Animals: Circus

In the center of a great steel-barred arena stood famed young Animal Trainer Clyde Beatty. On all sides his animals closed in on him. Lions, tigers and a black panther leaped forward with claws outstretched, fangs bared. But Clyde Beatty smiled imperturbably, with eyes fixed dreamily on the gallery.

This stirring scene was to be viewed in Manhattan last week only on billboards. When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus opened its 1934 season in Madison Square Garden, Trainer Beatty's greatest difficulty was getting his twelve new lions and six new tigers into the arena at all. Through the slats...