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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(July 10, 1909)

Buffalo Bill coming to Riverview Park,   p. 5

Object to "barkers" out at White City,   p. 5

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Z     Juy o10, 1009.
TO RIVERVIEW PARK                            OUT AT WHITE CITY
11 "Creation" Opened Last Saturday, and Other Attractions Are Law and Order League Waging a Crusade Against Announce-
Proving Popular.                     ments Made in the "Openings".
"Creation" the spectacle so anxious-
s,   ly awaited-opened at Riverview Ex-
S 1e  position last Saturday night and in
ip  spite of the minor defects which must
i   be expected at early performances,
a   the production  was  favorably  re-
Sc6  ceived by those who had seen the of-
re  fering of the same name in the east.
I   "Creation" is a fitting attraction for
c   Riverview and proves another of the
s a moral shows which put the exposition
in a class by itself and out of the list
of ordinary amusement parks.,
It would be difficult to describe
"Creation."  It is so different fron
"The Monitor and the Merrimac" that
it may well divide the honors as the
chief feature of the world's greatest
amusement resort.
tiThe coming of the Buffalo Bill
Wild West and Pawnee BillFar East
to Riverview is now the main topic
of conversation among showmen and
the consensus of opinion is that the
engagement will prove profitable to
both the park and the show.
Buffalo Bill's name is a great draw-
ing card, and every report indicate,
that he is backed up by a splendid
performance. This happy combinm-
tion is expected to prove a record-
breaker for Riverview, where big
crowds are common.
The human roulette wheel continues
to be a center of interest at Riverview
and always gets more than its share
of people. The ladies get on the
wheel as well as the men and boys,
and seem to enjoy the fun, for they
are always anxious for a second ride.
The witching waves, which opened
recently,is proving popular and the
other attractions makeup an evening's
entertainment which it is impossible
to duplicate.
Business so far this season has not
been big for the concessions, with the
exceptions of Saturdays, Sundays and
Vaudeville Man Arranges for Many
Novelties for His Music
"Iload nodifficulty in booking any
onimber of American acts," assertetd
Mr. Morris regarding his European
trip. "Felix & Caire were eagerly
taken, and Juliet was grabbed with
similar avidity.  James  J. Jeffries
everyone held out their hands for.
Ibooked Amelia Bingham at the Pal-
ace, and no sooner was it announced
that she would appear than I under-
stood she was offered a part in the
"Cinderella" pantomine by George
Edwardes, while Miss Carus was of-
fered the principal boy's part. I made
immediate arrangements for booking
Bob Fitzsimmons and his wife there
for another year after they filled their
engagements with us in this country.
Joe Welch was placed there by our
London office.
"Finding talent of sufficient impor-
tance to book into this country was
C    more difficult than booking American
acts in Europe. Consul, the chimpan-
zee that was asensationat the Lon-
don Hippodrome, I found in asmall
town near London, after chasing him
all through the provinces. Then our
time was so short that had it not been
for the kind offices of Byron Chand-
ler, who brought Consul from Rams-
gate to London by automobile in five
hours just in time to make the train
for Southampton, I would not have
been able to bring the chimpanzee
with me."
New "Buster Brown."
The   musical  comedy,    "Buster
Brown,"will be an entirely new enter-
tainment next season, as the Buster
Brown Amusement company has ac-
cepted a new play written around the
familiar characters of Buster, Tige and
Mary Jane. The book is by George
Totten Smith and the music by John
W. Bratton. The scenery will be new
and is being built at the studio of P.
Dodd Ackerman.
Manager Fined.
IOWA    CITY. Iowa, June 30.-
Manager Pocock of the Bijou was
tined twice for violating the Sunday
labor law in operating his theater.
The Chicago Law ond Order
League is waging a crusade against
the vulgar spiels on the part of
"barkers" at White City and other
places of amusement; a sort of an
echo of the recent uprising which led
to the principal dancer leaving the
Salome show at that place.
It is only one of a string of an-
noyances which has beset the man-
agement of White City recently. Last
Sunday a week there came near being
a strike by the Italians working in
"That Newspapr Mlan" of Iowa Falls, Iowa, who enjoys a wide
acquaintance with one-night stand folks through his interesting letters
to theatrical publications.
Changes Hands.
FREMONT, Neb., June 30.-J. W.
Glenn is once more proprietor of the
Bijou Dream. having bought out the
