The New York Clipper (July 1912)

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ffsrs Copyright 1912, by tin Frank Qaeoo Publishing Company (Limited). Founded by FRANK QUEEN, 1853. NEW YORK, JULY 6, 1912. VOLUME UC-No. 21. Prlca, 10 Carts. EARLY HISTORY OF NEGRO MINSTRELSY ITS RISE MB PROGRESS m THE UffllED STATES BX COX. T. ALLSTOR BBOWIT. I Bryant's Minstrels—Continued. Nelae Seymour closed June 12, and sailed for Europe on the 16th. Little Mac appeared June 28, In the "Essence." Closed the sea- ton July 24, 1869, and went to Philadelphia. Keiurned to New York Sept. 13, 1869, and oDened with the following company: T. Brsn- dfsl J Q. Russell, Delehanty, Hengler, Una- worth, bones; G. W. H. Griffin, middle; Rockafeller, W. P. Grler, Monroe Dempster, Dan Bryant, tambo; Eugene, Wm. Dwyer, Dave iteed, J. W. Ross, J. Morrison, J. Gara- nai and. J. H. Savori. jelchanty and Hengler appeared in the celebrated "Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me." Delobanty's stay was short, however, for on the 10th hi> 'eft, In consequence of the death of his father. Dan Bryant and Dave Reed afterwaidi dressed the song and dance to suit their own tastes, and gave It to their natrons In an amended form on Oct. 11, Its two hundred and twenty-fifth presentation on Jan. 4. 1870. Jan. I Little Mac put In an appearance and was engaged for the rest ot the season. R. M Carroll opened for a short season on the 8d. Feb. 23 was a gala day with the valiant Dan, for on It ne cele- brated the thirteenth anniversary of the es- tablishment of his minstrel band In this city. and danced "The Essence," which was one of the principal rounds to the ladder that led him up to fame. The house was closed night of June 2, as Dan Bryant had a benefit at the Academy of The season closed June 4. 1870. The fol- lowing are the receipts of the hall excepting the last month: September, $3,722: October, 7 317; November, $11,400; December, ,10.004; January, $9,925; February, $9,453; March, $8,303 ; April, 87,340; May, $5,500. On Nov. 23, 1870, they opened their new Opera House, on West Twenty-third Street (North side), a few doors West of Sixth Avenue. In the company was Dave Reed, Nelse Seymour, Little Mac, Hughey Dougher- ty, Geo. Warren, S. C. Crosby, Jas. Morrison, J. Savori, H. Norman, W. P. Grier, J. Brandlsl, Garatagua, Martin Sets, J. H. Schott, Monroe Dempster, Thos. Sully. W. H. Brockway, Wm. F. Stanley, J. d'Alberte, Dan and Nell llryant, D. W. Carre, J. H. Savori, Master Warren, B. W. Mitchell, T. H. Monroe. The 6eason closed July 1, 1871. Their second season here commenced Sept. 4, 1871, with James A. Barney, R. Kohler, Morrlsey, Emerson, Nilse Seymour, McAi- drews, W. F. Stanley, Savori, Chas. Karoll, G. U. Weston, Little Mac, Dan Reed, Monroe Dempster, Charles d'Albert, James Morrlsey, Martin Sets, C. H. Foster and Dan Bryant, and they traveled during the Summer. Rudy Hughes (right name James Qulgg), a partner with Hosan, in song and dance, died In New York, Nov. 10. 1871, of consump- tion, aged twenty-four years. W. W. Newcomb opened with thla company on Nov. 18, 1871. On Jan. 1 "Shoo Fly" was revived. The season closed April 20, and the party trav- eled. Re-opened In Now York Aug. 26, 1872. Kelly and Leon were In the company, but they closed on Nov. 16. McAndrows appeared Dec. 2. Master Barney appeared March 81, 1873. On May 29 Thomas Lynch was an- nounced to make his first appearance on rhe stags and sing a ballad for Brockway and Donnlker's benefit. The season closed June 25. Daa Bryant and Eph Horn arrived home from Europe Aug. 81, 18'i8. Com- menced their next season Sept 4, 1878. Dave Reed, Nelse Seymour, Eugene. Uns- worth. Bob Hart. Ooa T. Murphy, Brockway, Donnlker, Savori, J. J. Joell, Harry Stan- wood, James Morrlsey, Karl Steele, Temple- ton, Dwyer, Lament and others In the com- pany. On Dec 1, A. H. Clarke, basso, first appeared. Theo Jackson, bass singer, ap- peared May 4, 1874. under the assumed name of T. Merchant. The season closed June 24, 1874. On June 27 the hall was re-opened for a l>enefit to Nelse Seymour and Bob Hart, when In addition to all of the company Eph Horn, Charley White and George F. Brown appeared. Re-opened the hall for the Ben- son, Aug. 81, with Bob Hart, Seymour, Dave Heed. Brockway, Fred Wals, J. J. Kelly. Jos. Nome, W. Raymond, Templcton. J. Robin- son, F. Emerson, J. P. Hogan, W. Henry nice, Donnlker, J. H. Row, Sarorl, James MorrlBon and others In the company. James 5. Maffltt opened Jan. 25, 18"5, to burlesque. The Bryants' Minstrels continued to occupy this house until April 10, 1876. J. H. Savori retired from the profession several years ago, and