Business & Finance: Chicago Circus

"Skyrocket," an individual who dives 80 ft., his clothes flaming, into a little tank of water—"Candy" Hammer and his Congress of Wild West Riders of the World — the Van de Velde Family, "Greatest gymnasts of all time!"—Mayme Ward, the only lady catcher in the world and her troupe of Flying Wards (29 people in the air at one & the same time!)— who would be hiring and advertising such folk but the greatest show-business man now on earth, John Ringling?

Yet it was not John Ringling who began billing these performers in Chicago...

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