The Piqua Daily Call 8 Jul 1897: Hopper Meets Thayer

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The Piqua Daily Call 8 Jul 1897: Hopper Meets Thayer - | I his , Casey at tlie Bat. "After I had...
| I his , Casey at tlie Bat. "After I had recited'Casey at the. Bat' for the thousandth time," said De Wolf Hopper at the Press club the other evening, "I met the man who wrote the piece. I first saw Thayer I think, at the Players' club, Kew York. I pictured him in my mind as a big, strong, manly looking fellow of a decidedly athletic build. "Imagine my surprise, upon introduction, to find him a small, pale faced man, almost effeminate in appearance.^ , I asked him for his version of 'Casey, \ curious to know just what the author s interpretation would be. "I was disappointed. He ran through tbe several verses in the most ordinary i tone of voice, with an absence of ges- 1 ture and with scarcely a rising or fall- I IDP inflection to relieve the monotony i of" his expression. But for the word's | you might have fancied he was read- i i ing a spring poem. ' "'The worst of all came when he reached the'Kill him; kill the umpire]' part You know how the cranks say it l_ju«t roar it out savagely, as though they mean it. But Thayer put no particular emphasis on the lines. He spoke them just as he had the rest of it, m a sad 'fireman, save my child' style, cou- vey'ing absolutely no idea of the am- j mositv of the Mudville rooters toward I the umpire who dared to call strikes on ] their champion. . "I was heartbroken when he, concluded. Some way his rendition didn't «eem right, it wasn't the real thing. 1 flattered myself that I had the correct "Mv reflections were rtidely disturbed A drunken actor friend of mine, then traveling with me, who had heard me recite the piece many times and in whose judgment I reposed the greatest confidence, had listened to Thayer with the most rapt attention. "Turning to me, he said in dead car- nest, 'I think you could make it go better that way.' I ' 'Perhaps you understand why I don t I recite the thing any more."— Minneap- i olis Times. Pa, (who my boy, impression your world to rapidly— be properly tlie sure and Mrs. for "children softens colic diarrhoea. J government, 000 000 receives the a million. and $200,000 president 000 enormous stupendous §0,000,000,000, incurred Italy king of family. simple cultivate! 2 000 'The with

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  1. The Piqua Daily Call,
  2. 08 Jul 1897, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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