Brooklyn Eagle – May 23, 1894
A Lion Was His Antagonist, but the Beast Would Not Play.
San Francisco, Cal., May 23 – Over three thousand people assembled at Central park last night to witness a wrestling match between Sandow, the perfect man, and Colonel Daniel E Boone’s tame lion Commodore. Commodore was muzzled, his paws being encased in boxing gloves, and he was so handicapped that free action was almost impossible,
When Sandow entered the iron cage the lion was lying on all fours and no amount of teasing could get him to stand up or lose his temper. Sandow lifted him from the ground and swung him around and around, but it was of no avail. After ten minutes of this farce the match was given to Sandow.