Sparks 5-18-1926

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TRAINED WIU) REASTS TO BE BIG FEATURE OF SI 1 ARKS CIRCUS Manager Charles .Sparks, of the Sparks 'Circus coming to Indiana on Wednesday May 19 is of the firm sonviction that variety is not only the spice of life, but of a modern circus as well, and has this season deviated two hours' program with a vast number of trained wild animals numbers of a thrilling nature, among them being a group of .six real forest bred African lions. One thing that, according to newspaper reviews, impresses the public in watching the exhibittpns given by this remarkable group 'of. lions is the. untamed fierceness of the animals. While yielding to the persistent efforts of their trainer, Steve Batty, to train them the tricks that primarily make their performances so interesting, there is abundant evidence that their native wildness has not been subdued and that they are still ''kings of the forest" despite their enforced capti- vity. Cleverly as they have been trained, it would be quite unsafe to exhibit these lions in an open ring, and consequently they are presented in a great Safety First arena, in which they can be seen to advantage with absolutely no danger to the spec tutors. The iSparks Fighting Lions are in worthy company, for half a score of other remarkably trained wild beasts arc included in the new displays, chief of which are a group of nine royal Bengal tigers that have been trained to the limit of animal intelligence. Then there is a mixed group of Polar bears, great Dane dogs and lilliputian ponies— all recent, importations from the world's foremost wild animal training quarters at SteJlinghen, Germany Of course there are many other animal acts of a domestic nature intermingled with the wild animals. A group of South American llamas havo been trained to bend obedience to the will of the trainer and will be another rare feature of this famous

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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 18 May 1926, Tue,
  3. Page 11

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