John Muir


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would soon be mucky, but came down himself in a few minutes afterward, and said that he would go to San Francisco with us, and then began a discussion concerning St. Michael as a good location for reindeer, saying that he could take some across in canoes or on the steamer, and that they would get plenty good moss to eat and multiply rapidly. The smoke of the steamer would kill them, he said, in making the trip to S.F, but not in the short trip to St. Michaels. I suggested he had better go there and make his fortune, and then he would be able to keep 3 wives like his father, at which he laughed heartily. Just before we weighed anchor he jumped overboard, but was picked up by a boat that chanced to come alongside in returning from the famine village, and when the sailors stripped off his wet clothing it was discovered that he had first stabbed himself in the left lung near the heart. The doctor thought he would die, but now he seems to be doing well, and will probably live. The wonder is that he did not attempt to kill someone before seeking his own life. The Plover Bay natives remarked that the St. Lawrence Bay people were a bad quarrelsome set, and were always fighting. One of them offered to take care of him and keep him until he could return home. He walked

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