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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 13, 1909)

Loving cup presented to Chester N. Sutton,   p. 4

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4                        THE  SHOW   WORLD                  Noveml1ber 13,
Echo of Billposters' Strike  Is Heard In a  Disagreement  Manager Elliott Decides That Stock Is Not Wanted-Two
Among the Chicago Theatrical Managers  Weeks Notice Posted Monday Night
Herbert C. Duce, manager of the Gar-
rick theater and western representa-
tive of the Shub erts  has withdrawn
from the Managers' Association of Clhi-
The reason for this can be traced back
to the billposters' strike now in prog-
gress. When the strike was declared
and the managers of the downtown
theaters declared a lockout, the man-
agers agreed to advertise in each other's
programs, and in this manner help each
other. Everything went along smooth-
ly until word was received in New
York that the name of the Garrick
theater wuas ap pearin g alo0ng with the
names of the syndicate theaters.
Then there was trouble. Word was
sent on to take the Garrick out of
the list.  This was done, and Mana-
ger Duce immediately became incensed.
and wrote a letter to Will J. Davis, of
the Illinois theater, complaining about
the matter. It appears that Mr. Duce
had hinted that lie would print the
news of the matter in the New York
oview, but was assured that if Mre
did not, things would be fixed up. Mr.
Duce waited, but nothing was done
and so he finally decided to send an item
in. and he notified Mr. Davis of this.
Mr. Davis. who, it seems, has been
trying to act fair in the matter, and
who, as soon asohe heard that the Gar-
rick was taken out of the list, had the
Illinois taken out of the Garrick pro-
"rnm, replied that he thought Mr. Div
was not doing just the right thin,, In
ptibliqlhing what he considered the pri-
vate business of the association.
Does Not Care for Echoes.
Then -Mr. Duce, who is a noted h -
ter writer, sat him down, and he penn I
a very hot reply. In this letter he said
that the fact that the Garrick had been
removed from the programs of the syn-
dicate theaters was common news mat-
ter, known to every one, and that the
fact that he had waited for the matter
to be fixed up and had obtained no
satisfaction was excuse enough for
printing the bare facts in the case.
After writing at some length, Mr.
Duce said: "However, as long as Mr.
Erlanger is in a position to dictate to
a majority of the managers of Chi-
cago. the Garrick will, through its rep-
resentative, hold entirely aloof from
any association of such managers, since
I have neither the time nor the inclina-
tion to attend a council of echoes.
So it now happens that the Garrick
program contains only its own attrac-
tion, and that of the Great Northern,
which, by the way, is a Shubert of-
fering, while the programs of the syn-
dicate houses, giving lists of Chicago
attractions, do not mention the Garrick
at all. In the meantime the bilipost-
ers who were locked out are remaining
idle, or are at work at some other busi-
ness. They state that they have plenty
of money, and are able to remain idle
for some time and fight the battle out.
if it takes all winter.
Sends Bill for Housecleaning to Man-
ager of Company Which Failed
to Appear.
RIRWIN, Kans., Nov. 5.-A most in-
teresting letter, accompanied by a bill
has been sent by manager S. E. Cogs-
well of the opera house here to Geo.
Rich, manager of the David Warwick
Company, which was billed here and
failed to put in an appearance: "Dear
Sir-I got your letter this a. in., can-
celling date for last night, after I had
been to the enclosed expense as per bill
and had advanced seat sale and a very
large angry crowd in town last night.
I tried all day to find your company
by telephone but could not reach them.
Now please let me hear from you In
regard to this expense bill and I will
quote you time for later dating. Yours
respectfully, S. E. Cogswell." The bill
which was enclosed is particularly in-
teresting by reason of the last item.
The bill Is as follows:
"Express  on  paper...............$1.88
Putting up paper ............... 1.50
Distributing bills ............... .50
Arranginga nd dusting house ....1.00
Total .....................4.88"
Tyrell Plans New Act.
Al. H. Tyrell, known as the "man
with the kimona," who has the happy
faculty of being a blackface entertainer
who knows how to entertain without
being coarse or transgressi ng the rules
of the comedian's art, is planning a
new and novel act for next season. Al.
Tyrell, with his merry songs and pat-
ter, has made good as a vaudevillian.
and his success has been so marked
that he will branch out on something
new next season. The exact plans have
not been given out by Tyrell, but he in-
timates that it will be of an operatic
nature. Tyrell has a line singing voice
and he expects to use it to better ad-
vantage in his new act.
Tyrell recently played a series of en-
gagements at the Chicago houses and
his act met with great favor. After
his present time expires he will go back
among the home folks and enjoy a va-
cation.  Incidentally, Al. will get in
shape for the opening of his new act.
