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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 28, 1907)

With the white tops: news of the tent shows,   pp. 24-25

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September 28, 1907.
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awhole has been satisfactory. This has
been due, in a large measure, to the
efficient work of the advaInce forces, un-
der the direction of .1. Henry Rice, gets-
eral agent. William Sands, manager of
the No. 1 advertising car, has done good
work, as has local coitractor Clyde An-
The executive staff of the Hargreaves
show is composed of Thomas Hargreaves,
generli manager; J. Henry Rice, general
agent; Josh Bailey, business matiager;
Sam  . Banks, general press represe tta-
tive; J. Frank Longbotham, treasurer;
Wes Pike, secretary and bookkeeper. The
car managers are No. 1, William Sands,
with twenty men; No. 2, George Mathews,
with ten men. Mrs. J. Henry Rice has
charge of the excursion work
Among the salient features of the Har-
greaves show may be mentioned France
Reed, principal bareback rider; Mr. and
Mrs. Herman   Griggs, prtincipal riders,
introducing a novel three-horse trotting
act; the three De Holmans, aerialists and
acrobats; the Cowden trio, aerial artists;
George Colby, rider; Prof. Fred Locke,
animal trainer; William Tessier, head bal-
ancer on trapeze; Miss Blanche Reed,
equestrienne; Miss Mabel Hall, elephant
Manager McFarland Has     One  of the
Best with Hagenbeck-Wallace.
W. H. McFarland, manager of the
side show with the ITagenbeck-Wallace
Shows, has a national reputation as a
side show director and his present offer-
ing is without doubt one of the finest in
the country. The exhibits are most in-
teresting, and the brass and velvet equip-
1ent of the different platforms make the
nterior in its entirety very handsome.
The following is the roster of the side
show: W. H. McFarland, manager; Jack
Manly, Punch and Judy; Frank Scott
and wife, glass blowers; Mile. Brazie,
trained birds; McFarland and sister,
knife  throwers; Grace   Clark, snake
charmer; Clark   Bros., bag punchers;
Tarlton & Tarlton, musical act; The
Jcrantons, lighting artists; Prof. Paige,
0 ay modeler; Mile. Corina, mind reader.
Oriental theater, Ethel Delmar, Beatrice
Lesley, Mabel Vernon, Frank Maloff, Jake
Vik and Silas Maron. Ticket-sellers,
Henry Rodepouch and J. P. Sweeny.
The P. G. Lowery Concert and Min-
strel Company is undoubtedly one of the
most versatile companies of its kind un-
der canvas, as it is in three parts-
band, orchestra and minstrel company.
The members of the band include P. G.
Lowery, band master and cornet soloist;
Tom May, solo cornet; Geo. Thomas, first
cornet; Richard Jackson, clarinet; A.
Victor. first alto; J. H. Lewis, second
alto; I. B. Washington, trombone; Jas.
B. 11ll, baritone; \Vm. May, Ef bass;
Tony Iarefield, B. B. bass; Jno. Carson,
snare drum; Vhittier Viney.
The minstrel company enlists the serv-
ices of the following comedians and sing-
ers: Billy Arnte, comedian; Paul Car-
ter, comedian; Master    Mose   Harris,
youngest of all colored comedians; J.
H. Lewis, comedian; Geo. Thomas, vo-
calist and dancer; Whittier Viney, vo-
calist: Mamie Thomas, soubrette; Mag-
gie McClellon, vocalist; Tony Barefeild,
basso profundo. The center is ably Ian-
died by the clever Arthur TWallage, one
of the greatest of all extemporaneous
parody singers. The minstrels are ably
supported by the following members of
the orchtestra: A. Victor, violin; H. B.
Washington, violin; H. Jackson. clari-
net; Jas. B. Hall, trombone; Wm. May,
bass; Tom May, clarinet, and Jno. Car-
son, traps.
Miller Bros.' Western Exhibit Proves One
of the Season's Attractions.
"On six days' notice and without a
scrap of 'advance paper,' Miller Bros. 101
Ranch Wild West Show swept into
Brighton Beach. where the Boer War
perish-d and Pawnee Bill failed, and
scorch instantaneously.  You may talk
about your coming, seeing and conquer-
ing, b it I believe the success of the
Miller Bros.' show at Brighton Beach
establishes a record in the show  bust-
Sam C. Haller, one of the best known
advan, men in the country and repre-
sentative of the Miller Bros. at Brighton
Beach, made the above statement to a
representative of THE SHOW WORLD
in Chicago last week.
