Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 18, 1908)
Gregory, John M.
Idle thoughts of a busy press agent, p. 7
THE SHOW WORLD The property iil gae the last smoker ,f the season Ol April i at Koch's Hall. it was a brilliant affair, attended by nearly all of the employees of the Hippodrome, and many of the performers. As we are all big happy famil 'it this big amuse- ment enterprise these social events are the pleasantest events of the winter. The Bedina Troupe of daring riders are on their way to Peru to join the Hagen- beck-Wallace Shaiows. Th ir act is bound to be a hit this summer, as it is startling, surprising and novel. Zula, the living bullet, is the name of a new and startling act that was first put on at this house on April 6, and scored a big hit. A performer is shot out of a cannon across a space of 225 feet, and going through fire and flames successfully catches a trapeze. It is one of the r-al thrillers of the season, and made a distinct impres- iss. It will contine to be a feature un- tilithe end of the season. Kubelik will gie a farewell concert at iste Hippodrome sn April 12. He sill be asslsted by Panorosch and lois Symphony Orchestra, and the seats are selling rap- idly for this evetit. Wells Hawks will spend the summer on lis Long Island farm and, when hoe is not engaged in sowing and reaping, will think out new publicity ideas for next season, Floyd Lauman, the genial superintendent of the Hippodrome, will put in most of the summer at the Hippodrome. Hte may take a week's vacation at Newcastle, Pa. In the grand Automobile Carnival parade on April 7 the Hippodrome was represented by a beautiful float that attracted great attention. When this house is left in the way of getting the attention of the public it will be a cold gray miisty morning. Notes of All Sorts. After twenty-nine years of success at Manhattan Beach, Pain's Fireworks will be seen this season at Brighton Beach. A large force of men have been at work on a new tract of ground for the past month, and the new enclosure will be a commodi- ous and comfortable place. The name of he spectacle for this year has not yet been disclosed. Hery 13. Harris, the theatrical manager, has purchased the Hudson theater. The amount paid for tle theater was $700,000. The house has been under the nina...etin of Mr. Harris since it was built, ant indetd it was always intended as a home for hi stars. Mr. Harris is also the owner of the Hackelt theater on 42nd street. Though Mr. Harris has only been a producing man- ager for six years his theatrical properti- in New York City are worth over a mil- lion dollars. His successful tours of Th Lion and tle Mouse and The Chorus Lad are in a great measure responsible for his rise to success. Florence Ziegfeld has engaged Billie Reeves to play a special part in tile new musical revue, The Follies of 1908, which is to occupy the roof of the New York theater this summer. Henry V. Savage's English Grand Opera company playing Puccini's Madame Butter- fly has ended its tour, closing at Rochester, N. Y., last week, after having played 300 performances and appeared in 1 cities. Otis Skinner is busily engaged in writ- ing a new play in conjunction with an emi- nent French dramatist. The title of the nest play is Tue District Attorney, and Mr. Skiner sill play it next season. As soon as Otis seasont is over here he ssill go to France to complete the play. Felix Isman has leased the American theater at Eighth avenue and 42nd street, and it is said that he will turn the house into a first-class theater and play nothing but the best attractions. The Eighth ave- nue entrance will be closed and the entire theater redecorated and improved. The house has been playing melodrama under the management of William T. Keogh, and his lease has several years yet to run, but it is claimed that Mr. Isman has arranged to take the house off his hands. The Conreid Metropolitan Opera company held a meeting this week and the following directors were elected: Edmund J. Bay- lies, George J. Gould, Clarence H. Mackay Rawlins L. Cottonet, Eliot Gregory, Hamail- ton Mc.K. Twombly, TW. Bayard Cutting, Frank G. Griswold, William K. Vanderbilt, T. DeWitt Cuyler, James H. Hyde. Harry P. Whitney, Robert Goelet, Otto It. Kahn, and Henry R. Winthrop. At a subsequent directors' meeting, the election of Giulio Gatti-Casazza as general manager, and An- Oreas Dippel as administrative manager, wtere form'rlv ratified. IDLE