EDWARD A. SOTHERN.
The birthday of Edward A. Sothern was the first of April, and his middle name was Askew. Those facts he mentioned to me, in a frolic spirit and with a quizzical smile, as indicative of his obvious predilection to whimsicality. He was the most whimsical of actors; but beneath his whimsicality there was a fine intelligence. He possessed a keen perception of character, a quick sense of humour, and a potent faculty of imitation, combined with ample knowledge of human nature and of the social world. His natural qualifications for the vocation of acting were of exceptional and decisive authenticity: a fine figure; a symmetrical head, which, somewhat early in his life, was crowned with gleaming silvery hair; a handsome face—the features regular, the complexion fair and fresh; the eyes large and of a positive, brilliant, grayish blue; a distinguished