1st September 1914 (Tuesday)

DIED TODAY:  RIP Martha, who passes away in her cage today in Cincinatti zoo. Martha is the very last member of the species Ectopistes migratorius  (passenger pigeon), once the most abundant bird in North America. As recently as 1866 one large flock of her ancestors in Ohio was estimated to contain 3.5 billion birds [Wikipedia].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_pigeon

“Her body was frozen into a block of ice and sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where it was skinned, dissected, photographed and mounted. Currently, Martha is in the museum’s archived collection and not on display. A memorial statue of Martha stands on the grounds of the Cincinnati Zoo” . [Wikipedia]

QUOTE:  “A poignant example of what happens when the interests of man clash with the interests of nature…When their interests clashed with the interests of man, civilization prevailed”

[Smithsonian Institute].

http://www.si.edu/encyclopedia_Si/nmnh/passpig.htm

Meanwhile, the affairs of men twist and turn…

In Russia, the city of St Petersburg is rebranded to Petrograd, ditching its germanic title for a suitably slavic alternative.

In Paris, Kitchener meets the BEF commander at the British Embassy and orders him to bring the British troops in to the line with French forces. The Germans, meanwhile, are within 30 miles of the French capital.

 

 

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