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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 1, 1909)

Klaw and Erlanger control 20 houses,   p. 4

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Milwaukee Has Taken a Liking to
the Popular Priced Stock Com-
pany Which Is Now in
Ninth Week.
The \ an Dyke and Enton company
has Certainly muade good at N1ilwau
kte where it is nowt in its ninth week
at the Alhambra theater. The stc-
cess of the enterprise led to the in-
stallation of a similar company at
the Criterion in Chicago, and theaters
in other cities are now being sought
with the idea of   presenting stock
companies at popular prices.
The public and press of Milwattkee
have  taken  to the Van Dyke and
Eaton comioany from the start. BIusi-i
tess has been exceptionally good and
it is the intention of thei mantagementt
to remain there twenty weeks.
)Mic Eaton. the clever leading wel
inan, has been quite ill lately, but did
not nmiss a performance. Site is re-
COvecrilg now. Jack Ward ias been
with the company for seven weeks
and is quite a favorite. The McCott-
nell Sisters are now in their fourth
week with the company.
ite   Hickman-Bessey   company,
headed by Jack Bessey, is doingt ne
at the Criterion  in  Chicago  antli
turned hundreds away again Sunday
night. The Sweetest Girl of All by
Gtilickna. is hein presented tis
w'ePeCk. Grtie'c iBaird is eioitt  i pc
ialtv  thi,  week  which  is a  big  it.
Jatcksonivillo, Fla., April 26. .
Nt two hours before the curtain of
the Mlabel Paige theater rose ott Wiy
Women Si one night last week. Earle
P. Adaims, stage manager and pritncipal
comedian, was ,slot and killeI by Jessie
Brown, his former sweetheart, and also
an  actress.
Miss Brown killed him itt a fit of
jealousy caused] by the announcement in
a local paper of his engagement to an-
other young lady. Ringing him utp ot
the phone Miss Brown asked him if he
could come out, and he readily respond-
ed, and had hardly liece itt tie Iouse
htalif at hour, when three shots rang out,
and ie was found diead upon the floor
with Miss Brown's arms around his
neck, and ier cryin hysterically.
Mr. Adamis is well known to the the-
ter public and his clever and easy go-
ing stage appearance always made him
a favorite.-ELLIS.
San Antoiot. Texas, April 26.
Contrary  to  expectations  Et
Hunting and her company are doing a
tretmeidotis business at the Grand. She
recenttv terminated her engagement at
tthe Etpire and changed houses and
tmanagetttent at the same tine.-WtVIL
Stage Employes Ball.
Erie. Pa., April 26.
Local No. 113 of the International
Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employ-
es held their first anual ball at Beck-
er's hall ott Wednesday evening list.
The members and their ladies danced
into the "'we'e sma' hours concludini
with a delightful repast. During tine
course of the evening considerable mer
rintent was occasioned h the readin
of numerous mock telegrams froi per-
sonages of note. regretting their ina-
bility to be present, and wislting the
iebers a jolly time. The entire affair
reflected great credit on Pres. Ediw.
astinan and his capable staff of work-
ers who itil the iatter in charge.-
Nora Bayes Re-engaged.
New York, April 22.
F. Ziegfeld, Jr. has again signed Nora
Bayes. The popular comedienne will
play the leading feminine role in the
Follies of 1909. Jack Norworth has
also signed contracts with the same or-
ganization for next season. The new
review will open about June 1--NWAL-
Marc Klaw's Statement Under Oath Shows That Item Recently Printed
in This Paper Was the "Correct Dope." & Erlanger have never
had the hold oin the theaters of
America that the newspapers 1hate
titen them. The story was al-
lowed to circulate because nobodv
felt inclined to deny it.  Klaw &
Erlanger are really in absolute
control of less than  forty  houses.'
The above statement was maide it the
news columns of this paper in the issue
of Feb. 27. When it appeared there was
a treat hullabaloo in the office of the
Svtldicate.  It was thought that tile
printitig of the truth might do Klaw &
irlanger harmt.
The Syndicate office was downrigit
mad that such a statement should be
generally circulated and when it was
copied by scores of dramatic editors and
commented upon by some city editors
the anger of those who felt themselves
injured knew no hounds.
