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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 23, 1907)

Makee, Walt
Views big Quaker City shows from balloon,   pp. 12-13

Browne, Walter
Truce in vaudeville; end of fight in sight,   p. 13

Page 13

November 23, 1907.
Btai:  , 1
Life EyrlM
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:It te p), ninMg. In the two lively bur-
squcs, entitled The Mayor of Nowhere and
Willie Taylor, good opportunity is afforded
the crompany for a display of individual tal-
ent. The cestumes and scenery were meri-
tarous. The girls were peaches; in fact
hrentire show is one of the really good
ones of the season. The vaudeville portion
If the program opened with Maida Dupree,
whose singing made good.  Robert Athon
and Jeannette Young were enthusiastically
received in their comedy skit.  Sutton &
Button, offering the Rube and the Living
fumcpkin, were immensely liked. The Big
Four-Duffy, Hanly, Harzog and Kearns-
iffered an excellent act. Wiora Sisters were
well received. Next, The High Jinks Co.
Rose Sydell, who is one of the best known
favorites in the burlesque world, together
wit h her London belles, is the current at-
traction at the Casino and proved to be a
strong drawing card. The Prince of Petti-
oeats is a most substantial vehicle.  The
sttings of the two acts were exceptionally
oio and the costumes very elaborate and
larious. Of the 01i1, Harry Sautor offered
a fine monologue which went well. Wood-
fordS Educated Animals should rank among
the best acts of its kind.  Campbell and
i1ahk made a hit,  The United Quartette
and the Great Martynne, both were accord-
cI high hcnor., the latter awakening great
crnthusiasm with a mirror dance. Next, The
Recoin Santtoy Co.
Harold  MacGregor In Accident.
Harold MacGregor, a member of the Or-
ploum   stock. together with Mrs. William
Ingersoll, wife of the leading man of the
same company, sere victims of a runaway
accident in Fairmount Park one day last
week.   Mrs. Ingersoll and  Mr. McGregor
wvere thrown from  the carriage, sustaining
slight injuries.
"Bud" Robb. until recently assistant treas-
urer of the Forrest, has left this city for
New York, where he hopes to locate per-
manently. Mr..Robb was one of the suf-
ferers in the recent shakeup of the Forrest
house staff, following the appointment of
Manager Fischell.
Forced by an influx of orders, the Ex-
celsinr Drum Works, one of the largest
concernsof itskind, has been forced to seek
new quartrs. Those now occupied by this
concern at 1109-111L Locust street, have
(Ive  Inadequate.  A  building at Tenth
cnd  Market streets, Camden. has been
19 sed and the main work of drum making
ciii be c arried o n there.
Lee Scariubert came over from  New York
last week and witnessed tie performances
of Ermele Nov~lli. and Fascinating Flora.
Mr. Shubert was one of a coterIe of the-
atrical lights which witnessed the opening
performance of The Secret Orchard last
Monday night.
The report that Harry S. Coleman had r-
.sign ed from the Forepaugh company is de-
nied. Mr. Coleman was out of the cast last
week, which probably gave rise to the ru-
Dispatches from Atlantic City indicate
thot Anna Hold is much Improved Inhealth,
end swill probably he scott enough to begin
the New York engagement of The Parisin
Mo el on scebdule n xt sweek. Sudden ill-
ness compelled  the  management    of  th e
Chestnut street Opera house to dismiss a
capacity audience last Thursday night a
weeok, since which that playhouse has bWen
Tise Three of Us at the Adelphi. Ethel
Barrymore at the Broad. and th   Yama at
tle Walnut wlH Ie held over for the com-
ing week. Brecstor's Millions will come to
the Garrick. The Warrens of Virginia to the
rsc. The tote of Bong Bong to the Grand.
Fallen by the Wayside to the Girard, and
Bob White to Ye Parke.    At the melodra-
rotic htouses. Deadwood Dick's Last Shot
will he offered at the National, His Terrible
Seeret at Blaney's, and    A   Millionaire's
Revnge at Harts.
After several weeks of darkness, the Lv-
crum  theater las opened this week with
Filson's Great International Vaudeville Co.
ard two six-round boxing bouts as an added
ottraction, with prices at ten, twenty and
Actors' Union Local No. G.
