The Greatest Circus Stories Ever Told: Amazing Stories of Life Under the Big Top
Written by Stephen Vincent Brennan: has worked as a circus clown, book editor, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, sheephearder and playwright. He is the editor of Classic Adventure Stories, Classic Exploration Stories, The Greatest Cowboy Stories Ever Told, and Classic American Hero Stories. He is now an actor and director with the Theater Wing of the Kaufman Center in New York City, where he lives with his wife, his daughter, and his son.
Makes note of a circus tiger which killed four other animals (two lions and two tigers) in a circus act in California.
"In the Al G. Barnes Circus, in California, for instance, is a great, sleek-muscled, four hundred pound tiger, that is ever watching,... That tiger is a killer. He has murdered four other cat animals, two lions and two tigers, yet if the woman he awaits should appear,"
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Circus Parade by Jim Tully: Autobiography of circus life
"Based on his time as a circus laborer, Circus Parade presents the sordid side of small-time circus life."
Circus Parade by Jim Tully, Autobiography. Page 162 - 163 A tiger named Ben Royal Kills a lion named Bad Bill "Bad Bill had been separated from the other lions on account of the growing fierceness of his disposition. Anderson placed him in a cage next to Ben Royal, a Bengal tiger.I had often speculated on weather or not Ben Royal could whip Bad Bill. He was at least forty or fifty pounds lighter. I had remembered reading in a history of Rome, as a child, that five lions had always been sent into the arena against four tigers. That seemed proof to me that the tiger was the lions master. I had onced talked about it to Denna Wyoming. "Bad Bill," said he, "can lick anything that walks or swims in the world." Anderson, then the chief assistant trainer laughed out loud when I told him about it. "Ben Royal kin tear Bill's heart out in three minutes," was his comment. Breakfast, an alarm sounded over our canvas world. Anderson was nowhere to be found. The rope which held the partition which separated Ben Royal and Bad Bill had been cut. Many of us had heard a lion roar in the night but had paid no further attention. Bad Bill was found, his throat torn, his stomach ripped open, and part of his carcass eaten. Ben Royal, with bloody jaws, dozed near him.
"The Lion has everything buffaloed but the tiger. When I was with Wallace I seen a tiger kill two lions quicker'n you could say 'have a drink'."
Jim Tully makes reference to a event where a tiger killed a lion Big Black Manned Lion named Bad Bill.
Tully also references an account where a tiger killed two lions in the Wallace Bros. Circus mentioned above. This same account is mentioned in Hagenbeck book