Great Nebraska

Naturalists and Scientists

Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union

Letters, 1905, February

1905, Feb. 1

J. F. Ray
Chas. E. Teach
Principal High School


FEB 3 Ans’d
FEB 2 Ans’d

David City, Nebraska Feb. 1, 1905

Prof. L. Bruner,
Lincoln, Nebr.
Dear Sir:-
Please enroll me one year for three memberships in your Ornithological Union and send your bill to the Sec’y of the Board of Education (Mrs. Emma Riddell), David City, Nebr.
Yours truly,
J. F. Ray

1905, Feb. 7

National Association of Audubon Societies
Founded 1901. Incorporated 1905.
For the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals

William Dutcher, President
John E. Thayer, 1st Vice-President
Theo. S. Palmer, M. D., 2d Vice-President
T. Gilbert Pearson, Secretary
Frank M. Chapman, Treasurer
525 Manhattan Avenue, New York City

Map showing (shaded) States having Audubon Societies
Map showing (shaded) States which have adopted the A. U. U. model law protecting the non-game birds

FEB 28 Ans’d

February 7, 1905.

Dear Sir:
I take pleasure in sending you a copy of the report of the work of the National Association of Audubon Societies for the past year, and trust that after a careful perusal of the same you will agree with the Officers that remarkable progress has been made and great good accomplished in bird protection.
It is of utmost importance that the work now so favorably launched shall be extended, especially along educational lines, and it is also vitally important that the number of wardens shall be increased.
In order to carry out the above plans it will be necessary for the Association to be in receipt of an increased income, and in order to secure the same the Association has been incorporated and several classes of memberships have been created.

A person who contributes $5.00 annually becomes a sustaining member.

It is hoped that after you have read the report you will be so impressed with the importance of bird protection that you will be willing to contribute to the work by becoming an annual Sustaining Member.
Possibly among your associates and acquaintances there are those who will also be willing to help in this great economic work.
The officers of the Association hope to secure the support of not less than 1,000 Sustaining Members during the present year. Three appliciation cards are enclosed and it is hoped you may be able to return them all properly filled.
Very truly yours, Wm. Dutcher

1905, Feb. 7

FEB 7 Ans’d

Lawrence, Nebraska.
February 1st. 1905.

Professor Lawrence Bruner,
State University of Nebraska.
Dear Sir:- In the Elementary Agriculture book for Nebraska you said that if you wished any more information on birds to write to you about it.
I would like to know the color and habits of the Vireos and Butcher birds, also how to distinguish them and if any are found in the south central part of the state.
Yours truly.
Beryl A. Laird.
Lawrence, Nebraska.

1905, Feb. 7

Lincoln, Nebr., Febr., 7, 1905.

My Dear Sir:-
I have your letter of the first of Febr. in which you ask about vireos and butcher birds. The vireos as the name would indicate are greenish olive colored birds a little smaller than the English sparrow. These are the birds that live aroung shade trees in towns as plum thickets along creeks. They make small nests which they hang between the forks of a limb near its tip. They are quite musical and feed on hairy caterpillars and other insects which they find in the foiliage of trees and bushes.
The Butcher birds are large gray birds with black tail and wings. On the wing is a large white patch which is seen while the bird is flying. They frequent osage orange hedges and are sometimes seen in winter and early spring.
We have recently published a book on Nebraska birds which would be good for your school library. You might speak to your teachers about it. The price is seventy five cents bound in cloth.
Yours very truly,

1905, Feb. 13

J. F. Ray,
Chas. E. Teach
Principal High School.


David City, Nebraska Feb. 13, 1905.

Prof. Bruner:-
What I meant by my letter of the 1st inst was that I wanted three copies of Nebraska birds, and other printed mater sent out by the society. I have been informed that a membership only lasts a year, unless renewed. I want our teachers to take up the subject of Nebraska birds, and I thought by taking three memberships in your society we would get the books and the printed matter sent out by the society for one year.
Yours very truly,
J. F. Ray

1905, Feb. 15

The University of Nebraska

Department of
Entomology and Ornithology
Lawrence Bruner, Professor
Entomologist, Experiment Station
Acting State Entomologist

Prof. D. Lange,
Central High School,
St. Paul, Minn.

My Dear Sir:-
In compliance with your request of NOv. 18th last I mailed you along with bill (75 cents) for same 1 copy of Birds of Nebraska. Not having heard from you to date, I am wondering whether or not my letter or the book went astray in the mails.
Yours &c.
Lawrence Bruner.

Feb. 15th 1905
It came O.K. Many thanks. Its a fine report. I enclose 75 cents.
Yours D Lange

1905, Feb. 21

Lincoln, Nebr., Febr., 21, 1905.

Klopp & Bartlett
Omaha, Nebr.

I have taken the time to go over the Preliminary Review of Nebraska Birds and mark all of the changes that have been made in the paper as appearing in the State Board of Agriculture report and as it was later corrected for the separates. You will remember that the change of capitalization in the index should not be included here since you did not follow copyin the first place neither did you send the proof before printing it. You can see for yourself that $33+ is too much for these changes.
With regard to the binding, will simply say that I had one hundred copies of my former report, which I left with you for a sample, bound by the State Journal Co. for $16.00. That paper contained more pages than yours did and has better binding. I have also gone to a local binder in Lincoln for the price on binding the other 500 copies of the separates you printed and he has given me a price of from 12 to 15 cents per copy, in no case to be more than 15 cents and possibly less. So I feel that I have already paid you for the binding and that the only difference existing between us remains in connection with the extra charges made.
Yours very truly,

1905, Feb. 21 (2)

Lincoln, Nebr., Febr. 21, 1905.

A. W. Mumford,
Chicago, Ill.

My Dear Sir:-
I have yours of the 8th instant and am sending you herewith a U.S. postal money order for the sum of $1.50 in payment for an annual subscription to Birds and Nature.
It seems to me that you had ought to publish new illustrations before long since I have heard many persons say that they were getting tired of having the same old cuts published over and over again.
Yours very truly,

1905, Feb. 28

Lincoln, Nebr/, Febr., 28, 1905.

Wiliam Dutcher,
525 Manhatten Ave.
New York.

My Dear Sir:-
I am in receipt of your letter of Febr. 1st as well as the report of the work of the national Audubon Society for the year 1904.
While I am very much interested in the subject of bird protection, I am already spending from twenty five to fifty dollars a year on this kind of work in our own state and although I would like to contribute to the national organization, I do not feel able to do so at present. Hoping that the present year will give greater results, than any in the past, I remain.
Yours very truly,