180 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
The first chance we got, the duke he had some show bills printed ; and after that, for two or three days as we floated along, the raft was a most uncommon lively place, for there warn't nothing but sword-fighting and rehearsing—as the duke called it—going on all the time. One morning, when we was pretty well down the State of Arkansaw, we come in sight of a little one-horse town in a big bend ; so we tied up about three-quarters of a mile above it, in the mouth of a crick which was shut in like a tunnel by the cypress trees, and all of us but Jim took the canoe and went down there to see if there was any chance in that place for our show.
We struck it mighty lucky ; there was going to be a circus there that afternoon, and the country people was already beginning to come in, in all kinds of old shackly wagons, and on horses. The circus would leave before night, so our show would have a pretty good chance. The duke he hired the court house, and we went around and stuck up our bills. They read like this :
Shaksperean Revival ! ! !
Wonderful Attraction !
For One Night Only I
The world renowned tragedians,
David Garrick the younger, of Drury Lane Theatre, London,
and Edmund Kean the elder, of the Royal Haymarket Theatre, White-chapel, Pudding Lane, Piccadilly, London, and the Royal Continental Theatres, in their sublime Shaksperean Spectacle entitled The Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet ! ! !
Romeo-----.................................... Mr. Garrick,
Juliet......................................... Mr. Kean.
Assisted by the whole strength of the company ! New costumes, new scenery, new appointments !