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May 13 1869
From: Toronto, Ontario


Van Amberg is the man
He goes with all the shows
He goes into the lion's den
And shows you all he knows
He puts his head in the lion's mouth
And keeps it there a while
And then he takes it out again
And greets you with a smile.

The Elephant now goes round
And the Band begins to play
The boys around that monkey's cage
Had better keep away.

First comes the African Polar bear
Oft call'd the iceberg's daughter
Can eat two pails of apple jack
Then call for soda water
Goes into the water over her head
Not fearing that he'll drown
Dives for a fish, Kills it dead
And then he swallows it down.

The Elephant now goes round, etc.

Next comes the monkey Imeline
Catching flies & shaking her head
Weeping wailing all the day
Because her mate is dead
Then there's that warring Buffalo
Of all his friends bereft
That monkey is making love to him
With his right hand over his left.

The Elephant now goes etc.

The Hyena in the next cage
Most wonderful to date
Got awfully hungry the other day
And ate up his female mate
He has a great aversion
To all you little boys
First growls then licks his chops
And makes this terrible noise.

The Elephant, etc.

Next comes the Anaconda Boa Constrictor
Oft called Anaconda for brevity
Can swallow an Elephant as well as a toad
And is noted for great longevity.
Goes in himself comes out of himself,
With the very greatest facility,
Ties himself into a bow knot, writhes, snaps his tail
And runs with the greatest agility.

The Elephant, etc.


May 13, 1869
Toronto, Ontario

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