Pood for Thought
On May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of this year, the National
Conference on Outdoor Recreation was held in Washington, D, C.
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, chairman, in opening the, great conference, said: "Wo are mot hero today at the call of President
Coolodge, as I see it, to endeavor to aid in preserving for the
people of our country that which made our national character -
our out-of-doors.... Because of its far-reaching effect, every
one of the organizations today included in this hall, and
thousands of others in this country, are primarily interested
in the problems we have got before us. Above all, it is the
concern of any and all organizations or individuals who are
working for Americanism, in the highest sense' of the term."
One hundred and twenty-eight organizations throughout' the
country were represented by four hundred and nineteen authorized
delegates. Among all these representatives, there was only
ONE person giving Texas as his home state, and there was not
a single organization specifically Texan represented in the
Whole great assembly. It was decided to select a committee
of seventy leaders in all outdoor activities, to act as an advisory counoil in the forming of a permanent organization.
Sixty members were nominated by the oonference, and here again
Texas was conspicuously absent from the list. In fact, the-
entire South took a very negligible part in this important
Our next outdoor observation tour is sot for Sunday
afternoon, October 5th. We will study the work of Autumn's
paint brush upon flowers and foliage, and find out what feathered tourists from the North are visiting here with our own interesting avian population.
Don't hold back, but come on out and drink in th- aroma
of the pines, hear the Pall overture of the woodland orchestra
and see the dogwood in its October array, almost as beautiful
as its Springtime bridal veil of white.
The American Holly
The situation in regard to our native holly is now such
that there are only two choices open to the American people:
We can either stop immediately all use of it in Christmas
decorations, and thus save it for all time, or we oan continue
using it for two or throe years longer, and then be forced
to discontinue its use because of its complete extinction.
The holly is disappearing, not because of any lack of
appreciation for its beauty and symbolism, but simply because
its all too numerous friends do not understand the situation
that has been brought about by' their unthinking enthusiasm in
gathering Yuletide evergreens.
It is the duty of those who know the facts to present
them to the general public, and to present them so clearly and
persistently that no one can claim ignort-nce as an excuse for
further vandalism. T~is is the purpose of the Outdoor Nature
Club's holly campaign, in which other societies through America
will be asked to cooperate.
The state tree of Texas is the pecan, and the bliiebonnet
is our state flower, but up to the present time, we have not
chosen a state bird. We have a most amazing variety to choose
from, but our Dixie troubadour should "be the final choice. He
is a friendly fellow, a good fighter when the occasion arises,
a world-famed, singer, and he is garbed in the soft gray so dear;
to the memories of the South.