The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE ALGERIAN THEATRE - It is said by Clarence Webster ("Conflagration Jones"), a writer of genius who is now abroad, that Papa Ganon, of Smyrna, who obtained the right to build the theatre which is seen in the engraving, had been a quartermaster-general in the war of the Crimea, an army contractor in the French war on Tonquin in 1886, and a railroad builder in Asia Minor. With only a few weeks in which to erect his theatre on frozen earth inside the Fair Grounds, and among strangers, the great man went about it with a courage, a good nature, and a true speculative expectation that made a friend for him in every newspaper man of Pavilion C, where the reporters had their desks. His troop arrived on the 25th of April, 1893, and it was not long before nearly all the leading clubs of the city had seen the pretty Nautch girls, the terrible Voodoo man who tried to cast spells on colored club-waiters, and the equally terrible Aissoires who ate glass and run knives through their tongues, ears and arms. The theatre here seen was, in its interior arrangements, the best on Midway Plaisance. The oriental dances, as performed here, were in no sense disorderly or vulgar, for the dancer scarcely lifted her feet from the floor, and her flowing skirts were fastened about her ankles. The music which accompanied the dance was peculiarly weird to Western ears.
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