From: The Circus Annual Season of 1901, Chicago, IL: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 1901. Compiled by Alf. T. Ringling. Articles, staff, performers, program, and detailed day-by-day route. Not included are some articles, all photographs. Permission to place the information from this route book on the Circus Historical Society website has been provided by Feld Entertainment, Inc., Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Circus World Museum's Parkinson Library provided the photocopy of this route book. All information should be checked with additional sources. There will be spelling and typographical errors.
This is a story of the green room. There are theatrical clubs galore, but did any one ever hear of an organization of circus clowns? One exists. It is known as the Puff Club. It is the only one in the world and the original of its kind. The members of the Puff Club are all high-salaried men. Only the men who are really funny — the big guns — belong. It is an exclusive organization, built on the plan of the Lambs and the White Rats, which are the blue-blooded clubs of the theatrical world. One would think that the sawdust of the ring, and the rough-and-tumble of circus life would place the clown company each on equal footing with the other. But it doesn't. There are aristocratic clowns and clowns of the lower stratum. The latter class can no more gain admission to the sacred councils of the Puff Club than the riffraff of a great city can find welcome in the red-light circles on the boulevards where suburban trains go whisking by. The members of the Puff Club are the Sol Smith Russels, the Joe Jeffersons and the Sir Henry Irvings of the circus world. It is one of the legends of the Puff Club that the blood royal must course through the veins of its votaries.
There is a class of clowns that drifts from circus to circus with no particular intent. This class is socially ostracized by the members of the Puff Club. When the cutting winds of winter come, it walks the streets in threadbare dress, and has nowhere to lay its head. Not so the Puff Club. Its members know how to carry a message to Garcia. They do intelligent work; are clean and decent and command good salaries. Not to bathe regularly once a day is a finable offense. Once a clown failed to bathe for three successive days. His expulsion followed. The Club has $75 it has collected in fines. There are forty clowns with Ringling's Circus. Each of these is eligible to membership in the Puff Club. "Doc" Kealey, manager of the Ringling clowns, is president of the Puff Clubs of the world. He conceived the idea. Now he is the Charles Frohman of circusdom.
In a darkened room of a quiet house
An old-time jester lay,
And a watcher waited in charity
For his spirit to pass away.
His hair was white, his face was drawn,
He talked of love, and he talked of fame,
The whole scene passed before his eyes —
The strong man and the "talking clown" —
He cried "hoopla!" with his old-time vim,
And once again he hummed the songs
And then, in a flash, the gay refrain
"No more," he cried, "can the past return —
Then silence fell on the darkened room;
Down the street came a circus parade,
Just as far as the eye could reach
A thousand brilliant colors flashed
The old clown stirred — and then a smile
And now, in chasseur raiment gay,
A sudden start — a cry of joy —
"Am I awake? or do I dream?
And still the glist'ning pageant passed,
Long at the window sat the clown —
At last he seemed to rouse himself
"I may be dead to-morrow night —
"And when I cross the river black
In the middle row of the monster tent, -
The grass beneath his feet, —
They placed the old-time circus clown —
A guest, in a coupon seat.
He clapped his hands at the tournament,
Then John O'Brien's horse display
"But where's your Merry Andrew?
"That was the time when singing clowns
Back flew the pad room curtain wide —
Clowns from the Humpty-Dumpty books -
The old man looked disdainfully —
Scarcely a word the jesters spoke,
They played the drollest kind of tricks —
They "played" for the crowded "bleachers" —
They revelled in fun and frolic —
The more he tried to resist it,
"Twice twenty clowns, in a hundred acts,
Behind the scenes of the mammoth show,
They'd carried him from the hippodrome —
On the face of the old-time circus man
He babbled of home, and of children gone —
"It's getting dark " he murmured —
A gentle, whispered, last farewell —
Peace to thee, gentle mummer —
Ringling Brothers, Sole Owners and Managers
Al. Ringling, Director of Exhibitions
Otto Ringling, Director of Finances
Alf. T. Ringling, Director of Press
Charles Ringling, Director of Advertising
John Ringling, Director of Advance
Clay Lambert, General Contracting Agent
Samuel McCrackin, Contracting Agent
E. M. Burk, Contracting Agent
W. D. Coxey, Press Agent
James J. Brady, Press Agent
Guy F. Steely, Press Agent
W. W. Freeman, Press Agent
Ralph W. Peckham, Excursion Agent
A. G. Ringling, Superintendent Advance Car No. 1
Thomas Dailey, Superintendent Advance Car No. 2
George Goodhart, Superintendent Advance Car No. 3
W. H. Horton, Special Advertising Agent
G. H. Hartford, Special Advertising Agent
M. F. Nagle, Lithograph Ticket Agent
Daniel F. Cline, Route Rider
George Heiser, Forage Agent
Kerry Meagher, Assistant Treasurer
Thomas Buckley, Auditor
Henry Ringling, Superintendent Front Door
Charles Andress, Legal Adjuster
Charles Ryan, Superintendent Pinkerton Detective Force
Lew Graham, Superintendent Side Show
Al. S. Conlon, Superintendent War Show
George Ganweiler, Musical Director
H. A. Weaver, Time Keeper
Alfred Witsenhausen, Manager Down Town Ticket Office
Jules Turnour, Mail Agent
Edward Shipp, Assistant Equestrian Director
Daniel Leon, Assistant Equestrian Director
John Snellen, Superintendent of Tents
Spencer Alexander, Superintendent of Baggage Stock
Ed Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent of Baggage Stock
Robert Meek, Superintendent of Ring Stock
Charles O. Miller, Superintendent of Properties
W. H. Spencer, Superintendent of Animals
Pearl Souder, Superintendent of Elephants
Robert Taylor, Superintendent of Transportation
Charles Roy, Superintendent of Lights
Joe Chiswell, Superintendent of Wardrobe
Mrs. L. Lovenberg, Superintendent of Ladies' Wardrobe
A. E. Parsons, Superintendent of Refreshment Stands
A. L. Webb, Steward Dining Tents
Wm. Fay, Steward Dining Cars
H. S. Rubins, Steward Lunch Car
Henry Ringling, Superintendent
Ticket Takers: Fred Fisher, John Mercier, Edward Alexander, P. Souders
Door Men: James Malloy, Otto Stanfield
Otto Ringling, Manager
Kerry Meagher, Assistant Treasurer
Alfred Witsenhausen, Manager Down Town Ticket Office
Thomas Buckley, Auditor
Eugene Wall, Wagon Man
Chas. F. Ryan, Detective
Charles Andress, License Adjuster
Alfred T. Ringling
W. D. Coxey
Jas. Jay Brady
W. W. Freeman
Guy F. Steely
A. G. Ringling, Manager
W. H. Hoskins, Boss Billposter
Frank Estes, Ass't Boss Billposter
O. M. Ballard
E. F. Bluski
J. B. Clarke
J. P. Shallcross
J. W. Costello
C. E. Knox
C. O. Damon
V. T. Combs
T. E. Sharkey
Advance Car No. 2
Tom Dailey, Manager
Louis Knob, Boss Billposter
F. P. Belmont
B. B. Bartlett
J. W. Veda
C. J. Mattox
Geo. W. Goodhart, Manager
Joe H. Brown, Boss Billposter
Chas. A. Bostwick, In Charge of Lithos
Chas. C. Sellers, Assistant
Foster McLeod, In Charge of Litho-Boards
Jake Metzger, In Charge of Banners
John Stoll, In Charge of Programmes
Christie Kitch, Porter
Adam Dommel, Paste Maker
Thos. J. Goodhart
Jas. P. Miller
E. W. Chase
Everybody's Favorite, Little Arizona (the Fawn)
W. H. Horton, Manager
James E. Finnegan, Boss Billposter
W. M. Rafferty
Peter S. Sullivan
Alton V. Brunson
Fred H. Kranz
Performers - Men
Art Da Coma
Wm. De Van
Ed. La Marr
Eddie De Van
Fred La Mont
Bessie Da Coma
Gertie Da Coma
Rosa Da Coma
La Belle Carmen
Bink Sclmur, Leader
C. W. Cleveland, 2nd Violin
Fred Cramer, Clarinet
J. Kuhlen, Cornet
F. A. Warren, Trombone
E. D. Hogendoubler, Bass
Reserved Seat and Concert Ticket Sellers
Lew Graham, Manager
Ticket Sellers: Louis Barrella, John P. Walker
Opening Ticket Sellers: Barry Gray, Geo Harrison, Dan Keating, Ben Goodman, Wm. Howard
Chas. E. Griffin, Lecturer
Jack Gee, Doortender
"Bayrooty Bros.' Oriental Troupe": Joseph Bayrooty, Frank Bayrooty, Marie Bayrooty, Joe Muttouk
Grace Gilbert, Girl with the Auburn Beard
Louis Wiser, Albino
Bertha Carnahan, Minnesota Lilliputian
Gertie Plath, Giant Fat Lady
Madam Helen Mathews, Long-haired Lady
Chas. E. Griffin, Sword Swallower
Octavia, Snake Enchantress
Prince Ishmael, Wonderful Hindoo Fakir, assisted by Princess Florence
Gray's Marionettes, Manipulated by Barry and Ella Gray
Side Show Band
Clate Alexander, Leader
Ed Miller, Cornet
H. J. Brasfleld, Baritone
James Alexander, Alto
Geo. DeKarske, Tuba
John Reno, Trombone
Wm. B. Wilson, Snare Drum
Walker Cunnigham, Bass Drum
Frank Orville, Drum Major
Art Adair, Leader
George Ganweiler, Conductor
Otto Nolher, Flute and Piccolo
Jerry Follansby, Clarinet
Shell Davis, Clarinet
Guy Repass, Clarinet
A. Meskeman, Clarinet
J. Kuhlen, Clarinet
W. L. Maiden, Clarinet
Fred Rasp, Cornet
D. A. McDonald, Cornet
F. Trandt, Cornet
W. Hoffman, Cornet
Henry Moore, Cornet
H. A. Murry, Cornet
E. D. Hogendoubler, Bass
Emil Peterson, Bass
D. W. Platt, Trombone
F. A. Warren, Trombone
Wm. Diederich, Trombone
C. W. Cleveland, Horn
E. S. Brady, Horn
Bink Schnur, Horn
W. Stephan, Horn
Wm. Roth, Euphonium
Frank Hitchcock, Euphonium
Wm. Jackson, Drum
E. B. Henderson, Drum
Front Door Men: Chas. Molloy, A. Steinfield
Back Door Men: Jno. Leonard, Ed. Curby
Wagon Man: E. W. Wall
J. H. Shoemaker
J. H. Snellen, Superintendent
Lee Coleman, 1st Assistant
Robert Wise, 2nd Assistant
John Boone, 3rd Assistant
J. H. Shoemaker
E. W. Wall
F. C. Gibson
A. H. Ellis
R. D. Stevens
S. W. Clark
W. R. Wilson
J. H. Brown
L. E. Harlan
J. F. Cunningham
A. N. Johnson
W. C. Black
Jno. Jennings, Superintendent
W. H. Wilson, Ass't Superintendent
M. C. Beebe, Inside Man
Harvey Endlich, Ass't Inside Man
Canvas Men: Jno. Snyder, Jack Mullen, Frank Markley, A. S. Robinson, G. B. Read
Feed Man: Cal. Nordyke
Superintendent of Lead Bars: George Hahn
Spencer Alexander, Superintendent
Ed. Jenkins, 1st Assistant
Geo. Stumpf, 2nd Assistant
Eight Horse Drivers:
W. J. Hether
L. H. Morey
P. S. McPherson
J. S. Deviney
Ed. J. Sharp
E. A. Banks
O. B. Lee
W. C. Lewis
Robert Meek, Superintendent
F. M. Detrie
Geo. Van Sickle
G. D. Fuller
Robt. Taylor, Superintendent
S. C. Wells
H. J. Sheppard
J. T. McLaughlin
Geo. A. King
F. S. Wynkoop
Paul Cunningham, Superintendent
Thomas Ore, Car 60
A. W. Freeman, Car 61
W. F. Doerer, Car 62
Paul Cunningham, Car 63
Geo. W. Swift, Car 65
Geo. Weilend, Car 55
Fred Stiers, Car 56
A. R. Stiers, Car 58
Frank Redmond, Car 57
Robt. Mack, Car 59
T. F. Brown, Car 5
J. J. Williams, Car 6
Wm. Spencer, Superintendent
W. L. Johnson
S. E. Deselm
J. F. Hughes
Geo. A. Brown
Geo. La Bounty
Joe Chiswell, Superintendent
George Smith, Orville Frasier, Otto Broge, Gus Karkau, Newton Bateson
Chas. Miller, Superintendent
H. J. Hollister
B. F. Harrington
S. O. Bellah
F. C. Corby
S. K. Stewart
F. Van Antwerp
C. E. Sampson
D. C. McEntyre
Chas. Roy, Superintendent
B. E. Oskan
P. H. Krause
Chas. Mallbauch, Butcher
Wm. Dauber, Assistant
Workingmen's Dining Tent
John Woods, Head Waiter Bosses' Table
John Callahan, Assistant
Al. Vinnett, Laundry Man
E. R. Brown
Dick Stewart, Head Waiter
Ringling Bros.' Cook House
A. L. Webb, Superintendent
Fred Bruse, Chef
Art Boyd, 2nd Cook
Fred Schlipp, 3rd Cook
Clarence Lynch, 4th Cook
Harry Brown, 5th Cook
Joe Keating, Steam Table Man
Joe Murphy, Panwasher
Jack Berry, Yard Man
Lunch Car No. 57
H. S. Rubin, Steward
Al. Johnston, Counter Man
P. F. Backes, Baker
F. Redman, Porter
H. C. Baird, Yard Man
Wm. H. Fay, Superintendent
Allen R. Erskin, Chef
E. C. Lynch, 2nd Cook
Wm. Clampitt, Pastry Cook
Frank Hood, Yard Man
Romieo Schrador, Dish Washer
Gordon Haig, Pantry Man
Wm. Marshall, Head Waiter
Albert De Vries, Waiter
Bunyan Loyd, Waiter
Jess Hogan, Waiter
Joseph Boulean, Waiter
Wm. Blake, Waiter
Toy Balloon Privilege
J. S. Freeman, Proprietor
Salesmen: W. W. Pierce, Thurman Cread
Special Outside Attraction: Hobson's Diving Dog "Duke"
A. E. Parsons
G. B. Stott
C. D. Allen
W. W. Craig
Pearl Souder, Superintendent
A. H. Gratner
A. P. Heath
Wm. Von Wald, Superintendent
Chas. Ryan, J. F. Walker, Graf Self, Albert Dumore
Greasers: Gus Larson, Geo. Hollock
Harness Maker: John Brurock
Ringling Brother's Military Band - Geo Ganweiler, Conductor. Popular concert preceding each performance. Numbers will be rendered from the following repertoire and announced by placard displayed from band stand, corresponding with numbers of selections, as below:
1. Hungarian - Keler-Bela
2. Masanielio - Auber
3. Jubel - Weber
4. The Wanderer's Hope - Suppe
5. Stradelia - Flotow
6. The Beautiful Galatea - Suppe
7. Tempelweihe - Keler-Bela
8. Chimes of Normandy - Planquette
9. I Lombardi - Verdi
10. Carmen - Bizet
11. Souvenir de Meyerbeer - Tobani
12. Maritana - Wallace
13. Un Ballo in Maschera - Verdi
14. Amorita - Czbulka
15. The Telephone Girl - Kerker
17. Broadway to Tokio - Sloane
18. A Runaway Girl - Caryll & Monckton
19. The Burgomaster - Lueder
20. Little Christopher - Kerker
21. The Geisha - Sidney Jones
22. The Princess Chic - Edwards
23. The Belle of New York - Kerker
24. Ein Marchen - Ch. Bach
25. Villiage Life in the Olden Time - Le Thiere
26. The Holy City - Stephen Adams; Hail to the Spirit of Liberty march - Sousa
27. The Dawn of Love - Bendix; Infernal Polka - Bonnisseau
28. Grand International Fantasia - Pollison
29. Paraphrase, In the Deep Cellar - Lovenburg; Hungarian Dances - Brahms
30. Finale from Ariele - E. Bach
31. Paraphrase, My Maryland - C. Heineman; Si Haskin's Ball - Hall
Display No. 2 - A potpourri of phenomenal performances, by artists of skill and diversified talent.
Ring No. 1: The Adairs, sensational and daring exhibition on the lofty perch. Yamamoto Bros., nationally characteristic and interesting exploits on the vibrating bamboo perch, presenting unusual feats of equilibrium.
Stage No. 1: Mons. Carlo, superb balancing display on an unsupported ladder
Ring No. 2: Carlosa, dexterous and difficult feats of balancing and wonderful exploits upon the unsupported ladder.
Stage No. 2: Geo. Holloway, superb balancing displays, combined with an astonishing exhibition of strength and dexterity, presenting a novelty ladder performance.
Ring No. 3: Aronson & Ashton, unique evolutions and character travesties on the lofty perch. Hagahara & Okeo, marvelous equilibristic performances upon a frail and lofty framework of bamboo with breakaway finish.
