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THE BILLBOARD 11' i If I'M pi , : ■»s "Í1 m : -y Ml f th « I.:; s¡ ‘/i • *i * ?1 V ! U i h-y, i Jt .i* II5 pii> fesl If mi Wfl w j*'j M II h« s» wm m ,1'ri S.iïf î’;! *3 I M î if Ht iv; g«ï Ml lïi. i# Ht *>. m' ■ I te iî j.ly It Jri a-- B Hl pfftft 8*2! P* II The Billboard. ;J Published Weekly ai £ -ia7 E*»t Bight h Street, Cincinnati, Oh¿o, U. S. A. if Address all communications fL; **or the editorial or business departments to i THE BILLBOARD PUBLISHING CO. Si Subscription» $4-oo a year; 6 mo*., &.co; 3 mos., Çj___________91.00. in advance.___________ I\ ADVBRTI9ING RATES : ¿L Advertisements will be published at the uni- Vi form rate of ten cents per agate line; no dis- I «count for time or space. Copy for advertisements must reach ns before noon on Saturday previous f to week of issue. 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GRUMBLING GANGSTERS. r. ff; Much genuine amusement is afford- A; ed by the report from New York to the effect that the disgruntled gang- ‘ sters decided at their Jast meeting to '«ii oppose the admission i of any more newspaper agencies to membership as official solicitors of the Associated Bill Posters. Furthermore, it has H been quietly tipped off that these 7 ^ same millionaire myths of monster monied mirages are very sorry—yes, 3 deeply purturbed, in fact—because at ‘¿3 a. rather thoughtless and unguarded ‘.¡I moment they ‘condecended to admit I t if the Philadelphia firm of N. W. Ayer & Son to the graces of tbeir good-fel- lowship and a chance to' scramble S"Sit with their own sacred selves in the { >L contest for big contracts. And by jjp the same token, the . Philadelphia : ,{■ firm has scrambled successfully and j- dug up a nice line of new business, jjlfi But, lo! because of this the mo.nster ;£? of jealousy now lumbers his lobstered way upon the scene and hoists the V flag of streaked yellow. Y*: • - ¿1 * * * V* The Ayer _ establishment has been 1*3 too perniciously active for business, and the result of their efforts too de- cidedly profitable to suit that charmed circle of magnates who have become inured to the habit of commanding puppets. Therefore, gt the mandate, surreptitiously but none ej the less effectively, goes forth that the Ayer people and others of their ;ta ilk are not really needed in the bill fii posting business. p ■ U, ¡ f;< n; • •< X b. ?v * à, rtf-; and Such follyl Such nonsense h: coarse-grained stupidityt What inat- £ ters it from what-source business is 1^ secured so long as it is legitimately obtained. And what does the bill ^posting industry demand more ur- gently and imperatively than a score * at least of additional soliciting firms * pf the reliable and energetic type? 'i ' “The Billboards’s” position on the question of solicitors has too often been repeated to be misunderstood. We believe that the more solictors that, are engaged in digging np busi- ness the mo,re_benefits will be reaped by the craft. Our advocacy®of this point has already met with the ap- proval and support of the rank and file of the fraternity. Yet a few lit- tle demi-gods, rapt up in their own axe-grinding selfishness, can set the will of the majority at defiance on this important matter as well as all oth- ers. HELPING HOWARD. Ever since “The Billboard” direct- ed public attention to the distress- ful condition of Bill Poster Howard, left homeless and helpless by the Galveston disaster, much good has been accomplished and a considera- ble sum of money even has already been forwarded to his relief. Judg- ing from the movement now on foot a sufficient amount will eventually be raised so that the unhappy Galveston bill-sticker can re-erect a plant equal at least to the one that was swept away by the storm. As an il- lustration of the efforts that are be- ing put forth in his behalf, read the following letter, which has recently been addressed by President Charles . Bryan,' of the Associated Bill Posters, to members of the craft in general: To members:—-At a meeting of the board of directors held at New York City, September 17, the Galveston sit- uation was discussed. Nothing had been heard of our member in that city, and no one knew if he had sur- vived the awful catastrophe which had swept away the lives of so many of his towns-people. Efforts were made to get a telegram through to him without success. The board au- thorized the president to expend five hundred dollars for the immediate re- lief of *Mr. Howard, if it should be found that he '«is a'ive aiisl in need. T hive instruct“?! our treasurcr lo for- ward five hundred dollars to Mr. Howard, and am also advised by our