Excerpts From the New York Clipper - 1877-1879
New York Clipper, February 10, 1877, p. 367. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
John Wilson, four horse rider, and Charles McCarty, clown, leaper and tumbler, state that their services can be secured for the tenting season.
John H. Trewalla, clown and ringmaster, can be addressed for engagements as per card.
Col. John J. Foster, formerly with the Robinson and Forepaugh Show, is engaged for the coming season as superintendent of excursions with the Barnum Show. Lewis June will be director of railroad transportation.
W. W. Nichols and son can be engaged for the tenting season. Business: somersault and carrying acts, scenes and two and four-horse acts.
Bensley, magic bareel, crystal pyramid and horizontal bar performer can be engaged for the tenting season.
S. Q. Stokes' World Circus closed their season at the New National Theatre, Philadelphia, on the 3d inst. The last week was mainlyd devoted to benefits, the "Cinderella" troupe, Tom King, Billy Porter, the popular clown, and Miss Katie Stokes respectively appealing for the patronage of their friends.
New York Clipper, February 17, 1877, p. 375. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Bail Forfeited. John H. Murray and Alfred Smith, professionally known as Leon, who were indicted inPoughkeepsie, N.Y., for cruelty to children in the case of youthful acrobats performing with Murray's Circus, failing to appear there in court Feb. 7, when called upon, their bonds were declared forfeited. Mr. Murray's counsel has demanded a trial which the court accorded and it has been put down for March.
Lem Quillin, comic clown and vocalist, can be engaged.
The Marks Family are still open for engagements. Miss Minnie, Miss Sallie and Master Willie in their equestrian acts, and Hiram Marks as clown or ringmaster. See card, in which Mr. Marks also offers a hurdle mare for sale.
James De Mott and family can be engaged to appear in their equestrian acts.
M. C. Sexton, who with his band has been with "Old" John Robinson's Circus since 1872, will not travel with that show next season.
W. W. Durand is keeping a grocery store in Bloomington, Ind., and will probably not travel with any show this season.
Dan Rice's Show pitched canvas in Thibodaux, La., Feb. 5, and, notwithstanding the bad condition of the roads, and the cold, raw weather, attracted a large audience in the evening - no afternoon show being given. The horizontal bar exercises, dancing barrel by Holland, and bareback riding by Master Willie Showles were particularly noticeable. Dan's stud of trained horses, worked by himself, elicited admiration, and the antics of the mimes sent everybody home delighted. After leaving Bayou Laforche, Dan will show up the Mississippi and thence into the Red river country.
The Great Australian Circus, now in winter quarters in Mount Clemens, Mich., will commence its season about May 1, and make a tour of the lakes, visiting the lumbering and mining towns . . .
New York Clipper, March 10, 1877, p. 399. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Dr. D.C. Price of St. Paul, Minn., in 1875 began a suit in the United States Circuit Court for the District of Minnesota, against James F. Kelley, proprietor of Howe's London Circus, for an alleged infringement of his patents for circus seast. A decision has just been reached, Judge Nelson dismissing the bill of complaint. Our St. Paul correspondent informs us that Dr. Price will take his case on appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Davie Castello, boy bareback principal act rider and tumbler, can be engaged for the tenting season . . .
Franklin and Kingcade, acrobats, jugglers, tumblers and leapers, can be addressed care of this office.
The Hollands, three in number, can be engaged to perform in their specialties of lady equestrian act, magic barrel, tumbling, bounding jockey, etc. See Geo. Holland's advertisement.
Phelps and Richardson, song-and-dance, are to run the concert with Hamilton's Great New York Circus the coming season.
New York Clipper, March 24, 1877. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
"The Showman Abroad" writes us as follows, under date of Melbourne, Feb. 6, 1876 [sic 1877]: Dear Clipper. The International Circus and Menagerie closed its season at Sydney Jan 12, and sailed 13 for this city. There was a three days' unpleasant trip down the rough Australian coast, and it arrived here on the 16th. An Amphitheatre had been erected for it, a procession was given 18, and the exhibition opened on the evening of that day to a light house. Since then two performances have been given daily, the afternoon exhibition being lightly attended, but those of the night have been crowded. The prices here have been 50 cents, 75 cents and $1.25, and the receipts average $2,000(?) per day. So far the visit to Australia has been a decided success, although the concern as now organized is much too large for this country, and it is questionable whether it will pay after leaving this city. Its season will close here on Feb. 17, when it will travel by rail into the interior, making six one day and three two day stands. After which it will return to Melbourne and reopen at “popular prices.” The company is in fine condition, all of its members enjoying good health. The privileges have done well, Mr. Middleton, the proprietor, amassing a small fortune. The sideshow and concert have been crowded daily. . . Wilson’s Circus (American) is a Adelaide. . . . W. G. C.
Circuses, New York Clipper, April 7, 1877. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Le Viola, gymnast, juggler and tumbler, advertises for an engagement with a circus; also for a lady partner.
The Luproill Brothers - James, Byard and Edward - gymnasts, are engaged to travel with the North American Circus the coming tenting season.
John H. Murray's Circus returned from the West Indies during the past week. Although the tour did not prove so profitable as was expected, they report that no money was lost.
A. J. Dean is to start on the road about May 15 with a variety show and a museum under canvas.
Martinho Lowande, Brazilian bareback and two and our horse rider, advertises that he can be engaged for the tenting season.
L. B. Lent desires us to state that he is not in any way connected with the New York Circus announced to perform in Fall River, Mass., shortly; nor with another show bearing that name now fitting out in Ashtabula, O. Mr. Lent has used that title during many years, and considers it his trade mark and his sole property, and intends to protect his rights in a legal manner.
J. J. Showles, the equestrian director of Dan Rice's show . . . should not be confounded with the J. J. Showles who is at present advertising agent for Adam Forepaugh's Show.
Dan McClure, who states that he has had eleven years' experience as a sideshowman and concert worker, advertises for an engagement.
Johnny Patterson, Irish humorist, singing clown and instrumentalist, can be negotiated with for the tenting season. He opens at Tony Pastor's Theatre April 16.
Alexander Nichols died of consumption at his home in Toledo, O., March 24, He had been in the profession since his early boyhood as a gymnast and circus clown. He was born in Switzerland, and died at an advanced age. He was the father of Wash., Tillie and Martha, Antonio and Maggie, and Marie Nichols. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, and was buried with imposing ceremonies by that organization. . . .
Jimmy Reynolds and Billy C. Johnson, clowns, go with the North American Circus the coming season.
Jas. Messenger, cannon ball performers and leaper, having returned from the South American tour with John H. Murray's Circus, is open for engagements.
J. C. Webb advertises that he can be engaged to take charge of canvas, stock or transportation.
Billy Andrews, clown and concert performer, advertises for an engagement.
Circuses, New York Clipper, April 14, 1877, p. 23. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The Great Australian Circus Company, organized in Mr. Clemens, Mich. The officers are as follows: General director, Wm. H. Dwyer; assistant manager, Geo. B. Van Houton; contracting agent, J. J. Simpson, assistant, Henry St. Ormand; press agent, Theo Wink; treasurer, J. B. Walsh; assistant, Henry St. Clair; equestrian director, S. W. Davis; . . . master of stables, Charles Murry; chief of past brigade, Joseph Morris, assistants Del Ward and Sam Scovill; master of wardrobe, Harry Buckley; master of transportation, Henry Wise; director of parades, C. W. Collins; layer out, Harry Amalor; . . . ushers, Lem Phillips and Steve Babcock.
Clowns - Lem Quinlin and George Long. Company - Riders - The Misses Annie Worland, Eva Albernita, Maude Vanderbilt and Grace Brockway; Messrs. David Castello, Geo. De Vere, Hurd Ranton and Lew Tilden. Leapers - J. H. O’Neal, Geo. Robinson. Vaulters - W. L. Merrick, Geo. Quimbey. Jugglers - Prof. Sands, Robert Shook. Gymnasts - Thomas Whalen, C. W. Stephens, Leopold Sisters, Sig. Montanna, Le Claire Bros. Lecturer - Prof. James Hutchinson.
Number of ring horses, 16; trick horses, 3; ponies, 2; round top canvas; . . . horses, 65. Railroad cars - 10 flat cars, 5 box cars, 2 passenger coaches, and a Pullman palace drawing room car. Musicians, 14. Total number of people, 80. This company has imported the Golden Chariot of Cleopatra at a cost of $6,500 in gold. They will travel by rail and boat. The concert will be run by the Great Australian Circus Co. Its principal features are Capt. Charles Robinson, man-fish; Simpson Sisters, sketch artists, James Fields, humorist; with 10 more star performers. Owners of candy privilege, Mead & Peltier, run by C. J. Mead. This company will open in Mt. Clemens on or about May 1.
Burr Robbins’ Great American and German Allied Shows. The proprietor and officers are as follow: Proprietor and manager, Burr Robbins; general agent, Geo. K. Steele; press-agent, Matt Leland; zoological director, Richard Brooks; treasurer, Geo. F. Selleck; boss canvasman, Ed. Smith; master of stock, Spencer Bunker; chief of paste brigade, Harry Broadway; leader of band, Prof. John Smith.
Clowns - Pete Conklin, John Leslie and H. Marks.
Company - Miss Minnie Marks, A. D. Van Zandt, Geo. Holland, Willie Marks and Harry Stephenson, riders; Wm. Ashton, John Leslie, J. H. Jeffrey, James Coyl, Geo. Holland, Ed. Holland, Shedman Bros., Millie Marratta, Rosa Renfrew, gymnasts and acrobats.
Four tableau cars, two band chariots; 25 cages of animals, two elephants, two camels.
Number of horses, 200; men, 155; two canvases, 120 ft. round top, 50 ft. middle piece for circus, 80 ft. round top, three 40 ft. middle pieces for the menagerie; 30 ponies; 2 pony chariots. First show will be given in Janesville, Wis., about May 1.
Miss Alice Willard, a performer with the European Circus, died in Fort Worth, Texas, March 30.
Circuses, New York Clipper, April 21, 1877, p. 31. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Van Amburgh & Co.’s New Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Coloseum. The proprietors and officers are as follow: Proprietors, Hyatt Frost and O. J. Ferguson; manager, Hyatt Frost; assistants, Moses Crane, J. M. Unger; treasurer, O. J. Ferguson; assistants, W. L. Bouton, John Steele; door-keepers, W. C. Boyd, H. K. Wilson, B. R. Thurston, and R. Hover; ticket-sellers, C. B. Hazelton, R. M. White, Oliver Gregory, and Hiram Watts; advertising agents, B. Crosby, C. H. Scott, J. F. Crawford, A. Ogden, W. Reid, and R. Martin; billposters, H. Goodman, M. Whitelaw, G. R. Howard, F. T. Jones, M. Harlan, and Geo. Lingard; keepers in the menagerie, Joseph Rogers, James Ralston, Joseph De Lorne, Edward Holland, Thos. Manlove, R. H. Trowe, G. R. St. Charles, H. Gibson, M. Philips, B. W. Lengle, John Townsent, and Robert Aiken(?); master of canvas, Henry Johnsonbaugh; assistants, Walter Wilson, M. R. Morris; master of grooms, Chas. K. Woods; assistants, John Wassen, Silar Conway; master of stable tents, Leonard Loucks; master of properties, G. H. Little’ master of wardrobe, M. Soneja; master of ring-stock, P. Davids; steward, James P. Cole; cook, G. A. Goble; master of transportation, N. T. Humphreys; assistant, Wm. L. Bowron; master of repairs, T. T. Thomas; director of the arena, Joseph Jee.
