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Volume 23 . May, 1924 Number 2 

Our Fourfooted Friends 

and How VVe Treat [Them 


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The Bells of Heaven 

’T would ring the bells of Heaven 
The wildest peal for years, 
If Parson lost his senses 
And people came to theirs, 
And he and they together 
Knelt down with angry prayers 
For tamed and shabby tigers, 
And dancing dogs and bears, 
And wretched, blind pet ponies, 
And little hunted hares. 
—Ralph Hodgson. 

‘*No Veal League’”’ 

Few people who eat veal and drink milk think 
of the unnecessary suffering inflicted on calves. 
In order to get milk from the cow as soon as possi- 
ble, calves are sold before they are old enough to 
be weaned, and because the farmer wishes to save 
the trouble and expense of feeding the calf by 
hand, the butcher or the man who goes about the 
country in search of veal is allowed to take these 
little creatures and use them as he pleases. They 
are carried away hungry and weak, moaning 
pitifully, in the butcher’s cart; they are often 
left for hours without any attempt to give them 
food or water; they have been seen in winter in 
open yards or sheds in a dying condition from 
hunger, fatigue and exposure. They are loaded 
on trains and carried for hours when scarcely able 
to stand. Not infrequently they fall in the cattle 
car and are trampled to death by their unhappy 
companions in misery. An agent of the Animal 
Rescue League saw eighteen calves dying or dead 
in one cattle train. 

These are facts, and the half isnot told. What 
can we do to remedy this evil? I wish that all 
people would give up eating the flesh of animals 
entirely, even as I have for twenty years past; 
but as I cannot hope for this, I ask if every man 
and woman who has any feeling for the suffering 
of his fellow creatures will not unite in a “‘No 
Veal League,’’ and pledge himself not to buy or 
eat veal for one year. 


I confidently believe the influence of such a 
league would enable us to get a law passed next 
winter forbidding the sale of calves until they are 
old enough to be weaned, and strong enough to 
bear the journey to the slaughter house. If we 
can secure a strong enough backing I am sure 
something definite would be done to lessen this 
crime against humanity, and also against health, 
for the flesh of such calves is unfit to eat and con- 
tains practically no nourishment. 



I beg our readers to give this appeal their seri- 
ous attention, and send to 51 Carver Street, 
Boston, simply a post card with name and ad- 
dress of those who are willing to make this little 
sacrifice for the sake of humanity and health. 
Remember these animals are suffering and dying 
for us daily. Do we not owe it to them to lessen 
their suffering as much as possible? 

There will be a book started at once at the 
Animal Rescue League, entitled ‘No Veal 
League,” that will contain the names of people 
who are willing to take this pledge. Already a 
number of men and women who are not ‘‘fad- 
dists”’ or “‘cranks,’”’ but are only humanitarians, 
are giving their names and are ready to do all in 
their power to get many other members. 

Please send@n your name and help us to save 
these little helpless calves, known by many peo- 
ple only as ‘‘veal,’’ from the suffering they are 
enduring.—Anna Harris Smith. 

The Strike 

It started in Farmer Goodwin’s barn, and a red 

cow, with a white face, began it. The milking 
was done. Twenty cows were standing in their 
stalls munching their supper, but one cow was not 
eating. Her good supper was in the stall, but she 
was not even looking at it; she was moaning too 
pitifully to eat. 

“Poor Mrs. Brindle,” said the red cow, ‘‘saw 
her little calf carried off by the butcher. It was 
such a little thing. It was hungry when it was 
taken away, and was crying for her. She cannot 
forget it. She has been moaning all day.” 

excitement in the city. 

“Tt is a great shame,” said a pretty black and 
white cow. ‘‘They rob us of our babies so that 
they can have the milk for their babies. Do they 
think we have no feelings?” 

“They don’t think at all,” said the red cow. 
“They don’t care what we suffer as long as they 
have what they want themselves.” 

“Ts there no way of making them think?”’ 
cried a little white cow, who pitied the poor 
mother, moaning in the corner, so much that she 
could hardly eat anything herself. 

“The only way would be if all these masters of 
ours had to do without milk and butter and cream 
—they and all their families,”’ said the red cow. 
‘“‘Tt is what they deserve, and it would be what 
men call a ‘strike.’”’ 

“How could it be done?” asked the little white 

‘Pass the word around when we go out to pas- 
ture, and I am sure if we asked our friends, the 
crows, the blue jays, and sparrows, who go every- 
where, they would spread the word quickly,” 
said the red cow. 

‘We'll do it!” cried the little white cow, 
eagerly. ‘‘What is the word to pass around?”’ 

‘‘Kindness!’’ said the red cow. ‘‘The duty 
these our masters owe us is to think about our 
feelings, and to treat us as well as they would wish 
to be treated if they were cows and if their babies 
were calves. They might, if they would only 
think of our feelings, manage about our dear lit- 
tle calves in a way that we would not be so un- 
happy, and our babies would not be allowed to 
suffer. It could be done, for there are a few good 
and kind men in the. world who prevent all this 

“They don’t care,” said Mrs. Brindle, still 
moaning. ‘‘They talk about us as if we were 
only milking machines. They call us ‘beef’ or 
‘milkens,’ and call our dear little ones ‘veal.’ All 
we mean to them is something to eat and drink. 
They ought to be made to think that we can feel 
and suffer.” 

‘We'll start a strike!’’ cried the little white 
cow, while the poor, unhappy mother in the cor- 
ner continued to moan. 

It was a few weeks later, and there was great 
‘““Where is the cream 


this morning?” cried the banker. ‘‘I want my 
coffee, but I can’t drink it without cream.” 

“The milkman hasn’t come,” said the cook. 

“Then my breakfast is spoiled,’ scolded the 

“‘Tt’s the same with me,”’ complained his wife. 
“JT want my hot milk, but I can do without; it is 
the children I’m worrying about; they are crying 
for their milk in the nursery.” 

“In the butcher’s yard,” said a sparrow, who 
was listening outside on a tree, ‘‘many poor lit- 
tle calves have cried and cried in vain for their 
mother’s milk, but no one heeds them.”’ 

