Animals: St. Louis Mongooses

In St. Louis two lawyers have put their skill at the disposal of two rodents—a common or Egyptian mongoose and a slightly larger water mongoose. The lawyers are Cleveland Alexander Newton, one-time (1919-27) Missouri Congressman, and Thomas Cobbs. What aroused them was the fact that the two mongooses, which resembled large nervous rats in their cages at the St. Louis Zoo, had been condemned to death by the U. S. Government. Reason: The Government forbids the importation of mongooses. Although they are valuable in India and Africa as snake destroyers, in the...

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