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Manager Was Concerned About "Getting Them In " [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Manager Was Concerned About Getting Them In An old-time theatrical manager was lorn Donnelly . Once when he was conducting the Grand opera house in New York , he was approached by the property man , who asked if he could n ° t Ji ave ? 5 for his expense account Five dollars , said Donnelly . That s a lot of money just now . What do vou want to spend it for ? I want to buy a new contrivance to expedite the exodus of the audience in the case of fire or panic . It will open all the exits at once by the press of a button , answered Props . • Do u t you worfy so much about getting the audience out of the house at present . If any money is to be spent , let it be for the purpose of getting the people into the theater , was Donnelly s reply .
Mother ' s Birthday Greetings [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Mother s Birthday Greetings I m sending you a scrap , dear , of mother s love to cheer , In hopes that you can use it and feel he s always near ; For in your mother s heart , dear , your place is never filled , She wishes you true birthday love and absence from all ills , And many , many happy days until your life is filled .
Mother ' s Love Links [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Mother s Love Links ( The Answer ) By Tom Brantford Your birthday gift is here , love , And it fills my heart with joy To own those golden fetters . That bind mother to her boy—Those lovely little links , dear , From one so far away , Yet bring us close together—My mother , old and gray . Yes , another year has passed , dear . And we both older grow , But our love is just as young , dear , As it was in years ago . And what a love yours has been , So fond , so good , so true . Mine seems the smallest trifle , To what is due to you . But the love that I have given To you , my mother , dear , Is a love that none has ever shared The smallest bit , I fear . Ive loved , but it s been different , And from some had no returns ; But for you , my darling mother , Is a love that loves and yearns . And when I lay me down to rest , Your love , my mother , dear , Will cheer me , rest and comfort me , Your lonely , rough boy , Piere .
ELLA HERBERT WESTON [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
ELLA HERBERT WESTON The above portrait is a likeness of Ella Herbert Weston , general manager of the Western States Vaudeville Association . Last April Ella Herbert Weston entered into a partnership with Sam Harris , of the Wigwam theater , and Irving Ackerman , former proprietor and manager of the Chutes theater , establishing offices on the 7 th floor of the Westbank Building , and are now booking a chain of vaudeville theaters in San Francisco and throughout California . Ella Herbert Weston is a well-known professional , formerly of the team , Weston &amp; Herbert , comedy musical artists , and will be remembered as members of the first Orpheum Road Show that toured the large Eastern cities under the personal direction of Martin Beck .
Fixing the Fault in Bad Burlesque ; Ifs Not Always the Performers [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Fixing the Fault in Bad Burlesque ; Ifs Not Always the Performers By a Prominent Burlesque Comedian So much has been written about the drama , vaudeville , and circuses , that I think a small article on burlesque won t go wrong . At present there are about seventy-six burlesque companies in the two wheels , and about twenty independent companies playing one and threenight stands . Also on the Pacific Coast they have what they call musical comedy company , but , in reality , they are nothing more than burlesque . What I wish to convey to the reader is the truth in regards to burlesque . To - day the comedian is fifty per , cent , of the show ; make them laugh is the motto . Newspapers will come out , and roast the performers but never do they roast the manager . This season I am with a manager who has Helped make the show . True , the man in front can see more than the man who is doing the work on the stage , and he may see faults that the artist can not see . But our manager has com...
Panning Channing Frank Fogarty's Pointed Remarks About What He Considers the Latest Misinformation About Vaudeville . [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Panning Channing Frank Fogartys Pointed Remarks About What He Considers the Latest Misinformation About Vaudeville . [ Duplicated to T HE PLAYER . ] written I have just laid down with constantly increasing indignation , Channing Pollock s new book about the theater . The Footlights Fore and Aft . I wonder whether any other vaudeville artist has read this book—read the chapter headed In Vaudeville , and if so , why this is the first letter of protest I have seen . Mr . Pollock makes his living from the theater . He has written a dozen plays , and one of them is now on Broadway y et he . Well , since his own words condemn him more than mine can , let me quote at random , a few passages from this chapter on vaudeville . Variety is the spice of life . So is vaudeville . If you doubt it ,, consider Gertrude Hoffman , Valeska Suratt , and other beauties unadorned of the two-a-day . Virtue and vaudeville were synonymous for something over a decade . I don t know precisely when people stopp...
How Stage Names Have Their Origin [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
How Stage Names Have Their Origin About ninety per cent , of the people who enter the theatrical business change their name . There are various reasons for this , in most cases the change being made because the right name is too prosaic . For instance with Roger Burke ; as a leading man with a dramatic company Roger s name , both front and back , would be a millstone around his neck , and so he changes it to Percival St Clair Duquesne . He does this even though he enters the profession on the lowest rung of the ladder , because he hopes at some day to reach the top . _ In other cases the change of nameis made because the family of the novice abhor the theatrical business , and the aspirant hopes to conceal the dreadful fact that he is attempting to be a thespian by using a new name . It was this fact that made William Julian Dalton change his name when he attempted amateur theatricals in Boston some years ago . He came of a well-known Boston family , whose lineage could be traced ba...
