On Women Who Wear Birds as Hat Decorations
Early Texas iconoclast William Cowper Brann employing his typical articulate savagery to denounce women wearing birds as hat decorations:
"The woman who will sacrifice a songster [bird] on the altar of her vanity is wholly devoid of sentiment. There's no more music in her soul than in a ham sandwich, less poetry in her life than can be found in a horned frog. A bird on the bonnet means that the woman beneath it would embalm her baby and wear it as a brooch if Dame Fashion decreed it. A wise husband would hesitate to insure his life in favor of such a woman, for she'd pour hot lead in his ear or dope his dinner to secure the price of a new dress."
------ William Cooper Brann, The Iconoclast, 1897
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.