John Muir


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fun. At these gardens are many cheap beery restaurants, and a playhouse where pretty good music and comic plays are given almost free by the Government. July 3rd. Started early, for a botanic garden under Department of Agriculture. Saw find Abies and Larix siberica. Then visited the Winter Palace, an immense, sumptuous set of rooms and halls, some in fine taste, others barbaric in gold and ivory, precious stones, etc. In the Chapel saw a hand of John Baptist, finger of one of Apostles, and other ghastly relics. Most of the thousands of paintings in this and other palaces hereabouts are portraits and battles, and most of the portraits are in armor and military decorated garb. The same is true of those of the National Gallery and the statuary is mostly nymphish or warlike. P.M. Went to Peterhoff. Magnificent fountains a long avenue of slender jets 1 inch diameter, bordering broad marble stairway down which a thin sheet of water is pouring has a lively and splendid effect.

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