A Nearly white sparrow has been shot at Pattingham, near Wolverhampton. The bird was slightly streaked with brown, but the white preponderated.
London Journal, 29 December 1883
Editor’s Note: Good grief! How have I hitherto missed the fact that an event of this magnitude has occurred? I have never seen cutting-edge reportage of this calibre in all my born days. Spread the astounding news, one and all – the WHITE PREPONDERATED. I am struck down with awe.
London Journal, how can you live with yourself, having been so concise ‘pon a matter of such import? The country waits with bated breath for every detail of this emperor among avians. WHATEVER NEXT?