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In hope that the other files may be covered in respect of the
opinions there expressed, the present volume is numbered Part I. Part
II, when and as produced, will complete the presentation of opinion from
The file of the Cleveland LEADER has been used in the preparation
of this volume.
In 1876 the editor of the LEADER was Edwin Cowles.
Its policies were Republican.
Reference Line · L Apr. 3; ed:2/1 - indicates that the article
following this reference was an editorial taken from the LEADER of
April 3, page two, column one.
An "ady" in the reference line indicates
that the abstract was made from an advertisement.
The number in
parenthesis at the end of the abstract indicates the number of inches
in the original newspaper article.
Newspaper files used in abstracting were made available through
the courtesy of Mr. Wallace Cathcart, of the Western Reserve Histori
cal Society, Miss Linda Eastman, Mr. Louis Seltzer of the Cleveland
PRESS and Mr. Earle Martin of the Cleveland NEWS. Miss Marilla Freeman
and Mr. William Lippert of the Cleveland Public Library and the City
Clerk's Office have been of great assistance.
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2 · L Jan. 3:5/1 · On Jan. 1, the Welsh citizens of the 18th ward held a grand eisteddfod in the town hall there. Eisteddfod signifies a congress of bards or literati who assemble once each year to discuss all branches of literature and music. The eisteddfod was held to aid the Ivoraidd society of this city, and judging from the large attendance must have been quite remunerative in its results.
3 · L Jan. 4:4/5 - Miss Jane Coombs appeared at the Euclid ave. Opera house last evening in ADRIENNE LECOUVREUR. The audience was unusually large for Monday night, and the actress was followed with attention throughout the performance.
"Miss Coombs is excellent, her enunciation, simple and mild, without triviality or affectation, but she lacks power and animation. The supporting cast, including Whiting, Pendleton, Meredith, Curran and Miss Jack, were good throughout.'
4 L Jan. 5:4/5 · THE UNEQUAL MATCH, a three act drama by Tom Taylor, was presented to a Cleveland audience for the first time last night at the Euclid Ave. Opera house. The play is well written throughout, and the attention of the audience never flags.
Miss Coombs as "Hester Graisebrook, afterwards "Lady Arncliffe," appeared to better advantage then we have ever before seen her.
5 L Jan. 7:4/5 · Sheridan Knowles' matchless drama LOVE was presented at the Euclid ave. Opera house last evening with a powerful cast. The play can be called a drama of passion. The action is simple and direct, every moment and the character of every personage tending towards one object.
In the trying character of the "Countess," Miss Coombs developed a depth of power and an intensity of passion commensurate with every requirement. The support was good throughout.
6 · 1 Jan. 7:5/4 - The Academy of Music was crammed last evening for Haverly's ministrel show. It is entirely unnecessary to say that every. one present was pleased, for such a statement is a foregone conclusion when this troupe appears.
7 L Jan. 7:8/4 · Last evening Ed. French of Haverly's minstrel troupe, a former resident of the fifth ward, was presented with a bosom pin of solid gold containing nine brilliant stone settings by his friends in the fifth ward.
8 - L Jan. 8:4/5 - Dion Boucicault's sparkling comedy, LONDON ASSURANCE was presented at the Opera house last evening on the occasion of the benefit of Miss Jane Coombs. The comedy was superbly performed, every actor
CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER DIGEST JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 1876
CULTURAL FORCES (Cont'd) personating his role without a flaw. Every actor entered fully into the spirit of his character, bringing out all the wit of the piece in a way that seemed spontaneous.
9 - L Jan. 11:4/4 - A small audience and a magnificent performance is the brief story of last evening at the Opera house. The piece was the popular play RICHELIEU, with McCullough in the title role. The smooth, feeling elocution of McCullough brings his audience at once into sympathy with him. At times it is full of pathos of iron-like energy or of a keen, lively appreciation of the ludicrous. The support is in the main good.
(15) 10 · L Jan. 12:4/3,4 - John McCullough appeared at the Euclid ave. Opera house last evening before a somewhat larger audience than the previous night in the character of Othello. It is a role for which he possesses many natural attributes. His is a grand, well rounded character of savage life and vigor, in which the virtues of civilization have taken a deep root and to which vice is unknown.
