MARK TWAIN ON COW'S SIDE
REMARKABLE NATURAL PORTRAIT FOUND ON CALF IN PENNSYLVANIA
On April 21, 1910, almost at the moment at which Mark Twain died at Redding, Conn.; there was born on the farm of Mr. Walker, near Albertis, Penn., an Alderney-Holstein calf, on whose side there appears a profile bust of the great humorist. The colors of the calf, which is now a cow, are white and dark brown. As the months have passed the Twain 'bust' has become more and more distinct, until to-day it stands out so plainly that the most casual glance shows what it is. Because of the striking resemblance the cow has been called Mark Twain. The white marking is also unique in that it forms an almost perfect map of the United States. (The Washington Post, Sept. 3, 1911, pg. MS4).
And so you think a baby is a thing of beauty and a joy forever? Well, the idea
is pleasing, but not original--every cow thinks the same of its own calf. Perhaps
the cow may not think it so elegantly, but still she thinks it, nevertheless.
I honor the cow for it. We all honor this touching maternal instinct wherever
we find it, be it in the home of luxury or in the humble cow-shed.
- "Answers to Correspondents," The Californian, January 24, 1865
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