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¦ > The sixth picture, which will be published next • Sunday, is
"Tommy. Atkins." Of course you all think you can guess whom
"Tommy Atkins" will be, but— can youP Now this is not as easy
as it seems, for this character has been impersonated more than
one© in the past, and each time by an exceptionally pretty girl.
Guess again, or — wait and see. -
The first of this altogether original and strikingly, attractive
series was Miss Adalafde Murphy as .the "Water Sprite." The sec
ond was Mrs. Thomas Magee Jr. as "Sunrise." The third was Miss
|SLSr. Swift as "The Duchess of Gainsborough," **& the fourth was
Mrs. J. A. Clover as "Folly." The others in the series will be "Em
\ press Josephine,'' "Twelfth Century Court Beauty," "A French Prin
cess" and "Columbia," all of then posed by women of more than
passing beauty. You are not the only on© who is mystified and
curious over their identity.
c=jp» 0-DAY you have the fifth in the beautiful series of fancy cos
11 tume poses by prominent San Francisco society women. Sh© is
1* M4ss A'. Loaiza^ daughter of a wealthy old Castilian family, and
her costume, "The Hungarian Pztacess," is not. only correct In ©very
detail-but fabulously rich in rare fabrics and costly gems.
Who is Tonnmy Atkins?
The most noiableMnstar.ee of thfs fact
that I have ever had to deal with was
Parnell. Ah, he was a game lion, but
after he became a murderer his courage
Bcemed to desert him. There was a sluft"
in his sand after he killed Thienann at
the California Fair and another fall-off !n
his grit when he assassinated the hired
man at my California farm by jerking
l:m through the bars when he wasn't
'.ookir.R and tearing him to pieces.
As I said before, forest-bred lions are
the easiest to deal with. Parneil was tho
only exception I have known. I caught
him myself in Algeria when I was trav
eling with the European United Shows.
He had been a particularly dangerous
jungle beast for years when I first heard
of him. and such wondrous stories were
toid of his size and prowess that I de
termined to have him. With my assist
ants to help mo I set a trap for him— a
beil-shjiped snare, large at the bottom
«ud small at the top— covered It over with
J;rush and put a kid on it. This trap
The reason for this is plain even to one
v.ho has had only a passing acquaintance
with animals. The spectacular beast is
frankly and openly and consistently hos
tile. He makes no secret of his overmas
tering desire to devour the trainer at a
siugie meal. He has never known «=ub
rjission 19 anything or anybody. He docs
not want to be tamed and he is not going
to be if he can possibly avoid it. He is
always bristling for a tight, and will kill
v< the first opportunity.
This i:. as it should b*>. "Forewarned is
forearm t.l." Trie trailer therefore is
ric-vt-r oli his guard, but meets brute force
with brute force.
On the other hand, the animal that has
been "tarried" is in reality the tartar. His
very docility is the badge of his treachery.
He has only concealed his blunt savagery
under a low cunning the better to striko
with greater certainty of killing when the
trainer has been beguiled into careiess-
Ets-s by an unwonted show of amiability.
This is particulariy true of the lion, all
stories of his nobleness to the contrary
notwithstanding.
Take the lion— Wallace at the Chutes,
for Instance (though he is the only ex
ception to this hard and fast rule that I
have ever brought to submission), the
"good shower" is the safest. By "good
shower" I mean the animal that goes
bounding about the cage, snarling aha
roaring in a perfect frenzy when the
trainer enters, which, though it looks
awe-inspiring and terrifying, is really less
dangerous than the beast that fav/ns at
tiie feet of the trainer or rubs against him
affectionately.
THE first and most important thing
to learn about training wild ani
mals .for the zoo is that they are
never what they seem. Those that
appear to be the most docile are in
reality the most dangerous. This is es
pecially true of the beast born in captiv
ity, as contrasted with the forest-bred
animal.
I slipped , Into another coat and stepping
out on the stage, reassured them that
everything was all right.
A doctor was summoned at once and in-
insr smell of ; powder, | the ; same ; heavy
whip, 'the 'same- audacious/ hustling, and
the same sudden escape that had bewil
dered him "the"' day- before.— He- - could
form is "to spur it en to Its own natural
mode of attack end then when properly
trained to arm it with a pair of boxicg
gloves.
scarcely believe j his senses that such an
outrage on his" dignity could be perpe
trated, and' : the -offender escape without
even a scratehr ---.-• ~. ':--/ v
•was well laid in the usual path
of the beasts to a lagoon, and when Par
nell came along he leaped at the kid and
down he went. A cage had been put at
tbe bottom of the pit, and as soon as
Parnell entered it he was drawn up. And
there he was In captivity.
