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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (May 23, 1896)
Rhea played to a fairly good house at
the Funke on Wednesday night, though
the play, the company and the star de
served better. Travelling companies
have fallen on evil limes. The best of
them have lenrned to accept meager
Edmund O'Connor played Charles II.,
"the king that never said a foolish thing
nor ever did a wise one," a trifle heavi
ly. Charles took the world lightly. He
was Ironical, witty and ever Irresponsi
ble. His business was amusement. At
rare moments, for recreation or to keep
his mind in training, he lifted the bur
dens of state, exercised with them for
a while as a beau plays with dumb
bells found them too heavy and quick
ly laid them down. Green says: "The
one thing he seemed in earnest about
was pleasure." "The royal
bastards were set among English no
bles. The ducal house of Grafton, the
dukes of St, Albans, are the descend
ants of Nell Gwynne. Louise de Que
rouaille is ancestress of the house of
Richmond and the dukes of Buccleuch
trace their origin to Lucy Walters.
In his earlier days when his throne was
to gain. Prince Charlie showed ability,
courage, persistence and "a presence of
mind which never failed him In the
many perilous moments of his reign."
But in the English court were "some
In rags and some In jags, and some in
velvet gowns,"' on Wednesday night
at the Funke. Rochester's white satin
doublet and hose were white only be
cause the audience knew from experi
ence that white turns an ashes of roses
streaked with ecru when it is very,
very old and experienced. Rochester
wore his sheen with the opulent grace
and hautler of a feudal lord. The king
had only one suit which he wore on the
street, in the theatre, at court and In
his wife's ante-chamber. I thought for
the last place he might have worn a
smoking jacket, especially as the satin
coat begins to show wear and Nell
Gwynn was giving away his money
3,000 pounds at a time. The lord chief
justice's long red plush robe that Is sup
posed to be an historical garment,
which judicial intriguants wore when
they sentenced their enemies to death
with s'blood and s'death and Odds fish
I can believe was the real one that
Jeffries wore about the year 16S0. The
players wore their garments with a
courtly grace and unconsciousness that
was a moral lesson in itself. Rhea's
Nell Gwynn Is a creature all fire and
flame. Impulse and tact. She is beau
tiful, graceful, and would be fascinat
ing if she did not shriek so loud. A
woman cannot be seductive and ca
ressing with her lungs Inflated like a
bellows. Go to Barnhardt Rhea, and
learn of her. Her voice carries to the
furthermost parts of the room yet It
is soft and scented as a summer night,
caressing, and reminding all who hear
it. Rhea's voice, in Itself Is of a pleas
ant quality, but she does not use the
loud pedal with discretion. Her in
complete control of English consonants
prevents some from understanding her.
Others enjoy her broken English. Her
th's, sw's and ch's were interesting to
I am always grateful to a foreign ac
tress if she tries to speak in English.
No two brogues are quite alike and the
expedient of every new experimenter
is amusing and is ever after an unfail
ing means of Identification. I know I
have failed to do Justlceto Rhea's grace,
sweetness and magnetism, but that is
one of the faults of criticism It exag
gerates the faults and takes for granted
The play is a good one, but most con
ventional. It contains no new or unex
pected situations. More than all it lacks
the atmosphere of the Seventeenth cen
tury. To live in time past is the privil
ege of those who go to see "The
Rivals," or "Beau Brummel." "Nell
Gwynne" lacks mustiness, remoteness.
The courtiers were modern gentlemen
in masquerade and the King a player of
king. "Nell Gwynne" herself was a
hundred years behind them, but she
did not take me as far back as his
torical accuracy and roaming Inclina
tion demanded. A fault in construction
is the non-reappearance of Nell's player
friends after the second act.
S. B. H.
SUTTON & HOLLOWBUSH'S OPEN
ING. The annual Sutton & Hollowbush op
ening will occur today. Hagenow's or
chestra will furnish music. Each lady
purchaser will be presented with a Capo
Jasamlne and a box of candy. The beau
tiful soda fountain, presided over by
an expert, will furnish delicious refresh
ment for the thirsty.
A comfortable California trip can be
taken every Thursday at 10:30 a. m. in a
through tourist sleeping car, Lincoln to
Los Angeles without change via the
Burlington. Remember this when ar
raBgiBg for your winter trip. Depot
ticket oSce, 7th street between F and
8 streets. City office, corner Tenth and
These natty little junior suits
For boys from 3 to 7 years old
Are all the style
We will show you a fine assortment of these
In prices from $1.50 up
Cor. O and 10th St.
"A Mrs. Hopkins Boy,
THE MiBQH Ctf E
Mrs. TURBETT, Prop. 427 North 10 St.
are showing the finest line
of Furnishing Goods thie
spring that ha3 ever been
shown in Lincoln. The
very latest styles in neck
wear, collars and cuffs al
ways in style. Also a fine
line of white duck pants,
negligee shirts, bicycle
suits, golf hoee and sweat
ers. Our clothing stock is
the most complete stock of
new patterns and styles
ever shown in this city.
ill Ml MOT
11151117 O St.
"Queen Victoria," Ladies' Favorite,
Her Majesty's Perfume, is the most
lasting and perfect Perfutce. Ask
iggs1 the Druggist" for a sample.
If you desire a nice, pleasant quiet place to board you
should go to the Albion Cafe. Everything nice and
neat and every pains taken to make it the most desirable
place in the city to take your meals. A splendid, we1,
cooked, well served dinner every day in the week for 15c.
Empress Josephine toilet preparation
face bleach, face tonic, hair tonic, etc.
at Kleinkauf & Grimes', 117 North 11th
427 no 10 Th STREET. OPPOSITE UNIVERSITY.
Don't mske up your mind on a bicycle
before seeing the makes handled by
Billmeyer & Sadler, 1133-35 M street.
"Ephemarn ice cream is the best.
Frank. M, Rector, 1211 O St.
We are the originatars of "Ephemar"
nut ice creams. Imitated but not du
plicated. Frank M. Rector, "Ephemar."
1211 O Street
Call on Frank M. Rector, 1211 O St.
and be refreshed at the finest onyx soda
fountain in the state.
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Trilby's "Truthful pillB" is a specific
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Just one pellet at night does the work
At Riggs pharmacy cor 12 and O.
I you f call to gget
3l faix o nloe
TAN SHOES OR OXFORDS
for yourself or children at our store.
Ours are perfect in fit, latest styles, low in price, and
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