The itentlwas printed in line withthe
policy of this paper to caii a spadea
spade. It was no desire of this paper
to injure Klaw & Erianger. If THE
SI()WV WORLD had been in error in
makitng the statement the  Syndicate
would have had good grounds for mak-
ing a kick. But THE SIOW WORLD
was not in error, according to testi-
Inonv given last week by Marc Klaw,
who was under oath to tell the truth.
Klaw Under Oath.
The tnunber of titeaters iml whici the
Stndicate is interested camte ttip in con-
nection with the suit against the New
York Press for libel.  The  attorney
asked Mare Klaw if it was true that
Klai  & Erlanger were interested in
seven or eight hundred theaters.
"There are different kinds of inter-
est," replied Nir. Klaw.
-Ownership. lease and contract, said
the  attore ..
'1 es," replied Mr. Klaw. if he is
quoted correctly by the Morni Tele-
graph, - wehad interest in twenty play-
houses although we booked shows for
other theaters, yet we were merely the
ageit for tetheater owners."
THE SHOW WORLD wvas right,
then. Klaw & Erlaiger do not control
eight hundred theaters. They do not
control seven hundred. Nor six hn-
dred. Nor five hundred.    Nor tour
1mndred. Nor three hundred. Nor two
hundred. Nor one hundred.
Nor half a hundred.
The news item   in THE     SiHO\V
WORLD was more than fair to Klaw
& Erlanger, then. for it gave thern
credit  for  controllitng  "less  thatt  forty
Mr. Klai states under oath that the
ttimiberwas twentt.
The attorney asked Klaw if he re-
toentbered testifying at the previou
hearing that Klaw & Erlatger were itt-
terested in only 175 theaters. He then
called to Klaw's attention an interview
with Erlanger, printed itt a London
newspaper, tn which that manager said
that Klaw & Erlanger were itterested
in TOO or 800 theaters in the United
States. Asked if that statement was the
fact, Klaw said: "There is a question
as to wiat you call interested. I should
say ve did not."
What THE SHfOW WORLD prints
in its news columns and what Mare
Klaw testifies to under oath t1UST
Because Mr. Erlanger leads the pub-
lic to believe that he controls the ma-
jority of the theaters in the United
States does not make it so. He has
nothite to do  with  the  vaudeville
hloue- furlther thanl  the  Mutual interet
of managers. IHe has nothing to do
wxith the Stair & Havlin hotuses. He
has nothing to do with the two bur-
lesqte wheels. He has nothing to do
ith the theaters in the middle west.
I-e has no interest in the hundreds of
dramatic houses except acting as book-
ing agect. He nerely represents thea-
ter, of New England, the coast and
the south. le represents theater own-
ers and iis; ptter does not exceed
that  of  tho e  ttiw o  created  his  posi-
Kut &   Erlanger have great power
ii  tdie  ai setttent  world.  It is a  ques-
tion whether they have used thiis pow-
cr wrongfully or not. Onl this matter
opinions   differ.  THE     SHOW
WORLD said that 'they have never
1had the told on the theaters that the
newspapers have given them," that
"the story was allowed to circulate be-
cause nobod felt inclined to deny it.''
THE SHOW       WORLD     made these
statements ott Feb. 27. Marc Klatv
SWORE that they were true in A-pril
1lo\\a Falls. Iowa, April 26.
Henry I). Harris, the manager of a
iin iber of first clas  road  attractions,
has inaugurated a new rule which de-
lies  adis'sioi  to  representatives  of
any of tite dramatic papers until the
11rst curitain when  the  newspaper
representative. iay te admitted and
teay take a seat if there are any and
it not stand up. It is stated by Mr.
Ifarris' miatagers that the draiatic
papers do the   attraction  no good
whatever and that they are under no
obligationts to extend the usual cour-
tesies as long as there is a chance of
-elling a seat.-FOSTER.
laI I aill '.  tow . April 28.
The Gre at Shortridge show, which
is to lie put out this season by F. M.
Shortridge. late of the Buster Brown
(etstern), will open itt iowa, May
:1. Manager Shortridge ha', booked
att  excellent cast  for  repertoire
and will have a band and orchestra
of tite highest class. Harry Hopping,
who is well known for his excellent
work in advance of a number of the
beit road 'oimpanies, will be ahead
of ti Shortridge show.-FOSTER.
Miinieapoli.N Minn.. April 28.
- telegramn received by MIanager T.
