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Title: Dramatized Readings: Recitations in Poetry and Prose - Preston Library No. 1
Author: Yendes, Lucy A.
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                         Preston Library No. 2,

                        (ISSUED OCT. 15, 1893.)

                    Life Studies from Mother Goose,

                    In Wax Works, Pantomimes, Plays,
                          Songs and Tableaux.

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              ARRANGED BY THE AUTHOR OF “PRESTON PAPERS.”

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Adapted to a variety of places and purposes, and arranged for different
grades of talent, with complete directions for staging, costumes, etc.

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                         Preston Library No. 3,

                        (ISSUED NOV. 15, 1893.)

                              A CHRISTMAS
                                NUMBER,

     and will provide a number of entirely original entertainments
                      for the Christmas Holidays.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED AT ANY TIME.

                 _PRESTON LIBRARY No. 1._


                          DRAMATIZED READINGS:
                    RECITATIONS IN POETRY AND PROSE,

                       ILLUSTRATED WITH TABLEAUX.



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              ARRANGED BY THE AUTHOR OF “PRESTON PAPERS.”


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                              CINCINNATI:
                    THE PRESTON PUBLISHING COMPANY.
                                 1893.



                            COPYRIGHT 1893.



                          GENERAL SUGGESTIONS.

                               ----------


In preparing tableaux to illustrate a song, poem or prose reading or
recitation, the manager will find that success depends largely upon
_promptness_. This requires a thorough knowledge of the part to be
rendered, as well as of the places in the reading where tableaux are to
be shown, and of the characters and stage settings for each picture.

_A full dress rehearsal is indispensable_, as many points--insignificant
of themselves--will come up for adjustment that cannot be decided upon
at the last minute; and although of itself trivial, the pose or
expression of a single character, the misplacing of an article of
furniture or ornament, the draping of a costume, etc., will help make or
mar a beautiful picture.

A stage manager who will see to all these details and provide himself
with intelligent assistants who will _quietly_ “set” the stage for one
picture and clear it for the next, behind the curtain, in such a manner
as not to interrupt the reader in front of it, nor take the attention of
the audience, is equally necessary.

_Absolute quiet_ behind the curtain must be insisted upon, and the
“characters” not allowed to make it a place for social reunion between
the parts.

Two dressing rooms are necessary, even if the characters are all of one
sex--as things can be more easily arranged with but few to disturb them.

_All persons not needed behind the curtain must be excluded_, as their
presence only tends to confusion and delay.

The assistants who manage the furniture and other stage accessories,
must know just what is required for each tableau, and when--and have
those near at hand that are first needed, storing at the greatest
distance those not again required, when clearing the stage.

The tableaux should be numbered, and the requisites for each listed, and
a copy given to the stage director and assistants, for their reference
and to avoid mistakes and delay.

_Look out for the curtain._ At the last moment it has sometimes been
found that the curtain would not work, or that those appointed to
manipulate it did not understand its mechanics, and great embarrassment
has resulted. A signal must be determined upon, between the reader and
the stage manager, that the curtain may rise _at the point proper to
illustrate what has just been read_--not what will follow.

Should there be a lack of side screens, these may be supplied by
covering ordinary clothes-horses with cambric, cotton, or cotton
flannel, having due regard to the costumes and figures to be shown. A
dark back and side for a picture all light and brightness (as a fairy or
wedding scene), and light if the picture is a darker one. _Judgment here
is valuable._

                              DIRECTIONS.

Having selected the poem or story you wish to present, make choice of
your reader. Get some one _who reads naturally and distinctly_. The
tableaux take away all necessity for dramatic action on the part of the
reader--if any ever existed--and the entire attention may be devoted to
bringing out the thought of the author.

The reader should _practice in the room where the entertainment is to be
given_, at least enough to be sure of its acoustic properties and so
secure the right pitch of voice,--height and size of room, as well as
shape and furnishings, making a great difference.

The reading must be given in front of the closed curtain, that the
manager may be having the stage prepared for each succeeding tableau,
that it may be presented promptly when desired.

Ordinarily _tableaux should he shown twice_, as few in the audience get
more than a glimpse of what they want to see in detail. If elaborate,
even a third showing is always acceptable, and as the picture is already
arranged it requires but little time, and is better than one long period
of showing it.

_In making up_, use as simple materials as possible; scorched flour for
darkening the skin, corn starch for white powder, an ordinary soft lead
pencil for outlining eyebrows, etc. Dark wigs may be made of curled hair
(such as is used for mattresses) sewed to a cambric “skull” fitted to
the head for which it is intended; white ones of cotton batting sewed on
in tufts to represent short curls; mustache, whiskers, etc., may be
manufactured from coarse linen thread attached to a bit of cloth which
again has to be “stuck on” by means of mucilage, court plaster or white
of egg.

Foot-lights are essential for tableaux, and if not supplied, a row of
small hand lamps at the front edge of platform is easily procured.
Candles are good also--but not quite so safe. Shades for either may be
made of old tin cans, all the seams unsoldered, top and bottom removed,
the tin being turned toward the audience, and _throwing the light on the
picture_. Shade must at least be as high as the blaze. Wings are as
difficult to make seem natural as anything, and yet should be easily
made and adjusted, by first cutting a pattern of the desired shape and
length; cut the wings from cotton flannel, nap running from shoulder to
tip; sew stiff bonnet wire around the edges, being sure to make a pretty
shape and _not too small_; set them on a piece of cloth three by six
inches, also wired. Wings must not be stiff enough to be awkward, nor
limp enough to be troublesome; if the latter, additional wiring,
lengthwise diagonally, will correct it--and if the cloth is too light in
texture it may be used double.



                         THE BIRTH OF THE IVY.

 ILLUSTRATED WITH TEN TABLEAUX, ESPECIALLY ARRANGED FOR THIS PUBLICATION.

CHARACTERS:--“A Ladye of High Degree”; Her Knight; Her Page; Peasants.

COSTUMES:--In the first two tableaux the Ladye wears any elegant dress
that is sufficiently antique, and which can be put on over the white one
used in the third and fourth. In the fifth a hat and mantle may be used
to change the appearance, but little time being given between the
changes of scene; a plain dark gown in the sixth and seventh, over which
may be draped something brilliant for the eighth; in the ninth a white
or light colored wrapper or simple house dress.

In the second tableau the Knight first appears--and in ordinary dress;
in the next in full military costume, as also in the fifth, his “last
appearance.”

The Page, who should be a handsome boy of from seven to twelve years
old, wears dark blouse waist, dark knee pants, sash of brilliant color,
deep lace ruffles at wrist, broad round collar of same, low shoes with
high heels; black velvet cap with plume; velvet cape with bright lining
for last tableau.

Peasant women’s dress--short, scant skirt of any bright color; plain,
round short sleeved; bodice of same or harmonious contrasting color. If
an old woman is shown in group, she may wear cap and kerchief of white,
the latter voluminous and crossed over chest.

                                -------

           Many and many a year ago
             (I’ll tell the tale as ’twas told to me.)
           A Ladye dwelt in her own proud hall,
             A Ladye of high degree;[1]
           And many a Knight came wooing her,
             For stately and fair was she;
           The fairest, stateliest flower that grew
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           Now one of these Knights she loved full well,
             And he bowed low at her feet;[2]
           “I have wooed thee for three long years,” he said,
             “When wilt thou wed me, sweet?”
           But she with a light laugh answered “Wait.”
             “I will wait one year,” said he,
           “And then I shall come to claim your hand
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.”

           So off to the foreign wars he went
             To fight with an angry horde--
           And the whole land rang with the fame of him
             And the might of his good sword.
           But after a twelve-month back he came,
             And again at her feet knelt he.[3]
           “Now wilt thou wed me, Ladye fair,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea?”

           But her pride than her love was stronger still;
             And lifting her haughty head--
           “Wait longer. He who patiently waits
             Is never a loser,” she said.
           The lover rose with a smothered sigh,
             But never a prayer prayed he--
           As mounting his steed, away he rode,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           The Ladye frowned, and the Ladye wept
             In her love and wrath and pain,
           For she had not dreamed he could thus obey
             And ride from her side again.[4]
           Then twice the seasons came and went
             With bird and blossom and bee--
           With the summer rose and the winter snows,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           And then again to his Ladye’s bower
             Strode the Knight with a ringing tread.
           “For two long years I have waited, patiently,”
             Were all the words he said.[5]
           And still in pride that o’ermastered love,
             “Wait longer” answered she.
           “If I wait, I will wait forever,” he cried--
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           “Then wait forever,” she coldly said,
             And drew her white hand away,
           Sure he would fall at her feet again
             For his Ladye’s grace to pray;
           But never another word he spoke
             And never a sign made he,
           But mounting his steed he rode away
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           How dragged the slow months, one by one!
             The Ladye, in sore distress,
           Wept night and day in her lonely bower,
             Bewailing her haughtiness.[6]
           At length she summoned her trusty Page--
             “Speed over the hills” said she,
           “Go tell my lover I wait for him
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.”[7]

                     *        *         *         *

           But the Knight came not, nor sent he word,
             Save this one short message: “Wait.”
           And the sun rose up, and the sun went down,
             And the flowers died, soon or late.
           At length she summoned her Page again,
             And again to him said she:
           “Go tell my Knight I wait for him
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.”

           The Page came back and doffed his cap,
             And these were the words he bore:
           “He loses nothing who patiently waits.”
             And not one syllable more.[8]
           “He remembers well” the Ladye cried.
             And in wan despair lived she
           Two more long, desolate years,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           “Now go to my lord once more” she prayed--
             “Tell him my death is near.
           Tell him I wait his face to see,
             And I long his voice to hear.”
           The Page came back with a lagging pace--
             “O, what does he say?” cried she.
           “Dear Ladye, he bids you wait for aye,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.”[9]

           “I am well paid,” the Ladye cried,
             “And in coin I know too well.
           He doth but give me my own again--
             So now farewell, my love, farewell.”
           And soon she lay in the starlight pale
             Under an old yew tree,
           With a stone at her head and one at her feet,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

                 *        *        *        *        *

           But when the springing grass was green
             On the grave of her who slept
           A plant with wonderful shining leaves,
             Out of the darkness crept.
           It wandered here, and wandered there,
             It climbed up turret and tree,
           And from point to point, over rock and rill
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.

           Slowly and surely it onward crept,
             That plant so strange and rare.
           The peasants whispered, under their breath,
             “’Tis the beautiful Ladye Clare.
           She seeks the heart that she threw away;
             She is creeping on bended knee
           To her lover’s castle, that frowning stands,
             Where the Rhine runs down to the sea.”[10]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Drawing room scene. Ladye Clare stands in foreground. Furniture
should be as elegant as possible.

2. Ladye Clare at left of center, in easy chair; Knight half kneels in
front of her; both side-face to audience; Ladye’s hand extended to
Knight, who is in the act of raising it to his lips.

3. Ladye stands at right of center, head erect, Knight again
kneeling--but in reverse position.

4. Ladye in center, sitting with head bowed on center table, over which
her arms are thrown.

5. Ladye at left, half way back on stage; Knight entering with long
strides from left of foreground, each looking intently at the other.

6. “Ladye’s bower.” Couch at left, with handsome cushions and spread;
vases filled with flowers, bric-a-brac, pictures, etc., adapted to a
young lady’s room. Ladye Clare in easy chair at right; handkerchief
pressed to her eyes by right hand, while left falls over arm of chair.

7. Same scene--Page entered back of couch, in listening attitude, cap
held in hand in front of him, facing Ladye, who waves him away with
right arm, hope in her face.

8. Same scene.--Ladye sits on couch; Page stands in center front, with
head down, cap held behind him--in full view of audience.

9. Ladye on couch, half reclining, white spread thrown over her; hair
hanging loosely (face should be powdered); expression of disappointment;
Page stands at entrance, reluctant to intrude or to give his message.

10. Grave in center of foreground, covered with green vines and cut
flowers. Peasants at either end, and in background. Stones (boards
covered with white paper) may be placed at head and foot of grave.

                             --------------



                          CALLAGHAN’S FAILURE.

                             --------------

                        BY THOMAS WINTHROP HALL.

                             --------------


Mr. Callaghan was busily engaged in an inspection of silverware that
seemed to interest him exceedingly. He examined each object carefully,
often stopping long enough to test the particular object with his teeth,
or even to bend it. At the same time his actions were quiet, and, one
might say, reserved. He did not appear to care to be noticed.[1]

He was a rather tall young fellow, carelessly dressed, as they say in
novels, and he had a pale face, like a student’s. One might, indeed,
have thought him a poor student, were it not for his eyes, which,
instead of looking tired and dreamy, like a student’s, were exceedingly
active and restless. On the whole, his face and his general appearance
were not pre-possessing. Indeed, the policeman on the beat most
frequented by Mr. Callaghan in social life, reported him at the Precinct
House as “a general tough--suspicious.”

