TWO TEARS IN THE JUNGLE.
self with more kingly dignity than he. Delhi saw a goodly sight, the like of which will probably never occur again, when it beheld during the Imperial Assemblage of January 1, 1877, a procession of elephants, the finest in all India, splendidly caparisoned and surmounted by magnificent howdahs, in which sat the swarthy princes of a score of native states, bedecked with the most gorgeous colors and ghttering with jewels. On such occasions as this the elephant is in his proper sphere.
Aside from the purpose mentioned above, the trained elephant Is of great value both to the government and private individuals for dragging timber in forests and piUng it at the depots, carrying and drawing pieces of artillery, and also carrying stores on miUtary campaigns, particularly in mountainous regions.
In 1870 the government of Ceylon imposed an export duty of A 20 per head on elephants, which has completely stopped the annual supply of India from that source, and caused a great advance in prices in the Madras and Bengal markets. Since the prices of elephants of the same size and age depend upon their class, it is impossible to state more than their relative values. In the following table I have endeavored to give the ruling prices in India at this date (1882) according to sex and size, indicating the range of prices in each case.
I need hardly say that in the United States, elephants do not figure either in Lord Mayora s processions or timber forests, and are of value to the showman only.
Quality. Height at shoulders. Value in India. Value in America.*
Feet. Inches. 2| to 3 0 A 20 to A 40 $100,000
5 6 25 to 35 2,500
Female, seven years old......... 6 4 50 to 75 3,000
6 10 100 to 150 3,500
Female, eighteen years old....... 7 8 150 to 175 4,000
Female, over twenty-five years old. 8 3 200 to 275 4,500
5 6 50 to 80 3,000
6 4 100 to 200 3,500
Tusker, eighteen years old....... 7 0 300 to 500 4,000
8 6 600 to 800 5,000
Tusker, over twenty-five years old. 9 4 800 to 1,200 7,000
Tusker, highest class............ 9i to 10 0 1,200 to 2,000 15,000
* Statement furnished by Mr. P. T. Barnum.