Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 13, 1909)
Actors' Fund splendid aid to needy players, p. 13
Vaudeville merger announced in east, p. 13
overnber 13, 1909. THE SHO ACTORS' FUND SPLENDID AID TO NEEDY PLAYERS (Organization Has Done Much to Elevate Profession of Acting -Offers Assistance to Many Who Need Succor. The average performer is not a very When out of work God business man. the actor is goneraolly out of funds. This having been the case since acting has been a profession, it ehoo ved those few of the business owho were possessed of Hiough busi- less ac umen to form socie- Iae s, lodges, and organiza- tion s directly atiliated with show bus i- ness and of a beneficial na- ture to the actor and to be of some urth to him when out of employment. hese societies formed by the actors d made up of the cream of the pro- taks life worth the living for artists. ?ete the advent of the Actors' Fund if America and kindred organizations, hich tachelped to make the burden of the performeralighter, and which ele- ted the oralatmosphereo fhebusi- toss, anti have nmade it possible for a performer to be proud of his profession, tohoeknown as an actor was to have .O ,mofasneer-do-well nomad at- achedtosone's name. These societies catering to the wel- are of the artist are broad and most neficial and the good done by the Actors' Fund is so great and far reach ng that one cannot help but wonder why other branches of society and pro- ssion don't organize in a like manner or the general good of their respective 'raftsmen. The Actors' Fund of Amer- ca is entirely devoid of red tape in its methods of doing good and one does not necessarily have to be a member to re- ee of its benefits. In fact, so much stobeingd oneeand sofar relaching the good that even the families of Wtors, non-menbers. are lookmed after. Where is there another such organiza- tion in the entire civilized world as the Actors' Fund of America? In Chicago Harry Powers of Powers theater is the representative and all one has to do is I notify Mr. Powers of the illness or ee ondition of any actor and prompt 'elif is atonce rendered. Theo. Brom- is the active secretary of the Actors' und of America, with headquarters at the Gaiety theater, New York City. In conelosion I will say that in my nall way wish I could do more and loeallprofessionls contribute to this, themostsplendid of all benevolent or- anizations Not alone has the Actors' Fund demonstrated that it is without ras tsocety for the welfare of the 1eatrlcn familybut for one dollar per onecan hook oneself without the bookin agent trotbles Letotsallpullt (ireterand elualong the good work Ifible institto e r. the Actrs' Fund of America. A rastfel bore on Staten Island. New Yokis maintinedlfor the old members oIfthepnrofession. In this home all the Onofcorts ef a bone and none of the trtgs one finds in the averae chart- ohio insttutnon are encounteredw In tno the tors' Fund has dtone more 'thep rofe'ssion of entertainment than noil Otoers together So come on all 0Olactors and r n enyour three dt- lmehin or our~ professoafral. illanWricht anl ha tell where he 11 will l neto know that one has mineod some ttnfortttnate creatture who ehansb aad th sands in ots time rtoy. ts a dependent on the Actors ThdOf Akmerica is something to look akioinfottttysyars and to feel that Jae O'D shr short existencm we ave done fethtngfor or Profession after all. MORELAND NOTES. Lillian Wright and her dancing boys ihteheadline attraction at the oo~mLenext Week. Others in the ina hotbe olreye nd Green, musical iedians: W . McDermott, genus ohs Lamb's manikins, and the kino- JatesO'Day &TomMay, the news- 01 irriVed in town to play some oy5time. Corbet &Doyleare in town, playing i! 'll ioqess- En1thisnLsky Co., comedysec t hy foir people, are laying off lent this Week. ,The Tour Lorettas, acrobats, are in wortouite localtime. Wito& Dlwyer, Scotch act, are in ~00 orotci5.a new Scotch specialty threatuces Wiliam boralsIhas lost the booking the t'aliforoia theater and anothe'r o ineaisnlTl"ting on the acts there Morris lest out. Prank Hill writes from Mitchell, S. D.,that be does not have to look out for split weeks, as he is booked solid until 1910 with the Molly Bawn company. Dan Robie, monologist, arrived in town after playing Walter Keefe's time. Ennis and Ryan, the clever singers, are still in town, but will soon take to the road. Perry and Linn will play the Princess, Dubuque, where Jake Rosenthal has a beautiful new theater with all the mod- ern improvements, green room, two bal- conies and magnificent furnishings thtoutghout. Bikers and Elkers, comedy sketch ar- tists, open at the Queen theater, Twelfth street and Ogden avenue. Muehlener's Comedy Sketch Artists are booked for several weeks over the Princess Exchange time. Ben Davis, the nifty entertainer, leaves the Morris time to take a turn over Paul Goudron's circuit. George B. Reno left the city to open on the Sullivan-Considine time. George has sixteen weeks booked. Melnotte Nod Two close Norris & Rowe circus and will open on Paul Goudron time at Sittners' theater. John Brandon Walsh, the clever writ- er of monologue, has returned to Chi- cago after having received a most royal welcome from his fellow wits in the east. John was put uip at the Lambs Club by Nat Wills and was entertained by allthe performers ofmerit and class who appreciate the company of a gen- tleman and a clever wit. William McDonough has separated from his partner and