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INTRODUCTORY. The Leap-Fkog calls out many features of great interest outside of the astonishingly intelligent feats performed. but one thing in the Battle. are as follows: The School at Play is a work of art out-vying nature and worthy of studious attention. . No herd of wild horses perfectly natural in all their movements. It is unnatural for one horse to jump over another. not from fear. In this scene. in particular is worthy of special attention the Equine Soldiers loose their identity entering into the spirit of the stirring scene with all the grim enthusiasm of They are truly grand in this wonderful act veterans. is proved that they obey the word of command. is found a most rare and beautiful picture. enthusing the soul of the most careless. and which we deimpress upon the minds of the audience that they may the better understand the marked peculiar features so sire to pleasingly presented in the Paradox. In the use of. could be more graceful or more artistic in their plaj^ful antics. : . For a troupe of horses to appear on the stage is entirely novel but for them to be entirely free from all restraining influence under such circumstances is wonderful almost beyond belief. It IS impossible to give all the fine points in this introductory. the Telephone to communicate with the horses in some of their acts. talcing from it the laughable and grotesque. but from an intelligent desire to obey the will of their kind teacher. In proof of this intelligence. The points deserving special mention. plainly proving that they understaHd the duties of each other as well as their own. we have to assert that the horses whose minds have been trained are enabled to grasp new ideas in a few days that formerly took them months to understand. but it is much more astonishing for the troupe as a whole to insist upon a negligent member doing his part of the performance promptly. forthe whole exhibit is full of them.

if you please.'* "Without bridle or rein. Ihose who have witnessed their performance manv times always find something new. lully as expressive as any language could be.-:K-(:"A paradox A paradox A most enchanting paradox ! " A " Tarned school of horses ? thing. but the reality is more wonderful than your imagination can paint it much more wonderful No wizzard of old ever clauned to possess such power over the spirits of the air as the wonderful educator of these dumb friends exercises over this school of equines and goats They do everything but talk. I realize all your doubts It is a wondrous thing." loose upon the ! ! !" I never heard of such a stage ? It is extraordi- nary. that they go away feeling sure that some wizzard-hke power is possessed by the teacher. obeying every command. age of wonders. with the precision of soldiers! Come now. enabling him to mesmerize them. even in this it is dear reader. so that they obey his behests. this is much And yet too ! I don't believe it !" true. Let me assure you. so expressive so astonishing. even doing this in a way all their own— a sort of equine pantomine. such is not the case. He is : ! .

The Equine Paradox. and He found that horses could be success attained. such a discovery as the student makes who It was a conclusion. rather searches after truth. Not based upon the laws of evolution. mined upon selecting a group of horses of different breeds. . and working upon their powers of perception. " Was his system a discovery ?" Yes. as set down by Darwin. an}^ naturally intelligent horse could be educated to do not only the will oi his master. EDUCATED LIKE CHILDREN. by means of his method of instruction. that in the group all classes of horses would be represented. proving thereby that. thoroughly understanding their natures. but based upon those sublime truths as set forth in Holy Writ. but. temperaments and natural inclinations. all his own? bringing about results astonishing to you. than a discovery. to understand and appreciate the value of spoken language as a medium for an intelhgent guide to all action. 4 simply their friend. and understanding. until the laws governing his brute friends were discovered. accomplish things . and yet possible to any student of his peculiar school. and about live years ago lie determined to practically illustrate his theory by putting it to a To this end he detersevere and scientific test. by the development of his natural faculties through education. It took years of patient labor to reach the present rebut. failure upon failure only led to more sults patient study and diligent researcli. in a way.


6 hitherto deemed incredible in a brute. beauty. in fact. be kind to him. the Broncho and other of the native horses. as the result of his untiring patience and brilliant genius. fulfill your wishes. Yet his labors belonged to the impracticable scientific. the great ornithologist. obtaining a never dying fame. accomplishing good only by Professor increasing our sources of knowledge. educating the horses with a view of presenting his system to the world by giving an exhibit of their intelligence upon the stage. an ability for reasoning that allied these Animated by animals to the human race itself. should it be necessary to pound. enhancing the value of our most cherished servant by placing him upon an intelligent footing where he undoubtedly belongs never dreamed of before. and equine grace. went through a similar experience. that is the peer of an}^ known horse for intelligence. thinking them entirely worthy of being classed among the most FINISHED OF ACTORS. With this stud he opened the school which for five years he has so patiently and perseveringly maintained. to beat. this large purpose. indicating. Feed him well. Audubon.The Equine Paradox. he selected fine specimens of the the Mustang. Bartholomew takes a long step in advance of this. together with the thoroughbred Arabian Nellie. to He is only too willing to restrain the horse. and lie will gladly do anything in — Why ' — . as well as mixed breeds of noted pedigree.

