The American Museum Journal
THE CONVERSATION OF JOHN MUIR 121 shelter for storm-bound man or beast; again plunging far down through the shadowy forest to embowered stream- beds where the traveler pauses in the sheen and fragrance of the azalea, and where the water ouzel dances to the fluting and tinkling of the rivulet. Like such a trail in varying charm was the talk of John Muir, dwelling much upon the heights, anon descending to pleasant homely places, giving glimpses at times of Nature's jealously guarded arcana, freely turning aside on the spur of every casual fancy, and when apparently most vagrant, bringing you at last safely into camp at the goal for which you started. Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Company " .... 1 wandered away [after four years' study at the University of Wisconsin] on a glorious botanical and geological excursion, which has lasted nearly fifty years... .always happy and free, poor and rich, without thought of diploma or of making a name, urged on and on through endless inspiring, Godful beauty." Fame pushed its way however to John Muir. His books will live for many a generation to read with delight and with reverence for the man.— And he will be greatly missed in practical work. At the time of his death he was president of the Society for the Preservation of National Parks and vice-president of the California Associated Societies for the Conservation of Wild Life, and always his judgment and personal influence came as authority. [Photograph from The Story of My Boyhood and Youth]
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