is working single. Hines and Otto, in the "Charge of the Israelite Brigade," will certainly be one of the winter's comedy classics, and should be a knockout. Miss Powers, of Powers & Paulina the dancing dolls, is gradually recover- ing and resting. Mr. Powers will fill in the interim until she recovers, working single. Hannan Diggs and Burns will retain ttheir old title., with a new Hannan in the act. The boys open at Pueblo, Colo., November 29, with the Orpheum time to follow. Horn and Horn, the German con- tractors, are laying a foundation for fu- ture greatness at the Star theater, Dix- on, Ill., this week. Carroll & Bevervoid, playing the Lyric, Kensington, Ill., this week, have Terre Haute, Ind., and West Virginia dates to follow. Del ruego just arrived from Pop Corn George show with a carload of new gags and a singing and dancing stunt that sets 'em wild, but fears Randolph and Clark as though it were a plague spot, as Del says the boys will "cop" his gags. George Gifford, monologist, opens No- vember 22 over the Paul Goudron time. Gifford always pleases and should be a feature in S. & C. houses. George Crotty. though nut of dates, has, nevertheless, been able to keep) a $125 piece of ice from melting, and it adorns his cravat. Ada Rogers, formerly of the Rogers Sisters' musical act, has arrived in the city fromethe east to play the Western Vaudeville association time. Manager Seigfried, of the Bijou, De- catur. Ill., was in town last week, look- ing after the winter's bookings for his house. Murray K. Hill. who has just closed with one of Jake Sternad's act, will play dates single with his monologue at Bush Temple next week. Thomas and Payne, negro singing and dancing comedians, are playing the Western Vaudeville association time. The Majestic Quartette arrived in town Monday and are preparing to play the Pantages time soon. The La Moure Trio, who have been playing theo county fairs, will open un- der the ro ofs as soon as one of the members recovers from a slight illness. Musical Snyder keeps filling the lo- ca th oators with melody. George Thompson, singing imperson- itor. is working the Acme theater this work. Joe Macauley and Anne Leslie, after living apart for several years, have patched up their differences and are go- ing to work together again. Grrettr& Gruett, blackfacecomedians, ariefrom the coast. where they have been playing the S. & C. time. Buxton & Buxton, comedy sketch ar- tists. are playing a new act entitled "The Hebrew Recruit." The other act the Buxtons used was an Infringement, so they concluded to do something origi- nal. The Tour Shannons, singing, dancing and conoed' spoecialists, open on the F. Q. Doyle timae. W WORLD 13 VAUDEVILLE MERGER ANNOUNCED IN EAST United Theaters Securities Company Incorporated-Big Variety Managers Pooling Their Issues. NEW YORK, Nov. 8.-Vaudeville in- terests east of the Mississippi river are brought closer together and a change in the vaudeville situation west of the river is forecast by articles of incor- poration of the United Theaters Se- curities company which have been filed at Wilmington, Del. The incorporators are B. F. Keith, F. V. Proctor, E. F. Albee, William Hammerstein and Percy G. Williams of New York; M. Shea of Buffalo and Toronto; James H. Moore of Detroit and Rochester; Harry Davis of Pittsburg; James C. Duffield of the Canadian circuit. A. Paul Keith, S. Z. Poli of Springfield and P. B. Chase of Washington are also associated in the combination. These men practically control all of the large vaudeville in- terests each of the Mississippi with the exception of the houses managed by William Morris, Inc. Martin Beck was seen by a Show World representative Tuesday and was asked if the new merger had been form- ed to keep him out of the east, as had been reported in the daily press. Mr. Beck said that the organization had been formed for some other purpose. The vaudeville magnate intimated that even if the combination had been made to fight him, it had been formed too late. "It is like the Russian govern- ment storing cannons and ammunitiot in Manchuria during the war with Japan, and allowing them to rust, with- outeverusing them," was the way Mr. Beck put it. New Vaudeville House. COLUMBUS, 0., Nov. 10.-A new vaudeville theater costing $40,000, will be built at the corner of Broad and Wall streets by a company of Columbus capitalists, among whom are A. L. Pick- ard, A. B. Hatch, G. F. Hile and others, who have leased the ground for a term of 20 years. The house will be of standard size with a seating capacity of Chapman & Berube ladder act, are in the city negotiating for time. Sommers and Ott, singers and yodlers, are working the Doyle time. Roman and Campbell have separated and Roman has joined with Peerless Richards. Several weeks booked already by the boys. Shomer, the strong man, is in the city, and has several weeks booked by the W. V. A. The Three Alarcons, Mexican singing and musical act, are in the city working the local time. William Echols, of the Jerrold Com- edy company, is in the city working the W. V. A. time. Myers and Mason are in town prior to opening an act. Casey Bros., singing comedians, are playing the neighborhood houses. The Two Pirris, strong act, just ar- rived after a disastrous trip over the Webster time. Pirris wants to warn per- formers of this time, as he says Web- ster is not doing the right thing. Bolducand oy are inthe city work- ing the local time. Bashers Bachelor, singing, dancing