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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 25, 1909)

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Show Critic On "Bee" Says "Girl
From Rector's" Is Deadly Dull.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Sept. 20.-There
has been much talk about the sensa-
tional play, "The Girl From Rector's,"
and as a result of its heralded spici-
ness had many of its racyfeatures elim-
inated by the police of San Francisco.
As the show plays this city, the "Bee"
sent its critic who aigns himself "H.
W.," to see the 'Frisco presentation.
"H. W.," in part, takes the following
fling at the play: "It may be said at
once that "The Girl From Rector's" is
i in its present shsape deadly dull, al-
most wholly pointless, crude in its de-
h, velopment and stereotyped an its situa-
tions, while the company that presents
it is, with two exceptions, made up of
a   incompetents who are utterly unable to
express the spirit of farce.  It is a
a   fifty-cent crowd posing as dollar-and-a-
half players.
"Certainly there was little laughter,
except in the second act, and even this
laughter was as perfunctory as the act-
ing of the players.
"Whatever it may have been, the
Piece i s not now indecent, although its
foundation was obviouly intended for a
superstructure  of  vicious  situations.
But there are gaping wounds in the
play that not only indicate elisions, but
destroy its continuity. The final act,
devoid both of sense and fun, is like a
distorted dream, leading nowhere and
accomplishing nothing.
"The first act probably establishes a
precedent in farce in that there is not
a single opportunity for laughter in
it! The second act, in which the mas-
queraders of the first are introduced to
one another in their proper persons, has
a certain amount of fun of a cut-and-
dried and stereotyped quality. The third
act is on a level of uninteresting gloom
with the first, and the last is idiotic.
"Nothing approaching finesse is found
anywhere in the lines, situations or
character. The whole thing is slipshod,
baldly cheap and unutterably dreary,
and a sadder audience than that which
endured it last night would be hard to
"Tiacperforniance 'died standing up.'
GeorgeGabel, aLad ofSeventeenYears
Displays Courage in Ascension in
POTTSTOWN, Pa., Sept. 18.-George
Gable, a assistantaof Jewell Bros., the
aeronauts at Sanatoga Park of this
place, made his first descent by para-
chute and got away with the trick sue-
cesslly. He is seventeen Years old,
and has been with Jewell Bros. for
eight weeks. He was formerly a horse
.jockey in Canada. Gabel has been want-
ing tomake hisfirstascension for some
time and after careful Instruction he
as given permission this week. Young
Gaelsaid that he was pleased with his
first experience as an aeronaut and that
he wanted to make th~e ascension fre-
quently. Hesaid that  elosthisnerve
when he looked down utter Mr. Jewell
had called to him at a height ot 800
feet, and tlaen when h1, reached for the
rope to cut for the parachute drop he
could not find it.  The balloon   bad
reached aheight of abot, 7,20 feet be-
fore be could cut ian( r-Pe. He landed
safelyaina nearbylotalaryfarm-BAIR.
Miss Maud Clark, Playing in the Con-
tinuous, B3uys Theater in
Dawson City.
Trton. Nlsk,'-., Sept. 20.-In Dawson
i   Ask     there is a small vaude-
ville theater, owned and operated dur-
ing the summer months by Miss Maude
Clark, one of the Clark sisters appear-
ing this week at the Trent theater. In
addition to being a theater manager, as
well asapublic entertainer ,MiS Clark
Is the Possessor of a valuable hotel
property in Dawson City, directly ad-
joining the theater site.
Several years ago, when the big rush
to the Alaskan gold fields began Miss
Clark was one of the first women   to
viit theYukon. She made the journey
accompanied by her father over the
mountains and through the famous
Clilcdt, where she made the famous
ride down the rapids, being the first
American white woman to make the
To Manage Four Houses.
SOUTH BEND, Ind., Sept. 23.-A. E.
Ashling  inalager of the Centryathea-
terethi c ity.riday completed a deal
erhe becomes equal owner with
-5.G. Bierscheit, of Aurora Of four the-
aters, located at Joliet, Aurora, Streator
and Ottawa, Ill. Mr. Ashling will re-
sign as manager of the local house to
take up the management of the new
Manager Chatterton Sells Home.
DANVILLE, Ill., Sept. 22-George W.
Chatterton, manager of the Grandopera
house, as sold his home on Walnut
street to Fred Spivey, one of the man-
agers of the Economy store. The new
Owner will reside in the dwelling. Mr.
Chatterton will move to Springfield, but
will retain  the management of the
opera house here
Eastern Producer Makes Flying Trip and Inspects Attractions
in Widely Separated Points
Henry W. Savage, one of the most
prominent eastern producers, was in
Chicago to witness the premier of
"Madam X" at the Chicago Opera house.
While listening to candidates for the
chorus of "The Merrh Widow" which
stopped over in Chicago to obtain re-
cruits, Mr. Savage talked jerkily to a
representative of the.Show World: "I
am making a swing around the circle
to glance over my several productions,"
said Mr. Savage, as le waived to one
girl to leave the stage, after she had
sung so flat every one cringed.
