Burroughs & Pine Knot Part II
- Then we also have this, from TR'S LETTERS TO HIS
-- Ed Renehan
White House, May 10, 1908.
Mother and I had great fun at Pine Knot. Mr.
Burroughs, whom I call Oom John, was with us and we
greatly enjoyed having him. But one night he fell into
great disgrace! The flying squirrels that were there
last Christmas had raised a brood, having built a
large nest inside of the room in which you used to
sleep and in which John Burroughs slept. Of course
they held high carnival at night-time. Mother and I do
not mind them at all, and indeed rather like to hear
them scrambling about, and then as a sequel to a
sudden frantic fight between two of them, hearing or
seeing one little fellow come plump down to the floor
and scuttle off again to the wall. But one night they
waked up John Burroughs and he spent a misguided hour
hunting for the nest, and when he found it took it
down and caught two of the young squirrels and put
them in a basket. The next day under Mother's
direction I took them out, getting my fingers somewhat
bitten in the process, and loosed them in our room,
where we had previously put back the nest. I do not
think John Burroughs profited by his misconduct,
because the squirrels were more active than ever that
night both in his room and ours, the disturbance in
their family affairs having evidently made them
EDWARD J. RENEHAN JR.
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