Text Book on Taxidermy
By T. J. McConnaughay
By way of
explaining the dual character of this little book, we
here indulge a few brief introductory remarks.
is designed simply as a manual of instruction for
barbers, and we hope it will, in a valuable measure,
supply a long felt need. It will prove especially
beneficial to the younger and less experienced members
of our craft.
artisans and artists admit they owe much to the
accumulated knowledge and experience of both their
predecessors and their contemporaries. Indeed, to assert
any claim to advanced knowledge and skill, without due
acknowledgements for the help received from others would
savor of an inexcusable egotism. The man who professes
4to be a self-made man is always notorious for
worshiping his maker.
of course, always put our own impress upon all our work.
Our observations on the methods of others should
supplement but not supplant our own originality and our
own reason. A noted artist when asked how he mixed his
paints to achieve such wonderful results, replied: “I
mix them with brains.”
So must we
use our own brains as well as the brains of others, if
we would succeed in this day of rapid improvements and