Mr. Callaghan, although very young, had already learned the value of
exceeding caution. Hence, he was almost noiseless; and he inspected the
silverware in the very mild light of a half-opened dark lantern. A happy
smile played around the corners of his face for a while, for the
silverware he was examining proved to be of the finest and newest, and
bore the monogram of a famous New York family. For that matter, the
entire surroundings of Mr. Callaghan, at that time, were of the richest.
The very sideboard at which he labored was worth a small fortune, and
the cut glass upon it looked very beautiful in the mellow light. There
were rich red tints in some of the glassware, occasioned by their
contents, but Mr. Callaghan did not stop to examine them. He did not
believe in drinking during business hours. The time was something after
midnight.

Mr. Callaghan was aroused from his pre-occupation by a faint click. It
sounded very much like the click of the trigger, as a revolver is
cocked. ’Twas a trifle startling, but he did not lose his presence of
mind. He faced around like a flash, and turned off the rays of his dark
lantern. He knew it was almost useless to take the latter precaution,
however, for he was well informed, and knew that, in the houses of the
rich of to-day, it required but the pressure of a button to turn on a
full stream of electric lights throughout an entire floor. The sudden
burst of light came, just as he expected it would, and as it did so, he
heard a voice say “Don’t dare to move!”

He was more startled by the voice than he was by the sudden glare of
electric light, for it was the voice of a young girl!! Mr. Callaghan
blinked a few times, took a good look, and then his thin face broadened
a trifle into a smile. At the other end of the room stood a very pale
but resolute girl in a pink wrapper. She held a little gold-mounted
revolver, of a calibre so small that Mr. Callaghan but for his natural
politeness, would have laughed at it outright, and she was biting her
lip, for she was apparently rather nervous. The revolver was pointed in
Mr. Callaghan’s direction, but alas! the hand that held it was shaking
very perceptibly[2]....

Callaghan grinned. “Isn’t it rather late for you to be out?” he asked
her.

“Don’t dare to move,” she replied; “I know precisely what to do. Papa
told me before he went away. I’m going to sound the burglar alarm and
have you arrested; then you will be sent to State’s Prison.”

“Well,” almost laughed Mr. Callaghan, “why don’t you do it? I’m
waiting.”

“Because,” she answered, hesitatingly,--“because you’re standing in
front of it.”

“Oh, am I?” answered Callaghan. “Then I’ll move away, I always like to
be polite to ladies.” He moved away a few steps. She frowned a little
bit. Then she said “Excuse me. Will you please move a little further
away?” “Certainly,” he replied, “anything to oblige a real lady.”

She stepped toward the alarm, which Callaghan had not, until then,
perceived, and stretched forth her hand.[3]

She was about to turn the little handle, when Callaghan said hastily:
“Hold on a minute. Do you think that would be a nice thing to do?”

“Of course it would,” she answered.

“Just think about it a moment,” Callaghan continued; “if you did that,
I’d be arrested, and sent up for fifteen or twenty years. Fifteen or
twenty years, in a little cell, all by myself, with no one to talk to
and nothing to do--except break stones for my health. Now, I don’t care
anything about it myself, of course; I havn’t done you any wrong. I
havn’t got away with the silver, and therefore, there isn’t any wrong
done you, is there? I tried to, but you’ve got the best of me, and
you’re an awfully brave little girl to do it, too. But just think of
yourself during the next fifteen or twenty years, if you have me sent
up. Every day you’ll be thinking about the poor fellow who’s doing time
because you made him; and every night you’ll be lying awake, crying,
because you made him suffer so much, for such a little thing; and every
time the minister in your church says anything about forgiving your
enemies, you’ll be thinking he means you; and,”

She broke in “I think I’ll let you go.” She said it very earnestly.

Callaghan laughed aloud. “That’s right,” he said, “I knew you would, for
I knew you were a lady the minute I saw you. I didn’t mean what I said.
Probably in a month you’d forget all about me. No one remembers a fellow
who’s doing time, but the police and the detectives. I was just trying
an experiment. Do you think I was afraid you’d call the police?
Nonsense. Do you think I was afraid of your little revolver? Nonsense.
I’ve been shot twice by real revolvers. If you’d tried to sound the
burglar alarm, do you know what I’d have done? I’d have made a quick
jump for you and I’d have my hands about your throat before you could
have winked. If you’d fired the revolver, you’d missed me. Girls can’t
shoot.”

He said this last almost contemptuously, but he was sorry a moment
after, for he noticed that she was growing very white, and very
frightened too. Nevertheless, he continued: “And after I’d got my hands
about your neck, and you couldn’t scream or struggle or shoot, what do
you suppose I’d have done?”

She did not reply. She could not speak. She was trembling
violently. “I’d have--I’d--,” he was embarrassed, and he actually
blushed,--Callaghan blushed--“I’d have kissed you,” he said with
an effort, “and then I’d have gone away. But you needn’t look
frightened any longer. I ain’t going to hurt you, and I ain’t
going to kiss you; for some day you’d be ashamed of it. You’d be
ashamed to tell your sweetheart that Rocky Callaghan kissed you;
and I ain’t goin’ to take any thing that belongs to this house,
although I could, right before your eyes. I’m just going home
peaceably.”

He started to walk toward the window by which he had entered.[4] As he
did so, however, he looked at her critically, stopped, and said: “You’re
going to hold out just about till I’m gone. Then you are going to faint.
I can’t leave you here alone in a faint. I’ll fix it.”

He walked deliberately to the sideboard and poured out a glass of
ice-water. “Here,” said he, “drink this, and then go upstairs as quick
as you can. I’ll lock the window after I go out.”[5]

She took the water with a frightened “Thank you,” and drank it. Mr.
Callaghan turned to leave. “That brings the red back in your cheeks,” he
said.... “Now, I’m going, but I want you to remember that I’m not afraid
of the burglar alarm nor of your little revolver. I’m not going to rob
you because--because you’re so brave and because you’re so pretty. I
sort of hate to make a failure of a job, and I guess the boys will guy
me a bit for it; but you are too pretty.” Saying which, Mr. Callaghan
climbed nimbly through the window and disappeared.

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Dining-room scene, very scant light. Silverware on table, on which
sits half-opened dark lantern; side-board in background; burglar behind
table in center, faces audience while examining silverware, face lighted
by lantern. (Face may be darkened by scorched flour.)

2. Same scene, brilliantly lighted, with burglar at left end of table;
girl in pink wrapper at right end of room, hair down and arm extended
holding toy pistol or revolver. (Face powdered white.)

3. Same as second. Girl moved a little to right with arm reached toward
burglar alarm.

4. Burglar turned facing girl, back half turned to audience.

5. Burglar passing water, which girl has stretched hand to receive.

                             --------------



                        MATRIMONIAL PHILOSOPHY.

                                -------

         [WITH MOVING TABLEAUX ARRANGED FOR THIS PUBLICATION.]

                                -------

     There were lovers three in the days gone by,
     They were healthy, they were wealthy, yet they’d sit and sigh,
     Sit and sigh till the window curtains shook,
     And all for the sake of a sweet maid’s look.
     For they loved her one, and two, and three,
     And each one prayed her his bride to be;
     Till she cried, “Ah, no, you must surely see,
     If I don’t love one that I can’t love three.”
     Three sad men, but they loved enough for ten,
     And they sighed enough for twenty, these sad young men.[1]

     Then these lovers three in the days gone by,
     In their anguish did they languish, and they longed to die.[2]
     Longed to die, till a year had passed or more,
     And a fourth suitor came to the maiden’s door;
     And he knelt so low on bended knee,
     As he asked the maid his bride to be,
     That the others thought “He will cut out me,”
     And their souls were racked with jealousy.[3]
     Three stern men, but they frowned enough for ten,
     And they scowled enough for twenty, these stern young men.[4]

     Then the fourth young swain in the days gone by,
     Wooed this maiden so love laden, till she made reply,
     Made reply--“You have won my trusting heart,”
     And at church they vowed never more to part;
     But they quarreled so when they were wed,
     That the three young men they smiled and said--
     “It’s a lucky thing that he cut out me,
     For his wife is a shrew as we all can see.”[5]
     Three wise men, but they smiled enough for ten,
     And they laughed enough for twenty, these wise young men.[6]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Parlor scene, with lady on one side of the room, the lovers in
waiting--each in turn approaching and being rejected, retire to a seat
to “sit and sigh.”

2. Shows the young men only; having changed their positions they are
doing a general “languishing” business.

3. The young lady in center of foreground receives suitor No. 4, who
comes on “bended knee.”

4. Shows the first three young men in center of front, hands in
pockets--frowning and scowling.

5. Shows husband and wife at left end of stage quarreling--young men at
right in attitudes of interest, watching the couple.

6. The three young men in center, front of stage, one smiling, the other
two laughing.

                             --------------



                       THE OPENING OF THE PIANO.

                                -------

                           OLIVER W. HOLMES.

                                -------

                            (WITH TABLEAUX.)

  In the little southern parlor of the house you may have seen,
  With the gambrel roof, and the gable looking toward the green,
  At the side towards the sunset with the window on the right,
  Stood the London-made piano I am dreaming of to-night.[1]

  Ah me! how I remember the evening when it came,
  What a cry of eager voices, what a group of cheeks in flame.
  When the wondrous box was opened that had come from over seas,
  With its smell of mastic, and its flash of ivory keys.[2]

  Then the children all grew fretful in the restlessness of joy;
  For the boy would push his sister and the sister crowd the boy,[3]
  Till the father asked for quiet in the grave, paternal way,
  But the mother hushed the tumult, with the words, “Now Mary, play!”

  For the dear soul knew that music was a very sovereign balm;
  She had sprinkled it o’er sorrow, and had seen its brow grow calm;
  In the days of slender harpsichords, with tapping twinkling quills,
  Or caroling her spinit with its thin metallic trills.

  So Mary, the household minstrel, who always loved to please,
  Sat down to the new “Clementi” and struck the glittering keys;[4]
  Hushed were the children’s voices, and every eye grew dim,
  As floating from lips and finger, arose the Vesper Hymn.[5]

  Catherine, child of a neighbor, curly and rosy red,
  (Wedded since, and a widow--something like ten years dead,)
  Hearing a gush of music such as never heard before,
  Steals from her mother’s chamber and peeps at the open door.[6]

  Just as the “Jubilate” in threaded whisper dies,
  “Open it! open it, lady!” the little maiden cries.
  (For she thought ’twas a singing creature caged in a box she heard);
  “Open it! open it, lady! and let me see the _bird_!”[7]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Sitting-room. Piano at right. Piano box just opened, in background at
left. Center-table has books and papers.

2. Several children crowding about the instrument in attitudes of eager
inspection. Parents a little in background.

3. Boy and girl in foreground, crowding and pushing.

4. Oldest daughter sits down to play, children near front, parents in
background.

5. Sing “Vesper Hymn”--if possible, with piano accompaniment.

6. Little girl looking in from opposite side of room, screen door ajar;
family grouped as above.

7. She has advanced to center of foreground, side face to audience, but
looking toward the mother, the rest watching her.

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                         DEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER.


         Grandmother paces with stately tread
           Forward and back through the quaint old room,
         Out of the firelight dancing and red,
           Into the gathering dusk and gloom;
         Forward and back in her silken dress,
           With its falling ruffles of frost-like lace,
         A look of the deepest tenderness
           In the faded lines of her fine old face.[1]

         Warm on her breast, in his red night-gown,
           Like a scarlet lily, the baby lies,
         While softly the weary lids creep down
           Over the little sleepy eyes.
         Grandmother sings to him sweet and low,
           And memories come with the cradle song
         Of the day when she sang it long ago,
           When her life was young and her heart was strong.[2]

         Grandmother’s children have left her now,--
           The large old house is a shadowed place;
         But shining out in the sunset glow
           Of her life, like a star, comes the baby’s face.
         He lies where of old his father lay,
           And softly she sings him the same sweet strain,
         Till the years intervening are swept away,
           And the joys of life’s morning are hers again.[3]

         Grandmother’s head is bending low
           Over the dear little drowsy one.
         The steps of her pathway are few to go;
           The baby’s journey has just begun.
         Yet the rosy dawn of his childish love
           Brightens the evening that else were dim;
         And in after years, from her home above,
           The light of her blessing will rest on him.[4]

                            MOVING TABLEAUX.

1. Sitting-room with antique furniture. Old lady pacing across stage
front, carrying baby in red night-dress.

2. Baby in cradle; grandmother near, facing audience, sings “Hush, my
dear; lie still and slumber.” If Grandmother’s part is taken by some one
who can not sing, this may be done by a hidden voice.

3. Same as 2. Sings “Sleep, Baby, Sleep.”

4. Grandmother sits quiet--bending over cradle.



                      ANSWERING AN ADVERTISEMENT.

                                -------

               BY FRANK M. THORN. (Abridged and Adapted.)

                                -------

CHARACTERS.--Lawyer; Irish woman and son.
COSTUMES.--Typical.
PLACE.--Lawyer’s office.


