A FOREST GIANT.
--"UNCLE SAM" UPROOTED.
BLOCKS THE BLACK SPUR ROAD.
"Uncle Sam" is no more. He was up-rooted by a gale which blew in the region of the Black Spur, above Healesville, yes
terday. "Uncle Sam" was reckoned the biggest tree in the states. He was over 40ft in girth and more than 200ft in height. Everybody who went up the Black Spur road was shown "Uncle Sam" whose dimensions were proudly set forth on a tin plate tacked to his hugo trunk near the ground. He was a giant amongst giants and seemed tough and vigorous enough to weather any storm for a hundred years. But appearances were deceitful for the great tree succumbed to the gale which blew yesterday.
In its fall it blocked the road, and denied right of way to the mail coach, picnic par-ties, buggies, motor-cars, and horsemen. During the day nearly every visitor in the district went up to inspect the uprooted
giant for "Uncle Sam" was one of the best "shows" of the mountain country.