Elephants at Work.
Everybody in this scientific age knows how the elephant got his trunk, and how, when no longer of much use for its original purpose, the animal retained it as a fifth limb, for general use, and thus developed that sagacity for which it is famous.
Anyone who has seen an elephant search about for a stick, pick it up and proceed slowly and solemnly to scratch his side with it will be convinced that the possession of this "hand" has re-acted on the elephant's brain, and produced a power of reasoning that appears almost uncanny.
-This natural sagacity is taken advantage of in the use of the elephant in timber work, where he does not, as A generally supposed, merely go through a series of tricks that he has been taught, but brings his ingenuity to bear on the work he has to do, and thinks out the best way of doing it.
- His great strength combined with his cleverness, makes him an ideal worker in the forests and creeks, where he deals with the dragging and rafting of logs. Formerly he worked also in the timber yards themselves j " , 7t0graph\but machinery has supplanted him there. In the creeks, if the rafts get jammed, the elephant wiU set to work to discover and dislodge the log which is the key of the position, and it will not be long before he has discovered it, and set them all free again.
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