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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 22, 1909)

Riverview Exposition fights the weather,   p. 5

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May 22, 1o9.                 THE SHO
High Wind Interferes With Enjoyment of Patrons-Attractions Are
Very Interesting.
Cold Days and Colder Nights Handicap the Big Al Fresco Show---
Some Concessions Not Ready.
White City opened last Saturday.
Theattendance in the afternoon was
vry light. At night there was an av-
,rage crowd.
White  City is lucky in   draiIng
pening days on which there is no
infall. The season of 1909 was no
,ceptioii in this respect, although a
jind blowing 51 miles an hour was
*Imost as great an obstacle to en-
The young  ien found anuisemiient
a chasing the hats whirled from their
leads by a playful wind. The young
ladies were kept busy minding their
nkirts which seemed determined to
wrish higher than they should and
display stockings they were intended
to conceal.
The wind was so strong that it top-
,led overan unguarded glass of beer
in the Terrace garden and switched a
nespaper from a man's hand. The
iespaper performed all the circling
accomplished by a boomerang but in-
trad of returning to   the starting
Ioint settled down among the players
Inspiteos lthelwind the afternoon
towdmissedbut little ofth  music
(and the fact that Creatore failed to
ppear did not seem  to be a disap-
pointient. Several numbers were en-
The Destruction of Messina     and
Golgotha was not ready yet and there
ere other evidences of a premature
pening. There was little new    or
oVel to be seen last Saturday. yet
here were evidences on every hand
a continued prosperity in the third
ason of the life of the resort.
An Exceptional Attraction.
White City has  an   exceptionally
god attraction this season in The
Finnevs, who give ala exhibition of
6aniliog and diving which is familiar
11atuleville. James, Elsie, Gladys and
Tlad are united in the White City
act and perform in a pool of water
arrainged especially. The cold blasts
of wind did not interfere with the
lrst performance of the season which
was as satisfactory an attraction as
has ever been exhibited in a park.
Walter F. Parker is announcer for
,Mr. Finney, "Curly" Brown is ticket-
.dler and Cal. Robinson ticket-taker.
The vaudeville theater is expected
a do a fine business this summer as
it has little or no opposition.  The
frst performance was well attended,
considering the slim  crowd  at  the
park. Charles R. Hagedorn is man-
ager, Eddie Deneen is ticket-seller,
Fred Waters is ticket-taker, Russell
Ewing is drummer, Mrs. Hope is pian-
istJoe Brevault is stage manager, El-
tier Thompson assistant stage mahn-
ager, and Joe Sullivan electrician. The
rst bill will continue until next Mon-
by. Hereafter the new players open
in Monday. The opening bill includ-
d: The Seamons, 0. W. Courtney,
odfrey Sisters, Marie  Mundall    &
Cand motion pictures. The New
Yrk Newsboys' Quartette  as a spe-
551feature last Sunday.
Among the Concessions.
Dr. Couney, who has 16 infait in-
a11bator displayed at as many parks,
as his exhibition well located. A. J.
nauf is assistant manager,   Harry
alker announcer, G. D. Tripp ticket-
taker and Bessie Harris ticket-seller.
R. E.Carey has the weight guessing
mrachines, it being his third year at
White City.
John 1Tanix and F. Miller have the
cunntry bird store and the wind Sat-
urdaymade the arrangement of the
display difficult; indeed it was not
accomaplished without giving one or
two birds their liberty.
Prof. William Frick and G. Bonner
have the flea circus for another sea-
son. Edith Blakemnore is their ticket-
Julius Rhode has the ball privilege.
The Park Attractions.
John Giles has charge of the minia-
ture railroad. C. Miles is annoucer
and Aiina Browi ticket-seller.
A. h). O'Hanly is in charge of the
rolling  coaster.
I G. Kingsbury is in charge of the
social whirl with J. Blakemore as as-
C. Johnson is manager of "The Boat
Ride Through Venice," F. Caslin is
his aSsistant  William  Rabbitt is
vatchian, and R. Cahill. 11. Loutt-
stein, J. Malatesta and O. Pierson are
the boatmen.
San Liinaick is in charge of the
shooting gallery.