Collins & Fields closed at Harrisburg last
week and opened at Baltimore, Nov. 11, for
one week.
The Kneedlers, Oscar & Josephine, open
at Millville. N. J., this week.
Bv a new rule just established by this
local, the members are not permitted to do
more than one turn on any concert or
smoker program in this city, for the mini-
mum price per night. One turn, one salary:
two turns. two salaries, is the cry now. It
is said that many local talent agencies ar
much disconcerted by this move, for it has
heen their method to put on four people for
forty dollars and make them do two turns
each, for which the actor received four
dollars and the agent retained the balance.
It promises to be a big fight.
A banquet was held at the residence of
Odd. W. Rineler. secretary of this local.
No. 2441 So. Tenth street, on Friday night,.
Nov. 8, in celebration of his fiftieth year in
the show business. It was an overfilow crowi
of theatrical men and women who strove to
congratulate the veteran showman and his
wife, a woman who has shared the ups and
downs of a half century of life in the pro-
fession which her husband adopted. Among
the gifts was a very handsome cut-glass
nunch bowl set. presented by Oscar and
Josephine Kneedlor.
At present writing only four more sub-
scriptions are needed to complete the guar-
antee asked by Oscar Hammerstein before
beginning the erection of lits opera house
here. It Is believed that these four will be
forthcoming before tbo close of the week.
Bal Broma. the "fire ing," closed his en-
gagement at the Museum    on Werdneday of
last week on account of rco-ving a telegram
from Tampa, Fla., announring the death of
his daughter, B'eatrice Olgcn."
NEW YORK, Nov. 16.-It was Sherman
who said "War is Hell." Now that
the battle of the Vaudeville Giants is
practically at an end, there are many of
the rank and file along Broadway who are
wondering whether peace will not mean
something equally unpleasant. With Klaw
and Erlanger out of the field, and, although
nothing has yet been officially announced,
it is tacitly admitted that they have agreed
to evacuate by the end of January, and the
United Booking Offices in full control, it is
believed by many that the bottom will fall
out of the prices paid any but the biggest
star acts, and the majority of performers
are taking very pessimistic views of the
For their encouragement it may be point-
ed out that the public Is not fickle In play-
ing favorites and wants what It wants when
and where it wants it. Those headliners
who have won the confidence of vaudeville
patrons will probably find themselves in a
position to command their full terms, as It
would be fatal policy for managers to let
them drop from the bills.
No Monopoly Is Likely.
With the retirement of Klaw and Erlan-
ger, it does not seem likely that an abso-
lute monopoly will be established.   Just
now William Morris s san unknon quantity
and this week hie has absolutely refused to
discuss his position. Just where he stands
is about the only riddle not yet solved, al-
though all the leaders of the recently op-
posing vaudeville armies are maintaining
a Sphinx-like silence.
It is understood that Morris was not con-
sulted by Klaw and Erlanger, to whom he
was bound by very close ties, when they
agreed to call the retreat of that class of
vaudeville they had loudly proclaimed as
"Advanced" and to apply the much adver-
tised "steam roller" In future along the
already macadamized road of the "legiti-
mate," where there Is little left to crush.
The fact that Klaw and Erlanger had al-
ready turned over much of their vaudeville
business to the William Morris Amusement
Company and to the American Amusement
Company, In which Morris is associated with
Louis Cella, of St. Louis. seems curiously to
have been   overlooked  when the famous
peace pact was established, a week last
Thursday. So far as is known no provi-
sions were made to prevent Mr. Morris
forming an independent circuit which might
include in its control not only vaudeville
theaters in opposition to Poli in New Eng-
land, but important houses in St. Louis,
Kansas City. Milwaukee, Cleveland, Louis-
ville and other big cities in opposition to
the combined interests.
Probably Glad to Get Out.
There has been much speculation along
the Rialto this week as to the amount of
bonus if any paid Klaw and Erlanger to
surrender, and  some newspaper guessers
have fixed It at from one to three million
dollars it being rumored that payment is to
be spread over a period of ten years. Mr.