 Good mornin’ til yez, yer honor! And are yez the gintlemon
   As advertised, in the paper, for an active intilligint b’y?
 Y’ are? Thin I’ve brought him along wid me,--a raal fine sprig iv a
    wan:--
   As likely a b’y iv his age, sur, as iver ye’d wish til empl’y.[1]

 That’s him. Av coorse I’m his mither! Yez can see his resimblance til
    me,
   Fur ivery wan iv his faytures, and mine, are as like as two paze,--
 Barrin’ wan iv his hivenly eyes, which he lost in a bit iv a spree
   Wid Hooligan’s b’y, which intinded to larrup me Teddy wid aize.

 And is it rid-headed ye call him? Belike he is foxey, is Ted;
   And goold-colored hair is becomin’ til thim that’s complicted wid
      blonde!
 But who cares for color? Sure, contints out-vally the rest iv the head!
   And Ted has a head full iv contints, as lively as t’hrout in a pond!


 Good timpered? Sure niver a bet’her. The peaceablest, quietest lamb
   As lives the whole lin’th iv our st’hrate, where the b’ys is that kane
      fur a row
 That Ted has to fight iv’ry day, though he’d quarrel no more than a
    clam.--
   Faith, thim b’ys ’ud provoke the swate angels, in hiven, to fight
      onyhow!

 Perliteness comes aisy til Ted, for he’s had me to tache him the thrick
   Iv bowin’ and scrapin’ and spakin’ to show paple proper respict.
 Spake up till the gintlemon, Teddy! Whist! Aff wid yer cap first, ye
    stick!
   He’s shapish a t’hrifle, yer honor; he’s allus been brought up that
      strict.[2]

 Come! Spake up, and show yer foine bradin! Och! Hear that! “How air yez,
    Owld Moke?”
   Arrah, millia murther! Did iver yez hear jist the aqual iv that?
 “How air yez, Owld Moke?” says he! Ha! Ha! Sure, yer honor, he manes it
    in joke!
   He’s the playfullest b’y! Faith, it’s laughin’ at Teddy that makes me
      so fat!


 Honest? Troth he is that! Yez can t’hrust wid onything. Honest! Does he
    luk like a b’y that ’ud stale?
   Jist luk in the swate, open face iv him, barrin’ the eye wid the
      wink:--
 Och! Teddy! Phat ugly black st’hrame is it runnin’ down there by yer
    hale!
   Mutheration! Yer honor, me Teddy has spilt yer fine bottle iv ink![3]

 Phat? How kem the ink in his pocket? I’m thinkin’ he borry’d it, sir;--
   And yez saw him pick up yer pin-howlder and stick it up intil his
      slaive!
 And yez think that Ted mint til purline ’em? Ah, wirra! wirra! The likes
    iv that slur
   Will d’hrive me,--poor, tinder, lone widdy,--wid sorrow down intil me
      grave![4]

 Bad cess til yez, Teddy, ye spalpeen! Why c’u’dn’t yez howld on, the
    day--
   Ye thafe iv the world!--widout breakin’ the heart iv me? No. Yez
      _must_ stale!
 I’ll tache yez a t’hrick, ye rid-headed, pilferin’, gimlet-eyed flay!
   Ye freckle-faced, impident bla’guard!--Och! whin we git home yez’ll
      squale![5]

                            MOVING TABLEAUX.

1. Lawyer at desk, left of center and a little back; woman in center,
faces judge and audience alternately; boy in background.

2. Boy dragged to front by mother, and while she talks, he fusses with
desk furnishings.

3. Boy and mother in center--front. (Ink on his light colored pants may
be simulated by black cloth sewed on.) Mother points to it.

4. Boy in background--mother side faces audience while addressing the
lawyer, wrings hands and weeps.

5. Boy again near front, listening to threats of mother, who shakes him
and her fist in turn.

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                            THE BRIDAL VEIL

                                -------

                             BY ALICE CARY.

                                -------

       We’re married, they say, and you think you have won me,--
       Well, take this white veil from my head and look on me.
       Here’s matter to vex you and matter to grieve you.
       Here’s doubt to distrust you and faith to believe you--
       I am all, as you see, common earth, common dew;
       Be wary, and mould me to roses, not rue![1]

       Ah! shake out the filmy thing, fold after fold,
       And see if you have me to keep and to hold--
       Look close on my heart--see worst of its sinning--
       It is not yours to-day for the yesterday’s winning--
       The past is not mine--I am too proud to borrow--
       You must grow to new heights if I love you to-morrow.[2]

       We’re married! I’m plighted to hold up your praises,
       As the turf at your feet does its handful of daisies;
       That way lies my honor--my pathway of pride.
       But, mark you, if greener grass grows either side,
       I shall know it; and keeping the body with you,
       Shall walk in my spirit with feet on the dew.

       We’re married! Oh, pray that our love do not fail!
       I have wings fastened down, hidden under my veil!
       They are subtle as light--you can never undo them;
       And swift in their flight--you can never pursue them;
       And spite of all clasping and spite of all bands,
       I can slip like a shadow, a dream, from your hands.

       Nay, call me not cruel, and fear not to take me.
       I am yours for a lifetime, to be what you make me,
       To wear my white veil for a sigh or a cover,
       As you shall be proven my lord or my lover;
       A cover for peace that is dead; or a token
       Of bliss that can never be written or spoken.[3]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Drawing-room scene. Bride and groom in full wedding costume; bride in
white, with orange blossoms and veil of tarlatan or lace; both stand
near center in foreground, a little apart, facing each other.

2. Husband in act of lifting veil from side front.

3. Both are sitting on sofa--settled and serene.

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                     JIMMY BROWN’S SISTER’S WEDDING

                                -------

                        [ABRIDGED AND ADAPTED.]

                                -------


She ought to have been married a long while ago. That’s what everybody
says who knows her. She has been engaged to Mr. Travers for three years
and has had to refuse lots of offers to go to the circus with other
young men. I have wanted her to get married, so that I could go and live
with her and Mr. Travers. When I think that if it hadn’t been for a
mistake I made she would have been married yesterday, I find it
dreadfully hard to be resigned.

Last week it was finally agreed that Sue and Mr. Travers should be
married without waiting any longer. You should have seen what a state of
mind she and mother were in. They did nothing but buy new clothes and
sew, and talk about the wedding all day long.[1]

Sue was determined to be married in church, and to have six bridesmaids
and six bridegrooms, and flowers and music and all sorts of things. The
only thing that troubled her, was making up her mind who to invite.
Mother wanted her to invite Mr. and Mrs. McFadden and the seven McFadden
girls; but Sue said they had insulted her and she couldn’t bear the idea
of asking the McFadden tribe! Everybody agreed that old Mr. Wilkinson,
who once came to a party at our house with one boot and one slipper,
couldn’t be invited; but it was decided that every one else that was on
good terms with our family should have an invitation.

Sue counted up all the people she meant to invite and there was nearly
three hundred of them! You would hardly believe it but she told me that
I must carry round all those invitations and deliver them myself. Of
course I couldn’t do this without neglecting my studies and losing time,
so I thought of a plan which would save Sue the trouble of directing the
invitations and save me from wasting time in delivering them.

So I got to work with my printing press and printed a dozen splendid big
bills about the wedding. When they were printed I cut out a lot of small
pictures (of animals and ladies riding on horses) of some old circus
bills and pasted them on the wedding bills.[2] They were perfectly
gorgeous and you could see them four or five rods off. When they were
all done I made some paste in a tin pail, and after dark went out and
pasted them in good places all over the village.

The next afternoon father came into the house looking very stern and
carrying in his hand one of the wedding bills. He handed it to Sue and
said: “Susan, what does this mean? These bills are posted all over the
village, and there are crowds of people reading them.” Sue read the
bill, and then gave an awful shriek and fainted dead away--and I hurried
down to the post-office, to see if the mail had come in.[3]

This is what was on the wedding bills, and I am sure it was spelled all
right:

             Miss Susan Brown announces that she will marry
                           Mr. James Travers,
         at the church, next Thursday, at half-past seven sharp
                     All the friends of the family
     with the exception of the McFadden tribe and old Mr. Wilkinson
                              are invited.
    Come early and bring lots of flowers and cake and ice cream.[4]

(The wedding as it finally took place will now be shown.)[5]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Sewing-room; Susan, mother and two dressmakers at work, by hand and
machine, on the trousseau, “billows” of which appear everywhere.
(Properly--Susan should be in duplicate, one for the sewing-room and one
for the bridal scene there not being enough time for the bride to dress
between the scenes.)

2. Jimmy at work on his big bills.

3. Father holding the poster; Susan in a faint.

4. The “poster” illustrated according to description. (Insert the name
of your most prominent local church.)

5. The wedding as it finally took place--a typical scene, with minister,
bride and groom in foreground, bridesmaids and attendants on either
side; parents and guests in background; pages and maids of honor, if
stage is large enough. Costumes should all be elegant and harmonious.
(See “Bridal Wine Cup,” p. 44.)

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                             STRONG COFFEE.

                                -------

                           BY CHARLES MACKAY.

                                -------

           “Hush! Joanna!
            I’ll forgive you!
           But it’s certain that the coffee wasn’t strong!
           Own your error! Why so stubborn in the wrong?”[1]

                       “You’ll forgive me? Sir, I hate you!
                       You have used me like a churl.
                       Have my senses ceased to guide me?
                       Do you think I am a girl?”

           “Oh no! You’re a girl no longer
           But a woman, formed to please.
           And it’s time you should abandon
           Childish follies, such as these.”

                       “Oh I hate you! but why vex me?
                       If I’m old--you’re older still.
                       I’ll no longer be your victim
                       And the creature of your will.”[2]

           “But, Joanna; why this bother?
           It might happen I was wrong.
           But if common sense inspire me,
           Still that coffee wasn’t strong.”

                       “Common sense? You never had it!
                       Oh, that ever I was born
                       To be wedded to a monster
                       That repays my love with scorn.”

           “Well, Joanna, we’ll not quarrel;
           What’s the use of bitter strife?
           But I’m sorry I am married.
           I was mad--to take a wife.”

                       “Mad, indeed! I’m glad you know it.
                       But if law can break this chain
                       I’ll be tied to you no longer--
                       In this misery and pain.”

           “Hush, Joanna! Shall the servants
           Hear you argue, ever wrong?
           Can you not have done with folly?
           Own the coffee was not strong.”[3]

                       “Oh you goad me past endurance!
                       Trifling with my woman’s heart.
                       But I loath you and detest you!
                       Villain! monster! let us part!”

                    *         *         *         *

           Long this foolish quarrel lasted
           Till Joanna, half afraid,
           That her empire was in peril,
           Summoned never failing aid.

                       Summoned tears in copious torrents,
                       Tears and sobs, and piteous sighs;
                       Well she knew the potent practice--
                       The artillery of the eyes.[4]

           And it chanced as she imagined--
           Beautiful in grief was she.
           Beautiful to best advantage;--
           And a tender heart had he.

                       Kneeling at her side he soothed her:
                       “Dear Joanna! I was wrong.
                       Never more I’ll contradict you--
                       But, oh, make my coffee strong!”[5]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Scene. Breakfast-room; man and woman at opposite ends of table, side
face to audience--she busy cutting her meat and looking down at her
plate; he looking at her, cup poised in right hand, on the way toward
his mouth.

2. Lady has risen, and angrily faces her husband.

3. Man has risen; stands in front of table, looking toward his wife.

4. Joanna, again sitting, weeps.

5. Husband kneeling in front of her.

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                                 “IF.”


          If, sitting with this little, worn-out shoe,
            And scarlet stocking lying on my knee,
          I knew the little feet had pattered through
            The pearl-set gates that lie ’twixt Heaven and me,
          I could be reconciled and happy too,
            And look with glad eyes toward the jasper sea.[1]

          If in the morning when the song of birds
            Reminds me of a music far more sweet,
          I listen for his pretty broken words,
            And for the music of his dimpled feet,
          I could be almost happy, though I heard
            No answer, and saw but his vacant seat.

          I could be glad if, when the day is done,
            And all its cares and heart-ache laid away,
          I could look west ward to the hidden sun,
            And with a heart full of sweet yearnings say:
          “To-night I’m nearer to my little one
            By just the travel of one earthly day.”

          If I could know those little feet were shod
            In sandals wrought of light in better lands,
          And that the footprints of a tender God,
            Ran side by side with his, in golden sands--
          I could bow cheerfully and kiss the rod,
            Since Benny was in wiser, safer hands.

          If he were dead, I would not sit to-day
            And stain with tears the wee sock on my knee;
          I would not kiss the tiny shoe and say,
            “Bring back again my little boy to me!”
          I would be patient, knowing ’twas God’s way,
            Although I must not all the wisdom see.[2]

          But O! to know the feet once pure and white,
            The haunts of vice had boldly ventured in!
          The hands that should have battled for the right,
            Have been wrung crimson in the clasp of sin--
          And should he knock at Heaven’s gate to-night,
            To fear my boy could hardly enter in!

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Home scene. Lady sitting in easy chair, shoe and stocking on lap;
room dimly lighted.

2. Lady weeping.

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                        THE WASHER-WOMAN’S SONG.

