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WEASELS.   51

 

variation of color. In all living creatures one sees adaptations of many kinds to enable them to secure their prey or hide from their enemies, but nowhere is man and a snare, or a trap, or a shotgun taken into account with them. This shows that we are the latest arrivals. Before our coming it was all scratching and biting and running and hiding ; but the human animal twisted a withe handle around a stone and made a club, tied string to a limb and made a bow, dug a pit and covered it for a trap ; in short, he turned mind and wit against the shaggy horde and mastered them. I am led to this remark by the fact that this beautiful mimicry of the snow in the white of the weasels, that proved so advantageous to them, has been the cause of their greatest slaughter ; for men took a fancy to the dainty ermine fur, and countless numbers have been killed to satisfy the demand.

So Nature provided the Arctic seals with beautiful close, soft fur, but human animals were not anticipated, who would kill them to the last pup and pelt for this gift of Mother Nature to her four-footed children. Birds of such delightful plumage that millions of years have been covered while natural forces were at work perfecting them ; but man comes on the scene, exclaims, " This is all mine' and, the primitive


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