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Elton C. Fax

James Carl Harrington Jr., later known by his professional name Hamtree, was born in Columbia, South Carolina. His father, James Carl Harrington Sr. was a rigid fundamentalist preacher Of his mother little is known except that she was an attractive woman of Native American origin Young Harrington was a spirited and imaginative boy who found the strict discipline of home and school more than he could bear When barely fourteen he ran away from home to join a traveling carnival Working as a roustabout he earned his keep by helping pitch tents and performing assorted menial jobs The work was hard but exciting for there were always performers he could watch In spare moments he would sketch for his own amusement With his natural aptitudes it was not difficult for Harrington to learn the barber s trade and although quite able thereafter to earn more as a ...