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A. St_»ang-o Cargo, Captain Sergeant has just brought the barque Margaret safely into Boston from the West Const rf Africa, after p remaikable voyage. Besides an ordinary cargo, he had on board 400 parrots, a gorilla, an curangoutang, 12 rfnr-kep, two crocodiles, and a number of monkeys] and these animals gave mrjfe trouble§ fearful storms'* against which he had to figh\ The ship \yas swatming with rats, which devoured the corn provided for the p^rots, all of which save four perished. Then the snakes and crocodiles escaped from the hold, and entered the forecastle, possession of which was disputed by the rats. The war raged for five dayp, during which the sailors were unable to get to their bunks, and only ended when the last of the snakes perished in an encounter with the surviving crocodile j whose career was cut shoitbysome fulling timber. During the war in the forecastle the monkeys escaped to the rigging from which all the efforts ot the sailors could not dislodge them. The wind and the sea, however, proved too strong, and all save four were swept overboard. . But ihe iiust tr,oub'esorne and dangerous of the living cargo was a powerful gorilla, five feet high,, which was chained and eh at up in a strong j box on deck He forced the roof off I his prison, and having obtained pos- ! session r { a heavy iron bar, commanded all oljects within joft (f where he was chained. With this f rmidable trun ' checn he threatened "ro brain evtTy sailor who came within range. The black cook one day unwarily approaching heard the bar wListliog through the air and ducked, but not in time to save his bead, .which was halt scalped. Jacko seized the unfortunate negro, and would doubtless have throttled him had not a sailor cc m,p up \vi h a hatchet and' s'unncd the niorstcr, who was once more securely imprisoned. Of all tlu crefttuits destined for the museum,only ihe gorilla, tlire^ monkeys and four parrots retched Fngland alive. Captain Sergeant will think twice before tak'ng oa boatd a museu-n collection again.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2392, 3 April 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2392, 3 April 1890