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(July 10, 1909)

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THE SHOW WORLD
Julyo10.o1909.
WHITE CITY CLOSES
ITS DOORS TO PUBLIC
Leopold E. Wagener, Manager of Binghamton's Amusement
Resort, Files a Petition in Bankruptcy
BIGGEST FOURTH IN
PARKER'S HISTORY
Con T. Kennedy Authority for the Statement That That Show
is Prospering in a Season which is Far From Good
BINGHAMTON, N. Y., July 6.-
After a struggle against unfavorable
conditions of nearly four seasons, the
White City Park closed its gates, fol-
lowing the filing of a petition in
bankruptcy by the proprietor, Leo-
pold E. Wagener. Mr. Wagener in-
vested a considerable amount in the
park and had plans for a successful
season this year, despite previous fail-
ures. The unfavorable weather con-
ditions of the early summer pre-
vented any large attendance at the
park and the management was unable
to meet expenses.
The White CityrPark covers eleven
acres, and is covered by afirst mort-
gage of $10,000. It is reported to
have cost Mr. Wagener over $30,000
to put this place into the condition
in which it is at present. Next door
is another tract of seven acres, cov-
ered with a first mortgage of $2,400,
that cost him $4,000. On Washington
street Mr. Wagener owns a block,
mortgaged for $5,000, that cost him
between $8,000 and $10,000. On Wal-
nut street is another hotel mortgaged
for $1,200, that cost $3,500. In addi-
tion all this property is covered by
two mortgages, one for $3,700 and an-
other for $6,000.
Outside of these liabilities the
schedules show  that Mr. Wagener
owes not over $6,000. The assets in-
clude the above named property and
about $2,500 to $3,000 of personal
property at the White City.
JAKE WELLS QUITS
AT MONTGOMERY, ALA.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 6.-
Jake Wells is about disgusted with his
vaudeville ventures here. He put in
that form of amusement at the Grand,
after the regular season had closed,
but it failed to draw. He then opened
the Casino at Pickett Springs with
vaudeville, but has been forced to give
up there.-LONG.
Dreamland's Big Fourth.
NEW YORK, July 7.-In the three
days that made up the Fourth of July
holidays, Greater Dreamland broke all
its records for large attendance. From
early in the morning until late at night
the park was thronged with people,
and every concession played to the
limit of its capacity.-HAWKS.
Talent Recognized.
NEW YORK, July 8.-Charles
Robinson, known in burlesque, has
been added to the cast of "The Fol-
lies of 1909" and impersonates the
Emperor William.
AN AERONAUT KILLED
AT PORTLAND, MAINE.
PORTLAND, Maine, July 5.-Mis-
taking the promiscuous firing of re-
volvers by the crowd below as a sig-
nal for the climax of his aerial act,
James Corcoran, an aeronaut, 28 years
old, of Lowell, Mass., cut loose with
his parachute when but 500 feet from
the earth at the Fourth of July cele-
bration here today. He was dashed
to the ground, meeting almost instant
death at the feet of 5,000 horrified
spectators.
VAUDEVILLE ROUTES.
Four Woods.-Broadway Theater,
Logansport, Ind., July 12-17.
Edward Reno.-Homer, Ill., July 15.
Casad, Deverne & Walters.-Coney
Island, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 12-17.
Marritt Sisters.-Chester Park, Cin-
cinnati, Ohio, July 12-17.
Lee J. Kellam.-Delphus Theater,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 12-17.
Gilroy, Haynes, Montgomery.-
Orpheum, Rockford, Ill., July 12-17.
Jack Symonds.-Pantages Theater,
Tacoma, Wash., July 11-17.
Wilbur Mack.-Orpheum, Spokane,
Wash., July 18-24.
Nella Walker.-Orpheum, Spokane,
Wash., July 18-24.
McCallums "Sunny South."-Orphe-
um, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 25-31.
McLallen- Carson Duo.- Empire,
Grand Forks, N. D., July 12-17.
Carnival business has not been big
this season and when one show does
the biggest business in its history it
causes showmen tp wonder what the
secret is.
