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Title: Dr. Hardhack's Prescription - A Play for Children in Four Acts
Author: Rice, Katharine McDowell
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_A Play for Children
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"=Dr. Hardhack's Prescription.=" Typewritten suggestions for amateurs
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                                            KATHARINE McDOWELL RICE,
                                      AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER OF PLAYS,
                                                  WORTHINGTON, MASS.




A Dramatization of the story, "Little Pussy Willow," by Harriet Beecher

    MARY, the maid


     "A delightful little play, 'Dr. Hardhack's Prescription,' was given
     by the Junior Endeavor Society at Lyceum Hall, Worthington, Tuesday
     afternoon and evening. The audience was composed largely of
     children at the matinee, who were highly entertained, but no more
     so than the grown-ups in the evening. Dr. Hardhack was played by a
     lad of ten, who did an excellent piece of work. The other parts
     were all finely acted by children not much older. The play was
     directed by the author and made an entertainment long to be
     remembered and one too that netted a nice little sum for the
     Juniors' work."--_Hampshire Gazette._

     "One of the most charming little plays for children I ever have
     seen."--_Mrs. G. J. Thomas, Chattanooga, Tenn._

     "We used 'Dr. Hardhack's Prescription' for the Nature Study number
     in our annual program. It was given by the youngest pupils and was
     a delight to our audience. The play is complete in itself and
     perfectly charming, nevertheless I ventured to add an epilog.
     Knowing the story of 'Little Pussy Willow,' I adapted the gifts of
     the fairies ending with: 'Good night, dearie.' We wish to thank the
     author for all her helpful suggestions and for such a sweet
     play."--_Caroline Reed Thompson, Head of Department of Expression,
     Arizona School of Music, Phenix, Ariz._

     "A dear little play and we greatly enjoyed working it up. Our
     audience was very enthusiastic and we are being urged to
     repeat."--_Miss A. H. Young, Wilton, N. H._

     "We gave 'Dr. Hardhack's Prescription' as a Thanksgiving
     entertainment by our younger pupils, and everyone was charmed with
     it."--_Emma Willard School, Troy, N. Y._

=Price 25 cents=



A Play for Children



Author of "Mrs. Tubbs's Telegram," "Good King Wenceslas,"
"Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day," etc., etc.

Worthington, Mass.

Copyright 1908
K. McDowell Rice

Price 25 cents
Order of K. McDowell Rice
Worthington, Mass.

Printed by Gazette Printing Co.
Northampton, Mass.

In bringing out the play, DR. HARDHACK'S PRESCRIPTION, the author wishes
to acknowledge the kindness of Houghton, Mifflin Company of Boston,
which allows her to publish it. This Company holds the copyright of
"Little Pussy Willow" by Harriet Beecher Stowe, on which the play is
founded. The author of the play has taken much of the conversation
verbatim from the book, as will be seen by reference to "Little Pussy
Willow," which charming story it is hoped may become better known to the
public of to-day through this dramatization. The publishers Houghton,
Mifflin Co., will send the book to any address by mail post-paid for


    MARY, the maid.

This is a Royalty Play and terms must be made with the author for its

Permission to act or make any use of this play must be obtained of K.
McDowell Rice, Worthington, Massachusetts.


_DR. HARDHACK makes a professional visit to the _Proudie_ mansion, New
York City. In the sitting-room are gathered GRANDMA PROUDIE (L), MAMMA

MAMMA PROUDIE. I greatly fear our dear Emily will never be restored to

AUNT FLIGHTY. Oh, don't say that. I've known people to look terribly
white and a great deal thinner than Emily, and not die of it.

GRANDMA PROUDIE. [_To MAMMA P._] I thought you were going to send for
Dr. Hardhack.

MAMMA P. I have sent for him. [_Sighs, rises and comes forward, taking
chair_] [_R_] But what can he do? Someway it doesn't seem as if he could
help. He's such a small man.

GRANDMA P. Size doesn't matter if one has brains. It's brains that
count, my dear. Napoleon was small, but he will live forever. And look
at Alexander Pope. [_Waves hand_]

AUNT F. [_Runs to window_] What! Where is he? Whom did you say to look

GRANDMA P. [_Witheringly_] Alexander Pope, who has been dead one hundred
and fifty years.

AUNT F. [_Simpering_] Oh, I thought you said to look at somebody going

GRANDMA P. I said "Look at Alexander Pope," by which I meant "Consider
Alexander Pope"--a small man, not ever growing to be much larger than a
child. But what a poet! Brains, my dear, brains. In my day it was brains
that decided a person's value. Sometimes I think they have gone out of

MAMMA P. But they will come in again, mother. All the old fashions come
round in about so many years, they say.

GRANDMA P. [_Who has returned to her knitting_] Perhaps the time has
come then for brains, for every one speaks so highly of Dr. Hardhack.

_Enter MAID_

MARY. Dr. Hardhack, madam.

