"Hunting the Deceitful Turkey"

With his autobiography flying off the shelves and thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems appropriate for LOA to offer us Mark Twain's tribute to the (real) national bird.

Ben Franklin proposed the turkey for the national bird and there is a delightful moment in 1776 when the three (Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin) all propose for their favorite.  We may have the bald eagle as a symbol, but if there is any bird closer to the American heart than the turkey, it's difficult to imagine what it might be.  Nearly every day I can look out of the windows of my office building to an adjacent empty field and see twenty, thirty, or more wild turkeys strutting their stuff through the field.  "Truly a noble bird. . . "

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