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Gannon, Mary

THE ROAD TO RICHES.

The late Miss Mary Gannon also commenced at the Museum, and many more actors and actresses of celebrity have been, from time to time, engaged there. What was once the small Lecture Room was converted into a spacious and beautiful theatre, extending over the lots adjoining the Museum, and capable of holding about three thousand persons (134).

I confess that I liked the Museum mainly for the opportunities it afforded for rapidly making money. Before I bought it, I weighed the matter well in my mind, and was convinced that I could present to the American public such a variety, quantity and quality of amusement, blended with instruction, “all for twenty-five cents, children half price,” that my attractions would be irresistible, and my fortune certain. I myself relished a higher grade of amusement, and I was a frequent attendant at the opera, first-class concerts, lecture and the like ; but I worked for the million, and I knew the only way to make a million from my patrons was to give them abundant and wholesome attractions for a small sum of money (135).

Struggles and Triumphs; or, forty years’ recollections of P.T Barnum / written by himself (Johnson Warren — National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield) 1873: 134-135. Print.

Gannon, Struggles and Triumphs; or, forty years’ recollections of P.T Barnum / written by himself (Johnson Warren — National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield), 1873, 134-135