‘“‘T’d like to know what has happened to the 
cows,” cried an excited farmer. ‘‘They won’t 
give down their milk, and the milkmen are tele- 
phoning in every direction. The whole country 
is stirred up.” 

“Ha, ha!’’ said the red cow as she heard the 
farmer talking. ‘Perhaps you are beginning to 
think how much you owe to the cow.”’ 

“What shall we do?” cried the mother of a 
large family. ‘‘We can’t get along another day 
without milk and butter! What do you suppose 
has happened?” 

Her sister (Aunt Abby, as the children called 
her) answered, ‘‘I think, myself, it’s just what 
everybody deserves. I never hear anything said 
in church, in the women’s clubs, or anywhere 
else, about the very great help and comfort the 
cow is to us, and how she ought to be treated, or 
what she suffers. Do you ever hear anything 
said in school about what we owe to the cow, 

The children promptly answered, ‘‘No;” but 
Jennie, the thoughtful one, asked, ‘‘What do we 
owe her?” 

‘Don’t you care for your milk and butter?” 
asked Aunt Abby. 

“We get our milk from the milkman, and our 
butter from the grocer,’ answered little Henry. 
“T never heard of a cow giving us milk and but- 
ter.” | 

“There, you see!”’ said Aunt Abby. ‘We 
take all this wonderful help from our fourfooted 
friends and they don’t even get one grateful 
thought for what they do. Only last week a very 
rich man died and left thousands of dollars to 
colleges and hospitals and foreign missions, and 

not even one dollar to help these animals, our fel- 
low creatures, that had been giving him help and 
comfort all his life!”’ 

“How could he give them money?” asked 
thoughtful Jennie. 

“He could give it to them by helping societies 
that are studying and working and talking and 
writing to teach men and women how they ought 
to treat these their very useful servants—the cow, 
the horse, the sheep, the cat, the dog. The peo- 
ple need to be taught to think. If they had to do 
without these domestic animals, even for one 
week, perhaps it would wake them up and make 
them think how much we owe them. Perhaps 
ministers and teachers and women’s clubs would 
think it their duty to take this as a subject for 
discussion.”’ 8 | 

“There comes the milkman now! I’m so 
thankful!”’ exclaimed the mother of the family. 
“‘T was afraid Baby would be sick if he didn’t 
have his milk today. He is crying all the time.” 



In Farmer Goodwin’s barn, the red cow was 
talking: ‘‘We’ve tried only a few days to make 
people realize what we do for them, and I hear 
that it has done a little good, but on account of 

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their babies we can’t keep it up. We know how 
they feel. Our master is kinder than most farm- 
ers are, and our mistress felt so unhappy when 
she heard Mrs. Brindle moaning all day and all 
night that she made the master promise her he 
would be very careful how he took our babies 
away from us so soon again.” 

But in the corner of the big barn, Mrs. Brindle 
still moaned for her little one, torn from her side 
just as she had begun to love it and before it was 
able to do without her even a few hours without 

“Too late! Too late!”’ she moaned. 

“But there will be another, and perhaps these 
masters of ours will learn to treat us better by and 
by. Let us hope and pray that day will come,”’ 
said the little red cow, turning her soft eyes up- 

The Great Master of all was born in a stable. 
In His Name we will hope that some day, soon, 
these men and women, who love the milk and 
cream and butter we give them, will learn to 
think and treat us and our little ones with kind- 
ness and mercy.’’—A. H. S. 


The Cow 

The friendly cow all red and white, 
I love with all my heart; 

She gives me cream with all her might, 
To eat with apple-tart. 

She wanders lowing here and there, 
And yet she cannot stray, 

All in the pleasant open air, 
The pleasant light of day; 

And blown by all the winds that pass 
And wet with all the showers, 
She walks among the meadow grass 
And eats the meadow flowers. 
—Robert Louis Stevenson. 

We have received from E. I. DuPont De Nem- 
ours & Company, Inc., a very attractive leaflet 
entitled ‘‘Truth About the Crow,” in which Mr. 
Frank Winch evidently wishes to explain the 
viewpoint of game protectors who have been 
advocating general slaughter of crows. The ob- 
jection that some humane individuals have made 
to this general slaughter is designated by the 
writer as a “‘hectic heart throb.’”? He does not 
seem to understand the main point of the objec- 
tors, which is so well put in a letter sent by Win- 
throp Packard of the Massachusetts Audubon 
Society, in which he says: ‘‘ Prizes offered to get 
people into the woods shooting in the spring of 
the year must result in harm and disturbance, in 
many cases indiscriminate slaughter, among nest- 
ing game and song birds which need all possible 
protection at such times. Especially we protest 
against the serious setback which such a course 
gives to the educational campaign which the 
Audubon Societies have for years waged to in- 
culeate in the young an understanding of the 
esthetic value of birds and the harm to morals 
consequent upon reckless and out-of-season de- 
struction of wild life.” 

I do not see how the cause could be put better 
than that. Undoubtedly the crow does do harm; 
it is equally certain that he does some good; but 
whether he is doing good or harm, we consider it 
inexcusable to offer prizes to slaughter any living 
creature, for such offers are certain to bring into 
the field men and boys who know nothing about 
marksmanship and who delight in killing. When 
killing must be done, it should be done only by 
experts, and if crows, pigeons, or English spar- 
rows are too numerous and we find it is necessary 
to have them killed, then special committees 
should be appointed to do the killing and it should 
not be given out to the public to do for the sake of 
prizes. This is altogether injurious to the cause 
of humane education and we must condemn such 
a proposition.—A. H, §. 

6 O ULRE ahOtUR 1 OST hr Deri a NEDSS 

An Interesting, Letter 

Cassadaga, Fla., Apr. 17. 

Dear Mrs. Smith: I received your Annual Re- 
port last night, and read it with much interest, as 
I always do. I wonder if half the people who 
read the report, and live within reach of its ever- 
ready service, really appreciate the blessing of 
having such an institution. Let them live for a 
while where animal shelters are unknown. 

I surely would have appreciated it on one oc- 
casion, this winter, if I could have stepped to the 
telephone and called ‘“‘Beach 9250,” and there 
isn’t even a telephone in the place where I live. 

