Wood's Minstrel Hall
Proprietor / Lessee:
Henry Wood [minstrel]
Price: $.30; .50 reserved
6 June 2016
Listed in “Amusements This Evening.” Matinee.
“WOOD’S MINSTRELS must not be overlooked in making our Christmas visits and New Year calls, for it is at Manager Wood’s delightful place that Negro Minstrelsy can be properly appreciated. At this house we have enjoyed some of the most ludicrous acts ever depicted by a minstrel band; at this house we have listened to some of the most delicious music, and heard some well told jokes. It was here, too, we first heard that serio-comic ballad, the ‘Three Black Crows,’ and speaking of this calls to mind the poem from which the ‘Three Black Crows’ takes its origin. The Ethiopian ballad begins, we think, in this [illeg.]:—
‘There was two crows sat on a tree,
As black as any crows could be;
Says one old crow unto his mate,
What whall we do for bread to eat?
On yonder lot a horse has lain,
Which has been only three days slain;
We’ll light upon his bare backbone
And pick his eyes out one by one.’”