— Twelve One-Act Plays for Study and Production by S. Marion Tucker, Ginn & Co. 1929. (via actingschoolnotes)
He wanders up, he wanders down,
A phantom on the scene;
He talks to none, he does his work
With conntenance serene;
Although his purse is never fat,
'Tis like his figure - lean.
What is there he cannot construct?
An elephant to him
Is but a simple plight, or eke
A dragon fierce and grim,
And golden goblets all begemmed,
That never will grow dim.
He builds a ship, a paradise,
Where angels music speak -
Bright angels with a salary
Of just five bones a week;
And yet, in spite of genius,
His actions are so meek.
Tanks are his special workmanship,
And buzz saws meet his line;
And cottages and other things -
At these he’s very fine;
And he can make a thunder cloud,
And moons that move and shine.
But who applauds this mystic art?
The bass drum wouldn’t nod
At him, while on his daily rounds
The carpenter doth plod;
The manager? He knows him not -
A stranger in the fold.
I wonder if he ever thinks
Who cleverly will make
A little box for him some day,
That will not be a fake
When Life’s last scene on him shall close
And Heaven’s joy awake!
by Monroe H. Rosenfeld
~ The New York Clipper, November 3rd, 1894
William Collier, star of “The Hottentot,” started his stage career at the early age of eleven. He ran away from home in 1879 to land his first job.
Mr. Collier’s father and mother were both of the theatre. His father was Edmund Collier, a well-known tradegian, and his mother was Henrietta Engel, a dancer. He says that he hasn’t a relative in the world that isn’t connected with the theatre, so it was only natural that his earliest ambitions should have been toward a professional career.
When eleven years old, young Collier became restless and ran away from home to join Haverly’s Juvenile “Pinafore” company. His salary was $3.50 a week and board. There were 101 children in the company and they played for fourteen months. Collier says that during that time he had a distraction of being the only one of the children that got a raise in his salary, but that was probably because he helped with baggage.
After the close of this engagement, young Collier was taken home and sent to school until he was fifteen. His father then obtained a position him a position at Daly’s Theatre. His salary began at $7 a week. He stayed with Daly from 1883 to 1888 and was again distinguished during this perioud by getting a raise in salary to $8 a week. At first when he opened his pay envelope and found the extra $1 he thought a mistake had been made, so he decided to keep it in secret. It took several weeks for him to realize that the extra dollar was really a weekly permanent acquisition.
by Walter A. Lowenberg
~ Theatre Magazine, June 1920