Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The University Without a Home

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Which Utah University bounced around from location to location until finally finding a home?
a.                  Brigham Young University
b.                  The University of Utah
c.                   Weber State University
d.                  Utah State University
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Give school boys the right to kill wild birds
Utah’s first legislative session of 1896, besides providing for setting up a new state government, introduced a wide range of interesting bills, some acted upon and others defeated. The debates ranged from serious items such as protection of the rights of polygamous children [the Church Manifesto abolishing polygamy left the rights of many polygamous wives and their children in jeopardy], to laws such as the “wild bird, wild animal” bill which would, among other things, encourage the shooting of birds by schoolboys to prevent the birds from eating fruit in the orchards.
The wild bird law, which allowed the shooting of sparrows and other wild birds, was denounced by the Desert Weekly in an editorial July 11, 1898, as “an objectionable law.” The writer stated that “there can be no doubt that, in some localities in our state, farmers suffer more or less loss through the depredations of some kinds of birds. . . but, on the other hand, it is not consistent with the highest forms of morality and civilization to destroy birds through sheer wantonness.” It suggested that the law should be repealed or amended. The law encourage schoolboys to kill birds and rob and destroy their nests. “The robbing of a bird’s nest, or the destruction of its young, is an act of cruelty, and to teach a boy that such acts are commendable and merit a reward in money to be paid by the State, is likely to impart to him notions of right, morality, and humanity the effect of which will be unfavorable to his moral status when he is grown. To give a boy license to go among the trees and ruthlessly kill the birds that inhabit them is not a sort of training to make of him a man of tender heart or sympathetic soul.”
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 327.

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