MAMMA P. You may bring him in, Mary. [_Maid turns to go, but finds DR.
HARDHACK at her heels_]

MAMMA and GRANDMA P. [_Gasp_] Oh, Dr. Hardhack!

AUNT F. Oh, oh! We did not know you really had come!

DR. HARDHACK. Good morning, ladies. Couldn't stop to be formally
announced. [_Puts his hat absently in AUNT F's sewing-basket. Basket
falls and all the things go tumbling out. DR. H. does not notice_]

AUNT F. [_Simpers_] Oh, oh! [_MAID comes forward and assists AUNT F. in
picking up things_]

DR. H. [_Looks about circle_] Which is my patient, please?

MAMMA P. It is my daughter Emily. I will send for her. [_To MAID_] Mary,
will you ask Miss Emily to come? [_Exit MAID_] Oh, Dr. Hardhack, before
she comes I must say a word to you. [_DR. H. takes chair_] We would be
willing to found a water-cure, to hire a doctor on purpose, to try
homeopathy or hydropathy or allopathy or any other pathy that ever was
heard of if our dear elegant Emily could only be restored. It is her
sensitive nature that wears upon her. She was never made for this world.
She has an exquisiteness of perception that makes her feel even the
creases in a rose leaf.

DR. H. Stuff and folderol, my dear madam! [_ALL start. AUNT F. gasps and

MAMMA P. You are the nineteenth physician that has been called in to
dear Emily.

DR. H. Well, I hope that I may cut out number twenty! [_Enter EMILY very
pale and listless_] Oh, here comes the young lady herself. [_Bows to
EMILY, which greeting E. very languidly returns_] Humph! Let me look at
her. [_Puts up his glasses and looks through them_] [_E. stands
supporting herself by table as though very weak_] Humph! A fashionable
potato sprout! Grown in a cellar! Not a drop of red blood in her veins!

GRANDMA P. [_Aside to MAMMA P._] What odd ways he has, to be sure. But
then they say that's the way he talks to everybody.

DR. H. My dear madam, you have tried to make a girl out of sugar and
almond paste, and now you are distressed that she has not red blood in
her veins and that her lungs gasp and flutter as she goes up-stairs.
Turn her out to grass, my dear madam, turn her out to grass!

AUNT F. [_With hands over ears_] Oh, oh!

DR. H. Yes, I mean what I say. Send her to old Mother Nature to nurse.

MAMMA P. [_Exultantly_] I have said all along, Doctor, that I thought we
ought to have a trained nurse for Emily.

DR. H. Trained fiddlesticks! [_ALL start_] Send her somewhere to a good
honest farmhouse in the hills, and let her run barefoot in the morning
dew, drink new milk from the cow--

MAMMA P. [_Interrupts_] Oh, Doctor, not new milk! Not unsterilized milk!
[_AUNT F. holds up hands in horror_]

DR. H. I mean what I say, madam. Let her drink new milk from the cow,
romp in a good wide barn, learn to hunt hens' eggs, a few things like
this, and I warrant me you'll see another pair of cheeks in a year. Take
off all whalebones and strings around her lungs. Give her a chance,
madam, give her a chance!

MAMMA P. But what medicine shall she take, Doctor?

DR. H. [_Roars his disapproval_] Medicine? No medicine. Medicine won't
do her any good. You may make an apothecary's shop of her stomach--

AUNT F. Oh, oh!

DR. H. [_Turns toward AUNT F._] Yes, _stomach_,--make an apothecary's
shop of her stomach, and matters will be only the worse. Why, there
isn't enough iron in her blood to make a needle. [_Points to needle in
AUNT F'S hand_]

AUNT F. [_Simpers_] Oh, oh!

MAMMA P. Iron in her blood! I never heard the like!

DR. H. Yes, iron, red particles, globules or whatever you please to call
them. Her blood is all water and lymph, and that is the reason that her
cheeks and lips look so like a cambric handkerchief, why she pants and
puffs if she goes up-stairs. [_Motions to E. to come forward, puts head
to examine heart_] Her heart is all right if there were only blood to
work it in, but it sucks and wheezes like a dry pump for want of vital
fluid. [_Emphatically_] She must have more blood, madam, and Nature must
make it for her.

GRANDMA P. We were thinking of going to Newport, Doctor.

DR. H. [_Derisively_] Yes, to Newport! To a ball every night and a
flurry of dressing and flirtation every morning! No such thing! Send her
to an unfashionable old farmhouse where there was never a more exciting
party than a quilting frolic heard of. Let her learn the difference
between huckleberries and blackberries, learn where checkerberries grow
thickest and dig up sweet flag root with her own hands as country
children do. It would do her good to plant a few hills of potatoes--

AUNT F. _Our_ Emily! Potatoes! Oh, dreadful, dreadful!

DR. H. Yes, potatoes. Plant a few hills of potatoes and hoe them herself
as I once heard of a royal princess doing, because [_With emphasis_]
_queens_ can afford to be sensible in the bringing up of _their_

MAMMA P. What you say is all very new, Dr. Hardhack. Indeed, we had
never thought of such a thing as sending Emily into the _real_ country.
But I will talk it over with Mr. Proudie, and see what he thinks of it.

