Ladies and Gentlemen:
Prince of Humbugs, Barnum," so it appears
have designated me for several years.
don't murmur; indeed, when they embellish it,
truth, my friends, I rather relish it.
true humbugs he, who as a host,
least money entertains you most.
sense I'm a "Humbug." I succumb!
Who as a
"General" thing brought out Tom Thumb?
Nightgale, sweet Jenny Lind?
you Living Whales from Labrador?
Hippopotamus from Nilus's shore,
Lady with her (h)airs and graces,
Children with their normal faces,
of Siam - rarest of dainties-
separate, no'er apart realities?
of Albinos? the Giraffe"
Baby Show that made you laugh?
Family - cats, rats, doves, hawks, harmonious?
voices blend in tones euphonious,
Sea Lion from the Pacific's coast,
"Monarch of the Ocean," no empty boast;
Bears, cutest of brute performers,
"peace meetings" models for reformers,
miracle, the Lightning Calculator,
figures confound Hermann the "Prestidigitator."
Aquaria, an official story
beneath the waves in all its glory;
"What is It?" which you, though spunky,
a man and cannot call a monkey.
things and many more time forbids to state,
introduced, if I did not originate;
World's Seven Wonders," pooh! let them invite you,
:seven: saloons all wonder-full delight you.
this "humbug" admits of no defense,
For all is
shown for five and twenty cents.
good friends, to use less rhyme than reason,
re-opens our dramatic season'
welcome you ! And though we're certain
"Great Expectations" with the curtain,
the Dickens" afternoon and nightly.
I did you
welcome none the less politely,
To these my
"Quarters," merry and reliable,
are always welcome 'tis undeniable!
Henry like I say, I boast of it,
If that be
"humbug." gentlemen, "make the most of it."