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hibition of a fine lion, with leopards, and circle or ride was formed on the ground. various other“ beasts of the forest.” They The entertainment commenced by a man were mostly docile and in good condition. dancing on the tight-rope. The rope was One of the leopards was carried by his removed, and a light bay horse was keeper a pick-a-back. Such a show for mounted by a female in trowsers, with a “only a penny" was astonishing. pink gown fully frilled, flounced, and ribShow VIII.
boned, with the shoulders in large puffs. SAMWELL'S COMPANY." While the horse circled the ring at full Another penny show : “ The Wonder- speed, she danced upon him, and skipped ful Children on the Tight Rope, and with a hoop like a skipping-rope; she Dancing Horse, Only a Penny !". I paid performed other dexterous feats, and conmy penny to the money-taker, a slender, cluded by dancing on the saddle with a “ fine lady," with three feathers in á flag in each hand, while the horse few " jewelled turban,” and a dress of blue round the ring with great velocity. These and white muslin and silver; and within- and the subsequent performances were side I saw the “fat, contented, easy" enlivened by tunes from a clarionet and proprietor, who was arrayed in corres- horn, and jokes from a clown, who, when ponding inagnificence. If he loved she had concluded, said to an attendant, leanness, it was in his “ better half,” for Now, John, take the horse off, and himself had none of it. Obesity had dis- whatever you do, rub him well down with qualified him for activity, and therefore a cabbage.". Then a man rode and in his immensely tight and large satin danced on another horse, a very fine anijacket, he was, as much as possible, the mal, and leaped from him three times active commander of his active perform- over garters, placed at a considerable ers. He superintended the dancing of a height and width apart, alighting on the young female on the tight rope. Then he horse's back while he was going round. announced, “ A little boy will dance a This rider was remarkably dexterous. In hornpipe on the rope," and he ordered conclusion, the clown got up and rode his “band” inside to play; this was with many antic tricks, tiil, on the sudobeyed without difficulty, for it merely den, an apparently drunken fellow rushed consisted of one man, who blew a horn. from the audience into the ring, and bepipe tune on a Pan’s-pipe ; while it went gan to pull the clown from the horse. on, the"little boy"danced on the tight rope; The manager interfered, and the people so far it was a hornpipe dance and no far- cried—“Turn him out;" but the man perther. “The little boy will stand on his sisted, and the clown getting off, offered head on the rope,” said the manager, and to help him up, and threw him over the the little boy stood on his head accord- horse's back to the ground. At length ingly. Then another female danced on the intruder was seated, with his face to the slack-wire; and after her came a the tail, though he gradually assumed a horse, not a “ dancing horse," but a proper position; and riding as a man “ learned" horse, quite as learned as the thoroughly intoxicated would ride, fell off ; horse at Ball's theatre, in Show III. he then threw off his hat and great coat, There was enough for “ a penny." and threw off his waistcoat, and then an Show IX.
under-waistcoat, and a third, and a fourth, “ CLARKE FROM ASTLEY'S.”
