Whooping crane correspondence

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Whooping crane correspondence

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Whooping crane correspondence
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A55 - Whooping Crane correspondence
Robert Porter Allen
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A letter to Robert Porter Allen from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings where she confirms Robert's 'guess' that 'an old-timer' gave her the description of the dance of the Whooping Crane that she used in "The Yearling".

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... .. 7 March 18, 1948 \ \ MARJORIE K INNAN RAWLINGS GROSS CREEK HAWTHORN, FLORIDA Dear Mr. Allen: Yes, your guess is correct that an oldtimer gave me the description of the dance of the whooping cranes that I used in "The Yearling". He was Calvin Long, who lived on the actual site in the Florida "Big Scrub11 that l used for the background. This is near Silver Glen. "Cab" Long, as we called him, must have been between 70 and 75 years of age when I first stayed with him and his wife in the fall of 1933. He died before "The Yearling" published in 1938. He had seen the dance as a boy i3 his 'teens. I am positive that it was the whooping cranes he had seen, for he knew them by name, mm: had seen them many times, and described them as white. He also knew the sand-hill crane. Another old man, still living, Barney Dillard, about 80 now, I think, also told me of having seen the 11whooping-cranes", but I am not so sure but that he meant the sand-hill cranes. He never writes letters, but it is possible that his wife might answer your inquiries by letter. The address is Star Route, Emporia, Florida. I shall try to make a trip to see him to get further information for you. I imagine you are interested in getting as speific a date as possible for the last


-. -'V -2 MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS CREEK HAWTHORN, FLORIDA known sight of the whooping-crane in that area. I hear claims of the whooping-crane having been seen nowadays i n the Everglades, but I am afraid they are either apocryphal or another case of mistaken identity. You probably know that Marjory Stoneman Douglas, of the MIAMI HERALD, Miami, Florida, would be your authority for that region. If you write Mr. Dillard, I shou+d suggest your enclosing a typed questionnaire so that he can easily fill in his answers, and a stamped self-addressed envelop for return. You may say that I referred you to him. Can't you send a mate to the one lone bird in the Louisiana ma:rrshes? And does the pair in the New Orleans Zoo mate, or isn't it a pair? The picture you sent me would seem to indicate that the birds are in a cage. Perhaps if they had a larger area, duplicating natural nesting conditions, they might breed? Sincerely, r


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