From: The Circus Annual Season 1903. A Route Book of Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows, Chicago, IL: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 1903. Staff, performers, program, and detailed day-by-day route. Not included are the articles and 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.
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
George Heiser, Contracting Agent
Samuel McCrackin, Contracting Agent
W. H. Tabor, Press Agent
James J. Brady, Press Agent
Herbert S. Maddy, Press Agent
Ralph W. Peckham, Excursion Agent
A. G. Ringling, Manager Advertising Car No. 1
Thomas Dailey, Manager Advertising Car No. 2
George Goodhart, Manager Advertising Car No. 3
W. H. Horton, Special Advertising Agent
George Choffin, Special Advertising Agent
Nick Petit, Special Advertising Agent
M. F. Nagle, Forage Agent
Charles White, Forage Agent
Kerry Meagher, Treasurer
Thomas B. Buckley, Auditor
Henry Ringling, Superintendent Front Door
Chas. H. Davis, Legal Adjuster
Chas. Ryan, Superintendent Detective Force
Al. Conlon, Superintendent Side Show
Clifford Orr, Superintendent War Show
George Ganweiler, Musical Director
H. A. Weaver, Time Keeper
Alfred Witsenhausen, Manager Down Town Ticket Office
Jules Turnour, Mail Agent
Rhoda Royal, Equestrian Director
John Snellen, Superintendent of Tents
Lee Coleman, Assistant Superintendent of Tents
Chas. Holland, Assistant Superintendent of Tents
Lewis Gero, Assistant Superintendent of Tents
Henry Hobbles, Assistant Superintendent of Tents
Spencer Alexander, Superintendent of Baggage Stock
Charles Rooney, Assistant Superintendent of Baggage Stock
Ed Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent of Baggage Stock
Henry Welch, Assistant Superintendent of Baggage Stock
Robert Meek, Superintendent of Ring Stock
John Gallagher, Assistant Superintendent of Ring Stock
Charles Miller, Superintendent of Properties
Jack Kennedy, Assistant Superintendent of Properties
Morris Barron, Assistant Superintendent of Properties
Wm. Juengst, Superintendent of Menagerie
Pearl Souders, Superintendent of Elephants
Robert Taylor, Superintendent of Transportation
Charles Brown, Assistant Superintendent of Transportation
Barney Knukle, Assistant Superintendent of Transportation
Harry Smith, Superintendent of Trappings
Fritz Deitz, Superintendent of Chandeliers
H. P. Moss, Superintendent of Electric Lights
Wilson Rees, Superintendent of Wardrobe
Mrs. Slater, Superintendent of Ladies' Wardrobe
Mrs. Al. Miaco, Superintendent of Ladies' Wardrobe
A. E. Parsons, Superintendent of Refreshment Stands
John Freeman, Superintendent of Balloons
A. L. Webb, Superintendent of Commissary Department
William Fay, Superintendent of Dining Cars
H. S. Rubins, Steward Lunch Car
Paul Cunningham, Superintendent Pullman Car Porters
Richard Stewart, Superintendent Cook Tent Waiters
Arthur H. Gollmar, Official Surgeon
Chester White, Superintendent Black Top Tent
J. Jennings, Superintendent Side Show Tent
Henry Grantin, Superintendent of Mechanics
Signor Marquetti, Master of Ballet
Signor B. Peri, Master of Ballet
John Leonard, Superintendent of Scenery
James McLaren, Superintendent Tourist Car Porters
Harry Tyler, Superintendent Concert Ticket Sellers
Will Howard, Superintendent Reserved Seat Ticket Sellers
Edward Alexander, Superintendent Concert Ticket Sellers
W. J. Hunter, Head Usher
Kerry Meagher, Publisher Official Program
Otto Ringling, Manager
Kerry Meagher, Treasurer
Alfred Witsenhausen, Manager Down Town Ticket Office
Thomas B. Buckley, Auditor
Harry Martin, Wagon Man
Chas. F. Ryan, Detective
Charles H. Davis, Legal Adjuster
Henry Ringling, Superintendent
Ticket Takers: William Alexander, John Mercer, Edward Alexander, Edward Curby, G. Jenkins
Reserved Seat Ticket Sellers
Will Howard, Superintendent
Geo. H. Messick
H. A. Weaver, Superintendent
Dan Keating, Ben Goodwin, J. Delphine, Harry Tyler
Concert Ticket Sellers
Harry Tyler, Superintendent
Geo. H. Merrick
Edward Alexander, Superintendent
John Mercer, John Agee, Will Alexander
Advertising Car No. 1
A. G. Ringling, Manager
W. H. Hoskins, Boss Billposter
F. C. Estes
C. A. Betts
O. M. Ballard
J. W. Costello
C. G. Snowhill
C. J. Robey
W. F. Gardner
J. P. Miller
E. H. Mikesell
E. W. Griffith
W. L. Carr
E. Knott Long
Thomas Dailey, Manager
Louis Knob, Boss Billposter
W. M. Goodwin
M. J. Lyons
H. H. Hostetter
C. W. Chubb
A. W. Shallcross
R. E. Barnwell
Geo. Goodhart, Manager
John Hartman, Boss Billposter
Miles Edwards, Lithographer
Chas. Webster, Banner Man
John Hart, Assistant Banner Man
John Stoll, Programmer
John Wynn, Assistant Programmer
W. E. Baird
Geo. J. Choffin, Manager
E. W. Chase, W. H. Delly, Orin Stevens, Al. Hunt
Ringling Brothers' Challenge Concert Band
Professor George Ganswiler, Conductor
L. O. Hansen
E. B. Henderson
J. W. Follensbee
E. S. Brady
E. P. Hogendob'er
C. W. Cleveland
P. B. Prohaska
E. H. Cox
W. A. Jackson
E. N. Wentworth
E. T. Cross, Pipe Organist.
Performers - Gentlemen
W. W. Elson
Gus St. Leon
Philip St. Leon
Reg. St. Leon
Syl St. Leon
Cass St. Leon
Robt. Nelson, Sen.
Robt. Nelson, Jr.
George W. Kealey
George L. Woods
W. A. Cross
Mrs. Al Miaco
Mrs. Ernest Alvo
Daisy St. Leon
May St. Leon
Gertrude St. Leon
Mrs. Harry Potter
Mrs. Thos. Genero
Mrs. Homer Hobson
Mrs. Martin Bickerl
Signors Marquetti and B. Peri, Ballet Masters
Keating and Goodwin, Excentric Comedians
Howard and Cross, Black Face Artists
Adams Sisters, Soubrettes
Mrs. Alvo, Balladist
Grace and Fred Jinks, Comedy Sketch Artists
Renton, Odetta and Walker, Comedy Sketch Artists
Six Peri Sisters, Fancy Dancers
Delphino and Delmora, European Musical Stars
Cross and Holden, Clog Dancers
Ringling Brothers' Annex and Ethnological Congress
A. Conlon, Superintendent
E. M. Vernello, Lecturer
John Gee, Ticket Taker
John Jennings, Boss Canvasman
Geo. H. Messick
L. A. Berella
Piramel, Double Bodied Boy
Francisco Lentini Three Legged Boy
Soopromani, Hindoo Midget, Smallest Man in the World
Doe Sami and Joe Annino, Attendants to Curios
Merwin Irani, Manager Hindoo Curios
Turkish and Arabian Village: Zaker George, Ineza George, Tom Jackobson, Charles DoKreko and Joe Muttonks. Troupe of Sword Fighters.
The Trillers, Rag Picture Makers
William Shearer, Highland Piper
George W. Hussey, Ventriloquist
Al White, Comedian
Mlle. Lotina, Snake Enchantress
Miss Charlotte Rutherford, Saxophone Soloist
George and Jennie Tianities, Liliputian Charakter Sketch Artists
E. M. Vernello, Magician
Ben Horner, Director of Band
Musicians: I. R. Haynes, Irwin Hunter, H. A. Prior, W. W. Beebe, Claude Holcomb, Floyd J. Pike, Louis Voelcker
Black Top Department
Clifford Orr, Superintendent
Chester White, Ticket Agent
Harry Conlon, Chief Operator
Leonard Prentiss, Chief Electrical Engineer
Clarence Wright, Ticket Taker
Dining Cars "Washington" and "Boston"
William Fay, Superintendent
Allen Erskine, Chef
Assistant Chefs: Leo. Rotter, William Charles, Richard Wallace
Charles O. Neff, Superintendent of Waiters
B. O. Lloyd
A. L. Webb, Steward
W. H. Roberts, Chef
Cooks: Lou Harding, Gus Lund, Henry Hill, R. W. Tompkins
Butchers: Fritz Schlipp, J. A. Jackson
Head Waiters: Richard Stewart, Henry Shaffer
Door Man: Edward Casgrove
Laundry Man: George Stanley
Camp Fire: Gus Kassner, Geo. Dessuaratro
J. L. Suddarth
G. S. Foley
S. B. Smith
W. B. Bates
R. R. Richards
A. E. Parsons, Superintendent
Guy B. Scott
Ed. J. Morgan
J. A. Webber
Charles D. Allen
Pullman Car Porters
Paul Cunningham, Superintendent
George Swift, the "Chicago"
Hary Wiggins, the "Boston"
Paul Cunningham, the "New York"
Frank Redmond, the "Jamestown"
J. B. Davis, the "St. Louis"
Pat. Fitzgerald, the "Baltimore"
Elmer Stoneburg, the "Elmwood"
Will Ellis, the "Washington"
James McLaren, Superintendent
John McGilvory, the "Denver"
William McCarthy, the "Detroit"
John Harris, the "Binghampton"
Joseph Johnson, the "Tacoma"
Charles Leeson, the "Memphis"
James McLaren, the "Glendive"
Charles Clampit, "the Columbus"
John Snellen, Superintendent
F. C. Gibson
S. W. Clark
Wagon Man: Harry Martin
Back Door Men: Chas. McDermott, Bert Smith
J. J. Davis
C. C. Haynes
W. M. Carl
W. T. Smith
W. M. Stevens
W. A. Davis
L. L. Crisp
J. F. Irving
S. E. Byrum
D. J. Walsh
F. C. Rouce
C. F. Yocum
C. C. Cox
John E. Davis
T. C. Houck
W. H. Malally
C. M. Tisdell
C. A. Young
H. J. Sheppard
Pearl Souders, Superintendent
L. P. Kennedy
G. C. Gilbertson
Wm. Juengst, Superintendent
S. A. Deselm
J. F. Hughes
H. W. Bartlett
Chas. O. Miller, Superintendent
B. H. Adams
T. J. Corrigan
R. W. Scott
Chas. W. Paine
Harry Smith, Superintendent
Joe Klaser, J. Kelly, Frank Burns, Otto Wiegand
Ring Stock Men
Robert Meek, Superintendent
R. W. Murphy
J. M. Hynne
J. B. Jones
J. H. Nix
Sid. Rubien, Superintendent
William Rees, Superintendent
R. L. King
C. A. Gates
Chester White, Superintendent
Clarence Wright, Fred Slack, Henry White, W. L. Jones
Side Show Men
J. Jennings, Superintendent
W. H. Wilson
E. O. Smith
Henry Grantin, Superintendent
J. H. Hoffman
E. J. Ginther
Fritz Deitz, Superintendent
G. De Groat
C. F. Pipkin
H. P. Moss, Superintendent
Frank Fredricks, G. P. Mayberry, O. M. Christiansen, Daniel Ford
John Leonard, Superintendent
J. H. Hollister
H. J. Kennedy
V. R. Blondin
Robert Taylor, Superintendent
Assistants: Chas. Brown, Barney Kunkle
C. F. Sharp
M. T. Stevens
J. R. Stewart
M. D. Rice
S. R. McLain
E. D. Durkee
S. C. Wells
W. F. Moore
Baggage Stock Men
Spencer Alexander, Superintendent
Assistants: Ed. Jenkins, Henry Welch, Chas. Rooney
A. H. Gratner
C. R. Robinson
O. B. Lee
A. L. Bowden
C. L. Saunders
E. S. Walters
R. J. Taylor
T. J. King
W. L. Brooks
J. S. Smith
J. R. Walker
H. J. Bess
G. T. Degenhart
S. N. Hinds
John La Fever
H. J. Zerbe
H. E. Grow
F. E. Brooks
C. C. Barnes
J. W. Hoynes
Ringling Brothers' Military Band. George 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. La Reine de Saba - Gounod
2. Tannhauser - Wagner
3. Welcome Polonaise - Hecker
4. Wedding (Midsummer Night's Dream) - Mendelssohn
5. Coronation (The Prophet) - Meyerbeer
6. Invocation to Battle - Wagner
7. Tancred - Rossini
8. Poet and Peasant - Suppe
9. William Tell - Rossini
10. Antony and Cleopatra (Suite de Ballet) - Gruenwald. In the Arbor Dance of the Nubians Solo Dance, Minuet; Antony's Victory.
11. Benediction des Polgnards - Meyerbeer
12. Providence (Sacred Fantasia) - Tobani
13. Southern Memories - Hecker
14. Chinese Honeymoon - Talbot
15. The Prince of Pilsen - Luders
16. Foxy Quiller - DeKoven
17. The Wizard of Oz - Baum and Tiejen
18. Little Duchess - DeKoven
19. The Sultan of Sulu - Ade and Wathall
Display No. 1 - Grand Introductory Spectacle: Jerusalem and the Crusades. By John Rettig. Under the direction of Albert Ringling. Ballet under the Supervision of Sig. Marquetti, assisted by B. Peri. Ringling Brothers' spectacular production of the salient dramatic and thrilling episodes of the momentous and romantic story of Jerusalem and the Crusades, vividly portraying in characteristic and radiant costumes, athletic and pictureque pastimes and chivalric types the days "When Knighthood was in Flower." The prodigal extravagance and voluptuous revelries of the oriental court shown with historic accuracy in festal gaieties and dancing divertisements.
Display No. 2 - The Three Greatest Herds of Performing Elephants in the World.
Mr. Christian Zeitz, a company of highly educated, unweildy brute actors in an unique exhibition of elephantine sagacity.
Mr. Pearl Souders, a quintette of elephant comdians in a medley of unquestioned funny ludicrous, button-bursting, terpsichorean, athletic, musical and Bachanalian revels.
Mr. Geo. Kealey, a company of intelligent, agile giants in picturesque pyramids and displays.
Display No. 3 - A series of mid-air performances of exceptional skill, daring and endurance.
Ring No. 1: Plamondon & Amondo, laughable antics and grinning, freakish mad-cap frolics on the revolving suspended ladder. The St. Leon Sisters, exploits on two swaying aerial swings. Miss A. Forepaugh, flying ring specialty and fearless mid-air evolutions.
Stage No. 1: The Three Alvos, astonishing evolutions, somersaulting, swings, drops and exhibitions of strength and daring on the aerial bars.
