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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)

Actors' Union after nonunion artists,   p. 24

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Trouble is brewing for the nonunion
artists who twill play Chicago in the
future if the present plans of the
Actors' Union, No. 4 of Chicago ma-
terialize, and as every indication points
to their successful conclusion the small-
er vaudeville houses will all become
unionized or face a serious crisis. The
slogan of the union members is "Union-
ize the Ilouses!" and every effort is be-
ing made to have such a condition
brought about, and the master stroke
has been made now that the matter will
be presented in official form  to the
American Federation of Labor through
authorized  representatives  from  the
Actors' Union.
Union Acts and Union Cards.
From the moving picture operator to
the artist playing the house a union
card must be shown, and this is the
proposition that will be put before the
federation of labor, as the refusal of
some of the agencies to pay the union
scale has forced the union artists to
resort to drastic measures to bring them
to time. Now that the union has de-
creed that the matter be placed in its
proper light before the American Fed-
eration of Labor and its support enlist-
ed, the artists, agents and house man-
agers will anxiously await its decision.
And if the federation decides to rally
to the support of the union in its fight,
it seems a foregone conclusion that
union houses with union acts and union
operators will prevail in the end.
Doyle Back on Unfair List.
According to the official action of the
union last week, Frank Q. Doyle's name
is now on the unfair list, and according
Smaller Vaudeville Theaters Must
Become Unionized or Face a Serious
Crisis-New Organizations
in Sight
to its decision, there it will remain for
some time to come.   The union at its
meeting sent a committee consisting of
Charles Lawrence, chairman; William
Sanguine, Patrick and Thomas Dalton
and Daniel Healy to confer with Doyle,
asking him if he intended to pay the
union scale, in addition to using the
new form   of contract. Doyle replied
that he would pay the increase to cer-
tain acts and to others would engage
them below the scale, if they were will-
ing to work for the amount offered
them. As a result of the visit, the com-
mittee returned to the hall and made
an unsatisfactory repert. As his name
had never been declared unfair at a
regular meeting of the union, the mem-
bers then and there placed him under
the ban.
Sentiment Is Changing.
Sentiment has changed since Wash-
burne & Irving were placed on the un-
fair list, as these young men, who are
behind the United Booking Association,
have granted every concession asked by
the union, paying all acts the union
scale, and have offered not the slightest
objection to using the new form of con-
tract. The association has come to the
terms desired by the union, and since
the artists started a loud clamor some
weeks ago that they be removed from
the blacklist, Washburne & Irving will
le at libertv to play any union act in
the near future, unless the unexpected
happens. Many of the union artists,
when approached on the subject of the
U. B. A. matter by a Show World man,
were unanimous in the belief that Wash-
burne & Irving should be recognized by
the union inasmuch as they had shown
every willingness to do all that the
union asked.
Unionization Is Goal.
With the union determined to union-
ize the houses, there will be something
doing in Chicago if the American Fed-
eration of Labor places its stamp of
approval on the idea. While the out-
come is a matter of d       Od
can  tell what the federbtatiown i
it is the general belief amon the
tists that they xviI get Proper teg.
nition  in the matter  Thesionsill
no  longer make on war
burne and Irving, but Doy     i
ticular, will be a target becausehePar
clines to pay every man adom
playing vaudeville dates for hila
union scale.   With the houses unith
ized, the union expects that Doye in
be forced   to pay the increase fa
last year's figures.
Unions Are Porming.
The latest gossip along the Rialtq
this week was to the effect that t
Hebrew artists in Chicago inteded
apply for a union charter "a th
the negro artists also had their
set on a charter. With these probij
unions working in harmony with t
Actors' union, there are sure sign
breakers   ahead  for the agentsa
managers, who fail to recognize the
There is also a well-definedamoe
on foot to have the ianPlay    h
are capable of holdingdown therpo
tions creditably in the smaller hos
form  a union and work inco-opsro
with the operators and artists,
Will Resume Open Meetings.
Announcement has been made the
the artists' open meetings will againi
be resumed next week, being held here.
after on TVednesdays, according to See.
retary Ricardo's statement to a Sho
World representative. Some important
developments are expected to take plac
next week.
Manufacturers Invited by J. J. Murdock
and m. p. Magerstadt Will Hold
Important   Conference - Inde
pendent Alliance Commit-
tee to Meet.
It was accortained at the executive
offices of the. International Producing
& Projecting Company in the Schiller
building, Chicago, Thursday, that upon
invitation of President J. J. Murdock
and Treasurer E. J. Magerstadt.' who
visited  Europe recently, the  foreign
moving picture manufacturers are in
America for an important conference.
