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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 13, 1909)

Actors' Fund splendid aid to needy players,   p. 13


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overnber 13, 1909.            THE    SHO
ACTORS' FUND SPLENDID
AID TO NEEDY PLAYERS
(Organization Has Done Much to Elevate Profession of Acting
-Offers Assistance to Many Who Need Succor.
The average performer is not a very
When out of work
God business man.
the actor is goneraolly out of funds.
This   having
been the case
since   acting
has been a
profession, it
ehoo ved
those few   of
the business
owho were
possessed of
Hiough busi-
less  ac umen
to form socie-
Iae s, lodges,
and organiza-
tion s directly
atiliated with
show   bus i-
ness and of a
beneficial na-
ture to the
actor and to
be of some
urth to him when out of employment.
hese societies formed by the actors
d made up of the cream of the pro-
taks life worth the living for artists.
?ete the advent of the Actors' Fund
if America and kindred organizations,
hich tachelped to make the burden
of the performeralighter, and which ele-
ted the oralatmosphereo fhebusi-
toss, anti have nmade it possible for a
performer to be proud of his profession,
tohoeknown as an actor was to have
.O  ,mofasneer-do-well nomad at-
achedtosone's name.
These societies catering to the wel-
are of the artist are broad and most
neficial and the good done by   the
Actors' Fund is so great and far reach
ng that one cannot help but wonder
why other branches of society and pro-
ssion don't organize in a like manner
or the general good of their respective
'raftsmen. The Actors' Fund of Amer-
ca is entirely devoid of red tape in its
methods of doing good and one does not
necessarily have to be a member to re-
ee of its benefits. In fact, so much
stobeingd oneeand sofar relaching
the good that even the families of
Wtors, non-menbers. are lookmed after.
Where is there another such organiza-
tion in the entire civilized world as the
Actors' Fund of America?  In Chicago
Harry Powers of Powers theater is the
representative and all one has to do is
I notify Mr. Powers of the illness or
ee ondition of any actor and prompt
'elif is atonce rendered. Theo. Brom-
is the active secretary of the Actors'
und of America, with headquarters at
the Gaiety theater, New York City.
In conelosion I will say that in my
nall way  wish I could do more and
loeallprofessionls contribute to this,
themostsplendid of all benevolent or-
anizations  Not alone has the Actors'
Fund demonstrated that it is without
ras tsocety for the welfare of the
1eatrlcn familybut for one dollar per
onecan hook oneself without the
bookin agent trotbles  Letotsallpullt
(ireterand elualong the good work
Ifible institto e
r. the  Actrs' Fund of America.   A
rastfel bore on Staten Island. New
Yokis maintinedlfor the old members
oIfthepnrofession. In this home all the
Onofcorts ef a bone and none of the
trtgs one finds in the averae chart-
ohio insttutnon   are  encounteredw In
tno the tors' Fund has dtone more
'thep rofe'ssion of entertainment than
noil Otoers together So come on all
0Olactors and r n enyour three dt-
lmehin or our~ professoafral.
illanWricht anl ha tell where he
11 will l  neto know  that one has
mineod some ttnfortttnate creatture who
ehansb aad th sands in  ots time
rtoy. ts a    dependent on the Actors
ThdOf Akmerica is something to look
akioinfottttysyars and to feel that
Jae O'D shr
short existencm we ave done
fethtngfor or Profession after all.
MORELAND NOTES.
Lillian Wright and her dancing boys
ihteheadline attraction at the
oo~mLenext Week. Others in the
ina hotbe olreye  nd Green, musical
iedians: W   . McDermott,    genus
ohs Lamb's manikins, and the kino-
JatesO'Day &TomMay, the news-
01  irriVed in town to play some
oy5time.
Corbet &Doyleare in town, playing
i! 'll ioqess-
En1thisnLsky Co., comedysec
t hy foir people, are laying off
lent this Week.
,The Tour Lorettas, acrobats, are in
wortouite localtime.
