John Muir


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interpreter tried to explain, and died. Mr. Nelson tried to get the head of one of those that were killed as a specimen, but they seemed to regard the parting with a head as being as sure a cause of disaster as parting with the living animal, for when we asked why they would not sell the head now the animal was dead and while they would sell all the rest of the carcass, the interpreter looked towards the position of the moon and said, while he pointed, “What do you call him”? “Oh yes, the moon.” “In one moon all the flock would die.” They gave us the horns, however, and allowed Mr. Nelson to photograph the flock after he explained that his suspicious looking apparatus was only a spy-glass, the use of which they understood. One of them,

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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