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One On Barnum

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When Senator Mahone, of Virginia, carne here in Harch, 1881, to take his seat in the United States senate the whole country was excited as to his party affiliation. The senate was close. On the little Virginian everything depended. The Demócrata hoped to captare him. So did the Bepublicans. The attentions which the new senator was shown were very amusing, and he enjoy.ed them so mnch that he delayed the declarations of his political position for some weeks. While things were in this uncertain condition and the whole country was wondering, Mr. Mahone, sitting in his room one evening, received a card. "Show the gentleman up," he said. The man, who was a perfect' stranger to the senator, entered, put his hat on a table, shook hands and sat down and proceeded at once to business in this style: "My name is P. T. Barnum. You have probably heard of me. I arn just starting out on my summer tour with the greatest moral show on earth. I have called to make you a plain proposition. If you will travel with me this summer I will give you $10,000 a month. I have got Jumbo, the biggest elephant ever brought to the United States, and with you my attractions will be complete. Will you accept?" Mahone is a proud Virginian and a millionaire. But he didn't get angry. He replied pelitely, declining the proposition. and the ereat showman withdrew.


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