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The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, September 20, 1864


MAGUIRE'S OPERA HOUSE. - Mr. J. H. Warwick made his first appearance in an intensely sensational drama called "The Bottle." The play shows the unhappy results to a man of family which follow too close a devotion to the ardent, to the neglect of his regular business. Tableaux occur in it illustrative of Cruickshank's celebrated pictures. It is rather overwrought in the misery line, and a man who sits it out will be inclined to neglect his favorite brandy and water for a week or more. It has no comforting wind-up, as in "The Drunkard," where the reformed inebriate sings "Home; Sweet Home," in the midst of a family group and with his arm about his wife's waist; but after a series of unrelieved wretchedness, the least of which is murder, the unfortunate man in "The Bottle" dies in delirium tremens. Warwick was impressive in the principal character, Richard Thornley; and Mrs. Perry made a good deal out of the suffering wife. The drama will be repeated this evening, together with the farce of "His Last Legs."

WILSON-ZOYARA CIRCUS. - Some of the acrobatic feats at the pavilion excite the wonder of spectators. The most wonderful movements of the body are executed with a grace and precision that arouse unqualified admiration. Zoyara has the superb black horse Othello under the most perfect control, and he executes her bidding in the menage act with remarkable docility and accuracy - "like a Christian," as an enthusiastic horse man suggested. The camels are interesting; and altogether the show is very complete, and deserves to be visited by all.

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