Clowns - John Foster, George Dunbar, and M. McCollum.
Company - George Melville, Mlle. Melville, Mons. Toorinsk(?), Mlle. Clarinda Lowande, Wm. Dubrow, . . . Napoleon Lowande, Mons. Pastrana and Son, riders; Mons. Charvat, crystal pyramid, light and heavy balancing; Wm. Arlington, slack-rope; Dunbar and Lowande, La Perche; . . . H. Lamkins, magic-barrel; Louis Langlois, juggler; Felix Langlois, balancing; Mlle. Pastrana, lady of the iron-jaw; Mons. Puteaux, Roza and Seybo, Polandric ladders.
Trick horses - Lady Godiva, Pauline, Minnie, Cuba, Lady Audley, and Maud; trick ponies, Charles Dickens, Shelbark, Highflyer, and Wicked Will; trick mules, Toby, Darby, Sam, and Rob Roy. Also performing elephants, camels, ibex, reindeer, goats, and dogs.
Wagons and cages have been completely covered with gold leaf and vermilion, excepting the original Dore paintings on the panels of the chariots, tableau-cars, and animal cages. A new wardrobe has been manufactured. Many prominent and rare animals have been added to the collection during the past Winter. Louis Dreve’s Great Chicago Band has been engaged; also Pimento’s Silver Cornet Band. The street parade will be an imposing spectacle. . . .
New York Clipper, April 28, 1877. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Mlle. Jeannette Berdau has been engaged by Thayer & Noyes for their circus company.
John H. Murray has re-engaged C. A. Potter for his assistant agent this season, which will be Mr. Potter’s fifth with this circus.
John O’Brien’s Six Shows consolidated inaugurated the season at Chester, Pa., April 16, and exhibited in Wilmington 17, Smyrna 18, Dover 19, Milford 20, Georgetown 21. Route: Berlin, Md. 23, Snow Hill 24, Newton 25, Princess Anne 26, Salisbury 27, Seaford, Del. 28, Easton, Md. 30, Centreville May 1, Chestertown 2, Newark, Del. 3, Middletown 4, thence into New Jersey and to New England.
Lem Quillin, clown, goes with the Great Australian Circus this season.
Prof. Neil Smith and dogs are engaged with the Great Australian Circus, of which A. A. Beckett is to be assistant manager.
The license fee for circuses in Paterson, N.J. is $200 per day.
Dan Rice’s Show was in Cairo, Ill., April 16, 17. They travel in a steamboat called the Damsel, and were to have left 18, but the engine broke a shaft.
Master James Thorpe can be engaged for horizontal bar business and as a tumbler.
Adolphe Bernabo, wife and child, leave New York April 28 to join a company in Italy.
Wingfield and Gregory, horizontal bar performes, trapezists, entree riders, etc., advertise for an engagement.
Circuses, New York Clipper, May 12, 1877, p. 55. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Correction. Our St. Louis, Mo. correspondent reported in effect that the Roman Hippodrome, which exhibited in that city, has no paper on the wall, and no advertisements in the papers. Dan Rhodes, the general agent, writes us that he had 7,000 sheets of paper posted, 15,000 programmes distributed, and 1,000 lithographs hung up, besides advertising two insertions each in five American and four German newspapers.
Curtis & De Haven’s Roman Hippodrome is to show in Dayton, O. May 7, Springfield 8, Columbus 9, Delaware 10, Gallin 11.
Howe’s London Circus and Menagerie and Story & Harris’ Sideshow gave two performances at Patrson, N.J. May 3 to good business, and showed in Jersey City 4,5. Route: Bridgeport, Ct. 7, Hartford 8, Springfield, Mass. 9, Holyoke 10, Northampton 11, Meriden, Ct. 12, New Britain 14, Waterbury 15, Willimantic 16, New London 17, Norwich 18.
O’Brien’s Circus and Menagerie is billed for Passaic, N.J. May 18.
Powers' National Museum. The proprietors and officers are John H. Powers, proprietor; Robert A. Jones, manager; Robert A. Allen, general agent; Charles C. Barber, master of canvas; D. C. Simmons, boss hostler. Curiosities: Mary J. Powers, the Kentuck giantess; Master John H. Powers, Kentucky giant; Millie Zulow, Circassian girl; Lara Habin, snake charmer; and Rebecca Myers, dwarf; a variety of birds and monkeys, and a python snake. One tent, 60 x 30 feet, 5 canvasmen, 3 wagons and 6 horses. The show tarts on the road May 7, exhibiting in Woodbury, Md., thence to . . . Belair 9, Churchville 10, Percyville 11, Havre de Grace 12, Port Deposit 14.
Privileges and concert with John H. Murray's Railroad Circus: The proprietors are Wm. D. Hagar and H. S. Sanderson. The company includes Worden and Mack, song-and-dance; Eugene Blitz, ___ artist and Punch and Judy; Mollie Demar, serio-comic; Tom Murray, Irish comedian; Tom Ward, jig and clog dancer; Tom Barry, comic vocalist; Bob Arthur, general performer.
New York Clipper, June 16, 1877.
Shooting in a Theatre. John Wilson, the well known four-horse rider, for many years with Old John Robinson's Circus, while ___ Wood's Theatre, Cincinnati, O., on the night of June 9, in company with a friend, to witness a wrestling match, became involved in a quarrel with Charles Thompson, a private watchman of the theatre, and drawing a Derringer pistol, shot him in the abdomen, about two inches below the navel. Wilson escaped, but was arrested about one o'clock Sunday morning and locked up.
Howes & Cushing's Circus have returned form their South American tour. The performed at Key West, Fla., May 28, and sailed 31 for this city.
D. F. Dunham has left the New York Circus and now runs the sideshow and other privileges with Hilliard & Hunting's Great Pacific Circus, which is to show in Brookville, Pa., June 14.
Mert C. Sexton and his band seceded from Dr. James L. Thayer's United States Circus in Uhrichsville, O., June 7, and returned to Pittsburg, Pa.
The Roman Hippodrome Circus and Menagerie are to exhibit at Elmira, N.Y., June 11, Waverly 12, Owego 13, Binghamton 14.
The Canvas Show, New York Clipper, July 14, 1877, p. 121. Written for the New York Clipper by F. W. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The canvas shows for 1877 are now fairly launched on the tide of success. The “Paste Brigade” revel in paste and twelve-sheet cuts, and the big stands of bills go up as if by magic, to be a wonder and study for the inhabitants until the day for the show arrives. And what a day it is! The local venders of pop-bber, gingerbread, etc., are out in full force, taking good care, however, not to encroach on “the lot.”
By twelve o’clock the inhabitants of the surrounding country commence to arrive; for the menagerie must be seen, and so must the museum; and then for a good seat near the band, to get which everybody must be on hand early. In the evening the townspeople and many of the afternoon visitors who have remained in town, fill the canvas and cheer the boys on.
With a grand flourish of trumpets and a shout of applause, the dazzling and astonishing performances are brought to an end. Billy has done a “cutaway” from the bar, Fanny has “balanced on the trapeze,” Same has . . . “spotter” on his brother’s shoulders, Charley has “turned both a back and forward somersault on the bare back of his running steed,” the clown has told his “gages,” the trick dogs and horses and many other acts have all received their share of applause, and for the wind-up there remains the concert, “which takes place in this ring immediately after the conclusion of the circus performance, those hold tickets, etc.” During the concert most of the seats are down and loaded. The concert is at an end, the canvas is “struck,” etc., soon everything is packed, the “people” are all seated, and we bid good-bye to the town and start on our long drive. Bad roads and steep hills, and we make but slow progress. By the help of the moon, however, we succeed in “pulling through,” and by daylight we are in sight of the town. We pass the first house. The noise of the horse’s feet and the rattling of the cages are sufficient to bring a head to the window. I said head; I meant heads, for every window is filled - in fact, they number more than a thousand - at least, it appears so to the sleepy showman.
Once in town, no time is to be lost; the canvas must be pitched, the parade made. At the end of the day, the former night’s experience must be repeated. If the night is dark or stormy,it adds to the showman’s troubles. A great many stories could be told of sleepy drivers waking and finding themselves anywhere but in the road - in a field, in a farmer’s yard, or waking just in time to find the wagon going upside down into the gutter or ditch.
During the season of ‘74 the D___ Show fed the canvasmen and drivers on the lot (and they were well fed, too). The culinary department was superintended by a darky - a good cook, but possessed of his share of “shiftlessness.” The cook-tent had the use of a large two-horse Concord-covered wagon. This generally contained a good supply of everything. After supper the darky’s business was to pack this wagon, but usually the packing consisted of setting things in the most careless manner. One night they had an all-night drive to make. As soon as they were well under way, the darky proceeded to crawl into the cook-wagon amongst the supplies and go to sleep. In a short time the driver commenced to nod, the horses followed the wagon ahead, and everything went well until it became necessary to take a cross-road. The driver, about half awake, knew that he must turn to the right; but, the night being dark, he could not see the road, and drove too far; and when he did turn, instead of going into the road, he went up a bank by the side of the road, and over went cook-wagon - fortunately not breaking any part of it. But when it was righted, what a sight the inside presented, being beautifully frescoed with everything in the wagon! And what an object that poor darky was, tattooed from head to foot with coffee, flour, lard, salt, etc., one ear beautified with a big lump of butter, his eyes full of flour, etc. - not a part of him escaped. It was a long time before he allowed himself to go to sleep again on the road.
Circuses, New York Clipper, July 28, 1877, p. 142. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Montgomery Queen’s Circus and Menagerie is now on this side of the Rocky Mountains, working Eastward. The show is to be in Council Bluffs, Ia. July 28, and ships direct to Peoria, Ill. for 30. From the last place the route will be East, stopping at a few stands in Indiana, and reaching Toledo, O. Aug 10, thence into Michigan, where it will exhibit in sixty towns; then back through Indiana and South for a Winter campaign.
W. W. Cole’s N. Y. and N. O. Menagerie and Circus showed in Flora, Ill. July 14, Onley 16, Washington, Inds. 17, Mitchell 18, Seymour 19, New Albany 20, Columbus 21, and is billed in Madison 23, Shelbyville 24, Rushville 25, Franklin 26, Indianapolis 27, 28.
Circuses, New York Clipper, August 4, 1877, p. 150. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The Railroad War has seriously interfered with circuses traveling in the West. Forepaugh’s Show, Barnum’s, and the Metropolitan Olympiad were compelled to return to Chicago, Ill.
Barnum’s Show . . . A correspondent says: “The Lake Shore road was unable to receive the show trains from the Western road, which was to haul them from Elgin to Chicago, en route to Laporte; consequently the show was obliged to remain in Elgin 26, and at 12 midnight the trains left there for Chicago, with the understanding that the show must protect their own property and persons. The locomotives had upon them placards which read: ‘This train is under the protection of the United States Government.’ The U. S. Marshal accompanied it, and all the company were armed. Asa Berry, the master of horse, had his force all armed with six-shooters; Charles McLeon [sic McClean], master of canvas, commanded the canvasmen, forty in number; and Ben Maginley had charge of the performers, who were all armed with six-shooters. The ladies and children were sent forward on the regular passenger train, ahead of the show train, and the latter steamed out of the Elgin depot at 12 o’clock midnight, amid an avalanche of good wishes for a safe arrival at their destination.”
Curtis’ Hippodrome exhibited at Buffalo, N.Y. the past week to fair business, considering the [railroad] strike excitement. Michael Dunn, the boss canvasman, had an altercation 27 with the manager, George W. De Haven, resulting, it is alleged, from a refusal of the latter to pay him his wages. A detective near by arrested Dunn after he had struck De Haven with a heavy club, cutting his face severely, and upon a hearing Dunn was sentenced to the City Workhouse for five months. Letter of July 29.
W. W. Nichols, principal and scene rider, can be engaged for the remainder of the season, with or without boy.
Lew Davenport was in Cincinnati last week. He rejoins Curtis' Hippodrome in Buffalo this week.
Circuses, New York Clipper, August 11, 1877, p. 159. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Dr. Jas. L. Thayer's Steamboat Show commences its fall and winter season at Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 1. . . .
Alex Robinson's New York State Show is exhibiting in the oil regions of Pennsylvania.
Circuses, New York Clipper, August 18, 1877, p. 166. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
James E. Kelly has become a voluntary bankrupt, having filed his petition recently in Whitehall, N.Y. He states that he is the partner of Henry Barnum, and that he failed in Augusta, Ga., in the spring of 1877; that his liabilities are $216,000. Among his principal creditors are P. T. Barnum, and unsettled menager account, $8,000; Nelson Robinson, $11,100; Mrs. Laura E. Reynolds, for services, $6,000; H. Barnum, unknown; Bull's-head Bank, $19,000; Metropolitan Bank, $47,100; James Reilly, printer, $20,000; and Jules Nelson, England, $80,000. His assets are stated to be as follows: Real estate, notes, etc., $128,000; and the following circus property: 120 horses and ponies, five performing elephants, five performing royal Bengal tigers, one double-humped camel, one performing zebra, eleven cages of wild animals, three tents, two railroad cars, five chariots, one ticket wagon, two property cages, ten baggage vans, poles, ropes, chains, stakes, and other articles at present in the posession of the Sheriff of Atlanta, Ga., valued at $530,000; wood cuts, etc., valued at $40,000; property at Connorsville, Ind., $8,000; wagons, cages, etc., in Putnam County, N.Y., $10,000; ten shares of Keely motor stock, worth nothing; a judgment against the Putnam County Agricultural Society for $5,000, which he values at $1,000; and another judgement against J. R. Mason of St. Louis, Mo., for $18,000, which he thinks is valueless.
The Oriental Show closed at Brownstown, Ind., Aug. 7, for two weeks, Mr. Collins retiring from the management on account of ill health. Hamilton Howard has bought the entire show, and is refitting it, preparatory to an extensive southern tour. The first show will be given at Brownstown, Ind., Aug. 22, thence to Courtland 23, Hope 24, and through southern Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, etc.
Beaten to Death. Charles Fry, an employee of John O'Brien's Circus, was so severely beaten by Henry Coe, another employee of the same show, in Alexandria, Ont., Aug. 7, that he died the following morning. Coe was arrested in Cornwall and taken to Alexandria.
Circuses, New York Clipper, September 22, 1877, p. 208. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Condee & Conch advertise that they are organizing a circus, menagerie and museum for the season of 1878 . . .
Burr Robbins’ Circus is to exhibit in Rockville, Ind. Sept. 20, Brazil 21, Bowling Green 22, Spencer 24.
W. H. Batcheler, champion leaper, and Prof. Chalet, ventriloquist, have been engaged by Cooper & Bailey for Australia.
Howe’s London Circus is billed to perform at Xenia, O. 24, Washington 25, Circleville 26, Chillicothe 27, Zanesville 28, Newark 29.
Hilliard & Hunting’s Circus is to show in Powellsville, Md. Sept. 19, Pittsville 20, Delmar, Del. 21, Quantico 22, Laurel 24, Federalsburg 25, and East New Castle 26.
Thayer’s U. S. Circus, organized at Bellair, O. Sept. 10, and opened with an exhibition 15. The company will travel by boat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and have secured the steamer Ida. Route: Newport, O. 17, Parkersburg, W.Va. 18, Pomeroy, O. 19, Gallipolis 20, Huntington, W.Va. 21, Ironton, O. 22, Portsmouth 24, Maysville, Key. 25, Ripley, O. 26, Dayton, Ky. 27, Aurora, O. 28, and Jeffersonville, Ind. 29.
Circuses, New York Clipper, September 27, 1877, p. 216. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Cooper & Bailey shipped from New York Sept. 15 to San Francisco, Cal., their first invoice of animals, paper, etc., for their second Australian tour. Four cars were completely filled, and these were to go directly through by the fast freight line. Among the animals was a double-horned rhinoceros, the first and only one ever sent to Australia. There were twenty-four large bales of canvas, averaging 600 pounds in weight. The largest tent is a 150 ft. round-top, with two 50 ft. middle-pieces. The paper filled forty boxes. Two more car loads will shortly be shipped containing other pictorial printing, lithographs, a Mardi Gras wardrobe made in this city, and a new wardrobe for general use. All of the above will be shipped from San Francisco, Cal., to Australia by the steamship City of Sydney, which sails early in October.
Howe’s London Circus exhibited in Louisville, Ky. Sept. 17, 18, and the canvas was completely crowded at all of the performances. President Hayes and the circus both arrived there upon the same day.
Harry Barnum, Homer Davis, Wm. Simpson and John Coss, all of Howe’s London Circus, are at their homes in Connersville, Ind., visiting their families. . . .
Montgomery Queen’s Circus is to show in Hudson, Mich., Sept. 24, Adrian 25, Manchester 26, Ypsilanti 27, Jackson 28, Angola, Ind. 29, Fort Wayne Oct. 1, Warsaw 2, and Plymouth 3.
C. A. Potter, press and advertising agent, terminated his engagement with Murray’s Circus Sept. 20. This circus will close a season of twenty-two weeks in New Rochelle, N.Y., 25.
New York Clipper, October 6, 1877, p. 223. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
John H. Murray’s Circus closed the season in New Rochelle Sept. 25, with considerable money due each one of the company and attaches. The latter were notified to meet at Bull’s Head Hotel 27, in this city, to be paid off, but upon their meeting they were informed that the managers had no money to pay them. Business was bad during the entire season.
Billy Austin, leader of the band with Hamilton & Sargeant’s New York Circus, was taken ill with typhoid pneumonia Sept. 20, and died within twenty-four hours. His remains were sent to his home in Waterford, Pa., where he left a widow and two small children.
The Great Eastern Circus is to make a Southern tour this winter. The officers and company are as follow: H. C. Lee, proprietor; G. W. De Haven, manager; T. F. Walters, treasurer; H. D. Dabella, contracting agent; Dan Rhoades, R. R. contracting agent and advertiser; Miles Orton and family, . . . the Lee family - Mr. and Mrs. H. C., Miss Levartie, Harry, Master Robert E. and Little Fussy - Blumenshine and Swartz, Rosa Lee, Mlle. Levater, Romansnoff; and P. H. Seamons and Billy Johnson, clowns. They are to show in Cairo, Ill., Oct. 6.
Hamilton & Sargent’s New York Circus performed in Iowa City, Ia., Sept. 26, Gilman 27, Marshalltown 28, State Centre 29, and is billed in Union Oct. 1, Eldora 2, Iowa Falls 3, Ackley 4, Parkersburg 5, Grundy Centre 6, Reinbeck 8. They expect to go into winter quarters in that State about Oct. 14.
The Great Pacific Circus showed in Federalsburg, Md. Sept 25, East New Market 26, Vienna 27, Cambridge 28, 29, and is billed in Millersville Oct. 1, Laurel 2, Brookville 3, Rockville 4, Darnestown 5, Clarksburg 6, Barnesville 8, Poolesville 9, where the season is to close.
Circuses, New York Clipper, October 13, 1877, p. 231. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Van's Great Olympic and De Lorm's Moral Show, after a season through northern New York, are now exhibiting in Massachusetts. Among the performes are Searles and Beggs, Tommy Grithen, Wm. Melville, Smith and Thorp, Kit Williams, H. D. Van and Master Haney.
Sideshow curiosities and circus performers are wanted for the European Circus, which shows at Newcastle, Ky., until Oct. 15, thence to bardstown 20, Nashville, Tenn., 23.
McIntire & Co.'s Combined Show is to exhibit in Elmira, N.Y., this week, Williamsport next week, Harrisburg, Pa., following week, thence to Richmond, Va.
Montgomery Queen's Circus did a fair business in Fort Wayne, Ind., Oct. 1. The performance was excellent. It is announced to show in Nobleville, Ind., Oct. 8, Indianapolis 9, 10, Greencastle 11, Paris 12, Charleston, Ill. 13, Selbyville 15, Hillsboro 16, Litchfield 17, Bunkerhill 18, Edwardsville 19, East St. Louis, 20, St. Louis 22, for one week.
Circuses, New York Clipper, October 20, 1877, p. 239. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The European Zoological Museum and Aquarium is to exhibit in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 23(?).
Miss Maggie Minott, a dwarf knwon as "The Fairy Queen," returned to her home in Belle Plaine, Ia., Oct. ?, after an engagement of five months with Burr Robbins' Circus.
The New York Circus is to close for the season Oct. 20 in Sigourney, Ia., and there go into winter quarters.
Circuses, New York Clipper, October 27, 1877, p. 247. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Joseph Cushing, Frank J. Howes and Andrew Cullen began a suit in the Supreme Court, this city, to recover from Robert J. Getty $500 in cash paid him in advance, to cancel their notes for $2,000 given to him, and for damages caused them by his breach of contract. In the Autumn of 1875, proposing to take their circus to the West Indies and South America, they contracted with Getty for the use of the veteran propeller Artisan. As owner, Getty undertook to have the propeller ready at a certain day, Howes & Cushing to pay $2,000 a month for her use, and to insure themselves for $500. Subsequently they found that the vessel had been libeled for seamen’s wages, that she could not be insured to the extent desired, and that they could not get her at all. On Oct. 19 Judge Barrett gave judgment for the $500 paid, together with $4,5?8 damages, and ordered the notes to be canceled.
