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March 28, 1936
Kittens See State First

Los Angeles Times
Herbert Nash, second officer on the Dollar liner President Cleveland, which arrives in Los Angeles Harbor from New York, dismisses the old tale of cats being bad luck at sea. Nash's sea cat “Spray” gave birth to eight kittens in Panama who later opened their eyes in California. Spray comes from a family of sea cats and is senior cat in the Dollar service. Spray’s mother also roamed the world on boats, and perished two winters ago; her father has now retired to a warehouse in San Francisco, and Spray often brings her father rats when they visit. “Spray prefers the round-the-world ships,” explains Nash, “as they afford a wider variety of rats.” If she likes the boat, “she purrs in the officers mess room to get signed on.”

November 16, 1937
Dog Nurses Motherless Kittens

Los Angeles Times
Mrs. Wilton Citty of 1237 Alvira Street is the guardian of a 5-year-old toy bulldog named Molly, who recently became a mother. Observes the Times: “But it’s no squirming litter of puppies that Molly mothers and nurses, the object of her affections, odd as it may seem, is a furry, playful, 2 week old kitten named bubbles.” [is the quote correct? It’s a run-on sentence.] Molly teaches the kitten "manners" and nurses Bubbles daily, and Bubbles plays lovingly with her Molly.

April 25, 1937
TOM The CAT

Los Angeles Times
Tom-the-Cat is the name given to the kitten of the man who operates “the flight” (now known as Angel's Flight), the oldest and shortest funicular [in what? LA? The world?], an inclined plane of two little cars on cables that brings people from Broadway to their Bunker Hill homes. Tom-the-Cat is widely known and cared for on "the hill," where he is locally known as a tiger because of his strong muscles and for being a great hunter of blackbirds. Timothy G. Turner reports: "If you pick him up he feels like a bundle of limp muscles made of woven steel wires, encased in a sack of striped velvet." Tom falls in love and brings a mother cat and three kittens to the office. However, one day, after hunting, and finding food for his kittens, Tom-the-Cat never returns. The man’s spouse cares for the kittens. Tom-the-Cat's legend as the hunter is shared by neighbors and he is lovingly remembered as "the mooch."

April 1, 1939
Mother Cat Moves Her Kittens and Union Station Job Goes On

Los Angeles Times
The scheduled grand opening of the Los Angeles $11,000,000 new Union Station continues after Boots, a young alley cat, and her boyfriend Butch move their family out of the air conditioning vent. Boots is a gentle cat who grows on the work crew who are scheduled to finish and seal up the vent on Aliso and Alameda streets. One day Boots disappears into the air-conditioning system, and workers hear faint meowing. They wait until, according to the Los Angeles Times, "proudly Boots carried them [the kittens], one at a time, tenderly in her jaws to a luxurious new home in another part of the building."

 
 
 
 
 
 
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