BL 11 March 2009 Paul Valentine 'DANCING. - English, Irish, and American, Jig, and Breakdown Dancing rapidy taught. Ballet Classes every Morning. Ball-Room, &c 'PAUL VALENTINE, 36, Chandos-street, Charing-cross.' The Era, London, Sunday, 11 August 1872, p. 16d, advertisement 'THE SYLPHIDES, a troupe of First-class Ballet Ladies, will shortly leave London for Provincial Engagements, with Fairy and Character Ballet Divertissements, Arranged for them by Paul Valentine. For vacant dates, &c., please address A. Maynard, 6, York-road, Lambeth.' The Era, London, Sunday, 2 March 1873, p. 16b, advertisement 'DANCING. - Ballet, Burlesque, Break-down, English, Irish, and American Jig Dancing, thoroughly and rapidly taught. Ballet Classes evey Morning. Novelties for Troupes, Duettists. Specialities for Children. 'PAUL VALENTINE, 36, Chandos-street, Charing-cross.' The Era, London, Sunday, 16 March 1873, p. 15b, advertisement 'DANCING. - Burlesque, Break-down, Ballet, English, Irish, and American Jig Dancing, rapidly and thoroughly taught. Ballet Classes every Morning, Specialities and Novelties for Troupes, Duettists, Children, &c. 'PAUL VALENTINE, 36, Chandos-street, Charing-cross.' The Era, London, Sunday, 7 September 1873, p. 13a, advertisement 'DANCING. - Breakdown, Burlesque, Ballet, English, Irish, and American Jig Dancing rapidly and thoroughly Taught. Specialities and Novelties for Children, Duettists, Troupes, &c. Ballet classes every Morning. PAUL VALENTINE, 27, HENRIETTA-STREET, COVENT-GARDEN (late of Chandos-street)' The Era, London, Sunday, 23 November 1873, p. 13a, advertisement 'LADIES, Gentlemen, and Chidren desirous of preparing for SERIO-COMIC SINGERS and Dancers, Duettists, or Burlesque Business, should apply to 'PAUL VALENTINE, 27, HENRIETTA-STREET, COVENT-GARDEN. 'DANCING. - Burlesque, Breakdown, Ballet, English, Irish, and American Jig Dancing thoroughly Taught. Specialities for Children, Duettists, Troupes, &c. Unusual advantages to suitable young Ladies desirous of entering the Ballet, Principal Dancer, &c. 'PAUL VALENTINE, 27, HENRIETTA-STREET, COVENT-GARDEN.' The Era, London, Sunday, 31 May 1874, p. 13d, advertisement 'HAYMARKET THEATRE. - (Yesterday.) 'A morning performance took place here yesterday for the benefit of Mr Coe, a large and fashionable audience testifying by their presence not only their interest in the programm presented, but their regard for the beneficiaire, a couple of whose pupils, we may at once mention, played very prominent parts in the piece de resistance of the occasion. This was Sheridan Knowles's favourite play The Hunchback, which has of late somewhat frequently figures before the London public. The pupils to whom we have alluded were Miss Ada Ward and Miss Hargraves. . . . The only other item in the bill was a ballet sketch by Paul Valentine, entitled Love's Frolic. This introduced the ''Nonpareil Children,'' in their double skipping-rope dance, and the ''Sylphide'' troupe of dancers, including Mesdames Amy Farbrother, Matthews, and Reuter, and Messrs E. Anderson, Paul Valentine, &c. The first named are remarkably clever juveniles. They appeared in sailor costume, and by their really astonishing Terpsichorean doings while skipping fairy brought down the house. Singly they accomplished some startling feats, but together, and with one rope, they were equally agile, and secured plaudits which all admitted were well merited. The ballet itself is of the pantomimic order, and introduced some rough-and-tumble fun which dause considerable merriment. The Sylphide troupe numbers four pretty and graceful ladies, who contributed much to the success, and helped to send the audience home well pleased with the whole of the proceedings.' The Era, London, Sunday, 12 July 1874, Town Edition, p. 12a 'SCHOOL BOARD V. PANTOMIME. '(To the Editor.) 