Nan Engleton & Co.

A young widow is pursued by a masher who says that unless she receives him within a half-hour he will break into her apartment. She has another admirer, a youthful Colonel, who has a “rum blossom” on the end of his nose and who has taken up riding as it is advertised as a cure. He is in pain due to sore feet from his riding boots and she thinks he is intoxicated. When she leaves the stage he takes off his boots. She enters, sees the boots and thinks her stalker has come. The Colonel locks her safely in another room, pretends to slay the intruder and “so wins the widow”
William Sheridan as the Colonel "might have been a good actor" but the material doesn't "permit him to exploit the fact". Nan Engleton played "with a sad lack of restraint." "This offering will never do".
Variety I:1 (16/12/1905)