Jack Miner’s Discovery

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Photo courtesy C E Ayr

Friday Fictioneers — for details about this group, see Rochelle’s blog.

My response to this photo may be WAY off from the general scene. However, I did see a Canadian grain hopper car in this picture, which reminded me of an incident Jack Miner related in his book, Jack Miner and the Birds, copyright 1923. Read this book years ago, so am retelling the episode as I remember it.

Solomon says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard…” One could also take a tip from these ambitious field mice.

In the northern Ontario woods Jack and his fellow hunters made camp one autumn afternoon. Needing firewood, they felled a towering dead pine. Halfway up the trunk they discovered a field mouse nest with a quart of wheat cached inside.

Puzzled, Jack set down his axe and looked around. Where on earth… Ah!

Several miles north theyโ€™d seen rails. Grain cars from the prairies, carrying wheat bound for Thunder Bay terminals, bumped over rough spots. Kernels sifted through cracks, falling onto the tracks. These industrious mice were making that trip day after day, stocking their larder for the winter ahead.

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14 thoughts on “Jack Miner’s Discovery

  1. Pingback: What Could Be? | Christine's Collection

  2. Dear Christine,

    You’ve embodied my motto from Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Already you’re thinking outside the box. I like that. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Oh, yes, the book was interesting. Initially a hunter, he had a major change of heart and later established a sanctuary for the wild geese he once hunted. Near as I know, the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary continues to this day. Thanks for commenting.

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