People, Nov. 16, 1959

Pigeons are pigeons, and their affinity for public statues is well-known to city dwellers. The Times of London took it upon itself to survey some of the city's monumental figures and their various states of inundation. William Ewart Gladstone: "The melancholy truth is that [he] does not stand close scrutiny these days. His bared head has been made indecently white by the birds of the Strand." Booze-hating Sir Wilfrid Lawson: "The pigeons have dealt most unkindly [with him]." Poet Robert Burns: "[His] slight defacement merely has the effect of giving him a tearful...

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