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	       Mrs. Robertson�s Stories.
She narrated, also, how she, in combination
with a theatre full of Jews, contrived to damn
Bourcicaults �Irish Heiress,� in revenge for the �Lon-
don Assurance affair.�   The author had swindled
one of the �peoplesh� and they, being provided with
gratuitous tickets of admission by Mrs. B., were in-
structed, ingeniously, not to hiss but to hush down
any manifestation of applause, so that the actors
lost spirits and the play fell so flat upon the
audience, that it was not repeated.  She told, too,
the story of Bourcicault�s annexation of Agnes Rob-
ertson, in more minute detail than I had heard
before, surmising that the pair got married only
when in New Orleans.       She alleged that she
had met Bourcicault�s father (?) Dionysius Lard-
ner, with Mrs. Heavyside at the Charleston Hotel,
S. C., Lardner summoning her, Mrs. B. to the
bedside of his female companion, during an attack
of sickness.       Mrs. B. knew my old governor,
Sam Beazley and spoke of him.       Beautiful Mrs.
Nisbett she characterized as an irreclaimable
sloven, and one who got occasionally drunk on
champagne.                 I think the narrator herself
could take her toddy willingly and am pretty
sure that she swears.      The whole evening remind-
ed me of my experience in Mrs. Leave�s theatrical
boarding-house.        Robertson had something to do               
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