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Title: Harper’s Young People, February 3, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly Author: Various Release Date: March 16, 2009 [EBook #28344] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HARPER’S YOUNG PEOPLE, FEB 3, 1880 *** Produced by Annie McGuire [Illustration: HARPER’S YOUNG PEOPLE AN ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY.] * * * * * VOL.
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PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK.
PRICE FOUR CENTS. Tuesday, February 3, 1880.
Copyright, 1880, by HARPER & BROTHERS.
$1.50 per Year, in Advance. * * * * * [Illustration: FEEDING THE SPARROWS.] THE HOUSE-SPARROW. The English house-sparrow, a pert, daring little bird, which is seen in crowds in almost all cities of the Northern United States, was first brought to this country about twenty years ago.
It is said the first specimens were liberated in Portland, Maine, where they immediately made themselves at home, and began nest-building and worm-catching as eagerly as when in their native air.
Others were soon brought to New York city, and set free in the parks.
At that time New York, Brooklyn, and other cities were suffering from a terrible visitor, the loathsome measuring-worm, which made its appearance just as the trees had become lovely with fresh spring green.
It infested the streets in armies, hung in horrible webs and festoons from the branches of the shade trees, and Wed Apr 05 01:17:40 2017 2 ruined the beauty and comfort of the city during the pleasantest season of the whole year.
About the first of July, when the worm finished its work, the trees appeared stripped and bare, as if scathed by fire, and a second b...





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