23Apr1934 Article about the odd folk in the circus

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23Apr1934 Article about the odd folk in the circus - · 11 NEW YORK U. PAUL HARRISON New York, April...
· 11 NEW YORK U. PAUL HARRISON New York, April 23--"Lissen, beeg boy," down Mme. Londy Wagner, who is the Giant Woman of circus, "you are not going to write about the great sadness, are you, which we have not , reporters every year come to write-ups about how we have yet because peo- pie at us and we are what they . "An' lissen, son," said a voice from around my knees that came a midget named Baron Paucci, "we don't like that word ·freak,' see? Mr. Fellows, now, he calls 'the odd folk,' which is okay. Me, I 'am one of the Little People, but I am not so odd at that. a big wife and' nice^ 2-year-old daughter who will grow up like anybody, and a big house, and I can eat much . as you can. Maybe more." . "Yah!" -jeered Clico, the African bushmari. "He cum ee' mo'm I cum. Yah, yah, yah!". . "Anyway, I do hope you won't do any stuff about us," broke in Pontico, the Fat Woman. "We stare back at the people who at us, and lots of times I we are luckier.than they are. Some, of us like ; to be the way we and--" "Me, for instance," said Ar. the:Tattooed.Girl. "I got tattooed because I wanted to get tattooed; it's a nice way to make a living. You wouldn't believe, though, how many people come up an' ask me was I born this way. I always say yes, an' the doctors Hgure it was on amount of my mother must have gone to too many movies.'' Fat of the Land 'With most of us, it's just Q. What rubbers W. Ely and 960 What The tallest. tower higher How accompany The President circumstances. two he as Q. What These by are . endowed Great of it them. be explained the ponderous Miss Pontico, who has read lots of books during her sedentary existence. "I weigh 702 pounds, and I was a 16-pound baby. This is all due an extra-active posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, and calories haven't got anything to do with it. i mother woman, too, is a professional fat but she is taller than tions a that nloves. and doesn't look quite so fat. "Some doctors up in Boston say I will gain another 100 pounds unless I take treatments to cheek my weight. But I don't mind getting a little heavier. ...All of us here have a lot of fun together. I'especially like the midgets, and two of them came from my home town, Cincinnati. My best friend last year was :he Half Girl, but she quit the circus and I hear she's married. Yes, I'm married too." And Ruth smiled, dimpling in fourteen places. Israel Bressner of Baltimore is Slim, the Shadow, and the reason he is seven feet tall. and. weighs only 90 pounds is that he has a different kind of gland trouble. Doesn't worry him, though. He eats all he wants of everything except butter and milk, and in winters he plays first base on the Wimpys A. C. indoor team. . . . Jack Earle', the Paso giant, says the glands that made him more than eight and a half feet tall are still functioning, and maybe he'll grow a little more. Odd Items The midgets are glandular cases, too, because most of them were nor T mal babies and just didn't grow up.. Mite, whose real name is Clarence Chesterfield Howerton, grew the least of any ma.n living today. At 25 years, he is 2S inches tall. He has four brothers more than feet tall, and his mother and stepfather,, normal sized people, travel with him. Robert Crawford, the stepfather, tucks the Major under one arm while .walking between their hotel and Madison Square Garden. . ' Margaret and Mary Gttab, the Siamese Twins from Holyoke, tass.,-make appoint of being as in- vidual as possible. They order dif- erent things, in restaurants, read iffcrent kinds of books, and play pposing.hands at bridge. Mary kes .the midgets, but Margaret refers keeping a protective eye on Koo the Bird Girl, a grotesque ittle creature who is nearly blind. ..I tried vainly to remember a ew words of Cherokee to spring on the South Seas Hea.d Hunter, ut had to be content with asking him if he spoke English. Amok Bureau? A. province give medical Haskin, C. H. the Surgery, first licensing market Great the "Certainly!"... .What made ,eo Hogan the Blue Man blue was depression but a. fall from scaffold when he was a painter n Nashville in 1916. I am not implying that he fell under a sliower of blue paint.-What happened, he says, is that his heart got knocked clean over on his right side. BARBS

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  1. The Kokomo Tribune,
  2. 23 Apr 1934, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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