Con. T. Kennedy, manager of the
Parker show No. 1, who was in Chi-
cago this week, stated that his at-
traction had had the best season in
its history, and that the Fourth of
July business at Sterling, Ill., last
Monday was the greatest business
ever done by that show on Inde-
pendence Day.
The Parker No. 1 had a Fourth at
Bloomington, Ill., on Saturday and
from 7 o'clock in the morning until
the police forced them to close down
at midnight the crowds thronged the
grounds in spite of the rain, and when
Monday's business at Sterling was
still better Kennedy concluded that
his show was "in luck" this season.
The show opened at Oklahoma
City in April and has been doing big
right along. The jumps have been
large many times and there is a pos-
sibility that this is the key to the
prosperity for Kennedy selects the
towns very carefully.
Next week the Parker No. 1 goes
to Dubuque, Iowa, and later it plays
La Salle, Ill., Quincy, Ill., and at
Boonville, Mo., the first week in
August.
Town Looked Good.
JASONVILLE, Ind., July 5.-The
Cosmopolitan shows arrived here on
good time Sunday afternoon, and
as all the mines are working, a good
week's business is expected.
-LUDLOW.
Lugar in Bankruptcy.
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 6.-Jo-
seph A. Lugar, a showman of Eaton,
Ohio, filed a voluntary petition in bank-
ruptcy in the District court. He owes
circus performers and other employes
$447.55. His total indebtedness is
given at $4,574.15. His assets, consist-
ing mainly of horses and mules, are
given at $3,000. Risinger & Risinger
were the attorneys for the petitioner.
H. W. Curry, of Eaton, was appointed
temporary receiver and his bond fixed
at $7,000. The property is at present
in charge of a constable of Milford,
Ohio, on attachment proceedings.-
RUNEY.
More Concessions.
JASONVILLE, Ind., July 8.-Sev
eral new attractions joined the Great
Cosmopolitan shows here this week.
-LUDLOW.
HIGH DIVER FALLS
AND BREAKS HIS LEG,
BLOOMINGTON, Ill., July 4.-
Straul, the high diver with the Parker
shows, who makes a jump of 110 feet
off of a fire truck, broke his leg here
yesterday. He is now in the hospital,
but is expected to be able to rejoin
the organization shortly. Some tine
ago he broke his arm and did not
lose a single performance in conse-
quence.
CARNIVAL COMPANIES.
Parker No. 1.-Dubuque, Iowa,
July 12-17; La Salle, Ill., 19-24;
Quincy, 26-31; Boonville, Mo., Au-
gust 2-7.
Al G. Barnes Animal Circus.-
Lethbridge, Alb. Can., July 12-17;
Brandon, 19-24; Regina, 26-31.
Cosmopolitan Shows.- Robinson,
Ill., July 12-17.
Frank & Wrights.-Childress, Tex.,
July 12-17.
Herbert A. Kline Shows.-Winni.
peg, Man., July 12-17.
Maryland Amusement Co.-Prince-
ton, W. Va., July 12-17.
New England Carnival Co.-Nash-
ua, N. H., July 12-17.
C. W. Parker Shows.-Lethbridge,
Alb. Can., July 12-17.
Great Patterson Shows.-Washing-
ton, Iowa, July 12-17.
St. Louis Amusement Co.-Abing-
don, Va., July 12-17.
Sunflower Amusement Co.-Wichi-
ta, Kan., July 12-17.
BRIEF NEWS NOTES GATHERED IN CHICAGO
The Four Woods are at Kokomo,
Ind., this week, with Logansport to
follow. They are playing "Country
Cousins," and the act is said to be
a hit. W. J. Woods and Wayne Nunn
have charge of the act. ,
Archie Schatz left for the East
Wednesday and will open at Keith's
for two weeks, beginning July 19.
Van Hoven, the "Mad Musician,"
is proving one of the surprises of the
Majestic bill this week. The act is
going splendidly and led to his being
booked for next season on the Orphe-
um time.
