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EARL RUSSELL ON EDUCATION.

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=--THE MEN L'i FEMALE ATTIRE.

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=- THE MEN L'i FEMALE ATTIRE. The men Boulton and Park, who were remanded at the Bow-street Police Court, on Friday, seem in in their time to have acted many parts." This as- sertion may be taken, not only in its general sense, but also in its literal significance, as will be readily understood from the-particulars which are subjoined. During the months of May and June, 1869, the pri- soner Ernest Boulton, in company with a gentle- man named Pavitt, gave a series of drawing-room entertainments in Colchester, Southend, Dunmow, BishnpStortford, Rochford, and various other places, amongst them Romford, where they played under the distinguished patronage of Sir Thomas Barrett Lennard, Bart., and Ladv Lennaxd, Rev. W. J. Skil- ton, Octavius E. Coone, Esq., E. J. Ind, Esq., and E. Vipan Ind, Esq. The entertainment most usually comprised a short opera, a humourous duologue, and a laughable sketch. In all these the ladies' charac- ters wer1 represented by Ernest Boulton. At the Theatre Royal, Stock. Jan. 27,1869, Her Majesty's Servants" played (by special request) Mr. H. J. B ron's comedy of "One Hundred Thousand Pounds, the characters Alice and Mrs. Barlow being played respectively by Boulton and Park, who are designa- ted in the pi'ogramme, Miss Ernestine El wards and Miss Mabel Foster. An original farce followed, the ladies' characters being, as before, represented by Bonlton and Park. The Essex Herald, Feb. 2, in noticing this per- form mce, observed "During the piece Miss Ed- wards san"- Fading away' with a care and taste that brought down the house, and, on being en- cored, she"'irave My Pretty Jane.' This shows an instance where Boulton's sex was not detected. Speaking of the drawing-room entertainment at PishopStortford, the press says: "We may add that Mr. Boulton very cleverly personates female characters, and that it is difficult for a spectator to realise the fact that he is a 'make-up' for the occa- sion. His song, 'Fading away,' is exceedingly feminine. The following is a ludicrous and somewhat appro- priate extract from one of the newspapers A LtFUS Natime.âCertainly if some one of nature's journeymen had not been at work, 'Mister' Boulton âwe hesitate, almost, to write this prefixâwould hn.ve incontestably been a woman. Let it by no means be understood that there is anything of the social monster' business connected with him. Quite on the contrary, for looking at him with one's eyes both wide open, listening to his extraordinary voice, and criticising, however narrowly, his won- derful feminine appearance and manner, it is really difficuL for a moment to believe that he is not a really charming girl." At a performance in Essex a local paper says, Th1 Alice of Mr. Boulton took the audience by gnrprise; in 'make-up,' action, gesture, and con- ception it was a finished picture. He drew down thundering plaudits by his talented acting, and especially by his singing, in an imitation mezzo-soprano voice, < Fading away,' which was three times re-demanded." In October, 1868, Ernest Boulton assisted Lord Arthur Pelham Clinton, M.P., in a drawing-room entertainment at the Spa Saloon, Scarborough. On this occasion A Morning Call" was performed; his lordship playing Sir Edward Ardent, and Boul- ton Mrs. Chillington. The Scarborough Gazette de- scribes the latter's appearance ars "something wonderful." This entertainment was postponed for a short time on account of Boulton's indisposition, and a copy of the telegram sent to Lord Arthur Clinton, containing this information, was printed and circulated in Scarborough. The prisoner Park does not appear to have taken such a prominent part in enterprises of this kind only one notice of his performance in a ladies' role has been foundâ namely, that of Mrs. Barlow, to which reference Ln been made. Boulton's assumption of ladies' characters has extended over many years, for iu one programme he is announced to play Maria, in The Brigand âhe being only 14 years of age. â

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