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n ytii'Vol. 1. ST. OilORQK. UTAH. MAY ia.,3881, No. 15. $-!
It " ' 'THe AMERICAN ROBIN.
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I I ;v From Vick's Monthly Magazine.
t ..Mk. Edxtoh : I think you will allow mc to
thank you forborne interesting1 articles given in
J ( , your Magazjnk on American birds. Much
I . ilcased Was I with your description of the beauti-
' ful Mountain Quails of California-1 as bcautifui
, and, 1 Relieve, as proud as Peacocks.' Since read-
I j ing your description, hich I did a ear or so agO,
I in my quiet home on this side of the stormy At
lantic, I have seen them in t'leir mountain holne,
and, though small, they are the only bird I have
ever seen that can at all rival the English Pheas
v. ant in beauty. , ; '; .; ?
t - r-1 On my first- visit to your country, I exclaimed,
-n sAcn a pfetty,bird among, the Cedars, "What
, 'M iijeauliful Thrush l". "That is i;ot&" ThrUsh,'
Hv a J'.V AMERICAN KOniK.
H 1 f saidiseveraj friends ;y'thiit is wRobin.V ICsWni
I 4;motiotis,:c.; vefe like the Thrush' that I had
Bt . J Abethvftimillar with from boyhood." This led me.
Kl , r J ! toJIlook.up.the question, because the red breast
Wml j . was(all I could see. that a all resembled thd Eng-
Mj lish Robin. I soon, found that I was correct, and
' thatwhat is knoWn.as the American Robin is
Ri really a Thrush. 1 am not surprised, however,
? ' ' tliat at the first settlement of the country, .on see-
B ' i ' ., .ing.its red .breast, so like the breast of the, little
Hi , ' Robin at home, it should be so named. In a
Hi 1 ' strange land, we love anything that reminds us of'
H; . !;.:'homc. I saw a little cottage, in passing through
1 , x ..v . ' : Michigan, on the way to the pacific, that looked so
much like one near my own home, that I felt like
H1 ' ' ! " having the cars stopped and cla'ming the owners
H 1 . of that home as my friends. I really don't know
'Jj but I could have gone so far as, to name them.
Hjj J ' ' Vhe English Rpb.in is a. small bird, uoi larger
Hi vii ithanasparrownhditisa pet; scarcely a boy
H J I would be heartless eliough to injure a. Robin, and
H1 v' r- many crumbs do they get in the winter season,
HLiif v-m even from the poor who have few crumbs 6 spare.
t , The Uttle story of the Robins that coyered the
ffi n tlost.childrcn in the woods with ( leaves, , has , done
" more 'for them, than all the game laws of the world
than your red-breasted species, and has a pretty
spotted breast Instead of a red one, though I no
tice many of the young birds 'in America some,,
of them, at least have spotted breasts. I have
drawings of the Robin, ard also of the English
Thrush, and as ybu doubtless have many of the
American bird, I think that perhaps their publica
tion would be pleasant to your readers, and show
beyond question that thejRobijri of America re
sembles the English Thrush and not the Robin
I have thought of importing a few of the Amer
ican birds, but might make a bad mistake, as the
Americans did in obtaining English S.parrows,
for we have now plenty of (fruit eating birds, and
though they no doubt destroy a. great many insects
and are perhaps a necessary evil, it is auything
but 'pleasant to-lose more than half our Cheiries1,
an'd-tobc compelled to1 cover Strawberry beds
. . ENGLfSll TllRUSll.
JUls .withaiettipg even to secure a quart'or1 two.
heard a good deal of complaint of .destructive
insects in America, but you don't know anything 1
aiut 'our di&cuUics T&Dmk'ojox oft' the
Tita-mcs. V'Vt Hi " tnl
1 a mule Willing tovgoi. ' '
A bad little boy in Portland lit a pack of fire-?
crackers and threw them into .the street, tosee
their' ygb oftV One of Ike Batemnn's mules c"arrie
. along and.swallowed them heibre tbey 'went off.'
The mule walked about fifteen feet and then stop-'
ped. Things, wasn't acting right inside, 'tie be
gan to taste the smoke of the fire-crackers.. He,
laid his left ear around against His ribs and heard
something. It was them fire-crackers'having fuh'.,
The mule, picked out about three mileS and a 'half'
of straight road, and started, A negro met lifm
about a mile the other side of the .alms-house,, go
nig south, white with perspiration,, with streams
of smokc shooting 'out of his nostrils, mou(h, and
cars,, while his 'tail stuck straight'up; and -a' stream
of blue and green smoke about ten feet long" ''fol
lowing in the rear. Ike found his mule, yesterday
morning sticking half way through a: farmhouse
near Palldy'S Run, still smoking. Tie man had
got his faihily out and put 'em up into. fa lot of
treesi Ike liaulcd' his mule homej wh'eri" he jgot
cool enough, on a dray. The man is'' goiuff. ,to,
move his house furtfier back bit" theroad and. his.
