These are the ideas that I have aimed to set forth in this tale.
1st. That although an animal is much helped by its mother’s teaching, it owes still more to the
racial teaching, which is instinct, and can make a success of life without its mothers guidance, if
only it can live through the dangerous time of infancy and early life.
2d. Animals often are tempted into immorality—by which I mean, any habit or practice that
would in its final working, tend to destroy the race. Nature has rigorous ways of dealing with
3d. Animals, like ourselves, must maintain[vi] ceaseless war against insect parasites—or
4th. In the nut forests of America, practically every tree was planted by the Graysquirrel, or
its kin. No squirrels, no nut-trees.
These are the motive thoughts behind my woodland novel. I hope I have presented them
convincingly; if not, I hope at least you have been entertained by the romance.
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