At the Florida Chautauqua, Lake de Funiak, Fla., scenes in the Orient! Sauahbrah.

At the Florida Chautauqua, Lake de Funiak, Fla., scenes in the Orient! Sauahbrah.

Published Date

  • published 1885

Geographic Term

  • Lake de Funiak.


  • This is a two part advertisement for the Florida Chautauqua at DeFuniak Springs (Feb. 12-14, 1885 at 8 p.m.). The first sheet (Side A) is the announcement of the entire change of program for the 3 nights. Sides B and C have a more complete description of the new kind of entertainment to be presented, known as the Sauahbrah Oriental Entertainments.


The Sau-Ah-Brah Bureau of Oriental Entertainments.
Oriental, Travel, Oriental History, Amusement, Refinement, Happy Hours
Convulsive Laughter Every Five Minutes.
One Verdict Everywhere!! "Brightest and Newest Ever Seen."

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Thi _ ______ the Native Burmese
Hun__st and Oriental Character Imper-
sonsator, Lecturer and Illustrator, who has
been creating so much enthusiasm in the
large assemblies and cities throughout
America. He appears in over 100 Pinless,
Hookless and Buttonless Costumes, and
impersonates the men, women and children
in every order of society, as is seen in the
Orient today.

He has all the Household Goods suited to
a well regulated East India home in its
every Department, also the goods for the
Oriental Temple, for burying and embalm-
ing, and the marriage feast, worshiping,
etc., and describes, illustrates profusely,
and acts out how the Orientals Eat, Sleep,
Dress, Woo and Win their Wives, and get
Married, Bury and Embalm, and Transmit-
gration of the Soul : sings the Songs of the
Orient, and exhibits over 300 highly colored
Oriental Stereoptical Crystal Scenes.

Two Largest Audiences at Chautauqua
Sau-Ah-Brah came to Chautauqua this
Season to surprise, entertain and completely
to capture two of the largest and most en-
thusiastic audiences ever assembled in our
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Render him a most attractive lecturer. In-
deed, his entertainments are concert, scenic
display and instructive lectures all in one.
We want him another year. Societies and
Churches will make no mistake in engaging
Sau-Ah-Brah, and if they do not it will be
a great loss.
Rev. J. H. VINCENT, D. D.
Chautauqua, N. Y.
Aug. 14, 1884

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Quick as the Lightning’s Flash
This year the Orient is playing a con-
spicuous part on the Chautauqua platform.
Babu Ram Chandra Bose was early with
us, did god work, and suddenly took his
departure. He had scarcely passed out of
the gates before an educated Christian
gentleman, clad in pinless, hookless and
buttonless garments, from Burmah, put in
an appearance. He is small in stature. It is
clear that hi is not a Hindoo, nor of any
branch of the Aryan race, but of the Mon-
goloid stock. He speaks English fluently,
has lived in the best society, and is well
educated. His sympathies are intense in
their strength and as quick as the lightning’s
flash. He is quick in his perceptions of
the droll and the ridiculous in life, and on
the instant he can reproduce them, and he
does not imitate, but actually reproduces
them. To feel the realities of a position he
has only to imagine himself there, and
whatever the soul feels the body instantly
responds to. He passes from the grave to
the gay, from the tragic to the comic, and
from the solemn to the ludicrous, with the
ease and grace of an artist. The man is so
much a unit that he could not talk on any
subject and not act out every whim and
feeling he expressed. Such are the social,
domestic and religious subjects he dis-
cusses that scarcely five minutes pass
the vast audience is not convulsed with
laughter. He has drawn the largest aud-
iences of the season and given the greatest
delight - Chautauqua Assembly Herald,
Aug. 11, 1884.

A Garrick in Ease and Grace. His
Superior to "Draw" never seen
At Chautauqua
[Special Correspondence of The Courier]
CHAUTAUQUA, Aug. 11, -- Saturday even-
ing the amphitheatre was filled to over-
flowing with an eager crowd to listen to
Sau-Ah-Brah on social life in India, include-
ing worship, courtship, marriage and di-
vorce. Not only were the seats all filled,
but the aisles were blocked with chairs, and
the margin appeared like a ruffle around an
immense cape, made f a standing crowd.
This year the Orient is playing a conspicu-
ous part upon the Chautauqua platform,
and adding to its interest. Visiting mis-
sionaries have made their reports. Babu
Ram Chandra Bose, after doing a good
Work, suddenly took his leave, but he had
hardly passed outside our gates when
Sau-Ah-Brah,, a native of Burmah, appeared
among us, arrayed in his flowing seamless
costume. He is small in stature, of reed-
like form, and his complexion - copper
colored - betrays his Mongolian origin. He
is well born, has been accustomed to the
the best society, is well educated, and has
seen much of the world. He grasps, with
equal judgment and discrimination, both
Christianity and Buddhism, the Christian
and the heathen life. He is not a dry
philosopher, not a metaphysician; the ac-
tual and the practical in life engage his
supreme attention. His mind and his body
are so perfectly correlated to each other
that the body is a perfect and easy servant
to the mind. He can scarcely thin with-
out talking, and in talking the entire body
is an incarnation of the thought and feeling
expressed. His transitions from the grave
to the gay, from the serious to the ludic-