James Barker, one of the attaches of Barnum’s Show, who was injured and once reported killed by the railroad accident near Rock Island, has left the hospital, and is expected to arrive in this city Oct. 22 or 23.
Montgomery Queen’s California Circus and Menagerie will open in St. Louis, Mo., Oct.22 for one week. The season will be brought to a close Oct. 27, the company paid off, and the entire effects shipped to Louisville, Ky., to be placed in winter quarters.
The New York Circus closed its season in Mechanicsville, Ia., Oct. 17, and drove to Sigourney, where it will go into winter quarters.
Wm. Organ, ringmaster with Montgomery Queen's Circus, is open for engagements asa horse trainer during the coming winter.
Circuses, New York Clipper, November 10, 1877, p. 259. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
John Williams, lion performer, who has been in the circus business many years, died of consumption in Scranton, Miss., Oct. 31.
Pete Valentine, a tuba player, for many years engaged with circus and negro minstrel companies, died in Little Rock, Ark., Oct. 28, and was buried the following day.
License. A correspondent writing from Alexandria, Va., informs us that the circus license has been reduced to $100 per day from $100 each performance. Five per cent of the gross receipts is ___ added.
Circuses, New York Clipper, December 22, 1877, p. 311. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The three Siegrist Midgets, also Mlle. Marietta Zanfretta, tight rope performer, and Prof. Seigrist, and his troupe of educated dogs, can be arranged with for the tenting season of 1878.
Ben Mengel and Sam Skeet of the Van Amburgh Shows are rusticating at the Hot Springs, Ark., for a few week.
W. W. Cole's N. Y. and N. O. Circus . . . After the close of the season the show will go by steamboat up the Mississippi River, closing their season in Memphis, Tenn., about Jan. 1, 1878. An interesting event took place in Meridian, Miss., Dec. __. After the close of the matinee performance, a large number of the company visited the cemetery where the remains fo Wm. B. Munn, who as assissinated in Souterdale Springs in 1870, were buried by Mr. Cole. The band palyed a dirge over the grave, and appropriate remarks were make by P. L. Fitch, the assistant manager.
Miles Orton, equestrian, with his two boys, can be engaged for the season of 1878.
Col. Thomas Toole has been secured by Adam Forepaugh for the coming season.
John Trewalla, the veteran equestrian director, is in this city with an eye to the future.
Harry Head, a well known boss billposter, has gone to Cuba to post the circus equestrian exhibitions.
Frank Whittaker is no longer a spirit mediu, having closed his uptown idspensary of liquid comforts in this city.
Jennie Turnour can be engaged for the coming tenting season to perform in her equestrian and trapeze specialities.
New York Clipper, December 29, 1877, p. 319. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
J. J. Showles notifies those who offered him engagements that he is for the present with the Forepaugh show as advertising agent.
Mme. Caroline Rolland, bareback and trick act rider, who has just concluded a successful engagement at J. W. Myers' Cirque American, Paris, and who is now performing with Batty's London Circus in England, will return to America in March.
Billy Porter and Pete Conklin are keeping restaurants in Philadelphia, in close proximity to the New National Theatre and Enoch's Varieties, respectively. . . .
L. B. Lent Jr. will be attached to headquarters with D. W. Stone's Grand Circus next season. Young Ajax, contortionist, will be a member of the company.
New York Clipper, January 5, 1878, p. 323. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Fred Bailey, who is better known in the circus business as Shang Williams, is rusticating at the Hot Springs, Ark.
Joe Enochs has returned to Philadelphia, where he was recently presented by his friends with a handsome gold headed cane.
Enoch W. C. Greene, for many years publisher and editor of The Sunday Transcript, Philadelphia, died Dec. 27, in that city. About twenty-five years ago he was acting as a circus advance agent, first going out in that capacity for Levi J. North.
John Hadley, the well known animal tamer and performer, signifies through a card in our advertising columns, his willingness to accept an engagement for the coming season. He is now wintering in Philadelphia, where his friends a short time ago presented him with a valuable diamond pin, for which he returns his thanks.
Albert Aymar is keeping a bowling alley and restraunt in Berrien Springs, Mich.
Romeo Sebastian can be engaged for next season . . .
Pete Conklin has been engaged as clown for the Burr Robbins Circus.
Burr Robbins' Circus is in winter quarters at Janesville, Wis., and will take the road about May 1, 1878.
J. B. Sanders, contortionist, wire walker and second clown, advertises that he can be engaged for the tenting season.
New York Clipper, February 2, 1878, p. 359. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
John S. McMahon, hurdle and Indian rider, with horse, also a leaper and tumbler, can be engaged for the tenting season.
Romeo Sebastian and his boy Little Joe sailed in the steamship City of Washington for Havana Jan. 23 to join the Orrin Brothers' Circus Co. They can be engaged for the tenting season.
Mlle. Viola can be engaged for the traveling season as principal equestrienne.
W. H. Stowe, principal clown and comic leaper, with his wife, Lizzie Marcellous, leading lady equestrienne, and their troupe of trained dogs, can be arranged with for the tenting season.
Bonnie Runnells has been engaged for D. W. Stone's Circus, also Charles S. Burroughs.
G. W. Hall advertises for a situation as side show solicitor. He is also an animal trainer, etc., and can furnish a number of curiosities and paintings.
Another Hoax Exploded. The petrified man which was claimed to have been discovered in Colorado and was subsequently brought to this city and placed upon exhibition, it appears, was manufacured to order by George Hull, who made the Cardiff Giant. It was baked in a brick kiln in Elkland, a small town among the hills of Northern Pennsylvania. It was composed of plaster of Paris, ground stone, ground bone and clay. Ox blood and eggs also entered into into the composition, so that scientists might discover animal substance in the midst of the petrifaction, the part of a skull of a man was placed in its head, and other portions of the figure convenient to the saw of the scientist wher provided with appropriate bones. The "goose skin" appearance of the flesh was produced by going over the flesh before baking with steel needles fastened in lead, some 250 gross having been used. It is said that one year was occupied in perfecting and baking the figure. Hull wanted money to plant his giant, and applied to P. T. Barnum, who, it is alleged, sent out George Wells of Bridgeport, Ct., and the giant was shipped to that city as fine machinery in January 1877. A snapping turtle and a salmon trout were also baked in order that the giant might not be the only fossil found in the formation where it was to be discovered. In April following the three were shipped to Pueblo, planted, and discovered, according to programme.
New York Clipper, February 16, 1878, p. 375. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
S. R. Mathison advertises for a partner for double trapeze.
The Claire Sisters, gymanasts, will travel with W. W. Cole's show the coming season.
W. J. Simpson, a well known circus agent, we are informed, has been quite ill in Pittsburg, Pa., for the past month. He is suffering from paralysis of his limbs, and is unable to walk. The doctors entertain but slight hope of his recovery. He is without friends there, and his means are exhausted.
The New York and London Combination are traveling in a schooner and exhibiting in towns upon the coast. They were in Corpus Christi, Tex., Feb. 8, and are to show in Rockport 12, thence to Port Isabel, Brownsville and Metamoras, Mexico.
Miss Sophia Victoria, the serio-comic vocalist now performing at Miller's Winter Garden, Philadelphia, is a daughter of Levi J. North, the once famous equestrian.
P. H. Seamon, clown and comic vocalist, who also has specialties suitable for a sideshow, advertises he can be engaged for the tenting season.
In Bankruptcy. Montgomery Queen, proprietor of the California Circus and Menagerie, has filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy before Register Dwight in this city. His liabilities are said to amount to $166,000, and the nominal assets to $31,223. A large number of creditors are performers, and there is a considerable amount due for printing and money loans. The largest secured creditors are E. D. Colvin, assistant manager, $6,525; George S. Cole, treasurer, $3,532; James Cook, clown, $1,164; John S. Strickland, boss hostler, $700; Wooda Cook, rider, $630; Buffalo Courier Company, $18,000 . . . The assets consist mainly of the show in winter quarters, valued at $30,000, in Louisville, subject to a chattel mortgage and a bill of sale. . . .
Van Amburgh's Circus and Menagerie is to travel by steamer in the Southwest for the coming two months.
The Rice Brothers, gymnasts, tumblers, leapers, riders, etc., can be engaged.
Montgomery Queen's Circus and Menagerie, consisting in part of horses, ponies, camels, an elk, fourteen cages of animals and all the wagons, tents and usual outfit, will be sold at auction, Feb. 21, at Louisville, Ky.
Lizzie Marcellous, equestrienne, and W. H. Stowe, clown and jester, and their troupe of performing dogs, are desirous of obtaining an engagement for the season.
New York Clipper, February 23, 1878, p. 379. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Wingfield and Gregory publish a card thanking managers for offers of engagements, and stating that they are engaged with the Sells Brothers' Circus for the coming season.
Sam Long, clown and comic singer, advertises for an engagement.
The Orrin Brothers' Metropolitan Circus opened a season in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 1. . . . "Charles Fish, Frank Gardner, the Kenebel Brothers, Romeo Sebastian, Mlle. Vellefez, Herr Drayton, Demonio the fire king and the Livingston Brothers were rapturously applauded. The weather is cool, and all the company are in excellent health."
Dan Rice's Circus is to show in Memphis, Tenn., for one week, beginning March 4. Harry C. Foster, advance agent, is now in that city, perfecting arrangements.
An American citizen of African descent will appear in the role of circus rider with the D. W. Stone show the coming season.
Baker and Deagle, who are believed to be traveling the South with the Great Eastern Circus, are requested to write to their parents in Buffalo, N.Y.
James Robinson's stud of horses, in charge of Oliver Dodge, an old time rider, arrived from France in the steamship Amerique Feb. 15. Mr. Robinson is expected next week.
George Fursman and Doris have secured the privilege with Sells Bros.' Circus for the coming season.
A. Lehman, clown, leaper, etc., advertises for an engagement for the season of 1878.
New York Clipper, March 2, 1878, p. 391. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Leonti and Allen, who perform the trapeze and other specialties, blindfolded, and also act as clowns, riders, etc., can be addressed care of this office for engagements.
While the billposters of the Great Eastern Circus were advertising that show in Pendleton, S.C., Feb. 12, their foreman, Harry F. Wheeler, rescued the four year old daught of Capt. Cook from drowning. . . .
Carrie Jones, wardrobe keeper, who can also ride in entrees and parades, advertises for an engagement.
Harry Kavenaugh, who one year ago was traveling with some circus as "candy butcher," is requested to write to his mother in Evansville, Ind. without delay.
New York Clipper, March 30, 1878, p. 7. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Charles W. Fish, Frank A. Gardner, the Livingston Bros., John Murtz, the Kenebel Brothers, Thomas Clifford and James Donovan, lately performing with the Orrin Brothers' Circus, arrived in this city in steamship City of Washington, 20.
