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December 17, 1924

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IFORNIA BIG TREES : DATE BACK~ BEFORE ADAM history of the tree known as Tree, or technically the Se- Wasbinglonkma, now found in and shehered @ors in the Nevada mountahls of Calf- reaches back into the very of history, to a period this trec probaMy covered the Of western COaSt ll]Otlntail~S the hei~4ht of the present ranges, extended from some point well of 49 degrees down into Lower penhlsnla. A factor in its limited range, says the 1_,r. S. :est Service, is the strange gcolo,v- transformation that some htmdreds centuries ago came over what is California. t~iblical prol}becy that the val- sha]l be exahcd and the moun- made low was very literally ful- in California ~ome aeons before Uttered by Isaiah. In the high ranges of those days, rtln- up to 20,(100 feet or more in Canle a volcanic disturl)ance, so nlolten lava poured through the and stream channels, filling ~r~ Ul~ and blocking the streams. the lava l~a:l cooled, it was so harder than lhe granite of the al mountains that it resisted ero- as the granite could not. As a the gtranilc peaks wore aml the lava bels remained tm- la~a-c:)vured ridges to,vcred deep canyons worn in the. native and streams flowed and still many thousand feet below the of the streams onceshaded by Big Tree's grandsires. long ago miners in the Tahoe Forest working a gold mine or 3000 feet below the lava cap ~e of the Sierra peaks, in one of fOrnler strealnbeds, canle across an: oldi flood deposit in ~;lticll!~:ere the tangled lob~-s of a grout, of the Sequoias, that once grew on the 11101111- tain slopes. Though bm'ie:1 for un- known thousands of years, the logs were in excellent preservation. They were changed somewhat in structure, but the ammal rings in the cross-scc- tion of the wood stood out as phtinl_v as though the trees had been felled only a few clays beforc. During the last thousand years the Big 'Free of today has not reproducet appreciably, and at one time foresters felt that it was a dying species. Re- cently, however, efforts have been made, antl with considerable success, to start plantations of the tree throughout California, outside of its presenl range. Small plantations have been made in the Klamalh National Vorest in the northwest corner of the state, near Lake Tahoe in the central part, and in the Sequoia National t:orest in the southern Sierras. In each of these localities the tree has far ot|t-stripl,ed the native conifers. Kvcn in competi- tion with brush, which st|pl)resses yOlltlg pines and firs se\crly, fine Big Tree has been able to develop suc- cessftflly. In the I2-year period since the earlier of these plantings some of the yotmg trees have n|ade a growth of eight feet, against four or five feet as the best that local saplings have attained in the same time. F'orcslers are beginning to wonder whether the Big Tree may not some clay reforest large areas of California by means of plantations similar to the exl~eriment- al ones already established. The Catalina Islander will welcome correspondence on problems of a psy- chological nature. Catalina will give you the rest of your life. Come to Catalina. ......... PAC -. FIVE Lqng J0b Ahead. It was an.anxious looking ntan who entere,.l the :aarage. "1 want to make arrangements for hiring a taxi," he i~ : , said to the proprietor. "Do you want it by the hour or by the day ?" ' he asked. 'q want it by the year," replied the man. "I'm looking for a house!"-- Chicago I)aily News. WORTH SELLING IS WORTH TELLING--ADVERTISE ! \\:arch the world come to Catalina. DO you realize that the modern kitchen saves \'Oil n~ore tillle and labor than you can compute in (tol- tars. Experts saythat it floes. ~]odcrn phnnbing is what makes mo:lern kitch- en. A sink, as illus- trated, makes dish washing simple. "A Perfect Service" ari W. l arson Plumbing, Tinning 212 METROPOLE Opposite City Hall Phone 7-W and the way to go Southern Pacific service fulfills your going away expectations. Join the thousands who have learned to rely up- on 8outhern Pacific in the whole matter of transportation. And you'll like 8outh- ern Pacific dining car service,--highest qual- ity food deliciously pre- pared and served atyour accustomed meal time. ~ommunicate with any Southern Pacific agent for courteous, accu- rate railroad information. F. S. McGINNIS, Asst. Pass. Traffic Mgr. ' Pacific Electric Bldg., Los Angeles LEASE HAS BEEN SOLD