In regard to conditions at the James-
town Exposition, Mr. Haller was unable
to make any authoritative statement up-
on present conditions, because he has
been absent from the Exposition for some
weeks, but he said the reason the ex-
hibition lost so much ground in the first
part of the season was due to the fact
that the visiting newspaper men were
not properly escorted about the grounds,
and spread the news of the failure of
the exhibition instead of booming its
In conjunction with several newspaper
men Mr. Haller formed an association
that met the visiting representatives of
the press and saw they attended the
particular attractions they were exploit-
ing. As a result the editors on their re-
turn home became enthusiasts about the
success of the exposition, and a great
amount of good was done.
The Miller Bros.' 101 Ranch No. 2
closed at Brighton Beach Sept. 8, al-
though the show at Jamestown will re-
main until the exposition closes.   Mr.
Miller stated that the Miller Bros. were
well satisfied with the season at James-
town, and expected the exposition to end
in a burst of prosperity.
Circus Ring Sickness Real.
At a recent performance of the Barnum
& Bailey Greatest Show on Earth one of
the clowns staggered from the ring; he
threw himself, groaning, on the grass in
the dressing tent. A shout of laughter
followed him.   "Let them   laugh," the
pcor fellow muttered. "They think be-
cause I ran out with my hands clutch-
ing my stomach that I am joking. Little
do they know the agonies of ring sick-
ness that are now racking me. Pass that
bottle, will you? Ring sickness is like
sea sickness: you get it from continually
running round and round and round a
circus ring. Ring masters get it more
frequently than clowns, and I have even
seen horses with a touch of it."
* * *5
Clint Francis, general contractor of
Walter L. Main's Great Fashion Plate
shows, closed his season of twenty-two
weeks on Sept. 16, and was re-engaged
for next season.
The Hargreaves Circus experienced a
blow-down on the Sixty-ninth and Hal-
sted street lot, Chicago, Tuesday after-
noon, Sept. 17. Fortunately, no one was
* * a
Charles Andress writes from the Bar-
num & Bailey Show that the big com-
posite circus photograph, upon which he
has been working for some time, is fin-
isied and will soon be ready for mailing.
are looking forward with no small degree
of anticipation to the presentation of this
* * *a
John and Charles Ringling have gone
to California in John Ringling's private
* * *
It is reported that William Sells is in
Kansas City making    arrangements for
taking a circus to the Isthmus of Pan-
ama. The circus that Tote Siegrist of
the Siegrist-Silbons, now with Barney &
Bailey, is organizing, is also going to the
Isthmus, so that the canal workers will
have plenty of arenic entertainment dur-
ing the winter.
Gus Ringling, general agent of the
4-Paw-Sells show, is, much to the regret
of his friends and business staff, re-
ported to be in very bad health.
John Fagan, who has made a record as
railroad contracting agent with Barnum
&  Bailey  this  season, has   definitely
signed with the Hagenbeck-Wallace show
in the same capacity for next season.
A number of this season's bosses with
the Barnum & Bailey Circus will be
transferred to the Buffalo Bill show next
* * *
Charles Andress, legal adjuster with
the Barnum & Bailey Circus, has begun
the erecting of a handsome apartment
house on Douglas boulevard, Chicago.
* * *a
T. D. Coxey. general press agent of
the Barnum & Bailey Circus, spent Sun-
day, Sept. 8, with the show at Leaven-
worth,  Kan., visiting   with  Manager
Hutchinson, John Stevens, Dexter Fel-
lows, Harvey Watkins and other mem-
bers of the big show's business staff.
* * *5
Notwithstanding the prejudice of the
circus performers against booking through
an agency, "Doe" Freeman, manager of
the Universal Booking Agency, has been
notably successful in signing big circus
and wild west acts for the Big Four for
next season.
Frank C. Bostock, who has had many
years of experience as ani aminial trainer
and showman, is about to establish a
training and breeding station at Jack-
sonville, Fla., where lie will erect a spe-
cial building. Mr. Bostock is a mas of
large wealth and has written ianty books
on the nature and habits of wild ani-
mals. His name is better known in the
United States than in England, where
his permanent home is maintained.
The Sells-Floto circus will end its sea-
son in Venice, Cal., on or about Nov. 29,
and will winter there as in past seasons.
As an inducement to winter in Venice
again, the show managers were prom-
ised a reduced assessment on their prop-
erty, which last year was taxed on a
valuation of $21,000. F. A. Short, lessee
of the Midway, has contracted to pro-
vide quarters for the circus while it is
being prepared for next season's tour.
Al Ringling visited the Forepaugi-
Sells Bros. shows last week.
