This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The New York Sun tells us that another attempt to introduce the English sky-lark is to be made near New York. Many have been tried during the last fifty years and failed. No one seems to reflect on how these poor birds are to get through a North American winter. Even the English sparrow, with all its hardihood in flocking around dwellings for food, had a hard time this year. Around Philadelphia thousands died. For a time it was doubtful whether all had not been destroyed in Germantown, but enough seem to have got through to start the race again. With field birds total annihilation would have resulted.