Texas: Please Don't Die, Tree

"Please Don't Die, Tree"

Visibly ailing since Memorial Day, Austin's historic Treaty Oak -- alleged site of a treaty signing by Native Americans and Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin -- has been receiving the kind of diligent attention usually given a gravely ill head of state. A team of eleven has meticulously removed the contaminated soil from around its huge root network, and last week billionaire H. Ross Perot flew in 18 technical specialists from around the nation to assist in a bedside diagnosis.

About 600 years old and 50 ft. high, the great tree, with its 52 1/2-in. girth and 127-ft. limb spread,...

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