Calgary Elephant Stampede: 0050.0564

ELEPHANT HERD BREAKS LOOSE ON 9TH AVENUE

            “It must be the altitude,” said A.G. Wiseman, press representative of the Sells-FLoto Circus this morning, after the circus’ big herd of elephants staged a similar stampede in Calgary to that which thrilled the Edmonton populace on Sunday afternoon.

            The big show pulled into Calgary at 8:25 Tuesday morning and shortly after 9 o’clock “fourteen ponderous pachyderms,” still nervous and fidgety after their escapade in Edmonton, broke loose from the men who were unloading them and began careening toward the city.

            The fourteen big elephants were unloaded on the Ninth Avenue sidings east of the C.P.R. freight sheds.  No sooner did they scent  the open spaces than about an hundred tons of elephant flesh went careering west on Ninth avenue.

DASH TOWARD CITY

            Dashing a block west, the elephant herds scattered the big crowd that had assembled to see the circus unloaded.  Reaching a point a block west of where they had broken loose, the herd turned with frantic “bull men” hanging to their huge flapping ears, and the trumpeting beasts sent up a new roar as they hurtled back toward the freight sheds again.

            There followed a new scatteration as the crowd that had closed in behind the herd fled for their lives again.  Meanwhile the “bull men” as the elephant attendants are called, clung to their fleeing charges and stopped the main bulk of the herd near the unloading grounds.

            Three of the big bulls, however, escaped into the C.P.R. yards.  There ensued another wild scramble, this time on the part of the circus officials themselves, as they cleared the grounds of horses and perishable material.

            After the three elephants had trumpeted and torn around the railway yards for fifteen minutes, Jimmy Dooley, boss elephant man with the Sells-Floto, with two of his men, succeeded in bringing them under control.

SAFE BACK ON THE LOT

            Shortly afterwards the whole herd, although still nervous and jumpy, was taken safely to the  _______ lot at Victoria Park and settled down to a dignified luncheon of baled hay.  The elephants never think of stampeding on the lot, officials say.

            The original stampede in Edmonton, which was more serious than that in Calgary, was all started when a little white dog barked at the elephant herd, Mr. Wiseman told The Herald.

“LITTLE MARY” LEADS IT

            “Little Mary,” a sensitive little thing of some 3,000 pounds odd, started the dash for the open spaces on that occasion and she stayed on her orgy of freedom until 6 o’clock the next morning.  Considerable damage to fences, trees and other fixed scenery was done, but in Calgary the “bull men” had the situation under control and no damage was done.

            In spite of the stampede the whole circus was established on the ground before noon and everything  was ready for the first show at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

0050.0564: Calgary Elephant Stampede

After stampeding through Edmonton, elephants again stampede when being offloaded in Calgary.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 3, 1926
Pages:  16
Publisher:  Calgary Daily Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)

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