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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 13, 1909)

Morgan, F. R.
The Rose Hill English Folly Co. : a burlesque salad with grand opera dressing, servied at the Chicago Star and Garter [cartoons],   pp. 5-6

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Chief Executive of Actors' National Pro-
tective Union of America, Local No.
4, Succeeded by Jess Bellgard.
Nov. 4, 1909.
ToWhIen It Aay Cuncern:
This certifies that Bro. Duke
Darrow has this day and date
albove, resigned from the office of
president of Local No. 4, A. N.
P. U. of A. His resignation was
on his free will and the accept-
ance made at his own request.
His resignation was accepted
and a vote of thanks offered for
his pastservice.
LOCAL No. 4, A. N. P. U.
S. D. Ricardo, Secretary.
Official Seal of IVnion.
Duke Darrow has resigned as, presi-
dent of Actor's    National Protective
Union of America, local No. 4, and has
been succeeded by Jess Beligard, for-
merly vice-president of the organization,
who will serve out the unexpired term
of the former. A new vice-president to
fill Beilgard's chair was elected by the
union at its meeting Thursday after-
noon. Beligard is; now chief executive,
Darrow resigning for various reasons.
The latter, however, will remain an
active member of the union, but will de-
vote more time to his personal affairs.
Jess Bellgard.
New President Popular.
Jess Bellgard is one of the most pop-
ular men in the actors' union and has
been identified with its organization
ever ince its inceptioe. Hewas on its
charter list and has always been alert
to its interest and welfare. He is now
appearing in vaudeville, being known
as "that original musical Dutchman."
He has been a resident of Chicago for
twenty-five years, enjoying the distinc-
tion of living in the same flats during
that period of time. His home is at
167 West Chicago avenue. A good pic-
ture of the new president appears in
this week's issue of the Show World.
Bellgard a Lodge Man.
President Bellgard is affiliated with
a number of fraternal orders, being a
member of the Masons, King Oscar
Lodge, No. 85; the Modern Woodmen
of America, Camp Rutledge;; the Rep-
tisophs, Independent Order of Forest-
ers, Court Lincoln and the Tribe of Ben
Hur, Court Adams. Bellgard was chief
of Court Lincoln lodge for three terms
and was also chief of the Court Adam s
lodge for a similar number of years
Bellgard has a wide acquaintance among,
the artists.
Darrow Receives Thanks.
Duke Darrow, of the team of Darrow
and Mitchell, has been president of the
actors' union since May and his term
does not expire until next May, when
the annual election of officers occurs.
Mr. Darrow has found that he did not
have the time necessary to devote to the
office and his resignation was accepted
with reluctance. When the union took
official action, regarding his resignation,
it tendered him a vote of thanks, for his
past service. Mr. Darrow was given a
signed certificate, showing that he re-
signed on his own free will and that a
vote of thanks had been voted to him
for his services.
Return to Vaudeville.
MANKATO, Minn., Nov. 8.-Unique
and Wonderland, local moving theaters,
have returned to one vaudeville act,
after several weeks of no vaudeville.
Mrs. M. Dane, proprietress of the
Unique, taking-the initiative. The plan
Is to run singles first three days of
each week and doubles the last three
Future of Business Depends to Great
Extent Upon Manufacturers, Says
Head of Theater Film Service.
The Show World presents in the cur-
rent issue a double page layout of pho-
tographs taken in and about the The-
ater Film Service ofdChicago, of which
F. C. Aiken is president. When inter-
viewed upon the present situation in
filmdom, Mr. Aiken said:
"We are naturally very much pleased
at the success of our business but don't
overlook the factthatthe high position
we hold was not secured without bard
work, study, system, liberal buying and
co-operation of our loyal employes. In
systematizingourbusiness wehavenot
overlooked thesmallestdetails andhave
always  made it a point to encourage
suggestions fromthe exhibitor, many of
wluich have materially aided us in per-
focting our present thorough and up-to-
date system.
"I believe thatamusement Isa eneces-
sity and apparently a part of our ex-
istence and I do not know of any form
of amusement that offers such great
possibilities as motion pictures, in that
it is enjoyed by all classes,  ld and
young, and combines both entertaining
and educational features at a price
within the reachof all.
"We have always been strong advo-
cates of high class motion picture the-
aters and itis certainly gratifying to us
to note that this business has reached
a stage where enormous capital is be-
ing invested in beautiful theaters of
large seating capacities, the returns
from which have proven the wisdom of
such investments and clepatronage at-
testing to the popularity of this class
of entertainment,
"It is certainly encouraging to note
thelargenumber of exhibitors whoare
replacing their present storeshows with
large, well ventilated and expensive
theater buildings, many of which are
farsuperior to other amusement houses
in their respective cities and are a
credit to this industry.
"The future of the business depends
to no small degree upon the manufac-
turers, but no one can deny the fact
that thelicensed manufacturers ofboth
films and  machines have in he  past,
and are at present, making wonderful
Improvements and it is my belief that
this feature will continue in the future
tobecared forasrequirementsmayde-
moand, in amanner that will be beyond
reasonable expectations."
