Downie Auction Article 5-2-1940
'THTJHffilAT MORKTOO. MAT Â»'. Jjjrcus Holds last Parade HODSTON, May 1 Bros. Circus held its lust parade and performance today. ' No bands played. Thin was need to caution spectators net to feed the aslrails. The "big top" was not there- only men who buy circus equipment. and they were not interested in .music and peanuts. The last parade passed before Auctioneer Harry -W. Thrower. Thrower offered to the highest bidder six elephanto, a umel, 14 horses, six ponies, a trained mule Â·nd miscellaneous circus equipment. ' "This was the ending of the which Andrew Downie organized Maryland 14 years ago. The action 'opened on a. vacant lot on Houston's north outskirts. A year ago, the circus was told to W. M. Moors or Dallas for $25.000, but its name was retained. Last Feb. 26, Dowale Bros. Inc., of Macon. Ga, charged that $18.500 remained unpaid and asked District Judge Norman Atkinson receiver. O. S. Simpson, Houston lawyer, was named. : Simpson, harried by a 11,500 bill (*215 of his own money), 'the court that the only thing - was to sell the circus. Judge Atkinson Â»sve him permission, and the show went on the block today.