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ELElPHANT RIPS THINGS
Nero, a delicate little elephant
weighing slightly over six tons,
took it into his wrinkled old head
to go for a walk this morning.
Nercwas fastened to a stake
under a circus tent at Loomis and
But the stake didn't worry Ne
ro a bit when that stroll idea
came oyer him. He took it with
Then he started on a devastat
ing saunter about the neighbor-
Tinnrl whirh will hp Inner nnrl
painfully remembered by the resi
Nero got along fine until he
came to a shed used by the city
for the, storage of oil and street
lamps at Sixtieth and Justine
There Was something about
the-shed that didn't please ;Nero.
The noise of that s'hed going
over and of-the breaking of the
street lamps was surprising. In
dignant 'citizens, wearing pa
jamas and peevish looks, came to
their doors to find out about it.
Having come to their doors,
they turneti right round and went
in again, locking the door behind
them. Most of them called up the
Engjewood police station.
"Help!" yelled the first one to
the Englewood desk sergeant.
"Help! There's an elephant
"You doh't say !" exclaimed the
desk sergeant, who is a hum6rist.
"Isitpifik?" . '
Then he hung nip the receiver.
But after about a dozen had
called him up and informed him
UP AND ROUTS POLICE
that they were citizens and tax
payers and demanded protection
and wanted to know what the po
lice were good for, the desk ser
geant sent out Patrolmen JameS
Nelligan and Patrick Rooney.
"G6 get that elephant and
bring it in," he instructed them.
Meantime Nero was having
troubles of his own. He came ort
a lamp post at Sixtieth and
Loomis streets. Nero never had
seen a light tree so close before,
so he coiled his trunk around it
and pulled it up by the roots to
see what made it shine so.
At 4945 Loomis street a fence
gave him a pain. So he spent
about 60 seconds scattering that
fence all over the district.
Then he tried to get in between
two cottages at 5959-61 Loomis
and couldn't. The alley between
the cottages was noFbuilt for ele
phants. When he couldn't get througfi
the alley from te front Nero
walked around to rear and tried
to et through from there. Still
he couldn't. So he blamed it on
the back porch of 5959 and picked '
that once Useful piece of archi
tecture up in his trunk and flung
it 40 feet aWay.
Just then Rooneyand Nelligan
catne to the rescue. They ap
proached Nero bravely, with
drawn revolvers and clubs.
"Nice elephant," said Rooney,
who keeps a dog. "Come here
Nero stood looking at the two
policemen for a moment, blinking
his little eyes wickedly. Then he.