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[three o'clock for the youthful branches of fami-
lies. The oriental parade of "The Pacha's
Daughter;" Mrs. Howard, as Zuleika, will di-
rect the fairy movements. Carpet Gymnastics,
by a whole troupe of twenty gymnasts - Clowns,
May and G. Stone. The Allegory of the Deeds
of General Taylor. The whole to conclude with
a burlesque sketch called "The Emigrants from
France and Germany" - Monsieur Le Voyageur,
Mr. F. Whittaker; Sam Davis, Master Davis;
Hans Von Geltlieber, G. Stone; Clown, Genfle-
man John May.

March 19th, Mr. B. Young's benefit, a new
American drama, full of thrilling incidents,
(two acts,) written by a literary gentleman of
Philadelphia, called "The Doom; or, The Fra-

March 22d was appointed for the benefit of
John Wiser, principal scene-painter to this es-
tablishment, to whose exertions and severe
study were owning many of the effects produced
in the succession of gorgeous spectacles produced
for the last few years. Mr. Wiser said in his
bill, "The school of American painters cheer
fully confess the extreme beauty and superior-
ity of his immense panoramas, which were the
talk of the whole city. He is hopeful that this
his first attempt at a benefit will be generously
met by a just and discrimiating public." After
the ring performances was produced, the first
time at this theatre, the melodramatic spec-
tacle, founded on Marto Martini's Tales of the
Genii, called "Cherry and Fair Star" - Sanguin-
back, C. Foster; Giafer, N. Johnson; Tepack,
Jefferson; Hasserbad, Cartlitch; Cherry, Mrs.
Myers; Fair Star, Miss Eberle; Papillo, Miss
Borette; Ariana, Mrs. Fester.

March 23d, Mr. Joseph Jefferson's benefit, a
grand union of dramatic and equestrian excel-
lence. The arena entertainments to commence
with Master G. W. Derious, entitled "The
english Horse Jockey; or, The Race-Course."
Burnell Runnells in a fine serio-comic national
act, " Our Army Heroes at Home and Abroad,"
will ride in the native costume of the Western
volunteer, and exhibit the wily cunning but
valor of a bold Texan Ranger, and also the gal-
lant and noble Colonel Harding, whose honor-
able death he will represent in the heat of a
furious battle. An extravaganza was acted,
called "Bears not Beasts" - Spivin Gasall, Peter
Puddledock, copartners in a traveling menagerie,
Charles Foster and Joseph jefferson; Mustapha,
a Vizler, Cartlitch.

March 26th, John May took a farewell bene-
fit under the patronage of the Harmony Engine
of Philadelphia and the Junior Fire company
of Reading. A new arena scene, called "Jakey
out on a Spree," founded on fact (of course) -
Jakey, with comic transformations, E. Derious,
with other multitudinous arena performances,
by Rivers, Runnells, Sam and William Walker,
G. Dunbar, Mrs. Howard, &c.

"Mr. Welch, with a proper sense of deference
for the liberal and continued support he has re-
ceived from the citizens of Philadelphia, an-
nounces his benefit for Wednesday evening,
March 28th, 1849.

"Premising that the large establishment which
he has the honor to conduct affords employ-
ment to three hundred and fity persons con-
nected with the arts, the beneficiary believes
his appreciation of every grade of talent is more
liberal than that of any other conductor of pub-
lic entertainment; and he is well assured that
his expenditure in the city of Philadelphia
alone can easily be proved to exceed $20,000
yearly for equestrian and stage embellishments,
and entirely exclusive of $2000 weekly for sala-
ries of artists, performers, support for animals,

&c., &c., all of which has been confined to
the merchants and tradesmen of Philadlephia

The performances were composed of the usual
routine upon the arena and the stage.

March 29th was a ticket night for the at-

March 30th, 1849, Miss Mary Duff's benefit,
but whose name did not appear in the bill for
any character. Horsemanship by the entire
company of equestrians. The drama of "The
Doom; or, The Fratricide" - Louise Merot, Mrs.
Myers; - with the equestrian drama of "The
Terror of the Road" - the part of the Maniac
(the Gipsy) by Mrs. Myers; Miss Duff having
played them originally here.

The Circus corps under General Welch, who
was the lessee of the National Amphiteatre,
closed its season of 1849 on Saturday, March
31st, with a benefit to Joseph Foster, the stage
manager, whose exertions and ability in the
production of the splendid melo-dramatic no-
velties had been very conspicuous and at-

Mr. Joseph Foster opened the same theatre on
Monday, 2d of April, 1849, as its sub-lessee,
with stage performances, and especially horse-
pieces; with many new engagements of per-
formers, viz: Mr. Crocker, from the Park Thea-
tre, New York; Mr. Richardson; John Ellsler,
comic actor; Mr. Honey, the talented acrobat
of England and France; Mrs. Walker, of the
Royal Victoria, London. He opened with Wm.
Leman Rode's most popular comedietta, called
"The Old and Young Stager" - Sir Pompaour
Puffendale, Bart., (his first appearance here,)
Mr. Ellsler; Clement, his son, (first appearance
here,) Mr. Crocker; Miss Lucy Stocks, (first ap-
pearance here,) Mrs. Walker. A Gymnasium
Interlude, by Messrs. William and Samuel
Walker; - with the melo-drama of "Mazeppa,"
with full cast and all its wonderlul accessories.

