10 January 2014

Jays a New Article of Commerce at San Francisco

We observed in the Washington Market yesterday a lot of California bluejays exposed for sale, and on inquiry learned that the birds are killed for the wings only, which are used for ornamenting hats for children, young misses, and those who desire to be credited with a few less years than they are entitled to.

December 23, 1864. A new article of commerce. Daily Alta California 16(5407): 1.