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(October 30, 1909)

Martin, Fred
London letter: Consolidation is now the order in London,   p. 5


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THE SHOW WORLD
October 30, 1909.
 NEWTON BASSETT SUES
VINCENNES SALOON MAN.
'S X       vaudevillian Wants Damages Because
of Alleged Rough House
Treatment.
id          VINCENNES, Ind., Oct. 24.-Newton
Bassett, a vaudeville actor, has filed a
suit in the Knox circuit court against
rhos. Hartzburge, William H. Fropes
and Isaac N. Henderson, for judgment
hit o  i in the sun of $2,000, alleging personal
.heateit  injuries  as  the  basis.
not  u    The suit is the result of the assault
ori      made on plaintiff Sept. 28, in the Man-
IMr  to httaa  saloon, conducted  by  Thos.
irst acto  Hartzurge, which resulted in the clos-
n, but Ir  ing of that saloon. Messrs. Propes and
entth     Henderson are made defendants In the
 Car  a  suitbecause of the fact that they were
out for''l  bonse  for Hartzburge.
col       Te  plaintiff, who, together with his
Io Q      wife wereplayingan engagement at the
1'eexe ne  edMill, stepped into the Manhattan
18Oepese  saloon to get a cigar, and he alleges
tu'is bel  that while there, not knowing the char-
icter of the place, he was assaulted by
negro men, who so badly beat and
 Inon i bruised him  that he was obliged to
spend ten days in the hospital.   He
t t     alleces further in his complaint that
ast wee Hartzburge was violating the law in
otheater  that he was intoxicated and was allow-
Mier of  ing cutthroat negro men and lewd negro
allhpvkl  women in the saloon. He alleges that
*ott was  he and his wife, who do a team vaude-
1ie siting  ville act, were capable of earning $80
Isel;     a week, and that as a result of his in-
Ss, bit ke  juries, neither he nor his wife were able
P audience  to perform their act. and he was not
ntntill]at  only laid up and unable to earn money,
but he was very greatly humiliated, his
personal appearance was permanently
Injured and he was obliged to pay nurse
bills to the amount of $200, because of
all of which he asks judgment in the
surm of $2,000.-BELL.
Blind Girls Write Song.
LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 22.-The Misses
J        Edna Koontz and Anna Lenstrom, two
Nebraska girls, who are blind, have just
written the words and music for a song
called "A Daisy of Long Ago," and
have been successful in finding a pub-
lisher.
Miss Lenstrom is a graduate of the
NebraskaSchool for the Blind and Miss
Koonts is a musical student at Wes-
leyan University here, also a graduate
of the state school.
Both of the girls are optimistic as
withe results, as several other pieces
written by them have been accepted by
an eastern company.-ADAMS.
John Winninger Married.
JANESVILLE, Wis., Oct. 22.-Mana-
ger Peter L. Myers went to Watertown
yesterday to attend the wedding of John
71      Wirninger, of the Winninger Brothers
Stock company, to Miss Louise Arroll
Cook, who has been playing ingenue
parts with the company this season.
Miss Cook is a Milwaukee girl,andwas
amember of the Shubert Stock com-
pf1~  any. The Winninger organization is
coming to Janesville for Christmas
VilC    week-SMITH,
Percy Williams New House.
Percy G. Williams announces that his
n is    new Bronx theater, located at One Hun-
the     dred and Forty-ninth street and Mel-
rose avenue, will be ready to oe
t       week from Monday and Chevalier will
I th  topthe bill which includes Ryan &
IRai Thfield;Ed. Morton: The Great Golden
ntb      Troupe; Ryan & White; The Farrell
Its     Taylor Trio; The Pianiophiends ; Avery
IEa     & Hart and Wentworth Vetns TAeddy.
sbe
Lincoln's New Theatorium.
Pis        LINCOLN, Nob., Oct. 22.-"Wonder-
land,' Lincoln's Penny Arcade, is be-
ngremodeled and will soon be thrown
ans     open to the public as a moving pic-
Oct     tre show house, making four in this
If a      city. It will be under the control and
ed      operation of the Acme Amusement Com-
the     pany.-ADAMS.
- ~~Gotch Leaves for Tour.
