Theatre: Fourth Farewell

The first Gillette settled in Connecticut in 1636, begat a long line. His great-great-great-great grandson served out an unexpired term in the U. S. Senate in 1854-55, made one savage speech against slavery. Senator Gillette's son William went to Yale, turned actor. In Newark, N. J. last week William Gillette, now a ripe, round 80, smeared on greasepaint for his fourth farewell appearance. The play was Austin Strong's Three Wise Fools, first produced in 1918.

As the crusty old banker who upsets the stiff routine of his and his cronies' lives to...

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