The Bishop of Broadway: the Life & Work of David Belasco

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CHAPTER 10
"NAPOLEON" MAGUIRE AT WATERLOO

THE "WELCOME" MAT was not out when Belasco returned to the Baldwin. Maguire was having troubles of his own and permitted his erstwhile assistant to languish in an embarrassing subordinate position for several weeks. Reassuming his old pseudonym of Walter Kingsley, Belasco meekly performed the menial tasks assigned him during the engagement of Adelaide Neilson. The dark-eyed beauty had arrived in San Francisco early in June. Maguire, unable to revive his exhausted credit with the city's job printers and billboard owners, had advertised his glamorous star by driving her about the streets in a barouche drawn by four white horses. His straitened circumstances prevented the old dandy from enjoying the incident to the utmost. As he tipped his hat to passers-by he was probably wondering if he would be able to pay the fee demanded by the elegant young woman at his side -- sixty per cent of the gross receipts with a guarantee of $500

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