and more than a dozen waistcoats. Upon This was a large show, with the back taking off the last, his trowsers fell down against the side of Samwell's Company," and he appeared in his shirt; whereupon and its front in a line with Hosier-lane, he crouched, and drawing his shirt off in and therefore looking towards Smithfield. a twinkling, appeared in a handsome bars. Large placards were pasted at the fancy dress, leaped into the saddle of the side, with these words, “ CLARKE'S FROM horse, rode standing with great grace, reAsti.ey's, Lighted with Real Gas, In and ceived great applause, made his bow, and Outside." The admission to this show so the performance concluded. was sixpence. The platform outside was This show was the last in the line on at least ten feet high, and spacious above, the west side of Smithfield. and here there was plenty of light. The
Snow X. interior was very large, and lighted by only a single hoop, about two feet six The line of shows on the east of Smithinches in diameter, with little jets of gas field, commencing at Long-lane, began with about an inch and a half apart. A large “ The Indian Woman Chinese Lady and
Dwarf," &c. A clown outside cried, ladies and gentlemen present," and an
“ Only a penny" was the price of adOn the outside was inscribed, “ To be mission to " The Black Wild Indian Woxeen alive! The Prodigies of Nature ! man. The White Indian Youth—and the The Wild Indian Woman and Child, with Welsh Dwarf.-All Alive !” There was her Nurse from her own country. The this further announcement on the outside, Silver-haired Lady and Dwarf. Only a
“ The Young American will Perform afPenny.”—The showmaster made a speech: ter the Manner of the French Jugglers at “ Ladies and gentlemen, before I show Vauxhall Gardens, with Balls, Rings, you the wonderful prodigies of nature, let Daggers,' &c. When the 16 Welsh me introduce you to the wonderful works dwarf” came on he was represented to of art;" and then he drew a curtain, where be Mr. William Phillips, of Denbigh, fifsonie wax-work figures stood. This,"
The white Indian said he,“ ladies and gentlemen, is the youth" was an Esquimaux, and the exfamous old Mother Shipton; and here is hibitor assured the visitors upon his verathe unfortunate Jane Shore, the beautiful city, that “the black wild Indian womistress of king Edward' the Second; man” was “a court lady of the island next to her is his majesty king George the of Madagascar.” The exhibitor bimself Fourth of most glorious memory; and
was “the young American,” an intellithis is queen Elizabeth in all her glory; gent and clever youth in a loose striped then here you have the princess Amelia, jacket or frock tied round the middle. the daughter of his late majesty, who is He commenced his performances by dead; this is Mary, queen of Scots, who throwing up three balls, which he kept had her head cut off; and this is O‘Bryen, constantly in the air, as he afterwards the famous Irish giant; this man, here, is did four, and then five, with great dexThornton, who was tried for the murder terity, using his hands, shoulders, and of Mary Ashford ; and this is the exact elbows, apparently with equal ease. He resemblance of Othello, the moor of afterwards threw up three rings, each Venice, who was a jealous husband, and about four inches in diameter, and then depend upon it every man who is jealous four, which he kept in motion with simiof his wife, will be as black as that
success. To end his performance he Now, ladies and gentlemen, the two next produced three knives, which, by throware a wonderful couple, John and Mar- ing up and down, he contrived to pregaret Scott, natives of Dunkeld, in Scot- serve in the air altogether. These feats land; they lived about ninety years ago; forcibly reminded me of the Anglo-Saxon John Scott was a hundred and five years
who threw three balls and old when he died, and Margaret lived three knivés alternately in the air, and to be a hundred and twelve; and what is caught them, one by one, as they fell ; more remarkable, there is not a soul returning them again in regular rotaliving can say he ever heard them quar
young American's dress and rel." Here he closed the curtain, and knives were very similar to the Gleewhile undrawing anotber, continued thus : man's, as Strutt has figured them from a “ Having shows you the dead, I have MS. in the Cotton collection. This now to exhibit to you two of the most ex- youth's was one of the best exhibitions in traordinary wonders of the living ; this,” the Fair, perhaps the very best. The ads said he, “is the widow of a New Zealand mission it will be remembared was only Chief, and this is the little old woman of a penny." Bagdad; she is thirty inches high, twentytwo years of age, and a native of Boston,
Show XIII. in Lincolnshire.' Each of these living subjects was quite as wonderful as the outside of this show were, “ The White
The inscriptions and paintings on the waxen ones : the exhibition, which lasted about five minutes, was ended by court. eous thanks for the “ approbation of the
Negro, who was rescued from her Black Parents by the bravery of a British Ofieer-the only White Negro Girl Alive. The Great Giantess and Dwarf.—Six Cxriosities Alive !-only a Penny to see then All Alive !" While waiting a few minutes till the place filled, I had leisure to observe that one side of the place was covered by a criminal attempt to represent a tread-mill, in oil colours, and the operators at work upon it, superin tended by gaolers, &c. On the other side were live monkies in cages; an old bear in a jacket, and sundry other animals. Underneath the wheels of the machine, other living creatures were moving about, and these turned out to be the poor neglected children of the showman and his wife. The miserable condition of these infants, who were puddling in the mud, while their parents outside were turning a bit of music, and squalling and bawling with all their might, “walk in-only a penny,” to get spectators of the objects that were as yet concealed on their “proud
