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Effie ended up writing a short letter due to many unforeseen circumstances.

Harry’s first letter was also a short one, dealing mainly with misbehaving students. He also met with the man who was responsible for preparing the remains of Jumbo for display. His second letter was longer and included his memories of the Joseffy [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Joseffy] concert, an admonition, and a “threat.” His friend, Henry Nachtrieb, whom he probably met at Johns Hopkins University, later became president of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences and chairman of the zoology department at the University of Minnesota.

“As I couldn’t write to you I spent the time I expected to spend on my letter, in working on the “It.””Osborn, Effie 1885-10-27

“It will prove Hartshorn for both of them if they dont walk pretty straight.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-27a

“I don’t want you calling yourself a bad penny any more at all.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-27b


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