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called out: " Mary, please speak up a bitI" This was said with such good feeling that it put an end to my nervousness, and from that moment the play ran smoothly to the end. Every point was received with enthusiasm, and even those who had been so prejudiced against the old-fashioned sentiment voted it a great and instant success.
Among the many who came behind the scenes to offer their congratulations was Mr. P. T. Barnum, who exclaimed, in his own hearty way, "Hurrah for America! You've won London, or I know nothing of public taste!" Every one seemed unaffectedly pleased at the success of an American girl. The work of an evening and the generous appreciation of a kind public had changed the darkest apprehension into brightest hope for the future.