twelfth day, when he took entire possession of the establishment.
The animals in the cages were fearfully frightened, dashing against their bars and filling the air with their howls and shrieks.
raged around the building, reared on his hind feet, and endeavored to tear down the rafters in the roof with his trunk, but molested none of the animals.
In the meantime, a large force of men was gathered — steel hooks attached to long polls were inserted in his ears and shoulders, and, after great difficulty, he was "hobbled" and cast, when the customary discipline was applied with the usual satisfactory result.
Queen Anne, who was of a more gentle disposition, bore the separation with exemplary resignation.
The Female elephant Susceptible to the Fascinations of jewelry.
In the fall of 1848 there was a circus exhibiting on Eighth street, where the Bible
House now stands, in which were two performing elephants, called Poodah and Romeo.
The latter, in coming to this country, had the misfortune to break off both of his tusks, which materially injured his personal appearance.
Still he was on very affectionate terms with Poodah, who was a fine female elephant.
Shortly after arriving in the city, another circus, belonging to the same proprietors, came in with another elephant, also called Romeo
But Romeo No. 2
was blessed with a splendid pair of tusks of the whitest ivory, and more than all, at the end of each of these tusks was a large knob of polished brass.
This elephant was placed with the other two, and from that day Romeo No. I was a discarded lover.--The splendid tusks and the jewelry
of the newcomer threw his rival completely in the shade. --Poodah treated her old sweetheart in the most heartless manner.
His attempts at endearment were met with blows from the female's ponderous trunk that made the poor fellow reel; and it is difficult to say which presented the most amusing spectacle, the manifest discomfiture of the old lover, the complacency of the new, or the coquettish graces played off by the false Poodah
upon her new favorite.
It is some satisfaction to know that this unprincipled destroyer of an honest elephant's peace afterward came to an ignominious end.
There have been four elephant-keepers killed by the animals under their charge in this country.
A man by the name of Saunders
was killed by pizarre, who was one of the most troublesome animals that has been here, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana
, many years ago. Saunders
was endeavoring to make the elephant ford a stream to get around a defective bridge, but the particulars of the occurrence will never be known.
When the company came up to the scope of the tragedy, Pizarro
was loose; the bodies of a horse and a camel were found lying by the roadside, while some of the fragments of the unfortunate keeper were found hanging from the boughs of a tree, thirty feet from the ground.--He was literally torn to pieces, and the elephant had apparently tossed his lifeless remains again and again in the air. Columbus
killed a man named Crumb at Algiers
, opposite New Orleans.--Two menageries, which had been traveling separate routes, came together and joined forces at this place.
Crumb was driving Hannibal
, and on entering town in procession, preceded Columbus
On hearing Crumb give orders to Hannibal
probably supposed that he was the elephant addressed, and resenting any exertion of authority upon the part of a stranger, he rushed forward and killed him instantly.
His temper inflamed by this exploit, he turned upon his own keeper, but without serious result.
The same night, he got loose and defied all efforts to control him. The people of the place turned out and fired ten or fifteen balls into him without any perceptible effect.
The next day, an old elephant driver, named Potter
, who happened to be in New Orleans, came over, took him in hand, and reduced him to submission.
The same elephant, Columbus
, killed a keeper, named Kelly
, in the old menagerie building, Walnut street, Philadelphia
, in the fall of 1947.
had the elephant in charge some six or seven weeks, but had never fairly conquered him. After killing Kelly
, he made a charge upon Mr. Waring
, who was at that time manager of the menageric.
ran up among the seats, and, Columbus
following, broke through the floor, which gave Mr. Waring
an opportunity to escape.
There was an intense excitement created in the city when it was known that the infuriated brute was loose in the building, and a cannon was brought before the door, by order of the Mayor
, to shoot him if he should attempt to come into the street.
He was soon subdued by the customary process.
A man named George West
was killed at Camden, South Carolina
, by the young elephant Romeo
— the one alluded to as sporting jewelry.
He was an elephant of bad disposition, and West had not obtained a complete mastery over him, as the animal had frequently turned upon him previous to this occurrence.
After killing his keeper, Romeo
roamed at large to the great consternation of the people in the vicinity, who turned out in large numbers, armed with guns, for the purpose of destroying him They fired at him repeatedly, and drove him into the woods, where he battled them for a time.
The next morning he was discovered in a mill-pond, where he afforded a fair target for his pursuers, and where they soon put a quietus upon his movements.
He died, perforated with innumerable bullets.
Mr. Reade upon the elephant.
I think that Charles Reade
has done the elephant injustice in calling him "treacherous. " He does not conceal his hatred for mankind.
He professes no affection for his keeper — he is an unwilling slave.
When he is whipped in a fair (or unfair) fight, and says enough, he never goes back on his word without some fresh cause of offence makes a new quarrel.
When his fits of frenzy are on him. I do not consider him a free moral agent.
I look upon him as a dignified, honorable, high-minded giant in slavery.