John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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3This bill however plausible seems to me only a cunningly devised lawyer's fable--a sounding brass & tinkling cymbal in which the few garden patches & so-called farms located in the lower western margin of the park & the one mine that has ever paid for working are made use of in the interests of lumbermen & sheepmen to get the other three sides of the park cut down,--on the north for lumber, on the south for lumber, & on the east beneath the summit peaks for sheep pasture.On the other hand the argument for the preservation & intelligent managment of the nation's forests seems to me solid as geometry & has been demonstrated over & over again by the experience of every nation under the sun in which the question has arisen.Bancroft Library


Martinez [Calif.]

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