[sound] [contrasting] holding [ ] by any [ ] the [fitness] Tell me what you will of the benefactions of city [civilization] of the sweet security of streets – all as a natural upgrowth of man towards the high destiny we hear so much of. I know that our bodies were made to [thrive] only in pure air. & the scenes [that] in wh [which] pure air is found If the [death] seems exhalations [that brood] & 1000 dirts compared with the death exhalations that brood [most towns] the broad towns in wh [which] we so fondly [compact] ourselves were made visible [we] [wood] flee as from a plague. All are [ ] [ ] sick, not a perfectly sane man in San F [San Francisco] Go now & then for fresh life if must [go] [humanity] [must] 77
Go through [this] town [stage] of develop - [just] as [ ] hold their breath & come [to] [even] & [ ] the surface to breathe. Four parties get a [friend] or two & go whither you have [furth] [ ] so [ ] try this [remedy] from parties if you must be social go to the snow – [flrs] in [winter] the sun [flrs] in summer, climbing [snow] [shoes] [anyway] go up & away for life be fleet I know that [ ] will heed the [ ] Most will not, so full of pagen [slavery] is the [boasted] [freedom] of the [town] & those who need rest & clean snow sky the most will be the last to [move]. Once I was let down into a deep well into the choke damp [had] 76
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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