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IT'S A HARD WINTER FOR SNAKE CHARMERS
AND TENTED SHOW FREAKS
pet "rattlers." The reptiles are now
in cold storage in Chicago and
Thelma's wondering when "the
show business" will pick up again.
Thelma, the Reptile Queen, who
has made kings and queens take no
tice when she toured Europe with her
BY HONOR FANNING
Step right this way, folks!
Don't crowd, please! Plenty
room! And plenty of time!
This show is going to stick around
awhile it won't go until the going is
better than it is in these lean days
of the side show business. It won't
move until there's some place to
Admission to this show? What
dye mean admission! The great
amalgamated -conglomerated street
show is not on public exhibition.
When the happy family of the world's
most remarkable freaks, nature's
most fantastic misfits, hold their gro
tesque parade every afternoon and
night on North Clark street you may
look upon them free and for noth
ing. You may look upon them often
if you make North Clark street your
habitate. You may even sit at the
same pie counter with Buster Bingo,
the Fat Boy, only one of his kind in
existence, ladies and gentlemen; or
you may rub elbows in the shopping
procession with the Bearded Lady,
who's out on a hunt for "some cute
little plaything for the granddaughter
that's doing a turn on the vawdeville
For this is the playtime of the
freaks, the queer folks you paid a
dime to see on "circus day" last sum
mer and thought the dime well spent.
This te their playtime and the gloomy
canyons of Clark, Ohio, or Erie
streets, far fram sawdust and sun
shine and happy circus-loving chil
dren is their playground. No official
census of the freaks now "laying off'
in Chicago has been taken, but the
skeleton-giant who has a head for
figures declares there are 3,000 o
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