Page 39 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
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Trouping With John Robinson [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Trouping With John Robinson Interesting Incidents of the Season of 1911 Related by Hal Newport We opened the season with a week at the Armory , Cincinnati , O ., under the auspices of the B . P . O . E . All of the acts engaged for the season reported for rehearsal , excepting two . A serious accident occurred just before the opening . Harry Jordan , while practising double trapeze with his partner , fell from a trap at the top of the building to the ground . He was carried to the City Hospital where he died the next day . Monday was a fine day for parade ; the Elks led in autos and on horses . William Ashton made a big hit in parade with a hobble skirt . Warren Travis , our strong man , let his largest dumbbell slip and hit him on the head , laying him out for a while ; there was an exciting half hour in the dressing Toom as he wanted to clean up when _ e came to . His injury was not serious , ^ however , and he was able to work again in a few days . A reporter from • Cincinnati wa...
Roping a Bear Near the Pole [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Roping a Bear Near the Pole Fred Stone s Thrilling Experience in the Far and Frozen North Fred . Stone , of Montgomery &amp; Stone , took up lariat throwing and roping three years ago as a pastime , and since then he has indulged in every kind of lassoing . He has always been crazy to rope anything that would put up a fight ; he has roped cows , people , gateposts , and everything in sight , until he was tired of it all . While Mr . Stone was spending one summer in Alaska , with his brother-in-law , Rex Beach , he got in touch with a man in Hamburg and learned what it would cost to go hunting for polar bears and how to go about it Finally he organized a party of four hunters , and it cost each $ 1 , 500 . The party left New York on June 8 for a ten-day trip to Christiansand . From there they took a mail steamer up the coast of Norway and landed at Trumsoe , inside the Arctic circle . A whaling steamer was then chartered , and the party started for the coast of Greenland , bu...
GRUBER & KEW [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
GRUBER &amp; KEW This is one of the most versatile teams in vaudeville . They have been playing for the past three years in the West and have but recently closed thirty weeks on the Pacific Coast , where they made many friends . Thev present what they style A Rural Musical Hop Scotch , and have met with universal success They are booked solid until next June and will then retire to their farm , near Fennville , Mich ., for a long needed rest . They will then take up bookings in the East , where their act is also well known to managers .
The 1912 Rainbow of Promise in the Music Publishing Field [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
The 1912 Rainbow of Promise in the Music Publishing Field By C . P . McDonald Nobody can rightfully predict what a new year will bring forth and what great events will transpire to make history . Business predictions , however , ever are rampant in the closing days of each waning year , and those who are qualified to judge of forthcoming conditions in the _ music publishing business are optimistic in the extreme over the outlook for the year 1912 . It is the consensus of opinion—as it usually is at this time of each year—that the approaching year will establish a record in point of sales and for business in general . The impending Presidential campaign , however , is expected to hurt business to an appreciable extent , but despite the slump that usually attends these national political events , it is thought that sales will so far advanced over the volume transacted in 1911 that the depression caused by the election will be more than offset . Publishing wiseacres and their traveling...
HERMITS GAIN FLESH . [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
HERMITS GAIN FLESH . The Hermit Club of Cleveland , O ., are in a quandary as to whether they should attempt a show in the spring or not . This year they passed up the annual show for various reasons . The author of the skits in the past has gotten to work on a new play for the club and while he is knocking out quips and jests the members of the club are wondering how they can arrange the cast . It seems that in the past year the old stand-bys of the club have acquired such a rotundity of form that they will not be able to play prima-donnas , chorus girls , etc ., and that style of characters have always been strong bids for popularity in the annual shows . Some of the members are thinking of dieting , banting or taking a Muldoon course of treatment in order to reduce and in the meantime Cleveland is awaiting , with anxiety , news as to whether the annual show will be given or Hot .
"Get the Official Program ; the Only Way to Follow the Show " [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
Get the Official Program ; the Only Way to Follow the Show This cry greets the ears of the circusgoer at the entrance to the menagerie top , and resounds among the seats , until the performance of the big show is well under way . It is the call of the newsboys who sell millions of publications every season ; still few , if any , ever give a thought to this important side-line of the show business . Publishing a circus program is an industry , unique in its class ; it is a business which goes on the year round . Aside from the great expense of actually printing the various publications , there are small fortunes invested in advertising commissions and the salary roll of the salesmen and solicitors who work almost continuously in preparing and disposing of the gaudily covered catalogs of a circus performance . Just recently one of the prominent publishers of this style of reading matter died . He was Ike M . Southern , who printed the programs of the Two Bills Wild West , 101 Ranch , ...
AGood Story Teller [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
AGood Story Teller By Geo . Edward Murphy . This ain t going to be much of a rhyme , Cause I aint got time , And if T had time , It wouldnt be much of a rhyme , Cause I can t write rhyme ; And if it was prose , I dont suppose It would be much better prose Than herein goes , Cause I can t write prose . But when it comes to plain writin , Puttin facts down right , Makin them sound clever and trite , I guess there don t anybody write Any better writin than I write . I aint much on meter and syntax , But dead sure on facts . ( Now , some may say that facts Is a poor rhyme for syntax , But facts is the point , not rhyme or syntavV And when you read this story I got to tell , Youll just sit up and say , Well , I wish every fellow would tell With moral and plot as well , A story like this fellow can tell . Every line is a laugh or a cry , A heart-throb , a tear , or a sigh , An esthetic zephyr that soars on high , And twinkles in the mind like a star in the sky . ( Above lines copyrighted ...
FRANK BYRON [Newspaper Article] — Player — 22 December 1911
FRANK BYRON Of the clever vaudeville team of Byron &amp;¦ Langdon , is pictured herewith as he appears in his original character impersonation , The Dude Detective , a comedy sketch of the real sure-fire ^ laughter sort ; an act which is a feature in every big time theater in the land .