Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)
Shoots his actress wife; kills himself, p. 14
14 WESTERN MANAGER IS SEEING CHICAGO SIGHTS. 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 Scott. 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- aters." A banquet wastendered Mr. Grauman at the La Salle hotel Thursday night, and it proved am event long to be re- membered. "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- dison. SHOOTS HIS ACTRESS WIFE; KILLS HIMSELF 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- pital. 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- dredseofopersonssawothetragedy. 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 wife. 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. THE SHOW WORLD HYPNOTIST ARRESTED ON COMPLAINT OF WIFE 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 street. 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- STOCK MANAGERS ARE TAKING TO VAUDEVILLE 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 port.-JOHNSON. 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. )IT0A October 30,in POLICE CHIEFSCORES KLEIN'S "THIRIn 1)]gRE Head of Milwaukee Police D~epantia, Criticizes the Play au'd 117That ItIsTissueofImpossibilites 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. taken. "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. V ye I.