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'THE LORENZI TROUPE, England's Greatest Male and Female Acrobats, bar nonw. All should see this Troupe. Their Performance is acknowledge by Proprietors, Managers, Public, and Press to be the best Acrobatic Show of the Day.
'All should see the Marvellous Female Serpent, the great Female Contorionist on record. All should see FRANCIS, the Wonder Worker, on the Carpet and Pedestal. See Mons. NELLO'S Performance on the High Pedestal, with his Barrel and wonderful Bottle, his first visit to England. All should see the Sisters KALOLO, the Accomplished Song and Dancer Performers.
'The above Troupe stands alone, Six in Number and all Performers. Great success of Six Months in Spain and France last Summer. Concludes To-night Nine Weeks' Engagement with Mr Warden's Pantomime.
'The greatest success ever known. Cheered Nighly to the echo. Notice. - The above Troupe is at Liberty June 6th, to accept Engagements for Home or Abroad. All communications to Lorenzi Troupe, STAR MUSIC HALL, DUBLIN.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 21 May 1881, p. 21c)
'ABERDEEN - MACFARLAND'S VARIETIES. - Mr e.H. Doyle is a favourite with frequenters of the Music Hall, and when he came on the stage at the ''Varieties'' last night the large audience accorded him a most hearty welcome, cheering vociferously. He proved himself worthy of the enthusiastic reception, and those who patronise the hall this week will find in him a performer who can lay just claim to the designation given him in the programmed as ''the champion dancer.'' His style and steps are really admirable; and he sings everal amusing songs. Nello gives - start entertainment of an acrobatic kind, manipulating with his feet a barrel and a large bottle with extraordinary dexterity. Miss Agnes Burns is a charming ballad vocalist; and Messrs Craven and Conway give a clever and highly entertaining burlesque of The Coleen Bawn. Of the artistes who appeared on the boards last week there remain Miss Lily English, vocalist and dancer; the English Trio, who performed last night one of their original sketches, entitled The Mister's Dream, with considerabl dramatic effect; and the three Carnos, who as negro comedians do a good deal of knock-about business.'
(Aberdeen Weekly Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland, Tuesday, 23 November 1886, p. 4f)
Royal Albert music hall, Canning Town
'The decided thaw that set in on Tuesday throughout the country has been hailed with a degree of satisfaction that is rarely evoked by a meterological change. Inconvenience and loss resulting from the unusually severe and prolonged frost had reached the proportions of a public clamity, and in many directions serious apprehension had begung to be felt. In no district has this feeling been more prevalent than in the neighbourhood of the docks where Mr Relf has pitched his tent. At Canning-town the distress has been expetionally acute, and the receipts at the Royal Albert, over which the gentleman names holds sway, have been seriously affected. Tuesday's agreeable change and still more pleasant rain, however, presage a cessation of the toiler's enforced inactivity and better times everywhere. The programme at the Albert has plenty of attractiveness to recommend it and humour withal. . . . Music hath charms for the Cannin-town folk, who evidently enjoy the refined entertainment of the Palmer family. The two gentlemen play a post-horn duet; of oe them is heard to great advantage in a cornet solo; and the lady manipulates the sleigh bells with good effect. M. De Ora, called the bymnastic wonder, is seen in a clever flying ring performance, and he terminals his gymnastic flights and gyrations by descending sharply from the gallery to the stage by means of a wire, an attachment to which he holds his teeth. Bottles as a rule, upset balance when their contents get to the upper stoey. Nello, wise in his generation, heeps his on his feet, and takes care that his Brobdingnagian Bottle never reaches his head, but is kept dancing up and down on his toes. He works hard to maintain the truth of the title he has assumed - to wit, that of ''bottled king.'' . . .'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 24 January 1891, p. 16b)
Armada, Drury Lane
'Queen Elizabeth, in the reddest hair I ever saw, may be dressed - indeed, is dressed - in the costume of the period.
'The gods, however, accept it as burlesque.
'And when the red-headed monarch exclaims -
'''Play heaven my hair turn not grey.''
The aspiration is accepted as a very fine joke indeed. . . .
'Elizabeth, Queen of England, has frequently been made the subject of burlesque.
'No one who has yet attempted the character has been so successful as the present author.
'However, ''no scandal about Queen Elizabeth.''
'Miss Ada Neilson played the part.
'And as she no doubt played to order it would be unfair to criticise her too severely. . . .'
('Flashes from the Footlights,' The Licensed Victualler's Mirror, London, Tuesday, 25 September 1888, p. 418c)
'It is a matter of some difficulty to decide whether The Armada, Mr. Harris's latest production, is a pantomime, a panorama, a magic lantern entertainment, a penny reading, or a Guy Fawkes celebration. It partkes largely of the characteristis of all these fastivities, and is perhaps best described as a considerably over-copious conglomeration of the lot. There is nother new under the sun, and it is interesting to note that the melodramatic ways of Elizabethan times were very similar to those of the Victorian era; that the Cockney 'prentice of that age differed little in manner, bearing, or (save for an occasional '' thow knowest,'' or so) diction from his modern representative; and that the spirit of the great god Jingo was even more rife in those days than in these. There is also some antiquarian interest in the discovery of a hitherto unknown phrase of the period - ''You wot,'' to wit. The two jokes, kissing and nagging, which serve two comedians and two chambermainds for the whole evening, fail to absorb after a time; and the introduction of Fame (handsome as Miss Maud Milton looks in the part, and well as she speaks the lines) with a little bombastic penny-reading for us, followed by the magic-lantern-like tableau, ''The Game of Bowls,'' is a rather clumsy method of gaining time for the big set of the Armada fight, which, when it does come, puts the climax to our bewilderment by enveloping us in a thick cloud of gunpowder smoke. This is the great effect of the play - and it clears the theatre! Otherwise, in spite of its beauty as a picture and its courage as an enterprise, it is singularly tame in result.