wife and oldest daughter wil.be bantizedj when
the water gets warm. Louisville Courier-Journal,
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, j It hasjnizzlcdimany , people, says vc coh'teippora
t-y.itodccide why,the,dark ypod so highly valued
Jfor furniture should be called "Rose Wopd" Its
color certainly docs not look much like a rose;, so
we must seek for some other reason. Upon.ask ,
ing, we are told that Ayhen the tree is first cut -.the
-fresh wood possesses aNrery strong rose-like fra
ETan'ce' hence the narni. There are h'al'f a dozen or
more kinds of rosewood treqs. t The .varieties are' j i
found in South America, and in the East Indies' 'Wi!4
and neighboring islands. Sometimes' the trees '''f
grow-so large that planksr four feet broad and ten '-fM$i'l
feet in length can be cut from thcml Xhoe broad ( . t '.rNw ;S
planks are principally ued. to, .make the tops of , '
piano fortes. When growing in the forests the - !'
rosewood tree is remarkable for its beauty, but ' -'.v
such is its value in manufactures n an ornament- ' ' Lgtfj '
hi ,woOd that some of the forests where it onc wB.'d
grew abundantly now have scarcely st single spec,- W'-
i'rrieh. In Madras thd Government ha I prudently ,
had great plaritalibns st't'6bt,! in order o keep up' (
the supply I .. i h'ni -y. ' ' .-.
HEALTH'S; HOMES FOR ANIMALS. - .
The alarming prevalence of an epizootic alTec- .
tion "among thdhorseit of this country, and the ' ,A
serious amount of sickness that is said to be rag- 0 . , :
ing among-the milch cattle should; bhow to tin:' " f ' f
owners of living beings of an(y sort that man I :
ot the bniy animal that is seitbilive to his own
siurrdundihgs. HorseScattleVh'cel)," jdogs, and- . s
and the higher animals in ycneiuV have vital sys- ' L
t terns exuctl like thost of maii'j and seemingly as- I
sensitive, jtoo. . A doe of any particular no; son i Ji
just as fatal to a large' dog as to a man of similar tm
:yveightjund poisons that are briivitlied ' in iy the - k ?S
lungsof a hpr;;e find their wayjust.a.s'q.iictsU' u " 1 W'M
theTilood Mi they v bulH as if inhare'd bv itiaw. A M
, Womaipr child, whije bud foOil.Si. fust fis mif.- A $
chievous in its affo is ..'ni u.eheaUh ,of '.rnii. ai 1-' f
asofhutiians. The' itm.u-;.brs(ah'.vis'aid .sl-v'.-ss tJ
.need. .liRhi. and .Ventilation fuU' 'a much :.t, t'.ic HI
denir.ciiu of our hv.ndaomest houses?. And vet w
tiousuVls.-Xf horses, upon wfiOc'tv.oVl? men ,'.v. W
families depend for. their livelihood-, are stub .u m W
cloke, darlt filthy encloWes;,'vluleV.ut.,oivvhjfc
1 li I homiands at" children ar.of partners in Uu s 'rfjf
most 1iter.it sense, lure tar yv.orse.iuaU thai. ie.r- JBr
tain.'itto health It ir believed by manV V.n el'ni nit- ,Jp
jsi.vexs that :inin?a)rf,af v.aeniiyi; a.wT't-;) uuii
'to malarious influences-; certun it is th.t in n:i- 1
;.lnr,ious regions the hbr.ses'aiih''SS;vttle :'dn' uJivays ;,, 'i'' W
I thin, ouy and, spiritless, Enidemjc diseases that m
iife hot' infectious never appear vfthont good -, ml
,re:isoi, and the, frequency with Which they affect
animals shoulil mfoi in pyncit, of; Hying- property
that it is expens't ve as well as s'tutlicl it ,iv Uu-
proper food and -unclean housing J-rllomc .ud Sm
SOOWNO'CF OOTTINQ8. 9
(prom yick's .jMt.nth'y Maaine.) '' ". M
The rooting oJ slips I haye fojuid'.-yery ?s.y ,; '
.matter hi a double pot. 1 take an. eighttinrh pot, .
cork lip the bottom hole, und ent into.it enough ' .
'clean siind to raise the toji iVfa' four im.h pot t - '
the height of ' the feiht inclippot Kvhen ,,I.,Ced , , ' ' : g
theicin. litljen place the iblir iuVh;)ot irt the cen- . m
ter without, corkihg, fill around it with sand, place ' 4
it iH a warm, sunny position, arid fill with water m
by pouring into'the small pot. Slips placed in the '
j sand near the. outer pot will rbot rapidly if kept . j
warm and planty of wcr is keptin the 'pot. In l ;1
the summer I place( the pots on a, fence irjthe hot- .
test place I can find, and in, winter in a south win- W
aow oPa, warnl room; As soon aroocdhe slips 1
must be tfahsfcrred to goo8 soil. T 'haye never 1
found any trouble irj:roiting anythihg'Vn'this way. , ' . J 1
G. E. C. St. JLoui,J Mo. V 1