John Muir


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Those dirt formations of slow & difficult deposit are most hideous when joined with disease upon the human face divine I saw the most perfect specimen of such dirts upon the person of a these sickly Floridian Her filth envelop fitted exactly but it did not touch her face but loomed up myster iously as land often does over t[he] swarm in legions sea all species of dirt are found about the grander dwellings of the S in the houses of the South like their plants all kinds grow with tropical luxuriance as from the most elementary rinds and slushes to the unexplainable (the tropics of dirt) most unreadable un unanalyzable fathomable corruptions that stretch far and wide in layers liquids and atmospheres in on and about them forever Dirt living & dead of All humans’ bodies it is said last but som years Many dirts are of longer growth & life Dirt marks the presence of the lords of creation Negroes of Pan much superior to of N Am in form & cleanliness. Are dressed in white clothes wh are clean & elegantly loose. Simple & nat῀ in habits & enjoy more than artificially refined. ῀ Their open cane sheds are among Bananas & palms, & whatever be their sufferings they are exempt from pain & degradation of want. fem)Musical voices & nearly handsom children Naked Saw small boy standing with smaller in arms. twain coffee browns (one flesh) elegantly gracefully balanced

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16 cm.

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