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

Shoots his actress wife; kills himself,   p. 14

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D. J. Grauman of San Francisco Stops
Overo   HisWay o New Yorkand
Is Entertained by Friends.
D. J. Grauman, well-known amuse-
ment purveyor of the Pacific coast, and
knownswherever theatricals arefamiliar,
Is avisitor in Chicago this week, being
en route to New York, where he will
determinetthefuture of acoupleof the-
aters he is building in San Francisco.
Mr. Grauman is stopping at the La
Salle, but prefers to hang out at the
Saratoga, where vaudeville headquarters
have been established. He shakes hands
with nearly everyone who comes in the
hotel, and if there is an actor in town
who doesn't have a speaking acquaint-
ance with "Pop" it is a reflection on the
actor's acquaintance and not by any
means a "slap" at the coast.
Mr. Grauman met George Evans at
theSaratogatheotherevening and was
forced to attend the performance of the
Cohan & Harris Minstrels at the Audi-
torium Tuesday night. He was given
quite an ovation, as five of the min-
strels have played Grauman's house at
various times: Will Oakland, John King,
Harry Von Fossen and Alexander and
On Monday night Mr. Grauman took
in the performance at the   American
Music Hall.   Bonnie Gaylord, Loretta
and her dog, Ben, and   the Romany
Opera company (formerly Zingala), who
are on that bill, have appeared at Mr.
Grauman's 'Frisco houses.
"Business on the coast is great,"said
Mr. Grauman.   "Every report I have
received  is  encouraging, and  even
though there may be'hardt times' inthe
east, and possibly in the middle west,
there is no such a thing on the Pacific
coast, or in the event of there being
'hard times,' it has not affected the the-
A banquet wastendered Mr. Grauman
at the La Salle hotel Thursday night,
and it proved am event long to be re-
"St. Elmo" Road ShowRoster.
The following is the roster of the
"St. Elmo" company, whicha will take
to the road next week. This company
will offer the Grace Hayward version,
which has been pronounced as apleasing
dramatization:  Dorothy Fairfax, Jo-
sephine Ramdell, Viola Hart, Fey Stev-
ens, Wint. Dale, Lester Howard, Ray
Foster, John Swartwood and Thos. Ma-
William H. Short Tries to Murder His Spouse and Turns
Revolver on Himself With Fatal Results.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Oct. 28.-En-
raged because his chorus girl wife pre-
ferred a life on the stage to his com-
panionship, William  H. Short of New
York city Saturday, in the Union sta-
tion at Washington, shot and perhaps
fatally wounded her and then sent a
bullet crashing through his temple. He
died an hour later at the Casualty hos-
Ars. Short had just alighted from a
cab, which was also occupied by her
husband and her girl friend, and was
hurrying to catch atrain for Pittsburg,
when Short, without warning, whipped
a revolver from his pocket and fired
three bullets intolais wife's back. Hun-
The woman, who now lies near death
in the Casualty hospital, is known tothe
stage as Evelyn Howard and played In
Washington last week with the "Motor
Girl" company.  She was formerly Ev-
elyn Lewis of Jacksonville, Fn., and
married Short, who is anative of Liv-
ingston, Ala., about seven years ago.
They lived in New York, where herwas
employed asearboovkeeper inabank, but
soon after their tarriage the man got
into the clutchesofthe lawthroughal-
leged misappropriation of funds, Mrs.
Shorttold thepolice when she regained
consciousnea s at the hsospital, that Iser
husband had served a term in Sing
Sing.  Through  necessity, Mrs. Short
said, she  drifted to the stage as a
means of livelihood.
Wife Rebuffs Him.
Short recently was paroled from pris-
on, Mrs. Short said, and began a new
start in life. He importuned his wife to
return to lain, but she declined, and he
followed her here.
Reaching this city Friday afternoon,
Short registered under an assumed name
at the hotel where his wife was stop-
ping. He endeavored to persuade his
wife to quit the stage and return to
New York with him. Mrs. Short per-
sisted that she had won her right to
her own independence, and again re-
fused. Accompanied by    Miss Maude
Caldwell, another member of the the-
atrical company, she left the hotel for
the station. She vainly tried to elude
her husband, but the latter got into the
cab and continued to plead with her to
turn from the stage. When they reached
the station Short made his final en-
treaty. He was again rebuffed, and the
tragedy ensued.
