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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 25, 1909)

"The Girl in Blue" stopped by police,   pp. 29-30


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September 25, 1909.
THE SHOW WORLD
CHICAGO AGENTS ARE
BLACKLISTED FOR LIFE.
(Continuedl from page 3.)
of L, 0. Jack, Ed. Muehlner and Charles
Kelley, which 'sas sent to confer with
Agents Cox, Brown and Lang, asked for
more ti, e in the Lang matter. It was
granted. Agents C,;x and Brown are
no longer on the unfair sheet. The com-
mittee, consisting of L. 0. Jack, Charles
Kelley and F. J. Schneider, which con-
ferred with Agent Doyle, reported that
Doyle said he woull book acts for twen-
ty dpllars that were not worth more. He
informed the committee that the man-
agers refused to pay more for the acts
that they knew would work for that
price. It was said Doyle was paying but
few acts below the union scale. Talks
on Doyle were made by Colonel Owens,
"Paddy" Shea. Tom Morrissey, Albert
E. Markham, L. 0. Jack, Chairman Ric-
ardo and George Thompson
Markham in his talk created a laugh
when he quoted a recent reference to
"my little wife" in ', daily paper, and
followed it with the statement that he
had a uniform scale contract with Doyle,
despite that the latter had called him
a "wild agitator."  Markham   showed
sincerity in his remarks from the fer-
vid 4irit iV_-which he registered them
and give his candid opinion of some of
the agents. This opinion was not the
least bit flattering.
Theaters Want Acts.
Lew Jack said that more than 300 of
the 475 theaters playing vaudeville in
Chicago wanted acts and were willing to
pay the union scale and more. He said
that signatures of the managers had
been secured to that effect.
Chairman Ricardo, after the artists
had "roasted Doyle to a frizzle," said
that numerous contracts had been sent
back to Doyle and that a subsequent
investigation of two weeks' time showed
conclusively that Doyle was not work-
ing in harmony with the artists or the
union.
George Thompson endeavored to have
the artists give Doyle plenty of time,
but his argument had no effect, as the
motion was made and carried that if
Doyle didn't come to time in a week
that his head would De lopped off in the
same manner as Washburne and Irving,
of the United Booking association.
Washburne's Letter to Union.
Business Agent Ed. Stout read a
communication from the United Book-
ingassociation, signed by General Man-
ager Washburne. The latter said that
the union had twice made the mistake
of playing his office on the unfair list,
as thorough investigation had proved
that no evidence had been held against
the U. B. A. The communication de-
nied that any act had gone through his
office since September 6 for less than
the new schedule, unless in one or two
cases, where the artists failed to come
to the office to have their contracts
changed. Regarding the "three splits a
week," he said the house had never had
such a policy since its inception.
Regarding Henderson and Sheldon's
act, he said he had signed them above
the old scale, taking Ed. Stout's word
that they were able to deliver the goods.
He says he took this act at the latter's
word, paid the salary increase and not-
withstanding that the act did not be-
long to the union.
Washburne Makes Denial.
Washburne, under his own signature.
said his office had never been consuelt-
ed since It was placed on the unfair
list and that he would gladly receive
any artists or responsible committees
that might be sent to his office for in-
formation. He said that certain letters
which the union had, had not been sent
out of his office. In conclusion, Wash-
burne stated that the books of the asso-
claticn were open to the union.
After some "hot shots" had been tak-
en at the United Booking association,
Markham rose to his feet and made a
motion that Washburne and Irving be
placed on the black list forever.
Artists Give Opinions.
George Thompson here interpolated a
few remarks, saying the artists had
better give the United Booking associa-
tion  another  chance, but objections
came hot and heavy.    Artist Mure
gave vent to his pent-up feelings In the
matter and told of how he had played
the first house the association had, and
howhbehad been Instrumental In bring-
Ing seven houses Into the fold. George
Parker. who generally makes some long,
rapid-fire speeches, said he would only
take a few minutes. He asked that the
artists not place the United Booking as-
sociation on the unfair list forever, but
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just long enough to teach the men be-
hind it a lesson.
Washburne and Irving Under Life Ban.
Markham again got the floor and
said:  "I'll remodel my motion and
make it read the next five years, instead
of for life."  His original motion car-
ried, however, without a single dissent-
ing vote.
