Mary J. Arnold


John Muir


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3must have birds to stuff for science you can imagine the consequence. I appealed to one of the professors and told him that they were calling murder, science, and that John Muir's hands were not stained with blood in studying bird life, The number killed for the school probably runs into the hundreds and the students have been instructed in lessons of cruelty while the institution boasts of the number of its corpses, There will always be one lone mourner in their funeral train. A bird to me is one of God's most beautiful thoughts made manifest in the flesh and I would not give the trilling melody in one bird's throat, for all the stuffed birds with which pedants are deceiving their unthinking disciples. Are birds so destructive in orchards that02961


Lakeport, Calif.

Date Original

1902 Mar 9


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0251

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