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The dense mass present seemed to have the subtler shades of character, and failed some especial object in view beside ban- utterly in the delineation of the tenderer queting on the performance of this gifted emotions. It was then supposed by the actor, and symptoms broke out, before the best judgments that his style was deterrising of the curtain, of some such dis.mined, and that to the end of the chapter position. Forrest's name was frequently our tragedian would excel chiefly in the repeated, accompanied with of terrible expression of the stronger pas“ Hail Columbia,” and when at last the sions for which his herculean powers so scene drew, and presented to their longing well titted him. Had Mr. Forrest's geuius eyes the well-remembered form and fea- been less, these predictions would have tures of our national tragedian, a shout been verified. But as years went ou, his burst forth from box, pit, and gallery, acting steadily improved. which for intensity and duration surpassed By degrees he began to evoke the secret any thing we had ever before heard in a spirit of his impersonations, and give to its theatre. The honored actor rose aud capricious and varying phases a vivid and bowed profoundly, but, as if indifferent startling reality, which doubly enhanced to his acknowledgments, the deafening the spell of his acting, and reveale: the roar still went ou and gained in strength intellectual acumen of the player. Stranger and volume.
still, this giant-actor, whose furious bursts It was evidently meant that its echoes of simulated passion have made whole anshould cross the Atlantic, to abash and diences recoil in fear, gradually learneu to confound the pack of English curs, “ Tray, subdue the hoarse thunder of his magnifiBlanche, and Sweetheart," which had cent voice into tones of snch tender sweet. lately showed their teeth and malice at ness in the well-feigned revelation of the sight of the envied excellence of our Amer gentler emotions, as to draw tears from rican actor, whose marked superiority every eye. His pathos was so natural, subcould not be brooked in silence. This dued and touching, as to become irresisti. demonstration was well conceived and as bly affecting. Those who had followed well executed by the audience which him, admiring and wonder-struck through crowded the Park Theatre on the return these alternate and marvellons unfoldings of Forrest, and there was a hanyhty dig of his ripening powers, thought at last the nity in the mode of relvuke which well ultima thule had been reached, and that became the American character. The they beheld in him the last perfections of play at length went on, and never was an a truly great actor, whose natural gevins, andience more intent, and never did actor sharpened by experience, and refined by better deserve such humage by the thril- study, had given form and shape to its ling portraiture he drew of the follies and brightest exhalations and left nothioz more griefs of the broken-hearted Lear. It to hope, as there was nothing in his acting would delight us much to wander sip. to desire. His recent performances at tte pingly, bee-like, froin flower to flower of Park Theatre have proved the utter fullahis exquisite delineation of Shakspeare's cy of these convictions, for, like his great grandest effort. but our space and not our master, having exhausted all old familiar will refuses. Our remarks must be gene. nodes of stage-painting, he has imagined ral, and directed rather to the ensemble of new. Mr. Forrest's performances than to the
It would be a labor of love to enter, as minuter details, whose novel beauty and we have said, on a critical examination of excellence would consume whole volumes his admirable conceptions aud still more of eloquent commentary. We attended wonderful execution; to expatiate on his his impersonations of King Lear, Othello, new readings, and to express our ferveut and Hamlet, and were not more fasci- admiration of his noble bearing, his gracenated by his inimitable acting, than struck ful gesture, his harmonious intonations, by his unexpected improvement. and on every light and shade of the fauliless
We recollect distinctly Mr. Forrest's portraits, he throws off with such consum. acting in 1830, which was then remarka mate skill as to fill us nightly with wonder ble, and filled our theatres to suffocation. and delight. But we must coufiue ourHis style was chiefly impassioned, and he selves to the simple statement of the gave to the utterance of the wilder marked novelties we recognize in Mr. emotions and passions of our nature Forrest's acting since his return, which
stormy vehemence, which appalled may possibly serve his future biographer by its fury and attracted by its truth. in tracing what we have so crudely alThe masses particularly were captivated tempted, the progressive growth of his by the natural grandeur of his acting, rare talents to the fulness of maturity. which owed nothing, then, 10 the refine- Whilst the early fire of the tragedian bas ments of study or to elaboration of orna- lost nothing of its heat, it has acquired from
At this period Mr. Forrest over- passing through the lens of longer experilooked entirely the development of all ence, a concentration which gives it ten
fold effect. His passion is now displayed lectures, enlivened by anecdote and musiwith an intensity which arouses the spec. cul imerlude, illustrative of the bistory, tator tu involuntary sympathy, and awa. habiis, traditions and national characteriskens responsive ihrobs in every heart. tics of his native land. Carleton, Mrs.
