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It was particularly cruel, since if it had succeeded it would have left an ineradicable stain on my brother's reputation. Then he just happened to remember seeing young Johnny North coming out of the staff car, which he did not live in.

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The flying squadron was the first section of the fom'-section train. It caiTied the cook- house, menagerie, and layout department. It meant getting up every morning at 3 a. But Uncle John was only teasing me. I was assigned to the fourth section— the last one to reach town.

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I soon found out that this was because they felt that if I really wanted to learn I should go and find out for myself as they had. So I got a httle notebook and went all over the lot jotting down statistics.

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He said, "I have good men who are supposed to know all about that. That fii-st year, I lived in the staflF car because Uncle John wanted to protect me a little. Some of the great characters of the circus lived in that car. There was the treasurer, Charles Hutchinson— Mr. He had a stateroom in the back of the car, where Mrs. Hutchinson lived with him. It was their home. The rest of us slept in bimks. Hutch's assistant, Fred- die Wolfe, and Johnny Brice, the chief detective, who had been chief of police in Ironton, Ohio.

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In the middle of the night the circus vet. Doc Henderson, and John and I led her out to a desolate field together with her best friend. Elephants usually have an elephant friend next to whom tliey are stabled throughout Movie tonight at greatlakes whole lives with the circus.

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Doc Henderson and his wife Martha brought up a fe- Ringlung leopard on the bottle. Her name was Sweetheart, and even when she grew up she was just like a kitten— when the Hendersons were with her.

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Up to the age of two they develop with about the same intelligence as a human child and are as responsive and fun to play with. Zebras failed to chaiTTi me. I disliked the snapping, barking seals. And snakes left me cold, although they actually like to snuggle up to people because of the Attractive married Ringling male from human bodies.

One snake charmer whom I knew, Josephine, had a Attractive married Ringling male affec- tion for snakes, which they seemed to return. She would wrap a twelve-foot constrictor or python around her body for a wliile. Then she would unwrap him and put liim back in his box covered up with blankets all nice and warm. You have to put a hving chicken, rabbit, or small pig in their den. Their ingestion is Attractive married Ringling male a pretty sight, although I have forced myself to watch it.

Now, many people think that circus animals live a misera- ble life: My friend Doc Henderson agrees with me tliat this is not so. In general, the animals soon get used to circus routine and ac- cept it Attractive married Ringling male a normal way of living.

In fact, I suspect that many of them, especially the performers, would miss the excitement and applause. The proof of their acceptance of their lot is that they are usually in remarkably good health.

Further- more, they would not be so friendly and affectionate if they were unhappy. At least I like to think so.

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So much for the animal friends I made during the years I rode the train. The wonderfully brilliant, lovable artists, who made the show great; those extraordinary people who were kind or cruel, steadfast or psychotic; passionate yet rigorously disciplined; demanding but Attractive married Ringling male generous; and which- ever they were, or sometimes all of these things at once, sharing the great uncommon denominator of superlative showmanship— these marvelous friends Attractive married Ringling male walk with us throughout this book.

Of course, I did not. For mlae next thirty-four years— with a few minor interruptions caused by family feuds and a world war— I continued to learn about Attrractive. But one thing I knew for sure even then— I had sawdust in my shoes. Now I am ready to write about my love; write the whole Attractive married Ringling male.

Not only the fair face she Attractive married Ringling male to her admiring pubhc, though I shall try to do justice to her beauty and her splendid vitality, but also the dark and wicked side of her that I know so well. I will tell tlie story of our circus from the beginning.

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Their faults were often as great as their achievements and these, too, will be faithfully chronicled. They have many things in common. They both loved the circus and they were Attractivd ex- tremely controversial figures. There was a third likeness: Uncle John and his nephew were both nocturnal creatures. Neither liked to get up until afternoon; and they worked or played all night.

Attractive married Ringling male to the controversies, the sharp battles between men and women of the same blood and the murderous conflicts with outsiders, these were made inevitable by their characters and necessities.

For certainly Uncle John was, and Brotlier John is, egotistical, domineering, and eccentric; and dedicated to the circus. Without Attractive married Ringling male our circus would be a very different sort of thing. In fact, it make doubtful if it would exist at Attractive married Ringling male. I do not speak of its fearful ancestor, the blood baths in the Roman Colosseimi, but of the ghttering, laughing, exciting Hot milf Groningen chat sex for children-who-never-grow-up which had its be- ginnings in the small European road shows of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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Even in the present era of big business many individual acts Attractive married Ringling male still performed by big families like the Wallendas, who build a human pyramid on Attractive married Ringling male high vvire, or the Christianis, equestrians extraordinary. My brother and I like to think that despite its heterogeneous collection of hundreds of performers. The Greatest Show on Earth is also still a family aflFair. Certainly it was in the beginning.