I was eating my breakfast one morning, when a 
man came to my door and asked me if I had any 
chloroform. He said that there was a dog near 
his house, that had been shot through the neck 
and also had a broken leg. Unfortunately, I had 
none, but I said I would ask a friend of mine, who 
had a car, to go after some. It is a mile to the 
nearest drug store. I walked along with him and 
saw where the dog was. 

While I went to my friend’s, he went and asked 
a man to shoot the dog. The man doesn’t know 
how to shoot, and fairly butchered two dogs that 
he tried to shoot. 

I got to where the dog was lying about the 
same time that he did. I put my arm about the 
dog and said, ‘‘ You can’t shoot this dog.” 

He ordered me to get up, but I refused. He 
couldn’t fire, as long as I was beside the dog, 
without hitting me, so he had to bottle his wrath. 
When I got up, I took the dog in my arms. He 
was a big dog and all I could carry, but I took 
him up to my friend’s house. Then we happened 
to think that, as it was Sunday, the drug stores 
were closed, even if we drove to DeLand, eight 
miles. So we decided that the only thing to do 
was to ask a Mr. D , who is supposed to know 
how to shoot, to put the dog out of his misery. 
He fired twice, when the dog was lying still, right 
in front of him. What a blessing the League 
would have been. 

One thing I have been thankful for: there have 
been very few wretched, half-starved dogs about 
the camp this winter. The first few years, they 
were quite numerous. They came over from the 
negro settlement, but the last two winters, I am 
happy to say, I have not seenasmany. Neither 

have I seen as many awful-looking horses and 
mules. Some of them surely look wretched 
enough, but there has been an improvement. I 
hope it is not wholly because I have just not hap- 
pened to see them, that there really is an improve- 
ment. It is surprising how many of the negroes 
have autos. I thank God for every auto I see 
them driving. 

I surely enjoy the birds. I have a bird table, 
and it is seldom without guests. I have wrens, 
cardinals, woodpeckers, Florida robins, blue jays, 
sand doves, grackles, Florida or scrub Jays, 
mockers, and a flock of quail. The scrub jays 
are very tame. There is one that will come and 
take crumbs from my hand, and he came almost 
the first time I tried. A bird lecturer said they 
were found only in Florida. | 

Over at Daytona is a bird sanctuary, and for 
forty miles on the river the ducks are protected. 
I was over there one day about noon, and there 
were hundreds of them swimming about. People 
were feeding them with bread, and there were a 
lot of gulls. I think I read that it was a custom 
to feed them about four in the afternoon, and 
that they gathered there from all directions. I 
was there again around four o’clock, and I never 
saw such asight. It seemed as though the water 
was covered with ducks, and the air was thick 
with gulls. They would dive down among the 
ducks to get the food. They seemed to know 
that they were safe. 

There is a rabbit that comes about every day, 
and I am in hopes he will get tame enough so he 
won’t run when I go out. 

I put peanuts out for the squirrels, but I am 
very much afraid the jays carry them off. Aman 
shot off most of the squirrels last year, for he said 
they were becoming a nuisance. I believe they 
got into some of the houses in the summer. 
Cassadaga is only a winter place. Only a very 
few stay during the summer. One couple from 
the North brought their cat with them; he was a 
stray, once, and he follows them about just like a 
dog. He is very handsome and intelligent. 

Some of the range cattle are very poor in the 
winter. There is very little feed, and I do not 
see how they keep the breath of life in their 
bodies. There ought to be a law that the owners 
be compelled to round them up and feed them. 

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There is one terribly poor cow around. Shewas 
covered with ticks, so I was told before I saw her. 
One woman said she picked a hundred off her. 
Tinquired who owned her, and was toldit belonged 
to the butcher. I wrote him a letter asking him 
to take care of her, that it surely was not a good 
advertisement for his business, and that I would 
not trade with a man who took so little care of his 

His clerk called and was very important. Mr. 
Jones was going to give my letter to an attorney, 
etc. He said Jones did not own the cow. Iam 
not convinced, however, and have stopped trad- 
ing with him. I have fed the cow several times 
with the grain I bought for the birds, and the 
other day I saw her up by a friend’s house and I 
called her, and she followed me home. I have 
bought a hundred-pound bag of feed for her, but 
have not seen her to give her any yet. 

The cows are so hungry they will eat grape- 
fruit peel, and even paper. I saw one eating 
some wild cherry branches. 

The people throw all vegetable tops and stuff 
a cow can eat out in the street, and give them 
bread, etc. They are looking better now that 
green stuff is coming up more, but it is poor feed- 
ing at best. It is much better in some parts of 
the state than it is around here. One thing, 
there is plenty of water, so that any animal that 
is free need not suffer from thirst. 

Weare having the first real Florida weather we 
have had all winter. It has been a very unusual 
winter, one of the coldest Florida has ever known. 
The thermometer has gone lower than it has this 
winter, but has never continued as long. People 
from my home town said they were glad to get 
home, it had been so cold in Florida. 

The country is looking lovely now. The trees 
that shed their leaves are clad in their new Easter 
finery, Easter lilies are blooming in the gardens, 
and along the roadside and in the fields are 
masses of Drummond phlox that we cultivate in 
the gardens at home. In spite of the cold 
weather, flowers have bloomed all winter. We 
passed a house in DeLand, where we go twice a 
week, that had a row of Calla lilies fifty or more 
feet long, that had bloomed most of the winter. 

For the past few weeks, the air has been heavy 
with the scent of the orange blossoms. There 

has been a great bloom, and the bees have been 
very busy. 

The humane cause has lost a good friend in the 
death of Doctor Stillman. But we can at least 
be thankful that he has lived. 

The work for animals appeals to me more than 
almost any other work, and the dumb animals 
surely owe you a debt of gratitude which I feel 
sure they would be glad to express if it were pos- 
sible. Hoping this finds you in the best of health, 
I remain, very sincerely yours,—Mabel Hawkins. 


