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116 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
exceedingly swift when after spar-
rows or other birds; and it al-
ways is seen alighting on the
highest top of a tree, with prefer-
ence a mesquite tree. Even in
towns these hawks are quite often
seen in and around gardens and
parks, and the writer remembers
an instance where one of these ma-
rauders killed some of our best
canary birds in a cage. This hap-
pened a few years ago, whilst iin
my private office on East Com-
merce street (now the "'Menger
floor or floatillng around the last
rage, and as soon as the hawk
noted my atlplroach it swiftly
flew- away with some remnants ot
the canlary bird in its c(laws.
WVitil these olden days recollec-
tionis. 1 a111 remirll(ed again of the
old Toulldouse eollreltion of native
ITexas animals once roaminl about
the jungles and prairie plains
close to San Antonio and nowa-
days nearly extinct. I had a num-
her of original photo-plates pre-
E:A le rI A RlATTLESNAKE IN IiS 1I E.:\
Brothers apartments"). Wh ilst
reading, I heard a loud cm)llilOtilo
and fluttering' noise around the
lhird cages on the adjoiliinig front
,gallery, and opening the door lead-
inll to the gallery, a perplexing
sight presented itself: ill one of tlhe
cages two canary birds were lyin g
dead ii the Cea'e- headless: and
on the other cage a sparrow hawk
was seen in the act of having
grabbed the single canary with its
claws and pulling it through the
wired cage. aian- golden-yellowt
feathers were seattere'(d on the
pared at the romiantir little Tou-
douse villa at. los(oya, south of
San Alltonia, 1)u11 they are nearly
all lost or lo0anel a way, maly years
ago. Alionli these photos one is
left, whih is relrodi need in this
Field issue a large prairie eagle
with a raptuhlred huge rattle snake,
both of whiih IMr. Touidouse had
encountered and shot in the midst
of a wilderness of caltus jungles
and brush, close to the old TPndrieh
"Laguna de los Patos'' called
1litchell's Lake. Wild animals of
nearly all ty)-les typical to oir
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