Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
Raymond, Fresno Co., Cal.Dec. 28, '90Dear Mr. Johnson:Many thanks for the information in your letter of the 17th. I owe you many excuses, too, for the persistency with which I have troubled you with my letters, when you have so much work on hand. There will probably be less occasion hereafter for my assaults on your patience. At present I wish to say that if the Secretary of the Interior shall carry out the military scheme it will be the final destruction of any hope of improving matters around the Yosemite. The soldier idea is exactly what the ring wants. As I passed Wawona the exact place was pointed out to me where Newsham and the Washburns had chosen the site for a military camp. The plan is to have a troop of cavalry there - very profitably to the hotel, bar and hay business - and just where the offensiveness of military domination would be most conspicuous, and would incite the most opposition to the National Park. The troopers are to take a scout once in a while, and the result would be absolutely worthless. That plan of guarding the reservation would be a greater farce than the present Yosemite fraud. The possiblity of such a plan being operated will close my mouth from this time on in favor 06357
1890 Dec 28
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