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    For miles around it
    could be seen. From somewhere in the dense forest, on the lower?

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    For miles around it
    could be seen. From somewhere in the dense forest, on the lower slopes of the
    berdares, Kenya, came a column of black smoke;l billowing steadily lower down
    but diffusing gently into the sky as it climbed. Above the rich, verdant jungle,
    there hung a grey-black cloud. Everyone who saw it knew what was burning; it was
    "Treetops"; that hotel in the trees, built 25 years ago, where visitors had come
    over the years to shoot big and small game, with a camera. It is the place where
    Princess Elizabeth first learnt of her father's, King George the Sixth, death,
    on 6th Feb. 1952.

    For several days, a peculiar haze hung over the jungle, never growing and not
    dispersing. So it was that on May 26th, 1954 "Treetops" was destroyed by Mau Mau

    This watering-place, where hundreds of elephants, buffalos, rhinoceroses, bucks,
    baboons, giant forest hogs, an occasional leopard, and thousands of birds came
    day and night, was a salt-lick----excessively salty soil from which the wild
    creatures extracted the salt----caused by the hunters and visitors scattering
    blocks of rock salt to encourage the animals to feed at that spot.

    Now, on the far side of the lake, stands a blackened, gnarled fig tree. From it
    small shoots are sprouting, green and supple, that one day will harden into
    massive branches, found a new site among the beautiful flowering, Cape Chestnut,
    200 yards to the west of the former position.

    It was just a year ago that work was finished on the new and larger "Treetops"
    and that the trickle of visitors started again, gradually swelling, in numbers,
    each month.

    In spite of its grander vista, superior positioning and greater comfort, the new
    hotel-in-the-trees will take many years to attain the magnitude, in wealth of
    memories, as the now destroyed tree-hut had.

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    Reuters - Including Visnews
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