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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 6, 1909)

Stuart, William Jay
Actor tries to rid himself of devils,   p. 18


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ACTOR TRIES TO RID
HIMSELF OF DEVILS
Sets Fire to Himself and Runs Down Street a Blazing Torch-
Burns Will Probably be Fatal.
By William Jay Stewart.
NEW   YORK, Nov. 1.-Seeking to va-
cate his body of the presence of a
devi'lwhose habitation there, Ie said,
had been the means of destroying his
peace of mind and a stimulus to him
to do evil, a man supposed to be Daan-
iel Edwin Hurley, 27 years old. a for-
lei member of the Dollie Varden opera
company, set fire to himself early last
Friday morning in Fiftieth street, be-
tsseen Beekman place and the East river,
and for several minutes ran up and
dowyn the street. a veritable blazinig
torch, vwilelie shoutedthat is satanic
majesty was slowly being consumed.
Although the flames enveloped the
man comnpletely from  is feet to his
head, his  hair even lacing ;afii' lie
seemed impevious to theait and cog-
nizant only of the belief that the evil
*   spirit wyas be'iing destroyed.
"He's burbing ip. He's burning up,"
the crazed man shouted, as lie sank inl
a semi-conscious condition when  rsing
A. Levy. 23 years old, r'an from his
home, seized him and extinguished the
flames.
Hurley is a patient in Flower hospi-
tal, elere the physicians say lie has
little chance of recovery.
Not a single portion of his body es-
caped the flames.
All of his hair is gone and if lie lives
lie may be blind.
In aemoment ofmconsciousnessRHurley
said hie came fi'om Providence. R. 1.
Sixteen-year-old Ethel Gilmore Sims,
who says she is the niece of Judge
James Joslyn    of Wilmington, Del.,
charged a young man described as Har-
ry Mason in the West Side Police Court
vith having forced her to marry him
in theeCity Hall 'reThursday. Mason
was held by Magistrate Butts for ex-
amination, and a subpoena was issued
for the appearance of Alderman Gold-
stein, who performed the ceremony.
Ethel, who is small and pretty, says
she ran away from   her home     in Wil-
mington forir weeks ago becarise site
wanted togo onthe stage.   O narriving
heie she aniswered an advertisemI ft for
da cerstd singes.         e       t
to," said Ethel. "was a room   at the
back ofa saloonon Ninth asene, near
Forty-second streetI.  I com menced re-
hearsig for , burlesqtue sioss known
as "The Gay Girls," but the show was
never started. Yesterday, as I was pass-
ing 220 West Thirty-ninth stret  I no-
ticed Harry Mason standing ota the
steps  I had never seen him    before,
but as lie called me I went over, and
then le said that if I wanted a position
with a theatrical company lie could
give me one. Judge, lie looked so nice
that I fell in love with him at once.
The next day lie told me ie was going
to marry me. I was so frightened and
nervous that I dared not refuse, and he
took me to the City Hall. There, when-
ever I was asked any questions, he an-
swered for me and told them I was over
1.9 years of age, and all the clerks
laughed and said what a pretty girl I
was." Masonsaid the girl married him
of her own free will.
The TilloofMrs.aEttie Henderson, who
*    died in Long Branch. October 7. was
proved before Deputy Surrogate William
3  Flanagan in the Hudson County
courthouse yesterday.   Her estate is
said to be worth $150,000, and includes
the new Majestic and the Academy of
Music theaters in Jersey City. A be-
quest of $5,000 is given to the Actors'
Fund of America to establish and main-
tain a bed in a New York hospital, to
be used by actors or actresses and to be
known as the Henderson Memorial Bed.
In an effort to reach the theatrical
folk with the gospel, the church and la-
bor department of the American Board
of Home Missions of the Presbyterian
church has started a movement by
which it hopes ultimately to conduct re-
ligious services in many of the vsrude-
ille theaters of this and other cities.
The first was held on Wednesday tight
in the American theater as soon as the
*   curtain fell after the lastnet. A regim-
lar church service was held to whiach
all of the actors and theatrical em-
p1oyes were invited. If the movement is
a success, it will be broadened to include
other theaters.