'SIR, - Noticing the complaint of the above authorities on the difficulty of getting children to attend school during the pantomime rehearsals, will you allow me the privilege through your paper of stating that, as regards Covent Garden Theatre, Mr. Rice has arranged specially for the children to attend from a quarter to one until a quarter to two o'clock daily, so as to prevent thier absence from school in any way. May I also claim a little space, further, to ask those who may be ready to condemn the introduction of children into pantomimes to consider how much the children are benefited thereby; first, by being efficiently drilled and taught a species of deprtment, differing only a very little from what the children of the higher classes receive; secondly, by the extreme habits of cleanliness that are inculcated; theirty, by the real pleasure it affords the children - and anyone who may have observed the woe-begone aspect of many of them, at the first rehearsal, can testify how truly they are benefited by the change of society and instruction, as evidenced by their bright and intelligent appearance at the termination of the pantomime; and, lastly, the great service that the seeming trifle they earn is to their parents at a season which very often but for it the poor children's scanty fare would be more santy still. - I am, Sir, yours obediently, 'PAUL VALENTINE, Ballet Master. 'Theatre Royal, Covent-garden, Nov. 20.' The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 28 November 1874, p. 343c 'COVENT-GARDEN THEATRE. - (Last Night.)
'The good old English Pantomime, with a few modern effects, declared to have been written for amusement of good children of all ages, was naturally anticipated with much interest. For had not its author, Mr Charles Rich, composed the wonderful pastoral Pantomime Little Red Riding Hood, which last year attracted the sight-seeing world to Covent-garden. Matters looked well when it was found that the nursery tale of The Babes in the Wood and the Big Bed of Ware had been selected as a fitting subject for the anual and laughter-giving Pantomime . . . [Paul Valentine played Nail-em-tite; Rebecca Isaac was Mother Bunch] . . . We are led by sure and steady steps to the Frozen Dyke of Dunmow, where terrible scenes are to be presently enacted. But first our attention is directed to the grand ballet, which takes place in front of a frozen picture. The ladies of the ballet are simply equisitely dressed in white and silver of dazzling brilliancy, but it needs the occasional coloured flower in the hand, and the occasional spectroscopic rays, to relieve the whole picture from its uniform and dead-white appearance. This beautiful ballet is arranged by Mr Paul Valentine, and introduces Mdlle Bossi, who has been specially re-engaged, and was rewarded with an encore and sevral bouquets in the course of the evening. When these dancing faries have disappeared an ominous bear comes out of his den . . .' The Era, London, Sunday, 27 December 1874, Town Edition, p. 16b 'THE LONDON MUSIC HALLS . . . 'CROWDER'S. . . . 'The grand ballet of Larboardstardboardporthourhelm was the great Easter novlty, and with such an experienced artiste as Mr Paul Valentine as director no wonder it has proved such an immense succes. . . .' The Era, London, Sunday, 18 April 1875, p. 7c 'The pantomime at the Borough Theatre, Statford, this Christmas will be Dick Whittington, with a libretto by Horace Lennard, and music composed and arranged by Oscar Barett and Ben Barrow. The ballet master will be Mr Paul Valentine...' The cast to include Claire Romaine, Stella St. Audrie, J.T. Macmillan, B. Tito, Phil Ray, Charles Gardener, Jose Shalders, Dot M'Carthy, Katie Edgar, Williams & Brown, Dolly Darling and george Mackney. The principal dancers will be Mdlle. Pastorine, Alice Webster and Mabel Churchil. The harliquinade will be supplied by the Charles Lauri Troupe. Costumes and accessories by Wilhelm. The Era, London, Saturday, 2 December 1899, p. 14c 'ENGLISH SCHOOL for DANCING conducted by PAUL VALENTINE, Ballet Director (Four Seasons) Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. Ballet, Breakdown, Clog, Hornpipe, Irish, American Jig Dancing, &c. In connection with a THEATRICAL AND MUSIC HALL ACADEMY. 256, Westminster Bridge Road (opposite The Amphitheatre).' Walter's Theatrical and Sporting Directory, London, [date unknown, apparently early 1880s], full page advertisement '. . . Talking of ballets, reminds me that I met Mr. Paul Valentine at the Cnterbury the other evening looking after his two magnificent productions, which are at present running so successfully at that hall. 