Mary J. Arnold
4they must be slain by hundreds? Is not their work as insect destroyers some equivalent? I have a table sprinkled with crumbs where many birds have fed this winter I love to hear the soft flitting of their wings and to take hope from their notes of joy. I only wish I owned a forest where all unwelcome ones could come to my domain. In their behalf I hope your immortal pen will bequeath something to a reckless red-handed humanity. And the birds egg fad was instituted by teachers, Sunday school teachers and christmas(?) I know many boys here who have from dozens, to hundreds, of bird's eggs. if they must be exterminated, taking the eggs is more merciful than crippling and starving them to death. We were taught that a bird's nest was a sacred thing, to be guarded by our love and care and02961
1902 Mar 9
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 12, Image 0253
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