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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 6, 1902)
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IL (firizzlp Bear
"The relative fighting qualities of the
African lion and the grizzly bear of the
Uocky mountains has always been a
topic of much interest and discussion,"
said a Westerner now in Washington.
"Owing to their geographical location
and modern civilization, probably no
one ever pictured an actual contest as
taking place. Tet for the first time in
recorded history such a one did take
place in recent years on the very bor
der of the United States, and I had the
good fortune to be a spectator. I was
in Galveston, Texas, at the time when
I first learned throught the newspapers
that a combat between a grizzly bear
and Numidlan lion would come off in
the bull ring at Monterey, Mexico, on
the CIncho de Mayo (5th of May). This
is the commencement of the Mexican
national holiday. It lasts a week and
commemorates theblrth of the repub
lic It is a time of great festivities and
is much like our Fourth of July.
"I have killed a number of beais and
know how formidable they are. It had
always been my contention that the
grizzly was the superior animal from
the standpoint of force, and an oppor
tunity to vindicate my Ideas was not
to be missed. So overcoming a natural
repugnance against such a spectacle I
immediately pulled out to witness the
outcome. On my arrival at the city I
learned the full particulars. Flaming
posters everywhere announced that
Colonel E. Daniel Boone, 'America's
greatest showman and animal train
er,' would give an exhibition on the
following day In which old Parnell, an
African lion weighing 550 pounds,
would be' pitted against a 650 pound
grizzly bear. The lion, it was stated,
had killed two of his trainers during
a performance on the Midway at San
"I learned the history of both con
testants. The Hon, besides having d s
posed of two trainers, as was bulIetineJ,
had also killed three 2-year-old steers
for practice. The bear, on the other
hand, had never killed anything, and
didn't know his own strength. So, al
though having the advantage in
weight, he was comparatively inoffen
sive. This inequality was a great
handicap to bruin.
"Three o'clock the next afternoon
found me at the bull ring looking down
upon a large circular iron cage in
which bruin was already confined. The
boisterous Mexican audience a res tit S3
kaleidoscopic mass of mostly red, white
and green, which are the national col
orsdisturbed him greatly. This was
easily seen by his constant nervous
tramp around the cage and an occa
sional sniff and growl.
"Old Parnell occupied a smaller and
separate cage. He would now and
then give a long-drawn but suppressed
roar, which plainly indicated that he
tetter understood what was about to
"The details of the scene I shall
never forget. The day was hot and
oppressive. High mountains surround
ed the - open wooden - inclosure. The
sun beat hot upon the sands of the
arena and upon the less fortunate of
an eager, excited audience not pro
tected by the shade. Everything was
in striking contrast, it seemed to me.
but brute and humanity.
"At a signal from Colonel Boone the
trap door leading from the lion's
compartment to the larger cage was
sprung. The king of beasts seemed
reluctant to commence the attack.
But Anally, after being prodded and
goaded for that purpose, he sprung
with a mighty leap and a terrific roar
at bruin's throat. The latter stood
erect and received him in his arms,
evidently with surprise rather than
anger at the onslaught, as he made no
immediate effort at attack or defense,
''Simultaneously with the Impact the
lion locked his huge Jaws on the
fleshy side of the grizzly's head. They
stood erect, swaying to and fro In a
mighty struggle for nineteen minutes
by actual count. The Hon during this
time was using his claws with terrible
effect He ripped and tore deep gash
es in the hide of his enemy and seemed
bent on carpeting the cage wljh fur.
Old bruin finally caught the Idea that
he was being dealt too much grief and
that something must be done in self
defense at least. Evidently acting on
this thought he reached out with his
powerful arms and enfolded his an
tagonist with a Herculean hug. I
could almost hear the bones cracking.
Old Parnell let go his hold with a roar
that seemed to shake the bull ring,
and bruin hurled him to the ground
with u beautiful half-Nelson that
would have done credit to a profes
"This put a quietus on his belligerent
majesty. Prod, hot Iron, and other de
vices were used to no purpose. He
could not be aroused to further display
of fury and ferociousness any more
than he could be gotten to his feet.
"In the meantime Ephraim had re
sumed his restless walk around the
cage as though nothing of any mo
ment had happened. He did not even
deign to notice so contemptible a foe.
but accentuated his contempt by re
peatedly walking over the fallen mon
arch at though he were non-existent.
"This state of affairs was suddenly
broken Into by a second call from the
bugle, which, under Mexico's extraord
inary law, was notice to Boone to
bring his lion to the scratch. Every
known means was unsuccessfully ap
plied to that end. The lion would not
"The audience by this time was In
an uproar of excitement and rage.
Jeers, epithets and threats were howl
ed from all .sides and Boone was in
Imminent danger of being mobbed.
When it Is advertised that a thing will
be done In Mexico it must be accom
plished or serious consequences al
most always result, both from the law
and the people. On account of this
lamentable display of gumeness on the
part of the king of beasts, poor Hoone
was placed under arrest. Repented
demands were then made by the
audience for the return of the ndmls
slon fee. Not until after this was
complied with by the management,
did the rage subside." From the
akes short roads.
A, SLnd light loads.
baWood for everything
that runs on wheels.
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