A rhinoceros at large.
--He Attacks a Man.
On the 19th of August the steamer Key City
, bound down the Mississippi
, collided with the steamer Luzerne
, having on board Dan Rice
's circus troupe, trained animals, &c. The cage containing the trained rhinoceros, weighing over four thousand pounds, which was on the barge alongside, was knocked into the river.
The door of the cage was open, the animal-being tied to the front end of it by a chain which was fastened to a ring in the monster's nose.
When morning came no signs of him could be seen.
The La Crosse Democrat, however, of the 27th, says:
Sunday afternoon, Charles Wrightston
, F. W. Brown
and Robt. Eggleston
, while reasting green corn, on the bank of the slough, five miles below here, were half scared to death by hearing a heavy tramp, and in a few moments the rhinoceros, as he appeared here on the occasion of his first visit, in July, minus the blanket and chain in his nose, rushed upon them with a terrible bellow, catching Eggleston
on his shout, and throwing him as he says at least fifty feet over and back of him, breaking one arm and two ribs in the fail.
The monster plunged into the river, and the other two persons, badly scared, but not hurt, procured a buggy, took the seat out, lifted the box with grass and a blanket, and brought Eggleston
to his home in this city, where he is now in the care of Dr. Cameron
The ribs were evidently broken by the shout of the animal, as the flesh was badly torn.
The "slough" in which the animal doubtless is at present, is about five miles below here, very deep, with muddy bottom, and, though it is just such a place as he was captured from in the East
, there is no telling how long he may remain quiet without taking a notion to prowl around the country in search of better fare.
This forenoon several of our sportsmen went down to the spot to make arrangements for his capture, when, if successful, they can start a show of their own.