43 I caught sight of a [strange] expanse of white canvas wh [which] at first appeared as a [shining] pool of the [ ] as I came near it proved to be a tent. A pair of [ ] cabins whose use I could not guess nor was the [problem] [simplified] by observing a long pole on wh [which] was displayed the stars & stripes. On reaching Allens I lost no time in making [inquiries] [relative] to the strange camp & was gladly surprised to learn that it was no other than that of [ ]S f Com & that [Storm] himself was at home. Next morning I hastened back to pay the man & the [salmon] a visit & if possible to get [Storm] to accompany me to Shasta
He readily promised to go with me to the high mountains where the gls [glaciers] flowed that [ ] a path for wells rivers & [fountains] [ ] [ ] provided I would [ ] days [ ] as the weather was rainy & unsettled I was the [ ] willing to do especially as I was in so favorable a set of circumstances for gaining knowledge of the McCld salmonidae
The object of the USF Com is chiefly to restore the rivers of the US to their [primitive] fruitfulness, especially with ref to trout & salmon & shad & to distribute & naturalize these food fishes in waters where they have never been. What has been accomplished
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist