AN actor played a season at Richmond theatre for the privilege only of

having a benefit. When his night came, and having to sustain a principal

part in the piece, the whole of his audience (thirty in number), hissed

him whenever he appeared. When the piece ended, he came forward and

said, Ladies and gentlemen, I return you my sincere thanks for your

kindness, but when you mean to hiss me again on my benefit night, I hope

you will be at least six times as many as are here to-night.

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