Mr.West plays seven parts, the best of which are the old man, Prof. Scribs and the newsboy. A melodramatic struggle between “Reddy” Scribs, the murderer and the police attendant has been added with a green spotlight. West handles the opportunity for Pathos excellently.
The text does not stick to the plot. Several characters are introduced for comedy effect which delay the climax of the sketch. The act has smoothed out considerably.
The comedy caught solid laughs.
Variety, 5:2 (9/6/1906)