Sparks Article 4-30-1936
THE has state con- are for a jus- of il- do- truck was at Bel- to How- such had bail was the "I is w e r a the for "either An- of s e n t e d Doris Bragg, Earl Miss Tay- Miles Miss e l l a Miss Circus Day in Charleston This is circus day. The Downie Brothers circus, man- aged by Charles 'Sparks, came to Charleston in the early morning and by noon its tents were erected at the Valley Bell park, Second avenue and Florida street. Two performances were scheduled at 2 o'clock and 8:15 o'clock with the doors opening one hour earlier. Fathers who are just graying about the temples remember the name of Sparks and what it signified to them when they themselves were youngsters--the early arrival; bales of hay piled on the old circus lot; the neighing of horses; the lumber- ing tread of elephants; the sound of the heavy sledges falling upon the stakes; the smell of coffee from the cook house. The scene pictured in the mind of every man who on this one day in the year turns back the hands of the clock, and is a boy again, was enact- ed again and boys both young and old watched the spread of canvas rise. There was no parade because circus has found that it is impossible, under modern traffic conditions, to parade in many of the large cities and to parade only in occasional towns, would not only destroy the orderly routine of the show, but subject the management to the charge of discrimination. The circus opens with a pageant, "The Evolution of Rhythm" ar- ranged by Mrs. Charles Sparks. designed all costumes and arranged the music. Jack Hoxie and his ing lady. Dixie Stan- are attractions wherever the circus appears. They have their own Hollywood company of cowboys and cowgirls and their movie trained horses. Numerous other features have been added to the circus this year including a larger menagerie.