Great Nebraska

Naturalists and Scientists

1905, July 5

JUL 10 Ans’d

Neligh, Nebr.
July 5, 1905.
Prof. L. H. Bruner,
Lincoln, Nebr.
Dear Sir:- I recieved your letter of the 1st. and thank you very much for your kind advice. I have written to the Department of Agriculture for their reports and papers and will send for the books immediately.
At the present time I am studying a book by

Comstock entitled, “How to know the Butterflies.”
I do not know Merrit Cary personally but am well acquainted with his family.
I enclose seventy-five ($.75) cents for your book “A Preliminary review of the birds of Nebraska with Synopses.”
Thanking you again for you kind advice I am
Yours truly,
Walter Thompson.

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,