Display No. 3 - A series of mid-air performances of exceptional skill, daring and endurance.
Ring No. 1: King Brothers, laughable antics and grinning freakish mad cap frolics on the revolving suspended ladder.
Stage No. 1: The Feeleys, difficult, daring and dangerous divertisements on "L'Echelle Difficile," a European specialty.
Ring No. 2: The Gillen Trio, Bart, Mabelle and Edward. Incomprehensible club manipulators.
Stage No. 2: Alvo, Boise & Picard, Astonishing evolutions, somersaulting, swings, drops and exhibitions of strength and daring upon the aerial bars.
Ring No. 3: Plamondon & Amondo, a convulsing performance on revolving ladders, suspended in mid-air.
Display No. 4 - Highly Skillful Medley of Contortion and Wire Specialties.
The Great Zella, phenomenal hand balancing and contortion feats. Miss Jessie Leon, skillful act of wire walking. Miss Nettie Carroll, deft and dexterous exercises on a frail and swinging wire thread. Mr. Fred Welcome, the great and pleasing equilibrist and hand balancer.
Brandon and Regena, the two pleasing and graceful contortionists.
Genaro and Theol, flexible equilibrists and artistic contortionists.
Miss Ida Miaco, feats of hand balancing and contortion. Yamamotos, unusual exploits in tight wire feats by the great Tokio artist. Granaldos, artistic posing.
Display No. 5 - John O'Brien's great creation. The wonderfully successful, original arenic feature, 61 beautiful specimens of the perfect horse, gaily caparisoned with costly trappings, obedient to the trainer's call, moving in harmony in the most complicated, intricate and difficult maneuvers.
Display No. 6 - Highly skillful medley of Foot Juggling and fantastic displays.
Ring No. 1: Mr. A. Lowanda, dancing rope act. Mr. Chas. Orvillo, the famous globe, barrel, cross and table manipulator. Okeo, clever and difficult feats of hand balancing. Adair and Acam, burlesque vapor bath.
Stage No. 1: The Three Marvelles, fashionable, grotesque, eccentriques, from the Follies Bergerie, Paris, France.
Ring No. 2: Alf. and Steve Miaco, Ronald and Robertta, burlesque donkeys, introduced by their trainers.
Stage No. 2: The Wartenburg Bros., the famous globe jugglers in their sensational Risley act. Direct from the Circus Rentz, Berlin, Germany.
Ring No. 3: John Rooney, terpsichorean revels on the bounding rope. The Great Gahsa, clever and difficult feats of pyramid building. Hagahara and Son, Japanese top spinning and juggling. Messrs. Slater, Agie, Jenks and Motz, the burlesque prize fight.
Display No. 7 - Coterie of the World's Most Famous Equestriennes.
Ring No. 1: Miss Augusta Fredericks, Australia's peerless queen of principal equestrianism in dashing finished arenic novelties.
Stage No. 1: Forty Clowns, bubbling over with fun and frolic. Forty "Merry Andrews" to please the old and young.
Ring No. 2: Miss Julia Lowanda and Miss Lizzie Rooney, America's two principal equestriennes appearing in one ring at one time.
Stage No. 2: A potpourri of comic fellows in an ever changing medley of funny situations. Laughable antics and ludicrous maneuvers.
Ring No. 3: Miss Amelia Feeley, England's petite and finished terpsichorean artiste in her great Jockey act.
Display No. 8 - The Darlington Troupe of Grotesque Skatorial Artists.
Display No. 9 - Series of International Athletic and Acrobatic Sensations.
Ring No. 1: The Feeleys, novelty brother acts and acrobatic divertisements by a trio of past masters in athletic excellence. The Dions, a troupe of European artists in feats of muscular skill and acrobatiques.
Stage No. 1: Aronson and Ashton, a novel and unique display of muscular dexterity and skills, comprising a series of head to head balancings and acrobatic feats.
Ring No. 2: The Garcinettis, a novel and clever acrobatic number.
Stage No. 2: Da Comas, the world renowned unequaled on earth. A company of ladies and gentlemen acrobats, attired in full evening dress, executing the most marvelous and hazardous feats ever attempted. Positively the highest salaried artists in the world.
Ring No. 3: The Leonders, America's famous acrobatic duo in their new and interesting brother act. The Marvelles, unique and odd feats of contortion and high kicking.
Display No. 10 - The Marvelous Holloway Trio. The latest European importation. An Absolute sensaton. Unquestionably the grandest arenic feature ever introduced in America. Introducing for the first time with any circus their original aerial acrobatic high wire display, performing miraculous, seemingly impossible feats upon a single swaying strand of wire that no others dare attempt upon ground.
Display No. 11 - Highly Skillful Medley of Contortion, Ladder Acts and Up-to-Date Vaudeville Specialties.
Ring No. 1: Hagahara and Sasha, double balancing ladder by the Japanese artists. Delamont and Roberts, acrobatic trick table act. Alf. Miaco, comic high stilt walking. Alf. Hartzell, the Clown's Lament. Amondo, juggling act. Messrs. Slater, Reubens, Cass and Lowry, the giant cake walkers.
Stage No. 1: Orvillo and Son, the double balancing foot ladder and Risely act.
Ring No. 2: Adair & wife, comedy acrobatic musical act. King & Nelson, comic stilt act. Steve Miaco, Agie and Plamondon, the Burlesque Giraffe. Messrs. Geo. Hartzell and L. Siegrist, the Clown's Carnival.
Stage No. 2: Mons. Joseph LeFleur, terrific headlong plunges, backward drops and descending somersaults from the top of a high ladder to the stage. Originated and performed only by this marvelous model of a physically perfect man.
Ring No. 3: Brandon and Regina, original pleasing pastimes on Spanish Rings. The Yamamotos, difficult posturing and barrel-dancing. Jules Turnour, difficult and laughter provoking juggling specialty. Messrs. Motz, Robinson and Carroll, the Docile Giraffe and his triumphant trainer. Mons. Natalie's group of Educated Pigs, funny antics.
Display No. 12 - A Number of Unique, Thrilling and Varied Equestrian Specialties.
Mr. and Mrs. Schadle, an exhibition of double riding, an ingenious performance of the Romans.
Albert Crandall, the funniest, most wonderful exhilarating and laughable equestrian specialty extant, the Great Mule Thunderbolt, ridden by Albert Crandall.
The Millers, an exhibition of double riding. Two horses, two riders, in extraordinary feats.
Display No. 13 - International Exhibit of Famous Saddle Horses.
Ring No. 1: Miss Clark, the princely spotted Arabian stallion "Sultan," guided through a superb menage act.
Stage No. 1: Mr. Jno. Rooney, the beautiful high-bred and wonderfully trained Saddler "Sinbad," ridden by the famous American equestrian.
Ring No. 2: Madame Jenks, riding the wonderful bucking, jumping, high kicking and perpendicularly walking horse, "Jupiter."
Stage No. 2: Mr. John O'Brien, masterful guidance of "Gold Dust," an example of the perfectly educated and properly handled haute ecole.
Ring No. 3: Miss Ida Miaco, extraordinary high-school menage act, introducing the marvelous "Mizpah," the only retrieving horse in the world.
Display No. 14 - The Three Greatest Herds of Performing Elephants in the World.
Mons. Jean Marchand. A company of highly educated unwieldy brute actors in a unique exhibition of elephantine sagacity.
Edouard Souders, a quintette of elephant comdians in a medley of unquestioned funny ludicrous, button-bursting, terpsichorean, athletic, musical and Bachanalian revels.
The Lockhart Elephants, a company of intelligent, agile giants in picturesque pyramids and displays.
Display No. 15 - The Unquestioned Champion Bareback Riders of the World.
Ring No. 1: Mr. Frank Miller, difficult and intricate exploits on the bareback of a swiftly running horse.
Stage No. 1: The Clown's Holiday. No restrictions as long as they are funny.
Ring No. 2: Miss Amelia Feeley. Ringling Brothers introduce this year for the first time in America, Europe's most celebrated and the world's absolutely greatest equestrienne. In her imcomparable performance, while attired in a long-skirted gown, she jumps in a single bound from the ground to the bareback of her horse, alighting erect upon the feet.
Stage No. 2: A company of famous fools in frolic and fun.
Ring No. 3: Mr. John Rooney, the greatest of all American somersault riders, the ackowledged champion horseman of the World. The incomparable artistic daring equestrian.
Display No. 16 - Pleasing Novelties in High-Air Sensations by Eminent Artists.
Ring No. 1: Miss Miller, flying ring specialty and fearless mid-air evolutions. Miss Nettie Carroll, novelty diversions, graceful posing and finished exercises on the flying rings.
Stage No. 1: Miss Pearl Forepaugh, exhibition of perfect grace and strength on the aerial ladder of life.
Ring No. 2: Miss Millie Turnour, finished artistic, perfect exhibition of premier exploits by the world's greatest aerialist.
Stage No. 2: Miss Emeline Fredricks, exhibition of perfect equilibrium by the great Australian aerial wonder.
Ring No. 3: Miss Bonnie, specialties of a thrilling nature, ably executed. Miss Voulette, lofty perch act.
Display No. 17 - Ringling Bros.' Original, Inimitable Musical Burlesquers in Heartrending, Ear-Splitting Oceans, Seas, Cataracts and Torrents of Tortured, Twisted, Maltreated and Misused Melodies, a Dozen Merry Andrews and each "The Malaprop" of Music.
Display No. 18 - The World's Undisputed Premier Aerialists.
The Flying Fishers. Aerialists supreme! Astounding, sensational double return somersault act in mid-air.
The Famous DaComas, dazzling, brilliant, quadruple return act, double mid-air somersaults across the entire arena.
Grand Hippodrome Sensations. Hotly Contested Trials of Speed and Skill.
First Event - Gentlemen's Jockey Race, three times around the track. Horses: Hazard, Tornado, Thunderbolt, Fire Fly. Riders: John Carroll, green; John Mercer, red; C. Robinson, black and yellow; John Agie, blue.
Second Event - Man against Horse (handicap), man 3/4 way around the track, horse once around the track. Horse, Fletcher; Runner John Slater, red; Rider, John Mercer, purple.
Third Event - Shetland Ponies ridden by Monkey Jockeys, twice around the track.
Fourth Event - Ladies' Jockey Race, three times around the track. Horses: Salamander, Billy Buck, Allard, Fire Fly. Riders: Jessie Leon, purple and gold; Fanny Jenks, red and white; Belle Clark, black and white; Ida Miaco, red and blue.
Fifth Event - Minature Roman Chariot Race, twice around the track. Juvenile contestants driving Shetland ponies, 4 to each chariot. Drovers: John Agie, green; C. Robinson, red.
Sixth Event - Roman Standing Race, three times around the track. Horses: Danger, Sultan; Rider John Carroll, purple. Horses: Chicago, Avalanche; Rider Dan Leon, red. Horses: Harlon, Depter; Rider Wm. De Van.
Seventh Event - Clown Race, once around the track. Shetland ponies to Sulky. Wm. Marks, Geo. Mots and W. Plamondon, contestants.
Eighth Event - Shetland Pony agains Thoroughbred Horse, once around the track. Horse Napoleon, Rider H. Hapner, red; Pony Spider, Rider C. Robinson, green.
Ninth Event - Terrific Four-Horse Roman Chariot Race, three times around the track. Horses; Battle Ax, Throoper, Samson, Sheridan, Harrison, Cyclone, Mermaid, Zenobia. Drivers: Miss Bonnie, red; John Slater, white.
The Coliseum has been lavishly decorated and at a large expense made ready for the big show. The new Coliseum annex built during the past summer provides ample space for future occasions. Only one detrimental feature presented itself. The insufficiency of space in which to present a big menagerie display. A small frame building in the rear of the big building was secured, but even then it was impossible to exhibit all the animals. Dressing rooms were improvised in the basement of the building, which were made as comfortable as possible.
The opening performance was witnessed by an immense audience, and the performance pronounced the finest ever offered by the Ringlings in Chicago. The new features that scored heavily were the Holloway Trio's wire act; Wartenburg Brothers; the Three Marvelles and The Feeleys, while the retained features — Mlle. Turnour; Da Coma family; Minnie Fisher; Pearl Souder's and Jean Marchand's elephants; the Fisher family; La Monts; Aronson & Ashton; Alvo, Boise & Pickard; Mr. and Mrs. Schadle. La Belle Carmen and Jessie Leon, and John O'Brien's sixty-one horse act, repeated their former successes. Among our first night visitors were Frank Hall and William Donaldson.
April 11th, Chicago, Ill. Weather cold. Anna Held and Pete Dailey were matinee visitors. It was rumored that the fair Anna had a wee bit of a scare while passing through the menagerie. While the frisky Pete was "monkeying" with the monkeys, one of the elephant's threw his trunk around Anna's slender waist and gave her a petite squeeze. She screamed (in French), but the elephant "held Anna," and "Anna held" her breath. (Our genial press agent, Mr. James J. Brady, must be "held" accountable for this).
April 12th, Chicago, Ill. Weather cold. Steam heat is turned on in all parts of the building — (except the dressing rooms). The door-tenders present a Klondike appearance with their ulsters buttoned around their necks. Amelia Feeley is doing some fine riding. The clowns are doing great work, and Art Adair, and his " Sousee Band," keep them in the best of humor.
April 13th, Chicago, Ill. Weather pleasant and a little warmer than yesterday. We had a big matinee and turn away at night. At 6:30 p. m. the lobby was jammed with people, and at 7:45 the rush became so great, it became necessary to close the doors. It was 8:30, before the immense audience could be seated, and every available inch of standing room was occupied. Clate Alexander discovers an usher "going south" and gives him the "rubber ball." W. C. Roth, euphonium player, was visited by his sister, Katie, whom he had not seen for several years. They were pleasantly entertained by Chicago friends.
April 14th, Chicago, Ill. Weather clear and moderate. Owing to church worship in an adjoining sanctuary, the evening performance was deferred — a matinee was given to an immense audience.
April 15, Chicago, Ill. Weather rainy and disagreeable, which hurts the matinee attendance. At night they came, in the usual large numbers. E. D. Colvin dropped in, and "Bath House John" saw the show, in the evening, from a box. As he entered the band played his favorite composition, "Dear Mid-Night of Love."
April 16th, Chicago, Ill. Rainy weather continues. A fair matinee and good night house. May Irwin, and her clever company, occupy boxes at the matinee. Fred Madison and wife also visit. Everyone with the show, is familiar with Fred's recent misfortune, and many sympathetic glances are cast in his direction.
April 17th, Chicago, Ill. Rainy weather continues. The distinguished English Actor, Mr. E. S. Willard, and members of his company, occupy a box at the matinee. Mrs. Kerry Meagher and Mrs. Lew Graham see Mr. Willard's performance in the evening. Good business to-day in spite of the weather. The "Garcinnetti Troupe of Acrobats," are making some changes in their act. The first club of the season, the "Water Dogs," organized by McDonald, Nacher, Hitchcock, Davis, Kuhlen and Meskimen. Purpose — to swim as nearly as possible, in every river, creek, lake, irrigation ditch, or other body of water, on the route.
April 18th, Chicago, Ill. Weather clear and cold. Mrs. Lew Graham departs for London, England, with best wishes of her many friends. Chas. H. Pierson, (Manager for Hennessy LeRoyle) and wife, attended the evening performance. Steve Miaco is doing lots of funny work, in the clown ranks. The work of all the clowns, this season, is far ahead of anything ever seen with a circus. So says a leading Chicago daily.
April 19th, Chicago, Ill. Weather clear and very cold. Mrs. Kerry Meagher, and friends, occupy a box, at the night performance. Harry Ashton's family attend the matinee. Two fine houses to-day. James Mackin, treasurer of Hopkin's Theatre, and brother-in-law of Art Adair, attends the evening performance.
April 20th, Chicago, Ill. Weather clear and chilly. A blizzard in Ohio, and snow, two-feet deep, in many localities. The advance boys are snow-balling. Big matinee and turn away at night.
April 21st, Chicago, Ill. All kinds of weather to-day — cold, snow and rain. Matinee only to big house. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Andress entertained a number of friends, in the evening, at their handsome residence, on Douglas Boulevard. Music, singing and a sumptuous banquet, were indulged in. Those who composed the party were Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Shipp; Mrs. Art, and Misses Gertie and Bessie Dacoma; Mrs. and Misses Stella, and Addie, Lovenberg; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Boise; Mr. and Mrs. Jules Turnour; Mr. and Mrs. Barry Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Art Adair. A very enjoyable time was had.
April 22nd, Chicago, Ill. Weather cold and windy. Two big Monday houses. LaBelle Davis, (Mlle. Turnour's charming daughter), visits in the evening. Boss property man, Charley Miller, is showing some wonderful dexterity in handling with remarkable quickness, the vast amount of props and riggings used with the show.
April 23rd, Chicago, Ill. Fine weather at last. The Hebrew population is out in full force to-day. An old Hebrew to-day braced Kirkendorf for a "come in ofer agin check," and "Kirk" nearly fainted. First route card of the season appears, and Jules Turnour is kept busy, handing them out.
