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A Plea for Jumbo

Abstract

WILL you open your columns to a short but earnest plea for poor Jumbo, of the Zoological Gardens? No one can read the description of the attempts made to remove him without feeling that it would be a disgrace to English lovers of animals to let him be transported. To outsiders it is a mystery that Mr. Barnum should have succeeded in purchasing him, and if some means are not discovered of satisfying Mr. Barnum's claims without doing violence to the public sentiment of humanity, it will be a cause of indignation to many of us. You should hear my wife talk about the matter, but of course she is only a woman, she is certainly not a “Fellow.” In this case, however, it is possible that her womanly instinct is worth more respect than the motives which have led to the sale and purchase of our favourite quadrupedal fellow-citizen.

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