MANNERS & MORALS: Detective Story


On a trip to Richmond, Va. last spring, Edmund R. Dewing, the district attorney of Norfolk County, Mass., heard about Lady Wonder, the "Talking Horse." He drove out to Lady Wonder's stable, paid her mistress one dollar (for three questions) and was escorted into the Presence.

Lady Wonder, a 27-year-old mare, can't talk a word. By pushing rubber disks with her nose, however, she can make letters pop into view on a special alphabetical board. Dewing asked her to tell him his father-in-law's first name. She tapped out: MARION, the correct...

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