Henry Wise, boss canvasman for twenty-five years past, has been sick with rheumatism in Mansfield, O., the past winter, but is now recovering and will travel with Prof. Ed. Kincaide's Combination Show this season.
Ed. L. Branna, candy butcher, can be engaged for the coming season.
Miles Orton, rider, and his three children, have been engaged by Boyd & Peters for the coming season.
Prof. Gessley, the armless man, who accomplishes a variety of surprising feats meantioned in his advertisement in another column, can be engaged by addressing care of this office.
The wife of John B. Doris, of Bachelor & Doris, made application in the Court of Quarter Sessions, Philadelphia, on March 23, for an order to compel her husband to afford her needed support; but Judge Yerkes refused to make it.
New York Clipper, April 6, 1878, p. 15. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
J. T. Woods, colored, can be engaged to perform in brother act and ground tumbling.
W. H. Bristol, solicitor for sideshow or concert, and Fannie Burdett, Liliputian lady, are open for engagements.
All persons engaged for Thayer, Diefenbach & Lewis' Great Show are requested as per advertisement, to report April 13 on board the steamboat Jas. M. Kerr at Newport, Ky., opposite Cincinnati, O.
New York Clipper, April 27, 1878, pp. 39, 40. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Dr. A. W. Hager's Paris Circus and Zoological Aggregation has been sent from Mt. Clements, Mich., to East Tawas, where all the people engaged are requested to report by mail immediately. A water queen is wanted, and the sideshow and reserved seat privileges are advertised for sale.
Mlle. Lottie and E. Baldwin are engaged with Prof. Hamilton's New York Circus for this, their second season.
Pico, the clown [James R. Adams], arrived here on the 17th from Havana, Cuba, after a successful engagement with the Orrin Brothers. He joins Cole's Circus April 22.
John H. Trewolla advertises that he can be engaged as equestrian manager, ringmaster, etc.
Charles King, Ethiopian comedian, clown and banjoist, formerly with the Montgomery Queen show, has joined the Forepaugh Circus in California. He complains that other parties have seen fit to use his name during his absence from the eastern states.
The Orrin Brothers' Circus in Havana was to have re-opened April 20 with almost an entirely new company. Mons. Bushnell, Miss Eliza Newton, August Lehman, Bliss Brothers, Zegrino and Chas. Bliss left this city for Cuba during the past week to join that show.
Shed Le Clair of D. W. Stone's Circus was presented by his wife with a daughter in Philadelphia, Pa., April 17.
New York Clipper, May 11, 1878, p. 55. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The Whallen Combination. J. H. Whallen, manager and proprietor; Fred Felton, business agent - was to have started on a tour at Corydon, Ind., April 30. It is a wagon show, with 45 people, and 32 horses.
Mlle. De Granville, iron-jawed woman, and Jack Walhalla, of Cooper & Bailey's Show, were married in Australia March 10, and were to have gone to Europe.
Stickney & Co.'s Excelsior Circus, now being organized in Philadelphia by Sam Stickney Jr. and Charles Whitney, will make their first stand in that city on or about May 18.
Campbell's Circus and Menagerie lost money in Baltimore, Md., states our correspondent, adding, "During the whole week of their stay there was not a time when over five hundred people attended the show. The bad impression created by their street parade was the main cause of this. The show closed at Frederick City, and then by quick stages to Cincinnati. They will abandon their southern circuit, and jump for the West."
Lavely's Allied Shows will start out June 1. The sideshow and candy privileges are for sale, and an advance agent, two cannon ball performers and jugglers, and a brass band are wanted. Address Toney Lavely, as per advertisement.
Charles A. Jones, who has been the leader of the band with "Old" John Robinson's Circus for a year past, informs us that he has been engaged to lead the band with the California Racing Association and American Hippodrome, under the management of C. Reticker, which is to start from Grand Rapids, Mich., about May 20.
Al. Bennett, candy butcher, advertises for an engagement.
Campbell's Zoological and Equestrian Institute exhibits in Parkersburg, V. Wa., May 14; Marietta, O., 15, Athens 16, Jackson 17, Portsmouth 18, Chillicothe 20, Hillsboro 21, Cincinnati 22, 23, 24.
D. W. Stone's Circus is billed for Albany, N.Y. 13, Rochester 16, Toledo, O., 24.
New York Clipper, May 18, 1878, p. 63 (or 68). Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Sells Bros. Circus and Menagerie exhibited in Uniontown, Pa., May 6, McKeesport 7, Connelsville 8, Greensburg 9, Blairsville 10 and Greensboro 11.
The Great New York Circus, which began the season in Sigourney, Ia., April 29, exhibited in Clarence May 6, Wheatland 7, Dewitt 8, Maquoketa 9, Monticello 10 and Muscatine 11. A prominent feature is a Sunday temperance meeting, headed by Happy Jack Lawton, who is a hard worker in the blue-ribbon cause. Business is reported very good.
Chan. Reticker's Racing Association and Troupe of Indians and Mexicans are to commence their season on the fair grounds, Lexington, Ky., May 20, and continue one week. The chief features of the show are Chan. Reticker in a one hundred mile race on ten horses in four hours; forty Indians in war, snake, scalp and feast dances; thirty Mexicans in feats of riding; Cha. Reticker in "A Chase for a Wife," in which all will take part, and there will appear twenty lady equestrians under the direction of Mme. Agnes Lake, the accomplished rider and horse breaker; hurdle, standing, steeple and chariot races; a fox chase by Indians, Mexicans and ladies; donkey races, a bucking mare, a pony driven by a child, and a free balloon ascension by an aeronaut who will meantime perform upon a trapeze.
The animals, cages, etc., of the N. Y. Menagerie and Texas Hippotheatron were sold at public auction in San Antonio, Tex., May 4, to satisfy an attachment of Messrs. Schule & Nixon, iron founders, for building the iron cage for the late bull and lion fight. . . .
New York Clipper, May 25, 1878. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Rosina Delight Wood, who had traveled extensively as a giantess, and had been exhibited by P. T. Barnum and others, died in Florida, May 2, aged forty-five years. When she was but nineteen, she weighed 515 lb. She was a lady of intelligence and education, and had formerly resided in Anstead, N.H.
Ed. L. Brannan and Billy Watson inform us that they have the cany privileges with Tony Lively's Great Allied Shows, which start out from Owensboro, Ky., June 1. Leon the rope walker will be of the company.
Advices from Orrin Bros. Circus, Havana, Cuba, dated May 11, state that the company are all well, and business continues very fair. They intend remaining open at least one week longer. The Orrin Brothers were the recipients of a largely attended benefit May 8, when they performed for the first itme in eight months, their act meeting with success, they being several times recalled. Leon De Leon received a benefit May 10, when Geraldine and Leopold performed the Lulu leap for the first time in a circus in Haana. The attendance was large.
George S. Cole is managing the concert with Anderson's Circus and Menagerie.
Performers, musicians and a canvas man are wanted for Van's Great Olympic Circus and Congress of Novelties, a wagon show, which will take the road June 24. The privileges are also advertised for sale.
New York Clipper, June 1, 1878, p. 79. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Will H. Stowe has joined John H. Murray's Circus, which is exhibiting in New England.
Van Amburgh & Co.'s Menagerie and Circus is to show in Newton, Ia., May 27, Des Moines 28, Indianola 29, Stuart 30, Atlantic 31, Avoca, June 1, Council Bluffs 3, Missouri Valley 4, Ottawa 5, Sioux City 6, Lamar 7, and Cherokee 8. A correspondent writes: "This company is heavily billed against Forepaugh in Council Bluffs, and runs against W. W. Cole in Sioux City and other points. Notwithstanding the heavy rains of the past four weeks, business has been good. The Langlois Brothers, Signor Sebastian and Master Walton are features with the shows, and are great favorites with the Western people. Their weather-beaten tents have been replaced by new ones, and the show presesnts a good appearance, having been steadily on the road since April 19, 1877."
Heavy License. A correspondent writing from Bloomington, Ill., says that "the Common Council have raised the license fee to $100 per day; but this can be avoided if the circuses visiting this town will exhibit on the fair grounds, which are just outside the city limits, and but a short distance farther from the centre of the town than the customary show ground. Den Stone's Circus is billed there for June 4."
Hilliard & Hunting's Pacific Circus is to exhibit in Martin's Ferry, O., May 27.
Ellen Summers, said to have been connected with the circus profession, died in Bellevue Hospital, this city, May 25. Under "Fact and Fancy Focused" will be found further particulars.
The Campbell Show exhibited on Lincoln Park Lot, Cincinnati, 22, 23, 24, 25. Owing to what was considered a grab game on the part of a city billposter, no paper was put on the walls but a single three-sheet poster. Biz was light the first day, but excellent thereafter. Rosa Lee, Linda Jeal, Alta Hallett, James Ward and others contributed to a good show. The menagerie is large and well selected.
Mr. Bailey, with Sells Bros.' Circus, was seriously injured by roughs in Oil City, Pa. The police have them in custody, waiting to see the result of Mr. Bailey's injuries.
Den Stone's Circus performed in Erie, Pa., May 20, Cleveland, O. 21, 22, Sandusky 23, Toledo 24, Adrian, Mich., 25, and open in Chicago, Ill., 27, for one week.
John H. Murray's Circus is billed to appear in Bath, Me., June 4, at which place they commence their season. They travel by steamboat. In the company are James Melville, Wooda Cook, Will H. Stowe, Mlle. Turnour and others.
W. J. Simpson, business and general agent of circuses, who has been laid up in Pittsburg, Pa., for some time past with paralysis, fell May 13 in alighting from a street car, and met with serious injuries, spraining his ankle and arm and being hurt internally.
New York Clipper, June 8, 1878, p. 87. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Hillard & Hunting's Pacific Circus exhibited in Martin's Ferry, O., May 27, La Grange 28, Wellsburg, W. Va., 29, Jacobsburg 30, Woodfield, O. 31, Newburg June 1.
Collapsed. In Chicago, Ill., says our correspondent, "owing to the continued stormy weather and other unfortunate circumstances, D. W. Stone's Circus collapsed after the performances May 29. Mr. Bronson, a Kansas stockman, the principal money backer, went West 28, and has not been heard from since. The sorrowful group of circus people (and excellent performers, too) are out five weeks' salary, and are drying their skins about the hospitable fires of the Commercial House."
Campbell's Circus and Menagerie was moderately well attended in Indianapolis, Ind., May 30. Our correspondent says: "The weather was cool and damp. The ring performances were hardly up to the standard as a whole. The combined riding and juggling acts of Miss Rosa Lee, a sprightly young equestrienne, and Miss Linda Jeal's hurdle riding, however, are worthy of mention. The menagerie department is large and varied, and the animals were in prime condition."
New York Clipper, June 15, 1878, p. 95. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Pullman & Hamilton's Great London Show and Field Museum is to exhibit in Canal Dover, O., June 10, New Philadelphia 11, Shanesville 12, Millersburg 13, Coshocton 14, Dresden 15.
