John Muir


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4 Pellaea Brewerii [Breweri] v [very] ab [abundant] on rough lava ridge on the S bank of the Truckee 7 to 8000ft el. More ab than any other fern. Ferns rather rare on the Washoe range. Pellaea dense on Mt Lola also cheilanthes, gracillima bryanthus cassiope kalmia [ab] 9000ft. Gentiana frigida at 6000 on Sagehen Creek. Indians observed half a day from hotel window. Group of women & young sitting happily in lee of outhouse among refuse of hotel in ring eating melon [then] produce, cards & play. The young forming outer circle looking on one squaw decorated with string of apples as beads a [fine] thought invention worn round the neck all cheeks painted red picturesque & happy one with a papose laced mummy like in basket on her back face out 5 rocking it occasionally or taking it across her knee. Mother nor child ever out of tempo, no quarreling among old or young. The children [pulling] their mothers [ears] [in] [fun]. Men [coming] [in] looking on. A party on horseback with long guns, bring in a string of grouse. Throw them carelessly on the ground. Children [come] up & try their weight with no other curiosity, hunters go into kitchen come out with big [pan] of [broken] victuals beef & [bread] in chinks & a big tin can of coffee [set] on woodpile take up piece of beef six or eight inches dia [diameter] in both hands & eat it like monkeys gestures so with bread negroes have the same eating gestures children ask a piece, never refused, have pieces thrown to them a distance of ten or fifteen yards always catch, often

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