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September 25, 1909.
THE SHOW WORLD
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GREAT PARKER SHOWS                              MARTIN BECK INVADES
WILL BE ENLARGED SOUTHERN TERRITORY
Many Improvements are Planned for the Famous Carnival Orpheum Shows to be Offered in Dallas-B. S. Muckenfuss'
Promotion Company                    Son Enters Casey Agency-Sternad has not Resigned
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PERCY WILLIAMS GETS
NORTH POLE PICTURES
Secures Film of Cook's Expedition and
His Landing in Copenhagen
by Cable.
NEW YORK, Sept. 22.-Showing pro-
verbial American enterprise and keeping
thoroughly abreast of the times, Percy
Williams has secured by cable through
his representative the first motion pic-
tures to be produced in America show-
ing the famous North Pole discoverer,
Martin Beck contemplates an invasion
of the south. Dallas will shortly pre-
sent Orpheum shows, booked directly by
the Orpheum circuit and in theaters un-
der the exclusive control of the Or-
pheum  Circuit & Realty Co. Definite
announcements of these plans have been
made by Mr. Beck and Morris Meyer-
field, Jr., the president of the holding
company, which operates all the Or-
pheum houses. It is unlikely that the
Majestic theater in Dallas, now oper-
ated by the Interstate Amusement com-
pany, will be utilized by the Orpheum
circuit.  Reports from  Dallas to the
Show World this week are to the effect
UNDER THE TENTS
Barnum & Bailey-Danville, Ark.,
Sept. 24; Little Rock, 25; Memphis,
Tenn., 27; Corinth, Miss., 28; Florence,
Ala., 29; Columbia, Tenn., 30; Nashville,
Tenn., Oct. 1.
Buffalo Bill & Pawnee Bill-Pawnee,
Okla., Sept. 24; Guthrie, 25; Enid, 27;
Oklahoma City, 28; Ardmore, 29; Shaw-
nee, 30; Colgate, Oct. 1; McAllister, 2.
Barnes, Al. C., Wild Animal Circus-
Spokcane, Wash., Sept. 20-25.
Bobby    Fountain's-To ronto,  Kan.,
Sept. 24; Moran, 25; Rich Hill, Mo., 27;
Lamar, 28; Aurora, 30.
Campbell Bros.-La Junta Colo., Sept.
23.
Cole Bros.-Trenton, Tenn., Sept. 24;
Henderson,25,
Hode sisk's Show-Estherville, Iowa,
Sept. 24; Spencer, 25; Rofle, 27; Hum-
boldt, 28; Forest City, 29; New Rich-
land, Minn., 30; New Prague, Oct. 1;
Waterville, 2.
Gentry Bros.-Gaffeney, S. C., Sept.
24; Gastonia, N. C., 25.
Hagenbeck-Wallace-Okmulgee, Okla.,
Sept. 24; Sapulpa, 25; Perry, 27; Shaw-
nee, 28; Paul's Valley, 29; Purcell, 30;
Kingfisher, Oct. 1; ElReno, 2.
Miller Bros. Ranch 101-Wichita Falls,
Tex., Sept. 24; Frederick, Okla., 25; Ft.
Worth, Tex., 27; Hillsboro, 28; Mexia,
29; Waco, 30; Taylor, Oct. 1; Austin, 2.
ABILENE, Kan., September 21.-A
representative  of  the  Great  Parker
Shows will go to Europe this fall in
order to secure some new sensational
features for the coming season.  Two
large buildings are in the course of
construction here, which will be used
to house the animals. In spite of many
rumors to the contrary, the shows will
not remove their headquarters from this
city. The success of the Great Parker
Shows this season can be largely at-
tributed to the management and their
unceasing efforts to provide for the
public the greatest of novelties in the
carnival field.  It has never been a
question with this organization as to
the cost of anything but "how good"
it has always been the aim of the Great
Parker Shows to give to the public en-
tertainment that which is new and meri-
torious, the result is that this carnival
company has enjoyed one continuous
season of prosperity.
CHICAGO REVIEWS.
(Continued from page 23.)
