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1 Our Dumb Animals 1 (1868-1869)

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 I would   not   enter  on  my   list of friends.
   Though graced with polished manners and fine sense,
Yet   wanting   sensibility,  the  man
   TVho   needlessly   sets  foot upon - worm.


JUNE 2, 1868.

       Our Dumb Animals.

              PUBLISHED  MONTHLY
                      BY THE

             (fuet  tZ 63uainaz,
          AT  THE  SOCIETY'S   ROOMS,
 46 Washington  Street    .  .   .   .   Boston.
              TERxs.- $1.00, in advance.
  Postage in the city, FREE. To all parts of the United States,
  outside of Boston, TWELVE CENTS PER ANNUM for each pack-
  age of four ounces, payable in advance, at the office where re-
  Articles for the paper may be sent to the President. Sub-
  scriptions, to the Secretary or Agent.
  GEORGE T. ANGELL . . . . . ..President.
  CEPHAs BRIGHAM . . . . . . . . *Secretary.
  J. W. DENNY..............   . . . . . . PAgent.
  Amos A. LAWRENCE . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .Treasurer.
                Publishing Committee.
                RUSSELL STURGIS, JR.


                OU      WORK.
  We  issue of  this the first number of our paper
200,000 copies for gratuitous distribution, which we
think will enable us to put one copy into almost
every family in the State. Hereafter we shall issue
on the first Tuesday of each month, an edition suffi-
ciently large, to supply all the members  of the
Society, all subscribers for the paper, and as large
a number  for gratuitous distribution, as we think
the finances of the Society will warrant. If hard
work  and untiring perseverance will accomplish it,
we  mean to have before the end of the current year,
members  and  patrons of our Society in every city
and town  of the Commonwealth,  and a very large
monthly  circulation of this paper not only in the
State, but  through  the  country.  Our  Society
already numbers over fifteen hundred members and
patrons.  It has received gifts from all classes, from
many  so poor as to occupy but a single uncarpeted
room  in the cheapest tenements of this city. We
have on our Board of Officers,.Roman Catholics and
Protestants, Democrats  and Republicans, License
men  and  Prohibitory men.  We  have no politics,

no theology, are wdrking only for one purpose, that
our citizens may become more merciful, our animals
hereafter be better cared for and protected. And to
that end we propose to gather all information that
can be obtained, either at home or abroad relating
to the well-being of animals, stories for the children,
and matter worth thinking of by older people.
  Those whom  we are compelled to prosecute, those
who  drive horses to death, or starve them, all who
wilfully, and maliciously torture dumb animals, may
expect to find their names and deeds faithfully record-
ded  for the public inspection. We shall strive to
prevent rather than punish. But every form of cruelty
that now disgraces this Commonwealth, whether on
the part of high or low, rich or poor, we shall not
hesitate to attack. Many interesting questions will
be coming up: such as why there should be no place
in Boston, off its Common and Public garden where
a thirsty animal can get water, - why there should be
inspectors of meats in European Cities, and none
here, - why  the  citizens of this State should be
fed so largely on the diseased meats of tortured ani-
mals, questions of  paving, and horse  cars and
steam car transportation, all questions relating to
the keeping of animals and their health, as well as
that of those who consume  their meats  or milk.
There  are over a hundred Societies of a kindred
nature scattered over Europe, some of whose publi-
cations we have already received, and with whom
we  shall soon be in correspondence. Every  sub-
scription to this paper, will add so much to its cir-
culation, so much to an earnest effort to increase the
wealth, the health, and the humanity of the State.
All wishing to subscribe are requested to send their
names  to the Secretary or Agent at the office of the
Society, 46 Washington Street, Boston.

The  Massachusetts Society for the Preven-
         tion of Cruelty  to Animals.
A short Sketch of its History and Work thus far, by
               the Secretary pro tem.
  An Act to incorporate the Society having been ob-
tained by Messrs. Angell, Howe, and Gray, a meet-
ing was called by them and held at the offices of Mr.
Angell, at three o'clock on Tuesday, March  31st,
1868.  Somewhat  more than forty persons were pre-
sent.  Mr. Angell gave the reasons which induced

him to take the initiative in the formation of the So-
ciety, stating that for many years he had felt deeply
the cruelties practised upon animals, and that the
fatal over-driving of the superb mare  Empress
had broken his silence and forced out a call, the re-
sponse to which was instant and large. He spoke of
many common   abuses of animals, and expressed his
belief that the time had now come when they were
to cease. The act of incorporation was accepted,
and a  Constitution, proposed by Mr. Ange&, was
adopted.  A list was then opened for the sig . 'ures
of those desiring to become members of the Soc ety,
and Wa'  gieu 1iy n  tfhne-oa
three persons.  A  Board of  Direct- - ivas then
chosen, who immediately held their first meeting and
entered upon their work.
  Two  months have not yet elapsed, and that which
was  so auspiciously begun has gone  on without
hindrance to the following most successful results.
Letters of sympathy and offers of aid have poured in
from all sides. One hundred of the most prominent ,
men in the State, including His Excellency the Gov-
ernor and Lieut. Governor, have accepted the posi-
tion of Vice-President of the Society. His Honor
the Mayor also has not only become our Vice-Presi-
dent, but, with the ready consent of the Committee
on the Police, under the advice of the City Solicitor,
he detailed policemen to aid the Society, thus giving
them knowledge  of its work and making  them its
friends, and so stamped it with the sanction of the
City Government.  We  have thus been  enabled to
distribute without cost more than thirty thousand
circulars, and to put them into every house in-this,
  Here already the society is thoroughly well known.
The   members  and  patrons  number  more   than
fifteen hundred, while funds enough for the opening
of its work have been received. To carry on  the
work, we need, as may be seen by an article in an-
other column, all that our friends may be disposed
to give.  Our  Legislature, without hesitation or
opposition has given the society a law  to work
under, stronger than that of any other State. And
now, with two men whom  we believe to be thorough-
ly fit for it, we enter upon our work in well appoint-
ed and centrally situated rooms, confident that the
success of the society is now a foregone conclusion,
and that by the end of this year, it will have become
as thoroughly and generally known throughout the
State, as it is now known throughout this city.
  The  prestige of the Society has already enabled
us, before the passage of our law, by moral Dower
alone, to interfere successfully in every case of cro-
elty reported; in one instance obliging a man who
kept his horses in a stable where they could scarcely
stand (five feet and three inches was the height), to
alter it so as to give them space to stand and move.
In  another case, one who had always carried calvef

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