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ately followed a chorus of catcalls, heightened by loud vociferations, and beating with sticks; when a fellow came from behind the curtain, and bowing, said, that if the performer did not appear, the money should be returned ; at the same time a wag crying out from the pit, that if the ladies and gentlemen would give double prices the conjurer would get into a pint bottle. Presently a young gentleman in one of the boxes seized a lighted candle and threw it on the stage. This served as the charge for sounding to battle. Upon this the greater part of the audience made the best of their way out of the Theatre ; some losing a cloak, others a hat, others a wig, and swords also. One party, however, staid in the house, in order to demolish the inside, when the mob breaking in, they tore up the benches, broke to pieces the scenes, pulled down the boxes ; in short, dismantled the Theatre entirely, carrying away the particulars above mentioned into the street, where they made a mighty bonfire; the curtain being hoisted on a pole by way of a flag. A large party of guards were sent for, but came time enough only to warm themselves round the fire. We hear of no other disaster than a young nobleman's chin being hurt, occasioned by his
fall into the pit with part of one of the boxes, which he had forced out with his foot. 'Tis thought the conjurer vanished away with the bank. Many enemies to a late celebrated book, concerning the ceasing of miracles, are greatly disappointed by the conjuror's non-appearance in the bottle ; they imagining that his jumping into it would have been the most convincing proof possible, that miracles are not yet ceased."
Several advertisements were printed afterwards, some serious, some comical, relating to this whimsical affair; among the rest was the following, which we hope may be a means of curing such humours for the future.
“ This is to inform the public, that notwithstanding the great abuse that has been put upon the gentry, there is now in town a man, who, instead of creeping into a quart or pint bottle, will change himself into a rattle; which he hopes will please both young and old. If this person meets with encouragement to this advertisement, he will then acquaint the gentry where and when he performs."
The reason assigned in another humorous advertisement, for the conjurer's not going into the quart bottle was, that, after travelling all the taverns, not one could be found due measure.
PLAGIARISM IN THE
HEIR AT LAW.” Pangloss says to Dick, “ At lover's perjuries, they say, Jove laughs;" to which, replies Dick, more shame for him." This is without the slightest variation from Dryden's “ Amphy. trion," act v. where Phædra makes the same reply to Jupiter.
MISS HAWKINS' ACCOUNT OF FOOTE'S EXCUR
SION TO STRATFORD-ON-AVON. Foore, it is well known, went to Stratford purposely to laugh at and caricature Garrick's jubilee; and I never can forget the merriment excited in my mind, by the anecdotes of his manner of doing this. His meeting, early one morning, in the streets of Stratford, an Essex 'Squire full dressed in blue and silver, whose countenance expressed a kind of vagrant curiosity ;—the 'squire's asking him, as if doubting of the worthiness of its object, in the present instance, what all this meant ?-his unfortunate expression, nay, almost lamentation, that “he had been brought out of Essex," by the report of the jubilee; and Foote's cutting query, with a stare that may be imagined ;-" Out of Essex ! And pray, sir, who drove you?"
LUDICROUS MISTAKE. HOLMAN, while performing the part of Romeo, was seized with an involuntary fit of laughter, which subjected him to the severe rebuke of his auditors. It happened in the scene of Romeo and the Apothecary, who, going for the phial of poison, found it broken; not to detain the scene, he snatched, in a hurry, a pot of soft pomatum. Holman was no sooner presented with it, than he fell into a convulsive fit of laughter; but, being soon recalled to a sense of duty, by the audience, he came forward, and made the following whimsical apology :-" Ladies and gentlemen, I could not resist the idea that struck me, when the pot of pomatum, instead of the phial of poison, was presented. Had he, at the same time, given me a tea-spoon, it would not have been so improper; for the poison might have been made up as a lenitive electuary. But, if you please, ladies and gentlemen, we will begin the scene again without laughing."
VANDERMERE. This performer was the most complete Harlequin that ever trod the stage. His agility was, to the last degree, astonishing. He has been seen to leap through a window on the stage, when pursued by the Clown, at the height of full thirteen feet from the ground. Whenever his performance was announced in the Dublin playbills, it attracted a crowded house. One night, when he had a prodigious leap to execute, the persons behind the scenes, whose business it was to have received him in a blanket, not being duly prepared, he fell, of course, upon the boards, and was miserably bruised. This accident occasioned him to take a solemn oath, that he would never take another leap upon the stage; nor did he violate his vow; for when he played Harlequin afterwards, George Dawson, another actor, about his size, and of considerable activity, was equipped in the party-coloured habit, and, when a leap was necessary, Vandermere passed off on one side of the stage, as Dawson entered at the other, and undertook it. Vandermere then returned, and continued his business.