L. Hays of the Bijou fronm A. W. Ding-
wall. denie, the rumors of a possible
breakintg  p of the Stair & Haylin cir-
cuit and states that no change will le
made next season itt their the-
aters, of which  the  Bijou  in  this city  is
one. R-BARNES,
Empire State Forbids Immoralities.
Albany, X. Y., April 22.
The Travis and the Murphy bills went
to Governor Htighes tonight after hav-
ing passed the Senate by a good ma-
jority, and will probably wxin his signa-
turc. Tie former bill prohibits theaters
or place of public autist ent from
presenting anything that will tend to
corrupt the morals of youths, while the
latter makes it a ttitdemieanor for tiny
person to put upon a billboard or fence
or building, any placard of an indecent
Leaves Cort Management.
Florence Roberts has stated that this
will be her List season with John Cort.
N'hen her tour draws to ain end. which
will not be until September, she will
lo to New York and take a long rest.
Big Manchester Park Swings Its
Gates for Special Occasion and
Crowds Flock to Attrac-
Manchester, Etglanid, April .
J. Calvin iBirown opened the Witet
itv for Easter week with frce sacr l
coIncerts ott Good Friday an Ea'tr
Sttnday, when the law prevented tih
iaking of aiy charge for admissi
The move was so     popular with tie
better class of people that ie has de-
cded to keep it up and give frie cont
certs every Sunday during the sumi-
mer season. An old Lacahire fes
tival cailled the "Black  Inlt ha
in recent years been   lortitted t,
degenerate into a whisky orgi. It
Brown decided that ie wouild raise it
to a higher standard thain it eter en-
joyed andi he offered hea y mtone
prizes for tie best representation,
the famouts old kitght and also ot-
fered to give half his gate receipt, to
local charities. On Easter M1otnday
the pageant paraded the streets o
Ashton and of Manchester and as
,emibled at the White City where all
the ancient  rites  and  ceremonies
were solemnly performed even to tie
hurning iSn effigy of the infamous oh!
Ktight, Sir Ralph de Assieton. ill
the forenoon a heavy rain interfered
wtth the day's proceedig"s ebutnti
atetrttoottthe weather cearedttp iite
became very brilhiant and sotte 40,(O00
ieople ptii admission to the grouini
and for eight hours every show an
ridiiig device inl White City did an
actual turnl away business.Wh
clining time cate at 11 o'clockl
lines  of  people  vere  still waiting at
the Scenic. the Chutes, the Aquaraies
and the Figure 8, while all the oter
show, were packed.
Mr. Brown goes to Nancy. France
on Monday, to remain until te open-
ing of the International Expositi.i
May 1. and he will rtsh back to Alan
chtester to start the White City on it-
third regtlar season May15.
CORT LOST $4,000
Salt Lake City\ April 2,
Johii Cort is not to give p the Grati
opera house in Ogden without a fight.
according to the statement of B. F.
Grant, manager of the Cort interests iii
Utah. He claims that Cort has a ver-
hal contract for a lease on the Gralf
for the next five years, and that, whi
ie does not now desire to hold the
house, he does propose to have hi
He says he has carte blanche front
Cort to handle the Ogden situation, and
that ie will have a niew house in O-
den before the opening of the seasoi
Just what this house will h) or wihre
it will ie locatel Mr. Grant otuld nt
say. He said his people lost $4,000 to
Ogden during the season now drawie
to a close, and for that reason they are
not worrying over   the  loss of the
A Deal in Harmony Row.
New York. \pril 22
Shapiro this day has cloed a deal hy
which ihe becomes the ownie ,f the COs
han and Harris Music Publihingt firin
and their catalog will hereafter bear is
signature. It is not stated what price
he paid for this acquisition, but it i
generally believed that this i. oneof
the largest deals in Tin-Pan Alley tor
many   moons.    The   enterprise ot
Shapiro has often been tie ause o
commendatory comment, but this g"es
one ibetter thai anything he ias pre-
viotsly accomnplisied--WAITER.
New Publishing Company.
Princeton, Ind., April 27
A1 new music publishing compan,"y ha'
heen organized here under the lnme 0
the Ewing Music Cotttpaiy. and ili
establish an office it either Chicago Or
Cleveland in the near future. Sam
Ewing, composer of quite a uimber of
popular songs and instrumentalt111t
hers, is at the ital of the coltpaly.
May 1,19og.

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