AT HOME AGAIN
THE CLOCK DEBTS PAID--THE MUSEUM ONCE MORE UNDER BARNUM'S MANAGEMENT--ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION--HIS SPEECH--Two POEMS.
In 1859, Barnum returned to the United States. During his trip abroad he had secured many novelties for the Museum, the Albino Family, Thiodon's Mechanical Theatre, and others.
These afforded him a liberal commission, and he had beside made considerable money from the Tom Thumb exhibitions and his lectures.
All this, his wife's income, as well as a large sum derived from the sale of some of her property, was faithfully devoted to the one object of their lives-- paying off the clock debts.
Mrs. Barnum and her daughter, Pauline, had either boarded in Bridgeport or lived in a small house in the suburbs during the entire four years of struggle. The land purchased by Mrs. Barnum at the assignee's sale in East Bridgeport had increased in value meanwhile, and they felt justified in borrowing on it, some of the single lots were sold, and
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Publication information: Book title: Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum. Contributors: Joel Benton - Author. Publisher: Edgewood Publishing. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1891. Page number: 424.
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