Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

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. ,

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

Bibliographic details

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

Word Count

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

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.