Throwing aside the conventionalism of Hall, and several other writers, have rethre English stage, which has transmitied cemily endeavored to portray the pecutragedy clothed in the stiff manner and liarities of the Irish; but the first, like the pretentious stride of the Kemble school, mere farceur of the stage, has exaggerathe walks the stage with rare dignity, but ed every detect, displaying the so-called in a uatural gait, whilst his manuer wears
** wit of the people" at the expense of a simplicity so real that the audience is their common sense, and their vices to the cheared iuto a momentary belief that they prejndice of their goodness of heart. are looking upon scenes of actual life, and Mrs. Hall, following in the wake of not the “ counterfeit presentments” of the most English writers on the subject, has stage. These delicate shadings which lend but too often mistaken effects for causes,
a grace beyond the reach of art,” are thereby attributing the miseries of the the genuine inspiratious of a keen sensi- Irish, rather to innate depravity and patubility and the acute mind of genius. To ral indolence, than to the misgovernment say ihat Mr. Forrest is the only living re of the country: Lover, on the contrary, presentative of Shakspeare is saying very in his stories of the peasantry, bas depict. liule; for without quarrelling with the ed ihem as they are, and possessing almost mental capacities of English actors, it is every phase of the national character, he indubitable that not a single one of them has been enabled to reflect with matchless has the mere physical requisites in shape accuracy all their redeeming, as well as or power. There is not one ibat can stand defective traits. This gentleman's accom
say to all the world this is a plishments are as various as they are fasciman;" and no matter what the intellect of nating. the actor, his physical inubility to realize A charming poet, excellent novelist, the conceptions of his author renders bim skilful composer, and able painter, he is incompetent and certainly no rival to the petted and applauded wherever he goes. American tragedian, who has been so li- Surely he must have plucked the Fourberally endowed by nature with a person leaved Shamrock, which, according to his entirely adequale to express all that bis celebrated song, enables the possessor to original and daring mind can in its holdest weave such varied spells. If Mr. Lover fights conceive. Whilst the English va had composed no other song thay this, it tion may justly boast of their immortal would have secured him an enthusiastic bard, have we not reason to be proud of reception, for it breathes ihe pure spirit the only actor who can give to his crea- of philanthropy, which pervades all bis tions "a habitation and a name ?” The writings. Mr. Lover is, in private life, an esteem in which he is held, and the crowds agreeable and finished gentleman: his which flock to the theatre, are the best manner is frauk, unassuming, and cordial, proof that his country rejoices in his and both his person and conversation are splendid talents ; but
sufficiently bland and jovial to sustain the
impression which has preceded him. « come what may, "The cat will mew, and dog will have his day."
New Theatre.-We learn with great The public of New-York are still sur- pleasure, that a new theatre will be imprised and pained to see the persevering mediately built on the Astor Place,the best malice of certain journals which have for site unquestionably in New-York :-first, years past followed the career of Mr. For- because it is perfectly isolated, so that in rest with the spiteful expression of their case of fire no other property would be private grudges. This is unworthy, and endangered-second, it will thus present must do more to compromise the charac- two or more striking facades to public ter of these journalists, whose duty is view, favored by a situation so open and stern impartiality, than their ingenious de unencumbered-and thirdly, by possessing traction can possibly impair the same of at least two different ways of 'ingress and the actor.
egress, it will enable the largest audience
to enter or leave the theatre in a few miSamuel Lover.--Ere the publication of nutes time. The ground is taken, we unthe present pumber of the Review, this derstand, and the plan of the building is gentleman will probably have made his under discussion. We hope great atien. first bow to an American audience, in a tion will be given to the interior arrangespecies of entertainment that he seems ments, so as to unite elegance with far adapted, above all the celebrities who have more convenience and comfort than any visited our shores, to render brilliantly of our present theatres offer to their visisuccessful. He intends to give a series of tors.
