Elephant Story: Jumbo and P.T. Barnum Under the Big Top

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2000 - Social Science - 135 pages
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The newspapers called him "Overshadowing Monarch Mastodon," "Behemoth of Holy Writ" and "Prodigious Mountain." He was the main event at the greatest show on earth: Jumbo, at around 6-1/2 tons and almost 12 feet tall, the biggest elephant anyone had ever seen. Jumbo's mere presence in the Barnum, Bailey and Hutchinson circus guaranteed an additional $3,000 a day in box office receipts. More of an exhibit than a performer, Jumbo was simply paraded around the three rings. But still the people came, just to marvel at the size of this monster pachyderm. This work traces Jumbo's capture in East Africa, his life in the London Zoo, the controversy over his sale for $10,000 to American showman P.T. Barnum, his journey across the Atlantic, his life as the most famous attraction in Barnum's circus, and his tragic death in a railway accident in Canada in 1885.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
The Day Jumbo Died
3
Captured
12
A New Home for Jumbo
16
All in a Days Work
25
Jumbo Gets Dicult
35
Jumbo Dont Go
41
Arrival in New York
62
Jumbo on Parade
93
Gone But Not Forgotten
98
Excerpts from the Route Books of P T Barnums Greatest Show on Earth
103
Famous Elephants
105
How Big Was Jumbo?
113
Notes
115
Bibliography
123
Index
127

The Worlds Greatest Showman
69
Elephants and Circuses
81

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Les Harding, a former academic librarian, has written numerous articles and book reviews and more than a dozen books. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

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