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THE SUN, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1914.
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3 v Hi
yslcam by Which 12-Year-Old Winifred
Sackville Stoner Has Mastered Sub
jects and Astounded Educators
Mrs. Stoner TeMs of Her Methods of
Educating Her Remarkable Daughter
Some of the Pastimes
tt& in sir m m t v 7 a
.VINIFRED SACKVILLE STONER'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN
TWELVE YEARS.
las learned eight modern languages and one classical language.
Has written short stories and articles for magazines and newspapers
since her fifth year.
Has composed a great many poems which have been sold to magazines.
Has acquired a working knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry,
trigonometry, geography, geology, botany, zoology, ornithology,
physics, chemistry, astronomy and mineralogy.
Has committed to memory several of Cicero's orations and fragments
of Horace, Sallust, Livy and Caesar's Commentaries, and several
hundred poems, orations and speaking pieces from German, French
and English writers.
Has compiled twenty etymology notebooks.
Has taught children's classes in Esperanto in the teachers' room at
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pa.
Has taught French.
Has written French verse.
Has acquired marked proficiency on the violin and piano and in aesthetic
dancing, painting and sketching.
Can swim, row, skate, box, play ball, ride horseback, fence, drive an
automobile, cook, crochet, knit and sew.
Has defeated several well known chess champions.
TO those who have labored through
the tedium of text hooka nnd
now look hack with :i Milliliter
at their gruelling encounters
a -h geography, itrlthmetlc, history,
, i ra. trigonometry, spoiling, the
I'lk-uaneM, ,U, doubtless It will seem
i I'tf to learn that n little twelve-
ai -Id girl should make the study of
a.'.-v subjects her play and pastime.
Y-: that l Just what has heen done
' little Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.,
f Pittsburg. Pn the daughter of Dr.
i .1 Mr. James Huchnnan Stoner, L S.
' II S now In command of the I'nltec"
Mates Marine Hospital at Pittsburg.
Mr. Stoner Is known In the literary
wrld as Winifred Sackville Stoner, Sr.
Little Winifred, because of her re
narkable mental attainments nnd ex
raordlnary physical development, lias
attracted the attention of educators the
uintry over. At the nge of one year
'ie used polysyllables nnd converged ns
luently In "good Fngllsh" ns the
.veragc haby of that nge prnttles along
i "baby talk." At sixteen months she
vas able to read. At 3 she was ns
I- ntnlly elllcient ns the nvern.ge child at
or 10. At 5 she wns able to talk
-everal languages and did n hundred
nd one other things that would have
ixed the capacity of n high school
tudent. At 9 she passed the entnince
amlnatlons of one of the largo West
rn universities, and now nt 12 she Is
i tile to speak eight languages, hns writ
en nine books, has taught Ksperanto
n the Carnegie Institute In Pittsburg. Is
m accomplished performer on the violin
nil the piano, has acquired unusual
roflelency In lesthetlc dancing', paints
md sketches exceptionally well, has
eaten several well known chess cham
ions. Is nn expert swimmer and clever
vmnast. can cook, crochet, knit, sew,
nee, row, skate, box, ride horseback,
ay ball, Is an enthusiastic motorist,
id le ready to take graduate work In
ny university In the country. Hut
vith It nil she Is Just n lovable little
irl, not n little old lady as one might
naglne. and has as much fun with her
''ills, her toys nnd her cannry bird as
ny other little girl her age In the land.
And that Is what has astounded the
lucators. That a child could acquire
nch unusual mental proficiency nt such
n early age nnd not lose her youthful
iterest In things which attract the
verage child caused several prominent
lucators to doubt the assertion thai
ie child was normal. In fact, one, the ,
end of the Department of Kducation
i a large university In the Northwest,
nirneyed to Pittsburg to test the child,
lefore he left he was playing nt dolls
vith her and wheeling one of her pet
ag Infants around In a gocart,
Ithough during his visit he had estub
shed the fact that this playful little
,irl lmd acquired knowledge which
vould do Justice to any advanced
indent In his university and was nor
nal In every way.
