Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
1 ' ' FROM DIANA'S DIARY
Will Dillpickles Educates a Parrot to Assist Her in Coaxing a Proposal from
Leslie Lawncastle; an Obtuse Young Man, Who is Her Heart's Choice. .
Just in Time to Stop Pa From Blowing Off Its Head with the Family
Just to make it clear how I ex
pect to wish an inspiration into the
mind of Leslie Lawncastle with the
help of a parrot, I will explain my
system. I am coaching the parrot to
furnish. "Leslie dear" with a line of
thought. It's the law of suggestion.
Even a slow-train heau like Leslie
should take a huge tumble to himself
when a mere bird a grass green one
at that leads the conversation up to
a certain critical point.
Every day I am teaching Polly a
few -selected sentences. It is doing
finely. At first all it could say was
"Gur-r,-roick! Gurroick!" but now it
eah, repeat these sentences:
' ' "Rings on 'her fingers" '
"Why don't you speak, for yourself,
John?" v j
"Ah wants yo', mah baby, yes Ah
I think they're pretty subtle, don't
By the way. the parrot, must have
been, repeating them overtime, be- -cause
I came into the house once to
day just in time to save pa from blow? .
ing it's head off with the family
blunderbus. Pa charges ,that it
wouldn't let him take his nap, with
that chattering bughouse stuff.
"Pa," I said solemnly, "if you had
pulled the trigger you would have
shut the door of hope in. my face."
But pa did not understand, and
when lie went out he slammed the
door of the summer,kitchen. -w. .
J;tt"'(C'cntm'ue'd04", ' ".