WEBSTER    CITY, Iowa, Oct. 26-
Frank A. Gotch champion wrestler of
il    the world, who lives north of this city
teen weeks, tour of the Orpheum cir-
cult. Following  this  he will begin
aining for his bout with the big Pole,
ZYbsaczo.-TUCKER.
Carle Does Well.
SEDALIA    Mo., Oct.  28.-Richard
Calers  pened  he Joplin theater, for-
ony tdheShubert  The house was sold
: Ottwodaysinadvance.
toL             "Red Mill" Sells Out.
SALINA, Kas., Oct. 28.-The S. R. 0.
asign was displayed at the convention
rhlee 'owhen "The Red Mill" was
presented October 22.  Shriners were
4     pre   fromallparts of the state.
of
'X C              E. Get a House.
O FFEYVILLE, Kas., Oct. 28.-The
old Auditorium is being remodeled and
Will hook Klaw & Erlanger attractions.
EvrI     The new Jefferson theater is playing
the Open door" time.
LONDON, England, Oct. 16.-What
they call "the combine" over here is
gradually getting into working order.
Of course great secrecy is maintained
but it has leaked out that it has pro-
ceeded a stage further this week and
the artists are very anxious to know
what it portends. They have been told
that it will be in no wise inimical to
them but has been established for the
purpose of supressing competition be-
tween managers and to reduce bill post-
ing expenditure; also to curtail the per-
formers traveling expenses.
Considering that competition is the
only developer of show business, and
advertising and counter advertising is
as air to the human being, also that the
individual artist's transportation runs
out at about ten shillings a week, it
all sounds very feasible to some people.
Presently we shall have the sketch
running as long as it likes. Every five
minutes a sketch runs it puts a regular
turn out of a job. One very big syndi-
cate which is preparing some tremen-
dous dramatic headliners has abolished
double booking-giving two dates at one
hall in a year. Again, Oswald Stoll has
been searching the smallest halls on
the contine,t-as well as the big ones
-for new acts. His firm is also giving
untried talent the finest possible chance.
If an artist has anything good to give
they will give him work.
The essence of the whole thing will
be that there will be no more sending
contracts back in high dander because
they are not in agreement with personal
assessment.  The "combine" will say
"There's a job for you at so much. No!
well-don't make a noise going down
the stairs please."
The Imperial International Exhibition
held at the White City Shepherd's Bush
closes tonight. A Japanese show will
he presented there next year.
Jules Garrison has fixed up one or
two dates on the De Greece tour. He
is contemplating a trip to Australia.
Rice, of Rice and Provost, says that
he is having the greatest d ifficulty in
booking work over here at his custom-
ary money. He says that if ever he
hears anyone in America talking about
the big salaries they so freely pay out
in England he'll use a loaded cane on
them. Were it not that his act had
been so extensively copied on this side
there is no doubt that they could have
obtained whatever they chose to ask
for their meritorious show. He is per-
fectlysatisfiedhwith the treatment he is
receiving at the Palace.
The Big Four is differently consti-
tuted now. Ed Lang, the "Happy Yid,"
for one is an absentee. Jones is run-
ning the show which at present is work-
ing for all the sound reproducing firms
except the Edison. The names of the
members are Keezing, Edwards, Harte
and Jones.
Ever since Barrie made such a hit
with "Peter Pan" managers have been
on the look-out for high class fairy
plays. Tree produced "Pinkie and the
Fairies" last Christmas in which little
Elsie Craven, the dancer who is billed
on the Stolltour justnow as "the child
who eans £100 per week," was brought
out.  Presently Herbert  French  will
itoduce iirice 1 aterlink'sfairy story
"The Blue Bird," in which the charac-
ters appear as various animals. It will
be done at the Haymarket.
Alex Carr made a big hit at the Hol-
born Empire as Toptisky in "The End
of the World" on Monday, which has
been presented previously In London
under the title of "TheFalse Prophet."
By the way, Hayman and Franklin an-
nounce that they will shortly introduce.
a new player as Soplitsky in "The End of
the World." Carr had to make a speech
at the end of the first performance on
Monday night. It is very seldom that
the English music hall goer requests
suchlaathing.