April 24th, Chicago, Ill. Fine weather. Mr. E. D. Colvin and Mrs. W. D. Hagar occupy a box and witness the matinee. In the Dacoma Acrobatic act, Miss Gertie gets a bad fall, sustaining severe scalp injuries. The workmen, and the members of the first section, drop in, on the way to Defiance, Ohio, our first stand from here. Pans LePetre, and family, visit the matinee.
April 25th, Chicago, Ill. Pleasant weather. Two packed houses to-day. Dick Bell, one of the Feeley Acrobats, fell during the matinee, receiving a severe scalp wound. He appeared, in the evening, "a little disfigured but still in the ring."
April 26th, Chicago, Ill. Pleasant weather. About 400 children, from the Orphans' Home, attend the matinee, and have an enjoyable time. Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Nibbe visited, in the evening.
April 27th, Chicago, Ill. Pleasant weather brought us two packed houses. We close a very successful two and one-half weeks' season here, and take to the sleeping coaches for the annual road tour. The accommodations, this year, are finer than ever. A new sleeping coach has been added, and christened "St. Louis," in honor of the great southern metropolis.
April 29th, Defiance, Ohio. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 190 miles. Weather warm and clear. Arrived here about 4:30 p. m. yesterday. A bran new "city of white tops" awaits our arrival. Every inch of canvas is new, and constructed by the old, reliable, Cincinnati firm, Thomson & Vandiveer. We gave two performances here, to good returns. Owing to the long haul, it was nearly day-light when the last section was loaded. Our side show this season is a good one, and embraces many new and novel features. The concert is also larger than ever before. Hagahara, the Japanese juggler, presents his outside, morning exhibition, on the "ballyhoo" stage, instead of on the ticket wagon, as in former years. Match game of casino started, for season run, Davis & Hogendobler vs. Henderson & Jackson.
April 30th, Mansfield, Ohio. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 114 miles. Weather clear and hot. Last section arrived about noon. Lot about two miles from runs, and a mile from town. Parade at 2, and matinee at 4:15 p. m. No concert given in the afternoon. Evening performance on time.
May 1st, Zanesville, Ohio. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 88 miles. Weather warm and pleasant. Arrived 8 a. m. Good lot on Fair Grounds about two miles out. Numerous hills and bad bridges delay the parade somewhat. John Robinson paper up for May 7th. Two big houses here.
May 2nd, Wheeling, W. Va. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 75 miles. Weather hot with strong winds. Good lot across the river and about a mile from town. Everything late, to-day. Parade at noon. Matinee at 3:15 p. m. Immense side show opening, and big show packed, at both performances. Buffalo Bill's paper up for May 27th. A heavy storm struck us, at 10:30 p. m., and no concert was given.
May 3, Fairmount, W. Va. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 77 miles. Arrived 8:30 a. m. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot, among the hills, about one mile and a half out. Parade at noon. Matinee at 4 p. m. Immense side show opening, and the big show followed suit. Numerous drunks, but none required attention.
May 4th, Connellsville, Pa. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 70 miles. Last section arrived 9 a. m Weather warm and pleasant. Fine, but small, lot about mile out, and hemmed in by coke ovens. Parade atnoon. Matinee at 3 p.m. Many "drunks" here. Detective Ryan puts two crooks away for safe keeping. Rev. M. V. De Vaux, (brother of Mrs. Barry Gray), and family, visited.
May 6th, Washington, D. C. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 244 miles. Arrived here about 1 a. m. to-day. Elegant weather. Good lot, corner of 13th and C. streets, N. E. Parade left at 9:20 and returned at 11:30 a.m. Fred Railton, the clever juice dispenser, is laid up with mumps. Lewis Wiser also sick, but answered roll call. Buffalo Bill's show was here April 24th and 25th. A magnificent specimen of the giraffe kingdom joined out here, and on being added to the menagerie, was eyed, with jealous eyes, by the other animals. One dollar bills are very numerous here. We had a packed matinee and turn away at night.
May 7, Washington, D. C. Many of our show folks visited the Capitol, White House, and othei government buildings, and pronounced them fully water-proof. 12,000 people visited the side show.
May 8th, Baltimore, Md. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 40 miles. Cool and partly cloudy. Good lot on 29th street and York road. Owing to recent heavy rains, the lot was soft in many places. Parade at 10:15, returned at 12:30 a. m. Enormous crowds lined the streets, and there was such a rush at the ticket wagon, that "Ticket Wagon No. 2" was introduced. Buffalo Bill was here April 22nd and 23rd. Clate Alexander locates a "knuck," and hands him over to the "chief" for safe keeping. Col. W. D. Westlake, of seacow fame, attended the matinee. A base ball game, in an adjoining lot, and a pouring rain, in the evening, fail to diminish the attendance. We had a packed matinee and turn away at night.
May 9th, Baltimore, Md. The elements are against us to-day. The heavy rain continues, and the lot is in a bad condition. Gum boots and slickers are in demand. Owing to the rain and the long haul, it was 3 a. m. before the last section was loaded. A gang of hoodlums, in the vicinity of the sleepers, made it very unpleasant for the weary troupers.
May 10th, Chester, Pa. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 85 miles. Arrived late. Good lot, close to town and runs. Rain continues. Parade at noon. Matinee at 3 p. m. Forepaugh & Sells' paper up for next week in Philadelphia. Among our visitors to-day were Adam Forepaugh, Sam Joseph and Dan Humphries. Prof. Geo. Ganweiler and Chas. Mootz, (clarinetist), ran into Philadelphia on a flying visit to their families.
May 11th, Bethlehem, Pa. Baltimore & Ohio and Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, 72 miles. Last section arrived 8:30 a. m. A somewhat "stingy" lot, close to town and runs. Parade at 10:30. Rainy in the afternoon and evening. A valuable horse died this morning and Delevan looks gloomy. Zella and John Mercer on the sick list. One of the Holloway Trio met with an accident on the wire last night, and is walking lame to-day. Arthur Redmond, porter of the "St. Louis," who has been in a critical condition the past few days, is removed to the Episcopal hospital here. His ailment was pronounced appendicitis. Fred Sprague was assigned to the "St. Louis," as porter, and Tom Orr to the "Arcadia." Two more horses died during the day. Delavan takes it "much to heart," as he seldom loses an animal.
May 13th, Wilkesbarre, Pa. Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, 87 miles. Weather cool and pleasant. Arrived about 10 a. m. yesterday. The sick folks reported better. Good lot on Fair Grounds, across the river. Great opposition here. The city is one of paper. Walter L. Main, billed for May 22nd; Wallace for May 28th; and Buffalo Bill for June 7th. The splendid work of our boys is evident on all sides. It is evidently " Ringling day," as the streets are jammed. The matinee was a record breaker, and a turn away at night. The concert and side shows did banner business. Joe LeFleur joined here. Joe has just returned from Mexico, and stopped over in New York just long enough to become a White Rat.
May 14th, Scranton, Pa. Delaware & Hudson Railroad, 19 miles. Arrived early. Good (hard) lot, adjoining railroad and a mile from town. Weather cool and cloudy. Same opposition here as yesterday, and the same immense business. During the night, "Jack the marker" puts his brand, "A No. 1," on all the cars. This "mysterious individual" is an artist in his particular line. So wary is he that for years he has evaded capture, and it is understood that the Pullman Company have a standing reward for his conviction. Ed. Farley claims he is a will-o-the-wisp, while Ishmael claims he is a spirit of India. Considerable hoodlum element here.
May 15th, Oneonta, N. Y. Delaware & Hudson Railroad, 110 miles. Last section arrived 9 a. m. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot on Fair Grounds about a mile from town, and the runs. Farmer lads and lassies in abundance. The Howard Trio, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jinks and Keating and Goodman are making repeated hits, in the concert. D. A. McDonald, clarinetist of Ganweiler's band, was called home on account of sickness in his family, and left for Columbus, Ohio.
May 16th, Schenectady, N. Y. Delaware & Hudson Railroad, 69 miles. Arrived early. Weather fine. Good lot on Fair Grounds, about a mile from town. "Buffalo Bill" and "Sig. Sautelle" shows billed in opposition. Business big all around.
May 17th, Hudson, N. Y. New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, 46 miles. Good lot on a hill overlooking the beautiful "Rhine of America" and about a mile from town. Chas. Kohl, of Klein & Kohl, formerly caterers to Barnum & Bailey show, is a welcome visitor. About 7 p. m. a drizzling rain started to make things uncomfortable.
May 18th, Holyoke, Mass. Boston & Albany Railroad, 96 miles. Last section arrived at noon. Rainy all day. Very heavy lot, on Railroad hill. Owing to the delay, and heavy rain, no parade or matinee was given. A night show was given in a pouring rain to a packed house. The side shows did a rushing business.
May 20th, Boston, Mass. Boston & Albany R. R., 118 miles. Arrived at 2 p. m. (yesterday) in a pouring rain. The lot, on Huntington Avenue is a small ocean. In some places the water was two feet deep. It took much hard work and many loads of cinders, and straw, to make it fit to present a creditable show on. The side show is in a very bad spot, and the cook-house fares still worse. The cook tents were removed, later in the day, to an adjoining and better piece of land. No matinee, and a 6 p. m. opening in the side shows. It has been a hard two days on the horses and workmen, and their comfort was looked after as much as possible. The big show started the week's engagement with an evening performance to a good house.
May 21st, Boston, Mass. Cloudy and partly clear, in the afternoon. Parade started at 9:15 a. m., and was viewed by an immense gathering. Matinee big and night packed. Among our visitors were Chas. Orville and wife; Norman, the "frog man"; and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Deaves.
May 22nd, Boston, Mass. The tide is on the ebb. Weather clear and warm. A real treat to see a pleasant day. The show folks are investing in slickers and gum boots, "so we will have no more rain" this season. A social organization was formed, to-day, among our "Joeys," and called the "Puff Club." Its promoter was Doc. Kealey, and its membership limited to about a dozen of the principal clowns with this show. Its principles are to be "good fellowship, social, benefaction, and the raising of a fund sufficient to defray the expenses of each member to his home at the close of the season," (not presuming, however, that any of the members would be likely to be in need.) One of the most rigid rules of the club is, that "each member must use a powder puff, in making up, and that all should be ready to use the aforesaid puff at a given signal, by the President." Hence the name, "Puff Club." Doc. Kealey was chosen President; Geo. Motz, Vice-President, and Mons Natalie, Secretary and Treasurer. An initiation fee of twenty-five cents was levied on all members joining, and the first fine of "two-bits" was collected from Phil. King, for raising his "puff" with the left hand.
May 23rd, Boston, Mass. Weather clear and pleasant. Business up to the top notch. Ishmael, the "Hindoo fakir," introduces a new trick, "catching fish from the audience." It is a neat illusion, and well performed. Our visitors to-day were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kelcey, (from Keiths), and Wm. Vino, the famous Rube clown.
May 24th, Boston, Mass. Weather cool and cloudy. Light showers bring the "rubber man" around again and those that hav'nt rain coats "get in line" and secure them. P. J. Morris, of Manchester, N. H., visited. Mr. Morris is a retired showman, and a brother of Frank Morris, of side show fame. He now owns a prosperous hotel in the thriving New Hampshire city, of nearly $100. Heavy rain at night.
May 25th, Boston, Mass. Cloudy and very chilly. Luckily, no rain. Art DaComa on the sick list. The Garcinnetti troupe close and depart for New York. Lew Graham leaves for a Sunday visit to Manchester, N. H. Eddie Hunter, formerly with the Barnum & Bailey show, visits. We close a very successful week here and feel that it is "deserving" as the weather and other conditions were very unfavorable.
May 27th, Worcester, Mass. Boston & Albany R. R., 44 miles. Arrived early yesterday. Delavan, Bob Meek and Ed Jenkins were kept busy entertaining the large number of "Sunday visitors" at the grounds. Hot opposition here advise the Worcesterites to "wait" but they heed not the advice. Although it rained in torrents, the big tent was packed, both matinee and night. A valuable horse was killed, the cook-house wagon overturned, and several minor accidents reported. Mr. and Mrs. Jules Offner visited Chas. Orville and Master Frank "joined out" here. Chas. Mootz, clarinetist, left for his home in Philadelphia. Sick with typhoid fever.
May 28th, Springfield, Mass. Boston & Albany R.R., 55miles. Weather warm and cloudy. Arrived 8 a. m. Good lot on Driving Park. Usual opposition and two packed houses. Archie Marvelle was thrown from a vicious horse during parade, and is nursing a lame leg. Leon Washburn among our visitors. The largest crowds ever seen reviewing a circus parade were out on the streets here to see the wealth and grandeur of the Ringling Brothers great and new pageant.
May 29th, North Adams, Mass. Boston & Albany R. R., 73 miles. Cool and cloudy. Arrived 9 a. m. Good lot on Fair Grounds about a mile and a half out. Usual opposition and rain in the evening. A letter from Bethlehem, Pa., informs us that Arthur Redmond is in a fair way to recovery and may be able to leave for his Cincinnati home in a few days. A subscription list was started for him by Chas. F. Ryan and about $135 was raised and sent to him with the best wishes of his many friends. Walter L. Main announced here for June 1st.
May 30th, Albany, N. Y. Boston & Albany R. R., 72 miles. Decoration Day. Arrived early. Good lot about a mile from town and adjoining New York Central tracks. Weather cloudy, with light rains during the day. Madam Marantette and Walter L. Main among our visitors. John Jennings, Allie Webb and a number of others visited the "Main" show in an adjacent town. W. W. Freeman (Doc.), was also a visitor. Mr. Freeman journeyed from New York, where he at present is managing the affairs of the "White Rats."
May 31st, Utica, N. Y. New York Central & Hudson River R. R., 92 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to railroad and town. Buffalo Bill paper up. Usual rain in the afternoon. Two packed houses and side-shows did immense business. The streets here are in a bad condition and many were the bumps received. The "Puff Club" held its second meeting last night and a number of new "puffs" initiated. Fred. Cramer, clarinetist, joined the show here. D. A. McDonald, clarinetist, re-joined.
June 1st, Watertown, N. Y. New York Central & Hudson River R. R., 92 miles. Arrived early. Good lot on Fair Grounds, a quarter mile from runs and mile from town. Two packed houses in spite of heavy rains. Lew Graham, whose eyes have been very naughty during the past couple of weeks, resorts to glasses — (not the kind that makes you see double). The "Life history of the Ringling Bros." — a neat little volume, is offered for sale, in the menagerie, for the first time.
June 3d, Ogdensburg, N. Y. New York Central & Hudson River R. R., 42 miles. Arrived early yesterday morning. Many went fishing with good results. Stella Lovenberg, who has been ill the past few days is improving. It rained, good and plenty, all day. Parade at 10 a. m. The lot is in an awful condition, and after a hard struggle it was decided "not to show." The tents were all up and everything in readiness, but the ground was so soft it was declared unsafe to seat the immense crowds clamoring for admission. The side shows opened to big business. It was late into the night when the last wagon was loaded and we pulled out for the next stand. Minnie Fisher, who has been on the sick list is out again. Forepaugh and Welcome join here, and make a "welcome" addition to the big show.
June 4, Potsdam, N. Y. New York Central & Hudson River R. R., 32 miles. Arrived 5 a. m. Weather cool and clear. Very heavy lot about mile out. It is a case of "pull" here, as the recent rains have made the earth soft and spongy. However, it is the best in town, and our day ahead agent, George Heiser, had hard work to secure it. After many hard tugs and hair breadth escapes, enough of the show property was landed on the lot to erect the side-show and big top. The menagerie was corralled and the black top, cookhouse and horse tents were erected in a lot opposite. Parade at 11 a. m., and matinee at 2:45 p. m. With the assistance of local teamsters, everything was safely cleared from the lot, and at a late hour the "big thing" was on its way to Malone. The last few days have been unusually hard ones on man and beast. Many of the workmen showed the "white feather," and sneaked in the midst of the heavy work. Their absence was noticed by the faithful ones, and they were promptly chased from the lot and told to take to the timber on their return.
June 5th, Malone, N. Y. Rutland R. R., 42 miles. Arrived early. Fine lot on Fair Grounds, about half a mile from town. It's a great blessing to have a fine lot and real show weather once more and we fully appreciate it. Forepaugh & Sells billed for July 8th. Two shows to big business. We will bid adieu to the States for a time and start in on our "Initial tour of Canada." "Good bye Sammy, we must leave you."
June 6th, Valleyfield, P. Q. New York Central & Hudson River R. R., 30 miles. A beautiful little town and has a number of handsome Catholic institutions. Weather clear and warm. A somewhat "crowded" lot near town and adjoining railroad. Everything French here, and Madam Mathews is kept busy explaining things to the natives. The " Spectacle of the Nations" is omitted from the big show program and Wiser, the "Boer scout," is once more the "Australian boomerang-thrower." Lew Graham, John Walker and Barrella spout "French" in huge chunks, and "knock them silly" with their "parles vous." Musical Director George Ganweiler introduces "God Save the King", at the finish of the show, and "all's well in John Bull's land." Al. Conlin reverses the films in his picture machine, and makes the Boers run from the British, and in the end are totally annihilated. We gave two performances to big crowds, and the verdict was, "by gar, she's gude wan."
