Wallace, a W. county of Kansas, bordering on Colorado, and drained by the Smoky Hill river and its branches; area, about 2,000 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 538. It is traversed by the Kansas Pacific railroad. The surface consists of elevated prairies. Capital, Wallace.
James William, an American actor, born in London, Aug. 24, 1795, died in New York, Dec. 25, 1864. Sheridan early engaged him for Drury Lane theatre. At 18 he played Laertes to Elliston's Hamlet, and at 22 was the Iago to Edmund Kean's Othello. He sailed for the United States in 1818, and on Sept. 7 made his first appearance in New York in the Park theatre, as Macbeth. He became stage manager of Drury Lane theatre in 1820, several times revisited the United States, and in 1837 opened the National theatre in New York, and managed it till it was destroyed by fire in 1839. In 1852 he opened "Wallack's lyceum" (afterward Wallack's theatre), in Broadway and Broome street, and in the autumn of 1861 "Wallack's theatre," which he built in Thirteenth street and Broadway. He was a superior comedian, and excelled in such parts as Benedick, Mercutio, Rob Roy, Charles Surface, Martin Heywood, and Master Walter.
John Lester, an American actor, son of the preceding, born in New York, Jan. 1, 1819. He made his first appearance on the stage in the Broadway theatre, New York, at its opening, Sept. 27, 1847, as Sir Charles Coldstream in the farce of"" Used Up." For several seasons he was known as " J. W. Lester." He was a prominent member of Burton's company in the Chambers street theatre from 1850 to 1852, when he became stage manager in his father's theatre, at the same time playing the leading parts. On the death of his father he became proprietor of the theatre, which he still manages (1876). He has written " Rosedale " and other popular plays, and has translated several French comedies.