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their natural state. The boy, Martinus, died about a year since, in Wales, since which Flora has remained the only one of her people absent from their native country. She has become intelligent, and even graceful, and is not less remarkable as a descendant of so singular and depressed a race, than for the great improvements which her person and mind exhibit under civilized life and education,
These remarkable specimens of humanity (the AZTECS and EARTH WOMAN)-themselves the greatest curiosities the world has ever beheld-have been engaged by P. T. BARNUM, Proprietor and Manager of the American Museum in New York city, where they are now on exhibition, and attracting the attention of all classes of the community, including many of the most scientific minds of the country; and they are universally regarded here, as they have been in Europe, as “objects of peculiar interest to the Physiologist and Naturalist ;' and in the highest degree unique and amusing, by the mere lovers of the wonderful and curious.
The Proprietor is not content to rely upon the above alone, as attractions for his Museum, but adds them to the long list of novelties he had already engaged; among which is that most wonderful of all Nature's works—a creature which, for want of a better name-in fact, for want of any name at all—has been designated
a most singular animal, which, though it has many of the features and characteristics of both the human and brute, is not, apparently, either, but, in appearance, a mixture of both the connecting link between humanity and the brute creation.
In regard to this wonderful freak of Nature, the keeper thus addresses, on all explanatory occasions, his crowded audience :
" This nondescript was captured by a party of adventurers who were in search of the Gorilla. While exploring the River Gambia, near the mouth, they fell in with a race of beings never before discovered. They were six in number. They were in a PERFECTLY NUDE STATE, roving about among the trees and branches, in the manner common to the Monkey and Orang Outang. After considerable exertion, the hunters succeeded in capturing three of these oddities two males and a female. All of them were forwarded to this country, but, unfortunately, two of them sickened and died on the voyage across. The present one is the only survivor. When first received here, his natural position was ON ALL FOURS ; and it has required the exercise of the greatest care and patience to teach him to stand perfectly erect, as you behold him at the present moment. But a few weeks have elapsed, in fact, since he first assumed this attitude, and walked about upon his feet. If you notice, you will perceive that the WALK OF THE WHAT IS IT is very awkward, like that of a child beginning to acquire that accomplishment. When he first came his only food was raw meat, sweet apples, oranges, nuts, &c., of all of which he was very fond ; but he will now eat bread, cake, and similar things, though he is fonder of raw meat or that which, slow cooked, is rare. If you notice the formation of this nondescript, you will observe that it is something very peculiar, indeed. The formation of the head and face combines both that of the native African and of the Orang Outang. The upper part of the head, and the forehead in particular, instead of being four or five inches broad, as it should be, to resemble a human being, is LESS THAN TWO INCHES I The HEAD OF THE WHAT IS IT is very small. The ears are set back about an inch too far for humanity, and about three-fourths of an inch too high up. They should form a line with the ridge of the nose, to be like that of a human being. As they are now placed, they constitute the perfect head and skull of the Orang Outang, while the lower part of the face is that of the native African. In the next place, the teeth, instead of standing erect, occupy a slanting position, like those of the horse or the sheep, slanting to a great distance under the tongue, and into the roof of the mouth. The teeth are double nearly all around, and the crea.. ture is not able to close its mouth entirely, owing to the formation of the jaws, which are crooked instead of straight, thus leaving the front of the mouth open about half an inch. THE ARMS OF THE WHAT IS IT are much too long in proportion to its height at least some three inches. They are also crooked like those of the Orang Outang, and it is not able to straighten them. He has great strength in his hands and arms. Anything he can get hold of he will cling to for quite a length of time. There is apparently more strength in his hands and arms than in all the rest of his body combined. In the next place, his legs are crooked; like those of the Orang Outang. He cannot make them straighter than you see them now. He has no calf to his leg, but exhibits a gradual taper from the knee to the ankle joint. THE WHAT IS IT'S FOOT is narrow, slim, and flat, and has a long heel, like that of the native African. The large toe is more like a man's thumb. The others are bent under, and the distortion appears to be natural. He is supposed to be twenty or twenty-three years old, but there is nothing posi. tive known in regard to his age. He may be older, or possibly younger than that. He stands about four feet high, and weighs fifty pounds. He has been examined by some of the most scientific men we have, and pronounced by them to be a CONNECTING LINK BETWEEN THE WILD NATIVE AFRICAN AND THE BRUTE
and the formation of the head and limbs is such as to leave beyond any doubt whatever the characteristic claims of the WHAT IS IT?"
THE AQUARIA, OR RIVER GARDENS. As the great Pioneer of the Aquaria in the United States, BARNUM'S MUSEUM, presents a variety of specimens in this branch of the art, the perfection of which is necessarily ensured by long experience and fertile resources. The large number of variouslysized tanks at the Museum, filled with almost every kind of fish
and curious reptiles, were constructed by artificers originally taught and employed at the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London.
