The book was written by a Boston physician, Arthur C. Peirce, recounting his experiences and misadventures on a five-month bird collecting trip in 1887 in the Coastal Bend.
Peirce was guided by an experienced birder, John Marion Priour, of Corpus Christi and accompanied by Priour’s inept hunting dog, Absalomn. Peirce was a great storyteller, in the tradition of Mark Twain.
His book is prized, not only for its humor, but also for Peirce’s account of the primitive countryside outside Corpus Christi in the 1880s.
One incident involved Absalom being “sicced” on a skunk outside the tent one night. The two gentlemen emerged from the tent with Absalom howling in pain as the skunk bit into his ear. It took Priour’s gun to even the match. The next night Absalom decided to “guard” the wagon, not the tent.
“A Man from Corpus Christi” was recently reprinted by Copano Bay Press. Maloney will have copies with him for sale.
The Bayside Community Center is at 909 First Street in Bayside. This meeting is open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.
Call 361-529-8944 for more information or directions.