National Geographic : 1911 Jan
SORTING THE ROOSEVELT TROPHIES FOR SHIPMENT Most of the hides in sight are those of East African antelope, of which 17 varieties are represented. In the foreground is seen the hide of a giant eland, and in front of it are stretched several hides of the tiny "dik-dik," the smallest animal in the world with a split hoof. There are about 200 of the antelope hides. On the table at the right is a pile of many varieties of monkey skins, great and small. There is no African collection in the world in numbers or quality equal to the remarkable series of big and little game which Mr. Roosevelt and the scientific members of his party obtained for the U. S. National Museum. The white rhinos (with the exception of two poor specimens in Berlin and London), the reticulated giraffe, the giant elands, and several of the antelopes are the only specimens of these animals possessed by any museum. The expense of securing this extraordinary series was paid entirely by Mr. Roosevelt and by private individuals, who have thus presented to our National Museum one of the most generous and priceless gifts the American people have received. Photo from Crosby Frisian Fur Co., of Rochester, N. Y. should comprise also an ample supply of tools necessary in fighting fires. A beginning has been made in the estab lishment of small equipment stations here and there along the roads and trails, consisting of small buildings or tool boxes containing axes, shovels, grub hoes, water-buckets, ropes, etc. The danger of the recurrence of such disasters as that of last summer's fires should be reduced to a minimum. Though it was unpreventable under the condi tions of the year, the day will come when it would be counted preventable, and when under similar conditions it would generally be prevented. Not to extend the existing permanent improvements as fast as opportunity is given would be criminal. The Forest Service is powerless to provide them ex cept as means are put at its disposal. Expenditures for equipping the forests with roads, trails, telephones lines, fire lines, and other improvements can be made only from the permanent improve ment fund. In the years 1907 to 1911 Congress made available a total for this purpose of $1,975,000. The amount available in 1910 was $600,000; in the current year it is $275,000. There are now on file carefully considered plans for specific permanent improvements calling for an amount of work which the entire appropriation for the Forest Serv ice last year would hardly have paid for. In view of the facts, I consider it my duty to ask for a substantial increase of the permanent improvement fund.