Mr. Editor, - Rhode Island is one of the breeding-places of the robin, and so numerous are they here, that we are obliged to cover our cherry trees and raspberry bushes with nets, if we expect any fruit My own lawn is very frequently mowed; this gives the birds a fine opportunity to procure the earth-worms, which in moist mornings come near the surface. I have counted twenty pairs following the lawn-mower; and this morning was witness to a contest which gave great delight to my little children. A robin had seized an old worm which had the proportions almost of a snake, and found him disposed for battle. The bird, however, was determined on conquest, and at it they went; we witnessed at least twenty hard tugs both ways; one moment the head of the robin was depressed to the level of the cut grass; again up it went, then again down, and the see-saw was becoming deeply interesting; at every tug a portion of the worm was seen and then lost to view. At length the worm parted, and the robin flew off, no doubt delighted to be released from a drawn battle field.

We ran to the spot, made a cut with a spade, and withdrew the remaining portion of the enormous worm from the earth, severed probably amidships, or in a state the sailors call half-and-half. Clio.