Herman M\arsh has charge of the
scenic railway, and Sid Selig is in
authority at the scenic route. 0. B.
Danner is found at the double whirl,
John Hawtrey is manager and P. J.
Schaefer assistant manager of the
figure  eight, while  "The  Devil's
Gorge' aid the  Raicing Coaster are
InI comlapetenat hanidos.
Talk About People.
J. G. Pooriman has the chicken incu-
bator, which promises to prove an at-
traction with drawing power.
Fred M. Sheldon  has the "Girl
Show." which  is styled "Salome."
Frank D. Jewell is lecturer, Leroy
Colei is pianist and there are fifteen
people all told.
Salkey and Stremnimel have the rac-
ing aitos, which are new. Being well
located and knowing just how to han-
dle the public, they are certain to
have ai good season.
William  Jacobs is manager of
"Mlaxii's Models," and Maurice Kap-
laii  is assistant.  There  were  three
young ladies publicly exhibited Satur-
d1ay, although it is claimed there are
eight in the living pictures.
Charles Esslen is manager of the
H-ippodrome, which has the "Human
Roulette Wheel," the "Soup  Bowl,"
the "Squeeze-her," and other attrac-
tions. '
There are many standsin the park
so located that the fun-seeker can
hardly avoid coming in contact with
something or other lie wants. The
lining room, the refreshment place
and the ball room will become popu-
lar; the bar sprung into immediate fa-
var.-E. E. M1.
Paul Howse is said to be behind
the project for erecting a new amuse-
ment park at Sevenmty-fifth street and
the lake shore in Chicago. The pro-
ject has been protested by a delega-
tion from the Windsor Park Women's
Club, but Howse has had the backing
of representatives of labor unions of
South Chicago.
* * *
Ravinia Park, one of Chicago's most
exclusive summer resorts, may not
opei this summer, although its open-
ing was announced some time ago. It
is now stated that less than one-half
the sum inecessary to defray the ex-
penses of the season has been sub-
scribed. The committee, headed by
Samuel Slade, of Highland Park, has
issued another appeal for funds.
Sternad's Buchanan Dancing Four
introducing  Young, Morgan    and
Thompson Sisters, is proving a hit at
Forest Park and is conceded by many
to be one of the most pretentious
acts of its kind in vaudeville. Sternad
is providing the bookings for the
(Additional Park Notes on Page 26)
Riverview  Exposition  threw  its
doors open to the public May 12 and
the first Suday passed without hav-
ing one (lay which could be callled
"good" from  a weather standpoint.
Under these conditions attendance
was far from  what it would have
been otherwise. The crowd last Sat-
urday was big considering that a cy-
clone was raging  and the Sunday
crowd was good considering the cold
weather and the street car service.
The last week's crowds were at-
tracted more by a desire to see what
improvements had been made than to
attend the shows. That they might be
pleased some of the attractions did
not begin to charge until the last end
of the week. While there are many
attractions which are incomplete as
yet, what is offered pleases and a big
business is expected during the sea-
The plan of having its own band
has its advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage probably lies in the
fact that a regularly organized park
biaidis cheaaer thai  a travelig or-
ganization. Tme disadvaitage is that
the band has less drawing powers
thainiCrcaitore or Conway. The music
is satisfactory, however, and is not
likely to cost the management one
cent's worth of business during the
Creation Not Ready.
Creation, which is to be the big
featire at Riverview this season, will
not be ready before June 20. The
building is now being erected and is
E. W. McConnell, who has Crea-
tion, also has the Monitor and the
Merrimac, which is by long odds the
big attraction at the park at present.
It charged 25 cents last Sunday and
had capacity when other concessions
were starving. A more satisfactory
production has never been given in a
An addition to the panorama shown
at Norfolk the display this season at
Riverview includes a view of Old
Point Comfort and Newport News. It
is at least one-third larger than the
show at Norfolk. Evans' fleet con-
cludes the exhibition and is an added
A. J. Stickels is manager of The
M1onitor  and  the  Merrimac  and
Smith Warner and E. S.Cox are the
lecturers. Mr. Warner makes a splen-
did talk. It is said that Mr. Cox
is equally convincing.
