Evening Times, Tuesday, April 12, 1910
arrangements for the interesting wedding ceremony announced for
Friday evening in the arena at the Jungle have now been completed.
The time set is 9.15. The Rev. David Rollo, M.A., B.D. of Springburn
Parish Church, has consented to unite Mr Alexander Gaston and Miss
Mary Mackie in matrimony under the unusual conditions of lions and
lionesses acting as groomsmen and bridesmaids.
befitting item of the proceedings will be the rendering of Mendelssohn's
Wedding March by the Jungle Military Orchestra. While
this will be the first marriage under these conditions ever conducted
in Europe, there have been several in the Frank C. Bostock Jungles
in the principle cities of the United States, and, in every instance,
a prominent clergyman has officiated, while in St. Louis a few years
ago, a bishop conducted the ceremony.
increased charges will be made for admision on Friday night. The
management do not regard the unique wedding as a money making venture,
but simply as an evidence of the perfection of the training of the
animals comprised in the Jungle. The marriage contract is as follows:
agreement entered into this day by and between Harry E. Tudor,
general manager of the Bostock Jungle, hereinafter known
as the party of the first part, and Alexander Gaston, of 54 Kerr
Street, Springbank, Glasgow, and Mary Mackie of Braehead Street,
S.S., witnesseth hereinafter known as the parties of the second
Witnesseth that parties of the first part (sic) do hereby agree
and covenant with the party of the first part to have their
marriage ceremony performed in the large steel cage of the Bostock
Jungle during the evening of Friday 15 (of such other evening
that party of the first part shall appoint) at which time of
said marriage ceremony said steel cage shall also be occupied
by from six to ten lions and their trainer.
Furthermore, for the faithful fulfilment of this agreement by
parties of the second part, party of the first part agrees to
hand over to parties of the second part a valuable consideration
mutually agreed upon, and to defray the expenses incidental
to the performance of the said marriage ceremony.
Furthermore, parties of the second part hereby absolve party
of the first part and his principals from all blame and responsibility
in the event of any unforeseen occurrence arising during the
performance of the said marriage ceremony.
Furthermore, parties of the second part agree that they will
be attired for said marriage ceremony as is customary on such
occasions, and hereby declare that the names with they will
be married will be their own rightful names, and that they have
never before formed the contract parties to a marriage.
Furthermore, party of the first part assures parties of the
second part that the marriage ceremony will be conducted in
strict accordance with Scots marriage laws, with all due solemnity
and rigid observance of the respect to which parties of the
second part are entitles in their forming the contracting parties
of a wedding.
Evening Times, Thursday, April 14, 1910
- LAST 3 DAYS - 3.
SUBJECT OF ALL THE TOWN'S TALK."
FEW ARENA CHAIRS MAY STILL BE BOOKED
MUIR WOOD & Co.
- "GOOD-BYE, JUNGLE."
The Evening Times, Friday, April 15, 1910
TWO DAYS OF ALL.
MOST REMARKABLE WEDDING CEREMONY
MARRIAGE AMIDST LIONS
THE GREAT STEEL CAGE.
LIONESSES AS BRIDESMAIDS.
THE JUNGLE MILITARY ORCHESTRA.
CEREMONY AT 9.15.
AS USUAL. NO FREE LIST.
OPEN AT 7.
EXHIBITION OF ANIMALS.
O'CLOCK TO 1 O'CLOCK - ADMISSION, 6d.
'GOOD-BYE' PROGRAMS (sic)
3 AND 8
OPEN AT 2 AND 7.
- ONE SHILLING.
SEATS, 1s 6d and 2s.
The Evening Times, Saturday, April 16, 1910.
Attitude of the Minister.
wedding amid lions was duly celebrated in the Bostock Jungle, Glasgow,
last night, and to-day Mr and Mrs Alexander Gaston may congratulate
themselves upon having been the central figures in a ceremony unique
to the Second City of the Empire, and also claim to be the first
of its kind in Europe. During the ceremony nothing untoward happened.
The great crown which packed the building was on its best behaviour.
The six lions and lionesses which acted as "best men" and "best
maids" showed no disposition to embrace the contracting parties
nor their attendants in an excess of festivity, but rather appeared
to be indifferent and bored, a frame of mind not unknown among human
guests at weddings. Altogether the occasion was a success.
element of risk, which added a piquant savour to so novel a wedding,
had attracted a large crowd. From seven o'clock the entrance to
the Jungle was thronged by long and patient queues stretching to
the Cowcaddens. Not only that, but large crowds waited round the
entrance during the performance to hear whether or not the leonine
guests had behaved with that decorum and dignity one expects from
their majesties of the forest. Inside, the scene was memorable.
Every point of vantage which commanded a glimpse of the arena was
seized upon. The big gallery was packed. Barricades were utilised
as grandstands. The monkeys had reason to hold an indignation meeting,
as their view of the nuptial proceedings was hidden by human backs,
whose owners had clambered up the sides of the simian cage the better
to get a sight of the gallant Gaston and the daring Miss Mackie.
proceedings in the cage, prior to the ceremony, were exciting enough.