                                -------

                           BY EUGENE F. WARE.

                                -------

                  In a very humble cot,
                  In a rather quiet spot,
                    In the suds and in the soap,
                    Worked a woman full of hope;
                  Working, singing, all alone,
                  In a sort of undertone,[1]
                    “With a Saviour for a friend,
                    He will keep me to the end.”

                  Sometimes happening along,
                  I had heard the semi-song,
                    And I often used to smile,
                    More in sympathy than guile;
                  But I never said a word,
                  In regard to what I heard,
                    As she sang about her Friend
                    Who would keep her to the end.

                  Not in sorrow, nor in glee,
                  Working all day long was she,
                    As her children three or four,
                    Played around her on the floor;
                  But in monotones the song
                  She was humming all day long:[2]
                    “With the Saviour for a friend,
                    He will keep me to the end.”

                  Just a trifle lonesome she,
                  Just as poor as poor could be,
                    But the spirits always rose,
                    Like the bubbles in the clothes,
                  And though widowed and alone,
                  Cheered her with the monotone,
                    Of a Saviour and a Friend
                    Who would keep her to the end.

                  I have seen her rub and scrub,
                  On the washboard in the tub,
                    While the baby, sopped in suds,
                    Rolled and tumbled in the duds;
                  Or was paddling in the pools,
                  With old scissors stuck in spools;
                    She still humming of her Friend
                    Who would keep her to the end.[3]

                  Human hopes and human creeds
                  Have their root in human needs;
                    And I would not wish to strip
                    From that washer-woman’s lip
                  Any song that she can sing,
                  Any hopes that songs can bring;
                    For the woman has a Friend
                    Who will keep her to the end.

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Kitchen scene, with woman washing in center of stage, side face to
audience; clothes baskets, soiled linen, boiler, clothes bars, etc.,
scattered in the room. The washer-woman sings last two lines, while
curtain is raised.

2. Same scene. Woman and tub in background facing audience while she
rubs and sings; children on floor in foreground. Sings again.

3. Baby is the most conspicuous part of this picture, and the livelier
the better, even to laughing or crying. Woman hums the tune as she
works.

                             --------------



                      THE SMALL BOY’S EXPLANATION.


It was Sunday evening. Angelica had invited her young man to the evening
meal.[1] Everything had passed off harmoniously until Angelica’s
seven-year-old brother broke the blissful silence that had settled like
a rainbow on the family circle, with:

“O, _Ma_! You oughter seen Mr. Lighted last night when he called to take
Angie to the drill! He looked so nice, sitting ’long side o’ her, with
his arm”----

“Fred!” screamed the maiden, quickly placing her hand over the boy’s
mouth.[2]

“You just ought ter seen him,” continued the persistent informant, after
gaining his breath, and the embarrassed girl’s hand was removed; “he had
his arm”--

“Freddie,” shouted the mother; and in her frantic attempts to reach the
boy’s ear she upset the tea-pot, sending its scalding contents into Mr.
Lighted’s lap.[3]

“I was just going to say,” the half-frightened boy pleaded, between a
cry and an injured whine, “he had his arm”--

“You boy,” thundered the father, “away to the wood-shed.”

And the boy made for the nearest exit, exclaiming as he went, “I was
only a goin’ to say that Mr. Lighted had his army clothes on, and I’ll
leave it to him if he didn’t.”[4]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Dining-room scene. Father at right and mother at left end of dinner
table; small boy and Angelica at side facing to audience; young man on
opposite side, back to audience; servant in side rear, with glasses on
tray.

2. Angelica’s hand is over the boy’s mouth, he evidently struggling to
get away from it.

3. Tea pot upset, mother trying to reach the boy.

4. Boy disappearing through screen door at left rear, but half faces
audience.

                             --------------



                           LOOKING BACKWARD.


                 Ay; but wait, good wife, a minute,
                   I have first a word to say;
                 Do you know what to-day is?
                   Mother, ’tis our wedding day![1]

                 Just as now, we sat at supper
                   When the guests had gone away;
                 You sat that side, I sat this side,
                   Forty years ago to-day!

                 Then what plans we laid together,
                   What brave things I meant to do!
                 Could we dream to-day would find us
                   At this table--me and you?

                 Better so, no doubt--and yet I
                   Sometimes think--I can not tell--
                 Had our boy--ah, yes! I know, dear;
                   Yes, “He doeth all things well.”

                 Well, we’ve had our joys and sorrows,
                   Shared our smiles as well as tears;
                 And--the best of all--I’ve had your
                   Faithful love for forty years!

                 Poor we’ve been, but not forsaken;
                   Grief we’ve known, but never shame--
                 _Father for Thy endless mercies
                   Still we bless Thy Holy Name_.[2]

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Aged couple at supper table; woman at end, man at side facing
audience; lighted lamp on table--small, so as not to hide man’s face.

2. Heads bowed while blessing is asked.

                             --------------



                          LESSONS IN COOKERY.


Miss Cicely Jones is just home from boarding-school and engaged to be
married, and as she knows nothing about cooking or housework, she is
going to take a few lessons in the culinary art to fit her for the new
station in life which she is expected to adorn with housewifely grace.

She makes a charming picture as she stands in the kitchen door, draped
in a chintz apron prettily trimmed with bows of ribbon, her bangs hidden
under a Dolly Varden cap, while she gracefully swings to and fro on her
French kid heels.[1]

“Mamma,” she lisped, “pleathe introduce me to your assistant?”

Mamma said, “Bridget, this is your young lady, Miss Cicely, who wants to
learn the name and use of everything in the kitchen and how to make
cocoanut rusks and angel-food, before she goes to housekeeping for
herself.”[2]

Bridget is not very favorably impressed, but as she looks at the vision
of youth and beauty before her, she relents a little and says:

“I’ll throy.”

“Now Bridget, dear,” said Miss Cicely when they were alone, “tell me
everything, won’t you? You see I don’t know anything except what they
did at school--and oh, isn’t this old kitchen lovely? What makes the
ceiling such a beautiful bronze color, Bridget?”[3]

“Shmoke,” answers Bridget shortly, “an’ me ould eyes are put out wid the
same.”

“Shmoke, I must remember that. Bridget, what are those shiny things on
the wall?”

“Kivvers--tin kivvers for the kittles.”

“Oh, yes--kivvers. I must look for the derivation of that word. Bridget,
what are those round things in the basket?”

“Sure, thim’s praties. Fur the Lorrud’s sake where hev yez lived niver
to hear tell o’ praties? Feth, thim’s the principal mate in the oul’
counthry!”

“Oh, but we have corrupted the name into potatoes. I see. It is such a
shame not to retain the idioms of a language. Bridget, do you mind if I
call you Biddie? it is more euphonious, and modernizes the old classic
appellation. But what is this liquid in the pan here?”[4]

“Howly Mither! Where wuz ye raised? Feth, that’s millick, fresh from the
coo.”

“Millick! That is the vernacular I dare say, for milk; and this thick
yellow coating?”

“It’s crame--Lord--sich ignurntz.”

“Crame! Well, well; now Biddie, dear, I must get to work. I’m going to
make a cake--all out of my own head, for Henry--he’s my lover,
Biddie--to eat when he comes to-night!”

(Aside) “It’s dead intirely he’ll be if he ates it.”

“Now Biddie, I’ve got everything down here on my tablet: A pound of
butter, 20 eggs, 2 pounds of sugar, salt to your taste--flour, vanilla,
baking powder in proportion as your judgment dictates. Now Biddie, let
me have the eggs first. Why! it says, ‘beat them well,’ but won’t that
break the shells?”[5]

“Feth, I’d brek ’em this time anny how, lest they don’t set well on
Mister Henry’s stummick,” said Bridget pleasantly.

“All right. I suppose I can use the shells separately. There they go!
Biddie dear, I’ve broken all the eggs into the flour, and you may save
the shells to give to some poor people. Now, what next? Oh, I’m so
tired! Isn’t housework just awfully hard? But I’m so glad I’ve learned
to make cake. Now what shall I do next, Biddie?”

“Axin yer pardon, yez might give it to the pigs, Miss Cicely,” said
Bridget, “it’s mesilf can’t say no ither use for it.”

“Pigs! Oh, Biddie!!! You don’t mean to say that you have some dear
cunning little white pigs! Oh, do bring the little darlings in and let
me feed them! I’m just dying to have one for a pet. I think they are too
awfully sweet for anything.”

Just then the bell rang and Mr. Henry was announced. Cicely told Bridget
she would take another lesson the next day, and she went into the parlor
with her chintz apron on, with a little dab of flour on her nose, and
told Henry she was learning to cook[6]--and he told her she must not get
worried nor overheated, and that he didn’t care whether she could cook
or not--he didn’t want to eat when he could have her to talk to----and
poor Bridget was just slamming things in the kitchen and talking to
herself (in that sweet idiom) about “idgits ternin things upsid down for
her convanience.”

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Kitchen scene. Bridget working at table, Miss Cicely entering
half-opened door from rear; mother in foreground.

2. Bridget faces audience, eying Miss Cicely in center of foreground;
mother at right.

3. Miss Cicely pointing and Bridget looking at ceiling. They are alone.

4. Miss Cicely points to a pan of milk on the table at the left, Bridget
standing at right side, face to audience.

5. Miss Cicely, tablets in hand, in front of table contemplates her
ingredients, and Bridget looks on contemptuously.

6. Parlor. Henry and Cicely discussing matters on a sofa.

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                          THE BRIDAL WINE CUP.

(SPECIALLY ARRANGED FOR THIS NUMBER.)

CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES:--Marion, the bride, young and as pretty as
possible, in full bridal costume of white; her husband, a little older
and as fine looking as he can be made; her father, a man about fifty,
gray, portly and dignified, both in full dress; his wife, some younger,
in elaborate toilet of dark silk _en traine_, hair powdered; three of
six bridesmaids--as stage and other circumstances will permit--in one
color if possible (dresses of cheese-cloth are very pretty in rose, blue
or sea-green--and very cheap) if not, in colors that harmonize; the same
number of attendants in evening dress; two maids of honor, about five
years old, in white, carrying baskets of flowers; two pages, about eight
years old in Lord Fauntleroy costume; clergyman, as spirituelle in
appearance as can be had--powder if complexion is dark or florid--should
be smooth-faced, wears episcopal gown and carries prayer-book; guests
_ad lib._ in the background and sides in groups.

(First tableau is announced and shown before the reading begins--as the
“staging” is elaborate and should be carefully done.)[1]


“Pledge with wine, pledge with wine,” cried the young and thoughtless
Harvey. “Pledge with wine,” ran through the bridal party.

The beautiful bride grew pale--the decisive hour had come--she pressed
her white hands together, and the leaves of her bridal wreath trembled
on her pure brow; her breath came quicker, her heart beat wilder. From
her childhood she had been most solemnly opposed to the use of all wines
and liquors.

“Yes, Marion, lay aside your scruples for this once,” said the judge in
a low tone, going towards his daughter, “the company expect it. Do not
so seriously infringe upon the rules of etiquette--in your own house act
as you please; but in mine, for this once please me.”[2]

Every eye was turned towards the bridal pair. Marion’s principles were
well known. Harvey had been a convivialist, but of late his friends
noticed the change in his manners, the difference in his habits--and
to-night they watched him to see, as they sneeringly said, if he was
tied down to a woman’s opinion so soon.

Pouring out a brimming beaker, they held it with tempting smiles toward
Marion.[3] She was very pale, though more composed, and her hand shook
not as, smiling back, she gracefully accepted the crystal tempter and
raised it to her lips. But scarcely had she done so when every hand was
arrested by her piercing exclamation of “Oh, how terrible.” “What is
it?” cried one and all, thronging together, for she had slowly carried
the glass at arm’s length and was fixedly regarding it as though it were
some hideous object.[4] “Wait,” she answered, while an inspired light
shone from her dark eyes; “wait, and I will tell you. I see,” she added,
slowly pointing one jeweled finger at the sparkling ruby liquid, “a
sight that beggars all description, and yet listen, I will paint it for
you if I can. It is a lovely spot; tall mountains, crowned with verdure,
rise in awful sublimity around; a river runs through, and bright flowers
grow to the water’s edge. There is a thick warm mist, that the sun seeks
vainly to pierce; trees, lofty and beautiful, wave to the airy motion of
the birds; but there, a group of Indians gather; they flit to and fro
with something like sorrow upon their dark brow; and in their midst lies
a manly form, but his cheek how deathly; his eye wild with the fitful
fire of fever! One friend stands beside him; nay, I should say, kneels,
for he is pillowing that poor head upon his breast.

“Genius in ruins. Oh! the high, holy-looking brow! Why should death mark
it, and he so young? Look how he throws aside his dark curls! See him
clasp his hands! Hear his thrilling shrieks for life! Mark how he
clutches at the form of his companion, imploring to be saved. Oh! hear
him call piteously his father’s name; see him twine his fingers together
as he shrieks for his sister--his only sister, the twin of his
soul--weeping for him in his distant native land.”

