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PAUL, Howard, actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 November, 1835. In 1850 he went to England, and after essaying journalism he brought out, in conjunction with John Leech, who furnished the drawings, a serial entitled "Dashes of American Humor, or Yankee Stories" (London; New York, 1853). This work attained immediate popularity, both in England and the United States. He then turned his attention to writing for the London stage, and produced various pieces of a light character. This was followed with a drama," A Mob Cap," at Drury Lane theatre. About this time Mr. Paul married "Isabelle Featherstone, and in 1854 he made his first appearance on the stage at Bath in a farce of his own composition, entitled "My Neighbor Opposite." Subsequently he wrote and produced "Locked Out," a pleasing trifle that proved widely popular throughout Great Britain and subsequently in this country. In 1858 he brought out "Patchwork," a combination of songs and dialogue, and the forerunner of a kind of entertainment that has since been popular. After playing his own adaptation, from the French, " Thrice Married," Mr. and Mrs. Paul came to the United States, where they made an extended tour. Their last visits to this country were made in 1866-'7 and 1869. Of late years Mr. Paul has rarely appeared in public, but has been more or less concerned in theatrical affairs, at times as a manager. Besides the works mentioned above, he has written "The Young Chemist" Pastimes for Youth" (London, 1851) ; " The Book of American Songs, with Notes, Biographical and Critical" (1857)" "Patchwork Embroidered with Art, Whim, and Fancy" (1859) ; " Clever Things said by Children" (1886)" and " Funny Stories that will make You Laugh out Loud" (188% Mr. Paul has also been a frequent contributor to the press on literary and artistic subjects.--His wife, Isabelle Featherstone, singer, born in Dartford, Kent, England, about 1835" died in England, 8 June, 1879, was the possessor of a contralto voice of extraordinary power and compass. With proper training she would have taken a high position on the lyric stage, but she was satisfied with playing a range of characters that were entirely unworthy of her. After studying in France and Italy, she appeared in London, in 1853, as Captain Macheath in the "Beggars' Opera," winning an easy triumph. The opera was revived the following season at the Haymarket. Besides acting jointly with her husband, she made a success by staging tenor parts in an English adaptation of Offenbach's "Grande Duchesse," and in his "Genevieve de Brabant" in the original French, the latter being given in New York city. Mrs. Paul was perhaps best known by her almost perfect imitation of the English tenor, Sims Reeves. In 1869 she essayed the part of Lady Macbeth in London. Her last important appearance was in Gilbert and Sullivan's opera of the "Sorcerer."
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