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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(July 17, 1909)

[Masthead],   p. [3]


Stockholders ask for an accounting,   p. [3]


The Show World sold with Sells-Floto show,   p. [3]


Warfare may change the theatrical map,   pp. [3]-4


Page [3]

Volume V-No. 4
SNOW'S CREDITORS TO
MEET ATTROYOJULY 30.
Actor-Manager's Creditors Likely to
Come to Settlement-Largest
Account is $1,500.
SCHENECTADY, N. Y., July 14.
-The creditors of Mortimer Snow,
the actor-manager, will meet before
Referree in Bankruptcy Edwin King
in Troy July 30. The actor-manager
filed a petition in bankruptcy June
30 and was declared a bankrupt on
July 2 by Judge Ray in the United
States District Court. Attorney James
Britt, of Albany, appears for Snow.
Several of the items included in the
schedules are the result of unsuccess-
ful attempts at stock in Schenectady
at the Mohawk Theater in 1905 and
at the Lyceum in Troy. The liabili-
tiesaregiven at$5,000 andthe assets
as nothing.
Among the creditors are:   Hotel
Albany, New York, $300; John Pear-
son, $1,500; Myers, cigars, New Or-
leans, loan, $500; Frielaner Brothers,
jewelers, $300; William Hepner, wigs,
$25; Albany Telegram, $180; Troy
Record, $125; Troy Engraving Com-
pany, $125; Troy Bill Posting Com-
pany, $260; Troy Press, $190.-WM.
J. HEALY.
K. & E. Get Theater.
NEW YORK, July 13.-The Em-
pire theater, in Providence, has been
leased by the Empire circuit to the
J. B. Sparrow Theatrical and Amuse-
ment Company, and, bezinning Sept.
1, will be booked by Klaw & Er-
langer.
CHICAGO
STOCKHOLDERS ASK
FOR AN ACCOUNTING
Plaintiffs in Action Allege That Joseph Beifeld Has Used White
City Park Company for His Personal Profit-
Defendant Calls Charges "Groundless"
W. F. Merle, a director and stock-
holder of White City, and J. D. Mur-
phy, a stockholder, in the White City
Construction Company, which owns
the White City park, are asking for
an accounting from Joseph Beifeld,
president of the park company, of all
financial dealings with the company,
and the case has been up in the cir-
cuit court this week.
Personal Profits Alleged.
The plaintiffs in the action allege
that Mr. Beifeld, who is also president
of the Sherman House Hotel com-
pany, has used the park company for
his personal profit without rendering
payment to the company of money
due.
"I believe that Mr. Beifeld, who
with his friends controls a majority
of the stock of the park company,
owes the company not less than $100,-
000," Mr. Merle is quoted as saying.
"In the first place he was granted
the exclusive restaurant and bar con-
cessions at the park, as well as
allowed the exclusive handling of pea-
nuts, candy, popcorn, and soft drinks.
In his contract he was to build the
College inn at the park and was to
repay himself for its cost from the
percentages which he agreed to pay
the park for his concessions.
Objects to the Cost.
"The percentage due the park on all
the concessions was 25 per cent of
the gross receipts from everything
except  the  restaurant  privileges,
which wereatobe free. Heohas sub-
mitted astatement of the cost of the
building, which amounts almost to
$130,000. He included in this furni-
ture and everything in the building,
which the park should not have to
pay for. I am certain that the whole
of the improvements and furnishings
could be obtained for not to exceed
$94,000. He has rendered a bill to
the construction company for $15,000
for remodeling the inn, which the
company has no call to pay."
Mr. Merle says that Mr. Beifeld
has taken other concessions, includ-
ing the ice cream cone business, the
confetti and milk sales, without mak-
ing proper returns to the company.
He asserts that the moving picture
(Continued on page 28.)
July 17, 1909
HARRY CONNOR WANTS
$30,000FROMSCARLE.
"Richard Himself"is Asked toPay
Former Employee Nearly Two
Years' Salary.
Richard Carle and Charles Marks,
his manager, are named as defendants
in a suit brought by John Henry
O'Connor, who, known to the stage
as Harry Connor, may be recalled as
the leading man in "Mary's Lamb"
when it was first produced by Carle,
at the Walnut Street theater, Phila-
delphia, the latter alleging that Carle
and Marks owe him $30,000 back sal-
ary on a broken contract. The case
may be called in the Chicago courts
next Tuesday.
According  to  "Harry   Connor's"
claim, he was engaged in October,
1907, to play the lead in "Mary's
Lamb" at $300 a week and the con-
tract was for two years. On Novem-
ber 11, the same year, he says the
managers paid him $1,800 and dis-
missed him.
It may be remembered that Carle
himself took Connor's place in the
show after the latter left it.
Actor Is Demented.
PENSACOLA, Fla., July 12.-Fred-
erick Robson, formerly with the Rob-
son amusement company, which broke
up at Mobile, Ala., was placed in jail
here while in a demented condition.
The man had his suit case in his hand
and was wandering through    some
swamps near town. His home is said
