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Treasury of Sciences Bokhara (Asia), the centre of learning. It has 103 colleges, with 10,000 students,
besides a host of schools and 360 mosques.
Tree The oldest in the world-
(1) De Candolle considers the deciduous cypress of Chapultepec, in Mexico,
one of the oldest trees in the world.
(2) The chestnut-trees on Mount Etna, and the Oriental plane-tree
in the valley of Bujukdere, near Constantinople, are supposed to be of about the same age.
(3) The Rev.
W. Tuckwell says the oldest tree in the world is the Soma cypress of Lombardy. It was forty years
old when Christ was born.
Trees of a patriarchal age.
(1) Damorey's Oak, Dorsetshire, 2,000
years old. Blown down in 1703.
(2) The great Oak of Saintes, in the department of Charente Inférieure, is
from 1,800 to 2,000 years old.
(3) The Winfarthing Oak, Norfolk, and the Bentley Oak were 700 years
old at the time of the Conquest.
(4) Cowthorpe Oak, near Wetherby, Yorkshire, according to Professor
Burnet, is 1,600 years old.
(5) William the Conqueror's Oak, Windsor Great Park, is at least 1,200 years
(6) The Bull Oak, Wedgenock Park, and the Plestor Oak, Colborne were in existence at the time
of the Conquest.
(7) The Oak of the Partisans, in the forest of Parey, St. Ouen, is above 650 years
old. Wallace's Oak, at Ellersley, near Paisley, was probably fifty years older. Blown down in 1859.
Owen Glendower's Oak, Shelton, near Shrewsbury, is so called because that chieftain witnessed from
its branches the battle between Henry IV. and Harry Percy, in 1403. Other famous oaks are those called
The Twelve Apostles and The Four Evangelists.
(9) In the Dukeries, Nottinghamshire, are some oaks of
memorable age and renown: (a) In the Duke of Portland's Park is an oak called Robin Hood's Larder.
It is only a shell, held together with strong iron braces.
The Parliament Oak, Clipston, Notts, is said to
be above 1,000 years old. We are told that Edward I., hunting in Sherwood Forest, was informed of the
Welsh revolt, and summoned a parliament of his barons under this oak, and it was agreed to make
war of extermination on Wales. Others say it was under this tree that King John assembled his barons
and decreed the execution of Prince Arthur. The Parliament Oak is split into two distinct trees, and though
both the trunks are hollow, they are both covered with foliage and acorns atop during the season.
Major Oak, in the park of Lord Manvers, is a veritable giant. In the hollow trunk fifteen persons of ordinary
size may find standing room. At its base it measures 90 feet, and at 5 feet from the ground about 35
feet. Its head covers a circumference of 270 yards.
Another venerable oak (some say 1,500 years old) is
Greendale Oak, about half a mile from Welbeck Abbey. It is a mere ruin supported by props and chains.
It has a passage through the bole large enough to admit three horsemen a breast, and a coach-and-four
has been driven through it.
The Seven Sisters Oak, in the same vicinity, is so called because the trunk
was composed of seven stems. It still stands, but in a very dilapidated state.
(1) Of Braburn,
in Kent, according to De Candolle, is 3,000 years old.
(2) The Scotch yew at Fortingal, in Perthshire, is
between 2,500 and 3,000 years.
(3) Of Darley churchyard, Derbyshire, about 2,050 years.
(4) Of Crowhurst,
Surrey, about 1,400.
(5) The three at Fountains Abbey, in Yorkshire, at least 1,200 years. Beneath these
trees the founders of the abbey held their council in 1132.
(6) The yew grove of Norbury Park, Surrey,
was standing in the time of the Druids.
(7) The yew-trees at Kingsley Bottom, near Chichester, were
standing when the sea-kings landed on the Sussex coast.
(8) The yew-tree of Harlington churchyard,
Middlesex, is above 850 years old.
(9) That at Ankerwyke House, near Staines, was noted when Magna
Charta was signed in 1215, and it was the trysting tree for Henry VIII. and Anne Boleyn.
The eight olive-trees on the Mount of Olives were flourishing 800 years ago, when the Turks took Jerusalem.
The lime-tree in the Grisons is upwards of 590 years old.
The spruce will reach to the age of 1,200
The poet's tree. A tree grows over the tomb of Tan-Sein, a musician of incomparable skill at
the court of Akbar, and it is said that whoever chews a leaf of this tree will have extraordinary melody of
voice. (W. Hunter.)
His voice was as sweet as if he had chewed the leaves of that enchanted tree which grows over the
tomb of the musician Tan-Sein.- Moore: Lalla Rookh. The singing tree. Each leaf was a mouth, and
every leaf joined in concert. (Arabian Nights.)
He is altogether up the tree. Quite out of the swim, nowhere
in the competition list.
Up a tree. In a difficulty, in a mess. It is said that Spurgeon used to practise his
students in extempore preaching, and that one of his young men, on reaching the desk and opening
the note containing his text, read the single word Zacchæus as his text. He thought a minute or two, and
then delivered himself thus:- Zacchæus was a little man, so am I; Zacchæus was up a tree, so am I; Zacchæus
made haste and came down, and so do I.