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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 22, 1909)

Pepper, Wallace
Facts, fancies, and frivolities,   p. 7


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HE SHOW WORLD
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Facetious Familiarities Featuring Famous Folks and Fre-
quently Filled With Fulsome Flattery for the
Favored Few.
By WALLACE PEPPER.
Frank 0. Ireson was offered $100 a
cekefor thirty weeks to preach the
1,but refused. He says he will
Sickto the show  business, even if
lilly Sunday does get bigger money
han he does.
Could it be that David Belasco
roke with the Shuberts because he
et offended because he had not been
ated to become business ianager
1:fthe New theater?  In aninterview
ithtCharles Darnton, Belasco says:
Its farwehave had from the New
Thater onlypress stuff sent forth to
hitel the American theater and be-
thep ublic mind. If we are to be-
Ia tll we read the American stage
ie such a bad way that a band of
wilonaires has been formed to up-
tL Ben Rosenthal, superintendent of
the Studebaker theater, was in Kansas
iCit a week or two ago and met one
f the Lemon Brothers. Ben was an
agent of the Lemon show at one time
at the munificent salary of $15 per
eek and this particular Lemon, hav-
I" the best of feeling for Ben, ten-
yeered him a position as general agent
,f the Pan-American circus, which
MaS about to take the road. Ben did
no' like to come flatly and refuse so
le hemmed and hawed that he feared
he salary would not be "right."
"Why, we will pay you thirty dollars
SWeek," said Mr. Lemon.
"I fear your liberal offer will not
iopt me," replied Ben, adding as he
tirned away, "you see, I am  paying
mY chafeur $35 a week."
After a iinstrel show has been os
e road year after year, it costs
50to open the season, according
John J. Holland, owner and man-
er of the Richards & Pringles show.
The figures are  interesting.   The
vercoats cost $14,25 each, and 30 of
the coie to $427.50. The hats cost
S each, which makes $120.   Six end
Coats cost $90.  Tuxedos for the
inigers cost $300. Coats and caps for
-h musicians cost $100. The scenery
tst $150, chair covers at $1.75 each
niosuiit to $52.50, painting  the car
tmes to $200, and repairs on the car
re estimated at $100.  The money
iich will be advanced to performers
ill eat up the remainder of $2,500.
The   Record-Herald   published   a
special" from Reno, Nevada, under
late of May 17 in regard to Virginia
larned arriving there late  Saturday
ight "incognito" and stating that her
orpose was to establish a residence
ere vith the intention of securing a
varce. The Record-Herald run a
s sectio  head "Virginia Harned is
aReno," which was surprising inas-
nluch as Miss Harned arrived itm Clhi-
ago last Sunday.  Was the headline
I ariter of the Record-Herald ignorant,
as the news-editor careless or was it
*  conspiracy to deceive  the  reading
'itlic
Chicago's amusement parks are gig-
tic traps, baited with objectionable
iusements which catch  the young
iid begin the working of their ruin,
as the charge made in church last
'unday by the Rev. Melbourne P.
onton. He said: "The last week
as been one of trap setting. They
'll offer the suggestive picture and
*  1luting dance  hall.  The  music,
Iht, color and all other allurements
lraw the multitudes of young. Parents
hot0uld realize anew that most of these
timtusement parks are gigantic traps
et to catch the unthinking and reck-
less youth."
The wisdom of the press agent of
hite City in springing the play on
eelrds printed below is probably re-
pOnlsible for this outburst. If there
1 flirting at summer resorts it would
) Iecu to be bad judgment in the pub-
icity man's making light of it and it
ives those who are attacking parks
When Rosenthal was with the Fore-
patgh-Sells show?
When Phil Schwartz was office boy
at Lord & Taylor's?
When Charles Cherry was a bank-
er's clerk in London?
When Pliny F. Rutledge was man-
ager for Ike Payton?
When Janet Beecher appeared here
in The Regeneration?
When the Lyman Twins used to
have "money to burn"?
When Charles White had the cook-
horse with Pawnee Bill?
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Every "Minstrel" Has His Day.
When plays were produced a few
years ago which required but ten or
twelve characters the profession
wondered at their success. Later when
the authors evolved interesting dramas
with but eight speaking parts the
astonishment of those who thought
they knew the show business increas-
ed. When Eugene Walter entered the
field and wrote six people plays which
both shocked and interested the pub-
lie the amazement of producers and
players neared the climax. But re-
cently, when Joe Weber got past with
a drama calling for the services of
but four players, everyone was will-
ing to adiit that the climax had been
reached in The Climax.
DO YOU REMEMBER-
When Walter Hawley was a White
Rat?
Wlhen  James Wingfield   was a
jockey?
When John P. Reed was known as
"Prett"?
When Kid St. Clair was with Gentry
Brothers?
When John Fogarty invented the
cakewalk?
When Earl Burgess was known as
Earl Delaro?
When Joe Willard was married for
the first time?
