Maryville’s Three-Ring Circus

Some advance advertising from the August 10, 1900 Skidmore Standard:

Now For The Big Show.

Under the personal direction of such master managers as James A. Bailey, W. W. Cole and Lewis and Peter Sells – with the first-named gleaning every foreign field for noted and novel features – the Adam Forepaugh and Sells Brothers’ united menageries, circuses and hippodromes have grown to be the greatest show of the era, and so recognized from New York to San Francisco. Now brilliantly and exclusively dominating the metropolitan field, left vacant by the departure to foreign parts of the Barnum & Bailey show, and making a season in Madison Square Garden a part of its regular programme, the World says it is “the biggest circus that New York ever saw,” and that unqualified compliment is heartily seconded by the press and the public generally. That is just the shape in which it will appear at Maryville on Wednesday, Aug. 22, bringing a wealth and variety of entertainment it is simply impossible to refer to in detail. There are hundreds of rare wild beasts, birds and amphibia, including three herds of performing elephants, the only school of trained sea lions and seals, and a whole caravan of other cute and cunning animals. There are hundreds of really eminent artists and royally beautiful horses and over a hundred brilliant acts and electrifying races. The colossal company contains all the fun that the biggest tent can hold furnished by twenty-five famous and versatile clowns, nineteen champion male and female bareback riders, and troupes of thrilling and wonderful experts in mid-air and ground sensations. Everything is of the best and there is enough of it to fill three rings, elevated stages and pedestals acres of aerial space and the biggest coliseum course ever canopied. The morning parade will be the same which, passing under the great Dewey arch, dazzled and delighted over half a million pair of eyes.