Jayhawker: A Play in Three Acts

Jayhawker: A Play in Three Acts

Jayhawker: A Play in Three Acts

Jayhawker: A Play in Three Acts

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The version here printed of Jayhawker differs in certain ways from what was actually played in New York, though it differs from the version played in Washington, three weeks before the New York opening, only a little -- and that little in the retention of speeches and lines that were elided to speed up the action of the play.

What may be known as the New York, or Fourth Folio, edition reversed the order of the two scenes in Act II, so that on the stage the glory-hole episode opened the act in order to establish visually the possibility of Ace Burdette's becoming extremely sick of the war which he had so joyously helped to start. And in the New York version, the glory-hole scene was considerably cut from the version here displayed, with Will still enraptured of the nobility of Ace and on his behalf ready to help everybody to do what is known as "dying for his country" -- as though one did not immediately cease to have a country, once he has died for it.

Will, then, in the New York edition, does not learn the news of Ace's turning honest and plotting for peace until Act III, where he is seen, along with Vic Rousseau, recuperating from wounds in the Washington house of Ace Burdette, and instead of being killed, after his rev-

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