Inquiring Into the matter he found
hat the secret of the child's develop
nent lay In the method which her
nother had used to educate and trnln
ier For Mrs. Stoner had Invented n
stem for the education and training
f her daughter which she called
mural education, In which everything
hat ordinarily would have been classed
s toll was converted Into play play
vlth a purpose. So enthusiastic did the
rofessor become that he urged Mrs.
toner to prepare an outllno nnd
nalysls of her system and this ho hlm
elf presented to the Hobbs-Merrlll
otnpany of Indianapolis, who hnve
ist published the material In a little
ook especially prepared for mothers
nd teachers called "Natural Kduca
n." Mrs. Stoner does not claim that all j
e mctnodtj sne uses are new. nne.
as studied the methods of all " the
locators of note from the days of tho
nclent Greeks down to our modern
tnes. Hut more" than that Hhe hns gone
ack to nature and has learned from
he animals how they train their young.
"We can learn from Mother Tabby
s to nature's intended first teacher of
he young," jrrs. Stoner says. "Mother
Tabby never nllows grandmothers,
ouslns, aunts or hirelings to give her
hlldren their first lessons. She Insist
n being their teacher herself nnd re
'irds this privilege ns one of tho In
'Henable rights of motherhood. More
over, she never plays aimlessly, but
Iways with n purpose.- When she
'aches her kittens to catch hold of
heir tails she Is training their muscles
thut when they reach the cathnnd
'ate they can earn their own living
i-atchlng rnts nnd mice, Agnln, this
use mother never forces her children
1 piny. When they grow wenry she
lows them to lie down nnd rest, which
- against the usual Idea of child traln
ig In the schools, where children aro
reed to study even though they aro
ot Interested. Hut above nil, wise
lailame Cat uses the best language
t her command In addressing her llttlo
nes, never breaking Into 'kltty-ltty
lenwles' like mothers of children. Our
ttle ones must often learn that the
iby word 'moo-moo' Is tho grownups'
rd for cow nnd the word choo-choo'
cans locomotive.
"All unconsciously Mother Tabby is
illowlng tho five objective points of
eal education through observation, In
eriso Interest, concentration, Imltntlon
ml exploration. The kittens observe
r movements, become Interested, con
centrate their energies, Imitate her
movements nnd Inter attempt to ex
plore themselves."
Following the exnmple of the cat
mother Mrs. Stoner undertook the edu
cation of her little girl from her earliest
babyhood nlong play lines nnd hag fol
lowed this plan ever since. Winifred
never has been In regular attendance
nt school,
That does not mean that Mrs. Stoner
does not believe In our present public
school system. She does, but she be
lieves that she has developed n system
which can work Improvements In our
present grammar school plan, u system
which as a preparatory method will re
sult In higher efficiency and enable
children to enter Into the routine of (he
school much further nlong than they do
nt present.
Hut Mrs. Stoner's system "stands In
direct antithesis to many of the teach
ings of Mine. Montessorl. Chlelly does
It differ In that Mrs. Stoner believes
In keeping the Imagination alive by
feeding It, so to speak. She believes In
fairies nnd fairy stories. Mme. MVm
tessorl on the other hand does not be?
lleve In fairy tales. Her theory Is that
knowledge should not be served with a
sugar coating of Imagination
However, the practicability of Mrs.
Stoner's system I readily seen when It
becomes known Unit what .Mine. Mon
tessorl accomplishes with children 2 or
3 years old Mrs. Stoner has been able to
accomplish with Infants. Under the
Montessorl system n child at 3 acquires
mental protlciency equal to that of the
average child nt 0 or 7. while under the
system of natural education Invented
by Mrs. Stoner the three-year-old child
knows ns much as tho nverage child nt
9 or 10.
At present there are no less than
twenty children, trained according to
Mrs. Stoner's plan, who stand ns proof
HI
Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.,
Billy
of her theories and practice. Not one.
of them Is overbalanced mentally; not
one Is weak physically. They differ
somewhat of course In tho varieties of
their attainments, yet not one of them
Is not advanced at least live years over
the nverage child of the same oge.
It nil hinges on the spirit of play
which enters Into every task under tho
Stoner system of natural education.
Everything that Is undertaken comes
as a game or n lark, yet It Is play with
a purpose and a lark under direction
with some educational aim concealed.
Unable to sing Mrs. Stoner chanted
lines from Virgil's ".Kneld" to her little
ono when she became restless or re
cited passages from famous poems and
tho classics. Tho even How nf language
us she scanned the hatln and recited
tho poems and the rhythi of her vocal
tones pacified the baby. Hven its negro
nurse was taught to sing to the melo
dies of Southern b.illads the words of
poetical compositions and lines from
Virgil. Gradually the child began to
Imitate. Then came her first natural
educational game called "Anna Vlr
umque" ball. Mrs. Stoner would roll a
large red ball to the buhy and pronounce
tho first word In the ".ICneld" "Anna."
