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Mail Tribune 100

Aug. 28, 1914

Be it known that there will be many a restless juvenile sleep on this, the night before!

There is no necessity for enlarging upon the statement. The Barnum & Bailey circus, that youngsters' fairyland and oldsters' surreptitious delight, will be here tomorrow with all its famously time-known frills and fanfare and fascination of parade and performance. The cherished American institution is coming prepared to demonstrate anew that it remains superbly solitary in popular amusement pre-eminence; that in prodigious proportions, splendid equipment, modern progress and public esteem it is now, always has been and always will be "the Greatest Show on Earth."

All good Americans, when they die, go to Paris, said a wit of the last century. But all good Americans, before they die, go to the circus. And to the American mind, there's a great deal to be said in favor of the little boy's theory that the chief difference between Heaven and the other place is that in the other place you can never go to a circus because there isn't any.

So tomorrow the circus grounds will be a childhood's Paradise and a magic wonderland where age reverts to youth.

That fraction of the city's population which will tie itself to the railroad yards in the hours of tomorrow's dawn to greet the incoming circus cavalcade section by section will not be inconsiderable. With the circus, almost every day is moving day. Into its 85 double-length cars are loaded and unloaded nearly 1,500 employees, 750 horses, 40 elephants, three herds of camels, acres of tents, great wagons and chariots in scores, properties, scenery and costumes by the ton, and nature's rare bipeds, quadrapeds and mammals, herbivorus, carnivorous and amphibious creatures from every land and every sea.

For the convenience of all who desire to avoid the crowds and clamor at the show grounds, tickets will be on sale for both performances by a special agent all day tomorrow at Haskins' drug store, 215 Main St. The prices will be the same as the regular ticket wagons at the scene of the circus.

Work has begun for the construction of a four-mile fence along the summit of the divide between the Ashland watershed and the Little Applegate grazing lands occupied by the cattle herds of Messrs. Beeson and Kleinhammer of Talent and Jacksonville, says the Ashland Record. This fencing is the result of an occurrence in September 1912, when part of the Kleinhammer and Beeson herd of 800 cattle strayed into the Ashland reserve and 30-odd of them died from eating larkspur — thereby endangering the water supply of the city.