THOUGHTS OF A BUSY PRESS AGENT ByJOHN M.GREGORY itF tump ftri H. Louis, Mo., to Cata- Teonl 'Tx is a log tie. It is as great is It way as the transition from Mrs. Fiske, The Ied Mill and the delights of Mtay Robson, who were, at the time I left St. Louis, playing in the different theaters of that city, to the string of yellow cars, the blare of the band and the white tops of the Great Parker Shows which I met at Cameron. Tile trip down, however, was aiply recornpensed by the opportunity it afforded to study tile various conditions of the states through which I passed with a view toward the possibilities for the show business the coming suimmer season. All along the route of the Iron Mountain, through Missouri, Arkansas and Texas, evi- dences of increasing business are shown by the fast lessening lines of empty freight ears which were so noticeable on my last trip through the same territory a few months before. This will be good ness for the managers swho intend to make this ter- ritory this summer. The Great Patterson Shots, shich have been wntering at Houston wtill open their season there in a few weeks. The new Airdome at Texarkana, which will he conducted by Manager Greenblatt with tile usual attractions of the Crasford Air- dense Circuit, is rapidly nearing completion and will be one of the handsomest of its hind in tile South or West. GeorgetValentine of the Four Flying Val- entinies. swrites he has signed for the comn- lag seases ith the C. W. Sparks Circus. Mr. 0. T. Crawford of St. Louis tells me his new venture with motion pictures in the Subert thseater in New Orleans is proving tery suc'cessful. Col. Fred Cummings was at the Planters Hstel in St. Louis last week. The Cum- ings Wild West sill spend the summer at the parks in London and Liverpool and then tour the continent. Theatergoers in St. Louis are talking of the return of Dan Fishell to manage the Garrick there as a certain revival of the Popularity of t ha t pretty playhouse. The Shubert stock company, under the management of Messrs. Flaven and Barker. will remain at the Shubert theater, Kansas City, until the first of July. ate Glass of Pueblo will open 1los season at MianeqaPark May I. He still again of- fer stock to his patrons with a company of ten people inclmding Lulu McConnell anti Grant Simpson, late of the Piff, Paff, Pouff cni.pany. "To what depths of insincerity will lit- erory persons descend in search of 'copy?' exclaims Bert Taylor in a recent story in Tile Saturtday Evening Post. 'thsis seems to ,settle the quecstion regarding tise truthifuli and the untruthful press agent. If he is 'literary" let him go the limit. The following "news item" in the Cam- eros (Tet.) Enterprise is a fair indication Of the lice topics of the hour in ibis 5.-c- lion. "We are haviing sotch bseautifil weather and everything seems so bappy," eaclaims the newsgatherer. "All the sweet little birds are singing and the sweet flowers are blooming everywhere now and they look so sweet after the nice fresh rain." To spend a few weeks down here is like a summer vacation. About all one hears is political talk which, to showmen of course, is intensely interesting. In Texas right now eterything is "Bailey and anti-Bailey." Mr. Bailey's opponent seems to be ai un- known quantity. After a week's stay hero- and with the papers full of political stuff, I have never heard tls name nor seen it. Texas seens to me, tlis year more than esr, to be particularly alive for tent and ilotinig titure slows, both perniaitilN located in the larger cities and trareling. Texas has always been good to her own traveling organizations. The Texans sier by Mollie Bailey and her circus. The vis- itor seems just as welcome and his seats are always full. There are a great many of these tent shows down here whose names never appear in print and all of them report good business. I have beet often asked if there 'as peonage in tile soutis. I happens to knoss there is, but Io am not runlning after the chiatice to disclose this knossledige' Has- ever this much is a true story. There was a preaciher in the south who owned a good sized cotton plantation on which he workedl about fifty Isegroes. Otse day one of his negroes stole a pistol and the preacher culled together tswelve of his mets atid named them as his jury and sat on the case hinself. This, of course, tas done without tile knossledge of the court, but to the negroes it ans alt regular and accord- ing to Hoyle. The