has been practising medicine in Harlem under the name of Dr. W heeler. Dan Bryant died on April 10, 1875, and ■ he bouse was closed after the matinee that day. During Dan's sickness John Allen ap- peared on the end. Bob Hart withdrew from l he company on April 8. Nell Bryant rented the Globe Theatre, New *ork, and opened It Sept. 10, 1877, as Nell "ryant's Opera House, and closed Dec. 10, same year. Nell Bryant died In St. Mary's Hospital, lirooklyn, March 6, 1902, aged seventy-two yoars. His right name was Cornelius O'Brien. itetlred from the profession In August, 1883, nnd secured a position In the Bureau of En- graving and Printing, at Washington, where he remained until taken to the hospital. Bryant's Minstrels, at Mechanics' Hall, often reached a yearly profit of $40,000. The only week business was poor was when Fort Sumter was fired upon. That week the profits were only $27. Daniel Webster Bryant was born In Troy, N. Y., on May 9, 1833. He mnde his first npnenrance on the stage In 1810 at the Vaux- t.nll Gardens, situated on the west side of the itowery, just below Cooper Institute, on the "ccanion of bis brother Jerry's benefit. Short- ly after this he determined to enter the pro- fession as a regular performer, and he was iSSJ 8 * 1 w "a * number of companies until '848, when be Joined Losee's Minstrels. In 1849 he Joined the Sable Harmonists and traveled through the South and West. On returning to this city, In I860, be became a member of Charley White's Minstrels, then located at the Melodeon, in the Bowery. After performing there for one year he Joined Wood & Fellows' Minstrels, on Broad- way, and remained with them one season. He then Joined the original Campbell's Min- strels, occupying the place on the end for- merly filled by Luke West They traveled South and West until 1850, disbanding in July. Mr. Bryant then man- aged a company styled Bryant's Campbell Minstrels.. During that season he made an Immense hit In his "Essence of Old Vlnrlnny" —a characteristic dance which has since been attempted by many men In the business, but up to the day of his demise Dan never met with a successful rival. The following Sep- tember he vlsted Philadelphia, where he met with great success. In February, 1857, his brothers, Jerry and Nell, arrived In New York from an extended tanr of California and Australia, and with them he formed a co-partnership, and, getting together a com- pany, they opened Mechanics' Hall, 472 Broadway. Dan Bryant made his debut on the dra- matic stage for the benefit of his Intimate friend, Wm. R. Floyd, at the Winter Garden. July 2, 1863, when he acted Handy Andy, la Mr. Floyd's comic drama of that name. On July 20, 1804. he began a Summer sea- son at Wallack's Theatre, acting In "The Irish Emigrant" and "Handy Andy," and subsequently In "The Colleen Bawn." He plaved a few weeks only. In May, 1865, he sailed for Europe, and acted upon the dra- matic stage with success in both Dublin, Ire- land, and Liverpool, Eng., and on July 17, 1865, he began another brief season at Wal- lack's Theatre, which closed Aug. 26. On June 11, 1866, he began a third Sum- mer season at this theatre, producing on July 80, "Shomus O'Brien." He closed Sept. 1, and then went on a starring tour, visiting the principal cities of the country On June 10 he commenced his fourth annual engage- ment at Wallack's, which closed July 27. On Aug, 10 he sailed for California under en- gagement to Thomas Magulre In 1868 Mr. Bryant abandoned the dramatic stsge and returned to minstrelsy, opening a new hall to the Tammany building. ' On Aug. 2, 1869, he began on engagement at Nlblo's Garden, acting Shaun, In "Arrah.- na-Pogue," which ran until Sept. 6, when he terminated his performances. His last performances on. the dramatic stage were at Wallack's Theatre In the Fall of 1874, when he kindly helped the manage- ment out of a dilemma by consenting to per- form for a brief season during the Illness of J. I* Toole. His last appearance In public was at his own opera bouse on the evening of April 8, 187S. ■The announcement of Mr. Bryant's death carried poignant grief to the hearts of a large circle of friends and acquaintances, not only throughout the United States, but to many residing In the principal cities of Great Britain. Both privately and publicly he was extremely popular, and we do not believe he had an enemy. He was thoroughly unselfish, generous to a fault, and ever ready to assist those In distress. Although he had accumu- lated a fortune by his professional labors, the qualities above referred to caused blm speedily to scatter It with a prodigal hand, and at the time of his demise, we