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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 6, 1909)

Playwright forges to aid hungry wife,   p. 4


Woman accuses state hospital officials,   p. 4


Woman fights city over a big license,   p. 4


Pretty girl has sad experience on stage,   p. 4


Famed German actor is dead in Omaha,   p. 4


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THE SHOW WORLD
November 6, log
PLAYWRIGHT FORGES                     WOMAN ACCUSES STATE
TO AID HUNGRY WIFE                     HOSPITAL OFFICIALS
Ronald Temple, Driven Desperate by Want, Issues Fraud- Daughter of Mrs. Dave H. Woods Claims That Well Known
ulent Paper in San Francisco.       Actress Was Mistreated in Asylum.
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1.-Driven
desperate by the force of adverse cir-
cumstances, Ronald   Temple, author,
playwright, former officer in the Brit-
ish army, scion of an aristocratic fam-
ily and a graduate of an English uni-
versity, has for several weeks been
uttering fictitious checks, ranging from
five to eighty dollars. He was arrested
and placed in detinue at the city prison
after cashing a worthless check for $28
with Mrs. R. Burns, who conducts the
Francis apartments at Haight and De-
visadero streets.
Interwoven with the history of Tem-
pie 's fall from  a high position In the
literary and social world is a pathetic
tale of a struggle to shield a wife
from the distress and hardship of pov-
erty.
The young writer has been working
all summer upon a play which was
submitted a few weeks ago. The daily
watch for a check from the theatrical
mnanagers  brought  only   disappoint-
ment. Instraits tokeep the wolf from
the door and unable to see his wife
without shelter and food on the eve
of the birth of their first child, Tem-
ple obtained money from   his friends
and neighbors by means of forged
notes and valueless checks.
VAUDEVILLIANS SHOW
MASONS THEIR TALENT.
Through Courtesy of Brothers Pauland
Gaston C. Gondron and Sam Du-
Vries, Corinthian Chapter, No.
69, Is Entertained.
Before an audience that packed the
spacious hall of Corinthian Chapter, No.
69, R. A. M., on North Dearborn street,
vaudevillian  from the Sullivan & Con-
sidine ci rcuit appeared last Saturday
night and each entertainer received a
warm   reception.  The show was ar-
ranged for the Masons and their wives
and families by Paul and Gaston C.
Goudron and Sam DuVries, who are
members of the order.
That the courtesy was appreciated
was attested by the fact that standing
room was at a premium when the first
number was announced by Mr. DuVries.
The program as a whole proved a most
satisfactory one and was thoroughly
appreciated by the chapter.
The Cowboy quartette opened the bill
with several selections, the Dahlman
four appearing in their street clothes.
Day and his associates received several
encores. Barnes and Robinson, recent
arrivals from the Pacific coast, did a
pleasing specialty. Barnes plays rag-
time selections on the piano acceptably
and sings entertainingly. Miss Robin-
son has a pleasing stage appearance
and a sweet voice. The act closed with
Miss Robinson singing "Napanee" in
the garb of an Indian maiden.
George Clancy followed with a mono-
logue and several parodies. Hal Kelly
and Flora Wentworth in a wee bit of
human nature, entitled "The Village
Lockup" were well received. Kelly as
the old village jailer, acted well and
his qutaint humor pleased. Miss Went-
worth gave fair support as the maga-
zine writer, who discovers her brother
In the lock-up and appeals to the old
man to release him. The latter, whose
heart is touched, gives her a hintwhich
she takes, and rescues her brother,
while the old man is looking after his
rat-trap in the cellar of the jail.
Art Adair, in a single comedy act in
which he introduced some musical se-
lections, kept the audience in an up-
roar with his "silly kid" sayings. Adair
is a funny fellow. He plays several
instruments with pleasing effect.
Wal Brooks and company presented a
musical offering, "The Rajah's Daugh-
ter," and while it was well received at
the Masonic entertainment, it willnever
make much headway in vaudeville in
its present shape. The girls showed
lack of practice and some of the work
of the principals is decidedly bad. The
act is too long, is shy the right kind
of musical numbers and lacks ginger.
The Brothers Emmett, singers and
dancers, scored a hit with their dancing.
The boys, on their opening song, seemed
ill at ease and one of them kept pull-
ing at his hat continually. The boys
should wear caps or hats that will not
bother them, as their present headgear
causes them much worry. The young
men dance well and their routine is
well worked up, although they make
their exits awkwardly. With these de-
fects remedied, the act will be fifty
per cent better.
Murray K. Hill had a hard row to
hoe after following Adair, but his
singing and line of talk made him a
big favorite. Hill was an emphatic hit
and his act was enjoyed.
The American Four mingled comedy
with its medleys and elicited much ap-
plause. The men sing harmoniously,
