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WASHINGTON HAS REASON TO BE PROUD OF COMFORTABLE
HAVEN FOR OUTCAST BEASTS AT ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE ? * . STRAY DOGS AND ' CATS AND HORSES ALL GET WELCOME The Home Maintained at 349 Maryland Avenue Southwest Has Cared for More Than 20,000 Animals Since Its Inception?League Is Always Besieged for Cats and Dogs by Pennlf AnYfmiK fnr Ms. THE DOG CATCHER'S IS MOST THANKLESS POSITION IN THE CITY The Poundmaster Also Has an Institution for Stray Bogs, Bnt, Unlike the Rescue Home, H Does Not Extend Sympathy to the Stray Ani mals Caught Unmuzzled on the Streets of / Washington. By HABBY SHREVE. THE melancholy days are here. There's a chill In the air that announces old man Hawkins is just around the corner and coming fast The last tose of summer lies shriveled in the gutter and the last butterfly has long since flown south-down the throat of aomfe hungry sparrow. Now comes the real days of adversity for that waif of the world?the homeless cur dog. His tall between his legs, he vainly searches the highways and byways for some sort of shelter and a bone to gnaw. Gone are his boon companions and protectors of the Bummer. The kids, he was want to romp with, are busy with reading and 'riting and x 'rithmetic. He peers ' longingly at them through the schoolhouse windows until the janitor's lump of coal sends him skurrying on his way?a derelict with all hands against him. There is just one haven for him and if you have any love in your system for man's faithful'friend, you can help him out The next time some yellow cur creeps beneath your fro n't porch and howls dismally to the heavens, don't chase him off with a brick. Take him inside, give him a bowl of milk and telephone for the wagon of the Animal Rescue League. Tell the operator it's an emergency call and maybe ?he'll let you by without paying that extra nickel. If ?he won't, why telephone anyway. You're fixing that cur for a good home and the chances are in a week or two, hell be romping with some curly-haired kid, who'll treasure that yellow cur as just the finest piece of dog flesh In the entire world. The Washington Animal Rescue Leagu# la an Institution made possible by a number of Washing ton men and women who have I Warm spots in their hearts for all nnimal*, good, bad and Indifferent. It began Its practical work of re-* eelvlrig and disposing of homeless, lost, neglected animals. May 10. 1914. Its first quarters consisted of a tew small rooms over a stable on Ohio avenue northwest. Later on. the Institution was moved to a house IM the same vicinity. In 1917, the vwork of the league had grown to such an extent that larg er Quarters were found to be neces ?ary. H.e building at 849 Mary land avenue was purchased and re modeled. Since that date the league has been carrying on Its humane work at that address. More than 4.000 animals of aty kinds and conditions, have been cared for at the Institution since its Inception. While dogs and cats predominate in numbers, cows, horses an?J mules are received as guests at the animal home. The dogs fare better than the others In the respect that some one is always ready to furnish them with good hom^s. GETS MANY REQUESTS. . * Very often, too, requests come in 1 for oats and kittens and It Is only When the animals of this character * are diseased that they are exe cuted. The league receives on an average of firty applications a day from people who want dogs as pets and, strange to say. the cur dog is as popular with these applicants as the one with good blood. It la very seldom that a horse 9r a mule Is sent to the league. These animals are usually bought by street agents from their owners. Who are found working them tinder horrible conditions. Very Often horses, wasted with age and disease, are feund struggling under heavy taakmakers. In these cases the magic power of a ten dollar bill and a threat of the law, works .wonders and the owner Is nearly always resdy to turn over the animal to the agent of the league. When Dobbin arrives at the (bom* on Maryland avenue, he is placed In a comfortable stall and given the best feed he has prob ably had In years. For five or ?ix days he is allowed to live In thlis animal heaven, than he Is moved to the electric stall where he meets a painless death. All sick and aged animals are treated in the same manner. They live In Clover for a while and then go off to join their forefathers wherever those forefathers may be. THE RIGHT PLACE TO OO. Tne heaithy dog. be he cur. Alredule or brlndie bull or the cat. whether he is comn.on, Maltese or Persian, does not stsy at the home long. There is always some *fither with a youngster who wants a dog. and some mo'her with a little girl who is Just anxious for almost any kind of a cat. They are soon satisfied. When it is under stood that the league receives fifty applications dally for