'Two things are observable; the play is written and acted much better than a Drury Lane drama usally is. Mr. Hamilton's tendency to poetic lifhts are on native ground in this period of romance, and where he is unhampered by the carpenter and scene-painter, his story proceeds smoothly and effectively. Mr. Leonard Boyne, with an ''early Henry Neville'' manner - and no need of a better - makes a chivalrous and convincing hero. Mr. Luigi Lablache's wily Don is an unforced, carful bit of acting, the dignity and pride of the character being especially well kept in view; and Miss Winifred Emery's acting, as the rather ''swell'' farmer's daughter, is redolent of the pure school from which she comes; her pathos is true and unexaggerated, and the performance altogether pretty and touching. Mr. Harry Nicholls is personally funny but intensely modern and inconguous, and both Miss [Edith] Bruce and Miss Kate James back him up hearitly in those jokes about kissing and quarrelling. Mr. Victor Stevens is so strong impressed by the pantomimic nature of his surroundings tat he is ever on the point of bursting into a breakdown. Miss Ada Neilson makes up with wonderful accuracy as Queen Elizabeth, and declaims with force. The remainder of a long cast make very fair use of somewhat scant opportunities.
'The scenery is very beautiful and elaborate - most of it painted by a foreigner [Herr Kautsky of the Opera House, Vienna], I notice, probably as a makeweight to the very ''English'' tone of the play. But, of course, there is too much of everything, and it was as near as possible ''to-morrow morning'' before we could get away. What object Mr. Harris has in view when, with every mortal thing her produces, he prepares with an infinity of trouble and labour to himself, and considerable pain and irritation to his audience, a number of scenes and effects which he must know cannot by any possibility outlive the first night, is not very easily discoverable. He has been quite long enough manager of ''The National Theatre'' to know the exact quantity of matter to put into the programme, and his failure to do it must either arise from a defect in that genius for administration which he is credited, or a spirit of obstinate and ill-regulated generosity.'
('Slashes and Puffs,' Fun, London, Wednesday, 3 October 1888, p. 143)
'The person with a good memory for faces will not be backward in acknowledging with me that Miss Ada Neilson's make-up for Queen Elizabeth, in The Armada, is very wonderful in its correctness. A sight of Miss Neilson, as, with stately strides and in astounding attire, she steers herself into Old St. Paul's to tell Providence how altogether pleased she was over the Armada affair, lifts one back to a time when there were no Elizabethan huses, no Elizabethan hair washes, no Elizabethan crumb brushes, no Elizabethan tobacco jars, no Elizabethan antibilious pills, and no Elizabethan dog kennels. It is somewhat conforting to think that there was an age when such articles as we are now accustomed to describe as Elizabethan never existed!'
('The Call Boy,' Judy: The Conservative Comic, London, Wednesday, 10 October 1888, p. 172b)
'. . . we are inclined to reward the palm to Miss Ada Neilson's Elizabeth. The wonderful make-up, after Holbein's picture - a make-up that on Saturday night made the gallery, all innocent of antiquarian lore, chickle with amusement - may have been due chiefly to the skill of the costumier, but the spirit, the voice, the feeling for the personage, thse are the actress's own. It is an admirable bit of character-playing. . . .'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 29 September 1888, p. 14b)
The Royal music hall
'Miss Jenny Mills, who wore striking and splendind dresses, and was very vivacious, told in song how she said to the Captain ''You're awfully naughty.'' She next sang a merry song commendatory of ''The leader of the band,'' with which the gentlemen of the orchestra seemed to be particularly pleased. ''Jollity'' was her next theme, and she illustrated the state of mind indicated by the word by dancing in the briskest fashion. Finally she executed a hornpipe excellently. She was heartily cheered.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 22 February 1880, p. 4a)
'Miss Jenny Mills, the charming serpentine dancer, who is one of the principal attractions of pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, is winning golden opinions among amusement lovers in Ironopolis by the grace of her movements in ''La Danse Lumineuse.'''
