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SUncle Jim had promised
us all along that he would
take us to the Circus when
Sthe Holidays came round
again, and whenever he said he would give us a treat
he always did so He is just the very nicest Uncle in
all the world I think, and has heaps of money -at least
he always gives us boys plenty to take back to school.
Last Holidays he took us to see Madame Tussauds -
The Wax Works you know. That was great fun, all
the people looked exactly like real ones.
One old man turned round when you sat down beside
him and offered you snuff.
I shook hand with the Qtiieen i\ax cIju:-_-n of :'ouri ei
and Daisy, that's our youngest, gave the Sleepiiin B.ai.ti.
an acid drop. Sh:- ought not to have done th:,t .Is it
made the B.aity's hand sticky, but then she is only a
baby you s.'- i i.r four. Well, I was g:'in' to tell you about
the Circus we went yesterday.
It was a splendid one if you like. Uncle Jim came
and fetched us in a cai ag-
P31 Ted and Charlie and me
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and May arid Daisy, a-nd
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give us the very
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nicest seats he
'- could find, right
down close to the
0 Ring where every-
thing goes on.
SWe were glad because
we could see so much
better. but the girls were rather frightened in case any
of the animals should come over the wall round the edge.
First of all two clowns came on. They were funny-
both played the Concertina and quarrelled because they
each thought they played better than the other. They
told the people it was ever so much easier to walk on
their hands than on their feet, if they would only try. They,
the clowns, nearly always did so.
The next thing we saw was a lady, who seems to
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'4IN "1 a great many things.
it First she shot off a
/ / un with a lot of Pigeons
( .1 [ : ( /j /i sitting on it, .and
they did not seem the
least frightened like
most birds would be. 'i i she rode three white horses
round the ring to music, and kept jumping from one to
another all the time they were at full galop. And after
that they brought in great. blazing hoops of fire, and she
jumped through them. May and Daisy did not like that
so much because they were afraid she might get burnt.
Uncie Jim told us there were accidents now and then. At a
circus he went to see once when he was a little boy they
had a great cage of lions, all very savage, and the great
attraction of the show was when the Lion-tamer, a black
man, who was very big and .tr'-,i, and was called the
> Lion King<, because every lion seemed afraid of him -
went into the cage just as usual with only a sort of
dog's whip to manage them with. They had gone
through all their usual tricks jumping over his stick, and
letting him put his hand into their mouths, and -h,.:ling
hands with him, when all at once one of them commenced
to growl horibly, and crouched down lashing his tail
ready to spring. Then they all started racing round and
round the cage in
a furious sort of
manner, and the /
people began to get
very frightened,. _
though the Lion-
Trie :arrel Yump.
tamer himself dlid not seem /
to mind. but he first /
whispered to one of "
the attendants to
go quickly and
bring a gun.
Well, they were only just in time to save his life.
for one of the lions sprang on. him, knocking him down.
and all the rest flew at him and would have torn him
to atoms and eaten him, only the attendants rushed in
with guns- shot three of the lions, and managed to drag
the poor Lion King out, dreadfully scratched and hurt,
but alive. I am very glad we were not there then, Uncle
Jim said it was a dreadful thing to see. There were no
lions at this Circus, but there were some fine horses. They
could walk about on their hind legs, dance quadrilles, and
sit down to, a table just like an ordinary person. I wish my
ponv could do that. Wouldn't Nurse be surprised to
see him sitting L:;i dinner with us in the .y! I
dare say she would not like it though, she is so hard to
The clown was on the whole time nearly- he would
keep ccr-.ii.,; on though they put him out lots of times.
J-Ie always seemed in the way, and he didn't care one bit
how much they knocked him about.
Once he got brought on in a i.
sack so that they shouldn't
see him, and then he ju< .. A.
got hold of the performin- '
I)onkey, just as he was walkinr
on the tight. roes, and ''
tried to ride him. Oh, ~
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we did laugh! He could keep on a minute, he held on
by the donkey's ears, and then by his tail, and every
time he fell- rilht off on to his head,
He told us it was made of wood so it did not
matter how much he fell on it.
There were a lot of dogs too, that were very clever,
jumping through barrels and over the man's stick, and tr.,nw;l-
ing on each other's heads in a pyramid, the .-,~4.t dog at the
bottom, and the smallest at the top. A man was there
who could almost fly. He \
had swings from the
ceiling fixed very high in
the air, over nets, and
swung from one to another I
and hung by his teeth, -.
and then by his toes.
I should like to be able to do that, and ride a bicycle
along a rope, as he did, but I should think it would not
be very safe to try.
Uncle Jim said they were trained for it from little
children, so it is too late for me to begin now- even if
i '. 'i-,,-r would let me. Daisy .il
That stupid old clown brought a pig in, when we
heard such a funny -:'.,:i-.; noise, and all at once a
little monkey dressed just like a jockey-clown came down
from the s_-il:n i in a balloon. He boxed the Clown's ears
and left the Clcwn to -
amuse himself by play i < ::.
with a ball and stick.
There was an elephant
that rode a bicycle too, and
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a lady with a Chinese parasol who could walk along a
thin wire right up in the air, and a lot of other things
that I cannot remember.
For there are heaps of things to see
At the Circus don't you know,
All as funny as can be,
You will see them if you go,
And as we owe our fun to him
Lets give three cheers for Uncle Jim
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