100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

Au­gust 4, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

WHEN sow­ing seeds of hardy an­nu­als I nat­u­rally marked the po­si­tion by writ­ing the names of the plants on pa­per and fixed this in a cleft stick which was in­serted in the ground. To my as­ton­ish­ment, all of these dis­ap­peared one by one and I could not find out the cul­prit. At last I saw a black­bird top­ping the high wall with a piece of pa­per flut­ter­ing from her beak. I sought out her nest and found that the foun­da­tion of the nest was com­posed of grass plen­ti­fully in­ter­wo­ven with my strips of pa­per and name la­bels. —H. Thoburn-clarke

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