(The Era, London, Saturday, 19 January 1895, p. 17c)
'A new-comer to the Pavilion is Miss Jenny Mills, a lady who has won considerable success in the provinces with a chaste and effective terpsichorean production known as ''La Danse Lumineuse.'' Beautiful chromatropic effects are shown on the voluminious white skirts of the dancer as she takes the stage in a perttily executed waltz. The diaphanous drapery is now an ethereal blue, star-spangled, then it shimmers with a shower of gold. At another time it glows with the gorgeous colouring of a butterfly's wings. Miss Mills, in her last dance, has the appearance of a winged spirit, ready for aerial flight, and her charming exhibition is a decided success throughout.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 13 March 1897, p. 18b)
'Miss Jenny Mills, who is this week at the Tivoli, Manchester, with her fire dance, has aroused the fears of a fire insurance company, and the manager called to inform Mr Summers that the company would be compelled to reduce the amount insured 75 per cent. for the same premium if the lady continued to do her act. So confident did he seem that the flames were real that it was not until he was taken behind the stage and shown the apparatus and effects that he was satisfied that no danger existed and withdrew his objection.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 19 February 1898, p. 21d)
'Miss Jenny Mills, who has again taken Sheffield by storm in her ''Danse Lumineuse,'' is introduced in the pantomime at the Lyceum behind a beautifully painted spider's web.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 14 January 1899, p. 19d)
'Miss Jenny Mills on Monday next fulfils a special engagement, for six nights only, at the Paragon, where she will present for the first time her electric real water dance, which bears the fascinating title of ''La Cascade.'' A great display of prismatic colours should make the production a very attractive one. Miss Mills will appear also as Joan of Arc, and will give a realistic representation of the Maid of Orleans being burnt as a witch at the stake in the market-place at Rouen. The intrepid peasant girl of Domre'my has been presented before on the music hall stage by Miss Harriett Vernon, at the Oxford in 1891, and on the regular stage by the late Mrs Rousby at the house of interesting memories, the old Queen's Theatre in Long-acre.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 28 October 1899, p. 19b)
'Miss Clara Wieland, who is here termed ''The International Comedienne,'' sang one song, in which she impersonated certain singers. One of these was a gilded Johnny; another, a French lady. Before obliging with this French verse of the ditty, Miss Clara Wieland considered it necessary to draw on her arms a pair of black gauntlets, which, being apparently without fingers, looked for all the world like - another pair of articles usually worn by ladies, thereby causing an irreverent gallery lad to ejaculate, ''Say, you've got 'em on in the wrong place!''
'Miss Wieland also repeated her impersonations of great composers. Stepping off the stage into a kind of pulpit built just in front of Mr. angelo Asher's coign of vantage, Miss Clara proceeded to wave her baton after the styles said to have been adapted by Rossini and others. Sor far as it went, this was all very well, although she spectacle of a lady in eveing dress leaving the stage to come to the audience approximates to a Continental rather than an English pattern. Still, I make no objection to that. What I do find fault with, and I suppose I may, is Miss Wieland's trick of putting a man's mask over her face. Fancy a great headed, bearded face placed on a shapely female neck and bust! Imagine a black haired, manly head and - a woman's body and bare arms! If this does not beat - well, there, it staggered me. I own it. Miss Wieland is a clever artiste, but her fondness for fun should not, I think, lead her into such antics as these. She should remember that any woman can wear a man's mask. But not every woman can be Clara Wieland.'
('Amongst the Mummers and at the Music Halls,' The Sporting Mirror and Dramatic and Music Hall Record, London, Monday, 11 October 1897, p. 2d)
'Paw Clawdian proved, as we anticipated, a most diverting piece of pleasantry, done in Mr. Burnand's happiest vein. The punning is of the best and smoothest quality, the humour is easy and natural, and the whole is written in the true spirit of burlesque. From Mr. Clawdian Tooe's first appearance, ushered in by a slave bearing a huge red umbrella, to the ''decline and fall'' of Clawdian's palace, every one roared with laughter. The profligate nobleman, as in the original, first appears in the market-place of Buyzantium, his face made up with rermarkable skill after Mr. Wilson Barrett. The veriest stoic would laught to see Mr. Toole in a Roman tunic, and his every pose shows how closely he has studied his model. Mr. Ward is the Coal-Holey Clement, a very disreputable hermit, who has tried fortune-tellings at Cremorne, the Cider Cellars, and al-fresco places of amusement, who sings a rollicking song with a pleasant lilt about the ''merry old days,'' dances a few steps, and delivers his curse with telling effect. Paw Clawdian is condemned to be yung for ever, to live on playing Clawdian till the crack of doom. ''One cent'ry'' passes in sight of the audience, and nothing, indeed, is left to the imagination. The scene changes to the ramparts and other ''rum parts'' of the neighbourhood, including the forge, and Almi-i-da - more aesthetic, more hysteric, than most young ladies of her age, with ''a good deal of All-my-i-da about her style, softened down to Al-ma-ee-da.'' A cleverer piece of travestie Miss Marie Linden has never done than this most amusing imitation of Miss Eastlake. She has caught poses, attitudes, and voice alike of the real Almida. As we have already said, she is ''mashed'' by the eye of Clawdin, who, to celebrate his conquest, sings a wonderful song in a yellow silk opera hat. She is to him ''te maiden with the touzled hair,'' and he in turn is addressed as ''Masher, masher, I am mashed.'' We must not forget to mention an amusing trio and dance performed by the Tetrarch, an Irish Irving (Mr. Shelton), Almi-i-da and Agazil (Mr. Brunton). Then comes the ''decline and fall,'' otherwise ''Toole's Earthquake,'' a most vivid realization of the real article. The alarm is given by a peal of thunder, two lumps of plaster fall from the roof of the jerry-built palace; then the curse begins to work. The lights are lowered, the thunder peals, the columns fall as if by magic, and amid the crumbling ruins the limelight is turned on, and Mr. toole is revealed lying on a gorgeous four-post bed. He unmarks himself, and Mr. wilson Barrett is replaced by ''Toole.'' The scenery is a close imitation of the original, and the dresses are most faithful copies. Paw Clawdian was thoroughly successful, and Mr. Toole and Mr. Burnand may be congratulated upon having provided a burlesque which is certain to have a long career of popularity before it. If Mr. Wilson Barrett goes to America, Mr. Toole and his company should follow him.'