"I joined 'Madam X' at Rochester,
where it was first produced, and then I
took a flying trip down to St. Louis,
where I saw 'Mary Jane's Pa,' in which
Henry B. Dixie is starring again this
season. From there Iwent to Oshkosh,
Wis., where Itook apeep at'The Merry
Widow,' and decided to bring the piece
into Chicago to make a few minor
changes in the chorus.
"This piece has been out for 54 con-
secutive weeks, and this week is the
first rest the members of the company
has had. This is practically the same
company that played at the Colonial. I
will have two companies in this piece
this season. Last season I had three.
I took the best people from the three
and have formed two companies. The
present company has been as far west
as San Francisco, and will open in Mil-
waukee next Sunday night.
"I have in mind a new production,
which will be made in the east next
month. It is a farcical comedy called
'Miss Patsy' and is by a German author.
Miss Gertrude Quinlan will be featured
in this piece, which will probably first
receive its footlight baptisn at Hart-
ford, Conn.
"My list of attractions this season
will include the a and b companies
playing 'The Merry Widow,' 'Mary Jane's
Pa,' in which Mr. Dixie will remain;
'The Florist Shop,' afarcical comedy by
Oliver Hereford, which is now playing
in Philadelphia, and will probably re-
turn to New York; 'The Gay Hussars,'
which is now being offered in Boston,
and 'The Love Cure,' an offering some-
thing on the order of 'The Merry
Widow,' which will probably remain in
New York the whole season; 'Madam
X,' which we hope will remain at the
Chicago Opera house the year through,
and 'Miss Patsy,' to be produced next
month, with another play in view later
in the season.
"I hope to leave for Europe for arest
within another month. I have been hard
at work for along time, and Ineed the
rest after the arduous duties of making
Mr. Savage was accompanied on his
trip by George Marion, his general stage
director, who went with him to criticize
the different attractions visited. Mr.
Savage refused to discuss the theatrical
war now prevalent, and seemed to be
much disappointed over the way the
daily press had received "Madam X."
W. H. Wright, manager of the com-
pany playing "Madam X," called atten-
tion to the fact that W. R. Macdonald,
who was formerly secretary to Mr. Sav-
age, had taken charge of the New York
office of The Show World.
"Mr. Macdonald is a valuable man,"
said Mr. Wright, 'and he will be missed
in Mr. Savage's office, I am sure. He is
an accomplished linguist, speaking sev-
eral languages fluently. He should be a
very valuable addition to the staff of
The Show World."
Indiana Concern Reaches Courts and Back Salaries are Sought
by Employes.
MICHIGAN CITY, Sept. 19.-A beau-
tiful and artistic, if not well constructed,
theatrical dream came to a rude awak-
ening at Indianapolis Saturday when
Hoyt H. Barnett brought suit in probate
court to collect back salary and have a
receiver appointed forthe UnitedStates
Amusement Company, tin Indianapolis
concern, and whosefirst enture was at
Kokomo with a second venture laid out
for Michigan City. The debts of the
company are given as $2,100 and the
assets not more thao g1,100.  Judge
Ross appointed JamesH. McKennan re-
The United States Amusement Com-
pany was organized with acapital stock
of $100,000, of which $19,000 worthi had
been sold, most of it to no paid for at
the rate of one dollar a week. It was
the purpose of the company to place a
system of nickel sheows over the coun-
try, and a special theater was built at
Kokomo. The second was to be built
here, the third at South Bend, another
at Loganspor't and, altogether, about a
dozen Indiana houases were to be built.
The plan was to construct the houses
for use the year around. The big fea-
ture in the summer time was a detach-
able roof, thus converting the theater
into sort of a summer garden.
Options were secured on sites here
and Mr. Burnett spent some little time
in working up the project.   However,
he metwith little ora encouragment
The show at Kokomo seemed to have
slipped at the start and lost about $250
each   week until the east week of its
run found expenses amounting to0 $400,
it is said, and door receipts $100. The
company has $6.28 on deposit in an In-
dianapolis bank and a like amount in a
Kokomo bank, s oi'tis averred. Burnett
was road manager, and madeaclaim of
$125 back salary. The receiver's bond
was fixedat $1,000.
Burnett, while here, claimed tohoean
old theatrical man, his card showing
that hie was with Daniel Frobman, The
Valentine Circuit, The Shuberts, Dick-
son  Talbot and   Sullvan- Considine.-
Western Firm Will Erect Modern Playhouse in Nebraska
Metropolis Soon.
OMAHA, Sept. 20.- -John W. Consi-
dine-here last week attending the na-
tional convention of the Eagles-says
that Omaha will again be a part of the
Sullivan-Considine circuit. Hesays the
new play house willhbebuilt within the
next year and a half and will be one of
the finest vaudeville houses in the west,
with a seating capacity of 1,500.
"I will say positively," said Mr. Con-
sidine, when asked further concerning
the projected theater, "that we will
build a theater in Omaha. We have
had our general manager, L. Lincoln,
here for the past month looking over
the field and we have decided to build.
