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Eric's Book of Beasts
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Title: Eric's Book of Beasts
Release Date: 2018-12-24
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Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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Transcriber's Note:

Inconsistent hyphenation and spelling in the original document have been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected.

Aux Animaux

In Holland, at the Hague, you know,

Well-regulated people go

To the Hotel Ozanimo.

(The spelling I've carnegified;

I often do this on the side).

Here all Creation lives in peace,

And therefore Wonders never Cease!

Aux Animaux

ERIC'S
BOOK OF BEASTS

DONE IN WATER-COLORS
AND ACCOMPANIED WITH APPROPRIATE
JINGLES BY
DAVID STARR JORDAN
INTERPRETED IN BLACK AND
WHITE BY
SHIMADA SEKKO

Logo

PAUL ELDER AND COMPANY
PUBLISHERS·SAN FRANCISCO

Copyright, 1912
By Paul Elder & Company

iii

Prefatory Note

t

These cartoons were made one by one inmoments of leisure to please a smallboy. They are now reprinted in thehope of pleasing other small boys andgirls. They were originally in color, butfor the present purpose they have beenmade over in black and white by a Japaneseartist, who has given them lifeby occasional quaint touches of his own.

David Starr Jordan

Stanford University, California

January 19, 1912

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L'Envoi

I

I write and paint in doggerel

Though all the Muses shriek and yell!

I go serenely on my way

Not caring what such folks may say!

Contents

Page
Aux AnimauxFrontispiece
Prefatory Noteiii
L'Envoiv
Eric's Planet2
The Caravan4
Jack the Rabbit6
An Elephant8
The 'Potamus10
My Crocodile12
The Giraffe14
A Goat16
The 'Possum18
Old Sea Catch20
Quail22
The Ptarmigan24
The Pelican26
The Man28
The Fish30
The Lion32
Horned Toad34
A Hospitable Reptile36
A Social Lobster38
Cats and Kings40
Little Children42
Six Kings44
An Aspiring Monkey46
Old Time Folks48
The Wunx50
Totem Poles52
Organ and Organ Man54
In Moonlight56
Hunter and Deer58
The Gazelle60
A Bulldog by the River62
The Squidgecumsquees64
Road to Mandalay66
Mitgard Serpent68
Saint Georgeing the Dragon70
Flotsam and Jetsam72
The Atoll74
Storm Wind76
Eric in the Dark78
Mars' Stars and Pa's80
The Porcupine82
The Purple Cow84
I and Gnu86
Bobo88
The Lone Salmon90
Bean Soup92
A Lost Shadow94
The Gazibou96
In Junglest Africa98
Eric Fishing100
Eric's Bulldog102
The Steering Gear104
Brother Knight106
My Daddy's Family108
Christmas Past110
The Last Act112
IncaTail-piece

ERIC'SBOOK OF BEASTS

Monkey

2

E ric's Planet

Eric said to Jupiter:

"Here I am. Good

morning, Sir,

What are your small

planets worth?

Give me one. I'll

take the Earth."

4

The Caravan

Van! Van! Caravan!

Who is the camel and

which is the man?

5

The Caravan

6

Jack the Rabbit

Jack the Rabbit

Has the habit

When you look him

in the face

He is in some other

place.

7

Jack the Rabbit

8

An Elephant

I never saw an Elephant

But that's no symptom

that I sha'n't.

9

An Elephant

10

The 'Potamus

My little 'Potamus and I

Walk hand in hand when

roads are dry,

But when the clouds

begin to rain,

I creep into his mouth

again.

11

The 'Potamus

12

My Crocodile

My Crocodile is good to me—

He is as nice as he can be;

But when I go out for a ride,

I'd rather not come back

inside.

13

My Crocodile

14

The Giraffe

If the Giraffe were not so tall

He'd be an Awful Cannibal,

But just before he goes to bed

He sits awhile upon his head.

15

The Giraffe

16

A Goat

This little beast is called

a Goat,

He isn't anything of note,

But give him a tomato can

And he's a match for any

Man.

17

A Goat

18

The 'Possum

The 'Possum sees the

little boy;

It does not seem to

give him joy.

19

The 'Possum

20

Old Sea Catch

Old Sea Catch comes out

on the shore

To Roar,

And then he thinks it's

time once more

To Roar,

And then he thinks he'll

have to roar

Some more!

21

Old Sea Catch

22

Quail

I would not like to be a

Quail,

And have Salt sprinkled

on my Tail.

23

Quail

24

The Ptarmigan

The Ptarmigan lives in

the Snow;

Can Eric see him? I

don't know.

25

The Ptarmigan

26

The Pelican

If I were born a Pelican,

I'd try my best to be a Man!

27

The Pelican

28

The Man

If I were born a Man, I'd wish

I might associate with Fish.

29

The Man

30

The Fish

If I were born a fish—

but then,

No use to wish: Men

must be Men.

31

The Fish

32

The Lion

The Lion looks like Santa

Claus,

I think that this should

give him paws.

When he on Lionizing's

bent,

He always looks benevolent.

33

The Lion

34

Horned Toad

Phryne is the beast, his name,

Eric loves him just the same;

On his back, see, if you please,

Eric's name in Japanese.

35

Horned Toad

36

A Hospitable Reptile

This Reptile is a hardened

sinner;

But when a friend drops in

for dinner,

He greets him with an

open smile,

And makes him merry

quite a while.

O let us, like this Reptile,

be

Renowned for Hospitality!

37

A Hospitable Reptile

38

A Social Lobster

The Lobster's home is in

the Sea;

It is as humble as may be.

But he has wandered far

afield,

And now his presence is

revealed

Within our best Society.

This Lesson to us all is

sent

To lend us due Encouragement.

39

A Social Lobster

40

Cats and Kings

A Cat may look at any King,

If he cares for that sort of

thing;

And, if he likes the likes of

that,

Most any King can see a Cat.

41

Cats and Kings

42

Little Children

Little children at their play,

Happy, scrappy all the day.

43

Little Children

44

Six Kings

There were six Kings of

Yvetôt;

They stood up there all in

a row,

And every time they looked

around

They cast their eyes upon

the ground.

I do not like to look at

Kings—

They do such very awful

things;

For actions such as this

must tend

To make one's hair stand

up on end!

45

Six Kings

46

An Aspiring Monkey

Once a Monkey in Japan

Vowed his destiny was Man;

So he climbed up in a tree,

Then I saw him wink at me.

47

An Aspiring Monkey

48

Old Time Folks

These twain our ancestors

must be,(Arboreal, undoubtedly)

But this is true; it seems

to me,

If Adam looked like this

and Eve,(With no intention to

deceive)

Thus in Creation's Rosy

Dawn,

I'm glad that I came later

on.

49

Old Time Folks

50

The Wunx

In their dugout lives the Wunx

With his jolly family;

Tasting happiness in chunks,

Just the same as you and me:

Not much use the world to

roam—

Happiness is found at home.

(After J. W. R.)

51

The Wunx

52

Totem Poles

O, my Prophetic Soul!

I see a Totem Pole—

The only Ancient Screed

That Hempl cannot read!

53

Totem Poles

54

Organ and Organ Man

The children sing in far Japan;

The children sing in Spain;

The organ and the organ man

Are singing in the rain!

R. L.

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