Ring No. 2: Ty Bell Sisters, incomprehensible high-air divertisements upon a slender wire, held by the teeth, showing the possibilities resulting from physical culture.
Stage No. 2: The Three Fortuns, absolutely first American appearance of Europe's most famous horizontal bar champions in an entirely new comic conceit.
Ring No. 3: Kelly Brothers, a convulsing performance on revolving ladders, suspended in mid-air. Miss Reta Tatall, novelty diversions, graceful posing and muscular exercises on the flying rings.
Display No. 4 - Coterie of the World's Most Famous Equestriennes and Equestrians.
Ring No. 1: Mr. John Rooney, Mr. Fred Ledgett. Double vaulting equestrian exhibition. Two peerless champions aalternating mounting and dismounting riding simultaneously upon a single horse.
Stage No. 1: Forty Clowns, bubbling over with fun and frolic. Forty "Merry Andrews" to please the old and young.
Ring No. 2: The Hobsons, double vaulting equestrian exhibition. Two peerless champions alternating mounting and dismounting. Riding simultaneously upon a single horse.
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 May Davenport and Mr. Reno McCree, double vaulting equestrian exhibition. Two peerless champions alternating mounting and dismounting. Riding simultaneously upon a single horse.
Display No. 5 - New Astonishing Diversified Trained Animal Display.
Ring No. 1: Mr. John Carroll, a troupe of diminutive Shetland ponies in an exhibition of especial interest to the children.
Stage No. 1: Capt. Webb's Company of awkward looking, deft juggling, wonder working seals. The most unique display of animal training ever attempted. Unquestionably the most wonderful act of the kind in the known world. Performed by Prof. Frank Barnes.
Ring No. 2: Mr. Jno. Agee, the wonderful acting pony, "Dandy."
Stage No. 2: Capt. Webb's Company of awkward looking, deft juggling, wonder working seals. The most unique display of animal training ever attempted. Unquestionably the most wonderful act of the kind in the known world. Performed by Prof. H. J. Reichert.
Ring No. 3: Prof. George Woods, a splendid group of trained Icelandic ponies. Introduced by their trainer.
Display No. 6 - International Exhibition of Famous Saddle Horses.
Miss Etta Jordan and Mr. John Rooney, a duo of perfectly trained saddle horses in an explosition of the haute ecole.
Mr. and Mrs. Rhoda Royal, Mr. Michael Rooney, Miss Ida Miaco. A peerless exhibition of special horse accomplishments. Four distinguished prize-winners appearing together in one ring. Ridden by the famous masters and mistresses of the saddle.
Miss Savoy and Mr. John Agee, Superb double high-school equestrian display. Riding two superb perfectly trained menage horses.
On the Hippodrome Track, a thoroughbred horse showing all gaits in harness. Driven by Mr. Al. Thompson.
Display No. 7 - Highly skillful medley of contortion specialties, hand balancings and unique performances on the high wire.
Ring No. 1: Miss Addie Nelson, highly interesting feats of equasion on a single swaying strand of wire. The 3 Nelson Sisters, an immensely clever acrobatic duo in a pleasing double contortion act, showing the flexibility of the human form, the direct result of physical training.
Stage No. 1: The 3 Rio Brothers, a most remarkable exhibition of muscular dexterity on the Roman Rings. Feats of muscular rigidity unsurpassed. The most marvelous act of the kind in the world, performed by a trio of past masters in athletic excellence.
Ring No. 2: M. Ando, peculiar quintal display of dexterity, skill and agility in rapid juggling by the deft Japanese expert.
Stage No. 2: Genaro and Theol., agile, flexible, nimble bodies in a peerless double contortion act. Confusing tangles of seeming boneless beings.
Ring No. 3: Master Tatali, the European wonder contortionist. A performance in which the flexibility of the human body is shown in a most astonishing degree. Miss J. Dollard, specialties of a thrilling nature, ably executed on a slender wire. Mamekichi & Moto, marvelous feats of contortion.
Display No. 8 - The Unquestioned Champion Bareback Riders of the World.
Ring No. 1: Mr. Michael Rooney, incomparable high class bareback somersault riding act. Introducing a complete somersault from one horse to another while both rapidly circle the arena. A splendid exposition of perfect equestrianism.
Stage No. 1: The Clown's Holiday. A famous lot of fools on a lark.
Ring No. 2: Miss D. Julian, the one and only lady somersault rider, the unquestioned champion equestrienne of the world.
Stage No. 2: A company of famous fools in frolic and fun.
Ring No. 3: Mr. John Rooney, exceptionally great and artistic equestrian bareback somersault act. Introducing the marvelous feat of throwing a backward somersault, starting from one horse and alighting upon another while galloping at full speed.
Display No. 9 - A Martial Conceit.
A poem in graceful marching figures, feeding the eye with exquisit conceptions in costume and the inspiring suppleness and daintiness of youth, and delighting every sense with exceeding charms of rhythm, beauty, music and novelty. A priceless pastel of terpsichorean genius.
The Savoys, in an uproaring laughable skit.
A poem in graceful marching figures, feeding the eye with exquisit conceptions in costume and the inspiring suppleness and daintiness of youth, and delighting every sense with exceeding charms of rhythm, beauty, music and novelty. A priceless pastel of terpsichorean genius.
Display No. 10 - Performed by Mr. Rhoda Royal, Ringling Brothers' Great Creation, the Wonderfully Successful, Original Arenic Feature, 61 Beautiful Specimens of the Perfect Horse, Gayly Caprisoned with Costly Trappings. Obedient to the Trainer's Call, Moving in Harmony in the Most Complicated, Intricate and Difficult Maneuvers.
Display No. 11 - A Potpourri of Phenomenal Performances by Artists of Skill and Diversified Talent.
Ring No. 1: The Three Tatalis, dexterous and difficult feats of hand balancing. Mamekichi and Moto, marvelous equilibristic performances upon a frail and lofty framework of bamboo, with breakaway finish.
Stage No. 1: Velette & Julian Ty Bell, artistic evolutions and graceful performances on a skillfully balanced breakaway ladder.
Ring No. 2: Little All Right, oriental pastimes on the rope, concluding with a sensational and daring slide for life. M. Okeo, a wonderful exhibition of posturing by the Japanese artist.
Stage No. 2: Ando, Mitso and Ohana, nationally characteristic and intensely interesting exploits on the vibrating bamboo perch, presenting unusual feats of equilibrium.
Ring No. 3: Miss Ida Miaco, an elastic, mobile, plastic Miss, bending, twisting and turning her flexible form in remarkable contortion feats. Miss Dollard, deft and dexterous exercises on a frail and swinging wire. The 5 St. Leons, the latest conceits and most elite novelties. Statuesque acrobatiques by the Australian experts.
Display No. 12 - A New Big Aerial Number.
The Flying Fishers, sensational long distance mid-air leaps and somersaults, by America's remarkable aerial meteors.
Mr. Frank Smith, "The Upside Down Man" in an accurate, unusual balancing trapeze act. The performer executing equations requiring minute accuracy - head down - feet up.
The Six Aerial Potters, an absolutely new and original aerial display, dazzling, brilliant sextuple return act, double mid-air somersaults across the entire arena. Perticular attention is called to the wonderful double somersault and half twister performed in this act.
Display No. 13 - A Series of International Athletic and Acrobatic Sensations.
The Dollard Troupe (six in number). A troupe of European artists executing the most hazardous feats. An Acrobatic divertisement both unique and novel. A remarkable display of muscular dexterity. First time in America.
The Famous Nelson Family (11 in number). The unquestioned premier acrobats of the world, in the most marvelous display of grace, dexterity and skill ever attempted. The undisputed champions.
Display No. 14 - A Number of Unique, Thrilling and Varied Equestrian Specialties.
Mr. & Mrs. Homer Hobson, beautiful double carrying act on the backs of two fast running horses. Artistic poises and pictures and graceful transitions.
Mr. Reno McCree & Miss May Davenport, statuesque double riding. An exhibition of unusual grace and beauty in equestrianism.
Mr. S. St. Leon and Miss Daisy St. Leon, artistic double carrying act. Exceptionally clever Equestrian feats.
Display No. 15 - A Novel Burlesque Equestrian Conceit.
Mr. F. Schadle, a terrific scramble by a nimble clown, who does not know how to stay on his mule's back, while the latter swiftly circles the arena.
Mr. Albert Crandall, the inimitable peer of comic riders. The whirlwind equestrian clown and his funny mule "Thunderbolt."
Albert Thompson, a Merry Andrew on a long-eared companion who insists on running too fast and bumping too hard.
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: Al. Thompson, green; John Mercer, red; Geo. Cole, black and yellow; Ray Thompson, blue.
Second Event - Tandem Over Hurdles. Four thoroughbred horses ridden by one man, Mr. John Carroll.
Third Event - Shetland Ponies ridden by Monkey Jockeys, twice around the track.
Fourth Event - Ladies' Jockey Race, three times around the track. Horses: Salamander, Ben Hur, Stalker, Sam Cox. Riders: Miss Etta Jordan, purple and gold; Miss Millie Savoy, red and white; Miss Fanny Jenks, black and white; Miss Daisy St. Leon, red and blue.
Fifth Event - Roman Standing Race, three times around the track. Horses: Danger, Sultan; Rider John Carroll, purple. Horses: Chicago, Avalanche; Rider Al. Thompson, white. Horses: Philip and Nero; Rider Joe Homer, red.
Sixth Event - Clown's Race, once around the track. Shetland ponies to Sulky. Ernest Milvo, J. Plamondon, W. Pamondon, contestants.
Seventh Event - Shetland Pony against Thoroughbred Horse, once around the track. Horse Napoleon, ridden John Agee. Pony Spider, ridden by Master Philip St. Leon.
Eighth Event - Dog Race, English Whippet Hounds. Once around the track.
Ninth Event - Terrific Four-Horse Roman Chariot Race, three times around the track. Horses; Battle Ax, Trooper, Samson, Sheridan, Harrison, Cyclone, Mermaid, Zenobia. Drivers: Mr. John Carroll, red; Mr. John Slater, white.
Chicago, Ill. April 9th to 25th. The annual Chicago engagement of Ringling Brothers' World's Greatest Shows marked the opening of the season of 1903, and a glorious opening it was — one that continued glorious until the closing date. Never in the history of circuses was a season so successful, both financially and otherwise, as was that of 1903. The phenomenal Chicago business was duplicated throughout the entire season. Just stop to consider fourteen turnaway houses during a sixteen days' engagement and you will have a fair idea of what the Windy City business amounted to. In addition to these gratifying turnaway houses the matinees were greater than any during the preceding seasons.
The engagement was played in the monster Coliseum on Wabash Avenue, and this building, vast in size as it is, was entirely too small to properly house the immense amusement enterprise the Ringlings have been gradually building for twenty years. Every department was increased before the circus was taken to Chicago, and when the proprietors took an inventory of their property they found, to their dismay, that it would take a building twice as large as the Coliseum to accommodate it. Agents were sent scurrying about in all directions to secure additional buildings, and numerous empty houses and barns in the vicinity of the Wabash Avenue show structure were rented. Only 17 of the forty elephants were shipped in, and they were placed in barns and only brought into the building for their act. The menagerie was placed on two floors of the Annex and the basement used for the ring stock. The baggage stock was sent back to winter quarters at Baraboo, Wis., after the show had been unloaded. A vacant three-story residence on Michigan Avenue was converted into a hotel for the workingmen, while the performers hied themselves to hotels in the immediate vicinity.
Rehearsals were held three times a day for ten days previous to the opening date, and everybody was drilled in their parts in the beautiful spectacular production of Jerusalem and the Crusades. John Rettig, of Cincinnati, who arranged the production, painted the magnificent scenery and designed the costumes, weapons and accoutrements, was on the scene early to assist Mr. Al Ringling stage the production, and several days before the opening the spectacular was working wonderfully smooth. Then came the dress rehearsals of the entire show, and it was not until the last day that the Ringling Brothers were satisfied that everything pertaining to the performance was in shape for the first presentation.
Before the opening date was announced the brothers decided that to parade in Chicago would be dangerous, owing to the fact that all the stock, or practically all of it, was green and fresh and might cause trouble. A circus parade in Chicago must be given at night, amid a glare of fireworks, in order to be successful, and, although it was abandoned, the name and fame of the biggest circus in the world was so sucessfully spread throughout the city on billboards and in the metropolitan papers that, as is stated above, the business was increased instead of being diminished. The performance went exceptionally well with the Chicago audiences. It seemed that every act made a distinctive hit. Of course the Jerusalem spectacular was the crowning feature, with its splendid ballet of two hundred graceful girls, and the notices and criticisms in the papers were of the kind that make a circus man forget his troubles and feel at peace with the world. And these criticisms, teeming with compliments, were extended to the high-class arenic acts and to the wonderful feat of Crazo, the man who daily flirted with death in looping-the-loop on a bicycle. This marvelous act was shown to Chicagoans for the first time by the Ringlings, and was a great drawing card.
The immense menagerie was a great feature of the show, and the numerous dens and cages, filled with the rarest animals money and careful breeding could secure, were attractions to the public far beyond the ordinary. Baby Boo, the only infant elephant successfully bred in America, was very prominent, in the menagerie, and shared honors with Rose, the sole surviving member of the rhinoceros species, and with Nellie and Snoots, the giraffes, the last of their kind on earth. Everybody said the circus was by far the biggest and best ever exhibited in Chicago, and who is there in this wide world who would be brash enough to attempt to contradict unanimous public opinion?
There were many new faces around the show when rehearsals were called, but those who remained from last season were not long in making the recent arrivals feel perfectly at home. Charles Davis, for many years with the Gentry Brothers, succeeded Charles Andress as the firm's legal adjuster, and W. H. Tabor, also a recruit from the Gentry ranks, took the place of advance press agent. Clay Lambert was succeeded by George Heiser, who, for several years, had been officiating as twenty-four-hour man. The latter position was filled by Charles White and M. F. Nagle, who were drafted, as it were, from the opposition cars. The retirement of Edward Shipp as assistant equestrian director left the latter place open, and it was offered to Rhoda Royal, who has been with the Ringlings for a number of years. During the winter the difficult task of training the ring stock was placed in Mr. Royal's hands, owing to the illness of genial John O'Brien, who went to his last reward a few weeks before the show opened. Mr. O'Brien had been a trusted lieutenant with the circus, and his death, although expected for months, was a keen shock to his wide circle of friends.