During the month of April the League received 
5,536 cats, 682 dogs, 35 horses, and 37 smaller 
animals. Weplaced 118 dogs and 71 cats in good 

Special Notice 

Pine Ridge Home of Rest for Horses and 
Cemetery for Animals, 238 Pine St., Dedham 

Visiting Day at Pine Ridge will be June 3 
if pleasant, if not the first pleasant day, from 
11 a.m. to 6 pM. Visitors are asked to 
bring a basket lunch. Tea and coffee may 
be had at the Bungalow. Special autos will 
meet the electric cars at Charles River Bridge 
from 12 Noon to 4 P.M. every twenty min- 
utes. Donations to assist in the care of the 
horses would be gratefully received. 

Mrs. Huntington Smith, 

Horse Rescue Fund 

The appeal for our Horse Rescue Fund has 
brought us in a little over one thousand dollars. 
This is a very good time to buy horses, for if we 
do not buy these old and feeble horses they are 
traded off and sent up into the country to do 
ploughing and other hard work that they are 
unfit for and are literally worked to death. 
For from $5.00 to $7.00 we can save a horse 
months of untold suffering. We would be glad 
of more help in this direction.—A. H. 8. 


A Letter of Great Interest 
Lynn, Mass., Apr. 14, 1924. 

Dear Mrs. Smith: Following is a report of ac- 
tivities in the six branches of ‘‘The Kindness 
Club” of Lynn. Each of the six classes has 
organized a separate branch of the club, but the 
main organization is known as “‘The Kindness 
Club.”’ Each class has taken two dime banks, 
with the intention of filling them by the close of 
the school year in June. Miss Tuck, assistant 
city librarian, has arranged a special shelf of books 
on kindness to animals in the children’s reading 
room at the Central Public Library. Each 
teacher has taken her class to the library, shown 
the children how to make use of the books, and 
encouraged them to take out cards so that the 
books may be taken home for family reading. 
All of the children have expressed a desire to 
visit the Lynn Branch of the Animal Rescue 
League, and teachers have instructed them to 
make brief visits of perhaps five minutes, and 
never more than ten minutes. 

Katherine Kolias, a pupil in one of these 
classes, recently found two three-weeks-old kit- 
tens in a cellarway on a cold, rainy evening. 
Someone had left the kittens there to whatever 
fate might overtake them. Katherine took the 
two kittens to the Lynn Branch and gave them 
into Miss Jordon’s care. When I saw the kittens 
the next day, their helplessness appealed to me so 
much that I have taken them home, and they 
have already been adopted by my mother cat, 
who recently lost her five little kittens. 

The six branches of the club, which includes 
fifteen nationalities, are as follows: 

Branch I. Note: Pupils in this class have been 
in the United States from two weeks to six 

a. Name: ‘‘The Animal Rescue Club.” 

b. Officers: President, Miriam Dick; secretary, 
Korin Norelius; treasurer, Mrs. Elinor B. Shaw, 

c. Object: The special object of this branch is 
to be on the lookout for homeless cats or dogs, 
and also to see that new kittens not wanted in the 
home are taken to the Lynn Branch of the Animal 
Rescue League. 

d. Activities: A half-grown female kitten, 
picked up on Lynn Common, was taken to the 

classroom. One of the children gave half of his 
daily bottle of milk so that the kitten could have 
some breakfast. Mrs. MacLean called and took 
the kitten to the Animal Rescue League. 

Branch II. Note: Pupils in this class have been 
in the United States from six months to one year. 

a. Name: ‘‘Friends of Animals.” 

b. Officers: President, John Kallias; secretary, 
Erna Sternbeck; treasurer, Miss Margaret Mc- 
Intire, teacher; Advisory Board, Miss McIntire, 
Polly Katrone, Oscar Ekstrand. - 

c. Object: To be constantly searching for an 
opportunity to have the name of every pupil 
placed on the Honor Roll. 

d. Activities: Reading of copies of Our Four- 
FOOTED FRiENDS, and searching for pictures il- 
lustrating the name of the club. The first ani- 
mal selected for special study is the cat. 

Branch III. Note: Pupils in this class have 
been in the United States from eight months to a 
year and a half. 

a. Name: ‘‘The Kindness Club.” 

b. Officers: President, Celia German; secre- 
tary, Max Shapiro; treasurer, Miss Florence 
Oliver, teacher; Advisory Board, Miss Oliver, 
Celia German, Tony Pavona. 

c. Object: The study of the care of pets to 
make them comfortable. 

d. Activities: An experience meeting at which 
the children related instances of kindness per- 
formed and observed. Short stories have been 
written on the care of pets. 

Branch IV. Note: Pupils in this class have 
been in the United States from six months to a 

a. Name: ‘Animal Helpers.”’ | 

b. Officers: President, Ara Simonian; secre- 
tary, Katherine Kolias; treasurer, Mrs. Mary A. 
Sanborn, teacher; Advisory Board to be ap- 
pointed later. | 

c. Object: Kindness to every living creature. 

d. Activities: Reading and discussion of ma- 
terial supplied by Mrs. Smith. Development 
of the responsibility that man has toward the 
lower animals, since God created all. Experi- 
ence meetings with reports of kindness done and 
observed. Cases of miserable-looking horses 
reported and then referred to Mrs. MacLean. 
Poems on kindness are being memorized. 


Branch V. Note: Pupils in this class have been 
in the United States from one to two years. 

a. Name: “‘The Kindness Club.”’ 

b. Officers: President, Filomena Capadoqua; 
secretary, Samuel Sherman; treasurer, Miss 
Ethel M. Poor, teacher; Advisory Board to be 
appointed later. 

c. Object: Co-operation. 

d. Activities: Experience lesson. Reading 
and discussion of stories from material sent by 
Mrs. Smith. 