June 7, Montreal, P. Q. New York Central & Hudson River R. R. and Canadian Pacific, 35 miles. Arrived early. Good lot on Exhibition Grounds. Parade started at 9:45 a. m., in a pouring rain, which continued during the day. The streets were jammed with an enthusiastic populace, and the parade made a most wonderful impression. We had a packed matinee, and, at night, a turn away. The side shows reaped a harvest. The Montreal ladies wore some very beautiful costumes in spite of "sky juice." An elephant died to-day, leaving twenty-four to mourn her loss.
June 8th, Montreal, P. Q. Weather cold, and rainy at intervals. Continued big business. A gang of ticket speculators hang around the entrance, but are handicapped by Al Conlin, who warns visitors not to buy their 60c. tickets. Rain came good and heavy at night. Joe Le Fleur entertained relatives. Detective James Rogers of the "Canadian department," joins Detective Ryan, and will remain with us during the Canadian tour.
June 10th, Ottawa, Ontario. Canadian Pacific Ry., 120 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. yesterday. A quiet Sunday was spent. Many visited the House of Parliament and other handsome public buildings, while others went fishing. Harry Ashton and Art Adair returned with a mammoth eel. To-day the weather is clear and warm. Good lot about a mile out. Afternoon and night house packed. The Canadian Pacific furnished us excellent facilities for loading and unloading, and our sleepers were placed in a convenient spot by the depot. Transportation master, Bob Taylor, says "would it were ever so."
June 11th, Brockville, Ont. Canadian Pacific Ry., 72 miles. Last section arrived 8 a. m. Weather clear and hot. A somewhat "indifferent lot" about a mile from town. The ground here is so rocky, that it was impossible to drive a stake to a depth of over six inches. The big top was raised, but the menagerie and side show had to be corralled. The cook house, horse tents and smaller tops placed across the road on better "terra firma." Parade at 11:15 a. m. Matinee at 3 p. m. Witsenhausen gets stuck on a "phony" bank note, of which there are "several" in circulation in Canada,
June 12, Kingston, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 49 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and hot. Uncle Sam's currency is refused at stores here. Our cars are located at Kingston junction, about two miles from the lot. Good lot on "Fair Grounds," close to town. Mr. and Mrs. Al Ringling and Art Da Coma, caught a fine mess of fish yesterday, and our steward, Wm. Fay, saw that everyone had a taste. Geo. Parsons gathered in a bank note of a bank that ceased to exist ten years ago. Someone remarked "too bad," and George replied "no, only 'one' bad." The street car conductors are on a strike, and many of the citizens wear badges with the inscription thereon "we walk."
June 13, Belleville, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 50 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and warm. Fine lot about quarter mile from town and mile from runs. Immense crowd in town, and we had two packed houses. Minnie Fisher, while in a cab, and on her way to the sleepers last night, was struck in the back by a large sized rock, evidently thrown by a "strike sympathizer," and intended for the cab driver — (or scab driver). A ruralite turns up with a "wonderful freak," a boy with four teats. As usual, he was referred to Delavan.
June 14, Peterboro, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 63 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and very hot. Good lot on Fair Grounds, about mile and one-half from town. Those who have clung to their winter garments, now complain that the winter garments "cling to them." Canada beats the world for religious institutions. Even the money is "holy." (George Harrison is responsible for this one).
June 15, Barrie, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 90 miles. Arrived early. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot on "Fair Grounds," close to town. Our cars are pleasantly located on the banks of beautiful Lake Sincoe. There seems to be a feeling of shyness among the Canadians as regards "circus folk," and they are at all times wary and in fear of being buncoed. Evidently they have had the "red umbrella" handed them on previous occasions. When they enter our several departments and receive the honest, courteous treatment due them, it seems a revelation to them and they soon "thaw out." It has been in evidence all through our Canadian tour and more noticeable here than elsewhere.
June 17, Toronto, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 64 miles. Arrived early yesterday morning. Many spent their Sunday at Hanlan's Point and other resorts, while others attended divine worship. Good lot on College street, two miles out and a mile from the runs. Weather clear and cool. Parade at 9:20, returned at 11:20 a. m. Afternoon house "packed" and a "turn away" at night, at 7:30. Fully 8,000 were unable to gain admission. Mrs. Charles Carroll leaves for Washington, D. C. Side shows did immense business to day.
June 18th, Hamilton, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 39 miles. Arrived early. Weather hot and sultry. Good lot two miles from runs and three from town. Immense business. Jules Turnour invests in a handsome diamond ring, and Frank Wilson, Fred McNab, Ishmael, and a number of others do likewise.
June 19, Brantford, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 31 miles. Arrived early. A shower in the morning, followed by hot, sultry weather. Good lot on "Fair Grounds," half mile from runs and quarter mile from town. The "Sherman Theatre Co." occupy the summer theatre in the park, within a stone's throw of the black top.
June 20, Guelph, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 35 miles. Arrived early. Weather cooler. Rainy in the morning, clear at noon, and cloudy and sultry at night. Good lot about half mile from runs and mile from town. Time keeper, Weaver, likes the town and is thinking of buying it. Some of the boys test the celebrated Canadian "corn juice," and make wry faces over it. It's as cheap as California wine and "just as saucy."
June 21, Stratford, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 40 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and hot. Good lot close to runs and half mile from town. Side show openings are small in this section, but they are good on the "grind." Two packed houses. Detective Ryan captured three of the "light fingered gentry" to-day. After an a all-day hearing at court, "his worship" sentenced them to seven years each.
June 22, Woodstock, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 22 miles. Arrived early. Good lot about a mile from town. Weather hot and cloudy, with a thunder storm in the morning. Flannel suits are dirt cheap here, and before 6 p. m. the boys had "cleaned out" the stores. Six dollars carried away a first-class light weight suit. Doc. Kealey, Lew Plamondon and Ernest Alvo are much elated over the success of the "Puff Club." Its membership is steadily increasing.
June 24, London, Ont. Grand Trunk Ry., 28 miles. Arrived early yesterday morning and found the town thoroughly "buttoned up " Witsenhausen said it was impossible to get even a drink of "ginger-parilla." The military camp, about two miles out was the favorite visiting spot. A band concert, religious services and an inclination to "rubber," attracted many. Weather is clear and hot to-day. Good lot about mile out. Al. Conlin, manager of the War Show, was "whitewashed," on his morning opening, but recovered his equilibrium later on. In passing the U. S. Consul's residence, during parade, the bands played the "Star Spangled Banner," the chime-bells pealed out "Home Sweet Home," and the smiling Consul acknowledged the honor by "uncovering." About 3,000 soldiers attended the evening performance.
June 25, St. Thomas, Ont. Lake Erie & Detroit River Ry., 18 miles. Arrived early. Good lot, next to railroad and half mile from town. Weather very hot. Two immense houses. The side shows had opposition to-day. A "local" War Show, opposite the entrance. Messrs. Al. and Henry Ringling returned from a two days' fishing trip, with about 600 pounds of fine black bass. Enough to feed the show.
June 26, Chatham, Ont. Wabash R. R., 62 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to runs and half mile from town. Fried fish for breakfast, thanks to Messrs. Al. and Henry, and the clever Chefs. Weather very hot. Big business in all departments. Colored population well represented here. Detective Charles F. Ryan reports that out of eleven pick-ockets arrested in the Dominion, nine were convicted. The lowest sentence received was six months, the highest seven years. Detectives Bryan and Rogers, who have been with us during our Canadian tour, depart for Montreal. Uncle Sam's Custom Inspectors are entertained by Charles Andress. No smugglers are caught. We bid adieu to Canada after a very successful tour, and leave behind many warm friends and pleasant recollections. The clown band made its initial performance on stilts to-day, headed by Frank Orville the miniature "drum major." Everything went lovely until Steve Miaco and George Hartzell fell, much to the amusement of the audience (and a bunch of "rubbers"). It took the united efforts of George Motz, John Slater and Al. Miaco to raise them. It was a decided novelty and a big success.
June 27, Port Huron, Mich. Grand Trunk Ry., 79 miles. Arrived early. Weather very hot. Good lot about a mile out. Some of our workmen quit here to join Gollmar Bros. All hands glad to return to United States soil except Harry Brasfield, Ed. Miller and Jim. Alexander, of the side show band, who like Canada so well they hated to "leave it behind," and remained over to "bring it with them." At parade time they had not put in an appearance and Clate Alexander was "in a pickle," with only half a band. Eddie Delavan, Tom Buckley and Kerry Meagher were called in as substitutes, at the last minute the "missing ones" turned up and all was well. Big business all around to-day. Buffalo Bill announced for July 3d.
June 28, Flint, Mich. Grand Trunk Ry., 66 miles. Arrived early. Good lot about a mile from town. Weather very hot. The streets are being re-paved here and the parade has to take a somewhat rambling route. Jules Turnour leaves for Chicago, to attend the bedside of his wife, who is dangerously ill and in the hospital there. Lew Sunlin and wife, Baby Jinks and Phil. Pickard are among the visitors. Phil. met with a serious misfortune last season in breaking a limb, and may never again be able to resume work. His many friends gave him a warm welcome. There is a wonderful fellow feeling among "show folks" in times of affliction.
June 29, Ann Arbor, Mich. Grand Trunk Ry. & Ann Arbor R. R., 67 miles. Arrived early. Good lot about half a mile from runs and town. Weather cooler and business big. This city was visited by a severe storm last night. Trees were blown down and window glass broken by hail stones. "Lucky us." The absence of students gives the town a sombre air. A local journal states that "we have fairly won the college boys by our fair and courteous treatment accorded them last season, and that hereafter they will swear by the Ringlings." Two of our best horses died to-day.
July 1, Cleveland, O. Ann Arbor, Wheeling & Lake Erie and Big 4 Railroads. 166 miles. Arrived about 1 p. m. yesterday. Mrs. Barry Gray and Bertha Carnahan stopped off at Toledo to visit relatives, and thus escaped the intense heat of the day and night. The "sleepers" were placed on the Cleveland & Pittsburg tracks, near Central Ave., and the heat during the night was awful. The writer passed along the cars about 5 o'clock this morning. The cars were empty, but the neighboring yards were covered with restless individuals trying to get a "wink of sleep." To sleep in the cars was an utter impossibility. To-day the fierce heat continues. Our lot is located corner of Cedar and Madison streets. Parade at 8:30 and returned at 11:30 a. m. No one will ever forget "that parade and "such a heat." "Buffalo Bill," and "Wallace" here recently, and " Forepaugh & Sells" billed for July 19th John and Emma Ray, John G. and Bertha Scheidler and Mrs. Kerry Meagher were among our visitors. The "Rays" certainly had a "Hot Old Time." A heavy wind storm at 10 p. m. nearly emptied the big tent.
July 2, Salem, O. Pennsylvania Co., 70 miles. Arrived 9 a. m. Good lot about a mile from town and a half mile further from runs. Weather very hot. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Gray, and Zella, entertained relatives from Canton, O. Octavia received by express a box of rattle snakes, which are added to the snake family in the side show.
July 3, Pittsburgh, Pa. Pennsylvania Lines, 70 miles. Arrived about 8 a. m. Good lot on Exhibition Grounds, Allegheny. Heavy showers in the morning and at 4 p. m. Parade at 11 a. m., returned at 12:15 p. m. Fred Griffin (brother of Charles), visited. John Robinson show only a few miles away.
July 4, Pittsburg, Pa. Weather very hot, with thunder showers during the day. Mrs. Charles Orville, Mrs. Rob Roy (sister of Lewis Wiser), and the veteran showman, George Cole, spent the Fourth with us. Two packed houses and the side-shows had all they could accommodate. Elaborate dinners were served at the cook tent by Allie Webb, and at the dining car by William Fay. . . . [Dinner menus not included here.]
July 5, East Liverpool, O. Pennsylvania Lines, 44 miles. Arrived early. Lot across the river on West Virginia soil. Weather very hot and sultry. Showers and threatening weather during the day. Bertha Carnahan taken ill and had to be taken to the cars. Big business. No concert at night owing to an approaching storm.
July 6, Urichsville, O. Pennsylvania Lines, 75 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to town and runs. Weather a little cooler. We are nearly prostrated by the terrible heat of the past few days. Two big houses. Albert Wetter, the retired showman, visited. We are the first show here in a long time.
July 8, Columbus, O. Pennsylvania Lines, 99 miles. Arrived 8:30 a. m. yesterday. Sunday was spent in visiting Minerva and Olentangy Parks, where Vaudeville and Drama reigned supreme. Weather cool and pleasant to-day. Very weedy lot in East Columbus, about a mile out. Parade at 9:20, returned at 11:30 a. m. Sells & Forepaugh billed "strong" for the 29th. Among our visitors were Mrs. John Mercer and Arthur Redmond, from Cincinnati. Mr. and Mrs. Gray also entertained relatives. Two "packed" houses. Doc. Freeman and John Ringling drop in from Chicago.
July 9, Springfield, O. Big Four Route, 45 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to town and runs. Continued hot weather. John Slater appears in an ice cream suit, and some of the other boys follow "suit." Two packed houses. The "Puff Club" meets regularly every week at "any old place," where privacy may be secured. For several weeks past Art Dacoma has possessed a determination to "butt in," and get on the inside of its workings. Last Thursday evening the Club had some very important matters to dispose of, so a very quiet out-of-the-way spot was selected, about a quarter of a mile in the rear of the show grounds, and behind a board fence where a melon party had evidently convened a few hours previous. The melon shells were scraped together, and impromptu speakers' stand arranged. The meeting was opened just as the enemy on the other side of the wall placed his ear to a knothole. Suddenly a terrible war cry pierced the air, each "Puff" grabbed a portion of "melon" ammunition, and, scaling the fence, proceeded to pelt the unfortunate offender until he yelled for mercy. Art was a bit "melon-cholly," but soon regained his composure and applied for membership. He was unanimously elected a candidate and is now one of its proudest members.
July 10, Dayton, O. Big Four Route, 24 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and hot. Fine lot on Fair Grounds. Numerous friends and relatives and friends of the show visited. Harry Ashton entertained his aged father. Our big success of last year was duplicated here. This is the home of George Heiser, and the birth place of the "National Cash Register." H. W. Davis, cornetist of Ganweiler's band, closed here. Friends of Jackson and Hudson the "battery" Ganneiler's band visited the show.
July 11, Muncie, Ind. Big Four Route, 78 miles. Arrived 9 a. m. Weather hot. Good lot half mile from town. Parade at noon and matinee at 2:15. Boss canvasman, John Snellen, has a way of doing things quickly. What might have been a serious accident occurred about 3 p. m. Quite a number of women and children were sitting in the shade of the side-show paintings, when two young men drove on the lot and reined up in the rear of the black top, just as the menagerie side wall was raised and the elephants let out for water. The horse made a sudden bolt throwing the occupants from the buggy and dashed across the "front" into John Walker's ticket box (John being absent at the time). From there the animal made a mad plunge through the side-show banners, bringing down the entire "front" (without permission of Stub), and out into the roadway toward town. A lady was stunned by a falling banner pole, and it was miraculous that no other damage was done. Clate and Jim Alexander entertain their mother and sister, as did also Dave Cunningham. Mrs. Al. Conlin is visiting her husband.
July 12, Anderson, Ind. Big Four Route, 18 miles. Arrived early. Good lot mile from town and half mile from runs. Weather clear and hot. A sign was noticed during parade, "Sells Bros., Funeral Directors." Wouldn't that freeze you. The Hall & Long show are located down town and courtesies are exchanged.
July 13, Marion, Ind. Big Four Route, 32 miles. Arrived early. Good lot, close to town and adjoining railroad. Weather hot and business big. John Slater entertains relatives. Charley Andress departs for Chicago to spend Sunday,with a large box under his arm, containing a swell seal sacque. A little present for Mrs. A. They may need them in Chicago, but not through this section. Lew Graham leaves for a Sunday visit to his native town — (Crawfordsville, Ind.) Jules Turnour and Harry Ashton also leave for Chicago to spend Sunday. Mrs. Harry Conlin is visiting her husband.
July 15, Hoopeston, Ill. Big Four Route and Lake Erie & Western R.R., 133 miles. Arrived 1 p. m. yesterday. Awful hot — (and "dry"). A quiet Sunday, but for the continued "bob white" in the vicinity of the sleepers. Good lot close to town and runs. Small showers during the day, that only increased the heat. Minnie Fisher left for Chicago to enjoy a short vacation. Big business all around. M. C. Beebe, of the sideshow, entertains relatives from Danville.
July 16, Peoria. Ill. Lake Erie & Western R. R., 112 miles. Arrived 7:30 a. m. (A very clever run). Weather very hot. Good lot on Fair Grounds, about two miles out. Parade at 11 a. m. Buffalo Bill announced for August 17th. Dan dine, of the advance, drops in. Tom Orr has a foot crushed by a locomotive and will likely lose a toe or two. Gene Strong, of the black top, quits for a short vacation. Showers threaten, but none came our way.
July 17, Monmouth, Ill. C. B. Q. R. R., 68 miles. Arrived early. Weather cooler. Good lot on "Fair Grounds" adjoining railroad and a mile from town. Big gatherings. Jack Gee bruised his hand while repairing the calliope. Stella Marvelle is a big hit in the concert.
