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The Eventful Life of Phineas Taylor Barnum*

In Bethel, Conn., Barnum was born on July 5, 1810. He arrived late for the holiday. But it was safer so.

He began by keeping a store. At the age of 18 he met Charity Hallet, who became wife and pious companion. At 26, he owned the first "show" entitled " Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theatre," with which he visited towns as far as New Orleans. His prize " exhibit" was a negress who claimed to be 161 years old and to...

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