pets, and the average number of anl mala received at the home is only twenty-five each day. It can be realized that the Animal Rescue League la the right place to send that cur. with his tall between his legs and those kittlns your boy has hid oflt In the shed. NURSED BACK TO LIFE. Notice the dog in the picture. He Is bidding farewell to Miss Lillian Venable, one of the league workers. Carl Hanmen. who lives at Cabin John Park, is going to give him a mighty good home for life. The dog don't know this. Perhaps he think* he Is going out to the hunger and v.lsery he know only a few short weeks ago when he was one of tlft vagrants of the streets. He's had a fine time at the home and you can see by the look in his eyes, he wanU to stay there and romp around with the Other fellows. One of the popular favorites at the league headquarters is "Lion," a lovable animal that was picked up on the streets by one of the league's agents. When found "Lion" was crouched down by a brick wall, In a starving condition. Some creature who was not human had wrapped a fishing line several , times about its throat and drawn it so tight that it cut into the flesh. The dog was taken to the home and carefully nursed back to health and strength. 80 grateful was the animal, the authorities decided to keep him and although many re quests have come In for him ""Lion" will stay at the home as long as he lives. "Sandy" has Scotch Mood In him and In his dog mind there Is no place like the animal headquarters. Mrs. Blumberg. vice president of the league adopted "Sandy" when he was brought In off the atreets. "Sandy" was taken up to thS High land apartment house and made comfortable. Perhaps the neigh borhood was too exclusive for him or perhaps he did not like the other dogs up there. At any rate, he spends most of his time in tho dog run at the home. He and "Lion" fixe deadly enemies and are always barking defiance across a wire netting that keeps them separated. LEFT $3,540 BEQUEST. Very often some beautiful and well-bred dogs arrive at the League Home a?d these are eagerly sought after. Just reoently the league presented "Shep." a magnificent English sheep dog, to the soldiers stationed at the Marine Barracks. The dog has been adopted as ths official mascot to the "devil dog? They are as proud of him as they ?re their record in the big war. No amount of money could buy him and yet it has sot been so very long since oi.cp vtaa o'*s of the homeless dog* of the city. In 1919, Mrs. Murdock, who lived In Georgetown, died. She 'woa a great lover of cat* and bequeathed to the Animal Rescue League the lum of f3,500 to take care of six ?mall cats which had been her fa vorites. Two of the cats died shortly after arriving at the horns, but the other four are still there, the aristocrats of the Institution. They are kept separate from the other cats In a special section and receive careful attention. "Scotch" is the mascot of the league and accompanies the driver of the automobile upon all his rounds. He is a Scotch terrier with some Airedale blood in him. He is the master of many dog tricks and is thought-* great deal of by everyone connected with ths Institution. The horses brought Into thu league's headquarters by agents Illustrate man's cruelty to man'a faithful friend. Many of them are covered with scars and can hardly stand. Sometimes the league is made the custodian of horses until a legal Question can be settled. Tn one instance a peddler went sud denly insane. His poor, old, worn out horse was left In the stable with no one td assume ths respon sibility of feeding him. After two weeks, ths man owning the atsbto complained to the polio*. Ths horse wu taken to one of the ?tails at the Home, where he en Joyed comfort and ease tor a num ber of years. BOUGHT FOR $?. Another case In point la that of a horse that was so old and feeble he had been inciting the pity of people for months. The agents of. Xthe league got after Its owner, but It took three months of per sistent watching and perseverance for the agents of the league to catch up with the owner. Finally they bought the horse for $9 and gave htm a haven at the home. The instances related above are only a few among thousands han dled during the existence of the Animal Rescue League. The agents of the league are ever on the lookout for acts of cruelty to animals and In every instance they attempt to buy the animal Involved and put an end to its misery.