Branch VI. Note: Pupils in this class have 
been in the United States from six months to two 
years. ‘ 

a. Name: “‘ Knights of Humanity.” 

b. Officers: President,-Eftemios G. Apostolos; 
secretary, Annie Rubenstein; treasurer, Anna M. 
Dillon, teacher; Advisory Board, Anna Ruben- 
stein, Sarah Rosenthal, Samuel Sherman, Miss 

ce. Object: To promote kindness to all animals. 

d. Activities: Reading and discussion of ma- 
terial sent by Mrs. Smith. Development of 
the need of kindness. Discussion of the fact that 
moral courage is required to be a friend to ani- 

* * * 

I am sending you also some original composi- 
tions written by the children of all six classes. 
I think these little stories of personal happenings 
will demonstrate that the children and teachers 
are truly interested in humane education, and 
will also serve to show the progress made by 
these foreign-born children whom we receive into 
our special English classes as soon as they enter 
the country and at a time when they cannot 
speak, read, or write a single word of English. 

The teachers wish me to thank you for the song 
books and also the special reading books which 
you have kindly sent us. Sincerely yours,— 
Isabelle D. MacLean.—Supervisor of American- 

The original compositions Mrs. MacLean sent 
to me are so good that I propose to give them, one 
and all, in the next issue of OUR FOURFOOTED 
FRIENDS. The account of the clubs she has sent, 
which I have published, has so greatly interested 
and encouraged me that I am sure others will be 

happy to read it, and to follow from time to time 
the progress of this work so well begun through 
the help of Mrs. MacLean and the teachers of the 
Tracy and Lincoln schools. 

Please Take Note 

It is most important this year that our sub- 
scribers notify us if they wish Our FourFooTED 
FRIENDS forwarded to a summer address, as our 
card system was revised last fall, and in many 
cases the tabs we kept on the old cards to remind 
us of summer and fall changes were lost. Please 
send the summer address, telling us when it goes 
into effect if possible, how long you wish papers 
forwarded there; also, whether in the fall you will 
return to your present address. 

We are greatly indebted to Mr. F. P. Cox, 
Manager of the General Electric Company, for 
the installation of our Automatic Electric Cages 
at our Branch in Lynn. The Lynn Branch is so 
far from Boston it would be exceedingly difficult 
for us to carry it on if it were not for a few inter- 
ested and generous helpers like Mr. Cox. 

It has recently been announced by Commis- 
sioner of Public Safety Alfred Foote that a gold 
medal will be awarded each year to the member 
of the Massachusetts State Police Patrol who 
shows the greatest kindness to a dumb animal. 
This is made possible by the interest and gener- 
osity of Miss Ethelyn Lord of 18 Huntington 
Avenue, Boston. 

The first officer to receive this medal will be 
Patrolman Edward J. Majeskey of Troop C, 
stationed at Paxton, near Worcester. He res- 
cued a full-blooded hunting dog from a cake of 
ice in the Kettle Pond Reservation. 

Miss Lord has further shown her interest in the 
welfare of our animal friends by paying $100 to 
the Animal Rescue League, thus becoming a Life 
Member of the League (through error her name 
was omitted from the last Annual Report); 
further, she has offered her services to help the 
League in any way possible. This practical 
demonstration of her love for animals is very 
gratifying, certainly to the Animal Rescue 
League, and it must be to all humane workers. 

10 OW BE’ O. USR ff COCR Deh EN DS 


Through the worst of the winter weather, as 
I passed Muddy River and Leverett Pond every 
day on my way home to Jamaica Plain, my 
chauffeur has gone down to the river, where the 
ducks were swimming or resting on the ice, and 
fed them crumbs or grain. It has been a great 
pleasure to me to sit in my car and watch the 
ducks come flying, swimming and running, some- 
times as many as fifty, to meet the chauffeur. 
After he emptied his bag of crumbs and grain, the 
ground would be black with the wild ducks 
feeding. Suddenly, on March 8, they disap- 
peared. We went along as usual with our bag of 
feed for them, and not one could be seen. They 
had suddenly gone to other quarters. I watched 
very carefully to see if there were any lame or 
disabled ducks among them, but I did not see 
any. We saw some exceedingly handsome ones, 
and in one of the flocks a large and beautiful 
wild goose came flying to meet Mr. Davey when 
he began to throw the crumbs of bread on the 
shore of the river. Several restaurants are kind 
enough to give the Animal Rescue League the 
leftover sandwiches, rolls, and pieces of bread 
that accumulate during the day, which is a 
great help to us, both in feeding our dogs and in 
feeding the birds that we look after on the Com- 
mon and at some of our Branches. 

Two very vicious dogs, owned by families who 
were afraid to handle them, were taken by our 
man and brought at once to the League. 

Malden, Mass., March 27, 1924. 

Dear Miss Wilson: A police officer whom we 
know well was in this morning, and we were talk- 
ing about cats. He told me he had a cat that 
would be 21 years oldin April. They thought he 
was a female, so named him Tess, and never 
changed his name. He is now blind, but the 
officer told me he wouldn’t take $50 for him. He 
is a domesticated cat, but has always been a 
scrapper and always came out victorious. The 
officer’s name is Charles F. Ferguson of 100 Med- 
ford Street, Malden, and he has been a police 
officer for many years. He told me the cat had 
an extra claw on each front foot, apparently of no 
use. He has about all his teeth and eats meat 
almost as well as ever. Mr. Ferguson had this 
cat when a kitten so small his wife had to feed him 
with a medicine dropper. He was told that the 
cat’s grandmother was brought from Russia. 
He is Maltese and white. When they had a dog, 
the cat would steal for him, but not for himself. 
I thought this was such a good story that possibly 
it could be used in your paper. It is all true, for 
father has known this officer for many years. 
Sincerely, —B. L. H. 

Brockton, Mass, March 25, 1924. 

Dear Mrs. Smith: My friend Mrs. Emma J. 
Burgess, has made some aprons for the Animal 
Rescue League Fair in memory of her white dog, 
Tommie Chandler Burgess. He and Mrs. Bur- 
gess were in Whitman Sunday, July 8, and he 
tried to cross the street, but was run over by an 
automobile. He was with her nearly twelve 
years, and they were with me at two different 
times, in all about six months. I learned to love 
him, he was so good. He seemed to understand 
what we said and always seemed to be trying to 
do what was right. One day his Missie was going 
to the store and he wanted to go with her. She 
said, ‘‘No, Tommie, you can’t go. The last 
time you went with me you were tired and wanted 
to go back, so you must stay with Missie Bonney 
now.” He listened intently to her, then came to 
me and laid his head in my lap. He was some- 
times called ‘“‘The Victor Dog,’’ from his strong 
resemblance to the picture of the dog looking into 
the phonograph, listening to ‘‘ his master’s voice.” 
In the fall of 1922 and spring of 1923, he carried 

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his dollar to the sales of the Brockton Humane 
Society; it was in an envelope tied to his collar, 
and on it were the words, ‘‘ From Tommie Chand- 
ler Burgess, for other dogs not as fortunate.” 
He filled a large place, and we miss him. With 
best wishes. Sincerely,—Aurelia Hall Bonney. 