regret to sav, his pecuniary affairs were so Involved that he left his family without any provision for the future. As a performer, both on the minstrel and dramatic stage, Mr. Bryant oc- cupied high rank, and waa greatly respected by all with whom he came In contact The sudden death of Nelse Seymour gave a severe shock to Mr. Bryant's system, and the demise of James TJnsworth, following so closclv thereupon, added to hla mental de- pression. These matters were kept constant- ly before his mind while arranging the weck'y programs for Ms Opera House. After the performances of April 8 he complained of being ill, and upon a physician being sum- moned he pronounced the disease pneumonia. On April 6 a consultation of physicians was held, and It was thought that he could not live through that night; bnt he rallied, and the symptoms became more favorable, and until Saturday, a few hours before his death, It was thought that he would recover. He was delirious much of the time, and during such Intervals he would hold conversations with Nelse Seymour, James TJnsworth and bis lsfe brother, Jerry, all of whom seemed to him to be present. Mr. Brvant suffered greatly from lack of sleep, and his physicians found It Impossible to Induce a state of som- nolence, even sub-cutaneous Injections of morphine failing to produce the desired effect. For some three or four hours preceding his d»ath he was In a state of delirium. He left a widow (formerly Nelly Fltzgtbbon, of St. Louis). Noise Seymour died In New York Feb. 2. 1875, at the age of thirty-nine years and elebt months, having been born In Baltimore, Md., Juno B, 1885. His death was the result of a complication of diseases from which be hnd long Buffered. His real name waa Thos. Nelson N. Sanderson, and he was a son of Col. Henrv 8. Sanderson, a prominent Demo- cratic politician, who had held the offices of sheriff and city tax collector, and was one of the original directors and for many years the treasurer of the Front Street Theatre. In that city. It was at that theatre that Nelse Seymour made his first appearance In public, as a volunteer clown in the clrniB ring. Shortly afterwards he entered the minstrel profession, and was connected with Myers & Madlgan's Circus, also with Don Kite's. He made his first appearance to Subtle with cork on his face at Apollo Hall. nltlmore, Md., which was then managed by John T. Raymond and Fanny Forrest. He made his first appearance in New York Aug. 25,1862. (To Be Continued.) ROSTAND PLAY OUT OF DOOItS. Aa open air performance of the Rostand Slay, "The Romancers," was given night of uric 26 on the lawn of the Richmond County Country Club at Dongan Hills, Staten Island. One hundred aud fifty members of the club were pi ■.•sent. 4 i t LONDON OPERA HOUSD NOT SOLD. Dispatches from London last week were to the effect that Oscar Hammersteln dented the report that he had sold the London Opera House to Martin Beck, the vaudeville mana- ger, <■ > JOLSON'9 AUTOMOBILE TOOK. After the closing of the Winter Garden, on Saturday, June 29, Al. Jolson, the principal comedian there, started by automobile for San Francisco, accompanied by Julius Schwab. FANNY WARD SUES PROMOTER. In the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, London, on June 26, coun- sel for Canny Ward, the actress, pressed for an early hearing of her suit against a man named Cohen for breach of warranty, In- volving losses of $160,000 over the promo- tion of a company. Miss Ward says she baa contracts In America beginning In August and running until May, 1013. The Judge fixed July 23 for trial of the case. ♦ »» AMATO AND DESTINN TO SING ENGLISH. When "Cyrano de Bergerac" is produced In English, at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, next season, the title role will he taken by Fasqualo Amato, and the principal feminine role by Emmy Dcstlnn. This will be the first time these popular artists have sung In Kngllsh at the Metro- politan. MA BELLE. The above Is a picture of Ma Belle, the young English actress, dancer and pantomlmlst, who opened her New York engagement at B. V, Keith's Union Square Theatre, Monday, July 1 The scenic, mechanical and electrical equipment that will be a part of Ma Belle's terpslchorean spectacle will i'm* new, costly and sensational. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. Under this heading we will publish each week Important amusement events occurring In the corresponding week a quarter of a century ago. June 30, 1887.—John Stetson and Katharlno Stokes married at Boston, Mass. June 30.—The Orplicum Theatre, San Fran- cisco, Cnl.. burned. July lj—Florence (Flo) Irwin and Hon. Thomas V. Grady married. July 4.