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[149] cabinet; we yelled in delightful chorus when the door was opened, and the children stretched their necks to the last degree to see the horrible sight. The curtain closed upon a fainting-fit done by four women. In the third scene we were scrubbing the fatal key, when I cried out, “Try the “Mustang liniment!” It's the liniment for us, for you know we must hang if we don't succeed!” This, which was made on the spur of the moment, overcame the whole audience with laughter, and I myself shook so that I had to go down into the tub in which we were scrubbing the key. Well, to make a long story short, our play was very successful, and immediately afterward came supper. There were four long tables for the children; twenty sat at each. Icecream, cake, blanc-mange, and delicious sugar-plums, oranges, etc., were served up “in style.” We had our supper a little later. Three omnibus loads went from my door; the last — the grown people — at nine o'clock.

And again:--

“I have written a play for our doll-theatre, and performed it yesterday afternoon with great success. It occupied nearly an hour. I had alternately to grunt and squeak the parts, while Chev played the puppets. The effect was really extremely good. The spectators were in a dark room, and the little theatre, lighted by a lamp from the top, looked very pretty.”

It was one of these parties of which the Doctor wrote to Charles Sumner: “Altogether it was a good affair, a religious affair; I say religious, for there is nothing which so calls forth my love and gratitude to God as ”

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