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FLASH-LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE MERTHYR THEATRE. For the first time within the recollection of most of the inhabitants of Merthyr, on Friday night last, at the Merthyr Theatre Royal, a flash-light photograph was taken of one of the scenes in the "Slave Girl" by Mr, Fred Betts, High-street. Merthyr. In the fourth Act Esther," a white slave girl, was tied to a stake for the purpose of being whipped by the over- seer of the negro plantation. The son of the owner of the slave, who Is an officer in the South American Army, is in love with Esther," and he, with sword in hand, rushes on to the tragic scene in her defence. The overseer is knocked over, and Esther is safely guarded. When the drop-scene was pulled up a second time all lights had he!"n put out, the theatre being in darkness. Mr. Edwin Bett* manipulated the flash-light at one of the side wings, while his brother, with the camera, was lopated in a private box on the "prompt side. At a given signal, the l>eau- tiful light illumined the whole building, lasting for about two seconds. The portrait was most success- fully taken iu one-fiftieth pr.rt of a second. Mr. Lockhart. the proprietor of the piece, and the whole of the ladies and gentlemen forming the company, on seeing the proof on Saturday were highly delighted at the result. Tbey expressed the opinion that if they had only known such perfection in flash-light photo- graphy could have been obtained in Metthyr they would have had each act photographed. Mr. Lock- hart said that both in and out of London many photo- graphers had trie! the experiment, but in each instance they had failed to secure a picture to their satisfaction. He war.nly congratulated our respected townsman upon his success. We should state that not the slightest hitch occurred in the performance in fact, those of the audience'who did not know of the experiment that was being tried, could not but lielieve that the light was a part of the ordinary play, so admirably did it fit in to bring about a lrotter reali- sation of tbe tragic occurrence. The light was under Mr. Betts' own command, he himself being the inven- tor of an apparatus through which the light was obtained. Mr. Betts, whose chief aim is to have per- fection in this work, is very pleased with the results of his trial, and the townspeople should feel proud of the fact that a Merthyr boy Itorn and bred has suc- ceeded in doing what other? have failed to do. We congratulate Mr. Betts oil his success, and wish him continued prosperity in his profession.

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