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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

They were discussing the raising of children at the chamber of commerce show recently and Dr. Maude Wiley, in charge of the Welfare league, told an amusing story. Seems the little girl had been spanked by her father for disobeying. With tears running down her cheeks she ran to her mother, crying, “I think papa’s perfectly horrid. Was he the only man you could get?”

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

Sign on farm in Kansas – “Hunters Take Notice: Hunt all you durn please, and when you hear the horn blow come to the house for dinner. If the quail are scarce kill a chicken or two, and if you can’t get any squirrels kill a hog.” – Boston Transcript

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

Many old time actors and actresses, who have in recent years joined the “movies,” held a reunion in New York the other day to talk over old times and new creations. It was a time for reminiscence and they enjoyed the occasion to the fullest extent.

Actors who trod the boards ten and fifteen years ago together in a play that thrilled New York, had a reunion last week. They talked over the olden days when movies knew their place and left the drama in peace.

The players were members of the cast that supported Amelia Bingham in “The Climbers.” The place of their reunion was nothing more or less than the Vitagarph Brooklyn studio.

The films had finally reached out and gathered these artists. They will reproduce on celluloid the play that made them famous.

Frank Loomis, casting director for the Vitagraph, believes he has accomplished a notable feat in mobilizing the principal players of “The Climbers” to appear in Vitagraph’s reproduction of that state success.

Miss Corinne Griffith will play the star’s role. Tom Terriss is director. James Spottswood, who played the role of Trotter in the state version, with Miss Bingham, repeats that performance in the film. Percy Marmont, also a member of the earlier cast, is in the film. Miss Emily Fitzroy, a well known state favorite, has an important part.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 15, 1919

Omaha’s Fun Center Again to House Best Shows in Town.

The large array of Broadway beauties that comprise the chorus of Al Reeves’ newest and best show which is underlined at the popular Gayety theater for the season’s opening, commencing Saturday matinee, have, local theater-goers will be interested to learn, just emerged triumphant

Ruth Hayward

With Al Reeves’ Famous Beauty Show, the opening attraction at the popular Gayety week starting Saturday matinee, August 16. Matinee daily.

from the severest ordeal any set of chorus girls were ever called upon to face – a singing test. Al Reeves, who owns and produces his ever popular show, has laid down a new rule to the effect that every member of his chorus must possess vocal ability, regardless of her charm. His show has always earned the distinction of having the best looking chorus on the Columbia circuit, and his girls at any time would be strong contenders in any beauty contest. Their charming appearance was always a favorite topic in every city the show played. But as has often happened in the past, voice had been sacrificed to good looks in some instances, and it was discovered that some of these beauties could pass as singers only in a crowd.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 15, 1919

The committee having in hand arrangements for Merchants Fall Market week, September 8 to 11, in Omaha has planned the most elaborate program ever offered visiting merchants. Monday evenink, September 8, the men will be the guests of Ak-Sar-Ben, while the ladies will be given an automobile ride followed by a theater party; Tuesday, Septem,ber 9, there will be a big outdoor picnic at Miller park with a box lunch, ice cream, lemonade, ‘n everything. Following the lunch there will be athletic contests with prizes for the winners, after which all will go to the Prettiest Mile club house and dance. by the way, Dan Desdune’s famous band will furnish the music for this. Friday, September 10, “Merchants’ Market Frolic” will be held at Ak-Sar-Ben den. Ladies will be admitted to this for the first time in history. There will be dancing here also. Thursday, September 11, will be the biggest day of the whole affair. A noted flyer will give a wonderful aeroplane exhibition showing dives, tall spins, spirals and other stunts. Following this exhibition there will be a buffet dinner at the Field club, the distribution of $1,000 worth of prizes and another dance.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 15, 1919

Plenty of novelty will be found in the vaudeville bill at the Empress this first half, a wide variety of entertainment being offered. Despite the unusually warm weather, long lines continue to gather, the theater being the best equipped house in town for supplying comfort to its patrons, with its typhoon fan system now in operation.

A miniature musical comedy offered by Bobby Barker and his Studio Girls will provide the stellar attraction. All the plotting is done to music and song and the act, with its beautiful scenery, pretty girls, clever costumes and pleasing music, is a big success.

Yorks and Marks, two splendid exponents of the so-called “nut comedy,” have an offering that can be classed as a sure fire hit. These boys vocalize pleasingly and offer some late steps in dancing.

Manning and Lee are a clever team of entertainers, who sing and dance and make life worth living if laughter is any criterion.

The photoplay attraction for the first half will be “The Serpent,” featuring Theda Bera. The play deals with a beautiful Russian serf girl, who, trodden beneath the heel of a grand duke, bares her fangs at mankind. The feature is reported to be the most elaborately produced and provides for the star a role of striking contrasts, calling for strong, emotional work.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 15, 1919

Omaha’s theatrical season opens tomorrow night, when Manager Johnson will turn loose Al Reeves and his Beauty Chorus at the Gayety theater. Sunday night Billy Byrne will again have the Orpheum in full blast.

As usual, both these popular playhouses will come out spic and span, after being cleansed from stem to stern and being newly decorated. The hot weather will be but a trifle, for these theaters are well ventilated. Like the Empress, they are equipped with perfect cooling devices, which make them cool during the hottest days or nights.

Theatricals, generally, are looking up this year. Omaha will not have the Boyd theater as usual, but the Brandeis has booked a very fine line of attractions for the season. They will include all that is best in not only the regulation heavy, but also some new things in late attractions that have been keeping audiences in the larger cities satsified for long terms. Ralph Hayward will continue to make his bow and take coupons.

The Orpheum has secured an extraordinary bill for the opening week. Some of the newest things in vaudeville will be presented afternoon and evening for seven days. Mr. Byrne says that, with the war over, many new and pleasing acts will appear on the Orpheum circuit this year. The next week will see Omaha again taking to the theaters, while the park attractions will still offer plenty of amusement for the outdoors devotees.

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