Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Circus People]
The way they have it in the cook house is actors on one side, side show people on the other side, freaks on the other side, cowboys, cowgirls on the other side. Then a partition in between the tents for the working people and they gits the same food as we git.
In the summer we hire a big bus and go out on picnics, swimmin', some golfin', on Sunday. Circus life isn't what people thinks it is. We jest sit around in between shows with our knittin' or sewin'. We all make what they call a trousseau box, blouses, underwear. The circus has their own doctors and own chief of police, and pressman and in case of an accident, they have their own “Fixers” like a lawyer. Put down that in my times they didn't have no compensation but all the times I wuz with Ringling they took well care of me. And if I had to pick, I'd take circus any ime, even though the circus pays only 175 and vaudeville 300, 'cause in a circus you get everything for you and when you get your pay it's clear and you kin save somethin'. But in vaudeville, you get, say 300, and you have to pay your room and your meals, and handlin' of baggage, an' checkin' and everything extra like that and you ain't got a thing when you get to pay day. See what I mean?