July 18, Kewaunee, Ill. C. B. & Q. R. R, 48 miles. Arrived early. Weather very hot. Good lot on Fair Grounds, about half mile from town. Fat business all around. Harry Conlin is now operating the picture machine and is a strong feature.
July 19, Davenport, Iowa. C. B. & Q. R. R., 88 miles. Arrived early. Good lot, about two miles out — (in Dutchland). Thermometer 101 degrees in the shade. "Such a hot." Two packed houses. Many of the boys enjoyed a swim in the river after the evening performance.
July 20, Monticello, Iowa. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry., 69 miles. Arrived 8:45 a. m. Good lot on Fair Grounds, about half mile out. Weather very hot. Major Winner and wife (midgets), were seen on the grounds at an early hour, seated in a miniature phaeton, drawn by a pair of spotted ponies. This clever little couple were formerly with this show, and are now retired from a show life, and enjoying all the conforts of a cute little home. Bertha Carnahan and Octavia prostrated by the heat. Mrs. Fred Jenks is now driving the cream colored tandem in parade and doing a menage act in place of Miss Fisher. Big business here.
July 22, Minneapolis, Minn. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R R., 269 miles. Last section arrived at 6 p. m. yesterday. The heat yesterday, while en route here, was most intense. Old timers say "the worst in thirty years." Lake Harriett was visited last evening by many, where the famous Banda Rossa offered a choice program of music. To-day the heat is still with us. Good lot corner 25th and Blaisdell. Parade at 9:40; return at 11:20 a. m. Marie Bayrooty and Florence Ishmael act as snake charmers during the absence of Octavia. Miss Myrtle Carnahan, and Mr. and Mrs. Phipps, of Benson, Minn. are visiting Bertha Carnahan. William Spencer also entertains relatives. Immense business here. The show is nearer home to-day than at any time since leaving Chicago. Baraboo is about half-way between Minneapolis and Chicago, on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.
July 23, St. Paul, Minn. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry., 10 miles. Some what "dirty" lot, about two miles from the city. Awfully hot. Butch Parsons seems to be the only one who can stand the heat. The polar bear has to be fed on cracked ice. An excellent spring, near the sleepers, affords plenty of pure, cool water to the sufferers at night. William Spencer is under the weather. Big Portion of Davenport, Iowa, destroyed by fire.
July 24, Rice Lake, Wis. Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Ry., 123 miles. Last section arrived 10:30 a. m. Good lot on "Fair Grounds, half mile from town. Hot weather is still with us. Parade at 1:30; matinee at 4 p. m. Professor George Ganweiler is overcome by the heat and compelled to leave parade. Owing to the very threatening weather no evening performance was given.
July 25, West Superior, Wis. Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Ry., 97 miles. Arrived 6 a. m. At last the hot spell is broken. Inside of six hours the mercury has dropped fifty degrees, and we roll out this morning shivering. Very heavy lot close to town. Parade in a pouring rain, which continues during the day. "It's nice to travel and see the country." Big business here in spite of the elements.
July 26, Duluth, Minn. Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Ry., 5 miles. Weather cold, cloudy and threatening rain. Arrived early (of course). Good lot on 29th avenue, about three miles out. Parade 10:30; returned at 12:30. Immense opening and matinee, and at night breathing room only. Detective Charles Ryan is laid up with a swollen foot. Charley don't like it, but he can't kick. Myrtle Carnahan returns to Benson, after a very pleasant four days' visit with her sister, Bertha (and some one else).
July 27, Ashland, Wis. Northern Pacific Ry., 76 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Very bad lot about half mile from town and runs. The approach to the main entrance was the worst feature, the mud, in places, being a foot deep. The heavy wagons sank "way down," and Ed. Jenkins, Meek and Delavan had all kinds of trouble to get things placed. The interior of the big top was a lake and one needed a boat to reach the cook house. Our chef, Fred Breese, had the only dry spot on the lot. Parade at 12:30 and matinee at 4:45 p. m. to a packed house. No concert in the afternoon. At night the lot was in an awful condition, and it was daylight before the last car was loaded, and Bob Taylor and his weary crew had rolled in. The cook-house wagon got ditched, and numerous other accidents occurred. John Jennings adds another man to his force. Jerome Repass, father of Guy, of the big show band is a visitor.
July 29, Oshkosh, Wis. Chicago & North Western Ry., 259 miles. Last section left Ashland about 6 a. m. yesterday, and arrived here at 9 p. m. Weather to-day, clear and warm, with occasional threatening showers. Good lot mile from town. Our old friend Peck, of Peck & Behrens, Clothiers to his "Majesty, the Circus World," is a visitor. Al. Jones, our popular auditor of last season, is a welcome visitor. Mr. Jones is now engaged in the lumber business in an adjoining town. Mrs. Meta Lambster (daughter of Gertie Plath), journeys from Milwaukee to visit her jolly ma-ma. Detective Ryan is able to perambulate once more. Charley Andress is now handling "Life histories of the Ringlings," and they go like "hot cakes."
July 30, Janesville, Wis. Chicago & North Western Ry., 102 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. and brought a "bunch" of pleasant weather with us. Good lot mile out. Buffalo Bill was here 23d. Big business in all departments. Part of the horse tents were accidentally burned and several other small fires occurred during the day. Mr. Henry Von Wald, ex-musician, now located at Baraboo, Wis., paid a visit to the "World's Greatest." A host of visitors today, including many from Baraboo, the home and winter quarters of the Messrs. Ringling. Those who spent the day with us were: Will Horton, of the advance; Harry Lockhart, Mrs. Al. Ringling, Mrs. Alf. T. and master Richard Ringling, Miss Ida Ringling, W. W. Freeman, Mrs. August Ringling (mother of the famous brothers), Fred Railton, Sr., George Stott, the children of Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien, and also those of Mr. and Mrs. Schadle, Charles Plath, E. D. Colvin, Mrs. Bob Meek, George Hall (Pop Corn), and many others.
July 31, Sterling, Ill. Chicago & North Western Ry., 135 miles. Arrived at 8 a. m. Weather pleasant. Good lot about mile from town. Parade at 11:30. Big show at 2:30. Mrs. William De Van, Amelia Feeley and Gertie Plath on the sick list. George Ramsey, porter of the Arcadia, is in a critical condition, with cancer of the liver. Business "big" here.
August 1, Princeton, Ill. C. B. & Q. R. R., 65 miles. Arrived early. Good lot on Fair Grounds, half mile from town. Brandon & Regina, Contortionists, join here. Their act went big, and was especially neat. George Ramsey is sent to a Chicago hospital for treatment. The bad, changeable weather that we have had, during the past few weeks, is having a depressing feeling on many of our people.
August 2d, Macomb, Ill. C. B. & Q. R. R., 100 miles. Arrived 7:30 a. m. Good lot about mile from town. Weather clear and hot. Dan Cline, of the advance, drops in. Dan informs us that he has quit smoking. Charles Ringling rejoins the show. The sick folks reported better. Stella Lovenberg rejoins, after several weeks' illness. Ida Miaco fell, in the races, bruising an eye. George Crandall is out again and resuming his muleish pastimes. Water is ten cents per bucket here, and a kind of "shake down" atmosphere prevails all around. Frank Parsons says "they not only charge 10 cents per bucket for water, but make you carry it." County Fair announced for "August 9th to 16th." Yamamoto, the Japanese wire walker, is slowly recovering from a sprained neck.
August 3d, Burlington, Iowa. C. B. & Q. R. R., 60 miles. Arrived early. Weather hot and dusty. Our cars are pleasantly located at Union Depot. Good lot about two miles out. Light rain in the evening brings cooler weather. Terry's Uncle Tom Show here, within the week past. Frank Griffin (brother of Charles E.), is a visitor. "Romeo," of Freeman's force of balloon agents, decides to spend Sunday here, and will have a time "catching up." "Wherefore art thou, Romeo." First visit of this show here in six years. "Top notch" business.
August 5, Kansas City, Mo. C. B. & Q. R. R. and Santa Fe Route, 240 miles. Arrived here at 4 p. m. yesterday. Good lot adjoining old Exposition grounds, about four miles from runs and half that distance from town. Weather clear and hot. Parade at 9:30; returned at 11:30. Our genial press agent, Guy F. Steely, closes, and W. W. Freeman, opens, in the same capacity. Dan Leon, who is nursing a lame leg, decides to remain home a few days. Mrs. Anna West is a welcome visitor. She is a sister of Jessie Leon, and was formerly with this show. What might have been a terrible calamity occurred just as the mammoth crowds were surging into the "big show." The following is a graphic "pen picture" of the scene as witnessed by the writer:
The Exposition Building Fire.
The Exposition Building was a mammoth structure, covering nearly a square, and located directly across the street from the main entrance to the circus. Its frame work was of steel, and the roof of glass. It might have been termed, at one time, a crystal palace. For years it was used as a convention hall and many large public gatherings have assembled under its roof. The building had been recently condemned and was to have been destroyed by dynamite in a few days. About 1:30 p. m., a cloud of thick, black smoke was discovered ascending from the lower centre part of the big building and, in a few moments it was a mass of crackling flames and smoke.
Our danger was quickly realized, and immediately everyone connected with the show was on the jump. Should one spark come our way, it would mean destruction to our entire outfit, and, probably, a terrible loss of life. No one can tell. Strong men were working with might and main to save life and property from destruction. Henry Ringling took the situation in at a glance, and saw that the crowds of people who were entering the big show were quietly removed to a place of safety, while those already inside were advised as to the best means for their welfare. The side-show, black top and cook house being nearest the burning building, were quickly loaded and packed up. Husky canvas men climbed the big tops and kept them well saturated with water, for one flying spark would finish us, as the tops are all covered with a coating of paraffine and easily ignited. William Spencer and Pearl Souder, with their forces, were working with red cheeks and set faces, to get their animals removed to a safe place. Charles Roy and his men of the "chandelier department had a hard struggle to avoid explosion. Delavan, Meek and Jenkins had already looked out for their horses and ponies.
Ed. Shipp and the performers were jug-filing trunks to a place of safety — (even the ladies were lending a hand). Allie Webb and his cook-house crew "were right up against it," but they stuck until the last dish and piece of canvas was packed away. Looking over from the distance one could see steward Webb standing like a statue, the flames and smoke, at times, coming within close range, giving orders and superintending his boys — and brave boys they were, and justly entitled to much credit. Fred Breese, the chef, looked as if there wasn't much breeze coming his way, but Fred is used to those warm waves. Art Boyd was red in the face, while the two Dicks — Stewart & Ware — sang merrily "there's a hot time in the old town to-night." Lew Graham, Borrella and John Walker were kept busy at the front delivering official announcements, and above it all stood Messrs. Otto and Al. Ringling, quietly delivering orders and directing the entire proceedings.
In a few minutes the Kansas City Fire Department had run a line of hose on the grounds and were playing a constant stream of water on the tents. They did effective work, but the credit was due, chiefly, to good management, the work of our own brave men and the kind hand of Providence. If the wind had veered a particle in our direction, nothing could have saved us from total destruction. At 3 o'clock the walls toppled in, the big show doors re opened, side-shows up and doing business and we ate "supper" in the cook house. The matinee was packed and at night thousands were "turned away." This will be a day long to be remembered by all. During the fire Octavia fainted, murmuring "a glass of water, just one." Ernest Alvo and Fred McNab who were luckily, near, ran to her assistance and brought her two.
August 6, Topeka, Kan. Santa Fe Route, 67 miles. Arrived 8:30 a. m. Weather clear and warm. Good lot about half mile out. Parade at 11:15 a. m.; matinee at 4 p. m. Mrs. Nation evidently hasn't demolished all the saloons here. The La Mont Trio and Belle Carmen close here, and Genaro & Theol, contortionists, open. Two immense houses here.
For once the good people of Topeka were outwitted, and, as a local journal says, by an "ordinary showman." The so-called "ordinary" was Mr. Lew Graham, our museum manager and official announcer, whom the audience, at the night performance, continually interrupted in his concert announcements. What followed will long be remembered by the members of the show and the citizens of Topeka. Joe Le Fleur, in doing his backward dive from a pyramid of chairs, was noticed to come down heavy and stagger as if badly hurt. Ed. Shipp, William De Van aud Lew Graham quickly rushed to his side. De Van and Shipp raised him up, apparently lifeless, while Graham asked the now quiet audience if there was a doctor present? A death like silence prevailed and no response. Again he shouted "is there a physician or surgeon in the audience?" (a moment's pause). "If so, I would like him and all of you to remain and see our grand concert." Then came a yell that could be heard a mile away and we had one of the biggest concerts of the season.
A number of Carrie Nation sympathizers called on her (at the county jail).
August 7, Clay Centre, Kan. Union Pacific Ry., 105 miles. Arrived 8:30 a. m. Parade at 11:15. Dusty lot on Fair Grounds, about mile from town. Matinee only, owing to the long run to Lincoln. Had a packed house and pull out at 8 p. m. The " Topeka Capitol" says this morning in a lengthy article on the "Puff Club," "This is a story of the green room. There are theatrical clubs galore, but did anyone ever hear of an organization of circus clowns? One exists. It is known as the 'Puff Club.' It is the only one in the world and the original of its kind. The members of the club are all high salaried men. Only the men who are really funny, the big guns, can belong. It is an exclusive organization, built on the plan of the Lambs and White Rats, which are the blue-blooded clubs of the theatrical world." Then follows a half-tone cut of the twelve original members. The article further mentions the principles of the club, and ends by saying that its President, Doc. Kealey, has been a clown for 10 years, and once wheeled "slag" in a Chicago mill, then became a "roustabout" for the Ringlings, and finally manager of the clowns and President of the "Puff Club."
August 8, Lincoln, Neb. Union Pacific R. R., 187 miles. Arrived early. Good lot about mile from town and runs. Parade at 10:30 a. m. in pouring rain. Showers continued during the day. Two packed houses. Sleepers located in a convenient place near the depot.
August 9, Omaha, Neb. B. & M. R. R., 55 miles. Arrived early. Rainy in the morning and clear at eleven, which verifies the old adage: "Rain before seven, Clear at eleven." Good lot on 20th street. The four " Musical Miltons" join here and are a strong feature in our concert. Immense business here and "society" turned out in full force at night.
August 10, Columbus, Neb. Union Pacific R. R., 94 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to town and runs. Good house in afternoon and fair at night. Weather threatening in the evening. Just as the clown band was entering the ring, a telegram from the weather bureau was received, announcing an approaching storm. The show was stopped and a quick pack up ordered. Nothing, however, more than a severe blow and a few electrical displays came our way. At midnight we were on our way to the far west. Dick Stewart, head waiter at the cook house, celebrated his " steenth" birthday.
August 12, Cheyenne, Wyo. Union Pacific R. R., 425 miles. Arrived here at 2 a. m. to-day. The weather yesterday was fine and the trip a highly enjoyable one. We stopped at North Platte, Neb., just long enough to "water" and get a glimpse of Buffalo Bill's famous "Cow Boy's Rest." Our next stop was about 5 p. m., at Julesburg, Col., long enough to feed and water. About 5 miles west of Sidney, Neb., our engineer discovered that he hadn't "taken water" — (men in this section seldom take water) — and the train was side-tracked, and he had to run back to town. During the hour of waiting, the "corn crib dancers" assembled on a cinder pile and made merry to the music of Messrs. Ashton, Adair and Wartenburg. All went well until John O'Brien and Gertie Plath "butted in." Then there wasn't room enough left for a fly. To-day the weather is cool and pleasant. Good lot about a mile from town and in the rear of Capitol grounds. The side show opened for " two bits." Aleck Lowande (brother of Mrs. Ed. Shipp), joined us here. His riding act will be an added feature.
August 13, Rawlins, Wyo. Union Pacific R. R., 174 miles. Arrived early. The Union Pacific is giving us great transportation. They have sent a special superintendent with us to look after our welfare. Very sandy lot here half mile from town and adjoining railroad. Immense "two bit" side show opening here and the big show did it "once" to a fine-house, at advanced prices. William Jennings Bryan, who is out here on a fishing trip, attended, in company with the Governor of the State. Doc. Freeman acted as their chaperone. Last section left at 7:45 p. m.
August 14, Evanston, Wyo. Union Pacific R. R., 244 miles. Arrived at 6 a. m., after a very clever run. Weather warm and cloudy. Sandy lot close to town and railroad. We were all surprised this morning on awakening, to find ourselves in such a pretty little town. Our train master, Robert Taylor, is much elated over the way the " U. P." is handling us. Large numbers of well-dressed and evidently prosperous Indians here. One show only to big business. Clate Alexander runs out for an hour's hunt and returns with a fine specimen of the coyote.
August 15, En Route. Weather cool and pleasant. Arrived at Wells, Nev., about 3 p. m., where a couple of hours were spent in feeding the men and stock. During the lay over we were visited by a refreshing shower. Fine ranch country in this vicinity. Some very fine specimens of ore and horns were displayed here in a local saloon. Many ot the boys sampled the "ore" and quite a few "took a horn."
