Chapter 1--The Lure of the Circus
"I say, Phil, I can do that."
"Do what, Teddy?"
"A cart-wheel in the air like that fellow is doing in the picture on the billboard there."
"Oh, pshaw! You only think you can. Besides, that's not a cart-wheel; that's a double somersault. It's a real stunt let me tell you."
"How'd you like to be a circus man, Phil?
"More than anything else in the world," he breathed, "some day when I'm old enough, maybe."
What are you going to do--be a trapeze performer or what?"
"Sometimes, I think I would rather be a clown."--From The Circus Boys on the Flying Rings, or, Making a Start in the Sawdust Life (1910), by Edgar B.P. Darlington.
(Credits: Dr. Phil from (take me now, Jesus) DrPhil.com; Teddy Roosevelt from the North Dakota State Historical Society; Gorey "Pshaw" cartoon from Ephemera; and cartwheel(s) from the Miniature Barn Miniatures Gallery (alert the Department of Redundancy Department!).