S[amuel] S. Shull


John Muir


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LAW OFFICES OFSAMUEL S.SHULLGERMAN-AMERICANBANK BUILDING[TOP FLOOR]4ST. JOSEPH. MOpieces of glass and from them get many alpenglows. It seems too bad that it is true - if it is true. He could have them colored crimson and olive green and red and blue [illegible]c and have all kinds of alpenglows. Too bad if true. I felt such exaltation of soul at the scene from Pike's Peak that I could not rest till I had a theory. The theory takes away much of the "soul feeling". Moses on Sinai could not have felt more than I felt on Pike's Peak. It Sinai were also a volcano emitting a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire, even that could not have added to "The Glory of God" on the mountain top. I have talked with many who set a view of the Grand Canyon of Arizona above a view Crom Pike's peak - but is safe to say that in all these cases they did not see the Peak under proper conditions. I saw the uanyon last summer under proper conditions. It is not to be compared with the alpenglow from a proper view point. I had purposed to write an article for a magazine on the subject of the alpenglow. Still, if my conclusions are right, it would seem a pity for the truth to be well known to viewers - it would cheat them out of much exaltation of soul. It would be purchasing truth at a high price. Miracles cease to charm when all the phenomena can be accounted for without a resort to miracle.I would be very glad to have your observations on this phenom04536


St. Joseph, Mo.

Date Original

1909 Jun 28


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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