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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (June 19, 1897)
A. Feathered Crimina1.
I am quite frequently asked by por
sons having an atnbiti n to became tax
idermists wfiat bird they shall tike for
their fiibt sul-Jeet, my reply to this ques
tion is "let taxidermy alone, dj not do
shoy the birdf; but if you will mount
birds begin with the Blue Jay." This
1 nndsome dashing fellow is one of the
few birds we have who docs nIiuot as
much barm an he do?s go d. Ho will
eat almost any hit g, cot hesititin, even
to dett oy joung birds and feed on
them, and he Ins a fondness for eggs
that is icsaliiblf, many a pretty nest
has been et trowed by him. Like most
bullies the jajs are cowards when alone,
but let a band of thesa audacious mis
chief loving fellows get togo'her on a
foraging expe ition and theie is no
limit to thei. courage. I have seen
them attack tLe swift winged hawk
merely for the erort of it, worrying the
poor bird till he was glad to get out of
their leach. Their especial delight,
however, is to citch some litt'e owl
asleep and pounce down, striking at
him viciously. The little fellow thus
rudely awakened has a hard time of it
making a brave defence, his little head
moving as -if on a pivot in his efforts to
ward off the quick cruel blows of his
tormentois, as'tbey strike at him tirston
this fiiJe then on that, finally compell
ing the little felluw to fly for refuge to
some hole in a tree. A few da s ago I
found two of these heartless rascals in
an elm having a lively quarrel with
each other, they had evidently been up
to Eome mischief which 1 decided to
investigate by throwing a stoze up into
the tree, when they became frightened
and dropped their spoil, which proved
to 1 e a young sparrow they had stolen
fioai a nett near by. The jaya tra easily
tamed when caught young and readily
learn many interesting tricks Even
talented Miss Polly with all her many
accomplishment rp3nd3 no more
leadily to education. I or.ee found a
nest contiiLiog four young birds which
I took home and put in a cage, I had
but litt'e troubh in rearing tlnm feed
ing them with worms, grzeshoppers
beriies atd occasionally bread and milk
They giew rapidly and ia the courai of
six weeks were large enough to hop
about and fly up rn my shoulder wh;re
they would chirp anJ sco.'d or make
love to me as the humor suited them.
One n'ght three of tLeic fol oxs got out
of tLe cage and wern carried off by the
rats, eo 1 had Lut one little chap left.
I named him Jack, he 60on learned to
come when callsd. Jack becams very
much attached to me and afforded me
much buU6ement and pleasure, ho
loved to crack parlor matches on his
perch and would take them out of my
hand one at a time carefully, hold them
with ona f:ot and with a quick stroke
of his ttrong biil would make it pop
and blaze up as theec matches do, this
pleased him immenEely. Jack soon
developed remarkable thieving propensi
ties earning off and ueually hiding any
thing he could lied, he was particularly
fond of bright things, nails, c jins, thim
bles, and trinkets of all kinds, and if
caught with any thing he could swallow
he would apparently swallow it. But
when I had turned away and
taksn a lax st 'p', it hs fioug'it I was
not watching him, up it would come,
then he would begin Lammerin,' away
at it as if Le had no other business but
to find out wLatthe thing wa? made of.
He became eo tatre that I let him fly
about the giounds and often he would
go a block awjy but he wtuld always
The nest of the Blue Jay is usually
bu'lt in the crotch of an elm, maple or
b"x eidi r, tif een or twenty feet above
tLegrcunl bee it is Well hidden by
the dt nse ft 1 age. It is made of small
twigs and stickr. Heed with fle rojts
and sometimes with f.athirs and smal
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looking little home for so pretty a bird.
The four or five eggs are of a dull olive
color spotted with brown. The color of
the plumage of these birds is so well
known I will not describe it. Both
sexes are marked alike end Mrs. Jay
drcpeea her young in the same pretty
blue and white gowns.
"I can easier tell twenty what were good
to be done than be one of the twenty to fol
low my own advice," says Shakespeare.
