"THE LARGEST MOUTH IN AMERICA"
SWALLOWING A PLATE
THE next "artiste"
on my list had a line peculiarly his own.
He was a fine,
jovial negro from one of the Southern States, and chancing to
notice at an early age that his mouth was of unusual capacity,
even among his kind, he came to see a fortune in it.
He began to
practice, and was always more or less in form. He
supplemented his more natural endeavors by a gutta - percha
ball, which was made to expand by a screw arrangement.
The result is, I
submit, perfectly apparent from the photographs reproduced on
this page. First the merry fellow is seen displaying his
extraordinary ability in what I might term an "assisted yawn."
In the next illustration he has inserted a hand, comparable only
to a small leg of mutton; and in the third he has gravely placed
in situ a good-sized plate. He would remain like this for
hours if necessary. Observe his aspect of strenuous
eagerness in the first two portraits, and contrast this with the
expression of mild complacency - even benignity and broad
philanthropy - in the third. He is a thorough good fellow,
is this negro - good-natured, good-tempered, hilarious, making
heaps of money, and spending it recklessly.
What a unique
advertisement he would be fore Somebody's tooth - power, with
his expansive smile and superb set of "ivories:! T
hese photos, were
forwarded to the well - known showman, Mr. E. H. Bostock, of
Elgin House, Norwich, by his brother, Mr. F. C. Bostock, of
Boston, U.S.A., with a suggestion that possibly the "Man with
the Largest Mouth in America" night prove a big draw in Great
1897 Circus Music
Hall - by William G. FitzGerald
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