“See!” she exclaimed, while the bridal party shrank back, the untasted
wine trembling in their faltering grasp, and the judge fell,
overpowered, upon his seat; “see! his arms are lifted to heaven; he
prays, how wildly, for mercy; hot fever now rushes through his veins.
The friend beside him is weeping; awe-stricken, the dark men move
silently and leave the living and dying together.”

There was a hush in that princely parlor, broken only by what seemed a
smothered sob, from some manly bosom. The bride stood yet upright, with
quivering lip, and tears stealing to the outward edge of her lashes. Her
beautiful arm had lost its tension, and the glass, with its little
troubled red waves, came slowly towards the range of her vision. She
spoke again; every lip was mute. Her voice was low, faint, yet awfully
distinct; she still fixed her sorrowful glance upon the wine cup.[5]

“It is evening now; the great white moon is coming up, and her beams lay
gently upon his forehead. He moves not; his eyes are set in their
sockets; dim are their piercing glances; in vain his friend whispers the
name of father and sister--death is there. Death, and no soft hand, no
gentle voice to bless and soothe him. His head sinks back--one
convulsive shudder--he is dead!”

A groan ran through the assembly. So vivid was her description, so
unearthly her look, so inspired her manner, that what she described
seemed actually to have taken place then and there. They noticed, also,
that the bridegroom hid his face in his hands and was weeping.

“Dead!” she repeated again, her lips quivering faster and faster, and
her voice more and more broken; “and there they scoop him a grave; and
there, without a shroud, they lay him down in the damp, reeking
earth--the only son of a proud father, the idolized brother of a fond
sister. And he sleeps to-day in that distant country, with no stone to
mark the spot. There he lies--my father’s son--my own twin brother, a
victim to this deadly poison. Father,” she exclaimed, turning suddenly,
while the tears rained down her beautiful cheeks, “father, shall I drink
the poison now?”

The form of the old judge was convulsed with agony. He raised his head,
but in a smothered voice he faltered: “No, no, my child; in God’s name,
no.”

She lifted the glittering goblet, and letting it suddenly fall to the
floor it was dashed into a thousand pieces.[6] Many a tearful eye
watched her movements, and instantaneously every wine-glass was
transferred to the marble table on which it had been prepared. Then, as
she looked at the fragments of crystal, she turned to the company,
saying: “Let no friend, hereafter, who loves me, tempt me to peril my
soul for wine. Not firmer are the everlasting hills than my resolve, God
helping me, never to touch or taste that terrible poison. And he to whom
I have given my hand; who watched over my brother’s dying form in that
last solemn hour, and buried the dear wanderer there by the river in
that land of gold, will, I trust, sustain me in that resolve. Will you
not, my husband?”

His glistening eyes, his sad, sweet smile was her answer.

The judge left the room, and when an hour later he returned, and with a
more subdued manner, took part in the entertainment of the bridal
guests, no one could fail to read that he, too, had determined to banish
the enemy for once and forever from his princely rooms.

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Bridal party in foreground, ceremony in process; maids of honor and
pages in front.

2. Supper table at left, near which stands the Judge and in center of
foreground the bride, who looks at her father; others in groups.

3. One of the attendants handing a wine-glass (by all means filled with
cold tea, or fruit juice) to Marion, on whom all eyes are fixed.

4. Glass in extended right hand, pointing to it with index finger of
left.

5. Guests seem transfixed with interest in the recital and Marion’s
glass has been brought nearer to herself.

6. The bride has advanced to the front (so as not to spatter the
others--and must have practiced sufficiently not to spatter her own
gown) and in the instant when the curtain is drawn she dashes the
wine-glass to the floor. If this tableau is shown a second time, a
second wine-glass must be sacrificed.

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                           GRANDMA’S MINUET.


                 Grandma told me all about it;
                 Told me so I couldn’t doubt it,
                 How she danced--my grandma danced--
                         Long ago.
                 How she held her pretty head,
                 How her dainty skirt she spread,
                 How she turned her little toes[1],
                 Smiling little human rose!
                         Long ago.

                 Grandma’s hair was bright and sunny,
                 Dimpled cheek, too--ah, how funny!
                 Really, quite a pretty girl,
                         Long ago.
                 Bless her! Why, she wears a cap,
                 Grandma does, and takes a nap
                 Every single day; and yet
                 Grandma danced a minuet,
                         Long ago.

                 Now she sits there rocking, rocking,
                 Always knitting grandpa’s stocking[2]
                 (Every girl was taught to knit
                         Long ago);
                 Yet her figure is so neat,
                 I can almost see her now
                 Bending to her partner’s bow[3]
                         Long ago.

                 Grandma says our modern jumping,
                 Hopping, rushing, whirling, bumping,
                 Would have shocked the gentlefolk
                         Long ago.
                 No--they moved with stately grace,
                 Everything in proper place;
                 Gliding slowly forward, then
                 Slowly courtesying back again[4]
                         Long ago.

                 Modern ways are quite alarming,
                 Grandma says; but boys were charming--
                 Girls and boys, I mean, of course--
                         Long ago.
                 Bravely modest, grandly shy--
                 What if all of us should try
                 Just to feel like those who met
                 In their graceful minuet,
                         Long ago?

                 With the minuet in fashion,
                 Who could fly into a passion?
                 All would wear the calm they wore
                         Long ago.
                 In time to come, if I perchance
                 Should tell my grandchild of our dance
                 I should really like to say:
                 “We did, dear, in some such way
                         Long ago.”

                  MOVING TABLEAUX WITH PIANO OBLIGATO.
               (Specially arranged for Preston Library.)

The music continues through the entire reading and should be very soft,
player and piano may be hidden. A child eight or ten years old will
often be found who can take the part gracefully and keep time to the
music, but if not, get a young lady--as the beauty of the tableaux
depends largely upon the dancing. The dress should be white and simple.

The Grandmother sits in the background, in ordinary makeup for old lady.
The words suggest the appropriate tableaux at the places indicated.

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                            ABOU BEN ADHEM.

                                -------

                             BY LEIGH HUNT.

                                -------

       (ARRANGED FOR AN ILLUSTRATED READING WITH THREE TABLEAUX)

        “Abou Ben Adhem, may his tribe increase,
        Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace
        And saw, within the moonlight of his room,
        Making it rich and like a lily in bloom,
        An Angel writing in a book of gold.[1]
        Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold.
        And to the vision in the room, he said:
        ‘What writest thou?’ The Angel raised its head
        And with a look made all of sweet accord,
        Answered: ‘The names of those that love the Lord,’[2]
        ‘And is mine one?’ ‘Nay, not so,’
        Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low
        But cheerily still: ‘I pray thee, then,
        Write me as one who loves his fellow men.’
        The Angel wrote and vanished, but the next night
        Appeared with a great, wakening light,
        Showing the names of those whom love of God had blessed,
        And lo, Abou Ben Adhem’s led all the rest!”[3]

CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES:--Abou Ben Adhem, on a couch over which an
oriental spread is thrown. (If the genuine article is not to be had,
substitute one of the most brilliant coloring obtainable.) He should be
large and dark-skinned, head enveloped in turban of bright colored cloth
or pure white. Angel, tall blonde; must be blonde, even if golden wig
has to be rented or made of yellow Germantown yarn; face and arms freely
powdered; hair hangs loosely and shows for all it is worth; draping is
done most easily by means of two sheets (old,--new ones are too stiff to
form graceful folds) as follows: over the ordinary underclothing, which
must be sleeveless so far as the lower half of the arm is concerned,
fold over a corner to a foot in depth, and place folded part over the
chest, pinning drapery to each shoulder, letting it fall easily and full
to floor, even trailing; do the same with the second sheet, using it to
drape the back of the angel(?) pinning both under the arms in such a way
as not to interfere with their free use, nor to cover below the elbow; a
white or silver cord and tassel is tied loosely in front just below the
waist line, and in such a manner as to allow the drapery above to fall
in folds over the girdle; the wings must not be “stingy” nor set too
high on the shoulders, must nearly touch floor (see directions, p. 6,
for making) and are pinned in place before the second sheet is draped; a
silver band of pasteboard covered with paper with a star in front
confines the hair ever so slightly.

The “book of gold” is any large book covered with gilt paper.

The scroll containing “the names of those whom love of God had blessed”
is made of blank white paper, two and a half by five feet, paste-hemmed
edge of one inch on sides and lower end, the upper end pasted on a round
stick of light wood (the writer has used a curtain roller or broom
handle) and the name Abou Ben Adhem in large gilt letters pasted about a
foot from the top. The “odds and ends” of gilt paper that are left from
this cutting may be used to simulate the other names further down upon
the scroll, only Abou’s being intended as readable.

The light for these tableaux should be as yellow and mellow as
possible--and in the writer’s opinion nothing is so good for obtaining
this effect as kerosene lamps used abundantly, as foot-lights, on
brackets, and wherever a place may be found for one--with shades of
yellow tissue paper thrown over plain white porcelain or glass ones on
as many of the lamps as can be dressed in this way. Gas is next
best--but electric light is too white. (See “Directions,” p. 6, for
making foot-lights.)

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Sitting-room scene; couch at right of center of foreground, head
pointing toward left and a little back. Desk or table at convenient
distance on left, where angel writes, facing the dreamer, who has raised
his head and watches intently, resting it on his hand. Angel’s look is
toward the book of gold.

2. Same as preceding, except that Angel’s head is raised while speaking,
and she looks at Abou.

3. Angel stands, holding scroll so that both audience and Abou may see
and read his name.

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                            EASTER EXERCISE.

    LONGFELLOW’S “KING ROBERT OF SICILY” ILLUSTRATED WITH TABLEAUX.

                                -------

                   BY THE AUTHOR OF “PRESTON PAPERS.”

                                -------

(The following is designed for a high-school or academy
entertainment.--AUTHOR.)

Only “cue” lines from the well-known poem are given. The reader should
stand in front of the drawn curtain, reading during arrangement of stage
for scenic illustration. _Everything must be in readiness for prompt and
silent changes_ from one tableau to another, that the poem may be
“illustrated,” not spoiled. The entire poem should be read--the tableaux
shown at the cue.

                             (“cue” line.)

              “On St. John’s eve, at vespers, proudly sat,
              And heard the priests chant the Magnificat.”

1. Stage represents church, with dim lights; at left altar, priests
chanting; at right, king and retinue in pews. Altar may be fashioned
from upturned box, over which showy table-spread is thrown; railing may
be made by turning chairs of one pattern, with backs toward pews; king’s
crown of pasteboard covered with gilt paper; loose robe of any soft,
brilliant color; ermine can be made from sheets of cotton wadding cut in
strips three or four inches wide having black spots an inch and a half
long, tapering from half inch wide to round point; courtiers’ costumes
brilliant with gilt and tinsel.

             “And leaning back, he yawned and fell asleep,
             Lulled by the chant monotonous and deep.”

2. Same scene; lights dimmer; music softer and more monotonous--King
sleeping.

           “The sounds re-echoed from the roof and walls--
           As if dead priests were laughing in their stalls.”

3. Same, but with lights all extinguished save one or two dimly burning;
king alone, near door at extreme right.

          “King Robert’s self, in features, form, and height,
          But all transfigured by angelic light.”

4. Banquet room brilliantly lighted in the palace; table elegantly
equipped with damask, glass (the more beautiful color the better),
silver, flowers, etc., people standing in groups; king’s counterpart on
dais in background; _real_ king in foreground, side to audience, staring
at his “other self.”

            “And in the corner, a revolting shape,
            Shivering and chattering, sat the wretched ape.”

5. Barren dark room; straw bed in further corner, with king sitting
thereon in plain dark robe, disheveled hair, wonder in face, and
attitude. _Ape_ may be omitted, or “made to order” of dark cloth, on
wooden chair or stool in opposite corner.

          “He heard the garments of the Lord
          Sweep through the silent air, ascending heavenward.”

6. Same scene; but king kneels, facing audience.

           “Across these stones, that lead the way to heaven,
           Walk barefoot, till my guilty soul be shriven.”

7. King Robert in the foreground in same garments, bowed head, hands
crossed on breast, standing; Angel King on throne in background. (Throne
may be improvised from big old-fashioned sofa, or two large chairs
without arms, having handsome spread thrown over it, with showy rug in
front.)

              “Rose like the throbbing of a single string;
              ‘I am the Angel, and thou art the King.’”

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                                DRAFTED.

         A MEMORIAL DAY POEM, ILLUSTRATED WITH MOVING TABLEAUX.

                                -------

ARRANGED BY THE AUTHOR OF “PRESTON PAPERS.”

                                -------

                              I.

 What? Drafted? My Harry! Why man, ’t is a boy at his books,
 No taller, I’m sure, than your Annie; as delicate, too, in his looks.
 Why it seems but a day since he helped me, girl-like, in my kitchen, at
    tasks.
 He drafted! Great God! Can it be that our President knows what he asks?

                             II.

