Excerpt from Snap Shots on the Midway of the Pan-Am Expo, Including Characteristic Scenes and Pastimes of Every Country There Represented With Vivid Pen Descriptions
The Story is related of the great Conde that, at the opening of his last campaign, sunken in melancholy, half maddened with fatigue and the dog star heat of summer, having reached at length the cool meadows in front of the abbey of St. Antoine, he suddenly leaped from his horse, flung away his arms and his clothing, seized a monstrous drinking gourd from a nearby well and an oak stave from a pile of fagots and rolled in the green grass under a group of trees, playing boisterously with the baubles and laughing in high glee. Alter being thus diverted and refreshed, he arose smiling and calm amongst his astonished officers, permitted himself to be dressed and armed anew and rode to battle with all his accustomed resolution. This longing for a whimsical return to boyishness and buncombe is one that lies deep seated in all natures. Most men have a fondness for a circus, and wherever languorous warmth is dominant in climate, carnival is king, and mirth holds high revel, so that it is appropriate and wise that beyond the Exposition's shell of outer beauty should be built this lane of laughter with its strange medley of queer sights and sounds, where the elusive strains of sweet music and the spray from laughing fountains is neither heard nor heeded, where everything that is amusing, grotesque, hilarious, foolish, novel and absurd is foisted and intoned, where all that ingenuity can devise, skill project or daring accomplish is brought for the diversion of a summer's day.
The Midway is the most gigantic, the most complex, the most costly and the most exacting plaything yet devised for modern man.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.