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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 19 April 1890   By:

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APRIL 19, 1890.


Monday. Carmen exceptionally excellent. Miss ZÉLIE DE LUSSAN, gifted with a light, pleasant voice, sang admirably. Can't have " Trop de Zélie ." Mr. BARTON McGUCKIN, as Don Jim along José , did all that can be done with this weak minded soldier. No holes to be picked in Mr. McG.'s performance, though there was a portion of his costume that would have been the better for the attention of Signor SOANSO, the Spanish tailor. Perhaps he is one of the "Renters" of Drury Lane. The strongest and most novel situation was the entrance of a horse, which, like the old woman who "lived on nothing but victuals and drink," "wouldn't be quiet," and nearly gave poor Carmen fits. If it had given Mr. BARTON McGUCKIN fits a pair of them my previous allusion to the tailor would have lacked a tangible basis of fact. Fancy Carmen frightened by an ordinary horse, not even a dray horse, of which no Carmen would have been afraid!

[Illustration: The Garden Scene from the Lane.]

Tuesday and Friday. Faust. Signor RUNCIO, as Faust , up to the mark. Military band of soldiers returned from the wars had apparently conquered the drum of a British regiment. Signor ABRAMOFF (good as Mephistopheles ) showed his generous disposition by sharing his red light with Martha when he was talking to her.

Wednesday. Romeo and Juliet , repetition of last week when the season commenced with GONOUD'S masterpiece. Scenery tested the resources of some of the greatest Drury Lane successes. The pantomime in the ball room was particularly excellent and noticeable.

Thursday. Mignon , represented by charming Miss MOODY. Supported by the dullest of Lotharios , Mr. F. H. CELLI. Wilhelm played by a very small tenor in fact one who looked like a CHILD. The cast good all round, and a crowded house enthusiastic. One of the best revivals of the season.

Saturday. WALLACE'S Lurline in the evening, after Carmen in the morning. "Troubador" just as enchanting as he was twenty years ago. "The silver river," too, "flows on" as sweetly as ever. Good house testifies to the love we all have for home made music. On the whole a satisfactory week from every point of view. So far all's well.


( Notes by Mr. Punch's Own Reporter. )


ON the last occasion of the Meeting of the above Society a most interesting paper was read by Professor JAMES JAMBES, F.R.Z.S., describing a series of experiments to which, in the cause of Science, he had recently submitted himself. Commencing by comparatively small quantities of alcoholic stimulant, he gradually increased the doses until he reached a maximum of three bottles of Brandy and one of Green Chartreuse per diem , abandoning all other work during the period embraced by the experiments. After a fortnight of patient research he was rewarded by the discovery in his immediate neighbourhood of an abundance of blackbeetles, which he was unable to refer to any known species of Orthoptera . These were succeeded by reptiles and beasts of various kinds and colours, specimens of which, owing to their evasiveness, he much regretted to have been unsuccessful in securing. After increasing the dose to two bottles daily, he was able to detect the presence of rodents in large quantities. Subsequently these creatures assumed the most surprising shapes, while their colouring was frequently gorgeous in the extreme. He had made some brandy and water sketches of the most remarkable though he had to apologise for the drawing being less accurate and clear than he could have wished, as the conditions were generally unfavourable for scientific observation. Still, they afforded a very fair idea of the principal phenomena which he had met. ( Cheers. ) The Professor, in concluding, remarked that he himself had never been a Materialist, and that, after the experiences that attended the addition of the third bottle of brandy and the Green Chartreuse to his diurnal allowance, he could only confess that, in the words of the Poet, there were more many more things in heaven and earth than had been dreamed of in his philosophy... Continue reading book >>

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