* The (.'rat step to organise the league was taken on March 28, 1914, when Mrs. 8. M. Ackley, Mrs. Thomas F. Bayard, Mrs. F. E. Smith, Mrs. Huntington Bmlth, Mrs. William 8later, Mrs. Martha C. Codman, Miss Nancy Johnson, Miss Lydla Spencer Blddle and Mrs. George F. Becker, met at the residence of Mrs. Riddle, adopted the name of the Washington Ani mal Rescue League, planned th? werk to be undertaken and issued a call for a public meeting la the auditorium of Woodward A Lo throp'a. Thla meeting ?u called to order on March >1 by Rear Ad miral s. A. Staunton. Mrs. Stllaon Hutchlns, president of the Wash ington Humane Society, erpresaed the full sympathy sf that society with the proposed organisation. Resolutions were adopted establish ing the purpose of the league and arranging for a committee to com plete organization. FIFTY MEMBERS PLEDGED. On April 24, at the Shoreham, another meeting was held and fifty persona pledged themselves to bo come life members of the league. The following officers wore then elected: Mrs. Peter IB. Gerry, presi dent; Arthur D. Addison, Rev. Ernest Smith, R. Ross Perry, John R. McLean, Ben Johnson, Mrs. Duncan U. Fletcher, Mrs. James E. Martine, Mrs. Charles Bough ton Wood, vice presidents; Mrs. F. E. Smith, secretary; Admiral 8. A. Staunton, treasurer; Mrs. George F. Becker, Mrs. Beth Ackley, Miss Codman, Miss Blddle, Miss John son. Mrs. David Foster. Mrs. H. C. Moses, Mrs. Oordon-Cummlng, Madame Husoeln Bey and Mrs. Thomas F. Bayard, directors. All these people parsed tar awhile In the activities of business social and political life to think of the stray dog, the homeless sat and the abused home. Through their efforts a powerful organisa tion was built up with the sola ob ject of bettering the condition of Washington's animal life. Since that time hundreds of associate and active members have Joined the league. It's a work that only an animal lover can participate In and one that onlr an animal lover oan ap preciate. Down at South C*pltol and I streets there is another Institution which takes great Interest in the * careers of stray and homeless animals, particularly the dog. This la the headquarters of the District Pound-Master. Tour yellow pup, with no home and no license, finds little sympathy here. This is an Institution of law enforcement and, while tbe Animal Rescue League works with the ideas of rescuing the stray animal from mlssry, the District Pound authorities go to the other extreme and consider the homsles, the unmussled, and tag less dog a menace. Where will you find a youngfter who does not want to romp with any old dog he meets on the way to the grocery store? It makes no difference to the kid whether that dog is just some friendly pup with a loving disposition or some dangerous animal ready to snap at tbe band that feeds It It's just a dog In the boy's mind and all dogs are wonderful things to all boys. The District Pound Is con ducted with the purpose of pro tecting not only tbe boy, but all citizens from the menace of dangerous dogs. The assumption Is that when a person does not think enough of the dog he owps to pay for a tag for him and munle It In accordance ?i|h tbe law, h? does not think enough of tha animal to feed and look after it. Dogs that are not fed and oared for, are Inclined to become vagrants, and very often vagrant dogs become dangerous. Police records will show that many people are bitten by stray animal* each week and It la tbe purpone of the District Pound to rid the streets of these animals. The lot catcher's Job la about the moat thankless one on earth. Ha la upbraided by pubUc-aplrltad citizens, who stand by helpleaa, while their untagged pty>s are b4 Inf fathered Into the nrt. Kids follow after his wagon and with oyes streaming with tears, ralnly beg the releaae of their pets, the dog catcher does not even stand well In his own neighborhood. He Is looked down upon because hfe holds a Job that compela him to prey on the little cur that frisks at the curb. That part Is all right, but let some cltlaen'a youngster get bitten and then the uproar begins. Police headquarters Is called and the up right cltlxen wants to know why the authorities allow dangerous dogs to run around the streets. As long as It's his neighbor's kid, the upright cltlsen doesn't bother much about ths matter. "Had Be business monkeying with the dog." he mutters, when it is brought tc his attentioa, but when it is hts own offspring, he goes right up in ths air and yells. When ? dog is turnsd In at th4 District pound, he Is held for a certain time, to give his owner?if he has one?a chance to redeem him, by paying a couple of dollars lor a tag. If no one shows up to claim him, the dog is quietly given his coup de grace and wandtrs off to dog heaven without knowing a doggone thing about it. The Ani mal Rescue League works with the object of treating the stray animal along humane llnea. The District pound believes in protect* ing the citisen from the dangers that travel along with the home lees. half starved animal. Both institutions are doing splendid work in the sams direction while working in different directions. AMERICAN COLLEGE Girls Get Thrills ON ENGLISH TRIPS LONDON, Oct. t8. London was recently stormed by a shipload of Amtric/nn col lege girls, on a European tour. A well-known woman writer, who met most of them, captured tome of their impressions: By