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Neilson's True History

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A great deal of nonaense is being pub lished, writes Mr; Joseph Ilatton to th New York 'limos, about Xeilson's early life It is romtntic to set it forth that sbe wt born of a mothcr in Saragossa riie trath is, she was born at Huil, of poo out honeut Yorksbire parcnts. Sbe oame to London about sevonteen years ago. 1 gentleman of position met her quite aoei dcntally in a West End treet. Ho took a personal interest in her and became he " protector and friend." She then callee herself Lilly Gordon. Her London friem advised her to enter upon some useful occu pation. She said ehe had left home through family njisunderstanding. Ho placod lie under tlic care of an old lady at Brixton, a third-rate suburb of London. Here she oonimenced her early education, which hac to be begun froru the very rudiments o reading and wiiting. She manifested a de sire to go upon tho stage. Her friend. placed her under the tutelage of Mr. John Kyder, tho well-known English tragedian After six months of study Mr. Ryder pro Bounced bis pupil " hopeless." Her man ner, habits, and pronunciation altogether unütted her, he said, forthe "profession.' She spoke in a strong Yorkshire dialect and was both awkward and ungainly Honest John llyder declined to waste further time upon her, and refused the libera drafts of madcmoiselle'a patrón. At the same timo he pointed out to the girl her dofects, and explained to her what she bhould do in her earnest efforts to surniount them. She went into comparative retirement and seclusion to practice Ryder's lessoDS. Sis or eight months later she went back to him, and he said : " My dcar child, 1 find in jou so mach pluck and energy, so niueh honest induotry, and also so imuJi iiuprovciaent since last jrou read to me tliat I gíve yon hop of success." She was bis pupil again for a few months, and then she went to Paris under the care of Mrs. Stirling, the eminent actress, for the purpose of combining with her artistic studies thut of' languages. Here for months sbe worked night and day, and returned to London greatly improved, speaking and writing French, and demonstrating to llyder that her counjge and industry were etrong enough to conquer even her worst physical defcets of pronunciation. Her London friend spared no expense to advance lier interests, and at last she made her mark as an actress. On the night of her great suecess as "AmyRobsart" (after she had ïelinquished the " protecting " care of her first frieud in town), she gave a supper at her house in Argyle street. ltwas attended by the elite of aristocratie society, in so lar íh the male representatives of art were concerned. Her early patrón was there. Tn presence of the asseinbled guests she crossed the room to where he stood, flung her arms around his neek, and in a flood of tears thanked him for her success. Since then she has had a brilliant career. There are incidentts in it which may be lamented, but Neilson was " more sinned against than sinning." In spite of her wealth and her fame they carrisd her in a wicker basket the other day, dead, from a Paris restaurant to the morgue. Admiral Glyn, her latest admirer, followed her tluther. His grief touched even the French reporters, and excited tho respectful sympathy of tho crowd of lookers-on. Neüson's death bas excited a deep and widespread sorrow in the theatrieal ciroles of' J.ondon.


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