Little Man. eminence,” the caravan, by a thin curtain, raised a gloom in the mind. I was
I took my leave of this show pondering in a reverie concerning these beings when on the different ends our fates assign, the curtain was withdrawn, and there but the jostling of a crowd in Smithfield, stood confessed to sight, she whom the and the clash of instruments, were not showman called “the tall lady," and favourable to musing, and I walked into
the next. “ the white negro, the greatest curiosity ever seen the first that has been
Show XIV, exhibited since the reign of George the BROWN'S GRAND TROOP, Second-look at her head and hair, ladies and gentlemen, and feel it; there's no
FROM PARIS. deception, it's like ropes of wool.” There This was “only a penny” exhibition, certainly was not any deception. The notwithstanding that it'elevated the king's girl herself, who had the flat nose, thick arms, and bore a fine-sounding name. The lips, and peculiarly shaped scull of the performance began by a clown going negro, stooped to have her head examin- round and whipping a ring ; that is, maked, and being close to her I felt it. Her ing a circular space amongst the spectahair, if it could be called hair, was of a tors with a whip in his hand to force the dirtyish flaxen hue; it hung in ropes, of refractory. This being effected, a conjurer a clothy texture, the thickness of a quill, walked up to a table and executed seveand from four to six inches in length.ral tricks with cups and balls ; giving a Her skin was the colour of an European's. boy beer to drink out of a funnel, makAfterwards stepped forth a little person- ing him blow through it to show that it age about three feet high, in a military was empty, and afterwards applying it to dress, with top boots, who strutted his each of the boy's ears, from whence, tiny legs, and held his head aloft with not through the funnel, the beer appeared to less importance than the proudest gene- reflow, and poured on the ground. Afterral officer could assume upon his promo- wards girls danced on the single and dou. tion to the rank of field-martial. Mr. ble slack wire, and a melancholy looking Samuel Williams,whose versatile and able clown, among other things, said they were pencil has frequently enriched this work, “as clever as the barber and blacksmith visited the Fair after me, and was equally who shaved magpies at twopence a struck by his appearance. He favours dozen.” The show concluded with a me with the sabjoined engraving of this learned horse,
sions of agony in his tears and moans Anɔther, and a very good menagerie- horse having been procured, the mail
were most pitious and affecting. A fresh the admission “only a penny!" It was drove on, after having been detained “ GEORGE BALLARD's Caravan," with “ The Lioness that attacked the
Exeter drew up it stood exactly abreast of the ca
three quarters of an hour. As the mail mail.—The great Lion.-Royal Tiger.Large White Bear.— Tiger Owls," with assault. The coachman at first proposed
ravan from which the lioness made the monkies, and other animals, the usual accessories to the interior of a managerie.
to alight and stab the lioness with a The chief attraction was “the Lion- knife, but was prevented by the remonest.” Her attack on the Exeter Mail strance of the guard; who observed, was on a Sunday evening, in the year destruction, as the animal if attacked
that he would expose himself to certain 1816. The coach had arrived at Winter- would naturally turn upon him and tear slow-hui, seven miles on the London side him to pieces. The prudence of the adof Salisbury. In a most extraordinary vice was clearly proved by the fate of the manner, at the moment when the coachman pulled up to deliver his bags, one of him and the lioness that afforded time for
dog. It was the engagement between the leaders was suddenly seized by soine ferocious animal. This produced a great engaged herself from the horse, she did
the keepers to rally. After she had disconfusion and alarm; two passengers not seem to be in any immediate hurry to who were inside the mail got out, ran into the house, and locked themselves up with her, as prey, the dog she had killed,
move; for, whether she had carried off in a rocm above stairs; the horses kicked
or from some other cause, she continued and plunged violently, and it was with
tone, difficulty the coachman could prevent the growling and howling in so loud carriage from being overturned. It was
as to be heard for nearly half a mile. All soon perceived by the coachman and had called out loudly to the guard to guard, by the light of the lamps, that the despatch her with his blunderbuss, which
he animal which had seized the horse was a
appeared disposed to do, but the owner
cried out to him, “For God's sake do not huge lioness. A large mastiff dog came
kill her--she cost me 500l., and she will up and attacked her fiercely, on which she be as quiet as a lamb if not irritated." quitted the horse and turned upon him. The dog filed, but was pursued and killed This arrested his hand, and he did not
fire. She was afterwards easily enticed by the lioness, within forty yards of the place. It appears that the beast had by the keepers, and placed in her usual
confinement. escaped from its caravan which was stand
The collection of animals in Ballard's ing on the road side with others belong menagerie is altogether highly interesting to the proprietors of the menagerie, on their way to Salisbury Fair. An alarm ing, but it seems impossible that the probeing given, the keepers pursued and prietor could exhibit them for “only a hunted the lioness into a hovel under a
penny" in any other place than “ Barthogranary, which served for keeping agri: in great multitudes, and the shows are
lomew Fair," where the people assemble cultural implements.
