Mugivan 1930 Opener 5-2-1930
WJSlEflMlTNAtll GETS UNDER WAY AT PERU Peru. Ind, May 2, ajja — A snow-white circus tent was raised at Peru, Ind., the "Circus City"— winter home of five leading circuses— and the circus season officially was under way. The real circus season opened when tha tinselled and painted troupers took, to the road oh : their annual tour thai covers all Important centers of the world, although lor. several weeks before tha actual season opening, the best acts from the five companies that winter In Peru were showing at the Chicago Coliseum In the "biggest show on earth" Circus men-th'e veterans— say the game "Isn't what It used to be. They claim the show busing 3 ?,"•" takeQ Us P' ace teslie other lines of big business; that mergers have converted many small struggling shows Into a few gigantic organizations. v forty years ago each circus pwn- er, alone, had to face tha weekly problem of meeting his payroll. Now, one man , John Rlnglln?, owns most of the shpws. Jerry Mugivan, who died (his year, antl Bert Bowers engineered the first merger when they formed the American Circus Corporation, it combined John floblnson, Sells Floto, Hagenback Wallace, Al o Barnes, Howe's great London, Qoll- mar Brothers and the^WBllcr Mn! Joh-,i Hinglmg became the mos envied msn in the world In th eyes ot the American youth las year. In the second and greates merger t, the circus field, Ring ling, owner of the Rlngllng Broth ers, Barmim and Bailey shows/ as sumed ownership of the America Circus Cknporation. Just as.the circus business ha grown in size and financial 1m portance, co have the salaries o Mir th» show headlines. SSU," 101 "? fftvorlto ictures, performing at a. reported $ ' " Maso "' 1™ m troi "* r in rav the ^"s-rioto show, h£ fi i tt prlvatfl rall »>ad car; nis living quarters in one end nnd accommodations for Tony his famous Horse, In the other. It is nnrf n»°H a loss ' llp fts to whicl > end of the car Is the most palatial. iroupers' accommoda lions today are In startling contrast to tlioso of yesterday — when showmen lived In Pullman berths all summer and took infrcwcnt baths In buckets of cold water ,P csp , lt ,° 'J 10 cl) ane«, tho samo old spirit that brings performers MCK year after year to wander from city to town, still ronralns- and probably will as long as there s left a bit of tinsel or shred ol the "big top." A circus isn't a- business, the veterans £n y. It's more like m Intermittent ferer that strikes Its victims every spring. Peru, winter home of shows as long as the oldest inhabitants ctin remember, knows the power of the circus "fever.". winter quarters built along tho winding Mlssls- sinewa river, have grown from a fow ramshackle buildings to a smnll city In itself, drawing attention from thousands ot tourists every season. Before the annual road trips begin each spring, weekly shows on Sunday afternoons draw crowds of persons from all over Indiana and neighboring slates. Thirty-five thousand spectators Jammed the circus grounds tills spring to see Tom Mix' prc-scnson rodeo. WHO IS YOUR SKINNY FRIEND, BESS?