Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: motion pictures

Football, Educated Bears, and a Magical Chink

at least it doesn't say "chink" in the ad

This ad appeared in the Urbana Courier-Herald on December 14, 1912. Here is the full text of the review in the same paper:

Mlle. Spellman and her educated bears will be the Waker [sic] feature for Monday—this is some act for it has played before the crowds at the New York Hippodrome. Big bears and little bears, but all of them trained marvelously are put through difficult and amusing paces. The intelligent bears head a bill which includes Nadell and Kane, comedians; Nealis and Hopkins, “The Postman and the Maid,” and Ah Ling Foo, the Chink magician. Final performances tonight of Nan Halperin and her “Suffragettes,” an amusing musical show featured by Nan herself—she is a comedienne of originality and her imitations of “vodvil” are worth a trip to the Walker.

Tuesday, December 3, 1912

One of the men who went off a bridge in an automobile the other day has died. James B. Busey, assistant cashier of Busey’s bank at Mahomet, died this morning at the Burnham hospital due to uremic poisoning resulting from internal injuries. This came as a bit of a surprise, as it had been thought that he was only suffering from exposure and nervous shock. He leaves behind a young wife and two infant children.

The District of Columbia court of appeals held that Thomas Edison is not the inventor of the motion picture film and that his patents are invalid, having “merely solved camera apparatus problems.” Mr. Edison had brought suit against the Chicago Film company for infringement on his patent. This decision will save millions of dollars to motion picture concerns.

Hsuan T’ung, the boy emperor of China, is seriously ill. “By the terms of the edict of abdication the boy emperor of China was permitted to retain his title and to reside in a palace in the Forbidden city with the dowager empress, Lung Yu. There he has been living in strict seclusion, in accordance with the ancient usage, and has been treated by his attendants and others as though he were still ruler of China.”

Sunday, November 24, 1912

The humorist whose ad I pasted in some days ago, Strickland W. Gillilan, evidently was very entertaining during a lecture (of sorts) that he gave at the University. He insisted it wasn’t a lecture. “It is about as appropriate to call it a lecture,” he said, “as it is to say that one dreams a chicken when he takes off every bit of clothes it has.” He is an optimist but objects to the common definition of the term. “The person who is going around all the time ha-haling and saying that everything is all right when he knows it isn’t true, isn’t an optimist. He’s a cheerful idiot.”

The Lyric theater has secured a booking for the photo play, “Queen Elizabeth,” with Mme. Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. “This picture is the first of a series that are now being produced in which famous stars of the legitimate stage will appear in their own productions. This gives lovers of the silent drama an opportunity to see the world’s greatest actors and actresses in the plays they have made famous.” The picture will be shown on Wednesday, November 27, “complete in four reels and no advance in prices.”

Sunday, November 17, 1912

A representative of the Pathe-Freres Company of Chicago attended yesterday’s game and took two hundred and thirty feet of film. “The pictures will in all probablility be released about four weeks from now, when they will be shown in the Lyric Theater along with the Pathe Weekly.”

And there is an announcement of a new campus restaurant: