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Monthly Bulletin,of the. Outdoor Nature. Club, of Houston, Texas-
Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
Let fortune's -bubbles rise and fall;
Who sows a field, or trains a flower,
Or plants a tree is more than all.
• — Y/hittier.
The close approach of Christmas brings to public attention
a phase of the great conservation movement that has received, in
recent years, more and more thought by organizations Interested, in
the. preservation of America's valuable resources of the wild.
Since its formation, the Outdoor Nature Club has joined heartily in
the effort to arouse popular interest in the conservation of our
decorative evergreens. In doing this, the club has carefully
avoided the position of favoring the passage of restrictive legislation not demanded by general public sentiment.
Knowing that the holly tree, which occupies a unique position in the affections of the people because of its beauty and
symbolism, was rapidly disappearing, and feeling that general ~~irj
knowledge of this fact was all that was necessary to insure proper
provision for its preservation, the Outdoor Nature Club has confined its efforts to pointing out the value of the holly as a
feature of our scenery, proving that its continued general use
meant eventual extermination, and asking nature lovers everywhere
to join us in voluntarily giving up the use of holly and using substitutes for Yuletide- decorations. There has been no attempt to
make this a "reform" 'movement, "no-"thought of forcing our plan upon
anyone not in sympathy with it.
We cannot Claim to be entirely unselfish in our motives, for
the disappearance of the holly from every spot within reach of the
club's outings would leave a vacancy like the absence of an old
friend from his customary place at the table, but the Outdoor Nature.
Club plans to have its own forest sanctuary, where holly trees, un-
scarred and symmetrical, will share the guarded ground with other
native trees, and the disappearance of this lovely evergreen from
the woodlands about Houston would viork less hardship upon our members than upon the general public, whose eyes will long in vain for
the sight of the holly's rich foliage, among the barren woods long
after their hands have lost the Itch Bo ply ax and saw.
Friends, ten years from now - probably much less - you, or
your children, will be using artificial wreaths and sprays in the
window and above the mantelpiece, for the real holly will be so
rare as to be unobtainable. Is it not the sensible thing to begin
using those substitutes now, and keep the American holly as a cherished part of our Southern scenery, as it has been through the
years gone by? If you agree, then invest a small sum in one or
more of the attractive manufactured wreaths on sale in many of the
downtown stores; put your decorations up early, so that your friends
and neighbors may see; and then, when Christmas comes, get into your
car and d rive far out to where the birds are singing their Christmas carols among the glossy leaves and ruby berries of your own
Chuistmas gift to posterity. Merry Christmas!
Once again the American Tree Association has come, to the
rescue of our time-honored Christmas tree by announcing that the. .
general use of young firs, spruces and pines, obtained properly,
will not be contrary to the important principle of forest conservation. This good news comes in a special circular of the association which is so well written that we hope it will result in a
broader spirit of responsible 'and provident enjoyment, rather than
furnish justification for further extravagance and thoughtless vandalism. r-if^-J