Chicago member that they have tele- graphed one hundred, dollars to Mr, Howard. This sis. hundred dollars will provide for present necessities, but will not enable our member to again establish his plant, and place him in a position to earn a living for his wife and little ones. The association as a body has done what it can and it must now devolve upon the individ- ual members to do what they can in the way of subscriptions to a fund to be turned over to our unfortunate member, and to place him on his feet again and enable him to continue his business. The cause is a most worthy one, and I sincerely trust that you will give your financial aid, for such, amount as you can afford to de- vote to this cause. As this is a mat- ter that requires quick action, I trust that you will not delay. Comments. Distrust the trust schemers.- Troublesome times threaten the bill posting trust. Hasn’t Pitch spent all the first assessment yet? Sloy boy! Was Gude forced, or did he push himself in the Protective project? Some excellent bill board locations in New York are owned by Shine & Co. Mr. Gude’s attention is politely referred to the fact that there is a distinction between diplomacy and duplicity. Horrible thought! But, oh! what a display of financial pyrotechnics there would be if Roaring Robert had Pitch’s job! They say that Joseph* Sickles, attorney-at- law, is financially interested with 0. J. Gude to the extent of $10,000. Well—ta! ta! . > “The pocket edition of Mark Hanna” is the way a Western bill poster refers to “Browtme” Pratt in connection with th«e bill posting trust. The American Posting Service, of Chicago, has wired $100 to Joe Howard, of Galveston, Tex., to assist him in re-establishing h'is plant. Paul P. Schaefer, vice president of the big Chicago bill posting plant, has fully regained his .health* and is once more at his desk, busy as a beaver. The Associated Bill Posters contributed $500 for the benefit of their comrade, Joe Howard, who k>et all h’is earthly possessions in the Galveston calamity. Chamberlin’s chain of theaters is operating against him among the bill posting fraternity of Iowa in. his fight against “Uncle Billy” Moore; of Des Moines. The great flourish of brotherly love which Gude and Pratt profess for each other before the ccmmott herd might lead a stranger to be- lieve they were ill-mated twins. The Cream City Bill Posting Company has not contributed any funds to the Protective concern as yet. Many other signers cf the project are still "guessing things ever.** The Hudson Broe., proprietors of the Kan- sas City Bill Posting Company, are about to remove their offices to an elegant suite at No. IT East Seventh street, Kansas City, Mo. Gude supports the trust in a chicken-heart- ed way, although outwardly be is profusely and eloquently loyal to the octopus. The New York Bill' Posting Company is not a serf of the magnates. Genial and gentlemanly. Charles B. Hooa, of Havana, Cuba, still holds a trump card, the recollection of wh:cb causes a twinge of uneasiness to a certain former business asso- ciate of Chicago. H. G. Ellmore, who was formerly one of Cbas. B. Hood’s poster salesmen in Chicago, was a “Billboard” caller Sept. 29. Mr. Bll- tnore is now a salesman for the Wilbur Seed Mead Company, of Milwaukee, WIs. Prank P. Stoops, of Chattanooga, Tenn., brother of Harry E. Stoops, president cf the Southeastern Bill Posting Association-, spent several days in Cincinnati during the past week on a business trip,' and was a “Bill- board” caller. Latest reports from Dayton, O., indicate that Harry Merkle is not going to Detroit, after all. He may possibly go to Des Moines, la., before spring, as that is where, rumor says, he expects to land next. Harry is a valuable man wherever he goes. In St. Louis, it is said, there i& no evidence to show that P. G. Stout has re-established himself in the bill posting business. It is generally understood, however, that he has Ms card out as a bill posting contractor. Yet positive proof Is lacking on ibis point. The population of Glasgow, Scotland, is much less than that of Brooklyn, N. Y., yet four bill posting plants have peacefully piled the'r daily pursuits and waxed rich in the Scotch city, while the. trust permits only one to exist in the big Long Island town.