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Theater & art

New York exhibit captures historical life of circus

NEW YORK — Jumbo the elephant died, holding his keeper’s hand in his trunk, on Sept. 15, 1885. The giant pachyderm, not yet 30 years old but more famous than any elephant before or since, had been hit by a freight train after an evening performance in St. Thomas, Ontario.

The train was derailed. Jumbo was dead within minutes.

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