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The Opening of the Circus
Gustav had never been to a circus before and when the newspaper announced the opening of the Hippotheatron in 1866, he was ecstatic. There were to be horses, monkeys, and even a …
…… pair of Ostriches! He had only read about them in the books, but if that wasn’t exciting enough by itself there were to be other animals also His father had talked of strange and exotic beasts from far off lands! Barbary lions, Tasmanian tigers and other animals his Father had not heard of either. Oh my this was going to be show, a great great show, possibly the greatest show on earth! Gustav just wasn’t excited about the animals, from what had been read to him there were also going to be the ….
…..greatest collection of freaks he’d ever seen. His Father had spoken about it at length.
When they arrived at the Circus his Father lead him past the rows and rows of seats.
Weren’t they going to sit down? Gustav wondered to himself. He could already smell that animal smell, a bit like the farm he’d grown up on only ten times more powerful.
His father lead him past cages containing some very strange animals. Some that looked like horses but with black and white stripes and another animal with a long neck and brown patches all over it.
Finally, his Father pulled him up to a man wearing a red coat and a top hat, who was twirling two enormous moustaches.
His father spoke “Well, Here he is, your new addition to the freak show. I told you I had the hairiest and ugliest child you’d ever seen. Twenty bucks and he’s yours.”
“Done” The man in the red coat said taking out a huge wadge of cash and counting out twenty dollars.
That was how he joined the circus……
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