August 16, Winnemucca, Nev. Union Pacific & Southern Pacific Railroads, 495 miles. Arrived about 5 a. m. Very dusty lot adjoining railroad. Weather clear and warm. Two-thirds of the population here are Indians and are great show visitors. Owing to the limited population in this section, one dollar admission was charged. At 8 p. m. we were on the "rattlers," and bound for Reno. Beer is fifteen cents a glass here. Ice $1.00 per hundred and other things in proportion. An old Indian journeys 160 miles to see the show.
August 17, Reno, Nev. Southern Pacific Ry., 170 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Cool and cloudy with light showers. Sandy lot about mile from town. Big houses at $1.00 admission, and "two-bit" concert and sideshow. This is a live town and a prominent railroad centre. During the matinee the sheriff shot his son. The affair occurred in the vicinity of the cook tents. The Reno Elks gave a social session to our boys after the night's show. It was the "best ever."
August 19, Chico, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 215 miles. Arrived here at 7 p. m. yesterday. It was an enjoyable though tedious trip across the beautiful Sierras. Bob Ewing and John Callahan quit yesterday, and will accept positions on the Southern Pacific Railway. Good lot here close to runs and mile from town. Allie Webb is on easy street again and the cook house tables are loaded with good things. This is the boyhood home of Fred La Mont, and many friends enquire after him. Lots of fruit here, and it's "the man behind the gun that does the work." Our first stand in California shows a marked increase over last year's business. The canning factories here are on the hustle and the many girl employes had hard work to get off for the evening show, but they made it.
August 20, Marysville, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 44 miles. Arrived early. Good lot half mile from town and adjoining railroad. Immense crowd in town and two packed houses. Lew Graham announced "children under four and single ladies over sixty, will be admitted tree to the side-show." Several of the latter took him at his word and Jack Gee and Fred Fisher nearly swooned. They were extended courtesies, however and left in charge of Eddie Delavan, who ushered them through the museum. The Chinese "400" out at the evening performance.
August 21, Sacramento, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 52 miles. Arrived early. Fine lot on Fair Grounds a mile out. Weather cool and pleasant. Overcoats in demand and a camp fire very acceptable to the workmen, who gather around it and discuss show matters. Two packed houses here. Tom Orr and "Box Car" see Chinatown Lewis Wiser got "lost in the jungles," but was afterward rescued by the Bayrooty Brothers.
August 22, Santa Rosa, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 91 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Good lot about a mile out. Parade at eleven. The four Miltons introduced their "Saxhorn Quartette" in parade. Stella Lovenberg and Mrs. William De Van (Lizzie Rooney) again on the sick list. Dan Leon returns with a firm step after three week's absence. This is a pretty town and possesses some fine public buildings.
August 23, Vallejo, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 44 miles. Arrived early. Good lot next to railroad and mile from town. Weather cool and pleasant. Our cars are located at South Vallejo, about a mile away. Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien entertain relatives. United States man-o-war "Iowa," is in the harbor and many of its "jack tars" visit the show.
August 24, Oakland, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 64 miles. Arrived about 8 a. m. A short run, but we were delayed in ferrying at Port Costa. Good lot about two miles out. Immense business all around and turn away, at night. Many of our people went by ferry to Frisco, after the evening show, to secure rooms for the coming week. Our clever mail agent, Jules Turnour, made the trip this afternoon and brought us our "Frisco" mail. Steward, William Fay, of the Dining car, is loading us with fruit of the choicest kind.
August 26, San Francisco, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 7 miles. Last section arrived by ferryboat about 8 a. m. yesterday. It was a lovely trip across the bay and the deck of the big boat was crowded with sight-seers. "Irish," the fearless camel rider said, "It's as grand as the harbor of Dublin." Our show grounds here are at the corner of 16th and Folsom streets, where we showed last season to a phenomenal eight-days business. We realize that we are here at a critical time. The great "teamster's strike," which has been in progress the past few weeks, is still on, and at fever heat. "Pickup" men or "scabs" are secured at high wages. One can see them by the hundreds going about their hazardous work under police protection. It is reported that the merchant's association are offering our men eight and ten dollars a day, but so far their efforts have been unsuccessful. To-day the weather is cool and pleasant. Parade started at 9:30 and returned at 11:40. During the parade a new man was thrown from an elephant and had both wrists broken. He was taken to a hospital. His name could not be learned. A valuable tiger died last night. We opened to a very fair matinee, and a big night house.
Aug. 27th, San Francisco, Cal. Clear and cold. Our entire front is handsomely decorated with palms, and the interior of the side-show and menagerie are likewise decorated. Maud Sims (Zelda,) and her mother are visitors. A horrible accident occurred early this morning at the sleeping cars. About six o'clock Frank McHenry, an oiler, descended from the platform of his sleeper and started across the track toward the show grounds. He didn't see the Southern Pacific express train coming from behind. In an instant he was struck by the engine and hurled a distance of fifteen feet, the entire train passing over his body. Death must have been instantaneous. The engineer was on the lookout and saw him cross directly in front of the engine. He blew the whistle and put on the brakes, but could not stop quick enough to prevent the unfortunate accident. The train was stopped immediately afterwards, a stretcher brought out and the mangled remains gathered together and taken to a morgue to await an inquest. The deceased was a man of excellent character, and a resident of Peterboro, Ill. He was a relative of Ed. Shipp. The remains will be interred in this city. Business to-day was big, Mr. Wm. Diedrich, musician, was compelled to go to St. Luke's Hospital with a severe case of enteritis and gastritis. Good medical attention brought him around later in the week.
Aug. 28th, San Francisco, Cal. Weather cold and cloudy. John Jennings, boss of the side-show top, reads his own death notice in a Harrisburg, Pa., paper. A letter is received, at the front, from his daughter, asking if it is true? or, if "Stub" is alive, to give his whereabouts. Jennings proves to our satisfaction that he is not a "dead one," and that he has sent his usual "blue paper" home every week. Evidently some practical joker is at work. Weather very damp and chilly to-night, but that didn't prevent us from having a mammoth house.
Aug. 29th, San Francisco, Cal. Weather cold and cloudy. Witsenhausen informs us that every seat is sold for the balance of the engagement here. Among our visitors to-day were R. J. Jose, the famous vocalist, and Gen. Shafter. Bill Johnson, of the menagerie department, gets a severe bite from the polar bear, and now wears his right arm in a sling. Bill says the bear was not to blame, as he took him for a cake of ice, and when he discovered his mistake 'twas more that he could "bear." Claude Feeley is seen in Chinatown purchasing a handsome fan, and Mabel Howard will be the lucky one. Okeo has one coming from Mickey. Fred Warren, trombonist, closed.
Aug. 30th, San Francisco, Cal. Same cold, damp weather, and continued big business. Chinatown well represented to-day. The friends of Geo. Stumpf are raising a neat little sum of money to present to him. For the past three weeks his eyes have been in a serious condition, and it now becomes necessary for him to seek special treatment. The "Puff Club" had a grand banquet last night. The members left the show grounds, in carriage, about 11 p. m., in evening dress. On the way a halt was made at Oscar Hock's National Exchange, where special "Puff cocktails" were prepared by the genial Oscar. From there the journey was resumed to the banquet hall of the famous Cafe Odeon, where Pres. Doc Kealey, who had preceded, had arranged all details and was waiting. After a short business session a flash light photo was taken of the party, and Doc Kealey was presented with a handsome gold-headed cane, suitably engraved. Doc, in return, presented each member with a miniature puff bag, which will be worn as an emblem of the order.
Phil King, Art DaComa, Dick Reno and Lew Plamondon were appointed "custodians of the hall." Each member was required to mount a barrel and sing or speak, under penalty of being thrown into a miniature calaboose for refusing. The feast started at 1:30 a. m. and ended two hours later, after which the "Puffs" repaired to Hammam's Bath House. Each member had a Turkish bath, a rub-down, and retired for the morning. Geo. Zammert, Albert Crandall, John Rooney and Alfred Lindon complained of stiff joints next day, but it couldn't be learned whether it was the result of imprisonment or over-doses of iced champagne. We think, however, that they all had a sham pain. The following is a copy of the menu:
Souvenir Menu of the Puff Club, Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows. San Francisco, Aug. 29, 1901.
Relishes: Clown Jokes on Half Shell. Fruit of Clown, Raw. Dressing Room Comedy, Lindon Style.
Soup: Puree of Grease Paint, Miaco's Best. Consomme of Clown Skull, Amondo Patent.
Boiled: Clown Shank, Reno Sauce. Staff of Clown Alley. Clown Make-up, Agee Mixture.
Fish: Dressing Room Pests, Da Coma Brand. Irish Minnow, Mickey Fiz. Baked Aerial Bars, Alvo Spray.
Entrees: Scrambled Brains, in Bunches. Fricassee Stilt of Clown Band. Pot-Pie, King's Idea. McNab Jam. Adair Jelly.
Roast: Ribs of Clown, Natalie Jelly. Prime Chariot Roast, Slater Oil. Loin of Joker, Motz Stuffing.
Vegetables: Steamed Bad Dog, Hartzell Graft. All Kinds of Falls, Any Old Style. Jokes on Cob, Kealey Drift.
Salads: Chink Slaw, Plamondon Sip. One Arm Pull Ups. Acrobat Falls. Fisher's Swings. Robert's Trimmings.
Cold Meats: Lam-Lam-Lam, Feeley Dressing. Pork-Pork-Pork. Beef Beef Beef. La Mar Spread. Zammert Dust.
Dessert: Oxide of Zinc Pudding. Extractor of Laundry. Warm Clown Puffs. Good Kind. Judge Dripps. Butte Bluff.
Pies: Clown Berries. Wire Pumpkin. Acrobat Custard. Trapeze Prunes. Juggling Peach. Contortion Meringue.
Drinks: Blue Label Puff, in Barrels. Snake Juice. Zella Twist. Rooney, Raw with Foam on Bottom. Jefferies Punch, Burns' Style. Good Old Beer, in Hog's Heads. Puff Club Wine, Any Color.
Supper from 2 a. m. until 2 a. m. Clowns without grease paint not admitted. We all like Steve Miaco's grease paint, Da Coma's nerve, and Ringling Bros.' World's Greatest Shows, and please do remember, when you get to Canada you can't make a "suit" out of one pair of pants.
List of Members:
Geo. W. Kealey, Doc.
Geo. Motz, Old Clown.
Christ Natalie, Mons.
Phil. King Sport.
Leo. Plamondon, Chink.
Dick Reno, Fatie.
Geo. Hartzell, J. H.
John Agee, Gee-Gee.
Fred McNab, Skates.
Clarence Amondo, Judie.
John Slater, Beeswax.
Paul Roberts, Chum.
Ernest Alvo, Shorts.
Alfred Linden, Old Chap.
Harry Zella, Snake.
John Judge, Old John.
Ed La Mar, Big Ed.
Charley Fisher, Coley.
Dick Feeley, Hurry-up-Dick.
John Rooney, Jack.
Geo. Zammert, Jacko.
Art Da Coma, Hump.
Geo. Holloway, Lone Fisherman.
Tom Genaro, Fat Tony.
Carl Melvo, The New Puff.
Albert Crandall, Serpent.
Wm. Howard, Salve Spreader.
Chas. Nelson, Hot Air.
Wm. Segrist, Old Bill.
"A feature of the Ringling Brothers' circus that deserves strong praise is the band that sits Sousa fashion just at the right of the performers' entrance and discourses sweet sound while the acts are on. It is a splendid company of brass blowers, finely balanced and with a repertoire new to the minute. Most circus bands play music as old as the clown's jokes. This one is different. The throng grows greater with each performance. The great tent was crowded yesterday afternoon and jammed last night. Everybody has been telling his neighbor what a surprising show it is — the greatest certainly in the history of San Francisco."
Incidents of the Week.
Sid Rubien, manager of the "lunch car," and Bert Johnson, his assistant, have been very busy the past week decorating the car. Harry Griffin, of the "U. P.," spent his vacation here with his brother, Chas. E. Jack Snellan laid in a goodly supply of California wine. It kept Geo. Heiser busy all the week looking for telegraph offices. John Callahan, of the cook-house force, was taken (or mistaken) for a scab teamster and, Sunday night, was waylaid and handed his red umbrella. Mrs. Chas. Ringling, Miss Hester and Master Robby, are here. Mrs. August Ringling and Mrs. Kerry Meagher, are also here, and will remain for some time to enjoy the delightful trip through the far west. Doc. Freeman is handling the press work with a masterly hand. Even the Chinese papers are full of circus news. Henry Schnase, who was thrown off the train at Auburn, Cal., while en route to Chico, is slowly recovering. His elbow was dislocated and he received other slight injuries. The five brothers are all here this week and are kept busy. During the week we lost a panther, camel and leopard by death. Sing Fat, the wealthy Chinese merchant, presented Gertie Plath, our fat lady, with a handsome silk scarf. No use, Gertie, he's married.
Friday morning the writer had an opportunity of visiting the "Frisco market," in company with Allie Webb, our cook-house steward. I had been requested the evening before to be at the cook-house good and early, not later than 6:30, as he (Allie), wanted to get an early start. My landlady called me promptly at six o'clock, and in twenty minutes later I was at the cookhouse. The cook-house crew were on deck, all but Art Boyd, whom Fred Breese, the chef, was accusing of being "too dopey." In a minute or two the delinquent "Art" turned up and was busily engaged "juggling porter-houses" over a grill. Seven o'clock arrived and no Webb. E. H. Carley and Henry Hill, the good natured "knights of the camp fire," finally looked my way, and seeing I was a bit chilly, invited me to a seat by the camp fire. I moved near the camp fire, but declined the seat, remarking, "No, thank you, Allie will be here in a minute or two." "You'd better sit," they replied, "you don't know him as well as we fellows." So I "did sit," and until 8 o'clock, when Allie arrived. He excused his delay and ordered a quick breakfast for three. The third person was Sid Rubien, manager of the privilege car, who was to accompany us. After a neat little breakfast of eggs, steak, melon and coffee, we were on the trolley and in half an hour were in "market land." First we visited the vegetable mart. Such a sight! String beans as long as a piece of rope. Tomatoes as large as a drum head. Vegetables of all kinds, and melons that would make a Southern darkey turn white. Webb gave a big order for vegetables, and added, "throw in a half dozen cases of melons."
Then we went to the fish department. In and out we walked until finally we got the man we wanted. And a good natured little chubby-faced man he was. Allie introduced me to him, but I wouldn't attempt to recall his name. "Veil, Mr. Vebb, vot vill you have dhis morning?" Allie looked over the stock and quickly replied : "Send me out about 500 pounds of those black bass and 300 pounds of soles." The order was taken in a minute, and after a parting smile we were on again, through mammoth piles of boxed fruit, vegetables, game, and all sorts of produce, until we had put in an hour, and I had begun to think that Allie had cleaned out the market. Then we went to a big wholesale coffee house, where he put in a large order for coffee. From there to the big Emporium, where he left an order for small groceries, and then to the plant of the Western Packing Association, where he selected several quarters of beef to be sent out right away. Our trip was ended at 10 o'clock, and it was the best two-hour show I ever attended.
Sept. 2nd, San Jose, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 50 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and warm. Dusty lot about a mile from town. To-day being Labor Day, business in town is suspended and the villagers attend the show in large numbers. Ida Williams (now Mrs. Winburne,) is visiting. She formerly travelled as a "fat woman," and was connected with this show.
Sept. 3rd, Stockton, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 80 miles. Arrived early. Our sleepers are conveniently placed at the wharf. Weather clear and intensely hot. Immense crowd in town, and two packed houses. "How does the little busy flea Delight to jump and bite. He takes it easy all the day, Gets in his work at night." The Santa Fe Route has been a great thing for Stockton. For a considerable period while the line was building the portion between here and San Francisco, Stockton enjoyed the distinction of being the western terminus of a great trans-continental railway system. The Santa Fe Route is the only line between Chicago and the Golden Gate which for the entire distance is under one management. Thousands of tourists annually visit Stockton on their way to the famous Yosemite Valley.
Sept. 4th, Merced, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 75 miles. Arrived early. Lot close to town and runs. It rained last year when we were here, and from all indications hasn't rained since then. The lot is covered with a growth of long, dry grass, and every precaution is taken against fire. Buckets of water are placed every few feet around the tents. Art Adair has a sore lip and rested. Immense business to-day. Side-show 25c. Klyde Pigg had a hand crushed by the Black Yak. Merced is a popular gateway to the Yosemite. A line of Stages is operated from this point.
Sept. 5th, Fresno, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 55 miles. Dusty lot about half a mile from town and railroad. Arrived early. Weather very hot. A big Chinatown here and lots of our people run against "chop-suey." We are all laying in supplies for the winter. Prime quality of figs can be bought at 75c per box of 10 pounds. Allie Webb has the cook-house tables covered with roses. Watermelons, here, as big as barrels. The production of raisins a great industry here, large numbers of people being employed in fields and packing houses.
