Animals: Memories

Last week, tall and distinguished behind his glittering eyeglasses, Marcel Bourguin, French Consul at Vera Cruz, went to the circus. In the animal tent his party stopped before a musky line of elephants.

"Mais ils sont fantastique!" cried Consul Bourguin and purchased a bunch of spotted yellow bananas. A bull elephant swayed forward automatically, shot out his crinkled trunk and delicately stuffed a handful of bananas into his little pink mouth. Suddenly two little red eyes focussed on Consul Bourguin, the elephant stopped chewing. Out shot the trunk again, like a fist...