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Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 14:42:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: What abos?

--- Tony Ellis  wrote:

> >Also, if you accept Mrs. Blount's statement, there was contact with
> >the abos after the war and no reason for any records of that to be
> >lost.
> If you accept Madame Blount's statement, after the war the abos were (a)
> thought of as "animals shaped like people", (b) shot with impunity, and
> (c)
> disposed of after shooting. That's about as far away from making records
> as you can get.

Well, thanks to Robert Borski, it's settled now, and you were right.
(Despite the discrepancies Adam Stephanides pointed out, I'd take
Wolfe's remark as showing that there were intelligent beings on 
Sainte Anne when the French landed.)

The above is an interesting issue, though.  Your (a) and (b) are
totally consistent with records--that's how there are stuffed
specimens of animals in museums, of which Sainte Croix has one.
The question is why there aren't abo specimens in the museum.  Maybe
it's because of the point made by Roy Trenchard in the interview
you quoted, which as people have noted echoes something David says:
the people of Sainte-Sainte don't *really* think of the abos as
animals, or at least they're aware that some authority might force
them to stop doing so, so they don't want any evidence of killing

Jerry Friedman

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