Wiseacre, of Wiseacre Square, who, as will
be remembered, predicted the getting to-
gether of the opposing forces and the ter-
mination of a cut-throat war, as long ago
as Sept. 7. In these colunms, now ventures
to suggest that if the compensation was
fixed at seven figures every one of those
figures was a cipher. It seems more than
likely that beyond undertaking to care for
the K. & E. contracts already made, the
Keith-Proctor-Williams people placed them-
selves under no obligations whatever. Ex-
cept to abandon half formed plans for the
invasion of their adversaries' stronghold in
the legitimate field. It is more than prob-
able that a clever bluff by the UnitedBook-
ing Offices caused Klaw and Erlanger to
throw  down their hand.    They had lnot
found the vaudeville business a garden of
roses, much less a field where the green-
backs gros to profusion. They had wan-
dered into the cabbage patch     of their
neighbors. but when they found their own
peach orchard threatened. they were prob-
ably willing to climb hack over the fence
wcithout haggling over an indemnity.
How noon the policy of the New York
theater will be changed. and "Advanced"
vaudeville will he seen no more in this
city has been a matter of much conjecture
on Broadway this week. It is remembered
that negotiations have been   begun, and
nossibly comnleted. for the production by
Klaw  and Erlanger of mammoth ballits.
sucb as are seen at the Empire and the
Alambra In Lonion, and It Is uderstood
I boit these could In no swas he construed as
"c'.rlle shows.  Mr. "Wiseacre  hazards
tlcce guess that at the close of Ha rry I,u-
der's five weeks' engagement here the Ne s
York scill find It convenient to clone its
doors, to make ready there for one ofthes
spectaculard(ancing productions probably in
time for the Christmas holidays.
L~auder's Success Grows.
As toe mortsand yearn roll byand Klaw
and Erlanger, as factors in the field of
variety shows, are more or less forgotten,
the words "Advanced Vaudeville" will al-
ways awaken joyful recollections of one
man, a canny little Scot. for shose tmpor-
tation all lovers of the really artistic and
the genuinely funny cannot fall to be grate-
ful to the instigators of the great Vaude-
ville 'War of 1907. Harry Lauder is still
not only the star, but the whole bag of
tricks at the Now York theater. His suc-
cess is phenomenal. He occupies the stage
at every performance for a period far ex-
ceeding the ordinary vaudeville limit, but
the audiences hate to let him go. A fairly
good company occupies the New York the-
ater this week, but Lauder makes them all
look and feel like nothing on a stick. The
great little Scotch comedian has only three
weeks more to stay. When he goes it will
probably be found wise to go back to the
so-called "legitimate" at the big Long Acre
Square playhouse. He will leave a gap it
will be impossible to fill. Others in the bill
this week are Joe Maxwell and company,
in A Night in a Police Station; Press Eld-
ridge, May Belfort, the Ernesto Sisters, the
Duffin Redcay Troupe of acrobats, Collins
and Hart and Jean Clermont's Burlesque
Few Novelties at Colonial.
There are few novelties in a good bill at
Percy Williams' Colonial theater this week,
the most noticeable being the English com-
edian, George Abel and company, In a good
sketch called Three of a Kind. The Song
Birds has proved   attractive  the  second
week of its engagement here and a really
good turn is supplied by Gus Edwards'
Blonde Typewriters, who play A Picnic for
One.  Others In the bill are Eltinge, La
Grannon, Cedney and Sutherland and the
Five Persacoffis.
Gertrude Hoffman, who has been floating
around New York with her imitations pretty
near the entire season, is the headliner at
Keith and Proctor's Union Square theater
this week, the attraction next featured be-
ing the Lasky Quintette. Others in a mild-
ly attractive bill are Grant and Hoag, the
Dancing Violets, Rossi's Horse, Carter and
Taylor and MeCree and Poole.
William J. Kelly and the Boston Fadettes
share the position of honor on the Fifty-
eighth Street theater bill this week. The
also inns Include Madge Fox, the Four
Fords. Welsh Mealey and Montrose, loe
Rigoletti Brothers and Irving Jones.
EnglIsh Hits at Alhambra.