- None of the big poster printing houses in Cincinnati have “rercgnized” the Poster Art- ists* Association. The strike at Donaldson’s is on the wane, and the whole thing will peter out shortly. The artists d d not even succeed in giving an imitation cf men of brawn. x. ... Liverpool, Bnglancf^has a population about equal to that of Bostoi^Mass.. but the Eng- lish eity .can boast of rit^east four mammoth bill posting plants, all £bf which are long- established and wealthy concerns. Owing to the trust in this country, Boston has but one recognized plant. In reality,. Roaring Robert is mere deserv- ing of pity , than censure, if his peculiarly embarrassing position were rightly under- stood. This is admitted even by those who are closely associated with* him, and accounts in a great measure fcr hiis many flukes and white-flagging episodes. And now that the comfort of rellgfoua en- thusiasm has checked “Deacon Burr’s” men- tal depression and banished the demon of fr'ght from h'is physical system, he apologet- ically attr!butes his recent tilt with Dame Nature to the excessive UEe of tobacco. Won- der what pipe he’s been smoking! The Redman Distributing Company, of Mi- lan. MicbV, has entered the bill post'ns field bv buvinff out an onnosition plant and joining the Michigan Bill Posting Association. They report tb<»t their boards are im first-class shape, and that business in the distributing and posting departments is very gocd. Treasurer Charles A. Ilinsch, of the Cin- cinnati Fall Festival Association, has made a. report, in which: he. says: “The cash bal- ance in the hand» of the treasurer Is. suffi- cient to insure the return of the notes given by the guarantors, and a handsome surplus will remain as a basis for the Festival of 1901.” James Gilbert Stickney, city billposter of Tallapoosa, Ga., writes to complain about the list of alleged unreliable billposters fur- nished by “Practical Advertising,” in which his town was included. He says the state- ment does him great injustice, as be has a first-class plant and renders excellent service. The advertising in Munsey’s is not only falling off in quantity, but it is also deterior- ating in class and character. In view of the fact that Munsey’s still has by far the largest sale of any of the ten-centers on the stands, one is forced to conclude that there is some force to the advertising agents’ knock, after all. Some well-known bill posters who visited Cincinnati during the Fall Festival were Maj. Henry H. Tyner, of Springfield, O.; Charles B. Rodgers and wife, of Sidney, O.; Frank F. Stoops, of Chattanooga, Tenn.Mike Kuhn, of Hamilton, O.; R. W. Lodwick, of Portsmouth, O.; George Campbell, of George- town, O., and. Hamilton, of Maysville, Ky. Some distributors are fond of asserting that Steinbrcnner is financially interested in the ttinglKimpton circular, which he helped to push into the sink-hole of official organry. Rodent! “Steinny” has troubles enough dis- tributing such leaflets without shouldering the responsibility of their manufacture. However, his vanity may be appeased in a few free pages of advertising. Can it be possible that Gude is envious of the laurels of popularity which Dr. J. W. Gnflith, of Greensboro, N. C., won at Atlan- tic City by his brilliant eloquence and supe- rior sanity? ’Tis Eaid« in New York that whenever the name of the scholarly South- erner is mentioned within O. Jay’s hearing the latter rather belittlingly and scornfully refers to him as “That Doctor.” Whenever the question of dollars and cents IB an Issue In the office of the American Post- ing Service, of Ch.cago, it is said that Burr Robbins instantly steps forward and tempo- rarily assumes the positions cf president, sec- retary, trcaurer, general manager and board of directors. But at other times be is as un- obtrusive and retiring as,a country bill poster on his first vlsrlt to an annual convention. One important development at the recent meeting cf the bill posting trust magnates in New York is the fact that the gangsters intend to oppose the admission of any more newspaper agencies, as solicitors in the bill posting field. The great success made by N. W. Ayer & Son has, in fact, jerked an awful fright into the timid bunch of afraid-of-each- others, and now they are very, very - sorry they admitted the Philadelphia firm, who are bringing thousands cf dollars to the many bill posters’ pockets, of which the magnates are jealous. Lcrd & Thomas, of Chicago and New York, the only advertising agency represented at the Paris Exposition', have been awarded the Grand Prize—highest honor—for their unique and interesting map, which has received most favorable mention frcm the press and public This exhibit was shown in the Liberal Arts Department. American advertising methods, as exemplified In the Lord & Thomas display, showing, as it does, another reason for Amer- ican supremacv in the commercial world, have awakened great interest - among mer- chants of all civilized nations. Two more billposters were arrested at Cleveland, Q.