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The last performance of 'ln Sight of St. Paul's'at the Princess's Theatre was given last night in presence of a very large audience, who testified their appreciation of the striking speotaoular display*, as well aa of tho fjna acting of Mr Bland Holt and his oompany, by irequent applause and the oalliog of the principals before tho our* talui

' The Golden Ladder,'whiob will be pro. dneed this evening, constituting the last ohaogo of the present sbqeod, ia one of tha many successful dramas writtpn by Messrs George R. Sims and Wilson Barrett. Its story is simple, but its plot fully sustains the interest, and at times thrills the expectations of the audience. It circles round the love and fortune of the Rev. Frank Thornhill, a young missionary, and Lillian Grant, the daughter of a London banker, and afterwards Thornhill's wife, and while containing much that is sorrowful and pathetic it is brightened up with abundant comedy. The villain is Michael Severn, cashier in Grant's bank. He has fallen in love with his master's daughter, and he, in order to bring about his desired end, plots for the ruin of Grant. In this he ia assisted byM. Bfcranza, an adventurer, and Jim Dixon, a clerk in the bank, and between them they succeed in stealing a deed for £20,000, which has to be met at a certain date. Grant is applied to for the deed or the money, but is unable to furnish either, and is about to be arrested when Frank Thornhill, who has meantime been left a fortune, returns from the mission field in time to meot the demands made on Grant. In doing this he spends all his money, and is forced to return to his former labors as a missionary at Madagascar, taking with him this time Lillian Grant a3 his wife. Here Frank Thornhill is compelled to play a prominent part in the imbroglio between the Hovas and the French, and many thrilling adventures follow. In the third act we find that Thornhill has returned to England, but he is pursuod by his enemies, who attempt his life on Hampstead Heath, when in the scuffle which ensues Lillian accidentally shoots and wounds Severn; for which she is condemned to prison. Through the good offices of Jim Dixon the villainies of Severn and his accomplices are discovered, and the drama ends with the reunion of husband and wife.

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MR BLAND HOLT'S COMPANY., Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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MR BLAND HOLT'S COMPANY. Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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