Percy Williams presents a strong bill. In
which the English element Is very pro-
nounced, at the Alhambra theater thisweek.
It is headed by Marie Lloyd, one of the best
of English music hall singers. Hilda Spong,
an English actress. appears in her sketch,
Kit, fully reviewed in thes- columns re-
contly and Minnie Duncan and ArthurGod-
frey. from good old Lunnon, present their
costermonger sketch, which I talked about
last woeek. Others in the program are the
Four Rianos, Coin's Does, the Otto Bros..
the Rooney Sisters. Reitz and Gilson. and
Robinson Crulsoe's isle.
At Tony Pastor's tlis week a capital rray
of talent includes Stine and Evans in Want-
ed, A Divorce: Hayes, TVincoll and Riessell
in Troublesome Toodles: Mcintyre and Ben-
nett in TWhen Do I Eat? Rnmond and
Hess. Gus and Mattle RharaTll the Kalmos.
the Ponaldos, the Patricolas and Perry and
The NIppon Japanese Troune lave been
the animated attraction at the Eden Muses
this week, where many new wax figures,
Including one of General Booth, have re-
cently been installed.
The old attractions includine Nentune's
Dauhter and Pioneer Dlsys, will cease at
the Hippodrome after next Saturday nibht.
The new annual production, of which little
is kenown yet, except that some big and
thrilling automobile effects are introduced. is
Fehedurled to come off on Wednesday even-
Ing, Nov. 27.
Stella Too Fat to Dince.
Keith & Proctor's Twenty-third street
house offers nothing new this week, either
In headliners or renovated old-time acts.
Stella Mayhew, who, unblushingly informs
her audience, when, in an attempt to dance,
she is forced reluctantly to cease her laugh-
able antics, that she is ettin' too fat, is the
headliner, pro tem. Billy Taylor assioted
her, both in song and story. Together they
succeeded in malking themnseles and their
set appreciated. Then there is Josenh Hart's
Dancing Daisies with Nova. Aymar as the
predominating figure. The four nones they
sing-"Daisy Mine," "Lady of Japan," "Fan-
dango Fannie," and "Yankee Boys in Blue"
-are good. but the vaudevill- "steady" he-
comes tired of those    wrongly  classified
"Tabloid Comic Operas."
The cleverest act on the bill is On and
Off, an original comedy sketch in twoscenes
admirably performed by Tudor Cameron and
Edwin Flanagan. The little pathos which
runs through the act is handled well.
W. H. Murphy and Blanche Nichols, in
the chestnut, which should by this time be
roasted, From Za Za to Uncle Tom. are also
announced. Their act and its crudities have
been spoken of before.
Max York and his fox terriers; Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Forbes, In her one-act play,
The TWild Rose; Clark. Bergman and Ma-
honey and the excellent acrobatic team of
Mareena. Nevarro and Marenna, completed
a somewhat flat bill.
Drews in Clever Sketch.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew head the Keith
aProctor Harlen     vaudeville house pro-
gramn this sweek, with threir souccessful little
farce. Billy's Tombstones.  Next In impor-
tance is Paul Conchas, the "strongest man
alive," by perminsion of the program. His
feats swith cannon bails and torpedoen are
remarkable. His act has been commented
on before in these columns. Gus Edwards'
School Boys and Girls, although as old as
the state and district school, seemn to still
amuse. Herman Timberg is the star of the
act. His song, "The Firebug." takes well.
The Owor Brothers. black-face comedi-
ans; the Zannettos, a Japanese troupe of
sword jugglers; Austin Walsh and Curtis
and Palmer form this week's program.
At Hammerstein's Victoria theater, this
week a remarkably good bill has been head-
ed by Henry E. Dixey and Mis Marie Nord-
strom in a playlet called A Passing Parent,
which was received with approval. Belle
Blanche has been seen In her clever imita-
tions and Maggie Cline was given a glori-
ous welcome.   Emmet Corrigan scored a
real hit In a sketch called His Wife's Pic-
ture, and others in the bill have been Ned
Wayburn's Ten Phantastic Phantoms, VII-
lers and Lee: Griff, a clever English com-
edy juggler; Edward Claro and his six Win-
ning Widows, and Charles F. Semen.
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