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North Platte Telegraph
February 12, 1895
Never Was a home talent entertainment better advertised than was the Kirmness which was given by the Ladies Guild of the Episcopal church under the direction of Harry S. Stuff, at Lloyd's last Tuesday evening. A fairly good house was the result, though not as large as the merits of the entertainment warranted. It was positi- vely the neatest and prettiest performance ever performed here and fairly carried the audience away with its uniqueness and perfection of execution. Fifty-seven people were included in the caste and every one of the ten numbers were carried out without a single mistake which warrants a personal mention of the performers.
The first number, the Aristocrat, was [illegible] danced by Misses Louise [illegible] Margret Gillman, Lena [illegible] Abbie Shuman and Masters [illegible] Stuart, Ray Stuart, Guy Cong-,[illegible] - Walsh. The effect of [illegible] of such pretty and [illegible] costumes which was indeed grand.
The Highland fling was executed by Misses Blanche McNamara and Mabel Donehower. If one number deserves especial mention above another this one takes it. The Highland costume set off the pretty figures of the dancers in a most pleasing manner and the audience went wild with enthusiasm over the number. Twice did they respond to the uproarous applause and the dance was repeated throughout, before its spectators were satisfied.
The L'Espangnole, a Spanish dance, was the next number. It was executed by sixteen young ladies and gentlemen: Miss Edith Van Camp, Grace Bratt, Jessie Bratt, Ruth Patterson, Fannie Von Goetz, Eva Huntoon, Harriet McMakin, and Messrs, Ray C. Langford, F.B. Hartman, W. W. Hainline, Harry Heck, Asa Searle, Joe Perrot, Edward Weeks, and Edgar Donehower. The blending of the gorgeous Spanish costumes and perfection of the execution of the difficult changes brought forth tremendous applause and the participants were compel- led to repeat the number throughout.
Master Jay Stuart came next in the Sailor's Hornpipe. He was simply perfect and was heartily encored. LaEquestrieone by Mesdames Stuart, Clark, Donaldson, Blood, Wilson, Roth, Bare and Douglas was the sixth number on the program. This was an Amazonian march with the rapid and perfect evolutions of the most difficult figures carried out in a manner which would positively defy criticism. The costumes worn by the ladies were of the equestrian order-black riding habits, derby hats and each carrying the whip - and the jaunty and catchy effect brought forth meritorious applause.
Number Eight, the Colonial Minuet, brought out ten young ladies and gentlemen in colonial costumes, who executed this very pretty number in a manner which could not possibly be improved upon. The stateliness of the movements, graceful carriage and catchy music, were the combinations which united in making this the prettiest dance on the program. The performers, were Misses Mary Scharman, Mabel McNamara, Ruth Patterson, Eva Huntoon, Francis McNamara and Messrs. F. B. Hartman, Ray C. Langford, Edgar Donehower, W.W. Hainline and Howard Heck.
Dora Wright, Estelle Shuman, Blanche McNamara and Hattie Von Goetz, prettily costumed in pure white throughout, carried out the "Dance of the Dolls" in a most approved manner.
The Fashion dance came next and was the most difficult number to execute on the program, but Misses Edith Van Camp and Mattie Donehower brought out its gracefulness to a point of perfection and well deserved the hearty applause which they secured.
Lillian Heudy and Annie Sorensen were next seen in the "Flower Girls Gavotte" a very pretty number to which the executors did ample justice.
Next came the last and the climax capper of the evening -
the "Picaninny Dance" - by Dore Tarkington, Willie Dolson, Ernest
Dickerson and Fred Fredre[illegible]. Four little shavers with