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The Abbot Circle 19 Ha proma by Ruth Henry Carmen Luis Aguilar Don Antonio Dona Ana Pepe . Music o joven Musico ciego Adela, Carmen ' s maid . Miriam Sweeney Ruth Pritchard Kathryn Wallace Bessie Korst Marion King Betty Bragg Octavia Matthews . Martha Buttrick " La Broma, " a one-act Spanish comedy, means " The Joke. " In the opening scene Don Antonio, the father, is very nervous and excited and tells the maid that he is called to the office — a little later he tells his daughter that he is going to the station to meet " his new secretary. " On leaving, he promises to return in a few moments. Carmen and the maid, not understanding his extreme nervousness, compare notes and, with the aid of a telegram which Don Antonio has dropped in his haste, they realize that he is bringing home the son of an old friend, hoping that his daughter, not suspecting the young man ' s identity, will fall in love with " the new secretary. " Both girls think it an ideal opportunity to play a joke on the father and they decide to exchange identities, Carmen donning the maid ' s cap and apron. When Don Antonio returns he absent-mindedly introduces the maid as his daughter and Carmen as the maid. In the conversation which ensues between the disguised Carmen and Luis he confesses to her that he is really the son of an old friend and that the two fathers are anxious to arrange a match between their children. By a chance word that Carmen lets slip, Luis realizes that this charming sefiorita is really the daughter. Just as he takes her hand and is about to confess his love for her, Don Antonio, followed by his wife and the maid, Adela, enter. It proves to be " love at first sight " and in a few moments the matter is satisfactorily explained. M. C. S.
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T h e A h b o t C i r c I e 19 2 3 Cuter 3 ante , TOje J|ero by Ruth Kelly Mr. Van Astor Mrs. Van Astor Betty Van Astor Philip Maynard, alias " James " Mr. Vance Officers .... Dolores Osborne Ethel Thompson Madeline Howard Ruth Hunt Caroline Hall 1 Dorothy Barringer Elsie Phillips Mr. Van Astor, connoisseur of valuable Indian scarabs, has forbidden Philip Maynard r a friend of Betty Van Astor, entrance to the Van Astor home because he thinks Maynard is " a worthless young man who thinks of nothing but theatre parties and dances. " Maynard,. unknown to everyone except Betty, has taken the position of butler in her home and is there during the visit of Mr. Vance, an esteemed friend of Mr. Van Astor. The former is very much interested in Mr. Van Astor ' s collection of scarabs. Mrs. Van Astor enters to tell her husband that she is going to a bridge party, and is going to meet Mrs. Johnson ' s charming husband, " who is really a Count, you know! " After she leaves, Van Astor and Vance set out for the Club, leaving Betty and James, really Philip Maynard, to themselves. In the middle of the night Mr. Van Astor hears a rumpus in the room where his scarabs are locked up, and rushes down to find James overpowering Mr. Vance. As James turns around Mr. Van Astor realizes he is Philip Maynard and demands an explanation. At this point, Mrs. Van Astor comes in and rushes to her husband for protection. Then comes Maynard ' s explanation : he was detailed there by the Secret Service to watch Mr. Vance who is in reality Jack Mason, the notorious New York jewel thief. Maynard calls headquarters and officers are sent over and " Mr. Vance " is taken away. Mr. Van Astor- realizes Philip ' s worth and the latter ' s love for Betty. He and his wife go out, leaving Betty and Phil for the final happy ending. 70
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The A b b o t Cir cl 1 9 2 3 ®n Eecetbtng a JStploma You stand, a fearful, weakened soul; Around you presses close the trembling mob. You faint and fainter grow and all control Is gone, and from your lips escapes a sob. From out the deathdike stillness of the place You hear a voice! Tis coldly clear, you start! A dread foreboding stares you in the face. Your name? Ah, no! and wilder beats your heart. Too fast the slender scrolls have disappeared. Oh power of that fair script beyond compare! Oh ghastly woe! Oh tortured soul, so seared By fiery anguish! — Ah, at last! It ' s there! Yours, yours! You clutch it tight. Oh joy, oh bliss! Held ever Life such wondrous thrill as this?
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