Wito& Dlwyer, Scotch act, are in
~00 orotci5.a new Scotch specialty
threatuces
Wiliam boralsIhas lost the booking
the t'aliforoia theater and anothe'r
o ineaisnlTl"ting on the acts there
Morris lest out.
Prank Hill writes from Mitchell, S.
D.,that be does not have to look out for
split weeks, as he is booked solid until
1910 with the Molly Bawn company.
Dan Robie, monologist, arrived in
town   after playing  Walter Keefe's
time.
Ennis and Ryan, the clever singers,
are still in town, but will soon take to
the road.
Perry and Linn will play the Princess,
Dubuque, where Jake Rosenthal has a
beautiful new theater with all the mod-
ern improvements, green room, two bal-
conies  and   magnificent  furnishings
thtoutghout.
Bikers and Elkers, comedy sketch ar-
tists, open at the Queen theater, Twelfth
street and Ogden avenue.
Muehlener's Comedy Sketch Artists
are booked for several weeks over the
Princess Exchange time.
Ben Davis, the nifty entertainer,
leaves the Morris time to take a turn
over Paul Goudron's circuit.
George B. Reno left the city to open
on the Sullivan-Considine time. George
has sixteen weeks booked.
Melnotte Nod Two close Norris &
Rowe circus and will open on Paul
Goudron time at Sittners' theater.
John Brandon Walsh, the clever writ-
er of monologue, has returned to Chi-
cago after having received a most royal
welcome from his fellow wits in the
east. John was put uip at the Lambs
Club  by Nat Wills and was entertained
by allthe performers ofmerit and class
who appreciate the company of a gen-
tleman and a clever wit.
William McDonough has separated
from his partner and is working single.
Hines and Otto, in the "Charge of
the Israelite Brigade," will certainly be
one of the winter's comedy classics,
and should be a knockout.
Miss Powers, of Powers & Paulina
the dancing dolls, is gradually recover-
ing and resting. Mr. Powers will fill in
the interim until she recovers, working
single.
Hannan Diggs and Burns will retain
ttheir old title., with a new Hannan in
the act. The boys open at Pueblo, Colo.,
November 29, with the Orpheum time
to follow.
Horn and Horn, the German con-
tractors, are laying a foundation for fu-
ture greatness at the Star theater, Dix-
on, Ill., this week.
Carroll & Bevervoid, playing the Lyric,
Kensington, Ill., this week, have Terre
Haute, Ind., and West Virginia dates to
follow.
Del ruego just arrived from Pop Corn
George show with a carload of new
gags and a singing and dancing stunt
that sets 'em wild, but fears Randolph
and Clark as though it were a plague
spot, as Del says the boys will "cop"
his gags.
George Gifford, monologist, opens No-
vember 22 over the Paul Goudron time.
Gifford always pleases and should be a
feature in S. & C. houses.
George Crotty. though nut of dates,
has, nevertheless, been able to keep) a
$125 piece of ice from melting, and it
adorns his cravat.
Ada Rogers, formerly of the Rogers
Sisters' musical act, has arrived in the
city fromethe east to play the Western
Vaudeville association time.
Manager Seigfried, of the Bijou, De-
catur. Ill., was in town last week, look-
ing after the winter's bookings for his
house.
Murray K. Hill. who has just closed
with one of Jake Sternad's act, will play
dates single with his monologue at Bush
Temple next week.
Thomas and Payne, negro singing
and dancing comedians, are playing the
Western Vaudeville association time.
The Majestic Quartette arrived in
town Monday and are preparing to play
the Pantages time soon.
The La Moure Trio, who have been
playing theo county fairs, will open un-
der the ro ofs as soon as one of the
members recovers from a slight illness.
Musical Snyder keeps filling the lo-
ca th oators with melody.
George Thompson, singing imperson-
itor. is working the Acme theater this
work.
Joe Macauley and Anne Leslie, after
living apart for several years, have
patched up their differences and are go-
ing to work together again.
Grrettr& Gruett, blackfacecomedians,
ariefrom the coast. where they have
been playing the S. & C. time.
Buxton & Buxton, comedy sketch ar-
tists. are playing a new act entitled
"The Hebrew Recruit."   The other act
the Buxtons used was an Infringement,
so they concluded to do something origi-
nal.
