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The Billboard.
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Saturday, October 6,1900.
GRUMBLING GANGSTERS.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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“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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