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The P.T. Barnum of the Barnum and Bailey Circus
by Joel Benton


This story contains similarities of two aspiring young men a century apart. They both had a dream for their lives and pursued that passion.  Their dreams became a reality in spite of the difficulties.  One introduced a famous singer to America, the other has introduced a son,. His father and mother hoping against hope, that he too will have a dream and turn it into reality. Lu Hickey

Chapter I In the Beginning
Chapter II Early Years At Bethel.
Chapter III Business Life.
Chapter IV Trying Many Ventures.
Chapter V Beginning As a Showman.
Chapter VI Incidents of a Circus Tour.
Chapter VII Hard Times.
Chapter VIII The American Museum.
Chapter IX Increased Popularity of the Museum.
Chapter X Giants and Dwarfs.
Chapter XI Tom Thumb in London.
Chapter XII In France.
Chapter XIII In Belgium.
Chapter XIV In England Again.
Chapter XV At Home.
Chapter XVI Jenny Lind.
Chapter XVII Arrival of Jenny Lind.
Chapter XVIII Continued Triumph.
Chapter XIX Havana.
Chapter XX The Trials of an Impressario.
Chapter XXI Closing the Grand Tour.
Chapter XXII A Few Side Issues.
Chapter XXIII Some Domestic Enterprises.
Chapter XXIV The Jerome Clock Company.
Chapter XXV The Wheat and the Chaff.
Chapter XXVI Idleness Without Rest.
Chapter XXVII A Prosperous Exile.
Chapter XXVIII Home Again.
Chapter XXIX The Art of Money Getting.
Chapter XXX An Enterprising Englishman.
Chapter XXXI At Home Again.
Chapter XXXII The Story of "Grizzly Adams."
Chapter XXXIII Building a City.
Chapter XXXIV Great Year At the Museum.
Chapter XXXV General and Mrs. Tom Thumb.
Chapter XXXVI Political Notes.
Chapter XXXVII Burning of the American Museum.
Chapter XXXVIII Political Life.
Chapter XXXIX Fighting a Newspaper
Chapter XL Bridgeport
Chapter XLI Honors and Adulations.
Chapter 42 An Employee of the Circus talks

 

 


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