The performances of the band of the
National Guard came to an abrupt
termination at the Aldwyck on Saturday
night. The licensing authorities would
not allow the band to give a straight
concert on the grounds that this was
not a stage play for the performance
of which the theater was specifically
licensed. So Philip Yorke obtained a
play called  "The Musical Martians,"
in which to introdusce the band. It was
so flimsy that it amounted to an annoy-
ing interruption of the band's excellent
performances. The company has gone
on tour-on Tuesday they gave a mat-
inee at the Crystal Palace theater-and
as it will present a regular concert
program I imagine it will obtain ade-
quate appreciation.
Edna Wallace Hopper did not make
a very big hit at the Palace on Mon-
day. She was quite nervous and her
voice was weak, which was attributed
to nervousness.  While it is always
pleasant to record an instantaneous suc-
cess it is never considered that an im-
ported turn is "done for" so far as
England is concerned, because it is a
little off color at the onset.
The "Philadelphia," which sails to-
day, carries the Brothers Ritter.
Before the end of this year Walter
Gibbons will add two halls to his cir-
cuit-the Ilfora Hippodrome and the
Hammersmith Palace.    When this is
accomplished the tour will possess
eighteen halls.
Next Saturday Fred Ginnett, together
with his wife, leave for your side. They
will play their equestrian sketch, "The
Rejected Remounts." Fred's father was
the first to introduce the two pole cir-
cus tent into England. He also orig-
inated chariot races under canvas. When
Fred ran a tent show he was always
ahead of all contemporaries. In the
matter of novelties he took Zazel direct
from the old Westminster Aquarium on
tour and was one of the first in the
field with the bioscope.
R. A. Roberts made a tremendous hit
with "Cruel Coppinger" at the Hippo-
drome on Monday. It will be on your
side in a few weeks.
Jessie Darling is giving a wonderful
exhibition  of roller skating  on  the
stage of the Holborn Empire this week
Roller skating acts are by no means a
novelty to English vaudeville. At the
time of the last outbreak of the rink-
tug craze twenty years ago there were
quite a number of "skatorial artists"
as they were then termed.
At the Hippodrome this week M1le.
Lucie introduces an automaton which
plays the zither. It looks like a yen-
troloquist's doll,andwith aviewto on-
vincing the audience that it is merely
a dummy the exhibitor takes its head
off.  All those who have read Harry
Houdini's marvelous book, "RobertHou-
din Unmasked," will know that this
class of automaton is as old as the
hills. Anyhow. "So-So" has them guess-
ing all night at the Hippodrome.
Within eight days of the departure
of Earle Gundy's "Hod Man" spectacle
from the Empress theater, Earls Court.
they laid 60,000 feet of Canadian maple
and fitted new scenery throughout. The
rink opened on Monday last. Frank C.
Bostock was there; also Cesna, who is
booming the "Peerless"   roller  skate
over here.
Hull fair,  whob   has  been   run-
ning  since  Monday, closes tonight,
This and the Goose Fair at Nottingham
are the biggest carnivals held on this
side.
Annie Hughes is going to take "The
Chorus Lady" on tour. She has a big
light comedy reputation but still no
one as Patricia O'Brien but Rose Stahl.
Victor Leon, the author of "The Merry
Widow." with the assistance of Leo
Fall, the composer  of   "The  Dollar
Princess," will present this evening at
the Strand theater, which was until
recently called the Waldorf, a new musi-
cal comedy entitled "The Merry Peas-
ant."
It must be Impressed upon every art-
ist disposed for a trip to London that
a pretty big wad should accompany
them as it may be weeks before a book-
ing is obtained. The people who will
be in demand over here will be sketch
artists. Good sketches will always get
work over here so long as they are not
absolute studies in American slang
which, while understood in the west end
by reason of the number of traveled
auditors, will not make a hit outside.
5
LONDON LETTER
CONSOLIDATION IS NOW
THE ORDER IN LONDON
Britishers Are [Learning the American [Method-News and
Reviews of the English Metropolis.
BY FRED MARTIN
I
HARRISBURG TO HAVE
A REAL WINTER CIRCUS
Pennsylvania Town Will Occupy Francis
Ferraris' Show In Cold
Weather.
