AMONG THE TREES
ELLA RODMAN CHURCH
"Because they shed their
leaves every autumn and are furnished with a new set in
the spring: 'deciduous' is Latin for 'falling off.' And
this is the case with nearly all our native trees and
plants. Persistent, or permanent, leaves remain
on the stem and branches all through the changes of
season, like the leaves of the pine and box, while
evergreens look fresh through the entire year and
are generally cone-bearing and resinous trees. 'These
change their leaves annually, but, the young leaves
appearing before the old ones decay, the tree is always
"Miss Harson," said Clara,
"when people talk about weeping willows, what do
they mean? Do the trees really cry? I sometimes read
about 'em in stories, and I never knew what they did."
"They cry dreadfully,"
said Malcolm, "when it rains."
as you do when you are out in it," replied his
governess--"by having the water drip from your
clothes.--No, Clara, the tree is called 'weeping'
because it seems to 'assume the attitude of a person in
tears, who bends over and appears to