to be in Cincinnati.
THE SHOW WORLD SOLD WARFARE MAY CHANGE
WITH SELLS-FLOTO SHOW                         THE THEATRICAL MAP
Performers with the Consolidated Enterprises Can Secure Them Fight Between Syndicate and Western Manager's Assumes
of Park Prentiss-the Mail Man      Peculiar Phase-Latter May Have Shut " Open Door"
W. E. Franklin, general manager of
the Sells-Floto show, stated on Tues-
day afternoon at the Windsor-Clifton
hotel in Chicago, in the presence of
the general agent of another circus
and Ed. C. Warner, railroad con-
tractor of the Sells-Floto show, that
The Show World could be sold with
that show and intimated that the pa-
per would be welcome "on the lot."
He suggested that the paper be for-
warded to the show this week as be-
fore and accordingly copies of the
paper are being forwarded to Park
Prentiss, mail man of the circus.
This will be goca news for the
readers of this paper with the Sells-
Floto show, who have been forced
togo to news-stands to secure copies
andin rare instances have been de-
prived of their favorite amusement
weekly.
W. E. Franklin, who is a careful
reader of amusement journals, and who
is said to have been partly responsi-
ble for the formation of the policy
of at least one of them, manifested
a great interest in the success of The
Show World, which is reproduced in
another place in this issue.
Pantages Secures Miles Theater?
MINNEAPOLIS      July  12.-Local
theatrical gossip has it that the Miles
will be on the Pantages circuit this
coming season and it is understood
that Ike Speers, who has been the
manager, will not be with the house.
The Miles will be the first house to
reopen. their date being August 2.-
W. C. BARNES.
GUS SUN'S AUTOMOBILE
STOLEN AT CLEVELAND.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 13.-
While Gus Sun and his partner C.
G. Murray and their families were
stopping at the Hollenden hotel,
thieves stole Gus Sun's $5,000 Peer-
less automobile, which was standing
at the entrance. The party was on a
tour through the state.-CHARLES
F. YOUNG.
Henry G. Marks a Suicide.
ALBANY, N. Y., July 12.-Henry
G. Marks, secretary of the Hudson
& Mohawk Amusement Company, a
pleasure resort near Green Island, a
suburb of this city, committed suicide
on Saturday and his body lay undis-
covered in a clump of bushes within
ear-shot of hundreds of merry pleas-
ure seekers. Marks left letters saying
that he was tired of life. He was a
director of the Pines Recreation Com-
pany and other amusement enterprises
recently incorporated.-CARDOZE.
The principal topic of conversation
among one-night stand showmen at
this time is the fight being waged by
the Western Managers' Association
to maintain what has been styled an
"Open Door" policy. The struggle is
the more interesting because the the-
atrical map of the future depends
largely upon the outcome. A. L. Er-
langer has dominated the dramatic
end of the theatrical business for so
long that many have concluded that
no one can successfully oppose his
sway. Whether or not this is the
case will be determined within the
next year and if he loses in his strug-
gle with those who now oppose him
there will likely be desertions from
the ranks which will end his days of
bossism. It is possible that the ap-
praisement of Erlanger's strength,
made by those who have confidence
in him, is not overestimated. He has
a wonderful power of organization
and an amazing control of men. The
only indication he has given that he
felt uneasy is the series of apologies
for the Syndicate now running in the
Morning Telegraph-the writer has
not read the articles in question nor
has he heard them discussed, but. like
the general public, concludes that vir-
tue does not need to be proclaimed
from the house tops.
On the face of it the fight between
the Western Managers and the Klaw
& Erlanger office would appear to be
one of "right" against "might," and
this leads the unprejudiced chronicler
of amusement happenings to state that
"right" has not always prevailed in.
the  theatrical world. Instead  of
"right" against "might," an expres-
sion which better describes the con-
test, but which must not be taken as
a reflection upon the individual com-
batants, is the familiar saw, "dog eat
dog."
Not Much to Lose.
The theaters controlled  by  the
Western Managers have not been par-
ticularly profitable in recent years, if
the reports which traveling managers
make are to be relied upon. This be-
ing true, there is not so much at stake
as if a money-making season was
looked forward to. If the Western
Managers fail to get "Ben Hur" and
the half a dozen other Klaw & Er-
langer attractions this year, it will
not put them out of business. If Mr.
Erlanger should attempt to keep other
managers from playing the time it
would be a more serious matter and
consequently interest is awakened in
a contest for supremacy which may
mean much to the theatrical world.
(Continued on page 4.)
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