DR. H. Well, ladies, I must be going. Good-morning to you all. [_Takes
up hat and medicine case and makes exit in haste_]

MAMMA P. What strange ways he has!

AUNT F. But then you know he's all the fashion.

MAMMA P. People talk of his being small. I never once thought of it.

GRANDMA P. Brains, my dear, brains, or in other words;--good common



_DR. HARDHACK ready to give his last directions. MAMMA PROUDIE, AUNT
reclining languidly in easy chair._

MAMMA P. Well, Doctor, we have decided to let Emily go and stay in the
country as you have directed. I have arranged everything and found a
pleasant place for her with a companion of her own age who is called
Pussy Willow.

DR. H. H'm. Pussy Willow. Well, that begins to sound right. Wouldn't
have found any girl named Pussy Willow at Newport, I'll warrant you.

AUNT HIGHTY-TIGHTY. Do, pray, dear Dr. Hardhack, tell us just how she
must be dressed for that cold mountain region.

AUNT F. It makes me shiver to think of it.

AUNT H.-T. Must she have high-necked, long-sleeved flannels?

AUNT F. I will go right down and buy her half-a-dozen at once. [_Starts
to go, but is waved back by DR. H., and resumes seat_]

DR. H. Not so fast. Let's see about this young lady. [_Endeavors to
introduce his forefinger under the belt of E'S dress. Belt snaps. DR. H.
draws out his finger with a jerk_] I thought so. I supposed that there
wasn't much breathing allowed behind there.

MAMMA P. Oh, I do assure you, Doctor, Emily never dresses tightly.

EMILY. No, indeed! I despise tight lacing. I never wear my clothes any
more than just comfortable.

DR. H. Never saw a woman that did! The courage and constancy of the
female sex in bearing inconveniences is so great, however, that that
will be no test at all. Give me that thing. [_Motions for E.'S belt_]
[_E. hands him same_] You wouldn't catch a man saying he felt
comfortable under such circumstances. [_Holds up the tiny circle_] But
only persuade a girl that she looks stylish and pretty with her waist
drawn in, and you may lace her up till the very life leaves her, and
with her dying breath she will tell you she is nothing more than
"comfortable". So, my young lady, you don't catch me in that way! You
must leave off belts and tight waists of all sorts for six months at
least, and wear only loose sacques so that your lungs may have some
chance to play and fill with the vital air that I am going to send you
to breathe up in the hills.

E. But, Doctor, I don't believe I could hold myself up. [_Droops as
without any strength_] When I sit up in a loose dress I feel so weak I
hardly know what to do. I need the support of something stiff around me.

DR. H. That is because all those nice, strong muscles around your waist
[_Slapping his sides and holding himself very erect with his hands on
his ribs_] which Nature gave you to hold you up, have been bound down
and bandaged and flattened [_Emphasizes the words by each time striking
his right fist in palm of left hand_] until they have no strength in

E. Do you suppose, Doctor, if I should dress as you tell me for six
months, that I would get my health again?

DR. H. It would go a long way towards it. You fashionable girls are not
good for much, to be sure, but if a doctor gets a chance to save one of
you in the way of business, he can't help wishing to do it. So I just
give you your choice.

E. Of course I would like to be well, and in the country up there nobody
will see me, so it's no matter how I look.

MAMMA P. [_Comes forward and puts arm about E._] To be sure it's no
matter. [_Kisses her_] Only get your health, my dear, and then we'll



_MAMMA PROUDIE, fearing EMILY is exerting herself too much up in the
country, calls in DR. HARDHACK to have him send her some word of
caution. In room are GRANDMA P. [Knitting] MAMMA P., AUNT FLIGHTY and
DR. H._

MAMMA P. I wish you would caution Emily, Doctor. I'm sure she's
over-exerting herself, for she has sent home seven pats of butter of her
own churning!

DR. H. Never fear, my dear madam. It's only that there is more iron
getting into her blood, that's all. Let her alone, or tell her to do it
more yet!

MAMMA P. But, Doctor, may not the thing be carried too far?

DR. H. For gentility, you mean? Don't you remember Marie Antoinette made
butter and King Louis was a miller at Marly?

AUNT F. But just read the Doctor from Emily's last letter.

MAMMA P. Yes, just hear what she has written, Doctor. [_Finds letter and
reads_] "You have no idea how different life looks to me now that I live
a little for somebody besides myself. Why have I been so foolish as to
suppose I was happy in living such a lazy, useless life as I have
lived?" [_Looks at DR. H. as she folds letter and shakes head_]

DR. H. Iron in her blood, my dear madam, iron in her blood! [_Pounds
table_] She'll come home a strong, bouncing girl.

AUNT F. Oh, shocking!

DR. H. [_Turns to AUNT F._] Yes, _bouncing_! Why shouldn't she bounce? I
shall give you back a live niece in the fall instead of a half dead one,
and you [_Turns to MAMMA P._] a live daughter, madam, and I expect you
will all scream and stop your ears and run under beds because you never
saw a live girl before.

