John Muir


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a good way to get rid of riches in old age when from their kind they are hard to keep. It is the common price of fame and power for wealth. {sketchs } As to the need of protection for Americans, the general opinion seems to be that unless some show of authority is kept up, none will be safe. The Indians in the territory are warlike and capable of appreciating and respecting power only. At least this seems to be the opinion of those best able to judge, and seems to be borne out by the facts. The population of Alaska is really a colony, not the advanced guard of civilization like that which gradually swept across the continent. A territorial government is required both for whites and Indians, for their own sake if not for Indians. Now it seems strange that no even a military government is vouchsafed. It will be long indeed ere this vast territory is settled, chiefly because of its agricultural impossibilities and disadvantages. Its acreage available for any kind of human food is limited and requires great outlay of time and strength to clear it. The ground is

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