THE PONY BOY
ON A FARM
I was born at
Excelsior Springs, Me, and came from a family of five, three
boys and two girls, all normal, as are my parents. The
cause of my condition is not known, except that the bones in my
lower limbs are different to the ordinary person's. The
doctors have told me that my case can happen in the best of
regulated families. I received an ordinary public
education and at the age of 16 graduated from school. I
was always considered a very bright pupil and very quick to
When I was, or when
I am at home, back on the farm, I can do most anything the
normal person can do, such as milking and handling stock, and
using farm implements. Although I walk on all fours I am
considered a good horseman. I am mechanically inclined,
also a carpenter and blacksmith; I have worked in blacksmith
shoos and sawmills, and can also do shoe repairing.
I have always been
inclined to travel and learn the ways of the world, and show
business gave me the opportunity so HERE I AM. Sine the
time I've been on exhibition I have been featured by some of the
largest circuses and carnivals, being one of the very few of my
kind in the world. I have traveled the entire U. S. A.,
and parts of Canada, and Old Mexico. Because I am not a
fancy swimmer, I don't take to the water, therefore I haven't
crossed the ocean.
Here are some of the
answers to questions that perhaps are on your mind:
can you walk on
crutches, or use mechanical braces to walk upright?
No, I absolutely
have always walked on all fours, and have no balance with which
to use crutches.
Can you walk far?
Yes, I have been
known to make 15 miles hikes.
Do you tire easily?
No, the only
difference in walking is, the motion of my arms expanding my
lungs and making me breath more deeply, but as for fatigue, I
can walk all day long.
Is your spine
No, I can stand up
under the weight of 250 or 300 pounds, and my nerve system is
very good throughout pine and lower limbs, and I feel just as
healthy and normal walking on four as the normal person feels
walking on two.
Doctors say I am
more healthy than the average person. I do not feel
embarrassed as I go places, and in conclusion let me kindly
say that nature has taught me to enjoy this grand old world
the same as any ordinary person.
I may look crooked
and out of style, but I greet the world with a grand old
I thank you,
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