John Muir


[Elizabeth N. Moores]


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[5]yesterday for noon I helped him to dam the meadow brook and to make a water wheel for it. My own days of juvenile mill wrighting came back with very full recollection After making a few suggestions I left him to plan my work for his spluttering wabbling wheel he might judge it capable of performing well, I was pleased to see how eagerly he set about his work. In the afternoon he planted a pole ten feet long in the mud opposite his new precious property, then tieing a tin cup to a thread twenty feet long he passed the end of it over the pole and attached it to the water wheel shaft, then starting his mill raised and lowered the cupful of water with a seriocomic motion exactly like that of the asending flag at your society Fourth of July


[Portage, Wisc.]

Date Original

[1867] Jun 18

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Reel 01, Image 1084

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Page 4


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