• McADOO'S MINSTREL AND VAUDEVILLE COMPANIES. Two main troupes were owned by ∘ O. M. McAdoo, 1897/ 1900. The first was 1 McAdoo's Minstrel & Vaudeville Co. ( 1897-98), which toured South Africa and Australia with great success. The Owl (Cape Town, South Africa, 8-28- 1897) praised the instrumental music, the "quaint plantation songs accompanied by the usual amount of humor from the end-men," the "excellent variety show . . . which introduced some marvelously clever juggling and some high kicking," and especially "'The Grand Cake Walk,' . . . [which] consisted of the company promenading in couples, the audience awarding the 'cake' to the most graceful couple." The governor of Cape Town attended one performance. According to Henry Sampson ( Ghost, p. 138), the company encountered "considerable race prejudice while touring South Africa and respond[ed] by inserting the following joke in one of their minstrel routines: One of the [end] men asks a brother where he would like to be buried when he dies? The brother replies that he would like to be buried in a quiet Methodist cemetery and asks where his questioner would like to be laid. The latter answers, 'In a Dutch Cemetery.''Why?' asks the brother. The answer is, 'Because a Dutch Cemetery is the last place the devil would go to look for a black man.' "
The second company was 2McAdoo's [Georgia] Minstrels & [Alabama] Cake Walkers Co. ( 1899-1900). This company successfully toured New Zealand and Australia, where Mr. McAdoo died in Sidney before the end of the tour. The company consisted of thirty-two people, who included Prof. * Henderson Smith ( bandmaster); Gerald Miller (interlocutor); Dave Barton, * Hen Wise, and Jackson Heard (end men; tambos; Hen Wise was also praised for his "clever impersonations and long shoe dancing"); George Henry (champion buck dancer); Mabel Heard (who perfd. with her husband Jackson Heard in an