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66 The Playgoers' Year-Book. [November,

sweetheart, Rose Thornhill, when that worthy gentleman falls into
such difificulties as to be obliged to sell his estate at auction. Jack,
in friendship, acts as auctioneer, and furthermore secretly bids in the
property, so as to restore it to the Thornhills. But his good inten-
tions are misunderstood, as also are his efforts to relieve Rose from
the mercenary designs of Sir Evel)-n Graine, who is seeking her hand_
Finally, however, the villany of Sir Evelyn is unmasked, and ex-
planations, reconciliation and happiness follow. The piece unites
the elements of farce and comedy, is padded and lightly constructed
and not of high order. Mr. Sothern has talent, brightness and
vivacity but in this work is inclined to burlesque the timidity of the
bashful young auctioneer lover. Mr. C. B. Bishop's portrayal of
the contradictory character of Chevoit, the rough old friend, was
remarkably true and natural.

Mr. Sothern was followed at the Hollis Street by another new star,
Frederick Warde, who made his Boston debut during the week of
November 28 вАФ December 3. Born in Oxfordshire, England, the
son of a schoolmaster, Frederick Warde upon the early death of his
father was taken to London and at the age of fourteen was articled
for five years' study of the law. He dug deep into the science of
Coke and Blackstone for three years, but at the end of that time
came to the conclusion he would not be satisfied forever to plead
and argue. He longed to speak and act behind the fooUights
Through the kindly assistance of a friend young Warde secured an
engagement, and on the 4th. of September, 1867, made his debut at
the Lyceum Theatre, Sunderland, as the Second Murderer in i]/


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