, as I can il-
lustrate by the following that occurred
Ina icompany I managed somefew years
ago.
"In   the company was a middle-aged
woman, who played a small part; her
husband was a member of the compay
also and this was a case of 'married
couple In the same troupe meant trou-
ble.' mell, the lady didn't like dressing
In dressing rooms her position In the
company     called for, but there was not
muchshe could dountil wewerealmost
at the last stand    on our route. Then
her husband asked me if Iwouldn't come
up to their room at the hotel as she
wanted to speak to me. I went. She
told me shewas ill and unable to climb
stairs, and as a special favor, couldn't I
arrange it so she could have a down-
stairs dressing room? Of course Icould.
and saidso. No one who was il should
ever lack for consideration in my com-
pany. Then I went to nay own room,
which happened to be the one adjoining
theirs (but they did not know it and
neither did Iuntil I lay down to take a
nap), and found Icould hear everyword
they said, and what do you thinak I
heard? 'There,' said the woman, 'I've
to app
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of it.
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fixed that. Of course I am     not Ill   work.
Charles; I never felt better in imy life, of a h
but I must maintain my dignity.' finds bh
night i
How to Be Misera       ble.   third
"Icametothe conclusionthat thebest chances
way for this style and class of people than a:
to be miserable, is for them  to think   receive
about themselves, how much dignity they
lave lost, how  much they have made,      Lemo
and their poor prospects for the future. atawne:
"Given talent, perseverance and luck, close o
acting is not a bad calling as a means of Kokom
providing butter, more or less thinly    ater) s
spreid; but, as a resource from which to  the au
draw the neessary bread, it is unde- and re
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laud and demand more.     Stage
r was astounded, the principals
d and no one knew what to make
Principal after principal came out
ng, but no one could hear what
id. The audience didn't care.
anted that chorus girl again! She
ally sent back and after she had
nce more, people were satisfied.
y eve she went on as she had
reviously. Again came the storm
ause that virtually stopped the
and it was kept up until the girl
d. Now the number has been
ged so thatshe can singas often
ended, thus giving the principals
leeway they wanted. The young
is Mamie Mitchell. She joined
wonlyashorttime ago for chorus
That she made the greatest kind
it goes without saying, and she
erself near-famous. That Monday
n Pittsburg was Miss Mitchell's
appearance in public and the
are thatshe was more surprised
nyone else at the reception she
d.
ns supplanted eggs at the Punx-
y, Pa., theater recently at the
f the first act of The King of
o. Manager Maginnis (of the the-
tepped out on the stage and told
dience to "step to the box office
eive your money back as cheer-
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CAiY1F (7f i
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LEADING MEMBERS OF THE PATRONS STOCK COMPANY, CHICAGO
pendable. Possessed of some fixed in-
come of your own, to enable you to tide
over the weeks or months when man-
agers and authors seem forgetful of their
interests, and allow the talented artists
to blush unseen, you may find the stage
a satisfactory calling and you will prob-
ably not have to remain long unem-
ployed so long as your less fortunate
brother acts on the principle that 'tohim
who hath shall be given,' which holds
good more, almost, in the theatrical
world than anywhere, since the popular
favorites are always at work and the
others are always at rest."
* * *
One is continually reading of players
whosuddenly wake up to findthemselves
famous in comparison with the obscurity
of the night before. During the engage-
ment of The Hurdy Gurdy Girl at the
Nixon in Pittsburg one such instancewas
noted. In the last act occurs a big song
number, in the encores of which the vari-
ous members of the company participate.
A very comely and pleasing girl, pos-
sessing aremarkable contralto voie, and
wloo is not even dignified with her name
on the program, steps from the chorus to
the footlights and sings the refrain of
this song number, "She's the Apple of
My Eye." This young lady had two try-
outs and at neither performance did she
create any special notice. Monday, as
soon as she had finished, people began
fully as we took it from   you."  The
crowd had brought up all the lemons in
town and tossed them up on the stage,
but the Kokomno aggregation held out un-
til the audience left. The players were
doing stunts without even a chair in the
way of stage paraphernalia.
*  *  *
So glad are art loving Italians in New
York at the prospect of hearing the
drama of their native land in the New
York section of their adopted country,
that they will make memorable the open-
ing of their playhouse described as "the
first permanent Italian theater in Amer-
ica."  To Brooklyn falls this honor of
pioneership and the place is the old Nas-
sau theater at Pearl and Willoughby
streets. The house will be the home of
a stock company, composed, for the most
part, of former Novelli players headed
by Antonio Maiori. Shakespearean plays
will be a staple entertainment. but the
opening drama will be Les Maitre Des
Forges, in which Maiori gained fame
abroad. Though he is the protege of Mrs.
