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VAUDEVILLE AGENTS TO HAVE
NEW STATE LAW
Vaudeville agencies who are prey
ing upon performers are going to re
ceive a severe jolt if Richard Knight,
general inspector of; employment
agencies, has his way.
Knight has prepared a bill which
is today in 'Springfield ready for in
troduction into the state legislature
which will, if it passes, eradicate
many of the evils of the booking sys
tem. It will lessen the leech-like hold
the booking agents liave on the
actor's salary envelope, a hold that
sometimes demands usurious com
missions for bookings secured.
"There is need of closer regula
tion of theatrical booking agencies,"
said Knight today. "There are in
Chicago today hundreds of curbstone
agents who hold no license. Their
only office may be under their hat.
"There is a contract that meets
the approval of the inspector, but
there is nothing to compel the use of
this contract There is no state law
limiting the power of the agents, ex
cept in some particulars. The agentf
can write just about any sort of con-,
tract he pleases, and if the performer
signs it, it holds.
"If the bill to be introduced at
Springfield passes it will mean there
will eventually be a set contract by
which booking agents and actors
must .abide. The bill does not speci
fy what this contract shall be. It will
permit the agents to collaborate with
the commission in forming it. The
agents and the commission would
agree upon a contract that is just and
equitable. Once it is accepted it will
be binding upon all. Then the com
mission would have specific grounds
upon which to base action against
W. E. Heaney, manager of the Vir
ginia theater, which was named in a
story by Dr. Raceford, an English
performer, today gave out his state
ment of the affair.
"Raceford came to the house
tfirough the usual arrangement with
the booking agent It is customary!
for the house manager to take outthei
money due the agent from the per
formers' salary. This I did. But
after this the booking agent will have
to obtain their own fees as far as
the Virginia theater is concerned."
Milwaukee'. Bomb exploded iiv
window of Vincenzo Zingolas' gro-.,
eery store; no one injured; black,
New York. Police huting for "rip
per murderer" who has murdered twb
children in hallways of East Side ten
ements. Columbus, 0. Ohio supreme court
held unconstitutional 1896 statute
making an employer liable to fine or
imprisonment if he coerces or dis
charges an employe for belonging to
a labor union.
St. Paul, Minrf. Henry Ott in
stantly killed, other -workmen in
jured by explosition in gas tank car
being repaired on Great Western
' New York; Grief over death of his
brother, Frederick Townsend Martin,
has caused Howard Townsend 'Mar
tin to lose mind. Committed to sani
tarium. New York. John Bunny, funny
man of movies and idol of millions
of American children," left estate of
only $8,000, ' ,
Peoria, III. Small cyclone pickedx
up Catherine Agnes Barberis, baby at
Guardian Angel Orphanage, hurled
her to ground, killing her instantly.
Brainerd, Minn. After quarrel
with wife about money matters, Gus
tave Menz, retired farmer, shot and
killed her and suicided.
Blink (the wholesaler) Well, how'
many orders did you get yesterday.
Gink (the salesman) I got two or
ders in one shop.
Blink What were they?
Gink One was to get out and the
other was to stay out
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