[Charles Sprague] Sargent
3that it is annual. We have one tree on the ranch. I have watched it pretty closely the last two years & have never seen fruit of two seasons on it at once. At present it has about 40 or 50 cones on a dozen branches or 20, all about the same size, & apparently mature, with plenty of seed. If these cones are two years old where are the yearlings? I can't find a single cone younger than those with ripe seed. Moreover the branchlets on which the cones are show only one years growth.Hereafter I mean to watch this tree still more closely - try to find some fertile flowers & mark them.I see by the newspaper that the Rainier Reserve is to be band to sheepmen at the rate of $5. per 1000 sheep!!Wishing you & family & Silva Happy New YearI am Ever YoursJohn Muir
1898 Dec 28
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