Something like a Circus.
• — *y~ — As ■to the financial results, of' the show at Olympia, Barnum says :— '* I expected to lose money, and I told- the British public in a card published before our arrival that a loss of £500,000 would not disturb my bank account nor my equanimity. But the immense patronage we are receiving happily places the balance on the other side. So when we return to; the United States a month or two hence it is evident that we shall have the satisfaction of knowing our Transatlantic trip with the Greatest Show on Earth was pecuniary profitable, and; received the hearty approval of the British public. I am asked how we. are able; to exhibit this great show ..in ,the 'different American cities. We show twice a day under a' tent that seats 25,000, people—onethird more than Olympia. We transport our entire show all over the United States and Canada, exhibiting in every town containing more than 60,000 inhabitants. The population of such towns is frequently doubled on "Barnum day," because cheap ex.cursiqn trains bring their thousands of passengers from' distances of more than 100 miles. 6ur entire shoty is transported in three railway trains, consisting of our own 74 freight carriages twice as long as yours, and a long train of Pullman sleeping cars. We travel only by night; often running ; 100 miles. Our daily expenses in America are even larger than in London. The receipts of our great show in America Avhile exhibiting under its enormous tents are fabulous. We often take from £4000 to £5600 per day. ; My manager's great ambition is to touch £5000 a day, which I have no doubt we shall occasionally accomplish in the course of the coming season, and' pro- ! V.Vy for scores of years hereafter,' iuluo being intended as a permanent exhibition which we hope and expect will cater for the people a ; century hence. Ido not,travel with the*show, but visit it a few times.', each season. Whenever my manager advertises that. I am to be present, he estimates an increase in the receipts of £200 per day.*
Permanent link to this item
Something like a Circus., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 6552, 18 April 1890
Something like a Circus. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 6552, 18 April 1890
Using This Item
See our copyright guide for information on how you may use this title.