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pathetic parts, I never saw him make a gesture while reading. It was as if through the medium of his sonorous voice his spirit poured forth through his words. He was not an elocutionist, and therein lay one of his great charms as a reader. I do not wish to depreciate the art of elocution, for, if thoroughly learned and then apparently forgotten, it may be of great value to the actor.
Artists are often complimented on their gestures and elocution. Is this not poor praise ? Had we known I lamlct, and been spectators of his sad life, should we, at some show of grief or passion from him, have noticed his reading? Should we have remarked Juliet's gestures had we been beside her when she discovered Romeo dead ? Rachel was pained when a great critic said to her, 111 shall never forget your expression and gestures in the last act to-night" His attention having been drawn to the means she had employed, proved to her that she had not gained her end— vixM to make her auditors believe that they were In the actual presence of the character she was Impersonating,
Latly Martin, though she told me that Ma-creacly's suggestions for general reading had been