Sept. 6th, Visalia, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 46 miles. Arrived early. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot half mile from town and adjoining R. R. Dan Leon springs an "ice cream cap" in parade. Immense crowds in town, and big side-show, opening at 25c. At 2:30 p. m, we received the sad news that "President Mc-Kinley had been assassinated," and immediately every flag was lowered to half mast. An hour later word was received that he was not dead, and the flags were raised again. We had two "immense" houses here. Al Conlin is recovering from the barber's itch, and Lew Borrella "grabs it quick." Borella applied a solution of "vitroil and axle grease " to his afflicted parts and is now wondering which is the worst, "the disease or the cure."
Sept. 7th, Bakersfield, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 95 miles. Arrived early. Cars located at Kern and the lot midway between there and Bakersfield. The streets here, as in many of the California towns, are sprinkled with oil. It lays the dust and hardens the ground. Weather very hot. Since our last visit here, eleven months ago, the town has doubled in population and many improvements made. New buildings have sprung up as if by magic, and they have a fine electric car service. Two "big" houses. Al Ringling has his eye on several fine horses. Bakersfield was at one time the southern terminus of the San Francisco & San Joaquin Valley R. R., a line which now belongs to the Santa Fe Company.
Sept. 9th, Santa Cruz, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 389 miles. Weather was pleasant yesterday. About 3 p. m. we stopped at Tracy long enough to feed. On account of the rough, mountainous road by way of Niles, we went around by way of Oakland, sixty miles further. Arrived here at 6 a. m. to day. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot a stone's throw from the ocean and a mile from town. Many bathe in the cold waters of the Pacific. During the parade there were two runaways. The snake den broke down and Mrs. Tom Genaro narrowly escaped being killed. Just as the parade neared the lot her horse became unmanageable and bolted. She was thrown, her left foot catching in the stirrup. She was dragged about a hundred yards before she broke loose. Outside of a severe shaking up, she was uninjured. How she escaped was a miracle.
Sept. 10th, Salinas, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 40 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and cool. Dirty lot close to town and railroad. Mrs. Genaro out and in parade. President McKinley reported to be in a fair way to recovery. During the evening performance Lee Hass, a property man, was severely injured. He started to cross the track just as the chariots were approaching in the races. He was struck and thrown under the horses. Big business here.
Sept. 1th, San Luis Obispo, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 135 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Good lot close to railroad and town. Weather cool and pleasant. Elegant scenery around us. Charley Andress and Tom Buckley return from Frisco, where they have been attending the hearing of Fred. Warren, a musician, vs. Ringling Bros. The plaintiff quit the show in Frisco, thus violating the two week's clause in our contracts. The court decided in favor of Ringling Bros. We had packed houses here, and big sideshow and concert business, at 25c. Our first visit here.
Sept. 12th, Santa Barbara, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 119 miles. Arrived 8:80 [sic] a. m. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot on Fair Grounds. A beautiful town and an aristocratic population. A big increase over last year in all our coast territory.
Sept. 13th, Ventura, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 30 miles. Last section arrived 7:30 a. m. Weather cool and cloudy. The mornings are always cloudy through here, but a good, warm sun breaks through the clouds towards noon. Lot on Fair Grounds, half mile from town. Big side-show, opening at "two bits." About 4 p. m. another false report was received of President McKinley's death. At a late hour to-night news was received that "he is sinking fast, and cannot live through the night." Mrs. Harry Boise reported ill after the matinee. Our first visit here.
Sept. 14th, Pomona, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry., 119 miles. Arrived 9 a. m. Los Angeles papers announce the death of our beloved President, Wm. McKinley, at 2:15 a. m., in Buffalo, N. Y. All flags were ordered lowered to half mast. Very dusty lot about half mile from town. Parade at noon. A candy butcher, named Bruce, got the "rubber ball" this morning. In an hour he had opened a boot blacking stand up town and was doing a rushing business. Of course, he was a Jew.
Sept. 16th, San Diego, Cal. Southern Pacific Ry. and Santa Fe Route, 159 miles. Arrived 2 p. m. yesterday. It was an elegant trip along the coast. There is here one of the finest bath houses in the west. It is near the cars, and an elegant opportunity was offered to enjoy a real salt water bath. Special arrangements were made with the manager of "Los Banos" (The Baths,) to entertain the show folks from 6 p. m. to 7 p. m. Such a time! Will we ever forget it? The appointments of "Los Banos" are perfect. There is a tank of pure ocean water, about 60x80 feet, ranging in depth from 2 feet to 15 feet, with tile bottom. There are spring-boards, swings, and a chute running from the gallery to the tank. There were over 200 of us in at one time, and all like a huge family,, swimming, diving, yelling, and "shooting the chutes." Among the best swimmers were Mrs. John Judge, Mrs. Kerry Meagher, Mrs. Schadle, Mrs. Harry Boise, Messrs. Agee, Frank Orville, John Rooney, George Heiser, and Mrs. Gus. Milton. Everyone "shot the chutes," but the greatest sensation was caused when George Heiser and Mrs. Milton came down with a rush and made the waters heave. At 8:30 the manager turned out the water and all hands took to the dressing rooms except Henry Fisher, who was still in the tank when the last drop of water left. We have a good lot here, on the bay, three miles out. Parade at 9:50 a. m. returned at noon. Weather clear and pleasant. "Packed" business. Our first visit here. Frank Milton states that he was "held up" on his way to the sleepers and relieved of a ring and $20 in cash.
Sept. 17th, Santa Ana, Cal. Santa Fe Route, 92 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Good lot close to town and railroad. Weather clear and warm. Plenty of English walnut trees on the lot. A severe earthquake shock was felt about 11:50 o'clock last night. Doc Freeman informs us, from San Bernardino, that it was very evident there, and although the earthquake shook the hotel, it was utterly impossible to "shake the landlord." Big business here. A. W. Freeman, brother of J. S. Freeman, manager of "balloon privilege," joins here as porter of the sleeper Arcadia.
Sept. 18th, Los Angeles, Cal. Santa Fe Route, 34 miles. Arrived early. Cars conveniently located at Arcade station. Lot on Grand and Washington streets. Parade at 10 a. m., returns at 11:45. Big turn aways both matinee and night. Weather clear and warm. The "Gillam Trio," club swingers, join here.
Sept. 19th, Los Angeles, Cal. Weather clear and warm. Night performance only, to packed house. In respect to our beloved President, no matinee was given. Memorial services were held in the big tent at 1 p. m., which were very impressive, and attended by all the members of the show. The following from the Los Angeles Times, fully describes the services:
Unique Memorial by Circus Folk. Ringling Bros.' Employees Join in Mourning.
Honest Tears of Clowns, Acrobats, Jugglers, Queens of the Aerial World and Side-show Freaks, Who Share in the National Grief.
"Probably the most unique memorial service held throughout the length and breadth of the land was that under the canvas of the Ringling Bros.' big circus at Washington street and Grand avenue, yesterday afternoon. Circus people have hearts as well as other folk, and the making of a holiday for the populace is not their only virtue. Deep down in the breasts of even the clowns and the sideshow freaks is a well-spring of patriotism, and this was drawn upon yesterday.
The Ringling Bros., although at great loss to themselves, with commendable respect for the government to which they owe allegiance, and the great body of American people from which they derive their patronage, cut out their afternoon performance yesterday, in order that their employes might join with the public generally in doing honor to the foremost American of his time. Few as the holidays of the hard-worked circus people are, they did not engage in revelry or any unseemly pleasures when given an afternoon off from their arduous vocation. With true loyalty to the Stars and Stripes, and with profouudest reverence and respect for the dead President, they joined in holding a memorial service that, in sincerity and devotion, was exceeded by none of the many remarkable outpourings of grief and reverence the land over.
Out at the circus grounds yesterday afternoon the army of people who make up the great Ringling show assembled in solemn conclave to give utterance to their sorrow that one so great aud good, and of such unexcelled service to his country and mankind in general, should be stricken down at the zenith of his fame, by the hand of a most vile assassin.
The stage in the center of the big tent was decorated as it was never before, for its most unusual event. An immense American flag was swung up for a background, surmounted by rosettes of black and streamers of crape. In the center was placed a draped oil painting of the murdered President. Here, among surroundings usually devoted to mirth and pleasure, solemn religious services were held. None but circus people were admitted, as it was simply intended to be a quiet outpouring of the feelings of grief that stirred the hearts of the showmen and women.
It was like a family gathering, this audience of travelers from all parts of the wide world, and a more cosmopolitan aggregation it would be hard to find. The gay entertainers of the night before were now mourners, decked in all the habiliments of woe. The audience numbered about five hundred. The Ringling brothers were present, with their wives, besides all the members of the executive staff. Freaks, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, "spielers," trick riders, animal trainers, musicians, stable-men, canvasmen and others were there. The bearded lady, the snake-charmer, the fat woman, the female dwarf, the fluffy haired albino and other freaks of the side shows; Filipinos, Japs, Arabs, Turks and representatives of other far-off lands, mingled in one common throng of mourners.
Rev. Dr. J. F. Leland, of the Universalist Church, conducted the exercises. The circus band played a dirge, and the minister then offered a feeling prayer, after which the entire assemblage joined in singing 'Lead Kindly Light.' Hymn books had been provided, and, although some of the men could not sing it well, they all tried. There were, however, many good voices and the great tent was made to ring with the late President's favorite hymn. Dr. Leland then delivered an address which was full of Christian love and tenderness. He told in brief the story of the late President's life, from boyhood to the Presidential chair — and of the assassination. From the tale he pointed healthy morals. His remarks were accorded close attention and evidently made a deep impression on the motley audience, for many a cheek was wet with tears before the eulogy of the martyr President was completed. But the feeling of the varied audience did not find full vent before the close of the service, when the grand old hymn, 'Nearer, My God, to Thee,' was chanted by the assembled voices, some of them sweet and clear as a bell. It seemed as though the familiar words — familiar to many of the singers from childhood days — thrilled the very heart chords of the strange assembly. Eyes not moistened for years, perhaps, brimmed over with tears as the solemn strains filled the great tent. When the last note died away and Dr. Leland stood up to pronounce the benediction, suppressed sobs were heard and scarcely a dry eye could be observed under the vast spread of canvas."
Sept. 20th, Riverside, Cal. Santa Fe Route, 70 miles. Arrived early. Sandy lot close to railroad and half mile from town. Business big. Our first visit here. During a meeting of the "Puff Club" (in the rear of the big top), Natalie's dog got "bug house" and "ran amuck." It is said that those who couldn't find a tree to climb are running yet.
Sept. 21st, San Bernardino, Cal. Santa Fe Route, 10 miles. Arrived early. Sandy lot close to town and runs. Weather warm. Business immense. Leon Hermann and wife, and McWaters and Tyson, are our "professional" visitors. Many of our people visit Hermann's show at the Opera House.
Sept. 23rd, Phoenix, Ariz. Santa Fe Route, Southern Pacific Ry., and Maricopa & Phoenix and Salt River Valley Ry., 395 miles. We had a pleasant trip across the desert yesterday and our last section arrived here at 5 a. m. We had a two hours" lay over at Yuma, Arizona, during which many of our folks visited the "State prison" and other places of interest. Others contented themselves with viewing the groups of Digger Indians and endeavoring to secure snap shots. The red-skins were friendly, but the sight of a kodak sent them to the woods in quick order. It was funny to see Mrs Al. Ringling trying to "snap" them. She finally landed them however, but they were deaf to Mr. John Ringling's pleadings and refused to "sit" for less than "quartro pesos." Weather here to day is clear and the sun hot. Charley Carroll says "he can stand a little sun." Two packed houses. Immense sideshow and concert business. Pearl Souder, our chief elephant trainer, got "knocked out" in two rounds this afternoon by "Charley" elephant. The elephant caught him unawares and dealt him two severe blows that stunned him. Mrs. Kerry Meagher avers that this is the "hottest day she ever experienced." She has carried an umbrella nearly all day.
Just as the first section was about to pull out to night, about 11:30, a horrible affray occurred. Earl Gardner, watchman of the first section, was shot and instantly killed by a constable of Phoenix. Gardner had had trouble a short time previous with a discharged canvasman, who made his boasts that he would "ride the train or make trouble." He attempted to board the train, and Gardner, whose duties are to keep the train clear of tramps and show followers, ordered him off. A resistance was made, and Gardner, in attempting to eject his man, struck him. The ruffian immediately went up town and demanded of a constable (it is said the son of a sheriff), the immediate arrest of Gardner for assault. The pair returned to the runs and Gardner was pointed out to the constable, who, without a word, deliberately approached "his man," drew his revolver and shot him dead, the bullet piercing the unfortunate man's heart. It was a cold-blooded murder, and those who witnessed the affair were horror stricken. The murdered man was a resident of Harvard, Ill., and had been a trustworthy employe of the Ringlings for several seasons.
Sept. 24th, Tucson, Ariz. Maricopa & Phoenix & Salt River Valley Ry. and Southern Pacific Ry., 120 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Lot about a mile from town and runs. Weather very hot. Parade at 11:15 a. m. Detective Charles F. Ryan received word from Phoenix that the remains of Earl Gardner, who was killed last night by constable George McDonald, will be embalmed by undertakers Merriman & Holland, and sent to his home, Harvard, Ill., at the expense of Ringling Bros. At the coroner's inquest, held at 11 o'clock this morning, a verdict was rendered that "E. D. Gardner came to his death from a gunshot wound from the hands of one George McDonald, in self-defense." Detective Ryan has been hard at work gathering evidence to be produced at a preliminary hearing in a few day, at which train men of the first section, and a bridge man who was an eyewitness of the affair, will be summoned to appear.
Sept. 25th, Deming, N. M. Southern Pacific Ry., 244 miles. Arrived at 12:15 p. m. A very clever run, beating the same run of last season by four hours. Weather scorching hot, but cool in the shade. Parade at 2:30 and matinee only at 4 p. m. Ringling Bros, received a dispatch last evening, from Phoenix, which reads as follows: "Ringling Bros., Tucson, Ariz: Will have all but Casey. Can get along without him for preliminary. Will get him later. District Attorney." Detective Ryan states that the "Casey" mentioned is Ed. Casey, of 45 Cornell street, Tucson, a brakeman on the Southern Pacific Railway who was an eye-witness of the killing of Gardner. Mr. Ryan states there is evidence sufficient to convict McDonald of murder in the first degree, and Ringling Bros, will spare no expense in bringing the murderer to justice. McDonald is noted in Phoenix as a desperate character, and on two previous occasions has "killed his man" in cold blood. Having a strong political pull he was both times released. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Randolph, relatives of Mrs. Harry Boise, are visiting. Business here a considerable increase over last season. The menagerie was corralled. Pearl Souder is recovering slowly from his serious injuries. He had a narrow escape, as the elephant was in an ugly humor.
Sept. 26th, El Paso, Tex. Southern Pacific Ry., 88 miles. Arrived early. Good lot about a mile out. Many of our curio hunters visit Juarez, Old Mexico. Business immense here. Weather clear and hot. We regret to leave the good old "Southern Pacific." All along the line their service has been excellent, and they have in every instance aimed to give us the best of treatment. Ed. Orrin, of Orrin Bros. Circus, City of Mexico, is a visitor, in company with his business staff.
Sept. 27th, Albuquerque, N. M. Santa Fe Route, 253 miles. Arrived at 1:30 p. m. Weather fine. Good lot half mile from town and runs. On account of our late arrival only one show was given. Parade at 4 p. m. and show at 8 p. m. Numerous Pueblo Indians attend. Dressed in their peculiar and becoming attire, they presented a strange sight. They are the finest specimens of Indians the writer has ever seen. Ed. Orrin, of the famous Orrin Bros., and his manager, Fred. Hodgson, are visiting. They are combining pleasure with business and engaging talent for their circus in the City of Mexico.
Sept. 28th, Las Vegas, N. M. Santa Fe Route, 134 miles. Arrived at 9 a. m. Weather clear and pleasant. Good lot half mile from town and runs. Nashville students here under canvas. Charley Carroll received a telegram, "It's a girl," and Charley sets up cigars to the boys. Parade at 12:15 p. m., matinee at 3:15.
Sept. 30th, Hutchinson, Kan. Santa Fe Route, 552 miles. Arrived 7 a. m. this morning. We had a pleasant run. In a slight accident, at La Junta, Col., several of the flat cars were derailed, which detained us about three hours. During the lay over some of the boys were pleasantly entertained by members of the La Junta Lodge, B. P. O. E. Weather to-day clear and pleasant. Good lot on Fair Grounds about a mile out. Pearl Souders remained here, at a hospital, to recover from his injuries received lately. Among our visitors were A. S. Allen and daughter "Bert," Mr. and Mrs. George Green, and Judge J. M. Meyer, of Great Bend, Kan., all friends of Charles Andress, who has just returned from there, where he has been looking over his farms.
Oct. 1st, Wichita, Kan. Santa Fe Route, 61 miles. Arrived early. Weather fine. Good lot mile from town and a quarter mile from runs. The "Elk's Street Fair" is on here for the week, and the city is jammed with visitors. We had two immense houses. Doc Miller, an old-time performer, and formerly with this show, was a visitor.
Oct. 2nd, Blackwell, O. T. Santa Fe Route, 92 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and hot. Good lot close to town and runs. Marie Fountaine Company is at the Opera House here, and courtesies were exchanged. Kirkendall is suffering from a malarial cold. Henry Welsh, (familiarly known as " Apple"), eight-horse driver, is suffering with an affliction of the eyes.
