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SAWDUST AND SPANGLES

cated horses, ten in number, were purchased at the same figure. These, however, were unquestionably the best and most valuable ever seen in a circus.

A PAGE FROM THE INVOICE BOOK OF A BIG SHOW

Though it would be comparatively easy to start a circus and menagerie equipped almost entirely with second-hand paraphernalia, the reader will see from the following figures that the cost of starting a new first-class circus and menagerie is another proposition. Here are a few official figures on the cost of a first-class circus and menagerie which have never before been made public. They are taken from my private record, or invoice book:

20 Cages at $350, $7,000.00
2 Band wagons at $1,500 each, 3,000.00
3 Chariots at $3,000 each, 9,000.00
1 Wardrobe wagon, 800.00
1 Ticket wagon, 400.00
The above for the parade.
Animals to fill these cages will average about:
2 Lions, 2,000.00
2 Royal Tigers, 2,000.00
2 Leopards, 400.00
1 Yak, 150.00
1 Horned Horse, 500.00
2 Camels, 300.00
2 Elephants, 3,000.00