RELIEF: Starlings

In Washington each autumn great swarms of dark, destructive birds called starlings settle in the sycamore trees along Pennsylvania Avenue, annoy Congressmen and other citizens by chattering, committing nuisances. Only defense the Washington authorities have figured out is to annoy the starlings in turn. Last year they tried stinkpots. To these, Congressmen proved more sensitive than starlings. This year, with plenty of Federal relief funds available, Clifford Lanham, Superintendent of Trees & Parking, decided on a thoroughgoing mechanical job of starling-annoying.

Up 50 trees along the Avenue one chill evening last week...

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