Louise Dressler, who is at the Ma-
jestic this week, is singing "Take Me
Back to Babyland," "Something That
the Cat Brought In," and the inimit-
alle "Queenie Was There with Her
Hair in a Braid,' which was one of
the song hits of "The Girls of Got-
tenberg."
E. A. Warren, star and manager of
"Nobody's Claim" in its palmy days,
will take out "A Race for a Widow"
this fall and states that he will have
a strong cast. The company will open
about Sept. 1 in the middle states.
Jeanette Patterson was here from
Milwaukee this week taking in the
points of interest.
The performance of "Midsummer
Night's Dream," given at Ravinia
park last Sunday by the Ben Greet
players, will be repeated on Saturday,
July 10. This is done beccause the
weather w-as so unfavorable last Sat-
urday night that many people wish-
ing to attend did not do so.
Arline Baling, late of "The Alas-
kan," has joined the musical stock
company at Sans Souci and is seen
this week as "Queen Lili" in "King
Dodo."
Jules Treat sold the book, lyrics
and music of "The Promised Land"
to Richard Carle on July 2, which
makes the second play and four
vaudeville acts he has sold since No-
vember. He is arranging to produce
a new farce comedy from his own
pen, entitled "My Wife's Baby," fea-
turing N. K. Cills, who has been prin-
cipal comedian at the New York Hip-
podrome.
Ollie Eaton, who headed the stock
company at the Alhambra Theater in
Milwaukee, which closed recently,
was in Chicago a couple of days this
week en route for Benton Harbor,
Mich., where she will pay a visit to
Jack Ward Kett's company. Later
she will go to Napoleon, Mich.,
where she will be the guest of Mrs.
M. C. Ro-ers.
Delmar and Dexter, who were the
producers at the Archer burlesque
theater in Chicago  for  forty-two
weeks, are at the Cosy theater at
Gary, Ind., for the summer. They
will open September 1 with George F.
Belfrages' "French Folly" company
to put on the burlesques and play
principal parts.
Sam Edwards, who is playing the
role of Lewellyn in "The Blue
Mouse," received a telegram just be-
fore the holiday matinee July 5, an-
nouncing the death of his brother,
Maze Edwards, in Plainfield, N. J.
Maze Edwards was one of the well
known old-time managers. He was
associated with Henry E. Abbey, with
John Stetson and Edwin Booth, and
personally conducted the tours of Ed-
win Booth, the elder Sothern and
Sara Bernhardt.
The Rev. C. A. McHenry, who was
arrested recently at Cincinnati on a
charge of performing a marriage cere-
mony illegally, was a member of one
of the Marvin stock companies last
winter. "I remember him well," said
Mr. Marvin.   "lie played  several
minor parts in the late winter and
early spring. He used to hold relig-
ions services in the West Side Ma-
sonic temple on Sundays. He wasn't
bad as a beginner. but showed no ex-
traordinary talent."
The Morgan and McGary vaude-
ville act, under the direction of Jake
Sternad, closed at Terre Haute, Ind.,
last Saturday night and the little con-
pany  is now   in  Chicago.   Helen
Ward, Henrietta Lane, Bessie Gray,
May Stokes, Violet Fisher and Babe
Drees were in the support of the
featured performers.  Dot Maynard,
who was formerly -with that act, is
now with "Creation" at Riverview.
When the curtain goes up on "Lo,"
the new musical comedy by Franklin
P. Adams, 0. Henry and A. Baldwin
Sloan, in which John E. Young will
be starred by the Harry Askin com-
pany, a truly Chicago production will
be seen. John C. Becker, the Chi-
cago scenic artist, has completed the
models and is now at work on the
production. Fritz Schoultz will pro-
vide the costumes, the Royal Tailors
will make the men's costumes, Jacques
the millinery, Win. Hepner the wigs,
and the Aiston Shoe company the foot
wear. Harry Askin left Tuesday for
New York to consult with the au-
thors and it is expected that Jtulian
Mitchell will stage the piece. While
in the East Mr. Askin will engage
sone of the principals, but the chors
will be Western in its entirety and is
now in rehearsal and a big surprise
will be handed out at the opening, as
all the old familiar choristers have
been supplanted by fresh new faces.
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