Nineteen circus elephants, stranded in New Jersey by the nationwide U.S. rail strike, walked on?
Nineteen circus elephants, stranded in New Jersey by the nationwide U.S. rail strike, walked on Monday to their next engagement in New York's Madison Square Garden.
The elephants plodded 13 miles form their railway terminus at South Kearny, New Jersey to Manhattan, crossing the Hudson river by the busy Lincoln tunnel. A zebra, illama and pony kept them company.
Mr. Irving Field, President of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, moved most of the circus conventionally, but the elephants had to walk. He got permission for the trip from New Jersey Governor William Cahill and New York City Mayor John Lindsay, beat the strike, and gained maximum publicity at the same time.
The cost? Nine dollars 50 cents for the passage through the Lincoln tunnel.