The Brown Family advertie that they can be engaged for manege and principal acts, and to appear in concert. They also have three horses.
Burr Robbins' Circus was in Fond du Lac, Wis., June 7, Oshkosh 8, Neenah 10.
New York Clipper, June 22, 1878, p. 103. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The London Show opened for two days in Union Park, Alegheny City, Pa., June 14. Our correspondent says: "The business averaged very large. The show, in its entirety, is one of the best seen here for years. Everything exhibited was first class. The riding of Mlle. Elise Dockrill, Wm. Gorman, Pauline Lee and James Robinson evoked pronounced approbation, although the last evidently suffered severe pain from a recently sprained ankle. Gardner's leaping, the trapeze performances of the Miranda Sisters, and the comic doings of the Kennebel Brothers were features of more than ordinary interest to the spectators. The street parade attracted multitudes along the route of procession, and the chariots and open dens of animals attraced much attention and favorable comment. . . .
Edward W. Orrin of the Orrin Bros. and his mother arrived from Havana, Cuba, June 13, in steamship City of Washington. He reports the weather warm, and for the time of year dry and healthy. Business has been financially successful. George Orrin remains in Havana in charge of the circus erected there, having rented it to a Spaniard, who has a complete native company, together with some good trick horses, a trained bear, riding goat, monkey and dogs. The manager intends to keep open until the usual summer rain makes it inexpedient. The Orrin Bros. will commence the season of 1878-9 (their third in Havana) early in October next.
De Haven & Haight's Grand Circus starts out this week by boat towards Deadwood, D. T.
Billy Burke, clown, late of Den Stone's Circus, has landed in Philadelphia. . . . The people "left" ___ the Stone Show are still inChicago, seeking for new fields. Among them are Mollie Brown, the Mette Brothers, Charles Lowry, the colored rider Lewis, Fred Levantine, Robert Stickney and the Lawrence Sisters. . . . Mrs. Caroline Rolland of the late Stone show has joined Forepaugh. . . . The sale of Stone's Circus in Chicago last week was postponed until June 17.
New York Clipper, July 27, 1878, p. 143. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Sam Brill, a well known privilege man and candy butcher, was shot and instantly killed in a saloon on the outskirts of Lebanon, O., at twelve o'clock p.m. July 15, by Jay Hart, the bartender . . .
Mary A. Cole, formerly Mrs. Miles Orton, publshes a card stating that she was granted an absolute divorce from her husband, Miles Orton, in the Circuit Court, st. Louis, Mo., May 20 last.
E. O. Rogers' Great Pavilion Show is billed in Charlotte, N.Y., July 22, Unionville 23, Hamlin 24, Kendall 25, Waterport 26, Somerset 27, Newfame 28, Chas. F. Miller is the agent.
Released. Charles Kennedy, the lion tamer, who some time ago was sentenced in Toledo, O., to the penitentiary for the term of fifteen years upon a charge of robbery, has been released. His counsel obtained an order from the Supreme Court for a new trial and a hearing was had last week, when the prosecuting attorney stated that he was convinced that a case could not be made out against Kennedy, and he consented to his release upon his own recognizance, which is tantamount to an actual discharge. He was ordered to appear before the Court on the first day of next term.
The effects of Stone's Circus were sold at auction July 18, in Chicago, Ill. Forepaugh and others were among the bidders.
New York Clipper, August 10, 1878, p. 159. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
S. C. Peter's American Circus exhibited in Syracuse, O., July 29, Pierceton 30, Siler Lake Aug. 1, Warsaw 3, Peru 4, St. Francisville 6.
During the visit of Sells Bros.' Show to Noblesville, Ind., Aug. 2, where it attracted about 4,000 people, wrote our Indianapolis correspondent, "a number of attaches, headed by the band, marched to the grave of Frank Stark, a former star in the circus profession, who lost his life in Indiana polis in 1862 while attempting a triple somersault. Arriving at the cemetary, the band played two beautiful dirges, and the ladies of the party decorated the grave with choice flowers. . . .
The people engaged for Ed. T. Basye's Cosmopolitan Circus and Equestrian Exposition are requested to meet in Shelbyville, Ill., Sept. 8. The privileges are advertised for sale.
New York Clipper, August 17, 1878, p. 167. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The Great Eastern Circus is to exhibit in Hamilton, Ill., Aug. 17.
Harry Charles Head, who was connected with the paste brigade of Hilliard & Hunting's Pacific Circus in 1877, is now a member of the Metropolitan Police of Londong, Eng.
The Great New York and San Francisco Circus performed in San Francisco, Cal. Aug. 3, 4. Our correspondent says: "Business was poor the first night." The only names announced were the Watrigant Brothers, J. Williams, Mlle. watrigant, George Richards, Willipps, J. Clarke and Alico.
Campbell's New York and Philadelphia Zoological and Equestrian Institute (J. O'Brien's) shows in St. Louis, Mo., during the week commencing Aug. 19.
Circus performers, a lady gymnast and a brass band are wanted for the Oxophainon Show, now organizing in St. Louis. C. K. Mortimer is the business agent, and M. Austin manager.
Frank Melville and Miss Louise Boshell were married in Ishpening, Mich., Aug. 3.
Hamilton's N. Y. Circus showed in Portlandville, D. T., Aug. 6, Elk Point 7, Ponca, Neb. 8, Norwalk 9, Madison 10, and are billed in Stanton 12, Wiseder 13, West Point 14.
New York Clipper, August 31, 1878, p. 183. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The license fee for circuses in Morristown, N.J., has been reduced from $100 to $50.
The Lotards, acrobats and gymnasts, now traveling with Barnum's Show, can be engaged for Fall and Winter.
Happy Jack Lawton, clown, lecturer on animals and sideshow solicitor, can be engaged for the rest of the season.
Wm. H. Griffin, who, when last heard from, eight months ago, was with O'Brien's Circus in Philadelphia, is informed that his mother is very ill in Boston, Mass., having had a fall downstairs, and is anxious to see or hear from him.
George Bliss, acrobat, connected with Barnum's Show, is visiting Madison, Wis., his former home.
De Rea's Mexican Circus arrived in St. Louis Aug. 21, and intend to give performances till the end of the month. Our correspondent says: "There is nothing in the show that calls for an extended notice. Strange to say, there was less riding done than one expected, the Mexicans haveing so great a reputation for horsemanship. An Amazonian march, a flying trapeze act, trick pony, and leaping and pyramid building constitute the main features. The propose going to California."
Campbell's New York and Philadelphia Zoological and Equestrian Institute succeeded in drawing fine audiences in St. Louis, Mo., during the week commencing Aug. 19. Our correspondent says that John J. Foster, the business manager of the show, desires it to be known that the establishment is owned by Col. J. F. Campbell of Philadelphia, and not by J. J. O'Brien. Route: DuQuoin, Ill., Aug. 27, Anna 28, Carbondale 29, Centraliea 30, Vandalia 31.
Lizzie Marcellus, equestrienne, and Will H. Stowe, clown and vocalist, with a troupe of performing dogs, can be engaged for the winter season.
"Happy" Jack Lawton, known as the blue-ribbon clown, is sojourning at his home in Elmira, N.Y., having left the Neow York Circus at Madison, Neb.
Marie Macart and her husband, Dan Rhodes, who now resumes his real name of Rose, have retired from the profession, and with their little daughter, Chatta, are living in Fabacher, St. Landry Parish, La.
New York Clipper, September 21, 1878, p. 207. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Coup's Equescurriculum attracted good sized audiences in Providence, R. I., Sept. 13, 14, and the performances gave the best of satisfaction. W. C. Coup's show is billed in Worcester, Mass., Sept. 16. He will pitch his tent on the grounds formerly occupied by the Boston and Worchester Railroad as a depot, situated in the centre of the city. There has been no exhibition there under canvas since Barnum and the Great London Shows appeared early in the Spring. The Coup show will be at Bridgeport, Ct., 21.
W. W. Durand, general agent of Howes' London Show, was in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 10, looking after the interests of that concern, which is billed in Lafayete 16, Logansport 17, Huntington 18, Peru 19, Kokomo 20, Indianapolis 21, Greensburg 23, Shelbyville 24, Madison 25, Seymour 26.
"Old" John Robinson's Circus while in Quincy, Ill., Sept. 3, gave a benefit for the yellow fever sufferers which netted $746.85, and in Alexandria, Mo., Aug. 30, the employees gave a hop which yielded for the same purpose $260.50.
Carl Antony, horse trainer, with Barnum's Circus, and Miss Kate Stokes (daughter of S. Q. Stokes), bareback rider of the same show, were married in Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 10.
Wooda Cook, sumersault and hurdle rider, can be addresed care of this office.
Ryland's Circus, which arrived in Prescott, Arizona Ter., July 3, has been since performing there once a week. A correspondent, writing on Aug. 22, says: "They are on their return to California after an absence of five years passed in South and Central America and Mexico. During the trip they lost everything, and five performers died. [Names not given. - Ed. Clipper] The company now includes Mrs. Ryland, bareback rider and slack wire performer; George Ryland, rider and juggler; Ned Tracy, clown; Julian Marion, hurdle rider; Alexander Percy, the man with the iron jaw; several tumblers and contortionists; a troupe of educated dogs and a riding goat. J. Malone is the treasurer."
New York Clipper, September 28, 1878, p. 215. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Pat Spess, a billposter lately employed by Howes' London Circus, was found dead recently in Chicago, Ill., near the river, and was buried as an unknown person. Later, his relatives and friends discovered the fact, and the remains have been reinterred by them with suitable ceremony.
Archie Noon, acrobat and contortionist, who is thought to have been performing with Hilliard & Hunting's Show, is requested to write at once to his mother.
Nick White, who runs the concert with Sells Bros.' Circus, is at his home, in Delaware, O., sick.
D. R. Townsend, advance agent of Forepaugh's Circus and Menagerie, was arrested in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 20, on a charge of abandoning his wife, Mary A. Townsend, who lives at Santa Cruz, Cal. She had followed him from New York.
A child equestrienne and danseuse, known as Katie Brown, who had been traveling with O'Brien's Circus for the past three years, has been taken from her trainer in Frankford, Philadelphia, by the Society to Protect Children from Cruelty, and returned to the custody of her mother, Mrs. L. W. Harrington, now Mrs. Coles. The child is ten years of age, and will be sent to school. Her case is acted upon under the provision of the new law, which prohibits the training of children under sixteen years old for public performances.
Leon De Leon, business manager for the Orrin Brothers, left for Havana in the steamship City of Vera Cruz Sept. 21. He will make preparatory arrangements for the opening of the Metropolitan Amphitheatre and other entertainments under the control of the Orrin Brothers & Co. Edward Orrin leaves Sept. 28. The first company wil sail for Cuba early next month.
New York Clipper, October 5, 1878, p. 223. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Dan Rice's Circus exhibited in Kansas City, Mo., during the week ending Sept. 21, and then mysteriously disappeared. Considerable portions of the property were brought back by sheriffs who had ___ the show and attached it; notably two wagons, one carriage, thirteen horses and two trick mules, all valued at $3,000.
