John Muir


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51 & frogs &birds.So are the eggs. Therefore not one egg in a thousand may become a full grown salmon but food for other of her children seems precisely what Mother Nature is aiming at in this matter Indians esteem salmon rue a great luxury & it is always taken out & dried seperately when man eats rue it is right without a question not so in case of others of the family When salmon come from egg they are nearly transparent fins almost invisible

52 Turn salmon from one egg one salmon 2 heads soft bits of jelly in 4 [yrs ] [ ] 20 pounds with [ ] red jaws toothed like dogs & wolves the Indians dry this in great quantities for winter use. Thin spears very [ ] points of deer bone & removable when enter fish as below [sketch] Even the removable points - in two parts - so as to be easily repaired in case a badly aimed strike break the point upon the gravel or boulders

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