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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 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.
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.
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
. * 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Girls Get Thrills
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:
//T^NOUND Is the peachient
?? H place I've ever been tn,
JLJ and I'm simply thrilled to
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
"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
"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
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
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.
jj^BVEN women formed a hu
man chain and rescued Rva
year-old Richard Pro**r tram Laka

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