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THE STUDYING OF BUTTERFLIES IS SCIENTIFIC
WOMAN'S JOB, AND IT'S A BIG ONE
Washington, D. C. One million
butterflies is the curious cargo that
has come to the studio of Mrs. J. C.
Crawford hvthe last seven years.
Mrs. Crawford is the wife of the
assistant curator of the National Mu
seum in Washington. She's the
"butterfly expert" of the United
Amateurs with the net, and scien
tific collectors of lepidopterasend her
daily from all quarters of the world
the fruits of their adventures.
One morning her mail may bring'!
100 specimens of tiny butterflies no
bigger than a pin head from some ex
plorer in Brazil; the noon mail may
bring gorgeous specimens big .as a
dinner plate from a traveler in Pan
ama. From India, .Norway, . China and
Alaska the butterflies flutter into her
studio,-sometimes crumpled up in lit
cornered paper packet used by ex
perts. The collection of butterflies at
Washington, second only to that in
the British museum, is more care
fully catalogued than a library of
books. Scientists come from all
parts- of the world to-study the trays
of mounted butterflies.
Mrs. Crawford proclaims herself a
feminist at least to the extent of be
lieving -that married women are bet
ter offnf they have an occupation
outside the home. "I sincerely be
lieve," she says, "that married wo
men increase their own happiness,
and their husband's, too, if they have
some big outside interest, some daily
'job' to round out their lives.".
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