Volume 23 . May, 1924 Number 2
Our Fourfooted Friends
and How VVe Treat [Them
EDITED BY MRS. HUNTINGTON SMITH
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LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
OF HUMANE WORK
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.
‘*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.
A PET CALF
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.
STARVED THAT YOU MAY HAVE MILK
OUR FOURFOOTED FRIENDS 3
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.
JENNIE POWERS FEEDING STARVING CALVES IN
A STOCK YARD
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
‘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
4 OUR FOURFOOTED FRIENDS
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
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
‘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-
“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
“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.”
CHRIST AND THE CATTLE
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.
A SHED ON THE CAPE WHERE TWO COWS
WERE KEPT LAST WINTER
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
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
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.
LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES
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
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.
8 OUR-F OU REOOF EeDaER-E EN DS
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
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.
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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
c. Object: Co-operation.
d. Activities: Experience lesson. Reading
and discussion of stories from material sent by
Branch VI. Note: Pupils in this class have
been in the United States from six months to two
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
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
MR. DAVEY FEEDING WILD DUCKS
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
OT Ras OO URE Es O Os DER Dae: BOR THN ies 11
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.
12 OUR FO.URE 0 07F EDeEREEN D'S
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-
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.
OUR FOURFOOTED FRIENDS 13
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
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.
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.
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.
14 OAD REE OU RESO CE DER RICE WN Das
Margaret C. Starbuck
During the month the following animals have
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
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.
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
FREDERICK H. OSGOOD CO.
HORSES, DOGS AND CATS TREATED AND BOARDED
FEMALE CATS DOMESTICATED
Horse and Dog Clipping
50 VILLAGE STREET - BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Telephone, Beach 6202
Telephone: 6202 Beach
Horses called for and delivered. 30 years with Harvard
Veterinary Hospital. Curing of Lame Horses a Specialty.
M. F. KELLEY, 50 Village Street, BOSTON
HIGH GRADE TOOLS : FINE CUTLERY
M. P. WHITE, 179 Eliot Street, Boston, Mass.
DOG COLLARS chiar; FREE
DOG SUPPLIES OF ALL KINDS
ALLEN BROS., 17 Cornhill, Boston
OUR FOURFOOTED FRIENDS
Old Grist Mill Dog Bread
IT IS BETTER THAN BEEF
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.
DOGS AND CATS BOARDED
Mrs. Nicholas Browne, Jr.
CROFT REGIS (formerly The Park Pollard
Washington and Gay Streets, Islington
Cars Pass Door
Tel. Dedham 403-W P. O. Address, Box 93, Dedham, Mass.
J.S. WATERMAN & SONS, INC.
2326 and 2328 Washington St., adjoining Dudley Street
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.
SPRATT’S PATENT LIMITED
FREE CLINIC FOR ALL ANIMALS
FRANK J. SULLIVAN, M. D. V.
F. HOLDEN SMITH, V. M. D.
ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE
9 a. m. to 6 p. m., daily
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
51 CARVER STREET, BOSTON
Branch Receiving Stations
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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
MEDFIELD ee ew ele ew SC )S)~SCt:«CXzBARTLETT-ANGELL HOME FOR ANIMALS
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 received.in 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
FIVE MOTOR COLLECTING VANS AND EIGHT AGENTS
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
PINE RIDGE COUNTRY ANNEX AND HOME OF REST FOR HORSES
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.
PINE RIDGE CEMETERY FOR SMALL ANIMALS
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
MRS. HUNTINGTON SMITH, President MRS. ARTHUR T. CABOT, Secretary
MR. FREDERICK J. BRADLEE, Treasurer