5 JUNE 1920, Page 14


SIR,—In your article on " Thanks " in the Spectator of May 29th the writers says: " No animal stops to say Thank you." I have, however, known one animal who did. Our Angora cat, about whom I have written before, had the prettiest way of express- ing thanks for her food, which we always called " saying grace." When a tempting meal was put before her—which, by the way, had to be nicely served on a clean plate or she would not look at it—before beginning she raised her head and gazed gratefully at the donor with her large expressive blue eyes, and if the food were fish or anything specially delicious the gaze was longer, the remarkable thing being that however hungry she was she never forgot this silent grace —I am, Sir, &c.,