A Letter from Somerville 

Boy to Receive a Lincoln Medal in February, 
1925, at the Public Meeting 

I want to call your attention to the fact that 
I have seen Ernest Votour, a boy thirteen years 
old who lives in my house, rescue two dogs from 
drowning in the Alewife Brook, which runs along 
the Mystic Valley Parkway between Arlington 
and Somerville. On Sunday, February 10, he 
heard the cry of a dog in distress, and on looking 
out of the window he saw a large yellow Collie 
dog that had broken through the ice and was 
crying for help. Ernest did not wait to dress, 
as he was just getting up, but he went down to 
the brook dressed only in his underwear and a 
pair of pants; broke the ice with a stick as much 
as he could, and then lay flat on the ice on his 
stomach, got hold of the dog’s paw and pulled 
him out. Again this morning (February 18) 
Ernest was going to school, and I heard him 
holler, as he went out the door, ‘‘There’s a dog 
in the brook.” He dropped his school bag, and 
ran toward the brook. The dog being nearer 
the further side of the brook, Ernest took a long 
pole with a hook on it, ran across the bridge and, 
while men passing in automobiles were trying to 
throw a rope on this side the brook, he again 

broke the ice as far as he could. The poor dog 
could not seem to help himself any, so Ernest 
fastened the hook into the dog’s collar, and 
rescued him. The people along the boulevard 
that witnessed the scene cheered Ernest. He is 
a great lover of animals. He also rescued a 
small white poodle from a large dog, I thought 
the large dog would almost eat him up, but he 
said he never thought of himself; his only idea 
was the saving of the little poodle-—Mrs. Brown. 

Westport Point, Mass., Dec. 10, 1923. 

Your kind letter received, and I thank you for 
taking the trouble to reply so fully to my sugges- 
tion about moving picture films. I did not 
make myself clear, however. I fully realized 
that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to 
trace the picture to its source (for the average 
theatregoer), and did not mean writing or 
protesting to the producers, but simply sending 
a brief note of protest to the local newspaper (as 

Isaid). Thiseveryone could do. Ishould word 
it about like this: 
EDITOR OF THE (So-AND-So). Dear Sir: I 

attended a moving picture in the Olympia (etc.) 
Theatre last evening, and saw a play in which a 
(cat—dog—cow, etc.) was cruelly treated, and 
evidently suffering. I wish that moving picture 
houses would not show such pictures, and that 
some way could be found to prevent their being 
made. Very truly yours,— 

I believe that if everyone who sees a cruel 
picture should do this, no one could be offended, 
no especial expense or red tape would be involved, 
and the practise of making cruel pictures would 
die out. It is obvious that no censorship of 
pictures at the producing end is directed toward 
humane treatment of animals or these objection- 
able features would not occur, and I understand 
that the Jack London Society deals especially 
with the vaudeville performance of trained 
animals, not films. Very sincerely yours,— 
Mercy E. Baker. 

The Edison Electric Light Company sent for 
us to take a stray, sick cat. 


Another letter recently received from a distant 
city complains of a shelter that 7s no shelter— 
“Tack of facilities for water—one small hand 
pump to provide water for seventy dogs and as 
many cats. Lack of proper shelter. Animals 
herded together—well dogs with sick dogs; good 
dogs among the vicious, from whose attacks the 
other dogs have no protection, defense or chance 
toescape. Neither individual eating nor drinking 

“The cats on this place had no shelter until I 
had some packing cases sent out there. Needless 
to say, these are very inadequate shelter for cold 
and stormy weather. Imagine the suffering of 
pet animals, used to good homes, when sent there 
to be kept as pensioners; and for those taken 
from the streets—it is only rescuing them from 
one form of cruelty to plunge them into another. 

“One dog, seventeen years old and blind, has 
been sent there and has been chained to a box 
for along period of time. Many people, misled by 
the fiction they have read in the newspapers, send 
pets to this place without personal investigation! 

“The public seem deaf and blind. They give 
money without examining for themselves the con- 
ditions of this so-called humane organization. 

“Tf a humane public could see to what they 
are sending their pets and other animals, they 
would raise their voices in unanimous protest.” 

Our comment on this letter is that we are in- 
clined to believe it. We have always said that 
it is far from humane to keep animals in a state 
of captivity. It is impossible to keep any large 
number of dogs or cats together and have them 
well or happy even under good conditions; and 

we should judge from other letters we have re-. 

ceived about this Home (?), that the animals kept 
in this place the letter refers to do not receive 
the care they need. What a waste of effort, and 
money! What mistaken humanity! 

The kindest and best thing we can do for the 
great number of dogs and cats that no one wants 
is to put them humanely to death. For themdeath 
is the least of all evils that may befall them. It 
is a morbid and unreasoning sentimentality that 
refuses to have dogs or cats for whom good homes 
cannot be found put to death. Itis cruel—I think 
it might almost be called criminal. 

There is money enough in the world to support 
every charity, yet I observe there is never enough 
given to Homes for Aged Men and Women, and 
never enough given to Convalescent Homes. 
Much as I feel for the suffering of the lower ani- 
mals, I should never consider myself justified in 
keeping alive dogs and cats that must simply be 
herded together and cannot enjoy their lives, 
when there are so many old and worthy people 
on the waiting list of every Home for the Aged 
I have interviewed—and I have interviewed all 
in my own city in the interests of excellent women 
who have written me their circumstances and 
their need of a home. 

