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Barnum and the Pharaohs

Barnum contributes to the "American! Review " an article embodying some of his ideas as a showman for the world's fair* He says:—What novel feature would I propose (for the world's fail") ? Now, I will present the fair committee with one of my ideas—an idea that might bring me in a million in money. In the museum at Boolak, in Egypt, lie the mummified corpses of Rameses 11., the Pharaoh of the Exodus, with that of his daughter, the saviour of Moses, and other less distinguished'of the royal Egyptian family of that era. I had authorised an agent to' offer the Egyptian Government as much as 100,000 dollars to allow me to exhibib i those remains in Europe and the United States. I will relinquish my right of priority of claim in the idea to the faff. committee. Let them obtain' the loan" of these mortuary relics from the ■Egyptian i Government,. and allow* the Khedive to send his own soldiers to guard the coffins. Think of the stupendous-* ness oftlie incongruity! To exhibit to" thepeople of thejnineteenth century; iin a country,not discovered until 2000' or 3000 years after his death, the corpse of: that king of whom we have the earliest record ! Consider, too, that the corpse is so perfectly preserved after thousands of years in the tomb that its. features are almost perfect; so perfect that every man, woman, and child who looks upon the mummy may know the countenance of the ' despot who exortod so groat an influence ,

upon tlio history of the world. - And- 2 might be a useful thought, to this g'jiioraiiou, proud of its scientific and mcchiinical triumjihs, to bear in mind that the Jirt that embalmed the body of Barneses so perfectly is lost, with a great, many others that were known to remote antiquity. ,

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Barnum and the Pharaohs, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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Barnum and the Pharaohs Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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