(The Pall Mall Gazette, London, Friday, 15 February 1884, pp. 3b/4b)
Paw Clawdian, Toole's Theatre
'A great hit was made by Miss Marie Linden, who gave the audience what was simply a marvellous reproduction of Miss Eastlake's Almida, with, of course, some allowabe exaggeration. Make-up, husky voice, nervous action, all were to the life, the comicality coming by reason of the contrast between the srious manner and the ludicrious speech. With two such performances as Miss Linden has given us in Stage-Dora and Paw Clawdian her position and popularity are assured. Nothing more clver in its way than her latest effort has ever come under our notice.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 16 February 1884, p. 11a)
'THE SINGULAR DIVORCE CASE.
'In the Divorce Divison, yesterday, Lord Justice Lopes and a special jury had again before them the case of Cook v. Cook and Johnstone. The petition was that of the husband, Mr. William Austin Cook, an iron master, of 137, Brook-street, Manchester, for a divorce by reason of his wife's adultery with the co-respondent, Mr. Johnstone, a chartered accountatnt, of Manchester, against whom damages were claimes. Mr. Dobb appeared for the petitioner, and Mr. Shee, Q.C., and Mr. Pritchard for the co-respondent.
'Mr. John Fraser Heigh, auctioneer and warrant officer, of Jackson-street, Manchester, was giving evidence as to the removal of some furniture, when the learned judge asked what it had to do with the case. The jury must have before them evidence of pecuniary damage the petitioner had sustained by being deprived of the society of his wife, and that was the only question for them to determine.
'The Petitioner (recalled) said that certain papers were taken from his desk.
'Mr. Shee objected, stating that the witness had nothing to do with the alleged forcible entry.
'Mr. Cook said that one of the papers was an insurance policy of £1000 upon his wife's life.
'His Lordship. - What can the petitioner lose upon that?
'Mr. Dobb said that the money would affect the children.
'His Lordship said that had nothing to do with it.
'Mr. Cook said that there was an agreement in regard to Johnstone and his wife.
'His Lordship. - That did not affect you?
'Mr. Cook. - It would affect my children. Mr. Johnstone took the money out of the business. There were a great number of papers and documents, but my memory fails me in regard to the contents of all of them.
'His Lordship said that the witness was called for a specific purpose, and new he was asked about other matters.
'Mr. Dobb then intimated that that closed his case.
'Mr. Shee, Q.C. - I call no witnesses, my lord, on behalf of the co-respondent.
'Mr. Dobb then addressed the jury for Mr. Cook. He said that the adultery was not disputed, and therefore the only question for them to determine was what damages Mr. Cook was entitled to. The petitioner's conduct had been foolish in many respects, and where he had erred was in being too forgiving; he thought his wife was more to be pitied than blamed. On the whole, the jury, considering all the circumstances, ought to [assess] substantial damaged.
'Mr. Shee, Q.C., on behald of the co-respondent, ridiculed the idea of damages, and said that if any were assessed it should be the smalled coing of the realm. (Laughter.) The petitioner had not been the kind, loving, and considerable husband it had been sought to make out, while he had thrown his wife into the arms of Johnstone, he being fully aware of the relations between them.
'Lord Justice Lopes, in summing up, pointed out the law on the subject of damaged, after which he said that there had been delay on the part of the petitioner in instituting divorce proceedings. They must put their own construction upon the terms of the separation deed and the absence of any chastity clause.
'The jury, without leaving the box, found that the respondent and co-respondent had committed adultery, and assesed the damages at one farthing.
'His Lordship granted a decree nisi, with costs.'
(The Liverpool Mercury, Liverpool, Wednesday, 15 February 1893, p. 7c)
'ONE FARTHING DAMAGES IN A DIVORCE CASE.
'In the Divorce Division, on Tuesday, before Lord Justice Lopes and a special jury, the case of Cook v. Cook and Johnstone was heard.
'This was the petition of Mr. William Austin Cook, an iron master, of Manchester, for a divorce by reason of the misconduct of his wife with the co-respondent, a chartered accountatnt, living at Manchester, against whom damages were claimed.
'Mr. Dobb appeared for the petitioner; and Mr. Shee, Q.C., and Mr. Pritchard for the co-respondent.
'The peitioner, who was stated to be a Justice of the Peace, was married to the respondent on October 23, 1873, and there were six children. The respondent, who had property in her own right, lived with her husband for fourteen years, when he had to file a bankruptcy petition owing to the failures of local banks. By an arrangement made, the business was transferred to her, and ultimately the co-respondent became the trustee. Between Mrs. Cook and Mr. Johnstone there was great intimacy, and the petitioner's suspicions being aroused he charged them with misconduct, but this was denied. After a time she left her home, and upon returning she said that she had been living with the co-respondent, who had kept her on ''nothing but porridge.'' (Laughter.) Later on she again disappeared. Meeting Johnstone, the petitioner thrashed him. Ultimately there was a separation deed.
'In cross-examination, Mr. Cook said he was still a Justice of the Peace, and had not been struck off. He was only suspended by the Lord Chancellor on the report of the Reciver in Bankruptcy. Had brought actions against Mr. Johnstone. One was tried at Manchester Assizes for enticing Mrs. Cook away and harbouring her. The jury stopped the case.
'Mr. Shee: You have never paid Mr. Johnstone a single penny of his costs in any of these actions?
'Witness: No; and you would not if your wife had been enticed away. (Laughter.) Mr. Johnstone has had plenty of money out of my estate.
'Evidence was then given as to Mrs. Cook and Mr. Johnstone living together, in regard to which that was no defence.