» results if'"*' the attained ? But in adrli tion to thrs. Youmav say.r* •™™'^ w\ll simply be told to"Tol-i it carriage lake the round to 27 Wisconsin street hen go home to the stable. eat your Zner and il' turn for me at 5:30.'^"''''"" °* has been accom^ sued iv by th hks new system of T'^^* pj education. not his orate spS If understood ? In this lies the Professor's success. 7 power to aid you. Line upon I ne and precent ubc^i precept are instilled intJ their — nunds^ the ml" t commands "v of ^:i^ SltS"^*^"'^ «ary to guide every movemeJt oflrw" '^^'^^Sf '' the horse ^' =^'^d of vo Id i + -'. we emphatically assert 'that ^ itt a . as\et° vn! . on receivmg this little book: Ked fools?" ^ ''''"'"'^""''S^ ' ^0 «^«y take us for *'"' ^Iiis is an advertisemenr''''Hr' "l ^1f . say """P''* ^'°" ^^ ^^^''^^ ""« possible.'"'}'^'^ ''''' °^'*e known to you TO vo tl. for. sharp! Y^s. and Burtus ' • he tell abotu 2 o'dock '"'^ ''°''' '''" !" ^"^"^^ ^^ore.The Eqmiie Paradox. Too long has himiamty out-bruted tlie brute. are so educated that they understand His pudAs what fs requn-ed of them.


no doubt. We You cannot help but laugh heartily. wonderstruck. in Erie county.yet a boy. read what we say of ourselves. the life-labor and wonderful achievements of his son. and to this bent of his mind was due. in the plainest of language. . you will only believe the truth Read what is said of us very modestly stated. for it is but natural that general interest should be aroused in regard to a man whose patient endeavor and diligent genius has placed the equine race upon a footing that belongs to it by right of their natural high intelligence: PROFESSOR GEORGE BARTHOLOMEW was born May 14th. . amazed. and believe it for it is the truth. If you believe what is said in this book. His father achieved an enviable local reputation as a subduer of fractious animals. 9 truthful advertisement stating. the simple truth. N. Y.The Equine Paradox. tonishing exhibit. Bartholomew. the subject of this sketch gave evidence . Whilst . and urge them to go at once and see the as. to go away with the desire to come again to tell all your acquaintances of the wonderful things you have seen. Perhaps it would be as well if I were to give a short biographical sketch of Prof. emphatically assert that no language can explain to you the wonderful Paradox that the Equine School asks you to witness and solve. and you can not help but be delighted you cannot help but be astonished. George. 1833.

he settled down as he thought for life. many years had come and gone. each with its high and low tides. full of the gold fever. and ere his discovery of the S3'stem that has made him famous was made. acknowledging in him a master mind. and gave him means to renew his life-work with greater facilities. But great difficulties lay in his way. So great was his success. in San all that pertained to his pro- he started.The Equine Paradox. filling him mth a determination to let naught else distract his mind from his great ambition. Making his home in Oakland. in 1848. for the western plains. Two years in the mines cured him of the fever. just opposite 'Frisco. the wild horse roamed in all his native free* The termination of this journey found him fession. that acquaint himself with where dom. His life has been most romantic. The most fractious submitted to his mil. and its record alone would create such an interest that if we were to give it in this connection. Jose. 10 of great power and marked genius in the handling of all kinds of domestic animals. our real object would be Suffice it to say that his perfected lost sight of. scientific system which the Professor very aptly calls the PFERDE GARTEN. at the head of San Francisco Bay. and to more fully tracks. the first fruits of which are now given to the public in this won- . was reached ouly after years of diligent research and active labor. even in the beaten he was led to make the breaking and subduing of horses a life study.

11 It was only after years derful exhibition. f'atclies the Paradox Feve^t . and that the severity once deemed essential to secure obedience was like the barbarism practiced upon children of the African tribes. possessed an intelligence which was subject to development. o^ patient labor and study that he arrived at the conclusion that certain animals. to a yet unknown degree.The Equine Paradox. and only served to make more brutish the animals which were ignorantly made Kitty to suffer. and particularly the horse.

