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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 7, 1908)

Things told in Chicago town,   pp. 6-7

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November 7. iet
Gus Edwards' Comedy in Chicago for
First Time and is a Big Hit.
That "readin' and writin' and 'rithme-
tic' ditty, now  developed  into a Lull
ledged  musical larce nearing the saine
title of Sclool Days, Was given its Chii-
eago pIeiiere at toe Great Northern last
Sunday Iight, and from all accounts it
would appear that Gus Edwards is scor-
Ing the Saute success with his show as
IIe did witIt his song.
The farce of course evoluted from the
soug, and it is a picture of childhood's
happy Iour of scraps, kid sweethearts
and telling stories.  it is  handsomely
produced and tite cast is given a stiower
of praise from the Chicago critics who
gave vent to a lot of enthusiasm over
.%ir. Edwards attd htis show.
Miss Janet Priest atnd 1-lerman Tim-
berg head   the  company. Among tthe
more ptominent in tie comipany are Ed-
waild Galtte, IsaDel  Crawtotd,  Laura
Giein, Minted Betrick, Dattiel Murpihy,
Agutes Lynn and   Gtegoty iely. [lere
are some excerpts from tite vatious Chi-
cago citlies letiews:
lercy   11aulinoud,  Post: "Mr.  Gus
Edwards' ilelliuous Setnuol Days, once
a titete song and later a sketett in ttte
vatiety theaters, is  now a futi-nedged
musical tarce, and it may be viewed in
the latest stage of its evolution at tite
Gieat Notttnein theater, where it began
an    eigagemieit  yesterday  afternoun.
* * * It is Well song, danced and
acted  by an   ingenuous   company   of
youngstels, led by istes Janet Priest."
Ciarles  N.    Collins,  Inter-Ucean:
'School Days, a musical comedy which
began a two weeks engagenit at the
Gteat Northeri theater yesterday, is a
welcome vaiant in this omin ot enter-
taininent, being  concerned  exclusively
With  a  group of ciidren in a public
scliool. All of tile characters are juve-
tiles, and (lie cotmpany has been te-
cruitod treit the oedgtiiigs o1 tfle stage,
with eatefl respect oun for tile neces-
sary illusioiaid tile legalhitnhibitiotisaUp-
plyig to the case. Tie result is an at-
tiactive applroxiiation of  the atinus-
plicre of ciindttod-ciidliood frott tile
twuroletit comtic  suppletien't  poitit  of
\iexw, but not without its chatin for all
Ainy Leslie, News: "It is a charming
pictute of  childhood's  happy hour of
sciaps, kid sweeteariting, Lattling, pull-
ing Iair, telling stories, Leasing, Jumping
and at odd intervals studying all wotng
and lauguig all right. Suioual Days they
call the etiertaiinment, and it is chock
full of clean, rejuentatin.g, wholeso.tie,
pleasing humor and song."
A New Park in Scranton, Pa.
Seranton, Pa., Nov. 3.
Mr. J. Frank Siegle has just closed a
ten year lease wit the Northern Elec-
tric Railway for what is called Northern
Electric Park, 11 acres of wood land
along the D., L. & W. and N. E. R. R s.
It is Mr. Siegle's intention to install
merry-go-round,   circle  swing, scenic
railway, roller coaster tnd a number of
new concessions, to   open the summer
season of 100i.t
National Association Want the Statute
Amended so Youths Under 16
Years May Appear
On Stage.
'The National Association of Theatrical
Producing  Managers' have   started ao
tmovenent to have the Illinois child labor
law amended, so that children less than
16 years of age may appear on the stage
in this state.
The managers of the Chicago theaters
have been notified of the action to be
taken by the theatrical organization and
have been asked to    co-operate.  The
letter from the organization reads:
"The National Association   of The-
atrical Producing Managers is very anx-
ious to co-operate with the various the-
atrical interests  of Illinois, and par-
ticularly of Chicago, looking to securing
an amendment of the child labor law now
in force. The present law works a great
hardship  on  the  producing  manager,
the theater owner, and the youthful ac-
tor and those dependent upon him.
"A number of attractions have been
forced to forego Chicago dates and nu-
merous specialties  and vaudeville acts
have been   unable  to play Illinois by
reason of the stringent regulation in re-
gard to children.
"The co-operation of all those inter-
ested, with a proper show of   interest
and a clear presentation of   the true
facts, should secure relief from present
conditions. Tite difference in the sur-
ioundings of the child artist from those
of the mill hand or child manual laborer
is so marked that it roust be apparent
even to the most prejudiced legislator.
