Excerpt from A Day Dream in Japan
This youthful and unpretentious little poem play was written nearly seventeen years ago in the course of a two or three weeks' trip across the Atlantic. I was coming to America for the first time on a tramp steamer sailing under ballast; though officially signed aboard as purser, I was privately regarded as the Captain's guest, with all the privileges such a distinguished appointment carries. During the intervening years my little manu script has remained on the shelf at home in England, where, indeed, it has been mislaid for over a decade, and perhaps I have done wrong to disturb its child-like slumber. It appears as it was written when we were twenty-one unchanged except for an occa sioual word to improve its impulsive metre. Suffice it to say that I have no illusions as to any ambitions I may have possessed regarding it, and am well-content if it affords pleasure to a few friends.
My managerial activities in the theatre for almost a score of years successively with the late Wilson Barrett, Sir Henry Irving, Sir Charles Wyndham and Sir John Hare, Sir Johnston forbes-robertson and more recently with Sir Herbert Tree, have left me little personal leisure to devote to my pen. But before the sun sets and the last star has been swallowed up by the insatiable maw of the movies yet ere the last legit imate theatre has been turned into a Picture Palace, a Museum or a Turkish Bath, I look forward in retiring to a garden in England, somewhere in F rance, or to a certain beauty-spot in Sicily, to write another play for a perfectly neutral public.
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