Variety (January 1914)

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VARIETY KIETY Published Weekly by VARIETY PUBLISHING CO. Times Square. New York. SIUB SILYjULMAM cmoAoo Majeatlo Theatre Bldg. JOHN J. COONNOB SAN FRANCISCO Pantagee Theatre Bide HABBT BONNBIX LONDON It Charing Croaa Road JKBSB FBBBMAN «« bla, Rue Saint Dldler EDWARD O. KBNDBHW BBBXIN •I Stromatraaae B. A. LBTT ADVERTISEMENTS Advertising copy for current laaue must teach New York offloe by Wedneeday evening. Advertisement* by mall ahonld ba accom- panled by remittance. —*" " SUBSCRIPTION "~~" ~°~ Annual • •* Foreign * Single coplea, It canto Entered aa aecond-claao matter at New York. Vol. XXXIII. J anuary 2, 1914. No. 5 Frank Coombs is going to do a single act, not a "single" in any other sense. Ray Callahan is treasurer of Keeney's Metropolis theatre. Teddy Fields, the former minstrel man is returning to vaudeville. Rene Chaplow has formed a two-act with Clifford Russell. La Belle Titcomb starts over the Loew Circuit Jan. 5. "Joshua Simpkdns" took to the road Christmas Day under the direction of Charles R. Reno. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rarrett (Barrett and Stanton) Christ- mas day. Lulu Glaser is recovering from an operation at her home in Mount Ver- non, N. Y. J. A. Gerspacher has been appointed manager of the Hippodrome, Kansas City. He succeeds Roy Jones, who has gone to the Chicago booking offices. Rice and Cady, in the new "Osgar and Adolf" show now on the one r.ighters, make their first stand on the Stair & Havlin Circuit Jan. 18. Lew Sidney, former treasurer of the Colonial, has assumed the treasurer- ship of the Nemo (110th and Broad- way). Wilbur Mack and Nella Walker will be featured in the new Jesse Lask;, piece, "The Beauties," ready for a vaudeville showing Jan. 26. The Weller theatre at Zanesville, O., playing pop vaudeville since Sept. 1, will hold combinations for the remain- der of the season. E. E. Rutter con- tinues manager. The Rldeau theatre at Smith Falls, Ont, has been leased by B. H. Soper to the Griffin Amusement Co. of Toronto. Frankie Rice, of "The Liberty Girls/' was operated on last week for ap- pendicitis in the Lebanon hospital, New York. She'will rejoin the show after a period of convalescence. Tom Calloway, "The Dixie Boy" who has heretofore played west, has formed a vaudeville partnership with Giace Ritter. Calloway will do black- face. Emma Carus is booked to open at the Palace Jan. 12 but is making every effort to have the date set forward a few weeks. Alf. T. Wilton is looking after her vaudeville interests. Georgie White, besides dancing in Rector's evenings, will have the role of a young lieutenant in "The Midnight Girl," shortly to be presented in New York. Celeste McConnell (McConnell Sis- ters) of "The Girls From Starland" is notifying her friends of the acquittal of her husband in Chicago charged with a recent murder there. The fine imposed recently upon Harry Hart, manager of the Standard Stock burlesque, Cincinnati, on a charge of giving an improper perform- ance, has been remitted by Judge Fricke, of the Municipal court. Allan K. Foster, of the B. A. Rolfe forces, who was compelled to retire from active duty by reason of a severe illness some twelve weeks ago, is now convalescing in the Canadian woods, and expects shortly to be back at work.- The United Booking Offices and Orpheum Circuit will move to their new offices in the Palace theatre build- ing about Jan. 15, according to the latest report. The painters delayed the expected removal New Year's, Gordon Wrighter is the manager of the new Poli Palace at Springfield, Mass., opening last week. George Cleveland is assistant manager; George Quirey, treasurer, and Fred Clarke, car- penter. Robert J. Wildhack is suing Arthur Hopkins for $600 which Wildhack says Hopkins owes him for certain draw- ings and sketches he was employed to make for the producer. Hopkins de- nies that he ever engaged Wildhack. Gregg & McGovern are appearing for Wildhack while Hoppins' side is rep- resented by the O'Brien-Malevinsky- Driscoll firm. V.ijlie Morris, Jr., gave his father a Christmas present, made by the boy after his own idea. It is a hand-painted panel, in heart shape, the intertwined "W" and "M." being in bright colors, vith three daggers alongside. Sur- rounding the top is a cat, overlapping all, bear-fashion, while immediately beneath are nine red hearts, signifying Willie's lather has as many business lives as a cj.t, despite the daggers. "MAUD MULLER." (A Modern Version.) By DABL MacBOYLE. Maud Muller, on a summer's day. Arrived on little old Broadway. All dolled up In rustic style But with a dimple and a smile That placed her In the pippin cla A "Peacherlno" waa thla lass. The "Judge" strolled down the "Ragtime Lane," A rather old but gallant awaln. A look at Maudle made him atart, And loae anew his fickle heart. Though the "Judge's" regular graft was law. When he a peach like Maudle aaw, Like a true eon of Adam'a line, He alghed and whispered, "That for mine!" He aaked her If ahe'd lost her way? She turned and aald, "Now, don't get gay." He begged her pardon, aald he thought A maid ao fair an eacort ought To have. He told her he Would willingly that eacort be. He aald he of a chop houae knew With tablea that were built for two. Would Maudle care to be hla guest? She aadly alghed and then confeaaed She'd gladly mingle with the feed, But there were aeveral thlnga ahe'd need ' Ere ahe could rightly do the town. She didn't own an evening gown. The "Judge" aald he knew where they'grew. He'd gladly buy her one or two. And then he gallantly Inquired, Waa there aught elae her heart desired? He named a store, and then said he, "Buy what you need. Charge It to me." Maudle aald: "You're awfully good. But I really don't believe I ahould Let you do all these thlnga for me; But, If, aa you aay. It*a fatherly Affection that entwlnea your heart, I'll Join you In an a la carte." He named a tryatlng place and then He whispered, "Till we meet again." The atore he mentioned Maudle aought And bought and bought and bought and bought 1 A year's supply of lingerie! Some for the fabled rainy day. A merry twinkle graced her eye, But she and ahe alone knew why. Though sad to atate, 'tis all too true— Instead of to the rendezvoua She homeward went and aald with glee, "Thla little burg waa built for me." At the appointed time and place, A smile upon his wrinkled face, Sere December waited June, He softly crooned an old love tune. His auto at the corner stood And he waa in a merry mood. The moments lengthened Into hours And wilted was the bunch of flowers He'd brought. Forgotten waa hla smile. The hour was late. He thought awhile And then he sighed with secret pain And aadly murmured, "Stung again!" Later In hla hearth'a bright glow He watched a picture come and go. And sweet Maud Muller'a hazel eyes Seemed to aay, "Old boy. you think you're wise, But it's you, not I, that are the Jay, And we're ne'er too old to learn, th'ey say." Sometime later In a show On Broadway from the baldhcad row. The "Judge" dlsrornod the heartless maid Who had with his affections played. In a pair of tlghta of spotless white For the gods nhe was a sight. The "Judge." he saw and then ho nlglicd And murmured, "Though the world 1m wide* Of all sad words of tongue or pen. The saddest are these, 'It might have been!' " TOMMY'S TATTLES By THOMAS J. GRAY. Bet you thought the first paragraph in this column was going to say "A Happy New Year." Magazine writer is going to write an article entitled "A Night With the Song Writers." Hope he doesn't tell the truth. In telling a sister act what they should wear for their Sunday show a theatre manager of an "over-strict" theatre said "I like plenty of petti- coats." On account of the publicity we gave Maude Ryan's Christmas present to us T-ee Harrison came through with one —a pretty white sulphur match that had only been used once. The sweetest thing in signs is "War- ner's Sugar" on the Jersey shore. A shoemaker has invented a shoe he claims is only half as light as the or- dinary ones now in use and will wear twice as long. This should be great news to Dutch comedians who allow their partners to kick them in the stomach. An Englishman at the New York Poultry Show told of putting electric lights in his henneries to make the chickens think the days were longer and thereby increases his output of eggs. In America the chickens try to make the days shorter and the nights longer. Consolation remarks: "Well, nobody else on the bill got anything either." "It's funny, the last time we played here we were a riot." "Say, if it wasn't for that slow act ahead of us we'd have done great." "The wife's pipes have been bad for a week." * "Huh, our closing song has been clone here four weeks in succession, that's the reason." "We keep working all the time, don't we?" "This guy's report can't hurt us any- vay." "I wanted to cancel this week but my agent wouldn't let me." "Say Ho, wait till we play our home lown the week after next." Now that Felix Adlcr has opened with a regular Broadway musical comedy he says he is going to arrange a robbery of his jewels (safety razor and Ingcrsoll watch) for some "press stuff." Our idea of a nice job is to be sent to Bermuda to take moving pictures of Annette Kellermann. No magician was ever so great that he could produce a route for himself, if the booking office didn't want him.