About half-past eight they had secured her so effectually,
thronged the whole day. by barricading the place, as to prevent
Show XVI. ber escape. The horse, when first attacked, fought with great spirit, and if at • Exhibition of Real Wonders.” liberty, would probably have beaten This announcement, designed to asdown bis antagonist with his fore feet, tonish, was inscribed over the show with but in plunging he embarrassed himself the usual notice, “Only a Penny !"—the in the harness. The lioness attacked him “Wonders of the Deep!” the “Prodigies in the front, and springing at his throat, of the Age!" and "the Learned Pig!" in fastened the talons of her fore feet on large letters. The printed bill is a curieach side of his neck, close to the head, osity :while the talons of her hind feet were. To be seen in a Commodious Pavilion in forced into his chest. In this situation
this Place. she hung, while the blood was seen flowing as if a vein had been opened by a fleam. He was a capital horse, the off. REAL
REAL WONDERS! leader, the best in the set. The expres
SEE AND BELIEVE,
into spelling" with his nose ; and could do a sum of two figures" in addition.” Then, at her desire, he routed out those of the company who were in love, or addicted to indulgence; and peremptorily grunted, that a “ round, fat, oily"-faced personage at my elbow, “ loved good eating, and a pipe, and a jug of good ale, better than the sight of the Living Skeleton!” The beautiful dolphin was a fishskin stuffed. The mermaid was the last manufactured imposture of that name, ex
hibited for half-a-crown in Piccadilly, Have you seen
about a year before. The real head of
Mahowra, the cannibal chief, was a skuil THE BEAUTIFUL DOLPHIN, that might have been some English clod
The Performing Pig & the Mermaid ? pole’s, with a dried skin over it, and beIf not, pray do! as the exhibition con
wigged; but it looked sufficiently terrific, tains more variety than any other in Eng. when the lady show-woman put the canland. Those ladies and gentlemen who dle in at the neck, and the flame illuminmay be pleased to honour it with a visit ated the yellow integument over the will be truly gratified.
holes where eyes, nose, and a tongue had
been. There was enough for a penny!" TOBY, The Swinish Philosopher, and Ladies' For
Show XVII. tune Teller,
Another “ Only a penny !" with picThat beautiful animal appears to be en- tures“ large as life” on the show-cloths dowed with the natural sense of the hu. outside of the living wonders within," man being. He is in colour the most and the following inscription :beautiful of his race; in symmetry the
ALL ALIVE! most perfect; in temper the most docile; and far exceeds any thing yet seen for his
No False Paintings ! intelligent performances. He is beyond all conception: he has a perfect know
THE WILD INDIAN, ledge of the alphabet, understands arithmetic, and will spell and cast accounts, lell the points of the globe, the dice GIANT BOY, box, the hour by any person's watch, &c. The Real Head of
Never here before,
TO BE SEEN ALIVE! At the same time, the public will have an opportunity of seeing what was exhi
Mr. Thomas Day was the reputed fabited so long in London, under the title ther of the dwarf family, and exhibited of
himself as small enough for a great won
der; as he was. He was also proprietor of THE MERMAID:
the show ; and said he was thirty-five The wonder of the deep! not a fac-simile years of age, and only thirty-five inches or copy, but the same curiosity.
high. He fittingly descanted on the liv Admission Moderate.
ing personages in whom he had a vested
interest. There was a boy six years old, Open from Eleven in the Morning till only twenty-seven inches high. The Wild Nine in the Evening.
Indian was a civil-looking man.of colour. The great “prodigies” of this show The Giant Boy, William Wilkinson were the performing pig," and the per- Whitehead, was fourteen years of age on forming show-woman. She drew forth the 26th of March last, stood five feet two the learning of the “swinish philosopher" inches high, measured five feet round the admirably. He told his letters, and got body, twenty-seven inches across the