TERRITORIES: Birds & Blanks

Justicia, a prize game cock of Puerto Rico, lost a handsome tail feather last week. Senator Rafael Martinez Nadal, the bird's proud owner, plucked it out, fashioned it into a quill, presented it to Governor Robert Hayes Gore as the instrument wherewith he might sign a bill legalizing cockfighting throughout the island. The first insular legislature in 1900 drove this popular Latin sport underground. There, as in the U.S., it continued to thrive. Governor Gore, who has enjoyed many a main as a boy in Louisville, Kentucky, brought it back to light...

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