* Sept. 19, on the charge of vio- lating the billposting ordinance. They were Will.am H. West and John Tozer, employes of Bryan & Co. The men were in the act of crecting a billboard sixty-four feet by twelve feet* in dimensions, comprising 768 square feet, which is 718 feet more than the Iaw^ is said to allow, when the arrest was made. The arresting patrolmen, however, d:d not know that a test case was pending In Police Court. Nevertheless, they say that whenever and wherever the ordinance is be- ing violated arrests will be made. w- L. Taylor, who makes the finest pictures, that appear in “The Ladies’ Home Journal,” leads the ideal life that every artist dreams of. He neither seeks ncr accepts work from °Pe* ^K,s 1111 agreed income from the Philadelphia magazine, and as this is a gen- erous amount he has nothing in the way of finances to worry him. He lives In an artistic Wellesley, Mass., in the tcp story of wh ch he has hia studio. His wcrk is care- fully. laid out for him by his editor' for an en- tire year In advanee, and he works at it only when he feels at. his best. Otherwise, he paddles in his caiioe or walks. He has no t>;me imposed upon him when his work shall be turned in. He generally uses up the best of two months to paint a slns^le p-cturc. Few artists have really a more Ideal l'fe. C. H. Spurlock, of whom it was. announced that he had joined R. H. Korgrave’s “Boys and Bums” company, in a recent letter to A. E. Harbaugh, says: “The allegation is false, and the alligator knows it.'* It is doubtful if there ever was such a company ever headed by Mr. Forgrave. The whole story Is mythical. Mr. Spurlock further say», “I imagine I am a sign painter, notwithstand- ing I havo been cr'ticised many a time. I have never worked for Cunning or any other big srign painter. I have had three or four men anpjy to me for work this summer who claimed they had worked for Gunning, ‘Hote’ or Gnd-e, and after putting them to work they would nrooped to phow me that I did not have the richt idea, and thev would phow me how Gunnfne does, and while I had ir*v doubts about tho resemblance—somo of GunnlnK’s work I have seen—I was inclined to aPnw them to work at lenst a dny before r d*p- charged them and painted the s'ens over it mnv be that thcf*e nrc some of Mr. For- prnve’s “Boys and Bums.” and if bo. T wUl tnke bnck anything I hav*v said aeninst Mr. P. on that score. I am do’ng nothing but eign-work now, and flm trv»ng to bt* a good one. so that T can pet a 1ob with Mr. For- grave and write for the trade journals.** THE BILLBOARD 5 Cent Shows. The Circus Woman. Once upon a time, not so very Ions ago. the embodiment of all that is wicked iu the mas- culine way was supposed' to be represented by the dashing black-inustached member of a minstrel show. During the same prehis- tor.c per.cd there dwelt a companion piece to the social outlaw aforesaid in the minds of mammas, of eligible sons. And this bogey •was labeled “The Circus Woman,“ says a writer iu the San Francisco Bulletin. The Minstrel Man and the Circus Woman! These two typified the extremes of social de- pravity. Did your neighbor's daughter, madam, promenade the streets of your little town with the jauntily attired one whose bold face was blacked o’ evenings—you knew that the silly girl’s feet had touched the first rung of the ladder which leads down, down and out of social sight. Was your friend’s son, my good sir, d.scovered hanging about the circus vans—that son, I mean, who was no longer child enough to be troubled by the fascination cf the sawdust-packed ring and the savage glories of the menagerie—you re- joiced "!n your individual good fortune that your own boy. at least, was not giving over to shameless worship of the outlandish circus woman. We have changed all this; or, rather, circumstances have changed it fcr us. Vaudeville is partly to blame; that hybrid theatrical creature whose mother was a comedienne and whose father was an acrobat. Vaudeville is the missing link between the stage and the sawdust triple-ring. Vaude- ville has dragged down the one and elevated the other. Vaudeville and hard work have done the thing. As the capacity to be amused has become jaded among end-of-the- century people; as the tendency to require more of one’s entertainers has brought about a struggle for existence among the amuse- ment-makers, the circus woman, fully as much as any one else, has bowed to the law, in nature as in art, which decrees the sur- vival of the fittest. The circus woman has become a specialist. The circus woman has outlived the period when she was a piece of showy furniture in