THE DIARY OF HARRY B. CLEVELAND

FEBRUARY 1900

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1900 - Severely cold. River closing up again. Rehersal tonight.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1900 - Moderating perceptibly, and it is a welcome change.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1900 - Senator Goebel passed away from the effects of last Tuesday's shooting affray. Kentucky is on the verge of civil war, and the President has been asked to intervene. Civilization how thou art advancing.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1900 - Threatening with rain toward night which later changed to snow. Not feeling very well; I stayed in until evening, when I went down to S'- and spent the evening there, coming home about eleven. F.-S.- is going to run for alderman on the Democratic Ticket. For the life of me I can't see what a man in his poor health wants of politics. He will regret it I am perfectly sure.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1900 - Somewhat colder and very treacherous underfoot.
Wrote a long letter to J.-W.- today.
Princess Ida rehersal tonight. Finished the prologue. Have not touched the 1st and 2nd acts yet and the first per- formance only two weeks off. I turn cold when I think of it. My diary will be some- what neglected for the coming two weeks or more.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1900 - Clear and bright. A goodly portion of the day. Mr. B - away and work very light at the office. Spent the evening reading the "Merchant Of Venice". Find it full of previously undiscovered beauties. It is on of Shakespears most perfect plays in my opinion, which may or may not be worth much.
England is still anxiously awaiting some news of Buller's movements which are shrouded in secrecy.

NO ENTRIES: FEB 7 THROUGH 13

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1900 - Rehersal at Warner's Hall tonight. Very narrow and not at all adapted to the work. We managed fairly well however.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1900 - Mr. and Mrs. Dixie came tonight for the last rehersal of the Princess Ida the initial performance of which takes place Tuesday evening next. I tremble for the result, although we may whip it into shape.

NO ENTRY: FEB 16

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1900 - Played pedro tonight. Frank S - & Franc B. - against Mrs. S - and myself. Came out even 6 games apiece. We are still one game ahead on the Winter's play.

NO ENTRY: FEB 18

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1900 - Rehersal until 1:30 AM and reached home at 2 AM nearly played out. Don't think I could be hired to take part in another amateur production of anything. A full dress rehersal is called for tomorrow at 9 AM. The orchestra was with us tonight and played the score splendidly. Costumes came tonight.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1900 - Rehersal from 10 until 1:30 this afternoon. Very rough work. The first performance tonight was very uneven and in spots extremely bad. We managed to finish it however, and I believe tomorrow night's rendition will be much better, the result of more confidence as much as anything. Goodly audience.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1900 - The Advertiser gushes in a most sickening manner over last evening's performance of Princess Ida.
Tonights rendition was much smoother and upon the whole very good. I believe it gave general satisfaction as amateur performances go. An immense audience - standing room only.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1900 - The matinee today and the evening performance were as finished for amateur productions as one could ask for, and they were witnessed by enormous crouds. Financially, the Princess Ida has been a huge success. Had we been able to more thoroughly reherse the stage business, an artistic success it would have been beyond question.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1900 - The Princess Ida showed a net profit of about $400.00 which goes to the choir fund.

NO ENTRIES: FEB 24 - FEB 28


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