San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin
16 May 1877

Mark Twain and Bret Harte's Play--"Ah Sin" at Washington--
A Vote on its Success.

WASHINGTON, May 7th.--The new American play by Mark Twain and Bret Harte entitled Ah Sin was produced to-night for the first time at Ford's National Theatre. Parsloe in the leading character evoked great laughter and applause from a densely crowded audience. At the conclusion on the play Mr. Parsloe was called before the curtain accompanied by Mr. Varney, who read the following telegram from Mark Twain:

                HARTFORD, Conn., May 7th.
CHARLES T. PARSLOE: I am on the sick list, and therefore cannot come to Washington, but I have prepared two speeches--one to deliver in the event of the failure of the play, and the other if successful. Please tell me which I shall send. May be better to put it to a vote.


Mr. Varney accordingly put the question, and the immense audience unanimously voted the play a success.

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