April 1, 1916

Independence Man Misses Their Deep Bass Voice Evenings

A legislative act to protect bullfrogs similar to the manner in which fish and game are protected in Missouri was suggested in Independence yesterday by Thomas R. Hudspeth, widely known Jackson county raiser of  fox hounds. Mr. Hudspeth says he misses the deep bass of the bullfrog's voice, which sang of evenings at the edge of the ponds to the land toad's tenor and the baritone of youthful bullfrogs, which croaked on the creek banks making harmony with the falsetto of the tree toad and the treble notes of the beetle.

"We still have the land toad, the tree toad, the beetle and other evening warblers," said Mr. Hudspeth, "but I miss the resonant bass of the big throated bullfrog.  Why, when I was a boy roaming over the  hills and hollows of Jackson county bullfrogs were as numerous as locusts in Egypt. I never hear one any more and I understand that to appease the palate of the idle rich, who 'fawncy'  the taste of the larger extremities of this once plentiful amphibious quadruped, bullfrog farms have been established to keep big hotels supplied with this delicacy.  And I can remember wehn the people thought no more of eating frogs legs than they did of consuming lizards' eyebrows fried in butter.

"We should have an investigation of this bullfrog question and I think some of those legislators who introduce bills to require chickens to roost at home, requiring women to wear corks on their hat pins and to use at least eight yards of material in their skirts and wear them long, would do the state a service if they would introduce a bullfrog protection bill in Missouri."