MAMMA P. But, Doctor, I can't see as we shall ever get her home again. I
keep writing and writing, and still she says she isn't ready. There is
always something ahead.

DR. H. Let her alone, madam, let her alone. Give Nature a good chance.
You will all undo all the good she's getting as soon as you get her
home. I insist upon it [_Pounds table_] that she shall keep away from
you all as long as she likes.


MAMMA P. [_To GRANDMA P._] Did you ever see such a queer old dear as Dr.
Hardhack? He does say the oddest things! Isn't he _so_ original?

GRANDMA P. I haven't heard such good sense talked by any doctor in a
long time.

AUNT F. And then you know, he's all the fashion now.



_Six months later than when EMILY went away. She has returned home,
bringing her friend, PUSSY WILLOW. In the room are gathered GRANDMA P.,
MAMMA P., the two aunts, also EMILY and PUSSY and DR. HARDHACK._

MAMMA P. Well, now, Dr. Hardhack, doesn't our Emily look beautiful?

AUNT F. So healthy!

AUNT H.-T. Such a splendid color!

DR. H. Pretty fair, pretty fair. A good summer's work, that. [_Looks at
E. much pleased_]

AUNT F. And now, Doctor, we want you to tell us just what she may do,
just how much.

AUNT H.-T. Of course you know now she's got into a city, she can't dress
exactly as she did up in the country.

DR. H. I see, I see.

AUNT F. There isn't a thing of all her clothes she can wear. Having been
all summer in those loose sacques, she's sort o' _spread out_. [_Motions
with her hands_]

DR. H. Well, my advice is that you begin gradually screwing her up. Get
something with plenty of whalebones ready and a good tough lacer. But
don't begin too hard, just tighten a little every day, and by and by she
will get back to where her clothes will fit her exactly.

AUNT F. [_Clapping her hands_] That's just what I said we would have to

MAMMA P. But, Doctor, won't that injure her health?

DR. H. Of course it will, but I fancy she will stand it for one winter.
It won't quite kill her, and that is all we doctors want.

EMILY. [_Comes forward_] Well, I have something to say on this point. I
wouldn't lose my health again for anything that can be named.

DR. H. Oh, pooh, pooh! [_Waves his hand incredulously at E._] When
patients are first up from a sickness, how prudent they mean to be!

AUNT H.-T. But seriously, Doctor, you must tell us how much it will be
well to have Emily do.

AUNT F. One doesn't want to give up the world entirely, and yet one
doesn't want to lose one's health.

DR. H. I appreciate the case fully. [_Walks up and down considering_]
Let her begin with the opera twice a week and one dance kept up till
daylight. In a week she will feel stronger than ever she did and declare
nothing hurts her, then she can take two dances, then three, and so on.

EMILY. But, Doctor, I'm not going to dances at all. I know now what life
is, and what health is worth, and I'm not going to waste it in that way.

DR. H. Oh, it's all very well to talk! I knew a rich girl once right in
this city of New York who _would_ go round visiting the poor and sitting
up with sick people, and there was no end to the remarks made about her.
No, you mustn't breathe bad air, nor over-exert yourself unless you do
so from a purely selfish motive. Then, it's all right and proper. [_To
PUSSY_] Oh, you needn't sit over there, looking mischievous, miss! What
do you know of life? You will soon learn to be ashamed of your rosy
cheeks, and think it's pretty to have bad health. I'll bet a copper
[_Slaps his knee_] that by spring, if we manage right, we can send you
back as white and withered as Miss Emily was.

E. Now, Dr. Hardhack, you dreadful man! You must stop this talk. I
brought Pussy down here on purpose to help me live better than I have
lived. It's so interesting now in New York that Pussy is here with me. I
never knew what wonderful things there were here. Pussy taught me to
know the birds this summer at her home, and now we have been this
morning to see a most wonderful collection at the museum.

MAMMA P. [_Anxiously_] Is it wise, Doctor, for them to go and look at
those stuffed birds? To be sure the birds are under glass, but I'm so
afraid they will breathe poison.

DR. H. Not nearly as much as they would breathe if they went to a
crowded theatre, madam.

E. It makes me shudder to think of all the hours I've spent at the
theatre. As I think of it now, the rooms were so hot and overcrowded I
wonder I ever lived through it. Since I've been away, I have learned to
love everything that is connected with out-door life. Pussy has taught
me. So now we have arranged that Pussy shall spend the winter with me.
She is to take singing and music lessons and have all the advantages of
the city, and I shall go to her for the summer. Of course, we shall take
a peep or two at New York sights, but we are not going into the gay
world, Doctor, really, we're not!

DR. H. Ta, ta, ta! Don't tell me. [_Shakes finger warningly_] I shall
hear of you yet. You'll see!

_Exit DR. H._

PUSSY. What a droll man he is! But I think he's just as nice as he can
be. I hope he will come again while I'm here. I like to hear him talk.

