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Two Noted Elephnats

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"Tip," thoelepliant which was recently prespiitod to tne vity of New York by Adam Forepaugh, is living contentedly at hia very comfortable elephantine quartors in Central park. Tip is one of the largest and finest elenhants in America. He stands ten feet high in his stooking fcct. and weighs live Urne. "He is only a LM yet," his keeper says, being but 18 years old. Witli care and gooil habita Tip ought to live a hundred years yet. Hia tuaks are the finest in America, and each one is worth $1 ,000. He was witli Forepaugh's circus for sume time, and is a noble looking brute. Hia habita of life could not be called sesthetic. Wlien he gets out of bed in the morning, though he is not particularly thirsty, lie clears his throat vvith sixty gallons of water, sometimos more; and at 1) oVlock lie has breakfast. The menu is usuallv sonicthing like this: One bushei of carrots. Twenly-four heads of cabbage. Fifty loaves of bread. Two Imndred and fifty pounds of hay. For desort lie had peanuts, oflfored by scores of small boys, and aftor dipping his trunk in his big wooden finger bowl tho great fellow seemed satislied. The bill of faie will be variod. On'e a week he will gct ICO pounds of bran mash to keep him in condition, and later on he will have a bushei of oats. Crowds of people visit him evory day, and it is probable that be will before long be as popular in bis way as the lamented chimpanzee CJrowley. Ttie largpKt elephant in Araorioa, Chief, for years attached to Robinson'a circus, was ome tiuie ago eondornned todeath, and was to suffer capital punishment by the new tuethod of electricity at Cüicianati. The exocution was layed, however, and has now dropped out of mind. By a rurioua eoincidence another elephant namcd CHief was Uilled at Philadelphia at about the time set for the judicial murder of tho Cincinnati beast. But the Philadelphia (.'hief was choked to death by two elepuantine companions. Chief committed almostns many murders ia the notorious Prado, who was ïvcently guillotined at Paris, Franco. Indeed, Chief has won the tille of "tiian killer," and within the past few months has become 8O vicious that despite the fact that an elephant of his size is worth 10,000, his owners have determined to prevent his maiming or killLug any more keepers by executing him. In tho Knrne circus as Chief there is an elephant ralled Mary. She has been with the liohinsons for forty ycars and is nearly a lmndred years old. Bhe ia very docile and grateful for small favors, euch as an apple or a pieee of candy. Formcrly Mary used to manage Chief. When he would become raisohievous she would administer a whipping that cured him of his tricks for months. Now, even Mary is afraid of him. and as for the other elepnaots tliev all let him alone. ' Chiefs first murder was of John King, his keeper, at Charlotte, N. C, in 1879. King was rery fond of Chief and would never whip him, therefore the murder showed not only hloodtlnrstiness. but ingratitude, and had Chief been brought to trial and convicted the judgo would doubtless have discoursed on thia in hia sentence. Indeed the elephanfs vicious character was manifestcd two months before the murder of King. A small boy who wanted to see the circus, but objected to the admissiou feo, crawled under the tent. He didn't se! the circus, but he saw the elephunt to his heart's content. By místate he got in among tho big brutes, and riekt under Chief. Chief struck the urchin with his trunk and was about to crush him with his head - Chiefs emotional insanity always leads him into this ineans of murder - when Old Mary discovered the Bituation. She broke her chaina, rushed over to Chief, knocked him aside, picked up the boy with her trunk and held him away from his would ie murderer. Om Unie. when the circus v as on the Ohio river, below Louisville, Kobinson determinad tbat Cliief, wlio had lately been vcry ugly, doserved a whipping. King was fond of the elephant and pro tested, but the uext day, when the circus party came to an island, they stopped io do the flogging. They put a ropo around ejli of the brute's legs, and throwing tnem over the lirnbs of trees pulled away till the elcphant was ofï his feet and swinging in the air, back down. Thon the company began to belabor him with hammers and stakes and pitchforks, and kept it up for an hoor. They were ordered to thrash him till he bellowed, but the beast was gair.p and npver uttered a sounu. King mtanwhile was so earnest in his prolestations against the punishment of his favorite that liobinsot) was obliged to send him away. At last they lighted some hay under Chief This brought him round. He began ti quiver, and when he feit the fire he bellowed. Then he was taken down and was a very good elcphant for quite i wlüle. But King's kindness was all lost on the hardened criminal. Th reo montha after his unsuccessful intercession he was taking the elephant out of a car at Charlotte, N. C. "('ome out of there. you big loafer," said the keeper. Chief stepped out, and when he got on to terra firma he Btruck King with his trunk and then cru-shed him with his head. Chief, who has all the cunning and intclliijonrp of human murderers. at once becanie a fugitivo trom justice. He tooi to the woods. Away he went, out of the town, over liill and dale, through barbee wire fences, a terror to all he met, doubtless pursued by the haunting face of the man he had niurdered. Two elephants, Old Mary and one named Princess, were constituted a posse and sent after the fugitive. They over hauled hini in the woods. Mary wen up beslde him, and the men, by keeping under her, were at last enabled to cnain him. As is often the case with murderers who are "worth" a great deal, ("hier value saved him from paying the deatl penalty for this offense. Ho was quie tor a while - perhaps to restore confl dence - but two years after he killed hi next keeper, Oeorgo Sullivan. This murder was done in the same way tha King had been killed. The elephan struc'i Sullivan with his tmnk and then crushed him with his head. Chief is chained in a corner of tho win ter stable. In the center is a big stov around which the stable men sit. No long ago tho condemned brute found a pile of coal in big lumps. Wliile the men were talking, suddenly a big piece of coal whizzed past them and crashet against the side of the stable. A can nonacle had begun which lasted as long as the ammunition held out. Of course the men got from under the firo in a hurry, and if the stove had not been se curely fustened it would have beei knocked over, and perhaps justice wouli hare been defeated by the bumingof the stable, wiih the prisoner.


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