John Muir


Mabel Colf, [et al.]


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3From the high side of our play ground we saw the ships sailing past & amused ourselves guessing whence they came, whither bound, & what they carried etc.In Scotland children are sent to school at a very early age. I was so young my first days of school life are beyond recall. We had to study hard & were thrashed hard. Our teachers said that thrashing & irritating the skin excited the memory; & I suppose it did, for by the time we were ten or eleven years old we had committed whole books to memory -, English, French, & Latin grammars, the New Testament etc. & besides had learned like Indian boys to endure pain with fortitude & take our sorest memory-lessons in silence without flinching or making faces. But in spite of a' that & a' that we were wildly happy & healthy, enjoyed the scenery of the sea & the Lammermoor Hills, had many fine merry games, & on Saturdays often ran 20 or 30 miles without stopping or getting out of breath.


Martinez [Calif.]

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1904-07-17 00:00


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