a tawdry parade, a Jill Gf all'circus trades, and by sheer hard work, by becoming a mistress of agility, an artist in equilibrium—in short, by learning to do best What others can only do well, she has raised her rank and outlived her reputation. I have had the pain of meeting in their dressing rooms various stage people of dif- ferent degrees of dramatic elevation. I never saw the circus woman as anything but a mar- vel of. human mechanism till the Ringling Brothers performed the last great miracle of living up to circus promises. Last week 1 met the circus woman. And she isn’t the cir- cus woman at all. She’s a child; a simple, unaffected, amiable little creature, pleased at a small compliment as a child would be, and lacking—delightfully lacking—in the veiled, sophisticated sarcasm with which the clever actress meets her natural enemy, the interviewer, or the unbounded, fatuous van- ity which the stupid one displays. As to the unholy associations which once put these women beyond the pale in conservative wom- en's estimation,- as to the feminine horror of the circus dressing room, relinquish* the lingering, long-loved prejudice, ray dear madam. And if you want to be shocked, I • pray you avoid the canvassed/circular, earth- . flavored1 green room, where I spent yesterday afternoon with twenty-two women in (and out cf) tights cf various hues and diverse ma- . terials. As a sensation, I warn you, the cir- cus woman is a failure. This tented dressing room may be about twenty cr thirty feet in diametar. Its roof is the great canvas that stretches over both men’s and women’s dressing rocms and the outer corridor, where the leading equine stars are undergoing stage make-up at the hands of many grooms. In this matter of make-up. again the circus woman is a disap- pointment. When you hear the envious, dis- illusioned spectator of many circuses explain- ing to the disheartened child at his side that the spangled, satin-clad hour! he sees is merely a berouged, bedizened old woman, break boldly in upon the conversation and b'd the hero-worshlninp: youth take heart cf graeo. These ch*ld-ltke women have lips a bit artificially reddened. Even Oko Haca- hara. the little nlne-vear-old Japanese child filthier, has a bit of rouge upon her thin. sm’Ung lips. But for the grotesquely black- ened eyes and the paint laid on with a shame- less generosity go not to the c'rcus women. P«ek rether. tb#» foremost character in Amer- ica to-day, and the whilom society lady be- come a vaudeville star. ..v; 'v Qu&inted. The fact of the matter is that the tngmal “Bosco" is not with the show at an. borne monuis, ago there was a “Bosco,” out ne got sick, ana was left at a way scacion in me iuKe rtg.on to recuperate, xt was ex- corouer Aic%*uate, of Canton, the “spieler," wlio voucnsaied all the information, wnicn- is taereiore omcial. Now it seems tnat tnert» vtas a hanger-on with the company named Beno. . "Beno,” says Dr. McQuate, “is only a plain, unfortunate, rummy guy, who used to tat twice a week belore. he took to snakes. Beno is the fellow who a few years ago spent a tew weeks at the .Cincinnati Hospital. He had1 picked out a pleasant method of making a liV.ng. All he did was drink all kinds cf poisons, dnve awls in his head ‘ and allow h.mseif to be crucified in museums over the country. He is the gent that would stand upon a platform and have spikes driveu through his feet and hands for $2 a day. The spikes hurt him just as bad as tbey would hurt any cf the spectators had they gone tnrough the same performance, but Beno nad nerve ana1 was anxious to eat three times a day, and have a little booze fcr himself occasionally. He joined- out with our show, but his act was too strong, and the people wouldn’t stand fcr it, so he became a useless attache of the combination, and was allowed to sleep and* eat wherever he could. Many times we thought we had lost him. Up in Minnesota this summer he got drunk and went to sleep on the steps of the car and fell off. He was picked up by the authorities of a little Minnesota town, and) when found wras still asleep. He had not been injured, and to the surprise of everybody he turned up at the next town where we snowed, none the worse fcr wear. It happened that Bosco took sick, but even before this he had gone to Colonel Pontius, the manager of the snow, and told him that he had Bosco skinned a block eating snakes, and had his applicat.on lata for the job, m case it was ever unincum- bered. When Bosco took sick there was con- sternation all through the show. We had billed the snake eater, and we had to have one at any cost. Suddenly Pontius'thougnt of Beno, and a