'Mr. Shee, Q.C., addressed the jury on the question of the damages.
'In the result the jury found for the petitioner, and assessed the damages at one farthing.
'Lord Justice Lopes granted a degree nisi, with costs.'
(Reynolds's Newspaper, London, Sunday, 19 February 1893, p. 2f)
'EXTRAORDINARY ACTION AGAINST A SOCLICITOR.
'- At Crewe County Court, yesterday, before Mr. Thomas Hughes, Q.C., judge, an action was heard in which Mr. William Austin Cook, an iron merchant, of Manchester, sought to recover £50 from Mr. William Pointon, solicitor, of Crew, for alleged misreprentation and neglect. The alleged mistrepresentation was caontained in the prospectus of the Cheshire Banking Company, Limited. - The Plaintiff said that Mr. Pointon was one of the promoters of that company, which was started in 1882. He obtained from him a prospectus and an assurance that the names forming the provicional committee were those of esquires and gentlemen in good position. believing the representations that were made to him, he took 40 shares, and afterwards purchased 25 more. He belived that it was a bona fide undertaking. Afterwards, however, he discovered that the names of the persons one the prospectus were not bona fide interested in the sche, for not one of them figured as a shareholder in the bank. . . . The Judge said that the plaintiff had told several untruths. - Mr. Pointon said the action was brought purely for malice. - Verdict for the defendant with costs.'
(The Liverpool Mercury, Liverpool, Thursday, 23 October 1884, p. 5g)
'THE AFFAIRS OF MR. WM. AUSTIN COOK.
'At the Manchester County Court, on Saturday, before Mr. W. Gouldthorpe, Deputy Judge. William Austin Cook, who was represented by Mr. Harvey Simpson, applied for his discharge. The application was opposed by Mr. Fleming and Mr. Sparrow, the former representing creditors and the latter the trustee (Mr. J.T. Murray). The Official Receiver's report stated that a receiving order was made on the 4th September, 1885, by the Wolverhampton Bankruptcy Court, on the debtor's petition. A receiving order was made also on the same day by the Manchester Bankruptcy Court on a creditor's pedition. The bankrupt submitted three statements of affiars - the first to the Wolverhampton court on the 18th September, 1885; the second to the Manchester Court on the 19th December following; and the third to the same court on the 21st March, 1888. In the first statement the liabilities were set down at £2,047, in the second at £2,937, and in the third at £4,583. In the first statement the assets, after deducting £75. 2s. for preferential claims, were estimated as likely to realise £35,231; in the second, after deducting £31. 12. for preferential claims, £10,033; and in the third, there being no preferential claims, £61. The sum realised to date is £302. 14s. 4d., and the trustee reported that no further amount was expected. No dividend had been paid, and none was possible, the assets realised not having covered the cost of the bankruptcy. The bankrupt had omitted to keep proper books of account; he had continued to trade after knowing himself to be insolvent, and had contracted debts proveable in the bankruptcy without having any reasonable or probably ground of expectation of being able to pay them. There was no justification for the debtor filing his petition in Wolverhampton, where his office, taken 14 days before his petition was filed, constituted his only residence. Neither the first nor second statement of affairs contained a deficiency account. Further accounts were ordered by the Court, and for non-compliance with the order the bankrupt was committed to prison for contempt of Court. At the creditors' meeting on September 5, 1885, Mr. R. Cook, the bankrupt's brother, lodged a proof for £700 money let in 1881, but no security was disclosed. This creditor did not apper in the first or second statement of affairs. The bankrupt had admitted that he adked his brother to make the claim, and in October, 1888, during the public examination of the bankrupt, Mr. R. Cook consented to an order to expunge the proof. The bankrupt had drawn bills on the ''Lancashire and Yorkshire Coal Co,'' which was his brother Mr. Joseph Cook, and the bills were professedly accept by him to the amount of £837. 0s. 4d. At the time when the bills were drawn the bankrupt had no justification, the Official Receiver declared, for accepting the bills in the company's name. The trustee had received £200 as the purchase money for certainreversionary interests under the wills of Robert Cook and Charles Sheritt and Joseph White, which were sold by the trustee to the bankrupt's wife, and made subject to a mortgage. No mention was made of these interests in either statement of affairs, and though the Official Receiver considered it the duty of the debtor to have disclosed these interests, he did not think a jury would consider the omission had been made with intent to defraud. He had received no assiatance from the bankrupt in his endeavour to elicit a proper account of the state of his affairs. - Mr. Fleming argued, in opposition to the appliation, that the bankrupt had done his best to fritter away the estate in order that the creditors might obtain no divident. Mr. Sparrow also opposed, and his Honour said, in view of the facts disclosed and the serious charges made in the bankruptcy, he could not grant the discharge.
'Mr. Cook writes to us asking the public to suspent their judgment until his case has been heard and adjudicated upon by one of her Majesty's judges.'
(The Manchester Weekly Times, Manchester, Saturday, 30 March 1889, p. 3g)
'The letter-writing fiend who will persist in using the post - and stage-door commissionairs - as a mens of making known his ''undying love'' to the object of his adoration is very well known these days; but few acresses have received so strange a communication as one which Miss Gabrielle Ray found awaiting her on her arrival at Daly's Theatre a few evening ago.
