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The American Consul, E. C. Soule, ESQ., at Cardiff, will give a short Talk and will introduce The Rev. H. E. Fosdick, D.D., LL.D., New York, who will speak on "The Significance of Independence Day".

Abraham Lincoln
A Play by John Drinkwater.
Performed by The Station Repertory Company.

Scene I: The Parlour of Abraham Lincoln's house at Springfield, Illinois, early in 1860. Mr. Stone, a Farmer, and Mr. Cuffney, a Storekeeper, both men of between 50 and 60, are sitting before an early spring fire. It is dusk, but the curtains are not drawn. The men are smoking silently.

Scene II: A year later, Seward's room at Washington.
William Seward, Secretary of State, is seated at his table with Johnson White and Caleb Jennings, representing the Commissioners of the Confederate States.

Scene III: Nearly two years later. A small Reception Room at the White House.
Mrs. Lincoln, dressed in a fashion perhaps a little too considered, despairing as she now does of any sartorial grace in her husband, and acutely conscious that she must meet this necessity of office alone, is writing. She rings the bell, and Susan, who has taken her promotion more philosophically, comes in.

Scene IV: About the same date. A Meeting of the Cabinet at Washington.
Smith has gone and Cameron has been replaced by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War. Otherwise the Ministry, completed by Seward, Chase, Hook, Blair, and Welles, is as before. They are now arranging themselves at the table, leaving Lincoln's place empty.

Scene V: An April evening in 1865. A Farmhouse near Appomatox.
General Grant, Commander-in-Chief, under Lincoln, of the Northern Armies, is seated at a table with Captain Malins, an aide-de-camp. He is smoking a cigar, and at intervals he replenishes his glass of whisky. Dennis, an Orderly, sits at a table in the corner, writing.

Scene VI: The evening of April 14th, 1865. The small lounge of a Theatre.
On the far side are the doors of three private boxes. There is silence for a few moments. Then the sound of applause comes from the auditorium beyond. The box doors are opened. In the centre box can be seen Lincoln and Stanton, Mrs. Lincoln, another lady, and an officer, talking together.
The occupants come out from the other boxes into the lounge, where small knots of people have gathered from different directions, and stand or sit talking busily.


E. C. Soule
Speaker (The Significance of Independence Day):
The Rev. H. E. Fosdick
Writer (Abraham Lincoln):
John Drinkwater
Produced and Directed by (Abraham Lincoln):
E. R. Appleton
Entr'actes and Interludes by:
The Station Orchestra
Susan Deddington:
Edith Lester Jones
Mrs. Lincoln:
Haidee Gunn
Haidee Gunn
Abraham Lincoln:
Frank Royd
Supported by:
The Gwent Players

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