John Muir


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Boston men knew all about God and agriculture and things in general far better than they did, that they were only like children in the dark, that they would be glad to get the light. “That is a good word you bring us, “ he said at the close of the sermon. I told them that there were two kinds of Boston men, one selfishly seeking gold, the other trying to do good, and that they must listen to the men who wanted to do them good. Spoke of the Fatherhood of God, etc., and the unity of the race in a few struggling syllable sentences. The chief of the first village is an old man with massive head and features indicating general benevolence and strength of character, heavy eyebrows, Roman nose, long gray hair. Is probably about 80 years old. He seemed delighted at the prospect of a missionary to his people. This is just what I want. I am ready to welcome him at any time.” {Sketch: W[est] from Wrangel} They smoked and came and went and answered the shouts of their companions outside in the middle of the sermon. But one little girl who cried in terror at the sight of us was at first coaxed and then promptly turned outdoors. She cried in a low tone, quite unlike the crying of Boston children. {sketch Dir. Of striae on volcanic rock S. 20 E influenced by gl[acial] mountains on Baranof Isld. To W.ward.} Oct. 20th. Set out across Prince Frederick Sound. Raining lightly. Wind light, but soon increased to a good stiff breeze, which

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