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n6                           A FEW MEMORIES
back of McVicker's Theatre, Chicago, regretted by all his fellow-actors. Another hawk was procured, a very savage one, who on his first appearance escaped from his frightened keeper, and so terrified the audience that he was given up for a stuffed substitute, who, in life, must have been a comedian, for his appearance on the stage was always greeted with laughter.
"Ingomar," of all my plays, was for many seasons the public's favorite. The part of Parthenia was light, and gave me no trouble. Indeed, it was amusing to tame a barbarian even in play-acting, and to observe how the women in the audience delighted in seeing the humiliating conquest of a great chief by one of their sex.
About this time General Sherman, who had for some years suggested Galatea as a most suitable part, presented me with a copy of " Pygmalion and Galatea." After reading it several times I resolved to undertake it. It did not appeal to me in the least; but, as a light part, I thought it would be restful. It was at Booth's, in New York, that I first appeared as the statue maiden. At Booth's the comfort of the artists was considered of as much importance as that of the audience. How different it was from the theatres where I have