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Dutton, Dollie

We yesterday afternoon found opportunity to call in at the Melodeon, where Dollie Dutton holds her levees. Through the kindness of Mr. Norton, the manager, we were presented to Dollie. We confess we had not expected to see so much of interest in so small a parcel. To give a just idea of Dollie’s attractions is almost impossible. The full expressive blue eyes, the broad and elevated forehead, the beautifully rounded chin, the neatly chiselled mouth, and the finely formed head, together with a perfect symmetry of proportions, graceful carriage, easy motions and unrestrained activity, are conditions which have no analogy in the history of little people like Dollie. And yet they exist in her.—We doubt if there is a person anywhere to be found more perfect in stature, features and proportions than this little girl. She will run up and down stairs as rapidly proportionately as the most agile; she will dance with grace, and takes every step and position tastefully and well; and in short there is nothing in her appearance which distinguishes her from a well-ordered female, except in her very small size. Another distinguishing feature in Dollie as compared with other small people is her voice. Dollie sings with taste, and her voice is natural and melodious. There is no “squeak” about it as some of the little people we have seen. It is clear and full, every note getting in proper scope. Indeed, there is nothing about Dollie which at all compares with the deformed dwarfs which the public has been used to look at. She is perfect in every respect, and as beautiful a picture as any one could look upon.

We regret that we cannot notice some other features of Dollie’s levees [. . .] These Levees are conducted in the most agreeable manner by the gentlemanly manager, Mr. Norton, and we are glad to say that he is meeting with the success he deserves. Dollie will be with us this Saturday afternoon and evening.

Cleveland Morning Leader 11/23/1860. Print.

Dutton, Cleveland Morning Leader, 11/23/1860