James Whitehead


John Muir


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#2.umn article devoted to him, will you kindly bear with mO while I submit the results of my mights meditation?First my father was a strict disciplinarian; so deeply moued with the wisdom of Solomemn's Conclusions as to the training of a child that he spared not the rod when in his opinion the exigencies of the case required its application. While as children we differed with him as to the Need. I am unable from the standpoint of the present to recall a singel instance in which,(so far as I am concerned) he erred in judgment. So imperative were his needs that he was compelled from childhood to the most arduous toil. To him life had ever been a battle. Rough, tolling uncultured men had been his associates. He had never crossed the threshold of a school room, knew nothing of children, their natures and their needs and was seemingly Incapable entering into our thoughts and feeling and adapting himself to the requirement a and cravings of our childish natures. As a result we did not cherish for him that affection children should bestow upon a parent. To us, however, it was apparent( and tended to mitigate and soften his asperity) that he was the incarnation of truthfulness. We never know him to misrepre-


[Hot Springs, Arkansas]

Date Original

1913 Jan 30


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