1-enry Lee has added the North Pole
discoverers, Dr. Cook and Commander
Peary, to eis imitations and he re-
ceived generous applause for the way
he worked up the characters.   If Lee
keeps on doing the Cook and Peary im-
peronationshe will makethe former a
great idol among the Americans, while
Peary is apt to get the "frozen stare
and icy mitt" when he "kow-tows" to
the public for favor. Lee retains some
ofhis former characters, but is adding
tohislaurels justthe same.  Thisoweek
his impersonations, In addition to the
explorers, were Robert Fulton, Mark
Twain, Oscar Hammerstein, "Uncle" Joe
Cannon,   General   Grant,    General
Lee and ex-President Roosevelt. His
eTeddy" characterization was a bur-
sque and he managed to get a few
laughs. People, who willalways idolize
Roosevelt, will not appreciate the words
that Lee (Henry) uses in his present
imitation ofthe greatAmerican
George   Fuller  Golden  and   Fred
Karno's London comedy company were
"hold-overs" from last week and the
added attractions were up to expecta-
tions. Golden was well received at every
show and his stories "went big."   He
changed his monologue to a certain ex-
tent, his Jokes on Casey creating much
laughter. His jest about the chimes
proved his bestlaugh-getter. It swith
regret that the clienteleof the Aierican
sees Golden's Chicago engagementdraw-
ing to a close.
Karno'scompany presented "A Night
I theSuhs, "  Weston has much to do
as atough, but does not get the atten-
tion he received in"A Nightin aMusic
Hall." The various characters were well
actedat times, although thecomedians
burlesqued the act nearly all the way.
Some of the types made an impression,
although the act as a whole lacks the
entertaining qualities of the music hall
sketch. Some good ideas could be in-
terpolated in place of a lot of unneces-
sary clowning and coarse buffooning
that now characterizes the offering.
Weston's work, compared with his "in-
ebriated swell," last week, was wholly
disappointing.
Abble Mitchell is a talented singer
of the African race, who has a fine voice
ofnhigh rangeandsweetequality, and her
songs, "Red, Red Rose" and Dainty,"
captivated the audiences. Her "Down
Among the Sugar Cane" solo was given
with fire and abandon that elicited much
applause. Miss Mitchell has a pleasing
Personality.
The Kohler trio, two men and a wo-
man, who hall from sunny Italy, sing
harmoniously and render their songs in
an impressive style.   The Yoscarys,
three acrobats, do a lot of clever work
and their routine offers some feats out
of the ordinary.
Foster and his dog "Mike" held the
attention of the audiences, the dog prov-
Ing a canine wonder with his stunts in
arithmetic and music. Jack Hawkins,
"the college athlete," has an ordinary
actandit will never set the vaudeville
world on fire. He does some neat jump-
Ing,but his repeated efforts to clear the
bar in a high jumping feat Monday night
marred his act. He finally cleared it,
after about a dozen efforts and the audi-
ence had grown tired.
his subsequent reception at Copenhagen,
after planting the Stars and Stripes at
the North Pole, Percy Williams has
stolen a march on the other vaudeville
agents, and has every reason to be proud
of the new feather in his cap, as the
pictures are destined to make a barrel
of money for the film producers and
managers who exhibit this latest fea-
ture film from the workshop 'of the
Northern Film company. The pictures
were procured at great cost and trou-
ble.-MACDONALD.
Glaser to Lecture.
CLEVELAND, 0., Sept. 21.-Vaughan
Glaser will give a series of lectures to
the members of the Cleveland Training
school, at the Prospect house.-YOUNG.
Norris & Rowe-Rushville, Ill., Sept.
24; Lewistown, 25; Elmwood, 27; Prince-
ton, 28; Galva, 29; Aledo, 10; Farming-
ton, Iowa, Oct. 1; Bloomfield, 2.
Ringling Bros.-Santa Ana,eCal., Sept.
24; San Bernardino, 25; Phoenix, Ariz.,
27; Tucson, 28.
Sells-Floto-Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 24;
Christiunburg, 25; Rocky Mount, 27.
CARNIVALS.
Barnes Amusement Co. (J. J. Barnes,
manager) -Carlyle, Ill., Sept. 20-25.
Cosmopolitan Great Shows (H. Sny-
der, marage)2-Moline, Ill., Sept. 20-25;
Peru, 27-Oct. 2.
Jones' John J., Exposition Shows-
Norfolk, Va., Sept. 20-25.
Parker Great Shows (C. T. Kennedy,
general   manager)-Chippewa      Falls,
Wis., Sept. 20-25; LaCrosse, 27-Oct. 2.
Parker, C. W., Shows (H. S. Tyler,
manager)-Spokane, Wash., Sept. 20-25.
25.
Patterson Great Shows (Jas. Patter-
son, manager)-Sioux City, Iowa, Sept.
20-25; Creston, 27-Oct. 2.
Westcott's United Shows (M. B. West-
cott, manager)-Red Bird, Ill., Sept. 20-
25; Union City, Tenn., 27-Oct. 2.
ACTORS A SCARCITY
HERE IN WINDY CITY
Never in the history of theatricals
have actors been so scarce as they are
at the present time in Chicago. One
dramatic agent is authority for the
statement that he has been obliged to
turn down more than fifty of his clients.
