H. P. Child
[letterhead]January 14 1904Mr John MuirMartinez Cal.Dear SirIn re-reading Our National Parks lately, I recalled an article published some months since to the effect that a New Giant Sequoia had been discovered; as I remember, with a girth of 152 feet.The story was told with circumstantial details that read all right. Was it a hoax, or true? If true, May I ask a line from you saying when where, and by whom found? And height and circumference?Thanking you in advance I remainYours trulyH P Child No. The above is not true. The German Engineer Mr Subig was fooled by his two volunteer assistants who when back of the tree coiled up 50 or 60 ft of the steel tape-line The true size is 97 feet girth at 4 ft above the ground.Yrs truly, John Muir
[Kansas City, Mo.]
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