Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
a stultification of the argument that the Valley should be controlled by some expert in that particular business. Each cobbler to his last, was a piece of advice I once offered to Mr. Hecht, the shoemaker who for a while was a Commissioner. The variation, Let the trooper stick to his troopering, would be applicable. I foresaw the danger of the military getting a foothold at the start, and am half regretful that I didn’t sail into the idea right then. As a matter of fact the Captain in charge of the Park has deliberately and persistently played into the hands of the “ring”, besides stirring up a great deal of bad feeling among people who might easily have been conciliated. The men of the command came down this year more than half-disgusted with the whole business. At best they only looked on it as a pleasure picnic, taking no interest in the purposes of the reservation, and men of that kind will never [take?] such interest. The whole military notion is a lamentable error without a redeeming phase.
1893 Jan 16
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