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On this day …….. 21st of April 1934

Chance has played many curious tricks, but never before one such as was played at about 10 o’clock last night, with Madame Prince and her monkey Tarzan the principals in an amazing episode at Wirth’s Circus. Towards the end of their act Tarzan, the monkey shoots, from a distance of 15 feet at a balloon attached to a steel target. Last night the animal’s mistress arranged the pea-rifle, which was loaded with a .22 short cartridge, and the patrons waited expectantly for the report. It came, but according to the police, the bullet completely missed the target and bored its way through a one-Inch plank, then through the canvas tent, to lodge in the back of Charles Alfred Broomhall, 23, of Albion-street, Sydney, an employee of Wirth’s Circus. Luckily, the velocity of the flying pellet had considerably decreased when it struck Broomhall, and the only in jury sustained was a flesh wound. Broomhall was treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital and allowed to leave. He was X-rayed, for the purpose of locating the pellet.

 

On this day …….. 21st of April 1934

Chance has played many curious tricks, but never before one such as was played at about 10 o’clock last night, with Madame Prince and her monkey Tarzan the principals in an amazing episode at Wirth’s Circus. Towards the end of their act Tarzan, the monkey shoots, from a distance of 15 feet at a balloon attached to a steel target. Last night the animal’s mistress arranged the pea-rifle, which was loaded with a .22 short cartridge, and the patrons waited expectantly for the report. It came, but according to the police, the bullet completely missed the target and bored its way through a one-Inch plank, then through the canvas tent, to lodge in the back of Charles Alfred Broomhall, 23, of Albion-street, Sydney, an employee of Wirth’s Circus. Luckily, the velocity of the flying pellet had considerably decreased when it struck Broomhall, and the only in jury sustained was a flesh wound. Broomhall was treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital and allowed to leave. He was X-rayed, for the purpose of locating the pellet.

 

On This Day……… 2nd April 1945

A police force equipped with rifles was called out at 3am on the 2nd of April 1945, to fight two tigers and a mandrill (a large sized monkey) which escaped from their cages 21 miles from Inverell. The animals belonged to Perry Bros. Circus, and the cages were smashed in a road accident. When the police arrived at the scene they heard a woman screaming in, a house some distance from the road. In the bright moonlight they saw one tiger coming from the direction of the house, and Sergeant Toone and Constable Moore both scored fatal hits. A second tiger was then seen tearing at the body of the mandrill, which it had killed. When it came bounding towards the police officers, Sergeant Toone and Constable Book scored bull’s eyes. The tiger jumped high in the air with a roar and crashed to death. The screaming woman was Mrs W. Dean, who was in the house with four children. Her husband was away rabbiting. A year-old baby was sleeping with Mrs, Dean, and two boys and a girl, aged 10, eight and three, were sleeping on the open verandah. She saw the tiger when she rose to investigate the fierce barking of a dog, and was just in time to see the animal leap in the fowl run and kill a number of fowls. In a frenzy she dashed for the children. She bundled her daughter inside from the back verandah and her sons from the front verandah, slamming the front door in the tiger’s face as it ambled up the pathway. She closed all windows and barricaded the door. She heard the tiger slump down at the door as though to guard. It went away just as the police arrived by car. The tigers were valued at £300 each, and the mandrill at £500. They are a serious loss to the circus people.

 

 

On this day …….. 21st of April 1934

Chance has played many curious tricks, but never before one such as was played at about 10 o’clock last night, with Madame Prince and her monkey Tarzan the principals in an amazing episode at Wirth’s Circus. Towards the end of their act Tarzan, the monkey shoots, from a distance of 15 feet at a balloon attached to a steel target. Last night the animal’s mistress arranged the pea-rifle, which was loaded with a .22 short cartridge, and the patrons waited expectantly for the report. It came, but according to the police, the bullet completely missed the target and bored its way through a one-Inch plank, then through the canvas tent, to lodge in the back of Charles Alfred Broomhall, 23, of Albion-street, Sydney, an employee of Wirth’s Circus. Luckily, the velocity of the flying pellet had considerably decreased when it struck Broomhall, and the only in jury sustained was a flesh wound. Broomhall was treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital and allowed to leave. He was X-rayed, for the purpose of locating the pellet.

 

On This Day……… 2nd April 1945

A police force equipped with, rifles was called out at 3am on the 2nd of April 1945, to fight two tigers and a mandrill (a large sized; monkey) which escaped from their cages 21 miles from Inverell. The animals belonged to Perry Bros.’ Circus, and the cages were smashed in a road accident. When the police arrived at the scene they heard a woman screaming in, a house some distance from the road. In the bright moonlight they saw one tiger coming from the direction of the house, and Sergeant Toone and Constable Moore both scored fatal hits. A second tiger was then seen tearing at the body of the mandrill, which it had killed. When it came bounding towards the police officers, Sergeant Toone and Constable Book scored bull’s eyes’. The tiger jumped high in the air with a roar and crashed to death. The screaming woman was Mrs W. Dean, who was in the house with four children. Her husband, was away rabbiting. A year-old baby was sleeping with Mrs, Dean, and two boys and a girl, aged 10, eight and three, were sleeping on the open verandah. She saw the tiger when she rose to investigate the fleece barking of a dog, and was just in time to see the animal leap in the fowl run and kill a number of fowls. In a frenzy she dashed for the children. She bundled her daughter in side from the back verandah and her sons from the front verandah, slamming the front door in the tiger’s face as it ambled up the pathway. She closed all windows and barricaded the door. She heard, the tiger slump down at the door as though to guard. It went away just as the police arrived by car. The tigers were valued at £300 each, and the mandrill at £500. They are a serious loss to the circus people.

 

 

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey!

Today marks New Years Day in the Chinese calendar.  The Year of the Monkey runs from February 8 until January 27, 2017

If you were born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 then you are under the monkey zodiac.  If you are born in 2016 this will make you a red fire monkey – the colour red is auspicious and considered very lucky, while fire is one of the five Taoist elements, alongside water, earth, wood and metal and add complexity to your zodiac.

The year of the monkey is actually considered to be unlucky for those born under the sign of the monkey but it is believed you can turn this around by seeking the blessing of the lucky stars!