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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Feb 4-5 [1871] Naples 564

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 heard much. At first the huge elephants (two) are made to perform many feats of exhibiting much daring, patience, and power over the monsters. One of them winds his trunk around the mans body and carries him around the ring, when he could whip him into strings easier than I could handle a broom. Then he takes the mans head in his mouth, carries him on his tusks, walks carefully over him, kneels for him to mount his neck +c. Each time rewarded by a dig into his tender jaws with the but [sic] of a short stout whip the only weapon which the Keeper carries. The elephants must be managed entirely by fear and violence, never by Kindness. During these feats the elephants would occasionally sound their peculiar cry of fear-

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 But the next performance was the most fearfull. I ought not to be agitated when the Keeper appeared so calm, but my heart was “in my mouth” and I think nearly every one present shared my feelings- during this most fool hardy daring that I ever witnessed.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The Elephants retired and one of them returned drawing a wagen [sic] on which was an iron cage holding seven large Lions. An extra coverving for extra security was slowly raised by several men with windlasses, when the Lions could be seen from every side. The Keeper than made his appearance. The same who handled the Elephants, a tall athletic American, straight as an arrow, with a dignified and stern look but quick motions, and after driving them away from the door with the but [sic] of his rawhide he quickly opened the door and sprang into their midst and began at once to whip them fiercely. The Lions roared frightfully and flew around as actively as would so many Rats in a cage with a cat in their midst- leaping the whole length of the cage over the mans head, following each other in quick succession

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