Objection will probably be made to some of the species named because of their liability to injury from destructive insects. But if all such trees are to be thrown out. the choice will be narrowed down to a very few kinds, the excluded ones embracing many of our finest and most popular shade trees. Even then, there is no assurance that the remaining species, although free from insects hitherto, will continue in their immunity. The freedom of certain trees from insect blight is due largely to the fact that few have been planted, and that the pests find plenty of food ill the other species. While it may not be possible t<> fully exterminate these borers ami insects, or prevent entirely the injury from this source, the evil can be so controlled that their destructive work can be greatly minimized; and, as regards some species ami insects, entirely obviated. It would seem that the better plan is to continue planting whatever species may be desirable, and, then, through intelligent methods and faithful work control the evil as far as possible. The potato bug was a formidable enemy at one time; but the farmers kept on planting and fighting until they succeeded in overcoming or controlling it. It has been demonstrated that by spraying trees, by using suitable emulsions and insecticides, and by gathering the cocoons the destructive work of insects can, for the most part, be prevented or, at least, controlled. 1 he State Entomologist is ready at all tunes to furnish information and advice to any who need his assistance. With proper care and attention the trees can be protected; but, if this care and attention will not be given, the selection of the tree is of little importance.
* The Common Council of Albany passed an ordinance in 1871, providing that "No person shall plant or maintain in the city of Albany any tree of the species commonly called the Cottonwood, and any person who shall maintain, or suffer to remain, after reasonable notice by the Street Department to remove such tree, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall incur a penalty not exceeding ten dollars for each day such tree shall remain after notice to remove, or by imprisonment in the Albany County Penitentiary not exceeding three months, or both, in the discretion of the Court. Pursuant to this law all the Cottonwoods on the streets of Albany were cut down. The ordinance is M ill in force.
In other cities orders were issued for the removal of this species; but it -Iocs not appear that it was a penitentiary offense for an obstinate citizen to *' maintain " his preference for a Cottonwood.