A Memoir Of Edward Askew Sothern

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byThomas Edgar Pemberton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890. Excerpt: ... "You are, perhaps, aware," wrote the popular American comedian, "that at the subsidy theatres in France, no fire, not even a lighted match, is permitted on the stage. You will also recall the fact that in one part of the play Asa Trenchard has to burn a will. In order to comply with the law, and at the same time get rid of this document, I was compelled to tear the will instead of applying the match in the usual way. The result was that the part was not at all a success, much of its point being lost by the tameness of this incident. At last I said to Sothern, ' I have a great mind to burn the thing, anyhow, and take the chances.' My misfortune was in confiding my intention to Sothern, for he instantly gave instructions to one of the gendarmes who was hovering about the wings to arrest me in the act. When the scene came on, anticipating no trouble, but expecting, on the contrary, to receive a recall, as I always did at this juncture, I struck the match and lighted the paper. Before I knew anything else I was seized from behind by a big gendarme and carried bodily off the stage. Of course the audience did not know what was the matter, and I was equally in the dark. Not speaking French, I could not make any explanation, or ask any questions, and the more I struggled the tighter the gendarme held me in his grip. It was only when Mr. Sefton, the agent of Sothern, made his appearance and explained matters that I was released. You should have seen then how that French official, mad as a hornet at being imposed upon, went for Sothern, and the manner in which he disappeared down the back-stairs into a convenient hiding-place. Fortunately, Mr. Sefton was able to appease the indignation of the irate Frenchman, and in a few minutes Dundreary was permitted to come out...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890. Excerpt: ... "You are, perhaps, aware," wrote the popular American comedian, "that at the subsidy theatres in France, no fire, not even a l...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217432352

ISBN - 13:9780217432351

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