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Joseph Merrick - Wikipedia

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It personifies to the resident the verification of the brightest dreams that in the old days the most daring dared to dream. A huge, but stately seal has in a sense been set upon the city's aspirations, and it stands at once as an emblem of accomplishment and an example for emulation.

The basement fronting Astor Road contains store-rooms, the steam-heating apparatus, and motor fire-pump. The grand staircase, with marble dado and red panels on white background, leads upward to passenger liftsa ladies cloak rooma very prettily furnished ladies' sitting room, a reading room with several comfortable sofas and easy chairs upholstered in leather, a private buffet with a polished teakwood bar, and a large billiard room.

Farther up the grand staircase is the main dining hall, almost the whole length of the building with a gallery and verandah on the second floor and well lighted by a barreled ceiling of glass.

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On the Astor Road side is a handsome banqueting hall and reception rooms, both decorated in ivory and gold, and six private dining rooms. There were six service elevators, bedrooms with private sitting rooms, and luxury suites under the dome.

A major feature of the reconstruction was the creation of the Peacock Hall, "the city's first ballroom", [] "the most commodious ballroom in Shanghai". When you want your breakfast or your tea, just open the door and tell them. That evening, they departed on their honeymoon in the USA and Scotland, and returned to Shanghai early in Whitlow, was appointed acting manager, but was soon replaced by Mr. While praise for the renovations was almost universal, they strained severely the Hotel's finances.

A handsome and impressive stone edifice of arched windows and balconies, the hotel stood six stories high and sprawled over three acres of land near the heart of the city. At this time there were still restrictions on Chinese entering the Astor House Hotel. The Astor House, which since I was here last, seventeen years ago, had outgrown all recognition I entered the spacious social hall flanked with cigar, sweets, scent and other stalls The idea is soon dissipated when you find yourself following a man clad in bath-room slippers and shirt to the feet, the whiteness of which is relieved by a long black pigtail hanging down his back.

He bows and smiles as he unlocks a door and shows you to your room, which is light and airy, with a bath-room attached. The dining-room was a gorgeous scene in the evening The room is long, and the prevailing colours buff and white: A gallery runs down either side, and in the busy season is also filled with tables. A band plays nightly Soft black shoes over white stockings, and legs swathed with dark felt were the finishing touches of a picturesque uniform. In the center of the compound was a courtyard where an orchestra played in the evenings.

Practically everyone dressed for dinner, which never was served before eight o'clock.

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Sanitary arrangements left much to be desired. There was no modern plumbing. The bathtub consisted of a large earthenware pot about four feet high and four feet in diameter The Chinese servant assigned to me would carry in a seemingly endless number of buckets of hot water to fill the tub in the morning.

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An old resident of Shanghai once told me, "If you sit in the lobby of the Astor House and keep your eyes open you will see all of the crooks who hang out on the China coast. That car became Shanghai's first taxi, and spawned the Johnson fleet, now known as the Qiangsheng taxi", [16] which is "now ranked number-two by the number of taxis in the city behind Dazhong.

The Shanghai government took over Qiangsheng after the Communists won the Chinese civil war in ". Banquets a special feature, and a French chef employed.

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Up-to-date hairdressing salon and beauty parlor. Strictly under foreign supervision. Ezra, intended to build "the biggest and best hotel in the Far Easta storey hotel with huge luxury bedrooms, including a seat dining hall and two dining rooms", on Bubbling Well Road.

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Merrick wrote to Torr, who came and visited him at the workhouse. Torr decided that he could make money exhibiting Merrick; although, to retain Merrick's novelty, he would have to be a travelling exhibit. Ellis, travelling showman George Hitchcock, and fair owner Sam Roper. On 3 AugustMerrick departed the workhouse to start his new career. Today it sells saris. George Hitchcock contacted an acquaintance, showman Tom Normanwho ran penny gaff shops in London's East End exhibiting human curiosities.

