American Minute with Bill Federer APR. 7- 'The Greatest Show on Earth'
American Minute with Bill Federer
APR. 7- 'The Greatest Show on Earth'
The "Greatest Show on Earth" was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died APRIL 7, 1891.
Selling millions of tickets, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had big draws including General Tom Thumb, a man only 25 inches tall, and elephant "Jumbo," whose name entered the dictionary.
Barnum, who was received by President Lincoln and gave a command performance for Queen Victoria, stated:
"Most persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing too little, than by believing too much."
"Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business."
"The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves."
desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not
laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and
uses it as a friend to humanity."
As the circus was not open on Sundays, Barnum let his New York Great Roman Hippodrome be used by Dwight Lyman Moody for evangelistic campaigns.
When Barnum's show began traveling, D.L. Moody, with help from J.P. Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt, transformed the Hippodrome into a revival tabernacle.
began February 7, 1876, with 7,000 people in the main hall, 4,000 in
overflow, thousands outside, 500 ushers and 1,200 singers directed by
Sunday attendance hit 25,000.
It was perhaps Moody's most important campaign, for impacting New York impacted the nation.
D.L. Moody began his ministry in 1858 as a traveling shoe salesman who started a Sunday School mission for underprivileged children in Chicago.
Classes were taught in an abandoned saloon.
D.L. Moody stated:
is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot
understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of
faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His
By 1860, the class had grown to over 1,000 attendees, with even President-elect Abraham Lincoln visiting November 25, 1860, on his way to Washington, DC.
During the Civil War, D.L. Moody ministered to soldiers on the battle-lines, and served as Y.M.C.A. president from 1865-1870.
He built the Illinois Street Church in Chicago, but it was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
D.L. Moody said:
"We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God."
He rebuilt the church and renamed it the Chicago Avenue Church. It grew to an attendance of over 10,000, with 6,000 waiting outside.
D.L. Moody stated:
spent 40 years thinking he was somebody; 40 years learning he was
nobody; and 40 years discovering what God can do with a nobody."