The Demott Family, principal male and female performers, in scenic and double acts, with their ponies, trick horses, etc., can be address for engagement as per card.
The Spanish-Mexican Circus opens in Allegheny City, Pa., on Oct. 7, for three days.
New York Clipper, October 12, 1878, p. 231. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The Orrin Brothers have secured as the opening attraction for their Metropolitan Circus, Havana, Cuba, Oct. 16, a troupe of broncho horses, a riding goat, Prof. Conrad's trained dogs, and William Conrad and Augustus Lehman, clowns. The performers engaged by the Orrin Brothers for their season in Cuba are requested to be on board the steamship Niagara before 3 p.m. on Oct. 9.
"Little" Rolland, American clown, and his sons - Horace Rolland, somersault rider, and Little Crow, slack wire performer and balancer, who are now performing with success in England - publish their address in another column.
A. P. Durand, formerly of Painter and Durand, gymnasts, has been ill with yellow fever in New Orleans, La., but has recovered. He informs us there are now only eight professionals in that city.
Charley Whitney has returned to Philadelphia, having left Forepaugh's Show, with which he has been connected for the past two seasons, on account of not desiring to go to Texas.
The many friends of the veteran Eaton Stone will be pained to learn that his estimable wife has lost her reason, and is an inmate of an asylum.
The prevalance of "Yellow Jack" in the South has seriously interfered with the plans of circus managers, and will cut short the seasons of several, although it is reported that Adam Forepaugh is determined on a tour of Texas.
New York Clipper, October 19, 1878, p. 239. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Linda Jeal, the California hurdle rider, an W. O'Dale Stevens, arrive in New York last week from Anderson's Circus and Menagerie, and joined the Barnum Show in Plainfield, N.J., Oct. 10
The Great American Circus exhibited in Michigan City, Ind., Oct. 7, Three Oaks, Mich. 8, Buchanan 9, Edwardsburg 10, Vandalia 11, and Marcellus 12. It is billed in Wickburg 14, Union City 15, and will close the season on or about 26 in or near Detroit.
Ira B. Thorpe, contracting agent of the Sells Brothers' European Circus, died recently in Topeka, Kan. His remains were taken to Columbus, O., and buried there Oct. 13, the attendance at the funeral being very large.
The American Circus is to close the season in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 19, and then ship South. The performers engaged for the southern trip are Miles Orton and family; Bob De Bar, clown; Jas. Bensley, horizontal bar, barrel and crystal pyramid performe; Mette Brothers, acrobats; F. H. Stowe and dogs; Wooda Cooke and wife, Lizzie Marcellus and W. W. Nichols.
The Orrin Brothers' first company left for Havana, Cuba, Oct. 9, to open 16. Allen's Silver Cornet Band accompanies them. . . .
New York Clipper, November 23, 1878, p. 279. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Hilliard & Hunting's Pacific Circus has gone into winter quarters in Orwell, O.
Geo. S. Cole, who has successfully managed the concert with Anderson & Co.'s Circus during the past season, has been retained for 1879.
Jas. Anderson, of Anderson & Co.'s Circus was the recipient at Burlingame, Kansas, on Oct. 10, of a beautiful solitaire diamond pin form the members of his company, as a token of regard.
New York Clipper, January 4, 1879, 323. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, wife of John Robinson, the veteran circus manager, died of cancer of the liver, in the family mansion, corner of Seventh and College streets, Cincinnati, O., at ten o'clock in the morning of Dec. 24. Elizabeth Frances Bloomer was born in Madison, Ind., March 4, 1825, and when she was three years of age her parents removed to Cincinnati, where they resided until 1837, when they went to New Orleans, La., and subsequently there she first met Mr. Robinson, who was professionaly engaged in that city. On Jan. 5, 1841, they crossed the Mississippi River to Algiers, and were there married. The fruit of this union was six children, five boys and one girl - John F., Gilbert, James H., Frank M., Katie V. (afterward Mrs. Robert Stickney), and Charles M. Mrs. Stickney died in Cincinnati Feb. 6, 1874. The female portion of the family has passed away, leaving the male intact. Mrs. Robinson was for some years a performer in her husband's circus, riding a menage act. She was an exemplary woman, a devoted mother, and much esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Her funeral took place Dec. 26, . . .
Wingfield and Gregory can be engaged for the coming tenting season. Their specialties are double horizonal bars, dancing barel and magic table and balancing trapeze.
The Kennebel Brothers, the French clowns, who are both musical specialists, can be engaged for 1879.
At the Orrin Brother's Circus, Havana, Cuba, Sam Hines and Mlle. Josephine, "the woman with the iron jaw," opened Dec. 18. William Conrad and dogs and Frank Howes and the broncho horses left for New york 21. Pico the clown is reported as having made a hit in a stilt act.
Ida Annie Quirk, daught of Wm. H. and Pauline M. Bacheller, who was born in New Orleans, La., Dec. 13 last, died there 19.
Mme. Cordelia can be engaged for the coming season to perform in principal trick act, four horse act, and tight rope.
New York Clipper, January 11, 1879, p. 335. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Dibolo, the fire-king, . . . is engaged with Sells Brothers' European Circus for the coming season.
W. C. Coup's Equescurriculum, after a season of twelve weeks, closed in Philadelphia Jan. 4. . . .
Basye's Cosmopolitan Circus came to a dead stand in Vicksburgh, Miss. An occastional correspondent writing on Dec. 31 last, says: "The doors were opened, but, as it rained heavily, the people did not turn out. For three days the management fought agains the elements, but management fourght against the elements, but were obliged to succumb. The party disbanded. DeVere, McFlyn and Andrews gave a concert and gymnastic entertainment, which proved another failure, owing to the continued storm. They leave to-day for the interior towns, on their way South."
Fredericks adn the Gloss Brothers advertise that they are open for engagements for the tenting season of 1879.
Charles Covelli, sideshowman, is informed that his daughter, Mrs. Charles Morris, is serious ill in Madisonville, Ky., and is very anxious to hear from him.
Mme. Caroline Rolland, principal bareback trick act performe, which performance she gives with a hurdle finish, is at liberty for the tenting season. Also W. Rolland, leader of band or cornet soloist.
Francis Norton advertises that he can be engaged for the coming tenting season to do juggling and plate spinning in the ring, and sleight of hand and Punch and Judy in sideshow.
New York Clipper, January 18, 1879, p. 343. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
John H. Murray's Ocean Circus arrived in St. Thomas, W. I., from Bermuda, Dec. 22, and gave three performances, commencing dec. __. Business is reported to have been very large. The close Dec. 28, and sail for Georgetown; thence they go to Barbadoes and Demerara. Members of the company are all well.
Levi G. Brockway, with his trick pony, equestrian dog, buounding jockey grayhound and pad pony, can be engaged for the coming season.
Prof. Geo. Wambold, equilibrist and contortionist, advertises for an engagement.
At Col. R. Goshen's, Middlebush, N.J., equestrians can find board and accommodations for practice. The proprietor announces that he has a good ring and building, and that he will accept bareback or pad horses free of charge.
Jennie Turnour, who has been a member of John Robinson's Circus Company for four years, is now at liberty to accept engagements. Her business includes balancing trapeze, principal act and juggling on horseback.
New York Clipper, February 1, 1879, p. 359. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
J. W. Robinson, sideshow talker, with little man, can be engaged.
Circus performers in all branches of the business are wanted for E. T. Basye's Cosmopolitan Circus, which opens at the National Theatre, New Orleans, Feb. 1, for four weeks.
James Maguire, clown and comic singer, advertises for an engagement for the tenting season.
Kane Satsuma, Japanese equilibrist, has been engaged for the coming season with Cooper & Bailey's Show.
Mlle. Olympia and Harry King, double trapeze artists, can be secured for the tenting season. Mr. King's business also includes the lines of equestrian director, scene rider and ringmaster.
Minnie Wells, lion queen and specialty artist for concert; C. W. Noyes, equestrian director, ringmaster, trainer, etc.; Mlle. Minnetta, iron jaw act, also banjo soloist and song-and-dance performer, can be engaged.
New York Clipper, March 8, 1879, p. 399. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
W. W. Nichols, principal and double horse rider, advertises for an engagement.
Minnie Perry, principal and double act equestrienne, and E. W. Perry, two and four horse rider, can be engaged for the tenting season. Mr. Perry is also a horse breakers.
Wm. Miner, wire performer, advertises for an engagement.
Ed. Chrissie, whose addres find in another column, wants an engagement with a circus concert or a sideshow. He is a vocalist and comedian and a magician, Punch and Judy and marionette performer.
New York Clipper, March 29, 1879, p. 7. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Murray's Circus have been heard from, and many conflicting stories are afloat concerning them. They were in Santiago de Cuba March 8, 9 and whether they will go to Key West direct or make a stand in Havana is a matter of doubt.
R. W. Fryer has been training dogs and ponies for Coup's new show at Independence, Ia.
G. Brooks Clarke, the Milton Jaspers and the Davenports have been secured for the Forepaugh Show.
The Snow Brothers go with Coup. Ben Snow made quite a hit clowning last season.
Hamilton & Sargeant's New York Circus. This company, now wintering at Sigourney, Iowa, will take the road by wagons April 14. The officers are Hamilton & Sargeant, proprietors; Prof. E. Hamilton, manager; F. W. Sargeant, treasurer; Geo. D. McIntosh, advance manager; Samuel F. Dell, assistant agent; James B. McIntosh, press agent; Max Fleming, programmer; Lew Hamilton, steward; Geo. Stevens, boss canvasman; Jas. Rushenburger, master of stock. Number of men employed, 100; number of horses, 100. Company: The Lowande Family, six in number; Alexander, six horse rider and equestrian director; Clorinda, premiere equestrienne; Julia, equestrienne; Masters Willie and Alex Jr., juvenile riders; Natalie, rider and specialist; the Kincade Family, four in number; the Laurent Sisters, aerial queens; the Miller Brothers, flying trapeze; Herr Jolhamm Katatz, cannon ball performer; Happy Jack Lawton, the blue-ribbon clown; Walla Leonard, jester; Mons. Bernard, Parisian grotesque and contortionist; Lottie, the iron jawed woman; Charles Anderson and his troupe of performing dogs and monkeys; Morgan, Dunbar, Hall, Aleyne, Wilson, Conover, Mastick and Davis, general performers; MIllie Leonard who will make outside ascensions on the high wire daily. Music by Gorton's Gold Band.
"Yankee" Newell will be connected with the advance of the Batcheller & Doris "trick."
New York Clipper, April 5, 1879, p. 15. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
"Happy" Jack Lawton goes with "Old" John Robinson's Circus, starting out from Cincinnati April 14, and not with the New York Circus.
Frank Hall wants a position with a circus company. He advertises that he understands circus lights, can attend to horses, etc.
