Sub-title -- The Life and Times of a Show Boat Trouper. The new Show Boat film should stimulate interest in this book, which is the true story of an actual showboat actor. Son of English parents, brought up with the family travelling medicine show which is eventually given on a showboat which covered all the important inland waterways. John Golden brought them to New York, but young Bryant was disillusioned as to his own powers to charm Broadway, and returned to the rivers. Sycamore Shores type of market. Colloquial in style.