(1878) The twenty-fourth small paragraph out of twenty-five reads:
"A collection of two hundred specimens of Japanese dwarfed and trained plants
have been placed on exhibition in San Francisco by a gentleman who has spent
five years in the engineering service of the Government. The trees and plants
are old, some as old as a hundred and fifty years. The plants are in the
shape of living things and in imitation of things of art, representing, among
other things, botanical boats, ships, tea houses, cranes, frogs, rabbits, etc.
Several of the plants are in the shape of the old fashioned American Revolutionary
cocked hat. The collection is one of the largest ever made."
1 Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
October 7, 1878, pg.
Who was the gentleman with five years of engineering service in, presumably, the U.S. Government?
What became of the plants? How many were actual bonsai vs. topiaries?