This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
An English paper thinks Englishmen degenerate when they come to this country, and supposes the English sparrow does, if it is as bad as some American newspapers represent. But American newspapers are somewhat like English papers, in this, that they sometimes make a great story out of slender materials. This has been especially marked in articles on the English sparrow. It will eat bread, grain, bugs, caterpillars, buds, and other things indiscriminately rather than starve. It would live in a city, and get what it can from the streets in preference to any other mode of life. But when it is pressed it will go to the grain fields, or if these are not at hand perchance the fruit bushes. It is on the whole a very good bird; but it is by no means an unmixed blessing. How much of good or bad it has in its nature will depend on what the writer whoever he may be, saw just before he took up his pen to write. Just as we write, we see one running away with a " nasty black beetle;" and once while we were writing last Winter, when the snow was on the ground, we saw one trying to make a dinner off of the leaf buds of a Norway spruce. But we do not know that the tree is any the worse for it now, but we are glad the beetle has been devoured.
It might have been a harmless one, but we did not like its looks.