Sparks Downie Shutdown 6-1-1938
DOWNIE BROTHERS CIRCUS SUSPENDS Brings Season to Close At Portsmouth Because Of Financial Difficulties PORTSMOUTH, Va.. June 1.—•(#)— Downie Brothers' three-ring circus, billed as the third largest in the nation, left today for its winter quarters at Macon, Ga.. after ending its season here last night because of financial difficulties. Charles Katz, assistant general manager, said the show's employes were paid off after the performance last night. Most of them planned to return to Macon with the equipment. Katz said the show closed because of the "recession" and added the future "looks anything but bright." He said it was doubtful if the show would reopen but that "should business conditions "improve" the circus might be reorganized. During the current season the circus has played in 10 states, but the management said the "way had been hard throughout." The circus was under the direction of Charles Sparks, last of a family long associated with the sawdust ring.