BARNUM'S BEASTS AND BIRDS
Bridgeport CT. P. T. Barnum Sells
Circus Animals 1875
THE SALE OF WILD ANIMALS AND BIRDS
YESTERDAY ALARMING SACRIFICES
AMONG THE MORE DISTINGUISHED BEASTS OF
There was a large attendance throughout the day at
Barnum's sale of animals. The elephants sold
as follows: Albert, to Smith, for $3,000; Betsey to
Stewart, for $4,500; Gipsy to Smith, for $3,150; Queen to
same, for $3,000.
Smith did on one dromedary at $250; the remaining six sold
to Smith for $200 each. No bids on camels.
rhinoceros was struck down to Davis for $3,500.
English stag bid off for Mr. Barnum for $11, for Seaside
Park. The giraffe sold to Davis for $1,000.
Smith bought one white bear for $650. and Mr. Davis the
other at $575. The performing den-one lion, one
lioness, a Brazilian tiger and a leopard struck off to
Davis for $2,500 for the lot. Smith took on e
ostrich at $300, Davis the other at the same price; water
buffalo to Tanner at $60; yak to Davis at $55; three white
deer to Stewart at $50 each.
Numerous other animals were offered, but not sold,
including leopards, tigers, hyenas, elks, tapirs, llamas
and kangaroos; two white bears, one to Smith at $650 and
one to Davis; gnu, or horned horse, to Tanner at $1,200,
being the highest paid for any animal save the elephants.
Seventeen monkeys sold to Stewart for $150; twelve
performing monkeys to Smith for $250; two performing
goats, one to Cushing at $50. This is Alexis, for which
Barnum paid Jarrett and Palmer $2,500. One four-horned
goat to Smith at $30; eight English hounds two reserved
by request for General Custer, the rest sold at $7 each.
King vulture to Tanner at $27. Ten cockatoos to Stewart
at $10.50. Three rose cockatoos to Tanner at $4. Two
white peacocks to J. Neale, plumber of Fifth avenue at
$55. A lot of twenty-five small birds, with cage, to
Tanner at $23. All the saddles and harness were sold to
Miller, Morrison & Co. of New York. The great Congress of
Nations harness brought $1,000; it cost $10,000; sea lion
cage to Smith for $300; sacred bull cage to Stewart, for
$500; giraffe cages one to Smith for $500, the other for
$495. Barnum bought the baby hippopotamus for $25,000,
the only animal bid for by him.
The sale closed at five o:clock, being postponed till
to-morrow at ten A. M. One hundred thousand dollars;
worth of circus property and $60,000 of cuts will be
offered in addition.
There were present among others, June, Nathan & Co.,
represented by Avery Smith; the veteran Robinson by A. G.
Stewart; G. F. Bailey, of Danbury; John Wagner of
Zoological Gardens, Philadelphia, and Tanner, of the
Zoological Gardens, Cincinati.
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