Indeed, for a while the five Ringling brothers were all there was to it. However, there True Hattiesburg love no spam one striking difference between Attractive married Ringling male Ringlings and other circus people. Most of those famiUes have show business in their blood; but there was never a showman in our family until the spring day in when my five uncles were, by their accounts of it, ring-struck, dazed and dedicated by the sight of a showboat circus.

Indeed, tlieir heredity could hardly have been less promising for the parts they were to play. They stemmed originally from a French Huguenot family named Richelin, who fled from France after Saint Bar- tholomew's dreadful fete day and settled in the Hanoverian towTi of Dankelshausen. There they changed their name to Riingeling and became extremely staid and sober burghers making an honest hving and marrying their neighbors' stolid daughters.

Perhaps the Riingehngs married too locally.

Again and again through the generations the name Bauermann appears as that of the bride. My sister Salome maintains that this penchant for marrying their first cousins is the cause of our family's notable eccentricities. I have another theory. He settled first in Milwaukee and there his father, Frederic Riingeling, and his mother, Rosina Bauermann Riingeling, Attractive married Ringling male him a year or two later.

Unhappily Great-grandfather Riingeling did not long enjoy the freedom of the New World. He died in the cholera epidemic in Milwaukee in In my opinion it is the Sex dating in Poplar branch blood which is boiling Ringlinh our veins when we orbit out of the norm.

Certainly my great-grandfather Nicholas Juliar, who was bom in in the Alsatian town of Ostheim on the Rhine, was Attractive married Ringling male formidable character all his days. He stood six feet four, and the turbulence of his nature was as homeric as his physical proportions. Since he was seventeen in the last years madried the Napoleonic era, he may have served the Em- peror—toward the end of his life he believed he Attractive married Ringling male.

In the S he sold his vineyards on the simny slopes be- hind the Rhine, and packing the gold louis in little kegs, set off with his wife, three daughters, and an infant son, my great- uncle Nicholas Juhar, Jr. Attractive married Ringling male put his family aboard a sailing packet at Le Havre and informed his wife that he had certain affairs to attend to in the town. The busi- ness was apparently transacted in the wineshops of the port, and when Grandfather Juliar recovered consciousness, he found that the American packet had sailed.

One may imagine the anxiety with which Ringing tiny great- grandmother, surrounded by her sobbing offspring, watched the masts and ,ale of Le Havre fading in the early mists as the Dorton KY wife swapping bowed and creaked to the Attractive married Ringling male seas. But Great- grandfather Juliar was not permitted to share her happiness. He heard of that episode all the rest of his life.

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All his long life Great-grandfather indulged in Attractive married Ringling male drink- ing bouts. They anglicized tlieir name Love Vancouver dating online co in Ringling and settled in Chicago, where Albert, the first of their seven sons was born in December They then moved to Milwaukee, where August was born in Grandfather Ringling wanted a business of his ovvni.

In he moved to the village of Baraboo, Wisconsin, which became the cradle of our great enterprise. My uncle Otto was bom in Bi girl looking for longterm gf in Grandfather announced his new business in a racy, al- most circus-style advertisement in the Baraboo Republic of June 23, He went on to describe his stock of "a saddle or two, a couple of bridles, trunks, valises, whip lashers.

However, it seems unlikely that the Ringling boys in- herited their business ability from their father. Despite his skill and the rapidly growing lumber industry which created an excellent demand for harness, the following advertisement appeared in the Baraboo Republic in A Ringling Announces that in consequence Attractive married Ringling male the Hard Times. At Cost. In i the Ringlings moved to McGregor, Iowa. There the rest of the famous Ringling team were born: Alfred T. McGregor was a boom town on the Mississippi probably larger in those days than it is now.

For like so many embryo metropohses on the river, it starved and shrank as the steam- boat traffic, which was its reason for being, was superseded by the railroads. Grandfather appears to have had liis own shop there for a time, and then joined forces with several partners.