HARRISBTJRG, Pa., Oct. 22.-Harris-
burgisto havea permanent wintercir
cus, a real metropolitan enterprise, just
like they have in larger cities, to open
about Nov. 15 with wilId animals of
every description. And there will be a
circus auditorium with a ring, large
seating facilities and every equipment
necessary for a first class circus per-
formace.  They will change the acts
weekly. The building that wiel be occu-
pied is the old car barn, 100x180 feet
in dimension. Colonel Francis Ferart.
who is at the head of the company, will
be in Harrisburg himself to arrange for
thealterations. Colonel Ferari isrecog-
nized everywhere as one of the leading
animal trainers in the ountry. Hewas
at one time one of the prime movers of
the Hagenback show.-BUXBAUM.
Brenon and Downing Go East.
Herbert Brenon, Helen Downing and
Raymond Clure, who have been appear-
ing for the past two years in the sketch
"The Intruders," passed through Chi-
cago last week on their way to Hart-
ford. Conn., where they opened Monday
night on Poli time. The sketch is booked'
by Jenie Jacobs of the Pat Casey of-
fices. Mr. Brenon and Miss Downing
are well known in Chicago, they having
both been members of the dramatic
stock company that played the Chicago
Opera house during the time David Hunt
operated a stock company there. "The
Intruders" the sketch in which they
now appear, is a roaring farce, and has
been a most successful vaudeville
vehicle.
Gotch to Build Rouse.
TEBSTER CITY. Iowa, Oct. 2A.-Fort
Dodge, which is the largest "theater-
less" town In Iowa, may soon have a
playhouse to replace the fine Midland
theater which burned to the ground
more than a year ago. Champion Frank
A. Gotch of the wrestling world, has
under consideration the erection of a
house In that city. His home is just
twenty miles north. Thus far all his
earnings have been put Into Humboldt
county land. He has so much of this.
now, that he is considering investments
in other lines. He has several sites in
mind and Fort Dode theater goers are
building high hopes on his ultimate
decision to erect a suitable theater in
their city.-TUCKER.
Muncie House Prospers.
The Majestic theater at Muncle. Ind.,
Is reported to be doing a good business.
This house has the reputation of pre-
senting a first-class line of moving pic-
tures. The following is the staff: Leroy
Tudor, manager: Minnie Tudor, treas-
urier: Commodore   Strange. doorman:
Roqsene  Clawson, advertising  agent:
Richard  Addison. operator: William
Rlichards.  custodian:  Ha rryv  Smith.
traps:TeatiaBectold. musical director:
Hazel Custer, vocalisI.
"Trust" Handicaps Show.
ITRBANA, Ill., Oct. 20.-The Sheehan
Opera company felt the sting of the
"truist" here this week. The company
appeared tofine business at the Illinois
yesterday afternoon and night and was
to go to Decatur today but the trust
said nay and they nre forced to appear
at TTrbana nanin this evening with one
day's advertisin. Carmen will be are-
sented. The company played the Shu-
bert house at Louisville last week.
Chicago Show Plays Capacity.
LINCOLN. Neb.. Oct. 22.-Singer's
"Stubborn Cinderella," which appeared
at the Oliver theater Wednesday eve-
ning, was not up to the standard set by
the company that played here last year.
owing to t,  serious illness of momer
B,' Mason, who is in a hospital In St.
Louis.
Notwithstanding this  drawback. the
house was crowded and the play fairly
well received.-ADAMS.
Bulger Cancels Time.
KEOKOK, Ta., Oct. 2.-Harry Bulger
in "The Night of the Fourth" has can-
celled all of their time.   The show
closed in Louisville. my.. October 22.
The show was booked by Klaw & Er-
an    -CLYDE MARTIN.
New Webster City House.
WEB3STER CITY, Iowa, Oct. 27.-
Manager Fred N. Martin expects to
Onen his new theater in this city Nov.
15. It Is to be the home of refined
vaudeville and moving pictures and has
been erected at a cost of $25,000.-
TUCKER.
Pin for a Knight.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 25.-Spring-
field Knights of Columbus gave their
fellow-knight, Neil O'Brien, of Lew
Dockstader's minstrels, a diamond stick-
pin  Sunday   night at Chatterton's.-
MADISON.
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