Tuesday, June 12, 2012
"She would sit for hours caressing the chicken, which grew into a sleek and pretty rooster as ever lived, and which formed an affection for its mistress truly wonderful. And thus the pair lived until three weeks ago when the chicken was killed by a dog. Since that time the girl grew languid, nervous, and disheartened, and finally last week she died with a broken heart." - from "Girl Dies Of Broken Heart After Pet Chicken Is Killed," La Crosse Democrat (August 22, 1864).