'He invited me over to his rooms in the Westminster Bridge Road on the following morning at practice time, 'In order to see how the thing was done, you know. . . . 'The next morning, shortly after eleven o'clock, I found myself at the entrance to Mr. Paul Valentine's establishment. 'A quiet modest looking doorway, next to a confectioner's, facing Sanger's Theatre, in the Westminster Bridge Road. 'I rang the bell, and, as the inner door opened, I heard the sound of many voices, and it was not difficult to tall, by the rapidity of articulation and absence of pause, that they belongs to the fair sex. 'The young lady who took my card returned with a message that if I stepped into the basement Mr. Valentine would join me in a few minutes. . . . 'Suddenly I found myself in a large hall, before I knew where I was. ... THIS IS WELL WORTH COPYING 'Flashes from the Footlights,' The Licenses Victuallers' Mirror, London, Tuesday, 20 October 1891, p. 502 NB - p. 499 has an engraved portrait of Valentine and four cuts of girls practicing and dancing ------------- Local Intelligence Births 'At 54, Regent Quay, on the 27th instant, the Wife of Mr J.F. KELLAS JOHNSTONE, of a son.' The Aberdeen Journal, Aberdeen, Wednesday, 30 August 1871, p. 4f Local and District news 'MANCHESTER SOCIETY OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS. - A general meeting of accountants, being members of the Manchester Institute of Accountants, and of the Incorporated Society of Accountants, was held on Tuesday afternoon, in the A Committee Room of the old Town Hall, King-street, for the purpose of effecting an amalgamation of the two societies, under the name of the Manchester Society of Chartered Accountants. . . .' Among those elected the first Council was J.F. Kellas-Johnstone Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 30 April 1881, p. 6a From Tuesday's London Gazette - partnerships dissolved 'Kellas, Johnstone, and Kendal, Manchester, chartered accountants' The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, Saturday, 28 January 1882, p. 3f 'THE CHARGE OF LIBEL AGAINST A MANCHESTER ACCOUNTANT. - At the Manchester City Police Court on Monday, before the Stipendiary Megistrate (Mr. F. J. Hadlam), the hearing was continued of the charge of false and malicious libel brought against Mr. J.F. Kellas-Johnstone, accountant, by Mr. J.T. Murray, of the firm of Messrs Broome, Murray, and Company, accountants, Manchester. mr. Sparrow, barrister, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. W. Cobbett for the defendant. The cross-examination of the complainant by Mr. Cobbett was continued. Mr. Murray stated that he had seen Mrs. Cooke 33 times in all between March, 1886, and October, 1887. Upon nearly all these occasions he saw her upon business matters. He had only seen Mrs. Cooke at her own house on two occasions, and on both occasions he saw her upon business matters. He had never written letters to Mrs. Cooke counched in endearing terms, nor had he ever written a letter to her signed, ''Yours devotedly, Joe.'' It was a complete falsehood that he had gone to Mrs. Cooke's house, and caused her to burn about 20 letters which he had written to her. - The remainder of the cross-examination, which closed shortly after four o'clock, was chiefly in relation to Mr. Murray's dealings with the accounts in the bankruptcy of Mr. W.A. Cooke. - The case was further adjourned until Thursday. At the Manchester City Police Court, on Thursday, before the stipendiary magistrate (Mr. F.J. Headlam) the hearing was continued of the charge of false and malicious libel brought against Mr. J.F. Kellas-Johnstone, accountant, of Manchester, by Mr. J.T. Murray, of the firm of Messrs. Broome, Murray, and Co., King-street. Mr. Sparrow, barrister, represented the complainant; and Mr. W. Cobbett the defendant. - Mr. Murray was further cross-examined by Mr. Cobbett with regard t the bankruptcy of Mr. W.A. Cooke. He stated that he could not remember that Mr. J.F. Furniss offered to pay 200 for the reversions in a lump sum. He might have done so, but it would be very unusual. He did not think that Mr. Furniss asked him whether if he brought a cheque for 200 at once he (witness) would use his influence to get the bankrupt Cooke his certificate. He did not think that Mr. Furniss would make such an improper suggestion. He did not remember receiving a letter from Mrs. Cooke in which she declined to have any alterations me in her cash-book. He had never suggested alterations in her cash-book with regard to the receipt of certain sums of money. - The case was further adjourned until the 23rd inst.' Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 13 July 1889, p. 7c 'THE CHARGE OF LIBEL AGAINST A MANCHESTER ACCOUNTANT. 'FURTHER EXAMINATION OF MRS. COOK [long report, with her answers] Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 3 August 1889, p. 2h 'THE CHARGE OF LIBEL AGAINST A MANCHESTER ACCOUNTANT. 'FURTHER EXAMINATION OF MRS. COOK [another long report, with her answers including the statement that 'She always knew that Mr. Cooke was mad...' and that, she said, 'You know that he is mad to his finger-tips, and says what he is not reponsible for.'] Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 12 October 1889, p. 'THE CHARGE OF LIBEL AGAINST A MANCHESTER ACCOUNTATNT.' [shorter report] Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 19 October 1889, p. 5d 'THE ALLEGED LIBEL BY A MANCHESTER ACCOUNTANT.' [further report] Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 2 November 1889, p. 3d 'Local News . . . 'APPLICATION BY MR. COOK. - Before the Manchester City Stipendiary (Mr. F.J. Headlam), on Saturday, Mr. W. Burton, solicitor, applied on behalf of Mr. W.A. Cook, formerly an iron merchant in this city, and justice of the peace for the borough of Stockport, for a summons for perjury against Mr. Joseph Thompson Murray, accountant (Messrs. Broome, Murry, and Co.), King-street, Manchester. Mr. Burton said that at the time of the case for libel - Murray v. Kellas Johnstone - was before the court he (Mr. Burton) made a sililar application for a summons against Mr Murray. - His Worship said he would consider the application after the case was disposed of. The case had now practically been disposed of, and he (Mr. Burton) accordingly renewed his application. Mr. Shee should have made it, but he was otherwise engaged. The present application did not rest upon any bogus statement, but upon actual documents, which would be produced if the summons were granted. There were six distinct charges of willful and corrupt perjury against Mr. Murray. Mr. Burton enumerated these, after which Mr. Headlam said that these matters had been gone into over and ove again. - Mr. Burton acknowledged this was so, but said he was prepared to carry the case further. - Mr. Headlam said it was only one man's word against another's. The Board of Trade had been satisfied with Mr. Murray's explanation of certain matters connected with his trusteeship of Mr. Cook's estate. He refused to grand a summons, but gave permission for the application to be renewed.' Manchester Times, Saturday, 14 December 1889, p. 7b 'DEATHS . . . 'At Garranmore House, Ballater, on 22nd inst., JANET COCKBURN, wife of J.F. Kellas Johnstone, chartered accountant, London.' The Aberdeen Weekly Journal, Aberdeen, Wednesday, 26 August 1891, p. 4d Obituary 'DR. KELLAS JOHNSTONE. 'A pathetic intereste attaches to the death of Dr. James Fowler Kellas Johnstone, which occurred in his native Aberdeen, on Stpember 7 at the age of 82, for he did not live to ee the publication of his life work, the vast ''Bibliographia Aberdonensis.'' This Magnum opus, which will make two large quartos, to be issued by the latest Spalding Club, is perhaps the most elaborate piece of reginial biliography produced in this country, consisting of a minute description on the most up-to-date bibliographical lines of all authors connected with the north-east down to 1700. It opens with the ''Tractatvm de Spera'' of John of Honeywood, published in 1472. There is a copy in the John Rylands Library at Manchester, where Dr. Johnstone spent many years as a chartered accountatnt, having moved south from Aberdeen via Inveraray. 