Great Nebraska

Naturalists and Scientists

NOU, Lawrence Bruner, Letter, 1905, July 25

Lincoln, Nebr., July 25, 1905.

F. E. McGrew,
Halfway, Wyo.

My Dear Sir:-
In reply to yours of the 20th instant would say that the best way to find out whether or not the sage hen has a gizzard is to shoot one and examine it for yourself. It belongs to a family of bird in which the gizzard is an exceedingly characteristic part of the anatomy. If you find that the walls of the sage hen gizzard are not as thick as in those of the domestic fowl, you only need believe that it is a gizzard nevertheless, just as a box made of paper is a box just as truly as one made of wood.
Yours very truly,