and musical act, are playing a solid season's booking. Manning Trio, singing, dancing and talking act, are booked up to January 1, 1910. Clemisco Bros., musical act, will soon sail for Europe, where they are booked until 1911. DeClair and DeClair, comedy sketch irtists, will soon open on the S. & C. time. Leonzo Cox, shadograph artist, is playing the neighborhood houses. Nicols & Smith, bicyclists, arrived in the city last week and are negotiating for time. Leoni and Leoni, electrical trapeze ar- tists. no in the city waiting on Doyle to book them. Harry Deaves and His Dramatic Man nikins are in the city working the Frank G. Doyle time. Schan and Wheeler, trio, are in the city negotiating for time. Davis and Cooper, comedy sketch ar- tists. are in the city prior to opening on the local time. Shaw and Bradley, comedy sketch ar- lists, are in the city. Pans LePetrie & Co. closed at Schil- ler's Crystal theater last week, but will keep right on the job. Petrie and Budd just closed over the Sullivan &Considine time and open soon over the W. V. A. time. Keating and Graham have joined hands to put on a singing, dancing and talking specialty. John Leonard turned up after a va- cation of several weeks, looking much inproved in health. John is back on the job at the Doyle agency. 900 on the .lower floor, and will be de- voted to family vaudeville, giving three performances a day. It will be booked independently. Ground will be broken for the new building at once and it is expected to have it completed by Janu- ary 1. Frank Williams, for many years a fat man with the Sells circus, died in a local hospital last week following an operation for an abscess. Williams at one time weighed four hundred pounds. He was 52 years of age. The Rhoda Royal Indoor Circus will make its initial appearance in Columbus in January, under the auspices of the Mystic Shrine.-GRAF. ACTORS' UNION SHOWS AN ASTOUNDING GROWTH. Since the Latter Part of August, the Organization Has Made Rapid Strides in Membership. The artists of Chicago, who are affi- liated with the Actors' National Pro- tective Union of America, local No. 4, who have been waging war onthebook ing agents who decline to pay the union scale of twenty-five dollars for asingle act and fifty for a team, will have a number of things to be thankful for this coming Thanksgiving. One thing in particular that is causing great re- joicing among the union is the way the organizationi sgrowingand the increase in membership since the latter part of August has been amazing. In the past nine weeks, there have been more names placed on the list than were taken in by the union during the entire year of 1908 which is an astounding fact when it is considered that the union struggled along for sev- eral years with only a few loyal mem- bers. Now with the union several thousand strong, Chairman Ricardo looks at the record of the union with a keen personal feeling of delight and he is one of the happiest men in the organization. The union has been averaging three members per day and Secretary Ricardo receives a huge batch of correspondence daily from artists in every part of the country. Each writer asks for infor- mation or sends money for an appli- cation to the union, Since the union posted the warning toartists in other sections of the coun- try in the different amusement papers, artists are writing in every day re- questing information as to the best manner in which to proceed before en- tering Chicago and applying for vaude- ville dates. Theater is Remodeled. DUBUQUE, Ia., Nov. 10.-Dubuque's new vaudeville theater which will be thrown open to the public on November 22, will be one of the finest in the state, a pocket edition of the great Majestic theater of Chicago and prac- ticallythe same as the Majestic theater of Des Moines on a slightly smaller scale. In the strict sense of the word the theater will not be new, because the old walls and roof of the old Bijou theater will still enclose the audience, but that is all that remains of the old theater, nothing but a shell, with the floors from basement to roof entirely removed. In the new Bijou theater there will he absolutely nothing reminiscent of the old theater except the name. Both exteriorly and interiorly the theater is new, beginning with the very roof. Early this spring, when the manage- ment decided upon a remodeling of the play-house and while the theater was still in use, the old shingles were torn off the roof and a new tin roof took their place. Then when the 1908 season was closed, somewhat earlier than usual, the building was turned over to the contractors. Mrs. Barlow Makes Denial. Chicago, Ill., Nov. 8, 1909. Editor, the Show World: I wish to contradict a statement which appeared in last week's Show World in regard to the death of my husband, Milt G. Barlow, Jr., wherein the article read that we were reduced to poverty and in destitute circumstances. Such was not true and while we did not have any too much of this world's goods, we were not in destitute circumstances. I wish to offer thanks for the kind- ness shown me in the hourof need by my theatrical associates, namely Will and May Reno, Colonel Owens and wife, Mr. and Mrs. George West, Emily How- ard, Charles Ellis, Charles Parker and other dear friends. I also wish to thank Frederick Wilson for his tender re- marks at the grave and feel very grate- ful to the Actors' Fund of America for the service it rendered me. Mrs. HARRIET NICHOLSON BARLOW. I. I'