There has been an exceedingly large de-
mand for people both by the large and
small producers, and today there are
many managers or their representa-
tives endeavoring to secure players for
their attractions. The musical comedies
which have opened in Chicago this sea-
son have taken away from the city
hundreds of entertainers, leaving the
rialto somewhat deserted. A certain
producer in speaking of Chicago as a
producing center says that there has
been a wonderful change and big im-
provement in the theatricals in Chi-
cago in the past few years; better pro-
ductions are being organized, which has
a tendency to bring to the city from all
parts of the country the better class of
talent. It is estimated that more than
5,000 thespians have left this city this
season with various attractions, which
includes both the high and medium sal-
aried artists.
that prominent real. estate dealers in
that city have been asked to offer sites
for the new house.
The conference in the city last week
between Mr. Meyerfield, Mr. Beck and
C. E. Kohl is said to have resulted in
the consummation of plans for the en-
largement of the Orpheum circuit. The
territory which it is planned to invade
is partially new, and in addition to
Dallas, will embrace many of the large
cities of the southwest wherein Or-
pheum vaudeville has not been offered.
St. Joseph, Mo., Oklahoma City, Mont-
gomery, Little Rock and Nashville are
said to be the cities which will be en-
tered, and probably in the order named.
President Karl Hobletzelle, of the In-
terstate Amusement company, was re-
ported out of the city at his offilces In
a   ric theater building this week,
B. S. Muckenfuss, his booking repre-
sentative, declined to discuss thepossi-
bility connected with the southern in-
vasion of the Orpheum circuit on the
probability of the plans announced by
the Orpheum heads being carried out.
Tull Refuses Offer.
F. M. Tull, owner of the Folly and
Metropolitan theaters in Oklahoma City,
stated this week that overtures were
madehbyrepresentatives of the Orpheum
circuit some weeks ago to have him
play the Orpheumn attractions in the
Metropolitan theater, and for which
service he was to give the Orpheum
people an interest in the house. Mr.
Tull stated that he did not accept the
proposition, and therefore concluded ar-
rangements with the Interstate people
to furnish his attractions.  Mr. Tull
stated that he did not care to discuss
the possibility of the Orpheum circuit
entering Oklahoma City beyond enter-
ing the assertion that they would be
obliged to build a theater if they wished
to invade his city.
Muckenfuss Junior in East.
Mr. Muckenfuss, son of B. S. Mucken-
fuss, booking manager of the Interstate
circuit, has entered the Casey agency
in New York. He has been employed in
thenFredZobedieagency. It is gossiped
along the Rialto that the Casey offce
has booked many acts for the southern
time this year. Heretofore most of the
acts have been booked direct and paid
only five per cent commission. All the
Casey acts pay ten per cent.
During the week this matter has been
the principal topic of conversation in
the various artists' organizations In
this city. The general opinion among
the artists is that the Interstate cir-
cuit has receded from its former Inde-
pendent position and that the booking
policy is being dictated by the Beck
interests.
Sternad Has Not Quit.
Authoritative announcement- is made
thatJ. A. Sternadhas not resigned his
position with the Western Vaudeville
Association. The rumor of his resigna-
tion has been general during the week.
It has been reported that Mr. Sternad
has been entertaining a proposition from
the WilliamMorriscoffice, and was about
to sever his connection with the Inter-
ests in the Majestic theater building.
Mr. Sternad states that his resigna-
tion has not been requested, and that
he Is on agreeable business terms with
his employers and associates. This Is
corroborated by a high official of the
association.
Mr. Sternad is now booking several
theaters in addition to looking after his
acts, which are all booked solid on the
association time.
It is announced that the partnership!
between Mr. Sternad and "Jack" Kohl,'
son of C. E. Kohl, has been dissolved.
Mr. Kohl was formerly interested In'
some girl acts with Mr. Sternad.
GLOBE FILM SERVICE CO
105-107 E. Madison Street,
CHICAGO, ILL.
Write for particulars regarding
our film proposition.
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Dr. Frederick A Cook, on his dash to
the frozen north and of his landing in
Copenhagen, where he received a tre-
mendous ovation. The pictures were
secured from the Great Northern Film
company and were presented at the
Colonial theater in New York City Tues-
day night just three hours after Dr.
Cook landed.
By getting the first pictures of Cook's
expedition and scenes of the celebrated
Brooklyn explorer's trials and tribula-
tions and experiences and hardships, and
WHO IS THE BEST CLOWN IN CIRCUSDOM?
After much deliberation, the editors of The Show World have decided
to bring the clown contest, which has been running in these columns for
many weeks past, to a close in the next issue.
The winner has practically been decided upon, and while we have no
doubt that the final award will cause some dissention, we are of the opinion
that we have acted fairly in the matter, and that our own opinion, backed by
that of several eminent showmen, should be final.        The Editors.


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