7 APRIL 1866, Page 3

A dangerous hoax was playel off on the fat April.

About 300 tickets were sold, for a penny each, signed " Wildboar," purPorting to admit people to the Zoological Gardens on Sunday, and pro- mising that all the beasts should walk in procession. The _buyers of course thronged the gates, and when refused admittance became so violent that the authorities of the Gardena sent for a strong force of police. An effort was subsequently made to punish one of the sellers of the tickets for obtaining money under false pre- tences, but it failed. The author of the tickets evidently knew London nature well. Admission simple might not have tempted buyers, but the most remote chance of seeing the tigers walk about loose, of getting into real danger, was absolutely irreskitible.