Markham got busy again and made a
motion that a committee of five be ap-
pointed to wait on Frank Doyle im-
mediately at his office at 92 LaSalle
street. The motion was carried, and
Chairman Ricardo named Lew Jack,
Tom Morrissey, Charles Kelley, "Paddy"
Shea and F. J. Schneider, the men re-
FILM RELEASES
(Licensed Manufacturers.)
MONDAY.
Biograph.-In old Kentucky, dra-
matic, 983 ft.
Pathe.-Aviation Contests at
Rheims, educational, 607 ft.; Caught
in His Own Trap, comedy, 374 ft.
Selig.-The Bachelor's Visit, com-
edy, 775 ft.; False Alarm, comedy,
175 ft.
Lubin.-When Woman Hates, dra-
matic, 750 ft.
TUESDAY.
Edison.-The Ordeal, dramatic, 950
ft.
Vitagraph.-The Unspoken Good-
bye, dramatic, 425 ft.; The Siren's
Necklace, comedy, 530 ft.
Gaumont.-Saved From the Quick-
sands, dramatic, 600 ft.; Taking a
Reef, comedy, 380 ft.
WEDNESDAY.
Essanay.-Gratitude, dramatic, 950
ft.
Pathe.-The Tower of Nesle, Art
Film, dramatic, 1,088 ft.
Gaumont.-Dropped from the
Clouds, comedy, 240 ft.; The Legend
of the Lighthouse, tragedy, 770 ft.
THURSDAY.
Biograph.-A Fair Exchange, dra-
matic, 995 ft.
ceiving instructions to inform Agent
Doyle to stop issuing contracts below
the union scale or face the unfair list.
President Fitzgerald Speaks.
After the committee had departed,
President Fitzgerald of the Chicago
Federation of Labor was introduced. He
spoke on "Trades' Unions."  President
Fitzgerald said that he had been anxious
to attend the meetings of the artists
and fully expected to be on hand before,
but pressing businessengagements pre-
vented. He said he was handicapped,
as his voice wasout ofketer, but that
he would try and explain a few things
of vital interest to the union and ar-
tists.
He nrged the artists to get out and
do things or else they would become
nonentities, and he felt sure that they
wouldn't want to be placedIn that Cate-
gory. He said the only way for the
union to accomplish the desired restults
was to weed out this and that point,
tending to retard their progress, develop
ideas and formulate others; that it
could not get a smooth-running mna-
chine withouit time and effort.
Comments in General Way.
He said that if certain plans failed
that it was up to the members to find
out the reasons and improve them in a
new  way.   He said that the failure
would not kill the ability and energy of
the union and that sooner or later it
would get on the right track and become
master of the situation.
Mr. Fitzgerald sala that while he was
not conversant with the present strife
between the artists and agents, that he
would comment on the matter in a gen-
eral way from the point of union affilia-
tion. He said the actors' organization
is a very old one, dating long before
Christ, and that from its inception the
OF THE WEEK
Lubin.- The Conquering Hero, com-
edy, 730 ft.; Stricken Blind, dramatic,
990 ft.
FRIDAY.
Kalem.-The Winning Boat, dra-
matic, 965 ft.
Pathe.-Careless Tramp, comedy,
574 ft.; Caucasian Customs, educa-
tional, 387 ft.
Edison.-Love and War, dramatic,
400 ft.; True Love Never Runs
Smoothly, comedy, 230 ft.; A Knight
for a Night, comedy, 370 ft.
SATURDAY.
Vitagraph.-Fantine, dramatic, 995
ft.
Pathe.-Servant's Good Joke, com-
edy, 548 ft.; Trained Birds, educa-
tional, 397 ft.
Gaumont.-All for a Nickel, com-
edy, 404 ft.; On the Crest of the
Waves, dramatic, 554 ft.
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THURSDAY.
Phoenix.-Nobody Love's a Fat
Man, comedy, 950 ft.
FRIDAY.
N.rY. M. P. Co.-Te Squaw's Sac-
rifice, dramatic, 1,000 ft.
performers, despite handicaps, had been
able to steam out and connive to shake
off the things they did not want and get
those they did want.
He said that the union should be
thankful of the opportunity to meet in
the open as it did Tuesday, and thereby
devise a practical way to meet the situ-
ation. He said the artists had the same
opposition as in other years, the propo-
sition being as old as the world.
Recalls Dark, Dim Past.
He commented on the classes of the
dark, dim past when there were two In
existence, the aristocratic and the slave.