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rous and from speech to song are made
with the ease and grace of a Garrick, and
yet not a touch of art can be seen anywhere
or at any time. He is what he is because
made so, and could not well be different.
To the droll, quaint and ludicrous in life
He is excessively sensitive, and so vivid is
His imagination that he acts or affects noth-
ing, but reproduces as a reality whatever
he describes. In his descriptions we feel
that the original scene is transpiring before
us. In a lecture of two hours and a half
scarcely five minutes at a time will pass
that the audience is not subdued to the
silence of tears or convulsed with laughter.
His superior to "draw" we have seldom if
ever seen at Chautauqua. - Buffalo Courier,
Aug. 12, 1884.
Lakeside Assembly
Lakeside, O., Aug. 1, 1884.
Mr. J. F. Douthitt
My Dear Sir: -- I am glad to say that the
exhibitions of Sau-Ah-Brah at our encamp-
ment were the most attractive and instruct-
ive of the season, and were given to the
largest and most enthusiastic audiences,
and he must surely so win and make wise
wherever he does his excellent illustrative
work. I am sorry not to have had more
personal fellowship with you both. We
want Sau-Ah-Brah another year.
I am, sincerely yours.
Supt. Instruction

Sublimity and Christian Culture
The three evenings at Lakeside Encamp-
ment filled by Sau-Ah-Brah with his Orient-
tal entertainment were better received than
any exercise on the programme, and in-
creased in interest and attendance to the
last, when the audience was immense.
Sublimity and simplicity, native natural-
Ness and Christian culture, wise wit and
Dramatic oratory, mingle to constitute the
most unique entertainment we have ever
Van Lenep is dear to our memory, but
in justice let us say our scholarly brother
Sau-Ah-Brah is far his superior.
Sec’y Lakeside Ass’n.

Island Park Assembly and Monan
Lake Assembly
Engaged for three successive seasons.
Sau-Ah-Brah, the scholarly Burmese, en-
tertained the largest audiences at Island
Park and Monona Lake Assemblies by a
Series of his brilliant descriptions and illus-
trations of India and her wonderful people.
His entertainments are purely original,
Novel and inimitable; brilliant dramatic
instruction, and everywhere received with
thunders of applause. We have engaged
him for two succeeding years, and were so
pleased that I have engaged him for a third
season. He is a great success.
Supt. Instruction

From Prof. W. F. Sherwin
Of the New England Conservatory, Boston.
I take great pleasure in commending
most heartily the illustrated lectures of
Sau-Ah-Brah, of India. They are exceed-

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ingly instructive and entertaining, and in
the Summer Assemblies have always given
great delight and satisfaction to all classes.
The doctor is a genial, Christian gentleman,
a good scholar and a fluent speaker. I am
confident that those who secure his services
will not be disappointed.

The Grace of a Girl of Cashmere
Sau-Ah-Brah is truly a wonderful charac-
ter. It is like one being in India to attend
his entertainments. One has very little
idea how much can be heaped into an en-
tertainment till they see and hear Sau-Ah-
Brah, for it is not only hearing but it is
seeing, as he illustrates profusely every
custom described and character imper-
His charm is naturalness and modesty,
with a splendid dramatic gift, a peculiar
but melodious voice, and the grace of a
girl of Cashmere. - Island Park Herald.

The Burmist Humorist and Oriental
Character Impersonator.
Sau-Ah-Brah lectured for two hours and
a half last night to a crowded house, many
of whom lined the walls. He has excellent
command of the English language, and his
power lies in the wonderful way in which
he impersonates his wonderful people, and
describes and acts out their "Social Life,"
and sings the "Songs of the Orient."**
**He has a varied collection of the
Extraordinary household goods used in every
well regulated East India home. The gor-
geouseness of his many silk costumes made
the ladies wild with envy, and there is
scarcely no doubt that each one of the fair
sex violated the commandment against
coveting your neighbor’s goods. - Cincin-
nati Enquirer.

"Sau-Ah-Brah entertains all, even the
children." - Dr. Fulton, Brooklyn, N.Y.
"I know Sau-Ah-Brah in Cambridge. His
entertainments are superb." - Dr. Boyd,
St. Louis.

"Even the children enjoy it as well as
the old people." - Philadelphia Press.
"Tis like a visit to India itself." -St.
Louis Globe.

"Like on traveling in India." - Madison

"Sau-Ah-Brah is an adept at making his
evenings pleasant. The second night brings
always a larger attendance than the first,
where there is room to increase." Nash-
ville American.

"The most unique and interesting en-
tertainment ever seen in Atlanta." - At-
lanta Constitution.

"An enormous amount of laughter
mingled with the riches Oriental wisdom."
--Chicago Times

"I have heard Sau-Ah-Brah, and consider
him the grandest man I ever saw. A won-
derful demonstration of what our Chris-
tianity is doing for the heathen. His
entertainments are superb, and will charm
all who hear them. He made it appear as
if you were in India yourself." - Rev. L.
Sharp, Fulton, Ky.

J. F. DOUTHITT, Manager,
237 WEST 39th STREET
New York City.