1 never saw a lion who hated the degra
dation more, but this very spirit made
him an excellent "show" animal. In thres
days I was performing with him, much to
hit> surprise.
Contrary to the usual "methods followed
by animal trainers, I always ' begin the
task cf subjugation at the very rtrst meet
ing. I learned the value of this at my
debut as a lion tamer.
Jt v.-as in f C6, at the Norvell House,
where I was laying over after the war.
There was a show in town and one n'ght
a fellow came along, a huge, villainous
lookinK chap, who turned out to be the
lion tamer of the show, famous for his
dash and dare-devil courage. Well, we
•were talking there and drinking:, and I
asked the fellow who and what he was.
He told me he was a lion tamer, and
asked me who I was.
"Why, I manage wild beasts myself,"
said I. J
'•Wr.at's your 'show?" said he.
"Davis" show," said I.
The fellow didn't catch on. and I went
on.
"Bob Lee's been managing the show."
Ami still he did not comprehend, but he
looked at me hard, as if he doubted that
I could tame beasts. I'd been', in com
mand of the Louisiana Tigers after Bob
Wheat's death during the Civil War, and
that was what I was referring to when I
spoke of handling wild beasts.
Then jurt for the devilment of the
thing I offered to bet the fellow a couple
of baskets cf champagne that I'd enter
the cage where his wild beasts were kept
and do anything that he'd do. To my ut
ter- consternation he took the bet and
there I started out as a lion tamer. . \
I remember the next morning when I
started out to the shows. I looked up
or the hill and saw the tents standing
still and white, reminding me for all the
world of tombs.
However, I watched the fellow close
and when he came out I went in with
a pistol in one hand, a whip In the other
and a lump in my throat big and hard
as a hickory nut. I never whipped lions
and tigers with so much vigor in my life.
There I was with my teeth set, a ter
rific scowl on my face', Jumping round
like mad, shooting the beasts in the face-.
with a pepper box pistol loaded with
heavy wads of paper and laying about
me with my whip for all I was worth.
Wonderful to relate everybody thought
I had the most complete control over the
beasts because I even made them jump,
and the fun of It all was that every
movement I was expecting to be gobbled
up whole. The result; in a fortnight I
got a flattering offer to be lion tamer for
a big show and I took It.
With my right hand free I fired a vol
ley- full into his eyes. The powder burn
ed and blinded him and he let go, but
only for an instant, when he sprang at
me again, his jaws closing with a snap
ever my elbow a second time. Again I
fired a volley of blank cartridges into hi3
.his eyes and again he let go, only to
spring at me a third time with greater
ferocity. This time his heavy jaws near
ly severed my left arm at the elbow, but
though the pain was something awful the
sense of my -langer and the certain
knowledge that a lion only attacks three
times and if it fails then will abandon
the fight for good kept me from fainting.
Once again I fired a volley at him and
my assistants arriving opportunely we
beat him back Into a corner and I slipped
Jout from the eagre soaked in blood amidst
terrific excitement. Then to allay the
nars of the audience and prevent a panic
ferocity made a tremendous hit. He was
a "good shower" in every sense of the
terra and I feared his savagery far less
than the servile cunning of the animals
born and trained In captivity.
-'But by the close of the first week he
had got accustomed to the whip and even
the Dlstol and in the midst of the per
formance he suddenly turned. I knew
what was coming the moment I saw him
drop from thft top of the cage where be
had been clinging to the. bars in a very
fierzy of rage, and crouch for a spring.
There was absolutely no chance of es
cape and instinctively I threw up my left
arir. to ward him off. His Jaws closed
ov&i: my elbow with such crunching force
f'nat \he bone was shattered into slivers.
Luckily I was standing with my back to
the bars and though the impact of his
body against mine was terrific I was pre
vented from falling by the wall of the
ct.-re.
In contrast to the cannibalistic animals,
the bear i3 much more docile, though far
less intelligent than the Hon. I've always
maintained that the grizzly Is the king of
beasts. I've hunted animals In all parts
of the world, but I've never seen anything
that can equal a grizzly for pugnacity
and courage. There isn't any more flinch
In an American grizzly than there is In a
steel rip saw. But he is not a fighter by
nature, as the lion and tiger are, though
he can easily whip either of them. All
that the bear requires Is to be well fed,
and then with patience he can be taught
anything— the small black and brown
bears especially.
First teach him to know you by leading
him at the end of a chain, then to climb
upon a pedestal, stand on his hind legs,
roll a barrel and so on until his education
Is complete. It must all be in the nature
of pure fun. however.