The Tour Shannons, singing, dancing
and conoed' spoecialists, open on the F.
Q. Doyle timae.
W WORLD
13
VAUDEVILLE MERGER
ANNOUNCED IN EAST
United Theaters Securities Company Incorporated-Big Variety
Managers Pooling Their Issues.
NEW YORK, Nov. 8.-Vaudeville in-
terests east of the Mississippi river are
brought closer together and a change in
the vaudeville situation west of the
river is forecast by articles of incor-
poration of the United Theaters Se-
curities company which have been filed
at Wilmington, Del. The incorporators
are B. F. Keith, F. V. Proctor, E. F.
Albee, William Hammerstein and Percy
G. Williams of New York; M. Shea of
Buffalo and Toronto; James H. Moore
of Detroit and Rochester; Harry Davis
of Pittsburg; James C. Duffield of the
Canadian circuit.  A. Paul Keith, S.
Z. Poli of Springfield and P. B. Chase
of Washington are also associated in
the combination. These men practically
control all of the large vaudeville in-
terests each of the Mississippi with the
exception of the houses managed by
William Morris, Inc.
Martin Beck was seen by a Show
World representative Tuesday and was
asked if the new merger had been form-
ed to keep him out of the east, as had
been reported in the daily press. Mr.
Beck said that the organization had
been formed for some other purpose.
The vaudeville magnate intimated that
even if the combination had been made
to fight him, it had been formed too
late. "It is like the Russian govern-
ment storing cannons and ammunitiot
in Manchuria during the war with
Japan, and allowing them to rust, with-
outeverusing them," was the way Mr.
Beck put it.
New Vaudeville House.
COLUMBUS, 0., Nov. 10.-A new
vaudeville theater costing $40,000, will
be built at the corner of Broad and
Wall streets by a company of Columbus
capitalists, among whom are A. L. Pick-
ard, A. B. Hatch, G. F. Hile and others,
who have leased the ground for a term
of 20 years.   The house will be of
standard size with a seating capacity of
Chapman & Berube ladder act, are in
the city negotiating for time.
Sommers and Ott, singers and yodlers,
are working the Doyle time.
Roman and Campbell have separated
and Roman has joined with Peerless
Richards. Several weeks booked already
by the boys.
Shomer, the strong man, is in the
city, and has several weeks booked by
the W. V. A.
The Three Alarcons, Mexican singing
and musical act, are in the city working
the local time.
William Echols, of the Jerrold Com-
edy company, is in the city working
the W. V. A. time.
Myers and Mason are in town prior
to opening an act.
Casey Bros., singing comedians, are
playing the neighborhood houses.
The Two Pirris, strong act, just ar-
rived after a disastrous trip over the
Webster time. Pirris wants to warn per-
formers of this time, as he says Web-
ster is not doing the right thing.
Bolducand    oy are inthe city work-
ing the local time.
Bashers Bachelor, singing, dancing
and musical act, are playing a solid
season's booking.
Manning Trio, singing, dancing and
talking act, are booked up to January 1,
1910.
Clemisco Bros., musical act, will soon
sail for Europe, where they are booked
until 1911.
DeClair and DeClair, comedy sketch
irtists, will soon open on the S. & C.
time.
Leonzo Cox, shadograph artist, is
playing the neighborhood houses.
Nicols & Smith, bicyclists, arrived in
the city last week and are negotiating
for time.
Leoni and Leoni, electrical trapeze ar-
tists. no in the city waiting on Doyle
to book them.
Harry Deaves and His Dramatic Man
nikins are in the city working the Frank
G. Doyle time.
Schan and Wheeler, trio, are in the
city negotiating for time.
Davis and Cooper, comedy sketch ar-
tists. are in the city prior to opening
on the local time.
Shaw and Bradley, comedy sketch ar-
lists, are in the city.
Pans LePetrie & Co. closed at Schil-
ler's Crystal theater last week, but will
keep right on the job.
