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(November 6, 1909)

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Volume V-No. 20
BINLINGS ARE SUED
FOR AN ENORMOUS SUM
Revenue Collector Begins Action  in
Texas for $13,000 Alleged to Be
Due for Back Taxes.
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 3.-The state of
Texas has brought suit here againstthe
Ringling Brothers' circus for the sum
of $13,000, alleged to be due for back
taxes. The show gave two perform-
ances here last Friday.
The circus wenttoSanAntonio
from here and thence to Houston, and
from the latter place it goes to other
alties in eastern Texas.
'UCKENFUSS AGREES
TO USE NEW CONTRACT.
Interstate Amusement Company Will
I Try the Recent Form of Agree-
ment for a Time at
Least.
As exclusively mentioned In last
week's Show World, B. S. Muckenfuss,
s of the managers in the Interstate
Amusement company, has agreed to the
use of the new form of contract as
sanctioned by the state labor commis-
sion, official announcement of its adop-
ion by that company was made at the
meeting of the commission on last Fri-
day. The Interstate Amusement com-
pany, through its president, Karl Hob-
lizelle, sent a written communication to
William H. Cruden, chief inspector, say-
ing that after giving it careful consid-
eration, would give the contract a fair
and partial trial, with the understand-
Ing, however, that if certain things
prove highly detrimental in different
ways, that the company would make
Just complaint to the commission.
After the communication had been to
the commission, Harry Mountford, of
the White Rats, said that inasmuch as
the company had agreed to use the con-
tract that he withdrew his objections
and consequently the matter was amic-
ably settled.
TAMEN AND BONFILS
BUY KANSAS CITY POST.
Proprietors of the Denver Post Purchase
Well nown Journal and Will Have
Brand New Building.
Messrs. H. H. Tammen and F. G. Bon-
is, associate proprietors of the Denver
Post, Denver, Colo., and owners of the
Selle-Floto shows, have purchased the
Kansas City Post in Kansas City, Mo.,
and are installing what is claimed to
be the largest press in the world, built
by R. Hoe & Co., of New York. Under
its new management the Kansas City
Post will move into a brand new build-
lin nKansas City and operations un-
der the new regime will be Inaugurated
thelatter partofDecember.
PATAGES SAID TO BE
AFTER BUTTE ORPEU3L
BUTTE,Mont.,Oct. 11.-Friday night
Saw the close ofthe Orpheum vaudeville
theater, pursuant to orders issued about
ten daysago. How longthehousewill
remaindarkwill remaina mystery here
until S. & C. give the word. Numerous
reports have been circulating, one being
that it shortly will become a Pantages
theaer, as that manager, It Is pretty
well understood, has long wanted to
gain a substantial foothold here. Others
thinkthey "have it straight" that the
Sherts will beglad tograb the thea-
ter before anyone else has a chance, but
lt would seem as though the stage is
t'of sufficient size for their attrac-
limn, and the seating  capacity  too
Sall. Inthemeantimethose who lost
their Positions  continue  to  wonder.
Mianager Chester N. Sutton will be
Sat sarred to the Orpheum theater,
Sl Lake, In the same capacity, and
e ePt to assume hisnewdu      abut
t. 10.duisbt
"Rired Girl" Goes Broke.
171RBANA, Ill.
1        Illp , Nov. 2.-"The Hired
company hit upon the rocks at
LansPor, Ind., Saturday night. Man-
lier hsmor Of the Illinois received a
e thismorning stating the company
Twenty-to go on for lack of funds.
RtON.edthree people
oOWN            e  were  carried-
CHICAGO
ARTISTS LOOKING TO
FEDERATION OF LABOR
Action By This Body May Force Chicago Theaters to Unionize
at Once-Startling Developments Anticipated Soon
Within a fortnight, some startling de-
velopments are expected to materialize
in the fight of the Chicago Actors' Pro-
tective Union, No. 4, against the agents,
who refuse to pay the union scale of
wages, and as a result of the days of
bitter strife, it seems a certainty that
the theaters of Chicago must become
unionized or abide by the consequences.
The artists held another open meeting
Wednesday afternoon and after voicing
vehement objections against the methods
of certain agents, declared they would
stick to the union through thick and
thin.
Union Adopts Resolutions.