President Murdock also informed a
representative of The Show World that
a meeting of the executive committee of
the Independent National Moving Pic-
tureaAlliancehas been calledtomeet in
Chicago,Sati rda, October130. The New
York delegationw iltleave on the Twen-
tieth Century3 Limited Friday afternoon
and Vice-Presitdent J. IV. Morgan, of
Joplin, Mo., has wired that he will be
in attendance. Matters of vital impor-
tance affecting the Alliance will be dis-
cussed at the meeting Saturday.
President Murdock    was   optimistic
over the prospects of the National In-
dependent Moving Picture Alliance and
stated that while in Europe he had
closed contracts for the International
Projecting & Producing Company with
the film manufacturers direct, thus do-
ing away with all sub-agencies.
High Diving Horse Dead.
MONROE, Wis.,     Oct. 27.-"Clown,"
the famous high diving horse, trained
by Dr. W. F. Carver of tis city, died
at Rawlins, Wyo., from natural causes
while en route to Monroe.    This was
the only horse in the world trained to
make a high dive with a rider on his
New Paper for Rhoda Royal.
KANSAS CITY, Oct. 28.-The Acker-
mans-Quigley Lithograph Company of
this city are getting out a special line
oflithograph work for the Rhoda Royal
Circus.  General Representative H. S.
Maddy of the Rhoda Royal show, was
in the city last week to conclude ar-
rangements for this special line of
ESis notthe best ifthere is
THE sEn       something better.. You
may think the serviceyo
are nowgetting is the best obtainablefort he
Orice, butifyou willtakete thi  torite
us, wewill prove to your satisfaction thatwe
can furnish you better service-Indepen-
dent. too.
First, second and third run customers, and
those desiring the very best ol IndependentaHigh
Grade Service. should Investigate this.
49-51 Jackson Blvd., Chicago
SanFrancisco.SaltLake City, DenverOmaha,
Washington, Nashville, Atlanta.
ELCIN, ILL., Oct. 27.-Poor Sunday
husiness at the local theaters iaterially
lecreasing the week's receipts, is said
t< Ine nccessitated a tit in thec we
of persons employed in the amusement
places.  In Elgin, tuis cut, approxi-
inately 10 per cent. affected employees
of the Star, Tesple and opera house
mioving picture shtows.
Frank E. Thielen, owner of a large
number of theaters in this section of
the state, wrote a personal letter to the
employees of the three Elgin theaters,
explaining the reasons for the cut about
tobe atde. In substance, Mr. Thielen's
letter stated:
" Owing to the decrease in Sunday
business at the Elgin theaters, it Itas
become necessary to reduce the wages
of employes at these places.
By James Jay Stuart.
Resolutions providing that a protest
be made to the commissioner of police
of New York over immoral theatrical
performances now on the boards in
Brooklyn and New    York   have been
passed at the Long Island Baptist As-
sociation. Commissioners reported for
the committee on temperance in a state-
ment that scored liquor law violations,
obscene postal cards, immoral plays and
suggestive posters.  The report first
took up the general question of Sab-
bath observance, stating  that   many
evils were caused by a slackc Sunday,
thenprotested againstImmoral theatri-
cal performances and their advertise-
Metbysuggestive and corrupting play
bills, ten scored the passing through
the mails andthe sale on thestreet of
obscene postal cards, and concluded by
declaring  war on prostitution and its
allied evils. Boys and girls, the report
said, often received their first impulses
toward viciotsness from obscene postal
cards. The report carried with it the
protest to the commissioner and the
acceptance oftte report made the pro-
test effective.
When the taxicab in which they were
riding skidded and turned turtle in Irv-
ing place before daylight last Friday,
Andreas Dipped, one of tise directors of
the Metropolitan opeva house, and G.
Stengel-Sembrich,  husband  of   Mrs.
Sembrich, the singer, were severely In-
jured. A lawyer riding with them and
tte chauffeur were not hurt. The acci-
dent occurred in front of the Players'
This reduction will appl% as long
as the present conditions prevail, and
unless the Sunday business increases in
volume, it may become necessary to
close the theaters on Sundays."
li Elgin about twenty-five theater
eiplo ees are affe ncted by the wage re-
duction. One stage manager, an eectri-
cian, a property man and three or-
chestra employees are working at the
Star. besides ticket takers and sellers.
At the Temple theater three orchestra
employees are working, and a pianist
furnishes the music at the opera house.
There are ttree machine operators, and
two assistants, three ticket takers and
three seller, altogether, making a total
of twenty-four employees.
