John Muir



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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

In this interview, Muir was grossly misquoted and he was intensely displeased with the reporter's story. Muir termed it a "villainous article." The story was reprinted, with amusing additions, in other newspapers, causing Muir considerable embarrassment. Muir was accurately quoted, however, in the following statement: "One peculiarity of a rattlesnake is that if he sees you first he will put his head down and quietly steal away. . . . I lay out alone when night overtook me for ten years in the mountains and was never disturbed. . . . I would rather brave Gila monsters, and rattlers, and wild Indians, and tarantulas than life in the city."


San Francisco Daily Examiner


p. 4, col. 5

The Snakes of Fresno. John Muir Says They Will Kill Hogs and Eat Rabbits. . . . Some Queer Experiences of a Geologist in the Hights [sic] of the Sierras.



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