[Charles F. Lummis]
Jan.16,1908Dear Muir:-I am sorrier that I can tell you that Helen still keeps that bad lung.Barstow is very good for aridity; but don't you think the radiation is rather extreme? You must know that in that very region the chief disease is pneumonia.I am inclined to think that San Diego or some such region would be safer. I am no doctor ; but pneumonia derives largely from strenuous variation of temperature and their effect upon the unprepared physique. The difference betweensunlight and shadow, between day and night on the Desert is a pretty serious thing. In my unauthoritative judgnent, you need a climate of less range.Why don't you over get in here on your pilgrimages?We could talk it out then possibly to some advantage— and anyhow it would be a good sign to see you.Always,Your Friend,
1908 Jan 16
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