Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 3 January 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

An early appearance by
'Bonnie' Kate Harvey,
Wilton's music hall, Wellclose Square,
east London, November 1879

Kate Harvey

'Bonnie' Kate Harvey (fl.1880s/1890s),
English music hall serio-comic singer

(photo: James Bacon, Newcastle on Tyne, circa 1894)

'Mr. Fred. Fordham sang a song with the chorus ''I tickled her and she tickled me,'' . . . He was succeeded by Miss Kate Harvey, who deserves to be reckoned one of the brightest and best of the newest serio-comic ladies. Her appearance is very pleasing. She has a comely face and a good figure. Her dresses are excellent. She sings well, and her manner is free and vivacious, without being rough. ''Down in the lane by the old toll gate'' was her first essay. In her second she sang of many things she would rather be than ''An old man's darling. Thirdly, she was a girl in a pinafore - say, a minx of sixteen - singing ''It might have been naughty, but you have all done the same.'' In response to warm and prolonged applause, Miss Harvey came on a fourth time, and sang of ''A Bonnie Boy in Blue.'' She is evidently a favourite.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 23 November 1879, p. 4a)

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George Fuller Golden arrested, New York, 1901

George Fuller Golden

George Fuller Golden (1868-1912),
formerly of Ryland and Golden,
American Jewish Irish-dialect vaudeville and music hall comedian.
James F. Dolan and Ida Lenharr's vaudeville sketch,
A High-Toned Burglar, was first produced in New York in the Fall of 1900.

(contemporary photograph of a twelve-fold lithograph poster, published by
The H.C. Miner Litho Co, New York, circa 1900,
probably after a photograph by Elmer Chickering, Boston.)

'President of the White Rats Got into a Street Fight and Was Taken to Police Station.
'Broadway was the scene of tumult that amounted almost to a riot shortly after midnight last night, when George Fuller Golden, President of the What Rates, was arrested for intoxication and disorderly conduct in front of the Delavan Hotel by detective Martineau.
'Golden was talking with friends in front of the hotel, at Broadway and fortieth Street, the police say, when one of the party made a remark that offended Golden, and a fight started. Golden was arrested and the others got away.
'It was just the time of night when the streets in that neighborhood are well filled with theatrical people, and when they saw the man whom so many recognize as their leader being led away to prison by the detective, all sorts of inducements were offered for his release, and when the detective refused all such propositions the friends of the prisoners [sic] formed into a great crowd and followed after.
'At a saloon kept by a well-known prize-fighter, Corbett's, Golden asked to be permitted to go in a see some friends to arrange about being bailed out, and the detective consented. The crowd, augmented by many who had left the street cards to see the end of the affair, waited outside. Golden staid at the bar for some time, and at last Martineau suggested that it was about time to go to the West Thirtieth Street Police Station.
'Golden then refused to accompany him a step further, and the policeman seized him. They had a savage fight there, and many of Golden's friends hampered the detective as much as they dared. The men rolled on the floor, and the detective was getting much the worst of the encounter when he remembered that the midnight squad was just turning out and blew his whistle.
'The police were close at hand. They formed a line before the door of the saloon and refused to allow any one to pass till two of their number had gone in and separated the fighters and dragged Golden out. On his way to jail golden wept. At the station house, in answer to the Sergeant's questions, Golden said he was thirty-three years old, of Alabaster, Mich., now living at 135 East Thirtieth Street.
'Corbett and George Considine soon reached the station house, but the Sergeant refused to let Golden go in the condition in which he was.'
(The New York Times, New York, Tuesday, 14 May 1901, p. 1d)

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The Isle of Spice,
on tour in the United States, 1906

Isle of Spice

'Spick and Span Specilaties
'There are two Isle of Spice companies, both touring on the road,
and these twenty-eight legs belong to the ''No. 1'' lot.
The attention of the reader is drawn to the extreme youth of the girls,
all of whom are of the ''broiler'' class. There are no passe ladies here; all are lively,
gay and debonair. The student of anatomy needs no instruction on this head,
the information being divulged by the picture, but readers not so gifted may
take it from The Standard &Vanity Fair that the figures shape out in the very latest mode.'
(The Standard & Vanity Fair, New York, Friday, 6 April 1906, pp. 10-11)

(photo: unknown, USA, 1906)

The Isle of Spice, Grand Opera House, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1906
'Full of tuneful music, pretty costumes, sensational electrical effects and the lavish environment of costly scenery, and presented by a large company of well-known comedians, and almost seventy young and pretty women, the Isle of Spice will be seen at the Grand opera house November 16 and 17 and matinee Saturday. The story of the piece is interesting and abounds with comic situations and brilliant dialogue and lyrics.
'On the occasion of its premier performance at the Majestic theater, New York city, where it has but recently closed a successful five months' engagement. The New York Press has this to say: ''The Isle of Spice aroused a large audience to genuine enthusiasm last night. Seldom indeed has a musical play been received as favorably in this city. It is rollicking good fun. The music is of the lilting kind; comedy forces hilarity, and the chorus is smarter, prettier and more full of ginger than any yet seen in New York. The person who believes he has an esthetic temperament committed to his tender care may not go into raptures over the Isle of Spice. It is not a production for the rare individual, but for the great, big, good-natured public. There is that mystic something that gives one a sense of elation before the first act is under way. Perhaps it is the music, perhaps it is the stage setting; again it may be the bewitching attractiveness and delightful abandon of the chorus in full regimentals, but whatever it is, a lifting feeling comes to the spirits, and before long the grumpiest person in the audience is joining in the applause.''
'The story is laid on an island in the China sea, and is the joint work of Allen Lowe and George E. Stoddard. On this island reigns King Bompopka, and to his oriental realm comes two Yankee sailors in a balloon. They are hailed as messengers from the sun and great is the honor that is at first their portion, but evil befalls them; their real identity is revealed, and when the future looks black with a Boxer ready for a beheading matinee, in march the comrades of the two unfortunates from the American warship, and their lives are saved.'
(The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, 11 November 1906, p. C5c)

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