Whilst my sympathies are with the friends and family of the late Miss Katherine Chappell, 29, recently of Rye, New York, her case of death by lion must surely pose fewer difficult questions than Albert's demise.Now Albert had heard about Lions,
How they was ferocious and wild-
To see Wallace lying so peaceful,
Well, it didn’t seem right to the child.So straightaway the brave little feller,
Not showing a morsel of fear,
Took his stick with it’s’orse’s ‘ead ‘andle
...And pushed it in Wallace’s ear.You could see that the Lion didn’t like it,
For giving a kind of a roll,
He pulled Albert inside the cage with ‘im,
And swallowed the little lad ‘ole.
Miss Chappell had apparently ignored all warnings to keep the car windows closed and continued to photograph the lion that ate her to within just a few feet. In Albert's case, there were no actual warnings not to poke the lion with a stick and he enjoyed the illusion of safety because the lions cage bars were spaced to prevent lions exiting rather than boys entering.
The Mother said, “Right’s right, young feller;Whilst the lions in both cases should of course have been more considerate to paying customers, no matter how foolish, we must realise that lions will always be lions.
I think it’s a shame and a sin,
For a lion to go and eat Albert,
And after we’ve paid to come in.”