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The Lions Take a Fast Ride

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Aug. 6, 1904

The Lions Take a Fast Ride

Horses Run With Cage Holding King of Beasts

Big Vehicle Gets Start of Team and Driver And Dashes Down Hill Leading to Round Prairie

A runaway with a cage of lions is an exciting thing at best and when the danger of a steep hill is added to the event, the affair takes on a form that involves considerable danger.

This is the very thing that occurred this morning as the pageant of the Norris & Rowe show left their grounds on Round Prairie to the Third street viaduct, the big vehicle proved too much for the brake and the horses were unable to hold it back. When the predicament dawned on the driver, he let the horses run down hill until they struck the level of the viaduct, where the big wagon was slowly brought under control. It dashed clear across the viaduct, however, before the driver could regain control.

The rapid rate of travel and the bouncing he got, proved a matter of considerable concern to his highness, the king of beasts, who was the single occupant of the cage, and he dashed against the bars of his prison in a manner that threatened it with destruction.  He had quieted down fairly well, however, by the time the procession reached Central Avenue, and was only walking back and forth in a manner that denoted the rapid ride had gotten on his nerves. The parade got back to the show grounds without further accident.

(Editor’s note: This article was published on a Saturday. At the time, The Fort Dodge Messenger published Monday through Saturday. There is another article, published on Aug. 8, 1904, which details an incident later the same day as the parade, when the lion escaped during the circus performance and severely injured a horse belonging to Charles Dayton.)

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She Saw The Best Part of It

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: May 13, 1904

She Saw The Best Part of It

Webster City Girl Starts Out to See the World

Sees Fort Dodge, But Must See the Balance of the World at a Later Date

Thursday afternoon, in response to a letter from the chief of police of Webster City, Chief Welsh succeeded in finding a young woman nineteen years old who was wanted in Webster City by her widowed mother residing in that place. The young girl, whose name is Bessie Rowe, left her home suddenly and unexpectedly Wednesday and thinking to see the world decided to begin her career of sight-seeing in this city, and came here thinking it would be the last place she would be sought owing to its nearness to her home.

A brief search only was made for her, and shortly before train time she was found at the Tremont House. She had a small sum of money on her person, and a debit for a larger one on the books of the hotel, which was satisisfactorily (sic) arranged for by Chief Welch, who succeeded in getting her release. Hurrying to the train, a ticket was purchased for Webster City, and the young woman’s tour of observation being cut short, she was sent unceremoniously home. The police of that place were notified by telephone so it is probable that Miss Rowe succeeded in reaching her home with safety.

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