AUNT F. It's his way to always run on in this strange style about

AUNT H.-T. For my part, I never half know what he means.

E. It is plain what he means. You must do exactly contrary to what he
tells you, as I shall. So, Auntie, don't trouble yourself to alter my
things unless it be to let them out, for I'm going to keep all the
breathing room I've got whether I have what's called "a pretty waist" or
not. I'd rather have color in my cheeks and a cheerful heart than the
smallest waist that was ever squeezed together.

AUNT H.-T. Such a pity, one couldn't have both.

AUNT F. Your cousin Jane was in here last week with her new Bismarck
silk, and it fits her so beautifully! Somebody said she looked as if
she'd been melted and poured into it. There wasn't a crease or wrinkle.
It did look lovely!

E. Well, Auntie dear, I must try some other way of looking lovely. May
be, if I'm cheerful and happy and always in good spirits and have a
fresh, bright face as Pussy always has, [_Puts her arm affectionately
about P._] it may make up for my not looking as if I had been melted and
poured into my clothes.

GRANDMA P. [_Delightedly as she comes forward and joins others who are
now all standing_] This is just the way I thought things would turn out
if we followed Dr. Hardhack's Prescription.






Time--The present. Place--Home of Mr. and Mrs. Carleton.

Cast may be enlarged by having the "At Home" take place on the stage.
This gives opportunity for individual talent in musical and other lines.


     "One of the most interesting occurrences of the season at
     Worthington, Mass., was the initial presentation last week of
     'Charley's Country Cousin,' the author's latest comedy. The play
     was enthusiastically received. There were some charming scenes
     between 'Charley' and his 'Country Cousin,' especially that over
     the telephone, and some very natural and spicy dialogue between Mr.
     and Mrs. Carleton over the arrangements for an afternoon 'At Home.'
     Bridget's various surprises and deductions kept the audience
     constantly laughing whenever she appeared."--_Hampshire Gazette._

     "'Charley's Country Cousin' was a great success here and we did not
     consider it at all hard to give. We had two persons for Topsy and
     counterpart and each did a monologue in the place where she was
     supposed to be rehearsing. Topsy also did a colored song very well.
     All who heard the play said it was the best we had had of the short
     ones and remarkably well suited to any entertainment given under
     the auspices of the church."--_Miss Elisabeth G. Day, Colchester,

     "The Geneva Club of the Y. W. C. A. gave 'Charley's Country Cousin'
     with great success. The play proved very entertaining indeed, and
     the Club was most pleased with the result."--_Miss Daisy D. Brown,
     Detroit, Mich._

     "We gave the play 'Charley's Country Cousin' as a D. A. R.
     entertainment. Many thought it one of the best that had ever been
     given in the town."--_Miss Clara Davis, Framingham, Mass._

     "It is with genuine pleasure and satisfaction that I enclose the
     royalty and report our great success with 'Charley's Country
     Cousin,' given at our High School Midwinter Reunion. It was most
     enthusiastically received. I was increasingly impressed with its
     dignity and charm, sparkling humor and cleverly wrought out
     situations. Nothing but the highest praise was accorded it."--_Anna
     L. Smith, Bellevue, Ohio._

=Recommended by Drama League of America, Chicago, in two of its annual
bulletins. By Ladies' Home Journal in articles entitled, "Entertainments
for Teachers," and "Best Plays for Amateurs."=

Price 25 cents




Dramatis Personæ


Time--The present. Place--Home of Mr. and Mrs. Carleton.

     "One of the most interesting occurrences of the season at
     Worthington, Mass., was the initial presentation last week of
     'Charley's Country Cousin,' the author's latest comedy. The play
     was enthusiastically received. There were some charming scenes
     between 'Charley' and his 'Country Cousin,' especially that over
     the telephone, and some very natural and spicy dialogue between Mr.
     and Mrs. Carleton over the arrangements for an afternoon 'At Home.'
     Bridget's various deductions and surprises kept the audience
     constantly laughing whenever she appeared."--_Hampshire Gazette._

     "Miss Rice has in the comedy, 'Charley's Country Cousin,' added
     another to her list of delightful plays. The author is not only
     very well known in this city socially, but also as a writer of
     clever and original comedies, her 'Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day,' which
     was presented several times last season, meeting with the greatest
     favor. This latest play met a most appreciative audience at every
     production. There were enthusiastic calls for the author both
     evenings."--_Albany Argus._

     "'Charley's Country Cousin' was a great success here and we did not
     consider it at all hard to give. We had two persons for Topsy and
     counterpart and each did a monologue in the place where she was
     supposed to be rehearsing. Topsy also did a colored song very well.
     All who heard the play said it was the best we had had of the short
     ones and remarkably well suited to any entertainment given under
     the auspices of the church."--_Miss Elisabeth G. Day, Colchester,

     "In view of other amateur plays which I have seen, there is not
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     once emphatic and fresh and clean) and in simple natural literary
     style your writings cannot be excelled."--_Rev. W. H. Garth, St.
     Michael's Rectory, Naugatuck, Conn._

Price 25 cents.



