Though much of her early life, including her real name and exact date of birth, remains in shadow, Laura Keene is thought to have come from a well-to-do background.
Quelqu'un reports that the General was present several times at Nixon's during the week and was present on Tuesday, when one of the acrobatic Hanlons (Thomas) fell forty feet and nearly broke his neck. Quelqu'un partially blames the General, claiming that if the General were to properly applaud and recognize these performers, they would be able to complete their stunts correctly. He generally criticizes the General's difficulty in being "moved." After announcing that he is giving the General a "farewell salute" until there is anything worth reporting about the theaters, Quelqu'un gives a brief listing of the current news in the theater. He follows this with a discussion of the new "Law, or Act" passed on April 17, 1860, known as the Sunday Laws, which directly benefit the Society for the Reform of Juvenile Delinquents. Managers who are in violation of these Laws will be fined, and the fines will benefit the Society. Quelqu'un reprints these Laws for the General and encourages the General to issue an injunction. Quelqu'un finishes the Feuilleton by reporting on Jefferson's success at Laura Keene's Theatre.
Quelqu'un reports that at Laura Keene's Theatre "Jefferson is making so much money that he don't speak anymore to common people, but walks dreamily up and down Broadway, diligently engaged in not solving the great problem of life, and crying out, at intervals, as he jingles the coin in his pocket, 'Come on my Duff,/And damned be he who first cries "Hold, enough!"'" (3).
Quelqu'un reports that Jefferson has been very successful in his run as manager of Laura Keene's Theatre (3).
Quelqu'un reports that the "young and popular artists" at Wallack's have announced that they cannot stay in New York any longer and the theater has been forced to "announce their eighteen last nights" (3).
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