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The St.Paul Globe, Sunday, April 23, 1899. (page 14)
Headline: Edna May's Last Hit. She Is Seeking A Divorce.
Edna May blushingly says: (by cable)
"As to the report of my engagement to Mr. Cavendish, it is too absurd to discuss. I have not even yet got my divorce." "Mr. Cavendish and I are dear friends. I met him in London soon after my arrival, and he was extremely kind to me. I came to London friendless, a stranger and a foreigner, and naturally feel very grateful to a gentleman of high social position and charming manners who endeavored to make things pleasant and cheerful for me. It is very painful to me to discuss the matter. I think there are some things which even people of the stage should be allowed to keep to themselves." "I am bringing a divorce because I cannot agree with my husband. You see, I married at seventeen. I was self-willed and ran away from home. I don't think one is responsible for one's actions at seventeen." "I have nothing to say against Mr. Titus".

The World, Monday, January 15, 1900.
Headline: Edna May Arrives And Tells How She Won Her Way Into English Hearts.
Admirers, both men and women have shown their appreciation of her talent by gifts of rare gems; but, she does not flaunt them; they are usually locked in their cases.
"I really don't know", she said, blushing and laughing. "I can hardly realize it myself. I played the part just as I played it here, and New Yorkers didn't make any fuss." "I played the part during a long run in New York," she said, "so I was very used to it, and there was nothing out of the ordinary about the first night in London until the sensation caused by their tremendous applause came to me. That was distinctly new."
What was it like?.
"Like nothing," said Miss May, beaming, "for there is nothing like it, nothing that approaches it. It is quite the most delicate sensation on earth. I don't ever expect to feel it again quite as I did that night. It's like the first kiss you know, or the first of anything. After that it's only repetition." "Success was particularly sweet to me at that time, for it was something of a shock. I wasn't looking for such a reception. I certainly hadn't earned it. When one has worked and plodded for years one expects success. But I had really done so little."
Yet you have worked hard?
"Yes, but, it is pleasant work. I do things quite systematically. In the first place, there is my work at the theatre, the evening performances and the matinees. Then I have continued steadily with vocal lessons and practise regularly everyday. So much for the actual cultivation of the voice. Then I take three fencing lessons a week."
For what purpose?
"To attain grace. It is quite as essential as to have a voice, and no one, I think, can ever quite reach the acme of grace. I know of no road that leads to it more directly and surely than the practice of fencing."

The Evening Post, Friday, April 11, 1902 (page 6)
Headline: The Belle of New York - An Interesting Interview With Miss Edna May.
Miss May's early girlhood was passed at Syracuse, N.Y., where she attended shcool, "and I wasted all my time dreaming of the day when I should become an actress," she said, laughing.
Miss May tells of an incident of interest which happened to her when she was playing in "The Belle" in London.
"I was in my costume as the Salvation Army girl, waiting my call to go on, when I was told that an old woman, a leader of the Salvation Army, was at the office, and had asked to see me. She came to my dressing-room - such an earnest woman - and attempted to persuade me to give up the theatre and join the Army. She assured me that I could do more good if I dedicated my life to the Lord."

The Post-Standard, Syracuse, Monday Morning, January 22, 1906. (page 4)
Headline: Edna May's Presence of Mind Puts End To A Theater Panic.
Miss Edna May...prevented a panic in the Colonial Theater in Boston during the matinee production of "The Catch of the Season" on Saturday afternoon last. The exciting episode occurred in the last act. A fire had started in the baggage room underneath the stage, and though the automatic sprinklers almost instantly quenched it, the odor of smoke was wafted into the auditorium. A score of people left their seats and were making their way out of the auditorium when Miss May, who was back in the center of the stage, grapsed the situation and handled it admirably.
"Why, there is no need of your going out of the theater so hurriedly",she said. "There is no need of moving out of your seats. There really is no danger. I should be the first to leave if there was."
Miss May did not raise her voice a great deal, but, her words were heard in every part of the theater and in an instant quiet was restored and the performance went on its end.

The New York Herald, Thursday, November 25, 1915.
Headline: Edna May, for Charity's Sake, Consents to Play in "Movies".
With the intention of devoting to the Red Cross and other charitable work, the moneywhich she will receive, Edna May (Mrs. Oscar Lewisohn), has consented to become an actress again and to play before the motion picture camera.
"Now that I have agreed to pose," said Mrs. Lewisohn yeaterday, "I am anxious to begin. I have been photographed by the Vitagrph Company in some tests and Mr. Smith assures me that I come up to his expectations. I'm so glad, for I want to feel that the results will be worth while, especially since I am to appear in only one picture."

Syracuse American - Sunday April 14, 1935 (page 16)
Headline: Edna May, Besieged by Friends, Is Amazed at Syracuse Welcome.
Despite the fact that she hasn't had time to walk about the city and note the changes, Mrs. Lewisohn remarked about a few things yesterday as she left the hotel (Hotel Syracuse). Stepping out in Warren St., she pointed to a garage and parking station across the street and remarked:
"There is where I lived just before I left Syracuse. How I loved that little white house , with the little garden in the back and the green grass which grew all the way down to the sidewalk in front! And I remember the house had a little porch in front - we used to sit there in the evenings and rock. Isn't it a pity it isn't still there?"
All in all the day was a bit confusing to the former stage star. Expecting to return here for a quiet 10-day visit with friends, she finds herself the center of attention everywhere she goes. Remarking on this, she said:
"Everyone has been so wonderful to me. I don't know what to say. I never dreamed Syracuse had remembered me in this way. The only thing is that I feel a little bewildered about all the attention. I hate to admit to people that I don't remember going to school with them, but, you see, I left Syracuse at the age of 15 years. My dearest friends and classmates I remember, of course, but all morning people have been callingme to tell me they knew me at Porter School."

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