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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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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 Bill Martin comes in. He is furiously angry, and sternly reprimanding Venda, forbids her to take the part. She tries to be cheerful and starts to hum a tune which has been running through her mind. Her father seems to have a particular aversion to that tune. Finally, he is forced to explain that her mother, who left her home and family to sing in grand opera, used to sing it to Venda as a lullaby. Soon, as Venda is dusting, alone in the room, the tune is heard from outside. It grows nearer and nearer, until the door opens and Bianca Martinoli enters. Bill comes in, and the husband and wife recognize each other and explain to Venda. At first he is very angry, but Bianca explains that " home ees best " and the play ends happily, as all plays should. Haragueta Again the talent in the Spanish classes blossomed out. This year they de- lighted us with an amusing comedy entitled Zaragueta. Not many of us really understood the things the characters said to each other, but there is an old saying that " actions speak louder than words. " The story centered around the nephew, Corlos, of an old Spanish family. He had been sent to Madrid to study, and while there he had gotten himself greatly in debt to a certain Zaragueta, a Jewish money lender. Carlos wrote to his aunt and uncle telling them that his health had given out, and that he must have money in order to go to Paris for a necessary operation, and telling them also that he was coming home first. Carlos arrived and with him the Jew. The boy became so scared that he took his cousin Maruja into his confidence. She very easily fooled the old aunt and uncle, and when the deaf Jew came to demand his money, all kinds of misunder- standings arose, making it screamingly funny. Finally Carlos and Zaragueta met. Carlos shut Zaragueta up in a woodshed at the back of the stage. Through the mistakes of every one the aunt and uncle thought that Carlos had become crazy, and that he was shut up in the woodshed. They thought that the best thing to do was to cover him with cold water. This was done, and after much screaming and yelling on the part of Zaragueta, the door of the woodshed was opened, and the wet Jew came out. Carlos confessed and all was satisfactorily explained. 82
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