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Text for Page 192 [06-09-1880]

              [newspaper clipping]
    Mr. John Brougham, the actor, whose death
is announced by telegraph from New York, was born
in Dublin, in May, 1814, and was intended by his
parents for the medical profession.  His tastes were,
however, theatrical, and in 1880 he made his first ap-
pearance on the stage at the old Queen�s Theatre, in
Tottenham-street, in Moncrieff�s operatic extravaganza,
Tom and Jerry.  His next appearance was at the
Olympic under Madame Vestris.  In June, 1832, he
appeared with great success at the Haymarket, and
soon became a favourite at the �old house� in light
comedy, and in the delineation of Irish characters,
occasionally writing farces and minor dramas.  After
appearing with Madame Vestris�s company at the
Theatre Royal Covent Garden, he, in 1840, entered
upon the management of the Lyceum, where he pro-
duced his own extravaganza, Life in the Clouds, but
did not remain long, proceeding to America in
1842, where he subsequently took up his residence.
His first appearance in New York was at the
Park Theatre, as the Irish Lion, and according to
an American authority he was at once accepted as the
successor of the lamented Tyrone Power, who had been
lost in the steamer President in the year before.  Hence-
forward his career as a dramatist and actor was one of
great success.  He built the Lyceum (better known as
Wallack�s) Theatre, in New York, in 1850, but relin-
quished it in 1852, and managed the Bowery in
1856-7.  In 1859 he revisited London, and performed
at the Princess�s Theatre, subsequently joining the
company at the Lyceum under Mr. Charles Fechter�s
management.  In 1865 the deceased actor again ap-
peared at the Princess�s in Boucicault�s Irish drama of
Arrah-na-Pogue.  The same year he returned to New
York.  He had written many successful comedies,
dramas, and extravaganzas, among which his comedy
of Playing with Fire (first produced before a London
audience at the Princess�s in 1861) was perhaps the
best known. 

[Gunn�s handwriting] 
June 9, 1880.               
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