Chapter One Hundred.
The National Amphiteatre, Ninth and Chesnut
streets - Season of 1849 - '50 - Joseph Foster,
manager - The Walker brothers - Jim Sandford's
Serenaders - "The King of the Mist" - "Pat
Lyon" - Mrs. Myers - Miss E. Murray - Wm.
Murray - Close of the spring and summer sea-
son - Opening for a summer and full season, by
Harrington & Gardner - G. S. Kames & Co.
succeed them as managers - Rice - W. W.
Hamblin - End of their season - R. Sands & Co.,
managers - W. F. Wallett - Kate and Ellen
Bateman - Close of the season - The opening-
Spalding & Rogers, managers - "The Apollo-
nicon - Close of the season.

The National Amphitheatre, corner of Ninth
and Chesnut streets, was, in the spring and fall
of 1849, and the spring of 1850, under the ma-
nagement of Mr. Joseph Foster, to whom Gen.
Welch had let it during his vacation and visit
to England and Continental Europe. Mr. Fos-
ter opened his campaign on Monday evening,
April 2d, 1849, with an attractive bill. In addi-
tion to the stage company under Mr. Welch, the
new members were Mr. Crocker, from the Park
theatre; Mr. Richardson (of the Walnut Street
Theatre); Mr. John Ellsler, the comedian;
Mr. Honey, the acrobat of England and
France; Mrs. Walker, of the Royal Victoria,
London. A very lively comedietta was the
first piece, called "The Old and Young Stager"
- Sir Pompadour, Bart., (his first appearance
at this theatre,) Mr. J. Ellsler; Clement, his
son, (his first appearance here,) Mr. Crocker;
Stocks (a hosier), Mr. Macklin; Topple (coach-
man to Sir Pompadour), Mr. Cartlitch; Timo

thy (his son, not a bad boy, industrious to his
profession, &c., &c)., Mr. Charles Foster;
James (valet to Sir Pompadour), Mr. George
Browne; Lady Puffendale, Mrs. Stickney;
Laura, Mrs. Myers; Miss Lucy Stocks, (her
first appearance here,) Mrs. Walker; Susan,
Mrs. Foster. Mr. A. Jamieson commenced the
entertainments with a grand pot pourri over-
ture. A rand Gymnasium Scene was given by
the Walker broters, William and Samuel, of
moving the two globes; Mr. Dunbar, in his
Chinese Pagoda Equilibrium; Mr. Honey-
scene a classic grove near Athens - made his
first appearance in many herculean feats of
force and vigor, assisted by S. Lee and W. & S.
Walker. The whole concluded with the melo-
dramatic spectacle of "Mazeppa; or, The
Wild Horse of Tartary" - The Castellan of Lau-
renski, Mr. G. F. Browne; The Count Premis-
laus, Mr. Crocker; Drolinsko, Mr. Jefferson;
Olinska, Mrs. Myers; Zemila (with songs), Mrs.
Berette; Agatha, Mrs. Stickney; Mazeppa
(under the assumed name of Cassimer), Mr. C.
Foster: Abder Khan. Mr. N. Johnson; Thamar,
Mr. Marchael; other parts by Messrs. Asher,
Weaver, Richardson, Bayley, Williams, &c.;
Oneiza (a Tartar village girl), Mrs. Foster;
Shepherdess (of the Steppes), Mrs. WAlker.
There was much good scenery in this piece, the
moving panorama depicting the vaired scenes
of landscape between Poland and the romantic
borders of Tartary. Steppes, mountains, roll-
ing rapids, gorges, etc., was a tout ensemble of
fine views. This revival was quite a "hit,"
and "Mazeppa" ran a very successful course
of many nights. The prices remained the same
as in General Welch's governorship. Mr. Cart-
litch as the old, and Mr. C. Foster as the young
stager, were extremely well received in those
characters for many nights.

Saturday, April 7th, was produced for the first
time in two years, the most popular equestrian
drama of "Mad Anthony Wayne," written by
Mr. James Rees. This was re-produced with
newly painted scenery, uniforms, national
flags and appropriate accessories, founded on
undoubted historical facts, all under the super-
vision of Mr. Joseph Foster. Anthony Wayne,
(surnamed Mad Anthony, on account of his
dauntless spirit ahd amazing exploits,) Mr.
C. Foster; Meypole, Mr. Crocker; Syntax, (his
first appearance in that character,) Mr. N.
Johnson; Bobby, Mr. Weaver; Barber, Mr.
Michael; doane, Mr. Browne; Jackson, Mr.
Ashmer; General Abercrombie, Mr. Richardson;
Guerestergo, (a schem and chief ef the neigh-
boring Indians,) Mr. Cartlitch; Whyanca, (his
reputed son,) Mrs. Myers; Mrs. marlowe, Mrs.
Borette; Sally, Mrs. Foster; Mary, Mrs.
Walker; Dolly, Mrs. McCormick. This na-
tional equestrian drama had also a very suc-
cessful gallopade.

April 9th, "The Forty Thieves" was pre-
sented, with no less than thirty new scenes by
Mr. John Wiser - Morgiana, with tamborine
dance, Mrs. Borette; Mustapha (the cobbler),
Mr. Jefferson. This was followed by four won-
derful acrobats; superb air evolutions on la
corde volante, by Mr. W. Walker, introducing
his one hundred somersets. They were suc-
ceeded by the first appearance of Jim Sand-
ford's justly popular band of original Virginia
Serenaders, under the superintendence of Mr. W.
Horn. Musical Director, Mr. Thomas Bower.
The performer on the AEolian accordion, Mr.
William Trucksess, was deemed the greatest
player in the country. A true representation]

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