When Clint Finney was with
Hitity Dumpty?
When Charles Berner tacked ban-
ners for Old Arkansaw?
When Walter Nissen was ahead of
Billy Kerrand's Minstrels?
When Toddy Van Brocklin was
with A Knight for a Day?
When "Curly" Brown introduced
cotton candy at White City?
When Ollie Mack worked in a cot-
ton factory at Indianapolis?
When W. F. Mann was a solicitor
for Buhler, the scenic artist?
When Jake Newman was manager
of "The Convict's Daughter?
When Fred Beckman was interested
in Sipe's dog and pony show?
When Charles Dineen was a ticket-
seller with Ringling Brothers?
When Harry Jackson was stage
manager at Hopkins' theater?
When Harry Alford was musical
director with A Breezy Time?
When Edna Wallace Hopper played
in The Girl I Left Behind Me?
When Frank Flesher led the dogs
with Frank Piper's Tom show?
When Melville B. Raymond was
with the John Robinson show?
When Jack Mahara ran a basement
opera house in Charles City, Iowa?
When James Stewart, of Norris and
Rowe, had a good word for other
showmen?
When James Forbes was discharged
from a Chicago paper's reportorial
staff because he refused to review a
performance of Duse in slang?
on grounds of immorality additional
thunder. The statement below ap-
peared in The Tribune last Sunday. It
is presumed that the press agent of
White City wrote it for no one else
would have said the weather was
"ideal"-a statement made in the first
paragraph of the story:
"Youths strolled among the booths
with hard won canes under one arm
and easily "one" girls on the other."
The lover of pure English might
object to the pun on the grounds that
both won's should be spelled the same.
May22,1909-
When W. J. Hanly was special cor-
respondent of the New York Times?
When Ed. E. Daley refused to use
the Alton Railroad from Kansas City
to St. Louis?
When Louise Rial was a member of
the Dearborn stock company at the
Garrick theater?
AGENTS AND MANAGERS.
C. P. Greneker is here in advance
of The Blue Mouse, which comes to
the Garrick next week.
J. K. Vetter does not wait until the
last moment to get his show ready
for the road, but has already ordered
a supply of cuts and has the scenery
at the studio.
CharlesD.McCaullleftTuesdayfor
New York and Frederick Donaghey
finds himself manager of both Tim
Murphy and A Gentleman from Mis-
sissippi.
Ed M. Jackson, who managed A
Prince of Sweden the past season, is
in Chicago for the summer. He will
be with  Ole Peterson next year,
which is also to be under the manage-
ment of C. S. Primrose.
Sed J. Deschane arrived in Chicago
last week, having had a 41 weeks'
season in advance of Ma's New Hus-
band (Eastern). Next season Mr.
Deschane will pilot a big musical
comedy which is being booked by
Harry Scott and company.
Arthur R. Wilbur, formerly mana-
ger of Hoyt's A Texas Steer, Hoyt's
A Midnight Bell, and numerous other
attractions, has filed a petition in
bankruptcy with liabilities amounting
to $42,445.18, and no assets. The at-
torney for the petitioner is Robert S.
Congdon, Gowanda, N. Y.
C. 0. Gaines, for the last ten years
on the road with various attractions
and for five years preceding that
manager of the old opera house at
Clarksville, Texas, has leased the new
opera house in that city and will
settle down. Mr. Gaines was business
manager of Le Comte & Flesher's A
Savage King the past season.
J. Russ Smith left this week for
Lima, Ohio, where he will place mov-
ing pictures in the Faurot opera
house beginning June 1. He will also
complete the organization  of the
Hyde Theater Party, with which he
will be connected next season. Smith
has an airdome at Charleston, S. C.,
which opened Monday night last with
John B. Wills' company.
J. Harry Gordon, best known for
his advance work, is in Chicago, hav-
ing brought The Cowpuncher to Chi-
cago after it closed at Kansas City
May 8. He had a 39 weeks' season
and was supposed to be manager of
the company, although he was fre-
quently in advance in territory which
did not look inviting. Gordon is a
wonderful worker-as full of ideas as
he is of energy.
Walter M. Roles, who will go in
advance of The Flower of the Ranch
next season, is engaged in digging up
the notices given the play on its origi-
nal presentation in New York and
Chicago. He could not help but be
surprised at the general excellence of
the notices. The Flower of the
Ranch is said to have received fewer
unfavorable notices in large or small
cities than any other play of modern
times.
Myrtle Hebard, principal soubrette
with Ma's New Husband company,
closed the season last Saturday. Miss
Hebard's success is said to have been
even more emphatic than when she
was with The Land of Nod and Bus-
ter Brown. Her press notices are said
to have been very flattering the entire
season, and she is said to have a host
of admirers throughout the country.
She has several excellent offers for
next season, but before considering
any of them will rest up for a few
weeks at her summer home in Oak
Park.
Ben Rosenthal returned Tuesday
from a trip to French Lick, Ind.
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