short search about the boxes outside the tents discovered the rummy as usual asleep. He was awakened and booked for two weeks, and a more highly elated fel- low I never saw. He was placed in the pit for trial, and all the help gathered round to see how he would carry himself in the den of vipers. Well, he surprised everybody. When he sat down among the rattlers the first thing he said1 was: ’These snakes are not fussy enough,’ and with that began box- ing the hissing serpents about. In a few' mo- ments the pit was a sibilant mass of seeth- ing horrors, and suddenly one big, brown rat- tlesnake sunk a fang into his hand. Beno placed his hand to bis mouth and instantly drew out the poison deposited there, and then grabbing the snake bit its head off. By this time all the help had skipped away. “ ‘You’ll do,’ said Pontius, with a gasp, and from that time on Beno was the accepted snake eater. . “Well, a revolution in the person of Beno followed. From a meek Lazerone he became a swell-chejted* gent, with all the pomp of one who owned a proprietary interest in the show. The first mistake he made was soon after he took upon himself the duties of the official snake eater. We showed at a little tewn in Wisconsin, and the attendance was very light. I don’t believe we took in over $50. But every farmer who paid 10 cents and came in wanted to see Beno decapitate a rat- tlesnake. You see, we get the rattlesnakes at a certain place in Colorado. By the time they reach us they cost - about $1.50 each. Beno thought it was incumbent upon him to please every patron cf the show and the fa- talities that day in the snake pit threatened the show with bankruptcy. We took in, as I said, $50, and Beno bit off the heads of about *38 worth of snakes. Colonel Pontius called'him up on the green carpet and he got an awful lacing, and after that he contented h’mself w’th killing a reasonable number of snakes a day. But there was trouble ahead. Beno was on the pay-roll, and felt his Im- portance and began immediately to demand his sovereign rights—that of dining at the general mess. One day he loomed up at the eating tent. “ ‘What are you doing here?’ asked the cook. “ *1 am going to eat here,* he replied. “ *D—d if you do.’ responded’a chorus of voices, and1 as Beno pressed his claims, and came on you cught to have seen the scramble. Every man took to his heels. Fmallv Beno was assigned to a table by himself, and there he eats to this day. Ah, a lovely gentleman, that Beno!”—Cincinnati Enquirer. Gossip. Beno, The Snake Eater. This is how Beno, the snake eater, came to be “It.” It wns a question of necessity purely on .both sides. Everybody Is by this time pretty well acquainted with the person- ORe called “Bosco,” the wldejy heralded mon- ster, supposed to have been captured in Aus- tralia. and who, according to the barker of - the New Enplnrul Carnival Company, Is a pronounced “It,” who oats snakes from choice. But there nre wheels within wheels In the Carnival Company, and many myste- ries.with which the outside world is not ac- Seeking Relatives. Chillicothe, Ohio, Sent. 26.—All efforts to ’ locate the relatives cf Edward Comstock, the showman who died here as the result of a rattlesnake bite, have proved futile, and he will be burled by the township authorities. He had stated that his home was at Indian- apolis, and that he was formerly employed by the Smithsonian Institute as a snake catcher in South America, bot beyond that nothing is known cf him. His companion in the snake show business, a man named Tullls, claims to have picked h-im up in a saloon at Daytcn some eight weeks ago and knew nothing about his relatives. When Comstock wns bitten by the rattler he showed no un- eas’ness, saying that be had been bitten num- berless times before. He prescribed the treat- ment, but for once It failed to work. W. P. Pinkston, the famous scenic artist of St. Louis,* who designed and painted many of the moat attractive floats for the Cincinnati Fall Festival, was a “Billboard” caller Oct. 1. George H. Hines and wife are at Hot Springs, Ark. The Wallace shows played Richmond, Va., Friday, Oct. 5. It is said that W. E. Ferguson is recover- ing. His wife is still attending him. E. M. Burk has all the railroad contracts fcr the Wallace shows closed up to the end of the season. Walter 11. Main arrived home at Geneva, O., Sept. 20. He will spend the winter in Southern California. Frank Rossman, the boss billposter, has quit Wallace’s car No. 1 and joined Gentry’s Hog and Pony Show. Dan Robinson, general agent of the Buck- skin Bill shows, wants more'billposters. Ad- dress care of Donaldson’s. The railroads of Texas do not want shows at any price. All their motive power is re- quired to move the cotton crop. