Helen Muir


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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23 (, Bits of "oddsand ends" that came to me to tell you.aA • if/ .( n A/ Papa taught us from the time we were small children that all creatures have feelings and troubles and joys just like people, and that we must always remember that fact and be considerate of them. I have often wished ALL children were taught that, as I see so much needless cruelty toward animals and birds. He taught us to watch the birds that came to our trees and garden, to observe their habits and what they ate, and the kinds of nests they built, whenever possible. ''A-.\.».u>u"t Of course he told us the manes of all birds We saw, and usually why they were so named. One of his earliest teachings was to be quiet around all wild, creatures if you would really get to observe and know their ways. Stand or sit quietly ana soon they go on about their affairs. He had a keen sense of humor which showed itself in many different ways. Whenever he found a joke he liked he always shared it with the family, and especially with me as he grew older. .Among my letters are many clippings of jokes he wanted me to laugh over with him and as I was far away he sent tie m to me. The last yea.r at Martinez we had MMlff a laugh over some saying or word, from some Scotch story he liked, some of them from that book you have. He would keep bringing them into our daily life as they fitted into our little daily happenings. I still think of them that way. pr/-j.JO


San Bernardino, Calif.

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January 1943

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MSS048 Vb.7

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