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Animal Arena Program from 1901.
(Clipping from the BUFFALO
COURIER, Sunday, July 9, 1901)
FEW WORDS ABOUT
FRANK C. BOSTOCK, THE ANIMAL KING.
Famous Importer, Trainer
and Exhibitor of Wild Beast.
The acme of human courage
and daring, the apex of architectural magnificence the
highest pinnacle of wild animal intelligence and subjugation
together with a superlative degree of educational zoological
features, are the combined salient characteristics of a
world's resources and a lifetime's plucky effort,
perseverance and experience as represented to-day by the
Great Bostock Zoological Arena, which is without question
the star feature of the Great Pan-American Exposition.
The effort of other in similar lines at former expositions
pale into insignificance beside this mighty enterprise, the
fame of which has already extended the world around.
In the jungles of Africa, the forests of India and the
deserts of Arabia and Egypt, which have been invaded by
Director Bostock's agents in search of the rarest and fines
of the wild animal creation, is known the name of "The
Animal King." The savage natives of the globe's
remotest corners and most inaccessible recesses know of the
white man who rules the most ferocious beasts into absolute
submission and obedience by some mystic power they cannot
understand, which same man stands to-day alone and distinct
as the king of all animal subjugators.
It was he who only a few
week ago, alone and unarmed save with a riding-whip, faced
the man-eating tiger "Rajah" at the Indianapolis Zoo.
This same tiger had killed and partly devoured a luckless
fellow in the same cage only a few weeks before. It
was he who at the Atlantic City Zoo, rushed into the arena
when seven lions and five jaguars were fighting and drove
them apart with nothing but a walking-stick, and it was he
who rushed into a cage, in Chicago unarmed and fought a lion
with his bare fists away from the prostrate body of a
trainer whom he had knocked down and was about to kill; it
is he who, despite the agony he suffered from the frightful
wounds inflicted by the tiger's claws, forgot his physical
pain in his determination to give the visitors to the
Pan-American Exposition the greatest animal show they had
ever seen, and it is he who, knowing no such word as fail,
in spite of all opposition and obstacles, alone opened his
show promptly with the great gates at Buffalo, May 1.
The building in which the
exhibitions are given is without question the handsomest on
the Midway. The first impression of those who visit it
is one of profound magnitude and admiration. Its
exterior is a mass of rare painting, carving and gilding and
represents the very highest degree of the decorators' are.
It is magnificent beyond compare and reminds one of the
extravagant days of ancient Rome. The interior is one
of vastness and spotless cleanliness as well as intense
interest. Around its sides in their great steel-barred
cages are shown the animal creation fully and complete.
The entire brute kingdom is there represented, from the
ice-bound region of the Arctic Circle to the sun-scorched
latitude of the Equator. Mountain, forest, jungle,
desert, plain, ice floe and frozen sea have been ransacked
to get together this vast collection, in which there is not
a single interesting species missing nor one rare variety
absent. The white-coated polar bear of the Arctic
Circle and the sleek, striped tiger of the torrid Bengal are
seen side by side with the black-maned lion of Africa and
the snowy-fleeced lamb of Persia. The elephant of huge
dimensions and the tiny horse no bigger than a little dog
are present in striking contrast. Never since Noah
launched forth in the ark has there been such a gathering of
God's queer creatures under one roof. In the mammoth
seventy-foot steel arena are shown the crowning features of
the exhibition, and even printers' ink-potent as it is among
modern powers which influence the public-is not equal to the
task of describing the boundless wonders to be seen there.
Commanded and directed by the world's greatest lining animal
trainers are shown man-eating lions, blood thirsty tigers,
treacherous leopards, snarling panthers and huge shaggy
bears, grave-robbing hyenas, fierce-fighting wolves and
other savage denizens of the wilds of the woods whose
mission on earth is to kill and destroy, as well subjugated
as household pets. In that great circle of steel are
to be seen the most fearless and daring of this world's men
and women, taking their lives in their own hands, posing
among groups of beasts that are among the most deadly know
But that is not all. More
than mere mastery is shown. Education to a degree bordering
closely on the line of human understanding is amply
demonstrated, and performances are given which fairly
bewilder the sense of the spectators and make them wonder
can such things actually be; to ask themselves, is it
all actually real or some wild dream.
Imagine one man
surrounded by twenty-five monster lions, sitting calmly in
their midst reading a newspaper, while they group themselves
about him as peacefully as kittens around a little child!
