Geo[rge] Hansen


[John Muir]


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[3]GEO. HANSENLANDSCAPE ARCHITECT2706 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CAL.ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,MUNICIPALITIES AND CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONSThe "Bell of Hope" from off the neck of a sturdy billy-goat feeding on the matten, below Mont Blanc, and the "Bell of Love" from off her who gave us the first bucket of milk when we set up housekeeping, these two were hoisted in the belfry of ours.It was the "Bell of Faith" that was lacking, and was yet ringing on the thyme-scened pasture of the little hamlet where I was farmed out" as little boy when things at home didnt go just right.Bell of Faith, SO indeed it was. Did not the little boy look-in faith at everything he then beheld? And did not those cows walk by faith? Kind hands opened the gat for them, and as they singly turned down the lanes, they met their shepard at the end of the hamlet. What of it if the road was dusty, the sun hot, and but cockleburns along the way? Faith told them that their shepard lead them to green pastures besides still waters, and as the eye lost sight of them, the ear caught the music of a heavenly chorus in God's own cathedral.34 years have passed, and my ear needed attuning to this chorus. I wrote to the postmaster of the hamlet, and he was happy to acquire the Bell of Faith and start it across lands and oceans to our belfry out here. But he also published the letter of the writer in their county paper to tell the mountaineers of the warmth with which a far-away man thought of childhood days and their hills.And it so happened that the innkeeper read the letter and besought himself of a bell that had been a keepsake in their herd for all of one hundred years and none. "This is one of the bells of faith that yonder boy listened to, he said to himself, and he took if off his petcow and[03207]


Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1903 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0398

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Page 3


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