A Log with History
A contempoirary gives illustrations of a remarkable walnut tree, which appears to have filled a useful purpose in Italy in the eighteenth century. It is now in the hands a firm of Liverpool timber merchants. The following is a translation of the log’s history;
"Referring to the log of walnut you have purchased from my brother Antony last year, he got it from my deceased father, John Baptist, on April 24, 1892. My father got it on February 20, 1863, from Charles Dellanegra, who got it hereditarily from his mother, Ketty Cana, on September 28, 1840. Ketty Cana got it hereditarily from her father on April 6, 1788. The said John Baptist Cana was in possession of it before it was established in the Kent Roll of this Department, which was in 1768.
From an old legend existing in this Department it seems the said John Baptist Cana, who built up the wine press in 1747, obtained the walnut tree from one of his properties once possessed by Count Louis Salomone in the place called Isola in the territory of this Department. It is also said that there were not sufficient oxen in the region to carry the tree, which was yet green, to the place where the house was subsequently placed after having built the press. It was necessary to provide half a cow, with much bread and wine, to compensate the men who helped for the carrying of the famous log, which was considered as a rarity in the country of Senrevilla. This is all I have been able to get by searching in the archives of the Department, and by speaking with the oldest men of the country."
We may add that carved upon the side of the log are the figures 1747, which presumably indicate the year when it was first put to a useful purpose. The log is about 26ft. long and about 40in. square at the butt. Needless to say, it is perfectly dry and seasoned and thoroughly fit for conversion.