Picture, if you can, one little woman, small in stature, but
a mastodon in courage, amid a dozen or more snarling,
sneaking, blood-thirsty leopards, jaguars and panthers, the
most dangerous and treacherous of beasts! What could
be more daring or courageous in the line of human
accomplishments? Splendor, grandeur, magnificence, heroism,
morality and refinement of the highest order have ever been
the fundamental characteristics of the many Bostock
enterprises in the past, but the masterpiece of all is the
great Pan-American exhibit In its many phases and
colorings it blends as into one superb life painting of real
life which has already astounded and delighted a world of
visitors. In the foreground of this colossal and
magnificent life picture stands out in bold relief in the
glorious magnificence of perfect manhood, masterful courage
and sublime intelligence, the form of its creator, projector
and promoter, the man whose enterprise and accomplishments
against adverse circumstances have astounded the amusement
world, whose single word of command has brought the forest
kings cringing at the feet, FRANK
the Animal King. Honesty, patience, intelligence and
heroism have been his means of accomplishment.
World-wide fame as a showman and universal respect and
admiration as a gentleman have been his well-earned reward.
BOSTOCK'S GREAT ANIMAL ARENA
Of the Elephant there are two
species, namely, the Asiatic and the African. The
Asiatic is much larger and more powerful than the African,
and are said to possess much greater sagacity. The
Elephant is the largest of all terrestrial animals, and
sometimes attains the height of twelve feet. The male
only of the Asiatic species, are supplied with tusks, while
in the African both male and female possess these implements
of defense. The Elephants usually travel in herds,
inhabit marshy places, and are know to be excellent
swimmers. Excessive heat and cold are alike
unfavorable to them. Their sense of smell is very
acute, and while apparently clumsy and slow they can, when
forced, out-run the fastest horse.
The Camel is found in
Turkey and in some portions of the Levant. They live
on vegetable food, and all the species ruminate or chew the
cud. They are very serviceable, and in disposition
mild and inoffensive. The Camel has two humps on the
upper part of his body, one situated on the shoulders and
the other a little behind. A very peculiar fact about
the Camel is that they are able to abstain from water
sometimes for fifteen days. A large Camel is able to
carry a load of from 1,000 to 2,200 pounds. Natives
assert that they possess a great share of intelligence.
The milk of the Camel is the common food of the Arabians,
and its hair is cloth for their garments.
The Zebra has large head
and ears. Its legs are delicately small, and its body
round and plump. The skin is adorned with elegant
In the male the stripes
are brown on a yellowish white ground; in the female, black
on white ground. These are two varieties of the Zebra
One is found in the
mountainous portions of Northern Ethiopia, Congo, and Cape
of Good Hope.
The other is found upon
the plains of the same regions. The disposition of the
Zebra is both obstinate and ugly, but once broken to
harness, is just as intelligent as the horse.
THE ASWAIL, OR SLOTH
This animal is a native of
Asia, and is found principally in the Himalaya Mountains.
The Sloth is a animal treated by Buffon, the celebrated
naturalist, as one whose life must be a burden to itself.
It is of the most uncouth appearance, and is armed with a
fearful claws. They are very rare, this one being the
only one at present in America.
The native region of the
Llama is upon the slopes of the Andes, in South America.
In Height he is about four feet six inches, and in
length from the neck to the tail nearly six feet. Its
usual weight is about 300 pounds. In the wild state
the hair of the Llama is long and coarse, but when in
captivity it becomes short and smooth. The color is
white-gray and russet, disposed in spots. In the wild
state they are vigilant and shy. When irritated they
eject the contents of the mouth on the offending party;
the substance discharged is very disagreeable. Four species
of the Llama are now acknowledged, namely, the Vicugna,
Guanaco, Yamma and the Alpaca.
ZEBU, OR SACRED OX
The most peculiar thing
about the interesting bovine is the large hump on its
shoulders, which sometimes weighs fifty pounds.
It has a gentle temper, and in many respects resembles the
They inhabit the whole of
Southern Asia and Africa from Abyssinia to the Cape of Good
Hope. The color is usually a light, ashy grey, passing
into a cream color or milk white. The Zebus bear a
charmed life among the ignorant Hindoos, who believe their
slaughter to be great sin. However, they do not object
to working them.
The Anaconda is found in
South America. It is not venomous, or has it
been know to injure man, but the natives stand in great fear
of it, and will not bathe in the water where the Anaconda is
known to frequent for its prey, which consists mostly of
fish and animals who go to the water to drink.
The Dromedary is found in
Southern Africa, Egypt, Persia and in Northern India.
It differs from the Camel inasmuch as it has but one bump,
and is not as large or strong. Like the Camel the
Dromedary is constantly forced to kneel to load and unload
its burdens. To help this Nature has provided them
with thick, callous pads on the knees and shoulders.
The toes of the Dromedary are very broad, and furnished with
wide cushions, which enables the animal to maintain a firm
foothold on the shifting sands of the desert. The
Dromedary always is considered by the natives as a Divine
"BLACK PRINCESS" -
"SULTANA" AND BABIES
The Kinkajou is a native
of South America. It is not unlike the coati-mundi in
its habits, but is more active. The tongue of the
Kinkajou is capable of being inserted into crevices and
drawing out any insects that may be lying there beyond the
reach of its paws. During the earlier part of the day
it will not move, but towards dark it becomes very
brisk and animated, climbing about its cage and swinging
from the top bars by its tail and hind paws.
