MIDWAY CHARACTER TYPE
The Midway Plaisance, that paradise of ethnology,
was most instructive. To readers of the Bible, one might note the costumes
of the Holy Land, which had changed little in centuries, offered a high degree
of historical accuracy.
A performer of the danceventre, in
the street of Cairo Theatre, performed to the sharp beats of the tambour offered
a definite contrast to a study of Listz's music and Western beauty and
grace, performed at the Hungarian Cafe Chantant
The Bedouin, of Syria, wore capes over silken robes, red
or yellow boots of sheepskin, and silken turbans and offered a Wild East
entertainment similar in nature to the Oriental features of Buffalo Bill's
Wild West. The counter-attraction of the Cow-boys, Mexicans,
Cossacks, Bedouins, and military under Buffalo Bill, left the Bedouins in
the shadows of obscurity and indifference.