Fires Three Shots.
To eyewitnesses it appeared that Mrs.
Short, much terrified, nad jumped from
the cab drawn up at the wvest portico
of thestationuand had attemptedto run,
when Short pulledlais revolver and rush-
ing at the woman, fired a bullet into her
shoulder. She fellatothe first shot, and
the man then stood over her and sent
two more bulletsthroughherbody.
Without a moment's hesitation, evi-
dently believing he had killed his wife,
Shortturned the revolver upon himself
and sent abullet into hisright temple.
He fell at the feet of his unconscious
Miss Caldwell was detained by the
police as an eyewitness, but upon Short's
death soon afterward she was released
and was permitted to proceedwith her
company to Pittsburg.
NEW YORK,Oct. 28-Records at po-
liceheadquarters disclosed, according to
thepolice, thatShort was arrested here
on Sept. 2. 1904, on charges of grand
larceny and forgery at asteamship pier
as he and his wife were about to em-
barktfor Savannah, Ga.
When placed under arrest Short
whipped out a revolver and tried to
shoot himself, but was prevented by the
detectives. He made a second attempt
on his life on the stairs at police head-
quarters. drawing a razor from    his
pocket and slashing himself on the left
side of the throat.
Sept. 15, 1904, according to the rec-
ords, he pleaded guilty before Judge Mc-
Mahon in the Court of General Sessions
and was sentenced to nine years' im-
prisonment in Sing Sing. He was pre-
sumably released on parole before the
expiration of his term.
Entertainer on Pacific Coast Is Accused of Abandoning His
Wife and Is Placed in Jail.
OXNARD. Cal., Oct. 23.-After ap-      liams is a White Rat and visited friends
pearing in this city for several days as  at the Chicago headquarters during his
a hypnotist and mind reader, and be-    leisure minutes this week.
ing invited into the homes of some of
the best families, "Prof." A. J. Top-
ping was placed under arrest by Mar-      VirgilL.Barnett,whohasbeenidenti-
shal Kelley on information from Chief   fled with the Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch
Dishman, stating that he was wanted     Wild West Show this season, has ac-
in Los Angeles for wife abandonment.    cepted an engagement with the Rhoda
The arrest was unexpected and came      Royal Circus, to open at Memphis,
as a surprise to many whose confidence  Tenn., November 22.
he had gained here.
Marshal Kelley was prepared to take
him in the afternoon, but because he
had hypnotized a man in a store win-
dow, and might not awake him from
the trance if arrested, put it off until
after the evening performance.
Topping, who is of a very nervous
temperament, nearly collapsed when ar-
rested. He insisted that a trick had
been played upon him, but was forced
to occupy a cell at the city jail. He
was taken to Los Angeles in custody
of Detective McKenzie.
It has been discovered that Topping-
was former'ly connected with the ori-
ental doctors, wMe invaded Los An-
geles some months ago, and also with
a phrenologist establishment on Main
and several children on   San  Julian
street, but after going on the road is
accused of having neglected them.
Williams Goes South.
Charles Williams arrived in Chicago
the first of the week and is filling a
vaudeville engagement at the Trocadero,
on State street. He has been signed
for a trip over the Inter-State time, and
on his way south to open at Fort Worth,
Tex., he will stop off at his home in
St. Louis next week to spend a few
days with relatives. Williams is a mu- v11, Iuiida, we have reacied t
sical comedian and works three violins     Bert Davis, known as "Hiram Birdse
in his act. Following his time at the      recently won the "Best Clown in Circu
Majestic in Fort Worth, he will play the 1Vorld, and is now with the Buffalo
photograph w'as taken at Lsolotout lA
Majestic houses in Dallas and Houston.     1,700 feet
His comedy and music were well re-
-ceived at the Trocadero this week. Wil-
Elliott and Marvin Decide to Offer Variety Between Acts of
Their Weekly Dramatic Offerings.
Vaudeville and moving pictures have     one to originate the mixed stock and
now  struck the stock houses with a       vaudeville entertainment some years ago
vengeance. The managers of the popu-      when he was manager of the old Hop-
lar price houses have seen the hand-      kins theater. He has now determined to
writing  on  the wall, and    they  are   inaugurate the same policy at the north
hastening to obey the warning. Next       side house.
