John Muir



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Muir reminisces about his early life in Wisconsin, recalling his unsuccessful attempt to preserve a bit of "flowery land." Upon his arrival in California in the spring of 1868, he relates, "l had just come from Florida, the land of flowers. And here in virgin California they outnumber those of the east coast a hundred to one." Being so impressed with the great profusion of flowers, he endeavored to persuade a farmer "to set aside for him a little square of natural wildness"; however, this attempt also failed. Muir then recounts the story of establishing Yosemite National Park and cautions that "the thieves and rascals are trying to cut down its limits for commercial purposes." He warns those who would save the Appalachian forest that "eternal vigilance" is required.


Boston Evening Transcript


p. 31, cols. 3-4

John Muir Talks Of His California, And Of How He Adopted It. His Part in Saving the Yosemite Valley as a Public Park-Nowhere in His Many Travels Has He Ever Seen Our Giant Sequoia Outdone for Height or Majesty-Mr. Muir Himself, His Great Knowledge of Nature, and His Personal Charm.



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