Sparks Downie Elephants 7-30-1937
TWO HERDS OF ELEPHANTS WITH DOWNIE BROTHERS CIRCUS Performing Two herds of performing - elephants are with the Downie Bros. Circus, under the management of Charles Sparks, coming to Portsmouth on Monday, Aug. 2. Eddie Doherty, foremost elephant trainer on this continent, is in charge of these ponderous pachyderms and has taught them a routine that has never been duplicated for speed and intricacy of direction. Elephants have been mainstays of the circus for" generations and have played an important part in fje advancement of this favorite amusement. They are the clowns of the menagerie, like their fun and frequently play tricks on each other. There is a memorable instance recorded in circus history, establishing the fact that these huge beasts possess a sense of i humor. j All elephants are thieves, continually Elephants With Circus Here On Aug. 2 stealing each others' hay. The slyest of them all coyly tuck their hay between their feet in a neat pile where their neighbors cannot reach it conveniently, and one old girl even throws a trunk full of it on top of her huge head to be eaten as a dessert when everything is gone. When the circus elephant modiste starts fitting them for their new gorgeous wardrobe for the opening spectacle of the circus and Queen, the most fastidious of them all, returns from a fitting the others shake their heads sadly and make strange noises, signifying disapproval of this latest decree of Dame Fashion. For they are wearing them shorter than ever this season. The elephant modiste who . designs and prepares these wonderful robes has quite an extensive job on her hands and it keeps her busy most of the time for, like all big people, elephants are hard on their clothes and their •wardrobes art always to need of repairs. The measuring of an elephant for a new robe is a difficult task, generally requiring the services of at least two assistants and a stepladder. The amount of cloth required to drape a fastidious pachyderm would be enough to make gowns for at least ten women, and the amount of sewing on a single elephant dress would stagger the average modiste, unless she was paid for her services by the hour. Elephants are naturally proud and are exceedingly fond of bright colors and brilliant display. They enjoy being "dolled up" in their gorgeous trappings and never resent being measured for r.ew gowns. The elephants of Downie Bros. Circus are on exhibition in the large menagerie to which the doors open at 1 and 7 p. m., an hour before starting time for each of the two performances.