National Geographic : 1921 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Thus the National Geographic Society has conveyed to the United States Gov ernment a total acreage in Sequoia Na tional Park of 1,916 acres, purchased at a total cost of $96,330. EVERY MEMBER HAS A PART IN GIFT It should be noted that the gifts were not solicited by The Society. The Na tional Geographic Society asks its mem bership for no contributions of any sort. Its publications and its scientific and edu cational activities are entirely supported by their dues. Every member of The Society may feel that he had a part in this enduring gift to his country and to posterity, for the funds appropriated directly by The Society for the purchase of the Sequoias came from the fraction of the dues of members set aside for such benefactions. The tender was made in the name of the National Geographic Society because, as the Director of the National Park Service, Mr. Mather. put it: "It is only proper that this gift should come to the government through the National Geo graphic Society, in view of the keen in terest which The Society has taken in the purchase of the other private holdings in this park. It was through direct gifts by your Society that we were able to save the Giant Forest, which contains the finest stand of Sequoia TVashingtoniana in the Sierra." SECRETARY FALL ACKNOWLEDGES GIFT Following the presentation, Albert B. Fall, Secretary of the Interior, wrote to Gilbert Grosvenor, President of the Na tional Geographic Society: DEAR MR. GROSVENOR: It was a very pleasant surprise when you called on me on April 20 and, on behalf of the National Geographic Society, presented the title deeds and other pertinent papers convey ing to the United States the so-called Martin tract of 6 40 acres in the Sequoia National Park, recently purchased at a cost of $55,00o by your Society, through the generosity of its members, in order that this area with its fine stand of trees might be preserved for the American people. 1 have already personally expressed to you my sincere thanks and my acceptance of the proffered gift. Your Society on several pre ceding occasions has stepped in at a crucial moment and acquired several similar areas in this same park, thereby saving from extermi nation other wonderful trees that would other wise have fallen under the axe. Your Society is to be highly commended on its substantial expression of a high public spirit, and on behalf of the United States I again want to express to you, and through you to the contributors, my deepest appreciation of your generous and considerate action. Respectfully, ALBERT B. FALL. Mr. Gilbert Grosvenor, President, National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C. To mankind, throughout the ages, trees have been the most human-like, the most companionable, of all inanimate things. Aristotle thought they must have percep tions and passions. An infinitely more scientific generation still is sensible to their mystical power. More and more will Americans visit Sequoia National Park to gaze upon the majesty of "Nature's forest master pieces" in their last stand. National Geographic Society members may well be proud that they had a part in preserving for all time these mementoes of a past far beyond the records of written history. INDEX FOR JANUARY-JUNE, 1921, VOLUME READY Index for Volume XXXIX (January-June, 1921) will be mailed to members upon request.