Yes, boys and girls, it looks like Mark Trail is going off on another adventure! (How does this hard-working man every have time to Enjoy Nature?) It might be right here in Lost Forest as an ol’ friend, Doctor Thrasher, has a personal problem with his “son John.”
I think the Comics Curmudgeon‘s contributor Karmann is closer to the mark:
I think so, too:
Dolly goes on and on about how she can identify a cardinal (the bird) by its “hairdo.” What she doesn’t know, and likely never will, is that the term cardinal was first used for those officials of the Roman Catholic Church, those who elect the Pope — the bird wasn’t named such until the 17th C, because its color, not its “hairdo,” was reminiscent of the color of the robes that cardinals wear.
Once again, Family Circle wanders aimlessly into the realm of theology, leaving a greasy, dotted line behind it. Time to fight fire and brimstone with…um…snark!