'Dr. Johnstone, who had always been a great book collector, began his great work so long agao as 1870. He spent the latter years of his life as a waondering scholar, visiting libraries all over the country in search of his data, which grew to such an extent that he had to draw the line at modern books. Besides this, he compiled a ''Concise Bibliography of Aberdeen, Banff, and Kincardine'' in 1914, and did a great deal of local history. Unlike many bibliograhers, Dr. Johnstone was an admirable writer, with a human touch and a sense of style. He received his LL.D. three years ago from Aberdeen University, for which he had done a great deal of historical research, and he worked almost to the end on his great book. He saw the first volume through the press. The other will be piloted by Dr. Douglas Simpson, the energetic new librarian of Aberdeen University. Dr. Johnstone was a kinsman of Dr. Kellas, who perished in the Everest expedition, and he displayed exactly the same sense of adventure in the world of old books.' The Times, London, Monday, 17 September 1928, p. 17d 'Miss Bessie Ray, a pupil of Mr Paul Valentine, has sustained, since Tuesday last, the child's part in Miami at the Princess's Theatre.' The Era, London, Saturday, 21 October 1893, p. 10c 'The Little Cherub - at the Prince of Wales' Theatre - which, by the way, Mr. Charles Frohman produces in American next August - has had several addition numbers introduced. These include new songs for Miss Gabrielle Ray and Miss Zena Dare.' The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 21 April 1906, p. 249a 'Despite the attractions of the sea, the river, and the tennis court, to say nothing of the Austrian Tyrol at Kensington, The Beauty of Bath is drawing wonderful houses to the Aldwych, and Mr. Seymour Hicks is confidently talking of opening his new theatre in the Shaftersbury Avenue with it at Christmas. So that musical comedy of the Gibson Girl type is not so dead as some of us imaging (says a righter in M.A.P.) though it is significant that Mr. Hicks is at work on a new piece, which promises to be of a legitimate and coherent pattern. This will be produced at the Aldwych when The Beauty of Bath goes westward, and - ''But yet I run before my horse to market.'' The ''Beauty,'' in the person now of Miss Zena Dare, ''still lives and reigns'' at the Aldwych, and is living and reigning under conditions so happy that Miss Ellaline Terriss, the original Lady Betty, may enjoy her well-deserved holiday free from all anxiety as to the effect of the temporary change. This is by no means the first time that Miss Zena Dare has successfully impersonated Miss Ellaline Terriss. 'Miss Zena Dare has her recollections of ''early struggles'' like a regular grown-up actress, only with the difference that she does not have to strain her eyes to look back upon them. Her first experience of the stage was full of bitterness and disappointment. She was engaged to understudy her younger sister Phyllis, who was playing one of the Babes in the Coronet production of The Babes in the Wood, but Phyllis declined most positively to contract measles, and the management, to soothe the feelings of the elder girl, promised to allow her to take the part of the principal sparrow before the close of the pantomime season - probably counting upon temporary indisposition o the part of the ornithological expert already on that coveted perch. But the bird proved as obstinately healtny as the Babe, and Miss Zena Dare, after giving days and night of hard study to the two parts, was left, at the end of the run, to make the best of the humiliating fact that her engagement at the Coronet had throughout been on the emergency order. 'In the year following that season of misery and suspense. Miss Zena Dare procured an engagement at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, as a solo dancer in the pantomime there. That was her first appearance on the stage before a real audience, her audiences at the Coronet having been composed merely of the stage manager, the orchestera, her fellow-artists, and certain ''hands'' that are in the habit more of hammering than applauding. From this dancing part she walked into the title ro^le of Mr. Seymour Hicks' piece, The English Daisy, then on tour: while the next move of the Beauty of The Beauty of Bath was to Glasgow at Christmas to play the Beauty of The Beauty and the Beast. At the