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Bixxy and the Secret Message

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   Author:  Louis Slobodkin
Copyright Date:  1949
Publisher:  Macmillan
Pagination:  94 p.

     There are many ways of sending messages from one person to another. Most of the time people write letters beginning with “Dear Sir, or Dear Madam ...” Or they send telegrams or they telephone or they send messages by radio. But one of the oldest ways of sending messages is with pigeons! These pigeons are called carrier pigeons and they are trained to carry little letters all rolled up in little metal tubes that are attached to their legs.
     Bixxy was a carrier pigeon. He carried messages from one United States Army camp in New Jersey to another on Long Island. He was a regular member of the Pigeon Section of the Signal Corps, U.S.A. This pigeon, although he did not know it, may have helped to prevent a war! And it may be—because of Bixxy’s bravery—you are eating cinnamon buns (if you like cinnamon buns) right now! This is how it all happened. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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