A fearless young trainer put through a happy family of lions and
polar bears. One of the latter was inclined to be fractious, naughty
even under the eye of the trainer. So for a minute or two was a
battle between the human and the brute. The human will triumphed.
Then the trainer introduced a wrestling bear and proceeded to engage
in a three-round contest. Hardly had these gladiators started, when
shouts were heard coming from the gallery. "Hard up," "Hard up,"
was the cry. It is the satiric chant which young Glasgow throws
raucously at marriage processions whose progress is not accompanied
by the distribution of back sheesh. In the present case there was
a note of humour, a hint of welcome; yea, even a suggestion of admiration
in the chorus. It indicated that the happy couple were on their
way by a back passage from Manager Tudor's room to the scene of
the ceremony. The cry screwed the great concourse to the very pitch
of anticipation and excitement. The wrestlers, human and bear, finished
their gallant contest almost unnoticed and vanished behind the folding
doors. For a moment the huge arena lay untenanted under the yellow
glow of the electric lights.
the orchestra rendered Mendelssohn's impressive Wedding March. When
they finished, Mr Harry E. Tudor, the special particular Cupid,
who had arranged the leonine attendants at the Jungle hymeneal altar,
entered. The house was half-past nine. In a short introductory speech
Mr Tudor thanked the people of Glasgow for their reception of the
Jungle and intimated Mr Bostock's intention of reviving the Glasgow
Zoo on a scale that would be larger, better, and more varied than
before. He bowed and retired. At the back of the arena a shrill
whistle piped forth, the heavy doors were opened, and six lions
- magnificent brutes, whose tawny, well-kempt hides gleamed finely
beneath the glare of the arc lamps - stalked slowly into the arena
to the music of the orchestra. One of them showed a slight inclination
to hang about the entrance to the arena but
VERY LITTLE PERSUASION
to get it to give up the idea of retreat. Smiling and debonair,
Trainer Tallon, in evening dress, a flower in his coat placed his
charges in position upon their stances in a few moments, and all
seemed ready for the entry of the wedding party when one of the
lions quietly got off its perch. But the trainer was all alert,
cancelled the message he had given for the party's entrance, and
calmed the restless one. Then the wedding party were ushered in.
Mr Tudor, who attended the bride and the bridegroom, showed the
former in first, the groom following close behind. The lady appeared
to be the more composed of the two. She was dressed in white, in
the customary veil, and carried a large bouquet of flowers. The
officiating clergyman - the Rev. E. Lloyd Morris, of Hutchesontown
Congregational Church - entered immediately after and the party
in the arena was completed with the advent of two assistant trainers,
who stood near by ready in case of emergency. But there was scarcely
the slightest stir on the part of
actually appeared bored during the whole proceedings. There was
no loss of time. In a voice that was inaudible in the hum of conversation,
Mr Morris recited the wedding ceremony, the usual questions were
asked and answered, sotto voce, and the ring was slipped on the
bride's finger. During the ceremony the bride and the bridegroom,
as is customary, turned their backs to the audience, but as Mr Morris
advanced a few steps to address the crowd they faced round. Mr Morris
remarked that when he thought of the manner in which the Salvation
Army utilised the marriage ceremony many times for the benefit of
the on-looker, he came to the conclusion that there might be some
opportunity that night for a lesson on moral or spiritual improvement,
and in a few well-chosen words of advice he addressed the throng
before him. Then the party quitted the cage. There was only one
regrettable omission. "Ach," said an observant lady, standing at
the rails, "whit wey did he no' kiss her."
secret of the mode of departure from the building had been well
kept. The exit of the bride and bridegroom was made from the rear
door of the building. It was witnessed by only a privileged few,
and was made amid a shower of rice and confetti and a salvo of adieux
and good wishes from the Jungle company and other friends.
the ceremony the Rev. Mr Morris told an "Evening Times" representative
that he did not feel at all nervous during the time he was among
the lions. Indeed, he was rather surprised at not being called upon
to go neared the animals. He had consented to perform the service
because he felt that there might be some opportunity of impressing
one or two of the crowd. On the whole the behaviour of the audience
was seemly enough, but there were a number of them, he imagined,
who hardly realised the solemnity of the service. He held that there
was no reason why a wedding ceremony inside a lions' den should
not be as solemn and impressive a ceremony as elsewhere.
the bride and bridegroom were anxious to be off after the ceremony
was over. "Did you feel nervous?" asked the "Evening Times" man.
"Not very," was the reply of both. "We knew we were quite safe."
course," said Trainer Tallon, "the ceremony came off all right.
How should it have been otherwise? My charges were on their best
behaviour, and appreciated their responsibilities as well brought-up
lions should do."
can't say I'm sorry it's over," admitted Manager Tudor. "While the
audience were protected by the iron bars of the arena, there was
nothing but thin air between the bridal party and the lions. Lions
are lions all the world over."