* * *
Salvail, the well known card manipula-
tor, widely known in the circus profes-
sion, is playing in vaudeville. He may
go with the white tops next season.
*  *  *  -
Del Fuego was a caller at THE SHOW
WORLD offices while in     Chicago last
week. Del is appeating avith the Sells-
Floto shows this season. His performing
goose is a factor of the big show per-
A report reached Chicago Saturday,
Sept. 21, that the Forepaugh-Sells Bros.
Shows were to winter at Bridgeport,
Conn. This would seem     to verify the
fact that the Ringling Brothers-Barnumn
&  Bailey-Forepaugh-Sells Bros.-Buffalo
Bill deal had really been consummated.
Up to the time of going to press THE
SHOW WORLD has been unable to con-
firm the Bridgeport rumor.
Louis E. Cooke to Be Identified With
Big Show as at Present.
There is no question but that Louis E.
Cooke will still be identified with the
Barnum & Bailey or Buffalo Bill show
-and probably with both-no matter
what may be the result of the negotia-
tions between the Ringling Brothers and
those representing Mrs. J. A. Bailey's
interests in these big shows. Mr. Cooke's
advance staff, which has been recognized
as one of the best ever organized, are,
with one or two exceptions, at his dis-
posal, and will undoubtedly remain with
him.  R. M. Harvey is already under
contract for one or the other of the tw
shows as contracting agent, and the en-
gagement of others will shortly be an-
nounced. It will not be long, either, be-
fore the exact status of the big circus
deal will be known.
Under certain contingencies James D
De\Volfe, contracting press agent of the
Barnum & Bailey circus, and Lester W.
Murray, anager of Advertising Car No.
1, avill spend the avinter in Florida. Ten-
tative plans for the outing have already
been made. General Press Agent W. D.
Coxey will spend the winter in New
York. Dexter W. Fellows, who has suc-
cessfully handled the press 'work back
with the big show this season, will win-
ter at his home in Fitchburg, Mass.
The Barnum & Bailey show will close
the season at Dyersburg, Tenn., Thurs-
day, Oct. 17, instead of at Carmi, Ill.,
Oct. 19, as originally announced. Cairo
and Carmi were cut out owing to the
impossibilityofsecuringalotin thefor-
mer town, and the run from Dyersburg
to Carmi was too far to make the jump
feasible. The show will run home via
the Illinois Central to Mattoon, Ill., and
then over the New York Central lines,
via Albany, and the New York, New
Haven & Hartford to Bridgeport. There
are other routes for getting to New
York, however, and already there is act-
ive rivalry among the railroad traveling
agents to get the business of the per-
formers and other employes. Practically
everybody will go to New York, but from
the metropolis there will be a general
scattering of circus people to Panama,
South America, Mexico and Europe.
Manager Victor B. Cooke, of the Bar-
num & Bailey advertising car No. 2, re-
ports that the billposters on his car
have not only been particularly indus-
trious this season, but also that they
have saved an unusually large amount
of money. Although the men have been
permitted to draw as liberally as they
pleased, it will take several thousand
dollars to "pay off the car." The larg-
est balance of the season will, as last
year, go to Edward P. Tice; the second
on the list is Larry Sullivan; Walter
Heller is third, J. Lyons fourth, M.
Thawley fifth, W. VanDion sixth, Harley
White seventh, and George Battis, Wil-
liam Garrity, Joe Hyland, Davy Muir,
L. Schlenk, G. Brown all close with grat-
ifying sums of money to their credit.
Victor Cooke's success in handling the
car this season has also been pronounced.
Victor B. Cooke, manager of advertis-
ing car No. 2, Barnum & Bailey circus,
will celebrate his return to Newark, N.
J., by being united in marriage to a
charming young lady of that city.
Circus In Cotton Belt.
Clint Francis in writing to THE
SHOW    WORLD     under recent date,
says: "I have recently returned from
a prospective trip through the South
and note that the cotton season will be
at least four to six weeks late this
fall, owing to a protracted period of
damp and rainy weather-early in the
spring.  The seed on the lowlands
was replanted three or four times.
The   crop  throughout    the  upland
country promises fairly well.     The
price of cotton is good, and while
there may be a shortage in the crop,
good prices will be maintained. There
will be as much money in circulation
as usual and no doubt the smaller
shows will find it profitable to play a
long season in the south."
The Great Van Ambcrg Show play-
ing through Western Ohio is experienc-
ing good business and is enjoying a
prosperous season all the way round.
Isaac V. Strevig is general agent.
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