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Frank C. Bostock's tomb

"Although my family was one of animal trainers and exhibitors, my father did not wish me to follow so hazardous a profession, and decided that I should become a clergyman of the Church of England. My early education was carefully looked after, and having completed my preparatory course under private tutors, I finally went to Kelvedon College in Essex, England, where I did well. I was fond of study, had good masters, who always impressed upon me the fact that " he who would hope to command must learn to obey," and gained some honors.

 

But during one vacation I went home and saw my father's wild-animal exhibition, and there all the glamour and fascination of the show came upon me. There is no doubt I had inherited my father's instincts."

- Frank C. Bostock, The Training of Wild Animals (1903)

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Taken on July 12, 2009