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LICENSED VICTUALLERS' BANQUET.

MERTHYR SCHOOL BOARD.

STEALING A MACHINE AT CWMTAFF

MERTA i. YR GUARDIANS.

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MERTHYR, DOWLAIS AND DISTRICT…

FANCY DRESS BALL AT MERTHYR…

THE MANXMAN."

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THE MANXMAN." At the Merthyr Theatre on Monday night, Hall Caine's famous play, The Manxman," was per- formed to a full house by Mr. Bandmann's company. The play occupies the boards during the rest of the week. The plot is familiar to most of onr readers. The scene is laid in the Isle of Man hence the title. Pete Quit ham, a young fisherman, is in love with Kate Cregeen, daughter of a man who runs a public- house, holds land, and preaches the Gospel. Pete goes away to Africa to seek wealth, leaving Kate in charge of Phillip Christian. Kate and Phillip fall in love with one another. Two years pass by, Pete returns and marries Kate. The young wife makes an effort to love her husband and to crush out her passion for Phillip. But she fails, and finally run4 away to Phillip's house, who by this time is deemster. Pete feels the blow so much that his intellect seems to give way. He tells his friends and neighbours that Kate has gone to Liverpool to stay with an unole for the benefit of her health. He even writes a letter purporting to have been written by his wife. Eventu- ally, Kate, filled with remorse and longing for her baby, returns to her home. But Pete will not receive her unless she can say that she loves him, and that she does not love the man to whom she had gone. This she cannot say, and her husband takes her to her father's home. There, in the farmyard, the final scene is enacted. The deemster makes nis appearance, confessea his guilt to Pete, and offers to pay the penalty with his life. Pete, for a moment mastered by anger and a desire for revenge, attempts to kill him he is restrained, however, by his wife and her father. Regaining composure, the blood-hunger leaves him, he bids adieu to all and everything, and goes back to Africa. Kate goes into the house to her child, commands the deemster to go his way, and the curtain falls. Such is an outline of the plot. It transgresses the laws of probability at almobt every point. There never was a play the incidents of which were less true to life. Things do not happen in that I way. Human beings do not act like Pete, and Kate, and Phillip. The Manxman," as a drama, is there- fore lacking in that important essential, probability. For an improbable play, however, it has been handled with marvellous dexterity and exquisite craftsman- ship. It is full of scenes of a pathos which is simply overpowering. The attention of the audience is claimed by theee isolated pathetic incidents rather than by the progress of the plot as a whole, The conception of the story is forced, unnatural, and even morbid. And yet the play, as represented on the stage, is a series of scenes of absorbing psychological interest and intense pathos. The three most important characters are Kate, Pete, and Phillip. The three are thoroughly Celtic in temperament, with their heads chockfull of senti- ment, and the emotional, introspective side of their nature fully developed. Kate is played with marvel- lous histrionic sublety by Miss Gertrude Evans. Her's is a difficult role to enact, the test of success being the doing of full justice to a morbid, emotional character without drifting which the old ruts of hysterical whining. Miss Evans proves herself a true artist, and does not transgress the golden rules of her art. Mr. Leonard Ilobson is a dignified deemster, and APr. J. W. Henson plays the part of Pete with rare skill and effect. These three are seen to great advantage in the pathetic seones already alluded to. Mr. Harvy Cave is an excellent Cscsar Creegen, and Miss Esther Phillips a lively and delightful Nancy. Trfe other characters also deserve a word of praise Mr. A. A. Pringle as Ross Christian, Mr. H. Robinson as Monty Missit, Mr. Claude Aymond as Professor Mawley (these three are particularly good in the drunken scene), Mr. J. M. Campbell as Tom, Mr. P. Mortimer as Johnnie, Mr. Russell Vane as Dr. Mylchreest, Mr. C. Geary as Joneque Jelly, Miss Mary Denver as Miss Christian, and Miss Millie Hilton as Bella Cellv.

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