At the Comedy Club, Chicago 18 Feb 1894 - Hopper recites "The Detective" by Thayer (Inter Ocean)
A of of of . - Tuesday was comedy night at the Forty Club. Pure comedy of the right sort held swav. There was a constant succession of bright comments, witty . remarks, and gentle touches of humor brightening the three hours that the club devoted to its monthly dinner at the Wellington Hotel. The loving cup was passed, add every guest and member looked into its depths and touched the tin rim without and the nectar within. And while each man smacked his lips every other happy fellow threw the arrow of wit from the bow of good fellowship to the general amassment of the company. In the early-part of the evening Biff Hall, who presided, used his "White Horse inn gavel." lAter he did not, as some envious members of the Fellowship Club disposed of It for humorous reasons. And then, after Ben .King had started tne ball of amusement on the piano, Major Moses p. uandy expatiated ' upon "The Mistakes of Moses" in bis hap piest wav. emiihasixiur the fact that his greatest mifnake was in not coming into the Forty Club fold three years ago, before Its members were so anxious to see The Fair. Major Handy's remarks were re markably witty lor a man who had lived In Philadelphia. De Wolf Hopper recited in most amusing fashion a gem -oi witty ver- mucauou, J oe XJriecuve, ' wnitea oj Air. Thaver, of Worcester, Mass., and worthy of W. S. Gilbert. Then be gave "Casey at the Bat"1 ia two -different wave, the contrast -being . delicious. - -One - of 4 be most - clever and artistic offerings ever laid at the Forty Club s shrine of humor was Richard Golden's illustration of two doe- tors in Maine or rather three doctors. One was dead, the other was wonder ia aasnranee aad qutckery, while the third combined the aaaoeiate duties of nhvsieian and undertaker and . threw plenty of busi ness In one d -partment to himself In the other. As an illustration of character it was unique, perfect, and mirth-provoking in a btgn,degree There was also a perfect avalsnche of dialect stories told inimitably by John W. Ransorae. There were other bright offerings, musical and literary, by C. A. Dew. R a Stevens. Colonel Henry L. Turner, Judge Horton,. H. ti Chatne Id-Tay lor. Slaaon Thompson. Judge Tat hill. P. W. Dunne, and Frank Murray.