This play was written to meet a request of church workers for a
Christmas entertainment of dramatic character to be given within one
hour and with no change of scene. The author, therefore, has arranged
Act I to be read aloud to an audience with no acting, which reading
shall be followed by the rise of curtain and the presentation of the two
scenes of Act II. The dramatic parts for the play, as thus arranged, are
those only that are found in Act II, and are given below. All may be
readily taken by children.

    DAME GOODY (Hedwig)
    VIOLET   }
    ALFRED   }    Children of Mrs. Collingwood
    BERNICE  }
    KENNETH  }

    PAULINE  }
    LOUISE   }
    ESTHER   }
    OLIVE    }
    DOROTHY  }    Friends of the Collingwood children
    RALPH    }
    DAVID    }

Other children may be added, if desired, or the above number lessened.
(See notes.)

     "We had a most successful Christmas entertainment. The applause was
     so loud we feared the children would forget to finish their
     parts."--_Miss Alice F. Danforth, Springfield, Mass._

     "A great success for a Christmas entertainment, there is so much
     life and color in it, so much song and emotion. It is well and
     carefully done with both the proportion of moderation and the charm
     of deep sentiment."--_David S. Muzzey, Ph.D., Yonkers, N. Y._

     "It is difficult to find words to express my admiration for the
     play 'Good King Wenceslas.' I believe it will be far-reaching in
     its influence."--_Miss N. H. Cottrell, Albany, N. Y._

     "It is splendid."--_Rev. Wm. H. Garth, St. Michael's Rectory,
     Naugatuck, Conn._

Price 25 cents.


(See foregoing page.)

This play may be given more elaborately by the representing on the stage
of Act I. This arrangement will call for the addition of the following

    HELEN ARMSTRONG, a girl of 15, afterward Mrs. Collingwood
    EDWIN, a footman
    MAN, a thief
    WOMAN, a thief
    GATEMAN, who inspects tickets

Other R. R. officials, passengers, etc., etc.

Scene laid at New York R. R. Station

     "Simple and picturesque, bright and pathetic in turn."--_Rt. Rev.
     Alexander H. Vinton, D. D., Bishop, Springfield, Mass._

     "It breathes the Christmas spirit and has a true dramatic interest
     that holds one to the end."--_Miss Eleanor Meneely, Albany, N. Y._

     "I have greatly enjoyed 'Good King Wenceslas.' The introduction of
     the carols is a beautiful feature of the play. Your work along
     these lines is a work that has long been needed."--_Rev. Fredk. J.
     Sawers, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Canada._

     "The play is splendid and the first act is great. I hope we can
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     a joy to work over them."--_Miss Marion H. Sterns, Instructor in
     Elocution and Physical Culture, Staten Island Academy, Staten
     Island, N. Y._

Price 25 cents.



Dramatis Personæ

    ROWENA               }
    AMELIA               }
    TOMMY                }  Children of Mrs. Tubbs
    TEDDY                }
      and                }
    MRS. RAVEN      }
    MRS. DONNELL    }      Neighbors of Mrs. Tubbs
      and others    }
      As few or many neighbors as desired

Place--Kitchen of Mrs. Tubbs at Cinder Corner. If given as an out-door
play, action takes place on Mrs. Tubbs's back piazza.

Time in representation 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Given by all ages with equal success as following endorsements will
show. The parts of "Teddy" and "Tommy" may be taken by girls dressed as
boys or names may be changed to those of girls.

     "A little comedy designed to supply a real demand--that of a
     wholesome, amusing play to be used in school or home
     theatricals."--_The Outlook._

     "We heartily commend the capital little play, 'Mrs. Tubbs's
     Telegram,' as a very natural and amusing comedietta, which is quite
     within the acting capacities of every-day boys and
     girls."--_Editorial Notes St. Nicholas._

     "Our club presented your very clever little play, 'Mrs. Tubbs's
     Telegram,' last evening before an audience of 400 persons who were
     most enthusiastic."--_Mrs. Richard Farmer Wood, Concord, Mass._

     "The best chapter play ever given at Vassar to my knowledge."--_An
     Instructor for many years at the college. Quoted by Mabel H.
     Baldwin, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y._

     "The play was just what we wanted and proved the greatest kind of a
     success."--_Charlotte W. Passmore, Morris House, Smith College,
     Northampton, Mass._

     "The little chapel was filled and 'Mrs. Tubbs' was greatly enjoyed.
     It was a genuine satisfaction to give such a pure, clean little
     play with life and fun from beginning to end."--_Miss Georgiana
     Clinton, South Norwalk, Conn._

     "Everyone spoke of it as a very bright little play and just the
     thing for a church. We got along nicely without a curtain."--_Mrs.
     F. S. Field, Shattuckville, Mass._

     "We gave the comedy to a very large audience in the town hall, who
     received it with the wildest enthusiasm."--_Principal High School,
     Windsor, Conn._

     "Given five times for five different charities by Y. W. C. A. of
     Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Our last audience was larger and if possible
     even more enthusiastic than our first."--_Miss Emma Mott, General
     Secretary Y. W. C. A._

     "A crowded house and everyone highly entertained. It is just the
     thing for home entertainments where children are to take
     part."--_Miss Lillian Fischer, Fulton, Missouri._

     "Just the right sort of play for boys and girls to give."--_Mrs. F.
     W. Davis, Cumberland, Maine._

Price, 25 cents.