conclusion of the pantomime season, Miss Zena Dare did what countless other little gils are in the habit of doing - she went to school. She made considerable progress here (in Brussels) as a Tomboy, and her departure at the end of a year or two for England was celebrated by her schoolmades by a feast of tears. Miss Dare recommenced her theatrical career in Liverpool, and in the part of Cinderella in the pantomime concerned, more or less, with that young lady's adventures; and after, in London, she danced and sang and made merry in Sergeant Brue at the Strand. She took up Cinderella again in the form of Angela, the heroine of The Catch of the Season at the Vaudeville, in the absence of the clever and popular lady she is now playing for at the Aldwych - Miss Ellaline Terriss. Which, on the whole, is not an idle record for a young lady whose twenty-first birthday awaits celebration.' The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 28 July 1906, p. 59a-c Photo, Bassano [slightly different grouping pose from the one on Footlight Notes] 'MISS ZENA DARE SINGING ''THE SEA PINK AND THE NAUTILUS'' IN THE BEAUTY OF THE BATH [sic], AT THE ALDWYCH.' The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 6 October 1906, p. 219a Photo, Bassano [different from the one on Footlight Notes, where Phyllis Dare and the gentlement of the chorus are with a screen] 'THE BELL OF MAYFAIR, AT THE VAUDEVILLE: Miss Phyllis Dare play the ''star'' part in the big success at the Vaudeville Theatre.' The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 17 November 1906, p. 316 'Mr. Robert Courtneidge tells me that shortly after Easter he will revive The Dairymaids at a West End theatre, with Miss Phyllis Dare as Peggy, the fascinating dairymaid, who incidentally relieves the monotomy of ''dairying'' by doing a little ''Sandowing''; while Mr. Dan Roylat, quite one of the funniest comedians we have, will again be seen as Joe Mivens. This will be Miss Dare's first appearance in London since The Belle of Mayfair.
'Isn't it extraordinary how very superstitious members of the theatrical provession are! Onely a few days ago Miss Zena Dare, who, by the way, will play the part of the Prince when Mr. Seymour Hicks produces Cinderalla, told me that ever since she was a child she has always greeted each successive New Year in the same way. ''I believe firmly in the picturesque old Northcountry saying which tells us that at the dawn of the New Year, every inmate of the house at the door of which a dark man knocks will have a prosperous and happy year,'' she said, ''providing that a dark man is actually the first person to call a the house in the New Year. The saying stipulates, however, that the said dark man shall call of his own accord and not to order. '''Up to date, this contingency has not offered any difficulties in my case,'' continued Miss Dare, laughing heartily, ''for my father happens to be a dark man, and, knowing my weakness, he, every New Year's mornign, pays a lucky call of his own accord. But if by chance I happen one day to marry a fair man, and he insists upon being the first visitor in the New Year, I can foreseel 'squalls.' In fact, the only way out of the difficulty that I can think of at the moment is that I shall have to anticipate events by giving my husband, if I ever have one, a bottle of hair-dye for a Christmas-present.'' When people are consistent failures, one can understand their being a little superstitious; but to find one of the most popular actresses of the day holding old-fashioned beliefs in awe comes rather by way of a novelty.' PIP: Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 18 January 1908, p. 40a/b 'Apparently Scotch theatre-goers have a pronounced weakness for musical comedy, for I hear that Miss Zena Dare, who is ''starring'' in the provinces with The Gay Gordons, has broken all box-office records at both Glasgow and Edinburgh. At every town she has visited, too, large crowds of enthusiastic admirers have gathered at the station to meet her, and on two occasions, when leaving, Miss Dare has had to make a speech out of her carriage-window.'
PIP: Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, London, Saturday, 1 February 1908, p. 73b