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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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by Brad Storey


the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Australia, and has been associated with many of the leading vocalists, male and female. He had, in his younger days, five engagements with the late Mr. Sims Reeves, and has taken his parts histrionically with many of the principal actors and actresses of his time. Mr. Story has done a lot of starring in many Shakesperian parts, his latest engagements being with Miss Ellen Terry. This restless man of many sides has lectured politically on the Irish question, has contributed papers on the South African War, on the causes of the Jameson Raid, and has been interviewed on the characteristics of present-day drama and stage management.

In succeeding pages will be found many press opinions of his stage work, his colonial politics, and some interesting reminiscences. He was engaged at the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908 to give a series of lectures on the Mont Blanc section of the Pennine, Alps, Vale of Chamounix, &c. Of one of these lectures an eminent literateur wrote in the Visitors' Book:- "The most intellectual and least banal lecture I have ever listened to."

During 1909 Mr. Story had been lecturing on the Zama, Otarudæ, Phocidæ, Natatores, &c., of the Torrid and Arctic Zones, at the Imperial Exhibition, Shepherd's Bush, in addition to giving recitals (selections from the poets) at St. James's Hall, and in the London suburbs; also in Sheffield, where he had the support of that city's celebrated choirs.

Mr. Story has always held strong imperialistic views, and has a great belief in England's mission to and among nations as the pioneer of civilisation, and the regeneration of peoples.

It has been his good fortune to have met in his extensive travels with that distinguished statesman, Sir John Macdonald, known as the Disræli of the Dominion of Canada. Sir John bears a remarkable resemblance to the illustrious English statesman. He was returned to power, says Mr. Story, on the policy of Protection, which has made British North America so prosperous. Sir John Macdonald has been described as "The Saviour of his adopted country."

Mr. Story has been associated with the National Reform Party in Johannesburg in 1892, and likewise with Sir Edmund Barton in the movement for the Federation of the Australian Colonies in 1898.

A theatrical biographical sketch will now follow, since it furnishes facts distinct from those imparted in the preceding pages.

Under the heading of "Our Biographies," which represents a series of brief life-sketches of managers, authors, actors, and actresses, is one of Mr. Story Gofton, in the Stage for December 15th, 1882.

Mr. Edward S. Gofton was born in 1846. at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; he was educated at the Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in that city, with a view to a commercial life. He entered the Civil Service, but relinquished it in 1869, and on June 24 of that year he made his first appearance on the stage at Bedford, under the management of a now well