Dramatis Personae

    MR. BAGG

Cash boys, clerks, shoppers, maid, workmen, etc., etc.

Act. I.--Interior of a department store.

Act II.--Mrs. Bagg's home.

Time in representation 1 to 1-1/2 hours, as preferred.

     "The charming little comedy 'Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day,' was given
     most successfully last night before the Fortnightly Club of this
     place, and all were in hearty appreciation of its delightful merit.
     The play was in the hands of gifted amateurs, so the humor and
     pertinence of the text were in no way impaired."--_Eleanor Havens
     Grant, Jamestown, N. Y._

     "Given by Unity Dramatic Club, Springfield, Mass. The chapel was
     packed full of people and so many turned away that the performance
     will be again presented. A remarkably bright little
     play."--_Springfield Republican._

     Given by Alumnæ of Albany Academy for Girls, benefit of Endowment
     Fund, $250 realized. Later repeated by same amateurs for various
     charities, seven performances in all being given. "A tremendous
     success from start to finish. Large and enthusiastic audiences at
     every representation."--_Albany Argus._

     "I am delighted with 'Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day' and know it will
     meet with success wherever presented."--_Miss Adele Ripont,
     Instructor in Elocution and Physical Culture, Central High School,
     Buffalo, N. Y._

     "'Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day' was by far the greatest hit of anything
     ever tried here. We found the parts very easy to take."--_Miss
     Edith Irwin, President Y. W. C. A., Iberia Academy, Iberia,

     "The young people are carried away with 'Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day,'
     and want to commence work right away."--_Miss Lois B. Warner,
     Salisbury, Conn._

     "Given by the young people of St. Paul's Church, Poughkeepsie, N.
     Y. Not a dull line in it."--_Rev. Francis Whitcome, Rector._

     "We presented 'Mrs. Bagg's Bargain Day' last Friday night at the
     schoolhouse to a very appreciative audience. We were so well
     pleased that we shall probably want to give another of your plays
     in the autumn."--_Harry McCulloch, Class President, Freeport High
     School, Freeport, Ill._

     "The play succeeded excellently. We received considerable applause
     and what we most wanted, lots of laughter."--_Kennebunk Festival
     Chorus, Kennebunk, Maine._

Price 25 cents.


(Second Edition with Notes)


The title, "Their Rich Relative," may be substituted if preferred.

Dramatis Personæ

    MARIE      }
    HESTER     }
    DOROTHY    }                  daughters of Mrs. Rogers
    THEODORA   }
    MRS. LAURA VOSE                  sister of Mrs. Rogers
    MISS LUCINDA PHELPS      distant cousin of Mrs. Rogers
    ROSA                                          the maid
    JANET      }
    ISABEL     }                       little school girls

As many male characters as desired may be introduced in Act II as
travelers, newsboys, ticket agent, boot black, etc., etc. (See notes).

Play may be given by female characters only if preferred. A stewardess
may be substituted for the baggage-man or baggage-man eliminated. (See

Time--The present. Place--New England village.

Time in representation, longer form 2 hours; shorter form 1-1/2 hours.

Given with equal success by girls' schools and women's clubs.

     "Original and clever with interest sustained to the very
     end."--_Rt. Rev. Wm. Croswell Doane, D. D., LL. D., Bishop, Albany,
     N. Y._

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     Principal of St. Margaret's School, San Mateo, California._

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     "Thank you for a play which is so bright and charming and so full
     of good wholesome fun."--_Miss Susan E. Borthwick, Portsmouth, N.

     "Enclosed find our program of 'Gentlemen's Night,' which passed off
     very pleasantly. All evidently appreciated the comical situations
     in 'Good as Gold,' and the ladies certainly made the most of them.
     The gentlemen seemed greatly to enjoy the play, and we were all
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     occasions like ours."--_Amherst Woman's Club, Amherst, Mass._

     "We presented the play, 'Good as Gold,' at our summer residence
     before an audience of a hundred and fifty people. The tickets were
     sold at seventy-five cents apiece and the proceeds given to a local
     charity. The parts were taken by ten girls from twelve to fourteen
     years of age and they did themselves, as well as those who had
     instructed them, great credit. Many pronounced it the best piece of
     amateur acting they ever had seen. The play, itself, was highly
     commended by all as being extremely refined, free from all foolish
     ideas, bright and interesting from beginning to end."--_Mrs. Eugene
     N. Foss, Cohasset, Mass._

Price 25 cents.



