a Birds! The island is covered with them. Ita s their resting place after weary ocean flights. Ita s two miles long and half a mile wide and the Laysan albatross go there by the hundreds of thousands at nesting time. They are queer birds and carry on just like human beings, with a grotesque dance. I call it the a Albatross Waddlea and think it may become popular some day, as ita s something like the a Turkey Trot.a a
It seems that four years ago a Honolulu man fitted out an expedition and sailed for Laysan Island with twenty-three Japanese employes. On learning of the expedition the United States Government dispatched the revenue cutter Thetis and arrested all of the men. They had butchered 300,000 birds, however, before the arrival of the cutter. The albatross is the largest of sea birds and gathers all its food from the surface of the water, seizing, with its big bill, fishes, smaller birds and the refuse thrown from ships. These birds have great power of flight and follow ships for days at a time. Superstitious sailors believe that the killing of an albatross is always followed
ALBATROSS ON LAYSAN ISLAND.