Te Monitor and theMerrimacand
Gettysburg will be the principal at-
tractions at Seattle and E. W. Mc-
Connell will divide his time between
Chicago and Seattle this summer. He
is now at Riverview but expects to
leave for the northwest in a day or so.
The Human Roulette Wheel.
The Human Roulette Wheel is a
new concession located where the
pool and billiard parlor was originally
and where zig-zag held forth last sea-
son. It is much better arranged than
the one at White City, having a gal-
lery for the spectators. Ten cents ad-
mission is charged adults and a nickel
for the children. The boys and girls
divide the time. E. H. Mulligan has
the concession and C. D. Wainwright
is in charge. J. B. Clark is assistant
manager and Towner Ruby and James
Newman work on the wheel.
The business so far has been en-
couraging. No admission price was
charged for the first three days, but
Saturday and Sunday were very good.
Duncan Clark has two concessions.
One is devoted to his female minstrels
and the other to the Georgia Min-
strels, a colored organization. Dun-
can worked like a trooper Sunday,
personally buttonholing everyone who
passed. The business was far from
satisfactory. The fronts are only or-
dinary and the lecturer lacks the per-
sonality which wins. Klido & Sulli-
van are the comedians with the min-
strel and there are several girls. W.
C. Thompson is business manager and
press agent of both attractions.
The improvements in Riverview are
many. A lagoon is now located where
the court of honor was last season
and the number of attractions are so
inany that the public should be able
to flid entertainment there night af-
ter night.-E. E. M.
Oak Summit Park, at Evansville,
Ind., will open May 23. Many changes
have been made and some new con-
cessions have been secured. One of
the new and best attractions for the
park this year will be the new Hu-
mian Laundry.
* * *
Spring Grove Park, at Springfield,
Ohio, will open for the season on
Mlay 30. It is reported that the vau-
deville attractions at the Casino are
to be booked through the offices of
the Keith circuit. Many new amuse-
.-nent features and devices are being
Ramona Park, at Grand    Rapids,
Mich., opened last Saturday with con-
cessions and amusements distributed
as follows: Giant coaster and mys-
tic chute, Austin McFadden; roller
skating rink, Miss Faye; circle swing,
John Merriweather; restaurant, Chas.
Forman; candy wheel, H. Kalkel; pen-
ny arcade and refreshment booth, H.
W. Watson; souvenir post cards, Roy
Beck; laughing gallery, J. Houze;
steamboats and launches, Capt. Pois-
son; rowboats, George Miller; shoot-
1ig gallery, doll rack, etc., S. Brown;
cigars and candy, George   Zindel;
bathing beach, J. Rose; Japanese ball
game, S. Hironka.
Scranton Luna Park at Scranton,
Pa., under the management of Len B.
Sloss, will open Monday, May 24. In
addition to the standard attractions,
such as chutes, scenic railway, car-
rousel, old mill, dancing  pavilion,
pony track, shooting gallery, midway,
etc., a number of new attractions will
be in operation this summer, including
"The Sea Disaster," Sanderson's mar-
ionettes, Billiken's temple, several
platform shows, a miniature electric
railway, an alligator zoo, a penny ar-
cade, glass blowers, etc., etc. Arthur
J. Keller has been re-engaged as di-
rector of publicity.
* * *
Greater Dreamland, at Coney Is-
land, New York, has opened its season
with everything new. Strangers vis-
iting the big pleasure park last Satur-
day found a new and novel white city
stretching from the street to the surf.
One of the new features is a great
ballroom, which was inaugurated with
Saturday's opening, and on this occa-
sion there was played for the first time
"the Dreamland Waltzes," written by
William Christopher O'Hare, and ded-
icated to Senator W. H. Reynolds,
president of the Dreamland Company.
When the gates of the park were
opened every show within its inclos-
ure was in full operation. The gen-
eral manager, S. W. Gumpertz, was
besieged with congratulations upon
the remarkable changes he has made
in the park. Besides the great array
of shows, the management has this
year the largest number of free per-
formances that they have ever given.
The circus itself being made up of ten
big acts.
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