It is extremely doubtful whether Al.
will "cut out" his kimona next season
hit 1nui  Inive a number of new ones
cur out for vtse in the act.   Ty erell
proved his worth in Milwaukee recently
when 1ie came out with flying colors
against strong opposition.
Jack Johnson's Itinerary.
Jack Johnson, the negro heavyweight
champion prizefighter, who Is now ap-
pearing on the stage as a special feature
of the bill at the Star and Garter thea-
ter this week, will appear next week in
Indianapolis. Following his date in the
Indiana capital Johnson is booked for
a  weeks engagement at Pittsburg.
From the Smoky City the colored Idol
will journey to I3rooklyn for a two
weeks' appearance. During Johnson's
road trouping, the pictures of the John-
son-Ketchel fight will be shown and
vaudeville features will also be offered,
under the management of Jake Sternad,
of the National Producing company.
Notice was posted on the call board
at the Bush Temple theater Monday
night that the stock company would
close in two weeks. That means that
the present company will disband in a
The introduction of vaudeville be-
tween acts at the Bush Temple has
given Manager Elliott the cue that va-
riety is what is wanted in that house.
The success of the innovation was so
pronounced that it was decided that the
people preferred vaudeville to stock.
"I am  sure that the people want
vaudeville up here," saideMr.Elliott this
week. "I tried it out between the acts
and it went so big that I decided to
cut the stock company out. The fact is
that the people have been stocked to
death over here. They have had stock
for eight years, and they are tired
of it. It is like planting the same crop
on a piece of land year after year. The
soil finally wears out."
Last season Edwin Thanhouser had
a hard time to keep the stock company
going. He announced once that he would
close, and later he cut salaries and kept
the people through the season. Other
indications that Chicago is tiring of
stock is seen at the People's theater, on
the West Side. It was announced that
the stock would close there, but later,
after cutting salaries, vaudeville was
put in between the acts and a company
retained  to play stock  productions.
"College Boy" Company Claims Bad Management Forced It
to Disband and Members Seek Other Berths
Harry W. Schumm, stage manager of
"The College Boy" company, and who
did a character part with the show, who
returned to Chicago immediately after
the show struck the shoals at Urbana,
Ill., on the night that the students of
the University of Illinois celebrated a
football victory over Purdue, has signed
with the Anna DeLisle act, which will
play Morris time in the west. Schumm,
when seen by a Show World representa-
tive, said the "College Boy" company
was forced to close on account of poor
management and the failure of the
"ghost to walk" regularly.
According to his statement, the show
opened at Henry, Ill., the early part of
August and enjoyed prosperity under
the management of George Cable, but
when he left the show at Antioch, Ill.,
on Sept. 25, and E. W. Marsh took
charge, it is said the show had rough
sledding. The company of twelve re-
fused to go any further than Urbana,
and as a result of the football game
there, did a "$96 business," although
Schumm says the box office people in-
formed the performers that there were
only $63 in the house. Anyway, the
company showed and the manager gave
each of them $6, which enabled the
majority of the performers to leave
town. But the closing night proved a
hard one for the company, as the stu-
dents, elated over the football victory,
and with the teams sitting in the boxes,
took a hand in the show and interrupted
it repeatedly with showers of missiles.
While no one was hurt, they brought
injury to the pride of the dejected ar-
C. A. McGrane, musical director, who
had charge of the band and orchestra,
took the musicians and signed with
Windecker, the magician, while Mae
Holburn secured a berth with Norman
& Jones' "College Boys" company. Mr.
and Mrs. E. L. Sutliff and baby have
signed with "The Blind Organist" com-
pany for the remainder of the season.
It is known, however, that any mu-
sical comedy, burlesque or farce com-
edy, has to run the gauntlet of college
boy spirit when any of them strike a
university town after a battle has been
fought on the gridiron.
One of the Prominent Theatrical Men of the Northwest is
Tendered a Banquet
BUTTE, Mont., Nov. 11.-When Butte,
the metropolis of Montana, with all its
grandeur in scenery and prospective
wealth, was in its infancy, one of the
first families to bank their judgment
against the trials and tribulations often
encountered by prospectors, were Sut-
tons, and today go where you will, ask
the thousands what they know about
Butte, and they will tell you it is the
city of copper and the home of the
Pioneers, as it were, who came with
their few dollars and an abundance of
honesty, to share their lot with the
few whom with confidence and assurity
that some day Butte would be one of
the prominent cities under the glorious
flag of our country, they Invested their
mite and have waited with no com-
plaints for the city of their choice to
raise and proclaim itself as one of the
mightiest, and, today they have the
pleasure of realizing their expectations,
The world over, wherever the quota-
tions are given on copper, Butte is a
recognized factor, and In the United
States, where the drama is spoken of,
the name of Sutton is mentioned, es-
pecially if a trip to the Pacific coast
is contemplated.  To show  their ap-
preciation and as a mark of esteem,
more than a score of newspaper writers
and other friends of Chester N. Sutton
gave him a banquet at the Hotel Thorn-
ton, Thursday night, and presented him
with a beautiful loving cup. Mr. Sutton
left last night for Salt Lake, where he
will be manager of the Orpheum theater.