The baby was taught to roll the ball
back, pronouncing us she did so tho
second word, "Vlrumque," In time, by
III ftMML -V-. , ; ;
and her 4-year-old star pupil,
Walsh
means of this game, little Winifred was
taught to scan the first ten unci 01 tne
famous Latin classic In a manner that
did not overtax her mentality.
Instead of giving the baby a rnttlo
for aimless amusement Mrs. Stoner at
tached a balloon to the baby's wrist.
Koch day a different colored billoon
was used. Thus baby came to concen
trate Its nttentlon and became accus
tomed to tho different colors and sizes
and shapes,
1 Then a number of bells were fastened
to the foot of the trundle bed. Kaeh
bell had n different tone, a different
shade nnd was attached with a corre
sponding ribbon, Mrs. Stoner would
then tinkle a hell nnd pronounco the
name of Its color. Thus the baby was
taught how to differentiate between tho
tones nnd colors ond received her first
Instruction In that phase of her educa
tion which would lend to her protlciency
In art nnd music.
Now enmo another game. This time
tho baby was Mother Hed and her
mother played the part of Mother Oreen.
A box filled with small pieces of red and
green yirns was placed between them.
Llttlo Winifred would then hunt for nil
tho red pieces of yarn In the box, which
sho called Mother Hed's children, while
her mother did the same -vs Ith the green.
After she had learned to differentiate
Winifred Sackville Stoner, Sr.,
between the various letters In tho al
phabet by means of other Interesting
methods Invented by her mother a sim
ilar game was played In picking out the
various letters from a box.
Noah's arks and nlphahct blocks and
anagrams assisted Winifred in learn
ing to spell and In associating tho
names of animals and other objects with
their representations In type. Sho
would be shown a picture of a cat with
tho name underneath. Then she was
net to work picking out the letters and
combining them properly to make up
tho word. Then she would search
nmong tho Noah's art pets, her cutout
pictures, &c for tho proper picture to
go with the word.
letter the typewriter was brought
Into play. Winifred would be shown a
book and would then pick out the words
on the typewriter. This system ot
teaching spelling Is one of the most
novel experiments; In Mrs. Stoner's
entire system nnd one which has caused
a grent . deal of favorable comment
among the educators who have Inves
tigated her work. Likewise It was dis
covered that Just as tho typewriter
system was a remarkable aid to the
teaching of spelling so did It also help
In memorizing, for after copying
poems, &c, a number of times on the
typewriter Winifred was ablo to repeat
them without any effort.
Arithmetic, nlgebra, geometry, trig
onometry nnd the oilier branches if
mathematics beenmo fairy lore mys
terious Journeys Into the realms of good
giants. Arithmos was one of t hi 111.
Subtraction beenmo a great battle
waged between Mfijor Subtrahend and
flen. Minuend and the survivor on tho
Held of conflict was tho poor llttlo llo
malnder. Etymology became nnolher game, not
a mere abstruse search for derivatives.
It became a search for the children of
Mamma Magna and others until Haby
Magnitude and Haby Slagnlllcent and
all the other Magna children were re
stored to the maternal bosom of Mnmma
Magna,
liotany became n long, Interesting
fairy story, Mr, ("ockle-Hurr was not a
noxious weed, but a mischievous llttlo
gnome who came Into the garden to
make trouble among tho fairy llowers
and plants.
Geography beenmo a puzzle first nnd
then a wonderful Journey nroimd tho
world. First cut out puzzles were used.
The mail ot tho United States, for In
stance, wns prepared In cut out shnpc,
ench State fitting Into Its proper place,
Winifred theh set to work piecing the
mnp together. Thus she learned the
position, the size nnd shapes of the
States. Likewise she came to examine
tho llttlo pieces more carefully nnd to
spell out the names of the towns sho
found on them. She learned where the
oceans lie and what Slates border them.
The relatlvo positions and size of
Canada and Mexico, our neighbors
north nnd south, beenmo clear.
