THE LOFTUS TROUPE IN TROUBLE.
Dunedin, Oct. 23. Five of the female members of the Loftus Variety Troupe, Misses Linnie Leslie, Emma Dubois, Genevieve St Marc, Minnie Esmond, and Nelly Inman, have been summoned to the City Police Court tomorrow in consequence of their performance last night, in what is known as the “ High Kickers’ Carnaval. ” The informations charge them ‘ ‘ for that on Oct. 27, at Dunedin, in the Princess’ Theatre they did unlawfully act in an indecent manner in a burlesque known as the ‘lndian Princess,’ and contrary to The Licensed Theatres Oi’dinance, 1802. ” This is a Provincial Ordinance, and Section 5, under which the charges are brought, enacts—“ If any person shall act represent, perform, or exhibit, or cause to be acted, represented, or performed, or exhibited in any theatre or other place, as aforesaid, any stage play or any act, seance, or entertainment of the stage, as hereinbefore mentioned, or any part thereof, or any prologue, or epilogue, or part thereof of a lewd, indecent, or immoral description, every such person so offending, if the theatre or other place wherein the same has been acted, represented, performed, or exhibited, be with the written authority or license of the said Superintendent, shall forfeit and pay for evexy such offence any s xin not exceeding £SO over and above any separate penalty such person may have incurred under any other provision of this Ordinance, and if the theatre or other place wherein the same has been acted, repi'esented, performed, or exhibited, be duly licensed, shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding £SO, and the authority or license by or under which the heatro or other place was opened, shall become absolutely void.” The case will be heard before Mr Watt, R. M. The “ Otago Daily Times ” says of the performance (which was one of those on which the “ Lyttelton Times ” expressed its opinion very plainly) Mr iSarony was vulgar to a degree in the chai’acter of a “ school-marm,” who appealed to have nothing whatever to do with the plot of the burlesque, while the female members of the troupe did their best to keep him company. The exhibition was utteily degrading to themselves as females, and we can only feel astounded that the audience did not evince disapprobation of their conduct in the way it deserved. Not to put “too fine a point” on it, the performance was lewd, disgusting, and indecent. When the ciudain rose there were two ladies in the dress-eii’cle, one of whom took an early opportunity of leaving. Through some apparent defect in the law, the protests of the Press in other towns have only had the effect of di’awing the dirty-minded to the temple of the drama that the Loftus Troupe were doing their best to desecrate. That is our own excuse for having passed without notice what under othey circumstances we
should have denounced as objectionable. After last night's performance wo feel justilied in saying that the entertainments given by the Loftus Troupe should not be tolerated in any respectable community. We believe that the authorities are in a position to take the license from the theatre, and compel the shameless women who took part in the “ High Kickers' Carnival” to pander to the depraved tastes of some other community, and their more shameless employers to earn a disgraceful living elsewhere. If the authorities permit a repetition of last night’s performance, it will be a standing reproach to Dunedin. The audience last night included police officer and a police magistrate. [Bvr Telegraph.] Dunedin, Oct. 20. At the Police Court this morning, Linnie Leslie, Emma Doubois, Genevieve .St. Marc, Minnie Esmond, and Nellie Inman, were charged with having, on the 27th October, unlawfully acted in an indecent manner in the burlesque known as ‘‘ The Indian Princess,” at the Princess Theatre, contrary to The Licensed Theatres Ordinance, ISG2. Mr. E. Cook appeared for the defendants, who wore not in attendance. The case was adjourned till two o’clock, on his application. The Court was crowded, and the people were disappointed at the nonappearance of the fair ones.
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