Sara's Elephant Story: a Carbons Creek Tale

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For the last two days people have been coming into the Carbons Creek Sentinel office with stories about an elephant loose on the countryside. No matter how I look at it, it has to be news. We slipped in a story in this week’s edition of the paper, which brought even more folks coming in and reporting sightings. Most of the reports were about an elephant just ambling along across country from Galestown toward Carbons Creek. I knew there was a circus up that way because there were flyers all around town advertising it. The question is why the elephant is loose and why it was heading our way.

Today I got a visit from Ed, one of our local saloonkeepers. He has been a solid citizen here, a bit flamboyant but always ready to lend a hand when people need it. That’s how I learned about Lulu the elephant that disarmed a wannabe gunman when Ed went to the circus. I also learned that Ed was enamored with a woman named Bridget. It also seems that the circus and the elephant belonging to the circus fascinates Bridget. And then it seems that Lulu, the elephant, is enamored with Ed.

At least that is the current theory as to why the elephant that stopped a gunfight with Ed and a stranger seems to be following Ed. After the entire circus is still in Galestown and it can’t be some other elephant. Not a common animal around here. Ed did say that the big animal was lovable in a way, but would not be a good house pet.

Another citizen came in and said the elephant was sitting in the street in front of Ed’s establishment. I just had to check that out. I stopped at the photographers shop on the way over. By the time we got to the saloon it looked like Lulu meant to go on in. She took her first step and it crushed the steps to the boardwalk.

I said that Ed was flamboyant and it seemed to be a good thing under the circumstances. He talked to Lulu and coaxed her away from the buildings. Unfortunately she bumped into the photographer and his equipment. His flash powder went off and frightened the elephant. However, the photographer did get a picture of Lulu. Quite dramatic picture once it was processed. It was a close-up of her face.

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I’d gone over to help the photographer and Lulu lifted me up and I ended up on top of her. Meanwhile somebody had fetched Ed’s horse for him. “I’ll try to get you down, Sarah,” he said.

“Oh, never mind Ed. This is going to be a grand story when I get it all together. What better than becoming a part of it?” Ed saw the Sheriff and asked him to send a Teletype to Galestown.

We went about ten miles before we met some of the circus people.Lulu did leave a trail that they could follow. It is pretty hard for an elephant to go very far without leaving some trace. Ed was delighted to see Bridget with the searchers.

“Do you think this amazing animal went to all this trouble so as we could see one another again.Bridget, me love?”

“Now aren’t ye still full of the blarney. Why would this great beast care ‘bout the likes of you and me?”

“Maybe because she is smarter than either of us. She knows we belong together,” Ed told her. I think I agree with Bridget ‘bout the blarney part. I think maybe I agree with Ed that they look good together.

“This was a lot of fun,” I said, “but how about someone getting me down from here?” I don’t know if someone gave her a signal or if it was her own idea but Lulu lifted me down very gently. I’ll admit it was fun but now I had to interview the circus people and get a newspaper out.

I think my headline will be “Elephant Plays Cupid for popular Carbons Creek Citizen.”

© 2011 Don A. Hoglund

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"I think my headline will be 'Elephant Plays Cupid for popular Carbons Creek Citizen.'"

Delightful hub! Thank you. :-)


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank you for being first to comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Cute story. I love elephants.

rob


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for reading it. Elephants do seem to be popular.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Nice little story! An elephant in Carbons Creek? Who knew!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for reading Will. Had to do something to bring Ed and bridget together.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

How often does something like that happen in a person's lifetime? Must have been fun riding an elephant! (although I would have been scared to death!) Thanks for sharing this interesting story with us.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting. I can't remember where or when I actually saw elephants.But Lulu adds some color to the series.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Tiny wanted this one. "I wanna pitchure with da elephant too!"

Big Jim. "Hey--I wanna be his friend. If ya ever visit the school, bring the elephant! We can hide him out back where Mr. Porterfield can't see him so he won't get into any trouble."


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Tiny might have to wait for the camera to get fixed.Lulu might be friends with Big Jim. I don't think the circus people will let her out of sight for awhile though.Thanks for commenting.


Sophia Angelique 5 years ago

Wonderful story Daho. :)


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank you Sophia. It's good to see you here.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Now who would have thunk it! An elephant in the town of Carbon's Creek! Fascinating! Voted up, up and away!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Who would have thought of an elephant plyaing Cupid...a good tale DA, very good! WB


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Dexter

I think Lulu tends to get bored easy. People go to see the elephant, she went to see the people.Thanks for commenting.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Wayne,

Thanks for the comment. Glad you liked it. Elepahants are full of surprises.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

You cheered me up this morning my dear HB friend with your 'sad and sweet elephant smile"


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I appreciate your reading it.I introduced Lulu in a previous story and commeters wanted more.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Cute story. Nice to see Lulu back again.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting.Everyone loves Lulu.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a cute story. Brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks Peggy W. I think circuses were something looked forward to on the frontier.

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