After she had acquired this knowledge
Winifred nnd her mother started on n
splendid Imaginary Journey over tho
map. As they "stopped off" ot the prin
cipal cities In each Stato MJrs. Stoner
would tell the child the Important and
Interesting fuels ubout tho city and
and her remarkable daughter.
he State In which It wns located. Wini
fred came to call for these trips when
her play hours came. After America
camo Kurope, Asia and Africa until tho
whole globe had been encircled as a
matter of fact It was encircled many
times.
Trliis to tho zoo, the parks and
Hotanlcal Gardens all had their educa
tive values, as did also shopping tours
Into tho business district, One of tho
most original methods of training the
memory which Mrs. Stoner hns Invented
Is practised on these shopping trips.
Tho child Is shown a shop window full
of toys, &c. Sho looks It over carefully'
and It there are any articles In It the
names of which she does not know the
mother explains them. Then they pass
on and the child attempts to tell her
mother the nnmo of everything she saw
In the window.
In order to do this, of course, hn
must conccntrnto her nttentlon when
looking into the show window. It is
nn excellent exercise nnd has been n
grent help to Winifred.
. Hvery game common to the nursery
was put Into use for educational pur
poses, nnd so adept did Winifred become
In chess that she has succeeded In de
feating several well known chess cham
pions both In this country and abroad.
Weights nnd measures were learned
by playing at storekeeper with her dolls
nnd money values were ascertained
through a similar method nnd 'by
actually accompanying her mother on
her marketing and shopping tours.
Hut with nil the play and fairy lore
and the freedom of tho Imagination ono
thing there Is thut Mrs. Stoner has
never tolerated. And that Is the use of
"baby talk." She contends that It Is
Just ns ensy to teach a baby to say
"dog" us It Is to teach It to say "bow
wow." Her child has always been ac
customed to hearing "real Kngllsh" and
thus It came to pass that nt tho age of
ono year this llttlo girl began to mo
polysyllables lu her conversation and at
3 had a most enormous vocabulary.
In order to prove her assertion that
Winifred Is not n wonder child or a
genius, Mrs. Stoner Interested a num
ber of other mothers In her system.
Kach has been able to accomplish tho
samo results with her children and tha
natural educational games and toys In
troduced by them Into their children's
play havo workd the same miracles.
To further prove her theories Mrs.
Stoner recently consented to give public
demonstrations of her system nf natural
education In one of the large Pittsburg
department stores. A series of ufter
noon lec tures were arranged. Several
thousand mothers attended as well as
hundreds of teachers from public und
private schools. Mrs. Stoner took chil
dren nt ruiulom from the audience and
taught them to sing short lullabies to
dolls given them to hold In their arms
In everything from Japanese to French
In less than fifteen minutes. She
played "Anna Vlrumque" lull wl'h
them and had them scanning Virgil be
fore they left the platform. She
demonstrated the easn with which her
system can bo put Into practice by any
mother.
Another Important featuro of Mrs.
Stoner's system Is that she recommends
thut a child bo given an opportunity
CHRONOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT.
Could sit alone.
Could talk and knew colors.
Could walk unassisted.
Used polysyllables in conversation.
Could, read.
Wrote own name on hotel registers and began keeping
a diary.
Learned the musical notes and played simple airs on the
piano. Amazed adults at spelling. Acquired use of the
typewriter as an aid to learning spelling and memorizing.
Learned the Latin declensions and conjugations as sing
ing exercises, and received a diploma in Esperanto.
Wrote stories and jingles for newspapers, spoke eight
languages, translated "Mother Goose" rhymes into Es
peranto, learned the waltz, two step and three step.
Increased her fund of knowledge and information in
every branch of learning thus far attempted.
Learned the outlines of Greek, Roman and Scandinavian
mythology.
Composed a poem naming and locating every bone in the
human body.
Passed entrance examinations to one of the largest
Western universities.
Was elected president of the Junior Peace League of
America.
At 6 weeks:
At 6 months:
At 8 months:
At 1 year:
At 16 months
At 3 years:
At 3 years:
At 4 years:
At $ years:
At 6 years:
At 7 years:
At 8 years:
At g years:
At to years:
At 11 years:
At 12 years:
Began specializing
her academic work
Ready for graduate
to teach others what It has learned, t
This she says assists It In retaining the
knowledge' It acquires.
