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  GLADSTONE'S AX - In the center of the Forestry Building stood a pyramid of wooden disks and blocks, which was remarkable because each piece came from a different country. But the chief attraction was to be seen in a glass case labeled "Gladstone's Ax," which contained a well-attested implement from the home of the British statesman. The larger of the upper two documents, seen as white paper in the case, is an original letter of Henry White to F. S. Shurick, president of the Ritchie Lumber Company, of Marietta, Ohio, informing him that his request for an ax has been laid before Mr. Gladstone. The smaller of the upper documents is a letter of Mr. Herbert Gladstone, M. P., son of the Premier, to Mr. White, stating that the ax will soon be sent. The tag on the ax-helve is the ordinary express address to Mr. White. Under the ax, at the left, is a printed card, in various types, declaring that the ax here exhibited was used by William Ewart Gladstone in felling trees on his estate at Hawarden; and that after the Exposition it "will be presented to one of the Lumber Trade Associations of the United States, to be kept as a memento of the grand Old Man." The great block is half a disk from a California redwood. The large placard declares that when Columbus landed in America this tree was four hundred and seventy-five years old, and had then reached a girth here indicated by the arrow. The large disk on the right is Mississippi burr oak; the three pieces first in front of the big piece are, from the left, Wisconsin white pine, Russian oak and Kentucky burr oak. Extraordinary bamboos are seen crossing over all. These extended seventy feet into the air, and were from Japan.
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