Sparks Poor Circus Season 9-15-1938

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Sparks Poor Circus Season
9-15-1938 - 6:10 Frl- Sawdust Lovers Organize to Save the...
6:10 Frl- Sawdust Lovers Organize to Save the Circus in RAM, R*c*Mtoa *^4 Labor Grwf Gir* Bif Top* Worst DETROIT.-- The combined force* of rain, buiineii recession and labor troublei have given the circu* buiineii the wont drubbing in hiitory-- but the bif topi aren't ret. Veteran circus men »nd close observers predict the sawdust ring* will be back "bigger and better" next year, if the business pickup continues and normal weather prevails. But just to everything be left to chance, an organization ot circus fans has mapped out nationwide program to "keep the circus from going the way of the small-town opera house" -- and vaudeville, too. Blngllng First to Fold. The RingUng Brothers, Barnum Bailey circus first ruptured the "show must go on" tradition, beset by )»bor troubles and dwindling receipts, it packed up at Scranton, Pa., early in the season and moved into winter quarters at Sarasota, Fla. The Downie Brothers circus. owned by Charles Spark;, closed Delaware in mid-summer. When the Cole Brothers-Clyde Beatty circus pulled stakes at the height of the season and headed winter quarters at Rochester, Ind., it became the third major "big to fold this year. Misfortune alio overtook the little shows. The Sels-Sterling circus, a motorized show well known in the Middle West, closed at Sheboygan, Wis. Two smaller shows folded up in the East. Circus lovers, however, aren't taking this sitting down. At Madison, Wis., the Circus Fans Association of America assigned a subcommittee to work out a plan for preserving an "institution typically American." Co-operating with the association, groups of advertising men banded behind the leadership of Frank W. Magin of Detroit in a "save the circus" movement

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  1. The Kingston Daily Freeman,
  2. 15 Sep 1938, Thu,
  3. Page 22

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