John Muir


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61 same is true of the diggers They eat acorns that are roasted also & in some way rendered non astringent. Ben is a faithful servant of [common] [stone] lame from rattle snake bite. Tom speaks good English & wears coats & [paper] collars when he can get them & prefers living with whites They all are fond of gambling but do not drink much. They call themselves crazy when drunk

62 some of these Inds have their eyes down sloped like those of Chineese or Japanees. I guess these Indians were derived from Japan. The midden heaps of black discolored earth are simply camping grounds repeatedly [used] until mound shaped they are hollow on top for fire & to make [ ] [ ] for surrounding sleepers the same midden heaps are abundant along the coast though the size of [some] is to be wondered at, also there regularity

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