One thousand people? That’s a lot of Patent Folding Opera Chairs! From the August 3, 1900 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Nearly one thousand people paid twenty-five, thirty-five and forty-five cents to Terry’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin Co. Tuesday night for permission to sit under the canvas and see LaGree whip Uncle Tom, Miss Ophelia faint in the arms of the Deacon, Eliza cross the ice, Topsy do her didos and little Eva bid adieu to this wicked vale of tears.
The play is old, very old, and should have been relegated to the back number list long ago; but so long as people go by the thousands to sit under the tent to hear the orchestra and try to hear what the people on the stage say, just so long will the towns be afflicted with semi-occasional reappearances of this “chestnut.” The show people are quiet and well-behaved. They paid all their bills and carried away something like four hundred dollars of our peoples’ money. It is said that Terry’s expenses are $150 per day but he cleared $10,000 last year and will do even better than that the present year.