Albert Conlon, who had been long identified with the electrical show, was placed in charge of the Museum, to succeed Lew Graham, who went abroad for the season, and Ole Oleson was made superintendent of lights, in place of Charles Roy, who resigned in order to look after his business interests in St. Louis. Another new official was George Jinks, who was placed in charge of the menagerie after the resignation of Charles McCurren. The other officials of the show lined up as of yore: Kerry Meagher, treasurer; Thomas Buckley, auditor; Alfred Witsenhausen, in charge of the downtown ticket sale; Bert Weaver, timekeeper; A. L. Webb, cookhouse steward: Will Fay, in charge of the dining cars; "Happy Jack" Snellen, in charge of canvas; Spencer Delavan, boss hostler; Robert Meek, superintendent of ring stock; Jack Gallagher, superintendent of ponies; Henry Ringling, in charge of the front door; James Jay Brady and Herbert S. Maddy, press agents; W. W. Rees, superintendent of wardrobe; George Ganweiler, musical director; Robert Taylor, master of transportation; Clifford Orr, manager of the electrical show; Albert Parsons, superintendent of refreshment privileges; "Stub" Jennings, boss sideshow canvasman; John Freeman, superintendent of balloon sales; Charles Miller, superintendent of properties, and Paul Cunningham, superintendent of Pullman porters.
The show ran exceptionally smooth, and both performers and horses entered into their acts with joyous enthusiasm. Few accidents occurred, and none of them were serious. Louis Plamondon, the Chinese clown, who has driven a pony cart in the races for several years, was thrown from the vehicle a couple of days after the opening and sprained his right wrist. Next night Woods who was driving a very mettlesome spotted pony, figured in a runaway. His steed took the bit in its mouth and encircled the hippodrome track like an express train. At the turn into the stretch the cart tipped over, and Woods, who is quite tall, became entangled in the wheels. The entanglement acted as a brake, and the pony came to a standstill amid the plaudits of the audience, who supposed the runaway was a part of the program.
Saturday, the 25th, marked the arrival of the empty circus trains from Baraboo, and after the evening performance the task of loading the big show was speedily accomplished. The business staff and performers were assigned to their berths and staterooms in the luxurious Pullman cars, and shortly after midnight the road tour of 1903 was commenced with a salvo of cheers from the twelve hundred or more employes.
South Bend, Ind., Monday, April 27th. A beautiful little city in Hoosierdom is South Bend, the home of the Studebakers of wagon fame, and the first stand for the big show out of Chicago. The run of 60 miles was speedily made, and all the trains arrived early Sunday morning. Then "Happy Jack" Snellen. the king of all boss canvas-men, went to work with a will, and soon fifteen acres of ground, close to the heart of the city, were covered with thousands of yards of new, billowy canvas. The tents were fresh from the factories of the makers, and, flying hundreds of flags of all nations, they presented a very pretty sight. A nine o'clock call had been communicated to the performers and the work of putting together the initial parade of the season was commenced on time. Before ten o'clock the pageant was in motion, and through streets lined from building to curb with a seething mass of humanity it wended its way, "Grand, Glorious and Glittering; Three Miles of Opulent Splendor; A Scintillating Line of New and Novel Processional Wonders." In fact, the most magnificent parade ever given. The public said so, the papers were of the same opinion, and everybody connected with the show beamed with contented satisfaction.
One little incident occurred that caused a bit of consternation among the spectators. Several camels in the herd of twenty had never been exhibited, and the sight of the crowd caused them to act in anything but a meek and dignified manner. They wailed in terror and then attempted to bolt. Willie Green, the master of camels, was equal to the emergency, and, with whip and voice and the assistance of a number of aids, finally restored order. Just before the afternoon show there was more excitement, this time in the menagerie. Superintendent George Jinks instructed several of his men to shift a spotted deer from one cage to another. The men started to obey, but reckoned without the consent of the deer, who resented the intrusion and evened matters (in his own mind) by escaping. Like the wind he darted out of the menagerie lop and set sail for the country, with his wee stubby tail pointed heavenward. Horses were hurriedly procured, and a real deer chase, without the aid of hounds, took place. Mr. Deer was fresh at the start and speedily distanced his pursuers. Finally he tired, and, trotting through an open gate, entered a farmer's barn. The tiller of the soil was greatly surprised to find a strange animal in among his horses, but he shut him in just the same, and when the circus employes reached the farm demanded five dollars. The sum was handed out and the deer was placed in an improvised cage and hauled back to the circus. The business in South Bend was wonderful, the extras being used both afternoon and night. A feature of the performance was the big portable pipe organ, which was used for the first time.
Elkhart, Ind., Tuesday, April 28th. We reached Elkhart early, after a run of only 26 miles, and showed on a sandy lot near the river and close to the city. Farmers drove in from distant points and electric suburban trains unloaded thousands. Business was very big, and nothing occurred to mar the stand. Spencer Delavan, superintendent of horses, received numerous visitors, who were loud in their praise of the hundreds of fat, sleek animals in his tents. At the close of the afternoon performance nearly every musician connected with the show visited the factory of C. G. Conn, the famous instrument maker, and were shown through the various departments.
Marion, Ind., Wednesday, April 29th. The run from Elkhart to Marion was just 115 miles, and the longest miles a person could imagine, because the railroad company endeavored to pull the big, heavy trains with small engines. Small grades could only be made after the engines had been stopped and additional coal piled into the fire-boxes. It was an aggravating run, and everybody was tired and cross when the trains pulled into the Marion yards, shortly before noon. The lot was near the tracks, only two blocks from the Court House, and thousands of people were on the streets. Owing to the late arrival many were skeptical when it was announced that a parade and two shows would be given, and bets were freely made that the promise would not be carried out. But the skeptical individuals reckoned without a thought of the wonderful system the Ringlings have established. Less than two hours after the arrival of the first train the parade left the lot, and at three o'clock the matinee performance was started to a crowded house. The evening show resulted in a turnaway. During the day John Slater entertained his father and sister. Mrs. Rhoda Royal developed symptoms of pneumonia here and was placed in St. Mary's Hospital. She was so ill that an ambulance was called to remove her from the cars to the institution.
Anderson, Ind., Thursday, April 30th. The stand in Anderson, the home of natural gas and one of the prettiest cities in Indiana, will always be remembered by the troopers, as it marked the coolest day of the season. A drizzling rain was falling when the parade mount order was given, and the wind was so cold that the Ringlings excused from parade all the ladies who had been assigned to position where the wearing of flimsy costumes was necessary. This applied in the main to the ballet ladies who rode in the floats and on the tableaux wagons. Most of the visitors came attired in cloaks and heavy ulsters. At four o'clock in the afternoon the temperature dropped several degrees and for a time the rain turned into snow.
Terre Haute, Ind., Friday, May 1. The run of 90 miles from Anderson was made over the Big Four Route in record time, and the parade was out at ten sharp. Terre Haute citizens like the Ringling show, and never fail to give it generous patronage. Business here was considerably larger than that of the previous season. The day was sunny and warm, a pleasing contrast to yesterday. During the morning Frank Parsons of lemonade fame came near going to his last reward. He had left the coaches and started to walk into the city when the third section whizzed by. Parsons attempted to mount a flat-car, but lost his hold on the side rail and fell so close to the revolving wheels that pedestrians cried out in terror. Frank had presence of mind enough to roll out of harm's way and escaped with a skinned hand and a nervous shock. It was a very close call from death.
Decatur, Ill., Saturday, May 2. Same old story about business: bigger and better than ever, and an ideal spring day. The business staff and performers enjoyed a visit with John Harrison, who, for several years, was a press agent with the Wallace show. Mr. Harrison is now the proprietor of a bright, newsy paper in Decatur, and the nice things he printed about the World's Greatest will never be forgotten. On the way from the cars to the lot the ring stock and the elephants met and a mixup resulted. Several of the horses became frightened and bolted into a fence. During the day Superintendent Jinks of the menagerie, who had been ill for several days, was removed to a hospital. The hospital doctors said he was suffering with malarial fever.
St. Louis, Mo., May 4th to 9th. The annual visit of the big show to St. Louis was made a week after the appearance here of the Forepaugh-Sells circus and the Luella Forepaugh-Fish wild west organization, yet the business was a succession of turnaways and was decidedly gratifying to the Ringlings. The lot used was Handlan's Park, where the show has exhibited for several years. The trains arrived early Sunday, the 3d, and everything was up before dark. Sunday holiday crowds were greatly in evidence about the lot. Mrs. Natalie, wife of Mons. Natalie, the funny little clown, came on front Chicago for a week's visit with her husband. The parade left the lot early Monday morning and did not return until almost noon. It was a long route, arid the troopers were good and tired after it had been negotiated. Many of them were so stiff and sore that they were forced to enter Turkish baths in order to limber up. The Gillen Trio and George Shaw joined Tuesday, and the four-horse chariots were added to the races for the first time since the show left Chicago. Rain fell during the day, but it did not interfere with business. Edward LeMar of the Fisher Family was forced out of the act on account of sickness.
Wednesday opened wet and cold, but business continued at top notch. The night house was a turnaway. John Carroll broke in a handsome new Roman standing horse for the races. Mrs. Royal, entirely recovered from pneumonia, rejoined the show today and rode a splendid menage act. Thursday's business was a duplicate of the previous day. James Jay Brady, special press agent, entertained several members of the business staff of the Forepaugh-Sells show. Friday opened bright and warm, with the first real sunshine of the week. Another turnaway caused Treasurer Meagher and Auditor Buckley to smile out lend. Frank Smith, head balancer, cut out his act on account of sickness. Mrs. Ando lost a valuable belt of Japanese coins and cried until the baubles were found and returned to her by Jules Turnour, the circus mail agent. Saturday, the last day of the engagement, was a typical spring day, and business was better than ever. Several additions were made to the side show. Charles Roy, who had been in charge of the lights for several years and who left the show to look after a mercantile business of his own in St. Louis, joined for a short trip.
Indianapolis, Ind., Monday, May 11. The big-show arrived here yesterday afternoon at four o'clock, after a 250 miles run from St. Louis. The haul to the old lot on West Washington street was short, and all the canvas was up by dark. "Happy Jack" Snellen, boss canvasman, was busily engaged in laying out the lot when he was approached by a typical Hoosier, who requested a position. "You're hired," responded "Happy," laconically. "What do I do?" asked the new employe. "Is the work hard?" "Not a bit of it," responded Snellen, with a wink to one of his assistants. "All you have to do is to help put up the tents in the morning and take them down at night." The new recruit lasted just two days.
Indianapolis gave the Ringlings a right royal welcome and turned out in large numbers. The matinee was crowded to capacity, while the night performance resulted in a turnaway, fully two thousand people being refused admission. During the day the dressing room force received a visit from H. Harris, an old-time rider and the father of William and Sallie Marks, who were stars in the equestrian heaven several years ago. Spencer Delavan, superintendent of horses, purchased a car load of handsome grays during the day, and the live stock of the show was further increased by the arrival of five wee whippet hounds. Two new middle pieces were added to the ballet tent in order to give more room to the ladies who dance in the spectacular.
Hamilton, Ohio, Tuesday, May 12. The first invasion of the season into the Buckeye State was productive of splendid business. The show exhibited on a new lot "across the river," a mile and a half from the runs. The day will be remembered by the circus bosses on account of the record made by Boss Hostler Delavan. He hauled the entire show from the runs to the lot in less than two hours, and during that time was forced to extricate from a scale excavation one of the large pole-wagons. The scale platform gave way as the wagon was being drawn across it. Hamilton is the home of "Big Band" Drummer Henderson, and numerous relatives and friends gave him an ovation at the night performance. The show had many visitors during the day. John Rettig, accompanied by Mrs. Rettig and a party of friends, came over from Cincinnati. Governor Robinson and John Wilson of the Robinson circus, spent the day with Mr. Otto Ringling, who also entertained Mr. Thompson of the tent manufacturing firm of Thompson & Vandiveer. Clifford Orr, superintendent of the black top. had a very pleasant visit with his mother and brother, who came on from Newport, Ky., and Al Conlon, manager of the Annex, with his brother Harry, visited with several cousins who are residents of Hamilton.
Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday, May 13. The run from Hamilton was less than 30 miles, through the most fertile country in Ohio. Hamilton and Dayton, with Middletown between them, are practically one city, so thickly settled is the country, and are separated only by separate corporations. This visit of the show marked the fourth in as many years, and there were several with the organization who predicted that business would not be up to the average. They were mightily mistaken, as the afternoon house drew a crowd that filled all the seats and packed the hippodrome track almost to the ring bank. At night the doors were closed before eight o'clock and hundreds of men, women and children were turned away. The cash register in use by Superintendent Henry Ringling at the front door attracted the attention of many mechanics employed at the National Cash Register Works.
Springfield, Ohio, Thursday, May 14. Springfield, where harvesting machinery is made by the car load, was another opposition stand, but the crowds that attended both performances belied the fact. The lot was on the Fair Grounds, quite a distance from the business portion of the city. Charles Nelson of the team of King and Nelson resides in Springfield, and several of his relatives called on performers they knew. Mrs. Carrie Rooney entertained Mrs. Ed Leon, a relative. During the races Louis Plamondon lost a wheel from his clown cart and was thrown to the track. Another accident occurred as the big top was being taken down. A center-pole slipped from the shoulders of ten men who were carrying it and fell on a member of Jack Snellen's force. The man was severely injured and was left in the Springfield Hospital.
Columbus, Ohio, Friday, May 15 This bustling city, capital of the state and the winter quarters of the Forepaugh-Sells circus, proved a record-breaker for the Ringlings. The day was perfect and the business better than ever. Dolphy Glue, so well known to performers, came around as usual in his pony phaeton and had "great speech" with the boys. Al G. Field, the well known minstrel manager, was another visitor, together with Charles Ewers, an old-time hurdle rider, now on the retired list. During the day the Messrs. Ringling entertained Mr. Lewis Sells of the Forepaugh-Sells show. James Rutherford had a narrow escape from serious injury during the parade. His horse fell and threw him under a street car, which the motorman stopped just as the front wheels reached Rutherford's body.
Zanesville, Ohio, Saturday, May 10. Business was the best the Ringling show ever had in Zanesville. The lot was an ideal one at the foot of a small hill and close to the city. Dick Stewart, head waiter in the cookhouse, was taken ill here and sent on to a hospital in Pitts-burg. During the night show, while clowning. John Slater slipped and fell on the hippodrome track, fracturing several bones in his right hand. Zanesville is the home of numerous circus people, among them being the Petit Troupe of acrobats, who were with the World's Greatest last season.
Pittsburg, Pa., Monday and Tuesday, May 18th and 19th. The show reached here shortly after noon Sunday and tents were erected on the old Exposition Grounds, between Pittsburg and Allegheny City. Just before the first section arrived nine baggage horses were thrown down in a car and two of them were so badly hurt, that they were killed. The business Monday included a big matinee and a turnaway house at night. This was duplicated Tuesday. Among the visitors during the two days' stand were John G. Robinson. "Bill" Williams and William DeMott of the Robinson circus.
Youngstown, Ohio, Wednesday, May 20th. The Ringlings came to Youngstown as the third show in eight days, the Wallace and Main circuses having preceded them. Judging from the two immense audiences, nearly everybody waited for the big show. Our business was considerably larger than the stand during the preceding season, when there was no opposition.