The Alligator is a native
of the warmer parts of America and measures when full grown
seventeen or eighteen feet. The voracity of these
animals is so great sometimes that they do not even spare
mankind. The teeth of the Alligator are as white as
ivory; and snuff-boxes, chargers for guns and several
kinds of toys are manufactured from them. The flesh of
the young animals is said to be white and tolerably good
eating, but that of the old ones is, from its strong scent,
extremely unpleasant to the palate.
The armor with which the
Crocodile is clad may be counted among one of the most
wonderful pieces of natural mechanism. The color of
the full-grown Crocodile is blackish brown above and
yellowish white beneath.
The animal is found mostly
in Guiana, where the rivers are pestered with vast shoals of
them. In the water he seems to enjoy his great
strength. Only when hungry will he venture on land and
then he only stays until he secures his prey. The
Crocodile has no lips and so when either walking or running
the teeth are bare and the aspect seems animated with rage.
COUGARS OR JAGUARS FROM
MME. MORELLI THE FIRST WOMAN TO
EVER TRAIN THESE TREACHEROUS BEASTS
The common or collared
Peccary is an inhabitant of South America. It is a
small animal, rarely exceeding eighteen inches in height and
yet it is not less dreaded than the savage wild boar would
be. It is very ferocious and utterly devoid of fear.
These animals are found in pairs in the breeding season and
at these times very rarely come out of the forest. The
female produces only once in the year and the young are
generally two and never more.
The Hyena is a repulsive
looking animal about the size of an American Wolf. It
inhabit Asia and Africa. Its color is a dingy grey
with a rough, grizzly mane of a black or brown tinge.
there are several varieties of this animal, the Striped, the
Brown, and the Spotted, sometimes called the Tiger-wolf.
The Hyena was long thought to be untamable, but skilled
trainers have lately accomplished wonders with them.
The Fox is a native of
almost every quarter of the globe, and is of so wild and
savage a nature that it is impossible fully to tame him.
He is esteemed the most sagacious and crafty of all beasts
The Quagga is a native of
South Africa. It bears some resemblance to the zebra,
but at once distinguished from that animal by the paucity
and dullness of its stripes, which do not reach the hind
quarters, except the legs, and only faintly mark the back,
its head neck being shy of stripes. It is not formed quite
so graceful as the zebra, the hind quarters being higher
than the shoulders. The native occasionally tame
it for purposes of draught, but it is not to be depended on.
The Badger is not only well known in England but is
occasionally found in the temperate parts of Europe.
Although in itself a harmless animal, Nature has furnished
it with such weapons that few creatures can approach it with
impunity. They live principally on fruit, roots and
other vegetable food. The general length of the Badger
is about two and a half feet, and the tail six inches.
Its body and legs are thick the eyes and ears small, and the
claws long and straight. the animal is of a uniform
grey color above, and the under entirely black.
The activity of this
reptile is enormous. In speed it will sometimes equal a
horse. Their different motions are very diverting.
They will at times climb the tree s in quest of tree
frogs, or for other prey will glide at full length along the
These reptiles are
furnished with poisonous fangs. They are confined to
the warmer parts of America, where they prey on the smaller
species of bats, lizards and insects. They give notice
of their approach by the rattle at the extremity of their
tail. This rattle is composed of hollow, membranous
articulations, that annually increase in number until they
reach forty. The head is broad and covered with large
corinated scales. The snout is rounded and obtuse.
This is a well-known snake
in Egypt, and derives its name from the horny scale over
each eyebrow. The average size of the Cerastes is only
eighteen inches. The snake-charmers of Egypt use them
as their brethren do the Cobra in India.
COMMON, OR RINGED SNAKE
The common snakes are
inhabitants of moist and warm woods on the dry banks of
which they are often seen in summer basking themselves.
In winter these snakes conceal themselves, and become nearly
torpid, reappearing in spring, when they uniformly cast
their skins. This is a process which they perform in
autumn. They are harmless and inoffensive, being
totally destitute of any means to injure man.
The Virginia Opossum is
about the size of a small cat, but from the upright growth
of its fur it appears to be much thicker, Its color is
dingy white. The legs are short and black, and all the
toes (except the interior ones, which are flat and rounded),
are armed with sharp claws. The females are furnished
with abdominal pouches, for the protection and preservation
of their offspring. In some of these there are two and
three distinct cavities, which can be shut or opened at
pleasure. Hence they are called marsupial animals.
information posted above is not all inclusive of the original
booklet, but all information included is from the original
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