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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)

Shuberts shows are shut out of Decatur,   p. 22


Actor and newspaper engage in hot fight,   p. 22


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THE SHOW
October 30, g,
WORLD
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SHUBERTS SHOWS ARE
SHUT OUT OF DECATUR
Announcement of a New Theater in That Town Brings About
the Closing of the "The Open Door"
ACTOR AND NEWSPAPER
ENGAGE IN HOT FIGHT
Willard Mack to Bring Suit for Damages Against Salt Lake
Paper Because of Alleged Libel
DECATUR, Ill., Oct. 25.-Decatur is
to have no more Shubert attractions. It
is understood that the Shuberts will
build a theater here in the near future.
Until this announcement was made, the
Powers' opera house management had
been standing on neutral ground, al-
though it presents a majority of the
Klaw & Erlanger shows.
The first cancellation of the Shubert
attractions was that of the company
which was to have sung "Carmen," with
Joseph Sheehan starring, last Wednes-
day night, and which almost resulted
in a lawsuit.
Wandering Fiddler Here.
Errac, "the wandering fiddler," awell
known White Rat, arrived in Chicago
this week, after completing a success-
ful engagement over the Inter-State
time, and will remain here until he ar-
ranges for his bookings for the win-
ter. He will likely play western time.
Errac jumped to Chicago from Galves-
ton, where his act scored a hit. Errac,
who came to America from the London
Music Hall, was formerly a member of
some of the leading symphony orches-
tras and musical organizations of the
country, but Is now appearinginvaude-
ville with a violin specialty, In which
he impersonates an old street musician.
He also does some interesting talking
in his act. Errac suffered a great loss
over a year ago, his wife dying, and
since her demise he has traveled ex-
tensively, playing the big houses here
and there, finding consolation in his vio-
lin music and incidentally giving pleas-
ure and happiness to his hearers, as his
soul seems to be wrapped up in his
work. Errac is a charter member of
the Pen and Pencil Club of Philadelphia.
He has not been in Chicago for some
time and is receiving a warm welcome
from his old friends.
OMAHA CRITIC ROASTS
"THE RED MILL" SHOW.
Reviewer Says That the AttractionDoes
Not Deserve Serious
Consideration.
OMAHA, Oct. 25.-"'The Red Mill'
ground twice at the Boyd theater on
Sunday, Oct. 18, and passed on," writes
the critic of the Omaha Bee. "Perhaps
that were enough to say. The lines of
the piece are still very funny, the mu-
sic is wonderfully sweet, the songs are
good and the pictures are pretty. But
Messrs. Emery & Martin are apparently
outfitted for a long tour over the 'death
circuit.' The company is so very pat-
ently of the one-night stand variety
that it doesn't deserve serious consid-
eration. Messrs. Swor and Wood work
hard to get some life into the parts as-
signed to them, and Mr. Hartberg is
natural and very funny as Wilhelm, the
innkeeper. Mr. McClain sings 'Every
Day Is Ladies' Day with Me' with good
effect, and Miss Harvey gives 'Just Be-
cause It's You' something like the ren-
dition it deserves. The rest of the af-
fair is rather sad. The stay was for
the two performances only."
Norris & Rowe Sell Out?
LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 26.-It is re-
ported that Charles Gondorf has pur-
chased the Norris & Rowe Circus, that
the aggregationawill make a tour south,
remaining out another six weeks, and
will winter at Lexington, Ky.
Declare aDividend.
URBANA, Ill, Oct. 20.-At the second
annual meeting of the Illinois theater
company held yesterday the usual divi-
dend of 10 per cent was declared and
ordered paid.
SALT LAKE, Oct. 25.-For libelous
publications, growing out of a war fol-
lowing a disagreement between the man-
agement of the Grand theater and the
dramatic critic of the Herald-Republi-
can over passes, Willard Mack has in-
structed his attorneys to institute suit
for damages. The paper began its at-
tack by publishing a number of articles
belittling the Pelton and Smutzer inter-
ests, and the Grand answered by with-
drawing its advertising, at the same
time publishing prominently in its pro-
grams, "Because of its despicable un-
fairness to this theater, we do not ad-
vertise in the Herald-Republican." Some
days ago the paper attacked the Wil-
lard Mack Company, charging that the
members were on the point of rebel-
lion because of unpaid salaries. Man-
ager A. B. Jenson and Mr. Mack state
positively that all salaries are paid up
to the minute, and the entire company
have published a statement over their
signatures, affirming this to be true.
The fight has aroused much interest,
and as it involves the question as to
whether a newspaper can keep up a
systematic knocking with impunity, the
result will be eagerly watched.-JOHN-
SON.
NEW SHOW AT WHITNEY
NEXT SUNDAY NIGHT.
Farce With Music Called "They moved
a Lassie," with Charles E. Evans
and Alice Yorke as Costers.
Sunday night there will be revealed
for the first time on any metropolitan
stage a new farce with music, called
"They Loved a Lassie." The piece is
by George Arliss, the well-known Eng-
lish actor, and Benjamin Hapgood Burt.
As in the case of his past successes,
"A Knight for a Day" and "A Broken
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the first peep at "They Loved a Lassie."
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as the name. "They Loved a Lassie,"
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the scene of which is laid in Scotland,
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and arrangement of musical numbers,
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"You're My Little Annie Laurie," "The
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Alice Yorke, Forrest Huff, Helena Phll-
lips, Amy     Hamlin, Joseph    Merrick,
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