Among the curiosities of the Aquaria may be mentioned the
but as perfect in formation, and much resembling, the large shad ; Gold and Silver Fish, of every kind are also there. Some as white as paper, with pearly-pink splashes on the body and curious markings about the head and tail; some a rich scarlet; some of deep carmine, and thus through almost every imaginable color. The “ Stickle-back," or, “ Prickle-back," one of the tiniest of little fish, is also here, as bold as a whale. If attacked, he straightens up the little row of bayonets with which Nature has provided his back, not only making himself an unsavory morsel to be swallowed, but actually engages in combat with fish several times his size, and not unfrequently leaves them dead in the tanks. These pugnacious habits are remarkable in a fish frequently but half an inch long. The Minnow is also one of the least of these little fish, all of them perfect curiosities in their infinitessimal proportions, but full grown and perfected in their several kinds. The Shark is found swimming leisurely within these tanks, with a cold, ferocious eye, ready for a combat with fish of all sizes; the Sheep's Head Fish, whose head exactly resembles the quadruped from which its name is derived ; the Pickerel, with its long, sharp jaws, somewhat resembling the Alligator in its mouth, and worse than the Alligator for ferocity among fresh-water fish; the beautiful Trout, with its speckled, many-colored and beautiful spots, and the brilliancy of whose appearance equals the magnificent plumage of the rubynecked Humming Bird; the great Black Bass, which meanders slowly among the rocks at the bottom of the tanks; the Angel Fish, which exhibits the most brilliant rainbow tints of any fish or bird on the globe; Cat Fishes, which move sluggishly among sea-weeds and water-plant growth appropriate to the species. All these are very curious and interesting specimens. The Striped Bass is also a most beautiful fish, and a great variety of them are found in the tanks; the Cow Fish is a huge, ungainly species, not inaptly named after the beast which it represents; the Silver Eel is a tiny but perfect specimen of this fish, lean and transparent, so that its skeleton can be discerned through its sides, and yet in the full possession of natural health and activity. Added to the many other kinds of fish, of which want of room necessarily prevents any description, there are tanks containing Turtles, young Alligators, Crabs, Lizards, Sea-shell Fish, Sea Sponges, Oysters, Clams, and an almost endless variety of animal life as it exists in the different Oceans and Rivers of the Globe. Many beautiful Water Plants are also exhibited. The whole of the Aquaria Department, bringing, as it does to close view, an abundance of different kinds of fish, otherwise never seen, and giving opportunities for studying them in their native element, and in all their natural animation and activity, affords a recreation to the loyer of nature which has never been excelled.
A most Interesting, Amusing and Marvelous Narrative.
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Barnum's American Museum.
P. T. BARNUM, Prop'r and Manager. I J. GREENWOOD, Jr., Ass’t Manager.
The only place of amusement in America honored with a VISIT FROM THE PRINCE OF WALES, who, with the DUKE OF NEWCASTLE, EARL ST. GERMAINS, and others of his suite,
expressed himself delighted with the Curiosities he examined.
THE WONDER OF AMERICA, and unquestionably, from its position, character and popularity, as well as from its attractions of the most amusing, instructive and moral character, the special place of
FAMILY AMUSEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. Perhaps there never was before in the world such an instance of extraordinary success as this museum presents. Mr. BARNUM devotes his constant energies and attends personally to the minutest details of the Museum, his chief desire being not only to give his patrons novelties and amuseinents worth five times the price of admission, but also to PLEASE THEM IN every respect. He has established agencies in nearly every portion of the globe, through which, with an almost reckless disregard of expenditure, he is constantly procuring every novelty which his large experience suggests will prove interesting to his visitors. Hence it is acknowledged by all extensive travelers and intelligent observers that in the whole world there is not an institution which provides a tithe of the healthy amusement blended with valuabie instruction for old and young which may be found here. The extraordinary
LIVING CURIOSITIES which are constantly appearing here, in a variety truly astonishing, are confessedly a valuable exhibition of themselves. The
GRAND AQUARIA (first introduced into this country by Mr. Barnum), the original and only real Ocean and River Garden in America, with its Crystal Ponds of salt and fresh water containing myriads of rare, beautiful and curious fish from far-distant as well as local seas and rivers, forms a study must retined and delightful, and worth going many miles to enjoy. The
“ H A PPY FAMILY,” comprising hundreds of living beasts and birds of opposite natures, trained to live together in the most perfect harmony, must be seen to be realized. The Seven Grand Saloons, which are
Open Day and Evening, embody 850,000 Curiosities, and comprise Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Insects, Minerals, Coins, Pic tures and Portrait Gallery, gorgeous Cosmoramic views of the most interesting scenes in the world. Wax Figures, Relics of the Revolution, Rare Articles from Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vine. veh, Egypt, &c. Also, Hindoo, Hottentot, Esquimaux and Arctic Sea Curiosities, &c. The
ELEGANT SALOON PERFORMANCES
EVERY AFTERNOON AND EVENING, (Sundays excepted,) and comprise every thing that is attractive, amusing, touching, effective and agreeable to the most fastidious tastes.
In a speech recently delivered before the patrons of the Museum, at the opening of the Fall and Winter Season, Mr. Barnum says: "I am by no means unaware of the great influence for good which this establishment is capable of exerting upon the public mind. I feel the responsibility of my position, and I therefore gladly renew my pledge to families and the vetter portion of the community to keep the Museum always free from every objectionable feature, to permit no intoxicating drinks within its halls, no vulgar or profane allusions on the stage, no improper visitors of either sex, and to use the same precaution to protect any visitors while in the Museum that I would my own family, so that any lady or child shall he as safe here as in their own house."
ATSUNDAY SCHOOLS will always be admitted on the most favorable terms. Application can be made either in person or by letter to either the manager or his Assistant. ADMISSION TO THE ENTIRE MUSEUM, including all the Curiosities, as well as the Grand
Saloon Performances, 25 Cents. Children under 10 years, 15 Cents.
Seats in Parquette and Balcony , 15 Cents extra.