"I think that I may without vanity affirm that I have 'seen the elephant'"
"Oh, surely we are seeing the elephant, from the tip of his trunk to the end of his tail!"
“That desert is truly the great Elephant of the route and God knows I never want to see it again.” ...Lucius Fairchild
“Some of our company did not lay by and have gone on they are anxious to see the elephant I suppose.”
“All hands early up anxious to see the path that leads to the Elephant.”
“Oh the pleasures of going to see the Elephant!!”
...Lucy Rutledge Cooke
“This is a trying time to the men and horses. I have just been to get grass, and got up to my 'tother end' in mud… First glimpse of the Elephant.”
“We didn’t suppose it to be more than one or two miles from the road we went on foot but as we found it to be at least four miles our trip was not so easy as we supposed… but like all the rest we must see the Elephant & some of the party did see his back before they got to camp as some of them was out till 9 o'clock.” ...John Lewis