1864 – The Elephant and The Thief

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“The Elephant and the Thief” is a full page illustration taken from “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall and published by S.W.Partridge, circa 1866. The attached anecdote reads: “When Mr Lally was Governor of Pondicherry, in the East Indies, all the elephants died through scarcity of food, except one, which was a great favourite, in consequence of his kindness and sagacity. This animal was wandering one day through the town when a man, who had committed a theft, sought refuge from his pursuers under the belly of the elephant. Pleased with the man’s confidence, the animal faced about to the crowd, and would not allow anyone to approach. Even his keeper, to whom he was fondly attached, could not prevail upon him to give up the thief. For three hours the elephant stood on guard, when the Governor, hearing of the affair, came and pardoned the thief. The animal seemed to understand what had happened, for, after the man whom he had protected had embraced him, he became tame in an instant.”

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Detail: 1864 The Elephant and the Thief by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Animal Sagacity edited by Mrs S C Hall

Detail: 1864 – The Elephant and the Thief         Book Cover:  Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall

Detail: 1864 The Elephant and the Thief by Harrison Weir

Detail: 1864 – The Elephant and the Thief

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