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Chapter NumberII
Chapter TitleTHE FIRST NIGHT
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112408841
Full Date1885-05-23
Page Number1
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Word Count545
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Newspaper TitleBowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer (NSW : 1884 - 1901)
Trove TitleThe Christmas Fairy
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THE CHRISTMAS FAIRY.

CHAP TEH. II.—THE FIRST NIGHT.

" Carifca, Queen of the Enchanted Isle .(•principal fairy), Miss Bertie Evelyn." This line was starred in the great bills of the Christmas pantomime outside Drury Lane Theatre ; and a man who lra'd just alighted from a; hansom paused to read tlie bill, a half-smile on his handsome mouth. lie

was a handsome' man altogether, in age . about thirty, or a few years older,- and his whole air and appearance' indicated a- man well born and well bred. " Sunshine and Moonbeam ; or the Enchanted Isle and the Magic Spell,"was the title of the pantomime,

and there was a bewildering synopsis of ; scenery and a long list of characters friit.j of these matters the gentlemairi did hot tali'e j much notice. The name of Evelyn' seemed !

to have attracted him'.

" Evelyn," he repeated to himself. I

wonder if it's the same. I'll ask."

Ho entered the vestibule,and a'stoutman, ^ wB.0 was lounging about within; touched his hat respectfully.

" Good morning, Cobb's," saiid the other. {t 1 want a box for the first night."

" There's one on the grand tier, mjr lord," said Dobbs who wais acting manager ; " But I thought you didn't go in for panto^

mime."

" Nor do I; I am' going to fee victimised by three schoolboy cousins and their sister. You needn't look wicked, Dobbs ; she's only ten. By the way who is this Bertie Evelyn ? Any belonging of old Tom Evelyn ?"

" His'daughter, my lord."

" Quite a child then ? I fell in with old Tom and his family—let's see—yes, fully -thirteen years ago, at York, and there was

no Bertie at tti.it time."

"Oh, Bertie is fifteen or sixteen, my lord. She might be a niece ; I can't say, some say old Tom picked her up somewhere. Looks like it. She's not like the rest—not their sort. You understand ; looks a regu

lar young swell. She'll bo a hit in the panto |

such a beauty!" i "How did you come to engage the girl I?"

"The governor Ire went clown to the'panto at Manchester last year to see Bertie— she was playing there—and be was so taken with her that Ire engaged hev at once for the run this year. She's the prettiest dancer I ever see, aud looks a fairy, every inch."

The gentleman laughed, and asked how the Evelyns generally were getting on.

" Oh, wonderful well,' ray lord," was the answer. " One of the gels is very well mar ried, and the others are all engaged. They live somewhere near' Kensington—quite

comfortable."

. " I am glad to liear they are doing well. They were a jolly couple," said my lord* " and a merjy evening I had with them at

York.

And he crossed over to the box-office and secured a box for the opening night. Going out, he asked how the booking was progress ing.

" First rata, my lord, first rate ; there won't be a place to be had by to-morrow night,

at this rate."

" All the' better— Vogue la galere / Good day," and my lord hailed a passing hansom and was driven away.