Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 6 February 2010

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Harry W. Williams junior's Imperial Burlesquers,
including Johnnie Caine and Snitz Moore,
to appear at the Lyceum Theatre,
Washington, D.C., November 1903

Johnnie Caine

Johnnie Caine (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century),
of Caine and Moore, American entertainers

(photo: Feinberg, New York, circa 1903)

'The Lyceum will present during the ensuing week Harry W. Williams, jr.'s, Imperial Burlesquers. The two sketches will be called ''His Sporty Wire'' and ''Off to the Front.'' The company includes Frank Byron, Cliff Gordon, Byron and Langdon, Patti Carney, Evens and St. John, Johnnie Cain and Snitz Moore, Edna Urline and Grace Forrest Burke, the Sheldon Sisters, and a chorus of twenty-five.'
(The Washington Times, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 15 November 1903, Second Section, p. 2d)

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Kitty Cheatham prepares her
interpretation of the work of
Selma Lagerlöf, 1910

Kitty Cheatham

Kitty Cheatham (1864-1946),
American actress and singer<
lecturer and performer of children's songs and stories

(photo: unknown, probably USA, late 1890s)

'Kitty Cheatham is preparing for [her] Christmas gift to her small admirers an entirely new program for her holiday recital, December 27, at the Lyceum theatre. Miss Cheatham has become an interpreter of the Swedish genius, Selma Lagerlof, and is deep in that author's philosophy.
'Miss Cheatham has the quality of many sideness [sic] peculiar to charming women.
'She has her exalted moods, as for instance when showing some tea guests at her pretty eyre on Fifth avenue, the photographs of Thorwaldsen's statues.
'''Children are the best critics of the arts,'' she said. ''Look at this image of the Christ. Thorwaldsen had made a statue and called a child into his studio to show him.
'''What does that look like?'' he asked the little one.
'''Like some great man,'' was the reply in vague voice.
'''Thorwaldsen in a rage at himself broke the statue into bits. Then he began another and in six months sent for the child. ''What is that?'' he said.
'''O,'' said the child, ''that is 'Come unto me.'''
'''Then Thorwaldsen knew he had done his work well. It was the greatest of his statues.''
'Thus the rapt Kitty Cheatham. Now the other one. ''Kitty Cheatham can say an insulting thing in the prettiest way,'' said a man who is always seen at her recitals. ''If a man called me a dirty dog I would kick him out. When Miss Cheatham says it in her na´ve way I am flattered.'''
(The Herald-Republican, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, 25 December 1910, Section Three, p. 4c)

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José Collins to the rescue
with lemonade, New York, 1914

José Collins

José Collins (1887-1958),
English actress and singer

(photo: Sachs, Bradford, England, 1910/11)

'Jose Collins, the athletic young lady in the Winter Garden show [The Passing Show of 1914], kicked her football into an elderly gentleman's eye last Tues, blacking same (namely the eye). Jose was = to the occasion, however, bathing the injured member in lemonade.' (New York Tribune's Botham Weekly Gazette, New York, Sunday, 28 June 1914, p. 2b)

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