"As you know, the child actor is not
only pampered and petted and watched
after with every care, bitt is often the
chief wage-earner and mainstay of    a
family, not infreclnently receiving from
$25 to $50 per Week. Time and opportu-
nity for education  is always possible,
and the child actor's work need not re-
suit in stunting the growth  of either
mind or body."
Child Act Restrained.
Shreveport, La., Oct. 30.
The pnlice stopped an  actobatic act
peiforited by two children at the Palace
The childien are the sons of TV. L.
Graham and wife, an actor and actress
engaged in audeville work. Oe     is
thiee yeats old and the other one year
and seven months.
By stopping the children, who perform
with tleir mother and father, the whole
act was abilished and the quaitet, who
have signed for an engagement for a
specified time here are thrown out of em-
ployient until another engagement can
be made.
Manager Ludlam of tie Palace and Mr.
Graham, the father, were very much dis-
pleased at being restrained from  con-
tinuing the act, which has proved very
attractive, judging from the  numerous
newspaper notices the father has.
Former Owner to Branch Out In Moving
Picture House on Large
George Gilmore has sold the Gilmore
Rheostat Co., together with  the good
will, patents, trade mark, etc., to the
Enterprise Optical Mfg. Co. The Gilmore
Rheostato magnetic  economy   coil, or
current saver, and -the line of resistance
coils known as the Gilmore Rheostats,
will hereafter be made and sold by the
Etiterprise Optical Mfg. Co.
Mr. Gilmore has been   identified with
the moving picture industry for many
years, and recently disposed of a string
of nickelodeons. He has now leased the
Maplewood opera house, Rockwell and
Marianna   streets, Chicago, which will
be opened next Sunday evening ais a
high class moving picture house. The
seating capacity is over 600, and exten-
sive itmorovements have been made.
This is another evidence of the confi-
dence of one thoroughly conversant with
tie moving picture business entering into
the exhibition branch on a large scale.
Fox Installs the Checkogram.
New York, Nov. 2.
The Fox Amusemnt Company, which
operates a chain of twenty-two moving
picture houses in Greater New York and
vicitity, has given an  order  to  the
Amterican Clieckogram Co., to install its
ticket selling device in all the houses of
the circuit. The Checkogram has proved
ait absolute safeguard against grafting
ticket sellers and greatly simplifies that
end of the amusement business. Gen-
eral Manager Fluegelman of the Checko-
giant Company also announces that the
AlasKa-Yukon Exposition at Seattle has
adopted the Checkogram for all its gates.
Vitagraph at the Belasco.
New York, Nov. 2.
The Vitagraph Conmpany ties secured a
lease of  the Belasco theater on 42nd
street for Sundlay evenings during the
Scisoto beginning Nov. 8, and will pre-
sent in consjuntction With the Rev. Madi-
soto C. Peters, a series  of  illustrated
travel lectures. The  subject for  the
Opeiig entertainment is Japaln and the
Japanese, arid for floe mnighot of Nov. 15,
Italy and the Italians. The ability of
tue Rev. Mr. Peters as a lecturer and
his intimate knowledge of  his subject
together With the excellent pictures by
the Vitagraph insure at excellent series
of lectures.
Wm. Kai Dead.
Menasha, Wis., Oct. 31.
William Kai, tie Hawaiian baritone who
appeared at the Appleton Bizou during
the week of Oct. 12, died yesterday at St.
Elizabeth hospital, to which institution
lie %,as reioved last Friday afternoon.
Leath is asetibed to internal hemorrhages.
Kai attempted to climb between cars that
blocked a sidewalk on Friday  Oct 16
IHis light foot became entangled in the
couplings and was badly crushed. lie was
taken to the hospital and had four toes
aiputated, but had suffered internal in-
juries from  his fall to the track, that
CIused his death.-OWEN G. MACKIN.
Harry H. Richards is making his Chi-
cago debut in vaudeville at the Majestic
this week in a comic opera      burletta
termed Love A la Mode. His funmaking
is certainly what the sketch implies, Ht
just romped through it with delighted
audiences following very much overjoyed
at his Mirth. The fun is produced by a
burlesque love scene   between  General
Seal (Mr. Richards) and Lady Gamble
(Miss Dorothy Daly), which is onstantly
disturbed by the butting in of White Seal
(Miss Adele G. Ferguson), dlughter of
General Seal. The timidity of tle widow-
er burlesqued is a screech. His song "Mv
Summer Girl" is another feature thatadd
to the act.  The young women in sup-
port are charming and sing well.
