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 PREY.

 

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.

 

The 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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