'''Dear Miss,'' ran this weird epistle, '' I rite to tell yew that i 'as a stand every nite opposite Daly's Theatre, and that I've seen yu sometimes leaving The Merry Widow. I don't know what sort of a solery actresses gets, but I do know that whether yew are herning fifty pounds or fity shillings a week, it makes no diference to me. I have fallen flop wallop in love with you, and that's orl about it: and if it would be 'elping yew I would drive you 'ome every nite for nothing, even if you lived at Cricklewood, or at the World's End. You'll find me waiting, miss, for you ever night Mis Gabrielle, you beautiful ray of sunshine, and if you entertains my offer, why, my cab and the old chestnut 'orse is at your servise - not 'arf, I do think. Has i 'ave said, I don't want to make no charge for the cab, but if yu felt inclined to stand me a drink when I 'ave driven you 'ome, Miss Ray of Sunlight, I've a kind of a notion that I might say 'yus.' Wave your handkerchief when you comes out of the stage-door, and me and the old 'orse will no you're going to give us a turn, see. Yours very respectfullike - JOHN ---'
(P.I.P.: Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 10 July 1909, p. 25b/c)
'REMARKABLE DIVORCE SUIT.
'In the Divorce Division, yesterday, Lord Justice Lopes and a special jury had before them the cast of Cook v. Cook and Johnstone. The petition was that of Mr. William Augustine Cook, an iron-master and J.P. of Manchester, for a divorce by reason of his wife's adultery with the co-respondent, a chartered accountant, of Manchester, against whom damages were claimed. Mr. Dobb appeared for the peitioner, and Mr. Shee, Q.C., and Mr. Pritchard for the co-respondent.
'The marriage took place on the 23rd October, 1873, and there were six children. There were marriage settlements of the orindary kind, the wife having property in her own right. For 14 years they lived together at Manchester and other places in the neighbourhood. According to the evidence of the petitioner, owing to the failure of local banks he lost £20,000, and was obliged to file a petition in bankruptcy. Mrs. Cook bought the business, of which he was made manager. She had property of her own under the settlement, and the furniture was settled upon her. Mr. Johnstone, the co-respondent, lived with his family at the Crescent, Salford, and was a married man with three children. He was vice-president of the Association of Chartered Accountants of Manchester, and carried on business in partnership with Mr. Nasmyth. Witness consulted Johnstone with reference to his bankruptcy proceedings and the conduct of the trustee, he agreeing to act as agent for Mrs. Cook. After that he conduct began to change, and she was frequently away from home. Subsequently he found them togetherr, but they both denied misconduct. On the 14th June, 1888, she gave birth to a child called Barbara, and she subsequently admitted that Mr. Johnstone was the father. She left home at one time, and returned stating that she had been living with Mr. Johnstone, who had starved her, and kept her on nothing but porridge. (Laughter.) Later on she again disappeared, leaving no trace of her whereabout. Meeting Johnstone in the streets witness struck him. While away from home he found his desks had been broken open, and money and papers taken away. After that arrangements were made for a separation. He again met Johnstone, knocked him down, and threatened to ''finish him.'' Johnstone said he would go home and be a good boy. (Laughter.) Police-court proceedings and a libel action were subesequently brought against him.
'Cross-examined by Mr. Shee, Q.C. - He was still a justice of the please and had not been struck off, but was only suspended by the Lord Chncellor on the report of the receiver in bankruptcy. Was chairman of the Cheshire Bank Co. Was not the promoter of the Manchester and Oldham Bank. He made a claim upon the bank for £23,000, but did not get that amount or anything like it. He never arranged to settle £4000 upon his wife, but he settled the furniture upon her. The award was £3000, but he did not get anything. (Laughter.) Did not marry his wife for her money; he was not such a reptile. (Renewed laughter). Had never treated his wife with cruelty or given her a black-eye. He did not always occupy the same bedroom with her. Had been imprisoned for contempt of court at the time of the bankruptcy proceedings. it was said that he had not filed proper accounts. He denied that he assulted his wife in Brook-street; had never struck her. He ought to have been more severe to her, and she had told him so. (Laughter.) That night she left the house, and we to Mr. Johnstone's, but not on account of the ill-usage she received at his hands. He did not pay for the expenses of the confinement of the child Barbara. At that time he did not know that Mr. Johnstone was the father of that child. At that time he could not prove the adultery, but he had a doubt about the matter. He had been summoned at the police court for an assult upon Miss Thompson, who was housekeepr for Johnstone at one of the houses at which Mrs. Cook resided. On that occasion he was fined. There was another summons by Mrs. Cook and Miss Thompson for sealing a pistol. He count not say whether he was summoned by his wife for assault.
'Mr. Shee, Q.C., put in some documents, which Lord Justice Lopes said clearly proved that the petitioner had been summoned before the Salford magistrates for an assult upon his wife, and cautioned the witness to be more careful in his replies.
'Cross-examination continued. - In the separation deed there was no chastity clause. After that he got into trouble at the assizes. He was prosecuted for forgery. The jury acquitted him. Has brought actions against Johnstone. One was tried at the Manchester Assizes, in 1890, for enticing Mrs. Cook away and harbouring her. Had never paid a single penny to Mr. Johnstone for costs in any of these actions, as he had had plenty of money out of the estate.
'The case was adjourned.'