Canton, Ohio. Thursday, May 21st. Canton, the last resting place of that great and good man, William McKinley, turned out immense crowds. At the close of the matinee performance many performers visited the McKinley tomb. The big feature of the menagerie, Little Baby Boo of the elephant family came near being killed during the morning. Boo escaped from her mother and keeper and started out on a trip of exploration, for all the world like a runaway child. Of course she was rash enough to visit the big elephants, and the latter made several attempts to kill her. They probably would have succeeded had not Pearl Sonders, the superintendent of elephants, appeared in the nick of time with his sharp steel hooks. He drove the elephants to their places, rescued little Miss Boo with all the grace and dash of a book hero. Boo was scolded by her mamma, Mrs. Alice. Harry Zella, formerly with the show as a contortionist, but now a deputy sheriff in Canton, gave a dinner for a number of his circus friends. At the night performance Thomas Woods of the Kelly Brothers fell from a revolving ladder and escaped, fortunately, with a few minor bruises.
Akron, Ohio, Friday, May 22. Akron, always a good city for the Ringlings, did itself proud. Business exceeded that of last year by several hundreds of dollars. The afternoon performance was almost finished when a terrific windstorm struck the tents, and, fearing a panic, the Ringlings dismissed the audience. The employes worked like beavers to guy down the big top and menagerie, and although several times the canvas started to go down, it righted again, and finally weathered the storm. The pony top was the only tent that went down. Before evening the weather cleared and the business came near resulting in a turnaway.
Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, May 23d Cleveland is one city in the United States troopers dislike, and all on account of the long parade route. The route this year was laid out by one of the advance men, and was so different from the customary route that Mr. Al Ringling, who rides at the head of the pageant, was forced to hire a man on a bicycle to guide him. Of course business was good. Big matinee house and a turnaway at night. Visitors during the day were Art Adair, formerly a clown with the show; Harry Watson and George Bickel. Miss Dollie Julian was taken seriously ill here.
Buffalo, N. Y., Monday, May 25th. The run from Cleveland to Buffalo yesterday was a long one, but it was successfully accomplished. The last train reached the pretty Eastern city in time for the troopers to get out and visit some of the parks before nightfall. Monday's parade was viewed by thousands who afterward visited both performances. The night house was a turnaway. The Walter Main circus is in this portion of York State and several of the business staff and performers visited friends. Among the Main visitors were Ed Knuff, Harry Clark, Mlle. Ethardo and her husband and Press Agent Huffman. Otto Rio of the Rio Brothers was taken sick here and sent to a hospital.
Rochester, N. Y., Tuesday, May 26th. Rain fell during the parade in Rochester, but the sky soon cleared and the sun was shining brightly by the time the doors of the big show were opened. The Main show was here a day ahead of us, but the Rochesterites waited for the Ringlings and our business was really phenomenal. A pony colt born today was named in honor of Treasurer Kerry Meagher. After the night performance four of the ring horses broke away from the grooms and ran off in the darkness. Bob Meek and several assistants chased them for three miles before they could rope them. During the day Joe Beck, an old-time performer, visited George Hartzell.
Syracuse, N. Y., Wednesday. May 27th. It was the same old story, big matinee and turnaway at night. Just as the parade was leaving the lot a horse attached to a laundry wagon ran away and dashed into a crowd of ladies and children. It was reported later in the day that one child was painfully cut and bruised by the maddened horse. The crowd at the night show was so large that the performance could not be started until almost nine o'clock. Karl Milvo of the clown forces entertained his mother here. Messrs. Jordan and Keenan of the Main circus stayed over in Rochester to see our magnificent parade. Mrs. Fitzgerald of Binghamton came on to visit her son, Pat Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the Pullman car Baltimore.
Utica, N. Y., Thursday, May 28th. Light showers in the morning did not prevent an immense crowd from witnessing the parade. Biggest day's business ever done by a circus in Utica.
Troy, N. Y., Friday, May 29th. The City of Collars would be a good name for Troy; it would be appropriate, at any rate, because nearly all the collars used in the United States are made here. Business was big again, and in spite of a rain that commenced just as the doors opened. James and Will Savoy entertained their brother here, Senor Tatalie was visited by his wife and youngest child and George Hartzell enjoyed a visit from Mrs. Hartzell and George, Jr., who came over from Philadelphia by boat.
Albany, N. Y. Saturday, May 30th. Albany on the Hudson was visited by the Ringlings on Decoration Day. Our afternoon house was a turnaway and at night the audience was packed clear to the ring banks. W. D. Coxey and Clay Lambert of the Barnum show visited the official staff during the day. Al Miaco entertained numerous friends, as did Treasurer Meagher, who formerly lived here. Ben Homer's wife came on for a short visit. The parade was held until eleven o'clock in order that it would not conflict with the annual parade made by the grizzled veterans of the Civil War.
Montreal, Canada, Monday and Tuesday, June 1st and 2d. Yesterday afternoon the big show made its first invasion of Canada for the season of 1903. The run from Albany, N. Y., was long, but the railroad companies gave us splendid engines, and as a result we reached Montreal at about four in the afternoon. The troopers were pained to learn that genial Bob Meek, superintendent of ring stock, had been left in a hospital at Albany, and many of them sent him telegrams of sympathy. During the evening several hundred of the show folks put on their "big town" clothes and spent several hours at Schmidt's Park. Otto Rio rejoined the show in Montreal, entirely recovered from an acute attack of indigestion. Business for the two days' stand was away above the average, the first night being a big turnaway. The ticket office force had considerable trouble with scalpers, who insisted upon selling general admission tickets for any price they could get over fifty cents. Several arrests were made, but they did not stop the evil. The spectacular costumes were changed for the first time during the season. The extra costumes were used in order to give the tailors time to renovate the ones that had been in use since Chicago. Among the visitors during the two days were Marlo and Dunham, bar performers, and Horace Barrie, a well-known strong man.
Cornwall, Ontario, Wednesday, June 3d. It has been announced that our Canadian invasion would last for at least three weeks and that we would tour exclusively in the Province of Ontario. Today Joe Rogers, chief of the Provincial Detective Force, joined the show for the tour through King Edward's domain. Mr. Rogers will assist Detective Charles Ryan, and it is predicted that the two sleuths will make a record for themselves before the show lands on Yankee soil. Cornwall is a pretty little town, filled with French Canucks, and close to the boundary. Numerous Americans came over from the other side to visit the World's Greatest and cheer the Stars and Stripes and the mounted band. Twenty members of the Maude Hillman theatrical company, headed by Manager Will Dillon, were among the visitors. Mr. Dillon was entertained by Karl Milvo, one of the famous forty clowns.
Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday. June 4th. Ottawa residents will always remember the visit of the Ringling circus. Two weeks before we arrived a fire swept over ten blocks of the city. The night before the show another fire wiped out thirty residences in Hull, a small suburb of Ottawa. This morning shortly after the last train pulled into the station, fire was discovered in a lumber yard in the heart of the city, and before it could be extinguished almost three blocks of business houses had been consumed. The last fire was along the line of parade, and Mr. Ringling was forced to wait until the streets were cleared of debris and fire apparatus. The afternoon show started on time and the attendance was very big. Night house ditto.
Kingston, Ontario, Friday, June 5th. Kingston, on the lake and a few miles from the famous Thousand Islands, was a splendid stand for the big show. Business broke all records. During the day Detectives Rogers and Ryan captured two pickpockets and after a short trial had them committed, one for six months and the other for three years. Justice is swift in the land of the Canadians.
Belleville, Ontario, Saturday, June 6th. Belleville, in the heart of Canada's best farming country, is small, but for the Ringlings was productive of good business. During the parade a drunken man attempted to stop the mounted band and came near being trampled under the feet of the horses. The people here do not like the Stars and Stripes, and hissed both the mounted band uniforms and the United States float. While working at the matinee performance Hubert Tatalie fell from a single trapeze and was painfully injured.
Toronto, Ontario, Monday and Tuesday, June 8th and 9th. The two days' stand in Toronto was productive of immense business, the customary turnaways being bigger and better than two years ago. The show arrived early Sunday morning, and although rain fell during the afternoon, hundreds of performers visited various places of interest. During the parade Monday a fire occurred in a business block on one of the principal streets, and for a time fire engines and the parade vans threatened to mix. The tangle was finally straightened and no one was injured. Charles Thomas of the Main circus visited during the day. Frank Smith was again taken ill and was forced to place himself under the care of a physician. Leon W. Wasliburn and William Kibble of the Stetson Uncle Tom's Cabin Company visited Tuesday. After the show Gus St. Leon and Al Miaco were standing on the railroad track near their cars when an express train rushed by and came near sending them to the great beyond. James McDonald, a seat man, who has been connected with the show for years, was sent to a hospital here. He is suffering with pneumonia.
Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday, June 10th. Hamilton is a pretty Canadian city and her people are more like Americans than the troopers have found since they entered the Dominion. Business was great. Two big houses, with the lot a full three miles from the city. Walter L. Main visited the Ringling Brothers during the day and seemed to be greatly interested in the workings of the biggest show on earth. A summer theater near the lot was kept open during the afternoon in opposition to the big show, and drew just twelve people. Instead of dismissing the audience, the manager gave the full show and then added a couple of extra acts, just to show that he was full of pluck in spite of poor business.
Brantford, Ontario, Thursday, June 11th. The circus arrived early, in a drizzling rain that made the streets almost impassible. After considerable trouble the paraphernalia was transported to the lot and the parade given. The afternoon show drew an immense crowd, the members of which did not seem to mind the rain and mud in the least. A big house at night closed a very successful day. During the parade the United States float stuck in the mud and it took thirty-two horses and three elephants to extricate it.
Guelph, Ontario, Friday, June 12th. Rain at Guelph did not interfere with business. It was big. Everybody in the city and hundreds from adjoining villages and hamlets braved the rain and witnessed the show. The lot was close to the business portion of the city and the haul short. This was pleasant for both men and horses, as the roads were bad and a long haul would have tried the patience of Job. While the parade was on the wagons "contracted the habit" of dropping into the mud, and Parade Lieutenants Ed Jenkins, Jack Carroll and Charley Rooney were kept busy bringing up hook rope teams.
Stratford, Ontario, Saturday, June 13th. The day dawned bright and clear and was welcomed with cheers by the tired and muddy troopers, who had not caught a glimpse of the sun for three days. The lot was a splendid one, high, dry and grassy. The matinee drew a capacity house and the evening business was away beyond expectations. The few lines concerning the weather were written at the request of several jokers, as the day in Stratford was the worst the show had in Canada. A cold rain fell from daylight until the last train was loaded at night, and the lot was a sea of mud. Business, as stated above, was splendid. Canadians do not seem to care for rain and mud. Bob Meeks rejoined the show here, having been discharged from the Albany (N. Y.) hospital. Mr. Meek is still very sick and will probably go ahead for a week in order to recuperate.
London, Ontario, Monday, June 15th. London is one of the prettiest little cities in the Dominion and has the most stringent laws. The street cars are not allowed to operate on Sunday, newspapers are not sold, and it is a hard matter to purchase tobacco. All the stores are closed and men who work are fined a nominal amount. The big show arrived on Sunday, and before an attempt was made to unload stock or wagons, permission to do the work was secured from the Chief of Police. "Although our laws are very strict, I will grant the request, because the Ringlings are gentlemen, and will only have their men perform tasks that are absolutely necessary," said the Chief. "I am glad to welcome the Ringlings to London. Theirs is an absolutely clean organization — the only kind we want in Canada."
The parade Monday passed through streets lined to the curb with a sweltering mass of humanity. Several thousand soldiers of the Canadian militia were encamped near the city and hundreds of them were off duty to witness the pageant. All along the line of March the Stars and Stripes were hissed, although they were displayed with the Canadian emblem. The mounted band is uniformed with a breast-plate of the Stars and Stripes and suits of royal blue, and when the boys rode by with their escort of United States cavalrymen the hissing was very aggravating. "Tear those stripes off!" shouted an over-zealous "Canuck." "Come on and try to take them off," retorted the band boys, and with the escort the wearers of the handsomest emblem on earth prepared for battle. But the battle did not take place. The "Canucks" did not care to mix with the troopers and contented themselves by hooting and yelling. Had an attempt been made to lower the Red, White and Blue serious trouble would have occurred.
Ringling Brothers received a telegram to-day giving information of the death of Peter Shields at Toronto. Shields was a blacksmith with the show and was left behind at Toronto suffering with pneumonia. Mike Rooney remained in London after the show departed in order to undergo an operation on his eyes. Edward McCarty, a London newspaper man, visited the dressing room during the performance and wrote a very entertaining story of the scenes he witnessed. Mr. Al Ringling left here early Monday morning on a fishing expedition and returned with an excellent catch. Business was splendid, both the matinee and night houses being near the turn-away mark.
Woodstock, Ontario. Tuesday, June 16th. This pleasing Canadian village (it is too small to he called a city) was productive of big houses. The day was all that could be desired and the lot smooth and free from dust. Dick Stewart, head waiter in the cook house, returned to the show here. Stewart left at Toronto in order to have his throat operated on.
St. Thomas, Ontario, Wednesday, June 17th. Everybody in St. Thomas was in a tremor of excitement over the failure of two banking and building and loan associations. Hundreds of poor people lost the savings of a lifetime through the failures, and the officials of the show were positive that the business would be exceedingly light. In this they were mistaken. Nothing short of the Day of Judgment will keep the public from a circus. Both houses were big; in fact, business was better than when the circus made the stand two years ago. The show exhibited on a lot near the spot where the big elephant Jumbo was killed. Gaspard Brothers closed here. They had been on with the show less than a week. During the parade Rhoda Royal, equestrian director, met with a painful accident. His horse, "The Bath House," slipped and fell on him.
Chatham, Ontario, Thursday, June 18th. This city marked the last stand in the Dominion of Canada. Tonight we pull through the long tunnel under the St. Clair River and will again he on American soil. The boys were bisy all day exchanging their Canadian money for the "Picture of the Eagle." Customs officials from the other side came over to inspect the cars and paraphernalia. They found everything as represented, and not one hitch occurred. Ringling Brothers fulfilled to the letter their bond given when the show entered Canada, and in consequence no extra duty was imposed. Detective Joe Rogers, who has been with Detective Ryan throughout the Canadian tour, returned to Toronto to-day. "This is the cleanest show I was ever with," he said, as he shook hands with the business staff. "You can tour any country on the globe with this organization. It is one where every man, be he rich or poor, receives the best of treatment. I hope the show will always be successful and will return to Canada each year. We like you and want you to come back." While the show was being loaded at night Watchman Sherman of the second section had three of his fingers mashed. He became entangled in the ropes used to draw the wagons from the ground to the flat cars. Dr. Arthur Gollmar dressed the injury.
