C[harles] S[prague] Sargent
ARNOLD ARBORETUM.2turing the reservations made at the instigation of Bliss is bearing fruit and is likely to do very serious harm to the cause. There ought to be some way of choking him off. It is incomprehensible to me that a man can one day sign a report protesting vigorously against all sheep grazing in the forests and then go about saying that sheep really do no harm in the forest, but he is paid $10.00 a day to do so.I feel a good deal discouraged. Johnson wants the custodians of the reservations to be appointed under the Civil Service laws. Lacey opposes this and wants to reserve these places for political rewards. The best civilian appointed under the best considered Civil Service Examination will be powerless against the timber thieves. There is nothing but Uncle Sam's soldiers that can do the work; this ought to be repeated over and over again, and there ought to be some way found to undo if possible the harm that Pinchot and Bliss's crowd are doing in advocating or condoning pasturage.I am glad that Lacey realizes that your opinion on the subject is valuable. I am afraid nothing can be done as long as Bliss and McKinley are in office. It would not be difficult to get rid of Pinchot, but somebody else as bad or worse would be put in his place. It is a great thing, of course, to retain the fee of these lands, but we are bound to have a good many sad moments before [illegible] thinking of those splendid trees sacrificed to selfishness and stupidity.The second lot of Abies came this morning, rather moldy after the long journey but still valuable. The drawing of the flowers starts for Paris tomorrow.Faithfully yours,[illegible]02439
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
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