Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 11, 1908)
Gilmore, George J.
The moving picture operator: news, views, and discussions, p. 11
Aprill1,1908. THE SHOW WORLD amendment to this answer when it shall have ascertained the same. Patent No. 12,192 Are Void. XVII. This defendant, further answering on information and belief,saysthat saidreissued patent No. 12,192 are void and of no force and effect because the alleged improvement altempted to tbeh patented thereby did not, at the date of the said re issued letters pat- ent, or at the date of the said original let- ters patent, or at the date of the said al- leged invention thereof by the said Edison, involve or require invention; that in view of the state of the art as it existed at that time it did not require the exercise of in- ventive faculty to devise and produce the devices described and claimed in said re- issued letters patent, but merely the exer- cise of mechanical skill; and that the said reissued letters patent did not produce any newsand useful result not already known to others and already In common use by oth- ers skilled in the art of photographing and reproducing representations of objects in motion. XVIII. This defendant, further answer- ing on information and belief, says that the reissued letters patent here in stilt are invalid for the reason that the same were unduly, unlawfully and fraudulently ex- panded and broadened during the proceed- ings in the Patent Office for the said re- issue, the said Thomas A. Edison claiming in said reissued letters patent more than he was entitled to claim, and claiming an invention which was not included in the said origi nal let ters patent, the said cc- PARTICIPATING FILM POOL. Film Service Association Opens Branch Of- fice at Cincinnati. At a meeting of the executive committee o the Film Service Association held in Nanw verk, March 21, the committee voted to open an office at Cincinnati, 0., in the interests of the association. This action was taken because the association has no representative in that city and it was thought desirable to adopt vigorous meth- ods to fight the opposition there. It was decided that the office should be owned and controlled by the entire Asso- ciation and that each of the eighty-one members of the Association should be of- fered an opportunity to have a share in the support and profits of the office. Further, that the office should be opened at once and conducted strictly under the rules and reg- ulations of the Association and in accord- ance with the manufacturers' contracts. The Participating Pool. 'oile pool owning this office shall be irm- posed of the members of the Association, and the number of shares in the pool shall net exceed 81. The pool and the office shall be managed by the executive commit- tee of the Association. Everyt member of the Association may subscribe for a share for any branch house. If after ten days from the receipt of notice any members of the Association shall have decided not to participate in this pool, then the shares allotted to such members shall he offered pro rata to those members of the Association who have accepted and be- came pool members. The subscription to each share of the Peel shall be $50 and 10 reels of film. The total number ofsharesin the pooil shall not exceed 81, and the total amount with which the pool shall begin business will be $4,- 050 in cash and 810 reels of film, or as nearly this amount as may be subscribed. A check for $50 shall accompany each subscription to the pool for each share sub- scribed for and a list of reels of film giv- ing the names of the subjects upon the reels, from which list the committee shall have the right to select 10 reels each to contain approximately 1,000 feet of film and when delivered to the office at Cincinnati to be i a condition satisfactory to the conmmittee. No reals are to be sent in with the subscription, but merely the list of reels from which ten may be selected Love Waltz Pretentious Act. One ofthepretentiousnew audeville fea- tures is a musical act called The Love Wltz. which never would have hapuened had there been no waltz in The Merry Widow or The Waltz Dream. Twenty-one people and a carload of scenery are used In the act. issued letters patent being unlawfully and unduly expanded and broadened during the said proceedings in the Patent Office with the object of covering improvements made by others subsequent to the date of the application for the said original leiters pat- ent and developments of the art siibse- quent to the date of the application for the said original letters patent. Reissued Letters Declared Void. XIX. This defendant, further answering on information and belief, says that for the purpose of deceiving the public the descrip- tion and specification filed by the said Edi- son in the Patent Office in connection with his said application for the reissued letters patent in suit was made to contain less than the whole truth relative to his alleged invention or discovery, and also for the same purpose the said application de- scribed and claimed an article of rvhic the said Edison was not the first, original and solo inventor, and that the said re- issued letters patent are therefore null and void. XX. And now this defendant, having fully answered all in singular those portions of the bill of complaint that is material and necessary to answer, denies all and all manner of things in the said bill alleged which are not hereinbefore answered unto: and it prays the same benefit of the several matters and things hereinbefore alleged and set forth, as if by reason thereof it had demurred or had pleaded to the said bill; and it prays to be hence dismissed with its reasonable costs and charges herein most wrongfully sustained. BIG PAIN SPECTACLES. They Are in Great Demand by State Fairs in All Parts of Country. Charles H. Duffield, western manager at Chicago for the Pain Pyrotechnic Co., of New York and London, has recently closed contracts for the latest and largest Pain spectacle, Sheridan's Ride, at tihe Iowa State Fair, Des Moines; the Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis; Youngstown, 0.; Colum- bus, 0., and Saginaw, Mich. The season of this great spectacle will open at Madison, Ind., May 29 and 30, during the big Home- coming week celebration. The other large Pain spectacle. Vesuviu, has been contracted for by the Inter-State Fair at Denver, Colo. Manager Duffield has also closed contracts for a big display of Pain's fireworks during the Wisconsin State Fair. He reports that never in the history of the firm has there been such a call for these big spectacles and displays. NEW THEATER FOR MEMPHIS. Plans Accepted for Fine Playhouse in Big Tennessee City. Plans have been prenared by tie archi- tects, and accepted, for the erection at Memphis, Tenn.. of the New Jefferson the- ater. This edifice will adorn