John Muir


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it must have been that bind man a - pokin’ about. Went to bed again, got up at 3:30, went to Battle House and for 3d time went to bed. [Nov 23]. Found Dr. Mohr, went out riding along Mobile Bay, fine forest of magnolia trees 80 to 100 ft h, 2 nearly 4 ft dia, grand old giants hung Allandia, gray smooth bark; also Tupelo, about same size, pretty well colored; oak laurel and water, the former never broadening at top; also very fine live oak. Sad destruction as roadmaking in straight line cutting glorious magnolias and Tupelos out of way, ruthlessly. Mohr in vain tried to get city to buy land to make of this, the only aboriginal forest not yet too late, but taste and sense wanting. Weather cold, frost; dined with the Mohrs, his wife, daughter and granddaughter; fine family. This hurts my heart. [Nov 24]. Dr. Mohr took me out 4 or 5 ms on car to low hill, saw fine old woods, mostly planted; live oak, hickory, etc. Juniper 40 ft h. 39 wide, trunk 8 ft, straight to limbs 1 foot or 18 ins dia; v graceful, feathery, airy tree, like tent under drooping bought, a long hopeful shoot at top, light yel, ornamental. Dr. wanted me to stay for Thanksgiving, but had to take train at 2:15 for New Orleans; arrived at 7:30 and went to St. Charles Hotel, very fine marble office.

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