Without a meeting, Norman agreed to take over Merrick's management and in November, Hitchcock travelled with Merrick to London. Merrick had an iron bed with a curtain drawn around to afford him some privacy. Norman observed Merrick asleep one morning and learnt that he always slept sitting up, with his legs drawn up and his head resting on his knees.

His enlarged head was too heavy to allow him to sleep lying down and, as Merrick put it, he would risk "waking with a broken neck". This biography, whether written by Merrick or not, provided a generally accurate account of his life.

It contained an incorrect date of birth but, throughout his life, Merrick was vague about when he was born. Before doing so I ask you please to prepare yourselves—Brace yourselves up to witness one who is probably the most remarkable human being ever to draw the breath of life.

He would then lead his onlookers into the shop, explaining that the Elephant Man was "not here to frighten you but to enlighten you. The Elephant Man exhibit was moderately successful, and made money primarily from the sales of the autobiographical pamphlet.

Like his colleagues, Tuckett was intrigued by the Elephant Man's deformities and told his senior colleague Frederick Treves. Later that day, he sent Tuckett back to the shop to ask if Merrick might be willing to come to the hospital for an examination. Norman and Merrick agreed.

He noted that his skin was covered in papillomata warty growthsthe largest of which exuded an unpleasant smell. There were bone deformities in the right arm, both legs, and, most conspicuously, in the large skull. His left arm and hand were not large and were not deformed. His penis and scrotum were normal. Apart from his deformities and the lameness in his hip, Treves concluded that Merrick appeared to be in good general health. According to Norman, he said he was "stripped naked and felt like an animal in a cattle market.

Shows like Norman's were a cause for public concern, both on the grounds of decency and due to the disruption caused by crowds gathering outside them. Merrick remained a horrifying spectacle for his viewers and Roper grew nervous about the negative attention the Elephant Man drew from local authorities. Merrick's management was assumed by an unknown man possibly named Ferrari and they left for the continent.

From there, he travelled by train to London and arrived at Liverpool Street station. He was not eligible to enter a workhouse in London for more than one night and would be accepted only by Leicester Union, where he was a permanent resident. He drew a crowd of curious onlookers until a policeman helped him into an empty waiting room, where he huddled in a corner, exhausted.

Unable to make himself understood, his only identifying possession was Frederick Treves's card. Recognising Merrick, Treves took him in a hansom cab to the London Hospital. Merrick was admitted for bronchitiswashed, fed and put to bed in a small isolation room in the hospital's attic. He discovered that Merrick's physical condition had deteriorated over the previous two years and that he had become quite crippled by his deformities.

Treves also suspected that Merrick now suffered from a heart condition and that he had only a few years left to live. Although some nurses were initially upset by his appearance, they overcame this and cared for him.

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A new set of photographs was taken. The question of Merrick's long-term care had to be addressed. Francis Carr Gomm, the chairman of the hospital committee, had supported Treves in his decision to admit Merrick, but by November, long-term plans needed to be made. The London Hospital was not equipped or staffed to provide care for the incurable, which Merrick clearly was.

Gomm wrote a letter to The Timesprinted on 4 December, outlining Merrick's case and asking readers for suggestions. It was decided that he would be allowed to stay there for the remainder of his life. The rooms were adapted and furnished to suit Merrick, with a specially constructed bed and—at Treves's instruction—no mirrors.

Treves visited him daily and spent a couple of hours with him every Sunday. He told Treves that he was an only child, and Treves had the impression that Merrick's mother, whose picture Merrick always carried with him, had abandoned him as a baby. The women he met were either disgusted or frightened by his appearance.

Treves decided that Merrick would like to be introduced to a woman and it would help him feel normal. Leila Maturin, "a young and pretty widow", to visit Merrick. The meeting was short, as Merrick quickly became overcome with emotion.

Treves believed that Merrick's hope was to go to live at an institution for the blind, where he might meet a woman who could not see his deformities. One day he expressed a desire to see inside what he considered a "real" house and Treves obliged, taking him to visit his Wimpole Street townhouse and meet his wife. He entertained visits from Treves and his house surgeons.