The jaguar, the leopard and the hyena,
though the latter is always considered, so
dangerous, are all really as tractable as
the domestic cat. Feed them well and pet
them, and as soon as they realize that
you are friendly they can be led about
like pet dogs. " r
Much surprise is often expressed that
a kangaroo can be taught anything at
ail, particularly boxing. This In reality
is very simple. The attitude of the fighter
is absolutely natural to the animal, and
all that Is necessary to teach it to per-
Rajah, the tiger, on the other hand re
quired more time. I had to- prod him
about a great deal and keep him thor
oughly stirred up for a whole week be
fore he finally learned that I am boss.
Now that he has discovered that fact for
himself he can be taught all th© tricks
that a lion executes, though he Is never
free from treachery.
at once and obedient to my every, wish.
In this way he can be made- to stand up
against the bars, lie down and roll over,
tack up or run. just as I desire.
COLONEL DANIEL E. BO0NT3, soldier of fortune j lion tamer and
circus manager, fresh from his Mexican experiences -with Parnell,
the famed murderous lion that was gored to death by a Toltec
bull after fighting a sanguinary draw with' the Wombwell grizzly,
and still more recently from an adventure in New York with a newly
captured jungle lion, is come to take charge of the animals in the zoo at
the new Chutes. That means that he must get personally acquainted
with all of them, and teach them collectively and individually ho\7 and
why he is master of the whole jungle colony. He has accomplished
that task in less than two weeks, and the manner of his conquest, as he
tells it in the following article, is absolutely unique.
Colonel Boone has been training animals for thirtyrsix years.
There is not a beast of any sort known to modern zoology which he has
not trained in one way or another, and with the exception of Australia,
he has performed in every country of the globe. This contribution there
fore is one of the most valuable and interesting animal stories ever
published in a newspaper. %
Now the forest-bred lion Is bold and
audacious, the most daring of the whole
animal kingdom, but It will never kill
unless It Is hungry, as the tiger does
for pure love of killing, nor „ stealthily
in the sneaking manner peculiar to the
tiger and all otter members of the cat
family.
The lion cannot be controlled by mere
persuasive power. He must be conquered
boldly, fearlessly, quickly, and so it was
'hat when I opened my engagement with
Bartell'a lion his dash and spirit and
sisted that I would have to have my arm
amputated. I protested.
"I'll have to cut oft th© 'funny bone'
anyway," he said.
"There's nothing funny about that," I
replied, "though I won't b© ticklish here
after."
In the evening, with my arm bound In
splints, I performed with him as usual.
Though he seemed more savage than ever,
he had learned that I was master.
Wallace at the Chutes learned the same
lesson In Just three days, too. Now I
have only to make a motion toward my
pistol pocket, when he is up on his feat
>THE STJiniA^f GA|]i
This method of subjugating the man-eat
ing animal tribes I have found to be the
test ever since my startling debut, though
it nearly cost me my life about a month
ago in Xevv York. As it is I shall never
again have the use of my left *>ia, which
was so badly maxisled that I feared; for
a time that it would have to be ampu
tated. " . JV^-- •'-
It was at Bartell's, the' big Importer of
animals, that I first saw this one— a for
est-bred lion of immense proportions
which had just been brought, from Africa.
It fascinated me at iirst glance. .
"Kartell," I said," "I'd like to borrow
that lion." / .
"What for?" he asked.
"To open at one. of the theaters next
week," I replied.. '
"Why, that lion hasn't been in captivity
more than a month," he exclaimed," in
surprise. '.,..
"So much the better," I said, and pro
ceeded at once to get acquainted with his
royal highness. .,..- ; : . •. •
The introduction' was just the same as
my first meeting with Wallace at the
Chutes here. When I thrust my left hand
through the bars of the cage he sprang
at me with a deafening roar. Instantly L
fired two shots full In his face. He re
coiled in blank amazement, . and before
he could recover from his astonishment
I had stepped into the cage' with a heavy
whip and a big revolver and was hustling
him about in a way that he had never
been hustled before. 'And then, before he.
Lad recovered from the second surprise J
[had stepped out ] of the cage again . a/
juickly as I had entered. ... . " ¦W.
Ah, how hungrily he licked his cboag
when the iron gate slammed ; cruelly ar»
shut In his face as he sprang after me. ¦
He didn't profit' much by that first ex
perience, however, and when I. visited
-Am the next day,h© was Just as keen-to
uurder me.-. There was the same tempt
ng hand through the bars, the same sud
len flash "of the pistol, the same conftfs-
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HOW TO
TRAIN
ANIMALS
FOR THE
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