The Eight Milanese ate also making
their first appearance here at the Majes-
tic, It consistsof adouble quartette
that are tunefull and picturesque. They
oveit big and took several encores. This
act is the outcome of a smaller act popu-
larly known as the Melani Trio which
ias, for years, been featured in vaudeville
here and abroad. They are all cultivated
soloists. There are two prima donnas and
four male vocalists and a violinist.
Harrison Hunter in The Van Dyck, a
tragic comedy, is being played in Chicago
for the first time at the Majestic. The
playlet is a fine bit of work and Mr.
Hunter showed himself a capable actor
by the manner which lie handled the role
of Arthur Blair Weldinigham, the escaped
lunatic.  Arnold   Daly is responsible.
The sketch was written by F-erinques
and Cosmo Gordon Lennox done it in
English for Arnold Daly. Mr. Hunter is
very convincing and his work was greatly
appreciated. He was assisted by Gerald
King and L. Milton Boyle.
The   Sandwinas are at the   Majestic
makingtteirirt appearancein Chicago.
Madame Satodwinas is really a wonder-
fully womano physically and tir maner
iii which she throws her lousuandgives
one an idea of her strength. It is an
equilibrist act and Madame Sandwinas
d oes stunts that many strongotmen n the
samte lite baolk at. it is agood actand
was well received.
Silbon Novelty Circus is another new
act to Chicago that is on the bill at the
Majestic. Aside from the diving cat and
the feline that does a loop the loop around
an acrobat as he whirls about there isnt
much novelty to the act although it was
apparently well liked by the audience.
At the Haymarket, Mathews and Reece
are newcomers to vaudeville in Chicago.
Mathews does a jumping act with dumb
bells but there is nothing sensational in
it, although from  an athletic standpoint
his stunts are extremely difficult. he
jumps in and out of barrels with his legs
tied together  and   jumps over a long
string of chairs. Miss Reece is a splendid
announcer and as a stage hand she has
got it ott a lot of huskies who are en-
tolled in the union. The act was well re-
The Shuberts announce that they
will star Julia Marlowe in Shakes-
pearean plays this season.
Melville B. Raymond is in the South
in the interests of the Martin and Emery
players, who will present The Revela-
tion. The cast is headed by Mary Shaw.
The Martin & Emery company which
will produce Iery Knott's plays, has
been incorporated with  a   capital of
$24,000. G. W. Kantznan, Fred Lowen-
thal and M. M. Franey are the incor-
Miss  Mabel    Shepard, formerly  a
chorus girl in The Top 0' Th' World
company, was married in Chicago Thurs-
day to Edward Hunter of New York city,
who was formerly a big merchant in
Memphis, Tenn.
Billie Burke, not the dainty star of
Love Watches, but Bilie of that name
who was formerly of Burke & Dempsey,
is on the bill rut the Olympic music hall
next week in Richard Crolius & Com-
pany's sketch Shorty. It is a comedy
skit of the race track.
S. Morton Chohn, president of the Im-
perial Amusement Company, and heavily
interest in a circuit of moving picture
*    theater and  vaudeville  houses on time
Pacific  coast, passed through Chicago
lastweekafteratwomonths' sojourn in
New York city.
Floyd Thompson, who has promoted
several big parks in the East and on the
Pacific Coast is i Chicago. Mr. Thomp-
son promoted Wonderland Park, Boston,
upon which nearly a  half million was
spent before it opened its doors. The
park was a big winner.
The Laemmle Film     Service has en-
larged  its  quarters  in  Minneapolis,
Minn., and has moved from suite 1121-
22-23 Lumber Exchange building to the
balcony floor, suite 100-101. James V.
Troson, who hts bern unnngor of the
Cecil Loan has a new musical number
in 'The Girl at  the  Helm, called The
Ghost of Ragtime, that is scoring big.
It has a very novel stage setting. Cecil
is assisted by a mnale chorus and tihe
ponies and they are all dressed in white
with notes and   bars worked over the
front of their costumes, while as they
work in full stage which is encircled
with a heavy black drop.
Mrs. Nellie Odell, known professionally
as Alma    the Aerial Queen, who has
boon identified with circus organizations
for many years, has just left a Chicago
hospital after a serious operation, and is
rapidly recovering her health under the
excellent care of Annie Carroll, formerly
known as Queen of Bareback Riders.
Her husband is associated with William
Roach, of the Bijou theater, Chicago.
Joe Tinker of the Cubs, is rehearsing
the role of Bud Hall, in Brown of Har-
vard, in which the famous shortstop will
make his debut as an actor at the Peo-
ple's theater. In  compliance with an
earnest request from  the  great player
himself, the fans, headed by several of
the leaders of the West Side Rooters'
Association, will make Tuesday instead
of Monday, the big night at floe theater.
