After days of scrolling through the Providence Journal on microfilm, I finally located the final news item about Roger in the May 26, 1903 issue. The small headline in the middle of page 3 read "Baby Roger has Gone" and described his departure by train to Yonkers where he was going to stay at an animal dealer's place. My heart cracked.
"He was loaded on a freight car at the siding at the park and started on the 1:30 rain for Auburn yesterday afternoon, for Yonkers, New York where he will have his home for the present... There were few spectators of the loading, as because of the uncertain temper of the beast it was decided best not to have the time of his departure too generally known."
Though I continued to search the papers for the next week, there were no "Letters to the editor" or editorial comments on the once beloved baby...
So that's the end of that part of the story.
Will I ever find out for certain what finally happened to him? Was he, indeed, sold to a circus? Was he put down for killing another elephant in Georgia? Where did I run across these stories in the first place????
In the meantime, I am beginning to get review tapes from VO talent, and today checked out the studio where we'll be doing the auditions next week. I'm really jazzed about all the support I've been getting lately. Have also had some more helpful feedback on the script as it stands.
The core of making this documentary is that to do it right, I need to be juggling events all of the time. Sometimes it's a little scary. Sometimes I lose faith in me. But mostly, I just keep doing the next thing and, with my increasing and much-needed support system, I keep thinking, "Holy cow! This will get done on time!'
More as things progress...