Dramatis Personæ

    COLONEL WENTWORTH       Retired army officer
    COLONEL ASHMORE         In active service
    CAROLINE WENTWORTH      An only daughter, aged 18
    NORA                    A maid

Time 1 hour

     "A charming, brilliant little comedy."--_Charles Eliot Norton._

     "Bright and entertaining, compact and manageable, lending itself to
     the conditions of almost any home in our land."--_Mrs. L. F.
     Selfridge, Foot's Cray, Kent, London, England._

     "If you happen to need a little play that may be easily acted by
     amateurs in a home evening, send to K. McDowell Rice, Worthington,
     Mass., and procure her list of original plays. They are clever and
     droll, and the stage properties and setting come within the means
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     Woman's Club, I think this play will be most entertaining."--_Mrs.
     Myron Dickson, Martinsville, Indiana._

     "The choicest comedy in your collection."--_Miss Isadelle C. Couch,
     Instructor of Vocal Training, Mt. Holyoke College, Mass._

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     home theatricals, will not do better than to try 'Good as Gold' and
     'A Successful Stratagem.'"--_Mary D. Beattie in Sunshine Bulletin._

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Price 25 cents.




Initial Performance of Miss Rice's "Uncle Joe's Jewel" a Success.

The initial performance of a three-act comedy at Worthington, "Uncle
Joe's Jewel," the latest play of Miss Katharine McDowell Rice, took
place Friday. The parts were all excellently taken as follows:

    Molly Armstrong                   Mrs. O. B. Ireland
    Grace Horton                      The author
    Nora, the janitor's daughter      Miss Rachel Ely
    Mr. Winthrop ("Uncle Joe")        W. G. Rice, Jr.
    Jack Wetherbee                    Raymond Buck
    Karl Pfeffer                      Donald Stevens
    Postman                           Raymond Laird

    Stage Manager--Miss Susan Rice.

The audience was a most appreciative one, the play being received with
constant laughter and applause. Among those from out of town who came
especially for the play were Mr. and Mrs. Goddard of New York, Mrs. and
Miss Gardner and Mr. Henry Carter of Albany, Mr. and Mrs. Mellor of
Philadelphia, Mrs. William Bryant of Montclair, N. J., Mrs. Lyman James
of Williamsburg, Mrs. Harry Williams and Mrs. H. R. Hinckley of
Northampton, Mrs. and Miss Merritt and Mr. Merritt of Brooklyn, Mrs.
Gillette of Hudson, Prof. Wellington of Amherst, and Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs
of Huntington. Word was received from Senator and Mrs. Crane that they
had hoped to be present, but were unavoidably detained. There were also
large parties from Middlefield, South Worthington, Littleville and
Chesterfield. Between Acts I and II some charming novelties from Paris
were sold by Mrs. W. G. Rice for benefit of new scenery and curtains,
about $25 being realized. Between Acts II and III Mrs. Rice delighted
the audience with some French songs, accompanied by Miss Julia Rogers of
Springfield. After the play the audience went largely out of doors to
enjoy the charming afternoon. Here Miss Rice received many
congratulations on the success of the play; $35 was received at the
door, to which was added $17 from friends present, making a total of $52
for the library.

The play was repeated in the evening for the benefit of the woman's
benevolent society and parish work; $36 was taken at the door, to which
was added the money received from sale of candy and refreshments, making
a total of about $60 for this benefit.--_Springfield Republican._




    NORA, the janitor's daughter
    MR. WINTHROP ("Uncle Joe")

Place: Apartment of Misses Horton and Armstrong


     "I am delighted to express my appreciation of 'Uncle Joe's Jewel,'
     given by our Woman's Guild of St. Peter's Church. It is a very
     bright, clever little comedy."--_Mrs. H. A. Field, Springfield,

     "We and our audience greatly enjoyed your charming 'Uncle Joe's
     Jewel.' Every one was most enthusiastic. I think you will be
     interested to know that I never had so little trouble in drilling
     girls for a play, which was to me psychological evidence that it
     was so true to girl nature that they did it all naturally and
     spontaneously. Our play was such a success that at request we
     repeated it before the Mothers' Club of Christ Church, who were
     highly entertained, appreciating all the points to the full. Give
     us more plays as clever and wholesome as 'Uncle Joe's
     Jewel.'"--_Clara L. Bostwick, Miss Porter's School, "The Elms,"
     Springfield, Mass._

     "We gave 'Uncle Joe's Jewel' as a church entertainment and believe
     you would have been proud of your work. Every word you write is to
     the point and the actors brought it all out so well."--_M. K.
     Royal, Plymouth, Mass._

     "We have chosen 'Uncle Joe's Jewel' as our Freshman Play."--_All
     Around Club, Jackson College._

     "We gave 'Uncle Joe's Jewel' as our Class Play, and had such
     success that we believe it will inaugurate the giving of a play
     each year as a part of Senior Prom."--_New Bedford, Mass., High

Price 25 cents





    MARY, the maid

Price 25 cents.



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