|| Sorry to disappoint you, but Elzéard Bouffier is
an invented character. The aim was to encourage love for trees or, more exactly, to stir the love
to plant trees (which always has been one of my dearest ideas). Now, judging by the result,
the aim was met by this imaginary character. The text that you read in Trees and Life was
translated into Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, German, Russian, Chekoslovakish,
Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish, Polish. I gave my rights freely for all those reproductions.
One American came recently to ask me for the authorization to allow him to print 100,00 copies to
distribute free of charge in America and of course I agreed. The University of Zagreb is translating
it into Yugoslavish. It is one of my texts of which I am the proudest. It does not bring me one cent
and that is why it is doing the very thing for which it was written.