While four Frenchmen were exhibiting two performing bears near Cinderford, Forest of Dean, on Monday, an alarm was raised that the animals had killed a child and seriously injured a woman.
Tremendous excitement resulted, and a large number of colliers and the populace generally started off in pursuit. After a long chase the bears were overtaken and at once furiously attacked with sticks, stones and other weapons.
One of the poor brutes was beaten to death and the other shot. The Frenchmen were also attacked and severely beaten until two escaped to the woods, and the others were rescued in a pitiable condition by the police.
The report which caused the alarm had no foundation in fact.
Northampton Mercury, May 4, 1889.