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IN view of the approaching summer, we would like to ask, Why can we not have some English sparrows in our yard, to guard against the depredations of the worms? It is true that the trees have been surrounded with tarred paper, and we earnestly hope it will serve as a protection; yet, why not take all possible precautions, especially when the sparrows are such an easy acquisition? Last year the few robins in the yard did their duty for a while, but eventually grew so fat that they could compete in size with an ordinary pigeon, and could scarcely reach the tops of the trees. Though Boston has lost its Granary Elms, let Harvard still retain the beautiful foliage of its college elms, and afford some material for the sentimentalists of the University.

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