Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cortland Babies Swap -- Black Sheep Sunday

.........from the pages of Cortland, Cortland Co., New York Newspaper "Post Standard" Aug 7, 1909

                     CORTLAND BABIES SWAP TOT SISTER FOR YELLOW CAT

Mother Finds Little Trader Caring Well for His Adopted Sister..... special to the Post Standard /1909

Cortland, Aug 7, An amusing story of a 'swap' between juveniles of a neighboring village is told here. Two brothers, 4 & 6 years of age, traded their baby sister to another 6 year old boy for the latter's yellow cat.

The deal had been discussed for several weeks between the three lads. Yesterday the brothers were detailed to entertain the baby sister by wheeling her in the baby carriage. The time for perfecting the negotiations seemed ripe, and the baby and carriage were left with the former owner of the cat. The two marched home in triumph with their new yellow acquistion.

A hurry trip on the part of the mother of the baby was made to the other end of the village, where the little boy 'owner' was found giving the adopted baby sister the best of care. The foster brother argued that the birthday of the baby and his own were identical and that establised his right of ownership.



Corrections and to clarify-----
neighboring village is Dryden, Tompkins, New York...........

Mable (Bristol) LITTLE / MOTHER OF BABY

Gladys LITTLE / BABY SISTER TRADED

KENNETH 5 AND HAROLD 2 1/2  / TRADED BABY SISTER FOR CAT (NOT 6&4)

PERCY HILES/ BOY WHO OWNED THE CAT (HE WAS 10yr  not 6)

Posting and laughing all the way through at my first cousin twice removed Mabel Bristol Little and her only daughter at that time, and her two sons.    Percy Hiles was not related. ----                        Sandra Gardner Benward

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