The union determined to triumph
over the agents, is playing a hand that
is giving the latter great concern and a
body blow was delivered Thursday when
the union drafted a set of resolutions
that will be presented by President Duke
Darrow and Secretary S. D. Ricardo to
the Chicago Federation of Labor at its
session next Sunday afternoon. These
resolutions will ask the federation to
take action in the matter and force the
houses to hang out the union sign. If
the federation supports the Actor's
Union in this matter, it means that
every house will have artists and opera-
tors, who must show    paid-up union
cards.
Union Makes Final Stand.
The hardest blow yet struck at the
agents, according to Secretary Ricardo,
will be made in the next two weeks, the
decision of the Chicago Federation of
Labor being the potent factor that is
liable to strike terror into the hearts of
the agents when it is made in the near
future. Houses that decline to enter
the union ranks will be declared un-
fair and from one on the inside there is
bound to be something doing until the
union acts and operators are recognized.
"To the victor belongs the spoils" and
now after years of struggling and
fighting, the union seems to be in a po-
sition at last to enjoy the fruits of a
grand victoryaover antagonistic and ag-
gressive managers and agents.
Artists Have Quiet Meeting.
The artists held the quietest meeting
of the year at No. 10 South Clark street,
Wednesday afternoon, but the opinion
prevailed that certain agents were not,
according to the artists and especially
those belonging to the union, giving
proper recognition. The artists claimed
that they had given the agents every
chance in the world to coincide with
their views regarding the increase in
salary and that it was now up to them
to face a more serious crisis. The union
members now have their hearts set on
one thing and that is the unionization
of the vaudeville theaters of Chicago.
Announcement was made at the meeting
Wednesday that the Gary, Ind., theaters
would play nothing but union acts, after
next Monday and it was enthusiastically
received.
Ricardo Corrects Impression.
Secretary Ricardo, who was appointed
chairman of the meeting, made some in-
teresting remarks.  He said that he
wished to correct the impression that
was going the rounds that Washburne
and Irving and Frank Q Doyle had been
taken off the unfair list. He said that
these booking agents were still under
the ban and that the union had taken
no official action regarding its removal.
Consequently the artists are supposed
to give the offices of the U. B. A. and
Frank Q. Doyle a wide berth until fur-
ther notice. Some of the artists regis-
tered complaint against Scigal and
o'riedlander regarding the booking of
some of their houses. Praise was be-
stowed upon the methods of the Majestic
Booking Agency and the men behind its
interests were commended on the stand
they had taken in the present fight.
Secretary Ricardo told the artists not to
pay any attention to anything that was
done or said by the newly formed asso-
ciation of the agents as he knew it was
not in a position to do them any real
harm.
Says Imported Acts Are Leaving.
Secretary Ricardo, who made some im-
portant statements, said that most of
the acts that had been imported into
Chicago by certain eastern agents were
rapidly returning to their eastern haunts
and inasmuch as every effort was being
made to unionize the houses of Chi-
there was very little liklihood of any
more imm igrations of artists from the
eastern fields as sound warnings have
oeen made through the advertising col-
umns of the dramatic publications of the
country asking all artists to become
thoroughly cognizant with the union
stuation in Chicago and to make them-
selves absolutely secure on the contract
proposition.
MOUNTFORD HAS WARM
SESSION WITH S. AND C.
White Rat Man Scores Agency for Alleged Violation of Em-
ployment Laws Before State Board of Commissioners
Claiming that the officials of the Chi-
cago office of the Sullivan & Considine
office were violating certain sections of
the state laws governing free employ-
ment offices and private employment
agencies, Harry Mountford, secretary to
the board of directors of the White Rats
of America, preferred charges against
them that resultedIn the state board of
commissioners of labor giving H. C.
Robertson, president of the International
Theatrical company, a chance to pre-
sent his side of the case at a public
hearing, which was held Friday, Oct. 29,
and that gentleman appeared in person,
although he was legallyrepresented by
Edward B. Healy. For some minutes
there were some Interesting Incidents
and before Attorney Healy and Mr.
Robertson withdrew, the former was
scored by Mountford to the extent that
Healy turned on him personally and
gave him "hot shots," which Mountford
seemingly enjoyed as he apparently won
his points In the case.
Violations Are Registered.
Mountford, In presenting his side of
the case, said the Sullvan & Considine
officeere did not keep a register, that
the agents did not wear badges as pre-
scribed by the law and that no receipt
was given to any of the applicants, who
entered their office. There were also
other objections made by Mountford.
