NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa – Southwest – Marlborough Forest Loop
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 10 Jun 1898, Fri, Page 2
For two weeks in June two government inspectors drove through the fields west of Ottawa- especially here in Lanark County. Mr. J. P. Lanthier and Mr. J. R. Hill reported that the reports they had received about the plague of caterpillars infesting local fields were not over exaggerated.
Near Stittsville they saw a section of track nearly a mile in length so thickly covered that the ties of the track could scarcely be seen. Two freight trains were forced to stop for a short time being unable to proceed due to the slippery conditions of the rails caused by the mangling of the bodies of the caterpillars. Fruit was especially hurt by the caterpillars.
Mr. Butler, who was the Richmond postmaster got so fed up with the Ottawa Journal stating that some of caterpillar reports were ridiculous that he sent the newspaper a large box of them
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 02 Jun 1898, Thu, Page 5
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 31 May 1898, Tue, Page 1