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THE ROOK AND THE SPARROW. TO THE EDITOR. Bir,-Tht,se birds were spec-ally notified in your "Natural History Notes" in last Wednesday's "Courant," and the subject was cleverly and thoughtfully written by your correspondent "T. A. C." From these notes I gather the rook and sparrow are now in imminent danger, pos- sibly, by the decision of the Cheshire Chamber of Agriculture. Suoh being the case, may I bo Krnutted to lay before you that which has been d before the Royal Society for the Protecttlon of Birds? In Hungary this subject is under -State encouragement. In consequence, the sub- ject of the rook has been brought in question, and Dr. Otto Herman states that, after many ex- periments, it was proved that the bird destroys countless insect pests in the autumn and early spring, when most of the other insectivorous birds are in their winter quarters, and "only" pulls up green stuff that has been attacked by injurious larvae, i.e., it only pulled up the green stuff be- cause it knew that the plant wa,s being eaten by, say, the wireworm, et.c. Captain Htittori. presi- dent of the Australian Ornithologists* Union, writes (June, 1905), from the Museum, â Christ- church, New Zealand':â"A few years ago the horse bot-fly was introduced into New Zealand, supposed to have been brought by a troop of cir- ous horsas from California." However this may be, it (the bot-fly) spread rapidly, and caused the death of so many horses that the farmersin New Zealand were in great alarm. But the despised Bparrow took the matter in hand. It settled upon the horse-droppings, devoured the maggots, and â¢has now, I believe, reducted the pest to quite moderate dimensions." Let not the farmers shoot or kill their friends by mistake for their foes. A great- late French ornithologist brought up a case, thusâA man shot an owl ignoirantly, sup- posing it wae carrying away his pigeons. To make sure, as he thought, he went up to its nest, but instead of finding a dead pigeon, to his re- gret, he found' a dead rat. So that he really had killed his benefactor instead of the culprit. May the farmers avoid a like mistake.âI am, sir, etc., W. H. BRADFORD. Tuebrook, Liverpool, Nov. 10, 1905. --+-- no

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