In the future Miss Mabel Taliaferro6
the star of "Springtime," at the Liberty
theater, will be known by the name she
was christened and by which she has
been called since childhood.
Then the    anouncianImtent s sent
forth that site had changed lert nane to
Nell it left doubt in the minds of her
minny friends and admirers as to who
NlIl wyas. The reasons givin wva tht
Taliaferro is pronounced correctly  ill
two totally different ways and incorret-
ly in half a dozen other ways, and as
Nell happens to be the middle name, it
was hers by right to use.
Who is Nell?   And why did Mabel
Taliaferro, who has been known to the
theatergoing  public  siiiee chidood.
change her name? These are questions
that have been asked on every hand
since the initial performance of "Spring-
time" at the Liberty theater.
It was Miss Tali ferro'      d  M
Thompson's idea to get a general im-
pression as to the relative popularity of
both names, and in order to do this th,
nanageint caused a  annen nen   o
he made from thie stage of thte Itinete
thteater at hotht the Sattirdts matinee
and evening performance, aski ng the as-
senbled audiences to indicat their pref
erence,  Mabel  Talliaferro  wxon  and
there was much applatise.
tn the fut trethe nameof "Nell" will
no longer be featured on the electric
signs, billboards or newspaper advertis-
ing.
After repeatedly denying the truth of
the reports circulated several months
ago that her daughter, Mrs. Natialic
Schenek-Coltins, was engaged to marry
William Laimbeer, Mrs. Spottswood D.
Schenck admittedthis weekthat thenen-
gagemient existed, and that the mar-
riage was to be solemnized at the Hotel
Savoy next Saturday.
Mrs. Setck said that no formal an-
nouncement had been made of the en-
gagement, and that the wedding is to
be private. She and her daughter have
been living at the Hotel Savoy since
their return  from   Newport several
weeks ago.
Mrs. Schenck-Colins, who w  a great
belle in society, was married five yecars
ago to Capt. Charles Glen Collins, of
the British Army, in Monterey, Cal.
Their honeymoon had scarcely been fin-
ished when they separated and Mrs.
Collins, returning to New York from
England, obtained a divorce.
Mr. Laimleer ie well known in club
and sporting circles.  He was gradu-
ated from Harvard and is a member of
theNewYo'kStockExchange. He was
the husband of Clara Bloodgood. the
actressxvho committed suicide in Balti-
more about two years ago.
It was admitted this week that Mrs.
William E. Corey, formerly Mabelle Gil-
man, the actress, expects the arrival of
the stork next March. Mr. and Mrs.
Corey will go to France this winter
and await the arrival of an heir at the
Chateau de \illegenes, once the home
of Jerome Bonaparte, king of Wes-
phalia.
George C. Tyler of the theatrical firm
of Liebler & Co., announced this week
that lie was willing to pay $1,000 to a
pe'son who is able to arrange a satis-
factory ending for "The Fourth Estate, "
the newspaper play now    running at
Wallack's.
The play, which at present is being
given with arevised ending, suffers be-
cause of its last two minutes. accord-
ing to Mr. Tyler, and he is willing to
give any ingenious person who is able
to devise a better conclusion a check
for the amount specified.
No suggestions involving the change
of anything vital in "The Fourth Es-
tate" up to the last two minutes will
be considered.
Edna May, the actreps, who this week
returned from a wedding trip, gave out
a statement here in which she re-
nounces the stage.
Cripples See Show.
BALTIMORE, \1d, Nov. I.-Manager
Jame   L. Kornan of the -Maryland
theater gave a treat to fifty inmates of
the Hospital for Crippled Children at his
theater October 27. The vaudeville show
was ltighly appreciated.-CALVERT.
Eva Tanguay Returns.
Eva Tanguay, who left the cast of
"Follies of 1909" at the Colonial tiatiter
last week has returned, atnd is once
more playiing Iter former role. It was
sttedt 1 tnthe eccentricactress had anl
attack of sore throat, and had to go to
New York in order to have her own
physician treat her.
Another Show Closes.
"In Louisiana." a one-night stand at-
traction, is reported to have closed sud-
denly at Bryon. Ohio, Inst week.