"The Burwood was our property until
a short time ago. We sold it with the
intention of putting up a more modern
house. Omaha is now regarded as one
of the best show towns in the west and
we believe it will support another good
vaudeville house."-SMYTH
Popular Vaudeville Star and Mimic Is
Obtained by Mort H. Singer for
New LaSalle Show.
Mort H. Singer has engaged Violet
Dale for jone of the leading roles in
"The Flirting Princess," the newAdams,
Hough & Howard musical comedy which
he will produce at the La Salle theater
in October. Miss Dale is well known
to vaudeville patrons as a head-liner,
and has considerable talent as a mimic,
singer and dancer. She appeared at the
Studebaker in "A Strenuous Life," and
was in the cast of "The Girl From Rec-
tor's."  Previous players engaged for
"The Flirting Princess"  company are
May Vokes, Harry Pilcer and Olive Vail.
Real Tragedy Enters Into the Closing
Scenes at Coney Island When
Redskin Goes on Rampage.
BROOKLYN, N. Y., Sept. 18.-Coney
islandwaslast night treatedto a scene
of western life that makes Owen Wis-
ter's graphic word-pictures of cowboys
and Indians look mild.   Incidentally,
Sam Friedman, a waiter at Inman's
Cafe on the Bowery, is today nursing a
badly cut shoulder at the Reception
Hospital, and "Chief" Manuel Rosa, a
full-blooded Apache Indian, is languish-
ing behind steel bars.
"Chief" Rosa has been appearing all
summer at Inman's Casino, where he
has been doing anative dance, in which
he carriedatomahawk.
It seems that Friedman and the
"Chief" have not been getting along
well together.  Last night while the
aboriginal American was in the middle
of his stirring dance he spied Friedman
a few feet away. He suddenly ceased
dancing and sent his tomahawk hurling
through the air. It buried Itself into
the waiter's shoulder. Friedman drop-
ped to the floor with blood spurting
from the wound. The Indian rushed
towardsthefrontofthehouse, knocked
down several persons and hurried past
four nearby policemen who gave chase.
While Rosa was emitting wild whoops
and sending the crowd into the door-
ways, Charles Waldeck made a running
tackle, getting the big "chief" by the
ankles and bringing him hurriedly to
The Indian was taken to Coney Island
court where he appeared before Magis-
trate Voorhees.  His war paint was
badly smudged, and his violent spirit
was curbed. He pleaded not guilty to
the charge of assault, and was held
in $500 ball.
Novel Plans Made by Secretary of Na-
tional Organization for Georgia
SAVANNAH, Sept. 20.-Thunderbolt,
a suburb of Savannah, is to have the
only bill posters' club house and cot-
tages in America. Charles Barnard,
secretary of the national bill posters,
muade that statement here yesterday.
The grounds embrace six and a half
acres and are just west of the Yatch
Club grounds. The plans aretoerect a
large club house and a number of cot-
tages. It Is the Idea ofthe directorsto,
have frequent meetings here where they
will be able to secure fine accomnoda-
tions and own ing their own club house
and cottages it will be possible for them
to bring their families along with them.
Pay Thomas, Who Has Been Singing
Illustrated Songs, Wanted for
Alleged Forgery.
Marengo, Ia.,Sept.20.-Officers areon
the trail of Fay Thomas. a wandering
minstrel, who has been doing the sing-
ing for the Illustrated songs at the
Lyric theater at this place during the
past three weeks. He Is alleged tohlave
forged the name of Roy Stanley, who
owns theplayhouse, to two checks this
week, one of which he cashed at the
Peoples' Savings bank and the other
at the Kelly shoe store. After Thomas
left, the drawer in the ticket window
was found pried open and inquiry at
the house where Thomas boarded re-
vealed the fact that he had not been
there that night and that he alsoowed
for his lastmeal ticket. The last trail
the officers have o f   him  ceases near
South Amana, where he was last seen
walking east.
Butterfield Makes Speech.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 20.-
Following an ovation seldom  accorded
a single individual for helping to build
up Battle Creek, and make it a place
more delightful to live in, Col. W. S.
Butterfield, builder and general man-
ager, stepped to the front of the Bijou
stage, at its formal opening recently
and told Battle Creek what he thought
of it, and what he had tried to do for
it, in almost endearing terms. While
he talked he was showered with bou-
quets of enormous proportions, and In-
cidentally there was placed beside him
the neck, head and horns of an Elk
made solid of flowers, the gift of the
Best People on Earth.    The opening
of the new theater was a grand suc-
cess in every way, with apacked house
s plendid attractions, and general feel-
ing of admiration.
The new Blijou is a beaaty, the dee-
wrations being ofa gharmoniousblend of
pink andsl-le
Butterfield managed to shoulder the
burden of his speech on Jake Sternad,
of Chicago, who made some timely re-
marks.  A clever vaudeville bill was
presented by the management.
Coliseum Rent $1,000 Per Week.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 23.-The
new Coliseum here is to rent for $1,000
Per week.   This figure has been ar-
rived at by thehboard of directors, after
obtaining the expense of operation of'
the buailding. The Iowa Retail Hard-
ware Dealers from the first organiza-
tion to rent the build ing.-TUCKCER.

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