A Home of Rest for Horses may be, if well 
conducted, a home of happiness. A number of 
horses can be kept and if they have box stalls, 
large paddocks, with good water in every paddock, 
and some grain every day, in addition to their 
grass and hay, you can make a horse happy 
until the infirmities of age begin to trouble him— 
but you cannot keep dogs and cats this way, and 
it is strange that every person truly humane 
cannot understand this. 

One of the first lessons I learned after I started 
the League was that we could not keep for any 
length of time a large number of dogs or cats, 
and that while we did keep them we must have 
more than the two rooms for separating the 
males and females; we must have four or five 
separate rooms and yards so that dogs with any 
appearance of sickness, dogs that were fighters, 
old dogs and puppies might be separated. 

I found we must have a night watchman, for 
there might unexpectedly be started a dog fight 
in the night, or a dog might have a fit. 

At the present time we have eight separate 
kennels, heated in very cold weather and with 
hot and cold water, for our dogs, and five out- 
side yards. 

Our cats have separate houses as they require, 
and a sunny outside enclosed run. 

If I could not have comfortable quarters for 
our animals I would not undertake to keep any. 
I do not think, as some people do, that a poor 
shelter is better than none. All animals value 
their freedom beyond anything, and if they are 
deprived of that, we owe it to them to give them 
every other chance for happiness. 


A poor shelter is better than none only when its 
object is to receive homeless animals and put them 
mercifully to death; but not if it intends them 
to keep indefinitely in uncomfortable captivity. 

This attitude in regard to all animal shelters, 
Homes, Rest Farms, it seems to me every person 
who observes, thinks, and uses reason, must 
approve.—A. H.S. 

Our agent has a kind and pleasant way of ap- 
proaching the owners of horses. It is quite 
necessary not to antagonize them. If they are 
antagonized, they are apt to take it out on the 
horse. If they are approached kindly and talked 
to reasonably, it is an education to them, and the 
horse is helped that way when there is nothing 
else that can be done for him. 

Horse Cases 

Complaint: From North Reading of very bad 
conditions on a farm there. 

Report: The man had three horses in fair con- 
dition, but one of them was thin and broken down 
and the owner was persuaded to have him killed. 

Complaint: Horse driven with a chain bit, 
frothing at the mouth. 

Report: Our agent ordered a comfortable bit 
and attended to having his teeth filed and mouth 
wash used. He is under observation. 

Dear Mrs. Huntington Smith: Although I saw 
you personally at 51 Carver Street on Monday, 
I want to again thank you for the March Our 
FOURFOOTED FRIENDS. I just get burning to be 
telling children, and grown-ups, too, why man- 
kind should be kind and loving to all animals. 

But probably if I had anything really helpful 
to say, the way would be opened for me to say 
it; so I am thankful you can lecture in so forceful 
a way as the articles in the March paper indicate. 
I thank you heartily and wish you all success. 
Yours,— Mrs. E. H. N. 
Roxbury, Mass. 

My dear Mrs. Smith: My call on you the other 
day left most happy memories, and I think dear 
old Zippo enjoyed it, too, for it gave him a 
chance to rest. We walked a good deal that day, 
and I feared I was overtiring him, possibly, but 
when we reached home he was as fresh as a daisy, 
and eager to start out again. For fear the dear 
fellow might be hungry on his trip that day, we 
went into the five-and-ten-cent store on Scollay 
Square, and he had two hot Frankfort sausages 
and two strawberry ice-cream cones. You should 
have seen the way the eyes of the waitress popped 
out at the very sudden and mysterious way those 
sausages disappeared from off the plate on the 
counter, for she didn’t see ‘‘the little dog under 
the table,” and must have thought I had a pro- 
digious appetite. I dare not go into a restaurant 
with Zippo, for so many of those places keep a 
cat or cats. They naturally resent his visits as an 
intrusion. Faithfully yours.—Louella C. Poole. 

Little Dog Under The Table 

Little dog under the table,— 

Head pressed close to my knee,— 
Big eyes gently appealing, 

Uplifted softly to me, 

Well do you know you are sharer 

Of all the good things on my plate— 
All that suits your digestion; 

So sit quiet and patiently wait. 

Little dog under the table, 
Still as a mouse must you sit, 
As I surreptitiously pass you 
Many a coveted bit. 

“Dogs shouldn’t come to the table?”’ 
Faithful heart, loving and true, 
How could I enjoy all life’s good things 
Did I not share them with you! 
—Louella C. Poole. 



Margaret C. Starbuck 

During the month the following animals have 
been received: 

Industrial School, North Bennett Street. . HL 
Neighborhood House, 79 Moore Street, 

WSALDTI GU C.2 oon gc DP gs a oe eee 105 
Roxbury Station, 19 Lambert Avenue... 240 
Work Horse Relief Station, 109 Northamp- 

TONS tree tc.,.a, ganas Pee ne Pee 195 
East Boston, 341 Meridian Street....... 108 
Sheldon Branch, West Lynn, Neptune 

ETE C bee Mee ies ke tired cori ae ee eet 624 
HiINcaiare sed hana Ann eee ee 26 
NEUHEIdare eee nee Soest a teen 20 
(Chelsea, 36-4th Streetay a: pen ene ae 136 



We wish to warn every one about letting dogs 
ride on the running boards of automobiles. 
Many of the injured dogs brought in by our 
agents receive their injuries by falling from the 
running boards, unmissed at the time by the 
occupants of the car. Often they are hurt by the 
fall, but oftener by another automobile coming 
behind, whose driver is not able to stop his ma- 
chine in time to avoid hitting the dog. Please 
give this serious thought, and at least do your 
part towards reducing the number of accidents of 
this nature. 

Belfast, Maine, 
Oct. 25, 1923. 

In reply to your card, will say that we are just 
delighted with our dog. He has no objectionable 
traits and is perfectly well and contented.— 
Mrs. T. E. B. 

Belmont, Mass., 
Oct. 21,:1923. 
I am very happy to say that dog Number 3187 
is in very good health, and is in good hands. I 
can assure you that he will have the best of care 
for the rest of his natural life.-—J. M. 