and exciting their admiration by her graceful acting. and give a short their peculiarities and pedigrees: Nellie is an Arabian mare of great beauty. Her beautiful movements and intelligent actions make her a general favorite. wonderful telephone scene. and possessed of remarkable acuteness. and set them to considering as to whether the equine race is not fitted for yet greater advancement than the ProfesTo fesar we are indebted for the sor claims for it. proving by his intelligence that the common American carriage horses possess more good horse- . He is very nervous and restless. The remark that she is " too cute for anything !" is a very common one. acts astonish the most scientific. with great symetery of form and grace of motion. a pure Hambletonian. 12 As a result of his life-work. to reach out into the heretofore unknown. and description of true to life. She is a natural flirt. But let us turn from the Professor to his equine scholars. Pope takes the lead in reasoning from cause to ef- fect.The Equine Paradox. delighting the children and ladies with her pretty ways. though the Professor does not rank her as high in intelligence as Cesar. never given but to bring down the house with wild applause. Abd ALLAH is Arabian and ^lessenger.and what is yet before us can only be conjectured from what has been accomplished. full of that fire which great menSome of his tal powers give to man and brute. we are enabled to-day.


Today he is the most obedient of scholars. sometimes getting careiess and neghgently performing his duty. Then he was savage chief. outside of the exhibit. in keeping with his wild nature. delighting to exhibit his newly acquired knowledge. Sprite being a Spanish beauty. being a Kentucky thoroughbred of great value. from cause and effect. for he is full of odd pranks. but what he does is well done and always appreciated. Their performance is pecuHarly adapted to their . even as we do. In 1876 he was the leader of a band of wild horses. and Beauty a Broncho queen. Petite and the Judge find their places in the ranks. Sprite is worthy of special mention. Draco. Chevalier. each adding his mite to make the entertainment pleasant and interesting. sense than many of their drivers. It is impossible to explain what he does from any other stand point than that of reasoning. To see him is to laugh. Prince steps in and shares equal honors with him though not so thoroughly reliable. Mustang is the favorite among the boys. Beauty carries the comical goat not willingly but well. and glorying in a seemingly untamable spirit. proud. roaming the broad prairies of New Mexico. Sprite and Beauty give evidence of their origin in many ways pleasant to witness. vying with Mustang for encores. defiant.eap-Frog she is superb.14 The Equine Paradox. In I. Awkward Bucephalus comes next in the list. having merits in harmony with her name.

doing their part with almost electrical rapidity and precision. join in and make one of the number that are endeavoring to solve the truly wonderful Equine Paradox. to a degree. wondering if what you have seen — not some vagary of the imagination a dream is with you in your waking sense. is a genuine battle. No company of veteran soldiers ever were more perfect in performing intricate evolutions than are the equine enthusiasts of the Professor's is that school. malving the 15 setting as charming as it is perfect. but are grand in the MiHtary Drill. find the truly wonderful. repulsed. the school seems filled with inspiration of a high degree. lifts ! . Finally. for in it. THE BATTLE SCENE the audience to a high pitch of enthusiasm. they get wdld with frenzy. the marvelous beyond conception. if you enjoy the laughable and grotesque. Full of the excitement of wd:iat. THE MILITARY DRILL In it we Is the grand feature of the exhibition. if you love the beauful. different characteristics. astonishing one with their intelligence and cunning. Brutus and Jim bring up the rear. yet they excite your admiration.The Equine Paradox. killed. They are wounded. The Spanish Goats are mirth provoking. victorious All joining in the elation of victory over a foe worthy of their steel. Avhere all join in to send you home astonished. if you admire the elevating and the noble. to them.

The Equine Paradox. Dreaming^ of tlie Paradox. but I am forced to believe what I have seen/ The Humane Society everywhere endorse the Equine Paradox. . No? Sure it is that they do everything but talk. and no thinking mind can watch them as they give expression to their remarkable intelligence without saying: "It is incredible. who dare say. 16 — The Question is: Is the Equine race capable of progressive intelligence! As we have known them who could say yes? As we see them in the Professor's school.

Bartholomew. Geo.Prot. .

PART THIRD. Music Hath Charms. Prince. THE DRILL OF THE AWKWARD S<. Alss' PART SECOND. The Equestrians From Coatland. 1 c^<^^tt<^. Astonishmentand Enthusiastic Applause. uc/ri-M t^e— The Professor. The Graces of Abdallah. The Equine School at The Second Bell. Reasoning from Cause to Effect. Equine Statuary. THE VICTORY. Pope.>tra. THE BATTLE. ^ . Milwaukee. ^llit^ic G>ij. the Delinquent. Cramer. tftc 0rcfvc. Beatitifal. Play. Siliculcus. The School During Rea Csesar and the Telephone. Aikens & Cramer. Not to be believed when until seen. disbelief gives way to Wonder.PART FIRST. the Monitor.