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West closes Its season at Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 3. W. W. Cole is at present accompanying the show. The herd of four educated elephants which John Robinson purchased two -months ago has become a feature of the show. Owing to the Galveston disaster, Buffalo Bill will play four days at New Orleans, in- stead of three, as orig.nally intended. Norris & Rowe’s big trained animal show played at Dallas, Tex., Monday, Oct. 1, for the benefit of the Galveston storm sufferers. Giles Pullman has finally recovered from his long illness at Otsego, Mich., and has gone to his home, 42 Woodell street, Buffalo, N. Y. J. P. Fagan was a “Billboard” caller Sep- tember 26. His health is much improved, but his ear still requires dressing by a physician daily. • Colonel Castello, of the Pawnee Bill show, reports that that organization will close its season in California November 1 and ship to Australia. : . y' - Maginley’s West Indies Show can be ad- dressed at 209 E. Fourteenth street, New York City. It will tour Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, and Porto Rico during the coming winter. I. A. Walder, 821 Fourth street, Sioux City, Iowa, wants to hear from his son, who at last accounts was a billposter on the No. 1 car cf F. E. Smith’s Great Syndicate Circus. J. P. Fagan has been re-engaged by the Forepaugh-Sells Shows for the season of 190i. W. R. Musgat has finished his season ahead of the Wallace Shows, and will entertain of- fers for the winter. The last of McCormick Bros/ Circus and Menagerie pulled in to Lancaster, O., Sept. 26, and, as the company was going out of the business, disposed- of its property at that place. The show has disbanded. Roaring Robert considered himself “big pumpkins“ when he was a circus programmer and afterwards an. agent. Few people know, however, that when he was general agent Adam Forepaugh compelled him to take vouchers for his telegrams. Edward Comstock, manager of a snake show, was bitten by a rattlesnake at Chilll- cothe, O., last week and died, in terrible agony. His hand and arm swelled to an enormous size. Every known antidote was tried without avail. He was changing the snakes and put bis hand into a box, when the rattler bit him. He had handled snakes for years. * We gather from the Lancaster (N. Y.) “En- terprise“ that the town of Elma, N. Y.; has incorporated a circus organization with some of the first citizens of the town as directors. W’hat they are going to do with it Is not said, ncr who is to act as clown. Perhaps they have dug up a new meaning for the word, but they can not shake off the character that has hung to it since the days of the old Roman circus. So they had better not use it as a church auxiliary. . George Whittlesey had a remarkable es- cape from death at Lafayette, Ind.. Saturday afternoon, September 29, while making a bal- loon ascension. When 3,000 feet high he cut loose, the parachute opening nicely after a drop of 50 feet, when the sandbag used In overturning the balloon broke loose and fell, striking the parachute on top and closing it. Whittlesey fell fully 500 feet with lightning speed before the parachute reopened, after which he landed safely in the meadow ad- joining the Carnival Midway Grounds. Peo- ple were awe-stricken when the bag struck the parachute, the bag passing on down and missing the daring aeronaut by a close mar- gin. Last season when Ringling Bros’, circus exhibited for the first time in the Puget Sound cities, rumors of the magniture of the show and its modern, up-to-date exhibitions reached the South Pacific Coast, and there was a prevalent idea that a new arenic star had arisen in the East. At that time unau- thorized announcements were made in the dramatic newspapers that California would be included in the show’s itinerary. This wa3 an error, but simply an error in time. Last fall arrangements were completed for an ex- tensive tour of California, as well as return engagements in the northern coast cities. The latter have recently been visited for the second time with pronounced success, and the show is now making its advent upon Cali- fornia soil for the first time. . Rice’s famous dogs and ponies have not lost a day since the season opened in Cleve- land. O., early In April, with the Great Ori- ental Carnival Company. They were the spe- cial featftre of this attraction until the com- pany changed hands in Chicago in July. Then the juvenile actors were quickly booked solid until October, playing to the