Adeline Whiteoak, Irish by birth, came from India to Canada in
1852, with her husband, Captain Philip Whiteoak, an ex-officer of
Hussars and here she lived till her death in 1926. Here she and her
family proudly cherished the customs which were their tradition.
It had been her ambition to live to be a hundred and she achieved
this, with a year added. I have chosen this scene of her death be-
cause it was very characteristic of her living. Also because in my
play--Whiteoaks--which had more than eight hundred perform-
ances in London and a successful run in New York, this scene was
so admirably played by Miss Nancy Price and Miss Ethel Barrymore.
Here we see Adeline surrounded by her family--her daughter,
Augusta, her sons Nicholas and Ernest, her four grandsons and her
grand-daughter, Meg, children of her dead son, Philip. Meg is
married to Maurice Vaughan whose illegitimate daughter, Pheasant
was an unwelcome addition to the family when she married Meg's
Young Finch and Adeline have a secret between them. He has
been going to her room, late at night, finding in his aged grand-
mother the sympathy he so greatly needed.
MAZO DE LA ROCHE
OLD ADELINE was being dressed for tea by Augusta. That is, she was having her hair tidied, her best cap with the purple ribbon rosettes put on, and her box of rings displayed before her. She had felt a little tired when she waked from her afternoon nap, so she had had Augusta put a peppermint drop into her mouth, and she mumbled this as she looked over her rings. She chose them with especial care, selecting those of brilliant contrasting stones, for the rector was to be present, and she knew that he disapproved of such a show of jewels on such ancient hands, or indeed on any hands.