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Baby Esther Jones The Dancing Wonder[1]


Baby Esther Jones, the ten-year-old dancing wonder, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Gertrude Jones of Chicago, and her manager Sidney Garner, passed through this city on her way to Nice and Monte Carlo to fill engagements there.

Mrs. Gertrude Jones, a modest quiet little woman, is proud of her daughter. To her the astonishing success of her little girl seems more like a dream than reality. This leap from humble circumstances to wealth and popularity.

The white manager failed. Mrs. Gertrude Jones told the writer that it is Mr. Sidney Garner to whom is due all the tanks for her present financial standing and said that the white manager who brought her from America treated her very badly. She further charges that he used to pass her off as the maid of her child when Baby Esther gave performances in private homes.

At the home of M. Dreyfus, Paris banker, Mrs. Gertrude Jones said that she was made to wait in the hall, and that when M. Dreyfus, himself came out and saw her, and learned who she was, he invited her in and introduced her to his guests. The white manager scolded her and asked if she did not know that that wasn’t done back home in America.

Mr. Garner, who comes from New York City, has been in Europe for fifteen years and has made a spend-ables as if caught by sudden fear, or else she places her hand on her stomach as if suffering from the most frightful pain, then suddenly she is all laughter again. The song finished did record with the American Red Cross with whom he served as an ambulance driver from the first year of the war.

He has served as secretary for Johnny Hudgins and others. He says he finds increasing demand for colored acts everywhere. His address is: 17 Rue des Acacia, Paris, France, care of Pons.


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