There are rumors that the Mawnay
be turned into a vaudeville huseate
in the season also.
As Master of Ceremonies at Inf
Gathering of Actor Polk, ne Is
"There With the Goods.,
Jake Sternad, general manager ithe
National Producingompany,is consid.
ered one of Chicago's beat knowa Bo-
hemians, and he has been the origina
of some jolly stunts for his friends at
the Saratoga hotel, where the genial
Jake spends many happy minutes. One
of the best affairs that Jake has pulled
off in months took place last Saturday
night in the Saratoga dining room, and
a corking good vaudeville program was
given, with Jake as master of cere-
Special tables were reserved for Jake
and his friends and many thespians and
vaudeville artists were gathered round
the festal board. An improvised stge
gave the talented volunteers a chance
to please the free-from-care bunch that
were on hand for the festivities.
The following took part in making
the occasion an enjoyable one: Chester
and Grace, songs and dances; La Belle
Marie, songs; Dave Rose, ItalianIm.
personations; Al. Brown, plans slos,
with orchestra accompaniment; Grace
Reahm, songs; Primrose quintette from
George S. Van's minstrels, medley; Je
Young, clog dancer; Mile. Carre,nsan.
phone solos; Lucille Langdon, loper-
sonations; Zena Kiefe, songsanddances; 
Jock McKay, Scotch dialect taedy;
Emil Subers, the "Georgia Sunfiwer,"
songs; Johnny J. Hughes, songs an6
dances; Al Von Tlner, singinghissong
hit, "Carrie"  Harry L. Newman,ren
dering two of his song successes, "In
Dear OldTennessee" and "Turtleore";
Aubrey Stoauffer and Jimmie O'Brien,
songs and dances.
During the program edibles and aliq-
uids were served to "refresh the Inner
LittleGirl Hase iture     t
There are few    child entertainers in
Chicago today who possess the abiliy
and natural talent with    which litine
Zena Kiefe is endowed, anda great f-
ture s predictedforherby all wheo ssu
seen  her perform.    She Is atalented
juvenile artist, andIn addition tobeing
a     clever dancerhas a sweet  ie and
a      pleasing personality. Sincenadopting
the  stage  as a     profession, Miss.ids
hasattained an nviableposition by her
workasa comedienne and sheIsabod
to be a big starnsome day.
She is amodest girl,    ith apfinetds-
position, and is already ImmenselyOP
ular with members of the profession.
A Show World representativehad te
pleasure ofhearing Zenasingand wtch
her dance at Sternad's Bohemian entr-
tainment Nov. 6, and the work of the
little miss was not one bit dispoit-
ing.   She gives promise of being a
headliner in vaudeville by the time she
blossoms into womanhood.
To Form New Act
"Mickey" Finn and "Shadow" Ford,
who have been with George S. Van's
Imperial minstrels for a year and a half,
doing their singing and dancing act
have left the company andwillgo0ceas
shortly, where they will take Frisk
Finn into the act and prepare a lot of
songs and dances for vaudeville. Finn
and Fordare excellentdancers andtheir
'outine of steps hasbeen abigfeatre'
of the Van minstrel show. The new c
quisition to the act is "some stepper
and the trio is bound to form a strong
dancing feature. The boys will frame
up the act in New York City.
Changing the Titles.
For some time several big films he
been released to the same houses on the.
same day along Madison street Th
Annette Kellerman film was shown In
three houses simultaneously, and sev.
eral other big subjects were shown
the same manner. This weekthe    S
film called "The Stage Driver wa
billed at two houses, but one5oauager
had it billed as "The Stage HoldP'
and thus was enabled to fool th Peonpe
a little. People who had seen ite he*
house under one title left the other the
ater when they saw it was the soe
film under a different name.
Snowhill Returns Hom.
C. G. Snowhill, special agent of Rng
ling Brothers' shows, has returned h
his home in St. Louis. Mr. Sn.w'hllh
heen re-engaged for next season.

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