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'LOST AND WON.'

♦ The attendance at the Princess's Theatre last evening was in no way commensurate with the merits of tho representation given by the Ogden Compauy of the temperance drama bearing tho above title. Speaking generally, there was little to distinguish it from the dramas of * Ten Nights in a Barroom ' and ' The Woman of the People '•— indeed, it bears a strong resemblance to the latter both in characters and plot. There was, of course, the weak-minded personage who, despite the tearful supplications of his wife, succumbs to the temptings of the glasß and the words of the scoundrel who assumes a friendship for the unfortunate man so as to secure his ultimate downfall. The faithful wife was one of the principal characters in the drama, while wo also saw the trustworthy friend who endeavors to stay the drunkard's downward career, and the philanthropist who indulges in street termonsl upon the evils attending internperauce. The piece was weak in dialogue, but possessed some interesting situations, which the audience' 'were net slow in recognising. The mountings were much bettpr than was to be expected aftor gup)) P- hftsfcy preparation, while the soenery throughout was passable. Miss Helen Fergus gave an excellent repreaenta: tion of the part of Jessie Hamilton, who afterwards becomes Mrs Vernon. Her acting in the opening scene was indicative of careful study, while in the subsequent scenes she displayed dramatic ability of no mean order, appearing to advantage in the scene outside the |cavern door, As the vacillating, wine-loving youug Squire Vernon, Mr Laurie Dunbar was unhappily cast, but

made the most of a somewhat difficult part. There was a tendency to overdo the part at times, but, on the whole, a fair representation was given. Julia Vernon, the drunkard's child, was represented by Baby Ogdeu, who again gave a most intelligent interpretation of a character that first ualled for humorous and anon pathetic acting, ffer doll swene, in which the little one imitates a mother soothing and singing to her little one, was deservedly applauded ; while in the following scenes Baby Ogdeu was also successful. As the soheminfl steward Mark Seffcon, Mr Barry Marshall had to contend against an unsatisfactory dialogue, and under the circumstances acquitted himself creditably, trf r Harry Power was at times sufficiently vehement and amusing in the part of Joshua Truman, Vernon's fcruo friend, who possesses a rough exterior but- a kind heart. Mr J. Smith created considerable amuse? ment as a young clerk possessing pootio tendencies, and who is incessantly delivering impromptu verses of questionable quality; while as tb,a teetotal philanthropist Mr Saville was sufficiently dignified. Miss Melrose, as the demented Agnos Truman, afited consistently, while the respective partis of Mrs Vernon and Mies Tabitba Spinster were conscientiously pourtrayed by Misses Dawsop and Parnwell. Miss Maitland and Messrs Jforton wtt& Qodfrey constituted the remaining oharaoters in the dramt}, s'nd gay? satisfaction in their respective characters. To-night, the last of the company's season, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' will be produced, with Miss Helen Fergus as Topsy' and

Cassy, and Baby Ogden as Eva. The Australian Press speak well of Baby Ogden's Little Eva and of Misa Helen Fergus's Topsy.

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'LOST AND WON.', Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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'LOST AND WON.' Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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