He said the latter had to keep the for-
mer and that thousands of lives had
been sacrificed because that one class
didn't want to bedominated by the oth-
er. He quoted Abraham Lincoln's words
on the labor and capital question and
that the actors and artists oftoday were
being dictated to in an arrogant man-
ner.  Mr. Fitzgerald said that condi-
tions. however, were better than in oth-
er years. which fact he attributed to the
work of predecessors. He said: "Why
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'Well done.' We are duty bound not t
let it reiterate. We should make som
sacrifice for our cause."
Relation of Unions.
He spoke at lengthon theimportance
of organization, and said that nothing
could be gained by individuals standing
alone. He said the artists should dic-
tate terms under which they labor, if
such are just and within the bounds of
reason. He spoke on the relation be-
tween the Actors' union to the other
unions and the Chicago Federation of
Labor.   He also said that the Actors'
union could make an integral part of the
great labor movement of Chicago. At
the conclusion of his speech, the union
tendered Mr. Fitzgerald a vote of thanks
and gave him three lusty cheers.
Committee Report- on 3ole.
Meanwhile the committee, sent to see
Doyle, returned, and it was called on fo,
a report.   "Paddy" Shea was the firs
speaker. He said that Doyle told the
committee that he was going to run hil
business to suit himself and that they
could go to a warmer climate as far
as he was concerned in the matter. Re-
garding   the  unfair list proposition,
Shea said that Doyle told him and the
committee members that if they put
him on the black list that he would
land some of them in jail. Shea said, de-
spite his sixty-one years, he would glad.
ly go to jail for the cause. Committee.
man Schneider reiterated Shea's state.
meat, and said that Doyle claimed h,
had afew houseshthatwouldn't pay te
union scale. Morrissey and Jack, of h-
committee, were called on and simpiy
corroborated the others' statements.
T. P. Quinn Gives Advice.
T. P. Quinn, who knows history from
A to 7 cnd is equally as familiar will
the labor movement and is prominenth
identified with the workings of the Chi-
cago Federation of Labor, was called
on for a speech and responded with a
talk that was well received.
Mr. Quinn urged the artists to be
vere careful in putting anyone on the
unfair list and to use every channe.
possible to get the agents and managers
to come to time before any drastic
measures were taken. He gave the ar-
tists many valuable pointersand urged
them to use discretion atall times and
not dull the strong weapon that they
had in their hands. He said there were
many ways the union could belittle its
power.
Quinn Loudly Chneered.
He also spoke on the influence of
organization and substantiated the pre-
-ious statements of President Fitzger-
ald.  Mr. Quinn was also given three
cheers when he had finished. Both he
and Mr. Fitzgerald were frequently in.
terrupted with hearty applause.
The artists decided to hold another
open meeting next Tuesday afternoon.
and it is likely that there will be a
prominent sneaker present.
Artists True to Union.
At the last meeting it was announced
that among those playing dates in
vaudeville below the scale were Alice
'Tiffee. comedienne; Hall and O'Brien,
and Tom Gale, but it was shown that
these artists were still loyal to the
union, and that they had been out of
the city filling engagements at the union
scale of wages. An erroneous impres-
sion had been made, but Miss Tiffee.
Tom Gale and Hall were at Tuesday's
meeting and emphatically denied being
unfair to the union. The ShowWorld
gladly takes the space to right these
.".   o- the eyes of their union broth-
ers and sisters.
"Buck" Massie in Town.
H. L. ("Buck") Massie was in Chi-
cago this week. He has been in Eng-
land for the past nine months, work
ing for Chet Crawford in the latter'
roller rinks. He was manager at the
Olympia rink, London, for some time.
Upon his return to America he went to
Denver, where he remained for a few
weeks, thence coming to Chicago. From
here he will go to visit his mother in St.
Louis and later may go to Mexico for an
amusement company.
"Buck" states that the big English
rinks  mrad e  large  money   for thieir
stockholders and although the nglish-
men are still sspicious of Yankeeen
terprise. the few  energetic YankeesOr,
the other side of the pond are walkitn
away with the coin.
Operators LoseLicenses.
Gus Tank. 2234 Barry avenue, and
Earl Tompkins, 40 Pearson street, Pic-
ture operators, had their licenrses re-
voked Tuesday on complaint ofWilliam
H. Havill, pres ident of the boar Of
examiners. ItIs charged thateach hd
a film In the machine while the ftre
magazine was open.


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