Monday Manager Elliott will install         "If the dear people want vaudeville,"
vaudeville between the acts of "The Two   said Mr. Elliott, "we will give it to
Orphans" at the Bush Temple, and will     them. We will offer them stock plays
keep this policy up. He will also offer   and vaudeville and moving picturesfor
moving pictuares. Mr. Elliott was the     the price of one show and see then if
lhe piinnacle at least! ' Air. and Mrs.
eed" and "Aunt Lucinda," Bert Davis
sdom" contest, conducted by the Show
Bill-Pawnee Bill Wild West. This
lountain, Tennessee-an elevation of
they will be satisfied. 'Doc' Hall, dra-
matic editor of the Chicago Journal, has
suggested that we also offer free lunch
and pay car fares, but, of course, that
is going too far."
Charles B. Marvin, who announced
that he would close his stock company
and put vaudeville into the People's the-
ater, it seems, has changed his mind.
and will retain his stock company and
sandwich vaudeville in between the act
at the west side house.
Pantages in Salt Lake.
SALT LAKE, Oct. 25-After endt
oring for a number of years to gel.C
foothold in this city the Pantages or-
terests ave secured t Bungalow,JOhn
Cort's No. 2Salt Lake house. The open-
ing is dated for Oct. 28, when agod
hill of six acts, wvitha 'siclt~re, we'l
he presented at ten to fifty cent-
Both houses, the Colonial and the Bung
alow, will be under the supervision Of
R. A. Grant, with Tory Cavallo, an en-
ergetic young man of wide experience.
managing the latter. The Arrington
Players, with John Ince and Frances
Brandt, have concluded their stock en-
gagement, and will go en tour after to-
night's performance. With ite Orpheuma
well established and the Sullivan and
Considine shows soon to be seen at th
new Mission theater, Salt Lake will
have three vaudeville houses to sup
Bruno Meets With Success.
Will H. Bruno is meeting with SUc'
cess on the affiliated -,-alker-Jencls
time with    the   jolly  comedy "Hello
Bill."  Heissupporte bya strongcom
pany of comedians, the star' company
and comedy     receiving most flattering
press mention.
October 30,in
Head of Milwaukee Police D~epantia,
Criticizes the Play au'd 117That
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 28.-"Themouth
ings of shyster lawyers, taken uan
magnified by Journalistic m   UPboaer
and prepared by a so-called plaYlg hI
for the delectation of agulliblepuli
on a degenerate stage."          le
SuchisChief OfPoliceJohn T.Ja.
senas  scathing  arraignment of "The
Third Degree," Charles Klein's drame
dealing with alleged police methodsco
extorting confessions from persons s,
Peeted of crime, which is now beingp-_
sented at the Davidson theater.
Chief Janssen's condemnation of t
play is the more notable, coming aspi
does from a police official of thirty
years' standing, who has been the pres.-
dent of the American Associationn
Police Chiefs and who has the repa.
tion of being   n   fteetcnt
ong ttsinAmerica. And noton
has Chief Janssen the reputation of a
"confession getter," but it is amaler
of record that confessions obtainedby
him have invariably stood everytest,
even in the few instances when a r.
pudiation of the statements was under.
"I cannot conceive," saidChiefJn.
sen, In discussing the play,"how per.
sons with any pretense to Intelligesc
can be fooled and taken inbyatha
tissue of manifest impossibilities asis
presented  by the Klein play. Amo
ment's reflection would convince ant'
person of the     absurdity of theawnd
proposition. Butnoa  theaverage.p"ro
doesnotreflect muchn othes bjects,
and as themisstatements regarding the
police which areset forthIn 'The Third
Degree' have been to a great elent
fostered by an irresponsible press, I
believe the play to be a dangerous and
improper performance."
Girls Balk at Tights.
PITTSBURG, Pa., Oct. 26-Raher
than appear in tights beforethesame
people with whom they had minedIn
society at home, tKathryn andAdelaide
Anshuntz, former members of Pitts-
burg's most exclusive social set,hve
resigned from  the ca st of "The  oar
Girl," and theshow opened inthe Alvit
theaer without them. The Misses An-
slauntz, who are daughtero of Csne7
Low Anshuntz, former member of the
governor's staff, resigned from the com-
pany when they were refused a weeks
layoff at Pittsburg.

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