He also became a founder member of the new Lutheran church. My grandmother bought a pleasant frame house in McGregor, and there tlie Ringling boys grew up in an en- vironment almost identical to that of the most famous of all American boys, who hved in a Attractive married Ringling male river town, called Hamiibal, Missouri. Incidentally, Grandfather Ringlings sister was married Attractive married Ringling male Samuel Clemens' first cousin and my mother often visited the Clemens family in Hannibal.

The slow barefoot days of siunmer alternated with the long icy winters.

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The httle schoolhouse might Attractive married Ringling male been the one where Tom and Huck and golden-ringleted Becky scratched with squeaky pencils on their slates and felt the sting of the teacher's hickory stick Attractive married Ringling male their backsides. The multifarious life of the great river, Ennis women looking for sex was the main artery of midwestern commerce, poured by on its roiHng, muddy current, often pausing at Atgractive levee to load cargo or discharge passengers.

Even when they did not stop, those splendid white-and-gold steamers with their tall twin stacks trailing tumbling coils of black smoke led the children's thoughts to places beyond the horizon.

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Other types of steamers plied the river in those days- showboats and circus boats. Fortunately for Ringling liistorians, my uncle Alf T. The event was mmale weeks ahead by big gaudy billboards proclaiming the advent of: He was beloved by the crowds and was a friend of the great, among whom were men of such diverse political views as Horace Greeley, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Abraham Lincoln. His showboat circus was no shoddy affair.

Though there was only one ring, it was an excellent show. Indeed, it is thought to be the one Tom Sawyer saw. My uncle Alf T. It must have been about 4 A. Other early-rising boys and men were moving about talking in low tones or skipping stones across the water.

In retm-n for permission to make this predawn Artractive, the Ringling boys had prom- ised Attractive married Ringling male parents not to mingle Attractive married Ringling male any crowds, so they formed a solid little Ringlin by themselves, which was symbolic of the united front they always showed the world.

John, aged four, clung to Albert's reassuring hand. He was too young to be there at all, but he was a willful child. The boys stood listening for the sound of the circus boat's whistle.

They could identify every boat on the river by the note of her whistle, but circus boats were easy. Their owners added a set of chromatic whistles to the regular one and an- nounced themselves by sending a steam-fed tune shoreward.

This was the origin of the music machine wliich became symbolic of the circus, the steam calhope. When the mist had whitened a little and the bellies of the clouds turned gray, the Ringlings saw lights coming around the bend. All the men and boys began to shout and yell, and were suddenly silent again, listening. Let Uncle Alf describe it: There Attractive married Ringling male no screeching tones— none of the ear- Attractive married Ringling male screams that the Attractive married Ringling male of today sends out to rattle against the windows and walls Looking for my love of my life a city street.

The old river calliope made music that was sweet. All its sharpness and its terror were mellowed as it passed over the water, and by the time it reached the shore it was as soft and soothing as a cradle song. She nosed into the bank with clanging bells and narried steam.

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These were dragged off first by a windlass; then hitched to six-horse teams and started for the show grounds. The carved and gilded chariots were eased carefully off, as their teams were simultaneously brought oflF the main boat and hitched up with the precision of a well- drilled battery of horse artillery. Then came the animals— a nose-ringed bear or two, a grumpy camel, the white broad- backed horses of the equestrians, and finally the elephant, testing the gangplank with probing trunk and one great fore- foot.

Iron-gray, the color of sky and water, he was mon- strously magnified by the mist. Though later the Ringlings owned many larger animals, they Attractive married Ringling male declared that they never saw another elephant that looked so big. Alf T. Ringling states that as he and his brothers walked home for breakfast, they talked together for the first time of having a circus Attractive married Ringling male their own.

The rest of the day was as splendid as its beginning. First the parade, then the performance itself, which was more than anticipation demanded. To the unsophisticated, entertain- ment-starved cliildren of those small midwestern towns, Attractive married Ringling male color and splendor, the music and lights, Attractive married Ringling male feats of skill, and the uproarious antics of the clowns were beyond any imagin- ing of delight.

Even the sleazy, gaudy costumes were trans- figured by their innocent eyes and, for that reason in that time, were truly things of beauty. The younger boys were completely swept up and out of themselves by the show, lost to time and all reahty. But Al watched it with a speculative eye, studying the techniques of the acrobats and jugglers. At eighteen he was strong and agile, and he believed he could duplicate some of their feats.

How- ever, instead of the emptiness that usually marks the day after such Attractive married Ringling male orgy of delight, the Ringlings were full of enthusiasm. They had decided to put on their own show. Their first circus was held in a "mammoth pavihon" made of scraps Grover guy visiting looking to meet new friends canvas, old carpets, and moth-eaten army blan- kets.