Port Huron, Michigan, Friday, June 19th. The bands, the pipe organ and the calliope played "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," in parade this morning, and everybody around the big show cheered themselves hoarse. They commenced cheering when the long trains emerged from the St. Clair tunnel and the announcement was made that the show was again on Yankee dirt. The Canadian tour was very pleasant, with the exception of a few rainy days, but the true American likes his native soil and is always glad to return to it. Port Huron turned out handsomely to greet the World's Greatest, and although rain was falling when the parade passed through the streets, the crowd was one of the largest of the season. Just as the parade turned into a wide paved street leading to the lot the twelve gray horses attached to the big band wagon started to run away. Jim Hickey, a veteran driver, had the reins and made a determined attempt to pull them up, but the brutes once started became, unmanageable. Two blocks away the street turned sharply to pass over the river, and every one of the musicians knew that unless the team was stopped within a few minutes wagon, horses and men would be spilled into the water. The musicians prepared to jump, and Hickey, the coolest man on the wagon, warned them to desist.
"Don't jump, boys!" he cried. "If it comes to a showdown, I'll throw the horses before I will let you get hurt." Bandmaster George Ganweiler also urged the musicians to keep their seats, but several of them jumped, and Mr. Henderson, the bass drummer, seriously injured his right knee. Ahead of the runaway horses were eight lady buglers, mounted, and Mr. Al Ringling in his buggy. The buglers put spurs to their mounts and galloped out of the way, and Mr. Ringling was forced to use whip and voice in order to keep from being run down. Driver Hickey called on his two assistants to help him with the lines, but the three men could do nothing with the now thoroughly frightened horses, and Hickey resorted to extreme measures. With a dexterous twist of the reins, known only to experienced drivers, he threw one of his wheel horses and then dropped a couple in the body of the team. With three horses down and dragging, it was a matter of but a few seconds to bring the others to a standstill. Cheer after cheer went up from the crowd when the snorting, trembling animals were brought up short, and Hickey calmly helped himself to a chew of tobacco, just to show that he was not excited.
The matinee performance resulted in the largest business of the season. Fully fifteen thousand men, women and children crowded into the big top and packed the seats and track clear to the ring bands. The crowd was so dense at the front door that several stakes were broken off like reeds, and Superintendent Henry Ringling was forced to close the door while the damage was repaired. Mr. and Mrs. Alf T. Ringling, Master Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Al Ringling and Mr. Henry Ringling went fishing an hour before dark and succeeded in making a phenomenal catch. A laughable incident occurred on the hippodrome track while the clowns were working in the first riding act. Jules Turnour fell in front of the pony patrol wagon and became entangled in the wheels. He was wedged in so closely that it took ten clowns to extricate him. As he was not injured, the clowns had a hearty laugh over the accident, and the audience joined in, thinking it a part of the antics of the "Famous Forty."
Detroit, Michigan, Saturday, June 20th. The Detroit lot was one of the wettest of the season. Rain had fallen for several days, and although Charles White, twenty-four-hour man, made an attempt to drain it and had drawn off considerable water, quite a bit remained. Of course, there was mud and plenty of it, and great difficulty was experienced in drawing on the wagons. Rain fell in torrents during the morning, and the parade was abandoned for the first time since the show left Chicago. In spite of all this the afternoon house was big and night business satisfactory. The Gillen Trio club swingers closed here. Mrs. Shaw, wife of George Shaw, ticket seller, joined to work in the ballet. Charles H. Davis, the popular legal adjuster with the show, entertained his wife, who came over from their home in Lansing. Mich. Morris Monroe, a brother of Lotini, the snake enchantress (Mrs. James Rutherford in private life), visited during the day and met the majority of the troopers. James Ryan's brother and the father of the Picard Brothers, acrobats, were in the dressing room after the matinee performance.
Toledo, Ohio, Monday, June 22d. The show arrived early yesterday, and the afternoon being clear, every one who was off duty went out on dress parade. This is the birthplace of Reno McCree, who spent a very pleasant day. at the home of his mother. Monday opened with rain, which increased to such an extent that the parade was again abandoned. Business was big both afternoon and night. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jinks were visited by their son and several other relatives. Fred, Jr., is an exact counterpart of his father and expects to become a trooper when he grows up. At the night show Reno McCree's friends gave him a basket of flowers. The presentation was made just as Mr. McCree and Miss May Davenport finished their jockey act.
Findlay, Ohio, Tuesday, June 23d. Findlay, once the center of the greatest oil and natural gas boom in the State of Ohio, is still a busy little city, and its residents turned out in large numbers to greet the Ringlings. Of course, business was good. The parade had just returned to the lot when a heavy storm broke over the city. It did not last long, and the sun was shining brightly when the doors were opened to admit the matinee crowd. Pete, the monster polar bear, died during the morning. "Tiger" Burns performed an autopsy on the body and discovered that Pete had succumbed to the ravages of consumption. One lung was entirely gone and the other was affected. The bear's hide was sent to a tanner to be made into a rug for Mrs. Charles Ringling.
Lima, Ohio, Wednesday, June 24th. This is another boom town — that is, the town had a boom a number of years ago and then settled down to a steady growth. Business was away above the average here. The parade was late and the matinee was not started until almost three o'clock. The Three Keatons visited the dressing rooms during the afternoon.
Muncie, Ind., Thursday, June 25th. Muncie, a beautiful little city of 30,000 inhabitants, gave the Ringlings a typical Hoosier welcome. The day was an ideal one and thousands flocked into the city from the surrounding villages and hamlets. Business was 40 per cent, better than any previous stand here, and Ringling Brothers were highly gratified. The lot was only four blocks from the Court House, and was smooth and grassy. Muncie is the home of the once famous Herbert Brothers, acrobats. Charles Herbert (Robinson) is buried in Beech Grove Cemetery here, and the performers, learning of this, immediately raised a fund and purchased a beautiful bunch of flowers, which were tenderly placed on the grave. George Zammert, "Doc" Kealey and George Hartzell were placed on a committee to secure the flowers and place them on the grave. The gentlemen were taken to Beech Grove by John E. Casey. Muncie's fire chief. Del Robinson, a brother of the dead acrobat, accompanied the party.
Lafayette, Ind., Friday, June 26th In quiet Lafayette, on the banks of the placid Wabash, the birthplace of George Ade and John T. McCutcheon, occurred the first "Hey Rube" disturbance the Ringling circus has experienced in many years. During the night performance a policeman in citizen's clothes forced his way into the reserved seats and refused to move. Later in the evening he attempted to pull a six-horse driver from his seat, and then he prowled around in the vicinity of the cars and brutally assaulted one of the wardrobe attaches. Both performers and workingmen with the show wanted to whip him, but trouble was averted by the appearance of Detective Ryan, who advised the officer to get out of harm's way. He did, but only for a short time. When he returned it was with several friends. With them he waited under a water tank, and when one of the candy butchers passed they assaulted him. The butcher was chock full of grit, and, fighting like a demon, called for help. Some one cried "Hey Rube!" and there was a general outpouring from the cars. The policeman and his friends fired several shots and then dashed away, followed by the crowd. For a time excitement was intense and rumors of several deaths were rife. Quiet was finally restored, and it was found that no one was even hurt. Business in Lafayette was away above the average and the lot was one of the best of the season. Charles Miller, boss property man wore an exceedingly broad smile to-day and in explanation announced that his wife and son, Master Allie had arrived from Reedsburg. Wis., to spend several weeks with him. Master Allie has made preparations for a splendid holiday and has already asked to be allowed to go in parade every day.
Danville, Ill. Saturday, June 27th. The monster pipe organ, which was left in St. Louis for repairs, was returned to the show here and was placed in the parade for the first time in several weeks. It made a distinctive hit. Business here was enormous. After the night show Mr. and Mrs. John Rooney, B. Peri and wife, M. Ando and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hobson, May Davenport, Cross and Howard and several others made a flying trip into Chicago, with the intention of rejoining the show at Bloomington Monday, Dan Kelley went home to Petersburg for Sunday.
Bloomington, Ill. Monday, June 29th. The show arrived early yesterday and was soon stowed away on an ideal lot two miles from the business portion. Hundreds of performers left the cars and took quarters at hotels. Ed LeMar and Charley Fisher live here and were entertained by relatives and friends. Tom Woods enjoyed a visit from his parents and brothers, who came up for the day from their home in Petersburg, Ill. Treasurer Kerry Meagher took a flyer into Chicago to see Mrs. Meagher and came back with the crowd that left Danville Saturday. Mrs. George Woods and Mrs. Harry Conlon joined their husbands here and were assigned to positions in the Jerusalem ballet. Mons. Natalie, who has clowned with the show for a number of years, returned to work, weak, but as funny as ever. Natalie has been wrestling with chills and fever for two weeks. Blooniington turned out in force to attend the big show, and capacity was reached at both the matinee and night performances.
Dixon, Ill. Tuesday, June 30th. This place, the smallest the show has visited this season, was productive of good business. The Ringlings have heretofore played Sterling, a few miles away, but selected Dixon because a delegation of citizens requested it. The lot was on the fair grounds, 'midst the toughest weeds imaginable. Rock River divides the village, and the parade was made only on one side of the stream, owing to the unsafe condition of the bridges.
Freeport, Ill. Wednesday, July 1st. Freeport will always be fresh in the memory of Menagerie Superintendent Juengst and his assistants, because of the arrival of three wee black leopard kittens. The little ones were found in the cage this morning and were christened Faith, Hope and Charity. Faith did not fancy this cruel world of ours and promptly died. Hope and Charity seem to be satisfied with their surroundings and it is thought they can be coaxed to remain. Black leopard cubs are exceedingly rare, and Mr. Juengst will take all possible care of his new acquisitions. As the parade left the lot the horse ridden by Mrs. Hobson became entangled in a wire fence and went down. Mrs. Hobson was thrown and received a painful scalp wound. Thousands of people witnessed the parade and crowded into the tents both afternoon and evening.
Elgin, Ill. Thursday, July 2d. Business was up to the standard here, especially at night, when the employes of the Elgin Watch Company turned out in a body. The lot was several miles from the runs, but the show arrived early and the parade went out on time. Mrs. John Rooney's mother, Mrs. Goldsmith, came on from Chicago for a visit. The Everett Trio, hand balancers and jugglers, and Jack Rooney joined here. The latter will ride races and act as a substitute for the principal riders.
Racine, Wis. Friday, July 3d. To-day marks the first stand of the season in the Ringlings' home state, and the way the Wisconsinites flocked into the big show was sufficient to warm even a Sphinx. The lot was bad, but the show was given without any trouble. Otto Rio returned to the show here, greatly improved in health.
Beloit, Wis., Saturday, July 4th. Everybody cried "Hip, Hip, Hurrah!" as they tumbled from the cars this morning, and heard the firecrackers exploding on all sides. It was a glorious Fourth for the show folks, although they worked most of the day. Special dinners were served in the cook tents and the dining cars by Stewards Webb and Fay. Unique bills of fare were presented to each "guest." "Happy Jack" Snellen routed his men out early and had all the tents gaily decorated with bunting and the grand old American emblem, the Stars and Stripes. In parade the bands played national airs, and even the manipulators of the pipe organ and the calliope followed suit. The Turks and "Scotty" the bagpiper tried to grind out "America" on their instruments, to the great amusement of their friends. The entire circus crowd shouted and shot firecrackers galore. They invited Major Soopromani, the Singhlese midget, to assist them, and after the nature of the day had been fully explained by Lew Berella and John Walker, the Major said he was "hep" and entered into the festivities with great enthusiasm. A special Northwestern train from Baraboo, the home of the circus, brought to the show folks hundreds of friends and relatives. Among the visitors were Mrs. Spencer Alexander, Miss Mayme Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Leggett, Mike Rooney's sister, the father and sister of John Rooney, Mrs. John Slater's parents, Fred Railton, who looks after the cook house in winter quarters, Mrs. Robert Taylor, Mrs. John Snellen, little Miss Schadle, Mrs. Al Ringling and many others. From Chicago came Mr. Taylor, the "trunk man," Ralph Peckham, excursion agent with the show, Mr. John Ringling and Charley Jordan, of the Central Printing Company.
While the parade was on a wee pony colt was born, and after grave deliberation Bob Meek and Jack Gallagher decided that the newcomer should be called "George Washington-Theodore Roosevelt-Fourth of July." Pearl Souders, who has the elephants, is afraid the name will cause the pony to be swaybacked. Mitso Ando, the smallest member of the Japanese family, celebrated his seventh birthday in connection with the Fourth, and was presented with almost a wagonload of fireworks, which he insisted upon firing before dark. The fireworks were given by Albert Parsons, Lew Plamondon, Charles Davis, Tom Buckley, George Hartzell, "Doc" Kealey, John Slater, Tom Woods, Steve Miaco, Reno McCree, Kerry Meagher, Al Conlon, Jack Tybell, George Ganweiler and Will Fay.
Clinton, Iowa. Monday, July 6th. Clinton is one of the good Iowa cities that never fails to turn out immense crowds for the Ringlings. The show arrived before noon Sunday and was erected on a splendid lot close to the business portion of the city. Thousands of Sunday visitors were in evidence, as the day was bright and warm. Last week Clinton had a street fair and gambling games were allowed to run unmolested.
Rock Island, Ill. Tuesday. July 7th. Although the circus grounds here were within the limits of the bustling city of Rock Island, we exhibited to the combined population of three separate municipalities — Rock Island, Moline and Davenport. The first two are practically one, while Davenport is separated from them by the river, which, as everybody who has studied geography knows, also constitutes the boundary line between Illinois and Iowa. Business was the same old story; capacity afternoon and night. Bill and Jim Savoy, who have the football playing dogs, became involved in trouble during the night performance and Bill was arrested, not because he had done anything wrong, but because his brother Jim struck a young man who thrust a knife into the football. The officers on duty at the circus did not know Bill from Jim, and as Bill was the first one they laid eyes on, he was captured, pleaded guilty to something he was not guilty of and was fined a nominal sum.
Galesburg, Ill. Wednesday, July 8th. The show arrived early and the parade was out on time. The lot was splendid; business, ditto. After the night performance a hundred or more of the show folks rented the Galesburg Natatorium for an hour and enjoyed numerous plunges. Reno McCree entered a private hospital here. He is ill with malarial fever. Senor Eldorado, who has been doing a musical turn in the side show, closed the season here.
Peoria, Ill. Thursday, July 9th. Peoria, where considerable whisky is made each year, was productive of splendid business for the World's Greatest. Afternoon and night performances were capacity, almost turnaways. Mr. Otto Ringling left to-day for a trip to Wisconsin and to several Eastern states. This visit will be in the nature of a vacation. Mr. Ringling seldom leaves the show during the tenting season, and the few weeks he expects to spend away this time will mark the first vacation he has taken in several years. Mr. Charles Ringling is on with the show and will look after the financial end of the business until Mr. Otto returns. Mrs. Steve Miaco was taken ill to-day and was placed under the care of a physician. Miss Dollie Julian enjoyed a visit from her grandmother, and Kelly and Woods entertained friends and relatives from Petersburg. The Trillers, rag picture makers, joined here to do their original act in the side show.