but some new numbers could be learned
that would help them considerably.
Their comedy is not bad, although some
of it could be changed to good advan-
tage.
Owing to various reasons, the new
act that Raffles, of Chicago newspaper
fame, has been rehearsing, was not pro-
duced, but another number was offered
in his place.-M. MT. V.
Sandusky, Nov. 1.-Jessemine Woods,
daughter of Mrs. Dave H. Woods, a
well-known actress, who died in the
Toledo state hospital at midnight Satur-
day, declares her mother had been ill-
treated in the institution.
"The officials did not notify me that
my mother was in danger until the
WOMAN FIGHTS CITY
OVER A BIG LICENSE
Pennsylvania Widow Says Tax is Practically a Confiscation
and She Goes to Court.
POTTSVILLE, Pa., Nov. 3.-The case
of Mrs. Christina Hersker vs. the Bor-
ough of Mahanoy City, was argued be-
fore Judge Shay this week
Mrs. Hersker owns the Family the-
ater at Mahanoy City, valued at $60,000.
The borough council on April 4, 1905,
passed an ordinance requiring tloe pay-
ment of $3 per day as a license. Mrs.
Hersker complains that the payment of
this license will cost $700 per year, and
that the borough has now indicated its
purpose, besides the collection of the
license, to enforce extreme penaltiesfor
non-payment of the license. It is said
this will be a charge as high as $25 per
performance.
It is contended that the enforcement
of this ordinance would deprive Mrs.
Hersker of her property in violation of
the fourteenth amendment to the United
States Constitution and deprive her of
her right under Article 1, Section 1, of
the Constitution of Pennsylvania.
It is complained that the penalties
under the ordinance are unreasonably
large and that the said ordinance was
not enforced impartially against all per-
sons falling within its provisions.
Ex-Judge Lyons argued the case for
the borough, claiming that for every
day the Hersker people exhibited with-
out a license while the case was pend-
ing in court, the council could collect
penalty as wvell as license.
PRETTY GIRL HAS SAD
EXPERIENCE ON STAGE
Virginia Maiden Attempts to Become an Actress and is Left
Penniless in Baltimore.
BALTIMORE, Nov. 1.-Miss Mamie
McDonald, a pretty, unsophisticated
maiden of 17 years, left her home and
fireside amid the rustic surroundings
in the Valley of the Shenandoah last
week to see the wonderful sights that
the world held beyond the boundaries
of her native city-Boyce, Clark county,
Virginia.
She got as far as Hagerstown, and in
that Maryland town the biggest event
of the year for the people in Washing-
ton county was in progress-the county
fair. The fair is the one big thing in
that vicinity and the people flock there
from the surrounding country even from
the three states near by.
However, the fair was very attractive
to Miss McDonald. The noise of the
brass bands and the general excite-
ment afforded her keen delight and she
was completely overcome with joy. Her
beauty attracted the attention of a show
manager, who offered her a position,
which she accepted. The company went
from Hagerstown to Frederick, where
they gave an exhibition. The company
embarked for Raleigh, N. C., passing
through Baltimore on the 25th inst. In
passing through this city, Miss McDon-
ald was left behind, penniless and with-
out a ticket to leave the city or with
any means to reach her home.      She
aroused the sympathy of Patrolman
Powell, who found her wandering about
the streets, and he took her to the
Southern Police Station, where she un-
folded a tale of her experiences to Jus-
tice Johannsen.    She said that the
manager had not paid her any salary,
and that she was purposely left behind.
After listening to her story, the magis-
trate committed her to the Florence
Crittenton home.-CALVERT.
FAMED GERMAN ACTOR
IS DEAD IN OMAHA
Herr Walburg, Who Had Appeared Before The Czar of Russia
Expires in Western Metropolis.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 1.-Herr Walburg,
famous in the field of dramatic art in
Germany of an earlier day, and who in
his prime appeared before the czar at
St. Petersburg in "William Tell," died
here today at the age of sixty-one.
Fritz Walburg was a great name in
Germany in the old days. The name
commanded the respect that is given
our own great artists. A short time
ago Herr Walburg fell heir to a for-
tune but his old age would not permit
of him enjoying it. He settled In Omaha
recently.
For years he played with the Wach-
sner Theatrical Company, appearing In
the German theaters of Cincinnati, Chi-
cago and Milwaukee. He played in all
the great Schiller and Goethe roles in
the old countries and won fame. Herr
Walburg came of afamily of high dis-
tinction in many pursuits.-Smyth.
*Mouln Rouge" Abridged.
BALTIMORE, Nov. 1.-"The Queen of
the Moulin Rouge," struck a snag at the
Academy of Music this week. Local
audiences are usually very liberal and
any degree of spiciness in a show is
forgotten after leaving the theater.
Large crowds patronized the show, but
to some extent a majority did favor the
amount of risque that is in the show.
