unknown at J. G. Gaylord

† unknown
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1883-05-22
Death reason: disease: poisoned
Location:J. G. Gaylord
ArrivedJ. G. Gaylord 1883-00-00
Born: wild
Document updated2010-05-10: 
He (Barnum) sent an agent, J. B. Gaylord, to Siam, with orders to buy or hire from the King, one of these creatures. The Siamese court met the proposition with an indignant refusal. Nothing daunted, Mr. Gaylord heard of a white elephant owned by a Siamese nobleman. He agreed to pay 100,000 dollars for it. It was smuggled down to Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), Burma (Myanmar), but, when on the point of being being transshipped to Singapore, it died of poison intentionally administered by some unknown person
Scientific American, Supplement, New York, March 8, 1884

1883-05-22: P. T. Barnums secretary Henry Bowser recited a cable from Gaylord in Singapore advising the that the white elephant died.

Sources, among others

  • Richard Reynolds
  • Henry Bowser through Pfening Archives, Columbus, Ohio
  • Scientific American, Supplement, New York, March 8, 1884

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