The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 448
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evening performance, Drummond as Myles na Coppaleen made
a full dive in view of the audience and was seen, as the curtain
descended, treading water with the rescued Bawn in his arms.
(It was imitation water of blue gauze which he trod, not the real
element; the latter was yet to come to the Galveston stage.) The
headlong dive and rescue of Eily O'Connor (Colleen Bawn) from
the water cave was a realistic touch that the audience appreciated
and applauded generously. Drummond's Myles was declared to
have none of the boisterous vulgarity of the Irish bog-trotter, but
was rather a presentment of the character with a "nicety of dis-
crimination that is at once gentlemanly and original"-or so
Flake's thought it was. Colleen Bawn and The Long Strike (De-
cember 30) proved such popular pieces that they were repeated
several times during the next two weeks. The Long Strike, a do-
mestic drama based on Mrs. Gaskell's stories, Mary Barton and
Lizzie Leigh, aroused considerable interest with its display of
melodramatic trickery, including one of the playwright's most
remarkable instances of stagecraft, the telegraph scene. Charles
Dickens may have given Boucicault some hints on the construc-
tion of this piece; he tells in a letter to Forster that he "assisted"
at the rehearsals.8 Sala, the Galveston scenic artist, designed some
attractive sets for both the Colleen and The Long Strike. In the
newer play, a representation of the Manchester Mills at night
was notable for its beauty and realism.
As the Star Stock Company went into its seventh week, a com-
ing performance of Hamlet was advertised. Sophia Miles (Mrs.
Drummond), who had assumed the character of the Dane for one
hundred successive nights at Sadler's Wells Theatre, would be
seen in the part in Galveston. Flake's felt there was nothing incon-
gruous in the idea of a woman's playing the melancholy prince,
since the lines called for a "conception more just than most mas-
culine minds could conceive." It was believed also that T. J.
Herndon would make a splendid first gravedigger.
On January 8, the date set for Miss Miles's appearance as
Hamlet the lady was too ill to play, and Drummond had to as-
sume the part. The substitute Dane must have seemed an ex-
tremely ordinary one, for there were no encouraging comments
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