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United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
kes it so remarkable, as its seeming impossibility. Master Bobby, the banjo soloist and burlesque. Comic acrobat, by Miss Gerty and Mons. Comstock. Madam Delia, the wonderful and original snake-tamer, with her Pets, measuring 12 feet in length and weighing 50 lbs. A pet Rattlesnake, 15 years of age, captured on the Prairies of Illinois, oldest on exhibition. In connection with this Exhibition there are ant-eaters, African monkeys, &c. Cosmoramic Stereoscopic Scenes II the United States and other Countries, including a view of the Funeral Procession of President Taylor, which is alone worth the price of admission. Exhibition every half-hour, during day and evening. Secure your seats early! Admission 20 cents. Particular care will be taken and nothing shall occur to offend the most fastidious. Stephen and his little sister strolled about the tent meanwhile. The final preparations went slowly on. The few spectators teased the anteater in one corner, or t
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
Only the unwearied zeal of the show-woman defied alike thermometer and neglect. She kept her eye on everything,--on Old Bill as he fed the monkeys within, on Monsieur Comstock as he hung the trapeze for the performance, on the little girls as they tried to peddle their songs, on the sleepy out-of-door man, and on the people who did not draw near. If she could, she would have played all the parts in her own small company, and would have put the inexhaustible nervous energies of her own New England nature (she was born at Meddibemps, State of Maine) into all. Apart from this potent stimulus, not a soul in the establishment, save little Gerty, possessed any energy whatever. Old Bill had unfortunately never learned total abstinence from the wild animals among which he had passed his life; Monsieur Comstock's brains had chiefly run into his arms and legs; and Mr. De Marsan, the nominal head of the establishment, was a peaceful Pennsylvanian, who was wont to move as slowly as if he wer
Providence, R. I. (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ed as side-show to a circus, but that was not so good. The way is, you see, said Mr. De Marsan, to take a place like Providence, that's a good showtown, right along, and pitch your tent and live there. Keep-still pays, they say. You'd have to hirlms, and she grew in general weary of her life. Her clothes pinched her, so did her new boots; Madam Delia had gone to Providence with the show, and Gerty had not so much as seen the new Chinese giant. Of all days Sunday was the most objectionablll more pious ejaculation, when the child said, Good by, Biddy, I'm off now. Where to, thin? exclaimed Biddy. To Providence, said Gerty. But don't you tell. But ye can't go the morn's mornina, said Biddy. It's Sunday and there's no cars. re being overtaken, and-not without difficulty and some hot tears-coaxed back. Fortunately, Madam Delia came down from Providence that evening, on a very unexpected visit, and at the confidential hour of bedtime the child's heart was opened and made
Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
will also exhibit his wonderful power of swallowing Five Swords, measuring from 14 to 22 inches in length. It is not so much the beauty of this feat that makes it so remarkable, as its seeming impossibility. Master Bobby, the banjo soloist and burlesque. Comic acrobat, by Miss Gerty and Mons. Comstock. Madam Delia, the wonderful and original snake-tamer, with her Pets, measuring 12 feet in length and weighing 50 lbs. A pet Rattlesnake, 15 years of age, captured on the Prairies of Illinois, oldest on exhibition. In connection with this Exhibition there are ant-eaters, African monkeys, &c. Cosmoramic Stereoscopic Scenes II the United States and other Countries, including a view of the Funeral Procession of President Taylor, which is alone worth the price of admission. Exhibition every half-hour, during day and evening. Secure your seats early! Admission 20 cents. Particular care will be taken and nothing shall occur to offend the most fastidious. Stephe
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
e thermometer and neglect. She kept her eye on everything,--on Old Bill as he fed the monkeys within, on Monsieur Comstock as he hung the trapeze for the performance, on the little girls as they tried to peddle their songs, on the sleepy out-of-door man, and on the people who did not draw near. If she could, she would have played all the parts in her own small company, and would have put the inexhaustible nervous energies of her own New England nature (she was born at Meddibemps, State of Maine) into all. Apart from this potent stimulus, not a soul in the establishment, save little Gerty, possessed any energy whatever. Old Bill had unfortunately never learned total abstinence from the wild animals among which he had passed his life; Monsieur Comstock's brains had chiefly run into his arms and legs; and Mr. De Marsan, the nominal head of the establishment, was a peaceful Pennsylvanian, who was wont to move as slowly as if he were one of those processions that take a certain number