—.Annie Hoyden made vaudeville debut at tho London Theatre, New York City. July 4.—Geo. C. Wood married non-pro- fessional at Wlclilfn, Kan. July 4.—"She," adapted from H. Rider Haggard's novel by R. C. White, with music by W. W. Furat, originally pro- duced at the Tlvoll, San Francisco, Cal. July 6.—Mrs. Alfred B. Rlegel nnd Baron Frederic N. Blnnc married at New York City. »« » THE UNITED PLAY CO. (INC.) NOTES. Harry Mnck has been engaged by the United Play Company as business manager In advanco of Hugo B. Koch, In "The City." Sarah I'adden, who wltl Bte.r In "Kindling'' the coming season, under tho direction of the United Play Company, is spending the Sum- mer In tho Adlrondacks, Rehearsals for her company will begin about Aug. 15. "Tho Lion and tho Mouso 5 ' (Western will open Its season the first week to August. Col. J. Leslie Davis will represent tho United Play Company thirty days to advance. Edwin Perclval will manage the company. Adelo Hughes lias signed a contract with tho United rlnv Company for next season. She will play the role off Annie Jeffries, la "The Third Degree." Mios Hughes was un- derstudy for Sarah I'adden in the part for two soasons. Thomas L. Voile, who bns been appearing in "Within the Law," at tho Princess The- atre, Chicago, will support Hugo B. Koch, In 'The City, tho coming season. Charles T. Del Vachlo will again be seen as Captain Clinton, In "Tho Third Degree." rhe attraction opens the latter part of Au- gust. Harry E. Rowe and wife (Hedda Laurent, are spending the Bummer at their cottngo on Wolf Lake. Mich. They will be with the United Play Company ngnln next season, their third year with this Arm. Minnie Radcllffo has signed for the Grace Hnywnrd Associate Players the coming sea- son. The company will open Its third sea- son at tho Warrington Theatre, Oak Park, Aug. SI. Frank Livingston will be the stage director at tho Collego Theatre the coming senton. This house will bo opened nbout Sept. 1, under the direction of l'eck, Halts & Backett. Mr. Livingston was sluge director nt tho War- rington Theatre, ot Oak I'nrk, Inst season, and prior to that was located nt the nusli Temple for a number of years. 4 <» DEERDOIIH FOR "TUB PASSINO SHOW." Evelyn Bcerbohm, the nephew of Bcerbohm Tree, who recently played tho leading com- edy role la "A Butterfly on tho Wheel," at tho Thirty-ninth Street Theatre, has been engaged for a role In "The Passing Show of 1012," Ibo new entertainment which Is to open soon at the Winter Garden. Mr. Bcer- bohm Is experienced In musical productions, having played leading roles In the London Bresentntlons of "Captain Kldd" nnd "The ollar Princess." NEW TENOR FOR THE: METROPOLITAN. Rudolph Berger, tenor, who will appear with the Metropolitan Opera Company for three seasons, arrived In this city last week by the Cincinnati, of the Hamburg-American Line. Mr. Berger was singing baritone roles In Bnyrenth four years ago when he met Oscar Saenger, of this city, who told him he was a tenor and was making a mistake In singing baritone parts. After that Mr. Berger de- voted iwo years to the study of tenor roles, most of the time being spent In New York. He was so successful in tenor roles in Bay- reutb, Paris, London and Berlin that last Spring Mr. Gattl-Casnzza engaged him for the Metropolitan. TOM LEWIS, IN <«THE YANKEE PRINCE." The Vlon Brothers, Josoph F. and C. J., nnnounced last week that they will present Tom Lewis 1c "The Yankee Prince,' next season, and by arrangement with Cohan & Harris the tour will begin Sept 9, at Ford's Theatre, Baltimore. Md., and will take In the principal cities of the South and West. 4 ■ » ENGAGED FOR WINTER GARDEN. Hyla Allen and Shirley Kellogg have been engaged for "The Passing Show of 1912," the new entertainment which opens at the Winter Garden, New York City, July 8. Re- hearsals of the principals are being held daily under the direction of Ned Weyburn. GRACE EDMONDS Has been In musical comedy and has played tho leading prima donna role In "A Stub- born Cinderella" throughout the West with great success, and has also played lu Mort Singer's other productions. Then she went to Europe, studying In Berlin and Vienna. nnd uuon her return entered vaudeville and made bcr debut at the Fifth Avenue) Theatre, which turned out to be very successful. Miss Edmonds la one of tho youngest prima donnas la the country to-day, and has a bright fu- ture. During her Fifth Avenue engagement Klic received numerous offers to enter mu- sical comedy on Rrondway, but sbo prefers vaudeville until she has finished her studies. OUR BURI/ESQUBRS. ADELAIDE DOL'TEIXE. LILLIAN LAWRENCE. ANNA GOLDEN.