Joe Wanted Monday night to himself as
imiuch as possible.
Mr. Mantell's first appearance as Louis
XI in Delavigne's like-named play oc-
curs in St. Louis on Friday night, Nov.
6, instead of in Chicago, as originally an-
nounced.   The  play will, however, be
made the chief offering of   his  three
Weeks' engagement in this city.
Charles Wayne, of comic opera fame,
assisted  by Miss Gertrude Des Roche,
late of The Broken Idol, are playing a
comedy   playlet  called  The  Morning
After in vaudeville.
C I- ill- Io  - t.   -  1t
uili itiomioter, who has  been  promi-
neltl identified with all of the great ex-
PoSitions during recent years, will have
entire charge of the Tate and Talbott
attraction, Fighting tle Flames, at the
Scattle Exposition. Mr. Haller was it
conference with Messrs. Tate and Tal-
bott in St. Louis last week, and return-
ing to Chicago on Monday left for the
West Tuesday night. On the eve of his
departure for Seattle Mr. Haller declared
to a   representative  of  THE SHOW
bVORLD that no pains or expense would
be spared in making the Fighting tihe
FlamIes show   thie  most  extraordinary
spectacle of its character ever attempted
in ihis country.
Noise is never   again  to creep into
comic opera, for Charles Dillingham with
the aid of Eddie Sullivan of the Stude-
hoaler and tlte  prolific  imagination of
George Ade have banished     it forever.
The clear notes of the singers and the
sensitive ears of the audience are never
again to be disturbed by anything that
can be described as noise. Orders have
been issued to gum shoe the whole out-
fit and nowadays   at   the  Studebaker
every member of the cast of the Prima
Donna and fle stage hands trip about
wvith reibber-soled shoces. It has worked
like a charm  and whoen there i s a lull
in thle shox George Ado, sittimng in his
office,  can  tell exactly whether Ben
Rosenthal, at   the   main entrance, is
chewing tobacco or gum.
Fred J. Warrell, official adjuster for
the Gollmar Bros. shows, which recently
closed its season in Mississippi, was in
Chicago Monday, after closing contracts
with the Elks at St. Paul, Minn., for
the presentation of the Gollmar Bros.
shows tinder roof Thanksgiving week. It
is Mr. Warrell's intention to book time
for the Gollnar Bros. shows    in  the
imtoe imaportant centers, Tinder the aus-
pi-s (. f  ol'rntal  organizaItions.  It  is
n-it.''l thnt one of the fnatures of
the entertainment will be    the appear-
ance of eight performing elephants. It
is not improbable that the Gollmar Bros.
may decide to book time under the aus-
pices of   fraternal organizations under
roof in the winter and under canvas in
the summer.
Oliver  Doud    Byron, who plays the
part of John Burkett Ryder in The Lion
and the Mouse at the Auditorium, has
passed his   66th   birthday, and E. A
Eberle, who plays the part of Senator
Roberts, is 69 years old.     Mr. Eberle
has celebrated his 48th anniversary as
a  actor, and in   his long   career has
played with George Pauncefoote, Booth,
Barrett,  Davenport,    and   Rossi. Mr.
Byron has devoted fifty-three years of
his sixty-six years of life to the stage
He has played with all tne leadingac-
tots between 1859 and 1870, includintg
Joseph Jefferson, Barry Sullivan, John
E. Owens, Keene, Booth, and Barrett
'With Booth he played tago in Othello
In melodrama he made a name play
ing in Across the Continent, Tie Inside
Track, and The Plunger.
Yorno  and   Emery will produce time
cycle ofplays byHend Knbt. the brlh
liamut y-ounog dramiatist.' It is a Chicago
omrganization, amid is permanenoc. ItwVil
fill a place  in  Chicago   much astme
Lyceum Stock Company did in New
York, for itwill be aproducingcopan-
Thois comparny is headed by Mary Shw,
the emotional actress who      has been
identified with Ibsen and Shaw plays
Other members of      this  company are
Wilfred Roger, who is loaned by Minnie
Maddern Fiske; J. Gordon Edwards, who
for ten years staged all of James K.
Hackett's productions; Gordon Mendels-
sohn. a character actor   of note; Ade-
laide Fitz-Allen   and   Loretta  Taylor.
Miss Taylor made a     fine impression it
T'he De-hil ox-Ittn  it  W-as produced h
(h igo. Frat lime to time other play-
,1 will he added.
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