Petrie and Budd just closed over the
Sullivan &Considine time and open soon
over the W. V. A. time.
Keating and Graham have joined
hands to put on a singing, dancing and
talking specialty.
John Leonard turned up after a va-
cation of several weeks, looking much
inproved in health. John is back on the
job at the Doyle agency.
900 on the .lower floor, and will be de-
voted to family vaudeville, giving three
performances a day. It will be booked
independently. Ground will be broken
for the new building at once and it is
expected to have it completed by Janu-
ary 1. Frank Williams, for many years
a fat man with the Sells circus, died
in a local hospital last week following
an operation for an abscess. Williams
at one time weighed four hundred
pounds. He was 52 years of age. The
Rhoda Royal Indoor Circus will make
its initial appearance in Columbus in
January, under the auspices of the
Mystic Shrine.-GRAF.
ACTORS' UNION SHOWS
AN ASTOUNDING GROWTH.
Since the Latter Part of August, the
Organization Has Made Rapid
Strides in Membership.
The artists of Chicago, who are affi-
liated with the Actors' National Pro-
tective Union of America, local No. 4,
who have been waging war onthebook
ing agents who decline to pay the union
scale of twenty-five dollars for asingle
act and fifty for a team, will have a
number of things to be thankful for
this coming Thanksgiving. One thing
in particular that is causing great re-
joicing among the union is the way the
organizationi sgrowingand the increase
in membership since the latter part of
August has been amazing.
In the past nine weeks, there have
been more names placed on the list
than were taken in by the union during
the entire year of 1908 which is an
astounding fact when it is considered
that the union struggled along for sev-
eral years with only a few loyal mem-
bers.  Now  with the   union  several
thousand  strong, Chairman    Ricardo
looks at the record of the union with
a keen personal feeling of delight and
he is one of the happiest men in the
organization.
The union has been averaging three
members per day and Secretary Ricardo
receives a huge batch of correspondence
daily from artists in every part of the
country. Each writer asks for infor-
mation or sends money for an appli-
cation to the union,
Since the union posted the warning
toartists in other sections of the coun-
try in the different amusement papers,
artists are writing in every day re-
questing information as to the best
manner in which to proceed before en-
tering Chicago and applying for vaude-
ville dates.
Theater is Remodeled.
DUBUQUE, Ia., Nov. 10.-Dubuque's
new vaudeville theater which will be
thrown open to the public on November
22, will be one of the finest in the
state, a pocket edition of the great
Majestic theater of Chicago and prac-
ticallythe same as the Majestic theater
of Des Moines on a slightly smaller
scale. In the strict sense of the word
the theater will not be new, because
the old walls and roof of the old Bijou
theater will still enclose the audience,
but that is all that remains of the old
theater, nothing but a shell, with the
floors from basement to roof entirely
removed.
In the new Bijou theater there will
he absolutely nothing reminiscent of
the old theater except the name. Both
exteriorly and interiorly the theater is
new, beginning with the very roof.
Early this spring, when the manage-
ment decided upon a remodeling of
the play-house and while the theater
was still in use, the old shingles were
torn off the roof and a new tin roof
took their place. Then when the 1908
season was closed, somewhat earlier
than usual, the building was turned
over to the contractors.
Mrs. Barlow Makes Denial.
Chicago, Ill., Nov. 8, 1909.
Editor, the Show World:
I wish to contradict a statement which
appeared in last week's Show World in
regard to the death of my husband,
Milt G. Barlow, Jr., wherein the article
read that we were reduced to poverty
and in destitute circumstances. Such
was not true and while we did not have
any too much of this world's goods, we
were not in destitute circumstances.
I wish to offer thanks for the kind-
ness shown me in the hourof need by
my theatrical associates, namely Will
and May Reno, Colonel Owens and wife,
Mr. and Mrs. George West, Emily How-
ard, Charles Ellis, Charles Parker and
other dear friends. I also wish to thank
Frederick Wilson for his tender re-
marks at the grave and feel very grate-
ful to the Actors' Fund of America for
the service it rendered me.
Mrs. HARRIET NICHOLSON BARLOW.
I.
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