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with science, knows full well of Mr. Cassin's rare acquirements in this particular department of Natural History.
And we now gladly avail of this opportune occasion to make our public acknowledgments to this gentleman for his many valuable suggestions in reference to the execution of these drawings, the securing of which, by the by, has been by far the most difficult-in fact, we may freely say, the only unpleasant as well as vexatious portion of our task. We also return thanks to Mr. John Krider for his generous aid in supplying us with the skins of several specimens of Birds, which assisted materially in insuring correct Drawings.
This is not the only good service that Mr. Krider has done us as well as the rest of the craft during the last year; for, independent of the many fine Guns that he has turned out from his workshop, he has, with the valuable assistance of his friend, Jr. H. M. Klapp, furnished us with his “Sporting Anecdotes," a book replete not only with amusing but very instructive in. formation regarding the habits of our Game Birds, Sporting Dogs, &c. &c.
Mr. George White, the principal Draughtsman, and I may say pupil of Mr. Cassin's in this particular kind of Drawing, has displayed much taste as well as artistic skill in his delineations of the Birds, and we doubt if he has many, if any, equal on this side of the vasty deep in this special branch of Designing. IIis Chapter Headings and many of the Vignettes are also spirited and characteristic; the Title Page of the Four Seasons, and Frontispiece as well, are very pleasing compositions, and give still further evidences of his talent and genius as an Artist.
With these few comments, we again send our volume forth from the press, trusting, as before, far more to the well-known generosity of the craft for its kind reception, than to any great merit of its own, but at the same time bearing in mind the good old Latin proverb, that—"Frustra laborat qui omnibus placere studet."
Sensation in Feathers; Necessity of this Sensation; Particularly in Noc-
turnal Birds; How preserved in its highest state of perfection-Provisions
Art of Shooting on the Wing— The first grand desideratum-Possession of a
good Gun-Coolness and deliberation-Shooting Swallows-Wonderful feats
Description-Habits-When shy and wild-Perching upon trees-They
-Basking in the mid-day sun — Ridding themselves of Vermin-Not
Its former abundance-Few or none North or East of Pennsylvania -