 He never could wrestle, this boy, though in spirit as brave as the best.
 Narrow-chested, a little, you notice, like him who has long been at
    rest.
 Too slender for over-much study; why his teacher has made him to-day
 Go out with his ball, on the common; and you’ve drafted a child at his
    play!

                            III.

 “Not a patriot?” Fie! Did I whimper when Robert stood up with his gun
 And the hero-blood chafed in his forehead, the evening we heard of Bull
    Run?
 Pointing his finger at Harry, but turning his face to the wall,
 “There’s a staff growing up for your age, Mother,” said Robert, “if I am
    to fall.”


                            IV.

 “Eighteen?” Oh, I know; and yet narrowly. Just a wee babe on the day
 When his father got up from his sick bed, and cast his last ballot for
    Clay.
 Proud of his boy and his ticket, said he, “A new morsel of fame
 We’ll lay on the candidate’s altar;” and christened the child with that
    name.*/

                            V.

 O, what have I done, a weak woman? In what have I meddled with harm
 (Troubling God only for sunshine and rain, on my rough little farm)
 That my ploughshares are beaten to swords, and sharpened before my
    eyes--
 That my tears must cleanse a foul nation, my lamb be a sacrifice?

                           VI.

 Oh, I know there’s a country to save, man; and ’tis true there is no
    appeal.
 But did God see my boy’s name, lying the uppermost one in the wheel?
 Five stalwart sons has my neighbor, and never the lot upon one!
 Are these things Fortune’s caprices, or is it God’s will that is done?


                           VII.

 Are the others too precious for resting when Robert is taking his rest
 With the pictured face of young Annie, lying over the rent in his
    breast?
 Too tender for parting with sweethearts? Too fair to be crippled or
    scarred?
 My boy! Thank God for these tears--I was growing so bitter and hard!

                           VIII.

 Now read me a page from the Book, Harry, that goes in your knapsack
    to-night,
 Of the Eye that sees when the sparrow grows weary and falters in flight.
 Talk of something that’s nobler than living; of a Love that is higher
    than mine;
 And a Faith that has planted its banners where the heavenly camp-fires
    shine.

                            IX.

 Talk of Something that tenderly watches, while the shadows glide down in
    the yard,
 That shall go with my soldier to battle--and stand, with my picket, on
    guard.
 Spirits of loving and lost ones! Watch softly o’er Harry to-night--
 For to-morrow he goes forth to battle! Arm him for Freedom and Right.

(The effectiveness of the above poem will depend mainly upon the
reading. The words are a constant outburst of emotions that find relief
only in vocal expression--and unless the reader can fully enter into
sympathy with the various feelings displayed by the widowed mother when
she learns that her only remaining son is drafted, its rare qualities
will be lost on the audience. The tableaux are but a mere
accompaniment.)

                              SUGGESTIONS.

_First Stanza._ Scene. Ordinary sitting-room; lady in widow’s weeds,
knitting near table--having books, papers and work on it--in center of
foreground. She rises to greet army officer in uniform, who enters at
left, carrying hat in left hand, and in his right, official paper which
he passes to lady who reads and turns to him as the reader (who is
concealed) pronounces the first words. Her face expresses surprise and
incredulity during first half of first line; then expostulation and
entreaty. At the words: “Great God,” she drops back into her chair,
overwhelmed by the thought.

_Second Stanza._ Without rising, she again turns to the officer, and
argues the case with special resistance on the last half of the last
line.

_Third Stanza._ She is roused to dispute the officer’s charge that she
is not a patriot, and there is defiance in her attitude as she calls up
the memory of Robert’s enlisting.

_Fourth Stanza._ Her manner changes as her recollection goes back to
Harry’s babyhood, and she grows tender in the thoughts of her dead
husband.

_Fifth Stanza._ Reflecting on what seems great injustice, her head bowed
on her hand.

_Sixth Stanza._ She turns her face to the officer again, to answer his
arguments, her face first expressing the helplessness she feels, then
doubt.

_Seventh Stanza._ Still addressing the officer she becomes hard in her
despair. At the words “My boy” she turns from the officer, holds out
both arms to Harry, who has just entered from rear and advances to meet
his mother, who embraces him, weeping. Officer retires slowly and
quietly, from rear, wiping his eyes. Harry brings a low stool and sits
upon it, his elbow on his mother’s chair--she caressing him.

_Eighth Stanza._ Harry takes big Bible from table and turns leaves
slowly, until he finds what he wants. Mother leans back in chair, with
closed eyes, one hand on Harry; countenance calm, expressing
resignation.

_Ninth Stanza._ Harry kneels near mother, who, in last two lines, with
clasped hands and uplifted face makes her petition. Curtain falls on
this tableau, after the last word of the poem.

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                        AN ORDER FOR A PICTURE.

                                -------

                             BY ALICE CARY.

                                -------

 (TABLEAUX ILLUSTRATING THIS POEM, ARRANGED ESPECIALLY FOR THE “PRESTON
                               LIBRARY.”)

Only the “cue” lines are given for each tableau, the well-known poem
being found in various collections, and space forbidding an entire
reprint.

CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES:--The old man, who is speaking; the artist, who
may be a young man, in sack coat or cardigan jacket, with fez or smoking
cap; the mother in quaint old style dress, hair parted on forehead; two
small boys in roundabout and long pants, such as were worn thirty years
ago.

                               TABLEAUX.

_First scene_, cue lines:

                 “O good painter, tell me true,
                 Has your hand the cunning to draw
                 Shapes of things that you never saw?”

Artist’s studio; pictures on walls and easels; bric-a-brac on what-not
or chiffonier; artist paints at easel in center front of platform, side
face to audience; customer enters from left, hat in hand, facing
audience, looking earnestly at artist.

_Second scene_, cue line:

                “At last we stood at our mother’s knee.”

Sitting room, rather plainly furnished with old style chairs, sofa,
etc.; mother at left of front center; boys standing at her knee, grouped
with three-quarter faces toward the audience; mother looking very grave;
boy having bird’s nest stands so that nest may be seen.

_Third scene._ Studio again.

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                        MY SISTER’S PHOTOGRAPHS.

  (ADAPTED AND ABRIDGED EXPRESSLY FOR THIS PUBLICATION--WITH TABLEAUX
              ARRANGED BY THE AUTHOR OF “PRESTON PAPERS.”)

                                -------

CHARACTERS:--Geordie, a boy about twelve years old; Miss Watson and
Geordie’s three sisters, all fashionable young ladies; a foppish young
man, a clerk, with an exceedingly long mustache; Peters, red-haired and
freckled; Mr. Courtenay, a lawyer, who carries his head away up in the
air.

                                -------

To-day I was let set up in a arm-chair, tucked up in a quilt.[1] I soon
got tired o’ that, so I ast Betty to git me a glass o’ ice water to
squench my thirst, an’ when she was gone I cut an’ run, an’ went into
Susan’s room to look at all them photographs of nice young men she’s got
there in her bureau drawer.

The girls was all down in the parlor, ’cos Miss Watson had come to call.
Betty she come a huntin’ of me, but I hid in the closet behind a ole
hoop-skirt. I come out when she went down stairs, an’ had a real good
time. Some o’ them photographs was written on the back like this:

“Conseated fop!”

“Oh, ain’t he sweet?”

“A perfick darling.”

“What a mouth!”

“Portrait of a donkey!”

I kep about two dozen o’ them I knew, to have some fun when I get
well--’n’ then shut the drawer, so’s Sue wouldn’t know they’s took.

I couldn’t bear to go back to that nasty room, I was so tired of it, ’n’
I thot I’d pass my time playin’ I’s a young lady. I found a lot o’
little curls in the buro, wich I stuck on all around my forehead with a
bottle o’ mewsilage. Then I seen some red stuff on a sawser, wich I
rubbed onto my cheeks.[2]

Wen I was all fixed up I slid down the bannisters, plump agin Miss
Watson, wot was a sayin’ good-by to my sisters. Such a hollerin’ as they
made!

Miss Watson she turned me to the light, an’ sez she, as sweet as pie:
“Geordie, where did you get them pretty red cheeks?”

Susan she made a sign, but I didn’t pay no ’tention to it.

“I found some red stuff in Sue’s buro,” sez I--’n’ she smiled kind o’
hateful ’n’ said:

“O-o-o-h!”[3]

Wich my sister says she is a awful gossip, wot’ll tell all over town
that they paint, wich they don’t, ’cause that stuff was just to make red
roses on card-board, wich is all right.

Sue was so mad she boxed my ears.

“Aha, Missy,” sez I to myself, “you don’t guess about them photographs
wot I took out o’ your buro!”

Some folks think little boys’ ears are made o’ purpose to be boxed--my
sisters do. If they knew how it riled me up they’d be more careful.

I laid low--but beware to-morrow.

This morning they let me come down to breakfast.

I’ve got all those pictures in my pockets, you bet your sweet life.

“Wot makes your pockets stick out so?” ast Lily, when I was a waiting a
chance to slip out un-be-known.

“Oh, things,” sez I--’n’ she laughed.

I got off down town, an’ had piles o’ fun. I called on every one o’ them
aboriginals of them photographs.

“Hello, Geordie! Well agen?” said the first feller I stopped to see.

Oh, my! when I get big enuff I hope my mustaches won’t be waxed like his
’n! He’s in a store, ’n’ I got him to give me a nice cravat, ’n’ he ast
me, “Was my sisters well?” so I fished out his photograph and gave it to
him.

It was the one that had “Conseated Fop” written on the back. The girls
had drawed his mustaches out twict as long with a pencil, ’n’ made him
smile all acrost his face. He got as red as fire, ’n’ then he scowled at
me.[4]

“Who did that, you little rascal?” “I guess the spirits done it” I said,
as onest as a owl--’n’ then went away real quick ’cause he looked mad.

The next place I come to was a grocery store, where a nuther young man
lived. He had red hair, an’ freckles, but he seemed to think hisself a
beauty. I said:

“Hello, Peters!”

He said: “The same yourself, Master George. Do you like raisins? Help
yourself.”

Boys wot has three pretty sisters allers does get treated well, I
notiss. I took a big handful o’ raisins, ’n’ a few peanuts, ’n’ sot on
the counter eating ’em, till all at onst, as if I jest tho’t of it, I
took out his photograph an’ squinted at it, an sez:

“I do declare it looks like you.”

“Let’s see it,” sez he.

I wouldn’t for a long time, then I gave it to him. The girls had made
freckles all over it. This was the one they wrote on its back: “He ast
me, but I wouldn’t have him.” They’d painted his hair as red as a
rooster’s comb. He got quite pale when he seen it clost.[5]

“It’s a burning shame” sez I, “for them young ladies to make fun o’
their bows.”

“Clear out,” sez Peters.

I grabbed a nuther bunch o’ raisins ’n’ quietly disappeared. I tell you
he was wrathy.

Mister Courtenay he’s a lawyer ’n’ got a offis on the square by the
court-house. I knew him very well, ’cos he comes to our house offen.
He’s a awful queer lookin’ chap, an’ so stuck up you’d think he was
tryin’ to see if the moon was made o’ green cheese, like folks says it
is, the way he keeps his nose up in the air. He’s got a deep, deep
voice--way down in his boots. My heart beat wen I got in there, I was
that frightened; but I was bound to see the fun out, so I ast him:

“Is the ‘What is It’ on exabishun to-day?”

“Wot do you mean?” sez he, a lookin’ down at me.

“Sue said if I would come to your offis I would see wot this is the
picture of,” sez I--given’ him his own photograph inscribed “The
Wonderful What is It.”

It’s awful funny to see their faces wen they look at their own cards.

In about a minute he up with his foot--which I dodged just in time.[6]

Well, sir, I give them cards all back afore dinner time. I expect
there.’ll be a row. I’ve laughed myself almost to fits thinkin’ of the
feller wot I give the “Portrait of a Donkey” to. He looked so
cress-fallen. I do believe he cried.

Wen I got home they wuz teazin’ ma to let ’em give a party next week. I
don’t believe one o’ them young men ’ll come to it; the girls have give
’em dead away. I don’t care, worth a cent. Wot for makes ’em box my ears
’f they want me to be good to ’em?

                               TABLEAUX.

1. Boy’s room. Geordie in an arm-chair wrapped in a quilt.

2. Girls’ room. Geordie, fixed up as described, stands in center of
foreground--grinning self-consciously.

3. Parlor. Miss Watson and Geordie in foreground, side face to audience;
sisters scattered in rear and at sides.

4. Clothing store; counters, shelves, etc., may be simulated by tables,
boxes and what-nots, on which clothing may be piled. Clerk and Geordie
in front, clerk scowling--Geordie as innocent as it is possible to look.

5. Grocery store. Boxes and barrels standing around, Geordie sitting on
one and just in the act of handing the picture to Peters.

6. Lawyer’s office. Desk and chairs in rear and side of room. Table with
books at opposite side. Lawyer at right and Geordie at left of center,
the former in the act of administering a kick, which Geordie wards off
with his hand.

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                            THE NIGHT WATCH.

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                            FRANÇOIS COPPÊE.