Wlnlfted has been teuchlng other
children ever since she was 3 years
old nnd to this day continues the prac
tice. One of her particular stnrs Is
four-year-old Hilly Walsh, son of the
Assistant District Attorney of Pitts
burg, who can speak Ksperanto fluently;
knows a great deal about geography
and the other sciences; has been taught
some practical surgery anil generul
medicine by being allowed to play nt
being a doctor under proper guidance
and has benefited from It all In a physi
cal way.
For during his early babyhood Hilly
was a constant sulferer from stomach
trouble". His mind wan taken from his
physical self through tho employment
of the entertaining cducath tal names.
Then ns "Doctor Walsh," his mother
was ablo to teach hltn not to crave
things which did not agre with him.
He began to prescribe food and certain
kinds of .xerclse for hlmsvlf which
were htlpful. He Is now as hearty and
lu'iilthy a little youngster as you will
find in the city of Pittsburg.
The case of Hilly Walsh lunrs out
perhaps better than anything else Mrs,
Stoner's theories regarding the Imagi
nation mid Us cultivation.
As Winifred has grown older, she has
Invented a number of natural educa
tional games and set down rules and
facts' helpful to the study of the various
educational branches In simple Jingles
which any child can learn and under
stand. IMiicatlnn Is the greatest game on
earth In fact the only game she knows,
nnd Its possibilities are unnumbered.
According to Mrs. Stoner there are
ten commandments in nnti.ral education,
Just as thero aro In our religion. These
she gives as follows:
Thou shall not administer physical
punishment.
Thou shalt not scold, but glvo rewards
for good behavior.
Thou shalt never say "don't" to a
child.
Thou shalt avoid tho word "must";
It Implleth doing a thing against one's
will.
Thou Khalt not give thy child an op
portunity to disrespect thee.
Thou shalt not frighten a child.
Thou shalt not allow a child to say
"I can't"; show him how.
Thou shalt always answer a child's
questions.
Thou Khalt not tease a child.
Thou shalt make thy home the most
attractive place a child can find.
Instead of teaching a child a great
many abstract rules and letting it find
Itself lost In their meshes, she believes
In correcting mistakes as they occur.
Tho spirit of ivsponslbllity Is Inculcated
in the llttlo one, she believes, not by
finding fault and scolding It, but simply
by showing a child that It must surfer
for Its' mistakes.
For InMnnce, on one occasion Wini
fred nnd her mother had arranged to
go to a matinee. Winifred, out play
ing In tho morning, failed to come In
at the appointed time to get ready for
tho theatre. Mrs, Stoner did not scold,
but permitted her to go ahead nnd get
herself ready for the performance.
When she had dressed nnd ugaln re
turned to her mm her. 'Mrs, Stoner
fhowed her the clock nnd then explained
that It was too late to go to the show,
Winifred then realized that she hud
brought the disappointment on herself
by not obeying her mother's Instruc
tions. Thereafter, Winifred had to be
told only once. She kept her appoint
ments, for she realized what the conse
quences would be,
Hy giving her daughter rewards for
good behavior, Winifred found that It
paid only to do tho right thing. The
fairies, of course, were held responsible
for tho candy under tho pillow nnd
tho changing of tho sour lemon left
In the corner nt night Into a nice, big
Juicy orango after a day that had been
well spent. On days when Winifred
had been naughty, the fairies did not
come, nnd next morning the sour lemon
was still In its place unchanged.
llecause of the manner In which she
has acquired her knowledge, Winifred
has not become self-conscious. Fur
ther, her mother never forced her to
"show off" before strangers. Nor Is she
priggish III her attitude, towanl other
children,
One afternoon Mrs. Stoner had n visi
tor who brought her little daughter
along with her. The two mothers be
gun to talk about their children's
achievements, and upon the request of
her mother, tho visiting child stood
upon a chnlr and declaimed poems and
spelled words, really demonstrating rare
ability. Hut the manner of tho child's
performance wns Indicative of her self
consciousness and after sho had com
pleted, she begvin to chide Winifred,
Hut Winifred was so far advanced over
tho visiting child that sho gavo lit
tle heed to tho entire performance nnd
went on plnylng with her dolls.
Then Mrs. Stoner cnlled upon her to
reclto und spell, but Winifred looked
in music, art and dancing, continuing
and physical training.
work in any university in the country.
up nt her mother with pleading cei
and said:
".Mama, If Ukes to recite and
spill so well let her do it. I am having
.viich a lino tlmo with my dolls." ,;
And Mrs. Stoner did not nsk Cwlce.
