By Himself.


One very warm day twenty seven years ago, the 16th of January, 1892, to be correct, down in the city of Louisville, Ky., a lovely baby boy first saw the light of day.  I was the lovely baby boy.


Naturally, you will say that it couldn't have been very warm, even very unusual, but I am an unusual fellow; in fact, I think I am about as unusual a fellow as you ever saw.


Some people have called me "skinny" and others have called me a lot of things, but I've become used to it now and it doesn't bother me like it used to.


The funny thing about me is that I am the only one in our family who is thin.  Both my parents are rather large people, and all of my brothers and sisters are like the average people.   My mother told me that until I was two years old I had to be carried on a pillow, and every one said that I was so small that I couldn't live very long.


Now, while I would never presume to doubt my mother's word, I do know that I was present at the time, and I can't remember a thing about it.  About the first thing I do seem to remember is that I wasn't as strong as other children, and the rest of the "kids" used to handle me just as it suited them, and the wish of my young life was to get big enough to "wallop" some of them, but it seemed that it was not to be, for although I grew in height, I didn't seem to fill out, but just remained around the same weight.


I could tell you a bunch of stuff that people ask me, but I haven't space to tell it all to you now, and I can't think of all of them, anyway'; but if you'll come around some time when I'm not busy, I would like to have a good long talk w3ith you and tell you some of my experiences in the show business.  One thing I can tell you, and that is this: I've found out that all the freaks are not on exhibition in the side shows.  There's a lot of them walking platforms, and let people look at them.  Only you can't tell they are freaks until they start to talk.


Well, I guess I've kept you about long enough.  i know you want to see some of the rest of the show, so I'll let you go, but just remember this, I am always ready to accommodate anybody at anytime, and if I can help you out by giving you some information, just say the word.  Some of you ladies might like to know how to reduce, and if I can be of any help to you, just mention it, and I'll tell you all I know about it.


Well, good-bye: if you ever happen to come down to Louisville when I'm home, just drop in and see me; I'm always glad to meet old friends.  So long: take good care of yourself.


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