Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 15 August 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Amy Roselle at the
Empire Theatre of Varieties,
Leicester Square, London,
February 1890

Amy Roselle

Amy Roselle (Mrs Arthur Dacre; 1852/55-1895), English actress

(after an original drawing by Leonard Raven-Hill, 1890;
from Pick-Me-Up, London, Saturday, 8 March 1890, p. 374)

'''By special desire,'' Miss Amy Roselle recited the ''Charles of the Light Brigade''; a poem that Tennyson perpetrated when a young man, and which appalling act of cruelty he must have regretted ever since. I recited the blood curdling romance once myself, ''by special desire,'' and about half-way through I stopped the works and went home to mother.
'Miss Roselle came on in a rather dispiriting costume of black, and with just a curtain drop behind her. There was no suggestive scenery, no blood-stained coat-tails, or anything - not even a corpse or two. The reciter walked to the middle of the stage, where she stopped suddenly, and pointing to the gallery, observed, ''Half a league.'' We all turned round and looked up, but we couldn't see anything.
'It is very well done, all the same. What on earth possessed the Empire management to introduce the penny-reading element into their bill, dead-and-gone Elijah couldn't guess; but now that the thing has been sprung on us, it only remains to compliment Miss Roselle for a spirited recitation, given under circumstances about as difficult as you could find them. I understand there is no truth in the rumour that the Bishop of London has been engaged at a large salary to offer up a few remarks every night at the Alhambra, so soon as Mr. James Fawn's engagement is concluded.'
(Pick-Me-Up, London, Saturday, 8 March 1890, p. 374)

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G.P. Huntley as a painter of
American Indians, London, 1903

G.P. Huntley

G.P. Huntley (1868-1927), Irish-born actor

(photo: R. Thomas, London, 1903)

'The son of an actor and an actress, and the grandson of an actor, G.P. Huntley comes from Ireland, where all jolly fellows hail from. He is the merriest wag alive, and makes everybody merry with him. When he is not busy causing the theatre to shake with laughter, he stays at home and plays golf and works in the garden, and paints. He is an amateur, but where he differs from other amateurs is that he is a first-class painter, making a special study of American Indians. He deeply laments that they are dying out.'
(The Royal Magazine, London, October 1903, p. 485)

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Peter Maclaren and Harry Jackson
chopping wood at the
London Hippodrome, August 1907

Peter Maclaren and Harry Jackson

Peter Maclaren and Harry Jackson (fl. early 20th Century),
Australian champion tree-fellers

(photos: Campbell-Gray, London, 1907)

'Peter Maclaren and Harry Jackson are Australia's champion tree-fellers and double-handled sawmen, who have recently given an exhibition of their powers at the Hippodrome.
'That their axes are as sharp as razors Maclaren demonstrated beyond dispute by removing the beard and whiskers of an individual, using plenty of lather and his axe.
'They are astounding sawmen, making nothing of a log of Australian hardwood five feet in circumference. This is sawn through in just half-a-minute.
'Then they set to work with axes, and the chips being to fly! The audience goes wild while each man hacks away at his separate three-trunk.
'Maclaren seems a little more powerful, but Jackson is wonderfully spry. In twenty minutes they are through.
'It is a near thing - but Maclaren just wins.
'Six and a-half feet of iron-like wood chopped through in twenty minutes!
'What giants Australia does produce!'
(The Royal Magazine, London, August 1907, p. 295)

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