John Muir


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the finest I have so far seen. A row of Ar. crowning the top of a ridge about three miles distant make a striking effect. 6:00 P.M. and no sign of train. Fine rosy, purple evening. Train came at last. We left Rio Negro at 7:30 and arrived at Currityba at 2:30 on the morning of the 26th. Had miserable night on the cars. October 26th. Went to hotel and had three or four hours sleep. The Ar. distributed as far as I could make out in the starlight most of the way. Walked about town after a late breakfast. Noticed fine Cryptomerias in gardens and also in dry, dusty parks. Cupressus also, and Thuja, with Eucalyptus. Streets roughly paved. Paid my respects to Mrs. Smith, charming lady born in the redwood region of California , at Eureka. Bade goodbye to all my Ar. friends, Bouchet, Smith, Perry, Goodyear, and felt very lonely. October 27. Started at 6:30 A.M. for Paranaguay. Glorious ride through Yosemite scenery. Mr. Mitchell kindly took me to the train this morning, procured my ticket, and saw me off. Ar. scattered along the road from the outskirts of Currityba over the plateaus, though most of the larger trees have been cut for lumber. Passed a small saw-mill where the trees were most abundant. Many small farms showed patches of Ar. on stony hills. Few of these saved trees are over a hundred feet high. Ar. is a very straight erect tree. Shows no trace of wind on its crowns. Few winds

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