“Well, I think we will have a rather late spring. You see there is a new kind of bird which has come into our section of country, a very rare bird. I don’t know what the bird is good for, nor do I know where it came from. I don’t think they are fit for anything, though I see quite a number of them here in Washington. The majority of them here and all in our section are young birds, though I see some old ones here. I saw an old one at the theatre last night.”
“Ford’s. He occupied a front seat, and seemed to take a great deal of interest in the crowd. He had a very large pair of opera-glasses, and was continually bouncing up and down looking at the vast assemblage of people in the theatre.”
Now, the Critic would like for you to explain what use a bird has for opera-glasses.”
Lord bless your soul, this bird that I have been talking about is a dude, and I tell you they are getting to be a little too numerous in this section for the good of society. They are a little too fresh. We must do something to get them out of the country or they will ruin it.”
Evening Critic (Washington DC), April 17 1883, page 2.