Arrest of the Mayor.—No one who has would prefer staying in such a receptacle, visited New-York, or remained in Broad. are unfit to mingle again with even the way, if only for half an hour, can be igno- common herd of mankind. rant of the danger to which those who But there is one dreadful feature of im. have more money than wit, are subjected prisonment, both in this and European at the mock auctions with which this beau- countries, at the sight of which the humane tiful street is infested. The worthy May, and better portion of society must start or had long triel the ordinary, means but back with horror. We mean the promis. without effect. Copper wassiill vended for cuous association of prisoners, by which gold, pewter for silver, and cotton for lin- the bad are rendered worse and the com.
At last he thought of a device which paratively good become irrevocably de. was considered the most effectual to which praved. They render the prison or peni he could have recourse. He employed tentiary the school of vice and every spemen in front of these dens of fraud with cies ofiofamy which the ingenious villain placards on their shoulders, cautioning the can invent or the daring robber put in exunsophisticated, to “ Beware of Mock ecution. Auctions." This must have put many on their guard, though it did not oblige The Californians. This month the the auctioneers to close their premises. regiment destined for California, numberOne of these persons, bolder than the rest, ing about 700 men, resolved, like the pious lodged a complaint against the Mayor for Æneas, exire locos que explorare novos, having damaged his trade and hurt his in- sailed for that country. So many difficul. terests. The Mayor was thereupon arrest ties had been experienced both in its fored, and was compelled to give bail of $500. mation and in preparations Cupahe voyage, The complainant, we understand, thinks that we sometimes doubted the success of himself entitled to 20,000 dollars indemni- the expedition. When the troops were on ty. The whole affair, however amnsing to Governor's Island, mothers, sisters, and the public, suggests some grave and grati- fair cousins, sought the recruits daily with fying reflections. It shows the necessity of tears in their eyes, beseeching them to rea law that will reach the great evil com- main, and numbers, overcome by their plained of, by which so many poor and entreaties, took advantage of what has honest men are cheated of their hard earn been facetioasty termed the “baby act," ings; and it evinces, on the other hand, a and obtained their dismission. These are feature of our institutions, of which we certainly no great loss, for not only were may justly be proud. When have we they generally under age, but deficient heard of a Lord Mayor of London being in fortitude and those other mauly qualiarrested for so slight a transgression of the ties essential to a pioneer in a hostile bounds of his duty ? Never. There is a country like California. We understand spirit awake in this land which examines that a great many highly respectable young with jealous care the slightest sin of irre men joined the regiment. Amongst these gularity or excess on the part of our pub. we may mention seven clerks from a great lic officers, and alack for those who are commercial house in this city. There devoid of the intelligence or integrity es can be no doubt that the expedition has sential to the just fultilment of their du been a dernier resort to a great many disties.
coutented and unemployed persons, and
that it has rid the city of a few huudred Abuses of the Prison System.-The an idlers who were neither useful to themnual report of the Prison Association pre- selves nor a credit to their friends. We sents for consideration and reform some have little faith in most of the complaints serious evils in our system of imprison- made against Col. Stephenson, the comment. It complaius in earnest terms, that mander of the regiment. Those who are a class of persons not convicted of any placed at the head of undisciplined men like crime, are received into our penitentiaries these, and whose duly it is to make sol. as being diseased or destitute, and that as diers of them, can alone know the various a prisoner is never dismissed until he obstacles which arise, and the ainuunt of asks to be discharged-if he choose to re dissatisfaction whicheven moder ate drilmaiu and be supported at the public ex. liug occasions. pense, his object can be easily obtained. We have now but to express our best This, however, seems to us the least im- wishes for the brilliant success of the exportant cause of regret; for wretches who pedition.