Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

 -  Our duet was not sung,
because I was seized with an attack of stage fright at the last
rehearsal, so - Page 230
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Our Duet Was Not Sung, Because I Was Seized With An Attack Of Stage Fright At The Last Rehearsal, So Sergeant Mann Sang An Exquisite Solo In Place Of The Duet, Which Was Ever So Much Nicer.

I was with Mrs. Joyce in one scene of her pantomime, "John Smith," which was far and away the best part of the entertainment.

Mrs. Joyce was charming, and showed us what a really fine actress she is. The enlisted men went to laugh, and they kept up a good-natured clapping and laughing from first to last.

It was surprising that so many of the Sun River and ranch people came, for the night was terrible, even for Montana, and the roads must have been impassable in places. Even here in the post there were great drifts of snow, and the path to the theater was cut through banks higher than our heads. It had been mild and pleasant for weeks, and only two nights before the entertainment we had gone to the hall for rehearsal with fewer wraps than usual. We had been there about an hour, I think, when the corporal of the guard came in to report to the officer of the day, that a fierce blizzard was making it impossible for sentries to walk post. His own appearance told better than words what the storm was. He had on a long buffalo coat, muskrat cap and gauntlets, and the fur from his head down, also heavy overshoes, were filled with snow, and at each end of his mustache were icicles hanging.

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