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tionist of great note, but possesses poetical ability of rare excellence as well. Her poem of fifteen verses, "At Eventide it Shall be Light," composed in one hour, from 12:30 to 1:30 A. M., at the time of her father's death, is indeed very excellent and would do credit, due credit, to any American poet. The poem closes with the following two verses in a most pathetic manner:

He left that tenement, that house of clay.
He took that spirit, bright and fair as day.
The cne we bore to yonder "city of the dead,"
The other, clothed immortal, dwells with Christ our head.

O when that "Day of God"' shall come.
When we shall hear the happy sonnd, "Well done."
In joy we'll sweep through gates of light.
With souls all pure and garments white.

The following are a few of the many press notices of her ability and popularity:

Miss Hallie O. Brown, the elocutionist, who has always been a great favorite with Xenia audiences, was cheered to the echo, and in some of her pieces was really interrupted by the continuous applause. She certainly excels in her character delineations and varied modulations of tone three-fourths of the elocutionists on the stage.—Daily Gazette, Xenia, O.

Miss Hallie O-Brown, the elocutionist with the company, was loudly applauded. Many credit Miss Brown with being one of the best elocutionists before the public.—Indianapolis Times.

Miss Brown the elocutionist, is a phenomenon, and deserves the highest praise. She is a talented lady, and deserves all the encomiums that she receives.—The Daily Sun, Vincennes, Ind.

The select reading of Miss Hallie O. Brown was very fine. From grave to gay, from tragic to comic, with a great variation of themes and humors, she seemed to succeed in all, and her renderings were the spice of the night's performance.—Monitor, Marion, Illinois.