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The Daily Dispatch: January 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], A man killed by a lion at Astley's Theatre — a Thrilling scene. (search)
at Astley's Royal Amphitheater, in London, and owned by Mr. Crockett, escaped from their den. The London Times says: S a yard-helper in the establishment. On the arrival of Mr. Crockett he rushed on the stage, where the lion was running abouman Jarvey in his mouth, to all appearance quite dead. Mr. Crockett instantly seized a stable fork and dealt the lion a heabe extinct. After the body of Jarvey had been removed, Mr. Crockett went in search of the three lions, who were now roamingre all afraid of even approaching the beast. On seeing Mr. Crockett, the lioness made a dash through the pit saloon, whencek up a most threatening attitude. Nothing daunted, Mr. Crockett entered the box, placed a leather collar around her nec, and finally placed in security. From the private box Mr. Crockett saw another of the animals playing on the stage with a prevailed for some time in the Theatre, and it required Mr. Crockett's utmost persuasion to convince the attendants that no