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JANUARY, 1840.

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MATEUR THEATRICALS. the characters were admirably

The distinguished lite- costumed. The principal and most rati whose admirable performance difficult part, Tyke, was played of Johnson's Every Man in his with a degree of power and pathos Humour, is recorded in our Chro- that would have established the nicle for 1845, p. 145, this night reputation of an actor by profesrepresented Fletcher's comedy, The sion, and with an air of naturalElder Brother, at the St. James's ness that only spontaneous feelTheatre, for the benefit of the ing and histrionic skill combined much esteemed actress, Miss Kelly. can produce. The audience were The comedy went off exceedingly taken quite by surprise; and, but well, Mr. Forster as Charles, that the person of Mr. Topham, the Elder Brother, Mr. Charles the water-colour painter, was well Dickens as Eustace, the younger, known, it might have been supMr. Mark Lemon as the uncle, posed that an actor of celebrity and Mr. Douglas Jerrold as the had been engaged to fill this imservant Andrew, deserved and ob- portant part. The Yorkshire diatained much applause. The ama- lect, and the half-clownish, halfteurs played, as an afterpiece, the swaggering manner of the cunning farce of Comfortable Lodgings, in country knave, were admirably which Mr. C. Dickens, as Sir Hip well assumed ; and the alternapington Miff, proved himself tions of roguish cunning and refirst rate fargeur. The other cha- morse were expressed with homely racters were capitally sustained by truth. Mr. Topham has not sufMessrs. Mark Lemon, Forster, ficient physical power to give full Stone, Leech, George Cruikshank, effect to his conception ; but what and Wells. In emulation of the his personation wanted in force Authors, the Artists got up a re- was supplied by feeling: his expresentation on behalf of the Art- pression of the agonizing tortures ists' Benevolent Fund, which, un- of mind that choke the utterance like most imitations, met with great of Tijke, and make him writhe

The play chosen was with anguish, was intense without Morton's comedy, The School of rant. . The wild, frantic burst of Reform. As might be anticipated, joy, dashed with shame, with which VOL. LXXXVIII.



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he recognises his father, was finely oak, elm, and fruit trees were given : this scene between the destroyed by the high winds. father and son being made im

FATAL FIRE.- A fire, which pressive by the admirable acting was attended with disastrous conof Mr. Dodgson as the old man. sequences to both life and property, General Tarragon was the best took place early this morning upon supported of the other characters: the premises occupied by Mrs. Mr. Hall played the part capitally, Pryor, a laundress, situate at 23, and looked as red and as hot as a Cambridge Place, Junction Road. capsicum. Mr. Hammerton also A police constable, on going his made the ridiculous character of rounds, observed an unusual light Ferment amusing. The little farce in the first floor of the building, of A Day Well Spent followed; which induced him to raise the and the evening's performances alarm of fire ; but unfortunately were concluded by the Extrava- it was some time before the inganza Bombastes Furioso, in which mates could be roused from their George Cruikshank, as Bombastes, slumbers, and not until the flames gave great amusement.

were bursting through the front Floods in WALES.-In con- windows, as well as up the stairsequence of the heavy rain the case, with the greatest impeaspect of the country adjacent to tuosity. The engines having the rivers Wye and Lugg during this speedily arrived, the fire was got week was such as has not been wit-, under. For some time it was imanessed for 14 years ; indeed the ex-' gined that all the parties had made traordinary flood is only compar- a safe retreat from the premises; able to one that occurred half a but a discovery of a most melancentury ago, in the year 1795, choly character was made upon when the bridges at the Hay were the ground of the back parlour. carried down the torrent. The On examination it was found that destruction of property was im- two human beings, man and wife, mense. Over the wide extent of named Wane or Ward, who rented the Lugg meadows was spread a room, had perished in the flames, a vast sheet of water, presenting their remains being so mutilated the appearance of a great sea, that no likeness was discernible. and the river itself being, as it ADDRESSES TO HER MAwere, lost in the expanse of ocean.

The Queen held a Court Nothing could be more dreary than and Privy Council, at Windsor the aspect ; whilst not a head of Castle, to receive the Addresses the stock usually depasturing in of the Corporations of London and such numbers in that well irri. Dublin. gated locality was anywhere to The deputation from the city be seen.

On the banks of the of London comprised the Lord Wye the destruction of property Mayor, the Sheriffs, seven Alderwas very serious. At Horn Church

men, and one hundred and ten 24 sheep were swept away, at Common Councilmen, with the Lower Bullingham 34 ; at Pen Recorder and other priucipal city 40 fine ewes, at Glasbury 20 officers, who went in their respectsheep, at Pistil_15, at Builth 35, ive state carriages. They alighted at the Maine 17, at Lanemynech at the grand entrance, and were nearly 100. Near Bewdley 2,500 conducted to the Waterloo Cham


ber, where they were entertained tion of food, and restricting comwith a sumptuous collation. merce, shuts out from the nation

The presentation took place in the bounty of Providence. We the Throne Room. Her Majesty therefore humbly pray that your and Prince Albert were conducted Majesty will be graciously pleased in state by the Lord Steward and to use the means in your Majesty's the Vice-Chamberlain. The Queen power to open the ports of this took her seat on the throne ; kingdom for the free importation Prince Albert stood on her right of food.' hand, with the Lord Steward, Sir Having received the Address, Robert Peel, Sir James Graham, Her Majesty returned the followand the Earl of Dalhousie ; on the ing gracious Answer :left stood the Vice-Chamberlain The motives which have inand the Duke of Wellington ; other duced you to present this Address Cabinet Ministers and officers of the are duly appreciated by me. The household were ranged on either wants and sufferings of my people side. The Lord Mayor of London at all times command my warmest and the deputation were intro- sympathy; and I deeply regret the duced by the Gentlemen Ushers; failure in the present year of a full and the Recorder read this Ad- supply of an article of food on which dress

so many of my subjects are accus“ Most Gracious Sovereign, tomed to subsist. We, your Majesty's most dutiful " I have directed Parliament to and loyal subjects, the Lord Mayor, assemble on an early day; and I Aldermen, and Commons of the shall gladly sanction any measure City of London, in Common Coun- which the wisdom of the legislacil assembled, humbly approach ture may suggest as conducive to your Royal person respectfully to

the alleviation of this temporary represent to your Majesty, distress, and to the permanent wel

" That great, powerful, and fare of all classes of my people.” wealthy as this nation is, by far The Lord Mayor and the senior the largest portion of your Ma. Alderman, with the mover and jesty's subjects in Ireland, and a seconder of the address, were pergreat portion of your Majesty's mitted to kiss the Queen's hand; subjects in England, Scotland, and and the deputation retired. Wales, have long been reduced, The reception of the Dublin defor their principal food, to pota- putation, which reached the Castle toes.

a quarter of an hour later, was " That all classes, but especi- precisely similar. The deputation ally the poor, have been and are comprised the Lord Mayor, Mr. great sufferers from this result of Thomas Reynolds, the Marshal of the national economy.

Dublin, Mr. C. P. Shannon, Town“ That the blight which has Councillor, and six officers of the fallen upon the potato has subjected Corporation. The Lord Mayor your Majesty's people to great then read a very long and eloanxiety and distress, and to the quent address respecting the state danger of famine.

of destitution to be expected in “ That their sufferings are at. Ireland, and the necessity for astributable to erroneous legislation, sistance from national resources. which, by excluding the importa- Her Majesty having received the

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