thief was foutnd guilty and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 or to be sent to thle ''farm" for ninety days. When I last heard of him he was working out his sentence in the cotton fields. This isn't peonage. It's a joke. Most chorus girls aren't so bad after all. They're just careless. Benny Krouse, the concessionaire, Will have about fifteen concessions in the Great Parker Shows this season. SHOW WORLD IN ENGLAND. Ialph F. Verve 3t Represent this Journal in Liverpool and Manchester. THE SHOW WORLD will be represented in Liverpool and Manchester, England, by Ralph F. Veto, private secrettry to Colotel Cunsnssi, whbose Wiild W'est and Ind ian Congress ill be a featture at NewBrighton Tosser. ~is'erpool, this season. Mr. Veve has a wide acquaintance, hav- ing traveled extensively, speaks four lan- guages, and has had considerable experi- c-ace in the amusemsenst business. Readets of THE SHOW WORLtD can thserefore ex- pect interesting nsesws tmatter from Mtr. Vote's pen during the coiaing season. Macdonald Goes to New York. i. hR. Macdonald. wIo las been malkig Isis headonuarters in Chicago the past fest weeisi left for New York Sunday, April 5, and it is probable that hestill beconme iden- tified in an executise capacity tith Richard Plitrot, the swell knoswn booking manager. 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Send for Descriptive Circular No. 357 The COWBOY and the SCHOOLMARM A Tale of the "Wild and Wooly" West, with an Eastern School- marm and a Daring Cowboy as the Principals. No. 634-. Code, Velerhande. Length, 950 feet. Send for Descriptive Circular No. 355 OT1-mR "ATE FLATURE FILMS Send for Illustrated Descriptive Circulars. 6348-A Country Girl's Seiminary Life and Experiences, Code Veleras, Length 1,000 feet. 6347-Stage Memories of an Old Theatrical Trunk, Code Velenosita, Length 635f eet. 6346-Aninated Snowballs, Code Velenosa, Length 795 feet. 6345-Nellie, the Pretty Typewriter, Code Velenho, Length 590 feet. 0344-Playmnates, Code Veenslot, Length 360 feet. 6343-Cupid's Pranks, Code Veerschuit, Length 035 feet. 6342-A Sculptor's Welsh Rabbit Dream, Code Veerploeg, Length 590 feet. 6341-A YTankee Man-o'-Wars Man's Fight for Love, Code Veerpasser, Length S30 feet. 6340-Fireside Reminiscences, Code Veerloon, Length 500 feet. 6339-Rescued from an Eagle's Nest, Code Veerlieden, Length 515 feet. 6338-The Suburbanite's Ingenious Alarm, Code Veerkracht, Length 595 feet. i33-Laugling Gas, Code Veerboot, Length 575 feet. 6335-College Chums, Code Veenwertel, Length 700 feet. 6334-The Trainer's Daughter, Code Veenwerker, Length 800 feet. 6333-Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Code Veenwater, Length 915 feet. 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Oflice for United Kingdom: NVictoria Road, W1ellesden, London. N. W. SELLING AGENTS:P L Wa"er., 41 East 21st St., New York. G George Breek, 550-554 Grove St., San Francisco, Cal. DBAERS IN ALL PERINIPAL CITIES fits him to assume a position with a metro- politan booking exchange. Mr. Macdonald is an Englishman by birth, and received hits education in London and Paris. ie enjoys not Ony ttse acquaindtance of foreign artists hu t ilsei 1 estees tand confidencre as swell. Dailey Joins Robinson Showris. Terry' Daily,-v tte swell knsoswn psr i\,iteg man, will Ie identified with the John Roit- inson shows this season, as associate man- ager of privileges. lie purchas d tswo priv- ilege cars us Chicago last steelk. Nellie Bievell at Butte. Nellie Revell opened her coast time ott the Sullivan & Considine circuit at the Family theater, Butte, Mont.. this week. She still provide THtE SHOW WORLD swith gossipy ltters diring her tour of the Pa- cific coast. Harvey L. Vatkins Successful. The maly friends of larvey L. Watkins, formerly assistant manager of tile Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, will be glad to know that he is meeting with great success as manager of a circuit of moving pictur theaters in New York and tihe New England stat,-s. Remick & Co. In New Quarters. JTerome H. Berick & Co. have removed to their nw itiat-ters at 131 W. 41st St., New Yiis aiti ihave issued an invitation to the p-'-iei in general to call. Largest Profit LeastInvestment SHOOTING GALLERIES A Sport for Every Season Write us for Particulars Quaker City Arms & Target Works 206 N. 2nd St. Philad., Pa., U. S. A. April18,1908. 7 :41 ad Apg ow the it We ires is I I a tire ut it ,ei Of ll Ilei e*~