A great many people consider it ridicu-
lous to make any objections to anything
in the performances. Colonel Sherlock
Swann, president of the police board,
occupied a box with a party of friends
at the theater Monday night. He took
notes of the play and made a report
of what ie had seen to Marshal Farnan
the following day. The marshal took
the matter up with Manager M. J. Leh-
mayer and the play was abridged in
such a manner as to dispense with the
objectionable parts. One of the objec-
tionable features was the posing ofliv-
Ingstatues Inthefinale ofsthe first act.
The   newspaper   notices  published
Tuesday morning gave the show good
rating and described Itas agood vaude-
ville show interspersed with clever dan-
cing and catchy music. Nothing was
mentioned about the alleged spiciness In
the performance. It is evident that
the chief objection came from the head
of the police department. However, the
police censors are still on guard at the
theater.---CALVERT.
last moment," said Miss Woods, 'and
when I arrived at herbedsideshewas
unconscious. She had many black and
blue marks on her body, and her nose
was displaced."
Mrs. Woods was a resident of San-
dusky and her body was brought here.
She was 66 years old, and had been on
the stage forty years. She played with
Edwin     Booth,    Lawrence   Barrett,
Thomas Keene, Joseph Jefferson, Me
Janauschek, Maggie Mitchell and Kiral.
fy brothers, and was one of the first
to play on Keith & Proctor's circuit,
Her mind gave awaywhileplaying in
"The Clansman" last winter. Her has-
band, Dave Woods, who died a year
ago, was the author of several popular
dramas.
Miss Woods has not decided whether
or no t sloe will appeal to the board of
trustees.
KLAW & ERLANGER
TO BUILD IN ROCXFORD.
Rumor Has It that the Big Pirm Will
Erect a New Theater in Illinois
Town to Buck "Open Door."
ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. r-Dame u-
mor has it that Kaw & Erlanger ha~r
an agent here and that the latter has
been looking over real estate in the bus-
iness district.  And thereby hangs a
tale.
Klaw & Erlanger and the Chamber-
lain-Kindt-Peck syndicate are at log-
gerheads.   The syndicate, which man-
ages the Grand in this city, politely
told "K. & E." last fall they would co
duct their chain of theaters on t ?
open-door plan. To this "K. & E." re-
plied, "This means that we will no
longer do business with you and none
of our attractions will show in your
houses."
Klaw   &  Erlanger not only have a
goodly number of first-class offerings,
but they do the bookings for Charles
Frohman, Henry W. Savage and others.
If the war continues, none of these con-
cerns will send their stars to this city.
But the Grand hasn't suffered, nor
will it. The Shuberts have upward of
thirty of the best theatrical offerings
in the dramatic world. These will br
seen here, as well as the Cohan & Har
ris companies, the Belasco stars, Mrs
Fiske.and Mort Singer'smusical piee
and these will keep the Grand we
lighted.
But Klaw    & Erlanger must have
house here as well as in the other
middle western centers controlled by
the Chamberlain-Kindt-Peck syndicate.
So they may build in Rockford. It
is known that they had their eyes on
the Majestic, but the C.-K.-P. syndicate
was too fly for them and leased it,
ACTRESS DIGS EARTH
POR NEW PLAY-EOUSE
Mrs. Leslie Carter Lifts irst Shovelful
of Dirt for the New William
Morris House in
Omaha.
OMIAHA, Nob., Nov. 1.-Mrs. Leslie
Carter, who was playing at theBod
last week, daintily set her small sliP-
red footon atiny spade madefecte
occasion, struggled for a few moment-s
with the pulverized U. S.Aand finaly
succeeded in getting a couple of cubir
inches of Omalta dirt from the site of
the new William Morris American Music
Hall, and Messrs. Brandeis and Horn
declared work commenced on the new
house. Mrs. Carter's husband was pres-
ent as sort of adviser and accomplice
in the dedicatory "first shovelful."
"The seating capacity is too large,
smiled Mrs. Carter, after the builders
had explained the details of construe-
tion to her. "No theater should be more
than 1,200 capacity," she added. After
she had handed the historic spade to
Mr. Brandeis she laughed: "This is
good practice, for you know I inen
to have a theater of my own in N'
York some day, and this knowledge Will
come in handy."
Grading has commenced in earnest and
it Is expected the house will be open
for business on Washington's birthday,
February 22.-SMYTH.
Improving Auditorium.
LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 1.-The Audi-
torium, which has recently opened for
independent   bookings, was dark last
week, pending the placing of new sound-
ing boards and other acoustic improve-
ments. The Majestic, vaudeville, Muck-
enfuss booking, was not0owellpatron
ized asItmig h   avebeen but theIPP
Sun booking played to crowded night
houses and fatir matinees.-T7RNER.
Ontario Town Has Big Fire.
Kenopa,    Ont.,  Nov. 4.-Fire d
stroyed Hilliard's opera house and hotel
The loss is estimated at $15 the.oper
fire started in the scenery Inthe ero
fouse.
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