Commissioner Cruden told of hisvisit to
the Sullivan & Considine office and on
cross-examination by Mountford some
of the latter's objections were sutaned.
Mr. Cruden said he found some things
In the S. & C. office that were all right,
but on Mountford's questioning, he
acknowledged that they were not In
strict accordance with the law. There
were repeatedInterruptionsbyAttorney
Healy on Mountford's questions and af-
ter William Beecher, of Beecher &
Maye, had been called to testify, and
wasrelating thestory of his experiences
with the Sullivan & Considine offices,
and how certain acts had been treated,
Messrs. Healy and Robertson withdrew,
leaving Mountford In possession of the
field. It wasamomentarily avictory for
Mountford although the commission
later announced that the International
Theatrical company would again have
to make an appearance and show just
(Continued on page 31.)
November 6, 1909
LESLIE CARTER SUES
FOR $100.000 DAMAGES
Noted Actress Thinks Denver Post In-
jured Her to the Tune of Big SuM-
Determined to Fush Suit.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 1.-Mrs. Leslie
Carter was certainly busy while in
Omaha for she has been attending to
the details of her $100,000 libel suit,
brought against the Denver Post while
she was playing there. Mr. Payne, her
husband, says: "We have employed the
best attorneys of Denver to prosecute
the suit. Mrs. Carter will push the suit
to the limit. The attack in the criticism
in the Denver papers was a personal
one, unjust and uncalled for."-SMYTH.
ATTORNEY ROE AVERS
EX-AGENT IS IMMORAL
Law and Order League Attempting to
Prevent William F. Henderson
from Obtaining License to
Do Booking.
William F. Henderson, who at one
time was one of Chicago's best known
booking agents and who has been out
of the business for some months, is
making every effort to secure another
license, his lawyer, W. F. McIntyre,
appearing before the state labor com-
missioner of Illinois last Friday and
making an eloquent plea that Hender-
son's be reissued.
But it seems wholly unlikely that
Henderson will have his wish gratified
as the Chicago Law and Order League
is determined that he is unfit to have
another license. Through Arthur Bur-
rage Farwell, chairman of the league,
and Clifford G. Roe, a prominent young
Chicago attorney, strenuous objection is
being made against him getting the 11-
cense and they say before they will
stop in their efforts to thwart him in
his present object that they bring forth
several indictments that are still hang-
ing fire against Henderson since he was
(Continued on page 30.)
MORNING TELEGRAPH
SUED BY EX-EMPLOYE.
Frederic S. Webb, Western Manager for
the Newspaper Tries toDGet Alleged
Commissions Due.
Frederic S. Webb, formerly western
representative of the New York Morn-
ing Telegraph, has brought suit In the
Municipal Court, for the sum of $986.80.
alleged to be due him for commissions.
Mr. Webb has garnisheed every account
payable to paper in Chicago, Milwaukee
and other western cities, and has given
bond in the sum of $2,000.
Gentry Brothers Close.
BLOOMINGTON, Id., Nov. .-Gen-
try Brothers' show No. 1 closes at
Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday, November
8. It will then be 508 miles to their
winter quarters in this city. During
the season the show played 160 stands
and traveled 9,745 miles. H. B. Gentry
reports a fairly good season only, as
the show had to contend with much
bad weather at the start. The Gentrys
will add more circus features and put
out a bigger show next season.-
FELTUS.
Receiver for Picture House.
BALTIMORE, Md., Nov. 1.-A receiv-
er has been appointed for the Eastern
Amusement Company on the petition of
JohnK. Mclver, which was filedin cir-
cuit court No. 2. The amusement com-
pany conducts a moving picture theater
on Eastern avenue and Harry E. Karr
was appointed receiver. Bond was fixed
at $15,000. The petitioner alleges that
he isacreditorofthe corporationtothe
extent of $1,450, and also $1,000 on open
account.  The company admitted the
allegations in the petition and consented
to the appointment of the receiver.-
CALVERT.
Barnes Closes Season.
SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 3.-The Al.
G. Barnes wild animal circus has closed
the season and has gone into winter
quarters three miles from the heart of'
this city. The show has ten acres of
land and model buildings. Sixteen men
have been contracted to look after the
animals for the winter.
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