And he knew a thing or two about advert
ising. See how he keeps himself before
The really great advertisers are wonder
fully tolerant of criticism from any point of
compass. They recognize that, in spite of
its strange paradoxes, advertising is based on
Like every other art its laws are learned
only by practice; but no matter who dis
covers them or who expounds them, they
ire just as sure and unchangeable as gravi
tation. That is a law that a monkey can
demonstrate with a cocoanut as completely
as Sir Isaac Newton in all his glory.
Don't sit on the critic. Disprove his
critcism it you can, but be impersonal about
it. Discuss his principles or theories upon
their merits or demerits, independent of the
man who advances them. A wise man
can learn from fools; a fool can't learn from
CHEAP RATES TO TENNESSEE
CENTENNIAL AND EXPOSITION
At Nashville, Tenn., May 1st to
October .TO. Begining May 4 and on
each subsequent Tuesday the Missouri
PaciSc will 6ell tickets from Lincoln to
Nashville and return at 833.15 good 20
days from date of sale.
The Kansas and Nebraska limited
leaving Lincoln at 2:30 p. m. makes
tetter time by from two to five hours
each way than any other line.
Maps, time tablet and further informa
tion at city ticket office 1201 O street.
F. D. CORNELL,
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Costs no more than one taken in this
coun'ry everything being taken into
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are finding this out every year by actual
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summer trip call at B & M. oity office,
corner O aod Tenth ttreatF, here
steamship berths, tickets and full infor
mation will be furnished.
George V. Bonn-ell,
C. P. & T. A.
BURLINGTON ROUTE PLAYING
Those elegant cards of the very best
quality only 15c per deck. For sale at
B. fc M. Dopot or city ticket office, cor
ner Tenth and O etreets. 4
This bit of information is printed
answering" the numerous inquiries now
Brush, Colorado, and surrounding" country.
f BRUSH has about wo hundred inhabitants.
2 A splendid, commodious school building, with all "high school" facilities.
3 Located in the Platte and Beaver valley, eighty miles east of Denver, in the
midst of a large area of fine, arable land, covered by irrigation ditches, and
only waiting judicious farming to develop wealth.
4 Tne climate is adapted to all 6orts of crops gioxn in tho North Temperate
5 Excellent water can be had at depth varjing from 30 to GO feet, the lower
strata furnishing the purest mountain water at'a:nable.
G Fice building stone adjacent to the town, can ba bad at from 81.75 to 81.00
per cord, thus making it cheaperto build of stone than lumber.
7 Three crops of alfalfa are grown in the season, yielding as a rule six tons par
acre as the product, while wild hay on the higher land grows well and alwas
brings a big price. The rich jield of hay makes it pre-eminently a country in
which to raise cattle and hogs to the feeding stage when it is easy to drive
them to the cheap corn of Nebraska.
S Small fruits and veetalbes of all kinds can Le developed to any extent al
mostthe real conditions when told seem almost fabulous.
9 Steam three-hire in work of 1S9G show average of wheat in this vicinity to be
forty bushels per acre, oats fifty bushels.
10 Entire absence of contagious diseases of both man and beast; the atmos
phere is a regular daily life giver.
1 The county of Morgan, in which Brush is located, is free of debt and taxes
There is now excellent opening" for a first class grist mill,
one hundred barrel capacity, one good hardware store, one
good drug" store.
Get on tlae XSvurlingrtoi'i Cars
and look the situation oyer.
Flour et &.
Lots of people think a dollar is enough
to pay for a sack of good flour.
We sell a Minnesota patent flour at
this price try a sack; if it is not as good
guaranteed we will return
TheParmers Ccroceiry Co.
226-2 4 no. Tenth street.
T. J Thorpe db
GENERAL BICYCLE REPAIRERS
In a branches. -
Repairing done aa Neat and Complete m from tha FactoriM at hard tla
AU kinds of Bicycle Sundries. 320 S. 1ITH ST.
Machinist and General Repair Work. LINCOLN.
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