interests of the Clark Brothers.
Shaw Play Forbidden.
LONDON, Eng., June 26.-Again
has the censor disapproved of aplay
byBernard Shaw. It iscalled "Press
ASHEVILLE, N. C., July 5.-J. C.
Faltys and G. M. Gillman, who are
renorted to have skipped from For-
rest Park, Little Rock. Ark., without
paying salaries to their people, and
who are also alleged to have accom-
plished the same thing in the con-
duct of their park at Jackson, Tenn.,
'vere arrested and placed in jail here..
A certain Chicago firm of attorneys
in an attempt to collect an old ac-
count from E. J. Faltys, who is prob-
ably the same as is mentioned in the
foregoing, reported to their client:
"Our attorney is returning this collec-
tion as absolutely worthless."
"The Destruction of Messina." It ap-
pears, from the reports current, that
an interpreter engaged the Italians
and was to get 75 cents a week from
each one which would total some-
thing like $30 a week for him. The
park management dispensed with the
interpreter's services and he wanted
to take the Italians with him. Half
of them can't speak English and there
was some uneasiness for a time. At
length a copper is reported to have
put the interpreter off the ground and
peace reigned again.
Recently several people have been
cut off of the "Messina" show, accord-
ing to rumor.
Crowds have not been very large at
White City this year although Leon-
ard Wolf is quoted as saying that
Saturday and Sunday let the park out.
Last Wednesday night there was a
rather small crowd, and Thursday
night of last week is reported to
have seen a still smaller attendance.
Patronage is said to be not nearly so
good as in previous seasons by those
who have been connected with the
amusement place and ought to know.
Buffalo Bill will begin an engage-
ment just across from the White City
entrance Saturday of this week, and
this ought to help the park. It will
provide an attraction to draw people
such as the park stands in need of,
in the judgment of men who have
been connected with parks. Buffalo
Bill exhibited some distance from
White City on his last visit to Chi-
cago, but was forced to go right op-
posite it to get a lot this time. The
Buffalo Bill advance department ex-
pect his coming will aid White City.
The Finney Family continues to be
drawing attractions and the perform-
ance is greatly enjoyed by those who
sit on the high seats or are provided
with mackintoshes.
There is a sign Phoenix Theater on
the building occupied by the "De-
struction of Messina" whichhit would
be well to paint over if there is a
desire to obtain credit for a well-
managed park.
'The Climax" will come to Powers
on August 1.
AlcVicker's will open August 28
with "The Circus Man."
The Princess will reopen in the fall
with "The Goddess of Liberty."
Catherine Clark is Mabel Barrison's
understudy in "The Blue Mouse."
The stock company at the Alham-
bra is doing an average business.
The Great Northern will reopen on
August 1 with "Follies of the Day."
"A Gentleman From Mississippi"
is in its eleventh week at the Grand
opera house.
The Bijou and the International
will play Stair & Havlin melodramas
the coming season.
No matinee was given last Monday
at the Studebaker where "The Candy
Shop" is prospering.
The court will determine the Askin-
Singer controversy in regard to the La
Salle theater next Tuesday.
The new Court theater is being
rapidly erected and will probably be
ready to open on schedule time.
"The Traveling Salesman" is now
in its thirteenth week at the Illinois,
and is still playing to fair hoses.
The Chicago opera house, the Great
\orthern, MecVicker's, Powers', tloe
Princess, and the Whitney are now
The American Music hall closed
with two performances on July 5. It
will undergo improvements before re-
Vaudeville appears to be just what
was needed at the Columbus theater.
The house is now attracting fair
"The Golden Girl" gave 203 consec-
utive performances in Chicago be-
fore going to Milwaukee, between
visits to Milwaukee.
The Bush Temple closed last Sat-
urday night. The Herman Lieb play-
ersdid not draw tisufficient patronage
to warrant a continuance.
It is possible that a stock company
will be put into the Garrick which
will produce new plays, like the com-
pany the Shuberts have at Washing-
ton, D. C.
Richard Carle's judgment seems to
have been good in reviving "The Ten-
derfoot" at the Colonial. It is doing
a nice business and is deserving of
The monkey and the maid in
"Danced to Death" is the title of a
sketch that was offered at the People's
theater last week. The playlet was
offered for the first time in America,
and Charles H. Weston, formerly
playing the dog. "Nana," in "Peter
Pan" with Maude Adams was feat-
tired. J. H. Yeo, of Milwaukee, is
the manager of the sketch.
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