Club, and one of the first men to assist
the injured was Booth Tarkington, the
The New theater, a home for aspiring
drama and classic revivals, founded by
wealthy men who do not regard their
enterprise as a commercial venture, is
now practically completed and will open
its doors on the evening of Nov. 8, with
Sothern and Marlowe In "Antony and
"The claurs is the mothe r of the
stage; the mystery and morality plays
produced under the auspices   of the
c       hur ch in the middleageswerethefore-
runners of the drama of today; an actor
isa policecourt means no morethan a
clergyman ina divorcecourt, eWe have
both these things in our civilization, I
regret to say, but it Is unfair to judge
a wole class, whether of actors or
clergymenby one sorry specimen."
ithese are the views of the Rev.
Charles F. Aked, pastor of the Fifth
Avenue Baptist church, on two interest-
ingprofessions, which he contends, are
growing closer to each other every year.
"Some of the kindest, the best, the
most generous peopleIhaveever known
arein thteatrical profession," hesaid
.-'sinday. "Beerbolin Tree, Ellen Terry,
Lewis Walter, I am proud to number
among my personal friends. I have met
few American actors, but I must say I
do not wonder that representative mem-
bers of tise profession showed some
anger when they were Interviewed on
the pharisaical remarks I was supposed
to have made in a recent sermon."
Goadron Is Genereus,
Through    tlte  generosity of Pal
Goudron, one of the busymeninte
Chicago office of the Sullivan & Con-
sidticompany, who was adeaRa
Archa Mason oia Oct. IS, a benefit P*E
a'ormance will he given by v,,aadil
artists for Corinthian ChapterNo.
Ri. A. M. at -Medinali TempleaonStu.'
day evening, Oct. 1 Sadthere is sa
class to the program as arranged h
Mr. Goudron.
The headline act will be a brn
new one and will be offered by Raffl
of Chicago-American fame, who will a
pear in   a startling novelty. Raffl
will be handcuffed, placed in a Cl
met and thrown into aminiatureeai
on the stage, Raffles to stay und
water fifteen minutes, release himse
and appear none the worse for his pe
ilous feat.  The act has been stY
'"Neptune's Prison" be Mir. Goudro:
Other acts on the bill will be fn
nished by Kelley &    etw1ori, I
X. Hill, Bros. Emmett, and theamu
cail comnedy company of Wall at!
Brooks in which ten people appeil
There will be other features for to
Masons and they will benefit by li
Gourdron's courtesy.
White City to Be Enlarged,
At the annual stockholders' meeti
of the White City Construction Co
pany, Chicago, held Tuesday, the follo
ing directors were elected: Joseph Bel
feld, Aaron J. Jones, Morris Beifel
Adolph Linick, Eugene Beifeld, Fra
Behring, J. McNab. The directorselect
ed the following officers: Morris Be
feld, president and general manage
Joseph Beifeld, vice-president; Aaron
Jones    secretary and treasurer
White City will open Mayw14,i b
greaterandgrandertitan ever,pultiw
decided at the meeting to engage o.
the best bands and to spend $250,0,1
on new   shows and rides, to covr ta-
entire r wenty-five acres. AimatiboN
novelties have been arranged orand
i         itberofsurprises will be in  ao
the amusement public.
Meeting of W. M. V. A.Is called.
An isportant meetingiththe ese
e  VaudevilleManagers' Assocatiot
scheduled for aext week. Martine t
and severalf themostimporan imer
hers of the organizationwillbei
There are insistent rumors aoulill
Majestic theaterbuilding thattheret
beabig shake-up intor, s io  pt
It is said that teretirement f"Jhi
Sternad is only the forerunner Oej
oral other chages thatare to be  at
by ManagerC. B. Bray sm   Greateen
Is maintained about thematter, bt t1
tie indications leaking out here itn
there seems to portend some importat
Ringlings Attached Agin
HILLSBORO, Texas, Oct. -T
Ringling Brothers circus nWeeiat
tached here for $1,610, forballck
for the years 1906 and90(7., TheY P
$600 for th eirstate and cou y taxer
M\onday, Oct. 25. W.R. McD~nald, tsls
revenue collector, Is following Ul t
circus, and IsattahigIfit fr beckgz
alleged to be due to the state,Whc
reach a large sum.
2 1
ee 6SPi
At liberty for Stock. Anything from "Nigger Act" to "Musical
Comedy." "Singing" and "Dancing" numbers a Positive Hit. Have
wardrobe for chorus. Produced at "Orpheum," Davenport, Iowa,
"Gary" and "Gem," Gary, Ind. "Mongrame" and "Robey Family,"
City, 42 weeks "Archer Burlesque Theatre." Produced Burlesque for
"Gay Morning Glories"thisseason. Address 2220 State St., Chicago

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