This section is from the magazine "Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph". Also available from Amazon: The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology.
extract from the report of the committee on dress, by its chairman, mrs. frank johnson.
Birds, Wings and Feathers Employed as Garniture.
From the school-room there should certainly emanate a sentiment which would discourage forever the slaughter of birds for ornament.
The use of birds and their plumage is as inartistic as it is cruel and barbarous.
"One London dealer in birds received, when the fashion was at its height, a single consignment of thirty-two thousand dead humming birds, and another received at one time, thirty thousand aquatic birds and three hundred thousand pairs of wings."
Think what a price to pay,
Faces so bright and gay,
Just for a hat!
Flowers unvisited, mornings unsung,
Sea-ranges bare of the wings that o'erswung -
Bared just for that!
Think of the others, too,
Others and mothers, too,
Bright-Eyes in hat!
Hear you no mother-groan floating in air,
Hear you no little moan - birdling's despair -
Somewhere for that?
Caught 'mid some mother-work,
Torn by a hunter Turk,
Just for your hat!
Plenty of mother-heart yet in the world:
All the more wings to tear, carefully twirled!
Women want that?
Oh, but the shame of it,
Oh, but the blame of it,
Price of a hat!
Just for a jauntiness brightening the street!
This is your halo - O faces so sweet -
Death, and for that! - W. C. Gannett.