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 (ILLUSTRATED BY TABLEAUX ARRANGED EXPRESSLY FOR THE PRESTON LIBRARY BY
                    THE AUTHOR OF “PRESTON PAPERS.”)

CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES:--Irene in Nun’s dress, with silver cross, and
ring, as suggested in the poem; she should be tall, slight, and pale,
with black hair--which is covered by a white wig for the last tableau;
the wounded officer, in regimentals for first tableau, on a cot after
that (any soldier uniform with gilt lace and epaulettes will do;) the
valet, an old man in servants’ livery; the doctor, in a business suit;
the postman, in uniform, with mail-bag.

                                -------

      Soon as her lover to the war had gone,
      Without tears or common-place despair,
      Irene de Grandfief, a maiden pure
      And noble-minded, reassumed the garb
      That at the convent she had worn--black dress
      With narrow pelerine--and the small cross
      In silver at her breast; her piano closed.
      Her jewels put away--all save one ring.
      Gift of the Viscount Roger on that eve
      In the past spring-time when he had left her,
      Bidding farewell, and from Irene’s brow
      Culling one silken tress, that he might wear it
      In gold medallion close upon his heart.[1]
      Without delay or hindrance, in the ranks
      He took a private’s place. What that war was
      Too well is known.

                                    Impassible, and speaking
      Seldom as might be of her absent lover,
      Irene daily, at a certain hour,
      Watched at her window till the postman came
      Down o’er the hill along the public road,
      His mail-bag at his back.[2] If he passed by,
      Nor any letter left, she turned away
      Stifling a long-drawn sigh; and that was all.

                      Then came the siege of Paris--hideous time!
      Spreading through France as gangrene spreads, invasion
      Drew near Irene’s chateau. In vain the priest
      And the old doctor, in their evening talk,
      Grouped with the family around the hearth,
      Death for their constant theme before her took.

                  No sad foreboding could that young heart know.
      Roger at Metz was, with his regiment, safe,
      At the last date unwounded. He was living;
      He must be living; she was sure of that.
      Thus by her faith, in faithful love sustained,
      Counting her beads, she waited, waited on.

                    Wakened one morning, with a start, she heard
      In the far copses of the park shots fired
      In quick succession. ’Twas the enemy!
      She would be brave as Roger. So she blushed
      At her own momentary fear; then calm
      As though the incident a trifle were,
      Her toilet made; and, having duly said
      Her daily prayer, not leaving out one Ave,
      Down to the drawing-room as usual went,
      A smile upon her lips.

                                              It had, indeed,
      Been a mere skirmish---that, and nothing more.
      Thrown out as scouts, a few Bavarian soldiers
      Had been abruptly, by our Franc-Tireurs,
      Surprised and driven off. They had picked up
      Just at that moment, where the fight had been,
      A wounded officer--Bavarian was he--
      Shot through the neck. And when they brought him in,
      That tall young man, all pale, eyes closed, and bleeding,
      Stretched on a mattress--without sigh or shudder
      Irene had him carefully borne up
      Into the room by Roger occupied
      When he came wooing there,[3] Then, while they put
      The wounded man to bed, she carried out
      Herself his vest and cloak all black with blood;
      Bade the old valet wear an air less glum,
      And stir himself with more alacrity;
      And, when the wound was dressed, lent aid,
      As of the Sisterhood of Charity,
      With her own hands.[4]

                                    Evening came on apace
      Bringing the doctor. When he saw the man
      A strange expression flitted o’er his face,
      As to himself he muttered: “Yes, flushed cheek;
      Pulse beating much too high. If possible
      I must arrest the fever. This prescription
      Very oft succeeds. But some one must take note
      Of the oncoming fits; must watch till morn,
      And tend him closely.”

                                      “Doctor, I am here.”
      “Not you, young lady! Service such as this
      One of your valets can”----

                                          “No, doctor, No!
      Roger perchance may be a prisoner yonder,--
      Hurt, ill. If he such tending should require
      As does this officer, I would he had
      A German woman for his nurse.”

                                                  “So be it,”
      Answered the doctor, offering her his hand.
      “Give him the potion four times every hour
      I will return to judge of its effects
      At daylight.”[5] Then he went his way, and left
      Irene to her office self-imposed.

      Scarcely a minute had she been in charge,
      When the Bavarian, to Irene turning,
      With eye half-opened looked at her and spoke.
      “This doctor,” said he “thought I was asleep,
      But I heard every word. I thank you, lady;
      I thank you from my very inmost heart--
      Less for myself than for her sake, to whom
      You would restore me, and who there at home
      Awaits me.”

                          “Hush,” she said, “Sleep if you can
      Do not excite yourself. Your life depends
      On perfect quiet.”

                                    “No,” he answered, “No!
      I must at once unload me of a secret
      That weighs upon me. I a promise made,
      And I would keep it. Death may be at hand.”[6]
      “Speak, then,” Irene said “and ease your soul.”

      “The war,---- oh, what an infamy is war!
      It was last month, by Metz, ’twas my ill fate
      To kill a Frenchman.” She turned pale, and lowered
      The lamp-light to conceal it.[7] He continued:

      “We were sent forward to surprise a cottage,
      Strengthened and held by some of yours. We did
      As hunters do when stalking game. The night
      Was clouded. Silent, arms in hand, in force,
      Along the poplar-bordered path we crept
      Up to the French post. I, first, drove my saber
      Into the soldiers’ back who sentry stood
      Before the door. He fell, nor gave the alarm.
      We took the cottage, putting to the sword
      Every soul there.”

                                           Irene with her hands
      Covered her eyes.

                                “Disgusted with such carnage,
      Loathing such scene, I stepped into the air.
      Just then the moon broke through the clouds and showed me
      There at my feet a soldier on the ground
      Writhing, the rattle in his throat. ’Twas he,
      The sentry whom my saber had transpierced.
      Touched with compassion sudden and supreme,
      I stopped, to offer him a helping hand--
      But, with choked voice, ‘It is too late,’ he said,
      I must needs die----you are an officer--
      A gentleman, perchance’, ‘Yes; tell me quick;
      What can I do for you?’ ‘Promise--that you
      Will forward this,’ he said, his fingers clutching
      A gold medallion hanging at his breast,
      Dabbled in blood, ‘to’--then his latest thoughts
      Passed with his latest breath. The loved one’s name,
      Mistress or bride affianced, was not told
      By that poor Frenchman.

                                        Seeing blazoned arms
      On the medallion, I took charge of it,
      Hoping to trace her at some future day
      Among the nobility of France,
      To whom reverts the dying soldier’s gift;
      Here it is. Take it. But, I pray you, swear
      That, if death spares me not, you will fulfill
      This pious duty in my place.”

                                                Therewith
      He the medallion handed her; and on it
      Irene saw the Viscount’s blazoned arms.
      Then--her heart agonized with mortal woe--
      “I swear it, sir!” she murmured. “Sleep in peace,”
      Solaced by having this disclosure made,
      The wounded man sank down in sleep. Irene,
      Her bosom heaving, and with eyes aflame
      Though tearless all, stood rooted by his side.[8]
      Yes, he is dead, her lover! Those his arms;
      His blazon that, no less renowned than ancient;
      The very blood stains his! Nor was his death
      Heroic, soldier-like. Struck from behind,
      Without or cry or call for comrade’s help,
      Roger was murdered. And there, sleeping, lies
      The man who murdered him!

                                          Yes; he has boasted
      How in the back the traitorous blow was dealt.
      And now he sleeps, with drowsiness oppressed,
      Roger’s assassin; and ’twas she, Irene,
      Who bade him sleep in peace! And then again,
      With what cruel mockery, cruel and supreme,
      She from this brow must wipe away the sweat!
      She by this couch must watch till dawn of day,
      As loving mother by a suffering child!
      She must at briefest intervals to him
      Administer the remedy prescribed,
      So that he die not! And the man himself
      Counting on this in quiet,--sheltered, housed
      Under the roof of hospitality!
      And there the flask upon the table stands
      Charged with his life. He waits it: Is not this
      Beyond imagination horrible?

      What! While she feels creeping and growing on her
      All that is awful in the one word “hate,”
      While in her breast the ominous anger seethes
      That nerved, in holy scripture, Jael’s arm
      To drive the nail through Sisera’s head! She save
      The accursed German! Oh, away! Such point
      Forbearance reaches not.

                                      What! While it glitters
      There in the corner, the brass-pommeled sword,
      Wherewith the murderer struck--and fell desire,
      Fierce impulse bids it from the scabbard leap--
      Shall she, in deference to vague prejudice,
      To some fantastic notion that affects
      Human respect and duty, shall she put
      Repose and sleep, and antidote and life
      Into the horrible hand by which all joy
      Is ravished from her?

                                      Never! She will break
      The assuaging flask.

                              But no! ’Twere needless that.
      She needs but leave Fate to work out its end.
      Fate, to avenge her, seems to be at one
      With her resolve. ’Twere but to let him die!

      Yes, there the life preserving potion stands;
      But for one hour might she not fall asleep?
      Then, all in tears, she murmured “Infamy!”

      And still the struggle lasted, till the German,
      Roused by her deep groans from his wandering dreams,
      Moved, ill at ease, and, feverish, begged for drink.

      Up toward the antique Christ in ivory,
      At the bed’s head suspended on the wall,
      Irene raised the martyr’s look sublime;
      Then, ashen pale, but ever with her eyes
      Turned to the God of Calvary, poured out
      The soothing draught, and with a delicate hand
      Gave to the wounded man the drink he asked.

      And when the doctor in the morning came,
      And saw Irene beside the officer,
      Tending him still and giving him his drink
      With trembling fingers, he was much amazed,
      That through the dreary watches of the night
      The raven locks, which, at set of sun,
      Had crowned her fair young brow, by morning’s dawn
      Had changed to snowy white.[9]

                               TABLEAUX.

Scene only changes from reception room to chamber, and the poem suggests
the characters for each, and the surroundings. _Look out for the details
mentioned in the poem._

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               SYSTEMATIC AND INTELLECTUAL HOUSEKEEPING.

                            (WITH TABLEAUX.)


“What is that, my dear? A trip into the country? Why, certainly. Go and
enjoy yourself. Stay as long as you like. Take the children with you and
give the domestics a holiday. Don’t hurry back on my account. I shall
get along well enough. I guess I haven’t forgotten all my old bachelor
ways and means yet. Besides, I don’t believe in all this fuss and
nonsense about housekeeping being burdensome. It all depends upon the
amount of intellect you bring to bear upon the matter. Of course, women
have no idea of ‘system’ such as a man uses in his business--but I know
that it can be carried into the domestic economy with very good results,
and I shall be glad of a chance to show you the effect of a little brain
power in the kitchen.”[18]

Mrs. Brown was a very indulgent wife who never found it necessary to
proclaim superiority to her liege lord, even in the domestic lines where
he now seemed really anxious to test his ability--besides, she really
wanted a summer in the country for the children’s sake (or the
children’s ache, as it proved later), so she smiled sweetly at his ready
acquiescence to her suggestion and immediately set about preparations
for departure.

She wanted to retain at least one domestic, as a reserved force in case
of emergency; but Mr. Brown scouted the idea, and upon reflection she
decided to let him have his way, knowing that he could exist upon
restaurant fare if worse came to worst, and he was not so successful in
his culinary experiments as he hoped.

So in three days the house was left in solitary possession of its
sanguine head, who had gone to the suburban station with his family, bag
and baggage, at noon.[18]

Being in business for himself, Mr. Brown could not drop his work, as his
clerks did, regardless of importance, when the clock pointed to the hour
of five--and on this particular day he had been in close consultation
with one of his out of town drummers, and in planning the fall campaign
of business the time had sped so rapidly that he was surprised to find
it half past six when the commercial man left him--and as he left the
street car he half wished he had kept the cook for a day or two until he
was fairly initiated, for he was hungry--very--and did not want to wait
to cook a dinner. But thinking: “I’ll broil a steak and make some
coffee,” he walked up the steps and into the house with a tolerably
light heart. Once within, he had to whistle and talk to himself, to
prevent the feeling of utter loneliness that would steal over him in
spite of his weighty intellect.[18]

Mr. Brown was orderly, even in haste, so when he took off his coat he
hung it up with usual care--and put on his slippers before descending to
the dining-room, which he found very dark. He opened the blinds wide,
and as the light from the setting sun flooded the room he took fresh
courage. “Oh, this isn’t half bad, as our English cousins would
say”--and he smiled with gratitude at Maria’s tender thoughtfulness
(which just then struck him as better “pound for pound” than intellect
or system) in having left the table already set, and with bits of her
very choicest China, too.[18]

“She’ll trust me with her hand-painted ware, if she doesn’t
Bridget”--and he smiled again with pardonable pride as he thought of his
own worthiness to be thus exalted beyond a mere drudge, while he
proceeded to the kitchen.

The range was polished to a degree--for Maria was a good housekeeper and
her domestics well trained, even without that mighty “intellect” and
that forceful “system” on which Mr. Brown was at times prone to
expatiate--but it was also dark and cold, and he didn’t want to stop and
kindle a fire. As he turned to the gas stove, thinking he would use
that, he remembered that he hadn’t brought any steak!

