Chicago, IL Lion Attack Kills Man, June 1914
MAN KILLED BY LIONS.
AND HIS BODY IS PARTLY DEVOURED.
TRAGIC FATE OF MANAGER OF A THEATRICAL PRODUCTION.
KEEPERS UNABLE TO HELP HIM.
VICTIM ATTACKED BY THE FEROCIOUS CATS WHEN HE ENTERED THE CAR IN WHICH THEY WERE CAGED -- FORMALDEHYDE USED TO DRIVE THE ANIMALS AWAY FROM THE BODY.
Chicago, June 22. -- EMERSON D. DIETRICH, Brooklyn manager of a theatrical production presenting a troupe of trained lions, was killed and partly devoured by six lions when he entered the car in which they were caged.
While the keepers were trying to recover DIETRICH'S body from the beasts, a lion escaped from an adjoining cage and terrorized residents of the thickly populated quarter in which the car stood. The escaped lion finally was driven back to its car, having harmed no one.
A pike pole from the fire department finally was used to withdraw DIETRICH'S body from the lions after it had been sprinkled with formaldehyde to drive the animals away.
George McCord, keeper of the lions, was unable to help DIETRICH. "When he went into the den," McCord said, "Teddy, the leader of the attack against DIETRICH, began to play with him, and he told the beast to get down. Four of the lions were facing him. Finally Teddy slunk around behind him and in a minute was on his back. Four others leaped for him a moment later and I think his neckwas broken at once. Teddy, the oldest of the lions, tried to have him, but the others pushed her away and she quit, and watched without joining in the attack."
The lions were owned by Madam Adgie Castillo, to whom DIETRICH was engaged to be married. She said she had formerly taken cre of the animals herself and that none of them ever before had given indications of being vicious. She attributed the attack to the fact that the car was dark when DIETRICH entered.
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