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Published in the Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, on July 9, 1893.
Captured Four Eagles,
Four young American eagles were captured early in the week, near Central Ferry, on the Columbia river, by Johnny Lashbrook, the 11-year-old son of Edgar Lashbrook. Father and son, in company with J.J. Phelan, all of whom reside in Coeur d'Alene City, were on a prospecting tour, with teams and camping outfit. Johnny is rather small for his age, but as full as courage as a lion. The eagle's nest was sighted early in the afternoon. It was in a craggy butte about 30 feet from the ground. On a projecting rock 200 feet high the mother bird perched, but was unnoticed by the party until the boy had almost completed his perilous ascent. Then the old bird suddenly came to life and with a piercing cry of rage circled in the air and swept down upon him. Phelan was holding the horses, who became restless at the mother bird's shrieks. The elder Lashbrook ran for his rifle. The bird in the meantime struck viciously at the boy, who clung to his precarious footing and fought it off with his hat. Three times the bird swooped down angrily. The last time a bullet from Mr. Lashbrook's rifle reached its target and the boy was saved. Johnny proceeded to the nest and brought down all four birds safely. During the ride into Spokane he held them alternately on his knee and fed them from his hand.
Still asking WHY?? Do you have any ideas or comments??
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