gray circus tent during nighttime
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When the Boer War ended, George joined a South African circus run by Frank Fillis. I have seen a photo of George riding on the backs of four horses in this circus. A very popular form of entertainment in the early 20th century, circuses traveled all over the world. Some had exotic animals while others concentrated on human performers like aerialists, tumblers, clowns, and horseback riders.

Frank Fillis had an idea to take a large cast of men and horses to tour the world, especially the St. Louis World’s Fair, with a re-enactment of the battles of the Boer War.  Our George became one of the stars of this show, jumping on horseback from a 30-foot tower into a tank of water, impersonating the Boer general’s famous escape. George traveled onboard the Doune Castle across the Atlantic and up the Mississippi River to St. Louis with Fillis’s circus. When the World’s Fair opened, the Boer War Exhibition was one of the attractions on the Pike, a mile-long strip of sleazier amusements on the fringe of the fair.

As of today, I have been writing for 14 days on the NaNoWriMo 30-day challenge. I appreciate your good thoughts and prayers of encouragement.

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