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Conquering America

On May 16, 1869 (16/3) Mace advertises in The Era, saying he "will be in town for Derby week" when he will "be happy to negotiate for star engagements to give his celebrated Statuesque Illustrations". He goes on to mention that his present engagement is at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries and from "Monday 17th, Pullan's Concert Hall, Bradford" for six nights. The address provided this time is: "Old King's Head, Cumberland Street, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road". This is a different pub to the one in which we found him in earlier, so to speak. This same advertisement is repeated in The Era on Mayt 23rd (front/4).

Jem Mace at Pullan's Music Hall, Bradford (The Era, May 23, 1869 12/1). A report.

On June 6, 1869 (The Era, front/2) Mace advertises himself as being on the road. He talks about his "great success at Paul's Concert Hall, Leicester" and his forthcoming appearances at Brown's Concert Hall, Portsmouth (on June 7th) and Gordon's Concert Hall, Southampton (on June 28th). He also admits having "six nights to spare from June 21st". No address provided this time for some reason.

On June 13, 1869 (The Era, 16/4) Mace advertises his performance at Gordon's Music Hall, Southampton, on June 28th, "for six nights".

On June 20, 1869 (The Era, front/2) Mace advertises again, saying he "will finish at Brown's Music Hall, Portsmouth on June 19th and proceed to the Alexandra Theatre, Aldershot, on June 21st". He re-states his intention of appearing in Southampton, but says he will be "at liberty" on July 5th.

 

And finally, he does set sail (1869/1870)

A report in The Era on August 22, 1869 (13/1) talks about Jem Mace at the Victoria Music Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Among other things it says: "On Friday a large audience assembled at this hall when Mr. Jim Mace took a benefit, and in addition to the usual programme, Mr. James Renforth (aquatic champion), Mr. Jamieson (wrestling champion), and Mr. Walker (swimming master) were announced to be present. Mr. Mace concluded his engagement on Tuesday, and is about to proceed to America."

On September 15, 1869 Mace arrived in New York, having sailed from Liverpool on the 'City of Antwerp'.

Jem Mace at the Tammany Music Hall, New York - performing in his "Assault at Arms" exhibition (The Era, October 24th).

On January 17, 1870, in New York, he signed to fight Thomas Allen, on May 10, 1870. This contest for the "world championship".

 

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