She does not In lleve ill forclin; a child
to do things. That, sho says, causes
It to lost interest.
Winifred Sackville Stoner, ,lr. I Juit
like any of the other twenty-two I. til
natural iducational children Just like
any other normal child. She Is, an her
mother has said, simply a normal child
will developed, ono who has been Riven
an opportunity to make tho most out
of childhood. '
Sho Is lovable, unaffected, playful and
hubbies over fairly with tho spirit of
enthusiastic, satisfied youth. Her
mother Is her pal and her companion.
She keeps no secrets from her.
Dr. Stonfr, though occupied 'with
"government business," has contributed
his might whenever occasion has dc
manded. The Stoners' Is a model house
hold. T
Iteeently a mother wrote asktng.Mrs.
Stoner how much tlmo It would require,
should a mother undertake to employ
the natural educational method of train
ing her child.
"Not any more time than you pfnd
now nt play with your little one." was
Mrs. Stoner's reply, ".lust play with a
purpose when you play; that's nil tint
Is required. Of coursv the m..-e uu
play tho more your baby will le.ini.
That Is all there Is to It."
Just a she tnucht her child along
ediicntlonal llnis so did Mrs. Stoner
develop Winifred physically by game's,
pastimes' and exercises which sho en
Joyed. As a result, this twelve-year-old gill
has attained a growth equal to that nt
the average girl two years her senior.
Is especially strong and health
recovers quickly from any little, ai'
ments that come to her as they come
naturally to any child: takes a Uvclv
Interest In everything of nn a'hletle
nature, and Is self-reliant to an' un
usual decree for one so young.
Mrs. Stoner keeps Just as busy ,n
does her little daughter, who is of .con
stant assistance to her In her many .
enterprises and undertakings'.
Squirrel in Bryant Park
THR usual tranquillity of Hryant
Park was disturbed the other ieve
lll tllA un.l.L.rt ...
' " .ii'e-iii.uiue iroin
no place In particular of n groy squirrel.
At the time of the stranger's arrival
the benches were occupied by men of all
nges nnd experiences. Among the occu
pants were a number of nmateur natu
ralists, who day after day, when the
weather was propitious, had studied nn
ture nt close range In the park. Yet
none of them could recollect having
seen a gray squirrel In the park before.
The busviail's nnnenrnnro .11,1 n,.,
surprise the occupants of the benches
mm .is mucn at it startled the occu
pants of nearby trees. Hundreds of
sparrows weie aroused bv the stnmiror'i.
coming. "Who Is this fellow who comes
unannounced into our domain?" seemed
10 ne tne question asked. Still thesqulr
rel ndvanced without belntf the least bit
scared.
When the smilrrel .11,1 Tint nun an Vila
onward march the sparrows flew from
tree to tree, stirring up their com
panions, apparently preparing for
trouble. Hurried conferences were held
nnd scores nf sparrows were su excited
that they kept on tho wing seeking re
cruits to their ranks.
The squlrrii continued his Journey to
the most convenient tree, evidently with
tho purpose to climb It nnd get some
needed rest nfler his Journey from Ten
trnl Park, perhaps. He was even tin
mindful of tho nttentlon he drew from
the occupants of the benches.
Tho squirrel was not destined to en
Joy his contemplated nnp In the tree
Ho had no more reached Its base than
tho sparrows opened their attack by
swveplng down nnd harassing him from
all sides. The Invader was completely
surprised and ho was at a loss what to
do. So ho started to run.
Along bounded the squirrel over th
lawn with the sparrows after him, The
united chirping of tho birds ra sed such
a din that outsiders were attracted and
came Into the' park to learn the cause of
tho disturbance. The bench occupants
had long slnco left their customary
seats to seize vanlago points around
tho wire railing and to obtain a close
view of the battle.
Tho squirrel ran about tho lawn, but
the sparrows pressed him closely. The
birds carried the battlo so far as. to
sweep down now and then and take a
peek at the squirrel's back. A wpmnn
pectator became so excited that she
left the liattlegrnhnd. went to the near
est telephone nnd kt Police Headquarters
know that a squirrel was being mur
dered In Hryant Park by sparrows, ne
fore a policeman arrived the exhausted
squirrel tied from tho park across Sixth
' 1 .1lun....f,arm1 Some folKS
aveiiuu iiini iiin.iri- - - ...
hoped ho had gono for reenfnrceinen's.
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