RED BANK, a borough of Monmouth county, New Jersey, U.S.A., on an estuary known as Navesink river, at the head of navigation, about 6 m. W. of the Atlantic Ocean, and about 25 m. S. of New York City. Pop. (1905) 6263; (1910) 7398. Red Bank is served by the Central of New Jersey and the Pennsylvania railways, and by steamboats to New York, and is connected with the neighbouring towns by electric lines. It is a residential suburb of New York City and a summer resort. In the winter ice-boating is a popular amusement, and Red Bank has fish and oyster industries of some importance.
The name Red Bank was applied to this locality as early as 1734, and in 1781 there were several buildings within the limits of the present borough. Red Bank was incorporated as a town in 1870 and became a borough in 1908. Near Red Bank was established in 1843 the North' American phalanx, a Fouricrile community, with a capital of about $8000 and 112 members, on about 673 acres; it was financially the most successful and the longest lived of the Fourierist phalansteries in America, but broke up in 1855 because of internal dissensions, following a fire which destroyed the mills. 1 REDBREAST, 2 or ROBIN, perhaps the favourite among English birds because of its pleasing colour, its sagacity and fearlessness of man, and its cheerful song, even in winter. In July and August the hedgerows of the southern counties of England are beset with redbreasts, not in flocks, but each individual keeping its own distance from the next 3 all, however, on their way to cross the Channel. On the European continent the migration is still more marked, and the redbreast on its autumnal and vernal passages is the object of birdcatchers, since its value as a delicacy has long been recognized. Even those redbreasts which stay in Britain during the winter are subject to a migratory movement. The first sharp frost makes them change their habitation, and a heavy fall of snow drives them towards the homesteads for food. The redbreast exhibits a curious uncertainty of temperament in regard to its nesting habits. At times it will place the utmost confidence in man, and at times show the greatest jealousy. The nest is usually built of moss and dead leaves, with a moderate lining of hair. In this are laid from five to seven white eggs, sprinkled or blotched with light red.
Besides the British Islands, the redbreast (Motacitta rubecula of Linnaeus and the Erilhatus rubecula of modern authors) is generally dispersed over the continent of Europe, and is in winter found in the oases of the Sahara. Its eastern limits are not well determined. In northern Persia it is replaced by a nearly allied form, Erithacus hyrcanus, distinguishable by its 1 The borough of Red Bank should be distinguished from a place of the same name in Gloucester county, New Jersey, about 6 m. below Camden, on the Delaware river, nearly opposite the mouth of the Schuylkill river, which was the site of Fort Mercer in the American War of Independence. Fort Mercer, with Fort Mifflin (nearly opposite it on an island in the Delaware), prevented the co-operation of the British navy with the army which had occupied Philadelphia in September. On the 22nd of October Fort Mercer, held by 600 men under Col. Christopher Greene (1737-1781), was unsuccessfully attacked by a force of about 2500 men, mostly Hessians, under Col. Carl Emil Kurt von Donop, the Hessian* losing aboui 400 men, including Donop, who was mortally wounded. The British naval force was prevented by the " Pennsylvania navy " under John Hazelwqod (c. 1726-1800) from talcing part in the attack; two British ships were destroyed; and the fire from the American vessels added to the discomfiture of the Hessians. On the 15th of November Fort Mifflin was destroyed after a five days' bombardment from batteries on the Pennsylvania shore atid from British vessels in the rear; and on the aoth Fort Mercer was abandoned before Cornwallis's approach and was destroyed by the British. Philadelphia was then put in touch with Admiral I lime's fleet and with New York City. Near Red Bank a monument to Christopher Greene was erected in 1829.
1 English colonists in distant lands have applied the common nkkname of the redbreast to other birds that are not immediately allied to it. The ordinary " robin " of North America is a thrush, Turdus migratorius (see FIELDFARE), and one of the bluebirds of the same continent, Sialia sialis, is in ordinary speech the blue "robin"; the Australian and Pacific "robins" of the genus Pelroeca are of doubtful affinity and have not all even the red breast; the Cape " robin " is Cossophya caffra, the Indian " robin " THamnobia and the New Zealand " robin Uiro.
' It is a very old saying that Unum arbvstutn non altt duos eritkacos One bush does not harbour two redbreast ^.
more ruddy hues, while in northern China and Japan another species, E. akahige, is found of which the sexes differ somewhat in plumage the cock having a blackish band below his red breast and greyish-black flanks, while the hen closely resembles the familiar British species but both cock and hen have the tail of chestnut-red. The genus Erithacus, as well as that containing the other birds to which the name " robin " has been applied, with the doubtful exception of Petroeca, belong to the sub-family Turdinae.of the thrushes (<?..).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)