California (California, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
s, and allowed the man who cleaned watch-chains to dip theirs in the purifying powder. They twirled the magic arrow, which never by any chance rested at the corner compartments where the gold watches and the heavy bracelets were piled, but perpetually recurred to the side stations, and indicated only a beggarly prize of india-rubber sleeve-buttons. They bought ten cents' worth of jewelry, obtaining a mingled treasure of two breastpins, a plain gold ring, an enamelled ring, and a piece of California gold. But still no added prizes in the human lottery fell to the show-tent of Madam Delia. As time went on and the day grew warmer, the crowd grew visibly less enterprising, and business flagged. The man with the lifting-machine pulled at the handles himself, a gratuitous exhibition before a circle of boys now penniless. The man with the metallic polish dipped and redipped his own watch-chain. The men at the booths sat down to lunch upon the least presentable of their own pies. Th
Quaker (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
he Spectator and the Tatler; the great mahogany chairs looked as hospitable as when the French officers were quartered in the house during the Revolution, and its Quaker owner, Miss Martha's grand-uncle, had carried out a seat that the weary sentinel might sit down. Descended from one of those families of Quaker beauties whom De Quaker beauties whom De Lauzun celebrated, they bore. the memory of those romantic lives, as something very sacred, in hearts which perhaps held as genuine romances of their own. Miss Martha's sweet face was softened by advancing deafness and by that gentle, appealing look which comes when mind and memory grow a little dimmer, though the loving nature memory. But I do not care very much. There are so few things worth remembering! They kept house together in sweet accord, and were indeed trained in the neat Quaker ways so thoroughly, that they always worked by the same methods. In opinion and emotion they were almost duplicates. Yet the world holds no absolute and perfect
Quality Hill (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
- And here Miss Martha stopped, and the color came as suddenly and warmly to her cheeks as if Monsieur Comstock had offered to marry her, and to settle upon her the snakes as exclusive property. Madam Delia divined the question; she had so often found herself trying to guess the social position of Gerty's parents. I don't know as I know, said she, slowly, whether you ought to know anythina about it. But I'll tell you what I know. That child's folks, she added, mysteriously, lived on Quality Hill. Lived where? said Miss Martha, breathless. Upper crust, said the other, defining her symbol still further. No middlins to 'em. Genteel as anybody. Just look here! Madam Delia unclasped her leather bag, brought forth from it a mass of checks and tickets, some bird-seed, a small whip, a dog-collar, and a dingy morocco box. This held a piece of an old-fashioned enamelled ring, and a fragment of embroidered muslin marked A. She'd lived with me six months before she brought
Orono, Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
thought the acutest of human emotions, is hardly more depressing than to discover that we have got beyond our depth in virtue, and are in water where we really cannot quite swim,--and this was the good woman's position. During her whole wandering though blameless life,--in her girlish days, when she charmed snakes at Meddibemps, or through her brief time of service as plain Car'line Prouty at the Biddeford mills, or when she ran away from her step-mother and took refuge among the Indians at Orono, or later, since she had joined her fate with that of De Marsan,--she had never been so severely tried. That child was so smart, she said, beneath the evening canvas, to her sympathetic spouse. I always expected when we got old we'd kinder retire on a farm or suthina, and let her and her husband — say Comstock, if he was young enough --run the business. And even after she showed us the ring and things, I thought likely she'd just come into her property somewheres and take care of us.
China (China) (search for this): chapter 7
ags, and sowed those vegetables in every crack of the school-room floor. There was a ladder in the garden, and it was some comfort to ascend it hand over hand upon the under side, or to hang by her toes from the upper rung, to the terror of her schoolmates. But she became ashamed of the hardness of her palms, and she grew in general weary of her life. Her clothes pinched her, so did her new boots; Madam Delia had gone to Providence with the show, and Gerty had not so much as seen the new Chinese giant. Of all days Sunday was the most objectionable, when she had to sit still in Friends' Meeting and think how pleasant it would be to hang by the knees, head downward, from the parapet of the gallery. She liked better the Seamen's Bethel, near by, where there was an aroma of tar and tarpaulin that suggested the odors of the show-tent, and where, when the Methodist exhorter gave out the hymn, Howl, Howl, ye winds of night, the choir rendered it with such vigor that it was like being
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