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The Abbot Circle 19 24 Wi)t Host g ilfe ftat " The Lost Silk Hat " is a one-act comedy with a very subtle and amusing plot. The curtain rises; enter Lois Babcock as the hero. The young man has just quarrelled with his sweetheart and has sworn " to join the Bosnians and die in Africa. " He fi nds that in his haste he has left his silk hat behind him and then follow several amusing incidents resulting from his attempts to find some one to get his hat for him. First enters Mary Simpson as the laborer, but in vain does the young man beg him to enter the house and recover the lost hat. The laborer " doesn ' t like this job " and slouches away. Then comes the clerk, Peggy Wilson, but he too refuses to take any part whatsoever in helping the now frantic hero to recover his hat and he passes on. Now comes Migs Hawkes as the poet with his many flowery and eloquent speeches and he offers gladly to be of assistance if only a suitable plan can be devised. But none of the schemes thought of seem to be of use and so at last, the young man decides that he must get it himself. The poet remon strates profusely but to no avail, for the young man " can not be seen in the streets of London without a hat " and since no one will get it for him, he must get it himself. He enters the house and the poet waits outside to see what will happen next. Soon the labourer, the clerk, and the policeman, Virginia Thompson, come on the stage and are just in time to hear the strains of a duet. The poet declares that " romance is dead " for in his opinion to marry is much less romantic than to go and " die for a hopeless love in Africa. " Htgfjtfjousie 208 By Genevra Rumford David McGregor, lighthouse keeper . . . Elaine Boutwell Bess, his wife ....... Gretchen Vanderschmidt Peterson, an inspector ..... Melinda Judd As the curtain rises, we are confronted by the scene of a small but well-kept interior of a lighthouse, situated in Boston Harbor. The furnishings of the room are rather meager, a table on which there rests an old-fashioned oil lamp, a small fireplace surmounted by a mantel containing a few books, and a few chairs placed about the room add to its atmosphere of comfort. 80
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The Abbot Circle 19 24 ' ®p ' -ffltHL )umb As the curtain slowly rose, we saw before us a laundry, and seated on various chairs, tables, and stools were some of its busy workers. After the first few sentences we knew we were in London. Mrs. Plun, Phyl Yates, told us about the weddin ' s and funerals of all her relations, and the girls talked about their beaus. Soon the conversation turned to Maudie, the poor girl who was working with them. They made fun of her imagination and her shirt. A year or more ago a man had left a shirt there, and Maudie had carefully washed and ironed it each day. While they were talking, Madeleine Howard as Maudie came in. Maudie busied herself with her work and, when asked where she was going on the holiday, and who was going to take her out, had to confess that she had no one. Poor little thing, she was a workhouse orphan, and had never known love and care of any sort. The girls, Celeste and Rose, twitted Maudie about the shirt, and learned that the owner ' s name was Mr ' Orace Germsmith. Maudie wove a tale about him as a fairy prince. The girls refused to believe it, and decided to leave their work for the day. Maudie was left alone, and while working around the laundry, who should come in but our A. D. Estes as Mr ' Orace. After much boasting on the part of the hero, and pleading on that of the heroine, Mr. ' Orace consented to take Maudie out. But she felt that he was ashamed of her. And as her sense of pride would not allow her to accept his invitation, she suddenly refused to go and ' Orace, offended, left. As he went out of the door she sank to the floor in a sobbing heap, all her beautiful hopes dashed to the ground. As the curtain dropped we felt the sense of admiration she had awakened in the hero, but we saw that she could never know of it. 79
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The Abbot Circle 10 2 4 In a low rocker a woman is seated, with her head in her hands. Presently she sighs and walks over to the window, looks out, and returns to her seat beside the table, just as her husband, a jolly-faced sea captain, enters the room. He sees at once that something is wrong, and proceeds to ask his wife what is troubling her. In a few words she tells him how discontented she has become with life at the lighthouse, and how she wants him to resign his position, that they may go to the city. There life would be far more attractive and Dave could secure a much better position — why he might drive a milk team, or even become a brick layer! Although Dave does not approve of the idea, he finally consents, and proceeds to draw up his resignation as keeper of Lighthouse 208. They are interrupted by Mr. Peterson, the inspector, who has come to bring their mail. In the course of the conversation, he learns of their intentions of going to the city, and informs them of a friend of his who would be glad to accept the vacancy. He is, however, very much surprised at their plan, and asks how they are going to get along without the cheerful boom of the sea, which has been a friend to them for so long, and the beauty of their surroundings, which they have always enjoyed. Then Bess thinks of Rover — what will they do without him? And the chickens — why, she just can ' t leave them! Finally they decide that they cannot leave after all, and Mr. Peterson goes out, leaving Dave and Bess looking out of the window, their arms around each other, assured that, after all, there is no place like home. He little ®i tau By Helen Simpson Keating The curtain rises on a charming scene in the home of Bill Martin and his daughter Venda. Breakfast is just over, and as Mr. Martin starts off to business, Venda asks him as a special favor, to bring home a voice record for the new victrola. This makes him very angry, and here the suspense begins. For why should Mr. Martin, who loves to please Venda, so hate singing? But Venda, who has a lovely voice, may not even hum, while doing her household tasks. After Mr. Martin has gone, Venda busies herself with the dishes, until a knock is heard at the door, and in walks Monsieur Courbert, manager of the Golden Peacock, and possessor of a most astonishing French accent. He offers Venda the title role in " Ze Leettle Oiseaux " — a singing and dancing part. She hesitates to sign the contract without consulting her father, but there is to be no time lost, and she starts to sign. However, she does not have time to finish before
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