John Muir


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about 150 of them driven gently, without any of that noisy shouting and worrying that is heard in driving the domestic animals in civilized countries, feeding as they advanced, snatching a bite of willow weeds, dainty gray lichens, etc. We went slowly to meet them up the stream bank about ¾ mile, led by the owner and his wife and daughter, with knife and tin cup and vessels for the entrails, blood, etc. I was afraid that a sight of strangers would stampede the flock, but of this there was not the slightest danger, for of all the animals that man has domesticated, or tamed rather, for they are not brought about the houses or put in houses in winter, the reindeer is the tamest, most perfectly gentle, unless it be the camel, of which I know nothing. On they came, while we gazed eagerly at the novel sight, a thicket of antlers big and little,

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