to give the things that appealed to me as a boy: First the identification of the tree, second where it is found, third its properties and uses, and last, various interesting facts about it.
I have included much information about native dyes, because it is all in the line of creating interest in the trees; and because it would greatly improve our color sense if we could return to vegetable dyes, and abandon the anilines that have in many cases displaced them. So also because of the interest evoked as well as for practical reasons I have given sundry medical items; some of these are from H. Howard's “Botanic Medicine”, 1850. Several of the general notes are from George B. Emerson's “Trees and Shrubs of Massachusetts”, 1846.
As starting point I have used Britton and Brown's “Illustrated Flora” (Scribner, 1896) and have got much help from Harriet L. Keeler's “Our Native Trees” (Scribner, 1900).
The illustrations were made by myself from fresh specimens in the woods, or in some cases from preserved specimens in the Museum of the New York Botanical Garden at Bronx Park.
The names of trees are those used in Britton' s “North American Trees”, 1908.
When I was a boy I hungered beyond expression for just such information as I have tried herein to impart. It would be a great joy to me if I could reach and help a considerable ..text continues