Jumbo, says an English paper, has accomplished the feat performed by Mr Oscar Wilde a couple of months earlier —has crossed the Atlantic in safety, and is amusing the Americans a good deal more than Mr Oscar Wilde has done. It is not known whether, like his human prototype, he was disappointed at the Atlantic. He suffered a little from incipient mal de mer, but he speedily recovered, and reached New York in high health. His daily diet during the passage was zoolbs. of hay, two bushels of oats, a bushel of biscuits, fifteen loaves of bread, to say nothing of the cakes and fruit given him by emigrants, and unlimited whisky and beer. He was in no way irritated by the voyage, and reached Mr Barnum’s menagerie without a scratch. He has produced a great sensation in New York, but the Yankees complain that though he is extraordinarily longlegged he is not bigger in body than most elephants. His meeting with two or three of his own kind on the hospitable premises of Mr Barnum appears to have been extremely pathetic in its way, and not a little interesting to those who are fond of observing the manner in which elephants exhibit their sentiments. Jumbo will probably return to England in October next, when Mr Barnum praposes leaving for this country, and bringing the whole of his menagerie with him.
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JUMBO., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 655, 6 June 1882
JUMBO. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 655, 6 June 1882
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