Lincoln, Ill. Friday, July 10th. The writer, in the previous notes, neglected to state that throughout Ohio, Indiana and Illinois the weather was very hot. This fact brought to mind the weather here, the hottest of the season. The sun beat down relentlessly. Big business here, even if the town is small. Until to-day the Ringlings had not exhibited here in many years. In fact, they were last here with a wagon show.
Springfield, Ill. Saturday, July llth. To-day's stand marked the worst storm of the season, the only one we have had that was charged with wind. The sky darkened shortly before the doors opened for the night performance, and as the day had been exceedingly fair, the few clouds visible did not have the effect of keeping the people at home. They came by the thousands and filled every available seat by eight o'clock. Just after Jerusalem and The Crusades was started the storm broke. There was a burst of wind, which almost tore the big canvas from its fastenings, and then came a violent rain. Water fell in torrents and every few seconds, after a vivid flash of lightning and a growl of thunder, the wind would make another rush for the canvas, for all the world like a football wedge. Inside the big top the thousands became frightened, and many of them made a rush for the front door. A panic was imminent, but it was stayed by Mr. Charles Ringling, Rhoda Royal, equestrian director, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Davis, Will Horton and others of the executive staff. They quickly made their way into the crowd, and smilingly informed the thousands that there was more danger outside than there was inside. Royal signalled to Bandmaster Ganweiler to keep the band going, and in a very few minutes quiet was restored. Quite a number of women became hysterical while the excitement was at its height, and two men and a couple of women, disregarding the storm, engaged in a fierce fight. They were separated by John Mercer, who was assisted by several cool-headed canvasmen. Outside the big top, working in the very teeth of the storm, was Boss Canvasman Jack Snellen and his army of men. They lowered the menagerie tent and the horse and cook tents before the wind came, and then guyed out the big top so successfully that it stayed up as if it were a stone building instead of a house of canvas. One of the menagerie center poles was snapped off by the wind and several holes were torn in the canvas. Beyond this there was do damage and not one man, woman or child was injured. During the excitement it was apparent to Mr. Royal that in order to calm the nervous audience it would be necessary to keep the performance going. Little Dollie Julian volunteered to go on with her bareback act and rode in great form, although she expected the big top to bowl over any minute. When she had finished and was running to the dressing room an old lady standing near the entrance rushed into the hippodrome track, and, gathering Miss Julian in her arms, said: "Little girl, you are a heroine. Your riding kept the audience from stampeding."
Mrs. Potter and daughter, the mother and sister of Harry Potter, were in the audience when the storm broke. Harry took them through the rings to the dressing room and stowed them away in a place of safety until the wind went down. The storm was one that will always be remembered by the troopers. They do not care to experience another like it. The day was very prolific of events. At the afternoon performance, while the entry was on, horses ridden by Messrs. Slater and Carroll fell and rolled on their riders. The boys were considerably bruised and shaken up. A short time afterward, while Carroll was riding to the hurdles, his horse fell again, and the young man had to be assisted to the dressing room. A badly sprained wrist and a bump on his head were the injuries sustained.
Burlington, Iowa, Monday, July 13th. The big show doubled back into Iowa yesterday, arriving here late in the afternoon. The cars were "spotted" on the levee by the muddy Mississippi. Seeing a tug and barge at anchor, Mr. Charles Ringling engaged it and invited the weary troopers to take a trip down the river. Following an early dinner, the show folks clambered aboard the river craft and floated down with the current, singing and dancing just like a group of merry children. The impromptu affair was very enjoyable and served to pass away several hours that otherwise would have been tiresome ones. This morning bright and early a blue uniformed messenger boy called at the cars with a telegram for Albert Crandall. The latter read the blue slip and then let out a yell that awoke all the river rats within a radius of six miles. Performers tumbled out of the cars in amazement and found Crandall dancing a breakdown in the sand. "I am a father, boys!" he cried. "A real father. There is a little girl down at my home in Evansville, Ind. She arrived last night, and Mrs. Crandall wires me that the first-born looks just like me." Then Crandall went into another spasm of joy. Congratulations followed, and the popular rider spent a month's salary in honor of his daughter.
At the afternoon performance a man approached Will Alexander, one of the ticket takers, and presented an 1898 complimentary ticket. He explained that he had kept the ticket in an old book for five years. It was in fairly good condition and was turned over to Treasurer Kerry Meagher, who will place it in his Hall of Curios. Mrs. Rhoda Royal was summoned to her home in Portage, Wis., today by a telegram announcing the serious illness of her mother. Mrs. Harry Potter and baby Aerial left for Springfield, Ill., to spend several weeks with relatives.
Muscatine, Iowa, Tuesday, July 14th. Muscatine was not productive of much news, but business was splendid, regular Ringling business. Al White joined to do a Rube clown act, the lot was very hilly and some distance from town, and at night an engine off the track delayed the departure of the trains several hours. Mr. White arrived about noon. He had been instructed to report to Al Conlon, Superintendent of the side show. Conlon was at lunch, so White wended his way to the dressing room behind the big top. There he met Equestrian Director Royal. The latter needed a clown and promptly placed White at work. Later in the day. Conlon demanded him, and a compromise was effected whereby White is to work at the morning opening of the side show and do his Rube act at the big performances, afternoon and night.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wednesday, July 15th. It was here a year ago that a fresh policeman struck Charles Andress, who was then legal adjuster with the show. To-day it was learned that the officer had been discharged for his brutality. The day was bright and clear and splendid houses greeted the biggest show in the world. Mr. Alf T. Ringling joined the show to-day. A new Pullman car, the Elmwood, was added to the circus trains to-day. Shortly before midnight the business staff met a Denver-bound train that carried Mr. John Ringling's handsome new private car Wisconsin. On board as Mr. Ringling's guests were Willie Sells, of the Sells-Downs circus, and Mr. Fred Loomis. Mr. Ringling announced that he was en route to San Francisco to pave the way for the World's Greatest. Mr. Sells will accompany him as far as Denver.
Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, July 16th. The big show was here last season and enjoyed immense patronage, in spite of the fact that Ellen M. Stone, the returned missionary, who had been captured by fierce tribes in the Orient, was a counter attraction. To-day there was no opposition. There had been some few days before, but today there was nothing in sight to prevent a repetition of last year's business. Farmers came into the city in droves and the afternoon house was capacity. Waterloo is the home, or, rather, the location selected last winter by Dr. Arthur Gollmar, the circus physician. He will return here after the show tours the west. Quite a number of his friends came to the lot in the afternoon and were shown through the stable and cook tents and the dressing rooms. The Doctor was assisted in entertaining his guests by Edward Jenkins, the efficient assistant master of horse.
Fort Dodge, Iowa, Friday, July 17th. There is a rumor around the show to the effect that Wilson Rees, superintendent of the wardrobe department, and Chester White, in charge of the electrical show, are hoodoes. Although it is hardly probable that this rumor can be substantiated, it is a fact that the weather was so abominably bad to-day that no show was given. Both Rees and White claim Fort Dodge as their home, and all during the season they have been praising the place. "The show will turn people away in Fort Dodge," they said, several weeks ago. "It is the garden spot of Iowa; never rains and storms like it does in other places." You can imagine what the troopers said about Rees and White when the show pulled into their home town this morning in the teeth of a severe rainstorm. The rain came down in torrents and the streets in the vicinity of the railroads were covered with water a foot deep. The first wagons off the cars were started for the lot, but became stalled in the mud three blocks from the runs. Then Mr. Charles Ringling, in mackintosh and hip boots, appeared on the scene, and a glance convinced him that it would be folly to attempt to show. He ordered the wagons reloaded and as soon as possible the four trains were speeding towards Des Moines. Rees and White stayed in the wet and muddy town of theirs. They promised to show up at the next stand if the troopers would agree not to molest them.
Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, July 18th. The capital of the corn-growing state of Iowa was ablaze with bright, warm sunshine and thousands of men, women and children were out to see the parade. The lot was quite a distance from the city, but business was big nevertheless. Willie Sells, of the Sells-Downs circus, came in from Denver and spent the day with the Ringlings. Fred Ketcham, of the Kansas City baseball team, was the guest of Karl Milvo and Dick Reno. The trains were loaded early at night, but were not moved from the yards until daylight. Miss Carrie Applegate, a member of the Jerusalem ballet, closed the season here.
Kansas City, Mo., Monday, July 20th. Good old Kansas City, with her steep hills and pretty residences, gave the Ringlings a pleasant day. Just a year ago the date here was played in a driving rain. To-day there was continual sunshine and great business. Mr. Davis had considerable trouble in arranging a satisfactory license. The fee was raised a few days ago in order to catch the big show. We did not get in until late yesterday evening, and, although the haul to the lot was a long one, everything was landed there before midnight. Mrs. Cross, of the concert force, was taken ill here. Austin King, one of the jockeys, rejoined the show before it pulled out for St. Joe. King had been visiting his parents in Joplin. During the day numerous troopers visited the portion of the city flooded by recent rains and secured quite a number of souvenirs.
St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday, July 21st. Big business here also. Mr. Cross, of the concert team of Howard and Cross, was dined by his parents. Mrs. George Dunbar visited dressing room friends. The Jarbour Carnival Company was here last week and left several camels. The animals were in pasture near the lot and renewed old friendships with several of the camels in our herd. Major Emmett Newton, of the National Guard of Missouri, was a welcome visitor during the day. The Missouri soldiers were in camp a short distance from the lot, and the Major issued invitation for lunch at his mess. Several of the boys who had the time to spare accepted and enjoyed an elegant spread. At night the Major saw the pertormance with a number of officers and their wives, and later took several members of the business staff to camp, where a military ball was in progress at the Lotus Club.
Glenwood, Iowa, Wednesday, July 22d One show was given here to break the long run into Omaha. Rain fell during the day, but business was above the average. Odetta, Renton and Walker joined here to work in the concert. After the one show, which was given during the afternoon, hundreds of troopers rode the first section into Omaha and spent the evening with friends.
Omaha, Neb., Thursday, July 23d. This is Dan Keaton's town. He was born and raised here, and hundreds of his friends called during the day. Business broke all previous records. Miss Susie Adams and Mrs. Dick Reno, who have been ill, returned to the show to-day with the members of the Ando Japanese family, the members of which went to Chicago a week ago to attend the wedding of a relative. Copeland Brothers, Mrs. George Austin, the Dunbar Trio, the Da Coma family and the Carl Damon Troupe, who are in Omaha with a carnival company, were dressing room visitors.
Lincoln, Neb., Friday, July 24th. The home of the famous William Jennings Bryan had seven shows before we arrived. Of course, the eighth was the best, and everybody in the city and the surrounding country was aware of the fact. Charles Crook, formerly with the Lemen Brothers circus, joined to ride races and clown. May Davenport returned to-day from a visit with Chicago relatives.
Hastings, Neb., Saturday, July 25th. Same old story about business. No street cars here and numerous hacks and carriages did a wonderful business. Edward Alexander was left behind here. Mr. Alexander is a very clean young man and missed the last train because he was revelling in the delights of a hot bath when the engineer tooted "All aboard." He followed on a passenger train and reached Denver ahead of the Flying Squadron. The bath cost him just $16.
Denver, Colo., Monday and Tuesday, July 27th and 28th. The two days' stand of the big show here was a record breaker. Four performances, with visitors crowded to the ring banks, kept Treasurer Meagher and Auditor Buckley counting money twenty hours out of twenty-four. Mr. and Mrs. Al Ringling returned to the show here and will make the western tour. They have been up north angling and tell some interesting stories of the game fish they hooked. Harry Tyler was a very happy man during the two days' stand. His little daughter is in school here and spent many pleasant hours with her circus papa. Otto Floto and Harry Tammen were on the lot from daylight until dark comparing the big show with their neat little attraction, the Floto circus.
Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, July 29th. To write big business at every stand and in every story becomes monotonous, but it's the truth just the same. Phenomenal business has been the Ringlings' since the opening date in Chicago, and as the west is very prosperous, it bids fair to continue and to make the present season the best financially the Ringlings have ever had. There was a great outpouring of the masses in Colorado Springs, a third more than attended last season, and Mr. Davis and his corps of assistants in the big top were hard pushed to accommodate every one. Following the matinee there was an exodus of show folks to Pike's Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Mrs. Kerry Meagher, who has been visiting her husband for a few days, left to-day for San Francisco, where she will remain until the show arrives. Harry Potter, of the Potter family of aerialists, met with a painful accident at the afternoon performance. During the presentation of Jerusalem his horse slipped and fell and Potter's right ankle was severely sprained. Dr. Gollmar placed it in a tight bandage and Potter, game to the core, went in an hour later and did his act on the aerial bars. He was forced to hobble to the net on crutches, but would not give up.
Pueblo, Colo., Thursday, July 30th. Pueblo is the hottest, dustiest place in the whole State of Colorado. It is over a thousand feet lower than the Springs, and almost a thousand times hotter. During the run into the city fire from the ranges in the dining car Washington ignited the floor and caused great consternation among the cooks and waiters. Steward Will Fay marshalled his forces and soon had the blaze extinguished. As the parade moved down the right side of the principal business street of the city a funeral passed it, going in the same direction. All the bands were hushed until the cortege moved out of sight. Mrs. Martin Bickert, suffering with fever, was placed in a hospital here.
Canyon City, Colo., Friday, July 31st. Away up in the mountains, at the head of the Royal Gorge, is Canyon City, one of the prettiest little places in the whole state. Here the big show rested for one day, for a single performance, in order to give the stock a rest and break the long run from Pueblo to Leadville. Business was very good and following the matinee hundreds left the cars and climbed the hill to the famous penitentiary, where so many desperadoes are confined. The trains pulled out before sunset, and the beauties and the wonders of the Royal Gorge were seen at their best; as the poet would say, "In the mellow light of the setting sun."
Leadville, Colo., Saturday, August 1st Leadville is the highest city visited by the Ringlings — highest because of its elevation above the level of the sea. The air here is exceedingly light, and both the human and equine members of the big show suffered in consequence. They found it exceedingly hard to breathe, and many of them bled profusely from the nose. Exertion was really a torture, yet no complaint was made, and the show went as usual, like clockwork. Leadville is one of the places where a good circus lot is as rare as a blue bee. The lot to-day was the same as last year, dusty and sprinkled with rocks of all sizes. But the light air and the poor lot made no difference in the business. It was better than ever. Quite a bit of excitement was occasioned during the night performance by the ignition of one of the gasoline tanks. The fire soon spent itself and not a dollar's worth of damage was done.
Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Monday, August 3d. The long run from Leadville consumed all of Sunday and Sunday night and the first trains did not pull into this dusty little city until late this morning. Sunday, a portion of the route was through a stretch of some of the prettiest scenery in the West, and the cages and flat cars were lined with those of the business staff and performers who love the handiwork of nature. Numerous kodaks were in evidence, among them being that of Martin Bickert, manager of the Dollard Troupe of acrobats. This season is the first Mr. Bickert has spent in the United States and before the show left Chicago he purchased a splendid camera in order to secure pictures to take back to Germany. He has taken pictures in every city the circus has visited. Business at the matinee was almost a turnaway, but the night house was light. The tents were erected on an ideal spot of ground through which a rushing irrigation stream wended its noisy way. And it so happened that the men's dressing tent was erected right over this stream, which cut clown alley into two parts. This was very convenient for the clowns, who took numerous baths, just because the water was handy.
Provo, Utah, Tuesday, August 4th. Mormons — real Mormons, too — with whole wagon-loads of children were in evidence in Provo. They came from one end of the valley to the other and patronized everything under the acres of canvas. The lot was all that could be desired, close to the railroad and to the business portion of the town. During the day Miss Susie Adams developed symptoms of fever and was sent to a hospital in Ogden. Edward Jenkins, assistant boss hostler, turned up at sick call with a severe attack of stomach trouble and was sent ahead to Salt Lake for treatment.
Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, August 5th. This beautiful city of the Mormons, with its handsome residences, its immense tabernacle and its wonderful pipe organ, gave the Ringlings a genuine Western welcome. The citizens turned out in a body. Every one who could spare the time and money dressed in their best and visited the show. The matinee was capacity and the night house a turnaway. The lot, a new one on the fair grounds, was exceedingly dusty, but the interior of the tents was well sprinkled, owing to the thoughtfulness of Charley White, twenty-four hour man, got the municipal water wagons at work long before the first circus train arrived. The many points of interest in and about Salt Lake were taken in by all who had the time.
Ogden, Utah, Thursday, August 6th. The lot here is on the main street, just four blocks from the Hall of Justice, and no difficulty was experienced in securing the people. Paul Spearing, a watchman on the third section, was shot in the right forearm this morning by a tramp he had ejected from one of the flat cars. The unknown scoundrel hacked away in the darkness and sent a forty-four calibre bullet in Spearing's direction. The leaden missile went deep into the arm and the watchman fell unconscious. He was found by several hostlers and the officials of the show had him removed to a hospital for treatment. The hospital physicians, assisted by Dr. Gollmar, dressed the wound, after deciding that it would be dangerous to probe for the bullet.
Logan, Utah, Friday, August 7th. Only one show was given here and everybody in town was accommodated. The lot, surrounded by irrigation streams, was smooth and grassy. Near the cook house were numerous lava beds, thrown up in years gone by. These were visited before the trains pulled out and the amateur photographers look snapshots galore. Just as the parade was starting the horse ridden by Tom Woods took a notion to lie down and plumped square into a stream. Woods received a decidedly cold bath and was forced to endure the hearty laughter of his comrades.
Idaho Falls, Idaho, Saturday, August 8th. This was another one show stand with big business. All the cars were loaded before sunset, but the first train did not leave until after nine o'clock. A terrific sand storm blew up at dusk and everybody was forced to seek shelter in the cars. These storms are anything but pleasant, as the sand cuts into the flesh like a knife and sifts down one's back in streams.
Boise City, Idaho, Monday, August 10th. The show arrived at four o'clock yesterday afternoon. The last section was pulling into the city when fire was discovered in the roof of one of the elephant cars. The wood was as dry as tinder and the blaze was eating its way through with "vim and vigor," as a brakeman expressed it. when Superintendent Pearl Souders sounded the emergency call. His elephant men jumped from their bunks like trained firemen and, forming a line, passed buckets of water from the engine tender to the burning car. It was only the work of a few minutes to extinguish the blaze. Sunday night Fred Jinks, as a committee of one, engaged the famous Boise natatorium, and all the show folks enjoyed a plunge in the warm water. Then the dance hall above the tank was thrown open and a real party was held. The evening was a very enjoyable one, a green oasis, as it were, in the rather barren life of the busy trouper. The business Monday was all that could be desired. A distinguished visitor at the night performance was Colonel John Patterson, better known among the Boise City residents as "Profile John." Patterson is a hermit. He went into the hills in search of gold eighteen years ago and to-day marked his first visit to civilization in that time. He was induced to come into Boise to sign the deeds for some valuable mining claims he sold to Eastern capitalists and was astounded when he discovered the circus. He was given his first ride in a street car and an automobile and was then ushered into the big top. One glance at the immense canvas amphitheatre, with its three stages, hippodrome track, its numerous rings and its electric lights caused him to stop in wonderment. "This is the first time I have been to a circus since I was a boy and the vastness of everything makes me dizzy." he said. "I am not used to it and I feel that I have been transported to Fairyland." He was enthusiastic over the wonders presented and the antics of the clowns almost caused him to go into convulsions. The colonel is very wealthy, and is a man with a history, but the nature of the history he has never divulged. For years he has lived alone, communing with nature, and digging enormous amounts of yellow gold from the bosom of old Mother Earth. After the show he started back to his lonely home, dazed and bewildered, but supremely happy.
Baker City, Oregon, Tuesday, August 11th. The trains pulled in here late, but as the haul to the lot was short the parade was out before noon and the matinee doors were opened on time. The afternoon business was good and the night fair. Edward Jenkins returned to the show here, entirely recovered from an attack of stomach trouble. James Ryan was another arrival. He had been ill at his home in Michigan for a month. While the parade was on an elk, broken to harness, attracted the attention of the show folks. The owner of the animal endeavored to sell him to Superintendent Juengst of the menagerie, but the two could not agree on price, and the deal fell through.
La Grande, Oregon. Wednesday, August 12th. Oregon is one of the best of the Western states, but it is awfully dusty. It seldom rains out here during the summer season and the residents have become reconciled to the inconvenience, but the show folks are in misery. The dust covers their hats and clothing, fills their shoes and eyes, and soon transforms the nattiest of them into regular tramps. It is an impossibility to keep clean and two-thirds of the tourists have given up trying. Business here was beyond expectations, as the town is small and during the morning the crowd did not seem exceptionally large. At the matinee Marie Elser, of the ballet, made her debut as a Roman standing rider and managed to win the race.
Walla Walla, Washington, Thursday, August 13th. Cosy little Walla Walla, as bustling as ever, welcomed the Ringlings right royally, and there is no complaint to register concerning business. The lot was an elegant one, close to the runs, and the parade went out on time. During the races Marie Elser fell from her Roman standing team just as the horses were entering the hippodrome stretch and was dragged fully fifty feet. She was assisted to the dressing room, but was only shaken up and was able to ride again at the night performance.
Colfax, Washington, Friday, August 14th. Only one show was given here. The lot was two miles from the village and the only road leading to it was around a mountain side. The parade was forced to cross a stream, by fording, because of a condemned bridge, and every horse that was driven into the water endeavored to lie down. There was great shouting and cracking of whips until the animals clambered up the opposite bank. The one performance was over by six o'clock and the trains were immediately reloaded and headed for Spokane.
Spokane, Washington, Saturday, August 15th. Always a Ringling town, Spokane fairly covered herself with glory this trip. The afternoon house was a turnaway and the night performance drew almost as large a crowd. Excellent street car facilities aided the business. There was great excitement over the result of the Corbett-Jeffries fight in 'Frisco and all bets were paid here. Every man around the show who possesses a drop of sporting blood had a bit of money up on the result. Al Thompson, burlesque mule rider, entertained his father during the day.
Whatcom, Washington, Monday, August 17th. The four circus trains were on the road all day Sunday and the ride would have been very tiresome had it not been for the magnificent scenery through the Cascade mountains. As the trains wound in and out of the mountain passes and shot through tunnels there were numerous exclamations of "Ohs!" and "Ahs!" from the women and ejaculations of "Great" from the men. In one of the passes the trains fairly crept along the mountain side, oft-times overhanging a noisy little stream in which big, speckled trout flashed back and forth. This sight was a great temptation for Mr. Al Ringling, whose penchant for angling is known among circus folks the world over. The lot in Whatcom was the one used last season, close to the city. During the day a small Shetland pony colt made his appearance and in the menagerie the stork left four fuzzy tiger cubs. One of the little fellows died soon after birth. The remaining three was christened Whatcom, Everett and Seattle after well known cities in the State of Washington. While riding at the matinee, Miss Dollie Julian fell from her horse, while in the act of turning a somersault, and splintered several bones in her right ankle.
Everett, Washington, Tuesday, August 18th. James J. Hill's city, as Everett is called by the citizens, was productive of very good business. The lot here is an exceptionally small one, and Boss Canvasman Snellen had difficulty in erecting the show. Everything was crowded into the smallest possible space. John Rooney was painfully injured while turning a somersault from one horse to another.
Seattle, Washington, Wednesday and Thursday, August 19th and 20th. The two days' stand of the Ringlings in the New York of the West was exceptionally good, financially. Four turnaway houses brought smiles to the faces of everybody. Mr. John Ringling and his happy friend, Mr. Fred Loomis, came up from 'Frisco in Mr. Ringling's private car, "Wisconsin." A number of bets and dares were settled here. Mike Rooney, who has held the hundred yard sprinting championship of the show for several years, retained the honor by defeating James Savoy. The race was witnessed by fully five hundred troupers and considerable money changed hands on the result. Wednesday evening Edward Rio defeated Reno McCree in a fifty point match game of pool by just two points. Visitors were numerous, among them being Miss Picard and Phil Picard. who called on their brothers, Fred and Alex; Charley and Jim Fitzpatrick, of the loop-the-loop fame; William Carl and the Waldron Brothers. Clifford Orr, the black top lecturer, is very ill. He will remain here in a hospital.
Tacoma, Washington, Friday. August 21st. Again business was above the standard, although the show started a bit late, owing to the long haul from the runs to the lot. The weather was all that could be desired. John Rhule, who looped-the-loop in Chicago for the Ringlings under the suggestive name of Crazo, was a visitor here. The name Crazo was the suggestion of Mr. Charles Ringling.
Centralia, Washington, Saturday, August 22d. A serious wreck at Chehalis, four miles away, and an accident to Prince, the clown dog, were important events today. The boiler of an engine drawing an excursion train loaded with Portland Elks, exploded and wrecked several cars. Two persons were killed and a score or more injured. Dr. Gollmar, of the show, was requested to lend aid and made a futile attempt to catch a special train made up to carry surgeons to the scene of the wreck. The Elks with the circus sent word to their brothers at the wreck that they were ready and willing to do all in their power. Prince, the clown dog, dislocated his neck by running into Jack Rooney. He was attempting to reach his master and seize him by the seat of the trousers. With his neck out of gear the little animal tore around in a circle. Alex Picard caught him, gave his neck a twist, sent it into position again, and Prince, none the worse for his experience, darted into the ring and performed his part to perfection.
Portland, Oregon, Monday and Tuesday. August 24th and 25th. The two days' stand here was another record breaker for business. The show located on an ideal lot, to which led three street car lines. The run Sunday was a long one, but was negotiated before noon. Considerable delay was occasioned at the Columbia River ferry, as the boat was only large enough to accommodate a few cars at a time. Mrs. Al Ringling left for New York in response to a telegram conveying information that her sister was very ill. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ringling and children, Hester and Robert, left the show here to return to Baraboo. Mr. John Ringling came from Seattle to Portland in his private ear and at the close of the engagement left for 'Frisco, with a full complement of guests: Mr. and Mrs. Alf. T. Ringling and Master Richard, Mr. and Mrs. James Jay Brady, Jack Snellen and Will Horton. Mr. Ringling and Mr. Bradywill look after the press work in the Golden Gate City, Mr. Snellen will arrange the new lot at Eleventh and Market streets, and Mr. Horton was to see to the building of a grand stand.
A baby Orang-Outang was purchased here from a seafaring man who brought it in a sailing vessel from a port in Borneo. The little fellow was christened "Mr. Dooley," and was placed in care of Mr. and Mrs. James Rutherford. If Mr. Dooley lives he will be exhibited in the side show. Claude Feeley returned to the show here. He has been ill in Chicago for a month. George Harrison rejoined to sell concert tickets.
Salem, Oregon, Wednesday, August 26th. Weather fine, a splendid lot, good street car facilities and immense business. The lot, in Railroad Park, was secured by the good work of Charles White, of the twenty-four hour staff.
Albany, Oregon, Thursday, August 27th. Same kind of weather, same kind of business and same kind of lot. One incident only that is worthy of mention. John Coburne, a black face comedian in the side show, has a troupe of trained pigeons, and during the morning, while he was exhibiting them, a big pouter, called "Dewey." flew from the tent and joined a flock of his kind. Coburne searched high and low for his little pet and at dusk returned to the show empty-handed. Just before the last exhibition in the side show, Dewey returned. He walked in through the front door, and seeing Coburne on the stage flew to him and cooed contentedly. This is a true story with sworn affidavits to substantiate it.
Eugene, Oregon, Friday, August 28th. The show arrived in good time and played to a big house. Only one performance was given.
Medford, Oregon, Saturday, August 29th. Another day of big business. The trains were divided into six sections at night and pulled by eighteen engines were headed across the Shasta Mountains in the direction of Redding, the first stand of the big show in California.
Redding, Cal., Monday, August 31st. The show arrived late yesterday afternoon and everybody was glad when the trains came to a stop and the porters cried "Redding, first stand of the big show in the Golden State." Actors and workingmen tumbled from their cars and made an excursion into the heart of the busy little city in search of fruit. Nearly every store had a fruit stand in front and soon hundreds of the show folks were walking the streets with a bag of grapes or peaches in their arms. Today the business was splendid, and although the red dust was greatly in evidence no one complained. Mrs. Tom Genero left the show here to visit in 'Frisco with relatives. She will join again in a week. Mrs. John Rooney is working in the contortion act with Mr. Genero.
Marysville, Cal., Tuesday, September 1st. The weather here was regular California weather, as hot as Hades. It was so hot that the asphalt streets were very soft and the wheels of the big wagons sunk deep into them. Thousands of people witnessed the parade and flocked to both performances. Several of the boys were left at Redding and arrived here a few minutes before the matinee. "Mr. Dooley," the baby Orang-Outang, died to-day, although Mrs. Rutherford, Dr. Gollmar and the members of the side show staff made every effort to save his life. The poor little fellow had acute indigestion and died in convulsions. His actions were similar to those of a human baby and there were few dry eyes when the doctor pronounced him dead. "Mr. Dooley" had an injured arm when the Ringlings purchased him and suffered continually from the injury. He was kept in a basket padded with warm blankets and was dressed each day in a long undershirt. Owing to the several changes of climate the show encountered he was each night sent to the Baltimore car and made comfortable in Kerry Meagher's state room. When he became lonesome or had a touch of colic he would cry until Mr. Meagher got up and walked the floor with him. "Dooley" became very friendly with Major Soopromani and on long Sunday runs would snuggle close to the midget and look as wise as a country justice of the peace. The monkey endeared himself to everybody who came in contact with him, and it is really the truth to say that his death was keenly felt.
