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On this day …….. 22nd of July 1891

On this day in 1891, a bizarre scene on the streets of Sydney wandering in the streets of Kings Cross, looking quite out of place, even in an area noted for its variety of human eccentricity, were two North American Red Indian Chiefs, apparently lost, unable to find their way back to their teepee, which was located at some distance, where the Wirth’s Circus was playing. The two men, American Bear and Eagle Elk, had been brought to Australia by the circus. Their presence in Kings Cross was alarming the locals, and the pale faces were attacking the Indians. Friendless, a fellow North American came to rescue them from their attackers. In a charming twist of history, their rescuer turned out to be a retiredUS Cavalry Captain on holidays in Sydney.

 

On this day …….. 24th September 1891

It was circus time in Yarrawonga. Wirth’s Circus was in town and with it two North American Red Indians Eagle Elk and American Bear. Eagle Elk had already been in trouble with the law earlier in the week for attempting to steal chickens in Benalla.
In Yarrawonga it was American Bear turn. He tried to scalp a patron with an axe at Huggins Hotel. In the altercation that followed the young Yarrawonga men went on a warpath and almost killed American Bear. According to reports American Bear presented a sorry sight the following morning in court. The magistrate said he thought that American Bear had taken sufficient chastisement, and discharged him. If the adventures Eagle Elk and American Bear in North East Victoria were typical of their time with Wirth’s Circus in Australia, one hesitates to imagine the extent of their battle injuries by the end of tour.

 

On this day …….. 22nd of July 1891

On this day in 1891, a bizarre scene on the streets of Sydney wandering in the streets of Kings Cross, looking quite out of place, even in an area noted for its variety of human eccentricity, were two North American Red Indian Chiefs, apparently lost, unable to find their way back to their teepee, which was located at some distance, where the Wirth’s Circus was playing. The two men, American Bear and Eagle Elk, had been brought to Australia by the circus. Their presence in Kings Cross was alarming the locals, and the pale faces were attacking the Indians. Friendless, a fellow North American came to rescue them from their attackers. In a charming twist of history, their rescuer turned out to be a retiredUS Cavalry Captain on holidays in Sydney.

 

On this day …….. 24th September 1891

It was circus time in Yarrawonga. Wirth’s Circus was in town and with it two North American Red Indians Eagle Elk and American Bear. Eagle Elk had already been in trouble with the law earlier in the week for attempting to steal chickens in Benalla.
In Yarrawonga it was American Bear turn. He tried to scalp a patron with an axe at Huggins Hotel. In the altercation that followed the young Yarrawonga men went on a warpath and almost killed American Bear. According to reports American Bear presented a sorry sight the following morning in court. The magistrate said he thought that American Bear had taken sufficient chastisement, and discharged him. If the adventures Eagle Elk and American Bear in North East Victoria were typical of their time with Wirth’s Circus in Australia, one hesitates to imagine the extent of their battle injuries by the end of tour.

 

On this day …….. 22nd of July 1891

On this day in 1891, a bizarre scene on the streets of Sydney wandering in the streets of Kings Cross, looking quite out of place, even in an area noted for its variety of human eccentricity, were two North American Red Indian Chiefs, apparently lost, unable to find their way back to their teepee, which was located at some distance, where the Wirth’s Circus was playing. The two men, American Bear and Eagle Elk, had been brought to Australia by the circus. Their presence in Kings Cross was alarming the locals, and the pale faces were attacking the Indians. Friendless, a fellow North American came to rescue them from their attackers. In a charming twist of history, their rescuer turned out to be a retiredUS Cavalry Captain on holidays in Sydney.