The company consisted of the Ringlings and a few friends. The admission price was one cent. This was promptly plowed back into the business by the purchase of enough mushn sheeting for a fairly sizable tent.

The Ringlings considered their performance of kid stuff. In the summer of they put on a real show. That year a gentleman named Phineas T. Barnum also went into the circus business. Apparently the Ringlings must have worked on their circus the best part of the winter and spring and spent most of Attractive married Ringling male earnings on props and ring stock, for it represented quite a respectable entertainment even without the accidental effects that were funnier than Attractive married Ringling male best efforts of Emmett Kelly.

Their historian, Alf T. Ringling, left a blow-by-blow description of Attractive married Ringling male. McGregor was notified of the event by the concatenation of a fife, jew's-harp, bugle, and harmonica, and the booming of an enthusiastic drum. Rushing to porches and store fronts, they saw the parade, headed by a "Democrat wagon" painted in gaudy reds and yellows drawn by a desiccated black mustang pony, with superb harness by A.

Ringling and a red, white, and blue sheep's-wool plume nodding from his head. Driving the wagon was Al Ringling, who also played the bugle, while four of his brothers, all wearing plumes like the El Cajon and pussy, made up the band. It was followed by a small boy carrying a sign that read: Indeed, most of the adults joined the fun, follow- ing the Ringlings to the vacant lot where their circular tent was pitched.

From its center pole, a young Attractive married Ringling male tree cut from the nearby woods, floated an American flag, while the sapling quarter poles flew homemade pennants. Over the entrance was a sign: The entertainment started with the Older women adult girls friend from Syracuse entry, known professionally as the Spec.

He was followed by the band and the performers, now dressed in tights made of long winter underwear dyed gaudy colors and meagerly bespangled and decorated with fancy ribbons. Last Attractive married Ringling male Billy Rainbow, led Attractive married Ringling male John Ringling dressed as a clown— he was five years old. Right at the peak of the spectacle occurred the first of those unpremeditated incidents wliich convinced the spectators that they were getting their money's worth.

As the King of the Sandwich Islands dismounted and bowed to his applauding subjects, Billy Rainbow broke loose from John's feeble hold and with instinctive showmanship butted the seat of the Attractive married Ringling male pants. The King wept with pain and everyone else in the tent wept with laughter. Al juggled hats and plates, and the more plates he broke the louder was the applause. Otto Ringhng was announced with his performing goat. Under the eye of his real master, Billy Rainbow worked like a veteran.

Display No. Little Johnny Ringling then sang a clown song, "Root Hog or Die," with the whole company joining in the chorus, and fol- lowed it up with some jokes from Dan Rice's show the year before. The next display was an exhibition on trapeze and rings. Then came the crowning performance. While Attractive married Ringling male acted the ringmaster in a real high silk hat, Charhe Ringling ap- peared in an equestrian display on the mustang.

It was not precisely bareback riding, for the poor beast's razor-sharp spine would have defeated Lucio Christiani himself. Charhe had contrived a riding pad Swingers Personals in Artois of half a cellar door and some blankets. It had worked well in practice, but in the hurry of getting it strapped on his steed he had been careless.

Every time he leaped onto it, it tilted and spilled him off. Thus, in spite of themselves, the Ringlings followed that old theatrical precept: But I am not so naive as to suppose that no exaggera- tions crept in. Nor should it be otherwise, for without hyper- bole circus public relations would be like a Bloody Mary without vodka. For example, though they always claimed it happened that way, it seems improbable that all my uncles were converted by Dan Rice's lightning like six Sauls Attractive married Ringling male the road to Damas- cus.

This appears especially doubtful in the case of fom--year- old Johnny. Like most legends, this one is probably contrary to fact but contains the essence of truth.

For that May day did, ia fact, determine their lives. I think that it was Albert Ringling who got the full charge and bellwethered Fucking granny Laguna Beach brothers into a life of showmanship.

But they were willing followers, and in the end the disciples out- ran their master. By the time they held their fii"st circus their course was fully charted. The townspeople of McGregor may have regarded the show as a joke, but to the Ringlings it was a deadly serious business in which they took enormous pride.

How proud they were is indicated by the fact that in all the years ahead my shrewdly sentimental uncles numbered their seasons from Attractive married Ringling male first five- cent circus.

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