Very few people think of the danger there is 
in a cook carelessly leaving the needle in a fowl 
when she sews up the aperture for dressing. 
Unless one happened to know about it as we do, 
it could hardly be believed how many cats get 
these needles into their throats. Both of our 
veterinary doctors, Dr. Smith, who is with us in 
the morning, and Dr. Sullivan, who is here in the 
afternoon, have already had a number of cases 
this fall where cats have been brought to them 
to have needles removed from their throats. 
Fortunately, in every case they have been able 
to do it and relieve the cats immediately of 
suffering. Would it not be wise for women to 
think of this danger and guard against it? 

C. W. DELANO, M. D. V. H. H. DELANO, JR., V. M. D 



Horse and Dog Clipping 

Telephone, Beach 6202 

Telephone: 6202 Beach 

Expert Horse-Shoeing 

Horses called for and delivered. 30 years with Harvard 
Veterinary Hospital. Curing of Lame Horses a Specialty. 

M. F. KELLEY, 50 Village Street, BOSTON 


M. P. WHITE, 179 Eliot Street, Boston, Mass. 

Bought of 



Lowest Prices 

Largest Stock 
ALLEN BROS., 17 Cornhill, Boston 


Give Us 
Old Grist Mill Dog Bread 


Keeps Them Healthy— 
Breath Sweet and Clean 

Cemetery for Small Animals 

at Pine Ridge, Dedham, Mass., under the management of 
the Animal Rescue League. The charge for privilege of burial 
in individual lots is from $12 up, according to location. 

The League now has a crematory where small animals 
can be cremated. The ashes are delivered to owners or buried 
at Pine Ridge. The charge for each cremation is $6. Arrange- 
ments for burials or cremations must be made at the head- 
quarters of the Animal Rescue League, 51 Carver Street, 
Boston. Telephone Beach 9250. 


Mrs. Nicholas Browne, Jr. 

CROFT REGIS (formerly The Park Pollard 

Experimental Farm) 
Washington and Gay Streets, Islington 
Cars Pass Door 

Tel. Dedham 403-W P. O. Address, Box 93, Dedham, Mass. 



2326 and 2328 Washington St., adjoining Dudley Street 
Elevated Station. 
Funeral, Cemetery, Cremation and Transfer Arrangements. 
Chapel. Extensive salesrooms. City and Out-of-Town 
Service. Carriage and Motor Equipment. 

Dr. A. C. Daniels’ Medicines 

will help you to care for your pets at (™@ 
home. A book on the Dog, Cat, or 
Horse will be mailed you free if you A> 

mention this book. These books give 
symptoms of all ordinary ills and tell 
you what to do—they tell you lots of things you should know. 

Dr. A. C. Daniels, Inc., 172 Milk St., Boston, Mass. 

in size and = 

Made according to the old SPRATT’S 
stamina-building Dog Cake formula, 
in a more convenient size and shape. 
All breeds and sizes like them. In- 
sist on the genuine SPRATT’S. 

If your dealer cannot supply you, 
write for samples and send 2c for 
new pamphlet on feeding. 






Office Hours: 
9 a. m. to 6 p. m., daily 


Beach 9250 

The Automatic 

Electric Cage 

The Standard Scientific Method for the Humane, 

Painless and Sanitary Destruction of Animals 

Commended by the highest authorities. Now used by over 

thirty leading humane societies in this and foreign countries. 

For full particulars address 

The Animal Rescue League 

51 Carver Street Boston, Mass. 

16 0-UR FO CORPO Ob Dee Rete ND:S 

The Animal Rescue League 

A wholly independent organization, having no connec- 

Organized February 9, 1899 * x 
an with any other humane society in Massachusetts 

| Incorporated March 13, 1899 

Administration Building, Kennels, Infirmary, 
Receiving Station and Crematory 
for Small Animals 


Branch Receiving Stations 

HOSBURY*:) shee eee oe ps eras he ee he td Dol AMBER TA VENUE 
Norti Enp, Inoue Seuodn - 6 «i ew wh whl) «6 89 NoRTH BENNET STREET 
Souto EnpD .. . - . «. « « «  « 109 NORTHAMPTON STREET 
CAMBRIDGE, Nieapontods Hones Is oh geet 79 Moore STREET 
DEDHAM ce A Poe RARE PROM aPE SL Cbs Ren: Pits Rives Home oF Rest ror Horses 
East Boston ‘ois cine een hee ae eke re Meta EM OFLA MMERIDIAN DO TREET 
Wat) LYNN 292 os 5, SE ee I ee ie eo ee aoa Nerney eee CEST 
CHELSEA LRA ae pF elt yg at Ske RE ieee. oe eo) cae SOLO DRTH Ss Pei 
Animals 19230 \.) Ges, 9s .  rnine ae eS ee tina bee. Sonne RE MMOS LOU 
Animals brought'in by visitors =. 25>) o56. 7s ee ee eee eee 8,784 
Copies of humane literature distributed ~~ :)"..-% 2 A> at oe, a ea 

are at work every week day collecting animals. 
Number of calls made in 1923 
Number of animals collected . 

A Free Clinic for petronalk 
has been maintained for 23 years in charge of the League 

Dr. Frank J. Sullivan Dr. F. Holden Smith 
Number of cases of small animals treated in 1923 . . . . .. .. . =. ~~. £410,653 
Number of peddlers’ and cabmen’s horses treated, 1923 . . . . . . . . 576 
Number:of horses humanely killed, 1923" ~° "". ~~. -s) t,> tue, cy) a nee ise 
Number of horses given vacations . . . . . ; jmAasd ‘ a2 

238 Pine Street, Dedham 

A farm of twenty-one acres, where horses belonging to owners 
who cannot afford to pay for board and care, are given vaca- 
tions of from two to six weeks and restored to condition for 
work, or humanely killed, also a few boarders received. 

238 Pine Street, Dedham 

Arrangements made for burials at 51 Carver Street 

For maintaining this work which is constantly increasing, and extends over a wide area into suburban towns and 
cities, the League, knowing it is a great public benefit from a sanitary as well as humane point of view, appeals for gifts, 
bequests and members, which are greatly needed. 

The Animal Rescue League . . . . . 51 Carver Street, Boston