MAUDE MEAGHER. //T^NOUND Is the peachient ?? H place I've ever been tn, JLJ and I'm simply thrilled to death!" Three hundred and two years ago a ship called the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth to a wild and unknown land peopled with red skinned savages. The Mayflower was (Iliad with stern, religious people seeking a new home. LAst month the Saxonla. a long, gray ship, run by steam instead of sails, cam* to Plymouth. The a?Tnnia was filled to overflowing with American college girls, the children who have inherited the land?the wide stretches of land from the Atlantic to the Pacific? that those immigrants from Eng land ones look from the redskins. I sat in the lobby of a London hotel and listened to them as they drifted in and out. marveling at the difference in speech and man ner 100 yean have made. There was the soft Southern drawl of girls from the Virginias, nursed by negro "mammies." whose ancestors were -fine old Epglish cavaliers, girls conscious of aristocratic traditions handed down from grandfathers who kept their hundreds of slaves before the civil war. There was. the rather nasal twang of the Yankee miss from New England, bred of those Puri tan ancestors who fled from Eng land onoe In grim loyalty to their stern form of worship. There was the broad, flat speech of the Middle West, where three generations ago men wore ooonskln caps and carried shot guns always in readiness for an attack by Indiana, and their wives worked beside them to conquer the prairie. And then the casual, laughing speech of the "native daughters" of San Francisco, whose grand fathers remember the town when It was only a cluster of rough board huts, built in a day to ac commodate the miners paying for their bacon and whiskey with handfuls of nuggets, settling dis putes with their naked flsta. And now they are here, spar kling with life and enthuslssm, to see this old, old country from which their country sprang. They chartered a steamer to bring them, they have studied English history so that not one hoary rello may be unintelligible to thsm, and now their attitude may be expressed in the old Yankee's formula?"I want to know!" "It takes a heap o' Uvla' te make a hornet'" quoted a gtrl from West Virginia, rather wist fully, as she told of her Impres sions of far-off England. "Every square yard of England seemf overlaid and enriched and deep ened by the thought and emotion of people. So many hundreds of years people have loved and suf fered In thla country! It makes you feel you want* to go on tip toe." "England Is Just Ilka a musical comedy!" broke In another girl, thla time the accent of Ban Fran cisco. "All (the sweet little bell boya going about with their capa on the aide of their heads, and the shopgirls all dapper and frilled black and white, and the gorgeous guards, all red and black and glittering. The chin straps make me absolutely chortle. They're all too absolute ly funny!" "But the money!?walled ana. and a chorus of walla anawered her. "It's absolutely terrible! I've gone dotty trying to keep shillings, florlna and half-crowns straight in my bead. Now I almply spread them all out and tell shopkeepers to take their choice!" "I keep pinching myself for fear I'm not awake," eaid an other, with shining ?yes. "Driv ing through rural England is Uke turning the pages of a pteture book. All the sweet, neat rose gardens and thatched cottages! I'm simply crasy about England. I want to llvs in a houseboat on the Thamea the rest of my Ufa." "I wish we'd more time to stand before the monuments in Westminster Abbey," said a fair haired girl from Boston, earnest ly. "Each one Is a romance In Itself. We were awfully proud to aes Longfellow's statu* there. Mother came over when she was a girl and saM all tbs American visitors used to leave their call ing cards os his statu*. I (90k mine to leava, but th* custom doesn't s**m to hold any toer*." Eager as children, tip Sgrfj earnest In their desire to leara and see everything the crowd of American girl visitors rasa? with the thrilling oall of yoqth ever thla old. old land with Its wealth of tradition and beauty. In land's children bav* some frr** to her to waroblp far a fetttf whil* at th* ahrta*s of th*tr anc*stora. And for all th* English Used In me I am not sure that f also am not "thrilled to flwthf Magnet Reveals Kit Used for Jailbrealc CINCINNATI. Ohio. Oct M. rpooLS used by thrsa d?hmn at th* AUaaaMa, Ky? jail recently la an ?tigams?ia at tempt to saw their way out at a window disappeared myatarteusty and eouM not ha (wai Herman K*htpsr, th* JbOar. searched th* Jan la vain. H*i rV piclons centered on a dsap sawefc In one wall. Hs Ued a hasaesha* magnet to a string aMI Nasaa# M Into the fissure. Twa s*w??*4 tw* table knives whtsh Itftf fc*e* rrf' Women Rescue Boy. CHICAOO, est. IB. jj^BVEN women formed a hu man chain and rescued Rva year-old Richard Pro**r tram Laka Michigan.