Miscellany: Birds

Marietta, Ga. was visited by a plague of martins. The city council ordered $50 worth of owls (several dozen) in crates from Florida. By mistake they were sent to Marietta, Ohio. By the time they finally arrived in Marietta, Ga., the martins had migrated south.


In Coquille, Ore., Walter Smith was in court on his 43rd charge of drunkenness. Judge Frank Leslie gave him the choice of pouring 20 quarts of confiscated whiskey down the sink or going to jail for 30 days. Indignant, Walter Smith went to jail.


In Brooklyn, N....

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