Will Rogers

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Will Rogers - Pulls Joke On Theatre Manager sof Youngstown,...
Pulls Joke On Theatre Manager sof Youngstown, Ohio, After 20 Years. Twenty years ago, John R. Elliott, Elliott, Youngstown, Ohio, theatre manager, sought an extra-special vaudeville bill—something with plenty of zip and snap — for the opening bill for his fine new .vaudeville .vaudeville theatre. And here's the bill he finally lined up and what he paid for it for the week: Prevosfit Brown $ 125 00 Will Rogers 175 00 Blossom Seely 650 00 Cantor & Lee .?:.. 350 00 Billie Gaxton 350 00 Bernie & Baker 250 00 Five Columbians '. - 300 00 Total $2300 00 The whole bill was satisfactory to Elliott—that is, all but the one act with the horse. "This guy Rogers," argued Elliott Elliott "with the booking agent, "won't do. The rest of the bill is fi ne —but Rogers is out. This, you understand is something special, an opening bill." \ But the booking agent finally prevailed upon Elliott to accept the bill, Rogers and his horse, along with the others—Joe Brown anc Marie Prevost, movie celebrities now; Blossom Seely who later became became a famous stage star, Eddie Cantor, Billie Gaxton, now a famous famous Broadway star; Ben Bernie, the radio and movie star and Phil Baker of radio fame; and Marilyn Miller, who became a famous Zieg- fekl and movie star. Years later, Elliott sought to book Will Rogers again—this time for a single performance at $3,000; and he didn't get him until he got a bad scare. Meeting Elliott, Will Rogers launched a lengthy tirade. "You—you—you—," he stormed. "You beat me. You, as I figure, owe me $41,825." Elliott was taken back, under the storm. Rogers went on. "You're willing to give me $3,000 now for one appearance; before you paid me $175 for 14 appearances. appearances. I'm still the same man. You owe me ?41,825—to say nothing of what you owe my horse." He broke out laughing at Elli- ott's discomfiture. They later b came fast friends. Bee Inspectors Completing Chec The annual inspection of apiarii to discover and weed out foul broo is being completed this month wit rechecks of colonies where diseas was found earlier in the year. ports of the inspectors indicate slight decrease in the number o apiaries affected with foul broo and a general improvement in bee keeping conditions throughout th state. The annual inspection of apiarie for the control of foul brood is on of the activities of'the departmen of conservation, carried on throug the division of entomology. Mor than 70,000 colonies were inspecte this year. NOTICE Dr. L. J. DeSwarte, of Sheboy gan, Wis., eye, ear, nose and throa specialist, physician and surgeo: will open his office in the Citizen Third National Bank building o or before Dec. 1. 278 2t

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  1. Greensburg Daily News,
  2. 22 Nov 1935, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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