John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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[4]oblivious for a few moments to geysers & everything else though I escaped without a scratch. As for the weather we had cold rain & hail storms every day excepting one in a ride of 150 miles - & the cooking was awful. My stomach, or organ as grandma calls it soon began to murmur & by the time we reached the Wonder Firehole basin containing the great geysers I was suffering so much that I feared I would have to leave the party & go to bed in some house Then just as the geyser called Old Faithful began to play spouting a huge column of boiling water into the sky my organ began spouting vast quantities of hot acid water in close accord. How the water got into my stomach I dont know. Certainly I never drank it & how the sympathy


Portage City, [Wisc]

Date Original

[1885] Aug 30


Original letter dimensions: 41 x 13 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0392

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Page 4


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