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The craftsman
Volume XXX, Number 2 (May 1916)

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Page 221


ble, is too complicated to be ex;
..tained. Some species of birds, ,
,-noticed in field and wood, may
'-in check some insect, as no c
could hold it. But enemies of ti
birds increasing, cats for instan
nesting sites decreasing, causing
the birds, their insect food won
in geometric ratio, and they wo
pests to plague us. Far-reachi
cations may yet ensue of an
yet unsuspected. A seemingly u
'species, or one regarded as ha
yet have some indispensable p
balance.
   Robins come first into our
 beautiful hard working, leaving
 to remind us of them in winter
 did not, along with crows and
 the grubs to check May beetl
 stance, farmers might find their
 off just above the roots, long b
 could make hay of it. Bluebir
 considered as useful as robins.
 sideration of their sweet voices
 way of taking our bird boxes for
 may rank them as excellent.
 nest boxes, too, tree swallows a
 in favor and their continuous per
 among the insects at dizzy heigh
 of great value. Mr. Bannister
 Orchard had eight pairs takin1
 boxes in one house lot one year.
 orioles are noted for breaking
 tents of tent caterpillars, and
 more of them it would be far be
 let tanagers, with colors to caus
 whenever seen, are more numerot
 ful than we think, unless we c
 guish their notes among the
 which they like for great varie
 sects therein found. Flickers, alt
 furnished with all the woodwor
 of the typical woodpeckers, turn
 their excavating ability to makin
 ant hills. They are needed in 4
 know where not much grows but
 immense ant hills.
   But much more credit ought t
 to the special "guardians of the tr
 common downy woodpecker has
 constructed that no concussion ol
 affects him when he strikes into I
 or soft, while a tongue with bar
 backward is to thrust forward
 reaches the door of his borer
 draws it forth. The larger ha
 pecker can do larger work, and
BOOK REVIEWS
actly ascer- can be thrust forward nearly two inches be-
vorking un-  yond his bill, after those worms. Chick-a-
be holding   dees rank high, like downy and hairy, being
ther check   always here, eating in winter tiniest eggs
hese certain and dissecting large insects in summer,
ice, or safe with their feet to aid. Of the twenty-five
decrease of  species of warblers which "may be confi-
Id increase  dently looked for every spring," we might
uld become   choose one of the commonest summer resi-
ng compli-   dent warblers, the redstart, with apologies
importance   for not putting all of them into our list.
Lnimportant Then one bird must go in which goes up
rmful may    and down and sideways on tree trunks and
art in the   limbs, the white breasted nuthatch.  This
             list is of value only if some one who reads
minds, big, it will follow a suggestion to use the subject
  big nests  for essays in schools or granges, with "Use-
    If they  ful Birds and Their Protection" for refer-
others, eat  ence.-From the Springfield Republican.
es, for in-
grass bitten BOOK     REVIEWS
efore they
ds are not
But in con-
s and dear
homes, we
For taking
re growing
rformances
.ts must be
of Indian
g his nest
naltmore     THE FLOWER ART OF JAPAN: BY
  into the
if we had    MARY AVERILL
tter. Scar-  r     HE pen and ink sketches in the arti-
e a thrill, * cle on "The Japanese Print as a Re-
us and use-  T      former: Its Power to Influence
an distin-          Home Decoration," published in
oak trees, the body of this number of THE CRAFTS-
ties of in-  MAN, are reproductions by courtesy of John
though not   Lane Co. from this delightful book.
-king tools    Miss Averill, in "Japanese Flower Ar-
  some of    rangement," published a few years ago,
g havoc in   aroused so great an interest in the symbolic
one field I  significance of flower groupings as practised
sumac and  in Japan that she has prepared this wider
             study of the same subject dealing more
o be given   thoroughly with the different schools. This
rees." The  later book is the result of a second visit to
a head so   Japan for a special course of study of
the brain flower art. The book is fascinatingly and
hard wood   liberally illustrated with pen and ink
bs pointed  sketches showing finished arrangements
when he     and working details for making each one.
insect, and  (Published by John Lane Co., New York
iry wood-   and London. 129 illustrations. 216 pages.
his tongue  Price $1.5o net.)


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