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Mail Tribune 100, April 20, 1922

News from 100 years ago
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

April 20, 1922


When Sheik M. Zinney at the Arabian nights show at the carnival last night in the course of his wonderful conjuring mystic magic and sleight of hand entertainment drew a big cloth serpent from a spectator’s hat and furled it into the audience everyone screamed except the snake editor of this paper and P. P. Bingham, who fainted away with sheer terror and surprise.

There were other surprises at the Lachman Exposition Shows, but of a more welcome nature, including the cleanliness of the carnival grounds, equipment and attractions, although the company has been out on the road in the mud and rain since March and yesterday was the first nice day they had encountered so far. The carnival is clean throughout with nothing to offend the fastidious.

Despite the fact that Medford has seen many a carnival company come and go its people turned out last night to enjoy the Lachman combination with its many attractions and brilliant illumination, and acted as though they had never seen one before. Good nature prevailed in the crowds everywhere with the children riding the Ferris wheel, the merry-go-round or the Whip, along with older folks, while the rest of the crowd was taking in the side shows and laughing in their efforts to walk Over the Waves. By the way, this latter is new in Medford.

There are other new wrinkles in this carnival besides this one and those in the huge frame work of Sam Harris, the Texas Kid, one of the largest, fattest and most intelligent and active fat men ever seen with a show. Sam is a farmer and stock-raiser at Farmersville, Texas, when not out on the road. He is 18 years old, 6 feet and 2 in., in height, measures around the stomach 6 feet and 1 inch, weighs 691 pounds, has a 9-inch chest expansion, a 71 inch chest measure, and is — well, cutting it short, a whale of a man.

... Among the other attractions is ... Rube G. Warner, the skilled 145-pound wrestler who meets all comers; Teddy the handsome fire fighting circus horse, who rescues a baby and does other stunts; Rob Roy, the pony actor, who goes to bed and says his prayers, and the dog and pony shows.

The Lachman Exposition Shows will be open every evening and night until late, and in the afternoon will operate its riding devices for the benefit of the children. The carnival closes late Saturday night.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com