Madison ave- nue, just east of Fourth street. Work on the foundation began last week. Memphis will soon have another modern, fire-proof playhouse, costing more than $100,000, and will be ready for the staging of stock work early next season. The theater is to be of yellow pressed brick, thoroughly modern in every particular and absolutely fire-proof. As anup-to-date playhouse it will have ev- ery convenience, Its staging being of such dimensions as to accommodate any pro- duction. Its seating capacity will be 2,000, and so arranged as to admit of a clear view of the stage from any part of the house. Manager A. B. Morrison, of Hopkins East End Park, better known as the "White City," and who for many years was asso- ciated with the Hopkins Grand Operabouse of Memphis, now the Orpheum, will be in charge as manager. There is no better nor more popular theatrical manager aiywbere th~an A. B. Morrison, and that the house' will meet with continued success there can be no doubt. Annie Yeamans Engaged for Li'l Mose. Mrs. Annie Yeamans. who, since the death of "Aunt Louise" Eldridge, has been the grand old lady of the stage, has been en- gaged to create an eccentric comedy role in Li't Mose, which will be produced early in April. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: It having come to our notice that certain firms, members of the Film Service Association, have sent letters broadcast containing the statement that any exhibitor who uses Independent films will be liable to having his theatre closed or taken away from him, we invite the recipient of any such letter to send it to us with an affidavit stating the manner in which it was received. If similar threats are made verbally, obtain the presence of a witness if possible and send us affidavits testifying to the threats made. This form of intimidation makes the offender liable to severe penalties. Kleine Optical Co. 52 State St. CHICAGO, ILL. 120 E. Randolph St., - Chicago Railway Exchange Bldg., Denver BrandeisBlock,- - - - - - - Omaha 601 14th St., N. W. - - - - Washington, D. C. Grand O'llouse Bldg. Chicago Booking AgencySut30ad1 S- Sulte 30 and 31 CHICAGO 87 S. Clark St. Phone 5619 Central LUKE BALFE, Manager CHAS. H. DOUTRICK, Booking Manager Booking Vaudeville houses in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin that were on the late Henderson Circuit. Wanted good acts of every description to send route and open time. THE MOVING PCTUREOPERATOR A EtY CEORGE J.qILMORE. FDL-\OWING is the last series of answers t the questions which a moving pic- ture machine operator should be able to answer in order to qualify for a license. The preceding questions and answers have appeared in recent issues of THE SH11OW WORLD. 58. Do you think al operator of a mov- ing picture machine should understand the theory of electricity well enough to define the units used in its measurement? Ie should understand the fundamental prin- ciples. 59. Do you think a knowledge of optical lenses necessary? Yes, as applied to mov- Ing picture machines. 60. When you "trim," what do you do with the short, hlot pieces of carbon re- Moved from lamp? ilow long a lituc do0 tIhey retain the heat? ohlu tlley come in contact wvith the film would Ithey ignite same ? They should be placed in a mcetal receptacle, filled with water; the carbons retain heat for about five minutes. and would surely ignite film long after thle red glow disappears. 01. Will half-inch carbon carry 50 am- pores. No should use five- eihths. 62. What has been the principal cause of film taking fire in cases you know of? Carelessness and smoking. 02. What is the meaning of the term "short circuit," or "ground?" To shunt the current across the line witlout con- ncting in resistance. An escape of cur- rent from line to ground. 64. Should the insulation on wires con- nected to lamp become defective, leaving an opportunity for "short circuit" or "ground," what action would you consider proper? Remove defective wires immedi- ately; install new and heavier ones. 65. Will two 110-volt rheostats work satisfactorily in series with a hand-feed arc lamp, operating on a 220-volt circuit? No, it requires special resistance to control the additional voltage. 66. About what is the carrying capacity im amperes of the ordinary hand-feed arc laimp? Not over 45 amperes. 67. Would you cut in your lamp on a circuit of 550 or 1,000 volts? No, unless you thoroughly understand high voltage. 68. How would you harness the excessive voltage? Consult and experienced man in this line. 69. Do you think it advisable to use small strands of wire for fuses? Strands of lamp cord as fuses are allowed in an emergency. 70. Supposing your rheostat proves satis- isfactory, light apparently giving no trou- ble, and you discovered your feed wires were hot, what would that Indicate? A sure indication they are too light. If the feed wires are heavy enough to carry the amperage, and you find them hot this in- dicates defective resistance. 71. What is "Greenflold" and "conduit?" Greenfield is a spiral, flexible, metallic pro- tection about wires; conduit as used In In- side wiring is insulated non-flexible, iron piping. 72. Is fiber and rubber a good or bad insulation for an arc lamp? No insula- tion should be used in or about an are lamp except mica, it being a perfect in- sulation and impervious to 1hat. 7. ethn insulation would yot use to protect wires passing ibrosigh sheet Iron or metal? Greenfleld, conduit, or porcelain bushlonge. b4. What are-the advantages of a three i system? For power as aell as light. sa matking it easier to ballance heavy loads. T5. How would yoi connect uin your lamp on a three wire circuit? For 110 volts acrosns from either outside line to center for nelulcal); 220 volts, across from Ilvo otside tines. 76. Ros would you determine the live ie of a two wire alternating current cir- cuit? Roth lines are alive on a two wire .system. ss. mrhat. in your opinion, are the re- quisite characteristics to enable a man to become a good operator? The fundamental characteristics of a good operator are cool- headednes. common sense, system, and an adaptability for small, mechanical work. At a meeting held at Assembly hall, 109 E. Randolph St., Chicago, last week, 3 moving nicture machine operators met and perfected a union. A high dgre of com- noteicy is reauired to become a member. The objects of the organization are to up- lift li conlitions of moving picture ma- cblue operatOrs, secure a toroper minimum wrac scale. and to secure the passave of an ordinance by the city council reoulring all onerstors to procure licenses from the au- thorities before they are entrusted with the reepnsibility of handling a moving picture machine. The officers elected are: William H. Itavill, president: James Sloneker, vice- president; Joe Bernstein, secretary; John .T. 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