Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 7 June 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Go-won-go Mohawk's
success in the United Kingdom, 1893

 Go-won-go Mohawk

Go-won-go Mohawk

(photo: unknown, probably England, 1905)

'Dramas of the wild west, by the way, seem to be popular in Great Britain. Go-won-go Mohawk, the Indian actress, who wasn't appreciated to any extent on this side, is now engaged in enlightening theatre-goers in England how aborigines whooped up things on the plains at one time. She has become quiet a fad, and is appearing in first class theaters to packed houses.'
(Manitoba Morning Free Press, Winnipeg, Canada, Saturday, 24 June 1893, p.4e)

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News from London of George Edwardes's
musical comedy productions and tours,
with mention of
Nina Martino and Maud Hobson

Maud Hobson

Maud Hobson (d. 1913),
English actress

(photo: unknown, probably London, early 1890s)

'Twenty years ago managers would as soon have thought of flying as of undertaking a tour around the whole English-speaking world. Now such enterprises are of quite common occurrence. Early in September George Edward[e]s sends to America a powerful burlesque company whose tour will open with a ten weeks' season in New York. Their principal piece is A Gaiety Girl, which has had such a phenomenal success at the Princes of Wales [in London]. But In Town will also be played. After visiting the chief towns in the United States the company will sail from San Francisco for Australia and will not return to England until July, 1895, so that the tour will last altogether ten months.
'Several interesting engagements have been made by George Edward[e]s in connection with the English touring company of A Gaiety Girl. Nina Martino of La Petite Parisienne fame will play the important part of Mina, and two sons of Ne[l]lie Farren will also be in the cast. Miss Martino is now having dancing and fencing lessons at the expense of the management.
'Maud Hobson, who played the part of the gaiety girl in London, but who will not to to America, has just had her portrait painted by Markham Skipworth. She is seated in a gilt chair behind which is a background of hanging tapestry. Her dress, which is cut low, is of white and yellow satin, embroidered with gold and edged with satin. The jewels she is wearing are all turquoises, the comb in her hair, her necklace and bracelets consisting of most handsome and valuable stones. She is worshiped by the jeunesse dore of London and scarcely a day passes but she receives extravagant presents of jewelry, many of them sent by anonymous admirers.'
(The Centralia Enterprise and Tribune, Centralia, Wisconsin, Saturday, 28 July 1894, p.14b)

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Vernona Jarbeau and others to appear
on the vaudeville bill at the
Grand Opera House, Syracuse, April 1901

Vernona Jarbeau

Vernona Jarbeau (1861?-1914),
American actress and vocalist, at the beginning of her career

(photo: Falk, New York, early 1880s)

'Vernona Jarbeau and Other Popular Entertainers to Appear.
'The management of the Grand Opera House has been very fortunate in being able to secure favorites for its programme of vaudeville for this week. Not only do the headliners come from the legitimate stage, where they have won fame as entertainers, but many of the acts in the bill have demonstrated their worth in the past at this house. It is certain, therefore, that they will e welcomed and will come into greater favor. The waning season finds vaudeville very popular, and the acts yet to be presented at the Grand are among the best and most popular obtainable. Guaranteed successes in other towns are sure to win here, and it is the policy of the management to present only the sure winners of applause.
'Vernona Jarbeau, formerly a prima donna in light opera, heads the list of stars this week. Aside from her dainty and fetching songs she will attract attention by means of some handsome gowns that she has just brought from Paris. She promises a change of dress every day while she is here. Besides being a handsome woman Miss Jarbeau is a clever actress and singer and is popular with both matinee and evening audiences. A second stellar feature will be Ralph Johnson, said to be the world's bicyclist.
'The comic attractions will be Monro, Mack and Lasrence in their new act, "How To Get Rid of a Mother-in-law." It is a combination that cannot be beaten for mirthful effects. The rest of the bill is notable novelties, farcical sketches, ragtime music and monologue. Old favorites in the last are Hedges and Launchmere, in a coon act; John T. Powers, the monologuist and singer of original songs; the Geyers, famous for their juggling and statuesque posting; Bessie Lamb, the clever singer of coon songs is new in Syracuse, but will become popular here. The kinodrome will show a list of new moving pictures. Other features to make the week noteworthy, are promised.'
(The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York, Sunday, 31 March 1901, p.14d)

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