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The New York Times, December 22, 1904

Charles A. Gardiner Purchases Forty Acres in Tarrytown for Private Park.

Charles A. Gardiner, attorney for the Manhattan Railway Company, has bought the properties at Tarrytown owned by Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) and E. B. Cobb. The two parcels together make a tract of forty acres. The negotiations were conducted by William H. Hoyt & Co., who report that the price paid was bout $120,000, an average of $3,000 an acre.

Mr. Clemens bought his half of the property about two years ago, intending to live there, but did not do so on account of illness in his family. Mr. Gardiner has occupied the residence in the meantime under lease, but has declined to buy until he could get the Cobb property, too. George W. Reeves of Hoyt & Co., said yesterday that he understood that Mr. Gardiner intends to convert the entire tract into a private park, making extensive improvements to both grounds and buildings.

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