Punch,  54 (1868), 135.

The Great Zagazias (A Bumpkin Ballad)



Poetry, Drollery

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Zoology, Class, Exhibitions, Display

    Narrates the experiences of two yokels, Josias Gutch and Zacharias Brown. Josias describes to his friend a visit to a 'Zircus' which advertised a mysterious animal called 'the great Zaga-zias'. He explains that he demanded his money back on not seeing the beast before being directed to a tent where he saw what Zacharias identifies from his description as 'an Nellyphant'. The two friends disagree about the identity of the beast and ask the parson for help; he takes them back to Wombwell's menagerie in his trap. What Josias took to be 'the Great Zaga-zias' proves to be an elephant identified as 'The Great Sagacious'.

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