(The Liverpool Mercury, Liverpool, Tuesday, 14 February 1893, p. 7d)
'VICTORIA HALL. - Manager (pro tem.), Mr T.J. Phillips. - The pantomime Aladdin being played here is going along quite merrily. Mr Ernest Barrington had introduced some fresh songs and jokes, and Mr Reddick Anderson retails the latter in a very droll manner, causing roars of laughter. Miss Annie Halford, in the title-ro^le, has become an immense favourite; and a cycle rase, in which the Misses Nellie Scott and M. Vernon figure gracefully, nightly is loudly applauded. Miss Lilly Pearl as the Spirit of Mirth is vivacious, and charmingly contributes a special hunting dance. Mr F. Conway Tearle as Wei-hei-wei is still doing well, and Miss Rossie Sullivan dances with grace and ease.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 7 January 1899, p. 20e)
'MISS LILLY PEARL, late Nellie Norton, Dark Secret Co. Rehearsing Cinderella, Principal Girl, Aquarium T., Great Yarmouth.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 22 December 1900, p. 5a)
'NEW YORK, December 14.
'. . . A burlesque troupe from England arrived here on the 7th, and are at the St. James's Hotel. The principal ladies are Miss Elise Holt, from the Strand Theatre; Miss Emma Grattan, from the Drury-lane and Theatre Royal, Hull; and Emily and Mary Pitt, from the Adelphi and Astley's. They were brought here by Harry Wall, and will open the Olympic about the 21st in Lucretia Borgia, M.D. They have visited many of the Theatres here since their arrival, and have attracted much attention.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 3 January 1869, p. 7d)
'MISS MARY PITT, of the Lyceum and Astley's Theatres, will positively return to England in August, after Nineteen Months' most Successful Engagements in the United States.
'All communications to e addressed, 1, Tavistock-street, Covent-garden.
'MISS EMILY PITT, of the Adelphi Theatre, London, will positively Return to England in August, after Nineteen Months' most Successful Engagements in the United States.
'All commnunications to be addressed to her residence, 1, Tavistock-street, Covent-garden.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 19 June 1870, p. 1b)
'MISS JENNIE ROGERS. Engaged by Chas. Wyndham, Esq., to play BETSY, CRITERION THEATRE. Address, 441, Strand.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 13 August 1892, p. 1c)
'The revival of Betsy at the Criterion is fixed for Monday. The cast will include Messrs W. Blakeley, Geo. Giddens, S. Valentine, Welton Dale, D.S. James, Mesdames Fanny Robertson, Ellis Jeffreys, R. Frances, Marie Studholme, and Jennie Rogers. Betsy will be preceded every evening by the operetta tntitled Poor Mignonette.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 20 August 1892, p. 8c)
London, Tuesday Night
'The revival of Mr. Burnand's adaptation, Betsy, at the Criterion last night was decidedly promising, and this despite the fact that only one of the original cast, Mr. Giddens, remains. He, however, is as good as he always was, and he is well supported by Mr. Blakeley and Miss Jennie Rogers, though the last-named cannot make the old playgoer forget Miss Lottie Venne's delightly Betsy.'
(The Birmingham Daily Post, Birmingham, England, Wednesday, 24 August 1892, p. 5b)
'Can it really be thirteen years since my lively little friend Betsy made her first bow at the Criterion? I must say the young woman has worn wonderfully well during the long interval. She is a credit to her papa, or I should say her step-papa, or papa by adoption, whichever is the ''properest'' title for an English adaptor. The real and original authors of her bewitching being were M.M. Hennequin and Najac, and she was born at the Gymnase in 1877. The French farce was, however, called not Betsy but Be'be' - after the hero and not the heroine of the play. Betsy is one of the very few pieces which have gained rather than lost by transplantation to British soil. Mr. Burnand has taken away all the nastiness of the original without losing any of the fun. I don't suppose there is another dramatist living among us who could have done so much. Monday's revival was very well acted all round. Miss Jennie Rogers could not quite make me forget Miss Lottie Venne, whose maid servant, both prim and pert, is, I think, one of the very best of her many similar ro^les. But there was Messrs Giddens and Blakeley as refreshingly amusing as ever, and there was the crisp and sparkling dialogue, reminding one of the best of the good things in Punch - I beg Mr. Burnand's pardon, I ought to have said Mister Punch.'
('The Man About Town,' The Country Gentleman: Sporting Gazette, Agricultural Journal, and ''The Man About Town'', London, Saturday, 27 August 1892, p. 1581)
'Miss Jennie Rogers, who plays the saucy housemaid who gives her name to the piece, erred (if it can be called an error) on the side of under-playing. There is a quiet and subdued diablerie about her method, however, that indicates that if she allowed herself (or were allowed, perhaps) to let herself go, there might be vivaciousness enough about the satisfy evening Criterion patrons.'
(The Sporting Times, London, Saturday, 27 August 1891, p. 8c)
Amusements in Hastings
'ST. LEONARD'S PIER PAVILION. - Acting-Manager, Mr G.H. Caville; Musical Director, Mr Val Marriott. - A three days' engagement was opened here on Monday by Mr Clifford Essex's Royal Pierrot Banjo Team, who provide the entertainment. For Thursday and remainder of the wood Mr Alfred Capper is billed for this thought-reading entertainment.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 29 May 1897, p. 21b)
'THE ROYAL PIERROT BANJO TEAM AND CAMMEYER,
'Assisted by all the most representative artists, will appear at the next Banjo, Mandoline, and Guitar Festival, held at St. James's Hall (Grand Hall), on Tuesday, December 7th, 1897, at 8 p.m.
'Cammeyer's Amateur Banjo, Mandoline and Guitar Orchestra of 80 performers.
'Early application for seats is necessary to avoid disappointment.
