John Muir


[Annie and John Bidwell and Sallie Kennedy]


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3.she took a firm slippery snag a little oblignely & was nearly rolled upside down, as a sod is turned by a plow. Then I charged myself to be more careful, & while rowing often looked well ahead for snag ripples & but soon I came to a long glassy reach, & my vigilance not being eternal, my thoughts wandered upstream back to those grand spring fountains on the head of the McCloud & Pitt. Then I tried to picture those hidden tributaries that flow beneath the lava tablelands, & recognized in them a capital illustration of the fact that in their farthest fountains all rivers are lost to mortal eye that the sources of all are hidden as those of the Nile, & so also that in this respect every river of knowledge is a Nile. Thus I was phlosiphysing rowing with a steady stroke & as the current was rapid, the jumper was making fine headway, when with a tremendous bump she reared like Lize in “jackets”, swung around st[illegible] down stream, & remained fast on her beam ends erect like a coffin against a wall. She managed 00314


Sacramento [Calif.]

Date Original

1877 Oct 10


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Reel 03, Image 0583

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