There was no help for it, he must go back down town for his dinner, as
he had told Maria to be sure and have the cupboards cleared out, as he
didn’t “want to live on cold victuals” and all the markets near were
closed now. He locked up carefully, got on the next street car that came
along, and went to a club-house that he had patronized in the beautiful
long ago.

Apprehensive of more loneliness on his return home, he went out to a
news stand and purchased a copy of Stockton’s latest story, for evening
company. The house seemed darker than ever when he again entered it, and
the silence was almost oppressive. He could hear his watch tick and his
heart beat--and it seemed as if both said “Alone, alone, alone,” with
provoking iteration, while he groped for a match.

Until then Mr. Brown had not known how much of his happiness depended
upon light--light and sound. How still it was, even after the gas had
made the house brilliant! What would he not have given to hear even one
of Maria’s commonplaces about household matters! How he did wish Ben
were here, his sturdy ten-year old Ben, who was so manly and yet so
boyish!! The girls, of course, ought to be with Maria; but he and Ben
would have been capital chums. Why had he not thought of it?

Even Stockton was dull alone--and he had sometimes had double fun with
his favorite author, because in reading aloud he would have to stop and
explain a joke that to him seemed bare. He put away the book, lighted a
cigar and took up the daily newspaper--but now he missed Maria more than
ever, for usually while he smoked, she billed and cooed and admired him
in the most lavish way imaginable. That didn’t seem to be the product of
any cast-iron system, nor to require any great intellectual effort; but
Mr. Brown liked it, was accustomed to it, and he missed it from among
the home comforts and luxuries by which he was surrounded.[18]

A happy thought struck him, and he prepared to write a letter to his
family. Now that was a sacrifice of self, for if there was anything Mr.
Brown detested it was correspondence of any kind; but as he wrote he
forgot himself and poured out some of his finest feelings in his letter
to his wife and little ones, writing on and on, page after page--until
he was not surprised next day to have to pay a sixteen cent tribute to
Uncle Sam for carrying the precious missive.[18]

The morning found him up early, having received an inspiration about
breakfast, before going to bed. He would cook some rice! The baker’s man
would come with hot rolls, which he had ordered the day before, and with
the strawberries (which he heard the grocer’s boy bringing even now)
coffee, and eggs, he would breakfast like a king. Also, he would bring
Ed Nash home to dinner, and to stay all night, for spend another evening
by himself he would not--if he could help it.

After a careful toilet Mr. Brown began a search for the rice, rightly
judging that it would require longer to cook than coffee or eggs. That
was premeditated intellect. What followed was neither premeditated
nor--strictly speaking--intellect, for when it came to a matter of
judgment regarding quantity, he simply hadn’t any; any judgment, I mean;
the quantity was there--so far as the rice was concerned--and with a
hasty “I’ll be sure to cook enough, so I can have some left for griddle
cakes,” he washed a quart and put it on to boil in a tiny farina kettle,
with just enough water to keep it from sticking, while he looked after
the other things.

Something ailed that rice. That was certain; and as he looked at the
hard, shiny grains after having put the coffee and eggs to boil, in real
systematic shape, he brought his great, massive, masculine intellect to
bear on the rice and its nature. “It needs more water”--and he covered
it, feeling encouraged at the evident effect of mind over matter, and
proceeded to hull the strawberries and give them a liberal powdering
with sugar.

Then Mr. Brown looked at the rice again. Dry and hard as a stone! No
evidence of ever having had a drop of water!! More meditation. The
kettle was full--no room for water--rice must have swollen--get a larger
kettle! Eureka!! And he got the larger kettle, and again flooded the
rice, hoping it would be done by the time he had arranged his breakfast
on the table. It had been cooking half an hour, and he had often heard
Maria say that half an hour of quick boiling was enough--more spoiled
it. To be sure this had not been “quick,” but “the extra length of time
ought to compensate,” he reasoned, and with a very good show of logic.

But the law of compensation didn’t work, and all Mr. Brown’s logic left
him helpless in the presence of that rice, when, after getting
everything else on the table he again looked at it, only to find it as
hard as possible, dry again, and up to the very edge of the second
kettle!

“Well, I can have it for dinner. It will save cooking fresh;” and he
again emptied it into a still larger kettle and sat down to a really
good breakfast of which rice was not a component. Under the exhilarating
influence of the coffee he grew facetious, and sustained all sides in a
family conversation--to keep up a flow of spirits during the
meal--varied by calls to an imaginary Bridget, whom he assured in a very
good imitation of Maria’s blandest tones, “Mr. Brown will bring company
to dinner to-night, so be prompt.”

He read the morning paper, while indulging in his third cup of the
delicious beverage---then decided to put the dishes in the sink,
unwashed, as there were so few soiled and plenty of fresh ones.

“Besides,” he reasoned with masculine forethought, “maybe Ed will help
me wash them to-night”--which no one who knew Ed’s innermost would ever
have suggested, as he had no genius for housekeeping, no intellectual
craving for its drudgery, and a horror of anything about it except its
most fastidious results. However, Mr. Brown did not know this, when he
banked on Ed’s company and help--and when Ed was invited home to dinner
“and to stay all night” he accepted with alacrity and with no thought of
what was in store for him.

Mr. Brown dismissed himself from his office promptly at five this time,
hoping to surprise Ed with a properly-served and really elegant dinner,
having made elaborate preparations by telephone orders for steak,
vegetables and fruit; and he hurried home happy in the consciousness of
having demonstrated “intellectual capacity as a necessary adjunct of
good housekeeping.” As he opened the door, an odor of something burning
offended his somewhat delicate olfactory organs, but he proceeded with
deliberate precision to divest himself of his street garb before
descending to the kitchen, where he saw, oh, horrors! Rice on the range,
on the floor, and everywhere, in great abundance; boiling, burning and
dry, and that large kettle standing there full to the brim of a solid
mass, dry and hard, the fire nearly out, having burned all day without a
damper.

Mr. Brown was somewhat discouraged, but went bravely to work to rescue
the range and floor from another inundation of rice and to clean up what
had overflowed; but long before through the work of restoration the bell
rang. He made no change in his looks before going up stairs, rightly
thinking Ed would size up the joke in good shape and they would enjoy
the whole thing in royal masculine style. He even forgot to drop the
little shovel with which he had been scooping up the rice--his intellect
was too weighty to suggest the use of a broom--so it now and then
dropped a tear of rice on the carpet as he went to the door.

“Glad to see you, old fellow (fumbling at the night latch) at least I
will be as soon as I get this measly door open”, and he fairly beamed at
the prospect of company to dinner.

Mr. Brown’s face and attitude would have been a study for an artist when
the door finally opened--and instead of Ed Nash, he saw an elegantly
dressed young lady whom he did not know, but who smiled brightly, and
said:

“Cousin George, I believe?”

No reply. Mr. Brown might have been petrified, for all the emotion he
betrayed. He was dazed. After waiting two or three seconds the brilliant
creature laughed outright, and asked:

“Didn’t Maria get my telegram? I don’t believe you were expecting me.”

Then he gasped, “Maria is out in the country. I thought it was Ed Nash.”

She laughed again, and that laugh reassured him, and as she said: “My
name is Edna, but I was never before saluted as ‘old fellow’”, he opened
the door wide and said:

“Come in and stay for dinner. I am here alone just now, but Ed is
coming.”

Miss Russell hesitated but for a moment. She was only to be in the city
between trains, and had telegraphed Maria that she would call--but the
messenger had found no one at home and was just too late to find Mr.
Brown at his office. She must get to the 8:30 train and “Cousin” George
must go with her. So she declared, while taking off hat and gloves, at
the hatrack.

Here was a dilemma. Dinner must be hastened; he must leave her in the
library to entertain herself while he again went below stairs to reduce
chaos to a semblance of civilization. Just then the bell rang again.
This time it was Ed, and Mr. Brown received him with visible
embarrassment--but kept him in the hall while explaining the situation
before taking him into the library to present to Miss Russell--who, even
yet, did not know that the house was being run by a one-man-power, else
she would have gone down stairs at once and relegated Mr. Brown to the
office of entertainer while she officiated as Bridget.

It was with an air of humility that our hero finally invited his guests
to a dinner of which the fruit and coffee were by far the best part.
Then they learned of his struggles, and together they laughed and ate,
both gentlemen finally going to the train with Miss Russell, leaving the
dinner table to stand until their return.

Here the writer will draw the veil of obscurity--referring you to Ed
Nash for details as to what happened on their return--and leaves you to
judge of the next six weeks’ doings by the dialogue that was heard the
day following Maria’s return from the country:

“George, what is my garden-fork doing out there in the kitchen? It looks
as if it had been burned. ‘You used it to broil steak on? You couldn’t
use the broiler because the fat all ran down into the fire?’ You should
have used your intellect, my dear.

“And this sticky stuff in the soup tureen; what is it? ‘You thought you
would make a pie or two, but as the flour and water stuck to your
fingers you ate the apples raw?’ A pie-ous plan, I am sure.

“And these dishes; why is all this China piled into these tubs and
barrels? Upon my word, they look dirty. What’s the trouble? ‘Oh, you got
tired of washing dishes, and it made your hands sore?’ You should have
had a little more system, dearest, then it would have been all right.

“And this soiled linen? Why was it not given to the washerwoman, or sent
to the laundry? ‘Oh, you kept using the clean and when that was gone you
bought more?’ That was hardly good domestic economy, but if you have
been buying so long you must have a good supply on hand, darling.

“How about the beds? I see that none of them are made. What! ‘You took
turns, sleeping in each, to save the trouble of making?’ Well, that was
ingenious, even if slightly tinctured with inertia.

“What is all this broken bric-a-brac out in the coal scuttle? ‘You
attempted to dust the what-not and knocked the whole blamed thing
endwise?’ George, your language is positively shocking, and is only
equaled by your want of knowledge of some of the commonest truths in
gravitation. You know that to maintain an equilibrium”--but here Mrs.
Brown’s pretty mouth was closed by George’s larger one, who emerged from
the oscular demonstration with a profession of profound respect for
anyone who can run the household machinery with or without “system” and
by bringing intellectual weight into it or leaving it out entirely.

                               TABLEAUX.

The tableaux will suggest themselves at the places indicated; and during
the last part of the reading the curtain should remain drawn from
“George, what is my garden fork doing” until he kisses her, while she
points to everything of which she speaks.

                             --------------



                           TABLE OF CONTENTS.

                             --------                       PAGE
        ABOU BEN ADHEM                                        51
        AN ORDER FOR A PICTURE                                60
        ANSWERING AN ADVERTISEMENT                            24
        BIRTH OF THE IVY, THE                                  7
        BRIDAL WINE CUP, THE                                  44
        BRIDAL VEIL, THE                                      27
        CALLAGHAN’S FAILURE                                   13
        DEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER                                  22
        DRAFTED                                               56
        EASTER EXERCISE--“King Robert of Sicily”              54
        GRANDMA’S MINUET                                      49
        IF                                                    34
        JIMMY BROWN’S SISTER’S WEDDING                        29
        LESSONS IN COOKERY                                    41
        LOOKING BACKWARD                                      39
        MATRIMONIAL PHILOSOPHY                                18
        MY SISTER’S PHOTOGRAPHS                               61
        NIGHT WATCH, THE                                      66
        OPENING OF THE PIANO                                  20
        SMALL BOY’S EXPLANATION                               38
        STRONG COFFEE                                         31
        SYSTEMATIC AND INTELLECTUAL HOUSEKEEPING              75
        WASHERWOMAN’S SONG, THE                               36

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                           Transcriber’s Note

Most readings are accompanied by a numbered set of 'tableaux', or stage
directions, which appear at the end of each text, and act as footnotes.
In the first two readings, the final tableau (nos. 10 and 5
respectively), had no corresponding reference in the text. These have
been added at the end of each reading.

Some readings, while there are references in the text, have no
directions in the 'Tableaux' section following them.

Errors deemed most likely to be the printer’s have been corrected, and
are noted here. The references are to the page and line in the original.
The following issues should be noted, along with the resolutions.

  14.22    so small that Mr. Callaghan[’s] but for his    Removed.
           natural politeness

  14.25    The revolver was pointed in Mr. Callaghan[’s]  Added.
           direction

  27.15    from my head and look on me[.]                 Added.

  38.22    “You just ought ter seen him[,]”               Added.

  53.21    [(]See> “Directions,” p. 6, for making         Added.
           foot-lights.)

  54.3     by the Author of “Preston Papers.[”]           Added.

  54.12    (“cue” line.[”])                               Removed.

  58.6     To[o] fair to be crippled or scarred?          Added.

  66.13    Without [or ]tears or common-place despair,    Removed.

  71.11    A gentleman, perchance[’]>, ‘Yes; tell me      Added.
           quick;

  71.12    What can I do for you?[’]                      Added.

  76.25    the light from the s[i/e]tting sun             Replaced.





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