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tallest horse, Firpon, which stood 21.2 hands (7 feet 1 inch) and weighed 2,976 lbs. Lesley Duston Branson, Missouri Falabellas(alongwith other miniatures)are not a separate, registered breed, nor are they smaller on the average. However, Senor Falabella re ported the smallest he raisedstood 15 inches. Mongolia I enjoyed your article on Mongolia (February 1985). However, on reading the statement im plying that the Communists overthrew the tsar, I saw red. History tells us there were actually two revolutions. The first was in March 1917, when the tsar was overthrown and a provisional demo cratic government established. The Bolshevik party took no part in this. The provisional gov ernment headed by Kerensky was overthrown by the Communists. Henry A. Shave Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania Northern Approaches Map On your supplement to the February 1985 maga zine, you state "King Philip's War of 1675-76 was one of a number. .. ." Of which realm was this monarch the king? At this date King Charles II was on the English throne, Louis XIV on that of France, and the imbecile Charles II on the Span ish throne. ish throne. Joan C. Darwall Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K. King Philipwas anAbenaki Indianchiefwho led an attack on the English in reprisalfor an inci dent he considered a violation of a truce. Members Forum and Manatees The letter in your January 1985 issue on mana tees in Lake Kariba is totally false. Manatees have never been introduced. The vegetation problem, I think, refers to Salvinia molesta, more commonly known as Kariba weed, a spe cies of water fern. Fluctuating water levels re duced the weed cover, and the introduction of a weed-eating grasshopper (Pauliniaacuminata) was felt to be a factor in controlling the growth. Mrs. Robin H. Gardner Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe Letters from our readers often contribute infor mation. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to verify all the statements in a short timeframe. Letters should be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted.