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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 10, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 6',
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soul." I've read in them of ambition
for fame, of love, and domesticity, of
longing for the wild life, the gypsy
camp, and the flash of the stiletto.
She loves her work and she finds
happiness in .JjOS Angeles, at the
Hollywood studio"ss.where she poses
for moving pictures.
In "The Fatal Black Bean," a re
cent movie release, 'Miriam's eyes
were shown to advantage.
ACTORS SUFFER MOST FROM
In war the innocent suffer most, it
is said. That applies to theatrical as
well as to military disruption. When
the vaudeville booking agents engage
in combat the actors are the Belgians
of the battle. This has been well
demonstrated in Chicago.
One might naturally suppose that
when Ihe booking agents fall to
scrapping for business they would cut
commissions. That would not hurt
the actors. But that is not what they
do. They do not touch commissions
but slash the performer's salary.
Here is the way they do it.
Actor Jim Jones out of work goes
to an agent The agent will tell him,
"Thmg3 are flat, but I can give you a
week at one-third or one-half your
regular salary." If the performer is
in need of cash he will accept the
offer, just to keep afloat.
Maybe the next week Jones will
book through another agent with a
theatei or a circuit at his regular
figure. Now the first agent will go
to this theater or circuit and say he
'wants to do booking business for it
The manager will tell him that his
present booking affiliation is satis
factory, "But what," the first agent
will say, "if I can get you these same
acts ijt one-half the salary you are
paying?" Then he will pull out the
contract Jim Jones signed with him
when Jim Jones was hard up. "See
here," he'll say, "this other agent
booked Jim Jones to you at $40 a
week. Here's the last contract I book-
1 ed him on. It calls for but $20 'a
The manager of the theater or the
circuit is out to book acts as cheaply
as possible. He views the $20 con
tract the first agent holds with Jim
Jones' signature and he and other
managers then refuse to book Jim
Jones at anything but $20 a week.
Jim has the alternative of working
for twenty per or beating it to anoth
er clime. Because in case of neces
sity he once accepted a reduction in
pay he will be forced to continue
working for the lower price.
"It is a slick system, but it works
to the advantage of the booker," said
J. E. Smith, organizer "of the actors'
union. "Often the theater and book
er are working together. The booker
gets a fat slice for beating down a
WILLIE RITCHIE BREAKS INTO
The second release of the Selig
Athletic series will be made in the
near future. Willie Ritchie, the light
weight boxing champion, will be
shown in training and physical cul
ture exercises. Baader LeVille, the
trick bicycle rider, will be presented
in feats of skill. William Demetral,
the Greek wrestler, will meet William
Berve, the Russian giant, in a match
to a finish.
The second release is even more
interesting and instructive, if that
were posible than the first. The train
ing demonstrations given by Willie
Ritchie, in which his wonderful en
durance and alertness are presented,
is alone of great interest There is
nothing at all offensive m these mo
tion pictures of the world's leading
athletes. They convey a lesson and
encourage interest in physical cul
ture which means clean living.
An exhibition of pupils' work in
shorthand, typewriting, English and
penmanship will take place, in Medill
high school assembly hall, 13th and
Throop sts., May 13, at 2 p. m.
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