Comic Opera Star Gains Prayer on
Charge of Nonsupport.
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 10.-Grace      VaTs
Stiddiordt he velknown primadonsa,
wasgranted asdivorce last Monday fro
Charlie Van Studdiford by JudgeWurd
man, at Clayton, St. Louis county, Ata
Miss Van Studdiford appeared betr
Judge Wurdeman when she was fillin
an engagement at the Century tieatI
in this city recently. The hearing se
her case took but ten minutes, ae
Judge Wurdeman took the case undr
consideration and tne decree was only
aSunounced ble oter day. In the hear
ing of the case, Miss Van Studdeford
charged her husband with nonsuppost
and it was on these grounds that the
decree was granted.  Missa Van Studdel
ford's name hasso logb ng assoctated
wit her on ite stage that sthe choo-s
to retain the name ofher husband fw
fore she was married she was picre
Quivoy of North Aanchester, Indiana.
Miess Van Studdiford was in Cnces
nati when she heard the news and shie
expressed pleasure at the    result and
stated that she had noting definite
against Charlie and that she thought
he would make an excellent husband
for some wtoman.  As to whether she
would marry again she refused to say
anything definite but is reported  to
have stated to a reporter:  "I am   a
woman, and, therefore, hope to marry
again; but so far as I can see now I
havenst any hope. I will say that I
htave none in sighut now."
Managers Comnplain of Poor Patronage
-Moving Picture Theaters the Only
Ones Making any Money.
ST. LOUIS. Nov. 10.-The theatrical
business in this city is in a very bad
,way and managers complain that the
business has not been sohbadfor several
seasons. No one but the moving picture
people appear tobe making any money.
Managers figure out what they are go-
ing to lose each week instead of what
they will make.   The moving picture
business has cut the tops of the houses
off, and the galleries are empty, while
the high price seats do not sell welt
either.  The high cost of living has
been given as one of the reasons for
the slack attendance at the better class
of theaters.
Sheehan Closes.
The Joseph Shueehan Opera company
closes at the Alhuambra, iou Milwaukee,
Saturday night, November 13, and it
is reported that Mr. Sheehan will later
as~uneea role in anIrishedrama.
~e   A
I. C. Shipley.
1. 5'Seell,   late of tie Sells-Floto
Shtows, hasOpseted acigar store at9212
Cottage Grove avenue, Chicago' Shipley
is one of the best known men in the
showy business. Since 1871 he has been
identified with the leading circuses, in-
cluding Burr Robbins, Sells Brothers,
Cole Brothers, and Sells-Floto. Shipley
intends to make his "smoke house" a
headquarters for show people.
Rats to Get Out Paper.
According to the gossip in the White
Rats association quarters and along the
Rialto, the White Rats of America ex-
pect to publish a paper, which is slated
to make its debut about the first of
December. Harry Mountford, secretary
to the board of directors of the White
Rats, is now in New York where it is
said he is giving all his time to the
exploitation of the sheet, which it is
understood will be called "The Player."
Complete plans regarding the issuing
of the publication are not known here.
yet Dame Rumor has it that the paper
will be a weekly and will be devoted
largely to the interests of the TWhite
Rats organization. Mr. Mountford is
expected to return to Chicago next
E. A. Becker, of the Columbia
theater, St. Louis, suffered a sad blow
in the loss of his son. The sympathy
of everyone is extended to Becker who
is deservedly popular in local theatrical
circles. Becker returned to work at the
theat r yesterday.
Successful Season Closes and Plans are
in the Making for Many Big
"Bigger and better than ever," will
undoubtedly be one of the strong lines
with the Hagenbeck-Wal lace Shows next
season, Contrary to his usual custom
of maintaining silence as to his plans
Mr. Wallace is not hiding undedr a
bushel his plans for thebnext year. This
change of manner can be traced to the
treatment of attempted persecution, as
letermsit,by the"circus trust"   "In-
stead of driving me from the road they
will find that I will have a bircus that
will be, the peer of anything ever seen
in thetentedamusement line."
Those who are at all posted in the
circus business know that the season
of 1909 broke all records with Mr. Wal-
lace as far as profitableness is con-
cerned. The biggest business was re-
ceived ,either in the opposition towns,
or in the "repeaters." The old repeat-
ers such as Indianapolis, Dayton, Co-
lumbus, Wheeling, Ft. Wayne, Vincen-
nes and twenty others of that blass
were all big.  The date at Vincennes
this season made the fifth successive
yearthan Hagenbeck-Wallace hasplay-
ed that city and the business was by
far the biggest and mostprofitable Wal-
laceever had in that city. Denver was
another repeater that manifested apar-
tiality fortheseshows. The tourof the
northwest was one continual success.
according to the reports of the local
press and the statements of the circus
Alreadyplans are well underway for
1910, and next season    will see  the
hagenbeck-Wallace  Show   much   en-
larged, with agreat deal bigger spread
of canvas, a six poled top being used
and the largest round top Mr. Wallace
ever had. The menagerie will be lib-
erally augumento~l, some radical im-
provements being made in that depart-
iea tthatnwill znake thismenagerie the
most interesting of any    the  public
could hope to see.