best of houses and being the special feature, with hearty endorsement, with return dates, as the tree attraction in front of the Des Moines Sta£e Fair, grandstand; St. Joseph, Mo., new-fashioned fair; Bedford, Iowa, Ottumwa, Omaha Street Fair, ‘Carlyle, 111., Vincennes, Ind., and other prominent places and in each* and every instance the acts were endorsed in the highest possible manner, both by tho fair associations, street fair managers, press and public. X. W. Wittman and Ed Barry, agents for a patent medicine firm, and who have been running a lree show in Newport, Ky., as an advertisement to assist them in disposing of tneir goods, were arraigned before County Judge Bru^n and a jury last week on a charge of practicing medicine without a li- cense, preferred by members of the County Board of Health. The State failed to prove that they had been prescribing, and they were acquitted. Newport physicians declared after the tr.al that tney would take the case be- fore the grand jury. On the other hand, Barry and Wittman are threatening to-file suit against the doctors who originated the prosecution. Newport doctors have attacked Dr. J. S. Cassidy, State Inspector of Drugs, on the ground that he went to Newport *undei* orders to investigate the medicine sold by Wittman and Barry, and, finding that they were old friends of his, took the stand at their free show and boosted their medicine to the people. By order of Mayor Nelson, of Newport, the medicine men have been prei- vented from giving street performances. Circus Attached. Dixon, Bowers & Dixon, circus managers, closed the season at Watertown, N. Y., -Sept. 22, by giving a performance which was very satisfactory. After the show was over, Lester L- Hose, of Cooperstown, sheriff of Otsego County, presented himself and attached all the gocds belonging t» Dixon, Bowers & Dixon, to secure a chattel mortgage for $700 held by Richard Freeman, a business man of Cooperstown. It seems that during the first two months of the season the circus played In hard luck and1 found it necessary to give a mortgage to a man named Darling for sixty days. Darling, who is a. show man, wanted two sccure the outfit and'tried to close the circus at Cooperstown. when Mr. Freeman came to the rescue. Since leaving Coopers- town, the circus has been playing to crowded tents during a trip through the Catskills and Adlrondacks and had- partially paid Mr. Free- man what they owed him. As Dixon, Bowers & Dixon were on the “square,” they tele- graphed Mr. Freeman that they would close at Watertown. Mr. Freeman sent the sheriff, who attached the property, consisting of a tent, nine wagons, seats, and eighteen work horses, which- will be sold. The trick dogs, ponies, mules and borses belong to Mr. White, of Baltimore, who shipped* his animals to that city. Routes. BARNUM & BAILEY’S GREAT SHOWS— Damstadt, Germany, Oct. 5, Wiesbaden, Oct. 6 to 7; Frankfurt, Oct. 8, 14. BUCKSKIN BILL’S WILD WEST—Newton, N. C., Oct. 4; Hickory, N. C., Oct. 5; Marlon. N. C-, Oct. 6; Ashville, N. C., Oct. 8: Mar- shall, N. C., Oct. 9; Newport, N. C.. Oct. 10; Mtfrristown, N. C.,' Oct, 11; Knoxville. Tenn., Oct 13. BUFFALO BILL’S WILD WEST—Pitsburg, Kan., Oct. 4; Joplin. Mo., Oct. 5; Springfield, Oct. 6; Oklahoma City,' Ok., Oct. 8; Gaines- ville, Tex., Oct. 9; Fort Worth, Tex., Oct. 10; Dallas, Tex.. Oct. 11; Greenville, Tex., Oct. 12; Paris, Tex., Oct. 13. FOREPAUGH-SELLS SHOWS—Chattanoo- ga, Tenn., Oct. 3; Anderson; Ala.-, Oct. 4; Rome, Ga., Oct. 5; Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 6; Bristol, Tenn., Oct. S; Pulaski, Va., Oct. 9; Marion, Va., Oct. 10; Roanoke, Va., Oct. 11; Lynchburg, Va., Oct. 12. HARRIS’ NICKLE PLATE SHOWS—Belle- ville, 111., Oct. 4; E. St. Louis, 111., Oct. 5; Murphysboro, III., Oct. 6; Cairo, 11:. Oct. 8; Columbus, Ky., Oct. 9; Union City, Tenn., Oct. 10; Hickman, Ky., Oct. 11; Martin, Tenn., Oct. 12; Dresden, Tenn., Oct. 12. HARRISON BROS’. SHOWS—Fainnount, Neb., Oct- 8; Aurora. Neb., Oct. 9; Grand Island, Neb., Oct. 10; Kearney, Neb., Oct. 11; Hastings, Neb., Oct. 12; .Red Cloud, Neb.. Oct. 13. PAWNEE BILL’S WILD WEST—Knoxville, la.; Fairfield, Oct. 6. RINGLING BROS.’ SHOWS—Fresno. Cal. Oct. 4; Visalia, Cal., Oct. 5; Bakersfield, Cal. Oct. 6; Santa-Barbara, Cal., Oct. 8; Los An geles, Cal.,' Oct. 9 and 10; Santa Ana, Cal. Oct. 11; Pomona, Cal., Oct. 12; San Beniar dlno, Cal., Oct. 13. THE GREAT WALLACE SHOWS—Wash- ington, L>. C., Oct. 1, 2; Alexandria, Va., 3; Fredericksburg, Va., Oct. 4; Richmond Va., Oct. 5; Newport News, Va.. Oct 8; Nor- folk, Va.. Oct. 8; Portsmouth, Va., Oct, 9.

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