Shocking Affair at Berne.
--The English papers have contained accounts of the killing of an Englishman by one of the bears kept at the public expense by the city of Berne, Switzerland
, in handsome pits walled with stone and surrounded by iron railings
, at that quaint old city.
But the circumstances are fully told in the following letter, dated Berne
, March 3rd, which we translate from a Paris paper:
‘"A sad event has just happened here.--Three Englishmen, who had been supping together at a hotel last evening, resolved, after midnight, to take a walk around the city.--They crossed the Nideck bridge
and went to the bear pit, in one division of which was a male bear, separated from the female, which had young ones.
One of the Englishman, a Capt. Lock
, who had served in the Crimea, leaned over the railing and losing his balance, fell into the pit close by the old bear, breaking one of his arms in the fall.
The bear, although regarded as the fiercest of all in the pits, did not at first attack the intruder, and it is even said that he did not resent a blow that he received from him. Unfortunately, Captain Lock
, having let the rope slip that was let down to draw him out of the pit, fell again, and in his fall struck the bear, which immediately grew furious, and a struggle began between him and the Englishman.--One of his friends wanted to go down to his relief, but the crowd prevented him. No relief could be procured from the police, and the young Englishman
His body was finally drawn out, entirely stripped and covered with wounds.
At 11 o'clock this morning there were still fragments of his clothing and pools of blood in the pit, marks of the terrible nocturnal conflict that had occurred there."’