C. B. Cory will again go to Europe in
December where he will remain for
several weeks in searcht of acts. While
hie is abroad Air. Wallace will be per-
sonally engaged in the rebuilding of
the. show property and R. M. Harvey
will be organizing a strong opposition
and advance force.
November 3:
Chicago Federation of Labor Is Piret
Offer Support to Artists in right
Against Frank Q. Doyle.
Chicago, Ill., Nov. 1909.
Gentlemen: At aregulr me.
Ing of local Number 4, Actors'Na.
tional Protective Union of Amer.
ica, it was found necessary as
place the booking agencyOf Frank
Q. Doyle of this city o the un-
fair list.
We respectfully ask that this
matter be referred to Your grist.
ance committee with a view of
having our action endorsed by
your body, so that thislman can
h e dealt with as speedily as pos-
sible. Fraternally yours,
A. N. P. U. of A. Local No. 4.
The final chapter of the fightofthe
Actors' National Protective Unisni
America, Local No. 4, against rak
Q. Doyle, the Chicago hooking aget
who was recently placed onthenfair'
list at a regular meeting of the unist,
is being written andthe matter ias o
being investigated by the Chicago Fed.
eration  of Labor, the Calumet Fiint
Labor Council and the Chicago Heights
Trades and Labor Assembly, and It is
also likely that other lasr Organe.
tions withwhichitisaffiliated, willtike
decisive action against Doyle in far
of the Actors' Union.
Federation  irst to Vote.
The Chicago Federation of Labor at
its regular meeting on Lafialle street
Sunday afternoon did not lose anti
time in referring the Doylematter  so
the grievance committee. S.D.Ricrd,
secretary of the Actors' Unionansits
official delegate to the federation, was
given recognition byPresidentFiger.
aid and made a fewremarks. Hes od
that the unionwanted the assisane eof
the Federation in unionizingthen ta
ters and to heartily endorse its actih
inplacing Frank Q.  Doyle onthetnir
list. A copy of the letter, whichwa
also sent to other trades councils, it
printed  in   this week's Show  forld.
When the matter came for voe, the
Federation without a single dissenting
voiceplaced the matter inthe handsof
its grievancecommittee.
Calumet Council Votes Likewise,
Out in KensingtonTuesdaynight,
Calumet Joint LaborCouncil, after hei,
Ing the letter from the Actors'tr:
reada      ahavingSecretary icardo ma
some  remarks, unanimously voted tI
have the executive committee give t
inatter careful consideration and o -
range  to give the Actors' union the
proper support in bringing Doyle to
time. The Chicago Heights Trades ond
Labor Assemblymet this week andol-
lowed in the footstep a ftheother f-
fioiated  bodies.  The South Chicteg
Trades & Labor ass embly meets Fri-
day night and it will also beasked os
take similar action.
Definite Action Expected.
The grievance committee of the Ch-.
cago  Federationwill confer with oylt
and then report backto the nextfmedt
ing of thefederation, whichwille held
a        week  from  next Sunday. If the re-
port is unsatisfactory, the federation
will take final action that will reoiltIt
Doyle being declared unfair and the
unions comprising this body will he
notified that he is in dis favor with the
federationand shouldbedealtwith at-
cordingly.  If all the trades cens
fail to ome toterms withDoyle,it by t
foregone conclusion that Doyleis hound
to faceamoreserious proposiisothe
he is now confronting. Thematter Is
practically out ofthe hands oftheAc.
tos' Unionand theartists are anioul
waitingfor the final decisionofthei-
bet federations. councils andassemblies
Unionization Possible.
Now that toe bigger andmoreln-
entialorganizations have decided to 5
port the union, the handwriting e
plainly visible on the wall. The hses5
of Chicago are destined tobecome uion.
izdand the clash with oyle is prac~
tically responsible forthe changeOf af'
fairs.  The artists are after thenon07-
union houses and it Is their one desite
to make every hou se play union acts
With the heartycooperatin ofthe fed-
erations, councils and asseblie, which
control the labor unionsof Chiag,h
union is bound to score0on grandtic.
Theaters AreDeclared Unfair,
Two even dozen ofthe largerand bet
ter known theaterof Chicagohave beet
declaredto be onthe unfair listhrythe
Billposters' union.  This is the resul.
of the strike now in progress aimed0at
the merian Psting Service and the
lockout directed against the unionby
the theaters of the loopand contiguous
Stock Does Well.
MANKATO. -Minn. N'ov .rae
D~oodle" Stock companv enjoyed geod
business fivenights   -emsnber IItt 51a
top~~ loetiopieInankato theater

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