Decatur County Journal
November l9, l896
A fair-sized house greeted the High School Glee Club in its first recital at the Opera House last Saturday evening. The program provided was a very interesting one and the rendition of the songs and recitations reflects much credit upon the instructors in music and the elocution in our public school--MISS ELLA KEMP and MABEL HORNER.
The program was opened with music by the Mandolin Club - W.E. KEMP, piano, J.L. WARNER, mandolin, B.F. CRAIGO, guitar--and at intervals throughout the entertainment, excellent selections were played by the Club.
A grand chorus by the entire Glee Club was followed by a charming recitation by MISS NINA COWDEN. "The Gondolier" was the title of the next number, a soprano solo by MISS BESSIE MORRE, with chorus, rendered in a very pleasing manner.The recitation following, by MASTER HORATIO NIECE, was a sprightly one and was heartily applauded. The Comic
Quartette, "O.P.R.A.", was then sung by MISSES IDA HEBENER and STELLA TATMAN and MESSRS. JOHN HURSE and LEW HORNER. The song told the trials of an Opera Manager in securing a troupe so laughably that the loud applause given was almost involuntary. A class recitation followed this and with timely gestures and voices in perfect unison the story of Paul Revere's famous ride was told.
MISS MAY MARTIN rendered the vocal solo, "Merrily I Roam", charmingly, after which MISS GARLAND BOBBITT recited in an old woman costume. The recitation was a funny one, telling of the trials and tribulations of a wife whose husband was forever inventing something; the delivery almost perfect.
A grand chorus was followed by LEWIS HORNER in the oration, "The Curse of Regulus", the delivery of which was highly pleasing. "The Rise of a Butcher Boy", was the title of another comic quartette, irresistably funny, rendered by MISSES MAUDE METIER and BESS MOORE and MESSRS. FRANK SHY and ROLLA PATTERSON. A poor butcher boy in love with the daughter of a rich man assumes the role of a doctor, cures the old gent and secures the coveted prize. The vocal solo, "Bobby and His Sled", was sung by MISS MAY WAIGHT with the usual charm which characterizes her
singing. With another grand chorus the entertainment was ended.
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November l9, 200l
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
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