The Ways of the Circus: Being the Memories and Adventures of George Conklin, Tamer of Lions

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Harper, 1921 - Circus - 308 pages
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This is an amazing recollection of circus events that bounces from early times to the late 1900's. Everyone interested in the circus should keep this wonderful book handy.

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Page 253 - Soon after the show began he arrived in an open carriage drawn by two horses, with a coachman and footman in full livery on the box. The whole performance came to a stop while he was driven slowly around the hippodrome track. At intervals he would have the carriage stop, and standing up in it, call out in his squeaky voice, 'I suppose you came to see Barnum, did n't you? Wa-al, I'm Mr. Barnum.
Page 242 - Twas but a moment — in they went, Each man on life and death intent. They periled there both life and limb, 'Twas wonderful to hear them sing, "Hey Rube." 'Twas finished, the smoke rolled away, As clouds before the sun's bright ray. That Texan chivalry were gone — They couldn't sing that circus song, "Hey Rube.
Page 37 - ... trick in being a lion tamer. Take, for instance, the familiar stunt in which a trainer puts his head into a lion's mouth and you will find upon close survey that it is nothing to worry about. "This never failed to make the crowd hold its breath, but it was not as risky as it seemed...
Page 242 - Twas finished. The smoke rolled away As clouds before the sun's bright ray. That Texan chivalry were gone; They couldn't sing that circus song — 'Hey, Rube!' MORAL. " ' Gawks,' ' guys,' and ' Rubes,' another day Whene'er a circus comes your way And you are 'sp'ilin' ' for a 'clim,' Be sure they haven't learned to sing — 'Hey, Rube!
Page 33 - The more I thought about it the more certain I became that I was equal to it.
Page xxi - He was a circus man through and through, accomplished not only in his own particular line, but able to turn a facile hand to any part of the game. His story is the epic of the circus; its ways and wanderings, its great leaders, its freaks, it* followers, and fakers. I believe it to be the on!y history of the kind ever written — certainly no other ever told so much or so well.
Page 98 - ... his quid from one side of his mouth to the other, and said: "Yes, , you tell him I'll fight. An' what's more, you tell him I choose axes for wepins.
Page 134 - Gatling guns. I also put some rats in among them and they were just as afraid of them. If they had not all been well chained the whole bunch of them would have run away. Elephants are driven from the near, or left, side, like oxen. The driver tells them to "shy" when he wants them to go to the right, and says "come in
Page 123 - ... needed at all, While with the Cole show I taught one of his elephants to sit at a table and do an act. Before I went into the ring with him for the act there was placed in it a table. On the table was a fan and a bell, and beside it were two heavy chairs. When we reached the table the elephant...

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