Notes and News.
Dr, J. J, Crumley, of the Department of Forestry, Ohio
State Agricultural Experiment Station, recently gave a lecture
before the Wild Flower Preservation Society of America, Cincinnati
Chapter, in which he told how the State of Ohio is now selecting
and purchasing beautiful and rugged spots within its borders for
what are to be known as "Forest Parks". Only a short time ago,
the Legislature of the State of Texas, in the name of economy,
refused to accept as gifts hundreds of acres of picturesque
scenery and natural-grandeur. Let us hope that posterity, in
going over the records, will be generous in judging the value of
our methods of economizing!
One of the most convincing and scholarly papers ever
presented before the Outdoor Nature Club was that read by Dr. A.J,
James at the annual meeting, on May 15th, the title of which was:
"Evidences of Purposefulness shown in the Genesis of the World".
Herds of reindeer in Alaska are now worth $1,550,000.00
more than the United States paid to Russia in 1867 for the entire
territory, according to official figures reported to the Secretary
of the Interior.
The pecan was named the state tree of Texas by the Thlrty-
Thirty-sixth Session of the State Legislature, the act becoming
effective March 20th, 1919.-
John Philip Sousa, beloved band leader, is a lover of
nature, and the grounds about his beautiful home are made merry
by the music of many birds.
The Zephyr is glad to record the names of four young
people of Houston who received honorable.mention for their fine
work in the Junior Wild Life Conservation Campaign conducted by
Holland's Magazine last, fall and' winter:
The Public Library has just received two new sets of
natural histories which all members of the Outdoor Nature Club
will find of great Interest: Wild Life of the World, by Richard
Lydekker, three volumes; and The Royal Natural History, by the
same author. The first mentioned is a general natural history,
popular in style, and deals with every kind of animal life in all
aspects throughout the world. The six volume set is a reference
work of the highest value. It covers the whole range of the
animal kingdom, and is fully and beautifully Illustrated.
A few of the other interesting nature books in the
Public Library are listed below:
A Game Ranger's Notebook, by Percival. Mr. Percival
writes about all the most important species of African big game,
describing his experiences of thirty years in the veldts and
jungles of the so-called "dark continent".
In Brightest Africa, by Carl E. Akeley. This is a
book of absorbing interest by a scientist and lover of wild life
who has done much in the development of the art of taxidermy.
Mr. Akeley tells of his experiences among the gorillas, those
much maligned manlike anthropoids, of the charge of an infuriated
elephant, of a bare-handed contest with a leopard, and many other
equally interesting adventures.
Haunts of Life, by J. A. Thomson. Modern biology popularized, without the loss of scientific accuracy, into an entertaining account of the wonders of the sea and shore, opening a new
world to the non-scientific reader and filling it with the marvels
of strange forms of life.
Caterpillars and Their Moths, by Ida M. Eliot and C. G.
Soule. Interesting information for tho beginner in this important
branch of entomology.
Loss than two hundred copies of _he Zephyr are run off
monthly, so each copy must do double work. When you havo road
your copy, keep it in circulation by handing-it to an interested
friend or mailing it to an acquaintance in some other city.