11 - L Jan. 12:8/3 - The Kelly and Leon minstrels were greeted by a large and refined audience at the Academy of Music last evening. The number of encores showed that all were pleased with the appearance of the troupe and the program.
12 · L Jan. 13:4/6 · Of the many characters personated by John McCullough, there is none with which he is so thoroughly identified as in "Virginius" which he played at the Opera house last night. The character combines all that is noblest in nature: A loving father, a true patriot, and a courageous soldier. The support was good throughout, particularly in the roles personated by Miss Effie Ellsler and Pendleton and Meredith. (6)
13 - L Jan. 14:4/4 McCullough appeared at the Euclid ave. Opera house last evening in the trying character of "Hamlet," performing it with ease, grace, and power that is astonishing when the diversion of repertory is considered: In some scenes he is superior to anyone who has ever personated the part in this city. In the scene with "Opbelia," after the soliloquy, the words intended for the king's ear are uttered with a wild, penetrating accent, while those intended solely for "Ophelia" bear the impress of tender emotions.
The support was good throughout, Miss Effie Ellsler giving the character of "Ophelia" a very fine portrayal and Mrs. Potter showing marked improvement in her rendition of the queen.
14 - L Jan. 14:4/5 - The Euclid ave. Opera house was filled yesterday afternoon for the benefit of the Ladies' Centennial association, to wit. ness a performance of Tom Taylor's charming comedy, STILL WATERS RUN DEEP, as presented by the East Cleveland Dramatic association.
For an amateur performance it was carried through in an admirable manner.
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CULTURAL FORCES (Cont'd) 15 - L Jan. 15:4/4 - The audience at the Euclid ave. Opera house was larger last evening. The play was KING LEAR, one of the most powerful pro• ductions in its situations. No actor not gifted by nature with especial apti. tudes for the title role can portray it. It was one of the grandest, most su: perb and massive renditions ever witnessed by any audience.
The support was generally good. Miss Effie Ellsler personated the character of "Cordelia" without a flaw. Whiting was unusually effective as "Edgar" and at the end of the third act the applause was fairly divided between him and McCullough.
16 L Jan. 15:4/5 · The most enjoyable concert given on the west side this season was presented on Jan. 13 at the Detroit st. Congregational church under the auspices and in aid of the Franklin st Disciple church. The parts taken by the Arion quartet were rendered in the usual unexcelled style of the club, while the solos by Miss Barney, Miss Bregelmann, and wirs. Rawson were all that could be expected, even from such singers. (7)
17 - L Jan. 17:7/1 - Socials are held every Saturday evening at the Central place Friendly Inn. On Jan. 15 the members of B. C. Freeman's quadrille band generously devoted their services for two hours, delighting the crowd that pressed in to hear them. It was wonderful to see how the careworn faces of those present brightened under the magic influence of the sounds.
(2) 18 - L Jan. 18:4/5 It has been many months since Case hall held so fine an audience as that which greeted Mille Titiens last evening on the occasion of her first, and possibly her last appearance in Cleveland.
M'lle Titiens is simply and honestly great. There is no unique charm or witchery in her voice; she never rises into those climaxes which make people cheer and applaud Lucca. Her triumph is genuine, honest, and independent of all meretricious ornament or effect. There are in her exe. cution none of the interpolated trills and roulades with which inferior artists are apt to deface the scone of the great composers.
Of the remainder of the concert it can be said that it was fairly good. Mme Carreno bas improved greatly since her first appearance here.
Mark Keiser is a remarkably promising violinist.
Signor Baccei, tenor, and Signor Orlandini achieved only a moderate success.
19 · L Jan. 18:8/3 · Hundreds of persons were turned away from the opening of Hart's academy last evening. A strong company appeared in a successful manner and gave promise of one of the best vaudeville performances ever given in this city.
20 · L Jan. 18:8/3 - George L. Fox's New York Humpty Dumpty troupe opened a season of pantomime at the Euclid ave. Opera house last evening to a fine audience. Tbe new version of this wonderful pantomine is "Humpty Dumpty in Every Clime." The tricks all the way through are very amusing. The second act is filled with choice specialties, which include the Almonte brothers, acrobats; Dunbar, vocalist; Kynock and Smith, parlor skaters; and Little Tod, gymnast and contortionist.