H. 0. Havemeyer, it is impossible for
Maion to get a playhouse in Manhattan
on account of the manager's plans.
*  *  *
Richard Mansfield's final momentswere
described by a friend of the family. He
said that a few moments before his final
breath the great actor, holding the hand
of his wife, said "God is love."  Mrs
Mcansfield, with a pressure of tI}: hand,
responded, "Yes, God is love," and whih
that movement of the hand. Mansfield
breathed his last. This touching incidet
brings a quotation from   Ruskin's The
Seven Lamps of Architecture, forcibly to
mind-"Men cannot benefit those that
are with them as they can benefit those
that come after them; and of all th
pulpits from which human voice is sent
forth there is none from which it reaches
so far as from the grave."
Jules Murry has two winners in one.
Cupid at Vassar isthe playand Florence
Gear the star, and a good star, too
Pretty, vivacious, chic, petite, a beauti-
ful figure, excellent voice and magnetism
galore.  Her very presence adds lustre
thatdimsthe spotlight. It is a treat
hear Miss Gear sing "The Poppy and the
Pink."  I really think this clever litte
lady's maxim must be "Let's be alive.
first of all, and nex t  thatearnest, and
next to that simple, and last of all,
smart!"
Jacques Kruger is easily carrying off
all the honorsin the Carle-Heartz music
show, The1-urdyGurdyGirl. His inter-
pretation of Old dBimm   is an excellent
piece of work and he carries the char-
acter every second,  If any ofayou want
to see a part played and Played right.
see Mr. Kruger in this role, and I think
you'll agree with my opinion.
fWould bea pleased to hear from my
friends at all times. Drop me a lin,
care of THE SHOW WORD, Chicago
office . Let me know where yoare, what
you are doing. etc. I am always open
for notes . stories and the like, and will
consider it quite an honor to reeive the
same.
The "Good Morning" pictures show
dainty pillows and pretty girls with cor-
rectly marcelled tresses.  But married
men claim that ladies don't go to bed
that way. How about this?
* * *
"Got any 'paw-quay' seats at 75 cents?"
"No, sir! Nothing but 'par-ket' seats
at that price."
Nick Wagner, manager Blaney's Em-
pire theater in Pittsburg, has built up
the patronage of this playhouse by un-
stinted toil and disregard of care of self,
Other houses now regard the Empire as
great opposition, and Mr. Wagner is to
be heartily congratulated on his big suc-
cess.
A new law in Kansas forbids the bak-
ers to knead their dough with their feet'
I suppose the legislature in that state
will strike the next blow at the habit of
eating peas with a knife.
Arthur C. Alston, besides directing Jane
Corcoran's tours, as well as Shadows ol
the Hearth and At the Old Cross oade
gets real philosophical at times. tHere is
his latest philo: " hen there isn't any-
thing wrong with an actress, her shoes
begin to hurt."
"Many a successful man got hisrigt
start in life by having a woman posit
him along in a go-cart," says the CiL-
cago News. -Wonder      if  Amy  Lesli2
'framed' this up?
I stopped at thirty-seven news stands
on Broadwaylast week and noticedthat
THE SHOW WORLD wasconspicuous
its absence. I     got the same reply from
each one of "the 3" when I askedf e
a SHOW     ORLD, "Sell 'e  fastas we
get 'em. They go first!  How's thatfor
Pat's paper in the enemy's stroghold?
":Maggie!"
"Yes'm."
''Why didn't you put this watermelon
in the  icebox as I told you?''
::I did, mum."
'But it isn't cold.''
"No. mium. You see, Ihad totake te
i e out to get it in."
The baby incubator establishment at
Dreamland. Coney Island,' has received
what is believed to he aloe smallestl]iN-
ing baby ever born. It is agirland was
born to Mrs. George Brown in New Yor
City.
The child weighs only nineteen ounces
and fifteen grammes. The height of the
baby is eleven inches, its arms are three
inches long and from temple to temple
the measurement is two inches. Both
hands of the baby will go at one time
through the mother's wedding ring. A
10-cent piece will hide her hands. A
half dollar hides her face.
A twenty-two-ounce baby was born
this week in Providence and placed in an
incubator to save its life. Previous to
these two cases twenty-four ounces was
considered as close to the limit where a
newly-born baby's life was worth fighting
for.
A man who had been away for fifteen
vears and whose wife had in the mean-
time married again, returned to his home
at Steubenville. Ohio, the other day. As
soon as the second husband saw     beo'
things were he walked out the back door
promising never   to  return.   Another
Enoch Arden story spoiled.
The children were having an object les-
son on the heron. The master called -
tention to its small tail saying, "The ird
has no tail to speak of." The next day
he asked the children to write an essay
on the bird, and one little girl concluded
her essay by saying, "The heron hasa
tail, but it must not be talked of."
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