Prof. E. Hamilton says it is John Klotz, and not John Murtz, who he has engaged to travel the coming season with the New York Circus.
Alfred Seymour and Edmund Rice have formed a partnership and will hereafter be known as the Rice Brothers - Alfred and Eddie. Their business includes horizontal bar and brother acts, tumbling, etc.
Will H. Stowe, who is now with Murray's Circus in Hayti [sic], writes that the show opened there March 14 to light business. . . .
New York Clipper, April 19, 1879, p. 31. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Harry G. Lambkin, equilibrist, trick leaper and tumbler, can be engaged for the tenting season.
Jennetta De Bonnairo and Mike Austin, trapeze artists, leapers, tumblers, etc., who can also take part in concerts, advertise for engagements.
The Great Commonwealth Circus, under the management of Pete Conklin, will commence its travels May 1, going by water in the boats Pinafore, Mary Jane and Mayflower. . . .
J. A. McMurty, manager of McMurty's Indian Show, Museum and Amphitheatre in 1863 and 1864, and who speculates in show property, is engaged in commerical business in Harmonsburg, Pa.
New York Clipper, April 26, 1879, p. 39. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
P. Bowles Wooten, ex-circus manager and late proprietor of the Broncho horses, keeps a mule pen at Nashville, Tenn., and deals in stock.
Little Bob Stickney made his first appearance as an Irish comedian in an act with Kernell and Bryant, in the concert of the Forepaugh Show, in Stanford, Ky. . . .
Barney Carroll, equestrian, still in the harness, began his career in the ring in 1831.
Bernard McCreddie, harmonicon player, can be addressed care of this office.
"Uncle" John Robinson's son James will pilot the show this season, while Charles runs the Robinson Opera house bar in Cincinnati, O.
New York Clipper, May 24, 1879, p. 71. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Milligan & Battersby's Museum of Living Wonders and Mechanical Novelties, consisting of Hannah Battersby, Zaobia, Fan Child, troupe of Bohemian glass-blowers, "Blacksmith's Dream" and Punch and Judy, opened in Allegheny City May 7, outside of the baseball grounds . . . They are now exhibiting on the Pittsburg side of the river, at Suspension Bridge, to large business. They will remain there until 24, then start through Canada.
The Great Chicago Circus opens May 19 at the corner of Halstead and De Puyster streets, Chicago, Ill., for one week. They are to exhibit on the north side the week of 26.
The license fee for circuses in Texas has been reduced from $300 (and not $100, as hitherto reported) each performance to $50. It is thought that the first company that visits that state will reap a rich harvest.
Allen's Great Eastern Circus is billed in Randolph, N.Y., May 19, Salamanca 20, Limestone 21, Tarport, Pa., 22, and Bradford 23, 24.
John F. Byrnes, grotesque acrobat, tumbler, leaper, etc., advertises for an engagement with a circus company. . . .
Prof. Wm. Rulison, acronaut and aerial gymnast, can be engaged . . .
Harry Speigel's sideshow with the Commonweath Circus is reported doing a fine business.
New York Clipper, June 14, 1879. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Sam Gladstone left Van Amburgh & Co.'s Circus and Menagerie in Fredonia, N.Y., and started for his home in Omaha, Neb., where he will summer.
James M. Nixon expects to get the Chicago (Ill.) Zoological Garden started about June 16. He has appointed an agent, who travels between Philadelphia and Liverpool, to purchase animals in England and transport them for him.
New York Clipper, July 19, 1879, p. 135. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The Commonwealth Circus was sold by auction in Norfolk, Va., July 8.
Sarah Fergus, trapeze artist and gymnast, and Sig. t. Ceballos in the same specialties, are open for engagements.
Mlle. Geraldine and George Leopold, whose gymanstic specialties are described in their advertisement, with an infant prodigy, La Nina del Aire, aged six years, desire an engagement with a first class combination. They would prefer to travel through South or Central America.
The Transatlantic Allied Shows exhibited in Newport, Ind., July 11, Clinton 12, and are billed in Carbon 14, Brazil 15, Clay City 16, Sullivan 17, Carlisle 18, Edwardsport 19, Clarksburg 21, Owensburg 22. Performers are wanted.
G. Chiarini, the circus proprietor, leaves today for San Francisco, Cal., where he will shortly open with his new show. He has just sent on six Prussian stallions, black, two gray Arabians and twelve Shetland ponies, all just imported.
Allen's Great Eastern Circus is billed in Fulton, N.Y., July 14, Baldwinsville 15, Weedsport 16, Seneca Falls 17, Waterloo 18, Geneva 19.
New York Clipper, July 26, 1879, p. 143. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Dan Ducello's United Exhibitions showed in Randolph, Mass., July 16, Holbrook 17, South Braintree 18, South Weymouth 19. While exhibiting in Randolph a tornado struck the canvas immediately after the afternoon show. The lion cage was upset, but was soon righted again. Johnny Gardner (a performer) was somewhat injured by a falling pole. E. C. Glasford closed 14, on account of ill health, and will sojourn during the reaminder of the summer season at his home in Lockport, N.Y. Business is reported good.
Frank Robinson, youngest son of "Old" John, and advance agent of John Robinson's Circus, was married 14 to Miss Frankie Bailey, daughter of Fred Bailey.
Louise Stenson joined Forepaugh's Circus in Hartford, Ct., July 19, to perform in the concert for the rest of the season.
Allen's Great Eastern Circus is billed in Penn Yan, N.Y., July 23, Dundee 24, Watkins 25, Bath 26, Hornellsville 27. Allen's Great Eastern Circus is to exhibit in Geneva, N.Y., July 22, Pen Yan 23, Dundee 24, Watkins 25, Bath 26, Hornellsville 28.
New York Clipper, August 2, 1879, p. 151. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Cooke's Circus, which has just completed a tour of Staten Island, is billed in Greenpoint, L.I., July 28, Winfield 29, Flushing 30, College Point 31, Hempstead Aug. 1, Roslyn 2, Glen Cove 4, Port Washington 5, Oyster Bay 6, Huntington 7, Northport 8, Port Jefferson 9, Riverhead 11 . . . Southold 13, Greenport 14, Sag Harbor 15, Southampton 16 . . . Patchogue 19, Savvile 20, Islip 21, Babylon 22, Amityville 23, Far Rockaway 25 to 30. The last performance of the season will be given at Mr. Cooke's home in Newtown.
Van Amburgh & Co.'s Menagerie and Circus will exhibit in Lincoln, Ill., July 28, Delevan 29, Pekin 30, Peoria 31, Farmington Aug. 1, Canton 2, Lewistown 4, Virginia 5, Rushville 6, Versailles 7, Greggsville 8, Barry 9, and Hannibal, Mo., 11. Business is reported good. Several large animals and a lot of birds have been added to the menagerie. Higgins is making a new menagerie tent and canvas stables; and Martin & Son of Boston have an order for a large new circus tent and dressing room. More harness has been ordered in New York, and twenty horses and several light baggage wagons will be received at Hannibal, and then the show will go West.
Fred Couldock, advance agent of Barnum's Circus, arrive in Chicago, Ill. July 24. C. W. Fuller, general agent of the London Circus, arrive 25. George De Haven of the James Robinson Circus has been there the past week.
The Transatlantic Circus and Menagerie exhibited in Bedford, Ind., July 23, Leesville 24, Medora 25, Campbellsburg 26. The show is reported as doing well.
Circus performers in every branch of the business are wanted by E. T. Basye, manager of Col. Hayward's Circus. The show has its own cars. The sideshow privileges are to let.
New York Clipper, August 9, 1879, p. 159. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
The circus license in Harrison, Mo., has been reduced to $25, including grounds.
Information of the whereabouts of Natalie Bosrelli, a circus rider, is wanted by her father, who is in Constantinople.
The Transatlantic Circus and Menagerie showed in Mitchell, Ind., July 28 . . . French Lick 30, Shoals 31 . . . Washington Aug. 2,, Petersburg 3, and is to be in Hazelton 4, Princeton 5. Gus Shaw, clown, and Ryan Brothers, gymnasts, joined the show in Mitchell. Bob De Bar, principal clown, was married July 2 to Miss Nellie Skidmore (non-professional) of Richmond, Ind.
The Carlo Brothers recently purchased from the West-end Training Academy four educated stallions, which had been trained by Prof. L. De Weste.
New York Clipper, August 16, 1879, p. 167. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
T. W. King, the bareback rider, having secured a month's lease with privilege of renewal of the New Industrial Art building, Broad street above Vine, Philadelphia, will give arenic performances there, commencing night o f18. The company will include Wm. Reynolds and Wm. H. More, clowns; Moreste Bros., double trapeze; Lulu Robinson, hurdle rider; Minnie Welch, pad rider; Tom Devine, tight rope performer; Wm. P. Cooke, bareback rider; Lascelles Bros., acrobats, T. W. King, bareback rider; Misses Reynolds and Wilcox, double manege act; and Paianter and Durand, la perche act. J. A. Willard will be leader of orchestra and brass band. The show has a handsome band wagon and twenty-two horses. A street parade will be made morning of 18, after which date performances will be given afternoon and evening, should the venture prove successful. Mr. King will renew his lease and continue to show as long as business is remunerative. Should it prove a failure during the first month, he will abandon it and devote himself during the Fall and Winter to training horses, and early in the Spring will take a company on the road.
Manchiska, infant son of Mme. Cetto and Mons. Jack-its-chy, died on the morning of Aug. 5, in the sleeping car of Coup's United Shows, en route from Scranton, Pa., to Carbondale. The child was buried in Carbondale at 5 o'clock p.m. the same day. The entire company joined in the funeral procession, which was led by Prof. E. A. Menter's silver cornet band playing a dead march. Appropriate remarks were made at the grave.
New York Clipper, December 13, 1879, p. 299. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Charles Woodruff, for many years treasurer of Dan Rice's shows, died of pneumonia in St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 2. The remains were interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
James Russell is organizing two bands for Forepaugh.
New York Clipper, December 20, 1879, p. 307. Not complete. Information should be checked with additional sources.
Boyd & Peters, proprietors of the Transatlantic Circus and Menagerie, have just completed an animal building in Royal Oak, Mich., and are building a new ticket wagon, two tableau cars and some new baggage wagons. The entire wardrobe to be used next season will be new.
Charles H. Castle, the veteran circus agent, is announced as under engagement to Sells Brothers.
Lizzie Marcellus, Eva West, Millie Suila, T. White, A. D. Vanzant, George Loayl, W. H. Stowe and Baughman and Butler, sharpshooters, left last week for Havana, Cuba, to join Orrin Brothers & Co.'s Metropolitan Amphitheatre. . . .
Harry G. Lambkin, trick leaper, tumbler and equilibrist, and Clarinda Lambkin, formerly Miss Lowande, equestrienne, who can furnish her own horse, can be engaged for the next tenting season. Equestrians desiring good winter quarters for their stock, whre they can find opportunities for practicing, are referred to Mr. Lambkin's card.
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