CAT WEEK-In Memory of Sammy

Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court. Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings

john sammy and squirrel feeder u

Photo John Baumann

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4 Responses to CAT WEEK-In Memory of Sammy

  1. Barb Estinson says:

    I had never read this Mark Twain quote before, but of course I love it …. along with John’s photo.

  2. john Baumann says:

    Sammy boy is no doubt honored by both the photo and the quote! Brenda, what say you?
    Thanks, Sandy!

  3. brenda says:

    Yeah, Sammy boy liked this photo. Sandy, thank you for honoring my sweet boy – and all the kitties of this week. Catties are wonderful. I miss my boy – my eyes are leaking…..

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