Oct. 3rd, Perry, O. T. Santa Fe Route, 50 miles. Arrived early. Weather fine. Good lot about a mile out. A shocking accident occurred at an early hour this morning, which resulted in the death of Ed. Sharp, (known as " Shorty"), a four horse driver. He was driving one of the heavily loaded baggage wagons to the lot, and was descending an embankment at the foot of which was a bad hole. The wagon struck the hole with such force as to throw Sharp off. He fell under the wagon, the wheels of which passed over his head, crushing his skull and causing instant death. The remains were cared for by a local firm of undertakers and will be buried here in the morning at the expense of Ringling Bros. Sharp was a sober, reliable man, and much esteemed by his employers and associates.
Guthrie, Okla, Oct. 4, 1901. Santa Fe Route, 30 miles. Arrived early. Heavy rains during the day. Lot on Fair Grounds, about a mile from town and runs. Big Elk's Carnival and Street Fair announced here Oct. 7th to 12th. Last evening, at 6 o'clock, funeral services, attended by a large number of our people, were held at the undertaker's establishment in Perry, over the remains of Edwin R. Sharp. The body was interred there at 10:30 o'clock this morning. Detective Charles F. Ryan, and six employes of the show remained over. In a pouring rain his body was laid at rest at Perry. The pall bearers were Harry Cole, John Anderson, William Hunter, William Dudley, Frank Markley and John Shoemaker, all employes of Ringling Bros, and former associates of the deceased. The funeral was a very impressive one and will long be remembered by us all. Ringling Bros, bore the entire expense of the burial. A fund of nearly $200 has been subscribed by members of the show for a suitable tombstone to be erected to his memory. Mr. Alf T. Ringling and wife and master Richard, departed for Chicago.
Enid, Okla, Oct. 5th, 1901. Santa Fe Route and Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Ry., 69 miles. Last section arrived 10:30 a. m. The delay was caused by a crippled locomotive. Weather clear and pleasant. Good lot close to railroad and half mile from town. Parade at 12:30 and matinee at 2:45 p. m. to immense business. Last night, at Guthrie, twenty-eight of our boys were initiated into Guthrie Lodge No. 426, B. P. O. E. The names of those who "rode his goatship" are Doc Kealey, John Rooney, George Zammert, Jo La Fleur, Harry Ashton, Abe Aronson, Phil King, George Hartzell, Charles Fisher, Carlosa, Steve Miaco, William Howard, Harry Brandon, Tom Genaro, Frank Miller, Fred Welcome, Frank Milton, Al Crandell, Lew Plamondon, M. T. Kirkendall, George Harrison, Frank Parsons, A. E. Parsons, Al Conlin, Alfred Witsenhausen, Dan Leon, C. D. Allen and Henry Ringling.
Oct. 7, El Reno, Okla. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Ry., 60 miles. Last section arrived 9:45 a. m. Weather partly cloudy, with heavy winds. The principal incident of yesterday was a hunting party, participated in by Henry Ringling, W. W. Freeman, Fred Fisher, Lew Graham, Frank Parsons, Kerry Meagher and Al Witsenhausen. Enough ammunition was taken along to kill all the game this side of Kansas. Several suspicious looking bundles were also stowed away in the carryall and away they went. After scouring the plains for hours in a vain search for game and killing nothing but a five-foot rattlesnake, the "rangers" became hungry for gore, and it was proposed to try a little target practice. A large tomato can was placed on a fence; each in his turn stood away a distance of five paces, took deadly aim and succeeded in riddling the offensive can with bird shot. Witsenhausen was the last of the expert marksmen to show his skill and a fresh can was provided for him. "Wits" removed his glasses, grasped the gun, gave it a quick (Wm. F. Cody) swing, brought it to his shoulder and fired. After the smoke was cleared, the can was discovered unhurt. Another round was proposed and this time " Wits " hit it (in the same place he missed it the first time). Finally, after several unsuccessful trials, poor "Wits" became so exasperated that he made a bet with Kerry Meagher that he could "not only hit the can," but hit it with his eyes closed. Meagher went him one better, and bet cigars for the party that "Wits" couldn't hit it at two paces away. "Wits" lost the bet (of course). The boys have the joke on him, and he can't tell, to this day, "Why a stove is when it's hot." Moral: Where was the mark. Weather to-day is cool, windy and rainy at intervals. Big business. The town is crowded with strangers, owing to the recent Government land distribution. Fine lot half mile from town and mile and half from runs.
Oct. 8th, Oklahoma City, Okla. Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad, 26 miles. Last section arrived 9:45 a. m. The delay was caused by a replacing of a broken draw head on one of the cars. Good lot close to town and runs. The Choctaw folks had attached a couple of car loads of hogs on the first section, and as the train pulled in, a ruralite was heard to remark: "Gee whiz! them Ringland Brothers hez a big show. They even carry their own pork with em." Parade started at noon. Immense crowds in town. Matinee at 2:45 p. m. Two packed houses. Weather clear and cool.
Oct. 9, Ardmore, I. T. Santa Fe Route, 100 miles. Last section arrived at 8 a. m. Weather clear and hot. Good lot about mile and a half out. Parade at 10:45. Matinee at 2:30 to a packed house. Phil King has a lame leg and not able to work. Ed Clampitt, pastry cook of the dining car, was left in the hospital yesterday, dangerously ill with typhoid fever. Bunyon Loyd was left with him until out of danger. Ewing & Taylor Dramatic Co. here at Opera House. Bob Meek is suffering from rheumatism. Ed. Jenkins is entertaining relatives. Thomas Orr, porter of the St. Louis, closes his engagement somewhat suddenly.
Oct. 10, Purcell, I. T. Santa Fe Route, 67 miles. Last section arrived 8 a. m. Weather clear and cool. Good lot half mile from town. Segrist and Zammert are breaking in a new act for the Vaudeville this winter. No Clippers this week and the boys are all sore. Charley Orville dug up one in town and it went the rounds. Grant Gardner, brother of the late Earl Gardner, is a visitor, accompanied by his wife and child. Mr. Gardner was much overcome on hearing the details of the murder of his brother, at Phoenix, Arizona. Word is received from Pearl Souders, who is at Hot Springs, Ark., that he is rapidly recovering from the serious injuries received a couple of weeks ago. The Gillen Trio, who lately joined, are doing one of the cleverest club swinging acts ever seen in the sawdust arena. They certainly commence where others leave off.
Oct. 11, Shawnee, Okla. Santa Fe Route & Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad, 72 miles. Last section arrived 7:30 a. m. Weather cloudy with thunder showers during the day. Good lot adjoining railroad and close to town. Biggest side show opening of the season. The matinee was a record breaker. W. H. Whittlesey, Transportation agent of the C. & O. R. R., is a visitor.
Oct. 12, South McAlester, I. T. Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad, 81 miles. Last section arrived 7:30 a. m. Good lot close to town and runs. Weather cool and partly cloudy, with strong winds. The streets here are in a bad condition. Immense side show opening and packed matinee. A chilly asmosphere and a merry-go round organ playing "Home Sweet Home," inspired Dan Keating to remark "save your money boys, winter is coming." Big night house.
Oct. 14, Little Rock, Ark. Missouri Kansas & Texas & St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern, Railways, 320 miles. Arrived here at 3 this morning. Weather yesterday was clear and cool. We met the Pawnee Bill Show en route, also the Campbell Bros., at Salisaw, I. T. There was great excitement at Salisaw when Mr. and Mrs. Del Feugo were recognized. The boys surrounded "Del" and nearly tore him in pieces, so glad were they to see him. Bud Horn, Gabe Boone and a number of old timers were recognized and a pleasant ten minutes was spent there, in friendly greetings. Weather here is cool and pleasant. Good lot about mile and a half out. Matinee packed and at night an immense audience. Among our visitors were numbered Mr. & Mrs. J. Frank Head and son, of Hot Springs; Manager Charles T. Taylor and family of the Capitol Theatre and Mr. and Mrs. Carl King. The Misses Gill, of Hot Springs, were entertained by Frank Milton. Belle Clark was visited by her husband.
Oct. 15, Jonesboro, Ark. St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Ry., & Frisco System, 141 miles. Arrived at 1 p. in. Parade at 3 and matinee at 5:40 p. m. Weather cool and pleasant. Good lot about a mile from town and runs. Matinee packed and night house big. It was a continuous performance to-day.
Oct. 16th, Memphis, Tenn. Frisco System, 64 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and pleasant. Good lot about a mile and a half out. Parade at 10 a. m., which returned at noon. Packed afternoon house and turn away at night. Among our visitors were Hugo, (magician), and Villetta Tybell, of the Sells & Gray Show, and the veteran showman Harry Heike. W. D. Coxey and Clay Lambert, of the advance executive staff, accompanied by James Jay Brady, our press agent, return to the show, their season's labors being ended. Our closing date is announced as November 16th, at Water Valley, Miss. Pearl Souders returns completely recovered and resumes his usual place as chief elephant trainer.
Oct, 17th, Dyersburg, Tenn. Illinois Central R. R., 76 miles. Last section arrived about 9 a. m. Weather clear and pleasant. Good lot quarter of a mile from runs and half a mile from town. Enormous crowd in town, and they are about "as wild and woolly" as they make 'em. Parade at 11:30 a. m. and matinee at 2:30 p. m. to a packed house. Good night house. Members of the " Railroad Jack Company" visit the matinee. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Gray, Gerty Plath and "Dopey," fell into a ditch on their way to the sleepers. It was "soft mud," consequently no one was hurt.
Oct. 18th, Mayfield, Ky. Illinois Central R. R., 66 miles. Last section arrived 8 a. m. Weather clear and pleasant. Good lot half a mile from town and a mile from runs. Immense crowd in town and a packed matinee. At first it was thought best to give three performances, but we managed to squeeze 'em in. The citizens had a "lynching bee" yesterday. They hung a negro to a tree in the rear of the show grounds. Elk's Carnival and street fair announced for next week. A citizen 'lowed that it was seldom a town of this size had three such important events occur so closely together. Messrs. Al. and Harry Conlin entertain their wives, who have come over from Louisville. Mr. Peter Sells was also a visitor.
Oct. 19th, Jackson, Tenn. Illinois Central R. R., 84 miles. Arrived early. Weather clear and pleasant. Good lot a mile from town and a mile and a half from runs. Parade at 10:40. Big matinee and immense night house. Buffalo Bill and Sells & Gray here within the past two weeks, and a big "Elk's Carnival" announced for next week.
Oct. 21st, Clarksdale, Miss. Illinois Central and Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroads, 264 miles. Arrived at 7 p. m. yesterday. At Memphis, as the train was taking water, Tom Brady, an employee of the animal department, fell from the cage train and received a serious fracture of the skull. He was taken to the Memphis hospital and, it is feared, cannot recover from the injury. The members of the "B. P. O. E.," connected with the show, gave a "ladies social session" last night at a local hall here. About fifty couples were present and enjoyed a pleasant evening. To-day the weather is clear and warm. Good lot about a mile out. Colored population very much in the majority here. Forepaugh & Sells billed.
Oct. 22nd, Greenville, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R., 74 miles. Arrived 6a.m. Weather clear and hot. Good lot near railroad and half a mile from town. A Memphis paper reports Tom Brady as likely to recover from his serious injuries of Sunday. A bill poster, named Mattox, of advance car No. 2, (Tom Dailey, manager), was killed near Birmingham, Ala. His body was crushed to death by a freight train. The remains were embalmed and sent to his home in Chicago. Forepaugh & Sells billed for November 1st. We had a packed matinee and an immense night house. . . .
Oct. 23rd, Vickburg, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R., 82 miles Arrived 7:30 a. m. Poor lot on the "bottom," about a mile from town and half a mile from runs. Parade at 10:30, returned at noon. Forepaugh & Sells billed for October 31st. Malaria is quite prevalent among members of the show. An aged negro exclaims, "Lawdy, lawdy, dar ain't no mo' elephants in de mountains. Dese folks done got 'em all." Big business at both performances.
Oct. 24th, Natchez, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R., 77 miles. Fine lot about a mile out. Forepaugh & Sells billed for October 30th. Weather clear and hot. Parade at noon and matinee at 2:45 p. m. Lack of ground room necessitated a "two pole" side show. Big business all around. A neat sum was realized for Charley Ferguson, a property boy who is in destitute circumstances at San Luis Obispo, California. Ferguson was left there at a hospital, ill with typhoid fever, and on his discharge from the hospital had both eyes accidentally blown out. Bertha Carnahan was "rubbering" the menagerie, and on passing the members of the ostrich family gave offense to "mother ostrich," who grabbed for a piece of jewelry worn by the little lady and would have swallowed both Bertha and the jewel but for the timely arrival of "Elephant Red."
Oct. 25th, Jackson, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R., 98 miles. Arrived 9 a. m. Weather clear and hot. Parade at noon, matinee 2:40 p. m. Good lot close to town. Two immense houses. We receive the sad news of the death of E. D. Colvin, in New York. "Doc," as he was familiarly known by members of the profession, had a host of friends and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Joe Bayrooty met with a painful accident. He was thrown from a tableau wagon and received a sprained foot, which necessitated the attention of a surgeon.
Oct. 26th, McComb, Miss. Illinois Central R. R., 77 miles. Arrived 8 a. m. Weather clear and hot. Good lot adjoining railroad and near town. Immense crowds at both performances. Barry Gray lost a valuable ring last night in the car "St. Louis." It was found by Billy Wilson, who returned it to the owner and received hearty thanks and a suitable reward. The boys are "counting the days."
Oct. 28th, Canton, Miss. Illinois Central R. R., 101 miles. Arrived at 7 a. m. yesterday. Henry Ringling, George Harrison, Ernest Alvo, Al. Crandall, Kerry Meagher, and a number of others, visited the Forepaugh & Sells show at New Orleans, leaving McComb Saturday evening and returning here this morning. Weather clear and hot to-day. Fine lot close to town and runs. Tremendous crowds visit the show, two-thirds of which were "blacks." Art and Dot Adair receive contracts for the winter season with Barnum & Bailey, and will sail for Paris, France, immediately after the show closes.
Oct. 29th, Yazoo City, Miss. Illinois Central and Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroads, 69 miles. Arrived early. Good lot about a mile from town. Weather clear and hot. Merchants Carnival on here for the week. Pleasant visits were exchanged with Mr. and Mrs. Sep. Earl, The Hewetts, Manager Wright, and others of the Carnival Company.
Oct. 30th, Greenwood, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R., 53 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to town and runs. Weather clear and hot. The heavy wagons didn't do a thing to the bridges here. Bert Weaver, of the commissary department, and Dick Stewart, head waiter of the cook-house, are ill with malaria.
Oct. 31st, Winona, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley and Illinois Central Railroads, 81 miles. Arrived early. Good lot close to town. Weather in early morning indicated rain, but cleared later in the forenoon. A few expressions of genuine negro wit. In the menagerie an ebony hued boy asked his "pop," "What kine animal dat is, wid painted stripes all ober him — look like a mule?" "Look yeah, boy, what yo' all go to school for? Dats what yo' all reads 'bout in yo' French reader. Dats a zeebra." Two negroes arguing over the number of inhabitants in town, Johnson exclaimed: " No use talkin' boy, did town is ober free tousan popularity!" Limber Sam remarked: "I done struck town wid free dollars, looked away two an am gwine to look away de odder dollar, den I'm gwine home."
Nov. 1st. Holly Springs, Miss. Illinois Central R. R., 109 miles.
Nov. 2nd, Tupelo, Miss. Frisco System, 60 miles.
Nov. 4th, Birmingham, Ala. Frisco System, 146 miles.
Nov. 5th, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama Great Southern R. R., 56 miles.
Nov. 6th, Columbus, Miss. Mobile & Ohio R. R., 60 miles.
Nov. 7th, Corinth, Miss. Mobile & Ohio R. R., 123 miles.
Nov. 8th, Macon, Miss. Mobile & Ohio R. R., 131 miles.
Nov. 9th, Mobile, Ala. Mobile & Ohio R. R., 197 miles.
Nov. 11th, Meridian, Miss. Mobile & Ohio R. R., 135 miles.
Nov. 12th, West Point, Miss. Mobile & Ohio R. R., 97 miles.
Nov. 13th, Kosciusko, Miss. Illinois Central R. R., 72 miles.
Nov. 14th, Hazlehurst, Miss. Illinois Central R. R., 107 miles.
Nov. 15th, Lexington, Miss. Illinois Central and Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroads, 104 miles.
Nov. 16th, Water Valley, Miss. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley and Illinois Central Railroads, 94 miles.
To Baraboo, Wis. Illinois Central R. R. and Chicago & Northwestern Ry., 716 miles.
When the Season Closes.
Get together, chilly weather,
Warm your frozen noses,
Waiting for the " blow off" day
When the season closes.
Get together, colder weather,
That we'll get" all kind of rates "
When the season closes.
Get together, pack your "leather,"
Closing day near froze us.
All aboard for "home, sweet home,"
When the season closes.
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