Typed as spelled and written

by Lena Stone Criswell



Eighteenth Year - Number 58

Marlin, Texas, Wednesday, December 11, 1907




(This is so dim almost impossible to read-lsc)



Editor Democrat:

    In a recent issue of your paper, I see where the wretched condition of the roads actually caused the death of a horse.  I know nothing of the owner of the horse or the treatment the horse received while on the road, or previous to being put on the road, and I simply mention it as furnishing a text for a few words I wish to say in behalf of domestic animals generally.


    I notice that most cities have very stringent regulations against cruelty to animals.  And it seems to me, that if it is wrong in overload, underfed, beat or otherwise, cruelty mistreat horses in a city, it is equally wrong to thus abuse them in the country, or in a one-horse town.


    I have heard two legged animals who claim to be men, boast of beating mules with trace chains till they jwould bawl like a yearling.


    I have known a heartless wretch, within a block of the mayor's office, in an incorporated town, to beat a horse with a trace chain till the blows could be heard two blocks away, and nothing was ever done about it.


    I have seen poor old sore back horses tied to a post in the hot sunshine, and tormented by files for ten hours at a time-in the day time--and I don't know how much longer after dark--without feed or water, while their worthless owners--not always miggers--were spending the money treating their friends, that should have bene spent in providing feed and shelfter for their faithful horses.


    I would like to see a law punishing this lass of ingrates by smearing them with molasses and tieing them bareheaded , to a post from sun up till sundown in August.


    I have seen men--no not men; but bipeds--come riding into town with six or eight chicken with feet tied with a piece of fish line, and balanced across their saddles, head downward, and had been tortured in this position perhaps for an hour or two, while being jolted four or five miles over a rough country road.


    The owner should be treat the same way.


    I suppose there is no state law against such cruelty, or it would not be tolerated.


    I have heard some very earnest and effective appeals made for money to enlighten the heathen in his blindness; but I have never yet heard of a preacher say a word in behalf of our mute friends, who are always with us, and who are unable to speak for themselves.


    In this connection I will say that there are several countries that in our egotism we call "heathen", that would not, for a moment, tolerate our treatment of dumb animals.


    I have read that in heathen Japan herons and other large birds may light and remain on the streets of the cities with impunity, and are never molested.


    I would sorely hate to be a heron or a crane and be compelled to light on the streets of Marlin or Bremond for a fraction of one second.


    Now, Mr. Editor, if you know of any preacher who wants to preach on the humane treatment of domestic animals please drop me a card naming the place and date, and I will do my best to rustle him a congregation.  He will at least have one earnest and sympathetic listener, whose name is


    Cottonwood, Texas.











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