Sacramento, Cal. Wednesday, September 2d. The capital of the state was ablaze with sunshine when the parade started and the sunshine blazed with such force that several of the troupers came near falling from their horses. Of course, business was good, so good, in fact, that the officials of the state fair protested against the Ringlings securing so much money. The masses forgot all about the fair and flocked to the circus in such large numbers that the seating force had hard work to accommodate them. Mr. Alf. Ringling, Mrs. Ringling and Master Richard joined the show here to remain until San Jose. Gus St. Leon and son, Philip, came on from Chicago to-day. Philip was sick in the Windy City, and his father, who is an excellent nurse, looked after his welfare. Among today's visitors were Captain Lyons, who exhibited the seals last year; Messrs. Maiden and Daisy, former members of the big band, and several of Fred Ledgett's relatives.
Santa Rosa, Cal., Thursday. September 3d. This is the home of the famed horticulturist, Luther Burbank who gave to the world the well known Burbank potatoes. His residence and hot houses were within two blocks of the lot. In parade all the ladies wore magnificent bunches of roses, the gift of a kind-hearted, motherly old soul, who lived on the edge of the lot. Her garden was a veritable paradise and she snipped roses right and left until every one was supplied. Business was a record breaker and the day was bright and fair. J. H. Gray, who at one time was a partner in the Sells & Gray circus, was a vistor. Mr. Gray has retired from circus life and is now at the head of a prosperous real estate firm.
Napa, Cal., Friday, September 4th. Same old story concerning business. The show arrived early, the haul was short and the lot good. After the matinee Mike and John Rooney ran 100 yards for the championship of the show. John was given three yards the best of the start, but Mike managed to beat him to the tape. At night the fourth section, carrying the performers, ring stock, elephants and camels, was the first out, leaving at eleven o'clock.
Oakland, Cal., Saturday, September 5th. Two turn-away houses to-day. Weather all that could be desired and every one in good health. The show leaves to-night for San Francisco for an eight days' stand. Instead of ferrying across the bay the cars will be taken by rail via San Jose. Hundreds of performers left for 'Frisco by boat in order to secure hotel accommodations.
San Francisco, Cal., Monday, September 7th, to Monday, September 14th, inclusive. The business in San Francisco has never been duplicated by any circus on the face of the globe. Just think of it — fifteen turnaways out of sixteen performances. Even the opening matinee on the 6th, Labor Day, was a turnaway, and that without the aid of a parade. The labor hosts had a parade on and our street display was postponed until Tuesday. The lot was a new one, right in the heart of the city, at Eleventh and Market streets. It was discovered several months ago by Mr. John Ringling. "Happy Jack" Snellen, boss canvasman, who went ahead from Portland, carefully measured the lot and found that he could squeeze in the big top and a round top menagerie. There was no room for the dressing room tents and quarters for the performers were improvised in a near-by frame structure. A barn was transformed into a pad room and a fair sized shed back of an orphan asylum was used for the wardrobe department. In front the ballet tent was made to do service for the side show and the black top was abandoned. The ticket wagon was placed close to the curb on Eleventh street. Four blocks away the ring stock and pony stables and the cook tent were erected and a half mile farther were the baggage stock stables. The placing of the menagerie, side show and big top on the Market street lot was a difficult feat of engineering, but it was successfully executed by Mr. Snellen, whose equal has never been found in the show business. In erecting the big top he found it necessary to drive stakes in the rear yards of a hundred residences and then pass the guy lines through holes cut in fences. In spite of all this extra work Mr. Snellen had all the canvas up before dark Sunday night and Monday morning the seats were placed. A wide hippodrome track of clay and cinders was made before the tents went up, as was also a reserved seat grand stand. This part of the work was ably looked after by Will Horton, of the advance. Chief of Police Wittman, a personal friend of the Ringlings, gave the show splendid police protection. Captain Anderson looked after the regular force on duty and Captain Gould was in charge of a number of special officers who were stationed around the canvas to prevent "side walling." A corps of detectives under the supervision of Detective Sergeant Ed Gibson was on duty from noon and until midnight and not a single complaint was made. The immense crowds were admirably handled and there were no accidents.
Visitors were numerous during the engagement, among them being Mrs. Marquetti. wife of Signer Marquetti, ballet master; Master Albert Miaco, Master Tom Genero, and Mrs. Kerry Meagher. Paul Spearing, the watchman who was shot at Ogden, returned to the show here, as did Mrs. Martin Bickert and Miss Susie Adams, who were left in Western hospitals several weeks ago. Mrs. Julian Tybell and Mrs. Dick Reno were sent to San Francisco hospitals during the engagement, and Mike Rooney and Lew Plammondon were forced to place themselves under the care of physicians.
Almeda, Cal., Tuesday, September 15th. Although Alameda is but a few miles from Oakland, where the big show exhibited two weeks ago, business was splendid. The lot was on the banks of the tidal canal and several fishing parties were organized after the parade. To-day Mr. John Ringling, Mr. Al Ringling and Mr. Fred Loomis left for Chicago. Mr. Al will go on to Baraboo to look after numerous improvements which will be made at the winter quarters. Several new buildings will be erected and generous additions will be added to the old ones.
Santa Cruz, Cal., Wednesday, September 16th. The delights of surf bathing were taken advantage of to-day by nearly everybody around the big show. The lot was only a few hundred yards from one of the finest beaches on the Pacific Coast, and this beach was lined from early morning until dusk. The weather was not any too warm, but the troupers did not mind it in the least. They splashed around in the big waves like a lot of children and then shivered like fresh jelly when the cold wind struck their bodies. The first wreck of the season occurred here. It was a head-end between the engine drawing the Flying Squadron and an extra engine. As both were running at a snail's pace at the time the only damage done was the crushing of the engines' pilots. Al White, the "Rube" clown, developed a severe case of ague to-day and went to bed after taking copious doses of quinine.
Salinas, Cal. Thursday, September 17th. More business of a gratifying nature. Splendid lot and fine weather.
San Luis Obispo, Cal., Friday, September 18th. This quaint Spanish town, for it is really Spanish, although located on American soil, was full of interest for the troupers. In San Luis are numerous old missions, constructed of 'dobe years ago. One mission, the oldest in the state, was opened to visitors during the afternoon. It is still peopled by monks who wear coarse gowns and sandals. The population is largely composed of Spanish and Mexicans and the ticket takers who could not speak the Castilian tongue had considerable difficulty in making the prices of admission known.
Santa Barbara, Cal., Saturday, September 19th. This little coast city, the garden spot of the West for tourists, gave the Ringlings a glorious welcome. The lot was on the fair grounds near the sea and only a short distance from the handsome new Potter Hotel. There was more surf bathing here, and although the beach was a bit muddy, the day and water was warm and the bathers enjoyed themselves to their heart's content. Mr. Alf Ringling distinguished himself here by playing second cornet in the side show band. His lip was bad and after the second selection Band Master Ben Horner was forced to dispense with his services. The lot was sprinkled with oil and in consequence there was no dust. Dick Reno and "Doc" Kealey made a flying trip into Frisco after the night performance.
San Jose, Cal., Monday, September 21st. The run of 310 miles into San Jose was an uncomfortable one, as the trains fairly crept along and did not get in until almost ten o'clock at night. Monday was a beautiful day and the lot on the fair grounds was an ideal one. San Jose is where the famous trotting stallion, McKinney, was owned previous to his sale to Henry Gentry of the Gentry Brothers show. McKinney's former quarters still bear the sign. Just before parade "Peanuts," who drives for Col. Delavan, was run over by a water tank and painfully injured. He was sent to his home in Los Angeles for treatment. Business here was above the average.
Stockton, Cal., Tuesday, September 22d. Same thing about business here. The show arrived early and everything went up like clock work. Big crowd witnessed the parade.
Merced, Cal., Wednesday, September 23d. And again it is the same old story about business. The lot was good, the haul short and the weather fine. Al White, entirely recovered from the ague, started to work to-day. He is still looking for "Arabella."
Fresno, Cal., Thursday, September 24th. Fresno is in the center of the greatest fig and raisin country in the United States, and a hundred or more packing houses were riming with full complements of men when we arrived. The packers got one glimpse of the circus trains and promptly notified their bosses that they would lay off. The bosses expostulated and entreated, but their words were of no avail, and the establishments were forced to close, while the employes, dressed in their best bought hard show tickets. Misses Alice and Eliza Nelson resigned their positions with the Nelson Family of Acrobats to-day and returned to San Francisco, where they expect to put on a sister contortion act. Two years ago, when the show visited Fresno, Colonel Delavan, of the stock department, purchased a dozen handsome horses, the creams that are now used in the lay-down entry. To-day several of the former owners of the horses called to see them and were astounded at the equine intelligence displayed. Colonel Delevan endeavored to purchase a few more animals today, but was unable to find any that suited him.
Visalia, Cal., Friday, September 25th. This pretty little place in the heart of the circus belt turned out an immense crowd for the Ringlings. Everybody in Visalia is a "booster," not only for the circus, but for their city. They are now engaged in preparing an exhibit of fruits for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, and have a magnificent collection, prepared for keeping by Arthur E. Miot. During the day the business staff of the show entertained Captain Lester W. Cornish, Lieutenant Winston Pilcher and Lieutenant Ewin L. Cox, all of the Ninth U. S. Cavalry. Their troops are encamped thirty-five miles from the city and the officers rode in for the purpose of investigating the perfect system the Ringling have in loading and unloading the circus and taking care of their numerous employes. The soldiers were shown through the cook tents by Steward Webb. Then Colonel Delavan, Ed Jenkins and Robert Meek, of the horse department, took them in hand. Equestrian Director Royal displayed several menagerie horses to the visitors and then showed them how the Ringling horses are trained to lie down at the word of command. After this exhibition Captain Cornish said: "We train our horses to lie down but our method is crude compared with yours. I intend to adopt your methods and will explain its advantages in an article I will write for the Army and Navy Register." At night the officers were given a lesson in loading and unloading trains by Robert Taylor, master of transportation. They were greatly pleased with their "circus day." "It has been a school of instruction for us," remarked Captain Cornish, as he left the lot.
Bakersfield, Cal., Saturday, September 26th Bakersfield is in the oil country and all her streets and many of the roads leading out into the country are sprinkled with it. There was no dust and, as the day was bright and clear, everybody was in a good humor and the show never went better. It is really useless to state that business was away above the average. Ludwig Dollard and Claude Feeley left the show to-day. They intend to put on an acrobatic turn in Western vaudeville houses.
San Diego, Cal., Monday, September 28th. The long run from Bakersfield, consumed all of Sunday, and the last train did not reach San Diego until early this morning. The lot was the same one used two years ago, on the beach, and within sight of beautiful Coranado. Owing to the rough handling of the trains by engineers, two valuable horses were killed in the cars and five or six others were severely injured. They were thrown down by sudden jerks of the trains and were trampled on by the other horses before the attendants could get them on their feet. In a match game of pool to-day Ed Rio bested Ed LeMar by just one ball. After the night show hundreds of troopers took a plunge in the magnificent natatorium for which San Diego is famed. Herman Rickert, manager of Captain Webb's juggling seals, was in the party and came near drowning. One of the girls pushed him into deep water. He could not swim and was pulled out half dead.
Santa Ana, Cal., Tuesday, September 29th. Ed Rio still holds the pool championship. He beat John Rooney to-day and at once issued a challenge to the world at large. Business was splendid here. Captain Gould, who is acting detective during the absence of Detective Ryan, captured several suspicious characters to-day and sent them to the work-house for ten days.
Los Angeles, Cal., Wednesday and Thursday, September 30th and October 1st. Great business here. Better than ever. Three turnaways out of four performances. The lot was fully four miles from the business center of the city, but the distance did not serve to keep the masses at home. The parade was the longest of the season, that is, the route was longer, yet it was back on the lot before noon. Considerable trouble was experienced with ticket brokers. They were driven from the lot and "ballyhoo" artists were placed at the street car depots to warn the public against them. Captain Gould arrested two of the pests and threatened to whip the entire lot single-handed. Among the dressing room visitors were Mrs. Agee and daughter, mother and sister of John Agee; Mrs. Walter L. Main and mother, Orrin and Millie Phelps, Misses Fay and Iva Lancton, and several of Mrs. Edward Renton's relatives.
Riverside, Cal., Friday, October 2d In the midst of flowers and fruit, with ideal weather, it's a hard matter for the troupers to realize that back East there is probably snow and bitter cold weather. This is a beautiful place — a spot where a lazy man with plenty of money could lead a very luxurious life. There are orange groves on all sides of the lot and in every yard passed by the parade the troupers noted huge beds of blooming plants. Business was big.
San Bernardino, Cal., Saturday, October 3d. This is the last stand in California. To-night we leave the orange groves and the luscious fruit and speed away into Arizona. The day here was very pleasant and the attendance big. Just before parade George Summers and Aleck Runkle of the big band walked on the lot, tired and dusty. They had been left at Riverside and tramped the entire distance in order to get in before Director Ganweiler could fine them.
Phoenix, Ariz., Monday, October 5th.
Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday, October 6th.
Deming, N. M., Wednesday, October 7th.
El Paso, Tex., Thursday, October 8th.
Albuquerque, N. M., Friday, October 9th.
Las Vegas, N. M., Saturday, October 10th.
Great Bend, Kan., Monday, October 12th.
Wichita, Kan., Tuesday, October 13th.
Enid, Ok. Ter., Wednesday, October 14th.
Chickasha, I. T., Thursday, October 15th.
Oklahoma City, Ok. Ter, Friday, October 16th.
Shawnee, Ok. Ter., Saturday, October 17th.
South McAlester, I. T., Monday, October 19th.
Muskogee, I. T., Tuesday, October 20th.
Ada, I. T., Wednesday, October 21st.
Sherman, Tex., Thursday, October 22nd.
Ft. Worth, Tex., Friday, October 23rd.
Weatherford, Tex., Saturday, October 24st.
Dallas, Tex., Monday, October 26th.
Greenville, Tex., Tuesday, October 27th.
Paris, Tex. Wednesday, October 28th.
Clarksville, Tex., Thursday, October 29th.
Texarkana, Ark., Friday, October 30th.
Marshall, Tex., Saturday, October 31st.
Little Rock, Ark., Monday, November 2d.
Camden, Ark., Tuesday, November 3d.
Pine Bluff, Ark., Wednesday, November 4th.
Jonesboro, Ark., Thursday, November 5th.
Malden, Mo., Friday, November 6th.
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