November 6, 1909.
"JOLLY BACHELORS" IS
SUCCESSFUL IN EAST
Initial Performance of New Lew Field Production in New
Haven Denotes a Winner.
NEW    HAVEN, 'onn.. Nov. 1.-The
initial performance of Lew Fields' new
musical show. "The Jolly Bachelors."
was given alt the Hyperion Thursday
evening to a large and enthusiastic
audience composed mostly of college
men who picked up the song hits and
whistled them  back across the foot-
lights to the principals.  "The Jolly
Bachelors" is a series of beautiful stage
pictures filled in sone well known vaude-
tile stunts, and  presented by comic
opera and vaudeville stars of more or
less note. Raymond Itubbell has sup-
plied some capital soag hits and Glen
McDonough the lyrics.   Tue story is
similar to the ''Midnigtat Sons." but it
will need considerable rehashing and cut-
ting down before it can hope to be as
popular and deservedly successful as
the "Midnight Sons."  One of the at-
tiactive features is "Ned Wayburn's
Steppers," their steps were splendidly
executed and show   considerable hartd
work and ability on the part of the per-
formers. As a production Ned Way-
b   Ir hasdone his greatest in "The Jolly
Bachelors," and the cast which includes
Emma Carus, Stella Mayhew, Elfie Fay
John T. Kelly, Al Leach and many other
capable performers of less note, may
with a great deal of cutting down make
this production as equally successful as
its predecessor.
Iowan Has a Show.
BURLINGTON. Ioswa., Nov. 1.-Fred-
erick  Humtinel  is  presenting  "The
Heiress," a good, clean little show, well
acted and staged.   The company in-
cludes Miss Besse Wright, Miss Louise
Russel, liss Gertrude Johns. Elvvn
Eaton. Join Alexaner. Tom Arnold and
Harold Nibar.
Handsome Theater Opened.
READING. Pa.. Nov'. 1-The oeiting
of "The Empire" on October 23, was a
great event of interest as it makes an-
Other addition to ti/e great number of
picture houses that are now in opera-
tion in this citv. This is the largest
and most beautiful in design that has
been erected here. The Empire is lo-
cated on Penn stret. in the heart of
the city, :a1  1s-rs. sotler uand Zerr
are the proprietors. Every convenience
for the patrons has been given proper
attention. All the latest devices have
been adopted and installed that can add
to the comfort and safety of the patrons.
The seating capacity is over 500. The
aisles are wide and the hoiuse can be
emptied with ease in case of an emerg-
ency. It will be an independent house,
and the Eagle Film Exchange of Phila-
delphia will furnish the films. George
Graeff, a member of the above firm at-
tended the opening    of the house.-
STIRL.
Amateur Actresses Bund.
KANSAS     CITY, Oct. dle.Amdt
smiling jack-o'-lanterns, andwhilen a-
ing merriment for an audience duriett
Hallowe'en   entertainment at Lorelfo
academy, a Catholic boarding scholfr
girls, here last night, Miss Virgita
Owen and Miss Mamie Tierman, ste-
dent actors, were so severely burnst
that they died from their injuries -
day.   Miss Mary Maley was severely
burned while endeavoring to save er
schoolmates. A panic was only averted
by the coolness of the motherasupeior
and several sisters. The fire wa caste4
ahenMissOwent ripped over a jack-O'-
lantern.
Get One Year's Booking.
LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 31.-Four Lin-
coln boys travelling under tlee na dOf
the Metropolitan Quartet 0pen Atondaty
for a year's engagement with tite t
plieum Circuit in Chicago ad tltinately
will be in Lincoln, siltce the citrhas
joined the   rpttmlist of tieaters.
All the boys are natives of Lincoln
and received their first musicl train'
ing here, but have been practicing for
the past year in the East.-ADA\IS.
Lyman Twins Entertained.
LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 31 essrs
Herbert and Howard Lyman whoPlThe
here Friday    and  Saturday   Tat
Lyman Twins." were enteltaind at
four course dinner yesterdais at the
home of Hal. C. Lyman of tis Ci ty
brother of the above mentioned Par'
ties.--ADiAMiS.
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