'Po;ular prices: Admission 1s; Area, 2s; Balcony (numbered and reserved). Front Row, 4s; Back Rows, 3s; Sofa Stalls (numbered and reserved), 5s.
'Tickets and Plan at Essex and Cammeyer's Banjo Studios, 59, Piccadilly, W., and of Mr. Tree, at the hall; and No. 204, Regent-street.'
(Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, London, Sunday, 28 November 1897, p. 12c)
New Patents, Febraury 1842, from Newton and Berry's List
'George Jarman, of Leeds, flax spinner, Robert Cook, of Hathersage, Derby, heckle and needle manufacturer, and Joshua Wordsworth, of Leeds, aforesaid, machine maker, for certain improvements in machinery for spinning flax, hemp, and tow.'
(The Preston Chronicle and Lancashire Advertiser, Preston, England, Saturday, 5 March 1842, p. 4d)
'On the 23rd ult, aged 28 years, Margaret, wife of Mr. Richard Cook, of the firm of Robert Cook and Co., of Hathersage, needle manufacturers; late Miss Bernard, of Ashton-under-Lyme.'
(The Manchester Examiner and Times, Manchester, Saturday, 17 January 1852, p. 7f)
'WANTED, One HARDENER for Hackle Pins, and Five Grinders. Apply Robert Cook and Co., Hathersage, Sheffield.'
(The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, Friday, 30 September 1864, p. 1e, advertisement)
'WANTED, Ten HACKLE PIN GRINDERS. None but steady men need apply. Address Robert Cook and Co., Hathersage, near Sheffield.'
(The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, Wednesday, 6 December 1865, p. 4e, advertisment)
Sheffield and Rotherham Joint Stock Banking Company, persons of whom the Company of Partnership consists, including:
Joseph Arnold Cook, Sheffield, salesman
Robert Cook (exors. of), Hathersage, gentleman
William Austin Cook, Manchester, commission agent
(The Derby Mercury, Derby, Wednesday, 20 February 1867, p. b)
'COUNTY COURT, Saturday.
'(Before W. FFOKS WOODFORD, Judge.)
'CHEAP MASONRY. - Thomas White, mason, Hathersage, sued Robert Cooke, of Hathersage, pin manufacturer, for 2£. 9s. 6d., for nine days' wage, due to him for repairing the fire grates in the factory in June last. When he had completed the work he sent the bill in to defendant, which he refused to pay because he thought 5s. 6d. too much, but he would pay 5s. sooner than have any disput. He made out a fresh account for 5s. per day, and on going to defendant's house with it defendant would not be seen, and afterwards stated that he had not engaged hom. - Robert Cook said that at the time when plaintiff did the work he was not in possession of the works but took them on Nov. 11th; the works at the time were standing owing to a liquidation in the firm of Cook and Co. - Plaintiff stated on examination that he was engaged by defendant and defendant told him that what bricks, mortar, and materials he required must be fetch out of his yard which, was done. - The Judge said it was quite clear the work had been done, and that defendant had to do with it, as the material was suppled by him, and he had the factory now and was reaping the benefit. Ordered to pay the full amount. - Plaintiff, in an excited manner, said ''I shall appeal against it.'''
(The Derby Mercury, Derby, Wednesday, 11 May 1881, p. 3c)
'On Saturday morning the hackle-pin manufactory of Messrs. Robert Cook and Co., of Hathersage, was partially destroyed by fire. A large quantity of goods had been piled up ready for delivery, and these were seriously danaged. Part of the premises were burnt down, and the first was with difficulty prevented from destroying the whole building. The premises are insured.'
(The Liverpool Mercury, Liverpool, Tuesday, 17 April 1885, p. 3f)
'RATTENING IN DERBYSHIRE.
'ATTEMPT TO WRECK MACHINERY.
'On Tuesday, while the workpeople of Messrs Robert Cook and Company, hackle and gill pin manufacturers, Hathersage, were at dinner, some malicious person places a large stone in a cog wheel connected with the fly wheel of the engine, and by means of which the grinding wheel was worked. Fortunately the deed was discovered immediatly the steam was put on, and the damage caused was no nearly so serious as the mincreants anticipated. The engine is one of 40-horse power, with six feel stroke. There have been two outrages at the works previously. No reason can be assigned for the dastardly attempt to wreck the machiner, there being no dispute between the master and workpeople. Mr. John F. Cook has offered a reward for information as to the offenders.'
(The Derby Mercury, Derby, Wednesday, 25 Decembver 1889, p. 5c)
Robert Cook and Co - see National Archives
'To the Proprietors of Flax Mills,
'&c. &c. &c.
'ROBERT COOK & CO.
'OF HATHERSAGE, NEAR SHEFFIELD,
'RESPECTFULLY informs the FLAX TRADE of Ireland, and the Public generally, that they have opened the House, 18, Waring-street, Belfast (late ''The TEMPERANCE HOTEL''), as the SOLE DEPOT for the sale of their HACKLES, HACKLE-PINS, and NEEDLE, of every description, and the very best quality. As the above artiles are their own Manufacture, a large Stock will always be kept up, and offered at such prices as must give satisfaction to the purchaser.
'Machine Hackles and Gills,
'of every descripiton, made to order, and on the shortest notice. All communications addressed to ANDREW FOULDS, 18, Waring-street.'
(The Belfast News-Letter, Belfast, Ireland, Tuesday, 27 November 1838, p. 3c, advertisement)
Google search - Cook family Hathersage
Google search - Will of 1866 Robert COOK of Hathersage, gent.
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