F. L., Cincinnati, O., writes: "Will you please answer in the Gardener's Monthly, briefly, whether the English sparrow is graminivorous or insectivorous? So much is said in the papers on either side that one knows not what to believe." [Briefly - both. - Ed. G. M].

It is a remarkable fact that although the English sparrow has been the companion of cultivators for centuries, the agricultural and horticultural papers of that country are discussing as warmly as we are whether he is more friend than foe. If they don't know, we may as well give it up.