The Theatrical Journey--Work and Anecdotical Recollections of Sol. Smith
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...determined to get out of the state as soon as possible. ' Monday, October 7th, passed through Anderson village, the seat of justice for the district, where we were urged to perform a few nights. No!--positively no more acting by us in South Carolina, where they tax us about two-thirds of our receipts. Tuesday night, stayed at a Mrs. Liddell's, where we had mush and milk for supper, " by particular desire!" When we seated ourselves at the table, the landlady raised her hands towards the ceiling and pronounced the following words, instead of asking a blessing: "Come all ye mush-eaters of the best, Aloft your spoon shanks raise, And in the voice of melody, . Sing forth fie mash-pot's praise." Supposing it might be a custom of the country, we sang the lines to the tune of Mear, and then fell to. Next morning after paying a swingeing bill, (for poetry, mush and lodging, ) we proceeded on to ABBEVILLE COURT HOUSE, where we had the satisfaction of paying no tax for playing, for the simple reason that we did not play, though strongly urged to do so. Thursday morning we crossed the Savannah river, on each side of which, at our crossing-place, stands a town--LIsBoN on one side, and VIENNA on the other--and arrived the same night at WASHINGTON, in Georgia. Here we were announced to perform three nights; but to our utter dismay, on the rising of the curtain we found that only nine persons constituted our entire audience! At the close of the performance, I directed the carpenter to take down the scenery and be ready for an early start in the morning. A great many people remonstrated against this hasty retreat, saying that now the citizens understood the performance was "respectable," they would crowd...
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