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attitude was from that of some attendants in and there, amid the sellers of fruit, cheese, some stores not far from Broadway. And vegetables, and notions of a decidedly French then the hotel ! Madame, our landlady, was flavor, and all seemingly delectable. And greatly interested in her guests, and mani- the polite venders of these good things did festly pleased that Albi's attractions had not even smile at the eagerness of the apprebrought the tourists to her house to stay ciative tourists. overnight. And the rooms ! Large red Are the French people naturally kindly tiles, instead of rugs or carpets, decorated and courteous to all, or have they an espethe floors, and the quaint old furniture waits cially warm corner in their hearts for Amerifor some covetous connoisseur—and long
We had gone down to the river to may it wait.
see the women washing clothes on its banks, The next morning a visit to the great Arche- after the old fashion, and when we were revêché, or archbishop's house, adjoining the turning to the heights a sudden shower overcathedral, was in order. Through vast rooms took us. While we were standing undecided and halls in this great ecclesiastical fortress of whether to seek shelter or to brave the downthe thirteenth century we went through gloomy pour, a pleasant-faced little woman who was dungeons that had held unhappy prisoners sewing in her doorway invited us to come in during the Revolution, through wine cellars out of the unpleasantness. We gladly comthat testified to the good taste in such matters plied, and soon she was telling us her little of the early occupants of the place—and then history. She had been a Swiss girl, and still to the quiet, tree-shaded cloisters that over- longed for her native mountains; but she had looked the river and furnished an ideal place married an Albigensian, a good man, and for meditative exercise. Here indeed was a here for many years her home had been on retreat for souls that wished to renounce the the heights above the river. Was there much world.
rain here? was a natural question. Oh, yes, But we did not wish to renounce it, and was the answer, and in the winter there was so we drifted back to the world as it was snow. Last winter, especially, the snow was represented in Albi's delightful market. On piled high on the streets of Albi, and the Tarn the way a curious thatch-like sign over an old was frozen. Would we like to see her little house was noted, and a passer-by was asked house? Of course we should! The fine as to its significance. There, he said, dwelt old hall clock was a wedding present; so a dealer in wine, and that was his trade was that curious chest of drawers ; but the big symbol. It was, of course, as we might have stove came to her only last year, and it was known, the traditional “ bush ” of the wine a treasure, for it had kept them warm through merchant; and its presence proved that the the bitter winter. Everything in the dear proverb, “Good wine needs no bush,” was little house was spotlessly neat and clean, not accepted in this land of good wine and and the visit offered a charming glimpse into buyers and sellers thereof.
the home life that makes the French the Why is it that the food in French markets least given to emigration of any modern looks so much more attractive than that in
And why should any one ever want to our own ? Perhaps it is because the French leave the delightful town of Albi for a necesare fastidious in matters of cookery, and will sarily less delightful abode ? At least one not accept the things that our housewives are person, who visited the old home of the willing to pay for. At any rate, the straw- Albigenses by chance, remarked to another. berries and cherries of Albi were altogether “Don't you think you could persuade your too tempting for the visitors to resist, and the company to transfer their business from generous measures of each which were handed New York to Albi—for I want to stay there over for a few sous were disposed of then the rest of my life!"
AN ALBI ANGLER
AND SAVED DURING A WINTER WHEN
A COVEY OF MASSACHUSETTS QUAIL FED UNDER THE AUTHOR'S DIRECTION
NEAKLY ALL THE QUAIL IN THE STATK DIED FROM STARVATION
FEEDING WILD BIRDS BY SIMPLE METHODS'
BY ERNEST HAROLD BAYNES
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE AUTHOR
LSEWHERE I have shown how should now be crisscrossed back and forth,
to feed the winter birds by means and should bite into the suet a little at each
of food-houses, window-boxes, food turn, so that it may be left snug and tight. trolleys, food trees, and other devices. Each The object of having several strings is to preof these is attractive and has its own peculiar vent a squirrel from detaching the suet by advantages; but if for any reason we cannot simply cutting one string with his teeth. The have any of these things, we can get along loose ends of the string may now be cut off very well without them. And, though it may and the feeding station is complete. mean a little harder work on our part, the Next let us go to a tree, say, from ten to birds will probably be just as well satisfied. twenty feet from the window, and there we
We may begin by putting out some suet will tie a second piece of suet at a point a for the insectivorous birds. I believe in little higher than the window itself. A third having rather large pieces, weighing, say, piece we will tie either to the window-sill or to about a pound apiece, at a few principal a stick or a board which may be fastened to points, and a number of smaller pieces scat- the window-sill. Those three we will call our tered more widely, in order to attract the main suet stations. Smaller pieces of suet attention of as many birds as possible and we will tie in trees and shrubs out in all direcguide them to the larger lumps. If our final tions from the house and farther away from object is to attract the birds to the house, or it. These distant ones will probably be visto some point near it, let us first select the ited first, and as the birds gain confidence side of the house to which we wish to bring they should approach nearer and nearer until them. If we try to attract them to all sides, they come to the window itself. we can probably do it, but shall not have as To encourage those who may think it a many in any one place. Usually people like difficult matter to gain the confidence of our to have them come to points where they can feathered neighbors, I give the following list be seen from the principal living-rooms. of twenty-one kinds of birds which have come Suppose, then, that we decide on this plan. to feed at windows in the village of Meriden, Let us look out of the wir.dow and see if we New Hampshire, where we have been feedcan find a tree, say, seventy-five or a hundred ing for the past three years. Those marked feet away to which we can tie one of our large with a star have visited our own window : lumps of suet. Let us suppose that we see * Hairy woodpecker, * downy woodpecker, such a tree, and that there is a well-exposed *ruby-throated humming-bird, *blue jay, branch from eight to twelve feet from the * pine grosbeak, *purple finch, *white-winged ground. We fix that branch in our minds, crossbill, *redpoll, *pine siskin, vesper sparand, suet in hand, we go out to the tree. Per- row, white-crowned sparrow, white-throated haps we can easily climb to the branch ; but, sparrow, tree sparrow, chipping sparrow, if not, we can get a ladder. We should have junco, song sparrow, *myrtle warbler, *winter three or four pieces of soft string of conve- wren, *white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nient length, and with one of these tie the nuthatch, *chickadee, * Hudsonian chickadee. suet at just the place and in just the position This is probably the largest list for any one we want it. It is well to have it either on top town or village. of the branch or on the side of it ; if it is The red-bellied woodpecker, snow bunting, fastened underneath, certain birds which like fox sparrow, brown creeper, and hermit suet would find it hard to get. If it is fas- thrush have also been known to feed at the tened on the side of the branch, of course it windows of houses, but they have never should be on the side nearer the house where done so in Meriden, though we have them it can be seen. The other pieces of string all here with the exception of the woodpecker.
If it becomes necessary to put out more "This article will be included in " Bird Guests and How to Entertain Them," by Ernest Harold Baynes, to be
suet during the intensely cold weather, we published shortly by E. P. Dutton & Co.
shall find it a good plan to bring some short
A DOOR WAY IN WINTER (MERIDEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE) One hundred and thirty-three redpolls and pine sinking feeding on hemp seeds