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Montgomery, Frances Trego

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(1858-1925) US author, mostly of books for children, best known for tales about Billy Whiskers, a goat. Her Electric Elephant sequence – The Wonderful Electric Elephant (1903) and On a Lark to the Planets: A Sequel to the "Wonderful Electric Elephant" (1904) – describes in a Dime-Novel manner the Edisonade of a young man who encounters an elephant in the Rockies and immediately tries to kill it, only to discover that it is mechanical, hollow, and contains its inventor (see Invention), who is dying and wills it to him. The elephant turns out to be capable of various forms of Transportation, including Space Flight; it also serves as a heavily armed and armoured flying Mecha, which the protagonist uses to exterminate Native Americans. After some comic disruptions he and his fiancee (whom he marries) traverse the planet; and in the sequel visit Venus, Mars and the Outer Planets, all described in terms best befitting astrology (see Pseudoscience). The original inventor of the elephant then reappears and takes them on a guided tour of the Milky Way. [JC]

Frances Trego Montgomery

born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 18 July 1858

died on board SS Franconia at sea between Hong Kong and Shanghai: 5 April 1925



Electric Elephant


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