100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

July 7, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

LET us pity the poor birds in St. James’s Park! They used to be pet­ted and pam­pered till they were plump and fear­less by the lit­tle boys and girls who saved a part of their lunch that they might feed them with crumbs. But a stern Food De­part­ment have given warn­ing that this is a crime. It ren­ders ‘the per­son or per­sons of­fend­ing li­able to im­pris­on­ment for six months, with or with­out hard labour, or a fine not ex­ceed­ing £100’. But should we re­ally pity the birds? Con­sid­er­ing the amount of in­di­ges­tion, net­tlerash, rheuma­tism and other ills that have been in­curred by eat­ing war bread, may they not count them­selves happy to es­cape it?

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